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2014

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Dierks Bentley Recalls His Biggest Celeb Freak-Outs

October 6, 2014

Not long after Dierks Bentley took the stage at the inaugural Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas did he realize that his career had come full circle. "My very first concert was Dwight Yoakam," Bentley says, "so it was really cool to see him tonight." That's...

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Allison Moorer Talks Divorce From Steve Earle, Son's Autism

September 26, 2014

In February 2010, when sultry Alabama-born singer Allison Moorer released her last album, Crows, she was married (to fellow musician Steve Earle) and was just two months away from the birth of the couple's son, John Henry. Now, nearly five years later,...

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Merle Haggard: 8 Amazing Moments of His Ryman Run

August 27, 2014

The best part of Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum right now is probably an exhibit dedicated to the Bakersfield Sound, looking back on when artists like Merle Haggard and Buck Owens injected wiry electric Telecaster and old-time pedal...

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Buddy Holly Songs Get Country Spin

August 19, 2014

Buddy Holly's influence on generations of rock and country musicians has inspired various tribute projects in the 55 years since his death. On September 7th, on what would have been his 78th birthday, the Texas-born legend will be recognized with the...

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Teen Music Prodigy Duets With Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson

July 8, 2014

Yesterday, Mary Sarah turned 19 years old. Today, she's releasing Bridges, a duet-filled album featuring cameos by some of the biggest living legends of country music. See Where Dolly Parton Lands on Our 100 Greatest Singers List It's one thing to cover...

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Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard

April 4, 2014

Merle Haggard is still country music's standard-bearer of blue-collar authenticity, and this collection – part tribute, part label showcase – features hard-partying Nashville heartthrobs like Jake Owen and Dustin Lynch pledging allegiance...

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Paul and Ringo Added to Grammys Lineup

January 14, 2014

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will each perform separately at the 2014 Grammy Awards, as the show's lineup continues to grow. Along with songs from the two former Beatles, country stars Taylor Swift, Keith Urban and newcomer Kacey Musgraves will also...

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Merle Haggard on Country Radio: 'Too Much Boogie'

August 26, 2014

At 77 years old, Merle Haggard is still the running kind — running from show to show at an age when most men might happily stick closer to home. The Country Music Hall of Famer, who plays Nashville's Ryman Auditorium this week and is also doing...

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Kristofferson to Be Lauded at ACM Honors

July 30, 2014

The ACM Honors — a continuation of this year's ACM Awards to hand out the Academy of Country Music's off-camera awards — has announced its honorees. Kris Kristofferson is one of four songwriters receiving the Poet's Award, Merle Haggard is...

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Stream a Lost Live Merle Haggard Track

March 20, 2014

Upon its 1969 release, Okie From Muskogee, Merle Haggard's first live album, was an instant success. The LP became his fifth chart-topper and led to Academy of Country Music awards for Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist and Top Vocal Duo (for his collaborations...

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Lorde, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke Added to Grammys

January 7, 2014

Katy Perry, Lorde, Robin Thicke and Metallica will take the stage at this year's Grammy Awards, Billboard reports, joining an already stacked lineup that also includes Daft Punk, Pink, Kendrick Lamar, Merle Haggard and more. Lorde will make...

2013

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Kendrick Lamar, Pink Added to Grammys

December 19, 2013

In addition to dance robots Daft Punk performing on TV for the first time since 2008, the 56th Grammys will feature Kendrick Lamar collaborating with Imagine Dragons, and Pink teaming with fun. frontman Nate Ruess, probably on their song...

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Merle Haggard Remembers George Jones

May 6, 2013

His voice was like a Stradivarius violin: one of the greatest instruments ever made. He could interpret any given set of words better than anybody I've ever heard. You'd have to go back to Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb to compare, and he may have outdone...

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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...

2012

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Chuck Berry Rocks Cleveland Tribute Concert

October 29, 2012

"I'm 86 years old," Chuck Berry said after playing a short, raw set at Cleveland's State Theatre late Saturday night. "And I'm happy to be anywhere!" The crowd was equally ecstatic. Berry traveled to Cleveland for a tribute concert in his honor, which...

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Merle Haggard Back on the Road After Ailments

March 1, 2012

Introducing "Okie from Muskogee" last night at Southern California's Grove of Anaheim, Merle Haggard said he'd heard – wink, wink – that one could procure pot legally in certain spots around his home state. "Right here, right now!" one fan...

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Merle Haggard Recovering From Pneumonia

January 25, 2012

Country legend Merle Haggard is recovering from pneumonia at a hospital in Georgia, according to the singer's spokeswoman. Haggard was admitted to the hospital on January 17th after illness forced him to cancel a gig in Macon, Georgia only moments before...

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Willie Nelson Covers 'Just Breathe'

May 15, 2012

Willie Nelson and his son Lukas teamed up for a cover of Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe" live on Willie's SiriusXM channel, Roadhouse. Father and son split vocal and guitar duties on their warm, rustic rendition of the second single from Pearl Jam's 2009 record,...

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Merle Haggard Preparing to Tour Again

February 9, 2012

Country legend Merle Haggard is set to hit the road again after a bout with double pneumonia that cut short his tour in January. After being rushed to the hospital in Macon, Georgia, the singer underwent several procedures to address other ailments, including...

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