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Dolly Parton’s ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer’ Connection

Dolly’s Secret Buffy The Vampire Slayer Connection Revealed

Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series debuted in 1997 and ran through 2003

Just when you thought you had country legend Dolly Parton figured out, news of a remarkable secret she’s kept hidden for years has been revealed. It turns out the iconic artist was a secret producer on the trailblazing fantasy drama, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. According to a recent report in Independent, Parton had a behind-the-scenes role in developing the popular series which many never knew about. It might have been a hands-off sort of arrangement, but looking back, her influence can still be seen.

Here’s the connection: In 1986 Parton and her friend Sandy Gallin founded the company Sandollar Entertainment, and the firm has gone on to make scores of TV shows and films ever since. Some titles you might recognize include 1991’s Father of the Bride (co-starring Brad Paisley’s wife Kimberly Williams-Paisley), 1996’s Fly Away Home, and Parton’s recent Netflix series, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings. But in 1992, it also produced the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, and although that film wasn’t a box office smash, it showed enough promise to move over to TV, eventually evolving into the show beloved by so many today.

Starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series debuted in 1997 and ran through 2003, leaving a sizable cult following and a spinoff series in its wake (Angel). Parton was not listed as an official executive producer in the show’s credits, Independent reports, but her influence can be seen elsewhere. As a case in point, Buffy Summers’ birthday on the show is January 19 — and that just so happens to be Parton’s as well. What a coincidence!

While the revelation is certainly tantalizing, it’s also not so surprising when you think about it. Parton has become an icon, and Buffy featured a teenage girl holding her own against a hostile world filled with monsters and villains. Sound familiar? Parton famously broke into the country industry in the 1960s, and had to repeatedly dispel the myth that she was just a “dumb blonde” — even leaving The Porter Wagoner Show when she was denied a bigger role on the popular program, which famously inspired her enduring hit, “I Will Always Love You.”

Of course, we all know her today as a cultural icon with millions of fans around the world — and a living legend even more beloved than the TV show she secretly helped create.

10 Grand Ole Opry Facts You Might Not Know (Yet)

Ten Grand Ole Opry Facts You Might Not Know

The rise in popularity of the Grand Ole Opry helped Nashville

Often described as “country’s most famous stage,” the Grand Ole Opry is the world’s longest-running radio show, in country music or otherwise. The Opry’s radio broadcasts began on Nov. 28, 1925, and a weekly show has been broadcast for more than 4,600 consecutive Saturday nights. The Grand Ole Opry’s Saturday shows are broadcast on WSM-AM, a Nashville-area radio station, and also on SiriusXM satellite radio. Shows now also take place on Friday nights and some seasonal Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The rise in popularity of the Grand Ole Opry helped Nashville grow into country music’s home base. Keep reading to learn more about “the show that made country music famous,” and how it became the live music powerhouse that it is today.

In its nearly 95 years, the Grand Ole Opry has had six homes.

The Grand Ole Opry radio show began in November of 1925 in the office of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company in downtown Nashville (one of the founders of the company was fascinated by radio and built a studio). The live show quickly outgrew the insurance office, however, so it moved to the Hillsboro Theater (now the Belcourt) in 1934, then to the Dixie Tabernacle in 1936.

After that, Opry shows moved to the War Memorial Auditorium, in 1939, before finding a home at the Ryman Auditorium in 1943. The Grand Ole Opry moved to its current complex, the Grand Ole Opry House, in March of 1974.

The Grand Ole Opry’s original name was ‘WSM Barn Dance’.

The radio show wasn’t named the Grand Ole Opry until 1927, when radio announcer George D. Hay called the show by that name on air. He took inspiration from the show that ran on WSM directly before the WSM Barn Dance, which featured classical music and grand opera selections. Hay joked on air that while listeners had been enjoying grand opera, they would now be enjoying the “Grand Ole Opry” — and the name stuck.

It takes a giant transmission tower and 15.8 million feet of audio, visual and lighting cable to bring the Grand Ole Opry to life.
The Grand Ole Opry House complex uses 15.8 million feet of cable to broadcast live shows, which have been transmitted from the same tower, located in Brentwood, Tenn., since 1932. The tower was once the tallest in the United States.

Uncle Jimmy Thompson was the first performer on the Grand Ole Opry.
Thompson, a fiddle player, played live in the National Life offices on Nov. 28, 1925. He was 77 years old at the time.

