Country Music News (CMN)
. Monthly newspaper, by its own description 'the voice of country music in Canada.' Established in Ottawa by Neville Wells with Larry Delaney as assistant editor, it first appeared in April 1980 as Capital Country News
and took the name Country Music News
with the January 1982 issue. Under Delaney's editorial direction and, after 1984, his ownership, CMN
has included provincial, regional, and city reports, artist interviews, special interest columns (eg, fiddling, bluegrass, gospel), industry news, record reviews, and radio-airplay charts. Circulation reached 10,000 by the end of the 1980s. The importance of the publication to the Canadian country music
industry has been acknowledged with Delaney's induction (Builder's category) into the Canadian Country Music Hall Of Fame (1996), and his being named "Country Music Person of the Year" on 11 occasions (during the 1980s and 1990s) by the Canadian Country Music Association
(CCMA). The publication now supports its monthly print edition with the Web site www.countrymusicnews.ca
Two other Canadian publications have used the name Country Music News, one a monthly newspaper (Langley, BC, 1972-4) and the other a CCMA newsletter (Thornhill, Ont, 1979-85, continued as Country Canada).
With the demise of Bluegrass Canada, The Record, RPM, and several other publications, Country Music News became the predominant publication for the genre in the first part of the 21st century.
Bruce F. Mowat
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Country Music Association
The Canadian Country Music Association website. Check out the national country music awards, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, links to country music stars, and more.
The Country Music Hall of Fame tribute to legendary Canadian-born singer Hank Snow.
The Nova Scotia Country Music Hall Of Fame
This website honours outstanding Canadian country and bluegrass musicians, fiddlers and builders.
This website for energetic Canadian country music singer Michelle Wright features current news, a biography, tour calendar and audio samples of her music.
CMT (Country Music Television)covers Canada’s country music scene. Search their site for bios and videos of your favourite performers.
Country legend Hank Snow tops the charts
In this 1982 CBC interview, Nova Scotia native Hank Snow talks about his musical career.