CMT Country News

The “Uncanceling” of Morgan Wallen

When Morgan Wallen dropped his sophomore double album ‘Dangerous’ at the top of 2021, the hype around country music’s young superstar seemed to be at its peak. Having already survived multiple public scandals over the previous year, the quality and popularity of his music had always absolved him of his sins. But when video surfaced...… ... Continue Reading

Cody Johnson Forced To Cancel Upcoming Shows Due To Sudden Illness

Country powerhouse Cody Johnson has called off his upcoming weekend shows. Johnson’s team took to social media late Tuesday (Aug. 9) evening to announce that the “‘Til You Can’t” singer will have to cancel his scheduled appearances due to illness. “Regrettably, the Cody Johnson concerts scheduled for this Thursday, Friday & Saturday are unable to...… ... Continue Reading

Thomas Rhett Reflects On The First Song He Wrote With His Father Rhett Akins

Thomas Rhett may be 32-years-old, but he still leans on his father for help. The platinum-selling performer recently (Aug. 7) caught up with Big Machine Label Group to explain how his father, Rhett Akins still plays a vital role in his artistry and to reflect on the first time they joined forces in the writing...… ... Continue Reading

Darius Rucker To Headline New “CMT Storytellers” Episode

Darius Rucker is celebrating not one but two careers of hits when he’s featured in “CMT Storytellers” that will premiere Aug. 31 at 10pm ET/PT on CMT. Additional encores of the show will air on CMT on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11p/10c and Sunday, Sept. 4 at 12p/11c and on CMT Music on Friday, Sept....… ... Continue Reading

Carrie Underwood Covers Stevie Nicks And Tom Petty Single At Tennessee Bar

A Tom Petty tribute band named The Heartshakers received a surprise of a lifetime over the weekend (Aug. 6) during an evening gig at a local Tennessee restaurant. Country sensation Carrie Underwood was grabbing a bite to eat with friends, when she decided to join the full-set ensemble on stage for an impromptu performance. Following...… ... Continue Reading

Exclusive: Niko Moon And Wife Anna Expecting First Baby: “I Am Meant To Be A Father”

The holiday season will be arriving early this year for Niko Moon and his wife Anna, as they will welcome their first child in November. The country couple has been trying to start a family for nearly two years, making their daughter a blessing from above. Ahead of a festival performance in Chicagoland, the “GOOD...… ... Continue Reading

Country Music Artists React To Olivia Newton-John’s Death

The country music community is grieving the loss of legend Olivia Newton-John, a beloved member of the genre and critically acclaimed Hollywood actress. Early Monday morning (Aug. 8) Newton-John’s husband, John Easterling, announced that his wife passed away peacefully at age 73 at their Southern California ranch following her decades-long battle with breast cancer. Since...… ... Continue Reading

Kelsea Ballerini Reveals Why She Took A Break From High-Intensity Workouts And Turned To Ballet

While many musicians hit the gym before embarking on a headlining tour, Kelsea Ballerini has decided to take an alternative route. The 28-year-old hitmaker caught up with Women’s Health to discuss how she recently exchanged her running shoes for ballet slippers to prepare for her upcoming 10-night-only trek. Ballerini is slated to kick-start her highly...… ... Continue Reading

Next Up Now: Emily Earle Emphasizes The Common Thread Between “Rockstars” In New Music Video

Long before Emily Earle broke into the country music space, she made ends meet by singing on subway platforms in the heart of New York City. While commuters scurry through the concrete jungle, one can instantly identify the common thread that ties society together – human interaction and love. The lyrics within the single “Rockstars”...… ... Continue Reading

Exclusive: Chase Rice Reveals Why “Key West & Colorado” Is More Than A Breakup Song And Talks Upcoming Album

Chase Rice has reinvented his sound, and it is nothing like we have ever heard before from the platinum-selling performer. Rice previously provided fans with the cross-country ode “Key West & Colorado,” a single that serves as a preview into his next era and forthcoming record. “I have become a pretty good singer in the...… ... Continue Reading

