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April 29, 2016

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Brett Eldredge Welcomes His Music Teacher to Nashville

Fifty music teachers from the Nashville area have each received a $2,000 grant, but an educator from Illinois was on Brett Eldredge’s mind when he appeared at Tuesday night’s (April 26) CMA Music Teacher of Excellence honors ceremony in Nashville. Judy Carroll, Eldredge’s own childhood music teacher, is a 27-year veteran music educator, having taught... Read more »


Zac Brown Reveals Where the Peaches Grow

When the Zac Brown Band had their very first song out in the summer of 2008, it was hard not to get wrapped up in the images of peaches. Because “Chicken Fried” kicked off its list of things that are special about the South with those peaches: “I was raised up ‘neath the shade of... Read more »


Martina McBride: Keith Urban Is Icing on the Cake

“On this album, there are songs about love, life, loss, hope, redemption, gratitude, leaving and coming home,” Martina McBride says in the liner notes on her new album, Reckless, to be released Friday (April 29). “And that’s what this record feels like to me … coming home.” McBride goes on to thank her dream team... Read more »


World Video Premiere: Josh Abbott Band’s “Wasn’t That Drunk”

Is it hot in here, or is it just the Josh Abbott Band‘s new video? I swear the windows fogged up just from watching the downright sexy new video from the Texas natives featuring budding country star Carly Pearce. “Wasn’t That Drunk” is a driving, hooky, powerhouse of a song that tells a story we... Read more »


Lessons From Beyoncé’s “Daddy Lessons”

On Tuesday (April 26), we posed the question: “Do you think Beyoncé‘s new song “Daddy Lessons” is country?” According to our followers, the answer was a resounding “yes.” @CMT @Beyonce course, is country and amazing song — Suelen FORMATION (@su_aformation) April 27, 2016 @CMT @Beyonce yea and its a great song — Sn?w (@PrettiBoi_Bee) April... Read more »


The Band Perry’s “Live Forever” Is Team USA’s Official Song

On August 5, people all over the world are going to be glued to their TVs as the 2016 Olympics will begin in Rio de Janeiro. The Band Perry’s “Live Forever” was chosen to be Team USA’s official song for the games. The trio stopped by NBC’s Today to share the news and perform the... Read more »


Sturgill Simpson Tops Country Albums Chart With Sailor’s Guide to Earth

You’d better sit down for this — there’s a new No. 1 country album after all those months of Chris Stapleton’s Traveller dominating the Billboard charts. It’s Sturgill Simpson’s Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which debuts on the summit with first-week sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan, of 52,464 copies. Thus does one Kentucky boy give way... Read more »


Is a Carrie Underwood Workout Really a Prize?

Planking. Push ups. Jump squats. Russian twists. In any other universe, that would be more of a punishment than a prize. But for one San Diego woman, it was the win of a lifetime, because she was doing it all with Carrie Underwood. Through her local radio station KSON, Leslie was the chosen one to... Read more »


Video Premiere: Sister Hazel’s “That Kind of Beautiful”

Welcome to country music, Sister Hazel. The alternative pop-rockers known for hits like the smash “All for You” have taken the Southern rock elements of their sound and made a full blown move into country music. And as my mama would say, “It suits them.” CMT has the world premiere of the band’s video for... Read more »


The Broken Skull Challenge Workweek Blues

Not all workweeks are hard to get through, but sometimes getting to Friday can seem like an uphill battle: via GIPHY Or some sort of obstacle you have to carefully maneuver: And during those weeks, Mondays can feel like a kick in the face: When Tuesday gets here you’re barely holding on: And just when... Read more »


Thomas Rhett Hopes Kids Grow Up With His Music

Even though the rest of the world got to know Thomas Rhett a little better when he won his first Academy of Country Music Award in early April, his diehard fans have been with him for a while now. Because Rhett’s been at this country music thing for more than four years. His debut song... Read more »


Kid Rock’s Assistant Dies in ATV Accident at Singer’s Estate

Kid Rock’s assistant Mike Sacha has died after an ATV accident in Nashville. According to the Nashville Fire Department, they found Sacha on Monday morning (April 25) on in the Whites Creek neighborhood, just about 10 miles north of downtown Nashville. Sacha was reportedly transporting guests of Kid Rock’s from his 160-acre estate to an... Read more »


The Art of Ambush Blind Dating According to Skippy

There's Tinder, and then there's Skippy. Rather than swiping right, Skippy opts for an even more random way to meet people: ambush blind dating.


