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Legends and Newcomers Unite at MerleFest 2018

MerleFest, presented by Window World, finished its 31st year on a high note with an unparalleled performance by the Steep Canyon Rangers, special guest Steve Martin, and surprise appearances from Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Alison Brown, Bryan Sutton, and Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers.

Early estimates show that from its start on Thursday, April 26, to its close on Sunday, April 29, participation over the festival’s four days exceeded 75,000 attendees and artists from across the world. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the Wcc Foundation, which funds scholarships, capital projects, and other educational needs.

More than 120 incredible performers contributed to the success of this year’s festival, some as returning artists and some as newcomers. In addition to The Steep Canyon Rangers and Friends with special guest Steve Martin, this year’s lineup included Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, The Mavericks, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn,
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Little Big Town and the Judds Earn Country Music Hall of Fame 2018 Exhibit Spotlights

Little Big Town and the Judds Earn Country Music Hall of Fame 2018 Exhibit Spotlights
Planning a trip to Nashville in 2018? The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has announced its new exhibits for the coming year, and you may want to set your travel schedule around it. Starting in March, the museum will be rolling out a lineup that honors timeless legends, country’s hottest quartet and some of the brightest rising stars.

On March 9, the museum debuts “American Currents: The Music of 2017,” a review of a year that yielded a bumper crop of fresh faces and news-making events. Among the breakout artists to be featured are Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown and Luke Combs.
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Van Morrison Gives Two-Word Speech While Accepting Lifetime Honor at Americana Awards

The Americana Honors & Awards may be the only music awards show that’s so anti-ageist, it’s not uncommon for artists to pick up trophies in the standard annual categories many years after getting their lifetime achievement awards.

That was the case Wednesday night at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, as 70-year-old John Prine was awarded artist of the year, with nobody thinking that his being given a career summation award 14 years ago meant he shouldn’t be invited back for more.

Although Americana Association honchos typically take pains to point out that it’s a young person’s format, too, equal representation for whippersnappers didn’t seem to be so much on voters’ mind in 2017, as voters let the gravity of hero worship take its natural course. Rodney Crowell, 67, who got his own lifetime achievement award 11 years ago, won song of the year Wednesday, for the aptly titled “It Ain’t Over Yet.” Best
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Sip Your Way Around the World With These City-Themed Starbucks Mugs

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Sip Your Way Around the World With These City-Themed Starbucks Mugs
A version of this article originally appeared on TravelandLeisure.com.

There’s no better time to reminisce about a great vacation than when you’re back at work trying to recuperate with a hot cup of coffee. That’s all part of the allure of the Starbucks collection of city-themed mugs. Well, that and you can pick them up in Starbucks locations around the world, from Qatar to Hong Kong to Tennessee.

The mugs — which come decorated with local flavors, sites, and monuments — have an avid fan base of collectors always looking for one more cup to add to their stockpile.
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Exclusive interview with I Saw the Light director Marc Abraham: “Hiddleston looked just like Hank Williams”

With the eagerly anticipated release this week of I Saw The Light, the biopic of legendary country musician Hank Williams, Flickering Myth’s Scott J. Davis sat down with its director Marc Abraham to talk about the film and all things Tom Hiddleston.

I Saw The Light marks the sophomore directorial effort from Abraham, who is a renowned producer of such films as Children of Men, The Commitments and Air Force One, and it was his love of Williams that made him grab the opportunity to direct with both hands to make a slightly different biopic:

“I loved Hank Williams’ music from the early times so I was really interested in it…I never wanted to make a cradle to grave movie and it’s interesting that many people didn’t understand what I was doing and say ‘Why didn’t you show him as a little boy?’… What I
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Tom Hiddleston Soars With a Busy Career, Smart Fan Base and Daring Choices

Tom Hiddleston Soars With a Busy Career, Smart Fan Base and Daring Choices
In the space of one month Tom Hiddleston can be seen as a legendary crooner, a suave British spy and the tenant of a high-tech building who spirals into madness. “I’ve been working nonstop for two years, and there’s a compression of those last two years into one month,” he says. “But in an industry that’s feast or famine, I’ve got no complaints.”

