The show that made country music famous is set to kick off July and America’s birthday weekend with free All-American Plaza Parties and Opry favorites on its world-famous stage Fri., July 1 and Sat., July 2. The music begins at 5 p.m. and is set to salute American Icons including Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton, among other favorites as performed by 50 Shades Of Hay on Friday and Shelley Skidmore & Greg Bates on Saturday. The weekend’s Opry line-up includes Vince Gill, Connie Smith, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Ricky Skaggs, Love and Theft, and more.
The Opry’s summer schedule will be in full swing throughout July, with Opry House Backstage Tours running seven days a week along with Opry performances each Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night. Among those appearing later in the month include Steve Wariner (July 5); Chris Janson, The Grascals (July 6); Josh Turner, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, Clare Bowen, Craig Morgan (July 8); Cam, Justin Moore (July 12); Roy Clark, Craig Campbell (July 15); Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, Del McCoury Band (July 19 & 20); Charlie Daniels Band, Hillary Scott & the Scott Family, Brothers Osborne (July 26) Oak Ridge Boys, Eric Paslay, Dailey & Vincent (July 27).
Visit opry.com for nightly Opry artist line-ups and a schedule of Plaza Party schedule including food truck and bar service.
– Posted by Country Girl CMTT
Listen to AirplayExpress’s Top 20 radio show hosted by Chrissie Rossouw in South Africa this morning at 11AM [Central Standard Time CST] Nashville Time & 6PM [Central African Time CAT] South African time on Down South Country Stereo 24.7
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Johannesburg – Former South African cyclist and rally driver Jan Hettema was murdered on his smallholding in Tweedrag near Boschkop on Wednesday morning. Police spokesperson Captain Marissa van der Merwe confirmed the incident. According to Van der Merwe, the attack happened around 08:00 when two armed gunmen overpowered Hettema, 83, his wife Elsa and a worker at their home.
“Jan was shot dead at point-blank range in the face while his wife was tied up and assaulted while the worker was shoved into a cupboard.” The suspects stole a laptop, cellphones and jewellery. Hettema’s wife survived the incident. The suspects fled the scene and police are currently searching for them.
Hettema won the South African Rally Championship five times. He also competed in cycling at the 1956 Olympics held in Melbourne in Australia, where he ended in fourth place.
I HUG my friend Lois when she opens her front door. “How are you today?” I ask realizing how powerful her honest answer could be. Lois has inoperable lung cancer. “I’m okay , she smiles but her shoulders feel thin to me. I visit her often these days, to bring a basket of fresh peaches, a bunch of helium balloons, or a new prescription of pills. Today I’ve come to help her plan her forty-third birthday party. Though she doesn’t like big-deal celebrations, she agreed to a small gathering of family and friends. But as we sit together at her kitchen table and paper in hand, our conversation wanders away from party planning and cake flavors. We talk about planning the future. “I don’t know how to plan an uncertain future. ….she confesses, and then she is crying. My heart aches. Ever since I learned about the cancer, I have prayed not only for her miraculous healing, but that we, her friends would be able to meet her needs. Sometimes, like right now, I feel so helpless and inadequate. l What can I do or say to ease her hurt.”
“Lois I I almost plead, “if our roles were reversed- If you were me- what would you say right now.”
“Nothing” I almost plead, ” if we were miles apart what would you say right now ? ”
“Nothing,” she answers quietly. “. “I’d just listen. And there in her simple response is my answer.
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The only surviving member of The Bee Gees – who co-founded the iconic seventies group with his brothers, Robin and Maurice – has signed a new record deal with Columbia Records and will release his second LP, In The Now, later this year
The Night Fever hitmaker is thrilled to be releasing a follow-up to his 1984 debut solo album, Now Voyager and sees it as a “new chapter”.
Of the signing, the 69-year-old star said: “This is a dream come true for me. It’s a new chapter in my life. I always hoped one day that The Bee Gees would be with Columbia or indeed Sony so, it’s a great joy for me to start again this way with such great people.”
In January 2003, Barry’s brother Maurice died of cardiac arrest at the age of 53. Nine years later, in May 2012, his sibling Robin died after a long battle with cancer.
Barry, the eldest of the three, has vowed to “never forget” both of his brothers and will keep their memory alive with his music
He said: “I will never forget my brothers, they will always be a part of everything I do. Our dream came true.”
Barry wrote the songs on the record with his sons Stephen and Ashley.
News of the new record comes after Barry joined Coldplay on stage at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, South West England, on Sunday.
Barry duetted with the Up & Up hitmakers frontman Chris Martin, performing acoustic renditions of The Bee Gees’ songs To Love Somebody and Stayin’ Alive.
Devotional: Lost or Left
Today Lord, let us choose to repent, return, and be restored to You, our First Love
Over the years theologians and scholars have attempted to unwrap the mystery contained in the book of Revelation. This book of the Bible oftentimes sees a resurgence during troubled times as people try to make sense of a world gone mad. There are those who hold up the book of Revelation as a doomsday trilogy, others who call it a fantasy for troubled people and everything else in between. I will leave the unpacking of the mystery of the Book of Revelation to the scholars, however I’d like us to take a moment to look at the word lost vs. left.
Over the years we have heard Revelation 4:2 quoted as “But I have this against you, that you have lost your first love.” Did you know that the word lost does not appear in the text? The word we find in scripture is left, or variants of this word; abandoned, departed, forsaken. The Weymouth translation puts it this way, “you no longer love Me as you did at first.”
