For 94 years 650 AM WSM has been a leader in Country Radio. On October 5, 1925, WSM radio made its first official broadcast from the fifth floor of the National Life and Accident Insurance Company building located at 7th and Union in Nashville, Tennessee. The call letters, WSM, came from the National Life and Accident Insurance Company’s motto, “We Shield Millions.” WSM featured a wide variety of live entertainment through the years, including classical music, radio drama, gospel music, and renowned shows like the Waking Crew and Sunday Down South. Famous entertainers such as Snooky Lanson, Dinah Shore, Ralph Emery and Pat Sajak all got their start at WSM. In 1950, WSM announcer David Cobb coined the term “Music City USA” and the moniker is now the official nickname for Nashville. On November 28, 1925, WSM station director George D Hay introduced old-time fiddler, Uncle Jimmy Thompson, to the WSM audience. The response was so great that the Saturday night “Grand Ole Opry” was born. Overflowing crowds forced the Opry show to leave the WSM broadcast studios for a series of larger venues. In June 1943, the show moved to the Ryman Auditorium, where it stayed until 1974, when it moved to the Opryland complex. The Grand Ole Opry has become synonymous with country music and led Nashville’s emergence as the country music capital of the world. The show in its entirety is still broadcast live over 650 AM WSM every week. On the radio, WSM can be heard in 38 states and parts of Canada thanks to its 50,000-watt clear channel signal. On the internet, WSM can be heard at WSM online dot com. You can even access WSM on your mobile device by downloading our free mobile app. Follow WSM Radio on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for behind-the-scenes photos, contests, and special studio performances. You can even check out the WSM Channel on YouTube for access to a gallery of our online-only digital series. WSM continues to enrich its audience daily by playing only the best in Classic Country, Bluegrass, and Americana music, and has gone on to become a broadcasting giant in the radio industry…being a friend to hundreds of thousands of fans. The station has won hundreds of broadcasting awards and was named Country Radio Station of the Century by “Radio & Records” in 2000. WSM’s personalities are nationally recognized figures in country music, and its listeners range from U.S. presidents to Country Music Hall of Famers, to artists climbing the charts toward their first number one hit. You never know when a famous listener might drop in for a visit. With the ever-changing ways that listeners can consume media, WSM found it imperative to expand a digital footprint and in September of 2017 launched the first in a series of new streaming stations, Route 650. Route 650 is a 24/7 streaming channel that is a celebration of Americana music. Including, current Americana artist like Jason Isbell, Margo Price and Amanda Shires. Plus, the founders of Americana like Kris Kristofferson and John Prine. Route 650 is unlike any other Americana station in the country as it is programmed and curated by the talent of WSM AM; featuring exclusive content hosted by WSM personalities Eric Marcum and Charlie Mattos. In the spirit of WSM’s historic impact in Country Music, the new digital initiatives are proving to be an outlet to bring new audiences into the fold and preserve the rich history for generations to come. WSMOnline.com (615) 737-9650 - Local (877) 878-4650 - Toll Free https://m.me/wsmradio http://wsmonline.com
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Luke Combs Scores Thirteenth #1 With ‘Doin’ This’
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 18 May 2022 21:00:05
Congratulations to RIVER HOUSE ARTISTS/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE’s LUKE COMBS and his promotion team for scoring the #1 Country song on MEDIABASE chart this week with “Doin’ This,” which ascends to the top of the chart after 21 weeks on. The single, which charted even before its radio ship date in FEBRUARY, was also most added in its debut week with a total of 150 stations on board at impact. Written by COMBS, DREW PARKER and ROBERT WILLIFORD, the single is from COMBS’ third studio album, “Growin’ Up,” due out JUNE 24th. It is the artist’s 13th consecutive #1 hit.
