CMT Insider - Season 1

Saturday 1:30 PM on CMT - Country Music Television Premiered Apr 09, 2004 In Season




Episode Guide

  • December 25, 2004
    December 25, 2004
    Episode 39
    2004 is ending, and with it, a wonderful year to the Country music. A lot of new artists, a lot of rising artists, and many extraordinary events. Insider will sum-up this excellent year, from the small tours to the appearance in the president's election; Kenny Chesney is also celebrating a very good year, with several awards and charts success. Insider will go back to Kenny's 2004's biggest moments; Gretchen Wilson is the best new singer of 2004, with first #1 CD, first #1 album, and first awards. We'll move through her great success and excitement; Katie Cook has interviewed this year the best people of the Country industry, and we'll have a deeper look at interviews' pieces that hadn't aired before.
    More: Platinum CDs, stars' tour buses, Dierks Bentley's houseboat, and Lisa Lee with new DVDs.moreless
  • December 18, 2004
    December 18, 2004
    Episode 38
    This week, Toby Keith tells Insider about his visit to Florida to lift wounded soldiers' souls, and the meaning of this to him; LeAnn Rimes with her new Christmas CD and her first Christmas tour tells Insider about these decisions; Gretchen Wilson is starting to prove her big year with several awards, as well as her friends Big & Rich. Insider will go and view the trio in action.
    More: Alan Jackson's 3rd part- his car collection, CMT cpecials, Warren Brothers's new nightclub, and Lisa Lee with Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler new movies.moreless
  • December 11, 2004
    December 11, 2004
    Episode 37
    47th Grammy Awards ceremony is close and the nominees has been announced. Insider will take a lot at the list and the Country competitors, as well as Tim McGraw's two nominations; Alan Jackson's second part, where he talks in his home about his career and his songwriting; Amy Grant and Vince Gill's tour across the country for the holiday is making a lot of people happy, as well as the soldier's in Texas, where they both jumped to appear.
    More: Jamie O'Neal's dog Griffin, holiday gifts, Joe Nichols's Christmas CD, Reba's DVD, Jimmy Wayne's shopping, and Lisa Lee with Ocean Twelve.moreless
  • December 4, 2004
    December 4, 2004
    Episode 36
    In the first of a 3-parter series, Alan Jackson will open his house and his heart about the true him, away from stage; Award-Winning-Look: Popular fashion of male artists, such as Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry and Jimmy Wayne, wearing cross necklace; Rodney Carrington and his new show, plus a glance behind the scenes.
    More: Darryl Worley's new CD, new group Los Lonely Boys, and two new CMT specials.moreless
  • November 20, 2004
    November 20, 2004
    Episode 35
    After the great weeks of the CMA, Insider still deals with awards: This time the American Music Awards; Also, how the CMA affected Toby Keith's and Shania Twain's new CDs sales (and Toby's shape keeping); Kenny Chesney's long version of the acceptance speech from the CMA, that was cut short; Alison Krauss & Union Station's new CD coming out this week.
    More: George Jones' special recordings, must-have cosmetics, Brooks & Dunn's fundraiser, CMT's Cowboy U new season, and Lisa Lee with new movie National Treasure and the new search for the next Elvis!moreless
  • November 13, 2004: CMA Awards Wrap-Up
    On Tuesday, November 6, the CMA was happening in the music city of Nashville. Insider is here with all of the winners, red-carpet celebrities, back-stage special glimpse, and after-parties around the city; ASCAP and BMI had a songwriters awards ceremony, and Insider has all of the details from there too.
    More: Toby Keith's new Greatest-hits, Tim McGraw's annual Swampstock celebration, and new CDs from Randy Travis and George Jones.moreless
  • November 6, 2004: CMA Nominee Report
    Coming up in no more than 3 days is the 38th Annual CMA Awards, on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, and Insider is now having the most updated list of nominees. Every nominee in each category, plus top nominee Alan Jackson. Also, the new hosts of the evening, Brooks & Dunn.
