An absolute icon.
News via Country Aircheck:
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
“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
We've all heard it said sometimes there's more than meets the eye.
In the case of the making of the video for Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton's "Dive Bar", (Garth's first music video in TWELVE years!) CMT is offering you the chance to see more at sea level. (One example tidbit: You won't BELIEVE where Garth found the amps featured in the video...let's just say they're no stranger to H2O). -MC/TCC
A special broadcast of The Making of “Dive Bar” will exclusively premiere on CMT on Saturday, January 18 at 12pm/11am CT, and will re-air on Sunday, January 19 at 12pm/11am CT. After its initial CMT premiere, CMT's cable all-music channel CMTMusic (channel 145 via Xfinity/Comcast) makes more laps with the special, airing it three times throughout the following week: Tuesday, January 21st at 5pm/4pm CT, Friday, January 24th at 10pm/9pm CT and Sunday, January 26th at 8pm/7pm CT (https://www.xfinity.com/stream/entity/8015188385938332112).
Brooks co-directed the music video alongside Robert Deaton, teaming up to make a one-of-a-kind concept. Brooks and Deaton share the process that went into making the video, including Brooks’ band members taking scuba diving lessons to bring the song to life and the meticulously shot visuals throughout.
Shelton also offers a humorous glimpse into the atmosphere on set for the video that garnered more than 30 million views in five days. CMT Hot 20 Countdown will celebrate the broadcast premiere with a special “Garth Weekend,” featuring over 3.5 hours of Garth-centric programming for its weekend shows. CMT Hot 20 Countdown: Garth Weekend will air at 9am ET/8am CT on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19.
#Garth #Blake #BabyShark #SharkTank #TakeADive
Oh, the Places We'll Go! Circle TV Network Takes Shape: New Launch Steps In, Steps Out and Has a Laugh- Out-Loud Good Time With Nan Kelley, Hee-Haw, Stand-Up Comedy, Elizabeth Cook, and Landmark Return of The Grand Ole Opry
“We are excited to launch the network with a fantastic slate of new, original programming that is true to Circle’s core mission,” said Drew Reifenberger, general manager of Circle Media. “These 16 shows are just the start of how we intend to bring fans closer to the artists they love, with more than a dozen additional shows in various stages of production and development. Serving as the regular drumbeat of Circle will be our broadcasts of each week’s live Grand Ole Opry performances.”
Circle will feature original programming centered around artists and their music; hobbies; outdoor and offstage adventures; food; family; and friends. Circle will also offer entertainment news, documentaries and movies along with licensed programming and archival content. It will be the new TV home to live broadcasts of 650 WSM's popular morning radio show Coffee, Country and Cody (formerly aired on Heartland TV). Original programs at launch include (click "read more"):
FEATURE: Mead All About It! BR549’s Chuck Mead on New Music, Radio Host-ness and Close to Home-iness
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