1. Chris Lane's 'Fix' Makes Improbable Rise On Indie Label Big Loud Records

    August 05, 2016 8:43 AM EDT The new country imprint's first single is nearing the top of the airplay chart. When Chris Lane made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Feb. 20, the goal was pretty simple: make it through the performance and don’t say anything stupid. “The walk from the side of the stage to that circle was…

  2. Chase Bryant, JT Hodges & Drake White Performances Set for Grand Ole Opry Album

    June 25, 2015 3:04 PM EDT Grand Ole Opry GM Pete Fisher says he enjoys watching the reverence and awe that a new artist takes in playing the revered stage -- especially the wooden circle that was transplanted from the Ryman Auditorium upon moving to the “new” Opry House in 1974. Decades of Grand Ole Opry Hits…

  3. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time period, you would be hard pressed to find a…

  4. Ray Price ‘Was Probably The First Outlaw,’ Says Merle Haggard

    December 18, 2013 12:50 AM EST Merle Haggard can still remember the first time he heard Ray Price's voice come out of the radio, fronting Lefty Frizzell's band on "If You're Ever Lonely Darling" in 1951. And the memory of hearing "I'll Be There" for the first time in 1954 still makes…

  5. 'Whispering Bill' Anderson Gets Help From War Veteran in Naming His New Album

    November 22, 2013 12:30 PM EST Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson tells Billboard that he had a fun time recording the song "Whisper" with Joey+Rory for his new album "Life!". After all, he's been known as "Whispering Bill" for almost five decades now, thanks to his soft…

  6. Garth Brooks Gets Teary During Country Hall of Fame Induction

    October 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor were among the legends who honored Brooks on Sunday night. Garth Brooks promised he'd be emotional during his Country Music Hall of Fame induction. But the tears started before he made it all the way into the building. Reflecting on personal…

  7. Loretta Lynn's 50th Year at Opry Toasted by Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack

    September 27, 2012 2:00 PM EDT In 1960, country newcomer Loretta Lynn and her husband "Mooney" traveled across America on what many country historians call one of the first of what we call 'radio tours' today. One of their destinations was Nashville, where the goal was to try to land a spot on the Grand…

  8. Josh Turner Releases 'Punching Bag,' Tries Out Nicknames

    June 13, 2012 5:45 PM EDT All throughout country music history, many artists have nicknames. George Jones is known as "The Possum." Bill Anderson is known as "Whisperin' Bill," and Josh Turner might become known by one of two different monikers that fans will hear on his new album, "…

  9. Music, Laughs Served Up at 'Larry's Country Diner'

    May 24, 2012 2:32 PM EDT There is a show business saying about knowing your audience. Larry Black definitely knows the country audience. Since the mid 1990s, he has been the brainpower behind the wildly successful "Country's Family Reunion" DVD series. He also produces and hosts the popular series …

  10. Surviving Cast Members Salute 'Hee Haw'

    January 19, 2012 11:35 AM EST It was June 15, 1969. Man was still a month away from landing on the moon. The country was still heavily entrenched in the Vietnam War. And, if you were watching CBS Television that night, you saw a new series called "Hee Haw." Though the critics balked at the show's mix of…

  11. 615 Spotlight: Teea Goans Marries Tradition & Drive in Debut

    January 11, 2012 5:30 PM EST Teea Goans is one artist that is definitely doing what she loves to do. The singer, who grew up in rural Missouri, was inspired by the music she heard on her local radio station. "As a kid, I grew up listening to an AM radio station that played traditional country music," she…

  12. Country Legend Bill Anderson Looks Back on His 'First Ten Years'

    December 13, 2011 3:35 PM EST Country Music Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson was at the WSM studios visiting the show of Eddie Stubbs recently when he took a trip back in time. Stubbs was playing Anderson's 1957 recording of "City Lights," a song that changed his life forever when recorded by Ray Price the…

  13. Martina McBride, Kellie Pickler Help Opry Go 'Pink'

    October 25, 2011 11:50 AM EDT Traditionally, the color of the famous barn backdrop of the Grand Ole Opry is red. However, this past Saturday, the color scheme changed just a little -- for a great cause. "Opry Goes Pink" was the theme of the evening at the famous WSM Radio show in Nashville, as the night was…

  14. Taylor Swift Named BMI Songwriter Of The Year

    November 10, 2010 7:17 AM EST Taylor Swift was named country songwriter of the year at the BMI Awards, becoming the youngest person to win the award at age 20. The pop sensation also won country song of the year with co-writer Liz Rose for "You Belong With Me." She's the first songwriter to win that award…

  15. Brad Paisley Previews His "American Saturday Night" Album, Tour

    June 04, 2009 5:44 PM EDT “No one can make the album they made 10 years ago with a straight face,” Brad Paisley muses. The singer/songwriter/guitar slinger is siitting in Blackbird Studios, a state of the art Nashville facility owned by Martina McBride and her husband, and putting the finishing touches on his June 30…

  16. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is arrested early in the morning in upstate New York for driving while under the influence of drugs and with a suspended license. 2006 - Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is arrested early in the morning in upstate New York for driving while under the…

  17. This Day in Music

    September 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation reforming the nation's music licensing laws from the congressional agenda, saying he doesn't see how it could get thro 2006 - Bowing to the inevitable, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, pulls his legislation…

  18. This Day in Music

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2002 - Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 1998 - Legendary Nashville producer Owen Bradley dies at Nashville's St.…

  19. This Day in Music

    December 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is arrested early in the morning in upstate New York for driving while under the influence of drugs and with a suspended license. 2006 - Phish frontman Trey Anastasio is arrested early in the morning in upstate New York for driving while under the…

  20. Chesney, Underwood, Paisley Lead Winners At CMAs

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kenny Chesney took home entertainer of the year honors while Arista Nashville labelmates Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley each won two crystal trophies at the 41st annual Country Music Association Aw Kenny Chesney took home entertainer of the year honors while Arista Nashville labelmates…

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