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In Nashville, 'Outlaw' Country Artists Push Back on Tradition

Alternative performers pigeonholed as 'Americana' try to break into the mainstream—but it's not easy

(Newser) - When you hear "Tennessee," it's hard not to think of "Music City"—the nickname for the state capital of Nashville, home to the Grand Ole Opry and the heart of country music. But while that may call forth visions of white dudes in cowboy boots...

Jason Aldean&#39;s Song Is Months-Old. The Controversy Is Fresh
Jason Aldean: Accusations
About My Song Are 'Dangerous'
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Jason Aldean: Accusations About My Song Are 'Dangerous'

CMT pulls music video amid backlash over song critics say encourages violence

(Newser) - Country Music Television pulled a music video from country music superstar Jason Aldean on Monday after critics said it contained racist dog whistles. The lyrics of "Try That in a Small Town," a song released in May, include veiled threats against people who try to seize guns or...

Object Hits Kelsea Ballerini in the Face During Concert
Country Star Hit During Concert

Country Star Hit During Concert

Kelsea Ballerini assures fans she's OK after being struck in the eye by a thrown object

(Newser) - In the middle of "If You Go Down (I'm Goin' Down Too)," Kelsea Ballerini's concert in Idaho on Wednesday was brought to a halt when something thrown at the stage hit the singer in the face. Fan video shows Ballerini moving away from the microphone as...

Ex-Manager Accuses Singer of 'Torrential Sexual Abuse'

Country singer Jimmie Allen dropped by label after former manager files lawsuit

(Newser) - Country singer Jimmie Allen is being sued by a former member of his management team who says she was repeatedly raped during a "torrential cycle" of abuse over 18 months. The former manager, a woman in her early 20s, has filed a civil lawsuit against Allen alleging sexual battery,...

Singer Zach Bryan Goes Hard After Ticketmaster

Country star names ticket behemoth in new album title, slams unfair ticket prices for concerts

(Newser) - The chorus against Ticketmaster's contentious concert pricing practices is growing, numbering among them Zach Bryan and friends. The country music artist dropped a live album, All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster, on Sunday. With it came a statement posted to social media in which he decried "a massive issue...

Country Singer, 37, Dies in His Sleep on Wedding Night

Oklahoma's Jake Flint looked happy and healthy hours earlier

(Newser) - Country music singer Jake Flint got married Saturday on what was arguably the greatest day of his life. It was also the last. The 37-year-old Oklahoma native simply didn't wake up Sunday. "I don't understand," his bride and widow Brenda Wilson wrote on Facebook, where she...

Country Music's Entertainer of the Year Repeats

Singer Luke Combs wins CMA honor 2nd year in a row; Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson also win big

(Newser) - 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. "I want to thank country music for making my dreams come true," Combs said, dedicating the award...

Alabama Co-Founder Jeff Cook Dies at 73
Country Stars Mourn
Alabama's Jeff Cook

Country Stars Mourn Alabama's Jeff Cook

'Heaven gained another guitar/fiddle player today'

(Newser) - 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. He died Tuesday at his...

&#39;True Legend&#39; Loretta Lynn Takes Her Final Bow
'True Legend'
Loretta Lynn Takes
Her Final Bow

'True Legend' Loretta Lynn Takes Her Final Bow

Trailblazing country singer died at home in Tennessee on Tuesday at the age of 90

(Newser) - The "Coal Miner's Daughter" has sung her last tune. Country singer Loretta Lynn died "peacefully ... in her sleep" Tuesday at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., family members tell the AP . The 90-year-old, who suffered a stroke in 2017, died from natural causes, a rep tells TMZ...

He Had a Huge Country Career, and So Did His Bar

Mickey Gilley, whose club inspired the John Travolta movie 'Urban Cowboy,' is dead at 86

(Newser) - Country star Mickey Gilley, whose namesake Texas honky-tonk inspired the 1980 film Urban Cowboy and a nationwide wave of Western-themed nightspots, has died at 86. Gilley died Saturday in Branson, Missouri, where he helped run the Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre, per the AP . He had been performing as recently...

