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May 25, 2016

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Maddie & Tae Set the Record Straight on “Sierra”

Maddie & Tae are no strangers to telling it like it is, but let’s be clear: They’re not out to hurt anyone. Which is why the girls were a little distraught to learn that some thought the new single “Sierra” was a little … well … mean. “We were like, ‘No, that’s not it. I... Read more »


Randy Houser’s Own “Song Number 7”

It’s the title of Randy Houser’s latest single, but I think everyone’s got their own “Song Number 7.” One that, as Houser sings, takes you all the way to heaven when it’s cranked up to 11. It’s the one you fell in love to and maybe even the one that when you go back and... Read more »


Charlie Daniels Recalls Bob Dylan’s Nashville Skyline

Charlie Daniels knows the competition of being a Nashville session musician. Sick days and cancellations can lead to groundbreaking work and that was certainly the case when Daniels got the call to play on Bob Dylan’s 1969 album, Nashville Skyline. Daniels was still relatively new to Music City and made a living as a go-to... Read more »


Chris Young Will Headline CMA Music Festival’s Opening Ceremonies

The 2016 CMA Music Festival has added new opening ceremony events on June 8 with host Chris Young. The event will include special guest appearances by Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, the Fisk Jubilee Singers and students from Metro Nashville Public Schools. The program is set for June 8 at the Skyview Stage at Nashville’s Ascend... Read more »


New CMT Crossroads Coming This Summer

All-new episodes of CMT Crossroads will light up back-to-back Fridays this summer with an all-star mix of country and pop acts. Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas will share the stage with special guests Danielle Bradbery and John Oates on CMT Crossroads: Nick Jonas and Thomas Rhett, airing June 24 at 10 p.m. ET. The hour-long... Read more »


Best Fest Rocks the Ryman for Bob Dylan’s 75th Birthday

Those who consider Kesha’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” on Sunday’s (May 22) Billboard Music Awards a declaration of independence clearly missed her sing on night one of the Best Fest’s Dylan Fest on Monday (May 23) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Wearing a sparkling light blue western pantsuit and bare feet, Kesha... Read more »


Florida Georgia Line: “We Don’t Hide Anything”

There used to be a line in the sand. Fans were on one side, and stars were on the other. But now, thanks in part to social media and the willingness to make that social media part of everyday life, that line seems to be fading. “In the past, artists used to kind of put... Read more »


Little Big Town Release Wanderlust June 10

Little Big Town enlisted Pharrell Williams to produce their seventh studio album Wanderlust, which lands June 10. The Grammy-winning acts co-wrote the eight-song collection’s lead single “One of Those Days.” “What started out as one writing session a few months ago turned into multiple writing sessions, as well as back and forth trips from Nashville... Read more »


6 Craziest Collabs of the CMT Music Awards

From electronic music, to classic rock, the CMT Music Awards brings the most unexpected collaborations. Before June 8, let's take a look back at some of the most talked about performances.


The Story Behind Randy Houser’s Wedding Rule

It happens all the time. Important photographs are ruined by people trying to capture their own photos. I call it “phone face.” And Randy Houser knows exactly what it means. That’s why he and his new wife Tatiana banned cellphones at their May 4 wedding in Franklin, Tennessee. “It seemed like almost every photo we... Read more »


Going Home Is Carrie Underwood’s Escape

How can you tell how country Carrie Underwood is? Two words: “porch swing.” That’s one of the things Underwood told Country Living magazine she’s insisting on in the new house that she and her husband Mike Fisher are going to be building. “My husband, Mike, and I are designing our ‘forever’ home. My must-haves are... Read more »


Lady Antebellum Ready to Roll Again

Lady Antebellum’s break is as good as over. When I caught up with the group at the recent Kentucky Derby, the conversation quickly turned to music, and the members of the trio gave me the scoop on what’s next. Despite taking a bit of time to themselves over the past year, the group always had... Read more »


When Dierks Bentley Had “No One to Sing For”

