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Country Music Headlines From CMT

  • Merle Haggard Resumes Tour After Illness
    Monday, February 8, 2016 9:19 PM
    Never question Merle Haggard’s work ethic. Following last week’s announcement that he had canceled all of his February tour dates, he was back onstage Saturday (Feb. 6) in Las Vegas and plans to play three more concerts this next week in California. The 78-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member was hospitalized in December with... Read more »
  • Chase Rice’s Open Letter to Fans
    Monday, February 8, 2016 5:07 PM
    When Chase Rice penned an open letter to his fans about his new single, I thought maybe something had changed. After reading what he’d written, now I’m thinking maybe something will be changing in the future. “I hope y’all enjoy my new song ‘Whisper.’ My guys and I have put a ton of work and... Read more »
  • Rhonda Vincent, Farm Hands Win Big at SPBGMA Awards
    Monday, February 8, 2016 2:02 PM
    Perennial prize-winner Rhonda Vincent pretty much ran the table again Sunday night (Feb. 7) at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s 42nd annual awards show at Nashville’s Sheraton Music City Hotel. Individually, Vincent won SPBGMA’s entertainer of the year and female vocalist of the year trophies, while she and her band,... Read more »
  • Tim McGraw Pawned High School Ring for Guitar
    Monday, February 8, 2016 1:08 PM
    When I think of Tim McGraw, I think of his songs. And the stories they tell. And all those lyrics I know by heart. But the guitar? That’s not usually the first thing on my mind when I picture him onstage. And yet, a guitar is how it all started for him. In a recent... Read more »
  • Thomas Rhett Offers His“T-Shirt”
    Monday, February 8, 2016 10:10 AM
    No, it’s not an actual piece of his clothing, but Thomas Rhett is giving fans something almost as awesome with his single, “T-Shirt.” Like a real t-shirt, the track will also give you that warm and fuzzy feeling. Fresh off the success of his six-week No. 1, “Die a Happy Man,” the ACM new male... Read more »
  • GIF Recap: Party Down South Lyle’s Achy-Breaky Heart
    Sunday, February 7, 2016 12:13 PM
    Between Lyle having a hard time digesting his fiancee's cheating rumors, and Daddy bringing home the wrong girl, due to beer goggles, it was a not-to-be-missed one-hour of entertainment. Please enjoy a recap of the episode, in GIFs.
  • Sam Hunt’s Super Bowl Pick
    Saturday, February 6, 2016 10:30 AM
    Sam Hunt will be one of the millions of football fans watching the Super Bowl showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos this Sunday (Feb. 7). And like most football fans, the former quarterback-turned-country star has already made his pick for Super Bowl champion. That pick is Peyton Manning and the Broncos. “I’m... Read more »
  • Jennifer Nettles Talks New Album and Next Women Tour
    Friday, February 5, 2016 8:56 PM
    We’ve loved her for over a decade as the lead singer of Sugarland, and over the past few years we’ve gotten to know Jennifer Nettles as a solo artist as well. In between headlining CMT’s 2016 Next Women of Country Tour and preparing to release a new album, we sat down with the songstress to... Read more »
  • Record Labels Trot Out Top Acts for Country Radio Seminar
    Friday, February 5, 2016 5:28 PM
    Country Radio Seminar kicks off Monday (Feb. 8) at the Omni Hotel in Nashville with the usual mixture of music, mentoring and how-to’s for radio programmers and their bosses. Produced annually by Country Radio Broadcasters, the convention will wrap up Wednesday night with the New Faces of Country Music show. This event is open only... Read more »
  • Music from Redneck Island: S5E2–Broken Dreams
    Friday, February 5, 2016 5:01 PM
    Redneck Island: Season 5, Episode 2 – Broken Dreams A Thousand Horses – “Trailer Trashed” Don’t miss new episodes of Redneck Island: Battle at the Lake Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. And for exclusive news and video, photo galleries and more, head over to, the CMT app, the official Redneck Island Facebook page and... Read more »
  • Two SXSW Films Making Television Premieres on CMT
    Friday, February 5, 2016 5:00 PM
    Two new films will make their world premieres at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival next month, and their television premieres on CMT later this year. The Bandit and Chicken People are both on the lineup at the film festival in the Documentary Spotlight. The festival takes place from March 11-19 in Austin, Texas. The... Read more »
  • Nelly Is Back in the Country Music Saddle
    Friday, February 5, 2016 4:32 PM
    While the rap genre is definitely Nelly‘s musical home, he seems to enjoy vacationing in the “country.” Nelly just released a cover version of Thomas Rhett‘s recent hit “Die a Happy Man,” adding his own smooth twist to the song in a way only Nelly could. Nelly’s TR tribute is actually his third country venture.... Read more »
  • Dierks Bentley: Exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    Thursday, February 4, 2016 6:03 PM
    Some of Dierks Bentley‘s first Nashville gigs were the kind where he would just play for tips at places like the Springwater Supper Club and Lounge in the late ’90s. And now he’s going to be featured in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. So, yes, every mile is indeed... Read more »
  • Is Luke Bryan Just Following Protocol?
    Thursday, February 4, 2016 1:35 PM
    Maybe Luke Bryan does this all the time. Maybe all the country stars do it all the time. Or maybe, this was just a one-time, extra special thing. When Bryan’s latest single “Home Alone Tonight” made it to the top of the charts, he picked up the phone to call a couple of the song’s... Read more »
  • Is Sam Smith Country Music’s Newest Fan?
    Thursday, February 4, 2016 1:19 PM
    A couple of weeks ago, English pop superstar Sam Smith casually tweeted that he was ready for some country music. I want to start listening to some more country music. What albums should I buy? — Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016 Since then, more than 600 people retweeted it. More than 2,500 people liked... Read more »
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