Cindy Watts, The Tennessean

Cindy Watts

The Tennessean

Nashville, TN, United States

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Past articles by Cindy:

Rockland Road finds harmony on road to discovery, first single thanks to Oak Ridge Boys

Rockland Road's debut single, "Caroline," is available now. → Read More

'Nightfall' is Little Big Town's album of 'peaceful' social commentary in a divisive world

Little Big Town's new album 'Nightfall' — home to songs including 'The Daughters,' 'Sugar Coat' and 'Over Drinking' — will be available Jan. 17. → Read More

Charlie Daniels Band, Marshall Tucker Band reveal co-headlining tour

Southern rock legends The Marshall Tucker Band and The Charlie Daniels Band will kick off a cross-county tour in April. → Read More

Hallmark Channel's Kitten Bowl gets early start in Nashville, highlighting pets in need of adoption

Larissa Wohl from Hallmark Channel's 'Home & Family' took a camera crew to Nashville's Metro Animal Care and Control on Friday. → Read More

The best concerts we saw in 2019: Lizzo, Garth, Cher, Wu-Tang and more

Among dozens of arena tour stops, festival slots and secret club gigs, these 12 performances were our personal favorites in 2019. → Read More

Forgotten orphan inspires music executive Shane Tarleton to give back

Music executive Shane Tarleton teams with Hearts2Honduras to start scholarship program for underpriviledged children in third world country. → Read More

Nashville artists to watch in 2020: Ingrid Andress, Devon Gilfillian, Kalie Shorr and more

Whether they're making country, R&B, rock, hip-hop or soul, there's a new league of Nashville artists to look out for in 2020. → Read More

BlackHawk avoids 'cheese,' reaches for classics on new Christmas album

Country trio BlackHawk's new Christmas album "The Spirit of Christmas" is available now. → Read More

Academy of Country Music reveals former CMA executive as its new CEO

Damon Whiteside, formerly Chief Marketing Officer at the Country Music Association, has been named as the Academy of Country Music’s new CEO. → Read More

for KING & COUNTRY goes viral with 'Little Drummer Boy' after 'CMA Country Christmas'

for KING & COUNTRY earns chart success after "Little Drumer Boy" performance at CMA Country Christmas special. → Read More

Blake Shelton on his relationship, radio resurgence: 'If you take God out of it, it doesn't make sense'

Blake Shelton's "Fully Loaded: God’s Country" will be available Dec. 13. He said he believes in God more than he ever has, and he has Gwen Stefani to thank. → Read More

Tune In: 'CMA Country Christmas' celebrates with Trisha Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Chris Young, more

Hosted by Trisha Yearwood, “CMA Country Christmas" will air 8 p.m. Tuesday on ABC. → Read More

Brad Paisley points spotlight at Nashville in 'Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special'

"Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special" will air at 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on ABC. → Read More

How Brad Paisley built a global following — one country at a time

Brad Paisley recently sold out a European arena tour and will host his 'Brad Paisley Thinks He's Special' 7 p.m. Dec. 3 on ABC. → Read More

Ricky Skaggs gives thanks and will give back at benefit show Saturday

Ricky Skaggs, along with comedienne Leanne Morgan, will play 6 p.m. Saturday at Northfield Church in Gallatin to benefit Hope Springs International. → Read More

'It’s really a wonderful thing': Dolly Parton brings 50th anniversary Opry show to NBC

Dolly Parton celebrates her 50th year at the Grand Ole Opry with a star-studded celebration on NBC. → Read More

Sam Hunt apologizes for driving drunk

Sam Hunt was arrested for driving under the influence Thursday morning. Friday afternoon, he tweeted an apology. → Read More

Garth Brooks, with bumps, bruises and a little blood, climbs back to the top of country music

The USA TODAY Network sat down with Garth Brooks ahead of his seventh Entertainer of the Year win at the CMA Awards. This is part five in a five-part series. → Read More

Sam Hunt apologizes for DUI charges, open container violation: 'It won’t happen again'

Sam Hunt has a special message for his fans after he was arrested on DUI charges and an open container violation Thursday. → Read More

Garth Brooks opens up about his early retirement: 'There was a lot of real life kind of hitting me'

The USA TODAY Network sat down with Garth Brooks ahead of his seventh Entertainer of the Year win at the CMA Awards. This is part four in a five-part series. → Read More