Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Real Life Madam From Best Little Whorehouse Dies

Do you remember the movie titled, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, starring Burt Reynolds and Dolly Parton? Well, you probably know it was a
Broadway show too, right? But did you know it was a true story? Ahhh, well it was and the real life Madam of the Chicken Ranch, Edna Milton Chadwell, has died at 88 years of age. She was the last madam of the infamous brothel that would spark the interests of Hollywood and Broadway.

According to mywesttexas.com reports:
Chadwell was born in Caddo County, Okla. in 1928. The Dust Bowl and the Great
Depression forced the family, which included 11 children, to move frequently
between Oklahoma, Texas and Arizona.

In 1952, Chadwell found her way to La Grange where she tried out at the
Chicken Ranch. Nine years later, she bought it for $30,000 after the previous
owner, Miss Jessie Williams, died.

For the next 12 years, the ranch was the worst kept secret in La Grange.
In 1973, acting on a tip, Zindler aired an expose that lead to the brothel's
demise.

The Texas report also stated that Chadwell hated the movie and said it was a
joke.

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Davy Jones of Monkees Dies At 66

Davy Jones, most girls favorite member of "The Monkees" suffered a heartack and died today. Jones was 66.
TMZ reports the following: "An official from the medical examiner's office for Martin County, Florida confirmed with TMZ they received a call from Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Jones had passed away.A rep for the singer tells us Jones suffered a heart attack at his home this morning ... and was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and 4 daughters from previous marriages. He was 66-years-old. Jones was married to Jessica Pacheco -- his 3rd wife."
I remember when MTV revived the Monkees television series in the 80's and I became a fan. I even caught the Monkees in concert with opening act Wierd AL, in Louisville, KY, at the Louisville Gardens. I think tickets were $15, and that was considered the high end. RIP Davy

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Taylor Swift Makes A Fan Proud

Now this is the kind of story that just warms your heart. A New Jersey,
High School football playing star, stricken with leukemia, Kevin McGuire, hada dream come true moment. Kevin and his family went to facebook to invite Taylor Swift to go to his prom with him.

Taylor Swift, who I think is the sweetest girl in Country Music, (next to
Queen Dolly of course), posted on her facebook, "Kevin, I'm so sorry but I won't be able to make it to your prom." (now as we all mentally and/or verbally say AWWWW), Taylor goes on to say, "But I was wondering, the ACM Awards are coming up ... Would you be my date? Love, Taylor."I'm telling you folks, this is one of the sweetest girls to hit Country Music since Dolly Parton. And like Dolly, she is an incredible writer, entertainer, and not afraid to dress like a star should (SHINEY). I really believe the reason Taylor Swift is the most popular artists in Country Music and arguably all music these day, because she is so sincere.

Before making it big Taylor connected with her fans through social media,after making it to moderate success she only embraced it more aggressively, so her fans felt as if they knew her, many actually had conversations with her online. And no matter the size of the crowd, even as tiny as she is, this little blonde bombshell has no problems getting up close and personal with the crowd. I have personally seen her walk into a crowd of thousands of fans and sign autographs and pose for photos for hours. It's a lesson that most artists could learn from. Country artists are at the clasp of where they are wanting to be like the pop divas but they must remember not to get above their raisin because when untouchable in country music eventually turns to "who cares?". And you never want that.

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Don Schlitz Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame

The 43rd annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame Induction will take place in New York City at the Mariot Marquis Hotel on June 14. It's always great music to my ears (pun intended), when songwriters are honored but this year, Don Schlitz will be inducted alongside Tom Jones, Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Segar, Harvey Schmidt, and John Steinman.

Not only is Don Schlitz one of Nashvilles most famous and very entertaining personalities, he wrote Kenny Rogers's mega hit, "The Gambler". I performed "The Gambler" in my elementary school talent show, not that he would add that to his list of accolades! Schlitz also wrote, "When You Say Nothing At All", made famous by Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss and "On The Other Hand", made famous by Randy Travis.

