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Dierks Bentley May Never Come Down From This U2 Moment - 19/09/2017 05:17 PM
When Dierks Bentley released his Modern Day Drifter album way back in 2005, I interviewed him about it. And he told me that he knew exactly how it felt to be a fan, because he was a card-carrying member of the U2 fan club. He even offered to show me said card in his wallet.... Read more »
Jason Aldean Still Has a Story to Share - 19/09/2017 04:28 PM
There are always more stories to tell. That’s what I’ve learned after years and years of sitting down with country stars. No matter how many times they tell you a story from their past, they never run out of material. So I’m not surprised that Jason Aldean has written a book — Family, Friends and... Read more »
What We Know About Faith Hill: Girl Boss - 19/09/2017 03:41 PM
This is how Faith Hill executive produces a show: like a boss. But like a nice boss that everyone adores and wants to have on the set at all times. That’s how it felt on the first episode of Pickler & Ben, the daytime talk show where Hill is behind the scenes as one of... Read more »
How Lady Gaga Brought Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real’s “Find Yourself” to Life - 18/09/2017 08:53 PM
Lukas Nelson and Lady Gaga. They are two names you probably thought you would never see in the same sentence. So it might come as a bit of a surprise that the two are collaborators on the latest self-titled album by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Gaga’s pristine vocals appear on two tracks... Read more »
Farm Aid 2017: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and More [PHOTOS] - 18/09/2017 07:29 PM
Farm Aid 2017 attracted thousands of music fans to the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Saturday (Sept. 16) for a day of live performances by board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds and more. The 32nd annual event also hosted live sets by the Avett Brothers, Lukas Nelson... Read more »
Miranda Lambert Listened to the Cry - 18/09/2017 05:17 PM
Almost exactly 15 years ago, Faith Hill released her one and only pop crossover attempt. Her Cry album came out in October 2002. And while it may not have garnered the critical acclaim of her other albums, it made a fan out of one 19-year-old girl in Texas. Miranda Lambert. In a radio interview, Lambert... Read more »
Keith Urban’s Big Win at the Emmy Awards - 18/09/2017 03:48 PM
Back when Keith Urban won four CMT Music Awards earlier this year, he thanked his wife Nicole Kidman. He really, really thanked her. “I wanna say a massive thanks to my wife Nicole Mary (Kidman), because you have no idea how much of what I do she is involved in. Every little piece of it.... Read more »
Last Weekend’s Greatest Hits - 18/09/2017 03:22 PM
Summer may be almost over, but the country stars are making the most of what they have left by getting out there day and night. Dierks Bentley might not have his place up on the ridge anymore, but he found another rural spot for s’mores, Thomas Rhett‘s wife Lauren was literally the star of his... Read more »
See Rodney Crowell’s Poignant and Honest “It Ain’t Over Yet” - 15/09/2017 03:25 PM
Rodney Crowell has long been a master storyteller, the most fascinating of which are always his own. “It Ain’t Over Yet” is no exception and quite possibly the hardest-hitting one yet. Never has a song more brilliantly and emotionally captured the journey of a man at a crossroads in his life, where sometimes it feels... Read more »
Carrie Underwood on Opportunities for Unknowns - 15/09/2017 02:42 PM
When Ryan Seacrest said goodbye on the last episode of the last season of American Idol in 2016, he left things kind of open-ended. “And one more time — this is so tough — we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America,” Seacrest said, adding, “for now.” He was right, of course, and now American... Read more »
Little Big Town: “This Is for the Dreamers” - 15/09/2017 01:46 PM
When Keith Urban took the stage at the Music City Walk of Fame ceremony in downtown Nashville, he recalled the first time he heard Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” about 12 years ago. “I was fascinated to meet the people who made that sound, and I realized what it was. It’s the closest thing to a... Read more »
Celebration is Big & Rich’s Main Motivation on New Album - 15/09/2017 01:00 PM
Big & Rich’s Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich have always delivered albums that offer a healthy balance of good-time party music with songs that bare their souls. When asked what their No. 1 goal was when making their latest release Did It for the Party, Alphin had one word to say: “Hits!” “We definitely... Read more »
Celebrating the Life of Troy Gentry - 14/09/2017 06:13 PM
