Cancer is a wretched adversary and Keith fought and played sold out shows until the end. Please take some quiet (or very very loud, as long as you mean it) time to remember the trailblazing icon who, despite his more mainstream depictions and roles stole many a young girl's heart throughout many of his more ballad-rich dream walkin' musical phases. He even secured a Billboard top spot just last year after his unexpectedly genuine appearance to perform and accept an award (presented by Blake Shelton) at the first-ever People's Choice Country Awards. He also gave candid interviews with local Oklahoma news anchor Robin Marsh where he shared the conversation that compelled him to write "Don't Let the Old Man In" (and where he spoke strongly about his faith - and, shares Marsh today amidst tears "his test became his testimony") and Bobby Bones. He confided he really didn't want to perform "Don't Let the Old Man In" at the PCCA's initially because it was so dark, he wanted to do something upbeat and he knew Shelton would be funny and would be performing "Who's Your Daddy".
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As country music fans and the country music community mourn the passing of singer, songwriter and musical iconoclast Toby Keith, who died Feb. 5 at age 62 following a battle with stomach cancer, it is notable the fortitude he possessed in his final months. On Sept. 28, Toby Keith played what would be his final television performance when he took part in the inaugural People's Choice Country Awards held at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House. Keith was honored with the Country Icon Award during the ceremony. The country music icon delivered a tremendous rendition of "Don't Let the Old Man In" during the inaugural People's Choice Country Awards.
During the show, Keith’s fellow country artist Blake Shelton called him a “global country superstar, award-winning singer-songwriter, devoted and beloved activist, business powerhouse … Toby Keith is a multi-dimensional artist like no other … a global megastar, a man of the people, and a genuine inspiration. Toby Keith is a true icon.”
In accepting the country icon honor, Keith’s speech was both lighthearted and heartfelt. “I bet you never thought y’all’d see me in skinny jeans,” he joked before getting serious. “I want to thank the Almighty for allowing me to be here tonight. He’s been riding shotgun with me for a little while now. I want to thank my beautiful family that’s here. A lot of people go in to make a career like this of 30 years.”
Keith also gave one of the evening’s most powerful performances as he took the stage to sing “Don’t Let the Old Man In,” a song he wrote solo, and which was included in the 2018 Clint Eastwood movie The Mule. Though the physical toll of Keith’s cancer battle was evident as he stood onstage, his voice was as strong as ever — filled with grit, refined by life — as he offered a musical tribute to living every day to its fullest. “Try to love on your wife and stay close to your friends/ Toast each sundown with wine/ Don’t let the old man in,” he sang.
Following the performance, Keith’s “Don’t Let the Old Man In” hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Digital Song Sales in October.
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Keith, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015, followed the performance by releasing the album 100% Songwriter — an album filled with songs he wrote — in November 2023. His final concerts came in December at the Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas, when he spearheaded a trio of sold-out concerts,
Since his career debut in 1993, Keith notched 20 No. 1 Country Airplay hits. He also earned three Billboard Music Awards during his career, including country singles artist of the year (2002), as well as country artist of the year and country albums artist of the year (both in 2005).
See Keith’s People’s Choice Country Awards performance below.
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Maddie & Tae, Uncle Kracker, Gary LeVox, Billy Gibbons and more featured on Season V of TV's "The Song"
THE SONG Television Series Returns for Season V Premiering January 6 & 7
Multi-Genre Show To Feature Barenaked Ladies, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Colbie Caillat with a Special Appearance by Jason Mraz, Uncle Kracker, Maddie & Tae, Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts featuring Jeffrey Steele, Gin Blossoms, Puddle of Mudd, Paul Rodgers of Bad Company and More
The fifth season of the popular nationally syndicated music television show THE SONG will premiere with some of the biggest stars performing multiple smash hits on January 6 & 7, 2024. The crew traveled across North America to capture intimate performances of the top artists in their respective genres including Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Colbie Caillat, Gin Blossoms, and Paul Rodgers of Bad Company. The show went international this season for the first time, shooting Barenaked Ladies in Toronto.
In addition to featuring iconic songs that launched global careers, the fast-paced episodes include in-depth interviews with show producer and host Krista Marie, who dives into the incredible stories behind these massive hits and the trajectories that propelled these artists into becoming household names.
Hard Rock signed on as the presenting sponsor for the new season and provided special access to include a new element in each show highlighting one-of-a-kind items from Hard Rock’s legendary global collection of music memorabilia. The largest collection in the world. View the Pink Floyd guitar segment HERE.
“For over 50 years Hard Rock has provided a platform for artists’ music to reach and inspire audiences worldwide,” said Keith Sheldon, President of Entertainment for Hard Rock International. “We are excited to partner with THE SONG on this continued legacy we’ve established.”
The crew traveled to Toronto to record Season V opener Barenaked Ladies at the iconic El Mocambo music venue and to Joshua Tree in California for Paul Rodgers of Bad Company. Several episodes were again shot at the show’s home base at the TGL Farms sound stage in Hendersonville, Tennessee, including Colbie Caillat, whose episode features a special appearance by Jason Mraz, Uncle Kracker, and Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts featuring Jeffrey Steele.
The Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville is the location for Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, and the stunning Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Hollywood, Florida is the setting for the Gin Blossoms shoot. Back in Music City, award-winning country duo Maddie & Tae’s episode was captured at Ocean Way Studios, and rockers Puddle of Mudd were shot at WSMV/NBC-TV’s studio in Nashville.
Created by Marc Oswald, Cary Glotzer and Oswald continue as Executive Producers of the show, which is produced by Tupelo Honey and Oswald Entertainment Group, directed by David “Doc” Abbott, written, edited and produced by Stephen Wallen and Scott Kono. Gray Television manages the syndication, led by Greg Conklin and George Johnson. The exciting weekly show reaches over 80 million households on 155 stations, predominantly on CBS, ABC, FOX and NBC affiliates.
THE SONG is presented by Hard Rock and brought to you by partnerships with Harley-Davidson, and KICKER Performance Audio.
Show schedules will vary per market. For specific tune-in and market information, visit the station finder at THESONG.TV.
THE SONG Season V Schedule (Subject to Change):
January 6-7, 2024
Recorded at El Mocambo in Toronto, Canada
January 13-14, 2024
Maddie & Tae
Recorded at Ocean Way Studios, Nashville, TN
January 20-21, 2024
Recorded at TGL Farms, Hendersonville, TN
January 27-28, 2024
Colbie Caillat, featuring a special appearance by Jason Mraz
Recorded at TGL Farms, Hendersonville, TN
February 3-4, 2024
Paul Rodgers of Bad Company
Recorded in Joshua Tree, California
February 10-11, 2024
Recorded at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, FL
February 17-18, 2024
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts featuring Jeffrey Steele
Recorded at TGL Farms, Hendersonville, TN
February 24-25, 2024
March 2-3, 2024
Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top
Recorded at Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, TN
March 10-11, 2024
Puddle of Mudd
Recorded at WSMV/NBC-TV Studios Nashville, TN
Past seasons of THE SONG’s amazing catalog spans more than 60 years of hits and has included:
3 Doors Down
Big & Rich
Julio Iglesias, Jr.
Rome Ramirez feat. Dirty Heads
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The Georgia native is less about the peach, more about the beach on his latest release. Whichever: pick your pleasure...the peaceful turn-of-phrase (and of waves) tune is chock full of tranquility! -TCC
*(Actually, he's about both and Georgia happens to offer that fine combo - if you follow him on Instagram you already know).
Multi-Platinum hitmaker Billy Currington is sailing into the end of summer with a brand-new track, “Anchor Man,” out everywhere today. Written (anchored) by Paul Overstreet and Scotty Emerick, the song is produced by Carson Chamberlain.
From the wistful view of a man-once-behind-the-newsdesk Currington sings, “ain’t no bad news, only good views, the sky and the water are the only blues,” as his instantly identifiable tenor eases into escapism with a dual-meaning message.
“Anchor Man” follows Currington’s recent release “City Don’t,”
Next weekend, Currington will take the stage in Boca Raton, FL (9/8) and Clearwater, FL (9/9), with more tour dates scheduled through September. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.billycurrington.com.
Follow on Instagram at @bccoconutman
About Billy Currington:
Billy Currington has spent nearly two decades topping the country charts, parlaying his rich, emotion-laden tenor and unerring song sense into some of the format’s most memorable hits. The Georgia native has tallied 12 No. 1 singles to his name, including 4X Platinum hit “People Are Crazy,” 3X Platinum “Good Directions,” 3X Platinum “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” plus Platinum hits “Do I Make You Wanna,” “We Are Tonight,” “Don’t It” and more. Equally skilled at delivering upbeat summertime anthems as well as exploring the complexities of life and love with a poignant ballad, Currington also joined Jessie James Decker on the wistful, slow-burning duet “I Still Love You.” Two new songs – “City Don’t” and “Anchor Man” – are out now, with more new music on the way. For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit www.billycurrington.com.
