Nashville notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brad Paisley and Ricky Skaggs helped unveil new life-size statues of longtime Grand Ole Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens and bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe Wednesday morning outside Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The two likenesses commemorate this year's 125th anniversary of “the Mother Church of Country Music.”

The 2014 film An Intimate Evening with Willie and Merle premieres Sunday, June 25 at 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV. The Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard special is part of the network’s “Have a Willie Nice Day” marathon, which starts at 8 a.m. ET and includes programming featuring Dolly PartonKenny RogersLoretta LynnGeorge Jones and Johnny Cash.

Gretchen Wilson will release her first new album in three years, Ready to Get Rowdy, on June 16.

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