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Lily Tomlin Joins Reba McEntire For Malibu Country

Reba McEntire's Malibu Country just got better! Lily Tomlin has reportedly joined the cast for the pilot and will play Reba's very Southern mother. Wonder if she will have a red tent to her hair, she looks great as a read head (just watch Prairie Home Companion). Reba moves to Malibu to pursue a career in music after leaving her cheating rock star husband.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Joan Rivers A Closet Case?


I love Joan Rivers. Beneath that comedic quips and potty mouth is a very sweet, classy, wonderful lady. Joan has helped establish two charities in NYC "God's Love Delivers" that gives hot meals to people with Aids and other terminal illness. Every Thanskgiving, Joan herself even makes deliveries. She also is a great advocate for Guide Dogs For The Blind and any charity that fights abuse against children. A very gracious lady.

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Great Studio For Upcoming Artists

Just wanted to let all the artists know that there is a great recording studio in Nashville, Sound Control. Recently their whole building has been remodeled and they are located on the row insides CTC Recording Studios. Check out Sound Control's new website and tell em I sent you!

http://www.soundcontrolstudio.com/home.cfm

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CSC Interviews Kenny Rogers

Our friend Christian over at Country Stars Central has a great interview with Kenny Rogers on his site. Kenny talks about an array of things and his new book which features a chapter titled "Where's Dolly http://www.countrystarscentral.com/kennyrogerschatfeb12.htm

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sugarland's Lawyer Says Victims Were Partly To Blame For Injuries and Deaths At Indiana State Fair

Sugarland made a big no no, in my opinion. You may remember the terrible accident at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis, IN that left many people with harsh injuries and some fatalities. Sugarland's lawyers state that those injured or killed were partly to blame themselves for their injuries. The group is doing what it can to protect themselves from a huge monetary reward to those injured or killed, from their pocket books. I personally don't think they were fully to blame, and evidently those who are suing don't think so either, but it's evident that the concert should have been canceled. According to reports Sugarland had the say of canceling the show if the weather was bad and they wanted to perform as to not disappoint the fans and probably getting paid was part of their decision, which ended up being the wrong one to make.

Maybe the Country Stars should make each of their promoters/buyers to take out individual insurance on their behalf for every show date. It's more responsible, especially in the wake of what has happened. This disaster should be the eye opener for all artists to make clauses in their contracts to protect them in the future.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Whitney Houston In Death Out Shines All The Stars At Funeral!

Legendary singer Whitney Houston made her last public appearance in the same place she made her first, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. Gospel stars who were Whitney's dear and best friends such as The Winans family paid tribute to their friend in song, but it was Pastor Marvin Winans, who lead with an amazing message.

I'm not going to go into detail about the celebrities who attended the funeral because the day was all about celebrating the life of Whitney Houston. Even in death it's impossible to outshine Houston.


I met Houston right before she made her comeback and like the testimonials delivered at the funeral she was a very beautiful woman. At the time I met her, it was a very difficult time in her life, and my meeting was very brief, but certainly unforgettable.

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Marty Stuart Releases Nashville



From The Boot:

Marty Stuart and his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, are set to release 'Nashville, Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down,' on April 24. The ten-song collection, almost entirely written by Marty, is his second album for Sugar Hill Records. In addition to his band, Marty will feature a host of Music City luminaries, including musicians Buck Trent, Kenny Lovelace and Robbie Turner. Appearances from Hank Williams III and Lorrie Carter Bennett (of the Carter Family) on harmony vocals will add a touch of country music royalty to the project.






Marty Stuart is one of the great artists out there who tries to bring the history of Country Music and Nashville to the younger generation. People like him are special gifts to this town and the Opry.

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Country May Be Kids Choice?

Never thought I would hear about country music being represented on the Nickelodean, but I'm pleasantly surprised. Nick's 2012 "Kid's Choice Awards", will air on Saturday, March 31.

Taylor Swift is up for Favorite All Genre Singer. Her song, "Sparks Fly", is also nominated for Favorite Song. Taylor has previously won a "Kids Choice Award" for Favorite Female Singer. So, I would think she has a good chance of winning again, especially with her young fan base. The awards are voted on by kids.

