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Spotlight On Celebrity Fight Night In Phoenix, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee


Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXIII Star-Studded Night Honored Harrison Ford And Stefano Ricci And Celebrated The Life And Legacy Of Muhammad Ali.

Performances By Reba McEntire, Brooks & Dunn, Colbie Caillat, Dennis Quaid, The Shadowboxers and more.

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Past Thanks For The Music Spotlights

Spotlight On Olivia Newton-John - Spotlight1 - October 2017


Spotlight On Deborah Allen - Spotlight3 - September 2017


Spotlight On Rhonda Vincent - Spotlight2 - September 2017


Spotlight On Sylvia - Spotlight - September 2017


Spotlight On Country Thunder Craven - Spotlight - August 2017


Spotlight On Donny & Marie July 2017 Spotlight - July 2017


Spotlight On Kathy Mattea July 2017- Spotlight On Kathy Mattea


Spotlight On Country Thunder 2017 -  Spotlight - May 2017

Spotlight On The Country Music Cruise 2017
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
The Country Music Cruise 2017 was held on the Holland America Line Oosterdam out of Tampa, Florida on January 27 - February 3, 2017.  Ports of call were Tampa, Key West, Cozumel and Coast Maya, Mexico.
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Country Unplugged Starring Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt & Lorrie Morgan at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Country Unplugged Starring Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt & Lorrie Morgan was held at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona on January 13, 2017.  It was a packed house with fans wanting to hear some real traditional country music. The three entertainers didn't disappoint as they sang hit after hit.  It was a guitar pull type of concert with each performer taking turns singing their songs.  It was fantastic hear some great country music.
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Dolly Parton's Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund
On Nov. 28, devastating wildfires burned some 17,000 acres in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The fires also affected parts of Gatlinburg and Sevier County, TN. Sadly, 14 people lost their lives in these terrible fires, and over 100 confirmed injuries were reported. Over 14,000 people were evacuated during the fires which damaged or destroyed more than 1,700 structures (homes, businesses and churches). In Gatlinburg alone, officials estimate the wildfires caused more than $500 million in damage.  Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund:  Dolly Parton and a host of artists and celebrities took to the airwaves during Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund.
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THE 50TH ANNUAL CMA AWARDS 2016
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
The Country Music Association Awards were held on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, TN.  The Country Music Association Awards, theoretically a joyful night that celebrates country singers, had a common theme this year: tears.  Miranda Lambert wiped her eyes at the end of the show's emotional opener, which featured a medley of classic country songs that culminated in a singalong of "Forever and Ever, Amen" with Randy Travis, who suffered a near-fatal stroke three years ago. Thomas Rhett said he and Garth Brooks cried together during that performance. Songwriter Lori McKenna broke down when she won song of the year for Tim McGraw's "Humble and Kind."
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Scotty McCreery at the Arizona State Fair
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Scotty McCreery performed at the Arizona State Fair on October 19, 2016.   He put on such a fantastic show that many of his fans were standing the whole concert.  Scotty has a great voice and it was fun to hear his story about his experience on America Idol.  Scotty was the winner of American Idol in 2011.
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Dolly Parton at the Laughlin Events Center in Laughlin, NV & Hank Williams Jr. at the Casino Del Sol Resort AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, AZ
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Dolly Parton performed at the Laughlin Events Center in Laughlin, Nevada on September 30, 2016 to a sold out show.  Parton's concert was 2 1/2 hours of her many hit songs from throughout her long and successful career.  She included many stories of her growing up years.  She also shared her sense of humor.  Parton played many instruments throughout her show including the Dulcimer, Autoharp, Saxaphone, Piano, Banjo, Penny Whistle, Harmonica, Electric Guitar and Acoustic Guitar.  She is so very talented.   Parton's shoe was a musical journey of her life and career.  Parton included some new songs too off her new CD 'Pure & Simple'.   Dolly sounded great and looked great too.  She is a true living legend of Country Music.  Dolly Parton is a true life entertainer!
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Hank Williams Jr. performed at the Casino Del Sol Resort AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona on September 25, 2016 to a full house.  Williams had the audience standing on their feet from the first note to the last.  Williams really put on a fantastic show.  He belted out all his hit songs and good ole country music.  He changed many hats throughout his concert. During his show he played many guitars, the fiddle, and the piano too.  The audience sang along with him during many of his songs especially, "Family Traditions".   Bocephus, a nickname his father gave him, is a true showman.   In January, Williams released his newest CD "It's About Time".
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Dolly Parton's New Album Pure & Simple Available Worldwide
Dolly Records and Sony Music Nashville Announce Joint Venture; Dolly Parton's New Album Pure & Simple Available Worldwide.  World-renowned singer/songwriter/entertainer Dolly Parton and Sony Music Nashville announced a joint venture and the launch of Dolly's new studio album,Pure & Simple, for worldwide distribution. Released on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville.  "I may not be pure, but I'm as simple as they come! This new Pure & Simple project is really special to me because I'm taking my fans back to my roots. I feel like these songs have a pure, tender side and we didn't go overboard with arrangements. I'm so glad we've teamed up with our friends at Sony to get this album out to the fans," said Dolly Parton.
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Spotlight On 2016 Craven Country Jamboree
Story and photos by Glen R. Forrester
2016 Craven Country Jamboree was held on July 14-17, 2016.
The big kick off party started in the Beer Garden with William and Ree (The Indian and The White Guy). They been together for three decades and they are American's favorite comedy team. Then after them, Chad Brownlee came on. He always lives in the moment and absorbing every minute. He makes his transition from former NHL draft pick to touring with Grammy-nominee Dierks Bentley all across the country.
