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On this day in 1977, a then-rising star made her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, although it definitely didn’t go as planned. The guard didn’t see her name on the list of performers and refused

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Alan Jackson and his daughter, Mattie Selecman, wrote a song together, “Racing the Dark.” The song is available as a download as part of Mattie’s upcoming book, Lemons on Friday, which details her journey of grief following the loss of

CMT announces 2021 Artists of the Year

CMT We now know which five artists will be named the 2021 CMT Artists of the Year. Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs will all be honored at a special ceremony that will be held at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center

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On this day in 1983, a troubled country music star performed a benefit concert in Jackson, Mississippi. More than 6,000 people attended, with the money going to local charities. The show was the result of a plea

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Mark Chesnutt has recovered from both back surgery and contracting COVID-19. The singer says he has been given a clean bill of health from his doctor, and is planning on returning to touring by the end of September.

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On this day in 1903, this Grand Ole Opry star and famous fiddle player was born in Maynardville, Tennessee. Known as the original “King of Country Music,” he co-founded Acuff-Rose Music that signed Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and more. Who is he?

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Lily Rose is releasing a new seven-song project, Stronger Than I Am, on October 1. It features her breakthrough single, “Villain,” and the title track, which drops on Friday.  Jason Isbell is releasing a covers album, Georgia Blue, on October 15, featuring collaborations with Brandi

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On this day in 1979, “The Gambler” was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Can you name the legendary singer? ANSWER: Kenny Rogers. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Blake Shelton and wife Gwen Stefani celebrated their back-to-back #1 singles, “Nobody but You” and “Happy Anywhere,” at the BMI Creative Patio in Nashville before Blake’s show at Bridgestone Arena last week. The songs mark Blake’s 27th and 28th #1 hits, and

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Born on this day, this artist was ultimately credited with creating a new genre of music — specifically, bluegrass music. He started playing regularly on the Grand Ole Opry in 1939, and was inducted into the Country

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Mitchell Tenpenny‘s Midtown Diaries EP is out! The Nashville native wrote all eight songs on the record, teaming up with people like HARDY, Jordan Schmidt, Brad Tursi and more. The record includes Mitchell’s current single, “Truth About You.” Tanya Tucker and RuPaul have released “This Is

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On this day in 1986, this “Like a Rose” singer was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is one-third of the Pistol Annies alongside Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley. Can you name her? ANSWER: Ashley Monroe.  Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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CMT has launched an online series called Viral to Verified that spotlights emerging acts in country music — Breland, Lily Rose, Priscilla Block, Ashley Cooke, CB30 and Alexandra Kay. The series continues with a new episode each week through October 19.  Willie Jones is embarking on his six-city

CBS hosting New Year's Eve concert in Nashville featuring Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay & more

ABC/Eric McCandless CBS is throwing a country music-filled New Year’s Eve bash.  To ring in 2022, CBS is presenting New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash featuring performances by Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini,Jimmie Allen and Gabby Barrett. Dierks Bentley, Darius Rucker, Brooks

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The top song on the country charts on this day in 1989 was bittersweet. The tune was this singer’s fourth consecutive #1 hit, but was released shortly after he passed away. The song, “I Wonder Do You Think of

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Ashley Monroe just released a five-song EP, The Covers. Done with producer Tyler Cain, the record includes a duet with Ruston Kelly on “Love Hurts” and one with Brittney Spencer on “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.” The week-long John Prine tribute show, You Got

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On this day in 1997, this country music superstar made a surprise appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, during a benefit for Nashville’s Belmont University. He sang a duet with a woman who, eight years later, would

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Tenille Townes has joined the Country Music Association Artist Ambassador Program. During her tenure, Tenille will visit several schools in Middle Tennessee, promoting the importance of music education in schools. Previous Artist Ambassadors include Maddie & Tae, Ashley McBryde and Russell Dickerson,

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Steve Wariner, Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Emmylou Harris and The Gatlin Brothers were among those in attendance for the funeral of this singer, held at Nashville’s Abundant Life Church in 1991. The service took place three days after the Grand Ole Opry

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Cody Johnson announces Human The Double Album. The 18-track record includes songs written by Willie Nelson, Vince Gill and Harlan Howard, among others, and are all songs that are described as “too country for country.” The record will be out on October 8.

