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Granger Smith and Wife Speak Out After Son's Death: 'We Are Stronger Than Ever'

More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 20:18

After undergoing the most unimaginable tragedy, the couple are turning to their faith and finding strength.

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Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild Are Songwriting BFFs

More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 16:12

Being on tour with Lambert inspired a number of song titles.

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Dan + Shay: The 'Timing Felt Right' for 2019 Tour With Buddies Florida Georgia Line

And More Music - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 15:30

"It's like one big family out there. It felt right ..."

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Stars Support Pride Month at Ty Herndon's 2019 Concert for Love & Acceptance

More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 15:30

Stars from across the entertainment spectrum turned up to support the cause!

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Nelly Says Florida Georgia Line Are Producing His Next Project

More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 15:20

The triumphant trio is together again.

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Thomas Rhett Gives Dad Rhet Akins' Very Hot Summer Tour Set a '10 Out of 10′

And More Music - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 15:07

"It's like he has no fear, you know what I mean?"

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Lawsuit Claims Carrie Underwood's NFL Theme Song Stolen From Songwriter

More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 14:52

The filing alleges copyright infringement.

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Carrie Underwood, the NFL, NBC + More Sued Over 'Sunday Night Football' Theme Song

And More Music - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 14:00

An artist named Heidi Merrill is suing for copyright infringement.

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Brett Young Nods to Baseball Past in Sweet 'Catch' Video

More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 13:00

It's his real-life story.

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[Exclusive Interview] Maren Morris Opens Up About “Playboy” Experience: “I’m Really Proud of What We Did . . . Everyone Chill the F Out”

Even More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:46

One day after her Playboy interview and photos were posted online, Maren Morris stopped by the Ty Bentli Show to talk about why she decided to take part in the Playboy feature.

NCD has obtained exclusive excerpts from the interview that will air on country radio on June 29 [update, the interview was posted to Ty’s podcast on June 19—Listen Here].

Here are a few of Maren’s choice quotes regarding:

Public response and media interest from the Playboy photos and interview:

“Oh, yeah [it’s been positive]. I was just talking about this . . . you really can’t win. You could tweet ‘I love apples’ and someone would be like ‘F you, apples are awful.’ I’ve learned you can’t really win, so I’m just going to do what I believe in, and do me. I look at people like Dolly Parton, who did the cover of Playboy back in the ’70s, so that was sort of my guiding light when I was deciding whether or not to do the shoot.

“I kind of knew when I did it that it was going to be a little incendiary, but I didn’t really expect people to have such insane rage over it. That was the unforeseen part, people coming after Ryan [Hurd], people on my team, people that were a part of the shoot. I was just like, ‘Oh, my god, you guys aren’t even mad, this is such faux rage.’ This must be a slow news week because I’m literally wearing less on my Women’s Health cover.”

Not focusing on the haters:

I did those photos for me . . . not to be weird about it, I was just like, ‘Well, I look like this, I work out, while I look like this I want to have pretty photos of it.’ I guess for the first time I’ll go out and buy Playboy because I want to have some hard copies of it. I’m really proud of what we did. I love that it was all women on the shoot, so I felt super safe, and [the photos are] not nude, so everyone chill the F out.”

Parents and family seeing the Playboy photos and interview:

“I sent it to them last week when I got the advance copy. They were like totally cool with it. They know who I am. I think at the end of the day, it’s like, I’m married, I am in love with my partner, he supports me to no end—my music and me as a woman—so I feel like if I’m going to impart any wisdom, it’s coming from that angle.”

Challenging herself:

“Every year of my career, I’ve done something that’s scared me, from this [Playboy shoot] to doing ‘The Middle’ with Zedd. I thought that there’s a chance, if I do this song with this EDM guy, country is going to think that I’m like leaving them behind or something. Luckily that didn’t happen, and that wasn’t the case, and it was like a stupid fear. I didn’t get into this to be a torchbearer for my gender or anything like that. I just think that’s organically happened because there weren’t enough women getting airplay on the charts. As someone who was [getting airplay], I want to speak up for my female artist friends who work maybe harder than I do and don’t get an ounce of what I’ve received . . . I just naturally have fallen into this role . . . I want it to be more equal, I want everyone to get their fair share because everyone is so f’in talented and inspires me.”

