Wade Hayes Has Stage IV Colon Cancer; Bee Spears Passes Away; Music Videos

Ken Morton, Jr. | December 12th, 2011

  • Wade Hayes has stage IV colon cancer that has spread to his liver. He has recently had surgery and according to sources, the prognosis is good. Hayes is one of the good guys: we did an interview with him a couple years back for The 9513 you can read here.
  • Toby Keith has gotten permission from the Oklahoma City City Council for his foundation to build an 8.5 million dollar facility for children and their families to stay as they are receiving treatment for cancer called the OK Kids Korral. “Instead of having to stay at the hospital during that time, the families can come back where they can use the library, play area — where parents can get on a computer and check email — or they can simply relax,” Toby Keith Foundation Director Juliet Nees-Bright said about the OK Kids Korral.
  • 17-year old fiddle prodigy Ruby Jane and her mother JoBelle Smith were carjacked at gunpoint and their vehicle and all of their musical equipment was stolen. Her guitar has been recovered, but the rest, including a custom fiddle, is still missing.
  • Trace Adkins and Exile will be teaming up on a new GAC show called Hit Exchange. It premiers Thursday, December 15 at 9 p.m. EST.
  • A lit Luke Bryan lit into a sushi restaurant for their insistence that he remove his hat.
  • “Easy,” the Rascal Flatts duet with Natasha Bedingfield, has been certified gold.
  • Republic Nashville has signed 24-year old Nashville native Greg Bates to a publishing and artist development deal.
  • Tim McGraw is offering a free download of his new holiday single, “Christmas All Over the World.”
  • Billboard named their Top Country Artists for 2011 and based it on airplay, sales, tours and other criteria. Taylor Swift came out on top.
  • Congratulations to the winner of our December Bluegrass Giveaway. Check your email, Eric.
  • Music videos from the past week or so:

Stoney LaRue – “Travelin’ Kind”

McAlister Kemp – “Country Proud”

Travis Collins – “Fired Today”

Whitehorse – “Emerald Isle”

Toby Keith – “Red Solo Cup” (Holiday Version)

O’Shea – “When the Girls Get Together”

Rich O’Toole – “Kiss of a Liar”

Gretchen Peters – “Matador”

Sarah Darling – “O Holy Night”

Donna Ulisse – “You Cannot Stay Here”

Taylor Swift – “Ours”

Kathleen Edwards – “Clean Sheets”

Raul Malo – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”


  1. Ben Foster
    December 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I’m actually reasonably excited about the new Kellie Pickler album. Shoot me ;)

  2. Jon
    December 12, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    “Christmas All Over The World,” written by Daniel Tashian.

  3. luckyoldsun
    December 13, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Sorry about Wade Hayes.
    He seems to be one of those people about whom they say “If he didn’t have bad luck, he wouldn’t have any luck at all.”

    I remember when he hit in the early ’90s with that “Old Enough to Know Better/ Still Too Young to Care” song–I thought he was going to be a huge country star. (And so did a lot of other people!)

    I guess there are just too many unknown variables to be able to tell who’s going to be big and who’s going to fall by the wayside. Maybe Hayes came in just a tad too late, after the new-traditional movement had already peaked.

    Of course, that’s all trivia now. I hope he beats this.

  4. Paul W Dennis
    December 13, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I truly hope the prognosis for Wade Hayes is good, but the words “Stage Four” are never good when it comes to any form of cancer. I’ve had two friends die of colon cancer in the last five years and for both of them the progosis was “good”

    Guys – don’t be macho – know the symptoms and get them checked – the life you savew will be yours


  5. Barry Mazor
    December 13, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I won’t shoot ya, Ben. If anybody else wants to, I think they’ll find that there was reason for your reasonable excitement..

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