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September 14th: On this day

1934
Born on this day in Brownfield, Texas, was Don Walser, was known as a unique, award-winning yodeling "Texas country music legend." He was known for maintaining a catalog of older, obscure country music and cowboy songs and kept alive old 1940s and 1950s tunes by country music pioneers such as Bob Wills and Eddie Arnold. He died on September 20, 2006.

1958
Born on this day in Harlingen, Texas, was singer-songwriter, Beth Nielsen Chapman who has written many Country hits including: co-songwriter of Faith Hill's "This Kiss", Trisha Yearwood ("Down On My Knees", "You Say You Will", "Trying to Love You"), Martina McBride ("Happy Girl"), Willie Nelson ("Nothing I Can Do About It Now", "Ain't Necessarily So", "If My World Didn't Have You").

1959
Born on this day in Aiken, South Carolina, was John Berry country singer, songwriter, who has recorded over fifteen studio albums, and scored the 1994 US #1 single "Your Love Amazes Me."

1978
Born on this day in Jacksonville, North Carolina, was Danielle Peck country music artist. Her self-titled debut 2006 album produced the Top 30 country hits "I Don't", "Findin' a Good Man", and "Isn't That Everything".

1982
Willie Nelson was at #1 on the US Country charts with Always On My Mind. The album was the Billboard #1 country album of the year for 1982, peaking at the top of the charts for a total of 22 weeks, as well as spending 99 weeks on the chart.

1996
Tulsa honored American Western swing fiddler Johnnie Lee Wills with a street named after him. Johnnie Lee Wills Lane is directly in front of the Expo Square Pavilion at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Wills, who died in 1984 was the younger brother of Bob Wills and had also played banjo with Bob as a member of the Texas Playboys.

2003
Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffett were at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with the Jim "Moose" Brown and Don Rollins penned song, "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere". The song spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the chart and won the Country Music Association (CMA) Award for Vocal Event of the Year.

2005
Property from the estate of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash raised $1.24 million on the first day of a three-day auction at Sotheby's in New York City. Items sold included a custom-made abalone-inlaid acoustic guitar for $131,200 and an autographed photo of Elvis Presely to June Cash sold for $18,000, a striped prisoner's jacket from Folsom Prison made $6,000.

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Luke Bryan Gives Back in Houston

Proceeds from Luke Bryan‘s Sept. 22 concert at the Cynthia Woods Pavilion in Houston, Texas will support the Houston Community Fund.

Bryan is also coordinating with the Houston area authorities to make concert tickets available to members of Hurricane Harvey’s first responder teams. On Tuesday (Sept. 12), he took donations by phone at the Hand in Hand telethon in Nashville to support victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Bryan will perform his new single “Light It Up” live on Wednesday’s (Sept. 13) Grand Ole Opry as part of the show’s celebration of Country Cares for St. Jude Kids. When guests purchase tickets to the show, $5 from each ticket sold will be donated to support pediatric cancer research at the Memphis facility.

The night will include performances by Nashville‘s Charles Esten and Clare Bowen, as well as Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky and Randy Owen.

“Light It Up” is the first single from Bryan’s next album, which is due out by end of year. His Huntin’, Fishin’ And Lovin’ Every Day Tour continues through the end of October. He is a 2017 CMT Artist of the Year and a CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee.

Tribute Album to Songwriter John D. Loudermilk Debuts Sept. 15

Features Emmylou Harris, Rosanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson and Others

In one of the most ambitious projects yet launched to memorialize a Nashville songwriter, Vector Recordings will release on Sept. 15 the album A Tribute to John D. Loudermilk. Recorded live last year during a concert at Tennessee’s Franklin Theatre, the project will also be spun off as a PBS special and possibly as a commercial DVD.

Among the more than two dozen artists performing on the 24-cut album are Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Rosanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, John Jorgenson, Tommy Emmanuel and Lee Roy Parnell.

All artist royalties from the project will be donated to MusiCares, the Recording Academy’s charity to aid in-need members of the music community.

Loudermilk, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1976, died in 2016, a few months after the tribute concert.

Although operating out of Nashville, Loudermilk wrote hits not only for country artists but for rock and pop stars as well. His classic compositions include “Waterloo,” “Abilene,” “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye,” “Break My Mind,” “Indian Reservation,” “Talk Back Trembling Lips” and “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye.”

