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May 27, 2017

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Dierks Bentley Introduces Extreme Tour Ritual on CMT Hot 20 Countdown

Dierks Bentley fans are already familiar with his annual polar lake jump tradition on New Year’s Day. Well, that tradition has gone mobile in a new extreme ritual he practices on his What the Hell Tour, and he invited CMT Hot 20 Countdown‘s Cody Alan to try it recently backstage in Cincinnati. We're CHILLIN' with... Read more »


Jason Aldean Tours Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

When Jason Aldean and his family previewed his new exhibit at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Thursday (May 25), his children were getting their first impressions of their father’s life before “Hicktown” broke out in 2005. After getting a private tour with his family, Aldean delivered a few remarks in the... Read more »


Eric Church on His Intermission Anxiety

When Eric Church announced that he’d be playing for about three and a half hours on his new tour, and that there’d be an intermission, I wasn’t so sure it would work. And Church wasn’t either. He told Nashville Scene that when he finally got to the point in his career when he had enough... Read more »


Thomas Rhett Shares Plans for Mushy Album

Thomas Rhett is not going to make an all-Willa album. But he did recently admit that the last 20 song titles he came up with were all about his 18-month-old daughter. “I feel like the whole next record is going to be a pretty mushy one about my kids,” Rhett told told Lousiana’s Advocate (He... Read more »


Lady Antebellum Packs Horns for New Tour

With every new tour, Lady Antebellum‘s Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott look forward to rearranging some of their biggest hits for their loyal fans. So on their all-new You Look Good Tour, launching Friday (May 26) in Bakersfield, California, their catalogue will get a fresh twist with the addition of a live horn... Read more »


Granger Smith on Luke Bryan’s Invitation

After a very thorough tour of the summer fair and fest circuit, Granger Smith will be joining Luke Bryan‘s tour in the middle of September. So I wondered what it would be like for Smith to go from playing his own shows — packed with his own very loyal fans — to opening Bryan’s shows.... Read more »


Onesie-Clad Throng Celebrates Lauren Alaina’s First No. 1, “Road Less Traveled”

Dozens of guests at Lauren Alaina’s first No. 1 party strutted around in the garishly colorful “onesies” provided them Wednesday afternoon (May 24) as they entered the doors at Nashville’s Sutler nightclub. The party was thrown by ASCAP and BMI, the performance rights organizations, to celebrate the chart-topping success of “Road Less Traveled,” which Alaina... Read more »


#TBT to the Carrie Underwood Dozen

Twelve years ago, on the 25th day of May, Carrie Underwood won American Idol. Almost overnight, she went from reality show champ to a bona fide country music superstar. I remember the day her debut album Some Hearts came out like it was yesterday and wanting nothing more than to drive somewhere so I could... Read more »


RaeLynn Sells Out Nashville Headlining Debut

There’s nothing quite like watching grown men singing at the top of their lungs to RaeLynn live. That happened throughout her sold-out headlining debut at Mercy Lounge when she brought her RaVe tour to Nashville on Wednesday (March 24). Everywhere there were guys who weren’t with significant others there to watch her light up the... Read more »


Luke Bryan Announces Farm Tour 2017

The initial dates for Luke Bryan‘s ninth annual Farm Tour were announced Thursday (May 25). The Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2017 starts Sept. 28 in Lincoln, Nebraska and will visit six farming communities in the Midwest before wrapping Oct. 7 in Centralia, Missouri. Jon Pardi will join Bryan for the run, and additional... Read more »


AmericanaFest Announces First Round of 2017 Performers

More than 230 performing acts will descend on Nashville during the 17th annual AmericanaFest, and the first 103 of those artists were announced Thursday (May 25). The initial lineup includes performances by Andrew Combs, the Band of Heathens, Brandy Clark, Brent Cobb, Bruce Robison, Casey James, Charley Crockett, Elise Davis, Jason Eady, Jaime Wyatt, Jim... Read more »


Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s Tour Chef Shops Local

I can’t tell you exactly what Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are serving backstage at all of their Soul2Soul shows, but I can tell you what is on their menu when they are in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday (May 25): Pasta with baby spinach, dried chilis, pine nuts, torn basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano and light citrus green... Read more »


