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  1. Nick Jonas, Thomas Rhett and the Power of Three Chords
    It’s a big week for Nick Jonas, whose new album Last Year Was Complicated, just debuted at No. 2 on the all-genres Billboard 200 chart. And it’s a big week for Jonas and his friend Thomas Rhett because their new episode of CMT Crossroads will premiere Friday (June 24) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. One of... Read more »
  2. Florida Georgia Line Go Vintage for Dig Your Roots Cover
    There’s no telling how much digging Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard had to do to find the vintage baby pictures featured on the adorable cover of the new Florida Georgia Line album Dig Your Roots. The black and white shots show Kelley on the left in nothing but an oversized cowboy hat, boots and a... Read more »
  3. Get to Know the Last Bandoleros
    For those who haven’t seen the Last Bandoleros perform live, they deliver one helluva hot hola. On Wednesday (June 22), Nashville’s 95-degree summer heat was no match for the band from Texas and New York as they lit into a fiery rooftop show at Warner Music Nashville. The event was as part of the label’s... Read more »
  4. When You Think Taylor Swift
    It’s been 10 years since “Tim McGraw.” Ten years since we first heard about this girl named Taylor Swift. And 10 years since that one song changed the way so many of us thought of country music. Hardly anyone had any idea that when Swift released her debut single on June 19, 2006, she’d do... Read more »
  5. Country Stars Shine in Night of Healing in Orlando
    This week’s Country Strong Night of Healing & Country Music fundraiser in Orlando, Florida, may have been one of the first public events where it finally felt OK to smile following the June 12 shootings that killed 49 people. A stellar lineup of country artists quickly volunteered for the concert presented by local country radio... Read more »
  6. Bluegrass Patriarch Ralph Stanley Dead at 89
    Bluegrass music pioneer and Grand Ole Opry star Ralph Stanley died Thursday (June 23) at his home in Coebun, Virginia, at age 89 following a long battle with skin cancer. Initially recognized as the high-tenor, banjo-picking half of the Stanley Brothers bluegrass act (1946-1966), Stanley went on to build a distinguished and honor-filled career as... Read more »
  7. Jon Pardi Shines on California Sunrise
    Jon Pardi hopes fans find their own slice of country heaven in his latest album California Sunrise. Throughout the 12-song collection, Pardi shines at setting classic country melodies to modern percussion in a danceable throwback style that is all his own. His playful references to country fashion disarm the listener in the sexy “Cowboy Hat,”... Read more »
  8. Can Country Songs Take You to Church?
    In the latest Billboard Country Update, music journalist Tom Roland wrote a story about how a few newer country songs have almost crossed over into Christian music or even gospel-tinged tunes. The songwriter who wrote Tim McGraw’s latest No. 1 song “Humble and Kind,” for example, says the song came from her desire to give... Read more »
  9. Nashville Cast Wraps First Overseas Tour
    The cast of Nashville just wrapped its first tour in Ireland and the UK on Monday (June 21) with sell-outs in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol and three concerts in London. The bill featured live originals and songs from the series performed by Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Sam Palladio. Jonathan Jackson joined the... Read more »
  10. Randy Travis Honored by Country Radio Broadcasters
    Josh Turner provided a musical tribute to Randy Travis when the legendary singer was honored Wednesday night (June 22) during the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame ceremony in Nashville. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in March, Travis was presented the Country Radio Broadcasters Inc.’s Artist Career Achievement Award, an honor presented... Read more »
  11. CMT’s Artist Discovery: Check Out Latest Picks
    Check out the latest crop from CMT’s Artist Discovery … freshly picked for the month of June. Post Monroe, “Red Hot American Summer” The only thing sweeter than the harmonies of Post Monroe is the spirit of these amazing girls. The trio of Shelby McLeod, Whitney Duncan and Ashlee Hewitt are set to make a... Read more »
  12. Thomas Rhett, Nick Jonas Break Down Walls on CMT Crossroads
    When Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas joined forces for an episode of CMT Crossroads, walls came down. “We have more in common than meets the eye,” Rhett told me when we caught up recently. “And when we played together, the wall between us was broken down. The love for good music shines through in that... Read more »
  13. Still The King Star Travis Nicholson and His Character Have More in Common Than You Might Think
    A lot of the character traits that Walt has, my friends will make fun of me for. They’ll say, "So, this is just you but with a Southern accent.” They know that I’m interested in all sorts of conspiracy stuff. I did have to do my share of research on Sasquatch – I wasn’t necessarily a Sasquatch connoisseur but I’ve made my way into that territory. I’m getting pretty good at it now.
