President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will appear at tonight’s 2012 CMT Music Awards. Each is part of a comedic pre-taped video that will open the show, much the way the President, John McCain and Hillary Clinton did in 2008.
Country music has a long tradition of supporting the troops, with stars like Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler and Darryl Worley taking frequent trips overseas to play for the men and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Of course, before the Gulf Wars, country musicians were quick to join the USO to play for troops stationed just about anywhere. While only a minority of Nashville’s best served in the military, more than a few on this list may surprise you.
It was a fun day in country music news. Martina McBride got nostalgic about her wedding day, and even poked fun at her chosen colors and husband’s hairstyle. Carrie Underwood‘s song ‘Good Girl’ got the toddler treatment, and readers went crazy about winning an autographed copy of Willie Nelson‘s new CD. One tragedy involved a country artist’s tour bus — find out who and how he’s doing now.
Lady Antebellum took the Hollywood stage on ‘The Voice’ Tuesday night, and left to a standing ovation from the live studio audience after singing their new single ‘Wanted You More.’ The power-ballad featured Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley dramatically pleading with each other in a way their loyal fans have become familiar with.
Happy Birthday to Tim McGraw! The singer, who turns 45-years-old today (May 1), has proven to be a man of many talents over the last decade. Country artist, actor, father, cologne pitchman … McGraw wears many hats, figuratively and literally. To celebrate his big day, we’ve put together a gallery of all pf the best hats the ‘Back When’ singer has put on his head over the last decade. He’s proven to be quite a man of fashion!
One country music artist had a baby and two more delivered new albums to fans on Tuesday. Find out who welcomed his fourth child, and learn what to expect from new projects from Lee Brice and Kip Moore in the Daily Roundup. Also, read a full interview with Brice and find out how Jason Aldean made a seven-year-old cancer patient’s dream come true.
Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum has a puppy that looks like a living teddy bear. Jake Owen has two slobbery bulldogs. Who’s to say that one is cuter than the other, however? You can make that decision on your own at the end of this list of the cutest pets in country music.
Carrie Underwood will release her fourth studio album ‘Blown Away‘ in three weeks (May 1). It’s the first she’s recorded since her marriage to hockey player husband Mike Fisher, but that’s not to say he’s had a heavy influence on the project. Underwood tells Taste of Country that the Nashville Predator has heard the album, and even offered a few opinions — but she’s not always listening.
Throughout the second season of ‘The Voice,’ Blake Shelton wondered why contestants from other teams needed exotic production behind performances of powerful or vulnerable songs. “What does (fill in the blank) have to do with (blank),” he asked on a number of occasions. So it was no surprise that when it was time for him to take the stage with the four remaining Team Blake members, it was all about the singing.
The stage that collapsed moments before Sugarland was due to begin their performance at the Indiana State Fair last year wasn’t strong enough to withstand a 68 MPH gust of wind, as required by code. A 59 MPH gust of wind toppled the light and sound rigging on the night of August 13, but parts of the support system began giving way earlier in the evening.
Mike Eli couldn’t have looked more shocked when cameras focused on him and his bandmates reacting after their name was read as Song of the Year winners at the 2012 ACM Awards. The Eli Young Band singer remained seated for a moment before realizing his time to thank the appropriate people behind ‘Crazy Girl’ was wasting away.
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