JANIE FRICKE CONTINUES TO CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES WITH ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCES
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Raised on a farm in Indiana, Janie Fricke began singing in church, and later turned that talent into a career which began as one of the marketing industry's most successful jingle singers. Long before her success as a country artist, millions of people became familiar with Fricke’s voice through ads for United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Red Lobster. She soon became a session singer where she was singing background in the studio with some of the biggest country stars of the late 70’s and early 80’s, including Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, and Mel Tillis.
After a string of duets with such greats as Merle Haggard and Moe Bandy, Fricke landed a solo recording contract in the early 80’s and scored several hit singles, including “Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby,” “He's a Heartache” and “You're Heart's Not In It.” She won CMA’s coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1983 and ’84 and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. She has been credited with over 1,600 album projects and scored 36 hit singles.
“I am so fortunate and honored that my music has meant so much to so many people throughout the years as I have worked with some great producers and songwriters.,” says Janie Fricke. “Now, as I get to go out and sing all those hit songs for the fans at concerts, it really brings back memories from when I made those records and I am just glad that the fans continue to come out to the shows to hear them.”
Janie Fricke On Tour:
Apr 12 – Opry Country Classics – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr 13 – Dolly Parton Celebrity Theater – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Apr 21 – Bowie Community Center – Bowie, Texas
Jun 02 – The New Granbury Live – Granbury, Texas
Jun 30 - Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells Event Center - Baraboo, Wisc.
Jul 04 – Private
Jul 13 – Lampasas Spring Ho Festival – Lampasas, Texas
Jul 14 - Arlington Music Hall - Arlington, Texas
Jul 28 – Meramec Theater – Steelville, Mo.
Sep 06 – Blue Gate Theatre/Shipshewana Event Center – Shipshewana, Ind.
Sep 07 - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center - Renfro Valley, Ky.
Sep 29 – The Coyote Country Store – Gail, Texas
Oct 17 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater – Branson, Mo.
In recent past years, Sony Music Entertainment made four of Fricke’s classic albums available to fans on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms – a rarity for some classic acts. The First Word In Memory, The Very Best of Janie Fricke, Black & White and Saddle in the Wind can now be found digitally! The collection of albums includes many of the 18-time chart-topper’s biggest hits, including “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy,” “Tell Me a Lie,” “She’s Single Again” and more.
In addition, Fricke put a spin of bluegrass with some fresh interpretations of many of her beloved tunes with the release of Country Side of Bluegrass. The 13-track collection was produced by Bil VornDick, whose credits also include Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, and Marty Robbins, and features some of the finest pickers in the industry.
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Paste Debuts "Brand New Star" Video From Forthcoming Album
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame members, Grand Ole Opry members, and five-time GRAMMY winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys announce the release of their Lightning Rod Records forthcoming project 17th Avenue Revival, produced by critically-acclaimed producer Dave Cobb on March 16. This is the group’s second project with Cobb, who produced the Oaks’ celebrated The Boys Are Back album released in 2009.
“Having been in The Oak Ridge Boys for almost 52 years,” says Duane Allen, “it can be difficult for me to imagine a place where we have not been. However, Dave Cobb had that vision, and the result is 17th Avenue Revival.”
“Old roads turned into new roads on this album,” adds Oaks’ member Joe Bonsall.
For the new project, Cobb’s vision for the group was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel.
Under Cobb’s direction, they touched on uncharted territory—and for a long-tenured act like The Oak Ridge Boys, that’s saying something. Somewhat retro, yet new and fresh at the same time, there was no vocal stacking and very few overdubs. For two of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let the harmonies shine, just as Dave Cobb had planned initially.
“Legendary Studio A on 17th Avenue South became a special, almost spiritual place, and for a few weeks it served as a beacon of creativity,” says Allen. The result is a recording that will go down in history, for old and new fans alike.
“Dave brought music with spirit and a magical feel to the studio. It became a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual revival for The Oak Ridge Boys,” says the groups’ William Lee Golden.
“17th Avenue Revival is something we believe our fans will love,” adds bass singer Richard Sterban.
Paste debuts “Brand New Star,” one of the songs from the new album, which is already receiving accolades from fans at the Oaks’ shows and is available as an instant grat track when the album is downloaded on digital platforms including Amazon Music and iTunes.
In 2018, The Oak Ridge Boys embark on their Shine the Light Tour, reflecting the messages of this unique collection of songs, as well as their all-time greatest hits. New roads, time-worn pathways, harmony, friendship, inspiration, and GREAT MUSIC.
Hi Lo ProRodeo
NE Mississippi Championship Rodeo will be held in Tupelo January 26th and 27th. The Hi Lo Pro Rodeo invites you to come see what a rodeo is all about! You can get tickets here.
“PRCA Pro Rodeo is back at the BancorpSouth Arena Tupelo! The NE Mississippi Championship Rodeo is the wildest and roughest show on dirt. Witness champion cowboys compete for thousands of dollars in prize money against some of the rankest stock in the world. Bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding with roping and barrel racing. Action packed fun for the whole family with prices you can afford. Live and unrehearsed with instant replay on the Jumbo Screen. The Buck Starts Here!”
Advance: $30, $20 and $14. Day Of Show: $33, $23 and $17. Kids 12 and under $10 advanced, $13 day of show.
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Benefit Ride - December 16th
Main Street Cycle:
Benefit Ride at BMB Off-Road in Fulton MS, December 16th, for Kaylie Brooke Sauls. A student at Tishomingo School who is at St. Jude battling Cancer, Help us help her have a better Christmas! Ride starts 10:00 AM. FREE Chili Lunch 12 PM. Ride till Dark: $2O.OO per Person (Also Accepting Donations) Ticket Required-Available for purchase at Main Street Cycle. For more information contact us at 662-438-6407.
JOHN CONLEE SET TO RELEASE
CLASSICS 3 ON JANUARY 26TH
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country music hitmaker and Grand Ole Opry member John Conlee shows no signs of slowing down, at age 71, with the announcement of a new album, Classics 3, which will include some of his signature hits as well as a few new cuts. The project is slated for release Friday, January 26 on his own Rose Colored Records, and is currently available for presale through his website and iTunes.
"I can’t wait for you to hear the new Classics 3 CD." said Conlee. "I’m particularly anxious to hear what you think of the new music on it. Enjoy!"
Classics 3 has the undeniable essence of John Conlee throughout with previous hits on the album including “Working Man,” “The Carpenter,” and his No. 1 single “Got My Heart Set On You.” The project boasts two tracks written by Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member Hugh Prestwood, “Learning How To Love” and “Unborn Voice,” as well as a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Jesus Take A Hold.” Work by esteemed songwriter Rory Feek makes an appearance on the album with “A Bible and A Belt.” Conlee also creates his own version of Guy Clark’s “The Carpenter.” The twelve-track project is the third and final installment of Conlee’s Classics CD set.
For more information, visit JohnConlee.com and follow him on Facebook.
