Amanda Shires Isn’t Letting Nashville, or Her Marriage, Off the Hook

The singer, songwriter and fiddler found comfort with an unexpected collaborator and plumbed new depths on her latest album, “Take It Like a Man.”

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Can Luke Combs, Country’s Everyman, Grow Up Without Losing Touch?

The unflashy 32-year-old star makes irrepressibly catchy and relatable country anthems. Now he’s walking a tricky line: finding ways to evolve without straying too far from his roots.

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Why ‘This Is How We Do It’ Is Actually a Country Song

Wesley Morris has a revelation about Montell Jordan’s 1995 R&B hit.

#country-music, #music, #rap-and-hip-hop, #rem-music-group

Naomi Judd Died of a Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Her Daughter Says

Ms. Judd’s youngest daughter, the actress Ashley Judd, said in a television interview on Thursday that her mother was suffering from mental illness when she died last month.

#country-music, #firearms, #judd-ashley, #judd-naomi, #judd-wynonna, #mental-health-and-disorders, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

Mickey Gilley, Country Music Star Whose Club Inspired ‘Urban Cowboy,’ Dies at 86

Mr. Gilley, who had more than 30 chart-topping records, owned a Texas nightclub that was behind a country music revival.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #country-music, #cowboys-and-cowgirls, #deaths-obituaries, #mickey-gilley, #texas, #urban-cowboy-movie

Naomi Judd, of Grammy-Winning The Judds, Dies at 76

The country music duo, made up of Naomi and Wynonna Judd, was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #judd-naomi, #judd-wynonna, #music, #the-judds

Roland White, a Shaper of Bluegrass and Country-Rock, Dies at 83

A mandolin player and singer, he made his mark with the Country Boys (later renamed the Kentucky Colonels), and his influence extended into the rock of the ’60s.

#bluegrass-music, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #kentucky-colonels, #white-roland-1938-2022

Dolly Parton Refused the Rock Hall of Fame

Turning down her nomination to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame might be her way of making room for others in a ruthless music business.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #country-music, #parton-dolly, #pop-and-rock-music, #rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-and-museum

Dolly Parton Bows Out of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nomination

The country singer, who was among 17 genre-spanning nominees this year, said, “I don’t feel that I have earned that right” and asked to be removed. Voting has already begun.

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Bobbie Nelson, Longtime Pianist for Brother Willie, Dies at 91

They grew up together playing music, and in 1973 she became a core member of the band that would take Mr. Nelson to worldwide fame.

#austin-tex, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #nelson-bobbie, #nelson-willie, #pop-and-rock-music

Hargus Robbins, Pianist on Country Music Hits, Dies at 84

A revered member of Nashville’s A-Team of studio musicians, he was a major contributor to Bob Dylan’s “Blonde on Blonde” album.

#country-music, #country-music-hall-of-fame-and-museum, #deaths-obituaries, #dylan-bob, #nashville-tenn, #robbins-hargus-1938-2022

The Morgan Wallen Conundrum

The country superstar had the biggest album of 2021 despite being captured on video using a racial slur. Is he on a redemption tour, or just on tour?

#black-people, #country-music, #dangerous-the-double-album-album, #fans-persons, #indecency-obscenity-and-profanity, #wallen-morgan

Ralph Emery, the Dick Clark of Country Music, Dies at 88

For six decades he promoted country performers on radio and television, earning a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #emery-ralph, #grand-ole-opry-house, #nashville-tenn, #radio

Maren Morris, a Pop-Curious Hitmaker, Is Country, After All

With proven Top 40 chops, the singer has still chosen to call Nashville home on her third album, “Humble Quest,” due out in March.

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Mickey Guyton on Her Grammy Nominations: ‘I Was Right’

Last Grammys, the singer became the first Black woman to be nominated for a solo country performance award. This time, she’s back with three more chances to win.

#country-music, #grammy-awards, #guyton-mickey, #remember-her-name-album

Grammys Snubs and Surprises: Kacey Musgraves, Jon Batiste and Abba

A jazz musician snagged the most nominations, and the Weeknd, an artist who said he’s boycotting the awards, found his name on the ballot.

