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  1. At AJ’s Good Time Bar, it’s all about the obvious, and that’s havin’ a good time. Nashville’s new artist-owned honky-tonk offers four floors of fun on Lower Broadway for those who are 21 and older. The entire place is decked out in memorabilia from Jackson’s personal collection. Floor one, the former home of The Wheel,... Read more »
  2. When it comes down to writing songs, no subject is off limits to Steve Earle. He is just as comfortable writing about prison as he is writing about love, hardship, rambling and death. “Writing prose and other stuff, you get into areas that you don’t get into in songwriting,” Earle said over the phone during... Read more »
  3. Listen to RaeLynn, ladies. When that ex phones you late night just because he’s lonely, let it ring. And after it goes to voicemail, immediately call your girls to come over and cheer you up. In her stylish new video for “Lonely Call,” RaeLynn further establishes herself as a source of encouragement and empowerment. She... Read more »
  4. Jake Owen’s daughter Pearl is almost 5. So she’s old enough to enjoy FaceTime her dad but young enough to do it from her fort filled with glow-in-the-dark stickers. When Owen was in Chicago for the Windy City Smokeout on Friday (July 14), he told me all about how fast Pearl is growing up, how... Read more »
  5. I can always tell exactly what’s on Keith Urban’s mind by checking out his socials. He’s very transparent like that. So this week, I know that he is all about music. His … and potentially yours. Because first he posted a photo of a sound board and offered a simple caption. Back in studio !!!!!... Read more »
  6. Blake Shelton and the Oak Ridge Boys‘ suggestive “Doing It to Country Songs” gets a family-friendly spin in a new animated video for their hit collaboration. Set in a honky-tonk on the shores of Lake Shelton, the clip has the Oklahoma singer reimagined as the six-pointed “Blake Buck” as he gets ready for a show... Read more »
  7. Historic RCA Studio B in Nashville will celebrates its 60th anniversary from Aug. 17 through Oct. 29 with special surprise performances during random public tours and unique after-hours programming. Located on Music Row, the studio was once the recording home of country and pop music legends such as Chet Atkins, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Charley... Read more »
  8. Since his debut song “Chillin’ It,” Cole Swindell has made it to the top of the charts with every one of his singles. All six of them have ended up in the Top 10. So will his latest single, “Flatliner,” follow their lead or break his lucky streak? “I would think at some point that... Read more »
  9. “Most of the time in Nashville, you’re so replaceable. Anybody can get another nice-looking guy to sing a country song.” That’s what Walker Hayes told Billboard Country Update. The story chronicles Hayes’ first attempts at country music fame, with singles that failed to chart back in 2010-2011, and his more recent attempt on a new... Read more »
  10. Lee Brice‘s latest single “Boy” is one he calls a special, special song. “It’s one of those songs I wish I’d written,” Brice told me before he took the stage at Chicago’s Windy City Smokeout on July 16. “It’ll be around forever, I think. When I sing it onstage, I bring out my phone and... Read more »
  11. Ah, those hazy, lazy, crazy days of summer … when absolutely nothing is stirring. Well, it’s not quite that bleak. We do have one new album and a new song this week. Hold your applause. But the big news is that Dylan Scott has scored his first No. 1. So sound the trumpets for that.... Read more »
  12. It turned out to be all about the song Monday afternoon (July 17) when a throng of music bizzers gathered at FGL House in downtown Nashville to toast the writers of Brett Young’s latest hit, “In Case You Didn’t Know.” The writers — Young, Trent Tomlinson, Tyler Reeve and Kyle Schlienger — were all on... Read more »
  13. Anderson East surrounded himself with the music people he loved most on his 30th birthday. On Monday (July 17), the Alabama artist, who is currently on tour with Chris Stapleton, shared photos on social media recapping all the birthday fun he had at New York’s Darien Lake water and theme park. “I can’t believe that... Read more »
  14. Check out new music from the CMT Artist Discovery initiative. This time around, the fresh sounds are from four rising females. Maggie Baugh, “Catch Me” Maggie Baugh may be just 17 years old, but she’s already got this love thing figured it: Make them chase you, and if they’re lucky, then you might let them... Read more »
  15. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton will perform together onstage one last time during an Oct. 25 concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. “All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration,” a one-night-only tribute, will honor the Country Music Hall of Fame member and the significant impact of his 60-year career. Other performers will include... Read more »
  16. You can learn a thing or two from a 7,600-word feature story. The brand new New Yorker profile on George Strait — in the July 24 issue — is full of stories and facts about Strait, his legendary career and a few quotes from the man of few words. And here are the parts I... Read more »
  17. A few years ago, country newcomer Jackie Lee recruited his dad to drive him to a gig that was 14 hours away. “It was my first real gig, and I was opening for Gary Allan. My dad drove us in a van that I wasn’t even sure would make it. We drove 14 hours from... Read more »
  18. 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.
  19. The Zac Brown Band and Keith Urban will join Joe Walsh for his first annual concert to support VetsAid, his new nonprofit organization to help veterans and their families. Blues singer-guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will also perform during the Sept. 20 event at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, Virginia. Walsh has been involved with veterans’... Read more »
  20. Meet Mitchell Tenpenny — a man of soul, swagger and stories of a Nashville gone by. Tenpenny is a rarity among artists in town in that he’s a native Nashvillian, born and bred, and he’s also got the music industry in his blood. In his youth, he spent many days in the office of his... Read more »
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