Music

Brad Paisley began playing the guitar at the young age of eight, taught by his maternal grandfather. When he was 10, he performed at church in his first live performance. Even though Paisley grew up in a small town in West Virginia and was known for his growing musical talent, no one could have predicted his superstardom
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Jameson Rodgers, a Batesville, Miss., native, packed his bags and headed to Nashville in 2010. Armed with a few songs — and, if he’s being honest, some self-doubt — he set up shop in Music City and never looked back. Rodgers persevered, and he discovered that songwriting was just the outlet he needed to express himself. For
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June 3 is unofficially Bobbie Gentry Day, as that’s the day the singer’s most famous character jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge in the smash hit “Ode to Billie Joe.” Fifteen years later, Gentry herself would jump to obscurity … but why? This week’s episode of the Secret History of Country Music Podcast explores Gentry’s sudden disappearance after the 1982 ACM Awards, and revisits
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