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Joe Friday

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 99.7 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!

You and I have been waking up together for many years. It means a lot that you choose to spend your mornings with me. Follow me on Twitter @joefridayOKC, Facebook @joefridayOKC, or email me joefriday@CrankHankcom. Give me a call weekday mornings on 99.7 FM on the Hank-Line.


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  • Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery


    Singer/songwriter Mac Davis is critically ill following heart surgery in Nashville. A note from his manager asks for prayers for the 78-year-old singer and hitmaker for Elvis Presley and more. After writing songs such as "In the Ghetto" and "A Little Less Conversation" for Presley, Davis — born Morris Mac Davis in Lubbock, Texas — ...

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  • Shenandoah will release a new album


    Shenandoah will release a new album, "Every Road", on Nov. 13. The 10-song collection of brand-new tunes features an A-list cast of collaborators, including Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Ashley McBryde, Dierks Bentley, Lady A, Zac Brown Band, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson and Brad Paisley. Shenandoah topped the charts in the la...

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  • Vince Gill has left the Western swing band


    After a decade with the Time Jumpers, Vince Gill has left the Western swing band. Rolling Stone confirmed the news of Gill's departure from the group with a spokesperson for the band, which will resume their Monday night residency at 3rd & Lindsley in Nashville on Oct. 5. The group paused the weekly shows during the novel coronavirus pandemic....

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  • Dolly Parton came clean about those rumors


    Dolly Parton came clean about those rumors that she has tattoos and admitted she does “have some” but “they’re tasteful” and “artful.” The 74-year-old legendary country singer tells People magazine,  “I do have some tattoos, that’s true. But they’re tasteful. I’m not a tattoo ...

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  • Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle will appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival


    Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Steve Earle and the Halfgrass Dukes will appear in the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival as part of this year's Let The Music Play On Broadcast.  The music airs on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. Pacific on Circle TV, HardlyStrictlyBluegrass.com, HSB Facebook, YouTube and Nugs.TV. This marks the 20th anniversary of Hardly Strictly Blue...

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  • Willie Nelson admitted he cheated on two of his ex-wives


    Willie Nelson admitted he cheated on two of his ex-wives in a new memoir. Nelson's memoir titled, “Me and Sister Bobbie", was co-written by Nelson’s sister Bobbie. In the book, Nelson revealed his second wife Shirley Collie found out he was cheating on her because of a hospital bill that came from Houston....

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  • Alabama's only concert of 2020 will stream for free tonight


    The Country Music Hall of Fame group will kick off Camping World’s 10-week virtual concert series, "Taking the Highways Across America". Each concert will stream live every Tuesday at 8 p.m. CT on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. In addition, Alabama recently announced two stops in Nashville in 2021 as part of their delayed 50th Anniversary Tour. The trio is set to ...

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  • Reba McEntire says the cast of Reba is ready for a reboot


    The sitcom, which starred Reba, Christopher Rich, JoAnna Garcia, Steve Howey and more, aired 127 episode over six seasons from 2001 to 2007 on The WB and The CW. Reba shared her thoughts on a reboot, saying: “We’re all for it. “The problem is the higher uppers, if they’re for it. But we’ve let them know that we’re anxiously awaiting some feedba...

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  • Trisha Yearwood will perform a special song at the ACM Awards


    Trisha Yearwood will perform a special song at the ACM Awards in tribute to those members of the country music community who have died in 2020. Yearwood turned to social media on Tuesday afternoon to reveal the news, writing, "I’m honored to perform 'I’ll Carry You Home' @ACMawards on September 16, paying tribute to those we have lost in ...

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  • George Strait the Don't Mess with Texas Campaign


    The Don’t Mess with Texas campaign is calling on its famous Texas friends to help stop a growing litter problem around the state. And famous Texans Matthew McConaughey and George Strait helped out with a new Don’t Mess with Texas public service announcement. The Texas Department of Transportation says it’s seeing personal protec...

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  • Alabama announced new stops in Nashville in 2021


    Alabama announced new stops in Nashville in 2021 as part of their delayed 50th Anniversary Tour. The trio is set to perform at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on July 2 and July 3 with special guest Martina McBride. Additional tour dates will be announced in the coming months. Tickets are on sale now. ...

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  • Tanya Tucker will resume touring in July 2021


    Tanya Tucker will resume touring in July 2021 with rescheduled "CMT Next Women of Country: Bring My Flowers Now Tour" dates and new stops added. Shows are scheduled through November in Europe and North America, kicking off July 11 in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. CMT tour dates begin Aug. 6 in Kansas City.  htt...

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  • Dolly Parton was interviewed by USA Today


    Dolly Parton was interviewed by USA Today, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which effectively gave women the right to vote. The Country icon covered an array of topics including her career, looks and inspiration. Dolly also touched on her faith, expressing hope that political leaders will channel their own spiritual convictions ...

