NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 4, 2018) – Legendary country music artist Mickey Gilley was presented the Calgary White Hat Saturday night at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“It was a great honor receiving the White Hat in Calgary, just about like when I got the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it was awesome!” said Gilley.
The Calgary White Hat recognizes the recipient as an honorary citizen of Calgary and is a symbol of friendship and hospitality that has been bestowed upon celebrities and government officials alike since 1948. Other notable recipients include former U.S. Presidents Clinton and Bush, the Dalai Lama, Oprah and the Rolling Stones.
“It is a distinction given to visiting dignitaries as an Official City Welcome, making our guests Honorary Calgary citizens,” said Kevin Hendrickson of the Calgary Stampede Promotional Committee. “Mr. Gilley was chosen for his lifelong work in the country music industry. We wanted to extend our respect and the lifelong work that he has brought to country music.”
Mickey Gilley is currently traveling and performing both solo and together with Johnny Lee on their “Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour.” The tour kicked off earlier this year and the two have been playing to sold out crowds all over the country.
About Mickey Gilley
Country music artist Mickey Gilley has been wowing fans with his haunting sound of Louisiana rhythm and blues since 1957. The Mississippi native grew up with his two famous cousins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, surrounded by the influence of music. Gilley made his chart-topping debut with his song “Is It Wrong For Loving You,” in which Kenny Rogers played the guitar. After moving to Pasadena, Texas, in 1971, he opened his world famous honky-tonk nightclub, Gilley’s. He continued to show chart success with hits like “City Lights” and “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time,” both of which reached number one on the Billboard Country chart. In 1980, Gilley appeared in the film “Urban Cowboy” alongside John Travolta and Johnny Lee. At age 82, Gilley is still going strong and is currently on the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour alongside Johnny Lee, playing more than 40 dates across the United States in 2018.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music icon and New York Times Best Selling author Naomi Judd is on top again with the No. 1 best-selling book in the country, according to Amazon’s Best Sellers in Country Music. Following national television appearances on CBS’ The Talk and Hallmark Channel’s Home & Family, “River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope” ascends to the top of Amazon’s Best Sellers. CLICK HERE to purchase.
Naomi is also bringing her energetic flare to the April issue of First For Women as she opens up about the wellness strategies that keep her looking and feeling her absolute best. She also shares common sense beauty tips and the advice Oprah Winfrey gave her years ago that’s even more relevant today.
This summer the country music icon will return to the ball field for the City of Hope 28th Annual Celebrity Softball Game in Nashville, Tenn. Naomi participated in the game in the late 80s and early 90s and is dusting off her glove to return as a play-by-play Guest Announcer Saturday, June 9. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
ABOUT NAOMI JUDD:
Hailing from the Appalachian foothills of Ashland, Ky., mother and daughter duo, The Judds, were first discovered by RCA label head Joe Galante in 1983 after landing a spot on WSM-TV’s “The Ralph Emery Show.” They made their chart debut by the end of the year with “Had A Dream (For The Heart),” and the two were on their way to a history-making career. For the rest of the 1980’s, each single from The Judds released by RCA went to the Billboard Top 10, with 14 hits going all the way to number one. The Judds embarked on their “Farewell Tour” in 1991 after Naomi’s diagnosis of Hepatitis C forced her to retire from the road. Naomi focused on her health, beating the disease, writing several New York Times best-selling books and becoming a popular motivational speaker. This fall, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will explore the lives and careers of the GRAMMY®-winning mother-daughter duo with an exhibit opening Aug. 10, 2018. For more information, follow Naomi Judd on Facebook and Instagram or visit NaomiJudd.com.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – It’s been more than 20 years since Shenandoah released new music to country radio and, for the first time, they’re heading to New York to promote their new album, RELOADED! They’ll appear on AOL Build, Good Day New York, Fox Business’ Varney & Co., Fox News Radio, Celebrity Page, Lifeminute, Do You Remember and make a special appearance at Opry City Stage, which will be their first performance ever in New York City!
