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Halsey Puts the Extra Lady in Lady Antebellum in Elegant Cma Awards Medley

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Halsey Puts the Extra Lady in Lady Antebellum in Elegant Cma Awards Medley
Halsey is increasingly proving herself a woman for all seasons in her varied TV appearances and awards show collaborations, and Wednesday’s Cma Awards telecast was no exception, as she ingratiated herself into the country vocal trio Lady Antebellum for some flawless four-part harmony on a medley of two of their respective hits.

She and Lady A’s two lead singers, Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley, first traded lines on the group’s recent “What If I Never Get Over You” — a lovelorn ballad in the tradition of their Grammy-winning “Need You Now” — before segueing into the gravity of Halsey’s own “Graveyard.” Lady A’s rhetorical question “What if time doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do?” proved an apt cross-genre match for Halsey’s declaration that “it’s crazy when the thing you love the most is the detriment.”

Going for glam is no detriment to Halsey’s sometimes scrappier persona,
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Dolly Parton: 5 Great Opry Performances

Dolly Parton: 5 Great Opry Performances
By the time Dolly Parton had entered her teens, the young girl from the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee had accomplished something that most adults who love to sing country music could only dare dream: she had performed on the Grand Ole Opry.

Parton, who this week celebrates her 50th anniversary as a member of the Opry cast with an all-star salute, was officially inducted as an Opry member in January 1969, by which time she was a nationally recognized TV star alongside Porter Wagoner. But in 1959, the 13-year-old, then unknown outside of Knoxville,
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Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’: 10 Things We Learned From Week 2

Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’: 10 Things We Learned From Week 2
By the second half of the 20th century, country music was big business. Radio, records, television and movies all played a part in its popularity, but its artists and its songs were still at the forefront, even as profits soared or slumped. The second half of Ken Burns’ Country Music begins in 1964 and runs through the mid-Nineties, exploring everything from the rise of the Bakersfield Sound to the pop-country explosion of the Seventies, right up to Garth Brooks’ unprecedented approach to superstardom. Rolling Stone Country looks at 10 key moments from
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Song You Need To Know: John Prine & Margo Price ‘Unwed Fathers’

Song You Need To Know: John Prine & Margo Price ‘Unwed Fathers’
You know “Unwed Fathers” is great country songwriting from the title alone — an offhanded spin of a familiar phrase that reveals the presumptions, bias and bullshit hiding in our language in plain sight. Co-written with Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby “He Stopped Loving Her Today” Braddock, the story involves a young woman at an “Appalachian Greyhound station,” pregnant and leaving home, saying goodbye to her brother and heading off to an uncertain future, in a culture where unwed mothers are “kept under cover/like some bad dream/while unwed
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Film Stars Narrate Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ 14-Hour Documentary Epic — Exclusive

Film Stars Narrate Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ 14-Hour Documentary Epic — Exclusive
With his epic fourteen-hour documentary “Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema,” writer/director Mark Cousins doesn’t skimp in his continuing pursuit to celebrate female filmmakers. Set to finally screen at its full-length (in five parts) next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie is narrated by an eclectic list of voices.

UK actresses Adjoa Andoh and Thandie Newton, New Zealander Kerry Fox, India icon Sharmila Tagore, and Hollywood star Debra Winger all join previously announced narrators Jane Fonda and Tilda Swinton, who is an executive producer. Swinton narrates the first four hours of the film, which debuted at Venice 2018.

“We have 11 decades of women making films,” Swinton told IndieWire. “Another slight tweak of the goalpost is talking about women filmmakers. Women have made films since Mary Pickford onwards in incredible numbers. We know who made Hitchcock’s films with him (Alma Reville), but we don’t focus on it.
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Film Stars Narrate Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ 14-Hour Documentary Epic — Exclusive

Film Stars Narrate Mark Cousins’ ‘Women Make Film’ 14-Hour Documentary Epic — Exclusive
With his epic fourteen-hour documentary “Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema,” writer/director Mark Cousins doesn’t skimp in his continuing pursuit to celebrate female filmmakers. Set to finally screen at its full-length (in five parts) next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie is narrated by an eclectic list of voices.

UK actresses Adjoa Andoh and Thandie Newton, New Zealander Kerry Fox, India icon Sharmila Tagore, and Hollywood star Debra Winger all join previously announced narrators Jane Fonda and Tilda Swinton, who is an executive producer. Swinton narrates the first four hours of the film, which debuted at Venice 2018.

