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  • Shania Twain and Maren Morris Lead the Way at StagecoachShania Twain, Maren Morris, Margo Price and Nikki Lane’s performances Saturday (April 29) at the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California, represented the diverse contributions being made by today’s female country artists. The second day of the three-day festival also featured Willie Nelson (with a guest appearance by longtime friend and fellow Farm Aid founder... Read more »
  • Sun Records Icon Jerry Lee Lewis Still Rockin’ at Stagecoach FestivalSun Records icon Jerry Lee Lewis and Nashville star Rhiannon Giddens joined Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell and other country and rock stars for the opening day of the Stagecoach music festival in Indio, California. Friday’s (April 28) lineup also featured a diverse array of performers, including Jon Pardi, Randy Houser, Anderson East, the Randy Rogers... Read more »
  • Willie Nelson Turns 84 With God’s Problem ChildThe first time Grammy-winning producer and songwriter Buddy Cannon received a song idea from Willie Nelson via a text message, it shocked him. The message was the beginning of what became “Roll Me Up,” a musical living will of sorts that ended up on Nelson’s 2012 album Heroes. “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever done... Read more »
  • Old Crow Medicine Show Take History and Make HistoryRecording Blonde on Blonde wasn’t easy starting out for Bob Dylan. The first recording date attached to the album took place in New York on Oct. 5, 1965. “Like a Rolling Stone” had hit No. 2 on Billboard over the summer and Highway 61 Revisited was just released the month prior. As remembered in Sean... Read more »
  • Billy Ray Cyrus Changes His NameBilly Ray Cyrus is changing his name. From now on, the Still the King star just wants to be known as Cyrus, and he plans to go home to Kentucky to have it legally changed. Also, new music will be released only under his surname. The reinvention coincides with the 25th anniversary of his breakout... Read more »
  • Stagecoach 2017: Who’s Playing and How to ListenIt’s hard to believe that this weekend marks Cole Swindell‘s Stagecoach debut. Here we go, @stagecoach!! Toyota Mane Stage. 8:45pm A post shared by Cole Swindell (@cswinde2) on Apr 28, 2017 at 8:23am PDT He’s always wanted to play the festival in Indio, California, but major tours with Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and others... Read more »
  • Tim McGraw Makes 50 Sound GoodI don’t know how Tim McGraw feels about turning 50 on Monday (May 1). But if I had to make an educated guess, I’d say he’s one of those “gets-better-with-age” kind of guys. Because when I talked to him in 2013 on the 20th anniversary of his first No. 1 song “Don’t Take the Girl,”... Read more »
  • Steve Earle Enlists Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson for New AlbumSteve Earle’s new album, So You Wannabe an Outlaw, will be released June 16 and features guest appearances by Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson and another Texas music mainstay, Johnny Bush. Although Earle was raised near San Antonio, the project marks his first recording sessions in Austin and his first album for Warner Bros. Records since... Read more »
  • Why Tim McGraw Was Mad at Little Big TownAll the best stories seem to come from being backstage at awards shows. When Little Big Town‘s Jimi Westbrook saw Tim McGraw at the ACM Awards, things got real, really fast. “I was strolling off, and Tim McGraw is standing there, and he was like, ‘Damn you. I wanted that song,'” Westbrook told Billboard. “That... Read more »
  • Brandi Carlile Defines “Dolly-Ize”Brandi Carlile says she was dreaming big when she sent a handwritten letter to Dolly Parton with a special request. But in that note, Carlile said something she can never take back. Carlile asked Parton if she would be interested in covering the title track of her 2007 debut The Story for a new benefit... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini Prepares to Cover Britney Spears in Front of Britney SpearsKelsea Ballerini jokes her feelings about covering Britney Spears live in front of the pop star herself can be summed up in one look. this face is how I feel about singing a @britneyspears song in front of Britney Spears on Saturday.. https://t.co/FWiZgBPD8h — Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) April 27, 2017 @KelseaBallerini we are still waiting... Read more »
  • Little Big Town and CMA Fest Artists Honor Music EducatorsLong before they signed their first record deals, many of music’s biggest acts’ careers started with a music teacher believing in their talent. On Wednesday (April 26) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town and the CMA Foundation hosted the second annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner to honor 31 music educators from across... Read more »
