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Cole Swindell Plays Armchair Coach for the Atlanta Falcons

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleGeorgia native Cole Swindell tells AtlantaFalcons.com he has some ideas about what his favorite team should do when it comes time for this year’s NFL Draft at the end of the month. The ACM New Artist of the Year also throws his support behind new head coach Dan Quinn.

“I like him. Coming from Seattle, I hope he gives our defense the fire we need to start lighting people up. Physically,” he says. Cole remembers watching his favorite Falcon Deion Sanders play when he was just a kid. “My first game getting sideline passes and …read more

Image Courtesy Warner Music NashvilleFirst, People named Brett Eldredge one of its sexiest men. Now the country heartthrob is opening up to the magazine about his first heavy-duty encounter with the opposite sex.

“I got my first kiss during some sort of animated movie — it might have been Toy Story. Probably when Buzz Lightyear came to the rescue, because, you know, I like to rescue people,” he jokes. “I was rescuing her heart, I was stealing it away.”

When asked what advice he’d give his 13-year-old self, Brett says “lay a smack on …read more

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Academy of Country MusicThe 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards broadcast not only delivered a big win for CBS Sunday night, according to Variety, but Nielsen numbers also say the golden anniversary gala from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas garnered the ACM’s largest audience in the last 17 years.

More than 16 million viewers tuned in to see the show, hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan. That’s a ten percent increase from last year, and about three times the 18 to 49-year-old audience CBS typically draws on a Sunday night. This …read more

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Image Courtesy Capitol NashvilleLittle Big Town‘s performance of “Girl Crush” was the most Shazamed moment of Sunday night’s Academy of Country Music Awards, according to the music recognition app. Rascal Flatts‘ collaboration with Christina Aguilera (“Riot”) comes in second, with performances by Garth Brooks (“All American Kid”), Blake Shelton (“Sangria”) and Dierks Bentley (“Riser”) rounding out the top five.

Collaborations dominated the list of “Most Shazamed Artists,” with Rascal Flatts & Christina Aguilera coming out on top, followed by Dan + Shay and Nick Jonas, with Eric Church and Keith Urban at number four. Reba came in third, …read more

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Comstock/ThinkstockWhich song has spent the most time atop Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart? ANSWER: Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” logged 24 weeks on top, beginning in December of 2012.

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Facebook.com/MirandaLambNashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum gives its ACM Gallery a significant update in the week following the Academy of Country Music’s 50th anniversary awards show. Focusing on the year 2014, the exhibit adds both Miranda Lambert‘s metallic pink microphone as well as her Colton Fire Arms shotgun mic stand, plus husband Blake Shelton‘s latest CMA trophy for Male Vocalist.

Tourists will also be able to glimpse props and clothing from Taylor Swift‘s Red trek, alongside the outfits Maddie & Tae wore in their breakout video for “Girl in a Country Song.” Rocker Jack White also contributes the fringed …read more

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Image Courtesy Shock InkWillie Nelson has never been bashful about how much he enjoys smoking marijuana. Now that states are legalizing it, he’s branching out into the pot business.

Willie’s new cannabis brand, dubbed Willie’s Reserve, seeks to provide customers with a regulated, natural and high-quality marijuana product in U.S. legal markets. Willie says, “I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market.”

The Country Music Hall of Fame member has long been a supporter of …read more

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Academy of Country MusicThe Academy of Country Music has announced the headliners for next year’s ACM Party for a Cause Festival will be two-time ACM Entertainers of the Year Carrie Underwood and Dierks Bentley, and four-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Kenny Chesney.

The charity-based event, which will be held on April 1-3, 2016, also promises to attract “a whole bunch” of the headliners’ friends. This year’s event attracted the likes of Clint Black, The Gatlin Brothers, Darius Rucker, and Luke Bryan.

The event benefits ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of …read more

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Academy of Country MusicMiranda Lambert was proud to show off her home state of Texas to the world at Sunday night’s ACM Awards, where she picked up three trophies, including her fourth Album of the Year award.

Miranda says, “The crowd was so warm and so excited and such huge fans of country music, and you could feel it in the room. And that made me really happy. My chest was swelled up, ’cause I’m from around here.”

Miranda’s husband, Blake Shelton, hosted the show once again with Luke Bryan, but Miranda doesn’t have much of …read more

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Image Courtesy Sony Music Nashville/Blue ChaiThis weekend, Kenny Chesney launched the first installment of No Shoes TV with a recap of the kick-off of his Big Revival Tour last month in Nashville.

“I’ve always said there is so much more to these shows and this tour than what happens onstage… I wanted to give the people who can’t be there a chance to get the feel for the whole day… because some of what happens, you’ll never get a regular TV network to make part of a concert special,” Kenny says.

The premiere not only gives viewers a glimpse at the …read more

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