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KEVIN SHARP, 1970-2014

Merle Haggard (1937 – 2016)

Country Music Hall of Fame member Merle Haggard, born April 6, 1937 in Bakersfield, Calif., passed away Wednesday, April 6. He was 79. In an era when journalists and fans often saw Country artists through…Read full article…

PHOTOS: CMA announces 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

CMA announced today that Charlie Daniels, Fred Foster, and Randy Travis are the newest inductees of the revered Country Music Hall of Fame. Daniels will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category, while Travis will…Read full article…

Joey Feek (1975-2016)

Joey Martin Feek, the Joey + Rory singer whose uplifting life story and dauntless courage in her struggle with cancer became an inspiration for thousands, passed away today, March 4, at the age of 40.…Read full article…

Sonny James (1928 – 2016)

Country Music Hall of Fame member Sonny James, who was born James Hugh Loden on May 1, 1928 in Hackleburg, Ala. (95 miles northwest of Birmingham), passed away Monday. He was 87. The boy who…Read full article…

Jeff Walker (1950–2015)

International advocate and industry veteran Jeff Walker died suddenly Monday night in Nashville. He was 65. “Jeff understood the universal appeal of Country Music and was a passionate proponent of international expansion throughout his 21-year…Read full article…

Tandy Rice (1938-2015)

Tandy Rice, the talent manager, booking agent and colorful character who represented Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner and guided the improbably career of late comedian Jerry Clower, died Monday of a brain hemorrhage, according to…Read full article…

Billy Sherrill (1936–2015)

Billy Sherrill, groundbreaking and legendary producer, songwriter and musician, a 2010 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and pioneer of the “countrypolitan” sound, died at home today following a short illness. He was…Read full article…

Lynn Anderson (1947 – 2015)

Lynn Anderson, the sweet-voiced child of songwriters and had a long string of hits in the 1970s and ‘80s, has died. She was 67. Anderson won a number of awards and was one of the…Read full article…

Jim Ed Brown (1934 – 2015)

Jim Ed Brown, who helped reshape the future of Country Music with his sisters in family trio The Browns and was a beloved figure in Nashville for decades, passed away Thursday night. Mr. Brown, who…Read full article…

Bob Meador (1926 – 2015)

Bob Meador, age 88, passed away in the early hours of the morning on Feb. 3, surrounded by his wife and two children. His wife, Jo Walker-Meador, was the first Executive Director of the Country Music Association,…Read full article…

Country Stars Bid Farewell to Little Jimmy Dickens

With a life as long as that enjoyed by Little Jimmy Dickens, it’s inevitably that it would impact countless others, in particular the Grand Ole Opry legend’s fellow performers. In his 66 years as a…Read full article…

Ray Price, Pt. 1: The Final Days

Janie Price finished out her 43 years, six months and eight days as Ray Price’s wife, confidante and pickup-riding friend by doing what she always did: taking care of her husband, tending to his grooming,…Read full article…

MORE CASH FOR COUNTRY LOYALISTS

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix has opened exhibits honoring the Carter Family and Johnny Cash. Located in MIM’s Artist Gallery, they provide guests with an overview of the musical careers of the artists…Read full article…

RALPH STANLEY HONORED BY AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS & SCIENCES

Ralph Stanley has been elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Founded in 1780 to recognize the foremost “thinkers and doers” in the United States, the Academy includes George Washington, Benjamin…Read full article…

BOBBY DENTON (1941-2014

Celebrated for more than 40 as the voice of Knoxville’s Tennessee Vols, Bobby Denton was also a successful Country radio station GM and a member of the CMA Board of Directors from 1987 to 1992.…Read full article…

NANCY JONES INVITES FANS TO GEORGE JONES REMEMBRANCE

To mark the one-year anniversary of her husband’s passing, Nancy Jones is inviting friends and fans of George Jones to join her for a special remembrance at Nashville’s Woodlawn Cemetery on Saturday, April 26, at…Read full article…

ARTHUR “GUITAR BOOGIE” SMITH (1921-2014)

One of the most powerful moments in the classic film “Deliverance” might have lacked much of its impact if not for Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith. It happens during the scene in which actor Ronnie Cox,…Read full article…

LARRY MOELLER (1938-2014)

CMA lifetime Member Larry Allen Moeller enjoyed a long and distinguished career in Country Music, during which he earned a reputation as one of Nashville’s most respected talent agents. He also played an important role…Read full article…

PHIL EVERLY (1939-2014)

The tradition of sibling singers is embedded within the body of Country Music. Maybe it has something to do with its Appalachian roots, in families that weathered hard times and found escape through singing songs…Read full article…

JO WALKER-MEADOR RECEIVES VISIONARY HONOR

Former CMA executive director and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jo Walker-Meador received The Cecil Scaife Visionary Award on Friday, Nov. 22 at a private ceremony inside CMA’s Atrium in Nashville. As reported by Music…Read full article…