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Eddy Arnold changed the sound of country music -- with strings attached. In the 1960s, the smooth-voiced, easygoing singer dared to break tradition by recording songs with lush violins in the background. And with that, Eddy helped take country in a smoother, more sophisticated --and more commercially successful -- direction. Read More
Every day is a winding road, Sheryl Crow sang in one of her biggest hits - and it turns out her road will soon bring her to Nashville. Read More
Chely Wright started the summer with a bang. At her fan club party, she shared the stage with her favorite singer, Loretta Lynn, and her favorite actress, Sissy Spacek. She helped raise over $100,000 for her Reading, Writing & Rhythm Foundation. She was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. Read More
Diamond Rio guitarist Jimmy Olander has a new tune to play - and it's a lullaby. Jimmy and his wife, Claudia Fontenot, fulfilled their dream of parenthood when they welcomed 6-pound, 11 1/4-ounce Maximum Fitzgerald Olander into their world on May 21. Read More
It's been 10 years since Dolly Parton went on the road. Now, with the release of her new album, Halos & Horns, the country superstar-turned-bluegrass diva is more than ready to go back. Read More
Experts have called Aug. 1, 1927, country's "Big Bang," the beginning of the most significant week in country music history. During that week, the Carter Family and Jimmie Rodgers made their first recordings in Bristol, a city on the Tennessee-Virginia line, for the Victor Talking Machine Company. Read More
The crew is hired, the cameras are in place - and Dad's shirt is holding up the proceedings. Life, as Tammy Cochran's new song says, happens. At this moment, it's happening at a movie-rental store in rural Hartsville, Tenn., where Tammy is shooting the video for her new hit, "Life Happened." Read More
OK, we give up. What's a pinmonkey? Read More
Toby Keith isn't the only star who got the TV boot for stating his musical viewpoint. Charlie Daniels found himself in the eye of a similar political storm for his strongly worded tribute to Sept. 11 victims, "The Last Fallen Hero." Read More
A dusty radio is pumping out an old-time country tune. Toby Keith's pumping iron in the gym built inside a barn on his sprawling Oklahoma ranch. The radio is locked onto the same classic country station Toby's late father listened to. In honor of his dad, Toby never changes the dial. Read More
Charlie Daniels needed a "fiddlesong," and in the space of an afternoon came up with one to beat thedevil. Read More
The 12th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge was a nail-biter. But when the big game was over, the softball superstars -- Vince Gill, Cyndi Thomson, Chris Cagle, Blake Shelton, Phil Vassar, Trick Pony and more -- had the crowd in stitches with their hilarious hijinks. Read More
Roll that beautiful bean footage!" laughs Brad.

"Hey, you stole my line!" says Bush's beans founder Jay Bush, who made those words famous in popular TV commercials featuring his "talking" dog, Duke. Read More
The fans made their voices heard at the CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards, cheering wildly for their faves like Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride. But what really counted at Nashville's Gaylord Entertainment Center were the fans' votes -- and Kenny Chesney scored the most to land two big awards! Read More
Alan Jackson devised the perfect strategy to please the 1800 fans who filled the Bell South Acuff Theatre -- play the hits and give away plenty of cool stuff. ... Read More
Good lookin' mohawk comin' up here." Gary Allan nods toward a stoplight on the street corner. He's driving his Ford Bronco after visiting the La Mirada home where he grew up. Crossing the street, a skinny, punkish kid sports a row of spiked hair -- and a heavy black outfit, despite the blazing Southern California sun. Read More
On Feb. 20, 1962, Johnny Bush looked up into the Texas sky and wished a safe journey for John Glenn, who was about to become the first American to orbit the earth. Read More
Anthony Smith's first hit is the rough-and-tumble country-rocker "If That Ain't Country" -- and as a native of the tiny, rural East Tennessee town of Oneida, this is one guy who knows what country is. Read More
Is that alive?" asks a startled Sherrié Austin as she sees the lobster moving in the chef's hand. "You didn't tell me it was alive!" So begins Sherrié's foray into the strange, mysterious world of ... cooking. Read More
t's Fan Fair 2001 and Kenny Chesney is firing up the crowd at Adelphia Coliseum. Fans cling to every word of Kenny's songs, pumping their fists on smash hits like "How Forever Feels" and "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy." Read More