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George Strait. Kenny Rogers. Alabama. Alan Jackson. Vince Gill. These are all names of some of country music’s biggest icons. The country genre likely wouldn’t be what it is without trailblazers like these, putting stories of love, loss, drinking and so much more to song. These songs have paved the ways for many of country’s modern rising stars, who attribute ...

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Album Review: Willie Nelson’s ‘Ride Me Back Home’


Though Willie Nelson is a country icon – one who’s career has spanned more than 60 years and has inspired countless artists – he’s long been anchored by a gentle spirit that makes him a powerful leader in the genre, a rare combination that emanates throughout his 69th studio album Ride Me Back Home. He sets this tone with the ...

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Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown & More Earn Multiple Teen Choice Awards Nominations


The Teen Choice Awards announced its first wave of nominations on June 19. Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves, Kane Brown, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X earned multiple nominations on the country front. Lil Nas X led all artists with five nominations, including three for his crossover hit, “Old Town Road.” Fans can vote for ...

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Adam Craig Goes Acoustic for Reflective ‘If You’re Lucky’ Video


Rising talent Adam Craig puts an extra coat of down-home gratitude on his latest single, “If You’re Lucky,” premiering an acoustic version of the memory-filled anthem exclusively with Sounds Like Nashville. Using his voice like a flamethrower through the soft tissue of a small-town heart, Craig performs the track solo with just an acoustic guitar at Nashville’s Layman Drug Company ...

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Amber and Granger Smith Give Vulnerable First Update Since Son River’s Tragic Death


Country singer Granger Smith and his wife Amber have posted a lengthy video to YouTube regarding the tragic loss of their son, River, updating fans on how the family is coping and offering details about events surrounding the three year old’s death. Sitting side by side in the vulnerable clip, titled Finding Light In Our Darkest Time, the Smith’s first ...

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Hunter Hayes Releases Personal New Song ‘One Good Reason’


Country singer Hunter Hayes has released “One Good Reason,” a brand new song off his forthcoming new album. The ballad was written and produced both by Hayes and Sam Ellis, and narrates an almost insuppressible heart-wrenching post-breakup life that bounds the guy to past memories. “’One Good Reason’ represents a totally different side of this album and was another very ...

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Scotty McCreery’s new ‘In Between’ music video invites viewers into his private life


Check out Scotty McCreery’s new music video for his current single “In Between” it premiered exclusively on USAToday.com.  The video was directed by Jeff Ray, the Austin, TX-based filmmaker who also directed McCreery’s previous two videos for his back-to-back No. 1 hits: “Five More Minutes” (Platinum-certified single nearing 100 million video views on YouTube) and “This is It” (Gold-certified single nearing 50 million ...

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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”


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 Monday, June 24. Here are a few of Maren’s choice quotes regarding: Public response and media ...

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Florida Georgia Line Strip Down Hits for Acoustic Remixes


Superstar duo Florida Georgia Line strip down a pair of smooth-talking hits for two new remixes, highlighting the acoustic roots of their iconic breakout “Cruise” and latest release, “Talk You Out of It.” Famous for pulling fans out of their seats and onto dance floors, “Cruise” gets remade into a relaxing summertime singalong, with banjos and dobros doing the “rolling ...

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