Immediately following the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, co-host Blake Shelton flew to The Walt Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Santa Clarita joining his friends the Pistol Annies and country singer Raelynn to film the new music video for his current smash hit “Boys ‘Round Here.” Artists and extras filmed in 50mph winds the entire day with scenes featuring a red pick-up truck which was over 4 feet just to step into, and the original Chik-Fil-A cow making a cameo appearance.
With the news that Miranda Lambert scored her fifth # 1 single, reigning and 4 time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert quickly tweeted, “It never gets old knowing that people enjoy my music. Thanks for playing it, buying it and coming to see it live.”
Miranda knew she wanted to record the song the moment she heard it. “The reason I love this song is because it’s about how sometimes when you get your heart broken, you kinda go a little bit crazy,” admitted the 3 time and current CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. “You drink too much, you smoke too much, you cut your hair … you find a rebound. Sometimes your mama, if she’s like my mama, has to slap you around and say, ‘Straighten up, girl!’”
“Mama’s Broken Heart” is the fourth single from her record setting “Four The Record” album which has already yielded the # 1 ACM Song and Single of the Year “Over You,” as well as the hits “Fastest Girl In Town” and “Baggage Claim.” Her Locked & Reloaded Tour with Dierks Bentley is in full swing through summer.
In addition to her Locked & Reloaded Tour, Miranda will be in Nashville for Music Fest in early June and will culminate with a performance at LP Field on Thursday night, June 9.
GEORGE JONES DEAD AT 81
George Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013 and a shock-wave rumbled through Nashville, TN and on across the nation…to the hearts of five generations of country music fans that loved and honored the career of a living legend.
If Nashville ever finds the proper mountain side to carve into the Mt. Rushmore-class country singers, one of the faces immortalized there will be the bust of George Jones.
Between 1955 to 2011 George charted 152 country songs in all.That includes 13 colossal #1 hits many of which are legendary in stature, “White Lightning”, “She Thinks I Still Care”, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,”"Still Doin’ Time”. 13 of his chart songs were with former wife, Tammy Wynette, country music’s greatest power couple.
Born September 12, 1931, Jones is regarded among the most important and influential singers in American popular music history. He was the singer of enduring country music hits including “She Thinks I Still Care,” “The Grand Tour,” “Walk Through This World With Me,” “Tender Years” and “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” the latter of which is often at the top of industry lists of the greatest country music singles of all time.
In 1999, Jones nearly died in a car wreck, but he recovered and resumed touring and recording. He remained a force in music until his death, playing hundreds of shows in the new century and collecting the nation’s highest arts award, the Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime achievement, in 2008. In late 2012, Jones announced his farewell tour, which was to conclude with a sold-out, star-packed show at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on November 22, 2013. Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Randy Travis, Charlie Daniels, Kenny Rogers, Sam Moore, The Oak Ridge Boys and many others were set to perform at Jones’ Bridgestone show.
Jones is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Nancy Jones, his sister Helen Scroggins, and by his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
STAR REACTION TO GEORGE JONES’ DEATH:
MERLE HAGGARD – “The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”
Billy Ray Cyrus – “I’m stunned and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend George Jones.The very definition of a legend. Thoughts and prayers to his family.”
Tracy Lawrence –”I am so saddened by the news of George Jones’s passing. He was a wonderful friend and I will always treasure the times we had together. My thoughts and prayers are with Nancy and the entire family. George left a tremendous mark on Country music and inspired us all. I will miss him. God Bless you George.”
BARBARA MANDRELL “I believe if you ask any singer who was the greatest country music singer of all time, they would say’George Jones’. He was without question and by far the BEST! I first met and worked with him when I was 13 years old; I am so very grateful that he was my friend.”
The ROYS – “We are extremely saddened by the news of our good friend George Jones’ passing. Today is a dark for country music and music in general. George had become a friend and mentor to us. We will always remember touring with him and how both he and Nancy were so welcoming to us. Rest in peace George… No one will ever fill your shoes!”
“THE Country Music singer of all time. The words ‘Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes’ has never been more true than today.”
