Actor, singer, 'The Gambler': Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The...

Nashville church worships in the rubble after deadly tornado

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Bobbie Harris, 79, lost her rental home, her job and her church when a deadly tornado struck her community in North Nashville. But all she could think about was her blessings. ...

AP Exclusive: NRA firearms auction at country museum nixed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For weeks the National Rifle Association has been publicizing plans to hold a fundraising dinner at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where it planned to auction off fi...

One hit no more: Persistence pays off for Billy Ray Cyrus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Most people would say that Billy Ray Cyrus has been lucky to keep finding himself in the middle of massive pop culture moments over this three-decade long career in music and t...

Lil Nas X, Alicia Keys added key moments at the Grammys

What was already a chaotic week leading up to the Grammys suddenly took a somber turn with the death of NBA star Kobe Bryant, who was beloved in Los Angeles and especially in the Staples Center, where...

Jason Aldean says owning his records was a priority to him

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country star Jason Aldean learned the hard lessons about the music business when he first signed a record deal with Capitol Records that ended up never producing any music. Yea...

Tanya Tucker ‘beyond shocked’ by Grammy nominations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The first time Tanya Tucker was nominated for a Grammy Award, it was 1972, it was for her breakout country hit, “Delta Dawn,” and she was just a teen. Now more than 45 years la...

Lady Antebellum get honest, vulnerable on new record ‘Ocean’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country vocal group Lady Antebellum know how to move people to tears with their songs and their newest record “Ocean” feels as vulnerable and honest as a therapy session. ...

Doobie Brothers re-unite with Michael McDonald for tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers are reuniting with singer and songwriter Michael McDonald for a 50th anniversary tour next year. McD...

Review: No sophomore slump for country singer Luke Combs

Luke Combs, "What You See Is What You Get" (River House Artists/Columbia Nashville) Not many artists break out on their first record, but Luke Combs did it without much fanfare, drop...

Miranda Lambert is bold, funny and ready to rock again

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Miranda Lambert is back, as bold and fun as she ever was, with a new album of rock and punk-influenced country hits that reflect a woman happily cracking jokes on her haters an...

Gospel artist Kirk Franklin says he's boycotting Dove Awards

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Grammy-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin says he's boycotting the Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards after they edited out part of his acceptance speech earlier this mont...

Allison Moorer details tragic family legacy in memoir

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For years, singer-songwriter Allison Moorer was hesitant to talk publicly about the death of her parents when she was just 14. But after becoming a mother, she decided to final...

After son's death, Craig Morgan finds God's purpose in song

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Three years after country singer Craig Morgan lost his 19-year-old son in a drowning accident, he wrote a song about his grief, pain and his faith, called "The Father, My Son, ...

Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens join Country Music Hall of Fame

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Best-selling country duo of all time Brooks & Dunn, comedian and singer Ray Stevens and record executive Jerry Bradley have been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fam...