Country Singer and Vidor resident Billie Jo Spears has passed away. Her oldest son Tim Pierce says she died at her home in Vidor Wednesday morning. Billie Jo was 73 years old.
Spears, who had her biggest Country hits in the 1970s, was born in Beaumont. She has called Vidor her home for the past 10 years.
She had 5 songs reach the top-10 of the Country music charts between 1969 and 1977. Her her biggest hit, and only song to make #1 on the Country music carts, is "Blanket on the Ground" which she released in 1975.
Arrangements are being handled by R.S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee. A memorial service will be planned but the date has not yet been set.
Although Spears had her biggest country hits in the 1970s, she sounded more earthy and more grounded on records than other country music singers during that time. This was because during the height of Spears' career in the 1970s, country's sound moved more pop-sounding. This new type of C…
JASON ALDEAN CLOSES OUT BIGGEST YEAR OF HIS CAREER WITH DOUBLE PLATINUM ALBUM, THREE NUMBER ONE SINGLES, INDUSTRY AWARDS AND OVER ONE MILLION CONCERT TICKETS
Nashville, TN – Dec. 14, 2011 – GRAMMY-nominated country rocker Jason Aldean ends the biggest year of his career with his DOUBLE PLATINUM fourth record MY KINDA PARTY as the top-selling country album of 2011. The CMA Album of the Year, MY KINDA PARTY was also named iTunes’ “Country Album of the Year” and came in at No. four on Billboard’s all-genre Year End Top 200 Albums chart.
"When we did our annual holiday party last week, we had more to be thankful for and celebrate than we ever have before. It's really cool to be experiencing some of this stuff with a lot of the same guys who have been with me since I started in 2005. We're definitely a family, and that has made the whole experience even more special," says Aldean. "It's been the most incredible year, and I'm lookin' forward to some q…
DARRYL WORLEY VOLUNTEERS TO HELP
AMERICA'S FISH AND WILDLIFE
Text-To-Give Campaign Uses Popular Song to Raise Money for Wildlife Agencies
(Nashville, Tennessee...) -- What started as a simple fishing promotion with one of the world's most recognizable songs, has led Country music star Darryl Worley to become an outdoor ambassador for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and other similar state organizations across the country. Darryl and songwriting pal Wynn Varble recorded "The Fishin' Hole," better known as "The Andy Griffith Show" theme song, and the song is being offered through a text-to-give campaign to raise money for relief efforts caused by wave of natural disasters that impacted numerous states in 2011.
"Everyone knows that melody, and it will stick in your head for days if you're not careful," according to Darryl. "Even though I'm a huge 'Andy Griffith Show' fan, I didn't know the song had lyrics. They ar…
DEEPLY PERSONAL “OVER YOU” IS SECOND SINGLE FROM MIRANDA LAMBERT’S FOUR THE RECORD
Miranda & Blake Shelton Co-Write Real-Life Story of Loss
NASHVILLE, TN – In a genre driven by story songs and real life experiences, “Over You,” the second single from Miranda Lambert’s critically acclaimed Four The Record, is one of the most personal lyrics of her career. Written by Miranda and husband Blake Shelton, the song is about Blake’s brother who died in a car accident when Blake was a teenager.
Miranda said, “I’ve never cried writing a song, and I don’t know that I ever will again. After we wrote it, Blake said he couldn’t record this song for himself or sing it on stage every night but he would be honored for me to. ‘Over You’ is one of the most special songs I’ll ever be a part of.”
As 2011 winds down, Miranda looks back at a phenomenal year which included a wedding, a Grammy Award, her second consecutive CMA Award for “Female Vocalist,” 4 ACM Awards, a headlining tour, a # 1 album debut…
LAUREN ALAINA CELEBRATING THE BIGGEST YEAR OF HER LIFE – 2011
Ringing In The New Year With A Performance
On “American Country New Year’s Eve Live” on FOX
Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope artist Lauren Alaina is celebrating what has been the biggest year of her life – 2011. She leaps right in to 2012 with a live performance from Las Vegas on the American Country New Year’s Eve Live special airing Friday, Dec. 31 on FOX (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed).
