This week’s H & S Feed & Country Store Pet of the Week is “Gracie”, an adorable 7 year old kitty with a terrific disposition. Gracie loves attention, gets along with other cats, and doesn’t even seem to mind dogs. She’s a lover, and would be happy curled up next to her human on the couch. Gracie is fully vetted, vaccinated, and ready to meet you!

If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet Gracie or any of the pets at Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter, visit https://www.stephenmemorial.org/ and fill out an adoption application.

Check out our visit about Gracie with Terry Gott from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:

Lady A Share Their Barbecue Faves

The members of Lady A love a good barbecue like the rest of us, and if they were throwing one for Memorial Day weekend, they know exactly what they’d be serving.

“I like ribeye steaks. That’s kind of my thing,” Charles Kelley shares. “My boy is obsessed with ribeyes, too. So, I’d probably throw on some ribeyes.” Dave Haywood prefers grilling up some wings in “a bunch of different like flavors,” plus he adds, “Gotta have some good drinks – some beers, some bourbon, maybe some margaritas for Hillary (Scott).”

And Hillary would be there to offer up the accompaniment to all that protein. She notes, “I’m a side dish gal. I’d probably make a handful of side dishes.”

Source: Lady A

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1933, Jimmie Rodgers, who was suffering from tuberculosis, died of a massive hemorrhage at New York’s Taft Hotel. Nicknamed the Singing Brakeman, he had become country music’s first superstar, and, in 1961, the first person inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1948, Hank and Audrey Williams’ first divorce was finalized. They reunited – and in 1949, Hank Williams, Jr. was born. But their turbulent union officially ended for good in June 1952.
  • Today in 1973, Jeanne Pruett notched a #1 single in Billboard with her signature song, “Satin Sheets.”
  • Today in 1992, Brooks & Dunn netted their first gold album, with their debut, “Brand New Man.”
  • Today in 2002, Elton John and Ryan Adams appeared on “CMT Crossroads.” Their collaborations included a version of Jim Reeves’ “He’ll Have To Go” and a performance of Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls Of Fire.”
  • Today in 2004, Toby Keith won four times at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Keith claimed Entertainer of the Year; Top Male Vocalist; Album, for “Shock’n Y’all”; and Video, for the Willie Nelson duet “Beer For My Horses.”
  • Today in 2005, Faith Hill’s “Mississippi Girl” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2009, Billy Currington took “Good Directions,” written by Luke Bryan, to #1 in Billboard.
  • Today in 2009, Dwight Yoakam performed on “The Tonight Show” becoming the final country artist to appear on the NBC program during Jay Leno’s first tenure as host.
  • Today in 2014, Miranda Lambert gave her “Somethin’ Bad” duet partner, Carrie Underwood, a motorcycle. Her motorcycle lessons hit a snag, however – as Carrie revealed she was pregnant with son Isaiah.
  • Today in 2016, Brett Eldredge cooled down with a tall gold single from the RIAA for “Drunk On Your Love.”
  • Today in 2016, Alabama and Sam Moore were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
  • Today in 2016, Blake Shelton performed “Savior’s Shadow” on the NBC fundraising special “Red Nose Day.” Also appearing are Elton John, Julia Roberts, Bono, Jack Black, Ellen DeGeneres and Tracy Morgan, among others.
  • Today in 2016, the Dierks Bentley/Elle King collabo, “Different For Girls,” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, the Country Music Hall of Fame opened the exhibit “Jason Aldean: Asphalt Cowboy.” The display included his first guitar, the T-shirt he wore in the “Johnny Cash” video and the cover letter from his original Broken Bow contract offer.
  • Today in 2021, Elle King & Miranda Lambert’s single, “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home),” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2021, LeAnn Rimes sang “How Do I Live” on FOX-TV’s “The Masked Singer”
  • Today in 2021, Jason Isbell received three nominations in the Americana Honors & Awards, making him the leading candidate, sharing two of the nods with his band, the 400 Unit, behind the album, “Reunions.”

Wynonna Releases New Song With Waxahatchee

Wynonna Judd has released her first new music since the death last month of her mother, The Judds’ Naomi Judd. The singer just dropped the new single, “Other Side,” with Waxahatchee (aka Katie Crutchfield).

“In the midst of everything that has happened, I said that I would continue to sing,” Wynonna says. “So, here I am.”

