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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.
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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.
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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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April 30, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Last week, country music -- indeed, the world of music overall -- lost a giant in George Jones, who died Friday morning in Nashville at the age of 81. But Tuesday brings happier news: the 80th birthday of another one of country's kings, Willie Nelson. Actually, Nelson (whose many duets include his and Jones' delightful take on " I Gotta Get Drunk ") says he became an octagenerian on Monday, though hospital records reportedly list his birthdate as April 30. PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners In any case, the man whose career stretches over a half-century -- as not only a singer and songwriter, but an actor, activist and income tax scofflaw -- is hardly easing up with age. Earlier this month Nelson released a new studio album, "Let's Face the Music and Dance," with characteristically charming renditions of standards such as the title track and "Walkin' My Baby Back Home.
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April 28, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
One of the most invigorating facets of Stagecoach is the left-field bookings to complement the big guns who bring the big crowds with their big hits. Exhibit A on Sunday: L.A. indie-pop singer-songwriter Becky Stark. On her own and as a member of Lavender Diamond and the Living Sisters, Stark lives in a musical universe light years removed from the likes of this year's headliners Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum and Zac Brown Band. Her short and intensely sweet set at the outset of Sunday's final day of country music in the desert found only tangential stylistic connections to what most fans here expect of their country music.
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April 27, 2013 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
To get a full sense of country singer George Jones, who died Friday at age 81, it's important to understand the workings of his complicated, admittedly troubled heart. The engine of his remarkable talent, it powered Jones to transform well-crafted words and melody into universal truths. To country music's benefit, Jones never hesitated to examine the struggles of his lonely heart (or overextended liver), both the consequences of its actions and the destruction that often accompanied its failings.
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April 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times
Three decades ago, an east Texas singer named George Jones took on an impossibly melodramatic, shamelessly sentimental song about a man who desperately clutched at lost love until his dying breath. His 1980 recording of "He Stopped Loving Her Today" became one of the most revered songs in country music history. Singers Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard were known for the poetically crafted lyrics of their country standards. But Jones' anguish-drenched vocals elevated "He Stopped Loving Her Today" above its soap-opera lyrics in polls of the greatest country music songs.
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April 27, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
INDIO - Just a few hours into the annual three-day country-music jamboree Stagecoach, Nashville veteran Connie Smith introduced what she described as "one of my favorite country-gospel songs. " The small but attentive Friday afternoon crowd listened as she sang "Peace in the Valley," a song popularized in the '50s by Red Foley. She struck a tone of steadfast piety as she declared, "There'll be no sadness, no sorrow, no trouble I see. " The line felt like a bulwark against the gloom that might've settled in at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival after the death Friday morning of the great country singer George Jones.
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April 26, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
George Jones, whose anguished vocals on the 1980 single “He Stopped Loving Her Today” lifted it to the top of polls of the greatest country music songs of all time, died Friday. He was 81. Jones died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, publicist Kirt Webster told the Associated Press. He had been suffering from a fever and irregular blood pressure. The baritone from east Texas astonished and delighted fans who had seen him struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, multiple marriages and divorces, lawsuits over his erratic behavior and brushes with death in motor vehicle accidents.
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April 26, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Artists as diverse as Kelly Clarkson, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton and Alan Jackson are among those speaking out about the death today of celebrated singer George Jones. "It's a sad day for country music," said Loretta Lynn, while Paisley noted that Jones' hard-living life was evidence that "mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world. "  Jones, 81, died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. He had been suffering from a fever and irregular blood pressure.
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