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December 8, 2016

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Today Comes to Nashville

On a segment of Wednesday morning’s (Dec. 7) Today show, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb packed up their interview cards (and their wine glasses) and hightailed it down south to shadow our Nashville cast as they shot an episode for the upcoming fifth season. The charming co-hosts started their day with another unstoppable duo,... Read more »


Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon Adds All-Star Talent

Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss are among the artists who will perform on Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday (Dec. 13) in Nashville. The three-hour telethon airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Great American Country. Proceeds will support Parton’s My People Fund, which will... Read more »


“It Don’t Hurt” Billy Currington as He Celebrates Another No. 1

With quickened steps and upturned collars, Music Row folk poured through the doors of the South bar in Nashville on a chilly, overcast Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 6) to toast the writers of Billy Currington’s 10th No. 1 single, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” Currington co-wrote the hit with Cary Barlowe and Shy Turner.... Read more »


Keith Urban Plays Guitar Tech Live in Australia

In Adelaide, South Australia, Keith Urban fan Amy Jennifer had two choices before heading to his show on Tuesday night (Dec. 6) — bring her acoustic guitar or leave it at home. Luckily she brought it. And when Urban spotted her in the crowd holding her instrument later that night at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre,... Read more »


Kelsea Ballerini and the CMA Foundation Support Music Education in Nashville

New Grammy nominee Kelsea Ballerini spent part of her Tuesday (Dec. 6) with the CMA Foundation and local government officials at Nashville’s Oliver Middle School to present a $1 million grant to support music education in local public schools. Proceeds reflect funds raised from the annual CMA Music Festival. In partnership with Metro Nashville Public... Read more »


Alan Jackson Announces New 2017 Tour

Alan Jackson launches his new Honky-Tonk Highway tour on Jan. 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lee Ann Womack will join him on the road for select dates, starting Jan. 27 in Pensacola, Florida. The initial schedule includes performances at the Tortuga Music Festival, the Tree Town Country Music Festival, Nebraskaland Days and Country Stampede. Tickets and... Read more »


Carrie Underwood: She Can Yodel, But She Won’t

While Carrie Underwood is in Australia, touring with Keith Urban, she made a stop at the local news show The Project. But she stopped them before they pushed her too hard on yodel-ay-ee-oooo. “I can yodel. I did, and no, I will not right now. Because then everywhere I go people will be like, ‘Yodel.’... Read more »


Shania Twain’s Old #Goals: Bigger Than Garth Brooks

When Shania Twain first arrived in Nashville, she had one goal. Her label boss remembers Twain telling him in the early ’90s, “I want to be bigger than Garth Brooks.” In a new Billboard feature story, Twain recalls what drew her to country music back then, and how she approaches it now. When she looks... Read more »


How They’ll Always Be

Two of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s three daughters have already left their Nashville nest. But when they come for the holidays this year, they want that nest to be exactly like it’s always been at Christmas. In a recent radio interview, both McGraw and Hill admitted that the older girls, Gracie and Maggie, have... Read more »


Brett Eldredge Puts Lipstick on a Pig

One of the best things about Brett Eldredge is that he’s always good for a laugh. In his first “12 Days of Brettmas” video on social media, he’s in the kitchen with his “Aunt Janice,” who’s played by his bearded guitarist Greg Carillo. Together, they do a little holiday appetizer demonstration to create the perfect... Read more »


Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line Still Hold Top Album, Song Slots

Last week’s chart-toppers — Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings and Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All,” featuring Tim McGraw — are once again Billboard’s reigning country album and airplay song. Garth Brooks’ Gunslinger pops in at No. 4 as the week’s highest debuting album, on Nielsen Soundscan-confirmed sales of 18,948 copies. Luke Bryan... Read more »


Keith Urban: Absorbing European Music in Australia

Keith Urban has brought his Ripcord Tour to Australia, and while he’s there for those eight shows and the holidays with his family, he explained exactly why Sydney feels like home. “Sydney is my favorite city in the whole world, hands down, and I only lived here for two years before I lived in America,”... Read more »


