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“American Idol” Goes Country and Keith Urban Gets Booed

Keith Urban got his first boos as a judge on “American Idol” last night. He was booed for saying Alex Preston failed to dominate with his version of “Animal.” He got booed again for saying he hated the arrangement Jessica Meuse gave to “Jolene.”

Jennifer Lopez got what she calls “goosies” twice last night: once for Sam Woolf on “It’s Time” and once for Jena Irene’s version of “So Small.” The judges had just lukewarm marks for CJ Harris. They were practically giving high-fives to Caleb Johnson for losing his microphone stand but still managing to stay on the beat on “Sting Me.”


Danielle Bradbery to Perform at Memorial Day Concert in Washington

Danielle Bradbery

Danielle Bradbery from “The Voice” and Jackie Evancho will be part of the entertainment for the national Memorial Day celebration in Washington.

They will be joined by Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty, tenor Anthony Kearns, TV bandleader Doc Severinsen and the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert will air live on PBS on May 25.

Oak Ridge Boys’ Duane Allen Receives Memorial Bridge Honor

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On Tues. Apr. 15, 2014, Oak Ridge Boys’ award-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Duane Allen, paid a visit to his hometown in the Cunningham Community near Paris, TX, where a bridge and road have been dedicated in his name. The singer’s family also made the trip to the Red River Valley Veterans Memorial in Paris, TX to support the memorial and honor military family members.

Duane and his family began their day with a tour of Red River Valley Veterans Memorial.  During their visit, The Allen family donated a granite bench with markers in the Memorial to honor their family members who have served in the armed forces. “It was a very special event, and I encourage all of you to visit this wonderful place that pays tribute to Veterans of all wars that have served our country,” stated Oak Ridge Boys’ singer.

Following the Veterans Memorial, the Allen family traveled to Lamar County, where the bridge and road dedication ceremony was presented by Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville, and elected County Commissioner for Pct. 1, Lawrence Malone.  The ‘Duane Allen Memorial Bridge’ crosses Big Sandy Creek and is located just a few hundred yards away from where Allen was born.  Two blue signs reading ‘Duane Allen Road’ were placed on each end of the County Road.  At Duane’s request, the new signs were placed in conjunction with the previous road signs, so local residents will not have to change their address.

“This is a very special honor to me; It means more to me than if it were to be the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Duane Allen, when describing how special the honor is to him and his family. The bridge crosses the creek that ran through the middle of the Allen family farm where he grew up picking cotton as a young boy.  Duane said he has vivid memories of learning to fish and swim in Big Sandy Creek, and bike-riding over the bridge each day on his way to school. “I did not know until our bus turned down the small road that the bridge was on ‘our’ road; it was a complete surprise. I thought it would be south of our place, but when we turned down ‘our’ road, now named the “Duane Allen Road,” my stomach just about came out of my body. I was so thrilled that I did not have the proper words to express myself. I was still emotionally charged when I tried to speak.”

Following the ceremony, the Cunningham Community Center held a private celebratory pot-luck for Duane, his family, and hometown friends.  This gave Duane time to visit, sing, and answer questions with his family, and reminisce in the town that his gift of music began.

“I’m wishing April 15, 2014 to be a wonderful and happy celebration for you and your family. As you walk over the bridge, let all your worries be water under the bridge.  Have a safe journey my friend.” stated proud fellow Oak Ridge Boy, William Lee Golden, after learning of the honor to Allen.

Duane Allen joined the Oak Ridge Boys 48 years ago in 1966. Since then, the group has scored 12 gold, three platinum, and one double platinum album—plus one double platinum single—and had more than a dozen national number one singles and over 30 top ten hits. The Oaks’ legendary career has gone on for 6 decades, encompasses more than 41 million albums sold, and includes numerous iconic hit singles such as “Elvira,” “American Made,” and “Y’all Come Back Saloon.” Currently, The Oak Ridge Boys are touring the United States, and released their first ever LIVE country hits album on Tuesday, Apr. 15, the day of the bridge & road naming ceremony.

Pictured L-R: Martha Shannon (Duane’s sister); Duane; Norah Lee Allen; Dee Allen (son); Tallant Martin (front row), Kell Martin, and March Martin (grandchildren), Joy Allen (sister-in-law), Texas Martin (granddaughter); Jamie Allen Martin (daughter), Paul Martin (son-in-law), and Fred Allen (Duane’s brother).

Pictured L-R: Martha Shannon (Duane’s sister); Duane; Norah Lee Allen; Dee Allen (son); Tallant Martin (front row), Kell Martin, and March Martin (grandchildren), Joy Allen (sister-in-law), Texas Martin (granddaughter); Jamie Allen Martin (daughter), Paul Martin (son-in-law), and Fred Allen (Duane’s brother).

Barry Gibb Sells Johnny Cash Property

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The Tennessean is reporting that Barry Gibb and his wife, Linda, have sold the Johnny Cash property to a limited liability company for $2 million. They bought the property in $2.3 million in 2006. The Cashes lived there for more than 40 years.

The Gibbs had planned to renovate the property and were almost done with the project when it caught fire and destroyed the house. The Gibbs had announced plans to build a new house and preserve the original foundations of the home.

Carrie Underwood Named as One of TIMES 100 Most Influential People

Carrie Underwood

TIME has named six-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood to the TIME 100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.  The full list and related tributes appear in the May 5 issue of TIME, available on newsstands and tablets on Friday, April 25, and now at

Carrie will also headline a performance as part of the TIME 100 Gala to be held on April 29 at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City.  The black-tie dinner will include present and past recipients of most influential list.

The TIME 100 features pairings of the influentials and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them.  Carrie’s longtime friend Brad Paisley serves as the guest writer for her profile in this year’s issue.  He shares, “Not only has she earned her place [in country music], she’s raised the bar: a prolific songwriter, a trend-setter, and an Opry member.  But it’s her decency as a person that is so impressive.”

The list, now in its 11th year, recognizes the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.  As TIME has described the list in the past, “The TIME 100 is not a list of the most powerful people in the world, it’s not a list of the smartest people in the world, it’s a list of the most influential people in the world. They’re scientists, they’re thinkers, they’re philosophers, they’re leaders, they’re icons, they’re artists, they’re visionaries.  People who are using their ideas, their visions, their actions to transform the world and have an effect on a multitude of people.”

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