News And Notes

All posts tagged "Reba McEntire"

Mar 9

Spotlight: Country Music’s Most Influential Women

Sunday, March 8 marked International Women’s Day, a celebration of women’s economic, political and social achievements throughout history. Many celebrities participated via social media campaigns using hashtags #WomensDay, #NotThere and #InternationalWomensDay. In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’re spotlighting some of the most powerful, inspirational and talented ladies of country music.

Maybelle Carter – Best known as a member of the Carter Family and mother of June Carter Cash, Carter paved the way for female musicians. She became famous for her unique guitar playing called “scratch” style. Carter and her family popularized Appalachian folk music.

Kitty Wells

Country music legend Kitty Wells was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame in 1976.

Kitty Wells – Nicknamed the Queen of Country Music, Wells gained popularity after her hit, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” topped country charts. In 1991, she received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Patsy Cline – In 1957, Cline’s hit “Walkin’ After Midnight” made her the first crossover pop-country artist. She was the first woman in country music to headline her own show and perform at Carnegie Hall. Like Taylor Swift, Cline also believed in encouraging and supporting her group of girl friends, such as Loretta Lynn, Dottie West and Barbara Mandrell.

Continue Reading


Posted at 6:30 pm | Permalink
Dec 21

Reba McEntire’s Christmas Plans Include Lots of Family

Reba McEntire's Family

A very young Reba McEntire (far left) with her family.

Reba McEntire is closing out 2014 with a new record label home, the promise of new music in 2015, and a residency in Las Vegas with Brooks & Dunn. She’s enjoying the holiday season, taking advantage of the time to spend with her family. She’s also reminiscing about past Christmases.

“When I was growing up in southeastern Oklahoma, around Christmastime, Mama always bought Susie and I, my little sister, the same gift, only in different colors,” she recalled. “Mama always called Susie and I her ‘little girls.’ That used to make me so mad I couldn’t hardly stand it. Looking back, I just should have been thrilled to death I got a Christmas present at all.”

Continue Reading


Posted at 7:00 am | Permalink
Dec 4

Brooks & Dunn Reunite, Join Reba in Vegas Residency


Photo courtesy of

Brooks & Dunn are getting back together, and they are bringing Reba McEntire along for the reunion. The duo and McEntire announced they will return to the stage for a series of shows at Las Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace.The residency, named “Together in Vegas,” is scheduled for 12 dates with more dates expected to be announced. The first shows are set for June 24-27. Tickets for shows in June, July and December go on sale today.

McEntire and Brooks & Dunn go way back. The duo was McEntire’s opening act in 1992, and she co-headlined with the pair from 1997 through 1999. She joined them on the No. 1 hit “If You See Him (If You See Her),” as well as 2009’s hit “Cowgirls Don’t Cry.” Rolling Stone Country reports that it was McEntire that convinced the duo to reunite.

Continue Reading


Posted at 5:00 pm | Permalink
Oct 25

Reba McEntire Heads Back Into the Recording Studio


Photo courtesy of

Reba McEntire released her self-titled debut album more than 35 years ago, and she does not plan to slow down anytime soon. She recently signed with the new record label, Nash Icon Music, for her next record. The opportunity presented itself  just when McEntire thought her recording career was finished.

“I figured it was over,” she told USA Today. Her husband and manager, Narvel Blackstock, convinced her otherwise. “[He] kept saying, ‘No, it’s not; you’ll record again.’ And I was like, ‘Wow, where’s your crystal ball?’” Continue Reading


Posted at 10:00 am | Permalink
May 8

10 Beautiful Country Moms

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Beautiful Country Moms. If you don’t see your favorite country mom on this list, let us know by commenting below!

Sara Evans photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Sara Evans – When Sara married husband Jay Barker, her brood swelled to seven. Sara frequently tweets photos of her large family at school functions, hanging around the house and enjoying family outings.

Martina McBride and daughters Ava, Delaney & Emma. Photo by Cheryl Ecton.

Martina McBride – Martina and husband John have three daughters (above) and are navigating the teenage waters with two of them. As her oldest, Delaney, prepares to leave the nest, Martina hopes she’ll remember Mom’s words. “I hope, I pray that she hears the mom voice going, ‘Make good decisions,’ so it’s really important,” Martina said.

Shania Twain photo by Mark Abrahams, courtesy of Sandbox Management.

Shania Twain Despite the ups and downs in her personal life, Shania has remained a dedicated mother to her son, Eja. She once said in a Redbook interview that her greatest hope was for him to grow up “to be well-rounded, humble and honest, without having to be deprived to develop that character.”

Reba McEntire photo courtesy of The Valory Music Co.

Reba McEntire – Anyone who follows this redhead on Twitter knows she is her son Shelby’s biggest fan. Shelby, a race car driver, can count on his mom to be tweeting with pride from track side during his races.

Faith Hill photo by Andrew Southam, courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.

Faith Hill – Not only is Faith married to Tim McGraw, she’s also the mother of three beautiful girls. Faith puts family first, taking her girls out on the road with her during tours and keeping their lives as normal as possible, despite their parents’ celebrity status. Continue Reading


Posted at 12:40 pm | Permalink
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


Posted at 12:51 pm | Permalink
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.

Photos: Remembering George Jones >>

“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:
Continue Reading


Posted at 9:09 pm | Permalink
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.”

Photos: Remembering George Jones >>

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.


Posted at 10:21 am | Permalink
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


Posted at 1:17 pm | Permalink
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:


Joe Nichols

Photo courtesy of

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

Photo courtesy of

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


Posted at 12:39 pm | Permalink