Several country stars are slated to perform as part of NBC's 2018 Citi Concert Series on the Today show. Taking place at New York's Rockefeller Plaza, the 23rd annual summer concert series will include performances from country acts such as Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Dan + Shay and Cole Swindell. Meghan Trainor will kick things off on May 15, with the concert series slated to run through August.
The full Citi Concert Series schedule appears below:
May 15 - Meghan Trainor
May 25 - Darius Rucker
May 28 - Troye Sivan
June 1 - Shawn Mendes
June 8 - Kelly Clarkson
June 12 - Dierks Bentley
June 15 - Christina Aguilera
June 22 - 5 Seconds of Summer
June 25 - Dan + Shay
June 29 - Panic! at the Disco
July 6 - Lady Antebellum
July 13 - Maroon 5
July 20 - Charlie Puth
July 27 - Julia Michaels
Aug. 2 - Keith Urban
Aug. 10 - Jason Mraz
Aug. 17 - Cole Swindell
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
" Jason Aldean
" Garth Brooks
" Luke Bryan
" Chris Stapleton
" Keith Urban
FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
" Kelsea Ballerini
" Miranda Lambert
" Reba McEntire
" Maren Morris
" Carrie Underwood
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
" Jason Aldean
" Thomas Rhett
" Chris Stapleton
" Keith Urban
" Chris Young
VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR
" Brothers Osborne
" Dan + Shay
" Florida Georgia Line
" Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
" Lady Antebellum
" Little Big Town
" Old Dominion
NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
" Lauren Alaina
" Danielle Bradbery
" Carly Pearce
NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
" Kane Brown
" Luke Combs
" Devin Dawson
" Russell Dickerson
" Brett Young
NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
" High Valley
" Runaway June
ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
" Breaker - Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
" California Sunrise - Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Jon Pardi
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
" From A Room Vol. 1 - Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records
" Happy Endings - Old Dominion
Producer: Shane McAnally
Record Label: RCA
" Life Changes - Thomas Rhett
Producers: Julian Bunetta, Jesse Frasure, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
" Better Man - Little Big Town
Producer: Jay Joyce
Record Label: Capitol Records Nashville
" Body Like A Back Road - Sam Hunt
Producer: Zach Crowell
Record Label: MCA Nashville
" Broken Halos - Chris Stapleton
Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton
Record Label: Mercury Records
" Drinkin' Problem - Midland
Producers: Dann Huff, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Record Label: Big Machine Records
" I'll Name The Dogs - Blake Shelton
Producer: Scott Hendricks
Record Label: Warner Bros.
SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]
" Body Like a Back Road - Sam Hunt
Songwriters: Zach Crowell, Sam Hunt, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne
Publishers: Universal Music Corp./Sam Hunt Publishing, Highly Combustible Music/I Love Pizza Music,/Songs of Southside Independent Music Publishing/Who Wants to Buy My Publishing/Atlas Music Publishing, Anderson Fork In The Road Music/Smackville Music/Smack Songs LLC, Smack Hits
" Female - Keith Urban
Songwriters: Ross Copperman, Nicolle Galyon and Shane McAnally
Publishers: EMI Blackwood Music Inc./Rezolant Music/Plain Jane Songs, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./A Girl Named Charlie (BMI), Smack Hits/Smack Songs LLC (GMR)
" Tin Man - Miranda Lambert
Songwriters: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert Jon Randall
Publishers: Sony/ATV Tree Publishing/Pink Dog Publishing (BMI), Beat Up Ford Publishing (BMI), BMG Platinum Songs (BMI)/SWMBMGBMI/Lonesome Vinyl Music
" Whiskey And You - Chris Stapleton
Songwriters: Lee Thomas Miller, Chris Stapleton
Publishers: WB Music Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp./New Sea Gayle Music (BMI)
VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)]
" Black - Dierks Bentley
Director: Wes Edwards
Producer: Max A. Butler
" It Ain't My Fault - Brothers Osborne
Director: Wes Edwards, Ryan Silver
Producer: Tiffany Davies
" Legends - Kelsea Ballerini
Director: Jeff Venable
Producer: Ben Skipworth
" Marry Me - Thomas Rhett
Director: TK McKamy
Producer: Dan Atchison
" We Should Be Friends - Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy
Producer: April Dace
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR*(Off Camera Award)
" Rhett Akins
" Ashley Gorley
" Hillary Lindsey
" Shane McAnally
" Josh Osborne
VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company-Label(s)]
" Craving You - Thomas Rhett Featuring Maren Morris
Producers: Julian Bunetta, Dann Huff, Joe London, Thomas Rhett
Record Label: The Valory Music Co.
