Laine Hardy Shares The Sweet Bliss Of ‘Tiny Town’ Life
Hear Laine Hardy’s new song about the beauty of living in a small town
Laine Hardy has released a nostalgic new song, “Tiny Town.” Written by Michael Tyler Spragg (Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley), the song pays a heartwarming tribute to Hardy’s roots in Livingston, Louisiana, a “tiny town” that boasts a population size of merely 2,000. Lyrically and sonically, it undeniably captures both the heart and essence of country music.
“9 to 5 and Friday night wearing main street down / Yeah just living, living in a Tiny Town / Hardwood floors and liquor stores letters burning out / What I wouldn’t give right about now / One of these days I’ll roll on out / Home to my Tiny Town,” Hardy sings on the chorus over a wistful, mid-tempo production.
Though Hardy has been sharing new music this summer, not everything has been on the up for him. On June 22, the 19-year-old shared that he was diagnosed with the coronavirus, and thankfully, now recovered.
“What a crazy summer. I am lucky to be feeling better and want everyone to stay safe and healthy out there,” Hardy shared in a statement update. “It is more important now than ever for younger people to step up. Thanks for all the well wishes from my own hometown community and beyond. I’m grateful to still be able to get music out over the summer and hope you guys enjoy ‘Tiny Town.’”
Prior to this, Hardy released both the studio and acoustic versions of his songs “Ground I Grew Up On” and “Let There Be Country.” Fans can continue to connect with the singer through the second leg of his virtual tour, set to kick off July 23.
This Is a Tremendous Loss For The Country Music Community
American music has lost a legend. Charlie Daniels passed away, at Summit Medical Center in Hermitage, Tennessee due to a hemorrhagic stroke. The 83-year-old icon had an expansive career, which earned him hit singles and numerous awards in country, gospel, Southern rock, and bluegrass music. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry.
“Like the rest of the music world today we are very sad at the news of Charlie Daniels passing,” The Bellamy Brothers’ David Bellamy tells Sounds Like Nashville. “He was a great entertainer, a great friend, and a great American.”
Daniels was known for such classic hits as “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp,” “Drinkin’ My Baby Goodbye,” and of course, his signature song “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Daniels was also a best-selling author and noted philanthropist. He was always a champion for the American military and co-founded the Journey Home Project in 2014 with his longtime manager David Corlew to support veterans.
“I never met a better man than Charlie Daniels,” Gretchen Wilson says. “He was so inspiring in so many ways. May he rest in peace alongside his Creator and continue to inspire.”
In addition to his legendary accomplishments as the frontman of the Charlie Daniels Band, the North Carolina native was also a respected session musician who played on records for other artists including Ringo Starr, Leonard Cohen, and on three Bob Dylan albums, most notably on Nashville Skyline. He was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2009. As a songwriter, Daniels not only penned songs for his own band but also scored cuts by other artists including Elvis Presley, who recorded “Kissin’ Cousins.”
Daniels began playing music in North Carolina and moved to Nashville in 1967. Throughout his career, he not only won CMA and ACM awards for his country music but also Dove Awards for his acclaimed gospel recordings.
“I’m so sad he’s gone,” Brad Paisley posted on Twitter. “We have so many memories together, and I’m so blessed to have known him. Rest in peace, my friend. We love you.”
Charlie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Hazel, and their son Charlie Jr. as well as millions of fans and friends who loved him.
Scotty McCreery Scores Number One With ‘In Between’
Scotty McCreery has attained his third consecutive No. 1 single with “In Between.” The song reached the top spot on both the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay charts earlier this week. On top of that, “In Between” also made Billboard Country Airplay chart history with a jump from No. 8 all the way to No. 1, the greatest move to the top spot since 1991 when Ricky Van Sheltonrose from No. 9 to No. 1 with “Keep It Between the Lines. This feat marks the second-greatest move in the chart’s history.
“Earning a No.1 record on ‘In Between,’ which is a song that defines me, is amazing. I loved writing this song with Frank, Jessi and Jonathan and telling my story,” McCreery said in a press statement. “Earning three No.1 songs in a row is the perfect way to celebrate Seasons Change and how that album changed my life. I want to thank country radio for supporting my music, my fans for believing in me from day one, and both my management team Triple 8 Management and my record label Triple Tigers Records for always having my back and working side by side with me every day.”
McCreery’s latest accomplishment follows two other recent No. 1’s:— the stirring, career-changing hit “Five More Minutes,” and “This Is It,” which the singer co-wrote two weeks before proposing to his wife Gabby. All three songs are from his 2018 album, Seasons Change.
