Jamey Johnson: The Insider’s Outsider

By Robert K. Oermann © 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc. Jamey Johnson has a way of defying our expectations. At a time when it is harder than ever to sell full-length albums relative to single digital tracks, he has followed his Mercury Nashville Gold-certified That Lonesome Song with a [...] Read More

Justin Moore, Carrie Underwood: Christmas Time’s A-Comin’

Wrapping gifts. Spending time with the kids. Baking cookies. Eating cookies. If you’re doing any of that today, then you’re spending the holiday season much like some of your favorite stars. Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Justin Moore, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood — they’ve all got their traditions, just like you. Whether it means breaking open the eggnog or hiding presents, here’s what some of country music’s artists are thinking, planning or remembering at Christmas: Read More

Alabama’s Randy Owen Battling Cancer

Randy Owen, who entered the Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of the trend-setting band Alabama, is in treatment for prostate cancer, he told fans last weekend during a fan-club party in Ft. Payne. The presence of cancer was discovered during a regular doctor’s visit, and Randy underwent a comparatively new procedure in May to whip it. Randy’s Birmingham physician, Dr. Woody Fritz, referred him to a diagnostic center in Sarasota, Fla., where Dr. Ronald Wheeler performed high-intensity focused ultrasound on the cancer. The procedure essentially shakes the tumorous cells so violently, according to Science Daily, that the walls of the cells leak toxic fluid, and the body’s immune system springs into action to eradicate the cancer. Read More

Alabama’s Randy Owen Battling Cancer

Randy Owen, who entered the Country Music Hall of Fame as a member of the trend-setting band Alabama, is in treatment for prostate cancer, he told fans last weekend during a fan-club party in Ft. Payne. The presence of cancer was discovered during a regular doctor’s visit, and Randy underwent a comparatively new procedure in May to whip it. Randy’s Birmingham physician, Dr. Woody Fritz, referred him to a diagnostic center in Sarasota, Fla., where Dr. Ronald Wheeler performed high-intensity focused ultrasound on the cancer. The procedure essentially shakes the tumorous cells so violently, according to Science Daily, that the walls of the cells leak toxic fluid, and the body’s immune system springs into action to eradicate the cancer. Read More