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Feb 28

50 Years After the Crash – Remembering Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas & Hawkshaw Hawkins

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline.

By Eileen Sisk

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The Grand Ole Opry suffered the biggest loss of talent in its 87-year history when a small plane carrying Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins, along with Cline’s manager Randy Hughes, crashed on the evening of March 5, 1963, in a heavily wooded area roughly 100 miles west of Nashville.

The singers had performed at a benefit on March 3, in Kansas City, Kan., for the family of radio DJ “Cactus” Jack Call, who had died in a car accident a little more than a month earlier. Foggy weather kept them from flying out immediately, and they had to wait a day before they could leave.

Operator error was cited as the cause of the crash because Hughes was not instrument-rated and took off despite warnings of severe windy conditions after a fuel stop in Dyersburg, Tenn. The clock on the plane stopped at 6:18:15 p.m., while Cline’s wristwatch stopped almost 17 minutes later at 6:30 p.m. Continue Reading


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Feb 7

Country Music Hall of Fame to Honor 50th Anniversary of Patsy Cline’s Passing

Patsy Cline

Patsy Cline

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor the lives of Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Randy Hughes and Jack Anglin with a special panel discussion, Forever with Us: The 50th Anniversary of a Country Music Tragedy on Saturday, March 2. Hosted by Eddie Stubbs, the panel will feature Charlie Dick, Kathy Hughes, Jean Shepard and Bobby Wright.

On March 5, 1963, Patsy Cline, Cowboy Copas and Hawkshaw Hawkins and their pilot, musician and artist manager Randy Hughes, died when their plane crashed in Camden, Tennessee. Two days later on March 7, Jack Anglin of Johnnie & Jack died in a car wreck on the day of the memorial service for his friends lost in the plane crash. Continue Reading


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Nov 23

Women of the Bakersfield Sound Take Center Stage at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Jean Shepard

Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard.

The women of Bakersfield will be front and center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on December 15. The Museum will shine a spotlight on its The Bakersfield Sound:  Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country with a panel discussion and concert highlighting contributions from women to the musical era.

The panel discussion, titled California Angels: Women of West Coast Country, will feature  Kay Adams, Lorrie Collins, Rosie Flores, Rose Lee Maphis and Country Music Hall of Fame member Jean Shepard.  Moderated by California-based music journalist Scott B. Bomar, the women will discuss how the California country music scene shaped their careers. Continue Reading


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Oct 22

Garth Brooks, Connie Smith & Pig Robbins Inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame

Garth Brooks, Connie Smith & Pig Robbins

Garth Brooks, Connie Smith Hargus “Pig” Robbins were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012. Photo by Petyon Hoge, courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Garth Brooks had previously said he’d be emotional during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, but tears started flowing before he even entered the building for Sunday’s Induction Ceremony. Some of Garth’s personal heroes – George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor– were on hand for the ceremony.

“I moved to this town for one reason and that was to get ‘Much Too Young to Feel This Damn Old’ cut by George Strait,” Garth told The Washington Post before the ceremony. “That’s what George is singing tonight. It’s gonna be so cool. I’m a fan. So I get to be a fan tonight.”

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Garth, along with Connie Smith and piano player Hargus “Pig” Robbins were formally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, October21. George Strait, Bob Seger and James Taylor performed in honor of Garth while Lee Ann Womack, the Quebe Sisters and The Whites honored Connie Smith. Merle Haggard gave her induction speech. Continue Reading


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Aug 10

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Unveils Minnie Pearl Exhibit

Caption: Minnie Pearl’s 50th Anniversary as an Opry member in 1990. Photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will unveil their latest spotlight exhibit, ‘Minnie Pearl: Centennial Celebration,’ on August 10. The exhibit will celebrate the 100th birthday of Minnie Pearl, the beloved character created by Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, and run through August 2013.

Minnie Pearl is known as the hilarious small-town spinster who wore gingham dresses and a straw hat with the price tag still attached while sharing stories about her mythical hometown of Grinder’s Switch. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 1940 and went on to secure herself as the queen of country comedy.

