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September 15th: On this day

Born on this day in Maynardville, Tennessee, was Roy Acuff, who became synonymous with the Grand Ole Opry following his 1938 debut. In 1962, he became the first living inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Acuff is often credited with moving the genre from its early string band and "hoedown" format to the star singer-based format that helped make it internationally successful. He died in Nashville on November 23, 1992 of congestive heart failure.

Johnny Cash Sings Hank Williams was released in the US, the singer, songwriters seventh studio. Contrary to what the title might suggest, only the first four out of the twelve tracks on the album were written by Williams himself, with most of the others being versions of Cash's self-penned songs.

Glen Campbell was at #1 on the US Country album chart with Rhinestone Cowboy, the singer, guitarists 30th album. Campbell had heard the song (written by Larry Weiss) on the radio during a tour of Australia and once back in the US decided to record a version.

Born on this day was Andy Gibson American country music singer. He co-wrote "Don't You Wanna Stay", a duet between Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson which reached #1 on the country music charts in 2011.

Miranda Lambert signed with Epic Records. She gained fame as a finalist on the 2003 season of Nashville Star, where she finished in third place and made her debut with the release of "Me and Charlie Talking", the first single from her 2005 debut album Kerosene.

Garth Brooks' song, "More Than a Memory" became the first song to debut at #1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Songs chart, since the start of the magazine's all encompassing country chart in 1958. It was released as his 51st single and first single from his 2007 compilation The Ultimate Hits.

Celebrating the Life of Troy Gentry

On Thursday morning (Sept. 14), the seats at the Grand Ole Opry House were full, the music was heartfelt, and the applause was generous. But it was not your typical Opry show.

This show was a celebration of Troy Gentry’s life. A way for his family, friends and fans to come together to share stories and songs to say goodbye to the country singer who died in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8 at the age of 50. He is survived by his wife, Angie and his daughters, Taylor and Kaylee.

Radio personality Storme Warren hosted the service and opened with a confession. “My name’s Storme Warren, and I’m a Troy Gentry fan,” he said. Warren went on to reflect on Gentry’s infectious energy and the friendship he cherished.

And then he listed the five things he learned from Gentry.

1) Never stop taking risks and having fun.
2) It’s OK to act like a kid all the time.
3) Treat every human being with respect and kindness.
4) Love, protect and adore your family at all costs.
5) Trust in God and know you don’t have to be scared of anything.

“We lost a good one,” he said, “but he’s here with us forever.”

One of Gentry’s family friends, Eddie Lunn, echoed Warren’s sentiments. “I was blessed by Troy, and by God,” Lunn said about the time he met Gentry at the Puffy Muffin — a breakfast bakery in Brentwood. He talked about the continued breakfast meetings and the Christian conversations they’d shared. “We are all wired to love God and love others. He had the love others part down. God gifted him with a beautiful voice. His smile had a way of changing your day. God just loved him. Simply because he was Troy,” Lunn said.

Rafael Calderon, another one of Gentry’s best friends, eulogized him through the stories they shared and the memories Gentry left behind. “Do not cry because I am gone. Smile because I lived,” Calderon thought Gentry would be saying. “And boy, did he live.”

Dr. Michael L. Glenn, the senior pastor at Brentwood Baptist Church, talked about the day he got the call that no friend or pastor ever wants to get. “The phone rang, and I let it go to voicemail,” Glenn said about seeing an unknown number on his screen. “Then Eddie called me. ‘It’s Troy. There was a helicopter accident. He didn’t make it.’ We started walking this journey nobody wanted to walk,” Glenn shared.

Because Gentry’s band — country duo Montgomery Gentry — was a part of the Nashville scene since their debut album was released in 1999, the music from Gentry’s friends played a major role in the service. It started with another country duo Halfway 2 Hazard and their cover of the somber ballad, “My Old Kentucky Home, Good Night.” After that, a recording of Big Daddy Weave’s 2012 Christian song “Redeemed” played.

Then when Trace Adkins came out to the front of the stage to perform the centuries-old folk song “Wayfaring Stranger,” he took his black cowboy hat off, bowed his head and said, “Anytime I ever shared this stage with Troy, it was a privilege. And today’s no different. I’m privileged to be here to pay my respects to a good man.”

