• Brothers Osborne’s Serendipitous 4/20 Moment April 19, 2018
    Looking back, Brothers Osborne’s T.J. Osborne believes it was a risky move performing the duo’s new song “Weed, Whiskey and Willie” for the first time live on the Grand Ole Opry. That night T.J. and his brother John Osborne thought it would be their final Opry performance due to the song’s take on self-medication. “We... […]
  • What Maren Morris Loves About Her Early Songs April 19, 2018
    I knew that Maren Morris had a backstory; that she’d started writing poems before she was even a teenager, and that those poems turned into songs once she got a guitar. What I didn’t know is that Morris looks back fondly at those first attempts at writing. And while that appreciation for her early works... […]
  • What Was Dierks Bentley Thinkin’? April 19, 2018
    Even Dierks Bentley didn’t believe it. After his ACM Awards rehearsal last weekend, when I caught up with him backstage, I congratulated him on the 15-year anniversary of his debut. “Seriously,” he asked in disbelief. I assured him that, yes, his first single “What Was I Thinkin’” had come out in mid-April of 2003. In... […]
  • ACM Awards: Backstage and Upfront with Old Dominion April 19, 2018
    The five guys that makeup Old Dominion have won awards before. But never like this. After they picked up their ACM Award for vocal group of the year on Sunday (April 15), they came backstage to share how it felt to be able to sprint up to the show’s main stage. “To stand there at... […]
  • AmericanaFest 2018 Books Brandy Clark, Lee Ann Womack and More April 19, 2018
    The Americana Music Association announced its initial lineup for Nashville’s 2018 AmericanaFest: The Americana Music Festival & Conference on Thursday (April 19). Brandy Clark, Jaime Wyatt, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Lee Ann Womack are among first 74 acts confirmed to perform during the six-day event, which has more than 250 acts participating. Embedded... […]
  • Jason Aldean and Kid Rock Set for Lynyrd Skynyrd Homecoming April 19, 2018
    The ACM’s reigning entertainer of the year, Jason Aldean, and self-proclaimed American badass, Kid Rock, will join Lynyrd Skynyrd for a special homecoming show in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sept. 2. Original member Gary Rossington will be joined by Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Mark “Sparky” Matejka, Michael Cartellone, Keith Christopher, Peter Keys, Dale Krantz Rossington... […]
  • Musician and Producer Randy Scruggs Dies at 64 April 18, 2018
    Producer, guitarist, songwriter and studio owner Randy Scruggs died Tuesday (April 17) after a short illness at the age of 64. He was the son of banjo master Earl Scruggs and the inspiration for one of the elder Scruggs’ most famous tunes, “Randy Lynn Rag.” Scruggs was nine years old when he made his first... […]

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