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Jeff Foxworthy Returns to Hometown of Atlanta for Comedy Show

The good news is that Jeff Foxworthy will once again be live on stage in Georgia. The bad news? We have to wait until next March to see him!

I am not a scratch golfer. But I do swing like Phil.

The Atlanta-born-and-raised star got his start in comedy over thirty years ago, and next year’s show will be his first in Atlanta in the past four years.

Back in the 90’s, we laughed  at all the ways to tell if you were were a redneck or not,and we chuckled at the antics of ‘The Jeff Foxworthy Show’.The laughs continued with the ‘Blue Collar Comedy Tour’ which also featured Bill Engvall (also from the Foxworthy show), Ron White and Larry the Cable Guy.

Good news if you aren’t in the Atlanta area, or if you just don’t want to wait; Jeff can be seen at the following dates:

  • August 3   Montana State Fair    Great Falls, Montana
  • August 11  Spirit Mountain Casino    Grand Ronde, Oregon
  • August 17  Viejas Casino & Resort     Alpine, CA
  • August 18   Northwest Washington Fair   Lynden, WA
  • September 1     Mohegan Sun   Uncasville, CT
  • September 22   Mansion Theatre    Branson, MO
  • October 5    Kovalchick Convention & Athletic complex    Indiana, PA
  • October 20  Deadwood Mountain Grand     Deadwood, South Dakota
  • November 24   Hollywood Casino     Hollywood, West Virginia

For more information about Jeff Foxworthy’s career, or merchandise, visit his website here.

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Tegan Marie Kicks off First National Tour

Country’s next big star, Tegan Marie, is all set to kick off her first major tour! 14-year old Tegan will be joining household names through a series of nationwide concert dates.

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The fun began last week when Tegan took the stage at Mesa County Fair in Grand Junction, Colorado. She will be traveling through the Midwest with the final shows ending in Maine during late September.

Known for song titles such as ‘I Know How to Make a Boy Cry’ and ‘Keep it Lit’ the young talent will be showing off her strong vocals on stages throughout the end of September.

Here’s the summer tour schedule:

  • July 24: Grand Junction, CO; Mesa County Fairgrounds
  • July 31; Broken Bow, NE; Custer County Fairgrounds
  • August 4; Marion, IL; Rent One Park
  • August 14: Des Moines, IA; Susan Knapp Ampitheater
  • September 8; Freehold, NJ; iPlay America’s Event Center
  • September 9; Dallas, PA; Luzene County Fairgrounds
  • September 27; Hartford, CT; Infinity Music Hall
  • September 28; Topsfield, MA; Topsfield Fairgrounds

Watch the official “I Know How To Make A Boy Cry” video here.  To learn more about Tegan Marie, visit her website here.

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CMA Fest Close Up Stage to Feature Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Restless Heart, TG Sheppard & Kelly Lang

Classic Country Music Fans-Rejoice! Make plans to be at the Xfinity Fan Fair X at the Music City Center this June!

Mark your calendars for June 7th-10th for some of the greatest voices in country music! Join in the celebrations of anniversaries, decades of hits and impressive longevity within the music field.

Fans can purchase a ticket to get up close and personal with personalities such as Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Restless Heart, TG Sheppard, and Kelly Lang.

Don Murry Grubbs of Absolute Publicity in Nashville has provided this schedule of amazing stars!

  • Thursday, June 7 / 12:15 – 1:15pm — Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum presents an interview with 2018 inductee Ricky Skaggs, hosted by Museum Editor Peter Cooper

 

  • Friday, June 8 / 3:15 – 3:45pm— TG Sheppard & Kelly Lang – One Show, Two Hearts and Over Three Decades of Hits

 

  • Sunday, June 10 / 1:00 – 1:45pmRay Stevens -Celebrating a 60 Year Career in 2018, hosted by Robert K. Oermann

 

  • Sunday, June 10 / 2:00 – 3:00pm— Restless Heart -Celebrating Their 35th Anniversary in 2018, hosted by Devon O’Day

 

Tickets for Xfinity Fan Fair X are available for $10 each day or $25 for a four-day pass. Visit CMAFest.com/tickets to purchase.

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Kelly Lang’s Latest Album is truly an ‘Obsession’

Kelly Lang has outdone herself, yet again. Her latest 12-track CD,’Obsession’, has been titled appropriately. This recently released album is absolutely an obsession of mine, and new listeners will barely get through a handful of tracks before it becomes their favorite new album as well. The attention-grabbing, beautiful cover is just the beginning.

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Written and produced by Lang, she put a lot of herself into this album:

“This is the most personal album I have ever done,” says Lang. “The vulnerability it takes to share your innermost thoughts as a writer with the listener is a bit daunting, but I hope they can feel my sincerity within the music. I hope that everyone can relate to at least one track on this album. It ranges from the upbeat and light hearted ‘Mr. Right’ to the dramatic ballad in ‘I’ll Just Hold My Breath.’ It is a little intimidating being the sole writer and producer on a project because if it’s not well received, you’re responsible for that. However, if it’s good and your audience is into it, that’s also yours to claim.”

And well received, it has been. The relatable lyrics express emotions, thoughts and feelings that cover such a variety of situations. After listening to all cuts, it is doubtful that any listener couldn’t apply the song to their own lives.

Lang’s soulful voice speaks volumes, and in a touching manner, almost as though to be singing to each listener directly; providing new insight to a common situation.

‘Wonder Woman’ is the theme song to independent women, and features some bitchin’ guitar sounds throughout as well.

‘Mr.Right’ doesn’t sugarcoat any messages. Tonight,  December 15, Heartland TV will exclusively premiere the official music video for “His Guitar”. The new video will air at 11 PM CT on Heartland’s Country Music Today video program. Re-airings will be broadcast on Saturday at 5 PM CT and Sunday at 5 AM CT. Following the premiere, “His Guitar” will be added into regular rotation on Country Music Today as well as Heartland’s Third Shift music video show.

I had a lot of adjectives come to mind while reviewing this album: Jazzy, classic, mesmerizing, emotional, lyrical and classy. Soulful, genuine, sexy and lullaby are other words that describe this awesome album, that, well, just might be your very own next ‘Obsession’.

This is one CD that needs to be the newest addition to any music collection.

Just in time for Christmas, autographed copies of Obsession are available for purchase at kellylang.net.

Here’s the breakdown of the album:

  1. My New Obsession
  2. Last One Standing In The Rain
  3. What Do You Do When You Don’t
  4. Under A Tennessee Moon
  5. Mr. Right
  6. One Day Too Late
  7. His Guitar
  8. Don’t Play Games With Me
  9. Hell Hath No Fury
  10. Lay Me Down Easy
  11. Wonder Woman
  12. I’ll Just Hold My Breath
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Miranda Lambert Partners with Boot Barn

Looks like Miranda Lambert has created a new lifestyle brand for Boot Barn: Idyllwind. The boots, inspired by vintage and retro looks, mixed with a modern edge and reflective of her roots, personality and style, are described as ‘original, authentic, sexy and fearless’.

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While the launch of the new boots is scheduled for the fall of next year, select stores in a handful of states will begin displaying the boots during the holiday season.

Residents in California, Texas, Tennessee, Nevada, Florida, Minnesota, South Dakota, Colorado and Arizona can consider the boots a Christmas gift from Lambert and Boot Barn.

The Boot Barn Team is excited to partner with Miranda Lambert on her exclusive Idyllwind brand. We view Miranda as the number one female country music star in the world and feel that her brand, coupled with her personal authenticity, are a natural fit with Boot Barn and our customer base,” said Mike Love, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “These limited trunk shows allow us to share the incredible styles of Idyllwind and serve as a precursor to the full launch coming in 2018.

 

2017 marked her eighth Female Vocalist of the Year at the CMA awards. Miranda is still at the top of her game, as her hit, ‘Tin Man’, was nominated for Song of the Year, and she also won Album of the Year at the recent CMA awards.

 

Follow Miranda on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Make plans to see Miranda on her ‘ Livin’ Like Hippies’ Tour, kicking off in January.

Here are some tour dates:

January 18th   Greenville, South Carolina

January 19th Orlando, Florida

January 20th Atlanta, Georgia

February 1st  Tacoma, Washington

February 2nd Spokane, Washington

February 3rd Eugene, Oregon

February 8th Sacremento, California

February 9th Fresno, California

February 10th Los Angeles,California

February 15th, San Diego, California

February 16th, Ontario, California

February 17th, Phoenix, Arizona

March 1st, Knoxville, Tennessee

March 2nd, Lexington, Kentucky

March 3rd, Cleveland, Ohio

March 8th Omaha, Nebraska

March 9th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

March 10th, Little Rock, Arkansas

March 15th, Des Moines, Iowa

March 16th, St. Louis, Missouri

March 17th, Kansas City, Missouri

March 22nd, Newark, New Jersey

March 23rd, State College, Pennsylvania

March 24th, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tim Rushlow & His Big Band: Swingin’ at the Palace!

Previously well-known as the front man for Little Texas, Tim Rushlow has reinvented himself as a solo artist. Acoustic sets sparked his creativity, and ultimately lead to getting back to the classic sounds he grew up on.

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This past weekend in Nashville, Rushlow opened his 20-night residency at Nashville Palace. Reviews were quite high of the supper club and concert combo. Guests were treated by well-known hits by Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Dean Martin, Elvis and Buddy Holly.
“I am blown away by the response to our kick off weekend at The Nashville Palace!” says Tim Rushlow, adding, “The venue has truly been transformed to capture the vibe of the Copa Room circa 1965 at The Sands in Las Vegas. I cannot wait for the rest of Nashville and out-of-town visitors to get a glimpse at this show with me and my Big Band there performing these amazing songs from the Great American Songbook!”

For those who missed his weekend debut, there are six more opportunities to see ‘Tim Rushlow & His Big Band: Swingin’ At The Palace!’, starting November 17th.

Tim’s residency at the Nashville Palace is setting a new benchmark for live entertainment options in Music City,” states show co-producer, Clif Doyal. “This kind of supper club concert has not been presented in Nashville in the modern era, and the timing is perfect to add this unique entertainment experience to the city’s vibrant music scene.

For those who love Christmas music, you are in luck! The second segment of this residency is a Christmas extravaganza, “Home for the Holidays”. There will also be a special show on New Year’s Eve.

Stay up-to-date on all things Tim Rushlow through his website and be sure to follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Below are the two segments’ resident dates:

“Tim Rushlow & His Big Band: Swingin’ At The Palace!” Residency Dates:
Friday, Nov. 17
Saturday, Nov. 18
Friday, Nov. 24
Saturday, Nov. 25
Friday, Dec. 29
Saturday, Dec. 30

“Tim Rushlow & His Big Band: Home for the Holidays” Residency Dates:
Friday, Dec. 1
Saturday, Dec. 2
Thursday, Dec. 7
Friday, Dec. 8
Saturday, Dec. 9
Thursday, Dec. 14
Friday, Dec. 15
Saturday, Dec. 16
Thursday, Dec. 21
Friday, Dec. 22
Saturday, Dec. 23
Sunday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve

Music Festivals

Florida Strawberry Festival Reveals huge names in March’s music lineup.

Today is the day that music fans have been waiting for! Florida Strawberry Festival has announced the upcoming concert schedule for March’s event, and boy is it jam-packed with huge names!

