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Bandit Records To Release Gospel Collection From George Jones

On September 10th Bandit Records will release “Amazing Grace”.   The Possum was a partner in Bandit Records.   All but one of the recordings on the collection were made in 2002 with long time producer Billy Sherrill.  This is George’s first entire Gospel project and also the last recording work with Sherrill producing.    Both Jones and Sherrill have been inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame. The only album track not cut in that 2002 session is  “Great Judgment Morning,”.    “Music Row” reports that “Great Judgment Morning” was recorded during a session for Jones  1994 album The...

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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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Real Country History…

February 19
  • 1969 - Elvis Presley records Eddie Rabbitt's "Kentucky Rain" at Memphis' American Studios, with Ronnie Milsap on playing keyboard


  • 1974 - Dolly Parton announces she's ending her duet partnership with Porter Wagoner. It's this break up that has long been rumored as the inspiration for Dolly's writing "I Will Always Love You".


  • 1974 - Charley Pride wins country music's honors for Favorite Male Vocalist and Favorite Album, "A Sunshiny Day,". ABC's first-ever American Music Awards, created by Dick Clark and hosted by Roger Miller. Other winners: Lynn Anderson and Charlie Rich.


  • 1977 - Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Moody Blue"


  • 1981 - Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" is certified gold


  • 1993- Reba McEntire's album "It's Your Call" is certified gold and platinum on the same day


  • 1957 - TV personality Lorianne Crook born in Wichita, KS. Lorianne along with Charlie Chase are the hosts of Crook and Chase.


  • 1977 - Ronnie Milsap, Larry Gatlin, and Emmylou Harris took top country honors at the 19th annual Grammy Awards