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  1. Mickey Guyton Finds Inspiration in Big Voices
    Newcomer Mickey Guyton is loving every minute of achieving her dream to be a successful country singer. Now that her debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” has put her on the hot list of rising country stars, it’s even sweeter to reflect on where it all began — back in her home state of... Read more »
  2. Inside a Florida Georgia Line Bachelor Party Weekend
    This is Florida Georgia Line we’re talking about. So it’s not like I expected that Tyler Hubbard’s bachelor party would be at a swanky white-tablecloth restaurant and everyone would be cleaned up and in suits and ties, sipping on vodka martinis and taking in a show. Hubbard’s bachelor party sounds like it was exactly what... Read more »
  3. Inside Carrie Underwood’s Idol Heaven
    Monday (May 25) was a big day for Carrie Underwood. It was Memorial Day, obviously. So she tweeted out her gratitude to everyone who has served our nation. “I hope you all are enjoying #MemorialDay. I am so thankful for those who have sacrificed their lives to keep us safe & free. #GodBlesstheUSA,” she wrote.... Read more »
  4. Jason Aldean Shares the Screen in New Music Video
    Jason Aldean says he’s “almost like a secondary person in the video” for his current single, “Tonight Looks Good on You,” and that’s fine with him. The sultry video premiered this past weekend on CMT Hot 20 Countdown, and Aldean offered a behind-the-scenes look at the video shoot. “This is kinda one of those things... Read more »
  5. CMT Next Women of Country Sets CMA Music Festival Performance
    CMT Next Women of Country artists Kelsea Ballerini, Danielle Bradbery, Cam, Angaleena Presley and RaeLynn will perform and sign autographs during the upcoming CMA Music Festival in Nashville. Taking place June 11 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the noon performance will be hosted by CMT senior vice president of music strategy... Read more »
  6. Indiana Man Killed Following Trace Adkins Concert
    A 42-year-old man has been arrested on murder charges after driving his SUV through a crowd following Trace Adkins’ Saturday night (May 23) concert during an ATV festival in Huntsville, Tennessee. Adkins had completed his performance at the Full Throttle festival when Billy Jason Carson was allegedly intoxicated and started a fight in the concert... Read more »
  7. Luke Bryan: First Song From the Piano Bench
    Now that the Luke Bryan: Dirt Road Diary exhibit is open at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville you can see everything that made Bryan who he is today. Or everything his mom could dig up that made him who he is today, from his second grade jean jacket to his... Read more »
  8. Darius Rucker Brings New Favorites to Southern Style Tour
    Sure, we’re all loving and listening to Darius Rucker’s latest album Southern Style these days, but who is he digging, musically speaking? He says three rising artists have his ears, First up? The Brothers Osborne. “Their harmonies, man, it just kills me when brothers can sing like that, you know?” he says of the sibling... Read more »
  9. Memorial Day: A Country Playlist
    Country music’s history of honoring those who serve in the armed forces dates back to Ernest Tubb‘s “Soldier’s Last Letter,” which spent four weeks at the top of the country chart in 1944. Those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation have remained on the minds of country artists throughout... Read more »
  10. Tyler Farr Has No. 1 Single With “A Guy Walks Into a Bar”
    Tyler Farr trots into the winner’s circle on Billboard’s country airplay chart this week with “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.” It’s been a long haul. The song began its upward journey 42 weeks ago. And for the third straight week, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde is country music’s bestselling album. The highest... Read more »
  11. Jason Aldean’s New Video Takes Him Back to Clock-Punching Days
    Jason Aldean used to be a soft drink delivery guy. Let that image sink in a little before you hear this. His new video for his sexy new single, “Tonight Looks Good on You,” premieres Saturday (May 23) on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. In it, Aldean plays a part — not a starring part, just... Read more »
  12. Why Brad Paisley Fears Blake Shelton’s Phone Call
    This weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown, we’re in Atlanta for the inaugural Shaky Boots music festival! We’ve got hot performances and interviews with Brad Paisley, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Sara Evans and more. And we have the exclusive world premiere of Jason Aldean’s brand new video, “Tonight Looks Good... Read more »
