Category Archives: CMT

CMT’s Next Women of Country Adds Five Artists

Next Women of Country

We can’t say enough about the fierce females who are a huge part of today’s country music. CMT echoes our sentiment, as it gives nods to five upcoming country music starlets who are on their way to striking gold (or platinum) in the genre we all know and love.

This year’s “Next Women of Country” are: Lindsay Ell, Lucy Hale, Nikki Lane, Angaleena Presley, and Natalie Stovall & the Drive. CMT chose these particular ladies for their voices, but also for their music in general. CMT coins each of these talented artists as the types of “women [who] dig deep and find the stories and the lyrics that make listeners stop and think.”

You can find out more about each of these artists by visiting NextWomen.CMT.com, or by checking out the hashtag #NextWomen on Twitter.

Stream Sara Evans’ New Album Now!

Sara Evans Slow Me Down

Multi-platinum selling recording artist, Sara Evans, is set to release her highly anticipated seventh studio album, Slow Me Down, on March 11th. Starting today, fans can stream the full album exclusively at saraevans.CMT.com and on the recently launched CMT Artists App. The album is also available for pre-order at http://smarturl.it/itunesslowmedown and fans will instantly receive a copy of the title track “Slow Me Down,” which is steadily climbing the charts.

Slow Me Down comes over two years after the release of Stronger, Evans’ second Billboard Country Album Chart #1. Slow Me Down is Sara Evans at her finest, with her signature powerful vocals that will serve as a reminder of why she has had a level of success reserved for few. Evans co-wrote three of the album’s eleven tracks and some of Nashville’s finest songwriters are represented on the album. Slow Me Down includes Evans collaborating on three tracks: “Better Off” with country legend Vince Gill; “Can’t Stop Loving You” a duet with Isaac Slade of The Fray; and a cover of Gavin DeGraw’s “Not Over You,” which features Gavin singing harmonies. This album is what fans have waited for and newcomers are bound to fall in love with.

For more official Sara Evans news go to www.saraevans.com.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Dee Jay Silver

Dee Jay Silver

In today’s music, it is common to hear a remix of some of your favorite songs; even heartfelt power ballads have turned into dance hits with the help of some of music’s most talented DJs. And just when you thought DJ’ing couldn’t become anymore unique, enter Dee Jay Silver, the first DJ to be signed to a major Nashville record label. Dee Jay has played in premier venues in virtually every major market in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, but has ultimately found his home in Nashville. Whether he is touring with Jason Aldean and playing in sold out stadiums, performing on the American Country Awards, or remixing the work of some of country’s best known artists, Dee Jay is bringing his talents to the fans of country music in a myriad of ways. Dee Jay took some time out of his day of “bad television” while he recovered from the ACAs in Las Vegas to talk with me about his music, his favorite tour stop to date, and his future plans (which included getting back to Nashville stat!). 

CMT’s Artists of the Year Include Hunter Hayes, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and More

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It’s been a big year for the boys of country music and CMT has announced that they will honor some of the biggest male names as their 2013 CMT Artists of the Year. The honorees are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Hunter Hayes and Tim McGraw.

The Artists of the Year were chosen based on their success in the past year, including radio airplay, song downloads, album sales, videos and concert tours. This is Jason Aldean’s fourth honor and Luke’s second, but a first for the rest of the pack.

The artists will be honored in Nashville by peers both in and out of country music. The show will premiere on CMT on December 3rd, at 8PM EST.

DVR Alert: Cassadee Pope Doc-U-Series on CMT

Cassadee Pope CMT Series

Cassadee Pope‘s debut country album will be hitting stores on October 8th. In anticipation of the album release, CMT will be airing a doc-u-series, Frame By Frame, all about Cassadee. The show will follow Cassadee while she is recording in the studio, interviewing with different radio stations throughout the country, and touring with country mega trio, Rascal Flatts.

Frame By Frame will premiere on CMT on Friday, October 4th, at 10:00pm EST/9:00pm CST. Make sure to tune in and/or set your DVRs for a chance to get a glimpse into the process of Cassadee recording her first country album and all the promotion that goes along with the project.

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CMT Crossroads: The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy

The Band Perry and Fall Out Boy CMT Crossroads

Country trio The Band Perry and pop/rock group Fall Out Boy will team up for the next installment of CMT Crossroads. The groups will swap stories and vocals on one another’s songs in front of an invitation-only audience in Nashville on October 2nd. The show will air on CMT on a date to be determined.

DVR Alert! CMT Crossroads with Lady Antebellum & Stevie Nicks

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CMT Crossroads is probably one of the best music concepts in decades. Pairing our favorite country artists with artists from other genres, the show always brings stellar collaborations.

This Friday (Sept. 13th), Crossroads will present Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks! The episode airs at 10 pm ET on CMT. Performances will feature hits from both song catalogues including Nicks’ “Edge of Seventeen,” “Landslide,” and “Rhiannon,” in addition to Lady A’s “Need You Now,” “Love Don’t Live Here,” and “Golden.” Set your DVR’s!

CMT recorded the performance last spring in Los Angeles before the trio’s Hillary Scott gave birth to her first child this summer. Lady A is currently on hiatus, but will return in November with a bang with their Take Me Downtown Tour!

Lady A teaming up with Stevie Nicks

Lady Antebellum. photo credit: Greenroom PR / Brantley Gutierrez

This should be a good one. Country music super-group Lady Antebellum will be teaming up with the legendary Stevie Nicks for an upcoming episode of CMT Crossroads. Crossroads puts together a country artist with an artist from another genre in front of a live audience for television. The one-hour special will be titled “CMT Crossroads: Lady Antebellum and Stevie Nicks” and will air on September 13th at at 10 pm EST / 9 pm CST.

It’s the first time the pair have ever collaborated. Some songs covered during the episode include “Edge of Seventeen,” “Landslide,” and Lady A’s “Need You Now.”

Will you be tuning in?

Luke Bryan taking over CMT this weekend

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Look out ladies! Luke Bryan will be taking over (American) CMT this weekend with his own appropriately-titled special “Luke Bryan CMT Weekend Takeover.” It kicks off Saturday with “Making Of: Luke Bryan: Crash My Party at 2 pm EST. The special will re-air at different times all weekend long, so make sure to check your local listings if you miss it the first time around.

Other specials airing during the Takeover Weekend include Luke’s music videos, behind-the-scenes footage of his albums and videos, a Hot-20 Performance, and much more!

Will you be tuning in? What’s your favorite Luke Bryan memory?

Chuck Wicks Releases “Salt Life” Music Video

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He may be a new morning show DJ, but Chuck Wicks is still passionate about his music. The singer released his new video for “Salt Life” today on CMT Pure, CMT Mobile and CMT.com. “Salt Life” is the first single from Rough, Wicks’s EP released in April.

Fans can also hear Wicks every weekday from 6am – 10am on  “America’s Morning Show” on New York’s NASH FM 94.7.