January 28, 1994
Singer-songwriter Emmylou Harris will narrate a St. Patrick's Day special to be broadcast on the Disney Channel, titled "Irish Music and America . . . A Musical Migration." The program on March 17 will look at the influences of Irish music in American culture. U2's Bono will perform, as well as other artists including Elvis Costello, the Everly Brothers and Ricky Skaggs.
August 19, 2004 |
A group of country music stars has launched a get-out-the-vote project, saying everyone has a responsibility to vote in November regardless of political affiliation. The "Your Country Your Vote" initiative involves artists who appeared on "America Will Always Stand," a recent album of original music inspired by the Civil War. The project will include public service announcements by Ricky Skaggs, Randy Travis, Darryl Worley, Josh Turner, Marty Raybon, Billy Dean and others.
March 27, 2008 |
The Roots, Ricky Skaggs, Los Lonely Boys, the Neville Brothers and Mickey Hart from the Grateful Dead are among the headliners for eight simultaneous Earth Day festivals planned at major cities around the U.S. on April 20. The free events will be staged in Santa Monica, New York, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Miami and San Francisco. The flagship event will be the Earth Day 2008 celebration on the National Mall in Washington. The Southern California component will begin at noon on the Santa Monica Pier.
October 4, 2008 |
New duo Dailey & Vincent dominated the International Bluegrass Music Assn. awards, winning entertainer of the year, album of the year, vocal group, emerging artist and gospel recorded performance. Darrin Vincent, a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder before striking out on his own last year with Jamie Dailey, a former member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, were the leading nominees with 10 heading into Thursday's ceremonies in Nashville. Dale Ann Bradley won for female vocalist in a tough field that included perennial favorites Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent.
May 10, 1989 |
Keith Whitley, who battled a drinking problem while becoming one of the brightest young stars in country music, was found dead at his home here Tuesday of accidental acute alcohol poisoning, officials said. He was 33. "This is an accidental death," Davidson County Medical Examiner Charles Harlan said after an autopsy. "Mr. Whitley died as a result of drinking alcohol." Harlan said Whitley's blood alcohol content registered .47, nearly five times the legal definition of intoxication.
September 30, 2006 |
The Grascals won entertainer of the year and Tim O'Brien captured male vocalist and song of the year honors during the International Bluegrass Music Assn. awards. Rhonda Vincent took home female vocalist of the year honors, while Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver won top vocal group and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder were voted No. 1 instrumental group for the eighth straight year.
November 2, 2007 |
Dolly Parton led an all-star choir in a rendition of "I Saw the Light" in tribute to her long-ago mentor Porter Wagoner at the public funeral service for him Thursday on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, the organization of which he'd been an active member and high-profile spokesman for more than 50 years.
August 16, 2003 |
Alison Krauss & Union Station leads the pack with 13 nominations, with the Del McCoury Band right behind at an even dozen among contenders for the 14th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, to be handed out Oct. 2 in Louisville, Ky. Krauss and McCoury will be vying for entertainer of the year, instrumental and vocal group of the year awards. The all-star "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III" album also generated several nominations, including album and recorded event of the year.