Blake Shelton was the most played artist on country radio in 2017, male or female. According to tasteofcountry.com he had multiple hits through the year including ‘I’ll Name the Dogs’ and ‘Guy With a Girl.’ Thomas Rhett came in second followed by Brett Young, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line in the ‘overall’ category. Jon Pardi came in 5th in the all-male category and Maren Morris came in first among female artists.

 

Seems PETA is not too happy with the Christmas present Luke Bryan gave his wife, Caroline, this year. Bryan gave her two kangaroos and PETA says you don’t use baby animals for presents because they’re not toys and calling for an investigation as to how he acquired them. According to tasteofcountry.com Bryan bought the pair of baby kangaroos, named Margo and Todd, for Caroline to be a part of Brett's Barn, the couple's personal animal rescue project named in memory of their infant niece, who died in early 2017.

 

Lee Brice says he and Kellie Pickler have been friends for a longtime and it was her that inspired the song ‘Songs in the Kitchen.’ It was when he, Kellie and Randy Houser broke away from the party crowd at his house and went in the garage for a song writing session. Brice said Pickler,’ guys, this is so awesome, don't you just miss the days when you just sat around the kitchen and just sang songs?’ Brice said he immediately wrote down the title "Songs in the Kitchen.’