Classics 3 Track Listing:
1. “Got My Heart Set On You”
2. “Learning How To Love”
3. “Working Man”
4. “The Carpenter”
5. “A Bible And A Belt”
6. “The Shade”
7. “Unborn Voice”
8. “Living Like There’s No Tomorrow”
9. “The Rock”
10. “Lonely Don’t Know When To Leave”
11. “Could You Love Me One More Time”
12. “Jesus Take A Hold”
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'ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER: KENNY ROGERS FAREWELL CELEBRATION' FULL OF SURPRISES AND EMOTIONAL MOMENTS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kenny Rogers’ musical career has touched many different styles of music throughout various generations, and his farewell performance to Nashville, All In For The Gambler, served as a reminder of the musical impact that his career has had – and will continue to make for years to come. An all-star cast of Rogers’ contemporaries – and many of today’s hottest musical artists – turned up last night (October 25) at the Bridgestone Arena in Music City to pay tribute to the Country Music Hall of Fame member, who is in the midst of his farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal.” Perhaps the most emotional moment of the night belonged to Dolly Parton, who teamed with Rogers one last time on their 1983 hit “Islands In The Stream” after surprising both Rogers – and the audience – with a heartfelt performance of “I Will Always Love You” to her friend and collaborator. The two also reminisced about their lengthy friendship – which dates back to a Rogers appearance on her syndicated TV show from the mid 1970’s – almost a decade before they first teamed up. The two also closed out their performing career together with the Grammy-nominated “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” a single from 2013.
The evening was a mixture of song performances that balanced many of the singer’s iconic hits – as well as many of the early days of Rogers’ career as the lead vocalist of The First Edition. Jamey Johnson paid tribute to the singer’s versatility with a raucous take on Mickey Newbury’s “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” a First Edition hit from five decades ago. The Flaming Lips shined the light on “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” with Reba McEntire tipping the hat to the group’s “Reuben James.” Elle King gave a jaw-dropping performance of “Tulsa Turnaround,” one of the First Edition’s lesser-known tracks – that Rogers himself recorded for his 1979 album Kenny. Rogers’ fellow Texan Kris Kristofferson paid tribute to the band’s cover of “Me and Bobby McGee,” which he wrote.
Of course, the main focus of the evening was on the record-setting solo career Rogers embarked on in the mid-1970s, and those hits were on full display during the evening. Justin Moore nodded to the beginning of the singer’s hit making era with “Lucille,” with spellbinding performances taking place from The Oak Ridge Boys (“Love Or Something Like It”), Chris Stapleton (“The Gambler”), and Lady Antebellum (“She Believes In Me”). A special moment took place with the appearance of Don Henley – who once lived with Rogers and his family - to perform the classic “Desperado,” which Rogers cut in 1977 for his Daytime Friends album.
Many of the 80’s and 90’s hits of the singer were featured during The Gambler’s Last Deal as well. Billy Currington delivered a sensual take on “Morning Desire,” with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Idina Menzel teaming up for “We’ve Got Tonight,” a 1983 Rogers hit with Sheena Easton. Two of the singers’ most frequent collaborators figured prominently in this era with appearances with Lionel Richie giving a beautiful take on “’Lady,” a number one Pop and Country hit that he wrote for Kenny’s Greatest Hits album in 1980, and Alison Krauss saluted the singer with a pristine version of his romantic ballad “Love The World Away.” Another incredible performance came from Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and mother Linda Davis – who has toured extensively with Rogers over the years – uniting on stage for the singer’s 1987 chart-topper “Twenty Years Ago.”
There were several other great musical moments during All In For The Gambler, with Naomi and Wynonna Judd reuniting for “Back To The Well,” and an all-star group of Rogers’ former opening acts paying tribute to the icon with a sing-along performance of his 1982 hit “Blaze Of Glory,” including Travis Tritt, The Gatlin Brothers, Kim Forester, T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, T. Graham Brown, and Billy Dean.
Blackbird Presents' Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville's recent highly acclaimed "Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard," is the creator and executive producer of "All In For The Gambler." GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was served as music director, and presided over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers' manager, Ken Levitan, also served as executive producer. The event was filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).
CHARLIE DANIELS TO APPEAR ON FOX & FRIENDS
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® winning music icon Charlie Daniels continues a nonstop media blitz in celebration of the Oct. 24 release of his official memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats,” with national television appearances on Fox & Friends, Access Hollywood, Hannity, Varney & Co., Rural America Live and MORE (see below for air dates). CLICK HERE TO ORDER “Never Look at the Empty Seats.”
Charlie's new CD Memories, Memoirs and Miles-Songs Of A Lifetimewill also be released Oct. 20, available exclusively at Walmart as the musical companion to “Never Look At The Empty Seats,” and follows along the musical journey of Charlie’s career through the years.
Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. In his official memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats” (W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson), fans will learn about his rise from a post-Depression era childhood to becoming a GRAMMY® award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by focusing on the positives in life. Spanning a career of nearly 60 years, Charlie will share inside stories, reflections, rare personal photographs plus make available lessons learned and sage advice to those seeking a career in the music business. For available retailers and more info, go to CharlieDaniels.com.
Leroy Van Dyke Celebrates
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Award-winning country music hit-maker Leroy Van Dyke, who was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on October 20, 1962, is set to mark the anniversary of that accomplishment with an appearance on the Opry's Thursday night show Opry Country Classics at the Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 19.
“After six decades in the music business, I’m still so proud of the day I became a Grand Ole Opry member, an incredible personal highlight and career milestone,” Van Dyke says. “I have always felt at home among my family, friends, and fans there, and I look forward to returning to the Ryman stage where I made my Opry debut and was first introduced as an Opry member.”
Known for his unique, unmistakable music that captivated audiences upon entering the music scene in the mid-1950s, Van Dyke has recorded some of the biggest songs of all time, including his debut single, “The Auctioneer,” which instantly became a multi-million seller, and the worldwide smash, “Walk on By.” The 1961 hit spent 19 weeks at the No. 1 spot and an incredible 42 weeks on the chart. Being named Billboard’s No. 2 Greatest All-Time Country Song based on sales, number of plays and number of weeks on the chart, it has withstood the test of time.
After more than 60 years in the business, he shows no signs of slowing down still booking appearances of The Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour. Bringing traditional country music to fans all over the world, the one-of-a-kind show, by definition, is a classic country show featuring artists who have had million sellers, multiple top ten recordings, or massive television exposure. Van Dyke opens the show then emcees the event as his seven-piece band backs the rest of the presentation.
About Leroy Van Dyke:
Leroy Van Dyke of “Auctioneer” and “Walk On By” fame is known around the world as an entertainer, recording artist, radio and television star, auctioneer and veteran of the Las Vegas circuit. He has recorded more than 500 songs. Van Dyke has performed an estimated 3,500 shows at agricultural events, including fairs and livestock events, in addition to a great variety of engagements. In his six decades of performances, he has never missed a show. For more information, please go to www.leroyvandyke.com.
2017 R.O.P.E 'Entertainer of the Year' Winner
Tickets for North American Tour On Sale Now
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gene Watson continues to stay true to his traditional country style with the release of his new record with New Day Christian Distribution, My Gospel Roots, available December 8. At the recent R.O.P.E. Awards, Watson celebrated his win for the 2017 Entertainer of the Year, an honor he shared with one of his best friends in the music business, Jeannie Seely.
“New Day Christian has a storied legacy of distributing quality Christian products,” said Dottie Leonard Miller, President New Day Christian. “We’re excited to add Gene Watson to that list. Gene’s voice is synonymous with Country music, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with him as he returns to his ‘roots.’”
