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Sep 24

Mark Wills, T. Graham Brown & Marty Raybon Help Wrap The Great American Country Show

Mark Wills, T Graham Brown & Marty Raybon Set to Wrap The Great American Country Show at Dollywood

Mark Wills photo by Glenn Sweitzer, courtesy of Tenacity Records.

Mark Wills, T. Graham Brown and Marty Raybon will help wrap up the 2013 season of Dollywood’s “The Great American Country Show.” A collaboration between Dollywood and GAC, “The Great American Country Show” is a 40-minute celebration of today’s most popular country artists and songs. Mark Wills will perform September 25, 27-30 and October 18-19; T. Graham Brown will take the stage October 4-8; and Marty Raybon performs October 11-15.

“Dollywood is a must-see tourist destination for family fun–and no, this is not a paid endorsement,” said Mark. “I have children of my own, and we’ve enjoyed many family outings at Dollywood. It’s kind of refreshing to perform before moms and dads and families just like mine who are just looking to spend quality time — a vacation — at a quality place with tons of options. I’m pleased in the invitation to perform.”  Continue Reading


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Jun 2

Grand Ole Opry Heads Downtown for CMA Music Festival

Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson photo courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

The Grand Ole Opry will head to the middle of the action during CMA Music Festival June 6-9 with a benefit auction, artist signings, an Opry performance and more, all in the heart of downtown Nashville.

The Fifth Annual Guitars of the Stars Benefit Auction will take place June 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the CMA Music Fest Buckle Stage at 4th Ave. and Broadway downtown. Nashville visual artists have contributed one-of-a-kind guitars both inspired and autographed by country favorites including Alabama, Alan Jackson, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, as well as the cast of Nashville. Continue Reading


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May 25

650 AM WSM to Release Live From The Archives June 25

Vince Gill

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

For the first time in its 87 year history, 650 AM WSM will release a compilation of live, in-studio performances by renowned artists and songwriters on June 25. Live From The Archives of 650 AS WSM – Volume One will be available on CD, digitally, and as a limited edition two-jacket vinyl release.

“A station with such historical value as WSM, should have great moments not only preserved but shared with fans all around the world,” WSM Program Director and the album’s Executive Producer, Joe Limardi, said. “This CD and future editions will ensure that and be another chapter in our legendary story. I hope true music fans enjoy this compilation of performances as much as we did the first time we heard them.” Continue Reading


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Apr 26

Alan Jackson, Keith Urban & More Stars Remember George Jones

George Jones

George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.

Following the announcement of George Jones‘ death on Friday, April 26 in Nashville, many of George’s fellow country stars offered their thoughts. Visit our George Jones photo gallery for photos spanning his legendary career.

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Keith Urban tweeted, “If I’m blessed enough to make it there, I look forward to you giving me the grand tour. Rest in peace George Jones!!!!!”

Alan Jackson released this statement: “Well, heaven better get ready for some great country music. While George was known for his wild and crazy days, I’ve known him for 25 years as a friend. He had grown into a real good man. Of course, he’ll always be the greatest singer and interpreter of real country music – there’ll never be another. Like the song says, ‘You know this old world is full of singers, but just a few are chosen to tear your heart out when they sing. Imagine life without them…Who’s gonna fill their shoes.’”

Blake Shelton tweeted, “Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…”

“I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say ‘George Jones’,” said Barbara Mandrell in a statement. “He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend.”

Loretta Lynn said, “It’s a sad day for country music and a great loss for those of us who knew him. I was blessed to call George my friend. He was one of the best country singers there ever was. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Nancy, and all of his family. It’s a sad, sad day.”

George Strait shared this memory: “The most special memory was when he gave me my medallion at the Hall of Fame Ceremony. He actually was the one that did the actual induction. And what a special night that was. We’re just gonna miss George so much. This came as a total shock to me. I didn’t even know that George was in the hospital. To the whole music industry, it’s gonna be a big void not having George out there. But you know, we’ve got his music — and that music will live forever. He did a lot of crazy things in his career and no matter how crazy he got, everybody still loved him because that’s just the kind of guy that George was. We’re just all gonna miss him. It’s a sad day for the music business, for sure.”

