Country News Archive

March 31, 2012

  • Luke Bryan Shakes It for Las VegasMar 31 2012 | 04:52 PM EDT

    LAS VEGAS — Luke Bryan launched his energetic, hour-plus set in Las Vegas with “Rain Is a Good Thing” — and judging by the cheers at this free party in the desert on Friday night (March 30), thousands of country fans agreed. Although the desert air is dry and no rain was imminent, there were [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Rascal Flatts: On a Cheerios Mission to Fight HungerMar 31 2012 | 04:52 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.) Friday night (March 30), I got the warmest welcome to Las Vegas from Rascal Flatts. And Martina McBride. And The Band Perry. And the Eli Young Band. And Justin Moore. And more. They [...]

  • Jake Owen’s “Alone With You” Alone at Top of Songs ChartMar 31 2012 | 04:52 PM EDT

    Jake Owen this week scores his second No. 1 Billboard single as “Alone With You” completes its 26-week climb to the peak. His first No. 1 was last year’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night.” On the albums chart, Luke Bryan’s Tailgates & Tanlines continues to be the top dog. Former American Idol finalist Casey James self-titled [...]

  • ACM Awards: Five Things to Do in Sin CityMar 31 2012 | 04:52 PM EDT

    View photos from the rehearsals for the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. When fans and country artists converge in Las Vegas Sunday (April 1) for the ACM Awards, they’ll find the red carpet has been rolled out all across the city. Special country-related activities are happening all weekend. Of course, the awards show [...]

  • Kenny Rogers Is Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Artist-in-Residence for 2012Mar 31 2012 | 04:52 PM EDT

    Kenny Rogers has been named the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s artist-in-residence for 2012. He’ll perform May 9-10 in the museum’s Ford Theater in downtown Nashville. Established in 2003, residency program honors a musician who has contributed a significant body of work to American popular music. Previous honorees include Cowboy Jack Clement, Tom [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood’s Need for Time Outside the Celebrity BubbleMar 31 2012 | 04:52 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.) There’s a reason why you don’t always see Carrie Underwood out on the road. She needs to decompress, change things up and just get out from inside that celebrity bubble. That’s what she [...]

  • Around the Web: Blake Shelton Rallies a “Hillbilly Invasion”Mar 31 2012 | 04:52 PM EDT

    Blake Shelton jokes about his role as co-host of the ACM Awards. Miranda Lambert is only now starting to think of herself as a singer. Earl Scruggs was just as good on guitar as he was on banjo. Lady Antebellum reveal their preconcert rituals. Craig Morgan and Kip Moore sneak out of Vegas for a [...]

March 30, 2012

  • HOT DISH: Prayers for Blake Shelton and His FamilyMar 30 2012 | 03:41 PM EDT

    (CMT Hot Dish is a weekly feature written by veteran columnist Hazel Smith. Author of the cookbook, Hazel’s Hot Dish: Cookin’ With Country Stars, she also hosts CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith and shares her recipes at CMT.com.) The past year was, without a doubt, the greatest and happiest of Blake Shelton’s career. [...]

  • HOT DISH: Peyton Manning Passes on NashvilleMar 30 2012 | 03:39 PM EDT

    (CMT Hot Dish is a weekly feature written by veteran columnist Hazel Smith. Author of the cookbook, Hazel’s Hot Dish: Cookin’ With Country Stars, she also hosts CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith and shares her recipes at CMT.com.) Peyton Manning never said goodbye. Like just about every other football town in this nation, [...]

  • HOT DISH: Country Stars Boost the Nation’s EconomyMar 30 2012 | 03:39 PM EDT

    (CMT Hot Dish is a weekly feature written by veteran columnist Hazel Smith. Author of the cookbook, Hazel’s Hot Dish: Cookin’ With Country Stars, she also hosts CMT’s Southern Fried Flicks With Hazel Smith and shares her recipes at CMT.com.) People keep talking about the bad economy, but don’t blame it on our country stars. [...]