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Native Oklahoman, born and raised in Edmond. I love this Sooner state and everything about it – Love the people, the history and the music!

While most Okies are in their deepest sleep, I embrace the early alarm clock. “There’s just something about being the first one down the road on the way to the station… you just never know what’s going to happen at Hank FM!”

My wife Kendra and I have two beautiful girls (almost teenagers so please pray for me!), two dogs and a mortgage - I’m living the American Dream!

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  • Blake Shelton's Ole Red Nashville will officially celebrate its grand opening


    Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Nashville will officially celebrate its grand opening during CMA Fest on June 6–10. The restaurant, bar and music venue will host multiple events throughout the week, including a Blake Shelton and Friends concert on June 6, which will not be open to the public. However, fans can enter for a chance to win tickets to the show. ...

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  • George Strait will perform at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


    George Strait will perform at the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo March 17, marking his 30th RodeoHouston appearance. Opening acts are to be announced later.



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  • Johnny Cash's childhood home, which was restored in 2015, has been added to the National Register of Historic Places


    The Man in Black lived in the home, located in a small Arkansas town called Dyess, from when he was three years old through to high school. The family left in the 1940s. The five-room house is available for touring, and contains items that belonged to Cash's parents - a shaving mug in the bathroom and an upright piano atop red linoleum in the living room. Cash slept in a bedroom with thr...

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  • The Oak Ridge Boys join Dan Rather for an Interview


    The Oak Ridge Boys join Dan Rather for an interview, opening up about their controversial crossover from Gospel to Country and the incredible impact Johnny Cash had on their career in this exclusive look at an all-new episode of "The Big Interview"—airing tomorrow (Tuesday, May 1) at 8 p.m. ...

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  • Martina McBride has launched a new App


    Martina McBride has launched the meal planning app Menu'd. Users can pin recipes and the app will push the ingredients to a grocery list. 



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  • Shania Twain will host the Canadian Country Music Awards


    Shania Twain will host the Canadian Country Music Awards. Shania will also receive the Generation Award for her contributions to country music at the Sept. 9, 2018, kudosfest in Hamilton, Ontario.   The Canadian singer generated weekend controversy by telling the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper she would ha...

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  • Toby Keith is set to perform at Los Angeles' inaugural Tailgate Fest


    Toby Keith is set to perform at Los Angeles' inaugural Tailgate Fest on the Forum's grounds over Labor Day Weekend.  The event will take place Sept. 1 outside the stadium in Inglewood, California, delivering a full day of country music and tailgating. The twist is that rather than typical tailgating where fans show up early and then need to...

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  • Dana Haggard Merle Haggard's eldest daughter has died


    Dana Haggard, Merle Haggard's eldest daughter has died. Her brother Ben Haggard writes: "My oldest sister Dana passed away yesterday.... I know she's hugging dad's arm again: I'll miss you sister. RIP." The cause of her death is unknown at this time. According to Bakersfie...

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  • Toby Keith's 15th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic


    Toby Keith's 15th Annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic is set for June 1-2 at Belmar Golf Club and Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK. Proceeds will benefit the Toby Keith Foundation for the operation of the OK Kids Korral, a facility offering a home away from home for sick children and families seeking treatment in Oklahoma City. The Korral is cost-free to families ...

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  • Toby Keith realizes that he's not a politician and isn't capable of solving all the world's problems


    In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Keith was asked about “justifying gun rights in a world beset by mass shootings” and stopped the interviewer before he could really get going. He explained, “That’s one of those topics — and I’m not dodging the question — it’s one of those things we live with every day. ...

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  • Kenny Rogers has canceled the remainder of his 2018 Gambler's Last Deal Tour


    Kenny Rogers has canceled the remainder of his 2018 Gambler's Last Deal Tour due to a "a series of health challenges." Rogers first called off an appearance at the Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort in North Carolina, originally scheduled for May 26. No specific details have been shared about what kind of health ailments Rogers is facing,...

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  • Alison Krauss will hit the road for a 50-date tour this spring, summer and fall


    Kicking off on May 16 in Tulsa, Okla., Alison’s Tour will make stops in Nashville, Toronto, Memphis, San Diego, Austin, New Orleans, Indianapolis and more. The first seven dates on this tour will be co-headlining shows with Willie Nelson and Family, and the two will share the stage for a total of 17 dates throughout the summer. ...

