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  1. Blake Shelton on Trying to Be Dierks Bentley
    Is Dierks Bentley Blake Shelton‘s latest role model? It sure sounds like it in this radio interview from Sunday (April 26) when Shelton played the Stagecoach festival in California. “Right now, I’m at an absolute zero,” Shelton told KUZZ/Bakersfield, California, of his level of drunkenness. “I hope to get somewhere within the realm of a... Read more »
  2. Randy Houser Brings Sizzlin’ Shenanigans in New Single
    Tearing up fences, jumping ditches, running from the cops. What kind of shenanigans is Randy Houser up to in his new single? The sizzling, fun, might-get-you-into-trouble summertime kind of shenanigans, that’s what kind. The singer’s new release, “We Went,” has officially debuted at country radio and is a pretty fine indication that Houser is ready... Read more »
  3. Trisha Yearwood’s Hope for Mother’s Day
    Trisha Yearwood has a gig on Mother’s Day. She’ll be playing a show in Omaha with her husband Garth Brooks at 7 p.m. But maybe, earlier in the day, she’ll have a chance to get together with her stepdaughters Taylor, August and Allie. Yearwood told People that’s what she’s hoping will happen. “We really just... Read more »
  4. Summer Books on Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan
    It’s never too early to start compiling your beach-reading list for the summer. So let us begin. From the eternal Willie Nelson comes It’s a Long Story: My Life, set for release May 5. Written with David Ritz, this remembrance chronicles Nelson’s rich and rocky road toward cultural immortality, from the personal to the professional... Read more »
  5. Stagecoach Festival 2015 in 10 Photos
    The 2015 Stagecoach music festival wrapped up Sunday (April 26) in Indio, California, following a three-day run. Since its inception in 2007, the event at the Empire Polo Club has evolved into one of the biggest and most important music festivals in the U.S. With a wide focus on country, bluegrass, Americana and roots rock,... Read more »
  6. Darius Rucker Is Raising Southern Kids
    Darius Rucker is making music Southern Style, which happens to be the title of his latest album, but he’s also raising children Southern style, too. The Charleston, South Carolina, native delights in being a dad and raising his children with good Southern values and charm — just the way he was raised. “When you live... Read more »
  7. Eric Paslay’s Wedding: All the Details
    Singer-songwriter Eric Paslay wrapped up his tour on Saturday night (April 25) in Medina, Ohio. Then on Sunday night, he kicked off his next chapter — as a married man. The Texas native married music publisher Natalie Harker in Charlotte, Tennessee. The two have been friends for 10 years and got engaged in December. According... Read more »
  8. Ray Wylie Hubbard Emerges From Honky-Tonk Fog on The Ruffian’s Misfortune
    Ray Wylie Hubbard‘s The Ruffian’s Misfortune backs deep blues (“Down by the River”) with rich narratives (“Stone Blind Horses”). CMT Edge spoke with the Austin-area songwriter about escaping a “honky-tonk fog,” his writing process and the excellent new collection. “He has a style that just seems to roll out of him,” folk-rocker William Elliott Whitmore... Read more »
  9. Reba and Dwight Yoakam Top This Week’s Album Chart
    The unsinkable Reba rockets once again to the top of Billboard’s country albums chart with Love Somebody, landing there on first-week sales of 58,351 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The now mono-monikered star first hit the charts on May 8, 1976, with the yearningly prophetic “I Don’t Want to Be a One Night Stand.” So... Read more »
  10. Luke Bryan on Partying With Blake Shelton
    This weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown, we’re all over the Academy of Country Music Awards in Texas! From the glamorous red carpet to the excitement backstage and everywhere in between, we’ve got the exclusive interviews and hilarious moments you didn’t see on the live broadcast. Miranda Lambert explains why her “chest was... Read more »
  11. Jason Aldean Admits “I Was a Wreck”
    “Oh, wow.” Those were Jason Aldean‘s very first words when he won his very first award from the Academy of Country Music in 2006. Joe Nichols (the previous year’s top new male vocalist) and actress Michelle Stafford announced the award, and I remember being able to almost feel how nervous Aldean was when he got... Read more »
  12. Carrie Underwood on the Voice “Blessed by God”
    In Time magazine’s recent feature on “The 100 Most Influential People,” Carrie Underwood had the chance to sing the praises of another singer — Audra McDonald. Since graduating from the Julliard School in 1993, McDonald has graced the stages of musicals, operas, screen, television and recording studios, winning six Tony awards and two Grammys. She... Read more »
