This October, ATO Records will release a Civil War-inspired double album titled Divided & United. The LP will feature songs from Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Old Crow Medicine Show, A.A. Bondy, Taj Mahal, T. Bone Burnett, Steve Earle, and Lee Ann Womack, among others.
In recent years, murder ballads have taken on a whole new context, with women in the starring roles. Examples include songs by the Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride, Reba, Carrie Underwood, and Miranda Lambert.
The 2012 GRAMMY nominee and cofounder of the White Stripes is also a devout country music fan.
Loretta Lynn made a special announcement during her performance at the Grand Ole Opry this week.
Levon Helm, drummer and vocalist of country-rooted rock group The Band and occasional actor (Coal Miner’s Daughter), lost his decade-long battle with cancer today at the age of 71.