Why is this significant? Aren’t we just talking semantics now? The word “lost” denotes something that has been taken away or cannot be recovered. It indicates something that is beyond our reach; beyond redemption. The Holy One, Creator of all things is not, has not been and can never be lost. We as people are lost and He as the suffering, sacrificial Savior finds us; and when He does our hearts are changed, our destiny altered and we fall in love with the very One who saves us. We have all lost things in this life, many times through no fault of our own, but we do not lose a Holy God. Leaving on the other hand is a matter of choice. In Revelation 2:4 the author calls the church to repentance; to turn from her sinful choice of leaving her First Love and falling into the trappings of this world. Kingdom focus had become earthbound and the church was so distracted that they did not see the shift. We, like the church at Ephesus, all too often do not see the erosion that has subtly transitioned us from God’s purposes and plan into the pursuing of our own fleshly desires that we misguidedly call “God’s plan.”
Remember, the Church in Ephesus was doing the Lord’s work. They were zealous, tenacious in their serving, longsuffering and patient. Yet in all their doings and goings, they got off track and neglected to keep the main thing the main thing. Revelation 2:4 is the heart cry of the Almighty, beckoning His children to return to Him, their First Love.
“I know your doings and your toil and patient suffering. And I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, but have put to the test those who say that they themselves are Apostles but are not, and you have found them to be liars. And you endure patiently and have borne burdens for My sake and have never grown weary. Yet I have this against you—that you no longer love Me as you did at first. Revelation 2:2-4
Have you left your First Love? Well, there is good news and bad news. The good news is that you can return. “Be mindful, therefore, of the height from which you have fallen. Repent at once, and act as you did at first.” And the bad news “or else I will surely come and remove your lampstand out of its place—unless you repent.” (Revelation 2:5).
Take hold of my prodigal heart and renew Your Spirit within me I choose to return to You, my First Love.
Keep the beacon of Your Light within me as You shine forth Your compassion and mercy,
In the mighty name of Jesus Christ, whom I love, amen
With only six weeks to go until the release of Jericho Summer’s debut album Night Train, the artists have reached a staggering 2500 facebook follows without even putting a single track online. There is no doubt that founding members of the group Jay Zefin and Vanessa Joy have put hours of work into this project; however the attention that Jericho Summer is receiving has exceeded all expectations to date. PR is underway in the UK, and some editors of major magazines have requested second copies of the CD for their personal use. Comments from various music industry professionals have been nothing less than complimentary regarding the writing and production of the album.
Jericho Summer have announced that they have included one cover track on the album ‘Good One Comin On’, which was written by DL. Murphy, LR. Parnell and G. Nicholson. Trent Wilmon originally recorded the track in a country style and it was then covered by Blackberry Smoke in a Southern Rock style. Jericho Summer have changed the drums from half time to four/four to making it appear as a faster tempo. It has also been transformed it into a male female duet, which adds a new twist to this already amazing track.
The full Jericho Summer story will be following on WHISNews21.
They say good things come in threes and for Mark Chesnutt fans that expression is ringing true. Chesnutt’s first album of new material in eight years (Tradition Lives) will be released July 8, and the lead single, “Oughta Miss Me By Now,” is garnering airplay across the country. In addition to new music, fans craving more content from the classic country superstar can check out the recently launched YouTube video series playlist, “Mark Chesnutt’s Honky Tonk Monday” on the Mark Chesnutt YouTube Channel, YouTube.com/MarkChesnuttTV.
The new videos feature Chesnutt recounting his favorite songs and memories of the format’s biggest stars. In Episode One he describes the feeling of singing Ronnie Milsap’s “Houston Solution” live, long before Chesnutt had a string of hits of his own, which include “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing,” “It Sure Is Monday,” “Brother Jukebox,” “Going Through The Big D,” “Bubba Shot The Jukebox,” “Too Cold At Home,” and many more – making up his plethora of multi-platinum selling and top-charting hits. Episode Two is an emotional account of his relationship with the legendary George Jones.
“We just had a special friendship. We’d call each other all the time to talk about things. He gave me a lot of advice. And we sat around on the bus and sang. That’s my most treasured memory of George Jones,” says Chesnutt in the clip.
This week’s installment, out today, honors Merle Haggard. Chesnutt discusses an instance when Haggard invited him over to his house for a tour rehearsal with The Strangers, Haggard’s long-time band. Watch Episode Three here.
Also on YouTube, fans will find the lyric video for “Oughta Miss Me By Now.” The track stays true to his honky-tonk roots, showcasing the traditional country sounds that have kept Chesnutt selling out shows and earning Platinum albums throughout the last three decades. To preview the entireTradition Lives album, listen to a medley here. Keep up with Mark Chesnutt on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram.
– Posted by Country Girl cmtt
White people have no claim to land in South Africa because they brought no land with them when they colonised the tip of the continent. That was the message Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) commander-in-chief Julius Malema gave at an election rally in Newcastle at the weekend.
Eyewitness News reported that he said the Freedom Charter – which states: “restrictions of land ownership on a racial basis shall be ended‚ and all the land redivided amongst those who work it” – was problematic.
“If we say that South Africa belongs to whites too it means we are defeating what our forefathers were fighting for‚ These whites found us here and not one of them came with a piece of land in their pockets.
So‚ if you see a piece of land and you like it‚ don’t apologise‚ go and occupy that land. That land belongs to us.” the site quoted Malema as saying.
What the Freedom Charter says about land: “The Land Shall Be Shared Among Those Who Work It! “Restrictions of land ownership has ended‚ and all the land redivided amongst those who work it‚ to banish famine and land hunger; “The state shall help the peasants with implements‚ seed‚ tractors and dams to save the soil and assist the tillers; “Freedom of movement shall be guaranteed to all who work on the land;
“All shall have the right to occupy land wherever they choose”
– TMG Digital