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

Miranda Lambert Talks Headlining Shows & Loretta Lynn’s Approval

Miranda Lambert’s On Fire Tour stopped in Toledo recently, just weeks after her husband Blake Shelton’s tour played the same city. Toldeo’s The Blade caught up with Miranda via email and asked her what fans could expect from her headlining show, compared to what they already seen from Blake. “My shows are always a mix [...] Read More

2011 CMA Awards Nominees Announced

Nominations were announced this morning for the 45th Annual CMA Awards, to be held Wednesday, November 9 at 8/7c on ABC. What do you think of the list? Leave us a comment below! Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean Brad Paisley Blake Shelton Taylor Swift Keith Urban Male Vocalist of the Year Jason Aldean Kenny Chesney [...] Read More

2010 Rewind: No. 10 — Loretta Lynn’s 50th Leads Legends

It was quite a year for the Coal Miner’s Daughter — 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of Loretta Lynn’s emergence as a national star, and she was honored in a slew of ways, including parties, awards and a tribute album by some of today’s top artists. Loretta was joined by several other legends as 2010 honorees, including Merle Haggard, Jimmy Dean and now Dolly Parton. The recognition paid to the genre’s pioneering acts represents the No. 10 entry in our countdown of country music’s dozen top stories of the year. Loretta’s first single, “I’m A Honky Tonk Girl,” came out in 1960, and it seemed like every few months during 2010, the music business found some way to pay homage to her impact. Early in the year, she was accorded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, though she was unable to attend the Los Angeles ceremony. “Coal Miner’s Daughter” was added to the National Recording Registry, she was saluted with an anniversary party at her Tennessee home, she was celebrated with a Reba McEntire-hosted Recording Academy Salute at the Ryman Auditorium, and a bunch of her classics were remade in the album Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn. That latter project brought Loretta the opportunity to sing the title track with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow on the Country Music Association Awards. The album also features Lee Ann Womack, Kid Rock, the White Stripes, Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood, among others. Loretta hand-picked all of the contributors — appropriate, because she’s not one of those veteran stars who dislikes newer versions of country music. Read More

Loretta Lynn Honored With a Rose

Loretta Lynn was not the Lynn that earned acclaim for recording “Rose Garden” — that would be Lynn Anderson. But Loretta can grow her very own, self-named rose garden now, thanks to the creation of the Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose. Named after her Grammy-winning album Van Lear Rose, the apricot-colored hybrid was created by Brad Jalbert of Select Roses in British Columbia. Loretta will receive a shipment of the strain at her home in Tennessee this spring, and it will go into wider distribution next fall. Read More