Bobby Bones To Host New USA Network Series ‘Snake In The Grass’
countrymusicnewsblog.com Tuesday, 17 May 2022 19:47:27
Radio and television personality BOBBY BONES has a new show in the works for USA NETWORK. Billed as an “action-packed social experiment,” the show is titled “Snake In The Grass.” BONES will host the program in which, DEADLINE reports, “four strangers … are dropped into the wild with a chance to win $100,000. In order to win, the team must figure out which one of them is the Snake – a saboteur who is secretly undermining the group every step of the way.” BONES’s previous television credits include one season of “Breaking BOBBY BONES” for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, several seasons as a mentor on ABC’s “American Idol” (2019-2021), a season on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars,” and his role as host and Executive Producer of CIRCLE network’s weekly “Opry” show
Watch Now: Fancy Hagood Nods To Nostalgia In Animated Video For “Bored”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 11 May 2022 22:35:38
Queer/pop country enigma Fancy Hagood (the artist formerly known as Who Is Fancy) releases the nostalgia-driven, whimsical video for his latest tune, “Bored.” Giving fans a colorful sneak peek into Fancy’s millennial mind, the clip takes fans on an animated trip to the trailblazing artist’s childhood. With animation akin to some of the biggest shows of the late 1990s/early 2000s, from MTV’s Daria to Beavis and Butthead, the video finds a young, cartoon version of Fancy in his bedroom, processing the world around him and nodding to the pop-culture staples that defined his upbringing – from the Spice Girls and Destiny’s Child to Tamagotchis, Miss Cleo, and Brittney Spears, whose story actually inspired second verse of the thought-provoking tune. “I used to love cartoons in the ’90s, so I wanted a Beavis and Butthead-inspired cartoon for this particular video,” Fancy explains. “This video is all about consumption and getting lost in a world where the media is just trying to sell us anything and everything… And by the way, this is just the beginning of my animated self’s journey. Stay tuned to find out what happens after my ‘gaylien’ abduction!” With the video amplifying this sentiment, “Bored” tackles the topic of perception versus reality in today’s society and serves as a commentary on the glamorized way we view the world, the image we create for ourselves and how we often hide the struggles and truth beneath. Co-written with and produced by Alysa Vanderheym (Lady A, Florida Georgia Line, One Republic, Blake Shelton), “Bored” is Inspired in part by Fancy’s own demons and serves as a cautionary tale to remain honest with yourself. Earlier this year, Fancy took on a new gig as a radio host, launching his new Apple Music Country Radio show, Trailblazers Radio, which airs by-weekly on Wednesdays on Apple Music Country at 2 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. CT and features interviews with risk-takers (like himself) who have helped break down barriers in the genre, including Kacey Musgraves, Brothers Osborne, Orville Peck and more. (Listen to his interview with Musgraves HERE.) Before joining Elle King on her “Drunk and I Don’t Wanna Go Home” tour, Fancy also dropped his exquisite ballad collab with Devon Gilfillian called “Let Me Be,” which was spotlighted on the cover of Apple Music’s New Music Daily playlist & several global Spotify New Music Friday playlists. Listen HERE.
Listen Now: Meghan Patrick “My Left Hand”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 9 May 2022 23:25:54
On May 20, Riser House Records and Warner Canada artist Meghan Patrick will tap into her softer side and celebrate her upcoming nuptials with the release of “My Left Hand.” Available today (5.6) for fans to pre-save here, the tune became a viral moment for the back-to-back CCMA Female Artist of the Year when she first previewed it on TikTok this past December — garnering more than 4.4 Million views and quickly becoming the soundtrack to hundreds of fan-created videos about their own journeys to forever. Written by Patrick alongside Heather Morgan and Thomas Salter, the thoughtful track serves as an ode to Patrick’s own love story with fellow country hitmaker and fiancé, Mitchell Tenpenny — spotlighting her rarely-seen vulnerable side, while also remaining true to Patrick’s rough and rowdy, rebel roots through unexpected lyrical twists that wouldn’t normally find their way into a wedding tune. “‘My Left Hand’ has really taken on a life of its own, and it all started on TikTok” Patrick explains. “Most of my fans are in the same phase of life that I’m in, getting engaged and settling down, so it really resonated with them from the very beginning — not to mention, after so many weddings were postponed during the height of the pandemic, this song became extra special for those couples who are finally getting the chance to walk down the aisle this year, myself included.” Announcing her engagement this past November, the 18x CMAOntario Award-winner has been busy planning her upcoming trip down the aisle, which is set to take place later this year, and she’s looking forward to turning the page on a new chapter — not only in her love life, but also in her music. “What I’m most excited for with this release is the chance to show my growth as a songwriter and really dive into a totally different side of me,” Patrick adds. “Everyone knows I love a good break-up song or drinking anthem, but it’s time to let fans see the more vulnerable Meghan, the one who’s in love and ready to say ‘I do.'” For more information on Meghan Patrick, visit meghanpatrickmusic.com
Blake Shelton And Carson Daly Team Up To Launch New Celebrity Game Show “Barmageddon”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 9 May 2022 23:17:13
Longtime staples of NBC’s THE VOICE, BLAKE SHELTON and CARSON DALY have teamed up to create a new celebrity game show for USA NETWORK called BARMAGEDDON. The two stars will executive produce the show, to be hosted by WWE HALL OF FAME member NIKKI BELLA. The show will be shot in the downtown NASHVILLE location of SHELTON’s bar chain, OLE RED, according to USA NETWORK, which says the show will “welcome a rowdy crowd for live music sing-alongs and well-loved bar games — with a twist! With DALY behind the bar and SHELTON on stage, BELLA will keep the competition fierce and set the stakes as celebrity friends go head-to-head in games such as Air Cannon Cornhole, Keg Curling, Drunken Axe Hole, Sharts (‘SHELTON Darts), and many more.” Said SHELTON in a press release, “NASHVILLE is known for great music and hospitality, which makes it the perfect setting. I’m excited about BARMAGEDDN and can’t wait for friends, old and new, to join my buddy CARSON and me for some drinks, music, and high-spirited fun at OLE RED.” Added DALY, “BLAKE, [co Executive Producer] LEE [METZGER] and I wanted to create a show where the audience can feel like they’re hanging out with us at OLE RED in NASHVILLE, having a drink and cheering on friends as they compete in the ultimate test of athleticism and endurance — bar games!” USA NETWORK reports that “each episode will see two celebrities play a unique set of five games in the bar … Besties SHELTON and DALY will provide some much-needed words of wisdom — with the occasional good-natured heckling thrown in, of course — to keep the crowd rowdy and the party going.” No word on when the show is set to debut.
