Saturday, November 28, 2015

HAPPY 90TH BIRTHDAY GRAND OLE OPRY

Friday, November 27, 2015

OUR FLASHBACK FRIDAY ARTIST, DOTTIE WEST



Dorothy Marie "Dottie" West (October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Along with her friends and fellow recording artists Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, she is considered one of the genre's most influential and groundbreaking female artists. Dottie West's career started in the 1960s, with her Top 10 hit, "Here Comes My Baby Back Again", which won her the first Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965. In the 1960s, West was one of the few female country singers working in what was then a male-dominated industry, influencing other female country singers like Lynn Anderson, Crystal Gayle, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, and Tammy Wynette. Throughout the 1960s, West had Top 10 and Top 20 hits on the country music charts.

In the early 1970s, West wrote a popular commercial for the Coca-Cola company, titled "Country Sunshine", which reached No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles in 1973. In the late-70s, she teamed up with country pop superstar, Kenny Rogers for a series of duets which took her career to new highs, earning Platinum selling albums and No. 1 records for the very first time. Her duet recordings with Rogers, "Every Time Two Fools Collide", "All I Ever Need Is You", and "What Are We Doin' In Love", became country music standards. In the mid-1970s, her image and music underwent a metamorphosis, bringing her to the very peak of her popularity as a solo act, and reaching No. 1 for the very first time on her own in 1980 with "A Lesson in Leavin'".

Thursday, November 26, 2015

BRAD PAISLEY VISITS DONALD TRUMP


Could an endorsement from Brad Paisley be in the works, for Presidential candidate Donald Trump?? It would be cool if Brad wrote one his tongue and cheek, comedy songs for Trump.

TY HERNDON TWEETS PIC WITH GOSPEL QUEEN DOTTIE RAMBO DOLL


Did some looking and found this photo of Ty with the Queen of Gospel and Queen of Country. I remember hearing him say "I can die now I got to be between my two heroes!".

Ty is alright with us! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

TANYA TUCKER IMPRESSED BY "DELTA DAWN" PERFORMANCE ON HIT NBC SHOW "THE VOICE"



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 24, 2015) – Tanya Tucker’s 1972 smash“Delta Dawn” captivated millions during “The Voice” Monday night when Team Blake’s Top 11 contestantBarrett Baber sang for America’s vote and a place in the Top 10.
 
Baber’s song choice for the singing competition's third week of live performances was his rendition of the country music icon’s first hit when she was 13 years old.
 
“Barrett sure put a modern twist on that ole song and sang the fire out those lyrics! Very impressive. “Delta Dawn” will always hold a special place in my heart and I am grateful that he chose to perform it in front of a whole new audience,” Tucker said.
 
This week Tucker will kick off Deck the Hall at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Friday, Nov. 27. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a brief performance from Tucker that will include her hits as well as some holiday classics. She will then light a thirty-foot-tall Christmas tree in the museum’s Mike Curb Conservatory. Following the performance and tree lighting, Tucker will also sign copies of her CDs available for purchase in the Museum Store. The event is FREE and open to the public.

Currently, Tucker is preparing for the launch of a new album while crisscrossing the country with her instantly recognizable vocal flare and legendary repertoire that includes “Texas, When I Die,” “Some Kind of Trouble,” “Two Sparrows in a Hurricane,” “Love Me Like You Used To” and many more.
 
Follow Tanya Tucker onTwitterFacebook,InstagramYouTube or visit tanyatucker.com.

Tanya Tucker on Tour
Dec 03 – Golden Nugget Casino – Las Vegas, NV
Dec 04 – Wild Horse Pass Casino – Chandler, AZ
Dec. 27 - Telluride Conference Center - Telluride, CO
Dec 30 – Soaring Eagle Casino Resort – Mt. Pleasant MI
 

OUR TRANSFORMATION TUESDAY

MERLE HAGGARD WISDOM

Monday, November 23, 2015

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND "JIMMY FORTUNE: HITS & HYMNS" REAIRS NOVEMBER 25-29



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 23, 2015) – Just in time for Thanksgiving, Jimmy Fortune is bringing back the popular television special “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” to audiences nationwide. The Bill Gaither hosted spectacle, which debuted at No. 1 earlier this month on the Billboard Music Video (DVD) chart, is back by popular demand, with additional airings Nov. 25-29 (see times below). Fortune also caught up with NASH Country Weekly recently for an upcoming feature in the popular magazine. The issue will hit newsstands December 7.

Don’t miss as Fortune is joined by Dailey & Vincent and Bill Gaither for select live performances, in addition to the songs from the accompanying album,Hits & Hymns. Fortune also opens up about some of his biggest challenges, and greatest accomplishments, which include being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and establishing himself as one of the “purest tenor singers in the format,” according toBillboard. The Statler Brother discusses what it was like working Vince Gill, The Isaacs, Dailey & Vincent, The Oak Ridge Boys, Ricky Skaggs, the Gaither Vocal Band and The Whites on the star-studded project.