Lady Antebellum is up for Favorite Group while Toby Keith is up for Favorite Male Vocalist. Voting Starts at the below link on February 24.
http://www.nick.com/kids-choice-awards/2012/nominees





I have my money on Taylor but as much as I love Lady A not sure they can beat groups like LMFAO. Same thoughts for Toby Keith against people like Usher. I could be wrong on these two but think I'm safe on Taylor. These days I think your safe with Taylor on any awards show!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Miranda Lambert Not A Fan Of Chris Brown

Miranda Lambert grew up with her parents running a shelter for abused women and she isn't a fan of Chris Brown. Unless you were living the life of the Amish you must have heard the allegations made by Rhianna that her then boyfriend, Chris Brown had beaten her. Photos surfaced and Chris Brown's career took a major nose dive.

Restraining orders have been lifted and reports say that Rhianna and Chris Brown are on good terms. Rhianna and Mr. Brown both appeared in separate portions of the Grammy telecast. But Brown's appearance struck a nerve with Miranda Lambert who was also on the telecast.

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Chris Brown twice? I don't get it. He beat on a girl ... Not cool that we act like that didn't happen. He needs to listen to Gunpowder and lead and be put back in his place. Not at the Grammys. tweeted Miranda.

Then an upset Brown made his feelings known via twitter stating, "Hate all u want becuz I got a Grammy now! That's the ultimate f**k off! I'm back so watch my back as I walk away from all this negativity." Later a cooler head must have prevailed and he deleted the post.

I should remind Miranda that if she really had those feelings she should realize that country music is made up of musicians with a storied past, sordid tales, murder, and adultery so it's kinda out of place to call out Chris Brown when you don't call out your peers. I'm not sticking up for Chris Brown and I agree twice was two much. I personally think that the Grammys had some amazing performances but some major duds as well.

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Toby Keith Says He Is Retiring From Acting After His Two Movie Run!

Toby Keith has announced he is ending his acting career. It may just be me but I don't think Hollywood is shedding any tears.

"When I did the movies, it affected my [song]writing," Toby shared with Country Vibe "I had quality songs and we had hits and stuff, but it affected my day-to-day, my system, my routine and the volume of songs that I bring to the table when I record an album."


The acting career of Toby Keith included such smash hits as "Broken Bridges" (co-starring with Kelly Preston and Burt Reynolds) and "Beer For My Horses". I'm pretty sure at least one if not both of these films were CMT movies. Don't hold me to that. Either way, I think it's safe to say that he didn't exactly set Hollywood on fire.

"Songs get heard on the radio forever, but movies are here and then they're gone," Toby explains. "You heard the song today and then you hear it tomorrow and then ten years from now you'll still hear it every once in a while, but you'll hear it more than you'll see that movie replay. There's just not enough bang for my buck to waste that much time into a project."


No offense but movies do repeat, forever and ever as well. But....they do have to be good movies. I think Toby's a great guy, very nice in person, smart businessman, and restaurateur, but his movies leave much to be desired. Keep making those Toby Keith fun songs for the crowd and entertaining fans. Don't throw acting all together out, just make sure you align yourself with a great project, loosen up your hold on the projects, take small quality parts and work your way up. It's hard for an artist like Toby to give up that much control as most of what he has done has been successful but remember Hollywood is a long way from Nashville and California's a brand new game.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lulu Roman and Sax Legend Harvey Thompson in the studio

Everyone's favorite Hee Haw Honey, Lulu Roman is at work on a new cd titled At Last. The album features classic songs and torch favorites that will bring you back into some of the greatest moments in time. Lulu's voice is as strong, beautiful, and displayed in a way in which you have never heard her before.

Legendary sax player, Harvey Thompson recently stopped in and recorded some horn sextions for Lulu's new project. Harvey's played with all the legends like Little Richard, Jimmi Hendrix, Etta James, Solomon Burke, Lyle Lovette's Big Big Band and many more. He makes home in Muscle Shoals. Little Richard has had Harvey on the road with him for years. And he was a staff musician at the legendary New Era Club in Nashville, when Nashville was an R&B mecca.