Singer/actor Cody Ray Slaughter, who first met Gentry at an Elvis festival when he was 22, was there to sing one of Gentry’s favorite songs, Elvis Presley’s 1970 “Kentucky Rain.”

Charlie Daniels, who had extended the 2009 invitation to join the Opry to Montgomery Gentry, took the stage without his hat or his fiddle and sang the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” after telling the crowd how grateful he was to have known Gentry. “The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away. I just thank you Lord for letting us have Troy, before you took him back,” Daniels said.

Near the end of the service, Vince Gill came out to share his wish for Gentry, and for his band mate Eddie Montgomery.

“I’m out here to honor a friend, and we’re all here because we feel like family. We came to be friends through the Opry family. I don’t know where Eddie is, but I hope you’ll lean on this family. Come out there and let this family love you,” Gill said. And the camera filming the service turned to find Montgomery in the crowd, surrounded with love from his artist friends sitting by him.

Gill performed his own 1994 ballad “Whenever You Come Around,” admitting that he was grateful he wasn’t asked to sing his “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” the go-to song at so many funerals in Nashville.

Glenn said a final prayer before Montgomery Gentry’s “Better Me” closed the service.

The Opry service was open to the public, and there was a private, family internment afterwards. Gentry’s family asks that donations be made to T.J. Martell Foundation or The American Red Cross for hurricane relief.

2017 CMT Artists of the Year: Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” Named Song of the Year

Sam Hunt‘s 2017 mega-hit “Body Like a Back Road” will be honored with the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year inaugural song of the year award. The award will be presented to Hunt and the song’s co-writers Zach Crowell, Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne.

The popular smash has shattered records for the most consecutive weeks on top of the Billboard‘s hot country songs chart as the longest running No. 1 by a solo artist in history.

It is 2017’s No. 1 most-downloaded country song with 1.6 million tracks sold, and it is the No. 1 most-streamed country song of the year with over 325 million streams.

This is its 31st consecutive week atop Billboard‘s hot country songs chart, and it spent 16 weeks in the Top 5 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart.

“‘Body Like a Backroad’ is the clear choice for this inaugural award,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “It’s a cross-genre smash that’s bound to become one of Sam Hunt’s signature songs in a growing list of chart-toppers.”

Airing live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. ET, the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year special will celebrate honorees Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan.

The 90-minute special will also extend beyond music to honor the unwavering spirit of those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and champion the many volunteers contributing to the ongoing rescue and recovery efforts. In addition, throughout the event, country’s biggest stars will encourage fans to continue supporting the extensive recovery over the next year.

Keith Urban Inducts Little Big Town Into the Music City Walk of Fame

Following in the footprints of country stars like Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis and more, Little Big Town was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame today (Sept. 14) by fellow member Keith Urban.

The Music City Walk of Fame—created in 2006—is a tribute to artists of all genres who have contributed to the world through song and made a significant contribution to the music industry with a connection to Music City. Sidewalk medallions line the one-mile stretch with the names of the inductees etched in a star and guitar design. Past inductees include Johnny Cash, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Trisha Yearwood and more.

Over their 18-year career, Little Big Town—consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman and Jimi Westbrook—has earned multiple No. 1 hits, including “Pontoon” and “Girl Crush,” and won multiple Grammy Awards, CMA Awards and ACM Awards.

In addition to LBT, Tom Ryman and Lula C. Naff were inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame for their central roles in creating and developing the Ryman Auditorium. Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show inducted Tom Ryman, while Jeannie Seely inducted Lula C. Naff.

Ray Stevens Is Streaking Into a New Country Music Hall of Fame Exhibit

Ray Stevens is streaking into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sept. 22 as part of the ongoing exhibit Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music.

Items on display in Sing Me Back Home provide a closer look at a particular person or special anniversaries. Recent Sing Me Back Home displays have featured Bob Moore, Keith Whitley and John Anderson.

Ray’s display, which is titled Ray Stevens: Everything Is Beautiful, will celebrate his 60 years in country music. Over the course of his career, Ray has earned two Grammy Awards, sold more than 40 million albums and recorded hit songs such as “The Streak” and “Everything Is Beautiful.”

“I am very flattered that the Country Music Hall of Fame has chosen to display some items from my career,” says Ray. “I can hardly wait to see the items on exhibition myself.”

