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Taylor Swift Gets Political

'I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans'

(Newser) - Taylor Swift broke her long silence on her political beliefs Sunday—and it wasn't to agree with Kanye West about President Trump . In an Instagram post , the star spoke out in support of two Democratic candidates in Tennessee, CNN reports. "In the past I’ve been reluctant to... More »

Country Star Gretchen Wilson Arrested at Connecticut Airport

Grammy winner allegedly became 'belligerent' toward troopers

(Newser) - Grammy-winning country music star Gretchen Wilson has been arrested at a Connecticut airport after police say she became "belligerent" toward troopers. The 45-year-old "Redneck Woman" singer from Lebanon, Tennessee, was charged with breach of peace Tuesday evening at Bradley International Airport, near Hartford, reports the AP . State police... More »

Country Singer at Vegas Show Faults NRA

Eric Church: Nevada massacre 'wrecked' him, NRA lobbying ensures continued gun violence

(Newser) - For Eric Church, the year he left his 30s was rough. "Forty sucked," he said of his birthday last spring, which was followed by a life-threatening blood clot in his chest, emergency surgery to get rid of it, and then, a few months later, the massacre in Las... More »

Band Calls Police Lip Sync of Its Song 'Amazing'

Lady Antebellum sounds pleased with the job

(Newser) - An Ohio police department's entry in a lip sync challenge sweeping the nation has gotten rave reviews—including from the country music group whose song is featured, the AP reports. Middletown police Chief Rodney Muterspaw says he's "overwhelmed" by the response to a video his department created... More »

Wynonna Judd Daughter Serving 8-Year Sentence

She violated probation by leaving rehab

(Newser) - Wyonna Judd's troubled 22-year-old daughter has landed in prison again, and she might be almost 30 by the time she gets out. Radar Online reports that Grace Pauline Kelley is serving an eight-year sentence at West Tennessee State Penitentiary for breaking probation on drug charges. Kelley—the daughter of... More »

Shania Twain: I Would Have Voted for Trump

Canadian apologizes after remarks cause backlash

(Newser) - As a Canadian, Shania Twain can't vote in American elections—and after taking flak over the weekend, she may give up commenting on them as well. The country star faced a major backlash after telling a Guardian interviewer that she probably would have voted for Trump in the 2016... More »

Carrie Underwood: 'It Was One Step That Messed Everything Up'

Singer describes fall that left her with dozens of stitches

(Newser) - After her triumphant return to the stage at the ACM awards, country star Carrie Underwood has opened up for the first time about the accident outside her home that left her with a broken right wrist and around 50 stitches in her face. In an interview with the Bobby Bones... More »

Carrie Underwood Reveals Her 'New' Face

Country singer says she's 'healing pretty nicely' from fall

(Newser) - Looks like Carrie Underwood's face is healing just fine, People reports. The 35-year-old country singer, who suffered a scary fall last November and needed 40 to 50 stitches on her face, warned she may "look a bit different" next time we see her. She tweeted a photo of... More »

Tim McGraw Collapses on Stage

Faith Hill says he's been 'super dehydrated'

(Newser) - Country music star Tim McGraw collapsed on stage during a performance in Ireland. Rolling Stone magazine reports McGraw fell to his knees then sat down while performing Sunday night in Dublin. McGraw's wife, singer Faith Hill, can be seen in a video on a fan's Instagram page saying,... More »

Mike Huckabee Steps Down From CMA Post After Backlash

His anti-LGBT stance had something to do with country music fans' and industry members' ire

(Newser) - Mike Huckabee hadn't even marked 24 hours in his new position as a board member of the CMA Foundation when he abruptly stepped down Thursday, a result of backlash to his appointment by country music fans and industry members who criticized some of the former presidential candidate's stances... More »

Carrie Underwood: I'm Not 'Looking the Same' After Fall

She says she needed more than 40 facial stitches

(Newser) - Carrie Underwood says she injured more than her wrist in a fall outside her Nashville home in November and she will "look a bit different" when she gets in front of a camera again. In a letter to fans seen by E! News , the country star says she needed... More »

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dies

He was 85

(Newser) - Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs, and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens of his own singles, has died, AP reports. A spokesman for Tillis, Don Murry Grubbs, said Tillis died early Sunday at Munroe Regional Medical... More »

Rosanne Cash: Time for Country Artists to Rebuff the NRA

Group 'funds domestic terrorism,' singer writes in 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - Rosanne Cash has long been an advocate of tougher gun laws, but the shooting in Las Vegas has her making a special plea to her fellow artists in country music. It's time for them to disavow the NRA, she writes in the New York Times . Country artists in particular... More »

Singer, 25, Dies at Fairground Following Weekend Concert

UTV crash that killed the rising country star under investigation

(Newser) - Fans of country phenom Abby Nicole are mourning her untimely death after a UTV accident took the life of the rising singer-songwriter. People reports that the 25-year-old Nebraska native, born Abby Uecker, performed over two nights at the Thayer County Fair near the Nebraska-Kansas border with her band over the... More »

Country Star, 85, Cancels Tour Dates After Stroke

Loretta Lynn expected to make full recovery

(Newser) - The country music world is sending its best wishes to singer Loretta Lynn, who was hospitalized in Nashville after suffering a stroke at her Tennessee home Friday. She is "responsive and expected to make a full recovery," according to her website . The star is 85 and still very... More »

Billy Ray Cyrus Changes His Name

He's dropped the 'Billy Ray'

(Newser) - Billy Ray Cyrus is changing his name, but he's still going to share one with daughter Miley Cyrus. The country star says he will now release music under the name "Cyrus," and he plans to make the change legal. "After August 25th, I will be the... More »

2 Stabbed, 1 Shot in Late Country Legend's Home

Jean Shepard's husband was hurt trying to protect granddaughter

(Newser) - Jean Shepard, one of country music's all-time greats, died Sept. 25 at the age of 82. Sadly, there's now been another death in her family, with the murder of her 18-year-old granddaughter less than three months later. Icie Sloan-Hawkins was stabbed to death at Shepard's home in... More »

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 »

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