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Ryan Hurd tells Apple Music about his debut album ‘Pelago,’ going from songwriter to recording artist, and more on Today’s Country Radio
countrymusicnewsblog.com Saturday, 16 October 2021 19:28:00
Ryan Hurd joins Kelleigh Bannen on Today’s Country Radio to discuss his journey of going from a Nashville songwriter to recording artist, and, ultimately, releasing his debut album ‘Pelago.’ They also chat about the origin of his massive hit “Chasing After You” featuring his wife, Maren Morris. Ryan Hurd on Recording “Chasing After You”This song was like Music Row famous for a long time… And, [the songwriters] Brinley [Addington] and Jerry [Flowers] would sing it at rounds and then artists would hold it and promise to record it. And, that’s just how it goes sometimes. That’s the game we play as a writer and somehow it fell to me and I still look back on it. And I’m like, “I have no idea how of all the people in town,” this song, it was upon my shoulders to put it out. Because, the demo is exactly like what you hear in in the master. It’s that cool. You hear it and you’re just hooked and we’re just really lucky to have been gifted this amazing, amazing life-changing piece of art. Ryan Hurd on “What Are You Drinking” Feeling Like the Most Important Song on His AlbumThe other song on this record, that’s outside is “What Are You Drinking.” And, I just got sent that I was on a beach in Mexico and Aaron [Eshuis] wrote it with Troy Cartwright and Andy Albert. And he sent it to me. He’s like, “Check this out.” He never sends me anything and I listened to it and Troy’s singing it. And I texted Troy immediately and just said, “If you’re not going to cut this, somebody is, and it might be me. So I need to know if you’re okay with that. I need to know before I even talked to Aaron about this and you should ask yourself if you’re okay with somebody else having this.” And, I can’t imagine not having that song on this record. It wouldn’t be… Every single song is important, but that one to me feels like the most important one for whatever reason. Ryan Hurd on ‘Pelago’ and Its Place In Country MusicI think that I’ve grown a lot since I started writing. I’ve grown a lot since I’ve been trying to have my own project. And this is sort of that first combination where you’re like, “If this is the only thing people ever hear from me, I’m okay with it.” And this is the stamp I want to put on this moment. This is a stamp I want to put on me, my name. And you know, when people look back on country music in this time, maybe they’ll remember this record a little bit. And this is my little piece of that history, whether it’s big or small. I’m okay with it. And I’m really just psyched for people to hear it. And I hope they like it.
Weekend Listening: Jason Boland and the Stragglers – The Light Saw Me – Title Track from New Album
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 15 October 2021 19:37:00
Renowned singer-songwriter Jason Boland announced his eccentric sci-fi concept album The Light Saw Me, released December 3 via Thirty Tigers. Produced by GRAMMY award-winner, Shooter Jennings, it blends country influences from across the cosmos. Crunchy guitars, psychedelic pedal steel and roaring fiddles soundtrack his vivid sci-fi storytelling. Boland recounts the tale of a cowboy living in Texas in the late 1890s who is abducted by aliens and thrust into the future by a century, returning in the 1990s with no perception that any time has passed, searching for his wife who is no longer of this world. Boland debuted title track and video for “The Light Saw Me,” which he premiered via FLOOD MAGAZINE who praised the new record and whilst referencing the movie Cowboys & Aliens, stated, “While the title track from Jason Boland’s newly unveiled LP with The Stragglers may share the general premise of this over-the-top sci-fi blockbuster, in a way he kind of flips the idea on its head.” A pacy rock country exploration with a lithe guitar lick and Boland’s vocal croon introducing us to the album’s central character, the cowboy and his first life changing extraterrestrial encounter. Discussing the track, Boland stated, “The Light Saw Me as a song and album which aims to highlight our lack of ultimate control over our narratives. So much of what happens in our lives seems to choose us in spite of our grand plans.” Producer Shooter Jennings added, “Jason is one of my dearest friends and, in my opinion, one of the smartest and coolest dudes I know. He was the first person to ask me to produce their record and many years ago we had a great time making “Dark and Dirty Mile”. So it was natural for me to be more than excited to be asked to produce The Light Saw Me. This album isn’t just another album from Jason & The Stragglers. It’s a magnum opus of the highest creative order, which in turn I take as a very serious honor to be able to be a part of its inception.” He added, “Jason and the band were a delight and Jason’s vision from the album served as our lodestar as we carried it from cradle to its proper spot on the mountain high. It’s one of the coolest sounding records I’ve heard in years, so I’m really excited to see what the future holds for The Light Saw Me.” Drawing inspiration from podcasts including Desert Oracle Radio, the album boldly attempts to simultaneously address existential questions, from the meaning of life to more personal reflections on love and loss. Beneath Bolands sensational sci-fi narrative lies an allegory. He explains, “the deeper meaning of the material is “meaning” itself. When faced with the stoic realities of our collective fate, love is the source of the power that can keep us going.” Boland also announced the first leg of his U.S. tour with dates including Tulsa’s beloved Cain’s Ballroom, New Braunfels’ Gruene Hall, Nashville’s famed Continue reading Weekend Listening: Jason Boland and the Stragglers – The Light Saw Me – Title Track from New Album→
Weekend Listening: Reba to Renew her “Living & Learning” Podcast for Second Season on Spotify!
