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  1. “This is good for the soul.” That’s what Luke Bryan said when he walked into Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC to play for the staff and patients there. But his performance wasn’t the only thing that was good for their souls. Bryan was also at the hospital to launch the Music Pharmacy of Musicians on... Read more »
  2. A California country singer, a six-piece band, a trio, powerful female vocalists and soul-baring storytellers are among the talented artists featured in CMT’s “18 for 2018” Listen Up program. The year-long campaign will spotlight country music’s most promising newcomers across CMT platforms, exposing the network’s passionate music fan base to the diversity of today’s country... Read more »
  3. Wait. You can get hay bales in the mail? Who knew? Well, Jerrod Niemann must have. Because in the latest issue of industry publication Country Aircheck, Niemann admitted to the most redneck thing he’s done. “I had a hay bale mailed to me from my hometown,” Niemann said. “I partnered with Corsair for some sunflower... Read more »
  4. One can almost smell the ocean air blowing off the Pacific reading all the new details from Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans’ wedding day. The two married on Dec. 2 at the Esperanza luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and it seems like every minute was tailored to the happy couple. The Nashville-based wedding... Read more »
  5. After Hurricane Irma hit Kenny Chesney‘s home away from home — St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands — he got to work right away helping rebuild for the locals who were struggling with how to get things done. “We did all we could to try for the people who were struggling there. We flew... Read more »
  6. Carly Pearce‘s new single is called “Hide the Wine,” so naturally the people at Food & Wine wanted to talk to her. And naturally, they talked all about food and wine. First, the food. Pearce said that the foods she loves the most are the ones from growing up in Kentucky. Chicken and dumplings, collard... Read more »
  7. Who will be digging Chris Lane‘s new “Old Flame”? Let me guess. All of Lane’s loyal fans, minus about four or five ex-girlfriends. Last week, Lane tweeted that he’ll be releasing the new song, and a couple of days later I had the chance to ask him about it when he was in Chicago for... Read more »
  8. On Tuesday evening (Dec. 12), Dylan Scott and his wife Blair welcomed their first child, a son named Beckett Scott Robinson. The Scott family announced the new arrival via social media. Their son was welcomed to the world weighing eight pounds and measuring 21 inches long. “Thanks to everyone for all the prayers,” Scott said.... Read more »
  9. It’s been thirteen years since the world first met Sugarland. Since their 2004 debut with “Baby Girl,” the trio has turned into a duo, made five studio albums, taken a break from the band to work on solo projects, and now, finally, has come back together to make music as a duo again. And the... Read more »
  10. Who knew that Santa Claus had gotten into talent management? How else can we explain why Chris Stapleton has three of this week’s Top 5 country albums? His newest offering, From a Room: Volume 2 debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart and at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genres list, coming... Read more »
  11. Okay. This time I really mean it. I have got to move to Nashville. Because down there, the true meaning of Christmas is that Thomas Rhett, Tyler Hubbard, Russell Dickerson and all of their wives could possibly show up at your front door dressed in vintage holiday threads — Hubbard is even wearing a top... Read more »
  12. Before newcomer Bailey Bryan moved to Nashville from her small town of Sequim, Washington, she thought her path to country fame would go something like this: she’d get to town, sign a record deal, write songs and then play the Bluebird every weekend. It would be that easy. While her Nashville successes have come relatively... Read more »
  13. Bullying victim and East Tennessean Keaton Jones started his school week with a small army of new celebrity friends. An emotional video of the 11-year-old opening up about being bullied at school has gone viral online and started a new national conversation about the issue. The video posted by his mother Kimberly Jones has been... Read more »
  14. Now that Luke Bryan‘s latest album What Makes You Country is out, and his fans have been living with the new music for a few days, it’s pretty obvious that this one is countrier than most. And it sounds like that was Bryan’s intention his sixth time around. In a new Esquire video, Bryan calls... Read more »
  15. Over the weekend, Jana Kramer revealed some personal news that affects nearly one million expectant mothers every year. In a heart-wrenching social media post, she announced that she had a miscarriage. “This unfortunately isn’t my first loss,” she wrote. “When I first found out I was pregnant I wanted to shout it from the rooftop,... Read more »
  16. If you ask Nicole Kidman, her idea of a traditional holiday doesn’t include all the trimmings of an American Christmas. And Us Weekly did ask her, and she shared her plans for the upcoming season with Keith Urban and their two little girls, Sunday and Faith. “We go back to Australia,” Kidman said. “We go... Read more »
  17. On Monday (Dec. 11), Florida Georgia Line unveiled plans for their property in Nashville’s trendy Hillsboro Village neighborhood. Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard announced the purchase of two office buildings at 1910 21st Avenue South in 2015, and they plan to make it a multi-use compound that will be the home of their publishing company... Read more »
  18. As we get closer and closer to the holidays, you might find that some of the country stars are starting their vacations earlier. I mean, Luke Bryan sure makes it seem that way. He posted two Instagram videos showing him trying to feed some big ol’ squirrels. Also taking her downtime seriously was Kelsea Ballerini,... Read more »
  19. Leon Rhodes, who came to fame in the 1960s as lead guitarist in Ernest Tubb’s Texas Troubadours, died Saturday (Dec. 9) at the age of 85. As much at home playing jazz as country and pop music, Rhodes also distinguished himself as a guitarist for the Hee Haw and Grand Ole Opry staff bands. Rhodes... Read more »
  20. Since Carly Pearce broke out with her No. 1 hit “Every Little Thing,” the country music community cannot imagine a world without her. In 2012, the rising artist was signed to another record label in Nashville that had dropped her, but while going home to Kentucky was an option, giving in to those thoughts was... Read more »
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