Apr 06

How Glen Campbell helped soon-to-be fellow Hall-of-Famer Alan Jackson

ABC Radio In 2017, Alan Jackson will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and coincidentally, the Georgia native owes his start in the music business to another Hall of Famer, Glen Campbell.

When Alan was just beginning, his wife Denise worked as a flight attendant, and a chance airport encounter with the “Rhinestone Cowboy” eventually led to a songwriting contract for Alan with his publishing company.

“That’s when it really kinda hit me…,” Alan says of the highest honor in country music, “I got the list and started going through all the artists that are in here, and I saw Glen’s name…”

“Most of those are just heroes of mine,” he adds, “… and you just don’t feel like you’re worthy to be in here with ‘em. I mean it’s just crazy to think that your name and your face will be on that wall from now on.”

Alan is thankful he got to reflect on his success with Glen, long before the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s ravaged his memory.

“Back before he got sick,” Alan recalls, “he was, I think, surprised at how well things went for me.”

“… In the beginning, I didn’t really know him that well,” he goes on. “It was really more his guy at the office that ran his publishing company that helped me. I’d see Glen come through Nashville once every year or two and he’d say hi, but I don’t think he even knew my name. You know that’s just the way it is. But I think he was surprised to see it happen so big,” he reflects.

Alan will join the legendary ranks of the Hall in October, during a Medallion Ceremony at the CMA Theater. Glen was inducted back in 2005.

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Apr 05

Why Jason Aldean is admiring his own chest hair

Madame Tussauds/Quinn Kaemmer/Reed PRWhen you’re a two-time Entertainer of the Year, there’s likely just not enough of you to go around. So for Academy of Country Music honoree Jason Aldean, maybe it helps to have a double.

The “Any Ol’ Barstool” hitmaker unveiled his wax likeness this weekend at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, just as ACM mania overtook the town. The figure will eventually reside at the new Madame Tussauds in Nashville, which opens later this month.

“It blows my mind how realistic it is,” he laughs. “They got the chest hair and everything.”

Jason not only sat for the experts at Madame Tussauds to take the 300 measurements they need to create the masterpiece, but those are also the superstar’s clothes the mannequin is wearing, too.

Aldean #2 will be part of the Nashville Madame Tussauds finale that features a Grand-Ole-Opry-themed stage. Madame Tussauds opens in Music City on April 14.

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Apr 05

2017 Hall of Fame Inductee Alan Jackson: “I thought they [were] gonna drop me from the label!”

ABC/Image Group LABy the time the rest of the world found out that Alan Jackson would be going into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2017, the legend himself was already struggling to get used to the idea.  But when he first got the news, he admits he was prepared for something that wasn’t exactly positive.

“Yeah, they snuck up on me man,” he recalls. “They called this fake meetin’ here at the record label and I thought they [were] gonna drop me off the label or something, you know?”

“And instead, [CMA CEO] Sarah [Trahern] walks in and announces what was going on, and kinda caught me off guard there,” he adds. “I didn’t know what to say.”

Alan feels that joining the Country Music Hall of Fame’s legendary ranks is simply the pinnacle of his career.

“This is just about the last dream on the list here! You know, this is the mountain top for a country singer,” he reflects.

Now, Alan can turn his attention to deciding which Country Music Hall of Famer he’d like to induct him at this year’s Medallion Ceremony, which is set to take place in October.

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Apr 05

Zac Brown Band sets the “Family Table” this Friday

Elektra RecordsZac Brown is inviting you to sit down at his “Family Table” this Friday.

The track is the latest taste of Zac Brown Band’s new album, Welcome Home, which won’t be available until May 12. If you pre-order the new effort, however, you’ll be able to download the cut “Real Thing,” as well as the lead single, “My Old Man,” which is just steps away from top-20 status.

Come Friday, “Family Table” joins that list. You can get a behind-the-scenes preview of the track thanks to a new studio clip ZBB shared on their socials.

Here’s the complete song list for Welcome Home, in advance of its May 12 street date:

“Real Thing”
“Long Haul”
“2 Places at 1 Time”
“Family Table”
“My Old Man”
“Start Over”
“Your Majesty”
“Trying to Drive”
“All the Best”

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Can’t wait for you to join us at our “Family Table” this Friday, April 7th. pic.twitter.com/0H63a4NwfJ

— Zac Brown Band (@zacbrownband) April 5, 2017


Apr 05

Alan Jackson, Jerry Reed, songwriter Don Schlitz are the newest Country Music Hall of Fame inductees

ABC RadioThis year’s inductees for the Country Music Hall of Fame were announced this morning in Nashville. They are:

Modern Era — Alan Jackson: Part of country’s legendary “Class of ’89” along with Clint Black, Garth Brooks and Travis Tritt, Alan and his modern version of honky tonk stormed the charts with “Here in the Real World,” “Wanted,” “Chasin’ that Neon Rainbow” and “I’d Love You All Over Again,” all from his debut album, Here in the Real World.  He’s been a continuous presence on the country chart ever since, selling over 80 million records worldwide and scoring 35 #1 hits. A Grand Ol Opry member, he’s won 16 CMAs, two Grammys, and 17 ACMs in his career.

Veterans Era — Jerry Reed:  The late singer, songwriter and guitarist was also an actor, best known for his appearances in the three Smokey and the Bandit films, Stroker Ace and The Waterboy.  His hits include “Guitar Man,” “Amos Moses,” “When You’re Hot, You’re Hot,” “East Bound and Down,” and “She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft).”  Reed won three Grammys and two CMAs.

