In a music scene where singles rule the world. Morgan Wallen said here’s a double album with 30 songs. 30 songs worth listening to and 30 songs that scream today’s country music Wallen style.
Morgan Wallen has definitely created his own country sound, brand and a fan base that’s not afraid to shot gun a cold beer on a Friday night. Morgan Wallen is not ashamed of his country side, he proves with his music and how he lives. He’s really the man to thank for mullets making a fashionable comeback. Let’s be real.
Where ever you stream country music. Listen to Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” and preferably with a your favorite beer. It’s worth every bit of your time and it’s definitely some good “Country A$$ Shit!”
Singer and songwriter K.T. Oslin has died. The Grammy-, ACM- and CMA-winning hitmaker was best known for songs including “80s Ladies” and “Do Ya” but had many Top 10 hits during the late 1980s and early ’90s.
Music Rowwas first to report Oslin’s death at the age of 78, citing a years-long battle with Parkinson’s disease and a more recent battle with COVID-19 as possible contributors to her passing. The industry trade magazine says Oslin had been living in an assisted-living facility since 2016 and died Monday morning (Dec. 21). Her official cause of death has not yet been shared.
Oslin found country radio success remarkably late in life, as she was 45 years old when a trio of Top 10 country airplay hits pushed her into the mainstream spotlight. “I’ll Always Come Back” followed “80s Ladies” and “Do Ya” as hit songs, and others such as “Money,” “Hold Me” and “Hey Bobby” followed in 1988 and 1989.
Both the ACM and CMA Awards named Oslin the Top Female Vocalist in 1988, and she won a pair of Grammy Awards for “Hold Me” in 1989, which followed a Grammy win for “80s Ladies” the year prior. “Come Next Monday,” Oslin’s final No. 1 hit, earned two Grammy nominations in 1990.
After her commercial career peaked in the early ’90s, Oslin turned to acting and found roles on various television specials and movies, and — as Music Row points out — was a favorite on late-night talk shows. She intentionally slowed down around this time and had at least one major health scare in the 20 years before revealing her Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2015.
Every time I hear ‘80s Ladies’ I can’t help but think about my mom, my aunt Peggy and aunt Debbie. This song brings back a life I miss…because I really miss having them all together in the same room talking shit like they always did. #RIPKT ❤️
Charley Pride has died. According to a press release from his publicist, the country legend died on Saturday (Dec. 12) in Dallas, Texas, of complications from COVID-19. He was 86 years old.
Born in Sledge, Mississippi, on March 18, 1934, Pride grew up poor as the son of a sharecropper on a cotton farm and became country music’s first Black superstar, as well as the first Black member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
According to the biography at his official website, Pride’s father instilled his love of country music by listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. Pride got his first guitar at the age of 14 and taught himself to play, but his earliest success actually came playing baseball. Pride signed with the Boise Yankees, the Class C farm team of the New York Yankees, in 1953, and he played for a variety of teams off and on over the next decade, including a stint playing in the military, before abandoning his dream of playing in the major leagues.
Thank God Charley Pride chose country music. The CMA Awards, thank you for having Charley play…one more time.
RIP Charley Pride. You’re going to be missed. By a lot of us.
Congratulations to CAPITOL NASHVILLE artist JON PARDI and hairstylist SUMMER DUNCAN, who said I do at SADDLE WOODS FARM in Murfreesboro, TN, on SATURDAY (11/21) night. The wedding, rescheduled from an earlier date in MAY due to this pandemic, was downsized to just immediate family and close friends.
PEOPLE.com reports that the couple chose PARDI’s “yet-to-be-released song ‘Look At You’ for their first dance as a married couple. PARDI wrote the song for Duncan this past June in California and recorded it earlier this month.”
DUNCAN posted two wedding photos on INSTAGRAM, writing, “Best day of my life.”
The couple got engaged onstage during his show at NASHVILLE’s RYMAN AUDITORIUM in October 2019, after dating for three-and-a-half years (NET NEWS 10/3/19).
Morgan Wallen’s video for his song “7 Summers” tells a real story perfectly like a music video should. Reminds of a 1990s Travis Tritt video (“Anymore” and “Tell Me I Was Dreaming” were two of the best). Our VHS tapes are somewhere and as soon as we find them we’ll be watching them too.
This video is a country music mini movie and it’s worth your time to watch. No mullet is necessary in watching. We promise.
A great video always makes any song come to life. You feel like you’re living the song in real time. MAKE VIDEOS GREAT AGAIN (MVGA).
Blake Shelton tweeted, “Hey @gwenstefani thanks for saving my 2020… And the rest of my life.. I love you. I heard a YES!”
Couldn’t be happier for Blake and Gwen! Seeing happiness in people is a beautiful thing. “Happy Anywhere” has a new meaning now. We will be getting Blake Shelton drunk to celebrate this great news! Hopefully we’ll see our wedding invites in the mail…any day now.
If you like ’90s country line dancing, and who doesn’t, you’ll love JOSH TURNER’s“I Can Tell By The Way You Dance”video. You might even think you’re watching the “Club Dance”show from back in the day . . . except it was filmed at the Nashville Palace. It’s one of the tracks from Josh’s “Country State of Mind” album.
The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION revealed this morning (10/5) that REBA MCENTIRE and DARIUS RUCKER will host “The 54th Annual CMA Awards,” set for WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. The announcement was made by the two Country stars live on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning AMERICA.” The awards show will air live from downtown NASHVILLE’s MUSIC CITY CENTER from 8-11p (ET) on ABC.
MCENTIRE will be making her fifth appearances as the show’s host, while RUCKER is hosting for the first time.
“I’m thrilled to be back hosting the CMA Awards and even more thrilled that I get to share the stage with DARIUS RUCKER,” said MCENTIRE. “We’re looking forward to a night of celebrating great Country music, and hope you’ll tune in and watch!”
Added RUCKER, “I look forward to the CMA Awards every year because of the incredible performances and the opportunity to celebrate the year in Country music. To be invited to host this year’s awards alongside REBA — are you kidding me?! — It is an absolute honor. Even though this year will look a little different than normal, I know that we’re all eager for a night of musical celebration, and this year’s show definitely won’t disappoint!”
CMA CEO SARAH TRAHERN said the duo’s “playful chemistry and genuine warmth are exactly what we know our viewers want to see this year. We look forward to bringing fans a night of celebration, live performances and a television experience unlike any other. We cannot wait to share more details about our show in the coming weeks.”
Watch the 2020 CMA Awards host announcement video here.