The list of artists who recorded Loudermilk’s songs is voluminous, ranging from George Hamilton IV, Stonewall Jackson, Ernest Ashworth and George Jones on the country side, to such mainstream acts as the Allman Brothers, Jefferson Airplane, Roy Orbison, Perry Como, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown and Norah Jones.

“In life and love and song, Loudermilk hated moderation,” observes music critic Peter Cooper in his liner notes for the album. “He wasn’t just a seeker of truth and beauty, he was a finder.”

Grammy-winning guitarist John Jorgenson produced the album and was the musical director for the concert. Dixie Gamble organized the concert, co-produced the album and is overseeing production of the PBS special, which will air according to local schedules.

Lynn Anderson’s New Hall of Fame Exhibit Set to Open on Sept. 15

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will explore the life and career of Lynn Anderson in a new exhibit, Lynn Anderson: Keep Me in Mind, which opens Sept. 15 and runs through June 2018.

The daughter of accomplished songwriter Liz Anderson, Lynn seemed destined for stardom at an early age. She was born Sept. 26, 1947, in Grand Forks, N.D., and raised in California, where she won several awards for her equestrian skills. Lynn made her chart debut in 1966 with “Ride, Ride, Ride” and scored several Top 10 hits up to 1970. She also served as a regular on Lawrence Welk’s television variety show from 1967 to 1969, which exposed her to a national audience.

Her breakthrough came with “Rose Garden,” written by Joe South, which Lynn discovered after listening to one of Joe’s albums. “Rose Garden,” released in late 1970, immediately caught fire with the public and hit No. 1 on Dec. 26 for the first of five weeks. The song was also a crossover smash, peaking at No. 3 on the pop charts. Lynn copped a Grammy award for her performance in 1971 and won the CMA Female Vocalist of the Year honor later that same year. Lynn picked up four additional No. 1s following “Rose Garden,” including “How Can I Unlove You,” “Keep Me in Mind” and “What a Man, My Man Is.”

Lynn passed away in 2015 at the age of 67.

Highlights of Lynn’s new Hall of Fame exhibit include:

  • Chiffon gown with rhinestone-and bead-embellished bodice worn by Lynn on the cover of the 1970 album, Rose Garden
  • Grammy for Best Country Female Vocal Performance for “Rose Garden”
  • Hat by Shorty’s Caboy Hattery that was worn by Lynn during her performance at the 2009 Stagecoach Festival
  • Nathan Turk western shirt and pants with piping and floral embroidery that was worn by Lynn on a 1977 episode of ABC’s Starsky and Hutch.
  • U. S. Marine Corps recruiting poster inspired by “Rose Garden” and autographed to Lynn by USMC Gunnery Sgt. Charles A. Taliano
  • Parade saddle and tack used by Lynn at equestrian events

Lynn’s new installation joins current HOF exhibits devoted to Jason Aldean, Loretta Lynn and Shania Twain. An exhibition on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will open in November.

Keith Urban, Garth Brooks & Florida Georgia Line to Headline 2018 Stagecoach Festival

Stagecoach Music Festival announced that Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line will headline its three-day musical extravaganza in Indio, Calif., in April 2018.

FGL will headline opening night on April 27, Keith will be featured on April 28 and Garth will close the festival on April 29.

“Everyone knows Stagecoach is the biggest country festival in the world,” says Garth. “We are coming with the sole purpose of making it the biggest party on the planet.”

“It’s been eight years since we played Stagecoach, but we are coming back and super excited about this,” added Keith. “I’m looking forward to it.”

In addition to the aforementioned headliners, the 2018 lineup includes Dwight Yoakam, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Jason Isbell, Brett Young, Kane Brown, Jake Owen, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Brice and more.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. CT.

