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Grand Ole Opry Star Jean Shepard Dead at Age 82

Sunday, September 25, 2016 -- 11:27 am EDT

Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard, a fierce practitioner and defender of traditional country music, died Sunday (Sept. 25) in Nashville at the age of 82. The Country Music Hall of Fame member had been in ill health for the past several months. Born Ollie Imogene Shepard in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, on Nov. 21, 1933,... Read more »

 

Pilgrimage Music Festival: Six Things We Saw on Day One

Sunday, September 25, 2016 -- 8:49 am EDT

When it comes to the needs of live music fans, the Pilgrimage Music Festival thought of everything. A whole lane of road was blocked off for pedestrians to walk the mile-long stretch from downtown Franklin to the second annual event at the Park at Harlinsdale. Live college football was available at the festival’s Beer Hall... Read more »

 

Carrie Underwood Brings Storyteller Tour to Nashville

Friday, September 23, 2016 -- 6:30 pm EDT

Carrie Underwood’s first harmonica solo on the bluesy “Choctaw County Affair” in front of a packed Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday (Sept. 22) made one fan in Section 108 go wild. That’s when Underwood — wearing a sheer flowing skirt and a severe-looking black bodice that resembled armor — ripped into a fiery harp... Read more »

 

How Rascal Flatts Get in the Christmas Spirit

Friday, September 23, 2016 -- 6:10 pm EDT

The temperature may still be in the 90s in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get in the Christmas spirit a little early this year, thanks to Rascal Flatts. The group just announced their first-ever Christmas album, The Greatest Gift of All, to be released Oct. 21. CMT got a sneak peek of the... Read more »

 

Zac Brown Band, Eric Church Rack Up Additional Platinum Certifications

Friday, September 23, 2016 -- 6:09 pm EDT

The Zac Brown Band and Eric Church racked up more platinum album awards from the Recording Industry Association of America during the month of August, according to a report released this week by the RIAA. The ZBB’s The Foundation, released in 2008, has now been declared quintuple platinum for sales, downloads and streams equaling 5... Read more »

 

What Is Justin Timberlake Doing in Nashville?

Friday, September 23, 2016 -- 4:27 pm EDT

Justin Timberlake moved to the Nashville area about a year ago, and he’s living on 126 acres in the Leiper’s Fork community. But it sounds like he isn’t just living there to bask in the serenity and privacy that come with small-town life. He’s actually kind of doing the opposite, by hanging a virtual shingle... Read more »

 

CMT’s Artist Discovery Reveals Newest Talent

Thursday, September 22, 2016 -- 8:39 pm EDT

Check out new videos from the latest additions to CMT’s Artist Discovery, an initiative aimed at spotlighting new artists and their music. Luke Combs Remember the feeling of seeing your ex for the first time after a breakup? Combs, a 26-year-old North Carolina native has put the feeling to music perfectly in his new song... Read more »

 

Murray Bartlett Is Coming to Nashville

Thursday, September 22, 2016 -- 8:38 pm EDT

Murray Bartlett (Looking, Guiding Light, Sex and the City) has been cast as a recurring character in Nashville’s upcoming fifth season. He will play Jakob Fine, a very handsome, charismatic and successful men’s fashion designer. Bartlett is joining Grammy-winning singer Rhiannon Giddens and Emmy-nominated actress Jen Richards, who were also recently added to Nashville‘s star-studded... Read more »

 

Americana Music Honors & Awards Celebrates Legends and Newcomers

Thursday, September 22, 2016 -- 3:30 pm EDT

Imagine a single musical gathering featuring performances by George Strait, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir and Stax Records great William Bell. The 15th annual Americana Music Honors & Awards at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium celebrated the genre’s talented musicians who dedicate every day to being impeccable with their words in music. In the awards... Read more »

 

Kelsea Ballerini on What’s Next

Thursday, September 22, 2016 -- 3:18 pm EDT

Kelsea Ballerini‘s first album The First Time had nine years of material on it. And she recently told CBS News she knows her follow-up album will be so different because she’s only putting a couple years of her life into it. “My first album covered my life from the ages of 12 to 21 years... Read more »