Wednesday, April 29, 2009

We've lost another one ...

Veteran country singer Vern Gosdin died in his sleep Wednesday morning at a Nashville hospital. He was 74. Gosdin charted 40 songs; 19 were top 10; three went to #1: I Can Tell By the Way You Dance, Set 'Em Up Joe and I'm Still Crazy. He will be missed!

Vern Gosdin (1934 - 2009)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Country shorts ...

Jimmy Rankin is another one of the performers added to this year's Stanfest ... the full list is available at

Dierks Bentley is packing for his first-ever Australian tour, with Brooks & Dunn, beginning this Friday in Perth.

Look for Taylor Swift in the current issue of TIME. You'll find her in the magazine's '10 Questions' feature.

The 6th and final season of Reba's self-titled sitcom will be released on DVD, June 23

Ferlin Husky is back home after being admitted to a Missouri hospital last week. He was treated for heart problems & pneumonia. Ferlin is 83.


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Victoria Banks on The Eagle!

She has written hits for Sara Evans, Jessica Simpson and Johnny Reid ... but now this Canadian singer songwriter has released her first solo album and her first single ... join us Saturday afternoon from 4-5 for the Victoria Banks radio special ... you'll hear all the cuts from her new album ... the show is hosted by Canada's Doc Walker ... that's the Victoria Banks radio special Saturday April 25th at 4PM ADT on 1035 The Eagle and live on your computer at


Forbes ...

Forbes Magazine has released the list of top grossing country music acts for 2008! Leading the list is Kenney Chesney. His 2008 "Poets and Pirates" tour sold more than 1 million tickets! He was also the highest-grossing country artist on tour last year with gross ticket sales of $72 million. His estimated earnings: $65 million. # 2 on the Forbes list: Rascal Flatts. They grossed $56 million on tour last year. At # 3 Toby Keith with gross ticket sales of $31 million in 2008 and estimated earnings of $52 million. Taylor Swift is ranked 4th and Brooks and Dunn are #5.

Rounding out the top 10: Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Sugarland, Carrie Underwood and Alan Jackson.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Jessie, CMT, Buddy & Bill ...

Jessie Farrell has just finished another recording session in Nashville! That's a total of six songs done for her next album! If you got to her blog at you can read her comments on the sessions. Jessie, all your country fans are looking forward to the next album! (and the next single) ... The next country music awards show is just around the corner: The 2009 CMT Music Awards! And the first-round of nominations were announced today. Sugarland earned six nominations. Brad Paisley and Taylor Swift each earned four nominations. Fans can vote on line at from now till May 11th to determine the final nominees, which will be announced on May 19. The 2009 CMT Music Awards will take place in Nashville on June 17 ... Buddy Strait, the older brother of George Strait, was found dead in a San Antonio hotel room this past Friday. He was 58. Deputies said Strait, whose real name was John Strait Jr, was in town on business. Investigators believe he died of natural causes, but an autopsy will be held to confirm the exact cause of death ... It was on this day in 1963 that Bill Anderson hit #1 on the Billboard country chart with his biggest hit - Still.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Defying Gravity!

Keith Urban’s fifth studio release, “Defying Gravity,” debuted this week at #1 on both Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and the Country Album Chart and at #4 on the Canadian Top 200 Albums Chart. It marks Urban’s 3rd consecutive #1 Country CD and his first #1 on the Billboard Top 200 outpacing “Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing” and “Be Here”, which both debuted at #3. you would like to see a video about the production of Keith Urban's new album - Defying Gravity - click on the title above!

Remember - Sweet City Woman - by the Jo Hikk Band from Calgary Alberta? Well, the Jo Hikk Band will be the 'Featured Artist' for the month of May at Walmarts across Canada with their album - Ride!

Here's some fun ... very similar to playing Guitar Hero or Rock Band ... it's from emerging Canadian artists: One More Girl! Check it out at

Scott Roberts had an amazing interview with Canadian country singer Julian Austin this past week. You can hear the full interview on our web site