Author Archives: Bob Paxman

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85

Country Music Legend Mel Tillis Dead at 85

Mel Tillis, one of country music’s most versatile artists, died this morning (Nov. 19) of respiratory failure at age 85. Mel battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. Mel won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1976 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. Lonnie…MORE

Don Williams Dead at 78

Don Williams Dead at 78

Don Williams, who parlayed a smooth baritone singing style into country music stardom, died on Sept. 8 following a short illness at age 78. “The Gentle Giant,” as he was often known, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and won the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1978. Born in…MORE

Glen Campbell: His Courageous Fight with Alzheimer’s Disease

Glen Campbell: His Courageous Fight with Alzheimer’s Disease

Originally published in the June 24, 2013 issue of Country Weekly magazine. Two years ago, Glen Campbell came forward with a powerful, completely candid announcement that rippled throughout the entertainment world. With wife Kim by his side, Glen revealed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, which eventually robs one of…MORE

Who’s New: Temecula Road

Who’s New: Temecula Road

Members: Sisters Maddie (vocals) and Emma Salute (vocals, mandolin), Dawson Anderson (vocals, guitar) Home: Temecula, Calif. Single: “What If I Kissed You” Website: temecularoad.com Twitter: @temecularoad INSIDE SCOOP The teen trio of sisters Maddie, 16, and Emma Salute, 17, and Dawson Anderson, also 17, honed their harmonies in the relatively small Southern California town of…MORE

Loretta Lynn Serves Up Hits and Quips at Her 85th Birthday Show

Loretta Lynn Serves Up Hits and Quips at Her 85th Birthday Show

Loretta Lynn definitely knows how to throw a birthday party. And where to host it. The extraordinary lady and one of the most important figures in country music history celebrated her 85th birthday as she welcomed fans, friends and family to the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Friday night (April 14), for the first of two…MORE

New Patsy Cline Museum Paints the Complete Picture [Photo Gallery]

New Patsy Cline Museum Paints the Complete Picture [Photo Gallery]

Like the late icons Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, Patsy Cline continues to fascinate us. Even now, more than 50 years after her death, Patsy’s music and door-opening influence live as vividly today as they did when Patsy was scoring huge radio hits like “Crazy” and “I Fall to Pieces” in the early 1960s. Longtime…MORE

Crystal Gayle Becomes the Newest Member of the Grand Ole Opry

Crystal Gayle Becomes the Newest Member of the Grand Ole Opry

When Crystal Gayle made her debut performance on the Grand Ole Opry 50 years ago, she was a wide-eyed, nervous teenager. On Saturday night (Jan. 21), Crystal still felt a twinge of the nerves, but for an entirely different reason. She was about to become an official member of the Grand Ole Opry. And as…MORE

Toby Keith Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Toby Keith Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Toby Keith recently added to his growing mantel of awards with his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the 46th Annual Induction and Awards event in New York City. Toby received the honor for his continued songwriting success, beginning with his debut hit “Should’ve Been a Cowboy” in 1993. “This is my favorite…MORE

Country Weekly 2001-01-23 Billy Gilman: Wonder Boy

Country Weekly 2001-01-23 Billy Gilman: Wonder Boy

Originally published in the January 23, 2001 issue of Country Weekly magazine. The article is published here in its entirety.   Billy Gilman gazes out the huge picture window at his grandparents’ home in Hope Valley, Rhode Island. His eyes glimmer with glee as he points to the long, winding creek that runs through the…MORE

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