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Kenny Rogers and Cowboy Jack Clement inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

October 28th, 2013 4:10am EDT
Kenny Rogers
Veteran singers Kenny Rogers, Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy Jack Clement were the toast of Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday (27Oct13) as they were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Barry Gibb, Kris Kristofferson and Emmylou Harris were among the stars who gathered at the venue to salute the three honourees, with Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks and Darius Rucker joining forces to celebrate Rogers' career.

Speaking during the ceremony, Brooks hailed The Gambler hitmaker as a master, saying, "If there was an entertainer university, when it comes to Entertainer 101, I can vouch firstha...
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Shovels & Rope lead Americana Awards nominations

May 14th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Shovels & Rope
South Carolina duo Shovels & Rope lead the 2013 Americana Music Association Awards nominations after picking up four nods at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning (14May13).

Bandmates Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst will compete for Best Album, Best Emerging Artist, Best Duo or Group and Best Song trophies at the awards show in September (13).

Buddy Miller, who performed at the nominations announcement, and Emmylou Harris received three nominations each.

The awards will be held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee on 18 September.

Harris is up for Best Artist, Best A...
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Emmylou Harris Investigated For Alleged Hit And Run

December 29th, 2012 2:06pm EST
Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris was investigated by officials in California following an October car crash, according to a report.

The singer allegedly bumped her car into another vehicle on a freeway in Los Angeles on October 1st and drove off without stopping or exchanging information with the other driver.

California Highway Patrol bosses opened a hit and run investigation after the other driver filed a report, according to TMZ.com.

The website reports the investigation is now complete and the file is set to be sent to the District Attorney, who will decide if the country star should be prosecuted....
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Emmylou Harris To Launch Doggie Festival Woofstock

August 9th, 2012 10:15am EDT
Emmylou Harris
Legendary country music star Emmylou Harris has launched a new festival initiative to raise funds for her animal shelter.

The animal-loving singer will headline the inaugural Woofstock event at The Woods Ampitheatre in Fontanel, Tennessee on August 18th. She will be joined by Buddy Miller and Mike Ferris, among other stars on the bill.

All proceeds from the festival will benefit Harris' Bonaparte's Retreat dog rescue organization.

She says, "We have partnered with Metro Animal Control, and we are great friends with Nashville Humane, so there will be other rescues there. There will be ...
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Happy 60th Birthday, Chrissie Hynde!

September 7th, 2011 9:31am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
She has been the "Talk Of The Town" for decades, and now we get to salute the great Pretender herself - Chrissie Hynde turns 60 today.

The Ohio-born rocker was a big part of the burgeoning London punk scene in the mid-to-late 1970s after leaving Akron for the excitement of England and her experiences there gave her the confidence to form her own band, The Pretenders, who have been chart-busting and paving the way for a collection of female-led rock acts - and some male ones too.

With hits like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid and Brass in Pocket," ...
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Emmylou Harris' 'Hard Bargain' Out April 26 On Nonesuch Records

March 30th, 2011 4:18pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
Hard Bargain, the new album from musical icon Emmylou Harris, will be released April 26 on Nonesuch Records. The album follows Harris’ acclaimed 2008 release, All I Intended to Be, which received widespread acclaim—Newsweek called it an album that “shows that Harris is still the stalwart songbird at the top of the roost.” Hard Bargain, which comprises 11 new songs by Harris as well as two covers, was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Patty Griffin). A deluxe edition of the album, which includes a DVD featuring six performances interspersed with interviews, will also be available.

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Taylor Swift Given Credit For Country HOF Fund Raiser Success

September 26th, 2010 6:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift and Lionel Richie were among the stars who turned out to perform at a fundraising concert for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The singers were joined by country veterans Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Kris Kristofferson who all took turns to sing at the All For The Hall benefit.

Ritchie thrilled the audience with his hit-packed set, which included his anthem "Hello," while Swift delighted fans with renditions of "15" and "The Best Day" - a track dedicated to her mother.

The event was hosted by Gill, who joked to the crowd about Swi...
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Kelly Clarkson Quits Lilith Fair

July 7th, 2010 12:06am EDT
Kelly Clarkson
The Lilith Fair dates are in big trouble - headliner Kelly Clarkson has scrapped her shows on the touring festival.

Organizers of the all-female roadshow have already lost Norah Jones for some gigs and they've been forced to scrap more than 10 dates due to poor ticket sales - and now Clarkson has quit the tour.