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  • Wynonna will release a new EP of cover songs


    Wynonna will release a new EP of cover songs, "Recollections", on Oct. 30. The five-song EP features Wynnona covering “I Hear You Knocking” by Fats Domino, “I’m a King Bee” by Slim Harpo, “Angel From Montgomery” by John Prine, “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone and “Ramble On Rose” by the Grat...

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  • Alan Jackson has rescheduled more than 10 tour dates


    Alan Jackson has rescheduled more than 10 tour dates for 2021, including stops in Nashville, Denver, Detroit and more. Tickets for the original dates will be honored at the new dates in 2021. The rescheduling is due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. ...

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  • Dwight Yoakam is a dad at 63


    The Honky Tonk Man and wife Emily Joyce welcomed their first child on Aug. 16—a baby boy named Dalton Loren Yoakam. Dwight’s “team” posted the news via his Instagram on Friday, stating: “Like the lyric from the song ‘Waterfall’ that Dwight wrote for Emily on his 3 Pears album says…Babies get born even in a…P...

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  • Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will celebrate 24 years of marriage


    Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will celebrate 24 years of marriage in October,  Tim says "... we figure in our industry, it's like 82 years. It's kind of like dog years, you have to count each year as seven." According to Tim, he and Faith—along with their three daughters-- have spent much of the past few months at home because of the coro...

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  • Trace Adkins will perform onboard the World's only Biker Rally on a cruise ship


    Trace Adkins will perform and lead Salute To Service events onboard the "world’s only biker rally on a cruise ship," the High Seas Rally, when it sails on Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas Oct. 22-29, 2021. The cruise sails from Port Canaveral, FL to Nassau, Bahamas; Perfect Day at Coco Cay, Bahamas; Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and Labadee, Haiti....

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  • Garth Brooks' 1993 album In Pieces was certified for sales of 10 million


    Garth Brooks’ 1993 album, "In Pieces", was certified for sales of 10 million units (Diamond status) by the RIAA. Garth now has nine Diamond-certified albums: "Garth Brooks", "No Fences", "Ropin’ the Wind", "The Chase", "The Hits", "Sevens", "Double Live", "The Ultimat...

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  • Trace Adkins will put out an EP


    Trace Adkins will put out an EP, "Ain't That Kind of Cowboy," on Oct. 16 via Verge Records. Adkins also released a new song, "Just The Way We Do It." ...

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  • Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the 2020 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame


    Hank Williams Jr., Marty Stuart and songwriter Dean Dillon are the 2020 inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame. Dillon will be inducted in the "Songwriter" category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the "Recording and/or Touring Musician" and "Non-Performer" categories. Stuart will be inducted in the "Mod...

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  • Willie Nelson is featured on a new version of his classic hit On the Road Again


    Willie Nelson is featured on a new version of his classic hit “On the Road Again,” along with all 10 of this year's ACM Awards' nominees for new female and new male artist. The single, dubbed “On the Road Again (ACM Lifting Lives Edition),” will benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund. The single will be available via Warn...

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  • Clay Walker and his wife Jessica are expecting their fifth baby


    Clay Walker and his wife Jessica are expecting their fifth baby together in 2021. Walker reveals that boy is due in January, and they already have a name picked out. Christian Walker (after the singer's grandfather Christian) will give Clay and Jessica four sons and one daughter. The 50-year-old country hitmaker also has two daughters from his first marriage,...

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  • A new book Dolly Parton Songteller


    A new book, "Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics", will explore Dolly’s vast musical catalog. The new book, which was written with Robert K. Oermann, will be released on November 17 via Chronicle Books. In addition, Dolly will deliver an audio version of the book via RBmedia, which will be available on November 17 in both CD and digital au...

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  • Elvis Presley-Owned Guitar Sells for Record $1.32 Million at Auction


    One of Elvis Presley’s rare guitars sold for a record-setting 7-figure price. His 942 Martin D-18 guitar, which he owned from 1954 to 1956, sold at auction for a $1,320,000.  It's a World Record for the most expensive Elvis Presley memorabilia ever sold. Elvis bought the guitar at O.K. Houck's Pian...

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  • The late Charlie Daniels will be honored with a musical salute


    The late Charlie Daniels will be honored with a musical salute during his annual all-star concert, Volunteer Jam, which will take place at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Feb. 22, 2021. Charlie passed away on July 6 at the age of 83. This year’s concert is being dubbed "Volunteer Jam: A Musical Salute to Charlie Daniels". Thi...