  • Shania Twain
    Shania Twain
    Episode 32
    Katie Cook goes to Switzerland near Shania's home to interview her. They talk about the upcoming Greatest Hits, previous albums and songs, and the new video "Party For Two". (S01E33)
  • : Carrie Underwood Debuts "Blown Away"'
    : Carrie Underwood Debuts "Blown Away"'
  • October 30, 2004
    October 30, 2004
    Episode 31
    Host Katie Cook is taking a little time off this week, so singing sensation LeAnn Rimes is stepping in as our first-ever celebrity guest host. With a hot new single flying up the country charts, Rimes will take time out of her busy schedule to deliver the latest in country news and entertainment. With the Presidential election upon us, we wondered what country artists look for in a candidate. We'll catch up with some of country music's hottest stars including Gretchen Wilson, Alan Jackson, Montgomery Gentry and Willie Nelson about issues that are important to their lives and what they feel is important to the American people. Supergroup Diamond Rio were surprised recently with a special honor. Members were presented with the Minnie Pearl Award for their humanitarian efforts. We'll be on hand as the band is surprised during a recent performance at the Grand Ole Opry. It's autumn and time for more new albums hitting store shelves. We'll chat with hitmakers Phil Vassar and Darryl Worley about their respective new projects. Both artists are also enjoying success of new singles. In fact, Vassar's latest single "In a Real Love" is nearing the top of the charts. Also on tap for this episode, we'll talk with bluegrasser Alison Krauss about getting dressed up for a big event; visit with newcomer Katrina Elam about her debut release and her opening gig for Keith Urban; get a sneak peek at the upcoming CMT special Shania Twain: CMT Insider Special Edition; and get the latest Hit List from CMT's Lance Smith. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will preview the upcoming movie Alfie and sit down with the movie's star Jude Law.moreless
  • The Band Perry's "Postcard From Paris"
    : The Band Perry's "Postcard From Paris"
  • October 23, 2004
    October 23, 2004
    Episode 30
    Duets have always been a part of country music and superstars Tim McGraw and Toby Keith continue the tradition. R&B artist Nelly recently had McGraw join him in the studio for his single "Over and Over" and Keith's daughter will sing with daddy on his upcoming CD. We'll catch up with both singers to find out what to expect. After exploding onto the country scene in 2004, Big & Rich will soon follow up their successful "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" with "Holy Water." CMT Insider was on the set of the video and we'll have the lowdown on how the song was inspired. It's been 20 years of tours and hits for Wynonna, and the country star is setting out on a special anniversary tour to celebrate the milestone. We'll catch up with her at one of her shows and give fans a front row seat to all the excitement. Newcomer Katrina Elam isn't taking time to get her feet wet on a major concert tour. She's opening for fellow Aussie Keith Urban as he sets out on his first headlining tour sponsored by CMT. CMT Insider will visit with the young star to find out how her life has changed. Also on tap for this episode, we'll tag along with newcomer Jedd Hughes to a photo shoot for Country Music Today magazine; spotlight new CDs from Blake Shelton and Pat Green; find out what Hall of Fame member Dolly Parton thinks about Rod Stewart; and get the week's Hit List from CMT's Lance Smith.moreless
  • October 16, 2004
    October 16, 2004
    Episode 29
    Keith Urban, one of country's hottest young superstars, has teamed up with CMT for his first headlining tour, and we were on hand for one of the first shows in Peoria, Ill. CMT Insider will give fans a front row seat to all the excitement as Urban takes the stage, and we'll chat with the young Aussie about his new album and tour. One of country's most famous radio stations, L.A.'s KZLA, held its annual star-studded KZLA Bash. Hosted by superstar Reba McEntire, many of country's biggest names stopped by to perform including Rascal Flatts and SHeDAISY. We'll give fans a free pass into the event for all the fun. Speaking of McEntire, the red-headed singer joined Kenny Chesney and many of music's top names to honor legendary singer Ray Charles at a special tribute concert. Taped for an upcoming television special, we'll give viewers a sneak peek at the touching event. The music industry has seen a positive increase in record sales this year, and with the many big albums hitting this fall, the trend should continue. We'll catch up with singer-songwriter John Mellencamp to talk about his upcoming release Words & Music: John Mellencamp's Greatest Hits and also catch up with duo Brooks & Dunn to get the scoop on their latest Greatest Hits package. Also on tap for this episode: we'll chat with actress Minnie Driver about her debut CD release on Rounder Records; and get this week's Hit List from CMT's Lance Smith. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will spotlight the upcoming movie Shall We Dance starring Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez.moreless
  • October 9, 2004
    October 9, 2004
    Episode 28
    It's opening weekend for the new feature film Friday Night Lights starring country star Tim McGraw, and CMT Insider will be at the premieres in both Franklin, Tenn. and Los Angeles as the stars walk the red carpet. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will give fans an up-close-and-personal look at the movie, the actors and all the excitement.

    Politics and celebrities always find a way to mix, and this election year is no exception. The Dixie Chicks returned to the concert stage to continue the Vote for Change concert tour with James Taylor. We followed the show to Cleveland, Ohio, and we'll give fans a front row seat to the event.

    In memory of one of music's biggest legends, musical stars from all genres took center stage at Morehouse College to pay tribute to the late Ray Charles. Travis Tritt and Ronnie Milsap were on hand representing country, and CMT Insider will share the fun and touching moments with viewers.

    Hello, Dolly! Superstar Dolly Parton is about to hit the road for a fall tour, and we caught up with the singer-songwriter during rehearsals for the show. The Grascals will be the opening act as the tour sets out in mid-October. We'll give fans a sneak peek at what to expect on the road.

    Also on tap for this episode: we'll get the lowdown on the CMA awards heading to New York City in 2005; spotlight two recent fundraisers held in Nashville supporting both the Republican and Democratic parties and featuring some big names in country music; look at some new shows about to premiere on CMT; and get this week's Hit List from Lance Smith.
