Stories tagged: country music
Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 4:50 p.m.
Longtime country singer, songwriter Mel Tillis dies at age 85
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Mel Tillis, the affable longtime country music star who wrote hits for Kenny Rogers, Ricky Skaggs and many others, and overcame a stutter to sing on dozens …
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 2:07 p.m.
Country star Jason Aldean to resume tour after mass shooting
Country star Jason Aldean is set to make an emotional return to the stage after cancelling tour dates following the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 10:46 p.m.
Country artists rethink gun rights
Country music has long idealized the gun-owning lifestyle. But after a mass shooter killed himself and at least 58 people at Las Vegas’ Route 91 Harvest country music festival, voices …
UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 11:54 a.m.
Horror and heartbreak: Stars react to Las Vegas shooting
Country stars and celebrities took to social media to express their sadness after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival: “I am incredibly saddened by …
UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 8, 2017, 10:26 p.m.
Singer Glen Campbell has died at 81
Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included “Rhinestone Cowboy” and “Wichita Lineman” and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family …
Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 1:52 p.m.
Concert review: Once Toby Keith kicked into gear, his Northern Quest show really took off
Toby Keith’s stage presence did not fully evolve until the second half of the show. His band, featuring incredible musicians delivering enthusiastic performances, initially outshined Keith, as the upbeat music …
Fri., May 12, 2017, 5:30 a.m.
Chemistry onstage makes Faith Hill and Tim McGraw a top tour
The country music superstars continue to enjoy success on stage.
Wed., May 10, 2017, 8:57 a.m.
Rascal Flatts look to young songwriters for big hits
The trio has recorded songs by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Meghan Trainor and rising country duo Dan + Shay. They even have a new duet with 22-year-old “American Idol” alum Lauren Alaina.
Wed., March 29, 2017, 12:11 p.m.
ACMs play to a loyal country audience to shore up ratings
As the television industry deals with overall declines in total viewership, organizers behind the Academy of Country Music Awards are focused on keeping the core country music audience coming back …
Thu., March 16, 2017, 7 p.m.
Eric Church: At the Arena Friday night, fans can expect to get their money’s worth
Country star takes his cues from Bruce Springsteen in staging concerts that epic in length.
UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 4:01 p.m.
Concert review: Blake Shelton’s voice shines brightest at Arena show
Blake Shelton’s charisma and carefree smile lit up the stage from the first notes he sang. His vocals during the live performance surpassed the recording, and there was a careful …
UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 5:50 p.m.
Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton headline Watershed
Darius Rucker also will headline a night at the sixth annual country music festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre this summer.
UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 12, 2017, 5:40 p.m.
Country singer Tanya Tucker hospitalized after a fall
Tanya Tucker is postponing tour dates after fracturing a vertebrae and injuring a rib during a fall while on tour.
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 6 p.m.
‘Voice’ winner Sundance Head will do it to country songs with Blake Shelton
Sundance Head’s notoriety is relatively new. He was the most recent winner of NBC’s competition series “The Voice,” where Shelton was his mentor. The tour hits Spokane on Feb. 24.
Wed., Nov. 2, 2016, 8:56 p.m.
Garth Brooks wins top award; Beyonce performs at CMA Awards
Garth Brooks, who lost entertainer of the year at last year’s Country Music Association Awards when he returned to music after a 13-year break, won the top prize at the …
Thu., Oct. 6, 2016, 4 p.m.
Young readies first Christmas album, but first a tour stop in Spokane
Young’s “It Must Be Christmas” will be released on Oct. 14, the day after his headlining tour stops at the Spokane Arena on Thursday.
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 2:43 p.m.
Country star Loretta Lynn hurt in fall, requires surgery
Country music star Loretta Lynn has postponed shows after suffering injuries in a fall that will require minor surgery.
Sat., July 30, 2016
Singer Jake Owen focuses on positivity after a tough year
“American Love,” out Friday, already has a Top 10 country hit with first single “American Country Love Song.” Owen shines in steel pedal simplicity on “LAX,” a California country song …
Sat., July 9, 2016, 11:50 a.m.
Garth Brooks, energetic and joyful, returns to NYC after 19 years
Garth Brooks entered Yankee Stadium like a school kid on the playground: He ran laps around the venue and yelled loudly as screaming fans cheered on the country music king, …
Tue., May 17, 2016, 12:28 p.m.
Passionate, emotional Garth Brooks readies for NYC return
Garth Brooks is full of tears – tears of joy – as he prepares to return to New York City after two decades and he discusses emotional topics such as …
Fri., Nov. 21, 2014
Luke Falk’s sisters make their mark in music business
Getting discovered as a top-flight quarterback in tiny Logan, Utah, may be tough, but just try launching a country music career. Washington State quarterback Luke Falk is the current Falk …
Thu., Sept. 4, 2014
People: Miranda Lambert gets nine CMA nominations
Miranda Lambert released the most ambitious album of her career earlier this year and Country Music Association voters responded by giving her a record-tying load of nominations. Lambert has nine …
Sun., Feb. 24, 2013
Spotlight: Duo sells out WSU show, but GU adds concert
Hot new country duo Florida Georgia Line has already sold out an April 16 show at Washington State University’s CUB Ballroom in Pullman. Area fans have a second chance to …
Thu., Jan. 17, 2013
Doug Clark: Ryan’s Lincoln is red hot
Attention Spokane car lovers. The Hot Rod Lincoln, star of the world’s best car song, goes on the block Saturday afternoon at the big Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale, Ariz. …
Fri., Dec. 2, 2011, 3:24 p.m.
Taylor Swift honored as Billboard’s ‘Woman of the Year’
Among Taylor Swift’s achievements that led to her Billboard honor as “Woman of the Year” was the best-selling performance of her third album “Speak Now,” which has sold more than …
Thu., Aug. 18, 2011
Touring Keith puts America front, center
Toby Keith is truly an all-American boy. The country music superstar, who will release a new album Oct. 25, already had scored hits with his songs “American Ride,” “American Soldier” …
Fri., July 29, 2011
Northern Quest plays host to Willie’s return
Willie Nelson arrives Sunday for an outdoor show at one of the rare places in the Inland Northwest he hasn’t played – the Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Over nearly …
Fri., April 30, 2010
Brooks & Dunn bring their final act to Spokane tonight
It’s the last roundup for Brooks & Dunn. The iconic country duo, which brings its “Last Rodeo Tour” to the Spokane Arena tonight, is calling it quits after two decades. …
Fri., July 10, 2009
Emerson Drive’s road hardly easy
Emerson Drive is named after a remote highway in Alberta, and this country band has certainly followed a twisting road over its career. In 2004, the last time Emerson Drive …
Thu., May 14, 2009
Practical joking country-pop star Taylor Swift sells out Spokane Arena
Between selling out tours in a flash, doing back-to-back-to-back press interviews, and Tweeting, MySpacing and Facebooking seemingly every detail in between, it’s all the country-pop sensation Taylor Swift can do …