LAS VEGAS (AP) — Country music star Garth Brooks promises no two shows of his new Las Vegas residency opening Thursday night will be the same.
From the occasional special guest to a rotating cast of band members, Brooks, in an interview hours before his first show at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, even teased the possibility that fans may hear new music for the first — and last — time at “Garth Brooks/Plus One.”
Dolly Parton to rock out at Academy of Country Music AwardsApril 27, 2023 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Country superstar and newly minted Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Dolly Parton will give fans a glimpse of her upcoming rock album during the 58th Academy of Country Music Awards.
Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless to join Country Hall of FameApril 3, 2023 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy winners Tanya Tucker and Patty Loveless, along with hit country songwriter Bob McDill, will be the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
The Country Music Association announced the 2023 inductees on Monday in Nashville, Tennessee, with Tucker, the “Delta Dawn” singer, entering in the veteran era artist category, while Loveless, who beautifully blended bluegrass and country, joins as the modern era artist.
‘Son of a Sinner’ Jelly Roll reigns at CMT Music Awards showApril 3, 2023 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “Son of a Sinner” singer Jelly Roll was the big winner at the CMT Music Awards, as the rapper-turned-country singer took home three awards on Sunday as an outsider who won over fans with his confessional songs.
Willie Nelson honored with Texas educational endowmentMarch 22, 2023 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Weeks after winning more Grammys, Willie Nelson is getting a new kind of honor: a university endowment in Texas.
‘Ted Lasso’ star Waddingham to co-host Eurovision contestFebruary 22, 2023 GMT
LONDON (AP) — “Ted Lasso” star Hannah Waddingham, Ukrainian musician Julia Sanina and British singer Alesha Dixon will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, organizers announced Wednesday.
The pan-continental pop competition will take place in May in the English city of Liverpool after Britain was asked to stage the event on behalf of designated host country Ukraine.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4January 31, 2023 GMT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4:
Jan. 29: Actor Katharine Ross is 83. Actor Tom Selleck is 78. Singer Bettye LaVette is 77. Actor Marc Singer is 75. Actor Ann Jillian is 73.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 5-11January 30, 2023 GMT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Feb. 5-11:
Feb. 5: Actor David Selby (“Dark Shadows,” ″Falcon Crest”) is 82. Singer Al Kooper (Blood, Sweat and Tears) is 79. Actor Charlotte Rampling is 77.
Elle King settles in Nashville as a mom and country singerJanuary 26, 2023 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Elle King has never fit neatly into any one box. Her early years were split between Ohio, New York City and Los Angeles and her rock music was always banjo-based, with elements of bluegrass, rockabilly and country pulling at the seams.
Willie Nelson to celebrate 90th birthday at all-star concertJanuary 24, 2023 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Texas troubadour Willie Nelson will celebrate his 90th birthday with his friends and family at an all-star two-day concert at the Hollywood Bowl this April.
Chris Stapleton, Babyface to sing at Super Bowl pregameJanuary 24, 2023 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Country music star Chris Stapleton will hit next month's Super Bowl to sing the national anthem, while R&B legend Babyface will perform “America the Beautiful."
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 22-28January 17, 2023 GMT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 22-28:
Jan. 22: Actor Piper Laurie is 91. Singer Steve Perry (Journey) is 74. Bassist Teddy Gentry of Alabama is 71. Actor John Wesley Shipp (“The Flash,” ″Dawson’s Creek”) is 68.
Review: Whitehorse trades vocals on classic country songsJanuary 12, 2023 GMT
“I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying,” Whitehorse (Six Shooter Records)
To start the album, she sings a drinking song. For the second tune, he sings a drinking song. On Whitehorse’s “I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying,” the singer-songwriter-husband-wife partnership Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland trade the lead and share their love of classic country music.
Nemeth leads with 5 Blues Music Awards nominationsJanuary 11, 2023 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Singer and harmonica player John Nemeth, vocalist Shemekia Copeland, country blues artist Rory Block, and guitarist Eric Gales are among the top nominees for this year's Blues Music Awards.
