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Mark Gray, ‘80s Hitmaker, Dead at 64

Songwriter and recording artist Mark Gray died Friday (Dec. 2) in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 64. Among the No. 1 songs he co-wrote were Alabama’s “Take Me Down” and “The Closer You Get” and Janie Fricke’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” as well as his own Top 10 hits, “Left Side of the Bed” and... Read more »

Granger Smith Hospitalized After Stage Fall

Granger Smith has been admitted to a trauma center in Brunswick, New Jersey, after crashing off the stage mid-show at Sayreville’s Starland Ballroom on Friday night (Dec. 2). Video footage online shows that Smith was standing on a monitor when it gave way, causing him to crash off the stage and into a metal barricade.... Read more »

World Premiere Video: Dustin Lynch Is “Seein’ Red”

Don’t worry. Dustin Lynch isn’t mad. His new single “Seein’ Red” is not about getting angry. It’s about getting frisky! He’s seeing red, all right, but on the high heels, party dress and lips of a beautiful woman. Pretty clever, really. And it’s so catchy, you’ll be singing it for the rest of the day.... Read more »

Nashville: New Season Photo Gallery

The premiere of the new season of Nashville is right around the corner, and we can barely contain our excitement. Earlier this week (Nov 30) we revealed a brand new poster featuring our leading ladies Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in all of their glittery glory. The first official #NashvilleCMT poster is finally here! Read more »

Cole Swindell Wouldn’t Be Here Without ’90s Country

When Cole Swindell was 11, and his parents were going through a divorce, he fell in love with country music. More specifically, a country song about a divorce. “Looking back, I remember the moment I knew I loved country music. It was when I heard Clay Walker’s ‘This Woman and This Man,’” Swindell told me... Read more »

Alicia Keys and Maren Morris Share Mutual Love of Soul on CMT Crossroads

While taping the newest episode of CMT Crossroads, hearing Alicia Keys sing her original lyrics was a surreal feeling for Maren Morris. “It’s cool to see an artist that is so iconic in her own right — in every right really — singing words that I wrote in a dark studio somewhere a year or... Read more »

Kip Moore Brings Heartland Rock, Country Roots to New York City

NEW YORK CITY — Kip Moore’s Thursday night (Dec. 1) show here at Terminal 5 underlined both the singer-songwriter’s country roots and his rock ‘n’ roll heart. Jon Pardi and female trio Runaway June filled out the bill. And Pardi’s recent turn toward a more organic, old-school approach than is common in country these days... Read more »

Eli Young Band’s Jon Jones and Wife Sarah Welcome a Daughter

Eli Young Band bassist Jon Jones and his wife Sarah curated the perfect playlist to welcome their daughter Lila Pascale Jones into the world. But there was no time for music when she made her big debut in the early morning hours of Wednesday (Nov. 30) in Fort Worth, Texas, weighing 7 pounds and measuring... Read more »

Why Was Carrie Underwood’s Suitcase So Heavy?

When Carrie Underwood was packing for her tour Down Under, her son Isaiah had a pretty ingenious idea. Get in her suitcase and travel with her to Oz. So, I may or may not have smuggled the kiddo into New Zealand with me…….ok, I didn't, but maybe I should have because I'm already missing him... Read more »

Nashville Sneak Peek Set for Dec. 15 on CMT

The holidays are coming early for the Nashies! As a gift for the fans, CMT will sneak the first hour of the two-hour season premiere of Nashville on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Additionally, CMT just dropped the first trailer for the new season. Check it out! The season begins with Rayna and... Read more »

Charlie Daniels and Friends Get Down, Get Loud at Volunteer Jam

“For all of you people who call me a redneck and a hillbilly, I got two words: ‘Thank you,'” Charlie Daniels told the crowd gathered at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena during his 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam. It’s kind of a standard line for Daniels, who welcomed those of similar bent into his world Wednesday night (Nov.... Read more »

Dolly Parton Supports Her Tennessee Mountain Home

Dolly Parton has established a new My People Fund to support those affected by this week’s wildfires that destroyed more than 17,100 acres of East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains where she was raised. The new charity initiative will fund monthly donations of $1,000 to Sevier County families who lost their homes in the devastation. In... Read more »

