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  • Brad Paisley Says Jokes Are All or Nothing - by Alison Bonaguro 15h ago Remember Hee Haw? A lot of younger people don’t, mainly because the TV series ran from 1969 through 1994. But the Kornfield Kounty variety show’s music and humor mash-up was enough to inspire Brad Paisley to create something similar, with a few modern twists (and probably fewer hay bales). “(There was) this sort of playful self-effacing nature of everyone willing to go on there. You see Johnny Cash goofing around. He doesn’t care if the joke lands or not,” Paisley recalled of the show. And his new one — airing on Tuesday (Aug. 15) on Netflix — will have a similar feel, and it sounds like Paisley is taking the comedy part very seriously. “It’s sort of all or nothing with a joke,” he said. “You either get laughs, or you don’t. There’s a threshold you reach when you realize that it worked. Then there’s Continue Reading
  • Darius Rucker Heeds His Own Advice - by Alison Bonaguro 9h ago In Darius Rucker’s new song, “For the First Time,” he asks, “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” And in real life, when Rucker asked that of himself and ended up on a fishing excursion with his family. “I went fly fishing a few weeks ago for the very first time,” Rucker told Billboard Country Update. “Loved every minute of it. I’m out there with my kids, and my middle daughter — who was the one who didn’t want to go — she’s catching seven fish, and she’s excited and saying, ‘Dad, when can we go fly fishing again?’ “It was really rejuvenating and really fun, and it was perfect because it was something that I always wanted to do but never took the time to do,” he said of his last first time. Rucker added that it’s common for Continue Reading
  • Kip Moore and Tony Hawk Confirm Skate Benefit - by Lauren Tingle 6h ago Kip Moore and Tony Hawk have partnered to host the Music City Skate Jam Presented by Harley-Davidson on Sept. 10 at Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame Park. The family-friendly, day-long event will feature a skate demo by Hawk, as well as live music by Moore, rising artist Jordan Davis and DJ sets by Dee Jay Silver. Proceeds will support Moore and Hawk’s respective non-profit initiatives, Kip’s Kids Fund and the Tony Hawk Foundation. Both organizations work to build skate parks in low-income communities. “I think what’s always driven me at my core throughout my career was to one day have the capability to make a major impact in inner cities around the country,” Moore said. “I was never a true skater, but always admired the brotherhood of the skating community. Having a chance to team up with a guy like Tony, who’s so respected Continue Reading
  • Thomas Rhett: Less Twang, More Memories - by Alison Bonaguro 6h ago Thomas Rhett says he’s been on a musical journey ever since he was country music’s new guy. “If you listen to songs on my first record and then compare them to (Life Changes), it changed a lot. My voice has matured, and I don’t sing as twangy as I did on my first record,” Thomas Rhett told CMT.com. See his 2012 debut hit “Something to Do with My Hands” for proof of that twang. He also thinks fans might look at him on stage and wonder why he’s not in the standard issue country uniform of a cowboy hat and Wranglers. “A lot of people look at me onstage and think, ‘He’s wearing Vans and skinny jeans. What is happening here?’ I feel like I get asked the question a bunch: Where do you see country music going? Do you feel like you’re still a Continue Reading
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team: Biggest Semifinals Moments - by Sarah Essary 5h ago On the episode of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, titled “Semis,” the judges have narrowed it down to 119 women. Now, the hopefuls must quickly learn a power pom routine and the famous kick-line in order to perform it an hour later before the judges. Let’s check out the biggest moments: Hopefuls arrive for the first day of semifinals. They jump right into learning Judy’s dance routine. Then, the girls learn the kick-line for the first time. Let’s take a closer look. Next up, the audition. Will they remember what they learned? Neal McCoy thinks so! After the judges deliberate, the results are in… Later, the veterans show Judy and Kellie they still have what it takes. And, we catch up with veteran favorites like Yuko. Hopefully everyone continues to keep wow-ing the judges! Watch new episodes every Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For Continue Reading
