Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Legend Ray Price Recovering from surgery

Country legend Ray Price was recently hospitalized for surgery. During the last 3 months Ray was losing weight and doctors thought he was suffering from exhaustion. On Monday, June 22, 2009, Ray was admitted to the hospital for routine medical tests. The results of a colonoscopy revealed a large number of polyps in Pre cancerous stage - requiring immediate surgical removal.
Surgery was completed on Tuesday, June 23rd and doctors state the operation was a complete success.
Today, Ray's wife Janie who has been by his side throughout the process, reports that Ray is making a slow, steady recovery with family and friends around him.
Ray is alert and wishes to thank everyone across the country who have held him and Janie up in their prayers and to let you all know he will be back on the road in a few weeks. Ray wants to thank everyone for all of the love, prayers and consideration.

NOT dating Kid Rock...

Not that anyone has to tell you this BUT.....Print publications are in trouble these days...some more than others...SOME will write just about anything...They don't want to get sued so they don't go too far...BUT to lie and say someone is dating is not a suing offense..SO you see a lot of that...Talking about a dead person is a tough one to sue about too....AKA Jackson false autopsies etc....With that said....
Kellie Pickler is NOT dating Kid Rock......publicist wanted to ignore story but felt like they had to get the facts out and good for them! So be careful who you get your news from!!!!

Kix and Ronnie and thennn someee

Nashville, TN – With more than 30 million albums sold, superstar duo Brooks and Dunn has amassed dozens of chart hits, and fans can look for their favorites with the September 8 release of the duo’s #1s … and then some. True to its title, the 30-song, double-disc collection will feature classic hits and chart-toppers and two new tracks, including the duo’s current smash, “Indian Summer.”

The most comprehensive collection to date for Brooks & Dunn fans, #1s … and then some spans a whopping 23 singles to hit the top of the country airplay charts over the past 18 years, from such early classics as “Neon Moon” and “That Ain’t No Way to Go” to their anthemic “Only in America,” “Red Dirt Road,” “Play Something Country,” and much more, including their ACM and CMA Song of the Year winner, “Believe.”

Among the hits, #1s … and then some will also feature two smash collaborations with Reba McEntire: the chart-topping “If You See Him/If You See Her” and the recent blockbuster, “Cowgirls Don’t Cry” – previously available only as a digital single.

Pending final sequence, a complete track listing is as follows:

A Man This Lonely

Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You


Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Brand New Man

Cowgirls Don’t Cry (featuring Reba McEntire)

He’s Got You

Hillbilly Deluxe

Honky Tonk Stomp *

How Long Gone

Husbands and Wives

I Am That Man

If You See Him/If You See Her (with Reba McEntire)

Indian Summer *

It’s Getting Better All the Time

Little Miss Honky Tonk

Lost and Found

My Maria

My Next Broken Heart

Neon Moon

Only in America

Play Something Country

Red Dirt Road

Rock My World (Little Country Girl)

She Used to Be Mine

She’s Not the Cheatin’ Kind

That Ain’t No Way to Go

The Long Goodbye

We’ll Burn That Bridge

You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone

(* new songs)

Terri's Clark's Personal Mission

Nashville: When Terri Clark got the news three years ago that her mother Linda was struggling against cancer, she knew it was going to change her life. What the record-breaking Canadian Country Music Association's longest-running Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year didn't realize was that her mother's battle was going to impact her music.

But in typical Terri Clark fashion, watching her mother fight - and push back against the deadly disease - was a lesson that inspired her beyond personal heroism. From her mother's courage, Clark emerged knowing she couldn't follow fashion, but needed to be true to the kind of music that originally lured a fresh out of high school beauty with big dreams of Reba, the Judds and Loretta Lynn to what was then the Lower Broadway combat zone for an afternoon shift of playing requests for tips at Tootsies.

“When you see someone fighting as hard as my Mom was, it strikes you the things that matter,” Clark explains. “To her, life was everything. It was about personal integrity, her family, the things she loved about living… and I realized I couldn't make my music for any less. My fans deserved that from me, especially after the stories they tell me about things my music's gotten them through over the years.”

So, Terri Clark did the unthinkable. She asked Joe Galante to release her from her Sony/BMG contract. Not because it wasn't a good place to be, but because Terri Clark needed a different path.

“Joe was unbelievably gracious,” Clark offers. “I think he understood that this record I needed to make needed to be more… more personal, more country, more raw… He is an incredible artist guy, in that he knew where I was and needed, and he didn't hold me to (my contract).”

With her release in hand, Clark set out to create an album that was her essential self. Culling some of Nashville's very best musicians, the dark-haired songwriter decamped at Sound Emporium for a series of triples (3 hour recording sessions stacked on top of each other) and create d
The Long Way Home, an album due in September that celebrates her raucous side, real country edge, introspection and especially the full-flung vocals that have always marked her songs of good timing, strength and loss.

