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My grandpa had a great old barn,"recalls Chris LeDoux with a smile. "Big old oak beams. All hand-hewn.You could see where they used the broadaxe on it. It was great." Hepauses for a moment. "I love barns." Read More
Brad Martin didn't have to look farfor a hero Read More
Even though she now plays mega-clubsand monstrous stadiums, looking back, Jo Dee is happy, evencomfortable, with the twists in the road she's braved. Read More
Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, MartinaMcBride and Sara Evans have made a few special new friends for awonderful cause. Those stars, and a host of others, can be seenalongside children and adults affected by Down syndrome on the secondannual "Down Home Country" calendar. Read More
Before Paul Brandt moved from hisnative Canada to Nashville in the mid-'90s and cranked out a stringof hits - "My Heart Has A History," "I Meant To Do That," "I Do" - hewas a lot like other small- town kids with big dreams. Read More
Last December Diamond Rio drummerBrian Prout wanted his proposal to singer/songwriter StephanieBentley to be memorable. So he enlisted the help of an unlikelypartner - Santa Claus! Read More
One day a few months ago, KellieCoffey and a couple of song-writing friends got together. "It was oneof those great days for writing a song," she recalls. Read More
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
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