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Sun Records‘ Chad Michael Murray Talks Recording Darius Rucker - 28/03/2017 09:55 PM
After years of playing heartthrob roles on TV shows like One Tree Hill and Gilmore Girls and movies like A Cinderella Story and Freaky Friday, Chad Michael Murray has a lot of experience with people “fangirling” over him. However, on the set of CMT’s Sun Records, the tables were turned. “I was just fangirling out... Read more »
Brett Eldredge: A Hometown Hero for Illinois - 28/03/2017 09:30 PM
On Friday night (March 31), Brett Eldredge isn’t just going back to the baseball fields of his hometown to play games. He’s actually going home to Paris, Illinois to make his old Laker Stadium new again. And while he’s in town, he’ll be putting on a show for a few thousand friends, family and fans... Read more »
Jon Pardi Parties at No. 1 for Third Week With “Dirt on My Boots” - 28/03/2017 07:20 PM
These boots are made for stayin’. At least that’s the message imparted by Jon Pardi, whose “Dirt on My Boots” stays parked at the top of Billboard‘s country airplay chart for the third straight week. And speaking of tenacity — We were, weren’t we? — let’s thrust a jaunty thumbs up to Keith Urban for... Read more »
Carrie Underwood Signs with UMG’s Capitol Nashville - 28/03/2017 03:29 PM
Carrie Underwood has left Sony Music Nashville’s Arista imprint, her original label home following her American Idol win in 2005, and has signed a new worldwide deal with Universal Music Group’s Capitol Nashville. Underwood’s new labelmates at Capitol include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker and... Read more »
Dierks Bentley: Rookie Moves Are Behind Him - 28/03/2017 03:25 PM
If Dierks Bentley was nervous during his co-hosting duties at last year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, it didn’t show. “Last year I was the rookie and really didn’t know what to expect,” Bentley told Billboard about the 2016 awards show. “From start to finish, being part of the creative conversations from the monologue to... Read more »
Judah & the Lion Flee for “Stockholm” - 28/03/2017 03:15 PM
If emotive, rock-tinged vocals, storied songwriting and jangling, fuzzy banjos are your jam, prepare to fall in love with one listen to Judah & the Lion‘s “Stockholm,” an anthemic song about escaping the past and finding a new place in life. The electrifying Nashville-based band’s style hearkens back perfectly to their influences growing up —... Read more »
Now Luke Bryan Has Tips for Blake Shelton - 28/03/2017 02:35 PM
There was a time, about nine years ago, when Luke Bryan was getting advice from Blake Shelton. It was when Bryan was opening for Shelton somewhere in Wisconsin, and he filmed some of Shelton’s tips for his very first episode of LBTV (He called the moment “Words of wisdom or pure BS?”). But on Monday... Read more »
Darius Rucker: A Hometown Hero for South Carolina - 27/03/2017 11:20 PM
On Friday’s (March 31) CMT Hometown Heroes, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at Darius Rucker donating his time, talent and treasure to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. Rucker went back to Charleston’s MUSC for a surprise visit, and brought with him everything he needed to remodel and redecorate the teen lounge in... Read more »
Chris Janson: “I Believe in Staying in Your Own Lane” - 27/03/2017 11:19 PM
Editor’s Note: Janson will co-host an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown with Kelleigh Bannen and High Valley on April 1 and 2 at 9 a.m. ET/PT. On the morning the ACM nominations came out, Chris Janson and his wife Kelly were driving home in Nashville’s bumper to bumper traffic after a long night of red-eye... Read more »
Meet Zac Brown’s Latest Family Addition - 27/03/2017 11:03 PM
Zac Brown didn’t leave the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo without a Big Texas souvenir. On Saturday (March 25), the front man of the Grammy-winning country band and his wife Shelly went in on the $330,000 purchase of the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. 2017 Junior Market Steer Auction Grand Champion (top) sells for... Read more »
No More Empty Seats for Maren Morris - 27/03/2017 02:00 PM
Call it the Grammy Effect. Now that Maren Morris has won one of the coveted awards, she has returned to her home state of Texas. And her shows there will be much different from when she was just getting started and most of the seats were empty. “Coming back to Texas is really emotional,” Morris... Read more »
Last Weekend Greatest Hits - 27/03/2017 01:41 PM
How was your weekend? Busy? So was country music’s. Thomas Rhett made a new friend, Jason Aldean went bowling, Darius Rucker cheered on South Carolina’s Gamecocks in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Carrie Underwood indulged in some well-deserved cake to celebrate her 100th Grand Ole Opry performance, Maren Morris brought her music to a bucket-list... Read more »