“I really tried to 'cast' these sessions,” Clark begins. “I needed a certain kind of burn from the guitars - so that's Kenny Greenburg… I needed a honky tonk, and then a steamy, but also a spiritual kind of keyboard on there - so that was John Hobbs… I tried to think about what these songs called for, and once I got the players, I wanted them to be able to really create, really dig inside and feel what was going on. So many of them have recorded with me over the years, so I trusted they'd know where to go.”

Indeed, they did. With a definite sense of joy and passion, the 11 songs on
The Long Way Home have punch, pathos and the super-sized heart that has defined Terri Clark's kind of country from the beginning. Producing herself, Clark found an even deeper sense of her music - and that shows on a collection where she wrote her life, struggles and seeking and offers it up in its most full-tilt form

Larry the Cable Guy has a 4th of July Blast

Jack Records/Warner Bros. Records Comedian Larry the Cable Guy will release his first 4th Of July Special, Tailgate Party, digitally on the holiday. The digital download package will be distributed exclusively by Basecamp Productions and will be available at http://live.larrythecableguy.com. The special was taped during a unique performance at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE on Independence Day in support of Husker Fans on the UNL Campus. Larry's appearance was in conjunction with The City Of Lincoln's 2-day event, "Uncle Sam Jam."

While the football stadium and field were generally not used for non-athletic events of this kind, the Athletic Department sponsored the show as a way for Larry the Cable Guy and Athletics to thank Husker fans for their support.

Prior to the taping, Larry The Cable Guy said, "I am looking forward to the Fourth of July show at the stadium. It's a dream come true for me as I spent every football season since I was a little kid in Pawnee city listening to games coming from that field."

Larry continued, "I'd much rather be playing linebacker but since I'm a chubby middle aged man that runs the 40 in 37 seconds and pull a muscle every time I put on my socks, I'll have to stick to telling jokes on the field. I'm very honored that the university has given me permission to tape my Comedy Central special there and also excited to give my fans a show for 4 bucks. I love my home state and am very grateful for the opportunity to perform for them on this special night. Thanks to my fans for making this a possibility. Go Huskers!"

In partnership with Basecamp Productions, a digital distribution company, the special will be available for only $10.00. The high-quality recording will be DRM-Free and encoded as 256K MP3's.

For additional information on Larry The Cable Guy, please visit www.larrythecableguy.com

Kris is an ICON!!!!

ASHVILLE, June 30, 2009 – Kris Kristofferson will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. music rights organization’s 57th annual Country Awards, the oldest awards saluting country’s top music makers. Slated for Tuesday, November 10 at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville, the black-tie, invitation-only gala will also celebrate the songwriters of the past year’s most-performed country songs from the extensive BMI catalog.

The Icon designation is given to BMI songwriters and artists who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” Kristofferson, who will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute that evening, joins an elite list of past honorees that includes country music stalwarts Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Charlie Daniels, Loretta Lynn and last year’s honoree Hank Williams, Jr., along with multi-genre nobility like the Bee Gees, Isaac Hayes, Ray Davies, James Brown, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steve Winwood and more.

As often as the monikers are interchanged, “poet” and “songwriter” are not necessarily synonymous—unless, of course, one is referring to Kris Kristofferson. With the penetration of a poet and the humbling grace of a troubadour, Kristofferson built a legendary career most recognized for its versatility, authenticity, and sheer brilliance. He has received 48 BMI Country and Pop Awards for his compositions including “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down,” “Why Me,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Lovin’ Her Was Easier (Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again),” which was also the BMI Country Song of the Year in 1972, “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” which garnered seven BMI Country and four BMI Pop Awards, and “For the Good Times,” which won a BMI Country Award each consecutive year between 1971 and 1979 as well as five BMI Pop Awards between 1970 and 1974. Three Grammys line his shelves. He is a three-time BMI Country Songwriter of the Year, and eight of his compositions have generated substantially more than one million performances. While he wrote most of his masterpieces alone, his co-writers include giants Shel Silverstein, Marijohn Wilkin, and Fred Foster. He has starred in numerous films, including Lone Star, the Blade trilogy, Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, A Star Is Born, for which he garnered the Golden Globe trophy for Best Motion Picture Actor, andSongwriter, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Original Song Score. Along with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash, Kristofferson also formed the Highwaymen. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame, which also honored him with the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award in 2006. Recording now for New West Records, he will release a new album in September of this year. A Rhodes Scholar capable of choosing virtually any path, Kristofferson decided to write songs, and for that, purveyors and lovers of American music are eternally grateful.

Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Nashville Writer/Publisher VP Jody Williams, the 57th Annual Country Awards will recognize the songwriters and publishers of the top BMI country songs played on American radio and television during the previous year. In addition to the Icon presentation, BMI will bestow prestigious honors on the Country Songwriter of the Year, Country Publisher of the Year and Most Performed Country Song of the Year, also known as the Robert J. Burton Award.

