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Tim McGraw, Faith Hill to receive stars on Nashville's Walk of Fame
Wade SheridanNASHVILLE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Country music power couple Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are set to receive stars on the Music City Walk of Fame located in Nashville, Tenn.
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Country singer Sierra Black: My bucket list here at home in Las Vegas
I’m never sure what to say when asked what it was like growing up here because I feel like my upbringing was like everyone else’s. It might sound funny, but, to me, Las Vegas means family. I attended Christian schools and church on Sundays with my family.
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Dierks Bentley's seventh rodeo performance another lucky one
Bentley's 2015 show was the best that year, a country strong showcase full of charisma and confidence. Friday's set before 64,007 fans was on par with that standout set. "Am I the Only One" played like a rallying cry for the beer drinkers
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Chris Stapleton and Maren Morris may change your mind about country music
Here’s something that you don’t know about yourself: You like country music. Really, you do.
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Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill wear similar red dresses to Grammys
Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill were waiting all day for Sunday night — and they showed up in matching dresses.
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Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban Sing ‘The Fighter’ at 2017 Grammys
Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban teamed up on Sunday to perform their song “The Fighter” at the 2017 Grammys. John Travolta introduced the two by calling them, “the most dynamic duo since Danny and Sandy.” Underwood has seven Grammys to her name, since winning best new artist and best female country vocal performance in 2007.... Read more »
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ACM’s Party for a Cause to spread all over Las Vegas this year
The Party for a Cause shows on country awards weekend opt for more events spread out among smaller venues this year.
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Randy Travis honored during all-star tribute show
Wade SheridanFeb. 9 (UPI) -- Some of the biggest stars in country music including Garth Brooks and Chris Young honored Randy Travis in song Wednesday during a special tribute concert.
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Music community honors Randy Travis in song
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A near fatal stroke couldn't take away the signature baritone of country star Randy Travis, and dozens of his friends, from Garth Brooks to Kenny Rogers, used their voices and his songs to honor the legend.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Academy of Country Music Country music Garth Brooks Dolly Parton Grammy Award winners
Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris lead wave of country women
Female artists may often be overlooked on country radio, but the one place where they feel the love is at the Grammy Awards. This year, two newcomers, Kelsea Ballerini and Maren Morris, are leading a wave of country women dominating the Grammys this year.Morris and Ballerini share nods in the all-ge...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Alison Krauss Dolly Parton Grammy Award Staples Center Grammy Awards Taylor Swift Grammy Award for Album of the Year Academy of Country Music
Willie Nelson cancels three shows because of illness
Nelson canceled two of his five shows in Las Vegas in late January because of a bad cold.
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Katy Perry will perform at the Grammys
The Grammys will hear Katy Perry roar.The Recording Academy announced Monday night that Perry will perform at this Sunday’s ceremony. The singer then confirmed the news by retweeting the announcement with a raised hand emoji.Perry, who has 13 career Grammy nominations, is returning to the Grammys stage as a performer for the fifth time, having last done so in 2015.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Carrie Underwood Grammy Award winners Grammy Award for Best New Artist Amy Winehouse Grammy Award for Song of the Year 51st Grammy Awards Grammy Award for Record of the Year Academy of Country Music
Willie Nelson cancels 3 California shows because of illness
BAKERSFIELD, California (AP) — Willie Nelson has postponed three California shows because of illness.
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Carrie Underwood is going big
The powerhouse country vocalist is ready to take on T-Mobile Arena.
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Elle King preps for her wedding by marrying her fans
You can forget all that sappy “dearly beloved” stuff, because Elle King’s version of wedding vows are much more rock ’n’ roll than that. The 27-year-old Brooklyn singer will play the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday on the latest stop of her Ministry Tour. As part of her set, she has been acting as officiant and...
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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Two results show recap: Rick Perry gets a reprieve; Jake T. Austin eliminated
To the shock of many, even some of the judges, Rick Perry escaped elimination after spending the first two weeks of the season at the bottom of the leaderboard. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- With two hours to fill, the first elimination show of the 23rd season of "Dancing With the Stars" was a very thorough look back at everything that's gone into the first two weeks of the show. The night included previously unseen dress rehearsal and pre-performance footage from the first two weeks of competition; one-on-one interviews with this season's contestants; a lively, colorful performance by the entire professional troupe; and an exclusive segment showcasing the return of three of the show's Mirror Ball Trophy winners - Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough and Maks Chmerkovskiy. There were also live musical performances by Charlie Puth, Daya and Gavin DeGraw. In addition, there was a sneak peek at the new "Forever Country" video which features 30 of country music's biggest performers including Reba McEntire, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Ronnie Milsap, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton. The big shock of the night was that Rick Perry managed to dodge elimination, and instead, another of this season's low-scoring dancers - Jake T. Austin, was sent home. Although Jake T. Austin and his pro dancer partner, newcomer Jenna Johnson, were never at the very bottom of the leaderboard, it all boiled down to the power of the vote. Austin mentioned during Monday night's competition that he hoped he wouldn't be eliminated the same week he performed to the theme song from his show "Go, Diego, Go!" NEXT WEEK: THE FACE-OFF COMPETITION.
