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Loretta Lynn to Release First New Album in Over 10 Years, “Full Circle”

Loretta Lynn to Release First New Album in Over 10 Years, “Full Circle”

Loretta Lynn last released an original studio album in 2004, the acclaimed and award-winning Van Lear Rose. But now, 12 years later, Loretta is giving fans a new album titled Full Circle, set to be released on March 4, 2016. The album promises to live up to the title, as it takes listeners through Lorettas musical…MORE

Country Hitmaker Tommy Overstreet Dies at 78

Country Hitmaker Tommy Overstreet Dies at 78

Tommy Overstreet, one of country’s consistent hitmakers of the 1970s, died Nov. 2 at his home in Oregon at age 78 following a series of health issues. Tommy scored 19 Top 20 hits during his recording career, which spanned the years 1969 through 1986. Tommy was born Sept. 10, 1937, in Oklahoma City and took…MORE

Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys: Author! Author!

Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys: Author! Author!

Originally published in the October 26, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine.  In THE FINAL PART of our four-part series on The Oak Ridge Boys, tenor Joe Bonsall fulfills his offstage calling by writing books and website essays. The Oak Ridge Boys—Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—represent four distinct personalities who…MORE

William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys: In Focus

William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys: In Focus

Originally published in the October 19, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine.  In the third of our four-part series on the Oak Ridge Boys, baritone William Lee Golden finds his happy place in the world of light and shadow. The Oak Ridge Boys—Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—represent four distinct personalities…MORE

Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys: Branch President

Duane Allen of the Oak Ridge Boys: Branch President

Originally published in the October 12, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine.  Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys helps run the band’s business right down to their tour itinerary, in part two of our four-part series on the Oaks. The Oak Ridge Boys—Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—represent four distinct…MORE

Billy Joe Royal Dies at Age 73

Billy Joe Royal Dies at Age 73

Billy Joe Royal, who went from early pop stardom to a successful country career, died suddenly in his sleep at age 73 at his home in North Carolina on Tuesday (Oct. 6). According to reports, Billy Joe was set to resume his tour with Ronnie McDowell in November. Billy Joe, born and raised in Georgia, achieved instant…MORE

Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys: Mr. Baseball

Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys: Mr. Baseball

Originally published in the October 5, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine.  The Oak Ridge Boys’ Richard Sterban steps up to the plate to share his passion for the National Pastime during the first part of our four-part series on the Oaks. The Oak Ridge Boys—Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—represent…MORE

Lynn Anderson: 1947–2015

Lynn Anderson: 1947–2015

Originally published in the August 31, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The feisty “Rose Garden” singer helped open the doors for future female artists. They didn’t come much more genuine than Lynn Anderson. Or feistier and more honest, either. The world first came to know her as the voice behind one of country music’s…MORE

Legendary Record Producer Bob Johnston Dies

Legendary Record Producer Bob Johnston Dies

Bob Johnston, who produced landmark albums for such stars as Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, died Friday, Aug. 14, at a Nashville hospice facility at age 83. Bob produced the albums At San Quentin and At Folsom Prison for Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde, The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? for Willie…MORE

Hall of Fame Producer Billy Sherrill Dies at 78

Hall of Fame Producer Billy Sherrill Dies at 78

Producer and songwriter Billy Sherrill, best known for his work with George Jones and Tammy Wynette, died Tuesday (Aug. 4) at age 78 following a brief illness. Billy was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, elected in 2010. The native of Alabama produced Tammy Wynette’s signature hit “Stand by Your Man” and also had…MORE

“Rose Garden” Singer Lynn Anderson Dies at 67

“Rose Garden” Singer Lynn Anderson Dies at 67

Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic hit “Rose Garden,” died at age 67, Thursday (July 30), at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. The cause of death was reported as a heart attack by Nashville newspaper The Tennessean. Lynn won the Country Music Association award for Female vocalist of the Year in 1971. The daughter…MORE

“Always on My Mind” Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies at 72

“Always on My Mind” Songwriter Wayne Carson Dies at 72

Wayne Carson, a prolific songwriter best known for his award-winning “Always on My Mind,” died Monday (July 20) at age 72 from congestive heart failure and other ailments. Wayne was a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Born in Denver, Wayne moved to Nashville in 1962 and found his first major songwriting success…MORE

Connie Smith’s “Once a Day” Made Country Music History

Connie Smith’s “Once a Day” Made Country Music History

Connie Smith, an everyday housewife living in a small Ohio town, found herself heading for country stardom when she entered a talent contest in Columbus, Ohio, in 1963. She impressed one of the judges, Bill Anderson, who offered to help her land a recording contract in Nashville. The rest is an important chapter in country…MORE

Kix Brooks Stakes Out Top Steakhouses on New Cooking Channel Series

Kix Brooks Stakes Out Top Steakhouses on New Cooking Channel Series

Kix Brooks knows a thing or two about great steaks, and hes putting that expertise to work on a new Cooking Channel series, Steak Out With Kix Brooks, premiering Tuesday night (July 14) at 9 p.m. ET. On the series, Kix and his crew travel each week to a city known for its culinary scene…MORE

Brantley Gilbert Marries Amber Cochran in Georgia

Brantley Gilbert Marries Amber Cochran in Georgia

Brantley Gilbert married fiancée Amber Cochran at his Georgia home Sunday, June 28, a representative from Brantley’s record label has confirmed. The couple became engaged this past October. Brantley revealed in 2014 that Amber, whom he has known for several years, has been the subject of many of his songs. They dated for a while,…MORE

Toby Keith Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Toby Keith Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Toby Keith recently added to his growing mantel of awards with his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 46th Annual Induction and Awards event in New York City. Toby received the honor for his continued songwriting success, beginning with his debut hit “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” in 1993. “This is my favorite…MORE

Jana Kramer Marries Michael Caussin

Jana Kramer Marries Michael Caussin

Jana Kramer’s current single is the touching “I Got the Boy.” Now, she can say that she got the man. Jana and fiancé Michael Caussin tied the knot Friday night (May 22) in a ceremony in Charlottesville, Va., near Michael’s hometown. Jana and Michael, who met each other through Twitter, became engaged last year. Michael…MORE

Rick Hall, the “Father of the Muscle Shoals Sound,” Releases a Fascinating Memoir, “The Man From Muscle Shoals”

Originally published in the May 18, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. How sweet the sounds! From Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” to Mac Davis’ “Baby Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and beyond, FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala., has produced some of the best-loved and everlasting hits in modern recorded music. The guiding force behind…MORE

George Jones Museum Draws Stars to Grand Opening

George Jones Museum Draws Stars to Grand Opening

George Jones would be proud to see the showplace in his honor, the George Jones Museum in Nashville, noted his widow, Nancy Jones, at the museum’s grand opening, Thursday night (April 23), in Nashville. The gala event drew an A-list of celebrities and local dignitaries to celebrate and get a firsthand look at the museum, certain…MORE

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Lady A

Lady A

Lady Antebellum will be the musical guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Sept. 19. Tune in to NBC at 11:35 p.m. CT.