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Christal's Country News - Tuesday, March 18th

by Christal Blue posted Mar 18 2014 2:54PM
Frankie Ballard's single "Helluva Life" has topped the Country Charts this week, giving him his first number one song. The song is Ballard's fastest rising single to date and has sold nearly 400,000 digital copies. Frankie says, "I'm more than happy to play this one for the rest of my helluva life!" "Helluva Life" was released as the lead single from Ballard's second studio album, Sunshine & Whiskey, which hit store shelves last month. Frankie is currently touring all over the country and will join Jake Owen's "Days of Gold Tour" for select dates through the summer. (Photo Credit:

Darius Rucker is set to host his fifth annual "Darius and Friends" benefit concert in Nashville on June 2 at the Wildhorse Saloon. Proceeds from the "Darius and Friends" concert will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and will be the unofficial kick off to CMA Music Festival week. The concert will be held together with The Darius and Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament, which is set to take place on June 3. Last year, the concert and golf tournament raised more than $95,000 to help St. Jude and their mission to provide the best care possible to children with cancer at no cost to their families. Artists performing with Darius in past years have included Clint Black, Luke Bryan, Randy Houser, Dustin Lynch, Justin Moore and Kid Rock, among others. The lineup for this year's event will be announced soon.  

Jon Pardi's single "Up All Night" has been certified gold, signifying sales of 500,000 copies. The song is the second single off his debut album, Write You A Song, which was released in January. Pardi just wrapped up a tour with Thomas Rhett and played Luke Bryan's Spring Break event in Panama City Beach, Florida. He is also set to join Dierks Bentley on his "Riser Tour" this summer, as well as headline several of his own dates.

Garth Brooks will embark on his much anticipated world tour later this year, but the fans aren't the only ones who can't wait for the upcoming trek. Trisha Yearwood will be joining Garth on his tour later this year, and she can't wait for that day to arrive. Trisha is currently on the road on her "Just Because Tour," so she has focused her attention on those shows for the time being. Trisha next scheduled performance is set for March 26 in Austin, Texas at Austin City Limits Live.

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September 23, 2014......Looking for a singer.......

1.  His only number one hit was a cover tune.

2.  When his singing career seemed to fizzle, he became an author and motivational speaker.

3.  He was active in the "Make A Wish" Foundation.

Answer:  Kevin Sharp

Sharp made his debut on the country music scene in 1997 with a cover of R & B artist Tony Rich's single "Nobody Knows", a cover which topped the Billboard country charts for four weeks.

Plagued with health problems since his teenage years, tragically, he died at the age of 43.
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