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Country Music Memories: Wynonna’s Debut Solo Single Hits No. 1

Twenty-nine years ago today (April 11, 1992) was a bittersweet day for Wynonna Judd. It was on that date that she earned her first No. 1 hit as a solo artist, with her debut single, "She Is His Only Need."By the time "She Is His Only Need" hit the airwaves, Judd had already had plenty of chances to enjoy being at the top of the charts as one-half of the hit duo the Judds, with her mother, Naomi Judd. But in 1991, the Judds were forced to disband after the elder...
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Eddie Van Halen ‘Frankenstrat’ Guitars Hit the Auction Block

One of Eddie Van Halen’s iconic “Frankenstrat” guitar — which the rocker gifted to late Mountain guitarist Leslie West — is set to hit the auction block Sunday. The “Kramer Striker/Ripley Rosewood Fingerboard Frankenstrat Solid Body Electric Guitar” — one of an arsenal of custom-made guitars that Eddie Van Halen designed and “spray-painted and striped by hand, presumably by hand,” Heritage Auctions said — was made for the guitarist in 1984, and was believed to be Van Halen’s backup guitar on both the tours in support of 1984 and 5150....
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5 Country Collabs That Prove Siblings Make the Best Bandmates

Each year, April 10 is recognized as National Siblings Day. The holiday was created by a woman named Claudia Evart, who lost her siblings, Lisette and Alan, early in life in two different incidents. Though it's not an official holiday -- it's not a federally recognized holiday, like Mother's Day and Father's Day -- it's a good day to have; after all, why not celebrate the whole family?In recognition of this sweet day, The Boot has compiled some of the best collaborations from country stars and their sibling(s). Of course, there are...
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Watch Morgan Wade Perform ‘Reckless’ Songs on ‘CBS This Morning’

Rising country-pop singer Morgan Wade performed three tracks from her debut album Reckless as part of CBS This Morning’s latest “Saturday Sessions.” The Virginia native played her standout “Wilder Days,” “Last Cigarette” and “Don’t Cry” for the performance, with Wade joined by a backing band that included Sadler Vaden, the producer of Reckless and a guitarist in Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit. Speaking with Rolling Stone earlier this month — a week after Reckless’ release — Wade talked about how her album was informed by her sobriety. “I had...
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Country Music Memories: George Strait Records Two Big Hits

Chances are good that 26 years ago today (April 10, 1995), George Strait had no idea how significant his plans for the day would become. It was on that date that Strait recorded "Check Yes or No" and "I Know She Still Loves Me," both for his 1995 compilation album Strait Out of the Box.Strait Out of the Box, which was released in September of 1995, was a collection of four CDs that included most of Strait's singles, from "I Just Can't Go on Dying Like This," which was his debut...
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Roger Waters, Tom Morello, Brian Eno Plan ‘Live for Gaza’ Event

Roger Waters, Tom Morello, and Brian Eno are among the artists participating in Live for Gaza, an online benefit concert whose aim is to raise funds for musicians in the Gaza Strip, Palestine. The livestream will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. EDT. Tickets are available via Eventbrite. For the event, Waters and his band will perform “The Bravery of Being Out of Range,” a track off his Amused to Death solo album from 1992. Eno has created a new audiovisual piece with his brother Roger titled “Celeste.” In addition...
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Ricky Skaggs Receives High School Diploma

Ricky Skaggs finally has his high school diploma, five decades after he left school early to launch his career.In June of 2020, Skaggs was awarded an honorary diploma from his alma mater, Lawrence County High School in Louisa, Ky., during the school's virtual graduation ceremony, according to a press announcement on Friday (April 9). Skaggs would have graduated as part of the Class of 1971; however, he left school early to pursue music when he was invited to tour with legendary banjo player and bluegrass musician Ralph Stanley.That began a storied career for the...
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Taylor Swift Duets With Keith Urban on ‘From the Vault’ Track ‘That’s When’

Taylor Swift released her re-recorded Fearless (Taylor’s Version) on Friday, a 2021 update of the 2008 album. Comprising 27 tracks, the new LP features six “From the Vault” recordings, including the Keith Urban duet “That’s When.” An introspective retelling of a romance at the brink, the song opens with Swift singing the first verse and chorus, asking “When can I come back?” before Urban arrives for the second verse. They harmonize together on the chorus: “That’s when I’ll be waiting at the front gate/that’s when I see your face/I’ll let...
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Country Music Memories: ‘Honky Tonk Angel’ Goes Gold

Thirty years ago today (April 9, 1991) was a day of celebration for Patty Loveless. It was on that date that Loveless earned her first gold album with her 1988 record Honky Tonk Angel.MCA NashvilleHonky Tonk Angel was Loveless' third album; it followed her self-titled freshman record, which was released in 1986, and her sophomore disc, If My Heart Had Windows, which was also released in 1988. Loveless' sophomore project spawned two Top 10 hits, "If My Heart Had Windows" and "A Little Bit in Love," the latter of which landed at No. 2,...
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Prince’s Sister on Honoring Her Brother’s Vault of Unreleased Music

Following Prince’s death in 2016, Tyka Nelson, the musician’s younger sister, has been tasked with helping preserve the Purple One’s legacy. She shares one-sixth of Prince’s estate, with thousands of unreleased songs reportedly stowed away in Prince’s vault. Fans have eagerly demanded a taste of what the artist never got the chance to release on his own. Tyka, along with others who Prince trusted with his most prized collection, has spent the last four years uncovering and preserving treasures that only an artist as transcending as Prince could create. For...
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Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires Set Up Sensory Room at Nissan Stadium

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires are part of a special new space in Nashville's Nissan Stadium. The singer-songwriter couple recently helped establish a room for fans with sensory sensitivities at the football stadium.The Tennessee Titans, Nashville's NFL team, unveiled the Isbell-Shires KultureCity Sensory Room at their home stadium on Tuesday (April 6). Isbell and Shires helped raise the money needed for the room, set up with KultureCity, an Alabama-based nonprofit focused on sensory accessibility and acceptance.KultureCity's board president is Dominique Wilkins, a retired NBA star and Isbell fan who befriended the musician...
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Watch David Gilmour Perform Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Albatross’ at Peter Green Tribute Show

The Mick Fleetwood & Friends tribute concert to Peter Green at London’s Palladium on February 20th, 2020 was packed with incredible performances from the likes of Pete Townshend, Noel Gallagher, Steven Tyler, Kirk Hammett, Billy Gibbons, and Christine McVie. But one of the best performances came near the very end of the show when David Gilmour came out to play the 1968 Fleetwood Mac instrumental “Albatross.” You can check out the moment right here, and the entire concert will be available for streaming via Nugs on April 24th. Fleetwood personally...
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Eric Church on His Tour: I Have Become an Amateur Epidemiologist

Eric Church didn't just roll out tour dates and cross his fingers. The Gather Again Tour announcement came with nearly as much planning as a moon mission.Talking to Taste of Country Nights, Church — whose Heart & Soul album project debuts on April 16 — says that yes, he's a little nervous about this tour as it relates to the pandemic. Some days, he might be more than a little nervous — but he's done his homework.“This is not something that we just did," Church assures. "We didn’t just say we were going to do...
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