Archive for January, 2016

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 27 January 2016

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Mel Tillis, 83, underwent emergency colon surgery at Nashville’s Centennial Medical Center on January 8. The Tennessean reported on January 15 that reports indicating Mel was in frail health were overstated. After several weeks of recovery, he plans to be back in action. The surgery prevented him from joining the scheduled Country Music Cruise 2016. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 13 January 2016

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

When I called Red Steagall at his Fort Worth, Texas, office the other day, he told me he’d first visited Sioux Falls at age twelve. Although he grew up in a “little bitty town in Texas,” he spent the five most important summers of his life on his uncle’s farm in northwest Iowa. “I learned more in those five summers than the rest of my life put together,” he said. He later graduated from West Texas State University with a degree in Animal Science and Agronomy, and then made his mark in the music business. (more…)