  14. Michael Ray Smolders in “Think a Little Less”
    Have y’all heard the new Michael Ray song “Think A Little Less?” “Whoa, baby,” is about the only phrase that comes to mind. In his equally steamy new black-and-white video, which features the Florida native singing straight into to the camera, Ray belts out the lyrics “Get you outta this bar/Outta that dress/Kiss a little... Read more »
  15. Songwriter Freddy Powers Dead at 84
    Freddy Dale Powers, the jazz-country artist and songwriter whose compositions enriched the charts and repertoires of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Jones, among others, died Tuesday (June 21), reportedly of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Seminole, Texas, Powers began his career playing in a family band.... Read more »
  16. Own a Piece of Tanya Tucker’s History
    It’s been 44 years since the 13-year-old Tanya Tucker released “Delta Dawn” and became a country star, practically overnight. And in all the years since that 1972 debut, Tucker has never stopped collecting the treasures that now make up her vast collection of memorabilia. In a new auction from Everything but the House, Tucker will... Read more »
  17. Nashville‘s Official Moving Sale
    Rayna, Deacon, Juliette, Avery, Gunnar, Scarlett, Will, Maddie and Daphne. They’re all moving. And believe it or not, that means a massive multi-character moving sale. Now that Nashville is moving to CMT from ABC, the characters are cleaning house from the first four seasons. So there are roughly 270 props, wardrobe selections and other memorabilia... Read more »
  18. Luke Bryan Tops Country Airplay Chart With “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day”
    Let the good times reign. Luke Bryan has now hoisted “Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day” to the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart after a 15-week pull. It’s his 14th No. 1 single. His comic nemesis, Blake Shelton, is having a fine week, too. His latest project, If I’m Honest, has bounced back to... Read more »
  19. Behind the Song: Cam’s “Mayday”
    “This song is for people who have been in a relationship too long,” Cam says of her latest single “Mayday.” In an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, the singer-songwriter gets candid about the relationship that inspired this emotional song. “I was the queen of long relationships, and I would never get out of them until it was... Read more »
  20. Farm Aid Announces 2016 Lineup
    Farm Aid 2016 will mix country, rock and soul when the benefit concert comes to Bristow, Virginia’s Jiffy Lube Live on Sept. 17. The event will feature sets by board members Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, as well as Alabama Shakes, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson and Margo Price. Nathaniel Rateliff &... Read more »
  21. Still The King Recap: Take Your Daughter to Work Day and Puddin’ Hood (SPOILERS)
    Will this be the moment Vernon's identity is finally revealed to everyone?
  22. Kelleigh Bannen Gets “Landlocked”
    Kelleigh Bannen has a song for the summer with “Landlocked.” If you, too, find yourself miles away from water like our girl, have no fear. She’s got your solution to keeping it cool: tank tops, flip flops, a kiddie pool and some spiked lemonade. Before you know it, and you’re ready for the beach in... Read more »
  23. Luke Bryan Feels “Overly Blessed”
    This is what happens when you invited Luke Bryan to come visit with Today show hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. There will be drinking, joking and storytelling. And Bryan might get a word in edgewise. The hosts did most of the talking Monday morning (June 20), but Bryan did get to discuss his... Read more »
  24. Blake Shelton’s “Coolest and Craziest” Birthday
    It was cool. It was crazy. And it was probably the best birthday Blake Shelton will ever have. When Blake Shelton was playing at the Country Jam festival in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Saturday night (June 18) night, Gwen Stefani had joined him on stage to celebrate his 40th birthday. “So I possibly witnessed the... Read more »

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