" Dear Hate - Maren Morris featuring Vince Gill
Producers: Brad Hill, Maren Morris
Record Label: Columbia Nashville
" Funny (How Time Slips Away) - Glen Campbell And Willie Nelson
Producer: Carl Jackson
Record Label: Universal Music Enterprises
" The Fighter - Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood
Producers: Busbee, Keith Urban
Record Label: Capitol Nashville
" What Ifs - Kane Brown Featuring Lauren Alaina
Producer: Dann Huff
Record Label: RCA Nashville
Reba McEntire will return to host LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
Lady Antebellum took the stage with Bell Biv DeVoe on Monday night (3/6) for a special Mashup Monday performance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live. The trio's Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood kicked off the collaboration with their backs turned to the audience, revealing their custom airbrushed "Lady Antebellum" denim jackets . The performance included a mash up of Bell Biv DeVoe's 1990 hit "Poison" and Lady A's 2009 chart-topper "Need You Now."
A woman was texting on her cell phone in a mall in China when she learned a valuable lesson: texting and movement of any kind can be disastrous.
The woman, who was caught on video by a security camera at the Beijing mall, was walking fast while texting when she walked right into a very large fountain located in the middle of the mall. The woman never looked up from texting, and she and her phone ended up in the fountain, a hard lesson for her carelessness. Hopefully she learned a lesson about not just walking and texting, but doing any kind of texting when you cannot watch where you are going.
Brett Eldredge had quite the surprise during a trip to the Caribbean recently when he walked into the bathroom first thing in the morning and found a snake in the toilet. In a video Brett posted of the encounter, he said, "I was going to take a leak, start the day. You know, that’s how you start the day. And then I walk in here and what do we have but a beautiful New Year's snake." The video then shows one of Eldredge's friends using a stick to transport the snake out of the toilet.
The new teaser for the upcoming “Twin Peaks” introduces creator David Lynch as Gordon Cole, the nearly-deaf FBI superior to protagonist Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan).
A synopsis of the new series calls it “one of the most groundbreaking and influential broadcast series of all time, and goes on to say the series “followed the inhabitants of a quaint northwestern town who were stunned after their homecoming queen Laura Palmer was shockingly murdered. The town's sheriff welcomed the help of FBI agent Dale Cooper, who came to town to investigate the case.
"As Cooper conducted his search for Laura's killer, the town's secrets were gradually exposed. The mystery that ensued set off an eerie chain of events that plunged the inhabitants of Twin Peaks into a darker examination of their very existence. Twenty-five years later, the story continues..."
“Twin Peaks” will premiere on Showtime on an undisclosed date in 2017.
Kelsea Ballerini released her fourth single to radio and it's being described as "fun and flirty." The video for her single "Yeah Boy," made its world premiere exclusively on TeenVogue.com on Friday (12/16) and is now available across all music video platforms.
· You can see the video here.
· On December 14, Kelsea wrapped her debut as a headlining artist on "The First Time Tour" finishing out the hugely successful run in Houston, Texas. Ballerini will now join Thomas Rhett as direct support for his "Home Team Tour" on February 23 in Saginaw, Michigan.
Marvel Entertainment has released a two-minute trailer for “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2.” The clip features heroes Star-Lord, portrayed by Chris Pratt; Gamora, played by Zoe Saldana, along with animated characters Rocket (Badley Cooper) and Baby Groot (Vin Diesel.)
