1. 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…

  2. Dailey & Vincent Stray From the Norm in 'Gospel Side'

    January 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST Chart-topping bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent know they've got a good thing going with their marketing agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Their music is sold there, and if you look at their touring bus, you don't have to look close to see the restaurant chain's…

  3. Brad Paisley Branches Out With a Book

    November 03, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Having written the bulk of his hit records since breaking into the limelight with 1999's "Who Needs Pictures," Brad Paisley is no stranger to success as a writer. However, this week he crosses into another level of the craft, releasing his very first book, "Diary Of A…

  4. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Haggard and others, was admitted to St. Thomas…

  5. Alabama Returns To Country Songs Summit

    May 23, 2011 11:05 AM EDT A labama returns to the top spot on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley 's "Old Alabama," on which the group is featured, ascends 2-1. Alabama had last ruled Country Songs with "Reckless" the week of Nov. 27, 1993. The group's…

  6. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 21, 2009 1:23 PM EDT John Fogerty 's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1973 solo debut,…

  7. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 20, 2009 3:00 PM EDT John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the mythical group of his 1972 solo debut,…

  8. March 25, 2009

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Elton John sets the record for the most performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden when he performs there for the 60th time – on his 60th birthday. 2006 – Singer and guitarist Buck Owens of the Buckaroos dies in his sleep of an apparent heart attack in Bakersfield, Calif. He is…

  9. Country Songs Inspire TV Dramas

    March 13, 2009 11:30 AM EDT Country songs can sure tell stories. Now the TV production company Granada America wants to make some of those stories into a series of one-hour TV dramas. The film-producing duo of Mark Roberts and Lorena David ("Strangers With Candy," "Extreme Dating") pitched the…

  10. Let It Rip

    November 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with "Play," a mostly instrumental album due this week via Arista Nashville. Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with "Play," a mostly instrumental album…

  11. Brad Paisley Goes Instrumental With 'Play'

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with "Play," a mostly instrumental album due Nov. 4 via Arista Nashville. Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with "Play," a mostly instrumental album…

  12. This Day in Music

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chart 2002 - Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly…

  13. Death Cab For Cutie Earns Hot Shot Debut, No. 1 Album

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Kids on the Block, Death Cab and Keith Sweat earn Hot Shot Debuts while Miranda Lambert and Radiohead make a showing as Greatest Gainers. Hot Shot Debuts : Keith Sweat crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums -- and wins the chart’s Hot Shot Debut award -- with "Just Me," his first…

  14. Chart Beat Chat

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fred and his readers discuss Mariah Carey, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and more! YOU ARE THERE Hey, Fred. It's exciting to witness chart history [being made by] Mariah Carey and Madonna this week; Mariah's 18th No. 1 single ("Touch My Body") surpasses Elvis…

  15. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood ramps back up for her sophomore album, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss cement an unlikely creative partnership, Ween is weirder than ever on its Rounder debut and Neil Young stretches The solo debut from System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian, "Elect the Dead" …

  16. GENE WATSON, "In a Perfect World"

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's hard to believe traditionalist Watson has been around for as long as he has -- his first big hit was 1975's "Love in the Hot Afternoon." It's hard to believe traditionalist Watson has been around for as long as he has -- his first big hit was 1975's "…

  17. 'Pirate' Booty

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Five summers of playing to more than 1 million fans ... 20 million albums sold in the United States ... 12 No. 1 records, and as many more in the top five. Five entertainer of the year awards, country Five summers of playing to more than 1 million fans ... 20 million albums sold in the United…

  18. Soulja Boy 'Cranks' Hot 100 No. 1 With Debut Single

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Seventeen-year-old rapper/producer Soulja Boy races to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut single, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)." The track jumps from No. 2 thanks to sales of 144,000 digital do Seventeen-year-old rapper/producer Soulja Boy races to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot…

  19. Chart Beat

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fred discusses Kenny Chesney, Fergie, same-titled No. 1 songs and more! 'BLINK' GETS THE NOD: There's no way you can miss the impact of Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" (BNA) on country chart history. The Knoxville native's new single enters Hot Country…

  20. Fergie Scores Third Solo No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fergie scores her third No. 1 hit from her solo album "The Dutchess" this week as "Big Girls Don't Cry" inches up 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She thus becomes the first female artist with three No. Fergie scores her third No. 1 hit from her solo album "The…

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