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Lee Ann Womack Debuts New Music Video for “The Way I’m Livin'”

Lee Ann Womack’s music video for her brand new single, “The Way I’m Livin’,” is now available exclusively on CMT, CMT Pure, and CMT Artists App. “The Way I’m Livin’” is the lead single and title track from her forthcoming album due out Sept. 23rd. Directed by Roger Pistole, the video was shot in an abandoned house on a working cattle farm outside Nashville. A departure from a typical Womack video, “The Way I’m Livin’” includes themes open for interpretation from fans, featuring live snakes, the notions of temptation and salvation and even the Devil him or herself.

Next week, Lee Ann will tape a CMT Crossroads with John Legend.

Frankie Ballard Debuts “Sunshine & Whiskey” Music Video

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Frankie Ballard to world premiere the brand new music video for his Top 15-and-climbing hit “Sunshine & Whiskey.” The singer-guitarist was also tapped to be a part of CMT’s long-running LISTEN UP franchise, which launched last week at

Filmed in a small Pueblo village outside of Los Angeles, CA, temperatures rise high with the video’s sultry setting. Under the blazing desert sun, director Jack Guy weaves together vignettes featuring a classic sports car, beautiful lady, and whiskey, surrounded by Frankie and his guitar making it all come alive.

“Sunshine & Whiskey” has already sold well over 300,000 copies to date and follows his first #1, GOLD-certified smash “Helluva Life.” Both songs are from his latest album, SUNSHINE & WHISKEY (Warner Bros. Records), which ROLLING STONE COUNTRY noted as “required listening” and debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Produced by Marshall Altman (Marc Broussard), the project highlights Ballard’s unique blend of blues-infused, country rock and his undeniable guitar prowess on every song.

This fall, the Battle Creek, MI, native will embark on his first headlining run – LIGHT ‘EM UP TOUR – as part of the exclusive Live Nation Ones To Watch with Skype tour that taps today’s hottest emerging artists.

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Go Back to School with Dustin Lynch and CMT

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There are 4.7 million jobs open right now in the United States according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, many of which remain unfilled due to a lack of skilled applicants. CMT and country music star Dustin Lynch are teaming up to encourage Americans in some of the most economically-depressed areas to go back to school as part of the cable network’s CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION initiative. With Dustin as the official spokesperson, the campaign highlights the important role community colleges play in providing affordable, relevant education and training aligned with the workforce needs in rural America.

CMT and Dustin are asking fans to pledge their commitment to education on social media using Thunderclap, an online crowdsourcing tool. If 500 people sign up to support CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION by September 18, Thunderclap will blast a concerted message of support across social media worldwide. As an incentive to participate in the Thunderclap, CMT and Dustin will award 10 participants with personalized gift packages, as well as one grand prize package for a VIP trip to the 2015 CMT MUSIC AWARDS in Nashville, Tenn. Fans can visit to raise their voice for education now.

“Education has always been important to me and to my family. In fact, I made a promise to my family that I would graduate from college before pursuing a career in music,” says Lynch. “I’m proud to be working with CMT’s Empowering Education campaign to help others find their path to higher education and to new careers.”

“We believe everyone deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential with education beyond high school,” added Lucia Folk, Vice President of Public Affairs, CMT. “We’ve seen the skills gap first-hand in rural areas like Hazard, Kentucky, where coal miners are finding new careers in health care and other industries. With the aid of Dustin and the American Association of Community Colleges, we want to help our viewers narrow the gap and improve their quality of life.”

CMT EMPOWERING EDUCATION announced a three-year partnership at the Clinton Global Initiative America earlier this year, aiming to raise visibility for education and rural workforce struggles. In partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges, the pilot year activities will focus on recruitment and retention efforts with 14 community colleges in some of the most distressed regions of the United States. CMT will support local efforts by highlighting student success stories, combating perceived challenges, and providing customized toolkits for marketing efforts featuring Lynch.

Florida Georgia Line Performed Surprise Instant Jam in Nashville!


Tuesday night, superstar duo Florida Georgia Line surprised a small group of fans with a pop-up concert at Nashville’s Exit/In as part of CMT’s INSTANT JAM: FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, premiering Saturday, October 18th.

FGL’s Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley tweeted out an announcement to fans about their secret show earlier in the day, and by noon fans were lined up around the block from Exit/In to obtain their wristband. The packed show featured a set list of smash hits from their 2X Platinum debut Here’s To The Good Times, including PLATINUM-certified hits “Stay,” “Get Your Shine On,” “Round Here,” “This Is How We Roll” and MULTI-PLATINUM record-breaking debut “Cruise,” which has sold over 8 million downloads and is the best-selling digital Country single of all time (SoundScan). The talented pair also treated fans to the GOLD-certified, Top 10-and-climbing lead single, “Dirt,” as well as new songs from their upcoming album Anything Goes, due out October 14 on Republic Nashville.

Florida Georgia Line is the second act to stage an INSTANT JAM for CMT. Last week, Kenny Chesney surprised fans in Athens, Ga. with his own pop-up concert. Each episode of INSTANT JAM features live performances and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert.

Fans can catch Florida Georgia Line out on the road as direct support for Jason Aldean’s BURN IT DOWN TOUR, in addition to their own headline dates, including the “This Is How We Cruise” aboard the Norwegian Pearl in November. FGL has teamed up with Coors Light to throw a massive tailgate party, kicking off GEORGIA-FLORIDA weekend with the ANYTHING GOES TAILGATE 2014 on 10/31 in Jacksonville, FL. They have also launched the Dirt Campaign, to benefit global nonprofit Habitat for Humanity, which creates affordable housing for low-income families. For tour dates and more, visit

Kenny Chesney Kicks-off CMT Instant Jam with Surprise Gig at Georgia Theater

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An evening most University of Georgia of students will be talking about for years –  Kenny Chesney took the stage last night at Athens’ Georgia Theatre, where he performed a surprise pop-up concert for an extremely small crowd of around 500 fans. The concert is the first installment of CMT’s new INSTANT JAM series and premieres Saturday, September 27th at 10:00 p.m., ET/PT. Each episode of INSTANT JAM features live performances, and captures all the excitement and energy as artists reveal to fans how to score tickets to an exclusive show in their area, while giving a behind-the-scenes look at the hours leading up to their concert.

With a handful of posters going up in the late morning and flyers distributed in downtown Athens yesterday, there was a frenzy to score one of the 500 wristbands allotted for the show, which went on for over two hours. With distribution at the University of Georgia’s Phi Mu sorority house, they were gone in less than 8 minutes. Chesney performed 23 songs, some he’s not played in years, hits people expected and a pair of songs from his Sept. 23 release The Big Revival, including his Top 5 “American Kids.” Throwing out the setlist, Chesney even covered Hank Williams Sr’s “Kaw Liga” and George Strait’s “Carried Away,” while Face Timing Strait on stage as he and the entire audience sang along.

For more information on INSTANT JAM: KENNY CHESNEY, visit, download the CMT App for exclusive footage, like CMT on Facebook, follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram and use hashtag #CMTINSTANTJAM.

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