Minnie’s creator, Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, was born October 25, 1912, in Centerville, Tenn. She was a breast cancer survivor known for her philanthropic endeavors. Nashville’s Sarah Cannon Cancer Center and Sarah Cannon Research Center are named in her honor. Sarah passed away following a series of strokes in 1996 but the character of Minnie Pearl lives on, still greeting fans at the Opry with a hearty, “How-dee!”

Some of the artifacts on display in the ‘Minnie Pearl: Centennial Celebration’ include a script of Minnie Pearl’s 1957 network television debut as Continue Reading


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Jun 1

R.O.P.E. International to Host “Breakfast with the Stars” June 6

Exile photo courtesy of Morris Public Relations.

R.O.P.E. International will hold a new event during this year’s CMA Music Festival. “Breakfast with the Stars” will take place June 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in Nashville at The New Nashville Nitelife, a venue formerly known as Stardust Theatre. Some of the many stars scheduled to appear are Exile, Mel Tillis, Jean Shepard, T.G. Sheppard and Jeannie Seely.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 6-12. To purchase tickets, call 615-86-9257 Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased by sending a check or money order to PO Box 2048, Madison, TN., 37116.

Artists Scheduled To Attend ‘Breakfast With The Stars’

Mel Tillis
Jean Shepard
T.G. Sheppard
Jimmy C. Newman
George Hamilton IV
Jim Ed Brown
Moe Bandy                         
Brenda Lee
Charlie McCoy
Jan Howard  Continue Reading


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Feb 22

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum to Open Bakersfield Sound Exhibit

HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 5: Musician/actor Dwight Yoakam (L) and country western music legend Buck Owens attend a ceremony honoring Yoakam with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame June 5, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s latest exhibit will tell the stories of the stars, sidemen and songwriters who created a whole new sound in country music in mid-20th century America. The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, will open March 23 and run through December 31, 2013.

Narrated by Dwight Yoakam, the exhibit will explore the roots, heyday, and impact of the Bakersfield Sound. The loud and stripped-down radio-ready music is most closely identified by the work of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The exhibit will include more than 100 artifacts and a generous amount of audiovisual material.

“We are incredibly excited to explore the Bakersfield Sound story,” Museum Director Kyle Young said. “It’s an epic tale, born in the Great Depression, set two thousand miles from country music’s epicenter, and populated by a remarkably talented and tight-knit community of musicians who came together to invigorate and reinvent country music as they knew it. These colorful artists infused their work with an aural intensity and independent spirit, in the process creating a sound that reverberates through country music to this day.”

The Bakersfield Sound began during the Great Depression when Bakersfield’s cotton farms and oil fields attracted a mass migration of Dust Bowl refugees from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. Buck Owens moved with his sharecropping parents first to Arizona and then to Bakersfield in 1951. Merle Haggard’s family, driven from their east Oklahoma farm, lived in an old converted railroad boxcar when Merle was born in a Bakersfield hospital on April 6, 1937.

The exhibit will explore Bakersfield’s club scene in the 1940s and 1950s when the city’s plethora of dance halls and honky tonks provided a refuge for the overworked. It will also spotlight Bill Woods, known as ‘The Father of the Bakersfield Sound,’ as well as “Cousin” Herb Henson, Ferlin Husky, Billy Mize, Fuzzy Owen, Bonnie Owens, Jelly Sanders, Jean Shepard, Red Simpson and Lewis Talley.

One of the recurring themes of the exhibit is the connection between the artists making music during the time period, epitomized by the careers of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. As they became stars in the 1960s, their careers and personal lives were woven together with not only each other but virtually all other major figures on the Bakersfield scene. They scored nearly 60 No. 1 hits between them and created a body of work that continues to influence artists today.The exhibit will also focus on the Bakersfield music business and the importance of Capitol Records and producer Ken Nelson. Continue Reading


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Jan 30

New Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Exhibit Focuses on Heart Disease in Women

the JaneDear girls

The JaneDear girls photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s latest spotlight exhibit will be in support of the American Heart Association and Go Red For Women. The Exhibit, Something in Red, will feature red ensembles from several country stars including Sara Evans, Naomi Judd, and Lorrie Morgan. The exhibit opens on February 3, National Wear Red Day, and runs through April 2012.

The red dress symbolizes the fight against heart disease in women. Several country artists have parented with the American Heart Association and the museum to raise awareness for the disease, which is the number one killer in women.