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Happy Valentine's Day! Check out some Nashville Sweethearts

In honor of Valentine's Day check out some of Nashville's most famous sweethearts!
George and Nancy Jones are the ultimate power couple of Nashville. While the Possum is crooning for the public, Nancy manages the business. All George has to do is sing, and mow the lawn!

Dolly Parton and husband Carl Dean met the 1st day Dolly came to Nashville and they married two years later. This year the couple will have been married for 46 years.






One of the newest Nashville power couples is Carrie Underwood and her hokey player husband, Mike Fisher. Carrie still seems smitten with her hubby and carries herself like a lady when men flirt.



Trace Adkins and wife Rhonda were together before the tall singer made his millions. Unlike a lot of couples Trace and Rhonda have remained a family unit with their children from rags to riches.








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Governor Christie Orders State Tribute For Whitney Houston

New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie has ordered that all government buildings fly their flags at half-staff in honor of Whitney Houston. The Governor says that Whitney is a "cultural icon" and "a great source of pride for the people of the state."

Whitney will be buried in Newark where she was from. Her funeral is invitation only and will be held at her home church, New Hope Baptist Church where she started her career and her mother, Cissy Houston lead the choir.

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Ricky Skaggs Hosts Music Camp



The first ever Ricky Skaggs Music Camp, featuring 14-time GRAMMY winning multi-instrumentalist and bluegrass icon Ricky Skaggs along his award-winning band Kentucky Thunder is slated for one week only in the summer of 2012 from August 20 through August 24.

This is your chance to share four days with professional musicians as they gather together with you for some picking, singing, jamming, teaching, and a whole lot of fun. No matter what your mastery level, you will learn and jam with some of the best musicians in the world. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will offer ways to improve, rethink and enhance your playing, composing and performing skills. Ricky says, “Whenever I get around other musicians, I always learn something new myself, so you know it’s gonna be a great time.”

In addition to small and large group classes, there will be time for lots of fun with jam sessions, bonfires, delicious food, hikes and swimming….all of the fun things that summer has to offer. Ricky will meet all of the participants and will share hands-on help and advice to improve your skills. Be sure to put this on your calendar and plan to be with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder for the first Ricky Skaggs Music Camp nestled in the heart of the gorgeous Catskill Mountains at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY.

The backdrop for your musical retreat is the
Full Moon Resort, nestled deep in the Catskills among 80,000 acres of natural beauty. The hosts at Full Moon offer cozy, comfortable and rustic indoor accommodations as well as gorgeous outdoor campsites with all the amenities, three amazing gourmet meals per day, an olympic-sized spring fed swimming pool, sprawling meadows, hiking trails along the Esopus Creek, and multiple performance spaces and meeting areas that will redefine the notion of a 'classroom.' Common areas include a library, billiard room, road house with full service cash bar, café, barn jam room, and The Valley View House at the center of the resort. Accommodation options are vast with shared inn-style double occupancy rooms alongside a number of cabins, cottages, and lodges throughout the property. Outdoor campers will have access to all resort facilities as you sleep under the summer stars.

Each day you'll meet in the morning for a collective breakfast and continue the day with both group activities and break out sessions, depending on your interests. We follow up the morning sessions with lunch, more afternoon sessions and personal time to schedule one-on-one lessons or take time to soak in the surroundings. The days will conclude with a sit down dinner with the team, open jams and campfire sing-alongs into the night.

Ricky Skaggs Music Camp 2012 is in session – join Ricky, Paul, Andy, Cody, Eddie & Justin and the rest of the Skaggs team August 20-24, 2012 for part camp, part workshop, part rest & relaxation, and all fun.

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Billy Dean: Live From Our Living Room

From Absolute Publicity:

Nashville, Tenn. (February 14, 2012) – Today, GRAMMY Award-winning country music star Billy Dean announced the official kickoff date for his at-home “Live From Our Living Room” concert series. On March 31, in celebration of his 50th birthday, the country star launches the first official live date of the on-going series that will take place at his farm, ‘Dean Acres’ located just outside of Nashville in Liberty, TN.

“When I said the ‘Dean Acres’ concert events were going to be a barnburner, I didn’t mean it literally,” says Dean. “Despite the loss of our onsite barn and guesthouse, we’re going to kick this thing off at the end of March. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my 50th birthday.”

