Keith Urban Pays Tribute to Artists We Lost in 2016 with Help from Nicole Kidman

Keith Urban ended 2016 and rang in 2017 as the main attraction for Nashville’s Music City New Year’s Eve celebration. Of course, during the celebration and performance he did what he always does– turns the spotlight off of himself and onto to anyone else who might deserve it. In this case, Urban decided to pay … Read more

George Strait’s New “Kicked Outta Country” is an Ode to Good Country Music and A Jab at Country Radio

During George Strait’s Gruene Hall concert to celebrate the release of Strait Out of the Box: Part 2, Strait played many old favorites, a few covers and two brand new songs. The two tunes, which he co-wrote are only available on the new three-disc set and one of them, “Kicked Outta Country” is going to … Read more

Merle Haggard’s Marijuana Brand, Merle’s Girls, to Hit the Market Soon

Before his death, Merle Haggard joined forces with Colorado Weed Co. to help develop a recreational marijuana strain called Merle’s Girls — and it’s about to hit the Colorado market. “We’re starting out with what Merle liked to smoke,” Colorado Weed Co.’s Michael Smith told Westword. “The sativas kept him going, kept him creative, kept … Read more

10 Best Duets From Willie Nelson’s Long Career

On his latest studio album, his upteenth of his legacy career, Willie Nelson channels the heart, soul and musicality of another icon, Ray Price. For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray PriceFor the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price jingles and jangles with the gritty honky-tonk spirit and allows Nelson to dig his … Read more

7 Must-See ACM Honors Performances

The ACM Honors are one of those secrets that Nashvillians have kept to themselves for nearly a decade. The show highlights the off-camera and special award winners from the ACM Awards. Until now, they’ve taken place every fall at the historic Ryman Auditorium with a small — mostly industry — audience. This year, for the … Read more

Sturgill Simpson Says He’s Disgusted at Music Row’s Treatment of Merle Haggard Before and After His Death

Sturgill Simpson has never been one to hold back. In an epic Facebook post, Simpson lashed at Nashville executives for their treatment of Merle Haggard before his death and now after his death for different organizations “hitch their wagon to his name while knowing full and damn well what he thought about them.” The Facebook … Read more

Toby Keith Performs Ultra-Touching, Emotional Merle Haggard Tribute at the Grand Ole Opry

There’s no doubt that the late Merle Haggard was an inspiration and a light not only to his faithful fans, but also to his fellow artists and musicians. Throughout his successful career, he helped pave the way for future country music artists, aided in creating and expanding the country music genre and wrote some of … Read more

Toby Keith Sang A Medley of Merle Haggard Classics At the Grand Ole Opry

When Toby Keith was asked to sing a medley of Merle Haggard hits at the Grand Ole Opry, at first, he wasn’t sure he could do it. “The first recordings I can remember listening to as a kid were Bob Wills and Merle Haggard. So when they asked me to do a tribute to the … Read more

12-Year-Old Girl Wows “America’s Got Talent” Judges with Merle Haggard’s “Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star”

On this season of “America’s Got Talent,” we’ve already seen a lot of talent cross the audition stage. From Brian Justin Crum‘s inspirational rendition of “Somebody To Love,” to the adorable, ultra-talented Grace VanderWaal‘s tearjerking performance of her original song “Know My Name,” it’s clear that the competition on this season is going to be … Read more

Merle Haggard’s Son Ben Performs Touching Rendition of His Late Father’s “Silver Wings”

Recently, via his YouTube channel, Merle Haggard‘s youngest son Ben shared a touching video of himself singing his late father’s “Silver Wings.” A song about heartbreak and loss, the 1969 classic presents heart-rending lines like, “‘Don’t leave me,’ I cry. Don’t take that airplane ride. But you locked me out of your mind, left me … Read more

Scotty McCreery Sings “Mama Tried” at the Grand Ole Opry for Merle Haggard

During a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, country music artist Scotty McCreery gave an adoring tribute to the late Merle Haggard by performing his rendition of the classic “Mama Tried.” Staying true to the classic, Scotty hit every note perfectly and strummed every chord flawlessly, retelling the story of a young man behind bars … Read more

Vince Gill’s “A World Without Haggard” is Almost Too Good

Vince Gill has long said Merle Haggard was the greatest country music singer to ever live and since his death, he’s put pen to paper to pay tribute to his hero. Gill took to the Grand Ole Opry circle to sing ” A World Without Haggard,” a poignant tribute to man who shaped many, many … Read more