51ST ANNUAL CMA AWARDS ON ABC

Vernell Hackett Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will host the CMA Awards tonight on ABC. Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the 51st annual CMA Awards tonight on ABC. The show honors those country...

Writer’s Block

By Vernell Hackett MASS SHOOTING AT COUNTRY FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS Unfortunately, it’s not an uncommon occurrence these days, hearing that someone has entered a public place and shot one, two or more...

DON WILLIAMS GONE…

  COUNTRY MUSIC LOSES TWO OF ITS FINEST By Vernell Hackett Don Williams It was the day the music died for country music last Friday, with the loss of Country Music Hall of Fame member Don...

CHUCK BERRY GONE…

The end of an era. Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry died on Saturday, March 18, at the age of 90, KSDK in St. Louis reported. The news outlet reported that the Missouri native was pronounced dead on...

DONALD & KANYE

Kanye West is from Georgia. Like many musical talents, he left college to pursue music and left his academics behind. He began by producing tracks for Jay-Z while building his own demo and THE COLLEGE DROPOUT...

LUKE RECORDS LATIN MUSIC

LUKE RECORDS RETURNS WITH A BRAND NEW “LATIN DIVISION” TO BE HEADED BY ANGEL RODRIGUEZ FROM AER MANAGEMENT Internationally known rap artist and entrepreneur, Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, relaunches...

BEYONCE GOES COUNTRY

Fans were not happy when pop superstar Beyonce showed up to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Awards' with a secret and boisterous performance of her song "Daddy Lessons" with the Dixie...

TUPAC

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates a uniquely American genre, one that's taken many forms over the decades — in Chuck Berry's soul, Bob Marley's reggae protest songs, Prince's flamboyant pop, and as...

Hal Linden still performing with his band

Linden started out his career in the city as a musician, but transitioned to musical theater, working his way up from understudy to lead. He got his big break when he appeared on Broadway in the late ’50s in the hit show Bells Are Ringing, but Linden told me that back then he was more a natural performer than a trained actor.

FOOTBALL TO OPERA

Robinson grew up in Atlanta, the son of a Baptist minister and a mother who spent a lot of time making sure her children played musical instruments and did well in school. His earliest memory of singing was being "in the kiddie choir," standing on a chair in church and singing the hymn "Can't Nobody Do Me Like Jesus." He got a lot of applause. "Then I realized I wanted to play the drums, which is a lot more exciting than singing. So I ended up being the church drummer."