• In this Sept. 22, 2015 photo, musician Clint Black poses for a photo at his home in Forest Hills, Tenn. The singer-songwriter with the black hat and the traditional country sound was one of the best-selling artists of the ‘90s, selling more than 20 million albums worldwide. After years of being courted by major labels, this year he signed a deal with Thirty Tigers, an independent label in Nashville, to put out “On Purpose,” which released on Sept. 25. (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP)

    A come-black: Clint Black returns with 1st album in 10 years

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The black hat is back. Clint Black released his first new album in a decade after finally finding a record label he could trust.

  • In this Sept. 15, 2015 photo, country singer Thomas Rhett poses for a photo at Sinema Restaurant & Bar in Nashville, Tenn., to promote his latest album, "Crash and Burn." (Photo by Donn Jones/Invision/AP)

    Thomas Rhett brings retro soul to country radio

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The initial market testing on a handful of new songs from country singer Thomas Rhett, including his first single, “Crash and Burn,” wasn’t promising.

  • In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Kenny Rogers, winner of the Willie Nelson lifetime achievement award, poses backstage at the 47th annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. Rogers said he is retiring from touring and will do one last worldwide farewell tour after five decades on the road. Rogers, 77, said in a video message on his website that he wants to spend more time with his two young sons and his wife, Wanda. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    Kenny Rogers announces retirement from touring

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — “The Gambler” Kenny Rogers says he’s retiring from touring and will do one last worldwide farewell tour after five decades on the road.

  • In this March 25, 2015, photo, Bonnie Brown, speaks about being elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn. Brown has announced she has lung cancer. Brown, along with her brother Jim Ed Brown, and  their sister, Maxine, made up the group The Browns. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Country singer Bonnie Brown says she has lung cancer

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country singer Bonnie Brown of the sibling group The Browns, who are to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year, says she has lung cancer.