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Carrie Underwood Brings Storyteller Tour to Nashville

Carrie Underwood’s first harmonica solo on the bluesy “Choctaw County Affair” in front of a packed Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday (Sept. 22) made one fan in Section 108 go wild. That’s when Underwood — wearing a sheer flowing skirt and a severe-looking black bodice that resembled armor — ripped into a fiery harp... Read more »

How Rascal Flatts Get in the Christmas Spirit

The temperature may still be in the 90s in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get in the Christmas spirit a little early this year, thanks to Rascal Flatts. The group just announced their first-ever Christmas album, The Greatest Gift of All, to be released Oct. 21. CMT got a sneak peek of the... Read more »

Zac Brown Band, Eric Church Rack Up Additional Platinum Certifications

The Zac Brown Band and Eric Church racked up more platinum album awards from the Recording Industry Association of America during the month of August, according to a report released this week by the RIAA. The ZBB’s The Foundation, released in 2008, has now been declared quintuple platinum for sales, downloads and streams equaling 5... Read more »

What Is Justin Timberlake Doing in Nashville?

Justin Timberlake moved to the Nashville area about a year ago, and he’s living on 126 acres in the Leiper’s Fork community. But it sounds like he isn’t just living there to bask in the serenity and privacy that come with small-town life. He’s actually kind of doing the opposite, by hanging a virtual shingle... Read more »

CMT’s Artist Discovery Reveals Newest Talent

Check out new videos from the latest additions to CMT’s Artist Discovery, an initiative aimed at spotlighting new artists and their music. Luke Combs Remember the feeling of seeing your ex for the first time after a breakup? Combs, a 26-year-old North Carolina native has put the feeling to music perfectly in his new song... Read more »

Murray Bartlett Is Coming to Nashville

Murray Bartlett (Looking, Guiding Light, Sex and the City) has been cast as a recurring character in Nashville’s upcoming fifth season. He will play Jakob Fine, a very handsome, charismatic and successful men’s fashion designer. Bartlett is joining Grammy-winning singer Rhiannon Giddens and Emmy-nominated actress Jen Richards, who were also recently added to Nashville‘s star-studded... Read more »

Americana Music Honors & Awards Celebrates Legends and Newcomers

Imagine a single musical gathering featuring performances by George Strait, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir and Stax Records great William Bell. The 15th annual Americana Music Honors & Awards at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium celebrated the genre’s talented musicians who dedicate every day to being impeccable with their words in music. In the awards... Read more »

Kelsea Ballerini on What’s Next

Kelsea Ballerini‘s first album The First Time had nine years of material on it. And she recently told CBS News she knows her follow-up album will be so different because she’s only putting a couple years of her life into it. “My first album covered my life from the ages of 12 to 21 years... Read more »

Catch Up: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team: Time to Push [VIDEO]

Let's reminisce last week's makeover episode because what if you don't recognize your favorite girl tonight? Don't worry -- no one changed that much. But, the glam squad definitely turned up the level of hotness.

Songwriter John D. Loudermilk Dead at 82

John D. Loudermilk, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose hits included “Abilene,” “Waterloo,” “Indian Reservation” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” died Wednesday (Sept. 21) at his home in Christiana, Tennessee. He was 82. Loudermilk was born March 31, 1934 in Durham, North Carolina. He began his musical journey singing in church.... Read more »

Cole Swindell Digging on Vintage Tim McGraw

Some songs are so good, they stay with you forever. And even if they never made it on to the radio, they can still make it into your workout playlist. That seems to be the case for Cole Swindell and an old song off of a 2001 Tim McGraw album, according to a message he... Read more »

Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton Top Americana Music Honors & Awards

Jason Isbell took home album and song of the year trophies during the 2016 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony Wednesday night (Sept. 21) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Chris Stapleton was named artist of the year, and other winners included the duo of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell along with singer, songwriter and instrumentalist Sara... Read more »