She shares, “I met Katie Crutchfield last year and we connected immediately. We recorded ‘Other Side’ in the studio here on the farm and it was one of my favorite recording experiences ever,” noting, “I’m thankful for the opportunity to sing with the next generation of greatness.” Check out the track below.

  • Katie adds, “Wynonna is an icon and a fountain of wisdom. Sharing space with her to create something new was really nothing but a joy and an honor. Her spirit inspires me daily and her continued encouragement has meant the world.”

Source: Consequence of Sound

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1973, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vols. 1 & 2” album was certified gold. The project also featured Roy Acuff, Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Merle Travis and Doc Watson.
  • Today in 1990, Alabama’s “Pass It On Down” album was released.
  • Today in 1993, Dwight Yoakam’s album, “This Time,” was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1999, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “Party Doll and Other Favorites” CD was released.
  • Today in 1999, John Michael Montgomery released the album, “Home To You.”
  • Today in 1999, nearly 70,000 readers of “Country Weekly” magazine choose George Strait as favorite entertainer, favorite male artist and favorite video entertainer in voting for the publication’s annual Golden Pick Awards. He also took honors for favorite album, favorite song and favorite line dance song.
  • Today in 2001, Brooks and Dunn‘s single, “Ain’t Nothing ‘Bout You” became the longest-running number-one hit of their career with its fifth week at the top of Radio & Records’ Country Top 50 chart.
  • Today in 2002, CBS aired the highly anticipated special, “Rockin’ For The USA,” which featured Clint Black, Lonestar, Celine Dion and others performing aboard the U.S.S. Harry Truman in Ft. Lauderdale.
  • Today in 2005, Garth Brooks proposed to Trisha Yearwood on one knee in front of more than 7,000 fans at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield, California. She said yes. He then proceeded to sing “Amarillo By Morning” and “Friends In Low Places.”
  • Today in 2005, Carrie Underwood became FOX-TV’s “American Idol.” She performed the Martina McBride hit, “Independence Day” and sang “Bless The Broken Road” with Rascal Flatts at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.
  • Today in 2011, Scotty McCreery won FOX’s “American Idol,” singing “Live Like You Were Dying” on the episode with Tim McGraw. Runner-up Lauren Alaina duetted with Carrie Underwood on “Before He Cheats.”
  • Today in 2014, Brad Paisley made a surprise Memorial Day weekend appearance at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, performing for 3,000 U.S. troops before president Barack Obama delivered a speech. Paisley’s set included “Southern Comfort Zone,” “This Is Country Music,” “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song)” and “Alcohol.”
  • Today in 2016, Miranda Lambert closes her Pink Pistol retail store in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, announcing plans to expand the shop in Lindale, Texas. On the same day, ex-hubs Blake Shelton purchased the building.
  • Today in 2016, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Chronicle (The 20 Greatest Hits)” was certified 10-times platinum by the RIAA.
  • Today in 2017, Kenny Chesney’s “All The Pretty Girls” hit the airwaves.
  • Today in 2017, Dan + Shay’s single, “Nothin’ Like You,” went gold, according to the RIAA.

Miranda Lambert Lands On Time Magazine’s List Of The Most Influential People

“Time” magazine is out with their annual Time 100 List of the Most Influential People for 2022, and Miranda Lambert made the list this year. The singer is honored in the Innovators section of the list.

“I’m so honored to join this year’s class of #TIME100,” Miranda shared on Instagram. “I only ever wanted to sing and write songs and thanks to y’all I’ve gotten to do that and so much more. Thank y’all for being on this journey with me💖.”

Miranda is honored in the magazine with a write up from her friend and collaborator Elle King.

“Not a lot of people will take your hand, nudge you right into the spotlight, and share it with you — especially if they’ve already spent decades as one of country music’s most acclaimed performers and songwriters,” she writes, “But that’s exactly what Miranda Lambert did in 2019, when she asked me to be a part of her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour, during which she brought along a new generation of artists to share her stage.”

Elle adds, “It was Miranda’s idea to bring us all together…That’s her vibe: she’s all about making everybody feel welcome. And there is not one inauthentic hair on her head.”

