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7 Reasons We’re Excited for The Grammys

Normally we don’t spend Friday afternoons praying for the long weekend to be over already, but this weekend is an exception. In just three short days, we will get to see so many of our country favorites get all glammed up for the 58th annual Grammy Awards, and we can’t wait. Need help passing the... Read more »


Staff Picks: Romantic Country Songs

“You’re Still the One,” Shania Twain I can’t imagine how many weddings this song is played at, even after all these years. Released in 1998, Shania Twain’s “You’re Still the One” is still a classic and rocketed Shania to crossover stardom. Shania sings about finding the love of your life and, even after years have... Read more »


Valentine’s Day: How to Tell Someone You Like Them

Want to tell someone you like them this Valentine’s Day? Not exactly sure how to approach the situation? Need some advice? Jennifer Nettles and Charles Kelley are here to help. We asked Nettles what she thought the best way to tell someone you like them is. According to her, you should use your actions instead... Read more »


Hit Songwriter Kim Williams Dead at 68

Kim Williams, who co-wrote hits for Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Brooks & Dunn, Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney and many other country music artists, died Thursday (Feb. 11) in Florida at the age of 68. Kim Edwin Williams was born into a musical family in Kingsport, Tenn., on June 28, 1947. According to information he provided... Read more »


Florida Georgia Line: Every Day Is Valentine’s

With Valentine’s Day arriving Sunday (Feb. 14), love is definitely in the air. But it’s Valentine’s Day every day for Florida Georgia Line, who couldn’t be more in love with their wives. FGL’s Brian Kelley tied the knot back in 2013 to his sweetheart Brittney Cole, while his bandmate and best friend Tyler Hubbard wed... Read more »


Chris Janson Wows Crowd at Country Radio Seminar’s New Faces Show

Chris Janson was the last of five acts to perform Wednesday night (Feb. 10) at Country Radio Broadcasters’ New Faces Show. And a good thing, too. It would have been cruel to anyone having to follow him. Thin as a paperclip and whipping about the stage like a downed power line, Janson electrified the crowd... Read more »


“What Sounds Like Country?” Tennessean Newspaper Asks

Have you ever asked someone what makes a country song a country song? Well, don’t pose that question unless you really want to know what they think. Because it’s impossible to define a genre in a black-and-white way that makes sense for every single person with an opinion. Still, it’s an interesting concept, and Nashville’s... Read more »


Jennifer Nettles Admits the Haters Have a Point

Jennifer Nettles headlined the last luncheon of the last day of the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. It’s a three-day event designed to celebrate everything country music does right. But when she took the stage to close out the noon show on Wednesday (Feb. 10), she told the industry crowd that what’s so good about... Read more »


Charles Kelley and Wife Welcome a Son

“We feel like our life just began today and are so grateful for a healthy baby boy in our arms,” Cassie and Charles Kelley just shared about the arrival of their son Ward Charles Kelley. The healthy little boy, their first child, was born Thursday morning (Feb. 11) morning, weighs 7 pounds, 9 ounces and... Read more »


Sam Hunt Rocks the Ryman

Sam Hunt had a big Tuesday night (Feb. 9). As part of the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, the Georgia native performed a special late night concert at the famous Ryman Auditorium for an intimate crowd of radio programmers and personalities. Hunt opened the show with his hit “Raised on It” and then welcomed the... Read more »


Tim McGraw Always Knew the Music Would Win

Tim McGraw has been a country singer for just about half his life. He is almost 50, and he’s been making country music for 25 of those years, since his self-titled debut album was released in 1990. So on the last day of this year’s Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, when McGraw was introduced as... Read more »


Lee Brice on His 57-Week Chart Climb

Lee Brice says that while he loved his 2010 hit like crazy, it wasn’t easy getting it to the top of the charts. He made the admission Tuesday (Feb. 9) during an industry panel at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, In fact, it took Brice’s “Love Like Crazy” 57 weeks to get there. “That was... Read more »


Kris Kristofferson Tribute Adds Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr.

