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Memorial Day: A Country Playlist

Country music’s history of honoring those who serve in the armed forces dates back to Ernest Tubb‘s “Soldier’s Last Letter,” which spent four weeks at the top of the country chart in 1944. Those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation have remained on the minds of country artists throughout... Read more »

Tyler Farr Has No. 1 Single With “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”

Tyler Farr trots into the winner’s circle on Billboard’s country airplay chart this week with “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.” It’s been a long haul. The song began its upward journey 42 weeks ago. And for the third straight week, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde is country music’s bestselling album. The highest... Read more »

Jason Aldean’s New Video Takes Him Back to Clock-Punching Days

Jason Aldean used to be a soft drink delivery guy. Let that image sink in a little before you hear this. His new video for his sexy new single, “Tonight Looks Good on You,” premieres Saturday (May 23) on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. In it, Aldean plays a part — not a starring part, just... Read more »

Why Brad Paisley Fears Blake Shelton’s Phone Call

This weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown, we’re in Atlanta for the inaugural Shaky Boots music festival! We’ve got hot performances and interviews with Brad Paisley, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Sara Evans and more. And we have the exclusive world premiere of Jason Aldean’s brand new video, “Tonight Looks Good... Read more »

Luke Bryan Overwhelmed by Hall of Fame Exhibit

From his grade school backpack to his first guitar and a lengthy list of accolades and awards, fans anxious for a glimpse into the life of superstar Luke Bryan don’t have to look any farther than his new Dirt Road Diary exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “It’s an... Read more »

Tim McGraw’s Journey to Tomorrowland and Beyond

Get your popcorn and candy ready. Tim McGraw’s newest film Tomorrowland arrived in theaters Friday (May 22). The Disney sci-fi action flick also stars A-listers George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, best known for his starring role on the critically-acclaimed TV series House, M.D. To say McGraw is a talented, well-respected actor almost makes me feel... Read more »

Friday Night Lights: Memorial Day Marathon

The Emmy and Peabody Award winning ensemble drama, Friday Night Lights begins airing on Memorial Day, May 25, with a special kickoff marathon of the series, presented by Ram Trucks and hosted by country sensation, football lover and Redneck Island co-host Jessie James Decker. The day-long event begins with the CMT premiere of the Friday... Read more »

Recap: Party Down South 2: Two Can Play at This Game

In the recent episode of Party Down South 2, Hunter wakes up and realizes he’s cuddling with Kelsie. Not a bad place to be, according to Hunter. In contrast, this means Kelsie’s getting ridiculed the moment she wakes up. When Duke tries to play it cool by giving her a hard time, Kelsie is mortified.... Read more »

Carrie Underwood’s Creative Ammunition on “Little Toy Guns”

I can’t even imagine what it’s like to sit in a room with Nashville’s best singers and songwriters and come up with something worthy of recording. But in an interview in the weekly Billboard Country newsletter, country hitmaker Chris DeStefano did a nice job describing the “Little Toy Guns” writing session with Carrie Underwood and... Read more »

Brad Paisley on Opening for Rolling Stones

You’re probably excited about Brad Paisley opening the Rolling Stones‘ June 17 gig at Nashville’s LP Field, but nobody is as stoked about it as Paisley himself. During a Wednesday afternoon (May 21) visit with Nashville-based media, he talked with some about the upcoming show. Here are some of his remarks and humblebrags: On needing... Read more »

Ever Feared for Your Safety at a Concert?

(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) What do B.B. King and the Bandidos motorcycle gang have in common? No, it’s not a joke, and the answer probably exists only in my head. However, the two topics intersected there during the past week with news of the death... Read more »

Sam Hunt and Dwight Yoakam Become “Fast” Friends

Sam Hunt is probably still pinching himself after the recent ACM Presents: Superstar Duets special. The rising star got to perform with one of country music’s greats — none other than Dwight Yoakam. And not only was the performance of Yoakam’s classic “Fast as You,” pretty doggone killer and a big moment for the “Take... Read more »

Tim McGraw, George Clooney Prepare for Tomorrowland

Tim McGraw is adding to his list of all-star projects with this weekend’s premiere of his latest film, Tomorrowland, a futuristic project with what cast members believe has a great deal of heart. “You know art and what you do and … you know growing up around music, there’s got to be an honesty to... Read more »

Kelly Clarkson on “Clingy and Mushy” Guys

First of all, yes. I do read Seventeen magazine. I’m not 17, obviously, but I try to read everything that has anything to do with music. So when I ran across an advice column from Kelly Clarkson in the June/July issue out now, I had to share it. Right from the get-go, Clarkson admits she... Read more »

Keith Urban Goes for “Broke” With Jason Derulo

If you’re gonna be “Broke,” Keith Urban, you definitely want to be there with with Stevie Wonder and Jason Derulo. Urban is one of the superstars featured on Derulo’s forthcoming album, Everything Is 4, on a track called “Broke.” Let the genre-bending continue! Wonder also appears on the tune, playing the harmonica, while Urban contributes... Read more »

Luke Bryan: “We Feel Honored That We’re So Blessed”

When Luke Bryan was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (May 19), he opened up a little bit about how his family is growing and how teenagers cannot be fooled. Bryan and his wife Caroline took in Bryan’s nephew after the 13-year-old’s father died late last November. Til’s mom Kelly (Bryan’s older sister) passed... Read more »

Is It Meghan Trainor or Party Down South 2‘s Kelsie Davenport?

Many Party Down South 2 fans keep bringing up an interesting observation: the new roommate, Kelsie Davenport, looks almost identical to pop star Meghan Trainor. But how alike are they? Were they separated at birth or merely just dopplegangers? We investigated by way of Instagram. Instavestigated, if you will. 1. Back in the day, they... Read more »

2015 CMT Music Awards Confirm Superstar Performers

Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and Luke Bryan are on the first list of performers announced for the 2015 CMT Music Awards. The star-studded lineup was announced Tuesday morning (May 19). Additional performers, presenters and the host for the loudest night in country music will be revealed... Read more »

Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Set for August Release

The good news: Luke Bryan is making a new album. The bad news: He’s no match for a 5-year-old. During a Tuesday (May 19) appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Bryan announced that his new album, Kill the Lights, will be released Aug. 7. In addition to talking to the talk show host and performing... Read more »

Brad Paisley Opening Rolling Stones’ Nashville Show

Brad Paisley has been tapped to open the Rolling Stones’ June 17 concert at Nashville’s LP Field. It’s not the first time the Rolling Stones have selected a country act to open for them. Brooks & Dunn accepted the challenge at a 2006 concert at Qwest Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The rock band’s Zip Code... Read more »

Logan Mize Embraces “Good Time”

You “Can’t Get Away From a Good Time” when you’re with newcomer Logan Mize. See what I did there? I know, but I can’t help myself. I’ve been grooving all week to the Kansas native’s current single in anticipation of Tuesday’s (May 19) official world premiere of the music video at CMT. This is a... Read more »

Taylor Swift Talks Feminism in Maxim, of All Places

The June/July issue of Maxim is out, and it’s all about their Hot List. And guess who is No. 1? Taylor Swift. But that’s not even the most revealing part. In this, the racy men’s magazine, Swift turns the conversation to feminism and its role in her life and her music. “A man writing about... Read more »

If Kenny Chesney’s Bus Could Talk

One of my favorite Kenny Chesney songs is on his latest album, The Big Revival. It’s called “If This Bus Could Talk.” I like it because I am crazy about songs that paint a picture of life on the road and because Chesney wrote it with Tom Douglas (“Meanwhile Back at Mama’s,” “The House That... Read more »

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