Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes:  In Memoriam 2013
Dec31

Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes: In Memoriam 2013

2013 was a sad year in the world of Country Music. Several legends passed away and they will remain in our hearts forever. The year began with the passing of Patti Page on New Year’s Day. While she is more known as a Pop singer, many of her songs crossed over, including her signature song “The Tennessee Waltz” Mindy McCready left us way too soon on February 17th. She committed suicide at age 37. 1960′s Country star, Claude King was found dead at his home on March 7th. Claude had just recently turned 90. Claude was most famous for his song “Wolverton Mountain.” A week later, “The Jolly Green Giant” Jack Greene passed away after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 83 year’s old. Jack was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and is famous for his string of nine #1 hits in the 1960′s and 1970′s including “There Goes My Everything.” Larry Marano/Getty Images Music City and the entire entertainment world stopped to mourn the passing of the legendary George Jones on April 26th following a long battle with health issues. Tributes poured in from fans and luminaries throughout the world. Nashville was jammed was stars to pay tribute at his public funeral a few days later at the Grand Ole Opry. The event was shown on multiple TV channels and Jones received praise from his musical peers and was eulogized by former First Lady, Laura Bush and former Arkansas Governor, Mike Huckabee. Jones was in the middle of his final tour and was scheduled to end his career with an all-star Concert in Nashville in November. The “No Show” went on as over 100 acts from multiple genres paid tribute to the legendary icon in front of a sell-out crowd. On June 19th the unique yodeling voice of Slim Whitman was silenced forever. He passed away due to heart failure at the age of 89. Younger fans may recognize him because a recording of his signature hit “Indian Love Call” was used to kill Martians in the sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks! Legendary producer and songwriter “Cowboy” jack Clement passed away on August 8th, following a long battle with cancer. He was 82. Clement died just two months away from his enshrinement in the Country Music Hall of Fame. One of the original Outlaws, Tompall Glaser passed away a few days later, on August 13th. He was friends with and worked with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and many others. Tompall was 79 years old. On October 10th, we said “So Long” to the “Country Bumpkin” Cal Smith. Smith was found dead at his home near Branson,...

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Dolly Parton To Get Married…Again
Dec30

Dolly Parton To Get Married…Again

Courtesy: Oprah.com Dolly Parton is getting ready to celebrate a massively huge milestone in her life – her 50th wedding anniversary to her seldom-seen husband, Carl Dean! Okay, the anniversary is still two years away, but Dolly’s already making plans for the momentous occasion. Dolly tells Britain’s Closer magazine that she and Dean, who married way back in 1966, have talked about how they might possibly spend their Gold anniversary. “We’ve talked about that (renewing vows) – we might do it all over again! Another big wedding…” As for where the couple might re-tie the knot, Dolly says there’s no better spot than home. “(It will) probably be at our big old plantation home. We love it there.” -via Nashville...

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Toby Keith’s Restaurant in Virginia Under Fire For Gun Ban
Dec30

Toby Keith’s Restaurant in Virginia Under Fire For Gun Ban

Inside the new Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill in Woodbridge, Va., you’ll find a hamburger called the American Soldier, as well as “All American” apple pie, deep fried pickle sticks and beer. Not welcome inside? Guns. Yes, the Virginia franchise of the “Boot In Your Ass” country singer’s restaurant chain does not allow customers to carry their guns inside. “While we understand and respect every person’s right to own and bear arms, we at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill, with guidance from the State of Virginia and based on insurance regulations, have adopted a no weapons policy,” a message on the establishment’s Facebook page says. “It is our desire to provided a safe, enjoyable and entertaining experience for our patrons and staff.” While many people have taken to Facebook to express their pleasure with the policy, others are using very colorful language to condemn the restaurant. Here’s a sampling. (Sic throughout.) “Very disappointing. While I don’t need my gun to eat, I don’t know when or where something may or may not happen. So the solution to that is to carry always. Just like having car insurance or health insurance I hope I never need it but I still have it. My gun is my personal safety insurance.” “Toby Keith voted for Obama and hypocritically says he is for troops….. Toby Keith is a traitor.” “SO, law abiding citizens won’t have protection when some armed nutcase or thug walks through a door with. “NO WEAPONS” sign posted and decides some people are going to die today!” “It’s pretty simple, if you are against me being able to exercise my right to protect myself, then I will not visit your establishment. As a law abiding citizen, I already don’t drink when I carry, but I refuse to give money to a company that thinks it has the right to control my rights. I realize Toby Keith probably had nothing to do with the decision as he is just a name on the sign, but he is endorsing this policy by endorsing the company. I cannot buy his merchandise any longer.” “Make sure the criminal that is intent on killing you’re patrons reads the sign………. Not a sign you are very bright Toby Keith” “Okay Toby, just remember to tell your staff when some thug comes in waving a gun around to just point to the sign, I’m sure they’ll leave right away.” “I will never go there. Toby Keith talks about freedom in his music but doesn’t live it. So sad” “I would care if it was Johnny Cash’s restaurant or Hank Williams Sr....

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Country Music Nation’s Top 13 Songs Of the Year 2013
Dec30

Country Music Nation’s Top 13 Songs Of the Year 2013

2013 is quickly coming to a close. So before 2014 is rung in, we wanted to present our Top 13 Songs Of the Year. There is no particular rhyme or reason to this list. The songs are not listed in any particular order. Also, there is no real qualification to being on this list – except for quality! If you want the most played songs or the highest selling songs there are charts for that. There is also no litmus test for purity either (even though most of these are pretty on the hardcore side). These are the songs that we deem are the best of the entire year. So without further ado…let’s hit it! 1. Wagon Wheel – Darius Rucker: If there was “a song” of the first half of 2013 it was this one. The song, written by Bob Dylan and made popular by Old Crow Medicine Show topped the charts in April. The song’s success crossed over to the Pop charts (it peaked at #15), resulted in enough momentum to earn Old Crow’s version platinum certification (and an invite to be new members of The Grand Ole Opry), and a music video with the Duck Dynasty clan. 2. Tonight I’m Playin’ Possum – Randy Travis & Joe Nichols: The passing of the legendary icon George Jones was met with sadness and a year’s worth of tributes. The most memorable is the one recorded by Randy Travis and Joe Nichols. The fitting tribute would become more poignant as Travis suffered a stroke and was hospitalized over the summer. 3. Give It All We Got Tonight – George Strait: The world of Country Music united together in an effort to give George Strait his 60th #1 hit by his 61st Birthday in May. Just days before the big day we succeeded and another milestone was celebrated for one of the greatest of all time! Strait will be finishing his touring career in 2014 but is signed to record at least five more albums. 4. Redneck Paradise – Hank Williams Jr. & Kid Rock: Definitely one of this year’s most underrated songs! Country met Rock and took us back to the 90′s Honky Tonk sound. Too bad we don’t hear stuff like this too often anymore. 5. Together Again – Vince Gill & Paul Franklin: Speaking of throwbacks, Vince Gill did a heck of a job taking us back to the Bakersfield sound this year with his latest album. Buck Owens would definitely be proud! 6. Daddy Dance With Me – Krystal Keith: Krystal Keith lit the Country world on fire with a touching music video tribute to her...

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WATCH – Angels Among Us By Alabama
Dec29

WATCH – Angels Among Us By Alabama

Do you believe there are Angels Among Us? Alabama sure does.

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