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Watch Dierks Bentley & 5-Year-Old Son Live Life to the Fullest in New “Living” Video

Watch Dierks Bentley & 5-Year-Old Son Live Life to the Fullest in New “Living” Video

Dierks Bentley released an uplifting new video for his latest single, “Living.” The new clip, which was directed by longtime collaborator Wes Edwards (“Drunk on a Plane,” “Riser”), stars Dierks’ five-year-old son, Knox. The father-son tandem do a lot of “living” in the new video, including spending time at the water park, playing in the…MORE

Watch Blake Shelton’s Fiery New Video for “God’s Country”

Watch Blake Shelton’s Fiery New Video for “God’s Country”

Blake Shelton dropped a fiery video for his new single, “God’s Country,” on April 12. The new tune is the first sample of music from Blake’s upcoming 12th studio album. Penned by Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt and Devin Dawson, “God’s Country” follows Blake’s previous Top 10 single, “Turnin’ Me On,” which was featured on his…MORE

Earl Thomas Conley’s 1998 Interview in “Country Weekly” Magazine: “Life Is a Spiritual Experience, Music Is the Heart of That”

Earl Thomas Conley’s 1998 Interview in “Country Weekly” Magazine: “Life Is a Spiritual Experience, Music Is the Heart of That”

Earl Thomas Conley passed away at age 77 on April 10. Earl was known for blending different musical styles with deep, intelligent lyrics into what was called “thinking-man’s country,” often bending the rules of what was considered traditional country. Earl recorded 18 No. 1 hits in the 1980s, including “Fire and Smoke,” “Somewhere Between Right…MORE

Big & Rich Introduced as “Gender-Bending Superstars” Before Singing the National Anthem at Predators Game

Big & Rich Introduced as “Gender-Bending Superstars” Before Singing the National Anthem at Predators Game

Before performing the national anthem at the Nashville Predators playoff game on April 10, Big & Rich got a descriptive introduction. The Preds public address announcer described the duo as “gender-bending, multi-platinum superstars,” which was a gaffe of “genre-bending” (we think). The malapropism is compounded by the fact that John Rich has been outspoken in…MORE

Country Stars Remember Earl Thomas Conley, Including Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young & More

Country Stars Remember Earl Thomas Conley, Including Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young & More

After hearing the news that Earl Thomas Conley passed away on April 10, many country stars—including Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, Toby Keith and more—shared their thoughts and remembrances of the great singer/songwriter via social media. My heart is absolutely destroyed today… I’m sad to report that Earl Thomas Conley passed away very early…MORE

Earl Thomas Conley Dead at 77

Earl Thomas Conley Dead at 77

Earl Thomas Conley has passed away at age 77. The news, which Blake Shelton announced via Twitter, was confirmed by Earl’s brother, Fred Conley, via the Tennessean, who said Earl died at 12:20 a.m. on April 10 after suffering from a dementia-like condition. Earl was known for blending different musical styles with deep, intelligent lyrics…MORE

Big Machine Artist Lauren Jenkins Loses Irreplaceable Items After Backpack Theft

Big Machine Artist Lauren Jenkins Loses Irreplaceable Items After Backpack Theft

Big Machine artist Lauren Jenkins, who released her debut album, No Saint, on March 15, lost a number of irreplaceable items when her backpack was stolen in Nashville on April 10. According to several tweets from Lauren, the backpack contained a number of priceless items, including hard drives with songs from the past 12 years,…MORE

CMA Fest Reveals Additional Performers for Nissan Stadium, Including Brett Young, Chris Janson, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart & More

CMA Fest Reveals Additional Performers for Nissan Stadium, Including Brett Young, Chris Janson, Lindsay Ell, Marty Stuart & More

The Country Music Association has revealed additional performers for its nightly shows at Nissan Stadium on June 6–9. Brett Young will take the stadium stage Saturday night (June 8), while Chris Janson will perform Sunday night (June 9). Nissan Stadium openers include Marty Stuart on Thursday (June 6), Jo Dee Messina on Friday (June 7),…MORE

Craig Morgan Completes 11th USO Tour Spanning 5 Countries Over 7 Days

Craig Morgan Completes 11th USO Tour Spanning 5 Countries Over 7 Days

Country star Craig Morgan—who spent 10 years on active duty in the U.S. Army in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions—recently completed his 11th USO Tour, which spanned seven days and five countries, including Germany, Afghanistan, Qatar, Iraq and Italy. Craig was joined by a host of celebrities and athletes on the recent tour, including…MORE

Brett Eldredge to Headline Nashville’s Free 4th of July Show

Brett Eldredge to Headline Nashville’s Free 4th of July Show

Brett Eldredge will headline downtown Nashville’s free Fourth of July celebration—Let Freedom Sing—on the nation’s 243rd birthday. The main concert stage will be located at Fifth Avenue and Broadway and will include a DJ and live music starting at noon. Additional performers include Dylan Scott, Mac McAnally, The Joe West Band, Jessy Wilson and more.…MORE

Tanya Tucker Pens Open Letter Detailing “Abuse and Neglect” at a Wisconsin Zoo

Tanya Tucker Pens Open Letter Detailing “Abuse and Neglect” at a Wisconsin Zoo

Tanya Tucker, in partnership with the Animal Legal Defense Fund, penned an open letter that details “abuse and neglect” she witnessed during a recent trip to the Special Memories Zoo in Greenville, Wis. Areas of concern that Tanya mentioned include animals housed in filthy enclosures, lack of drinking water and food contaminated with fecal matter.…MORE

Maren Morris Featured on Upcoming “Game of Thrones” Soundtrack

Maren Morris Featured on Upcoming “Game of Thrones” Soundtrack

Maren Morris will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack for Season 8 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones announced the news via Twitter, with Maren adding: “Let the Games begin…👑 Let the Games begin… 👑 https://t.co/diBCBhvbqH — MAREN MORRIS (@MarenMorris) April 9, 2019 In addition to Maren, the upcoming soundtrack, which will be released…MORE

Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy” Is No. 1 for 7th Straight Week [1 Week From the Record]

Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy” Is No. 1 for 7th Straight Week [1 Week From the Record]

Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy” is No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart for the seventh straight week. The tune is now tied for the second-longest run atop the chart, which was created in 1990. Only Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett’s “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and Lonestar’s “Amazed” have had longer runs at eight weeks. “Beautiful…MORE

George Strait Scores Record-Setting 27th No. 1 Album on Billboard Country Chart

George Strait Scores Record-Setting 27th No. 1 Album on Billboard Country Chart

George Strait’s new 30th studio album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, selling 51,000 equivalent album units in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Honk Tonk Time Machine extends George’s record to 27 No. 1 albums on the chart. Both Garth Brooks and Willie Nelson are…MORE

Listen to Keith Urban’s Powerful New Song, “Burden”

Listen to Keith Urban’s Powerful New Song, “Burden”

Keith Urban debuted a new song, “Burden,” during the ACM Awards on April 7. Penned by Irish singer/songwriter Foy Vance, the tune had a profound impact on Keith when he heard it the first time. “I was riding my bicycle, and I just stopped,” Keith said to the Tennessean. “It went right into the center…MORE

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Count On Chuck

Count On Chuck

Our buddy Chuck Wicks is filling in for a vacationing Kix Brooks on American Country Countdown this weekend. Guests include Jason Aldean, Michael Ray and Florida Georgia Line.