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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:
“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.
“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.”
“The world has lost the greatest country singer of all time. Amen.”
“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
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Sarah Davidson, a Georgia native, grew up as one of six kids. So, naturally, Sarah had to find some way to stand out in her crowded Valdosta home. Fortunately, the solution came easily: the natural entertainer simply had to open her mouth and sing. Fast forward years later and Sarah is ready to share that fresh, powerful voice with the world and reenergize country music with a rare woman’s take on lighthearted, good-time music. Sarah’s next stop on her path to sharing her talents with country music? That would be our Keepin’ It Country Presents Stageit Stage on March 21st at 9:00 p.m. EST, and we could not be more honored to have her join us!
Some of country music’s biggest stars have provided autographed guitars, tour tickets, meet & greet packages, personal phone calls, and much more to support the ongoing mission of Musicians On Call (MOC) Nashville. A list of the items in the auction can be found at www.musiciansoncall.org/auction. All proceeds from the auction will benefit MOC Nashville.
Auction lots close throughout the day on Thursday, June 21, so interested buyers need to make a bid quickly to claim items from Jason Aldean, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Billy Currington, Ronnie Dunn, Hunter Hays, Dolly Parton, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, and many more!
Visit www.musiciansoncall.org/auction to make your bid today!
Country newcomers Florida Georgia Line are proud to join forces with the Boot Campaign in support of the troops. The duo, Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, have pledged their commitment to the cause by putting on their own combat boots to literally “take a walk in a soldier’s shoes.”
For the band, this is a cause that hits close to home. “Anything that we can do to help our soldiers past, present and future and their families, we are thankful to be a part of. This cause really hits close to home; my uncle and cousin both served overseas and my grandfather was awarded two purple hearts during his active duty. We are proud to be a part of The Boot Campaign and thrilled to have them on the road with us for the Country Throwdown Tour. We hope to see all the country fans at the show put their boots on and join us in supporting our veterans as they return home,” says Kelley.
Florida Georgia Line is in good company, as other celebrity supporters of the Boot Campaign include Dolly Parton, The Rock, FX’s Cast of Sons Of Anarchy, Troy Aikman, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band, George Jones and Gary Allan. Supporters of the cause purchase boots, with all proceeds going to military charities, to put on in order to “symbolically walk in the shoes of our military men and women to remember their service and sacrifice.”
Florida Georgia Line is currently speeding up the charts with their debut single “Cruise,” from their new EP It’z Just What We Do. For more information on Florida Georgia Line and tour dates, visit www.FloridaGeorgiaLine.com.
At this year’s CMA Music Fest, Dolly Parton fans will have the opportunity to take of piece of the country diva home with her, and at an economical price to boot. Although Dolly will not be at the Fest this year, fans who visit the CMA Music Fest exhibit hall will have a chance to play “Do You Know Dolly,” a family feud style game show with chances to win Dolly prizes and merchandise.
The merchandise will include t-shirts, buttons, photos, posters, CDs, DVDs, tote bags, among many other items! All the merchandise will be retailing for $5-$15. One special bundle deal for $50 will be available and will include your choice of an autographed Vinyl “Better Day” LP or an autographed 2011 Better Day World Tour program, poster of your choice, Backwoods Barbie CD, water bottle, and a t-shirt.
Fans will also be able to purchase Dolly’s latest project “An Evening with…Dolly,” which retails exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, at the Cracker Barrel booth across from Dolly’s booth.
For more information on Dolly Parton, please visit www.dollypartonmusic.net.
Dolly Parton‘s self-written song, “Coat of Many Colors,” was added to The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress selects twenty-five songs that are at least ten years old and are categorized as “historically”, “culturally”, or “aesthetically significant” to be added to the National Recording Registry. With this year’s selections, the total number of recordings in the registry is now 350.
“Coat of Many Colors” recounts Parton’s own impoverished childhood. In “Coat of Many Colors,” Parton sings “My coat of many colors that my momma made for me; Made only from rags but I wore it so proudly; Although we had no money oh I was rich as I could be; In my coat of many colors my momma made for me.” The song aided in establishing Parton’s credibility as a songwriter. Parton has called this song her favorite of her compositions because of the attitude and philosophy it reflects.