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Spotlight On Stars Behind The Stars: A Benefit For The Blue
Country Superstar Lineup Includes Tanya Tucker, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark Wills, Collin Raye, Janie Fricke, T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, The Bellamy Brothers, T. Graham Brown, Johnny Lee, Gene Watson, John Conlee, Ronnie McDowell, Mickey Gilley and Moe Bandy Will Be Backed by Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Band; Randy Travis Scheduled to Make a Special Appearance.
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Spotlight On Kenny Rogers - The Gambler's Last Deal World Tour
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Kenny Rogers brought his The Gambler's Last Deal show to the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, AZ on June 26, 2016.  His concert was fantastic with songs and videos of his life in music and from his movies. His special guest was Linda Davis, who had a number one hit "Does He Love You" with Reba McEntire.  She really added some great music to the show. Rogers sounded wonderful and looked great too.  He put on an awesome show with all of his hits from throughout his long and successful career.  Rogers also added many stories throughout the evening. He brought his humor with him too.
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Mark Chestnutt;  Tradition Lives
Mark Chesnutt Set To Release Tradition Lives On July 8
Fans of country music hit-maker Mark Chesnutt will want to circle the date of July 8 on their calendar as the traditional-minded singer will release his fifteenth studio album that day, aptly titled Tradition Lives.
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2016 Country Thunder In Florence, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Arizona Country Thunder was held in Florence, Arizona on April 7-10, 2016.   Day 1 - Newcomer Eden kicks off 2016 Country Thunder.  Brooke Eden confessed to Thursday's early afternoon Country Thunder audience: "You don't know me. I'm brand new."
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Celebrity Fight Night XXII In Phoenix, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
In Phoenix, Arizona, on April 9, 2016, host Muhammad Ali, alongside stars and athletes from around the country, gathered at the J.W. Marriott DesertRidge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona to celebrate the 22nd Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night.  GRAMMY Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire returned for her eleventh year as emcee. Shawn King kicked off the night with the national anthem. Seven time GRAMMY Award winner Carrie Underwood, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer, businessman and philanthropist Dr. Francis Yeoh, businessman and musician Yank Barry, and the philanthropic Argyros family were honored with the 2016 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards.
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Suzy Bogguss At The Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Suzy Bogguss performed March 29-30, 2016 at The Music Instrument Museum in Phoenix, AZ.  She performed two sold out shows.  Bogguss took us on a musical journey of her career.  She sang most of her hits including Someday Soon, Aces, Outbound Plane, Letting Go, Hey Cinderella, and Drive South.  She also sang some ole cowboy songs including Shenandoah and Patsy Montana's hit I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart.  Bogguss can still yodel!
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The Flower Power Cruise 2016
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
The Flower Power Cruise 2016 was February 29 - March 5, 2016 from Ft Lauderdale, to Cozumel and Key West.
It was one Groovy cruise with lots of great 60's music.
Day 1 - February 29, 2016 - The Celebrity Constellation set sail for Cozumel, Mexico.  There was a sail away party with Beatle Brunch Radio Host Joe Johnson and hosted by Micky Dolenz (The Monkeys).  An All Access Pass Live TV Interview with host Jason Venner was held with Jefferson Starship.  Abbey Road on the River Artist Hal Bruce performed in the Grand Foyer. 
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The Country Music Cruise 2016
Story and Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
This years Country Music Cruise 2016 was spectacular.  It was held January 16 - 23, 2016 on the Holland America's m/s Westerdam. It started off in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and visited Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman and then returned to Ft. Lauderdale, FL. This cruise is surely a country music fans dream cruise!
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Tanya Tucker at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona
Story and Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
The legend of country music, Tanya Tucker, performed live at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Arizona on December 4, 2015 to a sold out show.  Tanya is such an incredible performer, it's easy to see why the audience loves her.  Tucker started off her show singing 'Some Kind of Trouble', 'I'll Come Back As Another Women', then 'Hangin' In'.  Tucker said one of her favorites is Merle Haggard and she just found out he is in the hospital.  She will be taking over his show in Las Vegas at the Nugget until he is better. She then dedicated the song 'Strong Enough To Bend' to him. 
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Mandy Barnett At The Higley Center For The Performing Arts In Gilbert, AZ
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Mandy Barnett performed November 4, 2015 at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, AZ.  Acclaimed recording artist and performer Mandy Barnett took us on a sparkling musical journey performing an evening of Patsy Cline's hits including "Sweet Dreams," "Crazy," "I Fall to Pieces," "Walking After Midnight," "Faded Love," and more, along with other classic country and pop standards, and selections from her own albums.  It was a night of show-stopping entertainment.
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Kenny Rogers
For the past 57 years, as sure as the sun would come up in the morning and set in the evening, there was one thing you could count on - Kenny Rogers would soon be coming to a venue near you to perform.  However, that time is now drawing to a close. Kenny Rogers announced on NBC's The Today Show that his next world tour commencing in 2016 will be his last.
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Lee Ann Womack
In a world of faster, harder, louder, Lee Ann Womack wants something far more radical: to be real. Strip it all away, get to the core of life, love and raw emotion - and you find songs that distill it all to the stopping power of a hollow point bullet.....