    This episode was followed by a special edition interview with George Strait... In a rare interview, country superstar George Strait talks about a career that has spanned an incredible 23 years, charting a record-breaking 50 number one hits. With a new double-CD 50 Number Ones as a launching pad, a special edition of CMT Insider looks at the music that has made Strait a legend while he still continues his streak of hits. Friends and fans like Alan Jackson, Reba McEntire, Jimmy Buffett, Martina McBride and many more talk about his music and the legacy he's created. (S01E29)moreless
  • October 2, 2004
    October 2, 2004
    Episode 27
    Tim McGraw is making history of his own with two movies hitting theaters and a new music video. Black Cloud and Friday Night Lights will both hit theaters in the next two weeks and the superstar performed his new single "How Bad Do You Want It" during the halftime of the Cowboys and Redskins matchup, marking the first time a Monday Night Football game had a performance during halftime. CMT Insider was on hand for the video shoot and we'll give fans a sneak peek at what to expect from the country star. Superstar George Strait's latest CD 50 Number Ones, featuring his latest hit single "I Hate Everything," is about to hit stores. We'll have more of our rare, exclusive interview with the Texan talking about his life and career. Brad Paisley reached another milestone recently selling over 5 million records. CMT Insider was on hand for the special celebration at Nashville's famous Ryman Auditorium, and we'll give fans a ticket into the party for all the fun. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will share some more on Tim McGraw's upcoming movie Friday Night Lights starring Billy Bob Thornton. She'll also spotlight Black Cloud, an independent film also featuring McGraw in his film debut, and John Travolta's latest movie Ladder 49. This week's Noisemakers will give the complete lowdown on Randy Travis' star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Terri Clark's No. 1 party for "Girls Lie Too"; Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson's upcoming tour; and Keith Urban makes a special appearance at L.A. radio station KZLA. We'll also have a wedding photo from Lonestar's Keech Rainwater's recent union. Also on tap for this episode: we'll be on hand as Faith Hill receives a special honor from the Tennessee Baptist Children's Home; catch up with actress Minnie Driver to talk about her debut CD being released on Rounder Records; check out Canadian vocal group Emerson Drive's performance with Dr. Phil's Diet Challenge winner; and get this week's hit list from Lance Smith.moreless
  • September 25, 2004
    September 25, 2004
    Episode 26
    Host Katie Cook is back from her visit with supertstar Shania Twain in beautiful Switzerland, and she'll give a sneak peek at what the star's been up to and get the scoop on her new duet "Party for Two" with country singer Billy Currington and Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath. Bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs was joined by Kris Kristofferson and other celebrity musicians as he continues his series at the Country Music Hall of Fame. CMT Insider was at the show and we'll give fans an front row seat to an amazing amount of talent. One of country's hottest groups has a new CD ready for fans and we'll catch up with members of Rascal Flatts to find out what they can expect on Feels Like Today. Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young continue to support America's farmers with their annual benefit concert Farm Aid. This year the show took over Seattle, Wash., and CMT Insider was front and center for a fantastic show featuring Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle, Trick Pony and many more. Also on tap for this episode: we'll follow Wynonna's former assistant as she vies for the title of "Miss America"; spotlight new CMT shows featuring newcomers Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson; get this week's Hit List from Lance Smith; and get a preview of a rare interview with country star George Strait. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will preview the upcoming feature film Friday Night Lights starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw.moreless
  • September 17, 2004
    September 17, 2004
    Episode 25
    Superstar Kenny Chesney has been busier than ever touring the country singing to thousands of fans. This week he wraps up his latest tour with rocker Uncle Kracker at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. CMT Insider will be there to give fans an all access pass for all the music and fun as the tour comes to a close. It's hard to believe it's been a year since the passing of Hall of Fame member Johnny Cash. Over the past week, the estate of Cash and his loving wife, the late June Carter Cash, was auctioned at Sotheby's New York. We'll look at some of the items sold and remember the two country legends. Also on tap for this episode: host Katie Cook sits down with Aussie Keith Urban to talk about his new video, album and CMT sponsored tour; we'll shine the spotlight on newcomer Waylon Payne; and CMT's Lance Smith will have the week's Hit List. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will have a sneak preview of the upcoming movie Sky Captain starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law.moreless
  • September 10, 2004
    September 10, 2004
    Episode 24
    We've got another jampacked episode of CMT Insider, so buckle up and hold on tight. Country singer Martina McBride is at a great place in her career, and she talks with CMT Insider about being a mom, why she loves new duo Big & Rich and about her place in country music. CMT threw a heck of a party this week with a special concert event CMT Outlaws featuring Hank Williams Jr., Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Montgomery Gentry and many more amazing artists. We'll be upfront and backstage to give fans a sneak peek at a great special hitting CMT in late October. You've loved her on stage and on the radio for years, now she's feeling the love heading into the fourth season of her television series Reba. We'll visit the set of superstar Reba McEntire's hit T.V. show and chat with the entire cast. Also on tap for this episode: we'll preview CMT's upcoming special Inside Fame: Tim McGraw; share more high school yearbook photos of some of your favorite country stars; talk with John Carter Cash about a new biography on his late father, the legendary Johnny Cash, and dig into our vault for some exclusive footage of the Hall of Fame member; and reveal the results of our latest poll. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will spotlight two new independent films, Garden State and Open Water, and we'll get this week's Hit List from CMT's Lance Smith.moreless
  • September 3, 2004
    September 3, 2004
    Episode 23
    It's a big week for country music, and CMT Insider is on the scene. From Chicago to New York, our cameras catch up with country's biggest stars. Superstar Tim McGraw broke sales records with the release of his new CD Live Like You Were Dying. We'll find out exactly albums he sold his first week out and where he'll land on this week's album charts. Martina McBride made a surprise visit to Jimmy Buffet's Chicago concert over the weekend to perform "Trip Around the Sun" from his latest CD License to Chill. We'll give fans a front row seat for the performance and talk with Buffett about being an overnight-success country star. Hot newcomers Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich helped announce this year's CMA award nominations live on CMT and were pleasantly surprised to hear their names read several times. We'll have a complete rundown of nominees and get reactions from the stars. In a rare interview, superstar Alan Jackson chats with CMT Insider about his upcoming CD What I Do. He'll also talk about his admiration for country star George Strait. The Republican National Convention takes over New York City this week, and country stars will be all over the performance stages. Our cameras will be in the city to catch Sara Evans, Brooks & Dunn, Darryl Worley and more. Also on tap for this episode: we'll take a look at some artists' high school yearbook pictures to see what they looked like before they were stars; get this week's Hit List from CMT's Lance Smith; and share the results to our latest poll. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will give a sneak preview of the upcoming Josh Hartnett movie Wicker Park.moreless