This past holiday season while Dean was touring with Kenny Rogers, the ‘Dean Acres’ barn (which would have doubled as a guesthouse for concertgoers) burned to the ground. The barn was a total loss with Dean losing thousands of dollars in farm equipment in addition to career memorabilia from his early years as a recording artist.

Ticket holders for the “Live From Our Living Room” concerts will be welcomed to Dean’s family farm where they will be served a hot country-style meal and treated to live acoustic performances by the country music star and special guests. Tickets for the event are on-sale now through Dean’s website,
http://www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/tools/refer.php?s=5533253995&u=25766843&v=3&key=65b0&skey=5b5029f192&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.billydean.com%2F.

Additional “Live From Our Living Room” concert dates will be announced on Dean’s website in the coming weeks.

Trace and School Crush Reunited

After 30 years, a very happily married, Trace Adkins was reunited with an old crush. Kim Mulkey, a Baylor women's basketball coach, was reunited when Trace sang the National Anthem at a Baylor vs Texas A&M recently.

"All the jocks ate at the training table and that's where I would see her, but she was a rock star and I couldn't talk to her." Trace tells the Washington Post.

Trace says his wife, Rhonda, has nothing to worry about as he is a one woman man and the crush was in school 30 years ago.

Isn't it a sweet story. My high school crush was a girl named Mandy Bishop and Leah Ann Vanheverbeck (I can't recall the spelling). HA. Who was yours?



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Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Records: GIVE HIM HIS MONEY

Hey guys, don't mess with Kenny Rogers, haven't you seen those Gambler movies??? Capitol Records is being sued by Kenny in Federal Court. The suit claims Capitol deliberately misleading him and other artists about payments owed to them for online music sales. He filed his suit on Monday with no specific monetary damages.

"We are being regularly contacted by artists who are raising this issue with us, and we are evaluating their contracts on a case-by-case basis," Nashville-based attorney Richard Busch, who filed the suit, told Tennessean. Busch says more suits are forthcoming.

Rogers is also suing the label for 400,000 in accounting errors that he feels Capitol has made.

Be on the lookout as more of these lawsuits will be coming out as artists push the envelope to find out what has happened with their money. The money from record sales is more valuable to the artists than ever before as digital sales are the primary source and since the digital age sales have took a nose dive. Merchandising and concert appearances tend to make the most money for artists these days. Some artists have just decided to create their own indie labels in an effort to have more control and make more money even if less albums have been sold.

Go get em Kenny! And Capitol, make some great music.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

More on Whitney Houston

As you travel today you probably are hearing a borage of Whitney Houston recordings played on the radio. If you are watching television, every few moments you see clips of her dynamic performances. It just reminds you all to well that tomorrow isn't promised.

According to reports from TMZ Whitney was found under water in her bathtub with Xanax in her room. Her aunt whom was traveling with her reportedly spread a dress for Whitney to wear at the Clive Davis party. The aunt left the room for aprox half and hour and returned to find a lifeless Houston. An autopsy has been completed but has a security seal on the results until more testing is done. A request from Whitney's mom, Cissy Houston for her body was granted and reportedly she is being flown to Atlanta. Bobbi Christina (Whitney's daughter) is traveling to Newark, NJ to be with grandmother Cissy. Bobby Brown flew from Nashville to Los Angeles to be with his daughter yesterday.

Whitney has obviously been struggling for years with many demons aside from illegal and prescription drug abuse. I hope that her past talent will supercede any negative notations that have blemished her storied life. I met Whitney several years ago and knew she wasn't totally together, whether be the influence of chemicals, alcohol or just the ravages of a career lived in the limelight. I had many dealings with her staff when Nippy Inc (or Whitney Inc) was housed in New Jersey. All were wonderful people who seemed to love her very much, many were family. I met her mother, Cissy Houston and had several conversations with her through out a day of filming for a Gospel concert. Cissy Houston was a mother who instilled faith and the love of Christ in her daughter Whitney and no matter how down Whitney got she always gave praise to Jesus Christ and claimed him as her savior. She knew the truth, and I believe she is in Heaven today finally free from the pain and temptations that haunted her here on Earth.

