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Fabled guitarist and record producer Chip Young died Saturday (Dec. 20) in Nashville at the age of 76. Born Jerry Marvin Stembridge in Atlanta on May 19, 1938, Young began his career in the 1950s, playing with fellow guitar hotshot Jerry Reed and singer-songwriter Joe South. His talents flowered in the 1960s and ‘70s, during... Read more »
Eric Church is taking a well-deserved break from The Outsiders World Tour over the holidays to spend time with his wife, Katherine, and young son. One of his favorite traditions was started by his grandmother, who told a Christmas story – a story that changes each year. "My grandmother, when she was alive, would always come [...]
In a move that should have surprised absolutely no one, Justin Timberlake brought Garth Brooks onstage with him on Friday (Dec. 19) at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Because, duh. Let's go back in time for a second. Timberlake has been a fan of Brooks since he was a little kid. Remember the video that surfaced a... Read more »
Reba McEntire is closing out 2014 with a new record label home, the promise of new music in 2015, and a residency in Las Vegas with Brooks & Dunn. She’s enjoying the holiday season, taking advantage of the time to spend with her family. She’s also reminiscing about past Christmases. “When I was growing up [...]
Was it her bachelorette party? Or just a trip to New York for some holiday boondoggling? I’m going to go with yes to both. That’s because Brittany Kerr — Jason Aldean’s fiancee — posted an Instagram picture of herself with a group of eight girlfriends on a New York City street on Thursday (Dec. 11).... Read more »
There is always one Christmas gift people remember for years to come. For Thomas Rhett, there are two presents that stand out as his all-time favorite Christmas gifts. “As a child, it was probably my first drum set,” he said. “Then as an adult, my wife bought me a Benelli twelve gauge shotgun last year, [...]
The way I look at “best of” lists is this: It’s not so much what I thought was the best from this year. It’s more an indication of the music I am taking with me into next year. It’s music I know I'll still love long after the release date's been forgotten. Those are the... Read more »
When Christmastime rolls around, there is just one question to be answered – real tree or fake tree? The members of Lady Antebellum agree that they love a real Christmas tree, but a fake tree is much easier, especially as their trees are up for more than a month. “I would love to have a [...]
A $39 million out-of-court settlement has been reached in connection with the stage collapse that killed seven people at Sugarland’s 2011 concert at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, The Associated Press reports. The lawsuits against Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants were dismissed Friday (Dec. 19), according to attorney Kenneth J.... Read more »
2014 was a great year on Top 20 Country Countdown! Host Nan Kelley traveled the country, playing golf with Darius Rucker, visiting Gatlinburg, and even stopping by Santa’s workshop. She interviewed some of the biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes. And, of course, she counted down your choices for the Top [...]
If it’s not one Oklahoman, it’s another. This week, Carrie Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1 debuts at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country albums chart, thereby dislodging fellow Okie Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine, which had held that eminence for four consecutive weeks. Meanwhile, Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” glides to the top of the country airplay... Read more »
Nan Kelley's Ginger Cookies "My mother-in-law, Patricia, is the Christmas cookie queen, so my husband, Charlie, grew up having the "best of the best" cookies during the holidays. This is one of his favorites, which she still makes today, and now it's a yearly tradition at our house. Sugar and spice and everything nice — [...]
Country music fans, meet Genius. No, it’s not a new band but a novel way to view and interpret song lyrics and other forms of the written word. Created in 2009 as Rap Genius, the website quickly expanded into everything from the collected works of Shakespeare and the speeches of Abraham Lincoln to TV and... Read more »
Miranda Lambert is following up her hit song “Somethin’ Bad,” which featured Carrie Underwood, with “Little Red Wagon." The song was co-written by Joe Ginsberg and Audra Mae, the niece of Judy Garland. Mae originally included the song on her 2012 album, Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound. Lambert may have never heard the tune [...]
CMT Hot 20 Countdown will wrap up its year-long celebration of country music’s greatest influences with a special five-hour marathon on Dec. 27. The CMT All-Time Top 40: Artist’s Choice Marathon will highlight some of the series’ most memorable moments. The journey began earlier this year with a weekly countdown of artist-voted, all-genre recipients including... Read more »
Christmas is a time for family, and that sentiment holds true for Justin Moore and RaeLynn. Having three little girls at home makes the day extra special for Moore and his wife, Kate. Christmas is all about their daughters, and their oldest, Ella, provided the couple with one of their favorite memories on her first Christmas. “She [...]