  • CMA Special Edition
    CMA Special Edition
    Episode 22
    For the first time in the history of the CMA awards, the announcement of the final nominees for the 38th annual CMA awards will be carried live Monday, Aug. 30. Catch the news on network and cable television from New York during The Early Show on the CBS-TV and on CMT Insider: CMA Special Edition on CMT from Nashville. The 38th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast live from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tuesday, Nov. 9 (8 p.m. ET/PT) on CBS. "Having both The Early Show and CMT broadcast our CMA awards final nominees live is both an exciting addition to our traditional press conference and a further development of our on-going relationship with CBS and Viacom -- a partnership that we appreciate and value," said CMA executive director Ed Benson. "These broadcasts will allow fans across the nation to experience the same excitement our artists and industry feel as the names are announced. It also demonstrates the support that CBS and the whole Viacom family continues to give to CMA and Country Music." The final nominees of select categories will be announced live on national television during The Early Show with anchor Hannah Storm and country music icon Kris Kristofferson from the CBS studios in New York at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. CT). In 2003, The Early Show carried the nominee announcements for the first time with Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts joining Storm from the stage at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. CMT will pre-empt its regular programming to carry CMT Insider: CMA Special Edition at 8:30 a.m. ET (7:30 a.m. CT) with host Katie Cook and two of the hottest acts in country music today Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. The special live edition of CMT Insider will reveal the final nominees in all 12 categories including The Early Show announcements. CMT will re-air the 30-minute special at 9 a.m. ET and later that evening at 6:30 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET. "CMT is excited to team with CBS to kick off CMA Awards season. Country music is crackling with new energy. Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich are leading a fresh new movement in our music," remarked Brian Philips, senior vice president/general manager, CMT. "We all anticipate one of the most thrilling CMA Awards shows ever." "I've watched the CMA awards since I was a little kid, and to be a part of announcing this year's nominees is a real thrill for me," said Wilson. "And to be there with my buddies Big & Rich makes it even more special." "It's awesome to be a part of breaking new ground with the CMA as they air the award nominations live on CMT," said Big & Rich (Big Kenny and John Rich). "We are honored that they asked us to help share the great news with the country fans and people all over the world." "The CMA awards are 'Country Music's Biggest Night' and this is certainly going to be country music's biggest morning," Benson said. "I can't imagine a more exciting way to launch the CMA awards season." (S01E21)moreless
  • August 27, 2004
    August 27, 2004
    Episode 21
    It's been a big year for newcomers in country music, and it's not just country fans taking notice. Gretchen Wilson is leading the wave of new stars to the top and finding herself infront of cameras for a special Rolling Stone photo shoot. The famed magazine is putting together a calendar for a future issue, and we tagged along as the young star shows off her "redneck" side at the site of her first music video. Life on the road can be fun, but it's not as glamorous as it looks. It's important for artists to take as many comforts from home as possible as they head out on tour to help make a bit more comfortable. Country star Terri Clark gives us an "insider's" view of her tour bus to show what life is like in her "home away from home" as she travels the country performing for thousands of fans every night. With summer almost over, kids are heading back to class across the nation. In celebration of the Back to School season, we thought it would be fun to find out what country stars were like when they were in school. We'll hear first hand from Julie Roberts and others if they were jocks or nerds, cheerleaders or members of the student council. We even find out what they looked like in yearbook pictures. Also on tap for this episode: we'll spotlight the upcoming DVD release of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ; catch up with Australian newcomer Jedd Hughes for a photo shoot and to talk about his new CD Transcontinental; find out what Buck Owens would do differently in his life he had the chance; and get the Hit List from CMT's Lance Smith. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will also feature some independent movies that are creating a buzz in Hollywood.moreless
  • August 20, 2004
    August 20, 2004
    Episode 20
    Superstar Tim McGraw continues to soar with his latest single and the flight doesn't seem to have an end in sight. His new album Live Like You Were Dying hits stores Aug. 24 and we'll visit with the singer to find out what fans can expect. CMT Insider will also talk to McGraw about how he is keeping his father Tug McGraw's memory alive. Speaking of McGraw, Mrs. McGraw -- a.k.a. singing sensation Faith Hill -- made her return to the concert stage with several shows in Las Vegas. Correspondent Lisa Lee was on the scene and will have a complete report on Hill's performance and her upcoming album. Last week we talked with Travis Tritt about his brand new CD My Honky Tonk History. This week, we'll get upclose and personal with the Georgia native as he prepares for a show in Oklahoma City. From his arrival on a private plane to a meet and greet with his fans, we'll get an inside look at what happens the day of a big show. Also on tap for this episode: we'll tag along with newcomers Julie Roberts, Dierks Bentley and Gretchen Wilson for several photo shoots; chat with Billy Joe Shaver about his new CD; find out what Buck Owens would have done differently in his life if he had the chance; and check out the upcoming movie Without a Paddle. CMT's Lance Smith will have this week's Hit List and we'll take a look at some new CDs from Cledus T. Judd, the Carter Family and Steve Earle.moreless
  • August 13, 2004
    August 13, 2004
    Episode 19
    After several years of making music in his home country of Austrailia, singer-songwriter Keith Urban moved to the United States joined a group called The Ranch and got his first record deal. The Ranch is no longer together, but Urban has continued to soar to the brink of superstardom as a solo act. This week on CMT Insider, we'll head into our vault and check out some early interviews with a younger Urban to find out what he was feeling about his art and where he thought he was headed in the music industry.

