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  • Martina McBride Celebrates 25 Years of HitsThis is what country music was like 25 years ago when Martina McBride released her debut album The Time Has Come. Essentially, country music was huge. At the time, Clint Black, Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson were among the acts who were taking the genre to its highest commercial heights. Black’s rise to prominence was... Read more »
  • Memorial Day Songs: Country Artists Honor Our Nation’s HeroesCountry music has a long history of honoring those who have served in the armed forces, especially those who were willing to die for what they believe in. Notable songs date back to Ernest Tubb’s “Soldier’s Last Letter,” which spent four weeks at the top of the country chart in 1944. Poignant stories abound, but... Read more »
  • Eric Church Bests HimselfAt Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Friday (May 26), the last thing Eric Church did before he hit the stage was toast to setting a new attendance record at the venue. Moments before launching into the nearly four-hour show, he met with Music Row colleagues, family and friends for a shot backstage to celebrate attracting a... Read more »
  • Country Stars Eulogize Gregg AllmanAs the writer behind Southern rock anthems like “Whipping Post,” “Midnight Rider” and “Melissa,” Gregg Allman’s memory will be eternal in the music he made with the Allman Brothers Band and as a solo artist. He died at his home in Savannah, Georgia on Saturday (May 27). He was 69. Jason Aldean, Randy Houser, Jason... Read more »
  • Allman Brothers Band’s Gregg Allman Dies at 69Gregg Allman, founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and long-time solo artist, has died at his home in Savannah, Georgia. He was 69. A statement on his official website says, “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his... Read more »
  • Eric Church Gives His All in NashvilleEric Church was in the middle of “Springsteen” on Friday (May 26) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena when he held up a fan’s banner that summed up everything about the 2017 Holdin’ My Own Tour. In big capital letters, it simply read, “BEST [EXPLETIVE] TOUR EVER.” When Church returned it to its owner, a woman in... Read more »
  • Steve Earle Searches for a Good Heart in “Lookin’ for a Woman”In his new song, Steve Earle is looking for a woman and not just any woman — a good one, who won’t treat him mean, break his heart, and leave him lonely and restless and itching to rebel. This is the stuff outlaw country is made of right here, and if anyone can tell you... Read more »
  • Dierks Bentley Introduces Extreme Tour Ritual on CMT Hot 20 CountdownDierks Bentley fans are already familiar with his annual polar lake jump tradition on New Year’s Day. Well, that tradition has gone mobile in a new extreme ritual he practices on his What the Hell Tour, and he invited CMT Hot 20 Countdown‘s Cody Alan to try it recently backstage in Cincinnati. We're CHILLIN' with... Read more »
  • Jason Aldean Tours Country Music Hall of Fame ExhibitWhen Jason Aldean and his family previewed his new exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday (May 25), his children were getting their first impressions of their father’s life before “Hicktown” broke out in 2005. After getting a private tour with his family, Aldean delivered a few remarks in the... Read more »
  • Eric Church on His Intermission AnxietyWhen Eric Church announced that he’d be playing for about three and a half hours on his new tour, and that there’d be an intermission, I wasn’t so sure it would work. And Church wasn’t either. He told Nashville Scene that when he finally got to the point in his career when he had enough... Read more »
  • Thomas Rhett Shares Plans for Mushy AlbumThomas Rhett is not going to make an all-Willa album. But he did recently admit that the last 20 song titles he came up with were all about his 18-month-old daughter. “I feel like the whole next record is going to be a pretty mushy one about my kids,” Rhett told told Lousiana’s Advocate (He... Read more »
  • Lady Antebellum Packs Horns for New TourWith every new tour, Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott look forward to rearranging some of their biggest hits for their loyal fans. So on their all-new You Look Good Tour, launching Friday (May 26) in Bakersfield, California, their catalogue will get a fresh twist with the addition of a live horn... Read more »
  • Granger Smith on Luke Bryan’s InvitationAfter a very thorough tour of the summer fair and fest circuit, Granger Smith will be joining Luke Bryan‘s tour in the middle of September. So I wondered what it would be like for Smith to go from playing his own shows — packed with his own very loyal fans — to opening Bryan’s shows.... Read more »