Zac Brown Band Crowns Country Albums Chart With Welcome Home

Here they come again. Two years ago this month, the Zac Brown Band debuted its Jekyll + Hyde album at the top of both Billboard‘s country and all-genres charts. This week, they’re back in rare air with Welcome Home. It reigns at the No. 1 country spot and at No. 2 in the all-genres ranking.... Read more »


Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer’s Not Dark Yet Arrives Aug. 18

Collectively, sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer have released 24 albums. Not Dark Yet, arriving Aug. 18, will be their first collection released together. Produced by Teddy Thompson, the 10-song collaborative effort offers new arrangements of The Louvin Brothers’ “Every Time You Leave,” Jessi Colter’s “I’m Looking for Blue Eyes,” Townes Van Zandt’s “Lungs” and... Read more »


Superstar Collaborations Revealed for 2017 CMT Music Awards

The Chainsmokers and Florida Georgia Line will deliver their first TV performance together at the 2017 CMT Music Awards. Additionally, Earth, Wind & Fire will embark on a genre-bending jam with Lady Antebellum during the awards show airing live from Nashville on June 7. Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood’s first-ever performance on any CMT stage... Read more »


Maggie Rose Talks More Dreams > Dollars

Maggie Rose has never pursued music for the money or the glory. To her, it’s a calling. And chasing dreams has made her a rising master of reinvention. In 2009, she was introduced to the mainstream as Margaret Durante with a cover of Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” as her debut single. In 2011, she... Read more »


Maren Morris: “Music Tethers Us”

After a suspected suicide bomber killed 22 people just outside an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England on Monday (May 22), singers around the world shared their sympathies on social media. And Maren Morris took things one step further by telling her fans and followers not to let that attack scare them... Read more »


Chris Stapleton Brings Actor Chris Pratt to Tears

Actor Chris Pratt is a country music fan. That much, we knew, given his recent reaction to Tim McGraw. But he took to Instagram this week to share with his fans how much it means to him to have a few country artists love him right back. Like Chris Stapleton, who had sent a gift... Read more »


Thomas Rhett Says “Life Took a Turn”

Willa Gray, Thomas Rhett’s 18-month-old daughter from Uganda, may be new to his fans. But he’s been getting to know her long before he and his wife Lauren brought her home to Tennessee earlier in May. “We’ve been in the adoption process forever, so I’ve spent a bunch of time with her in Uganda. I’m... Read more »


Kenny Wayne Shepherd Debuts Lament to Lost Love With “Baby Got Gone”

This is not a test, y’all. This is the Kenny Wayne Shepherd in your face with the most rollicking country-infused rock track you’ve heard in a long time. It’s been almost twenty years since the release of the Louisiana native’s signature song “Blue on Black,” and in that time, he’s traveled the world and played... Read more »


Trisha Yearwood: “It’s a Different World”

News of an explosion at Monday’s (May 22) Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England was just starting to break when Trisha Yearwood sang the National Anthem at game six of the Nashville Predators’ Stanley Cup playoffs. By the time Yearwood appeared on Tuesday morning’s (May 23) Today show, the tragedy was being investigated as a... Read more »


Jason Aldean Salutes Farmers in New Single

Jason Aldean’s new single “They Don’t Know” is the latest in a long line of his rural anthems. And nobody does those songs better. This one is a farmer’s take on any outsiders’ narrow-minded assumptions about the town, the life, and the back-breaking work. Among the lyrics: “They ain’t seen the blood, sweat and tears... Read more »


Brent Cobb and the Cadillac Three: Stand With Fans Abroad

Shows in Manchester, England will go on as scheduled following Monday’s (May 22) deadly attack at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. That includes Tuesday’s Brent Cobb performance at the Deaf Institute, which is three miles away from the arena. The singer-songwriter is on a two-week tour overseas with shows in Ireland, the... Read more »


Country Artists React to Manchester Tragedy

As the news of the tragedy in the U.K., just outside an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena in England, hit the U.S., country stars were among the first to send their prayers out to the victims and their families. According to CNN, at least 22 people were killed in the attack, including children... Read more »


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