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  • Why Lady Antebellum’s “You Look Good” Sounds So GoodAfter Lady Antebellum took a short break from being Lady Antebellum, they are back with a new album, a big tour and a brand new single called “You Look Good.” That song, according to the band’s Dave Haywood, has taken them back to the emotions they felt when they signed their record deal 10 years... Read more »
  • Ruthie Collins: CMT Next Women of Country Live ExclusiveClassic yet current, traditional yet contemporary, Ruthie Collins is seamlessly fusing the old and new and giving new meaning to the concept of “modern-vintage.” Her songs are a perfect mix of yesterday and today, and talk about the real and relatable: Did you ever imagine a song that sounds like an old-fashioned hit, but has... Read more »
  • Florida Georgia Line, Nelly Return for Smooth Tour 2017Florida Georgia Line, Nelly and Chris Lane will reprise the This Is How We Roll Summer Series 2014 with the launch of the Smooth Tour 2017. Opening June 2 in Austin, Texas, the four-month tour will hit 40 cities, including Dallas, Philadelphia, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Phoenix, before culminating with a two-night stand in... Read more »
  • Sun Records: Meet the Young Johnny Cash, aka Kevin FonteyneI found out I booked the role on Johnny Cash’s birthday. It was like divine intervention. There’s no other way to explain it.
  • Luke Bryan Fans Offer Support Following Death of His NieceLuke Bryan’s fans and the country music community are offering support to the singer and his wife Caroline following the death of their infant niece Sadie Brett, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Bryan thanked fans Tuesday afternoon (Feb. 21) via social media. We thank all of you for your prayers. Love y'all. — Luke Bryan... Read more »
  • Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys’ Families Co-Star in “God, Your Mama, and Me”The men of Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys love their wives unconditionally, and it shows in the new “God, Your Mama, and Me” music video. Directed by TK McKamy, the clip mixes home footage of each singer performing sweet acts of kindness for their respective other halves with a campfire performance on the white... Read more »
  • Nashville Trivia: Season 5, Episode 8: Stand Beside MeLet’s play Nashville trivia! Don’t miss new episodes of Nashville Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. 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.
  • Sun Records: Meet the Characters [VIDEO]The show chronicles these young artists’ often jarring and sudden meteoric rise to fame in the face of sweeping political change and social unrest.
  • Old Crow Medicine Show Releasing Blonde on Blonde Live Album in AprilOld Crow Medicine Show’s May 2016 performance of Bob Dylan’s 1966 album Blonde on Blonde at Nashville’s CMA Theater is being made into an album. On April 28, Columbia Records Nashville will release the Grammy-winning group’s 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde to honor the release of Dylan’s iconic collection, which was originally recorded in... Read more »
  • Brandi Carlile’s Cover Stories Features Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton and MoreA mix of Americana, country, pop and rock artists have covered songs from Brandi Carlile’s 14-song debut The Story to benefit the War Child UK charity. Available May 5, proceeds from Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story — An Album to Benefit War Child will support children whose families, communities and... Read more »
  • RaeLynn: Exclusive CMT Next Women of Country Live PerformanceOh, the taste of sweet temptation. It’ll get you every time, won’t it, RaeLynn? The Texas native is back with a next-level look, sound and songs. Case in point: her clever “Apple,” a symbolic tune about following an romantic impulse instead of an instinct and the subsequent aftermath. She bit into the proverbial “apple” of... Read more »
  • 25,000 Tickets Canceled for Eric Church’s Holdin’ My Own TourEric Church had already delivered a fair warning to those who purchase tickets to his Holdin’ My Own Tour through the secondary market. He’s now followed through on that promise by canceling 25,000 tickets purchased by scalpers. More than 2,000 of those scalped tickets were for his two-night stand in Nashville starting May 26. All... Read more »