More than 2.2 million people have viewed the clip. The movie is the sequel to the 2014 hit movie. “Guardians Of The Galaxy 2” will be out in May.
When Jeff and Rebecca Payne danced their first dance on Route 35 in Dayton, Ohio, it wasn’t anything near as romantic as the first place their eyes met as they were driving in that exact spot.
The couple were on their way to their wedding reception when a wreck closed down the interstate. The couple were disappointed at first but decided to “turn lemons into lemonade” by turning up the car radio and dancing their first dance to Alison Krauss’ “When You Say Nothing At All.” Those around them who realized what was going on joined in the celebration.
Craig Campbellhas announced the launch of his "Craig Campbell: Making Country Music Great Again" campaign. In his parody of Donald Trump'spresidential campaign slogan "Make America Great Again," Campbell aims to bring attention to what makes country music great with a series of videos highlighting its values. Craig says, "I love country music. I have dedicated my life to making it the only way I know which is great. In my book there is only one kind of country music...Great Country Music. It's what I do."
· The first installment of the parody can be seen here.
· T-shirts highlighting the campaign will also be available for purchase .http://shop.artistarena.com/artists-1/craig-campbell/great-again-campaign-slim-fit-t-shirt-2.html
The election style shirts feature Campbell's name next to the year and his "Making Country Music Great Again" slogan.
The trailer for Antwan Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven” is out. The movie stars Denzel Washington in the part of Chisolm, the bounty hunter recruited by Emma Cullen (Hayley Bennett) to stop the tyranny of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard).
Chisolm puts together his group of seven, desperadoes and outlaws, portrayed by Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rolfo and Martin Sensmeier.
The gang of seven are outnumbered by Bogue’s men, but they stand tall and the fighting begins.
Something should have told George McMurrain that the phone call he was about to make could get him in trouble. Perhaps he was so drunk that he couldn’t figure it out.
The man, who was exceedingly drunk, dialed 9-1-1 three times, asking for a ride to the liquor store. When he was getting nowhere with his ride, he told the dispatcher that the sheriff had offered to take him for his booze.
The 57-year-old was arrested for using the emergency line for non-emergency use.
The first trailer has been released for "Sully" starring Tom Hanks and directed by Clint Eastwood.The film tells the story of the Miracle on the Hudson, when pilot Sully Sullenberger saved the lives of a couple hundred passengers after his plane struck a bird and nearly crashed into the Hudson River. Let us know what you think, are you excited for "Sully"?
The Fourth of July celebrates America’s Independence Day, and families all across the U.S. will come together for barbeque, hamburgers, hot dogs and all the fixings. Some will go to the lake, others by their favorite beach, and yet others will choose to have a party at home. After all the food has been consumed and everyone is ready to relax, bring out the trivia and see who really knows the most about this fun-filled day.
What day did most signers of the Declaration of Independence actually sign the document?
August 2, 1776
How many people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4?
Three of the first five presidents died on July 4. Can you name them? Extra points for another oddity about the deaths.
John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe. Adams, the second president, and Jefferson, the third president, died on the same day in 1826, the 50th anniversary of U.S. independence.
Which president was born on July 4?
Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872.
When did the Fourth of July become a legal holiday?
Congress made it an official holiday in 1870, but it wasn’t until 1938 that it became a paid legal holiday.
Florida Georgia Line traveled to one of Australia's most scenic landmarks to shoot the music video for their new single, "H.O.L.Y." The video was filmed on location at The Twelve Apostles, a collection of limestone stacks off the shore of Port Campbell National Park just outside the city of Melbourne. The video blends sweeping views of the dramatic landscape with shots of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard's heartfelt performance. The video also features special appearances by Brian's wife Brittney and Tyler's wife Hayley. The video can be seen here.
"H.O.L.Y." stands for "high on loving you."