November 25
Heartland – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 8:00PM
 
November 26
RFD – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 6:30PM
 
November 27
Vision – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 9:00PM
The Miracle Channel – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 11PM
 
November 28
CTN – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 4:00PM
CTS – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 3:30PM, 5:00PM
Hope TV – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 12:00AM
RFD – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 6:00PM
TBN – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 7:00PM
The Walk TV – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – check local listings
 
November 29
Heartland – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – 12:00PM, 8:00PM
TCT – “Jimmy Fortune: Hits & Hymns” – check local listings
 
One highlight on the album is the track “Life’s Railway to Heaven,” featuring newly Country Music Hall of Fame inductees, The Oak Ridge Boys. “We were honored that he asked us to join him on this wonderful Hymns project,” said Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys. “We have been singing "Life’s Railway to Heaven" for years, so it was really fun and easy to interject our four part style with Jimmy’s amazing voice!”
 
Jimmy Fortune on Tour:
Nov 21 - Shenandoah Caverns, VA - Shenandoah Jamboree at the Yellow Barn
Nov 28 - Myrtle Beach, SC - South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival
Dec 11 - Amherst, VA - Clifford Baptist Church
Dec 14 - Weyers Cave, VA - Weyers Cave Community Center

Sunday, November 22, 2015

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO MY FRIEND/ARTIST, RICHARD TOMLIN

In life, you meet people that come and go. And on that rare occasion you make a friend, that leaves a deep impression on your heart. How fitting that my friend Richard Tomlin left such an impression as he's an incredible artist. Over the years, I have been gifted original, one of a kind art pieces painted by Richard for birthdays and other occasions. Friends, like myself, encouraged Richard to create a line of products featuring his artwork; finally he has. 

Tomlin's first launch of watercolors feature "The Redman's", a family of birds living everyday life, and "Daily Chores" inspired by Richard and his sister Lily Tomlin's life growing up in 1950's Detroit, MI.



Early life in Detroit was a financial hardship for the working-class family, but a creative period for Richard and Lily Tomlin. It was during this time the siblings would perform shows for the neighbors, their father Guy Tomlin's friends at the local watering hole, or their beloved mother Lillie Mae. 
Lillie Mae was a kind, lenient parent who understood her children were artistic, creative beings and, most of all, unconventional. Many times, her support for Richard's creativity would be tested, such as the time he sawed the living room seating because he wanted sectional furniture. Most parents of that timeframe may have lost their patience and took it out on their children's bottoms; however Lillie Mae, made the newly created sectional pieces work.


Mother, Lillie Mae, encouraged her children's artistic gifts until her death in 2005, at the age of 91. In her lifetime, she was able to see her children's gifts come to fruition. Her daughter, Lily, shot to fame with the TV series Laugh In. Then came movies, Broadway and countless accolades. Richard, became an actor, dancer, writer, artist, nightclub singer, business owner and interior decorator. One of Tomlin's most successful business ventures was Chez Tomlin.

After years in the entertainment industry, both in New York and Los Angeles, as an actor and member of his sister's entourage, Richard, moved to Paducah, KY to be near his mother. There, Richard, was reintroduced to family friend, Tennessee Michael Langston. Together Richard and Tennessee bought a beautiful, 150 year old building in downtown historic Paducah. The pair renovated the four story building, turning it into an upscale gift ship and Danish antique store and Chez Tomlin was born. 

Chez Tomlin boasted a vast array of items from the grand scale of $10,000 to handkerchiefs for $2. The building also housed a restaurant and a Lily Tomlin Museum. The second floor however was Richard's sacred ground; this would be his art studio, where he painted many watercolor jewels and gave new life to lamps, furniture, ornaments and anything he saw that inspired him.

Years later, Richard along with Tennessee moved to Nashville, TN, where he worked as an actor in commercials and Country Music videos. It was in Nashville, Tomlin, was inspired by the music scene, his "Baby Grand Piano" creations lined the walls of some of the greatest recording studios in Nashville. 

I sometimes think God brought Richard to Nashville just for me! Tennessee Michael, Richard, Lillie Mae, and Lily all became dear friends of mine and the legendary singer I managed, Dottie Rambo, The Queen of Gospel Music, who was like my mother. We were an eclectic, adopted family to each other, enjoying trips, dinner parties, and concerts. Dottie would share her stage for a song or two with Richard, and our gang, in return, he would help decorate for the Gospel Music Icon. 

In 2008, while on tour, Dottie's tour bus crashed, killing her and leaving me extremely injured. It was during this time that Richard, Tennessee Michael and Lily poured their love into my life. We all mourned the loss of our beloved Dottie, the spiritual matriarch of our circle of friends. Cheering me up were beautiful paintings from Richard, either for me or my young sons. 


Richard Tomlin's "whimsical water color on timeless products" includes; hats, shirts, jackets, flip flops, prints and countless other items. You can purchase Richard Tomlin's art at the following web address: http://www.richardtomlin.net/wordpress

At the time of posting it was announced that Richard, has a children's book in the works! 


