First Set Of CMA Award Performers Announced

The first round of CMA Award performers have been announced, and it’s already shaping up to be another memorable show.

Artists confirmed to perform include Jimmie Allen, Brothers Osborne, Eric Church, Dan + Shay, Mickey Guyton featuring Brittney Spencer and Madeline Edwards, Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde, and Blake Shelton. And that’s just the beginning, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

The 55th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan, airs November 10th on ABC live from the Bridgestone Arena.

Source: CMA

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1965, Ernest Tubb was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 1991, “The Patsy Cline Collection” album was released.
  • Today in 1992, Mark Chesnutt’s second album, “Longnecks and Short Stories,” went gold.
  • Today in 1992, the album, “Wynonna,” by Wynonna was certified double platinum.
  • Today in 1996, Tracy Byrd released the album, “Big Love” and Mary Chapin Carpenter released the album, “A Place in the World.”
  • Today in 1999, Martina McBride was #1 on “Radio & Records’” Country Top 50 chart with her single, “I Love You.”
  • Today in 2002, the USA Network held the first auditions for the inaugural edition of the “Nashville Star” Ronnie Dunn and Trace Adkins were both on hand, as is Jon Brennan, who is better known as the shy, aspiring country singer from the second season of MTV’s “Real World.” Of course, Buddy Jewell went on to win the competition in May 2003.
  • Today in 2005, Keith Urban’s “Better Life” began a six-week run at the top of the Billboard chart.
  • Today in 2008, a wax figure of Carrie Underwood was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in New York.
  • Today in 2011, Ronne Dunn sang “The Star Spangled Banner” at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals swamped the Texas Rangers in a World Series game.
  • Today in 2012, Taylor Swift’s “Red” album was released.
  • Today in 2016, Eric Church donated $1-million for diabetes research during a fundraiser at the Westin in Charlotte, where his parents, Ken and Rita Church, received an award.
  • Today in 2017, Alan Jackson, songwriter Don Schlitz (the author of “The Gambler”) and the late Jerry Reed were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


This week’s H & S Feed & Country Store Pet of the Week is “Xena”, a 1 year old female Pitbull/Lab mix. Xena is an affectionate, playful girl who loves toys and gets along great with kids, but she will need to be the only pet in the home, as she doesn’t get along well with other dogs or cats. Xena is fully vetted, vaccinated and spayed – and she would love to meet you!

If you’d like to set up an appointment to meet Xena 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 Xena with Terry Gott from Stephen Memorial Animal Shelter here:

Eric Church Drops Video For ‘Heart On Fire’

Eric Church is out with a brand new video. The clip is for his latest single “Heart On Fire.”

The video, directed by Reid Long, features clips from previous Eric videos, including “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Ladies,” “Springsteen,” “Mr. Misunderstood” and more, all digitally altered to make it look like he is singing “Heart On Fire” in them.

The clip ends with present-day Eric singing the song backed by his full band.

