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  • The mighty Oak Ridge Boys and the missing spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame

    03/16/2015 3:57:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 16, 2015 | Nancy Dunham
    We have to join the chorus, led by Billboard magazine, calling for the Oak Ridge Boys’ induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Go to their concert this week and you’ll understand why. Sure, their 40-plus years of No. 1 hits — including “Elvira,” “American Made” and “Bobbie Sue” — consistently full concerts and tireless work for the American Legion and other charities more than qualify them for this prestigious induction. Yet it’s the reverence with which Merle Haggard, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Lee Brice and other major performers hold them — which is more than returned by the...
  • Glen Campbell’s ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You’ Wins 2015 Grammy Award for Best Country Song

    02/08/2015 3:49:46 PM PST · by FlJoePa · 29 replies
    the boot ^ | 2-8-15 | Scott Shettler
    Forty-eight years after he won his first Grammy Award, country music legend Glen Campbell won another honor, claiming Best Country Song at the 2015 Grammys (with co-writer Julian Raymond) for ‘I’m Not Gonna Miss You,’ the theme song from ‘Glen Campbell … I’ll Be Me,’ the documentary that followed Campbell on his farewell tour as he battled Alzheimer’s disease. While the 78-year-old Campbell was not in attendance, his wife Kim took to the podium to speak on behalf of her husband. “I’m so proud of him tonight,” she told the crowd. “It’s been an amazing journey. He’s been so courageous...
  • Little Jimmy Dickens, Oldest Opry Member, Dies at 94

    01/02/2015 5:13:30 PM PST · by John W · 48 replies
    AP via ABC News ^ | January 2, 2015 | AP
    Little Jimmy Dickens, a diminutive singer-songwriter known for his sense of humor and as the oldest cast member of the Grand Ole Opry, has died. He was 94. Dickens died Friday at a Nashville-area hospital of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke on Christmas Day, Opry spokeswoman Jessie Schmidt said. Dickens, who stood 4-foot-11, had performed on the Opry almost continuously since 1948. His last performance was Dec. 20 as part of his birthday celebration. He sang "Out Behind The Barn" and delivered his trademark comedy. He had turned 94 a day earlier. "The Grand Ole Opry did not have...
  • ‘Get over yourself': Garth Brooks won’t appear on TV because of Ferguson

    11/26/2014 6:10:08 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 92 replies
    Country star Garth Brooks was scheduled to appear on several shows this week, including Thanksgiving edition of “The Tonight Show.” But his conscience won’t let him do it anymore. Because of … Ferguson? More from The Hollywood Reporter: “We landed in NY last night to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation. To spend the day promoting our stuff like nothing was wrong, seemed distasteful to me,” Brooks wrote in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “I will gladly reschedule any or all appearances the networks will allow. Love one another, g” Brooks...
  • Garth Brooks cancels Thanksgiving appearance on ‘Tonight Show’ after Ferguson decision

    11/26/2014 1:34:21 PM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 145 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | 11/2/6/14 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Garth Brooks cancels Thanksgiving appearance on ‘Tonight Show’ after Ferguson decision The singer wrote on his Facebook page that he landed in New York on the night the grand jury’s decision was announced 'to the news of the civil unrest that was going on in our nation.' Singer Garth Brooks has canceled a Thanksgiving appearance on NBC’s “Tonight” show because he said it “seemed distasteful” given the reaction to the decision not to prosecute Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown this summer. NBC on Wednesday confirmed the postponement, saying Brooks was being replaced on...
  • Country star Ty Herndon comes out as gay

    11/20/2014 3:02:27 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/20/2014 | By Todd Leopold
    Country star Ty Herndon has something to share: He's an "out, proud and happy gay man." Herndon, 52, came out publicly as gay in an interview with People magazine. He says he's known he was gay since he was a child and started coming out to family members in his 20s. But the "What Mattered Most" singer, who had a number of hits in the 1990s, kept the news close to the vest. It wasn't until he attended a Tony Robbins seminar in 2009 that he decided to become more public, he told the magazine. "I realized I had an...
  • Roy Clark Spins tales at Spotlight

