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  • 2014 CMA Awards Rebroacast on CMT

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    Jarrod Vrazel
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The 2014  CMA Awards will be rebroadcast on CMT Friday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Originally aired live from Nashville on ABC and hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMA Awards features r performances by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, the Doobie Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Cole Swindell, Meghan…
  • CMT All-Time Top 40: Elvis Presley

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    CMT.com Staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Elvis Presley has been revealed at No. 3 on CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice. A list of the most influential artists in history chosen by country stars themselves, another honoree is named each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Presley began his career as a 19-year-old... Read more »
  • Ronnie Milsap Remains a Legend in His Time

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    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ronnie Milsap wouldn’t have missed 2014 for the world. In October, the 71-year-old singer finally achieved a longtime dream of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In addition, he released two interesting projects this year: Summer Number 17, an album of new recordings that honors the music that influenced him, as well as The RCA Albums Collection, which compiles his full discography for the label — 21 albums in all. In this video interview with CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert, Milsap admits he didn’t have to struggle or starve to make it in Nashville. But…
  • Country Star Strides Back Onto the Stage

    NYT > Country Music
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Garth Brooks is back after more than a decade with “Man Against Machine,” a new album of originals.
  • Quick and Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Table Decorations

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    Molly Spining
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s only a few hours before guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, and your table is bare. But it’s not the food that’s missing, it’s the festive Thanksgiving decorations. Don’t find yourself in this situation next Thursday. Take some inspiration from these four table decoration ideas that you can create in a snap! Autumnal Floral Arrangement Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com Pick up some flowers in fall hues for an easy, beautiful centerpiece. Cozy Candles Photo courtesy of HGTV.com Keep it simple and relaxing by placing an assortment of candles around the…
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  • 2014 CMA Awards Rebroacast on CMT

    Jarrod Vrazel
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    The 2014  CMA Awards will be rebroadcast on CMT Friday, November 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Originally aired live from Nashville on ABC and hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, the CMA Awards features r performances by Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, the Doobie Brothers, Florida Georgia Line, Ariana Grande, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Loretta Lynn, Tim McGraw, Ashley Monroe, Kacey Musgraves, Jennifer Nettles, Paisley, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Cole Swindell, Meghan…
  • 2014 CMA Awards Winners

    Jarrod Vrazel
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:31 pm
    2014 CMA Awards winners were announced live from Nashville tonight (November 5, 2014).  Congratulations to Luke Bryan - Entertainer of the Year, Miranda Lambert - Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year "Platinum," Single of the Year "Automatic," and  Musical Event of the Year  with Keith Urban "We Were Us,"  Blake Shelton - Male Vocalist of the Year,  Little Big Town - Vocal Group of the Year, Florida Georgia Line - Vocal Due of the Year, Brett Eldredge - New Artist of the Year, Kacey Musgraves - Song of the Year “Follow…
  • 2014 CMA Awards Roundup

    Jarrod Vrazel
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Get ready - its time to roll out the red carpet - the CMA Awards are tonight!  Who will win Entertainer of the Year?  Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, or  Keith Urban ?  Tune in tonight on ABC as The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.  
  • 2014 CMA Awards Nominations

    Jarrod Vrazel
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Miranda Lambert tops the list of  nominees for the 2014 CMA Awards with nine nominations.  Dierks Bentley received five nominations; Eric Church and Keith Urban eachreceived four nominations; Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, and Carrie Underwood each received three nominations. Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Keith Urban are nominated for Entertainer of the Year.  The 48th Annual CMA Awards will be hosted for the seventh time by Brad Paisley and Carrie…
  • 2014 CMA Awards Nominees To Be Announced September 3

    Jarrod Vrazel
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:32 am
    The 48th Annual CMA Awards nominees will be announced by Little Big Town  Darius Rucker  September 3, 2014 in New York City.  Airing Wednesday, November 5 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC, The 48th Annual CMA Awards is broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. "We are thrilled to be a part of the CMA Awards announcements on GMA next week," exclaimed Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town. "The CMA and GMA have always been huge supporters of this band so anything we can do to be involved is always fun for us. We are looking…
 
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  • CMT All-Time Top 40: Elvis Presley

    CMT.com Staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Elvis Presley has been revealed at No. 3 on CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice. A list of the most influential artists in history chosen by country stars themselves, another honoree is named each week on CMT Hot 20 Countdown. Known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Presley began his career as a 19-year-old... Read more »
  • Keith Urban: “I Was Going to Do It Forever”

    CMT.com Staff
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    For Keith Urban, life has always been about the music. He admits it’s all he’s ever known. His dedication is obvious to anyone who has explored the sheer volume of his musical catalog and accolades throughout the past 15 years. On Dec. 2, he’ll add to those accolades during the CMT Artists of the Year... Read more »
  • Garth Brooks Back on Top With Man Against Machine

