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Fellow Country Stars Remember Mickey Gilley



One week after the passing of NAOMI JUDD (NET NEWS 5/2), the Country music industry was rocked by the loss of another prominent figure when singer and actor MICKEY GILLEY died in BRANSON, MO on SATURDAY, MAY 7th at the age of 86 (NET NEWS 5/7). No cause of death was shared. GILLEY had just finished performing 10 shows in APRIL, but had posted a message to fans on social media on MAY 1st…



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ACM Lifting Lives To Accept Submissions For Grant Cycle Beginning May 16th



ACM LIFTING LIVES, the philanthropic arm of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, is welcoming submissions for its 2022-2023 grant cycle beginning MONDAY, MAY 16th and running through THURSDAY, JUNE 16th. The month-long application window continues ACM LIFTING LIVES’ history of supporting mental health organizations, as well as individuals struggling with those issues.   Eligible beneficiaries for the…



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Musical Matriarch, Naomi Judd, Has Died



Just days before The Judds induction to the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Naomi Judd (76), has died. Grammy-award winning artist Naomi Judd of The Judds has died at 76. Judd’s daughters announced her death in a statement on Saturday to the Associated Press. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the…



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The Country Music Community Rallies Around Celebrated Songwriter



The country music community is showing overwhelming support for Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Famer Hugh Prestwood – who has written for big names like Randy Travis, Trisha Yearwood, and The Judds – after he started a GoFundMe, revealing that he and his wife may soon become homeless. Hugh wrote: “A few decades ago I was a somewhat accomplished Nashville songwriter, and my wife Judy was a…



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Curtis Grimes and David Adam Byrnes’ Christmas Tour Raises Over $5,000 for Toys For Tots



This Christmas season saw the first annual “Honky Tonk Christmas Tour” featuring Curtis Grimes (Texas “Entertainer and Vocalist of the Year” with 13 #1 hit singles), David Adam Byrnes (2021 Texas Country Music Awards “Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee” with 5 consecutive #1 hit singles in Texas), and a host of friends. The acoustic freestyle performances gathered fans around in an atmosphere that…



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Thompson Square, Wynonna Judd, Terri Clark And More Taking Part In Nashville-Based Pawlidays Fundraiser



Country artists WYNONNA JUDD, THOMPSON SQUARE, TERRI CLARK and more are taking part in PAWLIDAYS, a fundraising campaign sponsored by TITO’S HANDMADE VODKA  that benefits NASHVILLE’s non-profit veterinary clinic, PET COMMUNITY CENTER. Other celebrity participants include actor LESLIE JORDAN, Country artists JAY ALLEN, JAMIE O’NEAL and CAROLYN DAWN JOHNSON, SIRIUSXM’s STORME…



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Jimmie Allen, John Marks & Aaron Benward Launch JAB Entertainment



In an expansion of their respective business ventures, Jimmie Allen, Aaron Benward and John Marks have launched JAB Entertainment, a full-service management and production company. The trio serve as partners for the company, which is based in Nashville. Allen is a multi-platinum country artist and reigning CMA New Artist of the Year & ACM New Male Artist of the Year. He is currently nominated…



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Reba McEntire is Opening Her Own Restaurant in Atoka Oklahoma



The country singer is opening her own restaurant and live music venue in Atoka, OK in 2022 and it’s aptly named Reba’s Place. The 66-year-old broke the news over the weekend during a concert in Durant, OK and posted a video of the moment on her Instagram page. “Chief Gary Batton of the @choctawnationok joined me on stage tonight in Durant, OK to make a special announcement. I’m…



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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Launches ‘Love Music, Stop Cancer’ Campaign



ST. JUDE CHILDREN’S RESEARCH HOSPITAL is launching its new “Love Music, Stop Cancer” t-shirt and social campaign, where the public can join over 100 of their favorite Country artists in becoming a “Partner in Hope for ST. JUDE,” a $20 monthly donor, to receive the campaign t-shirt. Continue reading St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Launches ‘Love Music, Stop Cancer’…



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Tik Tok Roadtrippin with Darryl Anderson



Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Canadian Country musician Darryl Anderson who is planning an epic roadtrip through the US this December to meet other Tik Tok musicians and their fans! His plans include a run south through the Dakotas, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Texas, and on up to Arkansas, hitting up house parties, backyard shows, dives and theaters in every town. You may recognize…



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