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When Maren Morris won her first ACM Award earlier this year, the same happened for her friends. She received her new female vocalist of the year award at the same time that Brothers Osborne won new vocal duo or group and Jon Pardi won new male vocalist. And this is what she told the industry... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 28, 2017, 8:16 pm
Garth Brooks cannot keep a secret. First, during one of his recent Facebook Live chats, Brooks hinted that he might possibly be recording his Louisiana shows to turn those concerts into a live album. “We’re gonna bring a surprise down there to you guys,” Brooks said. “So all I can tell you is: get your... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:56 pm
The North Mississippi Allstars, Yola Carter, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Amanda Shires, Willie Nile, Hayes Carll, Iron & Wine, Joan Osborne and John Hiatt & the Goners are on the second-round list of performers announced for the 18th annual AmericanaFest in Nashville. Taking place at venues throughout the city, the concerts are... Read more »
Author: CMT.com Staff
Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:22 pm
Campers from the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp left the 2017 program with memories they will never forget. The week-long event closed on Tuesday (June 27) with a live performance of their original song “I Love Big” on the Grand Ole Opry with Chris Young. The song was co-written Thursday (June 22) with Dierks Bentley... Read more »
Author: Lauren Tingle
Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:20 pm
Wearing a gold lamé suit, Shania Twain previewed her new Rock This Country exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Tuesday (June 27). The event attracted several members of the local music community including Kelsea Ballerini. Opening Friday and running through July 15, 2018, the display highlights Twain’s rise to prominence... Read more »
Author: Lauren Tingle
Posted: June 28, 2017, 6:44 pm
All of a sudden, summer is in full bloom. There’s lots of new music this week to report, beginning with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, whose The Nashville Sound roars in as Billboard‘s top country album. This is Isbell’s second bow at the summit. His last came in July 2015 with Something More Than... Read more »
Author: Edward Morris
Posted: June 28, 2017, 2:52 pm
With the uncertain landscape of American healthcare today, the Nashville music community isn’t waiting on impending legislation or corporate entities to fix it. On Tuesday (June 27) in Nashville, the Music City Music Council along with mayor Megan Barry issued a proclamation to observe Oct. 20 as Heal the Music Day. The capital campaign encourages... Read more »
Author: Lauren Tingle
Posted: June 28, 2017, 1:54 am
I’ve always found country music to be kind of therapeutic. Like it holds all the answers to so many of my questions. So I guess it makes sense that Tyler Farr has become a sort of advice columnist, in this new Dear Tyler video from Vevo. Farr says he’s there to provide help, answers and... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 27, 2017, 8:16 pm
Oh, you need to grab tissues before watching Scotty McCreery’s new video for “Five More Minutes.” The North Carolina native has never been shy about the importance of his family and the place they hold on his list of priorities — the top spot. In a beautifully moving tribute to them, Scotty has put his... Read more »
Author: Samantha Stephens
Posted: June 27, 2017, 6:38 pm
Good luck, Dierks Bentley. He opened up on Instagram on Monday (June 26), telling his fans and followers that he was going phone-free. And he asked for everyone’s well wishes. His caption accompanied a photo of all the tools he will need to replace his smart phone: a typewriter, a recorder, a camera, a metronome,... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 27, 2017, 5:21 pm
When Martina McBride moved to Nashville to start her country career, she knew nobody. And she didn’t know a thing about the music business. In a new interview with industry publication Country Aircheck, McBride talks about those early years, how she got her start and what lessons she learned. And from Garth Brooks, what she... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 27, 2017, 3:18 pm
Let’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.
Author: Claire Heinichen
Posted: June 26, 2017, 10:42 pm
Ever heard of Red Hair Sinsemilla? It’s a strain of marijuana from California that Toby Keith claims is his all-time favorite in his new song “Wacky Tobaccy.” Co-written with his longtime collaborator Scotty Emerick, the song celebrates 4-20-friendly people and the pot they love. Keith shot the official video on his bus in April before... Read more »
Author: Lauren Tingle
Posted: June 26, 2017, 10:30 pm
Miranda Lambert has more than 6 million followers on Twitter. So when she posts a video, you can be sure a lot of people will watch it. That must’ve been the case Saturday (June 24) when Lambert caught McBryde’s opening set when they shared the bill at LakeShake, Chicago’s country music festival. Shortly after McBryde... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 26, 2017, 9:48 pm
Remember summer camp, when you’d sit around a bonfire and sing “Do Your Ears Hang Low?” and “The Green Grass Grew All Around”? Well, this new one is not your run-of-the-mill summer camp song. Dierks Bentley recently spent some time with the campers at the ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, and together with songwriter Ross... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 26, 2017, 8:03 pm
Sometimes to find yourself, you have to go home again. For Shelly Fairchild, the message of “Mississippi Turnpike” struck a chord. She was at a similar place in life when the song about reconnecting with roots landed in her lap. “When I first heard it, I had just gone through a tough time in my... Read more »
Author: Samantha Stephens
Posted: June 26, 2017, 3:24 pm
Just when you think the life of a country star is a charmed one, you find out that sometimes, even the super famous can get into some super tough spots. Lady Antebellum worked up a sweat, Dierks Bentley got stuck in a jam, Maren Morris had a break down, Brett Eldredge couldn’t get enough rollercoaster,... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 26, 2017, 2:15 pm
The new episode of Nashville, titled “A Change Would Do You Good,” stuck to its name and brought some big changes for several of our friends. Let’s 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... Read more »
Author: Claire Heinichen
Posted: June 25, 2017, 4:06 pm
The voice memo Dierks Bentley sent Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman at 6:30 a.m. with the original chorus idea for “Black” is still saved on Gorley’s phone. But there wasn’t enough time to bust it out at Thursday’s (June 22) party celebrating the song’s success. Plaque presentations for and speeches by the three hitmakers lasted... Read more »
Author: Lauren Tingle
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:08 pm
Kenny Chesney is calling on students from Nashville’s Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro to create the new video for Cosmic Hallelujah‘s next single “All the Pretty Girls.” The student director who submits the winning entry will receive a $5,000 scholarship that will be allocated to their tuition and a world video... Read more »
Author: Lauren Tingle
Posted: June 23, 2017, 5:41 pm
The Hollywood Walk of Fame that runs up and down Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street will soon be home to another country star’s star. Carrie Underwood is one of the latest honorees who will grace the sidewalk in 2018. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the class of 2018 on Thursday (June 22). Underwood’s star,... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 23, 2017, 4:36 pm
Let me get this straight: The Nashville cops do some low-key racial profiling, and somehow that means that Maddie should apologize? Thanks, but no thanks. On Thursday night’s (June 22) episode of Nashville, while Deacon was trying to sort out the mess between Maddie, her boyfriend Clay, the police and the media that continued to... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 23, 2017, 3:24 pm
Kiefer Sutherland’s cinematic new video for “Shirley Jean” could so easily play on the big screen. The heart-wrenching, timeless tune follows in the tradition of dark and visceral storytellers like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash and tells the tragic story of a man imprisoned on death row whose hard life was made brighter only... Read more »
Author: Samantha Stephens
Posted: June 23, 2017, 2:59 pm
Last week at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, just as Dierks Bentley was getting ready for his set, reflecting on his good fortune and thinking to himself, “This is the best day of my life. I’m singing songs with these heroes of mine and we’re in Telluride,” that’s when he got the call no... Read more »
Author: Alison Bonaguro
Posted: June 23, 2017, 2:55 pm