    Edward Morris
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Garth Brooks’ Man Against Machine wears Billboard’s country albums’ crown this week, debuting at the top on initial sales of 129,837 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That impressive total was not enough, however, to earn Brooks similar eminence on Billboard’s all-genres rankings, where Taylor Swift’s pop collection, 1989, continues to reign for its second week.... Read more »
  • Jake Owen’s My Chauffeur

    Naomi Parton
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    I had plans tonight, but I’m 100 percent willing to ditch them for a joy ride with Jake Owen. Post by Jake Owen. Here’s the deal. Uber and Spotify have joined forces to put a few artists behind the wheel of an Uber car, and it just so happens that Nashville’s celebrity driver is Mr.... Read more »
  • Don’t Do Dibs Down South

    Sarah Essary
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    On Thursday night’s (Nov. 20) premiere of Party Down South 2, which follows eight Southerners ready to shotgun the summer, we meet Bradley, Hunter, Duke, Tommy, Ashton, Karynda, Magan and Raven in their hometowns before hitting the road to the party pad in Biloxi, Mississippi. First to arrive at the house is Bradley. Then, we... Read more »
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  • Ronnie Milsap Remains a Legend in His Time

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ronnie Milsap wouldn’t have missed 2014 for the world. In October, the 71-year-old singer finally achieved a longtime dream of being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. In addition, he released two interesting projects this year: Summer Number 17, an album of new recordings that honors the music that influenced him, as well as The RCA Albums Collection, which compiles his full discography for the label — 21 albums in all. In this video interview with CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert, Milsap admits he didn’t have to struggle or starve to make it in Nashville. But…
  • Tanya Tucker Strolls Through Her New Exhibit

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Nobody makes an entrance like Tanya Tucker. Fresh out of the makeup chair, she wheels around the corner into the staging area where exhibits are assembled for installation in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and makes a beeline for a studded, leather pants-and-jacket combo displayed on a mannequin. “One night, I split these pants right down the seat!” she exclaims, inspecting them for the rip, which was apparently repaired at some point after the onstage wardrobe malfunction. The country star’s attention flits around the room as she surveys the mementos from her complex, often…
  • James McMurtry Takes a Trip in “How’m I Gonna Find You Now”

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    About as cuddly as a Texas rattlesnake, singer-songwriter James McMurtry doesn’t do novelty. He says his fast-talking new song “How’m I Gonna Find You Now” is not some kind of lighthearted country rap. “It’s a speed-freak song,” he tells CMT Edge. “It comes from hanging out in North Texas where there’s just way too much meth. Some of my cousins are strung out on it, and it’s not funny. So sometimes you’ve gotta turn those songs into a cartoon to get to them.” After a long spell without writing, McMurtry was driving one day when an irritating noise in his dashboard…
  • Radney Foster Feels the Pull of 1950s “California”

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Radney Foster captures the allure of the mid-20th century West Coast in his nostalgic new video for “California,” a track from the masterful songwriter’s latest album, Everything I Should Have Said. Using authentic home movies shot in 1948-1962 and rediscovered through the Library of Congress, Foster and director Steve Boyle tell two stories about falling in love: One with a girl you only met once and one with a state that captures the imagination. “In ‘California,’ the story’s made up, but it was born out of a real conversation with [my wife] Cyndi,” Foster told CMT Edge in…
  • Emma Hill Uncovers the Legend of the “Lioness”

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Singer-songwriter Emma Hill unveils a fearless female superhero (or maybe villain) in “Lioness,” an intriguing folk-pop ballad from her new album, Denali. And like all the best superheroes, the legend began as an experiment. “I was working on stepping out of my normal songwriting boundaries,” the Alaska native says via email. “I was working with writing prompts a lot. I gave myself the challenge to write my own comic book character into song. ‘Lioness’ was the result.” Presented as a dangerous and single-minded hunter, Hill says the “Lioness” is an exaggeration. But…
 
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  • Quick and Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Table Decorations

    Molly Spining
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s only a few hours before guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, and your table is bare. But it’s not the food that’s missing, it’s the festive Thanksgiving decorations. Don’t find yourself in this situation next Thursday. Take some inspiration from these four table decoration ideas that you can create in a snap! Autumnal Floral Arrangement Photo courtesy of DIYNetwork.com Pick up some flowers in fall hues for an easy, beautiful centerpiece. Cozy Candles Photo courtesy of HGTV.com Keep it simple and relaxing by placing an assortment of candles around the…
  • Carrie Underwood Always Knew She Was Having A Boy

    Sarah Wyland
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    During the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley spilled the news that Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher are expecting a baby boy. While parents may hope for one sex over another, Underwood said she and Fisher always knew they were having a boy. They didn’t find out in a doctor’s office, though. “It’s kind of a sterile place,” she told KTIC Radio. “We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that, but whenever [our doctor would] get near … near those parts … we would look away.” Underwood and Fisher broke the news to themselves on a dinner date. They…
  • What Exactly Is Mantiquing?

