Please welcome back to your television — The Grand Ole Opry!

   Oct 26, 2019 —  This past spring, the Opry Entertainment Group announced they would be launching a “Lifestyle television channel” in early 2020 with the focus on “Country music artists and the passions, hobbies and love of music they share with their fans.”

   The Opry Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Ryman Hospitality Properties that helped launch the country music drama "Nashville," and Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc. announced their network would be called “The Circle Network,” a nod to the famous wooden circle of the Grand Ole Opry stage.

   Currently all they’re promising is a “…weekly broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry.” No word if it will be a live broadcast or if the format will be taped from a compilation of Opry shows.

   The Grand Ole Opry is currently broadcast live audio on WSM-AM at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday nights.  ABC broadcast the Grand Ole Opry as a monthly series from 1955 to 1956, and PBS televised annual live performances from 1978 to 1981.

   Founded on November 28, 1925, by George D. Hay, The Grand Ole Opry was a one-hour radio "barn dance" on WSM. Today the Grand Ole Opry show — radio and live — and has become synonymous with Country Music and the artists that perform there. (Uncle Dave Macon is a country music icon and the first major superstar of the Grand Ole Opry.)  

   The audio of the Grand Ole Opry on WSM is the longest running radio broadcast in US history, showcasing a mix of famous singers and contemporary chart-toppers performing country, bluegrass, Americana, folk, and gospel music as well as comedic performances. The show attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the world and millions of radio and Internet listeners.

    The Opry moved to a permanent home, the Ryman Auditorium, in 1943. As its popularity

grew, so did its importance to the city of Nashville, which became America's "country music capital."

  On March 15, 1974, the Opry made its last broadcast from Ryman before moving to its new custom-built home, The Grand Ole Opry House at Opryland. Keeping in touch with the traditions of the Ryman they removed a six-foot circle of hardwood from the Ryman and placed it center stage at the Opry House. 

  The city soon drew the attention from many genres of music giving into the nickname Music City — acquired before the County Music scene.

but it was Country Music and The Grand Ole Opry that solidified the name.

   What started out as WSM radio’s Grand Ole

Opry, it first broadcast on Oct. 5, 1925 from the

fifth floor of the National Life and Accident Insurance company, powered by a 1,000-watt transmitter, according to Tennessean archives. 

   The station's power was increased to 5,000 watts in 1927 and to 50,000 watts in November 1932.

  Today, The Grand Ole Opry is a live entertainment phenomenon and has been called the “home of American music” and “country’s most famous stage.”

   America looks forward to the launch of The Circle Network and weekly Live broadcasts of the Grand Ol' Opry.

 Stay "in the circle" to see what's next for The Grand Ol' Opry — coming soon to a TV screen near you.

"Bachelor" contestant Lauren Bushnell and Country's Chris Lane tie the knot

    2019 Oct 26 — Lauren Bushnell has given out her final rose! "The Bachelor" alum married country singer Chris Lane on Oct. 25, 2019, following their whirlwind romance of about a year.

   People Magazine reports the newlyweds tied the knot in Nashville with 160 of their friends and family members in attendance.

  The couple went public with their relationship less than a year ago, moved in together in March, got engaged in June, and are now husband and wife.

   According to People, the two wed in Nashville, TN in front of 160 family members and friends in an indoor "secret garden"-themed ceremony.

   They first met in 2015 as friends at an event in Austin, Texas, and after reconnecting in 2018 couldn't stop thinking about each other.

   Lane proposed at Bushnell's family's home in Oregon while celebrating Father's Day. He started to play a romantic song called "Big, Big Plans" that he wrote for the special occasion — and in the lyrics, he asked Bushnell to marry him.

   Lane presented her with a 3.5-carat emerald-cut solitaire diamond on a pave band. They had gone ring shopping a few months prior just for fun and Bushnell confessed that design was her favorite.

