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    Date: May 01, 2022
    Posted By: Dakota Cloutier

Naomi Judd, whose family harmonies with daughter Wynonna turned them into the Grammy-winning country stars The Judds, has died. She was 76.

Her daughters, Wynonna and Ashley, announced her death on Saturday in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness, the statement said. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.

Naomi Judd died near Nashville, Tennessee, said a statement on behalf of her husband and fellow singer, Larry Strickland. It said no further details about her death would be released and asked for privacy as the family grieves.

The Judds were to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday and they had just announced an arena tour to begin in the fall, their first tour together in over a decade.

The mother-daughter performers scored 14 No. 1 songs in a career that spanned nearly three decades. The red-headed duo combined the traditional Appalachian sounds of bluegrass with polished pop stylings, scoring hit after hit in the 1980s. Wynonna led the duo with her powerful vocals, while Naomi provided harmonies and stylish looks on stage.

They also made a return to awards shows when they performed at the CMT Music Awards earlier this month.

Honored to have witnessed Love Can Build a Bridge just a few short weeks ago, singer Maren Morris posted on Twitter on Saturday.

This is heartbreaking news! Naomi Judd was one of the sweetest people Ive ever known, singer Travis Tritt posted on Twitter, noting that he had worked with Judd several times on screen and during performances.

Country music lost a true legend ... sing with the angels, Naomi!!! Were all sending up prayers for the Judd family today, singer Carrie Underwood wrote on Twitter.

After rising to the top of country music, they called it quits in 1991 after doctors diagnosed Naomi Judd with hepatitis C. Wynonna continued her solo career.

The Judds hits included Love Can Build a Bridge in 1990,Mama Hes Crazy in 1984, Why Not Me in 1984,Turn It Loose in 1988, Girls Night Out in 1985, Rockin With the Rhythm of the Rain in 1986 and Grandpa in 1986.

Born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky, Naomi was working as a single mother and nurse in Nashville, when she and Wynonna started singing together professionally. Their unique harmonies, together with elements of acoustic music, bluegrass and blues, made them stand out in the genre at the time.

We had a such a stamp of originality on what we were trying to do, Naomi Judd told The AP after it was announced that they would be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In an interview with the AP in March, Naomi Judd said she was already deep into preparation for the upcoming tour and was looking forward to the Hall of Fame induction.

To have all the incredible opportunities that Ive had, being reminded of all that just makes me very humbled and I just want to bask in the moment, Judd said.

Wynonna Judd remarked that throughout their lives, their music had kept them together.

Music is the bridge between mom and me, and it it bonds us together, she told the AP. Even in the not easy times.

The Judds released six studio albums and an EP between 1984 and 1991 and won nine Country Music Association Awards and seven from the Academy of Country Music. They earned a total of five Grammy Awards together on hits like Why Not Me and Give A Little Love, and Naomi earned a sixth Grammy for writing Love Can Build a Bridge.

The Judds also performed at the halftime of the 1994 Super Bowl, along with Travis Tritt, Clint Black and Tanya Tucker.

The Judds sang about family, the belief in marriage and the virtue of fidelity. Because Naomi was so young looking, the two were mistaken for sisters early in their career. She was also known to prefer flashy stage outfits, full of sparkles and rhinestones, over casual boots and cowboy style clothing.

They first got attention singing on Ralph Emerys morning show in early 1980, where the host named them the Soap Sisters because Naomi said she used to make her own soap.

After the success of Mama Hes Crazy, they won the Horizon Award at the 1984 CMA Awards. Naomi started her speech by saying Slap the dog and spit in the fire!

Naomi Judd was open about her health struggles, as well as severe depression and anxiety. In her memoir, River of Time, she described her diagnosis of hepatitis C, which she said she unknowingly contracted during her time as a nurse. She said that by 1995, her doctors had told her she was completely free of the virus.

In the memoir, she described feeling like she had lost her identity when she returned home after a 2010 reunion tour, isolating herself at her home and dealing with crippling panic attacks. She also said that she had been dealing with trauma from childhood sexual abuse. She was admitted to a psychiatric ward at a hospital and spent time in an outpatient treatment program.

Daughter Ashley Judd is an actor and humanitarian known for her roles in such movies as Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy and Heat.

Ashley Judd, right, and her mother, Naomi Judd, arrive at the LA premiere of Olympus Has Fallen, at the ArcLight Theatre, Monday, March 18, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Strickland, who was a backup singer for Elvis Presley, was married to Naomi Judd for 32 years.




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    Date: Apr 14, 2022
    Posted By: Dakota Cloutier

Randy Houser’s wife Tatiana has a bun in the oven!

Before Houser performed at the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida over the weekend (April 10) the country star told radio show TC & Dina B on Kiss Country 99.9 that him and his wife are expecting their second child together.

The “How Country Feels” singer and Tatiana welcomed their first son Huckleberry Randolph into the world in 2019. However, Houser also has a 10-year-old son named West from a previous relationship.

The radio personality asked the chart-topping artist if Huckleberry will become a big brother anytime soon, and Houser quickly responded with a yes.

“He is, yeah. In October,” the hitmaker uttered with enthusiasm.

