| Sep 6, 2014
| 4:00 AM
Four songs into Garth Brooks' opening-night show of his first world tour in 17 years, the country superstar screamed at about 17,500 fans packed into the sold-out Allstate Arena outside Chicago. "You came back!" he shouted, then repeated: "You came back!"...
| Jul 30, 2014
| 3:47 PM
Patty Booker may have grown up half a continent away from Nashville, but as a child in Southern California, she had no trouble finding country legends in the neighborhood.
On weekends, Booker's mother often took her and her sisters to sit in the...
| May 1, 2014
| 7:15 AM
“Ashmore’s Store,” an album of uncommon ambition, is named for a small pharmacy, opened in 1946, that served folks in the black area of Tallahassee called Frenchtown, where a teenage Michael Koppy developed his music and the courage to...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 4:30 PM
A technology that promises (some would say threatens) to permanently transform our lives and businesses gets compelling behind-the-scenes treatment in "Print the Legend," Luis Lopez and Clay Tweel's skillful overview of the major players in the 3D...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 5:25 AM
When I spoke to Vince Gill earlier this year about “Bakersfield,” his album saluting the songs of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, he mentioned that the supporting tour would bring him and his collaborator on the album, steel guitarist Paul...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 1:30 PM
WESTON — I consider myself a friend of Alden Sherman, the 94-year-old Westonite and innovative engineer who owns three Bugattis, a Ferrari, a Jaguar and even an Amilcar. I wrote about him in this column last year, but unfortunately missed last year'...
| Nov 9, 2012
Frank Peppiatt, the co-creator of "Hee Haw," a landmark variety show mixing country music with "corny" humor that became one of TV's most unlikely and longest-running hits, has died. He was 85.
Peppiatt died Wednesday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., of...
| Sep 10, 2013
If you watched television in Southern California in the 1970s and beyond, it was impossible to miss Cal Worthington, the lanky pitchman in the cowboy hat touting deals on a sprawling car lot with his "dog Spot."
"Spot," however, was anything but a dog...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 11:55 AM
“For me it's no fun to be a predictable guy in music,” says Brad Paisley. Indeed, the country star delivers the unexpected with his ambitious new release “Wheelhouse” (Arista Nashville).
The 17-track album is crammed with the...
| Mar 18, 2011
Ferlin Husky, a pioneering country music entertainer in the 1950s and early 1960s who helped open the door for performers specializing in a distinctively twangy California strain of country, died Thursday. He was 85.
Husky, who was inducted into the...
| Apr 29, 2011
Not so long ago it would have been a dream come true for sisters Laura and Lydia Rogers of Muscle Shoals, Ala., to find themselves sitting in the balcony of Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium and looking down upon their country music heroes onstage...
| Nov 10, 2010
| 9:33 PM
What follows will be instant grades of every performance at tonight's Country Music Assn. Awards. This post is written off-site from the CMAs at the LAT HQ, and strives to be as fast and accurate as possible. This will be......