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Country music legend George Jones has been forced to postpone all his tour-dates up through May 20th due to health reasons. The Country Music Hall of Fame member is recuperating from an upper respiratory illness and has been advised by his doctor to rest at his Franklin, Tennessee home. George is doing much better but will postpone the following tour dates while he recovers:
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Randy Travis is celebrating his 25 years in country music with the people who made it possible for the legend to have such longevity: His fans. The Grand Ole Opry member is taking his music on the road with stops all across North America. The silver anniversary tour starts Feb. 10 in Grand Ronde , OR and will make at least 30 more stops along the way. (For a complete list of tour dates, visit his website here.)
The tour is the latest part of the party celebrating Travis’ milestone. In June, Warner Bros. Records released of the Anniversary Celebration album. The 17-track album features guest artists who teamed with Travis to cover his classic tracks and some original offerings. The guest singers include Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Carrie Underwood, George Jones, Zac Brown Band, Lorrie Morgan, Jamey Johnson and many more.
Travis has had 18 #1 singles and 29 top-10 hits. His lifetime sales are more than 20 million, making him one of country music’s biggest sellers of all time. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards and five Country Music Association honors.
You’d think that after 25 years in the business, there wouldn’t be anything new for Travis to experience. Not true. What you’re about to read is from a first for him: His first interview session via conference call! It may have been foreign territory for Travis, but he sounded relaxed as he talked about the upcoming tour, changes in the making of music and if he’s finally embracing technology:
The Recording Academy announced today their Special Merit Award winners for the 2012 GRAMMY awards. Among the all-genre selections are George Jones and Glen Campbell. The ceremony will take place at a special invitation-only reception during GRAMMY week February 11th, 2012 and a formal announcement of the winners will also appear during the television broadcast of the GRAMMY awards. The GRAMMY awards will be held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on February 12th, 2012 starting at 8 pm EST on CBS.
“This year’s honorees offer a variety of brilliance, contributions and lasting impressions on our culture,” said President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow. “It is an honor to recognize such a diverse group of individuals whose talents and achievements have had an indelible impact on our industry.”
The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges performers who have made significant contributions to the music industry. The award is determined by vote of the Recording Academy Board of Trustees. Other artists honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 are the Allman Brothers, Diana Ross, Antonio Carlos Jobin, The Memphis Horns, and Gil-Scott Heron. Steve Jobs, Dave Bartholomew and Rudy Van Gelder will recieve the Trustees Award at the same ceremony.