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by Denny & Christal posted Jan 30 2015 10:06AM
Tim McGraw will step in to perform for Glen Campbell at the 87th Academy Awards next month. McGraw will perform Campbell's song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You," which is nominated in the Best Original Song category at the show. Campbell's family said in a statement, "We are thrilled that Tim McGraw will be singing 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You' on Glen's behalf at the Academy Awards." Campbell co-wrote the song for the documentary Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me, which centers on the singer's struggle with Alzheimer's disease as he embarked on his farewell tour. The 87th Academy Awards will take place on February 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will air at 8:30 PM ET on ABC. This year's ceremony will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris

The nominees for the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced this morning at 8:30 AM ET via digital press conference. There will be appearances by special VIP guests who will announce the categories via social media posts. The fourth annual ACM digital press conference can be viewed on the ACM's Facebook and Instagram pages as well as its Twitter feed. Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to host this year's ceremony that will be broadcast live from AT&T Stadium in North Texas on April 19 at 8:00 PM ET on CBS.


Sam Hunt will headline The 6th Annual CountryMusicIsLove benefit Concert in Nashville on February 23. The concert, which raises money for the The Children's Heart Foundation, will take place at The Listening Room Cafe in Nashville. All proceeds from the concert will be donated to The Children's Heart Foundation, the nation's leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart research funding. The event has raised thousands of dollars for charities in previous years and has featured performances by top acts such as Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, Brett Eldredge, Chase Rice, Thompson Square and Craig Campbell.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has extended the Alan Jackson: 25 Years of Keepin' It Country exhibit through June 21. The exhibit, which was originally scheduled to close in March, highlights the first 25 years Jackson's career and includes his awards, instruments, costumes and personal mementos. To celebrate the extension, the museum will put Jackson's '55 Ford Thunderbird back on display from February 8 to 16. The T-Bird is very special to Jackson and even served as inspiration for his 2002 song "First Love." Alan drove the car throughout high school and his wife, Denise Jackson, even agreed to a first date with her future husband because "he owned the coolest car in town."



by Denny & Christal posted Jan 28 2015 9:15AM

It seems Blake Shelton is licking his acting chops. Following his debut as host of NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend, Blake is now set to star in the upcoming Adam Sandler film Ridiculous 6, according to The Wrap. Ridiculous 6 is a Western spoof that will be Sandler's first of four films announced in his huge deal with streaming service Netflix. Joining Shelton in the all-star cast will be Sandler,Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Vanilla Ice, Whitney Cummings, Steve Buscemi, Rob Schneider, Dan Aykroyd, and many more. Blake is set to play legendary lawman Wyatt Earp while Vanilla Ice will play Mark Twain. Production for the film will reportedly start in February.

Chicago is known for its famous deep dish pizza and hot dogs, but The Windy City will soon be getting a down-home dose of country music. Live Nation Entertainment revealed plans yesterday to launch Chicago's first major country music festival dubbed the Windy City LakeShake. The three-day festival will take place on the city's scenic Northerly Island located on the shores of Lake Michigan. The festival will run from June 19 through 21 and will feature headlining acts Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line and Brad Paisley. Set against the iconic backdrop of Chicago's city skyline, the festival will also feature performances by Frankie Ballard, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, Maddie and Tae, Kip Moore, Justin Moore, Joe Nichols, Cassadee Pope, RaeLynn, and Thomas Rhett among others. There will also be more acts revealed in the coming weeks. 

They say letting your baby listen to classical music when you're pregnant will turn them in to a classical fan later in life, but is the same true for country music? Carrie Underwood seems to be putting that hypothesis to the test. Carrie recently revealed that she's been letting her baby listen to music, but only if the tunes meet her criteria. Carrie may not be playing classical music for her baby boy, but she is exposing him to the classics including favorites she grew up with like George Strait, Reba McEntire, Alan Jackson, and Trisha Yearwood.