    With the country still fighting the war on terror, country artists are continuing to support American troops with special performances to say thank you. Super duo Brooks & Dunn and hot trio Rascal Flatts took time out of their busy schedules to perform for the troops at Camp Pendelton, Calif., and correspondent Lisa Lee was on hand for all the festivities. Lee will give viewers a front row seat to a great show of appreciation by two of country's biggest groups.

    He's been out of the spotlight for a little while, but Travis Tritt is coming back strong with a fun new single and a brand new album. Host Katie Cook will give visit with the Georgia singer to get the scoop on My Honky Tonk History and chat about his latest video "The Girl's Gone Wild."

    Also on tap for this episode: we'll be on hand for a special birthday bash for Hall of Fame member Buck Owens in his hometown of Bakersfield, Calif.; have newcomer Trent Willmon give us a look at some new guitar technology; get a glimpse at the new Julie Andrews' movie The Princess Diaries 2; and get the Hit List from CMT's Lance Smith.moreless
  • August 6, 2004
    August 6, 2004
    Episode 18
    Superstar Toby Keith kicked off his new Big Throwdown last week and CMT Insider gives viewers a front row seat to all the action at his Chicago show. Country star Terri Clark helped get the party started and host Katie Cook was on hand to join in the excitement. Country duo Montgomery Gentry recently earned their first No. 1 hit for "If You Ever Stop Loving Me," and with a No. 1 hit, there's always a party. CMT Insider was on hand we'll take fans inside the celebration. America's best athletes are gearing up for their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of representing their country at the 2004 Olympic games in Athens, Greece. When we found out two track and field athletes were big country music fans, we knew we had to wish them well. Correspondent Lisa Lee made a special visit to the Olympic training facility in Southern California to catch up with the hurdler Brenda Taylor and discus thrower Ian Waltz before they headed out and give them each a special gift from their favorite artists. As members of the Muzik Mafia continue to gain fame on the country charts, we are looking to the next generation of hopefuls to see what country music's future looks like. Several singer-songwriters in the Nashville area have dubbed themselves the Mafia Misfits, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich. In the last of our three part series on the Muzik Mafia, we'll get to know some of these artists and find out if they have the goods to move up to the Mafia. Also on tap for this episode, we'll catch up with new artist Rachel Proctor for one of her writing sessions; take a look at new album releases from Andy Griggs and Malibu Storm; get this week's Hit List from Lance Smith; and get a lowdown on the upcoming Tom Cruise movie Collateral.moreless
  • July 30, 2004
    July 30, 2004
    Episode 17
    From Louisiana to the top of the charts, superstar Tim McGraw's success commands a lot of respect and attention from fans, and he keeps them dancing in the aisles at each tour stop. The hot performer is currently in the middle of his Out Loud tour with Big & Rich and The Warren Brothers, and CMT Insider catches up with McGraw to talk about his new show, his latest No. 1 hit and his fans. After celebrating selling 25 million records, supergroup Brooks & Dunn take a little time with host Katie to reflect on the past 13 years. Cook was on hand at the recent bash and sat down with they dynamic duo to find out what such a milestone means to them personally and what we can look forward to from them in the near future. As Muzik Mafia members Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson continue to gain fame on the country charts, we wanted to get to know the other members. Fans may be familiar with James Otto and Shannon Lawson, but what about Cowboy Troy? In the second of a three part series, we'll introduce viewers to the other Mafia members to keep an eye on. Hall of Fame member Johnny Cash left a long legacy of great music when he passed away in September 2003, as well as many memorable and timeless possessions. Sotheby's will auction the late singer-songwriter's estate in September with a public auction in New York. Correspondent Lisa Lee recently visited the auction house and has a sneak peek at some of the items that will be for sale. Also on tap for this episode we'll work out with Billy Currington in his favorite gym; have newcomer Trent Willmon demonstrate the latest technology in guitars; and find out about the new film The Village.moreless
  • July 23, 2004
    July 23, 2004
    Episode 16
    It's been over 13 hitmaking years for country music's top vocal duo Brooks & Dunn, and their record label sure knows how to throw a party in their honor. Host Katie Cook was on hand this week when the boys celebrated sales of 25 million records since their first release in 1993. Find out what special gift Arista Records presented Kix and Ronnie. Superstar Toby Keith keeps making hits, and his concerts are unbeatable. He's about to kick off his brand new Big Throwdown tour on Saturday (July 24), and we'll find out what fans can expect. Keith sits down with CMT Insider to talk about what he has planned for his late summer tour and what concertgoers can expect. Members of the Muzik Mafia have been making music around Nashville for several years, and it has not gone unnoticed. Crowds followed the singer-songwriters from venue to venue, and Music Row finally took notice. With the breakout success of Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich from the bunch, the Mafia phenomenon has taken center stage in country music. In the first of a three-part series, CMT Insider will go inside the Mafia and give fans the lowdown on the members and how it all got started. Trace Adkins stepped up to the mike last weekend as CMT Insider correspondent at the Firestone Indy 200 race at Nashville Superspeedway. Driver Dario Franchitti, Ashley Judd's husband, takes Adkins into the garage for an upclose look at the cars used during the race. Another country star played host to CMT Insider this week, but the venue was just a bit different. Eddie Montgomery (Montgomery Gentry) took us inside his wife's brand new "chick stuff store" in Danville, Ky. He might be a he-man to the rest of the world, but he's a pretty proud husband when it comes to showing off his wife's store. Also on tap for this episode, we'll spotlight new releases from Terri Clark and k.d. lang; check out the resurgence of David Lee Murphy and Joe Diffie to the country charts; and catch up with Lance Smith for this week's Hit List. L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will also give us a look at this week's blockbuster releases The Bourne Supremecy and Catwoman.moreless
