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  • Nashville: The Big Moments From Season 5 Episode 8If you’re like us, you’re still trying to process everything that happened on the latest episode of Nashville. Let’s recap the big moments from Season 5 Episode 8: Stand Beside Me. We are still reeling from the shocking ending to last week’s episode, and are counting down the minutes to see what happens next. Get... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini Watches Songwriters Watch Bon JoviIt sounds like Kelsea Ballerini had the best view of the show at Saturday night’s (Feb. 18) Bon Jovi concert in Nashville, She was standing with two of country music’s most prolific songwriters and had the chance to watch them as they were watching the rock band sing the song they wrote with frontman Jon... Read more »
  • Brandy Clark: CMT Next Women of Country Live ExclusiveIf you’ve lately been longing and searching for truth and meaning behind music, then look no further than Brandy Clark. After multiple Grammy, CMA and ACM award nominations, the world got better acquainted with the girl formerly known as Nashville’s best-kept secret. But, hallelujah, it’s a secret no more. Known for her lyrical prowess and... Read more »
  • Cole Swindell’s Four-Year-Old Story Behind “Flatliner”Before Cole Swindell signed his record deal, he was just another songwriter sending pitch emails to artists. And when he wrote “Flatliner” in 2013, he had Dierks Bentley in mind. So Swindell composed an email — “Hey guys, I wrote this today, and it’d be fun to play live” — but never heard back from... Read more »
  • Frankie Ballard Reflects on a Rock ‘n’ Roll RenaissanceWhen asked what he thought about his time in music, Frankie Ballard took a deep breath before giving his answer. “It’s always impossible for people to know really anything about their time in music because it requires perspective to really understand what things were, what had the real impact, what mattered and what didn’t,” he... Read more »
  • Jenny Gill Delivers Country Soul Debut with The House SessionsSaturday night’s (Feb. 11) Grand Ole Opry wasn’t Jenny Gill’s first performance on the historic show, but it was an important night. It was her first Opry set where she delivered live selections of original material from her six-song debut, The House Sessions. Unfortunately, her father, Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill, had to... Read more »
  • Luke Bryan: Singing George Strait Like CrazyLuke Bryan was only 7 years old when George Strait released “You Look So Good in Love.” And yet, when he looks back on it now, Bryan has a very mature appreciation for the ballad from 1983. In a special video that Strait posted on Twitter, Bryan explains how that was the song that showed... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini’s Tour Must-HavesKelsea Ballerini’s first tour bus sounds unforgettable. Her description in the new issue of Self magazine makes it sounds like it was tricked out hunter’s lodge on wheels. “My first artist bus was Jason Aldean’s old bus, with deer antlers over the lights and cowhide on the back of the couches,” she says. “It was... Read more »
  • Carly Pearce: CMT Next Women of Country Live ExclusiveDon’t tempt Carly Pearce with a good time. She’ll “dare ya” to make your move. The Kentucky native’s stripped-down performance of the flirtatious “Dare Ya” from CMT Next Women of Country Live is sweet and breezy, much like the feeling of falling in love. Born in Taylor Mill, Pearce grew up with a dream of... Read more »
  • #NashvilleCMT Recap [SPOILER ALERT]What an ending. But let’s start at the beginning. On Thursday night’s episode of (Feb. 16) CMT’s Nashville, things in the fictitious Music City kicked off with Juliette and her plans to make a gospel album because of her exhaustive one-month brush with organized religion. “I want my next album to be a gospel album,... Read more »
  • How Seth Ennis Woke Up in NashvilleNewcomer Seth Ennis, who’s doing tours this year with Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, among others, may sing about the road he’s already traveled in his debut ballad “Woke Up in Nashville,” but the reality is, he was country long before he was waking up in Music City. Ennis kind of looked into his... Read more »
  • Sun Records: The Music [VIDEO]Sun Records premieres Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Keith Urban Leads ACM NominationsWith seven nominations in five categories, Keith Urban leads the field of nominees for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Lady Antebellum revealed the initial nominations Thursday (Feb. 16) on CBS This Morning, with the remaining nominations announced by Entertainment Tonight hosts Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier additional nominees on ETonline.com. Urban’s latest... Read more »