For country music fans like myself, this rollout list has made some people’s Monday, for sure. Though about five months away, plans are already swirling in this blogger’s mind as to where to stay during the festival: camp or hotel?

The strawberry festival is home to great live music, but is also jam-packed with a variety of other activities, so keep an eye out for an upcoming blog on the non-music fun to be had at the festival.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, December 7 at 8 a.m. and can be purchased through their website, over the phone at 813-754-1996 or in person at the Amscot Main Ticket Office at 2209 W. Oak Avenue in Plant City.

For now, let’s get back to the line-up. Here is how the 11 day live music schedule will play out:

 

Thursday, March 1st:

  • Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra 10:30 am
  •  The Oak Ridge Boys 3:30 pm
  •  DNCE  7:30pm

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 Friday, March 2nd:

  • Jerry Lee Lewis  3:30 pm  
  •  Dylan Scott   7:30 pm 
  • Justin Moore 7:30 pm

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Saturday, March 3rd:

  • Cam 3:30 pm
  •  The Band Perry 7:30 pm

 

Sunday, March 4th:

  • Lee Greenwood 3:30 pm
  • Reba 7:30 pm

 

Monday, March 5th:

  • Jimmy Fortune 3:30 pm  (One of the Statler Brothers!)
  •  Josh Turner  7:30 pm

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Tuesday, March 6th:

  • Gaither Vocal Band 3:30 pm
  • Casting Crowns 7:30 pm

 

Wednesday, March 7th:

  • Engelbert Humperdinck 3:30 pm
  •  Trace Adkins 7:30 pm

 

Thursday, March 8th:

  • The Lettermen 10:30 am
  •  Drifters, Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters 3:30 pm
  •  I Love the 90s featuring Vanilla Ice, Tone Loc and Salt-N-Pepa  7:30 pm

 

 Friday, March 9th:

  • Charley Pride 3:30 pm
  •  Earth, Wind & Fire 7:30 pm

 

Saturday, March 10th:

  • Sawyer Brown 3:30 pm
  • Anthony Hamilton 7:30 pm
  • Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds 7:30 pm

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Sunday, March  11th:

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Guess they are saving one of the best for the very last! So excited to see Brad Paisley in concert! And Reba will be an amazing set as well! Sawyer Brown is still spinning and ‘steppin’ that step’ just as entertainingly as when they first took the stage.

Lots of great names in this year’s festival, don’t you think? Who are you most excited to see during the ‘March Madness’ of music? Let us know in the comment below!

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Review: Russell Lee’s Single, ‘Meant to Be’

Russell Lee is quickly becoming one of my favorite country artists. On the heels of the successful album, ‘What Do I Do’, comes a beautifully-told story of love.

 

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Taking the good with the bad, ‘Meant to Be’ shares the emotion that most couples have experienced a few times over their relationship.

Russell Lee’s music is so relatable, and his songs put into words the emotions we all seem to feel at one point or another.

‘Meant to Be’ is a brilliant love song, mixing the most basic of feelings with a variety of situations. This song reaches the young man in love with a woman in a different relationship. He knows that if it is ‘meant to be’, they will end up together eventually.

The single, middle-aged woman who wonders if her Mr. Right will ever be found can also take this song to heart.

That is the wonderful thing about this song, along with others by the artist; the lyrics are so specifically neutral that almost anyone can hear it and adapt it to their specific situation.

Russell Lee is gaining ground in the Canadian Country Music world, with several nominees lately, including Male Artist of the Year. While listening to his songs, I hear more than just a talented baritone. I hear glimpses of the late, great story teller, Mr. Don Williams, mixed with the occasional song stylings of Dwight Yoakum and a dash of Dave Matthews.

This makes for a great and diverse sound, and it is no wonder Russell Lee is making his mark in the country music world. Because, after all, some things are just ‘meant to be’.

To learn more about this artist, or to check out his newest single, visit his website.

Full disclosure, this was a paid review of Russell Lee’s single, with all opinions and thoughts shared within this blog being my own.

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Country Music Album Releases, TV opps, Big & Rich hosting gig and More!

Tune-in Alerts:

Country meets Family Feud this weekend when two country stars show up and try to raise money for their charity.

Photo credit: ABC Network

Lee Brice takes on Jerrod Neimann. Tune in Sunday, August 27th (8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EDT). Here’s the breakdown of the two teams:

Team Lee Brice – Country music recording artist; playing for The Folds of Honor

  •   Lewis Brice – Lee’s brother, named “Artist to Watch” by Rolling Stone.
  •  Felicia Watkins – Lee’s cousin
  •   James Houston Hicks – Lee’s cousin
  •  Jefferson Jeca Nyborg – Lee’s cousin

VERSUS

Team Jerrod Niemann – Multiplatinum country music artist; playing for the United Service Organizations, Inc.

  •    Morgan Petek Niemann – Jerrod’s wife
  •    Joseph Aaron Niemann – Jerrod’s brother
  •    Amy Jo Stelzer – Jerrod’s sister
  •   Julie Renee Schults – Jerrod’s sister

 

Via Radio, Big & Rich fans can tune in over the weekend, when the dynamic duo fill in for Kix Brooks on the American Country Countdown. The duo’s newest album, Did it for the Party  is set to drop Sept 15th.

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photo credit: Jason Simanek

New Video Release: Independent artist and multi-instrumentalist Canaan Cox who’s official music video of his debut single “Lie” is to release on Monday, August 28th. 

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For more information on this upcoming artist, visit SongShine Media

 

ICYMI:

Before he was Deacon Clayborne on Nashville, Charles Esten was known to audiences of the impromptu comedy improv show as Chip Esten.

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He joined forces once again on the CW’s, Whose Line is it Anyway? The episode aired Thursday, August 24th, and can be found here. For more Chip flashbacks, check out this YouTube video that features some of his great performances.

 

Albums Released:

Blake Shelton released a new album today. Because what’s better than listening to Blake?

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Listening to live versions of his hits, of course.Pick up your copy and hear all your favorites performed live.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s new album, Life is a Story, released today.

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Already seeing early chart action, their bluegrass album charted at #31 last week, with the first cut, Life to My Days, debuts today at #23 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart. To buy their newest album, click  here now.

 

 

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Brad Paisley & Ricky Skaggs attend unveiling of statues recognizing two country music and bluegrass icons

Fans of Classic Country know that Little Jimmy Dickens was a big part of that time frame’s musical history. As part of the celebration of the Ryman’s 125th anniversary, a broze statue of the pioneer in country music was revealed today. Dickens became a member of the  Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. At the time of his death in 2015, he was the oldest living member of the Opry.

Because of his big footsteps left behind, long-time friend Brad Paisley spoke at today’s unveiling.

“This was a man who was honing his craft before Hank Williams, who we sort of credit as the father of modern country music in many ways,” said Paisley during the unveiling today. “He saw everything in those decades that he stood on that stage, like Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn and Garth Brooks. By the time Jimmy left us, he had become the Grand Ole Opry. On a night that he wasn’t there, you were cheated out of something and he knew that. He realized when he was well enough to do it, he went. He knew that he owed it to the younger generation that wanted to see him, it was another lesson in how you entertain people. He gave them everything that he had on that stage and in this building for many many years. So I think it’s really appropriate that he’s going to be one of the statues that’s a permanent reminder of what we should be in this building.”

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Lifesize bronze statue of Little Jimmy Dickens. Photo Credit: Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives

Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass, was a gifted singer, songwriter and player. The genre is named after Monroe’s band, the Blue Grass Boys. His band was named after Monroe’s home state of Kentucky.

His career ran for 69 years before he passed away at 84 years old, in September of 1996. Monroe’s most famous classics include  “Blue Grass Breakdown,” “My Rose of Old Kentucky,” and Monroe’s most famous composition, “Blue Moon of Kentucky.”

Monroe was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970, and he settled into a role as a musical patriarch influencing generations of young musicians including Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, and the Oak Ridge Boys.
Ricky Skaggs was only six years old in 1960, when he first got to perform on stage with Monroe and his band at the high school in Martha, Kentucky.

Skaggs shared this during the unveiling of Bill Monroe’s statue:

I don’t know if you ever get another Bill Monroe in a century,” said Skaggs. “There’s not a lot of people that I know of who could be cited as creating a whole new genre of music, but he did. He had the ear to hear it, the talent to play it and the heart to keep it alive because he was strong, he was powerful. I don’t know any person who could have withstood, pushed through and made it like him. He had music in his veins. It was the thing that pushed him so much. It wasn’t just to make a living. It was to get something out of him and take to people that he loved, and that was the fans that loved this music. I have traveled all over the world into places you would think that bluegrass music would never make it to … and you meet someone there that actually plays the music. So this music has totally gone around the world.

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Lifesize bronze statue of Bill Monroe Photo Credit: Steve Lowry/Ryman Archives
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Lifehouse to release Greatest Hits Album/ Tour dates throughout US set

Great news for Lifehouse fans! July 14th is the date for release of their greatest hits album. For some of the greatest tunes dating back to their 2001 start, this album is a must-have for music lovers.

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The album will consist of these hits:

1. Hanging by a Moment
2. Sick Cycle Carousel
3. Breathing
4. Everything
5. Spin
6. Take Me Away
7. You And Me
8. Blind
9. First Time
10. Whatever It Takes
11. Broken (Radio Version)
12. Halfway Gone
13. Falling In
14. All In
15. From Where You Are
16. It Is What It Is
17. Between The Raindrops (featuring Natasha Bedingfield)
18. Hurricane

For even more Lighthouse, visit WebsterPR’s website.

Want to catch one or two of their shows this tour season? Here’s where you can find them:
7/23: Denver, Colo. / Fillmore Auditorium
7/25: Cedar Rapids, Iowa. / McGrath Amphitheater
7/26: Columbus, Ohio / Express Live!
7/29: Huber Heights, Ohio / Rose Music Center at The Heights
7/30: Rochester Hills, Mich. / Meadow Brook
7/31: Grand Rapids, Mich. / Meijer Gardens
8/02: Toronto, Ont. / Rebel
8/04: Hampton Beach, N.H. / Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8/05: Portland, Maine / Maine State Pier
8/09: Boston, Mass. / House Of Blues
8/10: Asbury Park, N.J. / Stone Pony Summerstage
8/12: Brooklyn, N.Y. / Coney Island Amphitheater
8/13: Philadelphia, Pa. / The Fillmore
8/15: Baltimore, Md. / Pier 6 Pavilion
8/16: Cincinnati, Ohio / Taft Theatre
8/18: Whites Creek, Tenn. / The Woods Amphitheater at Fontanel
8/19: Williamsburg, Va. / Busch Gardens Williamsburg
8/20: Atlanta, Ga. / Atlanta Botanical Garden
8/22: Greensboro, N.C. / White Oak Amphitheatre at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
8/23: Atlanta, Ga. / TBD
8/25: Miami, Fla. / Bayfront Park Amphitheater
8/26: Orlando, Fla. / Orlando Amphitheater
8/27: Jacksonville, Fla. / Daily’s Place
8/29: Highland Park, Ill. / Ravinia Festival
8/30: Indianapolis, Ind. / Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn
9/01: DuQuoin, Ill. / DuQuoin State Fair
9/03: Springfield, Mo. / Gillioz Theater
9/04: Irving, Texas / The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory
9/05: Houston, Texas / House Of Blues
9/08: Las Vegas, Nev. / Mandalay Bay Beach
9/09: Los Angeles, Calif. / Greek Theatre
9/10: San Francisco, Calif. / Masonic Auditorium

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Hank Jr To Ask Again, ‘Are You Ready for Some Football’?

