The CMT Crossroads featuring Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic will air on Friday, March 21st at 10/9c on CMT. Here’s a little something to hold you over! Check out their performance of “Counting Stars.”
Once again, CMT shines a light on the modern, female pioneers of country music with the addition of five new artists to its NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY initiative. Angaleena Presley, Lindsay Ell, Lucy Hale, Natalie Stovall and The Drive and Nikki Lane are the latest to join the multi-platform initiative that recognizes women making an indelible impact on country music. Since the campaign launched, the network has named 21 major label, indie label and unsigned female artists to its NEXT WOMEN list, providing support on-air and online at NextWomen.CMT.com with exclusive video premieres, live performances and more.
“When we first launched NEXT WOMEN, we saw an opportunity — there were all of these incredible female voices; they just needed to be heard,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “This year, our mission is to build the franchise and take it to the next level. As an industry we need to all celebrate and support the amazing female talent that represents our genre.’
Since CMT’s NEXT WOMEN OF COUNTRY launched in January 2013, several alumnae — Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark, Cassadee Pope and Ashley Monroe included — found success ranging from commercial and critical acclaim, to Musgraves’ two Grammy wins for best country song and best country album.
For more on the latest rising female stars in country music, visit NextWomen.CMT.com and follow #NextWomen on Twitter. Here, fans can find exclusive content from the NEXT WOMEN artists including video premieres, performances and more.
CMT has added six stars on the verge of breaking out to its 2014 LISTEN UP campaign, selecting acts from across major and indie labels, as well as unsigned artists. Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay, David Nail, Jerrod Niemann, Sundy Best and Thomas Rhett will be highlighted across CMT platforms throughout the year in a multi-platform initiative introducing their music to a passionate music fan-base. Viewers will get an inside look at the personal lives and careers of these artists through live performances, new photos, social chats and interviews that showcase why fans should “listen up.” Additional LISTEN UP artists will be named later this year.
Danielle Bradbery kicked off the 2014 class officially last week, debuting five new performances exclusively at www.listenup.cmt.com, and on the just-launched CMT Artists App for iPhone. The five-song set includes her hit single, “The Heart of Dixie,” as well as “Talk About Love,” “Never Like This,” “My Day” and “Wild Boy,” from her Big Machine Records debut album.
“The idea behind LISTEN UP is to introduce fans to artists on the rise or artists who are about to take the next big step in their career. It is music discovery at its core,” said Leslie Fram, SVP of Music Strategy, CMT. “We’re excited to get behind this diverse mix of incredibly talented artists, and LISTEN UP is just the first of many opportunities to highlight them across CMT.”
CMT launched LISTEN UP in 2011 as a way to showcase emerging artists online. Since then, the franchise has expanded to take advantage of the network’s broad reach across television, radio and on its social networks. More than 22 artists have been featured, including recent alums Hunter Hayes, Kacey Musgraves, Brett Eldredge, Cassadee Pope, Brantley Gilbert, Lauren Alaina, Charlie Worsham, Jana Kramer, Dustin Lynch, Casey James and Jon Pardi, among others.
For more information, visit www.listenup.cmt.com, like CMT on Facebook and follow @CMT on Twitter using #ListenUp to join the conversation.
For the first time ever, Southern Living and CMT are partnering to celebrate two of America’s favorite things—delicious home-cooked food and country music—in Country Music’s Greatest Eats (May 6, 2014; Oxmoor House; $24.95). Much more than a cookbook, Country Music’s Greatest Eats is a backstage pass to the lives—and kitchens—of 30 of country music’s biggest and brightest stars, including legends like Alan Jackson, Hank Williams, Jr., and Wynonna as well as some of today’s hottest stars like Florida Georgia Line, Gloriana, Miranda Lambert, and The Zac Brown Band.
Music fans and Southern food lovers get a seat at the table with these incredible artists as they share recipes they grew up with, memorable meals enjoyed on the road, and the dishes they love to come home to. With more than 75 recipes, extensive interviews, and personal photos Country Music’s Greatest Eats captures the sizzle and flavor of country music.
“Southern Living is thrilled to collaborate with CMT on this book of personal stories and prized recipes,” said Southern Living Editor in Chief Lindsay Bierman. “Every page captures the taste and spirit of the South, giving consumers exclusive access to the homes, lives, and poignant memories of our their favorite artists.”
• More than 75 of the artists’ favorite recipes, each passing the rigorous demands of the Southern Living Test Kitchen
• Interviews with the artists that reveal the best part of the recipe: the story behind it
• Photographs of the artists and a behind-the-scenes look at featured stars in their homes, in the kitchen, and on tour
With Country Music’s Greatest Eats home cooks everywhere can turn up the music, get into the kitchen, and start cooking along with their favorite country stars.
The latest installment of CMT CROSSROADS brings Grammy-nominated band OneRepublic and fellow Grammy nominee and country star Dierks Bentley together on Friday, March 21st at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Meeting and collaborating for the first time on the CMT CROSSROADS stage in Nashville, OneRepublic and Bentley will share harmonies and stories on CMT CROSSROADS: ONEREPUBLIC AND DIERKS BENTLEY. The one-hour special will feature unique mashups from the two artists on OneRepublic hits like “Counting Stars” and “Good Life” and Bentley favorites like “Up On The Ridge” and “I Hold On.”