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  • Tegan Marie: a New Voice of PossibilityAt age 14, rising artist Tegan Marie has a talent that most veteran songwriters would love to have. And that is to write a killer song that radiates happiness and positivity whenever it’s time to write. She’s been writing her whole life and has enough material for at least three albums already. But at this... Read more »
  • The Music From Nashville on CMTIf the music from season five left a lasting mark on you, wait until you hear the music from season six. Check back here every week for an updated list of all of the new songs from the show.
  • Kalie Shorr Talks “Time’s Up” by Song SuffragettesOn the night of the 75th annual Golden Globes, Kalie Shorr dressed in black and went to a viewing party at her friend Kim Paige’s house. Other girlfriends were there rocking the same matching color as a show of solidarity with the Hollywood actors supporting the Time’s Up movement at the ceremony. Shorr says everything... Read more »
  • Reese Witherspoon on Dolly Parton’s Best B’day EverI bet Dolly Parton is really hard to shop for — like almost impossible. She’s probably one of those women who already has everything. So if you wanted to give her something she’d truly treasure, you’d probably have to come up with something really special. And Reese Witherspoon has. On Friday (Jan. 19), 100 percent... Read more »
  • The Way to Miranda Lambert’s Heart?Last night, when Miranda Lambert kicked off her Livin’ Like Hippies tour in South Carolina, she did it with new boots and a little red wagon. While she tweeted a picture of her Old Smokey Boots all lit up, her fans were busy filling the wagon with all things dog: dog food, treats, supplies and... Read more »
  • Maren Morris Boasts Most-Played Hit with “I Could Use a Love Song”Never imbued with a frontier mentality when it came to cold weather, Nashville and Music Row virtually hibernated this week when confronted with snowfall approaching two inches and temperature dipping as low as 7° F. Nonetheless, the charts kept on charting, and here’s what we had. Kane Brown‘s self-titled album kept its No. 1 hold... Read more »
  • Nashville: The Big Moments From Season 6 Episode 3The latest episode of Nashville, titled “Jump Then Fall,” brought relationships to new places, tears for some and new beginnings for others. Check out 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,... Read more »
  • Fighter Michael Chandler Previews Bellator MMA LiveEditor’s Note: CMT will simulcast Bellator MMA Live on Saturday (Jan. 20) at 9 p.m. ET. A performance of the National Anthem by Trace Adkins will kick off the event. While chatting with MMA fighter Michael Chandler, it’s easy to see the parallels between pursuing professional careers in mixed martial arts and country music. Both... Read more »
  • What Garth Brooks Taught Carly PearceIt seems like every artist has a story. It usually starts with a dream of coming to Nashville, signing a record deal and then swiftly selling out arenas. Carly Pearce was much more realistic about it, though. She knew that that kind of success might take a while. “Stories that I heard about people like... Read more »
  • Jason Aldean Plots High Noon Neon TourJason Aldean‘s High Noon Neon Tour launches May 10 in Kansas City, Mo. with Luke Combs and Lauren Alaina. The initial schedule for the 2018 run lists 34 cities including stops at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario. Aldean says the tour’s name is from... Read more »
  • Grammy Recruits Country Stars for TributeBrothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Eric Church may or may not take home Grammy Awards later this month. But they will walk away winners after they take the stage together to perform a tribute to the victims we lost to violence and terrorism at live music events in 2017. The three acts were part of... Read more »
  • Keith Urban Announces New Album and Tour at Free ShowKeith Urban took over Nashville’s Exit/In for a pop-up show on Wednesday (Jan. 17) to announce the title of his next album Graffiti U and a 2018 world tour of the same name. But in the end, it was his fans who stole the show. Approximately 350 of them braved single-digit temperatures while standing in... Read more »
  • Kenny Chesney Signs With Warner Music NashvilleKenny Chesney has left his label home for more than 20 years and signed a new recording contract with Warner Music Nashville under the imprint Blue Chair/Warner Bros. Chesney signed his first record contract with Capricorn on June 30, 1993, before joining the BNA roster to release his 1995 sophomore album, All I Need to... Read more »
  • Lindi Ortega Details Concept Album LibertyLindi Ortega’s next album will be a concept album split into three movements. Arriving March 30, Liberty explores themes of loss, séance, resurrection and freedom. Ortega wrote and co-wrote all 12 songs with songwriters Aaron Raitiere, Bruce Wallace and the Civil Wars’ John Paul White. “Even though I always tried to have a silver lining,... Read more »
  • Jordan Davis Details Home StateJordan Davis, a member of CMT’s “18 for 2018” Listen Up campaign, will release his full-length debut album Home State on March 23. The Louisiana native co-wrote all 12 songs on the album including his lead single “Singles You Up.” Paul DiGiovanni produced the collection. “Making this record has been one of the most rewarding... Read more »
  • Old Crow Medicine Show’s Volunteer Arrives April 20In observance of their 20th anniversary as a band, Old Crow Medicine Show‘s Ketch Secor, Critter Fuqua, Cory Younts, Morgan Jahnig, Chance McCoy and Kevin Hayes have decided to go electric — kind of. Electric guitar will be heard on the traditional string outfit’s next album Volunteer, which arrives April 20. The last time an... Read more »
  • Dolly Parton Says “I’m Not Done Yet”You have to love this about Dolly Parton. She receives two Guinness World Records 2018 edition, and in the video interview, she says, “I’m not done yet.” So maybe after her first two — for the artist with the most hits on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart by a female and the most decades with... Read more »
  • Meet the Music City CastThe cast for CMT’s new docu-series Music City, the latest project from The Hills and Laguna Beach founder Adam DiVello, has been announced. The series premiere is March 1 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The show will follow five friends as they enter the next chapter of their lives while navigating their paths to success, fame... Read more »
  • Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker Plan 2018 TourFans can look forward to a summer full of hits when Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker embark on their co-headlining Summer Plays On Tour. Russell Dickerson will join them for the 2018 run which will visit 30 cities starting July 19 in Toronto, Ontario. Tickets for select cities go on sale Jan. 26 through Live... Read more »
  • Dierks Bentley: The Drifter Has a HomeI guess the years have changed Dierks Bentley. Thirteen years ago, he was singing that he was not going to settle down, that his old boots still had a lot of ground to cover, and that you could talk about forever but he still had a lot of leavin’ left to do. Now, though, he... Read more »
  • Lennon Stella: “I Feel So Lucky”I didn’t know quite what to make of Lennon Stella’s New Year’s Eve post from a boat somewhere in Greece. “Goodbye 2017 – I found myself in you,” Stella wrote. A post shared by Lennon Stella (@thisislennon) on Dec 31, 2017 at 11:38am PST And now? Well, now it all makes perfect sense. Stella–who plays... Read more »
  • Nashville Trivia: Season 6, Episode 2: Second ChancesLet’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.
  • Dierks Bentley Keeps His Country CountryI would love to have seen the text messages Dierks Bentley sent out inviting his artist friends to join him onstage for the grand opening of his Whiskey Row in Nashville on Sunday night (Jan. 14). It had to be something like, “hey man. wanna come out to my whiskey row on sunday night and... Read more »
  • Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison Joins Grammy Hall of FameFifty years ago on Jan. 13, 1968, Johnny Cash headlined two performances for inmates incarcerated at California’s Folsom Prison. Recordings from the shows were made into the live album titled Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison. Following its release, the compilation went on to become a triple-platinum-selling album, and it is among 25 recordings being added... Read more »