  In August, the 29-year-old blonde beauty captioned a sweet Instagram caption that said, “You’ll be the best dad,” on a photo that showed Chris, 34, holding a young fan’s hand on stage during a show.

   Bushnell gushed about her new husband. “I feel like the luckiest girl,” the 29-year-old said. “We both recognize what we have is special, and we feel very lucky”

Stevens, Bradley and Brooks & Dunn inducted in the Hall of Fame 

  Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 21, 2019 — On Sunday, October 20, the Country Music Hall of Fame welcomed new members Jerry Bradley, Brooks & Dunn, and Ray Stevens by emphasizing the unconventional paths they took to country music’s greatest honor.

  “Nobody chooses to be up here,” Stevens said. “We can dream about it, but we can’t plan on it. We can’t choose it. We have to be chosen. And let me say how sweet it is to be chosen to be here tonight.”

  Fittingly, a diverse lineup of talent celebrated the induction of these markedly different inductees during a three-hour Medallion Ceremony in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Hall of Fame members Ralph Emery, Reba McEntire, Ricky Skaggs, and Bud Wendell participated in honoring the inductees. They were joined by Keith Bilbrey, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, comedian James Gregory, the McCrary Sisters, Old Crow Medicine Show (with Molly Tuttle and Jerry Pentecost), Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood, and Yola all joined in as surprise guests performing hit songs associated with each new Hall of Fame member.

  Considered country music’s most prestigious event, the Medallion Ceremony celebrates the moment when inductees officially become members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The ceremony accentuates the special talents and achievements that have made each new member deserving of country music’s highest honor. Produced by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the program includes emotional speeches, musical tributes by surprise guests, and video biographies created by museum staff. The videos feature rare recorded performances, televised interviews, and historic photos culled from materials collected, stored, and digitized in the museum’s Frist Library and Archive.

  The standing-room-only audience included Hall of Fame members to welcome new inductees to their exclusive club. On Sunday, in addition to Emery, McEntire, Skaggs, and Wendell, the Hall of Famers in attendance included Randy Owen of Alabama; Bill Anderson; Garth Brooks; Charlie Daniels; Charlie McCoy; Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys; Charley Pride; Don Schlitz; Connie Smith; and Randy Travis.

  To recognize the Hall of Fame members who had died since the last Medallion Ceremony, the audience observed a moment of silence in memory of Harold Bradley, Maxine Brown of the Browns, Roy Clark, Fred Foster, and Mac Wiseman.

  The Medallion All-Star Band, led by musical director Biff Watson on acoustic guitar, included Eddie Bayers Jr. on drums, Bruce Bouton on pedal steel guitar, Brent Mason on electric guitar, Alison Prestwood on electric bass, Deanie Richardson on fiddle and mandolin, and Mike Rojas on keyboards. Thom Flora, Tania Hancheroff, and Carmella Ramsey sang harmony vocals.

RAY STEVENS

  Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, emphasized Stevens’s talents as an arranger, multi-instrumentalist, music publisher, record producer, singer, and songwriter of songs both heart-tugging (“Everything Is Beautiful”) and comic (“The Mississippi Squirrel Revival”).

  In honoring Stevens, who was elected in the veterans category, Young cited a quote by longtime Warner Bros. executive Martha Sharp: “I was fascinated to see anybody that talented. I was blown away by Ray Stevens and what he could do. He did everything.”

  Stevens’s musical tribute began with Skaggs performing “Misty,” highlighting  Stevens’s transformation of a pop ballad into an up-tempo romp that mixed bluegrass instruments with bass, drums, electric guitar, piano, and harmony vocals. Bilbrey partnered with Gregory to bring Stevens’s witty crossover hit “The Streak” to life. Bilbrey filled the role of the interviewer, and Gregory played the flustered fellow who keeps encountering a streaker and repeatedly admonishes his wife Ethel not to look—but she always does.