Thursday, November 19, 2015

OUR #TBT ARTIST, CONWAY TWITTY

He had success in the country, rock, R&B, and pop genres. He held the record for the most number one singles of any act, with 40 No. 1 Billboard country hits, until George Strait broke the record in 2006. From 1971 to 1976, Twitty received a string of Country Music Association awards for duets with Loretta Lynn. Although never a member of the Grand Ole Opry, he was inducted into both the Country Music and Rockabilly Halls of Fame.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

OUR WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY, CRYSTAL GAYLE



Crystal Gayle was ranked No. 33 in a 2002 CMT countdown of the 40 Greatest Women of Country Music. She was awarded "Best Female Entertainer" in 2007 by the Second Annual American Entertainment Magazine Reader's Choice Awards. In February 2008, Crystal was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. On October 2, 2009, Gayle received a star on theHollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony in Hollywood, California. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

HANK WILLIAMS JR. CONTINUES TO MAKE HISTORY WITH ENTRY ON BILLBOARD COUNTRY AIRPLAY CHART



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 17, 2015) –Hank Williams Jr. continues to make history this week as his first single from Nash Icon Records, “Are You Ready for the Country” featuring Eric Church, enters the Billboard Country Airplay Chart at #58. With 106 charted singles under his belt, Hank Jr. joins George Jones, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Eddy Arnold and Merle Haggard on a small list of elite artists who have also charted over six decades. View the lyric video now on Vevo.

“It’s surreal to stand back and take in the fact that Hank Williams, Jr. is on our artist roster,” saidScott Borchetta, President/CEO Big Machine Label Group. “His music means so much to so many and he truly defined numerous moments in Country music over the last six decades. It is our true honor to be part of the next chapter as he continues to blaze his own unique musical trails. Message to ALL Hank Jr. fans - you are going to love this music - this is the good stuff.”

Marking 51 years since his first album in 1964, the Country legend is set to release IT’S ABOUT TIME (Nash Icon Records), on January 15, 2016. Hank Jr.’s 37th album is currently available for pre-order across digital retailers. In addition to the history-making “Are You Ready for the Country,” the project includes new tunes such as “Dress Like an Icon,” “Just Call Me Hank,” “It’s About Time,” and “The Party’s On” as well as re-recorded versions of classics “Mental Revenge” and “Born to Boogie” with Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and featuring Brad Paisley on guitar.

IT’S ABOUT TIMETRACK LISTING:
1. “Are You Ready for the Country” featuring Eric Church (Neil Young)
2. “Club U.S.A.” (Tony Stampley, Bonnie Swayze)
3. “God Fearin’ Man”(Chris Janson, Brandon Kinney, Kendell Marvell)
4. “Those Days Are Gone” (Chris Janson, Brice Long, Terry McBride)
5. “Dress Like An Icon”(Hank Williams Jr.)
6. “God and Guns”(Mark Stephen Jones, Travis Meadows, Bud Tower)
7. “Just Call Me Hank”(Hank Williams Jr.)
8. “Mental Revenge”(Mel Tillis)
9. “It’s About Time”(Hank Williams Jr.)
10. “The Party’s On”(Hank Williams Jr., Joe Kent, Tony Stampley)
11. “Wrapped Up, Tangled Up in Jesus (God’s Got It)”(Reverend Charlie Jackson)
12. “Born to Boogie”featuring Brantley Gilbert, Justin Moore and Brad Paisley (Hank Williams Jr.)

Earlier this month, Hank Jr. opened the 49th Annual CMA Awards with a blazing performance of “Are You Ready for the Country” featuring Eric Church. Entertainment Weekly raved of the performance, “…a burn-the-barn-down rager that left no question where we were: Country Music’s Biggest Night." Lucky fans currently have the opportunity to win the guitar Hank Jr. played during this performance – and signed by Hank Jr. and Eric - by entering atHankandEric.comthrough December 1.

His extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums and 13 chart-topping albums. Hank Jr. has been named ACMEntertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon in addition to winning a GRAMMY and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
 

CMT TO HONOR COUNTRY LEGEND KENNY ROGERS WITH "ARTIST OF A LIFETIME" AWARD PRESENTED BY RAM TRUCKS AT "CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR" SPECIAL PREMIERING LIVE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2 AT 8PM ET/PT



NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 17, 2015) – Today, CMT announced that legendary country superstar Kenny Rogerswill receive the prestigious “Artist of a Lifetime” award presented by Ram Trucks during the sixth annual “CMT Artists of the Year,” the definitive year-end party, live from Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville onWednesday, December 2at 8pm ET/PT. Rogers is only the second recipient of the award with Merle Haggard receiving the inaugural honor in 2014.
 
"You go through your life and your career and you try to do the right things and make the right decisions. You don’t always do that, but I have been very lucky. I am grateful for it all. This is a great honor and one I highly treasure. Being in with Merle Haggard on anything is always a thrill. To CMT, the fans, and all who made this incredible award possible, I can’t thank you enough,” said Rogers.
 
