FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 2023

If you have a minute, this is a powerful story.  A 37-year-old Florida man named Michael Hugo was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma, which is the most aggressive type of brain cancer. He’s the father of two young daughters, ages six and seven . . . and in a video posted last month on Facebook he had one special wish.  Quote, “My dream is to be with my little girls for their wedding, and be there dancing with them. “But statistically it’s going to be tough.  [One] of my goals is to sing a duet of ‘My Little Girl’ with Tim McGraw, and do a video [to] play at their wedding.  So if I’m not there, at least I can be part of that wonderful day.” Word got back to Tim, and he went all-in.  He shared a video of himself with the whole family, saying, “Hi guys, I’m here with the Hugo family.  I’m glad we’re here together and we’re gonna make this happen.  We’re gonna work this out.” He added this in the caption:  “Thanks to everyone who shared the video and tagged me in the comments.  [Mike] is saving the videos for his daughters’ future weddings . . . what a special thing to be a part of.” Mike’s wife Vanessa posted this last Saturday.  “This past week Tim McGraw flew our family to Nashville.  His team arranged for a camera crew to film Michael dancing onstage at the Opry with our daughters and with his mom.   “They then set up a special meeting for Michael and Tim to sing ‘My Little Girl’ for our girls.  The footage will be compiled into a video tribute for our family to keep.” There’s no doubt Mike’s story hit home with Tim.  His dad, Tug McGraw, passed away from the same kind of brain cancer.

The Oscars are this weekend . . . and generally speaking, America has MORE than enough award shows.  But like it or not, we’re getting another.  There will be a new one called “The People’s Choice Country Awards” in September.  It’s an off-shoot of “The People’s Choice Awards”, which are voted on by fans.  The new show will take place at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and will air on NBC and Peacock.

Sam Hunt says life has changed drastically for him after becoming a father.  He experiences day-to-day activities differently . . . like taking his baby Lucy to the nearby pond, or drinking coffee while she plays. Quote, “I hope new songs will come from these experiences.  I feel like having a child sort of woke me up out of this early to mid-30s slumber that I was in.  So it’s been awesome.”  He also shared a cinematic video of his family. 

Is “Yellowstone” giving you a hankerin’ to visit Wyoming?  Then you should buy a ticket to this summer’s Cheyenne Frontier Days.  It’s the world’s largest outdoor rodeo and Western festival. Performers include Zach Bryan, Eric Church, Jon Pardi, Tim McGraw, Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, and Kip Moore.  It’s going down July 21st through the 30th in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

“52 / This Year”, Kristian Bush.  This is the final of his four-album project in honor of his 52nd birthday.  All four albums together total 52 songs, with some going back to 2006.

Emily Osment is 31.  Miley Cyrus’ best friend Lilly on “Hannah Montana”. 

Olivia Wilde is 39. 

Carrie Underwood is 40.

Jon Hamm is 52.  He used to be Don Draper on “Mad Men”.  Now he’s in H&R Block commercials. 

Paget Brewster is 54.  Emily Prentiss on “Criminal Minds”.

Sharon Stone is 65.

Chuck Norris is 83. 

Dean Torrence is 83.  He’s the Dean of Jan & Dean.


MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023

Over a THIRD of the songs on Billboard Hot 100 there right now are Morgan Wallen’s. Morgan’s album “One Thing at a Time” came out this month, and ALL 36 songs are now on the Hot 100 list.  That’s a new record, and not just for country artists.  This only happens when a huge artist…

FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2023

Are you a TRUE country fan?  Not unless you have a really good memory, I guess.  “Taste of Country” posted a huge list of the, quote, “country music singalongs” that “every country fan should know by heart”.  A lot of them are classics, like “Friends in Low Places” . . . “On the Road Again”…