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Jon Highlights Two Lost Hits That Are as Pure Country as Country Gets From Vern Gosdin and Mark Chesnutt

Country music has come a long way over the years to be the top music format on radio today. Some people complain that today's country is much more pop than it used it to be and has lost it's country way. Others think today's country is great and can't get enough of Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Justin Moore, Carrie Underwood and The Band Perry just to name a few.

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Willie Nelson Tour Bus Accident Leaves Three Hospitalized

Three people were hospitalized after Willie Nelson's band's tour bus slammed into a bridge pillar on I-30 in Sulphur Springs, Texas early Saturday morning (Nov. 23). The singer was not on board, but the incident has resulted in the postponement of several tour dates.

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Loretta Lynn Postpones Concert Due to Ill Health

The legendary Loretta Lynn has postponed a show planned in Iowa due to exhaustion.

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Album Spotlight: Randy Travis, ‘Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am’

Randy Travis' 'Influence Vol. 1: The Man I Am' is a simple collection of covers from artists that inspired him. Merle Haggard is the most represented singer, with eight cuts influenced by or recorded by him at some point. Three of the first four are Haggard songs, with 'What Have You Got Planned Tonight Diana' being the one to remember.

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Memories of Loretta Lynn at the Grand Ole Opry

Recently, the folks from the Grand Ole Opry came to visit us in the studio. They ALWAYS bring with them awesome live tracks of artists performing on the Opry stage and cool stories from backstage. Here is one of those stories.....

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Jon and Leslie Talk About the CMT Video Awards Overlooking George Jones Contribution

This morning we discussed the letter Naomi Judd wrote to the Tennessean voicing her disappointment about the 2013 CMT Video Awards barely mentioning the passing of George Jones. I said that it might be because the awards show is geared toward a younger crowd because it awards everything video. Jon mentioned that George actually made a few videos including one that was AWESOME that starred an older man working at a gas station. It's the video for 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes'. Take a look!

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Vince Gill And Patty Loveless Perform An Emotional ‘Go Rest High On That Mountain’ At Funeral For George Jones

George Jones was laid to rest today, after a huge outpouring of support from friends, family, and fans in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House.  I found myself glued to the TV watching the huge number of friends that spoke and sang about Jones.  One performance really captured the admiration of the country legend.

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In an 80th Birthday Interview, George Jones Revealed His Favorite Songs

As we all mourn the death of country music legend George Jones, his music keeps playing over again and again in our minds. We think of which of his songs we loved the most. On Facebook, we asked you to tell us your favorite song and it was very difficult to narrow it down. Choosing a favorite George Jones song is even MORE difficult if you are George Jones. It's like trying to choose a favorite child. But in an interview from his 80th birthday celebration, George was able to narrow it down.

 

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Country Legend and Grand Ole Opry Star Jack Greene Dies at 83

He was known as the "Jolly Green Giant" to country music fans around the world; Jack Greene has died at the age of 83 from complications related to Alzheimer's disease. Greene died in his sleep at his home in Nashville, according to a statement.

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Little Jimmy Dickens Surprises Brad Paisley [VIDEO]

Last week Brad Paisley turned the big 4-0! And his good friend, Little Jimmy Dickens, couldn't wait to wish him Happy Birthday in a very unexpected way!!

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Loretta Lynn Celebrates 50 Years at the Grand Ole Opry

In 1962, Loretta Lynn was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, just two years after her debut on the famous Nashville stage. On Tuesday night (Sept. 25), the iconic country singer celebrated the 50th anniversary of her induction with a commemorative show.

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Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You Hall of Fame Exhibit to Open in August

The legendary Patsy Cline is the subject of an upcoming exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. Patsy Cline: Crazy for Loving You will open in the museum’s East Gallery on Aug. 24, signing rent for a ten-month run.

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