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July 29, 2015

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Two Hours of Miranda Lambert, Cool Friends at Nashville Club

It sounds like there was a cool little guitar pull in Nashville on Tuesday night (July 29). Only this one had some star power that wasn’t so little. Because Miranda Lambert was at the helm, and she had her songwriter friends who’ve written or co-written most of the biggest hits in Nashville in the past... Read more »


Will Jason Aldean Continue His Acting Career?

When Jason Aldean made his acting debut in the Western thriller Sweetwater back in 2013 alongside movie stars like January Jones and Ed Harris, fans and critics alike were all thinking, “Could this be Aldean’s new thing?” With fellow superstars like Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins, Toby Keith, Kix Brooks making the leap to... Read more »


Are the Dixie Chicks Considering a U.S. Tour?

The Dixie Chicks recently announced a string of European tour dates. In 2016. But part of me is like, “Who cares?” Not because of any political controversy from several years ago but because 2016 is just so far away. Or so I thought. Until Wednesday (July 29), when the band’s lead singer Natalie Maines kind... Read more »


Jason Isbell Claims Top Album Slot With Something More Than Free

Man, are the charts popping this week! Finally. Americana favorite Jason Isbell edges out the mighty Alan Jackson to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart, and Brantley Gilbert’s “One Hell of an Amen” ascends to the peak of the country airplay rankings, climaxing a 37-week climb. By Nielsen SoundScan’s count, Isbell’s album,... Read more »


Kacey Musgraves to Perform at Farm Aid

Ten years ago, Kenny Chesney took the Farm Aid stage in Chicago to help Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews do something to help farmers thrive. Now it’s Kacey Musgraves‘ turn to represent modern country music at Farm Aid. Musgraves will be appearing at the music and food festival in Chicago on... Read more »


How to Properly Jam at the Oregon Jamboree

Forget Sweet Home, Alabama. For country music fans, it’s all about Sweet Home, Oregon, for the Oregon Jamboree taking place Friday through Sunday (July 31-Aug. 2). Never heard of the place? Well, it’s about to be all over your map as some the biggest names in country music trek up to picturesque northwest town for... Read more »


Alan Jackson’s Blue Plate Obsession

Whenever a big star does this feature in Us Weekly, you know it’s going to be pretty revealing. But when a guy like Alan Jackson — who has been at this country music gig for decades — does it, even better. Because even though we’ve all been reading about Jackson for years, it seems like... Read more »


Garthmania Set to Take Over Dallas

Dallas, do you feel the love from Garth Brooks? Well, you should. In September, you’ll be getting face time with him. Brooks has announced seven shows taking place Sept. 17-22 at Dallas’ American Airlines Arena. More than 100,000 tickets were sold the first day they went on sale. Is it just me, or are, you,... Read more »


Luke Bryan’s Attitude of Gratitude

When someone like Luke Bryan gets to the top of his country music game, it’s easy to think it’s just about his good looks, his great music or some kind of combination of the two. But it’s not. Not 100 percent, anyway. I think it is all about Bryan’s attitude. “So many people get record... Read more »


Little Big Town Canceling Additional Concerts

You know when a band tweets simply, “(Please watch),” and adds eight sad emojis, the news is not good. So when Little Big Town shared a video on Sunday (July 26), with tape over Jimi Westbrook’s mouth, I had a feeling it was to make the kind of announcement nobody wants to hear: That because... Read more »


Florida Georgia Line “All About Positive Vibes”

Just when you think you know a guy. I thought I had Florida Georgia Line’s Brian Kelley kind of figured out. Then he does this interview with the Washington Post and says he and his bandmate Tyler Hubbard are “all about positive vibes over here.” Really? So I guess he’s not the bad boy I... Read more »


Dale Watson Glides and Grooves on Call Me Insane

Dale Watson‘s Call Me Insane glides (“Everybody’s Somebody in Luckenbach, Texas”) and grooves (“One Day at a Time”) with endless energy. Watson has been touring relentless this month to promote the album, including recent shows in New York City, Boston, Detroit and, on Wednesday, a sold-out show at Nashville’s Station Inn. He’s back in Texas... Read more »