  • The mag’s annual Time 100 Gala is set to go down June 6th, with performances by Miranda and Mary J. Blige, with portions to air on ABC.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1975, “I’m Not Lisa” brought Jessi Colter her only #1 country single in Billboard.
  • Today in 1984, Willie Nelson performed the first of his six sold-out concerts at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
  • Today in 1991, Diamond Rio’s debut album was released.
  • Today in 1991, Mark Chesnutt’s single, “Blame It On Texas,” hit the #1 spot on the country charts.
  • Today in 1994, the “Super Hits” album by Charlie Daniels Band was released.
  • Today in 1994, John Denver’s collection, “The Very Best of John Denver,” was released.
  • Today in 1994, David Lee Murphy’s debut album, “Out With A Bang,” was released.
  • Today in 1996, George Strait‘s single, “Blue Clear Sky,” was #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 country chart.
  • Today in 2000, the “Stones In The Road” album by Mary Chapin Carpenter was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 2003, Randy Travis’ gospel-tinged “Three Wooden Crosses” was posted at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2004, Toby Keith’s first annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic took place at Belmar Golf Course in Norman, Oklahoma. The tournament benefit Ally’s House Charity, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist the families of Oklahoma children with cancer. And as you might expect, plenty of Toby’s famous friends got into the spirit of the event – though they weren’t able to be there in person. Instead, celebs like Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Lonestar, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain, Wynonna, Jewel, Charles Barkley, Mookie Blaylock, Sammy Hagar, Ashley Judd, Tommy Lasorda, Justin Timberlake, Dallas Cowboy Roy Williams and many others donated special, autographed items to go on the auction block. For more information, visit Ally’s House on the web at net.
  • Today in 2010, Josh Turner boogied up a gold single for “Why Don’t We Just Dance.”
  • Today in 2012, Jennifer Nettles sang “Stay” with contestant John Glosson as ABC-TV debuted the music competition, “Duets.” Nettles was joined as a coach by Kelly Clarkson, Robin Thicke and John Legend.
  • Today in 2014, Hunter Hayes debuted at #1 on the Billboard country albums chart with “Storyline.”
  • Today in 2014, Lonestar performed a free concert for military personnel and their families at the Bell County Expo in Belton, Texas.
  • Today in 2017, David Ball performed “Riding With Private Malone” during a concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., which celebrated 100 years since the birth of John F. Kennedy.
  • Today in 2017, Darius Rucker performed as the NASCAR-affiliated Speedway Children’s Charities Gala raised $890,000 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • Today in 2017, Drake White and “Drink A Beer” songwriter Jim Beavers lobby lawmakers in Washington, D.C., in defense of music education.
  • Today in 2020, Trace Adkins performed during the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, produced under social-distancing guidelines during a pandemic. Cynthia Erivo sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and classical singer Renee Fleming delivered “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “America, The Beautiful.”

Zac Brown Band’s Johns Driskell Hopkins Announces ALS Diagnosis

Zac Brown Band’s John Driskell Hopkins has revealed on the band’s social media account that he’s been diagnosed with ALS.

Hopkins, who is a bassist and vocalist in the band, as well as one of its founding members, shared the news alongside his bandmates, sharing, “I have tough news to share and my brothers and sister have gathered to support me.”

“Over the past several years, I’ve noticed some balance issues and some stiffness in my hands. After careful analysis by some of the country’s top neurologists, I have been diagnosed with ALS,” he explained, “Because my symptoms have been slow-progressing from the start, we believe they will continue to be slow progressing going forward.”

He adds, “God willing, I plan to be rocking with these amazing people for many years to come.”

Zac Brown then notes, “the technology and research surrounding ALS research has been advancing, but we still don’t have a cure,” adding, “Thanks so much for your prayers and support in helping us cure ALS.”

The band then offered up a way for fans to help, via text HOP to 345-345 or through this website.

