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Cody Alan: “Here’s to Being Happy With Yourself”

CMT’s Cody Alan says he has spent years coming to terms with his sexuality, and that struggle ended today (Jan. 12) with his coming out. In a new interview with People magazine, Alan revealed he’s gay, and so far there has been an outpouring of support from the country music community. “You realize very quickly... Read more »


All-Star Randy Travis Tribute Grows With Six New Acts

Nashville’s 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis on Feb. 8 has added performances by Wynonna, Jeff Foxworthy, Alison Krauss, Ben Haggard, Neal McCoy and Phil Vassar. More talent additions will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets for the Bridgestone Arena concert are on sale now through... Read more »


Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and Husband Stephen Schlapman Adopt

Congratulations go out to Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman and husband Stephen Schlapman who welcomed baby girl Dolly Grace into the family following a successful domestic adoption. The Schlapman’s made the birth announcement Thursday (Jan. 12) via social media. “The New Year brought our family new love,” Kimberly posted. “We’re so excited to introduce you... Read more »


Famed Guitarist Tommy Allsup Dead at 85

Guitarist and producer Tommy Allsup died Wednesday (Jan. 11) in Springfield, Missouri, at the age of 85. Allsup was born Nov. 24, 1931, on his Cherokee mother’s allotment near Owasso, Oklahoma. Influenced by his fiddler father, he began his musical career sitting in at local dances. He joined his first band, the Oklahoma Swingbillies, while... Read more »


Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Adds New Faith Hill and Tim McGraw Exhibit

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will chronicle the career achievements of Faith Hill and Tim McGraw in a new exhibit launching in November. The new display is part of the 2017 lineup of exhibits spotlighting the careers of Jason Aldean, Shania Twain and Loretta Lynn. The final 2017 exhibit will be announced... Read more »


Eric Church, Lee Brice, Justin Moore and More: 2017 Country Tour Preview

It’s time to load up the semi trucks — the 2017 country tours start this week with new headlining tours from Lee Brice, Justin Moore and Eric Church. Brice and Moore’s American Made Tour starts Thursday (Jan. 12) in Indianapolis with William Michael Morgan and Brett Young. Brice promises his set will feature live premieres... Read more »


High Valley Says Ricky Skaggs Was King

I knew I heard all kinds of bluegrass influences in High Valley‘s debut single, “Make You Mine.” And now I understand why. The duo’s brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel were on Today on Tuesday (Jan. 10) with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, and I immediately downloaded the song and tried to find out more... Read more »


No “Bro Box” for Florida Georgia Line

In a new interview with Maxim, the men’s magazine poses the never-ending, why-are-we-still-asking-this question to the guys of Florida Georgia Line. What do they think of that bro-country label? The duo’s Tyler Hubbard takes that one, and answers very carefully and a little modestly. “We definitely embrace it, but we don’t really put ourselves in... Read more »


Cam, Luke Combs and Margo Price Join Bonnaroo 2017

Cam, Luke Combs, Margo Price, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real and Aaron Lee Tasjan will represent country and Americana at the 2017 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. They join more than 130 acts scheduled to perform during the all-genre event with headliners U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Weeknd and... Read more »


Nashville Trivia: The Season Premiere

Don’t miss new episodes of Nashville Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Get all of the latest Nashville news, videos and behind-the-scenes action on the Nashville Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #NashvilleCMT.


Chris Stapleton Reclaims Chart Summit With Traveller — in Its 88th Week

In its 88th week of activity, Chris Stapleton‘s Traveller yo-yos back to the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart. By Nielsen Soundscan’s count, Traveller sold 10,552 copies this past week, bringing its grand sales total to 1,780,710 units, For the second straight week, Keith Urban‘s “Blue Ain’t Your Color” is the most-played country song. No... Read more »


Keith Urban: Self-Awareness Is the Death of Art

Keith Urban sees the studio and stage as a sandbox, a place where you can build anything you want to build and every day is a blank canvas. In the latest issue of the Academy of Country Music’s Tempo magazine, Urban says he has never lost that sense of innocent, unbridled creativity. And he hopes... Read more »


Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley Win It for Clemson

Did country music have something to do with Clemson University reclaiming the national championship title after 35 years? Were Little Big Town, Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice somehow all the unofficial good-luck charms for the football underdog? Let’s look at the role they all played in Monday night’s (Jan. 9) College Football Playoff National Championship... Read more »


Dierks Bentley Opening Another Arizona Whiskey Row

The first thing I’d order if I was at Dierks Bentley‘s newest Whiskey Row restaurant when it opens is a ’94 Chevy. It’s like a high-end Grey Goose drink with some cherries and lime, and it was named for Bentley’s Big White pickup truck. Then I’d get the Grilled Whiskey Wings, because it sounds like... Read more »


RodeoHouston Reveals Diverse Concert Lineup for 2017

Willie Nelson, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line are just a few of the country performers announced Monday (Jan. 9) for this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. RodeoHouston takes place March 7-26 at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The individual nights of RodeoHouston will also feature Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Chris Young,... Read more »


Keith Urban: “We’re Here to Pass It On”

Extremely blessed and privileged. That’s how Keith Urban describes his life in the latest issue of the Academy of Country Music’s Tempo magazine. And he admits that those blessings have come from a lot of hard work, but also from people believing in him, helping him and giving him chances. “So, I’ve always felt like... Read more »


Sam Hunt Books Pepsi Rock the South

Sam Hunt will headline night one of the two-day Pepsi Rock the South music festival starting June 2 in Cullman, Alabama. Additional headliners and artists booked for the event will be revealed in the coming weeks. Last year’s festival hosted more than 25,000 fans per day and featured headliners Florida Georgia Line and Thomas Rhett.... Read more »


What 2017 Holds for Carrie Underwood

Finally, Carrie Underwood has a blank canvas. Or a blank calendar, at least. Before Sunday night’s (Jan. 8) Golden Globes, where Underwood was a presenter, she walked the red carpet and stopped to talk to Ryan Seacrest about what 2017 had in store for her, after a 2016 that was packed with about 100 tour... Read more »


Grand Ole Opry Executive Pete Fisher to Lead Academy of Country Music

Grand Ole Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher has been named the Academy of Country Music’s new chief executive officer, the ACM announced Monday (Jan. 9). Fisher will begin his new duties on Jan. 30 after moving from Nashville to the Los Angeles area. The ACM’s offices are located in Encino, California. Fisher... Read more »


Dolly Parton’s First Real Life 9 to 5

When Dolly Parton was a teenager, all she really wanted to do was write songs. But what she needed to do was make money. So she found a job that let her kind of combine her efforts. In a new animated series on CNN.com, Parton talks about what her first real job was when she... Read more »


Alan Jackson’s Mother Dies at Age 86

Mrs. Ruth Musick “Mama Ruth” Jackson, Alan Jackson’s mother, died Saturday morning (Jan. 7) at her home in Newnan, Georgia, at age 86. Alan Jackson’s childhood memories of his mother inspired much of his music, including his Precious Memories album, a collection of gospel hymns he recorded as a Mother’s Day gift with no intention... Read more »


The Best Moments From the Nashville Premiere

It’s been over six months since we first announced Nashville was coming home to CMT, and trust us, waiting was not easy. Thursday night (Jan. 5), the two-hour premiere event confirmed what we already suspected: It was well worth the wait. We laughed, we cried, we sang, we danced and we remembered why we love... Read more »


Zac Brown Named CRS 2017 Artist Humanitarian Award Recipient

Zac Brown will receive the Country Radio Broadcasters’ CRS 2017 Artist Humanitarian Award at the organization’s annual conference in Nashville on Feb. 22. Founded in 1990, the honor is presented annually to musicians who use their careers to serve others in need and contribute to the greater good. The front man of the Grammy-winning band... Read more »


Carrie Underwood Joins 2017 Golden Globe Awards

There are two opportunities to catch Carrie Underwood on the small screen this weekend. On Saturday’s (Jan. 8) CMT Hot 20 Countdown, Underwood goes behind the scenes of her “Dirty Laundry” music video. Airing at 9 a.m. ET/PT, Cody Alan will host the all-new episode from the set of Nashville with exclusive interviews with stars... Read more »


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