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Excitement filled the air in MusicCity as the Grand Ole Opry celebrated two special occasions on thisday. First, it marked the gala opening night at the Opry's new home - the Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland - after morethan 30 years at the historic Ryman Auditorium Read More
Jessica Andrews' latest song iscalled "Karma" - that's the notion that life rewards or punishes youbased on the things you do. So, since Jessica has a hit about karma,does she believe in it? Read More
Shannon Lawson's debut hit, "GoodbyeOn A Bad Day," is about the end of a marriage. Luckily, the songwasn't inspired by something that happened to him - it's aboutsomething he feared. Read More
More than 20 years ago, GeorgeStrait strolled through the lobby of MCA Records in Nashville,brimming with self-confidence. The 28-year-old Texan had beaten theodds, signing a record deal with MCA after years of knocking aroundon the rugged Texas honky-tonk circuit. Finally, he thought tohimself, the dream had come true. Read More
She was dubbed the "female Elvis"for her hip-swiveling stage moves. She's been described as "a verysweet lady with a nasty voice." And at her Grand Ole Opry debut, shewas told her "daring," spaghetti-strap dress was too suggestive - andshe had to cover her bare shoulders with a coat before steppingonstage. Read More
Take three honky-tonk heroes - JoeDiffie, Mark Chesnutt and Tracy Lawrence - mix in 75 cities, andyou've got country's biggest traveling party! The stars are callingit the Rockin' Roadhouse Tour and will hit the road this summerbeginning in Fargo, N.D. Read More
The cold is unbearable in Clear Lake, Iowa. Twenty-one-year-oldWaylon Jennings, playing bass on tour for Buddy Holly, has just givenup his prized seat on a chartered plane to J.P. "Big Bopper"Richardson. He will travel by bus instead. Read More
After 45 years, country croonerLeroy Van Dyke continues to log thousands of road miles and plays 100shows a year. Read More
The compelling message in the songGeorge Strait took to No. 1 in 1990 is so enduring it's now beencaptured in a must-read book, Love Without End, Amen - highlighted bybeautiful photos, inspirational verses, a moving introduction byGeorge and a CD of his hit song. Read More
It's high noon. Troy Gentry andEddie Montgomery are on a couple of beefed-up Harleys rumbling down aribbon of blacktop in the desert near Las Vegas. The road snakestoward the distant Spring Mountain Range, jutting into a cloudlesssapphire sky. Read More
Everything's coming up roses forLorrie Morgan. She's got a new marriage to fellow singer SammyKershaw, a new single, "The Color Of Roses," and now a new DVD of thesame name that's due in stores March 12. Read More
In 1955, a young man patiently waited on the steps of a studiocalled Memphis Recording Service. He was hoping to catch the owner,Sam Phillips, arriving for work. Upon seeing Phillips, the young manstood up. "Mr. Phillips, sir," he boldly stated, "if you listen tome, you'll be glad you did." Read More
For 18 months Freddy Fender has stayed alive by taking four-hourdialysis treatments every other day. Last April, he almost died ofcardiac arrest. And he's got diabetes, hepatitis C and cirrhosis ofthe liver, a condition that may eventually require a livertransplant. Read More
Mindy McCready is standing in aNashville-area laundromat, intently preparing to flip a quarter. Shepops it into the air - and it flies astray, landing a couple of feetaway. Read More
Paul Overstreet knows how to writechart-topping songs. He's piled up 27 Top 10 singles for starsincluding George Jones ("Same Ole Me"), Randy Travis ("Forever AndEver, Amen") and Kenny Chesney ("She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy"). Buttoday, Paul has bigger fish to fry. Read More
I'm Movin' On" isn't just the nameof Rascal Flatts' latest hit - it could be their motto. "If you'repassionate about something you believe in, you gotta move on, moveforward and try to go get it," says Joe Don Rooney. "Or one day, Iguarantee you're gonna be kicking yourself in the butt for not atleast attempting." Read More
Elvis Presley's leg was shaking -but not for the usual reason. On the night of Oct. 2, 1954, Elvis wasas nervous as he'd ever been. After all, he was playing the Grand OleOpry. Read More
Trick Pony could have played it safewith their third single. They could have followed their two rockin'hits with a sugar-sweet ballad, like some folks thought they should.They could have followed their tried-and-true formula of HeidiNewfield singing lead, like some folks thought they should. Read More
Bobby Braddock needed that one hugesmash to get on the "A" list of Music Row songwriters. So he decidedto spell one out. Read More
Gene Watson has survived enough fadsto know not to follow them. "Oh, man, I've come through everything -the pop-country thing, the rhinestone cowboys, the Outlaw movement,"declares Gene, who first hit the charts in 1975 and has enjoyed 21Top 10s. Read More