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Reba McEntire to Release Another Vintage Concert Special on YouTube This Friday

Who's ready for another Reba weekend? After Reba McEntire shared her 1994 concert special Reba: Live on YouTube last month, MusicRow reports that she'll do it all over again with another '90s concert this coming Friday. 


Reba in Concert was filmed at Austin's Frank Erwin Center back in 1990 and includes some of her biggest hits, including “Fancy,” You Lie" and "Rumor Has It." (Speaking of "Rumor Has It," Reba will release a 30th-anniversary edition of that album on September 11.)


In retrospect, the concert film also serves as a tribute to several of her original band members, who were tragically killed in a plane crash the following year.

ba adds in a statement, “This show is very special to me because it features my friends that we lost in a plane crash 29 years ago. Their love for music and incredible talents deserve to be seen again, and I’m so glad that we’re getting the chance to stream this concert for the first time ever."


Featuring 16 iconic performances, Reba in Concert will premiere at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT and will include a chat with Reba on her YouTube channel.

63-Year-Old Dwight Yoakam Is a First-Time Dad

63-year-old DWIGHT YOAKAM became a first-time dad last week.  His wife Emily gave birth to a boy named Dalton.  He posted the news on Friday and included pics of them headed to the hospital.  He also snuck in a shameless plug in the caption.



Quote, "Like the lyric from the song 'Waterfall' that Dwight wrote Emily on his '3 Pears' album, says . . . 'Babies get born even in a pandemic lockdown.' 



"With great joy and happiness Dwight and Emily announce the birth this past Sunday of their new baby boy.  Dalton Loren Yoakam.  Born 08-16-2020."  The couple were married back in March. 


Dolly Parton to Release Christmas Album, Featuring Duets With Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus & Bublé


Finally some good news in 2020: Dolly Parton will be releasing a Christmas album on October 2. Billboard reports A Holly Dolly Christmas is the country legend's first holiday album in 30 years and will feature duets with a variety of famous friends.


Parton will sing holiday tunes with Willie Nelson, Miley Cyrus, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, and her brother, Randy Parton--and the first single will be a duet with Michael Bublé called "Cuddle Up, Cozy Down Christmas."


Parton finished the album after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, so the duets were mostly recorded separately.


"We've been very smart, very careful, because we're trying to protect ourselves and I'm an older person," she said. "I'm not out to get it if I don’t [have] to, I'm hoping I can outrun all that.


We've been all very, very smart, but it didn't slow us up.”

Hank Williams Jr. and Marty Stuart Are Being Inducted Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

HANK WILLIAMS JR.MARTY STUART, and songwriter Dean Dillon are the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  Marty is in the "Modern Era Artist" category, and Dean is a "Songwriter" inductee.  


Hank Jr. will go in the "Veterans Era Artist" category and that's significant.  It's almost 60 years after his father, the great Hank Williams, went in. 


Dolly Parton to Record Audiobook Version of Upcoming Book "Songteller: My Life in Lyrics"

Dolly Parton's dropping a new book later this year just in time for Christmas--and now The Country Daily reports that she'll also be recording the audiobook of the project herself. 


Songteller: My Life in Lyrics will arrive on November 17 in hardcover, CD and digital audiobook formats. The book will explore Parton's life and career through 175 of her most beloved tracks.


Back in June, Parton announced the book by humorously saying in a Twitter video, "My songs are like my children. I expect them to support me when I'm old."


On Thursday, she announced the audiobook by sharing a snippet in which she reveals the inspiration behind her most iconic hit, "Jolene."


Randy Travis Releases Long-Lost Early-'80s Single, "Fool's Love Affair"

A never-before-heard song recorded by Randy Travis in the early 1980s has finally seen the light of day. Rolling Stone reports that Travis recorded "Fool's Love Affair" sometime before the release of his 1986 debut LP, Storms of Life.


His wife, Mary Travis, also tells the outlet, "Randy doesn’t even remember [when it was recorded] because he laid so many things down over the years... It’s a very traditional sound because it’s Randy Travis, but it’s so current, which is what Randy’s songs always did. Everybody could identify with the life story in his songs and he told them so well.” 


Charlie Monk, Milton Brown and Keith Stegall co-wrote the song, while Monk--who'd signed Travis to a publishing deal back then--found the demo last year while cleaning out his office.


Travis' original producer, Kyle Lehning, isolated his voice and recorded new tracks around it for the new release.


"Fool's Love Affair" arrived on the 35th anniversary of the release of his debut single, “On the Other Hand.”


