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July 27, 2016

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Maren Morris: CMT’s Next Women of Country Live

Ask Maren Morris about her music, and you know that with a soulful voice like hers, she’s bound to have some solid influences, including Dolly Parton. In a new interview for CMT’s Next Women of Country Live, Morris reveals Parton as one of her biggest influences as a singer, songwriter and personality. “I was such... Read more »


Brett Eldredge Working on New Music

Brett Eldredge’s latest album Illinois turns one on Sept. 11. But the No. 1 thing to understand about creative people is that they can’t stop creating. “I’m already writing for my third album,” Eldredge says in a new All Access Q&A. “I write a lot. I have songs that didn’t make the last album that... Read more »


Kip Moore Shares the Story Behind “Cigarette”

Any pro songwriter knows that inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. One just has to pay attention. The day Frankie Ballard’s new single “Cigarette” was written, Kip Moore happened to be paying close attention to a stranger’s last drag. At the time, Moore was in the middle of a songwriting session with Chris... Read more »


Willie Nelson Prepares For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

Willie Nelson‘s next album will be a tribute to fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price. Working closely with two longtime friends — producer Fred Foster and conductor-arranger Bergen White — Nelson recorded the album at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios. Price, who died in 2013 at age 87, and Nelson recorded two albums... Read more »


Carrie Underwood’s Son’s One Splash Worth a Million

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher’s 17-month-old son Isaiah has officially mastered the belly flop. There’s no denying that after watching the Instagram post of his cautious technique in their kiddie pool earlier this week. But also noteworthy is his parents’ ability to share the tiny video of his tiny feat and together get a combined... Read more »


Aubrie Sellers Inks to Stevie Wonder

When one of CMT’s Next Women of Country Aubrie Sellers inked her new major label deal with Warner Music Nashville, she did it to the sounds of Stevie Wonder and a few bottles of champagne popping. At least that’s what it looked like in a new Instagram video of her toast set to the Wonder... Read more »


For Brad Paisley’s Sons, Film Scores Come First

I’m sure Brad Paisley’s sons Huck and Jasper love Brad Paisley songs. And yet, Paisley himself admits that they have a current obsession with a different kind of composer. “I’m not sure if I’m raising them correctly or completely wrong,” Paisley admitted in a new Billboard story. “You know what they listen to more than... Read more »


Still The King Recap: Hands on a Hard Vessel [SPOILERS]

The episode opens with a TV-news reporter covering the Hands on a Hard Vessel contest, which is a contest to see who can keep their hand on the boat the longest. The winner of the contest gets to keep the boat. The reporter interviews four-time winner Vance Trecks, a dirtball oozing an unearned cockiness.


An Afternoon on the Water With Jake Owen

Hand Jake Owen an ukulele and he’ll be quick to bust out his go-to tune. Hugging the little instrument to his chest while standing on his Malibu M235 speedboat, he sings Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” for a few passengers onboard for a 30-minute cruise on Nashville’s Cumberland River. When it was time to... Read more »


World Premiere: Ryan Kinder’s “Tonight”

Ryan Kinder knows how difficult it can be to let go of love. His earnest single “Tonight” tells the tale of two hearts who can’t seem to say goodbye, including an all-too-familiar angst sure to resonate with just about everyone. (Raise your hand if you’ve ever been that person on the phone with your ex... Read more »


Chris Stapleton Brings Traveller to New York City

NEW YORK CITY — Just as the success of his 2015 debut album, Traveller, signaled an unlikely renaissance of authenticity in country, Chris Stapleton’s show at Forest Hills Stadium on Saturday (July 23) provided further proof that the 15-years-in-the-making “overnight sensation” can kiss his underdog days goodbye. The historic, 14,000-capacity venue, the original home to... Read more »


Dierks Bentley Adds Nine Fall Tour Stops

When I saw Dierks Bentley in Chicago this summer, it seemed like his fans couldn’t get enough of him. And now it appears that the feeling is mutual. Bentley announced on Monday (July 25) that the very last shows of his Somewhere on a Beach tour will not, in fact, be the two at Colorado’s... Read more »