    11/19/2014 3:46:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | November 17, 2014 | James D. Watts Jr. World Scene Writer
    It’s been some time since Roy Clark could bound out onto a stage like a puppy just turned loose, brandishing an electric guitar and a joyous smile, ready to captivate a crowd with his personality and talent. Friday night, it took him a number of slow and careful steps, and the assistance of a cane and a couple of colleagues, to make his way to a chair on the small stage of Tulsa’s Spotlight Theater. Once he settled himself, Clark said, “I have to be careful I don’t...,” and he gave audience a comically knowing look, “...make an entrance. Which...
  • Garth Brooks - Performs "Mom"

    The country star performed his latest hit “Mom” on “Good Morning America” Friday, leaving the team and the audience gasping for air and moving them to tears. Dedicate this song to our Moms
  • Country Music Stars Joke About Obama's Reaction to Election Loss

    11/06/2014 10:32:34 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 18 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 6, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Barack Obama's reaction to Tuesday's big election loss for the Democrats was mocked at the Country Music Awards by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley. If their act looks somewhat familiar, they were the same duo who mocked ObamaCare last year at the same show. They also took some potshots at Taylor Swift for seeming to have abandoned country music which they worked into the routine:
  • Glen Campbell: "I'll Be Me" Film Review

    10/25/2014 9:54:10 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 10-23-14 | Frank Scheck
    James Keach's documentary chronicles the singer's final tour even as he was fighting the ravaging effects of Alzheimer's disease Legendary singer Glen Campbell's valiant struggle with Alzheimer's disease is heartbreakingly chronicled in James Keach's documentary which serves to not only put a very human face on this horrific condition but also as a triumphant valedictory of Campbell's poignant farewell tour. As one commentator in Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me points out, the singer's legacy will include not only his formidable musical achievements but also his bravery in soldiering on and bringing attention to the ravaging effects of Alzheimer's. The film...
  • Glen Campbell releases powerful final song and video

    10/14/2014 12:23:56 PM PDT · by PROCON · 95 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct. 14, 2014 | Ed Payne, CNN
    CNN) -- Even if you've never been a fan of Glen Campbell, this one's certain to tug at your heartstrings. The Country Music Hall of Fame member, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011, is out with the video for the final song he'll ever record -- "I'm Not Gonna Miss You." It was recorded in 2013 with producer Julian Raymond. "I'm still here but yet I'm gone/ I don't play guitar or sing my songs," the tune begins as it details his struggles with the disease.
  • “It has become the trucker’s anthem.” C.W. McCall talks life after Convoy

    10/05/2014 10:09:41 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 52 replies
    Sirius XM Blog ^ | 10/3/14 | Maricielo Gomez
    In 1973, the Citizens Band radio (aka the CB radio, aka a collection of short-distance radio communications) grew so popular that it attracted millions of people throughout the entire decade — not at all unlike the way social media attracts users today. This weekend, ’70s on 7 pays tribute to the fad by welcoming American country singer C.W. McCall, who is best known for his ’75 chart topper, Convoy, a hit song Rolling Stone recently included in its 100 Greatest Country Songs Of All Time list. On writing Convoy, McCall reminisced: “When we wrote the song, we went out and...
  • Country Legend George Hamilton IV Dead at 77

    09/18/2014 6:39:22 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 24 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | September 18, 2014 | Stephen L. Betts
    George Hamilton IV, whose gentle demeanor and soothing folk-country vocal style earned him worldwide acclaim, died Wednesday (September 17th) at a Nashville hospital, following a heart attack which he suffered on Saturday. He was 77. A 50-year veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, Hamilton was known as the "International Ambassador of Country Music," having toured successfully throughout Europe, Asia, the Soviet Union and Australia... In 1963, he scored his greatest success with "Abilene." ...
  • Dozens of ill Keith Urban fans treated at concert near Boston (ill = 'snockered')

    07/27/2014 5:18:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo! Music ^ | 7/27/14 | Scott Malone - Reuters
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Forty-six music fans were treated for mostly alcohol-related medical problems at Australian country singer Keith Urban's concert outside Boston on Saturday night, local officials said. Fire and emergency medical personnel dealt with dozens of ill fans during the show at an outdoor arena in Mansfield, Massachusetts, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Boston, the town's police and fire departments said in a joint statement on Sunday. Some 22 people were transported to area hospitals, mostly for alcohol-related illness, and more than 50 people were taken into protective custody by police, who noted that the large number...
  • Tim McGraw Smacked a Female Fan at Concert

