| Nov 12, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Taylor Swift made history at Wednesday night's Country Music Assn. Awards by becoming the youngest person, at only 19, to win the coveted entertainer of the year title. Only five women -- Loretta Lynn (1972), Dolly Parton (1978), Barbara Mandrell (1980,...
| Dec 11, 2009
| 4:34 PM
The English singer shows no signs of his difficult year. To go by the lyrics of the dozens of extravagantly unhappy songs he's written since he founded the Smiths a quarter of a century ago, the English singer known simply......
| Dec 15, 2009
| 4:34 PM
Brian Wilsonâs âSmile,â the long-delayed Beach Boys project that he resuscitated and finished in 2004, has come in atop Metacritic.comâs list of the best-reviewed albums of the decade, while Austin, Texas, indie-rock group Spoon has been named the...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 9:54 AM
Eric Church, Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan will headline the 2014 Stagecoach Country Music Festival in Indio, festival organizers announced Thursday.
They top the three-day bill scheduled for April 25-27 that’s heavy on freshmen and sophomore...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 9:00 AM
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Many of the songs on "Divided & United: The Songs of the Civil War" had been long relegated to the dustbins of history before executive producer Randall Poster decided to pair the 19th century...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 11:17 AM
Music biopics often seem ubiquitous, but it's not always easy to drum up movies about famous tune-smiths.
Take Don Cheadle's in-the-making movie about the jazz trumpet player and composer Miles Davis, which he's been trying to get started for years....
| Nov 20, 2013
| 11:04 AM
Loretta Lynn is among 14 Americans who were presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama on Wednesday at the White House. The award, created by President John F. Kennedy, recognizes significant achievements in politics, world peace,...
| Oct 15, 2008
Kenny Chesney "Lucky Old Sun" (BNA)
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This is the one Kenny Chesney watchers have been waiting for ever since the cuddle-bunny country superstar's 2005 marriage to Renee Zellweger flamed out so spectacularly.
Last year's "Just Who I Am: Poets and...
| May 5, 2008
ONE OF those golden moments you hope for at gargantuan music gatherings like the weekend Stagecoach Festival in Indio came Saturday night, when the Judds, Naomi and daughter Wynonna, resuscitated their monstrously successful '80s act in what was billed as...
| May 27, 2008
Last week's announcement that Shania Twain and hubby-producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange are splitting up is sad, if not utterly a shock. After all, if anything is part and parcel of country music tradition, it's D-I-V-O-R-C-E.
Nevertheless, it's always...
| Jul 15, 2008
| 1:37 PM
As a rule, I'm skeptical of cities that bill themselves as "The [fill in the blank] Capital of the World."
Such claims seem boastful, dubious or, at best, a weak gimmick. Has anyone actually traveled to Ft. Payne, Ala., because it's crowned itself "The...