Ray Price is spending his final days at home. The
Price adds a goodbye to his fans, saying he loves them and appreciates all the support they've given him over the years. He's also telling them that they shouldn't worry about him, because he's "at peace" and is "going to be just fine." Fans who want to send messages to the singer can post notes on Ray's Facebook page, or mail cards and letters to Ray Price;
Kris Kristofferson To Receive Lifetime Achievement Grammy
Kris Kristofferson is among those being honored in conjunction with the upcoming Grammy Awards. The legendary singer-songwriter has been tapped to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award. The honorary Grammy recognizes artists' overall accomplishments, contributions, and influence in the music industry. Kristofferson is one of seven stars slated for the honor. He's part of a group that also includes The Beatles, The Isley Brothers, and Kraftwerk, as well as Clifton Chenier, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. The Lifetime Achievement Award winners will be celebrated with a special event set for January 25th -- the day before the 56th annual Grammy Awards. The honorees will also be acknowledged during the televised Grammy ceremony.
Taylor Swif Among Golden Globe Nominees
Taylor Swift is one of the familiar names in music vying for a Golden Globe next month. Her "Sweeter Than Fiction," which she wrote with .fun's Jack Antonoff for the movie "One Chance," is among the tracks vying for Best Original Song.
Brad Paisley Receiving Harmony Award This Weekend
Brad Paisley is set to be honored by the Nashville Symphony this weekend. The country star is this year's recipient of the orchestra's Harmony Award. He'll be recognized with a special presentation during the Symphony Ball, taking place at the
Trisha Yearwood Cancels SeaWorld Appearances
Trisha Yearwood is among the latest acts who have opted against appearing at SeaWorld Orlando. A rep for the country singer tells CNN that Yearwood decided to withdraw from SeaWorld's "Bands, BBQ and Brew" concert series "in light of recent concerns." She was scheduled to appear at the park on February 22nd. Cheap Trick has also decided to scrap their planned appearance at the park
Yearwood and Cheap Trick are the latest in a growing list of stars who are refusing to perform at SeaWorld Orlando following an online petition and Facebook campaign sparked by "Blackfish," a documentary about the 2010 incident in which an orca killed a SeaWorld trainer. Heart, Barenaked Ladies, and Willie Nelson have also cancelled SeaWorld shows.
Swift, Underwood Among Highest-Paid Women In Music
Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood are getting some recognition for their success. The country stars are among the top earning women in music.
For the tally "Forbes" considers artists' income from between June 2012 and May 2013. Madonna is leading the pack with 125-million in earnings. Lady Gaga has second place with 80-million. Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez round out the top five.
"Forbes" Highest-Paid Women In Music
1. Madonna - 125-million-dollars
2. Lady Gaga - 80-million-dollars
3. Taylor Swift - 55-million-dollars
4. Beyonce - 53-million-dollars
5. Jennifer Lopez, 45-million-dollars
6. Rihanna - 43-million-dollars
7. Katy Perry - 39-million-dollars
8. Pink - 32-million-dollars
9. Carrie Underwood - 31-million-dollars
10. Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj - 29-million-dollars
Little Big Town To Share Their Story Of Determination At CRS
Little Big Town will be sharing their story in a panel about perseverance in the country music industry at next year's Country Radio Seminar. Group members say they feel honored to discuss their journey, including the obstacles and challenges they've faced over the course of their 14 years as a band. The 2014 Country Radio Broadcasters convention will take place in
"Duck Dynasty" Stars Leading Hometown Christmas Flotilla
"Duck Dynasty" stars are helping their hometown of
"Duck Dynasty Christmas Special" Draws In Viewers
"Duck Dynasty" is drawing flocks of fans. Variety.com says the Robertson family's "Duck Dynasty Christmas Special" was one of the top shows of the night, grabbing an audience that rivaled ABC's "Modern Family." The A&E show attracted eight-point-nine-million viewers, including four-point-five-million in the 18-to-49 age range. That's an overall increase of 37-percent from last year's "Duck Dynasty" holiday special, and a 21-percent increase among the specific adult demographic.
The "Duck Dynasty" phenomena seemed to take off this summer, with eleven-point-eight-million people tuning in for the season four launch back in August. That's the largest audience ever for a cable nonfiction series show. Season five of "Duck Dynasty" will begin on A&E on January 15th.
Kix Brooks Explains Trace Adkins' Involvement In "A Country Christmas"
Kix Brooks says he was supposed to have an on-camera role in the new movie "A Country Christmas," and Trace Adkins wasn't originally in the film's cast. But the former Brooks & Dunn singer explains that circumstances forced a change of plans.
Instead, Adkins is seen in "A Country Christmas" in the role of Sheriff Arrington, while Brooks provides the voice for Duke the Horse. Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus is also part of the cast. Brooks is the executive producer of the film, which his son Eric co-wrote. In addition, Kix and Jay produced the movie's soundtrack. "A Country Christmas" is available now on DVD.
Dean Dillon Recalls First Writing Session With Bill Anderson
Singer-songwriter Dean Dillon says country legend Bill Anderson knows how to keep a listener's ear. Dean recalls that the first time they met for a songwriting session Bill started talking about his early days in
Dean says before they knew it the day "got away" from them, and they got nothing accomplished in terms of writing a song. However, Dillon and Anderson have since had more productive songwriting sessions together. Their collaborations include the Kenny Chesney hit "A Lot Of Things Different."
Country TV Today And Tonight
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO (NBC) Billy Ray Cyrus is a guest
TOP 20 COUNTRY COUNTDOWN (GAC) A rundown of the week's most popular country music videos.
HEADLINE COUNTRY (GAC) The American Country Awards, David Nail,
Country Birthdays Include
The Tractors' Ron Getman is 65.
John Anderson is 59.
Taylor Swift is 24.
Today In Country Music History
Today in 1980, Waylon Jennings' "Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" peaked at number 21 on the pop charts.
Today in 1991, Brooks & Dunn's single "My Next Broken Heart" topped the charts.
Today in 1994, Garth Brooks released his best-of album, "The Hits." The disc is one of the best-selling country best-of discs in history.
Today in 1996, LeAnn Rimes hit number one with the single "One Way Ticket (Because I Can)."
Today in 2001, for the fourth consecutive week, Garth Brooks' latest album, "Scarecrow," held the number one position on "Billboard's" Top Country Albums chart. At the same time, his holiday project "
Today in 2003, Kenny Chesney's "There Goes My Life" hit number one on the Billboard country chart.
Today in 2004, Alan Jackson's "Remember When" was deemed the "most heard" song of the year, followed by Kenny Chesney's "When the Sun Goes Down," on a "Radio & Records" year-end chart. The publication also named Kenny the top country artist of the year, based on his overall chart presence for the previous 12 months.
Today in 2005, members of Sawyer Brown expressed their condolences to the family of the driver killed in an accident involving the group's tour bus. The car apparently failed to yield while entering a highway near
Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney's "Somewhere in the Sun" trek was named the top-grossing country tour of the year by Billboard Boxscore. Overall Kenny's road trip ranked fourth in dollars earned, but came in second in number of tickets sold for the year. U2 topped the list both in terms of money made and tickets sold.
Today in 2005, Dolly Parton's "Travelin' Thru," from the "Transamerica" soundtrack was nominated for Best Original Song - Motion Picture for the 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards, while the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk the Line," earned multiple nominations for the event.
Today in 2006, Heidi Newfield played her last show with Trick Pony, at the Wildhorse Saloon in
Today in 2006, Mark Wills, Darryl Worley, and Keni Thomas embarked on a USO tour to the
Today in 2006, Dolly Parton, serving as the honorary chairman of the Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation, made a surprise appearance at a reception for the organization to announce that she was donating 500-thousand-dollars to help with the foundation's creation of a hospital and cancer patient center in her hometown of
Today in 2007, Clay Walker received a five-thousand-dollar check from fan club members at his concert at the Golden Nugget in
Today in 2007, Brooks & Dunn performed "Cowboy Town" to open the National Rodeo Finals in
Today in 2008, tickets for Kenny Chesney's Sun City Carnival tour show at
Today in 2008, Travis Tritt and Steve Earle were among the performers on the second night of Warren Hayne's 20th annual Christmas Jam in
Today in 2009, Sugarland took part in the taping of the annual "Christmas In Washington" concert at the
Today in 2009, T Bone Burnett and the late Stephen Bruton's soundtrack to the film "Crazy Heart" got the nod for Music/Score from the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
Today in 2010, Josh Turner and his wife, Jennifer celebrated the birth of their son, Crawford Marion Turner. The couple has two other children as well, sons Colby and Hampton.
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