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  1. Catch CMT’s All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice This Weekend
    Some of the biggest names in music will appear this weekend during a special re-airing of All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice, produced by CMT Hot 20 Countdown. With an all-genres list that ranges from Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash to the Rolling Stones and Aerosmith — and even some younger performers — the results were... Read more »
  2. Kelsea Ballerini Savors Support of Country Music Community
    Kelsea Ballerini might have titled her next single “Dibs,” but Dierks Bentley is calling the catchy tune “money.” Ballerini is the fresh new face on the country scene. Folks can’t seem to get enough of her. And if you’ve listened to any of her tunes, watched an interview or seen her perform live, you will... Read more »
  3. Country Salaries Are Flourishing, Forbes Says
    I realize that making money isn’t a competition. Or at least I hope it isn’t. But after so many Forbes lists that have Toby Keith at the very top of its highest-paid country celebrities, I thought it was interesting that Garth Brooks claimed the distinction for the latest 12-month tally. In the most recent World’s... Read more »
  4. Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley Get Into a Boat
    It only makes sense that Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley would want to get together for a fun day of fishing if they were all in Florida, right? That’s exactly what the trio of country superstars did during a recent trip down south. Bentley shared the photo on his Instagram feed, and it... Read more »
  5. Brantley Gilbert Marries Amber Cochran
    Brantley Gilbert has married Amber Cochran, a spokesperson for the singer confirmed to CMT. The ceremony reportedly took place Sunday (June 28) at Gilbert’s home in Georgia. Gilbert first met the school teacher about 10 years ago in church. During a recent media gathering, Gilbert told reporters his wife was planning most of the activities... Read more »
  6. The 411 on Luke Bryan’s Farm Tour
    Luke Bryan‘s spring break concerts may be behind him, but just in the nick of time, he has announced another in his series of Farm tours. It will be his seventh annual trip back to rural areas for eight shows this fall. And he’s added four new cities, so the fans in Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi... Read more »
  7. Carrie Underwood Prepares “Most Amazingest Album”
    Well, this is going to pique the interest of pretty much anyone who has ever loved Carrie Underwood‘s music. In a call with country station WMZQ-FM/Washington, D.C., Underwood gave a full report on the status of her upcoming album. She jokingly called it “the most amazingest album ever.” And not only that, she also said... Read more »
  8. Toby Keith Gives “Cowboy” Credit
    This is why we love Toby Keith: his lack of sugar-coating. So never mind that he’s won countless awards since he first showed up in Nashville more than 20 years ago, the one that was recently given to him is the one that matters the most. When Keith called into country radio station WYCD in... Read more »
  9. Reba, Brooks & Dunn Talk About Their Vegas Shows
    After months of preparations, Reba and Brooks & Dunn have officially kicked off their highly anticipated Las Vegas residency. The visual production aspect of the show is a feature worthy of the superstars. With a collection of hits spanning more than three decades, the set list would seem to have been a challenge, but the... Read more »
  10. Easton Corbin: About to Get Real
    For Easton Corbin‘s fans, the wait is officially over with Tuesday’s (June 30) release of his new album, About to Get Real. The Florida native went into the studio last year to complete the project. Just when he thought it was finished, he and his producer Carson Chamberlain thought maybe — just maybe — there... Read more »
  11. Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley Headline FarmBorough
    Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley and Brad Paisley were the headliners this weekend at FarmBorough, the first-ever country music festival in New York City. The event took place Friday through Sunday (June 26-28) on Randall’s Island in the East River. The significance of the festival was recognized by Nashville and the country music community. For years,... Read more »
  12. Brandy Clark: “Buy a Female’s CD”
    When Brandy Clark was in New York City on Saturday (June 27), playing FarmBorough at Randall’s Island, she talked with the Village Voice about everything from the Big Apple to the loyalty of country fans to the vibe at festivals. But then, they had to go there. They had to ask about the recent “tomato”... Read more »
