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Pilgrimage Music Festival: Year Two Wraps With Timeless Pop and Americana

Monday, September 26, 2016 -- 2:33 pm EDT

Hall & Oates showed the power of timeless pop as they closed the second annual Pilgrimage Music & Culture Festival on Sunday (Sept. 25) in Franklin, Tennessee. As they kicked into their 1981 smash “You Make My Dreams Come True,” everywhere on the lawn people started dancing like no one was watching. They also entertained... Read more »

 

Cam Marries Adam Weaver in California

Monday, September 26, 2016 -- 10:00 am EDT

Over the weekend, Cam and Adam Weaver were married in Joshua Tree, California. According to People magazine, Saturday’s (Sept. 24) ceremony was intimate, with about 140 guests and a Mexican-inspired theme. When I talked to Cam this summer at the CMT Music Awards, she told me that when she was growing up in California, both... Read more »

 

Jake Owen: “It’s in My Blood”

Monday, September 26, 2016 -- 9:44 am EDT

It’s not that tough to picture a 24-year-old Jake Owen signing his very first major label record deal. Because now, 11 years later, he still has such a young vibe about him. However, in an Instagram message posted Sunday (Sept. 25), Owen had the wisdom of a man twice his age when he talked about... Read more »

 

Blake Shelton: Four Years Later

Monday, September 26, 2016 -- 9:01 am EDT

In the September issue of industry publication Country Aircheck, there is a special section devoted to looking back at a decade of some of the best interviews the magazine has done. Like the one from December 2012 with Blake Shelton. “More than anything I worry about losing my spot in country music because that is... Read more »

 

Grand Ole Opry Star Jean Shepard Dead at Age 82

Sunday, September 25, 2016 -- 11:27 am EDT

Grand Ole Opry star Jean Shepard, a fierce practitioner and defender of traditional country music, died Sunday (Sept. 25) in Nashville at the age of 82. The Country Music Hall of Fame member had been in ill health for the past several months. Born Ollie Imogene Shepard in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, on Nov. 21, 1933,... Read more »

 

Pilgrimage Music Festival: Six Things We Saw on Day One

Sunday, September 25, 2016 -- 8:49 am EDT

When it comes to the needs of live music fans, the Pilgrimage Music Festival thought of everything. A whole lane of road was blocked off for pedestrians to walk the mile-long stretch from downtown Franklin to the second annual event at the Park at Harlinsdale. Live college football was available at the festival’s Beer Hall... Read more »

 

Carrie Underwood Brings Storyteller Tour to Nashville

Friday, September 23, 2016 -- 6:30 pm EDT

Carrie Underwood’s first harmonica solo on the bluesy “Choctaw County Affair” in front of a packed Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday (Sept. 22) made one fan in Section 108 go wild. That’s when Underwood — wearing a sheer flowing skirt and a severe-looking black bodice that resembled armor — ripped into a fiery harp... Read more »

 

How Rascal Flatts Get in the Christmas Spirit

Friday, September 23, 2016 -- 6:10 pm EDT

The temperature may still be in the 90s in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get in the Christmas spirit a little early this year, thanks to Rascal Flatts. The group just announced their first-ever Christmas album, The Greatest Gift of All, to be released Oct. 21. CMT got a sneak peek of the... Read more »

 

Zac Brown Band, Eric Church Rack Up Additional Platinum Certifications

Friday, September 23, 2016 -- 6:09 pm EDT

The Zac Brown Band and Eric Church racked up more platinum album awards from the Recording Industry Association of America during the month of August, according to a report released this week by the RIAA. The ZBB’s The Foundation, released in 2008, has now been declared quintuple platinum for sales, downloads and streams equaling 5... Read more »

 

What Is Justin Timberlake Doing in Nashville?

Friday, September 23, 2016 -- 4:27 pm EDT

Justin Timberlake moved to the Nashville area about a year ago, and he’s living on 126 acres in the Leiper’s Fork community. But it sounds like he isn’t just living there to bask in the serenity and privacy that come with small-town life. He’s actually kind of doing the opposite, by hanging a virtual shingle... Read more »