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Do you remember hearing about a fire happening on the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood back in 2008? Here is a link to the New York Times article for those who need a refresher: http://tinyurl.com/y2jglcnc

“According to a new report from the New York Times, a fire that swept the Universal Studios backlot in Hollywood, Calif., in 2008 resulted in massive damage that wasn’t publically reported, including losses of irreplaceable master tapes from some of country’s biggest names. Universal claimed after the fire in 2008 that the damage was “relatively minor.”  The company reported that a vault of video and television media was destroyed, along with a portion of the studio tour” (Taste of Country, “LORETTA LYNN, MERLE HAGGARD + MORE CLASSIC COUNTRY RECORDINGS DESTROYED IN UNIVERSAL FIRE” http://tinyurl.com/yxqkgj7y)

“According to the original report, Universal initially claimed the damage was “relatively minor,” but internal documents published by the Times dispute that account. “The West Coast Vault perished, in its entirety. Lost in the fire was, undoubtedly, a huge musical heritage,” a memo written in March of 2009 states” (Taste of Country, “REBA MCENTIRE, GEORGE STRAIT REPORTEDLY AMONG 800+ ARTISTS WHO LOST MASTERS IN UNIVERSAL FIRE” http://tinyurl.com/yxg5zepb)

We can only imagine how these artists must feel. We’re sure it was hard enough to hear about the fire in general. But finding out over 10 years later that your masters were part of the casualty must feel like a punch to the stomach!

“The cause of the fire is now believed to have been a blowtorch used by workmen to repair the chapel roof on New England Street around 3am. They reportedly followed policy of standing watch for an hour (to spot any fire after the work) then went for a break. The fire was reported at 4.43am by a security guard. The Universal City Fire crew were on scene four minutes later, by which time a whole block of facades was engulfed” (TheStudioTour.com, “2008 Fire” http://tinyurl.com/y5w2jl64)

What are your thoughts on this whole situation? What would you do if your masters got destroyed? Let us know in the comments below.

If you do a Google search for the top country songs of all time, you will find a multitude of articles from various sources. Not all of the lists referenced below are of the same length, so we will only be sticking with the top 10 songs on each list. All songs mentioned are on the top 10 list as of 6/24/2019.

Let’s start with this list from The Top Tens: https://is.gd/kgr2Xh

  1. He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
  2. A Country Boy Can Survive – Hank Williams, Jr.
  3. Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
  4. Song of the South – Alabama
  5. Hurt – Johnny Cash
  6. Love Story – Taylor Swift
  7. I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
  8. Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
  9. Amarillo by Morning – George Strait
  10. Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks

 

This is what The Ranker has: https://is.gd/nX23q4

  1. He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
  2. I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
  3. Crazy – Patsy Cline
  4. Amarillo by Morning – George Strait
  5. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
  6. Your Cheatin’ Heart – Hank Williams, Sr.
  7. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
  8. Always on my Mind – Willie Nelson
  9. Hello Darlin – Conway Twitty
  10. Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette

 

Billboard: http://tinyw.in/Y9Bn

  1. Cruise – Florida Georgia Line
  2. Walk on By – Leroy Van Dyke
  3. Wanted – Hunter Hayes
  4. Take Your Time – Sam Hunt
  5. There Goes My Everything – Jack Greene
  6. Love’s Gonna Live Here – Buck Owens
  7. Convoy – C.W. McCall
  8. Somebody Like You – Keith Urban
  9. Amazed – Lonestar
  10. Daddy Sang Bass – Johnny Cash

 

Rolling Stone: http://tinyw.in/hknv

  1. I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
  2. Crazy – Patsy Cline
  3. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Hank Williams, Sr.
  4. He Stopped Loving Her Today – George Jones
  5. Standing on the Corner (Blue Yodel #9) – Jimmie Rodgers
  6. Stand By Your Man – Tammy Wynette
  7. You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
  8. Mama Tried – Merle Haggard
  9. Jolene – Dolly Parton
  10. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson

 

We want to hear from YOU! What are YOUR top 10 country songs? Do you prefer the classics or the currents? Let us know in the comments! You can also let us know on Instagram: shorturl.at/gDQZ1 And don’t forget to hit that follow button!

