1. Randy Travis' 10 Best Songs: Critic's Picks

    July 25, 2017 4:02 PM EDT In 1986, artists such as Kenny Rogers , Anne Murray , and Alabama were ruling the charts with a more crossover sound on Country Radio. The New York Times ran an article in 1985 proclaiming traditional Country Music dead. And, then along came Randy Travis . Granted, there were other performers…

  2. CMA Fest 2017: Randy Travis and Garth Brooks Make Surprise Appearances, Luke Bryan Shakes It For Fans & More Day 1 Highlights

    June 09, 2017 10:37 AM EDT The 2017 CMA Music Festival is officially underway, with day one of the four-day country extravaganza (June 8) already taking Nashville by storm with some of the biggest names in the genre along with a couple of major surprise guests. Despite Bonnaroo taking place just one hour away, downtown…

  3. Garth Brooks, Kenny Rogers and Alabama Head All-Star Tribute to Randy Travis

    February 10, 2017 3:42 AM EST A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis , and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers , used their voices and his songs to honor the legend. Travis watched from the side of the stage Wednesday in Nashville, Tennessee, as…

  4. Alabama's Teddy Gentry Calls Upcoming Randy Travis Tribute 'An Honor'

    February 06, 2017 12:22 PM EST This coming Wednesday night (Feb. 8) will be a big one for traditional country fans in Music City, as many of the top stars in the format will come together to honor one of their own -- 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis will be held at Bridgestone Arena.…

  5. Demi Lovato, Jake Owen & More to Play First 'BeautyKind Unites' Concert With a Cause

    February 02, 2017 7:09 PM EST Cole Swindell & The Band Perry will also perform, while Randy Travis will make a special appearance at Texas show. For online beauty retailer BeautyKind , philanthropy is foundational -- the company donates 5 percent of the product purchase price to any national organization or local…

  6. It Ain't Their Fault: Brothers Osborne Make an Unintentionally Political Statement

    January 26, 2017 3:04 PM EST The reigning CMA Vocal Duo deserves blame, or credit, for the sarcastic single. Donald Trump handpicked The Rolling Stones ’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” as music for his pre-inaugural concert on Jan. 19, but he could have easily used a current single, Brothers Osborne ’s “It Ain’t My…

  7. Country Star Mel Tillis Recovering From Digestive Disease

    January 05, 2017 10:28 PM EST Country music star Mel Tillis is receiving home care following surgery and treatment for a digestive disease. Tillis' publicist, Don Murry Grubbs, says in a statement that the 84-year-old was hospitalized in Nashville a year ago with diverticulitis and later underwent colon surgery.…

  8. William Michael Morgan Puts 'Missing' Into Action

    December 28, 2016 12:39 PM EST The new country singer de-stresses with a song that recalls Randy Travis and George Strait. When country went through its recent bro-country phase, many longtime fans of the genre -- not to mention a major faction of Nashville’s creative  community -- griped that something was missing.…

  9. Alabama, Kenny Rogers and More Teaming Up For Randy Travis Tribute Concert

    December 08, 2016 1:08 PM EST Some of country music’s biggest names are coming together to support a good cause at 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time.: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis in Nashville on Wednesday, Feb. 8. A country music legend, Randy Travis has 10 Gold Records, won six Grammys, and has had five songs…

  10. Here Are All the 2016 CMA Awards Performances Ranked Worst to Best

    November 03, 2016 12:15 AM EDT The 2016 CMA Awards -- the 50th edition of the awards show -- drew the best of the best: every living entertainer of the year winner was present, alongside all today’s hottest up-and-coming artists. The awards themselves were special, but, particularly given the star-studded crowd, the…

  11. The CMA Awards' Golden Anniversary: 50 Years, 50 Highlights

    November 01, 2016 2:04 PM EDT George Strait, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Taylor Swift and even a former president are part of the trophy's history. From Jack Greene ’s triple play in the first year to Chris Stapleton ’s career-making appearance at the 49th installment, the Country Music Association Awards have become…

  12. From Johnny Cash to Taylor Swift, The Stars' Most Memorable CMA Moments Across the Decades

    October 28, 2016 2:40 PM EDT On October 20, 1967, Bobbie Gentry -- fresh off of her career-defining smash “Ode To Billy Joe" -- joined fellow hitmaker Sonny James on stage at Nashville Municipal Auditorium to host the first Country Music Association Awards Banquet and Show. They presented 10 trophies in the non…

  13. The Story Behind New Country Music Hall Of Famer Fred Foster

    October 06, 2016 1:42 PM EDT The producer and record exec was key in the careers of Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton and Kris Kristofferson. After the Country Music Hall of Fame announced its 2016 class, the two artists among the 2016 inductees — Randy Travis and Charlie Daniels — received the most press. The other, Fred Foster…

  14. CMA's 'Forever Country' Song Features Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson & 28 More Country Superstars: Listen

    September 16, 2016 7:24 PM EDT The 50th Annual CMA Awards' celebratory star-studded spectacle of a song "Forever Country" was released Friday (Sept. 16) and it includes 30 of the genre's biggest names of past and present fame.  The song pays tribute to country music's legacy by combining John…

  15. Inside Charlie Daniels' Improbable Ride Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    August 10, 2016 1:20 PM EDT "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" helps the new inductee bridge country music and southern rock. When Charlie Daniels stopped on March 31, 1967, to put gas in the tank of his vehicle on his way out of Nashville, he noticed a lot of activity at a barn-like structure on the corner of…

  16. Nashville's Music Row Has a No. 1 Pardi: 
What Does It Mean?

    July 15, 2016 4:30 PM EDT Jon Pardi's sophomore album, "California Sunrise," turns heads. Jon Pardi ’s Fourth of July weekend wasn’t only about celebrating the red, white and blue; he also was basking in a ray of golden career sunshine as his sophomore album, California Sunrise , had debuted at No. 1 on…

  17. 30 Years On, Randy Travis' 'Storms of Life' Still Reigns Over Country Music

    July 07, 2016 2:31 PM EDT It has been 30 years since Randy Travis released his groundbreaking debut album, Storms of Life , sparking a new traditionalist movement in the format and, according to the radio programmers who spun its singles, profoundly influencing country not just at the time but for decades to come.…

  18. Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, and Producer Fred Foster Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame

    March 29, 2016 3:14 PM EDT In the fall of 1985, the sound of country music had gotten so contemporary with crossover acts such as Anne Murray and Alabama that The New York Times ran a famous headline proclaiming that traditional country music -- as fans knew it -- was dead. A few months later, along came Randy Travis .…

  19. New Year, New Artists: Country Circulates Young Blood In 2016

    January 22, 2016 2:37 PM EST Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and solo Charles Kelley are among the newbies with albums out or on the way. A year ago, Cam , Old Dominion and Chris Stapleton were relative unknowns who had some irons in the fire but no guarantees for their future. Now, they’re all key pieces of country’s…

  20. How CMA Singles of the Year Endure At Country Radio, Or Don't

    November 03, 2015 12:07 PM EST A brand-new single of the year winner will be crowned on the Nov. 4 Country Music Assn. Awards, but what kind of shelf life will that song have at radio after its win? To help answer that question we took a look at the durability of CMA singles of the year champs for the past 25 years.…

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