Over the years, Watson has proved that he is one of the great traditional country artists of his generation, and is defiantly proud to release a Gospel album that stands out in the wave of today’s popular music. He is even prouder to dedicate his new album to his parents, Ted and Thelma Watson, who he credits for raising him in the church and sharing their love for Gospel music. The 13-track record brings the pure, organic country sound that Watson is famous for to gospel songs that he grew up with.
“This record really goes back to my roots of being in that little church and singin’ hymns. We had nothing but love, family and prayer back then, so I wanted to honor those traditions with this album,” Watson said.
Fans got a taste of what to expect from Watson’s new record with the release of his “Help Me” rendition on his 2016 album,Real.Country.Music. Originally penned by Larry Gatlin and recorded by Elvis Presley, “Help Me,” captivated audiences and rose to No. 1 in Christian Servant Magazine, Christian Voice Magazine and on Cashbox. My Gospel Roots includes “Help Me,” but also features Watson’s own renditions of many other classic Christian songs.
Watson includes songs from all different generations on his new record, and proves that he hasn't lost a note in his incredible multi-octave range. One particular stand-out is “Old Roman Soldier, the first single releasing to Christian radio stations.
“I’d never heard a Gospel song written from the point of view of the Roman soldier who placed Jesus on the cross,” said Watson. “This song is true Country Gospel in the way it delivers a strong Christian message with such a visual story type setting.”
Despite a busy few months in the studio, Watson, who is often known as “The Singer’s Singer,” shows no sign of slowing down his touring schedule. Fans can expect to hear his powerhouse vocals on classics like “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party”and “Fourteen Carat Mind,” alongside Watson’s gospel renditions.
Be sure to follow Gene Watson on Facebook or visitGeneWatsonMusic.com to order My Gospel Roots and purchase tickets to upcoming shows. To book Watson, contact Rob Battle firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fans of the late Country Music Hall of Fame member, Conway Twitty, can now purchase TIMELESS, a collection of never-before released songs from one of America's most beloved musical performers of all-time.The album is available on ConwayTwitty.com and can be downloaded through all major digital retail outlets.
The songs on TIMELESS haven't been heard since their recording in 1972, included in a series of musical tracks from top artists at the time as part of a United States recruitment program. Performers such as Dolly Parton, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings would record fifteen-minute performances that would be distributed to over 2,000 radio stations throughout the world intended for commercial release. Tom Gramuglia of Country Rewind Records, says that he can’t wait for fans to hear these recordings - which put the recorded genius of Conway Twitty on full display for all to hear.
“These recordings were long forgotten and few people who knew of their existence. They’ve never before been made commercially available to the public and I truly felt like this music needed to be shared with long-time traditional fans, and heard by our younger generation of Millennials who have a flavor and inkling for country music recording artists that made American country music great.”
The music on TIMELESS is a mixture of many of the songs that made Conway Twitty a household name, such as his signature song from 1970, “Hello Darlin,” as well as a pair of deeper Twitty cuts that are no less historic or powerful - “The Image Of Me” and “Next In Line” (his first top ten and number one hits, respectively) from 1968. His band, the Twitty Birds - featuring steel guitar wizard John “Buttermilk” Hughey, bassist “Big Joe” Lewis, and drummer Tommy “Pork Chop” Markham - are featured on TIMELESS, as well as new musical accompaniment produced by Twitty’s daughter and son-in-law, Joni and John Wesley Ryles. Joni - who performed with her father on the 1975 classic “Don’t Cry Joni” - says this music is something that Twitty’s loyal following will want to add to their collection.
“When I heard it, I was blown away. I couldn't be prouder of Dad's performance, and the Twitty Birds did such a great job. Every Conway Twitty fan needs to hear this. My family could not be more pleased to celebrate his life in music with this compilation of treasures.”
While the sessions that comprise TIMELESS weren’t the typical Decca recording session with Owen Bradley producing, these tracks - cut at the studio of former Elvis Presley band member Scotty Moore - drip with as much perfection as anything he cut at Bradley’s Barn. It wasn't like a typical session where everything was perfected,” explained Ryles. “But, these songs are an incredible gift, and Daddy was sounding as incredible as he ever did. These recordings make my heart smile, and I think his fans will feel the same way.”
TIMELESS Track Listing:
1. (Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date
2. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)
3. Hello Darlin’
4. How Much More Can She Stand
5. Working Girl
6. I Can’t See Me Without You
7. I Love You More Today
8. Crazy Arms
9. 15 Years Ago
10. Honky Tonk Man
11. The Image Of Me
12. If You Were Mine To Lose
13. Proud Mary
14. Next In Line
October 6th & 7th it's Trash and Treasure, 50 miles of massive yard sales. Highway 25 north of Iuka following the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to Belmont-Golden, including Old Highway 72 to Burnsville and Highway 72 in Burnsville. You're invited to be a seller or buyer, for more information just visit tishomingofunhere.org.
October 2: Monster Movie Mondays! Free Screenings of Classic Horror Films at 116 E Mobile presented by F/Stop Film Fest for all of October! The first movie will be “It Follows”. Be sure to check the schedule out for all the upcoming movies during Monster Movie Monday's in Florence, AL.
Visit http://www.visitflorenceal.com/ for a full calendar of events.
Continues Extensive North American Fall Tour
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The International “Queen of Bluegrass” returns from a week of traveling abroad. Rhonda Vincent kept a jet-setting pace, flying from New York City to Dublin, Prague, and Zurich, before returning on Sunday.
The All American Bluegrass Girl, along with the Most Award Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History, “The Rage” performed amongst the breathtaking beauty of Prague, Czech Republic and Gstaad, Switzerland.
“The response was overwhelming,” Rhonda stated. “It is such an amazing feeling to know our music transcends beyond borders, languages, and cultures. Music is a universal language, and we certainly felt the love by the ovations received after every song. It was equivalent to a finale ending after every solo, and at the ending of each song. What an exhilarating experience to feel such response to our music!”
The first performance of this International Tour was in Prague, Czech Republic at the historic Rudolfinum, it is the current home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are the first artists to perform bluegrass music at the Rudolfinum. Known for its excellent acoustics, this historic hall was the perfect setting for their pure form of acoustic music in tandem with the incredible architecture of Prague. www.rudolfinum.cz
On Friday and Saturday, Rhonda Vincent set another historic landmark, being one of the few who have made triple performances at the most prestigious country music festival in Switzerland “Country Night Gstaad.” The festival is an annual event, spanning over 20 years, and hosted by entrepreneur Marcel Bach in the beauty of the Swiss Alps. Rhonda first performed at the Country Night Gstaad in 1997 with a country music band; next in 2007 with The Rage; and her third appearance another 10 years later in 2017 along with country music newbie Mo Pitney and the multi-charting Mark Chesnutt. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage stole the night with their energetic performance. After an uproarious, demanding ovation, Rhonda returned to the stage with only her guitar to deliver what many felt was their favorite part of the night. She gave a solo performance of the title song, which she wrote from the #1 CD with Daryle Singletary, “American Grandstand.” In addition to their nightly performances, Rhonda & The Rage did a special meet and greet with fans who traveled from all parts of Europe, which included Slovakia, Italy, France, and Spain. On Saturday afternoon, they even hosted a special impromptu jam session at their sponsor booth D’Addario.
"We love getting involved in every aspect of a festival,” Rhonda explains. "It’s more than just coming to a concert. We love getting to visit with our friends, and meeting new friends. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, we can stay in touch well beyond the show. It’s important that I can shake each person’s hand, and look them in the eye to really make a connection you cannot make from the stage. They are lifelong friendships. We bring our heart and soul to every venue, and this is displayed in the amazing love we are shown in return.”
