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Ricky Skaggs Formally Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

Written by Staff on October 23, 2018 – 6:55 pm -

Ricky Skaggs exclaims over his likeness depicted on his newly unveiled Country Music Hall of Fame bronze plaque Photo credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame

Ricky Skaggs exclaims over his likeness depicted on his
newly unveiled Country Music Hall of Fame bronze plaque
Photo credit: Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame

Garth Brooks Inducts Skaggs into Historic Institution at Medallion Ceremony Held at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum  in Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (October 22, 2018) — Last night in NashvilleTennessee, music legend Ricky Skaggs officially became one of the newest members of the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the official Medallion Ceremony held in theCountry Music Hall of Fame® and Museum‘s CMA Theatre, Hall of Fame member Garth Brooks, through tear-filled eyes, formally inducted his musical mentor into the historic institution.
“It’s kinda hard to believe that this day has really come,” says Skaggs. “To hear someone say, ‘The newest member of the Country Music Hall of Fame’ are some of the greatest words you could ever hear this side of Heaven! I’m so grateful to be inducted into this revered Hall among these highly honored and most beloved people. It’s beyond humbling.”
Several took the stage to honor Skaggs following his induction. Brooks withLarry Cordle and Sierra Hull saluted Skaggs with “Highway 40 Blues,” Dierks Bentley crooned through “You’ve Got a Lover” and Chris Stapleton brought his distinct vocals, wailing through “The Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn.”
As part of the Class of 2018, Skaggs was inducted into the “Modern Era Artist” category, along with the late Dottie Westin the “Veterans Era Artist” category and the late Johnny Gimble in the “Recording and/or Touring Musician” category.
“Many of the fathers and mothers that are in this Hall literally built country music from the ground up,” Skaggs adds. “They were ‘Working on a Building,’ and they built well. Their incredible talent, hard work, and love for this wonderful music has laid a deep and solid foundation that generations will stand on. I’m so thankful for their tremendous contributions. People like me could have never become a member without their sacrifice. They showed us the way, they made the music, and we followed the sound!”
One of the most moving moments of the night was an unprecedented act. After being presented with his medallion, Skaggs was asked to take off his medallion as not to scratch the instrument he was about to be asked to play. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum then offered Skaggs the honor of playing the instrument of his hero, Bill Monroe. This famed Gibson F-5 mandolin, which rests behind glass in the museum, was played by Skaggs when he was just 6 years old in the presence of Monroe himself. With great care, a visibly moved Skaggs took the instrument from one of the museum’s curators and lead the audience in the traditional singing of “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.” With help from Brooks and the Medallion All-Star Band, Skaggs gave a rousing, emotional performance to conclude this historic and momentous ceremony.
The CMA (Country Music Association) created the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for their outstanding contributions to the format; country music’s highest honor.
Produced by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the annual Medallion Ceremony honors the inductees by highlighting their life stories, important turning points, and the breakthrough artistic achievements that elevated their careers. The inductees are celebrated with speeches, live musical tributes and original video biographies, created by the museum staff using old and often rare recorded performances, past televised interviews and historic photos culled from materials collected, stored and digitized in the museum’s Frist Library and Archives. The ceremony conveys the unique talents, personalities and backgrounds of each Hall of Fame inductee and highlights why each one deserves this prestigious honor.
About Ricky Skaggs
Earning 12 #1 hit singles, 15 GRAMMY® Awards, 13 IBMA Awards, nine ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), two Dove Awards, the ASCAP Founders Award, three honorary Doctorate degrees, inductions into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Musicians Hall of Fame and GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the 2013 Artist-In-Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award in the Instrumentalist category along with countless other awards, Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. He started his own record label, Skaggs Family Records, in 1997 and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMY®-nominated albums. His latest release, Hearts Like Ours, with his wife, celebrated artist Sharon White of The Whites features the couple dueting on handpicked country love songs. And the Grand Ole Opry member has released his first-ever autobiography, “Kentucky Traveler.” The book details the life and times of Skaggs and provides a descriptive history of Country and Bluegrass music, as told by the master himself. In addition to his regular touring schedule with his band, Kentucky Thunder, he has performed a string of dates with his better half Sharon White along with guitar legend Ry Cooder on the critically-acclaimed “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour and from time to time hits the road with versatile singer/songwriter and pianist Bruce Hornsby on another critically-acclaimed tour, “Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby with Kentucky Thunder.” Most recently, Skaggs has added Country tour dates as he plugs in and plays full shows of his chart-topping hits.
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Songwriter Jimmy Yeary Scores Big With CMA Song of the Year – “I Drive Your Truck”

Written by SGN Scoops on November 14, 2013 – 2:12 pm -

imageNashville, TN (November 14, 2013) “I Drive Your Truck” written by Jimmy Yeary, Jessi Alexander, and Connie Harrington walked away with the Country Music AssociationSong of the Year Award at the 47th ANNUAL CMA AWARDS. The Awards aired live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on ABC-TV on Wednesday, November 6th.