  13. Tim McGraw Says Judge Artists by Their Albums
    You know the old adages: Never judge a book by its cover. Never judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes. As far as Tim McGraw is concerned, don’t judge an artist by a single. Judge them by an album. At least that what he hopes you’ll do. The “Diamond Rings and... Read more »
  14. Recap: Party Down South: The Big Uneasy
    In this emotional episode of Party Down South, we see their softer sides and find out just how far the apples have fallen from their trees. We pick up where Mattie is in the bathroom crying about how her family isn’t there. So, Tiffany calms her down and puts her to bed. “You’re too good... Read more »
  15. Jason Aldean, Reba and Brooks & Dunn Come Full Circle at ACM Awards
    The 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards show was a full-circle experience for many artists, including Jason Aldean, Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn. Aldean was thrilled that fellow Georgia native Trisha Yearwood was the one who presented him with his third consecutive male vocalist of the year. “Obviously, winning was cool,” he said... Read more »
  16. Eric Church Is a Hot Concert Ticket
    I hate to tell you this, Eric Church, but you are hardly an outsider in the eyes of Billboard. According to them, you’re one of the hottest tickets in music right now. Church’s Outsiders World Tour recently snagged the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s box office recap for North American concerts. To do this, the... Read more »
  17. Are There Any $1.2 Million Country Lyrics?
    I remember exactly where I was when I finally memorized all eight minutes of Don McLean’s “American Pie.” I mastered all six verses, plus the chorus. And to this day, I still know all the words by heart. Those lyrics were kind of everything to me as a pre-teen, even though I didn’t know what... Read more »
  18. Nashville Recap: Four Little Words That Changed the TV Series Forever
    It started with, “They found a liver.” Those were the most important four words of Wednesday night’s (April 22) episode of Nashville. Because that’s what Deacon said when he took the potentially lifesaving phone call from the hospital while he and Rayna and their biological daughter Maddie were at Teddy’s Note by Note fundraiser. Once... Read more »
  19. Miranda Lambert: The Makeup’s Gone
    I have seen Miranda Lambert in false eyelashes, spray tans, shimmer eye shadow, nude lips, bold lips and all kinds of other cosmetics made to make her look beautiful. And yet, I’ve never seen her look more beautiful than she does in a new photo in People magazine. It’s the one where she is wearing... Read more »
  20. Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer Get Platinum Certifications
    Hunter Hayes, Jana Kramer, Lee Brice, Brett Eldredge, Sam Hunt, Cole Swindell, Blake Shelton and Ashley Monroe hit heavy metal during the month of March, according to gold and platinum certifications released this week by the RIAA. Hayes’ 2013 single, “I Want Crazy,” was certified double platinum for combined sales and streams totaling 2 million... Read more »
  21. Miranda Lambert: The Yellow Legal Pad Years
    Before Miranda Lambert became one of the most awarded and celebrated country artists of her generation, she was just a girl at home in Texas watching awards shows with a pad of paper, a pen and just enough confidence in her ability to pick the winners. In the recent issue of the Academy of Country... Read more »
  22. Sam Hunt’s Fast Track to Gold and Platinum
    Sam Hunt just hit No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay chart with his latest single, “Take Your Time,” but he’s not slowing down as he establishes his presence nationally. “Leave the Night On,” the first single from his album, Montevallo, went all the way to No. 1 and also went platinum. Montevallo also hit No.... Read more »
  23. Gary Allan to Kick Off CMA Music Festival’s Daytime Concerts
    If you’re in Nashville for the 2015 CMA Music Festival, you won’t need an alarm clock to wake up on June 11. Because you’ll have Gary Allan instead. Allan will be kicking off the series of free Chevrolet Riverfront Stage shows bright and early on the first day of the four-day festival that runs through... Read more »
  24. ACM Winners React to Their Latest Victories
    Little Big Town, Cole Swindell, Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan were among those who headed to the pressroom after accepting trophies at the 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. CMT Hot 20 Countdown was there Sunday night (April 19) to capture the winners’ reactions. Little Big Town’s vocal... Read more »

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