Category Archives: Country

Mike Huckabee quits Country Music Association role due to protester 'bullies'

The ultra-conservative Republican politician, who twice ran for president, managed one day at the CMA’s philanthropic foundation after his appointment was decried as ‘shameful’

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas who twice ran for the Republican presidential nomination, has resigned from the board of the Country Music Association Foundation one day after joining it, thanks to vociferous protests against his appointment.

The foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Country Music Association, a trade organisation that promotes country music with many projects including the CMA awards, the most prestigious awards ceremony for the genre. Huckabee was hired alongside country star Chris Young, with the CMA stating: “As we continue to advance social change, it’s incredibly important to continue expanding our executive board of directors with dynamic leaders.”

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Dolly Parton gives 100 millionth free book to children

The country star’s Imagination Library initiative, set up as a tribute to her illiterate father, reaches major milestone

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, the initiative she set up in honour of her illiterate father, has handed out its 100 millionth free book.

The book, a copy of Parton’s children’s picture book Coat of Many Colors, was donated to the Library of Congress in Washington DC, with which Parton has set up a partnership to live-stream story readings.

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Lucinda Williams' memoir will target 'unfriendly record industry'

The US songwriter’s life story, due for publication in 2020, will also detail her childhood in the deep south

Songwriter Lucinda Williams is to publish a memoir in 2020, detailing her childhood in the American south and her experiences “navigating an unfriendly recording industry”, the New York Times reports.

“I have a lot to say and a big story to tell,” Williams said in a statement. “I want everyone to know what’s behind the songs and to know more about me than what people previously thought they knew. It’s time to tell my truth.” Henry Holt & Co will publish Williams’ memoir in the US. Details of the British publication have yet to be announced.

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DJ who groped Taylor Swift hired by Mississippi radio station

David Mueller previously lost his countersuit accusing Swift of ruining his career

David Mueller, the DJ sacked after Taylor Swift complained he had groped her at a 2013 meet-and-greet, has been hired by a Mississippi radio station.

Mueller lost his job at Denver’s KYGO-FM after Swift’s management and security team told him he would no longer be welcome at the star’s concerts following the incident. He subsequently sued Swift for $3m (£2.1m) in damages, claiming he had been falsely accused and that she had ruined his career. She countersued, claiming that Mueller had assaulted her, and a jury ruled in favour of her. Mueller’s case against the pop star was dismissed.

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