The lineup at Rock The Ocean's Tortuga Music Festival is getting even more star power with the addition of more hot country acts to the roster. The already announced headliners Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band will be joined at the festival by The Band Perry and Josh Turner.  The third annual festival is set for April 12-13 at Florida's oceanfront Fort Lauderdale Beach Park, where tens of thousands of fans are expected make it out to enjoy the good music and sunshine. Previously announced performers include Sam Hunt, Jake Owen, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, David Nail, The Mavericks, Colt Ford, Chase Rice, Frankie Ballard, Chase Bryant and many more.

by Denny & Christal posted Jan 26 2015 9:33AM

Blake Shelton was the host and musical guest on NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend, becoming the eighth country star to host the sketch comedy show. In Shelton's opening monologue, he referred to himself as the Justin Bieber of country music, saying he's "just a trouble making cutie." Blake also paid homage to his country roots by leading a Hee Haw reenactment during his opening monologue. Blake also starred as the "Farm Hunk" in a skit that was an obvious parody of the reality show The Bachelor. Blake also played himself in a skit that featured members of The Voice competing with members of American Idol on an episode of Family Feud.

Mom-to-be Carrie Underwood is using a little ingenuity to make mealtime a little more convenient. The singer took to Twitter recently to reveal that she's found a new use for her baby bump. Carrie shared a picture with her 4 million Twitter followers which shows her resting a bowl of snacks on her pregnant belly. The caption for the photo read, "Pregnancy perk: using my belly as a tabletop for my snacks! Nom nom nom..." Underwood and her husband Mike Fisher are expecting their child, a boy, this spring.

One of Brad Paisley's fans will have a jam session he'll never forget thanks to YouTube. The fan is a musician by the name Blaze, and he's created song and music video paying homage to Paisley. The song, which Blaze wrote and recorded, is titled "Brad Paisley" and it shows him hanging out with someone who's had Paisley's face superimposed over their own. Centered on the tag line "I wanna jam with Brad Paisley," Blaze's song tells the story of how a musician who grew up influenced by rock groups such as KISS started to like country music after hear Brad "tearing it up" on the radio. And, the hard work Blaze put into making the video has not gone unnoticed by the song's subject, who has agreed to jam out with the young musician. Brad took to Twitter recently to say, "Speechless. Obviously, a lot of work went into this. & yessir, I will jam with you. My local @guitarcenter or yours?" There's no word yet on when the two guitarists will jam together.

Lee Brice checked off a "bucket list" item Saturday (1/24) night when he joined Garth Brooks on stage to sing "More Than A Memory" before a sold out crowd in Boston's TD Garden arena. The song was Lee's first #1 as a songwriter and is the only song in Billboard's radio chart history to debut at #1. Garth later tweeted out a thank you to Brice.



by Denny & Christal posted Jan 22 2015 8:27AM

Luke Bryan held a press conference yesterday morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville to reveal his plans for 2015. One of his major announcements was that the Hall of Fame will unveil a new exhibit highlighting special treasures from his career. The exhibit is set to open this May and will run through November. Luke also announced that he will release his seventh Spring Break album on March 10. The album, titled Spring Break…Checkin' Out, will be Bryan's final album in the Spring Break series and it will be available in stores as well as digitally. He will also return to Panama City Beach for two free shows on March 11 and 12 at Spinnaker Beach Club. These will be Luke's last Spring Break shows in Panama City where last year's concerts brought more than 230,000 fans.

Justin Moore was one of the country stars that have responded to the bashing of the Oscar nominated American Sniper movie by such Hollywood heavy weights as Seth Rogen and Michael Moore. Justin took to twitter – much like Blake Shelton did – on Tuesday and tweeted, "Little late to the party but wanna say I 100% agree and stand behind @cmorganmusic @blakeshelton @CharlieDaniels in light of recent ignorance shown by some insensitive folks in the public eye. God bless our military for all they do. I'll continue teaching my kids they're all heroes." Later he tweeted, "1 more thing...Id pay to see these people say anything like this to either of my grandpas, and watch the response. Both are veterans...#USA."

Miranda Lambert has been added to the list of performers at next month's Grammy Awards. Miranda has earned four Grammy nominations this year, including Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song for "Automatic," Best Country Duo/Group Performance for "Somethin' Bad" with Carrie Underwood, and Best Country Album for Platinum. Fellow country star Eric Church is already slated to perform on "Music's Biggest Night," The 57th Annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8 and will air on CBS at 8 PM ET.