  The segment ended with the McCrary Sisters turning “Everything Is Beautiful” into a testifying, roof-raising vocal workout. In a serendipitous turn, as young children, Ann, Deborah, and Regina McCrary were members of the children’s chorus on Stevens’s original recording in 1970.

Emery inducted Stevens. In his speech, Emery talked of lobbying other Hall of Fame members to vote for Stevens and proudly welcomed his friend, saying, “He is really overdue for the award we are going to give him this evening.”

  Stevens reiterated that many friends articulated the same viewpoint. “They’d come up to me and say, ‘Well, it’s about time,’” Stevens said in accepting the honor. “I’d say, ‘Anytime is a good time to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.’”

  As might be expected, Stevens slid some humor into his speech. “You know, I’ve been thinking about that,” he said. “If you guys had got me in here a little sooner, I could have upped my price for booking dates.”

JERRY BRADLEY

  Inducted in the non-performer category, Bradley listened as Young said Bradley grew up as Music City royalty, because his father and uncle are considered architects of the Nashville music community. But Jerry Bradley emerged from the shadow of his father, Owen Bradley, and his uncle, Harold Bradley, both of whom are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“He established himself as a force in country music,” Young said, “not through bloodline, but through action and invention.”

  Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt, who recorded several hit duets in the 1990s, began the musical tribute to Bradley by joining forces on “Good Hearted Woman,” originally recorded by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Bradley masterminded the Jennings–Nelson duet, splicing together old studio recordings of the two Hall of Fame members. Bradley added an applause track so it sounded like a live recording, and made the patchwork recording the centerpiece of Wanted! 

  The Outlaws, the first country music album to receive platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying more than a million in sales.

British singer Yola, who grew up idolizing Dolly Parton, performed Parton’s classic “Jolene,” adding soulful shouts and growls to her rousing performance. Bradley presided over RCA Records when Parton’s career evolved from country star to international celebrity. Old Crow Medicine Show, with guests Molly Tuttle on acoustic guitar and Jerry Pentecost on drums, provided a spirited take on the Alabama hit “Dixieland Delight.”   Bradley signed Alabama to their first major recording contract and guided the early years of the band’s Hall of Fame career.

 “[Bradley] has been a great force for country music and for Nashville,” said Bud Wendell, who inducted Bradley. “He’s a great leader, and it takes a great leader to achieve the things he has accomplished.”

 Bradley, in his acceptance speech, said, “This business has given me a wonderful life. I’m grateful for the people I met, the songs I heard, and the part I played.”

BROOKS & DUNN

In detailing the careers of Brooks & Dunn, this year’s modern era inductees, Young recalled that the two men had pursued individual solo careers for more than a decade before reluctantly agreeing to form a duo. Arista Records executive Tim DuBois surprised them with the offer of a record deal on the condition that they work as a duo. They agreed, but both thought the unexpected partnership would be short-lived. Even after piling up #1 hits, platinum records, and industry awards, they kept expecting to fall from grace.

In his comments, Young quoted Brooks as the singer recalled his skepticism about forming a duo. “The chances of this thing lasting were just not very good,” Brooks has said. “I mean, we just looked at each other, and what was going on, and at all the potential conflicts . . . It was like, ‘I don’t see a lot of longevity here.’”

Young added: “We can all happily agree that Kix was wrong.”

John and T.J. Osborne, known as Brothers Osborne, opened the musical tribute with a reverent take on “Brand New Man.” Luke Bryan convincingly expressed the subtle emotions of the nostalgic narrative “Red Dirt Road.” Trisha Yearwood delivered an incredibly powerful, nuanced take on “Believe” that brought everyone to their feet

Tanya Tucker wows fans with new album and documentary

 Sept 2019 —  The singer-songwriter has been performing since she was 13-years-old, as she splashed onto the country music scene in 1972 with her hit song “Delta Dawn.”

