Americana Music Association to Honor Phil Everly

The Americana Music Association will remember Phil Everly with a tribute to the legendary Everly Brothers during a celebration of American Roots Music. The event is set for Saturday, January 25, at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. Phil Everly, who passed away earlier this month, was half of the legendary Everly Brothers and also a generous [...] Read More

Music Legend Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers Dead at 74

Great American Country extends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Phil Everly, who died January 3 at the age of 74 from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Recording with his brother Don as the Everly Brothers, the duo topped the country, pop and R&B charts in their decades-long career. Their hits include “Bye Bye [...] Read More

2010 Rewind: No. 5 — Brooks & Dunn Break Up

When they first came to national attention with “Brand New Man” in 1991, Brooks & Dunn were an unlikely combo — a couple of guys who moved to Nashville with dreams of becoming solo performers who were sort of glued together by a Music Row executive. By the time Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn wound it down with the Last Rodeo Tour in 2010, they had become the most commercially successful duo in country music history — better known than Country Music Hall of Famers the Louvin Brothers with more hits than Hall of Famers the Everly Brothers. The Brooks & Dunn breakup ranks No. 5 as GAC counts down the dozen top stories of the past year. Read More

Marty Stuart, Classically Inspired

When Marty Stuart set out to record his latest album, Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions, at a historic Nashville studio, he was the perfect guy to do it. RCA Studio B was the breeding ground for a ton of country hits by the likes of Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers and Jim Reeves. It’s currently owned by the Country Music Hall of Fame and serves more as a tourist attraction these days than a working studio, but it was a great location for Marty, who has an avowed appreciation for country’s past. The RCA studio had a personal connection, because it was the site of Marty’s very first recording session, when he worked as a sideman for Country Music Hall of Fame member Lester Flatt. Since then, Marty’s gone on to have some important final moments with several other Hall of Famers. He was the producer of Porter Wagoner’s very last album, Wagonmaster. And Marty co-wrote the last song that Johnny Cash authored. Both Porter and Johnny are recalled on Ghost Train — Marty wrote a recitation called “Porter Wagoner’s Grave,” and he recorded the song that he and Johnny wrote together, “Hangman.” Read More

Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris: Hall of Fame News Abounds

Brooks & Dunn, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Paul McCartney: several halls of fame are bursting with news about their programs or their members. The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame have new inductees on the way, the Country Music Hall of Fame has a couple of fundraisers on the docket in Nashville and Los Angeles, and one Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member invoked the names of two Country Hall of Famers when he played next door to Nashville’s best-known museum. Here’s a bundle of Hall of Fame-related music news: Read More