Tuesday, June 30, 2009
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 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....
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
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 Next Broken Heart
Play Something Country
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)
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
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
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.
Whisperin' Bill Anderson was having a wonderful vacation before he received a phone call from
Monday, June 29, 2009
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
“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
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.
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??????
American Saturday Night marks the eighth album from the reigning three-time ACM and two-time CMA Male Vocalist winner. In all,
Sunday, June 28, 2009
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.’
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
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!
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!
Bradpaisley.com Celebrates the Release with Re-Launched Site
Coinciding with the release of American Saturday Night is a re-launch of
American Saturday Night marks the eighth album from the reigning three-time ACM and two-time CMA Male Vocalist winner. In all,
Friday, June 26, 2009
"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
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....
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.
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:
6583 Mt. Hermon Rock Creek Rd.
Snow Camp, NC 27349
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
Sunday, June 21, 2009
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:
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."