TANYA TUCKER, NAOMI JUDD, BRENDA LEE, BELLAMY BROTHERS AND MORE REFLECT ON PASSING OF FIRST LADY BARBARA BUSH

"What a beautiful, classic lady Barbara Bush was. I remember standing with her on the White House lawn seeing off the President in the presidential helicopter going to Camp David. She reminded me so much of my own mother with her soft spoken strength and graciousness. It was clear to see how much the President loved and leaned on her. I feel so blessed to have met her and spent a little time with her. All my thoughts of love to the entire Bush family." -Tanya Tucker

"I first met Barbara Bush doing literacy events. We hit it off and I was even invited to their private living area in the White House. I was always surprised at her bodacious, 'tell it like it is' personality. She loved her husband and sons fiercely. She will be missed." -Naomi Judd

"We've lost an American treasure. It was my honor and my privilege to have known the 41st President of the United States of America and his beautiful wife. She brought dignity, class, integrity and beauty to a world that can always use those traits. Our world will miss you." -Brenda Lee

"Former First Lady Barbara Bush was an American original, the kind they don’t make anymore. Our hearts and prayers are with the entire Bush Family." -Bellamy Brothers

"She was half of the longest marriage in presidential history and the matriarch of a political family dynasty. That’s a level of commitment that you want in a First Lady. She committed her life to President Bush and their family, but also to improving the lives of all Americans. She will be missed." -Frank Foster

Arizona Songwriters Association

3rd SATURDAY "SONGS IN PROGRESS" WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, APRIL 21st - 1pm to 4pm

Glendale Public Library

(In the LARGE meeting room)

5959 W. Brown St., Glendale, AZ 85302 (Southwest corner of 59th Avenue & Brown Street, between Olive Avenue and Peoria Avenue)

Hosted by RANDY BROWN and JON IGER

The 3rd Saturday Workshop Dates for 2018

Saturday - April 21 Saturday - May 19 Saturday - June 16 Saturday - July 21 Saturday - August 18 Saturday - September 15 Saturday - October 20 Saturday - November 17 Saturday - December 15

Meet with Arizona Songwriters Association members and hosts Jon Iger and Randy Brown, to get constructive feedback on your song, finished or not, BEFORE you go into the studio! Perform it live or bring a CD or work tape. This is a FREE opportunity and a laid back atmosphere. Randy and Jon have taught songwriting classes at the MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), and have had songs placed in many movies and TV shows. Jon has also had major label cuts on MCA and Capitol Records.

If you are bringing a song to be reviewed, please bring extra copies of your lyric sheet (10 to 20). There's a better chance for more feedback when everyone ​can see the lyrics.

For more info email Jon at: Jon@IgerMusic.com

BELLAMY BROTHERS NYC BOUND FOR FOX & FRIENDS, PARADE.COM, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, FOX NEWS RADIO, DO YOU REMEMBER AND MORE!

Bellamy Brothers Release Autobiography "Let Your Love Flow: Life and Times of the Bellamy Brothers" April 17, Honky Tonk Ranch Airs on The Cowboy Channel Sundays 8:30/7:30c!!!

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WHISPERIN' BILL ANDERSON RELEASES NEW SINGLE "UNTIL THE LIGHT COMES ON AGAIN"

Parade.com Exclusively Premieres Video for Single, Anderson to Donate All Proceeds to Sarah Cannon Fund at The Community Foundation !!!

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Lee Gantt's Debut Single "Ruined This Town" Gets Added To Multiple Country Radio Stations Across U.S.

Plus, Gantt announces performance with Dustin Lynch in Columbus for WCOL's Red, White & Country concert.!!!

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FREDDY FENDER AUTOBIOGRAPHY WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS: A METEORIC RISE TO STARDOM AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW!

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights: A Meteoric Rise to Stardom' written by Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender tells the true-life story of her famous father, the late Baldemar Huerta aka Freddy Fender – The King of Tex-Mex. As only seen through the eyes of Freddy’s daughter, her book expresses in intimate detail his rise to success, heartbreaking fall and final redemption bringing to life the heartfelt memories of a man and family caught in the whirlwind of great fame, and conveys in a compassionate yet forthright manner the shattering addictions that accompanied this fame.

