In their home state of North Carolina, where Merle Haggard first heard them play and invited them on the road, The Malpass Brothers are pictured backstage with the legend. Once again, Merle invited the traditionalists to open a show for him, this time in Raleigh. The brothers toured with Merle and worked with Hag Records for 6 years before signing with a new record label. Chris and Taylor Malpass recently released their self-titled album on Organic Records.
“Well, they remind me a lot of myself and people that I knew when I was young. They have their hearts into what we call ‘traditional’ country music. It’s valuable to me that we cultivate the young talent for that kind of music.” ~Merle Haggard
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This week Laura Dodd features some special guests on her show in the NBN studio’s Nashville, Tennessee. This weeks guest is Bobby G Rice, live from the Sam Ash Music Store Nashville, Tennessee. WETv
Jamey Johnson, Buddy Cannon and Scotty Emerick will kick off fundraising efforts for The Pen Fund with a hometown show on Wednesday, July 29 at 3rd and Lindsley (818 3rd Avenue South). Dubbed Songwriters 4 Songwriters, the event will benefit songwriters with Pancreatic cancer. TPF supports disease awareness and furthers cutting-edge breakthroughs in research and development for early detection and treatment. Tickets are $20 online and $25 day of show; the doors open at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 7:30. For those who cannot attend the show, donations can be made directly to The Pen Fund at http://www.thepenfund.org or by logging on to your PayPal Account.
The three performers were all friends of Hank’s. Jamey Johnson, a Platinum-selling singer/songwriter from Alabama found fame with his 2008 CD release THAT LONESOME SONG. The disc’s first single, “In Color,” earned Johnson the CMA Song of the Year in 2009 and launched a career that has gained the talented artist universal recognition. In 2012, Jamey released the Buddy Cannon-produced LIVIN’ FOR A SONG: A TRIBUTE TO HANK COCHRAN to critical and commercial success. In addition to writing his own hits, Johnson has co-written singles for Trace Adkins, George Strait, James Otto, Joe Nichols and Jessie James.
As any fan of the singer/songwriter genre knows, surprises are the norm. ”
We could see a few friends drop by,” hints Booth Calder Cochran (co-founder of TPF and Hank’s daughter). “I think it’ll be a fun night and it’s for a great cause. That usually brings the folks out.”
The family of Country Music Hall of Fame member and award-winning singer/songwriter Hank Cochran launched The Pen Fund in conjunction with the Nashville-based non-profit organization, The Nikki Mitchell Foundation, in Hank’s honor.
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Then I realized that it is good and proper for a man to eat and drink, and to find satisfaction in his toilsome labor under the sun during the few days of life God has given him — for this is his lot. Ecclesiastes 5:18
Over one hundred times in Scripture we read, ‘It came to pass.’ That’s because most things in life aren’t permanent. Things change, but God doesn’t! Knowing that can help you to handle the bad times and stop you from clinging so tightly to the good ones.
Here are three important truths to keep in mind: 1) Enjoy today. It’s a gift—that’s why it’s called ‘the present’. Solomon said, ‘To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life…is…a gift from God’ (v. 19). Even though you are constantly moving toward another goal or objective, learn to live in the present.
Don’t put your joy on hold, or let it slip away while you’re waiting for the next big event. 2) Learn to appreciate the little things. They’re all around you: the love of a good friend, a kind deed, a fresh insight, a good night’s sleep, the delight on your child’s face. When you appreciate what you have, it multiplies. When you’re grateful for the little things, God will give you more to appreciate (Matthew 25:23). 3)
Each ending brings a new beginning. There are two myths you should never believe. The first is the ‘forever myth’, which says your situation will never improve. The second is the ‘never myth’, which says if things get any worse you’ll never be able to handle them. Both are distortions. God’s Word says everything comes ‘to pass’. And while you’re going through it, He promises to ‘strengthen…and help you’ (Isaiah 41:10).
Yes, this ending will bring your new beginning. So keep trusting God.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, in a world that is constantly changing, I value Your always being the same – today and tomorrow. In Jesus’ Name, Amen