Brad Paisley, Martina McBride + More Join George Jones Tribute Concert Lineup
... McEntire, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley and many, many more. Jones, often referred to as the "the greatest living country singer," was on his farewell tour the Grand Tour when he passed away in April 2013. The 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes' hitmaker was the No. 2 best-selling country artist of all time, and there's probably nothing he would have loved more than to see country music's top singers coming together for a night of celebration.Next: The 10 Best George Jones Songs Ever Brad Paisley, Martina McBride
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Brad Paisley, Martina McBride, several more added to George Jones tribute
... Brad Paisley, Martina McBride
and Loretta Lynn are a just a few of the new additions to the all-star roster for the George Jones tribute next month, aptly dubbed "Playin' Possum! The Final No Show." Big & Rich, Lee Ann Womack, Craig Morgan, Thompson Square, Ronnie Milsap, Bill Anderson and Metallica have also been confirmed for the Nov. 22 tribute at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The sold-out concert, originally slated to be the late singer's final tour performance, will also feature previously-announced acts Eric Church, Reba McEntire, Alabama, Alan Jackson, Dierks Bentley, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, The Oak Ridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Jamey Johnson, Montgomery Gentry and Sam Moore. Brad Paisley, Martina McBride
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Martina McBride Volunteer Group Exceeds Fundraising Goal for Atlanta Playground
... space." McBridge's Sound Check for Kids partnered with Crowdrise for this campaign, which wrapped with a Sept. 28 performance by McBride at the park's amphitheater. The campaign was incentive-laden, as the first 50 fans who raised a minimum of $200 gained access to a soundcheck party with the singer, among other things. Donations are still being accepted here. Congrats to McBride, Team Martina and everyone who donated and/or participated on their efforts!Next: 10 Things You Never Knew About Martina McBride Martina McBride
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Martina McBride (July 29, 1966)
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Martina McBride was born Martina Schiff in Sharon, Kansas in 1966. Her parents exposed her to Country music at a young age and before she was out of grade school, she was singing with her father's band, The Schiffters. After singing with a Kansas rock band, she formed her own band in 1988 and met her future husband, studio engineer John McBride, during her search for recording space.
Martina caught the eye of superstar Garth Brooks in 1990. She occasionally joined her husband, who worked the soundboard on Brooks' tour, and helped out by selling T-shirts. She impressed Brooks with her work ethic and, despite never hearing her sing, he promised her a spot as an opening act if she ever got a recording contract. She signed with RCA Records in 1991 and Brooks kept his word. McBride released her first album, "The Time Has Come," the following year.
McBride's single "Independence Day
" was initially shunned by Country music because of the subject matter. The song tells about an escape from domestic violence from the point-of-view of an 8 year-old child. It not only became McBride's breakout hit, it was launched McBride's efforts as a spokesperson for victims of domestic violence. Because of the title and the lyrics of the chorus, such as "let freedom ring," the song is frequently misinterpreted as a patriotic anthem.
After several nominations, McBride won her first major award in 1999 when she was chosen the Country Music Association's Female Vocalist of the Year, on the heels of her fifth studio album, Emotion. Since then, McBride's Pop-inflected style has helped her become one of the most popular singers in Country music. From 2000 through 2011, Nielsen-BDS and Mediabase reported that McBride was country radio's most frequently played female artist.
In 2011, McBride released her first album after ending her contract with RCA Records expired. The Big Machine Label Group issued Eleven, which features a song that McBride equates to "Independence Day." "I'm Going to Love You Through It" is a song for caregivers of cancer victims. In October 2011, she was chosen to light the pink lights on the Empire State Building in support of Cancer Awareness Month.
When Judd Apatow needed under-appreciated rockers for his Knocked Up
sequel, he immediately thought of Parker, who just happened to be getting his band The Rumour back together.
Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
This mysterious and wildly eclectic singer/songwriter talks about some of his most memorable songs and collaborations.