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Review: Fiancee helps Hayes Carll deliver his prettiest work

Feb. 21, 2019 5:04 PM EST

Hayes Carll, "What It Is" (Dualtone) Dysfunctional relationships abound on Hayes Carll's new album, from the one-on-one wounds described in the opener "None'ya" to the cultural divide of "Fragile Men." Even so, there's a sunny lilt to the sardonic Texan's familiar warble on the title cut, and a sweetness to the...

Review: UK's Yola sings vintage country-soul on debut album

Feb. 21, 2019 5:01 PM EST

Yola, "Walk Through Fire" (Easy Eye Sound) Yola's "Walk Through Fire" is a scrumptious period piece of an album, its strings, harpsichords, steel guitars, electric pianos and harmoniums evoking the sophisticated country and soul of the late '60s of Dusty Springfield or, more recently, Nick Lowe. The record's...

Kristofferson, Dolly producer Fred Foster died at age 87

Feb. 21, 2019 4:11 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville producer Fred Foster, who produced some of Roy Orbison's most popular records and was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, has died. He was 87. His publicist, Martha Moore, said Foster died Wednesday in Nashville, and that a memorial...

Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead ACM nominations

Feb. 20, 2019 12:16 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five nominations. Reba McEntire, who is hosting the show for a record 16th time, announced the nominees in top...

Imagine Dragons to perform at Pro Football Hall of Fame

Feb. 19, 2019 10:17 AM EST

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Imagine Dragons will perform at the Pro Football Hall of Fame to help kick off the NFL's 100th season. The Hall announced Tuesday that the alternative-rock band will headline the Concert for Legends on Aug. 4. Previous featured acts for the concert include Aerosmith, Tim McGraw, Toby...

The Latest: Johnson wrecked trying to pit in Daytona 500

Feb. 17, 2019 5:49 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 5:40 p.m. Jimmie Johnson's chances of winning a third Daytona 500 ended with a strange accident on pit road. Johnson was running near the front of the field and trying to pit when Cody Ware and his Rick Ware Racing teammate...

Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage

Feb. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine's Day weekend with the announcement that she secretly got married. A representative for the singer confirmed the marriage after Lambert posted photos on social media Saturday showing her in a white lace gown with her new husband,...

Actor William Shatner debuts country songs at Grand Ole Opry

Feb. 16, 2019 6:17 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Actor William Shatner boldly went where no "Star Trek" captain has gone before when he took the stage for the first time for the Grand Ole Opry radio show to sing from his new album of country songs. Shatner made his Opry debut on Friday night in Nashville, Tennessee, on the famed...

Review: Robert Ellis switches to keys on 'Texas Piano Man'

Feb. 15, 2019 2:54 PM EST

Robert Ellis, "Texas Piano Man" (New West) Texans play guitar. Stevie Ray Vaughan? Willie Nelson? Buddy Holly? Johnny "Guitar" Watson? Guitarists. Elton John is not a Texan, but when he recorded "Texas Love Song" (a deep-cut gem), the tune featured not piano, but guitar. Now here's Houston native Robert Ellis, an...

Report: 7 women claim singer Ryan Adams was inappropriate

Feb. 13, 2019 8:44 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York Times report says seven women have claimed singer-songwriter Ryan Adams offered to help them with their music careers but then turned things sexual, and he sometimes became emotional and verbally abusive. In the story published Wednesday, a 20-year-old female musician said Adams,...