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UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2020

Harold Reid, Statler Brothers bass singer, dies at 80

Harold Reid, who sang bass for the Grammy-winning country group the Statler Brothers, has died after a long battle with kidney failure


Miranda Lambert reschedules ‘Wildcard Tour’ remaining dates, at Spokane Arena on Oct. 8

Country music singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert has announced rescheduled dates for her two remaining U.S. shows and the upcoming Canadian run of her “Wildcard Tour.” Her show at the Spokane Arena, …


UPDATED: Sun., March 29, 2020

Publicist: Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping, rock-tinged singles such as “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19.


‘Constant evolution’: Country singer-songerwriter Aaron Watson strives to be the best artist he can be

Autonomy is as important as a big hook to Aaron Watson. The prolific country singer-songwriter, who typically releases an album every other year, has his own record company, Big Label.


Kansas native and ‘mild dude’ Logan Mize: ‘I’m not a typical country artist’

When Wichita, Kansas, country singer-songwriter Logan Mize called the morning of Feb. 3, he was looking at about a foot of snow in Salt Lake City, and it was the …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

‘I had a rebirth in music’: Coeur d’Alene country singer-songwriter Colby Acuff, 23, talks ‘Life of a Rolling Stone’

Colby Acuff, a 23-year-old country singer-songwriter who was born and raised in Coeur d’Alene, is starting out 2020 with a bang by releasing his first full album, “Life of a …


Record-breaker Luke Combs headlines sold-out concert at Spokane Arena

ACM and CMA Award-winning singer-songwriter and musician Luke Combs has extended his “Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour” through fall and is in the Lilac City on Friday in a …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019

Country singer Kylie Rae Harris dies in New Mexico crash

Country singer Kylie Rae Harris, who started out stringing together lyrics and performing as a teenager, was one of two people killed in a three-vehicle crash in New Mexico.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019

Photos: Watershed moments from sold-out country music festival at the Gorge

In its eighth iteration from Aug. 2-4 in the scenic spot alongside the Columbia River – the first festival was on Aug. 3, 2012 – Watershed featured some of country’s …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

Review: Toby Keith showcases patriotism, hits during ‘That’s Country Bro’ show

Before Toby Keith made his way onto the stage at Northern Quest on Tuesday night in a cream-colored cowboy hat, white button-up shirt and light blue jeans, a video played …


UPDATED: Wed., May 22, 2019

Review: Thomas Rhett, Dustin Lynch sizzle in Very Hot Summer Tour kickoff at Spokane Arena

Despite the rain the past few days, summer has arrived early in the form of Thomas Rhett’s Very Hot Summer Tour with opening act Dustin Lynch. The “it boy” of …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 7, 2019

Country singer Kane Brown opens the year by sporting a Gonzaga shirt in video posted to Twitter

In a Twitter video, up and coming country singer Kane Brown wore a Nike “We are Gonzaga” T-shirt while singing what he is hinting will be a collaboration with Khalid. …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 12, 2018

Miranda Lambert is a superstar. But can she only get a No. 1 on country radio if she sings with a man?

While it may seem like a wild question to ask in 2018, consider Miranda Lambert: She has sold millions of albums. She headlines arenas. She’s the Academy of Country Music’s …


Chase Rice continues his rise with sold-out show in Spokane

Things are going well for Chase Rice and the rising country star expects they’re going to get a lot better soon.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Carrie Underwood’s new album isn’t political, but here’s why it still makes a statement

Country star Carrie Underwood has 13 songs on her sixth studio album, “Cry Pretty,” released on Friday. But two tracks in particular have been receiving a lot of attention.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018

Concert review: Alabama gives its fans hit after hit after hit

Alabama’s 90 minutes of nonstop hits hit all the right notes.


Rising country star Cody Johnson hits the Knit on Saturday

Johnson was born and raised in Sebastopol, a Texas town of fewer than 500 people. He credits his small-town beginnings with fostering the down-to-earth attitude that he maintains despite his …


Kelsea Ballerini keeps things close to the heart on her second album ‘Unapologetically’

“Unapologetically” follows Kelsea Ballerini’s 2015 debut album, “The First Time,” that produced four singles – three of which, “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs” and “Peter Pan” topped the …


UPDATED: Sat., April 7, 2018

Post office named for Merle Haggard in California hometown

About 300 people turned out in Bakersfield, California, to celebrate the naming of a post office for Merle Haggard.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Randy Travis loses legal bid to keep DUI footage private

A federal judge has denied a request by country singer Randy Travis to stop the state of Texas from releasing footage of him naked and ranting during a 2012 DUI …


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

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

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

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

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 …


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 …


Chemistry onstage makes Faith Hill and Tim McGraw a top tour

The country music superstars continue to enjoy success on stage.


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.


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 …


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.