Check Out The 2018 Hangout Music Fest Lineup

Check Out The 2018 Hangout Music Fest Lineup

Next week I will be headed to Gulf Shores, Alabama, to the Hangout Music Festival. I have never been to this particular music festival before and, gasp, I have never been to Alabama except to drive through on the way to Florida. So, I am pretty excited for all of the new experiences headed my way! I will even be staying in an RV for the first time with some of my friends! Yes! The music is going to be off the charts. Want to know who’s playing? Check out the 2018 Hangout Music Fest lineup and let me know what you think. [Read more…]

Merlefest Day 3 Brings A Tom Petty Tribute & Legendary Collaborations

Merlefest Day 3: Tom Petty Tribute & Legendary Collaborations

Doolin’ [Photo Credit: Ryan Case]

This was my first year attending Merlefest to cover for the blog. Aside from that, I have only been once, like 13ish years ago. Man, let me tell you, I have been missing out. I can not begin to tell you how much fun I had on the day I did go and I wish that I had been there the entire weekend. I hope to camp out and cover the whole shebang next year! As you can imagine, Merlefest Day 3 brought all kinds of coolness, just like the rest of the weekend. Read on to get all the details. [Read more…]

MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

MerleFest 2018 Announces Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners

Earlier this year I told you about the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest coming to Merlefest. This was a fabulous opportunity for songwriters to get their pieces heard by true legends in the industry like Rodney Crowell. The Merlefest 2018 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest winners were announced yesterday and I have them below for those of you who want to check them out! [Read more…]

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Merlefest Day 1: Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson Setlist

Kris Kristofferson [Photo Credit: Jim Gavenus]

Have you been to Merlefest yet this year? If so, who drew you in? Who was your favorite musical act this year? I know that many people were really excited to see Kris Kristofferson and Robert Earl Keen. If you missed the shows or if you just want a refresher, check out the Robert Earl Keen and Kris Kristofferson setlist below! [Read more…]

Derek Jones Opens For Billy Ray Cyrus & Releases New Album “Pray”

Derek Jones Opens For Billy Ray Cyrus & Releases New Album "Pray"

Looking for some new music to listen to? We recommend checking out Derek Jones. He has been touring with Billy Ray Cyrus and has just released his new album, “Pray,” featuring songs that he and Cyrus co-wrote. Get all the info on his recent television debut and international tour dates below. [Read more…]

Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour Dates Announced

Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour Dates Announced

I am excited to announce that Shenandoah will not only be going on tour this year, but they are also releasing their first new studio album to country radio in 20 years. Today I have the track list off the new album as well as the Shenandoah 30th Anniversary Tour Dates schedule for you to check out. They will also be making appearances in New York to promote their album and tour. You can get more information about that below as well. [Read more…]

Naomi Judd Joins 28th Annual City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Naomi Judd Joins 28th Annual City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Game

Country music icon, Naomi Judd, has signed up to take part in the 28th Annual City Of Hope Celebrity Softball Game. This sounds like a really fun event, that also has proceeds going to charity, so you should definitely make plans to attend if you are going to be in the area. Check out all of the information below and click here to get tickets for the City of Hope 28th Annual Celebrity Softball Game at First Tennessee Park which will take place June 9th. [Read more…]

Kiefer Sutherland Joins Adkins Publicity Ahead Of New Album And Tour

Kiefer Sutherland Joins Adkins Publicity Ahead Of New Album And Tour

I have loved Kiefer Sutherland as an actor for years. Designated Survivor, anyone? That is such a fabulous show. Now I am excited to announce that Kiefer Sutherland joins Adkins Publicity just in time for a new forthcoming album and tour. I am hoping that he is somewhere local this year as I have yet to see him perform live. Have you? If you have, I would love for you to tell me about your experience in the comments or on social media. [Read more…]

Sara Evans Kicks Off CMT Women Of Country Tour With Sold Out NYC Show

Sara Evans Kicks Off CMT Women Of Country Tour With Sold Out NYC Show

Sara Evans has a big week! She is headlining the 4th annual CMT Next Women of Country Tour, which kicked off with a sold-out show at B.B. King’s Blues Club in New York City. Evans is also set to appear on tomorrow’s episode of “Pickler & Ben”. RaeLynn and Kalie Shorr are also on the tour with Sara Evans. You can get the complete list of tour dates below. [Read more…]

Daryle Singletary Dead At 46: Country Music Community Reacts

Daryle Singletary Dead At 46: Country Music Community Reacts

I was saddened to learn today of the passing of Daryle Singletary. I remember seeing him in concert several years ago in Christiansburg, Va. It was a fabulous show with him, Jeff Carson, Chad Brock and Jo Dee Messina. It was a fabulous show and, believe it or not, it was free! What?! A local car company was cool enough to put it together and I am so glad that I was able to go. Daryle Singletary was a fabulous artist and that song, “I Let Her Lie” is one of the most heartbreaking and beautiful songs that I have ever heard. I feel so sad for his family and friends right now. He will be greatly missed.

