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Jan 22

Exclusive: Suzanne Alexander Cruises with the Stars

Exclusive: Suzanne Alexander Cruises with the Stars

Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander.

Last weekend Great American Country host Suzanne Alexander left the frigid temperatures in Nashville to board the Holland America Eurodam on the Country Music Cruise featuring Kenny Rogers, Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Ty Herndon, Jamie O’Neal, Anita Cochran and many more artists. She recently checked in with us to share what a great time she’s been having!

Tuesday: We have left the port of Grand Turks, Turks and Caicos. A few hours on the beach felt great after being aboard the ship since Sunday! I met up with JoDee Messina in one of the shops and had to tell her what a great show she performed on the first night of the cruise. She did her old fan favorites like “Heads Carolina,” but it was really nice to hear the latest songs she’s compiled for her new album on her own record label. Her new CD will be released in March and was put together by the fans.  Jo Dee said they choose everything, from the songs to the art work to the album’s title. And if the songs she did in her set are any indication, her fans might want to think about starting a label of their own! “A Woman’s Rant” is one of those new songs which came from Jo Dee’s personal experience, being a mother of two, a wife and a daughter, with hardly any time for herself. The audience gave her their approval.

Anita Cochran, Ty Herndon & Jamie O'Neal

Anita Cochran, Ty Herndon & Jamie O’Neal on the 2014 Country Music Cruise.

The audience also gave their approval to Ty Herndon along with Anita Cochran. They had a packed house with fans spilling over into the hallway just to hear these two banter and sing their favorite classic country duets. There is a great chemistry between them and the highlight is when they play off of each other. One starts a song and the other — without knowing the song — has to figure out what it is and jump in. They covered classics from Conway and Loretta to George and Tammy.

The ship is somewhat like walking Lower Broadway in Nashville. It has music pretty much at every turn. As you finish seeing one performance, you’ll find another show starting up at another bar.  The early morning main stage on Monday was filled to the max, with fans checking out the music of the brother/sister duo The Roys along with The Gatlin Brothers. The Roys displaying their bluegrass chops caused some fans to drop their jaws at how good they were! Then the Gatlins took the stage singing Gospel favorites. As they proclaimed to know every Gospel song there is, it prompted fans to start shouting out their requests.

Another highlight of being on this ship — getting to see the incomparable Patty Loveless! I have to say its a big thrill to be in the dining area and see Patty walking by, having just fixed a salad at the salad bar along side everyone else on board. I should say it now: Yes, celebrities are just like us. Patty hasn’t performed in nearly four years and she and the fans were anxious for her show. I sat in the same row as who I now refer to as “Double Trouble”, a.k.a. Ty Herndon and Anita Cochran. Both were jumping out of their skins and were on their feet with rousing applause after every song.  To say that Patty Loveless did not disappoint would be an understatement.  Her fans were overheard throughout the theater remarking how she’s better than ever. There’s no one like her. You could hear the occasional ” I love you Patty!” being screamed out from the darkened room. Not only did she sound great singing her hits “You Can Feel Bad”, and “Blame It On Your Lying Cheating…Heart,” but she looked younger, like she’s actually aged backwards! There’s a bit of a “Benjamin Buttons” thing going on with her. Her fans expressed their desire to see her tour again and one can only hope she received the message loud and clear and felt re-energized to hit the road! We shall see.

In addition to the shows, there’s lots to do in between concerts, like seeing artist interviews, doing karaoke with the Opry staff, or taking in a “Family Feud” game with Jamie ONeal and other artists participating. There’s never a dull moment. If one does need a little downtime in their cabin, the TVs are programmed with special country music content, from the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter to classic Opry footage to taking in the concerts that have been performed on the ship.

It’s time for a little rest as I get ready to see Restless Heart tonight, Vince tomorrow night and then Kenny Rogers…and those are just the prime time shows! The music goes to well after midnight. Cruisin Along…
Suzanne

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Jan 17

Jamie O’Neal Prepares to Release First New Album in Five Years

Jamie O'Neal Prepares to Release First New Album in Five Years

Jamie O’Neal’s 2014 album, Eternal. Photo courtesy of Hot Schatz PR.

