Brooks & Dunn Country Music Hall Of Fame Exhibit Opening Next Month

Brooks & Dunn will be the subject of a new Country Music Hall of Fame exhibit opening next month. “Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon” will open August 9th ahead of the duo’s induction into the Hall of Fame, and it will run through July 19th, 2020.

The exhibit will feature tons of Brooks & Dunn memorabilia, including one-of-a-kind stagewear, early drafts of lyrics, cowboy boots Dunn wore when he was five and more. There will also be several trophies on display, their Grammy, CMA and ACM awards.

As part of the exhibit’s launch, Brooks & Dunn will sit down for a conversation with their manger Clarence Spalding. The event, “Proud of the House We Built,” will take place August 24th. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 am.

Source: Rolling Stone

This day in 2000: West Virginia honors Brad Paisley

This day in 2000: Brad Paisley was performing at the West Virginia Interstate Fair and Exposition when he got the surprise of a lifetime. Gov. Cecil H. Underwood showed up to hear Brad’s music and to present him with the “Distinguished West Virginian Award.” The honor is presented to native West Virginians who have shown a lifetime commitment to community service and excellence in their respective career fields. Past award recipients include Kathy Mattea and astronaut John McBride. This date was also dubbed “Brad Paisley Day” in his home state.

Brad Paisley Advised Against Chris Lane’s Proposal Plans

Chris Lane recently proposed to “Bachelor” alum Lauren Bushnell, by writing her a special song, and then shared the very special moment with fans on social media. But it turns out, if he listened to Brad Paisley the proposal would have happened much differently.

Chris is currently opening for Brad on tour, and apparently Chris ran his proposal plans by the singer, who advised him against it. “It was interesting, because he told me that he was going to propose, and he had got this song ready,” Brad tells “People.” “I had some friends on the [tour] bus, and they were all like, ‘That sounds pretty awesome,’ and I’m like, ‘Don’t do that,” noting, “I’m glad he didn’t listen to me because it worked out great.”

So, why was Brad against it? Well, apparently it was because it was so very different from the way he proposed to wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley. “The way he proposed was so opposite of what I did,” Brad shares. “I surprised her, and we were completely alone out on the end of a pier in Venice in Los Angeles. Nobody could really see us, and that was a safety net — in case she took off running down the pier.”

As for whether he has any advice on marriage, Brad notes, “humor is probably the key. And he’s great at that,” adding “Chris is a nut, and getting to know him this year, I had no idea what a sort of free spirit, crazy guy he is. I think that kind of sense of humor will serve him well in his marriage.”




This day in in 1983, Alabama hits #1 with “The Closer You Get”

This day in in 1983, Alabama hit #1 with “The Closer You Get.”

“The Closer You Get” was written in 1980 by J.P. Pennington and Mark Gray, members of Exile. However, the song was not immediately recorded by Alabama. Two earlier versions were released as singles – the first by Exile (which failed to gain much attention) and singer Don King, whose version reached No. 27 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in October 1981. In addition, Rita Coolidge recorded the song for her 1981 album, Heartbreak Radio, and released her version as a single.

Alabama’s version differed substantially from King’s acoustic version. According to country music writer Tom Roland, the song featured “distorted guitars, a more elaborate arrangement and an altered vocal sound.”

The end result was Alabama’s 10th No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. In addition, “The Closer You Get” registered enough airplay on Top 40 radio stations to peak at No. 38 on the Billboard Hot 100.

A music video was filmed for the song, and has aired on CMT and Great American Country.



Granger Smith’s Son Helped Save The Lives of Two People

As hard as the loss of their son River has been on Granger Smith and his wife Amber, Amber reveals in a new Instagram post that some good has come out of it. Following the three-year-old’s accidental drowning death the couple donated River’s organs, which went on to help save the lives of two people.

Amber writes that she always wanted to be an organ donor, but, “never in a million years did I think I would be making that decision for my baby.” She explains that when doctors told her there was no chance River would recover, “I thought, how can we bury our sweet baby and not try to help others?” noting, “His body is perfect, his organs are perfect, we had to do something. There are so many people waiting for an organ to save their lives.”

It took a while before the couple found out if River’s organs helped anyone, but Amber shares, “We got the letter that our tiny, red-headed hero gave life to 2 adults. A 49-year-old woman and a 53-year-old man. I cried when we opened it. Cried out of sadness & cried out of love.”

Garth Brooks Supports Daughter Allie’s First Single

Garth Brooks is pretty private when it comes to his daughters, but he shocked fans this week when he actually shared a picture of his daughter Allie on social media.

The pictures is of Garth, wife Trisha Yearwood and Allie, and it was in honor of Allie’s first single being released, the tune “Work in Progress.”

“What a beautiful voice on your grandmother’s birthday…perfect,” Garth shared. “I love you!! Listen to @alliecolleenmusic’s new single #WorkInProgress.”

Watch the “making of” video for “Work In Progress”  here.



This day in 1972, Tom T. Hall records the classic “(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine”

This day in 1972, Tom T. Hall records “(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine” around noon at Mercury Custom Recording Studio in Nashville.

The song was Hall’s third number one on the U.S. country singles chart. “(Old Dogs, Children And) Watermelon Wine” spent one week at the top and a total of thirteen weeks on the chart. On June 1, 2014, Rolling Stone ranked it at #93 in their list of the 100 greatest country songs.

The song is a true account of Hall’s experience at the 1972 Democratic National Convention, where he had a conversation with a janitor at a Miami Beach hotel. The janitor appraises his own life by concluding that the only worthwhile things are the three listed in the song’s title.


Jamie Lynn Spears has found her next project. The actress-turned-country-singer returns to her acting roots with a role in an upcoming Netflix show Sweet Magnolias, based off a book series by Sheryl Woods.

The novels translate into 10 episodes for the show’s first season, which is set in the fictional town of Serenity, South Carolina, and focuses on three childhood best friends — Maddie Townsend, Dana Sue Sullivan and Helen Decatur — and the trials and tribulations they face in love, family and striving for their dreams as they navigate adulthood together. The series stars Monica Potter, known for her work in Parenthood, Brooke Elliott of Drop Dead Diva fame and Heather Headley, a Tony Award-winning theatre actress and singer, in the leading roles.

Spears is set to play a character named Noreen Fitzgibbons, a young woman looking to improve her life by becoming a nurse in Serenity after a series of poor life decisions.

Spears began her career as a young actress on Nickelodeon’s youth-oriented sketch comedy show All That, serving as a member of the cast from 2002-2004, before moving on to her breakout role starring as the lead character in Zoey 101. Spears later turned her focus to country music, releasing her debut single “How Could I Want More” in 2013 followed by her EP The Journey. She also co-penned Jana Kramer’s hit “I Got the Boy.”

The show also features Chris Klein of American Pie and The Flash and Justin Burning of Good Behavior. Woods with serve as executive producer alongside Sheryl J. Anderson and Dan Paulson. A release date has yet to be announced.


Source: Taste Of Country

This day in 2009:  Mickey Gilley seriously injured in accident

This day in 2009:  Mickey Gilley was seriously injured in a fall in Branson, Missouri. The 73 year-old was helping a neighbor move some furniture when he fell, with the ‘love seat’ falling on top of him, crushing four vertebrae. The incident left him temporarily paralyzed from the neck down . After intense physical therapy he was able to walk again and returned to the stage a year later. However, he still lacks the hand coordination necessary to play the piano.


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