12 Classic Country Albums Turning 40 in 2020

Ready to feel old while enjoying some old-school country? Rolling Stone just published a list of 12 classic country albums turning the big 4-0 this year. Here are some LPs guaranteed to be must-hears for classic country fans this year:


  1. Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs
  2. Willie Nelson and Ray Price, San Antonio Rose
  3. The Kendalls, The Heart of the Matter
  4. Carlene Carter, Musical Shapes
  5. Hazel Dickens, Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People
  6. Charley Pride, There’s a Little Bit of Hank in Me
  7. Merle Haggard, Back to the Barrooms
  8. Emmylou Harris, Roses in the Snow
  9. George Jones, I Am What I Am
  10. Kenny Rogers, Gideon
  11. Razzy Bailey, Razzy
  12. Lacy J. Dalton, Hard Times

Reba McEntire & Vince Gill to Perform Together on July 18 Opry Showcase

The next episode of the Grand Ole Opry's Saturday showcase will feature two old pals and country icons: Vince Gill and Reba McEntire. 


MusicRow reports that the two Oklahoma natives will step into the Opry circle for the Nashville institution's 4,933rd consecutive Saturday night broadcast on July 18. 


Gill was inducted as an Opry member in 1991, while McEntire joined the Opry in 1987.


McEntire also said in a statement, "The Grand Ole Opry has always been very special to me and my family. It’s part of my history, my heritage and my future, and I’m so excited to get to share the stage with Vince again." The performance can be viewed on Circle TV and

Billboard Declares George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today" the Most Honored Country Recording of All Time

Billboard has crunched some country music awards data to determine that the most honored country recording of all time is George Jones' 1980 classic, "He Stopped Loving Her Today."


The publication notes that the song has earned several of the genre's most prestigious honors, including CMA Single of the Year and Song of the Year, ACM Song of the Year and the Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance.


The track was also made a part of the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2008. The Country Daily notes that "He Stopped Loving Her Today," co-written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman, is also currently celebrating its 40th anniversary of topping the Billboard Hot Country Chart on July 5, 1980.

Charlie Daniels Memorial to Feature Trace Adkins, Tracey Lawrence, Darryl Worley, Mike Huckabee

The funeral for the late country legend Charlie Daniels, who died after suffering a stroke on Monday at the age of 83, has been set for Friday at 11 a.m. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


But before that, The Tennesseean reports that a "patriotic-themed memorial" will be held on Wednesday night outside the Sellars Funeral home in Mt. Juliet, featuring appearances by Trace Adkins, Tracey Lawrence, Darryl Worley, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, and others.


The event will include a flyover and a 21-gun salute to Daniels.

Walmart Donates $100K to Replace Confederate Statues With Johnny Cash Statue

Walmart just ponied up $100,000 in cash to honor country icon Johnny Cash. ABC News reports that the big-box behemoth has donated that six-figure sum towards a campaign to replace Confederate statues at the National Statuary Hall in Washington, D.C., with new statues of the Man in Black and civil rights activist Daisy Bates.


Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill last April that would swap out the state's current statues at the Statuary Hall with the likenesses of Cash and Bates, both Arkansas natives.


A spokesperson for the Arkansas-based Walmart says in a statement, "We support the effort by the state legislature and Governor Hutchinson to honor two prominent Arkansans, civil rights pioneer Daisy Bates and music legend Johnny Cash, with statues in National Statuary Hall. 


We are pleased to support the state's action with a gift to the Foundation for Arkansas Heritage and History to help make these new statues a reality."

Country Music Legend Charlie Daniels Dead at 83

Country Music Hall-of-Famer Charlie Daniels passed away at the age of 83 at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee, on Monday morning after suffering a hemorrhagic stroke, his publicist confirmed.


Also a member of the Grand Ole Opry, Daniels is best known for his smash hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," while his eponymous band's other hits included "Long Haired Country Boy" and "The Legend of Wooley Swamp."


Daniels, who had planned to tour with The Marshall Tucker Band in 2020 before virtually all tours were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, is survived by wife Hazel and son Charlie Jr.


Willie Nelson's Annual 4th of July Picnic Will Be a Livestream Concert This Year

Willie Nelson is set to deliver his annual 4th of July Picnic again this year, although it will be a  paid live stream event without audiences, Rolling Stone reports.


The star-studded affair will feature guests like Margo Price, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real and many more.


This year's event will feature Nelson and his Family Band performing a set at Pedernales Studios near his Austin ranch, while other artists deliver songs from their respective homes.


The show will also include interviews and archival material from the nearly 50-year history of the event. The concert will stream on Saturday, July 4th, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET via and Tickets are $35 now; and $45 on event day. 


