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Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Reba & More Added to George Jones Tribute Concert

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The lineup for George Jones‘ Tribute Concert at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena just got even bigger. In addition to an already packed lineup, it was announced today that George Strait, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Reba McEntire and Alabama will also be performing at the November 22nd show.

“I am thrilled and honored that so many of George’s friends are coming to what would have been his last concert, but is not a fitting tribute,” says Nancy Jones. “George loved these artists and before passing had actually wrote letters to almost all of them.”

The new list of performers will join an already star-studded lineup that includes Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Sam Moore, and others. All previously announced artists are currently being reconfirmed.

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George Strait’s Father passes away

George Strait. Photo Credit: Kelley May

Sad news today for the country world. George Strait‘s father, John Byron Strait has passed away. The high school math teacher was 91 and lived in Big Wells, Texas.

George said:

“We are grateful for the time over the last few weeks we were able to spend with Daddy before he passed away. I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support during this difficult time as we mourn our family’s loss.”

Our thoughts are with the country icon and his family during this difficult time.

The funeral will be private and held for family and friends only. For fans wanting to send their condolences, the family is accepting donations, instead of gifts, to the Jenifer Strait Memorial Foundation.

Country stars react to George Jones’ passing

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It’s been a tragic few days for country music stars and country fans. The legendary George Jones passed away in a Nashville hospital, and country stars have reacted in shock and sadness over the loss of an icon. See what some of your favorite stars have said about the great George Jones:


Brad Paisley:

“George Jones’ life is an example of so many wonderful things. How someone’s God-given gifts can make this a richer, better place.  How one human being can overcome adversity, addiction, and life threatening obstacles time and time again.  That it is not the stumble or fall that counts, but the willingness to stand again. How a keen sense of humor and a twinkle in a person’s eye can still prevail even after all of life’s hard knocks.  How mistakes, missteps, and bad choices are not the end of the world if a person chooses to turn them into something good. And George’s life is above all the strongest example of how the love of a great woman can get a man through anything. All of this made its way beautifully into every note of the greatest voice country music will ever know.  And one of the greatest friends you could ever have.

We miss you already, George.


Dolly Parton:

“My heart is absolutely broken.  George Jones was my all time favorite singer and one of my favorite people in the world.  My heart goes out to Nancy and all his family and friends.”

Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts:

“He was the greatest country vocalist that ever lived! Through the years we have all tried to emulate the passion in his voice, but no one can fill his shoes.”

Merle Haggard:

“The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.” 

Easton Corbin:

“I am deeply saddened to hear about the passing of one of my all time heroes, George Jones. Georges’ music was real and he was able to touch thousands through his songs. Not only was he a great singer, but he also had the ability to make you relate to every one of his songs, no matter who you are. He and his music will remain timeless in the world of country music. My thoughts and prayers are with his family through this difficult time.”

Blake Shelton (via Twitter):

Just landed in LA. Listened to “The King Is Gone” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes” over and over again just like always. Can’t accept it. Really REALLY bad news. We’ve lost a country music legend. And I’ve lost a hero and a friend. Goodbye George Jones…

Kelly Clarkson (via Twitter):

Sad to hear about George Jones passing. That man touched a lot of lives with his music. Thanks for setting the bar for the rest of us. #RIPGeorgeJones

Read more reactions and quotes below:

The Oak Ridge Boys release statement on Margaret Thatcher

The Oak Ridge boys. photo credit: Webster PR.

Legendary country music group The Oak Ridge Boys have released a statement regarding the passing of former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The Prime Minister passed away earlier today from a stroke. She was 87 years old.

Joe Bonsall released the following statement on the tragic news:

“The Oak Ridge Boys were in attendance when Baroness Margaret Thatcher gave her last public speech. We there at the invitation of then President George W. Bush. As I recall, it was a dinner honoring Ronald Reagan and we sang several songs that evening and got to spend a bit of quality time with Lady Thatcher. It was a great honor and a very memorable event for all of us.”

Margaret Thatcher was the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and her policies lead the country on a rightward economic course, eventually leading the world out of the Cold War. Leaders and celebrities from all political spectrums from around the world are mourning the loss this week.

The Oak Ridge Boys & Margaret Thatcher

The Oak Ridge Boys &
Margaret Thatcher.

Country stars react to Mindy McCready’s suicide

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It’s been a tragic twenty-four hours for the country music community after learning about the passing of singer Mindy McCready. The “Ten Thousand Angels” artist was found dead from an apparent suicide last night in Arkansas. Mindy was 37 years old and leaves behind a six year old and a nine-year old son.

See what some of country’s brightest stars had to share about the sad news:

Oak Ridge Boys: We sang “Farther Along” last night in honor of Mindy McCready. One day we will know!!!!!

John Rich: Very sad to hear about Mindy McCready. When I was in Lonestar she was our label mate and we were friends. A tragic end to a talented life.

Jana Kramer: So sad to hear about the loss of Mindy. What an insanely talented woman.