While much of the country watched President Obama give the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night in our nation's capital, members of Lady Antebellum were in The Lone Star State at different type of political event. The trio was in Austin, Texas on Tuesday to perform at the Texas Inaugural Ball. According to the Houston Chronicle, Lady A's appearance at the inauguration marked the first time the group had ever performed at a political event. Thousands of people gathered at the Austin Convention Center to celebrate the inauguration of Republican Governor Greg Abbott as the 48thgovernor of Texas. The celebration also marked the first inauguration of a governor in Texas in nearly 15 years.


by Denny & Christal posted Jan 21 2015 8:28AM

Kenny Chesney will celebrate his birthday Nashville style when he kicks off his "The Big Revival Tour" at Bridgestone Arena on March 26. Now due to fan demand that celebration has been extended with yesterday's announcement of a second show at the venue the very next day (March 27). Chesney is eager to get back out in front of his fans after taking a year off of the road, and it seems the fans are equally as excited. Tickets for both Music City shows will go on sale this Friday, and Kenny's just glad he could meet his fan's demands. The tour, which will play at nearly two-dozen NFL-sized stadiums this summer, has dates scheduled through the end of August.     

Several celebrities have come to the defense of the new film American Sniper after actor Seth Rogen and filmmaker Michael Moore took to Twitter to criticize the film, which tells the story of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Rogen mocked the film by comparing it to the fictional Nazi propaganda film that appeared in the movie Inglourious Basterds, while Moore tweeted, "My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren't heroes. And invaders r worse." Following the controversial tweets, several country stars, such as Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and Charlie Daniels, joined other celebrities to come to the defense of the film. Blake took to Twitter to show his support for the film, and tweeted, "Sickens me to see celebrities or anybody slam the very people who protect their right to talk BLEEP" Daniels singled the filmmaker out with a tweet that read, "Hey Michael Moore These are the guys who defend the right for you to say the stupid things U say U might say thanks."  

The wait is almost over! Get out a pen and paper to write this down: the nominees for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards will be announced on Tuesday, January 27. Four-time ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the annual award show, which will take place for the first time ever from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 19. The 50th Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live at 8:00 PM ET on CBS and will feature performances from some of the hottest acts in country music. More information regarding the award show will be released as it gets closer.

RASCAL FLATTS announced the cities but not the dates of their "Riot Tour 2015".  It'll kick off May 29th in St. Louis, Missouri and continue through the summer.  SCOTTY MCCREERY will open the shows.  The tour includes stops in both Virginia Beach and DC. (The "Riot Tour" is NOT part of their residency at the Hard Rock Hotel.  That runs from February 25th until March 14th, with "Voice" winner CRAIG WAYNE BOYD as the opener.)


by Denny & Christal posted Jan 20 2015 8:13AM

Kenny Chesney'ssingle "'Til It's Gone" has topped the country chart this week, giving the singer his 26thcareer number one. For Kenny, this song also represents the love he has for his fans which makes its success on the charts even sweeter. Kenny says "'Til It's Gone" is a song about living every last drop with the people who matter to you, and the people who have made such a difference in his life are his loyal fans. "'Til It's Gone" is the second consecutive #1 from Kenny's latest albumThe Big Revival, which was released in September.

Thomas Rhett joined his friends from Florida Georgia Line over the weekend to help launch their headlining "Anything Goes Tour." The sold-out opening weekend kicked off with a show in Toledo, Ohio and rounded out the weekend with dates in Dayton, Ohio and Charlottesville, Virginia. Rhett says, "It was an awesome way to kick off the New Year." Just as the "Anything Goes Tour" was getting started, it was announced that the trek would be extended with dates through October.

CRAIG MORGANis angry withSETH ROGENfor hisTweetabout the movie"American Sniper".  Here's what Seth wrote, quote, "'American Sniper'kind of reminds me of the movie that's showing in the third act of'Inglourious Basterds'." Seth's referring to a fake Nazi propaganda film from'Inglourious Basterds'that features a German sniper killing Allied soldiers.  Comparing that to the story ofChris Kyle, a real American soldier, whom some say is a hero, is too much for Craig. He hit up Facebook with a few choice words, and then he lit into Rogen:  Quote, "You are fortunate to enjoy the privilege and freedom of working in and living in the U.S., and saying whatever you want (regardless of how ignorant the statement) thanks to people like Chris Kyle."  (Craig spent 10 years in the military and has no tolerance for those who don't support our service members.) For his part, Seth Rogen has sincebacked offand said that he actually LIKED"American Sniper".  And Seth wants you to know that it only "reminded him" of theQUENTIN TARANTINOscene. (You can read Craig's full

by Denny & Christal posted Jan 19 2015 8:44AM

Dolly Parton celebrates her 69th birthday today and in so many ways is still a big part of today's country music. Not only does she still write, record music and tour, but she's a big influence on so many of country music's biggest stars of today. For one, Miranda Lambert says she patterns herself after Parton in business and newcomers Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton and Raelynn all site her as a huge influence.

