Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Praying For Randy Travis - the hero who saved the genre of country music in the 80's

By Sky News US Team
Country music star Randy Travis is in critical condition after being taken to hospital for viral cardiomyopathy, his publicist has said.

A news release said Travis had been admitted to hospital in Dallas on Sunday.

Travis' publicist, Kirt Webster, said no other details about the award-winning singer's condition were available.

Viral cardiomyopathy is a heart condition caused by a virus.

The illness is a continuation of a tough run for the 54-year-old singer after a handful of recent high-profile appearances.

Travis pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in January following his arrest last year when he was found naked after crashing his Pontiac Trans Am.

He was sentenced to two years of probation, fined $2,000 and given a 180-day suspended jail sentence.

The Mayo Clinic website describes cardiomyopathy as a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart muscle, making it harder for the heart to pump blood and carry it to the rest of the body.

The disease can lead to heart failure.

Treatments range from medications and surgically implanted devices to heart transplants.
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Friday, June 28, 2013

Recession Song That Really Pulls The Heartstrings

There have been a lot of powerful country songs about the average Joe struggling with money worries but 'Cost of Living' by Ronnie Dunn, (his second single after Brooks and Dunn split) really pulls at the heartstrings.

"Cost of Livin'" is the title of a song co-written by American country music singer Ronnie Dunn. It was released in June 2011 as the second single from his self-titled album, and his second release following the split of the duo Brooks & Dunn.

Background and writing (source Wikipedia)

Dunn had first had the song on hold in 2008, during the economic recession, but decided against recording it because he thought that the economy would improve. Dunn was also told that by label executives that he was "too wealthy" for the song, a comment which Dunn said made him "furious." Phillip Coleman wrote most of the song, but Dunn changed the original chorus and hook

"Cost of Livin'" is about an ex-military man who is seeking employment. He tells the interviewer positive qualities about himself.
Critical reception

Giving it four-and-a-half stars out of five, Billy Dukes of Taste of Country said that it "tells a chillingly familiar story that one can’t help but stop and notice." He praised the "bare-bones production" and Dunn's "big voice". Kevin John Coyne of Country Universe gave the song an A grade, calling it "a masterpiece that is as timely as it is well written and performed."
Music video

The music video was directed by Thien Phan.

Friday, April 5, 2013


Friday, December 7, 2012

Jennifer Nettles Has a Baby Boy

[view article at Examiner.com]Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and husband Justin Miller welcomed their son Magnus Hamilton Miller on Thursday, Dec. 6. Magnus is the first child for the couple. They were married last Thanksgiving in the Great Smokey Mountains.

"We are so thankful for all the prayers and support and are excited to take some time together as a new family," Nettles said in a statement.

Here she is in fine voice:

Friday, November 2, 2012



Monday, October 29, 2012


How well do you know your country music?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Kacey Musgraves: We Told You She Was Gonna Be Big

Since day 1 of this blog (it was at a different address back then) we couldn't help but talk about the talented Nashville Star contestant Kacey Musgraves. We expected her to make it big sometime soon. Well, she has been writing and working hard at her career. Here is a fantastic live version of her new single that is storming the Billboard charts.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Randy Travis & The Avett Brothers to Perform on CMT CROSSROADS, 11/23 (tunes.broadwayworld.com)

Randy Travis & The Avett Brothers to Perform on CMT CROSSROADS, 11/23 (tunes.broadwayworld.com)

Folk artists The Avett Brothers will share the stage with country music legend Randy Travis when CMT presents an all-new episode of CMT CROSSROADS. Meeting and collaborating for the first time on the CMT CROSSROADS stage in Nashville, The Avett Brothers and Randy Travis will perform some of Travis’ most famous hits, along with some of The Avett Brothers most memorable tunes including some from their current album, The Carpenter. CMT CROSSROADS: THE AVETT BROTHERS AND Randy Travis premieres Friday, November 23 at 11:00 p.m., ET/PT.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Iconic Photo - Willie Nelson's Guitar

[source http://500px.com/photo/3353071]
Willie Nelson's guitar
Willie Nelson's guitar "Trigger" by Dave Hensley
In 1969, the Baldwin company gave Nelson an amplifier and a three-cord pickup electric guitar, that Nelson played with such intensity he broke it. He sent it to be repaired in Nashville by Shot Jackson, who told Nelson that the damage was too great. Jackson offered him a Martin N-20 nylon-string acoustic and, at Nelson's request, moved the pickup to the Martin. Nelson purchased the guitar unseen for $750 and named it after Roy Rogers' horse "Trigger". The next year Nelson rescued the guitar from his burning ranch.

Constant strumming with a guitar pick over the decades has worn a large sweeping hole into the guitar's body near the sound hole—the N-20 has no pick-guard since classical guitars are meant to be played fingerstyle instead of with picks. Its soundboard has been signed by over a hundred of Nelson's friends and associates, ranging from fellow musicians to lawyers and football coaches. In 1991, during his process with the IRS, Nelson was worried that Trigger could be auctioned off, stating: "When Trigger goes, I'll quit". He asked his daughter, Lana, to take the guitar from the studio before any IRS agent got there, and bring it to him on Maui. Nelson then hid the guitar in his manager's house until his debt was paid in 1993. (Wikipedia)
  • Camera Nikon D300S
  • Focal Length 125mm
  • Shutter Speed 1/500 sec
  • Aperture f/4
  • ISO/Film 2500
  • Category Performing Arts
  • Uploaded 11 months ago
  • Taken November 12th 2011
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