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  • Nashville Trivia: Season 5, Episode 19: You Can’t Lose MeLet’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.
  • Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan Bring the JoySometimes, what goes on behind the scenes of a massive country show is almost as life-changing as the music. For Luke Bryan fan Francis Stanaway, 88, that meant a chance to have a very touching moment with her favorite country singer. Stanaway has a terminal illness, but that didn’t stop her from going to his... Read more »
  • The Faster Horses Camp That Built MeOther than the occasional week at summer camp when I was little, I have never camped camped. But with all the music festivals that encourage it, I started wondering if I should give it a try. I had about a million reasons why it was a terrible idea, and why an indoorsy girl like me... Read more »
  • Jillian Jacqueline on the Art of IndividualityIt was a hot summer afternoon the day I sat down with Jillian Jacqueline, one of the most buzzed-about artists on the scene, to discuss her new music and her inspiring journey. Dressed sharply in a red, floral print blouse and a pair of killer metallic Topshop boots, Jacqueline’s warmth and kindness entered the room... Read more »
  • Last Weekend’s Greatest HitsAll is well in the country world, as evidenced by the fun all the stars had over the weekend and the posts they shared. Carrie Underwood filmed her husband on the lake to the tune of Alan Jackson‘s “Chattahoochee,” Lady Antebellum made the absolute finest Sam Hunt parody video, Dierks Bentley crowd surfed, again, Thomas... Read more »
  • A Journey Through Sara Evans’ WordsRooms of razors, love lights shining, soul cleansing, walls of lies, bottomless pits and fiery hells … . They all exist in the musical realm of Sara Evans’ new album, Words. And she made every word count for her eighth studio release. A fiery hell is what awaits a cheating man in the opener “Long... Read more »
  • Scotty McCreery Cited for Misdemeanor After Loaded Gun Found at North Carolina AirportAuthorities in North Carolina have cited Scotty McCreery for a misdemeanor violation for attempting to carry a loaded gun through a passenger checkpoint at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The incident occurred July 13 and was first reported Friday (July 21) by The News & Observer newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina. The 23-year-old singer told police... Read more »
  • Sam Hunt Talks OutKast, Married Life and New Music on 15 in a 30 TourA newly-married Sam Hunt is having one hot summer on his 15 in a 30 Tour and “Body Like a Back Road” holding at No. 1 on Billboard‘s hot country chart for an impressive 24 weeks. Hunt invited CMT Hot 20 Countdown to hang out in West Palm Beach, Florida, for an all-new episode airing... Read more »
  • Devin Dawson’s Bubbly “All on Me” Takes a Brooding Turn in New VideoDevin Dawson burst onto the scene with his effervescent debut single “All on Me,” an ode to leaning on your love and letting them shoulder the burden when times get hard. So when it came time to create a music video for the rising single, Dawson decided to let his creativity run wild … and... Read more »
  • #NashvilleCMT Recap (Spoiler Alert)You always want to believe that karma will eventually come for the mean girls. But after Thursday night’s (July 20) episode of Nashville, it’s almost like the nice girls just cannot get a break. Like Maddie. All she was trying to do was perform at the Wildhorse Saloon to promote her new music. But after... Read more »
  • Lee Brice: Great Songs Won’t Leave YouIt seems like every country star has a song that is a special, special song. If he/she is lucky, there are a couple of those in the repertoire. But for Lee Brice, that’s what he strives for with every song he records. “I want the songs that will be remembered 10 years from now, not... Read more »
  • What AJ’s Good Time Bar Is All AboutAt AJ’s Good Time Bar, it’s all about the obvious, and that’s havin’ a good time. Nashville’s new artist-owned honky-tonk offers four floors of fun on Lower Broadway for those who are 21 and older. The entire place is decked out in memorabilia from Jackson’s personal collection. Floor one, the former home of The Wheel,... Read more »
