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  1. Carrie Underwood on the Day the Car Doors Locked
    Carrie Underwood says motherhood has added a “wonderful new layer, a new dimension” to her life, but it also provided a degree of drama last month when her infant son Isaiah was momentarily locked inside her car. Underwood talked about that day during an interview with radio station WUSN/Chicago. “We were at the airport, the... Read more »
  2. Jennifer Nettles: New Label, Single and Tour
    Before Jennifer Nettles even signed to Big Machine Records, she’d already impressed her new boss. About 11 years ago. Big Machine Label Group president Scott Borchetta says signing Nettles to a solo deal was a full-circle moment for him after first meeting her after Sugarland signed to the Universal Music Group. He was senior vice... Read more »
  3. Darius Rucker Tapes Hometown Instant Jam
    Nothing compares to home sweet home, as Darius Rucker saw firsthand Wednesday (Aug. 26). The award-winning singer traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, for a surprise concert for CMT’s Instant Jam series. Performing some of his own songs, along with a handful of cover tunes, Rucker delighted the few hundred fans lucky enough to nab wristbands... Read more »
  4. Rascal Flatts Would Have Settled for a Second Single
    When I think back to the country music I loved in 2000, two words say it all: Rascal Flatts. I’d never heard of them, and then voila, I couldn’t stop hearing about them. Their debut single “Prayin’ for Daylight” seemed to come out of nowhere. It was so cool to watch a brand new band... Read more »
  5. Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne Plot All Time High Tour
    Shenanigans will definitely be at an all-time high when country wild-man Jon Pardi and rebel duo Brothers Osborne hit the road together this fall. Pardi’s All Time High tour kicks off in Oct. 8 San Diego and is scheduled to run through the end of January. And though you might be wondering what the “What... Read more »
  6. Maddie & Tae Ready to Start Here
    Country newcomers Maddie & Tae are ready to spread their wings and fly with Friday’s (Aug. 28) release of their debut album, Start Here. The duo of Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye grabbed attention with their No. 1 hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” but they had some serious discussions together about what their first... Read more »
  7. Reading Between Blake Shelton’s Tweets
    Blake Shelton recently tweeted something other than how badly he needed a drink or how drunk he was or how much firewood he was chopping. Wrote a song so important to me I can't believe it.. Thank you Jon Randall and @JessiLAlexander… — Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) August 21, 2015 Jessi Alexander is one of Nashville’s... Read more »
  8. Alan Jackson: “Music Is a Medicine for Me”
    Picture this: A country newcomer who only has one breakout hit — “Here in the Real World” — is meeting a country legend for the first time. In this video about the making of his latest album, Angels and Alcohol, Alan Jackson tells the story of meeting George Jones for the first time back in... Read more »
  9. Sweet Celebration for Darius Rucker’s “Homegrown Honey”
    Friends and associates braved the scorching sun Monday afternoon (Aug. 24) to join Darius Rucker and his co-writers, Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman, in celebrating the success of Rucker’s recent single, “Homegrown Honey.” The song topped out at No. 2 on Billboard’s country airplay chart. Nashville’s trendy William Collier’s bar hosted the event, squeezing the... Read more »
  10. Kacey Musgraves: Boot Designer
    Please let Kacey Musgraves’ new boot line include rhinestones, bling and country (and western) everything. I don’t think we’ll be disappointed at all when she debuts the results of her new involvement with the folks at the Lucchese boot company. The new collection — titled Kacey for Lucchese — is the Texas native’s brand new... Read more »
  11. Ashley Monroe: “Miranda Lambert Always Asks for My Lip Gloss”
    “Miranda Lambert always asks for my lip gloss!” singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe admits. Monroe recently spilled the contents of her purse for Us magazine while spilling the beans on the goodies inside, including a swank clear gloss from Chanel. We don’t blame Lambert for wanting to get her hands on that luxe lip goodness. And if... Read more »
  12. Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Is Bestselling Album for Second Week
    Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights continues to burn brightly. For the second week in a row, it tops both Billboard’s country and all-genres Billboard 200 charts — a rarity in these days of diminished expectations for recorded music. To chart date, Nielsen SoundScan reports, it has sold 403,824 copies. Songwise, it’s Frankie Ballard’s turn to... Read more »
