Merle Haggard, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and one of the most influential singer-songwriters in the field’s long history, died Wednesday morning (April 6) — on his 79th birthday — in California following a lengthy illness. Haggard, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, had been battling pneumonia since December. […]
CMT News LAS VEGAS — On Sunday’s (April 3) Academy of Country Music Awards, Dolly Parton was presented the Tex Ritter Award and performed with pop star Katy Perry. But when the show was over and she came to talk to reporters and share her thoughts on those two big moments on the ACM stage, […]
From Billboard News: Coming off a monster year — he’d already won four awards by the time he hit the stage — Chris Stapleton brought his smash-hit debut album Traveller to the ACMs Sunday (April 3) with a performance of “Fire Away” alongside his wife Morgane Stapleton. The country classicist tied Eric Church to lead […]
CMT News Miranda Lambert and Kelsea Ballerini are just two of the artists who will be collaborating with rock and pop musicians during the 51st annual Academy of Country Music Awards taking place Sunday (April 3) in Las Vegas. Lambert will team up with Keith Urban and ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons for a take on […]
On this glorious Easter weekend, here are a few religious country music songs to play: Songs for Easter Sunday He’s Alive – Dolly Parton I’m Heaven Bound – Jamey Johnson Jesus Take the Wheel – Carrie Underwood I Know Where Heaven Is – Halfway to Hazard * Three Wooden Crosses – Randy Travis This Ain’t […]
Billboard News In two weeks, American Idol will dim the lights forever, but not before going out with a bang. The series’ three-night grand finale will include performances by Idol superstars Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, who will return to the stage on April 7. The Fox singing competition will kick off the three-night event […]
CMT News Singer-songwriter Steve Young, whose songs were recorded by the Eagles, Waylon Jennings and Travis Tritt, among others, and who is regarded as a forerunner of the 1970s Outlaw movement in country music, died Thursday night (March 17) in Nashville. He was 73. His most famous song was “Seven Bridges Roads,” the live recording […]
Chuck Wicks is getting the hang of this radio thing. Almost three years into his gig as a co-host of Cumulus’ nationally syndicated America’s Morning Show, he says, “I feel like I’m getting better. When I first started I had no idea what I was doing. I was learning and trying to figure it out.” […]
CMT News They just completed another successful Vegas residency, but Rascal Flatts are hardly taking a breather. They’re hitting the road this summer on their Rhythm and Roots Tour featuring two-time ACM nominee Kelsea Ballerini and up-and-comer Chris Lane on most dates. “It’s really important to us that each year our shows are fresh and […]
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