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Country music has lost another artist to cancer

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/21/2014 4:50:00 AM

Country 1990's hit-maker Kevin Sharp died on Saturday, at age 43 after a long battle with cancer. Kevin died of complications from "ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues." A Nashville memorial service is being planned, but no details have yet been announced.

Sharp gained fame with the release of "Nobody Knows," a single on his 1996 debut album, "Measure of a Man." He released two other albums, "Love Is" in 1998 and "Make A Wish" in 2005.

Born in 1970 in Redding, Calif., Sharp was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, as a high school senior. He overcame it after two years of chemotherapy and radiation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Sharp's wish to meet Grammy Award-winning music producer David Foster, who gave him tips to help jump-start his career.

Sharp also became a motivational speaker, a spokesman for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and wrote ...

Glen Campbell's long career is near the end.

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/18/2014 7:43:00 AM

I grew up in the 60’s listening to the hits of Glen Campbell.  Witchita Lineman, Galveston,  By the Time I Get to Phoenix and Gentle on my Mind which would become the theme to his TV show. His TV show started out as the Summer Replacement for The Smothers Brothers on CBS.  Later on as I began my radio career I had the pleasure of being able to play his 70’s hits Southern Nights and Rhinestone Cowboy.  I’m very sad to report that Glen Campbell recently entered a heath care facility after three years of battling Alzhemier's disease. A family friend announced, "He was moved to an Alzhemier's facility last week. I'm not sure what the permanent plan is for him yet. We'll know more next week." The "Rhinestone Cowboy" singer revealed that he had Alzhemier's disease in 2011 and announced that he would hit the road on his "Goodbye ...

Josh Turner says God called him to sing.

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/16/2014 5:49:00 AM

Josh Turner has just finished a book titled Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood. His first book signing will take place just outside of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee at the Lifeway Christian Store on April 22. In the book, Josh shares stories that he's learned over the years as a son, brother, friend, husband and father.

Josh loves to share his faith with his fans and friends.  Josh recently said, “I’m thankful to have Jesus as my Savior,” “My relationship with God has always been one to where I’m talking to him all day, every day, about anything and everything. It’s just a continuous ongoing conversation that I have with the Lord, and I feel like that’s brought me closer to Him.”

“It helps me think through things clearly, I feel like it’s given me wisdom about other people, about myself, about the life that I live. Ultimately, ...

Taylor Swift yuks it up on SNL then crashes a wedding party!

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/15/2014 5:54:00 AM

Taylor Swift was in New York City on Saturday where she made a hilarious cameo appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Taylor's brief appearance on the sketch comedy show came while the show's host, Seth Rogen, was doing his opening monologue. During the monologue, Rogen was reading through the journal he made to keep track of the week leading up to the show. Seth kept saying that he didn't need any help or cameo appearances from any other stars. Soon, Zooey Deschanel and James Franco came out on stage and Rogen said, "No, I don't want any help. I told you guys, I'm fine." Then, Swift's voice can be heard off camera saying, "He said he doesn't want any help." Taylor then walked out on stage and the crowd erupted in applause. Seth then asked Swift what she was doing there and she said, "You're getting really upset. And whenever ...


Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/9/2014 5:49:00 AM

On Monday night, Toby Keith was on hand to perform at the television taping for "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" in Las Vegas. And while Keith was at the event to pay tribute to those serving in our armed forces, it was actually the troops who were honoring him. The Tennessean reports that after his set, Toby stood onstage shaking hands with the service members in attendance when a military officer and USO executive took the microphone to present the singer with the Spirit of the USO Award. They told the audience that Keith had performed 200 shows and entertained more than a quarter of a million troops and their families. Toby told the audience, "I saw a need and a void the great Bob Hope left behind, and no one was filling it." The "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" will air on May ...

Rascal Flatts Lip Sync’d at the ACM Awards Sunday night.

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/8/2014 7:10:00 AM

I watched the ACM awards Sunday Night and really enjoyed the broadcast.  It’s country’s night to shine.  The TV networks love the country awards show because they big big ratings and big bucks in advertising. 

Rascal Flatts admit they were lip syncing Sunday night.  That’s something that is common on many awards shows but it is rare on country awards shows.

Flatts lead singer, Gary LeVox, had lost his voice due to several shows before the ACM's, and instead of cancelling last minute they decided to try and lip sync.  I don’t condemn them for that.  And as soon as the show was over they admitted they lip sync’d “Rewind” and didn’t do a very good job of it saying, "We've never done it before, and we're obviously not very good at it."  I thought I noticed it during the broadcast but wasn’t sure.  It looked and sounded great.

The 50th Anniversary Academy of Country Music Awards takes a hike! Y-all

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/8/2014 5:53:00 AM

During Sunday night's broadcast of the ACM Awards, George Strait took the stage with the president and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, to announce that the next year's 50th Anniversary of the Academy of Country Music Awards will be held AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Now, more details are emerging about next year's 50th anniversary event, which is being dubbed "Country Music's Party of the Year." Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host the event, which will be broadcast live on April 19, 2015 at 8 PM ET on CBS. The 2015 ACM Awards ceremony will cap off three days of events, including the 3rd annual ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18 at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The two-day outdoor music event will include multiple stages with more than 30 different artists performing. The event ...

Bill Anderson "Still" one my favorites

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/4/2014 7:15:00 AM

April 4th 1959, "Whispering" Bill Anderson made his debut appearance on The Grand Ole Opry.  Bill Anderson is probably one of my favorite, all time, country stars.  My earliest recollection of Bill Anderson and his music was back in the early 60’s.  My uncle, Harry Weger’s Band, The Hoosier land Hoedown, was the house band at Birch Monroe’s (Bluegrass legend Bill Monroe’s brother) venue in Bean Blossom Indiana.  My mother and Harrys wife would handle the concessions while Harry and the band played and us kids ran wild. 

One Saturday night Bill Anderson was scheduled to play the show.  I’ll never forget as the biggest white Cadillac convertible I ever saw pulled in and out jumped Bill Anderson, in his rhinestone studded suit.  He opened the trunk, grabbed his guitar and headed to the stage.  I was only 8 or 9 years old but I was awe struck as Bill ...

Kip Moore may have a controversial scene in his new video.

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/2/2014 5:38:00 AM

During the opening scene in Kip Moore's video for "Young Love," Kip pulls up to his love interest's house in a an old muscle car and takes a puff from a cigarette. While some may consider smoking a cigarette on camera as controversial, Moore says the scene was necessary to give an accurate portrayal of a young Kip Moore. Kip tells Country Weekly, "My whole deal with even doing that in that video was, when I was a teenager I would smoke from time to time. It was supposed to be everything how I did it back then." And while the smoking scene may rub some people the wrong way, Moore says he's not afraid to offend. Kip shares, "That's kind of a thing with the new record. I'm gonna offend some people. You come to a place in your artist career where you just don’t worry about that s**t ...

The Hag is alive and well!

Posted By: Barry Kent · 4/1/2014 6:30:00 AM

The tribute to country legend Merle Haggard called Working Man’s Poet: A Tribute To Merle Haggard is in stores and available online today. The project features Haggard classics performed by Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Kristy Lee Cook, Ben Haggard, Randy Houser, Toby Keith, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, Jake Owen, Parmalee, Thompson Square and James Wesley.

You can hear Merle, talk about his future which includes a tribute on Sunday night's ACM Awards by clicking on this link:


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