The Number One song on the Country charts was recorded by Lee Brice and quickly swept the country off it’s feet with the touching story. Yeary commented “The story behind this song is so powerful and connects with everyday people’s lives and the losses we all endure. This song speaks to everyone”. Jimmy continued “Without the sacrifice of people like Jared Monti, whom this song was written about, none of this would be possible. I am honored that I had a part in the world getting to hear his story.”

Many great songs have co-writers and Jimmy acknowledges Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington saying “I can’t think of any two people I’d rather share this Award with.”

Jimmy was also a co-writer on the Martina McBride super hit “I’m Gonna Love You Through It” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Heyslip), Rascal Flats big song “Why Wait” (Jimmy Yeary, Neil Thrasher, Tom Shapiro) and with his wife Sonya Isaacs Yeary’s inspiration the Heidi Newfield’s release of “Stay Up Late” (Jimmy Yeary, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, Ben Hayslip).

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Written by SGN Scoops on November 13, 2013 – 12:19 pm -

Jason Crabb appears on the red carpet at the 47th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, TN on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Bridgestone Arena. The awards were broadcast on ABC Television Network.

Jason Crabb, Grammy® and multiple Dove award winner, walked the red carpet prior to the 47th CMA Awards held at Bridgestone jasonandshellyeArena on November 6, 2013. Accompanied by his wife, Shellye, Jason spent time chatting with reporters and media outlets sharing about his involvement in the new book, Country Faith, that was just released. The noted vocalist is featured alongside country greats Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Wynonna, Alan Jackson, Barbara Mandrell, and more. The book was written and compiled by noted journalist Deborah Evans Price, who was honored with the CMA Media Achievement Award during the evening.

Jason Crabb and wife Shellye appear on the red carpet at the 47th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville, TN on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Bridgestone Arena. The awards were broadcast on ABC Television Network. Photo by Curtis Hilbun

Jason also spoke about his brand new single to country radio, “Love Is Stronger.” The video and song have resonated with audiences around the country. After a successful debut, the video is now available worldwide on TV stations and online. Sharing the message of hope and love, the single is quickly becoming one of the most-added songs at radio today.

During the night, Jason talked with FOX News, USAtoday, the Tennessean, Seventeen Magazine, People, Billboard, Inside Edition and met up with Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty and rising country star Payton Rae.

The popular vocalist was recently featured as a special guest on the “Worship Around The World” tour with Michael W. Smith and is set to announce his Christmas tour dates soon. He recently released the third book in his JASE® CRABB ten-book children’s series. The books, music and more are available at

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on October 1, 2013 – 8:40 am -

Nashville, TN (October 1, 2013) – Marty Raybon can now add an IBMA (International Bluegrass MusicMarty Association) award to his prestigious list of awards including Grammy, CMA and AMC awards with the group Shenandoah to his successful 40 year career as an entertainer. Last Thursday night Raybon was presented with the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” Award for “Beulah Land” during the 24th IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina.

“It is a such an honor to win the IBMA Award for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. This the first of many I hope, I am overwhelmed with joy. I am truly proud of the steadfast job from a great record label Rural Rhythm Records, the lyric from a wonderful writer Squire Parsons. I am thankful and humbled at the favor the Lord has shown me”, commented Marty Raybon.

Raybon’s first IBMA award is not his only first this year as he celebrates his 40th year as an entertainer with his current album “The Back Forty”. The current single, “That Janie Baker”, is moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited chart at #18 . He can also add to his list of firsts in 2013 the #1 song on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart for his hit song “Dirt Road Heartache” which hit #1 in June from his album “Southern Roots & Branches” released in April 2012.

In addition to this impressive list of first time career accomplishments now includes the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited. Raybon appears on the cover of the October 2013 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited with a feature story by Steve Morley. He also appeared on the cover of the May issue of
The Direct Buzz, AirPlay Direct’s monthly magazine. which was another first.

