NASHVILLE NEWS & NOTES – THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 2018!

The Country Music Association is announcing the lineup for its free nightly concerts during the CMA Fest.  The artists include Lindsay Ell, Granger Smith, Lee Bryce, Morgan Evans and Cole Swindell, among several others.  The concerts will be held at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater during the CMA Fest that runs June 7th through the 9th.
Kacey Musgraves is making a guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.  She’ll perform on May 12th — one of the final episodes of the season.  Kacey will sing new music from her third studio album, ‘Golden Hour.’  Former cast member Amy Schumer is set to host that night.
The country music community is grieving the sudden death of songwriter, musician and producer Randy Scruggs.  Sources say he died Tuesday after a brief illness.  Scruggs is the second son of the legendary Earl ScruggsTravis Tritt and Charlie Daniels are just a few of the artists who sent their condolences after hearing the news.  Scruggs was 64.