  • Onesie-Clad Throng Celebrates Lauren Alaina’s First No. 1, “Road Less Traveled”Dozens of guests at Lauren Alaina’s first No. 1 party strutted around in the garishly colorful “onesies” provided them Wednesday afternoon (May 24) as they entered the doors at Nashville’s Sutler nightclub. The party was thrown by ASCAP and BMI, the performance rights organizations, to celebrate the chart-topping success of “Road Less Traveled,” which Alaina... Read more »
  • #TBT to the Carrie Underwood DozenTwelve years ago, on the 25th day of May, Carrie Underwood won American Idol. Almost overnight, she went from reality show champ to a bona fide country music superstar. I remember the day her debut album Some Hearts came out like it was yesterday and wanting nothing more than to drive somewhere so I could... Read more »
  • RaeLynn Sells Out Nashville Headlining DebutThere’s nothing quite like watching grown men singing at the top of their lungs to RaeLynn live. That happened throughout her sold-out headlining debut at Mercy Lounge when she brought her RaVe tour to Nashville on Wednesday (March 24). Everywhere there were guys who weren’t with significant others there to watch her light up the... Read more »
  • Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2017The initial dates for Luke Bryan‘s ninth annual Farm Tour were announced Thursday (May 25). The Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017 starts Sept. 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska and will visit six farming communities in the Midwest before wrapping Oct. 7 in Centralia, Missouri. Jon Pardi will join Bryan for the run, and additional... Read more »
  • AmericanaFest Announces First Round of 2017 PerformersMore than 230 performing acts will descend on Nashville during the 17th annual AmericanaFest, and the first 103 of those artists were announced Thursday (May 25). The initial lineup includes performances by Andrew Combs, the Band of Heathens, Brandy Clark, Brent Cobb, Bruce Robison, Casey James, Charley Crockett, Elise Davis, Jason Eady, Jaime Wyatt, Jim... Read more »
  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Tour Chef Shops LocalI can’t tell you exactly what Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are serving backstage at all of their Soul2Soul shows, but I can tell you what is on their menu when they are in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday (May 25): Pasta with baby spinach, dried chilis, pine nuts, torn basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano and light citrus green... Read more »
  • Zac Brown Band Crowns Country Albums Chart With Welcome HomeHere they come again. Two years ago this month, the Zac Brown Band debuted its Jekyll + Hyde album at the top of both Billboard‘s country and all-genres charts. This week, they’re back in rare air with Welcome Home. It reigns at the No. 1 country spot and at No. 2 in the all-genres ranking.... Read more »
  • Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer’s Not Dark Yet Arrives Aug. 18Collectively, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer have released 24 albums. Not Dark Yet, arriving Aug. 18, will be their first collection released together. Produced by Teddy Thompson, the 10-song collaborative effort offers new arrangements of The Louvin Brothers’ “Every Time You Leave,” Jessi Colter’s “I’m Looking for Blue Eyes,” Townes Van Zandt’s “Lungs” and... Read more »
  • Superstar Collaborations Revealed for 2017 CMT Music AwardsThe Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line will deliver their first TV performance together at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Additionally, Earth, Wind & Fire will embark on a genre-bending jam with Lady Antebellum during the awards show airing live from Nashville on June 7. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s first-ever performance on any CMT stage... Read more »
  • Maggie Rose Talks More Dreams > DollarsMaggie Rose has never pursued music for the money or the glory. To her, it’s a calling. And chasing dreams has made her a rising master of reinvention. In 2009, she was introduced to the mainstream as Margaret Durante with a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” as her debut single. In 2011, she... Read more »
  • Maren Morris: “Music Tethers Us”After a suspected suicide bomber killed 22 people just outside an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England on Monday (May 22), singers around the world shared their sympathies on social media. And Maren Morris took things one step further by telling her fans and followers not to let that attack scare them... Read more »