Please keep your prayers and thoughts with the Houston family, most especially her daughter and only child Bobbi Cristina. And thinking and praying for Cissy Houston, as a mother who has to bury a child has a burden of hurt that isn't comparable.


Last night Jennifer Hudson was flawless as she paid tribute to Whitney with I Will Always Love You.

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Bobby Brown Leaves Nashville for Los Angeles To Be With Bobbi Cristina

Bobby Brown rolled into Nashville with New Edition on their tour bus. Bobby took a flight to Los Angeles to be with his daughter Bobbi Cristina. The last two nights of their tour Bobby took the stage with New Edition and broke down in tears. Bobbi Cristina has been hospitalized twice for stress since her mother's death, Whitney Houston. New Edition continued the concert a Municipal Auditorium without Bobby in Nashville tonight.

Tonight on the Grammy Awards, Jennifer Hudson sang I Will Always Love You in memory of Whitney. LL Cool J offered a sincere prayer.


Correction: Bobby Brown only did one show not two nights of shows.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston Dead At 48

Whitney Houston died at 48 years old. The whereabouts and cause of her death are unknown at this time. Many will speculate that the cause of death was due to the reported drug abuse she has owned up to, but rumors of health problems have haunted her for years.












I met Whitney in Nashville a few years ago and she was looking so much better than her previous years. I managed Gospel Music legend Dottie Rambo, who wrote, I Go To The Rock, which Houston recorded for The Preacher's Wife. That album became the largest selling Gospel album of all time.











Whitney's version of I Will Always Love You written by Dolly Parton became a block buster hit in rock/pop music.









Whitney was making or has made (unsure) the remake of the movie, Sparkle with Jordin Sparks. No word if the movie had Whitney's part finished. Houston plays the mother of Sparkle in the film. She will be missed and what a voice!!







Update 8:01 PM--Press conference with the Beverly Hills Police Department reveals that Whitney was a guest at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and at 3:23 a call was made to the Police. People were already attempting revive Houston. Her enterouge was with her as well as Family. She was declared dead aprox 3:50 p.m. Los Angeles Time.





Dottie Rambo and Whitney Houston accepting their Dove Award For I Go To The Rock.




Dolly Parton makes statement on Houston's death:"Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, "Whitney, I Will Always Love You. You will be missed."

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Reba's Live Concert TO Air on GAC



GAC will be airing a live Reba McEntire concert special taped on her "All The Women I Am" tour. This will be the first televised concert for Reba in over 15 years.

"I'm thrilled to be partnering with GAC for this special," says Reba. "We had a blast out on the road with our new production this past fall, and I hope that all the fans who tune in enjoy it as much as we did."



Don't forget Reba's new television series will be airing on ABC later this year. Malibu Country is set to start filming as early as April. Reba's GAC concert will air starting March 17.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

Roseanne and John Goodman Reunite For New NBC Series?

Roseanne and John Goodman may be reuniting for a new sitcom series, Downwardly Mobile. Variety states that Goodman is near ready to sign on for the pilot. The show would have Roseanne portray the manager of a mobile home and one who always gives advice to her mobile park borders.

It will be fun to see Roseanne and John back together again. Roseanne is great in those white trash type roles. Now, if they could just get Del Shores to be a writer on the series, it would only be better.

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Johnny Cash Museum May Come To Nashville! Another Plus For The City!

This is something to be excited about. William W. Miller, Jr., is leading an effort to open a Johnny Cash museum in a former warehouse in downtown Nashville.


Roseanne Cash is happy with the effort as well stating, "If anybody has the whole structure to put up a museum, he does. So I have a lot of trust in him, and I think it's great at this point. I think he'll do something with dignity and class that's historically important, not some kitschy thing. I'm very interested in seeing what he does."

Word is that a formal announcement will be made the week of February 13.

Years ago in Hendersonville, TN Cash had his own museum that he called The House Of Cash. It's good to see Cash being honored in Nashville for his fans. It is even better that Nashville will have another stop for tourists that involves music.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dailey and Vincent 6 Wins At the SPBGMA Awards

Congratulations to Dailey and Vincent for their 6 wins at the SPBGMA awards!!! These are two of the greatest people in the business today. I have much respect for them. Glad to have them as friends and Darrin is a mess and a half in a genius way. HA.





