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Fifteen years into his career, Dierks Bentley's four ACM noms are "sweeter" "now more than ever"

For Dierks Bentley, waking up to four Academy of Country Music nods Wednesday was a great way to start the day, since he hadn't slept particularly well the night before. "I have a dog that's 15 years old, George," Dierks explains, pointing out he adopted George at the same time as his…... Read More

Country star trivia

Sixty years ago this week, this legendary entertainer became the first country artist ever to have an album certified gold, for his Hymns project. Can you name the Country Music Hall of Famer? ANSWER: Tennessee Ernie Ford. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.... Read More

Nashville notes

Wednesday's a busy day for country stars on TV.  Morgan Wallen starts things off on NBC's Today, which begins at 7 a.m., while Florida Georgia Line guests on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Then Reba McEntire visits Watch What Happens Live! on Bravo starting at 11 p.m. ET. Thompson Square is canceling their weekend performances, including a Saturday appearance at…... Read More

Luke Bryan says "Most People Are Good" was a "really important song for the world to hear"

Even though Luke Bryan's closing in on ten career ACM Awards, the Georgia native is still plenty excited about the possibility of adding two more trophies to his collection. "The opportunity to go to the ACMs with two nominations, Entertainer of the Year and Single of the Year -- is just…... Read More

Maren Morris' 14-track "GIRL" includes a collaboration with her "Favorite People," Brothers Osborne

Maren Morris’ sophomore album boasts 14 tracks, including two collaborations.  She revealed the details on her socials on Wednesday by sharing a photo of the back cover of the record. The project kicks off with its title cut, “GIRL,” which has already broken into the top thirty on the country chart. It…... Read More

Future bride & groom Michael Ray and Carly Pearce dream of matching ACM Awards

Not only are Michael Ray and Carly Pearce headed down the aisle in the coming months, they’re also headed to Las Vegas to possibly pick up matching trophies at this year’s ACM Awards. Michael’s up for New Male Artist of the Year, while Carly competes for the New Female honor. “PRETTY SURE ALL OF…... Read More

Jimmie Allen gives it his "Best Shot" and lands an ACM nom

It’s been a life-changing year for newcomer Jimmie Allen. Twelve months ago, his debut single, “Best Shot,” was released, and it went on to finish 2018 as his very first number one. Then, Wednesday morning, the Delaware native found out he’s up for an Academy of Country Music Award. “Last year…... Read More

Jake Owen goes "Down to the Honky Tonk" for an ACM nod

Of all the songs nominated for ACM Single of the Year at the April awards in Vegas, only one has the distinction of being a current top ten hit: Jake Owen’s “Down to the Honky Tonk.” It’s a nod that apparently caught the Florida native off-guard. “Holy guacamole...” Jake reacted on Twitter, adding…... Read More

Miss Me More? Kelsea Ballerini's surprising omission from the ACM's Female vocalist category

When ACM Awards host Reba McEntire revealed the nominees for this year’s 54th annual awards Wednesday morning, there was one name surprisingly missing from the Female Artist of the Year category: Kelsea Ballerini. Kelsea’s been up for the trophy every year since 2015, the same year she took home the New Female Vocalist of the…... Read More

Country star trivia

Thirty-four years ago this week, Mel McDaniel scored his sole #1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Can you name the lead single from his Let It Roll album? ANSWER: "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On." Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.... Read More

Dan + Shay, Chris Stapleton, and Kacey Musgraves are among the front runners for the 54th ACMs

ACM Awards host Reba McEntire revealed the nominees for the 54th ACM Awards Wednesday on CBS This Morning. Dan + Shay and Chris Stapleton are this year's top contenders, with six nominations each, with Kacey Musgraves close behind with five. Dierks Bentley, Brothers Osborne, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha each received four.  The awards will be handed out live from MGM Grand Garden…... Read More

After four number-ones, Luke Combs is still the same: "I've just got nicer boots now"

Tuesday at the Corsair Distillery in Nashville, Luke Combs celebrated his fourth #1 hit in a row, "She Got the Best of Me." Talking with a group of journalists before the party, the North Carolina native agreed that one of the reasons for his success is that he has a…... Read More

Nashville notes

Darius Rucker will be honored with the Humanitarian Award Tuesday, May 7 at the 2019 Music Biz Awards and Hall of Fame Dinner at Nashville's JW Marriott. Mitchell Tenpenny made his Grand Ole Opry debut this past Saturday, performing his debut #1, "Drunk Me," as well as "Walk Like Him," which was…... Read More

Listen now: Kip Moore takes "The Bull" by the horns with new single

The rebellious fan favorite “The Bull” is Kip Moore’s third single from his Slowheart album. “Most of all/most of all/thanks to the bulls that bucked me off,” the Georgia native sings on the track, which happens to be the first release of his career that he didn’t have a hand in writing. But even though…... Read More