Here’s the full lineup for the 4th of July Picnic:

  • Asleep At The Wheel
  • Charley Crockett
  • Devon Gilfillian
  • John Doe
  • Johnny Bush
  • Kinky Friedman
  • Kurt Vile
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real
  • Lyle Lovett
  • Margo Price
  • Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent)
  • The McCrary Sisters
  • Particle Kid
  • Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen
  • Ray Wylie Hubbard
  • Robert Earl Keen
  • Shakey Graves
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Steve Earle
  • The Peterson Brothers
  • Vincent Neil Emerson
  • Ziggy Marley

Reba McEntire Surprises Fan in the Hospital With Facetime Call

Last month, country superstar Reba McEntire surprised a fan who had just had a serious accident, according to Taste of Country.


Aspen Allen had been trying to mount a horse when it was spooked and threw her off. She had multiple fractures and a spinal injury; doctors weren't sure she would walk again.


While hospitalized, she wasn't allowed to have visitors because of the coronavirus; when she got a call from someone wanting to Facetime, she was shocked it was McEntire.


“I cried like a little girl,” Allen says. “It was hard to be in the hospital and being told that one day you might not walk, and then getting a call from Reba just like brought up my morale completely.”


A family friend of Allen's is also friends with the star, who agreed to call and wish her well. Allen's recovery went much better than expected; she was home in eight days instead of a month and can walk.


"She said she was praying for me every day and she can’t wait until I can walk and, when I’m in Nashville, give me a big hug," Allen says

Ray Wylie Hubbard Drops Video for Ashley McBryde Duet "Outlaw Blood"

Ray Wylie Hubbard has shared another track off his forthcoming LP, Co-Starring, and true to the album's name, this one co-stars Ashley McBryde.


The two team up on vocals for the new song "Outlaw Blood," although as Rolling Stone notes, they shot its official visual from their separate homes to follow social distancing guidelines.


Co-Starring, which arrives on July 10 via Big Machine, will also feature guest appearances by Ringo Starr, Don Was, Chris Robinson, and Joe Walsh. All four of those artists appeared on Hubbard's previously released song off the project, “Bad Trick.”


Waylon Jennings Got Fired From a Radio DJ Gig for Playing Little Richard Too Often

Back before he became a country-music icon, Waylon Jennings was a teenage disc jockey at KVOW-AM in his hometown of Littlefield, Texas.


In his autobiography, Jennings recalled, "Every time I played a Little Richard record, the owner would come all the way back to the station from home. He wouldn't even call. He'd just cuss me, until one night I played two of them in a row and he fired me."


Saving Country Music notes that Jennings recorded Richard's "Lucille" as "Lucille (Why Won't You Do Your Daddy's Will)," which went to #1 in 1983.


Should Country Fans Be Upset About Gwen Stefani Playing the Grand Ole Opry?

On May 9, the Grand Ole Opry will continue its coronavirus-altered concert series with featured performances by Dustin Lynch, Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton.


While the former two artists will perform together on the Opry stage, Shelton will play "Nobody But You," his hit duet with romantic partner Gwen Stefani, from his ranch in Oklahoma.


Some purists are upset over a pop star's inclusion in the sacred telecast, but Saving Country Music notes that nobody voiced similar objections when Vince Gill performed with Christian-pop artist Amy Grant.


"Despite what some may think about Gwen Stefani, she will undoubtedly draw many eyeballs and attention to a good cause," writes SCM. "Let’s bite our tongues for a more appropriate moment to rage against the incursion of pop into country, and see the bigger picture during this unprecedented time--because the Grand Ole Opry is ultimately for everyone."

Johnny Cash's Daughter-in-Law Cuts New Track "Brand New Pair of Shoes" From His Unused Lyrics

The Man in Black is back...sort of! Ana Cristina Cash--who's married to John Carter Cash, son of the late Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash--uses some of Johnny's never-before-heard lyrics on a new track called "Brand New Pair of Shoes."


Says Ana Cristina, a former Latin music prodigy, "My husband brought 'Brand New Pair of Shoes' to me on a piece of paper...It was very short, very few words. I sat with them for a while, and I really just wanted to do them justice."


She adds, "It sounded very playful and flirtatious. John Carter told me 'He's definitely talking about my mom.' Those lyrics are playful yet sarcastic at the same time.


It was really an honor to put them to music.” "Brand New Pair of Shoes" will appear on Ana Cristina's new album Shine, due out this coming Friday on the couple's Avondale Records.