“We have 11 decades of women making films,” Swinton told IndieWire. “Another slight tweak of the goalpost is talking about women filmmakers. Women have made films since Mary Pickford onwards in incredible numbers. We know who made Hitchcock’s films with him (Alma Reville), but we don’t focus on it.
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Alabama, Don Everly Set for Musicians Hall of Fame

Alabama, Don Everly Set for Musicians Hall of Fame
The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum, which recognizes the contributions of performers, producers and others in rock & roll, country music and beyond, has announced its 2019 class of inductees. Alabama and Steve Wariner represent the country field, in addition to legendary producers Billy Sherrill and Owen Bradley. This year’s inductees, some of whom receive special recognition for specific musical works or other achievements, will be honored with a concert at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on October 22nd.

In addition to Wariner and Alabama’s Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, and Randy Owen,
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10 Essential Reggae Covers of Country Classics

In June 1964, a country music fan in Jamaica who regularly listened to Nashville’s 50,000-watt radio station Wsm sent a letter to the editor of Billboard, who proclaimed it the first such correspondence they had ever received from someone tuning into the country station from the Caribbean island nation. Yet with two Tennessee stations carrying a powerful clear-channel signal over thousands of miles — the other being Nashville’s Wlac, which programmed country music mainly on Saturdays in the early Forties — the hillbilly and early Countrypolitan sounds most associated with Music City had been available to,
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‘Wild Rose’ Star Jessie Buckley’s Grand Ol’ Opportunity

‘Wild Rose’ Star Jessie Buckley’s Grand Ol’ Opportunity
Jessie Buckley is laughing. In fact, she’s laughing so hard during the onstage Q&a that follows the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Wild Rose that she practically lists to one side. The 29-year-old Irish actress is trying to seriously answer the questions that are being thrown at her, of course, but a gesture from a friend in the audience — or perhaps the sheer silliness of finding herself in the spotlight — has made her crack up. Sporting a mop of coppery curls and a magenta velvet suit, she comes
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Flashback: Hear Tammy Wynette’s Spellbinding Cover of the Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’

Flashback: Hear Tammy Wynette’s Spellbinding Cover of the Beatles’ ‘Yesterday’
In 1968, Tammy Wynette recorded one of her signature songs, the Bobby Braddock-Curly Putman classic, “D-i-v-o-r-c-e.” Serving as the title tune from Wynette’s third solo LP, the single — as well as the album — topped the charts, and would prove prophetic as Wynette’s second husband, songwriter Don Chapel, filed for divorce from the singer in October 1968.

While Wynette’s subsequent albums, beginning with 1969’s Stand By Your Man, would often feature her songwriting efforts, D-i-v-o-r-c-e consisted of several contemporary cover songs, including an “answer” version to the Bobby Goldsboro crossover hit “Honey,
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Ken Burns’ ‘Country Music’ Series to Release Massive Soundtrack

Just ahead of the September 15th premiere of the eight-part PBS documentary Country Music – A Film By Ken Burns, Legacy Recordings will unveil musical highlights from the 16-and-a-half-hour series with a deluxe five-cd set spanning the history of the genre.

The impressive track list represents artists featured in each of the series’ episodes, from the first stars of the genre, such as the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers, to influential acts from the latter half of the 20th century, including Randy Travis and the Judds. The set will be released Friday,
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Whitney Houston Hologram Exec Talks ‘Cinematic’ Plans for 2020 Show

Whitney Houston Hologram Exec Talks ‘Cinematic’ Plans for 2020 Show
After years of safeguarding the legacy of Whitney Houston, the late singer’s estate – led by her sister-in-law Pat Houston – announced big plans for the singer on Monday, thanks to a publishing deal that could spawn an album of unreleased music, a Broadway musical and, for the second time, a hologram dedicated to the legendary singer.

Soon after news of the Houston estate’s plans, Rolling Stone spoke to Base Hologram CEO Brian Becker, whose company will create the Houston hologram, about the upcoming stage show, tentatively titled An Evening
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Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360: 10 Things We Learned

Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty Tour 360: 10 Things We Learned
Carrie Underwood’s new arena tour is now in full swing, having opened May 1st in Greensboro, North Carolina. From the moment the tour was announced — which features openers Maddie & Tae and Runaway June — it promised to put women front and center, and during Saturday night’s stop at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, it delivered exactly that and more. Here are 10 things we learned about the Cry Pretty Tour 360, which runs through October.

