Archives: November 2009

Redfella’s Pick of the Day

Keeping the Faith” is a song by rock singer-songwriter Billy Joel, released from his 1983 album An Innocent Man. It reached #19 on the main U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary charts. The song was the only single from the album that failed to chart on the UK Singles Chart, despite the success of An Innocent Man in the United Kingdom.

Billy Joel – Keeping The Faith

TUESDAY!!…..where are all the deer?!?!

  • It’s been so cold and dry in the woods, as Duck puts it, it’s like “….walking on cornflakes” through the woods….Hope your deer camp is having success….and if not, get out and enjoy the other things the U.P has to offer this time of year…the scenery, the beauty….the BEER AND PASTIES!!!!!

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SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: JIMMY WAYNE

Jimmy Wayne was born Oct. 23, 1972, in Cleveland County, N.C. He endured a tumultuous childhood, as his father abandoned the family when Wayne was a toddler, and his mother was in and out of prison twice. Growing up in foster homes, Wayne became an avid journal-keeper, using writing as a way of therapy. Living on the streets at 16 and a high school dropout, he was hired by an elderly couple to cut their grass, and eventually, they invited him to move into their home.

With a stable home life, Wayne went back to high school and worked his way through community college, earning an associate’s degree in criminal justice. After working in the North Carolina prison system, Wayne moved to Nashville, practiced guitar until becoming proficient and put his life experience to music. Tracy Byrd cut one of his songs, “Put Your Hand in Mine,” in 1998.

Wayne’s first single, “Stay Gone,” was inspired by his sister Patricia, who was having marital troubles at the time. She told Wayne that everything would be better if her husband would just stay gone. Wayne released his self-titled debut album on DreamWorks Nashville in 2003.

HERE’S A 12 STEP PROGRAM OF “HOLLY-HOLICS”

BIRTHDAYS!!!!!

Birthdays for Tuesday, 11/17/09

Music:

Gerry McGee 72/guitarist, The Ventures

Gordon Lightfoot 71/singer-songwriter, “Sundown”

Isaac Hanson 29/singer-guitarist, Hanson

And the late:

General:

Martin Scorsese 67/film director, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Departed, Gangs of New York, The Aviator

Danny DeVito 65/actor-director, TV’s Taxi, Ruthless People, Renaissance Man, Thrown Momma from the Train

Lorne Michaels 65/creator-producer, TV’s Saturday Night Live

Stephen Root 58/actor, TV’s NewsRadio, King of the Hill

Daisy Fuentes 43/model-actress, ex-MTV host

And the late:

Rock Hudson–1925-1985/actor, best-remembered for his films with Doris Day and his role on TV’s MacMillan and Wife.  His death from AIDS in 1985 brought the disease out of the shadows and into the consciousness of mainstream America.

Maxim Releases Their List of Country’s Hottest Ladies in Country Music

MIRANDA LAMBERT
MIRANDA LAMBERT

MARTINA MCBRIDE
MARTINA MCBRIDE
KELLY PICKLER

KELLY PICKLER

SUGARLAND'S JENNIFER NETTLES
SUGARLAND’S JENNIFER NETTLES

LADY ANTEBELLUM'S HILLARY SCOTT
LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT
SHANIA TWAIN
SHANIA TWAIN
FAITH HILL
FAITH HILL
TAYLOR SWIFT
TAYLOR SWIFT
CARRIE UNDERWOOD

CARRIE UNDERWOOD

LITTLE BIG TOWN'S KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN & KAREN FAIRCHILD

LITTLE BIG TOWN'S KIMBERLY SCHLAPMAN & KAREN FAIRCHILD

WITH FLU SEASON UPON US, PERHAPS MICHAEL JACKSON’S FORMER PHYSICIAN CAN HELP!

