Farewell tours seem to come and go these days, and whether they’re truly a farewell tour or just an excuse to sell tickets is usually up for interpretation. But diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and now at the age of 76, this may be the last time to see this country legend perform live.
As we look back on 2022 and before we look forward to 2023, it’s important we take the time to pay tribute to the important individuals in country music who left us over the last year, and who left a mark on the country and roots music world that will never fade. 2022 saw some absolute titans of the music leave us.
Alabama, Anita Kerr, Blake Mevis, Bobbie Nelson, Bobby Flores, Brad Martin, C.W. McCall, Charlie Gracie, Dallas Frazier, Dallas Good, Deborah McCrary, Don Edwards, Eddie Pleasant, Gary Adams, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Ian Tyson, In Memoriam, Jake Flint, Jeff Carson, Jeff Cook, Jerry Allison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jim Miller, Jimbeau Hinson, Jody Miller, Joe Chambers, Joe Gilchrist, Larry Petree, Lavender Country, Loretta Lynn, Luke Bell, Mary Jane Thomas, McCrary Sisters, Mickey Gilley, Miranda Lambert, Naomi Judd, Olivia Newton John, Patrick Haggerty, Peter Cooper, Ralph Emery, Ray Edenton, Robert Gordon, Roland White, Ronnie Hawkins, Scotty Wray, The Band, The Crickets, The Judds, The Sadies, Thom Bresh, Warner Mack, Western Centuries
Luke Combs said it best while accepting the trophy for Entertainer of the Year Wednesday night (11-9) at the 2022 CMA Awards: “This is my fifth or sixth year being at this awards show, and country sounded more country than it has in a long time tonight.” In truth, the CMA Awards righting the ship goes back even further.
Ashley McBryde, Brandy Clark, Chris Stapleton, CMA Awards, Cody Johnson, Darrell Scott, Elle King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Lainey Wilson, Linda Ronstadt, Loretta Lynn, Luke Combs, Marcus King, Maren Morris, Mickey Gilley, Morgan Wallen, Naomi Judd, Olivia Newton John, Patty Loveless, Pillbox Patti, Ricky Skaggs, Sonya Isaacs, Taylor Swift, The War and Treaty, Zach Bryan
Capturing Kristofferson at the height of his powers and fame, his live band for the show included absolute legends of their field. It’s basically Kris Kristofferson’s Greatest Hits recorded live, and during his heyday, with the most legendary lineup of his band.
Billy Swan, Capturing Kristofferson at the height of his powers and fame, Donnie Fritts, Gilley's, Glen Clark, his live band included legends such as guitarist Stephen Bruton who played with Kristofferson for 40 years, Kris Kristofferson, Mickey Gilley, Randy Travis, Sammy Creason, Stephen Bruton, Tommy McClure
There are few artists more synonymous with a specific era in country music than Mickey Gilley was with the Urban Cowboy movement—the early 80s influence that brought country music out of the country and into industrialized urban areas where many rural residents flocked…
Johnny Lee was one of country music’s biggest stars in the early 80’s, amassing five #1 hits, twelve Top 10’s, and was the singer of one of the era’s most iconic songs, “Lookin’ For Love” made famous by the movie Urban Cowboy. The movie was inspired and filmed at the club of Johnny Lee’s good friend, Mickey Gilley.
Country music crooner, piano player, and brand mogul Mickey Gilley has released his first studio record in some 20 years called ‘Kickin’ It Down The Road.’ Only available through his website at the moment, it features 10 songs, including the title track written by Byron Hill, Mike Kenny and Michael Cosner.
George Riddle, a songwriter and musician whose music and influence can be heard throughout the classic country music world, passed away on Saturday night, July 19th after battling with throat Cancer. he might be best known as the very first and original Jones Boy, backing George Jones up in what would later become George’s legendary band.
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