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The Inspiration Behind Taylor Swift’s “New Year’s Day”

Last week, she won the CMA song of the year as the sole writer behind Little Big Town’s No. 1 hit “Better Man.” But “New Year’s Day” marks Taylor Swift‘s official return to country radio. Her label Big Machine Records sent the song to country radio programmers nationwide on Wednesday night (Nov. 15). Co-written with... Read more »

Eddie Montgomery Will Continue Montgomery Gentry

In music, artists are on a constant search to find their forever creative partners. Mick Jagger has Keith Richards. Jimmy Page has Robert Plant. Paul McCartney had John Lennon. In country music, Montgomery Gentry‘s Eddie Montgomery had Troy Gentry. In a new interview with People, Montgomery said he lost a piece of his soul when... Read more »

With Blake Shelton, Christmas Is Always Merry

One Christmas in Oklahoma, then another Christmas in California. That definitely sounds like twice as much fun, if you love the holidays as much as Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani do. Stefani told Extra that that’s their plan for this Christmas season so that they don’t have to be apart when it matters most. “We... Read more »

How Darius Rucker Felt About “Hold My Hand”

When the Country Music Association called Darius Rucker and asked if he’d help open the Nov. 8 Awards show with his 1994 hit song “Hold My Hand,” he said he was shocked. “For the song that (Hootie & the Blowfish) played in clubs for years and years to be opening the CMAs — with a... Read more »

PHOTOS: Tour Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s New Exhibit

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a private preview of the new exhibit Faith Hill & Tim McGraw: Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man on Wednesday (Nov. 15). In their opening remarks (which lasted 12 minutes), the country power couple wanted to thank every soul that has ever been part of their respective careers.... Read more »

What Garth Brooks’ Book Taught Me

Garth Brooks’ new book The Anthology: Part 1 starts 32 years ago. His first chapter is titled “Late Summer, 1985,” and it begins with Brooks’ pre-Nashville days. His band at the time — a cover band that played all over Oklahoma — was called Santa Fe. But a couple years later, he packed up his... Read more »

Nashville Season Six Gets a Premiere Date

Get ready, Nashies. Season six of hit CMT series Nashville returns Jan. 4, 2018. Stars Hayden Panettiere and Jonathan Jackson revealed the news online on Tuesday (Nov. 14). We have a special announcement from @haydenpanettier and @JonathanJackson… The new season of #NashvilleCMT premieres Thursday, January 4 on @CMT. pic.twitter.com/t7zGl0VPP3 — Nashville on CMT (@NashvilleCMT) November... Read more »

Carrie Underwood Is “Doing Great” After Surgery

Carrie Underwood is back at home recovering from surgery to heal her broken wrist. Underwood posted a Twitter update on her injury on Wednesday morning (Nov. 15) saying the procedure went well and that she’s “doing great.” “Even though I’ll be setting off airport metal detectors from now on,” she joked, “I’m so thankful for... Read more »

The Moment When Jason Aldean Knew

Almost 45 days after the tragedy in Las Vegas, Jason Aldean opened up in an interview with Today about what was going through his mind when he first heard the noises that didn’t belong in his live show. “I thought a speaker had blown. It just sounded like a crackling something,” Aldean said. “Then it... Read more »

Singing Carly Pearce’s Praises

When Carly Pearce‘s debut single “Every Little Thing” went to No. 1, I’m sure nobody was more thrilled than Pearce. Well, except maybe her co-writer and producer busbee. He wrote “Every Little Thing” with Pearce and Emily Shackelton. Busbee is a sought-after Nashville hit machine and has been honing his craft with country artists like... Read more »

What Lee Brice Did Differently on Lee Brice

When it came time for Lee Brice to name his fourth studio album, he simply called it Lee Brice. Usually, artists reserve their own name for their debut albums. But for the past seven years, Brice has shown that he doesn’t always do things the way Nashville tells him to. And it sounds like that’s... Read more »

PHOTOS: Reba McEntire Hosts CMA Country Christmas

The Grand Ole Opry was transformed into a winter wonderland on Tuesday night (Nov. 14) for the 2017 CMA Country Christmas taping. Host Reba McEntire had the biggest role of the night with at least four gown changes, a solo performance and two live collaborations with Little Big Town and Kelsea Ballerini. Chris Young and... Read more »

