Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mugshot of Mardi Gras Mayhem Driver

From CNN:
Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect, who was driving a pickup truck that hit two cars before running into the crowd, appeared to be highly intoxicated. Among the injured, the youngest is 3 and the oldest are in their 40s.
None of the injuries was life-threatening, officials said.
    The incident occurred near the intersection of Orleans and Carrollton Avenues where the Krewe of Endymion parade was underway.
    Here are the latest developments in this story:
    • A total of 21 people were hospitalized, including one female police officer. She was in good spirits, the chief said. 
    • Seven other people who were hurt declined medical transportation.
    • Some of the bystanders who helped care for the injured were emergency responders who were tourists in town for Mardi Gras, the chief said.

    Just a Sign Spring is getting Closer...Seen near Nashville airport

    Bill Paxton Has Died at age 61........One of the Nicest Stars!!

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    If They Come Near...GO!!!!

    Nashville, TN – February 13, 2017—Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill won his 21st Grammy trophy at last night's awards ceremonies in Los Angeles—this one for Best American Roots Song. In so doing, he also reaped the first Grammy for The Time Jumpers, the band of superstar sidemen of which Gill is a member. 
    Gill's winning song was “Kid Sister,” the title track for The Time Jumpers' latest Rounder Records album. He wrote it in honor of vocalist Dawn Sears, wife of TTJ fiddler Kenny Sears and a long-time member of the band who died of cancer in 2014. 
    On February 10, The Time Jumpers' three fiddlers—Sears, Joe Spivey and Larry Franklin—were jointly inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame during the band's show at the Mabee Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Fiddlers Randy Howard and Papa John Creach were inducted posthumously.
    To date, The Time Jumpers have earned six Grammy nominations: two for their first album, Jumpin’ Time, two more in 2013 for their self-titled release on Rounder Records, and their fifth and sixth this year for Best Americana Album for Kid Sister and Best American Roots Song for the title track.
    The Time Jumpers' 10 members are Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin (vocals, fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (vocals, fiddle),  Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (vocals, drum). 
    In addition to performing to sold out crowds on Monday nights at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley club, The Time Jumpers are scheduled for the following tour dates:
    March 1—Avalon Theatre, Easton, Maryland
    March 2—Birchmere, Alexandra, Virginia
    March 3—New River Community College, Dublin, Virginia
    March 4—Liberty Showcase Theater, Liberty, North Carolina
    April 27—The Grand Theater, Wausau, Wisconsin
    April 28—The Palladium, Carmel, Indiana
    April 29—Temple Theatre, Saginaw, Michigan
    April 30—Clark State Performing Arts Center, Springfield, Ohio
    L - R: Larry Franklin, Kenny Sears, Joe Spivey
    Photo credit:  Ken Ames

    Dolly's 50th Anniversary of Her First Album

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 13, 2017) – 50 years ago today, Dolly Parton released her first full-length album, Hello, I'm Dolly. The album, which debuted on Monument Records, contained Parton's hits "Dumb Blonde" (written by Curly Putman) and "Something Fishy" (written by Parton). Both singles reached the top twenty on the country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart.

    Produced by Fred Foster, Hello, I’m Dolly caught the attention of Porter Wagoner, who ultimately invited Parton to become a member of his band and appear on his popular weekly television show. These appearances led to Parton’s rise to superstardom and she became a bonafide household name.

    “I can't believe it's been 50 years since I did my first album,” Parton recalls. “What a wonderful 50 years it has been. Thanks to my Uncle Bill Owens and Fred Foster for believing in me early on. And thanks to all the fans out there...I hope to have at least another 50 years!”

    The album contained Parton's versions of three songs she wrote that had already been hits for other artists: "Put it Off Until Tomorrow" (Bill Phillips), "Fuel to the Flame" (Skeeter Davis), and "I'm In No Condition" which charted by Hank Williams Jr.

    Spokane County Sheriff asked to disarm when entering Spokane Arena

    Spokane County Sheriff asked to disarm when entering Spokane Arena: SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich was flabbergasted Saturday night when he says he tried to enter the Spokane Chiefs game at Spokane Arena to promote a charity hockey game and...

    Grammy Shots 2017

    Dolly Gets another Grammy

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 12, 2017) – World-renowned singer/songwriter/entertainer Dolly Parton continues racking up the honors! In 2014, The Recording Academy inducted Parton's self-penned hit JOLENE into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Now, in 2017, that same song, released as a collaboration with Pentatonix, was awarded a Grammy in the Country Duo/Group Performance category. Watch the collaborative performance here:

    "Oh my Lord I am so excited to have won the Grammy with Pentatonix on my old song Jolene," says Dolly Parton. "I am so happy and am so very proud of Pentatonix. The song is one of my favorites. Thanks to the Grammys, but most importantly thanks to all the fans. I love you all."

