Culture of the Southern United States

  1. Carla Wallace

    November 28, 2012 6:50 PM EST Co-owner/GM, Big Yellow Dog Music Hits With Bite It has been a huge year for Big Yellow Dog Music co-owner/GM Carla Wallace. The independent publishing company has enjoyed a hot streak of country hits, including "Drunk on You," which top ...

  2. Is the Rock-and-Pop-ification of Country Good or Bad? Mike Dungan, Radio Execs Weigh In

    October 23, 2012 2:38 PM EDT When the Country Music Assn. unveiled the finalists for its 46th annual awards, the list was met with numerous frowns. It had plenty of room for boundary-challenging acts, but not much space for tradition. Eric Church's "Springsteen,&quo ...

  3. Backbeat: Gloriana Rocks Billboard-Pepsi Summer Beats Concert With John Huie, Matt Serletic, Scott McGhee, Many More in the House

    July 31, 2012 12:53 PM EDT (L-R): Tom Gossin and Rachel Reinert of Gloriana; Warner Music Nashville SVP brand management and sales Peter Strickland; and Gloriana's Mike Gossin with their plaques celebrating the success of "(Kissed You) Good Night." (Photo: Fr ...

  4. Kenny Chesney Rules, Don Williams Returns to Top Country Albums Chart

    June 29, 2012 2:21 PM EDT Billboard's Top Country Albums chart welcomes Kenny Chesney's Welcome to the Fishbowl to No. 1. The set is the star's 11th No. 1 on the tally and arrives with 193,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since he first reign ...

  5. Willie Nelson Talks Songwriting, Snoop Dogg and Family at Billboard Summit in Nashville

    June 05, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Willie Nelson with interviewer Ray Waddell at Billboard's Country Music Summit in Nashville on Tuesday (Photo: Michael Seto) You don't even have to know about Willie Nelson's history to know that he's got stories. Anyone who wr ...

  6. CAA's Rob Light Says 'Touring Without Perspective Is Recipe For Disaster' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Rob Light from CAA speaks to Billboard's Ray Waddell at the Billboard Country Music Summit Monday. (Photo: Michael Seto) Possessing a cautious optimism forged by years of experience, Creative Artist Agency partner/managing director Rob Light ...

  7. Donald 'Duck' Dunn Remembered During Memphis' Beale Street Funeral March

    May 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The late bass player Donald "Duck" Dunn was honored Wednesday in the city where he performed on some of R&B's best-known hits, with musicians leading a lively funeral march down Memphis' Beale Street. ...

  8. This Week In Music: Crush Management's John Grady on Developing Young Artists

    April 10, 2012 3:01 PM EDT In the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks to John Grady of Crush Management Nashville about the resurgance of bluegrass and developing young artists. To Grady, the success - 9 Grammys worth - of the O Br ...

  9. Web Trends: Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert Win Big at Academy of Country Music Awards

    April 02, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Google Trends: 2. acm awards 2012 - Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosted last night's Academy of Country Music Awards, with Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift winning big. 4. country music awards - The Academy of Country Music Awards were hel ...

  10. ACM Awards: Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert & Lady A Own the Night

    April 02, 2012 6:32 AM EDT Kiss with Lady Antebellum at Sunday night's Academy of Country Music Awards. (Getty Images) The 47th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, held Sunday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, were a mixture of expected winners sprinkled with a couple ...

  11. How Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Auto Lubricant Put Neal McCoy Back On The Country Charts

    November 29, 2011 6:00 PM EST After an absence of five-and-a-half years from the Hot Country Songs chart, Texas-born Neal McCoy is No. 55 with a bullet this week with his comeback single, "A-OK," produced by and featuring the vocals of one of country's hottest m ...

  12. Ricky Skaggs Wins Big at 2011 Inspirational Country Music Awards

    October 31, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Faith, family and country music were celebrated Friday night (Oct. 28) at the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Awards at Nashville's Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Ricky Skaggs was the evening's top winner, claiming the Enter ...

  13. Backbeat: Nappy Roots Stop By Billboard, Talk 'Nappy Dot Org'

    September 16, 2011 11:31 AM EDT An Array of Dome Coverings: From Left: Nappy Roots members Fishscales, B. Stille, Big V (aka Vito), Skinny DeVille and Ron Clutch get reacquainted with Billboard's Gail Mitchell (second from left) and the gold plaque they autographed in 2002. ...

  14. Eric Church, Zac Brown Bringing 'Authentic Country' to Charts -- Will Others Follow?

    August 09, 2011 12:45 PM EDT A thoughtful look at Billboard's country charts might suggest there's a storm brewing. On the Country Songs chart dated Aug. 13, Zac Brown Band earned its sixth straight No. 1 single -- a feat no group has accomplished since Restless Hea ...