The sixth-annual 90-minute special will feature once-in-a-lifetime performances, unexpected tributes and unforgettable toasts as the biggest stars of music, film and television gather to celebrate the five artists selected by CMT as the top artists of the year: Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Sam Hunt and Little Big Town. These artists collectively dominated the last 12 months ruling CMT’s platforms and country radio, scoring chart-topping album and singles, and selling out arenas around the country. Additional performers, presenters, and special guests will be announced at a later date.
 
They join an overgrowing prestigious list of past “CMT Artists of the Year” honorees that includesJason Aldean (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Kenny Chesney (2011, 2012),Eric Church (2012),Hunter Hayes (2013),Toby Keith (2012), Lady Antebellum (2010, 2011),Miranda Lambert (2012, 2014), Tim McGraw (2013), Brad Paisley (2011), Taylor Swift (2010, 2011), Carrie Underwood (2010, 2012), Keith Urban (2014) and Zac Brown Band (2010).
 
Previous “CMT Artist of the Year” performances have included Adele and Darius Rucker performing Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” Lionel Richie andLuke Bryan’s mashup of “Oh No” and “All Night Long,” and Maroon 5covering Taylor Swift’s“Mine.” The show has featured appearances byEllen DeGeneres,Matthew McConaughey,Selena Gomez, Billy Bob Thornton, Roger Clemens, Morgan Freeman and more.
 
The past several years have been some of the most active and rewarding of Country Music Hall of Fame member and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, Kenny Rogers,’ entire career. Having recently announced his retirement from touring on NBC's Today show, he is gearing up for a worldwide farewell tour bringing his legendary music one last time to fans across the globe. On Nov. 11, Rogers embarked on his 34th Christmas & Hitstour in support of his latest Christmas album, Once Again It's Christmas(Warner Bros. / Warner Music Nashville). In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and received the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 47th Annual CMA Awards.

To date, Rogers has sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. He has charted a record within each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers quickly became a pop superstar as well — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10's rank him fourth-best of all time among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers has recorded 12 No. 1 albums and 24 No. 1 hits and is the RIAA’s eighth best–selling male solo artist of all time. He has received three GRAMMY Awards, 11 People's Choice Awards, 19 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards and six Country Music Association awards.
 
For more information visitCMT.com orCMTPress.com, and go join the conversation on the official CMT Facebook page or follow @CMT on Twitter using the official hashtag, #CMTAOTY.

To celebrate Rogers’s lifetime achievement, RAM Trucks and CMT are giving one lucky winner and a guest the chance to attend “CMT Artists of the Year” and experience the presentation live with the “Experience of a Lifetime Contest Presented by RAM Trucks.” To enter, fans can go toramlifetime.cmt.com, or enter via social on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter with custom hashtag #RAMlifetimeContest and submit a photo/video of who inspires them.
 
For more information on Kenny Rogers, please visitkennyrogers.com. Follow him on Facebook andTwitter!
 
KENNY ROGERS’ Once Again It’s Christmas Tour
NOV. 16 Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre | Bridgewater, NS, Canada
NOV. 17 Casino New Brunswick | Mocnton, NB, Canada
NOV. 18 Rath Eastlink Cetre | Truro, NS, Canada
NOV. 20 Pepsi Centre | Corner Brook, NL, Canada
NOV. 21 Clarenville Events Centre | Clarenville, NL, Canada
NOV. 22 Mile One Centre | St. John’s, NL, Canada
NOV. 27 Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield | Northfield, Ohio
NOV. 28 Star Plaza Theater | Merrillville, Ind.
NOV. 29 Honeywell Center | Wabash, Ala.
NOV. 30 Hulman Center – Indiana State | Terre Haute, Ind.
DEC. 01 US Cellular Center | Cedar Rapids, Iowa
DEC. 03 Divots Conference Center | Norfolk, Neb.
DEC. 04 North Star Mohican Casino Showroom | Bowler, Wi.
DEC. 05 FireKeepers Casino – Event Center | Battle Creek, Mich.
DEC. 06 The Colosseum at Ceasars Windsor | Windsor, ON, Canada
DEC. 08 Paramount Arts Center | Ashland, Ky.
DEC. 10 State Theatre | New Brunswick, N.J.
DEC. 11 Westchester County Center | White Plains, Ala.
DEC. 12 Mohegan Sun Arena | Uncasville, Conn.
DEC. 13 Cross Insurance Center | Banger, Maine
DEC. 15 Maryland Theater | Hagerstown, Md.
DEC. 16 Berglund Center| Roanoke, Va.
DEC. 17 Turning Stone Resort & Casino Event Center | Verona, N.Y.
DEC. 18 Valley Forge Casino Resort | King Of Prussia, Pa.
DEC. 19 Bergen Performing Arts Center | Englewood, N.J.
DEC. 20 The Capitol Center for the Arts | Concord, N.H.
DEC. 22 Warner Theater | Erie, Pa.
DEC. 23 NYCB Theatre at Westbury | Westbury, N.Y.
 
