Country Stars REAL Names


Scroll down to see the birth names of Country’s most famous!


Ernest Clay Walker


Harold Lloyd Cramer


Dorothy Marie West


Kenneth Eric Church


Audrey Faith Perry


Troyal Garth Brooks


Hiram King Williams


Randall Hank Williams


Thomas Luther Bryan


Virginia Patterson Hensley


Randy Bruce Traywick


Jay DeMarcus (Left) Stanley Wayne DeMarcus, Jr.

Gary Levox (Right) Gary Wayne Vernon, Jr.


Eilleen Regina Edwards


Virginia Wynette Pugh


Samuel Timothy McGraw


Toby Keith Covel


Patricia Lynn Yearwood


Christina Claire Ciminella

2016 ACM Awards Nominees Announced!


2016 ACM Awards Nominees:


Jason Aldean

Garth Brooks

Luke Bryan

Eric Church

Miranda Lambert

Male Vocalist:

Jason Aldean

Dierks Bentley

Eric Church

Brett Eldredge

Chris Stapleton

Female Vocalist:

Kelsea Ballerini

Jana Kramer

Miranda Lambert

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo:

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Joey + Rory

Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group:

Eli Young Band

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Zac Brown Band

New Male:

Brett Eldredge

Chris Janson

Thomas Rhett

Chase Rice

Chris Stapleton

New Female:

Kelsea Ballerini


Mickey Guyton


New Vocal Duo/Group:

A Thousand Horses

Brothers Osborne

Maddie & Tae

Old Dominion



I’m Comin’ Over, Chris Young

Montevallo, Sam Hunt

Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church

Tangled UpThomas Rhett

Traveller, Chris Stapleton


“Burning House,” Cam

“Buy Me A Boat,” Chris Janson

“Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young

“Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt


“Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves

“Burning House,” Cam

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

“Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church

“Riser,” Dierks Bentley

Vocal Event:

“Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan w/Chris Stapleton

“Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan w/Karen Fairchild (Little Big Town)

“Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban w/Eric Church

“Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert w/Little Big Town

“Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter


Make sure to tune into the 51st Annual ACM Awards on Sunday, April 3 on CBS (8/7c)!

NEW Willie Nelson Album Set For February 26th Release!


Willie Nelson is set to release a new album titled (Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin) on February 26th! It includes Willie singing songs that were written by George and Ira Gershwin, as well as duets with Sheryl Crow and Cyndi Lauper!

(Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin) tracklist:

  1. “But Not for Me”
  2. “Somebody Loves Me”
  3. “Someone to Watch Over Me”
  4. “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” (w/ Cyndi Lauper)
  5. “It Ain’t Necessarily So”
  6. “I Got Rhythm”
  7. “Love Is Here to Stay”
  8. “They All Laughed”
  9. “Embraceable You” (w/ Sheryl Crow)
  10. “They Can’t Take That Away from Me”
  11. “Summertime”


NEW Waylon Jennings Live Album Set For 2016 Release!


A brand new Waylon Jennings Live album will be released on March 11th! The album was recorded live on November 11, 1973 in Abbott, Texas!

“Return of the Outlaw: Abbott, Texas (Broadcast 1973)” Track Listing:

1. “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean”
2. “Good Hearted Woman”
3. “Louisiana Woman”
4. “Pretend I Never Happened”
5. “Me & Bobby McGee”
6. “Goodtime Charlie’s Got the Blues”
7. “Amanda”
8. “Laid Back Country Picker”
9. “You Asked Me To”
10. “Honky Tonk Heroes”
11. “The Last Letter”
12. “T for Texas”
13. “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”
14. “Dangerous Type”


2016 GRAMMY Nominations Announced!


The nominees for the 2016 GRAMMY Awards have been announced! Check out all the Country nominees below:

Album of the Year
Alabama Shakes, Sound and Color
Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
Chris Stapleton, Traveller
Taylor Swift, 1989
The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

