John Prine was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but the compass of his musical world was Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, where his parents and grandparents were from, where he visited frequently when growing up, and where some of his fondest memories were made. Prine spelled it all out in “Paradise.”
Maybe you’re not intimately familiar with the name, but you’re most definitely familiar with the licks he played, and the songs that he helped turn into country hits and standards over decades. One of the most prolific and respected session guitarists in country music history, Ray Edenton, has died.
Buddy Spicher, Charlie McCoy, Chris Scruggs, Elvis Presley, Everly Brothers, Grand Ole Opry, Joe Maphis, Kitty Wells, Leon Russell, Lloyd Green, Lynn Anderson, Neil Young, Old Dominion Barn Dance, Ray Edenton, Reba McEntire, Red Foley, Roger Miller, Sammy Davis Jr., The Beach Boys, Webb Pierce
British-born, and Australian-raised singer and actor Olivia Newton-John passed away on Monday, August 8th at the age of 73 after a long battle with breast Cancer, leaving the world bereft of one of the most cherished and recognizable entertainers in history whose work and influence bridged the worlds of acting and music.
A recent petition launched to coincide with Freddy Fender’s birthday, and subsequent media reporting, has stimulated a healthy amount of discussion about the prospects for Freddy Fender being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Clint Black, Country Music Hall of Fame, Crystal Gayle, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Freddy Fender, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Rodriguez, Keith Whitley, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Linda Ronstadt, Lynn Anderson, Ray Charles, Shania Twain, Tanya Tucker, Texas Tornadoes, The Judds, The Mavericks, Vern Gosdin, Veronique Medrano
Most certainly, country music has always been a bastion for more conservative and traditional viewpoints, for the most part. But there has always been exceptions and counter-balances within that narrative, expressing a lot more open-mindedness in the industry.
Anthony Armstrong Jones, Carol Channing, David Lee Murphy, Jimbeau Hinson, John Conlee, Kathy Mattea, Loretta Lynn, Lynn Anderson, Mel Street, Patty Loveless, Porter Wagoner, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, Rita Coolidge, Steve Earle, Tammy Wynette, The Oak Ridge Boys
This negative regard for The Monkees often overshadowed the very real, and very important contributions that guitarist, singer, and songwriter Mike Nesmith had on the confluence of country and rock in California, both as a performer, and as a benefactor.
He could have been a star in the NFL. Instead Jim Weatherly chose to become a songwriter. The football world’s loss was the music world’s gain, if for no other accomplishment than the Pontotoc, Mississippi native wrote the iconic Southern anthem “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
Once again as spring nears, it becomes time for the annual exercise to ponder who perhaps the CMA will deem worthy for induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. About this time the secret CMA-approved committee is going over their final ballots and whittling down the precious names to the few who will make it.
Country Music Hall of Fame, David Allan Coe, Dottie West, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams Jr. Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Paycheck, Keith Whitley, Kenny Chesney, Lynn Anderson, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Travis Tritt. Brooks & Dunn
Mary Sarah is an unusual case when it comes to mainstream country prospects. On the surface, you have this gorgeous young woman with lots of styling, pizzazz, and stage presence, seasoned from performing since a very early age, like a pop country star ready to go out of the box. But what does she decide to do with her debut album? She releases a duets record with country legends.
As Christmas festivities come to a close and New Years comes into focus, it’s once again time to reflect back on all of the country music greats we lost in the last year. From huge celebrity stars, to influential songwriters and side musicians who impacted the music out of the spotlight, country music lost many notable names in 2015.
Bill Keith, Billy Joe Royal, Billy Sherrill, Bob Burns, Bobby Emmons, Bonnie Lou, BUddy Emmons, Chuck Pyle, Daron Norwood, David Rodriguez, Don Chapel, Don Pfrimmer, Jim Ed Brown, Joe B. Maudlin, Johnny Gimble, Jon Hensley, Little Jimmy Dickens, Lynn Anderson, Owen Mays, Ramona Jones, Randy Howard, Tom Skinner, Tommy Overstreet
Lynn Anderson, the singer of 12 country music #1’s, and known as the “Great Lady of Country Music,” has passed away according to reports. She died Thursday night (7-30) of a heart attack at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. Anderson was 67-years-old.
Close your eyes for a second, and envision a world where a young beautiful bubbly female star—like Taylor Swift maybe—releases a completely traditional country album, not of her own music, but of some of the standards from country music’s sainted past. Now, open your eyes back up, and you’re ready to enter the world of Mary Sarah.
One enterprising town in East Tennessee called Lake City just a little north of Knoxville saw where the lack of a true Rocky Top, Tennessee could be an opportunity. Looking to boost tourism to the town of around 2,000, Lake City’s city council voted on November 7th, 2013 to petition the Tennessee State Assembly and have the town’s name officially changed to Rocky Top.
It’s that time of year again when we’re on the verge of hearing who the next class of inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame will be. Though the date seems to be getting later and later each year (last year it stretched all the way to April 10th—2012 was announced on March 6th), as soon as spring starts to break, you can be assured an announcement is coming soon.
2014, Alan Jackson, Bobby Bare, Brooks & Dunn, Country Music Hall of Fame, David Allan Coe, Dottie West, Garth Brooks, Gram Parsons, Hank Cochran, Hank Williams Jr., Inductees, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, John D. Loudermilk, John Hartford, Johnny Paycheck, Kenny Rogers, Lynn Anderson, predictions, Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Ronnie Milsap, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, Tompall Glaser
“Artist to watch” is an often-used term that may or may not be a good fit for certain performers, especially young ones that still have so many decisions to make about their lives and careers, and have so many determinations to be made. But when it comes to the 18-year-old singer-songwriter Mary Sarah, “artist-to-watch” might not be a strong enough designation to speak to the potential of this artist.
Amber Digby’s gift is being able to hand select classic country songs from the past that never became full-on classics, but should have. And then with her band Midnight Flyer, Amber makes these songs classics by the power of her pure country voice. It’s part album making, part archeology dig, and then she adds a few newer offerings and self-penned songs to the mix for good measure.
Amber Digby, Connie Smith, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Jerry Reed, Johnny Paycheck, Justin Trevino, Lloyd Green, Lynn Anderson, The Grand Ole Opry, The Warren Brothers, The World You're Living In, Vince Gill
2012 was a high profile year for Halls of Fame. From the kilted screecher Axl Rose pulling like a Sex Pistol and telling the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to kiss off, to the Baseball Hall of Fame not inducting a single member as the steroid era falls like a shadow on the eligibility timeline. The Country Music Hall of Fame has kept its legitimacy and honor over the years by being an exclusive get…
2013, Alan Jackson, Brooks and Dunn, Candidates, Chet Flippo, Country Music Hall of Fame, David Allan Coe, Dottie West, Gram Parsons, Hank Williams Jr., Inductees, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jerry Reed, John Hartford, Johnny Paycheck, Kenny Rogers, Lynn Anderson, Maddox Brothers and Rose, Mike Curb, Ricky Skaggs, Toby Keith