“My friend, the greatest singer of all time, has passed,” tweeted Brad Paisley. “To those who knew him, our lives were full. To those of you who don’t: discover him now.”

Brad also released this statement: “George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place.  How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again.  That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks.  How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know.  And one of the greatest friends you could ever have. We miss you already, George.”

Dierks Bentley, who is still a member of George Jones’ fan club, said he’s “heartbroken,” and tweeted, “nancy and @gjpossum had a beautiful marriage and special relationship. love you nancy. long live the possum. gonna miss my buddy. real sad.”

Vince Gill
tweeted, “There aren’t words in our language to describe the depth of his greatness. I’ll miss my kind and generous friend.”

Little Big Town said, “There will never be another George Jones. You are and always will be country music. Rest in peace. #GeorgeJones

“He had a voice that was the truth, raw and unfiltered,” said Kenny Chesney. “You cant get any realer, any more tortured or any more alive. No one can do what George Jones does, and that’s why 50 years later, he still stands out as one of the greatest singers in any genre of all time.

“We were great friends, but it was really more like a father/son relationship,” added Kenny. “He even showed up in Lexington, Kentucky two years ago to surprise me onstage for my birthday… all the way from Nashville, to surprise me and sing ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today’ with me, which will be one of the greatest memories of my life.”

“When I was just staring out, and I was picked to open the George Jones/Tammy Wynette Reunion Tour, I thought I’d made it,” continued Kenny. “Then one night, George asked me if I was heading home because he and Nancy had a plane, and they’d take me,” Chesney recalls. “I remember sitting there on that jet, thinking, ‘This can’t be happening…’ because he was George Jones, and I was some kid from nowhere…’ I’m sure he knew, but he was generous to kids chasing the dream, and I never forgot it.” Continue Reading


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Aug 10

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Brad Paisley asks Faith Hill for literary help, Miranda Lambert has a new favorite TV show, Blake Shelton makes a new friend, Brett Eldredge reveals his Grand Ole Opry superstition and RaeLynn makes a confession. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

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Brad Paisley – BradPaisley: Tell her to read it to Tim, its above his reading level. RT @Wildaboutmusic: @FaithHill is clearly enjoying the book.

Neal McCoyNealMcCoy: I’m so sober, I just stepped on the plane and asked “How often do these planes crash?” pilot said:: “Just Once”

Mark WillsMarkWills: Feeling like a sissy but EVERYTIME I see an Olympic athlete cry during the National Anthem, I CRY!

Hillary Scott

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Hillary Scott of Lady AntebellumHillaryScottLA: Missing sweet faces like this baby girl today! I love the country of Haiti, but it’s the faces, and the hearts behind those faces that I love the most! Continue Reading


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Jul 3

Randy Travis to Host 4th of July Special on Sirius XM

Randy Travis photo courtesy of Webster & Associates.

Randy Travis will host a special radio program, Red, White and Randy 4th, on Sirius XM this 4th of July. The program will air throughout the day on Prime Country (Channel 58) beginning at 6 a.m. Eastern. The show will feature a playlist of some of Randy’s great hits and tracks from his Anniversary Celebration CD along with patriotic songs.

Other highlights from the show will include Randy’s reflections on some of his favorite songs and the stories behind many of the hits he’s written and recorded over the years. Sirius XM is offering a free 30-day trial subscription so that fans can listen to the show online. To sign-up, visit:

Randy will also be featured on GAC’s encore presentation of Noteworthy at the Opry – Military Salute on Tuesday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.  The 90-minute special pays tribute to the men and women serving in the U.S. military and includes stories of courage, integrity, endurance and words of inspiration. Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Kellie Pickler, Mark Wills, Montgomery Gentry and Ronnie Milsap also appear. Continue Reading


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Jun 15

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys gets retro, Carrie Underwood promises a win at next year’s City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge while David Nail updates fans on his broken finger from this year’s softball game, Blake Shelton returns to The Voice and Lee Brice has a photo shoot on John Rich’s roof. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week.

