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Dawn Sears (1961–2014)

Dawn Sears (1961–2014)

Nashville lost a valued musical asset with the passing of Dawn Sears, who died on Thursday, Dec. 11, after more than a year of battling lung cancer. Born in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, she grew...Read full article... »

MORE PHOTOS: 2014 SRO Awards

MORE PHOTOS: 2014 SRO Awards

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PHOTOS: CMA Presents SRO Awards to Touring Industry

PHOTOS: CMA Presents SRO Awards to Touring Industry

CMA announced the 2014 SRO Award winners Monday, Dec. 8 at Marathon Music Works in Nashville to honor those in the touring industry. Industry veteran Kix Brooks was host, and presented trophies to the winners. “Our members in...Read full article... »

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Lends a “Ham”

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman Lends a “Ham”

On Nov. 17, customers at Shoppers Food and Pharmacy in College Park, Maryland, got more than they’d budgeted for when Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman showed up with some holiday surprises. Her appearance on Nov....Read full article... »

PT. 2: LYNDSEY HIGHLANDER KICKS OFF “THE STOMP”

PT. 2: LYNDSEY HIGHLANDER KICKS OFF “THE STOMP”

In this second installment of our story on “The Stomp,” the new concert series dedicated to raising the profile of female Country artists, founder/performer Lyndsey Highlander reflects on who she hopes these monthly shows will...Read full article... »

PT 1: LYNDSEY HIGHLANDER STOMPS FOR FEMALE COUNTRY ARTISTS

PT 1: LYNDSEY HIGHLANDER STOMPS FOR FEMALE COUNTRY ARTISTS

Let’s say you’re an up-and-coming Country star. You’ve got talent, ambition and a strong sense for what’s right and wrong. You’re feisty and opinionated and not afraid to look a problem squarely in the eye...Read full article... »

PT 2: BILLY JOE SHAVER REFLECTS ON FAME AND FAITH

PT 2: BILLY JOE SHAVER REFLECTS ON FAME AND FAITH

In Part 1 (CLICK HERE), as his friend and ex-wife Wanda Lynn Shaver tended to his ailing knee, Texas legend Billy Joe Shaver reminisced for CMACloseUp.com about his emergence as a songwriter through Waylon Jennings’...Read full article... »

Producer Robert Deaton Takes Us Inside “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

Producer Robert Deaton Takes Us Inside “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock”

Producer Robert Deaton knows better than anyone how challenging, complex and exhilarating it can be to capture the best of CMA Music Festival and trim it down to three hours of killer television. The results...Read full article... »

PT. 2: BACKSTAGE AT CMA FEST WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD

PT. 2: BACKSTAGE AT CMA FEST WITH LITTLE BIG TOWN’S KAREN FAIRCHILD

Our conversation with Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town resumes in this second installment of her CMACloseUp.com interview. In Part 1, she shared some background on her group’s second stint as hosts of the three-hour...Read full article... »

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BLOWS INTO THE WINDY CITY

CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES BLOWS INTO THE WINDY CITY

On Wednesday night, July 30, five songwriters brought their guitars to Joe’s Bar in Chicago to play their old songs, new songs and songs that are so recent they haven’t even been titled yet. Such...Read full article... »

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