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Charlie Pride Honored

COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND CHARLEY PRIDE TO RECEIVE THE 2020 WILLIE NELSON LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT 'THE 54TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Country Music Association has revealed its 2020 Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award recipient—trailblazing country music star Charley Pride.

Pride will accept the honor during 'The 54th Annual CMA Awards,' broadcasting live from Nashville’s Music City Center Wednesday, Nov. 11 on ABC. Further details will be revealed in the coming weeks.

“Charley Pride is the epitome of a trailblazer,” says Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Few other artists have grown country music’s rich heritage and led to the advancement of country music around the world like Charley. His distinctive voice has created a timeless legacy that continues to echo through the country community today. We could not be more excited to honor Charley with one of CMA’s highest accolades.”

The Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award is for an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music. The Award was established to recognize an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence and stature through concert performances, humanitarian efforts, philanthropy, record sales, and public representation at the highest level. The artist receiving this Award has positively impacted and contributed to the growth of the genre throughout a course of years that have proven to have an unprecedented historical impact on fans and industry alike.

Previous recipients of the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award include Willie Nelson (2012), Kenny Rogers (2013), Johnny Cash (2015), Dolly Parton (2016), and Kris Kristofferson (2019).

Through a mix of courage, determination, and extraordinary talent, Pride made country music history by becoming the genre’s first black superstar. The country legend has seen remarkable longevity in his career, which spans more than five decades. His distinctive baritone voice allowed him to take almost every song he touched into the Top 10, if not the No. 1 position, typically spending multiple weeks there. Between his chart debut in 1966, and 1989, Pride had 29 No. 1 country hits and over 50 Top 10 tracks, including enduring classics like “Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone” (1970), “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” (1971), and “All I Have to Offer You (Is Me)” (1969).

In 1971, he was named CMA Entertainer of the Year as well as Male Vocalist of the Year in both 1971 and 1972. Pride was also the first black man to co-host the CMA Awards, taking the reins in 1975 alongside Glen Campbell. He became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1993 and in 2000, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He holds three Grammy Awards and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Recording Academy in 2017.

 

Mac Davis Dead at 78

Fellow Singer/Songwriters and Friends Remember and Mourn The Loss of Mac Davis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Mac Davis has passed away at age 78. Some of his most legendary hits as an artist include, “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” “Naughty Girl,” “Texas In My Rear View Mirror,” and “Hooked On Music.” As a songwriter, Davis penned hits for artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, B.J. Thomas, Bobby Goldsboro, Vicki Carr, Perry Como, and many more. While living in California, Davis began acting, appearing in The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard In Hollywood, Murder She Wrote, Where The Red Fern Grows, Beer For My Horses, and more. Davis was not only a poetic prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.

Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by the timeless, Mac Davis.

“American music has just lost a premiere singer, songwriter, entertainer, and a genuinely great human being. In a year already fraught with sacrifice and loss this is another one that is hard to process. Goodbye Mac Davis… until the day…” - Joe, Duane, William Lee, Richard - The Oak Ridge Boys

“Mac Davis was such a great guy and an amazing writer. One of the best in the business and a wonderful friend. This is a huge loss to the music industry. His family is in my prayers.” - B.J. Thomas

“There’s no way to express the grief that we feel about Mac Davis. The entertainment industry will miss this great talent and beautiful American. We pray for his family and those that love him” - Lee Greenwood 

"This is another loss for the greatest era in American contemporary music with the passing of this extremely talented soul, Mac Davis" - Sam Moore

“I cherish the tours I had with Mac Davis and was thrilled to work the Nevada casinos with him. He made a huge impact in our world of country music, and greatly respected. Love you Mac.” -  Janie Fricke

“We’ve just lost one of the greatest singer/songwriters that I’ve known in my lifetime. Say Hello To Heaven Mac Davis.” - David Frizzell

“I’m so very heartbroken with the loss of Mac Davis, one of the world’s greatest writers, singers, and actors, but above all of that, he was a dear friend. He was always quick to shed light on other’s talents and help them shine. I’m grieving for his precious wife Lise and their family. I pray God will comfort her during this very sad and difficult time. I’ll always cherish the memories he pressed between the pages of my mind.” - Kelly Lang

“Mac Davis was a music trifecta: he could write, he could sing, he could entertain—and he was great at all three. In the mid-'70s, I remember inching up to the television as a boy and watching the Mac Davis Show. My favorite part of the show was when Mac ventured into the crowd and asked the audience members to shout out a person, place, or thing. He then asked them to give him a scenario, and on the spot, he would make up a song. No wonder he became a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

It was a big moment for me when I met and worked with my hero years later. The last time I saw Mac we were in the studio together and he was singing me one Beatles' song after another as his alter ego Max Birnbaum. I laughed until I cried. Mac had a wicked sense of humor. He will be missed. We have lost one of the greats.” - Tim Atwood

"I came across Mac Davis telling a story about Elvis. He’d been invited to see a movie with Elvis at a theater. He told the story in such a warm and funny way that I watched him tell it several times and actually wished I could have met him. Then I learned that he wrote the song "Memories" and I was really moved. This is such a beautiful, incomparable song that words can’t express my admiration for it. Here’s to Mac Davis. You were a Good Ol Boy for sure and I sure wish I could have met you for a beer or two." - Don McLean

“I am praying for my friend Mac Davis and his family. I can’t believe this and will see you on the other side. I love you Mac!” - Johnny Lee

“I am very saddened to hear about the passing of Mac Davis. I met him at Vince Gill’s golf tournament and I saw him at that same event for several years. He was always fun and funny! What a songwriter.  “In The Ghetto” is one of the best songs ever! Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. God Bless.” - T. Graham Brown

“Thank you Mac for all the amazing songs you’ve contributed and shared with the world …. "A Little Less Conversation” and a lot more. God bless.” - Andrew Farriss 

"Bunches and bunches of love with angels all around. Love you Mac!" - Lacy J. Dalton

"It’s strange, out of the blue last week, I was thinking about Mac Davis and his television show I watched when I was young. I thought that the most memorable part of the show is when he would go into the audience and ask someone to make up a song title. He would then, on the spot, create a small song with the title. It was incredible. He was an unbelievable songwriter and singer and will be so missed." – Jeff Carson

 

Janie Fricke Releases First Christmas Album

Janie Frickie First Christmas AlbumPre-Order Janie’s New Album 'A Cowgirl Country Christmas,' Available Now:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two-time CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Janie Fricke proves that there is no place like home for the holidays with the release of her first-ever Christmas album, ‘A Cowgirl Country Christmas.’ Fricke’s voice has been a staple in country music for decades and now fans across the globe can add this album to their holiday favorites. Singles that evoke visions of sugar plums and snow such as, “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells,” and “The Christmas Song,” will be featured on the album along with the original single, “The Followers” written by Fricke and Jeff Steele. 'A Cowgirl Country Christmas' is now available exclusively at JanieFricke.com or facebook.com/janiefricke.

