New Photos Of Randy Travis Surfacing Online
Randy Travis fans are getting their first glimpse of the country star since he suffered a stroke last July. NashvilleGab.com says the singer's friend Anthony Maurizio posted two pictures of Travis to Twitter. A black and white indoor group shot includes Randy seated with his fiancee Mary and others standing around him. Anthony tweeted with the picture that he's glad to see Randy "healing nicely." A second, color photo Anthony says was just taken Sunday shows Randy in a golf cart. Maurizio says he got both pictures from Randy's stepson.
Travis' medical drama unfolded last summer. A few days after the singer was admitted to the hospital with a heart condition he suffered a stroke, and underwent emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain. Doctors said the operation was successful, but Randy would still need several months to recover. Travis remained hospitalized for nearly a month before he was transfered to a physical therapy center. There haven't been any official updates on his condition since he left the center in October.
More Country Stars Sign On For Grammy Awards
Hunter Hayes, Zac Brown, and Martina McBride are among the latest additions to the Grammy lineup. Hayes is slated to perform during the televised ceremony, while Brown and McBride are among the many newly announced presenters for the event. A number of other country stars are also on board as performers. Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, and Kacey Musgraves will take the stage, while Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, and Blake Shelton have been tapped to team up for a special performance.
Other new performers for the ceremony include Guy Clark Jr., Nine Inch Nails, and
Ashley Monroe Won't Appear On "
Ashley Monroe says she's fine with contributing music to ABC's "
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Carrie Underwood Inks Deal With Almay
Carrie Underwood has another beauty product deal. The country star has been named the Global Brand Ambassador for Almay cosmetics. Carrie will be featured in the company's upcoming ad campaigns, representing the full Almay line. The singer says it's a natural fit. She explains that she's "really impressed by their products," and uses them in her "daily life" and when she's working. Underwood adds that she "could never be associated with a company" she "didn't believe in." Ads featuring Carrie are expected to launch this week.
Carrie recently announced a nail polish line through Nicole by OPI. Those products are in stores now.
Parmalee Excited About Next Single
Parmalee frontman Matt Thomas says he was instantly drawn to the song "Close Your Eyes." The singer tells TasteOfCountry.com that the first time he heard the song something about it caught his ear, and he "immediately went back and listened to it again." He says it's just "an amazing song" that not only "fits" the band but also his vocal range. Guitarist Josh McSwain adds that the track "paints such a vivid picture, and you can see the story." He also admits that it's one of those songs they wish they'd written. "Close Your Eyes" is Parmalee's next single from their album "Feels Like Carolina," and the follow up to their chart-topping hit, "Carolina."
Vince Gill Plays "
Vince Gill says it was really special performing his latest album "
Gill recently played the show with steel guitarist Paul Franklin, his collaborator on the album. With the disc they're honoring country music's
Travis Tritt Reflects On Advice He'd Give His Younger Self
Travis Tritt is looking back as he celebrates his 25th anniversary in music. The country star says if he could go back in time and speak with himself when he was just starting out, he'd have a few words of wisdom to share.
Travis adds that he'd tell his younger self to always remember why he wanted a career in the music business, and how much he loves entertaining fans. And Tritt will be out entertaining fans this week. He's launching a series of solo acoustic shows throughout
Justin Moore Enjoying Watching His Children Grow Up
Justin Moore says he's really enjoying being a dad, and plays an active role in his children's lives. The country star explains that his oldest daughter Ella, who'll turn four next month, joins him on the road even when his wife and younger daughter stay home.
ACM Partners With Beats Music On New Streaming Service
Beats Music is offering listeners a free trial of their services, after which they will be charged a nine-dollars-and-99-cents subscription fee. AT&T customers on a family plan can receive discounted subscription fees, as well as an extended trial period. Beats Music is available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone operating systems.
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Today In Country Music History
Today in 1955, Porter Wagoner debuted on the Grand Ole Opry.
Today in 1969, Glen Campbell received his first Gold certification for the single, "Wichita Lineman."
Today in 1990, Randy Travis took home three trophies at the American Music Awards.
Today in 1991, an unknown Tracy Lawrence played his first showcase at
Today in 1991, Marty Stuart's "Tempted" album was released.
Today in 1991, Shenandoah earned their first Gold album for "The Road Not Taken."
Today in 1993, Doug Stone topped the charts with "Too Busy Being In Love."
Today in 1994, Hal Ketchum became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Today in 2001, the antique Farmall tractor used as a prop during Kenny Chesney's CMT "All Access" sold for 59-hundred-dollars in a fundraiser for St. Jude Children's
Today in 2002, Collin Raye's "Can't Back Down" album arrived in stores.
Today in 2003, Sara Evans and her husband, Craig Schelske, welcomed their daughter, Olivia Margaret in
Today in 2004, Terri Clark made her Australian concert debut with a show in
Today in 2005, Keith Urban hosted the 3nd annual "Max It Out for Meningitis" benefit at Rocketown in downtown
Today in 2007, Gretchen Wilson attended a reception in
Today in 2007, Keith Urban addressed his stint in rehab in a video message on his website, thanking his fans for their support and noting that he had various reasons for seeking treatment.
Today in 2007, Trisha Yearwood performed a concert benefiting her husband Garth Brooks' charity Teammates for Kids. Brooks hosted the event, which was part of the National Hockey League's All-Star Weekend at the Hyatt Regency in
Today in 2008, new CD releases included Chuck Wicks' "Starting Now" and Laura Bryna's "Trying to be Me."
Today in 2010, Keith Urban and Taylor Swift were among the performers at the George Clooney-led "Hope For Haiti Telethon," a multi-network international fundraiser in support of earthquake relief efforts in
Today in 2013, new country releases included Lady Antebellum's single "Downtown," Darius Rucker's album "True Believers," and the collection "Tim McGraw & Friends." The "2013 Grammy Nominations" compilation album, including songs from Taylor Swift and Hunter Hayes, also arrived in stores.
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