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Christal's Country News - Monday, March 24th

by Christal Blue posted Mar 24 2014 9:08AM
George Strait's farewell "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour" rode into Nashville on Friday night with a show at the Bridgestone Arena downtown. Sheryl Crow opened the show. George then took the stage and kicked off his set with his 1985 hit "The Fireman." At one point in the show, Strait took a break from playing music and brought a wounded veteran and his wife onstage with him. The couple was then told that they were the recipients of a 100% mortgage-free free home as part of the Military Warriors Support Foundation's Homes4WoundedHeroes Program. The night also included surprise appearance from Eric Church and Kenny Chesney, and wrapped up with an appropriate performance of "The Cowboy Rides Away."  (Photo credit:

The Academy of Country Music has announced the winners of awards that will not be televised during the broadcast of the 49th Annual ACM Awards, due to time constraints. Some of those who will be honored at the event include Toby Keith and Ronnie Milsap who will receive the Career Achievement Award. Carrie Underwood will receive the Gene Weed Special Achievement Award, which recognizes a unique and outstanding individual achievement in country music.  Rascal Flatts have been chosen to receive the Jim Reeves International Award. As previously announced, Merle Haggard has been chosen to receive the Crystal Milestone Award. All off-camera ACM Award winners will be honored at the 8th Annual ACM Honors event on September 9 at Nashville's iconic Ryman Auditorium.

On Friday, Dolly Parton appeared on NBC's Today to make an announcement about a special addition to her Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Dolly joined the show's hosts via satellite from Dollywood, telling them that the park was now in its 29th season. Parton then revealed the big announcement was Dollywood’s news roller coaster, the Firechaser Express.  But it wasn't just Dollywood talk on the show. When Parton was asked about a possible reunion with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda from her 1980 film 9 to 5, she said, "whatever they're doing, I'm in!”

Blake Shelton has his devoted BSers and Taylor Swift's has her steadfast Swifties, but another loyal fan following is on the rise who call themselves the Cassettes. The Cassettes are the loyal fan base of rising country star Cassadee Pope. So, how did the name Cassettes come about? Cassadee says through the magic of Twitter, her fans named themselves, and have begun sending her necklaces with little cassette tape charms.

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