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Blake Shelton Returns to His Roots on Texoma Shore

Blake Shelton will release his next album Texoma Shore on Nov. 3. Its lead single “I’ll Name the Dogs” is currently No. 22 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart. “Lake Texoma has always been a place of great memories, new and old,” Shelton said in a release. “I literally recorded this album on its shore so... Read more »

Sandra Lynn Sparkles in New Video for “Hey California”

If you’re looking for your next country music sweetheart, then don’t look any further. It’s Sandra Lynn. The west coast native follows up her singles “Afterparty” and “Bar Hoppin” with the sassy and flirtatious “Hey California,” a song she says captures her free spirit to a “T.” “I feel like this song is such a... Read more »

The #TBT in the Faith Hill 50th B’Day Post

It kind of looks like any other loving birthday post. Early on Thursday morning (Sept. 21), Tim McGraw penned a tribute to his wife Faith Hill on his Instagram. He gushed over her beauty, their daughters and said that he is truly in love with her more every day. For a woman who probably has... Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Midland Premiere Upbeat Breakup Anthem “At Least You Cried”

The beauty of Midland’s debut album On the Rocks is that it could have been made when Gram Parsons formed the Flying Burrito Brothers in the early ’70s, or when Gary Stewart released his 1975 debut album Out of Hand & Brand New or when George Strait broke out with Strait Country in 1981. Honky-tonk... Read more »

CMT Empowering Education Enlists Courtney Cole for Outreach Initiative in Louisiana

CMT has partnered with the Louisiana Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS) and the nonprofit Louisiana Calling for a unique opportunity to increase awareness of career training and higher education in the Pelican Sate. The news was announced on Thursday (Sept. 21) at the 2017 LCTCS Annual Conference in New Orleans. Rising artist and Louisiana... Read more »

If Only Carrie Underwood’s Cabin Could Talk

This is how I know that the lawsuit against Carrie Underwood will go nowhere: all the details behind the writing of “Something in the Water” are very well-documented. Underwood and co-writers Brett James and Chris DeStefano are being sued in federal court for song theft. Canadian songwriters Ron McNeill and Georgia Lyons claim that they’d... Read more »

Miranda Lambert Shares the Real Story Behind The Weight of These Wings Live in Nashville

On Tuesday (Sept. 19), Grammy winner Miranda Lambert celebrated the double platinum status of The Weight of These Wings with a special acoustic concert featuring live collaborations with 14 of the collection’s co-writers. The performance marked the first night that Lambert shared the stories behind her soul-baring songs “To Love Her,” “Vice” and “Tin Man”... Read more »

Jason Aldean’s Concert for the Cure Set for Oct. 20

Jason Aldean‘s They Don’t Know Tour stop on Oct. 20 at Louisville, Kentucky’s KFC Yum Center will be his 2017 Concert for the Cure benefit. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Komen Kentucky to support the fight against breast cancer. The night will include sets by Chris... Read more »

Rodney Crowell Cancels the Remainder of His 2017 Shows

Rodney Crowell has canceled his tour dates through the remainder of 2017. He announced on Wednesday (Sept. 20) that he is taking time off to address health issues that require complete rest. “For the foreseeable future,” he said, “with expert medical guidance, my work will consist of quietly encouraging my body to return to its... Read more »

When Shania Twain Shows Up at Soulstice

It’s Twaining Day on Broad City, and you know what that means. Nothing. It literally means nothing. Because Shania Twain has no interest in working out. She’d much rather go home and watch Friends reruns. Twain is on Wednesday night’s (Sept. 20) Broad City — the second episode in the Comedy Central show’s fourth season... Read more »

Clint Black, Don Henley and Lyle Lovett Announce New Hurricane Harvey Benefit

“Helping Texans: A Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert” on Nov. 28 will bring together Clint Black, Don Henley and Lyle Lovett live for one night only at Fort Worth’s Bass Hall. Tickets go on sale Friday (Sept. 22) through the performance hall’s website. Proceeds from the night will support the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the... Read more »