   Producer Billy Sherrill wanted to keep her age a secret but that would be short lived with the success of "Delta Dawn" landing Tanya Tucker on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine. It bolted the Texas genius into superstardom 

and remains her most recognizable song.

   A young Tanya was described as a rebel, 'Annie Oakley' type with a sultry deliverance. Truth is that description still fits the sassy iconic star today. Though her fashion may evolve over the years her music remains classic and bold. 

   With a career spanning four decades, the singer rightly deserves her place among country music greats in Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. Her fans continue to be amazed and impressed as she wows them with her new tell-all album and documentary.

   Its no secret that Tucker has lived a very complicated life and and she actually stopped recording for a long time. Shooter Jennings, son of Waylon Jennings, had been trying to persuade Tucker to return to the studio, and he found an ally in three-time Grammy award winning artist Brandi Carlile. 

    17 years after the release of her last record, the pair convinces the 60-year-old living legend to return to the mic. By spring of this year, she began sharing plans for the new project.

 The result is a spectacular tell-all album titled WHILE I'M LIVIN'. The experience has pushed her forward with a renewed 

artistic vision — full of wisdom and wit.

   In conjunction with the new album, Carlile simultaneously executive produced a musical biography/documentary about the life of Tanya Tucker called "Delta Dawn Then and Now: The Return of Tanya Tucker."

   The singer released some footage from the upcoming documentary that shows the first time she met Carlile. No release date yet.  

In June, for the first time since 2002, Tanya Tucker shared the first single "The Wheels of Laredo," ahead of the full album's release.  A light acoustic guitar accompanies her, while an organ plays quietly in the background with gospel choir-style harmonies. Written by Carlile and her longtime co-writers Tim and Phil Hanseroth, the trio wrote seven of the ten tracks

on the album. The songs were written specifically for Tucker and included details and references to her childhood, her family and her overwhelming love of horses. In fact the album has created a lot

of buzz, not just for the music or the famous producers but the album’s cover featuring Tucker riding her horse

in a Lone Ranger "Hi ho, Silver!Away!" 

position. 

   The albums first song,

"Mustang Ridge," she

sings, "A woman's life

ain't just a list of the worst things she has done/I leave you now with a heart of stone/Sometimes the past is hard to outrun."

   The project also features a small selection of covers, the most eye-catching is Tucker's rendition of "The House That Built Me," — originally recorded by Miranda Lambert.

   Always challenged by the standards of how women in country music were supposed to look

and act, Tucker continues to push the boundaries

of blazing a trail for other female artists.

   In addition to "Delta Dawn," the singer garners 15 No. 1 hits including 41 top 10 hits, and 23 top 40 albums. Nominated nine times for a Grammy, the CMA and ACM winning artist was awarded the 2016 ACM Pioneer Award for her over 50 years of success in her longstanding notable career in country music.

"Bring My Flowers Now" off Tanya Tucker's new album, "While I'm Livin"    —  produced by Brandi Carlile and Shooter Jennings.  
Ken Burns explores the Fascinating History of Country Music

    Airing September 15 on PBS, the eight-part, 16-hour series film titled Country Music is a joyful celebration of a uniquely American genre. It is directed and produced by Ken Burns; written and produced by Dayton Duncan; and produced by Julie Dunfey.

   Kicking off the series, a concert called “Country Music: Live at the Ryman” will celebrate the film with performances and appearances by Dierks Bentley, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea, Marty Stuart, Dwight Yoakam and more.

   The series will repeat randomly on PBS.org. Check your local listing for time and dates.

   The film explores the history of the uniquely Americana art form known as country music. From its deep roots in ballads, blues and hymns performed in small settings, to its worldwide popularity, explore how country music evolved over the course of the 20th century, as it eventually emerged to become “America’s music.”

   The film is sure redefine what people think about country music and delight most of us in sharing in the depth of country western music that we have loved and lived.

