Country Music News

CMT Reveals the Next Women of Country Class of 2021

Today, CMT reveals the 10 country artists to watch in its much-anticipated 2021 Next Women of Country campaign, which recognizes and supports country music’s most promising and powerful female artists. The 10 artists joining this year’s prestigious Next Women of Country roster are: Ashland Craft, Priscilla Block, Brittney Spencer, Reyna Roberts, Hannah Dasher, MacKenzie Porter,... Read more » ... Continue Reading

When Valerie June Hears “Call Me A Fool,” She Is Okay With That

Embedded from Singer-songwriter Valerie June says that she wrote “Call Me a Fool” because she wanted people to know they could go ahead and dream, even if the rest of the world considered them fools. “Have you ever been a fool for a dream? It might have been a little dream like a kiss... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Dolly Parton’s Brother Randy Has “Lost His Battle with Cancer”

Early on Thursday morning (Jan. 21), Dolly Parton shared the news that her younger brother Randy had died. Like his sister, Parton, 67, was a singer and songwriter, and he played in Parton’s band for many years. When she posted the news on Facebook, she wrote lovingly about Randy, his life and his legacy. “My... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Garth Brooks Performs at the Presidential Inauguration and Invites Everyone to Sing Along

Right after U.S. President Joe Biden was sworn in at the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday (Jan. 20), he officially started his term as the POTUS with an inspired speech with a theme of unity. And then Garth Brooks walked out to the steps of the U.S. Capitol to do the same thing in song. Brooks... Read more » ... Continue Reading

It’s Been 20 Years Since Sara Evans’ “Born to Fly” Flew to No. 1

It’s almost unthinkable that it has been 20 years today since country singer-songwriter Sara Evans was telling her dreams to the scarecrow, and then “Born to Fly” landed at the top spot on the charts. Because it’s a hit song that still sounds just as relevant and feels just as infectious as it did when... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Eric Church Will Sing the National Anthem at This Year’s Super Bowl

Early on Tuesday morning (Jan. 19), Eric Church shared the news on Twitter that he’d be singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the upcoming Super Bowl LV. Eric Church will join @jsullivanmusic to sing the National Anthem for Super Bowl LV! Make sure to tune-in on Feb 7 to the Super Bowl on @CBS Kick-Off Show... Read more » ... Continue Reading

At 75, Dolly Parton Continues to Be the It Girl for Every Generation

If you love Dolly Parton as much as we do, you will want to stay tuned to CMT’s social media all day long to see what we’ve come up with to celebrate her 75th birthday on Tuesday (Jan. 19). To so many of us, Parton is as timeless and ageless as the country songs she... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Britnee Kellogg Lights Up Love with “Keep You in the Dark”

Embedded from You already know Britnee Kellogg, because she made it on to two seasons of American Idol. And even though she didn’t win that particular crown, it turns out that that experience was the only launch pad she needed to get her country music career off the ground. And today she’s giving Read more » ... Continue Reading

JUST IN: Garth Brooks Announces He Will Perform at Presidential Inauguration

After going relatively quiet on social media after the holidays, Garth Brooks is back, and he has news. Big, big news. During a press conference on Monday (Jan. 18), Brooks shared that he will be performing as part of the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday (Jan. 20). Brooks, Lady Gaga and Jennifer... Read more » ... Continue Reading

WATCH: Willie Jones Declares That the “American Dream” Ain’t Cheap

Embedded from You may remember Willie Jones from his turn on The X Factor back in 2012. The Shreveport singer auditioned with Josh Turner’s “Your Man,” and he nailed it. But today’s Jones, now 26, is a little older, a little wiser, and a lot more adept at blending his signature hip-hop with his... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Loretta Lynn Is Proud to Share Her Covid Vaccine Story

First Willie. And now Loretta. It’s beginning to feel a lot like we are about to get on the other side of this pandemic now that country legends are starting to get the Operation Warp Speed Covid-19 vaccine. Loretta Lynn, 88, and her youngest daughter Peggy Jean — twin sister of Patsy Eileen — left... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Morgan Wallen Shares How Artists Like Alan Jackson and Lil Wayne Shaped Him and His Music

Just when you think you know a guy, he throws out a list of musical influences that you never saw coming. So thanks, Morgan Wallen, for being a blessedly unpredictable. After his Tuesday night (Jan. 12) album release show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium to celebrate his new double album Dangerous, Wallen is now revealing his... Read more » ... Continue Reading

See the Photos of Willie Nelson Getting His Covid-19 Vaccine

You want to feel hopeful about the future? Just take a look at Willie Nelson getting his Covid-19 vaccine. He did it via a drive-up service at the Family Hospital Systems in Texas, and according to the photos in their Facebook post, Nelson looks like he’s feeling lucky that he’s among the first batch of... Read more » ... Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: The Blake Shelton “Minimum Wage” Q&A

Blake Shelton may be wealthy now, but he knows how it feels to do what you have to do to get by. Whatever it is. You find ways to do what you have to do so that you can eventually do what you want to do. And on Thursday morning (Jan. 14), just about 24... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Listen to Maren Morris and JP Saxe Collaborating “Line by Line”

Embedded from You’ve never heard Maren Morris quite like this. On her brand new collaboration with JP Saxe, Morris sounds like she feels brand new. Maybe it’s the intuition that comes with motherhood. Or maybe it’s just seeing music through a new and hopeful 2021 lens. But either way, we are here for it,... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Luke Combs Opens Up About His Battle with Anxiety and Shares How He “Got Ahold” Of It

In a lot of ways, Luke Combs is just like all of us. In more ways than one. “I like to think I’m a regular guy. There isn’t this big gap between me and the guy in the front row. There’s something super freeing about that, man. Just say what you believe. Write songs that... Read more » ... Continue Reading

CMT to Premiere Skyville Live Specials Starring Kris Kristofferson, Gladys Knight and More

Skyville Live — the Emmy Award-winning music series from Academy and Emmy-Award winning studio Believe Entertainment Group — has just announced a partnership with CMT that will bring ten of its music specials to life in 2021. CMT will host the broadcast premiere of the one-hour specials, all of which were filmed before the Covid-19... Read more » ... Continue Reading

These Are The Women Who Were Named Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders In Season 15

Find out which women made the team on this season's 'Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.' ... Continue Reading

Looking Back at When Faith Hill Landed at No. 1 with “It Matters to Me”

On January 13, 1996, country’s most promising newcomer — Faith Hill — landed at the top of the country charts with “It Matters to Me.” It was her third trip to the top spot, but her first time with a ballad. The song, penned by Ed Hill and Mark Sanders, is one of the saddest... Read more » ... Continue Reading

Cheers to Lady A for Their Latest No. 1 “Champagne Night”

Embedded from Raise your glass to “Champagne Night,” for a well-deserved toast to the latest No. 1 song from Lady A. The trio told Billboard Country Update how much it means to them that this one song climbed the charts like it did. “This has been a special song for us for so many... Read more » ... Continue Reading