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  • Garth Brooks Reveals Daughter Had COVID-19


    Garth Brooks revealed that his youngest daughter had the coronavirus. The country music legend said that 24-year-old Allie had a sore throat while dealing with the illness but is doing fine now. Brooks said he is still worried about possible side effects down the line adding, “As parents like you, like me, all you do is pray ...

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  • Garth Brooks announced that he is attempting to withdraw himself from consideration for entertainer of the year at the CMA Awards


    In a press conference held via Zoom, the country legend told reporters that he was aware of some backlash after winning the top prize last November for the third-time in four-years.  Brooks said there was one tweet that stuck in his head that said, “Hey man, this guy, why doesn’t he step down and just have the entertainer be for the next generation?” ...

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  • Reba McEntire is celebrating the 30th Anniversary


    Reba McEntire is celebrating the 30th anniversary of her 1990 album, "Rumor Has It", by re-releasing the project on Sept. 11. Reba’s iconic album featured four Top 10 hits, including “You Lie,” “Rumor Has It,” “Fancy” and “Fallin’ Out of Love.” The vinyl version of the re-released album will fe...

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  • Shania Twain To Produce Write Songs For TV Drama


    Shania Twain is set to produce and write songs for a TV drama.   The "You’re Still the One" singer is teaming with Reel World Management to develop a drama based on best-selling author Debbie Macomber's “Heart of Texas” novels. The books center on three adult siblings who struggle to keep their family ranch aflo...

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  • Nashville Has A New Dolly Parton-Themed Rooftop Bar


    White Limozeen is the vintage-glam bar and restaurant atop Nashville's Graduate Hotel, complete with bright pink walls, an onyx wraparound bar, glittery chandeliers and even a giant pink chicken-wire sculpture of Dolly Parton. The newly opened, indoor-outdoor space, named after a song and album of Parton's, represents the glitzy pinnacle ...

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  • Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell are set to perform on The Grand Ole Opry stage


    Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell are set to perform on The Grand Ole Opry stage, on Aug. 1 The one-hour show will air live on Circle Television at 7 p.m. CT, as well as stream live on Circle’s YouTube. Tomorrow night (July 25), Chrissy Metz, CeCe Winans and Tracy Lawrence will step onto the Opry stage at 7 p.m. C...

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  • Tim McGraw is dropping his first solo album in five years


    Tim McGraw is dropping his first solo album in five years, "Here on Earth", on August 21, and the country superstar announced on a "one-of-a-kind" livestream event, which will celebrate the album by giving fans a peek into how it was made. McGraw will go live from Nashville on August 21, and will chat with songwriters and his band, and reveal ...

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  • Blake Shelton Announces Drive-In Concert with Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins


    Blake Shelton is the latest country star to take the stage for a drive-in concert series. On July 25, Shelton will perform with special guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins for Encore Drive-In Nights, which also brought fans the Garth Brooks Experience last month. The all-new performances will be filmed exclusively for each one-night-only even...

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  • Funeral plans for Charlie Daniels have been Announced


    The country icon's funeral is set to take place on Friday (July 10) at World Outreach Church, which is located at 1921 State Highway 99 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. The service will begin at 11AM, but fans and Daniels' country music peers will have a chance to pay their respects beforehand. Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Darryl Worley and more will take part in ...

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  • Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels Dies at 83


    Charlie Daniels died yesterday at that age of 83. The country music legend died from a stroke. Daniels, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, is best known for his smash hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia." But well before that, Daniels already had established himself as a top-notch musician—as a sessions pla...

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  • Garth Brooks is set to perform fan-requested songs during his Facebook Live series


    Garth Brooks is set to perform fan-requested songs during his Facebook Live series, “Inside Studio G”, on July 7   Garth and Trisha Yearwood hosted a similar at-home acoustic show on Inside Studio G on March 23. Garth and his team will be sifting through requests that can be made on his socials using the hashtag, #G...

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  • Live Johnny Cash album is coming


    A newly unearthed, live Johnny Cash album is coming from Third Man Records, the label founded by Jack White of The White Stripes. Recorded in 1973 as part of ‘A Week To Remember’ – a week of concerts put on by Columbia Records and record executive Clive Davis – the man in black’s performance at the Ahmanson Theater i...

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  • There's a New 'Tiger King' Biography... Comic Book


    The “Tiger King” saga continues in an all-new comic book released this week. The biography comic book is called “Infamous: Tiger King”. The 24-page comic flip-book dives into the early years of Joe Exotic and Tampa Bay’s Big Cat Rescue owner Carole Baskin....

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  • Willie Nelson and Sister Bobbie Prep Book about Life in Music


    Willie Nelson and his sister, Bobbie Nelson announced that they’ve penned a memoir. “Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band,” will detail their family bond playing music together, with alternating chapters by each sibling. It’s out Sept. 15 from Random House. The duo also plans a ...

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