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FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2016 file photo, Charlie Daniels appears at the Charlie Daniels 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam in Nashville, Tenn. Daniels who had a hit with “Devil Went Down to Georgia” has died at age 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday due to a hemorrhagic stroke. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)

Country rocker and fiddler Charlie Daniels dies at age 83

Jul. 6, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Charlie Daniels, who went from being an in-demand session musician to a staple of Southern rock with his hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” has died at 83. A statement from his publicist said the Country Music Hall of Famer died Monday at a hospital in Hermitage,...

Country music firebrand Charlie Daniels has died of a stroke at 83; had hit with ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia’

Jul. 6, 2020 12:37 PM EDT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music firebrand Charlie Daniels has died of a stroke at 83; had hit with ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia’.
This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays during the week fo July 12-July 18, Rachel Brosnahan, from left, attends Amazon Prime Video's

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 12-18

Jul. 6, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 12-18 July 12: Actor-comedian Bill Cosby is 83. Singer Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac is 77. Actress Denise Nicholas (“In the Heat of the Night”) is 76. Singer Walter Egan is 72. Fitness guru Richard Simmons is 72. Actress Cheryl Ladd...

FILE - In this July 4, 2006, file photo, Willie Nelson addresses fans attending his Fourth of July Picnic in Ft. Worth, Texas. Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic is going ahead this year, but to reduce concerns about the coronavirus the event will be virtual. Fans can tune in to the nearly 50-year-old music bash Saturday via livestream. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry, File)

Willie Nelson's July Fourth picnic is virtual in virus era

Jul. 3, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

SPICEWOOD, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic is going ahead this year, but to reduce concerns about the coronavirus the event will be virtual. Fans can tune in to the nearly 50-year-old music bash Saturday via luck.stream and williepicnic.com. Tickets for the picnic are on...

Kacey Musgraves performs during the first weekend of the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Zilker Park on Oct. 6, 2019, in Austin, Texas, left, and Ruston Kelly performs at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on June 15, 2019, in Manchester, Tenn. Musgraves and Kelly have filed for divorce. In a joint statement, Musgraves and Kelly said “we’ve made this painful decision together.

Reps: Singers Kacey Musgraves, Ruston Kelly file for divorce

Jul. 3, 2020 3:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winning singer Kacey Musgraves and her musician-husband, Ruston Kelly, have filed for divorce. Representatives for both singers confirmed the news Friday to The Associated Press. In a joint statement, Musgraves and Kelly said “we’ve made this painful decision together."...

This combination photo shows Chris Janson at the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas on May 4, 2019, left, and Chase Rice at the 54th annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on April 7, 2019. Musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists like Janson and Rice who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large crowds without masks. Rice performed in front of a large crowd in Tennessee and Janson performed at an outdoor festival in Idaho. (AP Photo)

Critics slam country artists for playing for unmasked crowds

Jun. 29, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fellow musicians and fans alike are criticizing country artists who performed at outdoor concerts this weekend where social media pictures showed large, tight crowds without masks, even as COVID-19 cases resurge in the United States. Country singer Chase Rice posted video of his...

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New this week: Willie Nelson, Nick race special, 'Hamilton'

Jun. 29, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — “ Hamilton ”: Disney Plus does not want to throw away its shot. On Friday, the streaming service will debut...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from July 5-July 11, from left, RZA attends the BET Hip-Hop Honors on Sept. 29, 2012, in Atlanta. RZA, Kevin Hart attends the Big Screen Achievement Awards on April 4, 2019, in Las Vegas, Ringo Starr poses for a portrait on Sept. 23, 2015, in West Hollywood, Calif, Wolfgang Puck arrives at the Oscars on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, Tom Hanks arrives to receive a lifetime achievement award at the Rome Film Festival on Oct. 13, 2016, Sofia Vergara arrives at a Stand Up To Cancer event on Sept. 7, 2018, in Santa Monica, CalifSofia Vergara arrives at a Stand Up To Cancer event on Sept. 7, 2018, in Santa Monica, Calif and Suzanne Vega poses for a portrait on March 7, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 5-11

Jun. 29, 2020 8:49 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of July 5-11 July 5: Musician Robbie Robertson is 77. Singer Huey Lewis is 70. Country keyboardist Charles Ventre of River Road is 68. Singer Marc Cohn is 61. Actor Dorien Wilson (“The Parkers,” ″Sister, Sister”) is 58. Actress Edie Falco (“Nurse...

FILE - In this March 24, 2016 file photo, members of The Rolling Stones, from left, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Ron Wood pose for photos from their plane at Jose Marti international airport in Havana, Cuba.  The Rolling Stones are threatening U.S. President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his reelection campaign rallies despite cease-and-desist directives, according to a statement issued by the band  Sunday June 28, 2020.  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa File)

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Trump over using their songs

Jun. 28, 2020 11:50 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Rolling Stones are threatening President Donald Trump with legal action for using their songs at his rallies despite cease-and-desist directives. The Stones said in a statement Sunday that their legal team is working with music rights organization BMI to stop use of their material in...

This combination of photos shows country singer Rissi Palmer, from left, Chuck Harmony, left, and Claude Kelly of Louis York and country rapper Breland. Black artists say the country music industry still needs to do the hard work of addressing the systematic racial barriers that have been entrenched in country music for decades. The genre has historically been marketed to white audiences and reinforced white male artist stereotypes. (Chris Charles via AP, left, Jeremy Ryan via AP, center and Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP)

Country music reckons with racial stereotypes and its future

Jun. 26, 2020 6:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When country singer Rissi Palmer was working on her debut album, she wanted a song like Gretchen Wilson’s “Redneck Woman,” a song that would introduce her and tell her story to fans. On her 2007 debut single, “Country Girl,” she celebrated her...