Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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Memphis Horns Wayne Jackson has died. He was 74...

Trumpet player Wayne Jackson, who played standout horn lines on rock 'n' roll, soul, R&B and pop mainstays along with Memphis Horns partner and tenor saxophonist Andrew Love, has died. He was 74.
His wife, Amy, said her husband died of congestive heart failure Tuesday night at a hospital with her by his side. Jackson had been hospitalized and released June 7 before taking a turn for the worse Monday night and being readmitted.
"He led an incredible life and he left an amazing music legacy," Amy Jackson said.
Jackson and Love performed on recordings by numerous top-shelf artists, includingOtis Redding, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and U2.
Jackson and Love - the Memphis Horns - were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in February 2012, only the second instrumental backup group in history to receive the honor at the time. According to his wife, in his acceptance speech, he said, "It's been a dance of love between me and that trumpet."
Love, who was black, and Jackson, who was white, played together on 52 No. 1 records and 83 gold and platinum records, according to Memphis-based Stax Records. Amy Jackson said her husband received his first gold record in 1961 and his last in 2005.
The duo backed up Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Neil Diamond, Isaac Hayes, the Doobie Brothers, U2, Jack White, Alicia Keys and many other American pop music acts.
The Memphis Horns could sound wistful and romantic on one song, boisterous and up-tempo on another. They provided the horn tracks on dozens of well-known songs, including Redding's "Dock of the Bay," Franklin's "Respect," Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Presley's "Suspicious Minds," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," Al Green's "Let's Stay Together," Steve Winwood's "Roll With It," Peter Gabriel's "Sledgehammer," and U2's "Angel of Harlem."
Jackson was born in Memphis and was raised across the Mississippi River in West Memphis, Arkansas, according to his website.
On his website, he described the time when his mother gave him a trumpet at age 11.
"I opened up the case, and it smelled like oil and brass. I loved that, so I put it together, blew, and out came a pretty noise," he said.
Jackson said he first heard Love play at the Manhattan Club with the Willie Mitchell band.
"I knew we would be perfect together," Jackson said in a statement released after Love died. "He had a big tone and I had a big tone, and I knew that they would blend in the most natural, beautiful way."
They were first paired together as part of the Stax Records' Mar-Keys, which backed most of Stax's catalog of artists. They played behind Redding, Isaac Hayes, Rufus Thomas and Carla Thomas, among others.
In 1969, Jackson and Love formed the Memphis Horns. Jackson later moved to Nashville and spent three years traveling with country music performer Marty Robbins, according to Jackson's website.
In 2008, Jackson and Love were inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Jackson also wrote three books.
Funeral arrangements were pending.

Charlie Daniels: Passing More Gun Laws Won’t Take Guns Out of Terrorists’ Hands

Charlie Daniels: Passing More Gun Laws Won’t Take Guns Out of Terrorists’ Hands: The attack in Orlando signals a new direction in America's struggle with radical Islamic terror.

Friday, June 17, 2016

New Brad/Demi Video Without a Fight

NASHVILLE, Tenn.  (June 17, 2016)  Country superstar Brad Paisley was a surprise guest of multi-platinum artist Demi Lovato this morning on Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series.  Paisley played guitar on “Stone Cold” backing Lovato’s powerful vocals.
It was announced during the show that Lovato will be joining Paisley next Friday, June 24, as he performs for GMA’s Summer Concert Series. They will perform Paisley’s current smash hit, “Without A Fight,” which features Lovato.  Good Morning America airs on ABC 7:00am – 9:00am.
The video for “Without A Fight” was released today and can be viewed at:

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Chips Moman...Legendary Producer....Dead at 79

“Chips” Moman, who, as a songwriter, producer and studio owner, was responsible for numerous hits that came out of Memphis in the ’60s, has died. He was 79.
We learned this via the Commercial Appeal, saying that he was in a hospice facility in his hometown of LaGrange, Ga, and that he had been in bad health for several years. Marty Lacker, a member of Elvis Presley‘s “Memphis Mafia” and a longtime friend, confirmed the news to the newspaper.
Originally a rockabilly guitarist, Moman was part of the Stax Records crew as a writer and an engineer in its early years, working on such classics as William Bell’s “You Don’t Miss Your Water” and Carla Thomas’ “Gee Whiz.” But he left in 1962, telling Rob Bowman in his history of Stax, Soulsville, U.S.A., that label co-founder Jim Stewart had reneged on a promise to become a part-owner of the company.
He founded American Sound Studio in 1962 and, with his house band known as the Memphis Boys, the studio birthed dozens of hits that seamlessly blended rock, pop and soul, particularly between 1967 and its closing in 1972. This included the Box Tops’ “The Letter,” Neil Diamond‘s “Sweet Caroline” and Merrilee Rush’s “Angel of the Morning.” Following his 1968 comeback, Elvis Presley recorded at American Sound, cutting “Suspicious Minds,” “Kentucky Rain” and the From Elvis in Memphis album with Moman behind the boards. Dusty Springfield’s classic Dusty in Memphis — which included “Son of a Preacher Man” — was also recorded at American Sound. Moman and Dan Penn also wrote two of Southern soul’s definitive songs, Aretha Franklin‘s “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man” and James Carr’s “Dark End of the Street.”
After leaving Memphis, he settled in Nashville and became an in-demand songwriter and producer, working with such stars as B.J. Thomas — Moman wrote “(Hey Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song” — Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. He produced Highwayman, the supergroup comprised of Nelson, Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
He returned to Memphis in 1985 to create another studio, but it didn’t have the success of American Sound and he eventually left Memphis for LaGrange. A plaque was erected by the Shelby County Historical Commission stands at 827 Thomas Ave., the former site of American Sound.