    07/19/2014 7:41:19 PM PDT · by This Just In · 44 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 18, 2014 | UPI
    ATLANTA, July 18 (UPI)--Tim McGraw "swatted" a fan at his July 13 concert in Atlanta. A video of the incident surfaced this week that appears to capture the 47-year-old singer smacking a woman in the face. The footage shows McGraw as he performs his song "Truck Yeah" amid a sea of fans and touches hands with people in the audience. He gives the fan in question a smack after she attempts to get his attention and grabs onto his jeans when she is rebuffed.
  • Need help ID'ing a country song

    06/30/2014 4:44:51 PM PDT · by ru4liberty · 38 replies
    My former co-worker just called me for help in naming a country music song. I don't listen to today's country music that much, so I couldn't help her, but I'm sure one of my FReeper FRiends can. She said the song had something in the lyrics about grandma having dementia or Alzheimer's and having to refer back to 1942(ish) for something she can remember. Or something like that. Does anyone know what song that might be and who the artist is? TIA. :)
  • Nashville Nobody Makes it Big in Sweden

    05/31/2014 5:48:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    The Local ^ | 31 May 2014
    Former homeless man Doug Seegers is set to embark on a tour of Sweden after a chance discovery by a Swedish television crew turned the singer into an overnight sensation in the country. Seegers, 62, featured on the popular SVT show 'Jills Veranda' earlier this year. The street performer, who has admitted to living rough in the past, was catapulted to stardom after performing his song 'Going down to the river' on the programme. It then rocketed to number one on the Swedish iTunes chart. Swedish fans have since uploaded their own version of Seegers' hit song to YouTube, while...
  • What’s Wrong with Country Music Today?

    05/20/2014 8:58:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/20/2014 | Chris Queen
    I’ve complained about the state of modern mainstream country music for a long time now. And clearly, I’m not alone. Singer-songwriter Collin Raye, one of the top country artists throughout the ’90s, recently took to Fox News to air his grievances at the state of country music today. As a platinum-selling country music artist and, more importantly, a lifelong fan of the genre, I’d like to send out this heartfelt plea to the gatekeepers of the industry:Enough already.I’d like to think that I am expressing what nearly every artist, musician and songwriter (with perhaps a few exceptions) is thinking when...
  • What’s Wrong with Country Music Today?

    05/20/2014 8:13:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/20/2014 | Chris Queen
    Nothing makes a diehard eeyore like me happier than a depressing poll, but even I’ve got to call BS on this one. C’mon, Politico.That 71 percent includes 90 percent of Latinos, 78 percent of Democrats, and 64 percent of Republicans — and frankly, I’m surprised the totals for each aren’t higher. Except to the small minority of the population that follows immigration news closely, the phrase “comprehensive immigration reform” is almost totally meaningless. News junkies recognize it as a term of art to describe a compromise on border security and legalization; to everyone else, which is pretty much everyone,...
  • Is country music dead?

    05/16/2014 8:01:45 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 345 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/16/2014 | Collin Raye
    As a platinum-selling country music artist and, more importantly, a lifelong fan of the genre, I’d like to send out this heartfelt plea to the gatekeepers of the industry: Enough already. I’d like to think that I am expressing what nearly every artist, musician and songwriter (with perhaps a few exceptions) is thinking when I contend that the Bro’ Country phenomenon must cease. It has had its run for better or worse and it’s time for Nashville to get back to producing, and more importantly promoting, good singers singing real songs. It’s time for country music to find its identity...
  • Glen Campbell Moved Into A Care Facility

    04/17/2014 12:37:30 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 103 replies
    billboard ^ | 4-17-14 | Lars Brandle
    Glen Campbell has been moved into a care facility three years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, reports. "He was moved to an Alzheimer's facility last week," a family friend told the title. "I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We'll know more next week." The singer, whose "Rhinestone Cowboy" topped the charts in 1975, had been suffering from short-term memory loss in recent years. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in early 2011. The 78-year-old Grammy winner and his wife Kim initially shared the news of his illness back in 2011 because he’d hoped...
  • Collin Raye's 'Voice' Sounds Off on Country Music's Decline, the Power of Faith in the Arts

    04/08/2014 9:32:32 PM PDT · by This Just In · 64 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | April 8, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Country music has been very good to Collin Raye, and the chart topper returned the favor many times over with hits like Love, Me and My Kind of Girl. Perhaps that's why Raye dedicates part of his new autobiography A Voice Undefeated to what he calls the genre's biggest problem. Today's country songs, he writes, too often lack the "real life, real love and real loss" qualities that capture the best the genre once offered.
  • Clay Aiken dazzles at Di'lishi

