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Even With Haggard Family’s Blessing, Keith Urban Was Still Nervous to Release Merle-Inspired Tune, “Coming Home”

Even With Haggard Family’s Blessing, Keith Urban Was Still Nervous to Release Merle-Inspired Tune, “Coming Home”

Keith Urban tiptoed through hallowed ground when he decided to record and release, “Coming Home,” a tune that features a riff from one of country music’s most sacred songs, Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried.” Even though Keith reached out to Merle’s widow, Theresa Haggard, and son, Ben, to secure their blessings, he was still nervous about…MORE

Listen to Keith Urban’s New Haggard-Inspired Tune, “Coming Home”

Listen to Keith Urban’s New Haggard-Inspired Tune, “Coming Home”

With the release of new song, “Coming Home,” Keith Urban has given fans the second sampling of music from his upcoming album, Graffiti U. The new tune, which features vocals from Julia Michaels, utilizes a riff from one of country music’s most iconic songs, “Mama Tried” by Merle Haggard. “Coming Home” was co-penned by Keith,…MORE

Merle Haggard’s “Santa Fe Super Chief” Tour Bus Is For Sale

Merle Haggard’s “Santa Fe Super Chief” Tour Bus Is For Sale

Burley Auction Gallery in New Braunfels, Texas, will hold an auction on Feb. 10, and one of the items up for bid is Merle Haggard’s former tour bus. The 2008 Motor Coach Industries tour bus includes a master bedroom, four bunks, lounge area and vintage train horn. Merle nicknamed the bus the “Santa Fe Super…MORE

You Can Now Listen to Merle Haggard While You Drive on Merle Haggard

You Can Now Listen to Merle Haggard While You Drive on Merle Haggard

You can now listen to Merle Haggard while you drive on Merle Haggard. In honor of the late, great Country Music Hall of Fame member, the Interstate 5/Highway 44 interchange in Redding, Calif., has been designated the Merle Haggard Memorial Overpass. After Sen. Ted Gaines helped pass the new legislation, Redding radio personalities on the…MORE

Turn Me Loose

Turn Me Loose

35 years ago today (April 10), Merle Haggard’s “Big City” reached the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Singles chart. The tune was Merle’s 27th No. 1 on the chart.MORE

Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Sheryl Crow Added to Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards and Sheryl Crow Added to Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

The lineup for the Merle Haggard tribute concert—dubbed Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard—just got a little bigger with the addition of Sheryl Crow and Rolling Stones guitarist/vocalist Keith Richards. “Stuff happens, but you just have to be your own man, and have something to say,” said Keith in a statement. “Sometimes…MORE

Toby Keith, Alabama & ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Added as Performers for Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

Toby Keith, Alabama & ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons Added as Performers for Merle Haggard Tribute Concert

More than 20 stars—including newly announced Toby Keith, Alabama and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons—will come together at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on April 6 for a Merle Haggard tribute concert. Dubbed Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, the concert will also feature performances from Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks…MORE

Merle Haggard Tribute Concert Will Feature Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert & More Than a Dozen Other Stars

Merle Haggard Tribute Concert Will Feature Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert & More Than a Dozen Other Stars

More than a dozen stars—and more to be announced soon—will come together at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on April 6 for a Merle Haggard tribute concert. Dubbed Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard, the concert will feature performances from Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Dierks Bentley, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams…MORE

The 10 Most Controversial Songs in Country Music History

The 10 Most Controversial Songs in Country Music History

Controversy can be a double-edged sword in country music. On the one hand, some spirited conversation about a song or album can elevate an artist’s profile, particularly in our present on-demand world. On the other, there’s a real risk of being banished from radio. Here are 10 of country music’s most controversial tunes, in order…MORE

Watch Keith Urban (and a Dancing Nicole Kidman) Ring In the New Year With a Medley of Songs by Merle Haggard, Prince, George Michael & More

Watch Keith Urban (and a Dancing Nicole Kidman) Ring In the New Year With a Medley of Songs by Merle Haggard, Prince, George Michael & More

Keith Urban celebrated New Year’s Eve with a free performance in Nashville on Dec. 31. Before the music note dropped (yes, Nashville drops a music note—eat your heart out NYC), Keith performed a medley of hits in tribute to artists who died in 2016, including George Michael’s “Careless Whisper,” Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Glenn Frey of…MORE

Year in Review: Country Stars We Lost in 2016

Year in Review: Country Stars We Lost in 2016

It’s never easy to lose someone and it’s especially hard when those people have made an impact on our lives. 2016 saw the passing of 10 country artists who have touched our lives with their music, including legendary artists Merle Haggard and Ralph Stanley and those we lost way too soon like Joey Feek and…MORE

Holiday Playlist: The 10 Manliest Christmas Songs This Side of Paradise

Holiday Playlist: The 10 Manliest Christmas Songs This Side of Paradise

What would the Christmas season be without music? It’s the soundtrack for trimming the tree, wrapping presents and cooking Christmas dinner. While those activities are fun for a lot of folks and Martina McBride’s White Christmas is must-have musical accompaniment, I decided to create the manliest of holiday playlists, perfect for listening to while splitting…MORE

Chris Young Talks CMA Award Nomination, Cold-Calling Vince Gill and New Christmas Album

Chris Young Talks CMA Award Nomination, Cold-Calling Vince Gill and New Christmas Album

Jim Casey talks with Chris Young about the rapid success of his duet with Cassadee Pope, “Think of You,” his CMA Award nomination, how he got in touch with Vince Gill for “Sober Saturday Night,” the daunting challenge of picking songs for his new Christmas album, It Must Be Christmas, his favorite Christmas albums and more.…MORE

Merle Haggard’s New Marijuana Line to Hit the Market Soon

Merle Haggard’s New Marijuana Line to Hit the Market Soon

In 2015, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson teamed up for the duets album Django and Jimmie, which featured the tune “It’s All Going to Pot.” Their art is imitating life. Willie introduced his new marijuana brand, Willie’s Reserve, earlier this year, and now Merle, who passed away in April 2016, will soon have his own…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).