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Every Single ACM Entertainer of the Year Winner EVER

As we head into the 53rd Annual ACM Awards, it’s always a good time to look back at past awards as a predictor of future award winners and a reminder of where we’ve been. The award for Entertainer of the Year has been handed out 47 times since 1970, with 12 artists (or groups) taking … Read more

Dixie Chicks Celebrate 15th Anniversary of Infamous Remarks

Fifteen years ago, country music changed forever with one remark from Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. As the Chicks were in London to play a show, just before President George W. Bush was readying troops to invade Iraq, Maines told the crowd, “We don’t want this war, this violence, and we’re ashamed that the … Read more

Shania Twain Sat On Kelsea Ballerini’s Bus, Drank Wine and Told Her She Was Doing a Good Job

What do you do when you find out that Shania Twain is coming over and you only have 20 minutes to prepare? Kelsea Ballerini had that heart-stopping moment happen earlier this summer.


We had the chance to talk to the songstress on the red carpet for Billboard‘s Country Power Players party and she spilled the beans.

“Shania Twain came to a show in Canada and she sat on my bus with me and drank wine out of a straw and told me I was doing a good job. That’s it. What do you do?” she told One Country.

Last minute get together with her idol is only one of the few awesome things going on in this Tennessee native’s life. Not only is planning a wedding to Morgan Evans, she’s also been named one of Billboard magazine’s Country Power Players. I believe she earned that latter award for keeping cool under pressure. Pressure like trying to figure out what to do when you get a last minute guest like Shania.

“I didn’t know until like 20 minutes before that she was coming,” she explained. “I looked in the fridge and I was like I had $9 white wine and I was like, ‘This will do!'”

Charley Pride and Dwight Yoakam Among GRAMMY Salute to Music Legends Performers

Charley Pride and Dwight Yoakam are among the performers for the “Grammy Salute to Music Legends.” The performances will honor the Recording Academy’s 2017 Special Merit Award recipients including this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award honorees Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground. Musical director Paul Shaffer … Read more

Kelsea Ballerini Met Shania Twain and Totally Fangirled Her (Like You Would)

On June 27, Shania Twain was at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for the opening of her new exhibit, Shania Twain: Rock This Country. The event was attended by a smattering of music industry professionals, press and Kelsea Ballerini. I was standing near the stage, where the Hall of Fame’s Kyle Young … Read more

Brad Paisley and Luke Bryan Talk About Music And Friendship On The “Today Show”

The CMT Awards have grown into a week-long event, not only taking over Nashville but the entire media landscape. It is a fantastic opportunity for fans to get a look behind the curtain of the country music industry, a genre that regularly refers to itself as a family. Kathie Lee and Hoda took their segment … Read more

Garth Brooks Sends Sweet “Get Well” Message to Loretta Lynn

Garth Brooks sent a special “get well” message to Loretta Lynn during his Inside Studio G Facebook Live. Loretta suffered a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on May 4. She’s currently recovering in a Nashville hospital. “The queen of queens, Loretta Lynn, please know that our love is with you,” he said. … Read more

It’s Been 5 Years Since FGL Released “Cruise” and Changed Country Music Forever

Wait, what? Is that right? It’s really been 5 whole years since Florida Georgia Line introduced the world to “Cruise” and changed country music forever? Yes. Originally released to radio in August 2012 as their debut single off their first album, Here’s To The Good Times, “Cruise” is the best-selling digital country music song of … Read more

25 Years Ago Alan Jackson’s “Don’t Rock the Jukebox” Hit No. 1 on the Charts and in Our Hearts

It’s been 25 years since Alan Jackson’s classic, “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Country Chart and we we still want to hear some Jones. Written by Jackson, along with Roger Murrah and Keith Stegall, the track was the title track for Jackson’s second studio album. It was such a massive … Read more

8 Years Ago: Garth Brooks Inducted Carrie Underwood in the Grand Ole Opry

After rocketing to success after winning season four of “American Idol,” it didn’t take Carrie Underwood to break into the very exclusive circle of the Grand Ole Opry. Just 2 years after winning the reality tv competition, Underwood was inducted to the Opry by fellow Oklahoman Garth Brooks. “I can’t imagine what you’re feeling right … Read more

Little Big Town Remember Their Foggy First CMA Performance

Who could forget their first CMA Awards performance? Little Big Town look back at their 2006 performance of “Bones” with smiles and foggy memories. “Who’s that chick in the band?” Phillip Sweet jokes about himself and his long hair from a decade ago. Karen Fairchild admits there was only one thought going through her head … Read more

40 Years Ago Merle Haggard was Pardoned by Ronald Reagan

On March 14, 1972, then-California Governor Ronald Reagan pardoned Merle Haggard. The singer, who had numerous run-ins with the law, served 3 years in San Quentin for a burglary for which he received a full pardon. “They kept it under wraps,” Haggard told CMT in 2004. “There was some effort on my brother-in-law’s part, who … Read more