After kicking off their headlining "Anything Goes Tour" just last week, Florida Georgia Line has announced that they'll be extending the much-anticipated trek into the fall. The newly added dates will begin on May 9 in Columbia, Maryland and will continue through October. Adding to the excitement of the tour's launch and extension, FGL will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow (1/20) and perform their current Top 10 hit "Sun Daze." The duo kicked off their "Anything Goes Tour" with a sold-out opening weekend playing shows in Toledo, Ohio, Dayton, Ohio and Charlottesville, Virginia. Their next stop on the tour is on January 22 in Biloxi, Mississippi. The tour features special guests Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard.

Sam Hunt will make on his debut appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Thursday (January 22) to perform his latest radio single from his debut album, Montevallo, and follows his Platinum-certified chart-topping hit "Leave the Night On." Sam's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show comes just as he's preparing to kick off his headlining "Lipstick Graffiti Tour" on January 29 in Los Angeles. Sam's first-ever headlining tour will run through the spring. After the tour wraps up, Hunt will continue on the "Wheels Up 2015 Tour" with Lady Antebellum and Hunter Hayes.

Vince Gill took the stage at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville last week to announce that he's joining the America's Best Communities partnership to revitalize small towns and cities across America. The Hall of Fame member was joined onstage by the CEOs of Frontier Communications, DISH Network Corp. and CoBank, who are all teaming up to reward communities with the best business plans for economic development and improved quality of life. Communities across the country are pursuing America's Best Communities Prize to win up to $3 million for economic revitalization, with a total of $10 million being given away. The winners of the competition will also share best practices and great ideas for innovative growth among all the communities that participate in the competition.


by Denny & Christal posted Jan 12 2015 9:38AM

Eric Church brought "The Outsiders World Tour" to Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on Saturday night and broke an attendance record at the venue that's been standing for nearly ten years. Eric's Saturday night show was attended by 18,411 fans, which shatters the venue's highest attended event, The Blue Collar Comedy Tour, in February of 2006. The news of Church's record-breaking show comes on the heels of the singer's achievement as the top-selling and highest-selling album debut of 2014 with The Outsiders and four Grammy nominations including Best Country Song for "Give Me Back My Hometown," and Best Country Album.

Lady Antebellum was named "Favorite Country Group" at last week's People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, but before they accepted the fan-voted award, one of the trio's members had a little wardrobe malfunction. While walking the red carpet before the ceremony got underway, the group made its way over to E! hostess Giuliana Rancic, who'd gotten word that Charles Kelley was rocking a rip in his pants. Rancic asked Kelley, "Is it true you have a hole in your pants?" Charles said yes, and even showed off the tiny tear to the cameras, saying, "This is when you know your pants are too tight — when you sit in a car and your pants go, 'Rip!'"

The world of country music is remembering the life of Little Jimmy Dickens, one of the greatest musicians to grace the Grand Ole Opry stage. Some of country's most notable artists even gathered at the Opry last week to honor the late musician and the indelible legacy he leaves behind.  Following Little Jimmy's death on January 2, another artist took to YouTube to share his favorite memory of the Opry legend as well as perform one of his lasting hits. In the video posted online, Charlie Worsham recalled an encounter he had with Dickens while backstage at the Opry and then paid tribute by playing his 1949 hit single "Country Boy," which Charlie referred to as "my favorite of all the 'country songs.'"

JASON ALDEAN wouldn't mind getting into the nightclub business.  But he doesn't want it to be a celebrity-type thing, like TOBY KEITH's I Love This Bar & Grill.  In fact, if it's up to Jason, people won't even know he's an owner.  He says, quote, "I'd rather not even have my name on it.

by Denny & Christal posted Jan 9 2015 10:56AM

The life and legacy of Little Jimmy Dickens was celebrated at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville yesterday. Friends and family of the late musician were all in attendance to pay tribute to the Opry legend, who passed away on January 2 at the age of 94. There were performances by Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Carrie Underwood, Steve Wariner, Connie Smith, Chris Young, among others. Little Jimmy's signature white hat and boots sat at the center of the stage surrounded by several of the singer's rhinestone suits which he had made so famous. After the two-hour celebration of life service concluded, Dickens was buried at a private service held at Woodlawn Funeral Home, the same place where fellow country legend George Jones was laid to rest.

