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Opryland Originals

March 12, 2016

Diamond Rio was originally formed in 1982 as an attraction for the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville, originally known as The Grizzly River Boys.  They have gone on to record nine studio albums, four greatest hits albums, and a Christmas album.  The Academy of Country Music awarded them Top Vocal Group in 1991 and...

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She has sold over 85 million records, has five Grammy Awards, stars on both the Hollywood and Canada’s Walks of Fame and is the only female artist to have three consecutive albums certified Diamond sellers.  Shania Twain grew up in Timmins in less than ideal circumstances.  Her parents separated when Shania was just two, and...

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Doing His Country Thing

February 27, 2016

Mark Chesnutt has eight number one singles to his credit and eleven studio albums.  Raised in Texas, he was surrounded by music, but his dad was his biggest influence.  Mark dropped out of high school and began travelling with his father, and by his late teens, Mark and his dad, were Nashville performers. “Too Cold at...

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Multi-talented, Alberta born

February 20, 2016

Duane Steele is a name you hear associated with some of the best Canada has to offer in Country Music.  In 2001, CCMA named him, “Independent Male Artist of the Year”, and in 1997, his duet with Lisa Brokop, “Two Names on an Overpass”, won “Vocal Event of the Year”. His upbringing in Hines Creek,...

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Not a “Common Man”

February 13, 2016

John Conlee was singing at the age of ten, and later sang as a tenor in a barbershop quartet.  He taught himself guitar and it seemed his musical career was waiting for him.  Conlee wanted to be sure of an income, so he became a licensed mortician, and worked at a local funeral home. He...

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Justin Moore and his family made their Super Bowl debut!...

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Young Talent

February 6, 2016

He was just 8 years old when he received his first guitar, and from that young age, Brad Paisley’s talent blossomed.  He was 13 when he wrote his first song, and at 28, he was the youngest member to join the Grande Ole Opry. In 2002, he won the CMA Music Video of the Year...

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Dynamic Duo

January 30, 2016

A true, “rags to riches” story can be written about Naomi and Wynonna Judd.   Naomi Judd lived on welfare with her daughter Wynonna after her divorce.   Naomi began to study to be a nurse, and played some music with her daughter. They were signed by RCA records in 1983, when Wynonna was just...

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She needs to stick to radio......

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Rose Garden

January 23, 2016

Lynn Anderson had a huge career during the 1970’s, and her song, “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”, became her signature tune.  It was number one for 5 weeks, and remains the biggest selling crossover hit of all time.  It was at least partly because of her determination that she recorded the song at...

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