    Molly Spining
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Photo courtesy of Ellen Foord, Made + Remade Hey, men, just because women like antiquing doesn’t mean you can’t. Because of a silly stereotype about women exclusively participating in antiquing, Eric Bradley felt compelled to write a book about the masculine art of antiquing titled, Mantiques: A Manly Guide to Cool Stuff. Bradley, a public relations associate at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, talked to Collectors Weekly about his inspiration for the book, what constitutes a “mantique” and the fascinating objects he found over the years. The world of mantiquing is not…
  • Blake Shelton Remains At No. 1 on Top 20

    Sarah Wyland
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Photo courtesy of BlakeShelton.com. It’s five weeks in a row at No. 1 for Blake Shelton and “Neon Light” on Top 20 Country Countdown! We’re offering up a double shot of Shelton this week, with a sneak peek at his new video, “Lonely Tonight,” featuring Ashley Monroe. Plus, Carrie Underwood has a big debut with her new video, “Something in the Water.” Top 20 Photo Gallery » Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Get Top 20 online extrasincludingvideos and photos. You can also cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos…
  • One Pan Nan: Baked Cranberries with Brandy

    Molly Spining
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Photo courtesy of Nan Kelley Every week on Top 20 Country Countdown our host, Nan Kelley, counts down your favorite videos — but when she’s away from the studio, she’s likely to be found in her kitchen, creating healthy, delicious meals. Nan likes to keep it simple, cooking entire meals using only one pan. Her husband, Charlie, lovingly gave her the nickname “One Pan Nan,” and now that’s also the name of her new cookbook [get it HERE!]. We asked Nan to share some of her recipes with us, and this week, it’s Baked Cranberries with Brandy. Check back every other week for a new…
 
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  • Gay country singers begin to come out

    22 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    … country singers came out as gay … immediate impact on double-platinum country artist Billy Gilman, who, hearing … in country music. ... I've dreamed about being in country music … reason to be nervous. Country singer Carrie Underwood sparked controversy, …
  • Openly gay singers testing country music’s inclusiveness

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    … — the imagery of classic country songs evokes “traditional” small-town American … “Being a gay male country artist is not the best … country music-loving South Carolina. Country music is not uniform and … world of Nashville Besides country music, hip hop — whose …
  • Gay singers test country music

    22 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    … - the imagery of classic country songs evokes "traditional" small-town … appeared, another major name in country music said he was inspired by … . "Being a gay male country artist is not the best thing …
  • Kenny Chesney: Country music objectifies women

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    … Kenny Chesney opens up about country music's take on women …
  • Teenage singer pursues country music dream

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:38 pm
    … Ricky Cooper has plans for country music stardom. When he performed … . Having been raised around country music, it was a no-brainer … don’t even like country music, but they support me. … get feedback from another country singer, like Brad Paisley.” Although …
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  • Lee Ann Womack to Sing Anthem at Eagles-Cowboys Game; Ty Herndon Comes Out; Nora Jane Struthers Announces New Album

    Juli Thanki
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Ty Herndon officially came out. (Here’s a fine interview Chris Willman conducted with Herndon after the announcement.) Herndon’s announcement inspired Billy Gilman to do the same. Ronnie Milsap shot a video interview for CMT.com shortly before his Hall of Fame induction. IBMA drama continues: three more board members have resigned. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn played a few for Folk Alley. Scotsman.com published a brief article about mad fiddle scientist Casey Driessen. Next Thursday you’ll have to postpone your traditional postprandial Thanksgiving nap: Lee Ann Womack…
  • The Mavericks, Steve Earle Announce New Albums; Billboard to Count Song Streams; The Voice Wants Jason Isbell

    Juli Thanki
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I can’t decide if this is funny-funny or sad-funny: a producer from The Voice emailed Jason Isbell to see if he wants to audition for the show. Isbell’s response is definitely funny, though. Steve Earle & The Dukes will release a new album called Terraplane on New West Records February 17. (via press release) Also out on February 17: Mono, by The Mavericks. Robert Reynolds is taking time away from the band to be with his wife, who is battling cancer. On February 10, Rhiannon Giddens will release Tomorrow is My Turn, a solo album produced by T Bone Burnett. Check out a couple…
  • Album Review: Walker and the Texas Dangers — Safety Third

    Ramona Martinez
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:08 am
    Walker & the Texas Dangers may not be on your radar yet, but they will be. And you’ll be wishing you knew about them back when they were an unknown, motley, psycho pseudograss group. They’ve been “mildly impressing hipsters,” or so they say on their website (warning: autoplay), since their 2011 release Pay the Fiddler, which was produced by Andy Gibson, known for his work on Hank Williams III’s Straight to Hell. They prefer more traditional instrumentation (bass, banjo, fiddle, guitar — although on this last album they’ve replaced the fiddle with a mandolin), but are…
  • Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett Announce Tour; The Gibson Brothers Salute Brother Acts; Guy Clark Documentary in the Works

