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Nov 22

Backstory: Charlie Daniels Premieres Nov. 28 on Great American Country

Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels Photo Courtesy of Blue Hat Records.

“I’ve been taking criticism all my life,” music star Charlie Daniels said in Backstory: Charlie Daniels, premiering Thursday, November 28, 11|10c on Great American Country. “People get upset about something you say.  Just turn it off…don’t listen to it,” he added.  The story of the artist who helped create the southern rock genre of music began 77 years ago in North Carolina where his family spent every Saturday night listening to the Grand Ole Opry.  “That’s basically what I cut my teeth on,” Daniels said.  At age 70, he was invited to become an Opry member. Continue Reading

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Mar 4

Watch Miranda Lambert’s New “Mama’s Broken Heart” Video

Miranda Lambert "Mama's Broken Heart"

Image courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Miranda Lambert is getting into character for her “Mama’s Broken Heart” video. The sassy songstress has released  her video in which she handles her heartbreak with bouffant hair, a high-society home and gardening shears.  The video premiered today on VEVO and you can watch it here and see how she hides her crazy!

“The reason I love this song is because it’s about how sometimes when you get your heart broken, you kinda go a little bit crazy,” Miranda says of the tune, which was penned by fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves with Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark. “You drink too much, you smoke too much, you cut your hair … you find a rebound. Sometimes your mama, if she’s like my mama, has to slap you around and say, ‘Straighten up, girl!’”

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Mar 1

Toby Keith Bassist, Carl “Chuck” Goff Jr., Dies in Car Accident

Chuck Goff, Toby Keith's bass player and band leader.

Chuck Goff photo courtesy of Dean Guitars.

Our country music family was saddened to hear the news that Carl Reber “Chuck” Goff Jr., the bass player for Toby Keith, was killed in a two-car wreck Wednesday night, February 27.  Chuck was 54 years old and a resident of Noble, OK.

The crash occurred in Cleveland County, just south of Oklahoma City.  The other driver in the accident was not injured and the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation.

In addition to serving as Toby’s bass player and band leader, Chuck also co-wrote Toby’s hits “Upstairs Downtown” and “You Ain’ Much Fun.”  Goff also had his own signature bass through Dean Guitars.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our band member, Chuck Goff,” Toby said in a statement released on his website.

“He was a close friend for over 25 years, the band leader and bass player. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family.”

GAC extends our condolences to Chuck Goff’s family, friends and to Toby Keith and all the members of his organization.

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Nov 7

WATCH: Behind the Scenes of Faith Hill’s New Video

Faith Hill

Faith Hill on the set of her “American Heart” video. Photo courtesy of PFA Media.

Faith Hill will debut the video for her new single, “American Heart,” tomorrow night at 9 p.m. Eastern on her website and Facebook page. It was shot in Nashville last month, was directed by Trey Fanjoy and is her first official music video in five years. The video features a beautiful heart-shaped American flag light installation (15+ ft. high and 17 ft. wide) and the impressive dancing skills of Faith and her sidekick in the video, 10-year-old dancer TJ Jones.

“When I first heard this song I was brought to tears,” said Faith. “I not only knew I had to record it, but I almost immediately saw it visually. It’s awesome and so appropriate to be able to share it with my fans first, because they’ve been so supportive of me throughout the years.”

Watch the making of the video below (it’s a large file so please give it a few seconds to load): Continue Reading

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Sep 1

Asay Chasing Second Xtreme Bulls Tour Crown at Ellensburg

Kanin Asay

Kanin Asay photo courtesy of the PRCA.

Kanin Asay has “make history” at the top of his to-do list for his 8 p.m. (PT) Sept. 1 appearance at the Xtreme Bulls Tour Finale in Ellensburg, Wash.

Asay won the 2007 Xtreme Bulls year-end title, is leading this year’s standings and is very much focused on becoming the first man in the 10-year history of the series to earn a second title.

The Powell, Wyo., cowboy has $44,960 in X Bulls earnings entering the finale at the Ellensburg Rodeo Arena, holding a lead of a bit more than $8,000 over second-place Cody Teel and more than $10,000 over three-time World Champion J.W. Harris.

Maximum prize money at the event – based on winning both rounds and the average – is $24,449 which means those top three bull riders are the only men with a mathematical chance to win the season title.

And there is, of course, more at stake than just the X Bulls Tour title for the expected sellout crowd of 10,000 to ponder.

The field includes 25 of the top 30 bull riders in the world standings, all of whom are hoping that a big payday in Ellensburg will assure their qualification into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and maybe even a leg up in the battle for the world championship.

Asay, Teel and Harris are all in the top four of the world standings, along with rookie Trey Benton III.

Asay is coming off a tumultuous year in 2011 in which he lost his mother in a tragic accident and he spent much of the year in rehabilitation from hip surgery. Continue Reading

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Jul 21

Jay and Allison DeMarcus Welcome New Baby Boy!