New this week: Margo Price and ‘Gold, Lies & Videotape’January 9, 2023 GMT
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music and video game platforms this week.
— In “I Didn't See You There,” filmmaker Reid Davenport captures his perspective navigating the world in a wheelchair as a disabled man with cerebral palsy.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 15-21January 9, 2023 GMT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 15-21:
Jan. 15: Actor Margaret O’Brien (“Meet Me in St. Louis”) is 85. Actor Andrea Martin is 76. Actor-director Mario Van Peebles is 66. Guitarist Adam Jones of Tool is 58.
Ian Tyson, half of Ian & Sylvia folk duo, dies at age 89December 29, 2022 GMT
TORONTO (AP) — Ian Tyson, the Canadian folk singer who wrote the modern standard “Four Strong Winds” as one half of Ian & Sylvia and helped influence such future superstars as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, died Thursday at age 89.
Country music journalist, musician Peter Cooper dies at 52December 7, 2022 GMT
Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — Country music journalist and Grammy-nominated musician Peter Cooper has died. He was 52.
A statement from his family said Cooper died Tuesday night after suffering a severe head injury last week.
Luke Combs tops CMA Awards; Loretta Lynn, Lewis honoredNovember 10, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Luke Combs was crowned entertainer of the year at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards, the second year in a row that he's taken home the night's top honor.
Jeff Cook, co-founder of country band Alabama, dies at 73November 9, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Guitarist Jeff Cook, who co-founded the country group Alabama and steered them up the charts with such hits as “Song of the South” and “Dixieland Delight,” has died. He was 73.
Cook had Parkinson's disease and disclosed his diagnosis in 2017.
A decade in Nashville, Lainey Wilson is just getting startedNovember 7, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Last year the stars aligned for Lainey Wilson after more than a decade trying to get the doors to open for her as a country singer-songwriter.
But even as she was winning awards and hitting the top of the Billboard country airplay chart, her family bedrock was shaken this summer with the hospitalization of her father, Brian.
Alan Jackson to get CMA lifetime achievement awardOctober 27, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Alan Jackson will receive the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Country Music Association Awards in November.
The Country Music Hall of Famer with hits like “Chattahoochee” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere" joins a select group of artists who've been given the award, including Nelson, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Charley Pride.
CMA Awards to open with a tribute to the late Loretta LynnOctober 25, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Country Music Association Awards will open this year's show with a tribute to the late country queen Loretta Lynn, who died this month at the age of 90.
Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Whitley join the Country Hall of FameOctober 17, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two artists who started their careers outside of country music were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as early rock pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis and bluegrass performer-turned-country star Keith Whitley joined the ranks.
Lainey Wilson, Carly Pearce celebrate at CMT Artists showOctober 14, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The stars have aligned for singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson, whose unique and authentic style of country music has made her one of the most buzzed-about new artists in the genre.
Eric Church, trailblazing politicians receiving NC top awardOctober 13, 2022 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two history-making Black politicians and country music star Eric Church were among the six latest recipients of North Carolina’s highest civilian honor announced Thursday.
Blake Shelton, last of original ‘The Voice’ judges, to leaveOctober 12, 2022 GMT
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Blake Shelton, the last of the original panel of judges on “The Voice,” will leave the megahit U.S. version of the singing competition show after next season.
Loretta Lynn’s songs resonate anew amid abortion debateOctober 6, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Loretta Lynn, the Grammy-winning country music icon who died Tuesday at 90, lived through — and sang about — decades of advancements for women's social movements, achievements now endangered.
Loretta Lynn, coal miner’s daughter and country queen, diesOctober 5, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Loretta Lynn, the Kentucky coal miner’s daughter whose frank songs about life and love as a woman in Appalachia pulled her out of poverty and made her a pillar of country music, has died.
Musicians, fans react to death of country star Loretta LynnOctober 4, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Stars and fans react to the death of Loretta Lynn, who died Tuesday at her home at 90.
