In This Exclusive First Look, Travis Reflects on His Powerful Performance of “Amazing Grace” at the 2016 Country Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony, Three Years After Enduring a Debilitating Stroke—Watch It Here AXS TV presents an all-new episode of the popular celebrity profile series The Big Interview With Dan Rather, as the veteran newsman joins Country music icon Randy Travis and his wife Mary for a rare sit-down airing Wednesday, January 27 at 8pmEST/5pmPST. During the conversation—filmed remotely utilizing both Zoom and in-person camera teams—Travis, through his wife, explains his road to recovery and the fight to regain his mobility, speech, and singing seven years after enduring a debilitating stroke; and the couple share their incredible love story and the pivotal moment Mary knew her husband was ready to keep fighting for his life. In this exclusive first look, Travis—with the aid of his wife, who is on hand to serve as his voice due to the results of his stroke—reflects on his powerful rendition of “Amazing Grace” at the 2016 Country Music Hall Of Fame induction ceremony, an unforgettable performance he had unwittingly begun laying the groundwork for two years prior while in physical therapy. “That’s where a little girl named Tracy, who had a music degree, would come in on her lunch hour, bring her keyboard and started teaching Randy melody and song again,” Mary explains. “She started teaching him ‘Amazing Grace’… and the words all came back to him.” After two months of solely working on forming the letter ‘A,’ Travis was able to regain the following letters at an exponential pace. “We spent probably six hours a day running through that song,” she recalls, “trying to get through all four verses and learning the words.” Travis’ time and dedication, and Mary’s unwavering love and support, were ultimately rewarded with an incredible moment that brought the world of Country music to its feet. Mary continues, “I think when I put that microphone in his hand, he became Randy Travis again. It was absolutely beautiful.” Watch it here. In July 2020 Randy Travis released “Fool’s Love Affair,” a never before heard single, on the anniversary of his first release “On The Other Hand.” “Fool’s Love Affair” has introduced a new generation of country music fans to a true icon of the genre. Still racking up 20,000 streams a day and climbing the Texas Regional Radio Chart, Travis is still a force to be reckoned with. The Big Interview With Dan Rather airs every Wednesday at 8pE/5pP, only on AXS TV. Follow the social conversation on Twitter @axstv and @danrather as well as the hashtag #TheBigInterview. About Randy Travis With lifetime sales in excess of 25 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest multi-genre record sellers of all time and a recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, Continue reading Randy and Mary Travis Sit Down with Dan Rather on AXS TV’s “The Big Interview”
Big Loud Records, Back Blocks Music and Republic Records announced today, exclusively with Variety, the signing of Lily Rose to a joint-venture record deal. These power-house partners come to the table just weeks after Rose’s reactive debut single “Villain” shows impressive numbers across all social, streaming and sales platforms. Today, her music video for the powerful single “Villain” is available everywhere. Continue reading Emerging Artist Lily Rose Signs to Big Loud Records Team
2021 May be off to a slow start, but it’s quickly gaining steam as we find out more details about Loretta Lynn’s March 19th album release! With guest appearances from Reba, Tanya Tucker, Margo Price and many more, “Still Woman Enough” promises to be a powerhouse of feminine strength! “I am just so thankful to have some of my friends join me on my new album. We girl singers gotta stick together,” Lynn says in the news release. “It’s amazing how much has happened in the 50 years since ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’ first came out and I’m extremely grateful to be given a part to play in the history of American music.”
Lively McCabe Entertainment and CuzBro Productions, the production company founded by Brian Kelley – of the multi-platinum, award-winning duo Florida Georgia Line – and partners Stephen Snedden and Justin Halliwell, have teamed with filmmaker Andy Fickman to direct the upcoming musical feature, “MAY WE ALL.” The previously announced stage musical with eyes on a commercial residency in Nashville, TN, was to have held a developmental production in November 2020 at Playhouse on the Square in Memphis, TN, but has had that production delayed to later in 2021 due to the pandemic. Lively McCabe Entertainment and CuzBro Productions also produce the stage musical, along with music giant BMG.
CMT reveals “Next Women of Country” class of 2021! Continue reading CMT reveals “Next Women of Country” class of 2021
Jay DeMarcus’ Christian Music Label, Red Street Records Expands Adding New Artists & Songwriters to Roster Continue reading Jay DeMarcus’ Music Label, Red Street Records Expands Adding New Artists & Songwriters to Roste
BMLG RECORDS trio LADY A are soon to become the newest members of the venerable GRAND OLE OPRY. The surprise invitation was extended YESTERDAY (1/21) by OPRY member DARIUS RUCKER while LADY A was taping their performance for the upcoming two-hour NBC-TV special, “GRAND OLE OPRY: 95 YEARS OF COUNTRY MUSIC” (NET NEWS 1/19). Watch the moment — which will be included in the special — happen on the OPRY stage here. “This is the best surprise we could ever ask for,” LADY A’s HILLARY SCOTT said in response to the invitation. “I’ve been coming here since I was a little girl, so to say we are honored is an understatement. We are so truly grateful to officially be a part of this amazing family.” LADY A’s membership is effective immediately. The group made their OPRY debut in 2007. OPRY members BRAD PAISLEY and BLAKE SHELTON will co-host “GRAND OLE OPRY: 95 YEARS OF COUNTRY MUSIC,” airing on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14th at 9p (ET/PT).
Eric Church made the surprise announcement of not one, not TWO , BUT THREE albums to be released in April in what seems to be quickly becoming a creative trend on the heels of a near-year-long-lockdown during the pandemic. Continue reading Eric Church Announces TRIPLE Album Release!
Clothing For a Cause: Granger Smith Deepens Focus on Yee Yee Apparel’s Philanthropic Efforts Continue reading Clothing For a Cause: Granger Smith Deepens Focus on Yee Yee Apparel’s Philanthropic Efforts
Carrie Underwood to release gospel album “My Savior” This March. Details at Country Music News Blog. Continue reading Details About Carrie Underwood’s New Gospel Album “My Savior”