Randy Travis suffered a stroke Wednesday and underwent surgery later that night to relieve pressure on his brain. He is in critical condition. According to his publicist, Kirt Webster, his family and friends were with him at the hospital and request prayers and support from fans.
Travis was admitted at Baylor Medical Center at McKinney on July 7 with a presumptive cardiomyopathy and congestive heart failure, according to one of his physicians, Dr. William Gray, director of cardiovascular services at Baylor. He was stabilized there and sent to The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano for a higher level of specialized care in the care of Dr. Michael Mack.
Cards and well wishes can be sent to: Randy Travis, 266 Blanks Road, Tioga, Texas 76271.
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Aaron Lewis, Blaster Records and CMT have partnered to give one Lewis fan and their guest a four-day adventure aboard Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man Cruise VII. Lewis will be performing for the first time on the seventh annual excursion. The promotion is in celebration of Lewis' new single, "Granddaddy's Gun." The song was written by Rhett Atkins, Dallas Davidson and Bobby Pinson.
The cruise departs Miami Oct. 20 and visits Key West and Great Stirrup Cay before returning to Miami Oct. 24. Enter at sweepstakes.cmt.com.
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Clint Black is partnering with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store for the release of his new CD, "When I Said I Do," which will be available beginning Aug. 5. The album will feature 11 of Clint's favorites as well as three new recordings created exclusively for this album.
He wrote or co-wrote all 14 songs on the album. His wife, Lisa Hartman-Black, performed two songs with him, the title track and "Easy for Me to Say."
Other songs on the album include "Something That We Do," " You Made Me Feel," "Like the Rain" and "Half the Man."
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Ronnie Dunn's new single, "Kiss You There," releases July 29. He performed the single for fans in downtown Nashville during CMA Music Festival from the rooftop of Rippy's Bar and Grill for an impromptu performance. He debuted four new songs: "Country This," "Kiss You There," "Cowgirls Rock 'n' Roll" and "Peace, Love and Country Music." You can see the performance on YouTube.
Dunn performed on July 6 at the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert in Norman, Okla. Donations can be made online at www.unitedwayokc.org or by texting REBUILD to 52000 which will give an automatic $10 donation to the United Way of Central Oklahoma's May Tornado Relief Fund.
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Jake Owen did some hospital time over the weekend, too. He had a go-kart accident trying to outrace NASCAR's Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer. After the accident, Jake tweeted: "I'll stick to singing country songs." On Tuesday, he required hand surgery, which the singer says won't interfere with his guitar playing.
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The debut single from Danielle Bradbery, winner of "The Voice," will release July 16. It's called "The Heart of Dixie." The song tells the story of a woman who was going through the motions with a dead-end job and a barely there alcoholic husband whose departure allows her to leave for greener pastures and a new life, according to one reviewer. Bradbery has said she wants to be her generation's Carrie Underwood.
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Enjoy a weekend of music, food and fun on Jekyll Island this August for Rodney Atkins' America's Heroes Celebration Weekend, to honor the men and women who serve in the nation's military. Throughout the weekend, Aug. 16 to 18, artists will perform at a variety of venues around the island, ending with a concert from Atkins. Tickets are $39 advance general admission, $29 for the Military Appreciation concert general admission, $54 for regular reserved seating and $44 for Military Appreciation reserved seating. For more information, visit www.jekyllisland.com.
Rodney Atkins will perform in Frederick on Aug. 24 for the Patty Pollatos Fund's eighth annual Family FUNomenon at the Frederick Fairgrounds. Admission to this event, which includes the concert, food and activities, is $40, for ages 6 to 12 tickets are $15; under age 5 free. For details, visit www.ppfinc.org.
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On Sept. 7, Maryland native Maggie Rose will perform at Champions Billiards Sports Cafe. Opening is David Bradley. This is a ticketed event. See wfre.com for details.
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Songwriters and singers, including Luke Laird, Natalie Hemby, Ella Mae Bowen, Russell Dickerson, Elenowen, Molly Hunt and Matt Wertz traveled to the Dominican Republic with World Vision. The songwriters had the chance to meet with the families in which their efforts would be helping. They also visited a school in Santo Domingo where both the songwriters and children performed music for each other.
World Vision launched the annual event for country music artists and songwriters to network with each other while helping a community in need. Plans are under way for a group to return to the Dominican Republic. For more information about World Vision, visit www.worldvision.org.
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July 20 -- Blake Shelton, Easton Corbin, Jana Kramer; Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
July 20 -- Hank Williams Jr., Job.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, Va.
July 20 -- Neal McCoy, Fauquier County Fairgrounds, Warrenton, Va.
July 26 -- Loretta Lynn, 9:30 Club, Washington
July 26 -- Scotty McCreery, Job.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, Va.
July 28 -- Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Kix Brooks; Jiffy Lube Live
Aug. 3 -- Parmalee, Carroll County Fair, Westminster
Aug. 4 and 5 -- Kris Kristofferson, Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis
Aug. 6 -- Kris Kristofferson, Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
Aug. 8 -- Confederate Railroad, Smithsburg Fireman's Carnival Grounds
Aug. 8 -- Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch; Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Aug. 8 -- Eli Young Band, Rams Head Live, Baltimore
Aug. 9 -- "Joe, Joe, Joe Diffie" The original Joe Diffie, Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal, Va.
Aug. 9 -- Trace Adkins, Job.com Pavilion, Fredericksburg, Va.
Aug. 9 -- Restless Heart, American Music Theatre, Lancaster, Pa.
Aug. 10 -- Joe Diffie, Warren County Fairgrounds, Front Royal, Va.
Aug. 10 -- Marty Stuart, Birchmere, Alexandria, Va.
Aug. 10 -- Jason Aldean and Jake Owen, Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, Pa.
Aug. 10 -- Restless Heart, Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis
Aug. 11 -- Jo Dee Messina, Music Box Theatre, Hershey, Pa.
Aug. 13 -- Easton Corbin with Tyler Farr, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, Va.
Aug. 14 -- Alan Jackson and Kellie Pickler, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, Va.
Aug. 15 to 18 -- Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Gettysburg, Pa.
Aug. 17 -- Florida Georgia Line, Clarke County Fair, Berryville, Va. SOLD OUT
Aug. 23 -- John Conlee, South Mountain Fairgrounds, Biglerville, Pa.
Aug. 24 -- Toby Keith with Kip Moore, Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
Aug. 28 -- Luke Bryan with Thomas Rhett and Kelleigh Bannen, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia
Aug. 29 -- Florida Georgia Line, Richmond Raceway Complex, with Colt Ford; Richmond, Va.
Aug. 31 -- Florida Georgia Line, with Gary Allan; Bayside Toyota Pavilion in St. Leonard
Sept. 6 -- Alan Jackson with Gloriana, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia