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53rd CMA Awards announces more performers and collaborations

“The 53rd Annual CMA Awards” has announced additional performances and collaborations by  Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton, Kelsea Ballerini, Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum and Halsey, Old Dominion, Blake Shelton, and Thomas Rhett. Country Music’s Biggest Night™, hosted by Carrie Underwood with special guest hosts Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, airs live from...Read More »


Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood continue work with Habitat for Humanity

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have been known to lend their talents for a good cause. In 2007, they volunteered their skills to Habitat for Humanity when the organization was in New Orleans building post-Katrina homes.

Garth Brooks volunteers at Habitat for Humanity in Nashville, TN.

Now, more than a...Read More »


Blake Shelton officiates Trace Adkins' wedding

Trace Adkins is a married man for the fourth time. According to a post on his Instagram account, he tied the knot Saturday (Oct. 12) at Maison Montegut in New Orleans to Canadian actress Victoria Pratt in a ceremony that was officiated by Blake Shelton.

A photo released by Adkins...Read More »


Kenny Dixon, Kane Brown's drummer, dies in car accident

Kenny Dixon, drummer for Kane Brown, was killed in a car accident on Saturday (Oct. 12). Dixon, a longtime member of Brown’s band, was from Dalton, Georgia. He was 27.

“It is with profound sadness and disbelief that we confirm we lost our drummer Kenny this weekend in a tragic...Read More »


Luke Combs brings St. Jude Kid onstage and crowd to tears

Luke Combs brings many emotions to listeners with his music, and at his show on October 3 at the Show Me Center at Missouri State University he brought the crowd to tears. Combs saw a boy in the crowd with a sign that read “This St. Jude Kid...Read More »


busbee, Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer, dies at 43

Warner Chappell Music (WCM) confirmed that Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer, busbee, has died at the age of 43.

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of our friend busbee,” WCM said in a statement posted to Twitter on Monday.

The California native, whose name was Michael James Ryan, was known professionally...Read More »


Blake Shelton promotes Craig Morgan's latest song

When a song is released, getting spins on country radio is what it takes to launch a song up the charts. Labels have teams of people who will make calls and visits to radio stations and executives pitching their artist’s latest single. But, for Craig Morgan the best...Read More »


CMA Announces Award Nominations

The final nominees for the 53rd annual CMA Awards were announced live this morning (Aug. 28) by Jimmie Allen and Ashley McBryde on ABC’s Good Morning America. Following that announcement, Morgan Wallen and Midland live streamed the remaining nominees for the awards.

The show will be...Read More »


Granger Smith Donates over $200,000 to Dell Children's Medical Center in Honor of Late Son River

Granger and Amber Smith (Rick Kern/Getty Images)

Granger Smith and his wife Amber are honoring their late son by giving back to the hospital that cared for River before his death. On Tuesday they presented a check to Dell Children’s Medical Center for $218,791.

“This is just the...Read More »


Justin Moore Makes Dedication to Granger Smith at The Country Fest

Justin Moore performing at The Country Fest in North Lawrence, Ohio on June 21, 2019. (Photo by CCM)

Justin Moore returned to The Country Fest on Friday night and reminisced about his last visit to North Lawrence in 2017, on a line up that also included Granger Smith. He then...Read More »


Granger Smith's son, River, dies in drowning accident

Granger Smith and his wife, Amber, received support from the country music community after the couple revealed their son River, 3, died after a “tragic accident.”

River died in a drowning at the pool at the country singer’s home, Smith’s rep confirmed with People magazine. The 39-year-old country singer...Read More »


Eric Church uses Mansfield Reformatory for "Some Of It"

Eric Church is a fan of the movie The Shawshank Redemption. The 1994 film used the Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio as a backdrop and now Church is doing the same in his new music video for “Some Of It,” the latest single from his album Desperate Man.

The...Read More »


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