The 9th Annual Country Music Cruise is set to sail January 22-29, 2023, and is already 90% sold out. Organizers today announced the addition of Janie Fricke, Moe Bandy, and Sarah Gayle Meech to an already exciting lineup. The seven-day Country Music Party At Sea aboard Holland America’s stunning Nieuw Amsterdam ship will feature more than 100 live performances and make stops in scenic St. Maarten and San Juan.
The country music community was rocked today with the tragic news of the sudden passing of country music giant Naomi Judd.
Love From Music City celebrated their 5th Annual Gala on Tuesday, October 5th with an evening of music, entertainment, surprises, and support for foster children throughout Middle Tennessee and orphans abroad. The special event began with a VIP red carpet, followed by hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and live musical performances! Artists present at the gala included Pam Tillis, Buddy Jewell, Marty Raybon, Devon O’Day, Cherish Lee, Charlene Tilton, JD Shelburne, Tim Atwood, Chapel Hart, NEDY, Makenzie Phipps, Denny Strickland, Billy Mason, Chris Golden, Nathan & Suzanne Young, who joined Crystal Gayle, the recipient of this year’s Bill Anderson Icon Award. Gayle was recognized for her contributions made to the community and for her role as a trailblazer and legendary performer, epitomizing everything Love From Music City stands for. The organization has a 50 year legacy of feeding and clothing orphans across the globe, with 10 years including local, Middle Tennessee foster children. The Love From Music City Gala was held at The Estate at Cherokee Dock, a former home of Reba McEntire.
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.
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.
Country music entertainer Tim Atwood will appear on the hit television show Larry’s Country Diner airing Thursday, October 15 at 8/7c and then again on Saturday, October 17 at 11/10c. Viewers will see live performances of “Come On If You’re Comin’,” “Saved By Grace,” “You First” and “One Pair Of Hands” which are all included on his upcoming album ‘Who I Am,’ available on November 20. Fans will not want to miss this special airing of Larry’s Country Diner and one-of-a-kind upcoming album release!
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.