Judd sisters on mom Naomi, redemption, advocacy and griefSeptember 30, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of the late country music matriarch Naomi Judd is reflecting on her legacy ahead of an 11-city tour that will give fans a chance to say goodbye and rejoice in the music that became the soundtrack of their lives.
For Naomi Judd’s family, tour is a chance to grieve, reflectSeptember 30, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fans of Naomi Judd, the late matriarch of the Grammy-winning country duo The Judds, will have a chance to say goodbye and rejoice in their hits in a final tour helmed by daughter Wynonna and all-star musical partners.
BRELAND, king of collabs, invents the sound of cross countrySeptember 13, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music as a genre has always been a melting pot of influences and cultures, often shifting and morphing to reflect popular sounds and trends. BRELAND’s debut full-length album “Cross Country” builds on that history, interpolating and sampling older songs and bringing in his background in gospel, R&B and hip-hop under the expansive umbrella of country music.
Bassist for country group Alabama arrested on pot chargeSeptember 12, 2022 GMT
CENTRE, Ala. (AP) — Teddy Gentry, a founding member of and bass player for the country music super group Alabama, was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, records show.
Kane Brown takes his hitmaker status to the next levelSeptember 9, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kane Brown knows a hit when he hears one, whether it’s a tribute to '90s country or a collaboration with an R&B star or DJ that might light up the dance floor.
The 28-year-old multi-hyphenate who broke out on social media has let his ear for what’s hot lead his uncharted path in country music, all the way up to his third record “Different Man” out Friday.
Lainey Wilson leads CMA Awards nominations in her 1st yearSeptember 7, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Louisiana-native Lainey Wilson is having a breakout year as she tops the Country Music Association Awards nominations in her first year as a nominee, earning nods in six categories including album of the year, female vocalist of the year and song of the year.
‘CMA Fest’ highlights best in country musicAugust 2, 2022 GMT
Barbara Mandrell returns to the Opry for 50th anniversaryJuly 31, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country Music Hall of Famer and Grammy winner Barbara Mandrell retired from music more than two decades ago, but the Grand Ole Opry still feels like home to her.
Mandrell, 73, made a rare public appearance on Saturday night at the Opry to celebrate her 50th anniversary of being an Opry member.
Academy of Country Music Awards head to Texas on Prime VideoJuly 19, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Academy of Country Music Awards is heading south to Texas next year as they return to exclusively live-streaming on Amazon Prime Video in 2023.
The country music awards show will be held on May 11 at the Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, an indoor football stadium at team headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys.
Hank Jr. unleashes Thunderhead Hawkins on bawdy blues recordJune 17, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sometimes it's hard to tell who Hank Williams Jr. really is behind the dark sunglasses and the beard covering facial scars.
How much of him is a persona — or a stage presence — is further complicated by the fact that Williams takes on multiple identities, whether it's Bocephus or Thunderhead Hawkins, who is the centerpiece on his latest album.
Country star Toby Keith discloses stomach cancer diagnosisJune 12, 2022 GMT
Country music star Toby Keith announced Sunday that he has been undergoing treatment for stomach cancer since last fall.
The multi-platinum-selling singer said on Twitter that he underwent surgery and received chemotherapy and radiation in the past six months.
Ex-Alabama QB Barker enters plea in domestic violence caseJune 10, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Alabama quarterback Jay Barker, who is married to country music singer Sara Evans, has entered what Tennessee prosecutors called a “best interest” plea to a misdemeanor charge of reckless endangerment after a January arrest on a felony domestic violence charge.
CMA Fest bans Confederate flag imagery at country music festJune 2, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The CMA Fest is prohibiting any Confederate flag imagery at its four-day festival, following similar bans at other country music festivals.
In a statement provided to The Tennessean, the Country Music Association said the decision to enact the policy this year was based on the personal safety of fans and to prevent discrimination.
Country star Blake Shelton named Indy 500 grand marshalMay 26, 2022 GMT
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Blake Shelton will lend his voice to the Indianapolis 500 as the grand marshal for Sunday’s race.
The country music star and coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” Shelton will give the traditional command for drivers to report to their cars during the official pre-race ceremonies.
