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  • Shelly Fairchild Hits “Mississippi Turnpike” for Some Soul-Searching - by Samantha Stephens 7h ago Sometimes to find yourself, you have to go home again. For Shelly Fairchild, the message of “Mississippi Turnpike” struck a chord. She was at a similar place in life when the song about reconnecting with roots landed in her lap. “When I first heard it, I had just gone through a tough time in my personal life,” the singer/songwriter said in Out and About magazine. “I was headed home to Mississippi to get a recharge with my family, and my producer Carey [Ott] who’s one of the writers on the song, sent it to me because it’s about going back home.” The Mississippi native has long been a staple and treasure of the Nashville scene, with her incredible vocals and sound mixing roots, soul, rock, country and even gospel. Martina McBride is a big fan and has had Fairchild out to open shows for her. Continue Reading
  • Miranda Lambert Gives Ashley McBryde a Boost - by Alison Bonaguro 27 mins ago Miranda Lambert has more than 6 million followers on Twitter. So when she posts a video, you can be sure a lot of people will watch it. That must’ve been the case Saturday (June 24) when Lambert caught McBryde’s opening set when they shared the bill at LakeShake, Chicago’s country music festival. Shortly after McBryde took the stage, Lambert posted an 11-second video of the country newcomer performing her single “Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega.” (Coincidentally, Dahlonega, a small town in Georgia, is where Zac Brown was raised.) "Little Dive Bar In Dahlonega"loved watching @ashleymcbryde at @LakeShakeFest. A GIRL singing a COUNTRY song she wrote. #morelikthisplease pic.twitter.com/UJjqlQisST — Miranda Lambert (@mirandalambert) June 24, 2017 McBryde didn’t respond until later that night, but when she did, she thanked Lambert for the support. You're right @mirandalambert we SHOULD BE friends. Thank you so much for the Continue Reading
  • Nashville: The Big Moments From Season 5 Episode 15 - by Claire Heinichen 6h ago The new episode of Nashville, titled “A Change Would Do You Good,” stuck to its name and brought some big changes for several of our friends. Let’s check out the big moments: Hallie’s Bluebird Debut Bucky’s Advice Juliette’s New Hit Highway 65’s New Employee Deacon’s Toast Hallie’s Recording Session Clay and Maddie’s Goodbye Zach’s Offer Maddie’s Apology Don’t miss new episodes of Nashville Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on CMT. Get all of the latest Nashville news, videos and behind-the-scenes action on the Nashville Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #NashvilleCMT. Claire Heinichen Writer and social-ite for CMT, lover of all things Nashville, and firm believer that Ross and Rachel were not on a break.
  • Dierks Bentley’s Son Recovering From Fall - by Alison Bonaguro 6/23/2017 Last week at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, just as Dierks Bentley was getting ready for his set, reflecting on his good fortune and thinking to himself, “This is the best day of my life. I’m singing songs with these heroes of mine and we’re in Telluride,” that’s when he got the call no parent ever wants to get about his 3-year-old son Knox. “We were renting a house there with a bunch of people and there’s a loft above the bunk beds, and so about 12 or 13 feet, and (Knox) thought his grandfather was going to catch him. Obviously there was miscommunication there,” Bentley told reporters in Nashville at Thursday’s (June 22) party celebrating the success of his recent single, “Black.” Knox fell to the floor and broke his arm in two places. But Bentley knows that a fall like that could been Continue Reading
  • Dierks Bentley Celebrates a Hit With Co-Writers of “Black” - by Lauren Tingle 23h ago The voice memo Dierks Bentley sent Ashley Gorley and Ross Copperman at 6:30 a.m. with the original chorus idea for “Black” is still saved on Gorley’s phone. But there wasn’t enough time to bust it out at Thursday’s (June 22) party celebrating the song’s success. Plaque presentations for and speeches by the three hitmakers lasted a quick 30 minutes at Ernest Hemingway’s Bar & Hideaway. The new restaurant-lounge launched in the Wedgewood/Houston neighborhood in May, and the open bar happy hour had to be wrapped before the evening dinner rush. But it was a fitting spot to celebrate the song, which is among Bentley’s most creative releases to date. His wife Cassidy’s maiden name Black inspired the title, so it’s romantic to think that she was the first thought he had that morning before they wrote the song. “I found the voice memo Dierks sent Continue Reading