    03/17/2014 6:17:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    The Randolph Guide ^ | 3/14/14 | Larry Penkava
    Clay Aiken's appearance here recently seemed as much a fan tour as a campaign stop. The former American Idol contestant and current Democratic candidate for the Second Congressional District was at Di'lishi Frozen Yogurt Bar to meet people and have his picture made with them. Some talked politics while others just seemed to want to see and touch him. Marlo Francis, owner of Di'lishi, said the event was the result of a friendship between Aiken and Lane Ragsdale, who works at the N.C. Zoo. "Clay's PR person asked me about visiting the Zoo," said Ragsdale, who added that Aiken's Zoo...
  • 'Idol' star Clay Aiken running for Congress

    01/23/2014 6:35:44 PM PST · by SMGFan · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 23, 2014
    Former 'American Idol' star Clay Aiken is running for Congress in North Carolina, in-state Democrats with knowledge of his plans tell The Hill. Aiken, a former runner-up on the top-rated show and Raleigh native, plans to run against Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) in a Republican-leaning district. WRAL first reported that the singer was assembling a campaign team and prepping a launch for next month.

    12/27/2013 1:37:02 PM PST · by lowbridge · 36 replies ^ | december 27, 2013 | dave urbanski
    A sign on a restaurant door that reads “No Guns Permitted” isn’t likely to turn many heads at most restaurants. But when the other, bigger sign heralding the name of the establishment reads “Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill,” you can bet a few feathers are getting ruffled. And indeed that’s one of the biggest reactions since the country music star’s restaurant opened last week in Woodbridge, Va., a Washington, D.C. suburb about a half hour south of the nation’s capital. The big sticking point is that gun-rights advocates note that Virginia law lets citizens enter restaurants and bars...
  • Country Singer Ray Price Dead at 87

    12/16/2013 3:49:35 PM PST · by Doogle · 53 replies
    AP via ABCNEWS ^ | 12/16/13 | AP
    Ray Price, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits and was one of the last living connections to Hank Williams, died Monday. He was 87. Price died Monday afternoon at his ranch outside Mount Pleasant, said Billy Mack Jr., who was acting as a family spokesman. Billie Perryman, the wife of family friend and spokesman Tom Perryman, a DJ with KKUS-FM in Tyler, also confirmed his death. Price was discharged last week from the East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, where he had been in and out in recent months...
  • Top News Ray Price, 'The Cherokee Cowboy,' dies at 87

    12/15/2013 3:45:55 PM PST · by iontheball · 27 replies
    Rock Island Headlines Examiner ^ | December 15, 2013 | Greg Geary
    Country music's Ray Price, "The Cherokee Cowboy," would have turned 88 on January, 12. The Perryville, Texas born Price, died Sunday from complications of pancreatic cancer. USA Today and country music dj's Crook and Chase have posted on his passing. Price scored a Grammy Award for his song "For The Good Times" in the 1970's. His country classics still play on radio stations across the United States.
  • Country music legend Ray Price leaving hospital for Mount Pleasant home, leaves final message...

    12/12/2013 12:22:32 PM PST · by a fool in paradise · 42 replies
    KLTV ^ | Updated: Dec 12, 2013 12:02 PM | Marshall Stephen
    From East Texas Medical Center: Country Music Hall of Fame member and American country music singer Ray Price, 87, plans to leave East Texas Medical Center in Tyler today to go to his home in Mt. Pleasant for home hospice care. Price was diagnosed in 2011 with pancreatic cancer, and despite aggressive treatment, the cancer has recently spread to his liver, intestines and now his lungs. He has been in and out of hospital care for the past few months and was recently readmitted with complications. Price and his wife of 45 years, Janie, have decided to not pursue any...
  • Carrie Underwood sounds off on 'mean people' post-'Sound of Music'