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Comstock/ThinkstockFifty-one years ago today, this crossover country star premiered his Good Time Hour, a music and comedy variety show that would go on to run for three years. The opening theme of the show was his hit

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockBrooke Eden kicked off a new musical chapter this week with her song, “No Shade.” It’s the first of three new songs she’s planning for release over the coming months. Filmore shared the music video for

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 2012, this singer known as The Chief scored his first #1 single with “Drink in My Hand.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Eric Church.  By Cillea Houghton Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockEmmylou Harris has been announced as one of the headliners on The Outlaw Country Cruise next year sailing February 25 – March 3 from Miami to Mexico and Belize. Other performers include Rodney Crowell, Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle & The

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Comstock/Thinkstock On this day in 1975, this country icon released “The Pill.” Though controversial at the time for its reference to birth control, the song reached the top 5 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and has become one

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Randy Travis and his wife Mary Travis are featured on The Big Interview With Dan Rather this week where they discuss his recovery following a 2013 stroke. The episode airs tomorrow night on 8 p.m. ET on AXS TV.  Lily

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Comstock/ThinkstockTen years ago today, the world was introduced to this deep-voiced country singer from North Carolina when his audition for American Idol‘s 10th season aired. He would go on to be crowned champion and score hits with “Five

Gabby Barrett announces birth of daughter

ABCGabby Barrett and husband Cade Foehner have welcomed a baby girl.  The 20-year-old singer shared on Instagram on Monday night that she gave birth to daughter Baylah May on January 18. “Gotten to spend a very sweet week with our newest addition. Meet our girl Baylah

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock UK country duo The Shires have released the video for their song “Lightning Strikes” featuring Lauren Alaina. Lauren Weintraub has released her debut single “She’s Mine” after the song went viral on Tik Tok, being viewed more than one

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2014, Luke Bryan hit the top of the country charts with a heartstring-tugging ballad about grief and loss, featuring backing vocals from a then-little known singer-songwriter named Chris Stapleton. The song would remain

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRory Feek, formerly of country duo Joey + Rory, has announced a solo project called Gentle Man. The first single is a cover of Bob Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Gentle Man will arrive in

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 2013, a beloved country trio released “Downtown” to country radio. The song went to the top of the charts and remains one of their best-loved hits to this day. Can you name the

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockDanielle Bradbery teams with Grammy-nominated Latin star Kurt to reimagine her “Never Have I Ever” as a Spanish-language song. The version is called “Yo Nunca He…” Highwomen bandmate Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell will make an

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1957, one of country music’s best-known legends made her debut appearance on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts TV show. She won that night’s contest with what would go on to become one of her

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Burke/Triolo/ThinkstockWynonna Judd is among the acts scheduled to perform during the rock-focused, virtual Big Love Benefit Concert, which supports the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund. Bret Michaels, Billy Idol and more are performing; the event will be hosted

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1979, the album The Gambler climbed to #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart where it stayed for the next 24 weeks. Can you name the singer? ANSWER: Kenny Rogers.  By Cillea Houghton Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockAfter going viral on Tik Tok, Kylie Trout has officially released, “Can’t Be Lonely.” Kylie also drew attention on Tik Tok with her rendition of Morgan Wallen‘s “Somebody’s Problem.”  The music of Johnny Cash is at the center of a Nashville

Luke Combs takes “Better Together” to #1

Zack MasseyLuke Combs has scored his 10th consecutive #1 single with “Better Together.”  The romantic song tops the Billboard Country Airplay chart this week, continuing the superstar’s #1 streak with previous singles including “Even Though I’m Leaving,” “Does to Me”

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1946, this global icon known for such hits as “9 to 5” and “Jolene” was born in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Today, she celebrates her 75th birthday. Can you guess who it

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Jones has released his new single “American Dream” that serves as a patriotic protest anthem against racial injustice. The song is featured on Willie’s debut album, Right Now, that will be released on Friday.  Author and country singer Billy Dawson has

Loretta Lynn gets COVID-19 vaccine

Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Americana MusicLoretta Lynn has received the COVID-19 vaccine.  The 88-year-old music icon revealed on Instagram over the weekend that she and her daughter, Peggy Jean, were administered the vaccine at a local health facility in Tennessee.  “Well, I

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Comstock/ThinkstockThirty-four years ago this week, one of the biggest stars in country was officially inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. She’s still a regular performer there, and her Opry shows thankfully go a lot smoother than her

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Hailey Whitters last week announced Living the Dream, the deluxe edition of her 2020 album The Dream. The new project features duets with the likes of Trisha Yearwood, Little Big Town and Jordan Davis, the

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1992, country’s own Man in Black was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During his lifetime, he also became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Gospel

