Tuesday, March 29, 2016

 

Cliffie Stone Pioneers also announced

Within hours of the Hall Of Fame announcement below, The Academy of Country Music also announced that Crystal Gayle, Tanya Tucker, and The Statler Brothers will be honored with the Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award during the 10th Annual ACM Honors, an evening dedicated to recognizing the special honorees and off-camera category winners from the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards.

 

Travis & Daniels to the Hall of Fame

This years inductees to The Country Music Hall of Fame have been announced at a ceremony in the Nashville venue this afternoon, by Brenda Lee. The event was streamed online to a worldwide audience.
Charlie Daniels was elected in the veteren performer category, and an ailing Randy Travis was elected in the modern category. Randy, who took a stroke in 2013 has just recently managed to walk again, was able to acknowledge the honour, but his wife, Mary Davis made his acceptance speech for him.
In the non-performing category, Fred Foster, who founded Monument Records, and was credited with launching the careers of everyone from George Hamilton IV and Kris Kristofferson to Willie Nelson was named the recipient.
Fred's honour was announced first, and he let slip, when he told the audience that he was honoured to be inducted alongside Randy Travis & Charlie Daniels.  Ooops !
Brenda Lee reacted by saying, "Well, as Fred has let the cat out of the bag, y'all can go home now!
The formal medallion ceremony will be held later in the year, to bring the number of inductees into the Hall of Fame to 130.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

 

Scottish drummer passes away

The Scottish Country music scene has sufferred a great loss, with the passing of drummer John Bradley. John played with the band Shooter, and previously with Dez Walters and Steve James amongsy others. John was also the partner of singer Lorrainne McMillan.
John will be taken to the chapel of St Francis of Assisi,, Crown Street,Baillieston,G69 7XB on the evening of Thursday 17th March at 6.30pm where a brief service will take place. The funeral mass will take place the following day, Friday 18th, at St Francis at 9.30am. From there John will be taken to Daldowie Crematorium.


 

Joey passes

Award-winning country vocalist Joey Martin Feek has died of cancer at age 40.
She passed away in her hometown of Alexandria, Indiana, on Friday afternoon, March 4, surrounded by her praying family.
Joey Martin was born in Alexandria on Sept. 9, 1975.
She married established Nashville songwriter Rory Lee Feek in 2002. Her solo CD debut appeared in 2005 on Feek’s Giantslayer label. It was titled Strong Enough to Cry.
The couple settled in an 1870s farmhouse in Pottsville, TN, near Columbia. On days off, Joey Martin Feek worked with her sister-in-law at their rural café, Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse.
Joey + Rory became a duo in 2008 when they competed on the CMT program Can You Duet and finished third. Joey sang lead in the duo.Signed by Vanguard/Sugar Hill, Joey + Rory released their debut duo CD, The Life of a Song, in 2008.Joey + Rory charted with the singles “Cheater, Cheater” (2008) and “That’s Important to Me” (2011).
Joey Martin Feek had daughter Indiana in February 2014. The baby has Down Syndrome. Rory Feek also has two daughters from an earlier relationship.
In June 2014, Joey revealed that she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy treatments, but the cancer returned vigorously in June 2015. In October, she elected to cease treatments and spend time with her family in Indiana. She was under the care of her sister, a nurse.
Joey + Rory were nominated for a 2015 Grammy Award, and she vowed to live until the Feb. 15, 2016 ceremony.


Tuesday, March 01, 2016

 

Gentle Giant retiring

The ever popular Don Williams, who became one of the biggest country stars known as the “Gentle Giant” with his relaxed songs and 6-foot-1-inch frame, is retiring after six decades of making music and entertaining crowds.
“It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support,” Williams said.



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