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  1. Luke Bryan Applauds His Road Crew
    The night before Luke Bryan played Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Billy Joel had packed in a sold-out crowd at the iconic baseball field. And by the time Joel’s road crew was finished loading out early Saturday morning (Aug. 27), it was time for Bryan’s crew to load in. And it was pouring rain. So when I... Read more »
  2. Dolly Parton Bows at No. 1 With Pure & Simple
    Dolly Parton’s Pure & Simple debuts this week as Billboard’s No. 1 country album. It’s her first chart-topping collection in 25 years, her last having been Eagle When She Flies in 1991. According to Nielsen SoundScan, Pure & Simple sold 20,107 copies in its first sales cycle. Also debuting in the Top 5 albums array... Read more »
  3. CMA Awards: Nominees to Be Revealed Wednesday
    The final nominees for the 50th annual CMA Awards will be announced Wednesday (Aug. 31) at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Cam will announce several categories live on ABC’s Good Morning America’s 8:30 a.m. ET segment. Following the announcement of select categories on GMA, the remaining categories will... Read more »
  4. Exclusive Performance: Mickey Guyton on CMT Next Women of Country Live
    “Women’s voices are my jam,” Mickey Guyton says in a chat during CMT Next Women of Country Live. And Guyton learned by listening to some of the very best. She grew up in Texas in church and listening to everyone from CeCe Winans to Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline to Celine Dion and Faith Hill to... Read more »
  5. Jana Kramer Joins Dancing With the Stars
    No matter what is going on in her personal life, Jana Kramer is staying the course and staying committed to her newest endeavor: Dancing With the Stars. It was announced on Tuesday (Aug. 30) that the country singer would be joining the cast for the upcoming season of the dance competition. The odds are in... Read more »
  6. Garth Brooks: Learning to Live Again, Again
    When Garth Brooks was letting his fans listen to a new song he’s recording, I thought it sounded a little familiar. He said the title is “Lay Down and Dance.” After playing bits and pieces of it for people watching his Facebook Live #StudioG on Monday (Aug. 29), he explained the gist of the song.... Read more »
  7. Twitter Reacts to Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team Season Premiere
    "I mean, I guess things just happen. We all pee."
  8. Jack Ingram Explores Life Lessons on Midnight Motel
    Jack Ingram’s new album Midnight Motel offers many lessons to live by. The meditative “Nothing to Fix” is nothing but rules in succession, starting with his No. 1 music rule: “Don’t try to sell what you wouldn’t buy because you’ll go to hell for telling a lie.” “I want to be out there providing the... Read more »
  9. Miranda Lambert Named First Recipient of ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award
    Miranda Lambert will be presented the inaugural ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award at the 10th annual ACM Honors ceremony, the Academy of Country Music announced Monday (Aug. 29). The Academy last week announced the creation of the award to recognize singer-songwriters “whose career reflects the uncompromising integrity and steadfastness of spirit embodied by the late... Read more »
  10. Tim McGraw: The Wedding Crash Details
    On Saturday night (Aug. 27) in Philadelphia, Tim McGraw‘s “My Little Girl” took center stage at a wedding at the Vie Ballroom. Because McGraw was singing it. It happened at the reception, after Lisa White and Paul Getz were married at a church just west of the city. During the father-daughter dance, McGraw walked into... Read more »
  11. Luke Bryan One Ups Himself
    It’s official. After Saturday (Aug. 27), the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Blackhawks all have something new in common: Luke Bryan has played his music in all of their iconic homes. “Wrigley Field! Saturday night! What a dream come true. This is a night I’ll never forget,” Bryan told the sold-out crowd... Read more »
  12. Justin Moore Threatens Misbehaving Fan
    Justin Moore, Jeremy Stover, and Brian Maher wrote a song for Moore’s debut album called “I Could Kick Your Ass.” It’s always been a favorite of mine. Probably because of the irony of these threatening lyrics — “I could kick your ass, I could jack your jaw/Put you flat in the dirt boy, yeah I’d... Read more »
  13. Cole Swindell Wants Song Souvenirs
    Cole Swindell will be disappointed if he left Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots tour without having written some new music with his fellow tour mates, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley and the guys from the Cadillac Three. Together Swindell, Florida Georgia Line and Cadillac Three front man Jaren Johnston have co-written 26 No. 1 hits... Read more »
  14. Jason Aldean Reveals Top 2016 Summer Concert Memories
    It’s good to be Jason Aldean this summer. He is about to release his first album as the ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year and he’s made plenty of unforgettable summer memories on his successful tour with Thomas Rhett and A Thousand Horses. They will share the spotlight for the inaugural CMT Concert of the... Read more »
  15. Dierks Bentley: Performing for Fans Is What He Loves
    There is a recurring theme in the new feature story on Dierks Bentley from Esquire. It’s that he loves performing music live. The story covers other topics just fine, but the conversation seems to come back to the touring life every chance Bentley gets. He admits that in the beginning, it was good, even when... Read more »
  16. Charlie Worsham’s Summer of Side Projects
    Charlie Worsham’s critically-acclaimed debut album Rubberband turned three on Saturday (Aug. 20). Not only that, summer 2016 marks 10 years in Nashville for the guitar-slinging Mississippi native. A lot has changed since then. But at heart, he will always be among country music’s kindest musicians. So how does one of the genre’s biggest hearts occupy... Read more »
  17. Dustin Lynch Celebrates No. 1 “Mind Reader” With Writers Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip
    A hugging, backslapping crowd surged through the South bar on Nashville’s Music Row Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 24) to applaud Dustin Lynch for his third No. 1 single, “Mind Reader,” written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip. All three principals were on hand to bask in the congratulations, as well as the song’s producer, Mickey Jack... Read more »
  18. ACM Honors Announces Final Performers
    The final performers for the 10th annual ACM Honors are Alicia Keys, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Dan + Shay and the Band Perry. Mike Fisher, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Thomas Rhett have been added as presenters for Tuesday’s (Aug. 30) event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini,... Read more »
  19. World Premiere: Granger Smith “If the Boot Fits”
    Granger Smith took the Nashville scene by storm with his No. 1 hit “Backroad Song,” and now he’s singing one for the cowgirls with his newest “If The Boot Fits.” Call it a country boy’s version of the Cinderella story — because who needs a glass slipper when you’ve got a cowgirl boot? And this... Read more »
  20. Reba McEntire Selling Nashville-Area Home
    When I hear that a home on 83 acres is for sale, I don’t consider that a home. To me, that is a small town. So now that Reba McEntire has put her property in Lebanon, Tennessee, up for sale at $7.9 million, all I can think of is that someone will scoop that up... Read more »
  21. Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin Reportedly Separating
    While Jana Kramer was busy out in California on Wednesday (Aug. 24) taping an episode of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show Chelsea, reports that her marriage was over were starting to show up everywhere. According to Entertainment Tonight, a source close to the couple confirmed that Caussin is currently being treated in a rehab facility for... Read more »
  22. Ronnie Dunn and Reba: Collaborating Again
    Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire have a duet on his upcoming album Tattooed Heart. It’s called “Still Feels Like Mexico.” But even outside the recording studio, it sounds like the two stars are collaborating in other ways. Dunn admitted in a new radio interview that Reba called him recently for a favor. “She calls one... Read more »
  23. New Season of Nashville Coming to Thursdays in January on CMT
    It’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for! The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they... Read more »
  24. Why You Should Watch Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team This Season
    Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team Season 11 premieres Thursday (Aug. 25) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. And, we are over-the-moon excited to share a few snippets from the season.

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