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Best Christmas Memory: Kelsea Ballerini

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 22:07:10 +0000

Kelsea Ballerini has so much to look forward to. A few more stops on her first headlining tour, more music and as she put it so well in a social media post earlier this week: Oh my god. MOM IM GOING TO THE GRAMMYS. — Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) December 6, 2016 In a video... Read more »

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Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band Give Back to Tennessee Wildfire Victims

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:43:43 +0000

Kenny Chesney and the Country Music Association have partnered donate $500,000 to help to those affected by the wildfires that have devastated Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas in the Smoky Mountains. Additionally, the Academy of Country Music, the organization’s nonprofit arm ACM Lifting Lives and Taylor Swift will donate a combined $200,000 to Parton’s... Read more »

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All the Times Broken Skull Challenge Was #Relatable

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:07:02 +0000

Special thanks to Zach Bunsick for co-authoring. While watching Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, you’ll either say, “There’s no way I’m strong enough to do that,” or, “Pshh… no problem!” However, if you look closer, there’s a deeper meaning in all of these physical challenges. Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Ranch is really just a metaphor... Read more »

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Maren Morris Thankful for the Highs and the Lows

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:31:57 +0000

Ugly crying is totally OK when you’ve had the week that Maren Morris has had. The hit-making Texas native woke up Tuesday morning (Dec. 6) to the news that she leads the country Grammy nominees with four nominations, and she makes her Saturday Night Live debut on Saturday (Dec. 10). Despite the tears, she still... Read more »

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Mo Pitney Takes His Love “Everywhere”

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:43:03 +0000

When Mo Pitney emerged onto the scene in 2014, fans of neo-traditional country let out a big “Hallelujah!” The Illinois native’s voice and songs hearken back to the sounds of classic country, as you’ll discover from one listen to Pitney’s voice. Following his songs “Country” and “Boy & a Girl Thing” comes his newest single... Read more »

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Nick Jonas Confesses “Lifetime Crush” on Shania Twain

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:22:40 +0000

Right around the time Shania Twain signed her first record deal in Nashville, a fan was born. Literally. Nick Jonas, of Jonas Brothers fame, wasn’t born until 1992, just a few months before Twain released her debut album. As the years flew by for the budding pop star, he told Billboard, he started to develop... Read more »

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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise Adds Eight Acts

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:03:20 +0000

Dolly Parton’s telethon Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund has added performances by Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry. They join previously announced performers Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss and Parton herself. The three-hour event takes place live... Read more »

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CMT Listen Up Reveals “17 for 2017”

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 18:11:30 +0000

CMT has revealed “17 for 2017” artists for its year-long Listen Up campaign recognizing and supporting country music’s most promising newcomers. The campaign will run throughout the year, highlighting the 17 artists across CMT platforms to the network’s passionate music fan base, giving them a deeper look at the careers of these artists through featured... Read more »

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All-Star Randy Travis Tribute Coming to Nashville

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 16:45:28 +0000

Legends and mutual friends will come together for one night only in Nashville to celebrate the life and music of Randy Travis. The concert, billed as “1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis,” will take place Feb. 8 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. The initial lineup includes performances Alabama,... Read more »

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Best Christmas Memory: Cole Swindell

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:53:59 +0000

“The older I get, the more special time with family gets.” That’s what Cole Swindell told me when we talked about our favorite Christmas memories. For him, though, his wasn’t about a new bike, a cool toy or some kind of trip down Santa Claus Lane. It was about his dad, Keith, who died in... Read more »

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World Premiere: Lacy Cavalier’s “Flat Bill”

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:01:47 +0000

We can probably all admit that we’ve gone to some crazy lengths to get the attention of the opposite sex. Well, newcomer

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Today Comes to Nashville

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:04:00 +0000

On a segment of Wednesday morning’s (Dec. 7) Today show, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb packed up their interview cards (and their wine glasses) and hightailed it down south to shadow our Nashville cast as they shot an episode for the upcoming fifth season. The charming co-hosts started their day with another unstoppable duo,... Read more »

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Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon Adds All-Star Talent

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 22:19:58 +0000

Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss are among the artists who will perform on Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday (Dec. 13) in Nashville. The three-hour telethon airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Great American Country. Proceeds will support Parton’s My People Fund, which will... Read more »

