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Country Music Hall of Famer Kenny Rogers passed away from natural causes last night (3/20) at 10:25pm CT surrounded by family while in hospice care. He was 81. Rogers' multi-award winning career spanned more than six decades with crossover success and chart toppers including "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands In The Stream," "Lucille," "She Believes In Me" and "Through The Years." With 24 No. 1 hits, six CMA Awards, three Grammy Awards, the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award and CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award to his credit, Rogers took his place in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. The family is planning a small, private service at this time due to concern surrounding the national coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They look forward to celebrating Rogers' life publicly with friends and fans at a later date.
Eleventh studio release due out April 24 on Stellar Cat Records
Waiting to shake the sugar tree once more? Well, good news: Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down - so this delightful news is sure to sound oh-so-sweet. In fine stellar (Nashville) cat form, Pam Tillis is set to release a new collection including fan favorite "My Kind of Medicine", co-written with Jimmy Ritchey and Don Poythress. Its title track was co-written with Waylon Payne. Pre-save it here: https://t.e2ma.net/click/m1zz6b/m1rp9u/686ldh
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“Stylistically, there’s so much here that’s always been a part of me,” she says. “It’s a story I haven’t told on any of my records so far. I wanted work that’s as close to true and unselfconscious as possible, to provide access to my heart.”
Pam started the project recording using analog tape at the Welcome to 1979 studio with a veritable who’s who of musicians. Guitarist Pat Buchanan, keyboard man Jim "Moose" Brown, steel legend Dan Dugmore, and Mark Knopfler alum Glenn Whorf joined hit songwriter and producer Jimmy Ritchey for the sessions. Along with two tracks that Tillis produced with Matt Spicher, Tillis finished the project with Joe Pisapia at East Nashville’s Middle Tree, with the notion that “feel is king and the beauty of the perfectly imperfect was our holy grail.”
Speaking to the spoken/sung selection “Dolly 1969,” Tillis remembers: “I met Dolly as a little girl, and you could see that drive; the legends I grew up around taught me that it takes nothing less than a fire to make it in this business. Even if that fire causes a little collateral damage along the way, you know nothing’s going to stop that burning to create music.”
Laughing, Tillis says of Bobby Tomberlin co-write "Last Summer's Wine" - “It’s the distant cousin of ‘Maybe It Was Memphis.’ Older, wiser, wine and wistfulness.”
Tillis is currently on tour with fellow songstress Suzy Bogguss and Country Gold-en girl Terri Clark. If you're in the Canadian country, catch Pam with her darling Dos Divas and Come See Me and Come Lonely singing sister Lorrie Morgan on May 28 and 29th.
Looking for a Feeling Track List:
1 Looking for a Feeling (Pam Tillis/Waylon Payne)
2 Demolition Angel (Gary Harrison/Matraca Berg)
3 Better Friends (Joe Pisapia)
4 Dolly 1969 (Bob Regan)
5 Last Summer’s Wine (Pam Tillis/Bobby Tomberlin)
6 Lady Music (Pam Tillis/Dale Dodson/Jimmy Ritchey)
7 My Kind of Medicine (Pam Tillis/Don Poythress/Jimmy Ritchey)
8 Dark Turn of Mind (Gillian Welch/David Rawlings)
9 The Scheme of Things (Mark Selby/Tia Sillers)
10 Karma (Pam Tillis/Jen Schott)
11 Burning Star (Pam Tillis/Sonny Tillis/Danny Parks/Joe Pisapia)
12 Better Friends -reprise (Joe Pisapia)
Appearances can be deceiving. Over 5K are watching tonight's Grand Ole Opry - LIVE around the world on Facebook even though technically the Grand Ole Opry House is empty. CIRCLE NETWORK NOT REQUIRED! Note: Via YouTube this video WILL BE archived. It does not have be viewed live. See video now below or visit Circle All Access on YouTube. #NashvilleStrong #Opry #SamWilliams #ConnieSmith #BillAnderson #MandyBarnett #JeannieSeely #MichaelClevelandAndFlamekeeper #CountryMusic
JUST ANNOUNCED: As a further testament to these sad times in which we live, the legendary Grand Ole Opry has made the landmark decision to join the cancellation due to COVID-19 bandwagon and will be no longer be open to in-person audiences until (as of this time) April 4th. All non-Saturday shows are cancelled until further notice. This change uncertainly impacts important Opry events such as Rhonda Vincent's induction to the revered institution on March 24th. Other previously scheduled upcoming Opry guests include Aaron Tippin, The Bellamy Brothers, Mark Wills, Mandy Barnett, and Elizabeth Cook. This will impact the extra-special Opry Country Classics shows hosted by Larry Gatlin also - for which next Thursday's (March 19th) show Doug Stone was scheduled to be the spotlight artist. For the official Opry statement please see below. -MC
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