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Earth, Wind & Fire and Friends Meet at CMT Crossroads

Charles Kelley’s love for Earth, Wind & Fire goes back to his high school days when one of his first jobs in music was working as a DJ for weddings and middle school dances. Back then, Kelley’s going rate was $300, but most of his paycheck would go right back into buying more music for... Read more »

Miranda Lambert: How Her Songs Are Like Dogs

If you want Miranda Lambert to open up in an interview — like really, really open up — just pour some puppies on her. In a new video interview with Buzzfeed, Lambert was covered in little rescue dogs, and she talked about everything from vodka to Audioslave. First, the vodka. “My favorite mixed drink is... Read more »

Robert Cray, Iris Dement, Graham Nash Tapped for Americana Honors

Blues singer-guitarist Robert Cray, singer-songwriter Iris Dement and rock legend Graham Nash will receive special honors during the Americana Music Association’s 16th annual Honors & Awards ceremony taking place Sept. 13 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The event kicks off the 18th annual Americana Music Festival & Conference which runs through Sept. 17 at venues throughout... Read more »

Maggie Rose Reveals Sexy Muse for Steamy “Body on Fire”

Maggie Rose gets real — and really steamy — in her brand new song, “Body on Fire.” Bold, direct and soul-baring, her sensual single is a mince-no-words, bedroom invitation to her lover. And for Rose, what better muse than her brand new husband, music manager Austin Marshall. Rose told People the song is “absolutely” about... Read more »

Nashville in Concert Donates £10,000 to UK Solidarity Fund

Opry Entertainment, the producer of Nashville in Concert, has donated £10,000 to the British Red Cross’ UK Solidarity Fund on behalf of the touring cast, Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten, Sam Palladio and Jonathan Jackson. The donation reflects $12,672.74, and it was made following Saturday’s (June 17) two sold-out shows at the O2 Apollo... Read more »

Brett Young Says Whiskey Is the Answer

You can ask a guy a lot of questions in 60 seconds. Vevo did it with Brett Young and managed to get 23 questions answered in this rapid fire Q&A. And while the country newcomer doesn’t seem too fazed by the questions, that may be because he has a couple of go-to answers for so... Read more »

Kip Moore’s Slowheart Arrives Sept. 8

Arriving Sept. 8, Kip Moore‘s third album Slowheart features 13 new songs, 11 of which were co-written by Moore. The new music is described as his most authentic work to date with elements of Americana, rock and his brand of country storytelling his ardent following has come to love. “This is the record I’ve been... Read more »

Bobby Bare’s Outlaw Spirit Remains Undiminished

Pairing Nashville’s original outlaw with country music’s award-winning contemporary outsider in an Everly Brothers-style duet is something Bobby Bare wanted to do. As usual, he accomplished that task and generally does once he sets his mind on something. Bare, 82, was working on his first new album in five years when he decided to enlist... Read more »

Nebraskaland Days Mixes Cowboy Culture and Country Music

Brothers Osborne, Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam and thousands more live music fans will enjoy a heavy dose of Cornhusker hospitality this weekend at the 2017 Nebraskaland Days in North Platte. Billed as Nebraska’s official state celebration, the 11-day event wraps with performances by Jackson and Yoakam on Friday (June 23) and Brothers Osborne... Read more »

Lady Antebellum Tops Country Albums Chart With Heart Break

After a four-year absence, Lady Antebellum returns to the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart this week with Heart Break. The trio last achieved that eminence in 2013 with Golden. Its intervening album — 747 in 2014 — capped out at No. 2. Heart Break enters the Billboard 200 all-genres list at No. 4. Meanwhile,... Read more »

Brett Eldredge: CMT Instant Jam Was His Vegas 2.0

Seven years ago, Brett Eldredge would never have believed where he’d be in 2017: back in Las Vegas, performing for a massive crowd as the headliner, instead of just in the background singing old cover songs in a house band. “If you told me that people would be waiting out in a line to get... Read more »

Is Faith Hill the Soul2Soul Boss?

