Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeym...

Could a pop song win a CMA? Song categories are a hard bet

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The midterm elections are over, but the contest for the year's best country songs is just around the corner at the Country Music Association Awards. The two c...

Despite major success, Kane Brown feels like an outsider

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Billboard charts and streaming services truly dig rising country star Kane Brown. But the industry voters at the Country Music Association Awards? Not as much. ...

Pistol Annies tackle divorce, complicated women with humor

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Pistol Annies have a sassy new divorce song called "Got My Name Changed Back," but the trio of Miranda Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe won't say who inspired i...

Country bluesman, hit songwriter Tony Joe White dies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A record label representative says Tony Joe White, the country rocker and hit songwriter behind such hits as "Polk Salad Annie" and "A Rainy Night in Georgia," has died at age ...

ASCAP hosts all-female songwriting camp to improve diversity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In a spacious recording studio in Nashville, two singer-songwriters, Priscilla Renea and Jillian Jacqueline, were working through a song idea, trading suggestions for lyrics an...

Tough-as-nails rocker Elle King learns to love herself

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A few weeks ago, Elle King was in a rehearsal hall in Nashville, Tennessee, going over guitar licks from a new song with her band mates who were all wearing matching jackets th...

Country women applaud CMT for all-female awards show

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country icon Loretta Lynn doesn't mince words when it comes to CMT's decision to honor all female artists, including herself, at its annual Artists of the Year show. ...

Grand Ole Opry gives rare salute to soul genius Ray Charles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Grand Ole Opry gave a rare salute to soul genius Ray Charles with performances from Darius Rucker, Boyz II Men, Ronnie Milsap and LeAnn Rimes for an upcoming public televis...

Taylor Swift makes politics personal with endorsement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Taylor Swift's first big jump into politics might have gained her some extra haters, but her endorsement in a competitive midterm U.S. Senate race isn't likely to result in a m...

Willis Clan rebuilding their career after father's crimes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Willis Clan, a musical family that starred in their own reality TV show and competed on "America's Got Talent," are now ready to sing again and tell their stories through a...

For Route 91 survivors, 'Country Strong' means community

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — They have the date 10-1-2017 tattooed on their bodies and have memorial walls of pictures in their homes. One woman made a bracelet out of her Route 91 Harvest festival wristba...

Review: Loretta Lynn's vocals and feisty spirit still strong

Loretta Lynn, "Wouldn't It Be Nice" (Sony Legacy) Loretta Lynn, now 86, hasn't been touring since she suffered a stroke in 2017, but the Kentucky singer-songwriter's creative output ...

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...