    The award-winning collaboration between Pentatonix and Parton happened through a partnership with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which has enjoyed success with both acts in the past with exclusive editions of albums from each. In Parton’s case, the partnership stretches back to her 2009 Backwoods Barbie Collector's Edition project, which was followed by the release of An Evening With…Dolly and became the first Gold album-ever certified by the RIAA for Cracker Barrel Music. That relationship has continued with her latest Dolly Records / RCA Records release Pure & Simple. Released in the summer of 2016, the album – which netted Dolly her first chart-topping album since 1991 – was released in a deluxe Cracker Barrel-exclusive edition that featured live performances of her classic hits “9 To 5” and “Jolene” from the Glastonbury Festival, along with a 48-page ZinePak magazine filled with photos and interviews highlighting memorable stories from Parton. The collaboration is not part of any of the packages, however, is available for digital download here:

    Friday, February 10, 2017

    Brett Eldredge on Today

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (February 10, 2017) – The countdown to new music from Brett Eldredge is on! The hit singer/songwriter announced his upcoming single “Somethin’ I’m Good At” this morning while co-hosting TODAY with Al Roker and Sheinelle Jones.
    “There’s never been a song that fits my personality more than this one,” said Eldredge. “This song is literally me in three minutes. It is my personality, it is my life, it is the imperfections that, if you embrace them and love them, you’re going to find something you’re good at.”
    The Platinum-selling recording artist co-wrote the song alongside Tom Douglas, with whom he also teamed up to write the title track of his most recent album, Illinois. The single will be available to radio and all digital and streaming partners on February 24.
    “Somethin’ I’m Good At” follows Eldredge’s third No. 1 single from Illinois, “Wanna Be That Song,” which joins the Gold-certified “Lose My Mind” and “Drunk on Your Love.” Eldredge has notched seven consecutive chart-topping singles including “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” his duet with 2016 GRAMMY winner for Best New Artist Meghan Trainor, which reached the top of the  Holiday Music and Adult Contemporary charts in December. He is hitting the road starting next Thursday, February 16 in Huntington, WV with Luke Bryan. 

    This Sounds INTERESTING!!!

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 10, 2017)  Powerhouse vocalist Tim Rushlow continues to bring timeless music to fans with his brand-new album Tim Rushlow & His Big Band – LIVE, available today on iTunes. Rushlow and his 18-piece big band have taken the country by storm with sold out shows and an unforgettable performance at President Donald Trump’s inaugural ball last month. Click HERE to purchase Tim Rushlow & His Big Band – LIVE.

    Recorded at The Rosewall in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the album proves Rushlow has reinvented himself as a curator of the Great American Songbook. Rushlow pursues a lifelong dream as he puts his spin on authentic classics by Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Elvis, Buddy Holly and more. A video version of the performance will be available on DVD in the coming months.

    Tim Rushlow & His Big Band – LIVE has been picked up by American Public Television as a national pledge drive for 2016 and 2017. Having already premiered in various markets including Nashville (WNPT) and Mississippi (WMPB), the special led to sold out shows in both cities. Additional markets and air dates for the show will be announced. Check local listings for updates.

    To keep up with Tim Rushlow and see him alongside his 18-piece big band live in concert, visit Watch the preview of Tim Rushlow & His Big Band – LIVE on YouTube and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

    Tim Rushlow & His Big Band – LIVE Track Listing:
    1. Plenty Of Money And You
    2. Beyond The Sea
    3. Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart
    4. Ain’t That A Kick In The Head
    5. The Coffee Song
    6. Raining In My Heart
    7. Love Me
    8. What Might Have Been
    9. Luck Be A Lady
    10. The Lady Is A Tramp
    11. That’s Life
    12. Mack The Knife

    A versatile entertainer who sold millions of records during his time as lead singer of country music super group Little Texas, Tim Rushlow is a master song interpreter with a deep, abiding love for the classics. During the band’s impressive run in the ’90’s, he and the rest of the Little Texas members charted over a dozen hits including “God Blessed Texas” and the multi-genre crossover smash “What Might Have Been.” Following the band’s breakup, Tim embarked upon a solo career with Atlantic Records and released a self-titled CD that yielded the heartwarming Top Ten hit “She Misses Him,” about a couple’s touching battle with Alzheimer’s. Following a few more endeavors in musical groups and pairings, in 2009 Tim decided to refocus his energies on honing his performing skills as a solo act, launching a well-received acoustic tour at smaller listening rooms around the country. The challenge of engaging audiences and laying his emotions bare on the stage in front of intimate crowds night after night fired up Tim’s creativity to a new level and renewed his love for the classic sounds he grew up listening to and first cut his musical teeth on like Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Andy Williams. And the experience soon inspired him to take his career in a whole new direction as the modern-day crooner he had always envisioned himself to be.

