Carena Liptak is a writer and editor in Nashville, Tenn. She is a fan of strong coffee and large-eared dogs. When not writing, she can be found chasin' that neon rainbow and livin' that honky-tonk dream.
What’s Brett Eldredge Thankful for in 2018? Getting to Headline His Own Tour
"I can be most myself up there. Because I'm gonna goof off, and my fans know I'm gonna do that. I can tell stories, and get emotional ..."
Kacey Musgraves’ 2018 CMA Awards Outfit Was a Tribute to Her Musical Philosophy
"It's paying homage to my childhood, to wearing western fashion growing up and singing traditional country music."
Luke Combs Counts Eric Church as an Icon Now, But ‘Didn’t Give Him a Chance’ at First
"But a couple weeks later, I had what were at the time illegal beverages ... and said, 'You know what? I'm gonna give this guy's album a shot.'" The rest is history!
Kacey Musgraves Explains Why ‘Golden Hour’ Avoids Direct Social Commentary
"It was really important to me to give people a little hiding place on this record," Musgraves says.
Thomas Rhett’s Wife Made Him Crack Up During His Performance at the 2018 CMAs
In her defense, she asked him not to try any funny business by her chair during the show!
Chris Stapleton’s Awards Show Success Doesn’t Stop Him From Being Grateful for Each Win
"I'm always genuinely surprised to win anything, and I'm always grateful for it," says Stapleton.
CMA Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban Says ‘Finding Commonality’ Makes His Live Shows Sp…
"We have so much in common. I feel that more in my life than I've ever felt it, and playing live shows is no different."
Carrie Underwood ‘Honored’ to Hold the ‘Incredible Title’ of Mom at 2018 CMA Awards
The evening had plenty of lighthearted moments for Underwood, but discussing her role as a parent was an emotional one.
Keith Urban Subbed in for Hospitalized Vince Gill During 2018 CMA Ricky Skaggs Tribute
Feel better soon, Vince!
Old Dominion ‘Felt Pretty Good’ About Their 2018 CMA Chances … But Had a Few Doubts
"We felt pretty good -- or, I personally felt pretty good right up until they opened the envelope," Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey says.
Brothers Osborne Had a Congrats Tweet Ready for Dan + Shay Before the 2018 CMA Awards
"I feel like one of the most amazing pieces of advice I was ever given was to work hard and be nice to people ..."
Garth Brooks Says Trisha Yearwood ‘Lost a Bet’ During His 2018 CMAs Performance
"The closer I got, the more I thought it was a bad idea," he recalls. "Because she's not a big surprise girl."