Willie Nelson and the Boys Is A Family Affair

Willie Nelson and the Boys, his new collaborative album with his sons Lukas and Micah Nelson, will be released on Oct. 20 via Legacy Recordings. Following 2014’s December Days featuring his sister Bobbie Nelson, the collection is the second release from Willie’s Stash, which is the country legend’s series of archival recordings. The new 12-song... Read more »

Little Big Town, Coming to Your Town

After they wrap their one-year residency at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Nov. 27, Little Big Town will be ready to hit the road. The band’s new tour — the Breakers Tour — will feature two opening acts that fit perfectly with its live show: Grammy winner Kacey Musgraves and rising band Midland. And together they... Read more »

Thomas Rhett Has the No. 1 All-Genre Album, Two New Singles

Well, it’s been a week of tragedy and triumph on Music Row, and the new Billboard charts vividly reflect this. First to the triumphs, most of which accrue to Thomas Rhett, whose new album, Life Changes, debuts at No. 1 on both the country and all-genre Billboard 200 rankings. Add to that the comforting fact... Read more »

Songwriter and Recording Artist Mark Selby Dead at 56

Songwriter Mark Selby, who co-wrote such hits as the Dixie Chicks‘ “There’s Your Trouble” and Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s “Blue on Black,” died Monday (Sept. 18) of cancer at the age of 56. Apart from songwriting, the Oklahoma-born Selby was also a talented singer and guitarist. He was married to fellow composer, Tia Siller, co-writer of... Read more »

Dierks Bentley May Never Come Down From This U2 Moment

When Dierks Bentley released his Modern Day Drifter album way back in 2005, I interviewed him about it. And he told me that he knew exactly how it felt to be a fan, because he was a card-carrying member of the U2 fan club. He even offered to show me said card in his wallet.... Read more »

Jason Aldean Still Has a Story to Share

There are always more stories to tell. That’s what I’ve learned after years and years of sitting down with country stars. No matter how many times they tell you a story from their past, they never run out of material. So I’m not surprised that Jason Aldean has written a book — Family, Friends and... Read more »

What We Know About Faith Hill: Girl Boss

This is how Faith Hill executive produces a show: like a boss. But like a nice boss that everyone adores and wants to have on the set at all times. That’s how it felt on the first episode of Pickler & Ben, the daytime talk show where Hill is behind the scenes as one of... Read more »

How Lady Gaga Brought Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real’s “Find Yourself” to Life

Lukas Nelson and Lady Gaga. They are two names you probably thought you would never see in the same sentence. So it might come as a bit of a surprise that the two are collaborators on the latest self-titled album by Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real. Gaga’s pristine vocals appear on two tracks... Read more »

Farm Aid 2017: Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and More [PHOTOS]

Farm Aid 2017 attracted thousands of music fans to the KeyBank Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania on Saturday (Sept. 16) for a day of live performances by board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews with Tim Reynolds and more. The 32nd annual event also hosted live sets by the Avett Brothers, Lukas Nelson... Read more »

Miranda Lambert Listened to the Cry

Almost exactly 15 years ago, Faith Hill released her one and only pop crossover attempt. Her Cry album came out in October 2002. And while it may not have garnered the critical acclaim of her other albums, it made a fan out of one 19-year-old girl in Texas. Miranda Lambert. In a radio interview, Lambert... Read more »

Keith Urban’s Big Win at the Emmy Awards

Back when Keith Urban won four CMT Music Awards earlier this year, he thanked his wife Nicole Kidman. He really, really thanked her. “I wanna say a massive thanks to my wife Nicole Mary (Kidman), because you have no idea how much of what I do she is involved in. Every little piece of it.... Read more »

Last Weekend’s Greatest Hits

Summer may be almost over, but the country stars are making the most of what they have left by getting out there day and night. Dierks Bentley might not have his place up on the ridge anymore, but he found another rural spot for s’mores, Thomas Rhett‘s wife Lauren was literally the star of his... Read more »

See Rodney Crowell’s Poignant and Honest “It Ain’t Over Yet”

Rodney Crowell has long been a master storyteller, the most fascinating of which are always his own. “It Ain’t Over Yet” is no exception and quite possibly the hardest-hitting one yet. Never has a song more brilliantly and emotionally captured the journey of a man at a crossroads in his life, where sometimes it feels... Read more »

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