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Dolly Parton to kick-off CMA Fest at Fan Fair X in downtown Nashville

Dolly Parton will be kicking off CMA Fest at Fan Fair X, with an extra special conversation at the CMA Close Up Stage on Thursday, June 6. Fan Fair X offers an exclusive country music experience with panels, special performances, meet-and-greets and a special vendor marketplace. The venue, located inside Music City Center, also has two stages: CMA Close Up Stage and Spotlight Stage. Fan Fair X will occur June 6-8 (9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. CT) and June 9 (9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CT). The venue doors will open daily at 9:30 a.m. CT.

The 51st annual CMA Fest will take over downtown Nashville from June 6-9, and Fan Fair X will also include special appearances from the Artists of the Day, including Thomas Rhett, Lainey Wilson and Cody Johnson.

A limited number of single-day ($10) and four-day ($25) Fan Fair X tickets can be purchased now at Fans can soon access the Fan Fair X meet-and-greet schedule on the Official CMA Connect App, with additional meet-and-greet sessions added throughout May.

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The Black Crowes share video for “Wilted Rose” featuring Lainey Wilson

The Black Crowes has released the video for “Wilted Rose” featuring Lainey Wilson, off their latest album Happiness Bastards.

The music video features footage from the band’s opening night of the Happiness Bastards Tour at the Grand Ole Opry House, where Wilson made a surprise appearance. It also includes behind-the-scenes footage of Wilson and the band in rehearsals and backstage.

This video follows the conclusion of The Black Crowes’ North American leg of the Happiness Bastards Tour, and the kick off the U.K./European leg on May 14 in Manchester. The band then returns to the States for festival appearances in July and September, and will be joining Aerosmith as the special guest on their ‘Peace Out’ tour. A complete list of tour dates can be found at

Take a look at the video for “Wilted Rose” – here.

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Carly Pearce shares the video for her latest single “Fault Line”

Carly Pearce has shared the video for ‘Fault Line,’ the latest song off her upcoming album Hummingbird, due out June 7.

Pearce took to social media to announce the song, sharing: “fault line” is my little ode to the era of country music that made me fall in love with it. When I was little, my grandpa bought me album sets from every decade of country music and told me to study it. I fell in love with the early sounds & wrote this song as if I was an artist living in that time. I can’t help but hear Tammy & George singing it in my head 🙂 Link in bio to pre-save my new album out June 7 ❤

Adds Carly: “Some of my favorite songs were in the era of Tammy Wynette and George Jones. “‘Fault Line’ is my take on writing one of those classic, ‘I’m gonna rip your head off’ country songs. The playful angst in this song makes it one of my favorite moments on the record.”

Pearce has previously shared five other songs from Hummingbird, including “We Don’t Fight Anymore” with Chris Stapleton, and more recently “My Place.”

Check out the official music video for “Fault Line” – here.
To pre-save ‘Hummingbird’, head here.

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Darius Rucker announces 15th annual ‘DARIUS & FRIENDS’ benefit concert

Darius Rucker has revealed the details for his 15th annual ‘Darius & Friends’ concert benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, taking place at the historic Ryman Auditorium on Monday, June 3rd

This year’s Darius & Friends event will once again will feature a surprise all-star roster of friends; the annual event unofficially kicks off the week of CMA Fest in downtown Nashville, and has raised more than $3.6 million to date.

Rucker will also be releasing his first book, a memoir titled Life’s Too Short, on May 28th. The memoir explores the “story of Rucker’s life through the lens of the music that defined it.” To pre-order Life’s Too Short, head HERE.

Rucker will also be hitting the road with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates in May for the Summer Camp with Trucks tour (for info, head HERE.)

Rucker has supported St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for nearly two decades. After taking a tour of the hospital, Rucker learned how St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats, and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Tickets to the 15th annual benefit concert are on sale now; head HERE for more information.

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2024 ACM Awards: See the full list of winners

The 2024 ACM Awards were held on Thursday evening, with the annual country music awards show airing live on Prime Video from the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas, hosted once again by Reba McEntire.

Lainey Wilson won the coveted ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award, and was also awarded “Female Artist of the Year’. Chris Stapleton took home the award for ‘Male Artist of the Year,’ as well as winning ‘Album of the Year’ for ‘Higher’, and the ‘Artist-Songwriter of the Year’ award.

Megan Moroney was named ‘New Female Artist of the Year,’ with Nate Smith awarded ‘New Male Artist of the Year’, and Tigirlily Gold winning the ‘New Duo or Group of the Year’ award.  Dan + Shay won ‘Duo of the Year’, with Old Dominion awarded the ‘Group of the Year’ trophy.

Additional winners include Parker McCollum winning ‘Visual Media of the Year’ for his video, “Burn It Down”, Jordan Davis winning ‘Song of the Year’ for  “Next Thing You Know”, and Jelly Roll w/ Lainey Wilson winning ‘Music Event of the Year’ for  “Save Me”.

The 59th ACM Awards also featured performances from McEntire, Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Post Malone, Parker McCollum, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and Lainey Wilson. The show also featured duets from Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan; Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani; and Nate Smith featuring Avril Lavigne.

For the full list of winners, head HERE.