Opry legend Still ONE Hot Songwriter

Whisperin' Bill Anderson was having a wonderful vacation before he received a phone call from
Terry Wakefield at Sony/ATV Tree, and then everything turned to OH-MY-GOSH-GREAT!
That's when the songwriting guru found out Sugarland's "Joey" had hit the national country charts
at #50 on Monday and on Tuesday Brad Paisley was releasing a new album containing the cut
"No". Both songs were co-written by Anderson.

"Some of my biggest hits in the past have been songs with only one-word titles," the legendary
writer notes, "so if I'm lucky, maybe I can add a couple more to that list in the near future."

New Tim McGraw Music Ahead

You will have to wait until the air gets cooler in the Fall but Tim McGraw's new cd is called Southern Voice....new single out now is, It's a Business Doing Pleasure With You.....
Tim's got a few big concerts out there in the next few weeks...One at Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose Alberta...
His new fragrance is coming out before the holidays and a new movie too....We hear Tim and Faith are moving as well to another Nashville home...

Monday, June 29, 2009

$38 million and YOU can own AJ's house!

For just $38 million dollars you can live in Alan Jackson's North Williamson County home.
Rick French Jr is the agent...Sweetbrair is the name of the property.
19,000 Square feet..6 bedrooms..7 full and 2 half bathrooms.
More pictures to come...

Chris Young CD #2 comes 9/1/09

Nashville, TN – Excitement over RCA Nashville star Chris Young is as sizzling as the summer temps as the man Country Weekly readers voted “Country’s Hottest Bachelor” has been heating up the radio airwaves everywhere with the irresistible groove of his smash single, “Gettin’ You Home (The Black Dress Song).” And while fans can pick up the digital single now, they can also look forward to more great music, with September 1 announced as the release date for Chris’ sophomore album, The Man I Want to Be.

Helmed by veteran producer James Stroud, The Man I Want to Be delivers a powerhouse showcase for Young’s inviting baritone, whether singing a duet with Willie Nelson on the Waylon Jennings classic “Rose in Paradise,” capturing the essence of brotherly love in “The Dashboard,” or giving voice to the title track, a beautiful Brett James/Tim Nichols-penned plea for a chance at a fresh beginning.

Other highlights include Chris’ soulful, first-take reading on the timeless Brook Benton hit, “Rainy Night in Georgia,” in addition to three songs Young co-wrote, one of which is the playfully sexy “Gettin’ You Home,” which jumps to #25 on the country airplay charts this week.

“Gettin’ You Home” has caught fire on the airwaves, becoming the most-added new song at country radio last week, and the story continues to build, with more new airplay across the country, including such major markets as Chicago, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Portland, and Phoenix.

The sultry groove of “Gettin’ You Home” has also been driving listeners to Chris’ MySpace page (www.myspace.com/chrisyoung), where the song has racked up more than 800,000 plays.

The Man I Want to Be is the follow-up to Chris’ self-titled debut album that launched the smash, “Drinkin’ Me Lonely,” and earned Young the highest selling album debut by any new male country artist in 2006.

For tour dates and more information on Chris, check out www.chrisyoungcountry.com or www.myspace.com/chrisyoung, and click here for high-resolution album cover art for The Man I Want to Be.

Only because...Last MJ shots at rehearsal....

Only because these are very good....The power that be are releasing pictures of the last dress rehearsals..Look like he's doing good which is what director Kenny Ortega said..so what is the truth??????

News folks seem to be backing off on coverage today....but look for it to ramp up on funeral day...night time TV will still be very Michael until interest drops..

Brad's BEST Album to date..Out Tuesday....

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 29, 2009) As the nation is gearing up to celebrate America’s biggest Saturday night of the year on July 4 – Brad Paisley will be taking his American Saturday Night to ABC’s Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series in Central Park and Live! With Regis and Kelly this Friday, July 3. The Good Morning America page of ABC’s website (http://abcnews.go.com/gma) will feature post-performance coverage of Paisley’s appearance, including an exclusive performance not included on the televised portion.

Paisley is currently featured in People magazine answering fans’ questions, cover story in Country Weekly, LA Times entertainment calendar cover feature (6/28), Tennessean feature (6/30), Reader’s Digest August issue cover feature (7/7), and featured on MSN Music (7/1).

American Saturday Night marks the eighth album from the reigning three-time ACM and two-time CMA Male Vocalist winner. In all, Paisley’s albums have launched 14 #1 singles – and the last 10 consecutive – with album sales in excess of 10 million units. The album has already launched Paisley’s recent three-week #1 smash, “Then,” and today radio stations across the country received the album’s second single, “Welcome to the Future.”

Doug Stone recovering from heart surgery....

