NOT-SO CORNY: SONGWRITER GARY NICHOLSON, ALTER-EGO WHITEY JOHNSON SHARE JUNE 7 RELEASE FOR BLUE CORN MUSIC ALBUMS THE GREAT DIVIDE AND MORE DAYS LIKE THIS
NFL Draft Weekend: Dierks Bentley to Perform Free St. Jude Marathon Post-Race Concert
To reference Dierks himself, (and considering the amount of NFL draft activity converging upon Music City) you might have to "climb like hell through the brush and the bramble" to see his free outside stage show in downtown Nashville this weekend. But hey, if you're true a Dierks Bentley devotee we know you're a riser. This year marks the 20th for the "Rock N' Roll Marathon" (formerly Country Music Marathon, we might add) to raise funds for St. Jude and it's showing no signs of backing down. This year there will even be dogs dashing around! For more information visit www.RunRocknRoll.com.
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4/23 Opry schedule screenshot. Purchase Enderlin's 2017 release Whiskeytown Crier HERE .
In light of recent heartbreakingly unfortunate news about the health of Country music stalwart Hal Ketchum, it seems only fitting that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum be a place where the Alzheimer's Foundation of America shines on a light on this devastating disease which often strikes from seemingly nowhere. There will also be a discussion about memory and the power music plays in it. If you are in the area try to set aside some time to get tested. Schedule below. Find out more at alzfdn.org.
Legendary country music stars including Randy Travis, Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley, and Charlie Daniels lent their talents to create a project filled with timeless Church hymns dedicated to the celebration and worship of the rise of God. Country Faith Hymns Vol. 2 is available to download through digital outlets iTunes and Amazon, while physical copies are available at all Cracker Barrel locations. This release will mark the ninth album release in the series.
The popular books written by award-winning author Deborah Evans Price, “Country Faith” (No. 1 on People Magazine’s Special Country Edition) and “Country Faith Christmas” (feat. on Billboard, Country Weekly & iTunes Top 10 Country Albums Chart), originally inspired the Country Faith music series. Evans Price marvels at how far the Country Faith series has come:
“I’m so thrilled that this is our ninth album in the Country Faith music series. It’s been a wonderful journey filled with lots of amazing artists and powerful songs, and Country Faith Hymns Vol. 2 continues that tradition. This collection features a great blend of legendary artists such as Charlie Daniels, Randy Travis and Charley Pride alongside talented newcomers like Drew Baldridge and Mo Pitney as well as perennial favorites Wade Hayes, The Bellamy Brothers and Brad Paisley singing classic hymns that have stood the test of time.” Buy it here: shop.crackerbarrel.com/music-movies-books/music/inspirational/country-faith-hymns-vol-2-cd/700492
Country Faith Hymns Vol. 2: Track Listing:
1. When We All Get To Heaven— Brad Paisley
2. Jesus Help Me To Stand— Alison Krauss & Union Station
3. Peace In The Valley— Randy Travis
4. Swing Down Chariot— Charlie Daniels
5. Amazing Grace - Billy Ray Cyrus
6. How Deep The Father’s Love For Us – Mo Pitney
7. Sonshine – Aaron Watson
8. This Little Light of Mine – Jason Crabb (ft. Ashleigh Crabb)
9. Just a Closer Walk With Thee – T. Graham Brown
10. It Is Well With My Soul – Drew Baldridge (feat. Mike & Doug Baldridge)
11. When King Jesus Calls His Children – The Judds
12. What A Friend We Have In Jesus – B.J. Thomas
13. In Christ Alone – Wade Hayes
14. Suppertime – The Bellamy Brothers
15. The Church In the Wildwood – Charley Pride
16. The Lord’s Prayer – LeAnn Rimes
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Earl Thomas Conley Passes Away
Not being one who typically takes kindly to bringing deaths to the public eye I couldn't help chiming in when I learned via Twitter the news that Earl Thomas Conley has passed away. Earl Thomas Conley was a true original. It's hard to believe that today he's gone. His recording career includes 42 singles; an impressive portion of which are No. 1's. Just some of his many successes include his co-written Top 10 radio favorite "Silent Treatment," released in November of 1980, "Fire and Smoke," "Heavenly Bodies," the #1 classic "Holding Her and Loving You," the Emmylou Harris duet "We Believe in Happy Endings," "Shadow of a Doubt," and "Brotherly Love" with Keith Whitley. Conley's work has clearly had a significant impact on contemporary artists over the years: for example; longtime fans of Gary Allan in fact might have even come to know of Conley through Allan's tremendous cover of the beautifully haunting "What I'd Say" (first recorded by Conley) on the album Alright Guy. Clay Walker once charted a live recording of "Holding Her and Loving You."
Social media is of course flooded with shocked empathy as remembrances and condolences continue to pour in. "Sad sad day for country music. Earl Thomas Conley left on his journey to heaven early this morning. R.I.P. my friend." writes country legend TG Sheppard. Radio and TV host Storme Warren called ETC "one of the all timers!" And Blake Shelton tweeted an especially moving tribute and shared a sweet photo of himself with Conley (see below). The two co-wrote Shelton's hit "All Over Me." It is indeed a sad day for country music. ©-Melissa Coker
Throwing both caution and every other vowel to the wind, George Strait continues to demonstrate in his perfectly delivered trademark style of raucous understatement just one of the ways he's still the king with current single “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar” (written by George, Bubba Strait and Dean Dillon) sitting supreme in the Top 20 on the country charts. -Melissa Coker
George Strait further imprinted his iconic status within the history of country music today with a record-making 27th No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart with his latest, Honky Tonk Time Machine travelling to the top. With 51,000 equivalent album units, the album also lands at No. 4 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart and marks the largest week of 2019 for any country album. As reported by Billboard, “George Strait extends his record for the most No. 1s in the five-decade history of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, as the King of Country logs his 27th leader with the chart-topping debut of Honky Tonk Time Machine.” Purchase the album here.
Produced by George Strait and Chuck Ainley, Honky Tonk Time Machine includes 13 tracks, eight of which were written by Strait himself. The album includes “Sing One with Willie” featuring Willie Nelson and Strait's own take on the aching just-right Johnny Paycheck classic “Old Violin.”
Strait kicked off his album launch with a sold-out show at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Performing hits from across his 30+ year career plus debuting songs from the new album, the Atlanta Journal Constitution notes, “More than 50,000 sang along heartily” with Strait, “a guy who can command a massive audience merely by tapping his right boot heel.”
Established hit singer and songwriter Brice Long had a hand in penning the title track and “Some Nights”.
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