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The Briarhoppers (L to R) Sam Briarhopper, Bill, Elmer, Minnie, Zeb, Dad, Charlie Crutchfield, Billie and Homer.

Before the major recording companies set up shop in Nashville, several southern cities were important centers of the emerging country music industry including Atlanta, Dallas, and Charlotte.

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The Country Music Hall of Fame will highlight Shania Twain‘s life and career in an exhibit beginning in the summer of 2017.

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Since the early Seventies, James Taylor's insightful folk-pop tunes have demonstrated a deep country-music influence and have, in turn, influenced contemporary country artists of at least the past two decades.

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Dolly Parton, pictured with Kacey Musgraves, Reba McEntire and Jennifer Nettles (obscured), accepts the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award onstage at the CMA Awards in Nashville in November. Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

In country music, there's no escaping the past. The impulse to look back — to figures enshrined as icons, to sounds that conjure shared references, to historical dependability in general — is strong.

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WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2016

 

This week’s listener requests come from Thomas from Cobleskill, New York

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In an unearthed, intimate 2007 interview, the "Branded Man" singer-songwriter recalled his friendship with Cash and his time behind bars.

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Which country artists and bands are bringing home the bacon and frying it too?

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Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood and more country stars are among those with nominations at the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Awards.