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Easton Corbin: About to Get Real

For Easton Corbin‘s fans, the wait is officially over with Tuesday’s (June 30) release of his new album, About to Get Real. The Florida native went into the studio last year to complete the project. Just when he thought it was finished, he and his producer Carson Chamberlain thought maybe — just maybe — there... Read more »

Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley Headline FarmBorough

Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley were the headliners this weekend at FarmBorough, the first-ever country music festival in New York City. The event took place Friday through Sunday (June 26-28) on Randall’s Island in the East River. The significance of the festival was recognized by Nashville and the country music community. For years,... Read more »

Brandy Clark: “Buy a Female’s CD”

When Brandy Clark was in New York City on Saturday (June 27), playing FarmBorough at Randall’s Island, she talked with the Village Voice about everything from the Big Apple to the loyalty of country fans to the vibe at festivals. But then, they had to go there. They had to ask about the recent “tomato”... Read more »

Chris Janson’s Boat Would Be Icing on the Cake

If all you did was listen to Chris Janson’s hit song “Buy Me a Boat,” you might think he was getting his priorities mixed up. Like he’d make buying a boat one of his life’s goals. But I’ve met him. And his wife. And I know for sure that Janson would only buy a boat... Read more »

Justin Moore: Behind the Fishing Scenes

About a week ago, Justin Moore posted the most adorable photo of his daughter Ella, 5, holding up a fish. Now, I don’t fish, but I asked Moore if that was the right age to start. He told me that he’d tried to take her once before — when she was about 3 and a... Read more »

Kelsea Ballerini Spirits Debut Single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” to No. 1

It took 38 weeks to do it — somewhat longer than growing a sequoia seedling to maturity — but Kelsea Ballerinihas taken “Love Me Like You Mean It” to the top of Billboard’s country airplay songs chart. In so doing, she becomes the first female breakthrough artist to drive her initial single all the way... Read more »

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brantley Gilbert Share Music on CMT Crossroads

Saturday night (June 27) will rock hard with the premiere of CMT Crossroads: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brantley Gilbert. It marks the legendary rock band’s second CMT Crossroads appearance. It’s the first for Gilbert, who says the collaboration has been a long time in the making. “We’ve been back and forth for a while about doing... Read more »

Chris Young Goes to Jamaica on CMT Hot 20 Countdown

Jamaica goes country this weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown. We travel to the Caribbean island for Boots on the Beach. We’ll set sail on a catamaran down the Jamaican coast with Chris Young, sample some local cuisine with Jerrod Niemann and go bobsledding through the jungle with Tyler Farr. There are oceanfront... Read more »

Keith Urban Breaks Down the Johns

The first time Keith Urban performed “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ back in February, he wasn’t even sure if he’d remembered all the lyrics right. But everyone else seemed to think it was pretty memorable. “Maybe two days later, somebody sent me a YouTube link, and that’s the first time I actually heard the... Read more »

Eric Church’s Unlikely Role in Jurassic World

There’s a great song on Eric Church‘s The Outsiders album called “Dark Side.” He wrote it with Travis Meadows and Jeremy Spillman. It’s one of those haunting ballads we can all relate to: how you have probably done some stuff you’re not proud of, so you try to keep that a secret. Well, guess who... Read more »

Kacey Musgraves Finds Inspiration in Jim Croce, Glen Campbell

Just when you thought it couldn’t get better than her big debut, Same Trailer Different Park, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves drops an even more sparkling gem on us in the form of her brand new Pageant Material. Yep, it’s glorious. Released this week, it will no doubt be a favorite of fans and critics alike as... Read more »

John Rich Bringing Redneck Riviera to Nashville

Toby Keith has I Love This Bar and Grill, Dierks Bentley has Whiskey Row. Now it’s John Rich’s turn to open a restaurant. He’s planning to bring his Redneck Riviera brand to Nashville in the form of a “high-end, family-friendly” restaurant and bar. A bar you can bring your babies to? A lot of parents... Read more »