  • July 16, 2004
    July 16, 2004
    Episode 15
    Superstar Alan Jackson has been traveling up and down America's highways for over a decade making some of country's greatest music. Now he has a highway of his own in his home state of Georgia. Jackson and his family were on hand when Coweta County officials named a portion of I-85 outside his hometown of Newnan, Ga., to Alan Jackson Highway. We'll have an exclusive interview with the star to get his reaction and to chat about his new video for "Too Much of a Good Thing Is a Good Thing." The Musik Mafia has spawned some great new talent in Gretchen Wilson and Big & Rich. We'll be there as Wilson celebrates her No. 1 success of "Redneck Woman" and solve the mystery behind Big & Rich's debut video. Sibling ties carry over to the road for Sara Evans and her brother, who happens to be her band leader. We'll catch up with the country singer and her brother to talk about what it's like to travel with your sister, especially when she's the boss. Also on tap for this episode, we'll find out about Wynonna's receptionist being named Miss Tennessee; how Anita Cochran was able to sing a duet with the late Conway Twitty; and what's on the Hit List with Lance Smith. Our L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will give us the inside scoop on Will Smith's new action film I, Robot and Hillary Duff's upcoming family movie Cinderella Story.moreless
  • July 9, 2004
    July 9, 2004
    Episode 14
    He's had a long, successful career singing about beaches and margaritas, but after a hit duet with Alan Jackson last year, Jimmy Buffett is finding a welcome home in country music. Tuesday, July 13 marks the release of his first country album featuring several collaborations with some of country's biggest names. We recently caught up with the tropical superstar and we'll get the inside scoop on the entire album. New success isn't just for the big stars, though. It's also finding the young artists in country music. Hot new duo Big & Rich will talk about their debut CD, getting started in Nashville with the Musik Mafia and their upcoming tour with country star Tim McGraw this summer. Legendary singer-songwriters Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard landed in Roswell, N.M., over the Fourth of July holiday weekend for the annual Roswell UFO Festival. We were there and we'll have all the highlights from the annual festival that celebrates the little town known for UFO landings. Also on tap for this episode, we'll catch up with Sara Evans and her brother, who just happens to be her band leader, to find out what it's like to tour with your sibling who happens to be the boss; give fans a sneak peek at the upcoming special CMT Crossroads featuring country star Wynonna and pop duo Heart; and have newcomer Trent Willmon show us the latest in guitar technology. Our L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will also give fans the lowdown on two new movies hitting theaters -- DreamWorks' Anchorman starring Will Ferrell and Disney's latest King Arthur.moreless
  • July 2, 2004
    July 2, 2004
    Episode 13
    With all his recent success and super-stardom, it seems like Kenny Chesney's been at the top of the country charts since he released his first single. Not so. Host Katie Cook will look back at some early interviews with the Tennessee native from his first days as a recording artist. He looks and sounds a bit different than the star he has turned into, but there's a glimmer in his eyes that proves he was destined to sit at the top of the charts for a long time. Talk about reminiscing, with the July 4 holiday upon us, we thought it would be fun to visit with stars about how it feels to perform "The Star Spangled Banner" in front of large audiences at some of the country's biggest events. Singers Martina McBride, Terri Clark, Chesney, Sara Evans and others share fun stories about experiences they have encountered when asked to sing one of the most difficult songs ever written. In this week's episode, we'll also take a look at a new Johnny Cash book released by CMT. Cash: An American Man, written by his longtime friend Bill Miller, features "a unique and personal glimpse into the life of Johnny Cash through hundreds of photographs, private letters, handwritten lyrics and his final interview, given just three weeks before his death." We'll also give fans an inside look at the Johnny Cash House in Jamaica's SOS Children's Village. Cash and his late wife, June Carter Cash, helped finance the home to help give orphaned children a safe and comfortable place to grow up. Also on tap this week, we'll catch up with Evans and her brother, who happens to be her band leader, on the road to talk about what it's like to tour with your sibling -- especially when one is the boss; get a sneak peek at the upcoming Nashville Star concert tour featuring this year's winner Brad Cotter and three runners-up; and check in with our L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee to see what's happening at the movies.moreless
  • June 25, 2004
    June 25, 2004
    Episode 12
