A three-time CMA & ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, Fricke has hit the #1 spot on the Country charts an astounding 18 times. She was named Billboard Magazine Top Female Vocalist, was the First Female Voice on the Moon, and was named the UK’s Country Music Round Up’s Most Popular International Female Solo Act. Her music has reached Gold and Platinum sales status worldwide, and the talented and personable Indiana native has recorded numerous jingles for Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut and United Airlines. Janie has released 25 albums and 36 hit singles, and she remains one of the most-beloved entertainers in the Country field.
‘CMT GIANTS: Charley Pride’ is an uplifting celebration honoring the extraordinary life and legacy of trailblazing country music titan Charley Pride. The star-packed, 90-minute event features special performances and interviews from family, friends, and collaborators who appear to share their personal memories and reflect on Pride’s lasting legacy, his wife Rozene and son Dion, blended alongside rare archival photos, interviews, and performances, with clips and commentary from Charley Pride himself.
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.
BILLY DEAN, BRAD ARNOLD (OF 3 DOORS DOWN), CRAIG MORGAN, DEANA MARTIN, ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK, JANIE FRICKE, JEANNIE SEELY, JOHN BERRY, NEAL McCOY, T. GRAHAM BROWN, LARRY, STEVE & RUDY: THE GATLIN BROTHERS, THE ISSACS, TONY ORLANDO, TRACY LAWRENCE, AND TY HERNDON ADDED TO ALL-STAR SALUTE TO LEE GREENWOOD ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021 AT THE VON BRAUN CENTER IN HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA
With over twenty-eight Top 20 singles, including 7 number one hits, Lee Greenwood and his 40-year career will be celebrated in Huntsville, Alabama, on October 12, 2021, at the Von Braun Center with over 35 music artists performing during the All-Star Salute to Lee Greenwood. Today, music artists from multiple genres including legendary names like Engelbert Humperdinck and Tony Orlando, Grand Ole Opry stars Craig Morgan, Jeannie Seely, and The Gatlin Brothers along with rock star Brad Arnold of the group 3 Doors Down and country hitmakers Billy Dean, Janie Fricke, John Berry, Neal McCoy, T. Graham Brown, Tracy Lawrence, Ty Herndon all were announced to participate in the special celebration. The Issacs will join Michael W. Smith to create a ‘moment’ in the show and Dean Martin’s daughter Deana Martin will perform a duet with Humperdinck.
The country music community came together for a wonderful night of music, stories, laughter, and tears in support of famed host and radio personality, Keith Bilbrey during ‘Coming Home: Rebuilding the Bilbreys’. Bilbrey and his wife, Emy Joe lost their home on June 22 after a devastating house fire. The event was live-streamed on countryroadtv.com from Trinity Broadcasting Network’s Huckabee Theater. All proceeds raised will be used in the rebuilding of their beloved home. ‘Coming Home: Rebuilding the Bilbreys’ was made possible by Country Road TV, Huckabee, Larry’s Country Diner, Gus Arrendale, and Springer Mountain Farms Fresh Chicken.
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.
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.
We hope that this curated playlist will bring some cheer to the end of your year, so give it a listen! Download some of your favorites and share them with family and friends.
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member K.T. Oslin has passed away at age 78. Some of her most legendary hits include, “Hold Me,” “Do Ya’,” “Come Next Monday,” “I’ll Always Come Back,” “80’s Ladies” and more. As a songwriter, Oslin’s songs we recorded by artists such as Gail Davies, The Judds, Dottie West, Judy Rodman, and Sissy Spacek.
The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore turns 85, and is celebrated today and this week by many of his colleagues. Moore was initially set to be honored with an all-star tribute concert, but like many other planned events for 2020, the tribute has taken on a decidedly different form. Receiving videos from far and wide, Moore was surprised today through a virtual birthday greeting card and salute coordinated by Florida International University with messages from Jon Bon Jovi, T. Graham Brown, Rita Coolidge, Alice Cooper, Israel Del Toro, Zucchero Fornaciari, Janie Fricke, Lee Greenwood, Deana Martin, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charley Pride, Brenda Russell, Valerie Simpson, Sting, Travis Tritt, and many more! After an invitation-only Zoom gathering Monday evening, select videos will roll out to Moore’s Facebook page as well as his official website, sammoore.net.