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  1. These boots are made for stayin’. At least that’s the message imparted by Jon Pardi, whose “Dirt on My Boots” stays parked at the top of Billboard‘s country airplay chart for the third straight week. And speaking of tenacity — We were, weren’t we? — let’s thrust a jaunty thumbs up to Keith Urban for... Read more »
  2. On Friday night (March 31), Brett Eldredge isn’t just going back to the baseball fields of his hometown to play games. He’s actually going home to Paris, Illinois to make his old Laker Stadium new again. And while he’s in town, he’ll be putting on a show for a few thousand friends, family and fans... Read more »
  3. If Dierks Bentley was nervous during his co-hosting duties at last year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, it didn’t show. “Last year I was the rookie and really didn’t know what to expect,” Bentley told Billboard about the 2016 awards show. “From start to finish, being part of the creative conversations from the monologue to... Read more »
  4. Carrie Underwood has left Sony Music Nashville’s Arista imprint, her original label home following her American Idol win in 2005, and has signed a new worldwide deal with Universal Music Group’s Capitol Nashville. Underwood’s new labelmates at Capitol include Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Mickey Guyton, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Darius Rucker and... Read more »
  5. There was a time, about nine years ago, when Luke Bryan was getting advice from Blake Shelton. It was when Bryan was opening for Shelton somewhere in Wisconsin, and he filmed some of Shelton’s tips for his very first episode of LBTV (He called the moment “Words of wisdom or pure BS?”). But on Monday... Read more »
  6. On Friday’s (March 31) CMT Hometown Heroes, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look at Darius Rucker donating his time, talent and treasure to the Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital. Rucker went back to Charleston’s MUSC for a surprise visit, and brought with him everything he needed to remodel and redecorate the teen lounge in... Read more »
  7. Editor’s Note: Janson will co-host an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown with Kelleigh Bannen and High Valley on April 1 and 2 at 9 a.m. ET/PT. On the morning the ACM nominations came out, Chris Janson and his wife Kelly were driving home in Nashville’s bumper to bumper traffic after a long night of red-eye... Read more »
  8. Zac Brown didn’t leave the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo without a Big Texas souvenir. On Saturday (March 25), the front man of the Grammy-winning country band and his wife Shelly went in on the $330,000 purchase of the Junior Market Reserve Grand Champion Steer. 2017 Junior Market Steer Auction Grand Champion (top) sells for... Read more »
  9. Call it the Grammy Effect. Now that Maren Morris has won one of the coveted awards, she has returned to her home state of Texas. And her shows there will be much different from when she was just getting started and most of the seats were empty. “Coming back to Texas is really emotional,” Morris... Read more »
  10. How was your weekend? Busy? So was country music’s. Thomas Rhett made a new friend, Jason Aldean went bowling, Darius Rucker cheered on South Carolina’s Gamecocks in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Carrie Underwood indulged in some well-deserved cake to celebrate her 100th Grand Ole Opry performance, Maren Morris brought her music to a bucket-list... Read more »
  11. Nature was one of Tift Merritt’s favorite collaborators while writing several songs on her sixth studio album Stitch of the World, which was made in the wake of several life changes. She was turning 40, her marriage was ending, and she decided to take a year off the road to see what would happen. After... Read more »
  12. If there is one artist who is not afraid to speak the truth, it’s Trace Adkins. He gets real about the past, present and his inner demons in his deeply nostalgic and honest new single “Watered Down,” a song about growing older and wiser, all while still retaining a spark of youth. That fire never... Read more »
  13. Sam Hunt felt right at home when CMT Hot 20 Countdown caught up with him at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. That night, Hunt’s headlining set at the NRG Stadium attracted 70,263 fans — a far cry from the smaller outdoor stage he first played at the Houston Rodeo three years ago. But that... Read more »
  14. RaeLynn might be a little bummed that her brand new husband Josh Davis isn’t home. But then she remembers why, and everything is fine. “How can you get upset at something that’s so honorable? Serving your country is the most selfless, amazing thing you could ever do,” she told CMT.com of Davis’ decision to enlist... Read more »
  15. If 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 »
  16. In case you haven’t heard, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Mellencamp and Darius Rucker recently taped a CMT Crossroads special together and, yes, the pairing was pretty much perfect. We have a sneak peek of them performing one of Mellencamp’s classic hits, “Pink Houses.” Rucker nails his part on the politically-charged, patriotic... Read more »
  17. Editor’s note: Kris Kristofferson will perform on CMT’s all-star concert special Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings, airing April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Can you picture Luke Bryan on stage in 2056? Is it possible that Miranda Lambert will sell out shows in 2063? Could Sam Hunt still be performing in 2064? After... Read more »
  18. Marc Broussard, Luther Dickinson, JJ Grey and Anders Osborne each front raucous rock ‘n’ roll bands, but when the four musicians tour as Soul Assembly, their American Southern roots take center stage. The tour debuted in 2014 and returned in 2017 for a rare month-long trek that wraps Sunday (March 26) in Indianapolis. “JJ’s team... Read more »
  19. By Thursday evening (March 23), everyone will know what Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s brand new song “Speak To A Girl” is all about. But until then, here is what I know. It’s about honesty. And teaching men how to speak to women, while they are young. I know that because of what McGraw and... Read more »
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