Announced Lineup (more artists may be added)

Aaron Watson
Ashley McBryde
Banditos
Brett Young
Brothers Osborne
Carly Pearce
Chris Janson
Chris Lane
Cody Jinks
Colter Wall
Dwight Yoakam
Florida Georgia Line
Garth Brooks
Gordon Lightfoot
Granger Smith
Jade Bird
Jade Jackson
Jake Owen
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Jillian Jacqueline
Jordan Davis
Joshua Hedley
Kacey Musgraves
Keith Urban
Kelsea Ballerini
Kenny Rogers
Lee Brice
Lillie Mae
Lindsay Ell
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real
Midland
Molly Hatchet
Morgan Wallen
Muscadine Bloodline
Paul Cauthen
Ronnie Milsap
Runaway June
Seth Ennis
Tanya Tucker
Temecula Road
The Georgia Satellites
Tyler Childers
Walker Hayes
Walker McGuire

 

Around the Valley

The 8th Annual Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering is today, tomorrow and Saturday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds and Community Center in Shoshone.  The event features cowboy western music and poetry.  Entertainers include Dave Stamey, Kristyn Harris, Brigid & Johnny Reedy, Prairie Wind, Poppa Mac, The Panhandle Cowboys, David Anderson and Thatch Elmer.  The event kicks off thursday Night with a potluck dinner and dance.  The mountain men will have their camp setup for you to enjoy. Vendors will have merchandise to sell Friday and Saturday as well.  General admission tickets for the Friday and Saturday night concerts are are $20.00, or buy a ticket for both nights for $35.  Get all the info at http://www.lostnlavagathering.com.

 

Catch local singer and songwriter Brianne Lynn performing at Mountain View Barn tomorrow night from 6 'til 9.  Admission is free.

 

Superhero Saturday is THIS Saturday at Success Martial Arts in Twin Falls.  Parents, come take great photos of your kids with superheroes and theatrical backdrops! This is your chance for free live photo opportunities with superheroes like Spiderman, Batman, Kung Fu Panda’s Tigress, and more!  The event is free to attend.  Donations will be accepted benefiting the Special Olympics "Tators" of Twin Falls.

 

MOVIES TONIGHT

MAGIC VALLEY CINEMA 13 (MAGIC VALLEY MALL):  Home Again, It, Leap! (Ballerina). The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Annabelle: Creation, Wind River, Spiderman: Homecoming & Despicable Me 3

CENTURY STADIUM 5 (BURLEY): It, All Saints, Leap!, Wind River &  Annabelle: Creation

MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The Hero, Home Again, It, Wind River, The Hitman’s Bodyguard & The Glass Castle

HOLLYWOOD

 

Legendary film and television tough guy Frank Vincent, who battled James Gandolfini and Robert De Niro in his most famous roles, has died at 78.  Vincent's first big break was in Martin Scorsese’s Raging Bull in 1980 alongside De Niro and Joe Pesci.  One of his most memorable roles was when he played mobster Billy Batts in Scorsese’s 1990 classic Goodfellas.  In 2004, Vincent joined the cast of The Sopranos as Phil Leotardo, the chief antagonist to Tony Soprano as the series drew to its close.  Reports say that Vincent suffered a heart attack last week, and underwent open-heart surgery Wednesday. He died during the surgery.

 

A-list celebrities came out in droves on Monday night to take part in the "Hand in Hand" hurricane relief benefit, which raised more than $44 million for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Some of the notable donations of the evening included Apple's $5 million donation, Albertsons Companies and Merck each gave $1 million, the NBA Players Association donated $500,000 and would match any professional basketball player's donation up to $20,000.  At least 70 people died during Hurricane Harvey, and 22 deaths have been reported in the U.S. from Hurricane Irma.

 

Rebel Wilson had quite the payday yesterday when she was awarded $3.66 million by an Australian judge in a defamation case against a magazine publisher that printed articles that she said cost her film roles in Hollywood.  The 37-year-old star had sued Bauer Media — publisher of the Australian magazines Woman’s Day, Australian Women’s Weekly, NW and OK — after the magazines published reports in 2015 claiming she lied about her age, origins of her first name and her upbringing.  The articles cited a former classmate, who accused the Bridesmaids star of being seven years older than what the media had been reporting. The classmate had also claimed Wilson went by a different name in high school.  She attended the entire three week trial in person, and claimed the eight articles published by Bauer resulted in her being fired from two feature films under the belief that she was a serial liar.  Wilson made it clear on Twitter that her case wasn’t about the money — promising to donate her winnings to a charity and to invest it back into the Australian film industry.