We don't know much but what we do know is good....Doug Stone had some type of heart surgery recently and is doing better......as soon as we know more it will be passed along...
Here are his scheduled dates:

Tour Dates:

7-17-09Klewenalp Festival 7-17,7-18,7-19Switzerland
7-29-09Public Acoustic ShowTrim, Ireland
7-30-09Public Acoustic ShowCastleblaney, Ireland
8-01-09Country Fest @ Kings HallBelfast, N. Ireland
8-02-09Country Fest @ Kings HallBelfast, N. Ireland
8-08-09FuddfestGleason, WI
9-12-09Plaza Theatre - Public Acoustic ShowGarland, TX
10-9 & 10-10The Quarters
Ruidoso, NM
10-17-09Bear Creek SteakhouseMontpelier,

Funny Man Fred Travalena latest celebrity death....

This is CRAZY...Another celebrity has died...two actually...Fred Travalena and Gale Storm ( Ms. Storm was a sitcom actress in early days of tv. She has 3 stars on the Hollywood walk of fame)
Fred Travelena was a frequent guest on the Carson show and we had him at TNN on various shows in the 90's...

The "Man of a Thousand Faces"; a comic impressionist who appeared numerous times on the Johnny Carson show in the 70's and early 80's, has died at his home in Encino, CA from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 66.

Travalena's death comes the day after famed TV pitchman, Billy Mays, died at the age of 50. Preceding Mays, pop star icons, Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett died last Thursday. Tonight Show sidekick, Ed McMahon, succumbed to multiple health conditions early last week.

Travalena was a fixture on the late-night TV shows in the 70's and 80's. Later in life, he was also a regular guest on David Letterman's CBS show. His television credits began in the 1970s, as a regular performer on The ABC Comedy Hour and the Dean Martin Roasts. He also had several voice credits on cartoons as well as appearances on nationally-broadcast children's programs. Mr. Travelena also made many guest appearances on game shows and dramatic programs in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In the mid-1980s he hosted the game show Anything For Money, a game where contestants attempted to guess how much money it would take an ordinary, unsuspecting person to participate in a silly stunt.

In 2005, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Kimberlie Helton wins West Tn Idol...

The talent shows are going on all over the US for the Colgate Country talent contest. I judged the one in Jackson,Tn this weekend with singer Jeff Bates.
The winner there with the big smile and blondish hair,Kimberlie Helton...She goes on now to the next round soon in South Tennessee...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Elvis funeral was large...MJ will be larger!!

Up to a million mourners from around the world are expected to flock to Los Angeles for Jackson’s funeral.

The memorial service could prove even bigger than that of Elvis Presley or Princess Diana. The Jackson family was said to be considering a private burial followed by a public remembrance ceremony to be televised live to a global audience later this week.

One senior Los Angeles Police chief said: ‘We are preparing for an event of historic proportions. We will be cooperating closely with the family once they have decided where to hold the funeral.’

Hold On for Country Music shaking Bayou Land

A major country music festival has just been confirmed for Memorial Day Weekend 2010, May 29 & 30, at famed LSU Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, organizers of the event announced today. Festival Productions, AEG Live and The Messina Group will bring together some of the biggest names in country music to perform at the inaugural event in Louisiana's capital city.

Tentatively dubbed the Bayou Country Superfest, the mega-event will feature two jammed-packed days of music and much more on the campus of Louisiana State University. The Festival's talent lineup, ticket structure, hotel information and many other details will be released in the fall.

Quint Davis, CEO of FPI-NO, which produces the world-famous New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell, that annually draws hundreds of thousands of music fans, said, "Great, successful festivals combine a unique setting, high-quality entertainment and superior production values. The country superfest in Baton Rouge at Tiger Stadium is a destination event that feels like it was destined to be." Davis added, "Working closely with the Mayor's Office of Baton Rouge, the Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and the LSU Athletic Department, we have laid a strong foundation for this new annual celebration."

Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin L. "Kip" Holden strongly supports the creation of this new major event. "Large festivals not only allow us to market our city and parish nationally and even internationally; they also bring tremendous economic impact," said Holden. "Country Fest will give Baton Rouge a great, family entertainment event, but it will also give visitors another reason to come and enjoy all we have to offer.

Paul Arrigo, president and CEO of the Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau said that Memorial Day Weekend is a perfect time for an annual event to beheld in Baton Rouge, "The festival is being planned for a time when we need business the most as most hotels are available, the universities are on break and many people tend to leave the city." Arrigo encourages Baton Rouge residents to not only support the event, but to invite their out of town friends and family to visit the Capital City for the festival.

Joe Alleva, Athletic Director for LSU noted, "Tiger Stadium is a perfect venue for a major country music festival and we couldn't have asked for a better partner than Quint Davis and Festival Productions, Inc.-New Orleans. This will bring in the largest names in music and will create a great event for all of the LSU community and the entire Baton Rouge area."

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Country USA Oshkosh.....Wild Country ,Good Time

A country music festival with beer,every kind of cheese thing,more beer...the A list of Country stars and camping for days...Country USA,Oshkosh,Wisconsin.......a few pictures...from the campground...some folks have been going since Wednesday....one more night!
Taylor Swift broke opening night records...40 something thousand...and there REALLY were that many people there...traffic jams...etc...The campgrounds are where the actions is!

