CMT Edge, a new website dedicated to music discovery, launched Monday (Sept. 10) with
exclusive live performances by Trampled by Turtles and the premiere
of the song “It’s Never Alright” from Dwight Yoakam’s upcoming album.
its first week, the site will also feature exclusive world premieres of music videos from the
Avett Brothers (“Live and Die”) and Sara Watkins (“If It Pleases You”).
CMT Edge will tape more than a dozen artists in Nashville this week as part of the Americana Music Festival and Conference,
including Brandi Carlile, Justin
Townes Earle, Jason Isbell, Punch
Brothers and Turnpike Troubadours. The performances will post
later this year.
Trampled by Turtles’ video performance was filmed on the sidewalks of Nashville for a new episode
of Concrete Country. Meanwhile, Yoakam’s “It’s Never Alright”
was co-written with Ashley Monroe of the Pistol
Annies and comes from Yoakam’s 3 Pears, set for release on Sept. 18.
Watkins’ new video, “If It Pleases
You,” will debut on Tuesday. In conjunction with CMT Edge, CMT will world premiere the Avett Brothers’ new video, “Live and
Die,” on Friday. The video will air every hour on CMT, in addition to being available on CMT.com.
has a long history of uncovering new music, starting with its first online performance series, New Voices, No Cover,
in 2003, featuring such artists as the Avett Brothers, Hayes Carll and
Kathleen Edwards. That same caliber of artists will now share a permanent
home on CMT Edge.
CMT Edge will be curated by CMT.com writer-producer Craig Shelburne.