    Justin Moore Going to Daytona

    CONCORD, NC (February 10, 2017) – On the heels of back-to-back tours and his chart-topping album KINDA DON'T CARE, Justin Moore will electrify fans at the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on May 20 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with a FREE All-Star Race Concert presented by Rayovac Batteries and Kwikset.

    Moore has tallied six No. 1 hits, including “You Look Like I Need a Drink,” “Small Town USA” and “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away” as well as two GOLD-certified albums. The Valory Music Co. recording artist will deliver a show-stopping performance for fans at the entrance outside of Turn 1.

    No stranger to the Charlotte area or its deeply rooted history in motorsports, Moore played Speed Street during Coca-Cola 600 week in uptown Charlotte in 2012. The music video for his 2011 hit single “Bait A Hook” featured an appearance by retired NASCAR driver and 2011 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race winner Carl Edwards. Moore said he can’t wait to perform in front of a captivated audience before 
    NASCAR’s all-star showcase revs into high gear.

    “I was excited when I heard we get the chance to play the All-Star Race concert,” Moore said. “Being from the South, I’ve always been a fan of racing, so this was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I look forward to rocking with the best race fans in the world. It’s going to be awesome.”

    Justin Moore’s long-awaited fourth studio album KINDA DON'T CARE earned the singer his third consecutive number-one album debut. It features his chart-topping single “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and current single “Somebody Else Will.” The project is full of new music with 16 tracks on the deluxe version and immediately shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart upon release. The Arkansas native spent three years putting the project together, which serves as a follow up to his second No. 1 album release, OFF THE BEATEN PATH. Moore holds six No. 1’s under his signature white cowboy hat including “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll” as well as seven top-10 hits. The Valory Music Co. recording artist has earned multiple ACM, ACA and ACC Awards nominations and sold almost 8 million tracks to date. He has shared the stage with Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert, among others, and is currently co-headlining the American Made Tour with Lee Brice. For tour dates and more, visit

    Oaks are Still Rolling!!!

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 10, 2017)  Today marks the 35th anniversary of the release of one of The Oak Ridge Boys most popular albums, Bobbie Sue. The seventh album by the band was released on February 10, 1982. Its title track became a #1 Billboard country chart hit (on April 3, 1982) and hit #12 on the Hot 100 singles chart.

    The album also featured cover versions of two songs, the 1959 hit "So Fine", a song initially recorded by the Fiestas, and "Up on Cripple Creek", an original by The Band.

    The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, and multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their cross-over brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. Made up of members Duane Allen, Joe Bonsall, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban, The Oak Ridge Boys are members of the Grand Ole Opry and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

    The Oak Ridge Boys have given many command performances throughout their legendary career, from performing for King Gustaf of Sweden, to Her Royal Highness Princess Caroline of Monaco, to Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of Great Britain and five U.S. presidents: Carter, Reagan, H.W. Bush, Clinton and W. Bush.

    The Oak Ridge Boys On Tour
    Feb. 16 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, Calif.
    Feb. 17 - Pala Casino Spa & Resort - Event Center - Pala, Calif.
    Feb. 18 - Spa Resort Casino - Palm Springs, Calif.
    March 05 - Paramount Theatre and Visual Arts Center - St. Cloud, Minn.
    March 09 - Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, Fla.
    March 11 - American Music Theater - Lancaster, Pa.
    March 12 - Sellersville Theater 1894 - Sellersville, Pa.
    March 17 - Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts - Warsaw, Ind.
    March 18 - Midland Theatre - Newark, Ohio
    March 19 - Weinberg Center for the Arts - Frederick, Md.
    March 23 - Apache Casino Hotel - Lawton, Okla.
    March 24 - Choctaw Grand Theatre - Durant, Okla.
    March 25 - Anthem at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Sioux City, Iowa
    March 26 - Kauffman Center for Performing Arts - Kansas City, Mo.
    March 31 - Newberry Opera House - Newberry, S.C.
    April 01 - Alabama Theatre - North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    April 07 - Peppermill Concert Hall West - Wendover, Nev.
    April 09 - Country Thunder - Florence, Ariz.
    April 14 - The Redneck Country Club - Stafford, Texas
    April 15 - Paragon Casino - Marksville La.
    April 21 - The Mansion Theatre - Branson, Mo.
    April 22 - The Mansion Theatre - Branson, Mo.
    April 28 - Hoosier Park Racing & Casino - Anderson, Ind.
    April 29 - Bearcreek Memories Dinner Theatre - Celina, Ohio
    May 05 - Crossroads Arena - Corinth, Miss.
    May 06 - Elijah Clark State Park - Lincolnton, Ga.
    May 18 - Greenwich Odeum - East Greenwich, R.I.
    May 19 - Paramount Hudson Valley Theater - Peeksville, N.Y.
    May 20 - Tupelo Music Hall - Derry, N.H.
    May 21 - The Newton Theatre - Newton, N.J.
    June 02 - Hartville Kitchen - Hartville, Ohio
    June 14 - Club Regent Casino - Winnipeg, MB CANADA
    June 16 - Downtown Deadwood - Deadwood, S.D.
    June 22 - Chippewa Valley - Country Festival - Cadott, Wis.
    Dec. 19 - Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts - Warsaw, Ind.