   Country Music features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. The film explores questions such as “What is country music?” and “Where did it come from?“ while focusing on the biographies of the fascinating characters who created and shaped it — from the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills to Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Garth Brooks and many more — as well as the times in which they lived. Much like the music itself, the film tells unforgettable stories of hardships and joys shared by everyday people.

   No one has told the story this way before.

   Ken Burns does one of his signature deep dives into the origins, history, and colorful personalities of country music.

   Burns painstakingly examines the evolution of country music through the work of artists like the Carter Family and Hank Williams.   

   “At the heart of every great country music song is a story,” he says. “As the songwriter

Harlan Howard said, ‘it’s three chords and the truth.’

  Country artist Rhiannon Giddens appears in the documentary and is interviewed in the film.

   She tells Woman's Day: "It's not as easy as saying it's the European fiddle meets the African banjo. That's true up until a point, but it's actually where these people interacted with each other to create this new American idiom that has heavy elements of everything in it."   

Additionally, the film explores the origin of those classic country music sounds so familiar to us today.

   The genre takes inspiration from other cultures, borrowing sounds from Irish, Scottish, and African music. 

 

The film reminds us of

country’s unique ability to bring people together, whether at early barn dances or the down-home Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. “People connect through music faster than any other thing," Giddens adds. "Somebody hums a tune, the other person hums a tune, and you’re in.”

   Another major focus of the film: the women who gave country their own brand of emotional resonance, like Virginia’s own — Patsy Cline, with her achingly lovely voice, to the beloved icon of the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee — Dolly Parton.

   “Whether it’s the sisterhood that runs across generations or the topics the songs cover, women and their stories have always been an essential part of country music,” says Burns. 

   Though the documentary premieres September 15, the soundtrack — which showcases music from artists highlighted in the film, including Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, and Willie Nelson are in stores now. With more than 80 songs written and performed by America's favorite country legends, the five-disc boxset is a great way to prep for the long-awaited film

50th Anniversary of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" 

 (September 11, 2019) — Country music star Buddy Jewell is set to debut his stirring version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" on the 50th Anniversary of the original release of the famed song.

   Written by Robbie Robinson and released by The Band in 1969, Jewell will perform his rendition on his weekly Facebook Live show called Tuesday's Tune on Tuesday, September 17, 2019  at 6 p.m. Central/7 p.m. Eastern.\

   Jewell's version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" is a part of a new full length bluegrass CD in the making titled Bluebonnet Highway produced by renowned Nashville musician, vocalist and producer Mitchell Brown. The new project includes a collection of tunes from legends like Ed Bruce and Lester Flatt to Buddy Jewell's originals and is set for an early 2020 release. 

   Buddy Jewell burst onto the country music scene after winning the inaugural season of the USA Network’s hit television series “Nashville Star.”

   After Buddy’s win, Columbia Records released his self-titled debut album Buddy Jewell which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts as well as #13 on the Top 100 Pop Album Charts. The album was certified Gold later that same year,

selling over ½ million copies. Buddy’s first two singles, “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour

Out the Rain (Lacey’s Song)” both landed in the Top 5 on the singles chart. Jewell has since followed up with six more albums: Times Like These, Country Enough, I Surrender All, Wanted: LIVE, My Father’s Country and Shine On.

www.buddyjewell.com

Ned LeDoux is carrying on a family tradition with Next In Line.

Ned LeDoux’s music has the kind of power to take the listener to a place they’d rather be, and his compelling songs can carry someone back in time to a treasured memory, or transport a person to a spectacular western prairie they’ve only visited in their dreams. 

   Such is the case on LeDoux’s sophomore collection of 13 songs called  Next In Line, produced by Mac McAnally and due out November 8, 2019.

   “I’m writing my own story and if people take a liking to it, that’s wonderful,” says LeDoux of the new album. “As long as I’m writing from the heart, and writing about what I know, I can definitely listen back to it and be proud.”