Source: Zac Brown Band

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1953, Jim Reeves made his debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Today in 1975, BJ Thomas received a gold record for the single “(Hey, Won’t You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song.”
  • Today in 1989, KT Oslin’s “80’s Ladies” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1989, the “Absolute Torch & Twang” album by k.d. Lang & The Reclines was released.
  • Today in 1989, the Judds “Greatest Hits” album was certified platinum.
  • Today in 1992, “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus entered the Top 40 chart.
  • Today in 1992, Sawyer Brown scored #1 single in Billboard with “Some Girls Do.”
  • Today in 1993, Alan Jackson’s single “Chattahoochee” topped the charts.
  • Today in 1995, Dwight Yoakam’s “Dwight Live” album was released.
  • Today in 1996, “The Woman In Me” album by Shania Twain was certified for sales of seven million.
  • Today in 2000, the official Keith Urban Fan Club was established.
  • Today in 2000, Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance” was released.
  • Today in 2001, Mark McGuinn’s self-titled album entered “Billboard’s” country album sales chart at #18. This marked the first time in the history of Soundscan that a new artist on an independent label debuted in the top 20 (Soundscan is the company that compiles album sales data). Mark also came in at #1 on “Billboard’s” all-format “Heatseekers” chart. It was the first time a country album from an independent label has ever earned this distinction. Part of the gas in this engine might have something to do with Mark’s debut single, “Mrs. Steven Rudy.” The tune peaked at #6 on “Billboard’s” Hot Country Singles airplay chart, which was the highest position achieved by a new artist on an independent label in more than 20 years.
  • Today in 2001, an upstate New York jury panel of four women and two men acquitted Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney on all counts stemming from a brouhaha over a police horse named Chico. Tim and wife Faith Hill – who rushed back from a performance in Hawaii to be by her husband’s side – waited out the verdict at a restaurant near the quaint, red brick courthouse. Outside, about 50 adoring fans stood in small groups clutching CDs that the singers promised to sign at the trial’s conclusion. As the verdict was read, Faith was seen wiping tears from her eyes. While the charges were minor, Tim and his road manager faced a year in prison, with Kenny looking at fifteen days in lockup. From day one, the men refused plea offers “on principle,” saying they did nothing wrong in the June 3rd altercation with police.
  • Today in 2006, Brad Paisley claimed three trophies at the 41st annual Academy of Country Music awards: the Dolly Parton duet, “When I Get Where I’m Going,” took Vocal Event and Video of the Year; his “Time Well Wasted” record took Album.
  • Today in 2012, Reba McEntire sang “Turn On The Radio” with “American Idol” contestant Skylar Laine on the season finale of the show. Carrie Underwood and Scotty McCreery also attended as competitor Jessica Sanchez covers Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
  • Today in 2013, Carrie Underwood pledged $1-million to the American Red Cross to aid recovery efforts after tornadoes ripped through her native Oklahoma.
  • Today in 2014, George Strait performed at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the first of three stadium dates his “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.” Also on the bill: Reba McEntire and Chris Young.
  • Today in 2016, Jason Michael Carroll delivered the Heimlich maneuver to a choking toddler, saving the boy’s life.
  • Today in 2017, Brett Young’s single, “In Case You Didn’t Know,” went platinum. On the same day, Thomas Rhett collected a gold single for “Star Of The Show” and Brantley Gilbert’s “The Weekend” also went gold.
  • Today in 2017, it was a heavy metal day for Florida Georgia Line as four of their singles were certified: “H.O.L.Y.” was certified triple-platinum, while platinum honors went to “Confession,” the Tim McGraw collaboration “May We All” and the Backstreet Boys effort “God, Your Mama, And Me.”
  • Today in 2017, Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cyrus failed to appear for a hearing over their most recent divorce filing. The motion was dismissed.
  • Today in 2017, Chris Stapleton welcomed a surprise guest during his show at Red Rocks Amphitheater near Denver: Retired NFL quarterback Peyton Manning jumped on stage to duet on “Tennessee Whiskey.”

Brad Paisley Explains The Strange Anniversary Gift He Got For Wife

Ellen DeGeneres is wrapping up her daytime talk show, and had good friend Brad Paisley stop by for a final interview, where he revealed the surprising gift he got wife Kimberly Williams Paisley for their recent 19th anniversary.

Ellen showed a picture of the gift, which was a stool in the shape of an ear of corn with a bite taken out of it.

“She’s got this thing we call a she-shack, and it’s chicken themed, so she’s got a stuffed chicken stool rest thing — it’s not a real chicken, thank God — but it’s eating the ear of corn,” Brad explained. “Such a great anniversary gift for anyone who’s thinking about doing that.

After Ellen quipped, “Anyone wanting to end the marriage,” Brad joked, “I keep trying,” before seriously adding, “She loves that stuff. She’s got a great sense of humor, as you know.”

Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show


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