For now, it’s full-on feast for the actor, who has already established a wide fan base not just for his films, but his charm – he always seems to be having the best time, whether making a surprise appearance at Comic-Con or singing with Stephen Colbert. In addition to the miniseries “The Night Manager” on AMC, the actor can be seen in theaters in “I Saw the Light,” Marc Abraham’s faithful biopic of Hank Williams. Later this month, he’ll head an
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Tom Hiddleston on going country for I Saw the Light

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Giving the role of American country music legend Hank Williams to English actor Tom Hiddleston is pretty much the antithesis of typecasting.

Hiddleston is a Royal Academy-trained thespian who won the Laurence Olivier Award for his turn in a 2007 stage production of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. He’s best known to North American audiences as Loki, the eloquent villain of Marvel’s cinematic universe.

Williams, on the other hand, is the twangy Alabama country icon who produced the classics “Hey, Good Lookin’,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Yet there’s Hiddleston southern-drawling his way through classic Hank Williams tunes in director Marc Abraham’s bio-pic I Saw the Light.

How did he transform?

“It actually all started here in Toronto,” recalls Hiddleston during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival where I Saw the Light had its world premiere.
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Watch: Tom Hiddleston Yodels for Jimmy Kimmel

Tom Hiddleston mastered the yodel in preparation for his role as country music legend Hank Williams in his new film “I Saw the Light.” “I can yodel now,” Hiddleston told Jimmy Kimmel. “There comes a time in a man’s life when he’s called upon to yodel.” The host prompted Hiddleston to tease his musical prowess with a few lines from the Williams classic “Long Gone Lonesome Blues.” Both Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, who plays Hank’s wife Audrey, do their own singing in the drama. Hiddleston lived with musician Rodney Crowell in Nashville where he learned to tackle Williams’ trademark yodel. The British thespian also spoke about the high stakes involved playing an icon of American culture. “I take the responsibility seriously,” Hiddleston said. “I knew as a British actor going in to play such a loved icon of American music, I had to kind of commit myself to it.
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See the Trailer for the Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light'

See the Trailer for the Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light'
How can a British actor, best known for his role in The Avengers, be fit to play the legendary father of contemporary country music, Hank Williams? It's a question that's been tossed around since the biopic went into development in 2009 with London-born Tom Hiddleston as the lead, and will finally be answered when I Saw the Light hits theaters in March. But a new trailer, released today, gives a hint or two at the controversial film — and it looks like it's all about love, loss and the reality of never
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Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Premieres in Nashville

Hank Williams Biopic 'I Saw the Light' Premieres in Nashville
Tinseltown took over Music City this past weekend, with the glitzy premiere of the highly anticipated Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light. Stars of the big-screen adaptation of the book, Hank Williams: The Biography by Colin Escott, George Merritt and William Macewen, walked the red carpet (which, for the record, was actually green), as invited guests filled the twin theaters at Nashville's historic Belcourt theater. British actor Tom Hiddleston turns in a career-defining role as the troubled singer-songwriter, whose influence is seen not only in nearly every country artist who came after him,
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Becoming Hank: How Tom Hiddleston Transformed Into a Country Music Icon

Becoming Hank: How Tom Hiddleston Transformed Into a Country Music Icon
The light before a good sunset in Tennessee changes from fiery pink to a flood of gold until the sky eventually turns a dark enough purple to be lit by a falling star — just as Hank Williams wrote it. In September of 2014, the summer heat had eased up enough to enjoy the outdoors at dusk and those same colors began to fill the sky as Tom Hiddleston was finishing a run along the hillsides south of Nashville. In under 40 days, filming for the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light would begin in Shreveport,
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See a Clip of Tom Hiddleston Singing in Hank Williams Biopic

See a Clip of Tom Hiddleston Singing in Hank Williams Biopic
Hank Williams and his Drifting Cowboys band come to life in the first official footage released from the upcoming biopic, I Saw the Light. British actor Tom Hiddleston steps into the shoes of the Alabama native in a brief scene from the film that depicts the singer and his band members in the studio recording what would be his first hit, "Move It on Over," at Nashville's Castle Studio in 1947. There's also a brief glimpse of Williams watching from a window as his then-wife, Audrey, played by Elizabeth Olsen, admonishes
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Tom Hiddleston Sings as Hank Williams in First ‘I Saw the Light’ Clip (Video)