  • John Mellencamp Sets Sad Clowns & Hillbillies TourJohn Mellencamp has enlisted Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine for his all-new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour kicking off June 5 in Denver. Jewel will take Harris’ place at the tour’s two Oregon dates — June 10 in Troutdale and June 11 in Bend. The tour’s name reflects the... Read more »
  • Reba McEntire Rocks Ryman Headlining DebutThose who saw Reba McEntire’s two-show headlining debut at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium witnessed a master at work. She was Oklahoma tough throughout Tuesday’s (Feb. 15) matinee performance, delivering two hours of live hits plus selections from her faith-based album Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. Between songs, she entertained the packed audience with... Read more »
  • Chris Stapleton’s All-American Road Show Starts May 5 in GeorgiaChris Stapleton has a new album in the works and a new summer tour on the way. Stapleton’s All-American Road Show tour starts May 5 in Alpharetta, Georgia, with Anderson East, Brent Cobb, Brothers Osborne, Lucie Silvas and Margo Price opening various dates. Cities on the schedule include Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia... Read more »
  • Kelleigh Bannen Gives Ultimatum in “Cheap Sunglasses”Some people just have a way with words, and Kelleigh Bannen is one of them. Great songwriters are storytellers who take symbolism, imagery and wit and combine it with heart, soul and often personal experience to craft a song. Reading between the lines is never more fun than it is with Bannen, proven by her... Read more »
  • Clare Dunn: CMT Next Women of Country Live Exclusive PerformanceSome songs make you feel good, some heal in a hurting moment, and some songs stay with you forever. Clare Dunn has one of those with “Old Hat.” Her performance of the song from CMT Next Women of Country Live will leave you with goosebumps … and reaching for a box of tissues. Her soulful... Read more »
  • Voting Underway for NSAI Song Contest Presented by CMTThe finalists have been selected and fan voting is underway for the 17th annual NSAI Song Contest presented by CMT. The Top 11 songs were selected by a panel of industry judges, including award winning songwriters and pros from the Nashville Songwriters Association International. The finalists were based on lyrics, melody and composition. Performance and... Read more »
  • Dierks Bentley/Elle King: No Pot Muffin CollaborationsDierks Bentley and Elle King started their Sunday night (Feb. 12) just like any other Grammy-nominated collaborators: walking the red carpet in awe of the night and the surroundings. At the beginning of the festivities, King tweeted sweet things like “Darling @dierksbentley … proud of you and what we did together. Love you forever buddy,”... Read more »
  • Thomas Rhett and Wife Share Baby NewsWhat a way to jump start a family. Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins announced two huge — but also tiny — pieces of news on Wednesday morning (Feb. 15). She is pregnant, and they are also adopting a baby from Africa. It sounds like the two new stars of their show will be... Read more »
  • Gwen Stefani and “Cowboy” Blake SheltonIf you’ve been dating a country singer for almost a year and a half, is the inevitable country album sure to follow? Not from Gwen Stefani. She and Blake Shelton are doing just fine, and she told Extra that she is in “a really good, peaceful, grateful place right here” with their relationship. But that... Read more »
  • RaeLynn’s Bittersweet First AnniversaryThis hardly seems like the best way to celebrate your first year of marriage. But then again, RaeLynn is 100 percent behind her husband’s decision to head off for military duty, which is really the ultimate sign of a solid marriage. She announced Josh Davis’ big news on Instagram, just a couple of weeks before... Read more »
  • Reba Ascends to Top Album Tier With Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & HopeLord a’mighty! The No. 1 country album this week is a collection of gospel and inspirational tunes, Reba McEntire‘s Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. It rides in on first-week sales of 52,039 units, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That number was also sufficient to debut it at No. 4 on the Billboard 200... Read more »