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 15 October 2021 19:17:00
Spotify announced that THE Reba McEntire is returning for the second season of her podcast Living & Learning with Reba McEntire on 10/25! Hosted by the beloved country music icon, Living & Learning with Reba McEntire is inspired and informed by the way Reba approaches life: with an insatiable curiosity, dedication to expanding her knowledge, and reliance on her own lived experience. Each week, Reba will tackle numerous topics through informative and intriguing conversations with a variety of celebrity guests. This season, fans will join Reba in her journey to discuss and grow with some of her famous friends including: her boyfriend “Sugar Tot” Rex Linn, country music trio Lady A, and fellow country music icon Trisha Yearwood. You can check out the trailer for season 2 of “Living & Learning with Reba McEntire” here. And before season 2 debuts, you can catch up on season 1 of the series featuring interviews with Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda, Kristin Chenoweth, Thomas Rhett & Lauren Atkins, Glennon Doyle, Karamo Brown and more here
Steve Holy’s ‘A Christmas To Remember’ Out October 22, 2021
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 15 October 2021 18:49:00
Steve Holy returns to the studio for the first time in nearly a decade to release ‘A Christmas To Remember,’ available Fri., Oct. 22 via Thrill Hill Records. Known for his multi-week No.1 singles “Brand New Girlfriend” and “Good Morning Beautiful” — a song released in 2000 that went on to become one of the decade’s most played songs on country radio — the Texas native will ring in the holidays with a 10-track album chock-full of festive favorites and one yuletide original. “I haven’t been in the studio in almost 8 years,” says Holy. “And, I couldn’t be more excited to share new music with everyone and celebrate my favorite holiday!” Holy stamps his signature, southern spin on seasonal staples ranging from Bing Crosby’s poetic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” to Elvis Presley’s merry classic “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” and “Bringing In A Brand New Year,” a ‘60s swing by Charles Brown. The album’s title track and sole original, written by Sam Hunter (who also played guitar on the album) and his father Joe, is a highlight on the project with its reminder to focus on the true reason for the season — spending much-needed time with loved ones around the holidays — which is something that won’t be taken for granted this year, as many will gather together in holiday celebration for the first time since 2019. “A lot of thought went into the way we sequenced this record. Starting with ‘A Christmas To Remember,’ about spending time with loved ones and ending with my all-time favorite holiday song, ‘If Every Day Was Like Christmas’ which is really an optimist’s prayer, were conscious decisions to remind all of us what is important this time of year.” Fans can pre-save ‘A Christmas To Remember‘ HERE and keep up with what’s coming from Steve Holy by visiting steveholymusic.com. ‘A Christmas To Remember’ Tracklist: 1. A Christmas To Remember (writers: Sam Hunter, Joe Hunter) 2. Let It Snow (originally recorded by Vaughn Monroe) 3. Here Comes Santa Claus (originally recorded by Gene Autry) 4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (originally recorded by Judy Garland) 5. A Holly Jolly Christmas (made famous by Burl Ives) 6. Jingle Bell Rock (originally recorded by Bobby Helms) 7. Santa Claus Is Back In Town (originally recorded by Elvis Presley) 8. I’ll Be Home for Christmas (originally recorded by Bing Crosby) 9. Bringing In A Brand New Year (originally recorded by Charles Brown) 10. If Every Day Was Like Christmas (originally recorded by Elvis Presley)
Video: Performances From CMT Artists of the Year 2021
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 14 October 2021 21:27:21
