NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame member and Recording Academy “Lifetime Achievement Award” recipient, Charley Pride, will celebrate his 25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with appearances on the Opry Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. Pride, who made his Opry debut in 1967, is scheduled to perform extended Opry sets in celebration of his milestone anniversary on both nights.
Randy Scruggs, a Grammy-winning musician, songwriter, producer and the son of banjo innovator Earl Scruggs, died Tuesday after an illness. He was 64 years old.
He began making music professionally when he was just 13, and worked with everyone from Waylon Jennings to Miranda Lambert. Over the course of his career, he played on hundreds of recordings, including two of country and roots music’s landmark albums: the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and John Hartford’s “Aereo-Plain.” He also produced the Dirt Band’s subsequent two “Circle” volumes as well as recordings by Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Iris DeMent and many more.
More than 100 of his songs were recorded over the years. Deana Carter took “We Danced Anyway,” a song he wrote with Matraca Berg, to the top of the country charts in the mid-1990s. He also wrote several songs with Earl Thomas Conley, including the No. 1 singles “Don’t Make It Easy for Me” and “Angel in Disguise.”
Irlene Mandrell, President Bush, First Lady Barbara Bush, Barbara Mandrell, George Jones and Grandpa Jones
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President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush were both life-long country music fans, and they made no bones about their affinity for country music and country music stars. President and Mrs. Bush made multiple trips to Nashville, attended the Grand Ole Opry and often invited country stars to the White House and to their homes in Maine and Texas.
Musician, singer and dad are some of the titles for Coy Bowels of the Zach Brown Band; but what you may not know is Coy is also the author of children’s books. Coy talks about his writing in an upcoming interview you can hear on AM 1180 Chattooga County Radio.
Ricky Skaggs, Dottie West on Johnny Gimble are the newest announced members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and will be inducted later this year. Click below for stories from Billboard Magazine and CMT:
The newest member of the Grand Ole Opry is Chris Janson. Janson received the invitation to join the longest running radio show in the world from Kieth Urban at a recent Janson concert. Janson was inducted into the iconic country music “Mother Church” last Tuesday night. Bestowing the honors on Janson last Tuesday evening, Opry member Garth Brooks officially inducted the Perryville, Missouri native into the institution.
The Oak Ridge Boys will be appearing on former Arkansas Governor Mike Hukabee’s show on TBN this coming weekend just days away from the release of a new album.