Author Archives: Bob Paxman

Gary Allan: The Survivor

Gary Allan: The Survivor

Originally published in the April 6, 2015 issue of Country Weekly magazine. What’s the secret behind Gary Allan’s longevity? Staying True to himself. Gary Allan, like Shakespeare’s Cassius, still bears that “lean and hungry look” at age 47. Sporting a jeans-casual outfit adorned with a ball cap, Gary appears very much in fighting shape as…MORE

Little Jimmy Dickens, Grand Ole Opry Legend, Dies at 94

Little Jimmy Dickens, Grand Ole Opry Legend, Dies at 94

Little Jimmy Dickens, one of the most beloved members of the Grand Ole Opry, died on Friday (Jan. 2), at age 94 of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke. The Grand Ole Opry star was admitted to a Nashville-area hospital this past Christmas Day. Little Jimmy, who stood only 4 feet 11 inches, became a mainstay…MORE

George Strait Wrapped Up the Final Show of His Last Tour Outside of Dallas with Help From Plenty of Guest Stars

George Strait Wrapped Up the Final Show of His Last Tour Outside of Dallas with Help From Plenty of Guest Stars

Originally published in the July 21, 2014 issue of Country Weekly magazine. It was only fitting that George Strait’s touring farewell would take place in Texas—where they do everything big—in the country’s grandest and most spacious showplace, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, outside of Dallas. After all, this was an event of historic proportions. George, who’s…MORE

Josh Turner Shares Life Lessons In His First Book, “Man Stuff”

Josh Turner Shares Life Lessons In His First Book, “Man Stuff”

Originally published in the May 5, 2014 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Josh Turner shares life lessons and dispenses a touch of wisdom in his first book, aimed at everyday guys. In an often undisciplined world, Josh Turner has held steadfast to his Christian principles and staunch Southern upbringing. He’s a church-attending family man who…MORE

Brad Paisley’s Socially Conscious Songs and Why They Are Important

Brad Paisley’s Socially Conscious Songs and Why They Are Important

Originally published in the Sept. 2, 2013 issue of Country Weekly magazine, featuring Brad on the cover. Brad Paisley has a lot on his mind these days, and what’s occupying his thoughts relates to the world around us. “It’s really wild,” he says, calling from his home in California during a precious day off from…MORE

Cowboy Jack Clement Dies at Age 82

Cowboy Jack Clement, legendary record producer and songwriter, died Thursday (Aug. 8) in Nashville at age 82 following a lengthy illness. He had been named as a new member of the Country Music Hall of Fame this past year and was scheduled for official induction in October. Cowboy Jack was best known as a prolific record…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…MORE

George Jones Dead at 81

George Jones Dead at 81

George Jones, widely regarded as the greatest vocalist in country music history, died today (April 26) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville at age 81. George had been hospitalized last week after tests showed a fever and irregular blood pressure. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, along with four children and several grandchildren.…MORE

Mindy McCready Dead of Apparent Suicide

Mindy McCready Dead of Apparent Suicide

Mindy McCready, a once-promising singer who suffered a series of legal and personal setbacks, has died of an apparent suicide, according to Nashville TV station WZTV and other reports. She was 37 years old. Mindy, a Florida native, made an impressive debut in 1996 with her album Ten Thousand Angels, which produced the hit title…MORE

Legendary Kitty Wells Dies at 92

Legendary Kitty Wells Dies at 92

Kitty Wells, “The Queen of Country Music,” has died from complications from a stroke at age 92, Monday morning (July 16). Kitty was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, elected in 1976, and also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991. Born Ellen Muriel Deason, Aug. 30, 1919, in Nashville, Kitty…MORE

Luke Bryan and Family: Life’s Good Things (2010)

Luke Bryan and Family: Life’s Good Things (2010)

Originally published in the Dec. 6, 2010 issue of Country Weekly magazine featuring Luke and his sons on the cover. Luke Bryan’s neighborhood seems like most others in this suburban area outside Nashville. It’s a welcoming street filled with stately, but certainly not overly luxurious, homes, well-trimmed lawns and playground furniture, indicating that young families…MORE

Joey + Rory: Our Love Story

Joey + Rory: Our Love Story

Originally published in the September 27, 2010 issue of Country Weekly magazine.  Here’s how an overalls-wearing songwriter and an exotic small-town beauty found instant romance and a lasting partnership. Joey Martin Feek is too well-grounded in her religious beliefs to accept any notion of “psychic” powers. But you have to admit that there was some…MORE

Why is Glen Campbell’s New Album Called “Meet Glen Campbell”?

Why is Glen Campbell’s New Album Called “Meet Glen Campbell”?

Originally published in the September 22, 2008 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Why is Glen Campbell’s new album called Meet Glen Campbell? The country legend explains. Glen Campbell has been cranking out classic hits for more than 40 years and has easily achieved Mt. Rushmore-style status on the landscape of country music. Yet, he’s given…MORE

Porter Wagoner 1927—2007

Porter Wagoner 1927—2007

Originally published in the December 3, 2007 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The legendary Grand Ole Opry star dies of lung cancer after more than 50 years in country music. Porter Wagoner, one of the mainstays of the Grand Ole Opry and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, will be greatly missed.…MORE

Flashback: Holly Dunn’s 1986 Smash “Daddy’s Hands”

Flashback: Holly Dunn’s 1986 Smash “Daddy’s Hands”

Holly Dunn, born August 22, 1957, in San Antonio, burst onto the country scene in 1986 with the Top 10 smash “Daddy’s Hands,” a tribute to her father released the day after Holly’s birthday. That song led to a number of high-profile honors, including the ACM New Female Vocalist Award in 1986 and the CMA…MORE

Country Weekly 2003-04-01 Death of an Outlaw: Johnny Paycheck

Country Weekly 2003-04-01 Death of an Outlaw: Johnny Paycheck

Originally published in the April 1, 2003 issue of Country Weekly magazine featuring Vince Gill and his wife Amy Grant on the cover. Johnny Paycheck, who died Feb. 19, 2003 from emphysema and asthma at age 64,  often made more headlines for stirring up trouble than climbing the charts. But the singer who scored more than…MORE

Billy Gilman: Wonder Boy

Billy Gilman: Wonder Boy

Originally published in the January 23, 2001 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The article is published here in its entirety. Billy Gilman gazes out the huge picture window at his grandparents’ home in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. His eyes glimmer with glee as he points to the long, winding creek that runs through the back…MORE

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Rose Colored

Rose Colored

Maggie Rose will drop her new album, Change the Whole Thing, on Sept. 21, with upcoming tour stops in Nashville (Sept. 26) and Atlanta (Sept. 27).