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2014

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Hank Williams, Neil Young Songs Set for Grammy Hall

December 18, 2014

Classic recordings from Hank Williams, John Prine and Neil Young are among the 27 inductees into the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame for 2015. Their inclusion will bring the grand total of titles in the Hall of Fame to 987. (See the complete list...

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Watch Girls Guns and Glory Get Holiday Drunk in New Video

December 16, 2014

It's hard to watch Girls Guns and Glory's new Christmas video "Holiday Heartache" and not think of Hall & Oates' equally goofy clip for "Jingle Bell Rock." But the twang-heavy country-rock group's singer and founder Ward Hayden says he's never...

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Hear Cale Tyson Channel Hank Williams in Cheating Song

December 4, 2014

When putting together the fall edition of Rolling Stone Country's Artists You Need to Know list, Texas singer-songwriter Cale Tyson was among the first to be included, thanks to his high-lonesome vocal style, timeless persona and lyrics that could have...

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Flashback: Hank Williams Becomes Hall of Famer

November 3, 2014

Today marks the 53rd anniversary of the Country Music Hall of Fame's very first round of inductions. During a Friday night performance of the Grand Ole Opry on November 3, 1961, three country heavyweights — Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and...

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Four Combative Characters Added to Hank Williams Movie

October 16, 2014

The upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, begins production in Louisiana this week, with four newly-announced actors on set. Wrenn Schmidt (pictured above), David Krumholtz, Josh Pais and James DuMont have been cast in the film, the Hollywood...

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Hear Hank Williams' Five Most Haunting Performances

September 17, 2014

Were he alive, Hank Williams would have turned 91 today, September 17th. But country music history was written on January 1, 1953, when the forebear of high-lonesome country music died at age 29 in the backseat of a Cadillac while on the way to a gig...

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Tom Hiddleston Crashes Music Festival as Hank Williams

September 8, 2014

British-born actor Tom Hiddleston, who starts shooting the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light next month in Louisiana, tested out his singing skills on concertgoers this past weekend with a surprise performance at Michigan's Wheatland Music Festival. The...

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Inside the Country Hall of Fame Expansion

April 14, 2014

It's pretty easy to get lost in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum these days: On Tuesday, the institution will more than double its size with a $100 million, 210,000-square-foot expansion that will be unveiled in a ceremony featuring performances...

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Bradley Whitford Cast in Hank Williams Biopic

November 7, 2014

The Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has added The West Wing actor Bradley Whitford and fellow Emmy-winner Cherry Jones to its cast. Whitford will play iconic songwriter and music publisher Fred Rose, who co-wrote with Williams such classic...

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Hear Cracker's Dark New Country Ballad 'Almond Grove'

October 24, 2014

Cracker have been weaving subtle yet undeniable country twang throughout their sound since their 1992 self-titled debut. See "Mr. Wrong" from that album, or even "Lonesome Johnny Blues" from the 1993 follow-up Kerosene Hat. But with their new double album,...

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Mac Wiseman Talks Jamming With Dylan, Hall of Fame Honor

September 26, 2014

Mac Wiseman has a thing for the holidays. At his house, tucked away in a suburban neighborhood near Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, it could be December: There's a faux Christmas tree in the corner with colored lights, a plate of freshly baked cookies...

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Watch Holly Williams Perform Love Letter to Her Grandparents

September 16, 2014

As the granddaughter of American icon Hank Williams (and daughter of Hank Jr.), singer-songwriter Holly Williams is used to the public's fascination with her legendary family. Williams was born in 1981, and her grandfather, Hank Sr., died in 1952. Her...

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Lead in Hank Williams Movie Revealed

June 13, 2014

Hank Williams will be the subject of a new biopic starring English actor Tom Hiddleston in the lead role. Written and directed by Marc Abraham, I Saw the Light will chronicle Williams' rise to stardom and the effects of years of substance abuse that ended...

2013

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Ray Price's Wild Life and Epic Career

December 13, 2013

Ray Price has spent more than 60 years packing dance halls and honky tonks as one of the greatest country singers of all time, but his career is coming to an end. Price, 87, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer over a year ago, and has decided to end...

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Dr. John Lets Loose With Dan Auerbach at Americana Awards

September 19, 2013

Last night, Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach presented Dr. John with a lifetime achievement award at the Americana Music Honors and Awards ceremony at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, praising the blues-rock and psychedelic zydeco pioneer for his decades...

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Holly Williams Follows Family's Americana Tradition on 'The Highway'

January 28, 2013

Although The Highway is Holly Williams' third album, the singer-songwriter regards it as something of a fresh start. She paid for it, for one thing, and she's releasing it on her own Georgiana imprint after stints on major labels.   "This really...

2012

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Kitty Wells, Pioneering Country Singer, Dead at 92

July 16, 2012

Pioneering female country singer Kitty Wells died today at her home in Madison, Tennessee, due to complications from a stroke, her grandson John Sturdivant Jr. told the New York Times. She was 92. An undeniable influence in the world of country, success...

2011

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Exclusive Stream: Jack White Interprets Hank Williams' Lost Song

October 3, 2011

Click to listen to Jack White's 'You Know That I Know' The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams is a new collection of previously unheard songs performed by the country great recorded by artists including Bob Dylan, Jack White, Norah Jones and Levon Helm....

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Bob Dylan, Jack White Record Unheard Hank Williams Songs

September 1, 2011

When Hank Williams died on New Year's Day in 1953, the country legend left behind lyrics for up to 50 songs, many of which were found in notebooks kept in a box under his bed. Now, on the new album The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (out October 4th),...

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