Michelle Wright: As you may know Mindy McCready has passed on. She was a young promising country music artist in the mid ’90′s but faced a number of challenges and I’m so sad that she lost the battle with addiction and mental illness which can also cause depression. I’ve been sober now for several years and I know how hard it can be sometimes. RIP Mindy.

Jimmy Wayne: RIP @mindymccready We met 14 years ago @ Acuff & Rose. Who’d thought 14 years later on this day…. #why

Jason Blaine: Sad to hear about the passing of Mindy McCready. Thoughts & prayers for her young children. Tragic situation.

Carrie Underwood: I grew up listening to Mindy McCready… so sad for her family tonight. Many prayers are going out to them…

See more reactions below:

Mindy McCready commits suicide

Mindy McCready.

We were waiting to post this sad piece of breaking news until it was confirmed. Country star Mindy McCready has passed away from an apparent suicide, her brother has confirmed to NY Daily News. She was 37 years old when she took her own life earlier tonight in Arkansas. She was in good spirits when her father, Tim McCready, had left her this morning on his way to Florida, reports E!.

Mindy, a mother of two young boys aged six years old and nine months, has had recent struggles with alcohol and mental health issues. Her boyfriend, producer David Wilson, passed away from what was believed to be suicide in January.

Mindy released five studio albums through her career, with her most successful being her debut BNA Records release “Ten Thousand Angels,” which went on to sell more than two million copies.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this tragic time.

Little Big Town’s Kimberly Loses Brother in Law

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Our condolences are with Little Big Town‘s Kimberly Schlapman who has announced the tragic passing of her brother-in-law. Kimberly’s brother-in-law, Allen Schlapman, was visiting the family in Nashville for Thanksgiving from Virginia, when he was struck by a drunk driver in an accident on Wednesday, November 21st. He was only 45 years old.

According to a report by The Tennessean, Gregory Powers, also 45, of Franklin, Tennessee, has been charged with vehicular homicide.

In a statement released by Kimberly on Facebook, she said:

“Last Wednesday, November 21st, my brother-in-law was killed by a drunk driver. He had come to Nashville, from Virginia to visit us for Thanksgiving, which is our long-standing family tradition. He is married & has a 9 year old little girl. This is a part of life that one never imagines or plans for. It has been very difficult to accept. Allen Schlapman was an amazing father, husband, brother & son. We will miss him so much. I have been deeply touched by all your well-wishes & prayers. Thank you. GOD has proven himself faithful to us & has given us great peace amidst this horrible tragedy.”

Little Big Town’s current single, title track “Tornado,” is out on country radio now.

Dierks Bentley’s Father Passes Away


Keepin’ It Country would like to extend our deepest thoughts and condolences to Dierks Bentley and his family with the passing of Dierks’s father Leon Bentley. Leon passed away on Friday, June 1st, in Phoenix, surrounded by family. He was 88.

In light of his father’s passing, Dierks cancelled a performance on Saturday night in Washington D.C., as well as Wednesday’s fan club part for CMA Music Festival. According to, he will resume his tour schedule on June 9th in Detroit and will appear at LP Field on June 10th.

Dierks tweeted, “my dad died yesterday. it was an honor to comfort him as he left us. thank you fans for the time and understanding.” He also shared this moving photograph.

The Recording Academy’s Statement On Doc Watson


Americana music lost singer-songwriter Doc Watson this week. The folk legend was a seven-time GRAMMY winner and a Lifetime Achievement Winner with the Recording Academy. He was blind since he was only one year old, but it never stopped him from sharing his music with the world. Doc was 89 years old when he passed away yesterday in a hospital in Winston-Salem. He was recently hospitalized after an abdominal surgery.

The Recording Academy’s President and CEO Neil Portnow released a statement late last night on the tragic news of his passing:

“Seven-time GRAMMY® winner and Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Doc Watson was a singer, songwriter and guitar player known for his masterful skills as a musician and his beautiful, emotion-filled voice. He toured the country with various acts and family members for nearly six decades bringing Americana music to fans everywhere, and he is highly regarded as a major influence on today’s country and folk artists. Watson’s immense talent and spirit will be deeply missed, and our sincerest sympathies go out to his family, friends and all who were inspired by his music.”

Doc was responsible for making the guitar a lead instrument in country music in the 1950s and 1960s. It used to be considered a backup for mandolin, banjo and fiddle. Read more about Doc and his life on Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and loved ones.

Man Dies After Justin Moore Bus Crash


Our thoughts are with Justin Moore and his crew, and the family of the man involved in a crash today. One man lost his life after an accident with one of Justin’s tour buses. Justin broke the devastating news earlier today on Twitter:

@JustinColeMoore: Thankful my band and crew guys are all good. They got hit by a car this morning in their bus. Prayers go out to the guy who lost his life.

Justin followed the Tweet up with a sobering second one.

@JustinColeMoore: And his family. You never know man. You have to be prepared to meet God today, cause it may be your last.

There’s no other information available at this time. Justin and his crew escaped without injury.