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.
Adam Hambrick celebrates new music with Nashville drive-in concert
Days before the release of two-song EP Top Down, Southbound, Hambrick hosted a drive-in concert at Daddy’s Dogs in Nashville to celebrate the occasion. The MC of the event, Hambrick enlisted friends Maddie & Tae, Steve Moakler and Baker Grissom for a three-hour outdoor show on Wednesday evening (Sept. 2). A stage was set up in the parking lot of the local eatery for its weekly drive-in concert series while fans lined the accompanying streets in anticipation to hear live music outdoors while safely socially distancing.
Hambrick’s captivating set included previous single “Rockin’ All Night Long,” the feel-good “Forever Ain’t Long Enough” as well as “Sunshine State of Mind” and “Do the Math,” both featured on Top Down, Southbound which will be included on an album due out in 2021. His songwriting talent and mesmerizing falsetto shined throughout his set, especially during a spirited performance of his previous No. 1 song as a writer with Justin Moore’s “Somebody Else Will.” While the reality of live music returning in 2020 is uncertain, Hambrick’s performance was a reminder of the impact a concert can have, especially in Music City.
Brett Eldredge escapes to the water for a solo performance
As summer nears to a close, Eldredge brings all the beach vibes to a new video that includes a snippet of him performing on a boat in a picturesque location. Alone with an acoustic guitar, the wind and seagulls are heard in the background as he delicately strums beside a scenic backdrop of turquoise water. It’s the perfect visual escape for those dreaming of their next trip.
Dolly Parton joins Galantis in new documentary
A new Amazon Music mini-documentary shares the making of Galantis’ “Faith” featuring Dolly Parton. The 11-minute clip includes behind-the-scenes footage and the evolution of the band’s single with the country legend as well as interviews with Linus Eklöw and Christian Karlsson of Galantis, producer David Saint Fleur, and singer-songwriter Mr. Probz. The clip also features never-before-seen footage of Parton in the studio working on the track. “She went in the booth and she worked as if she was a broke, starving artist. She’s a go-getter for real,” Fleur says. (Parton appears at the 8:30 mark).
Hot Country Knights announces 10-episode mockumentary
Hot Country Knights will provide the laughter in a new series coming to Quibi. The 10-episode mockumentary follows the ’90s influenced band and their unique rise to fame. Dierks Bentley serves as executive producer alongside manager Mary Hilliard Harrington and Critical Content’s Jenny Daly and Tom Forman.
“Hot Country Knights are coming to @quibi with a new TV series documenting our meteoric rise to fame. @dierksbentley and his made-for-radio face will be taking all the credit, I’m sure,” the band teases on Instagram.
Kane Brown shares a typical day with his daughter
Brown is a doting father in an adorable new clip. The singer recently shared a glimpse at his home life on Instagram with his daughter, Kingsley. While the pair relax on the couch, his daughter tries to grab the zipper on his jacket. “That’s not yours, that’s mine,” he says before giving her a big kiss on the cheek.
Tyler Rich turned his home into a senior dog rescue during quarantine
Rich has been keeping busy in quarantine. In addition to readying his debut album Two Thousand Miles, out today (Sept. 4), the singer also rescued a 16-year-old neglected dog. Through his Instagram account Rich Rescue, the country artist is sharing his family’s story of taking in the dog in May during quarantine in hopes to get others to do the same with dogs that don’t have much time left.
“We found out about him and agreed that his last glory days, glory weeks, needed to be good,” Rich tells People. “We said, ‘Let’s give him a happy ending.’ Max could barely walk and now he is full of excitement every time he greets us at the front door. That dog got another shot. It’s something everybody should try to feel. A few good years with a dog is worth it and there is no greater reward than taking in a senior shelter dog and seeing that dog come back to life.”