Keith Urban and Miles Teller Do the Temptations

Hollywood actor Miles Teller is probably driving his Bronco listening to Bob Seger right now, according to his Twitter bio. But over the weekend, he had more than just Seger tunes in his head. Teller joined Keith Urban on stage at Albuquerque, New Mexico on Saturday (July 23) night for a surprise duet of the... Read more »


Martina McBride: On the Fringe and That’s OK

Martina McBride‘s learned a thing or two in the 24 years since she released her debut album. And one of the most important lessons is to just follow what she loves. Her new single “Just Around the Corner” – written by Sarah Buxton, Cary Barlowe and Sam Ellis – is just one example of a... Read more »


Randy Rogers Band’s Salute to “San Antone”

If you’re looking for the Randy Rogers Band, you might want to check Frio Street in San Antonio. Their new single “San Antone” is a salute to the landmark Texas city’s flavor and history, and the video shot by the Edde Brothers follows suit. With shots of the guys traveling the nation — wowing the... Read more »


Maren Morris: Longhorns Are Everywhere

When Maren Morris posted a picture of her gorgeous new tattoo this week, I wasn’t surprised she’d gone with a longhorn on her skin. Because she’s from Texas, and it just looks kind of perfect on her. New ink! Thanks for your beautiful heart and talent, Amanda Wachob! pic.twitter.com/BfsaPsg32d — MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) July 20,... Read more »


Brantley Gilbert Releases “The Weekend” In Time for Weekend

Even though Brantley Gilbert is deep into his summer tour, and is a long way from the grind of a nine-to-five job, he’s pretty convincing as a guy who is just waiting on the weekend. In his brand new song — “The Weekend” — Gilbert sings about how the end of the work week means... Read more »


Thunderstorms Shut Down Country Thunder

On Thursday (July 21) evening, when the skies looked ominous in Twin Lakes, Wisc., officials at the Country Thunder Music Festival postponed the show. “Hey CT! We’ve got a bit of weather coming through so we are temporarily holding the main stage performances until it clears – stay tuned,” they posted on social media, then... Read more »


The Work Week as Told by Still The King GIFs

Every week, we go through the same cycle of emotions. Mondays are long, Wednesdays give us hope, Fridays set us free, and then after a long, relaxing weekend, we start all over again. You know who else gets the struggles of the work week grind? The Still The King cast! Check out new episodes of... Read more »


Samuel Goldwyn Films and CMT Hatch Chicken People

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights from CMT for Chicken People, a film directed by Emmy-nominated Nicole Lucas Haimes and produced by Emmy Award winner Motto Pictures. Chicken People received its world premiere at the 2016 South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, and will continue its film festival run leading up... Read more »


Crowd Braves Rain to Help Dierks Bentley Celebrate “Somewhere on a Beach”

A steamy, hit-and-run rain was still scrubbing the Nashville sidewalks as an umbrella-shaking crowd quick-stepped into the South bar on Music Row to congratulate and dispense trophies to the five writers of Dierks Bentley’s latest No. 1, “Somewhere on a Beach.” Those writers are Dave Kuncio and Josh Mirenda of ASCAP, Jaron Boyer and Michael... Read more »


The Story Behind Eric Church’s New Old Video

When Eric Church’s debut album, Sinners Like Me, came out 10 years ago, there were 70 people in his fan club. Now there are about 99,930 more. So it made sense to Church and his team to let more people in on the video that his manager John Peets shot all those years ago for... Read more »


Willie Nelson: “I’ve Smoked Enough and I Want to Give Back”

Willie Nelson and Family will celebrate the launch of the country legend’s premium cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve, with shows Saturday (July 23) in Redmond, Washington, and July 30 in Greenwood, Colorado. The line will be available in select marijuana vendors in Washington and Colorado by August, with plans to expand to future legal states as... Read more »


Craig Morgan: “God Has a Bigger Plan”

To everyone who wrapped their arms around Craig Morgan and his family, he is so grateful for that comfort in his time of need. The loss of a child is a pain no parent should ever endure. But it’s a feeling Morgan and his wife Karen will have to live with for the rest of... Read more »


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