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ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops

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The Academy of Country Music and Dick Clark Productions have announced ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute To the Troops, a concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces, which will be broadcast Tuesday, May 20th, 9:00-11:00pm EST, on the CBS Television Network.

The special will be taped Monday, April 7th, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and feature performances by country music superstars Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry among others (to be announced) as a part of the all-star lineup for the event.

George Strait Announces 2014 Tour Dates

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The King of Country, George Strait, announced the final dates for his 2014 Cowboy Rides Away Tour this morning at a press conference at AT&T stadium in Dallas. The tour will begin in Lousiana in January and wrap up on a TBA date in Dallas.

Each week, a different opening act will join Strait on the road, and the list of openers include some of the biggest stars in country music, including Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Miranda Lambert and Merle Haggard with Lee Ann Womack.

“The first leg of the tour earlier this year was very fun, but also very emotional,” Strait says. “Every city and venue holds such great memories. I’m really looking forward to seeing our fans out on the road in 2014.”

A pre-sale will begin on September 24th for Strait fan club members, and the general sale will begin on September 27th. For more information, please visit http://www.georgestrait.com.

George Strait 2014 The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dates:

1/9 – CenturyLink – Bossier City, La.
1/10 – Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas
1/17 – CenturyLink Center – Omaha, Neb.
1/18 – Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
1/30 – SAP Center – San Jose, Calif.
1/31 – Valley View Casino Center – San Diego, Calif.
2/1 – MGM Grand Arena – Las Vegas, Nev.
2/7 – US Airways Center – Phoenix, Ariz.
2/8 – Staples Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
2/14 – The Palace of Auburn Hills  – Auburn Hills, Mich.
2/15 – Nationwide Arena – Columbus, Ohio
4/28 – Wells Fargo Arena – Philadelphia, Pa.
3/1 – Prudential Center – Newark, N.J.
3/7 – KFC Yum! Arena – Louisville, Ky.
3/8 – Allstate Arena – Chicago, Ill.
3/21 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, Tenn.
3/22 – Philips Arena – Atlanta, Ga.
4/4 – Intrust Bank Arena – Wichita, Kan.
4/5 – Pepsi Center – Denver, Colo.
4/11 – The Moda Center – Portland, Ore.
4/12 – Tacoma Dome – Tacoma, Wash.
4/18 – Wells Fargo Arena – Des Moines, Iowa
4/19 – BOK Arena – Tulsa, Okla.
5/23 – LSU Tiger Stadium Bayou Country Superfest – Baton Rouge,  La.
5/31 – Gillette Stadium – Foxborough, Mass.
TBD – AT&T Stadium – Dallas, Texas

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.

Brad”

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:

Hank Williams, Jr. Celebrates a Million “Likes” With Free Download

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If you’re a Hank Williams, Jr. fan who hasn’t liked him on Facebook yet, what are you waiting for? The country crooner just passed a million “likes” on the social networking site and is ready to celebrate in true country fashion. As a thank you to his loyal (and social fans), Williams is offering a free download of his new single “That Ain’t Good.” The song is available now through midnight on Memorial Day at www.hankjr.com.

Williams realizes the importance of his loyal fan base. “I have the most loyal fans and that’s what make my job so easy,” Williams said.  “I only do 20-25 shows a year and my fans love the music.  The best way to celebrate with them is to offer a free download of my new single this holiday weekend.”

“That Ain’t Good” is the first single from “Old School, New Rules,” a twelve-song package that’s available for pre-sale now at www.hankjr.com. The collection of tunes is set for a July 10th release and includes a duet with Brad Paisley on “I’m Gonna Get Drunk And Play Hank Williams” and a new duet with the legendary Merle Haggard on his classic “I Think I’ll Just Sit Here and Drink.”

For more information, please visit www.hankjr.com or like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HankJr.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview With Jason Charles Miller

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Jason Charles Miller is definitely not your ordinary urban cowboy. Rather, he represents the dark, gritty side of country music – the type of country music that should receive more acknowledgement than it does.

Regardless, this Virginia native knows his way around the entertainment industry. Although he might be most known for heading the rock band Godhead, Jason has travelled many paths throughout his life. His impressive resume includes writing, producing, voiceover recording and acting. If that wasn’t enough, Jason is busy overseeing his own recording studio, Central Command Studios.

We caught up with Jason today to talk about the release of his new single “Up To Me,” his recent signing with Render Records, how he feels about the music industry and what he has to offer.

We can promise you that this man has a mind and heart evident in both his thoughts and music that any country music fan could appreciate and love. Take a look for yourself:

2012 Artist To Watch: Mary Sarah

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Mary Sarah is slowly carving out a place for herself in country’s future.  What sets her apart is that she’s doing it by honoring country’s past.

The Richmond, Texas resident is only 16 years old, but she’s already accomplished more than many artists twice her age.  When she was 12 she landed a spot as a feature singer with KidzBop, which had her touring the nation performing before thousands of fans each night.

Then when she was only 14, she recorded her first album, “Crazy Good,” which came out last year.  The album not only showcases her singing, but also her skill as a songwriter.  She co-wrote six of the album’s nine tracks.

On most weekends you can find her performing at one the many Oprys or Squares in the Houston area.  It’s there that she not only sings songs that are inline with today’s pop-country, but also tips her hat to traditional country by singing the songs of Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and the like.

She loves the small stages, but Mary Sarah is no stranger to the area’s big arenas.  She’s performed the National Anthem for both the Houston Astros and the Houston Texans.  But her most noticeable stage performance (at least for now) came in 2011 when the Oak Ridge Boys invited her onstage to sing.  The then 15-year-old brought the crowd to its feet with her a cappella version of Connie Francis’ “Where The Boys Are.”  (See a video of that performance below.)

Merle Haggard Hospitalized In Georgia

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Some shocking breaking news this morning from WSMV-TV in Nashville. Country music great Merle Haggard has been hospitalized in Georgia for an unknown condition. His manager told the television station that Merle has been sick for about a week. Merle was to perform in Macon, Georgia last night but fell ill several minutes before his show and was rushed to hospital.

Three upcoming shows have been canceled. We hope Merle has a speedy recovery and will be back on his feet soon!

UPDATE: Merle has canceled the rest of his shows for January, and he was hospitalized for pneumonia, his publicist tells Newsday.

Second Look: Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete”

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Usually folks start the New Year by looking forward.  I’m starting 2012 by looking back, a “second look” if you will, at Sunny Sweeney’s “Concrete.”

The album’s been out for more than four months now and has received a mountain of critical acclaim.  All of the praise is well-deserved as the release is as solid as its name and was one of the best of 2011.

“Okie From Muskogee” Writer Passes Away

Country Weekly is reporting that the famed writer of “Okie From Muskogee” passed away April 19th from complications of heart problems. Roy Burris co-wrote the classic Merle Haggard song in 1969 on their tour bus. In 1970, Okie From Muskogee won the Country Music Association’s Single Of the Year award and is seen as Merle’s anthem.

Our thoughts are with the Burris family at this tough time.