On Thursday morning (Sept. 14), the seats at the Grand Ole Opry House were full, the music was heartfelt, and the applause was generous. But it was not your typical Opry show. This show was a celebration of Troy Gentry’s life. A way for his family, friends and fans to come together to share stories... Read more »
2017 CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” Named Song of the Year - 14/09/2017 05:19 PM
Sam Hunt‘s 2017 mega-hit “Body Like a Back Road” will be honored with the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year inaugural song of the year award. The award will be presented to Hunt and the song’s co-writers Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. The popular smash has shattered records for the most consecutive weeks... Read more »
CMT Adds Pickler & Ben to Daytime Lineup - 14/09/2017 02:04 PM
Pickler & Ben, co-hosted by CMT star Kellie Pickler and Emmy winner Ben Aaron, is coming to CMT. The new, Nashville-based daytime talk show will re-air on CMT as part of the network’s daily morning lineup starting Tuesday (Sept. 19) at 9 a.m. ET. The series will feature Pickler, star of CMT’s I Love Kellie... Read more »
Americana Music Honors & Awards Celebrates Graham Nash, John Prine, Van Morrison and More - 14/09/2017 01:45 PM
Bluesman Robert Cray and the Hi Rhythm Section delivered the most important underlying message of 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards when they took the Ryman Auditorium stage to perform “You Must Believe in Yourself.” No one at Wednesday’s (Sept. 13) ceremony would be where they are today if they ever caved in to self-doubt.... Read more »
Homelessness Hits Home for Kane Brown - 14/09/2017 01:02 PM
Charity starts at home. But what if, in the worst of times, you don’t even have a home? That’s what it was like in Chattanooga, when times were tough for country newcomer Kane Brown. “When I was younger, my mom and I lived in a car because we didn’t have anywhere to go. After graduating... Read more »
Sturgill Simpson, John Prine Top Americana Music Honors & Awards - 14/09/2017 02:57 AM
Sturgill Simpson and John Prine were among the top winners at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony Wednesday night (Sept. 13) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Simpson won album of the year for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, and John Prine took home the award for artist of the year. Song of the year... Read more »
Stagecoach 2018 Books Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban - 13/09/2017 09:45 PM
The headliners for the 2018 Stagecoach music festival are Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. The three-day event starts April 27 in Indio, California with performances by more than 40 acts representing country, Americana and southern rock. The lineup includes Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Lindsay Ell, Tanya Tucker, Cody Jinks, Kacey Musgraves, the... Read more »
Luke Bryan Gives Back in Houston - 13/09/2017 06:50 PM
Proceeds from Luke Bryan‘s Sept. 22 concert at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston, Texas will support the Houston Community Fund. Bryan is also coordinating with the Houston area authorities to make concert tickets available to members of Hurricane Harvey’s first responder teams. On Tuesday (Sept. 12), he took donations by phone at the Hand... Read more »
Jessi Zazu of Those Darlins Dies at 28 - 13/09/2017 05:57 PM
The music community is mourning the loss of Nashville musician and visual artist Jessi “Zazu” Wariner. Zazu, who is Steve Wariner’s niece and the co-founder of the local rockabilly and garage rock band Those Darlins, died on Tuesday (Sept. 12) after a battle with cancer. She was 28. According to the Tennessean, Zazu was surrounded... Read more »
Miranda Lambert: “Are We Fools?” - 13/09/2017 04:51 PM
If you look at a timeline of Miranda Lambert‘s love life after she and Blake Shelton split, Sept. 12, 2015 is where it all began again. That’s when she started dating soulful singer-songwriter Anderson East. So when she posted an anniversary picture of the two sharing a kiss, it’s not that surprising that she used... Read more »
#HandInHand Starts Healing Process - 13/09/2017 03:19 PM
Imagine calling to donate to hurricane relief efforts, and having Luke Bryan answer the phone? That’s what it was like for so many charitable viewers watching the Hand in Hand benefit on Tuesday night (Sept. 12). The telethon aired simultaneously on CMT, Bravo, MTV, ABC, NBC, CBS, E!, FOX, HBO and Oxygen. By the end... Read more »
Tribute Album to Songwriter John D. Loudermilk Debuts Sept. 15 - 13/09/2017 02:11 PM
In one of the most ambitious projects yet launched to memorialize a Nashville songwriter, Vector Recordings will release on Sept. 15 the album A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk. Recorded live last year during a concert at Tennessee’s Franklin Theatre, the project will also be spun off as a PBS special and possibly as a... Read more »

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