Chris Young and Vince Gill on Tonight

Nashville, TN — Chris Young and Vince Gill appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last Friday (June 11) for a very special performance of “Sober Saturday Night.”  View the stirring performance HERE. Gill and Young collaborated with The Roots for the TV debut of the song. Chris Young’s “Sober Saturday Night,” featuring Vince Gill, is the latest single from the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s ACM-nominated album, I’m Comin’ Over, following back-to-back No. 1s for the title track and “Think Of You” with Cassadee Pope. Country Music Hall of Famer Gill’s new album, Down To My Last Bad Habit, is available now.

Photo credit: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nashville country stars mourn the loss of Christina Grimmie

Nashville country stars mourn the loss of Christina Grimmie: Chris Young and Cassadee Pope offered their condolences and thoughts on the death of Christina Grimmie.

Friday, June 10, 2016

CMT Music Awards Red Carpet

Lorrie Morgan hosts pool party ahead of CMA Fest

Lorrie Morgan hosts pool party ahead of CMA Fest: Some fans got the chance to hang out poolside with country music star Lorrie Morgan. (6-10-16)

Dolly Parton holds Music City's best-kept secret

Dolly Parton holds Music City's best-kept secret: Ahead of Thursday night's headlining performances at Nissan Stadium, Jimmy Carter shares a story of country music's past. (6-9-16)

Randy Travis joins Charlie Daniels Band onstage at CMA Fest

Randy Travis joins Charlie Daniels Band onstage at CMA Fest: Randy Travis had a series of medical emergencies a few years ago. He'll soon be a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, going in with his friend, Charlie Daniels. (6/9/16)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Doug the Pug on the CMT Awards red carpet

Doug the Pug on the CMT Awards red carpet: Social media superstar Doug the Pug took a sleepy stroll down the CMT Awards red carpet. (6-8-16)

Billy Ray Cyrus and Friends on CMT Red carpet

Stars hit the red carpet before CMT Awards: pJake Owen, Billy Ray Cyrus and Chris Janson were among the country music stars to talk to Channel 4 before the CMT Music Awards. (6-8-16)/p

Stars hit the red carpet before CMT Awards

Stars hit the red carpet before CMT Awards: pJake Owen, Billy Ray Cyrus and Chris Janson were among the country music stars to talk to Channel 4 before the CMT Music Awards. (6-8-16)/p

The Oak Ridge Boys sing on the red carpet

The Oak Ridge Boys sing on the red carpet: The Oak Ridge Boys stopped to sing on their way into the CMT Music Awards. (6-8-16)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Country music fans enjoy night of festivities before CMA Fest

Country music fans enjoy night of festivities before CMA Fest: The official festival begins Thursday, but thousands are spread out all over the city for concerts. (6/7/16)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016

NASHVILLE - (June 7, 2016) - CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Bryan announces his eighth annual “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016” set to run October 5 to October 15.  This year, for the first time, Luke will also release a Farm Tour EP to be released this Fall. During last year’s tour, Luke performed for over 110,000 fans during the eight-city run. A portion of the ticket proceeds are granted for local college scholarships (“Luke Bryan Farm Tour Scholarship”) to students from a farming family within the communities the tour plays.

The “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016” is sponsored by Bayer, Citi®, CID Entertainment, Miller Lite, Cabela’s and Polaris.

“Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016” 
October 5        Gaston, South Carolina            Culler Farms      
October 6        Greenback, Tennessee            Maple Lane Farms 
October 7        Elizabethtown, Kentucky          Highland Farms 
October 8        Monroeville, Indiana                 Spangler Farms 
October 12       Batesville, Mississippi              FT Farms 
October 13       Prairie Grove, Arkansas          Ogden Ranch 
October 14       Centralia, Missouri                  Stowers Farm 
October 15       Effingham, Illinois                    Mid America Motorworks   
“Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016” ticket presale will begin for Luke Bryan’s Fan Club, the Nut House, on June 21 at 10AM local time for all shows.  Citi® cardholders will also be able to purchase presale tickets during this time exclusively.  Additional presale tickets will be available through the tour’s sponsors via their digital platforms on June 22, and the public on sale will begin on June 24.

Citi® is the official credit card of the “Bayer Presents Luke Bryan Farm Tour 2016.” Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets through Citi’s Private Pass Program beginning June 21. For complete presale details visit

Luke Bryan has once again teamed up with CID Entertainment to offer Harvest Time VIP Experiences throughout the 2016 Farm Tour. Experiences include early concert admission, access to a private viewing area, limited edition merchandise, in addition to premium amenities including parking, air conditioned restrooms, and a private cash bar. More details available here: