Don Everly, half of The Everly Brothers duo with his brother Phil, died Saturday in Nashville at age 84. The Everly Brothers are Country Music Hall of Fame members, inducted in 2001, and were instrumental in shaping rock and roll with such global classics as “Bye Bye Love,” “Wake Up, Little Susie,” and “All I Have To Do Is Dream.” The Everly Brothers were also members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
Country Music Hall of Fame legend Tom T. Hall died on Friday, August 20th. He was 85. Hall was nicknamed “The Storyteller” by Tex Ritter, another country great, for his songwriting style. His hits included “Harper Valley P.T.A.” which became a major crossover smash for Jeanie C. Riley in 1968, “That’s How I Got To Memphis,”, Homecoming,” “(Old Dogs, Children, and) Watermelon Wine,” “A Week in a Country Jail,” “I Love,” “Country Is”, “I Care,” and many more. His songs have been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and Loretta Lynn. Hall was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008 and was a Grand Ole Opry member since 1971. Rolling Stone included the Olive Hill, Kentucky native on their ‘100 Greatest Songwriters’ list.
Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than B.J. Thomas. With his smooth, rich voice and unerring song sense, Thomas’s expansive career crossed multiple genres, including country, pop, and gospel, earning him CMA, Dove, and Grammy awards and nominations since his emergence in the 1960s.
Time Life continues to expand its digital music division with a new, eight album digital distribution deal with country music favorite David Frizzell. Beginning January 15, three of Frizzell’s solo records, four of his Frizzell & Friends collaborations and a live album recorded with Jett Williams will be available on all major digital platforms. In addition to his work with Williams, songs from the eight albums include appearances by a number of country stars including Allen Frizzell, Merle Haggard, Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Lacy J. Dalton, Jimmy Fortune and more.
Singer/songwriter Ed Bruce passed away Friday, January 8th at age 81. As a songwriter, artists such as Crystal Gayle (Restless), Charlie Louvin (See The Big Man Cry), Tommy Roe (Save Your Kisses), Tanya Tucker (Texas When I Die, The Man That Turned My Mama On), and Willie Nelson (Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys) are just a few who have recorded his songs. As an artist, Bruce’s hits include “The Last Cowboy Song”, “Love’s Found You And Me”, “Ever, Never Lovin’ You”, “After All”, “My First Taste Of Texas” and more.
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Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Member Mac Davis has passed away at age 78. Some of his most legendary hits as an artist include, “Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me,” “Naughty Girl,” “Texas In My Rear View Mirror,” and “Hooked On Music.” As a songwriter, Davis penned hits for artists such as Nancy Sinatra, Elvis Presley, B.J. Thomas, Bobby Goldsboro, Vicki Carr, Perry Como, and many more. While living in California, Davis began acting, appearing in The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard In Hollywood, Murder She Wrote, Where The Red Fern Grows, Beer For My Horses, and more. Davis was not only a poetic prodigy, but a friend to many in the music and entertainment industry.
David Frizzell Pays Tribute To Buddy Holly During ‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ Beginning September 26
CMA and ACM award-winning and Grammy-nominated hitmaker, David Frizzell will host WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour starting Saturday, September 26. This special episode is ‘A Country Tribute to Buddy Holly’ featuring David Frizzell and Helen Cornelius, paying homage to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and benefiting the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour airs around the world, on RFD-TV and on American Forces Network, among others. Check your local listings or visit www.woodsongs.com for airing information. Additional airings will be Friday, October 30 at 6pm ET and Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30pm ET.
David Frizzell To Host Country Classics Featured On Circle TV, Heartland, The Family Channel And More
CMA and ACM award-winning and Grammy-nominated hitmaker, David Frizzell will be hosting Country Classics during the weeks of September 14 and September 21, presented by Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, Cracker Barrel and filmed at The Willie Nelson Museum in Nashville. Frizzell shares some of his favorite videos and Country Classics can be seen on Circle TV, The Family Channel, Heartland, Country TV, and more Wednesday, September 16 on Heartland and again throughout the week. Check your local listings for details.
Song chosen by Clint Eastwood for blockbuster hit movie 'Any Which Way You Can' NASHVILLE, Tenn. - CMA and ACM award winning and Grammy nominated hit-maker, David Frizzell celebrates the 40th anniversary of “You’re The Reason God Made Oklahoma,” a duet with Shelly...