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November 6, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blake and Gwen - no doubt Days after Gwen Stefani , 46, and Gavin Rossdale finalized their divorce, the No Doubt darling was off to a Halloween getaway in Nashville with beloved country music dude Blake Shelton , who is eight years her junior. Reports indicate fun has been had by all. "They are hanging out and having fun together," Anonymous Source tells People. A representative for Shelton - who was to appear Wednesday night at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, as was his ex, Miranda Lambert - confirmed on Wednesday that Shelton and Stefani were a couple.
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November 11, 2008 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Taylor Swift is a country music sensation, a teenage godsend to a beleaguered music industry, and the hands-down winner of "The Star-Spangled Banner" singing competition during the Phillies' World Series sweep at Citizens Bank Park. (Sorry, Patti LaBelle and John Oates.) The Wyomissing, Pa., native's self-titled 2006 album has sold 3.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, speaking from Los Angeles last week, Swift was in the midst of a promotional blitz that finds her strutting alongside hair-metal band Def Leppard on CMT Crossroads, hitting Late Show With David Letterman last night, and appearing today for a full hour on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012 | By Chris Talbott, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Spend a lot of time with a guy over five years and you get to know him pretty well. In the time Carrie Underwood has spent cohosting the Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley, she's learned there's nothing fake about the man with the white hat. Paisley isn't merely projecting the family-first, fun-loving, good-guy persona that's made him one of country music's most popular stars. That's who he is, and he has found an uncommon balance Underwood really didn't believe existed in show business.
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September 26, 2011 | By David R. Stampone, For The Inquirer
"I'm sorry about the weather. Gee whiz," Brad Paisley said, three songs into his two-hour set Friday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center. The singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist was headlining his H2O II: Wetter & Wilder tour, an ambitious package that started around 4 p.m. The relentless rain had forced Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, and the JaneDear Girls off the "Water World" second stage and over to the protected main stage. "It is, I promise, the last tour I'm going to name 'H2O' anything," concluded the amiable West Virginian.
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November 15, 2005 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
In a highly specialized country music industry, Brad Paisley is that rare chart-topper who doesn't just sing his songs: He writes them, and is a hot guitar-picker to boot. And the West Virginia-born member of the Grand Ole Opry has pulled off the difficult balancing act of keeping persnickety, traditional country fans happy while supplying radio with a steady stream of snappy hits. The latest is "Alcohol," the deliciously clever drinking song off his varied and impressive new album, Time Well Wasted.
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October 1, 1992 | By Dan DeLuca, FOR THE INQUIRER
Garth Brooks, the crossover king who has extended country music's reach to the top of the pop charts, was the big winner at last night's 26th annual Country Music Association Awards show, which was broadcast live on network TV from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Brooks took home the entertainer of the year award for the second year running, and also won the best-album award for his nine-million-copy selling Ropin' the Wind. The always emotional Oklahoma-born star was seen crying in the audience when his hero George Jones was presented with a plaque inducting him into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Brooks barely held back the tears when he brought his wife, Sandy, to the stage to accept the entertainer-of-the- year honors.
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September 30, 1993 | By Dan DeLuca, FOR THE INQUIRER
It was Vince Gill all the way. The 36-year-old sensitive balladeer and consummate musician cohosted the 27th annual Country Music Association Awards show, which was broadcast live last night on network TV from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and won four awards. Gill nabbed the night's first trophy - winning song of the year for "I Still Believe in You," which he cowrote with John Barlow Jarvis. And he won the last - and biggest - when he took home the entertainer-of-the-year award.
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June 16, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Staff Writer
Chris Stapleton is the Nashville overnight sensation who, naturally, has been working for most of this millennium to step out of the shadows and into the mainstream. The 38-year-old, cowboy-hat-wearing Kentuckian with the bushy beard and burly, luxuriously soulful voice was the surprise big winner at last fall's Country Music Association Awards, where he sang his signature, slow-burning version of the George Jones hit "Tennessee Whiskey" as a duet with his pal Justin Timberlake. That led to a Grammy album of the year nomination for Traveller , his 2015 solo debut album, which put Stapleton's name in lights after years of having his songs recorded by a wide range of artists, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Adele.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1999 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The country-music business runs in cycles. In the early 1980s, Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Rogers went mainstream during the Urban Cowboy craze. But their success washed out Nashville's roots, and fans grew dissatisfied with country-glop indistinguishable from lightweight pop. Then, as sales hit rock bottom, along came New Traditionalists like Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle to reclaim the music's identity. That, in turn, gave way to Garth Brooks, who brought pop production values to country in the early 1990s.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1996 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
George Strait was the surprise winner of three awards, and Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn were named entertainers of the year at the 30th annual Country Music Association Awards, held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry last night. "George Strait wore us out tonight!" Dunn, the blond half of the rowdy duo, said in accepting his trophy, as his mustachioed partner - the black-hatted one - smiled and waved. The turbo-tonkers also beat out sparse competition to win their fifth straight vocal duo award, and sang "My Maria," from their million-selling fourth album, Borderline.