The Georgia native has been on a non-stop life-changing year after winning runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol in May of this year and signing her record deal when she was just 16 years old. After spending only very few days at home this entire year, Alaina is looking forward to getting back to her home in Rossville, GA, for several days to spend Christmas and enjoy some quality time with her family and friends. “Christmas for me is always about spending time with friends and family,” says Alaina. “We ea…
NAF EL CENTRO ANNUAL AIR SHOW
NAF El Centro, CA
THUNDER OVER UTAH AIR SHOW
St. George, UT
FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL AIR SHOW
Punta Gorda, FL
MAR 31- APR 1
TUSCALOOSA AIR SHOW
WINGS OVER SOUTH TEXAS AIR SHOW
NAS Kingsville, TX
NAS NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans, LA
WARNER ROBINS AFB
Warner Robins AFB, GA
MCAS CHERRY POINT
MCAS Cherry Point, NC
THE GREAT TENNESSEE AIR SHOW
Andrews AFB, MD
Hudson River, NY
Jones Beach, NY
USNA GRADUATION FLYOVER
US Naval Academy, MD
Virginia Beach, VA
JUN 30- JUL 1
BOSTON PORTSMOUTH AIR SHOW
BOSTON HARBOR FLY-OVER
Boston Harbor, MA
DAYTON AIR SHOW
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U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Public Affairs
12/12/2011 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds have announced their 2012 show schedule. The team is set to perform more than 60 demonstrations in 33 locations, including two shows in Canada.
The team, officially known as the U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, will again kick-off their season by performing a flyover for the 54th running of NASCAR's Daytona 500 on Feb. 26. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:
March 17: Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.
March 31 & April 1: Lakeland, Fla.
April 14-15: Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.
April 21-22: Barksdale AFB, La.
April 28-29: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
May 5-6: Shaw AFB, S.C.
May 12-13: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
May 19-20: March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
May 23: Colorado Springs, Colo. - U.S. Air Force Academy graduation flyover
May 26-27: Hill Ai…
ALAN JACKSON AND CAPITOL RECORDS NASHVILLE NOMINATED FOR MASHABLE’S VIRAL CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Nashville, TN – Country superstar Alan Jackson, Capitol Records Nashville and Eventful are nominated for Viral Campaign of the Year at the fifth annual Mashable Awards for a campaign that gave music fans the opportunity to vote for a free Alan Jackson concert in their city. Other nominated campaigns include Coca-Cola, Diesel, Kraft, NoH8, Occupy Wallstreet and Old Spice. Final voting closes on December 16 and the winners will be announced on December 19 (http://on.mash.to/vBrI6j).
Mineral, VA, a small town with a population of 490 won the free Alan Jackson concert with over 31,000 votes during the campaign that was designed and executed by Eventful’s Demand it!™ service. Voting brought the small town, which was the epicenter of a rare East Coast earthquake on August 23, together as they continue to repair and rebuild. The concert will take place in 2012 and details will be announced …
Willie Nelson's Longtime Bassist Dies Unexpectedly
Dan 'Bee' Spears slipped and fell outside his Nashville home
FROM: The Rolling Stone ~
By Patrick Doyle
Dan "Bee" Spears, who played bass on the road with Willie Nelson for more
than 40 years and appeared on many of his classic albums, died unexpectedly
late Thursday. Austin, Texas television station KXAN reports Spears slipped
and fell after stepping out of his motor home in Nashville Thursday night,
according to his friend Dee Pearce. He was found dead, due to exposure. He
Spears grew up in a musical family outside San Antonio, Texas. Nelson hired
Spears in 1968 when he was only 19 years old after Nelson's previous bassist
David Zetter was drafted. "I happened to be there when the guys were talking
about finding a replacement," Spears once said. "One of the guys said,
'Hell, let's hire Bee. He doesn't play worth a crap, but we can…
ERIC CHURCH NAMED 2011 iTUNES COUNTRY BREAKTHROUGH ARTIST OF THE YEAR
NPR Music, Amazon and Rolling Stone Magazine Recognize CHIEF as one of Top Albums of 2011
Nashville, Tenn. (Friday, December 9, 2011) – EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church celebrates new accolades this week as iTunes names him their 2011 Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and his latest album CHIEF is featured in iTunes’ Best of 2011 section. In addition, NPR Music hails CHIEF as one of their Top 50 Albums of the Year noting, “On his third album, Church hits his stride, chronicling wild nights and epic hangovers with just the right amount of critical distance." The album also landed an impressive spot at No. 19 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 50 Best Albums of 2011 and it sits at No. 9 on Amazon's Best Country Albums of 2011.
