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by admin // Thursday, March 29, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Banjo pioneer Earl Scruggs died yesterday morning in Nashville, Tennessee, according to the Associated Press. He was 88. The death was confirmed to be of natural causes by Scruggs' son Gary.

Scruggs was known best for his three-finger and string-bending approached to banjo playing. His most famous recording appearance was the 1949 recording "Foggy Mountain Breakdown." Scruggs also performed in the movie Bonnie and Clyde and "The Ballada of Jed Clampett" from The Beverly Hillbillies.

It's not just bluegrass, it's American music," bluegrass fan turned country star Dierks Bentley said. "There's 17- or 18-year-old kids turning on today's country music and hearing that banjo and they have no idea where it that came from. That sound has probably always been there for them and they don't realize someone invented that three-finger roll style of playing. You hear it everywhere."

An undeniable pioneer in bluegrass music, Earl Scruggs revolutionized the way the banjo was played and influenced counless musicians in the process.

Here is a video of Earl Scruggs performing Fireball Mail" on early 60's TV:

by Unknown // Monday, March 19, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments



It was announced today that seven time GRAMMY winning trio Lady Antebellum will open for American music icon Bruce Springsteen on July 14 for a sold out concert at Hyde Park as part of this year’s Hard Rock Calling festival in London, UK.
"It's Springsteen…there is no entertainer we look up to more than him," said Lady A's Charles Kelley. "I'm going to be like a little kid at Christmas watching his show.  It's the biggest honor for us to be invited to play this festival…the entire lineup is awesome!"
High demand overseas of previously announced OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR dates has also prompted Lady A to make special arrangements to accommodate more fans. The July 13 date in Glasgow, UK has moved to a bigger venue, the Clyde Auditorium, and the group recently added a second night in Dublin, Ireland at the Olympia Theatre.

by robcamp // Monday, March 19, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments




Country superstar Randy Travis will co-host TODAY, America’s most-watched morning show, on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, teaming with Hoda Kotb during the fourth hour on NBC.  The Grammy-winning singer will be filling the chair for Kathie Lee Gifford who is taking the week off.  It’s all part of his phenomenal silver milestone in the music industry, marked by the Warner Bros. Records release of the Anniversary Celebration CD that includes a star-studded cast of collaborators and extensive North American concert tour.  In addition, Travis also released the 11-track greatest hits package Randy Travis, available exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations.

Travis calls this week’s national television appearance an anniversary highlight.  Travis says, “Having appeared and performed on the “Today” show many times, I am honored to co-host.  I look forward to teaming with Hoda Kotb and the NBC crew during my visit to New York”.

This weekend, Travis will take center stage in Music City as part of the Community Hymn Sing with the Nashville Symphony on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  Other special guests include Michael W. Smith, Marcia Ware and the vocal group, Committed, winners of NBC’s The Sing-Off.  The Nashville Choir will also be featured during the annual spring event of inspirational music.  Shows are set to begin at 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.

by admin // Wednesday, March 7, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Music superstar and best-selling cookbook author Trisha Yearwood brings her family-inspired recipes and food traditions to Food Network this spring with the premiere of the new daytime series Trisha's Southern Kitchen on Saturday, April 14th at 10:30am ET/PT.

The series invites viewers into the kitchen with Trisha for her favorite meals, nostalgic stories and visits from families and friends.

Themed shows range from preparing traditional dishes from her childhood to planning a baby shower and a family reunion barbecue to offering tips on lightening up standard Southern recipes.

Shot in Nashville, the six-episode series features Trisha's unique how-to tips and techniques for down-home dishes like Daddy's Barbecued Chicken, Uncle Wilson's Famous Baked Onions, Chick-less Pot Pie and Sweet and Saltines.

"Trisha's best known as a music legend, but her talents don't stop there. She's a passionate and talented cook, whose down-to-earth style, winning recipes and southern hospitality will charm and inspire viewers," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior VIce President Programming, Food Network.

"For me, cooking is very connected to my family and friends," said Yearwood. "Every recipe on the show carries wonderful memories with my loved ones and I can't wait to share my meals, stories and family photos with Food Network viewers."

Trisha Yearwood - who has won three Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, three Country Music Association honors and had 19 Top 10 singles - released her first best-selling cookbook "Georgia Cooking in an Oklahoma Kitchen" (Clarkson Potter) in 2008. Her second book "Cooking for Family and Friends" (Clarkson Potter) followed in 2010. Both books reached the #1 position on the New York Times best-seller list in the Advice, Hot-To and Miscellaneous category.

Trisha's Southern Cooking is produced by Ellen Rakieten Entertainment and RelativityREAL.