    12/07/2013 4:20:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 100 replies
    LA Times ^ | Nardine Saad
    The live production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1959 Broadway musical, also starred "True Bloods" star Stephen Moyer as Maria's employer and love interest, the strict Capt. Georg Von Trapp; Laura Benanti as the Captain's fiancée, Elsa Schrader; multiple Tony Award-winner and "Private Practice" star Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess and "Smash" alum Christian Borle as family friend Max Detweiler. Somehow, each supporting star outshined Underwood in a show fraught with numerous problems, which were promptly maligned on social media. ... Kym Karath, who played Gretl Von Trapp in the film, echoed the family's sentiments. "Love Carrie Underwood but this...
  • The Five: CMAs Obamacare Parody Reflected ‘Real, True, Heart and Soul’ of America

    11/07/2013 3:10:00 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 13 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | November 7th, 2013 | Matt Wilstein
    Now that Obamacare jokes have become the norm on late night TV, it was a no brainer for the Country Music Awards to open last night’s show with a parody song from hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood called “Obamacare By Morning.” But that didn’t stop The Five’s Greg Gutfeld from commending the “rare” sight of “Obama mockery” on TV. Eric Bolling was equally impressed with the “hilarious” song, but noticed a bit of a divide in the reactions from those sitting in the live audience. “You could see the real, true Republican conservatives, heart and soul of the country,...
  • CMA Awards: Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Perform 'Obamacare by Morning'

    11/07/2013 4:03:50 AM PST · by bryan999 · 53 replies
    Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood ripped into ObamaCare during their 2013 CMA Awards opening on Tuesday. The pair kicked off a rant about the faulty Affordable Care Act website after the country crooner “injured” himself “twerking.” “I started signing up last Thursday and I’m almost done,” quipped Underwood. The duo then went on to try getting Paisley signed up, launching into a parody song spoofing the problematic roll-out. The audience’s reaction? Plenty of hoots and hollers.
  • Remembering Hank Williams On His 90th Birthday

    09/21/2013 5:19:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    Voice of America ^ | September 17th, 2013 | Katherine Cole
    I always think Hank Williams appears so frail in comparison to the robust, chiseled country stars of today, but don’t let those looks fool you. Despite battles with illness and drug and alcohol addiction that lead to a career cut short by his death at 29, Hank had a career that today’s stars can only dream of. In six short years, Hank Williams wrote and recorded only 66 songs under his own name (he also recorded as “Luke the Drifter”, but that’s for another day)–but of those, an incredible 36 were Top Ten hits and 11 went all the way...
  • Country Hall of Famer Ray Price undergoing exams for pancreatic cancer follow up

    09/17/2013 8:25:42 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 3 replies
    The Examiner ^ | September 13, 2013 | no byline
    ...The 87-year-old singer has been in and out of hospitals several times this year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer late last year. Although he was told during a Houston hospital checkup visit his cancer was in remission, Price has since experienced more health issues with dehydration and intense pain from kidney stones. ...On Wednesday Price said told his Facebook fans that he was “touched and deeply moved by your love and prayers and good wishes." "You all have moved me to tears!! I have dedicated my entire life to country music and my fans. To have folks like you...
  • Country star Alan Jackson's daughter charged with assault, accused of striking a police officer

    08/29/2013 7:03:29 AM PDT · by twister881 · 23 replies ^ | August 29, 2013 | Associated Press
    <p>The 20-year-old daughter of country star Alan Jackson has been charged with assault, underage drinking and resisting arrest. She is accused of striking a police officer and then invoking her father's name during a traffic stop in Nashville.</p>
  • Billy Ray Cyrus: 'Hannah Montana' Show 'Destroyed My Family' (2011)

    08/26/2013 12:37:58 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 113 replies ^ | March 2011 | Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte
    The father of teen star Miley Cyrus said the Disney TV show "Hannah Montana" that made her a worldwide star, in truth destroyed his family, and he blamed it for sending his daughter out of control. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus said he was scared for 18 year-old Miley after a series of scandals including an infamous video last year which showed her getting high on the psychedelic herb salvia. And he said he wished that "Hannah Montana" had never happened. "The damn show destroyed my family," Cyrus told GQ magazine in an interview for its March edition. "I'd take...
  • Country Hall of Famer 'Cowboy' Jack Clement Dies

    08/09/2013 12:10:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    News on 6 ^ | Aug 08, 2013 | Chris Talbott
    "Cowboy" Jack Clement, a producer, engineer, songwriter and beloved figure who helped birth rock 'n' roll and push country music into modern times, died Thursday at his home. He was 82. Dub Cornett, a close friend of Clement's, said his hospice nurse confirmed Clement passed away surrounded by family after declining treatment for liver cancer. His death came just months after he learned he would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame, a fitting tip of the hat to the man whose personal story is entwined with the roots of modern music like few others. He was to be...
  • The Country Music Country Radio Ignores

