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Thomas Rhett: A Sucker for a Good, Sad Song

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 10:02
“Marry Me” is sad enough as a song. But then the video? I can barely get one minute in — when Thomas Rhett reveals that she wants to get married, but just not to him — before the tears kick in. Embedded from www.youtube.com. So when I talked to Thomas Rhett about the video after... Read more »
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Kelly Clarkson Doesn’t Seek Validation Through Likes

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 07:59
As if we all needed another reason to absolutely adore Kelly Clarkson — now the singer and superstar mom is getting brutally honest about life lived through apps and social networks. In People’s “Most Beautiful” issue, Clarkson just laid it all out there, her feelings on a world obsessed with posting online. “I am one... Read more »
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Hot 20: Rodney Atkins Details First New Album in Seven Years

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 07:00
When Rodney Atkins sat down with CMT Hot 20 Countdown’s Katie Cook, it had been a while since the two had talked about new music. “Caught Up in the Country” is the lead single from what will be Atkins’ first collection of new music in seven years. The project started in 2014, and he says... Read more »
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Carrie Underwood Isn’t Immune to Life’s Ugly Moments

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 06:33
She sings about it in her new song “Cry Pretty,” but now Carrie Underwood is also explaining what the emotions behind the song mean for her. “As humans, we’re expected to have our crap together all the time. And being a mom and a wife and trying to navigate all that we do, every once... Read more »
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PHOTOS: Shooting Pool with John Prine

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 05:27
Only a legend like John Prine could bring Chris Isaak, Shooter Jennings, Dan Auerbach and Nashville’s former mayor Megan Barry together for an evening of shooting pool. On Wednesday (April 18), Prine, 71, and his label Oh Boy Records took over the city’s Melrose Billiard Parlor for a private party to celebrate the April 13... Read more »
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Brothers Osborne’s Serendipitous 4/20 Moment

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 16:44
Looking back, Brothers Osborne’s T.J. Osborne believes it was a risky move performing the duo’s new song “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” for the first time live on the Grand Ole Opry. That night T.J. and his brother John Osborne thought it would be their final Opry performance due to the song’s take on self-medication. “We... Read more »
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What Was Dierks Bentley Thinkin’?

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:54
Even Dierks Bentley didn’t believe it. After his ACM Awards rehearsal last weekend, when I caught up with him backstage, I congratulated him on the 15-year anniversary of his debut. “Seriously,” he asked in disbelief. I assured him that, yes, his first single “What Was I Thinkin’” had come out in mid-April of 2003. In... Read more »
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What Maren Morris Loves About Her Early Songs

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:25
I knew that Maren Morris had a backstory; that she’d started writing poems before she was even a teenager, and that those poems turned into songs once she got a guitar. What I didn’t know is that Morris looks back fondly at those first attempts at writing. And while that appreciation for her early works... Read more »
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ACM Awards: Backstage and Upfront with Old Dominion

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 10:13
The five guys that makeup Old Dominion have won awards before. But never like this. After they picked up their ACM Award for vocal group of the year on Sunday (April 15), they came backstage to share how it felt to be able to sprint up to the show’s main stage. “To stand there at... Read more »
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AmericanaFest 2018 Books Brandy Clark, Lee Ann Womack and More

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 06:01
The Americana Music Association announced its initial lineup for Nashville’s 2018 AmericanaFest: The Americana Music Festival & Conference on Thursday (April 19). Brandy Clark, Jaime Wyatt, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Lee Ann Womack are among first 74 acts confirmed to perform during the six-day event, which has more than 250 acts participating. Embedded... Read more »
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Jason Aldean and Kid Rock Set for Lynyrd Skynyrd Homecoming

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 05:56
The ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year, Jason Aldean, and self-proclaimed American badass, Kid Rock, will join Lynyrd Skynyrd for a special homecoming show in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 2. Original member Gary Rossington will be joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington... Read more »
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Musician and Producer Randy Scruggs Dies at 64

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 13:04
Producer, guitarist, songwriter and studio owner Randy Scruggs died Tuesday (April 17) after a short illness at the age of 64. He was the son of banjo master Earl Scruggs and the inspiration for one of the elder Scruggs’ most famous tunes, “Randy Lynn Rag.” Scruggs was nine years old when he made his first... Read more »
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ACM Awards: Backstage and Upfront with Brett Young

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:04
It’s cool to look back on what you’ve accomplished, but Brett Young is committed to looking ahead. After winning the ACM Award for new male vocalist, Young came backstage on Sunday night (April 15) to talk about what he’s been up to since then 2016 release of his self-titled debut album. And more importantly, about... Read more »
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What Were Artists Wearing on the Red Carpet?

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:49
I was not about to ask the country artists who walked the red carpet at Sunday’s (April 15) ACM Awards who they were wearing. Instead, we talked about what they were thinking. Because while the vibe in Las Vegas is usually one of carefree celebration, this year was different; especially for anyone with ties to... Read more »
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Country Musicians Look Back on Barbara Bush’s Life

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:00
As word of Barbara Bush’s passing on Tuesday (April 17) started to spread around the world, so did the messages, condolences and social media posts. Bush, 92, was not only the wife of one POTUS but the mother of another POTUS. And like Brad Paisley said in his tweet shortly after she died, hers was... Read more »
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Chris and Morgane Stapleton Share Twins’ Portrait

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:22
Chris and Morgane Stapleton have no plans to announce the names of their new twin boys. But the couple reports they are happy and healthy at home. Reba McEntire announced their arrival live during Sunday’s (April 15) ACM Awards in Las Vegas. The babies made their social media debut in black and white while snuggled... Read more »
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Why Joshua Hedley Has What All Artists Want

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:21
Joshua Hedley has headlined shows most major acts would kill to have. Since the Florida native, 33, arrived in Nashville in 2004, he’s been a regular performer in some of the oldest honky-tonks on Lower Broadway where audiences from around the world go in droves to hear live classic country every night. The place fans... Read more »
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ACM Awards: Backstage and Upfront with Lauren Alaina

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:10
Lauren Alaina has so much to be happy about, so naturally, she was crying when she came backstage after the ACM Awards on Sunday (April 15). The reigning new female vocalist talked about how good it felt to finally be a legit part of the show; not just her part on the stage when she... Read more »
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ACM Awards: Backstage and Upfront with Midland

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:32
Winning any ACM Award can be incredibly validating. It means the music you’re making means something to the genre. And for Midland, winning new vocal duo or group this year, it means even more. The trio came backstage during the ACM Awards on Sunday night (April 15) to talk about loving the love and ignoring... Read more »
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ACM Awards: Backstage and Upfront with Sugarland

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:17
When Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush stopped backstage at the ACM Awards on Sunday (April 15) to talk about their comeback album Bigger, the first track they detailed was their collaboration with their longtime fan, Taylor Swift. “When she was just getting started, we had just had our first little EP out called Premium... Read more »
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