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Billy Bob’s Celebrate’s July in Real Texas Country style

Billy Bob’s Celebrate’s July In Real Texas Country Style

Texas Music Hit-Makers Ready To Grace the Stage Of Billy Bob’s Texas, the Worlds Largest Honky Tonk

Fort Worth, Texas – Billy Bob’s Texas continues to bring America’s Music to the World’s Largest Honky-Tonk throughout the month of July. As Texas and the nation celebrate America’s Independence, Billy Bob’s Texas is proud to announce these All American concerts:

July 06 – Tyler Farr
July 07 – Gary Allan
July 13 – Kevin Fowler
July 14 – Mark Chesnutt
July 20 – Koe Wetzel
July 21 – Tracy Byrd
July 27 – Josh Weathers
July 28 – Terri Clark

What has made Billy Bob’s Texas so special?? Well, let’s just say that if you have not been to Billy Bob’s or heard of it, something is wrong.

The 10-time Academy of Country Music “Nightclub of the Year” has had over 17 million visitors since opening in 1981. In addition, Merle Haggard made the Guinness Book of World Records for buying the largest round of drinks when he bought 5,095 drinks of Canadian Club for the entire club. The bill totaled $12,737.50 and equaled 40 gallons of whiskey.

Billy Bob’s Texas has also been featured in many notable movies, including Pure Country starring George Strait, Baja Oklahoma starring Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Coyote and Willie Nelson, Necessary Roughness starring Scott Bakula, Sinbad, Robert Loggia and Kathy Ireland, and Over The Top starring Sylvester Stallone just to name a few. In addition, Billy Bob’s Texas can be seen on reruns of many episodes of Dallas and Walker, Texas Ranger. Billy Bob’s Texas is not just about the concerts, more than 47,500 bulls have bucked in Billy Bob’s Arena to date.

– 2911 Media

Remember When Vince Gill Covered The Eagles?

Remember When Vince Gill Covered The Eagles?

Vince Gill is one of the most influential country singer-songwriters of his generation,

but he paid tribute to his own roots with a cover of an Eagles classic.

Gill was just one of the country stars who participated in a tribute album titled Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles, which Giant Records released in 1993. The album earned went Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum on Dec. 12, 1993, and was certified Triple Platinum on June 27, 1994. It featured contributions from some of the biggest names from that era of country music, including Trisha Yearwood, Clint Black, Tanya Tucker, Brooks & Dunn and more. Travis Tritt even reunited the Eagles for his video for “Take It Easy.”

Gill took on “I Can’t Tell You Why,” a plaintive ballad from the 1979 album The Long Run. Eagles bassist Timothy B. Schmit sang lead on the original hit, and he contributed backing vocals to Gill’s version, which altered the arrangement to feature a saxophone solo in place of the original lead guitar break.

It wasn’t a particularly big stretch for Gill to cover the Eagles. Before he struck it big as a country solo artist, he served a stint as the lead singer in Pure Prairie League, a country-rock band that hit the big time in the mid-1970s with “Amie.” Gill joined the group in 1978, and in 1980 he scored his first-ever chart hit as their lead singer on a song titled “Let Me Love You Tonight,” which was a crossover hit in both pop and adult contemporary. PPL’s amalgam of country, rock and pop, as well as their vocal harmonies, drew frequent comparisons to the Eagles, with whom they sometimes performed on the bill at the peak of their success.

Gill departed the group in 1982, but their influence evidently stayed with him. With its sax solos and glossy arrangement, Gill’s version of “I Can’t Tell You Why” could have been a latter-day track from PPL. In an unexpected move, Gill joined the new lineup of the Eagles in 2017  when the group played its first shows after the death of Glenn Frey, along with Frey’s son, Deacon. He continues to tour with the group on the road in 2018.

– TasteOfCountry

MusicCityGhost: Music Row Facelift Long Overdue

MusicCityGhost: Music Row Facelift Long Overdue

I Look Forward To The New Music Row And Goodbye To All Those Old Houses.

The buzz on Music Row these days seems to center around the fact that several of the buildings on Music Row could soon be demolished to make room for high rise office, condominium, and restaurant buildings.  I suppose someone will want to harm me after reading this story but plearemember these are only my opinions.

The historians keep saying the little houses that once housed recording studios, music publishers, promotion companies will disappear and thus the historical value and charm of Music Row will also disappear.  NONE of those little houses are standing there in their historical or original structure.  NONE of them could have ever passed Metro Codes in this day and time and thus have been modified and modified again including and not limited to a total renewal of electrical, plumbing, roofing, siding, and flooring just to be able to pass inspection.