World Premiere Video: Maggie Rose’s “Same Sky”

Singer-songwriter Maggie Rose has come into her own and taken her music to a new level with her newest offering, “Same Sky.” It’s pop, country, dance — so many genres melded beautifully together. Blurring musical lines is just one of the Maryland native’s many strengths. Directed by Justin Clough, the video perfectly captures Rose’s beauty... Read more »


Blake Shelton: Just Another Gwen Stefani Superfan

“Any time I take a step back and think, ‘Wow, to me she’s Gwen, but she’s Gwen Stefani,’ you know what I mean? It’s like a self check every now and then. Whoa, I’m hanging out with literally the coolest girl in the world and I get to hang out with her,” Blake Shelton recently... Read more »


What’s So Country About Beyonce?

Sorry. I just don’t hear it. Sure, Beyoncé’s new album Lemonade has a song with some yee-haws, a little harmonica and mentions of classic vinyl, rifles and whiskey. But all of the sudden, everyone’s acting like she’s moved to Nashville and announced that she’s country now. Just because of this song “Daddy Lessons.” If you... Read more »


CMT Empowering Education Enlists Courtney Cole as Ambassador

CMT has named emerging artist Courtney Cole as the new spokesperson for its CMT Empowering Education campaign. The national campaign, now in its fourth year, encourages CMT viewers to pursue a postsecondary education no matter their age or circumstance. Cole is not a new face to the campaign, having kicked off the very first event... Read more »


The Dude Perfect Show: The Best of Chris Paul and Aaron Rodgers

The Dude Perfect guys may be the ultimate trick shot masters, but they can always use a little help from the pros. And by pros, we mean pro athletes Chris Paul and Aaron Rodgers. The two stopped by the latest episode of The Dude Perfect Show to show off their skills. Check out the highlights... Read more »


Eight Kelly Clarkson Country Music Duets

Although Kelly Clarkson has never made a country album, she has dipped her toe into the country music world quite a bit. And whether it was a recorded song, a performance on an award show or a surprise guest onstage – Clarkson pairs well with country’s finest. Take a look back at her most successful,... Read more »


Hillary Scott Pens a Letter to God

Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott delivered a letter to her fans on Friday morning (April 22). But first, she wrote a letter to God. And that letter became her new song “Thy Will.” It’s about how when she prays to God, all she gets in return are these four words: Thy will be done. “I want... Read more »


Josh Kelley Explores New Territory With New Lane Road

I’ve loved Josh Kelley for years. Back in college, my roommate and I waited impatiently for the “Only You” singer to bring a tour through Atlanta. And when he finally did, we saved up, bought tickets and rocked out front and center. Yep, my love and loyalty runs deep. So when I received his latest... Read more »


Why Martina McBride Doesn’t Look Her Age

Martina McBride is on the verge. Of 50. Her birthday is in July, so for the next few months or so, the busy country star will be reveling in the remaining days of her 40’s, and getting ready to release her latest album Reckless next Friday (April 29). The fact that she is almost 50... Read more »


What One Soldier Taught Kip Moore

Knowing your music means something to anyone must feel good to a country star. But knowing that it helped get a soldier through some of the darkest days of his deployment has to feel absolutely overwhelming. Which is how Kip Moore felt when he found out that his 2012 album Up All Night was what... Read more »


Country Stars Shocked by Prince’s Death

There’s a line in Prince’s “1999” — from his 1982 album of the same name — about how life is just a party, and parties weren’t meant to last. But I’m sure he had no way of knowing when he wrote that song that his party wouldn’t last past 57. The iconic rock singer, songwriter... Read more »


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