Country music

  1. Roy Drusky Dead At 74

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Opry star had 42 chart hits. Opry star had 42 chart hits. News ...

  2. Roy Drusky Dead At 74

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Opry star had 42 chart hits. Grand Ole Opry star Roy Drusky died today (Sept. 23) following a lengthy illness. He was 74. Atlanta-born Drusky studied veterinary medicine at Emory University before embarking on a music career. He placed 42 songs on ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Opry Member Skeeter Davis Dies At 72

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, died yesterday (Sept. 19), at Nashville's St. Thomas Hospital. She was 73. The artist, born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Ky., had battled breast ca Skeeter Davis, a veteran of the Grand Ole ...

  6. Shania Inks Procter & Gamble Deal

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Shania Twain has signed on to promote a new Procter & Gamble home fragrance product, Scentstories by Febreze. Shania Twain has signed on to promote a new Procter & Gamble home fragrance product, Scentstories by Febreze. Twain's ma ...

  7. Carolyn Dawn Johnson Leads CCMA Awards

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Country singer Carolyn Dawn Johnson was the top winner at tonight's (Sept. 13) Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA), held at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta. The artist took home four awards, includ For the fourth year in a row, Arista Nash ...

  8. Chesney Tour Solidifies Top-Draw Status

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Chesney's Guitars, Tiki Bars and a Whole Lot of Love tour wrapped Sept. 11 at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville as one of the most lucrative tours of 2004. Kenny Chesney's Guitars, Tiki Bars and a Whole Lot of Love tour ...

  9. Parton Gears Up For 40-City U.S. Tour

    September 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Moore Entertainment Group will produce Dolly Parton's most extensive tour in 20 years, beginning Oct. 1 at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville, S.C. The tour, dubbed "Hello, I'm Dolly," will play theaters Moore Entertainment Group w ...

  10. Leadership Music Names New Exec Director

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Kira Florita has been named executive director of the Nashville-based Leadership Music organization, effective today (Sept. 7). Kira Florita has been named executive director of the Nashville-based Leadership Music organization, effective today (S ...

  11. Words & Music

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley distills Bill Anderson and Jon Randall's "Whiskey Lullaby" into a chart-topper. Read Jim Bessman's column. Brad Paisley distills Bill Anderson and Jon Randall's "Whiskey Lullaby" into a chart-topper. ...

  12. Music Director Sues Dwight Yoakam

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dwight Yoakam and his company Dwight Yoakam Tours Inc. have been sued by the country singer's longtime music director, guitarist and producer Pete Anderson. The action alleges that Yoakam breached an LOS ANGELES -- Dwight Yoakam and his compa ...

  13. Music Director Sues Dwight Yoakam

    September 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dwight Yoakam and his company Dwight Yoakam Tours Inc. have been sued by the country singer's longtime music director, guitarist and producer Pete Anderson. The action alleges that Yoakam breached an Dwight Yoakam and his company Dwight Yoaka ...

  14. Stars To Come Out For George Jones

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT November PBS special to feature top acts. George Jones will be the subject of an all-star tribute to air Nov. 25 on PBS. Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Harry Connick Jr., Aaron Neville, Martina McBride and Wynonna are among the artists scheduled to ...

  15. Alan Jackson Leads CMA Nominations

    August 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Brooks & Dunn to host Nov. 9 show. With seven mentions, Alan Jackson is the top nominee for the 38th annual CMA Awards, set for Nov. 9 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Toby Keith also scored big, with six nominations, while Kenny ...

  16. Brooks & Dunn Headline GOP Convention

    August 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Country music act Brooks & Dunn heads the entertainment lineup for the Republican National Convention that starts next week (Aug. 29) in New York. Country music act Brooks & Dunn heads the entertainment lineup for the Republican Nation ...

  17. Bluegrass Pioneer Charlie Waller Dies

    August 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Pioneering bluegrass artist Charlie Waller died Aug. 18 at his home in Cordonsville, Va., of an apparent heart attack. He was 69. Pioneering bluegrass artist Charlie Waller died Aug. 18 at his home in Cordonsville, Va., of an apparent heart attack ...

  18. Del McCoury Band Leads Bluegrass Noms

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Del McCoury Band tops the list of nominees for the 15th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, set for Oct. 7 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville, Ky. The awards show, hosted by Alison Krau The Del McCoury Band tops the list of nominees ...

