Check out our November 9th, 2013 Chic-fil-A Barn Bash with Friends of Lola, Brandon Lay and Brent Cobb.
Here’s the new video from Jared Daniels, “Foot on the Dashboard”. Jared will appear on our next Chic-fil-A Barn Bash on Saturday, December 14th at our Big Red Barn in Huntingdon, TN.
Garth Brooks, Connie Smith and session musician Hargus “Pig” Robbins have been elected as the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Brooks, the top-selling artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era, has sold more than 128 million albums. The 50-year-old Oklahoma native’s first single, “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” became a Top 10 country hit in 1989. His lengthy string of No. 1 singles began later that year with “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and includes titles such as “The Dance,” “Friends in Love Places,” “Unanswered Prayers,” “The Thunder Rolls” and many others. His 1991 album, Ropin’ the Wind, became the first album by a country artist to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard pop chart.
Smith, 70, was born in Elkhart, Ind., and discovered by Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson in 1963 after she won a talent contest in Ohio. Anderson urged her to come to Nashville to sing demos of his original songs to pitch to other artists. Hubert Long, Anderson’s manger, played one of the demos to RCA Records executive Chet Atkins, who signed her to the label. Written by Anderson, Smith’s debut single, “Once a Day,” spent eight weeks at the top of Billboard‘s country chart in 1964. Her other Top 10 hits include “I Can’t Remember,” “Cincinnati, Ohio,” “Burning a Hole in My Mind” and “Just One Time.” Her 53rd album, Long Line of Heartaches, was produced by her husband Marty Stuart and released last year.
Robbins, 74, is one of the most prolific session musicians in the country music history. Born in Spring City, Tenn., he lost an eye at age 2 after an accident with his father’s knife and became completely blind at age 4. As a child, he learned to play classical piano at the Nashville School for the Blind. After graduating, he began performing in Nashville clubs and gradually got work in the studios. In 1959, he performed on his first major recording, “White Lightning”, George Jones’ first No. 1 hit. In the ’50s and ’60s, Robbins performed on classic recordings such as Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” and “I Fall to Pieces,” Smith’s “Once a Day,”Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde album and artists as diverse as Willi Nelson, Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Ray Price, Charlie Pride, Ernest Tubb, Porter Wagoner, Jerry Jeff Walker, Joan Baez, Ray Charles, Rosemary Clooney, John Denver, Tom Jones, Mark Knopfler, Gordon Lightfoot, Peter, Paul & Mary, the Sir Douglas Quintet, Neil Young and many others.
Brooks will be inducted in the modern era category, Smith in the veterans era division and Robbins in the recording and/or touring musician category. The official inductions will take place later this year during a medallion ceremony at the museum.
Keith Urban shares his experience of what it was like for him and his family while he was recently on vocal rest. He says that not singing for that period of time was not nearly as hard as not being able to talk, especially to his three-year-old daughter, Sunny. He could write notes to everybody except for her and it was hard for her to understand. “That was hard, but before I went on vocal rest, I have a cassette deck, an actual, real cassette deck. And I recorded several books onto this cassette tape,” tells Keith. “I would take that up and read to her at night by pressing the ‘play’ button and looking. She would hit the stop button and go, ‘I want you to read it!’” This part of his career was a challenge, but Keith is back! He performed for the first time since his surgery at Opry at the Ryman on February 3.
Country went to L.A. and came back with Grammy awards. Taylor Swift’s song “Mean” claimed two, Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Song. Barton Hollow (The Civil Wars) walked away with Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Lady A was awarded Best Country Album for Own The Night.
Not only did country win, they also gave awesome perfomances. The Band Perry and Blake Shelton performed a tribute Glen Campbell. TBP sang “Gentle On My Mind”, while Blake sang “Southern Nights”. The 75 year old Campbell sang “Rhinestone Cowboy” and showed no signs of struggles with Alzhimer’s Disease, working the stage like the audience at the Staples Center and viewers at home were tuned in to see him — and only him. He danced and skipped across the stage, singing a song that sounded more like advice to the new generation than ever before.
Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson also performed their duet “Dont You Wanna Stay”.
to its 61 year old stage.
It’s time for a new stage at Ryman Auditorium. Scuffed by the heels of thousands of singers in cowboy boots and high heels, scarred by road cases and worn by six decades of music history, the Ryman’s oak floorboards have reached the end of a very long, very successful run.
The current stage is just the second in the 120-year history of the “Mother Church” after the original was installed in 1901 for a performance of the Metropolitan Opera. It was laid down in 1951 and has lasted far longer than expected. The stage was refinished during a renovation in 1993-94 and even then officials knew it would be the last resurfacing. Today it’s heavily scuffed and scarred, its age easily visible from the Ryman’s balcony.
Work will begin Feb. 4 and continue seven days a week until Feb. 20. They will retain an 18-inch lip of the blonde oak at the front of the stage, similar to the way the Ryman stage was commemorated in a circle of wood at the new Opry House. The rest of the stage will be stored and replaced with a medium brown Brazilian teak that will be far more durable and camera friendly.
Beneath the stage, the original hickory support beams will be kept and reinforced with concrete foundations, crossbeams and joist work that will help triple the stage’s load capacity.
The Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon is hosting auditions for their upcoming performance of “The Wizard of Oz”. Bo Weevil got the bright idea that he wanted to audition for the role of the “Cowardly Lion”. Kelly Green didn’t really think Bo had what it takes to land the role, so they did a pre-audition and let the listeners decide. Here’s the wacky audio! It’s must-hear!
Here’s the exclusive video of Kelly Green paying off the “Christmas Tree of Cash” bet to Bo Weevil by getting his armpits WAXED!!