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The Ladies 'Geek Out' at CMT Artists of the Year

Shania Twain was named Artist of a Lifetime

(Newser) - Country singers Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, and Kelsea Ballerini honored each other and celebrated their shared successes at the CMT Artists of the Year show. Female singers rocked the stage, geeked out over one another, and showcased women's impact on country music's past, present, and future during the... More »

Randy Travis Amazes Crowd at His Hall of Fame Induction

He has recovered from stroke enough to sing

(Newser) - Country singer Randy Travis found his distinctive voice three years after a life-threatening stroke and sang "Amazing Grace" during his induction Sunday into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Grammy-winning baritone singer battled back from the 2013 stroke to sing again during the medallion ceremony in Nashville, Tenn.... More »

Steven Tyler Makes Decent Country Album, Shocks Everyone

Dude looks like a country singer

(Newser) - For his first solo album, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler went out and made a country record. But here's the kicker: It's apparently—against all odds—pretty darn good. “I’m looking forward to hopefully being accepted into the community of country,” Tyler tells the Arizona Republic... More »

Country Singer's Teen Son Missing After Boat Accident

Craig Morgan's son, Jerry Greer, was reportedly tubing with friends

(Newser) - The son of country singer Craig Morgan is missing after a boating accident Sunday in Tennessee, People reports. Jerry Greer, 19, was tubing on Kentucky Lake at the time. TMZ reports that a boat pulling an inner tube was in an accident of some kind. Sources say it was a... More »

Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Dies

'O Death' singer was 89

(Newser) - Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who with his brother Carter helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as bluegrass, died Thursday, the AP reports. He was 89. Stanley died at his home in Sandy Ridge, Va., because of difficulties from skin cancer, his publicist says. Stanley... More »

Merle Haggard Dies on His 79th Birthday

A country music legend

(Newser) - The music world has lost an icon: Merle Haggard died Wednesday on his 79th birthday, reports TMZ . He'd been fighting double pneumonia since last year. Haggard was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994, and as ABC23 notes, he "won just about every music award"... More »

Country Singer Joey Feek Dead at 40

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer 4 months after giving birth

(Newser) - After a nearly two-year battle with cervical cancer, country music singer Joey Feek died Friday afternoon at age 40. Husband (and counterpart in their husband-and-wife singing duo Joey + Rory) Rory Feek wrote of the death in what Rolling Stone calls his "stark, vulnerable online diary," in a... More »

Wife: Country Singer Fought His Way Out of Water

Strickland felt no pain at the end, she says

(Newser) - Country singer Craig Strickland didn't suffer in his last moments, his grieving wife says. In an Instagram post made after the singer's body was found on Monday , Helen Strickland shared details of the death of her husband, who perished on a Dec. 27 duck hunting trip when his... More »

Body of Country Singer Found After Storm

Craig Strickland had been missing a week

(Newser) - His wife was still holding out hope a week after his disappearance, but the search for country singer Craig Strickland has ended with the discovery of his body, reports ABC News . The news came via the Oklahoma State Patrol, though details remained scarce. The 29-year-old went missing on Dec. 27... More »

'Rose Garden' Singer Lynn Anderson Dead at 67

Reba: 'She did so much for the females in country music'

(Newser) - Country singer Lynn Anderson, best known for "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," has died in Nashville at age 67 of cardiac arrest. Before that early '70s smash, Anderson rose to national prominence as a regular on the Lawrence Welk Show in the late 1960s, reports... More »

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton Divorcing

Country stars had been dogged by rumors for years

(Newser) - After years of tabloid gossip, country music's top couple Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert announced their divorce after four years of marriage. "This is not the future we envisioned," their representatives said in a statement to the AP. "And it is with heavy hearts that we... More »

Singer Shares Story of 6-Day-Old Daughter's Death

Rumer Rain died of nonketotic hyperglycinemia June 9

(Newser) - Country singer Randy Rogers says the birth of his daughter Rumer Rain was an incredible moment. "We thought we had a healthy baby. We shared the news with friends and even posted a picture on social media," he tells People . Never did he imagine that their newborn would... More »

Country Singer Loses Gunfight With Bounty Hunter

Randy Howard was an outlaw until the end

(Newser) - A demise straight out of a country song for "All-American Redneck" singer Randy Howard: The 65-year-old was killed in a gunfight with a bounty hunter at his Tennessee home this week, reports the Chattanooga Times Free Press . A Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman tells the AP that the agency... More »

Country Singer's 6-Day-Old Daughter Dies

Randy Rogers' girl was 'absolutely beautiful in every way'

(Newser) - Country singer Randy Rogers announced sad news to his fans today: His newborn daughter, Rumer Rain, died last night just six days after her birth, reports the New York Post . Rogers fronts the Randy Rogers Band, whose Kiss Me In The Dark is one of its big hits . “Rumer... More »

Country Songs Keep on Truckin', Soundin' the Same

Video mashup offers more proof that country's going down the homogeneous tubes

(Newser) - At the end of 2013, music writer Grady Smith asked—naw, that fit-to-be-tied cowboy done begged—country music aficionados to "stop settling for this derivative junk" and made a video mashup to prove his point that, when it comes to country, "much of what's on the radio... More »

3 Things You Need to Know About the CMAs

Obama got dissed, Underwood baby's gender got revealed, and Lambert won big

(Newser) - Missed the CMA Awards last night? Three highlights to discuss on your lunch break:
  • The president got dissed ... again: Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley were back as co-hosts, and, just like last year, they made sure to get in an Obama joke, TMZ reports. "I'll be the first
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Iconic Country Singer Ray Price Dead at 87

His styles ranged from honky-tonk to the lush Nashville sound

(Newser) - A link to the golden days of Hank Williams and 78rpm records is gone: Legendary country singer Ray Price died today at home in Texas at age 87, Billboard reports. He had battled pancreatic cancer since last year. "I am at peace. I love Jesus," he said in... More »

Now Britney's Little Sister Is a Singer, Too

But Jamie Lynn Spears is into country, apparently

(Newser) - If Britney Spears is just not enough Spears for you, good news: Little sister Jamie Lynn is getting into the singing business now, too. The younger Spears released her debut single yesterday, E! reports. But you won't get her music mixed up with her older sister's: "How... More »

'Honky-Tonk Hero' Dead in Bar Shooting

Wayne Mills killed after argument about smoking

(Newser) - Wayne Mills called himself an "outlaw," a country singer who loved performing in honky-tonks. But he was shot in the head and killed in a Nashville honky-tonk around 5am Saturday, WZTV reports. Mills, who had been playing in country bars for decades with his Wayne Mills Band, was... More »

Taylor Swift, George Strait Among Big Winners at CMAs

Strait wins top honor for third time

(Newser) - The Country Music Association Awards paid tribute to the past, present, and future, giving George Strait his third entertainer of the year trophy last night while also awarding a quartet of 20-somethings who are helping to stretch the ever-fluid boundaries of the genre. Strait won the CMA's top honor... More »

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