    Juli Thanki
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    Listen to The Gibson Brothers’ version of “Bye Bye Love” from their excellent forthcoming album Brotherhood, a salute to roots music’s finest brother acts. Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett are going to play a handful of East Coast shows together in late January. The Huffington Post premiered “Bossy,” a cut from JD McPherson’s next album, Let the Good Times Roll. Lonesome River Band released a video for “Her Love Won’t Turn on a Dime.” There’s a Guy Clark documentary in the works. Without Getting Killed or Caught is slated for release in 2016, along with a Clark biography. Both…
  • Jamey Johnson Records Christmas EP; Oxford American Celebrates Texas Music; New Album Releases

    Juli Thanki
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Adam Hood discusses songwriting and his new album in this CMT Edge Q&A. Bloodshot Records get some love from hometown paper The Chicago Tribune. If you’ve got an hour, check out this BBC documentary, Bob Harris: My Nashville. Here’s a new Punch Brothers song called “Blow It Off.” It’ll be on their next album, which will be released in early 2015. Rosanne Cash released a limited edition 45 to benefit the restoration of the Historic Dyess Colony and Boyhood Home of Johnny Cash. It’s already sold out at her online store On February 10, Aaron Watson will release his next…
 
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  • Lee Brice Releases 'Drinking Class' Video

    Gayle Thompson
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lee Brice has released the video for his anthemic song 'Drinking Class,' which is the second single from his chart-topping 'I Don't Dance' album. Continue reading…
  • 18 Years Ago: Trace Adkins Makes His Grand Ole Opry Debut

    Gayle Thompson
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Happy anniversary to Trace Adkins. It was on this date 18 years ago (Nov. 23, 1996) that the singer made his Grand Ole Opry debut, performing 'Every Light in the House,' from his freshman 'Dreamin' Out Loud' album. Continue reading…
  • Kenny Chesney Releases 'Flora-Bama' Music Video

    Gayle Thompson
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Kenny Chesney has released a video for 'Flora-Bama,' from his No. 1 'The Big Revival' record. The clip, which starts off in the famed Flora-Bama Lounge and Package, pairs shots of the bar with scenes from Chesney's free August concert, the Flora-Bama Jama. Continue reading…
  • Reba McEntire Says Her New Music Won't Be 'Perfect'

    Gayle Thompson
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Reba McEntire delighted fans when she announced she was releasing a new album on the recently formed Nash Icon Music, in partnership with Big Machine Label Group and Cumulus Media. But while the songstress -- whose last studio album, 'All the Women I Am,' was released in 2010 -- is eager to return to the studio, she says she the new set of tunes won't be as flawless as those from some other artists. Continue reading…
  • Kacey Musgraves' Grandma Used to Be Her Booking Agent

    Hannahlee Allers
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Kacey Musgraves may have only hit the country scene hard in the last couple of years, but she's been performing in public since she was 8 years old, with a lot of help from her family. Continue reading…
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  • Backtrack: Richie McDonald, “How Do I Just Stop”

    C.M. Wilcox
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    Originally published at The 9513 in November 2008, back when I was still young and spunky. McDonald has since rejoined Lonestar. McDonald, incarcerated for this song.Songwriters: Tommy Lee James and Richie McDonald. In an election year full of tough questions and partisan bickering, former Lonestar-frontman-gone-Christian-crooner Richie McDonald offers some much-needed common ground. “How Do I Just Stop” is so gloriously simple and unequivocally lackluster that people of every political persuasion should rejoice in the opportunity to come together and have a hearty laugh at its…
  • Country Haiku #523

    Country Haiku
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Girrrl, wanna get down With a guy who calls his dong A pink umbrella?
  • Quotable Country – 11/16/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. I call it the ‘Luke Bryan.’ I’m trying to emulate what he’s doing out there because it’s workin’. ● — Justin Moore on incorporating more dance into his live performances. Quincy Jones posted on Facebook that “Spotify is not the enemy; piracy is the enemy”. You know why? Two numbers: Zero and Two Billion. Piracy doesn’t pay artists a penny – nothing, zilch, zero. Spotify has paid more than two billion dollars to labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists. A…
  • Quotable Country – 11/09/14 Edition

    C.M. Wilcox
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:28 pm
    As often seems to happen around awards shows, an extra long edition this week. Maybe grab some snacks before proceeding. Click the bullet after each quote to visit the source. Try not to look at the charts. It’s about the music. That’s what made you wanna come here and do this. It’s the songs. ● — Alan Jackson to young ASCAP songwriters. If you’re kind, life is going to be just great. I told somebody, I was joking, I said, ‘Oh, great, they’re going to put a statue up of me, and kids are going to go out there and put cigarettes out on my face.’ Maybe…
  • CMA Awards 2014 Show Notes

    C.M. Wilcox
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Here are some assorted notes on last night’s 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards. Feel free to chime in with your own observations or highlights in the comments. Carrie and Brad Underwood and Paisley can usually be counted on to keep it pleasantly toothless, but they were on point with the feigned puzzlement at George Strait’s continued presence (hadn’t the cowboy ridden away?) and, especially, the line “Luke Bryan would be happy to buy you a faster horse.” A reference to griping in Luke Bryan’s camp after last year’s loss to Strait in the…
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  • Lonestar To Release “Pretty Good Day”