It was a complete takeover of NBC's Today show yesterday when Garth Brooks made a historic appearance on the news and talk show's morning broadcast. With his appearance, Garth became the first guest in the 62-year history of the show to appear during all four hours of the broadcast. To make his Today show appearance even sweeter, Garth was also presented a Platinum disc for his latest album Man Against Machine. 

The people have spoken. Carrie Underwood was named "Favorite Female Country Artist" at Wednesday night's People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. This brings Carrie's total tally of wins at the annual award show to seven. Underwood's most recent win at the show was in 2010 when she was named "Favorite Country Artist." 2008 was a big year for Carrie, as she picked up the People's Choice Awards for "Favorite Female Singer", "Favorite Star 35 & Under" and "Favorite Country Song" for her hit "Last Name."  Carrie took home her first People's Choice trophies in 2006, when she won for "Favorite Female Singer" and "Favorite Country Song" for "Before He Cheats."

Blake Shelton has received the RIAA's first official certification of 2015 for his chart-topping single "Neon Light." The gold selling single is the first from his latest album, Bringing Back The Sunshine, and marks the second consecutive time Warner Music Nashville has earned the first certified single of the year. Additionally, Blake has just received a platinum certification for his 2010 compilation albumLoaded: The Best of Blake Shelton. This news come on the heels of the recent announcement that Shelton will make his debut as host and musical guest for the upcoming January 24 episode of NBC's sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live.


by Denny & Christal posted Jan 5 2015 11:25AM

Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens passed away on Friday afternoon at a Nashville area hospital. He was 94-years-old. Dickens died of cardiac arrest after being admitted to the hospital on Christmas Day following a stroke. The 4' 11" singer became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1948 and was the longest running member of the Opry. He last performed at the Opry on December 20th, one day after his 94th birthday. While on the Opry stage, Dickens delivered some of his trademark comedy and sang his classic song "Out Behind The Barn." Jimmy is survived by his wife Mona Dickens and two daughters. In 1983, Jimmy received the biggest honor in country music when was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame. 

Lady Antebellum will perform during the People's Choice Awards on Wednesday. The band is nominated for Favorite Country Group, along with The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts and Zac Brown Band. The awards will be handed out January 7 at 9PM ET on CBS.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Grand Ole Opry star Little Jimmy Dickens, who passed away on Friday at the age of 94. A public Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 7th in Nashville.  Then, a public Celebration Of Life Service will be held Thursday, January 8 at 11 AM at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Friends, family and the public are welcome at both.  Jimmy joined the Opry in 1948 and last performed on the Opry stage on Saturday, December 20, one day after his 94th birthday.

Carrie Underwood has landed on a pretty prestigious "Best of" list for 2014, and the "Good Girl" singer has her good manners to thank for claiming her spot among the other top celebrities. Underwood has as one of been named as one of the Twenty-Five Best-Mannered People of 2014 on the annual list published by the National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC). Carrie finds herself at number 13 on the list, coming in behind Mother Theresa and nudging out billionaire Warren Buffet in the 14th spot. The NLJC honors Carrie with a spot on the list for "consistently demonstrating courtesy to her fans." Coming in a number one on the list is talk show host Jimmy Fallon for "maintaining the dignity and respect of others through his comedic disposition as the host of The Tonight Show."

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December 10, 2014...........Looking for a singer/songwriter/musician.....

1.  This Virginia boy is not country and has won numerous Grammy Awards.

2.  A few years ago, he wrote the soundtrack to a popular animated film.

3.  He recently came under some fire after making controversial remarks about the Ferguson, Missouri incident.

Answer:  Pharrell Williams

In July, 2010, William's composed the soundtrack to the movie "Despicable Me".

Regarding the Ferguson,Missouri incident, Williams told Ebony Magazine that Michael Brown's actions inside a convenience store, and caught on video, show a teenager without respect for authority.

 
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