  • Little Big Town: The Wine Revelations - by Alison Bonaguro 7h ago There must be something in the wine. Because when Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook and Phillip Sweet sat down for an interview with Entertainment Tonight, and they started drinking some red and some white wine, the truths started to pour out. Some more revealing than others. Fairchild admitted that she was once thrown out of a dry casino one time because they were drinking. That she has taken a drink right from the wine bottle before. And that the band has written some great songs while drunk. Schlapman admitted that when the band was just getting started, they played a lot of “Never Have I Ever” in their van just to kill time on the road. And that she once fell on to Dolly Parton and she was very cushy.Westbrook admitted that the band has written a few ridiculous — possibly Continue Reading
  • Kiefer Sutherland Brings Extra Star Power to Cinematic Video for “Shirley Jean” - by Samantha Stephens 7h ago Kiefer Sutherland’s cinematic new video for “Shirley Jean” could so easily play on the big screen. The heart-wrenching, timeless tune follows in the tradition of dark and visceral storytellers like Hank Williams Sr. and Johnny Cash and tells the tragic story of a man imprisoned on death row whose hard life was made brighter only by the love of one woman: Shirley Jean. As he spends his last night on Earth, preparing for his death, he writes a final letter to his long lost beloved. “I never had love, but the closest was you,” he sings. They just don’t write them like that anymore, do they? Helping bring this story to life in the superb video is actor Robert Knepper, who plays “T-Bag” on the TV series Prison Break. Combine Knepper’s powerfully subtle portrayal of the character with the supporting cast, the location, and Sutherland’s Continue Reading
  • Carrie Underwood Will Get Terrazzo and Brass Treatment - by Alison Bonaguro 5h ago The Hollywood Walk of Fame that runs up and down Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street will soon be home to another country star’s star. Carrie Underwood is one of the latest honorees who will grace the sidewalk in 2018. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the class of 2018 on Thursday (June 22). Underwood’s star, made of terrazzo and brass, will be created and installed in a Walk of Fame ceremony, which will be open to the public. The way a celebrity is chosen for the Walk of Fame starts with a nomination. Anyone can nominate a celebrity as long as the celebrity or his/her management is in agreement with the nomination. Then the selection committee looks carefully at each nominee to make sure they have an eclectic group of talent that will appeal to all kinds of fans. Other honorees keeping Underwood company in Continue Reading
  • Kenny Chesney Calls on College Students to Direct New “All the Pretty Girls” Video - by Lauren Tingle 4h ago Kenny Chesney is calling on students from Nashville’s Belmont University and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro to create the new video for Cosmic Hallelujah‘s next single “All the Pretty Girls.” The student director who submits the winning entry will receive a $5,000 scholarship that will be allocated to their tuition and a world video premiere on CMT. All concepts are welcome –lyric, live action, animation or something new that has never been done before. Chesney only has five rules: “Get creative. Get real. Get going. Get inside the song. Show how ‘All the Pretty Girls’ looks, feels and resolves. … “You live it, dream it, film it. Then send it to us,” Chesney says. “I’m looking for a video that captures what this song is really about, so I’m going to the source. Have some fun with it, and show us what you’ve got.” Continue Reading
