The Country Music Hall of Fame was enriched Sunday night (May 22) by the addition of two native Oklahoma trailblazers and a Florida-born songwriter who’s equally adept at triggering tears or chuckles with his lyrics.
Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard and Bobby Braddock were accorded country music’s highest honor (and awarded medallions to mark the occasion) in ceremonies held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Ford Theater in Nashville.
Sweetening the event considerably were musical performances by Shepard, Braddock, Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Bill Anderson, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Tracy Lawrence, Billy Currington, Ranger Doug Green, Elizabeth Cook, Susie McEntire, Kelly Clarkson and the McCrary Sisters. more!
Kenny Chesney was surprised by a guest appearance from George Jones in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday night (May 14). Jones strolled onto the Rupp Arena stage as Chesney was performing “Small Y’All,” a novelty tune Chesney recorded for his latest album, Hemingway’s Whiskey, after being a fan of Jones’ version for many years. Jones also appears on the album version. After the band broke into “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair,” Chesney invited Jones to stay onstage to perform the classic country ballad, “He Stopped Loving Her Today.” more!
Rebel Dawg Records artist Eric Lee Beddingfield had a dream come true last year, when his musical hero George Jones sang on Eric’s “The Gospel According to Jones” single. That dream literally exploded last week, when “The Possum” appeared in a scene for the music video.
The clip was produced by Chuck Jones and directed by Ryan Lassan and Daniel Slezinger for Autumn Attic Productions. Locations included the popular 12th & Porter venue in Nashville, Kings Chapel in Arrington, Tennessee and Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Springfield, Tennessee.