Big & Rich speedway concert canceled

SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 5 (UPI) -- A concert by country music duo Big & Rich set for a speedway in Sparta, Ky., Saturday night has been canceled at the last minute.

Big half of Big & Rich has a little 'big'

NASHVILLE, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The wife of the "Big" half of country music's Big & Rich -- Kenny Alphin -- gave birth in Nashville Wednesday to a baby boy.

Black country western rapper seeks stardom

NASHVILLE, March 3 (UPI) -- Troy Coleman, who goes by the name "Cowboy Troy," is trying to become the first African-American country music star since Charley Pride -- by rapping.

Newcomer Rob Marshall wins DGA Award

LOS ANGELES, March 3 (UPI) -- Rob Marshall won the Directors Guild of America's top feature film directing award in Los Angeles Saturday for "Chicago."

Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

NASHVILLE, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- At first glance, Blake Shelton appears as a baby-faced country singer, fresh from working-class America, with a memorable tenor and a bright future that already includes a hit song or two.
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International

DGA announces TV award nominees

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- HBO took three nominations and CBS had two as the Directors Guild of America announced nominees for its TV movie directing award.

Hollywood Digest

PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Fri., March 15) Carl Smith was born in 1927. Elvis Presley's drummer D.J. Fontana was born in 1931. Banjo player Raymond Fairchild was born in 1939.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Heartland -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

NASHVILLE, March 14 (UPI) -- If Texans need another reason to party, "Brewed In Texas," the latest release from Compadre Records, gives them one.
CRYSTAL CAVINESS, United Press International
Page 2 of 2