The opening credits of ESPN’s Monday Night Football has been a bit boring since 2001. Luckily, the six-year bad streak is about to end. This fall, fans will once again be hearing the iconic anthem, led by Hank Williams, Jr. Even better news- he won’t be alone. Popular duo, Florida Georgia Line and recording artist Jason Derulo will also be participants.

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Photo courtesy of Webster PR Pictured L-R: Robert Toms (ESPN), Michael “Spike” Szykowny (Habana Avenue), Lucas Nickerson (Habana Avenue), Steven J. Levy (Habana Avenue), Ken Levitan (Vector Management), Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line), Hank Williams Jr., Jason Derulo, Frank Harris (23 Management), Kirt Webster (Webster Public Relations), Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line), Seth England (Big Loud Mountain).

When the kick-off of the returning season happens, it will make the 24th season that Williams has performed the weekly anthem. The 48th season is set to begin September 11th, with a doubleheader. New Orleans Saints @ Minnesota Vikings will kick off the season, followed by the LA Chargers @ Denver Broncos.

The opening anthem will vary each week, featuring team-specific lyrics and visuals, based on the pre-scheduled regular-season ESPN matchups.

Webster PR shared the following quotes from ESPN, Williams, Florida Georgia Line members and music director Ricky Reed:

Monday Night Football has the most famous music video in sports television. It’s time to bring it back,” said Stephanie Druley, Senior Vice President, ESPN events and studio production. “The combination of Hank Williams Jr. with Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo will get fans excited and ready for kickoff every Monday night on ESPN this fall.”

“I started in 1989 when ABC was celebrating the 20th season of Monday Night Football,” said Hank Williams Jr. “It soon became a staple that fans grew to expect and wanted to see and hear. I am thrilled to be back and bring the fans such a new and dynamic rendition of this anthem. Are You Ready For Some Football? Cause I sure am!”

Ricky Reed (Nice Life Recording Company), a 2016 Grammy Award nominee for Producer of the Year, is the music director. Mike “Spike” Szykowny (producer) and co-directors Lucas Nickerson and Chris Mantzaris of ESPN Creative Services are overseeing production of the video with MNF producer Jay Rothman and Vice President, Creative and Studio Direction, Bob Toms. Habana Avenue produced the video shoot.

“This is a huge honor to be a part of such a legendary song and night!” said Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard.

FGL’s Brian Kelley added: “We all grew up watching Monday Night Football and it’s surreal to join Jason Derulo and Hank Williams Jr. on this new version that gives a nod back but also a step forward!”

Classic Country News

John Anderson Highlighted by County Music Hall of Fame

The Country Music Hall of Fame honors the best of the best within the Country Music field. Last year, it was the Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Daniels, to name a few. Beginning in just a few weeks, another giant in the music business will be honored with a spotlight exhibit of his very own.

 

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Photo courtesy of Webster PR

Florida native John Anderson has influenced countless artists over his 40 years in the business, and is one artist who can honestly say that he was active in the building of the Opry. Not only was Anderson a performer in the WSM Radio show regularly, he was also part of the building crew that helped build the current Opry location. 

Anderson provided this statement to Webster PR: 

We are looking forward to our appearance on Nissan Stadium, as its been several years since we participated in CMA Music Fest and I am looking forward to it,” said Anderson. “I am very grateful and flattered that the folks at the Country Music Hall of Fame would consider me for an exhibit. This is something that most artists only dream about and for me it’s becoming a reality. Love and thanks to the fans who have supported us through the years as well as the folks at the Hall Of Fame.

 

It was back in 1977 that the artist signed with Warner Brothers Records, and quickly climbed the charts with songs such as “ I’ve Got a Feeling”,  “She Just Started Liking Cheatin’ Songs”, and “Let Somebody Else Drive”.

During his ‘90s comeback, fans of country music likely remember hits like “Straight Tequila Night”, “Money in the Bank”, and “Mississippi Moon”.

In honor of the 35th anniversary of one of his popular hits,”Swingin’”, Anderson will  take the stage at the CMA Music Festival on June 10th, and will include his mega-hit for festival fans.

Webster PR also has shared a look into the exhibit. The new spotlight exhibit will include such items as:

  • An early stage costume from Anderson’s wardrobe embroidered patterns and rhinestones designed by western designer Manuel.
  • A Manuel-designed wool and leather jacket with Native American motifs worn by Anderson on the cover of his Seminole Wind and in the video for “Straight Tequila Night.”
  • Anderson’s 1968 Fender Telecaster that the singer played in the video for “Straight Tequila Night.”
  • A tooled leather guitar strap with Anderson’s initials.
  • A stuffed alligator owned by Anderson.
  • Anderson’s two CMA Awards from 1983 – Horizon Award and Single of the Year (“Swingin”)

Want to see the classic country star in concert? Here’s where you can catch on of his shows:
John Anderson On Tour:
Jun. 16 Lake Charles, La. – Golden Nugget
Jun. 17 Bremen, Ga. – Mill Town Music Hall
Jun. 25 New Philadelphia, Ohio – Kent State PAC
July 07 Hinckley, Minn. – Grand Casino Hinckley
July 14 Shawnee, Okla. – The Grand Events Center
July 15 Salado, Texas – Johnny’s BBQ
July 17 Kirksville, Mo. – Nemo Fair
Aug. 12 Point Pleasant, W.Va. – Mason County Fair
Aug. 25 Mahnomen, Minn. – Shooting Star Casino
Sept. 03 Caldwell, Texas – Burleson County Fair
Sept. 21 Dade City, Fla. – Dan Cannon Auditorium
Oct. 24 Eau Claire, Wisc. – State Theater
Oct. 25 Madison, Wisc. – Barrymore Theater
Oct. 26 Green Bay, Wisc. – Meyer Theater
Oct. 27 Fairfield, Iowa – Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 28 Steelville, Mo. – Meramec Music Theatre

Learn more at johnanderson.com

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Russell Lee’s Newest Album is a classic country/rockabilly mix of sound

Russell Lee can be labeled as a Canadian Country Rock musician, a talented baritone who tells vivid stories with his songs and someone who is passionate about his music. His first album ‘In the Night’ was released awhile back, and included the popular ‘I Often Wonder’ that received heavy airtime.

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Hailing from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lee possesses both an instinctive passion and true calling for the music world. Siting hard work and craft dedication to his current success, Lee remains grounded as his career continues to skyrocket.

From his current album, ‘What Do I Do’, a single by the name of  ‘Picture’ held lyrics that really drew me in. Lee paints a ‘picture’ with the words, and his style and tone resembles classic country music in a way. He provides a mellow, relaxed vibe, while his clear baritone notes ring out clean and rich, line after line.  His cover of ‘If You Could Read My Mind’ is a touching one, almost with just a hint of haunt in his voice. Brilliantly covered.

With 12 cuts ranging from true country sounds to gospel to rock, there is enough variety to please even the toughest of critics.

I hear a mellow Dwight Yoakum in some of Lee’s songs; sometimes a tone similar to Buddy Holly comes shining through. A bit of hillbilly-rock tossed in with deeper tones provides Lee with a sound all his one, and one that this writer digs.

His version of ‘Amazing Grace’ is truly captivating. While listening to this cut, I closed my eyes and could sense his passion coming through the words he sang.

A line  taken from the song, ‘Picture’, is ‘There’s a story in all us, just waiting to be told’, and Russel Lee’s stories, told through his songs, should reach the top of the charts. Talented and different, Lee stands out from the crowd.

. To learn more about this artist, or to check out his newest album,  visit his website.

 

Full disclosure, this was a paid review of Russell Lee’s album, ‘What Do I Do’, with all opinions and thoughts shared within this blog as my own.

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CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS ANNOUNCES 2017 ENTERTAINMENT

Christmas came a bit early this year, as we have been granted a look at the amazing musical lineup for next July’s Cheyenne Frontier Days. This nine day event is decked out  with all-stars in both the country music world and the rodeo world.

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The best of the best in the rodeo circuit come together for the 121st annual ‘Daddy of ’em All’, and in addition to nine days of PRCA  rodeo action, there will be six  nights of music, packed with just as much entertainment.

Cheyenne Frontier Days is set for July 21-30th, 2017, and will consist of a carnival midway, a saloon, and old west museum and an Indian Village. For the full scoop on Cheyenne Frontier Days, visit here.

So, without further ado, here is the lineup for ‘Frontier Nights’.

7/21/17   8:00PM  Brantley Gilbert with special guest Tyler Farr

 

7/22/17 8:00 PM  Little Big Town with Special Guest David Nail

7/23/17 8:00 PM Sawyer Brown with Special Guests Joe Diffie and Bellamy Brothers
7/26/17 8:00 PM Luke Bryan
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7/27/17 8:00 PM Thomas Rhett
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7/29/17 8:00PM Jason Aldean
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A brief summary of each artist’s ‘claim to fame’:
  • Brantley Gilbert:  “Bottoms Up”  “One Hell of an Amen”   “Kick it in the Sticks”
  • Tyler Farr: “A Guy Walks into a Bar”  “Redneck Crazy”
  • Little Big Town: “Boondocks”  “Pontoon”  “Girl Crush”
  • David Nail: “Whatever She’s Got”  “Night’s On Fire”
  • Sawyer Brown:  “Some Girls Do”  “All These Years”   “Step That Step”
  • Joe Diffie:  “John Deer Green”  “Pick-Up Man”
  • Bellamy Brothers: If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body”  “Let Your Love Flow”
  • Luke Bryan: Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day”  “Kick the Dust Up”
  • Thomas Rhett: Die a Happy Man”  “Crash and Burn”   “Make Me Wanna”
  • Jason Aldean: Burnin’ It Down”  “Dirt Road Anthem”   “Big Green Tractor”

Saddle up for some high-energy, fast-turning entertainment on these nights, after watching some quick-spinning, fast-paced rodeo adventures during the day.

 

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Home Free Releases New Video, ‘Colder Weather’

Home Free’s newest album, ‘Full of (Even More) Cheer’, is the season’s greatest gift. And the bow on top is the group’s staple, ‘Colder Weather’, included in the album.

The video has been posted on YouTube, and is shared below. So, view, share and comment about the newest addition to Home Free’s impressive video collection. Want to see more videos of Home Free? Visit this link to tune in to their YouTube channel.

 

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2017 Marks the 35th Anniversary of T.G. Sheppard’s Signature Song, celebrated with a nationwide tour

2017 is already shaping up nicely for one of country music’s favorites. Next year marks T.G. Sheppard’s 42nd year of performing.

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Hard to believe it has been so many years since his songs hit the airwaves. His number one hits, standards of Classic Country Music, include ‘I Loved ‘Em Every One’, ‘Do You Wanna Go To Heaven’ and ‘Last Cheater’s Waltz’.

 

His signature tune, ‘Party Time’ launced T.G. into the big time. The song topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and was one of the most requested songs of 1981.

His coast-to-coast tour is already filling up quickly, with additional dates being added weekly.Here’s what T.G. had to share about the upcoming tour:

I’m so amazed now more than ever being on the road looking out into the audiences night after night, and seeing fans sing along to my music,” said Sheppard. “It’s always great to be able to look out and see familiar faces that have followed our music, while also seeing a whole new generation of traditional country music fans.