Tift Merritt’s “Icarus” Spotlights Marfa, Texas - 27/03/2017 01:30 PM
Nature was one of Tift Merritt’s favorite collaborators while writing several songs on her sixth studio album Stitch of the World, which was made in the wake of several life changes. She was turning 40, her marriage was ending, and she decided to take a year off the road to see what would happen. After... Read more »
Trace Adkins: “Music Will Still Do That to Me” - 25/03/2017 07:48 PM
If there is one artist who is not afraid to speak the truth, it’s Trace Adkins. He gets real about the past, present and his inner demons in his deeply nostalgic and honest new single “Watered Down,” a song about growing older and wiser, all while still retaining a spark of youth. That fire never... Read more »
A Spring Wedding Is Sam Hunt’s No. 1 Priority - 24/03/2017 08:48 PM
Sam Hunt felt right at home when CMT Hot 20 Countdown caught up with him at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. That night, Hunt’s headlining set at the NRG Stadium attracted 70,263 fans — a far cry from the smaller outdoor stage he first played at the Houston Rodeo three years ago. But that... Read more »
Which Nashville Season 5 Song Should You Listen To Right Now? - 24/03/2017 06:44 PM

Why RaeLynn Is OK with Husband’s Decision - 24/03/2017 06:16 PM
RaeLynn might be a little bummed that her brand new husband Josh Davis isn’t home. But then she remembers why, and everything is fine. “How can you get upset at something that’s so honorable? Serving your country is the most selfless, amazing thing you could ever do,” she told CMT.com of Davis’ decision to enlist... Read more »
Darius Rucker Takes Over CMT - 24/03/2017 06:00 PM
If you’re a Darius Rucker fan, then CMT is the place you need to be. Starting this Thursday (March 23), the “Wagon Wheel” singer will be taking over the airwaves. First, you can spot him crooning in black and white stripes while portraying Johnny Bragg of the The Prisonaires on the new episode of Sun... Read more »
See John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker Rock “Pink Houses” - 24/03/2017 05:45 PM
In case you haven’t heard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker recently taped a CMT Crossroads special together and, yes, the pairing was pretty much perfect. We have a sneak peek of them performing one of Mellencamp’s classic hits, “Pink Houses.” Rucker nails his part on the politically-charged, patriotic... Read more »
Who Will Follow in Kris Kristofferson’s Footsteps? - 24/03/2017 05:30 PM
Editor’s note: Kris Kristofferson will perform on CMT’s all-star concert special Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings, airing April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Can you picture Luke Bryan on stage in 2056? Is it possible that Miranda Lambert will sell out shows in 2063? Could Sam Hunt still be performing in 2064? After... Read more »
Soul Assembly: A Musical Fellowship That Can’t Be Repeated - 24/03/2017 12:00 PM
Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson, JJ Grey and Anders Osborne each front raucous rock ‘n’ roll bands, but when the four musicians tour as Soul Assembly, their American Southern roots take center stage. The tour debuted in 2014 and returned in 2017 for a rare month-long trek that wraps Sunday (March 26) in Indianapolis. “JJ’s team... Read more »
Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Call New Song Lesson for Young Men - 23/03/2017 08:50 PM
By Thursday evening (March 23), everyone will know what Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s brand new song “Speak To A Girl” is all about. But until then, here is what I know. It’s about honesty. And teaching men how to speak to women, while they are young. I know that because of what McGraw and... Read more »
It’s Up to Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley to Create a Vegas Vibe - 23/03/2017 06:20 PM
There are only 10 days left until the Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast live from Las Vegas. And co-hosts Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley know exactly how important that setting is for the show. “I think the Vegas factor is always very important for the whole vibe of the show. The fans are coming... Read more »
Why Darius Rucker Missed John Mellencamp - 23/03/2017 06:01 PM
Editor’s note: CMT Crossroads: John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker airs exclusively on CMT on Friday (March 24) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. When Darius Rucker and I sat down to compare notes on growing up with a John Cougar Mellencamp soundtrack — in our cars and in our minds — the first thing I wanted to... Read more »


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