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  • This year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are


    This year's Country Music Hall of Fame inductees are, in the Veterans Era Artist category, Dottie West; in the Modern Era Artist Category, Ricky Skaggs; and in the Recording/Touring Musician Category, Johnny Gimble. The formal induction will take place later this year during an invitation-only Me...

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  • There's now a post office in Bakersfield, Calif. named for the legendary singer Merle Haggard


    There's now a post office in Bakersfield, Calif. named for the legendary singer Merle Haggard, who was born just north in Oildale. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican who represents California's 23rd District, sponsored H.B. 1988 designating the Spanish-style facility at 1730 18th St. as the Merle Haggard Post Of...

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  • Garth Brooks performed a record-breaking headlining set on Sunday


    Garth Brooks performed a record-breaking headlining set on Sunday (March 18) at RodeoHouston. The country legend played to 75,577 people, breaking the attendance record from the previous Sunday during Go Tejano Day by just 12 concertgoers.     Brooks was the closing performer at 2018 RodeoHouston, but he was also the openi...

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  • Willie Nelson has announced that his Outlaw Music Festival tour


    Willie Nelson has announced that his Outlaw Music Festival tour will return again in 2018, kicking off its first leg in Raleigh, N.C. on May 25. This tour marks the second year that the festival has occurred in the form of a traveling show, and will extend at least through July 1, although more dates are expected to be announced. Willie & Family, ...

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  • Tim McGraw Collapses During Ireland Concert


    Tim McGraw collapsed onstage while performing his hit “Humble & Kind,” Sunday night in Dublin, Ireland. The country music star 'stunned fans' when he dropped to his knees and sat. Faith Hill, his wife, later told the crowd that he is "okay", but has been “super dehydrated."&n...

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  • Alabama announced the first of leg of The Hits Tour 2018


    Alabama announced the first of leg of The Hits Tour 2018, launching March 23 in Grand Prairie, Texas, with more than 20 shows to follow, including three stops in Canada.   Randy Owen and Teddy Gentry return to the road without longtime bandmate Jeff Cook. ...

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  • Artists set for the 2018 edition of Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic


    Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price are among the artists set for the 2018 edition of Willie Nelson's 4th of July Picnic.  Also playing this year are Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Jamestown Revival, the Wild Feathers, Particle Kid and Folk Uke. Several of Nelson's recurring cast of frie...

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  • Garth Brooks performed a duet with... an astronaut


    Ahead of his opening performance at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Brooks met up with Tracy Dyson, a NASA astronaut who caught the country star's attention last year when he saw a clip of her singing "The River." Dyson sings it before every space launch. She's also the lead singer of Houston-based band Max Q, an all-astronaut group of singers and musicians....

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  • The King of Country George Strait will play two final shows in 2018


    The King of Country George Strait will play two final shows in 2018 on December 7-8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas with special guests Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen. Tickets go on sale in one month on Friday, April 6 at 10 a.m. PT at www.StraitToVegas.com. The shows are part of his Strait to Vegas series, which started with...

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  • Dolly Parton to dedicate 100 Millionth Imagination Library book to Library of Congress


    Dolly Parton will dedicate her Imagination Library’s 100 Millionth Book to the Library of Congress, next Tuesday, February 27.  The program will begin at 10 a.m. and will be streamed live on both YouTube and Facebook.  Dignitaries, partners of the Imagination Library and many others will be on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion. I...

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  • Neal McCoy's mother Virginia "Ginny" McCoy died on Monday


    Neal McCoy's mother, Virginia "Ginny" McCoy, died on Monday. The country singer posted about her death on Facebook, sharing the story of his mother's immigration from the Philippines and her love for the United States and the Pledge of Allegiance. McCoy's mother died around 9:50PM on Monday, surrounded by her loved ones, including ...

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  • Troy Gentry's wife Angie has filed a lawsuit over his death


    Troy Gentry's wife Angie has filed a lawsuit over his death in a helicopter crash in September. Angie Gentry is suing the manufacturers of the aircraft. The lawsuit claims that Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Sikorsky Global Helicopters, Inc. and the Keystone Helicopter Corporation failed to make the Model 269 helicopter crashworthy, leaving its occu...