Toby Keith, Hank Williams Jr., Martina McBride, Jennifer Nettles, Lee Ann Womack and Jack Ingram have been added to the lineup at a March 16 tribute to Kris Kristofferson. They will join a previously-announced cast of performers that includes Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church and Willie Nelson. Also performing at the tribute at Nashville’s... Read more »


Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt Grab Multiple Nominations at iHeartRadio Music Awards

Luke Bryan and Sam Hunt are among those with multiple nominations at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Awards scheduled for April 3 at the Forum in Los Angeles. Taylor Swift led the field with eight nominations, although her categories reflect her move to the pop music. Listed in four categories, Bryan is nominated for male artist... Read more »


Country Music Stars Hit Big Screen in Grand Ole Opry Film

Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, The Band Perry and Brett Eldredge are all ready for their close-ups. The stars will hit the big screen this weekend when American Saturday Night: Live From the Grand Ole Opry hits theaters nationally. The film will feature performances such as Shelton’s “Boys ‘Round Here” and “Gonna,” Paisley’s “American... Read more »


Country Music Stars Bring Heart and Humor to CRS Concert

Tuesday’s (Feb. 9) steady fall of snowflakes didn’t keep the stars from heating up the stage at the Ryman Auditorium during the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. Little Big Town, Chris Stapleton, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church and others from the Universal Music Group took the stage to celebrate country radio with heart... Read more »


The Party Down South Family Is Essentially the Rugrats

Party Down South and Rugrats have more in common than you think. From throwing temper tantrums, to running around in diapers, both draw interesting parallels when it comes to the characters.


FarmBorough Festival Canceled in New York

Just weeks after tickets went on sale for the second annual FarmBorough Festival in New York City, organizers announced Tuesday (Feb. 9) that the three-day event has now been canceled. Scheduled for June 17-19 on Randall’s Island Park, the festival was to have featured two stages of country music from Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn,... Read more »


Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan Still Command Album and Songs Charts

No changes at the top of this week’s Billboard’s country albums and airplay charts. Chris Stapleton’s Traveller and Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” (with Karen Fairchild) are again the No. 1 album and song, respectively. It’s the second consecutive week on the summit for Bryan’s tune and, by my count, the ninth for Traveller, whose... Read more »


Keith Urban Opens CRS With a Personal Story

At the very beginning of this year’s Country Radio Seminar kickoff on Monday (Feb. 8) afternoon, Keith Urban accepted the Country Radio Broadcasters’ Artist Humanitarian Award for his endless compassionate spirit. After last year’s winners, Lady Antebellum, took the stage to present the award, he shared some of his thoughts and a little bit of... Read more »


Redneck Island: Broken Dreams — What You Didn’t See

Thursday’s new Redneck Island was full of unexpected (and sometimes unfortunate) surprises. To start, Margaret‘s partner Dustin packed up and left with no warning, leaving Margaret partner-less heading into the second challenge. Luckily for Margaret, Steve Austin took pity on her and brought back the freshly-eliminated Cowboy to be her partner, creating the first all-veteran... Read more »


Merle Haggard Resumes Tour After Illness

Never question Merle Haggard’s work ethic. Following last week’s announcement that he had canceled all of his February tour dates, he was back onstage Saturday (Feb. 6) in Las Vegas and plans to play three more concerts this next week in California. The 78-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member was hospitalized in December with... Read more »


Chase Rice’s Open Letter to Fans

When Chase Rice penned an open letter to his fans about his new single, I thought maybe something had changed. After reading what he’d written, now I’m thinking maybe something will be changing in the future. “I hope y’all enjoy my new song ‘Whisper.’ My guys and I have put a ton of work and... Read more »


Rhonda Vincent, Farm Hands Win Big at SPBGMA Awards

Perennial prize-winner Rhonda Vincent pretty much ran the table again Sunday night (Feb. 7) at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s 42nd annual awards show at Nashville’s Sheraton Music City Hotel. Individually, Vincent won SPBGMA’s entertainer of the year and female vocalist of the year trophies, while she and her band,... Read more »


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