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STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: SHOOTER JENNINGS

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The only child of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter, “Shooter” Jennings (who officially shares his father’s first name) lived his first few years in a crib on his parents’ tour bus. By age 5, he was playing drums. Between tours, back in Nashville, he took piano lessons, didn’t like them, stopped, then started teaching himself and enjoying it more. He picked up his guitar at 14 and hasn’t put it down since. He and his father recorded a few things together when they happened to have some microphones set up and the tape recorder plugged in. Then at 16, he discovered rock ‘n’ roll. Driven by a sound he heard coming together in his head — something like Lynyrd Skynyrd mutating into Guns N’ Roses — Jennings left Nashville a couple of years later to seek his fortunes in L.A. There, he assembled a band and named it Stargunn. For six or seven years they tore up the local clubs, built a rabid following and earned praise from the local music press. But the Hollywood party scene eventually began to bother him. He says, “I was posing as a rocker — a country guy trying to be something he wasn’t.” On March 30, 2003, he dissolved Stargunn and moved to New York City to spend time with his girlfriend and sort out what he wanted to do next. An unexpected gig at the House of Blues a few weeks later revived his creativity. He returned to L.A. to form another band, the 357s. After six weeks in the studio, he completed his first solo album, Put the O Back in Country. Universal South released it in early 2005. With guest vocals from George Jones, Jennings’ “4th of July” reached the mid-level of the country airplay charts. Jennings portrayed his father in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. In 2006, he issued the studio album, Electric Rodeo, as well as Live From Irving Plaza.

Redfella’s Pick of the Day

“Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car” is a number one single by singer Billy Ocean. Part of its popularity lay in its cutting-edge (for the time) video, which featured cartoon mixed with live-action sequences. The song went to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and the Hot Black Singles chart. [1]. It also peaked at three on the UK Singles Chart. The title was inspired by a line in the song “You’re Sixteen“, “you stepped out of my dreams, and into my car”.

Billy Ocean-Get Out Of My Dreams

So begins the “High Holy Days”

HAVE FUN, BE SAFEFirearm Deer Season 2009 is in full swing…….and the woods are filed with blaze orange and bloodshot eyes as hunter flock to the U.P. to slay the savage “30 Point Buck”!

While out hunting keep a few things….

  • Know where the hunters are in your area.
  • Make sure you check at Deer Camp regularly.
  • Know what you’re shooting at!
  • “Adult beverages” should never be consumed when you plan to be out at the deer blind or operate firearms.
  • REMEMBER! There are lots of deer out there gang, and lots of State and Federal forestland to hunt on, so find your spot and enjoy, but DON’T set up someone else’s bait pile.
  • and ALWAYS wear your hunters orange when out in the woods, even if you’re just doing a little sightseeing…

HAVE FUN, BE SMART, BE SAFE…GO KILL SOMETHING!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!

Birthdays for Monday, 11/16/09

Music:

Keith Burns 46/former member of Trick Pony

Diana Krall 45/jazz pianist & singer

General:

Steve Railsback 64/actor, Charles Manson in Helter Skelter

Marg Helgenberger 51/actress, TV’s CSI

Dwight Gooden 45/retired pitcher

Lisa Bonet 42/actress, TV’s Different World, ex-Mrs. Lenny Kravitz

Oksana Baiul 32/Olympic Gold Medal figure skater


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CLICK HERE TO VISIT LITTLE BIG TOWN'S WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: LITTLE BIG TOWN

The country vocal quartet Little Big Town began with Kimberly Roads and Karen Fairchild, who began singing together at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Fairchild moved to Nashville in 1994 to work for a booking agent on Music Row. Roads moved a year later. After they reunited, they invited Jimi Westbrook (a friend of Fairchild’s) to sing with them and accompany them on guitar. He moved to Nashville in 1998. Through one of Fairchild’s co-writers, they met another singer-guitarist, Phillip Sweet, who solidified the quartet in 1998.

The quartet found a supporter in the CAA booking agency, which helped them secure a contract with Mercury Records. They made their public debut on the Grand Ole Opry in 1999. However, the Mercury deal fell apart although they had landed publishing deals to sustain them. In time, they signed to Sony’s Monument Records, but the label dropped them after the release of the group’s 2002 album.

In their personal lives, Westbrook’s father died. Sweet and Fairchild both divorced, and Roads’ husband Steven died unexpectedly of a heart attack. (A lawyer, he had assisted with many of the quartet’s legal contracts.) The group did not disband, but Westbrook, Sweet and Fairchild all returned to day jobs.

