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Jack Ingram Explores Life Lessons on Midnight Motel

Jack Ingram’s new album Midnight Motel offers many lessons to live by. The meditative “Nothing to Fix” is nothing but rules in succession, starting with his No. 1 music rule: “Don’t try to sell what you wouldn’t buy because you’ll go to hell for telling a lie.” “I want to be out there providing the... Read more »


Miranda Lambert Named First Recipient of ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award

Miranda Lambert will be presented the inaugural ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award at the 10th annual ACM Honors ceremony, the Academy of Country Music announced Monday (Aug. 29). The Academy last week announced the creation of the award to recognize singer-songwriters “whose career reflects the uncompromising integrity and steadfastness of spirit embodied by the late... Read more »


Tim McGraw: The Wedding Crash Details

On Saturday night (Aug. 27) in Philadelphia, Tim McGraw‘s “My Little Girl” took center stage at a wedding at the Vie Ballroom. Because McGraw was singing it. It happened at the reception, after Lisa White and Paul Getz were married at a church just west of the city. During the father-daughter dance, McGraw walked into... Read more »


Luke Bryan One Ups Himself

It’s official. After Saturday (Aug. 27), the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks all have something new in common: Luke Bryan has played his music in all of their iconic homes. “Wrigley Field! Saturday night! What a dream come true. This is a night I’ll never forget,” Bryan told the sold-out crowd... Read more »


Justin Moore Threatens Misbehaving Fan

Justin Moore, Jeremy Stover, and Brian Maher wrote a song for Moore’s debut album called “I Could Kick Your Ass.” It’s always been a favorite of mine. Probably because of the irony of these threatening lyrics — “I could kick your ass, I could jack your jaw/Put you flat in the dirt boy, yeah I’d... Read more »


Cole Swindell Wants Song Souvenirs

Cole Swindell will be disappointed if he left Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots tour without having written some new music with his fellow tour mates, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley and the guys from the Cadillac Three. Together Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and Cadillac Three front man Jaren Johnston have co-written 26 No. 1 hits... Read more »


Jason Aldean Reveals Top 2016 Summer Concert Memories

It’s good to be Jason Aldean this summer. He is about to release his first album as the ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year and he’s made plenty of unforgettable summer memories on his successful tour with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses. They will share the spotlight for the inaugural CMT Concert of the... Read more »


Dierks Bentley: Performing for Fans Is What He Loves

There is a recurring theme in the new feature story on Dierks Bentley from Esquire. It’s that he loves performing music live. The story covers other topics just fine, but the conversation seems to come back to the touring life every chance Bentley gets. He admits that in the beginning, it was good, even when... Read more »


Charlie Worsham’s Summer of Side Projects

Charlie Worsham’s critically-acclaimed debut album Rubberband turned three on Saturday (Aug. 20). Not only that, summer 2016 marks 10 years in Nashville for the guitar-slinging Mississippi native. A lot has changed since then. But at heart, he will always be among country music’s kindest musicians. So how does one of the genre’s biggest hearts occupy... Read more »


Dustin Lynch Celebrates No. 1 “Mind Reader” With Writers Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip

A hugging, backslapping crowd surged through the South bar on Nashville’s Music Row Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 24) to applaud Dustin Lynch for his third No. 1 single, “Mind Reader,” written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip. All three principals were on hand to bask in the congratulations, as well as the song’s producer, Mickey Jack... Read more »


ACM Honors Announces Final Performers

The final performers for the 10th annual ACM Honors are Alicia Keys, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Dan + Shay and the Band Perry. Mike Fisher, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Thomas Rhett have been added as presenters for Tuesday’s (Aug. 30) event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini,... Read more »


World Premiere: Granger Smith “If the Boot Fits”

Granger Smith took the Nashville scene by storm with his No. 1 hit “Backroad Song,” and now he’s singing one for the cowgirls with his newest “If The Boot Fits.” Call it a country boy’s version of the Cinderella story — because who needs a glass slipper when you’ve got a cowgirl boot? And this... Read more »


Reba McEntire Selling Nashville-Area Home

When I hear that a home on 83 acres is for sale, I don’t consider that a home. To me, that is a small town. So now that Reba McEntire has put her property in Lebanon, Tennessee, up for sale at $7.9 million, all I can think of is that someone will scoop that up... Read more »


Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin Reportedly Separating

While Jana Kramer was busy out in California on Wednesday (Aug. 24) taping an episode of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show Chelsea, reports that her marriage was over were starting to show up everywhere. According to Entertainment Tonight, a source close to the couple confirmed that Caussin is currently being treated in a rehab facility for... Read more »


Ronnie Dunn and Reba: Collaborating Again

Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire have a duet on his upcoming album Tattooed Heart. It’s called “Still Feels Like Mexico.” But even outside the recording studio, it sounds like the two stars are collaborating in other ways. Dunn admitted in a new radio interview that Reba called him recently for a favor. “She calls one... Read more »


New Season of Nashville Coming to Thursdays in January on CMT

It’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for! The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they... Read more »


Why You Should Watch Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team This Season

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team Season 11 premieres Thursday (Aug. 25) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. And, we are over-the-moon excited to share a few snippets from the season.


Exclusive Video: RaeLynn’s “Love Triangle”

RaeLynn was always destined to be a star. She had all the necessary preparation, thanks in large part to a childhood filled with great music. During her recent CMT Next Women of Country Live performance, the Texas native said her dad listened to all the greats, including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline. “He... Read more »


Justin Moore Lands on Albums Peak With Kinda Don’t Care

Justin Moore’s Kinda Don’t Care debuts at No. 1 this week on Billboard’s country albums chart. It achieves that eminence on initial sales of 37,050 albums, according Nielsen SoundScan’s count. Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up,” now perches at the top of the country airplay songs chart, culminating a 29-week trek. Two other new... Read more »


8 Reasons We’re Excited for I Love Kellie Pickler Season 2

It’s been almost seven months since the Season 1 finale of I Love Kellie Pickler, and we couldn’t be more excited to have our favorite couple back on our TVs on Thursday nights. While we still have to wait one more day until the premiere (Aug 25), we’re going to pass the time by counting... Read more »


Tim McGraw Urges Fans to Help Louisiana Flood Victims

I wasn’t surprised when Tim McGraw made a video asking his fans and followers to help with the efforts to get Louisiana out from under water. https://t.co/QNsP3arViChttps://t.co/DoUWOR71T4 — Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) August 22, 2016 “This is Tim McGraw. My home state of Louisiana has been devastated for the second time this year by terrible floods.... Read more »


Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar Coming to Nashville’s Lower Broadway

Another Alan Jackson business is coming to Nashville’s Lower Broadway. Already a partner in the popular Acme Feed & Seed at 101 Broadway, Jackson has bought the 6,000-square-foot property formerly known as the Wheel and has plans to reopen the space at 421 Broadway as his new honky-tonk called Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar. Renovations... Read more »


Zac Brown on Family’s Road Life

There’s a song — an outstanding song — on Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give album from 2010. It’s called “I Play the Road.” It’s about life in a touring band, but it’s a little more poetic than other similar songs, especially in the mostly-acappella bridge where one of Brown’s four daughters questions... Read more »


Keith Urban Celebrates “Break on Me” With Writers Ross Copperman, Jon Nite

Well-wishers from all over Music Row joined Keith Urban Monday afternoon (Aug. 22) at Jack White’s Third Man Records complex in Nashville to toast Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, the writers of Urban’s recent No. 1 single, “Break on Me.” Celebrants stood shoulder to shoulder in a room that appeared to have been decorated by... Read more »


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