 

Though it has been several years since the songs debuts, his music is just as popular as ever. In fact, classic country artists are just as popular today as a few decades ago.Just look at Dolly Parton, the Oaks and Charley Pride.

In an effort to show that classic country music is more popular than ever, T.G. plans to bring a lively, energetic show that will have all his fans up on their feet, clapping and singing along.

His latest project,  Legendary Friends & Country Duets won approval of those of us who still enjoy the classic country sound. It was met with high praise, and labeled as ‘timeless, transcending generations’. This CD featured fellow iconic legends such as Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Oak Ridge Boys. 

So, here is where you can catch T.G. in concert next year. Be sure to check his website often for weekly additions!

T.G. Sheppard on Tour:
Nov. 12 Minden, Nev. – Carson Valley Inn
Dec. 3 Marksville, La. Paragon Casino
Jan. 14 Llano, Texas – Llano Opry
Jan. 19 Denver, Colo. – Joey Canyon Show taping
Jan. 27 Bossier City, La. – Paradise Theater at Margaritaville Resort Casino
Jan. 28 Ft. Worth, Texas – The Stagecoach
Feb. 3 Georgetown, Texas – Private show
Feb. 11 Donna, Texas – Chisholm Trail Festival
March 1 St. George, Utah – Dixie Center
March 24 Midland, Texas – Wagner Noel PAC
March 26 Topeka, Kan. – Topeka PAC
April 21 Del City, Okla. – Heartland Opry
May 2 Gatlinburg, Tenn. – Mills Auditorium at Gatlinburg Convention Center
May 6 Tilden, Texas – Tilden Lions Club Pavilion
May 20 Colorado Springs, Colo. – Stargazers Theatre
June 16 Ft. Worth, Texas – Private show
June 23 Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Country Tonite Theater
June 25 Jefferson, Iowa – Wild Rose Casino
July 8 Brainerd, Minn.- Iconic Fest
July 13 Rhinelander, Wis. – Hodag Festival
Aug. 20 Sauk Rapids, Minn. – Rollies

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List of Winners of Nashville Universe Awards Ceremony

The 2016 Nashville Universe Awards Ceremony was held this past Monday (11-7) at the Wildhorse Saloon.

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Voting for these awards ended October 19th, and voting sessions were broken down into two time frames, with nominations accepted back in August.

For those who missed Monday’s ceremony,here’s a list of winners for the major categories for Nashville Universe:

-Song of the Year: “Sweet Life,” Tate Stevens

Tate Stevens won the second season of the U.S. The X Factor in 2012, securing a $5 million recording contract with Syco Music and RCA Records Nashville. Watch the video for 2016’s song of year here.

-Rising Star Award: Celeste Kellogg

Celeste Kellogg was once on the Disney Radio station, and has received Linda Davis’ endorsement as being the ‘Shania of this generation’. She released ‘You and Me’ this past summer.  Check out her bio here.

-Music Video of the Year: “Dancing in the Rain,” Darrin Morris

Darrin Morris is currently on the ‘Country to the Bone’ tour. Want to see them while they are on the road? Check out their tour scheduled. Here is a link to the music video of the year.

-Songwriter of the Year: Lance Carpenter

Lance Carpenter scored a number one hit with ‘Love Me Like You Mean It, and is quickly working his way to the top. Be sure to view his latest video here.

-Musician of the Year: Shredder Pinstripe

Shredder Pinstripe is a Neo Classical Guitarist .He is  old school 80’s Metal with some classical  threw in ,he has come up with is own electrifying style of lead guitar. Read his full bio on his website.

-Music Producer of the Year: Doc Holiday

The resume for this outlaw-named producer is a huge who’s-who of Nashville and Memphis. At an early age, he opened for the ‘Killer’, the ‘Boss’ and the father of the ‘twist’, Chubby Checker. Advance a few years and he remained constant in writing, producing and performing. Read his amazing bio over at CMT’s website.

-Radio Single of the Year: “Just Got Paid,” Dee Jay Silver featuring Austin Webb

This is a great jam, Dee Jay provides crisp and clear vocals to a song many of us can relate to on Friday. Hear for yourself and see why this is indeed the Radio single of the year!

-Duo of the Year: 2Steel Girls

From the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, to ‘The Voice’ and beyond, these two gals are a force to be reckoned with. Read all about their journey, and follow them on their social media channels! View their latest video.

-Male Vocalist of the Year: Tate Stevens

Walking home with two awards, Tate Stevens has had a banner year. This up-and-comer will be rubbing elbows with some of Nashville’s finest, aboard the Country Cruising cruiseship slated for January.

-Female Vocalist of the Year: SaraBeth

SaraBeth’s ‘You Rock My Rodeo’ can be viewed here. A few months back, this songbird was named in the top 10 of Battle of the Bands, and album, ‘Full Speed Ahead’ was a number one hit on iTunes.

-Vocal Group of the Year: Southern Halo

This trio of teenage sisters is taking Nashville by storm! Their current single, “Rewind,” is moving up the MusicRow CountryBreakout Chart. Their remarkable harmonies put them in the company of Lade Antebellum and Little Big Town.

-Entertainer of the Year: Trailer Choir

It has been a few years since this group was ‘rocking the beer gut’, but they were talented then, and they talent has tripled! Check out their YouTube Channel, and learn the secrets that lead to their big win!

 

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PBR Finals Artists Lineup For Upcoming Weekend

The PBR Finals in Vegas is coming up on the final few days, but that doesn’t mean the entertainment is slowing down!

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Since last Saturday, October 29th, fans of the PBR have seen amazing artists such as Casey Donahew, Neal McCoy and Colt Ford. During the wrap-up this weekend, the talent doesn’t slow down. On Friday, November 4th, Luke Kaufman  will be live on the 100x Helmets Stage, in the  PBR Finals Week Fan Zone from 10:00AM-11:00AM. 1

Jerrod Niemann will take the stage from 5-6pm, at the PBR World Finals Party Zone. Listening live to a popular hit of Niemann’s, ‘Lover, lover’, will be a nice treat for fans.

 

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Though Jerrod is a tough act to follow, Dustin Lynch is up for the challenge. He takes the stage at 6:30 at the T-Mobile Arena.

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Saturday morning kicks off at 10:00 AM, with Ashley McBryde, live on the 100x Helmets stage, in the PBR Finals Week Fan Zone. It is almost a definite that she will be performing her  hit, ‘Bible and a .44’.

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Last but certainly not least, Kyle Park completes the last concert of this year’s finals. He will take the stage at 11:00AM on the Party Zone stage.

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This year’s lineup was just as exciting as the main event. Those attending the event can likely agree that the music and rodeo finals were equally entertaining. Looking for even more rodeo and live music? Lucky for us, the World Finals are just a few weeks away, providing another reason to spend some time in Vegas…

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50th Annual CMA Awards: Live from Nashville Tomorrow Night

Tomorrow night marks the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards, and fans are in for a huge, star-packed cast. The show has more performers slated for the evening than any of the past CMA Awards.

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Classic Country stars will once again mix with modern singers, with entertainers such as Bill Anderson, Brenda Lee, Lee Greenwood, The Oak Ridge Boys and Olivia Newton-John. Announced performers include other favorites, such as Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood. Additional performances include Eric Church, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Nettles, Pentatonix, Charlie Pride, Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels and Randy Travis, and Brooks & Dunn.

The awards show will be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, a long-running, harmonious duo.

 

Here is a list of categories and nominees:

  • Entertainer of the Year
    Garth Brooks
    Luke Bryan
    Chris Stapleton
    Carrie Underwood
    Keith Urban

 

  • Female Vocalist of the Year
    Kelsea Ballerini
    Miranda Lambert
    Maren Morris
    Kacey Musgraves
    Carrie Underwood

 

  • Male Vocalist of the Year
    Eric Church
    Tim McGraw
    Chris Stapleton
    Dierks Bentley
    Keith Urban

 

  • Album of the Year
    Hero, Maren Morris
    Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church
    Storyteller, Carrie Underwood
    Black, Dierks Bentley
    Ripcord, Keith Urban

 

  • New Artist of the Year
    Kelsea Balerini
    Brothers Osborne
    Maren Morris
    Old Dominion
    Cole Swindell

 

  • Single of the Year
    “Die a Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett
    “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
    “My Church,” Maren Morris
    “Record Year,” Eric Church
    “Nobody to Blame,” Chris Stapleton
  • Vocal Group of the Year
    Lady Antebellum
    Little Big Town
    Old Dominion
    Rascal Flatts
    Zac Brown Band

 

  • Vocal Duo of the Year
    Brothers Osborne
    Dan + Shay
    Florida Georgia Line
    Joey + Rory
    Maddie & Tae
  • Musical Event of the Year
    Dierks Bentley feat. Elle King, “Different For Girls”
    Luke Bryan feat. Karen Fairchild, “Home Alone Tonight”
    Keith Urban feat. Carrie Underwood, “The Fighter”
    Chris Young with Cassadee Pope, “Think Of You”
    Morgane Stapleton with Chris Stapleton, “You Are My Sunshine”

 

  • Music Video of the Year
    “Fire Away,” Chris Stapleton
    “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
    “Record Year,” Eric Church
    “Somewhere on a Beach,” Dierks Bentley
    “Burning House,” Cam

 

  • Musician of the Year
    Jerry Douglas
    Paul Franklin
    Dann Huff
    Brent Mason
    Derek Wells
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George Strait Announces Track Listing for ‘Strait Out Of The Box: Part 2’

George Strait, King of Country Music, announced the upcoming release of ‘Strait Out of the Box: Part 2′, set for November 18th. The impressive, three-disc, 56-track collection features 36 hit singles. 26 of those being number one hits, plus two brand new songs that were co-written by Strait.

Strait Out Of The Box Part 2 (Walmart Exclusive)(3CD)The selected songs span 20 years of Strait’s career, ranging from 1996 to 2016. This box set follows his highly successful 1995 release of ‘Strait Out of the Box’, which was an 8x Platinum-selling release.

“Going back through all the songs for this box set does bring back a lot of old memories,” says Strait. “A lot of them we considered for radio singles and for whatever reason, we just picked something else. It was not that hard to pick them after I looked through them because there are just so many that are my favorites.”

Fans of the country king will be able to pre-order the box set, along with some cool merchandise. A silver-plated belt buckle that is identical to the collection’s cover can be ordered. The limited edition belt buckle will arrive in an autographed box, allowing for display. Fan packages and information on pre-ordering can be found here.

‘King George’ is the most-nominated and most-award-winning CMA artist with 23 wins and 89 nominations, and will be performing at tomorrow night’s award ceremony. The 50th Annual CMA Awards will be televised live out of Nashville. ‘Country Music’s biggest night’ will be broadcast on ABC November 2nd, at 8/7 central.

Billboard recently placed him in the top spot on the Greatest of All Time: Country Artists list. His stats include 60 number one singles, more than 70 millions records sold. His has more number one songs than any other artist, and is below only Elvis and The Beatles in reference to Gold and Platinum albums in history.

Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 is now available for pre-order HERE

Strait Out of the Box: Part 2 Track Listing

Disc 1 (1996-2000)

  1. Blue Clear Sky
  2. Carried Away
  3. Rockin’ In The Arms Of Your Memory
  4. I Can Still Make Cheyenne
  5. Round About Way
  6. Carrying Your Love With Me
  7. One Night At A Time
  8. Today My World Slipped Away
  9. The Nerve
  10. I Just Want To Dance With You
  11. True
  12. Maria
  13. We Really Shouldn’t Be Doing This
  14. Meanwhile
  15. Write This Down
  16. The Best Day
  17. Looking Out My Window Through The Pain
  18. Go On

 

Disc 2 (2001-2008)

  1. She’ll Leave You With A Smile
  2. Run
  3. Living and Living Well
  4. My Life’s Been Grand
  5. Cowboys Like Us
  6. Desperately
  7. Four Down and Twelve Across
  8. I Hate Everything
  9. Seashores of Old Mexico
  10. She Let Herself Go
  11. Give It Away
  12. Wrapped
  13. It Just Comes Natural
  14. Texas Cookin’
  15. How ’Bout Them Cowgirls
  16. Come On Joe
  17. Troubadour
  18. River Of Love
  19. I Saw God Today

 

Disc 3 (2009-2016)

  1. Living For The Night
  2. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind
  3. Arkansas Dave
  4. Love’s Gonna Make It Alright
  5. Drinkin’ Man
  6. Shame On Me
  7. Here For A Good Time
  8. House Across The Bay
  9. Blue Marlin Blues
  10. I’ll Always Remember You
  11. Give It All We Got Tonight
  12. I Just Can’t Go On Dying Like This
  13. That’s What Breaking Hearts Do
  14. The Night Is Young
  15. I Believe
  16. Goin’ Goin’ Gone
  17. Everything I See
  18. Kicked Outta Country*
  19. You Gotta Go Through Hell*

*Denotes newly recorded material

 

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Home Free Announces New Record, Video

Some exciting news for Home Free fans! The group released their newest video, ‘How Great Thou Art’ today.

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A beautiful rendition of a gospel staple, this video will move even the hardest of hearts. You can see the moving video here

Even more good news is the upcoming album re-release, ‘Full of (Even More) Cheer’, slated for November 11th. The backstory to the new version of the Christmas CD came about when the group realized they wanted to release more videos from the previous album. And, with Chase as a new member, they brainstormed and came up with the idea to re-release the same album, with a few new tracks, and have Chase’s vocals added to the previous tracks. So, it is virtually like an entire new album. You can pre-order your copy here.

The new album contains these tracks:

1. O Holy Night
2. White Christmas
3. Colder Weather
4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
5. Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
6. Angels We Have Heard On High
7. How Great Thou Art
8. Do You Hear What I Hear?
9. Full Of Cheer
10. Silent Night (Featuring Taylor Davis)

And, the last bit of good news, I have provided a list of concert dates, in case you want to see these guys live. I can’t think of a better Christmas gift, can you? Some of their dates just have a few tickets remaining.

NOVEMBER 2016
09 | Green Bay, WI – Meyer Theatre – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
10 | Elkhart, IN – Lerner Theatre 
11 | Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall – SOLD OUT!
12 | Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
13 | State College, PA – The State Theatre – NO VIP – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
16 | York, PA – Strand Capitol Theatre
17 | Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
19 | Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
20 | Toms River, NJ – Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts * – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
21 | Toms River, NJ – Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts *
25 | Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
26 | Nederland, TX – Nederland Performing Arts Center – (VIP SOLD OUT ALREADY!!)
27 | San Antonio, TX – Empire Theatre (Matinee Show) – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
30 | Modesto, CA – Gallo Center for the Arts

DECEMBER 2016
01 | Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre – LESS THAN 50 TICKETS REMAIN!!
02 | Maricopa, AZ – AK-Chin Casino – NO VIP – FREE SHOW!
03 | Poway, CA – Poway Center for the Arts – LESS THAN 50 TICKETS REMAIN!!
04 | Las Vegas, NV – Artemus Concert Hall at UNLV
06 | Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre (VIP SOLD OUT ALREADY!!)
08 | Conway, AR – Reynolds Hall at UCA
09 | Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
10 | Niswonger, TN – Niswonger Center for the Arts – SOLD OUT!
11 | Nashville, TN – Polk Theatre – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
13 | Davenport, IA – The Adler Theatre at The RiverCenter
15 | Carmel, IN – The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts
16 | Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
17 | Brookings, SD – Swiftel Center
18 | Mankato, MN – Verizon Wireless Center
20 | Eau Claire, WI – The State Theatre – SOLD OUT!!
21 | Minneapolis, MN – Cyrus Northrup Memorial Auditorium at University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
22 | Fargo, ND – Fargo Civic Center

JANUARY 2017
28 | London, UK – London A Cappella Festival (1pm) – SOLD OUT!!
28 | London, UK – London A Cappella Festival (4pm) – REGULAR TICKETS SOLD OUT!! ONLY VIP TICKETS REMAIN!!

MARCH 2017
23 | Wasua, WI – Grand Theater – LESS THAN 50 TICKETS REMAIN!!
24 | Aurora, IL – Paramount Theater
25 | Terre Haute, IN – The Lerner – LESS THAN 50 TICKETS REMAIN!!

APRIL 2017
05 | Burlington, ON – Burlington Performing Arts Centre
07 | North Bethesda, MD – Music Center at Strathmore
26 | Moncton, NB – Capitol Theatre
27 | Fredericton, NB – The Playhouse

 

 

 

 

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Home Free Shares Video: ‘How Great Thou Art’

The talented guys that make up the ‘Home Free’ group have once again out down themselves. Fans have grown accustomed to their amazing versions of classic standards and new hits, but this new twist on a gospel staple is sure to leave a sense of awe and inspiration.

Photo Credit: Billboard.com

The video was shot in Austria, and the backgrounds couldn’t be more beautiful. Home Free was on tour, headlining the Europea Country Music Fest.

This is just a sneak peek of the video, meaning you have to be a member of Patreon to view the video. Patreon is a great way to support this group, and for a donation as small as $1.00,  you can gain access to this video before it is released to the general public.

Here is the link to their  rendition…Enjoy, and please take a minute and leave your thoughts about the video in the comments section below.

Want to catch the guys on tour? Check out their tour schedule:

NOVEMBER 2016
09 | Green Bay, WI – Meyer Theatre – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
10 | Elkhart, IN – Lerner Theatre 
11 | Warren, OH – Packard Music Hall – SOLD OUT!
12 | Greensburg, PA – The Palace Theatre
13 | State College, PA – The State Theatre – NO VIP – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
16 | York, PA – Strand Capitol Theatre
17 | Glenside, PA – Keswick Theatre
19 | Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
20 | Toms River, NJ – Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts * – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
21 | Toms River, NJ – Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts *
25 | Dallas, TX – Majestic Theatre – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
26 | Nederland, TX – Nederland Performing Arts Center – (VIP SOLD OUT ALREADY!!)
27 | San Antonio, TX – Empire Theatre (Matinee Show) – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
30 | Modesto, CA – Gallo Center for the Arts

DECEMBER 2016
01 | Fresno, CA – Tower Theatre – LESS THAN 50 TICKETS REMAIN!!
02 | Maricopa, AZ – AK-Chin Casino – NO VIP – FREE SHOW!
03 | Poway, CA – Poway Center for the Arts – LESS THAN 50 TICKETS REMAIN!!
04 | Las Vegas, NV – Artemus Concert Hall at UNLV
06 | Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre (VIP SOLD OUT ALREADY!!)
08 | Conway, AR – Reynolds Hall at UCA
09 | Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
10 | Niswonger, TN – Niswonger Center for the Arts – SOLD OUT!
11 | Nashville, TN – Polk Theatre – ONLY A FEW SINGLE TICKETS REMAIN!!
13 | Davenport, IA – The Adler Theatre at The RiverCenter
15 | Carmel, IN – The Palladium at The Center for the Performing Arts
16 | Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
17 | Brookings, SD – Swiftel Center
18 | Mankato, MN – Verizon Wireless Center
20 | Eau Claire, WI – The State Theatre – SOLD OUT!!
21 | Minneapolis, MN – Cyrus Northrup Memorial Auditorium at University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
22 | Fargo, ND – Fargo Civic Center

JANUARY 2017
28 | London, UK – London A Cappella Festival (1pm) – SOLD OUT!!
28 | London, UK – London A Cappella Festival (4pm) – REGULAR TICKETS SOLD OUT!! ONLY VIP TICKETS REMAIN!!

MARCH 2017
23 | Wasua, WI – Grand Theater – LESS THAN 50 TICKETS REMAIN!!
24 | Aurora, IL – Paramount Theater
25 | Terre Haute, IN – The Lerner – LESS THAN 50 TICKETS REMAIN!!

APRIL 2017
05 | Burlington, ON – Burlington Performing Arts Centre
07 | North Bethesda, MD – Music Center at Strathmore
26 | Moncton, NB – Capitol Theatre
27 | Fredericton, NB – The Playhouse

 

 

 

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Review: Sylvia’s ‘All in the Family’

Sylvia’s new album, It’s All in the Family, is a must-have for ‘classic’ country fans. Her first record in 14 years will be available for purchase on October 8th, 2016.

 

I hope this music inspires and encourages people of all ages to continue to create in whatever genre brings them joy,” stated Sylvia. “I have found that there is no age limit on creativity. Your best work is ahead of you! I’ve felt like a kid again making this record, and I can hardly wait to share it with the world!

After reviewing this album, I can sum up all my thoughts by saying this album is Storytelling at its best.  A ‘skittles mix’ of song styles and sounds, this album offers something for everyone.

Her pure, crisp vocal style shines through each and every track. She has brought back the traditional country sounds during intros to songs like ‘Every Time a Train Goes By’ and ‘All in the Family’.  ‘Somebody’s Daughter’ reminds us to be nice to everyone, and features violins throughout the song, and also features a nice instrumental intro that is peaceful.

The attention grabbing, romantic vibes on ‘Leave the Past in the Past’ is something every couple can relate to at one time or another in their lifetime.

Her songs really seem to draw the listener in, allowing the words to paint vivid scenes in the mind of the listener.

The bluegrass breakdown on ‘Grandpa Kirby Runnin’ the Hounds’ was a nice treat, while ‘A Right Turn’ features the perfect blend of instrumentals, providing the classic country sound. Switching sounds from Americana to Irish tunes, ‘Immigrant Shoes’ depicts an epic journey from one shore to another.

My favorite track from this album is ‘Cumberland Rose’. From the  A cepella intro, this song is stripped down, featuring her welcoming voice that draws you in. Backed up by a friendly banjo, the bluegrass overtones blend in to the vocals, providing another welcomed nod to the 80s country.

Speaking of music from the 80’s, Sylvia’s hits from that decade include ‘Snap Shot’, ‘Nobody’ and ‘Never My Love’.

Currently on tour, Sylvia can be seen at these locations:

Sept. 10 – Llano, Texas – Llano Country Opry Latex Theater

Nov. 4 – Saginaw, Mich. – Temple Theater

Nov. 5 – Allegan, Mich. – Allegan High School

Nov. 16 – Port Huron, Mich. – McMorran Auditorium

Nov. 17 – Monroe, Mich. – River Raisin Center

Nov. 18 – Paw Paw, Mich. – Paw Paw High School

Jan. 27 – Feb. 03 – Tampa, Fla. – Country Music Cruise

 

 

 

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Confederate Railroad Tour Dates, New Album!

Confederate Railroad has a new album released, ‘Lucky To Be Alive’, and features a bluegrass feel on one track. ‘Don’t Feel as Young As I Used To’ is the track with solid bluegrass roots, with the remaining tracks kicking out the traditional sounds fans have come to expect from the southern band.

