With his signature pigtail braids and hippie-inspired song lyrics, Willie Nelson doesn’t exactly seem like a golf guy. But once again, the legendary country icon surprised us by launching the first-annual Willie Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament in Briarcliff, Texas, which will benefit the Pedernales Fire Department, the Helping Hands Crisis Ministry, the Children’s Music Foundation and the RunTex Foundation.
Every year, the Library of Congress adds an exclusive group of 25 songs to its National Recording Registry. Based on cultural significance in the preservation of iconic songs in history, the Library of Congress has chosen Dolly Parton‘s ‘Coat of Many Colors’ as one of this year’s honorees, giving the iconic singer-songwriter one more accolade in her already impressive collection of nods and awards.
Just as we thought Garth Brooks‘ Wynn Las Vegas Encore Theater residency was coming to an end, the iconic entertainer has released a string of new dates for the stage show, which will take place between September and November of 2012.
Some of Toby Keith‘s ‘bad A’ patriotic songs can make him sound like a tough guy, but the truth is that the country star is always willing to donate time and money to help sick children and other people in need.
This Memorial Day, Tim McGraw gave military members and veterans a real treat when he put on a military-only live performance at Manhattan’s Beacon Theater. The venue was packed to the hilt with men and women in uniform, but that doesn’t mean that soldiers around the world had to miss out. Thanks to a partnership between the United Service Organization and Chase, the concert streamed live via YouTube to bases all over the country.
Here’s a story for the ‘uh-oh’ colum: Popular group Alabama has gotten wrapped up in a big lawsuit with Australian songwriter Allan Caswell. The legendary country troupe’s involvement in the suit, however, is rather tenuous.
Country music stars are taking ‘The Bachelorette’ by storm! On this week’s episode of the show, Dolly Parton lends her theme park, Dollywood, to the bachelorette and her date. The country star even makes an appearance in the episode, which will also include Luke Bryan.
Taylor Swift has been getting so many requests from sick, hurt or just plain down-trodden fans these days that it’s hard to keep up. And while she can’t go to every high school prom or give every devoted fan an autograph, the ‘Safe and Sound’ hitmaker does what she can to give back to her superfans. That’s why she responded to a Marine’s request to contact the family of fallen soldier Sergeant Wade Wilson.
If you caught Carrie Underwood‘s powerful performance of ‘Blown Away’ during the Billboard Music Awards 2012 on Sunday night, you know that some of her musical influences lie outside of the country genre. Although the ‘American Idol’ winner is a member of team country music, sometimes her powerhouse vocals point to a different era and genre entirely. Last night on the red carpet, Underwood caught up with MTV to talk about the passing of the Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb — and how he impacted her musical tastes.
It’s been nearly a year since Trace Adkins‘ Brentwood, Tenn., home was destroyed by an electrical fire. And even though the tragedy lies many months behind Adkins, his wife Rhonda, and their five daughters, the patriotic country singer still vividly remembers the day he and his family lost everything.
Not too long ago, we reported that ABC staked a claim in Nashville to film the pilot for a new TV drama by the same name. Starring Connie Britton (the mainstay guidance counselor and coach’s wife on ‘Friday Night Lights’), ‘Heroes’ beauty Hayden Panettiere and a handful of other experienced stars, this show about the behind-the-scenes drama in country music is sure to be a hit. Just check out the ‘Nashville’ trailer (below) and you’ll understand why.
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