Pioneering transgender singer Jackie Shane dead at 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jackie Shane, a black transgender soul singer who became a pioneering musician in Toronto where she packed out nightclubs in the 1960s, has died. She was 78. ...

Kristofferson, Dolly producer Fred Foster died at age 87

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville producer Fred Foster, who produced some of Roy Orbison's most popular records and was the first to produce records from Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, has died ...

Chris Stapleton, Dan + Shay lead ACM nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Chris Stapleton and Dan + Shay lead the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards with six nominations each while Grammy album of the year winner Kacey Musgraves comes in with five ...

Brooks & Dunn rework hits with new class of country stars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Recently country superstar duo Brooks & Dunn started noticing that a new generation of country stars, from Kacey Musgraves to Luke Combs, were covering their classic songs ...

Grammy week events begin with salute to Willie Nelson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kacey Musgraves, Dave Matthews and Lukas Nelson saluted the outlaw king of country music Willie Nelson with tributes and performances at the famed Los Angeles studio The Village. ...

More Grammy nominees makes winning a greater challenge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — When the Grammys added more nominees to its top four categories, the Recording Academy said the expansion from five to eight nominees would add more "flexibility" for voters. B...

Grammy nominees Dan + Shay feel at home in pop world

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than a week before the Grammy Awards, country duo Dan + Shay seem pretty relaxed ahead of the biggest performance of their career coming up at Sunday's awards show. Until ...

Country Music Hall of Fame guitarist Harold Bradley dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country Music Hall of Fame guitarist Harold Bradley, who played on hundreds of hit country records and along with his brother, famed producer Owen Bradley, helped craft "The Na...

Reggie Young, renowned guitarist for Elvis, Waylon, has died

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Guitarist Reggie Young, a Memphis- and Nashville-based session player whose signature licks defined hit records from Elvis, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many more, has d...

Ronnie Milsap returned to his iconic studio for duets album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country soul icon Ronnie Milsap spent years recording 13 guest artists and bands for his new album, "Ronnie Milsap: The Duets," in a place that became a hit factory for him in ...

Maren Morris starts 2nd album with uplifting "GIRL" single

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Maren Morris knew the importance of selecting the first single she released from her much-anticipated second record, but as soon as she heard the demo of "GIRL," the country si...

Grammy-nominated album shines light on transgender pioneer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For decades, Jackie Shane was a musical mystery: a riveting black transgender soul singer who packed out nightclubs in Toronto in the 1960s, but then disappeared after 1971. ...

Loretta Lynn plans 87th birthday all-star tribute concert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music queen Loretta Lynn has big plans for her 87th birthday this April in the form of an all-star tribute concert featuring Jack White, Garth Brooks, George Strait and...

Timing is perfect for Florida Georgia Line's 1st Grammy nom

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country powerhouse duo Florida Georgia Line has been dominating the sound of the genre for eight years and setting historical records in sales, airplay and streaming, and they'...

Rockers Hootie & the Blowfish return with new album, tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Twenty-five years after "Cracked Rear View" launched their careers, Grammy-winning rockers Hootie & the Blowfish will release a new album and launch an official tour next y...