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1957, the Elvis Presley film “Jailhouse Rock” premiered.
  • Today in 1968, Nashville’s top Country Music Awards go to Jeannie C. Riley’s “Harper Valley P.T.A.” for best song and to “Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison” for best album.
  • Today in 1987, the “Hillbilly Deluxe” album by Dwight Yoakam was certified gold.
  • Today in 1987, “The Best Of Dan Seals” album was released.
  • Today in 1994, Willie Nelson’s “Always On My Mind” album was certified quadruple platinum.
  • Today in 1997, Wynonna Judd’s album, “The Other Side,” was released.
  • Today in 1999, the “Wide Open Spaces” album by the Dixie Chicks was certified for multi-platinum sales of 8-million.
  • Today in 2001, some of country music’s biggest artists gathered in Nashville to show their support of America and to raise money for the Salvation Army, which has been working around the clock since the September 11th terrorist attacks. The music at the “Country Freedom Concert” began with Martina McBride’s a cappella introduction to “Independence Day” and closed with Trisha Yearwood and a choir belting out “We Shall Be Free.” But those were just two of the key moments during the three-hour show that featured some unexpected songs while the artists – and the fans – demonstrated their unwavering love of America.
  • Today in 2001, Billy Gilman took part in the all-star “United We Stand” concert in Washington, D.C.
  • Today in 2001, Alan Jackson was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2002, it was revealed that Faith Hill’s “Cry” album debuted at #1 on “Billboard’s” Top Country Albums chart as well as the all-genre “Billboard 200” chart. The CD sold a whopping 472,000 copies in just its first week – that was the highest SoundScan debut in history for any Warner Bros. Records recording artist. Plus, first-week sales of “Cry” were nearly twice her record-breaking 1999 “Breathe” debut, which also hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top 200 Album and Country Album Chart (it sold 242,229 in its first week).
  • Today in 2003, the Eagles’ album, “Eagles – The Very Best Of,” as well as Mark Wills’ “And The Crowd Goes Wild” arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2004, Toby Keith received his second quadruple-platinum album for “Shock’n Y’all.”
  • Today in 2009, Brad Paisley performed at Madison Square Garden for the first time.
  • Today in 2012, Garth Brooks, Connie Smith, and session keyboard player, Hargus “Pig” Robbins, officially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • Today in 2014, Little Big Town’s “Pain Killer” album was released.
  • Today in 2015, Miranda Lambert makes a surprise appearance during Taylor Swift’s concert at the Greensboro Coliseum in North Carolina. They team on “Little Red Wagon.”
  • Today in 2016, Zac Brown Band guitarist Coy Bowles and his wife, Kylie, welcomed daughter Hattie Bowles shortly after midnight.
  • Today in 2017, Kane Brown’s “What Ifs,” featuring Lauren Alaina, began a five-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart.
  • Today in 2017, Reid Perry, of The Band Perry, had an emergency appendectomy at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
  • Today in 2017, Shania Twain’s single, “Now,” hit #1.
  • Today in 2018, Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West and fiddler Johnny Gimble were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame during an official medallion ceremony.
  • Today in 2019, Brett Young and wife Taylor Mills welcome a daughter, Presley Elizabeth Young.
  • Today in 2020, Garth Brooks was injured in a saw accident after working on his deck at home in Tennessee. Fortunately, the damage is relatively minor: he lost the fingernail on his left ring finger.

Randy Travis Pens Heartfelt Tribute To Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks helped pay tribute to Randy Travis last week when he was awarded the CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award, and now Randy is returning the favor.

Randy penned a heartfelt note to Garth posted to Facebook, writing, “When my last silent prayer is said, I’ll thank God for Garth Brooks in my life.”

Randy notes, “Garth Brooks came along right behind me and kept cheering me on as he climbed his own ‘taller’ mountain! I’m so glad one was near the other,” adding, “I’m on the other side of my mountain, so we don’t see each other as much; but, never a day goes by that I doubt Garth is still there for me — telling the world now, what he told me back then.”

Finally Randy shares, “Thank you, Garth, for the time you always take from your climb, to check on me and share your kind words with the world about what I meant to you. I may have helped bring our genre back to life, but you taught it how to live!”

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1951, Hank Williams signed a movie contract with MGM.
  • Today in 1955, a little known singer, Elvis Presley, played at a sock hop at Brooklyn High School (a Cleveland suburb) in his first appearance outside his native South (along with Pat Boone and Bill Haley and the Comets).
  • Today in 1967, Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry hosted the first CMA Awards presentation.
  • Today in 1982, the Statler Brothers’ “Christmas Card” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1991, Clint and Lisa Hartman Black were married on a farm outside of Houston. In his vows, Clint told Lisa, “Our two lives will become one life and together the two of us will overcome what would overcome one.”
  • Today in 1992, Travis Tritt’s album, “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1992, the film, “Pure Country,” starring George Strait, premiered in Nashville. Attendees included George, Garth Brooks, Joe Diffie and Randy Travis.
  • Today in 1993, Mark Chesnutt’s “Almost Goodbye” album was certified gold.
  • Today in 1994, the “Heartaches” album by Patsy Cline was certified gold.
  • Today in 1998, Deana Carter’s Everything’s Gonna Be Alright album was released.
  • Today in 1999, Martina McBride’s album, “Emotion,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 2000, Vince Gill and Amy Grant adopted a mixed-breed puppy from Love at First Sight in Nashville’s Sylvan Park. The family’s new addition was a 6-week-old golden retriever-Shetland sheep dog mix.
  • Today in 2008, The Zac Brown Band’s “Chicken Fried” video debuted on CMT.
  • Today in 2009, Curb released Tim McGraw’s “Southern Voice” album
  • Today in 2011, The Eli Young Band earned its first platinum single for “Crazy Girl.”
  • Today in 2012, Brad Paisley headlined the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time. The bill also included The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery.
  • Today in 2013, Kelly Clarkson married Brandon Blackstock in Tennessee.
  • Today in 2016, Little Big Town’s “Better Man,” which written by Taylor Swift, hit the airwaves.

Luke Bryan To Host The 55th Annual CMA Awards

The CMA Awards has found its host. Luke Bryan has been tapped to host the 55th Annual CMA Awards airing live November 10th from Nashville on ABC.

Luke, a two-time CMA Entertainer of the Year Award winner, will be hosting the CMAs for the very first time. He is also the first solo host for the show in 18 years. Vince Gill was the last person to host solo, back in 2003.

“The CMA Awards is one of the biggest nights of the year for Country Music,” Luke shares. “Being asked to host the CMA Awards was definitely something I put a lot of thought into before answering. The pressure that comes along with that can be overwhelming, but knowing I get to help honor and celebrate so many of my friends, I knew it was something I couldn’t turn down.” He adds, “I’m looking forward to making it fun and memorable and using this platform to continue to make Country Music shine.”

Eric Church and Chris Stapleton are tied for the most CMA nominations this year with five a piece. Luke is nominated for Musical Event of the Year for his Jordan Davis collab “Buy Dirt.”

Source: CMA

This day in Country Music History

  • Today in 1952, Hank and Billie Jean Williams repeated their wedding vows onstage in New Orleans.
  • Today in 1963, Buck Owens attained the #1 spot on the Billboard country singles chart with “Love’s Gonna Live Here.”
  • Today in 1972, the album, “The Best Of Charley Pride, Vol. 2,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1984, Willie Nelson’s “Stardust” album was certified triple platinum.
  • Today in 1985, Reba McEntire sang the national anthem prior to the first game of the World Series at Royal Stadium in Kansas City. The Cardinals beat the Royals, 3-1
  • Today in 1991, Country Music Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry announcer Grant Turner died six hours after being on the Opry stage.
  • Today in 1993, Patty Loveless’ album, “Only What I Feel,” was certified gold.
  • Today in 1995, George Jones & Tammy Wynette performed the only full-fledged Nashville concert of their career, uniting on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry House.
  • Today in 1997, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, Vince Gill honored his late friend and influence, John Denver. Vince played “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and invited the audience to sing along.
  • Today in 1999, Keith Urban’s self-titled debut album as a solo artist arrived in stores.
  • Today in 2002, Keith Urban began a six-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with “Somebody Like You.”
  • Today in 2006, Keith Urban checked into the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, to cope with a recurrence of substance abuse. In a statement, he offered, “One can never let one’s guard down on recovery, and I’m afraid I have”
  • Today in 2011, Scotty McCreery performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” before game 1 of the World Series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals win the opener, 3-2, against the Texas Rangers, partially owned by Charley Pride.
  • Today in 2013, Jason Aldean headlined the historic Hollywood Bowl for the first time. Filling out the bill were Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett.
  • Today in 2015, Blake Shelton sued “In Touch Weekly” for more than $1-million, saying a cover story that claimed he had gone to rehab defamed him. Overcoming a number of legal hurdles – including the need to prove that the headlines weren’t protected free speech – Shelton settled with the mag in April 2017.
  • Today in 2017, Big & Rich, Cam and surprise guests Rascal Flatts played a benefit concert for Route 91 Music Festival shooting victims at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
  • Today in 2017, Dierks Bentley lead a tribute concert to the late Ralph Stanley at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Also on the bill are Darryl Worley, Heidi Newfield, Nathan Stanley, Ralph Stanley II, T. Graham Brown, T Bone Burnett and Doug Supernaw.

Lady A’s Hillary Scott Says “Like A Lady” Is About ‘Female Empowerment’

Lady A’s latest single “Like A Lady” is centered around a strong female who knows what she wants and isn’t going to sit around waiting for a man to get it. Hillary Scott says the song is about “female empowerment,” which is what she loves about it.

“It’s not just about getting all fancy in heels and a dress,” she says. “It’s about just feeling comfortable in your skin, and that is what makes being a woman sexy.”

Source: Lady A


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