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  • Win for Jordan Spieth Is a Win for Country - by Alison Bonaguro 8h ago This is no red Solo cup. And yet, the historically significant silver trophy known as the Claret Jug was right at home on stage with thirsty country stars Randy Rogers and Wade Bowen. Texan golf champ Jordan Spieth brought his newly-acquired trophy to their Dallas House of Blues show on Tuesday night (July 25), so that he could spread the love the country way. They all shared a celebratory drink, reportedly vodka, from the Jug about halfway through the show, just as Bowen was finishing a song. Look who showed up at @HOBDallas last night! #TheOpen champ @JordanSpieth & his claret jug…what did we drink out of there anyway? #HMBWT pic.twitter.com/6mIN3ANXkk — Randy Rogers Band (@RandyRogersBand) July 26, 2017 Spieth was given the iconic Claret Jug on Sunday (July 23) when he won The Open Championship, also known as the British Open. It’s not the Continue Reading
  • Geoff Mack, Composer of “I’ve Been Everywhere,” Dead at 94 - by Edward Morris 12h ago Geoff Mack, composer of the tongue-twisting and widely recorded “I’ve Been Everywhere,” died Thursday (July 20) in his native Australia at the age of 94. Mack, whose real name was Albert Geoffrey McElhinney, was born Dec. 20, 1922 in a suburb of Melbourne. Although he wrote other songs, his crown jewel was “I’ve Been Everywhere.” Primarily a dizzyingly fast recitation of place names, it was first a hit for Australian singer Lucky Starr in early 1962. Later that year, Canadian-American country singer Hank Snow released it with the Australian place names replaced by American ones. His version went to No. 1 on the country charts and stayed there for two weeks. It also reached No. 68 on the pop charts. Lynn Anderson took the song to No. 16 in 1970. Other artists who recorded the standard include Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson (with Snow), Kacey Musgraves, Continue Reading
  • Jason Aldean on Raising a Boy - by Alison Bonaguro 11h ago I’ve always loved how open and honest Jason Aldean is during interviews. He is very willing to talk about anything. But at last weekend’s Country Thunder concert in Wisconsin, there was one question he wouldn’t answer for Chicago’s WEBG. Aldean revealed that he and his wife Brittany already have a name picked out for their son — due later this year — but he is keeping it under wraps until he is born. “Coming soon,” was all Aldean would say about that. But he did talk about what it will be like to have a boy around. “I have two older daughters, 14 and 10, but this is the first boy on either side of our families,” he said. “I sort of raised (the girls) up to hunt and fish. I basically did all the stuff with them that I would do with a boy. Continue Reading
  • Kelsea Ballerini Casually Drops Drop Date - by Alison Bonaguro 10h ago Kelsea Ballerini fans woke up to some very big news on Tuesday (July 25). Her next album has a name and a due date. The way she announced it was super casual, just like the other social media conversations she always has with her fans and followers. “November [3] my sophomore album ‘Unapologetically’ will be released. whoomp there it is…,” Ballerini wrote, sending out her tweet from somewhere in the Good Morning America studios, where she was hanging out to perform her latest single, “Legends.” November 3nd my sophomore album "Unapologetically" will be released. whoomp there it is… — Kelsea Ballerini (@KelseaBallerini) July 25, 2017 Ballerini’s debut album The First Time was released more than two years ago. Alison Bonaguro Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.
  • Guitarist and Producer Billy Joe Walker Dead at 64 - by Edward Morris 10h ago Producer, guitarist and songwriter Billy Joe Walker Jr. died Tuesday (July 25) in Kerrville, Texas. He was 64 and had long been in ill health. Walker was an early champion of singer Bryan White and produced his first three albums. He also produced Travis Tritt’s platinum-selling Down the Road I Go, as well as projects for Pam Tillis, Billy Ray Cyrus, Tracy Byrd, Mark Chesnutt and Collin Raye. As a songwriter, Walker scored hits for Eddie Rabbitt, among them the No. 1 “I Wanna Dance With You” and the No. 3 “B-B-B-Burnin’ Up With Love.” Other artists who cut his songs included John Anderson, Trisha Yearwood, Tanya Tucker, Billy Currington and Jerrod Niemann. A native of West Texas, Walker taught himself to play guitar and read music while still a youngster. At 14, he left home to pursue a music career. He first played in Continue Reading
  • Ashley McBryde Sings of Brighter Days in Powerful New Single - by Samantha Stephens 6h ago There’s a new badass in town, and her name is Ashley McBryde. Superstars like Eric Church and Miranda Lambert can’t stop singing her praises, and one listen to her current single “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” will show you why. With a true grit and raw vulnerability, McBryde’s songs cut to the bone, and tell real-life stories about real, human experiences. That’s exactly what inspired “Dahlonega.” McBryde’s morning was off to a rough start the day she was to meet the song’s co-writers Nicolette Hayford and Jesse Rice. “We had all had a really bad day,” McBryde revealed. “Not ‘one of the worst days of my life,’ but I had one of those days where nothing was going right. I got a crack in my windshield on my way to work, I got sick and had broken a guitar string all within an hour Continue Reading