1. Red Simpson, Pioneer of the Bakersfield Sound, Dies at 81

    January 09, 2016 6:15 PM EST 0 0 0 Red Simpson , who helped serve as an architect to the Bakersfield Sound, has died. He was 81. Simpson was on a tour in the Pacific Northwest recently when he suffered a heart attack. After being released, he fell ill again on Friday (Jan. 8) and was ...

  2. Don Henley Previews Star-Studded New Album 'Cass County' in Nashville

    June 12, 2015 6:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 The week of the CMA Music Festival brings a wide variety of public figures to Nashville. One of the biggest sightings in town on Thursday was the legendary Don Henley , who stopped by Nashville’s Ruby to give invited guests a first listen to some of ...

  3. Weldon Myrick, Steel Guitar Great, Dies At 76

    June 04, 2014 2:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Though there are many great artist-musician relationships in country music history, some stand out a little more others. Don Rich’s enticing Telecaster licks helped to make Buck Owens one of the top recording artists of the 1960s. At the same time p ...

  4. Luke Bryan Locks Up Nos. 1 And 2 On Country Airplay Chart

    May 20, 2014 12:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The star becomes the first act in the chart's 24-year history to command the top two spots simultaneously Luke Bryan dominates Billboard's Country Airplay chart with his ninth No. 1, as "Play It Again" lifts 3-1 in its 12th chart ...

  5. Vince Gill, Paul Franklin Return to 'Bakersfield' With Expanded Edition

    January 21, 2014 3:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Vince Gill and Paul Franklin's "Bakersfield" - which was originally released this past July has definitely made an impact with traditionally minded country music fans, as the set made many "Best of" lists for 2013. One group ...

  6. Buck Owens Autobiography Crafted From Tapes Left By Late Country Legend

    December 30, 2013 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Much has been written about the career and life of Buck Owens over the years. However, not much has been stated from the words of the man himself. Until the release of the new autobiography, "Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens," ...

  7. Chart Moves: Luke Bryan Leads Hot Country Songs For 10th Week; Tegan And Sara Debut On Hot 100; Wisin Lands Solo Latin Leader

    October 25, 2013 1:37 PM EDT As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fourth week. Who else are makes notable moves on song charts this week? -- One Republic: The Ryan Tedder-led group lands its first Hot Digital Songs top 10 ...

  8. Chart Moves: Drake Breaks R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Record; Luke Bryan Reaches Country

    October 18, 2013 4:11 AM EDT As previously reported, Lorde's "Royals" leads the Billboard Hot 100 for a third week. Who else are rulers (rulers …) on other song charts this week?   -- Drake : "Hold On, We're Going Home" (featuring Majid Jordan) ...

  9. Vince Gill Takes on Merle Haggard: 'As a Singer… It's Almost Foolish'

    July 29, 2013 5:15 PM EDT On Tuesday, MCA Nashville rolls out "Bakersfield," the new collaboration between Vince Gill and Paul Franklin that pays tribute to the music of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. On Friday, we took a look at the tracks that were originally re ...

  10. Vince Gill Talks 'Bakersfield': Exclusive

    July 26, 2013 12:30 PM EDT Tuesday, Vince Gill and Paul Franklin release their highly anticipated album "Bakersfield" on MCA Nashville. The set is a tribute to the music made famous by Buck Owens and Merle Haggard – with five songs selected from the catalog of bot ...

  11. Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Country Songs Chart

    January 04, 2013 6:45 PM EST 1 0 0 Meanwhile, Zac Brown's 'Goodbye' Says Hello to Radio Summit After bridging decades of chart history with nine weeks at No. 1 on Country Songs late last year, a holiday-driven digital surge for Taylor Swift 's "We Are Never E ...

  12. Wanda Jackson, Buck Owens Rarities Get Release

    December 18, 2012 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Fans of classic country music will be excited to learn of a new series of releases from Omnivore Recordings that will take them back in time a few years. The company recently released four vinyl EP's from four of the format's greatest star ...

  13. Buck Owens

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  14. Taylor Swift Makes Country Songs History

    December 06, 2012 1:05 PM EST 0 0 0 Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio ...

  15. Dwight Yoakam on Tapping Beck, Kid Rock For '3 Pears' Album

    September 18, 2012 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 'It was a continuous process of creating musical ideas,' says Yoakam of seven-year album gap. Dwight Yoakam assures us that "there was no deliberate plan in taking this many years" -- seven, that is -- to release "3 Pears,&q ...

