Archive for September, 2015

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 23 September 2015

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

This week we especially remember Marty Robbins, who would have been ninety years old this Saturday. He was born on a Saturday evening—9:55 on September 26, 1925, in the desert near Phoenix, Arizona. He only lived 57 years, but what memories he gave us.

“I said all along I wasn’t going to tour anymore,” George Strait said yesterday at a press conference at the MGM Studios in Las Vegas, “but I also said I wasn’t retiring by any means and I still wanted to do some dates.” He will be one of the first performers to headline shows at the new Las Vegas Arena. His shows are scheduled for April and September, and Kacey Musgraves will be his opening act. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 9 September 2015

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

William Lee Golden of the Oak Ridge Boys married Simone Staley in Nashville on August 29, after re-kindling an old friendship. They first met In October 1980, and spent time together over the next several years, until losing touch after a show in 1982. A portrait she painted of him was one of the few things saved when his home was destroyed by a tornado. In 2009, they reconnected, both having recently lost their mothers. In 2013, he invited her to come to Tennessee.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has opened a new exhibit, Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips. A tribute concert, “Get Rhythm,” was held Saturday afternoon. August 29, in the CMA Theater to commemorate the opening. 84-year-old Sonny Burgess, who recorded for Sun Records 60 years ago, received a standing ovation for his rockabilly performance. (more…)