Song of the Year
Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”
Taylor Swift, “Blank Space”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth, “See You Again”
Ed Sheeran, “Thinking Out Loud”

Best Country Album
Sam Hunt, Montevallo
Little Big Town, Pain Killer
Ashley Monroe, The Blade
Kacey Musgraves, Pageant Material
Chris Stapleton, Traveller

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Brothers Osborne, “Stay a Little Longer”
Joey + Rory, “If I Needed You”
Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay, “The Driver”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Blake SheltonAshley Monroe, “Lonely Tonight”

Best Country Song
Lee Ann Womack, “Chances Are”
Tim McGraw, “Diamond Rings & Old Barstools”
Little Big Town, “Girl Crush”
Brandy Clark, “Hold My Hand”
Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”

Best Country Solo Performance
Cam, “Burning House”
Chris Stapleton, “Traveller”
Carrie Underwood, “Little Toy Guns”
Keith Urban, “John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16”
Lee Ann Womack, “Chances Are”

Best American Roots Song
The Mavericks, “All Night Long”
Don Henley & Merle Haggard, “The Cost of Living”
Punch Brothers, “Julep”
Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, “The Traveling Kind”
Jason Isbell, “24 Frames”

Make sure to tune into the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards on CBS, February 15 at 8/7c!

CMT Artists of the Year Honor Country’s Biggest Stars!


CMT’s annual Artists of the Year event was held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Downtown Nashville, Tennessee on December 2, 2015!

The event always honors some of the the biggest Country stars of the year…and this year CMT announced three new awards! The new awards were the Artist of a Lifetime, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the International Impact Award!

2015 CMT Artists of the Year Award Recipients:

Artist of a Lifetime (Presented by Dan Rather):

Kenny Rogers

Breakthrough Artist of the Year (Presented by Lee Ann Womack):

Chris Stapleton

International Impact Award (Presented by Kellie Pickler):

ABC’s Nashville

Artists of the Year:

Blake Shelton

Florida Georgia Line

Little Big Town

Luke Bryan

Sam Hunt

Vince Gill Announces NEW Album!


Vince Gill announced today that he will be releasing a brand new album on February 12, 2016! (Down To My Last Bad Habit) includes 12 new songs all written on co-written by Vince, and even includes some collaborations!

  1. Reasons For The Tears I Cry
  2. Down To My Last Bad Habit
  3. Me And My Girl
  4. Like My Daddy Did
  5. Make You Feel Real Good
  6. I Can’t Do This
  7. My Favorite Movie (co-written with Ashley Monroe) 
  8. One More Mistake I Made
  9. Take Me Down (with Little Big Town)
  10. I’ll Be Waiting For You (with Cam)
  11. When It’s Love
  12. Sad One Comin’ On (A Song For George Jones)

You can get a sneak peak of “Take Me Down (with Little Big Town)” by clicking the play button below!

Dixie Chicks Announce 2016 U.S. Tour!


The Dixie Chicks are back to tour the U.S… which is something they have not done in over 10 years! The 2016 tour (DCXMMXVI) comes 10 years after their most recent album Taking The Long Way.

Click HERE for more information on tickets!

June 1 – Cincinnati, OH
June 3 – Cleveland, OH
June 4 – Detroit, MI
June 5 – Chicago, IL
June 8 – Holmdel, NJ
June 10 – Pittsburgh, PA
June 11 – Saratoga Springs, NY
June 13 – New York City, NY
June 14 – Boston, MA
June 16 – Bangor, ME
June 17 – Hartford, CT
June 18 – Camden, NJ
June 21 – Toronto, ON
June 22 – Toronto, ON
June 24 – Hershey, PA
June 25 – Bristow, VA
July 7 – Vancouver, BC
July 8 – Seattle, WA
July 9 – Portland, OR
July 12 – San Francisco, CA
July 13 – Sacramento, CA
July 15 – San Diego, CA
July 16 – Las Vegas, NV
July 17 – Phoenix, AZ
July 20 – Irvine, CA
August 5 – Dallas, TX
August 6 – Houston, TX
August 7 – Austin, TX
August 10 – Virginia Beach, VA
August 12 – Raleigh, NC
August 13 – Charlotte, NC
August 14 – Atlanta, GA
August 17 – Nashville, TN
August 19 – Tampa, FL
August 20 – West Palm Beach, FL
August 24 – St. Louis, MO
August 25 – Indianapolis, IN
August 27 – Minneapolis, MN
August 30 – Kansas City, MO
September 1 – Denver, CO
September 2 – Salt Lake City
October 10 – Los Angeles, CA

Loretta Lynn Announces New Studio Album!


Loretta Lynn has announced a BRAND NEW album, titled #FullCircle! The new album will be available in early 2016!

Track Listing:
1. Whispering Sea (Introduction)
2. Whispering Sea (2015 recording)
3. Secret Love
4. Who’s Gonna Miss Me?
5. Black Jack David
6. Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven
7. Always On My Mind
8. Wine Into Water
9. In The Pines
10. Band Of Gold
11. Fist City (2015 recording)
12. I Never Will Marry
13. Everything It Takes (w/ Elvis Costello)
14. Lay Me Down (w/ Willie Nelson)

2015 CMA Awards Winners!



2015 CMA Awards Nominees & Winners!

Entertainer of the Year
Garth Brooks
Luke Bryan — WINNER
Kenny Chesney
Eric Church
Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year (Artist & Producers)
Old Boots, New Dirt
Pageant Material
Pain Killer
The Big Revival
Traveller — WINNER

Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert — WINNER
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack
Kelsea Ballerini

Male Vocalist of the Year
Dierks Bentley
Luke Bryan
Eric Church
Blake Shelton
Chris Stapleton — WINNER

Vocal Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town — WINNER
Rascal Flatts
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Song of the Year (Awarded to Songwriters)
“American Kids” Kenny Chesney (Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird & Shane McAnally)
“Girl Crush” Little Big Town (Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey & Liz Rose) — WINNER
“Like A Cowboy” Randy Houser (Written by Randy Houser and Brice Long)
“Like A Wrecking Ball” Eric Church (Eric Church & Casey Beathard)
“Take Your Time” Sam Hunt (Sam Hunt, Josh Osborne & Shane McAnally)

Vocal Duo of the Year
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line — WINNER
Maddie & Tae
Thompson Square

New Artist of the Year
Sam Hunt
Maddie & Tae
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton — WINNER
Kelsea Ballerini

Single of the Year (Artist & Producers)
“American Kids” Kenny Chesney (Buddy Cannon & Kenny Chesney)
“Girl Crush” Little Big Town (Jay Joyce) — WINNER
“I Don’t Dance” Lee Brice (Lee Brice)
“Take Your Time” Sam Hunt (Zach Crowell & Shane McAnally)
“Talladega” Eric Church (Jay Joyce & Arturo Buenahora Jr.)

Musical Event of the Year
Django & Jimmie – Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
“Lonely Tonight” Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe
“Raise ‘Em Up” Keith Urban & Eric Church — WINNER
“Smokin’ & Drinkin” Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town
“Wild Child” Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter

Music Video of the Year (Awarded to Artist and Director)
“Biscuits” Kacey Musgraves (Marc Klasfeld)
“Girl Crush” Little Big Town (Karla Welch & Matthew Welch)
“Girl In A Country Song,” Maddie & Tae (TK McKamy) — WINNER
“Little Red Wagon” Miranda Lambert (rey Fanjoy)
“Something In The Water” Carrie Underwood (Raj Kapoor)

Musician of the Year
Sam Bush (Mandolin)
Jerry Douglas (Dobro)
Paul Franklin (Steel Guitar)
Dann Huff (Guitar)
Mac McAnally (Guitar) — WINNER