Tag Archives: country music

Country Music Legend Roy Clark Dies At Age 85

Variety reports: Roy Clark, the legendary guitarist and singer, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member, Grammy, ACM and CMA award winner and co-host of the “Hee Haw” television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla. His 24-year stint on the at times deliberately corny “Hee …

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Perkins: Intolerant Gays Are Ruining Country Music

Via press release from Tony Perkins: Through all of the cultural ups and downs, country music has always been a place conservatives felt welcome. While so many other celebrities started picking up activist causes and shaming fans who held Christian beliefs, American could always count on Nashville to stay true to their values (or at least tolerate them). Not anymore. …

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Huckabee Quits Board Of Country Music Association After One Day, Whines That Hateful Bullies Have Won

Variety reports: Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who, less than 24 hours after taking a post on the board of the Country Music Association Foundation, stepped down from his position amid furor in Nashville over his hardline politics and anti-LGBTQ stance, has published the letter tendering his resignation to the CMA Foundation. In it, the conservative radio host lambastes “irrational …

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Dolly Parton Donates Her 100 Millionth Kids Book

The Washington Post reports: Country music legend Dolly Parton has been called a lot of things over the course of her five-decade career: singer, songwriter, actress and cartoon character (her words). But none of those titles has meant more to the 72-year-old than the one she celebrated at the Library of Congress: “book lady.” Parton is the founder of Imagination …

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Dolly Parton Drops “Dixie” From Attraction Name

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports: Dolly Parton’s Pigeon Forge dinner attraction, Dixie Stampede, has a new name. It’s now known as Dolly Parton’s Stampede, according to a news release from World Choice Investments. It also has a location in Branson, Missouri. Parton explained in the press release that the change streamlines the name of the show, will remove any confusion …

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Country Music Awards Hosts Mock Trump [VIDEO]

Mediaite reports: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, hosts of the Country Music Association Awards, flouted the whims of CMA producers with a political opening song poking fun at President Donald Trump. After Underwood informed Paisley that CMA guidelines said the show would be a “politics free zone,” Paisley joked that he wouldn’t be able to perform such parody songs as …

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Country Legend Glen Campbell Dies At Age 81

Rolling Stone reports: Glen Campbell, the indelible voice behind 21 Top 40 hits including “Wichita Lineman” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” died Tuesday. He was 81. A rep for Universal Music Group, Campbell’s record label, confirmed the singer’s death to Rolling Stone. During a career that spanned six decades, Campbell sold over 45 million records. In 1968, …

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Pentatonix & Dolly Parton – Jolene [VIDEO]

Over two million views overnight. Via Entertainment Weekly: Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix delivered a special rendition of Dolly Parton’s hit “Jolene” with an added bonus: The Queen of Country herself. As shown in video posted to the group’s YouTube channel, Parton updated the iconic melody by claiming center stage for the performance, while Pentatonix sang back-up. “Singing with [Pentatonix] …

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Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies At Age 79

Via Yahoo News: Country legend Merle Haggard, often called “the Poet of the Common Man,” whose music reflected his hardscrabble roots and hard-living ways as well as a tenderness that made him a revered songwriter, has died at his home near Redding, Calif. He was 79. The Associated Press confirmed his death. Haggard along with fellow Bakersfield, Calif., superstar Buck …

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New Country Single: Wheeler Walker Jr. – Which One O’ You Queers Gonna Suck My Dick? [AUDIO]

This track is from what Rolling Stone calls “country’s filthiest new album.” They write: Keen-eyed comedy fans may recognize Wheeler Walker Jr., a reclusive country singer obsessed with jerking off, as stand-up comic Ben Hoffman, the former host of Comedy Central’s The Ben Show. As Walker, he releases his debut album Redneck Shit on Friday. A mix of sketches and …

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Cyndi Lauper – Heartache By The Numbers [VIDEO]

Cyndi Lauper’s star-studded album of country western classics, Detour, is coming and today she’s offering a free download of the first single with pre-orders. From the press materials: Lauper sounds right at home from the start, beginning with the album opener, “Funnel Of Love,” a track Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, recorded in 1960. Another highlight is the rollicking …

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Loretta Lynn – Everything It Takes [AUDIO]

Pure gold for classic country fans. Via Rolling Stone: Loretta Lynn’s upcoming album, Full Circle, finds her revisiting some of her biggest hits and debuting a few fresh numbers. One new composition is “Everything It Takes,” a light, folky country song that she tells Rolling Stone is a “woman song — something more for a woman.” The lyrics tell a …

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TRAILER: I Saw The Light

Via Coming Soon: I Saw The Light is the story of the legendary country western singer Hank Williams, who in his brief life created one of the greatest bodies of work in American music. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health. Written and directed by Marc Abraham, I Saw The Light …

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Country Legend Lynn Anderson Dies At 67

Via the Tennessean: Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic recording “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” died Thursday night of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She had been hospitalized for pneumonia following a trip to Italy. She was 67 years old. In 1970, Ms. Anderson moved from California to Nashville, and signed with …

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Country Radio Stations Pull Hit Single Following Complaints About “Gay Agenda”

Country radio stations nationwide have ceasing playing a hit single after listeners wrongly complained that the song promotes homosexuality. Via the Washington Post: Alana Lynn, a morning co-host on country music station 104.3 FM in Boise, Idaho, was excited to play Little Big Town’s latest single for her listeners. “Girl Crush,” a powerful ballad about a woman envious of her …

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Country Music Star Ty Herndon Comes Out

County music star Ty Herndon, 52, came out today, nine years after being busted for possession of crystal meth during a sex sting in a public park. Via Entertainment Tonight: “I have an awesome relationship that I’ve been in for a good number of years,” Herndon tells ET in a new sit-down airing Thursday. “[I] love him very much and …

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Glen Cambell – I’m Not Gonna Miss You

Stereogum has the sad back story: After country music star Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis a few years ago, he decided to release one last album (which ended up being split into two) and do one last tour. Now, he’s released his last song, which was specifically recorded for his upcoming documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, out later this month, …

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Dolly Parton – Home

Billboard reviews: Dolly Parton has just released a new video, “Home,” from her hit “Blue Smoke” album. The playful video follows Parton as she prepares for a photo shoot. True to form, her wardrobe is colorful throughout, and she even breaks out the banjo for part of the clip. The decidedly poppy song is a heartwarmer about, well, home. “I’ll …

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Kacey Musgraves – Follow Your Arrow

At last night’s GLAAD Media Awards in Manhattan: Grammy Award-winning country sensation Kacey Musgraves made history when she became the first country artist to perform at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York on Saturday. Musgraves has been a vocal ally to the LGBT community and used her voice as a 2013 Spirit Day Ambassador to show support for LGBT …

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