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Sam Phillips Exhibit Opens at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has opened its latest exhibit, Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips, and several key figures in the history of rockabilly music will gather Saturday (Aug. 29) to discuss the visionary producer’s legacy. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in... Read more »

Miranda Lambert Going to Luckenbach, Texas for MuttNation Event

When Waylon Jennings sang “Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)” back in the late ‘70s, it wasn’t about dogs at all. But now that Miranda Lambert is building her two-day rescue dog charity event around the classic country tune, it all makes perfect sense. Her MuttNation Foundation is hosting the eighth Cause for... Read more »

Will Shania Twain Return to Las Vegas?

Word on the street is that Shania Twain is itching to return to her residency at Caesars Palace once she wraps her Rock This Country tour. After her recent San Diego tour stop, Twain told Robin Leach of the Las Vegas Sun that a return to Sin City for another engagement is definitely “back in... Read more »

Music from Gainesville: Episode 3: I’m Not Yours. You’re Not Mine

Gainesville Ep. 103: I’m Not Yours, You’re Not Mine Great Peacock “Take Me To The Mountain” For more of the Gainesville gang, catch all new episodes Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. And for exclusive news and video, photo galleries and more, head over to, the CMT app, the official Gainesville Facebook page and Twitter... Read more »

Recap: Gainesville: I’m Not Yours. You’re Not Mine

Last night’s new episode of Gainesville was full of drama, and we’re still reeling from it. The crew started out at the homecoming tailgate, where it was all fun and games… … until Kenny had “lunch” with a blonde NOT named Beth. Brian finally move out of his parent’s house, and in with Kenny, Kerryn... Read more »

Luke Bryan on the Family Effect

When his brother-in-law, Ben Cheshire, died late last year, Luke Bryan did what any good man would do. He took Cheshire’s kids in. And he admits to People that it was hard for everyone, but especially for his nieces Kris and Jordan and his nephew Til. “Obviously my nieces and nephew, they didn’t ask for... Read more »

Cam Grabs Attention With a Ballad

The country newcomer simply known as Cam burst onto the scene this summer with her red-hot single, “Burning House.” With the single perched at No. 23 on Billboard’s country airplay chart, Cam says she’s been astounded by the fans’ reaction to the ballad, especially when she hears the crowd singing the lyrics at her concerts.... Read more »

Recap: Party Down South – Blood, Sweat and Beers

The gang barely survives a wild taxi ride with an angry Mattie, Lauren gets fed up with her shady boyfriend, and Walt and Murray’s prank gets hairy. Also, we put two and two together, and realized Cody, the root of Hott Dog and Tiffany’s beef, made a cameo appearance in season 2 of Party Down... Read more »

Carrie Underwood on the Day the Car Doors Locked

Carrie Underwood says motherhood has added a “wonderful new layer, a new dimension” to her life, but it also provided a degree of drama last month when her infant son Isaiah was momentarily locked inside her car. Underwood talked about that day during an interview with radio station WUSN/Chicago. “We were at the airport, the... Read more »

Jennifer Nettles: New Label, Single and Tour

Before Jennifer Nettles even signed to Big Machine Records, she’d already impressed her new boss. About 11 years ago. Big Machine Label Group president Scott Borchetta says signing Nettles to a solo deal was a full-circle moment for him after first meeting her after Sugarland signed to the Universal Music Group. He was senior vice... Read more »

Darius Rucker Tapes Hometown Instant Jam

Nothing compares to home sweet home, as Darius Rucker saw firsthand Wednesday (Aug. 26). The award-winning singer traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, for a surprise concert for CMT’s Instant Jam series. Performing some of his own songs, along with a handful of cover tunes, Rucker delighted the few hundred fans lucky enough to nab wristbands... Read more »

Rascal Flatts Would Have Settled for a Second Single

When I think back to the country music I loved in 2000, two words say it all: Rascal Flatts. I’d never heard of them, and then voila, I couldn’t stop hearing about them. Their debut single “Prayin’ for Daylight” seemed to come out of nowhere. It was so cool to watch a brand new band... Read more »

Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne Plot All Time High Tour

Shenanigans will definitely be at an all-time high when country wild-man Jon Pardi and rebel duo Brothers Osborne hit the road together this fall. Pardi’s All Time High tour kicks off in Oct. 8 San Diego and is scheduled to run through the end of January. And though you might be wondering what the “What... Read more »

Maddie & Tae Ready to Start Here

Country newcomers Maddie & Tae are ready to spread their wings and fly with Friday’s (Aug. 28) release of their debut album, Start Here. The duo of Maddie Marlow and Taylor Dye grabbed attention with their No. 1 hit, “Girl in a Country Song,” but they had some serious discussions together about what their first... Read more »

Reading Between Blake Shelton’s Tweets

Blake Shelton recently tweeted something other than how badly he needed a drink or how drunk he was or how much firewood he was chopping. Wrote a song so important to me I can't believe it.. Thank you Jon Randall and @JessiLAlexander… — Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) August 21, 2015 Jessi Alexander is one of Nashville’s... Read more »

Alan Jackson: “Music Is a Medicine for Me”

Picture this: A country newcomer who only has one breakout hit — “Here in the Real World” — is meeting a country legend for the first time. In this video about the making of his latest album, Angels and Alcohol, Alan Jackson tells the story of meeting George Jones for the first time back in... Read more »

Sweet Celebration for Darius Rucker’s “Homegrown Honey”

Friends and associates braved the scorching sun Monday afternoon (Aug. 24) to join Darius Rucker and his co-writers, Charles Kelley and Nathan Chapman, in celebrating the success of Rucker’s recent single, “Homegrown Honey.” The song topped out at No. 2 on Billboard’s country airplay chart. Nashville’s trendy William Collier’s bar hosted the event, squeezing the... Read more »

Kacey Musgraves: Boot Designer

Please let Kacey Musgraves’ new boot line include rhinestones, bling and country (and western) everything. I don’t think we’ll be disappointed at all when she debuts the results of her new involvement with the folks at the Lucchese boot company. The new collection — titled Kacey for Lucchese — is the Texas native’s brand new... Read more »

Ashley Monroe: “Miranda Lambert Always Asks for My Lip Gloss”

“Miranda Lambert always asks for my lip gloss!” singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe admits. Monroe recently spilled the contents of her purse for Us magazine while spilling the beans on the goodies inside, including a swank clear gloss from Chanel. We don’t blame Lambert for wanting to get her hands on that luxe lip goodness. And if... Read more »

Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights Is Bestselling Album for Second Week

Luke Bryan’s Kill the Lights continues to burn brightly. For the second week in a row, it tops both Billboard’s country and all-genres Billboard 200 charts — a rarity in these days of diminished expectations for recorded music. To chart date, Nielsen SoundScan reports, it has sold 403,824 copies. Songwise, it’s Frankie Ballard’s turn to... Read more »

Carrie Underwood Off to a Blazing Start With New Album

With latest single making a bold arrival this week on Billboard’s country airplay chart, Carrie Underwood is off to a strong start for the Oct. 23 release of her all-new album, Storyteller. In addition to debuting “Smoke Break” at No. 24 on the radio airplay chart, Underwood has also revealed the cover artwork for the... Read more »

Darius Rucker to Perform Instant Jam Concert in Charleston

Darius Rucker is taking his Southern Style home to Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday (Aug. 26). In a cryptic Twitter message Monday (Aug. 24), the singer said, “I love playing all over the world but there is NOTHING like home. So what do you say we all meet up for a quick jam in South... Read more »

Taylor Swift Welcomes Natalie Maines at L.A. Concert

On Monday night (Aug. 24), Taylor Swift brought a special guest onstage at her Los Angeles show. A very, very special guest — the kind of guest who has really been there for Swift since she was a little kid buying CDs and playing talent shows. Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Dixie Chicks. I... Read more »

Party Down South Creator SallyAnn Salsano Takes You Behind the Season 4 Premiere

The Party Down South season premiere was chalk full of excitement. With the blow-out fight between Hott Dogg and Tiffany, and Lauren’s Walt-induced temper tantrum, it’s safe to say this season is going to be epic. But don’t take my word for it. Creator SallyAnn Salsano has the inside scoop on all the Southern-fried drama.... Read more »

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