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  • 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.
  • A Warm Nashville Day Made Sunnier by Thomas Rhett Double CelebrationSunny and 77, it felt like baseball weather Thursday afternoon (Feb. 15) as throngs from Music Row crowded into Von Elrod’s Beer Garden and Sausage House to celebrate the writers of Thomas Rhett‘s latest two chart-toppers — “Craving You” and “Unforgettable.” Adding to the baseball vibe was the fact that Von Elrod’s is directly across... Read more »
  • Dustin Lynch Sings Brad Paisley’s PraisesHas Brad Paisley gotten a little too comfortable in his role as a headliner? Does he just kind of phone it in? Not a chance. According to Dustin Lynch, who is currently on tour with Paisley, the guy is never content to just rest on his laurels. Which makes him the best kind of role... Read more »
  • Nashville: The Big Moments From Season 6 Episode 7Jealousy shows its true colors in the latest episode of Nashville. Check out the episode’s biggest 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, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #NashvilleCMT.
  • Morgan Evans on His Nashville FirstsMorgan Evans didn’t grow up in Nashville. He didn’t even grow up near Nashville. Evans was raised a good 9,000 miles away, in New South Wales all the way down under in Australia. But eventually, his passion for country music lured him to Tennessee. And when I had the chance, I asked Evans about some... Read more »
  • Kip Moore Celebrates “More Girls Like You” in Nashville“I wish every artist was like Kip Moore. To see your fan base freak out every single night that you play, it’s inspiring.” That’s what hitmaker Steven Lee Olsen said of the Georgia native at the No. 1 celebration for Slowheart‘s “More Girls Like You;” the first song Moore, Olsen, Josh Miller and Slowheart‘s co-producer,... Read more »
  • The Downtown Farmer: Grapefruit Brûlée French ToastFollow Chef Loreal Gavin as she serves up delicious farm-to-food truck recipes using locally sourced foods from America’s top urban farms. New recipes will be uploaded weekly through April on CMT’s YouTube channel. Grapefruit Brûlée French Toast Total: 25 min Prep: 15 min Cook: 10 min Yield: 4 servings (two pieces of French toast per... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini Shines at the Ryman AuditoriumNashville’s Ryman Auditorium brings out the best in every performer who graces its stage. And that was certainly the case for Kelsea Ballerini on Wednesday (Feb. 14) when she brought her Unapologetically Tour to the venerable concert hall. The event was sold-out, and despite battling the flu, Ballerini commanded the stage, captivating everyone in the... Read more »
  • PHOTOS: All for the Hall Returns to New YorkOn the eve of Valentine’s Day (Feb. 13), Vince Gill, Maren Morris, Emmylou Harris and Kesha assembled to honor their love of country music live at New York City’s Times Square Playstation Theater. The evening was an intimate guitar pull benefiting the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s education programs, which teach folks about... Read more »
  • Why Lauren Alaina’s “Three” Was the OneThere is no denying that Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is a special place. For country fans, for country artists, and in Lauren Alaina‘s case, for American Idol hopefuls. “One of the biggest (Country Radio Seminar) moments for me was last year at Universal’s Ryman Auditorium show,” Alaina told industry publication Country Aircheck. “I got to play... Read more »
  • Chris Janson on Real Men and Real LoveIf you’re a single woman, Chris Janson has some advice for finding love. He says do nothing. “He should approach you if he’s a real man,” Janson told Chicago’s WEGB. “He’ll do all the work. A man who is a real man — not a boy, not a child, not a man-child — will pursue... Read more »
  • Brett Young Marks Four Years in Nashville with No. 1 PartyAfter four years of creating music in Nashville, Brett Young continues to make making in Music City look easy. On Monday afternoon (Feb. 12), he took over the Nashville Underground bar on downtown’s Lower Broadway to celebrate his latest hit from his 2017 self-titled debut, “Like I Loved You” with the song’s co-writer, Jesse Lee,... Read more »
