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  • Carly Pearce: “One Song Can Change Everything”Carly Pearce can remember the first radio professional who played her breakout hit, “Every Little Thing,” on the air. At the time, he asked Pearce, “Are you ready for this song to change your life?” That moment and many other moments in her career led to the emotive ballad becoming Pearce’s first No. 1 after... Read more »
  • CMT Hot 20: Chris Janson Inducted Into the Grand Ole OpryCountry music is an art, a culture and a business, but most importantly, it’s family; especially at the Grand Ole Opry. Garth Brooks welcomed its newest member, Chris Janson, into the Opry family at Tuesday’s (March 20) show. And yes, Janson cried. His induction is a significant milestone he’s wanted to achieve ever since he... Read more »
  • The Man Behind Walker Hayes’ “Craig”Walker Hayes introduced me to his friend Craig. Not literally, but he helped me get to know the man who inspired his latest single “Craig.” I had the chance to ask him about the song; one Hayes calls the most touching one on his album, boom. “I’m not a churchgoer,” Hayes told me. “I had... Read more »
  • How Modeling Prepared Music City’s Alisa Fuller for Her Music CareerThe beauty of CMT’s Music City is that it shows an authentic look behind the scenes of what it truly means to make it in Nashville’s music community. And for aspiring artists, part of paying your dues is having a side hustle. When she’s not working on her own music, Alisa Fuller is surrounded by... Read more »
  • Carrie Underwood’s Son Reels in 62,000 LikesMike Fisher rarely posts on Instagram. In fact, he’s only done so 116 times. That 116th time, though, that one trumps them all. Because on Tuesday (March 20), Fisher posted the kind of picture that sends the internet into an absolute frenzy: a cute father-son-bluegill moment that was captured and then shared. “Day off= fishing... Read more »
  • Who’s Playing Where at CMA Fest 2018The initial lineup for CMA Fest 2018 running Jun 7-10 in downtown Nashville includes just over 130 acts. Among the Nissan Stadium headliners are Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Brothers Osborne and Charles Esten and Friends. The reigning New Artist of the Year Jon Pardi will kick off the free concerts at the Riverfront... Read more »
  • ACM Awards: Adds Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum and MoreThe performance lineup for the 53rd annual ACM Awards grows with the additions of Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. The New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Entertainment Tonight host Nancy O’Dell, actress Rebecca Romijn and Olympian Lindsey Vonn have also joined the show as presenters. Embedded from They join previously... Read more »
  • Chris Stapleton Scores First True No. 1 Hit with “Broken Halos”The movement is still pretty glacial on the Billboard album and airplay charts, but we do have a new No. 1 single to report. It’s Chris Stapleton’s “Broken Halos,” which rolls into No. 1 after a relatively slow 35-week flight. In the meantime, Kane Brown’s self-titled album rests snugly and smugly in the top position... Read more »
  • Dierks Bentley Joins Vanderbilt Children’s Walk of ChampionsLate last week, Dierks Bentley had the honor of being the very first to be honored. Nashville’s Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt presented Bentley with the first star on its brand new Walk of Champions. “I am personally so honored to have this star,” Bentley told the crowd gathered to watch him accept... Read more »
  • Remembering Hazel Smith: CMT Columnist Through the YearsThe country music community is mourning the loss of Nashville music insider, Hazel Smith. The Music Row journalist, cookbook author and talent manager died on Sunday (March 18) at her home in Madison, Tenn. She was 83. As a columnist for and the host of CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks, Smith was known for getting... Read more »