Olivia Newton-John, Awarded Country Singer and “Grease” Actress Dies At 73

Award-winning singer and actress Olivia Newton-John, died Monday (Aug. 8) at 73-years-old. The beloved performer best-known for her country-pop sound and iconic role as Sandy Olsson in the 1978 blockbuster, “Grease” passed away at her ranch in Southern California. Her official Facebook page confirmed the devastating news with a lengthy statement. “Dame Olivia Newton-John (73)...… ... Continue Reading

Shania Twain To Be Inducted Into The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Country icon Shania Twain has scored a spot in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2022. The prestigious nonprofit revealed the list of “songwriting giants” August 2 and announced that the incoming members would be inducted formally at the Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 30. The “You Win My Love” singer is...… ... Continue Reading

Tim McGraw Recalls The Time Faith Hill Dominated The Stage With 2002 Hit “Cry”

Faith Hill’s astonishing talents still blow Tim McGraw away. The multi-platinum performer took to social media late Thursday (Aug. 5) night to reveal old footage that his daughter came across. The throwback video displays Hill delivering a show-stopping performance of her early 2000s hit “Cry.” “My daughter ran across this, man my wife can sing!”...… ... Continue Reading

CMT Roundup: New Music From Kelsea Ballerini, Craig Morgan, Ian Munsick, Priscilla Block, And More

It’s hard to have the summertime blues, when country music’s hottest stars are cranking out joyride anthems and beach bangers. CMT’s new music Friday playlist is overflowing with ear-worthy melodies from Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs, Mitchell Tenpenny, Lady A, and more. So, turn the volume up to ten and add your next new favorite tune...… ... Continue Reading

Vince Gill Launches Four-Night Ryman Residency With Marathon Set

Vince Gill’s marathon set at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Thursday proved why he’ll be celebrated on CMT series “CMT GIANTS.” The singer’s nearly four-hour show spanned his vast catalog of hits and musical influences as well as highlighted his vulnerabilities and humor. The concert was part of the Country Music Hall of Famer’s 2022 trek,... Read more » ... Continue Reading

CMT Premiere: Valerie Ponzio Shares Latin Culture, Love of Hometown El Paso in New Music Video “Just a Bordertown”

“The Voice” alum Valerie Ponzio is taking fans on a colorful, nostalgic and culture-rich tour of her hometown of El Paso, Texas, in her new music video for “Just a Bordertown.” “This music video really captures the character and beauty of the special little bordertown I’m from,” Ponzio said. “(It showcases) the family, the traditions,...… ... Continue Reading

Vince Gill To Be Celebrated with Star-Studded “CMT GIANTS: Vince Gill” Sept. 16

Vince Gill broke into country music in 1990 with his seminal hit “When I Call Your Name” and went on to win 19 CMA Awards and 22 Grammy Awards. He’s a member of the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. In September, the sometimes Eagle will have a new feather for...… ... Continue Reading

Nashville Newcomer Ashley Cooke Reveals Unreleased Track “Getting Into”

Ashley Cooke has become a force to be reckoned with. Since inking a co-venture deal with Big Loud Records and Back Blocks Music, the breakout artist has placed her creative wheels in motion faster than ever before. The “Never Til Now” singer took to TikTok Wednesday (Aug. 3) evening to tease an unreleased track titled,...… ... Continue Reading

Lady A Postpones Tour To Support Bandmate Charles Kelley On Sobriety Journey: “We’re Family”

Country trio Lady A has postponed their upcoming nationwide tour to support bandmate Charles Kelley on his sobriety journey. The Grammy Award-winning group announced the news early Thursday (Aug. 4) morning on social media, declaring that the Request Line Tour will be rescheduled to 2023 to give Kelley the time he needs to focus on...… ... Continue Reading

Reba McEntire Gives Sneak Peek of Upcoming Role In “Big Sky” With Chilling Trailer

Is there more to Reba McEntire than meets the eye? Country music fans are expected to see a whole new side of McEntire in season 3 of ABC’s “Big Sky: Deadly Trails.” The three-time Grammy winner and Golden Globe-nominated actress jumped on social media Wednesday (Aug. 3) to reveal the trailer for the upcoming series... Read more » ... Continue Reading