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This combination photo shows Tim McGraw at the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin, Texas on May 4, 2019, left, and Tyler Hubbard of the duo Florida Georgia Line at the 61st annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 2019. Hubbard and McGraw are asking people to walk a mile in someone else's shoes in a call for unity on their new duet “Undivided.

Tyler Hubbard, Tim McGraw call for unity on new duet

Jan. 14, 2021 10:38 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Isolating alone on his tour bus parked outside his home last year, Tyler Hubbard, one-half of the popular country duo Florida Georgia Line, felt weighed down with emotion about the division in America in 2020. In November, Hubbard had tested positive for COVID-19, the devastating...

FILE - Dolly Parton arrives at the 61st annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. Parton turns 75 on Jan. 19. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Lawmaker wants Dolly Parton statue at Tennessee Capitol

Jan. 14, 2021 7:58 AM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A statue of country music icon Dolly Parton could be added to the Capitol grounds in Nashville, Tennessee, if one state lawmaker gets his way. Democratic Rep. John Mark Windle introduced a bill Tuesday that aims to honor Parton “for all that she has contributed to this...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 17-23 shows James Earl Jones, from left, Kevin Costner, Dolly Parton, Rainn Wilson, Geena Davis, Diane Lane and Chita Rivera. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23

Jan. 11, 2021 9:05 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23 Jan. 17: Actor Betty White is 99. Actor James Earl Jones is 90. Talk show host Maury Povich is 82. Singer Chris Montez is 79. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 76. Actor Joanna David (“Downton Abbey”) is 74. Actor Jane Elliott (“General...

Michael Apted, director of ‘Up’ documentary series, dies

Jan. 8, 2021 5:51 PM EST

Michael Apted, the acclaimed British director of the “Up” documentary series and films as diverse as the Loretta Lynn biopic “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and the James Bond film “The World Is Not Enough,” has died. He was 79. A representative for the Directors Guild of...

This cover image released by New West Records shows “J.T.” by Steve Earle & The Dukes, covering 10 songs from the catalog of Earle's son Justin Townes Earle, who died in August. The album, released Monday, is a tribute to his son. (New West Records via AP)

Review: Steve Earle pays moving tribute to his son's talent

Jan. 8, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Steve Earle & the Dukes, “J.T." (New West) Steve Earle has recorded tribute albums before, to songwriting mentors Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. But this one is different. Maybe that's because he started recording it just months after his son, Justin Townes Earle, died alone in his Nashville...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 10-16 shows Rod Stewart, from left, Mary J. Blige, Issa Rae, Liam Hemsworth, Faye Dunaway, Regina King and Lin-Manuel Miranda. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 10-16

Jan. 4, 2021 8:56 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 10-16 Jan. 10: Singer Ronnie Hawkins of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks is 86. Actor William Sanderson (“Deadwood,” ″Newhart”) is 77. Singer Rod Stewart is 76. Singer-keyboardist Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is 73. Singer Pat Benatar is 68. Guitarist...

Mariah Carey performs during her holiday special

A record 39 holiday songs dominate Billboard Hot 100 chart

Dec. 29, 2020 12:32 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tis the season to be jolly: A record 39 holiday songs have dominated this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart, including nine holiday tunes in the Top 10. Mariah Carey's ubiquitous hit, “All I Want for Christmas Is You," leads the pack at No. 1 — marking the tune's fifth time at...

Tony Rice, master bluegrass guitarist, dies at 69

Dec. 28, 2020 3:27 PM EST

Tony Rice, the master bluegrass picker who drew fans worldwide for the chance to hear the quick, fluid sounds he conjured from his storied Martin D-28 guitar, has died at age 69. Rice died Friday at his home in Reidsville, North Carolina, according to International Bluegrass Music Association spokesperson Casey...

This combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Jan. 3-9 shows, from left, Florence Pugh, Michael Stipe, Diane Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Cynthia Erivo and Jimmy Page. (AP Photo)

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 3-9

Dec. 28, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 3-9: Jan. 3: Actor Dabney Coleman is 89. Singer-songwriter Van Dyke Parks is 78. Singer Stephen Stills is 76. Bassist John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin is 75. Actor Victoria Principal is 71. Actor Mel Gibson is 65. Actor Shannon Sturges (“Port Charles”) is 53....

Comedian Daphnique Springs performs to an empty room during a

Performing in the pandemic, by zoom, drive-in and doorstep

Dec. 22, 2020 2:50 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A good way to hear what we’ve missed this year is to listen to Sam Cooke’s landmark live album, “Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963.” On a warm January night in downtown Miami, Cooke was well into his torrid set when, in the middle of “Bring it on Home...