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Merle Haggard Passes – April 6, 2016

Posted on: April 6th, 2016 by brent

Merle Haggard Passes: Legendary singer, songwriter, musician and member of the Nashville Songwriters and Country Music Halls of Fame Merle Haggard has died in hospice care after battling pneumonia. He turned 79 today (4/6). A leading figure of the famed “Bakersfield Sound&quoquot; and one of the most influential artists in country music history, Haggard has spent significant time in the hospital in recent months causing the cancellation of multiple tour dates.

A fatherless upbringing from the age of nine just north of Bakersfield included near poverty and led to multiple run-ins with the law, a stint at San Quentin State Prison, lifelong personal battles and one of the most celebrated careers in all of music. Haggard’s hits spanned three decades and included “Swingin’ Doors,” “The Bottle Let Me Down,” “I’m A Lonesome Fugitive,” “Sing Me Back Home,” “Okie From Muskogee,” “The Fightin’ Side Of Me,” “If We Make It Through December,” “That’s The Way Love Goes,” “Footlights,” “My Favorite Memory,” “Are The Good Times Really Over (I Wish A Buck Was Still Silver),” “Twinkle, Twinkle Lucky Star” and many more. All told, Haggard recorded more than 70 albums and more than 600 songs. He wrote nearly half of them himself and saw 40 reach No. 1. Arrangements are pending.

Source: Country Aircheck

51st ACM Winners

Posted on: April 3rd, 2016 by brent

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE 51st ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS™

 

JASON ALDEAN NAMED ACM ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

MIRANDA LAMBERT WINS FEMALE VOCALIST FOR THE

RECORD-SETTING SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

DOLLY PARTON PRESENTED WITH THE TEX RITTER AWARD FOR COAT OF MANY COLORS

 

Tweet: Winners Announced for the 51st @ACMawards – Country Music’s Party of the Year®

 

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 3, 2016) – Winners have been announced for the 51ST ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, a star-studded ceremony broadcast LIVE tonight on the CBS Television Network from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV.  The industry named Jason Aldean as Entertainer of the Year, the evening’s biggest honor.  Aldean has been previously nominated four times in this category.

 

Dolly Parton was presented the Tex Ritter Award to recognize the success of Coat of Many Colors.  The Tex Ritter Award is presented to recognize a motion picture that featured country music and received major exposure. Parton and pop superstar Katy Perry joined forces for an unprecedented duet performance live on the telecast.

 

Chris Stapleton won Male Vocalist of the Year for the first time. As previously announced, he came into the night already a winner of the New Male Vocalist of the Year award.  Stapleton is the leading winner of the night with a total of six wins, including Album of the Year as both Artist and Producer, and Song of the Year as both Artist and Producer.  With his six wins he ties the record for most ACM Awards won in a single year.  Only Garth Brooks and Faith Hill have reached this pinnacle before.

 

Miranda Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year for the seventh consecutive year, setting a new record for the most consecutive wins in that category. Lambert also won Vocal Event of the Year for Smokin’ And Drinkin’ with Little Big Town, presented prior to the show on the red carpet.

 

Little Big Town won the Vocal Group of the Year award for the second year in a row, and third time overall.  They also won Vocal Event of the Year for Smokin’ And Drinkin’ with Miranda Lambert. 

 

Thomas Rhett won Single Record of the Year for Die A Happy Man.  This is Rhett’s first-ever ACM award win.

 

Kelsea Ballerini was previously awarded New Female Vocalist of the Year, and performed an energetic medley of her new single Peter Pan and her breakout number-one hit Love Me Like You Mean It, with Nick Jonas.

 

Eric Church won Video of the Year for Mr. Misunderstood.  Florida Georgia Line won Vocal Duo of the Year for the third year in a row.  Both Church and Florida Georgia Line were presented with the awards prior to the telecast.

