Country Music News from CMT

Sep 15, 2017
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 ca…
Sep 15, 2017
When Ryan Seacrest said goodbye on the last episode of the last season of American Idol in 2016, he left things kind of open-ended. “And one more time — this is so tough — we say to you from Hollywood, goodnight America,” Seacrest …
Sep 15, 2017
When Keith Urban took the stage at the Music City Walk of Fame ceremony in downtown Nashville, he recalled the first time he heard Little Big Town’s “Boondocks” about 12 years ago. “I was fascinated to meet the people who made that…
Sep 15, 2017
Big & Rich’s Big Kenny Alphin and John Rich have always delivered albums that offer a healthy balance of good-time party music with songs that bare their souls. When asked what their No. 1 goal was when making their latest release Did It for th…
Sep 14, 2017
On Thursday morning (Sept. 14), the seats at the Grand Ole Opry House were full, the music was heartfelt, and the applause was generous. But it was not your typical Opry show. This show was a celebration of Troy Gentry’s life. A way for his family, …
Sep 14, 2017
Sam Hunt‘s 2017 mega-hit “Body Like a Back Road” will be honored with the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year inaugural song of the year award. The award will be presented to Hunt and the song’s co-writers Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and…
Sep 14, 2017
Pickler & Ben, co-hosted by CMT star Kellie Pickler and Emmy winner Ben Aaron, is coming to CMT. The new, Nashville-based daytime talk show will re-air on CMT as part of the network’s daily morning lineup starting Tuesday (Sept. 19) at 9 a.m. E…
Sep 14, 2017
Bluesman Robert Cray and the Hi Rhythm Section delivered the most important underlying message of 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards when they took the Ryman Auditorium stage to perform “You Must Believe in Yourself.” No one at Wednesda…
Sep 14, 2017
Charity starts at home. But what if, in the worst of times, you don’t even have a home? That’s what it was like in Chattanooga, when times were tough for country newcomer Kane Brown. “When I was younger, my mom and I lived in a car becau…
Sep 13, 2017
Sturgill Simpson and John Prine were among the top winners at the 2017 Americana Music Honors & Awards ceremony Wednesday night (Sept. 13) at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Simpson won album of the year for A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, and J…
Sep 13, 2017
The headliners for the 2018 Stagecoach music festival are Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban. The three-day event starts April 27 in Indio, California with performances by more than 40 acts representing country, Americana and southern rock…
Sep 13, 2017
Proceeds from Luke Bryan‘s Sept. 22 concert at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston, Texas will support the Houston Community Fund. Bryan is also coordinating with the Houston area authorities to make concert tickets available to members of Hurrica…
Sep 13, 2017
The music community is mourning the loss of Nashville musician and visual artist Jessi “Zazu” Wariner. Zazu, who is Steve Wariner’s niece and the co-founder of the local rockabilly and garage rock band Those Darlins, died on Tuesday (Sep…
Sep 13, 2017
If you look at a timeline of Miranda Lambert‘s love life after she and Blake Shelton split, Sept. 12, 2015 is where it all began again. That’s when she started dating soulful singer-songwriter Anderson East. So when she posted an anniversary p…
Sep 13, 2017
Imagine calling to donate to hurricane relief efforts, and having Luke Bryan answer the phone? That’s what it was like for so many charitable viewers watching the Hand in Hand benefit on Tuesday night (Sept. 12). The telethon aired simultaneously on…

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