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August 25, 2016

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Dustin Lynch Celebrates No. 1 “Mind Reader” With Writers Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip

A hugging, backslapping crowd surged through the South bar on Nashville’s Music Row Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 24) to applaud Dustin Lynch for his third No. 1 single, “Mind Reader,” written by Rhett Akins and Ben Hayslip. All three principals were on hand to bask in the congratulations, as well as the song’s producer, Mickey Jack... Read more »


ACM Honors Announces Final Performers

The final performers for the 10th annual ACM Honors are Alicia Keys, Miranda Lambert, Chris Young, Dan + Shay and the Band Perry. Mike Fisher, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and Thomas Rhett have been added as presenters for Tuesday’s (Aug. 30) event at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. They join previously announced performers Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini,... Read more »


World Premiere: Granger Smith “If the Boot Fits”

Granger Smith took the Nashville scene by storm with his No. 1 hit “Backroad Song,” and now he’s singing one for the cowgirls with his newest “If The Boot Fits.” Call it a country boy’s version of the Cinderella story — because who needs a glass slipper when you’ve got a cowgirl boot? And this... Read more »


Reba McEntire Selling Nashville-Area Home

When I hear that a home on 83 acres is for sale, I don’t consider that a home. To me, that is a small town. So now that Reba McEntire has put her property in Lebanon, Tennessee, up for sale at $7.9 million, all I can think of is that someone will scoop that up... Read more »


Jana Kramer and Michael Caussin Reportedly Separating

While Jana Kramer was busy out in California on Wednesday (Aug. 24) taping an episode of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix show Chelsea, reports that her marriage was over were starting to show up everywhere. According to Entertainment Tonight, a source close to the couple confirmed that Caussin is currently being treated in a rehab facility for... Read more »


Ronnie Dunn and Reba: Collaborating Again

Ronnie Dunn and Reba McEntire have a duet on his upcoming album Tattooed Heart. It’s called “Still Feels Like Mexico.” But even outside the recording studio, it sounds like the two stars are collaborating in other ways. Dunn admitted in a new radio interview that Reba called him recently for a favor. “She calls one... Read more »


New Season of Nashville Coming to Thursdays in January on CMT

It’s the news #Nashies have been waiting for! The fifth season of Nashville will kick off with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Nashville is set against the backdrop of the city’s music scene and follows Rayna Jaymes and Juliette Barnes. Both women face personal and professional challenges as they... Read more »


Why You Should Watch Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team This Season

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team Season 11 premieres Thursday (Aug. 25) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. And, we are over-the-moon excited to share a few snippets from the season.


Exclusive Video: RaeLynn’s “Love Triangle”

RaeLynn was always destined to be a star. She had all the necessary preparation, thanks in large part to a childhood filled with great music. During her recent CMT Next Women of Country Live performance, the Texas native said her dad listened to all the greats, including Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Patsy Cline. “He... Read more »


Justin Moore Lands on Albums Peak With Kinda Don’t Care

Justin Moore’s Kinda Don’t Care debuts at No. 1 this week on Billboard’s country albums chart. It achieves that eminence on initial sales of 37,050 albums, according Nielsen SoundScan’s count. Dan + Shay’s “From the Ground Up,” now perches at the top of the country airplay songs chart, culminating a 29-week trek. Two other new... Read more »


8 Reasons We’re Excited for I Love Kellie Pickler Season 2

It’s been almost seven months since the Season 1 finale of I Love Kellie Pickler, and we couldn’t be more excited to have our favorite couple back on our TVs on Thursday nights. While we still have to wait one more day until the premiere (Aug 25), we’re going to pass the time by counting... Read more »


Tim McGraw Urges Fans to Help Louisiana Flood Victims

I wasn’t surprised when Tim McGraw made a video asking his fans and followers to help with the efforts to get Louisiana out from under water. https://t.co/QNsP3arViChttps://t.co/DoUWOR71T4 — Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) August 22, 2016 “This is Tim McGraw. My home state of Louisiana has been devastated for the second time this year by terrible floods.... Read more »


Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar Coming to Nashville’s Lower Broadway

