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  • Lauren Alaina, Cam and More Set for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017 12:24 PM
    Lauren Alaina, Cam, Sara Evans, Dustin Lynch, Kelsea Ballerini and Thomas Rhett each have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. This year, Alaina released her first film Road Less Traveled and scored her first No. 1 hit of the same title. Cam and her husband Adam Weaver celebrated their first year of marriage in... Read more »
  • What Thanksgiving Means to Country
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:47 AM
    I can probably sum up almost everyone’s ideal Thanksgiving with three words: family and food. But when it comes to counting blessings, everyone seems to have a different story. And just in time for the holiday on Thursday (Nov. 23), the country stars are reflecting on what the holiday means tothem. Thomas Rhett “You... Read more »
  • Lady Antebellum’s Holidays Look Good
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017 10:08 AM
    When Lady Antebellum played the WUSN Stars & Strings benefit show in Chicago last week, I had a chance to talk with the band backstage — before they took the stage, and before they took off for the Thanksgiving holiday. And now that all three band members are raising three kids — and there are... Read more »
  • Darius Rucker on Small Town Blessings
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:19 AM
    When Darius Rucker was growing up in Charleston, SC, his mom made sure that he counted his blessings. Probably every day, and especially on Thanksgiving. I caught up with Rucker at the WUSN Stars & Strings benefit show in Chicago last week, and we talked about carrying on that kind of grateful tradition. “When I... Read more »
  • Dolly Parton’s Revenge and Johnny Cash’s Last Song to Chart
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017 8:12 AM
    It has become a well-known part of musical folklore that Elvis Presley declined to record Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You” because Parton wouldn’t give him half the publishing rights, as his manager, Col. Tom Parker, demanded. Losing the Elvis cut nearly broke Parton’s heart. Momentarily. But the song ultimately did pretty well without... Read more »
  • LANco Lands Its First Top Single with“Greatest Love Story”
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:22 AM
    Ho! Ho-hum. Christmas is in the air — but not under the tree yet. In other words, the charts didn’t exactly light up with new music this week. But there are glimpses of brighter days ahead. Certainly, it’s already holiday time for LANco. The band scores its first No. 1 single with“Greatest Love Story”... Read more »
  • Kip Moore Releases Soul-Baring Documentary
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 11:06 AM
    Kip Moore‘s 33-minute documentary The Journey to Slowheart exposes the man behind the music in a way that has never been done before. The piece has Moore giving a personal tour of the places that have directly impacted his life and his songs. His followers will meet his family in his hometown of Tifton, Georgia,... Read more »
  • Kelsea Ballerini and Her New Groove
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:51 AM
    Sometimes, I judge a song by its title. Other times, it takes a line or two for me to realize if I will love or hate a song. And that’s how I feel about Kelsea Ballerini‘s “In Between.” It’s one of the first cuts I fell for off her new album Unapologetically. Because, lyrics. I’m... Read more »
  • Cam Introduces World to“Diane”
    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 9:08 AM
    Thanksgiving is going to lean a little more country this year, when Cam takes part in the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day on Thursday (Nov. 23). But she’s not just rolling down the streets of Manhattan, she is actually performing her brand new single “Diane.” “How amazing to be coming in on Thanksgiving when people... Read more »
  • Kesha and Old Crow Medicine Show Set for CMT Crossroads
    Monday, November 20, 2017 10:00 AM
    It will be a totally original Nashville night when Kesha shares the stage with Old Crow Medicine Show live on an all-new CMT Crossroads. Both the pop superstar and the Grammy-winning acoustic Americana band call Music City home, and the concert experience will be filmed in the Tennessee capital. The hour-long concert special will premiere... Read more »
  • 2017 American Music Awards: Keith Urban Has Some Backseat Gratitude
    Monday, November 20, 2017 9:30 AM
    When you take the stage to accept any honor, you might not have enough time to thank everyone on your mind. So what Keith Urban did after Sunday night’s (Nov. 19) 2017 American Music Awards — where he took home awards for favorite male artists — country, favorite album-country for Ripcord, and favorite song-country for... Read more »
  • Little Big Town Play Brentwood Benefit
    Monday, November 20, 2017 9:17 AM
    This is the life. Going to an intimate Little Big Town concert, being greeted with trays of champagne, and knowing the whole night that you’re a part of something even greater. That was the scene on Thursday evening (Nov. 16) at the Nashville estate of celebrated jewelry designer Johnathon Arndt and his husband, Newman. The... Read more »
  • Last Weekend’s Greatest Hits
    Monday, November 20, 2017 9:13 AM
    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 »
  • Country Stars Mourn Mel Tillis
    Monday, November 20, 2017 9:06 AM
    Even though country legend Mel Tillis had his heyday a few decades ago — from the late ’60s to the early ’80s — he made an indelible mark on the country singers and songwriters who followed his lead. And after the news of his death at age 85 spread on Sunday morning (Nov. 19), the... Read more »
  • Mel Tillis Dies at Age 85
    Sunday, November 19, 2017 10:56 AM
    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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