Loretta Lynn to Celebrate 50th Opry Anniversary September 25

The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® will honor one its most beloved members, Loretta Lynn, with a Sept. 25 show celebrating her 50th Opry Anniversary. Among the artists scheduled to participate in the celebration are Lynn, her sister Crystal Gayle, plus friends Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, and Pistol Annies, who will [...] Read More

Loretta Lynn’s Collaboration “Bucket List” & Thoughts on Today’s Country Music

Loretta Lynn has earned the right to take it easy, but instead of relaxing at her ranch in Tennessee, she’s still touring the country and making music. She talked with Access Atlanta before a recent show about pending new music, who she wants to work with and her life being made into a Broadway musical. [...] Read More

Ernest Tubb Record Shops Mark 65th Anniversary During CMA Music Festival

By Bob Doerschuk © 2012 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. It was a typical afternoon in March at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in Downtown Nashville. Browsers thumbed through CDs and vinyl rarities, arranged neatly in the middle of the room. Books lined the east and west walls — biographies, [...] 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

Loretta Lynn: The “Coal” Truth

When Loretta Lynn showed up on Wednesday’s Country Music Association Awards, a lot of anniversaries lined up in the process. She’s currently celebrating 50 years as an entertainer. And 40 years ago, she was on the national country charts with the biggest hit of her career, “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” the song she sang on the awards with Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow. Sissy Spacek had a role in the CMA tribute, too, and even that marked an anniversary, since 2010 is 30 years since the release of the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter. Read More