 

The band will also be taking the stage on select dates starting in August. All the details for the album track and concert dates are listed below.

Confederate Railroad: Lucky To Be Alive

 

Lucky To Be Alive Track Listing:
1. Lucky To Be Alive
2. Played The Game
3. The Man I Am Today
4. If I Ever Cross That Line
5. Trashy Women (20th Anniversary) featuring Willie Nelson, John Anderson, Colt Ford and Jerry Glanville
6. Goodbye Song
7. Somebody Like You
8. Whisky And Women
9. Fast Cars And Guitars
10. Don’t Feel As Young As I Used To
11. Psycho Bitch From Hell (Live)
12. I’m Not Fallin’ For That
 

Confederate Railroad on Tour:
Aug 03 Tuolumne, Calif. – Willow Creek Lounge – Black Oak Casino
Aug 04 Corvallis, Ore. – Benton County Fair & Rodeo
Aug 05 Crescent City, Calif. – Del Norte County Fair
Aug 07 Brooks, Calif. – Cache Creek Casino Resort – Club 88
Aug 09 Sturgis, S.D. – Shade Valley Camp Resort
Aug 11 Point Pleasant, W.Va. – Mason County Fair
Aug 13 Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa State Fair – Mid American Stage
Aug. 20 East Ridge, Tenn. – East Ridge 95th Year Anniversary
Aug 26 Guntersville, Ala. – Civitan Park – Bill Moore Field
Aug 27 Summerville, Ga. – Chattanooga County Ag Fair
Sep 03 Tazewell, Tenn. – Smoke in the Valley – Frasier Farm
Sep 10 Fairmont, W.Va. – WV Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Sep 17 Eldorado, Ill. – Eldorado Town & Country Days
Sep 24 Liberty, Ky. – Casey County Apple Festival – Courthouse Square
Oct 01 Pinellas Park, Fla. – BBQ Cook-Off & Rodeo
Oct 06 Pell City, Ala. – Pell City Center For Education and the Performing Arts
Oct 07 Springfield, Ga. – Springfield Fall Festival
Oct. 08 Appomattox, Va. – Appomattox Railroad Festival
Oct 20 Tomball, Texas – Main Street Crossing
Oct 21 New Braunfels, Texas – Freiheit Country Store
Nov 03 Piano, Texas – Courtyard Theatre
Nov 04 Youngsville, La. – Route 92
Nov 05 Taylorsville, Miss. – Taylorsville Grillin’ and Chillin’

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Home Free announces Christmas (in July) Tour Dates!!

Great news, Home Fries…Home Free has just announced tour dates for the remainder of 2016, and a few in 2017.

The amazing A cappella group has been kicking out covers of some of today’s hottest hits, as well as many staples from decades back. They have teamed up with greats such as Kenny Rogers, Charlie Daniels and the Oak Ridge Boys.

So, for those not familiar with the group, here is a link to their You Tube Channel. Fans were sad to see Chris say goodbye to the group, but the good news is that he still plans to collaborate with the group and will still ‘be a part’ of Home Free.

I have yet to see this group in concert, and would love to hear from those who have seen them live. Take a minute to share your experience in the comments below.  Until I get to their concert, I am thankful for their You Tube channel!

Here is the breakdown of their tour schedule. It is one concert you won’t want to miss!

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Mark Chestnutt’s new album, Grand Ole Opry concert

It has been six long years since Mark Chestnutt has released a new album, but I am here to say the wait is now over! His new album, Tradition Lives is available now!

Well known for chart toppers such as ‘Too Cold at Home’ ‘It Sure is Monday’ and ‘I’ll Think of Something’, Chestnutt sticks to his honky-tonk sound, remaining true to his roots, ensuring this album to be as blockbuster as past releases.

Tradition Lives, Mark Chesnutt

The album is comprised of 12 new tracks, with a bonus Merle Haggard tribute. Here’s a break down of the album:

1. I’ve Got A Quarter In My Pocket
2. Is It Still Cheating
3. Lonely Ain’t The Only Game In Town
4. Oughta Miss Me By Now
5. Neither Did I
6. So You Can’t Hurt Me Anymore
7. You Moved Up In Your World
8. Look At Me Now
9. Losing You All Over Again
10. Never Been To Texas
11. What I Heard
12. Hot

Bonus Track:
There Won’t Be Another Now (Tribute to The Hag and Red Lane)

According to a poll on TheBoot.com, this album was voted the most anticipated CD of July. So, if you are ready to purchase your copy, here are the links for  iTunes, Amazon and MarkChesnutt.com

If the new album isn’t exciting  enough, fans can catch the singer on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry on July 13th. In addition to seeing him in concert, fans can also meet Mark during a signing following the concert. Those in attendance can purchase the new CD and have it autographed as well.

Not near Nashville? Perhaps you can catch his concert at one of the following destinations:
July 15 Englewood Event Center – Englewood, Fla.
July 16 The Ranch Concert Hall & Saloon – Fort Myers, Fla.
July 22 Saline County Fair – Crete, Neb.
July 23 Wild Rose Casino & Resort – Clinton, Iowa
July 29 Fat City – Champaign, Ill.
July 30 Pike County Fair – Bowling Green, Mo.
Aug. 05 Royal Gorge Bridge & Park – Canon City, Colo.
Aug. 06 Central Station – Dodge City, Kan.
Aug. 12 Black River Coliseum – Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Aug. 13 Big O Festival – Owensboro, Ky.
Aug. 15 Rockingham County Fair – Harrisonburg, Va.
Aug. 19 Barton Creek Country Club – Austin, Texas
Aug. 20 Delcambre Shrimp Festival – Delcambre, La.
Aug. 26 DOSEY DOES – The Woodlands, Texas
Aug. 27 Mercedes Fairgrounds – Mercedes, Texas
Sept. 02 Frank Brown Park – Panama City Beach, Fla.
Sept. 03 Renegades – West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sept. 09 Trinity Cathedral – Cleveland, Ohio
Sept. 10 Montgomery Turkey Trot Festival – Montgomery, Ind.
Sept. 17 Trenton Civic Center – Trenton, N.C.
Oct. 07 Heart of Texas Rodeo – Waco, Texas
Nov. 05 Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center – Cedar Falls, Iowa
Nov. 12 Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts – Fairfield, Iowa
Nov. 19 Chuters – Pasadena, Texas
Nov. 25 Grizzly Rose – Denver, Colo.
Dec. 09 DOSEY DOES – The Woodlands, Texas
Dec. 10 DOSEY DOES – The Woodlands, Texas
Dec. 12 Conways – New Braunfels, Texas

 

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Tanya Tucker kicks off Summer Tour

Great news for fans of ‘T’! Her 2016 kicks off tomorrow! The lady songbird that has shared emotionally-filled ballets such as ‘Sparrows in a Hurricane’, ‘Love Me Like You Use To’ and ‘Strong Enough to Bend’ is currently working on a brand new album.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Westby

Just recently, it was announced by the Academy of Country Music that she will be honored with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award.  The 10th Annual ACM Honors will recognize Tucker and other special honorees on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in Nashville, at the Ryman Auditorium. This year will mark the first broadcast special, and will be aired at a later date on CBS.

Lots going on with our country music favorite these days!

Listed below is her tour schedule that kicks off tomorrow in New Jersey.

Want more info about Tanya? Check out Webster PR for fun facts and profile updates.

TANYA TUCKER ON TOUR:
May 28 Cape May, NJ – Cape May Convention Hall
June 03 Beaumont, CA – City of Beaumont Cherry Festival
June 04 Santa Clarita, CA – Santa Clarita PAC
June 09 Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre
June 10 Milwaukee, WI – Northern Lights Theatre
July 15 Branson, MO – Welk Theater
July 16 Emmetsburg, IA – Wild Rose Casino
July 29 New Braunfels, TX – River Road Icehouse
July 30 Hinton, OK – Sugar Creek Casino
Aug 11 Elma, WA – Grays Harbor County Fair
Aug 26 Biloxi, MS – Golden Nugget – Grand Ballroom
Aug 27 Lake Charles, LA – Golden Nugget – Grand Event Center
Sept. 23 Hopewell, VA – The Beacon Theatre
Sept. 24 Huntington, NY – The Paramount

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Johnny Lee’s new album now available!

Picking up Strangers, Cherokee Fiddle and Looking for Love are just three of the classics made famous by Johnny Lee. It has been ten years since his last studio album, and fans won’t have to wait much longer to hear new favorites!

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The new album, ‘ You Ain’t Never Been to Texas’, includes some songs that have been held by the singer.
“I’ve been holding on to some of these songs for years and wanted to wait until it was just the right time to release You Ain’t Never Been to Texas. We’re on the road more than ever and I’m blessed because of that, so I wanted to give the fans some new music that I really think they’ll enjoy,” Lee said.

The summer album contains 12 tracks that range from honky-tonk storytelling to cuts that highlight Lee’s famous baritone sounds.

Here is the breakdown on the song titles:

  1. Lonesome Love List
  2. What’s Forever For
  3. Who’s Left, Who’s Right
  4. Deep Water
  5. Never Been To Texas
  6. Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
  7. Good Lovin’ Woman Bad
  8. Wish I Could Love That Way Again
  9. 2 Steps From The Blues
  10. Who Did You Love
  11. Bullets First
  12. Worth Watching

For more information, visit theofficialjohnnylee.com or follow him on Facebook and YouTube.

Want to see him in concert? Here is the updated list of concert dates:

April 16 Pasadena Convention Center – Pasadena, Texas
April 21 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
April 23 Thunderbird Casino – Norman, Okla.
May 01 Stagecoach Country Music Festival – Indio, Calif.
May 02 Hitching Post – Apache Junction, Ariz.
May 04 The Maverick – Tucson, Ariz.
May 05 Museum Club – Flagstafff, Ariz.
May 07 Civic Center – Truth or Consequences, N.M.
May 14 Jasper Rodeo Arena – Jasper, Texas
May 18 American Bandstand Theater – Branson, Mo.
May 19 Rollie’s – Sauk Rapids, Minn.
May 20 Corn Palace, Mitchell, S.D.
May 21 7 Clans Paradise Casino – Red Rock, Okla.
May 27 11th Street Cowboy Bar – Bandera, Texas
June 03 Mo’s Place – Houston, Texas
June 24 Seven Feathers Casino – Canyonville, Ore.
June 25 Seven Feathers Casino – Canyonville, Ore.
July 09 Lantex Theater – Llano, Texas
July 16 Pearland, Texas (Private)
July 22 The Stampede – Houston, Texas
July 23 Bosque Arts Center – Clifton, Texas
July 30 Truman Lake Opry – Tightwad, Mo.
Aug. 04 Winnemucca Convention Center – Winnemucca, Nev.
Aug. 06 Arlington Music Hall – Arlington, Texas
Aug. 07 Stafford, Texas (Private)
Aug. 11 Cherokee Casino – South Coffeyville, Okla.
Aug. 13 Southern Junction – Rockwall, Texas
Aug. 20 Wild Rose Casino – Emmetsburg, Iowa
Aug. 21 Iowa State Fair – Des Moines, Iowa
Sept. 04 Kendall County Fair – Boerne, Texas
Sept. 10 Fall Festival – McLeansboro, Ill.
Sept. 15 White County Fair – Searcy, Ark.
Sept. 23 Colorado County Fair – Columbus, Texas
Sept. 25 Will Rogers Memorial Center – Fort Worth, Texas
Oct. 02 Fort Bend County Fair – Rosenberg, Texas
Oct. 08 Howdy Neighbor Day – Jena, La.
Oct. 14 Las Palmas Race Park – Mission, Texas
Oct. 15 Bayoufest – La Marque, Texas
Oct. 16 Cajun Catfish Festival – Conroe, Texas
Nov. 12 Cuero Performing Arts Center – Cuero, Texas
Nov. 13 Dosey Doe – The Woodlands, Texas
Dec. 10 Private – Conway, Ark.
Dec. 16 Mohican Northstar Casino – Bowler, Wis.
Dec. 31 Sugar Creek Casino – Hinton, Okla.