Late Night with Brad in Oshkosh...

As the cooool Wisconsin night winds blew in, Brad Paisley turned up the heat in Oshkosh at Country USA for the late night crowd. Somewhere North of 35,000..maybe 40,000 they say...Lots of people in that Wisconsin pasture I know that....
Brad's redone his show with a some new songs and some new video to go along with things from the last few years. Plenty of new stuff to keep even the most veteran fan engaged...I laughed out loud at one video he did with a Paisley animated figure flying through the air saving Country Stars in peril. When he saved Kenny Chensey I did laugh....great show as always....Brad plays GMA this week and his tour is just getting underway...look for his new CD Tuesday at the stores or online...American Saturday Night....

On the bus today watching movies....

She's a great gal and if you haven't got Heidi Newfield on your radar you should!
She's not your wimpy girl singer...this girl can wail on the harmonica and on any song you choose..
The former lead of Trick Pony is onthe bus somewhere between Oshkosh,Wisconsin and Colorado today...a travel day...She opened last night for Brad Paisley.
My voice was about out Friday and feeling bad for me took me to the bus for a voice medicine...she is TOOOOO sweet! I've been a cheerleader for her for a long time...I still am....There are just NOT enough Heidi's in the world...

Brad tried to Tweet but EDGE got him..but he tried!

Ok...I'm on the bus with Brad in Oshkosh...He wants to be a good twitter person so I motivate him to TWEET....He warms up the phone...says he is about to go on stage...really going to be Saturday night since the show starts at 11pm! Then he is ready to hit the send.....THENNNNNN ATT Edge network hits and Tweet failed...AHHHHH the moment in lost.....BUT life goes on....ATT is far from a national service with 3g!!!!) ANYWAY...for Bra he wakes up in Cadott,WI for a late show Sat night....heres a note from his peeeeeepppssss

Brad Paisley’s American Saturday Night Arrives on Tuesday!

Album Features Paisley’s Three-Week #1 Smash, “Then,” and Gives Fans Their First Taste of Brad’s New Single, “Welcome to the Future”

Bradpaisley.com Celebrates the Release with Re-Launched Site

Nashville, TN – Saturday night arrives early next week with Tuesday’s release of American Saturday Night, the new album from superstar and three-time GRAMMY winner Brad Paisley. The album has already launched Paisley’s recent three-week #1 smash, “Then,” and on Monday, stations across the country will receive the album’s second single, “Welcome to the Future.” Officially impacting country radio on July 13, “Welcome to the Future” was co-written by Brad and Chris DuBois, and it’s a song that Paisley hails as “my favorite thing I’ve ever written.”

Coinciding with the release of American Saturday Night is a re-launch of Paisley’s website, www.bradpaisley.com, completely rebuilt, with enhanced navigation and features designed to deliver a more exciting experience and increased interactivity with fans.

American Saturday Night marks the eighth album from the reigning three-time ACM and two-time CMA Male Vocalist winner. In all, Paisley’s albums have launched 14 #1 singles – and the last 10 in a row – with album sales in excess of 10 million units, including his 2x-Platinum 2005 ACM and CMA Album of the Year, Time Well Wasted.

Friday, June 26, 2009

On the road in Wisconsin...3 deaths that shook the Country

At Country USA waiting for Brad Paisley....it's Friday afternoon.....so much has happened this week. The deaths of Ed, Farrah and Michael. Three people I have talked interviewed and spent time with. I was surprised by all their deaths but unprepared for Michaels.
There's much to say.....Ed was a veteran and great broadcaster. Farrah was a Texas beauty that the women wanted to copy and the men wanted to be with. Two treasures.... Both very smart and charismatic. Then there's Michael! As I speak,Deepak Chopra is talking about doctors in LA being drug dealers not doctors. This is going to be a HUGE story with a LOT of politics...Drug abuse KILLED Michael Jackson. Wolf Blitzer just blew over some huge charges made by Deepak..Who will come down on the showbiz kwacks??? Big deal..Drug addiction killed MJ says Deepak and Liza and his friends...Demerol injection stopped his heart...Stay tuned..this will be the HEADLINES to come....
on a nicer note:
The Jackson 5 visited Nashville's Municipal Auditorium in 1981 and grabbed this photo opportunity immediately after serenading William Lee Golden of The Oak Ridge Boys and his sons with the Oaks’ then current number-one hit, "Elvira". William Lee Golden and family returned the favor, singing "Happy Birthday" to Michael, who had just turned 23 years old. They presented Michael with a birthday cake immediately after this photo was taken.