Joe Bonsall

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Joe Bonsall of the Oak Ridge Boys – JoeBonsall: This guy could run 3 miles, play 5 sets of tennis and Then sing Dancing’ The Night Away… I miss him sometimes

Carrie Underwood – CarrieUnderwood: This year, we tie. Next year…We win!

David Nail – DavidNail: Thanks for the concern, this is a lesson to not play like you’re 18 when you’re 33! Fingers crossed for no nerve damage, kinda need finger!

Daryle Singletary & Ashton Sheperd

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Daryle SingletaryDarylesing: Me and Ashton Shepherd diggin some ribs! Continue Reading


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May 25

Dierks Bentley & Eric Church Honor Soldiers This Memorial Day

Dierks Bentley in his video for "Home." Image courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

This Memorial Day weekend, Dierks Bentley and Eric Church are taking the time to honor the soldiers that have impacted them. Dierks’ father served in World War II, making Memorial Day that much more important to the Bentley family.

“My dad was a second lieutenant in the army,” he said. “It’s amazing, he served in World War II, he was in Japan, and he doesn’t tell me too many stories about it, but I know for him, he really enjoyed his time in the army. It was a chance to get a chance to go overseas and see some of the world.”

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Dierks’ father both made and lost friends in the Army. While he doesn’t talk much about that aspect of serving our country, he does share good memories with Dierks about his time in Army.

“What a feeling that must be that I will never know, to put on that uniform, American flag patch on your shoulder, and you’re out there literally fighting for the flag, fighting with your brothers next to you and for everyone back home,” Dierks said. “We can never really honestly have a sense of how that feels, but certainly we can honor them.”

For Eric Church, it’s the soldiers serving the country, many of which he meets while touring the country, that allow him to do what he loves for a living. He is using Memorial Day to celebrate both our freedom and the people fighting for it as well as the United States of America. Continue Reading


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May 22

Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts & More Salute Military at the Grand Ole Opry

Kellie Pickler photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

The Grand Ole Opry will roll out the red carpet tonight, May 22, to welcome members of the Tennessee National Guard. The public is invited to their arrival to say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who serve our country as part of the celebration. The evening’s Opry performance, a salute to the military, will feature Montgomery Gentry, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Mark Wills, Ronnie Milsap and John Conlee.

The arrivals and celebration will begin at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Clips from the red carpet arrival and performances from the night will air during the premiere 90-minute episode of Noteworthy at the Opry on GAC on Saturday, May 26 at 9/8 p.m. Central. The show will also be seen by U.S. military around the world via the American Forces Television Network.

“We are excited about welcoming country superstars to our stage and our country’s heroes to our House Tuesday night,” Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher said. “We’re just as pleased to give country fans an opportunity to show their appreciation to our men and women in uniform as they arrive at the Opry House.”


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May 19

Country Stars To Play “You’ve been Sentenced!” At CMA Music Festival

Julie Roberts photo courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Game manufacture McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds will host its first annual celebrity charity event during CMA Music Festival. Country stars will sit down to play You’ve been Sentenced! – Country Music Edition on June 7th from 2:00-4:30 PM at the Hard Rock Café in downtown Nashville. Stars will play the game to benefit Children’s Miracle Network Hospital and Success Won’t Wait.

Artists confirmed to play include Jeff Bates, Ty Brown, Burns & Poe, Jason Michael Carroll, Buddy Jewell, Matt Kennon, Danni Leigh, LoCash Cowboys, Justin McBride, Jaclyn North, Julie Roberts, Doug Stone, Rhonda Vincent, Mark Wills and more. The game will be followed by acoustic performances.

“We’ve always known that the country music industry has tremendous heart,” Don McNeill, McNeill Designs CEO, said. “The interest and support shared by the community as a whole for this charity event has been overwhelming and it’s even more moving in consideration of the number of appearances, concerts and events these artists are juggling as part of their hectic CMA Fest schedules.” Continue Reading


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