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July 28, 2016

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Blake Shelton Gets a Living Legend to Advise Team Blake

Blake Shelton just landed Bette Midler as Team Blake’s guest advisor for season 11 of The Voice, and he can thank Bruce Springsteen for encouraging the Divine Miss M to join the show. In an Extra interview, the living legend admitted she was on the fence about the job until the Rock and Roll Hall... Read more »


What Happens When Blake Shelton Has a Map and Vodka

On Wednesday (July 27) morning, Blake Shelton asked his fans where he should go. “Hmmmm…. Well .. Let’s play a game y’all,” he tweeted. “I have the day off and a map of the United States in front of me. Where should I go?” The teasing tweets went on all morning, with Shelton making it... Read more »


The Cadillac Three Leave Their Mark at Abbey Road

The Cadillac Three left their mark on Abbey Road Studios after filming a series of live performance videos at the Beatles’ famous recording home. The performances are of select tracks from their upcoming album Bury Me in My Boots, out Aug. 5. “Graffiti” is the first Abbey Road video to be released, and additional renditions... Read more »


Kip Moore Does Good in Cincinnati

Kip Moore’s Comeback Kid Skatepark Project continued Wednesday (July 27) in Cincinnati, Ohio with the opening of the new Warsaw Federal Skatepark in the Lower Price Hill neighborhood. The beautification project was part of the city’s Neighborhood Enhancement Program. Now locals can try the skatepark’s new 35-by-68-foot pump track, grind rails and Hubba skate ledge.... Read more »


Brad Paisley’s Thank-You Note to Ohio

The price of country concert tickets — especially the good seats — has been skyrocketing lately. Well, at least until Wednesday (July 27) when Brad Paisley announced he’d be doing a free show in Cincinnati. He is taking Maddie & Tae and Tyler Farr and his whole Life Amplified World Tour to the Riverbend Music... Read more »


The Fine Print on Jake Owen’s American Love

You almost need a magnifying glass to read the liner notes on Jake Owen’s new album, because he has so much to say and so little room to do it in. But it’s definitely worth it to read his fine print. “‘American Love’ is all about loving one another. I found that ‘LOVE’ kept showing... Read more »


RaeLynn: “Y’all Need to Leave the Kids Out of It”

It’s not that kind of love triangle. The average love triangle—you love him and he loves her—isn’t even half as sad as the one RaeLynn is singing about in her new tune “Love Triangle.” Hers is about what happens to children during a divorce. RaeLynn was three when her own parents divorced. And just like... Read more »


The Band Perry Plan Comeback Day

The Fans Perry might get a pretty good idea of what the next Band Perry sound will be by the time the group arrives at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Through a series of social media posts, the sibling trio dubbed Monday (Aug. 1) its official comeback day and a big announcement... Read more »


Garth Brooks to Play First Full Ryman Concert

Garth Brooks first moved to Nashville almost 30 years ago. And I think he’s played shows in just about every room in Music City. Except one. The Ryman Auditorium. Until now. But on Sept. 8, to launch his new SiriusXM radio station – The Garth Channel -Brooks will be playing an invitation-only show for SiriusXM... Read more »


New Charlie Daniels Exhibit Coming to Country Music Hall of Fame

The life and career of 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Daniels will be spotlighted in the new exhibit, Charlie Daniels: Million Mile Reflections. Opening Sept. 23, the display will feature instruments, stage wear, manuscripts, awards, childhood mementos and previously unreleased photos from his personal collection. “I can’t even articulate how honored I... Read more »


Miranda Lambert Loves Chicago

Miranda Lambert is playing Chicago on Friday night (July 29), and I’m sure she’s just as thrilled as I am. I know this because in a recent radio interview, Lambert said in no uncertain terms that Chicago is her kind of town. “I love Chicago,” she said. “You know it’s always a great place to... Read more »


Earls of Leicester Lead IBMA Nominees

The Earls of Leicester, an all-star band of veteran musicians, lead the field of nominees at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Awards, the IBMA announced Wednesday morning (July 27) in Nashville. The band is nominated for entertainer of the year, vocal group of the year and instrumental group of the year. Individual nominations went to... Read more »