    Matt Bjorke
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Multi-platinum recording group Lonestar kicked off 2014 on a nationwide tour in support of their album, Life As We Know It, and now they are finishing it strong with the release of their latest single, “Pretty Good Day.” Written by frontman Richie McDonald with Marv Green and Tommy Lee James, the single launched on Play MPE in the Top 5 Downloads and Streaming charts. Acclaimed MusicRow Magazine critic Robert Oermann proclaims: “These guys continue to make top-notch music. In this case, they’re harmonizing on an upbeat ode to the simple joys of living and loving. Wonderfully tuneful…
  • Chase Bryant Continues Meteoric Rize

    Ben Foster
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Chase Bryant reaches the Top 15 at Country Radio this week with his debut single “Take It On Back”, which has received an enthusiastic reception from industry and fans alike. This past week, the “Take It On Back” music video was fan-votet into the weekly CMT Hot 20 Countdown on the program’s weekly “Hot Or Not” segment. People.com praised Bryant for being “sexy AND sentimental” in the video. “Take It On Back” appears on Bryant’s debut EP, which he co-produced alongside rising producer Derek George (Randy Houser), and…
  • Garth Brooks Honored by ASCAP

    Ben Foster
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Garth Brooks was one of five music legends to receive the ASCAP Centenniel Award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). The other honorees were Joan Baez, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim and Stevie Wonder. The presentation was held on Monday, November 17th, at a gala party at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City celebrating ASCAP’s historic 100th anniversary. The post Garth Brooks Honored by ASCAP appeared first on RoughStock.
  • 2014 Country Music Concert DVD Gift Giving Guide

    Matt Bjorke
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Country Music doesn’t release all that many concert dvd and bluray movies for fans to purchase but as we head towards the holiday shopping season of 2014, it seems as if stars have finally decided to give fans options in this sector for their gift giving pleasure. Below is our 2014 Country Music Concert DVD Gift Giving Guide to help guide you as you shop for gifts this season. Alabama - Alabama & Friends At The Ryman (Eagle Vision/Eagle Records/Scripps) Alabama is up first with a pair of products, the DVD itself (in a case that’ll fit well with both music and bluray collections) and…
  • Jerrod Niemann Sends Fans Holiday Cheer for Christmas

    Matt Bjorke
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Jerrod Niemann is helping fans get into the holiday spirit by releasing a new download of the holiday classic “Holly Jolly Christmas,”available now at digital retail.“Christmas with my family has always been a special part of my life,” says Niemann. “I have so many amazing memories that I’m so thankful for. I recall ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ always would play on a small Santa doll every time anyone would walk by it. When I hear the song, it takes me home for the holidays. That’s what made me so eager to record it.”Fans can add the new song to…
 
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  • Willie Nelson’s View

    LindaLee
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:43 am
    Thanks, Phil Weisman, for this great photo of Willie Nelson and his fans.  I love these photos of Willie Nelson loving his fans, playing that beautiful music, and his fans loving him back.   Remember the line from Honey Suckle Rose movie,  I think he’ s talking to Amy Irving , she’s nervous about performing in front of the big crowd.    Willie says, “Just throw something out there and see what they throw back.”  Willie has been playing catch with his fans for decades, and we are so glad he does.
  • Willie Nelson and recording the Red Headed Stranger Album (by Joshua Pickard)

    LindaLee
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    Willie Nelson and engineer Phil York recording “Red Headed Stranger” at Autumn Sound Studio in Garland, Texas. (Photo: Contributed) http://www.nooga.com by:  Joshua Pickard Willie Nelson is an American outlaw, both in terms of his music and his personal life. His bucolic stories of cowboys, lost loves and the feeling of being drawn to the wild places in the world have given his records an immutable sense of authenticity and shared history. These are songs that have lived for more years than can be recounted and are fueled by the collective consciousness of those people who helped…
  • Bruce Robins talks (and sings) about WIllie Nelson

    LindaLee
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    www.theeagle.com by: Bruce Robison The legend Willie Nelson, as I understand it, wrote some hits, recorded some duds, tried pig farming, left Nashville in a hail of pot smoke and gunfire, came home to Texas, found his sound, united the culture and the counter-culture at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin and became an American icon. And I hear Willie’s gonna be on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine. Less-widely known is that before Austin, Willie and his family landed in Bandera, Texas, my hometown of less than 1,000 people, a town of dude ranches and real ranches. Willie…
  • Scooterville

    LindaLee
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    Ruth and Ashley, and Willie Doll, at Willie Nelson & Family’s travelling store
  • “The Art of McCartney”, with Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Billy Joe and more

