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Miranda Lambert's a big believer in authenticity


With a career spanning over two decades, and numerous hit singles and accolades, Miranda Lambert is undeniably one of country music's biggest female superstars. While she's blazed her own trail, the "Kerosene" singer has also been a trailblazer for many of the genre's up-and-coming female artists.

To celebrate Women's History Month, Miranda recently spoke with the press to share words of advice and her hopes for "the next generation of women in country music." 

"I just hope that they know that they’re heard and seen, and my biggest wish is that everybody will just be real and be themselves," Miranda said. "And, you know, it’s hard with all the noise that’s around with social media and everything else to find your confidence."

"Sometimes you find yourself confused comparing yourself to other people and what they’re doing, what their life is, but I really believe in just standing strong in who you are to the core," she added.

Miranda's latest studio album is 2022's Palomino. The 15-song collection, which includes the singles "If I Was a Cowboy" and "Strange," served as her final record with her longtime label home, Sony Music Nashville.

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Nashville notes: Charley Pride's statue + Ronnie Milsap's birthday

A bronze statue of country legend Charley Pride will be unveiled outside Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, March 29. Bill MonroeLoretta Lynn and Little Jimmy Dickens are also honored with statues at the historic venue.

The War and Treaty will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday, March 27, to perform their powerful single "Ain't No Harmin' Me." The track is featured on their latest album, Lover's Game. Watch the duo's performance at 10:35 p.m. CT on ABC.

Grand Ole Opry member Ronnie Milsap celebrated his 80th birthday at the Opry on Saturday, March 25. The special event, dubbed Ronnie Milsap & Friends, featured performances from Ronnie, as well as Trace AdkinsLittle Big TownMark WillsJeannie SeelyDon Schlitz and Mandy Barnett. View photos from the night on the Opry's Instagram.

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Watch Elle King surprise a high school teacher


Elle King stopped by Chouteau High School in Oklahoma on Friday, March 24, to surprise two special people: Cathy Welker-Graham, one of Elle's biggest fans and the school's teacher of the year, and Emma Hughes, a senior student who wrote to Elle about her remarkable teacher. 

During her visit, Elle and her guitarist gifted Cathy, Emma and the school's faculty, staff and student body with an acoustic performance of her song "America's Sweetheart."

"I didn’t always have the greatest experience in school," Elle admits with a laugh to the press. "But every few schools I would find a teacher who believed in me, and it gave me confidence and they told me that I could do something great with my life even if I was different. So I think that great teachers should be celebrated. It was important to me that we show this deserving teacher some well-earned gratitude."

"As educators, this is why we do what we do," adds Chouteau High School Principal Clint Hall, who assisted with organizing the event. "We are here to make positive impacts on our students. It took a lot for me to keep a lid on this. Mrs. Welker-Graham is a rockstar teacher and Emma is a great kid! It could not have come together for two better people. This was priceless! Tears of joy from a lot of people today!"

Watch a clip of Elle's surprise visit on Instagram.

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Video of the Year finalists revealed for the 2023 CMT Music Awards


CMT has revealed the top six Video of the Year nominees vying for the highly coveted award at the 2023 CMT Music Awards.

The finalists are Blake Shelton's "No Body," Carrie Underwood's "Hate My Heart," Cody Johnson's "Human," HARDY and Lainey Wilson's "wait in the truck," Kane Brown and Katelyn Brown's "Thank God," and Morgan Wallen's "You Proof."

To view the full list of nominations and to vote for your Video of the Year nominees, visit the 2023 CMT Music Awards website. 

The 2023 CMT Music Awards air live on CBS April 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Livestreaming and on-demand streaming options will also be available via Paramount+.

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Carly Pearce's '29' journey gets a "beautiful" ending


Carly Pearce's single "What He Didn't Do" hit number one on the country charts this week.

"WHAT HE DIDNT DO IS #1!!!! I can’t even put into words what this moment means," Carly shared on Instagram. "When I wrote this song, I needed to be reminded of my worth & that I deserved better— and y’all have shown me that I DO matter."

"Thank you country radio, my co writers @emilyshackelton & Ashley Gorley, fans & my entire team for this. This season of my life started so painful, and is ending so beautiful. What a way to end the 29 chapter," she added.

"What He Didn't Do" is the third and final single off Carly's latest studio album, 29: Written In Stone. The 15-track project includes the earlier singles "Next Girl" and "Never Wanted To Be That Girl" with Ashley McBryde.

Most recently, the Kentucky native released her first live studio album, titled 29: Written In Stone (Live From Music City).

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Get ready for a new Kelsea Ballerini music video


Kelsea Ballerini is set to drop the music video for her single "IF YOU GO DOWN (I'M GOIN' DOWN TOO)" on Tuesday, March 28.