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The Craven Country Jamboree 2015
in Saskatchewan, Canada
The kickoff party at Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan, Canada on July 9-12, 2015 started out on Thursday with Williams and Ree (Indian and The White Guy) hosting all weekend. After them, Blackjack Billy, a band based in Nashville, went on stage and played for quite a while in the beer gardens.  Friday at 1:00 Lisa Moen went on the main stage. Lisa and her band Full Throttle showed people what a small town Outlook, Saskatchewan girl can do. On March 10 her song "Test Drive" was the number 5 downloaded song on Canadian radio. At 2:00 Alex Runions came on who is based out of Regina, Saskatchewan, he will go far in the music business.
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Dolly Parton
Dolly will debut "Pure and Simple" at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  After selling out Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium in record-setting time, Dolly adds a second benefit concert on Saturday, August 1, 2015. In addition to the sold-out performance on July 31, 2015, Dolly will showcase her new concert "Pure and Simple" again on August 1, 2015 in support of the Opry Trust Fund. The July 31 show along with the encore performance on August 1 mark the first time in 12 years Dolly has headlined in Nashville.
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Wynonna and the Big Noise at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Wynonna and the Big Noise performed at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ on June 5, 2015.  They really made some Big Noise!  It was fantastic.  Wynonna sounded and looked great.  Wynonna started off her show singing the Judds big hit, "Mama He's Crazy".  Then she sang an old song, "I Want To Know What Love Is".  Someone yelled from the audience, "I want to sing with you".  Wynonna had her come up on stage to sing "Grandpa".
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Country Thunder USA 2015 in Florence, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Tens of Thousands of Country Music-Lovin', Cowboy Boot-Wearin' Fans Descend on Florence, AZ for Day One of Country Thunder  Day one of Country Thunder kicked off on April 9, 2015 in Florence, Ariz., with performances by "Mean to Me," "Don't Ya" and "Beat of the Music" singer Brett Eldredge, Dallas Smith, The Railers and more. When attendees weren't singing and dancing at one of the multiple stages showcasing a variety of music, including classic and new Country and EDM, they were riding the sling shot and the mechanical bull, going up in a hot air balloon and more. And the fun was just getting started, with nothing but clear skies and great Country music for the entire weekend.
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The Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XXI In Phoenix, AZ
On Saturday, March 28, 2015 stars and athletes from around the country converged at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali's 21st Anniversary of Celebrity Fight Night.  GRAMMY Award winning superstar of country music Reba McEntire returned for her tenth year as emcee and celebrated her 60th birthday last night. .  .  .
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Kathy Mattea at the Del E. Webb Center For
The Performing Arts in Wickenburg, Arizona
Story and Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Kathy Mattea performed at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts in Wickenburg, AZ on February 12-13, 2015.   Mattea put on fantastic shows.  For both nights, she had the audience mesmerized with her beautiful voice and music.
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Collin Raye at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Ten times nominated as Country Music's Male Vocalist of the Year, Collin Raye performed at the Higley Center for the performing Arts on January 23, 2015.  Raye still has his voice and sounded just like his records.  The audience really enjoy his show.   He sang all his hits including "Little Rock", "In This Life", "That's My Story", "I Think About You", "One Boy, One Girl"
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The Charlie Daniels Band At The Celebrity Theatre In Phoenix, AZ
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
The Charlie Daniels Band performed on December 11, 2014 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ  Charlie sang most of his hits and threw in a couple of Christmas songs. The Devil Went Down to Georgia, Long Haired Country Boy, Simple Man, The South's Gonna Do It Again, In America and The Legend of Wooley Swamp were all real crowd pleasers.  Daniels always thanks the military in his shows and it was a special moment went he said the Pledge of Allegiance.  The audience really enjoyed the show.
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The 2014 CMA Awards
Photos by Glen R. Forrester
The 48th CMA Awards were held on November 5, 2014.  Some of the winners were; 
Entertainer of the Year
Luke Bryan - WINNER
Female Vocalist of the Year
Miranda Lambert - WINNER
Male Vocalist of the Year
Blake Shelton - WINNER
Album of the Year
Platinum, Miranda Lambert - WINNER
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Josh Turner at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Josh Turner performed at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, Arizona on October 26, 2014.  He put on a fantastic show singing all his hits including, "Long Black Train", "Would You Go With Me", and "Haywire".  Turner was raised in Hannah, South Carolina.  Growing up in the church, he founded a gospel quartet called Thankful Hearts, where he sang bass, in addition to singing the bass and baritone parts in choirs. 
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Justin Moore at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Justin Moore, the 49th ACM New Artist of the Year, performed on October 11, 2014 at the Arizona State Fair in Phoenix, AZ.  It was loud, my ears are still ringing, but he put on a great show.  The audience stood the whole concert.  He blasted the house down.   He sang many songs from his newest CD, "Off The Beaten Path".  Moore put on a fantastic show with great audience participation. 
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Lee Greenwood at the Constitution Fair in Gilbert, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
On September 20, 2014, Lee Greenwood performed at the 2014 Constitution Fair at the Gilbert Town Square Civic Center in Gilbert, Arizona.  Greenwood put on a fantastic patriotic show with many of his hits including many songs from his CD "American Patriot". To end the evening, he sang his biggest hit, "God Bless The USA" and received a standing ovation throughout the whole song. 
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The 2014 Craven Country Jamboree
Photos and story by Glen Forrester
2014 Craven Country Jamboree in Saskatchewan, Canada was sold out this year. Williams and Ree (Bruce Williams and Terry Ree) hosted the festival for years and years to come. continued....

Kathy Mattea and the Don Juans in Nashville, TN
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Kathy Mattea performed at the legendary SOUNDCHECK in Nashville, TN on June 4, 2014 for her fan club members, the Matteaheads.  Mattea was celebrating 25 years of her annual Kathy Mattea Fan Club party during Fan Fair week.  Many fans attended from all over the United States. 
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Kathy Mattea at the Musical Instrument Museum
in Phoenix, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Kathy Mattea performed April 15, 2014 at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona and then also at The Fox Theater in Tucson, Arizona on April 16, 2014.  Mattea had many fans attend both shows.  Many had seen her before and she made many new fans too.  She sings such inspirational music.  She sings songs of love, life, hope, heartfelt, soul music and throws in some sad songs too.  She adds in songs about the environment, and songs about a car.  I call her a world music performer.  
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Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand At The Higley Center For The Performing Arts In Gilbert, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
On March 29, 2014 Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand performed at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, Arizona to an enthusiastic audience.  The crowd loved them.  They are planning to release their new album in the fall, so I suggest to get it.  Their new songs were fantastic.  RubberBand is a perfect name for Ryan Shupe and his band of amazing musicians. Each member possesses years of experience on his respective instrument and when the band comes together their collective talent is explosive and undeniable.
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Clint Black At The Higley Center For The Performing Arts In Gilbert, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Clint Black performed at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, Arizona on February 19, 2014 to a packed, cowboy boot wearing, enthusiastic, country music loving audience.  Black sang all his favorite hits, performed some new music, told some great jokes and played a mean guitar and harmonica.  Included in his show, Black sang "Killin' Time", "A Better Man", "Put Yourself in My Shoes", "When I Said I Do", "No Time to Kill" and many,many others songs.
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John Michael Montgomery At The Higley Center For The Performing Arts In Gilbert, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
John Michael Montgomery performed at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert, Arizona on February 1, 2014. He performed all of his hits from the 1990's to now including "Life's A Dance", "I Swear," "I Love the Way You Love Me," and "I Can Love You Like That", "Letters From Home", "Be My Baby Tonight,"  "Rope The Moon", and "Sold".  He ended his show with the Bob Seager song, "Turn The Page," and then played some great guitar licks.  He has a fantastic band touring with him.
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C. Daniel Boling At The Higley Center For The Performing Arts In Gilbert, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
C. Daniel Boling performed January 5, 2014 at the Higley Center for The Performing Arts in Gilbert, Arizona.  He is a great performer.  Boling told many stories of his experiences with friends and other folk singers he has met during his career.  He is a fantastic guitar player.  During his two set show, Boling also played harmonica and a six string he calles a banjitar.
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Juice Newton & Exile At The Higley Performing Arts Center
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Juice Newton & Exile performed at the Higley Performing Arts Center in Gilbert, Arizona on November 16, 2013.  They both sang their biggest hits from throughout their long careers. It was a great night with some great music!
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Trace Adkins at the Arizona State Fair
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Trace Adkins performed at the Arizona State Fair on October 12, 2013 to an excited crowd.  Adkins, with his signature baritone voice, performed his hits and some old standards to a delighted audience. He had fun talking with the audience and really enjoyed the Phoenix crowd. Adkins performed some country, blues and rock n' roll.  Adkins put on a fantastic show.
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The Arizona State Fair
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
The 2013 Fair Concert Series promises something for everyone. No matter what kind of music gets you dancing in the aisles, youll be exhilarated at the star studded line-up which includes country stars Trace Adkins and Billy Currington, and legendary performers Jerry Lewis, ZZ Top, and Megadeth. Snoop Dogg AKA Snoop Lion, Prince Royce, and Alabama Shakes will also return to the Fair and youll find plenty of shows for the kids, including the newest boy band, The Wanted; Zendaya; and KIDZ BOP KIDS.
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WE Fest 2013
Photos by Glen R. Forrester
WE Fest is an annual three-day country music festival held the first weekend of August at the Soo Pass Ranch in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, United States. The festival was started by Jeff Krueger in August 1983 and was held in a barn to approximately 9,000 people. Since then, concert goers can choose to camp at different campsites during the festival. Today, it is now one of the biggest country festivals with camping in the nation.
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The 2013 Craven Country Jamboree In Saskatchewan, Canada
Story and Photos by Glen R. Forrester
The "Craven Country Jamboree" was held in Saskatchewan, Canada on July 11-14, 2013. The weekend Hosts were Williams and Ree (Bruce Williams and Terry Ree).  They are so funny together.  Starting on Thursday, the kickoff party started off at the beer gardens with Phil Vassar. The beer gardens was packed during Phil's show and he enjoyed the crowd so much that he played for an extra half hour. 
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Martina McBride at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona
Story and Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Martina McBride performed June 21, 2013 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ to a packed and enthusiastic crowd. She opened with her up-tempo and energetic tune "One Night" from her latest album "Eleven." "Hello! Phoenix," McBride said. "Are you guys ready to have some fun?"  Kids from the audience started asking her if they could sing with her.
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Taylor Swift and Her 'Red Tour' in Glendale, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee
Taylor Swift shared a magical 'Red' night with her fans May 29, 2013 at the Jobing.com arena in Glendale, AZ.  It was a sold out show.  Swift put on a fantastic show, so when it comes to your town - go see it.
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In Memory of George Jones   1931 - 2013
George Jones performed hundreds of times at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House - whether on the WSM Radio show, or appearing on such shows from the auditorium like the CMA Awards, so it's only appropriate that his funeral has turned out to be a farewell fit for a country king.
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Country Thunder Arizona
Country Thunder rolled in to Florence, Arizona on April 11-14, 2013.  With 4 fantastic days of country music, they shook up the town with mind-blowing country music and down-home festivities.  On the First day, Thursday, more than 22,000 fans joined the party, and what a start to the weekend it was! Performers included country hit-makers and superstars alike.  Brantley Gilbert, Kip Moore, Sweetwater Rain and Chris Janson all graced the Thunder stage on, playing all of the hits that have propelled them into superstardom. Festival goers couldn't help but kick off their cowboy boots and strap on their dancing shoes.  
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The Country Radio Seminar 2013 in Nashville, TN
The Country Radio Seminar 2013 was held Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2013 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Nashville Convention Center. This year's event included more than 20 panels, exhibits and educational presentations, as well as featured speakers and panelists from all areas of the radio and records industry.
Known as the biggest Country radio event in the world, the seminar continued to grow with a cutting edge agenda, with a number of networking opportunities and performances from some of the biggest stars in the format.
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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, and broadcast on CBS Television. The show was hosted by LL Cool J, with performances from country stars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley and Zac Brown Band.
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Cavalia Odysseo - The Horses - The Music - The Artists
Cavalia's Odysseo came into Scottsdale, Arizona December 19, 2013 and runs through January 29, 2013. The show was spectacular with multimedia equestrian and acrobatics and fantastic music.  The show is magical, it is one of the greatest shows I have ever seen..
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Donnie & Marie Christmas in Arizona
She's a Little Bit Country, He's a Little Bit Rock & Roll
Donnie and Marie Osmond performed their Christmas in Arizona show at the Gammage at Arizona State University for a week and ended their show on December 2, 2012.  It was a fantastic show with music from their careers with Christmas songs performed throughout the show.  It was one of the best shows I have ever been too, and I have been to alot of shows.
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Spotlight On The 2012 Country Music Association Awards
The 46th annual Country Music Association Awards were handed out November 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. Miranda Lambert and her husband Blake Shelton shared this year's Song of Year honor for co-writing Miranda's Number One ballad, "Over You." The song was inspired by the loss of Blake's older brother, Richie Shelton.   
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Kathy Mattea - Calling Me Home
Daring folk-trad follow-up to Mattea's Coal features contributions from Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Tim and Mollie O'Brien and more...  Most artists take fewer and fewer risks as they get older, but Kathy Mattea is a striking exception. She didn't play it safe while she charted mainstream country hits - 16 of them reaching the top ten - and she's not about to start now. 
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The 2012 Craven Country Jamboree
