Saturday, December 10, 2016

Country Music Countdown & Country Music News...Saturday December 10, 2016



 COUNTRY CHART Weekend of December 10-11:

1 BRETT YOUNG Sleep Without You
2 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE May We All *
3 OLD DOMINION Song For Another Time
4 BRETT ELDREDGE Wanna Be That Song
5 JASON ALDEAN A Little More Summer Time
6 KEITH URBAN Blue Ain’t Your Color
7 TIM McGRAW How I’ll Always Be
8 COLE SWINDELL Middle of a Memory
9 CARRIE UNDERWOOD Dirty Laudrey
10 BLAKE SHELTON A Guy With a Girl
11 GRANGER SMITH If The Boot Fits
12 THOMAS RHETT Star Of The Show
13 MAREN MORRIS 80s Mercedes
14 DUSTIN LYNCH Seein’ Red
15 ERIC CHURCH Kill A Word
16 CHRIS STAPLETON Parachute
17 CHRIS YOUNG Sober Saturday Night
18 BRAD PAISLEY Today
19 LAUREN ALAINA Road Less Traveled
20 MICHAEL RAY Think A Little Less 









  

Best Christmas Memory: Kelsea Ballerini

The Holiday Pajama Tradition 
 Kelsea Ballerini has so much to look forward to. A few more stops on her first headlining tour, more music and as she put it so well in a social media post earlier this week:
" Oh my god. MOM IM GOING TO THE GRAMMYS."
 
In a video she posted about the Grammy nomination for best new artist, she joked, “As you can see, I have zero percent chill about it.”)
But when I caught up with Ballerini recently, I wanted to look back as much as I wanted to look ahead.
So we talked about her best memories of Christmases past and how she is keeping family holiday traditions alive and super comfy.
“Me and my mom have this tradition every year where she gets pajamas for me, her and whoever else will come over for Christmas,” Ballerini told me.
“It could be family or friends or anyone and everyone. And every year, these pajamas get progressively more and more embarrassing. Like last year, when we had the red onesies with the butt-flap.
“We all act like we’re so embarrassed, but we love it. It’s just our thing now,” she said.
Hopefully, her mom will be picking up some extra pajamas for Morgan Evans, Ballerini’s boyfriend who will be hosting her in Australia when she heads there the day after Christmas.


  

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise Adds Eight Acts

Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry Join Telethon 
 
Dolly Parton’s telethon Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund has added performances by Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson and Montgomery Gentry.
They join previously announced performers Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss and Parton herself.
The three-hour event takes place live in Nashville on Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 8 p.m. ET/PT and now there are more ways to watch. Additional networks carrying broadcast along with GAC are AXS TV, RFD and the Heartland Network. Additionally, USA Today National Networks will host a live stream of the event on its affiliate newspaper websites.
iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn’s Country Roads channel will also simulcast the show.
Proceeds will support Parton’s My People Fund, which will provide monthly donations of $1,000 to families who lost their homes in the Smoky Mountain wildfires in Sevier County where she was raised.
Anyone who lost their primary residents in the devastation — renters and homeowners — are eligible beneficiaries. A pre-application process for those affected is available through the Dollywood Foundation’s website.
Fans can donate directly to the My People Fund now by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website. The number to call to contribute to the cause during the telethon is 1-866-CARE MORE. Fans are also encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.
CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, continues to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.


  

All-Star Randy Travis Tribute Coming to Nashville

Proceeds Support Stroke Research Through Randy Travis Foundation 
 
Legends and mutual friends will come together for one night only in Nashville to celebrate the life and music of Randy Travis. The concert, billed as “1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes & Friends Tribute to Randy Travis,” will take place Feb. 8 at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.
The initial lineup includes performances Alabama, Kenny Rogers, Rodney Atkins, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry, Michael Ray, Ricky Skaggs, Michael W. Smith, the Randy Travis Band, Tanya Tucker and Josh Turner. Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
A portion of the proceeds will support stroke research and rehabilitation through the country legend’s nonprofit Randy Travis Foundation. In 2013, Travis suffered a massive stroke that nearly killed him and hospitalized him for more than five months.
Since then, Travis has made miraculous strides in his recovery. Toward the end of his Country Music Hall of Fame induction in October, Travis astounded the audience when he sang the chorus to “Amazing Grace.” He also sang the famous tagline to “Forever and Ever, Amen” during the 50th annual CMA Awards’ opening number in November.
Tickets for the all-star tribute go on sale Friday (Dec. 9) through Ticketmaster and the Bridgestone Arena box office. 


  

Maren Morris Thankful for the Highs and the Lows

Saturday Night Live, Grammy Nominations Are Part of This Week's Highs 
 
Ugly crying is totally OK when you’ve had the week that Maren Morris has had.
The hit-making Texas native woke up Tuesday morning (Dec. 6) to the news that she leads the country Grammy nominees with four nominations, and she makes her Saturday Night Live debut on Saturday (Dec. 10).
Despite the tears, she still looks flawless in a celebratory Instagram picture holding a bottle of Dom Pérignon. 

It’s pretty wild to think that her most recent accomplishments probably wouldn’t have come to fruition had she not moved to Nashville in the first place. The songs she creates fit in any music city, and she could have easily chosen another to call home.
“Thank God I moved to Nashville,” she said in a recent radio interview. “I feel like I’ve got so much under my belt. And the writers that I’ve gotten to work with over the past few years, I feel like it give me that confidence. Looking back, I am so glad that I went through the struggles and the highs and the lows because it makes me so much more appreciative of what’s happening now.”
Most of the dates on the Hero Tour 2017 are sold out.
Her final shows of 2016 include stops in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Charles, Missouri. She will ring in New Year’s in Riviera, Mexico, with performances at the Zac Brown Band’s Castaway Southern Ground concert vacation. 


  

Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift and Zac Brown Band Give Back to Tennessee Wildfire Victims

Raise Money for Dolly Parton’s My People Fund and Sevier County Community Fund 
 Kenny Chesney and the Country Music Association have partnered donate $500,000 to help to those affected by the wildfires that have devastated Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and the surrounding areas in the Smoky Mountains.
Additionally, the Academy of Country Music, the organization’s nonprofit arm ACM Lifting Lives and Taylor Swift will donate a combined $200,000 to Parton’s My People Fund.
Chesney’s hometown of Luttrell is a little more than an hour away from where the wildfires claimed the lives of 14 people, injured nearly 150 people and destroyed more than 2,400 properties, according to the Washington Post.
A portion of the proceeds from the CMA’s partnership with Chesney will be earmarked for Dolly Parton’s My People Fund, which will provide monthly donations of $1,000 to those who lost their homes in the devastation. The remaining funds from the CMA will be distributed where need is the greatest with the hopes of reaching as many impacted families and individuals as possible. The CMA is working with established local agencies in an attempt to identify those organizations that are providing valuable and necessary services.
The Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund telethon airs live from Nashville on Tuesday (Dec. 13) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on GAC, AXS TV, RFD and the Heartland Network. The night will feature performances by Chris Stapleton, Chris Young, Big & Rich, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, LOCASH, Chris Janson, Montgomery Gentry, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Alison Krauss and Parton.
Additionally, USA Today National Networks will host a live stream of the event on its affiliate newspaper websites. iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights Live and TuneIn’s Country Roads channel will also simulcast the show.
Fans can donate directly to the My People Fund now by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website. The number to call to contribute to the cause during the telethon is 1-866-CARE MORE. Fans are also encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.
The Zac Brown Band is also joining the effort to help those affected by the East Tennessee wildfires. They will headline the Gatlinburg — Mountain Tough Benefit in downtown Gatlinburg on Saturday (Dec. 17). The day-long event will feature performances by Jim Lauderdale, Sam Bush, Derek St. Holmes, Jason D. Williams, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Randy Kohrs, Sarah Potenza, Moe Pitney and Chelle Rose.
Middle Tennessee State University’s WMOT/Roots Radio will broadcast the Zac Brown Band concert live, along with other statewide and regional radio stations. Music City Roots will stream the show. According to Knoxville’s WBIR-TV, donations will support the East Tennessee Foundation’s Sevier County Community Fund and will be accepted online and in-person at the event.
CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, continues to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.


  

Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise Telethon Adds All-Star Talent

Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss Set to Perform
 
Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss are among the artists who will perform on Parton’s Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday (Dec. 13) in Nashville. The three-hour telethon airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Great American Country.
Proceeds will support Parton’s My People Fund, which will provide monthly donations of $1,000 to families who lost their homes in the Smoky Mountain wildfires in Sevier County where she was raised.
Anyone who lost their primary residents in the devastation — renters and homeowners — are eligible beneficiaries. A pre-application process for those affected is available through the Dollywood Foundation’s website.
The Smoky Mountains Rise event will be simulcast across multiple radio platforms — including iHeart Media’s digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media’s NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn’s Country Roads channel and several other platforms, which will be announced shortly.
Additional performers and celebrity participants will be revealed in the coming days.
The number to call to contribute to the cause during the telethon is 1-866-CARE MORE.
Fans can also donate directly to the My People Fund now by visiting the Dollywood Foundation website.
CMT’s pro-social initiative, CMT One Country, continues to support the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide disaster relief to those affected by the wildfires. Donate $10 directly to the Red Cross by texting 90999. Volunteer opportunities nationwide are also available through the CMT One Country website.


How to love a weird and perfect wilderness

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A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.

 Not many people visit the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Situated at the intersection of the Siskiyou and Klamath ranges, it is an inhospitable, almost unapproachable place. Most of its ridges rise just a few thousand feet, and many of its 180,000 acres remain scarred from a massive fire that burned through its scrubby forest of Douglas fir, Jeffrey pines and manzanita over a decade ago. It’s a brutal place, whipsawed by the seasons and still barricaded by deadfall from the fire. Only a handful of trails breach the wilderness border, and even fewer cut to its heart. The shortest backpacking trip becomes a thorny, prickly, dangerous endeavor.

But despite — or maybe because of — its challenges, Gabe and Jill Howe have built their lives around the Kalmiopsis. Their daughter, Azalea, is named for one of the area’s flowering plants, and their son, Carter, for one of its creeks. They spend their vacations clearing its brush and swimming in its rivers. They founded the Siskiyou Mountain Club, and with the help of a small trail crew, they have beaten back overgrowth and cut through thousands of fallen logs in order to reopen a few paths into the wilderness.
On a dry September day, I get my first taste of their oddball devotion. We’re five or so miles down one of the routes they’ve cleared, standing on a bare ridge at a fork in the trail. The right-hand trail will take us to the far side of the wilderness. The left cuts across the ridge and down to a defunct dude-mining operation known as Emily Camp. Pointing the way to Emily Camp is a freshly carved sign hung on a stump by one of the Siskiyou Mountain Club volunteers. To my eyes, it’s a helpful marker in a landscape almost devoid of them. But Gabe, a round and ruddy-faced man in his 30s, is enraged, kicking the stump and threatening to knock it down. Specifications, he tells me: In order for a trail sign to meet Forest Service standards, it needs to have a post four feet tall and a sturdy base made of piled rocks. This graying stump is liable to fall down as it decays, or be buried in snow when winter comes. He says it makes the already-scrappy Siskiyou Mountain Club look like an amateur outfit.

 
 

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