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June 28, 2016

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Jon Pardi Scores First No. 1 Album With California Sunrise

It’s great weather this week for Jon Pardi, who sees his California Sunrise debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart. This is Pardi’s first chart-topping collection and was propelled into the penthouse on first-week sales of 23,708 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan’s count. Keith Urban’s “Wasted Time” clocks in as country radio’s most-played... Read more »


Blake Shelton Heads Home For “She’s Got a Way With Words”

Usually, people don’t want to spend any more time in a dentist’s office than they have to. But this time, when Blake Shelton‘s taking you inside, it just feels right. Mostly because it doesn’t really look like a dentist’s office anymore. “This is a building I actually own here in Tishomingo, Oklahoma,” Shelton told People... Read more »


Carrie Underwood Minds Her Own Business

When Glamour had the chance to ask Carrie Underwood some questions on a red carpet recently, they played it very smart. They asked her what kinds of questions she hated being asked. And here’s how she answered. “I hate when people ask me about what’s going on in other people’s lives,” Underwood said. “Like, if... Read more »


Kacey Musgraves Hangs With Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

What’s better than a pet armadillo to Kacey Musgraves? Last Friday (June 24), Musgraves achieved one of Texas’s ultimate squad goals when she hung out with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. The time with the squad was part of a taping for a new season of CMT’s Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team coming this fall.... Read more »


Nashville Creator Callie Khouri Opens Up About Season Five

At a Tennessee Screenwriting Association seminar on Saturday (June 25), Nashville creator and Oscar winner Callie Khouri spoke candidly about her journey in entertainment and the future of the music business drama. But when an audience member asked the million-dollar question whether Juliette Barnes died in the plane crash that aired in the season four... Read more »


Still The King Recap: Guess Who’s Comin’ to Dinner (SPOILERS)

“Temptation makes you human, that’s all. ‘Cause I ain’t the first one carrying the cross to walk the line of prostitutes. Can I get an amen?!” Vernon asks the congregation. Everyone stands up and rejoices, “Amen!” The church-goers are taking a liking to Vernon as the service closes, and everyone walks out of the church... Read more »


Luke Bryan: Boys Will Be Boys

One of the last times I talked to Luke Bryan, I could tell how proud he was of his nephew Til and all of his athletic accomplishments. “He plays baseball, and he’s a great pitcher — he’s a lefty,” Bryan recalled. “At some of his first games, I’d see some stuff he was doing wrong... Read more »


Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman Share Love While Apart

Will the romance never cease? On Saturday night (June 25) when Keith Urban was playing a show near Boston, he told the fans why he was with them and not his wife Nicole Kidman on their 10th wedding anniversary. “Tonight is my wife’s and my 10-year anniversary,” Urban said, adding that Kidman had planned on... Read more »


Nick Jonas, Thomas Rhett and the Power of Three Chords

It’s a big week for Nick Jonas, whose new album Last Year Was Complicated, just debuted at No. 2 on the all-genres Billboard 200 chart. And it’s a big week for Jonas and his friend Thomas Rhett because their new episode of CMT Crossroads will premiere Friday (June 24) at 10 p.m. ET/PT. One of... Read more »


Florida Georgia Line Go Vintage for Dig Your Roots Cover

There’s no telling how much digging Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard had to do to find the vintage baby pictures featured on the adorable cover of the new Florida Georgia Line album Dig Your Roots. The black and white shots show Kelley on the left in nothing but an oversized cowboy hat, boots and a... Read more »


Get to Know the Last Bandoleros

For those who haven’t seen the Last Bandoleros perform live, they deliver one helluva hot hola. On Wednesday (June 22), Nashville’s 95-degree summer heat was no match for the band from Texas and New York as they lit into a fiery rooftop show at Warner Music Nashville. The event was as part of the label’s... Read more »


When You Think Taylor Swift

It’s been 10 years since “Tim McGraw.” Ten years since we first heard about this girl named Taylor Swift. And 10 years since that one song changed the way so many of us thought of country music. Hardly anyone had any idea that when Swift released her debut single on June 19, 2006, she’d do... Read more »