Luke Bryan: Behind the Altercation at Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam

Luke Bryan‘s team has issued a response following an altercation he had with an audience member at Charlie Daniels‘ Volunteer Jam at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Several videos of the incident have been circulating on social media following the Wednesday night (Nov. 30) concert, but the full exchange between the two men isn’t exactly clear. According... Read more »

Hey, Miranda Lambert, That’s My Story, Too

To hear Miranda Lambert explain it, it all makes perfect sense. “There’s nothing else you want as a songwriter but to write something down and someone go, ‘Hey, that’s my story, too,’” Lambert says in a video she posted on Wednesday (Nov. 30) on Instagram. And so many of the songs on her new album... Read more »

Kip Moore: “The Record Finds Me”

Kip Moore’s voice sounds raspier than usual over the phone during our interview. He is on a tour bus on his way to one of his final shows of the year in Peoria, Illinois, after a trip to Washington, D.C. While there, he performed as part of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize tribute... Read more »

Support East Tennessee

Michael Luciano can be heard praying in a Washington Post video of his horrifying evacuation from the wildfires that engulfed 15,000 acres of land in East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains this week. While navigating an apocalyptic scene of fire, ash and smoke, he said, “Please Lord, let us get off this mountain.” That’s just one... Read more »

Florida Georgia Line: Deciding Who Leads

First there was the decision of what to call the band. Florida Georgia Line? Or Georgia Florida Line? Once that was all figured out, the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley have had the ongoing dilemma of choosing who sings lead vocals on each song. But it sounds like they just let the music lead... Read more »

Little Big Town Blessed With Honey

Almost a week ago, right around Thanksgiving Day, Little Big Town‘s Karen Fairchild posted a picture of her six-year-old son Elijah Dylan holding a brand new dog. “Well, here we go,” she wrote on Instagram. “Taking this little girl home with us.” Well, here we go. Taking this little girl home with us. ?? A... Read more »

How George Strait Changed Granger Smith’s Life

This must be why people refer to George Strait as the King. Because he has the power to change lives. That’s how Granger Smith sees it, anyway. Smith told industry publication Country Aircheck that seeing Strait at the Texas Stadium in 1996 changed his life. “I camped out to get the tickets,” Smith recalled. “Because... Read more »

In the Devil’s Teeth With the Muddy Magnolias

Muddy Magnolias’ Kallie North and Jessy Wilson feel blessed to have found each other in Nashville’s music community where most artists never find their musical soulmates. They play off one another like they were born sisters, and they stay inspired everywhere they go. Nearly halfway into our interview, they paused to write down a... Read more »

Martina McBride Confirms Love Unleashed Tour Dates for 2017

Martina McBride has extended her Love Unleashed Tour into 2017, partnering with CMT for its third annual Next Women of Country Tour. Lauren Alaina will be joining McBride for the new tour dates announced Tuesday (Nov. 29). “We have created an environment at the shows where fans can come together to share positive energy and... Read more »

Miranda Lambert Tops Country Albums Chart With The Weight of These Wings

Flying in like a last-minute Rudolph, Miranda Lambert has given country music the Christmas jolt it needed with The Weight of These Wings. Her enigmatically titled double album debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart and No. 3 on the all-formats Billboard 200 on first-week sales of 121,766 copies, as calculated by Nielsen Soundscan.... Read more »

World Premiere: Cody Johnson “With You I Am”

You might not expect a heartfelt love song from a former bull-riding prison guard, but Cody Johnson delivers a home run with his latest single “With You I Am.” The song is a beautiful ode to love and how it can bring out the best in you and maybe even a side of yourself you’ve... Read more »

Carrie Underwood Shares Storyteller Mems

Last night was the last night. Carrie Underwood played her last Storyteller show in Utah on Monday night (Nov. 28). But while she may have left the stage, she didn’t leave empty handed. Underwood’s tour openers gave her tour souvenirs, and she thanked them all graciously on Instagram. To the duo The Swon Brothers, who... Read more »

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