“Christmas is my favorite time of year,” says Fricke. "It is a chance for family and loved ones to gather while having great food, fellowship, and sharing the love, while celebrating our savior, Jesus Christ’s birth. It is a way to bring the year to an end and celebrate such a joyous occasion. I had never recorded a Christmas album before. It was exciting to research my favorite Christmas songs and remember my mom playing piano and teaching me how to sing.”

'A Cowgirl Country Christmas' was produced by Fricke, Jeff Steele, and assistant producer Sonny Morris. Fans of Fricke will be whisked away in comfort and joy after reveling in her signature sound crafted with a whole new sentiment. Fricke’s vocals are perfect for the soothing ballads and cheerful jingles that are nostalgic for the Christmas season. Listeners anticipate classic stories displayed in a unique light, leaving hearts merry and bright. 'A Cowgirl Country Christmas' is available to buy in physical copy at the links above!

A Cowgirl Country Christmas track listing:
1. Winter Wonderland
2. The Christmas Song
3. Jingle Bells
4. The Followers
5. Once in Royal David's City
6. What Child Is This?
7. Let It Snow
8. O Holy Night
9. Twas the Night Before Christmas

 

Arella Alpaca Farm Live Broadcast:

KUDZU 104.9 will be broadcasting live from the Arella Alpaca Farm on Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 2-4 pm during their October Fall Festival:

 

EVERY Saturday in October from 11 am -9 pm. An a-MAZE-ing Fall Festival! Bring your class, family, and friends to navigate the Corn Maze, but plan carefully as the maze will be haunted every night beginning at 6 pm. There will be tasty treats and a new play area to explore. Something special is going on EVERY Saturday during this festival. You won't want to miss a thing. Head over to our event page for details of daily events.

One Year Anniversary & Grand Opening

One Year Old & Starting out Anew:

Well, it's the One Year Anniversary for Brother Paul and Mike at the helm of the Rollin' Bluegrass Show live on KUDZU 104.9 this Satuday. They will have a special three hour long show to start the celebration off. There will also be BBQ at 11 am and there will be a tour of the Sun Bear Studio as they Celebrate their Grand Opening, plus a T-Shirt Drawing. Come join the fun this Saturday, September 5, 2020.

Savannah Bluegrass Festival:

42nd Annual Bluegrass Festival in Savannah:

The Savannah Bluegrass Festival is set for September 26th in downtown Savannah, Tennessee. It's the 42nd Annual Bluegrass Festival starting at 11 am that Saturday morning and will feature some of the best bluegrass bands from Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. Starting the morning off will be Southern Sounds, the Holt Family then at noon it's the Fiddler's Roll Call. That afternoon will feature Courthouse Pickers, John Few & Providence Road, Sparks Family, 7 Mile Creek, Jeff Long & The Last Oletime String Band, Southern Strangers, 2 Mississippi – Lisa & Scott, Hatchie Bottom Boys, Wayne Jerrolds & Savannah Grass, Buck Dancing Contest starts at 5:30 pm and to cap off the night it'll be Billy Wagoner & Red Rooster Band and Scottie Baugus & Boone Creek. For more information contact Wayne Jerrolds at 731-925-2161 or 1-800-552-3866 or go to tourhardincounty.org.

The Former Tippah Lake Festival:

The Blue Mountain Bluegrass & BBQ:

The Blue Mountain Bluegrass & BBQ, formerly Tippah Lake Festival will be held September 19 at the Pumpkin Patch Farms. The farm opens at 9 am with the music starting at 3 pm. It's located at 2390 CR 805 in Blue Mountain, MS. An entry fee of $10 per person will be charged and will be good for all music and farm activities. Bring your lawn chairs. Featured will be the Courthouse Pickers, 7 Mile Creek, Good Time Grass, and The Ellis Family of Mountain View, Arkansas along with Savannah Grass from Savannah, Tennessee. For more information call Paul Adams at 662-837-4398 or go to pumpkinpatchfarms.com.

Oak Ridge Boys

Performance Marks The Oak Ridge Boys' 45th Consecutive Appearance at The Kentucky State Fair

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky State Fair announces that legendary country music quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys will perform the national anthem on Saturday, August 29th, at The World’s Championship Horse Show. The performance will mark the group’s 45th consecutive appearance at the Kentucky State Fair, a record unmatched by any other touring act.

The Oak Ridge Boys were originally scheduled to perform on the Texas Roadhouse Concert Series stage. However, the modification of the 2020 Kentucky State Fair as a participant only show necessitated the cancellation of the full performance. However, The Oak Ridge Boys were determined to find a way to keep their record of consecutive performances going.

Extraordinary cooperation between The Kentucky State Fair, The World’s Championship Horse Show, and The Oak Ridge Boys are keeping this remarkable record intact. Continued support from Texas Roadhouse includes catering for the band provided by the Louisville-based company.

Duane Allen, lead singer of The Oak Ridge Boys says, “The Kentucky State Fair is always circled on our calendar. It’s an honor to perform the national anthem at The World’s Championship Horse Show this year. We can’t wait for this very special opportunity.”

Attendance at The World’s Championship Horse Show will be limited to participants only. Pay-Per-View live coverage event is available here.

The 2020 Kentucky State Fair is Aug. 20-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center. For more information, visit www.kystatefair.org or find the Fair on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or its blog.

 

You're the Reason Celebration

David Frizzell Celebrates 40th Anniversary Of "You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma"

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - CMA and ACM award winning and Grammy nominated hit-maker, David Frizzell celebrates the 40th anniversary of “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly West which was released in 1980 and reached number one in 1981. Although turned down by countless labels, it was featured in Clint Eastwood’s film “Any Which Way You Can,” providing the boost needed to be heard. Once released, it shot to number one and secured a contract for the duo with Warner Brother Records. The duet was even ranked in CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets in country music, reaching number six.