Beyond their performances, they were treated to luxury accommodations at The Alpina Gstaad. The Alpina Hotel is on the registry as one of the Best Hotels in the World! A 5-star hotel, nestled in the mountains of Gstaad Switzerland, and its features are nothing short of exquisite! Every aspect has been carefully selected, from the room design to restaurants, pools, and spa.
“Thank you Marcel and your entire staff for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!” Rhonda shares. “We love Country Night Gstaad, and staying at The Alpina was a most amazing addition to this already awesome festival.”
Although they are still soaring from their International experiences, this week finds Rhonda & The Rage at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Kodak, TN, Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival in Conway, MO, and Pickin’ In The Pines Festival in Flagstaff, AZ.
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage On Tour:
9/19 Branson, Mo. - Starlite Theatre w/Larry's Country Diner
9/23 Vine Grove, Ky. - Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
10/06 Manteo, N.C. - Bluegrass Island
10/07 Galax, Va. - Rex Theater
10/08 Sodus, N.Y. - Sodus High School Auditorium
10/12 Shipshewana, Ind. - Blue Gate Theater
10/13 Corinth, Miss. - Tickets 662-664-1836
10/14 Waldron, Ark. - Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
10/19 Bremen, Ga. - Mill Town Music Hall w/Daryle Singletary
10/20 Lafayette, La. - Acadiana Center for the Arts
10/21 Tomball, Texas - Main Street Crossing
10/27 Anderson, S.C. - Anderson Bluegrass Festival
10/28 York, Pa. - The Praise Center
11/04 Renfro Valley, Ky. - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
11/9 Palatka, Fla. - Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival
11/10 Radford, Va. - Little River Bluegrass Barn
11/11 Hopewell, Va. - The Beacon Theatre
11/16 Fishersville, Va. - America's Music Fest
11/17 Sellersville, Pa. - Sellersville Theater
11/18 Federalsburg, Md. - A. Curtis Andrew Auction Facility
11/25 St. Joseph, Mo.
11/26 Nashville, Tenn. - Ryman Auditorium w/The Nashville Pops Orchestra
11/29 PRIVATE - N.C.
Seely Becomes Sixth Woman Ever to Spend 5 Decades As An Opry Member
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – ‘Miss Country Soul’ Jeannie Seely celebrates 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Exactly 50 years to the day she was first inducted on September 16, 1967, Seely performed her Grammy®-winning classic “Don’t Touch Me” and other favorites before being joined on stage by fellow Opry member Bill Anderson and Opry General Manager Sally Williams to mark the occasion with gifts and presentations. Seely becomes the sixth woman in country music history to reach the milestone, joining Minnie Pearl, Jean Shepard, Wilma Lee Cooper, Loretta Lynn and Connie Smith with that distinction.
“Jeannie Seely lives and breathes the Grand Ole Opry,” Williams said. “It is an honor for all of us to celebrate such a talented, dedicated, trailblazing member of our Opry family. Watching her perform tonight, I think we can all agree she’s just getting started.”
“The Opry has been my life for more than 50 years," said Seely. "I feel so blessed to be a part of this Opry family, tonight was just the icing on the cake.”
The Pennsylvania-native first saw success with her hit single, “Don’t Touch Me,” which won a Grammy Award for “Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female” in 1966. Along with dozens of accolades, including awards from Billboard, Cashbox and Record World, Seely has achieved No. 1 songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner and as a songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by country legends such as Merle Haggard, Dottie West, Ernest Tubb and Ray Price.
Most recently Seely released 'Written In Song,' a collection of 14 tracks all co-written or self penned by Seely. Distributed by Smith Music Group, 'Written In Song' brings back the traditional country sound that fans have been longing for. Standout tracks include “Leavin’ & Sayin’ Goodbye” featuring special guests Kenny and Tess Sears, “Senses” with guest Connie Smith and Marty Stuart and “We’re Still Hangin’ In There Ain’t We Jessi” with Jan Howard and Jessi Colter.
For more information, visit JeannieSeely.com or follow her onFacebook.
ABOUT JEANNIE SEELY:
“Miss Country Soul” Jeannie Seely is a GRAMMY® award-winning artist who has been recording and performing for more than six decades. A Pennsylvania native, Seely moved to LA where she met many songwriters including Dottie West who ultimately encouraged her to move to Nashville. Within a month, Porter Wagoner hired her as the female singer for his road and television series. On September 16, 1967, Seely’s biggest dream came true when she became the first Pennsylvania native to become a member of the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Seely subsequently became the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows. She’s also credited for changing the image of female country performers by being the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage. On March 2, 1967, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences honored Jeannie with the 1966 GRAMMY® Award for the "Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female." A BMI-awarded songwriter, Seely’s songs have been recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as by many other artists including Doyle Lawson, Lorrie Morgan and Irma Thomas. Along with placing records on the Billboard country singles chart for 13 consecutive years, Seely also served as a radio disc jockey on her own Armed Forces Network Show. For more information, visit jeannieseely.com.
Dolly’s New Children’s Album ‘I Believe In You’ Available for Pre-Order Sept. 15
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music icon Dolly Parton will be all over television this weekend as pre-orders begin for her first children’s album I Believe In You, available here. Parton first appears on the ACM Honors on Friday, September 15 where she will accept the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award before heading to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17.
Parents, fans and all those young at heart can be the first to get their hands on Parton’s new children’s album, I Believe In You, by placing a pre-order on or after September 15. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the album’s first track “I Believe In You.” The album will feature 14 new songs, all written and performed by Dolly Parton with the spirit and heart of children in mind. Proceeds from the album will benefit Imagination Library, which was established in 1995 to honor Parton’s father, who never had the chance to learn to read or write.
A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available September 29, and the physical album will be available worldwide October 13.
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DON WILLIAMS DEAD AT 78
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music world mourns the loss of one of its’ most distinctive song stylists with the passing of Don Williams after a short illness. He was 78.
A native of Floydada, Texas, Williams was born May 27, 1939. He grew up in Portland, TX, graduating there in 1958. Music had always been a part of his upbringing, entering – and winning - a talent contest when he was just three years old. For his efforts, Williams received an alarm clock. He began playing guitar during his teen-age years, learning the songs that he heard on the radio during that period. He and his friends played in local bands around the area, and he wed wife Joy Bucher on April 10, 1960.
To support his family – which would grow to include two sons, Gary and Timmy – Williams worked at a number of odd jobs, including oil field work, and also as a bill collector. While living in Corpus Christi in 1964, he formed the folk-styled trio The Pozo Seco Singers with Lofton Cline and Susan Taylor. They stayed together for seven years, with their biggest hit being “Time.”
After the group disbanded in 1969, Williams soon found his way to Nashville. By 1971, he had a songwriting contract with the publishing company owned by Jack Clement. The next year would see Williams ink a recording deal with Clement’s JMI Records. He made his chart debut with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973, and was soon hitting the charts time and again with a much more laid-back sound than a lot of the music coming out of Nashville at the time. 1974 would see Williams top the charts for the first time with “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me.” From that point all the way through 1991, each Williams single would hit the Top-40 on the Billboard Country charts. His 1970s hits included such chart toppers as “Tulsa Time,” “She Never Knew Me,” and “It Must Be Love.” His career grew steadily through label shifts to ABC / Dot, MCA, Capitol, and finally RCA. Williams also gained a devoted following overseas in such unlikely spots as England, Ireland, and New Zealand , and even South Africa and Kenya – where he reached superstar status. He was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1978. Though known for being very low-key and soft spoken, Williams did make two movie appearances – 1974’s W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings, and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II.