However, songwriter Wayne Kirkpatrick offered to pay for a new recording. They agreed. Top musicians such as Gordon Kennedy (guitar), Jimmy Lee Sloas (bass), Mountain Heart‘s Adam Steffey (mandolin), Union Station’s Jerry Douglas (Dobro) and Ron Block (banjo) pitched in. Equity Records (co-owned by Clint Black) released their second album in 2005, The Road to Here, which included the hit “Boondocks.” The following year, the album was certified gold.

Westbrook and Fairchild married in 2006. The ensemble also received their first CMA nominations that year, for Horizon Award and vocal group. After releasing their third album, titled The Road to Here, on Equity, they moved to Capitol Nashville, which reissued the album in late 2008 with bonus tracks. They embarked on their first headlining tour in 2009.

REMEMBER THESE HOLIDAY FAVORITES?…..


CLICK HERE TO VISIT ZAK BROWN BAND'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: ZAK BROWN BAND

CLICK HERE TO WATCH ZAK BROWN BAND PERFORM “TOES” ON THEIR STUDIO 330 SESSION AT CMT.COM

Zac Brown was raised in Dahlonega, Ga. The former restaurant owner started his music career as a solo artist, but in 2004, he formed the Zac Brown Band with bassist John Hopkins and fiddler Jimmy De Martini; more recent additions are guitarist/organist Coy Bowles and drummer Chris Fryar. They average more than 200 shows a year and have sold more than 20,000 CDs independently. The Zac Brown Band has already landed support slots with Sugarland, ZZ Top, Travis Tritt, Etta James, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers Band, Willie Nelson and BB King. Their third album, The Foundation (2008), is on the Live Nation label

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“….HAVE YOURSELF AN EVIL LIL CHRISTMAS…..”


SPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: LADY ANTEBELLUM

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Lady Antebellum is comprised of singers Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley and multi-instrumentalist Dave Haywood. Kelley and Haywood were classmates at the University of Georgia, studying finance, when they started writing songs together. In time, they decided to move to Nashville to pursue music careers. Hillary Scott, the daughter of country singer Linda Davis and musician Lang Scott, once had major label interest as a solo artist; however, the deal fell through. In 2006, she introduced herself to Kelley (whose brother, Josh Kelley, is also a musician) after recognizing him from his MySpace profile. When all three members started writing and performing together, Nashville noticed. They began opening shows for big country artists, as well as earning high-profile gigs in the clubs around town. With a successful first single (“Love Don’t Live Here”), Capitol Nashville released their debut album in 2008.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO Y'ALL

Birthdays for Friday, 11/13/09

Music:

Ray Wylie Hubbard 63/country singer-songwriter

Jeannie Kendall 55/one half of The Kendalls, “Heaven’s Just a Sin Away”

General:

Garry Marshall 75/producer-director, TV’s Happy Days, Pretty Woman

Joe Mantegna 62/actor, TV’s Joan of Arcadia, voice of Fat Tony on The Simpsons

Whoopi Goldberg 54/comedian-actress, Ghost, TV’s The View

Jimmy Kimmel 42/comedian, host of TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live

Steve Zahn 42/actor, That Thing You Do!

And the late:

Jack Elam–1918-2003/actor, Cannonball Run movies

Richard Mulligan–1932-2000/actor, TV’s Soap, Empty Nest

Dack Rambo–1941-1994/actor, TV’s All My Children, Dallas. Died of AIDS.


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CLICK HERE TO VISIT BLAKE SHELTON'S OFFICIAL WEBSITESTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: BLAKE SHELTON

CLICK HERE TO WATCH BLAKE SHELTON PERFORM “OL’ RED” ON HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM

Blake Shelton was born on June 18, 1976, in Ada, Okla. He wrote songs as a teenager and honed his performing style as he played honky-tonk bars and became a regular on a local country music show.

At 17, Shelton met songwriter Mae Boren Axton (“Heartbreak Hotel”). She had returned to her Oklahoma roots for a tribute show honoring her in Ada. Shelton was part of the entertainment lineup and Axton told him to move to Nashville if he wanted a successful country music singing career. Two weeks out of high school in 1994, he packed his guitar and headed there.