  • Old Dominion Knows Just How You Feel - by Alison Bonaguro 11h ago Meat and Candy, Old Dominion’s debut album, did so well that you kind of have to wonder how the band will follow it. But it sounds like they took their sophomore album project seriously, because they remember being on the other side of things. In a recent radio interview, the band’s Trevor Rosen said that he knows what it’s like for fans waiting to hear the new music on their Happy Endings album (due out on August 25). “It is getting closer. You look up, and now we’re into the month it’s going to be released, so it gets exciting,” Rosen said. “The coolest thing that I think about is the fact that someone out there can’t wait for this album to come out. We grew up being fans of bands, and I remember when my favorite band would be coming out with something new, Continue Reading
  • Aubrie Sellers Defies Convention, Takes On Celebrity Culture - by Samantha Stephens 8h ago Aubrie Sellers has taken her role as role model to the next level. The singer-songwriter and champion for female empowerment is calling out the stereotypes of old and setting the record straight for the modern woman. After watching a few classic movie clips from the 1950s and ’60s that weren’t very empowering for women, Sellers had a terrific idea: What if she took those stories and re-imagined them in a way that supported women today? Thus began a mini-series of music videos dedicated to just that — turning the antiquated notions of femininity and a woman’s societal role on their ears and giving girls today a great dose of inspiration. “I was inspired by these old films to take the female characters and modernize them and rewrite these stories with some girl power,” Sellers said. “On my debut album, I wrote a lot about women Continue Reading
  • Kenny Chesney Salutes Summertime Love in “All the Pretty Girls” - by Samantha Stephens 7h ago Young, rebellious summertime love. Is there anything more quintessentially Kenny Chesney? In his latest video for “All the Pretty Girls,” Chesney gives us one last hoorah before summer is over and fall semester starts in a sweet story played out by two college kids falling in love during a break at home. It will take you right back to those good old days where you’re only concern was having the sheriff call your parents after you were caught trespassing in a field. We don’t actually see Chesney in his brand new video, but he’s there in spirit, telling a story he tells better than just about anybody “All The Pretty Girls” is from Chesney’s latest album Cosmic Hallelujah. This fall, he’s got another one coming for you — a live album of some of the superstar’s greatest performances over the last decade. Live in No Continue Reading
  • Nashville Trivia: Season 5, Episode 22: Reasons to Quit - by Kelsey Wright 5h ago Let’s play Nashville trivia! New season of Nashville is coming in January. 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. Kelsey Wright Writer and associate producer for CMT who lives in Nashville, but grew up in an area of Western New York that prides itself on having more cows than people.
  • Thomas Rhett: Happy Birthday Ada James - by Lauren Tingle 8h ago Thomas Rhett is officially outnumbered by ladies at home. Rhett and his wife Lauren Akins welcomed their second daughter, a baby girl named Ada James Akins, on Saturday (Aug. 12) at 10:28 p.m. in Nashville. She made her world debut weighing seven pounds and three ounces. The happy parents announced Ada James’ arrival via social media on Sunday (Aug. 13). She joins the couple’s adopted baby girl from Uganda, Willa Gray, at home. “My wife @laur_akins labored almost 36 hours,” Rhett said online. “She is by far the strongest human being I have ever met and I have a new found respect for moms around the world. We are so excited that Willa Gray has a baby sister!” “We are all doing well now, just resting,” Lauren added on social media. “Thank y’all for your prayers — she is a miracle and God is so Continue Reading
