Lauren Daigle wants to break down walls to Christian music

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Since her debut in 2015, Louisiana singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle has felt the weight of expectations on her shoulders. Her first album "How Can It Be" propelled her to the to...

Vulnerability key to country singer Brett Young's breakout

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — "In Case You Didn't Know," a love ballad by country singer Brett Young, has been added to a lot of wedding playlists since it came out in 2017, but it has put Young in an awkwa...

Review: Underwood struggles to get personal on 'Cry Pretty'

Carrie Underwood, "Cry Pretty" (Capitol Records Nashville) For the first time in her career, Carrie Underwood took over co-producing duties on her new album, "Cry Pretty," and co-wro...

Female artists could dominate Americana Music Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jason Isbell may be the leading nominee for this year's Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards show Wednesday night, but the four-time nominee faces a strong challenge...

Rosanne Cash calls threats to journalism 'really alarming'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will receive the "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech award Wednesday during the Americana Honors & Awards Show in Nashville, Ten...

CMT honors only women at annual Artists of the Year show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — CMT is changing their Artists of the Year show to honor only women, including Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Sc...

British singer Lucie Silvas finds independence in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Singer-songwriter Lucie Silvas started her career with a successful major label debut in the United Kingdom and by writing songs for other British pop acts. After crossing the ...

Former Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Ed King dies at age

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A family friend says Ed King, a former guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd who helped write several of their hits including "Sweet Home Alabama," has died in Nashville, Tennessee. He ...

Artists, fans push music festivals to tackle sex harassment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Fans and artists are asking the live music industry to make cultural changes to address sexual harassment and groping in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Fest...

Shooter Jennings makes a left turn back to '80s country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As the son of two iconic country musicians, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, Shooter Jennings was always trying to be unpredictable in his own career as a musician and produce...

Grammy-winning rockers Halestorm don't care about the haters

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When four-piece hard rock band Halestorm went back into the studio to work on their fourth album, they had already thrown out a bunch of songs they felt sounded too much like s...

A hurricane sends Kenny Chesney on a new musical mission

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After Hurricane Irma devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands last year, country superstar Kenny Chesney started writing songs and organizing relief efforts. Chesney is donating proc...

Country singer Luke Combs' unassuming appeal makes him a hit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Instead of following the traditional path to country stardom by first writing for other artists, Luke Combs built his fan base one show at a time, touring extensively across th...

Barbershop Harmony Society to integrate women after 80 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After 80 years of being a male-only organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society has announced that women will be allowed to join the a capella singing organization. ...

Streaming providers aim to convert country fans at CMA Fest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The hundreds of artists appearing at this year's CMA Fest weren't the only ones trying to court new fans. Streaming music providers also had a larger presence at the festival, ...