Dawn Sears, Vocalist for the Time Jumpers, Dead of Cancer at 53

Dec 12, 2014 by

Dawn Sears, an acclaimed backup vocalist and member of Rounder Records’ four-time Grammy-nominated band the Time Jumpers, died Thursday night (Dec. 11) at the age of 53. Diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2012, Sears not only fought the...

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Keith Urban Loves Nicole Kidman’s Fresh Perspective

Dec 12, 2014 by

I like to think Nicole Kidman is just like the rest of us. And that once American Idol starts back up in January, she’ll be on her couch with her kids cheering on the best contestants. And she will. But the only difference is, she’s got an in...

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Pop Stars Deal With Things Country Artists Seldom Face

Dec 11, 2014 by

(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) Brad Paisley was a willing participant in an episode of South Park in 2012. On the other hand, Taylor Swift was featured in Wednesday night’s (Dec. 10)...

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Country Stars Who Have Mastered the Art of Instagram

Dec 11, 2014 by

In honor of Instagram surpassing Twitter in the number of total users, we thought we’d take a look at a few country stars who have mastered the art of Instagram. We’ve chosen a few of our favorite ‘Grams that definitely earned a “like”...

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Maddie & Tae Are Girls at the Top of the Charts

Dec 11, 2014 by

So being the tan-legged, tailgating “girl in the country song” may not be the ideal gig, but being the girls singing said country song is a solid gold one. Just ask Maddie & Tae, who just scored their first No. 1 hit on Billboard’s...

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Jukebox Heroes: Luke Bryan, Brantley Gilbert and More

Dec 11, 2014 by

Luke Bryan and Brantley Gilbert share top honors on the TouchTunes 2014 Year End Charts, which track plays on jukeboxes across the country. In fact, the charts show that country music is the undisputed king of jukebox plays. Bryan is the top-played...

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CMT Kicks Off 2015 With College Football Special

Dec 11, 2014 by

For the first time in CMT’s history, country music joins forces with college football with a live concert special. Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Big & Rich and Brett Eldredge are confirmed for CMT Ultimate Kickoff Party Live From the College...

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How Cole Swindell “Amazed” Himself

Dec 11, 2014 by

You know those country artists that started singing in church and at county fairs when they were like 4 years old? Well, that was not Cole Swindell. In fact, Swindell told me on Wednesday (Dec. 10) night, right before his sold-out show at...

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Nashville Recap: One Wedding, One Death?

Dec 11, 2014 by

Everyone was having so much fun in Memphis on Nashville on Wednesday (Dec. 10). But by then end of the midseason finale, all hell broke loose. And all the fun was over. Bad things just kept happening and happening. It was the proverbial hot mess of...

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Mickey Jack Cones’ Production Is Where It’s At

Dec 11, 2014 by

Is Mickey Jack Cones one of the busiest producers in Nashville? To borrow a line from his client, Joe Nichols: “Yeah.” And in the words of another, Dustin Lynch: “Yep, yep.” Both artists climbed to No. 1 on Billboard’s country airplay...

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Jake Owen’s Unusual Casting Call

Dec 11, 2014 by

Usually, when a country artist is casting for a video, they audition all kinds of really beautiful people. But this time, when Jake Owen was getting ready to make his video for “What We Ain’t Got,” it sounds like he wanted beautifully real...

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10 Best Country Performances on The Late Show With David Letterman

Dec 10, 2014 by

In sad news today (Dec. 10), CBS announced that the final episode of The Late Show With David Letterman will air on May 20, 2015. It follows the April announcement of his retirement after 32 years as the beloved curmudgeon of late-night TV....

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Where Were the Roommates Before Party Down South 2?

Dec 10, 2014 by

In the recent episode of Party Down South 2, the roommates start their new jobs at the Biloxi Beach Co. Remember, beer doesn’t grow on trees, so they need to make a little extra money. And on the first day, they prove who’s a hard worker and who...

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Live @ CMT: Lee Ann Womack Shows a Quieter Side

Dec 10, 2014 by

When Lee Ann Womack’s The Way I’m Livin’ received a Grammy nomination for best country album last week, it made me hopeful that more people might give it a shot. It’s a hard album to pin down – country, for sure, but a little bit downbeat...

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It Took Carrie Underwood a Decade to Break Rules

Dec 10, 2014 by

Ten years ago, all we knew about Carrie Underwood could pretty much be summed up with three little words — girl can saaaang. I mean, sure. We also knew she was cute, she was from Oklahoma and that she’d won American Idol. But we didn’t...

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