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Feb 26

Reba, Loretta Lynn & Bobby Bare to Play Johnny Cash Music Festival

Reba, Loretta Lynn & Bobby Bare to Play Johnny Cash Music Festival

Johnny Cash (1932 – 2003) walks inside the gates of Folsom Prison, preparing to perform his fourth concert for inmates there, California, 1964. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Reba McEntire, Bobby Bare and Loretta Lynn will perform at the Fourth Annual Johnny Cash Music Festival, set to be hosted by legendary singer and comedian Mark Lowry. The concert will take place August 15 at Arkansas State University’s Convocation Center in Jonesboro, AR.

“When I was asked to perform at the Johnny Cash Music Festival, there was absolutely no hesitation,” Reba said. ”I have always had a great deal of respect for Johnny Cash, and not just because he was one of the finest entertainers, performers and recording artists this industry has ever known. It is also because of his compassion and generosity. The fact that some of the money raised from these concerts goes into a scholarship fund to help deserving kids further their education is something I know would make him very proud.” Continue Reading


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Oct 30

Final Lineup For George Jones Tribute Show Announced

George Jones

George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.

George Jones will be honored with an all-star tribute concert dubbed “Playin’ Possum! The Final NO SHOW” in Nashville on November 22, the date that he was originally set to perform the final show of his storied career. George passed away in April at the age of 81, but his contributions to country music will live on forever.

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“I am so excited how this show has evolved and I will be forever grateful to the artists that are coming to honor George,” George’s widow Nancy Jones said. “The evening might be long, but I don’t think people will be upset as they will witness the best musical tribute Nashville has ever seen with so many artists performing George Jones songs.”

See the all-star lineup below:
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Sep 16

George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert & More Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert & More Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.

The November 22 George Jones tribute concert is not only sold out, it boasts some of the biggest names in country music — and the lineup keeps growing! George’s widow Nancy just announced the addition of George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire, and Alabama to the all-star lineup. The concert will be at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is now a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones.  “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”

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The newly-added list of performers will join previously announced artists Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others. All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.

George Jones, often referred to as the “the greatest living country singer” was on his farewell tour titled “The Grand Tour,” when he passed away.


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Aug 5

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Plans Busy August


Reba photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

Planning a trip to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville? August is the month to go! The museum has several programs planned for the month, from an interview with a superstar to the Grand Master Fiddler Championship.

On August 9, the newest exhibit, Reba: All the Women I Am opens. The exhibit will honor the life and career of Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire through dozens of artifacts, including a handbill from Reba’s elementary school Christmas program where she sang “Blue Christmas” as a fifth grader, a high school report card, her very first stage costume, a selection of red dresses worn throughout the years while performing “Fancy” and a number of awards and accolades. Continue Reading


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Jul 5

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Reba McEntire celebrates the 4th of July in Ireland, Brad Paisley updates fans on Little Jimmy Dickens, Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride battle car seats and vacuum cleaners and Jake Owen is one cool uncle. Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:


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Joe NicholsJoeNichols: Thanks for a great day @sandiegozoo!!

Brad Paisley – BradPaisley: Saw @LilJimDickens today. He is one tough cookie. He is gearing up for his treatments, and looks forward to returning to the Opry soon.

Taylor Swift TaylorSwift13: In Vancouver- just realized you guys got my twitter up to 30 million followers?!?! So cool considering I only tweet about my cat and food.

Reba McEntire

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Reba McEntire – Reba: Happy 4th of July from Ireland!!! Continue Reading


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Jun 20

Country Weekly CMA Music Fest Kick Off Party Raises $13,361 for Musicians on Call

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Country Weekly Kick Off Party benefiting Musicians On Call.

The annual Country Weekly CMA Music Fest “Kick Off Party” hosted by GAC’s Suzanne Alexander and raised $13,361 for Musicians On Call Nashville. Held at the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown Nashville, the party featured performances from Easton Corbin, Dustin Lynch, Greg Bates and Chris Janson. All proceeds go to MOC Nashville’s efforts to bring the healing power of music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities in Middle Tennessee.

“We are so grateful to Country Weekly for its support of MOC during CMA Music Fest for the seventh consecutive year,” MOC’s Katy Epley said. ”The generosity displayed from the entire entertainment industry and all the artists who participate in our Bedside Performance Programs, fundraising concerts and auctions makes it possible for us to continue delivering the healing power of music to those who need it most.”  Continue Reading


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Jun 12

Happy Father’s Day: Top 20 Country Songs About Dad

Becoming a father doesn’t necessarily take a lot of talent. But being a good dad – well, that is a tough undertaking. And just when Pop gets it figured out, the kid gets a little older and treats him differently. Or another one comes along and changes up the family dynamics.