Fellow Country Stars Remember Mickey Gilley
countrymusicnewsblog.com Monday, 9 May 2022 23:14:03
One week after the passing of NAOMI JUDD (NET NEWS 5/2), the Country music industry was rocked by the loss of another prominent figure when singer and actor MICKEY GILLEY died in BRANSON, MO on SATURDAY, MAY 7th at the age of 86 (NET NEWS 5/7). No cause of death was shared. GILLEY had just finished performing 10 shows in APRIL, but had posted a message to fans on social media on MAY 1st apologizing for cancelling all MAY dates at his theater in BRANSON, saying, “The last couple weeks, my energy level and some health issues have kept me from being 100% at my shows. So, I’ve been seeking doctors to get me back on track.” He also wrote, “I hope to be reenergized, healthy and back in full swing to see you at our shows soon.” GILLEY charted 46 singles between 1968 and 1989, with his career taking off in earnest in 1974 when he scored the first of what was to become 17 #1 singles, “Room Full Of Roses.” In addition to his chart-toppers, he notched 17 more Top 10 hits in his career. He dominated the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDs in 1976, winning for both Male Vocalist and Entertainer of the Year, as well as Album of the Year (“Gilley’s Smoking” on PLAYBOY RECORDS) Single of the Year (“Bring It On Home”) and Song of the Year (“Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time”). GILLEY opened the massive GILLEY’S nightclub in PASADENA, TX in 1971 (later a chain), and appeared as himself in the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy,” which was partially shot there. That helped launch an acting career that included roles on such television series as “Murder, She Wrote,” “Fantasy Island,” “The Fall Guy” and “Dukes Of Hazzard.” He was inducted into the TEXAS COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME in 2011. Fellow Country artists, particularly those from his era, have been remembering GILLEY with tributes all weekend. JOHNNY LEE, who, like GILLEY, played himself in “Urban Cowboy,” said, “My heart will forever break over the loss of my dear friend MICKEY GILLEY. He believed in me when no one else did … He loved his fans more than anything in the world and taught me everything I needed to know about Country music.” Country legend JEANNIE SEELY said, “My heart is broken at the loss of MICKEY. I treasure all the times we got to work together, and there were never enough. He and JOHNNY LEE brought a new dimension to Country music with the ‘Urban Cowboy’ trend and brought new fans to the genre. Whether it was a boogie or a ballad, MICKEY made it his own, no matter how many times it had been done before, and it would become my favorite version. He was loved and respected, and he will be so greatly missed.” Said CRYSTAL GAYLE, “I started out my career opening for MICKEY. He was such a great person and entertainer. I have loved him ever since.” Continue reading Fellow Country Stars Remember Mickey Gilley→
ACM Lifting Lives To Accept Submissions For Grant Cycle Beginning May 16th
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 6 May 2022 22:21:19
ACM LIFTING LIVES, the philanthropic arm of the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC, is welcoming submissions for its 2022-2023 grant cycle beginning MONDAY, MAY 16th and running through THURSDAY, JUNE 16th. The month-long application window continues ACM LIFTING LIVES’ history of supporting mental health organizations, as well as individuals struggling with those issues. Eligible beneficiaries for the 2022-2023 grant cycle will fall into one of three primary areas: Individuals working within the Country music industry requesting funding for mental wellness services; organizations providing direct aid to benefit the mental and emotional health of members of the Country music industry; and 501c3 eligible organizations that provide music therapy programs for health-related needs. For more information on how to submit, along with further details on eligibility requirements, visit acmliftinglives.org.
