12/3/21 Nashville Minute

— Carrie Underwood’s very first Las Vegas residency is already a huge success. The three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year is adding six additional shows in May. Underwood opened her “Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency” at the brand-new Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. She announced the May dates after performing to a sold-out crowd. Tickets for the new shows go on sale Monday.

— A Nashville high school is thrilled after getting an unannounced visit from Keith Urban. The country music superstar visited the Rock Band, Orchestra, Choir and other band programs at Hillwood High School on Wednesday. The 12-time CMA Award winner answered questions about songwriting, performing and the music industry. He also encouraged students to continue with their music education.

— Police in Nashville are identifying a person of interest in the death of a man at Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row bar. Officials say the man wanted for questioning appears to be among those who held Dallas Barrett during an altercation and is not a bar employee. Barrett died after being unruly at the bar and becoming unresponsive while being restrained by security. No charges have been filed in Barrett’s death.

— Vince Gill and Amy Grant are back at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium this month for a holiday tradition. The couple’s “Christmas at the Ryman” residency kicks off December 13th. It includes over a dozen shows through December 22nd. Vince and Amy will be joined by special guest Rodney Crowell. Tickets are on sale now.

— Dolly Parton is named one of People Magazine’s “2021 People of the Year.” The icon was recognized for her work with Imagination Library and for supporting COVID-19 research. She joins Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, actor Sandra Oh and America’s teachers in the honor.