 

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Prepare to have your mind blown. We all know the importance of a unique stage name, but some of these Country Artists were down right creative when it came to revamping their persona. Here are 10 Country Artists who were born with completely different names than their stage name.

1. Wynonna Judd
Real Name: Christina Claire Ciminella

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2. Luke Bryan
Real Name: Thomas Luther Bryan

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3. Shania Twain
Real Name: Eileen Regina Edwards

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4. Chely Wright
Real Name: Richell Rene Wright

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5. Tim McGraw
Real Name: Samuel Timothy Smith

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6. LeAnn Rimes
Real Name: Margaret LeAnn Rimes

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7. Jason Aldean
Real Name: Jason Aldine Williams 

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8. Garth Brooks
Real Name: Troyal Garth Brooks

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9. Faith Hill
Real Name: Audrey Faith Perry

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10. Patsy Cline
Real Name: Virginia Patterson Hensley

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Now that he’s back in the spotlight, Garth Brooks continues to give his fans thanks and show his gratitude and every chance he gets.

Last week at a concert in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Garth put on a show to remember. One fan in particular,  Nathan Putnam, managed to capture Garth’s attention when he waved a photo in a air.

To his surprise, Garth recognized the photo as the gentleman handed to him. According to LiftBump, the two had taken the photo back in 2007 at the Oklahoma Special Olympics games. A tearful Brooks accepted the photo, along with 3 medals the Nathan won at the Special Olympics.

Brooks then returned the favor by wearing the medals, and handing Putnam his guitar while singing “That Summer.” What a truly special moment for Garth and one of his devoted fans.

Watch the entire video below:

 

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Alright ladies. Every now and then, we should let the flood gates open. I’ve taken the time to listen to all of these songs, and even though it’s been a long time since I’ve dated, I can’t help but cry like a baby. Here are 12 sad Country breakup songs that will make you head for the tissues.

WARNING: Please wear waterproof mascara before listening to these songs, or just wear none at all!

1. Alone – Sara Evans

2. Forget To Forget You – Scotty McCreery

3. Goodbye Time – Blake Shelton

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLn6ZYkGBP0

4. Like You Never Loved At All – Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

5. Love Your Memory – Miranda Lambert

6. Someday When I Stop Loving You – Carrie Underwood

7. Stay – Little Big Town

8. The Truth – Jason Aldean

9. Tonight I Wanna Cry – Keith Urban

10. You Were Mine – Dixie Chicks

11. The Dance – Garth Brooks

12. Need You Now – Lady Antebellum

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“Respect, faith, love, trust and lots of patience.” – Reba McEntire

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As long as I’m healthy, then he is fine with whatever I wear.” – Kellie Pickler

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“He works well with controlled chaos. He doesn’t get stressed, and I don’t get stressed. We just go with it every single day.” – Sara Evans

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“Tim has given me confidence and strength and my foundation. He makes me feel like I can conquer the world.” – Faith Hill

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“Amber is an amazing person and has inspired a lot of my songs, from ‘More Than Miles’ to ‘You Don’t Know Her Like I Do. I’m a blessed man to have her back in my life and can’t wait to make her my wife.”- Brantley Gilbert

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“It’s just little things I think that have helped us more than anything. If you can last until you’re 40 years old, hopefully you’ll be mature enough to figure out the rest of the years.” – Alan Jackson

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“You should know somebody really well and know that they know how to take a joke and they know how to take you,” – Brad Paisley

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“Keifer would be gone doing his own thing on the road, and I would be at home miserable and missing him. Now, we’re getting to do what we both love to do together,” – Shawna Thompson

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“Every day is pretty great, I have to say. I don’t want to sound like one of those sappy couples, but I’m that person. We’ve got great memories already, we’ll just make some more.” – Trisha Yearwood

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“I wanted to be married to Miranda the day I proposed. Finally, it’s official!” – Blake Shelton

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“I’ve felt myself grow with him. He’s one of those certain people in your life you come across for a reason. I’m very glad that I met him. He’s been a really positive influence on my life.” – Carrie Underwood

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What do you get when one of Country Music’s biggest icons crashes a Justin Timberlake concert? Pure gold and madness.

