• CMA Races to Watch

    September 11, 2013 5:55 PM ET
     |  Chris Willman

    History may be made in several categories when the 47th annual Country Music Assn. Awards are telecast on Nov. 6. Taylor Swift is vying to become the first female to win Entertainer of the Year three times. She is currently tied with Barbara Mandrell as one of only two women to have won the award twice. Mandrell won in 1980 and 1981. Swift won in 2009 and 2011. But CMA favorite George Strait, who lengthened his lead as the artist with the most Entertainer of the Year nominations (18), is gun...  | More »

  • Sheryl Crow Explores Deep Emotion, Single Parenting, on New Track

    September 6, 2013 5:50 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Sheryl Crow is poised to release her first country album, Feels Like Home, on Tuesday. The superstar, who's known for her astounding success in the pop world, proved that she's got small-town Missouri-girl chops in the realm of country music last Thursday, when she previewed the album in Nashville for a small group of fans and critics. The show took place in Crow's own barn (complete with a stable full of horses!) and she walked through the entire tracklisting, explaining the ...  | More »

  • Carrie Underwood to Perform New NFL Sunday Night Football Theme Song

    September 5, 2013 4:20 PM ET
     |  Laura Ferreiro

    Sunday will mark a big night for Carrie Underwood. While the country superstar has given countless major performances for thousands of adoring fans, Sunday's spectacle will reach a whole new audience. The multiple-Grammy Award-winning singer will put her own spin on the theme for NBC's "Sunday Night Football." Underwood takes over the duties from another country bombshell, Faith Hill, following her retirement earlier this year after performing the song for the last five seasons. Un...  | More »

  • Video: Danielle Bradbery Talks ‘The Voice'

    August 28, 2013 6:50 PM ET

    Talk about a fairy tale come true: Danielle Bradbery's story sounds so-over-the-top on paper that it's almost cliche. A shy teenage girl with no prior vocal lessons and no stage experience finds herself auditioning for a wildly popular reality talent show, due to her mother signing her up behind her back. Said inexperienced girl goes on to wow the nation, win the whole shebang, and become the youngest-ever champion on NBC's "The Voice." "It kind of blows my mind too," admits T...  | More »

  • Video: Tim McGraw Honors First Responders

    August 21, 2013 6:25 PM ET

    What does Tim McGraw have in common with a battery? Well, aside from the fact that they both have the ability to power things up, the real answer is this: The country superstar has teamed up with battery giant Duracell to create a video series recognizing the heroic acts of emergency first responders across the country. McGraw recently spent time in New York visiting the FDNY training center, and he had an eye-opening experience learning about their bravery in the face of Hurricane Sandy. He...  | More »

  • Meet Jessta James: He Loves Country, Southern Rock…And Hip-Hop Too!

    August 16, 2013 2:45 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Mixing different musical genres with country is nothing new at this point -- in fact, some may say it's become a bit of a trend these days -- but it's safe to say not too many country artists found their way to Nashville via a hip-hop route. That's exactly what happened to Jessta James, however. Although you'd probably never guess it by listening to his debut album, Time To Get Right, the Montana native discovered his initial love of songwriting through rapping. The hip-h...  | More »

  • LeAnn Rimes’ New TV Show: Bad, Bad Idea?

    August 7, 2013 5:55 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    So, yes, it's true. LeAnn Rimes and husband Eddie Cibrian really have signed on to be the next couple opening up their life to the TV cameras. "LeAnn & Eddie" (or whatever it ends up being called) is set to air on Vh1 either later this year or in 2014. According to a statement from Vh1, the show (it's not exactly clear if it's going to be scripted or pure reality) is going to be a humorous and fun look at the Cibrians, as well as a chance to show that there's "so much...  | More »

  • Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Get Steely With ‘Bakersfield’ Salute

    August 1, 2013 6:10 PM ET
     |  Chris Willman

    It’s not always simple to tell who’s honoring who. Bakersfield, the just-released album by Vince Gill and steel guitarist Paul Franklin, consists of half Merle Haggard covers and half Buck Owens tunes. Haggard loves it enough to have written liner notes for the project. But maybe Hag shouldn’t feel too excessively flattered, because although it’s a tribute album, it’s really an homage to the great players who backed him and Buck back in those Bakersfield days. W...  | More »

  • Garth Brooks is Now a Grandpa!

    July 26, 2013 6:20 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    Congratulations to Garth Brooks, who at age 51 is a first-time grandfather! The country icon's daughter August Brooks, who is the second of his three children, gave birth to a baby girl named Karalynn earlier this week. Savvy sleuths uncovered the news on Friday via social media; however, the elder Brooks issued a statement requesting privacy for his 19-year-old daughter and the new arrival.  "Our family would first like to thank everyone for their warm wishes and sweet celebratio...  | More »

  • Best Country Album of 2013? LeAnn Rimes Spits Fire About ‘Spitfire’

    July 24, 2013 6:30 PM ET
     |  Wendy Geller

    In terms of purely the country music scene, LeAnn Rimes is the very definition of a conundrum. On one hand, there's the immensely gifted vocalist, who's famously been in the biz since childhood and won a slate of awards for her work in the country genre. On the other hand, there's the celeb who infamously has battled disproportionately vicious press regarding her personal life; the Rimes who tweets photos of herself in bikinis and wars on social media with reality show starlets...  | More »

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