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Few debuts in country history havebeen as splashy and spectacular as Clint Black's. The black-hattedTexan with the boyish charm made instant history when his firstsingle, "A Better Man," jumped to No. 1 in 1989. That made Clint thefirst male country singer since Freddy Fender in 1975 to hit the topwith a debut song. Read More
When Chris Cagle recently jetted toCozumel, Mexico, he was a man with a mission: He wanted to get hisopen-water scuba certification from the Professional Association ofDiving Instructors (PADI). Read More
Dolly Parton likes to eat realdown-home country food," says Mary Cornell with a smile. Read More
Two of country music's rising stars-- Bill Anderson and Roger Miller -- had an idea for a song that wasliterally out of this world.< Read More
I've become good friends with MissNancy and George," says Daryle Singletary of his relationship withthe legendary George Jones and his wife. "So I just called Miss Nancy-- I didn't want to bother George about it -- and I said, 'We'redoing "Walk Through This World With Me." Would George be interestedin singin' some harmony on it with me?' And she said, 'I'm sure he'dlove to. Let me let you talk to the Possum.' Read More
The road to country stardom is never easy. But imagine travelingthat already difficult road, as Billy Hoffman did, with more than afew physical challenges in tow. Read More
John Michael Montgomery is settlingin behind the wheel of a vintage black Corvette convertible at theNational Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Ky. He's grinning like akid in a candy store. Read More
George Dewey Hay is oftendubbed the "Father of the Grand Ole Opry," even though he neithersang nor played a musical instrument. He had already made history, onNov. 28, 1925, when he announced the first broadcast of the WSMBarndance over WSM radio in Nashville. In 1927, Hay, by then known tohis listeners as "the solemn old judge," wound up creating a nationalsensation. Read More
What do you do if you're a singerand suddenly you can't sing? That's the dilemma David Kersh facednearly three years ago. Read More
In 1971, 19-year-old Texan JohnnyRodriguez hit Nashville with $14 in his pocket and a beat-up guitarin his hand. "I couldn't even afford a guitar case," recalls Johnny."So I carried it wrapped in a plastic bag." Read More
I'm a mediocre talented, extremelyfarsighted, chubby guy from North Carolina," declares Charlie Danielsin a modest self-description that belies his impact on American musicand culture. Read More
Getting married is easy -- acertificate, a minister or judge, and two people ready to say "I do"is all you need. Staying married is hard. Read More
The three members of Trick Pony moveto center stage of the old church. Framed against a backdrop ofmassive organ pipes, they're standing beneath a chandelier with morethan 1,000 glistening crystals. Faces look down from the balcony,intently awaiting the musical message from the three-voice choir. Read More
Joe Nichols didn't write hisinspirational debut hit, "The Impossible" -- but he did live it. Inthe song, Joe sings about being 13, watching his idolized fathercrying upon his grandfather's death -- details that really hit hometo Joe. Read More
It was just a gravel road with abunch of potholes in it, and we had to drive down it," says SteveAzar thoughtfully. Read More
Dixie Chick Natalie Maines exclaimsthat she's head over heels in love -- with being a mom. And theobject of her affection is her adorable son, Slade. Read More
Willie Nelson knew that farmers werein dire straits on the eve of his 1993 Farm Aid fund-raiser, April 24in Ames, Iowa. Hundreds of farmers were already in need of financialhelp, but thousands more faced foreclosure due to the terrible springfloods of 1993. Read More
With an album nearing doubleplatinum, a toddler son approaching three years and homes in bothTennessee and Oregon, Sara Evans is both a country star and a busymom. Now she's adding another role to her expandingrésumé -- that of an aspiring politician's wife. Read More
Phil Vassar is standing on theterrace of the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Fla., looking out over thewhite, sandy beach as the sun is about to set over the Gulf ofMexico. A soft ocean breeze blows gently through the fronds of thepotted palms. Read More
So what's it like when the fourmembers of Little Big Town write a song together? "It's like a bigparty!" says Jimi Westbrook. Read More