Daryle Singletary Dead At 46: Country Music Community Reacts

The country music community is reacting to the sudden passing of beloved singer Daryle Singletary:

“Daryle was one of the best country singers in Nashville. I was saddened when I heard the news. Just saw him at Mel Tillis’ memorial service. I hugged him and told him that I loved him. What a shock! It made me realize that life is a gift, and none of us are promised tomorrow. I’ll miss him.” -Ricky Skaggs

“Daryle was a fine singer who always knew exactly what to do with a song. His vocals conveyed authentic emotion right on par with the greats. It was my pleasure to share the stage and the studio a few times with him over the years. His greatest accomplishment and treasure was his family. He loved to talk about his four children, and my thoughts and prayers are with Holly and the kids.” -John Anderson

“So fortunate we got to hear Daryle Singletary one more time at dad’s memorial, and I’m so sad we lost another classic country singer and a good man. My heart is hurting for the family. He was one of my favorite singers and everyone that knew him said he was a great man. I wish I could have known him better. He was admired by all of us for representing traditional country music.” -Pam Tillis

“I am simply silenced by the news of Daryle’s passing. He was my friend and brother in Christ. I loved him for exactly who he was. He was undoubtedly the best friend a real country song could ever have, and honestly, I don’t know if our industry can stand to lose him at this time. He was the ‘Keeper’ of the lost tradition, and we all loved him for it.” -Darryl Worley

“Well, like a lot of you, I awoke to the heartbreaking news of the passing of my fellow Georgian, Daryle Singletary. I am truly shocked by the news. I didn’t know Daryle as a personal friend but I sure knew that voice. Man, could he sing a country song… as a matter of fact, any song Daryle sang became a country song.” -John Berry

“Prayers for Daryle Singletary’s family. We’ve lost a talented and great man.” -Aaron Tippin

“Daryle was a very nice man and a GREAT country singer. My condolences to his family.” -Larry Gatlin

“I’m saddened to hear of Daryle’s passing. What a great guy and a fine country singer!” -Rudy Gatlin

“Daryle has definitely left his mark on country music, not only with his great songs and classic baritone voice, but his legacy will live on in the voices of the new generation of entertainers he has inspired.” -Craig Wayne Boyd

“So very sad to hear about the passing of Daryle Singletary. Country music has lost another great voice, but his music will live forever in the hearts and minds of anyone who ever heard him sing. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” -T.G. Sheppard

“Our hearts are so broken over the loss of Daryle. His voice was so pure and authentically country. Our prayers will be with his wife and children at this terrible time. Life is so uncertain. What a sad reminder for us to tell those we love how much they mean to us, while we still can.” -Kelly Lang

“Daryle Singletary- one of the single greatest singers who ever sang a song. I loved singing with him. We shared a kindred spirit on and off the stage. I will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace, my friend.” -Rhonda Vincent

“Daryle was one of the nicest people in the music business and what a great voice.” -Larry Stewart, Restless Heart

“The country music community suffered a terrible loss this morning. Daryle Singletary, one of the finest and purest country voices of all time, passed away at much too young an age. We were fortunate to be on several shows through the years with Daryle. I used to see him at The Station Inn when he would sit in with a band called 45 RPM. Please join us in offering prayers for his wife and family.” -Greg Jennings, Restless Heart

“So few voices heard these days evoke the real heart and soul of country music. We lost one of those rare voices this morning. May God bring peace and comfort to Daryle Singletary’s family and all those who loved him.” -Dave Innis, Restless Heart

“Truly saddened today for Holly and their four beautiful children, along with his mom and dad. Daryle Singletary, was a man’s man. He was in all respects, one of the greats. A country music singer’s singer. We will miss our friend and hold close his loving family in prayer. Until we meet on the shores of the everlasting Rest In Peace.” -Marty Raybon, Shenandoah

“Sorry to hear that a great country voice has passed away. God bless you, Daryle Singletary.” -Sammy Kershaw

“We have lost one of our great singers. Great guy. We are praying for his family.” -Moe Bandy

“I’m shocked and very saddened by the passing of my friend Daryle Singletary. We have known each other for close to 25 years. He is definitely one of the very best voices I ever had the opportunity to share a stage with, and his love of COUNTRY music will be greatly missed!” -Mark Wills

Singletary passed away this morning, February 12, at his home in Lebanon, Tennessee. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 46.

He is survived by his wife, Holly, two sons, Jonah and Mercer, two daughters, Nora and Charlotte, parents, Roger and Anita Singletary, brother, Kevin Singletary, sister-in-law, Melinda Singletary, mother and father-in-law, Terry and Sandy Mercer, and brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Kristy Rowland. The family asks for your thoughts and prayers during this time. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

About Daryle Singletary

Daryle Bruce Singletary was born on March 10, 1971, in Cairo, Georgia. He earned notoriety for his authentic country style with such hits as “I Let Her Lie,” “Too Much Fun,” “Amen Kind of Love” and “The Note.” On past albums, some of the greatest talents of country music lined up to sing with him including, the late George Jones and Johnny Paycheck, Dwight Yoakam, Merle Haggard, Ricky Skaggs, John Anderson, and Rhonda Vincent. His musical integrity led him through years of celebrating the traditional country music style that he loved so much.