Songwriter — Don Schlitz: A member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Schlitz wrote Kenny Rogers‘ “The Gambler,” and co-wrote Randy Travis‘ “Forever and Ever Amen” and “Deeper Than the Holler,” and Keith Whitley‘s “When You Say Nothing at All.” Other hits he wrote or co-wrote include “I Know Where I’m Going” and “Turn It Loose” by the Judds, “40 Hour Week (For a Livin’)” by Alabama, Tanya Tucker‘s “My Arms Stay Open All Night,” Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “I Feel Lucky,” and many more.

The official induction ceremony will take place October 22.

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Apr 05

Mitchell man sentenced on drug charges

A Mitchell man was sentenced to fifteen years in prison Tuesday on a pair of felony drug charges. Police arrested 27 year old Jordan Muntefering in August of 2016 after he sold MDMA, also known as Ecstacy to a confidential informant at his residence near Dry Run Creek.

A search of his home uncovered numerous illegal drugs including marijuana, cocaine and MDMA plus $33,000 cash. Lieutenant Don Everson called it one the largest drug arrests made in Mitchell. Police also arrested 23 year old Caitlin Minder who earlier pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced in December to four years in the state women’s prison, but is eligible for parole in December.

Assistant Attorney General Doug Barnett called Muntefering, in his words, “a straight up drug dealer.”

Muntefering read a prepared statement apologizing for his actions and promising to work to become a model citizen.

Judge Tim Bjorkman scolded Muntefering for pushing illegal drugs on addicts for money and, in his words, “you put into play the very processes that are harming your children.”

He sentenced Muntefering to ten years in prison for distribution of MDMA and five years for possession of MDMA with intent to distribute in a drug-free zone. He’s eligible for parole in 2023. He’s also facing probation violation charges in Hutchinson County for unrelated crimes. Muntefering is the co-owner of the Hungry Dog restaurant in Mitchell.

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Apr 05

The reason Brothers Osborne are slowing down after their breakout success

ABC/Image Group LAWhen Brothers Osborne picked up both the New Vocal Duo and the Vocal Duo trophies at this year’s ACM Awards, they also stepped into some pretty big boots. They’re the first act to accomplish that feat since Brooks & Dunn in 1991.

Now, TJ and John are turning their attention to their follow-up to their debut, Pawn Shop.

“We do two more shows between here and then,” John reveals, “and then in a week-and-a-half, we get back in the studio to start our sophomore album. We’ve been writing like crazy the past few months, and we’re eager to get back in the studio,” he says.

“I think we have some really cool songs, and we have a direction that we really want to go in that we love and we’re excited about. We just hope that you guys are gonna like it too!” he adds.

Having also won the equivalent trophy at last November’s CMA Awards, TJ admits it’s tough to slow down now that Brothers are finally finding hitting the big-time.

“We’ve taken a lot of time off this year to really work on… writing and recording,” TJ says. “And that was really, really weird, because I’ve gone a long, long time without really making any money,” he confesses. “I can definitely say the checks went up after that CMA award… But then, I think keeping it about the music, it just all pays off in the long run.”

Brothers Osborne’s current single, “It Ain’t My Fault,” is currently approaching country’s top 30.

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Apr 04

Let Freedom Sing! Chris Young to celebrate July 4 in Music City

ABC/Image Group LAChris Young will headline this year’s Independence Day celebration in Nashville.

The festivities known as “Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City” will take place on the Riverfront in downtown Nashville. Chris, a native of nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee, will take the stage alongside the legendary Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

The free event also boasts the largest fireworks show in the country, with a half-hour of pyrotechnics synchronized to a performance by the Grammy-winning Nashville Symphony.

Rocker Sheryl Crow played last year’s event.   

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Apr 04

Spend “A Damn Good Day in Nashville” with Drake White

BMLGYou can get a whirlwind tour of the hip hot spots in Music City, thanks to a new video that up-and-coming artist Drake White just did for GQ.

In the clip, called “A Damn Good Day in Nashville,” the “Livin’ the Dream” hitmaker introduces us to some of his favorite hangs, including craft coffee destination Barista Parlor, trendy restaurant Bastion and longstanding dive bar Dino’s.

When it comes to his look, Drake favors Hatwrks for his chapeau, Scout’s Barbershop for a shave, and bootmaker Peter Nappi for his shoes.

“If you want to come, come experience it yourself,” Drake says at the conclusion of his trip around Nashville. “But don’t all come at one time, because we want to keep it cool,” he jokes.

You can check out the video for yourself at GQ.com.

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Apr 04

Jake Owen, Chris Janson and Tanya Tucker to sing for the Hag

Blackbird PresentsAs Nashville prepares to pay tribute to Merle Haggard on the one-year anniversary of his death, the all-star list of talent is growing for the Hag tribute Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard.

Jake OwenChris JansonTanya TuckerRodney CrowellBuddy Miller and Aaron Lewis join the stellar lineup that already includes the likes of Willie NelsonKeith RichardsKenny ChesneyMiranda LambertJohn MellencampDierks BentleySheryl CrowLoretta LynnHank Williams Jr.Toby KeithAlison KraussRonnie DunnAlabamaKacey Musgraves and more.

Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard will be recorded this Thursday at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, on what would’ve also been the Hag’s 80th birthday.  No word yet on when the rest of us may get to see it.

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