Nashville stars honor Randy Travis at concert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WRKN) – Hundreds of fans, dozens of artists, packed into Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday for a country legend.

Minutes before his tribute show began, Randy Travis met with the press, his wife Mary Davis at his side. “When the artists started falling into place, calling in and saying we want to be a part of it, it just meant so much,” Davis said.

Artist after artist poured into Bridgestone for a chance to sing for the icon. Since suffering a stroke in 2013, Travis has been unable to perform. Chuck Wicks would be one of the first, putting his spin on “If I Didn’t Have You,” a favorite tune from his youth.

“I was excited about it,” exclaimed Wicks. “Cause I grew up listening to Randy. Like everyone in this room probably did.”

Friday, 17. February 2017, Hinckley, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, & Collin Raye LIVE 2/17

If you’re an old-school country music fan, you’re going to love this show! Country music stars Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, and Collin Raye are joining forces for the Roots & Boots Tour. These three performers have been a staple of the country scene for decades with a combined 14 number one hits, 42 top ten singles, and 16 gold and platinum albums! Don’t miss hits like “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “Cadillac Style,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “In This Life,” “I Can Still Feel You,” and many more!

Stars come together in Nashville to honor Randy Travis at concert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WRKN) – Hundreds of fans, dozens of artists, packed into Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday for a country legend.

Minutes before his tribute show began, Randy Travis met with the press, his wife Mary Davis at his side.

“When the artists started falling into place, calling in and saying we want to be a part of it, it just meant so much,” Davis said.

Artist after artist poured into Bridgestone for a chance to sing for the icon. Since suffering a stroke in 2013, Travis has been unable to perform

Chuck Wicks would be one of the first, putting his spin on “If I Didn’t Have You,” a favorite tune from his youth.

“I was excited about it,” exclaimed Wicks. “Cause I grew up listening to Randy. Like everyone in this room probably did.”

Collin Raye compared Travis to country stars of old.

“To me he’s kind of the thread between George Jones, Merle Haggard, those guys, and what came after,” noted Raye.

National music acts highlight 2017 Florida State Fair

The Manatee County Fair is finished for the year, but if you didn’t get your fill of fair fun, there’s plenty more coming.

It’s up the road a bit, though. The Florida State Fair opens Thursday at the fairgrounds in Tampa, about an hour’s drive from Bradenton straight up U.S. 301. It’s the 113th annual edition of the state fair, and it runs through Feb. 20.

If you’ve been to the Manatee County Fair, you pretty much know what to expect from the Florida State Fair — agricultural and livestock shows, midway rides, live music and lots of food that tastes amazing, but isn’t very good for you. The only real difference is the state fair’s a lot bigger than our county fair.

Garth Brooks joins star-studded Randy Travis tribute show

Country music superstar Garth Brooks is joining the long list of other stars for a tribute show to Randy Travis.

The show, “1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis,” kicks off at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Bridgestone Arena.

“Mary and I are so blessed to have amazing friends all over this industry. Garth Brooks is an amazing artist who always entertains everyone in the house, I am humbled by his involvement,” Travis said.

Garth is joining a long list of country stars and legends including, Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Kane Brown, Mark Chesnutt, James Dupre, Jeff Foxworthy, Montgomery Gentry, Ben Haggard, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Neal McCoy, Scotty McCreery, William Michael Morgan, Joe Nichols, Paul Overstreet, Shane Owens, Michael Ray, Collin Raye, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Daryle Singletary, Michael W. Smith, The Bellamy Brothers, The Randy Travis Band, Ricky Traywick, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, Phil Vassar, Chuck Wicks, Wynonna and Chris Young. More stars are expected to join the growing list.

Collin Raye Didn’t Freak Out the First Time He Heard Himself on the Radio

Between 1991 and 2007, Collin Raye landed 30 singles on the country charts; his No. 1 singles include “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “My Kind of Girl” and “I Can Still Feel You.” But before those hits started rolling in, Raye was just like any other up-and-coming artist: eager to hear one of his songs on the radio. Below, the singer-songwriter recalls the first time he hear himself on air.

Oh boy — I was in Greenville, Texas, with my kids [in 1991], and “Sweet Memory” was the first single from the All I Can Be album — my first album — and it was moving because I didn’t freak out! I had had some independent records regionally that had gotten airplay before. But I did realize this was different: This was a national song. This was everywhere!

Initial lineup for the Suwannee River Jam announced

LIVE OAK — The 2017 Suwannee River Jam proudly returns to The Spirit of the Suwannee Music from May 3-6 and the first artists have been confirmed.

Country greats signed so far are Billy Currington, Randy Houser, Hunter Hayes, Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann, Roots and Boots Tour artists Sammy Kershaw, Collin Raye and Aaron Tippin. Each of these artists are award winning, multi-charting, career country artists revered by their fans and the country music world. More artists will be announced soon for the SRJ, one of the largest country music and camping festivals in the Southeast.

The SRJ was named Jan. 17 as one of the 22 best country music festivals in the United States by online magazine Wide Open Country.

Please come for four exhilarating days of country music, art, camping, community, reunions and fireside performances along the banks of the famous Suwannee River.

KOGM/Lafayette, LA Adds ‘Collin Raye’s Rewind Country’

DELTA MEDIA CORPORATION Country KOGM/LAFAYETTE, LA is the newest affiliate of “COLLIN RAYE’S REWIND COUNTRY” daily vignettes. The programming highlights untold stories behind the music and artists from Country’s past 30 years.

Hosted by COLLIN RAYE, the daily vignettes feature interviews with artists including DOLLY PARTON, CRYSTAL GAYLE, RONNIE MILSAP, MONTGOMERY GENTRY, JOE NICHOLS, and more. For more information about “COLLIN RAYE’S REWIND COUNTRY,” visit the ENVISION NETWORKS website or contact AMBER WADE via phone at (216) 831-3761 or via email.