Items features in Ray’s new exhibit include:

  • Spinet keyboard used by Ray to compose “Everything Is Beautiful”
  • Handwritten studio chart for “Everything Is Beautiful,” with musical notation for rubato, piano, and voice
  • 1970 Grammy for Best Contemporary Male Vocal Performance for “Everything Is Beautiful”
  • 1975 Grammy for Best Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for “Misty”
  • Nashville Songwriters Association International Hall of Fame induction award
  • Rhinestone-embellished “Coy” fez used in Ray’s video for “Shriner’s Convention”

National Transportation Safety Board Releases Preliminary Report on Helicopter Crash That Killed Troy Gentry & Pilot

The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report about the helicopter crash on Sept. 8 that killed Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry, 50, and helicopter pilot James Evan Robinson.

A handful of takeaways:

  • According to the chief flight instructor for the operator, the purpose of the flight was to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening.
  • Several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs.
  • The pilot elected to stop the engine and perform an autorotation, which was a familiar procedure he had performed numerous times in the past.
  • During the descent, the rotor rpm decayed to the point where the instructor could see the individual rotor blades. The helicopter descended from view prior to reaching the runway threshold and the sounds of impact were heard.
  • The cockpit was significantly deformed by impact damage, and the tailboom was separated at the fuselage.

Montgomery Gentry was formed in 1999. The duo found success with songs such as “My Town,” “If You Ever Stopped Loving Me,” “Something to Be Proud Of,” “Gone,” and “Back When I Knew It All.”

Troy is survived by his wife, Angie Gentry, and two daughters, Taylor and Kaylee.

You can read the full NTSB report below.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 8, 2017, about 1300 eastern daylight time, a Schweizer 269C-1 helicopter, N204HF, operated by Helicopter Flight Services, was substantially damaged during collision with terrain while performing a forced landing to Runway 01 at Flying W Airport (N14), Medford, New Jersey. The commercial pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the chief flight instructor for the operator, the purpose of the flight was to provide an orientation/pleasure flight to the passenger who was scheduled to perform in a concert on the airport later that evening.

Several minutes after takeoff, the pilot reported over the airport UNICOM frequency that he was unable to control engine rpm with throttle inputs. He reported he could “roll” the twist-grip, but that there was no corresponding change in engine rpm when he did so.

The company flight instructor and another certificated helicopter flight instructor were monitoring the frequency and engaged the pilot in conversation about potential courses of action to affect the subsequent landing. Options discussed included a shallow approach to a run-on landing, or a power-off, autorotational descent to landing. The pilot elected to stop the engine and perform an autorotation, which was a familiar procedure he had performed numerous times in the past. Prior to entering the autorotation, the pilot was advised to initiate the maneuver over the runway.

The company flight instructor reported that the helicopter entered the autorotation about 950 ft above ground level, and that the helicopter was quiet during its descent “because the engine was off.” During the descent, the rotor rpm decayed to the point where the instructor could see the individual rotor blades. The helicopter descended from view prior to reaching the runway threshold and the sounds of impact were heard. Both instructors reported that a high-pitched “whine” could be heard from the helicopter during the latter portion of the descent.

A video forwarded by local police showed the helicopter south of the runway as it entered what appeared to be a descent profile consistent with an autorotation. Toward the end of the video, the descent profile became more vertical and the rate of descent increased before the helicopter descended out of view. No sound could be heard from the helicopter.

The pilot held commercial and instructor pilot certificates, each with ratings for rotorcraft-helicopter and instrument helicopter. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) second-class medical certificate was issued April 12, 2017.

Excerpts of the pilot’s logbook revealed he had logged 480.9 total hours of flight experience. It was estimated that he had accrued over 300 total hours of flight experience in the accident helicopter make and model. The last entry logged was for 1.2 hours in the accident helicopter on the day of the accident.

The company training records indicated the pilot had received the training required by the operator for employment as a flight instructor, and his last airman competency check was completed satisfactorily on April 19, 2017 in the accident helicopter.

According to FAA records, the helicopter was manufactured in 2000 and had accrued approximately 7,900 total aircraft hours. Its most recent 100-hour inspection was completed August 17, 2017 at 7,884 total aircraft hours.