Upcoming 2016 Tour Dates
JAN. 18 The Country Music Cruise | Ochos Rios, Jamaica
JAN. 29 Horseshoe Bossier City | Bossier City, La.
JAN. 30 Crockett Civic Center | Crockett, Texas
… more to be added soon!
 
CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR is executive produced by Switched On Entertainment’s John Hamlin. Jayson Dinsmore and Margaret Comeaux serve as executive producers for CMT.
 
CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT, CMT.com and CMT Radio offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and are the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT App, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD. For more information visit www.cmtpress.com.
 
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PEOPLE MAGAZINE OFFERS UP FREE DOWNLOAD FROM AARON TIPPIN




PEOPLE MAGAZINE OFFERS UP FREE DOWNLOAD 
FROM AARON TIPPIN
“There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio” from Tippin’s New 25th Anniversary Album Included in Magazine’s Free Download Section

Nashville, Tenn. (November 17, 2015) – Fans browsing the current edition of People Magazine (Country edition) will discover a free download from country singerAaron Tippin.
 
For a limited time, Tippin’s newly recorded version of his classic hit “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong With The Radio” from his 25th anniversary album, Aaron Tippin 25, is included as a free download in the magazine. 
 
Aaron Tippin 25 is a two-disc collection of 25 songs that includes 10 freshly recorded versions of his biggest career hits, as well as 15 brand new songs.  The album is available for purchase at aarontippin.com andiTunes.  
 
Aaron Tippin's fame was launched in 1990 with the release of his uncompromising single, "You've Got to Stand For Something."  He followed with other major hits including "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagle Fly," and "Kiss This."  
 

Stella and Snooki!

Thought everyone would like to see this post from Stella Parton! Look who she recently bumped into! Join Stella on Facebook! 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THESE TWO FOR PRESIDENTIAL RUNNING MATES?


This would be a lot of Country Music Fans dream ticket! 

Friday, November 13, 2015

CRYSTAL GAYLE RETURNS TO HER INDIANA ROOTS, MUSEUM DEDICATES THEATER IN HONOR OF HOMETOWN HERO



CRYSTAL GAYLE RETURNS TO HER INDIANA ROOTS,
MUSEUM DEDICATES THEATER IN HONOR OF HOMETOWN HERO

Wabash County Historical Museum Names Theater, Unveils New Exhibit in Honor of Country Music Superstar

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 13, 2015) – Crystal Gayle’s legacy continues to have a lasting impact in her childhood hometown with the unveiling of a theater named in her honor and an exhibit profiling her iconic career.
 
The Wabash County Historical Museum in Wabash, Indiana named its theater the “Crystal Gayle Theater” to honor her influence and connection to the small town in Northern Indiana.
 
“It’s so humbling to return to Wabash and feel the love from the community. They always welcome me home with open arms. I’m so proud to be here and be part of this incredible museum,” Gayle said.
 
The youngest of eight children, including Loretta Lynn, Gayle was born Brenda Gail Webb in Paintsville, Kentucky. As the coal mines closed, her family left the area to find work and moved to Wabash, Indiana.
 
The updated exhibit features a replica of Gayle’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1986 American Music Award for Favorite Female Country Vocalist, “When I Dream” gold album, tour gown and tour book, 2005 Indiana Living Legend Award along with various pictures and memorabilia.
 
“Our community has a strong affection for Crystal Gayle and her connection to many local families and this will be a great event for them to reconnect with her and enjoy the museum,” said Mitch Figert, Executive Director.
 
The expanded exhibit will allow the museum to further highlight Crystal Gayle’s accomplishments which will also include memorabilia to be added inside the theater.
 
CRYSTAL GAYLE ON TOUR:
Nov. 21 BBCHS Auditorium - KCTC Benefit Concert - Bradley, IL
Dec. 04 Shooting Star Casino Event Center - Mahnomen, MN
Dec. 05 Hard Rock Hotel Casino - Sioux City, IA
Dec. 06 Andy Williams' Moon River Theater - Branson, MO
Dec. 12 Andy Williams' Moon River Theater - Kansas City, MO

T.G. SHEPPARD TO HOST HEARTLAND TV HIT SHOW "COUNTRY CLASSICS" BEGINNING NOVEMBER 16




T.G. SHEPPARD TO HOST HEARTLAND TV HIT SHOW "COUNTRY CLASSICS" BEGINNING NOVEMBER 16

Sheppard Featured This Weekend on Nationally Syndicated Radio Show, Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 13, 2015) – After making a successful comeback with his latest album, Legendary Friends & Country Duets, country legend T.G. Sheppardcontinues to build on his momentum with upcoming appearances on Heartland TV’s hit show, “Country Classics.” Tune in as Sheppard hosts four upcoming episodes from the popular Willie Nelson & Friends Museum in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to hosting duties, Sheppard also takes viewers behind-the-scenes from the recording process for his new project, which features collaborations withGeorge Jones, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, Lorrie Morgan and many more. Legendary Friends & Country Duets, released via Cleopatra Records, is available on iTunes,Amazon, and in music retailers nationwide.