Granger Smith Recovering at Home After Stage Fall

Granger Smith’s final eight shows of the year have been canceled following Friday’s (Dec. 2) stage fall at Sayreville, New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom. He is currently back home in Texas recovering from the accident that left him with two completely separated, broken ribs and a punctured and partially collapsed lung. Smith completed Friday’s concert and... Read more »


Grammy Nominations: Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini Score in Top Categories

Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini are each nominated in top all-genre categories at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were revealed Tuesday morning (Dec. 6). Ballerini and Morris represent country in the best new artist category, which includes the Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak. Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth... Read more »


Lauren Alaina’s Road Less Traveled Lands Jan. 27

Lauren Alaina, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and American Idol alum, will release her sophomore album Road Less Traveled on Jan. 27. She co-wrote all the material throughout the 12-song collection including the title track single, which just broke Top 20 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The song was co-written with pop’s Meghan... Read more »


Jason Aldean’s Best Christmas Ever

Jason Aldean was only 5 when he had his best Christmas ever. And like most little boys in the early ’80s, he said he was really, really into Star Wars. “I remember waking up one Christmas morning — and I don’t know what my mom did to be able to buy all this stuff —... Read more »


Behind the Scenes With Brantley Gilbert

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Brantley Gilbert’s new video for the “The Weekend.” Now, we can take you behind the scenes of his two-day shoot with director Shane Drake. Gilbert just released a really neat video with all kinds of footage from the filming. You get to see Brantley’s house, hear stories... Read more »


Chris Young’s Well-Traveled Christmas Album

Chris Young agrees — writing original Christmas songs with the goal of creating tomorrow’s standards might be one of music’s greatest ambitions. Any result has to compete with iconic classics by Irving Berlin, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and many others. “I had never written a good Christmas... Read more »


New Music From the Late Chris LeDoux

It’s uncanny how much Ned LeDoux sounds like his dad, Chris LeDoux. The late country singer and rodeo star is survived by five kids, but his son Ned, 39, is the only one who has been following in his dad’s footsteps. “I’ve always known music was the path I wanted to take,” he told me.... Read more »


Shane McAnally Reveals Story Behind Song Written for The Shack

How do you even begin to write the end theme for a film? First, according to Shane McAnally, you have to get up off the floor. “Keep Your Eyes on Me” — the song he wrote with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Lori McKenna for The Shack — is starting to make the social-media rounds... Read more »


Mark Gray, ‘80s Hitmaker, Dead at 64

Songwriter and recording artist Mark Gray died Friday (Dec. 2) in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 64. Among the No. 1 songs he co-wrote were Alabama’s “Take Me Down” and “The Closer You Get” and Janie Fricke’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” as well as his own Top 10 hits, “Left Side of the Bed” and... Read more »


Granger Smith Hospitalized After Stage Fall

Granger Smith has been admitted to a trauma center in Brunswick, New Jersey, after crashing off the stage mid-show at Sayreville’s Starland Ballroom on Friday night (Dec. 2). Video footage online shows that Smith was standing on a monitor when it gave way, causing him to crash off the stage and into a metal barricade.... Read more »


World Premiere Video: Dustin Lynch Is “Seein’ Red”

Don’t worry. Dustin Lynch isn’t mad. His new single “Seein’ Red” is not about getting angry. It’s about getting frisky! He’s seeing red, all right, but on the high heels, party dress and lips of a beautiful woman. Pretty clever, really. And it’s so catchy, you’ll be singing it for the rest of the day.... Read more »


Nashville: New Season Photo Gallery

The premiere of the new season of Nashville is right around the corner, and we can barely contain our excitement. Earlier this week (Nov 30) we revealed a brand new poster featuring our leading ladies Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in all of their glittery glory. The first official #NashvilleCMT poster is finally here! pic.twitter.com/h3LHUXmV98... Read more »


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