Going gold with country celebrations
OPRY ANNIVERSARY: Stay gold, Dolly Parton. Last Friday, the “Queen of Country” celebrated her golden anniversary — that’s 50 years — as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. “It was always my dream to be on the Opry,” says Dolly.
“I actually got to sing on the Grand Ole Opry when I was about 10 years old. I officially became a member back in 1969 and I cannot believe [I’m celebrating] 50 proud years of being a member of the Grand Ole Opry! They call it the ‘Mother Church’ because the old Ryman was a church, but it’s sacred to me, wherever it goes—the church of my heart. For me, the Opry is like the song ‘New York, New York’—if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. I am excited to be coming back home to celebrate 50 years of membership.”
To commemorate the milestone accomplishment, the Opry will celebrate Dolly Week in October with a number of performances hosted Oct. 10-12.
COUNTRY BABY AND TOUR: Carrie Underwood has a lot to look forward to this year as she awaits the birth of her second child in the next month or so. The impending bundle of joy will join big brother Isaiah, 3, and daddy Mike Fisher in the growing household.
2019 will also be busy for Carrie on a professional front. In addition to
helming her Calia activewear line, the country music star will embark on her headlining Cry Pretty Tour 360 in May. Carrie will play 55 arenas across the U.S. and Canada, including stops in Las Vegas, Toronto, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City, Boston, Atlanta and more.
As Carrie told Kix Brooks of American Country Countdown, she cherishes her role as a “country music singer, boss and mom.”
Carrie’s new single, “Love Wins” is currently Top 20 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The single follows Top 10 lead single, “Cry Pretty,” from her 2018 album of the same name.
NEW SONGS AND ALBUM: Chris Young will try to score the 12th No. 1 single of his career with the release of “Raised on Country,” which will impact country radio on Monday, Jan. 28.
Co-penned by Chris with frequent collaborators Corey Crowder and Cary Barlowe, “Raised on County” name-drops some of Chris* country music heroes, including George Strait, Merle Haggard, Joe Diffle and Willie Nelson.
“Raised on Country” will be the lead single from Chris’ upcoming eighth studio album, although no date has been set for its release. Chris recently topped the charts with his 11th No. 1 single, “Hangin’ On,” which was the second single from his 2017 album, Losing Sleep.
Julie Reeves Is the midday host on Big Buck Country 101.5. Also contributing Is BIN Corn well.