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“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

Willie Nelson Honored by Library of Congress

Willie Nelson Honored by Library of Congress

In November the Library of Congress will pay tribute to Willie Nelson with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, an award that honors an artist’s lifetime achievements in music. Past recipients of the Gershwin Prize include Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Carole King, Billy Joel and songwriting duo Burt Bacharach and the late Hal…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

Merle Haggard: From Convict to King of the Hill (1994)

Merle Haggard: From Convict to King of the Hill (1994)

Originally published in the Oct. 18, 1994 issue of Country Weekly magazine.  Once, Merle Haggard could see no further than the walls of San Quentin prison. Today he views life from the top of the world of country music—the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. A star-studded tribute album and a television special add to…MORE

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Still Rings True

Still Rings True

Keith Whitley’s new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame will open on May 3. Photo courtesy Jim Shea/CMHOF