All posts in July 2015

Lynn Anderson, “Rose Garden” Hitmaker, Dead at 67

Lynn Anderson, who earned a Grammy with her 1970 hit, “Rose Garden,” died Friday (July 31) in Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center at the age of 67. Lynn Rene Anderson was born Sept. 26, 1947 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to noted songwriters Liz and Casey Anderson. She grew up in Sacramento, California. Apart from her... Read more »

Size Doesn’t Matter to A Thousand Horses

It’s been an exceptional year for A Thousand Horses, who have seen most of the U.S. from their tour bus while opening shows in arenas and amphitheaters for headliner Darius Rucker. However, the band got its start in the clubs, and the members say it’s fun to go back to the smaller venues. “It’s awesome,”... Read more »

CMA Songwriters Series Reveals More Than Songs

When you put four country songwriters up on a stage together and give them microphones, they’re going to do more than play you hit songs. They’re going to let you in on some secrets of the music business. And that’s just what happened on Thursday night (July 30) at Joe’s Bar in Chicago when Brett... Read more »

“Rose Garden” Singer Lynn Anderson Dies at 67

Lynn Anderson, best known for her classic hit “Rose Garden,” died at age 67, Thursday (July 30), at the Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. The cause of death was reported as a heart attack by Nashville newspaper The Tennessean. Lynn won the Country Music Association award for Female vocalist of the Year in 1971.

The daughter of accomplished songwriter Liz Anderson, Lynn seemed destined for stardom at an early age. She was born Sept. 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, N.D., and raised in California, where she won several awards for her equestrian skills. Lynn made her chart debut in 1966 with “Ride, Ride, Ride” and scored several Top 10 hits up to 1970. She also served as a regular on Lawrence Welk’s television variety show from 1967 to 1969, which exposed her to a national audience.

Her breakthrough came with “Rose Garden,” written by Joe South, which Lynn discovered after listening to one of Joe’s albums. “Rose Garden,” released in late 1970, immediately caught fire with the public and hit No. 1 on Dec. 26 for the first of five weeks. The song was also a crossover smash, peaking at No. 3 on the pop charts. Lynn copped a Grammy award for her performance in 1971 and won the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year honor later that same year. Lynn picked up four additional No. 1s following “Rose Garden,” including “How Can I Unlove You” and “What a Man, My Man Is.”

Her chart career waned during the latter part of the 1980s, but she continued to record albums and tour occasionally. Recently, Lynn recorded a gospel album titled Bridges. Lynn performed during the 2007 CMA Music Festival and also appeared at the Stagecoach festival in California in 2009.

Upon hearing the news of Lynn’s passing, several artists offered their thoughts and condolences. “She did so much for the females in country music,” said Reba McEntire. “She will be missed.” Duane Allen of The Oak Ridge Boys added, “It was a pleasure to record with Lynn. She sang her way to heaven.”

Lynn was married to songwriter Glenn Sutton from 1968 to 1977 and is survived by her longtime partner Mentor Williams and three children.

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Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett Looking for Mermaids

So … Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett walk into a mermaid bar. That quip is hardly the start of a joke. They actually did walk into a mermaid bar, and the evidence is a hilarious photo posted on Bentley’s Instagram page of them at the legendary Sip ‘N Dip Tiki Lounge at the O’Haire Motor... Read more »

Hunter Hayes to Appear on Bella and the Bulldogs

All Hunter Hayes has to do for his acting debut is play Hunter Hayes, so you know he will totally nail it. Hayes is going to play himself in an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon‘s Bella and the Bulldogs. He is in Los Angeles this week filming his scenes, according to Entertainment Tonight. The show is... Read more »

Cheap Trick, Salt-n-Pepa, The Guess Who set for Arts, Beats & Eats – The Oakland Press

Cheap Trick, Salt-n-Pepa, The Guess Who set for Arts, Beats & Eats
The Oakland Press
Among the more than 200 national and local acts set to perform are rockers Cheap Trick, country star Kip Moore, the female hip-hop act Salt-n-Pepa, classic rock perennials The Guess Who, alt-rockers Neon Trees, Young the Giant and Puddle of Mud, and ...

Tearful Moments: The Grand Ole Opry Comes Home – Sept. 28, 2010

To celebrate the upcoming 90th anniversary of the Grand Ole Opry, we’ll turn back the clock and share Tearful Moments that happened right on the Opry stage. Here’s the first of our four precious memories.

The Grand Ole Opry was temporarily displaced from its permanent home when more than four feet of floodwater inundated the Grand OIe Opry House on May 2, 2010.

Throughout that summer the Opry was staged in various locations around Nashville while the Opry House was transformed from a flooded venue to a country music showplace. By early fall it was time for country to come home to the Opry House.

Among those who opened the show with “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”—to a rousing standing ovation and more than a few tears—were Jason Aldean, Bill Anderson, Charlie Daniels, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton, who was invited to become an official Opry member. later that night.

Tearful Moments Series

  1. The Grand Ole Opry Comes Home – Sept. 28, 2010
  2. John Conlee’s Surprise Invitation to Craig Morgan – Sept. 18, 2008
  3. Little Big Town’s “Biggest Moment of Our Lives” – Oct. 17, 2014

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Win a Cabin on the Country Music Cruise!

How would you like to hit the high seas with Kenny Rogers, Randy Owen, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mel Tillis, Kathy Mattea and many more?

You and a guest have a chance to join them on The Country Music Cruise
(Jan. 16–23, 2016).

Prize includes:

  • double-occupancy cabin
  • port taxes and fees
  • regularly scheduled meals on the ship
  • all shows and events open to the cruising public

Entry deadline is Aug. 17, 2015.

Winner is responsible for all onboard purchases and excursions during the cruise. The prize does not include any transportation to and from the port of embarkation, ground transportation and gratuities.

If you don’t win the prize, you can still get special savings by using the code COUNTRYWEEKLY when you make your reservations for this unique journey. To book your passage on The Country Music Cruise and for more information, go to
or call 877-266-2686.

Winner chosen at random. Void where prohibited. 

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