Tyler says of the new single, "As we continue to grow and mature in our lives, we really wanted our music to start reflecting those changes. H.O.L.Y. definitely lets the fans see a deeper side to us and we’re excited about this next chapter."
Surveilance cameras in Port Staint Lucie, Florida caught a man trying to steal a chain saw by stuffing it in his pants. Reports say Anthony Ballard had gone into the store to ask for change, but while he was there a pparantly thought “What the heck, I’ll just pick up a chain saw while I’m here.” The 28-yeaer old got away initially after getting on his bicycle and pedaling away, but after he realized that store personnel was after him, he tossed the chain saw and pedaled faster to make his escape.
His mistake was to come back and try to retrieve the chain saw. Police saw him and he was promptly arrested and charged with grand theft. The chain saw was worth about $600.
On this day in 2014, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" songwriter Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, appear in a Norwalk, Connecticut, court on charges of disorderly conduct. They admit to some shoving but indicate they do not need protection from each other
On this day in 2012, Sheryl Crow runs her first half-marathon, finishing the 13.1-mile course in less than two hours during the Country Music Marathon in Nashville. Joanna Smith sings the national anthem and runs the half. Diamond Rio's Gene Johnson runs his first half, Jimmy Olander his first full marathon
On this day in 2007, Former Country Music Association awards nominee John Mellencamp performs for soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.
On this day in 1991, Actor Ken Curtis dies in Fresno, California. A member of The Sons Of The Pioneers from 1949-1953, he was best known as Festus on TV's "Gunsmoke" and Monk on "Have Gun, Will Travel"
On this day in 1967, boxing champion Muhammad Ali refuses to be inducted into the U.S. Army and is immediately stripped of his heavyweight title. Ali, a Muslim, cited religious reasons for his decision to forgo military service.
On this day in 1965, Barbra Streisand’s first special, “My Name Is Barbra,” was watched by millions of television viewers.
On this day in 2015, Lee Brice performs "Drinking Class" with contestant Corey Kent White during the NBC telecast of "The Voice." White also sings "Somebody Like You" before he's eliminated. Blake Shelton is a coach on the show
On this day in 2015, Billy Ray Cyrus sings a snippet of "Achy Breaky Heart" on a 10th anniversary special edition of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars." The episode also features Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Bill Engvall and Julianne Hough
On this day in 2013,Trace Adkins is fairly low key during the week's installment of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice." He's a member of the winning team, while the project manager of the losers, Gary Busey, gets fired by Donald Trump
On this day in 2011, Dierks Bentley plays a game of hockey at the Pepsi Ice Center in Bloomington, Illinois, with local police, firefighters, radio personalities and the Bloomington Prairie Thunder hockey team
On this day in 2009, Vern Gosdin dies in a Nashville hospital weeks after suffering a stroke. Known as "The Voice," he was a staunch traditional country singer and won the Country Music Association's Song of the Year honor for co-writing "Chiseled In Stone"
On this day in 2008, Tim McGraw's Spicy Jalapeno Fritos are introduced at Wal-Mart. The limited-time corn-chip flavor coincides with Fritos being named the "official snack" of McGraw's Live Your Voice summer tour
On this day in 2006, Carrie Underwood is inducted into the Northeastern State University Hall of Fame in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. On the same day, her debut album, “Some Hearts,” goes triple-platinum.
On this day in 2001,Tim McGraw and Faith Hill pay anonymously for eight other tables at an expensive Nashville restaurant, The Palm
Jessica Alba is 35. Star of James Cameron's Dark Angel, a role that won her an ALMA Award for Breakthrough Actress of the Year in 2001. She appeared in Sin City and was named the Sexiest Woman in the World by FHM magazine in 2007. Her other film roles include Spy Kids 4, Fantastic 4, Honey and Good Luck Chuck.
Drew Scott is 38. Home expert who became known for hosting Property Brothers and Buying and Selling. He has a twin brother named Jonathan, whom he co-hosts both Property Brothers and Buying and Selling with, as well as an older brother named JD.