In 1997, he was co-writing with a friend who tipped off songwriter/producer Bobby Braddock, who co-wrote the standards “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Time Marches On,” among others. Braddock ultimately served as the producer for Shelton’s self-titled debut on Warner Bros. Nashville. His debut single, “Austin,” stayed at No. 1 on Billboard‘s singles chart for five weeks, tying Billy Ray Cyrus‘ record for a debut single. Shelton also reached No. 1 for three weeks with “The Baby” in 2003. He spent most of the year on the road with Toby Keith and married his high school sweetheart. They divorced in 2006.

In 2004, he released the studio album Blake Shelton’s Barn & Grill, which included the hits “Some Beach,” “Goodbye Time” and “Nobody But Me.”


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AND FINALLY OUR WEEKLY UPDATE OF “LIES, GOSSIP AND DIRT” WITH PATSY J. KREBS FROM THE “CUT~N~CURL” IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE


Chocolay Childrens Center Creative Kids Idea

Framed Handprint Turkey

What you’ll need:

  • 9″ paper plate
  • Acrylic paint: goldenrod, brown, yellow, orange, green, red, white and black
  • Black marker
  • Paintbrush
  • Felt in fall colors, cut into 1″ squares

How to make it:

  1. Place paper plate on work surface upside down and write the child’s name and the date. Turn the plate right side up. Paint entire plate with goldenrod color and set aside to dry (see image).
  2. Meanwhile, cut felt into 1″ pieces. Use several fall colors, such as red, brown, orange, tan, gold and cream.
  3. Have all of your paint colors handy and a separate paintbrush for each color. Paint the child’s palm and thumb with a generous amount of brown paint. Working quickly so that the paint doesn’t have time to dry, paint each of the child’s four fingers with red, green, orange and yellow (see image). 
  4. Have child gently place their handprint in the center of the paper plate. Gently press down on the child’s hand and each individual finger to ensure a good distribution of paint.
  5. Have child lift hand directly up into the air so as not to smear any of the colors.
  6. Use a paintbrush to add a red gobbler and an orange beak. Let dry (see image). 
  7. While the paint is drying you can glue on the pieces for the frame. Pipe glue around the outside edge of the plate and press the felt squares onto the glue, overlapping the outside of the plate. Alternate the colors to create a pattern.
  8. Use black marker to draw legs and feet.
  9. Use the handle end of a small paintbrush to add a dot for the eye, let dry. Once dry, use a toothpick to dot on the black.

 

CMA AWARDS and more great music……Hey, It’s Thursday

43rd annual CMA Entertainer of the Year Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift was the big winner at Wednesday night’s (Nov. 11) CMA Awards at Nashville’s Sommet Center, although Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker made major news, too.

In addition to nabbing the coveted entertainer of the year trophy, Swift won the female vocalist award and also claimed album of the year honors for Fearless and the video of the year award for “Love Story.”

Lady Antebellum’s “I Run to You” was named single of the year, and the trio also ended Rascal Flatts six-year reign as vocal group of the year.

Rucker, who embarked on a solo career after multi-platinum success as lead vocalist for Hootie & the Blowfish, won the CMA’s new artist award. In doing so, he not only solidified his mainstream country career, he also became the first black artist to win the CMA’s new artist award or, as it was once named, the Horizon Award.

Brad Paisley, who co-hosted the awards show with Carrie Underwood, won two awards, including the male vocalist prize. His collaboration with Keith Urban on “Start a Band was named musical event of the year.

Swift’s acceptance speeches ranged from the humorous to the heartfelt. During her comments after her female vocalist win, she said, “I want to thank Reba McEntire and Faith Hill for being themselves.” Adding a reference to her encounter with Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards, she noted, “And I want to thank everybody in the room tonight for not running up on the stage during my speech.”

Regarding the album of the year victory for Fearless, she said, “This album is my diary, and so to all the people who voted for me for this, thank you for saying that you like my diary. That’s the nicest thing, the nicest compliment.”

At age 19, Swift is the youngest person ever named the CMA’s entertainer of the year.

“In this moment, everything that I have ever wanted just happened to me,” she said before inviting her touring band to the stage — and identifying each of them by name.

