Little Jimmy Dickens’ Health Reportedly Improving

Image Courtesy Chris Hollo/Grand Ole OpryGood news about Grand Ole Opry legend Little Jimmy Dickens. According to The Tennessean, Opry general manager Pete Fisher posted a message on his private Facebook page earlier this week saying Dickens' health is improving.

The message reads, "Each day brings noticeable improvements, and his doctors seem very pleased with the progress he is making. I, along with his family, are grateful to all for your thoughts and prayers."

Little Jimmy Dickens, who turned 94 two weeks ago, was admitted to a Nashville-area hospital Christmas Day with an undisclosed illness. He was listed in critical condition earlier this week. He last performed on the Opry December 20, in celebration of his birthday.

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Darius Rucker Hoping to Be Happy and Healthy in 2015

Image Courtesy Grand Ole Opry/Chris HolloDarius Rucker will release a brand-new album this year featuring his latest single, "Homegrown Honey." Beyond giving his fans new music, Darius is keeping his plans for 2015 pretty simple.

"I always do the, 'I’m gonna get in better shape,' that happens so rarely, but I always say it," Darius admits. Mostly he just wants to see himself and his family stay in a good place this year.

Says Darius, "The big thing goes back to my kids being happy and my family being happy and helping other people. But I just want to be a happy guy, I want to have a happy family, and I want to have another great year.”

Darius certainly helped make several people happy with his "Homegrown Holiday" campaign. He gave gift cards, televisions and several other items to families in need just before Christmas.

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Jake Owen Makes Surprise Appearance at Hometown Restaurant in Florida

Image Courtesy Sony Music NashvilleJake Owen caused quite a stir when he made an unannounced appearance onstage at the Riverside Café in his hometown of Vero Beach, FL on Monday. According to the Treasure Coast Newspapers, Jake sat in with the band to perform Hank Williams, Jr.'s "Family Tradition," "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash and Jake's own hit, "Beachin'."

Jake has been in Vero Beach for a while visiting family for the holidays. He went bass fishing on Monday at Blue Cypress Lake before ending up at Riverside Café, where he tipped $140 on a $260 tab.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe 25th anniversary of the release of Garth Brooks' album, No Fences, will happen in August 2015. The project produced Garth's monster hit, "Friends in Low Places."

Loretta Lynn's upcoming studio album with producer John Carter Cash is among The Hollywood Reporter's 30 most-anticipated music releases of 2015.

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Carrie Underwood Planning New Album and Possible Tour for 2015

Image Courtesy Arista Nashville/Jeremy CowartCarrie Underwood just released her first Greatest Hits album featuring the brand-new single, "Something in the Water" and another new song, "Little Toy Guns." Still, Carrie hasn't released a full album of new music since Blown Away came out in May 2012. Her fans won't have to wait too much longer, though.

Says Carrie, "I'm currently working, even still, on new music, as I'll continue to do in 2015, and go from there. I mean, there should definitely be a proper album full of new music out soon."

While she has a few festival dates on the books for 2015, Carrie expects to launch a full-fledged tour once the album is released.

"I've already signed on for some things for next year as far as shows go," Carrie explains. "But as far as a proper 'tour tour,' that'll happen after I have lots of new music."

Of course, Carrie will take a few months off once she welcomes her first child this year. While hosting the CMA Awards last November she revealed she's expecting a baby boy.

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