"I took my sons to see The Jacksons at the Nashville Arena in late 1981. It was rumored at the time that it would be their last tour together. I love great entertainment and music of all styles and make a point to see the masters. The Jacksons were on the top of their game that night. They were incredible singers and dancers. Michael had an exceptional talent that shown the brightest. Backstage I was able to meet them all. They were very gracious. At that time, Elvira was at the top of the Pop charts and to my surprise they sung Elvira to me and my sons. It was an evening we will never forget. I was amazed to watch him over the years as he accomplished even higher achievements and became one of the world's greatest entertainers.

My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

– William Lee Golden (The Oak Ridge Boys)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Faith fragrance may gross 40 million at retail...

Wow..who needs music when you have perfume...The fragrance business is huge...Tim & Faith know it...Tim's on fragrance #2 and faith has just jumped in....
Women's Wear Daily has a long story about how she created the smell....but it;s the big money..wow...
In the fall Faith Hill the parfum will be availble in 20,000 retail outlets and big money is expected:

industry sources estimated that the scent could do $40 million at retail in its first year on counter and that about $5 million would be spent on advertising and promotion in the launch season, running from September to January 2010.

Hill hopes this scent will be the first in a string of fragrances bearing her name. “This one felt like the best way to begin, but I definitely want to do more scents,” she said, adding that she got several ideas for future projects while in the lab with this one and is currently developing one of them. “First, though, I’m anxious and excited to see what people think of this one.”

Hill had some advance experience in creating a fragrance — her husband, Tim McGraw, launched his eponymous first fragrance late last August, and he gave his wife credit for helping to make it a success. (McGraw’s second fragrance, Southern Blend, is scheduled to be launched at the end of August.) Hill turns the praise right back at him: “It was convenient we live in the same house,” she cracked of her involvement, giving her husband credit for the success of his scent. “Working on his scent and mine — it’s been a great family experience,” she said. “I like doing everything with my husband.” And, she said, she’s keeping busy this summer with her family. “My daughters are teaching me to Hula-hoop. Audrey is seven, and she can do it the longest — I am not kidding, for 15 minutes! It’s cheap entertainment,” she said with a laugh.

Hank Jr shooting new MNF 40th Anniversary Opening.

Tonight in Nashville the second night of shooting for a new Monday Night Football opening... 21st year for Hank Jr...21 years is forever in TV land... here's a good history lesson from USA today
Are you ready for some Hank?
from USA Today
Some critics turned thumbs down after Hank Williams Jr. began opening Monday Night Football telecasts in 1989 with his rowdy musical question: "Are you ready for some football?"
A St. Petersburg Times article asked, "What's with this Hank Williams Jr. opening each and every show with a bunch of apparently semi-soused yahoos yelping in the background?"
That year the Los Angeles Times ranked the "Bottom Ten" lowlights from two decades of Monday Night Football. The "grating theme song ... howled by Hank Williams Jr." was No. 10 — in its rookie year.
Well Hank Jr., who once had a hit called A Country Boy Can Survive, is back for his 14th season with ABC.
Monday Night analysts come and go, but Williams keeps rockin' and rollin'. He'll open Monday night's game: Pittsburgh at New England. And he's taped special lyrics for each of 16 more.

