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Country legend Reba McEntire lashes out at GOP fundraiser listing her as special guest without consent

Country music legend Reba McEntire has hit out at organizers after she was wrongly listed as a featured guest at a Republican party fundraiser.McEntire, 66, made the comments on her Twitter account and refuted her connection to the event. The price to attend this Sunday’s event, a barbecue, started at $500 for individuals. “Last night, an invitation to a political fundraiser with my name attached was sent out without my knowledge or permission. I had and have no plans to attend this event and had told the event organizers as such,” she wrote in the response to the listing. The...
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Garth Brooks Reveals the Real Reason He Walked Away From Country Music

Garth Brooks is having a good year so far. Apart from selling out stadiums for his 2021 tour, the Grammy-winning country artist recently received his rainbow ribbon at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in Washington D.C. for his contributions to the arts. Reflecting on his early days trying to break...
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Conway Twitty's 'Hello Darlin'' Was Almost Forgotten in Storage Before He Recorded It

Conway Twitty was a successful country music singer who was known for his own hits as well as his many duets with Loretta Lynn, and one of his most iconic songs came in the form of 1970's "Hello Darlin.'' In this tune, from his album Hello Darlin', Twitty runs into an ex-love, and although he plays it cool at first, he admits that he's still pining over her. The song features classic country instrumentation and became one of Twitty's greatest hits, spending four weeks atop the Billboard country charts. It's also one of the singer's most recognizable country songs, alongside "It's Only Make Believe," "Tight Fittin' Jeans," and others.
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Country Star Tex Ritter Didn't Want Son John Ritter To Become an Actor

John Ritter made audiences laugh for years while starring as Jack Tripper on the ABC comedy series Three's Company. The role earned him a Golden Globe and Emmy Award, making John a regular face in the world of sitcoms and endearing him to audiences as one of the comedy greats. Though he is fondly remembered for his charming demeanor and impeccable comedic timing, he didn't really get much family support at the beginning of his acting career. His father, country music star Tex Ritter, thought that being an actor just wasn't a respectable career choice.

A Rundown Of The 2021 CMT Music Awards

The night was a celebration of the past year in Country music. Along with the the awards the night included live performances from Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan. Along with hosting the night, Kelsea also performed with Paul Jason Klein, the lead singer of LANY. Ballerini also won the...

Gladys Knight Provides Backup Vocals for Hubby's New Country Song

Gladys Knight is doing something she probably hasn't done a lot of during her career -- and that's taking the backseat on a ditty ... which is exactly what she did for her hubby. Check out this music video that Gladys helped produce for her husband of 20 years, William...
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Kelly Clarkson Singing The Dance Brought Garth Brooks to Tears

Enjoy watching Kelly Clarkson singing "The Dance" as the Kennedy Center honored Garth Brooks at the 43 annual ceremony on May 21, 2021 . . . Kelly Clarkson singing The Dance demonstrates why she won American Idol and shows that she has kept getting better ever since. While country music icon Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood watched, Kennedy Center Honoree, Kelly Clarkson moved everybody in the audience with her powerful performance of Garth Brooks’ classic “The Dance”,
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Thomas Rhett Followed in His '90s Country Star Dad's Footsteps

Thomas Rhett is currently one of the biggest country singers in the music industry. He's won multiple Grammy Awards, has already landed 15 number one hits on the Billboard chart, and was recently named Male Artist of the Year at the 2021 ACM Awards. But for the country star, whose full name is Thomas Rhett Akins Jr., country music was always a part of his life. He grew up the son of Rhett Akins, a Nashville star turned prominent songwriter. In fact, the two have even collaborated multiple times over the years.

Keith Urban Fans Cannot Handle Nicole Kidman’s Latest Instagram About Her Husband

Nicole Kidman is going to miss her husband, Keith Urban, being away from home for a bit — and she certainly isn’t the only one. Later this summer, the Grammy-winning country music artist will set off on his world tour for his latest album The Speed of Now Part 1, which he released in September 2020. While in Las Vegas, the Australian singer will perform at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. When tickets went on sale earlier this week, fans immediately got excited to see Keith in concert for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began.
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CMT Awards 2021: Here Are the Best-Dressed Country Music Stars

The CMT Awards returned in 2021 on June 9 for a show to celebrate the best stars in country music right now. Big names attending include hosts Kelsea Ballerini and Kane Brown, while Carrie Underwood (who took home two trophies) also made an appearance at the live event. The energy this year felt big too: The CMT Awards aired a taped show in 2020 due to the pandemic; last night's award show was in person, giving viewers live performances and fashion moments on the red carpet in Nashville.
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The Best Dressed of the 2021 CMT Music Awards

After a year of pandemic lockdown and virtual awards shows, Wednesday night's CMT Music Awards offered the exciting chance for country's biggest stars to reunite -- in real life -- and celebrate in Nashville, Tennessee. The show itself, led by co-hosts Kane Brown and Kelsea Ballerini, notably centered on more diverse artists with one performance by Mickey Guyton, BRELAND, and Gladys Knight emerging as a particular stand-out. But before songs were sung and trophies were taken, of course, the highly anticipated red carpet showcased a few daring looks from country music darlings.

Willow Smith's latest interview proves "white people's music" doesn't exist, but racism does

Trying to box Willow Smith into a hairstyle, let alone a genre of music, just leads to her cutting her hair off in defiance and rocking out however she wants. In a recent cover story interview for V Magazine, Smith opened up about how her creative freedom wasn’t born from overwhelming support, but rather a history of fighting longstanding racist stereotypes against Black artists and the bullying she faced in her childhood. It’s the latest example of how “white people’s music” doesn’t exist, but racism does.

Country Music’s Brightest Newcomers Shine During Ram Trucks Side Stage Performances at CMT Music Awards

Tenille Arts, Blanco Brown and Hailey Whitters discuss performing after a year of being off the road. Some of country music’s hottest new hitmakers made an emotional return to the spotlight during the recent CMT Music Awards on Wednesday, June 9, as they performed on the Ram Trucks Side Stage, including Tenille Arts, Blanco Brown, Niko Moon, Dylan Scott, Hailey Whitters and Lainey Wilson.

Best Movies for Country Music Fans

Country music is famous as a medium for sharing stories. Perhaps it’s for this reason that the genre itself has inspired numerous great movies over the years. While fewer films cater directly to country fans than, for instance, rock ‘n’ roll fans — recent acclaimed movies dealing with rock include “Rocketman,” “Yesterday,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Blinded by the Light” — there have been many exceptional movies made that relate to country in some manner that have become audience favorites. Some tell stories about real musicians, some feature country artists as actors, and some merely use the culture around the genre as a backdrop for their stories.
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25 Times Eric Church Referenced Non-Country Artists In His Music

When you’re listening to The Chief, there’s absolutely no question that he didn’t grow up on only country music. From the rock sounds of “That’s Damn Rock and Roll” and “The Outsiders,” to the funk of “Look Good And You Know It” and “Chattanooga Lucy,” to the more traditional country sounds of “These Boots” and “Drink In My Hand,” you never know what style Eric Church is going to dig into.

Five Decades of Lavender Country: Inside the World of a 'Queer, Screaming Marxist B-tch Country Singer'

For a self-professed "screaming Marxist bitch singer" who dropped a mostly ignored queer country album in 1973, it's been a busy time for 77-year-old Patrick Haggerty of Lavender Country. On the bootheels of his band's historical reappraisal after a 2014 reissue and ensuing reunion shows, the pioneering group's legend continues to grow as the singular beauty and groundbreaking lyrical content of its self-titled album become apparent to more open-minded generations.