  • Steve Earle Talks Nashville in the ’70s and So You Wanna Be an OutlawWhen it comes down to writing songs, no subject is off limits to Steve Earle. He is just as comfortable writing about prison as he is writing about love, hardship, rambling and death. “Writing prose and other stuff, you get into areas that you don’t get into in songwriting,” Earle said over the phone during... Read more »
  • RaeLynn Calls on Her Friends in “Lonely Call” VideoListen to RaeLynn, ladies. When that ex phones you late night just because he’s lonely, let it ring. And after it goes to voicemail, immediately call your girls to come over and cheer you up. In her stylish new video for “Lonely Call,” RaeLynn further establishes herself as a source of encouragement and empowerment. She... Read more »
  • How Jake Owen’s Daughter Describes HimJake Owen’s daughter Pearl is almost 5. So she’s old enough to enjoy FaceTime her dad but young enough to do it from her fort filled with glow-in-the-dark stickers. When Owen was in Chicago for the Windy City Smokeout on Friday (July 14), he told me all about how fast Pearl is growing up, how... Read more »
  • Keith Urban Crossing Fingers for Killer Duet PartnerI can always tell exactly what’s on Keith Urban’s mind by checking out his socials. He’s very transparent like that. So this week, I know that he is all about music. His … and potentially yours. Because first he posted a photo of a sound board and offered a simple caption. Back in studio !!!!!... Read more »
  • Blake Shelton Is Blake Buck in “Doing It to Country Songs”Blake Shelton and the Oak Ridge Boys‘ suggestive “Doing It to Country Songs” gets a family-friendly spin in a new animated video for their hit collaboration. Set in a honky-tonk on the shores of Lake Shelton, the clip has the Oklahoma singer reimagined as the six-pointed “Blake Buck” as he gets ready for a show... Read more »
  • RCA Studio B Will Celebrate 60th Anniversary With Special Events and PerformancesHistoric RCA Studio B in Nashville will celebrates its 60th anniversary from Aug. 17 through Oct. 29 with special surprise performances during random public tours and unique after-hours programming. Located on Music Row, the studio was once the recording home of country and pop music legends such as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Charley... Read more »
  • Cole Swindell on the Pressure for No. 1Since his debut song “Chillin’ It,” Cole Swindell has made it to the top of the charts with every one of his singles. All six of them have ended up in the Top 10. So will his latest single, “Flatliner,” follow their lead or break his lucky streak? “I would think at some point that... Read more »
  • The Truths of Walker Hayes’ Ups and Downs“Most of the time in Nashville, you’re so replaceable. Anybody can get another nice-looking guy to sing a country song.” That’s what Walker Hayes told Billboard Country Update. The story chronicles Hayes’ first attempts at country music fame, with singles that failed to chart back in 2010-2011, and his more recent attempt on a new... Read more »
  • Truly Blessed With Trulee BriceLee Brice‘s latest single “Boy” is one he calls a special, special song. “It’s one of those songs I wish I’d written,” Brice told me before he took the stage at Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout on July 16. “It’ll be around forever, I think. When I sing it onstage, I bring out my phone and... Read more »
  • Dylan Scott Scores First No. 1 Single With “My Girl”Ah, those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer … when absolutely nothing is stirring. Well, it’s not quite that bleak. We do have one new album and a new song this week. Hold your applause. But the big news is that Dylan Scott has scored his first No. 1. So sound the trumpets for that.... Read more »
  • The Song’s the Thing at Celebration for Brett Young’s “In Case You Didn’t Know”It turned out to be all about the song Monday afternoon (July 17) when a throng of music bizzers gathered at FGL House in downtown Nashville to toast the writers of Brett Young’s latest hit, “In Case You Didn’t Know.” The writers — Young, Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve and Kyle Schlienger — were all on... Read more »
  • Miranda Lambert on Anderson East: “He Owns My Heart”Anderson East surrounded himself with the music people he loved most on his 30th birthday. On Monday (July 17), the Alabama artist, who is currently on tour with Chris Stapleton, shared photos on social media recapping all the birthday fun he had at New York’s Darien Lake water and theme park. “I can’t believe that... Read more »