Latest Country music News

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Dec. 13, 2018 10:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Janet Jackson joins her brother Michael and the Jackson 5 as members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, earning induction on Thursday along with Stevie Nicks and the top fan vote-getter, Def Leppard. Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in next spring at the...

2018 Breakthrough Entertainer: Country singer Kane Brown

Dec. 12, 2018 2:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Kane Brown wasn't sure he was going to make it. But there was one thing he was certain about: He was never going to give up. The singer from humble beginnings has become one of the brightest new singers in music and arguably country music's most successful act of the year, and has been...

Timing is perfect for Florida Georgia Line's 1st Grammy nom

Dec. 12, 2018 11:57 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country powerhouse duo Florida Georgia Line has been dominating the sound of the genre for eight years and setting historical records in sales, airplay and streaming, and they've finally landed a coveted acknowledgement from the Recording Academy with their first-ever Grammy...

Floyd Parton, brother of Dolly Parton, has died

Dec. 11, 2018 2:41 PM EST

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Floyd Estel Parton, the brother of country singer Dolly Parton, has died. An obituary posted by Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville, Tennessee, says Parton died last Thursday. He was 61. Like his sister, Floyd Parton was a songwriter and composer. His most famous songs were...

Following Perry's lead, Kid Rock pays off $81K in layaways

Dec. 9, 2018 1:33 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Kid Rock says he followed the lead of actor Tyler Perry by paying off the layaway items of hundreds of Walmart customers in Tennessee. Store manager Tom Meyer tells The Tennessean Kid Rock spent $81,000 to pay the balances of 350 customer accounts at a Walmart in Nashville....

H.E.R., Ella Mai, Mendes and more react to the Grammy noms

Dec. 7, 2018 6:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — How some of the nominees reacted when they heard they were up for Grammy Awards, which will be handed out Feb. 10 in Los Angeles: ___ "It brought tears to my eyes when I heard the nominations because all I could think about was the concerts that we had on tour this year and the stories...

Dolly Parton builds on film successes with 'Dumplin"song

Dec. 7, 2018 2:44 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dolly Parton says she never really aspired to be "The Girl in the Movies," the title of her Golden Globe-nominated song from the new dramedy "Dumplin'." Co-written with hit machine Linda Perry, the song expresses the rebellious, plus-sized title character's secret longing to fit in, to...

Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride

Dec. 7, 2018 12:49 AM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush's remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal feel in...

The Latest: Private, graveside service ends; Bush buried

Dec. 6, 2018 9:16 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on events honoring former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 5:25 p.m. Texas A&M says the private, graveside service for George H.W. Bush's family members has ended and the former president has been buried. Thursday evening's ceremony concludes days of funeral...

Kendrick Lamar, Cooper and Lady Gaga earn Golden Globe nods

Dec. 6, 2018 5:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Golden Globe nominations recognized Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper's talents as actors, but Thursday's announcement also came with a nod for their soulful duet "Shallow" from "A Star is Born." They join an impressive roster of music stars who earned Globe nominations Thursday,...