“Hitting No. 1 is never easy, but our Triple Tigers team is excited and proud every day to get up and give 110% to an artist like Scotty who always does the same to support us, our radio partners and his fans,” shared Kevin Herring, Senior Vice President of Promotion at Triple Tiger Records.
McCreery co-wrote “In Between” (with Frank Rogers, Jessi Alexander, and Jonathan Singleton) about “really finding that balance and being happy with it.” “Everyone’s not all one thing or all the other. We all have many facets to our lives and the different things we enjoy. It’s about knowing who you are and finding what’s right for you,” the North Carolina native added. He is currently hard at work on his follow-up fifth studio album.
Congratulations Scotty and everyone involved in making the song a hit!
Lauren Alaina Enlists Trisha Yearwood For ‘Getting Good’ Duet
Too Much Of a ‘good’ thing? No way!
Lauren Alaina has enlisted ’90s country favorite Trisha Yearwood for a duet version of her latest single, “Getting Good,” making the most of a positivity-soaked anthem. All about loving the life you’ve got, the gracious track was first released last year and was also featured on a pre-pandemic EP of the same name, but it takes on a new tone with Yearwood joining in. Lending her tried-and-true vocal to the song’s second verse and then melding voices with Alaina in song’s contented chorus, the new version adds an element of first-hand experience that just comes naturally to a star like Yearwood.
“I just love the sentiment of this song,” Yearwood explains. “We all have these dreams. What you learn, is it’s not the goals that you reach that are the things you’re really going to remember, it’s the journey all along the way. So that lyric – ‘Once I learn to grow right where I’m planted, maybe that’s when life starts getting good’ – that’s the truth. That’s the life lesson.”
“I’m so thankful that I get to share such an important message with one of the most important and impactful voices in my life,” says Alaina, a longtime fan and fellow Georgia native. “Trisha is a beautiful person inside and out. I’m honored she said yes to this song and to me. I’m learning to grow right where I’m planted, and I’m realizing, life’s already good.”
The pair announced their news earlier this week (June 23) in a series of cute social media, inspired to remake the song after Alaina appeared on an episode of Trisha’s Southern Kitchen.
These Riots Have Nothing To Do With President Trump
Who are the candidates that Black Lives Matter has endorsed for the 2016 election?
If the revolutionary forces seeking to fundamentally transform America into a Third World country succeed, no one is going to be more surprised by the ultimate outcome than Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Pelosi and Schumer think that this is about President Trump. They think the people throwing bottles of urine at your car when you try to drive to Safeway are going to vote “blue” in November. And they actually think they’re going to be running the show when the dust finally settles. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We’re going through a revolutionary phase in America right now. You know the reasons behind it. Fifty years of mass immigration. Outsourcing of jobs. The destruction of the middle class – the one distinguishing feature of America that has always rejected communism or at least held it at bay.
This revolution against the elites and the globalists started more than a decade ago, when George W. Bush was still in the White House. The middle-class revolution resulted in the Tea Party. We picked up majorities in the House and Senate in 2010, but the movement was then co-opted by GOP, Inc. and subverted. We then revolted big-time in 2016, which resulted in the ultimate rejection of the Bush-Clinton-Obama axis of evil.
Make no mistake about it: Donald Trump’s election was a revolutionary blow against our non-elite elites.
That revolt is ongoing, and we will go to the polls in November to reaffirm it. We’ve seen the economic results. President Trump is bringing manufacturing jobs back to America, restoring the middle class and making America great again. A system that was rigged against us for decades has been turned back in our favor. With the dignity of work restored to the middle class, the very backbone of this country is returning.
The other splinter of this revolutionary phase, however, is Black Lives Matter. This is the revolt of the lower classes, the poor. They’re not content at the pace at which restoration is coming to America, and the poor and black community, in particular, have always been vulnerable to communism. If you think of the Tea Party/Trump movement as the “heads” side of the coin, then Black Lives Matter is the “tail” side of this revolution.
If Trump had not become the nominee for the GOP in 2016, our side of the revolution would have rejected anyone else. I’m not convinced that even Ted Cruz would have been able to hold a coalition together. (Cruz has been too soft historically on immigration.)
You’ve probably spotted the fatal error in Pelosi and Schumer’s gambit by now.
Who are the candidates that Black Lives Matter has endorsed for the 2016 election? Oh, right. There aren’t any.
BLM hasn’t endorsed any candidates and it hasn’t put forward any ballot measures. The only thing that BLM has is demands. And if those demands are not met immediately, violence, looting, burning, pillaging, murder, and rape are the result. They are not interested in playing along with the rules of a civilized society. They’re not interested in democracy.
Black Lives Matter is a radical, communist, transgender rights revolutionary group. Most of the idiot white liberals out in the streets in BLM shirts don’t even know what BLM is actually fighting for. BLM understands and responds to violence and force. That is, sadly, what it’s going to take to stop BLM eventually. Because they ain’t stopping otherwise. (And by the way, the “Democrats are the real racists” argument doesn’t work with BLM true believers. This is a race-based, identity politics revolution and they’re not interested in facts or reason.)
Pelosi and Schumer think this will be another minor skirmish and when everything calms down later, they’ll be the ones in charge of it just like their buddies John Boehner and Justin Amash slithered in and took control of the Tea Party. That’s not happening, Nancy and Chuck.
If Black Lives Matter succeeds in overthrowing the country, Pelosi and Schumer will find themselves standing in a line next to Louie Gohmert and Rand Paul. They’ll all have zip ties around their wrists and bags over their heads. As they listen to the roar of the crowd and a strange, rhythmic ka-chunk! sound in the distance, Pelosi and Schumer will think, “It wasn’t supposed to be like this!”
This isn’t a Democrat/Republican election in November, despite the fact that Pelosi and Schumer think it is. A vote for Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer and Joe Biden in November will be a vote for Black Lives Matter, the guillotine, and living in a grass hut while pining away for that long-lost, mysterious thing called electricity.
A vote for Donald Trump is a vote for America – and our last chance to save the Republic without bloodshed.
– ALOP Published on request of a concerned Reader 2020
Josh Turner Announces Classic Country Cover Album, ‘Country State Of Mind’
The album even features vocals from Randy Travis.
In a Facebook Live on Wednesday afternoon (6/17), Josh Turner revealed the plans for his upcoming album, Country State of Mind. Set for release on August 21 via MCA Nashville, the 12 song project finds the booming baritone honoring a selection of classic country icons including his “Mount Rushmore” of country artists: Randy Travis, John Anderson, Johnny Cash, Vern Gosdin, and Hank Williams.
“I’ve always said that any song you hear coming from my voice, you’re going to hear bits and pieces of those five guys,” shared the singer in a press release. “They taught me how to be Josh Turner.”
The project is not only a celebration of some of country music’s most iconic voices, but also one that highlights the brightest budding ones in the genre. Maddie & Tae, Runaway June, Chris Janson and Allison Moorer all join Turner on different songs featured on Country State of Mind. But the classic voices also make an appearance with John Anderson, Kris Kristofferson and even Randy Travis lending their vocals to the project. Travis’ appearance marks his first recording session following his debilitating stroke in 2013.
“Randy has always been my hero. He was the reason I wanted to become a country singer,” explained Turner. “He’s an inspiring figure, not just to me but to a lot of people, so to have him sing on this record is pretty special.”
Pre-order Josh Turner’s Country State of Mind now.
Country State of Mind Track Listing:
I’m No Stranger To The Rain
I’ve Got It Made (Duet with John Anderson)
Why Me (Duet with Kris Kristofferson)
Country State Of Mind (Duet with Chris Janson)
I Can Tell By The Way You Dance
Alone And Forsaken (Featuring Allison Moorer)
Forever And Ever, Amen (With Special Guest Randy Travis)
Midnight In Montgomery
Good Ol’ Boys
You Don’t Seem To Miss Me (Featuring Runaway June)
In the mid-1970s we took a trip back to our home town, Buffalo, New York.
Somebody had been rearranging the scenery.
First, I missed the arching elm trees that were wiped out by Dutch Elm Disease.
Those DAMN Dutch!
Buffalo without the majestic elms was like seeing your grandmother in her underwear.
There were little new trees being held up by sticks and wire.
I hoped I would live long enough to see them full grown.
We were driving our motor home and stayed at a KOA on Grand Island,
a big chunk of land in the Niagara River that was rural in my childhood,
but was now looking suburban.
The temperature was in the low 40’s,
and the wind across the island was fierce.
Accompanied by my old buddy Bob Egan and his girlfriend Mary Lou,
we made the rounds of the nightspots and dayspots.
I noticed that people had an obsession with “improving” pianos.
Most of the grand old upright pianos had been cut down
in an attempt to make them into spinets. It didn’t work.
The shape always came out sort of hunchbacked.
They stuck to it, though,
painting them with pink or white enamel, and putting mirrors over the keys.
I could never play a piano with mirrors over the keys.
