1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. Alan Jackson, Brantley Gilbert and Other Country Stars Hit Alabama for 4th Annual Rock the South Festival

    June 22, 2015 6:10 PM EDT The 4th annual Pepsi’s Rock the South festival in Cullman, Ala., brought over 40,000 fans to the southern town to hear some of country music’s marquee acts -- and to also help out local causes in the process.  The event  began four years ago to assist rebuilding efforts after the 2011…

  5. CMT's 'Artists of the Year' Special Honors Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line & More

    December 04, 2013 1:54 AM EST CMT's celebration of country music's top artists of 2013 was a complete dude fest. Whether it was saluting Tim McGraw as a more-relevant-than-ever trailblazer, acknowledging the genre's love-hate relationship with Florida Georgia Line, the precociousness of Hunter Hayes or the…

  6. 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…

  7. 615 Spotlight: Parmalee Thriving Two Years After Near-Tragedy

    December 12, 2012 6:10 PM EST Stoney Creek recording artists Parmalee, who hit the Top 40 on the Country Airplay chart with their debut single "Musta Had A Good Time," is something that is a little more rare these days than it used to be - a family band. Comprised of brothers Matt Thomas on lead vocals, guitar…

  8. 615 Spotlight: Dee Hilligoss Strikes a Chord With 'Too Soon'

    June 27, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Whether it be caring for a loved one, or promoting her music, Dee Hilligoss is in it for the long haul. Currently on the road promoting her new single, "Too Soon," she is excited about the impact the song has had thus far. "We just released it, and it's available on iTunes…

  9. #TwitterWar: Jason Isbell vs. Dierks Bentley, Over Bentley Single 'Home'

    January 09, 2012 1:10 PM EST The world of country music has not been this spicy since the war of words between Billy Ray Cyrus and Travis Tritt twenty years ago, over Tritt's claim that Cyrus' "Achy Breaky Heart" was turning the genre into an "ass wiggling contest." Alas, that was a…

  10. Richard Marx: 'The Playboy Club' Felt 'Doomed From the Start'

    October 21, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Richard Marx lost a high-profile gig when NBC canceled "The Playboy Club," for which he was serving as a music producer. But the singer, songwriter and performer -- who racked up eight Top 10 singles between 1987-94 and worldwide sales of more than 30 million -- isn't wanting…

  11. 'American Idol': Scotty McCreery Gives His 'Heart,' Casey Abrams' 'Spirit' Low

    March 17, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Oh how the mighty have fallen! On last night's (Mar. 16) "American Idol," fan favorites including Casey Abrams and Paul McDonald delivered less-than thrilling performances of, respectively, Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Elton John's "I Guess…

  12. 11 Country No. 11s For '11

    January 11, 2011 2:05 PM EST "No one wants to wind up at No. 2, 6 or 11. But, of those, No. 11 is probably the worst." Adrian Moreira, RCA/J/Arista Records senior vice president/adult music notes the frustration associated with a No. 11 peak on a Billboard survey. "If you peak at No. 2, at least you can…

  13. Travis Tritt Going Indie For New Album

    June 30, 2010 10:22 AM EDT Twenty years after releasing his first album -- the double-platinum, reputation-staking "Country Club" -- Travis Tritt plans to take his recording career into his own hands. The Georgia-based country star tells Billboard.com that before he releases his follow-up to 2007's "…

  14. Lynyrd Skynyrd Gets Country Tribute From Eric Church, Jamey Johnson

    June 16, 2010 10:08 AM EDT Sixteen years after a group of country music's "Skynyrd Frynds" paid tribute to Southern rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd , another batch of artists is doing the same. Randy Houser , Jamey Johnson , Eric Church and Uncle Kracker are among those who have recorded tracks for "…

  15. Galactic, Cracker, Travis Tritt On Board For Free Green Apple Festival Shows

    March 24, 2009 10:56 AM EDT Galactic, Cracker, Travis Tritt and Soulive are among the artists who will play free "Green Apple Thank You Concerts" in various venues in ten different cities on Earth Day (April 19). The concert audiences will be filled entirely with volunteers who participate in simultaneous…

  16. This Day in Music

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Country artist Travis Tritt receives the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW) 2001 Hall of Fame Award. The honor is given to individuals for distinguished service to the nation. 2001 - Country artist Travis Tritt receives the Veterans of Foreign Wars' (VFW) 2001 Hall of Fame Award…

  17. Tritt May Team With Marty Stuart For New Album

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With his latest album, "The Storm," moribund due to Category 5 Records' business problems, Travis Tritt is looking towards his next album -- and the commemoration of his 20th year as a recording artis With his latest album, "The Storm," moribund due to Category 5…

  18. This Day in Music

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Beyonce launches a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany her on an upcoming tour in support of her sophomore solo effort, "B'Day." 2006 - Beyonce launches a nationwide search for an all-female band to accompany her on an upcoming tour in support of her…

  19. This Day in Music

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year during the non-profit organizations annual summit in Washington, D.C. McGraw, married to country singer Faith Hill, is 2000 - Tim McGraw is named the National Fatherhood Institute's father of the year…

  20. Forever His Girl

    March 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST After dabbling in nearly every area of the music industry, Grammy Award-winning producer/musician and "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson is adding "solo album" to his already impressive resume, and h After dabbling in nearly every area of the music industry, Grammy Award…

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