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1981: The Year the Academy Awards Celebrated Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn

1980 marked a blockbuster year when it came to movies and country music, with the release of 9 to 5 (featuring Dolly Parton alongside Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin), Honeysuckle Rose (featuring Willie Nelson) and Coal Miner’s Daughter, a biopic focused on the life and career of Loretta Lynn. Ahead of this weekend’s Academy Awards,... Read more »

Yola Debuts Video For “Diamond Studded Shoes,” Sets New Album For July

Embedded from www.youtube.com. Yola follows receiving four nominations at the 62nd Grammy Awards — including one in the all-genre Best New Artist category — with an impressive slate of new announcements, including that of her second studio album, Stand For Myself, due July 30, and its lead single, “Diamond Studded Shoes.” The countrified rocker’s easy-listening... Read more »

Jana Kramer Splits From Husband Mike Caussin

“’It’s time.’ As I try to make sense of a reality I never wanted to believe could be possible again, those words have now become a reality,” wrote country vocalist Jana Kramer in an April 21 Instagram post. “I’ve fought y’all. I’ve loved hard. I’ve forgiven. I’ve put the work in. I’ve given everything I... Read more »

Carly Pearce Says Maybe She “Isn’t Finished” With Her Successful EP ’29’

“I mean, I don’t know that 29 is over…it’s still 29 but it’ll have another…yea…maybe?” During a recent appearance on KMLE Country 107.9’s Gunner & Cheyenne program in Phoenix, Arizona, Carly Pearce hinted at the idea that maybe she’d have a follow-up to her successful, February 2021-released EP, 29. As well, during a Country Now... Read more »

Blake Shelton Surprised Guests With Concerts at His Ole Red Restaurants in Nashville, Orlando

Blake Shelton could very well be country music’s busiest artist during the pandemic. For instance, last week, he was a host on The Voice, a performer at the 56th ACM Awards, plus surprised guests at the Nashville and Orlando Ole Red bar locations with surprise mini-concert appearances. The artist celebrating the 20th anniversary of his... Read more »

Reba McEntire Has a Song in the Upcoming Film ‘Four Good Days’

On Friday (April 23), Reba McEntire will release a new track, “Somehow You Do,” which is featured in the upcoming film Four Good Days, starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis. The movie, which centers on a mother who desperately tries to help her daughter survive a drug addiction, will open in theaters on April 30.... Read more »

Maddie & Tae on Their Confident New Track “Woman You Got,” Quarantine Cooking and Getting Road Ready

Last year, duo Maddie & Tae earned a Platinum-selling No. 1 hit with the ballad “Die From A Broken Heart.” The song’s vulnerable lyrics of a young woman turning to her mother for comfort and assurance after a bad breakup resonated not only with country fans, but with pop audiences, and the track was recently... Read more »

Did You Know That Prince Wrote Kenny Rogers’ 1986 Song “You’re My Love?”

Embedded from www.youtube.com. Great songwriting knows no genre. So often in Kenny Rogers’ iconic country music career, his hits were penned by artists whose traditional output existed far outside the country spectrum. Especially in the midst of his 1980s-era countrypolitan explosion, “The Gambler’s” songwriting inspirations could often be found doing anything but donning a cowboy... Read more »

Billy Gibbons Gets All-Star Tribute Featuring Brad Paisley, Eric Church

ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons will get the tribute treatment in an upcoming concert set to tape May 16 in Nashville, featuring Eric Church, Brad Paisley, Lucinda Williams, and more. “A Tribute to Billy Gibbons” will include live performances at the Grand Ole Opry House, before a limited capacity, socially-distanced audience. The lineup also includes... Read more »

Martina McBride’s Recording New Music and Planning For an Upcoming Tour

Embedded from www.youtube.com. While backstage at the 56th ACM Awards, award presenter (for Single of The Year) and well-regarded hit maker Martina McBride stated in a press conference that she’s both likely to release her first album in five years, plus hit the road for a tour during the second half of 2021. “Hopefully, I’m... Read more »

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