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JOHN CARTER CASH: KEEPER OF THE FLAME

In the Feb/March 2014 issue of CMA Close Up, CMA members had a good look inside the world of John Carter Cash, only son of Country Music Hall of Famer Johnny Cash and June Carter…Read full article…

Pt. 2 Angaleena Presley on Dignity, Struggle and Survival

It used to be that the middle class represented the broadest category of society in the United States. These days, that demographic is feeling squeezed from both sides. But the story of those who aspired…Read full article…

PART 2: GUTHRIE TRAPP PULLS THE VEIL FROM NASHVILLE SESSIONS

In the first part of our conversation with Guthrie Trapp for CMACloseUp.com, the guitarist spoke candidly about what it takes to break into Nashville’s most exclusive club – top-call session musicians. Here, he draws from…Read full article…

Stars Go Scratchy for St. Jude

Just one day after St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital announced its fourth annual No Shave November, an initial wave of Country artists has vowed to stash its razors for an honorable cause. Look for the…Read full article…

Guitar Ace Guthrie Trapp Opens Up on Nashville Sessions

Computers and layering have become the norm in pop music recording pretty much everywhere except in Nashville. Traditions die hard here, especially those that honor the song and celebrate the magic of musicians playing together…Read full article…

Country Music Entrepreneurs Know The Score

Many CMA members had their first exposure to SCORE in the Oct/Nov 2014 issue of CMA Close Up. Others already know the organization well and have benefited from it. For folks in the Country Music…Read full article…

Pt 2: Frank Liddell Captures Lee Ann Womack’s Magic

Though producer extraordinaire Frank Liddell and Country chanteuse Lee Ann Womack have enjoyed their lives together as husband and wife for some 15 years, it was only in 2014 that they combined their talents professionally…Read full article…

Pt. 1: Frank Liddell Joins Forces with Lee Ann Womack

On Sept. 23, Lee Ann Womack’s many fans and admirers will be able to finally hear The Way I’m Livin’, her Sugar Hill Records debut and her first album release since 2008. That date has…Read full article…

CARRIE UNDERWOOD HIT INSPIRES FOX MINI-SERIES

Watch out for “Two Black Cadillacs,” an upcoming six-hour mini-series to be produced by Fox based on the Platinum Carrie Underwood hit of the same name. Now in development, the series focuses on the relationship…Read full article…

NATIONAL GUARDSMAN JOINS JOSH THOMPSON ONSTAGE

This weekend, Evan Masters, a soldier in the Minnesota Army National Guard, had the opportunity of a lifetime, sharing the stage with his favorite Country artist, Josh Thompson. Masters won a contest held in April…Read full article…

JAKE OWEN THROWS DOWN AT BMI

After announcing across his social sites just days before, Country star Jake Owen threw a capacity crowd to Nashville’s BMI Building on Monday, Aug. 18, for a free concert and “beach party.” Highlights of the…Read full article…

Gord Bamford Trades His Guitar For Smiles

Canadian Country Music star Gord Bamford put up his personal guitar during a private corporate appearance recently in Calgary, Alberta, to help raise donations for “Operation Smile.” Dedicated to providing reconstructive surgery and related medical…Read full article…

George Jones Museum Promises ‘Grand Tour’ of Memories

George Jones, member of CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame and seven-time CMA Award winner, will soon be further enshrined in Country Music history with the opening of a museum dedicated to his life and…Read full article…

Kenny Chesney Launches “Big Revival Radio” on SiriusXM

SiriusXM will launch “Big Revival Radio,” a limited-run channel featuring the music of eight-time CMA Award winner Kenny Chesney. “Big Revival Radio” will feature music spanning Chesney’s career through his new album The Big Revival,…Read full article…

EPIC WAYLON JENNINGS AUCTION SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 5

On Oct. 5, Guernsey’s auction house will host an unprecedented auction of more than 2,000 items owned by the late Country superstar Waylon Jennings. Inducted into CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, Jennings…Read full article…

CMA Member Spotlight: Becky Harris

Most adults would be content with raising a child who grew up to achieve bona fide stardom. And Becky Harris is more than proud to watch her son Chris Young become one of the hottest…Read full article…

Bobby Bones Show visits CMA

The crew of The Bobby Bones Show visited the CMA office on Wednesday, March 27 to meet with staff members and provided lunch. A new member of CMA, The Bobby Bones Show is broadcasted locally on…Read full article…

Kos Weaver Joins BMG

Music publishing veteran Kos Weaver has joined BMG as Executive Vice President to oversee the Nashville Operations and continue to build and expand BMG’s current roster. Weaver started March 15 and reports to Laurent Hubert,…Read full article…