  • What It’s Like to Act With Tim McGrawWhen The Shack opens in theaters on March 3, you will see Tim McGraw playing the best friend of Sam Worthington’s character. So if Willie (McGraw) and Mack (Worthington) can be good together on screen, can it happen in real life? Worthington certainly makes it sound like they hit it off during filming. “He’s the... Read more »
  • Nashville: The Big Moments From Season 5 Episode 8If you’re like us, you’re still trying to process everything that happened on the latest episode of Nashville. Let’s recap the big moments from Season 5 Episode 8: Stand Beside Me. We are still reeling from the shocking ending to last week’s episode, and are counting down the minutes to see what happens next. Get... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini Watches Songwriters Watch Bon JoviIt sounds like Kelsea Ballerini had the best view of the show at Saturday night’s (Feb. 18) Bon Jovi concert in Nashville, She was standing with two of country music’s most prolific songwriters and had the chance to watch them as they were watching the rock band sing the song they wrote with frontman Jon... Read more »
  • Brandy Clark: CMT Next Women of Country Live ExclusiveIf you’ve lately been longing and searching for truth and meaning behind music, then look no further than Brandy Clark. After multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM award nominations, the world got better acquainted with the girl formerly known as Nashville’s best-kept secret. But, hallelujah, it’s a secret no more. Known for her lyrical prowess and... Read more »
  • Cole Swindell’s Four-Year-Old Story Behind “Flatliner”Before Cole Swindell signed his record deal, he was just another songwriter sending pitch emails to artists. And when he wrote “Flatliner” in 2013, he had Dierks Bentley in mind. So Swindell composed an email — “Hey guys, I wrote this today, and it’d be fun to play live” — but never heard back from... Read more »
  • Frankie Ballard Reflects on a Rock ‘n’ Roll RenaissanceWhen asked what he thought about his time in music, Frankie Ballard took a deep breath before giving his answer. “It’s always impossible for people to know really anything about their time in music because it requires perspective to really understand what things were, what had the real impact, what mattered and what didn’t,” he... Read more »
  • Jenny Gill Delivers Country Soul Debut with The House SessionsSaturday night’s (Feb. 11) Grand Ole Opry wasn’t Jenny Gill’s first performance on the historic show, but it was an important night. It was her first Opry set where she delivered live selections of original material from her six-song debut, The House Sessions. Unfortunately, her father, Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, had to... Read more »
  • Luke Bryan: Singing George Strait Like CrazyLuke Bryan was only 7 years old when George Strait released “You Look So Good in Love.” And yet, when he looks back on it now, Bryan has a very mature appreciation for the ballad from 1983. In a special video that Strait posted on Twitter, Bryan explains how that was the song that showed... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini’s Tour Must-HavesKelsea Ballerini’s first tour bus sounds unforgettable. Her description in the new issue of Self magazine makes it sounds like it was tricked out hunter’s lodge on wheels. “My first artist bus was Jason Aldean’s old bus, with deer antlers over the lights and cowhide on the back of the couches,” she says. “It was... Read more »
  • Carly Pearce: CMT Next Women of Country Live ExclusiveDon’t tempt Carly Pearce with a good time. She’ll “dare ya” to make your move. The Kentucky native’s stripped-down performance of the flirtatious “Dare Ya” from CMT Next Women of Country Live is sweet and breezy, much like the feeling of falling in love. Born in Taylor Mill, Pearce grew up with a dream of... Read more »
  • #NashvilleCMT Recap [SPOILER ALERT]What an ending. But let’s start at the beginning. On Thursday night’s episode of (Feb. 16) CMT’s Nashville, things in the fictitious Music City kicked off with Juliette and her plans to make a gospel album because of her exhaustive one-month brush with organized religion. “I want my next album to be a gospel album,... Read more »
  • How Seth Ennis Woke Up in NashvilleNewcomer Seth Ennis, who’s doing tours this year with Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, among others, may sing about the road he’s already traveled in his debut ballad “Woke Up in Nashville,” but the reality is, he was country long before he was waking up in Music City. Ennis kind of looked into his... Read more »