(No, it's not a collaboration with Robin Thicke).
ACCLAIMED SINGER-SONGWRITER NICOLE WITT RELEASES ANTICIPATED EP CLEAR
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 28, 2023) - Acclaimed singer-songwriter Nicole Witt unveils her highly anticipated new EP, Clear today!
Following the success of her previous releases, Nicole's latest musical offering is an exploration of personal growth, self-discovery, and artistic evolution and touches on themes of motherhood, love, addiction and more. Clear marks a significant milestone in Nicole Witt's career, reflecting her maturity as an artist and songwriter. Known for her heartfelt and introspective lyrics, Nicole's captivating melodies have always resonated deeply with her audience. In this latest collection of songs, she delves even deeper, sharing personal stories and universal themes that listeners will undoubtedly connect with on a profound level. Stream Clear/watch the music video for the title track here: https://youtu.be/A19kxOsoPhs
Most recently, Nicole’s video for “Kiss” is in rotation on CMT Music’s fan-voted 12 Pack Countdown & their Edge category. The video “Bourbon” made it into CMT Music’s coveted 12 Pack Countdown -reaching the #3 spot. Nicole’s daughter Ashlyn is the director and producer of all the videos for this record.
“Ashlyn has been a part of this project from day one. Getting to work with her (@filmedbycash) on Clear is a collaboration that I will never forget. There are no words that could ever really explain this experience. She’s on her way to college in the fall to study film. I could not be more proud or love her any more than I do.”
For more information and to stay up to date with Nicole Witt, please visit nicolewitt.com.
Clear Track Listing
The supergroup that Nicole is a founding member of, Six One Five Collective just announced a number of dates around the country and a European tour that is in the works. The Collective is a collaborative effort and creative brainstorm of four artists that are steeped in the musical mix of Country, Americana, Folk and Pop. For more info., please visit sixonefivecollective.com.
Nashville, TN — During his CMA Fest Fan Club party in Nashville on June 6, Country superstar Gary Allan received the Pandora Billionaire plaque after eclipsing one billion streams on the streaming service Pandora. Alina Thompson, Associate Director, Strategy & Operations, Artist & Industry Relations for SiriusXM and Pandora, and Bekah Digby, Associate Director, Artist & Industry Relations – Country & Christian for SiriusXM and Pandora, were on hand to present the award to Allan.
You can listen to Pandora's Country Billionaires station here. (*Editor's note: But don't let this discourage you from having "Nothing On But the Radio").
“It feels like we’ve logged a billion miles on the road, so it is an honor to receive this Billionaires award from Pandora,” says Allan. “Every night as I watch the fans sing songs back to us word for word, it proves that my music has connected with them, and honors like this show me my songs have stood the test of time with my fans. Thank you for showing up on the road and for streaming my music through Pandora. I could not do this without all of you!
Hitting Pandora’s billion-stream mark puts Allan in the company of some of music’s biggest names across all genres. He sits in rare air as an artist who has amassed nearly 1 billion streams on Pandora while also selling nearly 10 million albums - including three RIAA-certified Platinum albums and multiple No. 1 singles at country radio.
Allan just wrapped his co-headlining tour with friend and fellow star Tracy Lawrence (who as it just-so-happens - has spoken incredibly highly of Allan numerous times on his own national radio show, "Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence"). Never one to rest long, Gary Allan has a string of dates through the summer as he continues celebrating his critically-lauded album Ruthless.
Elle King Schools in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic Plus a Spelling Twist in Nervy New Single "Tulsa"
ELLE KING RELEASES “TULSA”
One of 12 Songs from New Album Come Get Your Wife Out Jan 27
It's called the Sooner state, but in the new welcomely brassy in-his-face country tune "Tulsa" it seems Elle King's singing from the view of a woman scorned who's uncovered her soon-to-be ex would sooner be with the female she refers to as Tulsa. "But if you spell it back to front you're gonna know what I mean," she lyrically winks. --TCC
NASHVILLE, TN – Elle King kicked off 2023 co-hosting and performing at New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, which was broadcast on CBS and is rounding out the week by releasing “Tulsa,” (link here: https://ek.lnk.to/CGYW) a new song from her forthcoming album, Come Get Your Wife. The new album will be released Friday, Jan 27.