The sudden announcement comes on the heels of his latest single, “Note to Self.” Within the same interview, Houser opened up about the thought-provoking single and his creative process.

The diary-like ballad marks Houser’s first release since his critically acclaimed 2019 record, “Magnolia.” The Mississippi native penned “Note to Self” alongside Ross Copperman, Casey Beathard, and Bobby Pinson in hopes to make his listeners think and reflect on the important aspects of life.

While working on the project, he mentioned that he did not take a traditional mainstream country approach. As Houser placed outside voices on the backburner, he wrote from his heart.

“Any time someone tries to tell me how to make music and what to say and all those things… that don’t settle very well with me,” Randy declared. “I didn’t really want to do it the traditional way anymore. I just want to do what I want to do and if people like it then that’s fine. That’s obviously what we all want, but I want to be able to say things that like, make people think instead of just, ‘Hey truck, hey girl, BEER, truck, girl, beer.’”

The hitmaker said that the idea came to him during shut down, when many music-goers were in a “reflective mindset.”

“It was one of those songs that kind of came in the middle of the pandemic and it’s just things that I sort of learned over the years. And things I want to make myself do better at. I kind of had the time to sit around and go, ‘okay…what did I do wrong here? Or how did this go bad?’ and just things you learned.”

Following the release, he brought his soul-touching lyrics to life in a Nashville-centric music video directed by Jay Christensen and Spencer S. Peter. The powerhouse proved that he is one of country’s finest, as he delivered the captivating track on a tiny stage at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and made a transition to the legendary Ryman Auditorium to perform with a full band.

“We also wanted to spotlight a special part of Nashville, one that not everyone gets to experience,” he shared in a statement upon release. “The short walk between the Ryman and Tootsie’s is a path taken by some of the most legendary performers across all genres. It felt like a special way to honor and appreciate two of the city’s most enduring staples.”

Late March Houser closed out his headlining tour with a sold-out Ryman show. It wasn’t long until he jumped back on the road with longtime friend Jamey Johnson for their co-headlining Country Cadillac Tour Part 2. Houser will be sharing his chilling baritone pipes until April 16 in Iowa.




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    Date: Mar 08, 2022
    Posted By: Dakota Cloutier

Miranda Lambert, Carly Pearce and Lainey Wilson were each double winners at the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards, which took over the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Monday (March 7).

The first major awards show to be exclusively livestreamed, the 2022 ACM Awards streamed without commercial interruption on Prime Video.

R.A. Clark is executive producer of the 57th Academy of Country Music Awards. Damon Whiteside is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Here’s the complete winners’ list below.

Entertainer of the year

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert – WINNER
Chris Stapleton
Carrie Underwood

Female artist of the year

Gabby Barrett
Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Carly Pearce – WINNER

Male artist of the year

Jimmie Allen
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton – WINNER
Morgan Wallen

Duo of the year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne – WINNER
Dan + Shay
LOCASH
Maddie & Tae

Group of the year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion – WINNER
The Cadillac Three

New female artist of the year 

Tenille Arts
Priscilla Block
Lily Rose
Caitlyn Smith
Lainey Wilson – WINNER

New male artist of the year 

HARDY
Walker Hayes
Ryan Hurd
Parker McCollum – WINNER
Elvie Shane

Album of the year

29: Written in Stone – Carly Pearce; producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Jimmy Robbins, Tony Brown; Big Machine Records

Country Again: Side A – Thomas Rhett, producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure, Matt Dragstrem; Big Machine Label Group

Dangerous: The Double Album – Morgan Wallen; producers: Joey Moi, Jacob Durrett, Charlie Handsome, Matt Dragstrem, Dave Cohen; Big Loud Records / Republic Records – WINNER

Famous Friends – Chris Young; producer: Mark Holman, Corey Crowder, Chris Young, Chris DeStefano; RCA Records Nashville

The Marfa Tapes – Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall; producers: Jack Ingram, Miranda Lambert, Jon Randall; Vanner Records / RCA Records Nashville

Single of the year

“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan; producer: Paul DiGiovanni; MCA Nashville

“Famous Friends” – Chris Young and Kane Brown; producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young; RCA Records Nashville

“Fancy Like” – Walker Hayes; producers: Walker Hayes, Shane McAnally, Joe Thibodeau; Monument Records

“If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood; producers: Michael Knox; Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG – WINNER

“You Should Probably Leave” – Chris Stapleton; producer: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton; Mercury Nashville

Song of the year

“7 Summers” – Morgan Wallen; songwriters: Morgan Wallen, Josh Osborne, Shane McAnally; publishers: Big Loud Mountain, Bo Wallace Publishing, Smackborne Music, Sony/ATV Accent, Smackstreet Music, Tempo Investments, Warner Geo Met Ric Music

“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan; songwriters: Jordan Davis, Jacob Davis, Josh Jenkins, Matt Jenkins; publishers: Anthem Music Publishing II, Bentprop Pub, Big Blue Nation Music, Combustion Five, Jentown, Jordan Davis Music, Smackwork Music, Smack Blue, Kobalt Music Group Music, Universal Music Corporation, WC Music Corp