She has announced that she is skipping her previously scheduled Lilith dates to complete work on her upcoming studio album.

Lilith Tour co-founder Sarah McLachlan and rotating headliners Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn will continue with the remaining 24 da...
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Paul McCartney To Be Honored At The White House

May 25th, 2010 11:30am EDT
Paul McCartney
The details of Paul McCartney's big White House showdown have been revealed a week after the former Beatles star hinted about a presidential concert in a web chat.

The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Stevie Wonder and Jerry Seinfeld will be part of an all-star line-up that will honor McCartney when he receives the third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress in the White House's East Room. Jack White, Dave Grohl, Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello will also be part of the festivities on June 2nd. Paul Simon and Wonder are past Gershwin Prize winners.

McCartney treated ...
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Sarah Mclachlan's First Studio Album In 7 Years, 'Laws Of Illusion,' Out June 15

May 8th, 2010 3:15pm EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Multi-platinum and Grammy-Award winning singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan is scheduled to release her first studio album of new material in 7 years "Laws Of Illusion" on June 15th on Arista Records. The album was recorded in Montreal and Vancouver with Sarah's longtime collaborator/producer Pierre Marchand. Sarah's new album "Laws Of Illusion" will be released just weeks in advance of the kick off to Lilith Fair 2010, the historic all women touring festival, founded by McLachlan, which became one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world.

The album's first single "Loving You i...
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Rihanna Joins Lilith Fair

April 12th, 2010 10:22pm EDT
Rihanna
Rihanna has added her name to music's biggest show of girl power - she'll be part of this summer's Lilith Fair festival tour.

The R&B star will make a special appearance at Lilith's Salt Lake City concert in Utah on July 12.

The 36-city tour will commence in Calgary, Canada on June 27 feature acts including Lilith Fair co-founder Sarah McLachlan, Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Beth Orton, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige and Sheryl Crow.

Rihanna's Lilith date will come during her upcoming Last Girl On Earth North American tour.

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Universal Music Group And Elvis Costello Team Up For A Great Cause

June 13th, 2009 1:45pm EDT
Elvis Costello
On the UniversalMusicStore.com they are auctioning off a signed Elvis Costello guitar where 100% of the proceeds go to City of Hope. The City of Hope is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer as well as other life-threatening diseases. The auction will run until Monday, June 15th.

Elvis Costello has a brand a new record out, "Secret, Profane & Sugarcane" that was released on 6/2/09. This amazing new signed acoustic guitar is a must have for any Costello fan!

Elvis Costello's new album 'Secret, Profane & Sugarcane' was released by Hear Music on June 2nd.

The record was produced by T...
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Nonesuch Records Releases Shawn Colvin Live on June 23

May 29th, 2009 9:57pm EDT
Shawn Colvin
Nonesuch releases its second album by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Shawn Colvin, Shawn Colvin Live, on June 23, 2009. Recorded in 2008 during a special three-night solo engagement at San Francisco's famous jazz club, Yoshi's, Live includes twelve songs written or co-written by Colvin, as well as covers of songs by Robbie Robertson, Gnarls Barkley, and Talking Heads. The record was co-produced by Colvin and longtime collaborator John Leventhal.

Colvin has been praised by audiences and critics for her live performances since the beginning of her career. The Lexington...
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Ann Wilson Is Top Female Rock Singer

December 4th, 2008 6:30pm EST
Ann Wilson
Heart star Ann Wilson is leading a U.S. poll to find the best female rock singer of all time. Parade.com has been inundated with voting fans since the poll went live last week - and more than half the 13,500 visitors who have participated picked the "Barracuda" singer ahead of stars like Tina Turner, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks.

Wilson, who has received 55 per cent of the vote, tells the website she owes her singing success to pre-show preparation: "I warm up before each show by singing along with a Lucinda Williams or Emmylou Harris CD. It helps to open my throat and my soul."
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Spotlight On Australian Entertainers

July 21st, 2008 9:00am EDT
Russell Crowe
What is it about Aussies that Americans find so fascinating? Is it the cute accents? The laid-back attitudes? The "party animal" reputations? It could be a mix of all of these traits. It could also be because, although we speak the same language and our cultures have many similarities, many of us know very little about Australia. That strange yet familiar vibe makes those down under denizens appear exciting and mysterious - an irresistible combo!

