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Jordan Davis Talks About His Strong Beard Game, Moving to Nashville After College, Early Influences and Debut Single, “Singles You Up”

Jordan Davis Talks About His Strong Beard Game, Moving to Nashville After College, Early Influences and Debut Single, “Singles You Up”

Jim Casey talks with Jordan Davis about his formidable beard, musical influences (John Prine, Jim Croce, Kris Kristofferson), graduating from college before moving to Nashville, opening for Randy Rogers Band, Chase Rice and the Cadillac Three, completing his debut album, releasing his debut single, “Singles You Up,” and more. Show Participants Jordan Davis Jim Casey, NCD director of editorial Show…MORE

50 Country Songs to Get You Through Your Next Summer Road Trip [Playlist]

50 Country Songs to Get You Through Your Next Summer Road Trip [Playlist]

A quick Google search for “road trip country songs” will get you a list of songs featuring “road” in the title. While we enjoy Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Brooks & Dunn’s “Red Dirt Road” as much as anyone, we decided to dig a little deeper to create a 50-song playlist for your…MORE

Watch Brad Paisley Jam on Guitar to a Scene From Disney-Pixar’s New Movie, “Cars 3”

Watch Brad Paisley Jam on Guitar to a Scene From Disney-Pixar’s New Movie, “Cars 3”

Brad Paisley is revving up the Cars 3 soundtrack with two tunes, “Truckaroo” and “Thunder Hollow Breakdown.” The new flick is the latest installment of Disney-Pixar’s popular automobile-themed movie series. While Brad had songs on the soundtracks of the previous two Cars films, this time he’s really showcasing his guitar skills to enhance the onscreen action.…MORE

Lucas Hoge Talks Growing Up In Nebraska, Playing for the Troops, Upcoming Album, New Single, “Dirty South,” and More

Lucas Hoge Talks Growing Up In Nebraska, Playing for the Troops, Upcoming Album, New Single, “Dirty South,” and More

Jim Casey talks with Lucas Hoge about growing up in tiny Hubbell, Nebraska, hunting and trapping in the Nebraska countryside, playing on the football team and in the marching band, leading three different bands—country, Southern rock and worship—while he was in high school, playing music for U.S. troops in places like Afghanistan with the Wrangler National…MORE

Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire of Duo Walker McGuire Talk Meeting in Nashville, Their Unique Sound and New Single, “Til Tomorrow”

Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire of Duo Walker McGuire Talk Meeting in Nashville, Their Unique Sound and New Single, “Til Tomorrow”

Jim Casey talks with Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire of duo Walker McGuire about meeting in Nashville, writing their first bad song together, seeing the country while on tour, how “nasally tenor” is a compliment, watching their debut single, “Til Tomorrow,” climb the charts and more. Show Participants Walker McGuire Jordan Walker Johnny McGuire Jim…MORE

Night 3 Photo Gallery: CMA Fest’s Nissan Stadium With Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Chris Young, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, John Anderson & More

Night 3 Photo Gallery: CMA Fest’s Nissan Stadium With Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Lady Antebellum, Chris Young, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, John Anderson & More

More than 50,000 fans packed Nissan Stadium for Night 3 of CMA Fest to see performances by John Anderson, Maren Morris, Chris Young, Old Dominion, Lady Antebellum, Thomas Rhett and Florida Georgia Line. The Saturday night show included a few surprises: Cassadee Pope made an appearance during Chris Young’s set to perform their Grammy-nominated No. 1…MORE

Night 2 Photo Gallery: CMA Fest’s Nissan Stadium With Trace Adkins, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Blake Shelton & More

Night 2 Photo Gallery: CMA Fest’s Nissan Stadium With Trace Adkins, Sam Hunt, Rascal Flatts, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Blake Shelton & More

More than 50,000 fans packed Nissan Stadium for Night 2 of CMA Fest to see performances by Trace Adkins, Rascal Flatts, Sam Hunt, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church and Blake Shelton. But the crowd also got a couple of surprises: Dustin Lynch and Brett Young made unannounced visits to the stage. Check out our photo gallery from Night 2 at…MORE