  • Dan + Shay Throw Caution to the Wind in “Road Trippin’” - by Samantha Stephens 15h ago With summer coming to a close, there’s no better song to help keep its soon-to-be-memory alive than Dan + Shay’s “Road Trippin’.” And can you think of more fun people to take a road trip with? The grooving, summertime jam is as breezy as the wind blowing through that turquoise Bronco convertible they’re driving as they cruise the highways with their friends. Shay Mooney’s voice once again takes center stage, and his dance moves aren’t too shabby either. “Road Trippin'” is the latest from their album Obsessed, which also boasts the No. 1 single “How Not To.” Dan + Shay’s will spend Friday (Aug. 11) in Oro-Mendonte, Canada, to play the big Boots and Hearts Festival that also features Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brantley Gilbert and Brett Eldredge. The duo have a busy schedule through the end of the year, including stops on Thomas Rhett’s Continue Reading
  • Jana Kramer: “Love Was My Drug” - by Alison Bonaguro 13h ago When Jana Kramer planned a lunch date with songwriter Nicolle Galyon, she probably never imagined it would come to this: her brand new single, “I’ve Done Love,” to be released Aug. 18. But after a couple of glasses of wine at Midtown Nashville’s Tavern, and before their food even arrived, the two women had told each other their life stories. And where there are life stories, there are country songs. Kramer told me about the instant connection the two women had that day. “I told her my story and touched on relationships and my journey, and she told me hers. And the next day, she said, ‘I have this song,'” Kramer recalled. Her next thought — after hearing it — was, “This is the song. This is so me. I’ve been tipsy but never drunk. And I don’t have the sting of needle, and I Continue Reading
  • Alex Williams’ Cosmic Country Flows on Better Than Myself - by Lauren Tingle 8h ago Depending on the artist, it’s every music maker’s dream to create songs that are bigger and better than themselves — music that withstands the test of time long after they’re gone. Alex Williams, a 26-year-old native of Pendleton, Indiana, did just that with his full length debut album Better Than Myself. The 12-song collection is a colorful mix of honky-tonk and cosmic country that stands up to the material heard on impactful debuts such as Guy Clark’s Old No. 1, Steve Earle’s Guitar Town and Todd Snider’s Songs for the Daily Planet. The timing of Williams’ music could not be more perfect. He is part of an undercurrent of rising hard country stalwarts like Paul Cauthen, Cody Jinks, Cody Johnson, Nikki Lane and Margo Price who are all gaining in popularity by the minute. Contributing to this honky-tonk movement is a combination of defining moments Continue Reading
  • Luke Bryan: A Decade of #TeamFishin’ - by Alison Bonaguro 8h ago Just about everything I know about fishing I learned from Luke Bryan’s “Tackle Box.” (I grew up with a single mom in the suburbs of Detroit, so we just weren’t part of that outdoorsy huntin’ and fishin’ life.) “Tackle Box” is a fishing song Bryan co-wrote that I first heard almost exactly 10 years ago. The ballad about fishing with his grandpa was on his debut album I’ll Stay Me, released on August 14, 2007. And it’s all about how he’d bait his hook and “keep on tellin’ stories ’bout nickel Cokes, girls and sandlot glories” and, ultimately, how his grandpa would open up every time he opened up his old tackle box. So when Bryan posted a video on Facebook on Thursday (Aug. 10), saying, “We are definitely #TeamFishin this week,” I knew I’d learn even more about fishing. After watching about five minutes Continue Reading
  • Old Dominion Bring Girl Power to New Music Video - by Samantha Stephens 12h ago When you hear Old Dominion’s newest single “Be With Me,” it’s easy to get caught up in the groovy beat and uplifting, hooky chorus, but the song is more than just a feel-good jam. And the deeper meaning is a very important one for all the ladies out there. “We’ve talked about that song — about it being on the surface and just being kind of a lighthearted song — but it does have this kind of undertone of girl power to it,” the group’s Matt Ramsey told CMT.com. So when it came time to shoot a video for the single, the guys wanted to bring the female empowerment elements front and center. “A lot of us have daughters,” Ramsey said. “I think that’s kind of an important message that we would like them to take away from it. So our director Steve Condon took Continue Reading
