Tag Archives: Merle Haggard

Art Imitates Life as Billy Ray Cyrus Crosses His Own “Thin Line”

Art Imitates Life as Billy Ray Cyrus Crosses His Own “Thin Line”

Billy Ray Cyrus is a busy man these days. Writing and starring in his own sitcom, Still The King, which was picked up for a second season by CMT, would keep anyone busy enough. On top of that, Billy Ray decided to release a brand-new album, Thin Line—which drops Today (Sept. 9)—chock-full of guest appearances…MORE

In Honor of Labor Day, the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music History: #1–10

In Honor of Labor Day, the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music History: #1–10

It’s time to clock in—we’ve got the 40 Hardest Working Songs in Country Music. Today, Sept. 2, we’re featuring #1–10. Country music throughout the decades has not only embraced its working class roots, it’s made a point to praise them. Yes, work is tough, as Merle Haggard wrote in “Workin’ Man’s Blues” or as George…MORE

Sturgill Simpson’s Facebook Post Bashes the ACMs, Music Row and “Garden & Gun”

Sturgill Simpson’s Facebook Post Bashes the ACMs, Music Row and “Garden & Gun”

In a lengthy Facebook post today (Aug. 29), Sturgill Simpson unleashed a powerful diatribe against the ACMs, Music Row and Garden & Gun magazine. Sturgill’s main bone of contention stems from the fact that the ACMs created the inaugural Merle Haggard Spirit Award, saying “I find it utterly disgusting the way everybody on Music Row…MORE

Miranda Lambert Will Receive the Inaugural Merle Haggard Spirit Award at ACM Honors

Miranda Lambert Will Receive the Inaugural Merle Haggard Spirit Award at ACM Honors

Miranda Lambert may not be an Okie from Muskogee, but the Texas spitfire will do Merle Haggard proud when she receives the inaugural ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award at the ACM Honors ceremony on Aug. 30 at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The award honors uncompromising artists in the spirit of Merle Haggard while acknowledging a man…MORE

Joe Nichols: Who Are You Listening To?

Joe Nichols: Who Are You Listening To?

Just because they sing country music, doesn’t mean that artists like Joe Nichols listen to just country music. His tastes are as varied as many of ours. Joe released a second single, “Undone,” from his untitled album due out later this year and talked to Nash Country Daily back in May about the single. “Sometimes…MORE

The 7 Best Moments of the 2016 CMT Music Awards

The 7 Best Moments of the 2016 CMT Music Awards

Anything goes at the CMT Music Awards and that’s why we love them. It was a night filled with outlandish collaborations, smoke-filled performances and a lot of pop stars. The fan-voted show that aired Wednesday night (June 8) featured performances from country’s biggest stars, including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Jason…MORE

Drink Up

Drink Up

On this day (May 10) in 1981, Merle Haggard’s “I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink” reached the top of Billboard‘s Hot Country Singles chart. It was his 26th No. 1 tune. Click to hear it.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

Stars Remember Merle Haggard

Stars Remember Merle Haggard

Originally published in the April 25, 2016 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The country music world took to Twitter to pay their respects to the country icon. “Literally just fell to the floor. Can’t believe we lost the Hag. RIP Merle Haggard.” —Dierks Bentley “Love and prayers for the Haggard family. Merle was a pioneer…MORE

Merle Haggard 1937-2016

Merle Haggard 1937-2016

On behalf of this station and the entire Cumulus family, we extend our gratitude to Merle Haggard and our deepest sympathies to his family.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

Top 10 Country Albums of 2015

Top 10 Country Albums of 2015

2015 may be in your rearview mirror, but you can still take one last glance back at the top albums, songs and videos of the year as selected by Nash Country Weekly. It’s worth another look, we promise. Uncork the champagne and get the black-eyed peas off of the stovetop. It’s time to celebrate the Top…MORE

The 5 Best Moments From CMT Artists of the Year 2014

The 5 Best Moments From CMT Artists of the Year 2014

The annual CMT Artists of the Year ceremony, held last night (Dec. 2) at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, celebrated the top country artists of 2014. Honorees Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Miranda Lambert and Keith Urban were announced ahead of time, but that was the only predictable part of a short and occasionally bittersweet evening. Here are…MORE

Top 10 Outlaw Country Songs

Top 10 Outlaw Country Songs

It’s cool to be an “outlaw” again, at least in country music. And no, we’re not talking about those who flaunt the law or do jail time just to get the firsthand experience. Instead, the “outlaws” in this case are artists who are taking more control over their own music and occasionally drifting away from…MORE

Country Music Legends Turned Off By Radio But They Won’t Be Silenced

Originally published in the October 28, 1997 issue of Country Weekly magazine.  Story by Richard Haydan and Catharine Rambeau Their names come up in any argument about the greatest country singer of all time: George Jones, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton. These legends of country music are part of a generation that’s still recording…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).