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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Happy 95th Zsa Zsa, The Socialite Of The Century!

Happy 95th Birthday to Zsa Zsa Gabor. Don't you miss her on the public scene? I know I do. Some people have come to think of Zsa Zsa as a joke over the years but in reality she was a very savvy business woman.
Zsa Zsa was born in Hungary on February 6, 1917. Her career on the Vienna stage made her one a very lauded actress. In 1936, she was crowned Miss Hungary. She fled communism for refuge in the United States where she would become an iconic for her many marriages. She was a movie star, an active television personality for decades and the tabloid's dream. Her popularity only heightened after a cop pulled her over and she slapped him.

Poor Zsa Zsa has had major health problems stemming from a car accident in 2002 and her glamorous life came to an end. On the rare occasion we would see Zsa Zsa in public she was clad in common clothing (track suits and tennis shoes), a far cry from her tiaras and beautiful hairdos.

Her birthday was celebrated by her husband Prince Von Holt and their friends while Zsa Zsa rested in another room unseen by the guests. Von Halt said the party was a celebration of Zsa Zsa's 95 Years Of Life. He's a shady character, who often seeks publicity for the most outrageous claims (such as claiming he was the father of Anna Nicole's baby Dannilynn). But Zsa Zsa has remained in the best of car
e under his keeping so for that I give him great marks. He obviously has to care enough to see to her full time proper care, And though she looks a shadow of her former self, she is still beautiful and has a flawless face for 95 years of age. God Bless you Zsa Zsa and lets hope you go beyond the century mark.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Happy 81st Birthday To Mamie Van Doren



Happy Birthday to my friend and Blonde Bombshell, Mamie Van Doren. She's 81 but will always feel those numbers in reverse.






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Another Award for Rhonda Vincent, When Will The Opry Make Her A Member?

Rhonda Vincent could add another feather to her cap. Sunday, the SPGBMA Awards named her Female Vocalist of The Year. This adds to her other many awards and makes her and her group, The Rage, the most awarded in Bluegrass Music. The Walstreet Journal named her Queen of Bluegrass and I have to agree. She's also a sweet gal and friend. I love this woman!





One thing I would really love to know is, WHY HAS THE GRAND OLE OPRY NOT MADE RHONDA A MEMBER??Add Image

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Madonna Brought It Like The Queen Of Pop At The Half Time Show!

Madonna rocked the Super Bowl Half Time Show. She and her guests Cee lo Greene, Nicki Minaj, and LMFAO really brought it. I was actually think she would do an over sexualized performance to prove she still "had it", but she brought it like a legend! She was well costumed and carried herself as the Queen of Pop.

Kudos to Madge.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Country Family Reunion Airs New Shows Including Saltute To Hee Haw

RFD-TV (America’s Most Important Rural Network) will air a new “Country’s Family Reunion” show each Friday and Saturday in February beginning with the popular “Salute to the Kornfield,” featuring the beloved cast members from the long-running television show HEE HAW and The Nashville Edition, Mike Snider, Gene Watson and Roy Clark. Portions of “Getting’ Together,” featuring performances by Moe Bandy, Linda Davis, Dailey and Vincent, Gene Watson, Joey + Rory, Neal McCoy, Jean Shepard, Johnny Lee, T. Graham Brown, The Whites, Larry Gatlin, Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius, will close out the stellar February line up:

“Salute to the Kornfield” with The Nashville Edition, Mike Snider, Gene Watson and Roy Clark:Fri., Feb. 3 at 7 P.M. CSTSat. Feb. 4 at 5 A.M. CST & 11:00 P.M. CST

“Gettin’ Together” with Moe Bandy, Linda Davis, Dailey and Vincent and Gene Watson:Fri., Feb. 10 at 7 P.M. CSTSat. Feb. 11 at 5 A.M. CST & 11:00 P.M. CST

“Gettin’ Together” with Joey + Rory, Neal McCoy, Jean Shepard (with commentary by Larry Butler), Johnny Lee and T. Graham Brown:Fri., Feb. 17 at 7 P.M. CSTSat. Feb. 18 at 5 A.M. CST & 11:00 P.M. CST

“Gettin’ Together” with The Whites, Larry Gatlin, Roy Clark, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius and Dailey & Vincent:Fri., Feb. 10 at 7 P.M. CSTSat. Feb. 11 at 5 A.M. CST & 11:00 P.M. CST
Check local listings for exact air times.

