Country Star Ray Price Not Dead
Ray Price hasn't died. Reports that the Country Music Hall of Famer had passed away surfaced Sunday, but the singer's wife Janie Price tells "Rolling Stone" that Ray is "still with us." She explains that Ray's son inadvertently issued a statement about his father's death prematurely. Price is battling pancreatic cancer, and is in the final stages of the disease, which has spread to other organs. He had been hospitalized earlier this month, but left last week to spend his final days with his family at his
Martina McBride, REO Speedwagon Cancel SeaWorld Appearances
Martina McBride is among the latest stars to drop out of the lineup for SeaWorld Orlando's "Bands Brew & BBQ" concert series. The country star says in a Facebook post that she's decided "the time isn't right" for her to perform at the park, "given all the issues that have been aired recently." She was slated to perform at the park in March. The rock band REO Speedwagon also announced over the weekend via Twitter that they wouldn't be appearing at SeaWorld Orlando as originally scheduled in February.
McBride and REO Speedwagon are the latest in a growing list of performers who have dropped out of the event. Others who have cancelled appearances at SeaWorld in recent weeks includes Willie Nelson and Trisha Yearwood, as well as the groups Barenaked Ladies, Heart, and Cheap Trick.
Taylor Swift Makes Sizable Donation To
Taylor Swift continues to support
Martina McBride To Release New Album In March
Martina McBride is doing something a little different with her next album. The country star's upcoming release, "Everlasting," is a collection of R&B and soul covers. Martina admits the project is stylistically "a bit of a departure" for her. But she says she felt it was time for her to "stretch" and "explore a little bit." McBride adds that she believes her fans will like the album, because it features her singing "some of the best songs of all time done in a very classic style." She's also sharing a preview of the disc. She has a clip of her rendition of "If You Don't Know Me By Now" posted on her website. Martina's "Everlasting" will be in stores on March 4th.
Kellie Pickler Striving For First Number One Single
Kellie Pickler says she's determined to one day have a song that tops the charts. The country singer tells
"Little Bit Gypsy" is the second single from Pickler's latest album, "The Woman I Am." To date, Kellie's best chart run was with "Best Days Of Your Life," which peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in August 2009.
Rosanne Cash Recalls Her Southern History Tour
Rosanne Cash is recalling a special road trip she took with her husband, John Leventhal. She says that after visiting the
Rosanne adds that not far from Money,
Sheryl Crow Featured On TNT's "Christmas In
Sheryl Crow is adding to the holiday festivities. The singer is among the artists featured on the upcoming TNT special "Christmas In Washington," which was taped at the
"Duck Dynasty" Family Sharing
"Duck Dynasty's" Jase Robertson says it was at Christmas that he learned just how dedicated his father, Phil, was to duck hunting. The reality TV star adds that the moment is one of his favorite holiday memories.
Jase adds that the fire was already out -- Phil just walked away from the clean up and repair work that needed to be done. Miss Kay says her favorite Christmas memory dates back to her first celebration with Phil once they were back together after a separation. She admits Phil is "not a gift buyer," but he had a big box for her under the tree that year, which was full of pots and pans. Kay says it "was wonderful."
Willie and Korie's memories revolve around their children. Korie says she'll never forget taking part in a live nativity scene at the mall. She recalls that she played the part of Mary, and John Luke, who was just a baby at the time, had been picked to portray Jesus. She says he "did great" and was "so cute," adding that John Luke "was probably the only baby Jesus that was sucking a pacifier." Willie says his son Will was born in December, right before Christmas, and that first celebration with their newborn child is his favorite holiday memory.
Country TV Today And Tonight
CHRISTMAS WITH SCOTTY MCCREERY AND FRIENDS (GAC) Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, and Gloriana are among the "friends" joining Scotty for the holiday show.
ALABAMA & FRIENDS (GAC) Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Florida Georgia Line are among the stars who join
BACKSTORY (GAC) Blake Shelton is featured.
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Jeff Carson is 50.
Today in Country Music History
Today in 1994, Duane Propes, of Little Texas, married his wife, Cindy.
Today in 1997, Carl Perkins suffered what his family described as a, quote, "severe" stroke. In reality, he suffered a series of strokes, from which he never recovered. He died on January 19th, 1998.
Today in 1999, LeAnn Rimes' self-titled album was certified Gold.
Today in 1999, Republican supporters of then-presidential candidate George W. Bush were treated to performances from Tracy Byrd, Lee Greenwood, Loretta Lynn, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr. at
Today in 2000, after making his 36th guest appearance on the show, country star Brad Paisley was formally invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Today in 2002,
Today in 2003, "Billboard" announced that the Dixie Chicks hatched the year's most successful country tour, through November 18th. The ladies' "Top of the World" outing, which raked in 62-point-two-million dollars, was also number five overall -- only bested by the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Cher and Fleetwood Mac.
Today in 2003, Shania Twain's "UP!" CD was certified for multi-platinum sales of ten-million by the RIAA. This accomplishment made Shania the only artist in history to have three consecutive albums certified ten-times platinum.
Today in 2006, Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild and Jimi Westbrook went on their honeymoon. The two band mates were married back in May, but because of the group's busy schedule they hadn't yet had the chance to get away for a private celebration of their union.
Today in 2009, Kenny Chesney ranked eighth on "Billboard" magazine's Highest-Grossing Touring Acts Of The Decade list. He was the only country star to make the top ten.
Today in 2009, Luke Bryan had his first chart-topping hit with "Do I."
Today in 2010, Garth Brooks launched his series of flood relief concerts in
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