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STRAIT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

George Strait’s scheduled concert at the University of Notre Dame football stadium has been canceled, while another in Minneapolis has been pushed back from this summer to this fall. The changes were made due to the ongoing pandemic, with Notre Dame News specifying that “spectator safety” is “the highest priority.” George’s ongoing Las Vegas residency…

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REBA HAS RESCHEDULED

Reba explained to fans, in a social media post, that she will not be performing live this year but plans to do so in 2022. She wrote, in part, “As much as I wish we could get back out on the road, it’s just not possible yet. However, don’t worry . . . we are…

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ALAN JACKSON – NEW MUSIC!

Alan Jackson will close the six-year gap in between albums next month with the release of Where Have You Gone. The 21-song project will be released on May 14th. Alan wrote 15 of the album’s songs, including the title track. He said, “It’s a little harder country than even I’ve done in the past, and it’s funny,…

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“SMOKEY MOUNTAIN RAIN”

Probably one of his most famous songs, Ronnie Milsap’s “Smoky Mountain Rain” is a soulful ballad detailing the story of being left by a loved one, and the search to find her again. In 1980, this country-contemporary crossover was his 16th No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country, Contemporary and Hot 100 charts. In 2010, the song became…

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“CHARLEY PRIDE FIELD”

The Texas Rangers’ spring training complex in Surprise, AZ, now has a baseball field named for Charley Pride. The baseball team unveiled “Charley Pride Field” during a ceremony last Friday. A posting on their socials says “You are greatly missed.” Pride, a former Negro Leagues player, held an ownership stake in the team. One of…

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LONESTAR’S NEW FRONTMAN

With last week’s departure of Richie McDonald as lead singer of Lonestar, he has now been replaced by Drew Womack. Drew previously fronted the band Sons of the Desert. He is a CMA and ACM-winning singer as well as a hit songwriter.

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Richie McDonald Exits Lonestar….

After nearly 30 years with Lonestar, Richie McDonald departs the band. The singer teams full-time with The Frontmen of Country, which includes former Little Texas lead singer Tim Rushlow and Larry Stewart of Restless Heart. The trio plans a 2021 tour after signing an exclusive deal with The Kinkead Entertainment Agency.

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RASCAL FLATTS…DONE?

In a Facebook video posted Tuesday, Rascal Flatts bassist Jay DeMarcus says he and his bandmates won’t be touring in 2021. “I can tell you that there are no immediate plans to go out this year to reschedule the farewell tour,” he said in the clip. The trio canceled its Farewell: Life Is a Highway…

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CMA FEST 2021 – CANCELED

This year’s CMA Fest in Nashville has been canceled for the second year in a row due to the ongoing pandemic. A statement issued yesterday, which reads in part, “We know our fans near and far have hoped that the festival could safely return this summer, and while we are encouraged to see COVID-19 vaccines…

Kenny Rogers’ 21 Number Ones

The Kenny Rogers estate will release for the first time ever on vinyl Kenny Rogers’ 21 Number Ones collection on double vinyl on April 30th. The liner notes also contain track notes penned by Kenny himself, offering his unique perspective on the evolution of his biggest hits.