 

Following is the list of winners in the 13 categories voted on by the membership:

 

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Jason Aldean

 

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Chris Stapleton

 

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Miranda Lambert

 

VOCAL DUO OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)

Florida Georgia Line

 

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Little Big Town

 

NEW MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)

Chris Stapleton

 

NEW FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)

Kelsea Ballerini

 

NEW VOCAL DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR *(Off Camera Award)

Old Dominion

 

ALBUM OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Traveller – Chris Stapleton

Producers: Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton

Record Label: Mercury Records

 

SINGLE RECORD OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]

Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

Producers: Dann Huff, Jesse Frasure

Record Label: The Valory Music Co.

 

SONG OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Songwriter(s)/Publisher(s)/Artist(s)]

Nobody To Blame – Chris Stapleton

Songwriters: Chris Stapleton, Barry Bales, Ronnie Bowman

Publishers: House of Sea Gayle Music (ASCAP), WB Music Corp (ASCAP), Quackhead Music (BMI), RayLynn Publishing (BMI)

 

VIDEO OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Producer(s)/Director(s)/Artist(s)] *(Off Camera Award) 

Mr. Misunderstood – Eric Church

Directors: Reid Long, John Peets

Producer: Megan Smith

 

VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR [Awarded to Artist(s)/Producer(s)/Record Company–Label(s)]*(Off Camera Award)

Smokin’ And Drinkin’ – Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town

Producers: Frank Liddell, Chuck Ainlay, Glenn Worf

Record Label: RCA Nashville

 

For a complete list of past and present wins and nominations, please visit ACMcountry.com and search the ACM Awards Database located on the Homepage.

 

Getty Images is the official photographer for the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS and photos can be accessed at GettyImages.com.

 

About the Academy of Country Music Awards

The 51ST Academy of Country Music Awards is dedicated to honoring and showcasing the biggest names and emerging talent in the country music industry.  The show is produced for television by dick clark productions and will broadcast LIVE from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 8:00 PM live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network. Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, R.A. Clark, Barry Adelman and Mark Bracco are executive producers.  Bob Romeo is executive producer for the Academy of Country Music.

Blake and Westboro Ready To Battle Again

Posted on: February 25th, 2016 by Chris

Blake Shelton has been in a fight with the Westboro Baptist Church before and things appear to be heating up between them again.

They don’t like the way he lives his life, and he doesn’t like the way they judge him for the way he lives his life. So when they threatened to stir up trouble at Blake’s upcoming Missouri show, he fought back the best way he knows how. With humor.

It started Tuesday when the church tweeted, “We’ll be picketing @blakeshelton this Friday @ Sprint!.” Within about 10 minutes, Blake had seen the post and responded: “Great!!!! Lots of my crew guys will be happy to see your wives… Again.”

Help Century Recover Raises over $67,525

Posted on: February 18th, 2016 by brent

Thank you to everyone who dropped off checks, change and cash at Cordova Mall to Help Century Recover.  More than $67,525.00 was raised. The United Way will distribute all of the funds directly to agecies who are working directly to support those victims of the tornado. All of the money will stay local and be directly used for relief!

Donate Online at http://www.helpnwflrecover.org

 

2016 ACM Nominee’s – Complete List

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by brent
Artist Nominees:

Entertainer: Jason Aldean, Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert.

Male Vocalist: Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Brett Eldredge, Chris Stapleton.

Female Vocalist: Kelsea Ballerini, Jana Kramer, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood.

Vocal Duo: Brothers Osborne, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Joey + Rory, Maddie & Tae.

Vocal Group: Eli Young Band, Little Big Town, Old Dominion, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band.

New Male: Brett Eldredge, Chris Janson, Thomas Rhett, Chase Rice, Chris Stapleton.

New Female: Kelsea Ballerini, Cam, Mickey Guyton, RaeLynn.

New Vocal Duo/Group: A Thousand Horses, Brothers Osborne, Maddie & Tae, Old Dominion, Parmalee.

Album: I’m Comin’ Over, Chris Young; Montevallo, Sam Hunt; Mr. Misunderstood, Eric Church; Tangled Up ,Thomas Rhett; Traveller, Chris Stapleton.

