1. 'Merle Did Things His Way': Country Radio Programmers Cite Haggard's Enduring Influence

    April 13, 2016 12:53 PM EDT Merle Haggard ’s death from pneumonia on April 6 hit many country radio programmers hard, and left them pausing to reflect on the County Music Hall of Famer’s profound and lasting influence on the format. For some, “Hag” was part of the reason they pursued careers in country radio in the…

  2. 25 Years After Reba McEntire's Plane Crash, Publicists Discuss Professional Grief and Private Pain

    March 17, 2016 12:28 PM EDT Reps For George Jones, Mindy McCready and Backroad Anthem on how they talk to press with a broken heart. "I remember just crying hysterically." When members of Nashville’s music community awoke on Saturday, March 16, 1991, many were greeted with gruesome news. CNN repeatedly showed…

  3. T.G. Sheppard Enlists Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis & More for 'Legendary Friends & Country Duets'

    October 09, 2015 8:58 PM EDT Putting together an album of collaborations can be a long process. Country legend T.G. Sheppard knows that fact better than anyone. On Oct. 30, the singer will release  Legendary Friends & Country Duets , a collection that features many of the singer’s favorite performers. Sheppard told …

  4. Newcomer Dustin Hensley Discusses the Musical Influences That Made Him an 'Old Soul'

    May 29, 2015 1:19 AM EDT Though the tiny hamlet of Holladay, Tennessee might seem a little bit isolated, it’s location in the western portion of the Volunteer State gives it a close proximity to several musical styles. Two hours to the southwest via Interstate 40, you will find the sounds of the blues coming from…

  5. 'Straight Outta Compton' Writer to Pen George Jones Biopic

    May 14, 2015 4:00 AM EDT Straight Outta Compton writer Alan Wenkus will write an authorized George Jones biopic titled No Show Jones . The film, which will be produced by L.A.-based production and finance company 28 Entertainment, follows the Country Music Hall of Famer's rise in the 1950s through the 1970s,…

  6. Chris Stapleton Shows His Inner Stax Soul Man at Album Release Party In New York: Live Review

    May 06, 2015 1:15 PM EDT In recent years, more professional songwriters have been making the move from studio rooms to stage center. This could be due to coincidence -- a critical mass of musical talent coming of age around the same time -- but it's more likely that a music industry facing tough times chooses…

  7. Live Review: Lee Ann Womack Presents an Alternative History of Country at New York's City Winery

    April 21, 2015 5:26 PM EDT Although she's best known for the crossover hit, "I Hope You Dance,"  Lee Ann Womack is a country traditionalist. This speaks to the distance that the genre's center has shifted in 15 years and the durability of Womack as a performer. The last decade has not been kind…

  8. Joel Whitburn, Chart Historian: On Books, Music & the 'Weekly Thrill' of Billboard (Exclusive Q&A)

    November 01, 2014 10:05 AM EDT For nearly a half-century, Whitburn and his company, Record Research, have joined Billboard as the most prominent trackers of the hits. Certain names are synonymous with Billboard charts. Elvis. The Beatles. Elton. Madonna. Mariah. More recently, Rihanna, Gaga, Adele, Katy and Taylor. …

  9. Shooter Jennings Pays Tribute to Late, Great George Jones on 'Don't Wait Up'

    August 12, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Shooter Jennings' new EP "Don’t Wait Up (For George)" is a very personal project for the singer. It’s a tribute to a man that he got to know very well over the years -- George Jones . As the son of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter , Jennings recalls that Jones was a part of…

  10. George Jones Gets Alt-Country Tribute on One-Year Anniversary of Death

    April 29, 2014 10:58 AM EDT This past Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the passing of George Jones. Since his passing, several artist have given the covers treatment to several of his biggest hits, however there's one Jones-related collection that stands apart from the rest.  Deer Lodge Records, a…

  11. George Jones Gets Epic Tribute With Garth Brooks, Miranda Lambert, Megadeth

    November 23, 2013 8:40 AM EST Music City's biggest stars show up for "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show Tribute To George Jones" During the latter years of George Jones' touring career, the legend would typically try to open a package date rather than close the show. Watching "Matlock…

  12. George Jones Monument Unveiled at Cemetery

    November 19, 2013 1:56 AM EST A large monument honoring the late country singer George Jones has been unveiled at his Nashville gravesite and his widow has announced a college scholarship in his name. Fans of the singer who died in April at the age of 81 crowded about the cemetery site on Monday to see the memorial…

  13. George Strait, Miranda Lambert Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

    September 16, 2013 12:00 PM EDT More star wattage has been added to the upcoming sold-out tribute concert for the late, great George Jones.  The country singer's widow, Nancy Jones, announced on Monday morning that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama will all perform…

  14. America's Labor Party: 26 Country Songs for the American Worker

    September 01, 2013 7:00 PM EDT Within this article you'll find a playlist of every song mentioned within -- 26 in all -- that we hope will give an appropriate spin to your Labor Day. This piece first appeared in our twice-weekly "Country Update" newsletter, which you can subscribe to right here . When…

  15. George Jones: 'Amazing Grace' Album Set

    July 31, 2013 12:23 PM EDT In 2002, George Jones coaxed legendary producer Billy Sherrill out of retirement to record a collection of Gospel favorites. Eleven years later, and mere months after the legendary singer's death, "Amazing Grace" will be released on Bandit Records on Sept. 10. The singer died…

  16. Danielle Bradbery Wins 'The Voice'

    June 18, 2013 11:05 PM EDT A Texan teenager whose singing experience was limited to performing in her bedroom was crowned the winner of the fourth season of “The Voice” on Tuesday.   Danielle Bradbery, 16, from the Houston suburb of Cypress, Texas, bested two more experienced acts, the Swon Brothers and Michelle…

  17. George Jones Biopic on the Horizon

    June 18, 2013 4:45 PM EDT It appears that the colorful story of George Jones will be heading to the big screen. Earlier today, it was announced that 28 Entertainment has acquired the rights to the story of Jones and his wife Nancy. The project, written by Dennis L. Baxter and produced by Baxter and 28 Entertainment&…

  18. Naomi Judd Slams CMT for George Jones Tribute

    June 13, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Since last week's CMT Music Awards, some in the industry have made some comments concerning the telecast's relatively short tribute to George Jones upon his recent passing. On the show, the singer was briefly mentioned, and the Mavericks played into a commercial break with Jones…

  19. George Strait Scores 86th Hot Country Songs Top 10

    May 15, 2013 7:15 PM EDT The King of Country pushes closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s all-time George Strait edges closer to Eddy Arnold's record for the most top 10s in the 69-year history of Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Give It All We Got Tonight" rises 12…

  20. George Jones Tribute Concert to Feature Garth Brooks, Kid Rock and More

    May 07, 2013 4:15 PM EDT November 22 was slated to be one of the biggest farewell concerts of all time, with well over 40 acts scheduled to appear at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena for what was to be the final concert of George Jones's career. Following the singer's death on April 26, the sold-out…

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