  16. Buck Owens Box Set Uncovers 'Buried' Treasures

    July 13, 2012 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Buck Owens always had a tendency to do things in a big way. And, though it has been over six years since his passing, that is still the case to this day. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is the subject of a lavish, eight CD box set titled " ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 'Dallas' and Country Music a 'Natural Fit'

    June 11, 2012 5:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "Dallas," the iconic series that made Friday nights "Must See TV" long before NBC did the same for Thursdays with their classic series of comedies, was well represented at the recent CMA Music Festival. Saturday night at the Coun ...

  19. Dwight Yoakam Says Beck Collab Has Creedence Feel

    June 06, 2012 10:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Dwight Yoakam hasn't released an all-new studio album since 2005's "Blame the Vain", but that will change this fall with his return to Warner Music. The trad-country master spoke about the still-untitled effort, which will includ ...

  20. Dwight Yoakam Talks Return to Warner, Working With Beck at Billboard Country Summit

    June 05, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Dwight Yoakam speaks to Billboard's Tom Roland during his Keynote Q&A at the Billboard Country Music Summit. (Photo: Michael Seto) 1986 saw the release of one country music's most acclaimed albums ever -- Dwight Yoakam's Guitars ...

  21. Marty Stuart Releases Churning, Twang-Filled 'Woodpile'

    April 20, 2012 2:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Forty years ago this fall, Marty Stuart rode a Greyhound to Nashville from the streets of Philadelphia -- Mississippi. His intention was to visit with Roland White, the mandolin player for Lester Flatt. Stuart had no idea that he would be offered a ...

  22. Country Hall Highlights Bakersfield Sound

    April 06, 2012 5:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 There was something about the California sound of country music. It sparkled on the airwaves as much as the flamboyant stage attire that the artists who made the music wore on stage. For a while, it seemed like there was somewhat of a tug-of-war bet ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Buck Owens & The Knack Get Record Store Day Releases

    February 29, 2012 10:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Record Store Day is just around the corner on April 21, and Omnivore Recordings has announced two upcoming exclusive releases that day -- one of which will feature one of Country Music's all-time legends. The burgeoning Los Angeles-based record ...

  25. Friday Flashback: A Double Shot of Buck Owens

    January 27, 2012 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 This weekend in 1964, Buck Owens had a very historic recording session, and the success he enjoyed with the material will not likely be duplicated by any other artist. At the session, he recorded "My Heart Skips A Beat" and "Together ...

  26. Country Music Hall of Fame: Class of 2012 Cheat Sheet

    January 26, 2012 8:15 AM EST 0 0 0 In February, the Country Music Hall of Fame typically announces the name of three new inductees into the ranks of the genre's most exclusive class. With that in mind, we'd like to offer our thoughts on who might be the honorees in the indi ...

  27. Friday Flashback: Dwight Yoakam's Golden Debut

    January 20, 2012 7:00 PM EST 0 0 0 Twenty-five years ago this weekend, one of the more lasting country albums of the 1980s was certified Gold. "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc, Etc." by Dwight Yoakam was -- along with Randy Travis's "Storms of Life" -- one of the big ...

  28. Surviving Cast Members Salute 'Hee Haw'

    January 19, 2012 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 It was June 15, 1969. Man was still a month away from landing on the moon. The country was still heavily entrenched in the Vietnam War. And, if you were watching CBS Television that night, you saw a new series called "Hee Haw." Though the ...

  29. Dailey & Vincent Stray From the Norm in 'Gospel Side'

    January 09, 2012 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 Chart-topping bluegrass duo Dailey and Vincent know they've got a good thing going with their marketing agreement with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store. Their music is sold there, and if you look at their touring bus, you don't have to loo ...

  30. Brad Paisley Branches Out With a Book

    November 03, 2011 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 Having written the bulk of his hit records since breaking into the limelight with 1999's "Who Needs Pictures," Brad Paisley is no stranger to success as a writer. However, this week he crosses into another level of the craft, releasin ...

  31. Liz Anderson, Trailblazing Country Songwriter, Dies at 81

    November 02, 2011 10:50 AM EDT 0 0 0 Famed songwriter and singer Liz Anderson died Monday evening of complications from heart and lung disease after a brief hospitalization, her family announced. The singer, who is the mother of Lynn Anderson and a key player in the success of Merle Ha ...

  32. Alabama Returns To Country Songs Summit

    May 23, 2011 11:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 A labama returns to the top spot on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based Country Songs chart, as Brad Paisley 's "Old Alabama," on which the group is featured, ascends 2-1. Alabama had last ruled Country Songs with "Reckless" ...