    LindaLee
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:55 am
    http://www.statepress.com by:   Samantha Shotzbarger Willie Nelson’s “Yesterday” is a perfect example of new interpretation meeting original artistry and an album highlight. Nelson’s unique vocals meld perfectly with the original song and the addition of beautiful new guitar licks and a haunting harmonica solo are perfectly compatible with honoring one of the most remembered songs of the century. The Art of McCartney Track List: 1. Billy Joel – “Maybe I’m Amazed” 2. Bob Dylan – “Things We Said Today” 3. Heart – “Band on the Run” 4. Steve Miller – “Junior’s…
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  • Saturday Night: Flood Warning Extended; City Monitoring Onion Creek Levels

    Jennifer Stayton
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Update (10:15 p.m.): The National Weather service has now placed Travis and Williamson counties under a flash flood warning until midnight tonight. A flash flood warning means flash flooding is occurring or imminent in the warning area.Earlier: The National Weather Service has extended a flash flood warning for Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties until 10:15 p.m. Heavy rain has continued this evening. Parts of the Austin area have already received between two and five inches of rain today. The City of Austin is also keeping an eye on Onion Creek's water levels. It was the…
  • Saturday Afternoon: Flash Flood Warning in Effect for Parts of Central Texas

    Jennifer Stayton
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Update (7:36 p.m.): The flash flood warning has been extended until 10:15 p.m. by the National Weather Service because of thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall.Areas under the advisory include Wimberley, San Marcos, Dripping Springs, Austin, Pflugerville, Taylor, Round Rock, Granger, Georgetown and Cedar Park.Update (5:05 p.m.): The National Weather Service has extended the flood advisory for eastern Travis County and eastern Williamson County until 7:00 p.m.
  • Listen to Our Weekly News Podcast!

    Nathan Bernier
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    KUT Weekend brings you our favorite stories from the KUT newsroom. Updated Fridays!Subscribe in iTunesSubscribe via RSSSubscribe via SoundcloudSubscribe in Stitcher
  • Former Texas Lawmaker & KUT Board Member Ray Farabee Dies

    KUT Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Kenneth “Ray” Farabee died at his home in Austin on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  He was 81.Farabee was born in Wichita Falls, Texas in 1932. He graduated from Wichita Falls High School before attending the University of Texas at Austin. Ray was elected Student Body President at UT and served with the National Student Association where he traveled the nation working with other university student government organizations.
  • What Can Immigrants Expect Following Obama's Executive Order?

    David Brown
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    President Barack Obama announced broad changes to national immigration policy last night, affecting up to five million undocumented U.S. residents.Immigrants who have been living in the United States for at least five years, who have children who are U.S. citizens or whose children are legal residents, may stay in the U.S. temporarily without fear of deportation, provided they register with the government, pass a criminal background check and pay their taxes. 
 
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    Jaye Albright's Breakfast Blog

  • Time For Programmers To Learn A New Language

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    This development is not at all surprising.As usual, they want us to cut our inventories while refusing to pay anything more when we do it, in spite of considerable data proving radio's impact.If the only way they will pay more is when "cost per point" hits media buyer wishes and dreams, it's crucial that the people creating content fully understand which quarter hours and programming tactics have the highest potential to get target GRPs, ultimately ARPs, as high as possible.Let's stop worrying about 6+ average quarter hour shares, replacing those with the highest payoff target points.That's…
  • It's That Wonderful (?) Time Of The Year

    19 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    If you're a small indie label or a new, emerging artist, you're coming upon potentially the best time of the year at radio for your needs.If you're a music director, it's the annual time of year to watch your mailbox for unknown names and labels you never heard of before.Why?As Billboard's Country Monday Update noted in listing the adds for the next few weeks it's just three weeks from the time when the vacuum of major label and star artist releases begins.Country Aircheck made note of the same phenomenon in its pages this week as well.Most weeks music directors find a lot more piled up in…
  • A Sense Of History

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    As we all get ready the 39th annual Twin Cities radio meeting, I am reminded of an anonymous response back in 1996 to a "RadioIQ" (our client e-zene) report of CBS Radio President Dan Mason’s talk at the Upper Midwest Communications Conclave which continues to echo all these years later.   “Jobs on the programming side of radio will continue to be eliminated,” Mason correctly predicted back then. “For every position eliminated in programming this year, there will be three added in sales.”Now that programmatic buying and selling is emerging, eliminating reps while making media…
  • Let Me Second That Motion

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:20 am
    The announcement from Country Radio Broadcasters that Jeff Smulyan will be given the 2015 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award during the opening ceremonies of Country Radio Seminar 2015 is another great decision from the seminar's board.If you want to peruse the many, many wonderful giving works Jeff has spearheaded and been involved in, click here to read the complete press release listing a lot of them.I'd like to add a personal reflection on what Jeff has created for the people who work for and with him, which in today's corporate radio competitive environment is another level of…
  • One A Day

    11 Nov 2014 | 2:02 am
    Yesterday's list of 16 metrics A&O&B encourages you to track consistently (Programming By The Numbers) is completely overwhelming.So, try this:  put a different one of them on your day planner every other workday.Give yourself 30 minutes the first day to update the stats on that area of your responsibilities.  Set up a once-monthly meeting with anyone else who is responsible for that area.  Have them track the numbers and bring them in writing to this meeting to distribute with everyone.Don't allow it to go longer than a half hour.  Look at the metrics for that one…
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    countrymusicnewsblog.com

  • THE BIG REVIVAL TOUR AND THE BURN IT DOWN TOUR COME TOGETHER

    Country Music News
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean join their two hot tours together for a special ten night stadium run! The forecast for summer 2015 just got a little bit hotter as we find out heavy headliners Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean are teaming up for TEN stadium shows together! The Burn It Down Tour and The Big Revival Tour presented by Corona Light, will meet up for 10 stadium shows next summer. The first shows to go on sale for the unprecedented pairing are New England’s Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28, 2015 and San Francisco’s Levi’s Stadium on May 2, 2015. More on-sale information and…
  • 25 YEARS OF HITS, 25 YEARS OF LIVE SHOWS, 25 YEARS OF ALAN JACKSON

    Country Music News
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
    Alan Jackson Launches 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR Tour Kicks Off In Fort Myers, FL On January 8 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 20, 2014) Country superstar Alan Jackson rings in 2015 with the continuation of the multi-faceted 25th anniversary celebration and the launch of his 25th Anniversary KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR. Sponsored by Kubota Tractor Corporation, the tour kicks off in Fort Myers (Estero), FL on January 8 and will culminate at the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver (Morrison), CO on May 17, 2015. Joining Jackson on his KEEPIN’ IT COUNTRY TOUR will be Capitol Records…
  • JEFF DUNHAM PROVES LAUGHTER IS THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE IN NEW “ALL OVER THE MAP” COMEDY SPECIAL

    Country Music News
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    FIRST OF ITS KIND, UNPRECEDENTED WORLD TOUR ACROSS FIVE CONTINENTS TO AIR ON COMEDY CENTRAL® NOV. 16; AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY, DVD, AND DOWNLOAD NOV. 18 Dunham’s Las Vegas Residency to Commence November 28 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thursday, Oct. 9– Being named the top comedian in North America wasn’t enough for Jeff Dunham and his iconic creations, Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Peanut, José Jalapeño, Bubba J and Walter – the ventriloquist set out in early 2014 to embark on an unprecedented world tour where he…
  • ERIC CHURCH’S RECENTLY LAUNCHED “THE OUTSIDERS WORLD TOUR” HITS BIG WITH FANS AND CRITICS

    Country Music News
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Church’s New Single “Talladega” is the No. 1 Most Added Song at Country Radio Celebrating Four CMA Nominations, Church Will Return to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Oct. 15, 2014 Nashville, TN – (Oct. 2, 2014) – With just a handful of shows into his jaunt, Eric Church’s “The Outsiders World Tour” has already drawn more than 100,000 fans to see what Jon Bream of Minneapolis’ Star-Tribune called “country’s most compelling live act.” Having launched in Bossier City, LA on Sept. 11, the tour puts a spotlight on…
  • KENNY CHESNEY DROPS INTIMATE “TIL IT’S GONE” CLIP

    Country Music News
    15 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Rolling Stone Has Exclusive Debut 10/13 @ 8:00 AM ET With 94 Stations BEFORE Add Week, This Is One for the No Shoes Nation New York/Nashville/Athens, GA: Kenny Chesney took the stage at Athens, Georgia’s historic Georgia Theater to share a surprise night of music – classics, covers and new songs – with the No Shoes Nation. With less than 1,000 people on hand for the surprise show filmed for CMT Instant Jam, the energy, the heat and the love was palpable, especially after the high impact performer had taken the year off to concentrate on making The Big Revival. “In…
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    Farce the Music

  • Saturday Night Music: Black Label Society

    Farcer
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • From the Archives: Fun With Google Searches

    Farcer
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    ORIGINALLY POSTED JULY 30, 2013Fun With Google Searches: Randy Rogers, Luke Bryan, Wynonna, etc. Once again... I didn't say it...1 out of 4 ain't bad.Yes, but he has to smile at the same time.
  • YouTube Gems: Travis Meadows

    Farcer
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Here's Travis Meadows performing his song "What We Ain't Got," which is Jake Owen's current single. I'm going to see Travis perform tonight!
  • YouTube Gems: Karen Jonas - Oklahoma Lottery

    Farcer
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
  • Dumbass Satire

    Farcer
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    Dumbass Country Song ©2014 FTM SatiresBabygirl honey are you ready to goGotta drive this boner down a gravel roadI'm likin' the way you look in those jeansWanna take 'em off and have sex if you know what I meanBut first we'll find a party and get real drunkTurn up some country but only if it bumpsMe and my bros talking about dumb shitMight whip out my pecker cause I'm pretty proud of itChorusLet's raise up a glass to being dumbassCelebrate our stupidityDon't care about grades, we just like getting laidParty like we're on CMTSloshing red cups and crankin' on upThese trucks that we all…
 
