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September 28, 2016

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Kellie Pickler Says Kanpai to Tokyo

“I’m pretty much a local now.” That’s what the all-American Kellie Pickler told Ellen DeGeneres on Tuesday (Sept. 27) about her recent trip to Tokyo. She explained that when she travels far away like that, she does what she can to fit in. “I always feel like it’s respectful to try to learn as much... Read more »


Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need A Drink” Is Week’s Most-Played Song

It took 47 agonizing weeks to make the climb, but today Justin Moore’s cunningly titled “You Look Like I Need A Drink” stands proudly atop Billboard’s country airplay chart. This calls for drinks all around. A glass of fizzy as well for Aaron Lewis, whose Sinner debuts as the No. 1 country album, hefted there... Read more »


Brooke Eden Was Raised for the Spotlight

Brooke Eden began cutting her teeth in honky-tonks at an age when most were still going on play dates with pals. Growing up, the Florida native loved singing with her dad’s country band (he was the drummer). At age five, she started playing honky-tonks with them and her love for the stage took hold. By... Read more »


Miranda Lambert and Love + War Take Texas

You know what sounds good after a day of shopping? Palo Duro Popcorn — deep fried pickled jalapeños — and then a Trailboss T-Bone and a smooth glass of Woodford Reserve bourbon. And now that Miranda Lambert’s new Pink Pistol location is opening right by the new Love + War barbeque and music joint, the... Read more »


Martina McBride: “We Were So Green”

Earlier this year, Martina McBride released her Reckless album. But long before that, she’d been living up to its name. In a recent radio interview, McBride revealed that she’s done some things in her life that could be considered reckless (Although probably not as senseless and jumping all the fences and abandoning all the rules... Read more »


Kenny Chesney to Receive BMI President’s Award

Kenny Chesney will receive the BMI President’s Award at the 64th annual BMI Country Awards on Nov. 1 at the organization’s Nashville headquarters. The honor is presented to songwriters who have distinctly and profoundly influenced the entertainment industry with their music. Past recipients include Toni Braxton, Brooks & Dunn, Gloria & Emilio Estefan, Adam Levine,... Read more »


Pilgrimage Music Festival: Year Two Wraps With Timeless Pop and Americana

Hall & Oates showed the power of timeless pop as they closed the second annual Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival on Sunday (Sept. 25) in Franklin, Tennessee. As they kicked into their 1981 smash “You Make My Dreams Come True,” everywhere on the lawn people started dancing like no one was watching. They also entertained... Read more »


Cam Marries Adam Weaver in California

Over the weekend, Cam and Adam Weaver were married in Joshua Tree, California. According to People magazine, Saturday’s (Sept. 24) ceremony was intimate, with about 140 guests and a Mexican-inspired theme. When I talked to Cam this summer at the CMT Music Awards, she told me that when she was growing up in California, both... Read more »


Jake Owen: “It’s in My Blood”

It’s not that tough to picture a 24-year-old Jake Owen signing his very first major label record deal. Because now, 11 years later, he still has such a young vibe about him. However, in an Instagram message posted Sunday (Sept. 25), Owen had the wisdom of a man twice his age when he talked about... Read more »


Blake Shelton: Four Years Later

In the September issue of industry publication Country Aircheck, there is a special section devoted to looking back at a decade of some of the best interviews the magazine has done. Like the one from December 2012 with Blake Shelton. “More than anything I worry about losing my spot in country music because that is... Read more »


Grand Ole Opry Star Jean Shepard Dead at Age 82

Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard, a fierce practitioner and defender of traditional country music, died Sunday (Sept. 25) in Nashville at the age of 82. The Country Music Hall of Fame member had been in ill health for the past several months. Born Ollie Imogene Shepard in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, on Nov. 21, 1933,... Read more »


Pilgrimage Music Festival: Six Things We Saw on Day One

When it comes to the needs of live music fans, the Pilgrimage Music Festival thought of everything. A whole lane of road was blocked off for pedestrians to walk the mile-long stretch from downtown Franklin to the second annual event at the Park at Harlinsdale. Live college football was available at the festival’s Beer Hall... Read more »


