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  • Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour Comes HomeNight two of Thomas Rhett‘s Home Team Tour at Nashville’s Ascend Amphitheater on Friday (April 21) was “24K Magic.” Rhett’s live version of the Bruno Mars hit was so explosive, even a Nashville Metro Police officer directing traffic outside the venue was caught dancing and singing along. Rhett’s cover capped nearly four hours of live... Read more »
  • See Charlie Worsham Tell His Truth in “Cut Your Groove”If ever there was a champion for truth in life and music, it would hands-down be Charlie Worsham. After releasing his debut album in 2013, Worsham admittedly had fallen out of love with music and lost his way a bit. Quality time spent honestly reflecting and consistently journaling led him to rediscover his musical purpose:... Read more »
  • Brad Paisley Hints of More Songs With Mick JaggerWhen Mick Jagger flies into Nashville to record, Brad Paisley says the pressure to not blow the opportunity is massive. “You don’t want to be like, ‘Well, we didn’t get anything,'” Paisley tells Katie Cook on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown airing Saturday (April 22) and Sunday (April 23) at 9 a.m. ET. Paisley... Read more »
  • Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham Share Common HistoryThose who catch Brandy Clark and Charlie Worsham on their spring tour will get more than just one incredible night of live music. Together, the two artists have more than three decades of experience working in Nashville’s music scene and they’ve always led musical lives. Washington state native Clark moved to Nashville to pursue music... Read more »
  • William Michael Morgan Goes “Missing”William Michael Morgan isn’t really missing, but he’s thinking about sneaking away for a while in his cheeky single for “Missing,” a song about taking off under the radar every once in a while to escape the madness of life. With Mercury currently in retrograde, don’t think I haven’t thought about it myself. I hear... Read more »
  • Zac Brown Band Covers John Prine With Kacey MusgravesZac Brown Band‘s cover of John Prine‘s “All the Best” on their forthcoming album Welcome Home is an acoustic collaboration with Kacey Musgraves. The Grammy-winning group unveiled a behind the scenes look at the song’s recording session on social media on Thursday (April 20). It’s among the four tracks that are available now with pre-orders... Read more »
  • Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley Witness Smashville HistoryLuke Bryan and Dierks Bentley witnessed a historic night in Smashville on Thursday night (April 20). They were at the Bridgestone Arena when the Nashville Predators swept their Stanley Cup playoff series, beating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1. Never before have the Preds swept a playoff series, and this is the first time an eight seed... Read more »
  • Jillian Jacqueline Lays Down the Law in “Reasons”Friday (April 21) is the official release day for Jillian Jacqueline‘s long-awaited song “Reasons” and we’ve got the uber-cool video to go along with it. The song is a sonically delightful and effervescent ode to something actually not so delightful — calling it quits on a relationship way past its expiration date. Breaking up has... Read more »
  • A Country Guide to Record Store Day 2017Record Store Day turns 10 on Saturday (April 22), and there’s no shortage of country music to invest in this weekend. Brad Paisley, Angaleena Presley and Charlie Worsham each have new albums coming out Friday (April 21), while a limited number of commemorative RSD releases from Eric Church, the Cadillac Three, Dolly Parton, David Bowie,... Read more »
  • ‪Ty Herndon‪ Announces Initial Performers for Concert for Love and AcceptanceThompson Square, Billy Gilman, Kree Harrison and Runaway June will join Ty Herndon as performers at his 2017 Concert for Love & Acceptance set for June 8 at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville. Ryan Kinder, Lorrie Morgan, Michael Ray and Street Corner Symphony are also on the list of initial performers announced Thursday (April... Read more »
  • Dierks Bentley Nominated to Nashville Airport Authority’s Board of DirectorsDierks Bentley is being appointed to the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s board of directors, according to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry nominated Bentley to serve on the 10-member board to fill the expired term of Rod Essig, a talent agent who co-heads the Nashville office of the Creative Artists Agency (CAA).... Read more »
  • The Peach Pickers’ Georgia On My Mind Benefit Reveals Full LineupLauren Alaina, Chris Janson, Kip Moore and Michael Ray are among the artists set to perform at the fourth annual Georgia On My Mind benefit concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on May 16. The songwriting team the Peach Pickers — Georgia natives Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson and Ben Hayslip — will host the show with... Read more »