2017 CMT Awards Nominees & Winners

2017 CMT Awards Nominees & Winners

Hosted by Charles Esten, the CMT Music Awards will feature performances from Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldredge and more. The awards show takes place live from Nashville on June 7 at 7 p.m. CT. Check out all of the nominees below. Winners will be indicated as they are announced! Video…MORE

A Thousand Horses Frontman Michael Hobby Talks Moving to Nashville, Breakout Success, Big Tours & New Album, “Bridges”

A Thousand Horses Frontman Michael Hobby Talks Moving to Nashville, Breakout Success, Big Tours & New Album, “Bridges”

Jim Casey talks with A Thousand Horses frontman Michael Hobby about moving to Nashville in 2005, the breakout success of their debut single, “Smoke,” being on big tours with Darius Rucker and Jason Aldean, the band’s new album, Bridges, and more. Show Participants Michael Hobby of A Thousand Horses Jim Casey, NCD director of editorial Show Notes…MORE

Devin Dawson Talks Opry Debut Jitters, Touring With and Being Inspired by Maren Morris, and Debut Single, “All On Me”

Devin Dawson Talks Opry Debut Jitters, Touring With and Being Inspired by Maren Morris, and Debut Single, “All On Me”

Jim Casey talks with Devin Dawson about getting nervous for his first time performing—and talking with Ricky Skaggs and Whisperin’ Bill Anderson backstage—at the Grand Ole Opry, growing up in California, his “biggest music fan I know” mother, playing heavy metal in a band with his twin brother as a teenager, his lifelong love of songwriting, his…MORE

Watch the Trailer for Tyler Farr’s Upcoming Reality Series, “A Little Too Farr”

Watch the Trailer for Tyler Farr’s Upcoming Reality Series, “A Little Too Farr”

If you like shooting tennis ball guns, driving amphibious miniature tanks and making explosives with agricultural fertilizer, you might want to check out Tyler Farr’s new show, A Little Too Far, a new reality series on the free streaming service go90. But how “real” is this reality series? “They filmed on the road, so you’ll be able…MORE

Ryan Hurd Talks Writing Hits for FGL, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum & More, His Upcoming Debut Album and New Single, “Love In a Bar”

Ryan Hurd Talks Writing Hits for FGL, Dierks Bentley, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum & More, His Upcoming Debut Album and New Single, “Love In a Bar”

Jim Casey talks with Ryan Hurd about his first-time Kentucky Derby experience with girlfriend Maren Morris, how he started songwriting after getting a sociology degree at Belmont University in Nashville, his first big break when Jake Owen recorded his song “Surefire Feeling,” being grateful for getting songs that he wrote recorded by other well-known artists like…MORE

Kelsea Ballerini and Billy Ray Cyrus Will Guest Star on Nickelodeon’s “Blaze and the Monster Machines” [Watch Clips]

Kelsea Ballerini and Billy Ray Cyrus Will Guest Star on Nickelodeon’s “Blaze and the Monster Machines” [Watch Clips]

“Talking monster-truck animal.” That’s what Kelsea Ballerini and Billy Ray Cyrus can add to their résumés thanks to an upcoming gig on Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines.  While Kelsea has made several music videos, her only acting credit is portraying herself on the Nashville series. For “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus, acting is a full-blown…MORE

Watch Kelleigh Bannen’s Poignant Performance of “Church Clothes” at the Grand Ole Opry

Watch Kelleigh Bannen’s Poignant Performance of “Church Clothes” at the Grand Ole Opry

Kelleigh Bannen’s powerful single, “Church Clothes,” is about a couple that disguises their failing relationship by getting dressed up and going to church together. When Kelleigh initially heard the tune—which was co-penned by Liz Rose and Nicolle Galyon—she was struck with how brave the song was. “It’s specifically about this couple that’s getting dressed and…MORE

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Country Things

Country Things

Granger Smith will release the second half of his 10th studio album, Country Things, on Nov. 27. The two-part album features 16 tracks with two bonus tracks. photo by TCD