Country News Archive

February 27, 2012

  • OFFSTAGE: How Do You Get From Two Old Hippies to the Arena?Feb 27 2012 | 06:35 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.) I was in Nashville this weekend. Big deal, right? I go all the time. So I won’t bore you with my play-by-play of those three days. But I will give you my 17-year-old’s [...]

  • BMI Celebrates Writers of The Band Perry’s “All Your Life” With Elegant BreakfastFeb 27 2012 | 06:05 PM EDT

    Like wildebeest to a waterhole, herds of Music Row minions charged into the BMI lobby in Nashville Monday morning (Feb. 27) to nuzzle and graze at the elegant breakfast buffet laid out to celebrate the writers of The Band Perry’s second No. 1 single, “All Your Life.” The song, which topped Billboard‘s country songs chart [...]

  • Around the Web: Blake Shelton Keeps The Voice in MindFeb 27 2012 | 06:05 PM EDT

    Blake Shelton can’t help teasing his Voice co-stars. Kid Rock fires up his hometown 80-piece symphony orchestra. Neal McCoy discovers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert’s secret. Gene Watson finds rerecording hits harder than he thought. Thomas Rhett has found something to do with his hands. The Infamous Stringdusters perfect their bluegrass balancing act.

  • Jason Aldean Returns to Nashville a SuperstarFeb 27 2012 | 05:35 PM EDT

    Jason Aldean returned to Nashville Friday night (Feb. 24) for his My Kinda Party tour and proved he is officially a country superstar. In the week leading up to the event, talk centered on the fact that Aldean had yet to headline a concert in the city and was in some ways coming back to [...]

  • New Faces Show Spotlights Eli Young Band, Hunter Hayes, Sunny Sweeney and David NailFeb 27 2012 | 05:05 PM EDT

    Had the audience been less jaded and the production more cohesive, the New Faces Show that concluded Country Radio Seminar Friday night (Feb. 24) at the Nashville Convention Center could have been a dazzling piece of entertainment. Instead, the event just limped along, as it did last year, alternating between bright segments of music with [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Buy Zac Brown’s Harley for a Good CauseFeb 27 2012 | 03:35 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.) It has a Cayman alligator seat. The gas cap is autographed. And it only has 5,000 miles on it. It is Zac Brown’s 2002 CVO Harley Davidson Wide Glide. But after Tuesday (Feb. [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Joins TwitterFeb 27 2012 | 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.) Everything changed on Friday (Feb. 24). That is the day Carrie Underwood finally gave in to Twitter. With just one simple tweet that day, “Hello Twitter world,” she gave her fans and friends [...]

  • Toby Keith’s Clancy’s Tavern Reaches GoldFeb 27 2012 | 12:35 PM EDT

    Toby Keith’s latest album, Clancy’s Tavern, has reached gold status for shipments of 500,000 copies. The project includes his two most recent singles, “Made in America” and “Red Solo Cup.” In January, Keith earned a platinum single for “Red Solo Cup,” signifying 1 million downloads, as well as a gold single for “Made in America,” [...]

  • Jerrod Niemann Offers Single From Upcoming AlbumFeb 27 2012 | 12:35 PM EDT

    Jerrod Niemann released his new single, “Shinin’ on Me,” on Monday (Feb. 27). He wrote the song with Lee Brice, Rob Hatch and Lance Miller. It’s the lead single from his upcoming second album for Sea Gayle Records/Arista Nashville. The album title and release date have not been announced. Describing the song, Niemann said, “Not [...]

February 26, 2012

  • Illness Forces George Strait to Postpone Kansas City ConcertFeb 26 2012 | 06:05 PM EDT

    George Strait cut his concert short Saturday night (Feb. 25) in Kansas City because of illness, but he will return there this coming Saturday (March 3) for another performance at the Sprint Center. After an hour-long opening set by Martina McBride, Strait walked onstage around 9:15 p.m. and launched into the title song from his [...]