    03/25/2002 9:19:56 AM PST · by southern rock · 164 replies · 4,025+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 24, 2002 | NEIL STRAUSS
    The Country Music Country Radio Ignores By NEIL STRAUSS WHEN a dark horse, the roots-music soundtrack to the film "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," won the top honor at the Grammy Awards last month, there was a clamor in the press room. Country music might never be the same again, the critics and journalists said. After all, besides albums by Glen Campbell and Bonnie Raitt, no recording that had anything to do with country had ever won the top Grammy Album of the Year. And the competition, especially U2 and Bob Dylan, had been fierce. So as the performers who...
  • George Strait's New Song Inspired By Newtown School Massacre

    08/02/2013 6:39:17 AM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 15 replies
    Antimusic ^ | 7/13/2013
    On Thursday George Strait's New Song Inspired By Newtown School Massacre was a top story. Here is the recap: Country superstar George Strait has released his latest single "I Believe" which was inspired by the tragic school massacre in Newtown, Conn. last December. We were sent over these details: Strait co-wrote the song with his son, Bubba Strait, and songwriter Dean Dillon after watching the news coverage of the tragady. Having lost his daughter at a young age, George felt as if it was a song he needed to write. Yet, when he was working on the album, he didn't...
  • Charles Carr, driver for Hank Williams Sr., dies

    07/14/2013 11:07:11 AM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 13 replies
    Access Atlanta ^ | July 2, 2013 | Melissa Ruggieri
    Charles Carr, the 19-year-old kid at the wheel of a powder-blue Caddy when Hank Williams Sr. died in the back seat just after midnight on Jan. 1, 1953, has passed away. Carr, 79, was the last person to see the legendary singer-songwriter alive. I spent the day with Carr 10 years ago and wrote a story about his recollections of those last few hours on the...
  • Marine Vet-Turned-Country Singer Stuns With 'Coal Keeps The Lights On'

    07/10/2013 8:36:55 AM PDT · by Labyrinthos · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 10, 2013 | Wynton Hall
    Marine veteran-turned-country crooner Jimmy Rose brought down the house Tuesday night on America’s Got Talent with an original song honoring his Kentucky coal miner roots. Rose’s rendition of his song “Coal Keeps The Lights On” may have done more to humanize President Barack Obama’s war on coal workers than a boatload of advocacy ads ever could...
  • Randy Travis in Critical Condition: What is Viral Cardiomyopathy?

    07/09/2013 1:35:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Decoded Science ^ | 07/09/2013 | JANELLE VAESA
    Country singer, Randy Travis is in critical condition after being admitted to a Texas hospital on Sunday, July 7, 2013 for viral cardiomyopathy, reports USA Today. Cardiomyopathy is a weakening of the heart muscles, and can be genetic, but also can be caused by a virus, or can even be a result of another medical condition. So what is cardiomyopathy – specifically, what is viral cardiomyopathy – and what are some of the possible treatments that Randy Travis may have to undergo for recovery? What is Cardiomyopathy? Cardiomyopathy is a disease that makes the heart to become enlarged, thick, or...
  • Randy Travis In Critical Condition In TX Hospital

    07/08/2013 4:58:51 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 62 replies
    NBC DFW ^ | 7/8/2013
    Country singer Randy Travis has been admitted to a Texas hospital and is listed in critical condition, according to his public relations firm. The six-time Grammy winner is suffering from complications of recently acquired viral cardiomyopathy. "Cardiomyopathy is the term for any disease of the heart muscle that interferes with the heart’s ability to pump blood with sufficient force," according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Travis' condition, which is viral, was caused by an infection in the heart. Travis, 54, was admitted to the hospital on Sunday. The illness is a continuation of a tough run for the "Three Wooden Crosses"...
  • Kenny Chesney Concert Ends With Fights, Arrests, Huge Mess

    06/24/2013 9:00:04 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 53 replies
    KDKA ^ | June 23, 2013 5:58 PM | KDKA Story Monkey
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The excitement over Kenny Chesney Saturday proved to be a little too much for some people with the night ending with several fights and numerous arrests. Police say 49 people were arrested inside Heinz field during the concert, with another 24 arrests taking place near the venue on the North Shore. Police say most of the arrests were for disorderly conduct, public intoxication and aggravated assault.
  • Cops: Man arrested for racial slurs, Confederate flag at Toby Keith concert