While Church's current Top 10 single "Drink In My Hand" climbs the Country Billboard chart, his song "Springsteen," from CHIEF was named No. 3…
JASON ALDEAN, BIG & RICH, TOBY KEITH, AND BLAKE SHELTON ANNOUNCED AS HEADLINERS FOR THE 20TH ANNUAL WISCONSIN COUNTRY THUNDER FESTIVAL!
-4-DAY FESTIVAL PASSES ARE STILL ONLY $99 UNTIL JANUARY 1ST, 2012-
Twin Lakes, WI (December 9, 2011) – When Country Thunder rolls around on July 19-22, 2012, it will mark the 20th anniversary of the premiere camping, music and entertainment festival, and now … the long anticipated line-up announcement has arrived!
Headlining Thursday night is multi-platinum duo Big & Rich who’s raucous-raising performance will be the perfect way to kick off the 4-day festival extravaganza. Comprised of Kenny Alphin and The Celebrity Apprentice winner John Rich, the duo has garnered multiple GRAMMY, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. Their hits include their infectious smash-hit singles, “Fake ID,” "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" as well as "Comin' to Your City," "8th of November" and "Lost in this Moment." Jo…
“CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS” RE-AIRS SATURDAY, DEC. 17 ON ABC
Two-Hour Special, Hosted for the Second Year by Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Features Interviews with Artists and their Families and Performances of Holiday Classics by
Lauren Alaina, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker, Brian Setzer with Special Guest Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Keith Urban, and Vince Gill with Miss Piggy!
NASHVILLE – “CMA Country Christmas,” hosted for the second year by Jennifer Nettles, of reigning CMA Vocal Duo of the Year Sugarland, re-airs Saturday, Dec. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Viewers now have a second opportunity to experience the music, memories, and stories of the season with some of our format’s biggest stars and their families,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. “Fans have been calling since the original airing asking for more, and we are glad to give them a second helping.”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 8, 2011) Country music superstar Brad Paisley will be featured this Sunday on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. Bob Schieffer, Face the Nation host, joined Paisley on tour earlier this year for a behind the scenes look and then spent the day with him in his hometown of Franklin, Tenn visiting The Castle recording studio and had lunch at one of Paisley’s favorite restaurants, “Barbara’s Homecookin’.”
CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood
Sunday, Dec. 11th on CBS – 9:00am – 10:30am EST.
(Las Vegas, NV – December 8, 2011) -- Broken Bow Records and its sister imprint label Stoney Creek Records earned a total of 9 American Country Awards Monday night.
The label group’s big winners included Broken Bow’s Jason Aldean, who took the crown for the most ACAs (6 total) including top awards Artist of they Year Touring Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Single By a Male Artist, Single By a Vocal Collaboration and Music Video By a Vocal Collaboration.
Stoney Creek Records husband/wife duo Thompson Square earned three fan-voted awards including Single of the Year by a Group, Music Video of the Year by a New Artist and Single of the Year by a New Artist for their #1 smash, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not.”
With a roster of talented artists that now include Jason Aldean, Kristy Lee Cook, James Wesley, Blake Wise and Dustin Lynch, Broken Bow Records continues to make a name for itself in the Country music industry. The success of multi-platinum selling and Grammy nominated BBR …
WINNERS OF SECOND ANNUAL “AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS” ANNOUNCED
Jason Aldean Earns Six Awards;
Carrie Underwood and Thompson Square Each Win Three Awards
Toby Keith Honored with Artist of the Decade Award
Two-Hour Special Featured Performances by Co-Hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, Alabama, Toby Keith, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Pistol Annies, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square and Chris Young
NASHVILLE, TN -- (December 5, 2011) -- The following performers were honored today at the second annual AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS broadcast live on FOX from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Fans logged on to www.theacas.com to cast votes in support of their favorite country music artists. The awards include traditional categories, as well as previously unrecognized areas of the business such as touring, encompassing the entire spectrum of country music and bestowing honors that no other awards show has.