Since Americans are also fascinated with celebrities, it's no surprise that so many awesome Aussie entertainers have found fame in the U.S. ...
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Sonya Kitchell Tours With Herbie Hancock Again; 'This Storm' Due Sept. 2

July 5th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Sonya Kitchell
Imagine the sonic equivalent of seeing your older sister's best friend again after she went away to college for a few years. As beautiful and poised as she was before, you simply can't believe the cute teenager you once knew has turned into such a smart and sexy adult. This Storm, the strikingly confident second album from singer, guitarist, and songwriter Sonya Kitchell, is an immediate and visceral album, dealing with serious issues and reflecting such remarkable growth that you can barely believe it's the same artist.

Kitchell's debut, Words Came Back To Me, recorded when she was on...
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Emmylou Harris' New Album, 'All I Intended To Be,' Out June 10

June 2nd, 2008 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
Nonesuch Records will release Emmylou Harris' new album All I Intended to Be on June 10. This is Harris' third release on Nonesuch and her first solo effort since 2003's Stumble Into Grace. Of the selected material, Harris explains, "I've always seen myself as a relentless song-finder, a singer of other people's work whom I admire greatly, and an occasional songwriter." A North American summer tour in support of the record begins May 23 in California with more dates to be announced soon.

Recorded over a four-year span primarily at producer Brian Ahern's Easter Island Surround in Nashv...
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Joe Cocker To Release 'Hymn For My Soul' May 13

April 18th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Joe Cocker
On May 13th, Fantasy Records will release Hymn For My Soul, the newest album from legendary singer Joe Cocker. The album unites Cocker, possessor of one of the world's most instantly recognizable and iconic voices (Lennon & McCartney's "With A Little Help From My Friends," anyone?), with Ethan Johns, who has proved both his worth and his Midas touch via albums he's produced for, among others, Rufus Wainwright, Emmylou Harris, Ryan Adams, Razorlight, Kings of Leon, and Ray LaMontagne. The union has resulted in one of the most accomplished pieces of work in the Sheffield-born singer's long an...
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Sarah McLachlan To Release 'Rarities, B-Sides And Other Stuff, Volume 2,' April 29

April 14th, 2008 9:51am EDT
Sarah McLachlan
Culminated from Sarah McLachlan's illustrious recording career, the Rarities, B-Sides And Other Stuff, Volume 2 collection contains Sarah McLachlan material never before available before on one CD.

The collection includes live performances, rare recordings, remixes and soundtrack contributions. In addition, the album includes exceptional, one of a kind duets with Bryan Adams, Cyndi Lauper, Emmylou Harris, and more!

Since signing with Arista nearly two decades ago, every one of Sarah McLachlan's studio and live albums and videos have been certified gold, platinum, multi-platinum...
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Return of the 70's Singer-Songwriter

April 4th, 2008 2:01pm EDT
Sheryl Crow
Successful singer-songwriters have spanned across the decades, but no era saw them flourish like the 1970s. James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg, Carly Simon, Jackson Browne and Neil Young (to name a few) were tearing up the airwaves. Their simple, thought-provoking melodies struck a chord with a Vietnam War-torn America and left an indelible mark on the modern music biz. Well, tune your radios and adjust your mp3 players, folks. The 70s singer-songwriter sound is back - with a whole new batch of artists.

Jackson Browne live (1978):

Carrying the Torch
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Emmylou Harris, Statler Bros. Among Inductees Into Country Hall Of Fame

February 12th, 2008 2:20pm EST
Emmylou Harris
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Country Music Hall of Fame has four new members: Emmylou Harris, Tom T. Hall, the Statler Brothers and the late Ernest ''Pop'' Stoneman. Their upcoming induction was announced Tuesday in Nashville.

Their selection was announced Tuesday by the Country Music Association. They will be formally inducted later this year.

Harris, a native of Birmingham, Ala., first became known for her duet work with Gram Parsons in the 1970s. After Parsons' death in 1973, she began a successful solo career that has spanned pop, country rock and Americana, and earned her 12 G...
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Kaki King Tours In Support of March 11 Release, 'Dreaming Of Revenge'

February 3rd, 2008 10:30am EST
Kaki King
Kaki King returns with her fourth album after her contributions to Foo Fighters and Tegan & Sara's latest albums, and having been nominated for a Golden Globe award for Into The Wild together with Eddie Vedder.