"We had that one spell in '93 they didn't use me (for most of the season) ... and finally they got me back," Williams says by phone from his office in Paris, Tenn. "They told me about the deluge of letters they had. They just said, 'Hey, where's that guy with the hat? Hey, we want that guy back.' "
Hank Jr., 53, whose late father remains a country music giant, made his debut on the Grand Ole Opry at 11. He has had hits such as Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound and Dixie on My Mind. But his six-word question has become an anthem for football passion.
"It's become much more than a song. It's ... part of the lexicon of sports," NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue says.
An Internet search yielded 5,190 hits for the phrase, "Are you ready for some football?" They led to Web sites about video games, party tips, college teams, betting, "adult" materials and more.
"It's got to be the most used lyric not only in sports but in advertising," Williams says.
The July 29 Sports Illustrated cover showed new Monday Night analyst John Madden in a big, soft chair, holding a TV clicker. The headline: "Are You Ready For Some Football?"
ABC star Drew Carey donned shades and a beard à la Williams to make an Are You Ready for Some Screwballs promo for the new comedy season. Williams sings; Carey lip-syncs.
The ABC song, All My Rowdy Friends Are Here for Monday Night, was adapted from Williams' 1984 hit All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.
But how it happened is a twisting tale with moments of inspiration.
In 1985 George Greenberg, now an executive vice president with Fox Sports Net, was in marketing with ABC. He recalls sitting by a pool one day listening to a stack of CDs and looking for a tune to promote the telecast of the United States Football League championship.
"Whoa, what's this?" he thought after hearing Rowdy Friends.
As it turned out, Williams' manager, Merle Kilgore, wasn't interested in a USFL spot, Greenberg says. But he filed the music away. He loved its energy.
Two years later ABC used the song with Monday Night highlights shown only at a meeting of its affiliate stations.
In 1989 ABC was planning a summer ad campaign for the 20th year of Monday Night Football.
Bob Toms, currently vice president for production at ABC Sports, was taking over the marketing, and Greenberg was moving into production. The search was underway for music for the promo.
"George came into my office and said, 'Well, remember two years ago we did Rowdy Friends?' " Toms says. "I said, 'Yeah, but we did that already.' And he said, 'Yeah, but nobody saw it.' "
The idea clicked.
The network went to Williams' manager. Toms says the manager responded, "Hank's an American. He likes the NFL."
Williams was on board.
Adds Toms, "Little did we know Hank Williams Jr. is one of the all-time NFL fans."
Greenberg says he viewed it only as a summer thing. He felt people would tire of it. Then former ABC Sports president Dennis Swanson heard it.
"Swanson looked at me and said, 'I don't care what you think. You put it on the air, and you keep it there. It's got a good hook,' " Greenberg says.
Toms handled making the video and taping the lyrics.
So who wrote the line, "Are you ready for some football?"
Greenberg, who wrote some initial lyrics, says he's "99.9%" sure he did.
Williams' recollection? "I have no idea," he says.
Toms says, "We all collaborated on the song in many ways."
But he says he or Williams came up with the "Are you ready ..." line.
"I honestly don't know if it was me or Hank because we had faxes going back and forth every day with rewritten lines. It could have been Hank. It could have been me. For that matter, it could have come up while we were tracking (taping) the piece, and that might have been the way Hank sang it."
Adds Toms: "At one point Dennis Swanson said, 'Hell, I wrote the line.' I think he was kidding."
Temporary halt
In 1990 Williams won a TV Emmy for his efforts, the first of four Emmys the theme has brought him.
However, ABC dropped Williams for the '93 season and began each show with different performers, including Kiss, Jon Bon Jovi and Def Leppard.
But ABC brought Williams back for the final Monday Night game that season and a playoff game.
"It (the rotation) was very much a success," Greenberg says. "But at the end of the year, Dennis (Swanson) said, 'You know what? Nice campaign, but I miss Hank. Let's bring him back.' "
Of course, nothing is forever, especially on Monday nights."Hank and I have pretty much worked on this on a season-to-season basis," Toms says.
" 'Does Hank still want to do it? Do we still want to open up with Hank.' ... But so far it almost has become an anthem that as long as we keep it fresh, it seems to have a lot of legs."
Williams will attend Monday night's game at New England and perform live at halftime. He's a football fan, and he's made friends in the NFL. Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre is among them. "We talk on the phone when the game is over about hunting," he says.
Says Williams: "It seems like sports and music go together. The jocks want to sing, and the singers want to jock. ... And thank God it never works out that way."

A month ago Gibson Musical Instruments gave Williams a custom-made guitar covered in official NFL football leather (bound with official laces).

So, Hank, are you ready for some football?

"Shoot yeah!" he says. "Let me put it that way: I don't do soccer."

Clinch River Boys in Serious Accident...drunk driver blamed

The bluegrass world is all abuzz about a serious accident involving the band of Ralph Stanley.....James Alan Shelton, guitarist and road manager with Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys,

A speeding drunk driver is blamed for a hit and run accident involving Leslie Brown, Dewey Brown and Nathan Stanley. Dewey and Nathan are members of bluegrass music legend Ralph Stanley’s band, The Clinch Mountain Boys. Here is the story as I know it, from phone conversations I have had with Dewey Brown.

Dewey, Nathan and Dewey’s wife Leslie were all traveling in a Nissan Murano. They were on the way to Dewey’s home in Snow Camp, North Carolina when the accident occurred at about 12:30 am Monday morning June 22. Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys had just gotten in Sunday morning from the festival at Bean Blossom, IN and Nathan was riding home with Dewey to work on songs for a duet album that they were planning to record.

They had stopped for dinner in Abingdon, VA at the home of Leslie’s grandparents and were continuing on to Snow Camp. They were approaching a bridge within about five miles of Dewey’s home when a 23 year old in a Chevy Camaro who was intoxicated hit them from behind at approximately 80 miles an hour. They were knocked into a creek but landed upright in about four feet of water and large rocks.

Dewey suffered a hard blow to the face but suffered no broken bones. According to Dewey, the airbags deployed and probably saved their lives. Nathan and Leslie were airlifted to the hospital at Duke University in Durham. Nathan suffered two broken legs and Leslie had a broken leg and a badly bruised collarbone. Both were in surgery on Monday to repair the broken bones.

Leslie, who is about six weeks pregnant with the couple’s first child, is in a lot of pain because they cannot give her strong medication due to her pregnancy. Although it is too early to tell for certain, Dewey said that Leslie may be released later in the week but he had not been able to see Nathan since they arrived at the hospital. It is not known when he might be released but both seem to be doing as well as could be expected.