At 1254, the weather recorded at South Jersey Regional Airport (VAY), 2 miles west of N14, included clear skies and wind from 260° at 13 knots gusting to 18 knots. The temperature was 21°C, and the dew point was 9°C. The altimeter setting was 30.13 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was examined at the accident site, and all major components were accounted for at the scene. The initial ground scar was about 10 ft prior to the main wreckage, which was about 220 ft prior to the threshold of runway 01 and aligned with the runway.

The cockpit was significantly deformed by impact damage, and the tailboom was separated at the fuselage. The engine and main transmission remained mounted in the airframe, and all main rotor blades were secured in their respective grips, which remained attached to the main rotor head and mast. The pitch-change link for the yellow rotor blade was fractured, with fracture signatures consistent with overstress. Each of the three blades was bent significantly at its respective blade root. The blades showed little to no damage along their respective spans toward the blade tips, which was consistent with low rotor rpm at ground contact.

Flight control continuity was established from the individual flight controls, through breaks, to the main rotor head and tail rotor. Drivetrain continuity was also established to the main and tail rotors.

The engine was rotated by hand at the cooling fan, and continuity was confirmed from the powertrain through the valvetrain, to the accessory section. Compression was confirmed on all cylinders using the thumb method. The magnetos were removed, actuated with a drill, and spark was produced at all terminal leads. Borescope examination of each cylinder revealed signatures consistent with normal wear, with no anomalies noted.

The carburetor was separated from the engine, displayed impact damage, and was found near the initial ground scar. The throttle and mixture arms were actuated by hand and moved smoothly through their respective ranges. The filter screen was removed, and was absent of debris. The carburetor contained fuel which appeared absent of water and debris.

The collective control and jackshaft assembly as well as the associated throttle cable, push-pull tube, and bellcrank assemblies were retained for further examination at the NTSB Materials Laboratory.

Around the Valley

The 8th Annual Lost N Lava Cowboy Gathering continues today and tomorrow 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 mountain men have their camp setup for you to enjoy and there are lots of vendors are on site with merchandise to sell.  General admission tickets for the concerts tonight and tomorrow are $20.00, or buy a ticket for both nights for $35.  Get all the info at


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


Superhero Saturday is tomorrow 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.


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

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


MAGIC LANTERN THEATERS (KETCHUM):  The 28th Annual Film Festival kicks off today at the Magic Lantern Theater.  There’s a TON of great movies showing along with the festival.  For a full list, visit my blog at


Selena Gomez revealed in an emotional Instagram post yesterday that she underwent a kidney transplant this year as part of her Lupus treatment. Her good friend Francia Raisa donated her kidney to the actress, and it seems as though her man The Weeknd was around to show his support.   The singer apparently scheduled his performances around his girlfriend's medical procedure.  Selena didn't disclose exactly when her kidney transplant took place, but she did mention that the procedure is the reason why she was under-the-radar for "part of the summer."


Jim Carrey is reuniting with his 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' writer-director Michel Gondry in a new half hour series from Showtime.  In the new show, titled "Kidding", Carrey will star as Jeff, also known as Mr. Pickles... who is an icon of children's TV, a beacon of kindness and wisdom to America's impressionable young minds and the parents who grew up with him — who also anchors a multimillion-dollar branding empire. But when his family begins to implode, Jeff finds no fairy tale or fable or puppet will guide him through this crisis, which advances faster than his means to cope. The result: a kind man in a cruel world faces a slow leak of sanity as hilarious as it is heartbreaking.  A premiere date has not yet been announced.


The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah now has more job security than any other host in late night, at least on paper. With his ratings on the upswing — viewership has jumped 14 percent this season versus last — Comedy Central has given Noah a five-year extension on his contract, signing the comic to continue as The Daily Show host through 2022.  Noah’s contract extension is the latest in a round of renewals for the major late-night comedy hosts. Within the past week, HBO has announced new deals for both of its weekly political comedy hosts, Bill Maher and John Oliver. The two men have signed on through 2020. NBC’s late-night duo of Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers are also locked up well into the future, with both men under contract until 2021, following contract renegotiations in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Over at CBS, the network hasn’t said much about the contract lengths for stars Stephen Colbert and James Corden. But Colbert’s initial deal committed the comedian to the network through 2020.