Recap: Party Down South 2: Double Shot of Heartbreak

On the recent episode of Party Down South 2, Bradley and Raven’s relationship finally reaches its breaking point, which leads to an epic guys’ night and Duke reeling in two girls. Meanwhile, Kelsie and Hunter’s fling starts to unravel, the guys and girls split up, hit the bars and crank up the flirting. And there... Read more »

Carrie Underwood: Most Wanted Babysitter

Granted, Carrie Underwood has only been a mother for less than four months. But she must give off some kind of strong maternal vibe, because when it comes to the celebrities who non-celeb moms would hire as babysitters, Underwood is winning. NBC’s Today has revealed the results of a new survey done with 800 tech-savvy... Read more »

Dwight Yoakam Presented Career Achievement Award From Country Radio Broadcasters

Country-rocker, songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam was honored with the career achievement award Wednesday night (June 24) at the 41st annual Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner held at Nashville’s Omni Hotel. “I haven’t gotten a lot of awards,” Yoakam mused as he held his trophy. “I’ve had a great run, and one thing I... Read more »

Dustin Lynch Calls Reba His “Life-Long Crush”

In a new interview with, Dustin Lynch talked about his list — his very long list — of the artists who influenced him and the artists he’d love to duet with some day. There’s obviously a lot of crossover. Because of course if a singer had a big impact on you growing up, why... Read more »

Newcomer Tucker Beathard Has Songwriting in His Blood

I know I’m probably going to love a new artist when we can bond over a six-year-old Tim McGraw album track within the first 10 minutes of meeting. Which is exactly the kind of great-minds-think-alike introduction I had when Tucker Beathard was in Chicago playing the Windy City LakeShake on Friday (June 19). Signed to... Read more »

Justin Moore’s Littlest Co-Writer

A few weeks ago, Justin Moore posted a photo on Twitter of him playing guitar in his daughter Ella’s bedroom. “Random, but this is my favorite way to play music,” he wrote. “In my daughter’s bedroom. Me playing. Her singing.” So when I had the chance, I told him I wanted to know everything about... Read more »

Kacey Musgraves Releases Pageant Material, Plans New Tour

For Kacey Musgraves, life is currently just as her latest single, “Biscuits,” dubs it — gravy. The acclaimed singer-songwriter singer revealed plans this week for a new tour following the release of her highly-anticipated sophomore album, Pageant Material. Musgraves wrote the album’s title track with Shane McAnally and Luke Laird.“It was just a sleeper,” she... Read more »

Dierks Bentley’s High of Choice

There’s a line in one of my favorite Dierks Bentley songs that talks about the feeling he gets when he hears his songs on the radio. “I remember hearin’ my song on the radio/The first time it felt like some kinda drug.” So when Bentley was in Chicago on Friday (June 19), I asked him... Read more »

Why Alan Jackson Writes Alone

Alan Jackson has a new album coming out in a few weeks. It’s called Angels and Alcohol, and he wrote the majority of the tunes by himself, including the title track. It’s not that Jackson has anything against co-writers and collaborators. He’s just kind of gotten used to doing it his way. The country legend... Read more »

Kip Moore “Loved Every Second” of Widespread Panic

Because Kip Moore is wearing a John Cougar Mellencamp T-shirt in his “I’m to Blame” video, when I sat down with Moore on Friday (June 19) in Chicago, I had to tell him that that John Cougar was my very first concert. Which led to us talking about the first concert Moore ever saw and... Read more »

Kelsea Ballerini Makes a Little Chart History

Kelsea Ballerini’s fans love her and they mean it! The singer’s debut single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” made radio history this week when it soared to No. 1 on the country airplay charts. It’s the first solo female debut to achieve the landmark since Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” in 2006. “It’s... Read more »

Little Big Town: Bad Review Builds Character

Well, I’m glad someone can laugh about this. Because I don’t know that I could get over such harsh criticism, But there they were, all the member of Little Big Town on CBS Sunday Morning on Sunday (June 21), fondly recalling their first terrible review in The Tennessean, Nashville’s daily newspaper. “Something about eating away... Read more »

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