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VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: MARTINA McBRIDE CMA CLOSEUP INTERVIEW

In the video below, Country superstar Martina McBride gives an exclusive interview with CMA Close Up magazine to discuss her early love of R&B music, her thoughts on doing an R&B-style album, and working with…Read full article…

JOSH TURNER INVESTS IN MUSIC EDUCATION

Unlike the other Country Music headliners featured the April/May 2014 CMA Close Up cover story on music education, Josh Turner didn’t attend a high school with a consistent music program. To this day, it’s something…Read full article…

BRANDON ALAN: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Beginning at age 11, Alan took guitar lessons from his father. Dad’s music collection inspired his son to widen his horizons, particular when it came to playing guitar; Eric Clapton, John Fogerty, Vince Gill, Jimi…Read full article…

ROSS COOPER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Born into a rodeo family, Ross Cooper pursued two interests while growing up in Lubbock, Texas: riding broncos bareback and music. If he hadn’t injured his knee a few years ago, he might still be…Read full article…

SCOTT CONER: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Scott Coner has lived on the same country road in Indiana for his entire life. He writes his songs on a porch overlooking the family farm. He is a loving husband and father to two…Read full article…

DALLAS SMITH: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

To Dallas Smith, Country Music is about the “special combination of a voice and song.” After spending nearly 10 years fronting Canadian rock band Default, Smith has stepped on his own, into the world of…Read full article…

KASEY LANSDALE: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Growing up in Nacogdoches, East Texas, Kasey Lansdale remembers singing along to Reba’s Greatest Hits and listening to groups like the Contours with her father. By age 7, she was writing songs. Years later, while…Read full article…

LEXI LARSEN: DEBUT SPOTLIGHT

Born and raised in western Nebraska, Larsen has been building her fan base through her home state’s Galaxy of Stars Talent Search, the regional Colgate Country Showdown and performances as far afield as Xian, China.…Read full article…

GUEST WRITER: LYNDSEY HIGHLANDER’S WARM-UP SECRETS

Raised on a diet of Pat Benatar, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt but above all others, Patsy Cline, Lyndsey Highlander knows how to rock a Country tune and deliver a burnin’ live show. All the more…Read full article…

NARAS HONORS LADY ANTEBELLUM

Six-time CMA Award winner Lady Antebellum adds more luster to its legacy on April 2, when the group accepts the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science’s Recording Artists’ Coalition Award at the Academy’s “Grammys…Read full article…

RONNIE DUNN, PART 1: CELEBRATING PEACE LOVE AND COUNTRY MUSIC

Following his epic run in Brooks & Dunn, Ronnie Dunn has charted his own course through two albums. Arista released his self-titled, self-produced solo debut in 2011. And on April 8, he followed with Peace…Read full article…

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: DAN + SHAY

Early in 2013, Dan Smyers threw a party at his place. Among the folks who showed up was Shay Mooney. They’d never met, though both had been drawn to Nashville to take their chances in…Read full article…

LIVE AT LAST: THE OAK RIDGE BOYS RELEASE THEIR FIRST CONCERT ALBUM, PART 1

With all the miles traveled over their four decades together, doing around 150 concerts each year, The Oak Ridge Boys have entertained countless Country and gospel enthusiasts from several generations. That’s why it’s almost a…Read full article…

HUNTER HAYES TARGETS 24-HOUR CONCERT RECORD

In a campaign to battle child hunger, 2013 CMA New Artist Award winner Hunter Hayes is teaming with ConAgra Foods and planning a grueling 24-hour concert marathon in May. “Hunter Hayes’ 24 Hour Road Race…Read full article…

DEBUT SPOTLIGHT: SUSAN TONEY

In November 2003, the night of her birthday, Susan Toney miraculously survived a rollover car crash. Suffering from internal bleeding, skull fractures, with external wounds on her forehead, ears, nose and mouth, and multiple broken…Read full article…

PHOTOS: BIG SMO VISITS CMA

Warner Music Nashville artist Big Smo stopped by CMA Friday as he prepares to release his new album, Kuntry Livin’ in June. A Middle Tennessee native, Big Smo describes his sound as a unique blend…Read full article…

COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR HOSTS THE GRAND OLE OPRY

The Grand Ole Opry returned to Nashville’s annual Country Radio Seminar for its second straight year to help kick off CRS 2014 at the Opening Night Welcome Reception. The star-studded line-up included Opry members Carrie…Read full article…

CARRIE UNDERWOOD RECEIVES CRS HUMANITARIAN HONOR

At the annual Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, six-time CMA Awards co-host Carrie Underwood received the CRS Artist Humanitarian Award on Feb. 19. (l-r) Gary Overton, Chairman/ CEO, Sony Music Nashville; Bill Mayne, Executive Director,…Read full article…

ALL ABOARD THE SONY SHOWBOAT

The 28th annual Sony Music Nashville Boat Show, a highlight of the Country Music Seminar, rocked the General Jackson Showboat and a packed, invitation-only audience on Thursday, Feb. 20. Performers included Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert,…Read full article…

CRS 2014 PHOTOS: JENNIFER NETTLES, KELLEIGH BANNEN & BROTHERS OSBORNE

Universal Music Group artists Kelleigh Bannen, Brothers Osborne and Jennifer Nettles entertained Country Radio Seminar attendees with lunchtime concerts Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. All photos Christian Bottorff / CMA.