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List of Country Winners at the 60th Grammy Awards

The 60th GRAMMY Awards were a huge night for both the winners and nominees attending the ceremony. One of the night’s top country winners was Chris Stapleton, who took home all three of the awards he was nominated for. Stapleton graciously accepted the award for Best Country Album during the show’s live telecast, thanking his tirelessly hard-working band and crew for their help along the way. “It’s a real joy to make music,” he concluded.

Other country winners included Little Big Town, for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Better Man,” and Jason Isbell took home two awards, including a win for Best Americana Album.

See the full list of GRAMMY winners below…

Best Country Album – From A Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton

Best Country Solo Performance – “Either Way” by Chris Stapleton

Best Country Song: “Broken Halos” – Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton, songwriters (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Duo/Group Performance – “Better Man” by Little Big Town

Best Roots Gospel Album – Sing It Now: Songs Of Faith & Hope by Reba McEntire

Best American Roots Song – “If We Were Vampires” – Jason Isbell, songwriter (Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit)

Best Americana Album – The Nashville Sound by Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

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During the pre-telecast event, Reba was awarded Best Roots Gospel Album for her project Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. Sharing that she planned to “give it back to God,” the country icon was eternally grateful for the reception her album received.

“Our job in the entertainment business is to heal hearts. That’s what God put me on this earth for, I know it is, with the music, and to help other people. Music is so healing,” she said

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-SoundsLikeNashville [Lauren Laffer]

 

 

Jack Blanchard Column: Ruining Lunch Hour

Thousands of intelligent good-looking readers.

HOW WE RUINED LUNCH HOUR IN DULUTH. 

We were not recording stars, 
and had no idea we would ever have hit records. 
We were just three Florida musicians, Misty, me, 
and our guitar player Doug Tarrant, 
who somehow wound up in the north country in December. 
Our booking was at the Black Bear Lounge in the Hotel Duluth.

Our dog, Brubeck, accompanied us on the tour.
He looked like a Jack Russell Terrier,
but he wasn’t anything you could pin down.

Brubeck would not eat dog food.
He would eat cat food 
or a foul smelling liver and garlic concoction that Misty cooked for him.
He would also eat complete motel mattresses,
medium sized linoleum floors, and my better clothes.
We loved him!

Misty felt a need to dress Brubeck up like a rich lady’s poodle.
He would be led through the lobby wearing a leopard print dog coat, 
a hat, and four yellow boots,
at least one of which was always turned around
with the toe facing grotesquely backwards.
He would be shaking a rear leg trying to get rid of it.
This gets worse.

The hotel had a classy restaurant which was below ground level.
The sidewalk and snow covered grass
were exactly at eye level with the lunch crowd inside.
The place was packed with business people enjoying their food,
when Misty’s legs appeared in the far right window,
then the leash,
and finally what looked like a dog in a pimp suit.

The pimp dog went right up to the restaurant window 
and proceeded with a long overdue bowel movement.
Misty, totally embarrassed at being the focus of every eye in the crowd, 
tried her best to look like she’d never seen this dog before in her life.
It didn’t work, and Brubeck went earnestly on and on.
Then she made it worse by trying to drag him away while he was still going.
A lot worse!

The lunch hour business dropped off abruptly after that.

Jack Blanchard

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan 

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan…
Home Page: http://www.jackandmisty.net
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jackandmisty
Billboard Duet of the Year, Grammy and CMA Award Finalists.  

© Jack Blanchard, 2017.

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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What God Expects From You !

But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows.

From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded & from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. Luke 12:48

Added blessing always brings added responsibility, so:

1) Stop complaining. Happiness doesn’t come from getting what you want; it comes from recognizing and enjoying what you have. So keep a positive attitude and be grateful every day. Rudyard Kipling said, ‘Don’t pay too much attention to fame, power, or money. Someday you’ll meet a person who cares for none of these, and then you’ll know how poor you are’.

2) Stop assuming. When you see your neighbors buying new furniture, taking expensive holidays, and driving the latest car, does something stir inside you to do the same? Be careful; just because someone appears to be in similar circumstances to yours doesn’t mean anything. They might earn twice as much. On the other hand, they may be in debt up to their ears or three-quarters of the way to bankruptcy or a divorce court. Stop making assumptions and trying to be like somebody else.

3) Stop withholding. Bruce Larson said, ‘Money is another pair of hands to heal, feed, and bless the desperate families of the earth. In other words, money is my other self’. But that’s only true if you’re willing to part with it. Money is like manure: If you let it pile up it stinks; if you spread it around it helps things grow. Money gives you options the less fortunate can only pray for. And one more very important thought: How you see your money – that it is all God’s -and how you use His resources that He entrusted you with- will be asked on the Judgement Day. “I was hungry, did you feed me …… Matthew 25:34-46

Prayer Heavenly Father,

help me be faithful with what You have entrusted me with to do Your will.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

 

Country Star Marty Stuart Already On Tour

Marty Stuart Already On Tour Again

Marty Stuart latest tour kicked off in Columbus, Ohio at the Nationwide Arena on November 03, 2017. The final show will take place September 28, 2018 at Mount Airy, NC at the Mayberry Festival. Stuart plans to add more tour dates as the tour progresses.  This means that Marty will be on tour for all of 2018. This is a very exciting tour for all Marty’s fans who have shown their support by booking tickets well in advance for all his tour dates. Well now is the time to book your tickets, always better sooner than later.

– WHISnews21

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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Author Ruth Bell Graham: The Fools

“THE FOOL says in his heart “There is no God.””This designation goes for those who doubt God’s   sovereignty  as well as those that  deny him. Either he is sovereign, or He is not God. Therefore when we become so preoccupied with and dismayed by circumstances and certain people that we doubt God’s ability to Handel  things in His own way, and in His own time, then we, too are fools.