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockParker McCollum uses a deserted cityscape as the backdrop for his music video for “To Be Loved by You.” The clip arrived this week. Naomi Judd stars in Ruby, the first installment of a Lifetime-exclusive movie

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Comstock/ThinkstockOne year ago today, this country legend’s hit “Walkin’ After Midnight” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Can you name her? ANSWER: Patsy Cline.  By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockWillie Nelson has been tapped as the SXSW Online 2021 Keynote speaker. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Austin-based festival will be held virtually March 16-20.  Phil Vassar is launching a new podcast, Phil Vassar’s Songs from the Cellar, on American

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1996, this “Mississippi Girl” topped the charts with the #1 hit, “It Matters to Me.” Can you name her? ANSWER: Faith Hill. By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockRandy Houser and Jamey Johnson are embarking on the Country Cadillac Tour. The shows will be socially distanced and follow safety protocols. The tour kicks off February 5 in Fort Worth, Texas and wraps on April 17 in Birmingham, Alabama.

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day, this superstar topped the country charts with one of his biggest hits, “Unanswered Prayers.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Garth Brooks.  By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/Thinkstock Brandi Carlile‘s cover of John Denver‘s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” appears in the trailer for the upcoming CBS show, Clarice, premiering on February 11.  The Voice winner Jake Hoot is teaming up with Kelly Clarkson for “I Would’ve Loved You,” the lead single off his EP Love

Jennifer Wayne and Austin Moody tie the knot

Ford FairchildRunaway June‘s Jennifer Wayne and Austin Moody are married.  Almost two weeks after getting engaged at Ocean Way Studios in Nashville, the couple tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in Santa Rosa Beach in Florida on Saturday, People confirms.  In light

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Comstock/ThinkstockThe mother in country’s most famous mother-daughter duo is celebrating her 74th birthday today. Together with her daughter, Wynonna, she’s scored 15 chart-topping hit singles and won five Grammy awards, among many other accolades. Can you name

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Comstock/ThinkstockAaron Watson’s new album, American Soul, arrived on Friday. The independent artist and native Texan is perhaps best known for his 2017 hit “Outta Style,” which was a top-ten hit at country radio. Rising duo Walker County

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Comstock/ThinkstockToday, one of country’s biggest stars is celebrating his 13th anniversary of marriage to his wife, Katherine Blasingame. This singer also won his first-ever Entertainer of the Year trophy at the CMA Awards last November. Can you

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCollin Raye will hit the Grand Ole Opry stage tonight, in celebration of his new album, Scars. The project is the first batch of original tunes Collin’s released in over a decade; the title track is

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Comstock/ThinkstockA very happy birthday is in order to the country star best known for this beloved ‘90s hit “Dust on the Bottle.” This Illinois native, who’s also a frequent collaborator of Kenny Chesney, turns 61 today. Can

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCountry rapper Lil Nas X, who rose to superstardom in 2019 with his ubiquitous hit “Old Town Road,” is officially a children’s book author. His alphabetical C Is for Country came out earlier this week. Runaway June

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1979, this Country Music Hall of Fame member topped the country charts with his signature hit, “Tulsa Time.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: Don Williams. By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio.

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockCaylee Hammack has shared a cover of Patsy Cline‘s “Crazy,” which she calls her “go-to” song during her first trip to Nashville when she was 13.  An exhibit dedicated to famed bluegrass venue Station Inn is opening at the Country

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1985, this Texas native topped the Billboard Hot Country songs chart with “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.” Can you guess who it is? ANSWER: George Strait.  By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockHailey Whitters has released her new single featuring Little Big Town, “Fillin’ My Cup.”  Reba McEntire‘s son, Shelby Blackstock, is engaged. He proposed to his now-fiancée, Marissa Branch, while on vacation at Disney World. By Cillea HoughtonCopyright © 2021, ABC

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this date in 1969, a young Tennessee native who first came to prominence as the “girl singer” on Porter Wagoner’s syndicated variety show officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Can you name her?

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockChristian outfit For King & Country have re-imagined one of their hits to create “Together (The Country Collaboration),” their first country team-up since joining Dolly Parton in 2019. This time around, they’re duetting with singer-songwriters Hannah

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Comstock/ThinkstockOn this day in 1999, this famed mother-daughter duo performed a reunion show in Phoenix, Arizona, eight years after their last concert. They opened the set with signature hit, “Love Can Build a Bridge.” Can you name

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Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockOld Crow Medicine Show is ringing in 2021 at the Ryman Auditorium with two shows today at 8 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET for a limited capacity, in-person audience. Tickets to view the livestream of the show are also