  • Blake Shelton Makes a Splash at Delta’s LandingGood things happen when Blake Shelton takes the stage. There’s good music, obviously, and then sometimes, there’s also a good cause. The cause was the case over the weekend when Shelton donated $50,000 of his ticket sales from concerts at his Ole Red Tishomingo restaurant-venue to his hometown. And what the city plans to do... Read more »
  • Dan + Shay + TequilaIt’s not always about Patron and clothes falling off, or going ten rounds with Jose Cuervo. Sometimes, if you’re careful, you can write a song about tequila that’s not about a party. And if you’re Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, you can even make it a ballad. The duo talked to Billboard Country Update and... Read more »
  • How to Get a Luck Reunion RingOther than Grammys, CMAs, ACMs, RIAA and No. 1 plaques, one of the most coveted pieces of hardware in country music is a Luck Reunion ring. Made of sterling silver and handcrafted by Brett Fox of Maker And Smith, the Luck Reunion ring is considered the country music’s championship ring. Every year, Willie Nelson presents... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini’s Big Full CircleBefore Kelsea Ballerini became a bona fide country star, she was a 20-year-old songwriter just singing songs at Country Radio Seminar four years ago. She took industry publication Country Aircheck down that memory lane in its February issue. “My first CRS was four years ago, which is crazy. I had just signed my record deal,... Read more »
  • Old Dominion’s “Written in the Sand” Reigns as Top SongAny waves that might have rolled in from the Grammys have now subsided. But there a few ripples to report. Old Dominion‘s “Written in the Sand” has crested as the most played song on Billboard‘s country airplay list. It arrived at that prominence in just 22 weeks. This is the band’s fifth chart-topper, its first... Read more »
  • FIRST LOOK: CMT Next Women of Country Tour With Sara EvansSince its 2015 inception with Kelsea Ballerini and Jana Kramer, the annual CMT Next Women of Country Tour has featured some of country music’s most empowering vocalists. In 2016, Jennifer Nettles headlined the tour with Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson. The 2017 lineup starred Martina McBride, Lauren Alaina, Maggie Rose and Post Monroe.... Read more »
  • Jennifer Nettles Stages More StorytellingIt’s no secret that no matter how dearly Jennifer Nettles loves country music, she is also crazy about the Broadway stage. So when she had a chance to make her Broadway debut as Roxy Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago in 2015, she took it. And Nettles told Billboard that she sees some similarities... Read more »
  • Thomas Rhett on His Biggest Fan EverWith all of this Valentine’s Day love in the air, it seems like a good time to look back on good times. Like when Thomas Rhett‘s high school sweetheart (and yes, his childhood crush) Lauren Gregory told him that he might actually have a career in music, and then she became his wife, Lauren Akins.... Read more »
  • Daryle Singletary’s Passing Breaks HeartsEven if you’d never heard a Daryle Singletary song, you can almost hear the impact he had on country music just by listening to the tributes his fellow artists posted on social media on Monday (Feb. 12). Singletary died unexpectedly on Monday at his home just outside of Nashville. He was only 46. Lee Brice... Read more »
  • Nashville Trivia: Season 6, Episode 6: Beneath Still WatersLet’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.
  • Jason Aldean’s “You Make It Easy” Gets Three VideosCircumstances beyond anyone’s control happen every day. And Jason Aldean‘s cinematic three-part music video for “You Make It Easy” directed by Shaun Silva captures that to a T. In the series, actor Luke Benward plays a boyfriend who becomes the victim of a head-on collision. The accident leaves him paralyzed from the waist down, but... Read more »
  • Traditional Country Singer Daryle Singletary Dead at 46Singer Daryle Singletary died unexpectedly at his Lebanon, Tenn. home Monday morning (Feb. 12) at the age of 46. No cause of death has been announced. Singletary was born March 10, 1971 in Cairo, Ga. Owning a deep, resonant voice and a hard-country repertoire, Singletary first came to public attention in the mid-1990s through his... Read more »