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Rene’ Jones Performs At MCCF Benefit Concert

Written by SGN Scoops on February 26, 2013 – 4:02 pm -

Nashville, TN (February 26, 2013) Rene’ Jones was among the Featured Performers at a fundraiser for the Music renejonescc0001City Christian Fellowship. For the past 33 years, MCCF has sponsored a gospel program called Sunday Mornin’ Country which is held on the last day of the CMA Music Festival (formerly known as Fan Fair). It is the longest running named Gospel event connected with the CMA Music Festival. This year will be the 34th Anniversary of Sunday Mornin’ Country.  It is going to be held on Sunday, June 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the newly renovated Grand Ole Opry House and will be hosted by Linda Davis and George Hamilton IV.

 In June 1980, a group of Country Music artists and musicians wanted to honor God with the talents He had given them by sharing their songs and personal stories of faith. They came together in prayer and fellowship. They decided to have “A singin’, prayin’ get-together” for the Country Music fans during the annual Country Music Fan Fair celebration (currently known as CMA Music Festival). Some 40-50 singers, musicians, writers, producers, promoters, etc. were involved in the first “Sunday Mornin’ Country.”® The event was so well received that the group organized to do similar ministries all year long.

 Rene’ stated “It is such a privilege to be associated with such a prestigious group of Country singers who are Christian. It is important to let our light shine no matter where we are singing. The Country Music fans love Christian Music and love to hear their favorite Country singers singing songs with a Christian message.”

 Performing along with Rene’ were Grand Ole Opry star Linda Davis, The Babcocks, Mark Thomas, and Judy Gilbert.

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Palmetto State Headlines Concert during Nashville’s CMA Music Festival

Written by SGN Scoops on June 7, 2012 – 5:55 am -

NASHVILLE, TN:  Palmetto State will be the featured artist at the Country Gospel Tonight concert this Friday, June 8 at the War Memorial Auditorium down town Nashville.  With tens of thousands of country music fans from around the world coming into Nashville for the week long CMA Music Festival, Palmetto State will bring their unique style and sound of gospel music to the country music world.  Palmetto State bass singer and manager, Larry Strickland stated, “Country Music and Gospel Music have always had close ties.  When you hear any artist that really showcases their harmony, more than likely, they have a history in gospel music.  I think when country music fans see and hear what country and gospel music have in common, they are likely to become gospel music fans.”   Strickland traveled and sang back up with Elvis Presley and is married to country music superstar, Naomi Judd.  Palmetto State toured with The Judds during their Final Encore tour in 2010 and has since performed on select dates with Wynonna.  The new Palmetto State song, “Moment of Grace” holds the number one position on the country gospel chart in the June issue of Christian Voice Magazine.  The concert event will start at 7:00 PM this Friday.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

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Buddy Jewel to Headline Country Gospel Tonight at War Memorial CMA Week

Written by SGN Scoops on May 23, 2012 – 4:02 am -

{EHA-Nashville, TN} While thousands of Country Music fans fill the streets of Nashville next month during CMA Week, the War Memorial Auditorium will be filled with great Gospel music, as Country Gospel Tonight takes place for Southern Gospel and Christian Country fans. Slated to perform in the concert on Friday night, June 8: Adolfo Lee Mayo, Donna Frost and Friends, Wendy Word + Forgiven, Diamond Award nominated; Mark 209; that includes popular, Jym Howe, formerly with the Mystery Men. Featured during the concert will be the USA Network’s “Nashville Star,” Buddy Jewell. Buddy, a fan of great Gospel Music, released, “I Surrender All,” in honor of his mother, won “Cross Over Artist of the Year” and “Entertainer of the Year in the ICGA. His Country, “Sweet Southern Comfort” and “Help Pour Out the Rain” (Lacey’s Song) firmly placed him in the hearts of Country Music fans, and with his Gold status on his debut album, fans around the corner at LP stadium might want to join the crowd at War Memorial, as Buddy is sure to rock the building. Country Gospel Tonight, hosted by: Southern Gospel Today, is an HHMC Entertainment Production. For more info visit:


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Tammy Jones-Robinette Slated for Concert & Duet with Georgette Jones CMA Week

