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Darius Rucker: Eric Church Is the Closest We’ve Got to Waylon and Willie

While he's not one himself, Darius Rucker knows who country's bad boys are!

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Film: Bob Wills-Still the King

In 1975, the late, great Waylon Jennings wrote and sang a song called, "Bob Wills Is Still The King," a tribute to the "King of Western Swing," Texas' own Bob Wills. Now, a new documentary will show how the rhythms, instruments and arrangements laid the groundwork for what would become known just a few years later as Rock 'n' Roll.

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Listen: “Lost” Johnny Cash/Waylon Jennings Duet

"The Man in Black," Johnny Cash, passed away on September 12, 2003. From 1958 until the mid-1980's, he was one of Columbia Records' biggest-selling acts. However, when his sales began to taper off in the mid-80's, he was unceremoniously dropped from that label.  In his final years, he recorded a large body of songs for what became known as the "American" albums, named after the label for which they were recorded, Rick Rubin's American Recordings. Those albums gave Cash's career a boost as he entered his twilight years.

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June 25th in Country Music History

1986: George Strait's daughter Jennifer was killed in a car accident near San Marcos, Texas.

1987: Reba McEntire filed for divorce from Charlie Battles.

1996: new album releases included Trace Adkins' debut, "Dreamin' Out Loud" and Wade Hayes' sophomore effort, "On A Good Night."

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June 14th In Country Music History

Here are some of the events that happened on this day in Country music history:

1961: Patsy Cline suffered serious head injuries and a fractured hip in a car accident in Madison, Tennessee.

1977: the "Ol' Waylon" album by Waylon Jennings was certified Gold.

1980: Alabama's first hit, "My Home's In Alabama," made its chart debut.

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The CMA Announces 2013 Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees

The Country Music Association unveiled the names of this year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees at a press conference held in the Hall's rotunda. Two legendary artists, and a legendary songwriter/producer will soon have their plaques on the walls of that same rotunda, joining the ranks of Country music royalty. This year's inductees are:

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Remember Which Country Album Was the First to Be Certified Platinum?

Platinum certification for one million albums sold didn't begin until 1976, so while other recordings may have soared past this sales mark, 'Wanted: The Outlaws' became the first official platinum album that year. The project featured Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter and it would eventually go on to be certified double platinum.

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Waylon Jennings’ Last Recordings to Be Released September 11

In February, we reported that legendary country outlaw Waylon Jennings‘ family had determined to celebrate the singer’s life and career with a new album of primarily unreleased material. This week, the release date and track listing of ‘Goin’ Down Rockin’: The Last Recordings’ was finally announced. Due out September 11, 2012, the record will feature 12 songs, 11 of which Jennings wrote.

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