The Band Perry’s Varied Musical Influences Push Them Outside the Box

The Band Perry’s new single, “Better Dig Two,” makes it clear that the sibling trio isn’t afraid to experiment with sounds or the way they deliver them, whether they write the songs or not. Their wide variety of musical influences is part of the reason they’re willing to step outside the box. “I love soul [...] Read More

Songwriter Joe South Dead at 72

Songwriter Joe South died September 5 at his home in Atlanta at the age of 72, reports the Tennessean. A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Joe is known for hits such as “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” “Games People Play,” “Down in the Boondocks” and “Don’t It Make You Want [...] Read More

Levon Helm, 71, Dies After Long Battle With Cancer

Levon Helm, legendary drummer for The Band, died Thursday, April 19 from throat cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, reports The Tennessean. His daughter Amy and wife Sandy issued a statement through his website on Tuesday afternoon, thanking fans for their support and asking for prayers as Levon entered the final stages [...] Read More

Mel Tillis Awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama

Mel Tillis has received the National Medal of Arts, presented to him Feb. 13 by President Barack Obama during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Also honored were actor Al Pacino, artist Will Barnett, author Rita Dove, curator, collector and arts patron Emily Rauth Pulitzer, sculptor Martin Puryear, pianist André Watts, and the United Service Organization. “I’ve [...] Read More

Ryman Auditorium to Replace Stage

MusicRow.com reports the Ryman Auditorium will be replacing its stage for the first time since 1951. Plans for the new stage include an 18-inch section cut from the existing stage running across the front to honor the historical significance of past performances, similar to the famous circle of the same Ryman stage wood that resides [...] Read More