This is how bad it used to be for Dierks Bentley. When he was playing Nashville bars in the late ’90s, the room would often be empty. He said so in a tweet on Friday (May 20). “I used to play for just the bartender, and she’d walk outside sometimes to make a call. And... Read more »


Garth Brooks: When the Old Stuff Was New

“The last time I worked for a living, I was 23 and I was roofing houses.” That’s what Garth Brooks had to say about the long hours he and his band and crew are putting in on their current tour and how it still doesn’t feel like work. It’s one of those love-what-you-do-and-do-what-you-love mantras that... Read more »


David Nail’s Fighter Lands July 15

David Nail’s fourth studio album Fighter lands July 15. Until then, Nail recorded hit songs by Adele, Phil Collins, Elvis Presley and the Weeknd for a new five-song EP titled Uncovered, which is available now. A remake of “Looking For a Good Time” from Nail’s debut album I’m About to Come Alive closes the collection.... Read more »


The Dude Perfect Show Behind-The-Scenes: Finding an Office Pet

On Thursday’s (May 19) new episode of The Dude Perfect Show, the Dudes set out to give Garrett the bachelor party he never had, leaving their intern Chad all by himself at their office. Chad’s puppy-dog pout got the crew thinking about their lack of an animal companion. They already have the world’s coolest office,... Read more »


Trio Brings Out the Best in Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt

Emmylou Harris claims she had a hidden agenda when she recorded Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” for her 1975 album Pieces of the Sky. “When I made my record, Linda [Ronstadt] and I had told each other our favorite singer was Dolly,” Harris recalls. “I thought if I recorded a song of Dolly’s I... Read more »


Blake Shelton Shoots It Straight With If I’m Honest

Blake Shelton didn’t want to beat around the bush with his 12th studio album If I’m Honest. To Shelton, giving fans an honest reflection of his life over the last year was the best policy. “I think it would be ridiculous for me to just throw out an album that doesn’t speak to my life,”... Read more »


Jake Owen Releases American Love This Summer

Jake Owen releases his fifth studio album American Love July 29. Owen announced the new collection this week through Facebook Live. “Over the past few years I’ve experienced the unexpected,” Owen says. “My Dad received a cancer diagnosis and I, unfortunately, went through a divorce. People probably thought I would record songs that reflected those... Read more »


Chris Janson Launches Buy Me a Boat Tour

Chris Janson’s Buy Me a Boat tour starts tomorrow (May 21) with at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland. Janson will hit more than 100 cities over the summer tour with stops at Nashville’s CMA Music Festival, Chicago’s LakeShake Music Festival and Las Vegas’s Route 91 Harvest Festival. Here’s a complete list of tour dates: May... Read more »


Marie Osmond Is Still a Little Bit Country

When Marie Osmond was a little girl, about a decade before she’d take the stage with her brother Donny on their hit variety show in the late ‘70s, she was already a little bit country. “I got a yellow Disney radio for Christmas when I was 5,” she told industry publication Country Aircheck, “and it... Read more »


Inside the Writer’s Room with Dan + Shay

Dan + Shay had just released their debut single “19 You and Me” when Shay Mooney caught lightning in a bottle with Meghan Trainor and hitmaker Jesse Frasure. Together over two songwriting appointments, Mooney, Trainor and Frasure co-wrote what would become two Rascal Flatts songs “DJ Tonight” and “I Like the Sound of That,” the... Read more »


Blake Shelton Says Only God Saw This Coming

Blake Shelton is quick to admit that, at least at first, his romance with Gwen Stefani didn’t seem too likely. “It’s not something anybody could’ve seen coming,” Shelton told CMT Hot 20 Countdown‘s Katie Cook. “Besides God, I guess. Because it doesn’t look like it would make sense. But all I can tell you is... Read more »


Superstar Performers Revealed for 2016 CMT Music Awards

Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett are on the first list of performers at the 2016 CMT Music Awards, it was announced Thursday (May 19). The never-before-seen performances will take place during the fan-voted awards show premiering live from Nashville on June 8 at 8... Read more »


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