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  • Thomas Rhett’s Life Changes Arrives Sept. 8Currently performing on his first major headlining tour, Thomas Rhett has announced that his third album, Life Changes, arrives Sept. 8. The new music is described as Rhett’s “boldest-sounding” release to date and features a mix of country ballads, rock anthems, EDM-influenced pop songs and R&B slow jams. Having accumulated eight No. 1s on Billboard‘s... Read more »
  • Shania Twain Gets Her Groove Back in “Life’s About to Get Good” Video“Changing your life starts from within.” That’s the underlying message in Shania Twain‘s colorful new video for “Life’s About to Get Good.” The clip starts off with the CMT Artist of a Lifetime waking up with a broken heart and leftover pizza in bed. Then she sits down for breakfast with a vacation brochure advertising... Read more »
  • Brett Eldredge Plays True or False on Self-Titled AlbumThe No. 1 thing about Brett Eldredge that will never change as his career continues to grow will be the love he has for his family and friends. They are the ones who will always be there for him no matter what. “My brother, my parents, all my friends and managers are all like family... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini: Game for AnythingA lot of singers might go on The Tonight Show just to sing. But Kelsea Ballerini was there for so much more this week. She performed her latest single “Legends,” obviously, but also stuck around to play a couple games while she was in Jimmy Fallon’s studio. Like charades. Fallon was paired with actor Jessica... Read more »
  • Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar Announce A Christmas TourMerry Christmas in July from Kellie Pickler and Phil Vassar! Their 13-city A Christmas Tour launches Nov. 24 in Wheeling, West Virginia, and they have a new holiday collaboration “The Naughty List” coming this holiday season. Vassar and Juliana Songs co-wrote the song, which was co-produced by Vassar and Dane Bryan. Tickets for A Christmas... Read more »
  • Singer-Guitarist Michael Johnson Dead at 72Singer Michael Johnson, whose mellow “Give Me Wings” and “The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder” topped the country charts in 1986-87, died Tuesday (July 25) in Minneapolis after a long illness. He was 72. Prior to moving into the country format, the Colorado-born Johnson had enjoyed pop success with “Bluer Than Blue” (No. 12,... Read more »
  • Earls of Leicester, Balsam Range Top IBMA NominationsThe Earls of Leicester and Balsam Range emerged as the top nominees for the 28th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards announced Wednesday (July 26) in Nashville. Additionally, this year’s International Bluegrass Hall of Fame inductees were revealed. Among them are Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, who became key representatives for women in bluegrass music during... Read more »
  • Win for Jordan Spieth Is a Win for CountryThis is no red Solo cup. And yet, the historically significant silver trophy known as the Claret Jug was right at home on stage with thirsty country stars Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. Texan golf champ Jordan Spieth brought his newly-acquired trophy to their Dallas House of Blues show on Tuesday night (July 25), so... Read more »
  • Rascal Flatts Return to No. 1 With “Yours If You Want It”Let us now celebrate Rascal Flatts’ 14th trip to the radio summit as the trio’s “Yours If You Want It” rolls into No. 1 this week on Billboard‘s country airplay chart. It wasn’t a quick win, though. The song took 29 weeks to complete its climb. Yours If You Want It by Rascal Flatts on... Read more »
  • Luke Combs Makes Room for King RanchIf you’ve heard newcomer Luke Comb‘s first two hit songs — “Hurricane” and “When It Rains It Pours” — you know he’s got a huge voice. And he has been driving that big voice around in one of the smallest cars ever made: the Dodge Neon. In a recent radio interview, Combs said now that... Read more »
  • Tim McGraw Says Fans are the Secret SauceTim McGraw and Faith Hill have made it to the halfway point of their new Soul2Soul world tour with about 40 shows down and another 40 to go. And they’ve obviously got this down to a science, because they’ve already sold more than 800,000 tickets. But McGraw explained that it’s not just the two of... Read more »
  • Florida Georgia Line and Backstreet Boys Unite for CMT CrossroadsFlorida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys will perform their biggest hits together on an all-new CMT Crossroads, premiering Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. ET. The hour-long special will feature new collaborative arrangements of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As You Want Me,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” “H.O.L.Y.,” their No.... Read more »
  • Darius Rucker’s New Album Promises Special GuestsIt’s hard to remember the last time music by Darius Rucker wasn’t part of the soundtrack of American pop culture. Including “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry” and “Only Wanna Be With You,” Hootie & the Blowfish hits dominated the radio in the mid-’90s. And since the 2008 debut of Rucker’s first country album, Learn... Read more »
  • Nashville: The Big Moments From Season 5 Episode 19The recent episode was quite the emotional roller coaster. At times, it was gut wrenching, and other times, vindicating.
  • Ashley McBryde Sings of Brighter Days in Powerful New SingleThere’s a new badass in town, and her name is Ashley McBryde. Superstars like Eric Church and Miranda Lambert can’t stop singing her praises, and one listen to her current single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” will show you why. With a true grit and raw vulnerability, McBryde’s songs cut to the bone, and... Read more »
  • Guitarist and Producer Billy Joe Walker Dead at 64Producer, guitarist and songwriter Billy Joe Walker Jr. died Tuesday (July 25) in Kerrville, Texas. He was 64 and had long been in ill health. Walker was an early champion of singer Bryan White and produced his first three albums. He also produced Travis Tritt’s platinum-selling Down the Road I Go, as well as projects... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini Casually Drops Drop DateKelsea Ballerini fans woke up to some very big news on Tuesday (July 25). Her next album has a name and a due date. The way she announced it was super casual, just like the other social media conversations she always has with her fans and followers. “November [3] my sophomore album ‘Unapologetically’ will be... Read more »
  • Jason Aldean on Raising a BoyI’ve always loved how open and honest Jason Aldean is during interviews. He is very willing to talk about anything. But at last weekend’s Country Thunder concert in Wisconsin, there was one question he wouldn’t answer for Chicago’s WEBG. Aldean revealed that he and his wife Brittany already have a name picked out for their... Read more »
  • Geoff Mack, Composer of “I’ve Been Everywhere,” Dead at 94Geoff Mack, composer of the tongue-twisting and widely recorded “I’ve Been Everywhere,” died Thursday (July 20) in his native Australia at the age of 94. Mack, whose real name was Albert Geoffrey McElhinney, was born Dec. 20, 1922 in a suburb of Melbourne. Although he wrote other songs, his crown jewel was “I’ve Been Everywhere.”... Read more »
  • 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 »