Shenandoah’s frontman Marty Raybon and founding member Mike McGuire are RELOADED on their new record released by BMG, which includes 9 of their iconic hits recorded LIVE last year on tour, along with 3 brand new songs produced by Jay DeMarcus. CLICK HEREto pre-order RELOADED (available everywhere March 16).
Monday, March 12
Varney & Co.
11:00 a.m. EST
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Do You Remember
2:00 p.m. EST
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Opry City Stage
8:00 p.m. EST
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Tuesday, March 13
Good Day New York
7-10:00 a.m. EST
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5:00 p.m. EST
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The GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM-winning group will also appear or be featured in Parade, Cowboys and Indians Magazine, The Tennessean, Today’s Christian Living, Washington Post, Sports and Entertainment Nashville, The Boot, PopCulture.Country, Jesus Calling, Rock and Review, Country Gold with Terri Clark, Racing Classic Country, Boot Scootin’ 90s, Audio Driver’s Magazine, The Country Note, Nashville Country Club, New Music Nashville, The Dana Williams Show, Classic Country Jamboree, The Justin Reed Show, Music Update Central, Pure American Country, Power Country, Collin Raye’s Rewind Country and MORE!
Shenandoah will celebrate RELOADED, along with several surprise guest performances, during an album release party March 20 at City Winery in Nashville. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.
RELOADED TRACK LISTING:
1. Next To You, Next To Me (LIVE)
2. If Bubba Can Dance, I Can Too (LIVE)
3. The Moon Over Georgia (LIVE)
4. Mama Knows (LIVE)
5. Sunday In The South (LIVE)
6. I Want To Be Loved Like That (LIVE)
7. Ghost In The House (LIVE)
8. Two Dozen Roses (LIVE)
9. The Church On Cumberland Road (LIVE)
11. That’s Where I Grew Up
12. Little Bit of Livin
Shenandoah continues captivating audiences nationwide with their high-energy show and new single “NOISE,” which is currently No. 33 in the nation on the Music Row Radio Chart. Over the last 30 years, the band has recorded 9 studio albums, 13 No. 1 records and charted 26 singles on the Billboard country charts. Their No. 1 hits include “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road,” “Next to You, Next to Me,” “I Want to be Loved Like That,” “Sunday In The South,” “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” and many more.
SHENANDOAH 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR:
March 16 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
March 22 Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre – New Braunfels, Texas
March 23 Municipal Auditorium – Greenville, Texas
March 24 Sugar Creek Casino Hinton, Okla.
April 06 City Stage – Lynn Haven, Fla.
April 12 Pigeon Forge, Tenn. – Dollywood
April 13 Railroad Festival – Amory, Miss.
April 14 Swisher Hospital Fundraiser – Tulia, Texas
April 20 Ho Chunk Casino – Black River Falls, Wisc.
April 21 New Barn Convention Center – Winchester, Ohio
April 28 – Boots & Badges Fundraiser – Lubbock, Texas
May 04 Gilley’s Choctaw Casino – Polola, Okla.
May 12 Niswonger PAC – Greenville, Tenn.
May 11 The Stage at Center Star – Bossier City, La.
May 18 Camp Douglas Armed Forces – Camp Douglas, Wisc.
May 26 City of Grafton Celebration – Grafton, W.V.
June 02 Leon County Expo Center – Buffalo, Texas
June 09 Downtown Carlsbad – Carlsbad, N.M.
June 16 Cameron Elks Lodge’ Fundraiser – Cameron, Mo.
June 17 Porterfield Country Music Festival – Marinette, Wisc.
June 22 Rockbox Theater – Fredericksburg, Texas
June 23 – Texas Opry Theater – Weatherford, Texas
June 30 Tolchester Marina – Chestertown, Md.
July 07 The Smiling Goat Saloon – Zanesville, Ohio
July 14 Moonshine Ranch – Ranger, Texas
July 27 Heritage Park Music On Main – Denison, Texas
July 28 Dundy County Fair – Benkelman, Neb.
