The lyrics of Mo Pitney's "I Met Merle Haggard Today" may seem like an unbelievable story, but the singer says that the tale is completely true -- and that his chance meeting with Haggard was one of the few moments that have left him starstruck.
On the ABC television drama Nashville, Chris Carmack portrays Will Lexington -- a gay country singer who is afraid to expose his sexual orientation for fear of career repercussions -- and it's a role that Carmack says he is passionate about playing well.
Truck references in country music are a dime in a dozen. They're everywhere. And we're not complaining -- but there are some songs that go above and beyond a quick mention of a Chevy or a Ford, to a storyline that's centered around the country vehicle of choice, or a major reference to trucks in the verses or chorus.
Thirty-four years ago today, on May 23, 1981, Rosanne Cash earned her first No. 1 single with "Seven Year Ache." The song, written by Cash, was the title track and debut single from her third studio album.
Dierks Bentley knows a thing or two about writing songs: The Arizona native has penned several of his chart-topping hits, including "What Was I Thinkin'," "Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)," "Home" and "Drunk on a Plane," among others. But before he became a successful singer-songwriter, he was just another aspiring artist, who looked to others for advice.
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