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  • VIDEO: Shania Twain will be the subject on the TV docudrama "The Price of Fame"


    As previously reported, Shania Twain will be the subject on the TV docudrama "The Price of Fame", a program on the Reelz Channel. Shania’s hour-long episode, which will air on Feb. 19 at 9 p.m. ET, features aspiring country singer/songwriter Ashla Taylor in the starring role. According to ...

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  • Country Singer Daryle Singletary Dead at 46


    Country singer Daryle Singletary died yesterday at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. He was 46. A rep for the singer said the cause of death "is pending.” Daryle had played concerts as recently as this past weekend, on Friday and Saturday nights. Singletary was best known for his hit songs &quo...

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  • Garth Brooks is the first inductee into the newly formed Live Hall of Fame


    Garth Brooks is the first inductee into the newly formed Live Hall of Fame, which was created by Oak View Group, an investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries that acquired concert trade publication Pollstar in 2017. OVG CEO and co-founder Tim Leiweke says the Live Hall of Fame was created “as a place to honor artists who ...

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  • A Garth Brooks fan received an invite of a lifetime


    A Garth Brooks fan received an invite of a lifetime after she submitted a question to the country star on Monday night’s episode of Inside Studio G: A Monday Night Conversation. Elisabeth Wadin is from Sweden and planning to honeymoon in America with her husband later this year.  She asked Brooks for recommendations during their “r...

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  • Willie Nelson has canceled his February 2018 tour dates in order to recover from the flu


    Willie Nelson has canceled his February 2018 tour dates in order to recover from the flu. A press release reports that Nelson "is up and about and looks as healthy as ever," but his doctor has recommended that his voice needs "a few extra weeks" to heal. Nelson plans to resume his tour in early March. Nelson's affected tour dates...

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  • Willie Nelson, along with his sons, Lukas and Micah, and the legendary Neil Young star in the upcoming film


    Willie Nelson, along with his sons, Lukas and Micah, and the legendary Neil Young star in the upcoming film "Paradox", a Western saga with a future-past twist. "Paradox" is directed by Young's girlfriend, actress Daryl Hannah. It will be her first full-length feature film in that role....

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  • Loretta Lynn has cancelled her only planned concert in 2018


    Lynn was scheduled to perform at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Okla. in May.  Her manager writes, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Loretta Lynn date, scheduled May 17, 2018, in Tulsa has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase." The reason for the cancellation is not clear. Lynn did fall and break her hip in a fall ...

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  • Trace Adkins is hitting the road


    Trace Adkins is hitting the road this spring for his 30-plus-date How Did We Get Here Tour. The tour kicks off on April 5 in Biloxi, Miss., and makes stops in Oklahoma City, Winnipeg, Sacramento, Albuquerque and more. http://www.traceadkins.com/events ...

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  • Reba McEntire, aka the newest KFC Colonel Sanders walked the Grammy Awards red carpet with her new beau


    Reba McEntire, aka the newest KFC Colonel Sanders walked the Grammy Awards red carpet with her new beau, Skeeter Lasuzzo. The new couple caught a performance of the Broadway musical "Waitress" on Saturday night (Jan. 27).  Lasuzzo -- whose given first name is Anthony -- is a businessman and a photogr...

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  • VIDEO: KFC has chosen Reba McEntire to play its founder Colonel Sanders


    KFC has chosen Reba McEntire to play its founder Colonel Sanders, which marks the first time a female celebrity has stepped into the role.   In a video released Thursday, McEntire dons the famous gray beard and suit of the founder, singing her heart out to advertise the chain's new Smoky Mountain BBQ flavor offering. The co...

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  • Dolly Parton was recently certified in the 2018 edition of the Guinness World Records


    Dolly Parton was recently certified in the 2018 edition of the Guinness World Records, for, 'Most Decades with a Top 20 Hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart', and 'Most Hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs Chart by a Female Artist'. Dolly is the only artist with Top 20 hits across six consecutive decades (1960s–2...

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  • Jenny Gill, daughter of country music legend Vince Gill, welcomed a new daughter


    Jenny Gill, daughter of country music legend Vince Gill, welcomed a new daughter of her own on Friday (Jan. 12). Jenny Gill recently shared a photo of her baby, named Everly June Van Valkenburg (8lbs 7oz.), on Instagram. Jenny also has a three-year-old son named Wyatt.   Jenny — the daughter of Vince Gill...