Hall of Fame Ceremony Is Emotional After Judd's Death

Naomi Judd's daughters Wynonna and Ashley accept her induction

(Newser) - 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 . The loss of Judd altered the normally celebratory ceremony, but the music played on, as the genre's singers...

Naomi Judd's Family Asks That Induction Ceremony Go On

Ray Charles, a pair of innovative musicians also will be honored by Country Music Hall of Fame

(Newser) - The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, a day after the death of co-founder Naomi Judd . Her family asked that the hall go ahead with the previously planned ceremony, CNN reports. "We will do so, with heavy hearts," CEO Kyle Young...

After Eric Church's 'Selfish' Move, a Concession

Country star canceled Saturday night concert so he could watch UNC play Duke

(Newser) - Update: Country superstar Eric Church got his wish. His beloved Tar Heels beat the Blue Devils on Saturday night, and he got to watch them do so, having cancelled a San Antonio, Texas, concert in order to attend the Final Four game. The New York Post reports he is attempting...

Singer Retired to Join Police
Singer Retired to Join Police

Singer Retired to Join Police

Jeff Carson's hits include 'Not On Your Love' and 'The Car'

(Newser) - Country music singer and songwriter Jeff Carson, who had a No. 1 hit with "Not On Your Love" before becoming a police officer, has died. He was 58 and died of a heart attack at a hospital in Franklin, Tenn., his publicist said. Carson was born Jeffrey Lee Herndon...

Alan Jackson: Here's Why I Stumble Onstage

Country music star reveals he has a degenerative nerve disease

(Newser) - Alan Jackson has known for a decade that he has a degenerative nerve disease. Now that its effects are becoming more obvious, he decided to tell his fans, USA Today reports. "I know I'm stumbling around onstage and now I'm having a little trouble balancing even in...

Reba: Actually, I Didn&#39;t Have COVID
Reba Offers

Reba Offers Unusual COVID Update

Country star clarifies that she never had the virus after all

(Newser) - Reba McEntire gave her fans a surprise COVID update on Monday—turns out, she didn't have the virus after all. The 66-year-old, who announced earlier this month that she and her boyfriend had contracted COVID despite being vaccinated, apparently received a false positive on a test, reports Page Six...

Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies
Country Music Hall of Famer
Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies

Country Music Hall of Famer Tom T. Hall, 85, Dies

The songwriter behind Harper Valley P.T.A. had a string of hits

(Newser) - Country music legend Tom T. Hall has died. He was 85. Hall, a fixture in Nashville since the ‘60s and a Grand Ole Opry cast member since 1971, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008. Hall, who was born Thomas Hall and added the T...

Country Music Hall of Fame to Induct an R&B Legend

Ray Charles helped redefine country music in the Civil Rights era

(Newser) - R&B legend Ray Charles, who helped redefine country music in the Civil Rights era, and Grammy-winning duo The Judds will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame on Monday announced its new members, who will be formally inducted in a ceremony in 2022,...

Singer to Pay for Funerals of 3 Young Country Fans

Luke Combs makes the gesture after carbon monoxide is blamed in deaths of 3 men

(Newser) - Country star Luke Combs, one of the headliners of the Faster Horses Festival, is paying for three fans’ funerals. Three men were found dead in a camping trailer at the Michigan country music festival last weekend, and two more were found in the trailer alive but suffering from carbon monoxide...

Morgan Wallen to His Fans: Don't Try to Defend Me

Country star issued video apology for use of slur

(Newser) - In a video apology posted on Instagram on Wednesday night, country star Morgan Wallen asked fans not to downplay the racist language he was caught using on camera and said that he accepted the punishments he faced. In the five-minute video, Wallen said he had let so many people down,...

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