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Sam Hunt: Music Will Be Ready When It’s Ready

Newcomer Sam Hunt‘s Montevallo debut album was released on Oct. 27, 2014. So it’s been exactly two years since his nearly overnight success. By Nashville standards, that should be enough time to have recorded another album. But in a new Billboard interview, Hunt sounds like those standards are not necessarily going to be the ones... Read more »

Jon Pardi Honored for No. 1 Success of “Head Over Boots”

It was a long time coming, but on Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 25), Jon Pardi finally stood on the stage of the BMI building in Nashville and savored the joy of having his first No. 1 party. The celebration was for “Head Over Boots,” Pardi’s fifth single, which he co-wrote with Luke Laird. The tall, boots... Read more »

CMA Awards Performance Lineup Adds 13 Acts

The 50th annual CMA Awards performance lineup has added new Country Music Hall of Famers, former entertainers of the year, previous winners, 2016 nominees plus artists from other genres. Appearing onstage will be Jason Aldean, Clint Black, Roy Clark, Charlie Daniels, Elle King, Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Pentatonix, Thomas Rhett, Ricky Skaggs, Chris Stapleton, Randy... Read more »

Jason Aldean’s Concert for the Cure Returns to Nashville

Jason Aldean brought his 11th annual Concert for the Cure home to Nashville on Tuesday (Oct. 25) for the eighth annual Opry Goes Pink show in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Aldean kicked off the show by flipping the switch to turn the Opry’s iconic barn backdrop pink. During his five-song set, he presented... Read more »

Luke Bryan Still Checks on the Crops

You can blame it on Luke Bryan‘s Southern boy ways. But this is how you know he is genuine about his farming roots: When Fox News asked Bryan about his recent Farm Tour, he said that that is just who he is. “I just try to stay true to who I am, write what I... Read more »

Eric Church Reveals Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged

Eric Church’s new live album Mr. Misunderstood On the Rocks Live & (Mostly) Unplugged will be available exclusively at Walmart on Nov. 4. The release coincides with the one-year anniversary of the surprise release of his latest album Mr. Misunderstood, which landed right before the 49th annual CMA Awards last year. Closing with a version... Read more »

Kenny Chesney Will Receive CMA Pinnacle Award

Kenny Chesney has been named the third recipient of the CMA’s Pinnacle Award. The East Tennessee native will accept the honor live at the 50th annual CMA Awards. According to the organization, the honor “recognizes an artist who has achieved global prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in country music. The... Read more »

World Premiere: Lit’s “Fast”

Yep, I’m talking about Lit. The rockers known for hits like “Zip-Lock” and the classic “My Own Worst Enemy” are taking a detour, and the road less traveled definitely suits them. “Fast” is a nostalgic, deeply meaningful four minutes of Americana — a reminder of the important things in life and essence of time. The... Read more »

Hillary Lindsey Calls Lady Gaga a “Superstar in Every Way”

How do you go from “Church Bells” to “Million Reasons”? How do you go from Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Little Big Town to Lady Gaga? How do you go from country to pop? If you’re Hillary Lindsey, you do it seamlessly. The country songwriter behind so many of country’s biggest hits has been collaborating... Read more »

Brandy Clark Mines Her Own Country Dream

Morton, Washington, is home to gorgeous mountains, the annual Loggers Jubilee and the one and only Brandy Clark. The quaint little town set the foundation for the person and artist Clark would become and also sets the backdrop for her latest album Big Day in a Small Town. One could argue that Morton is one... Read more »

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill Urge Swampy, Smoky, Sensual

Imagine getting career advice from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and they tell you to make things swampy, give them some smoke and keep the sensuality. That’s how it turned out for the contestants on The Voice that McGraw and Hill were coaching on Monday night (Oct. 24). People were chosen, people were knocked out,... Read more »

Garth Brooks Hand Picks All-Star Guests for Nashville Celebration

On Monday night (Oct. 24), Garth Brooks took the stage at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater for his much-anticipated free show. But he didn’t do it alone. Brooks was joined onstage throughout the night by his wife Trisha Yearwood, plus Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Chris Young and Steve Wariner. Each guest singer was hand-picked by... Read more »