   LeDoux has good reason to be proud of  Next In Line . It’s populated with songs that reflect his roots and honor the hard-working characters who have influenced his life; like his grandfather, Bud Rhoads, who he tips his cowboy hat to with the earnest tribute “Worth It.”

   He celebrates his brother Beau on the upbeat “A Cowboy is All” and he closes the album by putting his own spin on his famous father, Chris LeDoux’s “Homegrown Western Saturday Night.”

   His first single, “Old Fashioned,” is a nod to his

roots and is available to radio now.

    “This song pretty much describes where I came from and the lessons I learned growing up that I still carry on to this day,” he says

   On his second full-length album, LeDoux again delivers songs that transcend mere entertainment to celebrate a life that many aspire to, but few actually live.

   Like his father, LeDoux’s music is as expansive as the western sky he was raised under and celebrates the ranch lifestyle that is such an integral part of his heritage.

   There’s an authenticity to his songs that brings our nation’s beloved western culture to life, even for listener’s who’ve never ventured onto the Great Plains.

   Ned LeDoux is carrying on the family tradition, but he’s also charting his own course, and Next In Line  is the latest step on that journey.

   “I hope I inspire people to never forget where you came from,” he says. "Hey this old cowboy isn’t changing for nobody. I want people to know they should never give up on a dream. There’s always time. Just keep on going”

 

www.NedLeDoux.com

Next In Line

Track Listing

1. Old Fashioned (Ned LeDoux/Mac McAnally)

2. Worth It (Ned LeDoux/Mac McAnally)

3. Dance With Your Spurs On (Ned LeDoux/Corb Lund)

4. Next In Line (Ned LeDoux/Mac McAnally/Terry Moylan)

5. A Cowboy Is All (Ned LeDoux)

6. Where You Belong (Ned LeDoux)

7. Travel Alone (Ned LeDoux)

8. Path of Broken Dreams (Ned LeDoux)

9. Just A Little Bit Better (feat. Mac McAnally) (Mac McAnally/Chris Stapleton)

10. Almost Saturday Night (John Fogerty)

11. Great Plains (Ned LeDoux/Mark Sissel)

12. Chris LeDoux Intro (Chris LeDoux)

13. Homegrown Western Saturday Night (Chris LeDoux)

TOUR DATES
9/14 - Post Falls, ID – Nashville North
9/19 – Fremont, CA – The Saddle Rack
9/20 – Chico, CA – The Tackle Box
9/21 – Willits, CA – Willits Frontier Days
10/3 – Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
10/5 – Scotts Bluff, NE – Midwest Theater
12/5+6 – Las Vegas, NV – Silverton Hotel & Casino
1/25/2020 – Denver, CO – The Grizzly Rose
1/29 - 2/1 - Elko, NV - Western Folklife Center
Marie Osmond replaces Sara Gilbert at the CBS Talk table

   The Talk is bringing Marie Osmond to the table.

   Marie Osmond, the little bit Country half of the Donny & Marie show has joined the CBS daytime show for its tenth season, following the departure of host and creator Sara Gilbert.

   Osmond has been a guest co-host on the show numerous times, most recently in March. 

   "If you've seen Marie Osmond guest host on The Talk over the past nine seasons, you know she's the perfect addition to the show," Angelica McDaniel, executive vice-president of daytime programs for CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution

    "Marie's impressive career accomplishments have endeared her to fans throughout the decades. Her willingness to be authentic and share personal triumphs and struggles with honesty in the hopes of helping others always resonates. I'm excited to kick off season 10 with the multi-talented, dynamic Marie at The Talk table." She adds.

   Gilbert announced in April that she would be leaving The Talk, saying she felt "out of balance" working on both the daytime show and ABC's The Conners, on which she stars and executive produces. Between those two commitments and developing other projects, Gilbert said, she needed more time for her family and herself. 

