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A brown and yellow vinyl cover of Willie Nelsons album Red Headed Stranger lays on a wooden table. In honor of Nelson turning 90, check out the album and his new single Summertime. (Eli Tecktiel | Northern Star)

‘Red Headed Stranger’ remains memorable after 48 years

By Eli Tecktiel, Lifestyle Writer | May 10, 2023

About once in a generation, an artist comes along and completely turns a genre upside down. In the case of country music, that artist is Willie Nelson, who turned 90 years old on April 29. Though Nelson’s seminal LP, “Red Headed Stranger,” was...

The Latest: Fury beats Wilder to reclaim heavyweight title

February 23, 2020

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest from the rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury (all times local)9:40 p.m.Tyson Fury is a heavyweight champion once again, dominating Deontay Wilder in their title rematch before Wilder’s corner threw in the towel...

Melania Trump asks governors’ spouses to tackle cyberassault

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE | February 10, 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump on Monday cited the influence of “Achy Breaky Heart” singer Billy Ray Cyrus as she asked spouses of the nation's governors to address cyberassault in their states.“I know the many issues associated with online safety...

Making Oscar history, ‘Parasite’ wins best picture

By JAKE COYLE | February 10, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a milestone win that instantly expanded the Oscars' horizons, Bong Joon Ho's masterfully devious class satire “Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards.“Parasite”...

Billie Eilish, a voice of the youth, tops the Grammy Awards

By DAVID BAUDER | January 27, 2020

NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Billie Eilish, who gave voice to young people struggling with depression on a do-it-yourself album she made at home with her older brother, is atop the music world.The 18-year-old made history at the Grammy Awards Sunday. Not...

Family affair: Billie Eilish, Finneas win big at Grammys

By MESFIN FEKADU | January 27, 2020

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The edgy, avant-pop album that siblings Billie Eilish and Finneas created in a small bedroom made a big splash at the 2020 Grammy Awards, winning 11 honors for the musical family.“When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” —...

Darius Rucker cries of love and passion

By Haley Galvin | October 26, 2017

Darius Rucker delivers everything country music could have wanted with his most recent album “When Was the Last Time,” released Friday.His first single for the album,“If I Told You,” released July 5, 2016, set high expectations. The song features...

Miranda Lambert performs at the Convocation Center on Thursday night.

Bentley, Lambert concert fills the Convocation Center

By Deanna Frances | February 17, 2013

For many country music fans in DeKalb, Valentine’s Day was special. On Thursday night, opener Thomas Rhett and award-winning artists Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert hit the Convocation Center stage and excited many loyal fans with their sold-out...

Local business celebrates holiday charity event with country music

By Olivia Willoughby | December 1, 2011

Tis the season of giving at the 42nd annual Country Music Show Toy Drive Sunday.From 1:30 to 5:00 p.m., the House Cafe, 263 E. Lincoln Highway, will hold a toy drive for the Salvation Army, 830 Grove St. The Salvation Army distributes the toys to children...

Country music star Miranda Lambert, seen here in her Nov. 10 performance at the CMA Awards, will headline the Convocation Center Friday night.

Miranda Lambert set to hit NIU convo

By Kimberly Stalton | November 18, 2010

NIU is about to be hit with a powerful Texas tornado of country music. Miranda Lambert, in her first-ever headlining tour, will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Convocation Center. Lambert will be joined by special guests Eric Church and Josh...

Band brews music in new studio

By Troy Doetch | August 29, 2010

To students who dine at Lincoln Hall, Alex DeForest is the pony-tailed manager on staff. To followers of DeKalb's country music scene, DeForest is better recognized as the scraggly-haired bass player by the epithet "The Dark Squirrel", of the ambitious...