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Kelsey Waldon was soaring. COVID killed mentor John Prine.

Oct. 24, 2020 12:37 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Last year at this time, Kelsey Waldon was enjoying autumn by watching her career take several encouraging leaps forward. First, there was her newly released “White Noise, White Lines” album, a record that furthered the heavily traditional country slant of the...

FILE - This Oct. 30, 2005 file photo shows Country singer Jerry Jeff Walker at a campaign fundraiser at Willie Nelson's ranch outside Austin, Texas.  The Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,

Jerry Jeff Walker, Texas singer and songwriter, dies at 78

Oct. 24, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

Jerry Jeff Walker, a Texas country singer and songwriter who wrote the pop song “Mr. Bojangles,” has died at age 78. Walker died Friday of cancer, family spokesman John T. Davis told The Associated Press. “He had battled throat cancer for many years, and some other health issues,”...

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Graceland expansion plans

Oct. 23, 2020 11:56 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Elvis Presley Enterprises against the city of Memphis over a delay in approval for expansion plans at Graceland. U.S. District Judge Samuel Mays dismissed the complaint Thursday, saying the company had suffered “no immediate...

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Trailblazer Charley Pride to get lifetime achievement award

Oct. 22, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Trailblazing country music star Charley Pride will get a lifetime achievement award at the CMA Awards in November. The rich baritone singer became the genre’s first Black superstar, charting 29 No. 1 hits between the 1960s and 1980s, with songs like “Kiss An Angel...

In this video image provided by CMT, Carrie Underwood accepts the female of the year award for “Drinking Alone” during the Country Music Television awards airing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (CMT via AP)

Carrie Underwood named top artist at CMT Music Awards

Oct. 21, 2020 10:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — Carrie Underwood already had the most CMT Music Awards of any artist, but she'll need to make more room on her shelf. The superstar picked up two more trophies for video of the year and female video of the year in a remotely shot awards show. Underwood appeared on video to...

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Review: Wilco's Jeff Tweedy gives pandemic some 'Love'

Oct. 19, 2020 8:30 AM EDT

Jeff Tweedy, “Love Is the King” (dBpm Records) “Here I am,” Jeff Tweedy sings at the onset of the title track, and also first song, of “Love Is the King," a record made in April while the Wilco frontman was quarantining with his wife and sons at home in Chicago. The song sets...

Post Malone accepts the top artist award at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Post Malone owns Billboard Awards, Legend shines onstage

Oct. 15, 2020 8:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Walking into the show with 16 nominations, Post Malone won nine honors at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, where John Legend gave a heartfelt performance that was dedicated to his wife. With his voice aching as he sang passionately from the piano, Legend told viewers “this is for...

Billie Eilish accepts the award for top female artist at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

List of Billboard Music Awards winners in top categories

Oct. 14, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

A list of winners in the top categories at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards, held Wednesday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. — Top Hot 100 song: “Old Town Road,” Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus — Top Billboard 200 album: Billie Eilish, “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We...

Kim Massie, St. Louis blues and soul singer, dies

Oct. 14, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kim Massie, a St. Louis blues and soul singer who opened for stars ranging from Chuck Berry to Nelly, has died. Relatives did not give a cause of death. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that she was believed to have been in her early 60s. Massie was living in Fairview Heights,...

This 2018 photo provided by Fiona Prine shows Prine and her husband, John, in Los Angeles. Both battled COVID-19, but John lost his life to the disease. (Courtesy of Fiona Prine via AP)

As a pandemic presses on, waves of grief follow its path

Oct. 12, 2020 10:09 AM EDT

In a strong voice tinged with her Irish homeland, Fiona Prine talks hauntingly about loss. From her COVID-19 infection and isolation — self-imposed in hopes of sparing her husband, folk-country legend John Prine — to his own devastating illness and death, she’s had more than her share in this...