Jonathan Silver Scott is 38. HGTV personality who is known as the face of Property Brothers and Buying and Selling. He hosts both shows alongside his brother Drew Scott.
Jay Leno is 66. this stand-up comedian hosted NBC's Tonight Show from 1992 to 2014 and gained additional fame for his exquisite car collection. He and David Letterman competed for who would get the 11:30 pm show on NBC. Leno's victory sent Letterman to CBS.
Ann Margret is 75. Fireball actress who appeared with Elvis in Viva Las Vegas and gained fame for her role in Bye Bye Birdie. She also appeared in The Cincinnati Kid and Tommy.
Nashville police released the audio from Kid Rock’s emergency call on Monday after finding his assistant had had an ATV accident on his property outside he city.
Michael Sacha, 30, was found by Rock and a friend in the driveway of his property following a quad bike accident.
After a party at the singer’s house on Sunday evening, Sacha drove two people to meet their Uber driver at midnight at the end of the driveway. It is believed that he crashed the vehicle on his way back up to the house.
In the above audio Kid Rock can be heard telling the 911 operator: "We need an ambulance. My assistant looks to be dead from a Polaris [ATV] accident."
Rock gets testy with the operator when he doesn’t think they are reacting quickly enough, and a female voice takes over the call and apologizes, explaining that they are "in shock". She says she will not look at the body, but has been told he is apparently already dead.
The woman explains that when Sacha wasn’t in the house that morning she and the singer came to look for him. Though she declined to look at the body, she described Sacha as “being off to the side of the driveway” and said they could hear the ATV in the trees, still running. She assured the 911 operator that they had not touched anything.
Kid Rock released a statement saying he was "beyond devastated" at the death of Sacha, calling him one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with.
Michael Sacha, assistant to Kid Rock, was found on the singer’s property outside of Nashville on Monday, dead from an apparent ATV accident.
Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Richie, and a friend found Sacha Monday morning after he did not come to work. The body was found on an embankment on Rock’s property in Whites Creek, just Northeast of Nashville. It is thought that Sacha took guests from a cookout at the property to meet an Uber driver at the end of the property’s driveway, and lost control of the vehicle on his way back to the residence.
Rock says in a letter posted to his webpage that he is beyond devastated, adding, "He was a member of our family and one of the greatest young men I have ever had the pleasure to not only work with, but also to become friends with," he said. "I know I speak for us all in sharing my deepest condolences to his family. I cannot imagine how they must feel."
The singer was scheduled to go back to Michigan on Monday, but decided to wait until he could bring Sacha home to his family.
Apparently there was some misinformation going out that the singer was the one in the accident, so he asked in addition to stopping any rumors before they spread, “for people to respect our and his families’ privacy in this difficult time. RIP Mike. We will never forget you, my friend.”
Country music has lost a legend with the passing of Merle Haggard, who died yesterday (4/6) in hospice care on his 79th birthday. Merle passed away at his home in n Palo Cedro, California, surrounded by friends and family. Haggard was battling a recurring bout of double pneumonia and had recently cancelled a string of tour dates with Willie Nelson in April due to his illness. In a career that spanned over 6 decades, Merle recorded more than 65 albums and charted 38 #1 songs. The Hag is regarded by many as one of the most influential country singers of all time and has become one of the most iconic faces of the genre. Haggard became a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and was presented with the Kennedy Center Honors medallion in 2010.
Several country musicians released statements and took to social media to react to Haggard's death on Wednesday (4/6). Here are some of their reactions:
Willie Nelson: "He was my brother, my friend. I will miss him."â€‹
Jason Aldean: "extremely sad to hear of the passing of one of the greatest of all time Mr. Merle Haggard... https://www.instagram.com/p/BD3iWAjH1hI/"
Eric Church: "Rest in peace." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00IEK9KdWgE"
Luke Bryan: "A true hero was lost today. Thank you for your contribution to not only country music but all music. @merlehaggard"
Carrie Underwood: "Love and prayers for the Haggard family. Merle was a pioneer...a true entertainer...a legend. There will never be another like him."