“Thanks to my older brother Lefty for starting my musical journey and thanks to my younger brother Allen for introducing me to Shelly West and thanks to Shelly for using her amazing talents in singing “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma.” And a special thanks to Clint Eastwood for putting our song in his movie “Any Which Way You Can”... which, 40 years later my musical journey continues” says David Frizzell.

David Frizzell is one of the greatest voices in country music with a haunting resemblance to his older brother, the ultimate stylist, Country Music Hall of Fame member Lefty Frizzell. Both share that raw, forlorn quality that is essential to the interpretation of traditional country themes. Even during the duet years with Shelly West, David Frizzell continued his solo career as well with “I’m Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home.” As producer of the popular Frizzell & Friends series of projects, David brings together some of the top performers in the business for both live and recorded projects such as Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Lacy J. Dalton and more.

 

Office of Commissioner Brandon Presley

Presley Warns Consumers of Cell Phone SIM Card Scam, Urges Consumers to Take Action to Protect Accounts

Jackson, Mississippi (August 19, 2020) – Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is warning consumers about a recent rise in cell phone scams involving the swapping of SIM cards and theft of funds through cash apps. Presley is urging the consumer to take action to protect their accounts.

 

The scam activity begins when a criminal contacts a consumer’s cellular provider posing as the accountholder. After doing so, they convince the carrier to deactivate the consumer’s current SIM card and activate a new SIM card. The criminal then activates the new SIM card to block the actual consumer from accessing their own accounts. By doing so, scam artists are then able to access a consumer’s cash apps like Venmo and PayPal to steal money.

 

Commissioner Presley advises consumers to make sure they have a PIN code or password set for their account with their cell phone carrier. This adds a layer of security to prevent unauthorized account changes.

 

Commissioner Presley also suggests consumers take a minute to review passwords and consider ways to increase security on accounts, including multifactor authentication. Multifactor authentication allows a phone’s user to set up certain apps to require two positive confirmations of the user. An example is a PIN number and a password, or a password and a text message confirmation.

 

“This is one of the latest ways criminals are trying to prey on hard working Mississippians,” said Commissioner Presley. “Always be careful with your personal information. Don’t reply to calls, emails, or texts that are asking for your personal details and be careful what you share online.”         

If you suspect that you have been the victim of this scam, please contact Commissioner Presley’s office at 1-800-637-7722 to speak with a fraud investigator or contact local law enforcement.

 

Tower Repair

Tower repairs this morning!

Hey thanks for hanging in there on the stream and the App this morning while we were off the air for some tower light repairs. Hopefully we got everything taken care of and we can keep cranking out those Great Classic Country Hits!

Governor Tate Reeves and MEMA Launch COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program

Governor Tate Reeves and MEMA Launch COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program

Pearl, Miss. (MEMA)–  Governor Tate Reeves and the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency are launching the MEMA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program. Through Mississippi Legislature’s House Bill 1799 and Senate Bill 3047, MEMA was allocated $70,000,000 of CARES Act money to assist counties and municipalities with their COVID-19 expenses.

Through FEMA’s COVID-19 Economic Disaster Declaration, counties and municipalities and specific nonprofits are eligible for public assistance. While FEMA reimburses 75% of those approved expenses, some entities struggle to meet the 25% match. Through the MEMA COVID-19 Emergency Relief Program, the burden is now lifted from the counties and municipalities to provide that match.

Not all COVID-19 expenses are eligible for federal reimbursement through FEMA; therefore SB 3047 details what other expenses can be covered by the CARES Act funds.  The allocation of funds from the Relief Program is based on the county or municipality’s population as listed in the 2010 U.S. Census. If a government entity’s costs are not entirely covered by FEMA’s reimbursement, MEMA will work with remaining CARES Act funds to help ensure a 100% reimbursement.

The CARES Act funding application process will be open from August 3- October 15. Information on how to apply for CARES Act funding will be available by July 31 on MEMA’s website: www.msema.org. According to SB 3047, reimbursements must begin August 15. Monies must be obligated by November 30 or will be returned to the governor.

Counties and municipalities can apply for public assistance through FEMA’s Grants Portal now by visiting https://grantee.fema.gov.

 

George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" Hits #1 40 Years Ago Today

Hit Song Preserved by the Library of Congress and added to the National Recording Registry in 2008

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Today marks the 40th Anniversary of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones’ iconic song “He Stopped Loving Her Today” reaching #1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Chart on July 5, 1980. This was Jones’ first solo hit in six years and paved the way to winning the Country Music Association’s Song of the Year in 1980 and 1981. Written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putnum, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” has been preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry since 2008. After Jones’ death in 2013, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” entered the Billboard Hot Country Charts once again at #21.

“It’s hard to believe it's been 40 years since George topped the charts with “He Stopped Loving Her Today. It’s amazing to me how many artists and people were affected by George’s music,” says Nancy Jones. “Everyday I hear new stories about George and I love hearing them because I know his legacy continues to live on. I am even more excited to soon announce some things that will keep George’s memory alive forever in our hearts and our lives.”

Jones’ career never left the top of the country charts having recorded more than 100 albums during his career and more than 150 of those songs were hits, including 60 Top 10 singles. His songs including “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “Tennessee Whiskey,” Still Doin’ Time,” “A Good Year For The Roses,” “She Thinks I Still Care,” and so many more still remain fan favorites today.

Jones was often referred to as ‘The Possum,’ for his facial features and the shape of his nose, or No Show Jones, for his sudden disappearing act before a show. However, when Jones finally did take the stage he was a hardcore honky tonker that sang songs about heartbreak and hard drinking times that echoed his own turbulent life. By most accounts, George Jones was the finest vocalist in the recorded history of country music.