The 1980s saw no slow down in Williams’ recorded output, with the singer notching his biggest hit with 1981’s “I Believe In You,” which not only topped the Country charts, but crossed over to No. 24 on the Hot 100. By this time, he had earned the nickname “The Gentle Giant” for his trademark mellow sound, and the hits continued to pile up throughout the rest of the decade - “Stay Young,” “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” and “One Good Well” being three of his biggest of the 1980s. His final top ten came in 1991, with “Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy,” a song that Josh Turner – a Williams fan – would record in 2006.
Though the changing of the guard at radio slowed down Williams’ chart success, he continued to perform for sold-out crowds in America and abroad, playing a final tour in 2006. However, retirement was not in the cards for the singer, who returned to the road in 2010 – the same year that he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Williams’ return to the spotlight also included a pair of albums on Sugar Hill, 2012’s And So It Goes, and 2014’s Reflections, which included contributions from Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban. It was a sign of his enduring appeal that both albums hit the Top-20 on the Billboard Country Albums charts – his biggest rank there in three decades.
In 2016, Williams decided that the time was right for his final performance, calling it a career after one of the most successful careers in the history of the Country Music business. "It's time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I'm so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support," the 76-year-old Williams said in a statement at the time. Last year also saw the final release of Williams’ career, a live CD and DVD recorded in Ireland. In 2017, the singer was the subject of a tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, that included performances of his hits by artists such as Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks.
Arrangements are pending.
Justin Moor Tour Announced
Chart-Topping Newcomer Dylan Scott Set to Open
Nashville, Tenn. – Justin Moore announces today that he will launch his “Hell on a Highway Tour” on October 13 in Monroe, Louisiana. The PLATINUM-selling entertainer will hit over 40 cities across the US with Dylan Scott opening for Moore.
"Hell On A Highway Tour" is Moore's fourth headlining tour, having just wrapped up his "American Made Tour" with Lee Brice back in April and will span seven months, taking the Arkansas native from coast to coast.
HELL ON A HIGHWAY TOUR:
Oct. 13 Monroe, La. — Monroe Civic Center
Oct. 15 New Orleans, La. — UNO Lakefront Arena
Oct. 19 Baltimore, Md. — The Modell Lyric
Oct. 20 Richmond, Va. — Altria Theater
Oct. 27 Birmingham, Ala. — BJCC Concert Hall
Nov. 4 Moline, Ill. — iWireless Center
Nov. 9 Muncie, Ind. — Emens Auditorium, Ball State University
Nov. 10 Muskegon, Mich. — L.C. Walker Arena
Nov. 11 Merrillville, Ind. — Star Plaza Theatre
Nov. 16 Salem, Va. — Salem Civic Center
Nov. 17 Athens, Ga. — Akins Arena at The Classic Center
Jan. 18 Rio Rancho, N.M. — Santa Ana Star Center
Jan. 19 Prescott Valley, Ariz. — Prescott Valley Event Center
Jan. 20 Salt Lake City, UT — Maverik Center
Jan. 21 Nampa, Idaho — Ford Idaho Center
Jan. 23 Tucson, Ariz. — Tucson Arena
Jan 25 San Jose, Calif. — City National Civic
Jan. 26 Los Angeles, Calif. — Microsoft Theater
Jan. 27 Ontario, Calif. — Citizens Business Bank Arena
Feb. 1 Washington, D.C. — The Anthem
Feb. 2 Salisbury, Md. — Wicomico Civic Center
Feb. 3 Newark, Del. — Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware
Feb. 9 Norfolk, Va. — Ted Constant Convocation Center
Feb. 10 Spartanburg, S.C. — Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Feb. 15 Rockford, Ill. — BMO Harris Bank Center
Feb.16 Ft. Wayne, Ind. — Allen County Memorial Coliseum
Feb. 17 Ypsilanti, Mich. — EMU Convocation Center
Feb. 23 Trenton, N.J. — Sun National Bank Center
Feb. 24 Rochester, N.Y. — Blue Cross Arena
Mar. 1 Estero, Fla. — Germaine Arena
Mar. 3 St. Augustine, Fla. — St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Mar. 8 Broomfield, Colo. — 1st Bank Arena
Mar. 9 Kearney, Neb. — Viaero Event Center
Mar. 10 Bismarck, N.D. — Bismarck Event Center
Mar. 15 Park City, Kan. — Hartman Arena
Mar. 16 Tulsa, Okla. — Brady Theatre
Mar. 23 Shreveport, La. — Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Mar. 24 Pensacola, Fla. — Pensacola Bay Center
Mar. 29 Kingston, R.I. — The Ryan Center
Mar. 30 Portland, ME — Cross Insurance Arena
Mar. 31 Bangor, ME — Cross Insurance Center
April 19 St. Joseph, Mo. — St. Joseph Civic Center
April 20 Cedar Falls, Iowa — McLeod Center
April 21 Green Bay, Wisc — Resch Center
April 26 Troy, OH — Hobart Arena
April 27 Youngstown, OH — Covelli Centre
April 28 Knoxville, Tenn. — Knoxville Civic Coliseum
The news is announced on the heels of Moore seventh #1 single “Somebody Else Will," which hit the top of the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts. This is the second chart-topper from his fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CARE (The Valory Music Co.) which also marks his third #1 debut on the Billboard Country Albums chart. His highly-anticipated third single from the album is the title track which Sounds Like Nashville said “...hits the twang factor in fine fashion." “Kinda Don’t Care” impacts Country radio on September 19.
Moore is a seasoned showman who continues to blow the roof off venues after almost a decade of touring. The OC Register raves of a recent show "It was full-on energy" and Whiskey Riff adds “…Justin rocked the crowd’s face off…”
For tour dates and additional information, visitJustinMooreMusic.com, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram,Twitter and YouTube.
ABOUT JUSTIN MOORE:
Justin Moore’s long-awaited fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CAREearned the singer his third consecutive No. 1 album debut and features his chart-topping singles “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and “Somebody Else Will.” His next single, the title track from the album, impacts Country radio on September 18. The project is chock-full of new music with 16 tracks on the deluxe version and skyrocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart upon release. The Arkansas native spent three years putting the project together, which serves as a follow up to his second No. 1 album release, OFF THE BEATEN PATH.Moore holds seven No. 1’s under his signature white cowboy hat including “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll” as well as seven Top 10 hits. The Valory Music Co. recording artist has earned multiple ACM, ACA and ACC Awards nominations. He has shared the stage with Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert and recently wrapped his co-headline AMERICAN MADE TOUR with Lee Brice.
Lee Greenwood Honored with 'Point of Light Award'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – America’s patriot and Grammy®-winning artist, Lee Greenwood, has been honored with the Point of Light Award.Created by the administration of President George H. W. Bush, the Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America.
Greenwood, who was recently named one of Billboard's 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time, has done over 30 tours with the USO and is an ambassador for non-profit organization, Help A Hero. Despite his great musical success, Greenwood says he is most proud of what he can give back to his country and those who have served.
