1. Don Henley Previews Star-Studded New Album 'Cass County' in Nashville

    June 12, 2015 6:06 PM EDT The week of the CMA Music Festival brings a wide variety of public figures to Nashville. One of the biggest sightings in town on Thursday was the legendary Don Henley , who stopped by Nashville’s Ruby to give invited guests a first listen to some of the tracks to his upcoming star-studded…

  2. 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…

  3. Luke Bryan Locks Up Nos. 1 And 2 On Country Airplay Chart

    May 20, 2014 12:05 PM EDT The star becomes the first act in the chart's 24-year history to command the top two spots simultaneously Luke Bryan dominates Billboard's Country Airplay chart with his ninth No. 1, as "Play It Again" lifts 3-1 in its 12th chart week. The ascent matches Bryan's…

  4. Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Return to 'Bakersfield' With Expanded Edition

    January 21, 2014 3:05 PM EST Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's "Bakersfield" - which was originally released this past July has definitely made an impact with traditionally minded country music fans, as the set made many "Best of" lists for 2013. One group of people that definitely took notice of…

  5. Buck Owens Autobiography Crafted From Tapes Left By Late Country Legend

    December 30, 2013 6:00 PM EST Much has been written about the career and life of Buck Owens over the years. However, not much has been stated from the words of the man himself. Until the release of the new autobiography, "Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens," it looked like that might never happen.…

  6. Vince Gill Takes on Merle Haggard: 'As a Singer… It's Almost Foolish'

    July 29, 2013 5:15 PM EDT On Tuesday, MCA Nashville rolls out "Bakersfield," the new collaboration between Vince Gill and Paul Franklin that pays tribute to the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. On Friday, we took a look at the tracks that were originally recorded by Owens . In part two of our look at…

  7. Vince Gill Talks 'Bakersfield': Exclusive

    July 26, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Tuesday, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin release their highly anticipated album "Bakersfield" on MCA Nashville. The set is a tribute to the music made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – with five songs selected from the catalog of both.  The album also pays homage to the…

  8. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Country Songs Chart

    January 04, 2013 6:45 PM EST Meanwhile, Zac Brown's 'Goodbye' Says Hello to Radio Summit After bridging decades of chart history with nine weeks at No. 1 on Country Songs late last year, a holiday-driven digital surge for Taylor Swift 's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" returns the…

  9. Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens Rarities Get Release

    December 18, 2012 6:00 PM EST Fans of classic country music will be excited to learn of a new series of releases from Omnivore Recordings that will take them back in time a few years. The company recently released four vinyl EP's from four of the format's greatest stars of all time. Included in the list are…

  10. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid, Taylor Swift 's ninth week…

  11. Dwight Yoakam on Tapping Beck, Kid Rock For '3 Pears' Album

    September 18, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 'It was a continuous process of creating musical ideas,' says Yoakam of seven-year album gap. Dwight Yoakam assures us that "there was no deliberate plan in taking this many years" -- seven, that is -- to release "3 Pears," his first set of new material since…

  12. Buck Owens Box Set Uncovers 'Buried' Treasures

    July 13, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Buck Owens always had a tendency to do things in a big way. And, though it has been over six years since his passing, that is still the case to this day. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is the subject of a lavish, eight CD box set titled "Tall Dark Stranger: The Buck Owens &…

  13. 'Dallas' and Country Music a 'Natural Fit'

    June 11, 2012 5:20 PM EDT "Dallas," the iconic series that made Friday nights "Must See TV" long before NBC did the same for Thursdays with their classic series of comedies, was well represented at the recent CMA Music Festival. Saturday night at the Country Music Hall of Fame a TNT gave those in…

  14. Dwight Yoakam Says Beck Collab Has Creedence Feel

    June 06, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Dwight Yoakam hasn't released an all-new studio album since 2005's "Blame the Vain", but that will change this fall with his return to Warner Music. The trad-country master spoke about the still-untitled effort, which will include a collaboration with alt-folk-rap star…

  15. Marty Stuart Releases Churning, Twang-Filled 'Woodpile'

    April 20, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Forty years ago this fall, Marty Stuart rode a Greyhound to Nashville from the streets of Philadelphia -- Mississippi. His intention was to visit with Roland White, the mandolin player for Lester Flatt. Stuart had no idea that he would be offered a job playing in the Nashville Grass. All…

  16. Country Hall Highlights Bakersfield Sound

    April 06, 2012 5:00 PM EDT There was something about the California sound of country music. It sparkled on the airwaves as much as the flamboyant stage attire that the artists who made the music wore on stage. For a while, it seemed like there was somewhat of a tug-of-war between the music scene there, and the one in…

  17. Buck Owens & The Knack Get Record Store Day Releases

    February 29, 2012 10:30 AM EST Record Store Day is just around the corner on April 21, and Omnivore Recordings has announced two upcoming exclusive releases that day -- one of which will feature one of Country Music's all-time legends. The burgeoning Los Angeles-based record label will issue an original, limited…

  18. Friday Flashback: A Double Shot of Buck Owens

    January 27, 2012 7:00 PM EST This weekend in 1964, Buck Owens had a very historic recording session, and the success he enjoyed with the material will not likely be duplicated by any other artist. At the session, he recorded "My Heart Skips A Beat" and "Together Again." Later that year, Buck was…

  19. Country Music Hall of Fame: Class of 2012 Cheat Sheet

    January 26, 2012 8:15 AM EST In February, the Country Music Hall of Fame typically announces the name of three new inductees into the ranks of the genre's most exclusive class. With that in mind, we'd like to offer our thoughts on who might be the honorees in the individual categories this year. In the Modern…

  20. Friday Flashback: Dwight Yoakam's Golden Debut

    January 20, 2012 7:00 PM EST Twenty-five years ago this weekend, one of the more lasting country albums of the 1980s was certified Gold. "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc." by Dwight Yoakam was -- along with Randy Travis's "Storms of Life" -- one of the biggest reasons for country's return to…

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