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CMT COUNTRY NEWS

  • Darius Rucker Takes Over CMTIf you’re a Darius Rucker fan, then CMT is the place you need to be. Starting this Thursday (March 23), the “Wagon Wheel” singer will be taking over the airwaves. First, you can spot him crooning in black and white stripes while portraying Johnny Bragg of the The Prisonaires on the new episode of Sun... Read more »
  • Why Darius Rucker Missed John MellencampEditor’s note: CMT Crossroads: John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker airs exclusively on CMT on Friday (March 24) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. When Darius Rucker and I sat down to compare notes on growing up with a John Cougar Mellencamp soundtrack — in our cars and in our minds — the first thing I wanted to... Read more »
  • Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire and More Join ACM Awards LineupThe 52nd annual ACM Awards has added performances by Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Reba McEntire, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Cole Swindell, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Christian artist Lauren Daigle. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren... Read more »
  • Little Big Town Calls Song Hope for HappinessWhile Little Big Town is still touring Down Under, over here on this side of the world, their fans are celebrating the release of their latest single, “Happy People.” The song was written by Lori McKenna (“Humble and Kind,” “Girl Crush,” and “I Want Crazy,” just to name a few) and Hailey Whitters, and Little... Read more »
  • Melissa Etheridge’s Nashville Night OutIf you know anything about the Nashville music scene, you know there’s never a loss of live music choices on any given night. On Monday (March 20), Melissa Etheridge, Cam, Sonia Leigh and alternative artist Troi Irons had their pick of the litter of local showcases to crash. The Bluebird hosts a weekly open mic... Read more »
  • Lollapalooza 2017 Books Tucker Beathard and Ryan AdamsTucker Beathard and Ryan Adams are among the country and rock acts booked for the 26th Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. The 2017 lineup was announced Wednesday (March 22). Muse, Chance the Rapper, The Killers and Arcade Fire will headline the four-day, all-genre event starting Aug. 3 in Grant Park. The festival will also feature... Read more »
  • After Five-Year Lull, Josh Turner Scores Top Album with Deep SouthLet’s have a rousing “Welcome back, honey!” for Josh Turner, whose Deep South debuts this week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart and at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 all-genres rankings. The deep-singing Turner last favored his fans with an album — Punching Bag — in June 2012. His last No. 1... Read more »
  • Sun Records’ Jerry Lee Lewis and Peggy Sutter are #RelationshipGoals IRLChristian Lees and Cait Pool actually met on set, and their romance continues to blossom. Lees describes their relationship as an instant connection.
  • Meet the Inspiring Women Behind RaeLynn’s WildHorseThe music on RaeLynn’s spirited debut WildHorse wouldn’t be what it is without the love and support of some strong women in her life. Before competing on Blake Shelton’s team on The Voice season two, she was raised in a musical family in East Texas and surrounded by relatives who all could write, sing and... Read more »
  • Brad Paisley: “I Bled For This”Standing in his in-studio Irishish pub on Friday evening (March 17), Brad Paisley talked with two of his co-writers — and thousands of fans watching on Facebook — about his upcoming album Love and War. And the track that kicks all the new music off: “Heaven South.” Paisley, Brent Anderson and Chris DuBois go back... Read more »
  • ACM Party for a Cause Adds Songwriter ShowcaseThe 2017 ACM Party for a Cause in Las Vegas has added a songwriter showcase on March 31 at The Pearl, Palms Casino Resort. The night will feature performances by ACM songwriter of the year nominees Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, Luke Laird and Shane McAnally, as well as appearances by Dierks Bentley, Cam,... Read more »
  • Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam Announces 2017 HeadlinersJason Aldean, Little Big Town and Luke Bryan will headline an electric Labor Day weekend 2017 at the fifth annual Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam in Panama City Beach, Florida. The headliners were revealed Tuesday (March 21). Frank Brown Park will host the three-day event starting Sept. 1. Live music at the festival will start at... Read more »
