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UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 10:06 p.m.

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, 8:01 p.m.

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, 3:07 p.m.

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, 8:02 a.m.

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, 11:38 p.m.

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, 1:20 p.m.

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, 5:18 p.m.

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, 10:22 p.m.

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, 2:32 p.m.

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, 12:15 p.m.

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, 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 …


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.


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.


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 …


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.


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.