Nathan’s mother Tonya and her husband Jason Armes are with Nathan at the hospital. Anyone wanting to send a card can do so at the following addresses:

Dewey and Leslie Brown
6583 Mt. Hermon Rock Creek Rd.
Snow Camp, NC 27349

Nathan Stanley
7455 Dr. Ralph Stanley Highway
Coeburn, VA 24230

According to police reports, the driver of the Camaro, Alejandro Sosa was charged with felony hit and run, DWI (blood alcohol level of 0.14%), speeding and careless and reckless driving.

Please keep Dewey, Leslie and Nathan in your thoughts and prayers.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Arrest in Post Rascal Flatts concert assault...

From WFAA Dallas......

DALLAS — Chancellor Jay Hutcheson, the Plano teen who was wanted in connection with the brutal attack of another young man in the parking lot of a Dallas concert venue, turned himself in to Dallas police on Monday.

Police issued an aggravated assault warrant aginst Hutcheson last week after investigating the June 14 incident outside Superpages.com Center that left 20-year-old Jeffrey "Jake" Fleming in critical condition.

Police said Hutcheson, 18, posted bond after surrendering at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center and was released at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Fleming, who attends UCLA and is a member of the school's tennis squad, remained hospitalized on Monday. Police said the Newport Beach, Calif. resident had been punched in the face with a closed fist and struck his head on the pavement as he fell.

Concert flood update: No cars even on Wednesday

The latest just gets worse from Grand Rapids...From the Grand Rapids newspaper:

IONIA -- More than 1,000 cars stranded at Ionia Fairgrounds will not be going home Wednesday as previously announced.

Ionia city officials announced Monday afternoon the Grand River is not receding as quickly as hoped. City manager Jason Eppler said the situation will be reassessed with a new projected retrieval date announced Wednesday afternoon.

The cars were among about 8,000 that were parked at the fairgrounds Saturday for the 17th annual Birthday Bash, a free country music concert sponsored by WBCT-FM (B-93). The river was within its banks when the parking lot opened at 8 a.m. but rose quickly because of a Friday night rainstorm and by 11:30 a.m. access to the lot was impassable.

People whose cars are trapped in the lot are asked to go to the radio station's Web site to enter information to simplify retrieval of the cars.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Michigan Country Concert fans told to forget their cars until Wednesday

You can see the lawyers SWIMMING up the river!
This is a REALLLL mess...thousands go to a free country concert with Blake and Julianne and the river rises to take their rides! Here's the latest on the story:

1st the basic story:Thousands of people at a country music concert in western Michigan were stranded in flood water this weekend.The Grand River rose so high on Saturday that it cut off exits at a county fair ground where the radio station B-93 was holding a concert in the town of Ionia.

The Michigan State Police evacuated the area and forced people to leave their cars in the field.There have been no reports of major injuries, although emergency crews did treat more than 12 people for minor injuries.

Weather forecasters said heavy rains Friday night caused the river to flood.

Now the latest: 4pm central Sunday:

B93 Birthday Bash cars
stuck til Wed.

Attendees evacuated, cars abandoned

Updated: Sunday, 21 Jun 2009, 4:23 PM EDT
Published : Sunday, 21 Jun 2009, 10:16 AM EDT

IONIA, Mich. (WOOD) - It could be mid-week before hundreds of cars trapped by water at the Ionia County Fairgrounds are able to be removed, according to officials from Ionia County and Clear Channel Radio.

Thousands of people were trapped when water from the Webber Dam was diverted due to the torrential rains Friday night. The Ionia County Fairgrounds flooded early Saturday evening, forcing the evacuation of the concertand an emergency shelter set up.

There are at least several hundred cars trapped south of the Grand River, and another 100 or more in other spots, said Tim Feagan, the vice president of Clear Channel Grand Rapids, and Jason Eppler, the Ionia city manager.

The river won't recede until around Wednesday, and the city is working on a plan with Clear Channel to help get the cars out, Eppler said.

"Around 4 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said we were in a safe place," said Feagan, adding he was told the river would crest around 13.5 feet. "We were in good shape."

Officials were in touch with Consumers Energy employees about the dam in Lansing, Eppler said.

"I think there was some conversations with public safety personal and reps from Consumers," he said. "Just as water came up here, much faster than we anticipated, I'm sure that happened upstream for Consumers as well."

Consumers Energy representatives told 24 Hour News 8 they had to release the dam in compliance with federal and state laws.

"The problems that took place on the south lot began around 11:30 a.m. We stopped parking cars and brought gravel in to stem the water," one said. "We hoped that we'd be able to bring in enough gravel, but the water overtook us."

Said Eppler: There was an "ongoing evaluation beginning Friday evening. We did not want to risk personal safety. We collectively made the decision. The river came up much higher than even the National Weather Service anticipated."

He understands "that people want their vehicles, and we're working to get them out as soon as possible, but we don't want to rush it either. We don't want to put them in an unsafe situation."

The latest information on the car removal will be posted on b93.com , Feagan said.

"It doesn't make sense to point fingers," Eppler said. "It was just an act of God."