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Country music legend Mel Tillis dead at 85

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Mel Tillis passed away early Nov. 19 at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. According to his publicity manager, Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis was 85. The following is from a press release from Absolute Publicity: The Country Music Hall of Famer leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), ... read more

Randy Houser makes first London tour, returns to Charles Town … what an October!

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Randy Houser started off the month of October with his first European tour playing shows in London. The month ends with a one-night only show in Charles Town, West Virginia. Such is the life of a country artist. "It was fantastic!" Houser said in a recent phone interview of his London tour. "It's wonderful to be able to expand your horizons a bit. Country music is growing and expanding there." It was a busy couple of days across the pond but Houser and his wife, Tatiana, were able to hit some ... read more

Tracy Lawrence: Still playing the good ole music he is known for

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Country music fans from the 1990s through early 2000s know the name Tracy Lawrence. (It was the "hat" era of male country music artists, which was replaced by the "cap" era.) He's won a slew of CMA and ACM awards, a Grammy nomination, had 22 songs on the Billboard Top 10 charts including "Time Marches On," "Alibis," "Can't Break It to My Heart," "If the World Had a Front Porch," "Texas Tornado" and his first No. 1 song (25 years ago), "Sticks and Stones." The 1980s and '90s were "such a ... read more

Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt kick off GFF grandstand entertainment

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In his nearly 60-year career, Charlie Daniels has made albums that were country, bluegrass, Southern rock, Christian, songs for kids and, most recently, cowboy songs. But the soon-to-be 81 singer, songwriter and fiddler will tell you he doesn't label his music as anything other than the "Charlie Daniels Band sound." "I do my music when I want to do it and the way I want to do it," said Daniels, who has a home studio and his own music label, Blue Hat, in Tennessee. "Otherwise I don't worry ... read more

Cole Swindell at the GFF: You should be there!

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Cole Swindell remembers the first time he played a concert in Frederick. It was the Fourth of July and he vividly remembers watching the fireworks through the back window of his bus. "Back then, we only had one bus," Swindell said in a recent phone interview from Fredericksburg, Virginia. A lot has changed for Swindell since that visit in 2014, including the number of buses he tours with. "Now we have three," he said. Those buses will be rolling into Frederick on Sunday, Sept. 17, as Swindell ... read more

When it comes to comedy, Larry the Cable Guy knows how to git-r-done!

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Dan Whitney gave up a job he loved to do standup comedy full time 29 years ago. “I was a bellhop at a hotel,” Whitney said. “I loved it! I like people and it was an opportunity to talk to a lot of people, interesting people. I made big bucks and had a lot of job offers.” But comedy won. Whitney’s character Larry the Cable Guy is one of the most recognized in standup comedy as he always wears a ball cap, a plaid flannel shirt with the sleeves torn off with jeans and talks with ... read more

Clint Black is back!

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Multi-platinum selling country music icon Clint Black will be at the Event Center at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races for two shows: 9 p.m. Friday, March 31, and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 1. He has topped the charts with nearly 25 No. 1 hit singles including "A Better Man," "Like the Rain," "Killin' Time," "Nothin' But the Tailights" and "When I Said I Do," which featured his wife, actor Lisa Hartman Black. In September 2015, Black released his first new studio album in a decade, "On Purpose." ... read more

No slowing down for Sara Evans with new tour, new music in 2017

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Look out bro-country music, because bra-country is on the move. And that makes country artist Sara Evans happy. Evans came to stardom in the 1990s, the days when the power songs of Reba McEntire, Faith Hill and even Evans defined country music. After the recent years of songs about partying, pickup trucks, beer and girls (aka bro-country) country music is slowing changing its tune with more women artists (aka bra-country) filling the airwaves again. The timing is perfect for Evans who is ... read more