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Cole Swindell Announces ‘Reason to Drink’ Tour

Cole Swindell Announces ‘Reason to Drink’ Tour

Cole Swindell, the Platinum-selling 10-time No. 1 hit singer/songwriter, will wrap up his sold out fourth annual Down Home Tour at the end of January and will launch right in to his first career headlining tour, the Reason To Drink Tour, on February 15th in Allentown, PA. Joining Swindell for each of the dates on his first headlining tour are two of country music’s biggest rising stars Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina.

Since he launched his career in 2014, the Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville recording artist has been on some of the biggest tours with some of the biggest superstars in country music including Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley. The Georgia native is excited to finally take this step in to his own headlining tour.

“I am excited to be able to take everything I have learned while on the road the last four years watching all that Luke, Jason, Kenny, Dierks, Tyler and Brian did as headliners.” said Cole Swindell. “Everything from how they treat their fans, their high-energy performances, to how they treated EVERYONE on the tour. They were great examples of how much work it takes for a successful tour. I can honestly say I’ve learned from the very best in the business. I’m ready to get out there with two of my friends, Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina. Start to finish, it’s going to be an amazing show and we’re ready to share it with you all.”

Pre-sale tickets for the Reason To Drink Tour will go on sale tomorrow November 28th and will go on sale to the public in most markets December 1st. Check for on sale dates in each market. To purchase tickets go to Live Nation is the official tour promoter.

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Author:  Penney Schwab


On Sunday my Pastor ScharleenCross related a scary experience from the night before.  Just after dark, she decided to water the flowers in her front yard. Because she would pony be out a few moments, she left her little dog inside even though he barked furiously  She was in protest  She was about to turn on the water when she sensed something creep up behind her.  She turned around, her heart racing…

It was a skunk, fully grown, fully loaded, his tail up and ready to spray.  Pastor Careen’s  didn’t move a muscle..  She looked at the skunk.  It looked at her.  After what seemed like an eternity, the skunk lowered it’s tail and ambled away.

It was a thank you, Jesus moment she told us.  ” All I could say was, “Thank You Jesus! Thank You that my dog was inside.  Thank  You  for keeping me from screaming or fainting!  Most of all , thank You that the skunk left.”

I thought about Pastor Scharleen’s  experience several times that day.  I’ve  been trying to develop a grateful heart–an attitude of gratitude.  I always

Thanked God for big blessings, like a bountiful corn harvest and my friend Susan’s return to good health following chemotherapy.  But I doubled I would have given thanks for an encounter with a skunk.

Was I missing opportunities  to thank God because I didn’t recognize them?  Did blessings sometimes come disguised  as troubles?  Or as thing I simply took for granted?   What would happen if I actually tried giving thanks in all things?

Lord, give me eyes that see, a mind that understands, and a heart of praise for the

“Thank You Jesus moments that happen every day. Penney


Emmylou Shares Nashville Spirit in Television Special

Emmylou Harris shares Nashville spirit in upcoming television special

Emmylou Harris, Wynonna, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis and more will perform in “A Nashville Christmas,” an hour-long television special on getTV. The show will air on Thursday, December 7 at 8pm ET/7pm CT as part of getTV’s “Most Wonderful Month of the Year” celebration.

Emmylou Harris is a prominent member of the Nashville community, lending her talents to many fundraisers and leads a local dog rescue organization, Bonaparte’s Retreat. She hopes that the spirit of her Nashville community shines through in this television special.

 “There’s such a sense of community of all the artists in this city. I found it from the very beginning when I started hanging around with musicians, before I even became a professional musician. There’s a real sense of comradery and generosity. It’s not a competition; it’s more of a community. Even as big as it’s gotten, there’s that Nashville that feels like a small town and I think that’s the artistic community. I think it comes through on this show.

One of Emmylou’s most memorable recordings is the Christmas album “Light of the Stable,” which was released in 1979. One of the songs on that album was “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” which Wynonna wanted to perform with Emmylou as part of this show. Even though the two singers have very different vocal styles, Emmylou knew it would be a success.

I have this stubborn belief that any two voices can blend, if you just believe”, she laughed. “I love Wynonna, so I was happy to just be up there as part of the band and add some vocal duet lines with her because she does an amazing version of it.”

Emmylou also performed the Dolly Parton classic “Coat of Many Colors” during the show, bringing new meaning to the song.

I never thought of it as a Christmas song, but it’s about the spirit of Christmas – about what’s important, about priorities, about family.”

Other memorable performances during the show are Lorrie Morgan’s rendition of “The Christmas Song,” Wynonna’s version of “O Holy Night,” and Pam Tillis singing “Santa Claus Baby.”

– TasteOfCountry

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Focus On Honoring Christ, Not Personal Ambition !

Author:  Alden Marshall-Writer for Newspaper “Mountain Press”

How much of our ambition is for the glory of Jesus Christ, and how much is for our own glory ! 

And yes preachers and singers need to ask ourselves prayerfully that question at least as much as others should

Are we content to fade into obscurity if that best honor Jesus Christ. Here is the observation of John the Baptist on that issue, “He must increase, I must decrease.”  These were unselfish  spoken sincerely.  Yet  when John was thrown into prison (and later murdered) , he was so discouraged that he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he really was the Messiah or should they look for another!

Did Jesus use this opportunity to criticize John? No.  He reminded John of the miracles he had done, and said the person who is not offended in him is blessed.  Do we sincerely want to be blessed by God? Then we must seek glory for our selves.  Does that mean we should not look for a spouse, a job, health, or better ways to serve God?

This is where the holy spirit should be invited into the situation, Because the Bible is not specific  about any of these matters for me or you.

How  much we should increase and how much we should push for our gifts and abilities to be valued should be on ongoing matter of prayer.  Frankly , I try to “pray through” about such matters of great importance.  This means to pray until we have the peace (or lack of peace).  of God  regarding a particular person or circumstance , and how and where we should proceed.

David in the Old Testament and Paul  in the New Testament  got that kind of guidance time after time.  So have I and many Christians regarding a wife or about taking a particular pastorate or not, etc.

How good it is to get other sincere and Godly people to pray with us about matters that are very important to us, when possible.  Then  God will either give us the grace/favor from Him to endure the situation, or he will lead us into a more pleasant one.  In my own life, as with John the Baptist and probably all followers  of Jesus , I am sure that very difficult circumstantiates  have caused me to draw closer to him and more dependent on him.

The Russian writer  Solvents  said he blessed his prison walls, for there he became a Christian.  As we draw neat to Jesus for the first time or more deeply , our ambition will be that, our ambition will be that he may increase, whether we increase or not in the sight of others!

Dr.  Alden Marshall is a Presbyterian minister who live in Gatlinburg, TN.


Marty Stuart 25th Anniversary as Opry Member

Marty Stuart to Celebrate 25th Anniversary as a Member of the Grand Ole Opry

Grammy® Award-winning multi-talented Marty Stuart will celebrate his 25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with appearances on two Opry shows Friday, December 1 at the Ryman Auditorium. Stuart was inducted in the Opry family on November 28, 1992, some 20 years after he first played the Opry at 13 years old as a band member for legendary Country Music Hall of Famer and Opry member Lester Flatt.

Stuart is widely regarded as one of country music’s biggest champions worldwide. The Mississippi native has said, “The Opry is a way of life. It’s an institution that gets passed on every weekend. If you’re going to be a country performer, the Opry is the place to be.”

The five-time Grammy winner continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country’s rich legacy while advancing it into the future.

Earlier this year he released his 18th studio album, Way Out West. It was named one of the “Best Americana Albums of 2017” and NPR Music proclaims “is Marty Stuart’s album-length paean to the myth and magic of the American West.”

Among those scheduled to be on hand to celebrate with Stuart are his wife, Opry member Connie Smith, Old Crow Medicine Show (who Stuart invited to become Opry members in 2013), Charlie Worsham, and Stuart’s band, The Fabulous Superlatives. Among others coming soon to the Opry are Dailey & Vincent, Radney Foster, Gaither Vocal Band, Drew and Ellie Holcomb, Alison Krauss, LoCash, Martina McBride, Carly Pearce, and Chris Young.

– TasteOfCountry

Did You Miss CMA Country Christmas 2017

Did You Miss CMA Country Christmas

Country Music’s biggest stars came together to celebrate the holidays during the eighth annual “CMA Country Christmas,” airing Monday, Nov. 27th (8-10 PM/ET) on ABC. Hosted by iconic entertainer Reba McEntire, the two-hour special features spectacular performances from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, Reba, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young.

– TasteOfCountry

Little Big Town Talks Family & Career on Pickler & Ben

Little Big Town Talks Family and Career on “Pickler and Ben”

The band talked about navigating a 20 year career with family

Little Big Town paid a visit to friend Kellie Pickler on her new daytime show, “Pickler and Ben” last week.  The band talked about navigating a 20 year career with family and relationships. Little Big Town is an American country music group. Founded in 1998, the group has comprised the same four members since its founding: Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Jimi Westbrook, and Phillip Sweet.

