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Cole Swindell, Chris Janson to Headline CMA Fest Shows at Ascend Amphitheater

CMA Music Fest is set for June 9 – 12 in downtown Nashville, and CMA Fest Nighttime Concerts at Ascend Amphitheater on Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11, are sure to be a highlight. Chris Janson, who is one of the genre’s most engaging and energetic performers, will headline Ascend on June 10 with...… ... Continue Reading

Jimmie Allen, Morgan Wade, And Lindsay Ell Stresses The Importance Of Prioritizing Mental Health

The United States is currently experiencing a mental health crisis, yet the topic still manages to get swept under a rug or viewed as taboo. Jimmie Allen, Morgan Wade, Lindsay Ell are a select group of musicians who are using their powerful platforms to activate a chain reaction to capitalize on the importance of mental...… ... Continue Reading

Exclusive: Lee Brice Talks Current Single “Soul” and Upcoming Headlining Tour

Without any bells or whistles, Lee Brice allowed his butter-like baritone vocals carry his performance at Live In The Vineyard Goes Country – touching each “Soul” singing along in the audience. The private concert that overlooked rolling hills of grape vines, served as a small preview to his upcoming Label Me Proud Tour. With an...… ... Continue Reading

CMT Roundup: New Music From Jimmie Allen & Jennifer Lopez, Jordan Davis and More

Artists including Jimmie Allen with Jennifer Lopez, Jordan Davis, Dallas Smith and MacKenzie Porter and Wynonna released songs this week to add new tracks to everyone’s holiday playlist. To see CMT’s complete CMT Roundup Playlist, scroll down. Embedded from Wynonna Judd & Waxahatchee, “Other Side“: Country music icon Wynonna Judd previously promised her fans...… ... Continue Reading

Brett Eldredge Wants People To Feel In Control Of Their Lives After Watching ‘I Feel Fine’

Brett Eldredge teamed with songwriters Nathan Chapman and Heather Morgan for his moody new song “I Feel Fine.” Chapman also produced the album and Grant Claire directed the video, which Eldredge said he wanted to “portray this super confident person who has found confidence through a chance to stick up for themselves against the bullies...… ... Continue Reading

Don McLean, Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart Drop Out of NRA Concert

Don McLean, Larry Gatlin and Larry Stewart have dropped out of the concert special at this year’s National Rifle Association (NRA) convention. The men were originally scheduled to perform during Saturday’s NRA’s Grand Ole Night of Freedom concert. Other artists on the bill include Danielle Peck, T. Graham Brown, Lee Greenwood and Jacob Bryant. McLean...… ... Continue Reading

Exclusive: Chris Young Recalls What It Was Like To Perform With Garth Brooks: “The Experience Was Amazing”

Country music legend Garth Brooks is on the final leg of his nationwide tour, and when he made a stop at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium in early April, he challenged Chris Young to bring the heat. Brooks’ return to Music City held great weight, as he was forced to postpone his Nashville set last summer due...… ... Continue Reading

Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins Details Emotional Journey to his ALS Diagnosis

Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins admits he isn’t Justin Timberlake but says he’s a “rock and roll guy and can dance pretty well.” Hopkins told People that in 2019 during The Owl Tour, jumping started to bother him. He also noticed that he slurred his speech sometimes and couldn’t play as fast anymore. He...… ... Continue Reading

CMT Premiere: Hank Williams Jr. Releases Music Video For “Jesus, Won’t You Come By Here”

Hank Williams Jr. isn’t the first musician to attest that blues and country music are different, but also share several similarities. The 72-year-old hitmaker’s sound was built on the core fundamentals of the swing-worthy genre, as he learned from his famous father, Hank Williams. “The blues is where it all comes from,” shared the second-generation...… ... Continue Reading

Tim McGraw Reflects On Moving Memorial Day Track “If You’re Reading This”

