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37 items by Stephen L. Betts

  • Sunny Sweeney Shares Happy (and Heartbreaking) Accidents

    Sunny Sweeney Shares Happy (and Heartbreaking) Accidents | ARTICLE

    Sunny Sweeney is an accident waiting to happen. That's how the singer-songwriter views her creative process, anyway. Whether she's alone or working with co-writers, sometimes it's the unexpected burst of inspiration that yields the most satisfying results.

    July 22, 2014 1:51 PM ET
  • Shel Silverstein Biopic in the Works

    Shel Silverstein Biopic in the Works | ARTICLE

    Songwriter Shel Silverstein, who penned the Grammy-winning Johnny Cash classic, "A Boy Named Sue," will be the subject of a Hollywood biopic. Variety reports that among the film's producers will be famed director McG...

    July 22, 2014 11:37 AM ET
  • Lady Antebellum Ready '747' for Fall Release

    Lady Antebellum Ready '747' for Fall Release | ARTICLE

    Lady Antebellum have announced a September 30th release date for their fifth studio album, 747. Co-produced by the trio with Nathan Chapman, it didn't take them long to land on the perfect title for the collection, for...

    July 18, 2014 1:58 PM ET
  • Las Vegas Harvests New Country Fest

    Las Vegas Harvests New Country Fest | ARTICLE

    Las Vegas is betting on country music, upping the ante with superstar talent for Sin City's first-ever country festival. Route 91 Harvest, a three-day event set for the Lot across from Luxor Hotel & Casino, will...

    July 17, 2014 10:59 AM ET
  • Kris Kristofferson's Awkward CMA Win

    Kris Kristofferson's Awkward CMA Win | VIDEO

    By 1969, Kris Kristofferson had been a Rhodes Scholar, a captain in the Army and a janitor at Nashville's Columbia Records studio. What he had yet to become was an internationally recognized songwriter and successful artist on...

    July 16, 2014 1:23 PM ET
  • Everly Brothers Tribute Set for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Everly Brothers Tribute Set for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame | ARTICLE

    Legendary pop-country duo the Everly Brothers will be celebrated with a tribute concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this fall. The October 25th event at PlayhouseSquare's State Theatre in Cleveland will include...

    July 16, 2014 11:50 AM ET
  • Angaleena Presley Shows 'Class' on Debut Solo Album

    Angaleena Presley Shows 'Class' on Debut Solo Album | ARTICLE

    Much like Red Headed Stranger, the 1975 masterpiece by Willie Nelson, the 2014 solo debut of Pistol Annies' Angaleena Presley, American Middle Class, is a concept album. But instead of telling the fictional story of...

    July 15, 2014 3:05 PM ET
  • Johnny Cash's 'Bitter Tears' Fall Again

    Johnny Cash's 'Bitter Tears' Fall Again | ARTICLE

    In 1964, Johnny Cash released Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian, a concept album that served to draw attention to the plight of Native Americans. On August 19th, in celebration of the project's 50th...

    July 14, 2014 4:27 PM ET
  • Little Big Town's 'Pain Killer' Fills October Prescription

    Little Big Town's 'Pain Killer' Fills October Prescription | ARTICLE

    Little Big Town has set October 21st as the release date for Pain Killer, the group's sixth studio album. Eight of the disc's 13 tracks were co-written by the four members of the band, Karen Fairchild, Jimi...

    July 14, 2014 3:00 PM ET
  • Loretta Lynn Duets With Sissy Spacek

    Loretta Lynn Duets With Sissy Spacek | VIDEO

    By 1976, Loretta Lynn had already earned nearly every award in country music when the Kentucky-born singer-songwriter penned her autobiography with writer George Vecsey. Coal Miner's Daughter, named for the 1970 hit that described her hardscrabble...

    July 11, 2014 1:28 PM ET
  • Wynonna's Advice for Today's Stars: Lighten Up

    Wynonna's Advice for Today's Stars: Lighten Up | ARTICLE

    In 1991, when mother and daughter Naomi and Wynonna Judd crossed the country on their farewell tour before Naomi retired due to being diagnosed with Hepatitis C, they took along as their opening act a young upstart...

    July 11, 2014 10:55 AM ET
  • Dolly Parton's 'Glassie' Goes Home

    Dolly Parton's 'Glassie' Goes Home | ARTICLE

    Last week's Glastonbury Music Festival performance by Dolly Parton was witnessed by more than 100,000 people, but when all was said and done, one lonely pooch nearly stole the spotlight from the...

    July 10, 2014 5:08 PM ET
  • Sunny Sweeney Reveals 'Provoked' Cover, Premieres Deeply Personal Duet

    Sunny Sweeney Reveals 'Provoked' Cover, Premieres Deeply Personal Duet | ARTICLE

    Sunny Sweeney titled her upcoming third album Provoked, in part because the rocky road to its completion has provoked so many emotions within her. Those emotions have been laid bare and stripped of any shred of pretense...

    July 10, 2014 11:10 AM ET
  • Wynonna Gets Raw, Primal on 'Life-Changing' New Album

    Wynonna Gets Raw, Primal on 'Life-Changing' New Album | ARTICLE

    Late last month, Wynonna Judd turned 50 (or 18 with 32 years experience, as she is prone to quip). Now the mother of two grown children, Elijah, 19, and Grace, who turned 18 this month, the singer...

    July 9, 2014 9:25 AM ET
  • Dolly Parton Finds Furry Friend in Glastonbury

    Dolly Parton Finds Furry Friend in Glastonbury | ARTICLE

    Dolly Parton's inaugural performance at the Glastonbury Music Festival last month just might result in another first for the legendary singer: overseas adoption. See Where Dolly Lands on Our 100 Greatest Singers List Witnessed...

    July 8, 2014 12:35 PM ET
  • Garth Brooks Postpones Press in Wake of More Irish Turmoil

    Garth Brooks Postpones Press in Wake of More Irish Turmoil | ARTICLE

    The wait is ... over? After posting a cryptic message on his official website with those four words (minus the question mark), Garth Brooks announced Monday (July 7th) that a press conference is now set to...

    July 7, 2014 11:27 AM ET
  • 'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Plans Summer Tour

    'Nashville' Star Charles Esten Plans Summer Tour | ARTICLE

    Before ABC's Nashville begins filming its upcoming third season, Charles Esten, who plays singer-songwriter Deacon Claybourne on the musical drama, will headline his own summer tour. The actor-musician has appearances scheduled in Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and...

    July 1, 2014 4:25 PM ET
  • Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan Head 'North'

    Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan Head 'North' | VIDEO

    In 1969, there was no bigger star in country music than Johnny Cash, and although he had scored a few pop hits throughout his career, the peak of his pop-chart success came with the Number Two...

    July 1, 2014 1:02 PM ET
  • Blake Shelton 'Eyes' Record-Setting Song

    Blake Shelton 'Eyes' Record-Setting Song | ARTICLE

    Miranda Lambert is getting ready to celebrate her latest Number One single, "Platinum," at a Nashville party Monday night, but it's her husband Blake Shelton who currently sits atop the country charts with "My Eyes," featuring Gwen...

    June 30, 2014 1:37 PM ET
  • Dolly Parton's Glastonbury Set Includes Mud, 'Fire' and Richie Sambora

    Dolly Parton's Glastonbury Set Includes Mud, 'Fire' and Richie Sambora | ARTICLE

    Global superstar Dolly Parton served as a headliner at the UK's long-running Glastonbury Festival on Sunday, June 29th. The mud-soaked event was witnessed by 100,000 fans in attendance and streamed live around the world.

    June 30, 2014 12:35 PM ET
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