“I had so much fun taping these episodes” said T.G. Sheppard. “I always enjoy listening to classic country, which is why this was such a perfect fit. I hope everyone enjoys the special footage of myself in the studio with some of my musical heroes while recording the new album.”

“Country Classics” will air new episodes each week, beginning November 16. Additional all-new episodes will air on November 23, November 30 and December 7. Along with Heartland TV, the show will air on Blue Highways TV, The Family Channel, Angel Two (DISH TV), AMG-TV, Country TV (New Zealand) and DTC Cable (check local listings).

Fans can catch T.G. Sheppard this weekend on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Honky Tonkin’ with Tracy Lawrence.” The 3-hour show takes listeners inside the career and life of some of country music’s biggest stars. Sheppard and Lawrence will reminisce about some of the biggest moments of the chart-topper’s 40-plus year career.
 
T.G. Sheppard on tour:
Nov 15 – Wisconsin Dells, WI – Crystal Grand Theater
Dec 06 – Branson, MO – Andy Williams Moon River Theater
Dec 23 – Sauk Rapids, MN – Rollies
Jan 14 – Crossville, TN – Palace Theater
Jan 15 – Powderly, KY – Merle Travis Music Center
Jan 30 – Ft. Worth, TX – The Stage Coach Ballroom
Jan 31 - Feb 7 - Port Canaveral, FL - Country's Family Reunion / Larry's Country Diner Cruise (w/ Kelly Lang)
Feb 10 – Tampa, FL – Florida State Fair

LEE GREENWOOD TO PERFORM "GOD BLESS THE USA" AT REDSKINS VERSUS SAINTS GAME



LEE GREENWOOD TO PERFORM "GOD BLESS THE USA"
AT REDSKINS VERSUS SAINTS GAME
 

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. (November 13, 2015) – Academy of Country Music Award-winning artist, Lee Greenwood, will perform his iconic, patriotic song “God Bless the USA” prior to kick off Sunday, Nov. 15 at FedExField, presented by ACM Lifting Lives®.

The Washington Redskins Charitable Foundations (WRCF) and Redskins Salute will host 200 military surviving family members from TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) at the Washington Redskins versus New Orleans Saints game. During an on-field presentation where they will receive a star (red, white or blue) to represent their fallen hero, Lee Greenwood will sing live.

Voted the most recognizable patriotic song in America, Greenwood’s self-penned “God Bless The U.S.A.” has sold over 1 million copies and has been in the top five on the country singles charts three times (1991, 2001, 2003), giving it the distinction of being the only song in any genre of music to achieve that feat. It also reached No. 1 on the pop charts after September 11, 2001.

“I am honored to be invited to sing my patriotic anthem, ‘God Bless The U.S.A.’ for the families of fallen heroes and veterans who will be on the field for the Redskins versus Saints football game. We must always honor and remember those who have given their lives for our freedom, and seeing their families face-to-face on Sunday is sure to be an emotional moment for me, and for all Americans who are witnessing it. It will be an important and poignant moment to kick-off what’s sure to be a great game,” said Greenwood.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early to FedExField for Greenwood’s performance. Any questions regarding the Redskins Salute to Service campaign should be directed to Alexia Grevious of Redskins Public Relations at 703-726-7077 orgreviousa@redskins.com.

Happy Friday 13th


Thursday, November 12, 2015

AWARD-WINNING ENTERTAINER/SONGWRITER PHIL VASSAR CONTINUES PARTNERSHIP WITH YAMAHA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP PLUS TOUR DATES



Vassar Captivates Crowds Playing Yamaha Piano During #noPHILter Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 12, 2015) –Yamaha Entertainment Group of America is proud to announce that chart-topping singer/songwriter, Phil Vassar, joins the ranks of Elton John, Alicia Keys and many more on the Yamaha artist roster.
 
With eight critically acclaimed albums and 10 number one hits, Vassar has relied on Yamaha’s CP300 keyboard since 2008.
 
“Nothing compares to the keys, vibrato and ease of a Yamaha instrument. I’m thrilled to have Yamaha’s support on the road again,” Vassar said.
 
Vassar continues his#noPHILter tour across the country with his Yamaha instruments in tow well into 2016. Utilizing his strong social following that spans over 45 countries and across 6 continents, Vassar’s energetic show is fan driven by social media requests and includes personal interactions with the crowd.
 
“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Phil and support his ever so successful musical career” said Chris Gero, Yamaha Entertainment Group founder and vice president. “Yamaha Entertainment Group is proud to continually collaborate with such talented musicians.”
 
Recently, Vassar electrified crowds during performances with Hunter Hayes and STYX’s Tommy Shaw leading up to the CMA Awards.
 
