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Opry star Jan Howard passes away at 91

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Joel DennisGrand Ole Opry star Jan Howard passed away Saturday, at the age of 91. 

The Missouri native was twice nominated for a Grammy, for “Evil on Your Mind” in 1966 and “My Son” in 1968, the latter a tribute to the child she lost in Vietnam. While “Evil” became her biggest hit, she also scored top twenty singles with “The One You Slip Around With,” “Bad Seed,” and “Count Your Blessings, Woman.”

Formerly married to legendary songwriter Harlan Howard, Jan sang the demos for classics like “I Fall to Pieces,” becoming close friends with icons like Patsy Cline and Dottie West along the way. She also had a long association with Johnny Cash and the Carter Family. In fact, it’s Jan who utters the “Mama sang tenor” line on Cash’s “Daddy Sang Bass” from 1969.

Howard penned her autobiography, Sunshine and Shadow, in 1987, while simultaneously becoming revered as one of the Grand Ladies of the Grand Ole Opry. 

Graveside services for the 49-year member of the Opry will be private, with a public memorial to be held later.

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'I had no idea how hard it could be': Maren Morris went through 30 hours of labor, emergency C-section

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ABC/Image Group LAMaren Morris and husband Ryan Hurd welcomed their first child, Hayes, earlier this week. The proud new parents are overjoyed to have the new addition in their lives, but in a new social media post, Maren reveals that she endured a difficult birth process.

“30 hours of labor ended with an emergency C-section,” the singer explains. “Not what we planned, but I learned pretty quickly that night that having a plan for bringing a human into the world is a fool’s errand. All that matters is that he got here safely.”

On top of those challenges, Hayes was born in the middle of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 

“Having him in the middle of a global health crisis was also not in the baby prep books, but here we are,” she went on to say. “Holding him and healing my body in a maternity ward that’s eerily quiet from us not being allowed visitors or family at this time, but strangely serene.”

Maren also thanked all the health care professionals that helped her safely deliver her child, concluding her post by saying that she has a newfound respect for mothers everywhere. 

“Ultimately, I can’t thank every single mother enough for going through what you’ve gone through,” she reflects. “I had NO idea how hard it could be, and I’m a measly four days in. The world is changing before our eyes and so am I.”

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'Everywhere but On': Matt Stell can’t outrun his pain in brooding new video

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Matthew BerinatoMatt Stell can’t let go of a long-gone love in the music video for his new single, “Everywhere but On.” 

The clip follows Matt as he tries everything he can to ease the pain, traveling from city to city, performing a sold-out show and even trying to numb his memories with a glass or two of whiskey. No matter what, the clip keeps flashing back to a breakup scene in an apartment overlooking Nashville at night. 

“Everywhere But On” follows Matt’s breakout chart-topping hit, “Prayed for You.” The new single is currently a top-40 hit at country radio.

The singer premiered his new music video on Friday, celebrating its release with a live fan Q&A. “From the studio to the road, I had a blast bringing the story to life,” he says of the song on social media

While he’s off the road due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Matt has been hosting a weekly Instagram livestream series called Penned Up. The virtual shows began on March 25, and will feature appearances from special guests such as Lindsay EllHardy and Jameson Rodgers. Matt hosts Penned Up every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. CT. 

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Joe Diffie diagnosed with COVID-19 coronavirus

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Crystal K. MartelJoe Diffie has contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus. The singer released a statement to his fans on Friday sharing his health update, and asking for privacy during his illness.

“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment,” the 61-year-old singer explained. “My family and I are asking for privacy at this time. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”

Known for hits such as “Pickup Man” and “Third Rock from the Sun,” Joe is one of the ‘90s most successful country stars. He is also one of the era’s most name-checked stars, with the likes of Chris Young and Jason Aldean tipping their hat to his influence in their songs. 

Diffie’s among the only mainstream country performers to confirm a COVID-19 diagnosis, although Americana mainstay John Prine’s wife, Fiona Whelan, also announced last week that she’s been diagnosed with the virus.

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While self-quarantining on his tour bus, Brett Young is missing his wife and baby daughter

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ABC/Mark LevineBrett Young has spent the better part of two weeks self-isolating on his tour bus. The singer doesn’t have any symptoms of the COVID-19 coronavirus, but after returning from an overseas trip, he wants to make sure he’s keeping his wife and five-month-old daughter Presley safe. 

“As much as it sucks not to be with my family and see my daughter, it seemed like a small sacrifice compared to what the alternative could mean,” he explains to ET

The most difficult part of the experience has been being separated from his loved ones, Brett adds, especially since Presley is at an age where every day brings new growth and developments.

“She’s gained almost two pounds in the last month and I’ve been gone for three weeks of it,” he reflects. “The hardest thing is just how much she’s changing and growing right now.”

On social media, he posted a snapshot of a smiling baby Presley.

“As difficult as it is to be away from my girls right now, it’s easy to remind myself how blessed we are that our family is safe and healthy,” he wrote.

Still, the singer says he’s grateful that he and his family are healthy, and he’s trying to keep busy and stay positive while sequestered on the bus. 

“I’ve been wearing more of the work hat lately, trying to make sure everything is running smoothly and the things that need to be taken care of still are, even though we’re not on the road,” Brett says.

“I think that has probably helped me deal emotionally with the personal stuff…I’ve been handling dad stuff in a boss headspace. I haven’t gotten super emo about it.”

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