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.

Brooks & Dunn, Jon Pardi; Photos by Andrew Wendowski

See Photos From the Inaugural Big Machine Music City Grand Prix Concerts

Posted on August 10, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

The Big Machine Music City Grand Prix rolled through Nashville over the weekend and in true Nashville fashion, each day…

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Riley Green, Morgan Wallen; Photo via YouTube

Watch Morgan Wallen and Riley Green Sing ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’ at Whiskey Jam

Posted on August 10, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Morgan Wallen made a surprise appearance at Whiskey Jam in Nashville on Monday evening (Aug. 9) and shared a memorable…

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Luke Bryan; Photo by Andrew Wendowski, Luke Bryan and Brother, Chris; Photo Courtesy Luke Bryan

LISTEN: Luke Bryan Shares ‘Songs You Never Heard,’ a Heartfelt Tribute to His Late Brother, Chris

Posted on August 7, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Grab the tissues because this new Luke Bryan song is bound to make you tear up.  The country superstar shared…

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Laci Kaye Booth; Photo by Robby Klein

‘American Idol’ Alum Laci Kaye Booth Stuns with Self-Titled Debut Project

Posted on August 6, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

Rising country star and American Idol alum Laci Kaye Booth is reintroducing herself to fans with the release of her…

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Lily Rose, Breland, Florida Georgia Line, Nelly, Russell Dickerson, Blanco Brown; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

PHOTOS: Florida Georgia Line and Friends Support Feeding Nashville with Star-Studded Concert

Posted on August 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

On Tuesday (Aug. 3), Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett, Maren Morris, Russell Dickerson and more took the stage at the…

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Kevin Costner; Photo Courtesy Yellowstone, Tim McGraw; Photo by Robby Klein

Kevin Costner Responds To Tim McGraw’s Casting In ‘Yellowstone’ Spin-Off

Posted on August 5, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

On Wednesday (Aug. 4), it was announced that Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were cast alongside Sam Elliott in the…

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Sam Elliott, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw To Star in ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel, ‘1883’

Posted on August 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

“This is truly a dream job,” McGraw says.

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Carly Pearce; Opry Induction; Photo by Chris Hollo, Grand Ole Opry

Carly Pearce Officially Joins the Grand Ole Opry: ‘The Greatest Moment of My Life’

Posted on August 4, 2021

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Lauren Jo Black

It’s official – Carly Pearce is the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry.  The “Next Girl” singer was officially…

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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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