So exacty where is the historical value? Just because those drafty old houses once housed the office of a music publisher that distributed songs the whole world can sing along with doesn’t mean it should stand there until it falls down.  Those new high rise buildings usually come with underground parking.  Yes parking will finally be available on Music Row.  The retro looking area of the city will shine brightly with it’s new air conditioned buildings and visitors will be able to sit down and enjoy a nice meal instead of dining on a hot dog and a beer.

Lower Broadway in Nashville also known as the Honky Tonk District, enjoys the wealth it takes in annually because of it’s charm and allowing the adult Country Music fans of the world to indulge in their favorite music and plenty of cold alcoholic beverages.  I am happy for downtown Nashville and all of it’s popularity and I say let’s not change it in any way since it is working so well.

Now is the time to take Music Row up a notch and let’s start acting like professionals instead of the “Hee Haw” stereo type portrayed in movies.  I look forward to the new Music Row and goodbye to all those old houses.

– The Music City Ghost [File#2018/12]



Outrage as Book claims ANC officials ‘Killed the Boer’

Outrage As New Book Claims Top ANC Officials ‘Killed The Boer’

“The leadership of the ANC was fully aware of the farm attacks and were also involved”

Kill The Boer, a book that politicians have labelled as racial populism, is being launched tomorrow by minority interest group AfriForum. The book, according to its author and the deputy CEO of AfriForum, Ernst Roets, claims politicians and government have been complicit in the proliferation of farm murders, which the organisation believes are racially motivated.

Excerpts obtained by The Citizen from the book’s original manuscript detail shocking accusations, comparing the EFF to an “ethnic cleanser” and relaying an alleged murder plot by the ANC to “scare” white farmers off “their” land.

One of the pages relays a conversation between an alleged ANC member and AfriForum. “He then said that the leadership of the ANC was fully aware of the farm attacks and were also involved.”

The  informant goes on to explain that he received orders from the ANC’s “top six” to murder a specific farmer. “They did so because they wanted to send a message to white farmers and to scare them off their land.”

Renowned crime expert Johan Burger said that, while he did not endorse the book, he agreed that his research could be used in the book, because he agreed with the sentiment that farm murders were a serious criminal issue. He conceded, however, that certain elements of the book were “less than agreeable” to him.

The controversial book by AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets, which will be published tomorrow, 28 June 2018. It seems that there is a lot of interest shown in this book and may not be on the shelves for very long.

The controversial book by AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets, which will be published tomorrow, 28 June 2018.

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Is Dierks Bentley’s “Burning Man,” A Country Hit

Is Dierks Bentley’s ‘Burning Man’ A Country Hit

Dierks Bentley’s high altitude country album casts a wide net with “Burning Man,” the most gratifying song on The Mountain. His Brothers Osborne collaboration recalls the multi-faceted stylist’s early draw to rock and roots, Bakersfield and bluegrass.

Sonically, “Burning Man” is reminiscent of many of his Brett Beavers-produced hits from a decade ago, but with added darkness and urgency. The nomad story comes back to themes that defined Riser (scarred optimism as Bentley stands against life’s familiar obstacles), an album that defines him. Those who appreciate his grit and loyalty will embrace this song as well.

Those who just want to feel the beat without thinking about all that will also find something to appreciate. “Burning Man” is the most accessible song on The Mountain, a thinking man’s album that requires a concentrated listen from start to finish. TJ and John Osborne’s additions add texture but few surprises to a rambler that was — more than any other song on the project — made for radio.

Dierks Bentley (Feat. Brothers Osborne), “Burning Man” Lyrics:

Half your life, you struggle / Half your life, you fly / Half your life, making trouble / Half your life, making it right / One day, I’m the exception / Most days, I’m just like most / Some days I’m headed in the right direction / And some days, I ain’t even close.

I’m a little bit steady, but / Still a little bit rolling stone / I’m a little bit heaven, but / Still a little bit flesh and bone / I’m a little found / Little don’t know where I am / I’m a little bit holy water / But still a little bit burning man / Burning man.

Yeah, I’ll always love the highway / I just don’t run it as fast / I still go wherever the wind blows me / But I always find my way back / I still don’t get it right sometimes / I just don’t get it as wrong / I still go a little bit crazy sometimes, yeah / But now I don’t stay near as long.

Still just a burn, burn, burning man / Just a burning man.

Maybe I’ll go to the desert / Find myself in the Joshua Trees / If we pass in the night then just hand me a light and / Tell me you burn just like me.

– TasteOfCountry

Nashville’s Music Row is Disappearing Brick by Brick

Nashville’s Music Row is Disappearing, Brick by Brick

Another icon ‘Bobby’s Idle Hour’ doomed to die, unless…


Looks like another piece of Music Row will get bulldozed – along with all the history embedded in those bricks – unless people who care get involved. A developer is looking to tear down several more buildings along 16thAvenue to erect what’s called a ‘six-story boutique office building.’ Among the structures under threat: the Rhinestone Wedding Chapel, and Big Spark Music. But perhaps the most visible and well-known of the threatened businesses is Bobby’s Idle Hour. The 16thAvenue tavern has been the haunt of singers, songwriters, music biz workers, area residents and tourists for decades.