 

The Oak Ridge Boys To Perform and Co-Host TBN's Independence Day Weekend Celebration

The Oak Ridge Boys To Perform and Co-Host TBN’s Independence Day Weekend Celebration with Governor Mike Huckabee and featuring Nicole C. Mullen and Lee Greenwood

 

 

Special to air July 3 at 8, 9, 10 and 11pm ET, July 4th at 1pm ET / 10am PT and July 5th at 11pm ET / 8pm PT on TBN

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - GRAMMY® winning, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys are set to host TBN’s July 4th weekend special performing multiple songs, along with guests two time Grammy nominated and GMA Dove award winner Nicole C. Mullen, Grammy award winner Lee Greenwood and joined by co-host Gov. Mike Huckabee. TBN’s Independence Day Weekend Celebration will premiere Saturday, July 3 at 8, 9, 10 and 11pm ET, July 4th at 1pm ET / 10am PT and July 5th at 11pm ET / 8pm PT. In addition, the special will be available to stream on Facebook LIVE on TBNGov. Mike HuckabeeThe Oak Ridge BoysLee Greenwood and Nicole C. Mullen pages. Fans can also look forward to timeless hits performed for all in true social distancing, patriotic style.

“We are looking forward to celebrating our country’s Independence weekend,” says Duane Allen. “The Oak Ridge Boys and Mike Huckabee are co-hosting this special on TBN with very special musical guests!”

“During these times of virus and unrest how cool it will be to gather with The Governor and celebrate America ... on July 4th weekend,” says Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys.

“This is such a great opportunity to reach out to America on Independence Day,” says Lee Greenwood. “Thank you Governor Huckabee and The Oak Ridge Boys for allowing me to be on this 4th of July special with you.”

“The Fourth of July reminds me that freedom is never free. It will always cost someone, somewhere a great price,” says Nicole C. Mullen. “Another truth that I have realized is; sometimes you must celebrate the freedom of others, while you press towards your own. Most Americans can trace their liberty back to 1776. As an African American, mine was granted in 1865. As believers in Christ, the price was paid 2,000 years ago, for the greatest eternal emancipation of all...for all who receive it! This year, let’s work towards and celebrate liberty and justice for everyone. He whom the Son sets free, is Free indeed! Tune into TBN as we work towards and Celebrate Freedom for All!”

Tune-in for free on TBN or live stream on TBN.org. TBN is also available on iOS, android, AppleTV, amazon fireTV, Roku or download the TBN app on Google Play or the iOS App Store. For more information, visit tbn.org.

The Oak Ridge Boys on The Grand Ole Opry July 4th
As previously announced, The Grand Ole Opry will celebrate Independence Day as Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys, Sara Evans and Mark Wills step into the circle for the 4,931st consecutive Saturday night broadcast on July 4. The Opry performance is part of America’s Birthday Bash on Circle Network.

The Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. The Opry can be heard at opry.com and wsmonline.com, Opry and WSM mobile apps, SiriusXM, and its flagship home, 650 AM-WSM. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.

 

Crystal Gayle Joins All-Star Irish Lineup For New Single

Crystal Gayle Joins All-Star Irish Lineup For New Single "May The Road Rise - A New Dawn"

Proceeds From Single Donated to The Mater Foundation and #OurHospitalHeroes
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy®, AMA, ACM and CMA award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle joins an all-star line-up of Irish and Irish American artists including Nathan CarterCeltic ThunderChloë Agnew (Celtic Woman), Moya Brennan (Clannad), Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (Altan), The High KingsJohn Carter Cash and Larry Gatlin on a new version of the song called “May The Road Rise - A New Dawn.

“I love Nathan Carter and his music,” says Crystal Gayle. “I was honored when he asked me and some very special friends to be a part of this wonderful song that he wrote with John Farry. Over the years I have had many amazing trips to Ireland and made many friends there. The Irish people are so warm and welcoming. I am happy to help out in these troubled times.”

May The Road Rise - A New Dawn” was released globally on Wednesday June 10th 2020, and can be downloaded on iTunes for $1.29. and Google Play for $1.99 The video version of the track features the leading Irish and American artists recording in their homes and the wilds of Ireland. Click to view the video on Facebook or YouTube. All funds generated from sale of the single will be donated to The Mater Foundation and #OurHospitalHeroes campaigns, both raising funds to support frontline workers in Ireland’s acute hospitals. Additional donations can be made directly to either fund by clicking on the links above.

To view “May The Road Rise - A New Dawn,” visit https://tinyurl.com/MTRR-YouTube
To listen on Google Play, visit https://tinyurl.com/MTRR-Google-Play
To listen for free on Spotify, visit https://tinyurl.com/MTRR-Spotify
To listen on iTunes, visit https://tinyurl.com/MTRR-iTunes

 

Fellow Artists and Friends Remember and Mourn The Loss of Musical Legend Jimmy Capps

Fellow Artists and Friends Remember and Mourn The Loss of Musical Legend Jimmy Capps

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Musicians Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry veteran Jimmy Capps has passed away at age 81 due to health complications. After getting his start with The Louvin Brothers, Jimmy went on to become one of the most sought after session players in Nashville. Some of the incredible recordings you can hear Capps on are The Oak Ridge Boys’ “Elvira,” “Sail Away,” Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man," Barbara Mandrell’s “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed,” “I was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool,” George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” Ronnie Milsap’s “Smokey Mountain Rain,” and “Legend In My Time,” as well as other artists such as Janie Fricke, Lacy J. Dalton, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, Mac Davis, Moe Bandy, Joe Stampley, Johnny Paycheck, John Conlee and countless more. As a staff member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1967, Capps has remained a solid foundation in Music City and can be seen on Country’s Family Reunion and as “Sheriff” Jimmy Capps on Larry’s Country Diner. Jimmy was not only a musical prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.


Fellow artists mourn the loss of their friend and share fond memories that have left them forever inspired by the timeless, Jimmy Capps.

“I’m deeply saddened by the news of the passing of my dear friend, Jimmy Capps. Jimmy was maybe the kindest and most considerate person I knew in the music business. A pro’s pro, he played an important role in many of my recordings and every Opry performance we ever played together. Rozene and I send our sympathy and heartfelt prayers to Michele and all of Jimmy’s family.” - Charley Pride

“The NEWS this morning about the passing of our dear friend Jimmy Capps has been devastating. In a time of darkness Jimmy was always a light. Like everyone else in Nashville Jimmy was a part of our music and our career and our lives!!! This will take a while to process... the Oak Ridge Boys will sure miss The Man In Back ... Until the DAY” - Joe Bonsall / Oak Ridge Boys