The country-pop star shared the news on social media on Sunday, March 26. "hot girl summer? no, hot girl homicide begins tuesday at 10pm," Kelsea wrote on Instagram. 

This announcement was accompanied by a cinematic movie poster hinting at the potential drama that ensues.

"IF YOU GO DOWN (I'M GOIN' DOWN TOO)" is featured on Kelsea's latest album, SUBJECT TO CHANGE, which arrived last year. The 15-track record includes its lead single, "HEARTFIRST," and the Kelly Clarkson- and Carly Pearce-assisted collaboration, "YOU'RE DRUNK, GO HOME."

Earlier in February, Kelsea dropped her surprise six-song EP, Rolling Up the Welcome Mat

"IF YOU GO DOWN (I'M GOIN' DOWN TOO)" is currently approaching top 40 on the country charts.

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Luke Combs has a longtime attachment to Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car"


Luke Combs' highly anticipated new album Gettin' Old is out now. The 18-song record features 17 original tracks and a cover of Tracy Chapman's "Fast Car."

That 1988 hit has been a longtime favorite of Luke's. In fact, it was, as he recalls, the "first favorite song" he ever had and one of the first tunes he learned to play on the guitar.

"That song's just been a huge part of my life for a really long time. It's one of the first songs I remember hearing. It's probably my first favorite song that I ever had and spent tons of time listening to it with my dad in his pickup truck when I was a kid, probably four or five years old at that time," Luke shares. "Ever since I could play guitar, it was one of the first songs I wanted to learn."

While he's been covering "Fast Car" on the road for years, it wasn't until it was time to put together his latest project that Luke decided to record a studio version of it.

"I had been doing covers of it in my college years for a long, long time and did a video of it over COVID in my garage playing it," Luke recalls. "And the fans were like, 'Man, you ought to do an official version of this.' And I always wanted to. Finally felt like the right time. I think there will be a lot of people that would be exposed to that song for the first time that will fall in love with it as much as I did."

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Nashville notes: Kip's "Kinda Bar" + Brandy's new album

Kip Moore has released a rocking new song, "Kinda Bar." The track, which Kip co-wrote with Dan Couch, is featured on his upcoming album, Damn Love, dropping April 28. 

Mickey Guyton joined the Tamron Hall Show on Thursday, March 23, to talk about her new Apple TV+ series, My Kind of Country, and catch up on life and new music. While on the show, Mickey also teased an upcoming collaboration with a "superstar artist" that's slated to drop this summer.

Brandy Clark has announced her forthcoming self-titled record with a tender new song, "Buried." The 11-song project is produced by Brandi Carlile and will be out on May 19. 

Country newcomer Greylan James has signed with BMLG Records. The announcement arrived on Friday, March 24, in conjunction with the release of Greylan's new single, "Undermine." "When I was 14 years old, I wrote and mailed Scott Borchetta a letter that told him who I was and why he should sign me. For some reason, I just always had a feeling Scott was going to be part of my career. Now 12 years later, I can’t believe I get to work with him and the incredible BMLG team,” Greylan shares.

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More tickets released for Luke Combs' World Tour


Missed your opportunity to grab tickets for Luke Combs' World Tour? Fret not, Luke's got you covered. 

Luke has just announced the addition of Standing Room Only (SRO), and Limited Sight and Video Only seats on select dates.

In a tweet, Luke wrote, "Hey guys, I worked with my team all yesterday to open up more tickets for the USA and Canada stadium shows. We’re going to open up SRO (Standing Room Only - where applicable) and Limited Sight and Video Only seats for $35 ALL IN with taxes and fees! We’ll release these tickets at noon local time before every show. Doing as much as I can for as many of y’all to join us as possible!"

Cities with these added ticket opportunities include Arlington, Nashville, Kansas City and Philadelphia. 

Tickets are available on Luke's website. For tickets to the Arlington show, visit SeatGeek and select "hide resale."

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New music from Brothers Osborne is coming


Brothers Osborne fans, new music is arriving, and it's coming sooner than you think.

On Friday, March 24, the award-winning duo shared on social media that three new songs are dropping on Friday, April 7: "Nobody's Nobody," "Might As Well Be Me," and "Rollercoaster (Forever and a Day)." They will be packaged as the Nobody's Nobody Sampler.

While not much was revealed about the tracks, the announcement post also included a back-view photo of T.J. Osborne and John Osborne in black T-shirts, which adds to the mystique surrounding the duo's upcoming release.

The Nobody's Nobody Sampler is available for presave now.

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Peek into the first night of Kenny Chesney's I Go Back 2023 Tour

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Kenny Chesney kicked off the first night of his I Go Back 2023 Tour at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Thursday, March 23. The venue, though one of the smallest he's played in years, was still filled with Kenny's signature stadium-sized energy.