According to a story in The Tennessean (May 23, 2018) Warner/Chappell Music’s publishing building, the Ed Bruce Agency and the building that formerly housed the Creative Soul Music Academy and are also under threat.

The plans to tear down the buildings and replace them with an office block have been proposed by Panattoni Development Co, who recently constructed the building that now houses SESAC and the Country Music Association at 35 Music Square East.

Not so long ago, virtually all the buildings along 16thAvenue and parts of 17thAvenue housed recording studios, record label offices, songwriters’ rooms and video producers’ offices. The unassuming one- and two-story structures still looked like the residences they had once been, quirkily built and often unadorned by commercial signage.

But over the past few years, more than forty buildings along Music Row have been destroyed and replaced by apartment blocks and office buildings.A drive along 16thand then back along 17thAvenue shows that the demolition and construction continues, seemingly unabated.

It might seem that those of us who really care about the legacy of Music Row are helpless in the face of multi-million dollar construction corporations, but that isn’t necessarily the case. In 2014, plans to demolish RCA Studio A were thwarted by a grass-roots campaign that saved the building that gave birth to songs by Charley Pride, Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and many more, under the guidance of Chet Atkins and Owen Bradley.

The preservation effort to save Studio A was galvanized by philanthropist Aubrey Preston and pop artist Ben Folds. By recruiting and inspiring others – including record label executive Mike Curb – $5.6 million was raised and the building was purchased and reactivated.Now, the studio, under the direction of Nashville producer Dave Cobb, continues to create new music from artists that include Jason Isbell and Chris Stapleton. Music is what has made Nashville famous and Music Row is the beating heart of Nashville’s music.But every day, another part of that heart is being cut out and tossed in the dumpster.

At a public hearing, held May 22, songwriter Trey Bruce said that the legacy of the songwriters and musicians who breathed life into Music Row should be preserved.Without the story of that legacy, Bruce said, Nashville would be “just another Atlanta, Knoxville or Chattanooga.”

It seems unthinkable that yet another Music Row landmark could soon be nothing more than rubble buried beneath another soulless concrete and glass office block. The owner of Bobby’s Idle Hour, Thom ‘Lizard’ Case, recently told WSMV News4, “We get some of the big dogs, but my favorite are the people who wrote those songs for the big dogs. Every day we have songwriters here. Some of them are straight off the bus. Some have been here 30-40 years.”

The wrecking ball stands ready.Unless another grass roots movement – the kind that saved and reinvigorated RCA Studio A – can rise up quickly and take action. It seems that the tour buses make fewer and fewer stops along Music Row these days.Maybe in a year or so, a bus can pull up at the corner of 16thAvenue and Tremont Street. The tour guide will say, “See that big concrete building? That’s where Bobby’s Idle Hour Tavern used to be. It was always full of songwriters who wrote hundreds of your favorite songs…”She won’t have to shout.There’ll be nobody on the bus.

 – Preshias Harris 

Hollywood Is About As Godless As It Gets In America

Chris Pratt Stood On Stage And Stunned Hollywood Into Silence

With This Comment About God Hollywood is about as godless as it gets in America

The industry pretends to preach tolerance and equality, meanwhile the emergence of the #MeToo movement proves they’re a bunch of hypocrites. But one A-list actor just defied the atheist norm with this Christian message during a popular awards show.

You’d be about as lucky to find someone who admits to being a Trump supporter as you would a Christian in Hollywood. While they definitely exist, many are too afraid to come forward with their true beliefs without getting blacklisted from the industry.

But Chris Pratt – known for Guardians of the Galaxy I & II and Jurassic World – is one of the rare celebrities unashamed to share his devotion to Jesus Christ. Upon receiving the “Generation Award” at the MTV Movie Awards, Pratt shared nine pieces of advice for the younger generation.

But it was number six that really stunned everyone:“Number six: God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.” Without getting too heavy, he brilliantly followed his Christian message with some hilarious advice about how to poop at a party without stinking up the place: “Poop-flush-boom. Just trust me, it’s science.” Then he went back to his uplifting message:“Number eight: Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul.”

What one of the biggest movie stars in the world just did there was some masterful psychology. Pratt wanted to show the youth in the audience that there is nothing shameful about being a Christian and that it’s okay to embrace God’s plan and never be embarrassed about it.

However, he also knew he couldn’t just get up there, accept an award,and give a speech entirely about God without receiving some sort of backlash. So Pratt got his message across by weaving comedy and wisdom beautifully throughout his speech.

