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  1. Drake White, William Michael Morgan, Granger Smith, Jon Pardi and Maren Morris all came across polished and professional during their performances Friday night (Feb. 24) at the Country Radio Seminar’s New Faces show in Nashville, but it was hardly their fault that they seemed more entertaining than charismatic. The New Faces shows used to be... Read more »
  2. Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert are part of the all-star cast scheduled to pay tribute to the late Merle Haggard during an April 6 concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Billed as “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” the concert taping is also scheduled to include performances by John Mellencamp, Dierks... Read more »
  3. You know what’s adorable about 2-year-olds? Everything. And Carrie Underwood just posted proof of that on her social media pages. It’s a photo of her son Isaiah, who is celebrating his second birthday Monday (Feb. 27), in his little Levi’s, doing his very best to reach a balloon that’s hovering above him. And what’s even... Read more »
  4. The only reason Toby Keith bothered coming to Nashville was because he knew a guy who had a nephew who knew a guy. When he spoke at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville on Friday (Feb. 24), Keith told the story of his first attempts at getting a record deal in the early ’90s. And... Read more »
  5. When Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban walked the red carpet before the Academy Awards on Sunday night (Feb. 26), she obviously talked about her movie Lion and her nomination for best supporting actress. But after that, she was happy to steer the conversation in Urban’s direction. He was standing by her side, staying pretty quiet... Read more »
  6. It’s hard not to cry into my coffee as I listen to Cassadee Pope‘s “Kisses at Airports,” which she delivers perfectly for our CMT Next Women of Country Live series. The powerful song is a beautiful observation on love, including the joy in hellos, the pain in goodbyes and the longing in between those two... Read more »
  7. Everyone had so much fun it oughta be a sin at the sold-out opening weekend of Little Big Town‘s residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. It is the first artist residency at the Mother Church of country music in its 125-year history. Both nights were dedicated to performing The Breaker in its entirety along with some... Read more »
  8. Nikki Lane had a pretty treacherous drive home from the 30th annual MusicFest in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Days before our interview, she was in the drivers’ seat of a rental Durango with no chains on the tires navigating the way home in a snow storm. It was a complete white-out with little to no... Read more »
  9. If you haven't watched the series premiere of Sun Records, do it now. However, if you have and can't get enough of the giant roster of rock 'n' rollers, enjoy the many behind-the-scenes photos taken by the actors on location in Memphis.
  10. Aubrie Sellers, a member of CMT Next Women of Country, jokes she’s become a master at seeing through “other people’s crap,” and it shows in the observant songs on her breakout album New City Blues. “Magazines” casts a sarcastic eye on celebrity culture. In “Paper Doll,” she knows where she stands in a sea of... Read more »
  11. You could have crowd-surfed the entire length of Nashville’s Lower Broadway late Thursday evening (Feb. 23) as guests trampling each other’s feet poured into the Valentine saloon to celebrate the writers of LOCASH‘s first No. 1 single, “I Know Somebody.” Jointly written by Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman and Jeremy Stover, “I Know Somebody” was also... Read more »
  12. Maybe it was the recent Grammy Awards show, maybe it was low hanging clouds of fairy dust, but something boosted country album sales a few thousand units this week over last, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But let us first note that Little Big Town is back at the top of the country airplay chart with... Read more »
  13. “Meet me at the hospital”: the five words no one wants to hear. Ever. But after Rayna was in a car accident at the end of last week’s episode of Nashville, that’s exactly how Thursday night’s (Feb. 23) show started. After Deacon got the call about Rayna, he called Maddie. Gunnar called Scarlett. Someone called... Read more »
  14. WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Nashville: Season 5, Episode 9: If Tomorrow Never Comes. On the latest episode of Nashville (Feb 23), we said goodbye to the legendary Rayna Jaymes. As the story unfolded on our TV screens, our beloved cast reacted on social media.
  15. Try not to feel invincible and on top of the world when you listen to Courtney Cole‘s music. The Louisiana native is on a mission to empower you and inspire you with her passion, her dazzling personality and her vibrant and sweet pop-country, drawling vocals. She grew up right outside New Orleans on all types... Read more »
  16. Sam Phillips once said, “If you’re not doing something different, you’re not doing anything.” And he certainly lived his life that way. Phillips, among many other accomplishments, founded the famous Sun Records, discovered artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, and is often credited with the invention of rock ‘n’ roll. Beyond... Read more »
  17. Right before Luke Bryan walked onto the Ryman Auditorium stage to open the Country Radio Seminar’s annual Universal Music Group lunch show on Thursday (Feb. 23), the label’s Royce Risser told the packed house that this was the eighth show of its kind, that 14 artists would perform and that each one would do one... Read more »
  18. When Garth Brooks delivered Thursday’s (Feb. 23) Inside Studio G keynote address at the Country Radio Seminar 2017, the conversation kept coming back to his connection with his fans. And when he talked about their experience just getting to a concert, the CMA’s reigning entertainer of the year said he understands the financial sacrifice fans... Read more »
  19. Let’s finally put to bed this notion that to be a world-class guitarist, you have to be a guy. And Lindsay Ell is one of the women to dispel the myth. Ell’s guitar skills rank right up there with her singing and songwriting, which all combined have her journeying down her own path on Music... Read more »
  20. Picture Jason Aldean as a kid, glued to his radio, listening to the countdown of the week’s country songs. Now fast forward to Aldean as a grown man and a big part of those countdown shows himself. Those two sides of Aldean came together Wednesday night (Feb. 22) inside the Country Music Hall of Fame,... Read more »
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