With three wins this year, plus six last year, Underwood has ea…
NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MADONNA, a multi Grammy Award-winning Universal Records recording artist, will perform in the BRIDGESTONE SUPER BOWL XLVI HALFTIME SHOW on NBC at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5, the NFL and NBC announced during tonight's Sunday Night Football game between the New Orleans Saints and Detroit Lions. Madonna's performance will be imagined by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL and JAMIE KING.
The Bridgestone Super Bowl halftime show is the most-watched musical event of the year. More than 162 million viewers in the U.S. watched last year's show. The Super Bowl and halftime show will be broadcast worldwide.
Madonna joins an esteemed list of recent halftime acts that includes The Black Eyed Peas, The Who, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Prince, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and U2.
A world class entertainer, singer, songwriter, producer, director and video visionary, Madonna has sol…
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DATE BOWL LOCATION TIME TV THE MATCHUP
Dec. 17 Gildan New Mexico Alburquerque, N.M. 2 p.m. ESPN Temple vs Wyoming
Dec. 17 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, ID 5:30 p.m. ESPN Utah State vs. Ohio
Dec. 17 R+L Carriers New Orleans New Orleans 9 p.m. ESPN La.-Lafayette vs San Diego State
Dec. 20 Beef O’Brady’s St. Petersburg 8 p.m. ESPN Marshall vs. FIU
Dec. 21 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia San Diego, CA 8 p.m. ESPN TCU vs. Louisiana Tech
Dec. 22 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV 8 p.m. ESPN Boise State vs. Arizona State
Dec. 24 Sheraton Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii 8 p.m. ESPN Nevada vs. Southern Miss
Dec. 26 AdvoCare V100 Independence Shreveport, LA 5 p.m. ESPN2 North Carolina vs. Missouri
Dec. 27 Little Caesar’s Pizza Detroit, Michigan 4:30 p.m. …
JASON ALDEAN SCORES FIRST THREE CAREER GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
"Tattoos On This Town" Becomes Fourth No. One Off MY KINDA PARTY and
Eighth Career No One Hit For Aldean
NASHVILLE, TENN – Dec. 1, 2011 – Multi-PLATINUM Country rocker Jason Aldean snagged his first ever GRAMMY nominations last night, and tied for the most nods of any country artist with three in the categories of Best Country Album for MY KINDA PARTY, Best Country Solo Performance for “Dirt Road Anthem” and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Don't You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson.
“I was totally stunned last night, and it all happened so fast. I was feelin' a pretty big adrenaline rush from our performance with Luda, and then to be told we had three nominations was just crazy. We were flying pretty high all night…there was definitely some celebrating on the flight back to Nashville," says Aldean. "That 'Album' nomination is what artists dream of their whole career. And then for both…
THOMPSON SQUARE’S #1 SMASH
“ARE YOU GONNA KISS ME OR NOT” SCORES 2 GRAMMY NOMS
Breakout Country Duo Perform on FOX’s American Country Awards (12/5) and
GAC’s Christmas in the Black Hills network special (12/12)
(NASHVILLE, TN) -- On the heels of an extraordinary breakout year, Stoney Creek Records’ duo Thompson Square can now add Grammy nominees to its list of accolades.
Last night, Thompson Square scored a Best Country Duo/ Group Performance Grammy nomination for the #1 single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.” The Platinum-selling smash is also nominated for a Best Country Song Grammy.
The husband/wife duo were spending a rare night off in Nashville for some much needed R&R after playing to over one million fans this year when they got the news.
“We both could not believe the news of our Grammy nominations,” said Keifer Thompson. “When our manager told us we really thought he was playing some sort of sick joke on us. We can't thank the Grammys enough for such a prestigious…