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Loretta Lynn book Honky Tonk Girl: My Life In Lyrics published in April

February 5, 2012

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A new autobiography by country music legend Loretta Lynn – titled Honky Tonk Girl: My Life In Lyrics – will be available from 3 April 2012.

It uses her own lyrics to tell the 77-year-old singer’s rags-to-riches story, including the real-life events that inspired classic songs such as ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, ‘Don’t Come Home A’ Drinkin’, and ‘I’m a Honky Tonk Girl’.

The book includes a collection of highly personal stories – told in her own words – that provide a deep insight into her life, her influences, and her 50-year career.

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Willie Nelson lines up five new albums for 2012

February 2, 2012

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Country music legend Willie Nelson has announced plans to release five brand new albums, with the first album of new material set to be released this spring.

The albums will include newly recorded songs and live performances, as well as new compilations of classic tracks from all phases of his career.

The new collections will also include previously unreleased tracks, some of which will be available as bonus material on new editions of existing albums.

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US country singer Billie Jo Spears dies aged 74

December 16, 2011

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US country singer Billie Jo Spears – best known for her 1975 hit ‘Blanket on the Ground’ – has died at her home in Texas, it has been announced. She was 74 and had been suffering from cancer.

She had been due to make a number of UK appearances next May – including dates in Liverpool, Glasgow and Croydon – as part of the Ladies of Country touring show.

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Johnny Cash Sun Records era celebrated on new 2CD compilation, I Walk the Line

October 5, 2011

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A new 2CD compilation, titled I Walk the Line, takes a definitive look at Johnny Cash’s legendary three-year spell with Sam Phillips’ Sun Records between 1955 and 1958.

The 40-track collection showcases the raw beginnings of the stark and simple sound that would become Cash’s trademark in later years. Although he is primarily remembered as a country artist, the two hours of music on these CDs provide a reminder that Cash’s earliest songs also spanned genres such as rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and gospel.

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Frankie Laine brings back 1950s memories

September 23, 2011

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Sony Music is marking the 60th anniversary of Frankie Laine signing to Columbia Records by releasing a 26-track collection of his best-known songs.

Laine, who died in 2007 at the age of 93, was the most successful artist in Britain in the 1950s.

Frankie Laine: Hits includes his 1953 single ‘I Believe’ (which topped the UK chart for a record 18 weeks), plus nostalgic classics like ‘Rawhide’, ‘Champion the Wonder Horse’, ‘Jezebel’, ‘Jealousy’, ‘High Noon’, ‘Answer Me’, and ‘Sixteen Tons’.

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Glen Campbell to say goodbye to fans with 2011 UK tour

September 10, 2011

Glen Campbell, who recently revealed he is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease and plans to retire, is to say goodbye to his UK fans with a 15-date UK tour this autumn.

Glen Campbell: The Goodbye Tour will open on Friday 21 October at the Lowry in Salford and will end with the 75-year-old singer’s last-ever UK concert at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on Sunday 6 November.

Supported by his two daughters and his son’s band, he will perform many of his classic hits – including ‘Gentle on My Mind’, ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ‘Wichita Lineman’, ‘Galveston’ and ‘Rhinestone Cowboy’.

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Crazy Heart star Jeff Bridges to release own country album

July 29, 2011

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Actor and singer-songwriter Jeff Bridges, 61, who won an Oscar for portraying a rugged country singer in the 2009 film Crazy Heart, is set to become a hit country singer in his own right.

His new self-titled album, produced by T-Bone Burnett, will be released by Blue Note/EMI on 16 August 2011.

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Dolly Parton ‘Better Day’ UK tour 2011

July 3, 2011

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Country music legend Dolly Parton – awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Grammys – will be in the UK in August and September as part of her Better Day World Tour. The 10-date tour will coincide with the UK release of her new album, Better Day, which features 12 new songs.

   “I had a great time when we were in Europe on the last Backwoods Barbie tour in 2008 and I expect to have even more fun on the up and coming Better Day Tour,” said Dolly, who turned 65 in January. “I’m really looking forward to it, so get ready ‘cos here I come again!” 

BETTER DAY TOUR DATES:

August 20 – Glasgow, SECC
August 22 – Nottingham, Capital FM Arena
August 31 – Liverpool, Echo Arena
September 2 – Birmingham, LG Arena
September 3 – Cardiff, CIA Arena
September 6 – Bournemouth International Centre (BIC)

September 7 – London, O2 Arena
September 10 – Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena
September 11 – Manchester, Evening News Arena
September 12 – Sheffield, Motorpoint Arena.

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Bellamy Brothers accuse Britney Spears of ripping off 1979 hit

February 2, 2011

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The Bellamy Brothers have reportedly accused Britney Spears of ripping off their 1979 chart-topping hit, ‘If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me’.

  Singer David Bellamy, 60, made the claim after hearing the pop star’s new song ‘Hold it Against Me’, but he insists they won’t be taking Spears to court.

  While the chorus of the country music duo’s classic song goes: “If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?”, Britney sings: “So if I said I want your body now, would you hold it against me?”.

  “This particular title is kinda hard to disguise because the title is the song,” David Bellamy told US magazine Entertainment Weekly. “It’s not like saying, ‘I love you, baby’. I know it makes me sound like an old man, but I find that songwriters now are not as strong as they used to be in the 60s or 70s.”

  He added: “I like singer-songwriters, strong hooks, old rock, and old country. I’m not really a big fan of the Euro dance mixes, but I think there’s just more original stuff out there to do than just rehashing old titles.

  “Britney can get away with singing those songs because they would call us dirty old men at this point,” he told the magazine. “I guess that’s why she’s doing it, ’cause she can get away with it … Maybe she’ll come over and we’ll do a duet or something.”

  David and Howard Bellamy, 64, rose to fame with their first hit ‘Let Your Love Flow’ in 1976. In the late 1970s, the brothers also found success in country music and went on to enjoy 20 Number One country singles and have so far released more than 50 albums.

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Dolly Parton to write film and musical about her life as ‘Backwoods Barbie’

October 1, 2008

 

Country music legend Dolly Parton has confirmed that she is writing a film and a musical about her amazing life – and she plans to play herself in the movie version.

 

The singer and actress – whose latest studio album is titled Backwoods Barbie – is currently receiving rave reviews in the United States for writing the Broadway-bound stage version of her 1980 hit movie 9 To 5.

 

She now wants to follow up that project by turning her colourful life story into a stage and screen extravaganza.

 

In the stage version, three actresses are likely to portray her at different points in her life. But she says she would play the current Dolly if the musical is picked up as a movie.

 

“I’m writing my own life story as a musical. I won’t even probably be in it, but, if I do it as a movie, I would play the later part,” said Dolly, who will be 63 in January 2009. “It would be done with three Dollys I think.”

 

She revealed that she had already been contemplating turning her life story into a musical when she was approached by producer Robert Greenblatt with the idea of basing a musical on 9 to 5, the screwball comedy in which she made her acting debut.


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