Merle Haggard photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.
Merle Haggard is on the mend from a bout of double pneumonia, reports Reuters. He was admitted to the hospital on January 17 when illness forced him to cancel a show in Macon, Georgia just moments before he was scheduled to take the stage. His spokesperson says he’s recovering from several health issues that have been discovered while he was being treated.
According to Tresa Redburn, Merle’s Los Angeles-based spokesperson, his pneumonia is almost completely clear. He is also recovering from three stomach ulcers, the removal of eight colon polyps, and diverticulitis in his esophagus. “He will be back up and running in 30 days,” Redburn said.
“Thanks to the wonderful people all over the world that prayed their special prayers,” Merle said in a statement. “I’m a new man. Another special thanks to the folks of Macon, Georgia, for their kindness, their intelligence and probably saving my life.” Continue Reading
Blake Shelton photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Nashville.
Blake Shelton was already a star in the country music world when NBC’s The Voice hit airwaves, but his sense of humor and passion for his team quickly won over a whole new legion of fans that perhaps hadn’t heard of him before. He credits The Voice for his rise in popularity and realizes it won’t last forever – but country music will.
“You don’t see a lot of country artists end up in pop culture, but somehow Miranda and I are there for a minute,” Blake told Reuters. “When The Voice comes and goes, and Miranda and I being married are not interesting to talk about anymore, country music will still be important to me. It’s the reason I moved to Nashville.”
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Besides a hit television show which returns February 5, his new album, Red River Blue, and a slew of No. 1 hit songs, Blake is nominated for five CMA Awards, including the prestigious Entertainer of the Year. He is the current reigning Male Vocalist of the Year. It hasn’t sunk in yet that he is one of the most nominated artists going into the November 9 awards. Continue Reading