Kenny had the crowd singing along to hits such as "'Til It’s Gone," "Reality," "The Good Stuff," "Living In Fast Forward" and "All The Pretty Girls."

The last time Kenny played at John Paul Jones Arena was during an opening slot he had in 2006.

"It was a crazy thing,” Kenny shared backstage prior to the concert. "We pulled up and all of the Statler Brothers were there, and they watched the entire show from the third row. Charlottesville is that kind of place: the very best of who they are come out and just live in the music. I can’t believe we’ve been away this long."

Fellow Knoxville native Kelsea Ballerini also joined Kenny onstage to harmonize on "Wild Child" and perform their CMA Award-winning duet, "half of my hometown."

"I wanted to bring all the power and all of the passion that we have at those stadium shows," Chesney said after the show. "I want every single person who’s in the room to know how much we love them, to feel as good as they’ve ever felt, and to go home hoarse from the cheering and singing. Charlottesville, Virginia, sure made the opening night feel like the biggest stadiums."

View photos from Kenny's John Paul Jones Arena show on his Instagram page.

For a full list of dates of the I Go Back 2023 Tour and to get tickets, visit Kenny's website.

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Maren Morris has read just about every book on Dolly Parton

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In celebration of Women's History Month, Maren Morris is sharing a little about a fellow female country artist who has inspired her — Dolly Parton.

"There are many women that have shaped me as a, not just an artist or writer, but as a woman myself. Dolly Parton is a huge one for me, in all the ways," Maren tells the press. "I think I have read every bit of literature there is available on the woman. I’ve gotten to work with her a couple times over the last few years, and she’s just everything you would expect and more."

Back in 2019, Dolly made a surprise appearance at the Newport Folk Festival and shared the stage with The Highwomen, an all-female supergroup comprised of Maren, Brandi CarlileAmanda Shires and Natalie Hemby.

Maren will hit the road with The Chicks this summer for their The Chicks World Tour 2023. For a full list of dates and to get tickets, visit Maren's website.

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Nashville notes: Easton on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show' + Boy Named Banjo's Opry debut

"A Little More Country Than That" hitmaker Easton Corbin was on The Kelly Clarkson Show on Wednesday, March 22, to perform his new romantic single, "Marry That Girl." If you missed it, you can watch the performance on YouTube.

Hailey Whitters is set to appear on NBC's Today on Tuesday, March 28. "Takin’ some country up to the big city next week to perform on @todayshow!!" Hailey shared on Instagram. 

Boy Named Banjo made their Grand Ole Opry debut on Tuesday, March 21. Check out photos from the special night on the band's latest Instagram post. 

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Carrie Underwood loves her vintage band T-shirts


Carrie Underwood may be known for her glittery outfits, flowy dresses and even a little "denim and rhinestones." But she's also a big fan of vintage band T-shirts.

On Wednesday, March 22, Carrie posted a photo montage on Instagram of the outfits she wore for all 43 meet-and-greet sessions during her recently concluded Denim & Rhinestones Tour. 

Featured in the clip were vintage T-shirts from artists and bands such as Alan JacksonReba McEntireGuns N' RosesSkid Row and Metallica

"Had the best time getting to meet so many of you out on the #DenimAndRhinestonesTour! [wave emoji] Here’s a little fun from all 43 of our Meet & Greet rooms [purple heart + diamond emoji]," Carrie wrote in the caption.

Carrie wrapped up her Denim & Rhinestones Tour in Seattle, Washington, on March 17. Her latest single, "Hate My Heart," is currently number 23 and climbing on the country charts.

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Collaborations + more performers announced for the 2023 CMT Music Awards


More of your favorite stars have joined the performance lineup for the 2023 CMT Music Awards.

Darius RuckerThe Black CrowesWynonna JuddAshley McBrydeTyler Hubbard and Jelly Roll have been announced as additional performers for the upcoming show. 

Darius and The Black Crowes will deliver a collaboration of the band’s hit "She Talks to Angels," while Wynonna and Ashley will perform a duet of an as-yet-unannounced song. 

Previously announced performers include Blake SheltonCarrie UnderwoodCarly PearceCody JohnsonKeith UrbanLainey Wilson, and co-hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, as well as Kane's wife and "Thank God" duet partner, Katelyn Brown

Rising newcomers Avery AnnaChapel HartJackson DeanLily RoseMegan Moroney and Nate Smith will perform on the Ram Trucks Side Stage.

The 2023 CMT Music Awards air live on CBS April 2 at 8 p.m. ET. Livestreaming and on-demand streaming options will be available via Paramount+.

View the full list of nominations and vote for your favorite artists on CMT's website.

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