On this week’s special episode of CMT Hot 20 Countdown, fans can relive all the best moments of 2014, including some never-before-seen and utterly hilarious Luke Bryan outtakes. Or the time Garth Brooks admitted what he expected before taking the stage for his first tour in almost 15 years. “Yeah, I’m gonna get winded. Yeah,... Read more »
Fans of Little Big Town and Kacey Musgraves are in for a pleasant surprise. Both acts announced they will extend their headlining tours into 2015. They also plan to release new music. The spring leg of Little Big Town’s Pain Killer tour will kick off on March 5, 2015 in Savannah, Ga. The new leg [...]
It pays to have friends in high places. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who didn’t hesitate to call in more than a few favors for her inaugural Miracle on Broadway benefit concert taking place Saturday night (Dec. 20) in Nashville. “Honestly? With these artists, I just called my friends and was like, ‘Hey, do this for... Read more »
Kip Moore is enjoying some downtime after finalizing his 2015 tour dates last week. He plans to do some surfing, taking a break from the waves only to celebrate Christmas. One of Moore’s favorite traditions was going fishing with his brothers and their father, until his father passed away a couple of years ago. Another [...]
Dierks Bentley knows he has a job to do. “You can’t forget what you’re there to do on a Friday, Saturday night,” Bentley told Radio.com. “People have worked hard all week. They’re spending money for your show. You’re there to have a good time and not get too inside yourself.” Then again, he also has... Read more »
The producers of The Voice may not want to hear this, but Blake Shelton does not make the reality show his everything. His everything, it sounds like, is just country music. "Country music is literally my life. My life is not this show,” he told reporters backstage right after his contestant Craig Wayne Boyd won.... Read more »
Hangovers can happen to the best of us. Whether it’s a few glasses of wine or a night of barhopping and house parties, the elusive hangover can creep up on anyone. Even professional partiers like the Party Down South 2 crew battle with hangovers after wild nights in Biloxi, Mississippi. This week, we left off... Read more »
Bucket list be gone! Grammy and CMA-winning Kacey Musgraves is just “along for the ride,” y’all. And even when that road gets a little bit rocky, it’s still one heck of ride and reward for the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter. She spent much of 2014 defying the country music odds with her sound and message, and something... Read more »
(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) When I made the confession to one of my colleagues at CMT, he grinned and retorted, “You don’t like holiday music? What a surprise!” Aside from getting the wake-up call that I need to make an effort to show a bit... Read more »
It’s a Christmas miracle! The Party Down South family is back for their Christmas Hangover special airing Thursday (Dec. 18) at 8 p.m. ET/PT. And trust me, they are getting real country for Christmas with skeet shooting, Daddy funneling family dinner, Murray spiking the eggnog and much more. You’ll even meet their families and a... Read more »
Redneck Island Good Man Down, "Welcome To The Party" Watch Redneck Island on Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT – part of Thirsty Thursday. And follow along for exclusive news and video, photo galleries and more on CMT.com, the CMT App, the official Redneck Island Facebook page and on Twitter using #RedneckIsland.
You have to go back six years to find it. But once you do, you will praise the Internet, video cameras and the entire concept of Throwback Thursday. This is Luke Bryan’s very first LBTV episode. It takes place at a Wisconsin fair in the summer of 2008. There are bumpers cars and fishing games.... Read more »
Stephen Colbert can make fun of just about anything without coming across as mean. Sadly, his Comedy Central show The Colbert Report comes to an end Thursday (Dec. 18) as he gets ready to take over for David Letterman on The Late Show. Mostly, The Colbert Report was a satire show taking on the 24-hour... Read more »
Larry Henley, co-writer of the international Grammy-winning hit, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” died Thursday morning (Dec. 18) in Nashville at the age of 77. He had been suffering from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer's diseases. Now a standard at weddings, funerals, piano bars and half-time ceremonies, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” which Henley co-wrote with Jeff Silbar, has... Read more »
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