Another Alan Jackson business is coming to Nashville’s Lower Broadway. Already a partner in the popular Acme Feed & Seed at 101 Broadway, Jackson has bought the 6,000-square-foot property formerly known as the Wheel and has plans to reopen the space at 421 Broadway as his new honky-tonk called Alan Jackson’s Good Time Bar. Renovations... Read more »


Zac Brown on Family’s Road Life

There’s a song — an outstanding song — on Zac Brown Band’s You Get What You Give album from 2010. It’s called “I Play the Road.” It’s about life in a touring band, but it’s a little more poetic than other similar songs, especially in the mostly-acappella bridge where one of Brown’s four daughters questions... Read more »


Keith Urban Celebrates “Break on Me” With Writers Ross Copperman, Jon Nite

Well-wishers from all over Music Row joined Keith Urban Monday afternoon (Aug. 22) at Jack White’s Third Man Records complex in Nashville to toast Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, the writers of Urban’s recent No. 1 single, “Break on Me.” Celebrants stood shoulder to shoulder in a room that appeared to have been decorated by... Read more »


Alabama Honored as Country Music Hall of Fame Reception Heralds New Exhibit

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum heralded the opening of its Alabama: Song of the South exhibit with an elegant reception for several hundred guests Monday evening (Aug. 22). The gathering was held in the high-ceilinged sixth-floor event hall that looks out on Nashville’s ever-changing skyline. The guests of honor were Alabama’s founding... Read more »


ACM Honors Adds Glen Campbell Tribute

The 10th annual ACM Honors has added an all-star tribute to Glen Campbell featuring Blake Shelton, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban. The foursome will sing a medley of Campbell’s biggest hits culminating with his iconic song “Rhinestone Cowboy.” Campbell, who was diagnosed in 2010 with Alzheimer’s disease, will be honored with the Academy... Read more »


Pilgrimage Music Festival Partners With Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake has signed on as a partner and producer of the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival near Nashville with co-founders Kevin Griffin, Michael Whelan and Brandt Wood. The Memphis native has a home in Middle Tennessee and joined the Pilgrimage team to further lay down roots in the area. “I couldn’t be more excited... Read more »


Florida Georgia Line’s New Album: Zero Skips in 15 Songs

There are 15 tracks on Florida Georgia Line’s new album Dig Your Roots, due out Friday (Aug 26). And the band’s intention is that fans will listen to every single one. “We’ve still got the party songs, we’ve got the feel good songs, the life songs, the sad songs,” the band’s Tyler Hubbard said in... Read more »


Is Staying Humble Cole Swindell’s Secret?

Cole Swindell can pull off some full-blown country swagger when he needs to, like in his songs. But in interviews? He is about as humble as they come. In a new Q&A with Forbes.com, Swindell sounds like he never takes one single minute of his nine years in Nashville for granted. On discovering country music:... Read more »


Luke Bryan Sells Out New Home of the Minnesota Vikings

Luke Bryan entertained a sold-out crowd 50,000 country fans in purple seats at Saturday’s (Aug. 20) Kill the Lights tour stop at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium. Bryan was the first music act to headline a show at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings along with openers Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch. His next... Read more »


Dan + Shay: “Love Keeps You Alive”

No wonder Dan + Shay’s song “From the Ground Up” just hit the top of the charts. Because it’s a true story — and one of true love. “The day we wrote that song, I drove back from my grandfather’s funeral in Ohio, and when I got back to Nashville, I went over Chris DeStefano’s... Read more »


Kacey Musgraves and Kellie Pickler Join Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team

First, Kellie Pickler makes a surprise visit to Training Camp to learn some moves and share insight into how she handles being in the spotlight. Fun fact: Kellie cheered in high school, so she's bound to teach the girls a thing or two.


The Art of an Opry Debut With Lucie Silvas

When Eddie Stubbs told CMT Listen Up artist Lucie Silvas she looked lovely moments before her Grand Ole Opry debut on Friday (Aug. 19) it was like getting a blessing from the country music gods. She did look flawless wearing big ‘60s hair piled high to the heavens and a black keyhole jumpsuit with a... Read more »


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