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  • Lady Antebellum Packs Horns for New TourWith every new tour, Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott look forward to rearranging some of their biggest hits for their loyal fans. So on their all-new You Look Good Tour, launching Friday (May 26) in Bakersfield, California, their catalogue will get a fresh twist with the addition of a live horn... Read more »
  • Onesie-Clad Throng Celebrates Lauren Alaina’s First No. 1, “Road Less Traveled”Dozens of guests at Lauren Alaina’s first No. 1 party strutted around in the garishly colorful “onesies” provided them Wednesday afternoon (May 24) as they entered the doors at Nashville’s Sutler nightclub. The party was thrown by ASCAP and BMI, the performance rights organizations, to celebrate the chart-topping success of “Road Less Traveled,” which Alaina... Read more »
  • #TBT to the Carrie Underwood DozenTwelve years ago, on the 25th day of May, Carrie Underwood won American Idol. Almost overnight, she went from reality show champ to a bona fide country music superstar. I remember the day her debut album Some Hearts came out like it was yesterday and wanting nothing more than to drive somewhere so I could... Read more »
  • RaeLynn Sells Out Nashville Headlining DebutThere’s nothing quite like watching grown men singing at the top of their lungs to RaeLynn live. That happened throughout her sold-out headlining debut at Mercy Lounge when she brought her RaVe tour to Nashville on Wednesday (March 24). Everywhere there were guys who weren’t with significant others there to watch her light up the... Read more »
  • Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2017The initial dates for Luke Bryan‘s ninth annual Farm Tour were announced Thursday (May 25). The Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017 starts Sept. 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska and will visit six farming communities in the Midwest before wrapping Oct. 7 in Centralia, Missouri. Jon Pardi will join Bryan for the run, and additional... Read more »
  • AmericanaFest Announces First Round of 2017 PerformersMore than 230 performing acts will descend on Nashville during the 17th annual AmericanaFest, and the first 103 of those artists were announced Thursday (May 25). The initial lineup includes performances by Andrew Combs, the Band of Heathens, Brandy Clark, Brent Cobb, Bruce Robison, Casey James, Charley Crockett, Elise Davis, Jason Eady, Jaime Wyatt, Jim... Read more »
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Tour Chef Shops LocalI can’t tell you exactly what Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are serving backstage at all of their Soul2Soul shows, but I can tell you what is on their menu when they are in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday (May 25): Pasta with baby spinach, dried chilis, pine nuts, torn basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano and light citrus green... Read more »
  • Zac Brown Band Crowns Country Albums Chart With Welcome HomeHere they come again. Two years ago this month, the Zac Brown Band debuted its Jekyll + Hyde album at the top of both Billboard‘s country and all-genres charts. This week, they’re back in rare air with Welcome Home. It reigns at the No. 1 country spot and at No. 2 in the all-genres ranking.... Read more »
  • Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer’s Not Dark Yet Arrives Aug. 18Collectively, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer have released 24 albums. Not Dark Yet, arriving Aug. 18, will be their first collection released together. Produced by Teddy Thompson, the 10-song collaborative effort offers new arrangements of The Louvin Brothers’ “Every Time You Leave,” Jessi Colter’s “I’m Looking for Blue Eyes,” Townes Van Zandt’s “Lungs” and... Read more »
  • Superstar Collaborations Revealed for 2017 CMT Music AwardsThe Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line will deliver their first TV performance together at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Additionally, Earth, Wind & Fire will embark on a genre-bending jam with Lady Antebellum during the awards show airing live from Nashville on June 7. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s first-ever performance on any CMT stage... Read more »
  • Maggie Rose Talks More Dreams > DollarsMaggie Rose has never pursued music for the money or the glory. To her, it’s a calling. And chasing dreams has made her a rising master of reinvention. In 2009, she was introduced to the mainstream as Margaret Durante with a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” as her debut single. In 2011, she... Read more »
