The 2016 American Country Countdown Awards celebrated on May 1 at The Forum in Los Angeles started out immediately catching your attention. Jennifer Nettles, Cam and Martina McBride kicked the show off with a resounding shout-out to women with Martina’s 2003 hit, “This One’s for the Girls.” The rockin mood was set from that point on and the fans were ready. ... read more!
Over the past few weeks we have read and shared our thoughts and stories on the life of country music legend Merle Haggard. “The Hag” as he was affectionately called passed away on his birthday, April 6th to the shock and sadness of all who knew and loved him. Show Dog-Universal artist Toby Keith has been added to the performance lineup for the “American Country Countdown Awards” (ACCAs) being held on Sunday, MAY 1st to perform a tribute to Merle, who he revered. ... read more!
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum hosted the sixth All for the Hall benefit concert Tuesday night, April 12th (Vince Gill’s birthday), at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill led a star-studded evening that featured performances from special guests Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line, Peter Frampton, Emmylou Harris, Sam Hunt, Jason Isbell, Chris Janson, Tracy Lawrence, Maddie & Tae, and Maren Morris. A record-breaking event, the fundraiser netted over $712,000 with proceeds supporting the museum’s education programs, including its award-winning Words & Music program. To date, the benefit concert has netted over $3.3 million. ... read more!
In one of the many tributes to a legendary country artist that we lost, we have a Merle Haggard song this week as our Throwback Thursday song. His contributions to and influence on country music are really too many to name and will last forever in the artists he influenced. He had 38 number 1 songs and countless awards and honors. ... read more!
When Merle Haggard calls and says, “I have written a song with you in mind,” you stand up and take notice. Country chart-topper John Anderson did just that. His new single, ” Magic Mama,” is now impacting radio. This feel-good anthem is the latest single from his critically acclaimed album, “Goldmine,” which was listed last year as one of Rolling Stone’s “40 Best Country Albums.” ... read more!
In honor of the CMA’s coming up on November 4th, I’ve decided to dedicate the throwback features to CMA nominated artists for the next three weeks. For this week, we’re looking at Musical Event of the Year nominees. The artists nominated in this category are Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard (Django & Jimmie), Blake Shelton & Ashley Monroe (Lonely Tonight), Keith Urban & Eric Church (Raise ‘Em Up), Miranda Lambert & Little Big Town (Smokin’ and Drinkin’), and Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter (Wild Child). ... read more!