Toby Keith, Zac Brown Band, Jamey Johnson, Darius Rucker and Willie Nelson all have one thing in common: country music (Hey — if there’s something else, we don’t know about it). The country supergroup took the stage halfway through the 2012 CMT Music Awards to perform Nelson’s ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.’
The 2012 CMT Music Awards are a collection of both superstars and hot, new country talent. This week, stars like Carrie Underwood and Eric Church have been rehearsing their performances, while newcomers like Kip Moore, Jana Kramer and the FARM look to take the stage for the very first time. Scroll through these photos of artists preparing for Wednesday’s (June 6) CMT broadcast.
Singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow has revealed that a brain tumor is what has been causing recent memory lapses. The star and longtime friend to country music recently told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she visited a doctor after becoming frustrated with her dulled memory.
The 2012 CMT Music Awards winners will undoubtedly be the best of the best, as the show honors country music’s top videos — mostly decided by fans. Female artists dominate the nominees, with Carrie Underwood leading the way with five and Miranda Lambert close behind with four. Eight total awards will be decided by the fan vote. Who do you think will win each award at the 2012 CMT Music Awards?
The debut album from country trio the FARM will be in stores and online on July 17. The cover art from this highly-anticipated project has just been revealed, and Taste of Country has the official first look.
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.
Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift are now labelmates. Just this morning McGraw announced that he signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records. In a press release, the country music legend explained how the deal — signed on May 9 — is the start of his next chapter.
A man every bit as important to country radio as country music’s biggest stars has died. Rusty Walker — a Country Radio Hall of Famer and industry veteran admired by everyone he helped — passed away in a Tupelo, Miss. hospital on Monday morning after suffering a heart attack over the weekend.
The first month of summer is the biggest month of music yet. Country superstars like Alan Jackson and Kenny Chesney will be releasing new projects in the list of new country music releases for June 2012, in addition to other hitmakers like Josh Turner and Edens Edge. Start saving now so you’re not left out on the new music on the list below.
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