“CMT Artists of the Year” celebrates Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Combs, Mickey Guyton and Randy Travis as 2021 honorees before exclusive invitation-only crowd “Country Music is Everyone’s Music” – Mickey Guyton, Breakout Artist of the Year CMT recognized the year’s biggest acts in a heartfelt and unforgettable ceremony returned LIVE from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center for the first time since 2019. The artists honored as this year’s 2021 “CMT Artists of the Year” were Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs, alongside “Breakout Artist of the Year” Mickey Guyton and“Artist of a Lifetime” Randy Travis. This illustrious list of artists have cumulatively produced some 200 career top 10 singles, won 130 awards and have been streamed over 25 billion times. Themes of perseverance and love of country music permeated the room as the honorees, special performers and special guests celebrated the opportunity to be together again after a year of adversity and loss. The evening kicked off with honoree Luke Combs performing his hit, “Forever After All,” and accepting his award from friend Eric Church. Combs thanked the fans and his wife, and gave a special call out to Randy Travis for his enduring influence on the format. Next, Gabby Barrett was lauded by Grammy award-winning Christian artist Michael W. Smith who introduced a moving performance of her No. 1 hit song, “The Good Ones,” backed by her husband and guitarist. Presenter Misty Copeland introduced “Breakout Artist of the Year” Mickey Guyton who, alongside friend and musician, Yola, garnered the first standing ovation of the evening with a powerful world premiere version of Guyton’s song, “Remember Her Name.” The performance moved Guyton to tears, noting in her acceptance speech that “country music is really everyone’s music” and also giving a nod to her parents in the audience. The evening’s second standing ovation came when Garth Brooks introduced friend and country legend Randy Travis with the highly-coveted “Artist of a Lifetime” Award. Travis and his wife Mary Davis joined Brooks onstage to accept the honor as Davis thanked the fans on Randy’s behalf noting, “Randy’s stroke may have taken his voice, but didn’t take the man or the heart, and it didn’t take the music.” Honoree Kane Brown was introduced by friend Nelly before taking the stage to honor Travis by singing one of his biggest hits, “Three Wooden Crosses.” In an emotional moment, Brown accepted his own 2021 honor, thanking the fans and remembering his bandmate and drummer who passed away in 2019, days before Brown’s first “Artists of the Year” distinction. Next, Grammy Award-winning artists Boys II Men, joined by Pentatonix’s Kevin Olusola honored Chris Stapleton with a first-ever performance of his song, “Cold.” Stapleton admitted to being “humbled” by CMT’s honor and acknowledged being moved by all the “love in the room” as he accepted his award from friend Connie Britton. The final honoree celebrated was Kelsea Ballerini whose husband, country artist Morgan Evans introduced her performance with tourmates Continue reading Video: Performances From CMT Artists of the Year 2021→
Kacey Musgraves’ ‘star-crossed’ Ruled Ineligible For Best Country Album Grammy
countrymusicnewsblog.com Thursday, 14 October 2021 21:11:08
KACEY MUSGRAVES’ latest album, “star-crossed,” is ineligible for consideration in the GRAMMY AWARDS Country album category. BILLBOARD broke that news today, reporting that UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP NASHVILLE Pres. CINDY MABE fired off a letter of protest to RECORDING ACADEMY CEO HARVEY MASON. The decision about how to categorize “star-crossed,” which was jointly released on SEPTEMBER 10th by UMG NASHVILLE and INTERSCOPE RECORDS, “was made last week during the RECORDING ACADEMY’s annual screening committee meeting, where submissions are reviewed to make sure they are placed in the appropriate category,” BILLBOARD reports. “Members of the screening committees can reject recordings if they do not feel they fit into the genre, though they remain eligible for the all-genre Album of the Year category.” In her letter to MASON, which BILLBOARD obtained, MABE calls the committee’s decision on the album’s status “very inconsistent” and said it “calls into question the other agendas that were part of this decision.” She added that removing MUSGRAVES from the Country category, “actually does harm to a format struggling with change and inclusivity overall.” According to BILLBOARD, “She further accuses the members of the screening committee of playing politics,” writing, “The idea that a handful of people including competitors, who would benefit from KACEY not being in the Country category, are deciding what is Country only exacerbates