  13. Luke Bryan Overwhelmed by Hall of Fame Exhibit
    From his grade school backpack to his first guitar and a lengthy list of accolades and awards, fans anxious for a glimpse into the life of superstar Luke Bryan don’t have to look any farther than his new Dirt Road Diary exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “It’s an... Read more »
  14. Tim McGraw’s Journey to Tomorrowland and Beyond
    Get your popcorn and candy ready. Tim McGraw’s newest film Tomorrowland arrived in theaters Friday (May 22). The Disney sci-fi action flick also stars A-listers George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, best known for his starring role on the critically-acclaimed TV series House, M.D. To say McGraw is a talented, well-respected actor almost makes me feel... Read more »
  15. Friday Night Lights: Memorial Day Marathon
    The Emmy and Peabody Award winning ensemble drama, Friday Night Lights begins airing on Memorial Day, May 25, with a special kickoff marathon of the series, presented by Ram Trucks and hosted by country sensation, football lover and Redneck Island co-host Jessie James Decker. The day-long event begins with the CMT premiere of the Friday... Read more »
  16. Hunter Hayes’ “21″ Almost Completes List
    Hunter Hayes has a new song called “21.” It’s all about being up all night, chasing the sunrise and partying like you just turned 21. Oh, and going crazy, getting drunk on good love and dancing all night. Perfectly age-appropriate things, right? And, as Hayes points out in the bridge of this tune, “Ain’t nobody... Read more »
  17. Recap: Party Down South 2: Two Can Play at This Game
    In the recent episode of Party Down South 2, Hunter wakes up and realizes he’s cuddling with Kelsie. Not a bad place to be, according to Hunter. In contrast, this means Kelsie’s getting ridiculed the moment she wakes up. When Duke tries to play it cool by giving her a hard time, Kelsie is mortified.... Read more »
  18. Carrie Underwood’s Creative Ammunition on “Little Toy Guns”
    I can’t even imagine what it’s like to sit in a room with Nashville’s best singers and songwriters and come up with something worthy of recording. But in an interview in the weekly Billboard Country newsletter, country hitmaker Chris DeStefano did a nice job describing the “Little Toy Guns” writing session with Carrie Underwood and... Read more »
  19. Brad Paisley on Opening for Rolling Stones
    You’re probably excited about Brad Paisley opening the Rolling Stones‘ June 17 gig at Nashville’s LP Field, but nobody is as stoked about it as Paisley himself. During a Wednesday afternoon (May 21) visit with Nashville-based media, he talked with some about the upcoming show. Here are some of his remarks and humblebrags: On needing... Read more »
  20. Ever Feared for Your Safety at a Concert?
    (Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) What do B.B. King and the Bandidos motorcycle gang have in common? No, it’s not a joke, and the answer probably exists only in my head. However, the two topics intersected there during the past week with news of the death... Read more »
  21. Sam Hunt and Dwight Yoakam Become “Fast” Friends
    Sam Hunt is probably still pinching himself after the recent ACM Presents: Superstar Duets special. The rising star got to perform with one of country music’s greats — none other than Dwight Yoakam. And not only was the performance of Yoakam’s classic “Fast as You,” pretty doggone killer and a big moment for the “Take... Read more »
  22. Tim McGraw, George Clooney Prepare for Tomorrowland
    Tim McGraw is adding to his list of all-star projects with this weekend’s premiere of his latest film, Tomorrowland, a futuristic project with what cast members believe has a great deal of heart. “You know art and what you do and … you know growing up around music, there’s got to be an honesty to... Read more »
  23. Kelly Clarkson on “Clingy and Mushy” Guys
    First of all, yes. I do read Seventeen magazine. I’m not 17, obviously, but I try to read everything that has anything to do with music. So when I ran across an advice column from Kelly Clarkson in the June/July issue out now, I had to share it. Right from the get-go, Clarkson admits she... Read more »
  24. Keith Urban Goes for “Broke” With Jason Derulo
    If you’re gonna be “Broke,” Keith Urban, you definitely want to be there with with Stevie Wonder and Jason Derulo. Urban is one of the superstars featured on Derulo’s forthcoming album, Everything Is 4, on a track called “Broke.” Let the genre-bending continue! Wonder also appears on the tune, playing the harmonica, while Urban contributes... Read more »

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