Country News Archive

May 31, 2012

  • NASHVILLE SKYLINE: Why the World Will Remember Doc WatsonMay 31 2012 | 07:30 PM EDT

    (NASHVILLE SKYLINE is a column by CMT/ Editorial Director Chet Flippo.) There was a whole universe of music inside Doc Watson’s brain. He carried around with him thousands of songs that were part and parcel of the American musical experience. Folk and country, Appalachian tales and country blues, mountain gospel and dance songs — Doc [...]

  • Jason Isbell, Gillian Welch Lead Nominations for Americana Music Honors and AwardsMay 31 2012 | 07:30 PM EDT

    Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell, Hayes Carll and Justin Townes Earle received nominations for the Americana Music Association’s artist of the year on Thursday (May 31). Isbell and Welch are the leading nominees across all categories, with three nominations each. Alabama Shakes, Steve Earle, Dave Rawlings and Punch Brothers’ Chris Thile earned two nominations each. The [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: How Dierks Bentley Gets His Big Sound, Even UnpluggedMay 31 2012 | 06:00 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.) You know how I know Dierks Bentley loves bluegrass music? Because about a year ago, at a show in Las Vegas, he did a little stripped-down take on Billy Idol’s 1983 punk sensation,”Rebel [...]

  • Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris Appearing at Songwriters Hall of Fame CeremonyMay 31 2012 | 06:00 PM EDT

    Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris and Lyle Lovett will appear at the 2012 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner set for June 14 in New York City. Others scheduled to present awards or perform include Stevie Nicks, Meat Loaf, Take 6 and the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl. As previously announced, this year’s Hall of [...]

  • Toby Keith Leads Upcoming Now Country CompilationMay 31 2012 | 06:00 PM EDT

    Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” Eric Church’s “Drink in My Hand,” Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End” and Jennifer Nettles’ collaboration with Lionel Richie on “Hello” are among the 18 tracks featured on Now That’s What I Call Country Vol. 5. The latest in the series of compilations will be released June [...]

  • OFFSTAGE: Kenny Chesney: Songs From Studio to StageMay 31 2012 | 05:00 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.) For Kenny Chesney, a song has to be the peg that fits in a lot of holes. It can’t just work in the studio, when he’s recording it. And it can’t just work [...]

May 30, 2012

  • Around the Web: Tim McGraw Opts for a Scaled Down OperationMay 30 2012 | 07:00 PM EDT

    Tim McGraw believes in the little label that could. Lee Brice sings for his supper at a Texas steakhouse. Clay Walker and Jerrod Niemann strum Chords of Hope. Old Crow Medicine Show has some new snake oil to sell. Luther Dickinson crafts authentic music of the American South.

  • Elvis Presley’s Former Crypt Being AuctionedMay 30 2012 | 06:45 PM EDT

    A crypt that briefly housed Elvis Presley’s body following his death in 1977 is one of the items up for bid during a June 23 auction hosted by Julien’s Auctions of Beverly Hills, Calif. The annual Music Icons auction also includes the late John Lennon’s spare suit from the Beatles’ film A Hard Day’s Night [...]

  • Steep Canyon Rangers Find “Long Shot” SuccessMay 30 2012 | 06:15 PM EDT

    The Steep Canyon Rangers love what they do and would have happily carried on in the underappreciated world of a touring bluegrass band. But lately they’ve been thrust into a spotlight they could never have imagined. Their new album, Nobody Knows You, arrives at the peak of their unlikely rise. After teaming with comedian and [...]

  • Event Raises $664,000 for Children’s HospitalMay 30 2012 | 06:00 PM EDT

    Toby Keith’s recent golf classic in Oklahoma City raised $664,000 to help build the OK Kids Korral, which will give families a place to stay when children are admitted to the Oklahoma University Medical Center Children’s Hospital and other nearby facilities. Keith helped break ground for the building prior to the event’s charity dinner, auction [...]