Brad Paisley: "There are no words to describe the loss & sorrow felt within all of music with the passing of Merle Haggard. Thank God for his life & songs."
Hillary Scott: "You are a cornerstone of country music @merlehaggard…u will be missed greatly. Praying for the Haggard family."
Toby Keith: "The greatest singer songwriter of my lifetime is gone. Thanks for the music and friendship. R.I.P. Hag. – T"
Hank Williams, Jr.: "Merle Haggard was an original. Not just a singer, not just a songwriter, not just another famous performer. He was your common everyday working man. I remember when I was 15 years old on tour with Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard. They both were wondering which one of the two was going to make it. Well, they both made it. Today, ole Merle joined Waylon, George, and daddy to sing in the Heavenly choir. -- Hank Williams, Jr."
Dolly Parton: "We've lost one of the greatest writers and singers of all time. His heart was as tender as his love ballads. I loved him like a brother. Rest easy, Merle."
Alan Jackson: "We lost one of the greatest singer/songwriters since Hank Williams. Inspiration to millions, great American, thank you Merle. I’ll miss you."
Keith Urban: "One of the gr8 concert memories I have is seeing Merle and the Strangers at the Ryman in Nashville. We had a ‘live’ album of his when I was growing up and I felt like I’d fallin’ inside my Dad’s stereo speakers. One of my all time favorite voices – and a master songwriter. Blessings to your soulful spirit Merle & all of you family & loved ones." – KU
Brett Eldredge: "It felt like the world stopped for a moment when I heard about Merle Haggard...such an icon...thanks for your gift to all of us brother"
Thomas Rhett: "R.I.P. Merle - one of the first reasons I started to write songs. What a massive inspiration. He'll be missed."
Darius Rucker: "Heaven's band just got better! RIP to the LEGENDARY @merlehaggard. Your music will never die!"
Kacey Musgraves: "I think I'll just stay here and drink."
Billy Currington: "rip @merlehaggard thank you for all the great music u blessed us with. we will play it forever."
Dierks Bentley: "Literally just fell to the floor. can’t believe we lost the hag. rip merle haggard."
Jon Pardi: "Sad day today @merlehaggard has passed. RIP to a true songwriter, a pioneer of California Country, and country music."
Gary Allan: "Merle was my all-time hero. Today we lost one of the greatest songwriters of country music and I will always regret not recording with him. He was a legend and I was honored whenever we got the chance to share a stage with him. Thank you for the inspiration, the advice and for always being you. I, as well as the entire music community, will miss you Merle."
Maren Morris: Another legend lost. Playing "Misery & Gin" in your honor, Merle.
Kip Moore: "RIP Merle…you paved the way for so many. You had what we all hope for…a voice that matters and survives the ever changing trends."
Josh Turner: "Pains me to say that country music icon @merlehaggard has passed away. So honored to have known him and shared the stage with him."
Travis Tritt: "I'm so grateful for the inspiration that his music and his life's story were to me. Merle Haggard will go down in history as one of the greatest inspirations that the entire country music world has ever known. Just think about how many times you've heard the names 'Haggard and Jones' used to describe our brand of music! RIP Merle."
Tanya Tucker: "We've lost another hero. Now he doesn’t have to be in pain anymore. I know he’s not suffering anymore. I just can’t imagine a world without Merle. It’s so hard to accept, but I’ll continue honoring him on stage just as I do during every show. We played a lot of gigs together through the years, but some of my fondest memories were hanging out in a natural setting, like the time we sat there by the river in his backyard and ate bologna sandwiches. Merle was a simple man with incredible talent like no other. And now he’s up there singing with George (Jones) and all the angels. Love you, Merle."
Lorrie Morgan: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Merle’s passing. He was a dear friend, I remember touring with him at various points throughout the 90’s and those are memories that I will always cherish. I hate that he lived so far away from us these last few years, but definitely understand it. My hope is that he passed a happy and content man. I learned so much from this kind man about singing, when Merle Haggard sang you paid attention. He is about as close to perfection in country music as we will probably ever have."