“Years ago someone asked Coach Bum Phillips if Earl Campbell was in a class by himself. Bum replied, ‘Well if he ain’t, it sure don’t take long to check roll.’ I say the same of the late great George Jones. Rest in peace POSSUM. You were always kind to me… THANKS.”
“George Jones has been a major part of my personal and professional life for a long time. I have been inspired by his music for the last 50 years and for 42 of those, I had the pleasure of knowing him personally and professionally. He was IT to me. George was and will always be my guy. I am luckier than a lot of people on this Earth because God let me be a part of George’s life and him a part of mine. And on this day, his song couldn’t be more true: ‘He Stopped Loving Her Today.’”
“I met George when he came to Nashville and we became good friends. I’m really going to miss him. The world has lost the greatest singer to have ever lived.”
“George Jones may be gone but his music will live on forever. What a great voice and a great friend.”
“Country music as we know it would be vastly different if it weren’t for George Jones. He’s in our musical DNA. All country artists will have to figure out how to even begin to live up to his kind of legacy. ‘Honky Tonk Heaven,’ here he comes… though we’re not ready to let go.”
“The greatest most soulful voice in history is gone. RIP George Jones… the guys of Restless Heart will miss you greatly.”
The Marshall Tucker Band
“We met George many times over the past 50 years. This is a terrible loss for his family, friends, the country music industry and the world. He’s the most identifiable and inspirational country artist that has ever lived.
“George Jones was a mentor and a giant to my generation of country singers. He was there for my first Ralph Emery Show appearance. Backstage I was so nervous and expressed concern to George that if Ralph Emery didn’t like me, my career may never get off the ground. The first thing George said to Ralph when they went on air was how nice of guy he thought I was. George Jones was our country music soul singer, no doubt. Who’s gonna fill those shoes?”
The Bellamy Brothers
“We’ve lost one of the greatest voices in history. Prayers and condolences to his family.”
Sweethearts of the Rodeo
“Sharing the same vocal booth with George Jones on ‘Traveller’s Prayer’ was without a doubt THE highlight of our career. He was a true legend, generous and supportive and he will live on and on in our hearts.”
WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE TRAGIC, HUGE EVENTS THAT OCCURRED IN HE MONTH APRIL, INCLUDING THE BOMBINGS AT THE BOSTON MARATHON, THE DEADLY, MASSIVE EXPLOSION IN THE SMALL TOWN OF “WEST”, IN TEXAS AND THE FINAL CAPTURE OF THE BROTHERS WHO PLANTED THE BOMBS IN BOSTON.
IN EACH CASE THERE WERE PEOPLE, NATURALLY, RUNNING AWAY FROM THE DANGER. BUT, ALSO, IN EACH CASE…THERE WERE PEOPLE RUNNING JUST AS QUICKLY TOWARD THE DANGER, SELFLESSLY EAGER AND HOPING TO BE ABLE TO RESCUE OR HELP DOZENS OF BLEEDING AND BROKEN VICTIMS.
IN TEXAS, SEVERAL VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS RUSHED TO TRY PUT OUT THE FIRE THAT THREATENED TO EXPLOAD THE HUGE STORAGE BULIDING THAT HELD AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE FERTILIZER. WHEN IT EXPLODED MOVING THE EARTH WITH THE POWER OF A 2.1 EARTH QUAKE, MANY OF THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS RUNNING INTO DANGER, WERE KILLED INSTANTLY.
AND, IF THAT WEREN’T ENOUGH, ONE LAW OFFICER WAS KILLED IN THE FINAL GUNBATTLE WITH THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBERS, BEFORE ONE OF THEM WAS KILLED AND THE OTHER CAPTURED.
IN ALL OF THESE DEADLY EVENTS FIRST RESPONDERS, FIREMEN, ORDINARY HEROES AND POLICE OFFICERS, WERE THE FIRST TO RUN TOWARD DANGER AND THE LAST TO LEAVE…WITH SOME PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE FOR SERVING THEIR COUNTRY.
Taylor Swift tallies her 41st top 40 Hot 100 hit, lifting her into a 10th-place tie among acts with the most such entries in the chart’s history.
