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Rosanne Cash Joining Austin City Limits Hall Of Fame

Rosanne Cash is being inducted into the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame. Roy Orbison and the Neville Brothers are also part of the Class of 2017. The ceremony will take place on October 25th at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas and will be hosted by Chris Isaak. A spokesman for Austin City Limits says, “Our annual Hall of Fame Induction and Celebration has become one of the highlights of the year. This year’s honorees represent historic milestones in ACL’s early years. Roy Orbison gave the audience collective goosebumps when he hit those highest notes, Rosanne was a...

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The Auctioneer Gets A Road

The State of Missouri has just unveiled the Leroy Van Dyke Highway sign this past weekend. The momentous occasion took place in Sedalia, Missouri, at an event held at the Liberty Center. Missouri’s most elite dignitaries were on-hand for the event, including Missouri State Rep. Steve Cookson, Rep. Nathan Beard, Rep. Dean Dohrman, Lt. Gov. Mike Parson and Mayor Steve Galliher. The highway pays tribute to country legend Leroy Van Dyke, who is a Missouri native, currently residing in Pettis County. The named highway is a portion of 50 Highway, west of the intersection of Highways 50 and 65...

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Statler Brother’s Fortune “Sings The Classics”

The wait is over, as Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Fortune releases his latest album. Jimmy Fortune: Sings The Classics is the latest release from the Statler Brothers member, who tackled some of his favorite songs of all-time on the star-studded project, which includes collaborations with Ricky Skaggs, The Isaacs and Voices of Lee.  Jimmy Fortune: Sings the Classics is also available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Amazon “Words can’t express how excited I am to release this new album,” said Fortune. “These are songs that have shaped my life. From the first song I...

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Aaron Lewis Debuts “Folded Flag”

Aaron Lewis debuts a brand new song called “Folded Flag”.  The powerful and heartfelt song pays tribute to all those men and women who serve our country. “It all started with the haunting melody, and the picture of two young lovers,” Lewis said of the song. “Bringing to mind the realities, and sacrifices that our veterans live everyday. Many of us have The Folded Flag in common, and I hope that we can all honor our veterans and their families, forever.” The self-proclaimed “Northern Redneck” and Staind frontman achieved critical and commercial success with SINNER earning him the #1...

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Bobby Bare Releases “Things Change” This Month

Country Music Hall Of Famer Bobby Bare is set to release his first studio project in five years, “Things Change,” on Friday, May 26th. The project features 10 tracks written by Bare, Mary Gauthier, Guy Clark, and the project’s producer, Max T. Barnes. Additionally, Bare’s iconic hit “Detroit City” will get a fresh take with added vocals from Chris Stapleton. “This is a special collection of songs to me, not just another record,” said Bare. “Great songs from Mary Gauthier, a song I co-wrote with Guy Clark that turned out to be his last, and a song that my...

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Real Country History…

December 16
  • 1994 - Duane Propes, of Little Texas, married his wife, Cindy.


  • 1997 - Carl Perkins suffered what his family described as a, quote, "severe" stroke. In reality, he suffered a series of strokes, from which he never recovered. He died on January 19th, 1998.


  • 1999 - Republican supporters of then-presidential candidate George W. Bush were treated to performances from Tracy Byrd, Lee Greenwood, Loretta Lynn, Lorrie Morgan, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr. at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon.


  • 2000 - After making his 36th guest appearance on the show, country star Brad Paisley was formally invited to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.


  • 2002 - George Strait's single "She'll Leave You With A Smile" went to number one on the country charts, becoming his 50th chart-topping hit and giving him the distinction of being the first person to have 50 number one country singles. In setting the new record he surpassed the late Conway Twitty in number one country hits.


  • 2013 - Ray Price passed away, just a few weeks before his 88th birthday. He had been battling pancreatic cancer.


December 17
  • 1966 - Tracy Bird Born


December 19
  • 1947 - Janie Fricke Born