“I have been singing professionally since I graduated from the university over 55 years ago. Jimmy Capps has been a part of my career from the beginning with The Oak Ridge Boys, starting with our gospel days and all the way through to some of our biggest hits. When you hear the guitar intro to “You're The One In A Million,” that is Jimmy Capps playing. Recently, I went to the Musicians Hall of Fame and saw a display honoring Jimmy Capps. In that display was the guitar that Jimmy played on “Elvira.” My wife, Norah Lee, has sung on the Grand Ole Opry for over 40 years. For most of those years, especially when the Opry was at the Ryman, Norah Lee has ridden with Jimmy and Michelle Capps to work. This is another gut punch for me personally, losing one of my very best friends. I ask that you remember Michelle and Jimmy's sons in your prayers. Today, there is a hole in the music industry, but Jimmy Capps’ contributions will stand the test of time. Rest in peace, Jimmy, in the arms of Jesus.” - Duane Allen / The Oak Ridge Boys

“When I first came to Nashville Jimmy Capps was already a fixture as one of the great guitar players. I worked with Jimmy many times and I got to know him and his wonderful wife Michele even better these last several years at the Opry. Jimmy was always ready with a smile, a kind word and a great guitar lick. I can’t imagine the Opry without Jimmy Capps. These crazy times are much sadder this morning.” - Crystal Gayle

“I am shocked and very saddened to hear that Jimmy Capps has passed away. He was on 90% of the songs that I’ve recorded and he can never be replaced. He was always one of the most authentic and genuine guys I’ve ever known and has accomplished so much in life. We are all so much better for knowing him. One thing that people will miss is looking over their shoulder and seeing Jimmy there. We will all miss you, Jimmy. My thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Michele.” - B.J. Thomas

“I will cherish the memories of working so many shows and concerts with Jimmy Capps. I will miss his smiling face. Blessings and prayers to his family.” - Janie Fricke

“I have been blessed to work with Jimmy down through the years. He was a universally loved, Godly man, a double-super cool Nashville cat and you couldn’t ask for a better friend. Sheila and I pray for Michelle and the rest of his family at this time. Rest in peace, pal.” – T. Graham Brown

“Sending our love and prayers to Michele Capps. Just heard of the passing of Nashville musician Jimmy Capps. His musicianship was heard at the Grand Ole Opry, Country’s Family Reunion, and as The Sheriff on Larry’s Country Diner. I’ve sailed many music cruises with Jimmy, and I know he was so honored to be inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. He was always humble and kind, and will be missed by many. Rest In Sweet Peace Jimmy Capps.” - Rhonda Vincent

“I am heartbroken over the loss of our great friend Jimmy Capps. He was and always will be a country music icon. It was an honor and privilege to work with him and call him my friend. He was such an amazingly gifted musician, sweet spirit, tender-hearted and beautiful soul! I know Jesus has welcomed Jimmy with open arms into his Heavenly home. My prayers are with Michele & the family. Rest In Peace Jimmy. We love you.” – Deborah Allen

“What a way to wake up this morning. I just got the message that Jimmy Capps passed away last night. I lost my sister last week and this feels like I lost another family member now. I can’t believe he’s gone. Sending prayers for Michele and their family.” - Johnny Lee

“Jimmy, was so incredibly talented; his playing came from endless experiences - he always knew “what to play” and always elevated the music - just having him in the room made the music sound better. A sweet, sensitive soul who will be greatly missed.” - Michael Bonagura / Baillie & The Boys

“I loved Jimmy Capps. He was one of my mentors. I played alongside him in the studio and at the Grand Ole Opry for over four decades. Even now, when I close my eyes, I can see him walking through the Opry artist entrance, guitar case in hand. He walked slowly--with purpose. He was there to put on the best show he could. He loved the music. It was his life. He was the best rhythm guitar player I have EVER worked with. He was a perfectionist. As good as he was, he continued to practice and hone. That's what made him so damn good. You could always count on him to know what to play and where to play it. We shared stories and secrets. There were times he treated me like a brother. There were times he treated me like a son. But every time we were together, he treated me like a friend. R.I.P, James D. Thank you for being such a great teacher. I learned from the best--Timbo.” - Tim Atwood

"I'll always cherish the memories of any time that I was blessed to share the stage with Jimmy Capps. He is the epitome of a classic country music guitarist and one of the nicest people I ever met. RIP Jimmy Capps - we all love you dearly!" - Shane Owens

“My thoughts are with the family of Opry Legend/guitarist Mr Jimmy Capps. What an incredible legacy he will leave behind. One of Nashville’s most well respected guitarists. I had the honor of meeting him backstage at the Opry last year. He was soft-spoken and so humble. I will never forget asking him “How many times have you played the Opry in your career?” He looked at me and grinned and said “way too many to count ha ha!” - Treasured memory of Jimmy. God bless him.” - J.D. Shelburne

“It absolutely breaks my heart to hear of the passing of Mr. Jimmy Capps. Not only was he a legendary musician, giving so much of his life to country music, but he had a heart of gold. His creativity and talent reached far into so many homes all around the world, from his time spent in the studio to his time spent playing on the Grand Ole Opry. Not only that, but being born in North Carolina towns that were only 20 miles from each other, Mr. Jimmy has always been such an inspiration to me. From the time I was a little girl just starting to get into music, I believed someone like me from a small town in North Carolina could make it because of how successful he was. He will truly be missed, and my thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this hard time.” - Paige King Johnson

 

Lynn Anderson 'Rose Garden' Deluxe Collector's Edition Vinyl To Be Released June 13

Lynn Anderson ‘Rose Garden’ Deluxe Collector's Edition Vinyl To Be Released June 13

Nashville, Tenn. - The illustrious legacy of country music’s leading lady, Lynn Anderson sparks an impression on a whole new generation while captivating long time dedicated fans as the ‘Rose Garden’ Deluxe Collector's Edition is available on vinyl. This exclusive anniversary release contains never before seen notes written to Anderson from country music star Reba McEntire and legendary producer Clive Davis while sporting a unique translucent pink color. The Lynn Anderson ‘Rose Garden’ Deluxe Collectors Edition Vinyl will be released on June 13, just in time for Lynn Anderson Day on June 15 when a few other surprises will also be revealed. There are only 1,000 vinyl records available so be sure to get yours and join the celebration!

“This has been such an exciting year for all things Lynn Anderson,” says daughter Lisa Sutton. “Mom’s career left a lasting mark on country music and this has truly been the year for her to shine. With the re-release of four albums, the 2020 Lynn Anderson Rose, the ‘Iconic Women of Country’ PBS special and the 50th Anniversary release of 'Rose Garden'.”