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights' takes the reader on a journey which covers Freddy’s early life of brutal poverty as a child migrant worker, his years as a U.S. Marine, the shocking arrest and imprisonment of his early 20s, his barrier-breaking singing career as he exploded into and crossed over different music genres, and the alcohol and drug addiction from which he suffered.

During his last 21 years of sobriety, Freddy sought spiritual redemption, practiced forgiveness and made amends in his daily life; he came to lead by example with the aid of his higher power Jesus Christ. Freddy Fender was known to millions of people across the world as “an ordinary man who had extraordinary God-given talents.”

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About Freddy Fender: Freddy was a Mexican-American singer who rose from the depths of poverty, breaking free from a life spent picking cotton and rising to a life spent picking guitar. In his youth, in 1956, he was the first to record and sing Spanish rock and roll; he was known as the “Mexican Elvis” and called “El Bebop Kid.” In the mid-1970s, Fender would become famous literally overnight as a rock ‘n’ country megastar with his first two monster hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”

Instantaneously, his records crossed over the Billboard country charts into the rock and pop charts, each rising to No. 1. He was given a Country Music Association award for “Single of the Year” and an Academy of Country Music award as “Most Promising Male Artist” in 1975. His voice and charismatic personality also made him a nationwide television celebrity in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

About the Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender: Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender has divided her father’s autobiography into two books. The first book explores Freddy’s struggles as he achieves the great American dream. The sequel delves into the darkness of the addictions that ravaged his and his family’s lives, forcing Freddy to the realization that he needed a divine intervention. The story of Freddy’s ultimate healing and hard-won sobriety is a searing story of faith and redemption. Tammy states that in writing a frank, realistic book that tells the true story of her father’s life, she is honoring her father’s last wish; Freddy wanted an authentic, uncompromising book to be written about his life. And readers will see that his daughter Tammy has done just that, conveying in honest prose the tale of a child migrant worker with a passion for music who picked cotton, a three-string guitar and achieved the great American Dream.

NEW REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: TOGETHER IN VEGAS DATES JUST ANNOUNCED!

2018 dates scheduled Oct. 10 - 20 and Dec. 5 - 15

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MUSIC, FOOD, FUN, SUN, RECORD ATTENDANCE . . . AND A REDNECK WEDDING AT COUNTRY THUNDER ARIZONA!

The mass of country music fans and some 7200 campers which converge on this sleepy little town every April have done it again. Huge crowds began gathering Wednesday at the Canyon Moon Ranch near Florence, and peaked at 30,000 boisterous fans in the concert bowl during each night’s closing performance.



“Attendance records in Florence have been broken for the second consecutive year,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO,” Troy Vollhoffer. “Year in and year out, the great state of Arizona proves itself as the best place for Country Thunder Music Festivals to kick-off our season.”



Vollhoffer says that incredible fans and the way music brings them together is what makes the Arizona event special.



“We do everything possible to pull together the biggest and best talent line-up for Florence every year,” he says. “But it’s these fans which make Country Thunder Arizona one of greatest events in live music annually. It is truly a festival experience rather than a multi-day concert.



“Early bird tickets for 2019 sold out in just a few hours on Thursday – now we’re going to start getting ready to do it all again next year!”



In addition to scintillating headline performances from Bryan, Toby Keith, Jason Aldean and Cole Swindell, CT Nation enjoyed a wide array of food and beverage options, carnival rides, sponsor activations, line dancing and EDM nights in the giant Electric Thunder tent.



The massive Big Top structure also served as a perfect venue for a spectacular Country Thunder redneck wedding on Sunday afternoon. Country Thunder staff and a plethora of fans and dancers were present for the nuptials, making the afternoon even more special.



On-site charities such as The 100 Club, Ride For The Warrior and the Coolidge Youth Coalition all raised funds and awareness for their respective causes, while a Saturday evening back stage charity event raised over $12,500 for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.



Four-day passes are available for Country Thunder 2019 at the current GA price of only $130.00. Next year’s festival will take place from April 11-14. Reserved seating, camping and all the extras will be available effective April 23 by visiting countrythunder.com or by phone at 1-866-388-0007. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all @countrythunder.

NAOMI JUDD'S 'RIVER OF TIME' SOARS TO NO. 1 AMAZON BEST SELLER IN COUNTRY MUSIC

Naomi Judd Featured on April Cover of 'First For Women' Magazine!!!

