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US rep: Taylor Swift endorsement 'least expected' life event

Oct. 18, 2018 3:01 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Democratic Congressman Jim Cooper says receiving Taylor Swift's endorsement was like "manna from heaven," calling it "the least expected thing that's ever happened" to him and "one of the great honors" in his life. Swift unexpectedly waded into politics in an Oct. 7 Instagram post....

Country women lift each other up at CMT Artists of the Year

Oct. 17, 2018 11:45 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This one's for the girls, during a night when CMT honored all female stars, from Loretta Lynn to Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, at their annual Artists of the Year show in an empowering night of lifting up each other. Although female artists still struggle to get airplay,...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Oct. 14-20

Oct. 15, 2018 12:59 PM EDT

Oct. 21: Actress Joyce Randolph ("The Honeymooners") is 94. Keyboardist Manfred Mann is 78. Guitarist Steve Cropper of Booker T. and the MG's is 77. Singer Elvin Bishop is 76. TV judge Judy Sheindlin ("Judge Judy") is 76. Actor Everett McGill ("Twin Peaks") is 73. Trumpeter Lee Loughnane of Chicago is 72. Actor...

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum opening in Kentucky

Oct. 15, 2018 6:29 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum is opening this week in Kentucky. The museum said in a news release its $15 million building in downtown Owensboro will celebrate with three days of music, Thursday through Saturday. Hall of Fame members performing Thursday include Bobby...

Can we talk? Trump's riding high _ and he's got a lot to say

Oct. 12, 2018 11:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Can we talk? Donald Trump would like to chat. And, boy, is he ever. Riding high after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's successful confirmation, the president has been on a rollicking press tour of late. He's inviting reporters up to his private cabin on Air Force One. He's calling...

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Oct. 11, 2018 2:12 PM EDT

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers. Week of October 10, 2018: TOP 20 GLOBAL CONCERT TOURS 1....

Kid Rock comes to White House as Trump signs royalty bill

Oct. 11, 2018 2:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump welcomed musicians Kid Rock and country star John Rich to the White House on Thursday as he signed legislation overhauling the way music is licensed and songwriters compensated. Trump signed the Orrin B. Hatch Music Modernization Act on Thursday. The bill won wide...

Country women applaud CMT for all-female awards show

Oct. 11, 2018 10:41 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country icon Loretta Lynn doesn't mince words when it comes to CMT's decision to honor all-female artists, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert and more, at its annual Artists of the Year show, where Lynn will be recognized as an artist of a lifetime. "It's about dadgum time...

Review: The Bottle Rockets keep it real on basic 'Bit Logic'

Oct. 10, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

The Bottle Rockets, "Bit Logic" (Bloodshot Records) As the world is running down, the Bottle Rockets offer a no-nonsense view of their surroundings through Brian Henneman's sharp songwriting and some rocking country guitar playing by John Horton. "Bit Logic" is the Missouri band's 13th album since their 1993...

Review: John Hiatt finds inspiration doing romance dance

Oct. 10, 2018 1:22 PM EDT

John Hiatt, "The Eclipse Sessions" (New West) At age 66, John Hiatt is still writing love songs — and good ones. On "The Eclipse Sessions," he sings about the wonder of love, the trouble with love, flowering love and faded love. Not that Hiatt has turned syrupy. Wry lyrics provide a bulwark against...