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Grammy Nominations: Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini Score in Top Categories

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 -- 10:42 am EST

Maren Morris, Sturgill Simpson and Kelsea Ballerini are each nominated in top all-genre categories at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. The nominations were revealed Tuesday morning (Dec. 6). Ballerini and Morris represent country in the best new artist category, which includes the Chainsmokers, Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak. Simpson’s A Sailor’s Guide to Earth... Read more »

 

Lauren Alaina’s Road Less Traveled Lands Jan. 27

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 -- 9:05 am EST

Lauren Alaina, one of CMT’s Next Women of Country and American Idol alum, will release her sophomore album Road Less Traveled on Jan. 27. She co-wrote all the material throughout the 12-song collection including the title track single, which just broke Top 20 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The song was co-written with pop’s Meghan... Read more »

 

Jason Aldean’s Best Christmas Ever

Monday, December 5, 2016 -- 6:57 pm EST

Jason Aldean was only 5 when he had his best Christmas ever. And like most little boys in the early ’80s, he said he was really, really into Star Wars. “I remember waking up one Christmas morning — and I don’t know what my mom did to be able to buy all this stuff —... Read more »

 

Behind the Scenes With Brantley Gilbert

Monday, December 5, 2016 -- 6:20 pm EST

A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Brantley Gilbert’s new video for the “The Weekend.” Now, we can take you behind the scenes of his two-day shoot with director Shane Drake. Gilbert just released a really neat video with all kinds of footage from the filming. You get to see Brantley’s house, hear stories... Read more »

 

Chris Young’s Well-Traveled Christmas Album

Monday, December 5, 2016 -- 10:52 am EST

Chris Young agrees — writing original Christmas songs with the goal of creating tomorrow’s standards might be one of music’s greatest ambitions. Any result has to compete with iconic classics by Irving Berlin, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and many others. “I had never written a good Christmas... Read more »

 

New Music From the Late Chris LeDoux

Monday, December 5, 2016 -- 10:36 am EST

It’s uncanny how much Ned LeDoux sounds like his dad, Chris LeDoux. The late country singer and rodeo star is survived by five kids, but his son Ned, 39, is the only one who has been following in his dad’s footsteps. “I’ve always known music was the path I wanted to take,” he told me.... Read more »

 

Shane McAnally Reveals Story Behind Song Written for The Shack

Monday, December 5, 2016 -- 10:05 am EST

How do you even begin to write the end theme for a film? First, according to Shane McAnally, you have to get up off the floor. “Keep Your Eyes on Me” — the song he wrote with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Lori McKenna for The Shack — is starting to make the social-media rounds... Read more »

 

Mark Gray, ‘80s Hitmaker, Dead at 64

Sunday, December 4, 2016 -- 1:07 pm EST

Songwriter and recording artist Mark Gray died Friday (Dec. 2) in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 64. Among the No. 1 songs he co-wrote were Alabama’s “Take Me Down” and “The Closer You Get” and Janie Fricke’s “It Ain’t Easy Being Easy,” as well as his own Top 10 hits, “Left Side of the Bed” and... Read more »

 

Granger Smith Hospitalized After Stage Fall

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -- 12:27 pm EST

Granger Smith has been admitted to a trauma center in Brunswick, New Jersey, after crashing off the stage mid-show at Sayreville’s Starland Ballroom on Friday night (Dec. 2). Video footage online shows that Smith was standing on a monitor when it gave way, causing him to crash off the stage and into a metal barricade.... Read more »

 

World Premiere Video: Dustin Lynch Is “Seein’ Red”

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -- 10:38 am EST

Don’t worry. Dustin Lynch isn’t mad. His new single “Seein’ Red” is not about getting angry. It’s about getting frisky! He’s seeing red, all right, but on the high heels, party dress and lips of a beautiful woman. Pretty clever, really. And it’s so catchy, you’ll be singing it for the rest of the day.... Read more »