  15. Adele Planning To Record Country, Bluegrass Music

    August 05, 2011 7:07 AM EDT British singing sensation Adele may have rescheduled most of her American summer tour because of laryngitis, but the artist did manage to pick up some U.S. influences during the short time she spent singing across the pond. And now she says she pl ...

  16. National Folk Festival Coming to Nashville

    August 03, 2011 7:40 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nashville has no theme park, no beach and no casinos. But it has music. Lots of it. The National Folk Festival, which is coming to Nashville Labor Day weekend, caps off several months of major events held here that validate ...

  17. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley To Co-Host 2011 CMA Awards (Watch Announcement)

    July 11, 2011 2:01 PM EDT NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will be back together again in November. They've been picked to host the Country Music Association Awards for a fourth straight year. The 45th annual awards will be aired live Nov. 9 fr ...

  18. Better Know a Panelist: Julie Talbott of Premiere Radio @ BB Country Music Summit

    May 26, 2011 12:43 PM EDT Julie Talbott is president, content and affiliate relations, for Premiere Radio Networks, a position she has held sine 2009. Talbott leads the operation of Premiere's 90 radio programs and services, and more than 5,000 radio affiliations, whi ...

  19. Lady Gaga to Ma Rainey: 'Women Who Rock' Exhibition Opens Today at Rock Hall

    May 13, 2011 7:40 AM EDT CLEVELAND - When Wanda Jackson was a girl with a gravelly voice who opened for Elvis Presley in the 1950s, nobody had ever heard a woman sing like that before. By then, Presley was already gyrating his way to superstardom. But Jackson - called the ...

  20. Big Boi to Launch Kids Record Label With Daughter

    May 12, 2011 12:10 PM EDT O utkast rapper Big Boi tells Billboard.com that he and his 16-year-old daughter, Jordan, have formed Purple Kidz, a new record label that will launch in the coming weeks. The imprint will feature a roster of younger artists but will target fans o ...

  21. Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown Top ACM Award Nominations

    February 01, 2011 11:24 AM EST Zac Brown leads the nominees for the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, announced Tuesday morning, with a total of nine nominations. (Five with his Zac Brown band, and four for being the producer and co-writer of their hit "As She&# ...

  22. Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire Co-Hosting Country Music Awards

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Country singer Blake Shelton will join Reba McEntire as co-hosts of the 46th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which takes place Sunday, April 3. The ceremony will be broadcast live from MGM's Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will ai ...

  23. Cracker Barrel Serves Up Cornbread, Eggs and CDs

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The thought of eggs over easy and country ham often means long lines at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. That's nothing compared to the wait The Grascals had, though. The bluegrass band waited three years to get what they wanted from the pop ...

  24. Promoter Darin Lashinsky Leaves Outback Concerts To Form National Shows 2

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Darin Lashinsky, formerly a senior VP at Outback Concerts, is leaving that company to form National Shows 2 (NS2), a Nashville-based, full-service concert promotion company. Lashinsky, a third generation concert promoter, will be CEO of NS2 and wi ...

  25. CMA Awards Slip In Ratings

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 44th annual CMA Awards was the most watched show during primetime on Nov. 10, but with an average of 16.4 million viewers for the three-hour program, it was down 4% from the 17.1 million viewers who watched in 2009. According to Tvbythenumbers ...

  26. BACKBEAT: Nashville Toasts Its Greats During The Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) and the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame joined together to toast Nashville's songwriting giants during the 40th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Inductio ...

  27. Gwyneth Paltrow to Sing at CMA Awards

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Actress Gwyneth Paltrow will be taking the stage at next month's Country Music Association Awards - as a performer. She'll sing the title track of her new movie, "Country Strong," and will be joined by Vince Gill. The film hits ...

  28. Lady Antebellum, Easton Corbin Lead ACM Nominations

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Antebellum and newcomer Easton Corbin lead the field for the inaugural American Country Awards with seven nominations apiece. Carrie Underwood is next with six nominations and Josh Turner has five. Country music's newest awards show debu ...

  29. Americana Awards Celebrate Legacy Of Wanda Jackson

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wanda Jackson had no idea the influence she would have on future rock 'n' roll women when she carved a sharp, distinctive line across the heartwood of the new genre back in the 1950s and '60s. The rockabilly queen with the knockout ...

  30. Carrie Underwood Takes Top Prize At CMT Awards

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CMT Awards host Kid Rock will be a keynote at the upcoming Billboard and Adweek Music & Advertising event, which runs June 15-16 in New York. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . The fans love Carrie Underwood and they proved it ag ...

  31. Flood Update: A Check On Nashville's Venues

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sally Williams, GM of the Ryman, says that famed venue is unscathed, and a sold out Goo Goo Dolls show was moved from Sunday to last night. “We didn't have a full house, but the enthusiasm of the folks that were there was inspiring,” Williams ...

