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Darius Rucker: A Hometown Hero for South Carolina

On Friday’s (March 31) CMT Hometown Heroes, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at Darius Rucker donating his time, talent and treasure to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. Rucker went back to Charleston’s MUSC for a surprise visit, and brought with him everything he needed to remodel and redecorate the teen lounge in... Read more »


Chris Janson: “I Believe in Staying in Your Own Lane”

Editor’s Note: Janson will co-host an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown with Kelleigh Bannen and High Valley on April 1 and 2 at 9 a.m. ET/PT. On the morning the ACM nominations came out, Chris Janson and his wife Kelly were driving home in Nashville’s bumper to bumper traffic after a long night of red-eye... Read more »


Meet Zac Brown’s Latest Family Addition

Zac Brown didn’t leave the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo without a Big Texas souvenir. On Sunday (March 26), the front man of the Grammy-winning country band and his wife Shelly went in on the $330,000 purchase of the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. 2017 Junior Market Steer Auction Grand Champion (top) sells for... Read more »


No More Empty Seats for Maren Morris

Call it the Grammy Effect. Now that Maren Morris has won one of the coveted awards, she has returned to her home state of Texas. And her shows there will be much different from when she was just getting started and most of the seats were empty. “Coming back to Texas is really emotional,” Morris... Read more »


Last Weekend Greatest Hits

How was your weekend? Busy? So was country music’s. Thomas Rhett made a new friend, Jason Aldean went bowling, Darius Rucker cheered on South Carolina’s Gamecocks in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Carrie Underwood indulged in some well-deserved cake to celebrate her 100th Grand Ole Opry performance, Maren Morris brought her music to a bucket-list... Read more »


Tift Merritt’s “Icarus” Spotlights Marfa, Texas

Nature was one of Tift Merritt’s favorite collaborators while writing several songs on her sixth studio album Stitch of the World, which was made in the wake of several life changes. She was turning 40, her marriage was ending, and she decided to take a year off the road to see what would happen. After... Read more »


Trace Adkins: “Music Will Still Do That to Me”

If there is one artist who is not afraid to speak the truth, it’s Trace Adkins. He gets real about the past, present and his inner demons in his deeply nostalgic and honest new single “Watered Down,” a song about growing older and wiser, all while still retaining a spark of youth. That fire never... Read more »


A Spring Wedding Is Sam Hunt’s No. 1 Priority

Sam Hunt felt right at home when CMT Hot 20 Countdown caught up with him at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. That night, Hunt’s headlining set at the NRG Stadium attracted 70,263 fans — a far cry from the smaller outdoor stage he first played at the Houston Rodeo three years ago. But that... Read more »



Why RaeLynn Is OK with Husband’s Decision

RaeLynn might be a little bummed that her brand new husband Josh Davis isn’t home. But then she remembers why, and everything is fine. “How can you get upset at something that’s so honorable? Serving your country is the most selfless, amazing thing you could ever do,” she told CMT.com of Davis’ decision to enlist... Read more »


Darius Rucker Takes Over CMT

If you’re a Darius Rucker fan, then CMT is the place you need to be. Starting this Thursday (March 23), the “Wagon Wheel” singer will be taking over the airwaves. First, you can spot him crooning in black and white stripes while portraying Johnny Bragg of the The Prisonaires on the new episode of Sun... Read more »


See John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker Rock “Pink Houses”

In case you haven’t heard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker recently taped a CMT Crossroads special together and, yes, the pairing was pretty much perfect. We have a sneak peek of them performing one of Mellencamp’s classic hits, “Pink Houses.” Rucker nails his part on the politically-charged, patriotic... Read more »


Who Will Follow in Kris Kristofferson’s Footsteps?

Editor’s note: Kris Kristofferson will perform on CMT’s all-star concert special Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings, airing April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Can you picture Luke Bryan on stage in 2056? Is it possible that Miranda Lambert will sell out shows in 2063? Could Sam Hunt still be performing in 2064? After... Read more »


Soul Assembly: A Musical Fellowship That Can’t Be Repeated

Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson, JJ Grey and Anders Osborne each front raucous rock ‘n’ roll bands, but when the four musicians tour as Soul Assembly, their American Southern roots take center stage. The tour debuted in 2014 and returned in 2017 for a rare month-long trek that wraps Sunday (March 26) in Indianapolis. “JJ’s team... Read more »


Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Call New Song Lesson for Young Men

By Thursday evening (March 23), everyone will know what Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s brand new song “Speak To A Girl” is all about. But until then, here is what I know. It’s about honesty. And teaching men how to speak to women, while they are young. I know that because of what McGraw and... Read more »


It’s Up to Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley to Create a Vegas Vibe

There are only 10 days left until the Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas. And co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley know exactly how important that setting is for the show. “I think the Vegas factor is always very important for the whole vibe of the show. The fans are coming... Read more »


Why Darius Rucker Missed John Mellencamp

Editor’s note: CMT Crossroads: John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker airs exclusively on CMT on Friday (March 24) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. When Darius Rucker and I sat down to compare notes on growing up with a John Cougar Mellencamp soundtrack — in our cars and in our minds — the first thing I wanted to... Read more »


Faith Hill: Holding On and Letting Go

Is the secret to Faith Hill’s enduring beauty the three teenage girls she’s raised? It sounds like it might be. Because in the new issue of New Beauty, Hill opens up about getting back on the road after taking care of things at home for nearly a decade, and taking care of herself along the... Read more »


Luke Bryan Joins Men-Are-Idiots Club

You know how when you take your wedding vows, you promise to love someone for better or for worse? Well, this is not what that means. In a recent conversation with KSON radio in San Diego, Luke Bryan admitted that he’s had some fights with his wife Caroline that he handled, well, like an idiot.... Read more »


Keith Urban on the Spiritual Wake-Up Call

Keith Urban is going to turn 50 in October, and he sure is making middle age look good. So when he was on Canada’s Global News Morning recently to promote his upcoming show in Montréal, Québec on Aug. 12, the show hosts rattled off all the awards Urban has collected in all his years in... Read more »


Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and More Join ACM Awards Lineup

The 52nd annual ACM Awards has added performances by Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Christian artist Lauren Daigle. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren... Read more »


Little Big Town Calls Song Hope for Happiness

While Little Big Town is still touring Down Under, over here on this side of the world, their fans are celebrating the release of their latest single, “Happy People.” The song was written by Lori McKenna (“Humble and Kind,” “Girl Crush,” and “I Want Crazy,” just to name a few) and Hailey Whitters, and Little... Read more »


Melissa Etheridge’s Nashville Night Out

If you know anything about the Nashville music scene, you know there’s never a loss of live music choices on any given night. On Monday (March 20), Melissa Etheridge, Cam, Sonia Leigh and alternative artist Troi Irons had their pick of the litter of local showcases to crash. The Bluebird hosts a weekly open mic... Read more »


Lollapalooza 2017 Books Tucker Beathard and Ryan Adams

Tucker Beathard and Ryan Adams are among the country and rock acts booked for the 26th Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. The 2017 lineup was announced Wednesday (March 22). Muse, Chance the Rapper, The Killers and Arcade Fire will headline the four-day, all-genre event starting Aug. 3 in Grant Park. The festival will also feature... Read more »


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