You can keep your Chesneys, Lukes, and Florida Georgia Lines … I’ll take Kenny Rogers any day

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Last weekend, I had the honor of watching my very first Kenny Rogers concert when he came to Boise, Idaho. 

And it's a concert I don't think I will ever forget. 

I remember being a kid in the 80s and my mom love, love, loving her some Kenny Rogers, so I was pretty happy when I was able to score two tickets and bring her along for the fun ride. I have four singers/groups who stand out strongly from my really young days: Bob Seger, which I remember because my mom went to his concert while I was in the hospital having my tonsils removed; Rod Stewart because I was in love with his highly-inappropriate-for-a-youngster Do Ya Think I'm Sexy; and The Gatlin Brothers because All The Gold In California was my favorite song and I sang it constantly. But then there was Kenny Rogers who I had a special place in my heart for because he was my mom's favorite singer, which definitely rubbed off on me, and I grew up thinking that he and I were related. See, my maiden name was Rogers and so in my young mind Kenny Rogers was some sort of a long lost uncle of mine.

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Frankie Ballard announces new album, ‘Sunshine & Whiskey’

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Warner Bros. Records guitarist-vocalist Frankie Ballard will release his brand new album, SUNSHINE & WHISKEY, on 2/11. The title couldn’t be more fitting for the rising newcomer, who has launched into the Top 20 at Country radio with the smash “Helluva Life.” The top-selling song marks his fastest rising single to date and is featured on the album produced by Marshall Altman.
 
"Making this album was freeing,” shares Frankie. “If I didn't like something, we'd change it, and if we liked something, we'd chase it and try to get it perfect. It was an unbelievably cool experience and I’m excited to share the new music with fans." 

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Garth Brooks’ final Vegas show to air live on CBS

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Hey, my birthday got extra special this year!

On November 29th (my B-day), Garth Brooks' last Las Vegas show will air live on CBS. 

Very cool. 

Full details below: 

Country music superstar Garth Brooks will perform a rare live broadcast concert special, "Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas," from the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas, Friday, November 29 (9:00 – 11:00 PM LIVE ET/ delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. This television concert event will feature Brooks' final performance of his critically acclaimed, one man show at the Wynn Las Vegas, which has played to sold out audiences for the past three years.

"Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas" will feature Brooks in a very intimate setting, playing his guitar as he takes the audience through the musical journey that led him to become the number one selling solo artist in U.S. history. He will share his experiences listening to different musicians throughout his life, starting with the music of Merle Haggard and George Jones. Then, other musicians who influenced him like Simon & Garfunkle, James Taylor, Otis Redding, Bob Seger, George Strait and many, many, more. Throughout the show, Garth will perform some of their classic songs and show you how they influenced his greatest hits.

"Blame it all on my roots," said Brooks, "This is the soundtrack of my life. Growing up the last of six kids, music was the life blood of our family and as you can imagine, mom, dad, and each kid had his or her own favorite stuff and it all funneled down to me." 

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