Country music’s history of honoring those who serve in the armed forces dates back to Ernest Tubb‘s “Soldier’s Last Letter,” which spent four weeks at the top of the country chart in 1944. Those brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation have remained on the minds of country artists throughout... Read more »
Tyler Farr trots into the winner’s circle on Billboard’s country airplay chart this week with “A Guy Walks Into a Bar.” It’s been a long haul. The song began its upward journey 42 weeks ago. And for the third straight week, the Zac Brown Band’s Jekyll + Hyde is country music’s bestselling album. The highest... Read more »
Jason Aldean used to be a soft drink delivery guy. Let that image sink in a little before you hear this. His new video for his sexy new single, “Tonight Looks Good on You,” premieres Saturday (May 23) on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. In it, Aldean plays a part — not a starring part, just... Read more »
This weekend on an all-new CMT Hot 20 Countdown, we’re in Atlanta for the inaugural Shaky Boots music festival! We’ve got hot performances and interviews with Brad Paisley, Kip Moore, The Band Perry, Justin Moore, Sara Evans and more. And we have the exclusive world premiere of Jason Aldean’s brand new video, “Tonight Looks Good... Read more »
From his grade school backpack to his first guitar and a lengthy list of accolades and awards, fans anxious for a glimpse into the life of superstar Luke Bryan don’t have to look any farther than his new Dirt Road Diary exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. “It’s an... Read more »
Get your popcorn and candy ready. Tim McGraw’s newest film Tomorrowland arrived in theaters Friday (May 22). The Disney sci-fi action flick also stars A-listers George Clooney and Hugh Laurie, best known for his starring role on the critically-acclaimed TV series House, M.D. To say McGraw is a talented, well-respected actor almost makes me feel... Read more »
The Emmy and Peabody Award winning ensemble drama, Friday Night Lights begins airing on Memorial Day, May 25, with a special kickoff marathon of the series, presented by Ram Trucks and hosted by country sensation, football lover and Redneck Island co-host Jessie James Decker. The day-long event begins with the CMT premiere of the Friday... Read more »
Hunter Hayes has a new song called “21.” It’s all about being up all night, chasing the sunrise and partying like you just turned 21. Oh, and going crazy, getting drunk on good love and dancing all night. Perfectly age-appropriate things, right? And, as Hayes points out in the bridge of this tune, “Ain’t nobody... Read more »
In the recent episode of Party Down South 2, Hunter wakes up and realizes he’s cuddling with Kelsie. Not a bad place to be, according to Hunter. In contrast, this means Kelsie’s getting ridiculed the moment she wakes up. When Duke tries to play it cool by giving her a hard time, Kelsie is mortified.... Read more »
I can’t even imagine what it’s like to sit in a room with Nashville’s best singers and songwriters and come up with something worthy of recording. But in an interview in the weekly Billboard Country newsletter, country hitmaker Chris DeStefano did a nice job describing the “Little Toy Guns” writing session with Carrie Underwood and... Read more »
You’re probably excited about Brad Paisley opening the Rolling Stones‘ June 17 gig at Nashville’s LP Field, but nobody is as stoked about it as Paisley himself. During a Wednesday afternoon (May 21) visit with Nashville-based media, he talked with some about the upcoming show. Here are some of his remarks and humblebrags: On needing... Read more »
(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) What do B.B. King and the Bandidos motorcycle gang have in common? No, it’s not a joke, and the answer probably exists only in my head. However, the two topics intersected there during the past week with news of the death... Read more »
Sam Hunt is probably still pinching himself after the recent ACM Presents: Superstar Duets special. The rising star got to perform with one of country music’s greats — none other than Dwight Yoakam. And not only was the performance of Yoakam’s classic “Fast as You,” pretty doggone killer and a big moment for the “Take... Read more »
Tim McGraw is adding to his list of all-star projects with this weekend’s premiere of his latest film, Tomorrowland, a futuristic project with what cast members believe has a great deal of heart. “You know art and what you do and … you know growing up around music, there’s got to be an honesty to... Read more »
First of all, yes. I do read Seventeen magazine. I’m not 17, obviously, but I try to read everything that has anything to do with music. So when I ran across an advice column from Kelly Clarkson in the June/July issue out now, I had to share it. Right from the get-go, Clarkson admits she... Read more »