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Jon Batiste and Young Chart-Toppers Lead 2022 Grammy Nominations

The Recording Academy, which expanded the top competitions to 10 slots, announces its first ballot since ending its heavily criticized review committees in nearly all categories.

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5,000 Shows Later, the Grand Ole Opry Is Still the Sound of Nashville

A two-hour celebration for the milestone broadcast captured the shifts and strides in country music that played out over the past century on the Opry stage.

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Sue Thompson, Who Sang of ‘Norman’ and Sad Movies, Dies at 96

She started out a country singer, but she found fame and pop-chart success in the early 1960s with catchy novelty songs, as well as the occasional ballad.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #loudermilk-john-d-1934-2016, #norman-song, #pop-and-rock-music, #sad-movies-make-me-cry-song, #thompson-sue-1925-2021, #united-service-organizations

Kacey Musgraves, Country Music Chameleon

The singer and songwriter’s “Star-Crossed” documents the end of her marriage. But reports of her divorce from Nashville have been greatly exaggerated.

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Mickey Guyton on Her Debut Album, ‘Remember Her Name’

She was failed by the country music industry until the emotional song “Black Like Me” changed her career. Now comes a debut album that proved therapeutic.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #country-music, #guyton-mickey, #nashville-tenn, #remember-her-name-album, #women-and-girls

‘Star-Crossed’ Review: The Kacey Musgraves Divorce Hour

The singer and songwriter’s fourth studio album, “Star-Crossed,” is a chronicle of her marriage’s collapse, delivered with lightly adventurous production and lighter regret.

#country-music, #musgraves-kacey, #star-crossed-album

Kacey Musgraves’s Expanding Universe

After two wry country albums and a Grammy-sweeping breakthrough, pop stardom is calling for Kacey Musgraves. Will she answer?

#content-type-personal-profile, #country-music, #musgraves-kacey, #pop-and-rock-music, #star-crossed-album

Don Everly, Older Brother in Groundbreaking Rock Duo, Dies at 84

The Everly Brothers were the most successful rock act to emerge from Nashville in the 1950s, rivaling Elvis Presley for airplay on the radio.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #everly-don, #everly-phil-1939-2014, #nashville-tenn, #pop-and-rock-music, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-and-museum

Tom T. Hall, Country Music’s ‘Storyteller,’ Is Dead at 85

Mr. Hall, who wrote hits like “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” helped to imbue country lyrics with newfound depth and insight in the 1960s and ’70s.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #hall-tom-t, #harper-valley-p-t-a-song, #music, #writing-and-writers

54 Albums Later, Connie Smith’s Defiant Heart Has Plenty to Say

The country artist, 80, is releasing her first secular recording in about a decade. Her husband, Marty Stuart, calls her “the ultimate outlaw” for doing things her way.

#content-type-personal-profile, #country-music, #smith-connie-1941, #the-cry-of-the-heart-album

Nanci Griffith, Singer Who Mixed Folk and Country, Dies at 68

In a career that began in Texas and spanned five decades, she was praised by critics for the thoughtful storytelling of her lyrics.

#country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #griffith-nanci

Dolly Parton and James Patterson Are Working On a Novel, ‘Run, Rose, Run’

“Run, Rose, Run” is set for publication in 2022, along with a Parton album whose 12 new songs were inspired by the book.

#books-and-literature, #country-music, #little-brownco, #parton-dolly, #patterson-james, #run-rose-run-book, #writing-and-writers

Paul Cotton, Mainstay of the Country-Rock Band Poco, Dies at 78

He joined the band for its third album and expanded its emotional and stylistic palette with his sinewy, blues-inflected guitar work and brooding baritone vocals.

#cotton-paul-1943-2021, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #poco-music-group, #pop-and-rock-music

DMX’s Posthumous All-Star Track, and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Griff, Kidd G, Masayoshi Fujita and others.

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Post Malone Covers Hootie & the Blowfish, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Pop Smoke, Jade Bird, Adrian Younge and others.

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Dolly Parton Statue Has Tennessee’s Support, but Not Parton’s

The state legislature was considering a bill that would kick off plans to erect the statue on Capitol grounds. She has asked that the bill be pulled.

#country-music, #law-and-legislation, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #parton-dolly, #ryman-auditorium-nashville-tenn, #tennessee, #windle-john-mark

Black, Female and Carving Out Their Own Path in Country Music

Five singer-songwriters discuss the challenges of becoming the change they want to see in a famously homogeneous segment of the music industry.

