Friday, March 21, 2014

Nashville News Roundup - Week Ending 3/21/2014

Gotta Love Merle Haggard!
Merle Haggard Tribute
Country Music Hall of Famer Merle Haggard will be the focus of two tributes next month — one an album of the singer's hits recorded by current country stars, the other from the Academy of Country Music. Luke Bryan, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Toby Keith are among the artists lending their voices to Working Man's Poet: A Tribute to Merle Haggard, out April 1 on Broken Bow Records. During the 49th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 6 — Haggard's 77th birthday — he'll be the recipient of a multi-artist tribute segment and receive the ACM's Crystal Milestone award, honoring his 50th anniversary in country music.

Garth to Nash
Trisha Yearwood revealed this week that she and Garth Brooks are packing their belongings and heading to Hillbilly USA...that would be Nashville. With Garth's youngest daughter heading off to college, that leaves them in an empty home.  Having plans for an upcoming tour and other things, Garth and Trisha have decided to move back to Nashville. Click here for full details.

Tammy Wynette Going Postal
This week, it was revealed that Tammy Wynette is one of several music icons that will be honored with an upcoming U.S. postage stamp.  Wynette joins the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe, as well as Roy Orbison, Sam Cooke, and other music icons that are planned to have their own postage stamp. Click here for details.

Handpicked Download of the Week: Lee Brice - I Don't Dance

Awesome Possum Fact of the Week: Bobby Mackey's Honky Tonk in Wilder, KY will be hosting the first inaugural "Last Honky Tonk Music Series" on Saturday night.  It is in memory of Wayne Mills who was murdered in Nashville last November.  All 50 states will host a show each month with musicians and friends of the late singer songwriter.