The Evolution of the Cadillac Three

It’s almost quitting time for the Cadillac Three’s Jaren Johnston, Kelby Ray and Neil Mason as they settle into some beers at downtown Nashville’s new hip destination for authentic Mexican street food, Bakersfield. They are in town on business between dates on Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots tour. (The week before, they were working... Read more »

Chris Lane’s Video Is a Real Life Love Story

Chris Lane just took the art of proposing to a whole new level. Public proposals have been popping up like crazy onstage at country concerts lately, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in a music video, until now. Meet Brandon, a Lane fan and a sweetheart of a guy just madly in love... Read more »

Happy Holidays From A Very Kacey Christmas

There they were in all their Christmas glory: a beautiful Kacey Musgraves dressed in white, her handsome steed Mismo all dolled up in a big red bow and Kris Kringle hanging out in front of Nashville’s historic Riverwood Mansion glowing in green and red on Tuesday night (Sept. 20). The scene screamed Christmas card 2016.... Read more »

All-Star “Forever Country” Tops International Charts

While the music video for “Forever Country” officially debuted Tuesday night (Sept. 20) on Dancing With the Stars, the song itself was already climbing the charts on international radio and TV stations. Proving how powerful 50 years of country music can be. The new track is a medley of country classics — John Denver‘s “Take... Read more »

To Joey, With Love Chronicles Joey + Rory’s Journey

Joey + Rory‘s Rory Feek says he never meant to make a movie about his wife Joey’s death. He was just making one about her life. Their life. And the life they were going to build when their baby arrived in 2014. But To Joey, With Love turned into something so much bigger. It’s Rory’s... Read more »

Welcome to the Kelleigh Bannen Party

One of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Kelleigh Bannen is always good for a good story. And she is showing she’s got the theater of the mind thing down with her enlightening new podcast, This Nashville Life. Already two episodes in, the series is based on her daring blog of the same title, which gives... Read more »

Exclusive Video: Maggie Rose’s “Love Me More”

Don’t even try to put Maggie Rose‘s music in a box. The singer-songwriter is the very definition of individuality. It’s a little bit pop, a little bit country, a little bit soulful — and it’s all 100 percent “Maggie.” With influences ranging from Frank Sinatra to Michael Jackson to Linda Ronstadt and Mary Chapin Carpenter... Read more »

Charts on Fire as Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley Score Top Album, Song

Have we got some charts for you! There’s a new No. 1 album — (Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know — a new No. 1 song — Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” featuring Elle King — and scads of fresh music to report, all based on official Billboard numbers. So here goes. By sales totals alone,... Read more »

Jason Aldean: “People Are Very Opinionated”

Jason Aldean’s new album is called They Don’t Know. And it sounds like that’s a very apt description of his attitude right now. “People are very opinionated about things they’re not really aware of,” Aldean tells People magazine. “But at the same time I’m not going to spend all my time defending myself. I am... Read more »

Miranda Lambert: “It’s All I’ll Ever Do”

It must feel pretty good to win a CMA Award. Because to walk up on that stage and accept that trophy means something. For Miranda Lambert, it means it was all worth it. “It’s moments like that,” she says of accepting a CMA Award from Loretta Lynn, “that are so validating. “(Those) make you realize... Read more »

Billy Gilman Wows Coaches on The Voice

Early Tuesday morning (Sept. 20), The Voice tweeted a preview of what’s to come on the next episode. Namely, a star from 16 years ago. It was Billy Gilman. Remember? “One Voice”? He was only 11 when that song came out in 2000, but you would never have known it from the mature subject matter... Read more »

Americana Week 2016 Arrives in Nashville

It’s Americana week in Nashville and Americana Music Association executive director Jed Hilly was fired up with excitement about it when he sat down for our interview at the Ryman Auditorium’s Café Lula. On Wednesday (Sept. 21), the Mother Church of Country Music will host the 15th annual Americana Music Association Honors & Awards.... Read more »

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