Academy of Country Music Names 2017 Industry Awards Nominees

Academy of Country Music Names 2017 Industry Awards Nominees
The Academy of Country Music announced the nominees for the Industry Award component of the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards. Nominees for the 2017 Industry Awards of the Country Music Awards include AEG’s Brent Fedrizzi and Ali Harnell competing …
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Brooklyn Country Music Festival Draws NYC’s Maverick Musicians to Gowanus
While he may not be interested in splitting hairs over who can lay claim to the area’s first multi-day country music jamboree, there are quite a few features of his version that make it both unique and essential. For one thing, the “Brooklyn” in BCFM …
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Hold Up: Country Music Has Always Been Down With The Brown
As Beyoncé prepares to show up and show out at the Country Music Association Awards tonight, I’ve got a little history lesson for you. Despite claims to the contrary, Bey is just as entitled to the genre as the award show’s overwhelmingly white pool of …
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Country music at The Big E

musicCountry music at The Big E
WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP)  Continuing our coverage of the Big E Centennial Celebration, The Big E and country music have always gone hand and hand. As it celebrates its 100th anniversary, you’ll find some of the biggest acts in country music …
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Forever Country Music Video Features 30 Top Country Music Artists
The Forever Country Music video celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards and features 30 of the Top Country Music artists. This year will be the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards event that honors top Country Music artists each year.

Country Music Promotes American Values
Country music, a genre whose roots grew from traditional American values, is popularizing patriotism more than ever as its artists gain momentum, according to a story in the August issue of Townhall Magazine. Rob Weiner, a pop-culture historian at Texas …


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Cancer Comes to Country Music
I can’t make up my mind: Has country music finally gone too far? Has the brilliant and powerful mastery of emotional manipulation that is its signature, its relentless effort to make you weep at all costs, at last taken it into territory the bitter end …
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30 of Country Music’s Biggest Acts Teamed Up to Create the Most Epic Music Video Ever
Just in case your calendars weren’t already marked, the CMA Awards (a.k.a. Country Music’s Biggest Night) are celebrating their 50th anniversary on November 2 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. To mark occasion (and get country music fans geared up for all the toe …

Country Music Isn’t Country Music Anymore And Here’s Why
If Kelsea Ballerini and Lukas Grahamâ’s pop-country mash-up performance at this year’s Grammy Awards over the weekend didn’t prove it, I’ll say it – country music isn’t just country music anymore. Their respective hits, Ballerini’s Peter Pan …


Kids Can Ski and Ride for Free in Colorado Ski Country

Kids Can Ski and Ride for Free in Colorado Ski Country
As part of Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts commitment to providing an enjoyable and affordable ski vacation for families, many resorts offer free skiing for kids. By waiving a lift ticket fee for kids under a certain age or offering free lift …

Can a ski resort have too much snow?
For ski resorts in Colorado and the Sierra Nevada, it’s a good problem to have: too much snow. Recent storms that walloped mountains across the West dropped up to 10 feet of snow, creating thrilling powdery runs. But once avalanche danger emerged on roads …

Michigan ski areas offer learn to ski program in January
Michigan ski areas are offering an all-inclusive package to learn to ski or snowboard, Discover Michigan Skiing, in January. The Michigan Snowsports Industries Association announced that 26 ski facilities are participating in the annual program.
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2016’s New additions to country music families

music2016’s New additions to country music families
Our country music families are growing! In 2016,a dozen babies joined the families of some of our country music artists. First to join was Love Lily Brust,, the 7 lb. 7 oz. daughter of Preston and Kristen Brust. Preston is half of the duo LOCASH.

‘The Voice’ season 11 winner: How country music rules
The NBC hit reality competition “The Voice” has crowned its latest winner, with singer Sundance Head being named as the champion of the show’s 11th season. Mr. Head won out over fellow competitors Billy Gilman, Josh Gallagher, and Wé McDonald.
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Country Music Events: How Big Brands are Building Loyalty
It can be indie, it can be gritty, it can be rock and pop. It’s on primetime à la the CMA Music Festival’s annual “Country’s Night to Rock” (called the most social show of the year by Forbes in 2014). And thanks to Blake Shelton, the country …


The Death of Country Music: Natural Cause or Homicide

musicThe Death of Country Music: Natural Cause or Homicide
Some days my bones feel weary. It especially hurts when I get down on my knees, slowly bend over, and flip through dusty shelves of old, used books. Years ago it was record stores, but I can barely recall the last time I opened my wallet for a hunk of plastic.

