NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 7, 2017) – Continuing the tradition of presenting the top stories in country music, the "The Pickup’s" 50th episode starts out by being grateful for more than just it’s 50th episode. The Eli Young Band is okay after their tour bus was destroyed in an engine fire. The fire has not hindered the group from keeping their tour dates all across the country for this month.

Country superstar Luke Bryan sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl LI on Sunday, February 5.

Trace Adkins has announced his new album “Something’s Going On” will drop on March 31. His 2017 tour to promote the album will start February 4 at Universal Studios Florida.

Several country artists could be seen performing at President Trump’s inauguration including Lee Greenwood, Toby Keith, and The Frontmen of Country, comprised of Tim Rushlow (formerly of Little Texas), Lonestar’s Richie McDonald and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart. Big & Rich could be seen at the Inauguration Gala the night before.

Reba McEntire has released her spiritual new single “Back to God” off her new album “Sing It Now: Songs of Faith and Hope.” The album is available now, and McEntire says fans can expect a lot of new music to be coming soon.

Crystal Gayle received a standing ovation as she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry by her sister Loretta Lynn more than 50 years after her Opry debut.

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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, HankFM, Midwest Communications, Zimmer Communications' 94.3 KAT Country, etc.), online media blogs, the U.K.'s SKY Television, Heartland Network, and Sandy Zimmerman's Las Vegas Television Network.