All posts in May 2014

CMT All-Time Top 40: Brooks & Dunn

Brooks & Dunn land at No. 29 on CMT All-Time Top 40: Artists Choice, a list of the most influential artists in history, chosen by country stars themselves.

Ray Price’s Final Album a Real “Beauty”

The great Ray Price suffered from pancreatic cancer the last few years of his life. But he battled through the illness to record one last album, Beauty Is . . . The Final Sessions, which has now been released. Ray’s wife, Janie, along with the album's producer, Fred Foster, share their memories of this historic recording with Country Weekly in the June 9 issue.

Fred remembers getting a call from Ray, a good friend for more than 50 years, after he had been diagnosed with the cancer. “He thought that he had one more album left in him and he wanted me to produce it,” Fred says. During the recording, Fred adds, “[Ray] never complained one time. He never asked for more time or anything like that.”

The album features Ray in fine voice on romantic classics like “Beautiful Dreamer” and “Among My Souvenirs.” Ray also performs a duet with Martina McBride on “An Affair to Remember,” a tune that Ray's wife, Janie, had suggested. “That’s just my favorite song in the whole world,” she tells Country Weekly.

Beauty Is . . . The Final Sessions was finished about a month before Ray died on Dec. 16 of last year. For more on the album, pick up the June 9 issue of Country Weekly, on newsstands now.

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Land transfers – Lima Ohio

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Lima Ohio
Kip Gibraltar LLC to Adam Booms, 555 Seriff Road, $62,500. •Angela D. Seech et al and Sheriff ... •David William and Elizabeth Mason, Sandi Mason and Ralph Moore to Daniel O. Siefker, North Conant Road, $650,500. MONROE TOWNSHIP. •Eric M.

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Trace Adkins Returns to the Road

Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins is headed back out on tour after a series of personal setbacks earlier this year. 2014 began with a trip to rehab for Trace after an altercation with an impersonator while headlining Country Cruising. He left rehab early to be with his father, who passed away in February following an illness, and in March, his wife of 16 years, Rhonda, filed for divorce.

“I’m excited, recharged and ready to get back on the road,” he said. “I owe a debt of gratitude to everyone for the outpouring of encouragement and support over the past few months. It’s hard to put into words how much comfort you take from hearing, ‘We’ve got your back.’ So these shows are for you guys. Thanks.”

The tour will kick off June 5 in Sayreville, N.J., and make 32 stops before wrapping in California on September 26. For tour dates and ticket information, visit


Valley Calendar – Valley Courier

Valley Calendar
Valley Courier
MONTE VISTA—Country music stars Craig Campbell and Kip Moore will perform at this year's 93rd annual Ski Hi Stampede concert on Thursday, July 24th. Reserved seating and general admission tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are available by calling ...

Brantley Gilbert Tops Album Chart With Just as I Am

Brantley Gilbert's Just as I Am tornadoes into the top spot on Billboard's country albums chart on first-week sales of 211,288 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Miranda Lambert Goes Four Straight Weeks at No. 1 on Top 20

Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Miranda Lambert goes four straight weeks at No. 1 with “Automatic” on Top 20 Country Countdown. Chris Young makes it another week at No. 2 while Blake Shelton moves up to round out the Top 3. The countdown is full of new music videos this week, with new clips from The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen and Haley and Michaelsall making their countdown debut.

Top 20 Photo Gallery »

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land. This Week’s Chart:

  1. Miranda Lambert – “Automatic”
  2. Chris Young – “Who I Am With You”
  3. Blake Shelton – “Doin’ What She Likes”
  4. Little Big Town – “Sober”
  5. Cassadee Pope – “I Wish I Could Break Your Heart”
  6. Luke Bryan – “Play It Again”
  7. Hunter Hayes – “Invisible”
  8. The Band Perry – “Chainsaw”
  9. Rascal Flatts – “Rewind”
  10. Tim McGraw – “Lookin’ For That Girl”
  11. Lee Brice – “I Don’t Dance”
  12. Florida Georgia Line w/Luke Bryan – “This Is How We Roll”
  13. Brett Eldredge – “Beat of the Music”
  14. Easton Corbin – “Clockwork”
  15. Dan + Shay – “19 You + Me”
  16. Dierks Bentley – “Drunk On A Plane”
  17. Jake Owen – “Beachin’”
  18. Haley & Michaels – “Just Another Love Song”
  19. David Nail – “Kiss You Tonight”
  20. Gregg Allman ft Vince Gill & Zac Brown “Midnight Rider”


Terri Clark Releases New Tunes

It may be one of the most appropriately named albums ever. Terri Clark has announced that she’ll release her newest project, simply titled Some Songs, on Sept. 2. The first single from the project, the title track, is already available digitally.

Terri brought her fans in to help out with the new project through the PledgeMusic platform, which allowed them to contribute to the production and collect some pretty awesome rewards, including time spent with Terri in the recording studio and at the album photo shoot and a trip to the Grand Ole Opry with Terri.

The Canadian songbird co-wrote five of the album’s 10 tracks.

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Alabama to Open Nightly Concerts at LP Field During CMA Music Festival


Alabama photo courtesy of Hot Schatz PR.

Alabama will return to CMA Music Festival for the first time in 19 years. The band announced via Twitter Wednesday night that they will kick off the sold-out Nightly Concerts at LP Field on Thursday, June 5. Celebrating their 40th anniversary as a group, the band last performed during the festival in 1995, when it was known as Fan Fair and held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.

“We are excited and looking forward to performing as a group for the first time in 19 years at LP Field for CMA Music Festival,” the band said in a statement. “It has always been about the fans with us, and we realized that the best way to celebrate and share our 40th anniversary was to do what we do best – play live music for the fans that we love at the biggest Country Music festival in the world.”

“The Nightly Concerts feature an amazing lineup of performers and provide a terrific opportunity for our fans to reconnect – or discover for the first time – artists who have contributed on a large scale to the foundation and success of the format today,” Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer, said.

Artists performing as part of the Nightly Concerts at LP Field include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Brantley Gilbert, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Thomas Rhett, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, Chris Young and Zac Brown Band. Additionally, several legacy acts will make appearances including Charlie Daniels Band, who last performed at the festival in 2006, Sara Evans and Travis Tritt, who last performed at the festival in 2005. Danielle Bradbery will perform the National Anthem along with Home Free and young musicians from the W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School.