  33. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 21, 2009 1:23 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Fogerty 's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the m ...

  34. John Fogerty Enlists Springsteen, Eagles For New Blue Ridge Rangers

    July 20, 2009 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 John Fogerty's "The Blue Ridge Rangers Rides Again," a new collection of Fogerty recordings of some of his favorite classic songs, is set for release Sept. 1 on Fortune Son/Verve Forecast. The album, recorded under the guise of the my ...

  35. Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell Join Hall Of Fame

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barbara Mandrell, Roy Clark and Charlie McCoy were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in an at times emotional ceremony that saluted them for their music as well as their contributions to bringing the genre to a mass audience t ...

  36. March 25, 2009

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Elton John sets the record for the most performances at New York’s Madison Square Garden when he performs there for the 60th time – on his 60th birthday. 2006 – Singer and guitarist Buck Owens of the Buckaroos dies in his sleep of an apparent ...

  37. Country Songs Inspire TV Dramas

    March 13, 2009 11:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country songs can sure tell stories. Now the TV production company Granada America wants to make some of those stories into a series of one-hour TV dramas. The film-producing duo of Mark Roberts and Lorena David ("Strangers With Candy," &q ...

  38. Clark, Mandrell, McCoy Headed To Country Hall

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Roy Clark, Barbara Mandrell and Charlie McCoy will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at a medallion ceremony this spring. The announcement was made by the Country Music Assocation at the downtown Nashville HOF today (Feb. 4). Clark, ...

  39. Let It Rip

    November 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with "Play," a mostly instrumental album due this week via Arista Nashville. Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with & ...

  40. Brad Paisley Goes Instrumental With 'Play'

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with "Play," a mostly instrumental album due Nov. 4 via Arista Nashville. Country superstar Brad Paisley is putting the focus back on his guitar skills with &quo ...

  41. This Day in Music

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singles chart for the first time since shortly after his death in 1977, thereby breaking a quarter-century-long stalemate with the Beatles for the most chart 2002 - Elvis Presley reappears on the U.K. singl ...

  42. Death Cab For Cutie Earns Hot Shot Debut, No. 1 Album

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 New Kids on the Block, Death Cab and Keith Sweat earn Hot Shot Debuts while Miranda Lambert and Radiohead make a showing as Greatest Gainers. Hot Shot Debuts : Keith Sweat crowns Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums -- and wins the chart’s Hot Shot Debut awar ...

  43. Chart Beat Chat

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred and his readers discuss Mariah Carey, Madonna, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney and more! YOU ARE THERE Hey, Fred. It's exciting to witness chart history [being made by] Mariah Carey and Madonna this week; Mariah's 18th No. 1 single (&qu ...

  44. Previewing The Week's Top New Releases

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Carrie Underwood ramps back up for her sophomore album, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss cement an unlikely creative partnership, Ween is weirder than ever on its Rounder debut and Neil Young stretches The solo debut from System Of A Down frontman Ser ...

  45. GENE WATSON, "In a Perfect World"

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 It's hard to believe traditionalist Watson has been around for as long as he has -- his first big hit was 1975's "Love in the Hot Afternoon." It's hard to believe traditionalist Watson has been around for as long as he has - ...

  46. 'Pirate' Booty

    September 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Five summers of playing to more than 1 million fans ... 20 million albums sold in the United States ... 12 No. 1 records, and as many more in the top five. Five entertainer of the year awards, country Five summers of playing to more than 1 million f ...

  47. Soulja Boy 'Cranks' Hot 100 No. 1 With Debut Single

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Seventeen-year-old rapper/producer Soulja Boy races to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his debut single, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)." The track jumps from No. 2 thanks to sales of 144,000 digital do Seventeen-year-old rapper/producer Sou ...

  48. Chart Beat

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses Kenny Chesney, Fergie, same-titled No. 1 songs and more! 'BLINK' GETS THE NOD: There's no way you can miss the impact of Kenny Chesney's "Don't Blink" (BNA) on country chart history. The Knoxville na ...

  49. Fergie Scores Third Solo No. 1 On Hot 100

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fergie scores her third No. 1 hit from her solo album "The Dutchess" this week as "Big Girls Don't Cry" inches up 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She thus becomes the first female artist with three No. Fergie scores her third ...

  50. Yoakam 'Sings' Tribute To Owens On New Album

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 A longtime admirer of the style and songs of Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam has crafted a tribute to the country bard on "Dwight Sings Buck," due Oct. 23 via New West. A longtime admirer of the style and songs of Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakam has c ...

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