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Tom Hiddleston Sings as Hank Williams in First ‘I Saw the Light’ Clip (Video)
In the first clip from “I Saw the Light,” fans get to hear Tom Hiddleston sing as Hank Williams as he performs the country legend’s 1947 hit, “Move it on Over.” Hiddleston shared the teaser from the film on Twitter Thursday, with the caption: “It gives me great pleasure to introduce the first clip from I Saw The Light. @TIFF_NET tomorrow! #MoveItOnOver“ The British actor sings and plays guitar on every Williams song in the biopic after studying with Grammy winner Rodney Crowell for months to perfect Williams’ signature sound. Elizabeth Olsen also makes a cameo in the preview,
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Johnny Cash Documentary Brings Life of 'American Rebel' to TV

Johnny Cash Documentary Brings Life of 'American Rebel' to TV
The extraordinary life and unforgettable music of Johnny Cash will be explored in a brand-new documentary film. According to USA Today, Cmt will premiere Johnny Cash: American Rebel on September 12th, coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the death of the Man in Black.

Cash's nearly 50-year career will be explored through original interviews with family members John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash and Carlene Carter, in addition to reflections from his contemporaries, including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Others featured in the film include Eric Church,
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Cmt’s ‘Johnny Cash: American Rebel’ Trailer: Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson & More Celebrate The Man In Black

We’re getting the first look at Cmt’s original documentary Johnny Cash: American Rebel, a celebration of the life and artistry of the late Man in Black. The film combines original interviews with his family and friends including John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Clive Davis, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Rick Rubin, Willie Nelson and more. Cmt premieres Johnny Cash: American Rebel 9 Pm…
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Hank Williams Movie 'I Saw the Light' Set for November Release

The big-screen retelling of the life of country music icon Hank Williams has secured a release date, just in time for awards season. Sony Pictures Classics has announced that I Saw the Light will bow in movie theaters on Black Friday, November 27th.

English actor Tom Hiddleston will play the lead role and do his own singing in the film. His previous screen credits include the role of Loki in a trio of Marvel films: Thor, The Avengers and Thor: The Dark World. He also portrayed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Swoon! It's Tom Hiddleston Singing a Christmas Song and Holding a Dog

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Swoon! It's Tom Hiddleston Singing a Christmas Song and Holding a Dog
Is there anything sweeter than Tom Hiddleston singing "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" while - double whammy - holding an adorable dog? The actor teamed up with country singer Rodney Crowell to sing the festive song, and in the video's caption, they wrote, "Merry Christmas from Rodney, Tom, and Mono!" Too cute, right? Watch the duo sing in the video below, then check out more viral videos, including this a cappella cover of "All I Want For Christmas Is You"! Post by Rodney Crowell (Official).
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Bradley Whitford, Cherry Jones Cast in Upcoming Hank Williams Movie

The Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light has added The West Wing actor Bradley Whitford and fellow Emmy-winner Cherry Jones to its cast.

Whitford will play iconic songwriter and music publisher Fred Rose, who co-wrote with Williams such classic tunes as "Kaw-Liga" and "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive." He also penned numerous songs recorded by other artists including the Willie Nelson hit, "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and "Deed I Do," by Sophie Tucker. With entertainer Roy Acuff, Rose formed Acuff-Rose, one of the most
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Hank Williams Movie Casts Four New Roles

Hank Williams Movie Casts Four New Roles
The upcoming Hank Williams biopic, I Saw the Light, begins production in Louisiana this week, with four newly-announced actors on set. Wrenn Schmidt (pictured above), David Krumholtz, Josh Pais and James DuMont have been cast in the film, the Hollywood Reporter reveals, joining Tom Hiddleston, who is playing the lead role, and Elizabeth Olsen, who will portray the country icon's first wife, Audrey Mae Williams.

Schmidt will play Bobbie Jett, a woman who had a short-lived relationship with Williams after his divorce from Audrey. She gave birth to their daughter,
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Watch Tom Hiddleston cover Hank Williams onstage

Need proof that Tom Hiddleston has what it takes to take on Hank Williams? Look no further.

The British actor, who is set to portray the country legend in the upcoming I Saw the Light biopic, surprised crowds when he took the stage at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan this weekend.

In addition to reportedly performing Williams’ first big hit, “Move It on Over,” in fan-shot video, Hiddleston sings “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” with country star Rodney Crowell on guitar.

Hiddleston is spending time with Crowell to prep for his role as the successful but tortured
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