Some of the dresses featured in Something in Red include Sara Evans’ dress from the1999 Academy of Country Music Awards, Naomi Judd’s leather-like jacket and skirt she wore at the 1987 Country Music Association Awards, the dress worn by the JaneDear girls’ Danelle Leverett on the cover of the duo’s debut album (photo above) and Susie Brown’s dress from the 2011 ACM Awards, and gowns worn by Lorrie Morgan and Julie Roberts on the Grand Ole Opry. Continue Reading


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Dec 30

Here’s Where the Stars Will Be on New Year’s Eve

Edens Edge photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Have you made your New Year’s Eve plans yet? Check out where you can catch some of your favorite country stars ringing in 2012, both live and on TV:

Edens Edge will perform at the third annual “Bash On Broadway” in Nashville along with The Farm, Jeffrey Steele and headliner Lynyrd Skynyrd.The free show will take place on Broadway beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will be broadcast live to a national audience on Sirius XM Radio. GAC’s Storme Warren will serve as emcee.

The Band Perry will close out the year with a performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, as part of the Los Angeles celebration. The special will air on ABC December 31.

Rodney Atkins, Joe Nichols and Lauren Alaina will perform live from the Las Vegas strip during FOX’s American Country New Year’s Eve Live special. Hosted by Rodney Carrington, the special will also feature performances by Eli Young Band and Toby Keith and include coverage from the ball drop at New York City’s Time Square. Tune in to FOX at 11/10c December 31 to catch it.

Chris Young will be headlining a New Year’s Eve show at Billy Bob’s in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sarah Darling will headline the 4th annual New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Parkin Panama City Beach, FL. Taking the stage at 10:45 p.m., Sarah will be the final performer before the 800-pound glowing beach ball begins its descent and final countdown to 2012.

The Grand Ole Opry will ring in 2012 with Friday and Saturday night Opry performances at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. John Conlee, Craig Morgan, Mandy Barnett, Jeannie Seely, Jimmy Wayne, Little Jimmy Dickens and Jean Shepard are all on the schedule for the December 30 show, while Little Jimmy Dickens, Jimmy Wayne, Jett Williams, Jan Howard, Mandy Barnett and Dailey & Vincent are all scheduled to appear on December 31.


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Nov 3

Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Opens Nudie Cohn Exhibit

L to R: Tex Williams, Gene Autry, Nudie Cohn, Roy Rogers, and Rex Allen in Nudie’s Hollywood store. Photo courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened a new spotlight exhibit dedicated to legendary fashion designer Nudie Cohn on October 28. The “Silver Threads and Golden Needles: Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors” exhibit will run through November 2012. The exhibit traces Nudie’s journey across America from designing burlesque costumes in New York to opening his shop in North Hollywood. Gene Autry, Elton John, Gram Parsons, Elvis Presley, Roy Rogers and Hank Williams are among the  artists who wore Nudie’s designs.

Born Nutya Kotlyrenko in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1902, Nudie immigrated to the United States when he was 11. He became ‘Nudie’ when immigration officials mistranslated his first name. His first job was shining shoes in Brooklyn and in 1918, he headed to California where he worked as a movie extra and film cutter before returning east. On his way back, he met Bobbie Kruger, whom he would later marry. The couple moved to New York, where Nudie found work designing burlesque costumes with his brother.

The Cohns returned to the west coast in the 1940s where they ran a small tailoring shop out of their Los Angeles-area garage for seven years. In 1947, Tex Williams commissioned ten outfits for his band from Nudie. With Tex’s endorsement, business started rolling in and Nudie opened his famous Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors. His slogan was ‘Everything for the Horse and Rider,’ though he began to cater to country artists and stars of western movies.

Nudie found his niche in the industry with the creation of a rhinestone-accented suit for Lefty Frizzell and began creating custom outfits for performers. He designed wagon-wheel suits for Porter Wagoner, Native-American motifs for Ray Price and a railroad-themed suit for Hank Snow inspired by Hank’s hit “The Golden Rocket.”

Working with embroidery specialist Rose Clements and fashion designer and one-time son-in-law Manuel, Nudie also designed instruments, cars, rugs and other items. Nudie was as much a celebrity as any of his clients and was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1969. He passed away of kidney failure in 1984. Continue Reading


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