    About The Oak Ridge Boys
    The Oak Ridge Boys, who have sold over 41 million units worldwide, are synonymous with “America, apple pie, baseball, pop, rock, gospel and country music.” In addition to their awards and accolades in the country and pop music fields, they have garnered five GRAMMY® Awards and 11 GMA DOVE Awards as well as the Mainstream Artist of the Year Award at the ICM Awards. The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban—have earned prestigious membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame (2015 Inductees) and Grand Ole Opry, and are known worldwide as one of recording history’s most extraordinary musical successes. In 2007, they have received the “Cliffie Stone Pioneer of the Year” award from the ACMs. They have charted single after single and album after album, celebrating two double-platinum albums and more than 30 Top 10 hits, including No. 1 chart-toppers “Elvira,” “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made,” “Y'All Come Back Saloon,” among dozens more. For more information and to view upcoming tour dates for The Oak Ridge Boys, please visit

    Smokey Mountain Music

    PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (February 10, 2017) – The sound of Country Music will be alive and well in the heart of the Smoky Mountains throughout 2017 with the announcement of an eleven-show Celebrity Concert Series at the Country Tonite Theater, one of the top musical theaters in Pigeon Forge.

    Tanya Tucker – one of the most revered and respected song stylists in Country Music history – will kick off the 2017 concert series with a performance on April 22 at 8pm and the legendary Bellamy Brothers will close out the series on November 17.

    Tim McAbee, whose company First Class Productions, will produce the series says he is excited to bring top-name entertainment to the Pigeon Forge area. "This year we have many audience favorites returning, as well as a few artists taking our stage for the first time. It is an honor to welcome these legendary entertainers to Pigeon Forge. We love working with these artists who not only deliver a great show, but also still enjoy performing for their fans. All of them bring a very special evening of music."

    In addition to Tucker and The Bellamy Brothers, the concert series will include Gene Watson and Jeannie Seely on May 27, T.G. Sheppard and Ronnie McDowell on June 23. Of special note will be appearances by two members of the Country Music Hall of Fame – the Oak Ridge Boys, who will perform a 3pm and 8pm show on September 23, and Jimmy Fortune (of The Statler Brothers), who will take to the stage on October 15 for a 3pm matinee show. Friday, October 20, will offer fans a rare chance to see Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee – famous for their hits during the Urban Cowboy era – together for a 3pm and 8pm performance.

    Tickets for all shows will go on sale Monday, February 13 at 9am, and are available by calling 865-453-2003. For more information, fans can visit

    The 2017 Country Tonite Celebrity Concert Series is sponsored by Hometown Sevier Co., WIVK-FM, WBIR-Channel 10, the Smoky Mountains Coupon Book, The Thomas Group, and Buddy’s Bar-B-Q.

    2017 Country Tonite Celebrity Concert Series (Shows at 8pm EST unless noted)
    April 22 : Tanya Tucker
    May 27: Gene Watson and Jeannie Seely
    June 23: T.G. Sheppard and Ronnie McDowell
    July 22: Neal McCoy
    August 25: Tracy Lawrence
    September 23: The Oak Ridge Boys (3pm and 8pm)
    October 15: Jimmy Fortune (3pm)
    October 20: Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee (3pm and 8pm)
    November 17: The Bellamy Brothers

    Thursday, February 9, 2017

    New park under construction in White Sulphur Springs

    New park under construction in White Sulphur Springs: What was once a flood ravaged area in White Sulphur Springs is turning into something the whole city can enjoy.

    Thursday, February 2, 2017