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  • Johnny Cash Documentary in the Works


    A Johnny Cash documentary is in development. Thom Zimny, the award-winning filmmaker behind numerous Bruce Springsteen documentaries and HBO Films' "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" documentary, is set to direct the untitled movie. The documentary will have the full support of the Cash estate and will explore Cash’s m...

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  • Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson has extended his Honky Tonk Highway Tour


    Country Music Hall of Famer Alan Jackson has extended his Honky Tonk Highway Tour, and he’s sharing the stage with an impressive lineup including Randy Houser, Lauren Alaina, Runaway June and Lee Ann Womack. Jackson will kickstart his 2018 tour next Friday in Lexington, Kentucky, and Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ti...

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  • Willie Nelson abruptly canceled a Saturday night concert


    Willie Nelson abruptly canceled a Saturday night concert shortly after it began and has now canceled a string of upcoming shows. A representative says the country icon is dealing with a health issue. Shortly after he began performing his opening song, "Whiskey River," during his Saturday night concert at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, Nelson wal...

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  • Country music legend Loretta Lynn has been recuperating after suffering a stroke last May, and is now recovering from a broken hip


    Country music legend Loretta Lynn has been recuperating after suffering a stroke last May, and is now recovering from a broken hip. On Monday, Lynn's younger sister, and fellow Grand Ole Opry star, Crystal Gayle posted a note to her Instagram asking for "love and prayers" for her sister. Gayle added, "S...

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  • Country legend Mickey Gilley and his son, Michael Gilley, sustained minor injuries from a car accident on Wednesday


    The two were driving back to Branson, Missouri after an event in Texas when their vehicle rolled over three times off the interstate. The 81-year-old artist fractured an ankle and his right shoulder. His son sustained minor bruises. Gilley’s show tomorrow night at the Texas Theatre in Greenville will be rescheduled. He plans to resume performances on Jan. 20 at the Ora...

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  • Reba McEntire is being honored by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans


    The award is bestowed on “admired leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversities, and who have remained committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities” (via HAA). McEntire has thrived as a country music superstar, despite early hardships including a 1991 plane crash that killed seven of her band members and a tour manager....

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  • Rodney Atkins and wife Rose Falcon welcomed son


    Rodney Atkins and wife Rose Falcon welcomed son, Ryder Falcon Atkins, into the world on Dec. 14. In an Instagram post on Rose’s account, she said, in part, that baby Ryder “looks exactly like Dad!” ...

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  • Woman who attended the opening show in Garth Brooks' seven-concert stand in Nashville, suffered a fractured nose and facial lacerations


    Jean Ann Crenshaw, a 47-year-old Louisville, Ky. who attended the opening show in Garth Brooks' seven-concert stand in Nashville, suffered a fractured nose and facial lacerations after a crew member apparently dropped a metal pole from the Bridgestone Arena roof into the floor seats while Trisha Yearwood was onstage. One of the woman&...

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  • Charlie Daniels' 2018 Volunteer Jam will be a tribute concert in his honor


    Charlie Daniels' 2018 Volunteer Jam will be a tribute concert in his honor. The annual event has been dubbed "Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie", and is set to take place on March 7, 2018, at 7PM CT, at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. Artists who have signed on for the show so far include Alison Krauss, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, Blac...

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  • George Strait has been named the 2018 Texan of the Year


    George Strait has been named the 2018 Texan of the Year for his efforts to aid Hurricane Harvey victims. To date, Strait’s charity initiatives have raised more than $50 million to support those affected by the storm. The Texas Legislative Conference will present the award to Strait during a reception on March 22 in New Braunfels. The nonpartisan o...

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  • Garth Brooks will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10


    Garth Brooks will have the only country CD in the Billboard top 10 when the charts are out tomorrow (Tuesday). Brooks' box set, "The Anthology: Part I, The First Five Years," remained in fourth for the second week with 57,000 equivalent album units, up 7 percent. The box set contains never before heard music, songs written before the debut...

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  • Randy Travis' wife, Mary Davis-Travis, has asked fans to sign a petition


    The Texas Attorney General’s Office is reportedly refusing to follow a state court order and is looking to release the footage, today.  The petition urges the Texas Attorney General’s Office to keep the clip private as its possible future release is under a federal appeal. Sheriff’s troopers that responded to the DWI incident claim that Travis was nake...

