Author Archives: Bob Paxman

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85

Mel Tillis, one of country music’s most versatile artists, died this morning (Nov. 19) of respiratory failure at age 85. Mel battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. Mel won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1976 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Lonnie…MORE

Don Williams Dead at 78

Don Williams Dead at 78

Don Williams, who parlayed a smooth baritone singing style into country music stardom, died on Sept. 8 following a short illness at age 78. “The Gentle Giant,” as he was often known, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and won the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1978. Born in…MORE

Glen Campbell: His Courageous Fight with Alzheimer’s Disease

Glen Campbell: His Courageous Fight with Alzheimer’s Disease

Originally published in the June 24, 2013 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Two years ago, Glen Campbell came forward with a powerful, completely candid announcement that rippled throughout the entertainment world. With wife Kim by his side, Glen revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, which eventually robs one of…MORE

Who’s New: Temecula Road

Who’s New: Temecula Road

Members: Sisters Maddie (vocals) and Emma Salute (vocals, mandolin), Dawson Anderson (vocals, guitar) Home: Temecula, Calif. Single: “What If I Kissed You” Website: temecularoad.com Twitter: @temecularoad INSIDE SCOOP The teen trio of sisters Maddie, 16, and Emma Salute, 17, and Dawson Anderson, also 17, honed their harmonies in the relatively small Southern California town of…MORE

Loretta Lynn Serves Up Hits and Quips at Her 85th Birthday Show

Loretta Lynn Serves Up Hits and Quips at Her 85th Birthday Show

Loretta Lynn definitely knows how to throw a birthday party. And where to host it. The extraordinary lady and one of the most important figures in country music history celebrated her 85th birthday as she welcomed fans, friends and family to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Friday night (April 14), for the first of two…MORE

New Patsy Cline Museum Paints the Complete Picture [Photo Gallery]

New Patsy Cline Museum Paints the Complete Picture [Photo Gallery]

Like the late icons Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, Patsy Cline continues to fascinate us. Even now, more than 50 years after her death, Patsy’s music and door-opening influence live as vividly today as they did when Patsy was scoring huge radio hits like “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces” in the early 1960s. Longtime…MORE

Crystal Gayle Becomes the Newest Member of the Grand Ole Opry

Crystal Gayle Becomes the Newest Member of the Grand Ole Opry

When Crystal Gayle made her debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry 50 years ago, she was a wide-eyed, nervous teenager. On Saturday night (Jan. 21), Crystal still felt a twinge of the nerves, but for an entirely different reason. She was about to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry. And as…MORE

Luke Bryan, Keith Urban & More Light Up Day 4 of CMA Music Fest

Luke Bryan, Keith Urban & More Light Up Day 4 of CMA Music Fest

Only the closing night fireworks display could match Day 4 of the CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium on Sunday, June 12. The explosive lineup kicked off with legendary band Exile, continued through Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge and wrapped with blistering sets from Keith Urban and Luke Bryan.MORE

Blake Shelton, Chris Young Bring Out the Special Guests for Day 3 of CMA Music Festival

Blake Shelton, Chris Young Bring Out the Special Guests for Day 3 of CMA Music Festival

There was plenty of solo firepower for the third day of CMA Music Festival’s Nightly Shows at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Saturday night (June 11). Current standard bearers Blake Shelton, Chris Young, Florida Georgia Line and Cole Swindell led a balanced lineup that also featured Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler and classic country/rock pioneers Nitty…MORE

Merle Haggard, 1937—2016

Merle Haggard, 1937—2016

Originally published in the April 25, 2016 issue of Country Weekly magazine.  Merle Haggard was a country music icon. In an era when the term is often used excessively and incorrectly, Merle embodied the term like few other entertainers. The entire music world lost a true legend when Merle died on April 6, 2016—his 79th…MORE

Merle Haggard Dead at 79

Merle Haggard Dead at 79

Originally published on the Nash Country Weekly website.  Merle Haggard, one of the legendary figures of country music, died Wednesday (April 6) on his birthday, at age 79 from complications of pneumonia. Merle scored 38 Billboard No. 1 hits, won the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year honor in 1970 and was inducted into the Country…MORE

Randy Travis Is “Healing Every Day,” Says Wife Mary

Randy Travis Is “Healing Every Day,” Says Wife Mary

Randy Travis is in good spirits and “he is healing every day,” in the words of Randy’s wife, Mary Davis Travis. Mary and Randy met with selected members of the media, including Nash Country Weekly, following the announcement that Randy would become one of the new inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame. As…MORE

Johnny Cash’s First Performance of “Man in Black” at Ryman Auditorium in 1971

Johnny Cash’s First Performance of “Man in Black” at Ryman Auditorium in 1971

Johnny Cash proved a spokesman for all generations when he performed a special concert strictly for college students on Feb. 17, 1971, at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Johnny filmed portions of the concert for a special segment of his ABC television series, The Johnny Cash Show. At one point, Johnny introduced a new song that he…MORE

Sonny James, Country Music Hall of Fame Member, Dies at Age 87

Sonny James, Country Music Hall of Fame Member, Dies at Age 87

Sonny James, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Monday, Feb. 22, at age 86. The cause of death was not given. Sonny scored the first of his 23 No. 1 singles in 1957 with “Young Love,” which hit the top on both the country and pop charts. Sonny reached No. 1…MORE

Jana Kramer’s Big Day: New Baby and ACM Nod

Jana Kramer’s Big Day: New Baby and ACM Nod

Jana Kramer won’t top a day like Jan. 31 anytime soon. As the month came to a close, Jana gave birth to daughter Jolie Ray Caussin, as confirmed by her record label, and also learned that she had scored an Academy of Country Music award nomination. Jana and husband Michael Caussin welcomed their new arrival around…MORE

Who’s New: Brooke Eden

Who’s New: Brooke Eden

Originally published in the January 25, 2016 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Hometown: Wellington, Fla. New Single: “Daddy’s Money” Why You Should Know Her: Brooke has played major country shows like the Tortuga Music Festival in her home state of Florida and opened for such acts as Alan Jackson, Sugarland and Florida Georgia Line. Her new single, “Daddy’s…MORE

Dolly Parton TV Movie to Re-Air on Christmas Day

Dolly Parton TV Movie to Re-Air on Christmas Day

How big was the recent made-for-TV movie, Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors? Big enough to prompt NBC to put it on the schedule again. NBC announced that it would re-air the movie on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, at 9 p.m. ET. They based the move on the blockbuster ratings the movie garnered when it initially aired on…MORE

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New Albums

New Albums

New albums dropping on Nov. 16 include Montgomery Gentry’s 20 Years of Hits and Kip Moore’s Room to Spare: The Acoustic Sessions.