  32. ACMs Too Interactive?

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The April 19 Academy of Country Music Awards will go down in history books as the year that (a) Carrie Underwood became the first woman to win entertainer of the year twice, (b) Lady Antebellum ended Rascal Flatts' seven-year run as top vocal ...

  33. Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift In ACM Spotlight

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With all due respect to the leading men of country, this year's Academy of Country Music Awards looks like it's going to the gals. Carrie Underwood can make history as the first woman to win two entertainer of the year awards when the st ...

  34. Jack Cooke, Bandmate of Ralph Stanley, Dead At 72

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST A longtime bluegrass bass player and singer with Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys has died. Jack Cooke was 72. According to a press release Wednesday from Morris Public Relations, Cooke died Tuesday at a hospital in his hometown of Norton, Va. ...

  35. Tammy Wynette Gets Posthumous Honor

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted hit songwriters Kye Fleming and Mark D. Sanders and late country music icon Tammy Wynette during the organization's 39th Anniversary Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, held Oct. 19 at ...

  36. Paisley, Underwood Return As Hosts Of CMA Awards

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will return as co-hosts of the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville this fall. The CMA said that both singers possess the humor and timing needed to host the three-hour show, which airs live on ABC Nov. 1 ...

  37. McEntire, McBride Announced For CMA Fest

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, reigning Country Music Association new artist of the year award winner Lady Antebellum, country star Trace Adkins, rising star and "Dancing with the Stars" sensation Julianne Hough and rising star Miranda ...

  38. Latin News Briefs: Marroquin, Jack Daniel's

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Rick Marroquin, most recently chief marketing officer for Batanga, has left the company to join Mediabrands , an advertising buying and media planning group. Marroquin will head up a new unit focusing on Hispanic and multicultural media. -Mexican ...

  39. Booker T. And The MGs Join Musicians Hall Of Fame

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Duane Eddy picked his rumbling "Peter Gunn" instrumental and Rolling Stone Keith Richards jammed with The Crickets on "Not Fade Away" as a host of musicians and producers were honored during the Musicians Hall of Fame ...

  40. Skaggs, CrossCountry The Band, Isaacs Lead Pack At ICM Awards

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "We can't hide it under a bushel! An organization like this is a great way to do what you do and take it out into the world," Ricky Skaggs says of country artists being recognized for sharing their faith at the 14th annual Inspirati ...

  41. CMA Endows ‘Words & Music’

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Country Music Association has endowed a $1 million gift to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s “Words & Music” program. “Words & Music,” one of eight educational programs that the museum currently offers to area schools, is des ...

  42. Hiatt, Berg, Shapiro Head To Hall Of Fame

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hit writers Matraca Berg ("Strawberry Wine") and Tom Shapiro ("Wink") and musical trailblazer John Hiatt will be inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (NaSHOF) this fall. The formal induction will come at the 39t ...

  43. CMA Music Fest Daily Attendance Up In 2008

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 2008 CMA Music Festival, held June 5-8 in Nashville, notched record numbers, with its average daily attendance of about 52,000 -- up 9% over last year. A total of 180 acts performed more than 34 hours of concerts at a wide range of venues, inc ...

  44. Strait, Chesney To Duet At ACM Awards

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, Kellie Pickler and LeAnn Rimes will perform during the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on May 18 in Las Vegas. Chesney and Strait will duet on "Shiftwork," which reached No. 2 on Hot ...

  45. Rascal Flatts To Receive Humanitarian Award

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts will be honored as the 2008 recipient of the Academy of Country Music/the Home Depot Humanitarian Award during the 43rd Annual ACM Awards, which take place May 18 in Las Vegas. The show will be broadcast from the MGM Grand Garden Are ...

  46. Jack Daniel's Toasts New Aussie Concert Series

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey has teamed with Sydney-based tour promoter Michael Chugg Entertainment (MCE) to launch a series of metropolitan and regional concerts, entitled The JD Sets. Logistics are still being worked out. But Jack Daniel ...

  47. Fifteen Nominated For Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amy Grant, Hank Williams Jr., Mac McAnnally, Thom Schuyler and Bob DiPiero are among the 15 songwriters that have been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The slate of nominees, divided into songwriter and songwrit ...

  48. Gill, Tillis, Emery To Join Country Hall of Fame

    August 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country stars Vince Gill and Mel Tillis as well as DJ and television host Ralph Emery are set to be the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The invitation-only induction ceremony takes place in October at the Country Music Hall of Fa ...

  49. Hill, McBride, Twain, Legend Join ACM Line-up

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Faith Hill, Toby Keith, Martina McBride and Big & Rich with special guest John Legend join the performance line-up for the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, which will be held May 15 in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Shania ...

  50. Koch Launches Label Services Division

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Port Washington, N.Y.-based Koch Entertainment Distribution has launched a new division it is called Koch Label Services, which is designed to add more marketing services to artist-run or small labels. The emphasis, says Koch president Michael Ros ...

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