Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Tanya Tucker; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Tanya Tucker Continues to be Sidelined by Hip Surgery

Posted on August 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Tanya Tucker, 62, has canceled and rescheduled additional concerts after undergoing emergency hip surgery in July.  The GRAMMY-winning singer shared…

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Miranda Lambert, Brendan McLoughlin

WATCH: Miranda Lambert’s Husband (& His Abs!), Brother and Friends Star In New Music Video

Posted on August 3, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Miranda Lambert called upon her husband, brother and friends to star in her just-released “Tequila Does (Telemitry Remix)” music video…

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Garth Brooks; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Garth Brooks Unsure If Upcoming Stadium Concerts Will Proceed As Planned: ‘It Breaks My Heart’

Posted on August 3, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, country superstar Garth Brooks is unsure if his stadium tour will continue past August…

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Sam Hunt, Ingrid Andress

Ingrid Andress and Sam Hunt Drop Surprise Duet, ‘Wishful Drinking’

Posted on August 2, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Ingrid Andress and Sam Hunt teamed up for a brand new, surprise duet, “Wishful Drinking.”  The just-released collaboration is described…

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Brett Young and Family

Brett Young and Wife, Taylor, Welcome Second Child

Posted on August 1, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

And then there were four. 

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Garth Brooks; Photo By Andrew Wendowski

Thousands Evacuated From Garth Brooks Concert at Nissan Stadium as Show is Postponed

Posted on July 31, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

The Garth Brooks concert scheduled for tonight, Saturday (July 31), at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium has been postponed.  The at capacity…

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Luke Bryan Cements His Entertainer of the Year Status with Sold-Out Bridgestone Arena Concert

Posted on July 31, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

“We’re making music in Music City tonight,” Bryan promised.

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Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Morgan Wallen, Tyler Hubbard; Photo Courtesy Country Now

Jason Aldean, Tyler Hubbard and Morgan Wallen Join Luke Bryan For All-Star ‘She’s Country’ Collab in Nashville

Posted on July 31, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Luke Bryan brought quite the party to Nashville on Friday (July 30) during his sold-out Bridgestone Arena show.  The superstar…

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Luke Bryan And Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of Country Now

Watch Morgan Wallen Surprise with Performance at Sold-Out Luke Bryan Concert in Nashville

Posted on July 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen surprised fans in Nashville on Friday (July 30) with an appearance at Luke Bryan’s sold-out, headlining show at…

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Ashland Craft; Photo by Brayln Kelly

Ashland Craft Readies Debut Album, ‘Travelin’ Kind’

Posted on July 30, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Up-and-coming Big Loud Records country artist Ashland Craft recently announced her debut album, Travelin’ Kind. Set to release on September…

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