  19. Ragweed Readies Red Dirt Throwdown

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Cross Canadian Ragweed Family Jam is set for Sept. 11 at Oklahoma City's Zoo Amphitheater. The concert, presented by Oklahoma City radio station KTST FM, is promoted by Howard Pollack at The inaugural Cross Canadian Ragweed Fami ...

  20. Drifting Cowboy "Lum" York Dead at 85

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT William Herbert "Lum" York, former bass player and comedian with Hank Williams' Drifting Cowboy band, died Sunday (Aug. 15) in Baton Rouge, La. He was 85. William Herbert "Lum" York, former bass player and comedian with Ha ...

  21. Hurricane A Breeze For Venues

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Hurricane Charley's assault on Florida and the Eastern Seaboard had little effect on the live-entertainment business over the weekend. Hurricane Charley's assault on Florida and the Eastern Seaboard had little effect on the live-entertai ...

  22. Moraine Records Launches

    August 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based publishing and production company Moraine Music Group is expanding its artist-development division to include a new country label, Moraine Records. Nashville-based publishing and production company Moraine Music Group is expanding ...

  23. Rascal Flatts Set For 28 Dates

    August 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts will begin a 28-city headlining tour Oct. 2 in Annapolis, Md., at the United States Naval Academy Alumni Hall. Support acts include Chris Cagle and Julie Roberts with Gary Allan on selec Rascal Flatts will begin a 28-city headlining ...

  24. Infinity Picks Up Collin Raye

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Collin Raye has signed with start-up indie label Infinity Records Nashville. Raye recorded from 1991 until 2002 for Epic Records, where his output included five platinum albums and 21 top-10 hits, inc Collin Raye has signed with start-up indie lab ...

  25. Infinity Picks Up Collin Raye

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Collin Raye has signed with start-up indie label Infinity Records Nashville. Raye recorded from 1991 until 2002 for Epic Records, where his output included five platinum albums and 21 top-10 hits, inc Collin Raye has signed with start-up indie lab ...

  26. Travis Tritt, Manager Split

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Columbia country star Travis Tritt and manager Gary Falcon of Falcon-Goodman Management have parted ways after a 12-year association. Columbia country star Travis Tritt and manager Gary Falcon of Falcon-Goodman Management have parted ways after a ...

  27. Rounder Signs Grascals

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bluegrass/country band the Grascals have signed with Rounder Records and will release their debut album early next year. Bluegrass/country band the Grascals have signed with Rounder Records and will release their debut album early next year. In ad ...

  28. Country Agent Ron Baird Retires

    July 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Creative Artists Agency’s Ron Baird, one of country music’s most high-profile agents, has abruptly announced his retirement. Clients of Baird, who is in his early 50s, have included Clint Black, A Creative Artists Agency’s Ron Baird, one of countr ...

  29. Shaver Birthday Bash Hits Austin

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Billy Joe Shaver will celebrate his 65th birthday Aug. 16 with a show at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Signed on to appear are Guy Clark, Todd Snider, Bruce Robison, Jessi Colter, Jimmie Dale Gilmo Billy Joe Shaver will celebrate his 65th birth ...

  30. Urban Signs With Capitol Australia

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based Australian country singer Keith Urban has signed to Capitol/EMI Australia. Nashville-based Australian country singer Keith Urban has signed to Capitol/EMI Australia. Urban was contracted to EMI Music Australia in the early part of ...

  31. Urban Signs With Capitol Australia

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based Australian country singer Keith Urban has signed to Capitol/EMI Australia. Nashville-based Australian country singer Keith Urban has signed to Capitol/EMI Australia. Urban was contracted to EMI Music Australia in the early part of ...

  32. Nashville Scene

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Loretta Lynn and Mindy Smith are the top nominees for the 2004 Americana Honors and Awards with three nods each. Read Phyllis Stark's column. Loretta Lynn and Mindy Smith are the top nominees for the 2004 Americana Honors and Awards with thre ...

  33. Dreamcatcher Snags Jo Dee Messina

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jo Dee Messina has signed with Dreamcatcher Artist Management in Nashville. The news follows her recent <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=100053 Jo Dee Messina has signed with Dreamca ...

  34. Dreamcatcher Snags Jo Dee Messina

    July 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jo Dee Messina has signed with Dreamcatcher Artist Management in Nashville. The news follows her recent <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=100053 Jo Dee Messina has signed with Dreamca ...

