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Frontier Days return music lineup includes Brooks, LeDoux

Apr. 09, 2021 13:32 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Country music artists including Garth Brooks will perform at the first Cheyenne Frontier Days since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon and Frontier Days officials announced this week the rodeo festival will take place...

Bill Owens, uncle and musical mentor to Dolly Parton, dies

Apr. 07, 2021 21:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country songwriter Bill Owens, who was a mentor and early songwriting partner to his niece Dolly Parton and helped start her career in country music, has died. He was 85. Parton's publicist confirmed his death on Wednesday, and Parton wrote a...

Review: Carlile shows rugged resilience in 'Broken Horses'

Apr. 07, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

“Broken Horses,” Brandi Carlile (Crown) Armed with a powder-blue cowboy hat bedazzled by her mother, a homemade vest and a turquoise bolo tie made by her great-grandfather, Brandi Carlile gave her first solo performance at the Northwest Grand Ole Opry Show at 8 or 9....

British guitarist Thompson's memoir revisits golden rock era

Apr. 07, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

In 1968, the year “Hey Jude” hit the charts, Richard Thompson turned down an invitation to Paul McCartney’s birthday party. On other occasions over the years, Thompson shared the stage with Jimi Hendrix. He also pranked Buck Owens. Those are...

The Weeknd is top nominee for May's iHeartRadio Music Awards

Apr. 07, 2021 09:10 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch are among the top nominees for next month’s iHeartRadio Music Awards. The Weeknd's eight nominations include male artist of the year, competing with Ricch, Harry Styles, Justin Bieber and Post Malone,...

New this Week: 'Kung Fu,' 'Rebel' and 'Thunder Force'

Apr. 05, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Against the odds, Melissa McCarthy and her husband, filmmaker Ben Falcone, have...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 11-17

Apr. 05, 2021 08:40 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 11-17 April 11: Actor Joel Grey is 89. Actor Louise Lasser is 82. Actor Peter Riegart (“Animal House”) is 74. Actor Bill Irwin (“Law and Order: SVU”) is 71. Singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale is 64. Guitarist Nigel Pulsford...

Mississippi 17-year-old competing on 'American Idol'

Mar. 31, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

CANTON, Miss. (AP) — A 17-year-old from Mississippi is a competitor on “American Idol." “Having the judges believe in me the way that they do, and thinking that I was good enough to be in the Top 24 was just a proud moment for me,” Hannah Everhart, of Canton, told...

Ariana Grande joining 'The Voice' for season 21 as a coach

Mar. 30, 2021 14:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — “The Voice" is switching their positions for Ariana Grande: the pop star is taking her seat in the coach's chair later this year. NBC said Tuesday that Grande will join the Emmy-winning series for its fall 2021 cycle. Grande will...

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 4-10

Mar. 29, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of April 4-10: April 4: Actor Craig T. Nelson is 77. Actor Christine Lahti (“Chicago Hope”) is 71. Singer Steve Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers is 70. Actor Mary-Margaret Humes (“Dawson’s Creek,” ″History of the World Part 1″)...