  • Maren Morris: “Music Tethers Us”After a suspected suicide bomber killed 22 people just outside an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England on Monday (May 22), singers around the world shared their sympathies on social media. And Maren Morris took things one step further by telling her fans and followers not to let that attack scare them... Read more »
  • Chris Stapleton Brings Actor Chris Pratt to TearsActor Chris Pratt is a country music fan. That much, we knew, given his recent reaction to Tim McGraw. But he took to Instagram this week to share with his fans how much it means to him to have a few country artists love him right back. Like Chris Stapleton, who had sent a gift... Read more »
  • Thomas Rhett Says “Life Took a Turn”Willa Gray, Thomas Rhett’s 18-month-old daughter from Uganda, may be new to his fans. But he’s been getting to know her long before he and his wife Lauren brought her home to Tennessee earlier in May. “We’ve been in the adoption process forever, so I’ve spent a bunch of time with her in Uganda. I’m... Read more »
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd Debuts Lament to Lost Love With “Baby Got Gone”This is not a test, y’all. This is the Kenny Wayne Shepherd in your face with the most rollicking country-infused rock track you’ve heard in a long time. It’s been almost twenty years since the release of the Louisiana native’s signature song “Blue on Black,” and in that time, he’s traveled the world and played... Read more »
  • Trisha Yearwood: “It’s a Different World”News of an explosion at Monday’s (May 22) Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England was just starting to break when Trisha Yearwood sang the National Anthem at game six of the Nashville Predators’ Stanley Cup playoffs. By the time Yearwood appeared on Tuesday morning’s (May 23) Today show, the tragedy was being investigated as a... Read more »
  • Jason Aldean Salutes Farmers in New SingleJason Aldean’s new single “They Don’t Know” is the latest in a long line of his rural anthems. And nobody does those songs better. This one is a farmer’s take on any outsiders’ narrow-minded assumptions about the town, the life, and the back-breaking work. Among the lyrics: “They ain’t seen the blood, sweat and tears... Read more »
  • Brent Cobb and the Cadillac Three: Stand With Fans AbroadShows in Manchester, England will go on as scheduled following Monday’s (May 22) deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. That includes Tuesday’s Brent Cobb performance at the Deaf Institute, which is three miles away from the arena. The singer-songwriter is on a two-week tour overseas with shows in Ireland, the... Read more »
  • Country Artists React to Manchester TragedyAs the news of the tragedy in the U.K., just outside an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England, hit the U.S., country stars were among the first to send their prayers out to the victims and their families. According to CNN, at least 22 people were killed in the attack, including children... Read more »
  • Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors on Songs That Live ForeverBorn on May 13, 1982, Drew Holcomb wasn’t around when Van Morrison released Tupelo Honey in 1971. But it’s that kind of timeless music Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors strive to create. “It’s one of my favorite records because my parents introduced me to it,” Holcomb said during our CMT.com interview with guitarist Nathan Dugger... Read more »
  • Dierks Bentley: You’ve Got MailAt one of Dierks Bentley’s recent concerts, he got a letter. It was from a fan, which is no big surprise. I’m sure Bentley gets a lot of those. But this one moved him enough to snap a photo and then post it on social media to thank the fans who go out of their... Read more »
  • Nashville Predators Reach Stanley Cup Final to Trisha YearwoodThey did it. For the first time in NHL history, the Nashville Predators will advance to their first Stanley Cup Final after beating the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 in Game 6 of the western conference final on Monday (May 22) in Nashville. And they did it to the sounds of Trisha Yearwood singing the National Anthem... Read more »
  • Chris Janson and Fellow Country Stars “Fix a Drink”“What you see in the video is not acting,” Chris Janson assured me on a recent sunny afternoon in Nashville as we talked about his brand new video for “Fix a Drink.” It’s a throwdown for sure: Janson and his crew really are fixin’ drinks, smokin’ cigars and gettin’ down on his farm. “I wanted... Read more »
  • Rascal Flatts’ Night to Shine Coming to Las VegasRascal Flatts will return to Las Vegas in October for their all-new Night to Shine production. The 1,800-seat Venetian Theatre will host the eight-show engagement, running Oct. 6 through 21. The Venetian Theatre has previously hosted Vegas shows by Diana Ross, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, the Judds and Willie Nelson and The Moody Blues.... Read more »