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  • The eighth annual "CMA Country Christmas" airs tonight Hosted by Reba McEntire


    REMINDER:  The eighth annual “CMA Country Christmas” airs tonight (8-10 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. Hosted by Reba McEntire, the two-hour special features performances from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, ...

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  • Willie Nelson is reminding Americans to remember farmers at Thanksgiving


    In an opinion column published in USA Today, Willie writes: “On Thursday, most of us will come to the table as families, friends, communities and a nation to celebrate our blessings. What people may not think about is that it’s the family farmer who brings us all together. We will gather over a meal that represents the year...

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  • Country Music Hall of Famer Mel Tillis Dead at 85


    Country legend Lonnie Melvin (“Mel”) Tillis died Sunday morning in Ocala, Florida.   According to a statement made by his publicist, Tillis battled intestinal issues and reportedly suffered respiratory failure. Known for iconic songs like “Coca-Cola Cowboy” and “I Ain’t Never,” Tillis is a Country Musi...

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  • Eddie Montgomery will continue to make music without Troy Gentry


    Eddie Montgomery will continue to make music without Troy Gentry. In a new interview with People, the singer opens up about the death of the other half of Montgomery Gentry, and how he plans to move forward without his friend. Montgomery reveals that Montgomery Gentry's fans, as wel...

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  • Tim McGraw calls music his "savior"


    Tim McGraw calls music his ‘savior’. McGraw grew up an athlete with ambitions of becoming a lawyer, but that all changed when he picked up a guitar in college. “That was it. I was hooked,” he said in an interview with "CBS Sunday Morning" alongside wife and fellow singer Faith Hill...

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  • Tracy Lawrence, will release his new collaborative album "Good Ole Days"


    Tracy Lawrence, will release his new collaborative album "Good Ole Days" on Friday (November 10th). And, in honor of Veteran’s Day, he has invited fellow country star and Army veteran Craig Morgan to join him November 7th, on “Fox & Friends,” for the television network premiere of their duet “Finally Home.&rdqu...

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  • Alan Jackson was forced to dodge a beer thrown by an intoxicated concertgoer


    Alan Jackson was forced to dodge a beer thrown by an intoxicated concertgoer, Friday night in Lafayette, La. Jackson and his band performed at the Cajundome as part of his ongoing Honky Tonk Highway Tour. Jackson is in the middle of performing "Don't Rock the Jukebox" when a beer comes flying up from the seats near the edge of the sta...

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  • Country music legends, The Oak Ridge Boys have joined forces with American companies


    Country music legends, The Oak Ridge Boys have joined forces with American companies to place a new emphasis on buying products made in the United States. The Liberty Legends USA program debuted in 2015 and this week announced their launch of their second Legends Series, the “American Made Collection” by The Oak Ridge Boys. The collection will debut wit...

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  • Merle Haggard's family and Icon Entertainment have announced plans for the Merle Haggard Museum


    Merle Haggard’s family and Icon Entertainment—the group behind the Johnny Cash Museum and Patsy Cline Museum—have announced plans for the Merle Haggard Museum, which is tentatively slated to open in the summer of 2018. The Merle Haggard Museum will feature performance wardrobes, instruments, professional and personal possessions and interactive exhibits....

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  • Longtime collaborators Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton explained why they never dated


    Longtime collaborators Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton explained why they never dated. Rogers jokes during an interview on the Today show:  "I'm a believer that tension is better if you keep it than if you satisfy it. And then secondly, she said no to me." Dolly added, "I'm not his ...

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  • The Country Music Association inducted Alan Jackson


    The Country Music Association inducted Alan Jackson (modern era), Jerry Reed (veteran era) and Don Schlitz (songwriter) into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night. PLEASANT SURPRISE!  Country icon Loretta Lynn returned to the Hall of Fame for the first time since she suffered a stroke in May to formally induct Alan Jackso...

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  • Dolly Parton has announced that she is assisting with hurricane relief efforts


    Dolly Parton has announced that she is assisting with hurricane relief efforts in the United States and its territories. The country music legend will be making a donation to the One America Appeal for Hurricane Relief, an organization launched by all five living former American Presidents to aid in relief efforts for Hurricane Harvey and has been expan...

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