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August 13, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Country singer and songwriter Tompall Glaser, a member of country's “outlaw” movement of the 1970s, has died after a long illness, his nephew Louis Glaser has told the Associated Press. He was 79. An associate of Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson, Glaser never achieved the stardom accorded his fellow outlaws, but was a part of country music history for his role on the 1976 album “Wanted! The Outlaws,” which featured tracks by Glaser, Nelson, Jennings and Jessi Colter.
August 8, 2013
Picture yourself and your favorite friend sitting under the shining night sky with a bottle of wine and some cheese and crackers. Then add the Hollywood Bowl to that scene and throw Willie Nelson onstage performing every single song from his legendary 1978 album "Stardust. " Yeah, it's the perfect evening. "Blue Skies?" Check. "Georgia on my Mind?" Check. "Don't Get Around Much Anymore?" Check. The list goes on. Lyle Lovett & His Large Band opens. Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave., L.A. 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. Ticket prices vary.
August 8, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
"Cowboy" Jack Clement, an influential producer, songwriter and engineer who had been revered in country music since the 1950s and was later sought out by rock acts for his creative input, has died. He was 82. Clement died Thursday of liver cancer at his Nashville home, his friend and fellow producer Dub Cornett told the Associated Press. Clement was the first to record Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison. He arranged the signature mariachi horn part for Johnny Cash's original recording of "Ring of Fire," persuaded George Jones to record "She Thinks I Still Care," and produced Waylon Jennings' "Dreaming My Dreams," considered one of the finest albums of the 1970s "outlaw" movement.
August 1, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
A video went viral Wednesday of Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper making a racist comment at a Kenny Chesney concert. Chesney was not pleased and decided to weigh in on the incident. "All I do is get off my bus and try to give the fans all the heart and passion I got. That's where it starts and stops; that's all I think about," Chesney told ESPN. "I'm as shocked as anyone to see the video of Riley Cooper that's started circulating on the Internet. I don't believe in discrimination in any form, and I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words.
July 29, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
How many words does it take to sum up not just a distinctive sound in country music, but to describe a whole period, one that includes an attitude and a level of singing, songwriting and instrumental expertise that represents one of the pinnacles of the whole genre over the last century? Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill and his longtime friend, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, need just one: "Bakersfield. " "If you want to define country music to me in its greatest era," Gill, 56, said last week, "it would be Bakersfield - it would be Buck and Merle, those songs and those instruments.
July 16, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Canada's Polaris Music Prize is putting the "white" in the Great White North. Nominees for this year's award -- which seeks to recognize "creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music," according to a statement -- were announced early Tuesday, and Pop & Hiss is here to tell you that it's a truly horrifying collection, with more indie rock than you can shake an ice-encrusted maple leaf at. Assembled by an "independent jury of over 200...
July 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (today) for singer Darius Rucker's October concert at the Red Rock Resort. Rucker has made a splash in country music since his days as the lead singer of pop band Hootie & the Blowfish . In 2008, Rucker's single, “Don't Think I Don't Think About It” soared to the top of the country charts, making him the first African American with a   No. 1 country song since Charley Pride in 1983. His latest album, last year's “True Believers,” reached No. 1 on Billboard's top country albums list.
July 11, 2013 | By Randall Roberts
Country singer Randy Travis is recovering from a stroke that he had while undergoing surgery for congestive heart failure, his publicist said Wednesday evening.  The Grammy-winning hitmaker, 54, was admitted to the hospital Sunday, and underwent a procedure Wednesday to relieve pressure on his brain. He remains in critical condition at a Plano, Texas, hospital. Travis, who helped reintroduce the honky tonk style of country music onto the charts in the 1980s, first fell ill about three weeks ago, his doctors said Wednesday, and his condition worsened after he contracted a viral upper respiratory infection.
June 19, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
The down-on-his-luck singer sat on the steps of Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry, bemoaning the job he'd just lost at a radio station, when out walked country legend Hank Williams. The celebrated but troubled singer and songwriter, who had just been fired from the Louisiana Hayride radio show in 1949, suggested they apply for each other's former jobs. "Just go down there and give them all you've got," Williams told cowboy balladeer Slim Whitman, who died Wednesday of heart failure outside Jacksonville, Fla. He was 90. His death was announced by his son-in-law, Roy Beagle.
May 20, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Country singer Chely Wright and her wife Lauren Blitzer Wright have two new additions to their family: The couple welcomed identical twins on Saturday. The singer, 42, gave birth to their baby boys in New York City, her rep told People. The Wrights named the boys George Samuel and Everett Joseph after their great-grandfathers. The duo was due this summer but were born a little early and are said to be "thriving," the mag said. "We are grateful for all the amazing medical care and the love and support of family and friends," Wright said.
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