Willie Nelson's Virtual Farm Aid Raises More Than $500,000 for U.S. Farmers

Willie Nelson's annual Farm Aid concert had to move to social media this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, but Billboard reports that the country icon still managed to raise over $500,000 for America's farmers.


The free livestream, held this past weekend, reportedly brought in donations from all 50 states and 15 countries--money that Farm Aid will use to offer emergency grants to family farmers and ranchers in need.


Legal, financial and mental-health resources are also funded by the event and can be accessed via the 1-800-FARM-AID hotline.


The online event featured performers like Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp.


Dolly Parton Calls Kenny Rogers the Best Singer "in the History of Music" on "Biography"

Dolly Parton pays props to the late, great Kenny Rogers on A&E's Biography: Kenny Rogers.


In a clip from Rogers' 2017 All in for the Gambler farewell concert at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, Parton tells Rogers onstage, “I don’t think anybody in the history of music has ever had a better ear for hit songs, nor could they sing ’em better than you."

She adds, "All the years I’ve worked with Kenny, I never get tired of hearing him sing.”


For his part, Rogers said about Parton at the event, “I’ve known Dolly for 30 years, so I think it’s so sweet of her to come here so I can say goodbye properly.”


The two-hour Biography: Kenny Rogers premieres April 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on A&E. 

Lady A, Lily Tomlin Praise Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" in "Biography" Sneak Peek

Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" is still one of the most iconic country songs of all time, and now some of Parton's closest friends and biggest fans are paying props to that classic track on A&E's upcoming Biography: Dolly. 


“A song like ‘9 to 5,’ everyone could relate to,” Lady Antebellum frontwoman Hillary Scott says in a preview. “From a woman’s standpoint, a lot of those lyrics are hitting on some hot buttons that we’re still talking about today.” 


Adds bandmate Charles Kelley, "She gave country music a wider audience; she made it even more popular.”


Meanwhile, Parton's 9 to 5 co-star Lily Tomlin adds about her role in the hit movie of the same name, “She was a big musical star and now a movie audience, with a huge hit as 9 to 5 was, just makes her better. A queen, an empress." 


Biography: Dolly premieres Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET.

Country Star Joe Diffie Dies From Coronavirus at Age 61

Grammy-Award winning country singer Joe Diffie died Sunday at the age of 61 from the coronavirus, USA Today reports. A rep for the singer confirmed the death, after he'd been hospitalized on Friday.


Diffie scored early '90s hits with songs like "Pickup Man," "Home," and albums like Honky Tonk Attitude, and Third Rock From The Sun. Diffie broke into Nashville first as a songwriter penning hits for artists like Ricky Van Shelton, Alabama and Holly Dunn, before signing a three-record deal with Epic.


He won a Grammy in 1998 for his collaboration with Marty Stuart called "Same Old Train." He was also an influence on many country stars who followed, including Jason Aldean and Chris Young.


Most recently he hosted a mid-day show on a Tulsa radio station starting last year. 

Travis Tritt Signs New Record Deal, Will Put Out Album Produced by Dave Cobb

The Travis Tritt comeback continues! Billboard reports that the country icon has just signed to a new label and will team up with legendary Nashville producer Dave Cobb to put out his next album. 


“I’m very excited about recording the new album with Dave Cobb. I’m also glad to be partnering with the Big Noise team and I’m looking forward to promoting this album with them in my corner,” Tritt said in a statement.


Tritt is now the first country artist to sign with the L.A.-based Big Noise label, which is also home to The Used, Ashley Tisdale, DJ Holiday, and New Politics.


Earlier this year, Tritt returned to the country charts for the first time in 13 years when he teamed up with Dierks Bentley's Hot Country Knights on their debut single, "Pick Her Up." 


Tritt's also touring with Lynyrd Skynyrd this month before joining Brooks and Dunn on their tour in May. 

Shania Twain Says She's "Found a New Voice" Since Throat Surgery

Shania Twain opens up about how vocal cord surgery has changed her personally and professionally in a preview for Sunday TODAY. "I’m never going to have my old voice again, and that’s just the way it is," Twain tells Willie Geist. "I mean, it's there. I have to go with it. I don't mind it."


In fact, the 54-year-old country icon thinks her voice actually sounds better after the surgery, which she underwent after contracting Lyme disease. "It's given me more room to play, to be honest," she explains. "I have gravel; I think it's kind of sexy."


Twain was originally misdiagnosed with a vocal cord disorder called dysphonia in 2011 and has since undergone two open-throat surgeries. This past June, she told Extra about her ordeal, "That was really, really, really tough and I survived that, meaning emotionally I survived, and am just ready to keep going."


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