Krystal Keith gets big love from her proud papa after Grand Ole Opry debut

Krystal Keith embraces her dad, Toby Keith, with TKO Artist Management President TK Kimbrell On Wednesday, July 9, country music singer-songwriter Krystal Keith took another stride forward with her debut…

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55 Years Until Forever: The Legacy of Randy Travis

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All celebrities are easily available for the incessant yet commonplace "media blitz" – whether it be positive or negative. With the advent of the Internet and social media, the mere wink of an eye is reported as major news and spreads as if it were a raging California wildfire. One subject of such a recent example is one whom is widely considered a king of country music. The man who marked a potent generational shift in the genre in the 1980s, progressing into the 2000s as a bonafide legend. That man is the legendary Randy Travis. A bonafide religious zealot and inspiration to everyone who hears his lyrics and verbal sermon, Randy has represented more than just the "one hit wonder" on the musical scene. He has successfully produced a song that touches every aspect of one's life whether it is a downfall, a celebration, family memories, sickness, praise of The Lord, regret, or uprising success. And after a courageous battle with unforeseen illness, the legend had just celebrated his 55th birthday on May 4, 2014. With the steadfast support of his significant other Mary by his side, Randy continues to rise above opposition as he always has. The naysayers who claimed his voice was too country for mainstream. The selective media who claimed him to be "old hat" before Three Wooden Crosses ripped the country scene to shreds in 2001, seemingly going on an "awards show tour". 

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Grand Ole Opry Star Jimmy C. Newman Passes Away

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Grand Ole Opry star Jimmy C. Newman passed away Saturday night in Nashville after a brief illness.  A public service will be held Wednesday, June 25 at the Ryman Auditorium at 10 a.m. and will be followed by a private visitation and memorial service for close friends and family.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.  Jimmy C. joined the Opry in 1956 and was 86 years old.  He last performed there on Friday, June 6, 2014 with his band, Cajun Country. 

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The Oak Ridge Boys join Martina McBride, Charley Price, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brother and more on the 2015 Country Music Cruise

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The Oak Ridge Boys have just been added to the superstar lineup of artists performing aboard the 2015 Country Music Cruise (http://www.countrymusiccruise.com), which will also feature performances by Martina McBride, Charley Pride, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Lorrie Morgan, John Anderson, Aaron Tippin, Darryl Worley, Asleep at The Wheel, Restless Heart, Johnny Lee, Wade Hayes, Bryan White, The Roys, Brett Kissel, comedian John Reep and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys.  Beloved television personality Lorianne Crook, of the long-running talk show Crook & Chase, will return as the official host of the annual seven day voyage aboard the luxurious Holland America ms Eurodam, which travels throughout the Caribbean from January 18-25 with stops in the picturesque ports of Nassau, St. Thomas, St. Croix and the private island Half Moon Cay. 

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Alan Jackson gears up for year-long 25th anniversary celebration

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Superstar Alan Jackson held a press conference this morning at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville to announce a year-long celebration of his 25th year in the music business. 
 
Gerry House, longtime Nashville radio personality and member of the Country DJ Hall of Fame, brought his trademark humor and wit to lead the press conference. After introducing Mike Dungan, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) Nashville…John Huie, Vice President of CAA (Creative Artists Agency) Nashville…and Kyle Young, Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum…House brought out the man of the hour to a standing ovation and thunderous applause.  

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