Some Highlights From AmericanaFest 2016

It was a live music moment that showed how it used to be in Nashville. After the 15th annual Americana Music Honors & Awards at the Ryman Auditorium last week, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Steve Earle and Charlie Worsham were spotted onstage wrapping the night at Robert’s Western World across the back alley. It’s a... Read more »


Carrie Underwood Brings Storyteller Tour to Nashville

Carrie Underwood’s first harmonica solo on the bluesy “Choctaw County Affair” in front of a packed Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday (Sept. 22) made one fan in Section 108 go wild. That’s when Underwood — wearing a sheer flowing skirt and a severe-looking black bodice that resembled armor — ripped into a fiery harp... Read more »


How Rascal Flatts Get in the Christmas Spirit

The temperature may still be in the 90s in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get in the Christmas spirit a little early this year, thanks to Rascal Flatts. The group just announced their first-ever Christmas album, The Greatest Gift of All, to be released Oct. 21. CMT got a sneak peek of the... Read more »


Zac Brown Band, Eric Church Rack Up Additional Platinum Certifications

The Zac Brown Band and Eric Church racked up more platinum album awards from the Recording Industry Association of America during the month of August, according to a report released this week by the RIAA. The ZBB’s The Foundation, released in 2008, has now been declared quintuple platinum for sales, downloads and streams equaling 5... Read more »


What Is Justin Timberlake Doing in Nashville?

Justin Timberlake moved to the Nashville area about a year ago, and he’s living on 126 acres in the Leiper’s Fork community. But it sounds like he isn’t just living there to bask in the serenity and privacy that come with small-town life. He’s actually kind of doing the opposite, by hanging a virtual shingle... Read more »


CMT’s Artist Discovery Reveals Newest Talent

Check out new videos from the latest additions to CMT’s Artist Discovery, an initiative aimed at spotlighting new artists and their music. Luke Combs Remember the feeling of seeing your ex for the first time after a breakup? Combs, a 26-year-old North Carolina native has put the feeling to music perfectly in his new song... Read more »


Murray Bartlett Is Coming to Nashville

Murray Bartlett (Looking, Guiding Light, Sex and the City) has been cast as a recurring character in Nashville’s upcoming fifth season. He will play Jakob Fine, a very handsome, charismatic and successful men’s fashion designer. Bartlett is joining Grammy-winning singer Rhiannon Giddens and Emmy-nominated actress Jen Richards, who were also recently added to Nashville‘s star-studded... Read more »


Americana Music Honors & Awards Celebrates Legends and Newcomers

Imagine a single musical gathering featuring performances by George Strait, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir and Stax Records great William Bell. The 15th annual Americana Music Honors & Awards at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium celebrated the genre’s talented musicians who dedicate every day to being impeccable with their words in music. In the awards... Read more »


Kelsea Ballerini on What’s Next

Kelsea Ballerini‘s first album The First Time had nine years of material on it. And she recently told CBS News she knows her follow-up album will be so different because she’s only putting a couple years of her life into it. “My first album covered my life from the ages of 12 to 21 years... Read more »


Catch Up: Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team: Time to Push [VIDEO]

Let's reminisce last week's makeover episode because what if you don't recognize your favorite girl tonight? Don't worry -- no one changed that much. But, the glam squad definitely turned up the level of hotness.


Songwriter John D. Loudermilk Dead at 82

John D. Loudermilk, a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member whose hits included “Abilene,” “Waterloo,” “Indian Reservation” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” died Wednesday (Sept. 21) at his home in Christiana, Tennessee. He was 82. Loudermilk was born March 31, 1934 in Durham, North Carolina. He began his musical journey singing in church.... Read more »


Cole Swindell Digging on Vintage Tim McGraw

Some songs are so good, they stay with you forever. And even if they never made it on to the radio, they can still make it into your workout playlist. That seems to be the case for Cole Swindell and an old song off of a 2001 Tim McGraw album, according to a message he... Read more »


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