I can’t stop watching the hands in the mirror.
It’s like trying to talk with an echo on the telephone line.
Each night we started out at a Grand Island tavern
built into the downstairs floor of an old house.
The large screened porch covering the front of the building had storm windows up.
It was late autumn, and no place for sissies.
The Roast Beef sandwiches on Weck, a Buffalo specialty, were perfect.
That’s about all I ate while in town.
The tavern had an old upright piano,
that was a bit out of tune and was missing some ivories.
It looked as though it needed some Ragtime,
so we played some every night.
We also went to Dinty Moore’s Restaurant at Elmwood and Kenmore Avenues,
where they had a piano bar and a dance floor.
Misty danced with Bob, who looked funny in my huge brimmed cowboy hat.
That’s the first time we’ve been bar hopping in a 38 foot motorhome.
In the daylight, we took in Delaware Park, the zoo,
the houses where we used to live, some old landmarks
All things wood must be covered with Formica,
and a big picture window must be gouged out of every house front.
Crinkly shingles of various colors were tacked on to houses I used to like.
The solid wood counter on the upstairs porch was now wrought iron railing.
Satellite TV dishes pop out of the wall like giant toadstools,
and our wonderful sunporch was replaced by the mandatory picture window.
Before we said goodby,
we had a couple of get-togethers in a North Tonawanda tavern,
played music, and had fun.
Most of those friends and relatives are gone now,
but we still see them in our memories of that visit,
and in the fading snapshots that were taken.
I learned something…
It’s not so much the the way it looks, or the economic situation,
or even the great food
It’s the feeling… the aura, that makes Buffalo unique.
The soul, the energy, and the personality are still there.
LATER: In 2010 We visited Buffalo again and found it better than ever.
Many of our old haunts had ignored time and were the same, but with new people.
There were new improvements and the city looked great.
Buffalo has its unique energy and personality.
We’d love to visit again sometime,
but we don’t live there anymore.
Historic Ryman Auditorium Vandalized In Violent Protests
Yet Another Heartbreaking Scene Of Criminals Looting
Nashville’s famous strip of neon-lit honky-tonks came under siege Saturday night (May 30), as peaceful protests devolved into violent looting and vandalism. The frightening incident even threatened country music’s most iconic piece of history.
What eventually became a full-scale riot with hundreds of people swarming the city’s already-battered tourist mecca didn’t start out that way, beginning with a call for nonviolent protest at County Courthouse at 3 p.m. Countless supporters showed up to protest the killing of George Floyd and police brutality, but by nightfall the scene had turned ugly, with protesters spray-painting graffiti, breaking windows and tossing burning objects inside the building.
Heartbreaking images in the aftermath of the destruction in our great city Sat night…from the Historic Courthouse, which was set on fire, to businesses vandalized on Broadway. Social Media comment
The fires did not spread but did cause damage to the historic building, and on Sunday Police arrested a 25-year-old man Madison man on felony charges. Requests for information about other suspected arsonists have been added.
Nashville’s Broadway strip, which has just begun reopening process, has taken a hit. The Stage venue’s glass is broken out. Glass is shattered at Margaritaville and merchandise inside is disheveled
Looters then turned their attention on Nashville’s beloved Lower Broadway (which is only a short distance from the courthouse), breaking more windows, setting fires and ransacking a number of local businesses. Big Time Boots, AJ’s Good Time Bar, The Stage, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Legends Corner, and more were impacted, and in all 30 local buildings sustained damage due to the riots. But perhaps most shockingly, one of those buildings was the historic Ryman Auditorium — the most famous home of the Grand Ole Opry and live-concert treasure, known around the world as the Mother Church of Country Music.
The Ryman stands less than a block from Lower Broadway and became another target of vandalism, but luckily only one window was broken. No fires were set. The outbreak of violence caused Nashville Mayor John Cooper to call for a 10 p.m. citywide curfew, and police swept the area threatening to arrest anyone caught on the streets. The courthouse protest was dispersed with tear gas on live television, while protests at the city’s central police precinct were broken up using horses, and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee mobilized the National Guard.
– Nothing Is Sacred To Criminals Stealing and looting disguised as protestors, May 2020
George Strait Live at Final stop of ‘Cowboy Rides Away Tour’
Since the early 1980s, George Strait’s been one of the biggest names in country music
In September of 2012, Strait announced that he would be hanging up his cowboy hat and retiring from the road after his final The Cowboy Rides Away Tour. The trek kicked off in January of 2013, and Strait played his “final show” on June 7, 2014, drawing 104,793 fans to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Footage from the concert has since been released as a live album and DVD.) Since then, the country icon has performed at awards shows, and although he will not go out on the road again, he has, since 2016, continued to schedule runs of concerts at Las Vegas’ 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena. Strait has also scheduled on-off shows at a few other large venues across the country.