Jay and Allison DeMarcus

Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus and wife Allison DeMarcus attends the 59th Annual BMI Country Awards on November 8, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for BMI)

A big congratulations goes out to Rascal Flatts bassist and vocalist Jay DeMarcus and his wife Allison, a former Miss Tennessee, who welcomed their second child yesterday, son Dylan Jay DeMarcus.  Dylan was born in Nashville, Tenn., at 4:02pm, weighing in at 7 pounds and 11 ounces at 20 ½ inches long.  Mom and baby are doing fine and will be home soon.

Dylan joins sister Madeline Leigh who was born December 17, 2010.

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May 27

George Jones Released From Hospital

George Jones photo courtesy of Bandit Records.

Country Music Hall of Fame member George Jones, who was admitted last weekend to a Nashville area hospital for a continued battle with an upper respiratory infection, was released and is resting at his home.

“I can’t thank my friends and fans enough for all their support,” says Jones. “Nancy has got me a new team of doctors to help me get through this, and it seems to be working. I look forward to seeing everyone soon.”

Concerts scheduled through June will be rescheduled, where possible.

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May 18

Taylor Swift Donates $4 Million to Country Music Hall of Fame

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Six-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift has pledged $4 million to fund a new education center at the Country Music Hall of Fame®and Museum.  The more than 7,500-square foot space, which will encompass parts of two floors and feature three classrooms and a state-of-the-art children’s exhibit gallery, is scheduled to open in early 2014.

Swift’s gift is the largest capital contribution by an individual artist in the museum’s 45-year history, prompting the museum to name the new space the Taylor Swift Education Center.  The gift was made in conjunction with Working on a Building: Country Music Lives Here, the capital campaign that will finance the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s expansion from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet.

Swift has for years been a generous supporter of the museum, performing for the institution’s 2007 All for the Hall New York, 2009 We’re All for the Hall and 2010 All for the Hall Los Angeles benefits.  She has also loaned the museum dresses, stage costumes and instruments for display; a free-standing, Taylor Swift multimedia exhibit has been one of the museum’s most popular attractions since its debut in May, 2010. Continue Reading

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Apr 11

Keith Urban Invited to Join the Grand Ole Opry

Keith Urban and Vince Gill

Vince Gill invites Keith Urban to become the next member of the Grand Ole Opry during his "All For The Hall" benefit concert at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on April 10, 2012. Photo courtesy of the Grand Ole Opry,. Photo credit Chris Hollo.

Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winner Keith Urban was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry this evening by Opry member Vince Gill along with fellow members Rascal Flatts, Diamond Rio and the Oak Ridge Boys during Urban’s “All For The Hall” benefit at Bridgestone Arena.  New Zealand-born and Australian-raised Urban will be the first artist from outside North America to become an Opry member. Keith Urban will formally be inducted into the Opry on Sat., April 21 live on the premiere of NOTEWORTHY at the Opry on GAC at 9/8c. The 16-episode series will feature musical performances and personal stories from the top acts in country music plus interviews with other celebrities about the artists and music featured in each episode.

Near the end of tonight’s show, Vince called Rascal Flatts back out onstage to bring a gift for Keith.  As Keith opened a large black duffel bag revealing the Opry’s signature microphone stand, Vince said, “We would like to invite Keith Urban to be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry!” Keith covered his face in surprise as he began, “I don’t know what to say – but first, YES! Thank you very much to everybody at the Grand Ole Opry who made this possible.  I’m shocked. How beautiful for this to happen tonight of all nights.”

“I will always remember the first time I played the Opry,” Keith continued, “seeing this stand and standing in the circle was an extraordinarily surreal moment. So this right here is just a whole other stratosphere! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Watch the video of Keith’s invitation here:

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Mar 6

Garth Brooks, Hargus “Pig” Robbins and Connie Smith Join Country Music Hall of Fame

Connie Smith, Garth Brooks, Hargus "Pig" Robbins

Connie SmithGarth Brooks, and Hargus "Pig" Robbins will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Garth Brooks and Connie Smith photos courtesy of artist. Hargus "Pig" Robbins photo courtesy of CMHOF.

The Country Music Association announced today that Garth Brooks, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, and Connie Smith will become the newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame.

Brooks will be inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, while Smith will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category. Robbins will be inducted in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician Active Prior to 1980″ category, which is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Non-Performer” and “Songwriter” categories. Brooks, Robbins, and Smith will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame from 115 to 118 inductees.

“There are great artists and talents, and then there are Connie, ‘Pig,’ and Garth,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “Connie has been one of the most celebrated female voices in music for more than 45 years, setting a golden standard for the thousands of female vocalists who came after her. ‘Pig’ overcame adversity to become one of the most sought-after session musicians in the industry, contributing his considerable talents to classic songs that have been treasured by fans all over the world since the late ’50s. And, Garth led modern Country Music to unbelievable heights of commercial success and pop culture relevance after bursting onto the scene as part of the now-legendary ‘Class of 1989.’ These three artists are more than just performers…they are forces of nature who are deservedly entering the Country Music Hall of Fame.”

“I am astounded and honored to be in the Country Music Hall of Fame,” said Brooks. ”At the same time, I can’t help but feel guilty going in when there are so many deserving artists that came before me who are yet to be inducted.” Continue Reading

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