Ruth Bell Graham

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Reba McEntire ‘I’m Gonna Give This Back To God’

Reba McEntire On Her Emotional Grammy Win: ‘I’m Gonna Give This Back To God’

Reba McEntire got choked up accepting her Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album on Sunday night (Jan. 28) in New York City. Her honest acceptance speech brought laughter, a few tears and heavy applause. The country singer won for a gospel album, something she recognizes as unusual, if nothing else. Once handed her Grammy statuette McEntire remembered first talking about recording Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope, insinuating that it was out of her comfort zone.

“I’m a country artist,” she deadpanned, leading the crowd to laugh. “But I’ve been singing these songs that’s on this album all my life, on the pond down at Grandma’s house singing ‘Oh, How I Love Jesus …’ and it’s so great to get those songs on an album.” From there the 62-year-old got even more personal. The album in many ways seemed to be her calling, and she took the opportunity to remind everyone just how much she appreciated being in a position to answer “Our job in the entertainment business is to heal hearts. That’s what God put me on this earth for, I know it is. To help other people. I love my job. I’m so grateful to get to do it.” Then after thanking her record label, she said, “I’m gonna give this back to God.”

“Back to God” was the only single from Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope. The two-disc album included a mix of traditional hymns and original songs. Prior to the album’s release McEntire talked to Taste of Country about some of the more personal songs on her album:

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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 lives in Gatlinburg, TN.

 

Chris Stapleton: ‘Sad Songs Make Me Happy’

Chris Stapleton: ‘Sad Songs Make Me Happy’

Where some find hurt, Chris Stapleton finds happiness.

The country star, who won Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year at the 51st annual CMA Awards, is known for his soulful and emotional country ballads. And according to Stapleton, those somber songs bring him a sense of comfort.

“In the strangest way, sad songs make me happy,” Stapleton tells Taste of Country. “My wife (Morgane) is the same way. She likes sad songs. … I think I like sad songs because when you sing sad songs or heartbreak songs, everybody’s been there at one point or another. It makes everybody feel less alone if they are in that space. … I feel like those songs have more power than happy songs, sometimes. Not that happy songs don’t have power, but they’re harder to come by.”

Stapleton, who released his third album, From A Room: Volume 2, on Dec. 1, also prefers his songs to be released in album format as opposed to singles format, so listeners can fully comprehend his body of work. And though albums may appear to be declining in popularity as the music business evolves, Stapleton believes singles will never fully trump the album format.

“I think if a certain segment of our population as consumers and as creators want to have that (singles) culture we’re gonna have that, but I think there’s always gonna be a set of listeners who want something a little more than that,” he says. “I think if we take care and are mindful to keep creating albums that people actually want to listen to; it falls over on this side. … There’s always gonna be somebody making an album because they’re in love with it in some way, shape or form. I don’t think it will ever go away, personally.”

From A Room: Volume 2 was Stapleton’s second album release of 2017. His CMA Award-winning From A Room: Volume 1 came out in May of 2017.

– TasteOfCountry

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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STORMS HEADING TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN FLORIDA

Special Message From Rhonnie Scheuerman: Bob and I have many in our family that live in Florida. As I was  brought up in Florida, I also have a lots of friends there.  My heart aches with them with the storms that will be there starting Saturday. We have been praying to Jesus, and thankful for many people who have contacted us by phones and sent e-mails to us, Rhon

Chaplains Bring Christ’s Love to Shattered Hearts

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Dear Friend, Texas is reeling from the effects of Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma is bearing down on our nation’s southeastern coast. Billy Graham Rapid Response Team [Left] chaplains pray with a woman in South Texas who is dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Chaplains deployed while the hurricane was still churning and will stay in Texas as long as they’re needed. They are also standing by to deploy as Hurricane Irma threatens the Caribbean and the U.S.

The devastation these massive hurricanes bring is hard to fathom, and my heart goes out to the millions of people who are enduring tragedy. We ask you to join us in praying for them.

We have over 350 crisis-trained chaplains already in Texas or ready to come as authorities allow us farther into disaster zones. They will continue bringing the compassion and healing love of Jesus Christ to shattered lives and communities for many weeks or even months.

Texas is the second-largest state in America, and I plan to spend much of October focused on going to seven cities across the state on what we are calling Decision Texas: The Lone Star Tour. Those plans were made long before the hurricane, and they are as vital as ever.

Franklin Graham
President & CEO
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Today’s Inspiration Station With Rhonnie Scheuerman

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Grace

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, 

so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. 

The Bible says: ‘For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need’ (vv. 15-16). Dr. Tony Evans says that God’s grace is like an ambulance coming to treat you when you’ve a medical emergency. First, it dispenses immediate grace to your most serious symptoms. Then they slide you into the ambulance, which is equipped with more grace – more medical facilities to deal with your problem. Then the ambulance races to the hospital where even more grace awaits. And once you’re admitted, the hospital keeps dispensing grace until your need has been addressed and you can go home again. In the words of John Newton’s beloved hymn: ‘‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home’. One day Jesus heard our emergency call: ‘Lord, be merciful to me a sinner’. He came to earth, found us dying in sin, and reached down to save us. And as our High Priest, He transported us from where we were to a place that has all the grace we’ll ever need until we go home with Him. One day God will sit on a throne of judgement where there’ll be no more grace, but until that day He’s seated on a throne of grace. So anytime you fail or falter, you can ‘approach the throne of grace with confidence’ and receive God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Prayer Heavenly Father,

thank You for your GRACE that sustains me every day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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