Garth Brooks joined in with a special duet of “Friends In Low Places” on the 20/20 Tour. Video was captured by Diane Watkins at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Do we see a crossover Country album in Timberlake’s future? Only time will tell.

Watch the full performance below.

 

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What a year it has been for Country Music. We just about saw everything we needed to see in the last 12 months. There were highs, lows, and lots of laughs. We had some incredible, unforgettable times.

Here are 10 of 2014’s s Best Moments in Country Music.

10. The Return of Garth Brooks

Garth came back! After a 13 year hiatus, Garth Brooks made his return to the scene with a new album, tour, and a song that made us love our Moms a little more. Watch his unforgettable performance of “Mom” on Good Morning America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyWADizqtHk

9. Brantley Gilbert Finds Love Again

After ending his engagement with Jana Kramer, the Country Music star found love close to home.

“I met this little girl 10 years ago,” he explained live on the Bobby Bones show. “She’s a hometown girl who teaches school about a mile up from my house.”

Fun Fact: She’s the girl who inspired his hit “More Than Miles.”

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8. Carrie Underwood Shows Her Baby Bump

Our Country American Idol winner Carrie has been sporting a baby bump this year. Watching her grow along the way is kind of like watching your sister go through a pregnancy.

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7. Country Music Said Goodbye To Taylor Swift

It wasn’t easy letting go. We grew up singing and listing to her music while getting ready for prom, camping with the girls, and getting our hearts broken. It’s as if every song she wrote was a reflection of our current situation. No, we didn’t date Taylor Lautner, but let’s be real. When you’re 15 and someone tells you they love you, you’re gonna believe them.

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6. Two Country Singers Come Out

Billy Gilman and Ty Herndon came out, on the same day. It was a first in Country Music, and the two received nothing but support from fellow artists, fans, and friends.

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5. Blake Shelton Lip Synch

Blake Shelton made us laugh a whole lot this year. One of the most hilarious moments came when we did a lip synch with singer Gwen Stefani on Jimmy Fallon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tncKbcBqq2I
4. Lady Antebellum Pay Tribute To Luke Bryan

After suffering another devastating loss, Luke Bryan canceled his appearance on CMT Artists of The Year to be at his brother in law’s funeral.

Lady Antebellum took the stage at the awards show and sang their rendition of Luke’s “Drink A Beer,” in memory of his brother in law.

3. Country Music Ice Bucket Challenges

As a means to raise awareness for ALS, Country Artists from far and wide dumped cold buckets of ice water on their heads and took to social media to promote the cause.

2. Girl In A Country Song

Maddie & Tae couldn’t have said it better with “Girl In A Country Song.” The song discussed the roles of women in Country Music, then turned the tables on men in their hilarious music video.

Conway and George Strait never did it this way.


1. Vince Gill Wins Irving Waugh Award of Excellence

The only other country music artist to receive this award was Johnny Cash. Vince Gill is Country Music’s best friend. His incredible contribution to Country Music over the last 35 years is awe inspiring. 18 CMA Awards, 20 Grammys, and over 26 million albums sold. Hats off to you Vince. This award was richly deserved

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_SdHmOnXGs

 

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Garth Brooks made a pit stop on the “Ellen” and had the crowd on their feet performing one of his classic hits “Ain’t Going Down (Till The Sun Comes Up).” Can you believe it’s been nearly 13 years since the release of his last album? Man Against Machine has charted the Billboard Hot 200 becoming one of the most successful albums of 2014.

But Garth’s appearance wasn’t complete without a little tear jerker. After a widely successful performance on Good Morning America of his new song “Mom,” Garth once again performed an acoustic version of the piece bring the Ellen show audience to tears.

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