The reviews are in, and there’s no denying that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill still have all the same onstage chemistry during their current Soul 2 Soul World Tour that they had on their last tour a decade ago. And while Hill told Entertainment Weekly they had to step up their game in a big... Read more »

Jason Aldean Says “There’s No Book”

If you’re looking for parenthood advice from Jason Aldean, don’t expect any hard and fast rules from the experienced dad. In a recent radio interview, Aldean said that he’s given Thomas Rhett — who has one daughter at home and another one due later this summer — a few answers. “I was texting him one... Read more »

Lauren Alaina Is “Doin’ Fine” Enough

Where do you go after you’ve reached the top of the charts? For Lauren Alaina, you start the climb all over again. After her first No. 1 song, “Road Less Traveled,” Alaina was quick to build on that momentum and release another great tune called “Doin’ Fine.” “I feel like ‘Road Less Traveled’ was a... Read more »

Carrie Underwood’s Message to Her Younger Self

If Carrie Underwood could write a letter to herself — her younger self — she knows exactly what she would write. “I wish I could go back and tell my younger self what I know now — that trying to fit into someone else’s vision of you will never make you happy,” Underwood told Read more »

The Bottle by Sunny Sweeney’s Bed

The first time Sunny Sweeney put her new song “Bottle by My Bed” into her set list, a pregnant woman came up to her after the show and said, “I know you hate me right now because I’m pregnant. I have spent my last couple of years mad at everyone that was pregnant.” The song... Read more »

Nashville Trivia: Season 5, Episode 14: (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I

Let’s play Nashville trivia! Don’t miss new episodes of Nashville Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on CMT. Get all of the latest Nashville news, videos and behind-the-scenes action on the Nashville Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #NashvilleCMT.

Jon Pardi Searches for His “Heartache on the Dancefloor”

It all starts in a West Coast beachside town. A chance encounter with a beautiful girl at a party ignites a spark for the cowboy. One dance and one bohemian, beach bonfire under the stars later and he’s hooked — and can’t bring himself to leave town until he finds her. The new video is... Read more »

Bailey Bryan’s Solid Advice for Your Festival Visits

The festival season has arrived, including LakeShake — Chicago’s three-day country music festival that kicks off this off Friday (June 23). The LakeShake schedule is packed with all big stars you want to see: Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Randy Houser, Brothers Osborne, Big & Rich and a long list of... Read more »

Last Weekend’s Greatest Hits

Summer is almost officially here, and that means country stars are busier than ever with touring, touring and more touring. But thanks to social media, we can get a glimpse into the other things they’re doing. Last weekend, it was things like this: Sam Hunt went paintballing, Kelsea Ballerini questioned her chicken nugget intake, Dierks... Read more »

Doug the Pug Captures Red Carpet Spotlight at 2017 CMT Music Awards

Sorry, ladies, but last year’s most eligible bachelor appears to be in a relationship, according to reports from the 2017 CMT Music Awards. After strutting down the red carpet alone for his previous visit, Doug the Pug emerged from his limo at this week’s awards show in Nashville with a date, a gorgeous creature named... Read more »

Nine New Albums Arriving This Summer

Summer 2017 is ripe for new country music by country legends, Americana stars, country rockers and powerhouse singers. July releases include the 30th anniversary release of Rosanne Cash’s King’s Record Shop, Charley Pride’s first album in more than six years, Sara Evans’ debut from her own Born to Fly Records, Parmalee’s sophomore album and a... Read more »

Father’s Day Songs

Just in time for Father’s Day, let’s express gratitude to the Zac Brown Band and Lee Brice for adding two memorable songs to’s tally of titles about dear old dad and the concept of fatherhood. The Zac Brown Band issued a fan version of the video for “My Old Man,” but the original edit... Read more »

Nashville: The Big Moments From Season 5 Episode 14

Nashville had it’s 100th episode last night, and it had us on the edge of our seats! Let’s take a look at the big moments: Don’t miss new episodes of Nashville Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on CMT. Get all of the latest Nashville news, videos and behind-the-scenes action on the Nashville Facebook page, Twitter and... Read more »

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