Swift first reached the region with McGraw, at least his name. Her debut single “Tim McGraw” spent a week at No. 40 the week of Jan. 13, 2007.
This week’s ascent marks Swift’ latest laudable Hot 100 accomplishment. She holds the record for the most top 10 debuts, a mark she extended to 11 when “I Knew You Were Trouble.” bowed at No. 3 the week of Oct. 27, 2012. The song opened as the third top 10-debuting preview track from her album “Red,” following “Begin Again” (No. 7) and the title cut (No. 6). ….meanwhile Taylor also ranks at No. 32 with “22,” her 40th top 40 hit.
Here’s an updated look at the acts with the most top 40 titles dating to the Hot 100′s Aug. 4, 1958, launch:
80, Elvis Presley
61, Lil Wayne
57, Elton John
51, “Glee” Cast
50, the Beatles
46, Stevie Wonder
44, James Brown
43, Aretha Franklin
41, Marvin Gaye
41, the Rolling Stones
41, Taylor Swift
Alan Jackson headlined the 5th Annual “Stars Go Blue” benefit Wednesday at the Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville, performing for a sold-out, standing room only crowd.
Bigger Picture Music Group’s Craig Campbell opened the show in honor of his father who passed away from colon cancer when Campbell was only 11 years old. The event was hosted by the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) and all proceeds from the concert will benefit CCA’s Blue Note Fund, helping patients in need, a program founded by Nashville’s own Grammy- nominated artist/producer Charlie Kelley. The CCA holds the “Stars Go Blue” concert annually in support of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. During March, organizations across the nation will place emphasis on educating the public about prevention and detection.
Jackson’s desire to participate in the event was in response to his wife, Denise, being diagnosed in 2010; she is now cancer free.
“This is something we both felt strongly about,” Jackson told media before the show. “Denise asked me to sing for this, and it’s nice to have your music do something and use your music to help a cause like this.” All of the evening’s proceeds will go to the Blue Note Fund.
The Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions announced today that George Strait and Garth Brooks, the two most recent ACM Artist of the Decade Award recipients, will perform together for the first time in history to pay tribute to Dick Clark at the 48th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, to be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Sunday, April 7 (8:00 PM-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. The ACM Artist of the Decade Award will be renamed the ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award, in honor of the iconic figure and longtime producer of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS. The ceremony, to be co-hosted by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton, honors country music’s top talent, as well as the industry’s hottest emerging artists.
WYNONNA’S BIG NIGHT ON TV
Wynonna Judd’s presence couldn’t have been greater last night as she competed on the new season of “Dancing With The Stars” on ABC-TV (what we believe is one of the bravest things a non-dancer star to do.) Cheering the loudest for Wy were mom, Naomi and sister, Ashley. Wy did a good job and is likely to be returning for another chance next week. Also, Wy debuted her her new single, “Something You Can’t Live Without.” It’s a rocking love song about a woman warning her new lover that she’ll become something he can’t live without.
KELLY PICKLER ALSO ON DWTS LAST NIGHT
PRIOR TO Wynonna’s appearance on the show Kelly PIckler did her first dance on “Dancing With The Stars.” Kelly looked fantastic and danced very well in her first round of dance on the show earning initial praise and a respectable score of 21 points.
THE ROYS will cover new territory May 1 – 5 as they make their European debut with select dates at two picturesque Danish Culture Houses, Germany’s ever-popular 11th Annual Buehler Bluegrass Festival and the quintessential English theatre, Leicester Square. Hailed for their superb sibling harmonies, signature “Rootsy Bluegrass Country” sound and compelling original tunes, THE ROYS complement their vocal style with a vibrant and progressive instrumental attitude that has enchanted fans since the duo’s first release
While “Pirate Flag” is burning up country radio – becoming his 8th Top 25 debut NOT-TO-MENTION USA Today’s Song of the Week before it was released –CHENEY SAYS LIFE ON THE ROCK was not meant to be an album.
“This was an album that was never intended to be an album,” Chesney says. “These were songs I’d written about moments that happened that I didn’t want to lose. They were for me, me and my friends, when I realized how many of them had slipped away forever…