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Review: Jim Lauderdale is consistently grand on 'Time Flies'

Aug. 14, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

Jim Lauderdale, "Time Flies" (Yep Roc) Jim Lauderdale is a steady geyser of Americana, releasing over two dozen solo albums and collaborations and writing for and with many mostly country musicians — from George Strait to Rodney Crowell and from the Dixie Chicks to George Jones — at a steaming pace....

Indiana police say bomb threat halted Rascal Flatts concert

Aug. 14, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a bomb threat is what prompted country group Rascal Flatts to abruptly end a concert in Indiana last week. The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department says the bomb threat made Thursday night for Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in suburban Indianapolis was deemed a...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 19-25

Aug. 13, 2018 12:57 PM EDT

Aug. 19: Actor L.Q. Jones ("The Virginian") is 91. Actress Debra Paget ("Love Me Tender") is 85. Actress Diana Muldaur ("Star Trek: The Next Generation") is 80. Drummer Ginger Baker (Cream, Blind Faith) is 79. Singer Johnny Nash is 78. Actress Jill St. John is 78. Singer Billy J. Kramer is 75. Country...

Dolly Parton receives award named after her in Tennessee

Aug. 12, 2018 3:44 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Dolly Parton has been honored with a leadership award that is named after her. The singer and actress received Leadership Tennessee's first-ever Dolly Parton Excellence in Leadership Award on Saturday at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. Leadership...

Rascal Flatts abruptly ends show over 'security issue'

Aug. 10, 2018 1:20 PM EDT

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Country group Rascal Flatts abruptly ended an Indiana concert because of what police call a "security issue" that is being investigated. Concertgoers say the band didn't return for an expected encore Thursday night at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center in suburban Indianapolis, after...

Lisa Marie Presley to take part in Elvis Week celebration

Aug. 10, 2018 6:26 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — An exhibit centered on the career of Lisa Marie Presley, and a launch party marking the release of an album of gospel songs by her late father Elvis Presley, are among the highlights of this year's Elvis Week in Memphis, Tennessee. Elvis Presley died on Aug. 16, 1977, in Memphis...

Shooter Jennings makes a left turn back to '80s country

Aug. 9, 2018 11:28 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and producer. He's recorded psychedelic metal and hard rock, released a concept album written with horror writer...

Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher expecting their second child

Aug. 8, 2018 11:13 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Underwood says her family is adding "another fish to our pond." The 35-year-old singer announced Wednesday on Instagram that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are expecting their second child. She says they are "absolutely over the moon." Underwood and Fisher, a former NHL player...

Ronnie Dunn, K.T. Oslin to join Nashville Songwriters Hall

Aug. 7, 2018 6:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ronnie Dunn of powerhouse country duo Brooks & Dunn and singer-songwriter K.T. Oslin will join the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this year. The organization announced its newest inductees Tuesday. They also include songwriters Byron Hill, Wayne Kirkpatrick and Joe Melson....

Charleston natives Rucker, Daniel chairs of US Women's Open

Aug. 7, 2018 2:49 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Grammy Award winner Darius Rucker and World Golf Hall of Famer Beth Daniel were named honorary chairs of next year's U.S. Women's Open at the Country Club of Charleston. The tournament will take place from May 30-June 2. Rucker and Daniel are both Charleston natives. Rucker was...