NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 16, 2017) – The latest version of "The Pickup" gives a big congratulations to Frankie Ballard. The country crooner took to social media to announce his recent marriage to Christina Murphy.

John Anderson is celebrating the 35th anniversary of his album Wild and Blue by hitting the road with a nationwide tour. He kicked off the tour March 3, and can be seen everywhere from the Carolinas to Minnesota and even Florida.

Country traditionalist Gene Watson will be extending his nationwide tour in support of his 33rd studio album Real.Country.Music. Watson’s live shows will go all the through to December.

Cole Swindell celebrated more than just another No. 1 single with “Middle of a Memory” at a party at Warner Music Nashville’s Headquarters on Music Row. He is the first artist ever to have six consecutive singles reach No. 1. His seventh single, “Flatliner” featuring Dierks Bentley, looks as it may continue that streak with it already doing well.

Inspirational recording artist Cherie Brennan is the newest artist featured in The Pickup & Coming. For more information and to hear her music, visit

GRAMMY Award-winning songstress Crystal Gayle was featured on an all-new episode of AXS-TV’s “The Big Interview” on March 7 where she opened up about her career. The Pickup exclusive shows behind the scenes footage that won’t be seen anywhere else.

World-renowned Madame Tussaud’s wax museum will be opening a new location in Nashville on April 14. The museum will feature several familiar faces including Taylor Swift, Johnny Cash, Minnie Pearl, Luke Bryan, Randy Travis and many more.

Check out the latest episode of The Pickup here.

Launched in early 2015, The Pickup, a syndicated country video news series produced by The Hot Seat, highlights today's stars and classic country artists making news today. New episodes are posted on the 1st and 15th of each month. The Pickup, hosted and produced by Adam Wurtzel, can be seen on the websites of broadcasters across the country (Nash Icon, DUKE FM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications' 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.'s SKY Television and Heartland Network.