Texas artists band to help West, Texas

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The Randy Rogers Band, Josh Abbott Band, Wade Bowen and Stoney LaRue are among the bands joining the Texas Thunder festival, May 17 to 19. All of the net proceeds of the festival in Gardendale, Texas, will benefit West, Texas, schools and first responders. The town was devastated recently by a fertilizer plant fire and explosion. 


"Texans are passionate about their communities and upon hearing of this tragedy, the Texas music community reached out to lend a helping hand," said event organizer Brian Andrews in a news release. 


Texas Thunder presents an all-star, all-Texas lineup. Weekend passes are available for a discounted price of $65 with camping starting at $110. For details and full list of musicians, visit www.texasthunderfest.com.


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One of country music's '80s ladies is spotlighted in a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The exhibit traces Fricke throughout various points in her career including her early days as a popular background vocalist. Other artists featured in the "Sing Me Back Home" exhibit include Barbara Mandrell, Eddie Rabbitt and Steve Wariner. 


Also at the museum will be a special exhibit spotlighting Lee Greenwood, opening May 10. "Lee Greenwood: American Patriot" will incorporate costumes and other artifacts spanning his 50-year music career. The exhibit places a special focus on Greenwood's most memorable song, "God Bless the USA," and his work with military and veterans organizations.


His hits include "Somebody's Gonna Love You," "Going, Going, Gone" and "Dixie Road." This year marks the 30th anniversary of "God Bless the USA." In 2012, Greenwood released his book, "Does God Still Bless the USA?", a call for Americans to embrace an authentic patriotism while pointing out problems that, as he writes, simply should not be happening in our country.


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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has a special edition of Brad Paisley's "Wheelhouse," which includes three exclusive tracks. It's available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores or online at crackerbarrell.com.


At crackerbarrelbradpaisley.com, you can register for a chance to win two tickets to see Brad in California on his "Beat This Summer Tour." The trip includes airfare and $500 spending money. Or you could win a $500 Cracker Barrel gift card.


He will be at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Va., on June 29.


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DelFest returns to Cumberland May 23 to 26. Here's the lineup: The Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trey Anastasio Band, Yonder Mountain String Band, Carolina Chocolate Drops (they played the Weinberg Center last fall), Davisson Brothers Band, and man others. For details including the daily schedule, tickets and camping information, visit delfest.com.


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Husband-and-wife duo Joey + Rory will host the fifth annual Bib and Buckle Fest at their farm in Pottsville, Tenn., June 1. A new feature this year will be a songwriter's stage in the "big barn" where the couple also host the Farmhouse Concert Series through the summer and fall. Scheduled to perform, along with the duo, is "Whisperin'" Bill Anderson.


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Are you an Eagles fan? Not the football or bald type; rather the rockin' Eagles? 


Capitol Records will release the three-disc, two-part documentary "History of the Eagles" on DVD and Blu-Ray April 30. The set includes "History of the Eagles Part One," "History of the Eagles Part Two" and the "Eagles Live at the Capital Center -- March 1977." Maybe you were at one or both of the Eagles' two-night stand at the D.C.-area venue (it was in Largo, actually) during the band's "Hotel California" tour. (Unrelated to the Eagles, but I saw the Doobie Bros. there and it's still one of my favorite concerts!)


A "super deluxe" box set also will be released in limited edition, in Blu-Ray and including a 40-page casebound book featuring still photos from the films and a specially created lithograph of the band's desert-bleached skull icon. 


Part 1 chronicles the band from its creation and rise in the 1970s through its breakup in 1980. Part Two reveals the personal and professional struggles members faced while the band was apart, and chronicles the group's reunion 1994, as well as its resurgence in the following decades. 


The Eagles hits include "Hotel California," "New Kid in Town," "Take It To The Limit," "One of These Nights," "Lyin' Eyes," "Rocky Mountain Way," "Best of My Love" and "Take It Easy" (Travis Tritt recorded an awesome version of this song for an Eagles' tribute album a few years ago). The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide. For more info, visit eaglesband.com.


It's almost May and, you know, Christmas is coming! Just suggesting.

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