  • Toby Keith on a Country DividedWhen Toby Keith was on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon on Wednesday night (April 26), he talked first about what inspired him to write “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” back in 2001. “My dad was a soldier. And he’d just passed away about six months before 9/11. We were raised... Read more »
  • Charley Pride Schedules First Studio Album in Six YearsCountry Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride will release Music in My Heart, his first studio album in more than six years, on July 7. The project was produced by singer-songwriter Billy Yates, whose songwriting credits include “Choices,” a 1999 hit for the late George Jones. “My goal was to record the best traditional... Read more »
  • How to Watch an AlbumWe probably all listen to albums in some form or another almost every day. But I think this might be the first time we can all watch an album. Brad Paisley has outdone himself on his latest album Love and War, not only with his songwriting, singing, and playing, but with the artistic way he... Read more »
  • Florida Georgia Line and the Chainsmokers Live in CincinnatiFlorida Georgia Line reconnected with the Chainsmokers live in Cincinnati for a surprise performance of “Last Day Alive” on the EDM duo’s Memories: Do Not Open Tour. A tweet teased Wednesday’s (April 26) collaboration. What a freaking Wednesday night let's do this more @drewtaggart @alexpall @thubbmusic @thechainsmokers A post shared by Brian Kelley (@playbkplay) on... Read more »
  • Angaleena Presley Talks Wrangled and Writing With Guy ClarkAngaleena Presley‘s her first meeting with Guy Clark is forever burned into her memory. She remembers feeling scared to death while heading to his place to write music with one of her idols. At the time, she thought, “How in the heck did I get here?” “We went down into his workshop where he has... Read more »
  • Miranda Lambert on When Life Shakes You UpThe best thing about artists is their ability to observe life through a different creative lens. That’s certainly the case for Miranda Lambert. In an exclusive new interview with CMT After MidNite With Cody Alan, Lambert said she believed there is a reason behind every shake-up in life — and some of them are connected.... Read more »
  • Maren Morris Pens a Lenny Letter“A banjo or fiddle doesn’t make a country song. It’s the core-cutting truth that does, and I intend to explore it one day or beer at a time.” These words are a fitting summation of Maren Morris’ thoughts as she begins working on her second album, which she wrote about Wednesday (April 26) for Lena... Read more »
  • Carrie Underwood: “A Joy, a Pleasure and a Privilege”On Tuesday night (April 25), Carrie Underwood won big in Las Vegas. She was honored at the 69th annual BMI/NAB Dinner with the BMI Board of Directors Award. It is the award that goes to the artist who has had a major impact on the broadcast industry. BMI also used the annual dinner to present... Read more »
  • Eli Young Band Comes Full Circle With FingerprintsOn the surface, there’s some basic math behind Eli Young Band. They’re four guys — Mike Eli, James Young, Chris Thompson and Jon Jones. They’ve been in a band since 2000. So that’s 17 years of making music together, and there are four kids among them. “There’s eight children total, counting us,” Thompson joked during... Read more »
  • Sam Hunt Takes Airplay Crown With “Body Like a Back Road”Will someone please trot over to Music Row and wake up the record labels? They seem to be dozing this week. Where’s that torrent of new albums and songs we’ve come to expect in the spring — the ones propelled into prominence by the Grammy and Academy of Country Music awards shows? Drat! First, though,... Read more »
  • Dylan Scott: “Nothing Is an Overnight Success”There were only so many professions available growing up in the small Louisiana community that raised rising artist Dylan Scott. His hometown is Beekman, Louisiana, a 15-minute drive north from the nearest small town, Bastrop. For years, the area’s primary employer was International Paper until the company closed its local mill in 2008. Folks driving... Read more »
  • Brad Paisley Makes Nostalgia New AgainLife is full of lasts. That’s what I’ve been thinking almost every day, as my last child is spending her last days in high school. And just when I think I might be able to keep my tears at bay, Brad Paisley releases a song that makes it all so much more bittersweet. In his... Read more »