“Fancy Like” – Walker Hayes; songwriters: Cameron Bartolini, Josh Jenkins, Shane Stevens, Walker Hayes; publishers: Songs of SMACK, Rarespark Media Group, Smackworks Music, Smack Blue, Kobalt Music Group, Holy Graffiti Music, Purplebeatz, WC Music Corp

“Knowing You” – Kenny Chesney; songwriters: Adam James, Brett James, Kat Higgins; publishers: 3 Ring Circus, BMG Platinum Songs, Pompano Run Music, Songs of Brett, WC Music Corp

“Things a Man Oughta Know” – Lainey Wilson; songwriters: Jason Nix, Jonathan Singleton, Lainey Wilson; publishers: Sony/ATV Accent, Sony/ATV Countryside, Spirit Two Nashville, Super Big Music – WINNER

Video of the year

“Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” – Elle King and Miranda Lambert; producers: Angie Lorenz, Wes Edwards, James Stratakis; directors: Alexa Kinigopoulos, Stephen Kinigopoulos – WINNER

“Famous Friends” – Chris Young and Kane Brown; producer: Jennifer Ansell; director: Peter Zavadil

“I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version)” – Taylor Swift featuring Chris Stapleton; producers: Jil Hardin, Blake Lively, Kathy Palmer, Austin Swift; director: Blake Lively

“If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood; producers: Christen Pinkston, Wesley Stebbins-Perry; director: Shaun Silva

“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; producer: Ryan Byrd ; director: Alexa Campbell

Songwriter of the year

Jesse Frasure
Nicolle Galyon
Ashley Gorley
Michael Hardy – WINNER
Josh Osborne

Music event of the year

“Buy Dirt” – Jordan Davis featuring Luke Bryan; producer: Paul DiGiovanni; MCA Nashville

“Famous Friends” – Chris Young and Kane Brown, producers: Corey Crowder, Chris Young; RCA Records Nashville

“half of my hometown” – Kelsea Ballerini featuring Kenny Chesney; producers: Ross Copperman, Jimmy Robbins, Kelsea Ballerini; Black River Entertainment

“If I Didn’t Love You” – Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood; producer: Michael Knox; Broken Bow Records; Macon Music, LLC; BBR Music Group, BMG

“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” – Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde; producers: Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne; Big Machine Label Group, Warner Music Nashville – WINNER



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    Date: Jan 12, 2022
    Posted By: Dakota Cloutier
When Shania Twain said, “Let’s go girls!” – she meant it.

Recently, Twain praised Taylor Swift on social media when Swift broke her record for being the female artist who spent the most weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Twain held the No. 1 position with 97 weeks until Swift notched 99 weeks at No. 1.

“Let’s Go Girls!!!! Proud of you @taylorswift13,” Twain tweeted. “Historical records are meant to be made and then broken. The baton is meant to be passed on to new generations. Unstoppable young female country artists are 🔥 inspite of the hurdles ✊.”

Swift started her career as a country singer who dabbled in pop, then shifted genres with her 2014 release “1989,” her first official pop album. Swift is re-recording much of her early work in the genre, and it’s those albums – “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)” and “Red (Taylor’s Version)” – that returned to the top of the country music charts this year to help her break Twain’s long-standing record.

The women have a long history of supporting each other. Last year, Swift paid homage to Twain on TikTok in a clip about country girls going pop. Twain thanked her and made her own video honoring Dolly Parton.

In 2014, Twain supported Swift’s transition to pop and told E! Canada, “I think that everybody should just follow their heart and do their artistic best, and just enjoy their creativity.”

Two years before, Twain and Swift made a mini-version of “Thelma & Louise” for the CMT Music Awards.

Now Swift has a few more records to break. Garth Brooks holds the all-time Billboard Country Albums Chart record at 169 weeks, followed by Alabama with 125 weeks and Willie Nelson at 106 weeks.



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    Date: Nov 04, 2021
    Posted By: Dakota Cloutier

Dan + Shay shared some “some good news + some bad news” on Twitter Tuesday.

The duo pumped the brakes on their The (Arena) Tour this weekend because a member of their immediate touring party tested positive for COVID-19. The pair canceled shows in Orlando, Fla., and Atlanta, Ga., and refunds are being issued to ticketholders. Dan + Shay rescheduled their upcoming Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Fla., show for April 21.

“Due to routing conflicts and previously confirmed 2022 dates, we were unable to re-book Orlando and Atlanta,” they said in a statement. “We know a lot of y’all have traveled or plan to travel for these shows, and it breaks our hearts to let you down. Yes, we’re super bummed, but in trying to find some positivity on a difficult day, that brings us to the good news.”

Dan + Shay will tour stadiums with Kenny Chesney in 2022, and the tour includes dates close to the venues they canceled this weekend. In addition, they promised Christmas surprises were coming soon to their fans. Wednesday, they released a new single through Amazon Music called “Pick Out a Christmas Tree.”

Dan + Shay’s The (Arena) Tour launched in Nashville in March of 2020 but was postponed within a week because of COVID-19. The tour kicked back off over the summer and will run through December.




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