While Tulsa has been name-checked in many country songs, this is the first time it’s recognized for its spelling in reverse. “Tulsa is a song about doing someone wrong,” said King. “This is not about tearing women down but it’s about putting the blame on the wrongdoer. If a man is cheating on you, it’s not her fault because there are a million other girls he would do it with. And he’ll just cheat on her too. It’s a song about uniting and not taking shit from this real P.O.S.”
Written by King along with Ella Langley, Bobby Hamrick and Matt McKinney, “Tulsa” features background vocals by Ashley McBryde and John Osborne on guitar. “We wrote the song in less than an hour and it’s so raucous and fun,” Elle continued. “We’ve been playing it on the road and it’s the third song in our show now. It’s fun for us and the crowd!”
With the release of “Come Get Your Wife” only three weeks away, “Tulsa” is another glimpse into the fresh, unbridled and honest album that almost feels like a look into King’s journal. The brassy tune joins the current single “Worth A Shot” with Dierks Bentley – currently at #43 and rising, the previously released smash hit “Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home)” with Miranda Lambert, the banjo-basted take-your-small town gossip “Out Yonder,” and the hallelujah sass of “Try Jesus,” all part of the “Come Get Your Wife” line-up. King wrote eight of the 12 songs and co-produced the album with Ross Copperman.
After "Tulsa" time, TCC highly recommends you "Try Jesus". Both are embedded below.
Fans can hear the new music live starting February 14 with her 2023 headlining Elle King A-FREAKIN-MEN Tour Presented by Slow & Low. The nearly 30-city tour will kick off Valentine’s Day in New Orleans, LA.
Come Get Your Wife Track Listing
1. Ohio - Written by Elle King, Bobby Hamrick, Ella Langley & Matt McKinney
2. Before You Met Me – Written by Tofer Brown, Meg McRee & Lauren Hungate
3. Try Jesus – Elle King, Geoffrey Warburton, Casey Cathleen Smith, Ashley Gorley & Ben Johnson
4. Drunk (And I Don’t Want To Go Home) With Miranda Lambert - Written by Elle King and Martin Johnson
5. Lucky - Written by Elle King, Bobby Hamrick, Ella Langley & Matt McKinney
6. Tulsa - Written by Elle King, Bobby Hamrick, Ella Langley & Matt McKinney
7. Worth A Shot (featuring Dierks Bentley) Written by Shane McAnally, Ross Copperman and Josh Osborne
8. Crawlin’ Mood - Written by Charlie Worsham & Jesse Frasure
9. Bonafide - Written by Elle King, Bobby Hamrick, Ella Langley & Matt McKinney
10. Blacked Out - Written by Elle King and Martin Johnson
11. Out Yonder - Written by Bobby Hamrick, Ella Langley & Matt McKinney
12. Love Go By - Written by Elle King, Geoffrey Warburton & Joe Janiak
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Dolly's Mountain Magic Christmas special behind the special (and a very special bear story - see video) #ICYMI
"I can tell you where you to put it if you don't like where you got it," Dolly chuckled to Kelly Clarkson of bad days.
It's that time of year to embrace the Christmas spirit, and Dolly Parton is helping us do just that with a new Christmas special.
What is Dolly Parton's 2022 Christmas special? The country icon's new NBC special, Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas, premiered on Thursday, December 1. The movie musical is set at the star's Tennessee amusement park, Dollywood, and features stars like Jimmy Fallon (with whom she shares a Christmas song), Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Willie Nelson, and more.
"I just feel like that it was time for me to do another special like this, with good music, with comedy, with meaningful things," Parton told People. "And to kind of make you feel entertained for a couple hours just to get away from everything else."
She continued, "Being magical is to lift up out of yourself and your troubles for a little while. To me, if you can even do that, even with one song, then that is magical. I just think the whole idea of trying to make things uplifting is magic within itself.".
How can you watch Dolly Parton's movie on NBC? If you missed the premiere of Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas, no worries: You can still watch the holiday extravaganza if you didn't catch it live. The 90 min special is currently streaming on both NBC.com and Peacock. If you can't get enough of Parton's holiday spirit, you can also stream her film Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love on Peacock.
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