Volunteer Jam XX Coming Up in March

Some of the biggest names in country and rock will honor Charlie Daniels at the Volunteer Jam XX: A Tribute to Charlie. The all-star concert event is set for March 7, 2018 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

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Gaithers, Gatlins and Oak Ridge Boys New Project

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—January 9th–Country and gospel music icons the Gaither Vocal Band, The Gatlin Brothers and The Oak Ridge Boys recently joined together for a special LIVE recording of classic hits and timeless gospel favorites.  The three GRAMMY®, CMA, ACM and GMA DOVE Award-winning artists reflected on their gospel music roots and influences, performed some of their most popular songs and combined harmonies for numerous once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. 

 

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Ray Stevens Announces Opening of New Venue: “CabaRay”

Nashville, Tenn. (January 4, 2018) — After nearly two years of excavation, construction, furnishing and outfitting, country and comedy music legend Ray Stevens is finally ready to unveil his new state-of-the-art Nashville showroom, CabaRay. Today, Stevens announced his grand opening celebration set to take place January 1819 and 20.

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Public Memorial Service Set for Mel Tillis

Nashville, Tenn. (January 3, 2018) – The Tillis family has announced details for a public memorial service for the late Mel Tillis. On WednesdayJanuary 31 at10:00 a.m., family, friends, fans, and music industry colleagues, will gather atNashville‘s historic Ryman Auditoriumto honor the life and career of theCountry Music Hall of Famer.

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Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson Releases New Autobiography

 

 

Someone called Wanda Jackson the Queen of Rockabilly a while back and the tag stuck, probably because she earned it.

From the evidence in Jackson’s new autobiography, though, it might be more accurate to call her a Pioneer of Americana.

Every Night Is Saturday Night (BMG. $24.95), written with music journalist Scott B. Bomar, takes the reader on Jackson’s ride through a half dozen major styles of popular American music over the last 60 years.

Besides rockabilly, she recorded classic country, modern country, blues, folk, gospel and pop. It’s an odyssey that served her well artistically and yet often seemed to thwart her chances for greater commercial success.

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Charlie Daniel’s Lines Up 2018 Volunteer Jam

Rolling Stone reports that legendary country music singer Charlie Daniel’s has added talent to the roster for the 2018 Volunteer Jam.

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Johnny Cash’s Boyhood Home Considered for Historic Nomination

The boyhood home of country music icon Johnny Cash is being considered as a nominee for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Funeral Arrangements Announced for Mel Tillis

Funeral arrangements have been announced for the late Mel Tillis who passed away early Sunday morning.

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Tribute to Mel Tillis Friday and Saturday

COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND MEL TILLIS PASSES

Nashville, Tenn. (November 19, 2017) — Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend MelTillis passed away early this morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis was 85.
The Country Music Hall of Famer leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), six grandchildren, a great grandson, a sister (Linda Crosby) and brother (Richard Tillis), the mother of five of his children (Doris Tillis), his longtime partner (Kathy DeMonaco), and many lifelong friends and fans around the world.
The Tillis family asks for your prayers and will soon release more information regarding funeral services in Florida and Nashville.
Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida on August 8, 1932. Throughout his 60+ year career, the Grand Ole Opry member recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, six #1 hits (“I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”), was named the Country Music Association’s coveted Entertainer of the Year, and was elected a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

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