The Grand Ole Opry has inducted more than 200 members.
From Hank Williams to Patsy Cline, Garth Brooks to Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood to Luke Combs, the Grand Ole Opry’s membership list is a who’s-who of country music legends and stars. Membership is not a posthumous honor, but being asked to join the Opry is still considered one of the highest achievements in country music.

“I’ve said it for the record a thousand times. I’ll state it again a thousand times. This is the pinnacle of what I do,” Brooks has said of Grand Ole Opry membership. “Nothing has ever touched being a member of the Grand Ole Opry.”

Kelsea Ballerini is the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Ballerini was invited to join the Opry in March of 2019, when Little Big Town changed up the lyrics to their song “Girl Crush” mid-performance in order to extend the ask. Ballerini was 25 years old at the time, and told the Associated Press that she was completely shocked by the offer. “At the end, they started singing my name, and I thought they were going to say, ‘Kelsea, we have a girl crush,'” she recalled. “And they said, ‘Will you join the Opry?’ And I had to completely change paths in my brain.”

Former U.S. President Richard Nixon performed at the Grand Ole Opry.
When the Grand Ole Opry relocated into its current complex in 1974, then-President Richard Nixon stopped by to play the piano. He performed “Happy Birthday” and “My WIld Irish Rose” as a tribute to his wife on her 62nd birthday.

When the Opry moved from the Ryman Auditorium, it took a piece of history.
A six-foot circle of wood was cut out from the Ryman stage and installed in the new Grand Ole Opry House, so that all future Opry performers and members could share the same stage as all of the early Opry greats. Even though a flood devastated the Opry House in 2010, that circle was recovered, restored and reinstalled for the venue’s re-opening. The Grand Ole Opry still returns to the Ryman Auditorium for a run of shoes every winter.

About 6,000 songs are performed at the Grand Ole Opry each year.
The Grand Ole Opry estimates that 6,024 songs are performed live during Opry shows every year. The Opry House, which seats 4,400, regularly sells out for performances, and the Grand Ole Opry is one of the top tourist attractions in Nashville.

Elvis Presley once played the Grand Ole Opry — and totally bombed.
The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll took the Opry stage in 1954. He played “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” but his rockabilly sound mixed with his now-iconic pelvic gyrations weren’t well-received by the audience at the Ryman Auditorium. The lack of interest from the Grand Ole Opry may have been a blessing in disguise, however. The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll went to the Opry’s biggest competitor, the live radio show Louisiana Hayride, only two weeks later, and signed a contract to make 52 Saturday night appearances on the show, helping launch his legendary career.

The Grand Ole Opry Through the Years

Grand Ole Opry, 1950: In early 1950, Minnie Pearl and Pee Wee King took the legendary Opry circle. Pearl had been performing on the GOO for nearly a decade by this time.

Grand Ole Opry, Mid-1950s: Sometime in the mid 1950s, Jim Reeves performed on the Prince Albert Tobacco segment of the Opry.

Grand Ole Opry, 1956: Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two graced the Opry stage way back in 1956.

Grand Ole Opry, 1979: Ernest Tubbs, a talented country singer and guitarist, played on the GOO back in 1979.

Grand Ole Opry, 1957: Minnie Pearl and Hawkshaw Hawkins share some face time backstage at the Opry in 1956.

Grand Ole Opry, 1960: Loretta Lynn took the stage at the Opry many times, this one in the 1960s. The Opry was a large part of her career, helping her expand her audience.

Grand Ole Opry, 1970: This exterior shot of the GOO shows what it looked like circa 1970.

Grand Ole Opry, 1974: President Richard Nixon played the piano in 1974 during the dedication of the Grand Ole Opry.

Grand Ole Opry, 1994; Vince Gill performed on the iconic circle back in ’94. The singer is still an Opry staple today.

Grand Ole Opry, 1995: In 1995 the Grand Ole Opry was still going strong. They inducted powerhouse vocalist Martina McBride into the Opry family this year.

Grand Ole Opry, 2000: Roughly 16 years ago, Alan Jackson took the stage at the Opry, the iconic venue was celebrating their 75th anniversary.

Grand Ole Opry, 2001: The “Coal Miner’s Daughter” took the Grand Ole Opry stage in Nashville dressed in one of her signature gowns.