  • Nebraskaland Days Mixes Cowboy Culture and Country Music - by Lauren Tingle 24h ago Brothers Osborne, Alan Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Dwight Yoakam and thousands more live music fans will enjoy a heavy dose of Cornhusker hospitality this weekend at the 2017 Nebraskaland Days in North Platte. Billed as Nebraska’s official state celebration, the 11-day event wraps with performances by Jackson and Yoakam on Friday (June 23) and Brothers Osborne and Stapleton on Saturday (June 24). The Stapleton concert will be his third performance back on tour after sustaining a hand injury that has sidelined him from his All-American Road Show since June 1. According to executive director, David Fudge, Nebraskaland Days attracts thousands of cowboy culture fans who come annually for the family friendly outdoor rodeo, carnival attractions, music and art shows. But they stay to enjoy the good company of the locals. “Nebraskans are known for being over the top friendly and we are that in North Platte,” Continue Reading
  • Kip Moore’s Slowheart Arrives Sept. 8 - by Lauren Tingle 5h ago Arriving Sept. 8, Kip Moore‘s third album Slowheart features 13 new songs, 11 of which were co-written by Moore. The new music is described as his most authentic work to date with elements of Americana, rock and his brand of country storytelling his ardent following has come to love. “This is the record I’ve been waiting to make,” Moore said in a press release. “The one that leaves you with a peace in your heart, knowing you did it exactly the way you wanted to. The one that makes it okay if you fail, because it truly came from your soul and no other place. You can’t go wrong if you can lay your head on your pillow with no regrets.” Moore was the sole producer behind seven of the tracks, and he also played guitar throughout the recording, while singing the majority of the Continue Reading
  • Brett Young Says Whiskey Is the Answer - by Alison Bonaguro 4h ago You can ask a guy a lot of questions in 60 seconds. Vevo did it with Brett Young and managed to get 23 questions answered in this rapid fire Q&A. And while the country newcomer doesn’t seem too fazed by the questions, that may be because he has a couple of go-to answers for so many of them: whiskey and the beach. :60 With by Brett Young on VEVO. When asked about his favorite summer drink, his go-to breakfast food, his pre-show ritual and his No. 1 song celebration, he says whiskey. When he’s asked about his favorite place in L.A., the best beach in Orange County, where he feels most alive, and whether he’d choose the beach or the mountains, he says beach. Young — riding high on the success of hits such as “In Case You Didn’t Know” and “Sleep Without You” — Continue Reading
  • Maggie Rose Reveals Sexy Muse for Steamy “Body on Fire” - by Samantha Stephens 1h ago Maggie Rose gets real — and really steamy — in her brand new song, “Body on Fire.” Bold, direct and soul-baring, her sensual single is a mince-no-words, bedroom invitation to her lover. And for Rose, what better muse than her brand new husband, music manager Austin Marshall. Rose told People the song is “absolutely” about her man and that he’s not mad about it whatsoever. “I think he was sort of stunned,” she told the magazine. “And very flattered and maybe a little embarrassed … in a good way.” She went on to clarify that while the song is obviously about sex, it’s meant to explore the deeper meaning of it all. “It’s about love making in a way that doesn’t objectify the two people that the song is about,” she said. Shot in Nashville at Starstruck Studios, Rose let two talented actors play the Continue Reading
  • Miranda Lambert: How Her Songs Are Like Dogs - by Alison Bonaguro 30 mins ago If you want Miranda Lambert to open up in an interview — like really, really open up — just pour some puppies on her. In a new video interview with Buzzfeed, Lambert was covered in little rescue dogs, and she talked about everything from vodka to Audioslave. First, the vodka. “My favorite mixed drink is Tito’s vodka and La Croix,” Lambert said, which sounds much different from her old favorite, the Sprite and Bacardi Randarita.Then she said people might be shocked to see some hard rock music on her phone. “I am a huge Audioslave fan, so I’d say that’s pretty different than the rest of the stuff on my iPod — old school,” she said. When the talk turned to her own music, she was reluctant to call any one song or album her favorite. “I don’t have a favorite song or album Continue Reading
  • Jason Aldean Says “There’s No Book” - by Alison Bonaguro 6h ago If you’re looking for parenthood advice from Jason Aldean, don’t expect any hard and fast rules from the experienced dad. In a recent radio interview, Aldean said that he’s given Thomas Rhett — who has one daughter at home and another one due later this summer — a few answers. “I was texting him one day and he was kinda asking me some questions. So I talked to him a little bit about it because I do have two older daughters,” Aldean said. Aldean and his wife Brittany are expecting a son of their own by the end of this year. It sounds like the advice he gave Rhett was that you need to trust your instincts, and that you will get everything right. Eventually. “I think being a parent — it’s something you figure out along the way. “There’s no book; there’s no right Continue Reading