Jamie O’Neal will release her first new album in five years on March 18. Eternal will feature Jamie’s spin on 11 classic hits by the likes of Patsy Cline, Bruce Cockburn, Deborah Allen, Larry Gatlin, Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Loretta Lynn, Juice Newton, Connie Smith and others.

Eternal is a little different for me,” Jamie said. “I grew up listening to these songs and was shaped by the artists who originally made them famous. It was an honor and a challenge to record such wonderful songs. I had so much fun recording this whole album and was a little sad when it was finished, but now I get to finally release it, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it!” Continue Reading

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Oct 15

Jamie O’Neal, Billy Dean & More Team Up for Colorado Flood Benefit Concert

Jamie O'Neal, Billy Dean & More Team Up for Colorado Flood Benefit Concert

Jamie O’Neal photo courtesy of 1720 Entertainment.

Jamie O’Neal, Billy Dean, Trick Pony and Andy Griggs are among the artists who will perform at the “Neighbors Helping Neighbors Colorado Country – Nashville Rises” benefit concert for the victims of the Colorado floods. The show will take place October 17 in Loveland, Colorado.

The event will benefit The Colorado Flood Foundation, which was formed to provide financial assistance and relief for those affected by the Colorado Floods. The foundation has assembled a prominent group of national and local sponsors for the event, with 100% of the proceeds going to the families and victims of the floods. Continue Reading

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May 10

Happy Mother’s Day: Top 20 Country Songs About Mom

The perfect country song, according to David Allan Coe’s hilarious classic “You Never Even Called Me By My Name,” requires that you refer to trains, trucks, prison, gettin’ drunk and – of course – mama. By those standards, none of these songs are perfect, but they’re all at least very good at paying homage to Mom as we slide into Mother’s Day.

It’s probably not the definitive list – you could argue that others, such as Merle Haggard’s “Mama’s Hungry Eyes” – belong here, but it’s good enough to give you a full-bodied picture of your mom, my mom, somebody’s mom.

In no particular order, here are 20 country songs – and one bonus title – for moms everywhere:

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“Mama’s Song,” Carrie Underwood (2010) – A rolling music bed and Carrie’s own romantic storyline with hockey player Mike Fisher form the backdrop for a song that shows a mother just what a great job she’s done. She parented a daughter who picks the right kind of partner.

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“The Hand That Rocks The Cradle,” Glen Campbell with Steve Wariner (1987) – “There ought to be a hall of fame for mamas.” Well, there’s not, but there is this nifty little duet built around the psychologies of birth, breast feeding and teaching life lessons.

“Mama Don’t Forget To Pray For Me,” Diamond Rio (1991) – In many families, Mom is the one who provides the strongest moral compass. In this case, she gets a phone call from her adult son, looking for advice from his best-loved guidance counselor.

“So Much Like My Dad,” George Strait (1992) – “Mom, can we talk?” George is as good at anyone at delivering a song that’s essentially a conversation set to music. In this case, it’s a mother/son chat as he tries to figure out exactly why his own household is falling apart.

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“Mama Tried,” Merle Haggard (1968) – Perhaps the hardest part of the job for mothers: You can do everything right, and the kid insists on messing up anyway. In this mostly autobiographical account, the adult Merle takes responsibility for ignoring Flossie Haggard’s wisdom and ending up in prison by age 21. Continue Reading

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Jan 25

Set Sail With Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers & More

Vince Gill

Vince Gill photo by Tim Wright, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Hit the high seas with some of country music’s biggest stars! The Country Music Cruise will launch in early 2014 and sail through the Caribbean with Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Patty Loveless, Jo Dee Messina, Ronnie Milsap and Restless Heart. Television personality Lorraine Crook will serve as host.

“Country music fans are in for something really special,” Vince Gill said. “Not only will they get to experience a luxurious ocean cruise, but they can enjoy exclusive concerts by country music’s iconic superstars.  The cruise is destined to become a vacation destination in the years to come.”  Continue Reading

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Nov 28

Jamie O’Neal & Rachele Lynae Record Classic Christmas Duet

Rachele Lynae & Jamie O'Neal

Rachele Lynae & Jamie O’Neal.