George Strait’s The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Final Stop George Strait performs at the final stop of his The Cowboy Rides Away Tour at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“Randall Rutledge” Inducted Into IDSS Hall of Fame 2020
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Producer and Radio Personality
Randall Rutledge has been inducted into the Independent Superstars “Recording Artists” Hall of Fame. Frans Maritz(Wildhorse Entertainment) signed the official certificate placing Randall into this prestigious organization located in South Africa. Randall has the distinct honor of being inducted into the IDSS Hall of Fame for his life-time contribution to the Independent Music Industry as a Recording Artist. Randall is seen holding his award below in the animated Hall Of Fame, confirming his induction into the HALL OF FAME. “ This is the greatest honor that I have ever received, I’ve won awards for my music but this is the greatest of them all to be inducted with my peers and some of the greatest country music legends of all time it doesn’t get any better for me I’m happy to have a place in the IDSS Recording Artist Hall of Fame, thank you so much “–Randall Rutledge
Biography of Randall Rutledge
I was born August 23, 1961, in Calhoun, Georgia a small farm town situated in the mountains 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. My interest in show business started in 1967 when a movie was being shot in my town Calhoun at New Echota (a Cherokee Indian museum). The Movie was entitled “The Trail of Tears” starring Johnny Cash, a real thrill for me at six years old, I also developed an intense interest in country music as well as rock and roll from the ’50s. My musical influences that made me even more interested in show business were Elvis Presley, Johnny Horton, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Sr. And Jr., Marty Robbins, as well as many of today’s current recording artists, such as fellow Georgians Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt, just to mention a few. My favorite actors are Burt Reynolds, Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Chuck Norris but I also admire several actor’s works which has lead to my desire to also be an actor.
I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on December 5, 1978, with two tours of overseas duty under my belt, a career in the military was out of the question. So at the completion of my tour of duty with the Marines, it was off to Hollywood on January 22, 1982. After about a year, I started picking up extra work in major motion pictures such as Scarface, Karate Kid, Rhinestone, as well as TV shows, commercials, music videos, etc.
Between 1987 and 1994 I traveled from Las Vegas to Nashville and back to Los Angeles exploring all phases of the entertainment industry from acting, screenwriting, songwriting, producing etc. I have performed in talent shows in the following country and western clubs: The Palomino (Now Closed), D.J. Ranch in Long Beach, California, and the Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth, California. From 1983 to 1985 I served as an assistant casting director with Casting Unlimited in Hollywood. In 1987 I had my own morning wake-up show where I impersonated various character and celebrity voices such as Mickey Mouse, Clint Eastwood, Jimmy Stewart, Yogi Bear as well as various others on W.Q.M.T. an FM radio station in Dalton, Georgia. Also from January to February 1995 I wrote, produced, and hosted 6 one half-hour entertainment variety shows entitled Showbiz Highlights on cable channel 10 W.E.B.S., Calhoun, Georgia. Shortly after The 6th show of “Showbiz Highlights” I decided to relocate back to Hollywood in pursuit of an acting and screenwriting career. I’ve written 5 screenplays “West Bound 18 Wheeler”, “The Idol”, “Kung Fu Shoes”, “Bad to the Bone”, and “Beaver Moon” as well as a TV series concept entitled “Bright Light City”
I also produced a TV pilot that is a musical variety show entitled “The Street Singers” the pilot was written and directed by 7 time Emmy award winner David E. Durston (Who Passed away May 2010) and Co-Produced with Jack Damon formerly the character Doctor Brown from the soap General Hospital. “The Street Singers” was awarded the Silver Award at the Philadelphia International Film Festival / International Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers Inc. I also hosted my own TV show in Las Vegas on K.Y.R.K. TV Channel 35 entitled “Las Vegas Singers Roundup” of which I was also the creator of the show, and at the same time created and hosted my own radio show in Las Vegas on K.L.A.V. 1230 AM entitled “Let’s Talk Country Music”. I have also written over 30 country songs 5 of which I produced and recorded in Nashville on my album with the same title as the title track “Non Stop Flight” and have also written a book entitled “From Movie City to Music City USA” (My Journey Through Showbiz and How it Works.), and am currently working on a new book a western novel historical fiction blended with historical fact for the time set in 1858.