004_4 - Copy The Grand Ole Opry has officially invited  Craig Morgan to become its newest member. The Opry extended the invitation to Morgan during a special concert at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The induction to the Opry will take place Saturday, Oct. 25.

Morgan’s concert at Fort Bragg was like a homecoming for him. He was stationed at the base as a member of the U.S. Army from 1990 to 1992. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division for ten years. Country singer John Conlee surprised Morgan with the invite, according to Morgan’s fan club letter. Conlee started out by asking Morgan where he planned on being Oct. 25. When he replied he didn’t know, Conlee told him he was going to be inducted as a member of the Opry.

Opry vice president and general manager Pete Fisher describes this as the perfect time to invite Morgan to be a member.

“Craig consistently displays such a high degree of quality and integrity in all he does, from serving our country, to making great Country Music, to his frequent performances at the Grand Ole Opry,” said Fisher to Morgan’s Web site. “Whether at a military institution or on the Opry stage, audiences admire his character and love his music. We look forward to welcoming him into the Opry family on October 25." Fisher said.

 

352391R1098A_98A_117 - Copy Big Kenny (Alphin), one-half of the country music duo Big & Rich, along with his wife, Christiev Alphin, hosted a National Geographic Live event last night (Saturday, Sept. 20). The event was held at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington, D.C., was taped for the National Geographis Music Channel program GeoSessions

The singer and his wife traveled to Sudan, to try to bring aid and riase awareness about the humanitarian crisis. They recorded their experiences in a documentary film called Bearing Light: A Journey to Sudan. The couple shared clips from the film, and Kenny performed a little of his music.

 

039_39 - Copy Randy Houser was briefly interviewed this morning on NASCAR Country USA. Randy talked about the release of his first album. We all thought it was going to be a self-titled album, simply called "Randy Houser." But, sometime between when we heard that, and now, the album title changed. Randy said this morning that the album will be titled "Anything Goes," which as we all know is the name if his debut single (which is climbing up the country charts, on to it’s way to number one, I’m sure).

It doesn’t matter to me what they call the new album, I’m sure I’ll be one of the first ones in line to pick up my copy when it hits the stores on Nov. 18. I think this kid has a very bright future ahead of him. If you ever get the chance to see him in concert, don’t miss it!

TKEITH In my last entry to this blog, I told you all that I was going to see Toby Keith’s movie, "Beer For My Horses." Before I saw it, I wrote this: Toby Keith’s movie has finally made it to a theater near me! I’ll be heading to Johnson City tomorrow night to check it out. I hope the story line is good, I can handle a little comedy, and what probably won’t be "Oscar nominated performances." But you have to admit — Toby Keith will definitely look good on the big screen. I’ll let you all know what I thought of the movie after I see it.

Now that I’ve seen it, I don’t have anything new to say. I didn’t see any Oscar nominated performances; the movie had some funny lines; there was a plot;  and Toby Keith definitely looks good on the big screen! It wasn’t a great movie, but it certainly wasn’t a bad movie either. It was entertaining – and that’s what movies are supposed to be. I love Toby Keith – I’ve been a fan of his for as long as he’s been singing (and acting). And if he does another movie, I’m sure I’ll be right there to see him in that one, too. For the record, I liked Broken Bridges better. But, I’m sure I’ll watch Beer for My  Horses again (when it gets on CMT or to DVD).

That’s all for now. Check back often to see what’s going on in the world of country music. And remember to check through the archives to see what you might have missed. Please keep writing, I like hearing form you all.

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The Grand Ole Opry has officially invited  Craig Morgan to become its newest member. The Opry extended the invitation to Morgan during a special concert at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The induction to the Opry will take place Saturday, Oct. 25. Morgan’s concert at Fort Bragg...