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“It Don’t Hurt” Billy Currington as He Celebrates Another No. 1

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:11:00 +0000

With quickened steps and upturned collars, Music Row folk poured through the doors of the South bar in Nashville on a chilly, overcast Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 6) to toast the writers of Billy Currington’s 10th No. 1 single, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To.” Currington co-wrote the hit with Cary Barlowe and Shy Turner.... Read more »

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Keith Urban Plays Guitar Tech Live in Australia

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:03:41 +0000

In Adelaide, South Australia, Keith Urban fan Amy Jennifer had two choices before heading to his show on Tuesday night (Dec. 6) — bring her acoustic guitar or leave it at home. Luckily she brought it. And when Urban spotted her in the crowd holding her instrument later that night at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre,... Read more »

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Kelsea Ballerini and the CMA Foundation Support Music Education in Nashville

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:02:56 +0000

New Grammy nominee Kelsea Ballerini spent part of her Tuesday (Dec. 6) with the CMA Foundation and local government officials at Nashville’s Oliver Middle School to present a $1 million grant to support music education in local public schools. Proceeds reflect funds raised from the annual CMA Music Festival. In partnership with Metro Nashville Public... Read more »

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Alan Jackson Announces New 2017 Tour

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:01:02 +0000

Alan Jackson launches his new Honky-Tonk Highway tour on Jan. 20 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lee Ann Womack will join him on the road for select dates, starting Jan. 27 in Pensacola, Florida. The initial schedule includes performances at the Tortuga Music Festival, the Tree Town Country Music Festival, Nebraskaland Days and Country Stampede. Tickets and... Read more »

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Carrie Underwood: She Can Yodel, But She Won’t

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:06:38 +0000

While Carrie Underwood is in Australia, touring with Keith Urban, she made a stop at the local news show The Project. But she stopped them before they pushed her too hard on yodel-ay-ee-oooo. “I can yodel. I did, and no, I will not right now. Because then everywhere I go people will be like, ‘Yodel.’... Read more »

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Shania Twain’s Old #Goals: Bigger Than Garth Brooks

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:21:37 +0000

When Shania Twain first arrived in Nashville, she had one goal. Her label boss remembers Twain telling him in the early ’90s, “I want to be bigger than Garth Brooks.” In a new Billboard feature story, Twain recalls what drew her to country music back then, and how she approaches it now. When she looks... Read more »

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How They’ll Always Be

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:35:28 +0000

Two of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill’s three daughters have already left their Nashville nest. But when they come for the holidays this year, they want that nest to be exactly like it’s always been at Christmas. In a recent radio interview, both McGraw and Hill admitted that the older girls, Gracie and Maggie, have... Read more »

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Brett Eldredge Puts Lipstick on a Pig

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:57:34 +0000

One of the best things about Brett Eldredge is that he’s always good for a laugh. In his first “12 Days of Brettmas” video on social media, he’s in the kitchen with his “Aunt Janice,” who’s played by his bearded guitarist Greg Carillo. Together, they do a little holiday appetizer demonstration to create the perfect... Read more »

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Miranda Lambert, Florida Georgia Line Still Hold Top Album, Song Slots

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:37:32 +0000

Last week’s chart-toppers — Miranda Lambert’s The Weight of These Wings and Florida Georgia Line’s “May We All,” featuring Tim McGraw — are once again Billboard’s reigning country album and airplay song. Garth Brooks’ Gunslinger pops in at No. 4 as the week’s highest debuting album, on Nielsen Soundscan-confirmed sales of 18,948 copies. Luke Bryan... Read more »

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Keith Urban: Absorbing European Music in Australia

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:28:29 +0000

Keith Urban has brought his Ripcord Tour to Australia, and while he’s there for those eight shows and the holidays with his family, he explained exactly why Sydney feels like home. “Sydney is my favorite city in the whole world, hands down, and I only lived here for two years before I lived in America,”... Read more »

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Granger Smith Recovering at Home After Stage Fall

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:53:02 +0000

Granger Smith’s final eight shows of the year have been canceled following Friday’s (Dec. 2) stage fall at Sayreville, New Jersey’s Starland Ballroom. He is currently back home in Texas recovering from the accident that left him with two completely separated, broken ribs and a punctured and partially collapsed lung. Smith completed Friday’s concert and... Read more »

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