Throughout his career, Vassar has been named ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and Billboard’s Country Songwriter of the Year. He has also received 2 ASCAP Songwriter of the Year awards as well as a Daytime Emmy nomination for “Outstanding Original Song.”
 
Vassar just released a new music video for the acoustic version of “She’s On Her Way” that showcases fan-submitted moments. Not only are his home studio walls covered in fan photos, but the music video also features clips of fan’s nostalgic moments amidst Vassar’s sentimental vocals.
 
Vassar will cap off 2015 with additional #noPHILter dates while working on his latest album project, slated for release in 2016.
 
Follow Phil Vassar onFacebookTwitter,Instagram and YouTube.
 
#noPHILter Tour:
Nov 22 - The Kessler - Dallas, TX
Dec 10 - Eichelberger Performing Arts Center Hanover - Hanover, PA
Dec 11 - Infinity Music Hall & Bistro - Norfolk, CT
Dec 12 - The Flying Monkey- Plymouth, NH
Dec 13 - Corning Museum of Glass Auditorium - Corning, NY
Dec 18 - Franklin Theatre - Franklin, TN
Jan 23 - Shipshewana Event Center - Shipshewana, IN
 
ABOUT PHIL VASSAR:
Country music hitmaker Phil Vassar is a piano-pounding powerhouse on stage who taps into his audiences via social media for song requests throughout his more than 135 shows a year. Phil’s reign of signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including "Carlene," "Just Another Day in Paradise," "Six-Pack Summer," "That's When I Love You" and many more. Vassar was racking up hits on the radio long before he even began his own recording career that has seen the release of six albums, two ASCAP Songwriter of the Year trophies, ACM’s Top New Male Vocalist and sold-out shows across the country. Vassar's songwriting career blossomed in the mid-’90s when he landed a publishing contract with EMI and penned hits for Collin Raye ("Little Red Rodeo"), Alan Jackson ("Right on the Money"), Tim McGraw ("For a Little While"), Jo Dee Messina ("Bye Bye," "I'm Alright"), and Blackhawk ("Postmarked Birmingham"). He signed a record deal of his own with Arista in 1998 and was named ASCAP's Country Songwriter of the Year in 1999. Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can. For more information, visitphilvassar.com.
 
ABOUT YAMAHA ENTERTAINMENT GROUP:
Yamaha Entertainment Group of America is a boutique, one-stop shop, record label developed to be the champion of the musician with the backing power of the largest music manufacturer in the world. Yamaha Entertainment Group is branding, promotion, concert production, content development, product placement, tour support, piano logistics and artist relations, all rolled into one. Home to more than 3,600 talented artists, Yamaha Entertainment Group is responsible for the development and advancement of the Yamaha brand name through numerous artist related activities worldwide.
 

#TBT THE BOSSES

#TBT They were and always will be the "BOSSES" of Country Music. Please share this on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and your social media sites! 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

STELLA PARTON GRAND MARSHALL'S NASHVILLE'S VETERAN'S DAY PARADE


Country music star Stella Parton stepped out today as the Grand Marshal of Nashville Tennessee's annual Veterans Day parade down Broadway. 

The event is organized each year by Metropolitan Nashville, Davidson County & the Veterans co-ordinating council. 


(Nashville Mayor, Meghan Berry and Stella)

Stella has released an impressive 30 studio albums producing 31 hit singles, starred in 5 Broadway touring musicals (in addition to numerous roles in film & television), authored 3 best-selling cookbooks and an inspirational memoir; Tell it Sister, Tell it. 

She is currently in the studio finishing a brand new album that is due out in early 2016 and promoting the upcoming NBC TV movie, Coat of Many Colors. 


The movie is based on the iconic song written by Stella's older sister - Dolly Parton and is the first of a four picture deal Dolly signed with NBC earlier this year.

Dolly enlisted Stella's help on the project as an on-location consultant working closely with executive producer(s) Sam Haskell & Pamela K. Long. Stella also appears in the movie, in character, alongside; Jennifer Nettles, Ricky Schroder, Gerald McRaney & Alyvia Lind. Farrah McKenzie portrays Stella's six year old self in the movie. 

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You can see Stella as Corla Bass in the upcoming NBC TV movie Coat of Many Colors, premiering December the 10th at 8pm CST. 




If you are in the Nashville area December the 10th you can see Stella performing at the Nashville Palace's Country for a Cause. 
The event raises funds to help ease the burden on families affected by cancer this Christmas. 

Doors open at 6:30. Tickets and more info can be found at Nashville-palace.com 
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Connect with Stella on her official Facebook, Instagram & Twitter accounts. 





GLEN CAMPBELL'S WIFE RETURNS HIM TO MEMORY CARE FACILITY



Fox News, is reporting that Kim Campbell, wife of the legendary Glen Campbell, has returned the singer to a memory care facility. The Rhinestone Cowboy singer is suffering from Alzheimer's disease. For seven weeks Mrs. Campbell, the couples children and a nephew looked after Glen, at their home before returning him to the facility. 