Country Stars Shine in Night of Healing in Orlando

This week’s Country Strong Night of Healing & Country Music fundraiser in Orlando, Florida, may have been one of the first public events where it finally felt OK to smile following the June 12 shootings that killed 49 people. A stellar lineup of country artists quickly volunteered for the concert presented by local country radio... Read more »


Bluegrass Patriarch Ralph Stanley Dead at 89

Bluegrass music pioneer and Grand Ole Opry star Ralph Stanley died Thursday (June 23) at his home in Coebun, Virginia, at age 89 following a long battle with skin cancer. Initially recognized as the high-tenor, banjo-picking half of the Stanley Brothers bluegrass act (1946-1966), Stanley went on to build a distinguished and honor-filled career as... Read more »


Jon Pardi Shines on California Sunrise

Jon Pardi hopes fans find their own slice of country heaven in his latest album California Sunrise. Throughout the 12-song collection, Pardi shines at setting classic country melodies to modern percussion in a danceable throwback style that is all his own. His playful references to country fashion disarm the listener in the sexy “Cowboy Hat,”... Read more »


Can Country Songs Take You to Church?

In the latest Billboard Country Update, music journalist Tom Roland wrote a story about how a few newer country songs have almost crossed over into Christian music or even gospel-tinged tunes. The songwriter who wrote Tim McGraw’s latest No. 1 song “Humble and Kind,” for example, says the song came from her desire to give... Read more »


Nashville Cast Wraps First Overseas Tour

The cast of Nashville just wrapped its first tour in Ireland and the UK on Monday (June 21) with sell-outs in Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Bristol and three concerts in London. The bill featured live originals and songs from the series performed by Clare Bowen, Chris Carmack, Charles Esten and Sam Palladio. Jonathan Jackson joined the... Read more »


Randy Travis Honored by Country Radio Broadcasters

Josh Turner provided a musical tribute to Randy Travis when the legendary singer was honored Wednesday night (June 22) during the annual Country Radio Hall of Fame ceremony in Nashville. Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in March, Travis was presented the Country Radio Broadcasters Inc.’s Artist Career Achievement Award, an honor presented... Read more »


CMT’s Artist Discovery: Check Out Latest Picks

Check out the latest crop from CMT’s Artist Discovery … freshly picked for the month of June. Post Monroe, “Red Hot American Summer” The only thing sweeter than the harmonies of Post Monroe is the spirit of these amazing girls. The trio of Shelby McLeod, Whitney Duncan and Ashlee Hewitt are set to make a... Read more »


Thomas Rhett, Nick Jonas Break Down Walls on CMT Crossroads

When Thomas Rhett and Nick Jonas joined forces for an episode of CMT Crossroads, walls came down. “We have more in common than meets the eye,” Rhett told me when we caught up recently. “And when we played together, the wall between us was broken down. The love for good music shines through in that... Read more »


Still The King Star Travis Nicholson and His Character Have More in Common Than You Might Think

A lot of the character traits that Walt has, my friends will make fun of me for. They’ll say, "So, this is just you but with a Southern accent.” They know that I’m interested in all sorts of conspiracy stuff. I did have to do my share of research on Sasquatch – I wasn’t necessarily a Sasquatch connoisseur but I’ve made my way into that territory. I’m getting pretty good at it now.


Michael Ray Smolders in “Think a Little Less”

Have y’all heard the new Michael Ray song “Think A Little Less?” “Whoa, baby,” is about the only phrase that comes to mind. In his equally steamy new black-and-white video, which features the Florida native singing straight into to the camera, Ray belts out the lyrics “Get you outta this bar/Outta that dress/Kiss a little... Read more »


Songwriter Freddy Powers Dead at 84

Freddy Dale Powers, the jazz-country artist and songwriter whose compositions enriched the charts and repertoires of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and George Jones, among others, died Tuesday (June 21), reportedly of complications from Parkinson’s Disease. He was 84. Born in Oklahoma and raised in Seminole, Texas, Powers began his career playing in a family band.... Read more »


Own a Piece of Tanya Tucker’s History

It’s been 44 years since the 13-year-old Tanya Tucker released “Delta Dawn” and became a country star, practically overnight. And in all the years since that 1972 debut, Tucker has never stopped collecting the treasures that now make up her vast collection of memorabilia. In a new auction from Everything but the House, Tucker will... Read more »


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