  Osmond will be the second new co-host to join The Talk in the past year. After Julie Chen left the show in September following the ouster of her husband, Les Moonves, as chairman of CBS, Carrie Ann Inaba joined the show full-time. (Like Osmond, she had been a frequent guest host.) Eve, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl

Underwood also host.

  Donny and Marie, who have been performing together since the 1970s, will continue their long-running Las Vegas residency that is scheduled to close in November. 

“We may be bringing our Donny & Marie Vegas residency to a close, but it’s not the end of Donny and Marie,” the 61-year-old rocker wrote on Instagram. Marie and I are looking forward to this new chapter and the adventures ahead. Making the decision to work on our own projects for a while is never easy, especially when you’ve got a business partner as great as mine.”

    Marie is excited about her new position.

    "It is such a joy for me to be joining The Talk," said Osmond. "After guest co-hosting and appearing as a guest on the show throughout the years, I am thrilled to now call this my day job. I look forward to working with Sharon, Sheryl, Eve and Carrie Ann, who are such smart, strong, talented women whom I immensely respect. I cannot wait to share this exciting new chapter with the viewers and the CBS family"

Michelle Wright kicks off holiday season with concert tour

   As one of Canada's most popular and celebrated recording artists, Michelle Wright will kick off the Holiday Season with a Christmas tour.

    From carols to your favorite holiday classics, Wright's renowned show is exactly what you need to get you in the spirit for the holiday season!

   Since her 1988 debut CD on Savannah Records, Do Right By Me, Wright has been drawing rave reviews for her expressive voice and her distinctive style. She has earned twenty-five Top Ten radio hits, more than forty major awards and millions in record sales.

   She is the first Canadian‐born artist in the modern era of country music to have a Top Ten hit in America ("Take It Like A Man," 1992) and a Number One video on CMT‐USA ("Take It Like A Man," 1992), and to win a major U.S. music industry award (Academy of Country Music Top New Female Artist, 1993). In 2011, she was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame

For more information:

 www.michelle-wright.com

Tour Dates:

Dec. 3, Brantford, ON — Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts

Dec. 4, Wingham, ON — Wingham Townhall Theatre

Dec. 5, Collingwood, ON — The Historic Gayety Theatre

Dec. 6, Parry Sound, ON — Charles W. Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts

Dec. 7, Lindsay, ON — The Academy Theatre

Kacey Musgraves receives 2019 CMA International Artist Achievement Award 

   The Country Music Association awarded Kacey Musgraves with the 2019 CMA International Artist Achievement Award, surprising her backstage prior to her performance at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by a United States-based artist who has demonstrated the most significant creative growth, development and promotion of the Country Music industry outside of the United States during the eligibility period. 
   Since her first visit to the U.K. in 2012, Musgraves has developed an international touring base, headlining C2C: Country to Country festival in 2018 and becoming the first Country artist to perform at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan before launching her own international headline tour in Oslo last fall, which included a performance at London’s Wembley Arena.

This marks the second time Musgraves has received the CM

in 2016. 
   “Thank you so much to the CMA for honoring me with the International Artist Achievement Award. I absolutely love experiencing new cultures and playing overseas,” said Musgraves.  
   “Kacey has made touring internationally a huge priority throughout her career,” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “We’ve witnessed the international fanbase for Country Music expand immensely and we applaud Kacey for her continued engagement to reach Country fans around the globe.  

Kacey Musgraves is surprised with the 2019 CMA International Artist Achievement Award backstage before her performance at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 27.

(L – R): Leslie Cohea, Sandbox Entertainment; Jason Owen, Sandbox Entertainment; Milly Olykan, CMA Vice President, International Relations and Development; Kacey Musgraves; Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer; Samantha Borenstein, Sandbox Entertainment.                                                                                                                               Photo credit: Catherine Powell

Exile Added to 2020 Country Music Cruise 7th Anniversary Cruise

(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – May 20, 2019 – Kentucky Music Hall of Fame members Exile have been added to an already incredible lineup for The 2020 Country Music Cruise, departing Ft. Lauderdale on January 25, 2020 and making stops in beautiful St. Maarten, San Juan and Half Moon Cay Bahamas before returning on February 1. Larry The Cable Guy, Alabama’s Randy Owen, Tracy Lawrence, The Oak Ridge Boys, Pam Tillis, Larry, Steve & Rudy – The Gatlin Brothers and many others will entertain guests on the 7th annual Country Music Party At Sea, which is already over 80% sold out. Those wishing to book a cabin are encouraged to visit www.countrymusiccruise.com.