  • Carrie Underwood Finds World’s Smallest Cowboy BootsFor as long as I’ve been collecting* cowboy boots, I never knew they made them small enough for a baby. Leave it to Carrie Underwood to find a pair just right for Hoda Kotb’s new baby girl. Kotb tweeted her gratitude on Monday (March 20) to Underwood with a picture of the adorable pale pink... Read more »
  • Brad Paisley’s Pickin’ on Chuck BerryWhile his wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley had a Father of the Bride reunion with Steve Martin and Martin Short at the Grand Ole Opry, Brad Paisley paid tribute to the late great Chuck Berry in the best way he knew how — reelin’ and rockin’ “Johnny B. Goode” live at the Runaway Country Festival in Kissimmee,... Read more »
  • ACM Awards Adds Kelsea Ballerini, Tim McGraw and Faith HillKelsea Ballerini will have twice the fun performing at the 52nd annual ACM Awards. She will sing live onstage during the telecast, and immediately following the show, Comcast’s Xfinity TV will offer an exclusive encore performance by Ballerini. She heads to the ACMs with two nominations including female vocalist and video of the year for... Read more »
  • Jimmy Webb Tribute Books Ashley Campbell, Toby Keith and Dwight YoakamAshley Campbell, Toby Keith and Dwight Yoakam will represent country in an all-star tribute to Grammy-winning hit-maker Jimmy Webb on May 3 at Carnegie Hall in New York. A Celebration of the Music of Jimmy Webb will feature additional performances by Amy Grant, Art Garfunkel, Billy Davis, Jr., Johnny Rivers, Judy Collins, Marilyn McCoo of... Read more »
  • Thomas Rhett on the Roller Coaster of AdoptionWhile Thomas Rhett is busy out on the road with his Home Team Tour, his wife Lauren Akins is busy getting ready for their babies. Yes, babies. Akins is pregnant with the couple’s first baby, and they are also in the process of adopting a baby from Africa. And Rhett admitted in a recent radio... Read more »
  • World Premiere: Steve Moakler’s “Wheels”Steve Moakler says he and his co-writers Gordie Sampson and Caitlyn Smith were halfway into writing a different song about wheels when they felt struck by true inspiration. Moakler knows the feeling of rolling into something good in the writing room. He’s made a living as a Nashville hit-maker for the last decade with songs... Read more »
  • Last Weekend’s Greatest HitsIf you had a crazy busy weekend, you may have missed out on some of the crazy. And on all the things the country stars were up to on social media. Like how Dierks Bentley thanked Kelsea Ballerini for opening his Whiskey Row, Ballerini sang “Dibs” with a little fan, Miranda Lambert recruited her family... Read more »
  • Garth Brooks: “I Would’ve Never Left”The stage at Austin’s Broken Spoke Dancehall is tiny. The ceilings are low. And when a capacity crowd is packed in tight, it can feel like a sauna. But that didn’t seem to bother Garth Brooks one bit. “I’ll tell you this, though, if the honkytonks were like this when I was in ’em, I... Read more »
  • Chad Michael Murray on Filming the Sun Records Shock Therapy SceneOn the most recent episode of Sun Records, titled “Never Better“, Sam Phillips, portrayed by Chad Michael Murray, continued his downward spiral into his self-proclaimed rabbit hole. In the preceding episodes, we learned of Phillips’ struggles, both financially and with his mental health, that seem to have followed him from Nashville to Memphis. After Phillips... Read more »
  • Music Legend Chuck Berry Dead at Age 90Legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry was found dead Saturday (March 18) at his home near Wentzville, Missouri, at the age of 90. An architect of rock ‘n’ roll, the St. Louis native was one of the most influential guitarists of all time and will be remembered among the most inventive lyricists of the... Read more »
  • Garth Brooks Speaks Out on Songwriter Rights and Preserving Federal Funding for the Arts at SXSWAfter Friday’s (March 17) keynote address at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, Garth Brooks told Billboard that he opposes President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Trump’s first federal budget plan was revealed on Thursday (March 16) and also proposes to... Read more »
  • John Mellencamp and Martina McBride Go Head-to-Head in “Grandview”John Mellencamp, the rock n’ roll icon who’s dominated the last 35+ years of music with massive hits like “Pink Houses,” “Small Town,” and “Jack & Diane,” continues to hold his place as one of American music’s most authentic voices and storytellers with his forthcoming album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies. Available April 28, the 13-song... Read more »