The Library of Congress strives to preserve the selections on the National Recording Registry so they will forever be available for future generations to experience. Song nominations for the registry come from online submissions from the public and from the National Recording Preservation Board, comprised of leaders in music, recorded sound and preservation.
If you’ve been looking for new music from Ronnie Dunn, Cracker Barrel is the place to go. As of May 21, “Ronnie Dunn – Special Edition” will be available exclusively in Cracker Barrel stores and online at crackerbarrel.com. Although the bulk of the CD was previously released by Dunn in 2011, this exclusive features two unreleased bonus tracks. Additionally, a portion of sales from this CD, which costs $11.99, will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Ronnie Dunn specializes in songs about real life and real love, combined with rich patriotism. “More than ever before, I feel as though this album gave me a chance to tell my own story through songs that mean a lot to me,” says Dunn. “And it’s particularly gratifying because, by working with Cracker Barrel, a portion of the CD retail sales will be donated to Wounded Warrior Project. To me, that truly makes this CD a special edition.”
Cracker Barrel is equally as pleased to pair with Dunn on this project. “We’re pleased to work with Ronnie Dunn on a collection of songs we not only think will resonate with our guests, but also will support our nation’s Wounded Warriors,” said Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager. “Ronnie shares his heart and his life-learned lessons through music and the result is a very special mix of memorable songs.”
Tracklisting for Ronnie Dunn – Special Edition:
1. I Love My Country (Previously Unreleased)
2. Singer In A Cowboy Band
3. I Don’t Dance
4. Your Kind Of Love
5. How Far To Waco
7. Cost Of Livin’
8. Bleed Red
9. Last Love I’m Tryin’
10. Let The Cowboy Rock
11. I Can’t Help Myself
12. I Just Get Lonely
13. Love Owes Me One
14. Keep On Lovin’ You (Previously Unreleased)
Dunn joins a plethora of country stars who have released CDS exclusively with Cracker Barrel, including Dolly Parton, Rodney Atkins, Kenny Rogers, Josh Turner and many more. For more information on Dunn, visit www.ronniedunn.com.
Released on April 2, the Dolly Parton and Cracker Barrel two-disc set, “And Evening With…Dolly” has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). This certification is a first for Cracker Barrel and the first for Dolly Records in the United States. Recorded in London, the album is also the first two-disc set released by Cracker Barrel. It is available for $11.99 exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations and online at www.crackerbarrel.com.
“I’m thrilled that so many fans are listening to my songs and taking a look behind-the-scenes of my European tour,” said Dolly. “I had a wonderful time performing in London and I think the audience did too. It’s exciting to be able to share my experiences with Cracker Barrel fans. And I have to tell you, I’m even more excited that An Evening With…Dolly earned the first Gold in the Cracker Barrel exclusive music program. That’s just icing on the cake.”
People all over the world are mourning the loss of Queen of Disco Donna Summer, who passed away earlier today at the age of 63 after a fight with cancer. Country music icon Dolly Parton released this statement after hearing the news of Summer’s death:
I can’t believe we’ve lost another wonderful singer. Donna, like Whitney, had one of the greatest voices ever. I loved her records. She was the disco queen, and will remain so. I knew her and found her to be one of the most likable and fun people ever. She will be missed and remembered.
Fans of country trio Gloriana are in for a treat next Monday, as the band will be featured on an upcoming episode of ABC’s hit romance series “The Bachelorette.” The band will be appearing during the May 21st episode while single mom, Emily Maynard, takes a lucky suitor on her first 1-on-1 date of the season.
While Gloriana is thrilled that their current single “(Kissed You) Good Night” is currently racing up the Billboard Country Singles chart (it currently sits at #17), group member Rachel Reinert is equally as thrilled to be appearing on the reality show. “I’m a huge fan of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette,” she said. “I watched Emily when she was a contestant on The Bachelor and I was an instant fan of hers, so hearing that she is a fan of our band was a wonderful surprise! I’m excited to watch the new season, and I’m even more excited that we got to be a part of it.”
For those keen eyed “Bachelorette” viewers who watched the season premier and previews, it doesn’t look like Gloriana will be the only country artists serenading the bachelorette this season. Upcoming episodes will also feature performances by Luke Bryan & Dolly Parton. Gloriana’s episode will air Monday, May 21st at 8pm EST (check local listings) on ABC.