Grand Ole Opry, 2002: The Dixie Chicks prepared for their episode of CMT Crossroads with James Taylor. The TV event took place at the Grand Ole Opry.
The Grand Ole Opry went to the Big Apple in 2005 and Martina McBride was just one of the talented performers involved.

Grand Ole Opry, 2005: This was the view when the Opry went to Carnegie Hall. Here, Little Jimmy Dickens is performing.

Grand Ole Opry, 2009: Steve Martin made his Grand Ole Opry debut back in 2009. He showed the crowd he was more than just a comedic, talented actor.

Grand Ole Opry, 2010: This sweet photo from 2010 is the moment after Blake Shelton was surprised with an invite to join the Grand Ole Opry!

Grand Ole Opry, 2010: In 2010, the Country Comes Home: An Opry Celebration at the Grand Ole Opry House was an extra celebration. Dierks Bentley, Ricky Skaggs and more came together to celebrate the fact that the Opry was restored following severe flood damage.

Grand Ole Opry, 2011: In 2011, CMT’s Invitation Only brought Jason Aldean to the Opry House. The exclusive event was taped here in April of 2011.

Grand Ole Opry, 2011: CMT hosted a disaster relief concert at the Grand Ole Opry House and tons of country artists came out to help raise money. Here Tim McGraw is being interviewed before the event.

Grand Ole Opry, 2012: This was a big moment for Keith Urban back in April of 2012! Here he celebrates his induction into the GOO family with Josh Turner and Trace Adkins.

Grand Ole Opry, 2012: Loretta Lynn celebrated 50 great years with the Grand Ole Opry in 2012! The Opry House threw her a party and Trace Adkins was on hand to celebrate the milestone.

Grand Ole Opry, 2012: It takes a special person to have funeral services at the Opry, but George Jones was that special. In 2012, the venue hosted a celebration of life for the singer.

Grand Ole Opry, 2012; Kid Rock and Faith Hill shared a moment (and maybe a memory) at the Grand Ole Opry after George Jones’ funeral.

Grand Ole Opry, 2013: When Kellie Pickler won Dancing With the Stars, she celebrated with the Opry! Pickler brought partner Derek Hough along to celebrate their big win.

Grand Ole Opry, 2013: When Carrie Underwood celebrated her 5th anniversary with the Opry in 2013 she did it in style. She wrote a strapless formal dress and posed next to music note cupcakes!

Grand Ole Opry, 2014: The Grand Ole Opry House celebrated 40 years in 2014 and they threw one heck of a party! Bill Anderson, Clint Black, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and so many more were on hand to celebrate!

Grand Ole Opry, 2014: Little Big Town were welcomed to the Grand Ole Opry family back in 2014. As you can tell by the looks on their faces, they were very excited to join the family!

Grand Ole Opry, 2015: The Grand Ole Opry mourned a huge loss in 2015 when they lost longtime member Little Jimmy Dickens. The Opry celebrated his life on Jan. 8.

Grand Ole Opry, 2015: Here, Vince Gill is talking to the crowd before an intimate show with him and Keith Urban for Sirius XM.

Grand Ole Opry, 2016; Maddie and Tae took the Grand Ole Opry stage in 2016 to help kick off CRS with a little girl power!

Grand Ole Opry, 2016: Easton Corbin helped an Opry audience get ready for CRS 2016. He serenaded them in early February on the first night of CRS.

The Grand Ole Opry The Mother Church Of Country Music

Why Did George Strait Quit Doing Interviews ?

Secret History: Why George Strait Quit Doing Interviews

Plus Living Like a King: George Strait Through the Years


Interviews and media sessions are an essential part of promoting your music … unless you’re George Strait. The Country Music Hall of Famer all but quit doing interviews more than 30 years ago, and it’s hard to argue he’s worse for it.

Nobody has more No. 1 hits than King George, and few have consistently sold as many concert tickets as the Texan. His laid-back approach to country music hasn’t been duplicated. These days, you’re taught to “make the rounds” early and often to forge relationships with key programmers and entertainment personnel. Those who buck the trend gain a bad reputation that haunts them later.

Yet here’s Strait, a 67-year-old country recording artist and live entertainer who’s as likely to sit down for an interview this year as you are to find $100 on the sidewalk. He admittedly quit talking decades ago for a very personal reason. A 2017 piece in the New Yorker outlined his reasons and provided key insights to what drives Strait today. Still, he’s very much an enigma, even among his own team.

