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Essential Tracks: Miko Marks on the Songs That Define Her Career

Born in Flint, Mich., acclaimed singer-songwriter Miko Marks is an expert at persevering. She's faced a range of struggles and challenges in her lifetime, from severe pollution poisoning the water in her hometown to systemic racism within the music industry. Marks channels all that she's felt and learned from those experiences into her music, unafraid to speak up and create art on her own terms.After taking a 13 year break from music from 2007-2020, Marks has […]

todayMay 23, 2022

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52 Years Ago: Merle Haggard's 'Okie From Muskogee' Album Hits No. 1

Fifty-two years ago today, on May 22, 1970, Merle Haggard landed at the top of the charts. It was on that date that Okie From Muskogee, the live album that Haggard released in December of 1969, hit No. 1.Okie From Muskogee features 20 tracks, including a number of Haggard's most famous songs -- "Mama Tried," "Silver Wings" and "Workin' Man Blues" among them -- but it draws its title from what […]

todayMay 22, 2022 1

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43 Years Ago: The Bellamy Brothers Earn Their First Country No. 1

On May 19, 1979, the Bellamy Brothers earned their first country No. 1 hit with the song "If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me." Written by David Bellamy, the song is a rather brazen lyrical come-on, set to easygoing country-rock music that shows off the brothers' familial harmonies and laissez-faire pedal steel.As Howard Bellamy tells SongFacts, the song's title comes courtesy of comedian Groucho […]

todayMay 19, 2022

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30 Years Ago: Billy Ray Cyrus Records 'Some Gave All'

Thirty years ago today, on May 19, 1992, Billy Ray Cyrus recorded "Some Gave All." The song, which became the title track of Cyrus' freshman album, was written by the singer and his first wife, Cindy Smith Cyrus.Before penning "Some Gave All," the Cyruses spoke with a Vietnam War vet; the powerful tune includes lines such as "All gave some, some gave all / Some stood through for the red, white and blue / […]

todayMay 19, 2022

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70 Years Ago: George Strait Is Born in Poteet, Texas

Happy 70th birthday to George Strait! The singer was born on this day (May 18) in 1952.Strait was born in the small town of Poteet, Texas, just south of San Antonio, to parents John and Doris. His father was a math teacher and also owned a 2,000-acre ranch, where Strait and his siblings -- brother John Jr. (known as Buddy) and sister Pency -- worked on weekends and during the […]

todayMay 18, 2022

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LOOK: Brothers Osborne Through the Years

Country duo Brothers Osborne quickly made a name for themselves in the country music scene following the release of their debut album Pawn Shop in 2015.Before the massive success of their first full-length record, the Deale, Md. natives first landed on the charts with their 2014 debut single "Let's Go There," which was followed by the high energy "Rum." It was with their third single "Stay a Little Longer," however, that launched the duo a new degree of […]

todayMay 17, 2022

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24 Years Ago: Faith Hill Hits No. 1 With 'This Kiss'

Twenty-four years ago today (May 16, 1998) was a big day for Faith Hill: It was on that date that the singer landed at the top of the charts with her single, "This Kiss," which stayed in the No. 1 spot for three consecutive weeks."This Kiss" was the debut single from Hill's album Faith, which sold more than 6 million units. The song, which was written by Beth Nielsen Chapman, Robin Lerner and Annie Roboff, […]

todayMay 16, 2022

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53 Years Ago: Merle Haggard Records 'Workin' Man Blues'

Fifty-three years ago today, on May 16, 1969, Merle Haggard recorded one of the biggest hits of his career. It was on that date the the singer recorded "Workin' Man Blues," from his 1969 album A Portrait of Merle Haggard."Workin' Man Blues," which became a No. 1 hit, was written by Haggard as a tribute to his loyal fans, many of whom were blue-collar workers laboring every week for a paycheck. With lines such […]

todayMay 16, 2022

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25 Years Ago: Bill Monroe Is Inducted Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Twenty-five years ago today (May 15, 1997) was a significant day for the family of Bill Monroe: It was on that date that the bluegrass founder was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, less than one year after his death.Monroe credited his uncle, Pendleton Vandiver, with fostering his love of the fiddle and mandolin; Monroe often accompanied Vandiver when he played the fiddle at dances, showing an […]

todayMay 15, 2022