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David Kroll Interviews Hailey Whitters

  David Kroll chats with Hailey Whitters . They talked about her Grand Ole Opry performances, singing with Trisha Yearwood and, of course, returning to her home state of Iowa to open for Phil Vassar. […]

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  • Pfizer begins testing omicron-matched COVID shots in adults
    (AP)- Pfizer and BioNTech have begun studying a COVID-19 vaccine tweaked to match to the omicron variant in healthy adults. COVID-19 vaccine makers have been updating their shots in case global health authorities decide a change is
  • National Guard sees troops reupping despite COVID, hard year
    Washington (AP) — All over the U.S., state National Guard units are seeing dramatic reenlistment rates, even as their troops juggle near-constant duties with COVID-19, natural disasters, and other military deployments. For some, it’s a job that
  • More out-of-state women coming to Illinois for abortions
    Chicago (AP) — The number of women from out-of-state who have come to Illinois to have an abortion is climbing. The Chicago Tribune reports that the most recent state health department data shows that nearly 9,700 out-of-state
  • Seventh Iowan charged in January 6th Capitol Riot
    Sioux City, IA-  Authorities have identified a Sioux City man as the seventh Iowan involved in the January 6th, 2021 riot at the US Capitol. The Des Moines Register reports that Kenneth Rader was charged Tuesday, January

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  • Popular Songwriter Hugh Prestwood Saved From Homelessness by Viral Fundraising Campaign
    Hugh Prestwood is known for writing songs, including Trisha Yearwood’s “The Song Remembers When,” Shenandoah’s “Ghost in This House,” and Randy Travis’ “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart.” He’s a Nashville Songwriters’ Hall of Fame member and taught Advanced Songwriting at Manhattan’s New School. By all accounts, his career is a success. He thought he... […]
  • Dolly Parton Reveals Baking Line of Cake Mixes and More
    Dolly Parton has always told stories about her love of baking, and now she’s sharing that passion with her fans. Parton has teamed with Duncan Hines to launch Dolly’s Southern Favorites in March. The products include a variety of baking mixes and frostings inspired by Parton family recipes, a tea towel, a spatula, recipe cards... […]
  • Lauren Alaina Says “I’m. Not. Well.” Ahead of February Opry Induction
    Lauren Alaina said she was in shock for weeks after Trisha Yearwood surprised her with an invitation to join The Grand Ole Opry in December. Yearwood will help make Alaina’s membership official during her induction ceremony on Feb. 12. “I wish I could tell this sweet, young girl that stepped in that circle for the... […]
  • Taylor Swift Gets Apology from British Rocker Damon Albarn
    British rocker Damon Albarn triggered a social media frenzy on Monday when quotes about Taylor Swift taken from his Los Angeles Times’ story went viral. The paper quoted Albarn as saying that Swift doesn’t write her own songs – a statement to which she, her collaborators and her fans took great offense. Now Albarn says... […]
  • Taylor Swift Fires Back at Damon Albarn After Songwriting Insult
    Taylor Swift is hitting back. Damon Albarn, the lead singer for British band Blur, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story on Sunday accusing Swift of not writing her own songs. “She doesn’t write her own songs,” he stated as a matter of fact. When the story’s writer pointed out that Swift co-wrote many... […]
  • Shenandoah Shares Top 5 Memories From 35 Years
    Country group Shenandoah has built a career on hit songs including “Two Dozen Roses,” “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You Next to Me.” In 2022, the band is celebrating its three-and-a-half decades in country music with a sweeping months-long “35th Anniversary Tour” that will carry the group from Florida to Oregon over nine... […]
  • Thomas Rhett Reveals Summer Tour with Parker McCollum and Conner Smith
    Thomas Rhett is going on tour this summer and he’s taking Parker McCollum and Conner Smith with him. Thomas Rhett’s Bring the Bar to You Tour will launch June 17 in New Hampshire and zigzag across the country visiting 30 cities along the way to conclude in Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 15. View this post on... […]
  • CMT Premiere: Robby Johnson details heartbreak in “Tryin’ To Get Over You’’
    Robby Johnson details heartbreak in his new song and video “Tryin’ To Get Over You.” Written by Johnson and Danny Rader, “Tryin’ To Get Over You” follows a guy trying to drown his heartbreak at a bar while his ex moves on with her life. “The video shows exactly what’s underlined in the lyrics of... […]