2 points by The Plain Dealer | Academy of Country Music Country Music Association Awards Dolly Parton Carrie Underwood Grammy Award winners American film actors American television actors Country music
Country stars amass in 'Forever Country' video for 50th CMA Awards
Half a century ago, the Country Music Assn. in Nashville handed out awards for the first time. So began a tradition that continues to grow five decades on. To mark the occasion, the CMA has assembled its own all-star video, “Forever Country,” which premiered Tuesday night on “Dancing With the Stars”...
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Ya Gotta See This: Top Cleveland-area concerts for fall 2016 (photos)
Plain Dealer Pop Music Critic Chuck Yarborough picks the must-see shows for autumn 2016, and they range from Brad Paisley to a tribute to Prince, from the original vocalist for Yes to Kanye West. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Summer 2016 is breathing its last, and more's the pity. Yeah, the gates are closing at Blossom Music Center and Jacobs Pavilion, and patio bars across the region are stacking and storing tables and chairs in anticipation of next year. So what? Keep those credit cards and earplugs handy, because fall is going to be one busy season. We've got some of "the usual suspects'' coming into town - such folks as Jason Aldean, and, of course, that holiday season stalwart, the Trans Siberian Orchestra. But we've also got some infrequent visitors, such as Kanye West, Henry Rollins and Sturgill Simpson, as well as a hometown guy in Machine Gun Kelly and one of the brightest stars on the country music scene in Brandy Clark. I don't know about you, but I don't see myself getting a whole lot of sleep over the next three months. Here are some of the best shows on tap, with a comment or two as to WHY they're the best. As always, the shows are in chronological order, because I figure you, like me, plan your life that way. What's more, these are only the concerts that have been announced. More are sure to be added. SEPTEMBER Friday, Sept. 16. Brad Paisley, with Tyler Farr, Maddie & Tae. Blossom Music Center. A Paisley show is always entertaining, in part because of his skill on a guitar and his clever wordplay, but also because he's so bright that the peripheral things - cartoons, videos, etc. - just make for a good time. Saturday, Sept. 17. Air Supply. Hard Rock Rocksino. Ah, the things you do for love. Even at our age. Saturday, Sept. 17. Lydia Loveless, with Will Courtney and the Wild Bunch, Mike Uva. Grog Shop. Loveless, a Coshocton native who now calls Columbus home, writes real-life songs that aren't necessarily happy, but it's her alt-country voice and unique personality that make this a must-see show. Thursday, Sept. 22. John Mayall. Kent Stage. Look, the dude taught Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Mick Taylor, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Jack Bruce how to make their music real. Do you need another reason to go? Friday, Sept. 23. Alice Cooper. Akron Civic. I've never seen a bad Alice Cooper show. Of course, they're all the SAME show, so there's that. Friday, Sept. 23. Graham Nash. Kent Stage. He's in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and even at 74, has one of the purist voices in any genre of music. Plus, he's freakin' brilliant. If all he does is talk, it'll still be a great show. Friday, Sept. 23. Jason Aldean, with Thomas Rhett, A Thousand Horses, DJ Silver. Blossom Music Center. Aldean is the reigning Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year (although, curiously, he was left entirely out of the recently announced rival Country Music Association Awards). He sells out stadiums and amphitheaters for a reason. Tuesday, Sept. 27. Posies. Secret Pop Up Show - site TBA. I first saw these folks at a showcase at South-by-Southwest in the mid-'90s, standing alongside a very tall bass player who allowed that he and his former bandmates loved 'em, too. The guy? Krist Novaselic. His band? Nirvana. OCTOBER Saturday, Oct. 1. Kanye West. Quicken Loans Arena. I would cheerfully pay $2 for Taylor Swift to come out of the crowd and take over the microphone. Sunday, Oct. 9. Coheed and Cambria, with Saves the Day, Polyphia. Agora. Guilty pleasure for me. Lead singer and songwriter Claudio Sanchez uses sci-fi as the basis for his hard-rock music. Plus, he's got the best hair in show business, outside of Little Big Town's Kimberly Schlapman. Sunday, Oct. 9. Eric Johnson. Music Box Supper Club. Guitar World magazine voters tapped this Grammy winner as the No. 47 greatest guitarist of all time. For good reason. Sunday, Oct. 9. Sara Watkins. GAR Hall. This has two things going for it: First, singer and fiddler Watkins was part of one of the best neo-bluegrass bands in recent history, Nickel Creek. Second, Peninsula's GAR Hall is one of the best venues in this hemisphere for acoustic music. Wednesday, Oct. 12. John Hiatt. Music Box Supper Club. This irascible old cuss still writes some of the best lyrics since Shakespeare capped his quill. Friday, Oct. 14. Sturgill Simpson. Masonic Auditorium. Simpson just tore the Americana Awards a new orifice after announcing that it would honor the late Merle Haggard. Not for honoring The Hag, but for waiting until he was dead to even acknowledge him. That kind of honesty and loyalty pervades Simpson's music, which is some of the best alt-country/neo-country on offer. Saturday, Oct. 15. Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince, with Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time. I-X Center. I guess we could have a whole slew of these tribute shows, given who we've lost so far in 2016. This one still hurts, so it'll be a good way to say goodbye. Monday, Oct. 17. Rumer Willis. Kent Stage. Yes, she's the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. Wonder if Daddy and his harp will make a guest appearance? Wednesday, Oct. 19. Joan Baez. Playhouse Square's State Theatre. Can someone please explain to me how this 75-year-old icon is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? Friday, Oct. 21. Dominick Farinacci. Nighttown. Farinacci is OUR Farinacci, a product of Solon and Cuyahoga Community College. He's also darn good on the trumpet, maybe one of the best in a generation. Saturday, Oct. 22. Rock Hall Music Masters tribute to Johnny Cash. Playhouse Square's State Theatre. Forget the inductions: This is THE best event the Rock Hall stages every year, and with Cash as the honoree, I can only guess who the as-yet-unannounced guests will be. Thursday, Oct. 27. Brandy Clark. Music Box Supper Club. I've made no secret of the fact that I think the artist behind "Big Day in a Small Town'' is the best songwriter mainstream country has today. Note "songwriter.'' Not "female songwriter.'' Best songwriter, period. Friday, Oct. 28. Elvis Costello. Akron Civic. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is a frequent visitor to Northeast Ohio. Thank heavens! Saturday, Oct. 29. Anderson, Rabin & Wakeman. Goodyear Theater. Call it Yes redux. All three - Jon Anderson, Trevor Rabin and Rick Wakeman - once were members of the legendary prog-rock band. Some fans say Anderson and Wakeman were there when the band was at its Rock Hall-worthy best. I ain't arguing. NOVEMBER Tuesday, Nov. 1. Kansas. Goodyear Theater. Somebody, somewhere, there's a wayward son who just won't stop carrying on. Thursday, Nov. 3. Lisa Loeb. Music Box Supper Club. Alt-rock, children's music and books. She can do it all. Saturday, Nov. 5. Dweezil Zappa. Kent Stage. Few people can understand - much less play - the music Zappa's father Frank created. He is, without a doubt, one of the premiere guitarists in music. Tuesday, Nov. 8. Beartooth, with Every Time I Die, Fit for a King, Old Wounds. House of Blues. Aaaand, the Alternative Press magazine contingent is heard from. Friday, Nov. 11. Henry Rollins. Masonic Auditorium. If Rollins isn't the smartest man in showbiz, he's dang close. He was barely out of his teens when he joined the legendary punk band Black Flag, and he's gone on to become a writer, actor and author. I'll bet even his stage banter will make those of us in the audience brighter. Tuesday, Nov. 15. Styx. Hard Rock Rocksino. Contemporary Youth Orchestra founding music director Liza Grossman is conductor for orchestras that play with Styx. Wanna bet we'll see some of Cleveland's finest young musicians on the Rocksino stage? Which could be interesting, since it's a 21-and-over venue. Wednesday, Nov. 16. Maxwell and Mary J. Blige. Quicken Loans Arena. Between them, there are 11 Grammy Awards and more nominations than you can count. This will be the soul event of the year. Thursday, Nov. 17. Brian Setzer Orchestra. Hard Rock Rocksino. I'm just a fan. I suspect this will be his Christmas show again, and I'm OK with that, as long as he mixes in some Stray Cats - which he usually does. Friday, Nov. 18. Art Garfunkel. Hard Rock Rocksino. A few years ago, he was at the Hanna Theatre and shared a lot of stories of his life as part of Simon & Garfunkel. Yes, Simon's songwriting skill probably made them legends, but the duo benefited from those soaring harmonies from Garfunkel's tenor, which is still better than most, even at 74. Monday, Nov. 21. Machine Gun Kelly. House of Blues. Hometown boy. Might want to be sure to catch his concert before his movie career takes off, and he gives up the microphone for a soundstage. DECEMBER Sunday, Dec. 11. Aaron Lewis. House of Blues. Not quite sure what we'll get out of this show. Will it be the hard stuff from his Staind years, or his more recent alt-country? Saturday, Dec. 31. Trans Siberian Orchestra. Quicken Loans Arena. In the air there's a feeling of light shows . . .
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Country music Week-day names Academy of Country Music Rock music Alison Krauss Rick Wakeman
Maddie & Tae: Just out of their teens, country duo is opening ears and eyes
Maddie & Tae - Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye - have only one album under their belts, but the two who open for country star Brad Paisley Friday, Sept. 16, at Blossom already are nominated for vocal duo of the year by the Country Music Association. PREVIEW Maddie & Tae When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Where: Blossom Music Center, 1145 W. Steels Corners Road, Cuyahoga Falls. Headliner: Brad Paisley. With: Tyler Farr. Tickets: $30 to $60.75, plus fees, at the box office, Ticketmaster outlets, online at and and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. CLEVELAND, Ohio - Touring is a great way to learn geography, at least for Maddie & Tae - the country duo of Madison Marlow and Taylor Dye. The two are out with Brad Paisley, who visits Blossom Music Center on Friday, Sept. 16, and were some city in Iowa that they weren't sure how to pronounce when they called. Dubuque? Yeah, that's it! The infectious - and self-deprecating - laughter that bubbled through the phone is part of the appeal for the two singer-songwriters whose skill onstage and with a pen have earned them a Country Music Association duo of the year nomination. It only seems like it's been a quick ride for the two Southern girls - Marlow is from Sugar Land, Texas, and Dye is from Blake Shelton's hometown of Ada, Oklahoma. Their debut album, "Start Here,'' was released in August 2015. But Marlow, 21, and Dye, who will be 21 two days after the Cleveland show, been a duo since they shared a music coach in Dallas back when they were kids. Though they decline to name that coach - "we won't say his name. He turned out to be a total jerk,'' Marlow said - the two credit him for their partnership. "We were going through vocal lessons with the same guy, and he had showcases for students to perform in front of a crowd,'' Marlow said. "We met there and hit it off . . . We've been writing music together since we were 15.'' Indeed, all 11 songs on "Start Here'' were written or co-written by the two. Perhaps the biggest change from the kids they were to the young artists they are is the development of the harmonies in their very traditional country sound. Marlow is the lead singer, but it's Dye who adds the high and low notes that give tunes like "Girl in a Country Song'' - perhaps THE anti-bro country song - their depth. "I could not sing a harmony worth anything when I was 15,'' Dye said, laughing. She and her father would turn on the car radio and say, "Can you hear the harmony?'' and of course, she couldn't. It was another band of female voices from Texas - the Dixie Chicks - that provided the clue. Emily Robison and Martie Maguire would "make up'' harmonies to accompany Natalie Maines' lead vocals, and Dye took from their example. "On a more serious song, I go low,'' Dye said. "On romantic, happy songs, I go high because they depend on a happy vibe.'' There are those who might argue that success has come too quickly for the duo, that they haven't had time to learn the ropes or pay any dues. "When you're in the middle of something so amazing and so fast, it's hard to decipher what it is, what's going on,'' said Marlow. "For us, it's not too fast, but it's our normal,'' she said, and then added that she does have one wish: "One of my super powers would be to be able to look from the outside in at what we do and get a new perspective.'' That might help when it comes time to name the CMA duo of the year winner. The two are up against Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Joey + Rory and the odds-on favorite Florida Georgia Line. "There've been a lot of duos that have broken through in the past couple of years,'' said Marlow. "It's really cool to be in a category where everyone has their own unique sound.'' "If we don't win, we'll be sad,'' said Dye, who acknowledged the unlikelihood of upsetting reigning duo of the year FGL, or even toppling sentimental favorites Rory Feek and his late wife, Joey. But on the bright side, they do know how to say the name of the city where the Nov. 2 show - hosted by Paisley and Carrie Underwood - will be held: Nashville.
-1 points by The Plain Dealer | Dixie Chicks Carrie Underwood Academy of Country Music Grammy Award winners Harmony Martie Maguire Natalie Maines Emily Robison