August 01 Gallia County Fair – Gallipolis, Ohio
August 22 Grange Fair – Centre Hall, Pa.
August 25 Tivoli Theatre – Chattanooga, Tenn.
Sept. 01 Loretta Lynn Ranch – Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Sept. 08 The Coyote Store – Gail, Texas
Oct. 05 Come And Take It Celebration – Gonzales, Texas
Oct. 11 The Ritz Theatre – Greenville, Ala.
Oct. 19 Country Tonite Theatre – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Nov. 08 Center for Rural Development – Somerset, Ky.
Nov. 24 The Caverns – Pelham, Tenn.
(more dates to be announced soon)
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GRAMMY®, CMA and ACM-winning hitmakers Shenandoah are celebrating 30 years of chart-topping hits as the group gears up for new music and non-stop touring in 2018. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. Today that legacy continues as original members Raybon and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah’s storied career. Raybon and McGuire formed the band in 1984 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with bassist Ralph Ezell, keyboardist Stan Thorn and guitarist Jim Seales. Shenandoah inked a deal with the legendary label and began establishing a national fan base with their self-titled debut in 1987. However, it was the band’s sophomore effort, The Road Not Taken, that spawned their first top ten hits—“She Doesn’t Cry Anymore” and “Mama Knows.” Shenandoah followed with three consecutive No. 1 hits—“Church on Cumberland Road,” “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses.” “The Church on Cumberland Road” spent two weeks at the top of the chart and made country music history as it marked the first time that a country band’s first No. 1 single spent more than one week at the summit. It also helped propel sales of the album to more than half a million units thus giving Shenandoah their first gold album. Shenandoah became known for delivering songs that celebrated the importance of faith and family while reveling in the joys of small town life. “Next to You, Next to Me” topped the charts for three weeks and “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart,” a beautiful duet with Alison Krauss, won a Country Music Association Award for Vocal Event of the year and a Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Shenandoah also won the Academy of Country Music’s Vocal Group of the Year in 1991. Shenandoah recorded nine studio albums and placed 26 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart.
A Million-Air Award is given to songwriters, composers, and publishers whose songs accumulate over one million U.S. broadcast performances. The acknowledgement is a mark of praise.
The songs recognized were:
The Closer You Get performed by Alabama – 4 Million Broadcast Performances
She’s A Miracle performed by Exile – 2 Million Broadcast Performances
Give Me One More Chance performed by Exile- 1 Million Broadcast Performances
Beautiful Mess performed by Diamond Rio – 4 Million Broadcast Performances
Give Me One More Chance performed by Exile – 1 Million Broadcast Performances
She’s A Miracle performed by Exile – 2 Million Broadcast Performances
Monkey C Music (Sonny LeMaire)
Beautiful Mess performed by Diamond Rio – 4 Million
Crossover hit-making band, Exile, is celebrating a distinguished career of 55 years as the longest running American self-contained band and has sold over 8 million records, including three Gold records and eleven number one hit songs, along with numerous hits on the pop and country charts. They are known for major hits including “Kiss You All Over,” “Give Me One More Chance,” and “I Don’t Want to Be a Memory,” to name a few. Exile music is available on all digital platforms here.
Exile formed in 1963 looking to play small clubs in Richmond, Kentucky, but managed to top both the pop and country charts during their over 55 year-long career. Their most successful hit, “Kiss You All Over” spent four weeks at the top of Billboard’s pop chart in 1978. In the early 1980’s Exile started to focus on country music. During their run on the country charts Exile has successfully had ten No. 1 singles including “I Don’t Want To Be A Memory” and “Give Me One More Chance.” They have toured with acts including Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Rogers and The Judds. The 5 original Exile members re-formed in 2008 and continue to tour today. Current members of the band include J.P. Pennington, Les Taylor, Sonny LeMaire, Marlon Hargis and Steve Goetzman. 2018 celebrates 55 years for the band and 40th anniversary of the hit song “Kiss You All Over.” For more information, visit www.exile.biz.