Thursday May 23
Review: Herring country's real deal
Somewhere in the recent past country music lost its soul. Too many personal trainers, cliche-cluttered songs, and pop sensibilities left the music in the People magazine pop culture Dumpster.
Wed May 22, 2013
George Strait Extends His "Billboard" Country Albums Chart Record with "Love Is Everything"
George Strait has scored his 25th #1 on Billboard 's Country Albums chart with Love Is Everything , extending George's reign as the artist with the most chart-toppers on that tally.
Sun May 19, 2013
Lower Township Gazette
Musgraves makes country music better
Kacey Musgraves isn't necessarily the spokesperson for modern country music but her debut album, "Same Trailer Different Park," is powerful enough to shift the direction of the genre.
Tue May 14, 2013
The Citizens' Voice
Country, comedy and Broadway acts to appear at Kirby Center
A legendary country singer/songwriter, a dog whisperer and an "American Idiot" will highlight the upcoming season at the F.M. Kirby Center for the Peforming Arts.
Mon May 13, 2013
The Terry Talbot Ban...
Terry Talbot and his band, Mason Profit, have a rich history in American music. In August of 1969 Mason Profit released Terry's first of thirty albums and changed the face of music forever.
Fri May 10, 2013
Legends don't live forever
These days, country music is all about artists such as Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean.
Tickets are on sale for Merle Haggard and Jamey Johnson at Champions Square
Jamey Johnson, seen here during the 2011 New Orleans Jazz Fest, returns to New Orleans to perform with outlaw country icon Merle Haggard at Champions Square on June 29, 2013.
Listen: North Texas Collective Chapter 11 has a Beautiful Hit with 'Whiskey and You'
When speaking of North Texas country music collective Chapter 11, we're not using the term "collective" lightly.
Wed May 08, 2013
Talking trains with a country outlaw
This past week, I chatted with country music icon Merle Haggard for an article in Rock Cellar Magazine - and although we certainly discussed music, we forged a unique connection over our shared interest in trains.
Now who's the greatest living country singer?
Following George Jones' death last week, his friend Larry Gatlin said, 'Three days ago, somebody became the best country singer alive.' But who can fill those shoes? Following George Jones' death last week, his friend Larry Gatlin said, "Three days ago, somebody became the best country singer alive." Country music hasn't had that debate for more ... (more)
Country legends not on radio
I am surprised that Jones, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Patsy Cline, etc.
Mon May 06, 2013
Merle Haggard Remembers George Jones
His voice was like a stradivarius violin: one of the greatest instruments ever made.
Sun May 05, 2013
VINSON: - The Possum' has gone to heaven
In past columns, I've stated that while I do appreciate and enjoy modern country music, I'm more into the older, traditional country: Merle Haggard, Ernest Tubb, Pasty Cline, Dottie West, Tammy Wynette .
Thu May 02, 2013
Who's gonna fill his shoes?
I'm serving Saipan a slice of Americana today, as we note the passing of a uniquely American musician.
Tue Apr 30, 2013
Country stars Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley coming to Blossom this summer
So if you've been paying attention you've probably deduced that during the summer touring season, Blossom Music Center is Country music central with its annual visits from Toby Keith and which ever other Country superstar in on the road at the time.
Mon Apr 29, 2013
Roy Exum: Opry To Host Possum's Funeral
My memory has a terrible calendar so I can't name the year but one night George Jones, who is right up there on "my greatest of all time" with Elvis, Conway Twitty, and Merle Haggard, was singing to a sellout crowd at the Memorial Auditorium and I stopped by for a drink with "The Possum They called George "The Possum" early on because he admitted ... (more)
Sun Apr 28, 2013
Green Bay Press-Gazette
Country music loses an all-time giant known for 'wild and crazy days' in George Jones
George Jones was widely recognized as one of the greatest honky-tonk singers of his time and also one of the most self-destructive. The County Music Hall of Fame vocalist, who died Friday at age 81, left behind a life of turmoil and a string of country classics, including "White Lightning" ; "She Thinks I Still Care" ; "We're Gonna Hold On" , with ... (more)
Sat Apr 27, 2013
Kerns: Grimes, Johnson lose no passion for house concerts
A bit of this and a bit of that, with several concerts booked fairly far ahead of us, including: June 19, Merle Haggard at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Theatre; July 19, Marty Raybon ; Oct.
Struggles lent authenticity to Jones' iconic country voice - Sat, 27 Apr 2013 PST
Receive FREE access by logging in to or creating your Spokesman.com account. Three decades ago, an east Texas singer named George Jones took on an impossibly melodramatic, shamelessly sentimental song about a man who desperately clutched at lost love until his dying breath.