    Honoring American troops is a tradition in country music, especially during times of war. Country superstar George Strait recently helped honor the troops at Fort Campbell in Kentucky with a special free concert for members of the 101st Airborne and their families to say thank you for their service. Host Katie Cook will give you a front row seat to the special show -- also featuring Vince Gill, Richard Marx, Collin Raye, Dobie Gray and Lane Brody -- and the fun had by all who attended. On a sadder note, the music world lost an icon last week with the passing of the legendary Ray Charles. Many celebrities were on hand to pay homage to the star during his funeral services held in Los Angeles. We'll bring you coverage of the ceremony remembering Charles' life and career. Also on tap in this episode, we'll catch up with singing star Sara Evans and her brother who happens to be her band director on the road; take a special look inside Joe Nichols' tour bus; go behind the scenes at Trace Adkins' video shoot for "Rough & Ready" featuring Dale Earnhardt Jr. and on the set of ESPN's upcoming TV movie about the late Dale Earnhardt; and be on hand when the boys of Emerson Drive smile for the cameras at a recent photo shoot. Our L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will share a sneak peek at the new movie Delovely.moreless
  • June 18, 2004
    June 18, 2004
    Episode 11
    It's been a wild ride so far for Gretchen Wilson, and her schedule is just getting busier every day. In this episode of CMT Insider, we'll look back at Nashville's biggest week as CMA Music Festival comes to an end, and catch up with the young new hitmaker for her first appearance at the event. From the main stage to signing autographs in the exhibit hall, country's hottest newcomer finally finds out what it's like to be a star. While we're on the subject of the CMA Music Festival, we'll also spotlight Martina McBride's celebrity auction held annually during the week's festivities, and give you a rundown on who was there and what items fans were eager to buy. Can't get enough of great performances? We'll head to Dallas for Eric Clapton's recent once-in-a-lifetime guitar festival. The concert included many of today's greatest guitar players, including country's own Vince Gill. Union Station members Dan Tyminski and Ron Block will also give us a tour of the "Crossroads Guitar Auction" presented by New York based auction house Christie's. The auction includes over 50 guitars personally owned by Clapton and others. Also on tap in this episode, we'll catch up with singing star Sara Evans and her brother, who happens to be her band director, on the road; look at new artist Josh Gracin as he makes his country debut; go inside the gates of Tennessee's newest musical festival Bonnaroo on the Del McCoury Band's tour bus; catch up with L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee as she gives us a look at the new movie The Notebook; and take a sneak peek at CMT's upcoming special 40 Sexiest Videos.moreless
  • June 11, 2004
    June 11, 2004
    Episode 10
    Wow! Is it that time of year again? Yep. It's CMA Festival time in Nashville, and CMT Insider will be on the festival grounds to bring you all the fun and excitement. Host Katie Cook will spotlight the festival, formerly known as Fan Fair, including a visit to Keith Urban's fan club party, visiting with Montgomery Gentry on their bus as they head to the festival, a trip to the exhibit hall autograph booths, and a front row seat to some of the hottest concerts. If you can't be here in person, here's your chance to see what's going on. That's just the tip of the iceberg, though. We recently sat down with country superstar Toby Keith in his home state of Oklahoma. He'll help kick off the show by talking about his upcoming tour, a new album and much more. We'll also be on hand for Eric Clapton's once-in-a-lifetime guitar festival in Dallas. The show features many of today's greatest guitar players, including country's own Vince Gill. Also on tap, we'll have a sneak peek at CMT's upcoming special 100 Greatest Love Songs; Union Station members Dan Tyminski and Ron Block will show us some of take us on a tour of the guitars being auctioned by Christie's in the "Crossroads Guitar Auction"; and our L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will give fans a glimpse of the upcoming movie The Stepford Wives featuring Faith Hill. In fact, Hill tells Lee about an embarrassing moment when she was about to do her first script reading with other cast members for a "suggestive" scene.moreless
  • June 4, 2004
    June 4, 2004
    Episode 9
    The hottest ticket in country music over Memorial Day Weekend is the super concert in Dallas, Texas, featuring legendary performers Jimmy Buffett, Alan Jackson and native Texan George Strait. Not only will we be there, we'll give fans a front row seat and backstage pass to all the music and excitement. We'll also catch up with the world's most famous beach bum, Buffett, to talk about the show and all his recent award-winning success. Other stories on tap this week include a special tour of newcomer Dierks Bentley's first tour bus, as well as a sneak peek at his upcoming CMT special CMT Got Me In With the Band; a look at the "Redneck Woman" explosion as Gretchen Wilson topples the country charts; an introduction to one of country's most outrageous new duos Big & Rich; a spotlight on Nashville Star winner Brad Cotter and a chat with Chris Cagle about his recent vocal rest. But that's not all. Host Katie Cook will feature new CDs hitting stores, including reissues from Johnny Cash and Hank Williams, and SHeDAISY's long-awaited Sweet Right Here; Kenny Chesney will talk about his upcoming tour with rocker Uncle Kracker; and our L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will preview the new Harry Potter film.moreless
  • May 28, 2004
    May 28, 2004
    Episode 8
    One of country music's biggest nights will hit Las Vegas in a big way on Wednesday, May 26, and CMT Insider will be there for all the big moments. In this episode, host Katie Cook will bring you a complete list of winners and all the highlights from the big night, including the lowdown on what all the stars were wearing. We'll also keep an eye on Carolyn Dawn Johnson as she prepares for the big night to find out what the stars go through to get ready for the annual awards presentation. When the ACM awards hit Vegas, however, it's not for just one night. The entire week is packed full of celebrity events. We'll catch up with Keith Urban and the boys from Montgomery Gentry who will be participating in a motorcycle-ride fundraiser and have highlights from the Sizzlin' Country charity concert. It's not all ACMs, though. Our L.A. correspondent Lisa Lee will feature Kate Hudson's upcoming film release Raising Helen, and we'll have a sneak peek at CMT's upcoming special In the Moment: Julie Roberts.moreless