Memorial Day weekend is just around the corner, and before families fire up their grills to celebrate the brave veterans who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom – Tim McGraw sat down with Big Machine Label Group to pay respect and to reflect on his 2007 patriotic single, “If You’re Reading This.” The country...… ... Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood Set To Return To Las Vegas For Residency: “Until Next Year”

Eight-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood took her final bow on Saturday, May 21, during her REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Theatre. Although her successful sold-out run has come to an end, Underwood has already made plans to resume the critically acclaimed production in 2023 in sin city. The “Ghost Story” singer shared...… ... Continue Reading

Jimmie Allen Set To Release New Single “On My Way” With Icon Jennifer Lopez

The secret is out – Jimmie Allen has joined forces with pop phenomenon Jennifer Lopez. The country crooner took to social media early Monday morning (May 23) to reveal a cross-genre duet with the “Let’s Get Loud” artist. The single titled “On My Way,” will be featured on Allen’s highly anticipated record, “Tulip Drive.” The...… ... Continue Reading

Exclusive: Jameson Rodgers Talks Rapid Rise To Fame And Relationship With Luke Combs: “I Can’t Believe This Is Happening.”

If a country music fan were a fly on a wall in Jameson Rodgers tour bus or green room – they would watch the breakout star shake nerves with a glass of Jack Daniels on the rocks, while relishing in a playlist that includes AC/DC. Despite touring with music sensation Luke Combs, the Mississippi native...… ... Continue Reading

Ashley McBryde Steps In As Backup Singer For Eric Church In NYC

Country phenomenon Eric Church could attest that not all heroes wear capes. Hours before the Church Choir flocked to Madison Square Garden (May 20) to see the “Springsteen” singer wrap The Gather Again Tour, his background singer Joanna Cotton fell ill. Church had to call an audible and turned to long-time friend Ashley McBryde to...… ... Continue Reading

CMT Premiere: Blane Howard Calls For Fans To “Boot ‘N’ Rally” In New Music Video

Country music artist Blane Howard understands the power of music and is using his extraordinary talents to give fans a small dose of positivity to persevere forward. In early February – the Arkansas native released “Boot ’N’ Rally,” an up-tempo anthem that serves as an inspiring reminder that everyone experiences a few bumps in the...… ... Continue Reading

Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins Reveals ALS Diagnosis

Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with his bandmates in Zac Brown Band, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist John Driskell Hopkins revealed in a social media video that he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. According to the Mayo Clinic, ALS is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal...… ... Continue Reading

Military Vet Zach Bryan Shares Story Behind His Accidental Country Music Career

Military man and Oologah, Oklahoma, native Zach Bryan is winning over country music fans with his raspy, stripped-down sound to the tune of 4.4M monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Now he has a new album, “American Heartbreak,” home to his song “Something In the Orange,” to continue the momentum. “’Something In the Orange’ was a...… ... Continue Reading

Chase Rice Honors Late Father In Upcoming Album: “Can’t Wait For Him To Hear It”

Country music star Chase Rice has turned over a new leaf, as he has recently been opening up with fans to prepare them for his upcoming raw record. The “If I Were Rock & Roll” singer shared (May 19) a tribute to his father, who passed away in 2008. The social media post featured a...… ... Continue Reading

Tyler Hubbard Finds Solo Music “Freeing,” Says It Took Time To Accept FGL Was Taking a Break

Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard is adjusting to the term solo artist. However, with today’s release of his debut solo single, “5 foot 9,” that’s exactly what he is. “It’s getting more normal (to hear),” Hubbard told Audacy’s Rob + Holly. “It’s actually just exciting, man. I kind of have this new, ignited energy in...… ... Continue Reading

Craig Morgan Inducted Into U.S. Field Artillery Hall of Fame: “Honored And Humbled”

Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, and more have used their extraordinary talents to honor the brave men and women who have served for the United States of America. Now, the country music genre is celebrating one of their own – Craig Morgan. Multi-platinum artist Craig Morgan was recently inducted into...… ... Continue Reading

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