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Suzy Bogguss Has a Soft Spot for Carly Pearce Due to Their Dollywood Connection

And More Music - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 12:32

Both Bogguss and Pearce share a country music-related connection.

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After 'Old Town Road,' Is 'The Kick Drop' Next?

More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 11:00

Is this the country trap revolution?

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Marty Stuart’s 3 Artist-in-Residence Shows at the Hall of Fame to Feature Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Emmylou Harris & More on Select Dates

Even More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:36

Following in the footsteps of country music luminaries like Kris Kristofferson, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash and more, Marty Stuart will be the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 16th artist-in-residence

Marty will perform three themed shows in the museum’s CMA Theater on Sept. 11 (The Pilgrim), Sept. 18 (Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree) and Sept. 25 (Songs That Tell a Story).

Sept. 11: The Pilgrim
Marty will celebrate the re-release of his 10th studio album, The Pilgrim (1999), which showcases his songwriting and instrumental talents and tells the story of a man from Marty’s hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. He will celebrate this 20-year milestone with a host of musical guests including Chris and Morgane Stapleton, Emmylou Harris, Connie Smith, Gary Carter and Kristin Wilkinson with her Superlative Strings.

Sept. 18: Psychedelic Jam-Bo-Ree
The 1960s introduced us to undeniable superstars and gave us unforgettable songs. Join Marty for an evening celebrating country music of the 1960s, featuring a line-up of influential artists and musicians including Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Connie Smith, Old Crow Medicine Show, Buck Trent, Kenny Lovelace, Jim Lauderdale, the Grand Ole Opry Square Dancers and the Fabulous Superlatives.

Sept. 25: Songs That Tell a Story
Harlan Howard famously referred to country music as “three chords and the truth.” Marty will pay homage to country music’s musical stories with an acoustic show. This lineup will feature a number of Nashville’s most influential and revered storytellers including John Prine, Doug Kershaw, Dallas Frazier, Brandy Clark and the Fabulous Superlatives.

Established in 2003, the museum’s artist-in-residence series honors a musical master who has contributed a large and significant body of work to the canon of American popular music. The artist-in-residence is invited to use the museum’s performance venues to create unique musical experiences. Marty joins a prestigious group of past honorees that includes Cowboy Jack Clement, Earl Scruggs, Tom T. Hall, Guy Clark, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Buddy Miller, Connie Smith, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Rosanne Cash, Jason Isbell and Miranda Lambert.

Tickets for all three shows are on sale now and can be purchased at CMATheater.com.

photo by Curtis Hilbun, AFF-USA.com

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Bonnaroo 2019: Maren Morris, the Avett Brothers + More Rock the Farm

And More Music - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:30

Bonnaroo 2019 ran June 13-16 in Manchester, Tenn.

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Carrie Underwood Had a Serious Conversation With God After Her Miscarriages

More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:11

It's the tough times that make you stronger.

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“Breaking Thru With Elaina” Featuring Trisha Yearwood

Even More Music News - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 10:09

Elaina Smith is back with the second season of her award-winning podcast, Breaking Thru With Elaina, formerly titled Women Want to Hear Women.

Season 2/Episode 2 features Elaina’s bucket-list guest, Trisha Yearwood, who will release her upcoming album, Every Girl, this fall.

Trisha stopped by the show to talk about women in country music, standing up for herself, image, marriage, husband Garth Brooks, her new music and more.

Check out Elaina’s new interview with Trisha below.

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Everything You Need to Know About AmericanaFest 2019

And More Music - Wed, 06/19/2019 - 09:57

AmericanaFest -- also known as the Americana Music Festival & Conference -- turns 20 in 2019.

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