Still The King Coming Back for Season 2

Your favorite Sunday night comedy, Still The King, is officially coming back for round two. The series’ second season will again consist of 13 episodes starring Billy Ray Cyrus, Joey Lauren Adams and Madison Iseman. Still The King‘s premiere this past June was CMT’s highest rated original series premiere to date, grossing more than 4.7... Read more »


Steven Tyler Tops Country Albums Chart

What a way to end the month! Steven Tyler, the Aerosmith frontman who’s still finding his way in country music, found the golden door this week as his We’re All Somebody From Somewhere debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart. It reaches that eminence on first-week sales of 16,771 units, according to the... Read more »


Maren Morris: CMT’s Next Women of Country Live

Ask Maren Morris about her music, and you know that with a soulful voice like hers, she’s bound to have some solid influences, including Dolly Parton. In a new interview for CMT’s Next Women of Country Live, Morris reveals Parton as one of her biggest influences as a singer, songwriter and personality. “I was such... Read more »


Brett Eldredge Working on New Music

Brett Eldredge’s latest album Illinois turns one on Sept. 11. But the No. 1 thing to understand about creative people is that they can’t stop creating. “I’m already writing for my third album,” Eldredge says in a new All Access Q&A. “I write a lot. I have songs that didn’t make the last album that... Read more »


Kip Moore Shares the Story Behind “Cigarette”

Any pro songwriter knows that inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. One just has to pay attention. The day Frankie Ballard’s new single “Cigarette” was written, Kip Moore happened to be paying close attention to a stranger’s last drag. At the time, Moore was in the middle of a songwriting session with Chris... Read more »


Willie Nelson Prepares For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price

Willie Nelson‘s next album will be a tribute to fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Price. Working closely with two longtime friends — producer Fred Foster and conductor-arranger Bergen White — Nelson recorded the album at Nashville’s Ocean Way Studios. Price, who died in 2013 at age 87, and Nelson recorded two albums... Read more »


Carrie Underwood’s Son’s One Splash Worth a Million

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher’s 17-month-old son Isaiah has officially mastered the belly flop. There’s no denying that after watching the Instagram post of his cautious technique in their kiddie pool earlier this week. But also noteworthy is his parents’ ability to share the tiny video of his tiny feat and together get a combined... Read more »


Aubrie Sellers Inks to Stevie Wonder

When one of CMT’s Next Women of Country Aubrie Sellers inked her new major label deal with Warner Music Nashville, she did it to the sounds of Stevie Wonder and a few bottles of champagne popping. At least that’s what it looked like in a new Instagram video of her toast set to the Wonder... Read more »


For Brad Paisley’s Sons, Film Scores Come First

I’m sure Brad Paisley’s sons Huck and Jasper love Brad Paisley songs. And yet, Paisley himself admits that they have a current obsession with a different kind of composer. “I’m not sure if I’m raising them correctly or completely wrong,” Paisley admitted in a new Billboard story. “You know what they listen to more than... Read more »


Still The King Recap: Hands on a Hard Vessel [SPOILERS]

The episode opens with a TV-news reporter covering the Hands on a Hard Vessel contest, which is a contest to see who can keep their hand on the boat the longest. The winner of the contest gets to keep the boat. The reporter interviews four-time winner Vance Trecks, a dirtball oozing an unearned cockiness.


An Afternoon on the Water With Jake Owen

Hand Jake Owen an ukulele and he’ll be quick to bust out his go-to tune. Hugging the little instrument to his chest while standing on his Malibu M235 speedboat, he sings Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” for a few passengers onboard for a 30-minute cruise on Nashville’s Cumberland River. When it was time to... Read more »


World Premiere: Ryan Kinder’s “Tonight”

Ryan Kinder knows how difficult it can be to let go of love. His earnest single “Tonight” tells the tale of two hearts who can’t seem to say goodbye, including an all-too-familiar angst sure to resonate with just about everyone. (Raise your hand if you’ve ever been that person on the phone with your ex... Read more »


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