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Country Music Pay Tribute To Little Jimmy Dickens

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Vince Gill says when you’re young and someone is kind to you, you never forget it, and that’s what it was like the first time any Grand Ole Opry newcomer met Little Jimmy Dickens. Vince was one of several hundred people who celebrated Dickens’ life at the Opry yesterday.

Carrie Underwood says her mother warned her about Dickens because he liked pretty girls, but she says he always kissed her hand and had a little piece of her heart.

Among the other country luminaries who came to mourn their friend were Bill Anderson, Ricky Skaggs, Lee Greenwood, Marty Stuart, Opry legends Jean Howard and Jeannie Seely and Nashville cast members Charles Esten, Sam Palladio and Chaley Rose.

Brad Paisley led a group in singing “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” a tradition he says Dickens started. Paisley choked back tears and said, “At 94, your journey has ended, but we’ll take it from here, little buddy.”

Vince Gill & Lyle Lovett Join Forces for Special 4-day Gig

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Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett will team for a four-date acoustic tour starting Jan. 27th in Glenside, PA. Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett: Songs and Stories will feature both solo and duo performances, with Gill and Lovett serving as their own accompanists. They’ll also hit Englewood, NJ Jan. 28th, Norfolk, VA Jan. 29th and North Charleston, SC Jan. 30th.

Get more information here.

Vince Gill Named BMI Icon

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Broadcast Music, Inc.®, (BMI®), a global leader in music rights management, presented the 2014 BMI Country Awards, honoring the prolific songwriting career of BMI Icon Vince Gill, as well as the Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year Tuesday night in Nashville. The 62nd annual event, which is the genre’s oldest awards ceremony, also celebrated the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the past year. BMI President and CEO Mike O’Neill hosted the ceremony with Jody Williams, BMI Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville; and Clay Bradley, BMI Assistant Vice President, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville.

Gill, who was named this year’s BMI Icon, joins an elite list of songwriters who have had “a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers” and was honored with a tribute from three fellow musicians: Keith Urban, Ashley Monroe, and Michael McDonald. Ashley Monroe serenaded attendees with “Whenever You Come Around.” Urban performed “I Still Believe In You,” and Michael McDonald gave his heartbreaking rendition of “When I Call Your Name.” Urban and Monroe closed out the set with a raucous version of the perennial Vince Gill classic “Liza Jane.”
Rhett Akins was named Songwriter of the Year, with writing credits on seven of the most-performed songs of the past year, including “Boys Round Here,” recorded by Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies, “Hey Girl” by Billy Currington, “I Can Take It From There” by Chris Young, “It Goes Like This” by Thomas Rhett, “Parking Lot Party” by Lee Brice, “Point at You” by Justin Moore, and “When She Says Baby” by Jason Aldean.

Darius Rucker’s hit “Wagon Wheel,” penned by Ketch Secor, won the coveted Song of the Year award. Published by Blood Donor Music, “Wagon Wheel” was one of the most-performed country songs of the year.

Sony/ATV Music Publishing Nashville continued their winning streak of more than a decade, again taking home the Publisher of the Year accolade. Responsible for 28 of the 50 most-performed songs of the year, Sony/ATV published megahits such as Luke Bryan’s “Drink a Beer,” Lee Brice’s “I Drive Your Truck,” Cole Swindell’s “Chillin’ It,” and many more. During the ceremony, BMI also saluted the songwriters and publishers of the 50 most-performed country songs of the previous year.

For a complete list of 2014 BMI Country Awards winners, please visit www.bmi.com/country

Vince Gill’s High School Unveils Statue Of Him

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The students of Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City won’t soon forget that Vince Gill once attended there. There’s a huge statue of him out front.

Vince attended yesterday’s dedication of a 10-foot sculpture of him with his hands resting on a guitar balanced on its end. Alumni and students welcomed him back during a school assembly.

Photo: Vince Gill and sculptor Jack Nortz pose for photos at the unveiling of Gill’s statue on the Northwest Classen High School campus in Oklahoma City Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

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