  • Chris Stapleton’s Traveller Returns to No. 1 - by Edward Morris 9h ago In its 118th week on Billboard‘s country albums chart, Chris Stapleton’s Traveller resides again at No. 1 this week. It has switched places with Stapleton’s second solo album, From a Room: Volume 1, which held the prime spot last week. What magic is going on here? On the songs rankings, Billy Currington’s “Do I Make You Wanna,” claims its second straight week at No. 1. The only new album to report is Joe Nichols’ Never Gets Old, which enters at No. 15. Nichols first riveted the world in 2002 with his magnificently hopeful single, “The Impossible.” Although that song peaked at No. 3, Nichols has since scored six No. 1’s, including that ultimate party song, “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off.” Nichols’ last album, Crickets, came out in 2013. Three albums return for your re-consideration — Rascal Flatts’ Back to Us (No. 28), George Strait’s Continue Reading
  • Miranda Lambert: “It Sometimes Overwhelms Me” - by Alison Bonaguro 4h ago Some of my favorite Miranda Lambert songs were never singles. They were just the album cuts that never made it to the radio, but they made it to my heart. Songs like “What About Georgia,” “Greyhound Bound for Nowhere,” “Guilty in Here,” “Airstream Song,” “Love Song,” “Dear Diamond,” “Two Rings Shy” and, most recently, “Ugly Lights.” Those are the songs I turn up and belt out every time they come on. And I know I’m not alone, because at her concerts, fans sing along with all her songs. Not just the hits. And Lambert notices. In a recent radio interview, she said that hearing the crowd back her up never gets old. “They sing ever word to every song, not just singles,” she said. “You know, album cuts. It’s just a feeling of, ‘Wow, this is why I do this in the first place.’ “It Continue Reading
  • Glen Campbell’s Influence Knows No Bounds - by Alison Bonaguro 10h ago Just a few hours after the news spread about Glen Campbell’s death on Tuesday (Aug. 8), pop-rock hero John Mayer took the stage at his Nashville show and covered Campbell’s 1967 hit “Gentle on My Mind” during his solo acoustic set. “I’m going to play this song with more love than precision. And I play it because it’s my favorite song in the world. Whether I play it right or wrong, I’d rather have played it,” Mayer told the crowd, according to The Tennessean newspaper. That crowd was made up of plenty of country stars, including Kelsea Ballerini. During Mayer’s Campbell cover, she tweeted that she was a musical emotional mess. In Nashville. @JohnMayer is paying tribute to @GlenCampbell singing Gentle On My Mind. I'm a musical emotional mess. So tender and beautiful — Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) August 9, 2017 In addition to Mayer’s tribute, Continue Reading
  • Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame to Induct Vern Gosdin, Walt Aldridge, Tim Nichols, Jim McBride - by Edward Morris 9h ago The writers of such hits as “Set ‘Em Up Joe” “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” “Live Like You Were Dyring,” and “Chattahoochee” are the newest inductees elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Specifically, they are Vern Gosdin, Walt Aldridge, Tim Nichols and Jim McBride. They will be formally inducted into the Hall on Oct. 23 during ceremonies to be held at Nashville’s Music City Center. Pat Alger, the Hall’s board chairman, announced the inductions at a press conference in Nashville Wednesday morning (Aug. 9). Gosdin, who died in 2009, was principally known as a recording artist. However, in addition to penning his 1988 chart-topper, “Set ‘Em Up Joe,” he wrote such other of his own high-ranking singles as “Chiseled in Stone” (the CMA’s 1989 song of the year), “Today My World Slipped Away (also a No. 3 hit for George Strait), “If You’re Continue Reading
  • ACM Honors Reveals First Round of Performers - by Lauren Tingle 8h ago The Academy of Country Music has announced the first round of performers set for the 11th annual ACM Honors at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Aug. 23. The awards ceremony and concert event will feature performances by Kelsea Ballerini, Vince Gill, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Hillary Scott and George Strait. The night will be taped for a two-hour television special, airing Sept. 15 on CBS, and tickets are on sale via Ticketmaster and the Ryman box office. The honorees reflect the off-camera winners from the 52nd annual ACM Awards, and they will be recognized for their specific achievements during the show. The special award recipients include Ballerini, Strait, CMT’s Nashville, Toby Keith, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Shel Silverstein, radio veteran Bob Kingsley and the ACM songwriter of the year award winner, Lori McKenna. Eric Church and Willie Nelson will Continue Reading