#black-people, #brittney-spencer, #country-music, #guyton-mickey, #miko-marks, #race-and-ethnicity, #reyna-roberts, #rissi-palmer, #women-and-girls

Morgan Wallen Holds Onto No. 1 Again Following Use of Racial Slur

The country star, who was condemned by the industry for his language, has only seen his album sales increase since the scandal.

#country-music, #dangerous-the-double-album-album, #isbell-jason, #wallen-morgan

A New Generation Pushes Nashville to Address Racism in Its Ranks

A small contingent of country artists and industry players have been speaking up in a business that likes to shut down dissent.

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Country Star Morgan Wallen Rebuked by Music Business After Using Racial Slur

The musician apologized in a statement to TMZ, saying, “I used an unacceptable and inappropriate racial slur that I wish I could take back.”

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Morgan Wallen Repeats at No. 1 With Big Streaming Numbers

Songs from the country star’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” were streamed 177 million times in its second week out.

#country-music, #dangerous-the-double-album-album, #wallen-morgan

Jimmie Rodgers, Who Sang ‘Honeycomb’ and Other Hits, Dies at 87

His crossover appeal landed him on the charts often in the 1950s and ’60s, but a violent incident in 1967 derailed his career.

#branson-mo, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #honeycomb-song, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #pop-and-rock-music, #rodgers-jimmie-1933-2020

Meet Kidd G, Country Music’s Next Emo-Rap Star

A 17-year-old from a small Georgia town built an audience as a rapper on TikTok and SoundCloud before pivoting to country music and inching his way into a notoriously cloistered industry.

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Morgan Wallen’s Small-Town Country Songs, Aimed at a Big Audience

The 27-year-old Nashville star leaves ample room for musical variety on his second LP, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” but keeps his lyrics focused on rural America as an idyllic fantasy.

#country-music, #dangerous-the-double-album-album, #wallen-morgan

K.T. Oslin, Country Singer Known for ‘80’s Ladies,’ Dies at 78

Her song, the first of many hits, heralded the arrival of a songwriting voice whose sharply drawn miniatures conveyed domestic humor and pathos.

#80s-ladies-song, #country-music, #country-music-assn, #deaths-obituaries, #oslin-k-t-1942-2020, #women-and-girls

Mariah! Dolly! Carrie! 2020 Can’t Quarantine This Cheer

Pop stars try to pull off a Christmas spectacular in tough times, with three sparkly but heartfelt specials now on streaming services.

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What Country Music Asked of Charley Pride

The singer put himself on the line to become the genre’s first Black superstar. He died on Saturday not long after performing at a largely mask-free awards ceremony.

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Charley Pride, Country Music’s First Black Superstar, Dies at 86

He cemented his place in the country pantheon in the 1970s with hits including “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone.”

#black-people, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #pride-charley, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Barry Gibb Has a Mission: ‘Keep the Music Alive’

The last Bee Gee looks back at his wide-ranging catalog of hits, and ahead to an album of duets that spotlights his first love, country music.

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The Grit and Glory of Dolly Parton

More than 50 years into her legendary career, she’s still capturing America’s particular mythology — its dreams and its disappointments — like no other.

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The Snubs and Surprises of the Grammy Award Nominations

Some of pop music’s biggest names didn’t get nominations for the 2021 awards, while a diverse list of lesser-known acts filled out the ballot.

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CMA Awards Sum Up Country Music’s Upside-Down Year

In a show featuring a distanced but unmasked audience, Nashville’s big stars celebrated the power of live music.

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How Gillian Welch and David Rawlings Held Onto Optimism

The uncertainties of 2020 led the folk duo to discover a new emotional urgency in songs about the slow, challenging, beautiful heat of living.

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Jerry Jeff Walker, Who Wrote and Sang ‘Mr. Bojangles,’ Dies at 78

He never had a Top 40 pop hit. But his best-known composition became an enduring standard, and he became a mainstay of the outlaw country movement.

#austin-tex, #austin-city-limits-tv-program, #country-music, #deaths-obituaries, #folk-music, #mr-bojangles-song, #walker-jerry-jeff