Chris Young and the Muscle Cars That Built Him

One of the stars of Chris Young’s new “I’m Comin’ Over” video is a Dodge Challenger. His Dodge Challenger. Young wanted to use his own car in the video because is — and always has been — “a muscle-car guy.” “My first car — when I was in high school — was a twice-wrecked 1989... Read more »


Hot 20 Countdown Recaps Blake Shelton/Miranda Lambert’s History

This weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown, we have the details of Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s divorce. We’ll look back at moments from one of country music’s favorite couples including when sparks first started flying 10 years ago at a CMT taping and when they went out on their first co-headlining tour... Read more »


ICYMI: Ashley Monroe’s Best Questions From #AskAshley

The first thing you should know is, there were little knife emojis everywhere. During CMT’s Twitter chat with Ashley Monroe, so many of the questions — and her answers — made use of the emoticon that best represented her new album, The Blade, released Friday (July 24). Because that was what the chat was (almost)... Read more »


Kentucky Headhunters Revisit Sessions With Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member

Kentucky Headhunters mainstay Richard Young sits in his music room on Headhunter Highway and talks about Johnnie Johnson, his late close pal and occasional house guest who helped invent rock ‘n’ roll but didn’t really get much of the credit. Johnson was the lively bandleader and piano player, with what Young recalls as “huge hands... Read more »


Brantley Gilbert on Kenny Chesney’s “Kumbaya” Vibe

When you open a tour for an artist like Kenny Chesney, it must feel kind of like Headlining 101. I mean, there are no textbooks, no lectures and presumably no tests. But you’d learn new things every day. And not just from Chesney. It sounds like Brantley Gilbert is letting the crowd teach him a... Read more »


Party Down South 2: 12 Most Memorable Moments from Season 2

We asked Party Down South 2 fans to vote on their favorite moments from season 2. Many answered, and many agreed. So now that everyone’s nursed their hangovers and reflected on spring break in St. Pete, let’s look back on the memorable moments. 1. The Mustard Massacre. If it wasn’t clear already, Hunter hates mustard.... Read more »


Miranda Lambert Makes First Appearance Since Divorce

“I’m only wearing my Target dress.” That’s what Miranda Lambert said when she took the stage at Ashley Monroe‘s album release party at The Basement East in Nashville on Wednesday (July 22) night. But really, she was wearing more than that — bravery, courage, and a very thick skin. Because this was Lambert’s first performance... Read more »


Martina McBride Song Comforts New York Teacher

Count on Martina McBride to inspire and uplift with her music — even when she’s not the one singing it. The singer’s powerful hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” has once again come to the rescue of a heart in need of encouragement and support during a very difficult time for New York City... Read more »


Dierks Bentley’s Revelations Over Meat-and-Three

Probably the only thing better than having brisket, fried green tomatoes, stewed okra and turnip greens at Arnold’s Country Kitchen in Nashville would be having it with Dierks Bentley. Billboard got to drive with Bentley to the famous little red shack on 8th Avenue South and pig out — there is talk in the story... Read more »


Singer Daron Norwood Dead at 49

Daron Norwood, who charted on Giant Records between 1993 and 1995 with “Cowboys Don’t Cry,” “If It Wasn’t for Her I Wouldn’t Have You” and four other singles, was found dead Wednesday afternoon (July 22) in his apartment in Hereford, Texas. He was 49. A statement from the Hereford police department said there were no... Read more »


Trisha Yearwood Comes Full Circle at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

“I just can’t believe that my stuff is in here,” Trisha Yearwood says of her new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “It’s really, truly overwhelming. It still hasn’t sunk in yet.” She’s referring to Trisha Yearwood: The Song Remembers When, which runs through Dec. 31. The exhibit is... Read more »


Carrie Underwood Loves Pat Green’s “While I Was Away”

It’s pretty rare for a songwriter to have no words. But Pat Green says that after Carrie Underwood tweeted about his new single, “While I Was Away,” on Sunday (July 19), he hasn’t been able to find the right words to thank her. After Underwood posted what she posted, Green’s friend sent him an immediate... Read more »


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