Thursday, June 27, 2013
A Country Stampede fan on his way to the annual festival didn’t quite make it Wednesday afternoon. Wamego Assistant Police Chief Paul Schliffke tells KMAN emergency crews responded to the fire at Fourth and Lincoln at about four p.m. The 1989 parked Pace Arrow motor home was a complete loss, with significant damage to the near-by building, identified as the Last Stop convenience store. The owner of the motor home is identified as Walter Hale of Topeka, but the driver who parked the vehicle was William Huckaby of Lancaster. Schliffke says Huckaby indicates he parked the motor home about five feet away from the store and went into the store, as well as a neighboring building, when the fire occurred. He indicates he turned the motor home engine off but the radiator might have been a little hot. The fire began in the engine compartment. Wamego Fire, Police, the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Department and EMS responded. Fire extinguishers were initially used, but Wamego fire crews were able to get the fire under control within about 20 minutes.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
STARS TO SHINE DURING GRAND OLE OPRY ALL-AMERICAN ALL-STAR WEEK JULY 2-6 Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, The Band Perry, Carrie Underwood, And More Set For Opry Performances Free Opry Plaza Parties To Feature Flag-Waving Fun And Free Music NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 26, 2013) The stars will be shining during a week of shows and special events at the Grand Ole Opry July 2 – 6, making it an “All-American All-Star Week.” Free music and other fun on the Opry Plaza are set to complement superstar appearances and musical salutes to the red, white and blue on the Opry stage throughout the week. Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in the history of the Grammy® Awards, is set to mark her 20th anniversary as an Opry member on Wednesday, July 3. Joining Krauss will be bluegrass great Larry Sparks and multi-award-winner Jamey Johnson. On July 5 and 6, the Opry will host two shows each evening with country music superstar Carrie Underwood appearing both nights. Underwood will be joined by CMA award-winning group The Band Perry and more on Friday and by Lennon & Maisy from ABC’s hit series Nashville, among many others, on Saturday. Opry Plaza Parties throughout the week are set to include food and fun with lawn games, giveaways, and a dunk tank each night, with proceeds from the dunk tank benefiting American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Plaza Parties will include free music on an All-American Plaza Stage July 3, 5 and 6 featuring Nashville talents Carolyn Martin (Wednesday), Justin Myers (Friday), and Blue Mother Tupelo (Saturday). The Grand Ole Opry® and All-American All-Star Week are presented by Humana®. Opry performances are held every weekend of the year. The Tuesday Night Opry continues through Dec. 11, and Wednesday night shows run through Aug. 7. To plan an Opry visit, call (800) SEE-OPRY or log on to www.opry.com. About the GrandOle Opry The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn. Celebrating 87 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com. The syndicated weekly program, America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America. The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Ryman Hospitality Properties (NYSE: RHP). For more information, visit opry.com.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (June 25, 2013) - Little Jimmy is going to have a little work done.
Grand Ole Opry icon Jimmy Dickens, who has been absent from his beloved Opry stage for most of 2013, is set to undergo three weeks of short-term radiation treatments for a pre-cancerous condition on his vocal chords beginning next week. The Opry member’s doctors expect him to make a full recovery.
“I can’t begin to express my sincere gratitude for the thoughts and prayers that are being sent my way,” Dickens said. “My family and I appreciate the support, and I can’t wait to return home to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in one of my favorite rhinestone suits someday soon.”
The country legend most recently surprised Opry audiences with an appearance on April 12. His most
recent scheduled Opry appearance came on Dec. 22, 2012.
Dickens, 92, became a Grand Ole Opry member in 1948 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983. Among his enduring classics are “Take An Old Cold Tater (And Wait),” “Country Boy,” “Out Behind The Barn,” and “May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose.”
