Willie Nelson Receiving Martial Arts Black Belt Monday
Willie Nelson can really throw down -- and not just musically. The country legend, who's turning 81 this week, could throw most people down with his martial arts skills. He'll receive his fifth degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul in a ceremony in
Taylor Swift Among Winners At Radio Disney Music Awards
Taylor Swift is getting recognition at the Radio Disney Music Awards. The country-pop superstar took two categories at the event. Her single with Ed Sheeran, "Everything Has Changed," was named Musical Mashup - Best Musical Collaboration while her "Swifties" got the nod for So FANtastic - Fiercest Fans. Selena Gomez was the big winner at the event, earning three awards, while Demi Lovato and Fifth Harmony are also two-time honorees. One Direction and Justin Timberlake are among the winners as well. The 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards took place in
Glen Campbell Documentary Earns
The new Glen Campbell documentary is getting recognition at the Nashville Film Festival. "Glen Campbell...I'll Be Me" earned the Gibson Music City/Music Films Grand Jury Award at the event. The movie is being praised for its "intimate and honest portrayal of a music legend's battle with Alzheimer's," and the way it "captures a family's commitment to love and laugh through the adversity of a debilitating disease." "I'll Be Me" had its world premiere at the Nashville Film Festival earlier this month.
The documentary features the music legend and his family as he went public with his Alzheimer's diagnosis and wrapped up his career with a final, farewell tour. Filmmakers also include footage of other stars reflecting on
But Esten says he's been familiar with the efforts of St. Jude all his life, explaining that the hospital was his grandmother's "big charity." Chip, who portrays Deacon on "
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Bowen, who plays Scarlett on the ABC drama, adds that for some songs she needs to be barefoot. She explains that she keeps count on her toes, which she can't do when they're bound up in shoes. Clare launched the "
Willie Nelson Inducted Into "
Willie Nelson is being honored by a TV series that he helped launch. The country legend is among the inductees into the newly established "Austin City Limits" Hall of Fame. Austin360.com says Willie, who 40 years ago played the pilot episode of the PBS series, was the first performer for Saturday's event. Nelson played for an hour, welcoming Lyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris to join him on various songs. Actor Matthew McConaughey handled Willie's induction. The other honorees included the late Stevie Ray Vaughan and his backing band Double Trouble, who also performed, as well as "ACL" creator Bill Arhos, and the late
George Jones' Widow Hosts Anniversary Memorial At
The late George Jones' widow wants to make sure the country legend isn't forgotten.
Eric Church Actively Fighting Ticket Scalpers
Eric Church admits he "can't stop ticket scalpers completely." But the country star says his goal is to "make it harder for them" to take advantage of his fans.
Church will launch "The Outsiders Word Tour 2014" in
Eli Young Band Appreciate Their College Fans
The guys in the Eli Young Band say they'll always have a fondness for the college crowd. Frontman Mike Eli explains that they feel indebted in particular to their alma mater,
Mike says the "Greek Life" promotion the Eli Young Band did earlier this year was one way the group has tried to honor their original fan base, as well as their fraternity roots. The singer explains that he, James, bassist Jon Jones, and drummer Chris Thompson met "because of Sigma Nu." Now, more than a decade later, the Eli Young Band is out promoting their fifth studio album, "10,000 Towns." They'll be performing in
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Today In Country Music History
Today in 1978, the "Here You Come Again" album by Dolly Parton was certified Platinum.
Today in 1984, the Judds' first number one hit, "Mama He's Crazy," debuted on the charts.
Today in 1989,
Today in 1993, John Michael Montgomery earned his first Gold album with his debut, "Life's a Dance."
Today in 1994, John Berry's son, Sean Thomas Berry, was born.
Today in 1995, Lorrie Morgan's "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" hit the charts.
Today in 1998, Clint Black and Trisha Yearwood made their TV acting debuts on separate CBS programs. Clint co-starred with his wife, Lisa Hartman Black, in the TV movie "Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack," while Trisha took on the role of Lieutenant Commander Theresa Coulter on "JAG."
Today in 2000, Rascal Flatts made their Grand Ole Opry debut.
Today in 2002, "Alan Jackson Day" was declared in
Today in 2003, the Dixie Chicks appeared nude on the cover of "Entertainment Weekly" magazine.
Today in 2003, Jessica Andrews' album "Now" debuted at number four on "Billboard's" Top Country Album chart.
Today in 2004, Randy Travis took two Doves at the 35th annual Gospel Music Awards. He earned trophies for Country Album for the disc "Worship and Faith" and Country Recorded Song for "Three Wooden Crosses."
Today in 2005, Brooks & Dunn's Kix Brooks was acknowledged by his home state at the Louisiana Legends Awards Gala and Auction in
Today in 2005, Eddie Montgomery lost his footing on a speaker cabinet during the third song in a Montgomery Gentry show in
Today in 2005, Kenny Chesney performed three songs on NBC's "Today" show. On the country music edition of the show the pregnant Martina McBride also revealed that she was expecting another daughter.
Today in 2006, Neal McCoy gave a free show for military personnel and their families at Fort Leonard Wood in
Today in 2007, Diamond Rio's Marty Roe, Jimmy Olander, and Gene Johnson took part in the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon in
Today in 2007, Sara Evans performed a post-race concert following the Country Music Marathon in
Today in 2008, reports began to circulate about Mindy McCready's alleged affair with baseball star Roger Clemens.
Today in 2008, Alan Jackson celebrated the success of his chart-topping hit "Small Town Southern Man" with an event at ASCAP's
Today in 2009, country great Vern Gosdin, known as "The Voice," died at a Nashville hospital, not long after suffering a stroke. He was 74.
Today in 2009, Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough were eliminated on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," ending the competition in sixth place.
Today in 2009, new releases included Jason Michael Carroll's "Growing Up Is Getting Old," Collin Raye's "Never Going Back," and Dean Brody's self-titled debut album.
Today in 2010, Toby Keith was in
Today in 2010, Rascal Flatts made a guest appearance on "American Idol." In addition to performing their hit "Unstoppable," the group also teamed up with Shakira on her song "Gypsy." It was Rascal Flatts' third "Idol" appearance. The performed on the finale in 2005 with "Idol" winner Carrie Underwood, and returned two years later for the charity event "Idol Gives Back."
Today in 2010,
Today in 2010,
Today in 2012, The Mavericks made their concert return with a headlining performance at the Stagecoach festival in
Today in 2013, Willie Nelson played an 80th birthday concert in Austin, Texas, which he made a fundraiser for the fire department in West, Texas, which a week earlier had lost equipment in a deadly fetilizer plant explosion. Nelson also donated some of the funs to the fire department in his hometown of
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