Strait’s career caught fire in 1981 when “Unwound” became a Top 10 hit. That song was worthy of its own episode of the Secret History of Country Music. Even real George Strait fans probably don’t know all the details about the lucky break (and other artist’s misfortune) that cleared a path for his success.

Live Like a King: George Strait Through the Years

George Strait, 1981: King George Strait launched his career with the single “Unwound” in 1981. The track was featured on his debut album, Strait Country.

George Strait, 1986: Strait snagged two ACM Awards in 1986. He was named Top Male Vocalist for the second consecutive year, and his album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind also brought home the ACM prize for Album of the Year (again)

George Strait, 1987: In 1987, George Strait released his seventh studio album Ocean Front Property and it was groundbreaking for not just country, but music in general. The album was the first ever to debut at No. 1 on the charts

George Strait, 1989: 1989 was a big year for George Strait, as it was the first year he was named the CMAs Entertainer of the Year — an award he would win two more times.

George Strait, 1992: In 1992, Strait added ‘actor’ to his resume. The singer played the lead in the film Pure Country in addition to contributing to the soundtrack with “Heartland” and “I Cross My Heart.”

George Strait, 1995: In 1995, King George released his highest certified album. Strait Out of the Box sold two million copies! He also took home an ACM Award for “Check Yes or No” that year.

George Strait, 1996:1996 was a huge one for Strait at the CMA Awards. He took home three pretty big awards that year: Single of the Year, Album of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year.

George Strait, 1997: Strait began to headline the George Strait Country Music Festival in 1997, and the event lasted for several years. Once again, he also racked up awards at several esteemed events.

George Strait, 2002: In 2002, George Strait performed at the 37th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. He also played himself in the movie Grand Champion.

George Strait, 2004: Strait reached 51 No. 1 hits in 2004 with his song “I Hate Everything.” That year, he also released his 50 No. 1 songs on one epic greatest hits album.

George Strait, 2006: This was an important year for King George, as he was officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He performed “Give It Away” before accepting the huge honor.

George Strait, 2007: In 2007, Strait earned his 55th No. 1 hit with “Wrapped.” He also spent a good portion of the year touring alongside Ronnie Milsap and a young Taylor Swift.

George Strait, 2009: George Strait was given the ACM Artist of the Decade award in 2009. Another country icon, Garth Brooks, presented Strait with the trophy after an all-star tribute concert.

George Strait, 2010: In 2010, Strait was given a huge honor by Billboard magazine when they named him the Top Country Artist of the Past 25 Years.

George Strait, 2012: In 2012, Strait shocked fans by announcing his plans to retire from the road. The legend’s Cowboy Rides Away tour would be the last time fans could catch him on a lengthy headlining tour.

George Strait, 2013: At a press conference in the fall of 2013, Strait revealed the dates for his final tour. He let fans know that after his dates in 2014 ended, he’d be absent from stadiums, but that he would continue to record music and play live as he felt the need.

George Strait, 2014: In 2014, Strait performed on tour for the last time. His slew of tour dates included other huge artists there to support him, including Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert and several more. His final date was on June 7 and had over 104,000 fans in attendance.

Highlights From ‘CMT Giants Kenny Rogers Benefit”

Top Five Highlights From ‘CMT Giants Kenny Rogers Benefit”

There will never be another gambler like Kenny Rogers

On April 9, stars came together virtually to honor the legendary Kenny Rogers, who passed away on March 20 at the age of 81. Hosted by actress-singer Rita Wilson, CMT GIANTS Kenny Rogers: A Benefit For MusiCares featured performances by Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and more. Other artists who performed on the show included Randy Houser, Jennifer Nettles, Jason Isbell, Michael McDonald, and Gavin DeGraw.

Here are Top Five Highlights from the show:

1) Surrounded by candles, Dolly Parton tugged on viewers’ heartstrings, as she acoustically performed Rogers’ lesser known tune, “Sweet Music Man.” 

Parton, a longtime friend of Rogers, gave the introduction, “My favorite Kenny song is one that most people don’t realize that Kenny wrote. It was not as big a hit as most of his [songs], but it’s a song that I love to sing. I sit around sometimes and sing it on my own.”