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    Keepin' it Country Media & Radio

  • Ram Trucks and Miranda Lambert Kick Off Brand Partnership

    Jessica Crans
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Grammy® winner and dog ‘mother’ to seven rescue dogs, Miranda Lambert and Ram Trucks have announced a partnership that kicks off this week with Lambert auctioning off a customized Ram Laramie Longhorn to benefit Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation. The auction is just the beginning of a relationship between Lambert and Ram that will continue to evolve in 2015. “Miranda Lambert and Ram Truck are a perfect fit,” said Robert Hegbloom, President and CEO of the Ram Truck brand. “She values hard work, courage and lives her life to the fullest – the same characteristics that our brand…
  • First Ever Country Music Festival, FarmBorough, Set For NYC In June 2015

    Jessica Crans
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    Live Nation Entertainment and Founders Entertainment announced today during a press conference that they will launch the first-ever country music festival in New York City.  FarmBorough is set to take place on Randall’s Island June 26-28, 2015 and will feature Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley at the top of the all-star line up.   Additional artists announced for the lineup so far include Ashley Monroe, Brandy Clark, Brothers Osborne, Canaan Smith, Cassadee Pope, Charlie Worsham, Chris Stapleton, Dallas Smith, Dustin Lynch, Dwight Yoakam, Joe Nichols, Jon Pardi, Kip…
  • Chris Young Partners With Kidde to Increase Fire Safety

    Jessica Crans
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Kidde Fire Safety joined country music stars Chris Young and Kix Brooks and fire service leaders to offer their support to new campaigns that will help protect families and assist burn-injured firefighters. Kidde, a leading manufacturer of residential fire safety products, is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX). Kidde will donate 2,000 Worry-Free sealed-battery smoke alarms to fire departments in select cities along Young’s 2015 A.M. World Tour and will contribute $25,000 to sponsor Phoenix Society’s new…
  • Kelly Clarkson Welcomes Baby Girl!

    Jeanna D.
    14 Jun 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Kelly Clarkson is a mom! The multi-genre singing sensation gave birth to River Rose Blackstock on Thursday, June 12th! Earlier today, Clarkson made the highly anticipated announcement to her fans via Twitter and Facebook. The little girl’s arrival also means that Reba McEntire has a new grand baby. Kelly’s husband, Starstruck Management Group’s Brandon Blackstock, is Reba’s stepson. We don’t want to put pressure on the 2-day old baby girl, but her name is perfect for country music. With her mama’s incomparable pipes and her music royalty family, we may…
  • Richie Sambora Joins Zac Brown Band for Epic CMA Fest Performance

    Jessica Crans
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Before heading to Europe for his upcoming tour with Orianthi, Richie Sambora was excited to head to Nashville, TN, surprising crowds with an incredible appearance during Zac Brown Band’s set at the CMA Music Festival. The collaborative performance, which saw Richie and the acclaimed country/folk bandriffing on the iconic hit “Wanted Dead or Alive” had the crowdamped up over at LP Field. Said Richie Sambora “What a blast playing with my brother Zac Brown. Nashville has always welcomed me with open arms and it was incredible to jump on stage and feel the energy of that amazing…
 
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    Faie Country

  • FREE MUSIC DOWNLOAD (for email address...sorry but have to)

    Faie R
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Here we go.Download the song BOX OF THINGS from our new CD for an email address. For a limited time only, as they say. Thanx
  • New CD "FAIEFULLY" is out

    Faie R
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Hello.I know. I know. It's been a while. But before I explain, we have a new CD out called FAIEFULLY of which the lead track BOX OF THINGS can be heard in the Soundcloud below; And of course the CD is available on iTunes and other fine online music retailers;https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/faiefully/id910149239?ign-mpt=uo%3D4So. Was away for a while. Nothing dramatic. Just away. For health reasons. But back now. So. Take a listen and enjoy.Faie over and out.
  • Brand new merchandise store

    Faie R
    6 Jan 2014 | 12:16 pm
    So...We wanted to let the word out that our brand new merchandise store is up and running;http://faie.dizzyjam.comand here is the first image that will be on some of the t-shirts, hoodies etc.So if you can, check it out!!thanks
  • New CD is on Earbits Radio!!

    Faie R
    26 Nov 2013 | 10:49 am
    Our new CD "FAIEBLES" has just been selected for @Earbits Radio! It's kind of a big deal. Check it out.http://www.earbits.com/s/yrfgLsPVoqusp 
  • New CD "FAIEBLES" now on iTunes

    Faie R
    19 Nov 2013 | 5:39 am
    Hey, hey, hey!!Just a little shout out so that we can shout out that our new CD called "FAIEBLES" is out and now available on the fine iTunes music store. The link is below;https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/faiebles/id753856547?ign-mpt=uo%3D4Many thanks to the audio prod team at Bishop Labs for all their help.that's all folks!! 4now
 
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