the problem. The system is broken and sadly not just for KACEY MUSGRAVES, but for our entire genre because of how these decisions are made for music’s biggest stage. Building roadblocks for artists who dare to fight the system is so dangerous and against everything I think the GRAMMYS stand for. But that’s where we are today.” Read her whole letter below. Despite the committee’s decision about the album, track “Camera Roll” was “submitted and accepted for the Best Country Song category,” BILLBOARD reports. THE 64th annual GRAMMY AWARDS are set for JANUARY 31st, 2022. Nominees will be revealed on NOVEMBER 23rd. Below is Mabe’s letter in full: October 10, 2021 Dear Harvey, I am writing as a follow up to our recent conversation about the determination to exclude Kacey Musgraves’ album star-crossed from the Grammy’s country albums category. I am a big believer in the Grammys as an organization and have witnessed the power of its platform to transform artists’ careers and reflect, amplify and change culture. That certainly has happened for Kacey Musgraves over the last seven years with wins in 2014 for Country Album of the Year for Same Trailer Different Park, and then again in 2019 for Golden Hour as well as overall Album of the Year. The Grammy’s have been a destination of artist discovery and for Kacey it’s a place where her musical history was written. As a prime stakeholder in country music, I would really like to frame what’s happening in our genre right now and help you and the Grammy’s fully understand the importance of Kacey Musgraves to country music and why this decision is so much more than an entry point for an awards show. Taking her out of the Continue reading Kacey Musgraves’ ‘star-crossed’ Ruled Ineligible For Best Country Album Grammy→
New Music from Zachary Williams (Of The Lone Bellow) Out October 22nd
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 11 October 2021 18:45:00
Zachary Williams (The Lone Bellow) has announced his debut solo record, Dirty Camaro out October 22nd on Dualtone Records. The album was produced by Robert Ellis and Josh Block at Niles City Sound in Fort Worth, TX and features Anderson East and Ashley Monroe, singer-songwriters John Paul White and Thad Cockrell and the gospel group Settles Connection. Today, Williams shares the first single, “Game For Guessing” which includes an appearance from the album’s producer, Texas singer-songwriter Robert Ellis. Its companion music video was directed by Debbie Ewing. Fans can pre-order Dirty Camaro today and limited edition vinyl, CD, and merch available via Dualtone. Zachary Williams on “Game For Guessing” It’s an ode to me and everyone else like me who’s pretty self involved, pretty confused, and pretty hopeful that maybe we’re actually good inside. It’s a confession that I don’t know what I’m doing, a song about that razor sharp line that we walk between being a competent, but self involved person, and being a person that’s on the verge of losing their mind at any given second. The first time Robert Ellis heard me sing this song he started dying laughing and said “I can relate”… and maybe we all can. Zachary Williams is best known as ⅓ of the Nashville-based supergroup The Lone Bellow. All born in the South, the three members met while living in Brooklyn and quickly found that in addition to having commonality in their upbringing, they all had wildly potent voices, a knack for harmonies and a desire to write in the great Southern story-telling tradition – songs about heartbreak and struggles and the human condition. The Lone Bellow has released five studio albums with one produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Brandi Carlile, Sturgil Simpson) and two produced by The National’s Aaron Dessner (Taylor Swift, Sharon Van Etten), including their most recent Half Moon Light. The pursuit of music wasn’t always a fore drawn conclusion for Williams, rather it was the colossal hammer of fate and its aftermath that led him there. He had married his childhood best friend early (as kids in the South do), and soon after their life began, barely adults themselves Stacy suffered a terrible accident falling from her horse. Paralysis was the diagnosis and Williams’ immediate answer was movement – move to New York City, move to follow their dreams, spiritually walk right out of that place. Miraculously, Stacy eventually was able to walk again but their plans were in place. Williams began playing open mics at Rockwood Music Hall, gathering a fervent fan-base leading to Bowery Ballroom sell-outs before abandoning his solo-career for The Lone Bellow. Dirty Camaro serves as a book end to that pursuit, a return to unfinished business and the solo album he always meant to write. He honors Stacy in the song “Anything” singing, “you were my first favorite day, first dream that didn’t let me sleep, first time I ever felt this way. You were my first anything.” Dirty Camaro is filled Continue reading New Music from Zachary Williams (Of The Lone Bellow) Out October 22nd→