2) Vince Gill chose to perform a song he co-wrote with Leslie Satcher and Al Anderson, which Rogers had previously cut. 

Titled “Rock Of Your Love,” Gill’s pristine vocals shined on the song’s poignant lyrics, “Something steady sure feels good / I always knew somehow it would / I’ve traded chains for the wings of a dove / Standin’ on the rock of your love.”

3) Country group Rascal Flatts came together for the Rogers’ classic, “Through The Years.” 

Flatts’ lead singer Gary LeVox explained their song choice, by saying, “He [Rogers] was such an amazing storyteller … [The song] is probably the most perfect love song that’s ever been written. That was one that really just told the truth.” The trio then flawlessly collaborated together in a virtual performance of the feel-good track.

4)  Lady Antebellum took on the famous Dolly and Kenny duet, “Islands In The Stream.” Prior to their performance, Hillary Scott of the country trio discussed the generous reputation Rogers had. 

Scott stated, “I have heard so many stories from people like my mom [Linda Davis] and other artists who have said over and over again of when they toured with Kenny, he allowed them to use pretty much every single square inch of his stage.” She continued, “That generosity is one of my favorite things about him. We felt that directly whenever we opened up for Kenny.”

5) Pop singer Lionel Richie gave the ultimate farewell, as he spoke of his close friendship with Rogers. (Sorry No Video Available)

Richie, who wrote Rogers’ massive hit, “Lady,” gave the story behind one of the last tunes Rogers recorded. Written by Richie, the aptly titled song “Goodbye” was cut by Rogers over 10 years ago.

“When I wrote a song called ‘Hello,’ I thought, ‘well, there should be a song called ‘Goodbye’ somewhere in all of this,” Richie simply stated. “So, when I found myself losing a lot of my friends, I thought I would record a song called ‘Goodbye.’”

The show ended with Rogers singing the tune, as video clips and photos of the singer played in the background.

The special will re-air on MTV Live on April 10 at 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. CST. CMT will also re-air the program on April 11 at 11:00 a.m. CST and on CMT Music on April 12 at 7:00 p.m. CST.

A&E Celebrates The Career Of Willie Nelson

A&E Celebrates Career Of Willie Nelson

‘American Outlaw’ This Was An Incredible Show!

A&E celebrated the career of country performer Willie Nelson on last night’s (4/12) concert program, American Outlaw. Previously filmed at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and emceed by actor Ed Helms, artist friends who joined the legend onstage included Jamey Johnson, Chris Stapleton, Sheryl Crow, Eric Church, The Avett Brothers, Jimmy Buffett, Vince Gill, and others. Additionally, celebrity friends and family members told their own memories about the outlaw singer, including Nelson’s sons Micah and Lukas Nelson.

One appearance, however, that made the telecast the most memorable was George Strait, who shared the stage with Nelson for the first time. Yes, you read that right. Texan country artists Willie Nelson and George Strait have never performed together, until this moment.

In one of the show’s interview segments, Strait jokingly said to the camera, “I told [Nelson], I was getting a complex [because] I was about the only one who had never sang with Willie before.” Nelson then told Strait to begin writing a song for the two to perform, but even “The King’” of country music got nervous with the thought of writing with Willie.

Strait continued, “I woke up one morning and decided to take a stab at it. I sent [the song] over to Willie, and I said, ‘Do you think that you might want to do this?’” The end result was Nelson adding in his lines to complete the tune, titled “Sing One With Willie.”

Following their debut performance, the legends continued by singing the classic, “Good Hearted Woman,” made famous by Nelson and the late Waylon Jennings.

Other highlights from the show included Jamey Johnson giving a stirring rendition of the hit, “Georgia On My Mind,”; Emmylou Harris and Nelson performing “Pancho and Lefty”; and Nelson with rock artist Dave Matthews on the timeless Willie-penned track, “Crazy.”

The tribute ended with Nelson and an all-star group singing his well-known hit, “On The Road Again.”

Jesus Is The Reason For Easter Weekend, James Allen

Below is a Mail received from James Allen while he was still alive

If you think that the Easter Weekend is just another Holiday that you can kick back, relax and enjoy at your leisure. You are probably right, however, there is one person that had to sacrifice his life for you to enjoy this wonderful weekend, and that is the Son Of My God, Jesus Christ. This article is not intended to spoil your wonderful weekend for you, if you have the time, take a few minutes and read what Jesus had to sacrifice for you.

At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death by crucifixion, which at the time was the “worst” death penalty handed down to anyone and only the worst criminals were condemned to die by crucifixion. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, for unlike other criminals of the time condemned to death by crucifixion, Jesus was nailed to the cross by His hands and feet, rather than tied. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the Wrist, that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself, so that He could breathe. Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus, He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs for long because of the pain, so, He was forced to alternate between arching His back and using his legs just to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage. Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.

From common images, we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side. But, do we remember the many wounds made to his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrists, the feet overlapped and a nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. And…before the nails and the spear, Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns (two to three-inch thorns) cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture. Jesus had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 5 liters (just over a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 5 liters of his blood. He had three nails hammered into His body; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest. All these without mentioning the humiliation He passed after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross-beam was almost 30 kg of weight, to which His hands were nailed).

Jesus had to endure this experience, so that you may have free access to God.

So that your sins can be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception!


And, rose again on the third day!!!

May God bless you! Yes, I love God.

He is my source of life and my Savior. He keeps me alive and safe, both day and night. Without Him, I am nothing, but with Him “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13.

This article was edited from a mail received from James Allen

regarding the Easter celebrations honoring the Son Of  God, Jesus Christ 

We miss you James our Dear Friend

Laine Hardy Shows Off His Roots In Louisiana

Laine Hardy shows off his roots in Louisiana in new song, “Ground I Grew Up On.”

The 2019 American Idol winner gave his fans just what they were craving in the form of new music on Friday (April 10).  His first new music since winning the singing competition show last year, Hardy shines in the feel-good video, which showcases some picturesque views of his home state. In the clip, the rising country star enjoys everything from fishing to cruising to taking part in a good old fashioned sing-along around a campfire at the end of the night

 “What I love most about this music video is, it is spot on what I love to do and how I grew up, hanging with all my buddies on the river and just having a good time!” says Hardy in a press release.  “I hope that it helps people in Louisiana and the whole country in this crazy time we’re all going through together.  Hope it reminds people of the fun we will be having again soon.”
On the same day, Hardy also released the audio of a new song called “Let There Be Country,” which was written by Jason Afable, Steve Moakler and Tim Nichols. In another nod to his country upbringing, the voice that American Idol judge Luke Bryan first fell in love with shines within the confines of a traditional country melody.

Of course, sharing this music during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic can have its challenges. However, Hardy will perform the new song on Live With Kelly and Ryan on April 15 and then appear on various social media channels as part of his Ground I Grew Up On Virtual Tour, including a stop at Taste of Country on April 29.

 – Taste Of Country 2020

5 Superstitions About The Easter Friday Holiday


This is an article I found on the Internet and placed here for you to read,

I am not convinced that they are all true but they sure are interesting,

so believe what your heart tells you and not what you read below.

Every holiday seems to have its own set of superstitious beliefs. Good Friday is no different. As Christians around the world prepare for Good Friday and Easter celebrations, we found these five superstitious beliefs too good not to share.

1. Hot cross buns are seriously good luck.

hot cross buns

Hot cross buns are essentially the Lembas of religious foods. Not only are goods baked on Good Friday said to never spoil, these particular baked yeasty delights possess even more amazing qualities. Buns baked on Good Friday were also a favorite among seafarers, who believed that they protected against shipwrecks. The buns are a traditional food item in the United Kingdom, where it’s believed that sharing a bun with another person ensures friendship through the next year. Also, if you have any old ones lying around, hang them up in your house. They will protect your home from fire.

2. Changing your sheets will give you bad dreams.


If you desire a restful sleep tomorrow night, you should avoid changing your sheets. Changing bed linens on Good Friday is said to bring about bad dreams. This comes from the belief that God cursed Good Friday after Jesus was slapped in the face by a wet material before being taken away to be crucified. Almost all forms of work on Good Friday are frowned upon.

3. Do not work with wood.

Don’t work with it, don’t burn it, and definitely do not drive a nail in it. Though the whereabouts of this particular superstition remain unknown, a rather obvious one would be that it would be an inappropriate reminder of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

4. If you die on Good Friday or Easter, you go straight to Heaven.


It is believed that if you happen to depart this mortal coil on Good Friday or Easter you will be permitted straight into Heaven, no questions asked. So if you wanted to avoid being a good person or doing good deeds here on Earth, this might be your next best chance at getting into the Lord’s Kingdom.