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KIEFER SUTHERLAND ANNOUNCES RECKLESS 2018 NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE TOUR

Bucking convention and proving he's an entertainment force on the road, Kiefer Sutherland returns to touring this spring and early summer with his Reckless 2018 North American and European Tour. Kiefer is also putting the finishing touches on new music to be released this summer. Select dates are on sale now here and KieferSutherlandMusic.com.

The singer/songwriter kicks off more than 43 dates with a performance at the Grand Ole Opry April 10. When Kiefer wraps up the North American leg May 28 in Long Island, N.Y., he’ll jet ‘across the pond’ to play more than 18 shows throughout Europe.

"I couldn't have imagined the depth with which I have fallen in love with touring. To have the opportunity to convey intimate, personal stories to an audience, for me, has proven to be priceless," Kiefer said.

RECKLESS TOUR 2018: April 10 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tenn. April 12 Delmar Hall - St. Louis, Mo. April 13 Knuckleads - Kansas City, Mo. April 14 Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, Neb. April 17 Bluebird Theatre - Denver, Colo. April 18 Park City Live - Park City, Utah April 20 Crystal Bay - Crown Room - Crystal Bay, Nev. April 21 Fremont Theatre - San Luis Obispo, Calif. April 22 Mystic Theatre - Petaluma, Calif. April 24 Crystal Palace - Bakersfield, Calif. April 26 Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, Calif. April 27 Music Box - San Diego, Calif. April 28 Red Rock Casino Resort - Las Vegas, Nev. May 1 Cactus Theater - Lubbock, Texas May 2 Antone’s - Austin, Texas May 4 Billy Bob’s - Fort Worth, Texas May 5 Island View Casino - Gulfport, Miss. May 7 The Cowan (Topgolf) - Nashville, Tenn. May 10 The Phoenix - Toronto, Ontario May 20 Birchmere - Alexandria, Va. May 23 Bottle & Cork - Dewey Beach, Del. May 25 Stone Pony - Asbury Park, N.J. May 26 Bethel Woods - Liberty, N.Y. May 27 Daryl’s House - Pawling, N.Y. May 28 Stephen’s Talkhouse - Long Island, N.Y. June 7 Kantine - Cologne, Germany June 8 TivoliVredenberg - Utrecht, Netherlands June 9 Parkbuehne - Leipzig, Germany June 10 Gruenspan - Hamburg, Germany June 12 Columbia Theatre - Berlin June 13 Hirsch - Nuermberg, Germany June 14 X-Tra - Zurich June 16 Teatro Barcelo - Madrid June 17 Bikini - Barcelona, Spain June 19 Zappa - Antwerp, Belgium June 21 Electric Ballroom - London June 22 Waterfront - Norwich, England June 23 Black Deer Festival - East Sussex, England June 25 O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, England June 26 Komedia - Bath, England June 28 Albert Hall - Manchester, England June 29 Queens Hall - Edinburgh, Scotland June 30 The Academy - Dublin (More dates to be added)

Kiefer’s career as a touring and recording artist has proven himself to be an authentic guitarist and vocalist. After the release of his “refreshingly honest country-rock album Down In A Hole, with the same lyrical well of lovelorn desperation as Waylon and Willie’s most soulful Outlaws moments” (Guitar Aficionado), Kiefer played more than 120 shows, including performances on the Grand Ole Opry, Stagecoach and Glastonbury Festival in 2016 and 2017.

As a singer/songwriter, Kiefer has performed on “The Talk,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The View” and graced the covers of Guitar Aficionado, Goldmine Magazine and Collectible Guitar issues. Kiefer’s cinematic “Shirley Jean” video, which tells the story of a man's last night on death row, taking the form of a goodbye letter to a woman he once loved, continues to captivate fans on music channels CMT and GAC.

Keep up with Kiefer on the road by visiting kiefersutherlandmusic.com or connect with Kiefer by following him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS NEW ALBUM 17th AVENUE REVIVAL AVAILABLE NOW!!

Special Vinyl Version of '17th Avenue Revival' Available Exclusively At Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Locations

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NAOMI JUDD GRACES COVER OF 'FIRST FOR WOMEN,' WILL ALSO GUEST ON 'THE TALK' AND 'HOME & FAMILY'

Naomi Judd Featured in April 'First For Women' Magazine; Judd Also to Appear on CBS' 'The Talk' March 30 and Hallmark Channel's 'Home & Family' April 2!!!

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Announcing Our 2018-19 Season Tickets Now On Sale!

Thanks for an amazing 2017-18. Now get the best seats for 2018-19!!!!

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NAOMI JUDD AND THE SCOTT BROTHERS JOIN CITY OF HOPE 28TH ANNUAL CELEBRITY SOFTBALL GAME

Tickets On Sale Now for 28th Annual Game at First Tennessee Park on Saturday, June 9!!!

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SOUTHWEST AIRLINES PARTNERS WITH LUCAS HOGE AS NEW SOUTHWEST STORYTELLER BRAND AMBASSADOR

Hot country vocalist Lucas Hoge continues ascending into new territory as he joins Southwest Airlines’ Storyteller Brand Ambassador program. Over the next year, Lucas will be part of a curated group of 12 #SouthwestStorytellers who will promote the brand on their social channels.

“We’re excited that Lucas is a part of our #SouthwestStorytellers Class of 2018. Over the years, Lucas has made Southwest his airline of choice as he has toured the country sharing his music with fans. We are excited to launch this partnership and are looking forward to what unfolds,” said Curtis Midkiff, Southwest Airlines Social Business Advisor.

The Nebraska native is set to release the second single off his No. 1 album Dirty South to radio this March. Hoge had a career defining year in 2017, with his album ascending to the No. 1 spot on Billboard Country Album Sales Chart the week of release and making his Grand Ole Opry debut on the Ryman stage.

For more information and the latest news on Lucas Hoge, follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and go to LucasHoge.com

LUCAS HOGE ON TOUR: Jan. 26 Stoney’s Rockin’ Country - Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 03 MGM Grand Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas, Nev. Feb. 17 Nissan Stadium - Nashville, Tenn. Feb. 23 Sandia Casino - Albuquerque, N.M. Feb. 24 Country Fest | Rodeo Weekend - Tuscon, Ariz. March 24 Broadbent Arena, Kentucky State Fair & Expo Center - Louisville, Ky. April 09 Whiskey Jam - Nashville, Tenn. April 14 ACM Party For A Cause - Las Vegas, NV April 25 Ralston Arena - Ralston, Neb. April 27 Red Cloud Opera House - Red Cloud, Neb. April 28 Opera House - Minden, Neb. June 01 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Ball - Kearney, Neb. May 23 - 30 Wrangler National Patriot Tour June 01 Nebraska Cattleman's Ball - Kearney, Neb. June 22 Stoney's Rockin Country - Las Vegas, NV June 23 Tower Theater - Fresno, CA July 07 The Golf Club at Black Rock - Coeur D' Alene, Idaho

ABOUT LUCAS HOGE: Some people are just born communicators and Lucas Hoge has that gift. Fans know this because Hoge’s new album Dirty South ascended to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Country Album Sales chart during its debut week. Whether he’s performing for troops overseas, sharing his love for the great outdoors with fellow sportsmen at a Cabela’s gathering or writing another song for a hit TV show, Hoge has that rare ability to find common ground with just about anyone and draw them into his world. A passionate supporter of the U.S. military, Hoge has traveled the globe extensively performing for the troops visited numerous countries throughout the Middle East and beyond for the past nine years as part of the Wrangler National Patriot Tour. Hoge is also the celebrity spokesperson for Guardian Angels For Soldier's Pet. Combine all of that with his Midwestern charm and a work ethic that won’t slow him down, it looks like the best is yet to come.

JANIE FRICKE CONTINUES TO CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES WITH ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCES

2018 CONCERT APPEARANCES ANNOUNCED WITH MORE DATES BEING ADDED!!!

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KIEFER SUTHERLAND READIES NEW MUSIC AND NEW MANAGEMENT PARTNERSHIP

Kiefer Sutherland, whose “unexpected, unvarnished authenticity as a singer/songwriter” (Associated Press) and “edgy vocals blended with passion” (Rolling Stone), is joining The Fitzgerald Hartley Co. roster, in association with longtime manager and producer Jude Cole, for music management, and Adkins Publicity for music PR/Publicity representation. APA’s Steve Martin will continue overseeing North America and international live music booking.

