Wedding watch: Carly Pearce’s trip down the aisle will be “very special and very Carly & Michael,” she says

The exact timing of Carly Pearce’s wedding to Michael Ray is top secret, but all the pieces seem to be in place for it to happen anytime. Carly started September with a bachelorette bash at her former workplace — Dollywood — and a few days later, she and Michael picked up their marriage license. Then, this past weekend, Michael traveled to Sin City for an impromptu bachelor party at the Wynn. His dad, uncle, and some friends joined him […]

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Martina McBride gets Vocal in new podcast featuring Garth, Loretta, and more

Garth Brooks will be Martina McBride’s first guest when she launches her new podcast on Friday, September 27. Martina and the Country Music Hall of Famer go way back, since she used to sell t-shirts on the road for him. You’ll also hear from Lauren Alaina, Pam Tillis, Dustin Lynch, Rosanne Cash, Sara Evans, Don Was, Brenda Lee, Runaway June, Howie Mandel and Loretta Lynn during the first season of Vocal Point with Martina McBride. “I wanted to do a podcast that’s not really an interview as much as it […]

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Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes?”: Ken Burns reveals who’s missing in Country Music

Filmmaker Ken Burns admits there’s one person noticeably missing from his sixteen-hour Country Music documentary on PBS. “We were in negotiation with George Jones‘s people,” he tells ABC Radio. “We thought that our next trip — which was gonna be a week-long trip that would get us 10 or 12 interviews — George would be part of it. And he passed away.” Still, Burns believes the film skillfully pays homage to the man many regard as the greatest country singer […]

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Josh Turner’s crew involved in tour bus accident; one dead, seven injured

A sad day for Josh Turner, his team and his fans: His crew was involved in a serious accident. According to a tweet from the the fire department of San Luis Obispo County, CA, a tour bus carrying Josh Turner’s road crew was involved in a deadly accident; seven were injured and one was killed. According to ABC affiliate KEYT-TV, the bus left Vina Robles Amphitheatre after Josh’s concert Wednesday night and went off the road at 11:42 p.m. The cause of […]

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Brantley Gilbert says leaving his son behind to go on tour “ripped me up!”

Brantley Gilbert is on the road right now, and at the top of the year, he’s got a huge North American tour planned.  But now that he’s a father of two — he and his wife just welcomed daughter Braylen Hendrix — he says it’s getting harder and harder to get on the bus and leave the kids behind. Brantley says his son Barrett, who’ll be two in November, is just at the age where he knows Daddy’s about […]

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Chris Stapleton and Ashley McBryde join Fender Play Foundation to support youth music education

Two of country music’s trailblazing stars are lending their names to a worthy cause. Chris Stapleton and Ashley McBryde have thrown their support behind historic guitar company Fender, and will serve as artist ambassadors for its newly instituted Fender Play Foundation. The foundation aims to support youth music education by providing gear for schools and other educational institutions, as well as offering music instruction, both in-person and online. Artist ambassadors like Ashley and Chris will engage with kids via meet and […]

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Thomas Rhett’s dad wins an ACM award of his own, as he gets rave reviews for opening the VHS Tour

These days, Rhett Akins is a whole lot more than just Thomas Rhett‘s dad. In the nineties, Akins’ own career as an artist yielded huge hits like “That Ain’t My Truck” and “Don’t Get Me Started.” He followed that with a successful career as a songwriter — so successful, in fact, the Academy of Country Music just named him their Songwriter of the Decade. It’s the second of seven new Decade trophies the ACM is now in the […]

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Matt Stell “Prayed for You” and struck gold, too

Newcomer Matt Stell is now officially a golden boy. The six-foot-seven former college basketball player found out Monday night — in front of a capacity crowd at the impromptu Nashville tradition known as Whiskey Jam — that his breakthrough hit, “Prayed for You,” has been certified gold. “Prayed for You” is also the Arkansas native’s first top ten hit, and has been streamed more than 90 million times so far. You’ll find it on his EP Everywhere But […]

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“Buy My Own Drinks” makes Runaway June the most successful all-girl trio since the Dixie Chicks

Not only can Runaway June “Buy My Own Drinks,” these days, they may be buying some extra rounds to celebrate. This week, Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland, and Jennifer Wayne are enjoying the first top five hit of their careers with “Buy My Own Drinks.” It’s also the biggest success by an all-female trio in sixteen years, as Runaway June picks up where the Dixie Chicks’ left off in 2003 with “Travelin’ Soldier.” Wednesday night, the trio continues on Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour […]

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“I Hope You’re Happy Now”: Carly Pearce opens up about the breakup that inspired her new song

Carly Pearce is now happily engaged to Michael Ray, and they’re on the way to the altar sometime this fall.  But before their romance could blossom, she had to deal with a painful reality: breaking up with her then-boyfriend. It’s something she tackles head-on in her new album. “I want people to know: Yes, I fell in love. And yes, there’s going to be those songs,” Carly explains. “But in the process of falling in love, I […]

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