  • Pass It Around: Country Songs About MarijuanaWillie Nelson and Merle Haggard weren’t joking around when they recorded “It’s All Going to Pot” for 2015’s Django and Jimmie. While researching popular songs about marijuana, it looks like country musicians love singing about weed just as much as they sing about whiskey and beer. Here is a list of other marijuana-friendly country songs... Read more »
  • Esten’s Questions: Charles Esten’s Fan Q&AEven during a long day on the Nashville set, Charles Esten always makes time for his fans. One of our favorite ways he interacts with the Nashies is something he calls “#EstensQuestions”, where he records video responses to fan questions on Twitter. On Tuesday (April 18), Esten spent his time between takes answering fans’ questions... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini Stuns in Zac Posen at Nashville Symphony Fashion ShowAfter singing “Yeah Boy,” Kelsea Ballerini was putting her guitar down at Tuesday’s (April 18) 2017 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show when she took a moment to point out her own fashion crime live onstage. Wearing a stunning periwinkle Zac Posen gown, Ballerini joked, “Y’all, I feel like it’s a sin playing my guitar for that... Read more »
  • Russell Dickerson on the Music That Built HimRussell Dickerson is currently out on the road with his friend Thomas Rhett, and I think I know what their pre-show jams might be. Keith Urban … and more Keith Urban. Dickerson told industry publication Country Aircheck that he considers Urban’s albums and his live shows to be some of his biggest influences. “I’ve been... Read more »
  • Shania Twain Finds Artistic Independence on New AlbumIt looks like the 11th annual Stagecoach music festival will be the place to experience new Shania Twain music live. According to California’s Orange County Register, her headlining set on April 29 will include a mix of new songs and her greatest hits. She said writing music for the new project was like therapy, since... Read more »
  • Second Annual Dylan Fest Returns to the Ryman AuditoriumThe Best Fest returns to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium for the two-night Dylan Fest starting May 23. The shows will commemorate Bob Dylan’s 76th birthday and the anniversary of 1967’s John Wesley Harding album. The night will feature live Dylan tributes by several country, Americana and rock acts including Wynonna & The Big Noise, Elle King,... Read more »
  • Watch Faith Hill’s Littlest CollaborationAnyone who gets down on her knees to have a heart-to-heart with a little girl is a star in my book. And that is exactly what Faith Hill did when a little girl named Rosie came to the meet and greet at the Soul2Soul show in Tupelo, Mississippi. When Rosie walked in — with a... Read more »
  • Jessi Colter Talks Faith, New Memoir and The PsalmsJessi Colter admits there have been times in her Christian life when she had lost her faith. But looking back, she believes God has always been there for her and will continue to be. “There are prophecies over me that have yet to be fulfilled,” Colter said during our CMT.com interview. “And that’s always been... Read more »
  • Jason Aldean Tops Country Chart With “Any Ol’ Barstool”Jason Aldean‘s “Any Ol’ Barstool” claims the No. 1 spot on Billboard‘s country airplay chart this week, arriving there at the end of a 21-week climb. It’s Aldean’s 17th No. 1 single — his 18th, actually, if you count his inclusion on last year’s all-star chart-topper, “Forever Country.” Keith Urban‘s Ripcord rises up again to... Read more »
  • Cassidy Bentley Wins at Boston MarathonShe didn’t finish in first place, but Dierks Bentley’s wife Cassidy won big at the Boston Marathon on Monday (April 17). She won for Safe Haven Family Shelter, the Nashville charity she was running for, by turning over the more than $23,000 she raised on their behalf. She won for her kids, Evie, Jordan and... Read more »
  • Maren Morris: Reaching a Time of ValidationMaren Morris is only 27. So she’s somewhere between being a young adult and just an adult. It’s a spot she thinks is pretty validating. “It’s like you work your entire life to get to do these things,” Morris said in a recent radio interview, “and when you finally hit a spot where you can,... Read more »
  • What Terrifies Thomas Rhett the MostIt sounds like Thomas Rhett is totally OK with having a baby girl. But 13 years from now? That’s what scares him the most. “(I’m) terrified about having a girl,” he told People about the daughter he and his wife Lauren are expecting. “When she turns 13, 14, 15 and starts dating, that terrifies me... Read more »