    06/23/2013 6:07:37 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 95 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 06/23/2013 | Stephanie Farr
    Why did he have to be from Delco? A Ridley Park man was arrested outside of the Toby Keith concert at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J., Saturday for shouting racial slurs and waving a Confederate flag at residents of a nearby apartment complex. Darren T. Walp, 33, was tailgating in the parking lot of the concert venue when around 6:30 p.m. he decided to scale the large, wrought iron fence that separates the parking lot from the nearby Royal Court apartment complex, according to the Camden County Police Department. Once he was on the private grounds of the...
  • Danielle Bradbery Wins ‘The Voice.’ But She Won’t Be a Star. (MSM Sour Grapes)

    06/19/2013 1:29:15 PM PDT · by SMCC1 · 62 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 6/19/13 | Kevin Fallon
    "Someone as refreshingly unique and unusual as second-place finisher—the Jewish, lesbian, banshee-voiced, wind-up box of endearing quirk Michelle Chamuel—would have been a much more invigorating choice for the show, and a winner who might have been able to put the series on the industry map."
  • Just for fun: What is the strangest/most bizarre country song?

    06/04/2013 6:14:10 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 141 replies
    Self | 6/3/'13 | Zionist Conspirator
    There are a lot of strange songs out there. But how many strange country songs are there? (By "country" I include "hillbilly," "western," "western swing," and "bluegrass," but not "folk" simply because there are oodles and oodles of bizarre folk songs). For the most part country is the sane, genre, the level-headed genre, the "plain folks" genre. But I've found a country song that is disturbing and bizarre, and I'm sure some of you have found others as well. Many years ago on the old Porter Wagoner TV show I saw Porter perform a song he had written but wished...
  • A Songwriter And An Army Dad Share One Touching Story

    05/16/2013 12:10:21 PM PDT · by BronzePencil · 3 replies
    NPR ^ | 5-15-13 | NPR Staff
    Two years ago on Memorial Day, Nashville songwriter Connie Harrington was driving in her car, listening to a story on the public radio program Here & Now. And she heard a father remembering his son — a soldier who was killed in Afghanistan. "He mentioned that he drove his son's truck," Harrington says. "And he went on to describe the truck." Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was 30 when he was killed in action in 2006. In the radio broadcast, his father, Paul, said his reasons for driving the truck Jared left behind were simple: "What can I tell you?...
  • Hit song inspired by war hero’s dad

    05/16/2013 12:23:07 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 5 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | 5/16/13 | Kerry Byrne
    The father of a slain Bay State Medal of Honor recipient was stunned and proud to learn that his simple words about honoring the memory of his Afghan war hero son were the inspiration behind Lee Brice’s No. 1 country song “I Drive Your Truck.” “I’m floored. Totally, totally, totally floored,” said Gold Star father Paul Monti, who had heard the country hit before, but didn’t know until just two weeks ago it was about his son, Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti. Before then, Paul Monti said, he had found the song so hauntingly evocative of his son’s...
  • Swift pays cash for $17M home [Country Girl Singer Drops Millions for Rhode Island Mansion]

    04/30/2013 1:58:09 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 70 replies
    Taylor Swift is adding to her property portfolio after securing a $17.75 million deal for a new seaside home in Rhode Island. The I Knew You Were Trouble hitmaker recently went house hunting along the U.S. northeast coast with her mother Andrea, father Scott and younger brother Austin, and she appears to have settled on a lavish estate in the town of Westerly. The property, which boasts five bedrooms and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, had reportedly been on the market for $20 million - but Swift managed to use her charms to negotiate the lower price -- she...
  • Library of Congress declares 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' as "Cultural, Artistic" Treasure

    04/28/2013 3:16:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    "He Stopped Loving Her Today," George Jones (1980) George Jones has said that he initially thought "He Stopped Loving Her Today" was too sad to be very popular, but, at one of the lowest points of his career and personal life, he made it one of country music’s defining and most enduring songs. Billy Sherrill’s restrained production highlighted the plaintive yet highly nuanced vocals that were the hallmark of Jones’ mature style, but which stretched back to his days singing for tips in the streets of his hometown, Beaumont, Texas, in the 1940s.