Jo Walker-Meador, who built the Country Music Association from a tiny, ragged startup into one of the nation’s most visible and successful trade organizations, died Wednesday (Aug. 16) in Nashville at the age of 93. Under her leadership, which extended from 1959 until her retirement in 1991, the CMA established the Country Music Hall of... Read more »
The all-new CMT Crossroads premiering Aug. 30 will be the only place fans will get to see Florida Georgia Line and the Backstreet Boys performing new arrangements of their biggest hits as one big super group. The hour-long special will feature new collaborations of the Backstreet Boys’ “I Want It That Way,” “As Long As... Read more »
Brett’s the name and Brett’s the game this week, as Brett Eldredge’s self-titled collection bows at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart. To add to the dazzle, it also comes in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 all-genres list. Meanwhile, Billy Currington’s “Do I Make You Wanna” settles in for its third week... Read more »
When Kelsea Ballerini started writing and recording songs for Unapologetically, her second album, she said she had to act her age. “I had to let myself be 23,” Ballerini told Vulture. “I think for a while I tried to get back into the headspace that I made my first album in. But not only was... Read more »
You may not know who Allison Moorer is. But Miranda Lambert does, and she recently told the alt-country singer-songwriter that she is her hero. Moorer had tweeted out a long-read post about how she was about to release a new album — a her first collaborative album with her sister Shelby Lynne — and that... Read more »
Shania Twain has joined the cast of John Travolta’s new racing movie Trading Paint. The 2016 CMT Artist of a Lifetime has been tapped for the role of “Becca.” Variety reports pre-production is underway in Alabama and shooting is scheduled through mid-September. Actors Michael Madsen (Kill Bill: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), Kevin Dunn (Veep)... Read more »
The judges have narrowed it down to 119 women. Now, the hopefulls must quickly learn a power pom routine and the famous kick-line in order to perform it an hour later before the judges.
Dolly Parton‘s music and literature are for children of all ages. But on Sept. 29, a digital version of the country icon’s first children’s album, I Believe In You, arrives. All of the music was written and performed by Parton. The 14-song collection includes a new recording of “Coat of Many Colors” and closes with... Read more »
Thomas Rhett says he’s been on a musical journey ever since he was country music’s new guy. “If you listen to songs on my first record and then compare them to (Life Changes), it changed a lot. My voice has matured, and I don’t sing as twangy as I did on my first record,” Thomas... Read more »
Kip Moore and Tony Hawk have partnered to host the Music City Skate Jam Presented by Harley-Davidson on Sept. 10 at Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame Park. The family-friendly, day-long event will feature a skate demo by Hawk, as well as live music by Moore, rising artist Jordan Davis and DJ sets by Dee... Read more »
When Lee Ann Womack releases her ninth studio album The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone on Oct. 27, the new music will come with a touch of history. Most of the material was tracked at one of the country’s oldest recording facilities, Houston’s famed SugarHill Studios, where Womack’s key influencers George Jones, Willie Nelson... Read more »
Kenny Chesney’s upcoming concert album will feature guest performances by Dave Matthews, Eric Church, Mac McAnally, David Lee Murphy, Old Dominion, Grace Potter, Taylor Swift and the Zac Brown Band. Chesney announced the 30 tracks for Live in No Shoes Nation on Tuesday (Aug. 15). The album will be released on Oct. 27. In addition... Read more »
In Darius Rucker’s new song, “For the First Time,” he asks, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” And in real life, when Rucker asked that of himself and ended up on a fishing excursion with his family. “I went fly fishing a few weeks ago for the very first... Read more »
Remember Hee Haw? A lot of younger people don’t, mainly because the TV series ran from 1969 through 1994. But the Kornfield Kounty variety show’s music and humor mash-up was enough to inspire Brad Paisley to create something similar, with a few modern twists (and probably fewer hay bales). “(There was) this sort of playful... Read more »
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