Jamie O’Neal and Rachele Lynae have recorded a duet of the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” to help get their fans in the Christmas spirit. The pair have been in the studio finishing up Rachele’s debut album, set for release in early 2013, and decided to do something special for their fans for the holidays.

“Jamie and I have been working together for almost two years, and we thought it would be really special to sing a Christmas duet together,” Rachele said. “Once we learned the song was a personal favorite for us both, it seemed only natural to record and share with our fans for the holidays. Additionally, to record this song with someone I admire and respect so much was truly an awesome experience –one I won’t soon forget!” Continue Reading

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Feb 11

Jamie O’Neal Launches Her Own Record Label

Jamie O'Neal photo courtesy of Splash Publicity.

Jamie O’Neal has opened her own record label. Jamie and a team of some of Nashville’s top music industry professionals have joined together to form Momentum Label Group. Jamie will serve as CEO and oversee every aspect of the indie label. She will also work as the producer for some of the label’s roster.

“I’m so excited about this amazing opportunity,” Jamie said. “I’ve had my own studio for many years, and being a part of the creative process has always been one of my favorite things about the music business. By having our own label, we can now help introduce the world to some exceptionally talented new artists.”

Jamie’s father and manager, Jimmy Murphy, will serve as Momentum’s general manager and partner. Music industry veteran John Ettinger will oversee radio strategies, Jessica Northey will be in charge of social media and web strategies and John Christian will be over west coast promotions. Continue Reading

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Mar 14

GAC’s Nan Kelley & Storme Warren, Josh Turner & Others Part of Benefit Concert

Josh Turner visits host Nan Kelley on the set of Top 20 Country Countdown.

The Colon Cancer Alliance announces the 3rd Annual “Stars Go Blue” benefit concert for colon cancer at the Country Music Hall of Fame this Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The event benefits the Blue Note Fund, which provides financial support for colon cancer patients in need of financial assistance.

The theme of this year’s show is “Couples in Country Music.” GAC host Storme Warren and his wife, Allison, will host the benefit, which will feature multi-platinum MCA recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member Josh Turner and his wife and band member, Jennifer, along with Grammy winning singer Linda Davis and her husband singer/songwriter, Lang Scott. Continue Reading

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Feb 8

Josh Turner, Linda Davis & GAC’s Nan Kelley to Hold Cancer Benefit

Josh Turner visits host Nan Kelley on the set of Top 20 Country Countdown.

The Colon Cancer Alliance announces the 3rd Annual “Stars Go Blue” benefit concert for colon cancer at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. The event benefits the Blue Note Fund, which provides financial support for colon cancer patients in need of financial assistance.

The theme of this year’s show is “Couples in Country Music” featuring multi-platinum MCA recording artist and Grand Ole Opry member Josh Turner and his wife and band member, Jennifer, along with Grammy winning singer Linda Davis and her husband singer/songwriter, Lang Scott. Also performing is “Stars Go Blue” creator and Grammy nominated producer/artist Charlie Kelley with his wife, GAC host Nan Kelley.

Tickets are $100.00 per person and include the intimate concert in the Ford Theater, a VIP cocktail reception, and auction after the concert. For tickets or more information, please visit www.thestarsgoblue.com. Amgen is silver sponsor for the event. Continue Reading

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Jan 19

Charlie Daniels, Josh Turner: From Cowboy to Combat Boots

Charlie Daniels trades in his cowboy boots. Photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

Country stars are trading in their cowboy boots for army boots to show their support for our nation’s troops. George Jones, the Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Randy Houser, Chuck Wicks and more are taking part in the Boot Campaign, which encourages Americans to buy and wear a pair of army combat boots in support of our troops.  Inspired by retired US Navy SEAL and author of the book Lone Survivor, Marcus Luttrell, proceeds from the boot sales are donated to partner charities. Continue Reading

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