Big & Rich's 'Big Kenny' Alphin: "We join the world of the broken hearted hearing of the death of Merle Haggard. One of the first things John and I realized we had in common was our love of Haggard songs. What a blessing to have had a chance to get to know him and work with such a legend in our career. Merle, guess you finally are on the ultimate Natural High. We will have your music in our hearts and souls and honkytonk nights forever! God Bless the great Merle Haggard. May you fly with the Angels."
Pack a lunch instead of buying one every day. You will help your waist line and your pocket! Packing your own lunch can save you a good chunk of change. i have heard if you tend to eat the same thing everyday it helps you loose weight! i have tried this many times but after about two weeks i tend to get bored and need something different-lol- I try everyday to pack a lunch so that i dont eat out. Derek also packs his lunch we try to do it all week then on friday nights we go out for dinner with family because we saved by eating at home or from home all week!
1932 - Belle Baker hosted a radio variety show from a moving train. It was the first radio broadcast from a train.
1947 - The U.S. Congress proposed the limitation of the presidency to two terms.
1955 - The first oil drill seagoing rig was put into service.
1998 - A former FBI agent said papers found in James Earl Ray's car supports a conspiracy theory in the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
2001 - Apple Computer Inc's operating system MAC OS X went on sale.
2002 - Thieves stole five 17th century paintings from the Frans Hals Museum in the Dutch city of Haarlem. The paintings were worth about $2.6 million. The paintings were works by Jan Steen, Cornelis Bega, Adriaan van Ostade and Cornelis Dusart.
In Country Music History...
1958 - Elvis Presley is sworn into the U.S. Army in Memphis, Tennessee
1984 - "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)" drives Alabama to the top position on the Billboard country singles chart
2012 - Dierks Bentley settles in at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with "Home"
2013 - Trace Adkins jokingly gives team member Stephen Baldwin the finger during an episode of "The Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC. They win an assignment to promote a haircare product, guaranteeing they'll be back the next week
Dolly Parton gets a special honor at the 2016 ACM Awards on April 3 when she is given the Tex Ritter Film award for her song that inspired the TV Movie Coat of Many Colors, which aired on NBC last December (2015). As Dolly shares, there is also someone special going to take part in the award presentation this year
Easton Corbin tells the St. Louis post-Dispatch why he joined Carrie Underwoods "Storyteller Tour"
"The great thing about her is she draws a very diverse crowd, not only from all ages, young to old, but girls and guys. And not only does she draw country fans but other pop genres, as well. It's a good chance for me to get in front of those folks and expose my music to that audience"
The transition from headlining his own shows to opening for Underwood meant Corbin had to give up longer sets as well as his own staging, but he still thinks it's been worth it. He shares,
"Being on a tour like this is a great opportunity. I'm able to get in front of a much bigger crowd. Maybe I'll be able to come back and do my own shows."
The next stop on the "Storyteller Tour" will bring Carrie and Easton to Auburn Hills, Michigan tomorrow (3/22).
And Chris Lane discusses Family Vacations....
Chris Lane really enjoyed spending time outdoors as a kid, especially when his family's annual vacation brought him to the beaches of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Chris is nearing the Top 20 on the chart with his current single, "Fix." Lane's next show will be in Cookeville, Tennessee, tomorrow (3/22) with Love and Theft.
1967 - Snoopy and Charlie Brown of "Peanuts" were on the cover of "LIFE" magazine.
1985 - U.S. President Reagan agreed to a joint study with Canada on acid rain.
1999 - A panel of medical experts concluded that marijuana had medical benefits for people suffering from cancer and AIDS.
2004 - NASA's Messenger became the first spacecraft to enter into orbit around Mercury. The probe took more than 270,000 pictures before it crashed into the surface of Mercury on April 30, 2015.
2009 - The iTunes Music Store reached 800 million applications downloaded.
