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Is There a Country Scandal Coming?

What’s not to love about the hit TV show Scandal? So much drama, infidelity, murder, Oval Office sex, politics and music. But, really, it’s kind of hard to get excited about the music when every single episode seems to have an overabundance of soul, funk and vintage Motown. But I think there could be a... Read more »

How to Drink Florida Georgia Line’s “Dirt”

If you’re planning to watch the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday (April 19), I don’t recommend serving up anything plain or common. This is, after all, the awards show’s 50th anniversary. So do it proud. Serve drinks that will give you something to talk about and will leave you with a proper hangover... Read more »

Alan Jackson Keepin’ It Country During Current Tour

What’s a hotter ticket than the neon glow of Nashville’s Lower Broadway on a Saturday night? How about a ticket to Alan Jackson’s show at Bridgestone Arena show on Lower Broadway. As I looked around that massive arena Saturday night (April 11), I couldn’t help but notice there weren’t many empty seats — if any... Read more »

Florida Georgia Line: Behind the Scenes of “Sippin’ on Fire” Video

Florida Georgia Line is burning up the charts yet again following the release of their latest single, “Sippin’ on Fire.” Not surprisingly, the duo is currently sitting inside Billboard’s Top 20 on multiple charts, including No.6 on the digital downloads chart and No. 13 on the country songs chart. Earlier this year, Florida Georgia Line’s... Read more »

Luke Bryan’s Tequila and Tacos Concerts

Luke Bryan’s “playa” was back in January, but this behind-the-scenes video is new. Bryan posted it on his Twitter for his friends and followers to see. “Had a blast in Mexico this year. Check it out on this week’s #LBTV @crashmyplaya edition,” he wrote. In the video, Bryan comes on right after his soundcheck at... Read more »

Party Down South: Why Mattie Is Basically Full House‘s Michelle Tanner All Grown Up

As I was watching Full House the other day on Nick at Nite, I couldn’t help but think, Mattie was probably just like Michelle Tanner when she was younger. Sounds crazy, but hear me out. The similarities may surprise you. 1) They both have alter egos. There’s Mattie and Martha: And, there’s Good Michelle and... Read more »

Tim McGraw Says Father’s Spirit Lives On

Tim McGraw‘s late father, baseball great Tug McGraw, is living on thanks to his foundation and the ongoing support of Nashville’s celebrities. And two back-to-back events in Nashville — a songwriters night and a sporting clay tournament — will help even more. McGraw thinks his dad would be very proud of that. The Tug McGraw... Read more »

Kristian Bush Shares Insights Into Solo Debut Album

Did you ever wonder what goes on in a songwriter’s mind when they put words to music? Kristian Bush provides some fascinating insights into the lyrics on his just-released solo debut album, Southern Gravity. Best known for his role in Sugarland with musical partner Jennifer Nettles, Bush worked closely with Genius.com to annotate the lyrics... Read more »

Five Ways to Celebrate Reba

With a new album and a new lease on an already legendary career, let’s all bow to Queen Reba. Reba, how do you do it? How do you just keep getting better and brighter with each passing day? She’s done it again with the release of a brand new album that proves why she’s a... Read more »

Kelly Clarkson Explains Dynamics of Her Marriage

This is so refreshing. In a sea of pretend-happy couples, Kelly Clarkson is pretty much admitting that her husband, Brandon Blackstock, does not complete her. “Brandon is not my other half. He’s a whole and I’m a whole,” she says in the new issue of Redbook. I don’t take that to mean that she loves... Read more »

Frankie Ballard Celebrates No. 1 for “Sunshine & Whiskey”

Sunshine was in short supply but whiskey flowed plentifully Tuesday afternoon (April 14) as a crowd gathered at Nashville’s City Winery to honor Luke Laird and Jaren Johnston, the writers of Frankie Ballard’s second No. 1 single, “Sunshine & Whiskey.” The celebration was jointly sponsored by the performance rights organizations, ASCAP, with which Johnston is... Read more »

Florida Georgia Line Get a New “Shine” On at Exclusive Nashville Concert

I’m with Florida Georgia Line. I love it when everyone gets their “shine” on — especially when it actually involves hanging out with the duo’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley and hearing the two rock out on a Tuesday afternoon (April 14) for a handful of their biggest fans. It’s an experience a select group... Read more »

Nashville Recap: Deacon Will Not Write a Sad-Ass Song

On Wednesday’s (April 15) episode of Nashville, Juliette finally came up with a name for her baby — Cadence. What she couldn’t come up with, though, was a song for the end credits of her Patsy Cline movie. So she did the right thing and called in reinforcements. First, her husband Avery, who said no.... Read more »

Lady Antebellum’s Bus Catches on Fire

A tour bus transporting Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and members of her family and the band’s road crew caught on fire early Thursday morning (April 19) en route to Texas for the Academy of Country Music Awards. Scott took to social media to let the band’s family, friends and followers that they were safe after... Read more »

ACM Awards Presenters Announced

The 50th annual Academy of Country Music Awards may be taking place in Texas, but the event just got an infusion of Hollywood with the latest announcement of presenters at Sunday night’s (April 19) show. Modern Family star Sofia Vergara, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, Dr. Phil McGraw, Two Broke Girls star (and friend to Lady... Read more »

Carrie Underwood Says “Let’s. Do. This.”

Looks like somebody raided the merch table at a Nashville Predators game. And it’s Carrie Underwood. Now that her husband Mike Fisher and the rest of his Preds teammates are moving into the playoff season — and are one step closer to that coveted Stanley Cup — Underwood herself is prepped for the win. On... Read more »

This Is Country Tells Comprehensive Story of the ACM Awards

(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) Considering the number of emails from artists I’ve received this week with “For Your ACM Consideration” as the subject line, the Academy of Country Music Awards must be happening pretty soon. Of course, those artist emails were part of the computer-generated... Read more »

CMT Will Produce Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” Video

For the first time in the network’s history, CMT announced plans Thursday (April 16) to finance and produce a music video for a music artist. During a private event in Nashville, CMT executives said the music video will be created for independent artist Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” with plans to add the video... Read more »

Recap: Party Down South: Mixed Drinks and Mixed Signals

In this recent episode, we’re picking up where we left off last week. Lyle is immediately bounced out of the bar after Mattie and Tiffany get in their infamous bar brawl. However, Lyle is absolutely graceful in his departure even though his behavior scared Walt’s lady friend away. “Lyle’s levitating out of the bar,” explains... Read more »

Tim McGraw Under Fire for Charity Concert to Curtail Gun Violence

Tim McGraw is trying to do the right thing — a charitable thing, a good thing. And some people are outraged. McGraw is playing a benefit concert in Hartford, Connecticut, on July 17, and the proceeds will benefit Sandy Hook Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission of protecting children from gun violence. This, after... Read more »

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