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June 16, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Staff Writer
Chris Stapleton is the Nashville overnight sensation who, naturally, has been working for most of this millennium to step out of the shadows and into the mainstream. The 38-year-old, cowboy-hat-wearing Kentuckian with the bushy beard and burly, luxuriously soulful voice was the surprise big winner at last fall's Country Music Association Awards, where he sang his signature, slow-burning version of the George Jones hit "Tennessee Whiskey" as a duet with his pal Justin Timberlake. That led to a Grammy album of the year nomination for Traveller , his 2015 solo debut album, which put Stapleton's name in lights after years of having his songs recorded by a wide range of artists, including Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, and Adele.
NEWS
November 6, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Blake and Gwen - no doubt Days after Gwen Stefani , 46, and Gavin Rossdale finalized their divorce, the No Doubt darling was off to a Halloween getaway in Nashville with beloved country music dude Blake Shelton , who is eight years her junior. Reports indicate fun has been had by all. "They are hanging out and having fun together," Anonymous Source tells People. A representative for Shelton - who was to appear Wednesday night at the Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, as was his ex, Miranda Lambert - confirmed on Wednesday that Shelton and Stefani were a couple.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2012 | By Chris Talbott, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Spend a lot of time with a guy over five years and you get to know him pretty well. In the time Carrie Underwood has spent cohosting the Country Music Association Awards with Brad Paisley, she's learned there's nothing fake about the man with the white hat. Paisley isn't merely projecting the family-first, fun-loving, good-guy persona that's made him one of country music's most popular stars. That's who he is, and he has found an uncommon balance Underwood really didn't believe existed in show business.
NEWS
September 26, 2011 | By David R. Stampone, For The Inquirer
"I'm sorry about the weather. Gee whiz," Brad Paisley said, three songs into his two-hour set Friday night at the Susquehanna Bank Center. The singer-songwriter and virtuoso guitarist was headlining his H2O II: Wetter & Wilder tour, an ambitious package that started around 4 p.m. The relentless rain had forced Sunny Sweeney, Edens Edge, and the JaneDear Girls off the "Water World" second stage and over to the protected main stage. "It is, I promise, the last tour I'm going to name 'H2O' anything," concluded the amiable West Virginian.
NEWS
November 11, 2008 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Taylor Swift is a country music sensation, a teenage godsend to a beleaguered music industry, and the hands-down winner of "The Star-Spangled Banner" singing competition during the Phillies' World Series sweep at Citizens Bank Park. (Sorry, Patti LaBelle and John Oates.) The Wyomissing, Pa., native's self-titled 2006 album has sold 3.5 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And, speaking from Los Angeles last week, Swift was in the midst of a promotional blitz that finds her strutting alongside hair-metal band Def Leppard on CMT Crossroads, hitting Late Show With David Letterman last night, and appearing today for a full hour on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
NEWS
November 2, 2006 | By Nick Cristiano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In her new autobiography, titled - what else? - Redneck Woman, Gretchen Wilson writes that " . . . I'm wide open to trying new things. I'm not afraid to step out into uncharted territory. " The country-music sensation will be doing just that Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center when she stars in "Gretchen Wilson's Country on Ice," as she and her band sing and play while some of the world's top figure skaters perform to the music. The concept is not new, but the idea of executing it with a singer who boasts in her signature hit that she "ain't no high-class broad" and plays a rowdy brand of rocking honky-tonk is certainly novel.
NEWS
October 19, 2006 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Among country music stars, Vince Gill has never been a supernova. A sweet-voiced ballad and harmony singer, a guitarist esteemed by those in-the-know, and an affable guy who for years served as host of the Country Music Association awards, he's mainstream country's Mr. Reliable. Not Mr. Audacious. So what was he doing onstage at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square this week, leading a big band through a startlingly good three-hour show in support of These Days (MCA Nashville . 1/2)
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November 15, 2005 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
In a highly specialized country music industry, Brad Paisley is that rare chart-topper who doesn't just sing his songs: He writes them, and is a hot guitar-picker to boot. And the West Virginia-born member of the Grand Ole Opry has pulled off the difficult balancing act of keeping persnickety, traditional country fans happy while supplying radio with a steady stream of snappy hits. The latest is "Alcohol," the deliciously clever drinking song off his varied and impressive new album, Time Well Wasted.
NEWS
November 5, 2003 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The year's most unlikely music success story? Here's a hint: It's not that walking bobblehead Clay Aiken. Try a paunchy 42-year-old with a face as weathered as venison jerky, a journeyman singer who was turned down by every label in Nashville at least once. That's Buddy Jewell. The record companies had no use for him. But the people love him. Two weeks after viewers of Nashville Star on cable's USA overwhelmingly selected him as winner of the amateur talent series in May, Jewell made his first Grand Ole Opry appearance.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 1999 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The country-music business runs in cycles. In the early 1980s, Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Rogers went mainstream during the Urban Cowboy craze. But their success washed out Nashville's roots, and fans grew dissatisfied with country-glop indistinguishable from lightweight pop. Then, as sales hit rock bottom, along came New Traditionalists like Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam and Steve Earle to reclaim the music's identity. That, in turn, gave way to Garth Brooks, who brought pop production values to country in the early 1990s.
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