Read the full story here:

JEANNIE SEELY IS OUR WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY (#WCW)



Our Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) is the Grand Ole Opry Queen, Ms. Jeannie Seely! 

Jeannie has always turned heads! It's not surprising that Jeannie was the first woman in Country Music to wear miniskirts onstage and on the Grand Ole Opry! Her sultry voice, girlish personality and wit, have kept her a timeless beauty!


LAST SEASON FOR DOLLYWOOD'S CHRISTMAS HOLOGRAM PLUS LIGHTNING ROD VIRTUAL RIDE REVEAL EVENT


LAST CHANCE TO SEE DOLLY IN DOLLYWOOD'S A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Dollywood’s A Christmas Carol brings a never-before-seen adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic to the stage.

Set amid lavish Victorian scenery, the classic story of redemption and hope is underscored by seven powerful new songs written by Dolly especially for this 45-minute musical.

For the first time ever in theme park history, cutting-edge holographic technology brings Dolly to the stage in a very special role as the Ghost of Christmas past in this heartwarming musical that follows the inspiring and powerful transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge.


DOLLYWOOD'S Lightning Rod Virtual Reveal November 17, 10:15am. 

Watch live here:

NASHVILLE ASSOCIATION OF TALENT DIRECTORS (NATD) RECOGNIZE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY LEADERS

(CMA, APA, Red Light Management, Nashville Predators, Nashville's Mayor and "American Pickers" Creator Among Honorees)
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 10, 2015) – The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) annual Gala honored the best in their respective fields, including Country Music Association CEO Sarah Trahern, Nashville MayorMegan Barry, Artist Manager at Red Light ManagementCharlie Brusco, Voice of the Nashville Predators Pete Weber, “American Pickers” creator and host Mike Wolfe, and APA Senior VP and Partner Steve Lassiter.
 
The 2015 Honorees were chosen by the NATD Board of Directors, under the leadership of President Steve Tolman of LogiCom. "The NATD Honors Gala has become a memorable evening for all over the last few years. The fact that we can honor such talented industry professionals all the while giving back to the community and those in need make it very special," said Tolman.
(APA's Steve Lassiter and Jim Gosnell)
 
“This is truly a humbling honor and I appreciate NATD for bringing us all together to raise money for scholarships, support our friends in the business,” said APA Senior VP and Partner Steve Lassiter.
 
(Kirt Webster and the legendary Crystal Gayle)

During a surprise moment at the beginning of the evening, NATD honored Webster Public Relations’ Kirt Webster with the Board of Directors Award. During his acceptance speech Webster spoke about the camaraderie he shares with his colleagues in the entertainment industry. “We’re all family here. While there’s certainly competition, we all know we’re looking out for our respective clients. And that’s what it’s all about. I love what I do because it’s my passion,” Webster said.
 
(Steve Tolman, Mike Wolfe and Shaun Silva)

For more than 50 years NATD has served as an idea exchange for Nashville-based entertainment industry professionals to develop relationships within our close-knit community. During the year NATD hits the road and presents the College of Knowledge program where panels of industry experts speak to college students interested in the entertainment industry. At each program NATD awards a $2500 scholarship to talented college students. The organization also aims to honor and recognize deserving men and women in the industry in a variety of ways while raising money for scholarships and charitable causes.

 

Past honorees include:
2015 – Mayor Megan Barry, Sarah Trahern, Charlie Brusco, Mike Wolfe, Peter Weber, Steve Lassiter, and Kirt Webster
2014 – Gov. Bill Haslam, Rob Beckham, Tim Corbin, Demetria Kalodimos, Michael W. Smith, JP Williams, and Charlie Daniels
2013 – Bernie Cahill, Tom Condon, Chaz Corzine, Martina McBride, Kevin Neal, and Bob Romeo
2012 – Mike Fisher, Clint Higham, John Huie, George Jones, Robert Williams and Alan Valentine
2011 – Alabama, Tony Conway, Mayor Karl Dean, James H. Gosnell Jr., and Barry Trotz
 
For more information, please visit www.n-a-t-d.com.

 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Loretta Lynn Full Circle CD March 4 Release Track Listing


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Patsy Cline's Widower, Charlie Dick, Dies At 81


Patsy Cline's widower, Charlie Dick, passed away in his sleep Sunday (Nov 8). The 81 year old was portrayed in the film "Sweet Dreams" by Ed Harris. 

For more information and the full obituary go to:
http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2015/11/08/charlie-dick-widower-who-kept-patsy-clines-legacy-alive-dies-81/75431630/


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Congratulations Irlene Mamdrell Married Yesterday


Congratulations Ms Irlene Mandrell! Sister Barbara announced her baby sister was married yesterday. Read her Instagram post for the details! Check it that wonderful family! 

Happy 97th Birthday Rev. Billy Graham



Happy 97th Birthday to the Reverend Billy Graham! Let's show the Reverend some Nashville style love by tweeting, Instagram-ing and sharing this picture of him with his friend Johnny Cash!