It’s nice to see that Christianity isn’t completely dead in Hollywood. Hopefully more Christian movie stars will follow his lead and speak more openly, and compassionately, about their faith. Do you think Chris Pratt sets a good example to get Hollywood back on track?

– Off The Wire

James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke With Paul McCartney

James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke With Paul McCartney

Is an Emotional Drive Down Memory—and Penny!—Lane

Nostalgia was certainly in the air as they came to St. Barnabas’ Church, where McCartney reminisced about his choir boy days. They also stopped by the barber shop mentioned in “Penny Lane” and mingled with excited fans along the sidewalks.

Back in the car, the legend recalled his late mother coming to him in a dream in the ’60s, in which she said “It’s going to be ok” and “Let it be.” “So, I wrote the song, ‘Let It Be,'” McCartney concluded. Cue the hit! In the midst of singing the classic together, Corden’s eyes began to well up. “I can remember my granddad who’s a musician and my dad sitting me down and saying, ‘We’re going to play you the best song that you’ve ever heard’ and I remember them playing me that,” the British star emotionally recalled. “If my granddad was here right now, he’d get an absolute kick out of this.” “He is,” McCartney sweetly assured him.

They soon came upon another familiar place—McCartney’s childhood home, where he lived from the time he was around 12 years old to roughly 20 years old. Having never been inside since he left, the two knocked on the door and were welcomed in with open arms. As if no time had passed, McCartney walked Corden through the house as he finishing “She Loves You” with John Lennon by the kitchen and how his dad wanted him to change the lyric “She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah” to “She loves you, yes, yes, yes” in the name of proper English. Of course, we know they didn’t take that suggestion.

Behind the wheel again, Corden entertained McCartney by sporting several of The Beatles’ signature looks, though the musician had a suggestion. “If I was you, I’d just stick to polo shirts and jeans,” he quipped. As the grand finale, they headed inside a local pub where the band used to hang out and drink for an impromptu show for the patrons. It was an energetic and at times tearful pièce de résistance as McCartney as a band sang through hits like “A Hard Day’s Night,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” and “Love Me Do.”

“Ladies and gentlemen, I think this is an afternoon not one of us will ever forget,” Corden told the crowd. But, the show wasn’t over! For the final song, McCartney invited the late-night host up on stage for a duet of the unforgettable “Hey Jude.”

 – E News

Story Behind The Song: Sugarland, ‘Bird In A Cage’

Story Behind The Song: Sugarland, ‘Bird In A Cage’

Sugarland returned to the forefront of the country music world in 2018 with the release of their 6th album, Bigger. The project was the first that musical partners Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles released together since 2012, when the duo went on hiatus.

While many of the songs on the new album are upbeat and fun-loving, Sugarland are also known for their willingness to confront tough topics and put out inspirational messages to listeners of all walks of life. One such example, “Bird in a Cage,” is particularly personal to both of the duo’s members, as parents; in fact, the song was written with Bush’s teenage daughter in mind, and takes on cultural issues that affect young girls and women. Read on as Nettles describes how “Bird in a Cage” came to be written, and what makes the song such an important addition to the album.

I know these songs have been pretty fun, but there’s a lot of messaging on this record. We are in a time that is ripe within our culture and our country and our world for music to do what it does best, which is transform pain into hope.

Bird in a Cage,” even though it’s celebratory, definitely celebrates one of those messages. And I’m sure — especially with the #MeToo movement — a lot of people can hear that in the bridge.

It’s also a message to the heart of a 13-year-old girl: Kristian’s daughter. As we started writing the song, that was really the inspiration behind it, [thinking about] what messages we want her to soak in while she’s listening to music.

 – The Boot

Scotty McCreery Weds Gabi Dugal in North Carolina

Scotty McCreery Weds Gabi Dugal in North Carolina

“This Is It” – Scotty McCreery is a married man!

The singer tied the knot with longtime girlfriend, Gabi Dugal, during a beautiful ceremony in North Carolina in front of 200 people, PEOPLE reports. The ceremony was officiated by McCreery’s childhood pastor and was preceded by a slew of special wedding weekend activities, including a Cajun shrimp boil on Thursday (6/14) and a rehearsal dinner on Friday (6/15). For the reception, the bride and groom decided to keep things timeless and elegant.

“I kept it very classic,” Dugal shared with PEOPLE of their black, white and gold color scheme. “I went with greenery and white flowers, some lanterns and candle votives [for a] rustic feel. We fell in love with the mountains during the summertime [when Scotty proposed], and our [venue] is like a little castle in the woods.”

As a nod to Dugal’s Louisiana roots, the reception featured an array of Cajun dishes, as well as steak and pizza. Foregoing tradition of a wedding cake, the couple catered an assortment of pies. The couple shared their first dance as husband and wife to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” To celebrate their newlywed life, the couple will embark on a trip to Tahiti for a romantic wedding getaway.

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