“I count it a privilege to be in a position to brighten a veteran’s day or help unite the country after a tragedy like 9-11 and I am honored to be named as a Daily Point of Light by our beloved president, George H.W. Bush,” said Greenwood. “Knowing that this award is the largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, I consider this to be one of my most prestigious honors.”
Greenwood was presented the Points of Light Award on August 21 by the Chairman of Helping a Hero, Chris Daniel. Points of Light works in partnership with companies, foundations, government agencies and nonprofits to achieve the greatest impact.
“Lee inspires me and I still get goosebumps every time I hear him sing or watch him present the keys to a specially adapted home to one of our wounded warriors,” said Meredith Iler, Chairman Emeritus of Helping a Hero. “It was an honor to nominate Lee for the Daily Point of Light award and to surprise him with the Daily Point of Light Award alongside dozens of wounded warriors who love and respect him.”
Lee Greenwood continues to spread his patriotism through his current tour across America. For more information on Lee Greenwood, please visit leegreenwood.com and follow him on Twitter, Facebook andInstagram.
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KENNY ROGERS TO BE HONORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum announced its 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees, and first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Kenny Rogers - singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, photographer, and author - will receive the 2017 IPHF Lifetime Achievement Award, the first of its kind awarded by the IPHF. In addition, Nine photographers or photography industry visionaries who demonstrate the artistry, passion, and revolution of the past and present craft of photography were selected for induction to the Hall of Fame, including: Ernest H. Brooks II, black-and-white underwater photographer; Harry Benson, iconic portrait photographer; Edward Curtis, photographer of the American West and the North American Indian; William Eggleston, pioneer of color photography; Anne Geddes, portrait and infant photographer; Ryszard Horowitz, pre-digital special effects photographer; James Nachtwey, photojournalist and war photographer; Cindy Sherman, conceptual portrait photographer; andJerry Uelsmann, photomontage photographer.
The IPHF annually awards and inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation, and significant contributions to the art and science of photography.
The 2017 Awards and Induction Event will take place on November, 17, in St. Louis, MO, home of the IPHF in the Arts District, Grand Center.
A nominating committee of IPHF representatives and notable leaders with a passion for preserving and honoring the art of photography selected the inductees. To be eligible for induction, nominees were considered based on the noteworthy contributions they made to the art or science of photography that had a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography. The inductees, though widely differing in style and practice, are individually seen as significant innovators in their respective fields. They are all risk takers who introduced the world to new means of artistic representation and expression.
“This year, the IPHF is honored to recognize ten creators who have uniquely revolutionized the modern photography industry,” said Patty Wente, Executive Director of the IPHF. “Our 2017 awardees are innovators who broke the norm of tradition and conceived their own ways of creatively communicating with the world around them.”
In addition to honoring the 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees and Lifetime Achievement award winner, the IPHF will be honoring the late Ken Whitmire, former IPHF board member, for his many contributions to the Museum and for his passion and commitment to photography.
For more than 50 years, the IPHF has been and remains the only organization worldwide that recognizes and honors significant contributors to the artistic craft and science of photography. The 2017 cohort of awardees and inductees join 79 other artists and innovators, including: Steve Jobs, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams. The 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held on Nov. 17, 2017 in St. Louis. For details, contact Patty Wente at 314-479-2698 email@example.com.
In addition to their commitment to the Photography Hall of Fame, the IPHF strives to educate the public about photographic history and to collect, exhibit, and preserve historical items and images. IPHF’s impressive permanent collection contains works from more than 500 artists, nearly 5,000 historical cameras, and more than 30,000 photographs. More information on the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum can be found at www.iphf.org.
About the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum:
The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is a non-profit organization with the purpose of celebrating the achievements of the inventors, pioneers, and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. The IPHF has preserved the art of photography and its contribution to modern civilization since 1965, and is the proud home to over 6,000 historical cameras and 30,000 images. The IPHF is located in the Grand Center Arts District at 3415 Olive Street St. Louis, Missouri, 63103. For more information, please visit www.iphf.org.
Fellow artists and friends react to the passing of Glen Campbell:
"Well Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted. Glen is one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business, and he was one of the greatest musicians. He was a wonderful session musician as well. A lot of people don’t realize that, but he could play anything. And he could play it really well. So he was just extremely talented. I will always love you, Glen!" – Dolly Parton
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“Glen Campbell is such an incredible talent. Glen Campbell filled a niche in American music that very few people have ever reached. He was considered both pop and country, and not just one record or one little phase in his career, but years and years and years of his career. He represented the best of the pop and the best of country, and he went that kind of middle ground. He pulled people in from both sides. It was a great thing for country music, and frankly, for pop music. He was an incredibly talented guitar player. A lot of people have heard Glen Campbell’s brand that don’t even realize it. He was a studio musician in Los Angles for a lot of years and he did a lot of work for a lot of artist we’re very familiar with. He had a great, God-given talent. We’ve seen him host television shows, he plays great guitar, he sings great and he entertains. Glen Campbell was one of the most unique people that has come along in the music business in my lifetime.” – Charlie Daniels
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"It's always tragic when you hear of a friend passing, but he had to be miserable that last few years of his life. At least he doesn't have to deal with that anymore. We worked together a lot through the years. In fact, Glen played on almost all First Edition music. He played a dynamic riff on the guitar that was trend setting. I also shot a few of his album covers back in the day and, at the time, I never knew people were paid to do that, but a few weeks later I received a check in the mail that was unexpected and highly received. I'll never forget that. He was a good friend and it breaks my heart that he's not here to contribute to music anymore." – Kenny Rogers
“When I first came to Nashville, Tennessee to join the Oak Ridge Boys in 1973, I wasn’t with the group two weeks before Duane Allen took me to the CMA Awards, my first ever. I rented a tuxedo that looked like a high school prom tuxedo—horrible. That was the best I could do at the time. Glen Campbell came out and sang ‘By the Time I Get To Phoenix,’ and sat on the edge of the stage and sang it. I loved Glen Campbell. I had all of his records up to that point. I could not believe that I was sitting in the Opry House, actually watching Glen Campbell sing. Over the years, we became very good friends.” – Joe Bonsall (The Oak Ridge Boys) [video]
“I think probably, the sweetest time I had with Glen Campbell is when I would be with him, pitching songs to each other. Glen Campbell was one of the great song men I’ve ever met in my life. Glen taught me so much about the importance of finding great songs. When we worked together, which was many times, like in Branson, when we opened up the Palace Theatre. We opened it up together. We would wind up on our bus, playing songs until one night we played so long that he just fell asleep. He just didn’t want to give it up, and he would wake up at the end of the song and say ‘Play another one.’ I’d say, ‘don’t you think we need to go to sleep?’ He’d say ‘Yeah, but I’d just love to hear these new songs.’ We would just keep playing song. One time we were out in the Sparks, Nevada working with Mel Tillis and he said ‘Glen called and he wants us to come over to Tahoe and play some songs.’ So we got in Mel’s plane and flew to Tahoe, and we played songs at Glen’s place, just played songs for each other for about two hours until we were horse. Then we flew back to Sparks, did our shows and Glen did his at Lake Tahoe. Short time ago I went to visit Glen at the home where he was staying and handed him a guitar. He picked it up and strummed it a little bit, gave me a big smile, and it was hard to see a man who looked really healthy, looked really good, still smiled real big, but not be able to communicate like he once did. But I have so many memories of him. And I pray that someday, we’ll find a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s and those people who need help and that’s my one prayer." – Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) [video]
