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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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May 14

Wade Hayes & The Grascals Host Benefit Show for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Wade Hayes

Wade Hayes photo courtesy of artist.

Wade Hayes and The Grascals along with newcomers Phoenix Drive and Bobby Chitwood will hold a benefit concert for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society tonight, May 14, at the Swingin’ Doors Saloon in downtown Nashville. Wade was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in 2011 but beat a grim prognosis with surgery and aggressive treatment.

“It was truly a miracle,” Wade said. “I thank God every day that He saw fit to keep me around.” Continue Reading


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May 5

Sara Evans Will Kick Off Riverfront Stage Performances at CMA Music Festival

Sara Evans

Sara Evans photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Nearly 50 artists have been confirmed for the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage during CMA Music Festival June 6-9 in downtown Nashville. Sara Evans will kick off the performances on June 6 at 10 a.m. This marks the first time she has opened the festival.

“Sara is the perfect choice to launch the daily concerts on the Chevrolet Riverfront Stage because of her great repertoire of hit music and undeniable connection to our fans,” Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer said. Continue Reading


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May 2

Dierks Bentley Pens Emotional Piece for CNN in Memory of George Jones

George Jones

George Jones photo courtesy of Webster PR.

Dierks Bentley often puts pen to paper to craft songs that later make their way onto albums and country radios. Earlier this week, CNN asked him to put his writing craft to work in another way by penning an opinion piece on George Jones, who passed away April 26 at the age of 81. Dierks shared his thoughts on what George meant not only to him but the word of country music.

“If you aren’t able to fully hear and appreciateGeorge Jones’ voice, you really can’t fully appreciate country music,” Dierks wrote. “His voice opens up country music’s depth and power. You feel it or you don’t. It helps to have done some living and to have had your heart broken, like George did. And it really helps if you can hang around one of its greatest singers, which I was fortunate enough to do over the years.

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At a show at the Ryman Auditorium years ago, Dierks recalled hearing bluegrass singer Peter Rowan advise that if you had a musical hero, do whatever you can to be near that person. For Dierks, that was hanging out with Terry Eldredge of The Grascals and The Sidemen, who truly introduced him to George Jones. Continue Reading


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Mar 7

Lee Greenwood & Jason Aldean Surprise Charlie Daniels at Special Concert

Charlie Daniels

Photo courtesy of Webster PR.

Jason Aldean and Lee Greenwood surprised Charlie Daniels while he was hosting a special free concert in Nashville Tuesday night to support Lipscomb University’s Yellow Ribbon Enhancement Program as part of the Charlie Daniels’ Scholarship for Heroes event. The pair walked onstage unannounced to offer Charlie their support.

“The motto for the USO is ‘until they all come home,’” Lee Greenwood said. “Last night’s event at Lipscomb addressed the fact that many did not come home. I’m proud to have been a part of this event and congratulate my friend Charlie Daniels for being a leader in our Nashville community.” Continue Reading


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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

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

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 11

Carrie Underwood, Zac Brown Band & More Take Home GRAMMY Awards

Carrie Underwood

LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 10: Singer Carrie Underwood, winner Best Country Solo Performance, poses in the press room at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Carrie Underwood blew away the audience at the 55thAnnual GRAMMY Awards with a stripped-down performance of “Blown Away” that led into her latest single, “Two Black Cadillacs.” While her dress turned out to be a visual centerpiece thanks to laser technology, the highlight of Carrie’s night was walking away with the GRAMMY for Best Solo Country Performance for “Blown Away.”

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“Country music has always been so good to me and I thank the good Lord that I’m part of such a wonderful, talented amazing family,” Carrie said as she accepted her award. “Blown Away” also picked up the GRAMMY for Best Country Song, which went to songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins.

Taylor Swift opened the GRAMMYs with an Alice In Wonderland-themed performance of her GRAMMY-nominated hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” In a white outfit and matching top hat, Taylor strutted around the stage with a troupe of dancers and aerialists falling from the ceiling. When she reached the speaking part of the song, she spoke first in a British accent and then changed up the words, saying “I’m busy opening the GRAMMYs.” Continue Reading


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Feb 9

Why Dierks Bentley Might Rush the GRAMMY Stage

Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley photo courtesy of Capitol Nashville.

Dierks Bentley is no stranger to being nominated for GRAMMY Awards. He’s heard his name called as a nominee a dozen times but to date, hasn’t picked up one of the coveted trophies. He’s got another chance this year as his song “Home” is up for Best Country Solo Performance. If he doesn’t win, he has plans to crash the stage if his pals, bluegrass band The Grascals, win their category.