“They’ve been with me every single night this year,” she said. “And the fans who come to the show with the shirts you’ve made for yourself and the look on your face, that’s why I do this. Thank you for this moment.”

Lady Antebellum’s debut album contained a string of hits, but they seemed especially surprised when their name was announced in the vocal group category. Referring to three of the other nominees, vocalist Charles Kelley said, “Rascal Flatts, you’ve inspired us for such a long time. The Eagles, my gosh. … Zac Brown has had the biggest year of all of us.”

Rucker also appeared to be genuinely shocked at being named new artist of the year. He thanked members of his management team, but had special words for Capitol Nashville chief Mike Dungan, who signed him to his country recording contract.

“Everybody told you you were crazy,” he said. “They told you were crazy, [that] this wouldn’t work. Mike Dungan, thank you. God, thank you. To the fans, thank y’all for accepting me. And most importantly, to country radio, you took a chance on a pop singer from Charleston, S.C., and God bless y’all for that.”

And if anyone thought CMA voters might take Brooks & Dunn‘s impending retirement into consideration in the vocal duo category, that didn’t happen. Sugarland won it for the third consecutive time.

“Well, we don’t usually expect this, but we definitely didn’t this year,” Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles said.

She invited Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn to come to the stage to address the audience, but they declined the offer. She then told them, “Thank you for what you’ve done for us. Thank you for what you’ve done for country music. It’s an honor to be in your category.”

Song of the year honors went to “In Color,” the Jamey Johnson hit he co-wrote with Lee Thomas Miller and James Otto. Johnson previously won a CMA song of the year award for co-writing the George Strait hit, “Give It Away.”

“I never thought y’all would even let me come to stuff like this,” Johnson said. “Thanks again, ya’ll. This has been an unbelievable experience. Thank you for listening to my music and letting me do what I do.”

Mac McAnally, a frequent sideman to Jimmy Buffett and Kenny Chesney, was named musician of the year during an announcement prior to ABC’s CMA Awards telecast from the Sommet Center in downtown Nashville.

Swift opened the show with some writhing onstage as she sang “Forever and Always,” but the true performance highlights of the night were a series of interesting collaborations, especially the hardcore country of Johnson and Kid Rock singing “Between Jennings and Jones.” Another moment to remember was Martina McBride‘s tribute to Barbara Mandrell, who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year along with Roy Clark and session musician Charlie McCoy. With McCoy providing his signature harmonica sounds, McBride sang one of Mandrell’s biggest hits, “I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.” And while George Jones sang a few lines near the close of Mandrell’s 1981 recording, McBride surprised the crowd by inviting a different George — George Strait — to sing the part.

Rock and country also melded during Kenny Chesney and Dave Matthews’ performance of “I’m Alive” and when ZZ Top‘s Billy Gibbons provided his guitar crunch to Brooks & Dunn’s “Honky Tonk Stomp.” Vince Gill joined Daughtry on “Tennessee Line,” a collaboration featured on the rock band’s latest album.

The Zac Brown Band was moving at breakneck speed during a fiery version of the Charlie Daniels Band‘s “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.” Other performances were provided by Rucker (“Alright”), Paisley (“Welcome to the Future”), Strait (“Twang”), Lady Antebellum (“Need You Now”), Underwood (“Cowboy Casanova”), Sugarland (“Keep You”) and Urban (‘Til Summer Comes Around”). The performances also included Miranda Lambert (“White Liar”), Tim McGraw“Southern Voice”), Jason Aldean ( (“Big Green Tractor), Reba McEntire (“Consider Me Gone”) and Billy Currington“People Are Crazy”).


HERE’S A MESSAGE FROM JEFFREY THE GIRAFFE FOR ALL THE KIDS FROM “TOYS-R-US”



CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE OFFICIAL CMA AWARDS WEBSITE ON ABC.COM

TAYLOR SWIFT made country music history last night — at 19, she’s the youngest-ever winner of the CMA’s top honor, the Entertainer of the Year Award.  She’s also the first solo female performer to win in that category since SHANIA TWAIN did it in 1999.  In addition, Taylor picked up the awards for Female Vocalist, Video of the Year for “Love Story” and Album of the Year, for Fearless.