The 2012 Craven Country Jamboree was help July 12-15, 2012.  The Jamboree started off in the beer gardens on Thursday night July 12 with Diamond Rio. These six guys is one of the greatest bands of all time in country and that night they proved it. Williams and Ree hosted the big event and like always they are great hosts.   
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Kathy Mattea At The Bluebird Cafe In Nashville, TN
Kathy Mattea performed at The Bluebird Cafe' 30th Birthday Bash on June 5, 2012 in Nashville, TN.  Mattea performed a couple of her hits, '455 Rocket' and 'Where've You Been'.  She also performed with Becky Hobbs on 'Angels Among Us'.  
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Sugarland Concert At The Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona
Sugarland performed on May 26, 2012 at the Ashley Furniture Homestore Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona to a near sold out show.
Their show tour is titled "In The Hand Of The Fans Tour".  The concert was sure in the hands of the audience as they helped decide which songs Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush would perform.   
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The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre's "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" in Mesa, Arizona
The "A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline" at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Mesa, Arizona was FANTASTIC!  
Any Patsy Cline fan would love this show.  The show is even sanctioned by the Patsy Cline Estate.  The show is by Dean Reagan and Production Advisor is Charlie Dick.  
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Country Thunder in Florence, Arizona
Country Thunder was held April 12-15, 2012 on the 290 acres of Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence, Arizona. This years line up was fantastic. Besides all the great music, this years festival also included a game-centered "Frat House," hosted by Williams & Ree. They also had DJ acts, more than 40 cornhole tables were set up for the beanbag-toss game, a mechanical bull, dueling pianos, and hypnotists. The after-hours party with bands continued until 2 a.m. nightly at Moonshine Willy's which has been developed into a year-round venue open Fridays and Saturdays. A bull-riding arena operated midnight to 2 a.m. adjacent to the saloon. A zip line and hot-air balloon rides were also new this year.  
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Celebrity Fight Night XVIII in Phoenix, Arizona
Celebrity Fight Night was held on March 24, 2012 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.  The event pulled in more than $9.1 million to target disease. This years gala set a record with 1,300 people in attendance.  It was a black-tie affair featuring stars from many walks of life - athletes, actors and comedians.
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Merle Haggard at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, NV
Merle Haggard performed at the Edgewater Casino E Center in Laughlin, NV on March 2, 2012.   Just a few months ago, Haggard had pneumonia, forcing the cancellation of some of his shows, but you would never know it, he put on a great show!
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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards
The Grammy Awards were held on February 12, 2012 at the Staples Center in L.A. California.  Just as predicted, British songstress Adele dominated the 2012 Grammys, from a rousing performance of her hit "Rolling In The Deep" to sweeping all six categories in which she was nominated.
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The 2nd Annual American Country Awards
Jason Aldean Earns Six Awards; Carrie Underwood and Thompson Square Each Win Three Awards.  Toby Keith Honored with Artist of the Decade Award.  Two-Hour Special Featured Performances by Co-Hosts Trace Adkins and Kristin Chenoweth, Alabama, Toby Keith, Eli Young Band, The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Pistol Annies, Blake Shelton, Thompson Square and Chris Young. 
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Kathy Mattea - Inducted Into The West Virginia Music Hall Of Fame.  The 2011 West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on October 15, 2011 at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, West Virginia.  Kathy Mattea was inducted this year along with, Billy Cox, Connie Smith, Butch Miles, Diamond Teeth Mary, Jack Rollins and Tommy Thompson.   
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LeAnn Rimes at the Edgewater Casino E Center in Laughlin, NV
LeAnn Rimes performed at the Edgewater Casino E Center in Laughlin, NV on October 1, 2011.  It was a sold out show.  Throughout her show, Rimes mixed in many of her hits, and most of the songs from her new album titled Lady & Gentlemen, which Rimes co-produced with country music legend Vince Gill and longtime co-writer Darrell Brown. The songs from the new album were many Rimes grew up on.
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The 2011 Craven Country Jamboree
The 2011 Craven Country Jamboree was held July 14-17, 2011. 
Intense rains flooded the grounds this year making it look like the event would not happen, but by moving the campsite to a hill and leaving the stage and grandstands at the original site it became a reality. 
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Fan Fair Week in Nashville, TN with Kathy Mattea, R.O.P.E., & Marty Stuart
Fan Fair week was in Nashville, TN June 6-12, 2011. The CMA Music Fest was held June 9-12th.

