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Nashville Sam Palladio on Scarlett, Will, more: 10 things we learned

20 July 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

We love Nashville - the songs! the drama! - so we're thrilled it's coming back for a third season. But that's still a while away, so it's just as well the DVD is out to keep us occupied (and, um, singing) in the meantime.

To celebrate, we called up Sam Palladio - who plays Gunnar, of course - to find out more about the show (and what could be coming up in the future). Will there be a UK tour? How will Sam handle the live shows? What's going on with Scarlett or with Zoey? How will Will cope with being outed? And why does Sam want to be a playboy with the ability to fly next season? Read on to find out what we learned!

1. Don't worry, Sam isn't planning on losing his English accent any time soon (um, yeah, if you didn't know, he's English).

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Grand Ole Opry Musician Jimmy C. Newman Dies

22 June 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Grand Ole Opry member Jimmy C. Newman, known for mixing Cajun and country music, has died. Opry publicist Jessie Schmidt said Newman died in Nashville on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 86. The Tennessean reports Newman's first Top 10 country hit, "Cry, Cry, Darling," came 60 years ago, in the summer of 1954. That same year he joined Shreveport-based radio show "The Louisiana Hayride," where he performed alongside Johnny Horton, Elvis Presley and others. He joined the Opry in 1956, after notching five straight Top 10 records, including "Seasons Of My Heart." In 1957, Newman earned his highest-charting record with "A Fallen Star," which reached No. »

- Associated Press

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Kacey Musgraves releases new tune, 'The Trailer Song'

18 June 2014 1:39 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kacey Musgraves, who hits the road with Katy Perry on Sunday (22) in Raleigh, N.C., performed a new tune, “The Trailer Song,” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last Friday and now a recorded version of the song is available for purpose on iTunes starting today. It's the first new music from Musgraves since the release of her Grammy-winning album, "Same Trailer, Different Park." The song, which melodically resembles a slowed-down “Merry Go Round” at times,” is an intentionally old-school, traditional country track about nosy neighbors. “You ain’t got to act like you’re borrowing eggs just to see if my dishes are washed/What’s it to you if it’s Wednesday afternoon and I’ve traded my ice tea for scotch,” she sung. While her short black shorts were definitely not standard issue country, her hair —teased into a mini-bouffant— recalled early Loretta, Tammy and Dolly. »

- Melinda Newman

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Photos: Stars Are Gearing Up for Tonight's Cmt Music Awards!

4 June 2014 1:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you're lucky enough to be in Nashville for Wednesday night's Cmt Music Awards and the four-day Cma Music Fest, well, good for you! But if not, don't fret: stars are giving fans all sorts of awesome access with behind-the-scenes Twitter and Instagram pics. Seriously, where else can you go on stage at the Grand Ole Opry with Carrie Underwood, get glam with Kacey Musgraves and play cornhole with Lee Brice? Well, maybe you can't actually do those things, but these snaps will make you feel like you're there. Check out our favorite social media moments from Tuesday and Wednesday in Nashville below, »

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The Swon Brothers Make Their Grand Ole Opry Debut with a Nod to History - and Mom and Dad

16 April 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Making their Grand Ole Opry debut Saturday night, The Swon Brothers chose to honor both family and a country music legend as they stepped to the stage for the Opry's first "Swoncert." Before playing their debut single, “Later On,” the former season 4 The Voice stars kicked off their performance by singing a bit of George Jones's "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes." Midway into the song, however, the moment quickly became about their parents, whom the brothers called to the Opry stage in appreciation, noting their sacrifices to help the Oklahoma singers achieve their musical dreams. "Playing the Opry for »

- Andrea Billups

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Ken Burns is Making a Documentary About Country Music

21 January 2014 6:46 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The tireless Ken Burns has a new project in the works for PBS -- "Country Music," a multi-episode documentary slated for 2018. It will be directed by Burns, who'll produce alongside writer Dayton Duncan, Burns' longtime producing partner. "Country Music" will chronicle the history of a uniquely American genre, from southern Appalachia to Texas, California honky-tonks to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. "For over a century, country music has been a pivotal force in American culture, expressing the hopes, joys, fears and hardships of everyday people in songs lyrical, poignant and honest," said PBS President Paula A. Kerger. "It is fitting that we have two of America's master storytellers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, tell the story on film of an art form that for generations has told America's story in song." "Country Music" will look at artists like the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills,Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, »

- Alison Willmore

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Ken Burns is Making a Documentary About Country Music

21 January 2014 6:46 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The tireless Ken Burns has a new project in the works for PBS -- "Country Music," a multi-episode documentary slated for 2018. It will be directed by Burns, who'll produce alongside writer Dayton Duncan, Burns' longtime producing partner. "Country Music" will chronicle the history of a uniquely American genre, from southern Appalachia to Texas, California honky-tonks to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. "For over a century, country music has been a pivotal force in American culture, expressing the hopes, joys, fears and hardships of everyday people in songs lyrical, poignant and honest," said PBS President Paula A. Kerger. "It is fitting that we have two of America's master storytellers, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, tell the story on film of an art form that for generations has told America's story in song." "Country Music" will look at artists like the Carter family, Jimmie Rodgers, Bob Wills,Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, »

- Alison Willmore

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Phil Everly obituary

5 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Half of the brilliant duo that transformed 1950s pop music

With his older brother Don, Phil Everly, who has died of pulmonary disease aged 74, formed one of pop music's greatest vocal partnerships. If it was Elvis Presley who became the most spectacular icon of 1950s rock'n'roll, the Everly Brothers created a musical legacy which was every bit as influential. Their unique vocal harmonies, coupled with ingenious guitar arrangements and timeless material, had a revolutionary impact on the Beatles, the Hollies, Simon & Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, the Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash.

The Everly Brothers' breakthrough hit was Bye Bye Love (1957), still regarded as one of their most impressive creations. Up to that point, Don and Phil had been chipping away at the country music scene in Nashville, Tennessee, with limited success. Bye Bye Love topped the country charts, but more significantly soared to No 2 on the pop charts, just »

- Adam Sweeting

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