Sutherland’s career as a touring and recording artist has catapulted him globally as a bonafide guitarist and vocalist. After the release of his “refreshingly honest country-rock album Down In A Hole, with the same lyrical well of lovelorn desperation as Waylon and Willie’s most soulful Outlaws moments” (Guitar Aficionado), Sutherland embarked on a SOLD-OUT North American and European tour. He played more than 120 shows, including performances on the Grand Ole Opry, Stagecoach and Glastonbury Festival.

Reviewers across the globe continue to be impressed:

“He’s grizzled and passionate; a low rumble, as gravelly as it was authentic.” -James Hall, The Telegraph

“The action star’s whiskey-sodden country music set is genuinely poignant. He puts other Hollywood hobby acts to shame.” -Mark Beaumont, The Guardian

“All of the originals conveyed conviction and character. There wasn't a single dud or awkward lyric in the bunch. He didn't appear to be acting when he said he had been waiting a lifetime to play for a crowd like this one. Maybe being a country singer is the role Sutherland was born to play after all.” -Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As a singer/songwriter, Sutherland has performed on “The Talk,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” and “The View” and graced the covers of Guitar Aficionado, Goldmine Magazine and Collectible Guitar issues. Sutherland’s cinematic “Shirley Jean” video, which tells the story of a man's last night on death row, taking the form of a goodbye letter to a woman he once loved, continues to captivate fans on music channels CMT and GAC.

Keep up with Sutherland on the road by visiting kiefersutherlandmusic.com or connect with Sutherland by following him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Wade Hayes and Deborah Evans Price Came Together for Country Faith: Love Songs with A Special Night at the Grand Ole Opry

Chart-topping Country singer-songwriter, Wade Hayes and award-winning author, Deborah Evans Price came together for a special Opry Shop in-store appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on Tuesday, 2/13 in conjunction with the Country Faith Series, Country Faith: Love Songs.

Hayes, who is featured on the project, performed on the Grand Ole Opry and joined Evans Price for the in-store appearance at the Opry Shop immediately following the Opry where they signed copies of the new CD, along with the book, Once-A-Day Country Faith.

Country Faith: Love Songs features romantic tracks from some of today’s leading Country stars, including Wade Hayes, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Phil Vassar, The Judds, Randy Travis and more, delivering songs of faith, hope, and love.

The series was originally inspired by the popular books written by Deborah Evans Price, Country Faith (No.1 on People Magazine’s Special Country Edition) and Country Faith Christmas (feat. on Billboard, Country Weekly & iTunes Top 10 Country Albums Chart). She’s a Country Music Association award-winning author, as well as a freelance writer for Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, Redbook, First, and Simple Grace. Evans Price is the co-founder of Country Faith LLC where, “Celebrating the Heart and Soul of Country Music,” is her ultimate goal.

About Country Faith LLC: Country Faith is a multi-faceted brand that celebrates the heart and soul of Country Music. The series has sold over $2 million to date in retail sales. Launched by award-winning author/columnist Deborah Evans Price, Bob Demoss and Danny McGuffey to provide country artists with a platform to share their faith, the first Country Faith book featured 56 of today’s top country artists sharing their favorite scripture and heartfelt stories of faith. The brand expanded in 2015 with Country Faith Christmas, another book featuring more than 30 top Country artists sharing their favorite holiday memories, recipes and childhood photos. The companion Country Faith Christmas CD on Word/Warner was a top-selling seasonal title that landed in the top 10 on iTunes seasonal chart. In addition to the books and music projects, the Country Faith brand also includes a line of jewelry created by Bob Siemon Designs.

TANYA TUCKER HEADLINES RED EYE RADIO'S MID-AMERICA TRUCKING SHOW

Performances During Event Also Include: Dustin Collins, Lucas Hoge, Ray Scott, Jayne Denham, Tony Justice and Silverado Records recording artist Tyler Jordan!!!

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BILL ANDERSON ANNOUNCED AS 2018 SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

ROBERT “KOOL” BELL, RONALD BELL, GEORGE BROWN & JAMES “JT” TAYLOR P/K/A “KOOL & THE GANG,” STEVE DORFF, JERMAINE DUPRI, ALAN JACKSON, JOHN MELLENCAMP AND ALLEE WILLIS ALSO TO BE INDUCTED!!!

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