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Producer Robert Deaton Takes Us Inside “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

Producer Robert Deaton knows better than anyone how challenging, complex and exhilarating it can be to capture the best of CMA Music Festival and trim it down to three hours of killer television. The results…Read full article…

PHOTOS: LITTLE BIG TOWN, DARIUS RUCKER ANNOUNCE CMA AWARDS NOMINEES ON GMA

This week, the final nominees for 48th Country Music Association Awards in several categories were announced live by Darius Rucker and the members of Little Big Town on “Good Morning America” on ABC Television Network.…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: JORDYN STODDARD

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, 16-year-old Jordyn Stoddard, of Jacksonville, Fla., who is no newcomer to songwriting and performing. Known for her signature turquoise guitar, Stoddard already has years of songwriting experience, and stopped…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: JOHN KING

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Georgia native and Black River Entertainment artist John King, who stopped by recently at CMA’s office in Nashville to sign up for membership. King, who credits his parents…Read full article…

COUNTRY GOES ICE COLD FOR ALS RESEARCH

It seems like just a few months ago that the Harlem Shake fad spurred thousands of otherwise right-thinking people, including members of the CMA staff, to stand motionless, suddenly act like loonies and then post…Read full article…

PT. 2: BACKSTAGE AT CMA FEST WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD

Our conversation with Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town resumes in this second installment of her CMACloseUp.com interview. In Part 1, she shared some background on her group’s second stint as hosts of the three-hour…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: MITCH GALLAGHER

CMA welcomes its newest artist member, Mitch Gallagher, of Maryville, Mo., who signed up for membership on Friday, July 25, 2014. Mitch, a longtime Country fan, talks about his love of Country, and of being…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBERS: REDHEAD EXPRESS

CMA welcomes some of its newest members, Redhead Express, who stopped by Tuesday, July 8, 2014 to sign up for CMA membership. After leaving their Alaska home seven years ago to pursue their dream of…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: JOHNNY ORR

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Raleigh, N.C. native Johnny Orr, who stopped by June 25, 2014 to sign up for CMA membership. Formed in 2007, Johnny Orr and his band have been steadily gaining…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBERS: NORTH 40

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, North 40, who stopped by April 16, 2014 to sign up for CMA membership. According to their website: “Long before the humble beginnings of North 40, both Heather and…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: STEVEN PADILLA

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Demopolis, Ala.-native Steven Padilla, who stopped by April 1, 2014 to sign up for CMA membership. Steven credits the heavy influence of his roots – the people around him and closest…Read full article…

Danny Griego: Debut Spotlight

Born in Prescott, Ariz., descended on his father’s side from Spanish cowboys and from Kentucky moonshiners through his mother, based now in Austin, Texas, Danny Griego earned degrees in business management and business marketing from…Read full article…

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BLOWS INTO THE WINDY CITY

On Wednesday night, July 30, five songwriters brought their guitars to Joe’s Bar in Chicago to play their old songs, new songs and songs that are so recent they haven’t even been titled yet. Such…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: CODY BRYAN

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Austin, Texas’ Cody Bryan, who is now touring in Texas as the Cody Bryan Band and is promoting his single, “Wreck Me.” Bryan talks about his love of…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: SAMMY ARRIAGA

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Sammy Arriaga, who stopped by June 18, 2014 to sign up for CMA membership. A Miami, Fla. native, Arriaga moved to Nashville in 2011, and has since been touring…Read full article…

VIDEO: DOLLY PARTON AT GLASTONBURY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Shortly before taking to the Pyramid Stage at England’s historic Glastonbury Music Festival in England, CMA Country Music Hall of Fame member Dolly Parton received a special award commemorating her sales of 100 million albums…Read full article…

AWARD OF MERIT PHOTO TEAM TO CAPTURE CMA FEST

The Country Music Association has selected five students for the Photography division of the 2014 CMA Close Up Award of Merit team. Candidates for the Award of Merit were chosen based on submission of their photography…Read full article…

AWARD OF MERIT JOURNALISTS TO COVER CMA FEST

The Country Music Association has selected five students to be recipients for the Journalism division of the 2014 CMA Close Up Award of Merit. Candidates for the Award of Merit were chosen based on submission of…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: LAYCE WHITWORTH

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Heartland Records recording artist Layce Whitworth, who stopped by May 12, 2014 to sign up for CMA membership. Born and raised a rodeo cowboy from Idaho, Layce Whitworth has always…Read full article…

NEW CMA MEMBER: BORROWED BLUE

CMA welcomes one of its newest members, Borrowed Blue, who stopped by May 12, 2014 to sign up for CMA membership. Kentucky-bred Country rock band, Borrowed Blue, came together in result of a common love of…Read full article…