Country music

FILE - In this June 25, 2008, file photo, Don Randi, from left, Glen Campbell and Hal Blaine, representing session musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, hold up their hands after placing them in the cement following the induction ceremony for Hollywood's RockWalk in Los Angeles. Drummer Blaine, who played on many of the biggest hits in music history, has died. Blaine's son-in-law Andy Johnson tells The Associated Press that Blaine died of natural causes Monday, March 11, 2019, at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 90. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
March 12, 2019 - 1:41 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hal Blaine, the Hall of Fame session drummer and virtual one-man soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s who played on the songs of Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys and laid down one of music's most memorable opening riffs on the Ronettes' "Be My Baby," died Monday...
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FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Taylor Swift arrives at the InStyle and Warner Bros. Golden Globes afterparty at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Roger Alvarado, recently sentenced to jail time for stalking Taylor Swift, was arrested again Thursday, March 7 on charges that he broke into her New York City home for the second time. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)
March 07, 2019 - 4:06 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A man recently jailed for breaking into Taylor Swift's New York City townhouse was arrested early Thursday after, police say, he did it again. Roger Alvarado, 23, of Homestead, Florida, climbed a ladder and smashed a glass door to get inside the pop star's pad around 2:30 a.m.,...
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March 06, 2019 - 1:00 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Reigning entertainer of the year Jason Aldean will receive the artist of the decade award at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards in April. The ACM announced Wednesday that Aldean will join only five other honorees that have received the award since 1969, including...
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Kelsea Ballerini, center, is invited to join the Opry by members of Little Big Town at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, March 5, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP)
March 06, 2019 - 6:04 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Kelsea Ballerini got a musical surprise of a lifetime in the middle of a duet with Little Big Town when the vocal group changed up the lyrics to their hit "Girl Crush" to ask Ballerini mid-song if she would join the long-running country music show as a member...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2018, file photo, country music star Dierks Bentley poses in Nashville, Tenn. Bentley said he learned a lot about the music festival business after investing in and curating his first festival, the Seven Peaks Festival, in Bueno Vista, Colo. last year. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
March 04, 2019 - 11:01 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After watching a recent documentary about the doomed Fyre Festival in the Bahamas, country star Dierks Bentley was appalled at how it all went disastrously wrong. Bentley knows the pressure of putting on a destination music festival that he's invested in and curated as he's...
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February 25, 2019 - 8:42 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's an engagement that was Taylor-made. Alex Goldschmidt posted video on Instagram of a surprise Taylor Swift appearance as he got engaged to Ross Girard at the Sycamore Tavern in Los Angeles on Saturday. Everyone was excited as Swift came into the room with an acoustic guitar...
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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2009 file photo, Fred Foster speaks as he is inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame at the Musicians Hall of Fame awards show in Nashville, Tenn. Foster, who produced some of Roy Orbison’s most iconic records and was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, has died at the age of 87. His publicist, Martha Moore, said Foster died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 in Nashville. (AP Photo/Josh Anderson, File)
February 21, 2019 - 4:10 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville producer Fred Foster, who produced some of Roy Orbison's most popular records and was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, has died. He was 87. His publicist, Martha Moore, said Foster died Wednesday in Nashville, and that a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2018 file photo, Kacey Musgraves performs during Music MidTown 2018 at Piedmont Park, in Atlanta. Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees in top categories on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. (Photo by Katie Darby/Invision/AP, File)
February 20, 2019 - 12:15 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees...
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FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2015 file photo, singer Ryan Adams poses for a portrait in New York. A New York Times report says seven women have claimed singer-songwriter Ryan Adams offered to help them with their music careers but then turned things sexual, and he sometimes became emotional and verbally abusive. In the story published Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, a 20-year-old female musician said Adams, 44, had inappropriate conversations with her while she was 15 and 16. (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)
February 13, 2019 - 8:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Times report says seven women have claimed singer-songwriter Ryan Adams offered to help them with their music careers but then turned things sexual, and he sometimes became emotional and verbally abusive. In the story published Wednesday, a 20-year-old female musician...
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Trisha Yearwood, left, and Garth Brooks perform "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle To You" at MusiCares Person of the Year honoring Dolly Parton on Friday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
February 11, 2019 - 4:48 pm
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Garth Brooks has come out of baseball retirement. The country music legend will spend just over a week participating in spring training with the Pittsburgh Pirates, reporting Monday with the pitchers and catchers. The 57-year-old has previously been in the camps of the San...
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