I told you all a while back about Merle Haggard’s recent lung surgery in a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital. His doctor had found a non-small cell lung cancer during a previous biopsy. This type of cancer has a much better cure rate than the small cell cancer.
Merle is now recovering from the surgery, and was released from the hospital this past Saturday night. Merle said he’s feeling good… "better and better each day."
He gives a lot of credit to Theresa, and said, "If not for the love and wisdom of my wife, I might not be around today."
We’re all glad to hear that he’s feeling better.
Reba McIntire has left MCA Nashville, and has signed with Valory Music Company. Valory is a sister company to Big Machine Records, who has produced a number of Reba’s albums in the 1990s;. Emerson Drive, Jewel and Jimmy Wanye also record for Valory. Reba’s first single for the label will be out in the spring, and the album is set for release in the summer of 2009.
While we’re all sitting back in our easy chairs, probably watching the pre-show activities with Craig Morgan and Julianne Hough, and waiting for the 42nd annual CMA Awards to come on – Here are the nominees for the upcoming 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards. (By the way, didn’t Craig Morgan look great tonight?)
Nominated in the music categories are Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley and Chris brown for Favorite Male Singer; Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keys and Rihanna for Favorite Female Singer; Rascal Flatts, Coldplay and Maroon 5 for Favorite Group; and "Last Name," by Carrie Underwood, "Love Story," by Taylor Swift, and "Take Me There," by Rascal Flatts for "Favorite Country Song.
The People’s Choice awards will be broadcast live on CBS on Jan. 7. 2009.; Queen Latifah is going to be the host for this one, which will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
John Michael Montgomery has signed a deal with Sticks & Stones, where he will co-host the media company’s Outdoor Adventures TV Show. Sticks & Stones publishes Outdoor Adventures Magazine. John Michael is an avid outdoorsman and marksman. He will join Mark Miller and Trepp Nagel in the hosting duties for the 52-week, year-long television show. The show is expected to begin airing in January 2009.
That’s all for now – go enjoy the CMA Award show. Do you have the winners picked? Let me know what you think of the choices the "experts" made after you see the show tonight. And, let me know what you think of awards shows. Do we need them? Do they really tell us who is the best performer, or who has recorded the best songs? Or is that determined by CD sales, ticket sales and requests at radio stations. I have my thoughts on the subject, but I’d love to hear what you think. (If you’d like to learn a little more abut the Country Music Association, just click on the blue "CMA Award" above.)
Drop me a line whenever you have time. Love hearing form you all! Take care! Have a great Thursday!