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Jana Kramer, Husband Welcome Baby Girl

Welcome to the world, Jolie Rae Caussin. “Words can’t even begin to describe how much happiness I’m feeling right now,” Jana Kramer told People magazine about how she feels now that her baby is here. “Holding my healthy and beautiful baby girl in my arms is something that’s truly indescribable. Michael (Caussin) and I are... Read more »

Miranda Lambert Spends Weekend Writing

Late Sunday night (Jan. 31), Miranda Lambert told everyone what she’d been up to all weekend: music. Even though gossip magazines love to think that her life is full of drama, drama and more drama, Lambert’s life is really more about just being a songwriter. So that’s what she does. And this weekend, she did... Read more »

Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” Erupts as No. 1 Song

After a six-week residence at the top of Billboard’s country airplay chart, Thomas Rhett’s “Die a Happy Man” surrenders that eminence to Luke Bryan’s “Home Alone Tonight” featuring Karen Fairchild. That song assumes the crown after a 14-week climb. Albumwise, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller continues to reign, as it has for months past. According to Nielsen... Read more »

EmiSunshine Asks, Tanya Tucker Tells All

Tanya Tucker is 57. EmiSunshine is 11. But that 46-year age gap is completely irrelevant when it comes to country music. In the latest episode of her Americana Corner video series, EmiSunshine gets to ask Tucker all about her own experience with being a child star when she released “Delta Dawn” at only 13. The... Read more »

The Six Degrees of Vince Gill

Go get a cup of coffee. Because this is going to take a while. There’s a new website that shows you how connected Vince Gill is to everyone in the music world — in all styles. And I can’t stop typing names into the search bar. It’s that cool. “You may be surprised at just... Read more »

Details About Luke Bryan Crashing a Wedding

When Luke Bryan was sound-checking last week for his Crash My Playa show in Mexico, singing one of his tender love songs, there was an actual love story going on at the exact same time. Jake and Allysha — a couple from Wadena, Minnesota — were saying their wedding vows as Bryan’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye”... Read more »

Nashville Mayor Says Bring Grammy Awards to Music City

The Nashville chapter of the Recording Academy toasted its Grammy nominees for 2016 Monday night (Feb. 1) at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza and heard Nashville Mayor Megan Barry call for the national Grammy awards show to return to Music City. If that happened, it would be a historic return, indeed, since the Grammy ceremonies were broadcast... Read more »

Blake Shelton Nabs Nomination at Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards

Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift are among the nominees for Nickelodeon’s 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards, the ultimate fan celebration of the best of everything kids love in pop culture. Announced Tuesday (Feb. 2), the nominees reflect the entertainment that audiences see, play, listen to and read in droves, from movies like Star Wars: The Force... Read more »

Merle Haggard Cancels Concert, Plans to Make Wednesday Gig With Kristofferson

Merle Haggard canceled his Tuesday night (Feb. 2) concert at the Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside, California, but the 78-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member still plans to join Kris Kristofferson for Wednesday’s sold-out show at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. Haggard, who was hospitalized with double pneumonia in December, canceled... Read more »

Why Lee Brice Is #TeamAmanda

On Monday night’s (Feb. 1) Bachelor Live, Lee Brice was part of what the post-show show was calling the Bachelor Live Caucus. And right out of the gate, he admitted that he is a fan of Amanda Stanton, one of the contestants vying for Ben Higgins’ love on this season of the ABC series. It... Read more »

CMT Looking to Cast the Million Dollar Quartet for New Series

CMT is partnering with the producer of the Emmy Award-winning miniseries Hatfields & McCoys to adapt the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet into an eight-episode scripted drama premiering later this year. The announcement was made Wednesday (Feb. 3). The series is timed to the historic 60th anniversary of the famed Million Dollar Quartet recording... Read more »

Zac Brown Launches Guitar Project Auction

There’s a street artist in Los Angeles named Defer who combines graffiti art with traditional eastern calligraphy. His work is mesmerizing. And now, he’s created a guitar with Zac Brown. Defer (real name Alex Kizu) and a handful of other visual artists were selected by Brown to create art on a limited series of Taylor... Read more »

Who the **** Is Charles Kelley?

Forget Making a Murderer and True Detective. There’s a new case grabbing the public’s attention, and it has left many wondering one thing: Who is Charles Kelley? While some artists have a hard time finding a solo identity and name recognition after achieving phenomenal success in a group, Kelley may have uncovered the secret to... Read more »

Merle Haggard Cancels Remaining February Tour Dates

Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard has canceled the remainder of his February tour dates because of his health, his publicist confirmed Wednesday evening (Feb. 3) to CMT Hot 20 Countdown. The cancellations include Wednesday’s performance with Kris Kristofferson at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, and five other appearances scheduled through... Read more »

Is Sam Smith Country Music’s Newest Fan?

A couple of weeks ago, English pop superstar Sam Smith casually tweeted that he was ready for some country music. I want to start listening to some more country music. What albums should I buy? — Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016 Since then, more than 600 people retweeted it. More than 2,500 people liked... Read more »

Is Luke Bryan Just Following Protocol?

Maybe Luke Bryan does this all the time. Maybe all the country stars do it all the time. Or maybe, this was just a one-time, extra special thing. When Bryan’s latest single “Home Alone Tonight” made it to the top of the charts, he picked up the phone to call a couple of the song’s... Read more »

Dierks Bentley: Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Some of Dierks Bentley‘s first Nashville gigs were the kind where he would just play for tips at places like the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge in the late ’90s. And now he’s going to be featured in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. So, yes, every mile is indeed... Read more »

Nelly Is Back in the Country Music Saddle

While the rap genre is definitely Nelly‘s musical home, he seems to enjoy vacationing in the “country.” Nelly just released a cover version of Thomas Rhett‘s recent hit “Die a Happy Man,” adding his own smooth twist to the song in a way only Nelly could. Nelly’s TR tribute is actually his third country venture.... Read more »

Two SXSW Films Making Television Premieres on CMT

Two new films will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival next month, and their television premieres on CMT later this year. The Bandit and Chicken People are both on the lineup at the film festival in the Documentary Spotlight. The festival takes place from March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. The... Read more »

Music from Redneck Island: S5E2 – Broken Dreams

Redneck Island: Season 5, Episode 2 – Broken Dreams A Thousand Horses – “Trailer Trashed” Don’t miss new episodes of Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. And for exclusive news and video, photo galleries and more, head over to CMT.com, the CMT app, the official Redneck Island Facebook page and... Read more »

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