Lynn Anderson is featured in a special program on PBS, ‘Iconic Women of Country,’ which premiered May 31st. The program is co-produced by Transform Films and TH Entertainment, LLC and depicts a detailed look at the legendary female artists that shaped an era of country music and their stories and songs that have weathered decades of storms. Original interviews and classic recordings dive into the sweet southern sense of Lynn Anderson and pay tribute to other icons of country music including Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee and more. ‘Iconic Women of Country’ features live footage of Anderson’s hit single, “I Never Promised You A Rose Garden,” and testimonies from modern female country stars who speak of these legendary women as a great source of inspiration. Check local PBS listings for details.

Sony Legacy Recordings recently re-released four digitally remastered albums of Lynn Anderson’s: ‘Cry,’ ‘Listen To A Country Song,’ ‘Singing My Song’ and ‘Stay There ‘Til I Get There.’

 

Lee Greenwood Virtual Concert

Greenwood to Perform Legendary Hits and Patriotic Songs Including Platinum Single ‘God Bless the USA’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Americans observe and honor all those who have served, lost their lives, and active duty members of The United States Armed Forces this Memorial Day, patriotic singer/songwriter and Grammy award winner Lee Greenwood shares his appreciation by presenting a virtual Facebook concert dedicated to all who have fought for our freedoms. Greenwood will be performing hits from throughout his career such as “I.O.U.”, “Dixie Road,” “Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands” as well as popular patriotic songs and of course, his hit single “God Bless The USA.” Join Lee Greenwood in paying tribute to these heroes at this exclusive virtual event on Monday, May 25th at 4:00PM CST on Lee’s facebook page as well as Navy Entertainment and Navy Exchange.

“Every Year I look forward to this weekend honoring the men and women who have given all for our freedom” says Lee Greenwood. “Usually, I'm touring across America celebrating Memorial Day. However because of the Pandemic, we are sitting at home to keep everyone safe. So I decided to create a virtual concert as my gift. We need to celebrate America now more than ever.  Please join me on Facebook May 25th at 4 pm central for our performance of super hits and our tribute to those who have given us the right to do so.”

Now available on Lee Greenwood’s website are specially designed patriotic “Proud To Be An American” and “God Bless The USA” t-shirts and hoodies. These items feature Greenwood's signature lyrics on the front and back and are available to purchase just in time for Memorial Day and Independence Day!

To order an item from Lee Greenwood's Online Store click here.

To watch live, please visit facebook.com/TheLeeGreenwood.

 

Shenandoah Recording

Shenandoah Returns to the Recording Studio

PICTURE: Gary Woodward, St. Thomas West Critical Care Team Leader, Johnstone Entertainment/Foundry Records’, Cole Johnstone, Shenandoah’s Marty Raybon, Producer Buddy Cannon, Shenandoah’s Mike McGuire and Engineer Tony Castle
Photo by Craig Hill

 

Nashville, Tenn. - Shenandoah returned to the studio today to continue recording their upcoming album for Foundry Records, which is being produced by Buddy Cannon

They are practicing safety measures and invited St. Thomas West Critical Care Team LeaderGary Woodward, to take temperatures, screen all session participants prior to entry, advise safe distancing practices, supervise cleaning procedures as well as brief everyone in attendance before the session began. 

As Nashville and the greater music community discerns a proper pathway forward as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, safe but reasonable measures are being put in place to ensure the safety and familiar camaraderie necessary to continue to produce and release new and exciting music to their audiences.

 

 

Subway Gives Back To Hospitals

Mid-South Subway® Restaurants Give Back to 11 Local Hospitals 

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (May 12, 2020) – Mid-South Subway® restaurant Business Development Agents and local Franchise Owners worked to deliver 1,100 boxed meals to 11 hospitals across the Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson, Tenn.; Columbus-Tupelo, Miss., and Corinth, Miss. areas through last week to the healthcare workers on the frontlines helping patients combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We received lot of positive feedback from our crews. They were very appreciative of the gesture from Subway during this time. I am one who is among that group,” said Kevin Deaton from Jackson General Hospital.

During this unprecedented time, Subway remains committed to not only providing nutritious meals, but also getting them to those who need it the most. Along with keeping restaurants open and ready to serve, individual Subway Franchise Owners in Memphis have also stepped up in big ways with over 450 additional boxed meals and sweet treats donated in their local community to healthcare workers and first responders, including a local police department.

“This series of donations to our frontline healthcare workers exemplifies how Subway Franchise Owners are woven into the fabric of their local communities. We’re incredibly proud to be a part of this team,” said Jake Ring, Subway Business Development Agent.

In addition to local efforts, Subway and Feeding America® teamed up in April to provide 15 million meals* to feed people nationwide. With Feeding America predicting food banks needing an additional estimated $1.4 billion over the next six months to feed people in need due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, Subway and its guests landed their support by simply ordering their favorite Footlong from participating restaurants through the Subway app, on order.subway.com or by visiting Subway.com.

Subway has also taken steps in restaurant to ensure a safe experience, including increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, continued reinforcement of existing health and food safety protocols and moving to a takeout and delivery-only model.

For more information about how Subway and its Franchise Owners are addressing the coronavirus outbreak, visit Subway.com/COVIDRelief.

 

Crystal Gayle - "Brown Eyes Blue"

Tune In Alert: Grammy Award Winning Country Music Singer/Songwriter Crystal Gayle To Perform Hit Single “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” on Huckabee Saturday, May 9th.

 

Tune In Alert: Grammy Award Winning Country Music Singer/Songwriter Crystal Gayle To Perform Hit Single “Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” on Huckabee Saturday, May 9th

 

Will air Saturday, May 9th at 8/7c and again Sunday, May 10th at 9/8c on TBN

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy®, AMA, ACM and CMA award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle will be performing her hit single, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” as a part of a special guest appearance on Huckabee Saturday May 9 at 8/7pm CT on TBN. Fans can look forward to Governor Mike Huckabee playing bass alongside Gayle as she delivers the timeless hit to fans in true social distancing style.

“I’ve always loved Mike Huckabee and it was such a thrill to be a guest on his show,” says Gayle. “I had so much fun performing ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ with Mike playing bass guitar.”

The segment will air Saturday, May 9th at 8/7c and again Sunday, May 10th at 9/8c on TBN. The show will also be live on Huckabee's Facebook page and on the Huckabee website on May 9th. Viewers can also download the TBN app linked below and watch live.