  • On June 8, 2011, Kathy Mattea held her annual Fan Club party (the Blunch) at the Station Inn in Nashville, TN.
  • June 8, 2011 the R.O.P.E Summer Spectacular Reunion of Country Duets event was held at the Al Menah Shrine Temple in Nashville, TN. 
  • Marty Stuart's Late Night Jam Sells Out and Donates Over $30K To MusiCares        
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Country Thunder 2011 in Florence, AZ
It was a heck of a party with non-stop music for everyone.  The thousands of fans were entertained by some of country music's biggest stars including Toby Keith, Martina McBride and Jason Aldean, Sara Evans, Neal McCoy, Rodney Atkins, The Bellamy Brothers, Little Big Town, Clay Walker and many, many more.  Country Thunder is by far the funnest and most exciting country music festival in Arizona.
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Celebrity Fight Night XVII
$6.6 million raised at Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVII.  Halle Berry, Bob Parsons, Red McCombs and Cristie Kerr honored.  Performances by Matchbox Twenty, Kelly Clarkson, American Idol's 2011 finalists, Bret Michaels and more.
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The 2011 Grammy Awards
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards were help on February 13, 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.   Here is the list of the Country Music Winners.   continued.....

The Judds - The Last Encore Tour
The Judds performed their Last Encore Tour concert in Phoenix, Arizona on December 19, 2010.  With a wonderful talented band they performed a 3 hour concert which included old and new songs, some spiritual songs and a few Christmas songs. It was a total Christmas package.   continued.....

The Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame Benefit
Many people attended the event and were entertained by Arizona performers including Hans Olson, James Parks, Joe Bethancourt, Charles Lewis, Alice Tatum, Los Guys, Mogollon, Herndon Brothers Band, Chuck E. Baby and Whiskey Six. The event was MC'd by Bob Boze Bell, Marty Manning and Jim West of KMLE Country Radio.
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Vince Gill
Vince Gill performed for nearly three hours at the Ikeda Theater in Mesa, Arizona on October 19, 2010. Wow, does that man know how to entertain.  With his 8 piece band, Gill rocked the house.  Gill's voice was in perfect form and he also looked great too.
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The Charlie Daniels Band
The Charlie Daniels Band performed at the Dodge Theater in Phoenix, Arizona on August 29, 2010 to a packed house. Daniels didn't disappoint, he performed all his big hits including Long Haired Country Boy, Simple Man, The South's Gonna Do It Again, Drinkin' My Baby Goodbye,  The Legend of Wooley Swamp, and of course, The Devil Went Down to Georgia.  He also sang his newest hit "(What the World Needs Is) A few More Rednecks.  One of my favorite moments is when he sang Amazing Grace.      continued.....

The Judds:  The Last Encore Tour
Country Music's legendary duo, The Judds, delivered a riveting performance for over 10,000 fans in downtown Nashville as they launched this year's 2010 CMA Music Festival. Wynonna and Naomi Judd helped kick off what USA Today calls "the crown jewel of Country Music festivals," setting the stage for their highly anticipated final tour, The Judds: The Last Encore. It has been over 10 years since their 2000 "Power To Change" tour, and this final reunion promises to be nothing short of spectacular. 
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Country Thunder 2010
FLORENCE - Hollywood glitz, hillbilly chic and Texas twang made for perfect bedfellows at the 2010 Country Thunder Festival at the sprawling Canyon Moon Ranch April 14-17, 2010.......continued....

Celebrity Fight Night XVI
PHOENIX, AZ. On Saturday, March 20, 2010 stars and athletes from around the country converged on the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVI. Grammy-award winning producer and American Idol judge Randy Jackson made a special introduction of Muhammad Ali who celebrates his 50th year on the world stage in 2010.    continued....

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