On Friday, November 8th, Clint Black will release Still Killin’ Time featuring eight live recordings of Clint’s hits and two studio recordings of songs that nearly made it onto his debut album Killin’ Time, “This Old House” and “No One Here For Me.” Clint is one of Country music’s most celebrated and admired artists, and has released the first single and accompanying music video for “This Old House” from the highly-anticipated album. “This Old House” honors country music’s home the Grand Ole Opry and features a team of powerhouse performers who are no strangers to the Opry stage including; Trace Adkins, Dierks Bentley, Cody Jinks, Sara Evans, Michael Ray, Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt, and Steve Wariner. A portion of the proceeds from “This Old House” will benefit the Opry Trust Fund, which for more than 50 years has supported members of the Country music community in need. Black produced the official music video for “This Old House,” which features archival footage from the Grand Ole Opry and marks the first time the stage and backstage dressing room area has been featured in a music video.
Tracy Lawrence’s Mission: Possible Charity Concert will be held on Tuesday November 26 at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. This year marks the 14th year that Tracy has hosted his Mission: Possible event that assists feeding homeless men, women and children and raises awareness to the plight of the homeless. Tracy is also thrilled to welcome fellow artists Justin Moore, Rhett Akins, Clay Walker, and Halfway to Hazard, to participate in a concert event to be held on the same day. Tickets and more info here. Lawrence’s annual Mission: Possible Turkey Fry is the same day at the Nashville Rescue Mission parking lot on 639 Lafayette St. PH: (615) 255-2475 – Open 24 hours. Also check out Tracy’s new album Made In America.
CMA AWARD NEWS:
Here come the CMA Awards! Carrie Underwood will serve as host of the 2019 CMA Awards on November 13th with special guest hosts Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. The evening’s theme will celebrate legendary women in country music. The CMA Awards will broadcast live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena at 7 p.m. CST on ABC. Maren Morris earned six nods for the 2019 edition (second time in four years, Maren Morris leads all nominees), including album of the year for Girl and female vocalist of the year, besting 2016 when she tied with Eric Church and Chris Stapleton with five nods each. Jimmie Allen and Ashley McBryde announced nominations in several categories for the 53rd Annual CMA Awards. Brothers Osborne are close behind Morris with four nominations including vocal duo and musical event for “All My Favorite People” with Morris. Dierks Bentley, Church, Luke Combs, Kacey Musgraves, Blake Shelton, Stapleton and Carrie Underwood each have three nominations. Church, Stapleton, Underwood, Garth Brooks, and Keith Urban received entertainer of the year nods. Brooks lands his 13th entertainer of the year nomination, putting him in second place behind George Strait, with 19 nominations. Artists scheduled to perform include: Eric Church, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Maren Morris, Dolly Parton with for KING & COUNTRY and Zach Williams, P!NK and Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Kelsea Ballerini, Brooks & Dunn with Brothers Osborne, Garth Brooks with Blake Shelton, Dan + Shay, Kacey Musgraves with Willie Nelson, Lady Antebellum and Halsey, Old Dominion, Blake Shelton, and Thomas Rhett.The full list of nominees is listed at www.cmaworld.com
2019 Christmas 4 Kids concert headliner is “Just Another Day in Paradise” hitmaker Phil Vassar. He is the face of the nonprofit fundraising event, with Matt Ramsey of Old Dominion, Lonestar, Eddie Montgomery, Craig Wiseman, Jeffrey Steele and more set to appear.
The show takes place Nov. 25 at the Ryman Auditorium. Tickets benefit a local nonprofit that provides roughly 400 underserved Middle Tennessee children a holiday season shopping spree.
“Christmas 4 Kids is an event that year after year I look forward to participating in,” Vassar said in a news release. “I am thrilled to be carrying on this great tradition with some of my dear friends and songwriters. The holidays are a special time, especially for kids, and I love that this organization benefits kids in Middle Tennessee.” Tickets start at $38.50 before fees and are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com. More info at www.christmas4kids.org
COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME NEWS:
Congratulations to the Country Music Hall of Fame’s ‘Class of 2019.’ At a gala Medallion ceremony in October, the CMHoF bestowed its highest tributes to three of the best. The 2019 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame – Jerry Bradley, Brooks & Dunn and Ray Stevens. Bradley was inducted in the “Non-Performer” category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring Musician” and “Songwriter” categories. Brooks & Dunn were inducted in the “Modern Era Artist” category, and Stevens was inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist” category.
“This is the highest achievement in Country Music, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Jerry, Brooks & Dunn and Ray into the distinguished group and honor this incredible career milestone” said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
Since 2007, the Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership, has served as the official rite of induction for new members.
“This year’s class of inductees includes a visionary executive, a remarkable songwriter, producer, performer, and publisher, and the most-successful Country Music duo in history,” said Kyle Young, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Chief Executive Officer.
Full report and more at www.countrymusichalloffame.org
CHRISTMAS TV NEWS:
As previously announced, Country superstar Trisha Yearwood will host and perform on the 10th annual “CMA Country Christmas” airing Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 9/8c on ABC. The special continues to be one of the top-rated holiday programs on television. “CMA Country Christmas” features Christmas classics and festive one-of-a-kind collaborations by artists including Kristin Chenoweth, for KING & COUNTRY, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young. “Music, memories and enjoying the
season with loved ones are what make Christmastime so special,” says Yearwood. “Hosting ‘CMA Country Christmas’ is an opportunity to share joy and celebrate the holidays with friends and family everywhere.” CMA partnered with Balsam Hill, stunningly realistic Christmas trees and beautifully-designed holiday décor, to decorate the “CMA Country Christmas” stage again this year. “CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and Jon Macks is the Writer.
CLASSIC COUNTRY NEWS:
Rex Allen – America’s Last Singing Cowboy is the latest release by Country Rewind Records and the first in a new series, referred to as the Western Heritage Series which will also feature The Sons of the Pioneers and Tex Ritter.
Rex Allen was a multimedia star before the term ‘multimedia’ was coined. He found fame as a singer, a songwriter, a Western movie star, a television actor and (in later life) as a narrator of Disney movies and TV shows.
Rex Allen – America’s Last Singing Cowboy is being distributed by Select-O-Hits and will be available to order on Country Rewind Records website http://www.countryrewindrecords.com/ The new music is also available for streaming and download on all digital music platforms.
Some of the tracks on this album were even a revelation to Rex Allen, Jr. “I had never heard “Blue Dream” before,” he said. “Not only had I never heard that track before, but I had never heard him sing it. I worked with dad on around 200 performances in my early life. The same goes for ‘The Blue Light Waltz.’ I’d never heard that song before, either! They are just gorgeous pieces of Western material with the Sons of the Pioneers singing background vocals. The world needs to hear these songs.”
Country Rewind Records’ Thomas Gramuglia, rescued the master tapes which have been in storage for nearly 50 years. Rex Allen – America’s Last Singing Cowboy was produced by Artist/Producer Rex Allen Jr. for Boxer Productions at Mountain Side Audio Labs Recording Studio. (Full disclosure: I wrote the liner notes for Rex Allen – America’s Last Singing Cowboy.)