Female country stars to join Wynonna Judd on tour this fallMay 19, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country stars Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood, Brandi Carlile, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Ashley McBryde will join Wynonna Judd on tour this fall after the sudden death of her mother and musical partner, Naomi Judd.
Jerry Lee Lewis, Keith Whitley to join Country Hall of FameMay 17, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jerry Lee Lewis, the late country singer Keith Whitley and music executive Joe Galante will join the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Naomi Judd celebrated at ‘River of Time’ memorial serviceMay 16, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Naomi Judd was celebrated with words and soaring music at a public memorial service Sunday that ended with her daughter Wynonna announcing that a tour planned for later this year would go on.
Ashley Judd talks about mental health after mother’s deathMay 12, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Ashley Judd encouraged people to seek help for their mental health and talked about her grieving process after the loss of her mother, country star Naomi Judd.
Review: Charting country music paths in ‘Her Country’May 11, 2022 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — “Her Country: How the Women of Country Music Became the Success They Were Never Supposed to Be,” by Marissa R. Moss (Henry Holt & Co.)
Women have always played a major part of country music, from the Carter Family to Dolly Parton, but in recent years you’d be hard pressed to hear that on country music radio.
Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 8-14May 2, 2022 GMT
Celebrity birthdays for the week of May 8-14:
May 8: Singer Toni Tennille is 82. Country singer Jack Blanchard is 80. Jazz pianist Keith Jarrett is 77. Actor Mark Blankfield (“Robin Hood: Men in Tights,” ″The Incredible Shrinking Woman”) is 74.
The Judds, Ray Charles join the Country Music Hall of FameMay 2, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ray Charles and The Judds joined the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday in a ceremony filled with tears, music and laughter, just a day after Naomi Judd died unexpectedly.
Naomi Judd, of Grammy-winning duo The Judds, dies at 76May 1, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna turned them into the Grammy-winning country stars The Judds, has died. She was 76.
Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.
Super Bowl visit inspires singer Chesney as tour beginsApril 22, 2022 GMT
Kenny Chesney knows all about a wall of sound. He creates one at each of his concerts.
So when the country music superstar stood in SoFi Stadium at the Super Bowl in February, he couldn't help but think ahead to when his “Here And Now” tour would reach the venue on July 23.
Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean win big at CMT Music AwardsApril 12, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Carrie Underwood and Jason Aldean were the big winners, the Judds reunited, and Kelsea Ballerini turned a tough break into a one-woman house party at Monday night's CMT music awards.
The Judds reunite for CMT Music Awards performanceApril 1, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Judds, one of the most successful duos in country music in the 1980s, are reuniting to perform on the CMT Music Awards, their first major awards show performance together in more than two decades.
Country music singer Jeff Carson dies in TennesseeMarch 27, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music singer and songwriter Jeff Carson, who scored hits with “Not On Your Love,” and “The Car” before becoming a police officer, has died in Tennessee, his publicist said.
Willie Nelson, wife struggled to vote absentee in primaryMarch 24, 2022 GMT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Even country music legend Willie Nelson found it hard to vote absentee in the March 1 primary under new Texas election laws, his wife said.
Nelson and his wife made two attempts before they succeeded in obtaining absentee ballots from Travis County elections officials, wife Annie D’Angelo-Nelson told the Austin American-Statesman.
Staples, Milsap, Booker T. lead Memphis music hall classMarch 23, 2022 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Singers Mavis Staples and Ronnie Milsap and keyboardist Booker T. Jones lead a versatile group of musicians named to this year's class of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
The hall said it announced its newest members during a ceremony Tuesday.
Country star Kane Brown leads nominees for CMT Music AwardsMarch 16, 2022 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kane Brown is the leading nominee for the 2022 CMT Music Awards, which celebrates the best in country music videos.
Brown's four nominations for the fan-voted awards show, airing live from Nashville on CBS April 11, include the top honor of video of the year along with male video of the year, both for his hit “One Mississippi,” CMT announced Wednesday.