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Country Singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at Disneyland in 2005

Country Singers Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood at Disneyland in 2005

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are shown arriving at Disneyland's 50th Anniversary Celebration on May 5, 2005 in Anaheim, Calif. Later the same month, Brooks stole the show at his Wednesday night May 25, 2005 concert when he got down on one knee in front of 7,000 fans and proposed to fello…

July 16, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Highland girl's 'newspaper doll' would impress Dolly and Loretta

OFFBEAT: Highland girl's 'newspaper doll' would impress Dolly and Loretta

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

May 22, 2014 12:00 am
Country music scene is really getting cooking

Country music scene is really getting cooking

When the Zac Brown Band hits the road, they take their instruments, amps and 54-foot custom food truck called "Cookie."

May 07, 2014 12:00 am
Smiling at success: Vince Gill happy with 25-year career and return to Star Plaza stage

Smiling at success: Vince Gill happy with 25-year career and return to Star Plaza stage

Ask singer Vince Gill about the music and performers he was inspired by in his youth, and his answer varies with his reflection.

April 23, 2014 8:03 pm Photos

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Oak Ridge Boys to bring hits to Michigan City

Oak Ridge Boys to bring hits to Michigan City

The harmonizing country sounds of the Oak Ridge Boys will take the spotlight once again in the Region as the Grammy-winning group takes to the stage of the Stardust Event Center at Blue Chip Casino this weekend.

April 17, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with Singer Leann Rimes

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with Singer Leann Rimes

Star Plaza Theatre President, CEO and Talent Buyer Charlie Blum with singer Leann Rimes in March 1998 during the singer's earlier career teen years on the country music scene.

March 13, 2014 12:00 am
1993 June Carter and Johnny Cash Publicity Photo Autographed by Johnny Cash

1993 June Carter and Johnny Cash Publicity Photo Autographed by Johnny Cash

Singing wife and husband duo, June Carter and Johnny Cash in a 1993 publicity photo autographed by Johnny Cash.

February 20, 2014 12:00 am
OFFBEAT: Perfect roast chicken a restaurant specialty rare find

OFFBEAT: Perfect roast chicken a restaurant specialty rare find

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington

This Nov. 10, 2010 file photo shows TV personality Ty Pennington at the 44th Annual Country Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

January 03, 2013 12:00 am
Tammy Wynette and George Jones

Tammy Wynette and George Jones

Tammy Wynette, left, sings with husband George Jones in an undated picture from the early 1970s. Jones, now 81, one of the late Wynette's five husbands, has announced a final farewell tour.

December 02, 2012 12:00 am
Hoyle Brothers Band Performing at Chicago's Empty Bottle Tavern

Hoyle Brothers Band Performing at Chicago's Empty Bottle Tavern

The Hoyle Brothers band performing during Honky Tonk Happy Hour at Chicago's Empty Bottle tavern. The weekly gig is part of the city's hidden country music scene.

September 30, 2012 12:00 am
Chicago's Empty Bottle Tavern

Chicago's Empty Bottle Tavern

Chicago's Empty Bottle tavern, home to a weekly Friday night Honky Tonk Happy Hour, is part of the city’s hidden country music scene.

September 30, 2012 12:00 am
Country Music Fans Dance at The Empty Bottle in Chicago

Country Music Fans Dance at The Empty Bottle in Chicago

Line dancing, a relaxed atmosphere and a rural and rustic decor are highlights of Chicago's Empty Bottle, the local country and western tavern where The Hoyle Brothers band performs during Honky Tonk Happy Hour as a weekly theme staple.

September 30, 2012 12:00 am
Dan Ward, Manager of DC's Country Junction in Lowell

Dan Ward, Manager of DC's Country Junction in Lowell

Dan Ward, manager of DC's Country Junction in Lowell, started with the popular country western music entertainment rural venue in 1981 and still remains center stage.

September 30, 2012 12:00 am
Into the Country: DC's Country Junction in Lowell celebrating more than 35 years

Into the Country: DC's Country Junction in Lowell celebrating more than 35 years

It began as a structure intended as horse stables and indoor and outdoor riding arena.

September 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Chicago's Hidden Country Music: It's worth the search for rustic fun and boot-kicking music in the Windy City

Chicago's Hidden Country Music: It's worth the search for rustic fun and boot-kicking music in the Windy City

Open the scruffy front door of a drab-looking corner tavern in Chicago on Friday evenings and suddenly you're in Texas, greeted by the rowdy twang of a genuine honky tonk band. Cowboy-booted couples of all ages two-step around the dimly lit scuffed wooden dance floor to the likes of Willie N…

September 30, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn's Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Home in 1993

Country Music Legend Loretta Lynn's Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Home in 1993

Times Columnist Philip Potempa snapped this photo of country music star Loretta Lynn's home in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. following his 1993 interview with the singer.

June 27, 2012 12:00 am
Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn

This favorite photo of country singer Loretta Lynn was snapped by Times Columnist Philip Potempa during an interview in 1993.

June 27, 2012 12:00 am
Glen Campbell Autographed 1970 Publicity Photo Signed to Columnist Philip Potempa

Glen Campbell Autographed 1970 Publicity Photo Signed to Columnist Philip Potempa

Glen Campbell in an August 1970 publicity photo autographed to Columnist Phil Potempa.

June 22, 2012 12:00 am
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