"Glen Campbell was such a huge influence on me. Growing up, I studied his writing, songs and how he was an 'entertainer's entertainer.' Along with Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Glen Campbell was one of the first to parlay country music into mainstream television and broaden the entire country music fan base across the globe. Ride on Rhinestone Cowboy. God Bless." – Billy Ray Cyrus
“As a musician, he was a hero. As an Arkansan, he was a hero. RIP Glen.” – Justin Moore
"Sorry to hear about my good friend Glen. The loss is too big to put into words. He was an incredible voice, incredible musician, incredible friend, movie star and recording artist. We had so much fun together, and sort of grew up together in our music and our careers. There were so many memories that only he and I shared. Glen and I were brothers in every sense of the word. When I hear or see his name, I see the Glen I've always known. There will never, ever be another Glen Campbell." – Roy Clark
"I knew Glen for more than 50 years. We met on the set of a TV show in Toronto in 1964, and like everybody else in our business, I was a huge fan. One of my treasured memories is the day Glen and I sat together, just the two of us and his guitar, and recorded a "Bill Anderson Visits with the Legends" radio show for XM satellite radio. We laughed, sang and visited like two neighbors across a picket fence. I'll remember it forever." – Bill Anderson
“It’s sad to hear of the passing of yet another great musical genius. His music will live on! Some of the greatest country songs ever to be written or sung. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Campbell family in their time of sorrow and loss.” – KC of KC and the Sunshine Band
"I had the pleasure of inducting Glen into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He could write it, sing it and play it. He was a triple threat. He never forgot his friends and made room for them on any project could. He was one of the finest musicians I've ever known and certainly the prowess of his entertainment legacy goes without saying that. He was our golden boy. We loved him and the world loved him." – Brenda Lee
“I don’t think there is any doubt that under the circumstances of his health the past several years, his passing was inevitable. But that doesn’t take away from it and the fact that he was one of the greatest in the business. Vocally and instrumentally there was no one like him and the music business is a better place because of him. I will always cherish the fact that he played on many of my recordings in the 60s. I was proud to know him and to work with him. We sure will miss him.” – Leroy Van Dyke
“I grew up loving Glen Campbell and am so sad to see him go. The greatest all around talent ever in country music.” – John Rich of Big and Rich
“I'm sad to learn of the passing of one of my heroes and friends, Glen Campbell. I loved his singing and guitar playing but I really admired him for his down to earth and friendly personality. I spent only a week working with him in Branson and he made us all feel like old friends. Rest In Peace old buddy." – Mark Chesnutt
“I did my grieving for Glen when I first heard he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s because I knew we had lost the gift of his talent and his friendship. I’m glad he is not suffering any longer and I hope he is now at peace.” – Jeannie Seely
“Glen Campbell touched so many lives during his time on this earth! He sang one of my all time favorite songs, Rhinestone Cowboy. He was such a talented singer, songwriter and actor. Today country music has lost yet another great and legend. May God watch over his family and fans through these tough times ahead. Rest in peace the one and only Glen Campbell!” – Shane Owens
“We lost another one of my heroes. One of the greatest singers, songwriters and musicians. He had it all. We are going to miss him dearly.” – Moe Bandy
“I was, am and always will be a Glen Campbell fan.” – Ronnie McDowell
“My hero... My Friend... Glen Campbell, is gone. My heart is heavy... A lot of memories...the end to a beautiful era in music. His incredible legacy is what we have now. Thank you, my friend, for always treating me as an equal, though clearly I am not. May God comfort your sweet family, and welcome you into His presence. The Heavenly Band, just got way better. I love you, Glen. Happy Trails." – Collin Raye
“Glen Campbell inspired millions with his TV show, including me. ‘Gentle on My Mind’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’ were in my repertoire before I ever started making records. He was also a fixture in Clovis, NM where Buddy Holly made his mark. Millions followed him and millions will miss him." – Gary Morris
“There's never been a better musician or a greater artist than Glen Campbell. I admired him and respected his talent.” – Lee Greenwood
“Glen Campbell brought a little more sophistication and class to country music. He not only entertained country fans, but his crossover success in the pop genre made him a true pioneer of his time. He had a huge hand in growing and expanding country music and that’s all any of us could hope to someday do.” –Frank Foster
“Even though Glen has been sick for a while, the news of his death is still very shocking to us. With all the live shows we did together, we just used to always stay around and watch his shows because of the songs and his beautiful voice. We will miss Glen dearly.” – David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers
"There are only so many artists that you can truly call icons. Glen Campbell was surely one of the brightest of those. His class, amazing vocal style, instrumental prowess and authenticity made him one of the best of all time. He will be deeply missed but his music will live on with us forever!" – Tim Rushlow
"Glen Campbell was a living legend. He was not only one of my favorite singer/musicians, but also helped create some of my favorite sounding music from other genres. He was part of The Beach Boys sound (the wrecking crew!) He created some of the main songs that still grace my playlist daily. His family will be in my prayers.” – Mark Wills
"Glen Campbell was a generational talent whose multiple gifts transcends genres while simultaneously defining them. His music also helped define my childhood. He's a big part of popular music history, and we're all lucky as hell for that...May he rest well... There will never be another like him." – Ray Scott
“What a great loss for Country Music and the world. Glen Campbell was one of the all-time greats as a singer, musician and entertainer, as well as a TV host and actor. He did it all and remained a down-home, salt of the earth man. He was a true gentleman who was always quick to say hello as if he was your neighbor. He was able to rise above all formats, as he hit the top of the charts in country and pop/rock virtually side by side. A remarkable feat by a most remarkable man.” – Gene Watson
"I'm so sad hearing the news of Glen's death today. As a kid, I was a big fan of ‘Glen Campbell's Goodtime Hour’ television show. ‘Wichita Lineman,’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’ are two of my favorites and are absolute masterpieces. The depth of his talent and the ease with which he sang and played guitar was mesmerizing to watch! Flawless! You are loved Glen! My heart goes out to his family and friends." – Sylvia
“This is so sad. One of my proudest moments with Glen was when he borrowed my guitar for a TV Taping in Nashville. He is a respected talent. He was a great artist…I recently recorded one of his hit songs ‘Try a Little Kindness so I take a little bit of Glen with me everywhere I go.”– Janie Fricke
“I loved him and I am happy he is in a better place. My memories with Glen go back to my early teens. My dad brought home a Glen Campbell album, and from that time on I loved Glen Campbell. I was a huge fan. I was always in awe of him and he was one of the most talented people I have ever known. When I joined Statler Brothers in the early 80s I got to be on the ‘Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’ with Jerry Reed and I could not believe it. He was always so nice and I admired the man and his talent. I will get to pay a small tribute to Glen with the song of his ‘Southern Nights,’ which I did on my latest album. What a loss. His presence will forever be missed.” – Jimmy Fortune
"I did many shows with Brother Glen. He was always a sweetheart, gentleman and good friend. I will greatly miss him. God bless his family." – T. Graham Brown
“Our Business takes a long time to recover from the loss of a giant star like Glen Campbell. I’m sure the night sky will for sure be brighter now that he has ascended home to our heavenly Father. His music inspired not only me, but many generations.” – T.G. Sheppard
"It's so sad to see another icon taken from us. He influenced so many musicians and artists. His music will live on forever." – Olivia Lane
“Glen Campbell is a hero to me because not only was he a phenomenal guitar player, but because he had that style and swagger about him. He was the bling man, come on! Rhinestone cowboy, live forever.” – Craig Wayne Boyd
“Rest In Peace one of our musical heroes, Glen Campbell – a true genius. What a musical legacy you left us!” – EXILE
The Bellamy Brothers to Embark on European Tour
in Norway, Germany, Austria and Switzerland
First Country Music Duo to Perform in Dubai
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Bellamy Brothers continue “letting the love flow” all over the globe as the iconic duo prepares for the second leg of their 2017 world tour, which includes multiple stops in Norway, as well as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In early 2017, they made history as the first country music duo to perform in Dubai. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets (tour dates below).