“Let’s look at the stats,” Dierks said. “I’ve been nominated for 12, okay? I’m pretty used to clapping for somebody else and the camera’s right there. I got that down pretty good. I’m nominated for ‘Home,’ for Vocal Event of the Year, but The Grascals, I wrote a Bluegrass song that’s nominated. I talked to Jamey the other day from The Grascals, and I said, ‘If you guys win, can I rush up there with you?’” Continue Reading


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Dec 6

2013 GRAMMY Nominees Announced

Hunter Hayes

NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 05: Musician Hunter Hayes performs onstage at The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! held at Bridgestone Arena on December 5, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The 2013 GRAMMY nominees were announced last night. Among the country nominees, Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes tied with the most — three each. Taylor was nominated for: Record of the Year – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together;” Best Country Duo/Group Performance – “Safe & Sound;” and Best Song Written For Visual Media – “Safe & Sound (From The Hunger Games).” Hunter was nominated for: Best New Artist; Country Solo Performance – “Wanted;” and Best Country Album – Hunter Hayes.

“This year has been a year of a lot of firsts for me and a ton of celebration as well,” said Hunter. “I came to Nashville to be a dreamer and make music that I love. My label took a chance allowing me to play everything on my debut record, and then to be acknowledged by the Grammys for it is more than I dreamed of. I’m still totally in shock and I can’t believe there is an ‘s’ at the end of ‘nomination’.”

Miranda Lambert’s Four The Record scored a nomination for Best Country Album. “My albums are my heart and soul,” said Miranda. “To know that the music I make is appreciated means the world to me and a Grammy nomination is a giant hug that never ends. Thanks so much. What an honor!”

Finalists for the following Country, Americana and Bluegrass categories are:

Best Country Solo Performance

“Home” — Dierks Bentley [Capitol Records Nashville]

“Springsteen” — Eric Church [EMI Records Nashville]

“Cost Of Livin’” — Ronnie Dunn [Arista Nashville]

“Wanted” — Hunter Hayes Track from: Hunter Hayes [Atlantic]

“Over” — Blake Shelton — Track from: Red River Blue [Warner Bros. Records]

“Blown Away” — Carrie Underwood Track from: Blown Away [19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville]

Best Country Duo/Group Performance

“Even If It Breaks Your Heart” — Eli Young Band [Republic Nashville]

“Pontoon” — Little Big Town [Capitol Records Nashville]

“Safe & Sound”Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars [Big Machine Records/Universal Republic]

“On The Outskirts Of Town” — The Time Jumpers Track from: The Time Jumpers [Rounder]

“I Just Come Here For The Music” — Don Williams Featuring Alison Krauss [Sugar Hill Records]

Best Country Song

“Blown Away” — Josh Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood) Track from: Blown Away  [19 Recordings Limited/Arista Nashville; Publishers: Global Dog Music/Lunalight Music, Big Loud Songs/Angel River Songs]

“Cost Of Livin’”Phillip Coleman & Ronnie Dunn, songwriters (Ronnie Dunn) [Arista Nashville; Publishers: Tractor Radio Songs, Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Showbilly Music]

“Even If It Breaks Your Heart”Will Hoge & Eric Paslay, songwriters (Eli Young Band) [Republic Nashville]

“So You Don’t Have To Love Me Anymore”Jay Knowles & Adam Wright, songwriters (Alan Jackson) [EMI Records Nashville/ACR Records; Publishers: Alrighty Den Music, Dean-Parnell Music, Acme Nashville]

“Springsteen”Eric Church, Jeff Hyde & Ryan Tyndell, songwriters (Eric Church) [EMI Records Nashville; Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Sinnerlina Music/Purple Cape Music, Bug Music/Mamma's Cornbread Music]

Best Country Album

Uncaged — Zac Brown Band [Southern Ground/Atlantic]

Hunter Hayes — Hunter Hayes [Atlantic]

Living For A Song: A Tribute To Hank Cochran — Jamey Johnson [Mercury Records] Continue Reading


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Oct 10

Ronnie Dunn & The Grascals To Pay Tribute To Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill

Ronnie Dunn

Ronnie Dunn photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Ronnie Dunn, The Grascals and Big Al Anderson will pay tribute to Charlie Daniels, Vince Gill and Randy Owen when they are honored at the 9th Annual Leadership Music Dale Franklin Awards on Wednesday, October 17 at War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville. While tables for the event are sold out, seats are still available.

The Dale Franklin Awards, named for Leadership Music’s first executive director, the late Dale Franklin, were established in 2004 in recognition of exemplary leadership. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, an alumnus of Leadership Music, will receive the Brian Williams Ambassador Award which goes to an individual who has worked to bridge the gap between business and music communities.

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