Written by SGN Scoops on May 18, 2012 – 8:32 am -

{EHA–Nashville, TN} Sensational Southern Gospel songwriter and recording artist, Tammy Jones-Robinette, continues to prove her phenomenal gift for songwriting and singing that touches hearts of the masses. She is slated to perform with Georgette Jones in concert on Friday, June 8 for a St. Jude benefit in Nashville during CMA week. Her latest national single release, “There’s a Bloodline,” climbed to the Singing News Top 10 New Releases and continues to become more popular as it makes its way further up the SN Top 80 charts each month. This anointed lady has garnered 25 Top 80′s on the same Southern Gospel chart and has written the Bishops a #1 and the Perry’s a #7. She recently was added to syndicated TV shows on Great American Gospel produced by Danny and Dee Kramer. Tammy’s appearance with Georgette Jones, daughter of George Jones and the late Queen of Country Music, Tammy Wynette, will help St. Jude to fund medical treatment for children with life-threatening illnesses. The concert is spearheaded by Nashville promoter and agent, Bill G. Anderson of BGA Entertainment. Bill manages such artists, as the legendary HeeHaw star, Lulu Roman; Beverly Hillbillies star, Donna Douglas; Country Music sensation, Georgette Jones; and more. For info on Tammy Jones-Robinette; Jim Robinette: 419-602-7471,

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Darrell & Tojuana Opens For Lulu Roman

Written by SGN Scoops on July 31, 2011 – 1:19 pm -

EHA-Nashville, TN} Darrell & Tojuana opened for the sensational HeeHaw star, Lulu Roman, at Cloverdale Baptist Church in Grand Bay, AL on Saturday, July 2.
Lulu Roman is managed by Bill G. Anderson/BGA-Entertainment Group and continues to travel across the country singing the Gospel. She recently appeared on the Grand Ole Opry during CMA week alongside Roy Clark, George Hamilton IV, T. Graham Brown, and many more legends of Country Music on the 32nd Annual Sunday Mornin’ Country show. Darrell and Tojuana  noted, “It was so special to sing in concert with Lulu Roman. She is still loved and remembered everywhere she goes. We hope to do it again!”
Darrell & Tojuana have been traveling and singing for many years and have had charting success with their, “God is in the Room” on the Southern Gospel Times. This past year they have been at the top of the charts. Their mission is to spread the Gospel in song and reach as many souls as possible, reminding people of God’s grace and goodness. Their “Dealing With Gold” project was produced by Danny Kramer (Capitol), and David White (formerly of Karen Peck & New River.) The dynamic duet will also be in a National Quartet Convention artist showcase in Louisville, KY, September ’11. For more info and booking info:
Darrell & Tojuana (Johnson)
16800 Emily Cauley Road Moss Point, MS 39562. Telephone: 228-588-6109 228-990-5876

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Written by Rhonda on September 2, 2010 – 7:07 pm -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 2, 2010 – When the Country Music Association (CMA) announced the nominations for The 44th Annual CMA Awards, Integrity Music’s Don Poythress heard his name for the first time for the country awards show.  Poythress was nominated in the Song of the Year category along with co-writers Rory Lee Frank and Wynn Varble who penned “A Little More Country Than That.” 

The song, which was a #1 country radio hit for Easton Corbin, was also nominated in the Single of the Year category and helped Corbin garner a nomination for New Artist of the Year.   “A Little More Country Than That” reached the top of the country music charts in April, making Corbin the first solo artist in seven years to send a debut single to #1.
Poythress actually wrote “A Little More Country Than That” more than five years ago.  He and one of his “A Little More Country Than That” co-writers Varble, have been writing every Tuesday for years. “We’ve had cuts before, but this is our first No. 1,” he says. “It just proves that [the songwriting business] is so much about timing; you can’t judge songs or writing by it.”
Poythress will find out if CMA calls his name as the winner of a crystal trophy on “Country Music’s Biggest NightT when the “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” will be hosted for the third time by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
A multi-faceted songwriter and a worship leader, Poythress has become one of Nashville’s premier songwriters in both Country and Christian music. His songs have been recorded by both acclaimed country stars including Tim McGraw, Clint Black, and Travis Tritt, and Christian artists such as Jaci Velasquez, The Martins, and Brian Littrell.  In 2006 The Martins’ recording of his song “The Promise” received a Dove Award for Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year. Two years later he received an ASCAP award for Kellie Pickler’s chart-topping hit, “Things That Never Cross A Man’s Mind.”
Integrity Music released Poythress’ first major label recording last year.  Washed Away was recorded live at Christ Church in Nashville and featured guest appearances by Ricky Skaggs and Paul Baloche, uniting his love for both country and worship music.
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