On This Day in Country Music...
1956 - Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" reaches #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
1973 - Keifer Thompson is born in Miami, Oklahoma. He becomes one-half of Thompson Square, a husband-and-wife duo that earns Vocal Duo of the Year from the Academy of Country Music in 2012 and '13
1990 - Randy Travis begins a four-week stay at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart"
2005 - Keith Urban begins a three-night stand at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The encore includes a surprise appearance by Kenny Chesney, who joins him in a laughter-filled cover of Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried"
2012 - Miranda Lambert brings out a surprise guest--Kelly Clarkson, who sings her own hit, "Stronger"--during the On Fire Tour at the 1stBank Center in Denver
2014 - Maddie & Tae write "Girl In A Country Song" with songwriter/producer Aaron Scherz in Nashville
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1978 - The remains of Charles Chaplin were stolen from his grave in Cosier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland. The body was recovered 11 weeks later near Lake Geneva.
1991 - Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers. The scene was captured on amateur video
1999 - Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones began their attempt to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon non-stop. They succeeded on March 20, 1999.
1963 - Patsy Cline gives what proves to be her final show, a benefit for the widow of deejay "Cactus Jack" Call, at the Memorial Building in Kansas City, Kansas. Also appearing: Hawkshaw Hawkins, Cowboy Copas, Dottie West, Billy Walker, George Jones and Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper
1990 - Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Astrodome, kicking off their first concert tour as the Highwaymen
2002 - George Strait plays the final Houston Livestock & Rodeo Show concert held at Houston's Astrodome, with more than 68,000 in attendance. He dedicates "Love Without End, Amen" to George and Barbara Bush, who are part of the crowd
2013 - Trace Adkins raises more than $670,000 for the American Red Cross as the winning project manager during the season's first episode of Donald Trump's NBC competition, "The Celebrity Apprentice"
Charlize Theron and Her red plunging neckline killed she look absolutlely fabulous but, i felt as though she was maybe playing it a little safe. I feel like we have seen this look a time or two! J-Law Looked great her dress was nice i was not thrilled by it by any means another safe boring look! and she looked like she was wearing a wig(lol). Kate Winslet looked nice in her dress it fit really well, however i hated the material i thought it look liked a black plastic trash bag! Amy Poehler... looked like she just got done filming kunfu panda, i dont know who told her to just wear her housecoat to the oscars but they lied! Lady Gaga... I don't know if there are a enough words to talk about how much i loved her attire. The Fit the White the Lady Gaga flawlessness that she brought with it! not to mention her best accesory Taylor Kinney! Reese Witherspoon Looked stunning in dark purple She sould live in that color! Kerry Washington looked great but not one of my top looks of the night. Rachel McAdams looked beautifull absolutly seemless but boring we've seen this look from her. Cate Blanchet one word... NO! that seafoam green 3D flower thing was disgusting in a lot of ways ill be honnest i really cant remember any look shes had that i like... Tina Fey was beautiful as always! she is the total package brains, beauty and she can make you pee your pants because your laughin so hard! Julianna Moore Looked flawless but she usually does! nad Jennifer Garner looked so good Ben Affleck was probably regretting some decisions hes made! Mara Rooney.. Good thing her dress was on point because whoever did her hair did her absolutley no favors what the heck was that suppose to be a knot? Brie Larson looked a little Prom-ie. Hedi Klum looked like the pinata a childs party! or at least the cake table at Bridal shower! Thats juat a few among many positives and negatives of the night i would love to hear what you all thought so tell me!
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I'm absolutley dying to here your take on Grammy's fashion last night I was like a Kid in a Candy store Carrie Underwood killed it and LBT look pretty great too!!! I'v seen Kasey Musgraves look better but we all hav thoes moments(Check out my Glamour Shots form the 90's) lol but really though what did you think? Lets create our own Fashion Police Pannel!!!! http://www.cmt.com/news/1762707/58th-annual-grammy-awards-country-stars-walk-the-red-carpet/