Mary Sarah got her start with kidz, and is now working with legends like Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard on her album ‘Bridges.’ She talks to us about connecting with her elders, the sage advice she was given, and what songs not to listen to in the car (because they will make you weep).
From the pain of a George Jones classic and the simple joys of the Judds, on up to the determination of Dierks Bentley to move ahead even as he ‘holds on,’ these ten songs show different shades of nostalgia in contemporary country music.
Miranda Lambert’s chart topping single “Automatic” is the latest in a long line of country songs from the likes of Dolly Parton, Kenny Chesney and Merle Haggard, pining for the joys and sorrow of days gone by. But would we really want to trade the present for our vision of the past?
From Hank Williams moaning that there’s “A Tear in My Beer” on up to Toby Keith’s “Red Solo Cup,” Kenny Chesney’s “Beer in Mexico” and even recent single “Bartender” from Lady Antebellum, drinking has been a favorite topic in country music.
Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, George Strait, Merle Haggard, Hunter Hayes and The Band Perry are just some of the artists who perform on their own or alongside members of the military during tonight’s “All-Star Salute to the Troops.”
‘Mother’ is a saint in so many country songs, but there have been exceptions. In the initial installment of our new series, we explore how mama’s been treated over the years by the likes of Merle Haggard, Blake Shelton and Taylor Swift.
“Merle’s stuff is so incredibly personal,” she said. “You believe every word he’s saying.”
The Academy of Country Music’s 49th Annual Awards were broadcast out of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas again this year, with special performances in nearby Mandalay Bay. Here are the biggest moments from the show.
“My dad was a big Merle Haggard fan, I just remember him playing this song a lot as a kid,” Aldean said. “So given a chance to in and be part of [this tribute], I wanted to do a song that meant something to me.”
The Band Perry will officially kick off the 2014 ACM Awards with a performance of their latest single. Also, two Entertainer of the Year nominees artists will pay tribute to Merle Haggard.
After earlier this year revealing “Automatic,” the first single from her upcoming album, Miranda Lambert today unveiled a brand-new music video for the song.
The 45th anniversary edition of Haggard’s classic live album “Okie from Muskogee” hits stores tomorrow. Here an exclusive preview right now of “Today I Started Loving You Again,” one of his most classic ballads.
Rascal Flatts, Kris Kristofferson, the late Jack Clement, producer Dann Huff and songwriter Shane McAnally are also among those receiving off-camera awards from the Academy of Country Music this year.