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Darius Rucker to sing national anthem at Bills-Dolphins

Sep. 17, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

When Darius Rucker sings the national anthem, which he will do Sunday when his favorite NFL team, the Miami Dolphins, host Buffalo, he always is struck by the significance of the song. The country star who also was the front man for Hootie & the Blowfish doesn't...

Country star Scotty McCreery knows pressure NFL players face

Sep. 14, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

A decade ago, Scotty McCreery won “American Idol.” At age 17. So the country music star and huge NFL fan knows all about the pressure players face. Maybe even more so: Remember, as well as he might have performed on stage, fans across the country were casting votes...

Preds' arena latest in NHL to require test or vaccination

Sep. 13, 2021 18:20 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — (AP) — The NHL's Nashville Predators' home arena will require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test at least through Nov. 15. That makes the Predators the 14th NHL team using similar requirements. The Bridgestone Arena policy announced...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 19-24

Sep. 13, 2021 10:00 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 19-25: Sept. 19: Actor Rosemary Harris is 94. Actor David McCallum (“The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” and “NCIS”) is 88. Singer Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers is 81. Singer Sylvia Tyson of Ian and Sylvia is 81....

Country singer Brett Eldredge encounters bear in garage

Sep. 09, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Country singer Brett Eldredge has had another encounter with wildlife, this one involving a bear at a North Carolina home. This week, Eldredge posted a video of the run-in after the bear entered a garage at a home in Asheville, North Carolina, as...

Chris Stapleton, Eric Church share top CMA nominations

Sep. 09, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

Country stars Chris Stapleton and Eric Church will go toe-to-toe with each other at this year's Country Music Association Awards, with both vying in the same five categories, including entertainer of the year. In nominations announced on Thursday, Stapleton has...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 12-18

Sep. 07, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Sept. 12-18: Sept. 12: Actor Linda Gray (“Dallas”) is 81. Singer Maria Muldaur is 79. Actor Joe Pantoliano (“The Sopranos”) is 70. Singer-guitarist Gerry Beckley of America is 69. Original MTV VJ Nina Blackwood is 69. Actor...

Keith Urban's tour production manager, 72, dies from fall

Sep. 03, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio (AP) — The longtime tour production manager for country star Keith Urban has died after falling from a stage before an Ohio concert. Randy “Baja” Fletcher, 72, died on Aug. 27 at a hospital after falling the previous day while preparing for...

Elton John pairs with Nicki, Miley, many more on new album

Sep. 01, 2021 15:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elton John is releasing an album of collaborations with artists from several generations and genres, including Nicki Minaj, Young Thug, Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X, Stevie Nicks and Stevie Wonder. “The Lockdown Sessions,” a collection of 16 songs...

Bluegrass museum develops new show about musicians

Sep. 01, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A new television show developed by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in western Kentucky is scheduled to be distributed by a cable channel later this year, officials said. Each episode of “My Bluegrass Story” is filmed at the Hall...