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Country Music Hall of Fame to Induct Charlie Daniels & Randy Travis

Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and Fred Foster will be the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The trio will be inducted later this fall.

Charlie Daniels has been a favorite in country music since he let loose with the mega-hit, ‘Devil Went Down to Georgia’. The high-energy, fiddlin’ tune is one that Daniels says he looks forward to playing at the end of each concert.

“I get a chance to play it better tonight than I did last night and better tomorrow night than I did tonight. I haven’t played it perfect yet. I am in love with walking on stage and entertaining people with songs I have written. It’s one of the few times in my life that I feel like I know what I’m doing.”

 

While Daniels will be inducted in the Veteran’s Era category,  Travis will be the 2016 inductee in the Modern Era category. Randy Travis found a huge success in the 80’s, with hits like ‘Forever and ever, Amen’ and ‘I told you so’.

Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and Fred Foster pose
Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and Fred Foster in Nashville. Photo Credit: Samuel M. Simpkins/The Tennessean.

 

The ceremony is slated for fall of this year, and will  of course be held at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Blake Shelton slated for Exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Okie-Native superstar Blake Shelton is scheduled  to receive  one of the top honors within Country Music very soon.
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On May 27th, a career-spanning exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be unveiled. Blake Shelton: Based on a True Story will provide insight to the work and life of one of today’s most popular country music singers.
Through a press release, Kyle Young, CEO of the Hall of Fame shared this statement:
 
“Blake Shelton is one of the most well-established contemporary artists in country music. Countless accolades into his musical career, he continues to stay true to his sound and musical style, and continues to receive recognition for it. We’re honored to host this exhibition and to share the story of this incredibly talented individual.” 
Also from the press release was a statement from Blake Shelton:
“I came to Nashville in 1994, and I’ve always been fascinated by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. I remember the first time I walked in there, I was blown away. To have my own exhibit is more than a dream come true, because I never dreamed it could happen! It’s crazy, is what it is. I couldn’t be more excited or more honored than to be a part of the museum.”
This exhibit tracks Shelton’s road to stardom, covering all aspects of his life. From his childhood, to his move to Nashville during his teen years to his multi-platinum album successes. Also highlighted is his nine season on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ and his coaching of four champions through the show’s history.
Blake can currently be seen the current season of ‘The Voice’, and will have a new album out later this year.
For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame, visit their website here.
 
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Johnny Lee releases new album; plenty of tour dates

My earliest memory of hearing Johnny Lee on the radio was with his hit’ Picking up Strangers’. Through the years, he has kicked out hit after hit, and according to him, new hits are on the way.

Johnny Lee: You Aint' Never Been To Texas

According to a press release from Webster PR, (who Lee just recently signed with), Lee had the following to say about his newest album,

“We’re busier than ever out there on the road and now we have this new album, You Aint’ Never Been to Texas, that I’m really proud of because it’s about as country as you can get. You can bet we’ll be playing a few new tunes out there for the fans, so we hope they’ll come out and see us”

The twelve-cut CD can currently be pre-ordered from the country crooner’s website.  Even if I had never even heard of Johnny Lee, I would buy this album simply because of the warning label on the cover. It is refreshing to see country artists stepping up and producing country songs that leave the hip-hop out.

What is your favorite Johnny Lee song? Share your choice in the comments section below!

Johnny Lee takes his ‘real country’ sounds on the road this year. So, where can we see the country giant?  Here is a the breakdown:

March 11 – Hacienda Event Center, Midland, TX
March 12 – Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX
March 19 – Brackenridge Main Event Center, Edna, TX
March 26 – Buck Horn Lake Ranch, Kerrville, TX
April 08 – Main Street Crossing, Tomball, TX
April 09 – Private Show, Belleville, TX
April 15 – Galveston County Fair & Rodeo, Hitchcock, TX
April 16 – Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, TX
April 23 – Thunderbird Casino, Norman, OK
May 01 – Stagecoach Country Music Festival, Indio, CA
May 02 – Hitching Post, Apache Junction, AZ
May 04 – The Maverick, Tucson, AZ
May 05 – Museum Club, Flagstafff, AZ
May 07 – Civic Center, Truth or Consequences, NM
May 14 – Jasper Rodeo Arena, Jasper, TX
May 18 – American Bandstand Theater, Branson, MO
May 19 – Rollie’s, Sauk Rapids, MN
May 20 – Corn Palace, Mitchell, SD
May 27 – 11th Street Cowboy Bar, Bandera, TX
May 28 – Toupsies, Lampasas, TX
June 03 – Moe’s, Houston, TX
June 24 – Seven Feathers Casino, Canyonville, OR
June 25 – Seven Feathers Casino, Canyonville, OR
July 09 – Lantex Theater, Llano, TX
July 22 – The Stampede, Houston, TX
July 23 – Bosque ArtsCenter, Clifton, TX
July 30 – Truman Lake Opry, Tightwad, MO
Aug. 04 – Winnemucca Convention Center, Winnemucca, NV
Aug. 06 – Arlington Music Hall, Arlington, TX
Aug. 07 – Stafford, TX (private)
Aug. 13 – Southern Junction, Rockwall, TX
Aug. 19 – Paramount Theater, St. Cloud, MN
Aug. 20 – Wild Rose Casino, Emmetsburg, IA
Sept. 04 – Kendall County Fair, Boerne, TX
Sept. 10 – Fall Festival, McLeansboro, IL
Sept. 15 – White County Fair, Searcy, AR
Sept. 23 – Colorado County Fair, Columbus, TX
Sept. 25 – Will Rogers Memorial Center, Fort Worth, TX
Oct. 02 – Fort Bend County Fair, Rosenberg, TX
Oct. 14 – Las Palmas Race Park, Mission, TX
Oct. 15 – Bayoufest, La Marque, TX
Oct. 16 – Cajun Catfish Festival, Conroe, TX
Nov. 12 – Cuero Performing Arts Center, Cuero, TX
Nov. 13 – Dosey Doe, The Woodlands, TX
Dec. 10 – Private, Conway, AR
Dec. 16 – Mohican Northstar Casino, Bowler, WI
Dec. 31 – Sugar Creek Casino, Hinton, OK

 

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New Tour, Album set for Dolly Parton!

Good news for country music fans! Dolly announces plans to return to the stage in over 60 cities this year! As reported by Webster PR, this is her first major U.S. and Canadian tour in over 25 years. For the past twenty years, Dolly has played select dates, but this announcement boasts coverage all across North America. These tickets are slanted to sell out quickly, and with good reason. Who wouldn’t want the chance to see Dolly live in concert? Count me in!

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The announcement from Webster PR is actually two-fold. A double-fun announcement for this Monday morning!

 

‘Pure and Simple with Dolly’s Biggest Hits’ is a 2-CD set, well-balanced with new material and many of the songs that made her famous. While a release date hasn’t yet been shared, keep an eye on this blog for new updates on the album as well as the 2016 tour schedule.

 

On a related note, were you one of the 15 million viewers who watched her hit movie, ‘Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors’? If so, leave your thoughts about her movie (or favorite song) in the comments below.

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Loretta Lynn’s new album, Full Circle, makes ‘classic country’ modern again!

Loretta Lynn has always been a pioneer in the country music world. She was one of  the first women to sing about the true and controversial topics such as birth control, and her duets with Conway are just as popular today as they were 30 years ago.

Full Circle is Loretta Lynn's first album in nearly 12 years.

What is the power behind her longevity? Loretta seems to have always stayed close to her roots, her true self. She didn’t create a persona to become famous, she was herself. Fans of country music saw Loretta for what she was, a talented singer and songwriter, drawing on her own life experiences. The real-life overtones of her songs resonated with country fans, bringing to the spotlight situations that were similar to their lives. Loretta became a voice women could relate to, and that level of connection is what leaves the superstar timeless.

While listening to Loretta’s new album, ‘Full Circle’, I am reminded of her talent, and her ability to mix modern with classic tones, all while never changing her brand of country.

‘Full Circle’ consists of 13 songs and a one-minute intro at the start of the album. It is a collection of new and classic hits, and is a new-found favorite of this writer. As a fan of ‘classic country’ music, I would love to see more albums released from the artists of that time frame.

The first song, ‘Whispering Sea’ has a Hawaiian feel to it. Perhaps a blue Hawaiian feel. While listening to the instrumental opening, one could picture palm trees swaying and slow-moving luau dancers. Loretta’s haunting accent comes into play, reminding us why she has always been a staple within the country music field.

Loretta provides a fresh take on a classic staple made famous by Elvis and covered by Willie Nelson. ‘Always on my mind’ was a good choice for this album, as it fits perfectly with her ability to take a famous song, put her style and sound into it, providing what almost seems like a brand new song.

Speaking of remaking a classic, I was glad to hear an updated version of her hit, ‘Fist City’. Her spunk still shines through clearly, and is just another example of why we love Loretta.

To answer one of Loretta’s other titles from the new album, everyone is going to miss you when you are gone. Miss Loretta, you have created ageless stories for generations to come. Stories that have been shared from mothers to daughters, friends to friends and you have provided a voice, and a legacy, that will remain always.

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Here He Comes, Boogity Boogity: “Ray Stevens’ Nashville” a Hit!!

Saturday evenings just got a bit more interesting for this couch potato! While channel surfing, I came across ‘Ray Stevens’ Nashville’ on RFD-TV. The hour-long show is a blend of Ray’s unique comedy, shared insider stories along with a hit song from  country music guest stars and a dance with an audience member during closing credits. 

The episode I caught featured Larry Gatlin of the Gatlin Brothers. He and Ray joined voices on the hit song, ‘All the Gold’, and a story was shared about Larry’s first official evening in Nashville.

This show is entertaining on so many levels! I was raised on music that is now considered classic, including the many hits from the funny man., so to be able to watch his show every week and to laugh at his musical stories again is simply great. You never really outgrow getting the giggles from Ethel’s, Margaret’s and the Mississippi squirrel’s bad luck; there is just something classic about his songs.

To be able to hear the stories from other country stars is just as entertaining. I have watched two episodes to date, and each guest star had a story that involved Mel Tillis.

For those who wish they still had all of Ray’s cassette tapes, breathe easy! The show features commercials that advertise a huge collection of his comedy skits for sale on CD. A perfect Christmas gift!

RFD-TV has listed “Ray Stevens’ Nashvillle” as a year-long show, so there will be plenty of guest stars to watch each and every Saturday night!

 

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Kenny Rogers’ “Once Again it’s Christmas”CD is this season’s must have album!

Right on the heels of the announcement of Mr. Kenny Rogers’ retirement, a new album was announced. It has been 17 years since his last Christmas-themed album.

