Sam Hunt, Lady A & Vince will honor Reba at Wednesday’s CMT Artists of the Year

The list of big names who’ll be a part of next week’s 2019 CMT Artists of the Year just keeps growing. Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett’s wife Lauren Akins, Vince Gill, Maddie & Tae, The Connors and The Big Bang Theory’s Johnny Galecki, plus Chrissy Metz and Lonnie Chavis from This Is Us, are all set to take the stage next Wednesday at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. Carrie Underwood, Dan + Shay, Kane Brown, Thomas Rhett and Luke Combs are this year’s honorees, alongside Breakout Artist of the Year Ashley McBryde and Artist of a Lifetime Reba […]

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Trisha Yearwood can’t take Every Girl on Tour, but she’s picked four special ones

It’s not “Every Girl in This Town” who gets to head out on tour with Trisha Yearwood, but four lucky ones will get to. Kim Richey, Caylee Hammack, Caroline Jones and Rachel Wammack will all join the two-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year at different points on her trek, named Every Girl on Tour. Richey’s a veteran singer/songwriter who wrote hits for Trisha like “Believe Me Baby (I Lied),” while Caylee, Caroline and Rachel are all promising newcomers. “This tour […]

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Lady A’s looking forward to a date with Dolly before diving into Ocean

Lady Antebellum has a Saturday night date with Dolly Parton. They’re among the artists performing in the two sold-out shows celebrating the icon’s 50th year on the Grand Ole Opry. As you might imagine, they love Dolly just as much as everyone else. “She has ventured so far out of what you could say is country music, but never departed from it,” Hillary Scott points out. “But I just love that she is still her. She has not wavered.” “She is […]

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TR & wife Lauren find “calm in the crazy,” while they’re moving, she’s sick, and baby #3 is on the way

Thomas Rhett and his wife Lauren are expecting their third daughter in February, and the “Remember You Young” hitmaker says nobody’s more excited than his older girls, three-year-old Willa and two-year-old Ada. “They’re really, really pumped. We’re all really excited,” TR says. “Before I had kids, I never really imagined that I would be this at peace with two [kids] and one on the way.” “I thought I’d be like, ‘What in the world is happening?'” he continues. “But me and […]

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“Mr. Lonely” no more: Midland’s Mark Wystrach ties the knot in Austin

It’s no more “Mr. Lonely” for Midland’s Mark Wystrach. On Tuesday, the trio’s lead singer tied the knot with his fiancée in the couple’s hometown of Austin, Texas. They were married at The Contemporary Austin’s Laguna Gloria, the museum’s fourteen-acre sculpture park on the shores of Lake Austin. “Got hitched in a quiet lil ceremony today and am mighty proud & delighted to now call Ty Haney, ‘My wife,’” Mark shared on his socials, along with snapshots of the two showing off […]

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Get ready to meet Sam Hunt’s “Kinfolks” on Thursday

he official return of Sam Hunt happens Thursday at 5 p.m. ET. And he’s not just back with a new song: he wants to introduce you to his “Kinfolks,” too. For the past few days, Sam’s been dropping hints about the new song on his socials. “Kinfolks” embodies the feeling of wanting to take home a new love to meet your “people,” as they say in the South where Sam grew up. “When I think of kinfolks, […]

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“Love You Too Late”: How Cole Swindell’s real-life experience changed what was supposed to be an “uptempo,” “party song”

Cole Swindell wrote his latest hit with two of his “favorite writers — favorite people, forget the writer part,” he says. Even though they’ve been collaborating a long time, “Love You Too Late” is their first single together. “Brandon Kinney and Michael Carter, we’ve been writing together before my first album ever came out,” Cole explains. “You know, we wrote several things on each album.” “I’ve always thought that songs we had written before would be singles,” he continues. “It never has, […]

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It IS their fault: Brothers Osborne to be honored with ASCAP’s Vanguard Award

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers — known as ASCAP — will give Brothers Osborne their Vanguard Award next month during the 57th ASCAP Country Music Awards. The reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the year will be honored for how their “innovative work is helping to shape the future of music.” Previously, Chris Stapleton and Kelsea Ballerini have both received the accolade. Country Music Hall of Famer Randy Travis will also take home the ASCAP Founders Award during the November 11 […]

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What You See Is What You Get, and you get Eric Church on Luke Combs’ new album

Luke Combs’ new album not only includes a guest appearance by Brooks & Dunn, but a collaboration with CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Eric Church as well. The two North Carolina natives team up on the track “Does to Me,” while B&D show up on the already-released “1, 2 Many.” News about the Church cut comes as Luke reveals the track listing for his seventeen-song sophomore album, What You See Is What You Get. The title track is out now […]

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“Prayed for You”: How Matt Stell morphed his college basketball career into a #1 country song

Matt Stell accomplishes a rare feat this week, arriving at number one on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart with his debut single, “Prayed for You.” Take one look at the six-foot-seven Arkansas native and it’s no surprise he played college basketball. In fact, were it not for his time on the court for Drury University, Matt might have never launched his country career. “When you’re playing college basketball, you have to stay on campus for the whole winter […]

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