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Country Icon Lynn Anderson Dies

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Country legend Lynn Anderson has passed away. The singer, who was best known for “(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden,” died yesterday of a heart attack while at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Hospital after being admitted for pneumonia. Lynn was 67 years old.

I had the pleasure of sitting next to Lynn Anderson on a flight to Las Vegas several years ago. She was a pleasure to chat with, and such a sweet person.

Lynn Anderson was truly a trailblazing legend and her peers in the both the performance and business community are sharing their personal memories of the icon.

“I was shocked and heartbroken today in learning of Lynn’s passing –and am praying God’s peace and love for Casey, Lisa and the entire family. I’m reminded of a lyric from “Rose Garden”…Along with the sunshine, there’s got to be a little rain sometime. For all of us in the creative musical family in Nashville that loved her—as well as a world of Lynn’s fans around the world—this is that rainy day.” – Brenda Lee

“Lynn is blooming on God’s Rose Garden now. We will miss her and remember her fondly. May she rest in peace.” – Dolly Parton

“I’m going to miss a good friend, Lynn Anderson. My thoughts & prayers are with her family. She was one of my favorites. Love you Lynn.” – Crystal Gayle

“I was lucky enough to sing with her once on the Opry. Rest in peace Lynn.” – Martina McBride

“I am extremely surprised and saddened by the news of Lynn Anderson’s passing. She and I had so much fun over the years teasing people and telling them we were brother and sister or sometimes even man and wife when they would ask. I could always get a rise out of her when I would say, ‘Actually, Lynn is my mother!’ Trust me, she always had a sharp comeback! Rest in peace my talented and special ‘kin.’ Love you always.” – Bill Anderson

“I’m extremely saddened to hear of the passing of the great Lynn Anderson. She was not only a legendary country music artist, but she was a very sweet lady. She was extremely nice to me and always a pleasure to talk with. She will be missed by fans and all who knew her!” – Travis Tritt

“We’ve lost another Icon in country music. I had the chance to share the stage with Lynn Anderson on numerous occasions.. Condolences go out to her family and all the fans who loved her.” – Tracy Lawrence

“Lynn Anderson sure made her mark in country music! Watching her sign for fans at CMA Fest showed the devotion she continued to have with her fans. I’m so honored that my family and I got to meet and talk to her on different occasions. She will be missed.” – Ashton Shepherd

“We lost a sweet friend today. RIP Lynn Anderson. Now you have a heavenly rose garden” – The Martins

“An international star who never abandoned her country roots or love for Nashville, Lynn Anderson was among the first women in country music to find a home on pop radio. How appropriate it is that her last album, a venture into the world of gospel is titled ‘Bridges’. She will be missed by her many friends and fans. My condolences to her family, including her partner of 45 years, my brother, song writer Mentor Williams.” – Paul Williams

“God’s choir grew greater today when my friend music Legend Lynn Anderson left to perform on the greatest stage of all.” – TG Sheppard

“Thoughts & prayers going out to Lynn Anderson’s family.” – Kix Brooks

“We lost a Great Country singer today. Lynn Anderson will be missed!” – Neal McCoy

“I’m really, truly sad to hear that Lynn Anderson has passed. She was really something.” – Chely Wright

“She was a lifelong friend through both of our struggles and all of our victories. I know she’s singing glories with Jesus now. She will be greatly missed.” – Lulu Roman

“God bless Lynn Anderson who passed away. 67 is too young. Thank you for the great music.” – Blair Garner

“Country music has lost a true legend in Lynn Anderson. It was a pleasure working with her and being able to call her a friend. Rest well my friend among the ‘Rose Garden'” – Eddie Robba – Catch This Music

“Shocked at the sad news. Lynn Anderson was a true Champion and ambassador for Country Music and my friend taught me to ride cutting horses.” – Storme Warren

CMA Songwriters Series Returns to Windy City

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The CMA Songwriters Series returns to Chicago at Joe’s Bar Thursday, July 30th (8:30 PM/CT, doors at 7:00 PM/CT). Celebrating the stories behind Country Music’s greatest hits, this CMA Songwriters Series features songwriter and host Brett James performing alongside Jim Collins and Lee Thomas Miller.

The CMA Songwriters Series is in its 11th season and second decade, kicking off the first shows of 2015 at the world famous Sundance Film Festival and continuing with shows in London, Nashville, and Washington, D.C. 2015 will also see the taping of a CMA Songwriters Series in Toronto to air on CMT Canada as well as the continued partnership with public television’s “Front and Center” to present the CMA Songwriters Series on U.S. television.

Tickets for the July 30 CMA Songwriters Series at Joe’s Bar are on sale now. To order tickets, visit CMASongwritersSeries.com, ticketweb.com, or the onsite box office at Joe’s Bar open daily between the hours of 10:00 AM and 10:00 PM/CT. Joe’s Bar is located at 940 W. Weed St. in Chicago. JOE’S IS A 21 AND OLDER VENUE. You must be 21+ to attend all shows and events.

For more information on the CMA Songwriters Series, visit CMAsongwritersseries.com.

Carrie, FGL, Luke, Sam, and Hunter Fight for Teen Choice Awards

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The second round of Teen Choice nominees has been announced, and some of country music’s biggest stars are up for Choice Country Song. Hurry, voting ends Friday, July 24 at 12PM PST!

Choice Country Song

Carrie Underwood, “Little Toy Guns”
Florida Georgia Line, “Sippin’ On Fire”

Hunter Hayes, “21”

Luke Bryan, “Kick the Dust Up”

Megan & Liz, “That Ghost”

Sam Hunt, “Take Your Time”

Click here to vote. The Teen Choice Awards air Sunday, August 16th at 8/7c on Fox.

Les Paul Award Given To Belmont University

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Gibson Guitars is donating $100,000 to Belmont University in Nashville to honor Les Paul. The Les Paul Music Innovation Award will be used to fund research to innovate music. The 100th anniversary of Paul’s birth was yesterday. Besides being a musician, Paul created the electric solid body guitar, multitrack recording and many other music innovations.

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