Kathy Mattea Signs with Sugar Hill; Herby Wallace Passes Away; ACM Awards Will Celebrate 50th Anniversary at Cowboys Stadium

Juli Thanki | April 6th, 2012

  • Pedal steel player Herby Wallace also passed away. He toured with Donna Fargo, Nat Stuckey, and Jody Miller, to name a few, and recorded with Alabama and Sammi Smith.  
  • Chet Flippo is digging new albums from Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Kip Moore, and others.
  • Terry Bradshaw’s daughter, Rachel Bradshaw, signed a record deal with Bigger Picture. Rachel co-wrote Jerrod Niemann’s “What Do You Want” and sang backup on the song.
  • On April 16, Billy Gilman will release the charity single “The Choice.” The song features 18 other artists including Reba and Alan Jackson. 100% of the proceeds from the digital download of “The Choice” will go to Soles4Souls, an organization that provides shoes to those in need.
  • On April 11, Pam Tillis, Jake Owen, and others will perform at Words for Warriors, an event which will benefit Keep Warriors Outdoors, an organization that funds hunting expeditions for wounded servicemen and women.
  • Students at a Massachusetts elementary school were set to sing an altered version of Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” at an assembly. Greenwood and some parents disagreed with the choice to change the lyrics to “We Love the USA.” The kids won’t be performing either version of the song now due to “logistics.”
  • Justin Moore explains his tweets about Ashton Kutcher’s appearance at the ACM Awards in this Q&A posted by FoxNews.com.
  • Larry Stephenson’s What Really Matters is due out on Compass Records May 29.
  • Wynonna Judd will be a guest judge on the next episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race on Monday.
  • Here’s some recent footage of the Gibson Brothers covering The Blue Sky Boys.

  1. Leeann
    April 6, 2012 at 10:24 am

    Excellent news about Kathy Mattea signing with Sugar Hill. I can’t wait to hear the new album. It’s pretty much guaranteed to be great.

  2. SamB
    April 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    Likewise! Really looking forward to her new stuff, it’s about time!

  3. Rick
    April 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    That Gibson Brothers song kicks some serious hillbilly arse! (lol)

    Gosh, is Trace Adkins gunning to be the new Jimmy Dean? Just what we need, another country music sausage king…

    So Billy Gillman is using a charity fundraising single to try to get back in the game huh? It will be nice if the charity benefits even if Billy’s career at this point doesn’t.

    It should have been Rachel Bradshaw that joined Della Mae! They would sure get a lot more PR value out of it at least.

    Opry Alert! Tonight’s show features The Farm (as opposed to Keith Urban’s first group The Ranch), Mark Wills, Lee “Egoman” Brice, Dailey & Vincent, Connie Smith, and Johnny Counterfeit(?). I sure hope that last artist is better than Jonny Corndawg…
    Schedule: http://www.opry.com/shows/ThisWeek.html

  4. Ben Foster
    April 7, 2012 at 10:37 am

    I could hardly be more excited about the news on Kathy Mattea. It will be great to hear some new music from her, and Sugar Hill will be a great fit for Kathy.

  5. bll
    April 7, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Sad news about Barney McKenna; he was the last of the original Dubliners and a fine, fine musician.

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