Country Music News from CMT

Feb 20, 2017
Before Cole Swindell signed his record deal, he was just another songwriter sending pitch emails to artists. And when he wrote “Flatliner” in 2013, he had Dierks Bentley in mind. So Swindell composed an email — “Hey guys, I wrote this to…
Feb 20, 2017
When asked what he thought about his time in music, Frankie Ballard took a deep breath before giving his answer. “It’s always impossible for people to know really anything about their time in music because it requires perspective to really understand what…
Feb 18, 2017
Saturday night’s (Feb. 11) Grand Ole Opry wasn’t Jenny Gill’s first performance on the historic show, but it was an important night. It was her first Opry set where she delivered live selections of original material from her six-song debut, The House Sess…
Feb 17, 2017
Luke Bryan was only 7 years old when George Strait released “You Look So Good in Love.” And yet, when he looks back on it now, Bryan has a very mature appreciation for the ballad from 1983. In a special video that Strait posted on Twitter, Bry…
Feb 17, 2017
Kelsea Ballerini’s first tour bus sounds unforgettable. Her description in the new issue of Self magazine makes it sounds like it was tricked out hunter’s lodge on wheels. “My first artist bus was Jason Aldean’s old bus, with deer antlers over the lights …
Feb 17, 2017
Don’t tempt Carly Pearce with a good time. She’ll “dare ya” to make your move. The Kentucky native’s stripped-down performance of the flirtatious “Dare Ya” from CMT Next Women of Country Live is sweet and breezy, much like the feeling of falling in …
Feb 17, 2017
What an ending. But let’s start at the beginning. On Thursday night’s episode of (Feb. 16) CMT’s Nashville, things in the fictitious Music City kicked off with Juliette and her plans to make a gospel album because of her exhaustive one-month brush w…
Feb 17, 2017
Newcomer Seth Ennis, who’s doing tours this year with Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan, among others, may sing about the road he’s already traveled in his debut ballad “Woke Up in Nashville,” but the reality is, he was country long before h…
Feb 16, 2017
Sun Records premieres Feb. 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Feb 16, 2017
With seven nominations in five categories, Keith Urban leads the field of nominees for the 52nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Lady Antebellum revealed the initial nominations Thursday (Feb. 16) on CBS This Morning, with the remaining nominations…
Feb 16, 2017
John Mellencamp has enlisted Emmylou Harris, Carlene Carter and folk-pop sister duo Lily & Madeleine for his all-new Sad Clowns & Hillbillies Tour kicking off June 5 in Denver. Jewel will take Harris’ place at the tour’s two Oregon d…
Feb 16, 2017
Those who saw Reba McEntire’s two-show headlining debut at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium witnessed a master at work. She was Oklahoma tough throughout Tuesday’s (Feb. 15) matinee performance, delivering two hours of live hits plus selections from her faith…
Feb 16, 2017
Chris Stapleton has a new album in the works and a new summer tour on the way. Stapleton’s All-American Road Show tour starts May 5 in Alpharetta, Georgia, with Anderson East, Brent Cobb, Brothers Osborne, Lucie Silvas and Margo Price opening various date…
Feb 16, 2017
Some people just have a way with words, and Kelleigh Bannen is one of them. Great songwriters are storytellers who take symbolism, imagery and wit and combine it with heart, soul and often personal experience to craft a song. Reading between the lines is …
Feb 15, 2017
Some songs make you feel good, some heal in a hurting moment, and some songs stay with you forever. Clare Dunn has one of those with “Old Hat.” Her performance of the song from CMT Next Women of Country Live will leave you with goosebumps … and reaching f…

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