  • Is Faith Hill the Soul2Soul Boss? - by Alison Bonaguro 4h ago The reviews are in, and there’s no denying that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill still have all the same onstage chemistry during their current Soul 2 Soul World Tour that they had on their last tour a decade ago. And while Hill told Entertainment Weekly they had to step up their game in a big way for this new tour, it also sounds like she had some strong feelings about keeping part of the set list as is. So when McGraw considered cutting his 2004 hit “Live Like You Were Dying” from the show, she said wouldn’t stand for that. “I would’ve packed my bags and left if he’d done that,” Hill said. “That song has spoken to a lot of people.” McGraw knows that he’ll never please every fan every night — “You’re never going to get to do every song that every person Continue Reading
  • Brett Eldredge: CMT Instant Jam Was His Vegas 2.0 - by Alison Bonaguro 2h ago Seven years ago, Brett Eldredge would never have believed where he’d be in 2017: back in Las Vegas, performing for a massive crowd as the headliner, instead of just in the background singing old cover songs in a house band. “If you told me that people would be waiting out in a line to get tickets to a show, period, that would be crazy to think about,” Eldredge said of what he would’ve thought back in 2010. Fast forward to 2017, when Eldredge was playing at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan as part of CMT’s Instant Jam concert series. Telling People magazine what the old days were like for him in Vegas, he says he was in a band with no name at the Mandalay Bay resort. And he wasn’t playing a big room or an arena. He played the lobby. “It was me and Continue Reading
  • Lady Antebellum Tops Country Albums Chart With Heart Break - by Edward Morris 58 mins ago After a four-year absence, Lady Antebellum returns to the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart this week with Heart Break. The trio last achieved that eminence in 2013 with Golden. Its intervening album — 747 in 2014 — capped out at No. 2. Heart Break enters the Billboard 200 all-genres list at No. 4. Meanwhile, on the country airplay rankings, Dan + Shay rack up their third No. 1 with “How Not To.” That lyrical vehicle spent 38 weeks on its journey from chart debut to chart dominance. Dan + Shay previously topped the airplay chart with “Nothin’ Like You” (2015) and “From the Ground Up” (2016). Other new albums this week are the various artists’ collection, Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 10 (bowing in at No. 3), Glen Campbell’s Adios (No. 7), the Secret Sisters’ You Don’t Own Me Anymore (No. Continue Reading
  • Nashville Trivia: Season 5, Episode 14: (Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such as I - by Claire Heinichen 23h ago Let’s play Nashville trivia! Don’t miss new episodes of Nashville Thursdays at 9pm ET/PT on CMT. Get all of the latest Nashville news, videos and behind-the-scenes action on the Nashville Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram and join the conversation using #NashvilleCMT. Claire Heinichen Writer and social-ite for CMT, lover of all things Nashville, and firm believer that Ross and Rachel were not on a break.
  • The Bottle by Sunny Sweeney’s Bed - by Alison Bonaguro 6h ago The first time Sunny Sweeney put her new song “Bottle by My Bed” into her set list, a pregnant woman came up to her after the show and said, “I know you hate me right now because I’m pregnant. I have spent my last couple of years mad at everyone that was pregnant.” The song paints a heartbreaking picture of Sweeney’s struggle to have a baby: the empty room at the top of the stairs, pining for a high chair instead of high heels, and hoping for a bottle — a baby bottle — by her bed. A recent miscarriage left Sweeney in a state of complete depression. “I drank a lot of wine to drown the pain and spent countless nights sitting on my couch with the music up as loud as I could, staring into space, beating myself up about what I could Continue Reading