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ricky van shelton

Somebody Lied – and that’s the Truth

February 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

He was singing in his brother’s Country Music band as a teenager, gaining singing experience, and working odd jobs. Ricky Van Shelton as since gone on to place ten songs at number one, has released nine studio albums, four of them certified platinum. “Somebody Lied”, “Life Turned Her That Way”, “Don’t We All Have the Right”,...

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gene watson

Fourteen Carat Mind

February 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

His Country music career has spanned over 50 years, and in 2016 he released his 33rd studio album, “Real Country Music”.  He has six number one hits, and 23 in the top 10. But the road to success wasn’t always easy for Gene Watson.  In the 1960’s he performed at local clubs at night, and...

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rankin family

Down East Style

February 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

They have won 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, and two Big Country Music Awards. The Rankin Family has seen many variations over nearly five decades, but their sound has remained true to their east coast roots.  The Rankins come from a family of twelve siblings, and each one is involved with music...

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alabama

Country Powerhouse

January 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

The history of the group Alabama can be traced back more than four decades. They played at the Canyonland theme park as back up musicians for the park’s big name acts.  They called themselves “Wildcountry”. They shared a $56.00 a month apartment, took gigs where they could, to try to stay afloat. Looking back, it...

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Patti LOveless

A Porter Wagoner Protege

January 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Today, Country Music listeners are familiar with Patti Loveless. She has over 40 singles on the Hot Country Songs Chart, with 5 of them at number one.  She has won Album of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year, both from the Country Music Association. But, her success can be traced to a desperate...

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David Lee Murphy

8 Seconds

January 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you’ve seen the 1994 film, “8 Seconds”, then you’ve been introduced to David Lee Murphy.  His song, “Just Once”, was featured in the film’s soundtrack. His debut album followed the next year, and reached the top of the chart with, “Dust on the Bottle”. Murphy is also a successful songwriter. Kenny Chesney’s, “Living in...

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tanya-tucker

Child Star – Lasting Success

January 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

She had her first hit at the age of 13, when “Delta Dawn” went top ten on the Country chart in 1972. The following year, “What’s Your Mama’s Name” was number one. Tanya Tucker is one of the few child stars to hold her audience through her teens and into adulthood. She was to record, “The Happiest Girl...

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big-and-rich

Save a Horse

December 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

Big Kenny and John Rich have partnered as a song writing team for almost two decades, and has provided hits for Martina McBride and Jason Aldean. In 2004, their first studio album, “Horse of a Different Color”, placed the duo on the charts with, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”. John Rich was a founding...

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faith-hill

Pursuing Her Dreams

December 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

With five Grammy Awards, fifteen CMA Awards, six American Music Awards, a successful film career and her own line of fragrances, it’s hard to imagine the hard work and determination this kind of achievement requires.  She moved to Nashville after quitting school and sold T shirts, worked at McDonald’s, and other odd jobs, all in...

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gene-autry

Singing Cowboy

December 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

We remember him as the owner of the Anaheim Angels Major League Baseball Team, his 93 films, 91 episodes of, “The Gene Autry Show”, and the 300 or so songs he wrote, or co-wrote. He sold more than 100 million records. He placed country music in the main-stream, and led the country sound to international...

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