Iconic country group Alabama will soon add another accolade to its long list of achievements. On Tuesday afternoon in Nashville, Grammy-nominated guitarist Joe Bonamassa announced the band (Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen) as 2019 inductees into the Musicians Hall of Fame. Additionally, Alabama will receive the organization's first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award.
Tens of thousands of fans descend upon Nashville this week for the 2019 edition of CMA Fest, with many of them making the pilgrimage over the pedestrian bridge on the Cumberland River to Nissan Stadium for the nightly concerts. Charley Pride, Crystal Gayle, T. Graham Brown, Oak Ridge Boys and Shane Owens will perform their biggest hits.
Last Thursday, May 30, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated the upcoming induction of Country Music Hall of Fame Member Elect Ray Stevens with a special luncheon honoring him in the museum's CMA Theater.
Baillie & the Boys, gained prominence in the late 1980s as the trio (Kathie Baillie, Michael Bonagura, and Alan LeBoeuf) first found work singing harmony vocals on singles for Ed Bruce, Dan Seals, and Randy Travis, and Bonagura co-wrote Marie Osmond's single "There's No Stopping Your Heart". In 1987, Baillie & the Boys were signed to a record deal with RCA Records.
Country music star Kenny Rogers was admitted to a Georgia hospital for dehydration, according to his official Twitter account. A statement posted last Friday from his team said he would remain there for physical therapy to "get his strength back" before being discharged. The statement said the 80-year-old singer and actor appreciated the well wishes from fans and wanted to assure everyone that "he plans on sticking around through the years to come."