Lots Happening in London for Country Music Week
There’s no shortage of events and activities residents can take part in during Country Music Week here in London. The Canadian Country Music Association’s national festival, which is being held in the Forest City for the first time, runs from Thursday …
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Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman to tell Austin stories
The tour, he says, “is designed for that purpose.” Chapman, 53, got his start at age 19 when he did five shows a day on stage at the old country-music-themed amusement park Opryland in Nashville. “I learned a lot of appreciation and the opportunity …


Cody Jinks plays apocalyptic country at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre

musicCody Jinks plays apocalyptic country at Raleigh’s Lincoln Theatre
Don’t judge a musician by his album cover. Cody Jinks looks totally metal on his. The heavily tatted singer-songwriter was raised on country music, but he did cut his teeth on metal. “Metallica was king,” Jinks says while calling from Nashville.
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Concert preview: Cyndi Lauper adds country color to her musical quilt
She won Grammy No. 2 (Best Musical Theater Album) for “Kinky Boots” in 2014. In May, she went back to her roots, releasing a country music album, “Detour,” covering songs originally recorded by greats like Patsy Cline, Wanda Jackson and Dolly Parton.
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The First Time Faith Hill Heard “Forever Country,” It Made Her Cry
“All three of those songs were just huge records across the board,” Tim says. “I think those records resounded outside of the country music world… and all those artists…had a bigger impact…than just in country music…John Denver, who was an …


REVIEW: Yoakam and Womack: Night of ‘real’ country

musicREVIEW: Yoakam and Womack: Night of ‘real’ country
SIOUX CITY | Even with mosquitoes dive-bombing him during every song, Dwight Yoakam managed to turn Battery Park into an intimate rockabilly bar Saturday night. Rolling from one song to the next (and getting his leg action going in the second one), he …
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Five bands will play for injured motorcyclist
As for the bands: — The Newark-based Marbletones perform music from the Beatles, Van Morrison and Tom Petty, with a little rockabilly thrown in. They also have some original tunes. — All Inn, a Sodus-based band, plays popular dance, classic rock …
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X comes to Philly with Bill Zoom back in fold
The group has always been classified as punk but there has been rockabilly and blues in the musical mix. There was also a willingness to take risks. “But that’s the scene we came out of,” Cervenka says. “We took chances since we were making music …
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musicCountry Icon Ronnie Milsap Is Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame
Martina McBride is known for her vocal dexterity, but when she went to select a Ronnie Milsap song that she could sing to honor the newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, she was momentarily stumped. Milsap’s singing always “sounded so effortless …
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Country Music’s 10 Biggest Pop Crossover Successes
The line that designates what is and is not country music is muddier than most of us are willing to admit. What is abundantly clear, though, is that country music appeals to more people than just rednecks and sappy beer drinkers. Taylor Swift may think she …
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Beyoncé, Country Music, and Race: Conversation Starter or Career Suicide?
One of the issues with Beyoncé Knowles’s last two releases is that her decisions to release visual albums emphasize the corporal aesthetics of her brand over the musical ones. Specifically, conversations about Knowles’s thought-provoking and …
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Merle Haggard, Country Music Legend, Dies at 79

musicMerle Haggard, Country Music Legend, Dies at 79
Country legend Merle Haggard, often called “the Poet of the Common Man,” whose music reflected his hardscrabble roots and hard-living ways as well as a tenderness that made him a revered songwriter, died Wednesday at his home near Redding, Calif.
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Big Barrel Country Music Festival canceled
Big Barrel Country Music Festival canceled The Big Barrel Country Music Festival, which was set to enter its second year in Dover, abruptly pulls the plug. Check out this story on
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‘Bro-Country’ Is Dying. What’s Next For Country Music?
The 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards will air Sunday with huge acts like Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Kenny Chesney and Dolly Parton expected to take the stage in Las Vegas. The scheduled performances may include familiar faces, but the overall …
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