  • May 21, 2004
    May 21, 2004
    Episode 7
    The Academy of Country Music awards will hit Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 26, and CMT Insider will make sure fans are ready for an exciting night in country music. This week's episode will be focused on all the nominees for the upcoming awards. We'll break down each category and show you how the nominees stack up to the competition. Host Katie Cook will spotlight this year's host Reba McEntire, top nominee Alan Jackson, and nominees in each individual categories, including entertainer of the year. We'll also take a look at the three artists nominated for the Home Depot Humanitarian Award, the ACM's only fan-voted award. Fans will have to decide between Charlie Daniels, Martina McBride and Brad Paisley -- tough decision.moreless
  • May 14, 2004
    May 14, 2004
    Episode 6
    Superstar Reba McEntire is at the top of her game. With a hit television sitcom, a new album and her first tour since 2001, fiery red head doesn't seem to be slowing down. CMT Insider recently caught up with the Oklahoma native in Arizona to talk about her life and career, including recent reports regarding negotiations for a new contract for Reba. We'll also give fans a front row seat to her return to the stage. Also on tap for this episode, host Katie Cook will spotlight some new CDs from one of country music's hottest duos, Montgomery Gentry, and country's latest crop of hitmakers -- Gretchen Wilson, Julie Roberts and Big & Rich; take you inside the Country Thunder Festival featuring Trace Adkins, Gary Allan and Cledus T. Judd; give you a sneak peek at Brad Pitt's new movie Troy; and check with CMT's Lance Smith to see what made it on the Hit List.moreless
  • May 7, 2004
    May 7, 2004
    Episode 5
    Country music can be glitz, glamour and a whole lot of fun. Sometimes, however, there are high prices to pay for fame and fortune. This week, host Katie Cook will sit down with singer Jo Dee Messina to discuss her battle with alcohol and what led her to seek help at a Utah rehabilitation center. Messina opens up about how her problem began and what led her to take the steps to find her way back to sobriety. Also on tap for this episode, we'll go on tour with Brooks & Dunn; celebrate Mother's Day with new family group The Jenkins; catch up with new films released at the Nashville Film Festival, including Tim McGraw's big screen debut in Black Cloud; check out a new documentary on Billy Joe Shaver; and visit rehearsals for the upcoming Great Mountain High tour featuring Alison Krauss, Ralph Stanley and many others. Oh, and don't forget ... we'll have the results to our Shania Twain "When You Kiss Me" poll. You watched. You voted. Now tune in to see which video fans voted their favorite. Lance Smith will also be here with this week's Hit List of other fan favorites.moreless
  • April 30, 2004
    April 30, 2004
    Episode 4
    The Flame Worthy awards might be over, but the partying continues. In this episode of CMT Insider host Katie Cook will take viewers inside some recent music row celebrations including Toby Keith's triple platinum party for sales of 3 million for Shock 'N Y'all; Merle Haggard's exciting reception honoring his career and new compilation CD of some of his greatest hits; and Loretta Lynn's album release party for Van Lear Rose, her first release in four years. We'll also bring you highlights from a memorable welcome home party for troops at Fort Hood that included performances by Randy Travis, John Michael Montgomery and many more. The fun doesn't stop there, though. We'll feature new releases from country star Lee Ann Womack, new duo Big & Rich and Canadian singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson; take you to the movies for previews of 13 Going on 30, Envy and Van Helsing; and talk to the stars about the upcoming end to the hit television series Friends.moreless
  • April 22, 2004
    April 22, 2004
    Episode 3
    It's award time in Nashville, and we have your front row seat and backstage pass to the CMT 2004 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards. On this special episode of CMT Insider, host Katie Cook will be backstage at the Gaylord Entertainment Center capturing all the night's excitement and chatting with the big winners, including Johnny Cash Visionary Award receipient Reba McEntire. The fun doesn't stop there, though. We'll bring you highlights of some of the show's hot performances; all your favorite artists on the red carpet, including a fashion report on what everyone was wearing; a look at what it takes to create the Flame Worthy awards; and we'll follow nominee Jake the Dog as he prepares for his award show debut. Don't miss a minute of the fun. And remember, this special episode premieres a day early (Thursday, April 22) so you don't have to wait to get the scoop.moreless
  • April 16, 2004
    April 16, 2004
    Episode 2
    Second episode of the weekly Country magazine Insider. This week, Tim McGraw about his recent concert, and his upcoming movie Friday Night Lights; Nominees review of the CMT 2004 Flame Worthy Video Music Awards, hosted by Dolly Parton, the one and only.
    More: Newcomer Josh Turner's success, Martina McBride's Sesame Street, John Michael Montgomery's returning to the charts, Jimmy Wayne's Playgirl, Disney's Home on the Range (featuring Tim McGraw and others on soundtrack), Tribute concert for Waylon Jennings, Woman arrested for posing as Reba McEntire, and Lance Smith's hit list.moreless
  • April 9, 2004
    April 9, 2004
    Episode 1
    Premiere Night of CMT Insider!
    CMT Insider, a weekly magazine about all Country-related news. This time, Dolly Parton about being host for CMT 2004 Awards; Kenny Chesney's new performance; Stars of the movie The Alamo will be here.
    Terri Clark, our special correspondent, will report from Playboy's 50 years celebrations.