With Nashvillians at home under Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s “Safer at Home” order and live shows paused at the Huckabee Theatre to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday’s performance will once again take place without a live audience.

Tune-in for free on TBN or live stream on TBN.tv. TBN is also available on iOS, android, AppleTV, amazon fireTV, Roku or download the TBN app on Google Play or the iOS App Store. For more information, visit tbn.org.

Watch the show live on Facebook HERE.

Watch the show live on Huckabee’s website HERE.

 

Schooling at Home with Lee Greenwood's Book

Home Schooling Curriculum To Include Lee Greenwood's book "Proud To Be An American"

Los Angeles, Calif. – Martin and Carolyn Forte, founders of Excellence In Education On Line Home School Supply Catalog, are offering a wide variety of homeschool books and educational games that are not found on other sites. One of those packages specifically focuses on Patriotism. Do you know the history of our American Flag? Do you know what it symbolizes? How about the Pledge of Allegiance? This is a fascinating study for the whole family that goes far beyond the Betsy Ross story. The Game Curriculum has put together materials that will enlighten and encourage all ages to learn more about our great country, our founding principles and important traditions.

We begin with Lee Greenwood’s (click on link for Lee Greenwood's story and hear him sing the song.) inspiring musical tribute to America and those who sacrificed to keep us free. He has turned his beautiful song into a colorfully illustrated picture book to help young children understand more about what America stands for. The book includes a download link for his song as well so the whole family can learn and enjoy Proud to be an American. The beautiful illustrations are by Amanda Sekulow, daughter of Jay Sekulow, counsel to President Trump.

Also included in the package is an activity workbook that explains the language of the Pledge for primary age children. The sturdy double-sided placemat shows the flag on one side and complete lyrics for My Country ‘Tis of Thee, God Bless America and The Star-Spangled Banner along with a colorable drawing of the flag and the text of the Pledge of Allegiance on the other side. The Wee Sing patriotic songbook and CD will be enjoyed by the whole family. It includes music for recorder and chords for guitar or ukulele. This is a great time for children to learn an instrument if they haven’t already.

Finally, the Patriotic Unit Study Package includes two books about the origin of the Pledge and the story of our flag. These can be read-alouds for the family or can be read independently by older children and teens. The Story of the Pledge of Allegiance by John Hudson Tiner tells the almost forgotten story behind the creation of the Pledge and the various people who inspired and contributed to it. The Story of the American Flag by Wayne Whipple is a reprint of a book published in 1910 which contains The History of the Stars and Stripes in Picture, Prose, Poetry, and Song. It is a treasure containing little known facts about the history of flags as well as the story of our flag along with patriotic poetry and songs to learn and enjoy.

This package can be the beginning of more interesting studies and research into the amazing story of the United States of America.

We provide a great selection of discounted homeschool books and educational board and card games as well as our Game Curriculum. For one of the best online catalog experiences check out our online homeschool supply catalog. It is important to understand that our brick and mortar bookstore has a much larger offering than our online catalog. The catalog probable represents about 15% of our total offering.

The Game Curriculum reflects our love for educational games and how they can be used as a real curriculum for younger children or as a complement to your normal curriculum. Categorized by grade and subject you will be able to find the appropriate grade level educational board or card game for all core subjects. Take some time to explore this wonderful tool and make some great decisions on the appropriate educational board game to make your homeschool endeavor more successful and fun.

The Game Curriculum Unit Study Packages can be purchased “as is” or, you can customize the package to better fit you family by either emailing us at eiebookstore@gmail.com or phoning us during business hours (M-F 11am-5pm) and discussing the changes you want to make. We welcome any questions or comments.

https://gamecurriculum.com/unit-studies/
https://excellenceineducation.com/history-of-us-flag-pledge

We will be glad to customize it to your family’s needs if you contact us at:
Excellence In Education (626) 821-0025 or at eiebookstore@gmail.com.

 

Lynn Anderson Rose Bushes

Limited Edition Lynn Anderson Rose Bushes Available For Purchase Just In Time For Mother's Day

Available For Pre-order To Reserve Rare Crafted Rose Bushes Online Now With Pick Starting Friday, May 1st in Nashville, TN. Legacy Recordings Release Digitally Remastered Albums 'Cry,' 'Singing My Song,' 'Listen To A Country Song,' and 'Stay There ‘Til I Get There' To All Digital Platforms.

Nashville, Tenn. - As part of the year long, 50th anniversary celebration of Lynn Anderson’s Rose Garden, fans can order The Lynn Anderson Rose Bushes and pick them up just in time for Mother's Day. There are only 60 rose bushes available and can be purchased directly at www.lynnandersonrosegarden.com for $50.00 each. These uniquely designed tea roses took two years from start to harvest.

To view the harvest process, please visit here.

“It's comforting to have the final portion of mom's 2020 'Lynn Anderson' rose bushes available in time for Mother’s Day,” says daughter Lisa Sutton. “In light of social distancing, there's been no better place for me than in Mom's rose garden. "Come Hell or High Water" as the late songwriter Alex Harvey wrote, Mom's roses are going to bloom right when I need them most.”

Cultivated at Weeks Roses in Wasco, California, The Lynn Anderson Rose is a hybrid tea rose, grown in small numbers to ensure that only the finest bushes are chosen from top professionals. This is the second harvest of these special roses and once they are gone, there won’t be any available anywhere until the spring of 2021.

In addition to The Lynn Anderson Rose, Legacy Recordings has opened the vault to release four albums from the timeless collection of country music pioneer Lynn Anderson. Her fans now have access to four of her classic albums that have just been re-released to all digital platforms. Anderson’s digitally remastered albums CryListen To A Country SongSinging My Song and Stay There ‘Til I Get There were recently released, with hopes of more to come.

Ranked among the most admired and trailblazing entertainers in America throughout her six-decade career, Lynn Anderson’s sparkling vocals brought a new level of sophistication and glamour to country music. Her groundbreaking pop-country sound helped her become one of the first female country artists to achieve mass crossover appeal. Many firsts were achieved throughout Anderson’s career; some of which broke social barriers. Anderson was the first female country singer to perform on The Tonight Show, first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden and the first female to win an American Music Award. Lynn repeatedly delivered chart topping songs, such as “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden,” and was named Billboard’s Artist of the Decade for the 70s. Too timeless to be forgotten, events and celebrations are in the works to honor the classic hits and sweet southern personality that Anderson engraved in hearts across the world.

