St. Jude Dedicates Pavilion To Rand Owen

More than 900 people in the country music industry – including radio personalities, artists, executives, label representatives and media – are gathered in Memphis this weekend for special performances and industry-insider events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® radio program. Since its inception in 1989, led by ALABAMA‘s Randy Owen, Country Cares has pioneered radio philanthropic fundraising, raising a record more than $800 million for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: Finding cures. Saving children.®

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Today’s “Google Doodle” Celebrates Earl Scruggs

Celebrating Earl Scruggs

Google: “Here’s old Earl Scruggs with his fancy five-string banjo,” the introduction for the bluegrass banjo master’s Grand Ole Opry show stated. Today’s Doodle celebrates Earl Scruggs, the man who developed the “Scruggs style” (his own three-finger method of picking) on the anniversary of the opening of the Earl Scruggs Center in 2014. His innovation changed the sound of American roots music, but fancy was not a word Scruggs would use to describe his beloved banjo. “It’s just an old hand-me-down,” he said of the Gibson Granada he’d played since the 1940s.

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Elvis Special To Air On NBC Featuring Country Artists

All hail the King! An impressive collection of country stars will appear on NBC’s Elvis All-Star Tribute, airing on Feb. 17. Hosted by Blake Shelton, the special will feature performances from Shelton himself, as well as Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Darius Rucker, Little Big Town, Pistol Annies, Dierks Bentley and Carrie Underwood.

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Tracy Byrd Celebrates 25 Years Of Making Music

Tracy Byrd

BEAUMONT, Texas – With an amazing 34 singles and ten studio albums – four of which are certified gold, one platinum, and double platinum by the RIAA – Tracy Byrd is celebrating 25 years as a recording artist! The tall Texan first hit #1 in 1993 with “Holdin’ Heaven” and has continued releasing hits “Watermelon Crawl,” “Big Love,” “I’m From The Country,” “Ten Rounds of Jose Cuervo,” “Drinkin’ Bone,” and “The Keeper of the Stars,” which went on to win the CMA Song of the Year honor.

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Lee Greenwood Remembers President George H.W. Bush

Kim Greenwood, President George H.W. Bush, Lee Greenwood

Country Music’s Lee Greenwood remembers President George H.W. Bush in this statement released Saturday, December 2, 2018:

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The Oak Ridge Boys Remember President George H.W. Bush

With George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush

What can we say that hasn’t been said or WILL be said about the loss of President George Herbert Walker Bush… That he was the 41st President of these United States…. That he was a selfless Naval pilot in the South Pacific… That he was an Ambassador to China… the head of the CIA… a Vice President… a leader… a hero… an example of being a gentlemanly force on the world stage… That he was fortunate enough to have been married to one of the most wonderful women who ever walked this planet? Yes, all of this has been said and will be alluded too with great respect over the next week or so, over and over, by dignitaries and everyday Americans such as ourselves. But how about the fact that he loved Country music and for decades we, The Oak Ridge Boys, were among his favorites.

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Caption: Ricky Skaggs performs “Highway 40 Blues” with Keith Urban and John Osborne (Brothers Osborne)
Photo credit: Donn Jones/CMA
At “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards” Wednesday night in Nashville, freshly inducted Country Music Hall of Fame memberRicky Skaggs was honored during a special tribute with the country and bluegrass music legend front and center.

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Roy Clark Passes Away At The Age Of 85

Roy Clark

TULSA, Okla. – Roy Clark, the legendary ‘superpicker’, GRAMMYCMA and ACMaward winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed ‘Hee Haw’ television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

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Ricky Skaggs to Perform Live at “The 52nd CMA Awrds”

Country Music’s Biggest Night Airs Live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena 
Wednesday, Nov. 14 on the ABC Television Network
Nashville, Tenn. (November 9, 2018) — Country and bluegrass music legend Ricky Skaggs has been announced as a featured performer at “The 52nd Annual CMA Awards.”

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Shenandoah Announces “Good Ole Fashioned Christmas” Tour, Supporting the Salvation4

Tour Kicks-Off at Nashville’s Historic Ryman Auditorium on Monday, November 19
Nashville, Tenn. (November 9, 2018) — GRAMMY, ACM and CMA Award-winning country band Shenandoah is getting in the Christmas spirit early this year, announcing the group’s first-ever holiday road show, the “Good Ole Fashioned Christmas” tour, supporting The Salvation Army.

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