Single: Burning House,” Cam; “Buy Me A Boat,” Chris Janson; “Die A Happy Man,” Thomas Rhett; “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town; I’m Comin’ Over,” Chris Young; “Take Your Time,” Sam Hunt.

Video: “Biscuits,” Kacey Musgraves; “Burning House,” Cam; “Girl Crush,” Little Big Town; “Mr. Misunderstood,” Eric Church; “Riser,” Dierks Bentley.

Vocal Event: ”Hangover Tonight,” Gary Allan f/Chris Stapleton; “Home Alone Tonight,” Luke Bryan f/Karen Fairchild; “Raise ‘Em Up,” Keith Urban f/Eric Church; “Smokin’ And Drinkin’,” Miranda Lambert f/Little Big Town; “Wild Child,” Kenny Chesney w/Grace Potter.

» ACM Radio & Artist Nominees:Nominations for the 51st Annual ACM Awardsin Radio and general categories are:

Radio Nominees:

 

Small Market Personality:

  • Bill Barrett, Tim Fox, Tracy Berry, KKNU/Eugene, OR
  • Brent Lane, Candy Ruddy; WYCT/Pensacola, FL
  • Brian Gary, Todd Harding, Susan Moore, KUAD/Fort Collins, CO
  • Scotty Cox, Cara Denis, KCLR/Columbia, MO
  • Sherry St. John, WXFL/Florence, AL.

Small Market Station:

  • KKNU/Eugene, OR
  • KTTS/Springfield, MO
  • WGSQ/Cookeville, TN
  • WXFL/Florence, AL
  • WYCT/Pensacola, FL

 

She’s got the girl! Jana Kramer is a new mama!!

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016 by Candy

Jana Kramer and husband Michael Caussin have welcomed a baby girl. Jolie Rae Caussin was born on Sunday (Jan. 31), and the singer says she and her husband are “so thankful for this wonderful blessing!”

The singer tells People that Jolie Rae entered the world at 4:01PM in Nashville, weighing just over seven pounds and measuring 19 1/2 inches. She’s the couple’s first child. Kramer and Caussin married in May 2015 and announced they were expecting in August.

Words can’t even begin to describe how much happiness I’m feeling right now,” Kramer tells People. “Holding my healthy and beautiful baby girl in my arms is something that’s truly indescribable.”

The last few weeks of pregnancy were a struggle, as Kramer was one of the few women who experienced morning sickness throughout her entire pregnancy. Recently she told radio station K92.3 in Orlando, Fla., that she broke down because of it.

“After losing some food, I was in the bathroom crying,” Kramer explained. “I’m like, ‘I don’t want to be pregnant anymore.’”

Still, she says she’s anxious to have another baby, although maybe not immediately. “I need time with wine again,” she jokes.

Kramer was tweeting and sharing pics almost up to Jolie’s due date, using the #mylastFridaypregnant hashtag. On Saturday she used #lastSaturdaypregnant, an indication she knew she would deliver very soon. On Monday morning, the new mom learned she’s up for an ACM award. She’s one of five nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year category.

Read More: Jana Kramer Welcomes Baby Girl | http://tasteofcountry.com/jana-kramer-baby-girl-born/?trackback=tsmclip

Communities Caring at Christmas

Posted on: December 9th, 2015 by Candy

This is a program Cat Country has been proud to take part in w WEAR-TV and Gulf Power every year.

In 1979, WEAR-TV began the Communities Caring at Christmas program. It was the stations effort to share the true meaning of the holiday with those who are less fortunate. The program has evolved over the years to address the changing needs in our communities. Currently, Communities Caring provides new toys, clothing and daily living needs for abused, neglected or abandoned children living in foster care, children living in poverty and adults with developmental disabilities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Communities Caring At Christmas is solely a volunteer effort. Leading the way are our corporate sponsor, Sandy Sansing Dealerships and the employees of Gulf Power Company. Hundreds of willing hands and open hearts provide the donations and manpower to make this program what it is. In 2013, through the generosity of compassionate individuals, organizations, churches and schools, we were able to share the joy of Christmas with almost 7,000 of our neighbors.