To keep up with events and announcements visit LynnAndersonRoseGarden.com and follow Anderson’s social channels linked below:
 

YouTube | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

 

Feeding America

Subway® Restaurants and Feeding America® Partner To Provide 15 Million Meals

For every Footlong purchased, Subway will donate a meal to Feeding America

MILFORD, Conn. (April 17, 2020) – For more than 50 years, Subway® restaurants have been open to serve guests and communities. Now, during this unprecedented time, Subway remains committed to not only providing nutritious meals but getting them to those who need it the most. Starting today, Subway and Feeding America® are teaming up to provide up to 15 million meals* to feed people in need across the country. With the purchase of every Footlong through April 30 for takeout, catering and delivery, Subway will provide a meal* to Feeding America.

 

With Feeding America predicting food banks needing an additional estimated $1.4 billion

over the next six months to feed people in need due to the COIVD-19 pandemic, Subway

and its guests are lending their support by simply ordering their favorite Footlong from

participating restaurants through the Subway app, on order.subway.com or by visiting

Subway.com to find their closest restaurant offering takeout.

 

“Subway has always been a part of the community to provide delicious subs and a

helping hand – and we plan to continue to do just that during this time of hardship,” said

Subway’s North America President, Trevor Haynes. “From keeping our restaurants open

and safe, to providing better-for-you food options, to our Franchise Owners dedicating

their time and donating food, Subway is open to serve. And, we are proud to once again

partner with Feeding America to help make sure our neighbors are getting the nutritious

meals they need and deserve.”

 

As of December 2019, the Feeding America network of food banks served about 40

million people a year. It has seen a drastic uptick in need, an unprecedented increase of

17 million people, who will rely on food banks during this uncertain time. This has put an

unexpected burden on the Feeding America network, and despite increased support, it

still doesn’t have all of the resources it needs to meet demands. As a long-standing

supporter of Feeding America, Subway wants to lend its support in helping to alleviate

some of this need, using the community reach of its over 24,000 restaurants nationwide

to help feed millions of Americans in these uncertain times.

 

“Feeding America network food banks have seen an unprecedented increase in need for

food assistance across the communities they serve,” said Claire Babineaux-Fontenot,

CEO of Feeding America. “Subway’s donation of 15 million meals will help ease the

burden felt by our neighbors struggling with hunger so they can instead focus on

navigating this difficult time with their families.”

 

Along with keeping restaurants open and ready to serve, Subway Franchise Owners

across the globe have stepped up in big ways in their local communities donating meals

to those on the frontlines including healthcare workers and first responders, as well as

donating meals to children who normally rely on school lunches.

 

Subway has also taken steps in restaurant to ensure a safe experience, including

increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing, continued reinforcement of existing

health and food safety protocols and moving to a takeout and delivery-only model.

For more information about how Subway and its Franchise Owners are addressing the

coronavirus outbreak, visit Subway.com/COVIDRelief.

 

 

Opry Easter Celebration

Tune In Alert: T. Graham Brown Joins Trace Adkins, Jason Crabb And Host Bobby Bones For A Special Easter Edition Of The Grand Ole Opry, Live On Circle

Opry Easter Celebration to Re-air on Circle on Easter Sunday

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country hit-maker T. Graham Brown will join Trace Adkins, Jason Crabb, and Circle host Bobby Bones for a special Easter celebration and to carry on the tradition of the 4,919th consecutive Saturday night broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry.

“I’m so happy that the Grand Ole Opry tradition of weekly live broadcasts is able to continue bringing the music and fun to it’s loyal audience,” said T. Graham. “I’m always honored to sing in the “Sacred Circle,” especially during these times of uncertainty. Music heals the soul and that’s what we are all trying to do in one way or another.”

In addition, the Grand Ole Opry has partnered with MusiCares to bring you the #UNBROKEN campaign to raise money for MusiCares’s COVID-19 Relief Fund, benefiting artists and music professionals affected by the crisis. You can help us keep the music playing and the circle unbroken by texting UNBROKEN to 41444 to donate now, and by tuning in this Saturday, April 11 at 8PM ET / 7PM CT on Circle.

The Opry will be broadcast live Saturday, April 11 at 8 PM ET / 7 PM CT on Circle, and on Gray TV stations, DISH Studio Channel 102, Sling TV and other TV affiliates in addition to a companion live stream on Circle All Access Facebook and YouTube channels. TV and radio personality Bobby Bones will host the Circle telecast, while Opry announcer Charlie Mattos will join the Opry’s radio audience at the announcer podium. Embracing today’s technology, the Opry will be broadcast and streamed with a very small production team. The show’s artists will perform acoustically at a recommended social distance across the Opry stage.

Fans around the world can also tune in to the broadcast on the Opry’s flagship radio home, 650 AM-WSM and several other outlets.

With Nashvillians at home under Nashville Mayor John Cooper’s “Safer at Home” order and live shows paused at the Grand Ole Opry to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, this Saturday’s performance will once again take place without a live audience. Grand Ole Opry management has worked closely with Nashville’s Director of Health to bring the show live to millions around the world while following strict safety protocols under the guidance of local health professionals.

Since the Saturday night Opry telecast will be an Easter celebration, the one-hour show will be re-broadcast on Circle Television on Easter Sunday 10 ET/ 9 CT and 6:30 PM/ 5:30 ET.

For T. Graham Brown's most updated concert calendar visit tgrahambrown.com.

About T. Graham Brown:
T. Graham Brown has recorded 15 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. He has had multiple number one hits in country, gospel and blues. Brown’s voice is also recognized from his singing in advertising campaigns for McDonald’s, Disneyland, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Dodge Truck, Ford, Hardee’s and many others including the Taco Bell “Run For The Border” television spots.

In early 2015, Brown released his latest Grammy nominated album, Forever Changed, which featured collaborations with Vince Gill, Jason Crabb, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune and more. T. Graham Brown still actively tours throughout the year, including multiple appearances on the legendary Grand Ole Opry and television appearances such as Larry's Country Diner and Country's Family Reunion. Brown's uniqueness has made him one of the most beloved and iconic performers of the day.

For more information, visit tgrahambrown.com.

 

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