Author: 979 Bear Radio

Loretta Lynn’s Eldest Daughter Dies.

A family representative says Betty Sue Lynn, daughter of country singer Loretta Lynn, has died.   She was 64.   According to the statement from the family, Lynn died Monday from complications of emphysema in Waverly, Tenn., near her mother’s ranch in Hurricane Mills.   Betty Sue was the oldest of Loretta Lynn’s  six children with husband Oliver “Doo”.   Betty Sue Lynn  is survived by two daughters, Lynn Markworth and Audrey Dryer, and five grandchildren.   Loretta’s website has this statement “The Lynn Family appreciates all your prayers, love and support of our family’s loss....

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Song Writer for Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and others…JJ Cale Has Passed Away

JJ Cale passed away Friday July 26 at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.  The legendary singer and  songwriter had suffered a heart attack.    Cale’s first major song writing success was “After Midnight” a song he recorded and later covered by Eric Clapton.   In addition to “After Midnight,” Clapton went on to record Cale’s “Cocaine,” “Travelin’ Light” and “I’ll Make Love To You Anytime.   “Lynard Skynyard” made “Call Me The Breeze” famous, and diverse artist such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Chet Atkins and The Allman Brothers have all covered his songs.    Jenning’s top ten hit Clyde was a JJ Cale written song.    Born John Weldon Cale in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the guitarist, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer has been doing what he loved for over fifty years.  JJ Cale was...

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Grandpa Garth Is Working On A Full House.

Garth Brooks is  a grand father for the first time as Karalynn, who was born to his daughter August on July 23rd.   The 51-year-old country  singer says he’d like to thank everyone “for their warm wishes and sweet celebration of Baby K’s arrival.” Country music’s best-selling performer has been in semi-retirement as he raises his daughters in Oklahoma. He’ll have another girl around the house now. August was the second to graduate from high school and Brooks says he’s considering a full-time return to recording and performing when his youngest, Allie, graduates from high school next year. “Our children’s...

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Dolly and Loretta lend voices to “Divided and United: Songs of the American Civil War”

‘Divided & United: Songs of the American Civil War’ is a two-CD set of Civil War songs that will be released this fall.  The project was supervised by music director Randall Poster, whose other credits include ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ and ‘Skyfall.’ Poster came up with the idea in 2008 while in Nashville working on the  film production for ‘Country Strong.’ He was joined on the album by award-winning bluegrass musician Bryan Sutton. “I had such a great time recording this song for this album,” Loretta Lynn tells Rolling Stone magazine. “I loved the song and [the] sound of that banjo, played by Bryan Sutton, made me feel I was back on the front porch in Kentucky.” The tremendous talents on ‘Divided & United’ span several generations and genres: Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton (on a duet with Stuart Duncan), Vince Gill, Lee Ann Womack, Ralph Stanley, AA Bondy, Jamey Johnson, Chris Thile, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Taj Mahal, Shovels & Rope, Cowboy Jack Clement, John Doe, Karen Elson and many...

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Kris Kristofferson is lending his talents to the music reality series “Troubadour, TX.”

Country legend Kris Kristofferson is slated to host a segment of the weekly show, in which he’ll reflect on his life as a singer-songwriter and the influence of Texas music and performers, and give his “unique perspective into the challenging journey of artists.”  In addition, Kristofferson will be the focus of a special hour-long episode of the show.  Kris will begin his run on “Troubadour, TX” with the launch of the show’s third season in September. “Troubadour, TX” offers a showcase of established and aspiring country singers and other artists who “live the dream of a career in music.” ...

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Real Country History…

January 19
  • 1939 - Phil Everly, of The Everly Brothers, is born in Chicago. Along with older brother Don, The Everlys' harmonies become an influential sound, gaining them membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame


  • 1946 - Dolly Parton is born in Sevier County, Tennessee. First gaining attention as a duet partner with Porter Wagoner, she melds a big personality with talents in performing, writing and acting on her way into in the Country Music Hall of Fame


  • 1963 - Black gold, Texas tea and Flatt & Scruggs: "The Ballad Of Jed Clampett" goes to #1 in Billboard


  • 1974 - Tom T. Hall tops the Billboard country singles list with his own list of favorite things, "I Love"


  • 1990 - Reba McEntire's first movie, the sci-fi picture "Tremors," debuts, with Kevin Bacon in the leading role


  • 1993 - Kenny Rogers and Trisha Yearwood perform in "The Presidential Inaugural Gala" a day before Bill Clinton takes office. Others on the bill include Fleetwood Mac, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry and Elton John


  • 2005 - On the eve of George W. Bush's inauguration, Lee Greenwood, Kenny Chesney, The Gatlins, Sara Evans, Clay Walker, Lyle Lovett, Asleep At The Wheel, Robert Earl Keen, The Derailers and Neal McCoy perform at related events in Washington, D.C.


  • 1953 - Marty Robbins made his debut at the Grand Ole Opry.