 

Cruise Host Lorianne Crook returns, and Moe Bandy, Johnny Lee, T. Graham Brown, David Frizzell, John Berry, Ben & Noel Haggard, Wade Hayes, Tony Jackson, Linda Davis & The Scott Family, Chuck Mead and His Grassy Knoll Boys, Karen Hester – A Tribute To Dolly, Grand Ole Opry At Sea, Elvis Tribute Artists and more are set to entertain guests aboard Holland America’s stunning Signature class ship the Nieuw Amsterdam.

 

This marks Exile’s 56th year as America’s longest running band. On September 30, 1978, the award-winning group skyrocketed to world-wide fame with their multi-week chart-topper “Kiss You All Over.” The single made Billboard’s Year End Hot 100 Singles of 1978 (Top 5) and later placed in the trade’s The 50 Sexiest Songs of All Time (Top 10) category. 

 

During their run on the country charts, Exile scored 10 number one singles including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory,” “Give Me One More Chance” and “She’s A Miracle.” In addition to writing their own songs and playing on all their recordings, they composed hits for other artists such as Alabama, Restless Heart, Huey Lewis, Diamond Rio and many more. The five original Exile members re-formed in 2008 with J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman. The band recently released their latest project Hits, which contains 11 number one hits spanning three decades and four additional Top 10s.

 

The Country Music Cruise has sold out each of its first six years, and 2020 cabins are moving at a sell-out pace. Guests are encouraged to make reservations soon to ensure the best choice in cabins by visiting www.countrymusiccruise.com or calling toll-free 866-476-2879.

 

Country Music Cruise guests have unprecedented opportunities to meet and mingle with the stars aboard what has been called the ultimate country music party. In addition to more than 50 live performances on seven stages, cruisers can socialize with their favorite artists at theme nights, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, jam sessions, meet and greets, autograph sessions and more. The non-stop entertainment also includes Country karaoke, Gospel Hour, line dancing and costume contests.

 

Fares for the 2020 Country Music Cruise include mainstage concerts, daily activities, gourmet meals and so much more. To book a cabin, call toll-free 866-476-2879 or visit www.countrymusiccruise.com.  

Florida Georgia Line donates K-9 to police department

  Country group Florida Georgia Line honored police before they took the stage in Indianapolis and presented them with a special gift —they donated a new K-9 to the Indianapolis Police Department.

   FGL gifted the dog ahead of its performance the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for FGL Fest, — one of the highlights of the Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard.

   Brian Kelley, one part of the duo Florida Georgia Line, and his wife first met the German Shepherd when the pup was just 10 weeks old and wanted to adopt it and have the dog trained by Mike Sweeney, according to the band’s publicist, Sweet Talk PR. 

  They soon realized Sarge had special talents and would make a strong police dog.

We Love this!!!!

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   It turns out the Kelleys were right.

   IMPD says the the K-9 is a male German Shepherd, and gave him the name Sarge.

Sarge’s responsibility will be explosives detecting once his training is done.

   “Thank you, Florida Georgia Line for IMPD’s newest K9 partner! #WeAreIMPD,” police posted on Facebook along with an image of the band with the dog.

   “We are so excited that Sarge will live a life of keeping people and his officers safe,” Brian and Brittney Kelley said in a joint statement.

   “Being able to give back is something in our hearts and last night in Indianapolis was a moment we won’t forget”

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