Underwood and co. rise up.

Over the last several years, the conversation over
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Flashback: Inside George Jones, Tammy Wynette’s ‘Take Me’ Duet

Flashback: Inside George Jones, Tammy Wynette’s ‘Take Me’ Duet
On April 28th and 29th 1971, George Jones and Tammy Wynette spent two days at Nashville’s Columbia Recording Studios laying down tracks for what would be the married couple’s first duets album. Titled We Go Together, the LP was Jones’ first for Epic Records, the label to which Wynette was already signed. Released in October 1971, just days after Jones inked a 10-year pact with the label, We Go Together reached Number Three on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, and yielded the couple’s first chart hit as a duo.
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Today in Soap Opera History (April 6)

"History speaks to artists. It changes the artist's thinking and is constantly reshaping it into d ifferent and unexpected images."

Anselm Kiefer

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1942: We Love And Learn debuted on CBS Radio. The show was previously titled As The Twig Is Bent when it aired for a year on some Mutual-Don Lee stations.

1966: On Peyton Place, Betty (Barbara Parkins) and Steven prepared for their wedding.

Thanks to Jennifer for sending in the clip above.

1967: On Dark Shadows, when Willie (James Hall) made unwanted advances at Carolyn (Nancy Barrett), she pulled a gun on him.

1976: On Another World, Mac (Douglass Watson) wondered if
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See the Highwomen’s Live Debut at Loretta Lynn Birthday Show

See the Highwomen’s Live Debut at Loretta Lynn Birthday Show
Loretta Lynn’s birthday bash at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville was the perfect occasion for another kind of celebration: the first appearance of the Highwomen, the new supergroup comprising Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires and Natalie Hemby.

Backed by Dave Cobb, who is producing the quartet’s forthcoming record, Jason Isbell and the night’s ace house band, they sang a pitch-perfect version of “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” which was a hit for Kitty Wells in 1952 before going on be recorded by Lynn,
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Flashback: George Jones, Johnny Cash Sing ‘I Got Stripes’

Flashback: George Jones, Johnny Cash Sing ‘I Got Stripes’
Hell-raisers George Jones and Johnny Cash never did hard time, but both briefly viewed life through the bars of a jail cell. And on this day 35 years ago, they teamed up to sing Cash’s “I Got Stripes” live onstage.

Cash, of course, became well-known for his support of prisoners and would record legendary albums at two of California’s most notorious institutions, Folsom and San Quentin. Jones, meanwhile, waged a lifelong battle with alcohol and drug abuse and, at the height of his addiction, his reputation for missing concerts
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Jenny Lewis: 10 Great Moments from Her Stellar Career

Jenny Lewis: 10 Great Moments from Her Stellar Career
Jenny Lewis’ stellar songwriting chops were visible back in 2001 on Takeoffs and Landings, the first LP by Rilo Kiley, the band she co-fronted with Blake Sennett. They’ve only grown stronger since — and as her take on the Traveling Wilburys’ “Handle With Care” proved, she’s got a way with covers, too. To give some context to On The Line, her fourth solo LP, here are some highlights, past to present.

“Pictures of Success” (Rilo Kiley, Take Offs and Landings, 2001) A sweetly chilling evocation of broke-ass despair cloaked in shaky optimism,
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Reba McEntire Details New Album ‘Stronger Than the Truth’

Reba McEntire Details New Album ‘Stronger Than the Truth’
Reba McEntire will make two auspicious returns this spring as the Country Music Hall of Fame legend sets April 5th as the release date for her new studio album, Stronger Than the Truth. Two days later the 16-time Acm award winner will return to host the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards live from Las Vegas. This will mark the 16th time the Oklahoma-born superstar has hosted the star-studded event.

Stronger Than the Truth, which will be issued via Big Machine Records, consists of 12 tracks, co-produced by the singer with Buddy Cannon.
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Bobby Bare Tribute: Margo Price, Steve Earle Highlight Outlaw Country Cruise Concert

When the fourth annual Outlaw Country Cruise docked in Nassau in the Bahamas on Wednesday morning, it picked up a new passenger: Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare. The 83-year-old singer, who became synonymous with the Outlaw genre via progressive albums like Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies, boarded the ship for two special concerts, one with his son Bobby Bare Jr., and another that evening as the subject of an all-star tribute.

Emceed by Deadwood actor — and perennial tribute host — W. Earl Brown, the production was a loose,
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