This year looks to be especially challenging as we try to meet the needs of a growing number of children coming into foster care and families in financial crisis. Were asking you to please help us continue the tradition of caring through your donation of cash, new toys or clothing. Your gifts can me brought or mailed to:

Communities Caring At Christmas
c/o WEAR-TV
4990 Mobile Highway
Pensacola, FL 32506

Thank you for your consideration and for sharing in the true meaning and spirit of the season.

Fill The Mayflower – Raises over 60,000 meals

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by brent

This year Fill the Mayflower raised over 60,000 meals… You can still help at MannaFoodPantries.org

Save your nonperishable food items and help… We need Peanut Butter, Canned Tuna, Cereal and more….

 

PANTRIES

MANNA operates four pantries in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Thanks to the generosity of donors, we are able to offer Emergency Food Assistance to those in need.

Pantry Locations & Service Information

For each person seeking assistance, the following is required:
For each adult in the household (18+ years old): a picture i.d. and social security card;
For each child (17 years or younger): a social security card, birth certificate or recent shot record.

Main Pantry
116 East Gonzalez Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
*Service is by appointment only. Please call (850)432-2053, Monday – Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm to schedule an appointment.

Food is offered on a first come, first serve basis at the following pantries:

Cantonment Pantry
Allen Memorial United Methodist Church
206 Pace Parkway
Cantonment, FL 32533
*Service is offered every Thursday from 10 am-12 noon.

Milton Pantry
Community of Christ Church
110 Raymond Hobbs Road
Milton, FL 32570
*Service is offered every Friday beginning at 12 noon.

Jay Pantry
First Baptist Church
214 South Alabama Street
Jay, FL 32565
*Service is offered every first and second Tuesday of the month from 9:30-11:30 am.

Miracle on Palafox – Raises over $15,000

Posted on: November 23rd, 2015 by brent

This year for Christmas Wishes, we are assisting United Way in helping needy children have toys under their Christmas tree.  It started with an idea…  What if we could raise thousands of dollars and fulfill more toy wishes this year?  The United Way says that Christmas 2015 will likely see the largest number of kids in need but there are fewer organizations who are able to help.

Next we came up with how we could do it… Have a Concert!  William Michael MorganMo Pitney and SCOTTY MCCREERY all agreed to come to Pensacola and donate their talent to the show.

Next…  how do we get a location that can hold enough people to make a difference?  That’s where Gulf Winds Federal Credit Union came in.  Gulf Winds has underwritten the cost of doing a concert event at the Saenger Theater on Palafox. Thanks to the generosity of Gulf Winds, all of the proceeds of the show go directly to United Way to help some needy children have something under their Christmas tree.

The result?  We raised over $15,072 to be distributed by the United Way!

United Way Escambia County is the fiscal agent. Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act# CH746.

 A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from Division of Consumer Services at 1-800-help-fla or www.800helpfla.com. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

 

Cat Country 98.7 Named “Best of the Coast 2015″

Posted on: October 7th, 2015 by brent

Cat Country 98.7

Winner: Best Radio Station 

Winner: Best Website  

Winner: Best Person to “Friend” on Facebook (Brent Lane)

Winner: Best Radio Personality (Brent Lane) 

 

Runner-up Best Morning Radio Show (The Cat Pack Morning Show) 

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Instagram

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter 

Runner-up: Best Person or Business to Follow on Twitter (Brent Lane)

 

NewsRadio1620 

Winner: Best Morning Radio Show (Pensacola Morning News with Andrew McKay)

Runner-up:Best Radio Personality  (Andrew McKay)

Runner-up: Best Radio Personality (Wendi Summers ) 

Runner-up: Best Person to “Friend” on Facebook (Wendi Summers )