Rodney Atkins and fellow country singer/songwriter Rose Falcon tied the knot in a beachside ceremony on Nov. 10 on Captiva Island, Fla. Twenty guests were in attendance, including Rodney’s son Elijah, who was best man. Charles Hutchins, founder of Holston U.M. Home for Children, where Rodney spent his infancy before being adopted, officiated.
Rose crafted many of the wedding decorations, including wedding programs made of CD cases and a handmade bracelet for each female guest. Male guests each received a custom hat made to match the baseball cap worn by the groom.
The couple also recognized the 51st anniversary of Rodney’s parents, Allen and Margaret Atkins.
The newly-married couple are returning to Nashville and will continue on The Most Hits for the Money Tour, along with country guitar-slinger Frankie Ballard.
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Christmas time’s a comin’ and The Oak Ridge Boys are teaming with Compassion International for their 2013 Christmas Time’s a Comin’ Tour, which marks its 24th anniversary. The show features holiday classics and the group’s biggest hits sung by Richard Sterban, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Joe Bonsall. The four guys are celebrating the 40th year of The Oak Ridge Boys.
The tour kicks off Nov. 12 in Branson, Mo., and closes Dec. 22 in Green Bay, Wisc. For details, visit oakridgeboys.com or compassion.com/oakridgeboys.
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Kellie Pickler’s fourth studio album, “The Woman I Am,” is out and look for Kellie to appear on some upcoming shows to promote it. Nov. 13 on “Ellen” and “Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson; Nov. 26 on “The View,” Nov. 28 in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Dec. 2 on “CMA Country Christmas.”
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Vince Gill will receive the 2014 Country Radio Broadcasters Inc. Career Achievement Award at the Country Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Feb. 18. Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will perform a tribute to Gill, as well as present him with the award during the event.
The award is presented to an individual artist or act that, through their creativity, vision, performance or leadership, has made a significant contribution to the development and promotion of country music and country radio. Previous winners include Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Merle Haggard and George Strait.
For info about the Country Radio Hall of Fame or ceremony tickets, call the CRS offices at 615-327-4487.
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Here’s a great gift idea for the country music fan in your world — tickets to Country Stampede in Kansas June 26 to 29, 2014. The lineup includes Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Chris Young, Joe Nichols, Dustin Lynch, Thomas Rhett, Charlie Worsham, Joe Diffie, Sarah Darling, Logan Mize and Jon Pardi.
The festival is held at Tuttle Creek State Park in Manhattan, Kans. VIP camping is sold out, but four-day weekend tickets are $110 for a limited time. General camping is available starting at $135. For details, call 800-795-8091 or www.countrystampede.com.
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Another gift to “duck the halls” — The Robertson family, aka “Duck Dynasty” clan, scored the No. 1 country album for the week of Nov. 6 with “Duck the Halls” Christmas album. The album includes guests George Strait, Luke Bryan and Alison Krauss and sol nearly 70,000 copies in its first week. Walmart sells a deluxe edition of the album with a 15-track CD.
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And because we can always use a little more Christmas … Sarah Darling will release a new Christmas EP Nov. 19, “Have a Merry Little Christmas.”
The four-song EP will feature a selection of classic Christmas songs, crafted to Darling’s “crisp, powerhouse voice,” as hailed by The New York Times. The track listing: “The Christmas Song,” “River,” by Joni Mitchell, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “Silent Night.”