Who’s on the Opry Stage Tonight?

Kree+Harrison++PNGIt’s been proven time and time again that some of Idols cast offs are the most successful and Country music has always seemed to welcome the more talented with a loyalty of any other up and coming artist. It seems this year is no different as last season’s Idol songstress Kree is still gaining traction after the show has ended. Kree Harrison is making her Grand Ole Opry debut tonight! I am “[so] happy to be back in Nashville. Big week ahead!” the American Idol runner up tweeted. The 23 year old is prepared for it to be emotional as well, admitting that she is thinking of singing her dad’s favorite hymn. Kree’s father, Chris Harrison, was a gospel singer as well. Sadly he passed after a plain crash off the coast of Spain. The hymn “In the Garden” was his favorite and Kree has always had it in mind if she were to ever sing at the Opry, but nothing is set in stone, “We’ll see what happens.” She told ABC News radio in a recent interview.   Kree has lived in Nashville since she moved there with her mother in sixth grade and has been to the Grand Ole Opry many times! We wish her all the best as she steps on to the stage tonight! Sing your heart out country girl!

Peterson Hospice Bereavement Group

peteron hospicePeterson Hospice is offering a bereavement group called Life after Loss for adults in the area. This grief support program is designed by the American Cancer Society for any adults who have experienced the death of a loved one. Meeting at the Ambulatory Care Center Classroom, this community outreach is a service open to anyone, however space is limited. Classes will be held on Mondays: June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 1…the Ambulatory Care Center Classroom at 260 Cully Drive from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. To reserve your spot please call 258-7799.

George Strait Says Farewell

George Strait, at the San Antonio Stock Show &...

George Strait, at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well the man who just celebrated his 60th is now headed to San Antonio! It’s no doubt that George Strait is the man of the hour in Texas as he wraps up his  Cowboy Rides Away farewell tour.  George is nothing less than a legend in Country Music, with 60 number one hits and countless amazing moments in the world of country. The superstar performer is also welcoming Texas sweetheart Miranda Lambert on the stage and Martina McBride who has been on tour with him for almost all of this tour’s dates.

The Ranch team is more than excited to welcome George back to our backyard. And, even if we are secretly hoping for a secret show from now and then, we hope that this final farewell tour show is the best of the tour. Lord knows the ranch hands will be screaming support the whole time you’re on stage! Our best also goes out to Miranda and Martina as they help George to go out with a bang of the drums and a twang of the steel guitar. Take comfort in the fact that the cowboy wont be riding too far away from the Hill Country and we will still play him in our mix of real country favorites right here on The Ranch 92.3!

Sheryl Crow Joining the World of Country

Sheryl+Crow+02Sheryl Crow has been back in the studio lately and this time she’s going Country all the way. Now anyone who has been in a karaoke bar in the past year can attest to the lasting popularity of her last venture into country music. Her crossover duet “Picture” with Kid Rock is still played on radio stations, and poorly covered by drunken fans regularly.

Crow’s first single “Easy” was released earlier this month but the full album, entitled “Feels Like Home” is not due to release until the fall, September 10th to be exact.

In studio sessions, Sheryl partnered up with a few other songwriters, including the recent news maker Brad Paisley. This will be her first album of all co-written material and was recorded in Nashville where Sheryl lives. Sheryl said that part of her country inspiration was fueled by said move, “It wasn’t until I moved here that I realized what an amazing community it is,” she stated, “It’s the thing I have been missing my whole career.” And we can bet that feeling is what inspired the album’s title. Country music is, like Hollywood, known for being a very close knit community. Thankfully Sheryl seems to find it much more welcoming. She stated that she loved “being able to sit around with a guitar and have people know each other’s songs and know songs from people who’ve influenced all of us.” Sheryl also enjoyed the comforting welcome of fellow artist Vince Gill. “When I moved here pretty early on, [Vince] started calling me to do guitar pulls, and I thought, ‘Gosh, this is just like heaven on earth down here.’”Sheryl Crow

Well, All our best to you Sheryl! We look forward to more great hits from you and love that our community is held just as dear to you as it is to us here at The Ranch. Family and good music is what Real Country is all about!

Other country songs that Sheryl has collaborated on include: “Building Bridges” with Brooks & Dunn and “What You Give Away” with Vince Gill. She also landed a Top 40 country hit in 2003 with “The First Cut Is the Deepest.” Her current single is “Easy.”

CMT June Crossroads


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CMT Has a new edition of Crossroads coming this monthWillie Nelson & Friends from Third Man Records. The celebration jam-packed with music all-stars for Willie’s 80th birthday. Willie performs some of his most loved hits with various guests, including Sheryl CrowJamey JohnsonNorah JonesAshley Monroe, Leon Russell and Neil Young. The concert was taped at Third Man Records. “Third Man” is a Nashville recording studio and record shop owned by musician Jack White. Though White is a long time rocker, founder of The Raconteurs, co-founder of the legendary White Stripes and with a notable solo career, he is also a good friend in the world of country music. Country listeners would most recognize White from his duet with Loretta Lynn “PortlandOregon” released on Loretta’s “Van Lear Rose” albumjackwhitelorettalynn

The episode of Crossroads will show performance selections including “Crazy,” “Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground,” “Shotgun Willie” and a group sing-along of “WhiskeyRiver.” The one-hour special also includes an interview conducted by Jack White. Tune in June 23rd for the premiere at 9 p.m. Eastern/Pacific and 8 p.m. Central/Standard.