Country News Archive

December 9, 2011

  • Willie Nelson Bassist Bee Spears Dies After Accident at Nashville-Area HomeDec 09 2011 | 06:35 PM EDT

    Bee Spears, Willie Nelson’s bassist for more than four decades, died of accidental exposure at his Nashville-area home after he slipped and fell late Thursday (Dec. 8). Temperatures in Middle Tennessee dropped to 25 degrees Thursday. Born Dan Edward Spears, he was a native of Helotes, Texas, and joined Nelson’s band in 1968 after being [...]

  • Around the Web: See Justin Moore’s New BabyDec 09 2011 | 04:35 PM EDT

    Justin Moore and family introduce their newest member. Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton join Wisconsin Country Thunder. Kellie Pickler fights for her shot at the top with 100 Proof. Kid Rock lets Mitt Romney campaign with “Born Free.” Justin Townes Earle turns the tables on his famous dad. CMA Country Christmas returns to TV for a [...]

  • Rascal Flatts’ “Easy” Certified GoldDec 09 2011 | 03:35 PM EDT

    Rascal Flatts’ current Top 10 hit, “Easy,” has been certified gold for 500,000 digital downloads. The band recorded the song as a duet with British pop star Natasha Bedingfield. The single comes from the band’s platinum album, Nothing Like This. “It’s always an honor to have the chance to sing a great song, but it’s [...]

  • Sweet Home Alabama Star Finds Love in Season FinaleDec 09 2011 | 02:35 PM EDT

    Editor’s note: The season finale of Sweet Home Alabama airs Friday (Dec. 9) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. As a leading man looking for love, Tribble Reese entered the second season of CMT’s Sweet Home Alabama on a mission. “I had to man-up and realize that my end goal was to find a soulmate and someone [...]

  • Taylor Swift Tops Billboard’s Top Country Artists of 2011Dec 09 2011 | 01:05 PM EDT

    Taylor Swift has yet another achievement she can call “Mine.” She was named the top country artist of 2011 by Billboard magazine on Friday (Dec. 9). In addition, Swift’s album, Speak Now, ranked second on the industry publication’s year-end Top 200 list for album sales, just behind Adele’s 21. Swift placed eighth on the all-genre [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Eric Church, Miranda Lambert Make Rolling Stone ListDec 09 2011 | 01:05 PM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Rolling Stone, I love you. I love that when you were compiling your “50 Best Singles of 2011,” you didn’t look the other way when it came to country. And furthermore, I love [...]

  • Mindy McCready Says Her Son Was AbusedDec 09 2011 | 12:35 PM EDT

    Mindy McCready’s 5-year-old son Zander was beaten with a wooden spoon by her mother, the singer alleges in an interview that aired Friday (Dec. 9) on ABC’s Good Morning America. McCready claims the child was scarred on his back, bottom and legs from the spoon. In the ABC interview, McCready stated, “My mother believes she [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Jo Dee Messina’s Give-A-Damn Is Not BustedDec 09 2011 | 11:35 AM EDT

    (CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.) Jo Dee Messina reached No. 1 in 2005 with “My Give a Damn’s Busted,” but it looks like it’s all fixed now. She does indeed give a damn — about her husband, her [...]

December 8, 2011

  • NASHVILLE SKYLINE: Remembering Barbara OrbisonDec 08 2011 | 06:35 PM EDT

    (NASHVILLE SKYLINE is a column by CMT/ Editorial Director Chet Flippo.) I never met anyone like Barbara Orbison before. She was smarter than any other woman I have ever known — with the possible exception of Dolly Parton and my own darling bride — but she was also caring and compassionate and ever curious to [...]

  • Sons of Fathers Seek Their Own LegacyDec 08 2011 | 05:35 PM EDT

    Ever feel like somebody is following you? Then you know the spooky feeling that brought the members of Texas roots group Sons of Fathers together. David Beck and Paul Cauthen had crossed paths many times before, but one day at a park in San Marcos, Texas, the coincidence was too much to ignore. “I was [...]