Also making history last night was DARIUS RUCKER, who became the first African American artist ever to win the Best New Artist award, and the first African American artist since CHARLEY PRIDE ever to win a major individual CMA award, period.  His Best New Artist trophy should fit nicely next to the Best New Artist Grammy he won with HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH back in 1996.

Here are the rest of Wednesday’s CMA Award winners:

Entertainer of the Year
Taylor Swift

Male Vocalist of the Year
Brad Paisley

Female Vocalist of the Year
Taylor Swift

New Artist of the Year
Darius Rucker

Album of the Year
Fearless — Taylor Swift

Single of the Year
“I Run to You” — Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year (Award to Songwriter)
“In Color”

Video of the Year
“Love Story” — Taylor Swift

Group of the Year
Lady Antebellum

Duo of the Year
Sugarland

Musician of the Year
Mac McAnally

Musical Event of the Year
“Start a Band” — Brad Paisley and Keith Urban


CLICK HERE TO VISIT TAYLOR SWIFTS OFFICIAL WEBSITESPOTLIGHT ARTIST OF THE DAY: CMA ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR TAYLOR SWIFT

Taylor Swift became one of country-pop’s brightest (and youngest) faces in 2006, when the 16-year-old vocalist released her first album. Although new to the American public, Swift had been performing since early childhood, taking inspiration and encouragement from her opera-singing grandmother. She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11; the following year, she began practicing her guitar skills for several hours each day, only stopping when her fingers began to bleed. Swift’s parents realized their child’s dedication and began making regular visits to Nashville, TN, where Swift would perform casually and meet with songwriters in the area. The family then decided to move from their native Pennsylvania to an outlying Nashville suburb, which accelerated Swift’s career.

While performing at the intimate Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, Swift caught the eye of music industry veteran Scott Borchetta, who signed her to his newly formed label. Swift joined the roster at Big Machine Records and released her debut single, “Tim McGraw,” in August 2006. The song drew upon her experience as a lovelorn high-school student, a theme that Swift revisited throughout her self-titled debut album. Released in late 2008, Taylor Swift catapulted the young songwriter to stardom, spawning a handful of hits (five consecutive Top Ten singles, a new record for a female solo artist) while earning multi-platinum sales. Swift also received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, an award she ultimately lost to Amy Winehouse. Two subsequent EPs — Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection and Beautiful Eyes — helped maintain Swift’s popularity while whetting public demand for her sophomore release, Fearless, which arrived in November 2008. ~ Andrew Leahey & Megan Frye, All Music Guide


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CLICK HERE TO TWITTER WITH BIG KENNYSTUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: BIG KENNY

CLICK HERE TO WATCH BIG KENNY PERFORM “LONG AFTER I’M GONE” ON STUDIO 330 SESSIONS ON CMT.COM

Big Kenny joins the set of Studio 330 Sessions for an exclusive and intimate performance of his latest music including single, “Long After I’m Gone,” and more.


Happy Veteran’s Day!!

I want to personally thank all the brave men and women who have fought and served our country proudly to help keep us safe, and keep the US the Land of the Free!! If it wasn’t for your selfless acts we would not have the freedoms that we have today.

THANK YOU!!

Redfella’s Pick of the Day

God Bless the USA” is an American patriotic song written by country musician Lee Greenwood. The first Greenwood album it appears on is 1984’s You’ve Got A Good Love Comin’. It reached number 7 on the country charts when originally released in 1984, and was played at the 1984 Republican National Convention with President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan in attendance, but the song was first widely heard during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991, as a way of boosting morale.

God Bless the U.S.A. by Lee Greenwood

Redfella’s Pick of the Day

“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald is a song written, composed, and performed by Gordon Lightfoot in commemoration of the sinking of the bulk carrier S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior on November 10, 1975. It was inspired by the Newsweek article on the event, “The Cruelest Month,” which appeared in the issue of November 24, 1975.[1]

The song originally appeared on Lightfoot’s 1976 album, Summertime Dream, and was later released as a single. The single reached #2 on the Billboard pop chart in November 1976, making it Lightfoot’s second most successful single (in terms of chart position), following “Sundown“, which reached number one in 1974.

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald