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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

Mindy McCready.

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:

Oak Ridge Boys Named Official National Anthem Singers

The Oak Ridge boys. photo credit: Webster PR.

The prestigious National Music Council has appointed the Oak Ridge Boys as the official leading singers of the American National Anthem. The title recognizes the group’s love for the patriotism of the country, to honor their advancement of American music culture, and their celebration of global diversity in music traditions. The announcement was made last night during their performance at the Grand Ole Opry when WSM’s Eddie Stubbs introduced the Opry members.

Oak Ridge Boys member Duane Allen describes the appointment as a reflection of the group’s American pride:

“Just reading the proclamation gives me chills.  The National Music Council represents all of the major music organizations in America. The Oak Ridge Boys enjoy the privilege of leading in the singing of our National Anthem. We love to hear an entire football stadium singing it with gusto with us. Being designated is a huge honor, and we are humbled to be selected by the NMC.”

The Oak Ridge Boys are currently out on the road, with their next stop tomorrow night at the Franklin County Fair in Hampton, IA, followed by Saturday night in Parsons, KS. For more information, or to see when they’ll be hitting a town near you, visit oakridgeboys.com.

William Lee Golden Set To Unveil New Painting


William Lee Golden may be best known as a country music star and member of the Oak Ridge Boys, but he is set to unveil his latest painting this Wednesday, July 27th. The painting, entitled Smoky Mountain Spring, will be unveiled during a VIP Reception with Governor Bill Haslam at the Tennessee State Museum.

“Music is a large part of my life, but painting holds a special place in my heart,” says Golden.  I’m more than excited that the museum will be accepting my painting, Smoky Mountain Spring, in its permanent collection.”

The unveiling will take place on June 27th from 5-7pm, with doors to the museum opening at 4:30. 

For more information about William Lee Golden, please visit www.williamleegolden.com.

PHOTO: William Lee Golden at Tennessee State Exhibit

The Oak Ridge Boys.

Country music legend and critically renowned artist William Lee Golden with wife, Brenda, and son, Solomon, along with artist David Wright and wife, Jane, attended the reception for the Tennessee State Museum exhibit, Becoming the Volunteer State: Tennessee in the War of 1812. Check out the picture below:

(click image to see the full-size picture).

Pictured from left to right: Jane Wright, David Wright, Solomon Golden, William Lee Golden, Brenda Golden

Image courtesy of Denny Adcock Photography.

Oak Ridge Boys Added to CMA Fest Lineup

The Oak Ridge boys. photo credit: Webster PR.

The nightly concerts at LP Field during CMA Fest is getting even bigger! Country music greats, and Grand Ole Opry members, The Oak Ridge Boys have been added to the star-studded line-up. They’ll be performing the national anthem on Friday, June 8th at 7:45 pm CST. The country music group was named the official “Singers of the Anthem” by the National Association of Music Educators National Anthem Project from 2005-2010.

It’s a pretty big deal for the group, who can’t wait to kick off the concerts:

“It is an honor to be invited by the CMA Music Festival to sing the National Anthem at LP Field.  The Boys are very active in the Festival this year, and have been part of every Festival and Fan Fair since the very first one,” says lead singer Duane Allen.

Joe Bonsall adds:

“The CMA Music Festival has not only become Nashville’s biggest yearly event, but country music is now bigger and stronger than it has ever been. We feel like we have placed some stones on the mountain, but the artists of today have reached higher than ever before to take country music to amazing heights of artistry and performance. We are all thrilled to stand with them at CMA Music Fest once again.”

The 2012 edition is a 4-day event which starts Thursday, June 7th and lasts until Sunday, June 10th in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. The group will be featured all throughout the week with performances and autograph signings all over Nashville. Their appearances will include Fan Fair Hall, and a special signing at the Country Music Hall of  Fame. See where you can catch the legendary group below and let us know if you’re heading to CMA Fest this year:

Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town Added To CMA Fest LP Field Lineup


CMA Fest has announced the addition of two more big names to the lineup for LP Field:  Miranda Lambert and Little Big Town.

Lambert, a three-time winner of the ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, has been added to the lineup for Thursday, June 7.

Little Big Town will take to the LP Field stage on Saturday, June 9.

The CMA has also announced the singers selected to perform the national anthem before the start of each night’s concerts.  They are:  Nashville School of the Arts Madrigal Singers (June 7), The Oak Ridge Boys (June 8),  Julie Roberts (June 9) and Sarah Darling (June 10).

The 2012 CMA Fest takes place June 7-10 in Nashville.  Select tickets are still available.  For more information visit the CMA Fest website HERE.

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.)

All For The Hall: A Night To Remember


Last night (04/10), some of the biggest names in country music gathered at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in front of a crowd of 16,000 to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Hame and Museum.

This is the third year Keith Urban and Vince Gill have put on the All For The Hall show. Following suit with giving themes to each of the past shows, Keith made this year’s theme duos, vocal groups and bands. And some of the best acts were in attendance: Rascal Flatts, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio, Pistol Annies, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Thompson Square, Little Big Town and Alabama.

If that set list wasn’t enough, Keith added to the excitement by bringing out some special guests including Merle Haggard and Don Williams.

Both Keith and Vince acted as co-musical directors and house band leaders. They sat in on most songs and brought their bands together throughout the night.

The best moment of the night, of course, was Keith’s surprise: Rascal Flatts brought out a black duffel bag for Keith for him to find an Opry microphone stand inside. Read more about Keith’s surprise here.


(Photo courtesy of George Walker IV/The Tennessean)