Parenthood is actually a rich vein for songwriters to tap, and with Father’s Day upon us, it’s a perfect time to run through some of the best songs that deal with the old man. Some of your favorites might be missing. You could argue, for example, that the Mac Davis song “Watching Scotty Grow” belongs here or that “I Saw God Today” is a better fatherly entry from George Strait than “The Breath You Take.” But hey, that’s what lists are for: starting up a conversation. If you don’t see your favorite on here, let us know what’s missing!

In no particular order, here are 20 country songs for dads everywhere:

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“Love Without End, Amen,” George Strait (1990) – The father/son relationship is often used by the church to explain God. George makes those allusions here, portraying Dad – and the guy upstairs – as someone who’s strict, loving and ultimately forgiving.

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“That’s My Job,” Conway Twitty (1987) – Dad as protector, Dad as financier, Dad as inspiration from the grave. It sounds heavy, and it is. Beautifully so, with Vince Gill on supporting vocals.

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“Drive (For Daddy Gene),” Alan Jackson (2002) – If your dad spent a lot of time under the hood of the car in the driveway, then Alan likely hit the nail on the head for you. There are plenty of car and boat parts in the song, but they’re just a vehicle to show how Dad steered you right.

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“Seein’ My Father In Me,” Paul Overstreet (1990) – “I notice I walk the way he walks / I notice I talk the way he talks.” Get used to it, guys. Unless you work really hard at it, you’re going to be more like dear old dad than you ever expected.

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“Daddy What If,” Bobby Bare (1973) – There’s something distinctly schmaltzy about this quasi-lullaby that Bobby recorded with his son, Bobby Bare Jr., who was all of seven years old when it was released. That schmaltzy quality, coupled with the obvious affection between Sr. and Jr., is exactly why it works. Continue Reading


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May 29

New Artist Spotlight: Angie Johnson

Angie Johnson

Angie Johnson’s 2013 EP, Sing For You. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

By Bob Doerschuk

© 2013 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.

Apparently, it’s not enough for Missouri-born Angie Johnson to have served as an intelligence analyst in the United States Air Force; she also sang and toured with The Air Force Band. Then, following an initial attempt to find a break in Nashville, she studied psychology at Columbia State Community College in Franklin, Tenn., to help children and veterans struggling with PTSD.

When a soldier posted his video of Staff Sgt. Johnson performing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” for troops in a spirited acoustic performance on YouTube, it eventually drew more than 3 million views. Millions more watched her during Season 2 of The Voice. 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 8

Top 10 Moments from the ACM Awards

Miranda Lambert

LAS VEGAS, NV – APRIL 07: Musician Miranda Lambert, winner of Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year for ‘Over You’ and Female Vocalist of the Year, poses in the press room during the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 7, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)

The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards is country music’s biggest party of the year and the ACM Awards didn’t disappoint! Two country legends performed together, new music was flowing from some of country’s biggest stars and one artist picked up his first-ever Entertainer of the Year trophy! In no particular order, here are our Top 10 Moments from this year’s ACM Awards:

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Luke BryanLuke Bryan had a busy night, co-hosting the ACM Awards and debuting his brand new single, “Crash My Party.” The biggest moment of the night went to him as well when he was crowned ACM Entertainer of the Year by none other than Shania Twain. It took a visibly shocked Luke several moments to pull himself together to accept his trophy.

“Thank you guys so much,” Luke said, wiping at his tears. “Fans, for doing this to me, thank you so much for making my life what it is. What I always wanted to be was just a country singer that got to ride on a tour bus and show up on a new stage and play new music every night. This is the defining moment of my life.”

Miranda Lambert – It was a good night for Miranda Lambert. She picked up three ACM Awards, including Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Over You,” a track she co-wrote with her husband, Blake Shelton, and Female Vocalist of the Year for the fourth year running.

“Last night, a huge dream of mine came true because I went from being a little girl singing in a hair brush to watching Shania Twain with Faith Hill, Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson,” an emotional Miranda said as she accepted her Female Vocalist trophy. “I cried all night because I’ll never not be a fan of those beautiful women.” Continue Reading


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