Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Open Dottie West Exhibit

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will open a special spotlight exhibit dedicated to Dottie West on November 9. Dottie West: Country Sunshine will include costumes and relics spanning Dottie’s four-decade career and be housed within the museum’s permanent exhibit on the second floor. It will run through May 2, 2013. The exhibit [...] Read More

George Jones, Glen Campbell Among Recipients of Special Merit Awards

The Allman Brothers Band, Glen Campbell and George Jones are among the artists announced as recipients of The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards. All three, along with Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Memphis Horns, Diana Ross and Gil Scott-Heron, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. Dave Bartholomew, Steve Jobs and Rudy Van Gelder were announced as [...] Read More

Jamey Johnson: 25 Songs, 500,000 Copies

The record industry has been in a well-documented tailspin for several years, with album sales down and consumers buying more singles instead of the entire CD. That doesn’t seem to be a problem for Jamey Johnson, who recently picked up the second gold album of his career with The Guitar Song. The project, which includes a whopping 25 tracks, led to a Grammy nomination for one of his songs, “Macon.” Jamey also got nominated at the same time for “Bad Angel,” a song on Dierks Bentley’s Up On The Ridge album that features both Jamey and Miranda Lambert. Not that Jamey’s making music just to pile up accolades. Read More

Pardon Me: Merle Haggard Gets A Kennedy Center Honor

Merle Haggard got his due this weekend. Already a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, he received a Kennedy Center Honor alongside Oprah Winfrey, Sir Paul McCartney, choreographer Bill T. Jones and Broadway lyricist Jerry Herman. It’s a bit ironic — Merle was the first country artist to perform at the Kennedy Center just six days after it opened in September 1971. Still, he’s not the first country artist to receive one of the Honors named after the venue. He’s been preceded by George Jones, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff and Willie Nelson. Read More