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.

Darius Rucker; Photo By Andrew Wendowski, Music Mayhem

Darius Rucker Arrested In Tennessee on Misdemeanor Charges

Posted on February 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Rucker is “fully cooperating” according to his attorney.

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Photo Courtesy Chris Young, Instagram

Chris Young Speaks Out, Thanks Supporters Following ‘False Accusations’

Posted on February 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Young revealed plans to release a surprise song as a thank you to his fans.

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Kane Brown; Photo by Diwang Valdez

Kane Brown to Receive Prestigious CRS Artist Humanitarian Award for Philanthropic Dedication

Posted on February 1, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

Brown says it’s “truly an honor.”

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Jon Pardi with Presley, Luke Bryan with Caroline; Photos Courtesy YouTube

Jon Pardi and Luke Bryan Drop ‘Cowboys and Plowboys’ Music Video with Rodeo Stars and Family Cameos

Posted on January 31, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The clip features appearances by Pardi’s wife, Summer, and daughter, Presley, as well as Bryan’s wife, Caroline, and their dog, Choc.

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Photos Courtesy Pink Lily, Uncommon James

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Country Music Lovers

Posted on January 31, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on!

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Lainey Wilson performs onstage for night 2 of the 50th CMA Fest at Nissan Stadium on June 09, 2023 in Nashville, Tennessee; Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images for CMA

CMA Fest 2024 Lineup, Tickets, and More: All Your Questions Answered

Posted on January 30, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The festival brings together country music’s biggest stars and eager fans for a four-day celebration in the heart of Nashville.

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Jeannie Seely; Photo by Cyndi Hornsby

Country Legend Jeannie Seely To Receive Prestigious Career Honor

Posted on January 30, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“To be a recipient of this highest honor with my mentors is beyond my dreams,” the 83-year-old Grand Ole Opry member shares.

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Luke Combs; Photo David Bergman

Luke Combs Reveals His Nashville Bar Will Be Called Category 10

Posted on January 30, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

“It’s gonna be an awesome honky tonk in downtown Nashville,” Combs excitedly shared.

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Scotty McCreery; Photo by Anthony Weber

Scotty McCreery Launches Headlining Cab in a Solo Tour With Back-To-Back Sold-Out Shows

Posted on January 29, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

McCreery’s latest headlining trek is off to a HUGE start.

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Tim McGraw; Photo by Robby Klein

Tim McGraw Unveils Opening Acts For His Standing Room Only Tour

Posted on January 29, 2024

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Lauren Jo Black

The superstar unveiled the opening acts for his much-anticipated upcoming headlining trek.

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