Luke Bryan Celebrates Seven No. 1 Singles and a Platinum Album

Luke Bryan gathered with a bevy of happy songwriters Monday (Oct. 24) to celebrate seven consecutive No. 1 singles. The event took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville. Bryan himself was a co-writer of three of the hits — “I See You” (with Ashley Gorley and Luke Laird),... Read more »

Jason Aldean on the Hunting/Music Connection

When Jason Aldean was 11, his dad and his grandfather took him deer hunting in Monticello, Georgia. They gave him a double-barrel shotgun, took him to the base of a tree in the woods and said, “Just sit here. Maybe something will come by.” Aldean told me what he was thinking that day: “Yeah, right.”... Read more »

Phil Vassar Packs in Fans and Hits

One of the first stories Phil Vassar told Sunday (Oct. 23) during his City Winery show in Chicago was about how his daughter Haley’s curiosity had inspired his hit song “American Child.” She was even in the video, Vassar said, which brought back all the memories of that sweet little blonde 3-year-old in the video.... Read more »

CMA Awards Will Feature Seven Former Entertainer of the Year Winners

Seven former CMA entertainer of the year winners will perform during the 50th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2 in Nashville. Alabama, Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Charley Pride, Reba McEntire and George Strait are set to appear on the show at Bridgestone Arena. All seven acts also participated in “Forever Country,” a... Read more »

Dierks Bentley: “I Was Just Very Into Country”

Sure, Dierks Bentley spent a little time at the University of Vermont. But that doesn’t make him an automatic fan of the jam band Phish, who got their start on the UVM campus in Burlington. “They were big, man. And don’t get me wrong, it’s great music. It’s awesome. I was just so militant about... Read more »

New Shania Twain Album on the Way

All the reporters on the red carpet at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year had one major question to ask Shania Twain: What exactly is happening in these Instagram photos? On a roll… ???????? A photo posted by Shania Twain (@shaniatwain) on Aug 3, 2016 at 9:00am PDT Told you I was on a... Read more »

Behind the Scenes at CMT Artists of the Year

If you missed Thursday’s (Oct. 20) premiere of the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year special, it’s one heck of a show. Fortunately, you can catch re-airings throughout the weekend and view the entire show online here at In addition to what was captured onscreen, there was a lot of excitement within the audience,... Read more »

7 Scary Movies Starring Country Artists

Whether you're getting into the Halloween spirit, or just want a good scare -- here are seven scary movies starring country artists.

Shania Twain Celebrates Her “Best Friend” at 2016 CMT Artists of the Year

Shania Twain was the center of attention at the 2016 CMT Artists of the Year celebration, but what got her attention was a powerhouse performance by Kelsea Ballerini, R&B vocalist Jill Scott and pop star Meghan Trainor. The three vocalists sang a medley of three of Twain’s biggest hits — “Still the One,” “Any Man... Read more »

Thomas Rhett, Zara Larsson Shine in CMT Artists of the Year Mashup

In his first-ever acceptance speech at the CMT Artists of the Year party, Thomas Rhett was quick to thank international pop star Zara Larsson for going out of her way to join him onstage in Nashville. Backed by a band with a hefty, soulful horn section, Rhett and Larsson performed a mashup of his crossover... Read more »

Carrie Underwood Gets Emotional at 2016 CMT Artists of the Year

Carrie Underwood got visibly emotional after Olympic gymnasts Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian presented her with her CMT Artists of the Year trophy. But Underwood handled the moment with grace. “Aw, man,” she said, smiling at her husband Mike Fisher in the audience. “I don’t know why I’m getting teary-eyed. I think it was seeing... Read more »

Luke Bryan’s Trophy Came With Training Wheels

“Dude, seriously,” Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook told Luke Bryan, “what are you thinking trying to learn how to ride a bike at 40 years old? It doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Bryan’s bike accident during his 2016 Farm Tour made him an easy target for humorous jab at the CMT Artists of the... Read more »

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