Kenny Rogers with Home Free. Photo Credit: Billboard.com

While the album was released at the end of September, I have just now started listening to Christmas music this season. I now wish I would have begun listening sooner, as this album really sets the mood for the Christmas season.

‘Once Again Its’ Christmas’ is a well-mixed collection of duets, Christmas staples and a few new tunes. Featuring amazing duets with some other great names in country music, such as Jennifer Nettles, Alison Krauss and A cappella group ‘Home Free’, this latest, and likely last album from Kenny Rogers  is a must-have for all fans!

A well-rounded, 11-track album, ‘Once Again it’s Christmas’ can really set the scene for Christmas cheer.

Check out the video of ‘Children, Go Where I Send Thee’, the song featuring Home Free. In just three days of being posted on YouTube, the video has been viewed over 100,000 times.

If you are like me and usually don’t start the Christmas celebration until after Thanksgiving, cut yourself some slack and check out this Christmas album-You will be glad you did!

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Sneak Peek Look at T.G. Sheppard’s Upcoming Duet CD

When I learned that T.G. Sheppard had a new album releasing soon, I was so excited! Having been raised on country music, and finding today’s ‘country’ less appealing than the style currently classified as ‘classic’, I was glad that my preferred music style was going to once again be available for sale via CD and/or iTunes.

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T.G.Sheppard was one of my mom’s favorite artists, so his music was a staple in my childhood home. During that same time, the Oak Ridge Boys were at the top of the charts, along with Ricky Skaggs, Conway Twitty and cousins Jerry Lee and Mickey.

Not only has T.G.Sheppard brought us a modern CD, but he has brought all the above mentioned stars with him. His CD, available for purchase on Oct. 30th, featured duets with the mighty Oaks, the late and greats George Jones and Conway Twitty, along with Ricky Skaggs and ‘The Killer’ himself, Mr. Jerry Lee Lewis.

I received a promo CD in the mail yesterday, and I just can’t rave enough about this modern, classic country CD! It has bluegrass and gospel, a thumping piano tune in one or two songs and the kind of musical style and tone standard in the classic country genre.

I have posted a small summary/review of the first half of the CD, and will share my thoughts on the second half of the CD next week.

 

  • ‘Down on my Knees’ –featuring the Oak Ridge Boys

The first track on the CD really seemed to provide a summary of the entire CD. Featuring a strong, and much appreciated bluegrass overtone, this song provided the typical gospel sound, along with strong quartet background vocals from the Oak Ridge Boys.

 

  • ‘The Killer’-featuring Jerry Lee Lewis

I was hooked halfway through the opening line, belted out by ‘The Killer’ himself. He sang, “They don’t call me the Killer for nothing”.  T.G. reveals where he was when first hearing ‘Whole lotta shakin’ goin on’ and goes on to talk about his experience at a JLL concert:  “He burned the piano down, as he played ‘Great Balls of Fire’; He killed us all, as the flames went higher”

Another great line performed by Jerry Lee: “I haven’t gone anywhere, but man, I ‘m still really something.”

This song has the amazing  piano sound that fans have come to expect from Lewis. Throw in some good old rock ‘n roll and you have the ultimate tribute song.

 

  • ‘Why me, Lord?’ with the late, great Conway Twitty

What an amazing song, combined with two country stars. The blending of Conway’s voice with T.G.’s is pure harmony, providing an emotional feel to the gospel staple.

  • ‘Song Man’ with Merle Haggard

“Does anyone need a good song man?”, the song asks. If so, look no further than Merle and T.G. They have songs about right and wrong, heaven and hell. This song features the classic country sound that has been absent for too many years. Kudos to Mr. Sheppard for bringing back ‘real’ country music!

  • ‘Fifteen rounds with Jose Cuervo’-with Delbert McClinton

Mexico. Liquor. Need I say more? Fun song with great a Mexican spirit and sound.

 

  • ‘The Next One’-with Lorrie Morgan

This one has more of a jazz feeling, like a great jazz nightclub song. Lorrie Morgan sounds fantastic in this cut, and she and T.G. Sheppard paint a clear picture with their harmonies and lyrics.

 

  • 100% chance of Pain’-featuring BJ Thomas and Jimmy Fortune

This song features awesome sounding harmonies by Jimmy Fortune, and it was a great to hear something new from BJ Thomas as well. Just a few songs into the new album, and I just can’t stop thinking how great it is to hear modern ‘classic country’ music!

  • ‘It’s a Man Thing’-with George Jones

Guitars kick this song off. Along with the help of the late, great George Jones, T.G. Sheppard explains what it’s like to a guy. A ‘typical day in the life of a man’ is the best way to sum up this fun song.

  • ‘Wine to Remember, Whiskey to Forget’-with Mickey Gilley

The fiddles open this song, setting the tone. Enter classic country lyrics at its’ best: heartbreak and liquor. This is classic country gold, but gets even better when Mr. Mickey Gilley belts out a verse or two. So far, this is one of my favorite cuts on the CD.

So, I have reviewed the first half of the CD, and want to share with you that the second half is just as great!

The remaining songs include duets with Kelly Lang and Ricky Skaggs. The album hits stores and iTunes on October 30th, so be sure to pick up your copy of this amazing CD that brings back classic country sounds.

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Kenny Rogers Announces Farewell Tour, Retirement

Sad news for Kenny Rogers fans. After a career that has spanned 57 years, today the country singer announced his retirement on NBC’s The Today Show. Coincidentally, today marks the release of his last album, his sixth Christmas CD, “Once Again it’s Christmas’. It has been 17 years since he released a holiday-themed album.

Throughout his career , he has earned too  many number one hits to count, and just as many awards. From ground-breaking duets with Dolly, Dottie West and Wynonna, to soulful love songs such as ‘Lady’, ‘You Decorated My Life’ and ‘Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer’, Kenny Rogers voice has been with country music fans all ‘Through the Years’.

No stranger to the small screen, Rogers also fared well in movies such as ‘The Gambler’ series, ‘Six Pack’ and ‘Wild Horses’.

While he has had an excellent career, saying goodbye is always difficult. To view a personal message filmed for his fans, explaining his decision to retire, click here.

The lyrics to probably his most popular song have never been more appropriate than today: ” You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em. Know when to walk away, know when to run…”

Thank you, Kenny Rogers, for all the sung lyrics that applied to my life, all your fans’ lives, at one time or another. For all the Gambler movies this country gal could handle, and for giving your all in each and every performance for all your fans.

You have been a bright, shining star,  all ‘Through the Years’, and will be missed by the country music world.

Have a good ‘Kenny Rogers’ story? Want to share a memory or favorite song? Drop me a line in the comment section!

 

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New Album from Alabama is the perfect blend of Rock and Country

When I learned of Alabama’s upcoming album, I was more than excited! Growing up with Alabama’s music, I was thrilled that I could add another album to my online collection.

2014’s BayFest Music Festival in Mobile,AL.Photo Credit: Debra Pamplin

While listening to tracks online of the newly released ‘Southern Drawl’ album, I was pleasantly surprised. I had been reading where the album wasn’t what folks would be expecting as ‘typical Alabama. While the love songs on the album were just as strong as classic singles, a few of the songs did feature today’s version of country songs.

Just like when the group started climbing the charts in the 80’s, today’s Alabama’s  is still performing with the same heart and soul. Alabama has always been a trend setter, and their take on today’s music still leaves them in a league of their own.

Ballads such as ‘As Long as There’s Love’ and ‘Wasn’t Through Lovin’ You Yet’ are similar to what ‘Bama fans are used to. The group easily switches gears, producing a very modern sound with single ‘Footstompin’ Music’.

‘I Wanna Be There’ will pull at the heartstrings of anyone who has been blessed with a child. While listening to this song, I automatically recalled phases of my daughter’s life, and I think many others can relate just as easily to this song.

‘One on One’ clearly demonstrates that Randy Owen still knows how to sing a romantic ballad!

The a Capella group, ‘Home Free’ had their newest album released  on the same day, and one of their songs  paid tribute to the boys from Fort Payne. You can read that full article here.

While I personally prefer the ‘old school’ style of Country music, this album has a great sound.

Bottom line: If Alabama records it, I am going to love it!

Which is your favorite; old Alabama, or modern Alabama? Leave your vote in the comment section below!

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Home Free’s New Album, Country Evolution, brings back country in a spectacular way!

What does A cappella music, the Oak Ridge Boys and Charlie Daniels have in common? Home Free! The brilliantly talented singers of Home Free have take a handful of classic country staples, remixed them, and invited the original groups to perform on the album with Home Free.

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The revamped version of ‘Elvira’ was unfolded in an upbeat music video that featured the mighty Oaks. Home Free’s newest album, Country Evolution, hit iTunes on September 18th. Their version of ‘Elvira’, featuring the Oak Ridge Boys,is on the album, as well as a strong, energy-filled version of ‘The Devil Went Down to Georgia’, with a little help from fiddle-expert Charlie Daniels.

Also included on the album are  ‘Friends in Low Places’, ‘Seven Bridges Road’ and ‘Honey, I’m Good’. A total of 14 songs have been compiled onto their newest, deluxe issue CD.

The video for ‘Seven Bridges Road’ was released on You Tube on the 19th, and has already raked up 53,805 views. The aspect of their videos that I enjoy is seeing their personalities shining through. It is evident they are really enjoying the ride they are on, and appreciate what they get to do. While I haven’t seen them in concert yet, I would imagine their shows are just as relaxed and entertaining as their videos. Speaking of seeing this group live…

Home Free’s tour is in full swing across the nation. Click here to find out where you see them.

Until you catch them live, be sure to check out the ‘Elvira’ music video. After watching this video,as well as many others on YouTube,  you will likely be hooked, and just might want to be a fan of Home Free, lovingly referred to as ‘home fries’ from the band.

Have you seen Home Free in concert? I plan on attending next month, in Orlando, and would love to hear about your concert experience in the comment section below!

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T.G. Sheppard to Release new CD, with a little help from his friends

Anyone who listened to country music back in the 80’s likely heard songs like, “Do you want to go to Heaven”, “War is hell”,  and “Slow Burn”. These are just a few of the hits racked up by Classic Country great, T.G.Sheppard.

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Next month, his newest album is set to hit stores. With a little help from his friends, the artists’ newest album features duets with other great classic country artists.

“In my 40 years of recording music, this album has to be my most favorite I’ve ever recorded,” says T.G. Sheppard. “I’m very honored that so many of my personal friends came in to sing, with no questions asked, and gave their all.”

Take a look at the lineup:

1. Down On My Knees (with OAK RIDGE BOYS)
2. The Killer (with JERRY LEE LEWIS)
3. If You Knew (with RICKY SKAGGS & THE WHITES)
4. It’s A Man Thing (with GEORGE JONES)
5. 100% Chance Of Pain (with B.J.THOMAS, JIMMY FORTUNE)
6. Wine To Remember And Whiskey To Forget (with MICKEY GILLEY)
7.The Next One (with LORRIE MORGAN)
8. Dead Girl Walking (with KELLY LANG)
9. Song Man (with MERLE HAGGARD)
10. Why Me Lord (with CONWAY TWITTY)
11. In Texas (with WILLIE NELSON)
12. Have You Ever Loved A Woman (with ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK)
13. I’m Not Going Anywhere (with CRYSTAL GAYLE)
14. Fifteen Rounds With Jose Cuervo (with DELBERT McCLINTON)

Be sure to grab your copy on October 30th!!