Bakersfield sound

  1. Francis W. Preston, 1928-2012

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT Former BMI ­president/CEO Frances Williams Preston, often referred to as "the best friend a songwriter ever had," died of congestive heart failure on June 13 at her home in Nashville. The tireless executive, whose early career duties inc ...

  2. Pub Briefs: BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars; Carole King To Receive BMI Icon Award

    March 23, 2012 7:00 AM EDT BMG Chrysalis Signs Bruno Mars - BMG Chrysalis US has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Bruno Mars, whose debut album, "Doo-Wops & Hooligans," has scanned 1.7 million units so far in the U.S., according to Nielsen So ...

  3. Buck Owens, M83 Among Record Store Day Releases

    March 01, 2012 11:55 AM EST With Record Store Day less than two months away, the details of exclusive releases, re-packaged re-issues and creative collections have started leaking out, with much more to come over the next seven weeks. Maybe the most intriguing of the announc ...

  4. Web Trends: Johnny Otis, 'Godfather of R&B,' Dies at 90

    January 19, 2012 4:40 PM EST Google Trends: 10. Travis Barker - Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker threatens legal action over leaked nude photographs 12. Merle Haggard - Country singer Merle Haggard is hospitalized with pneumonia and had to cannel the rest of his tour dates. 14 ...

  5. Dwight Yoakam Returns to Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Dwight Yoakam has returned to Warner Music Nashville -- his first major-label home -- after a decade elsewhere. Yoakam debuted on the Top Country Albums chart in 1986 with "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc," which spent two weeks at No. 1. ...

  6. Last Call With Carson Daly Kicks Off With Greek Theatre Shows; David Guetta, Game, Kreayshawn To Guest

    September 15, 2011 2:31 PM EDT NBC's music-oriented talk show "Last Call with Carson Daly" will kick off its 11th season on Sept. 20 with performances filmed this summer at L.A.'s Greek Theatre. Performances from last week's concert headlined by Thiever ...

  7. Ferlin Husky, Country Music Pioneer, Dead At 85

    March 18, 2011 7:48 AM EDT Ferlin Husky, a pioneering country music entertainer in the 1950s and early '60s known for hits like "Wings of a Dove" and "Gone," died Thursday. He was 85. The 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee died at his home, ha ...

  8. Gwen Stefani, Steven Tyler Salute Paul McCartney at Kennedy Center Honors

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Gwen Stefan i , Steven Tyler and Sheryl Crow were among the performers who delivered stirring tributes to legendary entertainers during the 33rd annual Kennedy Center Honors. The ceremony, which honored Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, country singe ...

  9. Taylor Swift, Sony/ATV Among Big Winners At BMI Country Awards

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift became the youngest person ever to win the BMI country songwriter of the year crown and Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville earned its ninth consecutive BMI country publisher of the year title on Tuesday night at the 58th annual BMI C ...

  10. Husky, Sherrill Inducted Into Country Hall Of Fame

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Two men who often felt like outsiders in Nashville, even as they took country music to new heights, were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday (May 24). Ferlin Husky and Billy Sherrill were responsible for dozens of No. 1 hits and ...

  11. Merle Haggard Sues Environmental Group

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Country star Merle Haggard has sued an environmental awareness group, claiming it illegally used his name and likeness to raise money. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Chancery Court against the Green Train, a Nashville-based organization, and it ...

  12. Hank Jr. To Receive BMI Honor

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hank Williams Jr. will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization’s 56th annual Country Awards, which take place Nov. 11 at the company’s Music Row offices in Nashville. The black-tie, invitation-only gala recognizes the pa ...

  13. Nelson To Become BMI Icon

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The legendary Willie Nelson will be honored as a "BMI Icon" at the performing right organization's 55th annual Country Awards this fall. The invitation-only gala, which will recognize the past year's most performed BMI country ...

  14. Keith Wins Big, Hag Honored At BMI Awards

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The BMI Country Awards turned 54 in style with a gala at the performing rights organization's Nashville headquarters on Nov. 4. The BMI Country Awards turned 54 in style with a gala at the performing rights organization's Nashville headq ...

  15. BMI To Honor Haggard

    June 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Country music legend Merle Haggard will be honored with BMI's prestigious Icon award during the performing rights organization's 54th annual country awards, set for Nov. 4 in Nashville. Country music legend Merle Haggard will be honored ...

  16. Country Singer Bonnie Owens Dies

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bonnie Owens, a singer who married and helped build the careers of country music legends Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, has died. She was 76. Owens died at a Bakersfield hospice hospital Monday after a Bonnie Owens, a singer who married and helped ...

  17. 'Hee Haw' Country Star Buck Owens Dies At 76

    March 26, 2006 12:00 AM EST Had more than 20 No. 1 records. Singer Buck Owens, the flashy rhinestone cowboy who shaped the sound of country music with hits like "Act Naturally" and brought the genre to TV on the long-running "Hee Haw," has died at age 76. ...

  18. Update: Three Haggard Shows Back On

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After initially pulling the plug on all of his dates for the rest of the year due to respiratory problems, Merle Haggard has decided to move forward with three Texas shows in early October. After initially pulling the plug on all of his dates for ...

  19. Haggard's Health Nixes Concert Dates

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nine gigs scrapped due to respiratory problems. Country legend Merle Haggard, 68, has cancelled his dates for the remainder of the year due to respiratory problems. A brief tour was to begin Oct. 1 in San Antonio. A total of nine dates in Texas, A ...