Five at Five: The Kentucky Derby Books Jennifer Nettles + Jillian Jacqueline Marries Bryan Brown

Five Things to Know in Country Music for April 29

Give us a minute, and we’ll give you five things you need to know in country music. It’s your new fix for all the latest headlines in one place. Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday (April 29):

  • The Kentucky Derby Books Jennifer Nettles

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    Nettles will sing the National Anthem in the lead-up to the 145th Kentucky Derby on Saturday (May 4). The performance will be part of NBC’s live broadcast starting at 5 p.m. ET. The Derby’s previous National Anthem performers include Pentatonix (2018), Harry Connick, Jr. (2017), Lady Antebellum (2016), Josh Groban (2015), Jo Dee Messina (2014), Martina McBride (2013), Mary J. Blige (2012), Jordin Sparks (2011), Rascal Flatts (2010) and Lee Ann Rimes (2009).

  • Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Adds Midland, LOCASH and More

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    The full lineup for the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam is here. Joining headliners Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw and Kid Rock live at Panama City Beach, Fla.’s Frank Brown Park on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 20-Sept. 1) are Midland, LOCASH, Big & Rich, LANCO, The Cadillac Three, Gretchen Wilson, Lauren Alaina, Thompson Square, Ashley McBryde, Jamestown Revival, Runaway June, The Outlaws, Nora Collins, Kyle Mitchell, Gabby Barrett, Matt Bennett and Dixie Jade. CMT Hot 20 Countdown will be there filming all the action. Various VIP packages and general admission tickets are available through the festival’s website.

Lauren Tingle is a Tennessean and storyteller who eats music for breakfast, lunch and dinner. When she’s not writing or rocking out, she enjoys yoga and getting lost in the great outdoors.