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Snoop Dogg, Michael Bublé, Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani named ‘The Voice’ Season 26 coaches

NBC confirmed that Snoop Dogg and Michael Bublé will join Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani for Season 26 of the singing competition series The Voice this fall.

Snoop previously appeared as a mega mentor in The Voice Season 20, while Bublé served as an adviser to Blake Shelton’s team in Season 3; however both artists will be making their debut as coaches. Stefani first appeared as a coach on The Voice in Season 7, and McEntire joined the show in Season 24.

Season 25 of The Voice premiered in February and features McEntire, John Legend, Dan + Shay and Chance the Rapper as coaches. The two-part live finale is set to air on May 20-21.

NBC has yet to announce a premiere date for Season 26, but said it will start airing sometime this fall.

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Tyler Hubbard to embark on first leg of “Strong World Tour’ this fall

Tyler Hubbard will embark on the first leg of his headlining Strong World Tour this fall.

The tour, in support of Hubbard’s new album Strong, will kick-off in Indianapolis on September 6th and includes stops in Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, and more before wrapping up with a hometown show at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on November 21st. Alana Springsteen will serve as direct support for the first leg of the Strong World Tour. 

Hubbard is also currently on the road supporting Kane Brown on his “In The Air Tour,” and is slated to make various festival and fair appearances this summer. Additional dates on Hubbard’s Strong World Tour will be announced in the coming months; for more information, head here.

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Lainey Wilson to drop new album ‘Whirlwind’ this August

Lainey Wilson has revealed her new album Whirlwind, the highly anticipated follow-up to 2022’s Bell Bottom Country, will drop on Aug. 23.  Wilson shared on social media: “Whirlwind. That’s what my life has been the last couple years. I hope this record brings peace to your “whirlwind” and wraps its arms around you like it did me when I was writing and recording it. August 23. Pre-order, pre-save, or pre-add it now!”

Lainey also shared in a statement: “I am so excited to finally announce ‘Whirlwind’. This album has been a long time coming and I can’t wait for the world to have this body of work in their hands soon …This new chapter of music is the most cathartic and personal piece of art I’ve ever made. I hope this record brings some peace to your whirlwind and wraps its arms around you like it did for me.”

Per a press release, Whirlwind (produced by Jay Joyce) is “a daringly honest look into the country star’s life and journey around the globe.Whirlwind is an innovative and grounded extension of Wilson’s signature sound. Bridging together a diverse yet sonically cohesive collection of songs, the record bends genres while remaining true to the singer’s Western roots.”

To pre-order Whirlwind, head here.


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Post Malone, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani among second round of performers announced for 59th ACM Awards

The Academy of Country Music has announced additional performers as well as presenters for the Academy of Country Music Awards, set to take place on Thursday, May 16th. The ACM Awards posted on social media: “The 59th #ACMawards will be free to stream exclusively on @PrimeVideo from Ford Center at @thestarinfrisco, Texas LIVE May 16 at 8e | 5p! 🎫 Luke Combs leads this year’s ACM Awards nominees with eight nominations, followed by Megan Moroney and Morgan Wallen with six nominations each.

Post Malone will make his ACM Awards debut at the awards ceremony, with Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani to also take the stage. Kelsea Ballerini and Noah Kahan will also perform, along with Nate Smith and Avril Lavigne. Parker McCollum will give a special performance.

Additionally, the Academy of Country Music announced that Ashley McBryde, Randy Travis, Little Big Town and Bachelor Nation star Tyler Cameron will present awards during the ACM Awards ceremony, with other presenters including Alabama, Breland, Jordan Davis, Sara Evans, Carin León, Dion Pride, Rozene Pride, Schitt’s Creek actor Noah Reid, retired football star Richard Sherman, Thursday Night Football host Charissa Thompson, and Clay Walker.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, Kane Brown, Jelly Roll, Cody Johnson, Miranda Lambert, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, and Lainey Wilson, as well as a show-stopping performance featuring new music from this year’s host Reba McEntire, who will host the awards ceremony for the 17th time.

The 59th ACM Awards will be free to stream live exclusively for a global audience across 240+ countries and territories on Prime Video from Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas on Thursday, May 16th at 8 pm EDT/5 pm PDT. A Prime membership will not be required to watch live.

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Lainey Wilson scores her seventh consecutive No. 1 on country radio with “Wildflowers and Wild Horses”

Lainey Wilson earned her seventh consecutive No. 1 song on country radio with “Wildflowers and Wild Horses,” off her award-winning album Bell Bottom Country. The track, written by Wilson, Trannie Anderson and Paul Sikes and produced by  Jay Joyc, is the third single from Bell Bottom Country and has amassed over 125 million global streams.

“Wildflowers and Wild Horses” was written to reflect on Wilson’s life growing up while blending country, rock and Americana genres to produce the artist’s signature sound. Shared Wilson: “It’s such an honor to have ‘Wildflowers and Wild Horses,’ No.1 at country radio. This song has such a special place in my heart, as a fifth-generation farmer’s daughter and someone who grew up on wide open land. Thank you to my collaborators, Jay Joyce, Trannie Anderson, and Paul Sikes for helping bring this track to life. And to my fans, my wild horses, this is your theme song; none of this would be possible without you.”

Take a look at the video for “Wildflowers and Wild Horses” – here.

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