Jake Owen Closes Out the Summer with “Drunk On A Boat” Single
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 8 October 2021 23:00:08
Big Loud Records’ MULTI-PLATINUM entertainer Jake Owen drops anchor on a good time with his new track “Drunk On A Boat,” letting worries float away today (10/8). Out now as a choose-happiness themed anthem, it’s all about riding the waves of a carefree day on the water – instead of a dull day back on land. Featuring a breezy melody and a weekend-anytime singalong, it’s the perfect vessel for Owen’s easy-going Country style. LISTEN TO “DRUNK ON A BOAT” HERE NOW “When I heard this song for the first time, I knew it was right on-brand for me,” says Owen. “I wanted to release ’Drunk On A Boat’ as the sun sets on the season and give everyone a feel-good summer memory as we head into fall.” “Drunk On A Boat” was written by Rodney Clawson, Jake Mitchell and David Lee Murphy, and produced by Joey Moi. The new track follows last month’s release of Owen’s current single, “Best Thing Since Backroads,” which is nearing Top 20 at Country radio after becoming the #1 most-added week upon its arrival. Both of the new songs mark a new chapter from the Florida-born hit-maker, after 2019’s extremely successful GREETINGS FROM…JAKE album. That project featured three chart-toppers (“I Was Jack (You Were Diane),” “Homemade,”“Made for You”) and a PLATINUM-certified smash (“Down to the Honkytonk”) – and just crossed ONE BILLION on-demand streams in August. On October 9, Owen will headline The Flamingo Jam in his hometown of Vero Beach, Florida, with proceeds benefiting The Jake Owen Foundation and its mission to support children battling cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. And he’ll finish out the month with an October 30 appearance at the star-studded iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas.
Muscadine Bloodline Releases New Single “Dispatch To 16th Ave.”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 8 October 2021 22:52:51
Muscadine Bloodline dropped their latest single today and announced that their sophomore album is due out February 4, 2022. The single “Dispatch to 16th Ave.” – also the title track to the album – tells the story of the Nashville music industry from the eyes of two proudly independent artists. The single can be heard and the album can be pre-saved here. “Damn shame to see another good one goLike a whipped dog walking with his tail hung lowAnother murder on music rowAnother never woulda made it on the radioAnother couldn’t catch a flame cause he played too slowAnd wouldn’t sing something that somebody else wrote” “Being in Nashville for seven years, we’ve seen our fair share of artists who have given up their creativity for the sake of ‘making it.’ The song starts and it might make you think of first responders arriving at a murder scene. Instead of losing a life, it’s about all the young, aspiring musicians losing themselves in what music was never supposed to be. We thought of all the men and women that move to Nashville to chase a dream and hope to inspire all young artists to dare to be different,” says Muscadine Bloodline. Along with the recently released single “Dyin’ For a Livin’’” this album features a brand new collection of songs that are the most raw and real yet. Dispatch to 16th Ave. showcases Muscadine Bloodline’s authentic songwriting and covers themes like love, death, cheating, heartache, murder and Southern pride. The guys used their touring band on the record instead of hiring seasoned session players and created a unique, unembellished and genuine sound. Be sure to catch the duo playing their classics along with new songs from the upcoming record on the road this Fall for their “Dyin’ For a Livin’ Tour.” Dispatch to 16th Ave. Track Listing:1. Dispatch to 16th Ave. (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton)2. My Side of Town (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton, Tyler Chambers)3. Dead on Arrival (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton, Adam Hood, Brent Cobb)4. Hung Up on You (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton, Casey Beathard)5. Southern (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton, Adam Hood)6. The Toll (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton, Tyler Halverson)7. Dyin’ For A Livin’ (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton, Jordan Fletcher)8. No, Pedal Steel (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton, Adam Hood, Brent Cobb)9. Down in Alabama (Charlie Muncaster, Gary Stanton, Adam Hood, Brent Cobb) Dyin’ For a Livin’ Tour Dates:Oct. 15 – Columbia, S.C. – The Main CourseOct. 16 – St. Augustine, Fla. – Rhythm & Ribs FestivalOct. 21 – Fayetteville, Ark. – George’s Majestic LoungeOct. 22 – Memphis, Tenn. – The BluffOct. 23 – Little Rock, Ark. – The HallNov. 17 – Deadwood, S.D. – Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel & CasinoNov. 18 – Denver, Colo. – The Mission BallroomNov. 19 – Salt Lake City, Utah – The ComplexNov. 20 – Las Vegas, Nev. – The Theater at Virgin Hotel Las VegasNov. 27 – Hattiesburg, Miss. – University of Southern MississippiDec. 2 – Washington, D.C. – Union StageDec. 3 – Richmond, Va. – The NationalDec. 4 – Pittsburgh, Pa. Continue reading Muscadine Bloodline Releases New Single “Dispatch To 16th Ave.”→
Star-studded list of performers revealed for 2021 “CMT Artists of the Year” airing LIVE from Nashville on Wednesday, October 13th at 9p/8c
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 8 October 2021 22:48:07
CMT today revealed its all-star lineup of performers for the 2021 “CMT Artists of the Year” special, airing LIVE from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Wednesday, October 13th at 9p/8c on CMT. The celebration promises to be an unforgettable night, with a stacked lineup of solo performances from 2021 honorees Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown and Luke Combs plus four can’t-miss world premieres. This year’s “Breakout Artist of the Year” Mickey Guyton will take the stage alongside fellow GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Yola; Boyz II Men will team up with Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix for a never-before-seen collaboration to honor Chris Stapleton; Kelsea Ballerini will welcome her fellow tourmates Jonas Brothers for a special remote performance straight from their “The Remember This Tour”; and Walker Hayes will make his CMT “Artists of the Year” debut with the first-ever award show performance of his smash hit “Fancy Like.” “Our year-end celebration keeps growing and we’re thrilled to welcome Boyz II Men, Kevin Olusola, Jonas Brothers and Yola to the show in addition to our luminous honorees,” said Leslie Fram, Senior Vice President, Music Strategy & Talent, CMT. “And in honor of one of the biggest songs of summer that has exploded across social media and beyond, we look forward to having Walker Hayes join our celebration for a can’t-miss performance of his history-making hit ‘Fancy Like.’” This year’s 2021 “CMT Artists of the Year” returns to its original format after adapting last year to honor some of the most vital and inspirational Americans on the frontlines of the pandemic. Artists honored this year are Chris Stapleton, Gabby Barrett, Kane Brown, Kelsea Ballerini and Luke Combs, alongside “Breakout Artist of the Year” Mickey Guyton and“Artist of a Lifetime” Randy Travis. The 2021 “CMT Artists of the Year” ceremony will also feature never-before-seen performances and collaborations, with special guests, performers and presenters. The 2021 “CMT Artists of the Year” is executive produced by CMT’s Margaret Comeaux, Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin and Amy Lin Johnson. The Executives in Charge of Production are Jackie Barba and Heather D. Graffagnino. Leslie Fram is Executive in Charge of Talent; Shanna Strassberg is Talent Producer. For more information, visit CMT.com, follow @CMT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and TikTok, use hashtag #CMTAOTY and ‘like’ CMT Artists of the Year on Facebook.