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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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The Oscars was filled with unforgettable performances from various artists, including our Country Boy Tim McGraw, who took the stage on Sunday evening, paying tribute to country legend Glen Campbell.

McGraw delivered a stunning and heartfelt version of Campbell’s final song, “I’m Not Gonna Miss You.” Campbell now suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, was unable to perform the Oscar nominated song. At the family’s request, they invited McGraw to perform the number that evening. Dressed in a sharp tuxedo with his signature cowboy hat, McGraw sang the song on a stool in the center of a simply lit stage.

“The family’s incredible, and the song is really special, and I’m honored to be here to do it,” said McGraw.

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” written by Glen Campbell and producer Julian Raymond is included in the sound track of “I’ll Be Me” a documentary which details Campbell’s life and last tour after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The song was awarded as Best Country Song at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

Watch the unforgettable performance below:

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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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Two decades ago we rang in the New Year to 1995. What a great year! Here are some quick facts:

1. Bill Clinton was the president.
2. The San Francisco 49ers became the first NFL franchise to win five Super Bowls.
3. Yahoo! Was founded in Santa Clara, California.
4. Toy Story was released by Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Pictures.
5. The final original Calvin and Hobbes comic strip is published

These were good times, and Country Music was on it’s feet because of these 3 hits:

1. Pick Up Man – Joe Diffie

2. Not A Moment Too Soon – Tim McGraw

 

3. Gone Country – Alan Jackson

 

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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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Carrie Underwood After Singing “Alone” on American Idol in 2005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s official, 2005 was a decade ago and many of your favorite Country Artists were just getting their start. Here’s what they looked like 10 years ago.

Miranda Lambert

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Taylor Swift

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Blake Shelton

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Dierks Bentley 

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Faith Hill & Tim McGraw

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Reba McEntire

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Kellie Pickler 

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Hunter Hayes

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Some ladies like a clean cut man, other’s like a little fuzz to keep them warm. In this interview Tim McGraw talks about growing gray, why he won’t do “Just For Men,” and the real reason why Faith Hill likes his grizzly beard.
Beard or no beard, Tim is undeniably one of the hottest male Country Music artists of all time.

What do you ladies think? Should he keep the fuzz?

 


After watching all these videos we feel for these Country Music superstars. Life on stage is not all glitz and glamour. Nobody is perfect, and sometimes you might take a good fall on stage. Here are 7 Country Music artists who are a little more clumsy than you think!

1. Carrie Underwood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QoPecFHhBb8

2. Tim McGraw

3. Miranda Lambert

4. Dierks Bentley

5. Taylor Swift

6. Hunter Hayes

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

7. Luke Bryan


A couple days ago I posted this picture to the Country Girl Facebook page:

I asked “Who is the most attractive guy in country music?” The results are in!

Also, the pictures I selected to showcase these hotties all include their guitars, because who doesn’t look better with a guitar??

7th place, at 2% each, an 8-way tie:

Chris Young

Kenny Chesney

Travis Tritt

Brett Eldredge

Brian Kelley

Dierks Bentley

Tyler Farr

The Swon Brothers

6th place, at 3% each, a 4-way tie

Hunter Hayes

Kip Moore

Toby Keith

Keith Urban

5th place, at 5% each, a 3-way tie

Blake Shelton

Trace Adkins

Brad Paisley

4th place, at 7% each, a 2-way tie

George Strait

Tim McGraw

3rd place, at 8%

Jason Aldean

2nd place, at 15%

Brantley Gilbert

AND NUMBER ONE…

1st place, at 20%

Luke Bryan