5. Babies born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter have special powers.

If you have a baby on Good Friday, be sure to have them baptized on Easter. If you do, your child is thought to possess the power to heal. Because Jesus died on this day and also had the healing powers, individuals born on this day are said to have the same power. Though, some believe that to be born on Good Friday is bad luck and being baptized on Easter offsets that. Either way, being baptized on Easter appears to be universally a good thing.

Jim Rose Remembers Radio On Good Friday


April 10, 2020 [Good Friday] Issue #RR00


ROCK QUEEN SIGNS OFF In 1976, Sarah Fleischer fresh out of Broadcasting Institute of Maryland tickled pink with her new position on then-Beautiful Music WMAR FM (97.9). When Sarah discovers that WIYY FM flips All-News for Rock she quickly calls the WIYY FM PD. Sarah Fleischer eventually settles into a midday DJ spot the Queen. Sarah beats all the odds and lasts on WIYY FM (98 Rock) for 38 years. On Friday, June 5, 2015 Baltimore, MD’s very own Queen Of Rock Sarah Fleischer retires from radio.

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CANDY DEPARTS MORNINGS ON WMJX FM Greater Media AC WMJX FM (Magic 106.7) Boston, MA Morning Magic co-host Candy O’Terry after 25 years onboard declines a new two-year offer. Candy says that she frees herself up to pursue some longstanding interests outside radio. The lovely Candy O’Terry’s exit causes morning co-host David O’Leary to use temporary rotating fill-in help. WMJX FM Director of Programming Cadillac Jack sighs: We will now begin a nationwide search to fill her vacated position.

POP THE CORK FOR JOURNAL – SCRIPPS WEDDING On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 the formal merger of Journal and E.W. Scripps begins. That’s when Journal radio stations become part of Scripps, plus they come under the voting control of the Scripps family. In March 2009 Journal stock closes at 36 cents. On Friday, ‎March ‎27, ‎2015 Journal closes at $14.20 a share. $500 worth of Journal stock explodes to $200.000. That’s how millionaires are made.

VA MAYOR WHIPS OUT HIS VETO ON THE AIR Virginia’s Republican-controlled legislature passes technical amendments to its electoral districts. But the Washington Post reports that Virginia’s Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe uses his live radio show on iHeart Talk WRVA-1140 Richmond and 98.5 translator to astonish listeners when he whips out his veto pen live on the air. Governor McAuliffe brags: I don’t think these bills are constitutional. He also proclaims that he doesn’t like partisan redistricting.

TRIVIA QUESTION: What radio station gives Art Linkletter his start on the air? The answer appears below.


•1950 ADOLF WIKLUND composer & conductor of Royal Swedish Opera dies at 70 on April 2nd. •1962 BILLY DEAN born on April 1st in Quincy, FL tells fans that his birthday is April 2nd so they won’t think he is an April Fool. •1974 GOLD hits record $197 an ounce on April 3rd in Paris. •1982 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS Bobbie Sue grabs #1 in Billboard Country on April 3rd. •1999 HELEN ABERSON Dumbo writer dies at 92 on April 3rd.•2006 RASCAL FLATTS’ album Me And My Gang releases on Lyric Street on April 4th.


FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 news – ex KILT, KTRH, KVIL FM, KLIF-1190 & KOB-770 news] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Weatherman and science teacher, ‘Dr. George’ Fischbeck, dies at 92. George Fischbeck, who became a phenomenon in Albuquerque as a television science teacher and meteorologist in the 1960s and early ’70s, before being lured to Los Angeles where he continued as a top rated TV weatherman, died early Wednesday from natural causes.

WHERE DO YOU READ JRRR? Tell us how far away from Houston, TX that you read JRRR. Got a news tip or a question? Send your full Name, City, State and Country of residence to

DUKE GILLELAND (Belton, TX) Subject: Job Well Done To KOKE FM!! Jim, This week we had a catastrophic event here locally when an oversize 18 wheeler hit a bridge on I-35 at Salado. The driver of the truck escaped injury but it sent 3 other drivers to the hospital and killed one other. NOTHING was ever said on our local political talk (squawk) radio about the accident. But KOKE FM 99.3 kept us posted on the traffic situation, advising drivers that the interstate was closed both ways and other routes to take getting home. JOB WELL DONE BY KOKE FM AND IT’S STAFF! We appreciate you! Duke & Cindy Gilleland; Belton, Texas

JAY WALKER [KJKK FM/KTSA/KTFM FM/CBS Radio/Jay Walker Productions] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: Interesting observations recently. True enough Jim. Last couple of nights I’ve been listening to 1550 which use to be the home of WOKJ Jackson MS. They’ve been off the air for years. But now there’s a station playing R&B and Gospel just like they did… Strange… Heard an oldies stations at 1290 playing 50’s-60′ pus a number of the old Class B 5k/1k on the high end below 1600 playing English music. Sure would be nice to hear music regularly on the band again. Now if we could only get Ty Tyler to put music back on 1520 KOMA… Take care. Jay

TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 27, 1928 KGB-1360 San Diego, CA goes on the air with call letters KFBC as the oldest continuing radio station in the San Diego market. Pickwick Broadcasting buys KFBC and installs G)eorge B)owles as Vice President and Manager. KFBC call letters change to reflect his name as KGB. In 1934, Art Linkletter gets his start in radio on KGB as announcer and Program Director. For 25 years Art Linkletter hosts House Party on CBS radio and TV. For 19 years he hosts People Are Funny on NBC radio and TV.

LARRY TODD [former KHFI TV anchor] (Austin, TX) Subject: KVUE TV. Hi Jim You are really a night owl. Great to hear from you. a couple corrections. Our TV side was KHFI TV…channel 42. It was never kvue…today it is KXAN…still an NBC outlet. Charles Stewart and I did the news. Bill Richardson on weather and Mel butchered the sports. (not really…he was great.) remember Cal (Druxman) as a fine person…always relaxed and candid…honest. We had John Bounder for radio and I just can’t remember the other news hounds. Dave Jarrott worked there as a DJ about that time. YOU take care… LT

CRAIG BEAN [Texas Association of Broadcasters, Previous KVUE-TV, KCEN-TV, KTEM Radio] (Austin, TX)Subject: KVUE TV CH 42. Lynn (Woolley) is correct. I worked at KVUE-TV for 30 years, since they signed on as Channel 24 and as an ABC affiliate. KBVO signed on as the Independent until they took CBS from KTBC. I’m not sure if it was at the time FOX bought KTBC, but CBS wanted a full clearance station in Austin. Lynn is also correct about KHFI changing from 42 to 36, opening the channel 42 allocation for KBVO. KBVO changed call sign to KEYE to mirror the CBS “EYE.” Craig

DAN RATHER (October 31, 1931 – p) An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.

Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo

A Minute With God On This Good Friday

roadtoheaven001A Minute With Our God of Heaven And Earth This Good Friday

Most people hardly have time for Our God. Yet God loves us and will always bless us. He is always with us

gatesofHeavenIf you are to spend the next minute or so of your time with our God to just praise him without praying, can you do that and can you do that right now? You know you could do it anywhere if you wanted to, or you could do it right here right now. Just read some of the interesting statements added below from an email we received from Barbara Blevins which she collected early this morning at our WHISNews21 email outpost in a small town in New Mexico, USA.

Why are prayers getting smaller, but bars and clubs are expanding? Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity, but very difficult to engage with God?

If God has opened doors for you, it could only be because he believed you needed them open.  If not, he would keep them closed, but can we always accept that and why not? We should ……

GlobeGod has no Blackberry but he is most everyone’s favorite contact. He is not on FACEBOOK but he is a best friend to all.  He is not on TWITTER but he has the most followers, nor is He on Gmail or WhatsApp but he’s always online. Then there is the INTERNET that we all seem not to be able to live without these days to stay connected, well our God does not even need the INTERNET to stay connected to us, as he connected to us anyway. Thank Goodness for that, don’t you think.

God has been very good to me; He has given me a wonderful family, great friends and so much more! No gift is more needed by a dying world than a living Savior. God’s gift to the world is the life-giving Savior. There are many who would disagree with the above but there are many more who would agree to every word printed above.

eastereggs02Easter is not just about the wonderful and delicious chocolate Easter eggs,

it is so much more and only some of us can really see that,

Are You One Of Us?


Christians stop using God’s name in vain you may think its OK but It’s Not

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