Blake Shelton Woke Up Still Sexy

In case you haven’t heard, People named Blake Shelton the Sexist Man Alive on Tuesday (Nov. 14). And he was quick to post about it on Twitter — six times — earning him a total of nearly 50,000 likes in the past 12 hours. First he announced the news, saying “Thank you @people!!!! Don’t hate... Read more »

Blake Shelton’s Texoma Shore Tops Country Albums Chart

Happy New Year … Oh, wait, that’s a few weeks off, isn’t it? On Music Row, the CMA Awards seem to mark the year’s turning. We’re provincial that way. OK, back to reality. Blake Shelton rockets to the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart this week with Texoma Shore, while Carly Pearce‘s “Every Little Thing”... Read more »

Thomas Rhett Nevers Forgets the Unforgettable

I had a Bud Light Mang-O-Rita on Oct. 14, and I immediately thought of Thomas Rhett and his wife, Lauren. How could I not? It’s literally the very first lyric of his latest single “Unforgettable.” The one where he sings that he remembers every detail from the night he first met his wife. And now... Read more »

Luke Bryan’s Crash My Playa Grows With Additional Performers

Luke Bryan‘s Crash My Playa concert vacation grows with the additions of Dustin Lynch, Maren Morris and Brett Young. They join the event’s previously announced headliners Bryan, Blake Shelton and Sam Hunt. The four-day festival runs Jan. 17-20, 2018 in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Daytime pool side performances by Hunt, Morris, Lynch and Young at Barceló... Read more »

MerleFest 2018 Books More Than 100 Acts

The initial lineup for the 31st annual MerleFest, presented by Window World, promises more than 100 live acts representing a mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region. The annual event returns to Wilkesboro, NC’s Wilkes Community College on April 26-29, 2018. Tickets go on sale Tuesday (Nov. 14) through the festival’s website. Among... Read more »

Blake Shelton Throws Back to 1990

About six years ago, most country fans found out about Blake Shelton‘s loss through a song. It was a 2012 tune from Shelton’s then-wife Miranda Lambert, and it was called “Over You.” They wrote it together, to honor Shelton’s brother Richie who’d died in a car accident in 1990. On the anniversary of his brother’s... Read more »

Brandi Carlile Details New Album

Brandi Carlile announced her new album By the Way, I Forgive You arrives Feb. 16. Digital pre-orders of the new music come with an instant download of the collection’s lead single “The Joke.” New tour dates to support the album start March 3 in Vancouver, BC. Carlile and her longtime band mates, Phil and Tim... Read more »

Chris Stapleton’s Life is a Fairy Tale Right Now

When Chris Stapleton came backstage after accepting his CMA Award for male vocalist of the year on Wednesday night (Nov. 8), he described his life right now as an unimaginable fairy Tale. “We’re so proud just to get to make music, and go out and play for people, and make records,” Stapleton said, “and that’s... Read more »

Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban Set for Tortuga Music Festival 2018

Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban will headline the sixth annual Tortuga Music Festival, running April 6-8 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The eclectic 2018 lineup will feature a live mix of country, rap, rock and reggae fusion with performances by Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, Cheap Trick, Chase Rice, Dan + Shay, Russell Dickerson,... Read more »

All for the Hall Concert Series Returns to New York

The Country Music Hall of Fame’s All for the Hall concert series returns to New York City on Feb. 13 for an intimate guitar pull with Vince Gill, Maren Morris, Emmylou Harris and Kesha. Proceeds from the show at the Times Square Playstation Theater will support the museum’s education programs, which teach audiences about the... Read more »

Darius Rucker Reflects on His First Decade in Country Music

It’s hard to believe that Darius Rucker‘s platinum country debut Learn to Live turns 10 in 2018. But it’s also hard to remember a time when Rucker’s music wasn’t part of the American consciousness. In his first 30 years in music, he’s won three Grammys and sold millions of albums worldwide as a solo country... Read more »

PHOTOS: Jason Aldean, George Strait and More Raise Funds at Country Rising Benefit

Sunday’s (Nov. 12) Country Rising benefit in Nashville showed that philanthropy is the heart of the country music community. The sold-out concert at the Bridgestone Arena featured live performances by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Jon Pardi, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Keith Urban. Aldean... Read more »

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