Welcome to Feel-Good Friday, a weekly roundup of heartwarming stories, lighthearted videos, and inspiring country news that reminds us all there is still good in the world.
Brothers Osborne to host concert fundraiser for ACM Lifting Lives Covid-19 Response Fund
While live music is on hold for the foreseeable future due to the novel coronavirus, Brothers Osborne will take the stage in Oklahoma for a concert benefitting the ACM Lifting Lives Covid-19 Response Fund. The free livestream will air on YouTube Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. ET while viewers are encouraged to donate. Money raised during the livestream will be dispersed to individuals in the country music community who are currently in need of pandemic relief assistance.
Dolly Parton to brighten spirits with holiday album A Holly Dolly Christmas
Parton continues to be a light in the midst of 2020. Fittingly, the country legend announced her new Christmas album A Holly Dolly Christmas is coming Oct. 2. The 12-track project includes five duets with Michael Bublé, Jimmy Fallon, Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus and Willie Nelson.
“I figured since everybody probably wouldn’t get to celebrate Christmas as usual this year, I wanted to be creative instead of sitting around at the house this summer,” Parton said in a statement. “So I put on my mask, gloves and practiced social distancing, as well as all of the wonderful musicians and singers, and we proceeded to put together what I think is some of the best work that I’ve ever done.”
Kelsea Ballerini is all of us after a Zoom call
Ballerini shared a recent TikTok video where the country singer demonstrates she’s just like us following a Zoom call. In the hilarious clip, Ballerini is all dolled up for a video meeting. As the call ends and she shuts her computer she promptly puts her hair up in a messy bun, takes off her hoop earrings and dons a comfy sweatshirt before returning to bed. We’ve never felt so seen!
Kane Brown dances in the kitchen while serenading his wife and daughter
Brown dropped his new EP Mixtape Vol. 1 today and the seven-song project includes a heartfelt ballad “Worship You” inspired by his wife, Katelyn Jae, and daughter, Kingsley. The singer gave a preview of the song to fans on social media recently featuring a dance in the kitchen with his wife and daughter. While the family of three dance along to the powerful tune, he sweetly serenades them and twirls his wife before giving Kingsley a big kiss.
Ryman Auditorium launches new livestream series ‘Live at the Ryman’ tonight
For the next six weeks, live music will return to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium every Friday. Tonight, for KING & COUNTRY kicks off the new series with Cam, Chris Janson, Scotty McCreery, Brett Young and Old Crow Medicine Show to perform on the famed stage in the weeks to come. Each act will perform a live set on stage at the Mother Church of Country Music while fans can tune in from the comfort of their own homes, with the potential for a limited audience to return in person when approved by the Nashville Public Health Department. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit ryman.com.
Shania Twain to release The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition
Twain will celebrate the 25th anniversary of her sophomore album The Woman in Me on Oct. 2. The revamped project will include 16 previously unreleased tracks, five live recordings, and 11 mixes of early takes of songs that trace the evolution of the original album. The Woman in Me: Diamond Edition also includes a 48-page booklet containing liner notes from Twain herself.