In addition to taking their music to places where no other country act has ever performed, the Bellamy Brothers have also collaborated with a diverse list of artists. Most recently, they recorded duets with rising acts Yasmine Van Wilt ("If You Want"), Andrew Pope ("Granny Panties") and Jesse & Noah (soon to be released "Gambler's Heart"). Those new artists join an elite list of collaborators over the years that has included Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, George Jones, Blake Shelton and more.
As an in-demand touring sensation, the Bellamy Brothers were recently offered a "lifetime" contract to perform annually at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort in Deadwood, South Dakota. When they’re not on the road throughout North America or globe-trotting, the duo will make their way back to Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort.
This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of their own record label, Bellamy Brothers Records, which licenses products in more than 30 countries.
Currently, Howard and David Bellamy are celebrating the release of 40 Years: The Album, a compilation of past hits and new songs that encompasses “Let Your Love Flow,” ”Redneck Girl” and “If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)” plus 20 new songs.
In 2018, the duo is gearing up for the release of their autobiography "Let Your Love Flow - The Life and Times of The Bellamy Brothers."
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Sylvia Celebrates 35th Anniversary of No. 1 Hit "Nobody" With Appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and More!
NASHVILLE, TENN. – This year marks the 35th anniversary of Sylvia’s No. 1 smash crossover hit “Nobody,” which dominated the country music charts, leading the acclaimed singer to win the ACM award for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” The chart-topping vocalist shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as she returns to the legendary Grand Ole Opry this Saturday for another uplifting performance (purchase tickets HERE).
“I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of ‘Nobody’ topping the charts than to perform it on the Grand Ole Opry,” says Sylvia. “I’ve been listening to the Opry my whole life. In fact, my earliest memory of listening to the Opry was during a road trip from Kokomo, Indiana to Lafayette, Tennessee on a Friday night to visit my grandparents. It makes me wonder what little child might be out there listening this Saturday night dreaming of someday standing on that stage…”
After high school graduation, Sylvia moved to Nashville to realize her dream of becoming a recording artist and in a few short years signed with RCA Records. The rest is history! Sylvia is detailing her full career journey on her web series “Sylvia: The View From Here,” produced by The Nashville Soundbite. In the latest episode, the songstress opens up about her early career when she auditioned for the part of Daisy Duke in the hit series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Even though ultimately she didn’t get the part, the story came full circle when Daisy Duke actress Catherine Bach was the presenter the year Sylvia picked up the award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the ACM Awards. Fans can watch the latest episodes, and past videos HERE.
On her latest album It’s All In The Family, Sylvia expanded her horizons as a songwriter, co-writing 9 of the 12 songs on the record. The singer/songwriter is returning to east Tennessee on Saturday, August 19th for a 4:00p matinee show at the Sixth Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg, TN. In addition to singing the hits, Sylvia will take attendees on a musical journey into the heart of her new album, exploring life's challenges and joys, and the growth that she - and they - have experienced along the way. Tickets are available HERE.
Album Available for Pre-Order Now Where Fans Will Receive Latest Single "California" and Title Track Instantly
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Larger-than-life country duo Big & Rich are set to release their upcoming album Did It For The Party September 15. The highly anticipated project features 13 brand-new songs, all produced by Big Kenny and John Rich. Big & Rich fans, who are dubbed the “Freak Parade,” can pre-order the album now on Apple Music / iTunes, Amazon and Google Play, where they will receive an instant download of the new single “California,” along with the title track, “Did It For The Party.” The album will also be promoted at Walmart® stores nationwide through a newly announced partnership with TWIX®.
"This new record is gonna rock America's boots off," said John Rich. "Can't wait for y'all to hear it!” Big Kenny adds, "It's been a blast working on this album and we can't wait for everyone to hear our new songs!"
“California” is off to a rocking start, currently inside country radio’s Top 40. The video for the song was also recently released (watch onVevo). Just like the song’s lyrics, the video spotlights a young woman and her journey to California. Upon its release, the video was featured by HitsMeUp, where it was also promoted in more than 100 major cable markets in a series of commercials highlighting the video.
Did It For The Party will bring Big & Rich’s music to a whole new level. In addition to the lead single, the remainder of the album is classic Big & Rich, featuring a combination of upbeat anthems like the “Congratulations (You’re A Rockstar)” and “No Sleep,” while also showing the hell raiser’s softer side in the ballad, “Turns Me On.” They are also teaming up with Thirty Tigers and Sony RED for marketing and distribution for Did It For The Party.
Known for their timeless party anthems like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” which was just included by "CBS This Morning" for their Spotify Playlist, the duo continues to defy the odds since launching Big & Rich Records. Fans can catch Big & Rich on the road, where they will get the chance to hear new songs from Did It For The Partyperformed for the first time ever.
Big & Rich On Tour:
Jul. 08 University Park, Pa. – Beaver Stadium with Blake Shelton
Jul. 09 Webster, Mass. – Indian Ranch
Jul. 12 La Porte, Ind. – La Porte County Fair
Jul. 14 Atchison, Kan. – LakeFest
Jul. 15 Jacksonville, Ill. – Morgan County Fair
Jul. 21 Monticello, Iowa – Great Jones County Fair
Jul. 23 Twin Lakes, Wis. Country Thunder
Jul. 29 Cold Springs, Minn. – Firefest 2017
Aug. 03 Camrose, Canada – Big Valley Jamboree
Aug. 11 Springfiled, Mo. – Route 66 Music Festival
Aug. 12 Sterling, Colo. – Logan County Fair
Aug. 13 Loveland, Colo. – Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug. 19 Greenville, N.C. – Carolina Kickoff
Sept. 1 Huron, S.D. – South Dakota State Fair
Sept. 16 Colorado Springs, Colo. – Falcon Stadium
Oct. 01 Las Vegas, Nev. – Route 91 Harvest Festival
Oct. 07 Battle Creek, Mich. – FireKeepers Casino Hotel
LACY J. DALTON REHABILITATES 20 YEAR TO LIFE INMATES WITH SONGWRITING CLASSES
National Endowment for the Arts Helps Fund California Prison Program
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of the biggest hits from Country singer Lacy J. Dalton was 1981’s “Everybody Makes Mistakes.” The singer knows that a slip-up in life shouldn’t be the final straw – that true survivors know how to pick themselves back up again. Dalton is bringing that message to inmates at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California. Each year, from September to June, Dalton – whose other hits include “16th Avenue” and “Black Coffee” - and her band leader, Dale Poune teach songwriting, beginning and advanced guitar, as well as rap to students who are serving sentences at the institution.