  13. Carrie Underwood Off to a Blazing Start With New Album
    With latest single making a bold arrival this week on Billboard’s country airplay chart, Carrie Underwood is off to a strong start for the Oct. 23 release of her all-new album, Storyteller. In addition to debuting “Smoke Break” at No. 24 on the radio airplay chart, Underwood has also revealed the cover artwork for the... Read more »
  14. Darius Rucker to Perform Instant Jam Concert in Charleston
    Darius Rucker is taking his Southern Style home to Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday (Aug. 26). In a cryptic Twitter message Monday (Aug. 24), the singer said, “I love playing all over the world but there is NOTHING like home. So what do you say we all meet up for a quick jam in South... Read more »
  15. Taylor Swift Welcomes Natalie Maines at L.A. Concert
    On Monday night (Aug. 24), Taylor Swift brought a special guest onstage at her Los Angeles show. A very, very special guest — the kind of guest who has really been there for Swift since she was a little kid buying CDs and playing talent shows. Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks. I... Read more »
  16. Party Down South Creator SallyAnn Salsano Takes You Behind the Season 4 Premiere
    The Party Down South season premiere was chalk full of excitement. With the blow-out fight between Hott Dogg and Tiffany, and Lauren’s Walt-induced temper tantrum, it’s safe to say this season is going to be epic. But don’t take my word for it. Creator SallyAnn Salsano has the inside scoop on all the Southern-fried drama.... Read more »
  17. Music Row Leader Jeff Walker Dies in Nashville
    Jeff Walker, Music Row’s funniest and most buoyant booster, died Monday night (Aug. 24) at a Nashville hospital soon after returning from a Florida vacation with his family. His age has not been disclosed. Officially, Walker was CEO and president of AristoMedia Group and Marco Music Group, but among the hundreds of close friends he... Read more »
  18. Carrie Underwood: Only One Mommy Song
    When Isaiah Fisher came into this world, a mother was born. But just because Carrie Underwood is a mother now, that’s not all she is. So she’s not going to a release an album packed with songs about her new baby and her new role. There will be one, though. During her Facebook Q&A last... Read more »
  19. Luke Bryan Enlists Chris Janson, Sam Hunt for Farm Tour
    Luke Bryan has enlisted Chris Janson, Sam Hunt and the Peach Pickers to join him on his seventh annual Farm Tour 2015. Janson, newcomer Chancie Neal and DJ Rock are scheduled to appear at all dates. The Peach Pickers, a trio featuring singer-songwriters Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip, will perform at the first... Read more »
  20. CMT Instant Jam Concerts Scheduled
    Country music fans across America are urged to keep their eyes and ears open as plans are being finalized for a pair of CMT Instant Jam concert specials featuring two of country music’s hottest stars. The free concerts will take place during the next few weeks in cities yet to be revealed and in venues... Read more »
  21. Toby Keith Gets Emotional in North Carolina
    At Toby Keith’s Friday night (Aug. 21) show in Charlotte, North Carolina, he brought a veteran onstage to thank him for his service. He does that a lot, but this guy was special, as radio station WKKT/Charlotte reports. Retired Lt. Col. Harry Frizzell, 93, served our nation for 35 years. Keith explained that to the... Read more »
  22. The Judds Reunite for Vegas Residency
    The Judds are reuniting for Girls Night Out, a nine-show residency at The Venetian Theatre inside The Venetian Las Vegas. Running Oct. 7-24, the engagement marks the duo’s first concerts together in almost five years. The set is expected to include their biggest hits (including “Love Can Build a Bridge,” “Why Not Me” and “Give... Read more »
  23. Sam Hunt “Deliberately Dressed Differently”
    I’ve never been a huge fan of Sam Hunt’s fashion sense. I’m 100 percent in love with his songwriting, his voice, his music and all that. I just didn’t like the flat-billed ball caps and the skinny jeans and tunic tops. But now that I know why he started dressing so uniquely, I can appreciate... Read more »
  24. Carrie Underwood’s Facebook Q&A
    Of the roughly 9,000 questions people asked Carrie Underwood during her Facebook chat on Thursday (Aug. 20), some were pretty basic and didn’t require a long answer: Her go-to music when traveling? (Anything hair band-ish) Favorite color? (Blue) Favorite ice cream? (Mango sorbet) Her idol? (Her mom) Favorite pastimes? (Cooking and working out) And when... Read more »

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