Reba Ain't Dead Yall! Thank You Jesus!!









Reba is setting the record strait, she didn't fall off a mountain in Austia and die. Nope, she's alive and as fiery as ever, probably getting ready to wow the nation with her new sitcom for ABC, Malibu Country. I really hope this is as big of a success for her as her last sitcom for the WB. Many may remember that Reba had the number one show on the WB (except the year Tammy Faye was on Surreal Life, then Reba placed number two). The WB folks canceled Reba because they wanted to have more African American shows. The WB is now W Gone. Hello, couldn't you have both?


Some more Reba show knowlege for you. The episode in which Dolly Parton played a real estate agent by the name of Dolly, sparked producers to ask her if she would like a spin off sitcom based on the character as Dolly had been trying for years to come back to evening television in a sitcom. Dolly declined as she said at this point in her life she doesn't want to work that hard. But she's been pretty busy!

Lindsay May File Suit! Lindsay Don't Play!

Lindsay Lohan may fight back. According to TMZ, Lindsay is contemplating lawsuits against the media outlets that claimed she was boozing up around Hollywood in celebration of the SAG Awards. She does fess up to being at Chateau Marmot at a SAG after party but maintains she was seated next to Alan Cummings the whole night drinking WATER.

Give the gal a chance!


Doesn't she look amazing with darker hair? I'm not as big of a fan of Lindsay blonde.

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Raven Symone Heading To Broadway For Sister Act

Raven Symone stole my heart on the Cosby Show as little Olivia. Then long before Miley Cyrus, Raven was Disney's reigning queen with her show, That's So Raven. Now, Ms. Symone is expected to take on the role of Deloris Cartier in the Broadway Musical Sister Act. I say this is a great move.

What a lovely lady Raven has grown up to be. Her parents raised her with strong values and you never saw her getting out of her car without her undies, being drunk dancing on the tables, falling down with a needle in her arm, or with white powder hanging out of her nostrils so I say Congrats to her parents for a job well done. Maybe they can help our sweet Miley get back on track. It's hard to be young and in Hollywood.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Put Down Your Crack Pipe And Close Those Meth Labs Vince Gill Is Now On Narc Duty!!

East Tennessee has a new Narc in town....Vince Gill. No, I'm not smoking anything, and if you are, you still read that sentence correctly. He was sworn in and officially made an honorary narcotics officer in McMinn County, Tennessee in an effort to increase awareness on the dangers of meth and meth labs along with other recreational drugs.



"I've never used drugs, and never had those types of problems," said Gill. "If I had, my daddy would have killed me." Gill's father was a Federal Judge who had a deep impact on his son's life and character.
You can read more here
http://www.wbir.com/news/article/203344/2/Vince-Gill-becomes-honorary-McMinn-Co-narcotics-investigator

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Chris Young and Suzy Bogguss Help Kick Off CMA's Arts Education Program

The Boot is reporting:

On Tuesday (Jan. 31), the Country Music Association Foundation announced a $1.4 million donation to benefit music education programs in Nashville's public schools.
Chris Young and Suzy Bogguss were both on hand for the announcement of the donation, which the CMA makes annually to its Keep the Music Playing program on behalf of all the musicians who perform and appear at the annual CMA Music Festival free of charge.





This is something I can really get behind. Our children need the arts back in public schools. Arts are just as important as sports, science, mathematics, and the like. Tennessee has a large population of people employed through their work in the arts/entertainment fields which also sprouted other businesses. Kentucky, California, Georgia, and most of our states have had a huge impact on the arts and entertainment world and we should consider this an employable profession with education needed in our schools. It's not just a recreational education or elective.

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