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Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley Succumbs to Cancer at 89

Tim Mosenfelder/Getty ImagesBluegrass music legend and three-time Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley died Thursday at the age of 89, his rep confirmed to ABC News. Grandson Nathan Stanley broke the news on his Facebook page Thursday evening, noting that his grandfather “went peacefully in his sleep [after] a long, horrible battle with skin cancer.” A …

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Randy Travis Called a "Hero" by Josh Turner

Photo: Hunter BerryThirty years ago this month Randy Travis released his groundbreaking debut album, Storms of Life, and he went on to have a major impact on country music as a leader of the new traditionalist movement. On June 22 in Nashville, Travis was honored for those accomplishments with the Career Achievement Award, given annually by the industry …

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She’s Got Talent: Reba McEntire To Guest Judge on "AGT"

Trae Patton/NBCReba McEntire has been entertaining fans for four decades, so she’s more than qualified to judge other talent. She’ll put those skills to use when she joins NBC’s America’s Got Talent as a guest judge for the “judge cuts” round beginning July 12. She joins fellow entertainers George Lopez, Ne-Yo and former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson in the guest judge role. In addition …

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Country Stars Share Their Worst Summer Jobs

Black River EntertainmentThink you don’t have anything in common with country stars? Well, if you’ve ever had a really bad summer job, you actually do. In this fun video compiled by the Grand Ole Opry, Kelsea Ballerini, Craig Morgan, Dustin Lynch, Maggie Rose and newcomer Tara Thompson share stories about their worst ever non-music gigs. For Morgan, it was a stint at a fast …

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Which Two Cast Members May Depart Nashville?

ABC Television NetworkTwo stars of Nashville are unlikely to return for the series’ fifth season, and it’s not the two you might have expected to bolt the show following its move from ABC to CMT and Hulu. Contract talks with series stars Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere are going well, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which means a missing airplane cliffhanger involving Panettiere’s …

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Country Star Trivia for 6/23/2016

ComStock/ThinkStockWhat year did Big Machine Records introduce a teenage Taylor Swift with her debut single “Tim McGraw?” ANSWER: 2006 Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nashville Notes for 6/23/2016

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkStockSongwriter, musician and producer Freddy Powers passed away June 21 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Powers, who was inducted into the Texas Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, was a frequent Merle Haggard collaborator, and wrote “Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room” and “Natural High,” among other songs recorded by Haggard. He also penned George …

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Little Big Town Calls Collaboration With Pharrell Williams "Amazing"

Capitol Records NashvilleWhat started out as a songwriting collaboration between Little Big Town and artist, producer and The Voice coach Pharrell Williams turned into a mini album for the country band, although the songs on the newly released Wanderlust are not country at all. Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook calls working with Williams “an amazing musical experience” that began as an “off the cuff” pairing. …

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Brett Eldredge Shaves Beard, Shoots Video at Wrigley Field

Warner Music NashvilleFor an Illinois native like Brett Eldredge, just setting foot in Chicago’s Wrigley Field can be exciting. So it’s no surprise the rising country star was over the moon when he actually got to shoot his new music video, “Wanna Be That Song,” in the historic baseball venue. Eldredge says he has been a …

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Kellie Pickler Tours Tokyo Following Split With Record Label

Image Group LA/ABC via Getty ImagesWhile she has yet to comment on her departure from the artist roster at record label Black River Entertainment, Kellie Picker seems to be taking it in stride. The singer and her husband, songwriter Kyle Jacobs, are currently visiting Japan. Tweeting from Tokyo, Pickler wrote, “Blessed to see the world with my adventure and life …

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