  13. Chris Janson’s Boat Would Be Icing on the Cake
    If all you did was listen to Chris Janson’s hit song “Buy Me a Boat,” you might think he was getting his priorities mixed up. Like he’d make buying a boat one of his life’s goals. But I’ve met him. And his wife. And I know for sure that Janson would only buy a boat... Read more »
  14. Justin Moore: Behind the Fishing Scenes
    About a week ago, Justin Moore posted the most adorable photo of his daughter Ella, 5, holding up a fish. Now, I don’t fish, but I asked Moore if that was the right age to start. He told me that he’d tried to take her once before — when she was about 3 and a... Read more »
  15. Kelsea Ballerini Spirits Debut Single, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” to No. 1
    It took 38 weeks to do it — somewhat longer than growing a sequoia seedling to maturity — but Kelsea Ballerinihas taken “Love Me Like You Mean It” to the top of Billboard’s country airplay songs chart. In so doing, she becomes the first female breakthrough artist to drive her initial single all the way... Read more »
  16. Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brantley Gilbert Share Music on CMT Crossroads
    Saturday night (June 27) will rock hard with the premiere of CMT Crossroads: Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brantley Gilbert. It marks the legendary rock band’s second CMT Crossroads appearance. It’s the first for Gilbert, who says the collaboration has been a long time in the making. “We’ve been back and forth for a while about doing... Read more »
  17. Chris Young Goes to Jamaica on CMT Hot 20 Countdown
    Jamaica goes country this weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown. We travel to the Caribbean island for Boots on the Beach. We’ll set sail on a catamaran down the Jamaican coast with Chris Young, sample some local cuisine with Jerrod Niemann and go bobsledding through the jungle with Tyler Farr. There are oceanfront... Read more »
  18. Keith Urban Breaks Down the Johns
    The first time Keith Urban performed “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16″ back in February, he wasn’t even sure if he’d remembered all the lyrics right. But everyone else seemed to think it was pretty memorable. “Maybe two days later, somebody sent me a YouTube link, and that’s the first time I actually heard the... Read more »
  19. Eric Church’s Unlikely Role in Jurassic World
    There’s a great song on Eric Church‘s The Outsiders album called “Dark Side.” He wrote it with Travis Meadows and Jeremy Spillman. It’s one of those haunting ballads we can all relate to: how you have probably done some stuff you’re not proud of, so you try to keep that a secret. Well, guess who... Read more »
  20. Kacey Musgraves Finds Inspiration in Jim Croce, Glen Campbell
    Just when you thought it couldn’t get better than her big debut, Same Trailer Different Park, singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves drops an even more sparkling gem on us in the form of her brand new Pageant Material. Yep, it’s glorious. Released this week, it will no doubt be a favorite of fans and critics alike as... Read more »
  21. John Rich Bringing Redneck Riviera to Nashville
    Toby Keith has I Love This Bar and Grill, Dierks Bentley has Whiskey Row. Now it’s John Rich’s turn to open a restaurant. He’s planning to bring his Redneck Riviera brand to Nashville in the form of a “high-end, family-friendly” restaurant and bar. A bar you can bring your babies to? A lot of parents... Read more »
  22. Recap: Party Down South 2: Double Shot of Heartbreak
    On the recent episode of Party Down South 2, Bradley and Raven’s relationship finally reaches its breaking point, which leads to an epic guys’ night and Duke reeling in two girls. Meanwhile, Kelsie and Hunter’s fling starts to unravel, the guys and girls split up, hit the bars and crank up the flirting. And there... Read more »
  23. Carrie Underwood: Most Wanted Babysitter
    Granted, Carrie Underwood has only been a mother for less than four months. But she must give off some kind of strong maternal vibe, because when it comes to the celebrities who non-celeb moms would hire as babysitters, Underwood is winning. NBC’s Today has revealed the results of a new survey done with 800 tech-savvy... Read more »
  24. Dwight Yoakam Presented Career Achievement Award From Country Radio Broadcasters
    Country-rocker, songwriter and actor Dwight Yoakam was honored with the career achievement award Wednesday night (June 24) at the 41st annual Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner held at Nashville’s Omni Hotel. “I haven’t gotten a lot of awards,” Yoakam mused as he held his trophy. “I’ve had a great run, and one thing I... Read more »

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