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Jeff Bates to Release Tribute to Conway Twitty

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For years, radio DJs and the country music industry have raved about the vocal similarities of country singer Jeff Bates and the late Conway Twitty.  On November 11, 2014, Bates will finally satisfy those who have said it for years, when he releases ME AND CONWAY (Sony RED / Red River Entertainment), his tribute to the country legend.

“People always told me I sounded like Conway and though I never agreed, I always took it as a compliment,” explains Bates.  “I think it’s because we were both from Mississippi, enunciated similarly and we both have that gravel sound in our voices.  In 2002, when I met with Joe Galante and Renee Bell at RCA for the first time, I performed ‘Long Slow Kisses’ and ‘I Wanna Make You Cry’ for them and I learned that Renee had been Conway’s A&R rep at MCA and she had called the meeting to find out who the guy was that reminded her so much of her friend, Conway.  I went to great lengths to explain that I really didn’t sound as much like him as she thought I did and if she would just A/B our voices side by side and listen she would hear huge differences.  She just smiled her sweet Renee smile and said, ‘Honey, it’s not a bad thing at all. Yes, you sound like you but when you sing I hear Conway’s soul in your voice!”

It was a battle Bates would continue to fight at radio for years.  He heard, “You sound like Conway Twitty” and even “You sound too much like Conway Twitty!”  Finally he decided to let it go.  “If people wanted to think that I sounded like him then so be it,” he says.  “I could spend my life arguing about it or I could just continue to write songs and sing what I felt.  Then about three years ago I decided I would ‘own it.'”

Bates decided to record a new album with six Conway songs and six others so that fans could hear the differences and similarities for themselves.  On Me and Conway, Bates has included renditions of Conway Twitty classics, “Don’t Take It Away,” “Lost In The Feeling,” “I’d Love To Lay You Down” and “That’s My Job.”

Bates was honored beyond comparison when Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member Loretta Lynn agreed to sing with him on her classic Conway duet, “After The Fire Is Gone.”  Lynn, who has not recorded the song with anyone since the original version with Conway, agreed after she heard Bates sing the song at her Hurricane Mills Tennessee Ranch annual Conway Twitty Weekend.  It’s been 43 years since the song was released in 1971 when it went to Number 1 on the charts for two consecutive weeks.  Now, more than four decades later, the song will be heard again, introducing a new generation of fans to one of the greatest country music duets ever recorded.

Lynn says of Bates,

“He is one of the best singers I’ve ever heard in my life.  I love him and Conway Twitty would have loved him!”

“Conway just always seemed to say the things I needed to say or wanted to say when I couldn’t find the words,” says Bates.  “I would sing his songs in nightclubs and at shows throughout my career because those songs, his songs, meant something to me personally.  I never met the man but he absolutely had a major impact on my career.  I hope he would be proud of this tribute to him.”

Pre-sales for Me And Conway are available now through release day at www.jeffbates.net.  The album will be available in all retail stores and Amazon.com, as well as digitally on iTunes.

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Loretta Lynn to Receive Americana Music Honor

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Loretta Lynn and Jackson Browne will receive a  lifetime achievement award from The Americana Music Association.

Loretta is being honored for her songwriting and Jackson will receive  “Spirit” award for addressing a number of social policy issues during his career.

The awards will be handed out at an event in Nashville in September.

Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn To Play Ryman Auditorium

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Two Country music legends will be performing at the Ryman Auditorium this year. Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn have both announced dates for stops at the iconic venue.

Haggard will be touring throughout the summer with his renowned band, The Strangers, and will play a two-night set next month at the Ryman. The shows are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25 and Tuesday, Aug. 26, both starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both shows will go on sale this Friday, July 11 at 10 a.m.

Lynn will also play back-to-back nights this October, with tickets on sale now. The Country Music and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member will play at the Ryman Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 10 and Saturday, Oct. 11, with both shows scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now.

For information on these shows or to purchase tickets, visit ryman.com.

Loretta Lynn Announces 2nd Annual Gospel Music Festival

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The Loretta Lynn Ranch is preparing to welcome Gospel music fans from all across the country to the second annual “Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Music Festival” held at her Hurricane Mills, TN ranch September 13-14, 2014. The inaugural event last year was a huge success and organizers are anticipating another wonderful weekend.

Scheduled to appear during the two-day event are Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, The Booth Brothers, Karen Peck & New River, Rambo-McGuire, Aaron Wilburn, Brian Free & Assurance, Singing Cookes, The Freemans, Michael Combs, Archie Watkins & Smoky Mountain Reunion, Tony Gore & Majesty and The Sneed Family.

“I love Gospel music,” Loretta Lynn says. “I had a great time with all my friends here last year and I’m so happy to invite everyone back to my house for some great gospel music! Y’all come on!”

For those arriving early on Friday night, September 12, 2014, there will be a special bon-fire and sing-a-long beginning at 8:00 PM with special guests High Road.

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN is the perfect destination for this amazing weekend of Gospel music. The full service RV park features primitive camping, pools, canoeing, paddle boats and more. Guests can also tour Loretta’s plantation home, the Butcher Holler Home Place, and her brand-new 18,000 square foot “Coal Miner’s Daughter” museum.

Tickets are on sale now and more information can be found online at LorettaLynn.com or by calling the ranch at 931-296-7700.

Loretta Lynn’s Home Damaged by Fire

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A small fire broke out at Loretta Lynn’s residence in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., on Tuesday (2/25)  morning.

It is not known if Loretta was home when the fire started but, Emergency Management officials say everyone inside the house was able to get out safely.

According to Nashville television station WTVF, the fire started in the building where Lynn lives, not the antebellum mansion on the same property where she and her husband raised their family. That building has been turned into a tourist attraction.  Some reports say the cause of the fire was a candle that caught a chair on fire that was extinguished quickly.

Last year, another fire destroyed the cook shack on Loretta’s property.

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