Dreaming Of Revenge showcases Kaki King's desire to branch out with songs that feature electric and pedal-steel guitar, horns, and, for the first time, vocals. Produced by Malcolm Burn, a Grammy-Award winning musician and producer who is known for his work with Daniel Lanois, Peter Gabriel, and Emmylou Harris, Dreaming Of Revenge allows us to witness her evolution from acoustic...
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Anne Murray Releases All-Star Collaborative Album, 'Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends'

January 18th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Anne Murray
Music icon Anne Murray has sold more than 50 million albums in a distinguished career that spans four decades. On January 15th, Manhattan/EMI will release Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends, an exceptional 17-track collection of her top hits and favorites, newly recorded as duets with some of the world's top female recording artists.

Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends showcases a wide variety of Anne's favorite female vocalists. Among the album's tracks and collaborating artists are "Snowbird" with Sarah Brightman, "You Needed Me" with Shania Twain, "Nobody Loves Me Like You Do"...
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Fantasy Records To Release Tift Merritt's 'Another Country' Feb. 26

January 13th, 2008 2:00pm EST
Tift Merritt
After two records and a Grammy nomination, Tift Merritt took hiatus with a piano in Paris and was rewarded with an unbridled inspiration and a wealth of her most accomplished songs to date. On February 26, Concord Music Group's Fantasy Records will release Merritt's Another Country.

After intensive touring, Merritt erased her grueling schedule and rented a flat with a piano in Paris's 10th arrondisment planning to take time off. Merritt recalls, "Days were wonderful there. I wore the same clothes nearly everyday. I would take a coffee in the street, say hello to the good people in the ...
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Commemorate GRAMMY's 50th Anniversary With 'The Ultimate GRAMMY Collection'

January 8th, 2008 2:12pm EST
Classic Pop
In a grand commemoration of the 50th Celebration of the GRAMMY® Awards, Shout! Factory and The Recording Academy®'s GRAMMY® Recordings announce an electrifying 7-CD series encompassing GRAMMY® winners from four of the legendary awards' major genres. With a personal introduction written by 27-time GRAMMY® winner and 50th Celebration Ambassador Quincy Jones, this series is a sumptuous ode to the biggest hits in music history and a must-have for music lovers and collectors alike.

"We look forward to celebrating the past five decades of GRAMMY®-winning music with music fans everywhere thr...
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Anne Murray Gets Big Names For Duets

December 2nd, 2007 5:00pm EST
Anne Murray
Country icon Anne Murray has gathered her favorite females for a new duets album.

The singer will re-record her hits with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Sarah Brightman and fellow Canadians Shania Twain, Celine Dion and Nelly Furtado.

The new album will be released in 2008.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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The Judds Reform

November 12th, 2007 6:17pm EST
The Judds
Country duo The Judds are to play their first full-length concert in seven years at the second Stagecoach country music festival in California next year. The group, fronted by mother-and-daughter singers Naomi and Wynonna Judd, became a big ticket act in the 1980s and early 1990s.

They reunited for a tour in 1999 and 2000 and have since performed brief sets together a couple of times, including a gig at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. last year.

Aside from The Judds reunion, Stagecoach 2008 will also feature performances from Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson, D...
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Fascinating Facts

October 23rd, 2007 7:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
A fan of country star Emmylou Harris has set up a Humane Society fund in honor of the singer's 60th birthday. The fund is named after Harris' dog Keeta.

Singer Amy Winehouse is releasing a Double Trouble Combo edition of her new live DVD I Told You I Was Trouble, which comes complete with a pint glass and an ashtray, both engraved with her name.

The Ruts' guitarist Paul Fox has died. He was 56. He died after a battle with lung cancer at his home in London on Sunday. He is survived by wife Sharon and sons Lawrence and William. The band's original vocalist, Malcolm Owen, died of a h...
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Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

September 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...
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Music Snippets

September 12th, 2007 7:31pm EDT
Kurt Cobain
Tragic Nirvana star Kurt Cobain is to be honored by fans in Hoquiam, Washington, with a tribute concert on Saturday. Bands from Seattle and the surrounding area will perform Nirvana tunes at the memorial, which is being held to raise money for a youth center and memorial park in Cobain's name. Cobain committed suicide in 1994.

Late singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt is to be honored with the President's Award by the Americana Music Association. Emmylou Harris, Bruce Hornsby and bluegrass star Ricky Skaggs are among the celebrities who will perform Van Zandt songs at the AMA's annual a...
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