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Loretta Lynn to host Gospel Music Festival

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The hills will ring with the glorious sounds of Gospel music as Loretta Lynn welcomes fans to the inaugural “Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival” to be held at her Hurricane Mills, TN ranch September 28-29, 2013.

The Country music icon has a well-documented love of Gospel music and has consistently shared music of faith in her concerts and recordings. Now, for the first time, she welcomes the music to her home as the top acts in Gospel music plan to perform during the two-day inspirational event.

Loretta said:

“Its kind of like an old-time “all-day singing and dinner on the ground. I got to thinking. I have a big ranch where I live so I decided to throw a good ole Gospel weekend here! I want family and friends to bring a blanket, set up a picnic and then enjoy some of my favorite Gospel music singers! I may even come down and sing a song myself! I hope it will be something we can keep going every year. I already have a big campground and cabins where people can stay. We also have a big stage – we have concerts all summer and have done so since 1974.”

Scheduled to appear during the two-day event are Mark Lowry, The Hoppers, The Isaacs, Karen Peck & New River, Gold City, Rambo-McGuire, The Singing Cookes, The Freemans, Brian Free & Assurance, Michael Combs, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, and The Sneed Family.

For those arriving early on Friday night, September 27, 2013, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM.

Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival Poster.

Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival poster.

“I should have started this years ago. But, it’s never too late – I am inviting everyone to my ranch to have a great ole Gospel time! It’ll be a fun time for the whole family. Speaking of family, I want to thank Jeff Sneed and The Sneed Family for helping me plan and promote this Gospel Music Festival. We sure are looking forward to this special time!”

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.

Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at LorettaLynn.com or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.

Opry Goes Pink Announces Additional Performers

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On Tuesday, October 30th, the Fourth Annual Opry Goes Pink event will take place. Kellie Pickler (a country artist who has already made a huge impact this year, shaving her head in honor of her friend who was going through chemotherapy to fight her battle with Breast Cancer) will flip the switch on the Opry’s barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night. The show will also include performances by The Farm, Mindy Smith, The Isaacs, Kristen Kelly, Jimmy Dickens, Sarah Darling and others. There will also be activities recognizing breast cancer survivors and the continuing fight against the disease. Five dollars from every ticket sold will be donated to Women Rock For The Cure. You can click here to buy your tickets to this event.

The Roys & Vietti Foods Extend “Vietti Vinyl” Campaign

Elaine Roy, Vietti Foods Company, Inc. President Philip M. Connelly and Lee Roy.

Award-winning brother-and-sister bluegrass duo The Roys have extended their partnership with Vietti Foods for the Vietti Vinyl campaign. The campaign will see the duo’s image on 500,000 cans of the brand’s “Family Style Beef Stew” in Family Dollar stores in 25 different states across the United States throughout 2012. The Roys are the first artists to find their place on the company’s Beef Stew labels. Previous stars featured on another product of the brand include Chris Young, Bo Bice, The Isaacs, John Corbett, and Riders In The Sky.

On partnering up with the company for the campaign, Elaine Roy had to say:

“We are beyond excited to join the Vietti Family. The company is dedicated to the creation of a superior product and active in several charities.”

The Roys are the two-time ICM Duo Of The Year (2009, 2010), and were named the organization’s Inspirational Bluegrass Artist Of The Year in 2011. Their latest album has seen both critical and chart success, earning the duo a spot on Billboard’s top 50 Bluegrass albums of 2011.

“Larry’s Country Diner” Serves Up Another Heapin-Helpin’ of Country Music Favorites

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While there may only be eighteen tables at Larry’s Country Diner,” it services 1.4 million people each and every month as one of the top-rated shows on the RFD television network.  The diner is not your ordinary restaurant, but rather a unique down-home variety show that in just over two short years has become a favorite “eatery” of country fans everywhere.  Sure, patrons who visit the diner will get a hot meal of southern-fare, but the cornbread and black-eyed peas only complement the heapin’ helpin’ of country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today.  Past guests include Bill Anderson,John Conlee, Jimmy Fortune, Neal McCoy, Darryl Worley, Suzy Bogguss, Aaron Tippin, Charlie Louvin, Con Hunley, The Roys, Barbara Fairchild, Jeannie Seely, Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver, The Cleverlys, Jean Shepard, Ronny Robbins, Robyn Young, Rodeo & Juliet, Jimmy Capps, Teea Goans, Exile, Collin Raye, Buck Trent, Johnny Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy C. Newman, Jenee Fleenor, Ed Bruce, Gordon Mote, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Gene Watson, Charlie McCoy, James Gregory, T. Graham Brown, The Whites, Mike Snider, Shelly West, Billy Crammer, Joey & Rory, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Justin Trevino, Leona Williams, David Frizzell, Janie Fricke, Dallas Frazier, Bobby Marquez, Sonny Curtis, Ray Pillow, Gary Morris, The Isaacs, George Hamilton IV, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, The Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, Mandy Barnett, Ray Stevens, The Grascals, Dailey & Vincent.    

More Artists Added To ACM Honors Event

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The Academy of Country Music announced new additions to its roster for the ACM Honors event on September 19th, 2011. The Oak Ridge Boys, CNN’s Robin Meade and Brett Elderidge have been added to the star-studded line-up at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The night will be hosted by Joe Nichols who will also perform. Other performers include Rodney Atkins, Randy Houser, Jack Ingram, The Isaacs, Jamey Johnson, Thompson Square, The Whites and LeAnn Womack.

Presenters previously announced include Laura Bell Bundy, Ronnie Dunn, Ralph Emery, and John Michael Montgomery.

The ACM Honors event will honor the winners of non-televised categories of the Academy of Country Music Awards held earlier this year as well as special honorees. For a list of the winners click the “read more” button. Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster at only $35 each.

Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood & Rascal Flatts up for ICM Awards!

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The 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards nominees were announced yesterday in Nashville, Tennessee, and a lot of today’s major stars earned some nods. Carrie Underwood, The Band Perry, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Ronnie Dunn, Josh Turner, Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, and Randy Travis were just some of the stars nominated in one of the 22 main categories for the 2011 ICM Awards.

The categories were voted on by members in a variety of different honors like entertainer, song, new artist, group, songwriter, duo, musician, radio station, film, and television. The top 5 finalists in each category will be announced on August 30th. The Oak Ridge Boys, Randy Travis and Susie McEntire are up for the legend/pioneer title.

The 2011 ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards will run October 24th to the 28th in Nashville.

For a full list of the early nominees, click the “read more” button.