CMT To Celebrate The Life Of Kenny Rogers

CMT is set to celebrate the life and music of Kenny Rogers next week, and raise money in the process. “CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares” will premiere Wednesday at 8 pm.

The special will feature some of your favorite artists celebrating Kenny with performances and interviews from their homes, along with archival photos, interviews and performances from Kenny.

Artists confirmed for the special include Dolly Parton, Gavin DeGraw, Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Jennifer Nettles, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Michael McDonald, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill and more.

As part of the special, fans will be asked to donate money in Kenny’s honor to MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Source: CMT

This day in 2002, Brad Paisley wins Songwriter/Artist of the Year honors

Today in 2002, Brad Paisley was surprised with the annual NASI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) “Songwriter/Artist of the Year” award while he was in Nashville at the Legendary Songwriters Acoustic Concert. The NASI is one of the organizers of Tin Pan South, the annual songwriter event, which also takes place in Nashville. Bill Anderson, who hosted the event and is a collaborator friend of Brad’s, presented him with the award.

Meet the H&S Feed & Country Store Pet of The Week: “Daisy”

This week’s Pet of The Week brought to you by H & S Feed & Country Store in Oskaloosa is an affectionate 2 year old female Pit Bull named “Daisy”.

She’s house-trained, loves attention, and gets along with other dogs, but does not get along well with cats.

Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, but if you have questions about Daisy, you can call (641) 673-3991 and leave a message.

Dolly Parton Donates $1 Million Towards Coronavirus Research

Dolly Parton is opening up her wallet to help advance the research being done to find a cure for the coronavirus. The singer announced she’s donating $1 million to Nashville’s Vanderbilt hospital.

“My longtime friend Dr. Naji Abumrad, who’s been involved in research at Vanderbilt for many years, informed me that they were making some exciting advancements towards research of the coronavirus for a cure,” Dolly shared on social media. “I am making a donation of $1 million to Vanderbilt towards that research and to encourage people that can afford it to make donations.”

She signed the post, “Keep the faith, Dolly.”


CMA Fest 2020 Canceled

Country music’s biggest summer event is not going to happen. It was announced yesterday that CMA Fest 2020 which was supposed to take place in Nashville in June, has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“After careful deliberation, and in following the latest guidance from national, state and local authorities, we are sad to announce that CMA Fest will not take place in 2020,” read a statement from CMA. “ Whether you planned to attend CMA Fest for the first time, or you have attended many times throughout the last 48 years, we know how special this festival is for Country Music fans around the globe and that many will be disappointed by this decision.”

They add, “As the world is still greatly affected by the spread of COVID-19, we cannot in good conscience risk the health and well-being of our fans, artists, staff and Country Music community.”

CMA says fans who already bought tickets will be given several options, including holding the tickets for next year’s fest, or getting a full refunds.

As for next year’s fest, it’s confirmed to take place June 10th to 13th, 2021.

Source: CMA

This day in 2000: Country stars lend their voices to “Tom Sawyer”

Today in 2000, TNN premiered the animated movie, “Tom Sawyer.” Rhett Akins was the voice of Tom Sawyer, Lee Ann Womack provided the voice of Becky Thatcher, Mark Wills was Huck Finn and Waylon Jennings was Judge Thatcher. Hank Williams Jr. was at his “bad boy” best, infusing his voice into the menacing character of Injurin’ Joe. Marty Stuart provided the voice for the zealous Reverend, television veteran Betty White voiced Aunt Polly, while film and television icon Don Knotts had the perfect voice for the befuddled Mutt Potter.

Brad Paisley Launches #Gratitunes To Celebrate Medical Professionals

Yesterday was National Doctors Day, and to mark the occasion, and celebrate those on the front line of the coronavirus, the country community has launched a new campaign called Gratitunes.  The initiative supports the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) staff, with Brad Paisley launching the campaign with a performance of “Southern Comfort Zone.”

Brad urged folks to visit the gratitunes website and share their own #Gratitunes to the playlist “to be enjoyed by the doctors, nurses, and medical staff on the frontlines of fighting COVID-19.”

Other artists expected to take part in the campaign include Lauren Alaina, Sara Evans, Amy Grant, Dustin Lynch, Jewel, Lindsay Ell, Shane McAnally and Walker Hayes.

Check out the song HERE.

Source: Billboard

This day in 1962: Patsy Cline hits number one

Today in 1962, Patsy Cline hit the top of the country charts with “She’s Got You.”

According to the Ellis Nassour biography Honky Tonk Angel: The Intimate Story of Patsy Cline, writer Hank Cochran remembers calling Cline and telling her that he’d just written her next number 1 hit. She told him to come over to her house with a bottle of liquor and play it on the guitar for her and friend Dottie West who was visiting that afternoon. Cline was emotionally moved by its lyrics and loved the song so much that she learned it that night, calling up her manager and producer to sing it to them over the phone. At her next session, she recorded it. This was a rare instance, as Cline and her producer, Owen Bradley, often disagreed with each other’s choice of material. This time, they both agreed they had a hit.

The theme of the song revolves around material possessions of a lost love:

I’ve got the records, that we used to share
And they still sound the same, as when you were here
The only thing different, the only thing new
I’ve got the records … she’s got you.

“She’s Got You” was written as Cline’s follow-up single to her two previous big hits of the previous year, “I Fall to Pieces” and “Crazy”. “She’s Got You” was released on January 30, 1962, and immediately went to No. 1 on the Hot C&W Sides country chart, and to No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also went to number three on the Easy Listening chart. “She’s Got You” marked her first hit single in the United Kingdom, where it reached No. 43. “She’s Got You” later became classic and was one of the songs to help jump-start Cline’s career. The hit led to an appearance on American Bandstand with Dick Clark that February and led to Cline having her own show in Las Vegas in the following November. “She’s Got You” was followed by a few other minor hits that year, including “Imagine That”, “When I Get Thru’ With You”, “So Wrong”, and “Strange”. On August 6, 1962, Cline’s third album Sentimentally Yours was released, featuring “She’s Got You”.

“She’s Got You” has been recorded by numerous artists, such as Dean Martin (He’s Got You), Rosanne Cash, Ricky Van Shelton, LeAnn Rimes, Timi Yuro, Jimmy Buffett, Lee Ann Womack, Cat Power, Elvis Costello, Loretta Lynn and Rhiannon Giddens.

In 1977, the Loretta Lynn remake was a No. 1 country hit, when her tribute album to Cline called I Remember Patsy was released.

The song was covered by Don McLean on his 1987 compilation Greatest Hits Then & Now as “He’s Got You”. McLean’s version peaked at number 73 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.

Source: Wikipedia

Joe Diffie succumbs to COVID-19

JOE DIFFIE died yesterday because of complications from COVID-19. He was 61. His family posted the news on Facebook. It was only Friday that he announced he had tested positive for coronavirus.

Joe had 17 Top 10 Country hits . . . and five of them went to #1. Those were: “Pickup Man”, “Third Rock From the Sun”, “Bigger Than the Beatles”, “If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets)”, and “Home”.

Some of his other hits included “Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox (If I Die)”, “John Deere Green”, and “So Help Me Girl”. Joe also placed 12 albums on the “Billboard” Top Country Albums charts between 1990 and 2013.

He was churning out hits while a lot of today’s country stars were growing up, and they still love the guy. He got shout-outs in Jason Aldean’s hit “1994” . . . and Chris Young’s “Raised on Country”. Joe was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1993.

His final album was “Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie”, which came out last year. It featured new takes on 11 of his hit singles. Joe was married four times and had five children. He’s survived by his wife Tara.


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