Bro Country Is Still Selling This Year

Thursday, November 27, 2014 -- 2:00 pm EST

(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) In times of country music turmoil, you can always turn to the gospel according to Willie. While a few signs have been signaling the possible decline of bro country, perspective can be found in a short chapter Willie Nelson wrote more... Read more »


CMT Artists of the Year Honoree Miranda Lambert Breaks All Kinds of Records

Thursday, November 27, 2014 -- 11:00 am EST

Award after award, No. 1 singles, a smash album and a powerhouse duet that had everyone talking are just a few reasons 2014 is a year to remember for Miranda Lambert. On Tuesday (Dec. 2), she’ll be honored during the CMT Artists of the Year special alongside Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and... Read more »


Nine #blessed Moments: From Garth Brooks to Luke Bryan

Thursday, November 27, 2014 -- 7:00 am EST

I know, I know. Family, friends and faith. Those are the true blessings we’re all counting on Thanksgiving Day this year, and every year. But come on. If we’re being brutally honest, aren’t there some country music moments from 2014 you’re really, seriously thankful for, too? I know I am. I counted my blessings, and... Read more »


Eat Your Way Through Thanksgiving Like a Country Star

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- 2:19 pm EST

Whip out those stretchy pants, everybody, especially if you plan to celebrate Thanksgiving like Darius Rucker. “My favorite part of Thanksgiving is easy,” he says. “It’s food. It’s eating. It’s hanging out with family and getting some great food. Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for all the great things you’ve got, and I always give... Read more »


Eric Church’s Six Favorite Eric Church Songs

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- 1:18 pm EST

When I caught up with Eric Church in Chicago last week, he explained that when he puts together the set list for his live show, about half of the 27 songs were never on the radio. Still, his fans know all the words. So after playing all those deep cuts night after night, I thought... Read more »


Jake Owen: “I Was Raised Better Than That”

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- 12:09 pm EST

Somewhere, right this minute, I bet Jake Owen’s parents are bursting with pride. Especially his mom. Because in a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Owen said what every mother hopes her son says (or even thinks) someday: “I was raised better than that.” He was talking about the kind of country music that leans a... Read more »


How to Make a Pumpkin Beer-Funnel

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- 11:35 am EST

Thought funneling beers was crazy? Try funneling beer from a pumpkin. Now, that’s Daddy Hard! This holiday season, Daddy brings true innovation to the beer funnel game with the pumpkin beer-funnel as seen on Party Down South: Drunksgiving. Watch the full episode of Party Down South: Drunksgiving online or on the CMT App. Step One:... Read more »


CMT Artists of the Year Honorees Florida Georgia Line Love What They Do

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- 11:00 am EST

In 2014, Florida Georgia Line made sure everyone knew how they rolled. After another banner year raking in awards and selling out concert venues across the nation, they’ll be honored during the CMT Artists of the Year special on Tuesday (Dec. 2). Their most recent achievement came at the CMA Awards, where they were crowned... Read more »


Lucy Hale and Cole Swindell to Sing at Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 -- 6:00 am EST

Thanksgiving is just about here, which for most of America means a yearly binge on four things — family, turkey, football and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. How about a little country music for dessert? Now in its 88th year, the parade draws 3 million people out on to New York City’s blustery streets and... Read more »


CMT Hot 20 Countdown Goes Back to School

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 -- 7:00 pm EST

From voting on their favorite videos to serving as an enthusiastic live audience and interacting on social media, fan participation is a huge part of CMT Hot 20 Countdown. The tireless support from fans doesn’t go unnoticed, either. On Saturday (Nov. 22), the fans really delivered. Murray State University beat out colleges from across the... Read more »