Latest Country music News

Maxine Brown Russell of country trio The Browns dead at 87

Jan. 22, 2019 11:21 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maxine Brown Russell, who together with her brother Jim Ed Brown and sister Bonnie Brown formed the country trio The Browns, has died. She was 87. Martha Moore, a publicist working with the family, said Russell died surrounded by her family on Monday in hospice care in Little Rock,...

Norsk Hostfest announces 3 more headline acts for 2019

Jan. 21, 2019 8:20 AM EST

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Norsk Hostfest has announced three more acts for the 2019 Scandinavian heritage festival at the State Fairgrounds in Minot. Chicks with Hits will perform Sept. 25, country superstar Clint Black on Sept. 26, and the rock band Chicago on Sept. 28. Chicks with Hits is made up of Terri...

Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died

Jan. 19, 2019 5:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has died. He was 82. Friend and fellow Nashville Cats session musician David Briggs said Young died Thursday at...

Alabama country music festival moving to another spot

Jan. 19, 2019 1:03 PM EST

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Rock the South is moving this year, but fans of the country music festival in Cullman needn't worry. Al.com reports the festival is leaving its usual home in Heritage Park for a larger location about two miles (3.21 kilometers) away. The site will expand from 15 acres (653400 square...

He'll compete in International Blues Challenge for 3rd year

Jan. 19, 2019 9:01 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — March Madness may be a couple months away, but Jeremy Short is preparing to compete and try to level up for his own bracket of world-class competition. Go ahead and call it Memphis Madness as Short, the ace handlebar-mustached guitar slayer and singer, is readying for a third trip...

Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album

Jan. 18, 2019 8:35 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap is a bit of a studio geek, and he thinks a lot about music technology and recording equipment. So it makes sense that he spent a long time getting 13 other singers and bands into the studio to record duets with him for a new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The...

Maren Morris starts 2nd album with uplifting "GIRL" single

Jan. 17, 2019 8:57 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maren Morris knew the importance of selecting the first single she released from her much-anticipated second record, but as soon as she heard the demo of "GIRL," she knew this was the song she wanted to lead off the album. "It felt like such a timely song for now," said the...

Loretta Lynn plans 87th birthday all-star tribute concert

Jan. 14, 2019 6:54 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music queen Loretta Lynn has big plans for her 87th birthday this April in the form of an all-star tribute concert featuring Jack White, Garth Brooks, George Strait and many more. The "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer-songwriter on Monday announced details of the April 1 show...

The Latest: Bill filed to add conditions for medical pot use

Jan. 14, 2019 5:40 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on the start of Arkansas' 2019 legislative session (all times local): 4:40 p.m. An Arkansas lawmaker has proposed adding 40 more conditions that would qualify patients to use medical marijuana in the state. Republican Rep. Douglas House's legislation filed Monday would...

Loretta Lynn plans 87th birthday all-star tribute concert

Jan. 14, 2019 2:51 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music queen Loretta Lynn has big plans for her 87th birthday this April in the form of an all-star tribute concert featuring Jack White, Garth Brooks, George Strait and many more. The "Coal Miner's Daughter" singer-songwriter on Monday announced details of the April 1 show...