The Opry is inviting Dickens’ friends and fans from around the world to send cards and letters wishing the country music legend well. Correspondence should be mailed to the address below:
c/o Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Monday, June 24, 2013
TIM MCGRAW RELEASES "SOUTHERN GIRL" AS NEW SINGLE FROM TWO LANES OF FREEDOM TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 Tour Grabs A New Gear Leaving Sold Out Amphitheatres In Rearview Mirror Nashville, TN- June 24, 2013- Country superstar Tim McGraw's "Southern Girl" is being released to radio today as the fourth single from his Big Machine Records debut, TWO LANES OF FREEDOM. The "seductively melodic" (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) track has had an infectious reaction from fans on the TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 Tour, which continues to sell out venues coast to coast. "At the beginning of the tour, we threw a lot of new songs into the set list, and that's always a risky thing when an album is so brand new," said McGraw. "It didn’t take a whole weekend out there before the girls were shouting at us to play 'Southern Girl.' The song has a really cool groove to it that just gets everyone moving and sets the right tone for a perfect summer night." McGraw has hit a new top speed on the TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 Tour that has capacity crowds topping out at more 21,000 fans a night, while catching a renewed level of excitement from music critics. "McGraw is approaching two decades since he broke big at mainstream country radio with 1994′s Not a Moment Too Soon. To maintain any career at the top for that long requires major stamina and showmanship. It requires a keen ear for timeless songs and for the kind of craftsmanship that accentuates the positives and compensates for the negatives. McGraw has held his own amidst a slew of male hatted and not-hatted country singers since his ascent. Some have burned bright and then flamed out. But he’s still here." Dallas Morning News "The man sweats star power and has an effortless, sexy swagger that make it hard to believe he's a mere mortal, yet he performs with humility, smiling at the response from the crowd as if he's genuinely surprised they like him." Tampa Tribune "With substance vastly overpowering flash, the country legend was in top form Friday night at USANA Amphitheatre, unleashing a set of hits spanning 20 years." Salt Lake Tribune "electrifying stage presence" Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "McGraw successfully set the party tone for the summer…" Buffalo News "characteristically high-octane…" Billboard McGraw's latest single comes on the heels of his 34th No. one hit and all-star collaboration, "Highway Don't Care" with Taylor Swift, featuring Keith Urban on guitar. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, won three GRAMMY’s, 15 ACM Awards, 12 CMA Awards and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as the Oscar nominated The Blind Side, Country Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre. Nielsen-BDS recently certified McGraw as the most-played Country artist of the past 20 years (1992-2012) with more than 10 million spins detected and Mediabase recognized him as the most-played Country artist in the history of their tracking service. The TWO LANES OF FREEDOM 2013 Tour continues on this weekend with stops in Hartford, CT (6/28); Boston, MA (6/29) and Holmdel, NJ (6/30).
Sea of TRASH left behind in parking lot and surroundings of Heinz Field Pittsburgh after Chesney concert June 22,2013....amazing sloppy drunks... got a lot of media attention too... 150 treat by medics..45 transported to hospitals...over 70 arrested various charges...police answer 10 large fights...some on you tube...huge drunk fest...
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Nashville, TN – June 19, 2013 – On a short break from the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour dates, award-winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley is headlining some of the summer's biggest festivals with a hit-packed show that has the capacity crowds on their feet from the first notes of "Am I the Only One" at the top through the final patriotic chants of the crowd with the emotional closing song "Home." With eight years of tireless touring under his belt, Bentley has hit a new stride that's catching attention from coast to coast. "From the initial response from the crowd, he wasn't the only one who wanted to have a little fun. The Capitol recording artist continued to keep up the intensity throughout his performance, and with a long history at radio -- including ten number ones -- he was able to keep the hits coming." - Billboard "…it’s hard to imagine many country stars topping Bentley, who soon made use of every inch of his big two-tier stage." - The Oklahoman "Talk about getting things started in a rip-roarin’ fashion…Dierks Bentley gave the space a big opening that will be hard to match." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Bluegrass, outlaw and honky-tonk music and lyrics were better represented on Saturday night than has been typical for recent country shows…” – The Roanoke Times "Bentley took crowd participation to new levels, seemingly touching every hand in the pit, allowing a female crowd member to strap on and strum his guitar, and tossing another ax to an audience member to take home." - The Reading Eagle "His own energy level running flat out the whole time, Bentley used every square foot of the gigantic concert stage. Sometimes he’d start out singing at one end of it, and end up singing on a microphone at the other end, or up on risers at the back of the intricate stage set, or out at the end of the runway. He definitely gave the audience a show." - Times Record News Bentley kicked off summer with the release of “Bourbon In Kentucky,” the lead single off his upcoming seventh studio album RISER, due out later this fall, and he will pick back up in July on the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley: Locked & Reloaded Tour through October. Since moving to Nashville, Bentley has forged his own artistic path in an industry built predominantly on formula. He has mixed elements of modern country, classic country, bluegrass and rock, maintaining an unmistakable identity while constantly reinventing his sound. His album HOME debuted at No. 1 and spawned three consecutive chart-topping hits, marking 10 career No. 1 songs for Bentley as a singer and songwriter. His five previous studio albums have sold more than five million copies, garnered 11 GRAMMY nominations and earned him an invitation to join the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit www.dierks.com.