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    A star-studded line up of country stars came together on Tuesday, Dec. 13 to raise money for victims of the East Tennessee wildfires. Dolly Parton’s Smokey Mountains Rise telethon led to such a huge response that phone lines were overwhelmed. Organizers had to add two extra lines to accommodate the amount of people calling in. During the telethon, many stars […]

    The post Dolly Parton’s Telethon Raises $9 Million for Tennessee Wildfire Victims appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    We lost many great people in 2016. The world of country music had at least one notable death occur every month this year. Here’s a look back at the country stars we lost in 2016. Red Simpson Red Simpson passed in January. Simpson was best known for “I’m a Truck.” The hit is just one of […]

    The post Country Stars We Lost in 2016 appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Dozens of country music’s biggest stars assembled in Nashville for a night of music and memories dedicated to Randy Travis. Thousands packed Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night for the highly-anticipated tribute concert that lasted nearly four hours. The night kicked off with a standing ovation when Travis and his wife Mary walked on stage with huge smiles. The pair […]

    The post Country’s Biggest Stars Pay Tribute Randy Travis’ Life and Music in Nashville appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    On Friday, Sept. 15, Montgomery Gentry released a new song called “Better Me.” It’s a somber, low-key ballad about becoming a better person, largely abandoning the band’s anthemic singalong rock songs. And though it didn’t start as a bittersweet tribute, tragic circumstances gave it a new meaning. Singer Troy Gentry perished in a helicopter crash in […]

    The post How Montgomery Gentry’s Authentic Country Sound Made a Lasting Impact appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    https://www.instagram.com/p/BaF1oCQjKx3/   If you were alive and a country fan in 1995, chances are you had John Michael Montgomery‘s infectious hit “Sold! (Grundy County Auction)” on repeat. 22 years later, the song is earning a whole new crop of fans, thanks to Keith Urban and Chris Janson. The pair took the stage at Nashville’s beloved Grand […]

    The post See Keith Urban and Chris Janson Cover John Michael Montgomery’s ‘Sold’ at the Opry appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Since before the 1950s, Billboard has named the year’s best country song. Some of these songs reshaped the genre, while others simply capture what was fleetingly popular at the time. With this year-end list as your guide, here’s a long journey through over six decades of hits. Keep in mind that these selections reflect contemporary takes […]

    The post The Biggest Country Song from the Year You Were Born appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    There are plenty of country songs about drinkin’ and cheatin’, but some of the best songs in country music are about plain old love and all that goes along with it. From tracks on falling in love with your soulmate to tunes about unrequited love, here are the top 20 country love songs of all time. 20. “I Told […]

    The post Top 20 Country Love Songs of All Time appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Clichés about sad country songs ring true, considering how often death has reared its ugly head into various artists’ material. Fortunately, there isn’t a set formula for this genre trope. Some of the best country songs about death sometimes open dialogue about public safety, addiction, suicide, domestic abuse and other social ills. Other songs use […]

    The post 25 of Country Music’s Most Poignant Songs About Death appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Country music megastar Chris Stapleton will be releasing his third solo album, From A Room: Volume 2 this Friday, Dec. 1. The nine-track album is the second half of Stapleton’s larger From A Room project, an homage to RCA’s Studio A, where Stapleton and longtime collaborator Dave Cobb have recorded Volume 1, as well as Stapleton’s […]

    The post Chris Stapleton’s ‘From A Room: Volume 2’: Essential Track-By-Track Guide appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Between his days as an upstart traditional-minded hit-maker to his current status as Nashville’s elder statesman, Randy Travis‘ songs captured the imagination of fans and future singing stars. He and George Strait helped define the 1980s for fans of the old time way. As an established megastar in the ’90s, Travis joined Alan Jackson and […]

    The post The 10 Best Randy Travis Songs appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Chris Janson received a potentially life-defining surprise on Monday night (Feb. 5) during a sold-out performance at the Ryman Auditorium. After Janson sang a cover of John Michael Montgomery’s “Sold” with Keith Urban, the latter stuck around to announce that his friend and peer will soon join him as an Opry member. “I know the […]

    The post Chris Janson Will Be the Newest Grand Ole Opry Inductee appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    This month (May 2018) marks key anniversaries for these songs that topped the country charts. The list goes back 50 years and represents trends in the changing world of country music. From the late Glen Campbell’s first number one to yet another chart-topper by George Strait, this serves as a pretty telling history lesson. Each […]

    The post This Month in History: 5 Classic Songs With Milestone Birthdays in May appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    It’s easy to assume that a lot of folks expect the worst from Toby Keith songs. Before “bro-country” became a thing, most thought of Keith’s post-9/11 output as the epitome of lowbrow country songs. Even if he didn’t come across as the most eloquent patriot then with “The Taliban Song,” “American Ride” and others, it’s […]

    The post The 10 Best Toby Keith Songs, Ranked appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    John Michael Montgomery songs represent pretty much every mainstream country music trend from the ’90s. Starting with his 1992 debut album, he added to the musical discourse on line dancing, hat acts, surprisingly decent holiday songs about Santa and Rudolph, traditionally-grounded storytelling and pop crossovers. A native of Danville, Kentucky, Montgomery inherited the same same heaven sent helping of talent as older brother Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry fame. Like […]

    The post The 10 Best John Michael Montgomery Songs, Ranked appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Wide Open Country is here to get your Memorial Day playlist started with these 10 holiday-appropriate selections, featuring some of the biggest country stars of the past 40 years. “Still a Soldier,” Trace Adkins Adkins is one of the proudest and most eloquent patriots in the business, so it was hard to pick just one […]

    The post 10 Songs to Add to Your Patriotic Playlist for Memorial Day appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Dillon Carmichael, the Kentucky-bred nephew of Eddie and John Michael Montgomery, shares his kin folks’ appreciation for hometown nostalgia with the Dave Cobb-produced single “It’s Simple” and its music video. Carmichael tells a familiar tale in his husky, baritone voice, flavored by the honky tonk and Southern rock influences that set his music apart from his […]

    The post Watch Dillon Carmichael Celebrate Rural Living in New Video for ‘It’s Simple’ appeared first on Wide Open Country.


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    Dillon Carmichael calls his debut album Hell on an Angel, out Aug. 17 on Riser House Records, his “dream record.” The young Burgin, Kentucky native didn’t catch lightning in a bottle, lucking into a set of songs that caught the attention of producer Dave Cobb. Instead, his dream come true is the culmination of a […]

    The post Dillon Carmichael Talks Debut Album, Family Ties and Dave Cobb appeared first on Wide Open Country.