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Last Weekend’s Greatest Hits

Sometimes, the best part of my weekend is just virtually following the country stars all over. With a little help from social media. This last weekend, I got to see exactly what they were up to. Like the way Maren Morris was digging the British singalong on her most profane song. And Kacey Musgraves admitted... Read more »

Mel Tillis Dies at Age 85

Country Music Hall of Fame member Mel Tillis died on Sunday (Nov. 19) at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. He was 85. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure, according to his publicist, Don Murry Grubbs. Despite his many distinctions as a performer, songwriter, actor and music publisher, Tillis was most... Read more »

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Hear Kelleigh Bannen’s Soulful “O Holy Night” and “Deck the Halls”

On Thursday (Nov. 16), Kelleigh Bannen, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, showed she is one of country music’s greatest storytellers to emerge from Nashville within the last decade. And she did it in less than a minute. To plug her new soulful versions of “O Holy Night” and “Deck the Halls,” Bannen parodied... Read more »

The Inspiration Behind Taylor Swift’s “New Year’s Day”

Last week, she won the CMA song of the year as the sole writer behind Little Big Town’s No. 1 hit “Better Man.” But “New Year’s Day” marks Taylor Swift‘s official return to country radio. Her label Big Machine Records sent the song to country radio programmers nationwide on Wednesday night (Nov. 15). Co-written with... Read more »

Eddie Montgomery Will Continue Montgomery Gentry

In music, artists are on a constant search to find their forever creative partners. Mick Jagger has Keith Richards. Jimmy Page has Robert Plant. Paul McCartney had John Lennon. In country music, Montgomery Gentry‘s Eddie Montgomery had Troy Gentry. In a new interview with People, Montgomery said he lost a piece of his soul when... Read more »

With Blake Shelton, Christmas Is Always Merry

One Christmas in Oklahoma, then another Christmas in California. That definitely sounds like twice as much fun, if you love the holidays as much as Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani do. Stefani told Extra that that’s their plan for this Christmas season so that they don’t have to be apart when it matters most. “We... Read more »

How Darius Rucker Felt About “Hold My Hand”

When the Country Music Association called Darius Rucker and asked if he’d help open the Nov. 8 Awards show with his 1994 hit song “Hold My Hand,” he said he was shocked. “For the song that (Hootie & the Blowfish) played in clubs for years and years to be opening the CMAs — with a... Read more »

PHOTOS: Tour Faith Hill and Tim McGraw’s New Exhibit

Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted a private preview of the new exhibit Faith Hill & Tim McGraw: Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man on Wednesday (Nov. 15). In their opening remarks (which lasted 12 minutes), the country power couple wanted to thank every soul that has ever been part of their respective careers.... Read more »

What Garth Brooks’ Book Taught Me

Garth Brooks’ new book The Anthology: Part 1 starts 32 years ago. His first chapter is titled “Late Summer, 1985,” and it begins with Brooks’ pre-Nashville days. His band at the time — a cover band that played all over Oklahoma — was called Santa Fe. But a couple years later, he packed up his... Read more »