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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…

Paul Craft (1938–2014)

Just days after his induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Paul Craft died at age 76. Raised on a family plantation in Proctor, Arkansas, and then in Memphis, Tennessee, and Richmond, Virginia, Craft…Read full article…

Mac Wiseman Honors Family and Tradition With Songs From My Mother’s Hand

Mac Wiseman rescued a yellowed notebook from a stack of them on the table, leaned back in his easy chair, lifted his voice and “read” one page. “When I was young and in my prime,”…Read full article…

George Hamilton IV (1937–2014)

George Hamilton IV’s 44-year run as a member of the Grand Ole Opry has come to its end. On Sept. 17, two days after suffering a heart attack, the mellow-voice baritone passed away in a…Read full article…

LOUDILLA JOHNSON (1938-2014)

CMA owes much to the Johnson sisters, Kay, Loretta and Loudilla, whose pioneering work not only helped set the stage for CMA Music Festival but made the artist/fan relationship a fundamental part of the Country…Read full article…

LESTER ARMISTEAD (1942-2014)

As a founding member of The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, “Lonesome” Lester Armistead propelled both the comedy and the old-time music with his percussive jug blowing. His tenor singing recalled the late Bashful Brother Oswald,…Read full article…

WILLIE NELSON EARNS BLACK BELT

Willie Nelson will receive his Fifth Degree Black Belt in gong kwon yu sul, a modern Korean martial arts system. On Monday, April 28 at 7:30pm, Grand Master Sam Um will promote Nelson at his…Read full article…

OTIS HEAD, 1919-2014

Otis Head, a harmonica virtuoso, a boxer, a music promoter, a record producer, an entrepreneur and a radio personality who clocked nearly 60 years on the air, died April 8 at Heritage Health Care in…Read full article…

IN MEMORIAM: BOBETTE DUDLEY

A beloved, respected, and admired 30-year veteran of the Country Music industry, Bobette Dudley passed away at midnight Sunday (March 9) from injuries sustained in a single car accident Friday in her hometown of Lobelville,…Read full article…

PENNY DEHAVEN (1946-2014)

Born Charlotte Belle DeHaven in Winchester, Va., this upbeat and engaging Country singer rose to national prominence in the late 1960s under the stage name Penny DeHaven. She succumbed to cancer on Feb. 23 at age…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…

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…

CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame Welcomes Bobby Bare, Cowboy Jack Clement and Kenny Rogers

Every Medallion Ceremony at CMA’s Country Music Hall of Fame is memorable. This annual event draws friends, families, associates and distinguished artists to welcome new members to this most exclusive of Country Music’s organizations. Each…Read full article…

CAL SMITH (1932-2013)

Country singer Cal Smith, whose real name was Calvin Grant Shofner, died on Thursday, Oct. 10 in Branson, Mo. He was 81. Born in Gans, Okla., Shofner migrated with his family and many other Depression-era…Read full article…