Flash: ON   February 26, 2015 
CMT News

Alan Jackson: 25 Years Later
Twenty five years ago, Alan Jackson’s Here in the Real World was released on Feb. 27. It was his first major label album. On Friday (also Feb. 27), he will celebrate that anniversary when he plays at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles. Brandy Clark and Jon Pardi will open the show. Jackson... Read more »

Dierks Bentley Gives Nashville a Hot Country Knight
There’s a teeny pounding in my head this morning, but who do I blame for this Southern Comfort-induced pain — Dierks Bentley or Douglas Douglason, his ‘90s-inspired alter ego who’s the lead singer of the burgeoning country supergroup Hot Country Knights? Wednesday night (Feb. 25), Bentley, along with his real band and a few magical... Read more »

Florida Georgia Line Bring Their Groove to New York City
NEW YORK CITY — There’s no place like New York’s Madison Square Garden for watching a full-blown phenomenon come to life before your eyes. Florida Georgia Line‘s sold-out show Wednesday night (Feb. 25) on their Anything Goes tour was not only a dream come true for the duo, as they reminded the audience numerous times,... Read more »

Garth Brooks Plays a Club Gig in Nashville
The threat of another icy Nashville evening was looming, but it didn’t stop Garth Brooks from putting on an unforgettable tour preview during the 2015 Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. And it didn’t stop a crowd of fans, industry peers and radio professionals from packing the house at Marathon Music Works on Wednesday night (Feb.... Read more »

Radio Still Rules the Country Mainstream
(Straight From Nashville is a weekly column written by CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert.) Sony Music Nashville chairman and CEO Gary Overton ruffled a few feathers among the Americana crowd this week by telling The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville, “If you’re not on country radio, you don’t exist.” The interview was an advance story on... Read more »

Be First to Hear Kelly Clarkson’s New Album
Kelly Clarkson is teasing fans (in a good way) with her new album, Piece by Piece. The talented vocalist is releasing one track each day leading up to the big reveal, and fans can check them all out on her MTV.com artist page. The first song, “Let Your Tears Fall,” is available now. Fans can... Read more »

Tim McGraw’s Best Gift Wasn’t in the Gift Bag
On Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 25), Tim McGraw posted what appears to be the best thing about performing at the Academy Awards: the pride of his entire family. This is what I walked in my home to this morn!! #Oscars pic.twitter.com/VUL69sBrOX — Tim McGraw (@TheTimMcGraw) February 25, 2015 And while I’m sure the performers and nominees... Read more »

New Single: Kacey Musgraves’ “Biscuits”
“Mind your own biscuits and life will be gravy.” Those are the words to live by according to Kacey Musgraves‘ newest single, “Biscuits.” Musgraves made the announcement Thursday (Feb. 26) that “Biscuits” would be the first single from her forthcoming second album. The news came while the country songstress performed for a crowd at a... Read more »

Bro Country Mashup Guy Confronts Radio Programmers
Country radio is currently enjoying some of the best ratings in its long history, and much of the spike in popularity has mirrored the rise of so-called bro country — songs usually sung by men about girls, trucks and partying hard. During a panel discussion Thursday morning (Feb. 26) at the 2015 Country Radio Seminar... Read more »

Nashville Gets More Complicated by the Inches
Dierks Bentley and Garth Brooks both played intimate shows on Wednesday night (Feb. 25) in Nashville, but it was what happened on the Nashville TV series that provided some very real excitement for those of us who weren’t in Music City. It was what Rayna told Sadie’s ex-husband after they’d agreed on a settlement where... Read more »

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