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  1. Brandi Carlile says she was dreaming big when she sent a handwritten letter to Dolly Parton with a special request. But in that note, Carlile said something she can never take back. Carlile asked Parton if she would be interested in covering the title track of her 2007 debut The Story for a new benefit... Read more »
  2. Kelsea Ballerini jokes her feelings about covering Britney Spears live in front of the pop star herself can be summed up in one look. this face is how I feel about singing a @britneyspears song in front of Britney Spears on Saturday.. https://t.co/FWiZgBPD8h — Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) April 27, 2017 @KelseaBallerini we are still waiting... Read more »
  3. Long before they signed their first record deals, many of music’s biggest acts’ careers started with a music teacher believing in their talent. On Wednesday (April 26) at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Little Big Town and the CMA Foundation hosted the second annual CMA Music Teachers of Excellence dinner to honor 31 music educators from across... Read more »
  4. When Toby Keith was on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon on Wednesday night (April 26), he talked first about what inspired him to write “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)” back in 2001. “My dad was a soldier. And he’d just passed away about six months before 9/11. We were raised... Read more »
  5. Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride will release Music in My Heart, his first studio album in more than six years, on July 7. The project was produced by singer-songwriter Billy Yates, whose songwriting credits include “Choices,” a 1999 hit for the late George Jones. “My goal was to record the best traditional... Read more »
  6. We probably all listen to albums in some form or another almost every day. But I think this might be the first time we can all watch an album. Brad Paisley has outdone himself on his latest album Love and War, not only with his songwriting, singing, and playing, but with the artistic way he... Read more »
  7. Florida Georgia Line reconnected with the Chainsmokers live in Cincinnati for a surprise performance of “Last Day Alive” on the EDM duo’s Memories: Do Not Open Tour. A tweet teased Wednesday’s (April 26) collaboration. What a freaking Wednesday night let's do this more @drewtaggart @alexpall @thubbmusic @thechainsmokers A post shared by Brian Kelley (@playbkplay) on... Read more »
  8. Angaleena Presley‘s her first meeting with Guy Clark is forever burned into her memory. She remembers feeling scared to death while heading to his place to write music with one of her idols. At the time, she thought, “How in the heck did I get here?” “We went down into his workshop where he has... Read more »
  9. The best thing about artists is their ability to observe life through a different creative lens. That’s certainly the case for Miranda Lambert. In an exclusive new interview with CMT After MidNite With Cody Alan, Lambert said she believed there is a reason behind every shake-up in life — and some of them are connected.... Read more »
  10. “A banjo or fiddle doesn’t make a country song. It’s the core-cutting truth that does, and I intend to explore it one day or beer at a time.” These words are a fitting summation of Maren Morris’ thoughts as she begins working on her second album, which she wrote about Wednesday (April 26) for Lena... Read more »
  11. On Tuesday night (April 25), Carrie Underwood won big in Las Vegas. She was honored at the 69th annual BMI/NAB Dinner with the BMI Board of Directors Award. It is the award that goes to the artist who has had a major impact on the broadcast industry. BMI also used the annual dinner to present... Read more »
  12. On the surface, there’s some basic math behind Eli Young Band. They’re four guys — Mike Eli, James Young, Chris Thompson and Jon Jones. They’ve been in a band since 2000. So that’s 17 years of making music together, and there are four kids among them. “There’s eight children total, counting us,” Thompson joked during... Read more »
  13. Will someone please trot over to Music Row and wake up the record labels? They seem to be dozing this week. Where’s that torrent of new albums and songs we’ve come to expect in the spring — the ones propelled into prominence by the Grammy and Academy of Country Music awards shows? Drat! First, though,... Read more »
  14. There were only so many professions available growing up in the small Louisiana community that raised rising artist Dylan Scott. His hometown is Beekman, Louisiana, a 15-minute drive north from the nearest small town, Bastrop. For years, the area’s primary employer was International Paper until the company closed its local mill in 2008. Folks driving... Read more »
  15. Life is full of lasts. That’s what I’ve been thinking almost every day, as my last child is spending her last days in high school. And just when I think I might be able to keep my tears at bay, Brad Paisley releases a song that makes it all so much more bittersweet. In his... Read more »
  16. Hunter Hayes at 25 might not sound exactly like Hunter Hayes at 18. And he’s more than cool with that. “I feel like I went through a big change going from 18 to 25. I went through a lot of figuring it out, and the music was driven by that,” Hayes told Billboard. “This record... Read more »
  17. As the coach to the coaches on The Voice this week, Shania Twain talked to Entertainment Tonight about meeting Blake Shelton for the first time during the show’s tapings. “He is just really sweet and kind. He was very nurturing and caring and welcoming to me. A true gentleman,” Twain said, adding that Shelton told... Read more »
  18. I get that boxing is a solid workout. And I get that workouts are important when you’re out on tour. But, still, I just cannot wrap my head around the concept of Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini boxing. Do they just bob and weave? Are they perfecting their footwork? Did they buy their own boxing... Read more »
  19. Poor John and TJ Osborne. The ACM and CMA-winning vocal duo of the year Brothers Osborne has had to endure the most dreadful conditions as they record their next album. Just kidding. They were in paradise. The siblings hit the Gulf of Mexico to work on brand new music, and with those two, you know... Read more »
  20. “There are 500 bands covering John Fogerty songs tonight, but we’re the only one doing it with John Fogerty.” That’s what Brad Paisley said according to Nashville’s Tennessean while playing next to Fogerty live at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge on Sunday (April 23) night. Paisley, Fogerty, Bill Anderson and Timbaland were performing at the famous Lower... Read more »
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