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The Roundup: New Music from Lily Rose, Charley Crockett, Reba McEntire, And More

CMT’s Weekly Roundup of new hits this week features an incredible plethora of songs that all fall within the realm of country music’s broad tradition. Click here to take a listen to the following tunes. Embedded from Lily Rose – Stronger Than I Am The lead track from Lily Rose’s seven-song project from Big... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Alana Springsteen Learned How To Love From The ‘History Of Breaking Up (Part One)’

Alana Springsteen is 20 years old, but given that she first picked up a guitar at the age of nine and signed a publishing deal at 14, she’s an atypical artist. As well, she also has a razor-sharp memory when it comes to being able to access stories from which songs like those that comprise... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Gabby Barrett’s “Footprints On The Moon” Is An Aspirational Anthem For Dreamers

Embedded from Gabby Barrett’s Zach Kale and Jon Nite co-written single “Footprints On The Moon” is an inspirational song that is a live favorite of the recently multiple CMA Award-nominated artist and 2021 CMT Artists of the Year honoree. “One of the reasons why I wanted to release it, is with my first three... Read more » ... Continue Reading

CMT Announces Its 2021 Artists Of The Year Ahead Of October 13th Celebration

October 13th’s 2021 CMT Artists of the Year event from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center will honor Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, and Luke Combs. The festivities will emanate live from Music City at 9p/8c. Via a press release, it’s noted that “these five “Artists of the Year” collectively dominated the last 12... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Adia Victoria’s ‘A Southern Gothic’ Boldly Redefines The Narrative Of America’s Evolving South

The magic of Adia Victoria’s bluesy, countrified folk music comes from her creative essence existing in an unbothered realm where Black excellence is unified and equal to white-defined standards of American greatness. In 2020, her critically-acclaimed single “South Gotta Change” yearned for reparational social justice emboldened by her self-defined societal standards. One year later, her... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Leah Turner’s Sultry “Wax On The Table” Also Reminds Her Fans To “Love Who They Are”

“Be comfortable in your skin, love who you are no matter shape, size, or color, take no bull and know your worth,” says Leah Turner to CMT in regards to the lessons best learned from her latest single, “Wax On The Table.” Talk of romance that burns as bright as a lit candle and keeps... Read more » ... Continue Reading

WATCH: Reba McEntire Saved From A Collapsing Building

“I’m A Survivor” isn’t just the name of an iconic, two-decade-old Reba McEntire song. Rather, in a frightening moment, the legendary vocalist was recently saved from a crumbling Oklahoma structure. Close call for @reba in Atoka, Oklahoma Tuesday (9/14/21) Sure glad she and boyfriend Rex Linn are ok! While touring an old building, a staircase... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Carly Pearce Pairs With Ashley McBryde For “Never Wanted To Be That Girl”

Embedded from Carly Pearce’s hotly-anticipated album 29: Written In Stone is to be released Friday, September 17. The rising superstar vocalist released “Never Wanted To Be That Girl,” a heartbreaking duet with Ashley McBryde, in preparation for the event. Locked in much the same vein of deep melancholy as much of McBryde’s 2020-released album... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Erin Enderlin And Terri Clark’s “If There Weren’t So Many Damn Songs” Laughs At Heartbreak

“First of all, I love getting to do music videos. I grew up fascinated by them, and it’s part of how I fell in love with country music. It felt so good to be working and creating. Obviously, this video was extra special because I got to work with one of my heroes Terri Clark.... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Dolly Parton, Kane Brown Named To TIME’s 2021 List Of Most Influential People in the World

Country icon Dolly Parton and rising country music superstar Kane Brown were recently named two of TIME Magazine’s Most Influential People The World. The magazine’s renowned list was just announced for 2021, and two of Music City’s favorites were named alongside a diverse group including Kamala Harris, Britney Spears, and England’s Prince Harry. The entire... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Kenny Chesney To Executive Produce SEC Football Special, “More Than a Voice”

Like many Knoxville natives, Kenny Chesney is a huge fan of the University of Tennessee’s Volunteers. Soon he’ll be continuing to expand his love of his collegiate gridiron favorites to the realm of the screen. “More Than a Voice” — a 90-minute film that Chesney is executive producing — will spotlight, among many Southeast Conference... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Tim McGraw Is A Fan Of Alexandra Kay’s Tik Tok Cover Of “Don’t Take the Girl”

Country icon Tim McGraw took to social media recently to post a video response to a cover of one of his most legendary songs that feels very much in line with how we all watch clips in the morning these days. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Tim McGraw (@thetimmcgraw) Over a... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Cole Swindell’s Mother, Betty Carol Rainey, Passes Away

Betty Carol Rainey, the mother of country star Cole Swindell, has passed away. On Monday evening, September 13, the news was reported via social media, as Swindell posted “Lost my sweet mom today,” to his Instagram stories while flying home to Georgia during Thomas Rhett’s Center Point Road tour, where he is an opening act.... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Dolly Parton’s Film ‘Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square’ Wins Two Emmy Awards

Netflix’s Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square won the Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie and Best Choreography at the Creative Arts ceremony on Sunday, September 12. Regarding the achievement, the “Coat of Many Colors” singer — who served as executive producer, star, and composer on the project — called the movie “a perfect little storm”... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Brett Eldredge Confronted By Clawed Intruder – Spoiler Alert: It’s A Bear

While preparing for a run of dates lasting through early November, Brett Eldredge encountered quite the shocking visitor into the garage of a home in which he was staying in Asheville, North Carolina. “Opened the garage door to go on a hike and had a new friend waiting to say hello,” noted the vocalist via... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Carter Faith’s “Joyride” Is An “Emotional, Nostalgic Daydream”

Embedded from Nashville-based singer-songwriter and current CMT Next Up Now artist Carter Faith has previously noted that the idea for her latest single “Joyride” comes from highlighting the emotions connected to “a young and exciting relationship.” She continues to tell CMT that her latest single, “is a nostalgic daydream,” and “an emotion you’ve felt... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Kacey Musgraves Makes VMA Debut With Fiery “star-crossed” Performance

Embedded from Kacey Musgraves made her eagerly anticipated debut as an MTV VMA performer at the 2021 awards event broadcast on Sunday evening, September 12. Her dynamic performance of the title track from her just-released fifth studio album star-crossed was a highlight of the proceedings. Given that she performed an elaborate number in front... Read more » ... Continue Reading

George Jones Mastered The Art Of Creating Country Songs That Were Bigger Than Himself

So often in the last fifty years of country music’s history, stars whose names grow to the point where their names glowingly resonate for eternity are artists who have paired their ability to blend outlaw sensibilities and box office appeal with songs bearing enormous and inviting hooks. Typically, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams, Jr., Kenny Rogers,... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Rascal Flatts’ Joe Don Rooney Charged With DUI

Joe Don Rooney, of Rascal Flatts fame, was recently charged with driving under the influence following an incident in Williamson County, TN, early on September 9, roughly 20 miles south of the performer’s home in Nashville. The “Bless The Broken Road” vocalist was arrested by the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at roughly 4 AM local... Read more » ... Continue Reading

The Roundup: New Music from Walker Hayes, HARDY, Darius Rucker, And More

CMT’s Weekly Roundup of new hits this week features an incredible plethora of songs that all fall within the realm of country music’s broad tradition. Click here to take a listen to the following tunes. Embedded from Walker Hayes feat. Kesha – Fancy Like Eating Applebee’s Bourbon Street Steak 2 for $20 and splitting... Read more » ... Continue Reading