  35. Loretta Lynn, Mindy Smith Top AMA Noms

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Americana show set for Sept. 24. Loretta Lynn and Mindy Smith are the top nominees for the 2004 Americana Honors and Awards, to be presented by the Americana Music Assn. (AMA) Sept. 24 in Nashville. Both earned three nominations. Lynn's " ...

  36. San Joaquin Tops Western Awards

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Act is named entertainer of the year. Sons of the San Joaquin, Brenn Hill, Belinda Gail and Joni Harms were among the top winners at the Academy of Western Artists (AWA) Awards today (July 13) at Will Rogers Memorial Auditorium in Fort Worth, Texa ...

  37. Wynonna Plans 20th Anniversary Tour

    July 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Wynonna will begin a tour commemorating her 20 years in the music business on Oct. 14 at Overture Hall in Madison, Wis. Wynonna will begin a tour commemorating her 20 years in the music business on Oct. 14 at Overture Hall in Madison, Wis. Titled ...

  38. Nashville Scene

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Chely Wright has exited Nashville-based independent label Vivaton Records, where she had been the flagship artist. Read Phyllis Stark's column. Chely Wright has exited Nashville-based independent label Vivaton Records, where she had been the ...

  39. Doobie Shea Records Shutters

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Dan Tyminski recorded for the bluegrass label. Dan Tyminski recorded for the bluegrass label. News Dan Tyminski ...

  40. Doobie Shea Records Shutters

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Producer/engineer Tim Austin has shut down his eight-year-old Doobie Shea Records label, which had been based in Boones Mill, Va., near Roanoke. The independent bluegrass label was distributed by Sele Producer/engineer Tim Austin has shut down his ...

  41. Chely Wright Splits Vivaton

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New label loses flagship artist. In a surprise move, Chely Wright has exited Nashville-based independent label Vivaton Records, where she had been the flagship artist. The label cites "creative differences" for the split. Wright's d ...

  42. Chely Wright Splits Vivaton

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In a surprise move, Chely Wright has exited Nashville-based independent label Vivaton Records, where she had been the flagship artist. The label cites "creative differences" for the split. In a surprise move, Chely Wright has exited Nash ...

  43. Jo Dee Messina Splits Management

    June 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Stuart Dill worked with artist for seven years. Curb Records artist Jo Dee Messina has parted ways with Stuart Dill of Nashville-based Refugee Management, who has guided her career for seven years. The split is described as amicable. "I don&# ...

  44. Universal South Signs Canyon

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT First album due in the fall. Nashville-based Universal South Records has signed Canadian singer/songwriter George Canyon. Canyon -- who was the first runner up on the second season of the USA Networks series "Nashville Star" -- will rele ...

  45. Norman Exits As Warner Nashville Prez

    June 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Executive held post for 21 years. Jim Ed Norman has exited Warner Bros. Records in Nashville, where he has been president for 21 years. While his departure had been rumored, the 55-year-old Norman was not expected to exit until the end of the year ...

  46. Uncle Kracker

    June 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of his summer tour with Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker releases this Diane Warren-penned single. On the heels of his summer tour with Kenny Chesney, Uncle Kracker releases this Diane Warren-penned single. News Kenny Chesney , Diane Warr ...

  47. Australian Country Music Exec Rex Barry Dies

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australian veteran country music label executive Rex Barry died in Sydney on March 31, following a six-month battle with cancer. He was aged in his mid-50s. Australian veteran country music label executive Rex Barry died in Sydney on March 31, fol ...

  48. Keith Ready For Summer 'Throwdown'

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith will begin his summer tour July 24 at the Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., with a show featuring support by Montgomery Gentry, Jo Dee Messina, Gretchen Wilson, and Scotty Emerick. Toby Keith will begin his summer tour July 24 at the ...

  49. CMT In The Mood For 'Love Songs'

    May 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Joe Nichols and Sara Evans have been tapped to co-host the "CMT 100 Greatest Love Songs" concert, set to be taped June 9 at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center. Joe Nichols and Sara Evans have been tapped to co-host the "C ...

  50. Broken Bow Sees Shell In Key Pub Post

    May 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran songwriter Larry Shell has been named to the newly created position of senior VP/creative director for Broken Bow Record's affiliated publishing company, Magic Mustang Music. He will also serv Veteran songwriter Larry Shell has been n ...

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