Watch Now: Dylan Scott and Jimmie Allen Unite for “In Our Blood”
countrymusicnewsblog.com Friday, 6 May 2022 22:09:13
Curb Records recording artist Dylan Scott joins forces with GRAMMY® Award nominated, ACM and CMA Award winner Jimmie Allen for unifying anthem “In Our Blood.” The fresh collaboration is out today (5/6) — listen HERE. In celebration of the official music video for the song, Scott will go live on Facebook tonight at 6 PM CST, with the video premiering at 6:30 PM CST HERE. The smoky truth-filled track previews Scott’s upcoming LP, Livin’ My Best Life, which arrives Aug. 5, 2022. The highly-anticipated full-length project is now available for pre-order/pre-add/pre-save HERE. Additionally, autographed CD and vinyl pre-orders are available at www.dylanscottcountry.com. Together, Scott and Allen advocate for all the ways we’re more alike than we are different as their harmonies form the foundation for “In Our Blood.” A haunting melody wraps itself around lyrics that define our shared human existence — a universal experience written in our DNA, passed down from generation to generation, reminding us we should all view and treat each other with mutual respect, and that love will make us stronger than anything that might divide us. “In Our Blood” was written by David Fanning, Brad Rempel, and Matt McGinn, and produced by Will Weatherly and Matt Alderman. The powerful offering provides another glimpse into Scott’s upcoming Livin’ My Best Life. The new record delivers a personal set filled with the backroads, barstools, church pews and relationships that defined the Louisiana native’s youth. The singer/songwriter co-penned eight of the album’s sixteen selections, whose credits boast an all-star lineup of writers like Morgan Wallen, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Thomas Rhett, HARDY, and more. Notable highlights include fiery heartbreak single “New Truck,” No. 1 hit “Nobody,” and recent TikTok viral smash “Can’t Have Mine (Find You A Girl).” Last week, the hitmaker wrapped his spring leg of the “Livin’ My Best Life Tour,” with direct support from Dylan Marlowe. The 22-city coast-to-coast headlining trek saw Scott bring his full-throttle energy to a mix of fan favorites, as well as new tracks from his forthcoming collection. Scott will continue to tour this summer – check out where you can see him live HERE. Stream or purchase “In Our Blood (feat. Jimmie Allen)” HERE. Pre-Order/Pre-Add/Pre-Save Livin’ My Best Life HERE. For more information, visit www.dylanscottcountry.com. Livin’ My Best Life Official Tracklisting: Produced by: Will Weatherly, Matt Alderman, Jim Ed Norman, Curt Gibbs, Mark Holman “New Truck” Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Ben Johnson, Ashley Gorley “Amen To That” James McNair, Michael Hardy, Mark Holman, Morgan Wallen “Can’t Have Mine (Find You A Girl)” Dylan Scott, Josh Melton, Dallas Wilson, Matt Alderman “In Our Blood (feat. Jimmie Allen)” David Fanning, Brad Rempel, Matt McGinn “Static” Michael Hardy, Hunter Phelps, Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson “Lay Down With You” Dylan Scott, Matt Alderman, Dallas Davidson “Boy I Was Back Then” Dylan Scott, Matt Alderman, Thomas Archer “Livin’ My Best Life” Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley, Thomas Rhett, Corey Crowder “Killin’ Some Time” Dylan Scott, James McNair, Matt Alderman, Mark Holman “Ain’t Much Left Of Me” Dylan Scott, Continue reading Watch Now: Dylan Scott and Jimmie Allen Unite for “In Our Blood”→
Musical Matriarch, Naomi Judd, Has Died
countrymusicnewsblog.com Sunday, 1 May 2022 02:45:33
Just days before The Judds induction to the Country Music Hall Of Fame, Naomi Judd (76), has died. Grammy-award winning artist Naomi Judd of The Judds has died at 76. Judd’s daughters announced her death in a statement on Saturday to the Associated Press. “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness,” the statement said. “We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory.” Naomi Judd was also the mother of singer Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd. Her death comes just days before The Judds induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday. The Associated Press contributed to this report
Wheeler Walker Jr. Doubles Down on Party Music Post-Pandemic
countrymusicnewsblog.com Wednesday, 27 April 2022 23:24:35
When the global health crisis brought the world to a sudden halt, critically acclaimed comedian Ben Hoffman found himself channeling his country music star alter-ego, Wheeler Walker Jr. After taking a hiatus from the music scene, the artist known for profanity decided to utilize the downtime during quarantine to pen his fourth studio album, “Sex, Drugs, & Country Music.” “I wrote it during the pandemic, and I heard lots of pandemic albums about solitude and sadness,” he shared. “I spent my pandemic writing party songs, and I knew it was going to end, and I wanted to be ready to party.” Read more at CMT.com