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These are our Top 10 stories of 2021. Happy New Year!

Lady A, Jason Aldean + More Join St. Jude’s New ‘Love Music. Stop Cancer’ Campaign

Several country artists, including Lady A and Jason Aldean, are joining forces with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, for their new Love Music. Stop Cancer. campaign, to raise money and awareness for the incredible work of St. Jude. More than 40 country artists have donned the new t-shirt, and will encourage their fans to commit to monthly pledges, as…

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The Grand Ole Opry Celebrates Star-Studded 5000th Saturday Night Show

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Chris Young, Darius Rucker and Vince Gill were just a few of the numerous artists who took part in the Grand Ole Opry celebrating its 5000th Saturday night broadcast on Saturday, October 30. The show culminated almost 96 years of weekly Saturday night shows, dating all the way back to December 26, 1925, with George…

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Lady A Drops New Track With Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker and Thomas Rhett

Lady A just dropped a new song, “Friends Don’t Let Friends,” featuring a few of their famous friends. The song, from their just-released What a Song Can Do album, features Carly Pearce, Darius Rucker and Thomas Rhett on the fun new tune. It’s fitting that Pearce is included on “Friends Don’t Let Friends,” since Lady A just wrapped up…

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Brett Young Joined by Darius Rucker, Chris Tomlin and More For Holiday Album

Talk about a star-studded project! Brett Young just announced his first-ever holiday album, Brett Young & Friends Sing The Christmas Classics, featuring an all-star cast of collaborators, including Darius Rucker, Chris Tomlin, Colbie Caillat, Sam Fischer, Dann Huff, Maddie & Tae and Phil Wickham joining Young on all eight songs on the project. “I’ve always known that I wanted…

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Darius Rucker Says Country Music is ‘Changing Drastically’ to Become More Inclusive

Darius Rucker had to fight his way into country music. The Hootie & the Blowfish frontman has been open about his struggles as a Black man in country music — a struggle that he sees shifting, thanks in part to his massive success. “When I came to Nashville 14 years ago, I was going into the radio stations and…

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Darius Rucker Pens Touching Essay Praising Kane Brown for TIME100 List

Kane Brown earned a spot on TIME magazine’s list of 100 Influential People of 2021. The singer was praised by Darius Rucker, who penned a touching essay in honor of Brown’s influence in country music. “Kane Brown has that unquantifiable ‘it’ factor,” Rucker boasts. “He’s so laid-back and doesn’t take himself too seriously, but he also really cares about his…

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Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack and More Honor Charley Pride: WATCH

CMT Giants: Charley Pride aired on Wednesday, August 25, with artists like Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack, George Strait, Luke Combs and more honoring one of country music’s biggest trailblazers. Jackson performed “Where Do I Put Her Memory?,” which became a No. 1 hit for Pride in 1979. Womack sang “Crystal Chandeliers,” included on Pride’s 1967 The Country Way…

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Darius Rucker to Host ‘Darius and Friends’ Concert Benefiting St. Jude

Darius Rucker is once again hosting his annual Darius and Friends concert, now in its 12th year, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The event, which has raised more than $2 million since it began, will take place at the Ryman Auditorium on August 17, with an online option to watch as well. Artists joining Rucker will…

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Darius Rucker on Switching to Country: ‘I Was Going to Give It All I Had’

By the time Darius Rucker released his debut single as a country artist, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” in 2008, almost everyone knew who he was, as the lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish. But that wasn’t enough for him, at least not anymore. The South Carolina native was determined to have a lengthy career as…

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