– TasteOfCountry

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

What Are Your Real Motives?

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you; but if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. 1 Chronicles 28:9

When Ananias and Sapphira saw others selling their land and giving the proceeds to the church so the poor could be cared for, they thought it was a great idea – in theory. However, when they sold some land they withheld part of the money and then lied about it. They wanted increased visibility and spiritual status without paying retail for it. They wanted to ‘look the part’ without having to pay the price. But Peter exposed their sin, saying, ‘You didn’t lie to people. You lied to God!’(Acts 5:4). Not only were their motives exposed, they both dropped dead. And as a result, ‘Great fear gripped the entire church and everyone else who heard what had happened’ (v. 11). One pastor says: ‘Numerous Sundays I’ve preached a message that deeply moved the members of my congregation. But ironically I’d “prepared” by arguing with my wife on the way to church, or making life miserable for my children. Years of practice came to my rescue and I easily morphed into “the pastor”, becoming instantly compassionate, holy, and spiritual. I was faking … [because] feeling needed, respected, and wanted can become as great a motivation as love for Christ.’ When it comes to examining your motives, here are two Scriptures you need to read and consider carefully and prayerfully: 1) ‘The LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he will be found by you.’ 2) ‘I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve’ (Jeremiah 17:10).

Prayer Heavenly Father

forgive me for the times when my motivations are not honoring to You,

and help me be sincere in what I do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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Jerrod Niemann Unwraps “Winter Wonderland” Video

Jerrod Niemann Unwraps “Winter Wonderland” Music Video

Hit making Curb Records’ country star Jerrod Niemann released his festive music video for “Winter Wonderland,”  it premiered exclusively on Sounds Like Nashville earlier this week (11/20). The title track of a star-studded Curb Records’ holiday collection (released October 13), Niemann’s version of “Winter Wonderland” is blanketed in joyful steel guitar and the singer’s warm baritone vocal.

Jerrod Niemann Unwraps “Winter Wonderland” Music VideoIts video was directed by Ryan Hamblin and filmed at Curb Studios in Nashville. Meanwhile, Niemann helped Christmas come early to Country Music Association staff and students last Thursday (11/16), dropping by the CMA’s Music Row campus for a special – and highly coveted – performance.

Part of the FOREVER COUNTRY LIVE @ CMA series, Niemann was introduced by CMA Senior Director of Awards & Industry Relations, Brandi Simms, before delivering a grooving acoustic rendition of his forthcoming single, “I Got This.”

The singer also performed his romantic “God Made a Woman” and PLATINUM-certified #1 hits “Lover, Lover” and “Drink to That All Night,” then stayed around to share insights with members of the CMA EDU program, which gives college students a behind-the-scenes look at the music and entertainment industry.

“I Got This” will officially hit Country radio airwaves on December 11, and was written by Rodney Clawson, Josh Osborne, and Luke Dick. The catchy tune is the third single from the Niemann’s fourth album THIS RIDE (his first for Curb Records), and has already been called a “strutting indie-pop jam” by Rolling Stone Country and a “simply feel-good tune” by Billboard.

– TasteOfCountry

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

Author:  Erin Keeley Marshall

Have you ever faced something new in your life and been confused about what Jesus was doing, How much He was really involved in your circumstances?  These days I’m confused about some new things Jesus is doing with my family.  My husband started a new business and we’ve relocated to a new neighborhood, and frankly, life feels foreign , as if I landed in the middle of someone else’s life and am supposed to take it from here.  It’s unfamiliar territory , and at any given moment I feel more unsettled  than peaceful.

But I’ve enough history with Jesus that even when my feelings speak otherwise, I know who holds today and the future.  He’s  the same One Who has held me to this point.  When I quiet myself, I can recognize Him.  I have to look for Him, just as He invited His shell- shocked followers to do when they struggled with fears and shaken peace at the new way He was showing up in their day-to-day lives.  They’d never seen Him appear suddenly like that.  They were uncertain and scared about how to respond or even process what had just happened.

Jesus is Lord of the new, and I need to be ready for Him to do something new in my life. As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, Peace to you!  But they were startled and frightened and though they saw a spirit.  And he said to them. “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts  arise in your hearts?

See my hands and my feet that it is I myself…”Luke 24:36-39

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