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Oct242014

Mariah & Nick's Kids Unaffected by Their Parents' Split, Says Nick

Angela Weiss/WireImageMariah Carey and Nick Cannon's marriage may be on the way to being over, but their split hasn't affected their twins at all, according to Nick.

Appearing on Friday's Meredith Vieira Show, Nick said of twins Moroccan and Monroe -- affectionately referred to as "dem babies" -- "They're just happy. They love mommy.  They love daddy."  That's because, as Nick explained, the kids are used to one of their parents or the other being gone for long periods of time.

"We have always been people who have been on the go, coming and going, their life hasn't changed one bit," Nick told Vieira. "We spend holidays together, we do everything that we are supposed to do together as a family."

Nick also decried the media's coverage of his and Mariah's marital issues, saying, "You know, the media, they can say whatever they want to say and obviously, because you are not giving them anything...they kind of create all these stories and make it way worse than it actually is." 

Asked to name a particular rumor that irks him, Nick said, "You know what I heard the other day? I heard that there's a family dispute over our eight dogs!"  He added that what's needed now is for him and Mariah to ignore the distractions and just be "focused on family and what's right and getting through these times and doing what's right for the kids, so that's just where we are."

The twins are currently with Mariah as she tours Asia.


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Friday
Oct242014

Lorde -- Big Surprise -- Wins Best New Zealand Act at 2014 MTV EMAs 

ABC/Lou RoccoThe 2014 MTV European Music Awards will be held on November 10, but some preliminary winners have already been announced.  Lorde is one of them.

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lorde has been named Best New Zealand Act at the MTV EMAs.  She now has the opportunity to compete against artists from many different countries in the Worldwide Act category.  That winner will be announced when the show airs on MTV from Glasgow, Scotland on November 10.  Among the competition: Justin Bieber, representing Canada, and Fifth Harmony, representing the U.S.

Voting for the final 10 nominees in the Worldwide Act category is open through October 30.  They'll be revealed on October 31.

Nicki Minaj is hosting this year's MTV EMAs and she'll also perform, along with Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Charli XCX, Kiesza, and Calvin Harris.


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Friday
Oct242014

Report: Orchestral Version of The Who's "Quadrophenia" Due Next Year

Geffen/Universal MusicPete Townshend is working on an orchestral version of The Who's classic 1973 rock opera Quadrophenia that will be released next year.  Information about the new project was reported on the official website of the London Oriana Choir, which recorded backing vocals for the album Thursday night at London's AIR Studios.

According to the message, Townshend will be featured on the record alongside famous British tenor Alfie Boe, with accompaniment from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  Pete's longtime partner, Rachel Fuller, was responsible for orchestrating the songs, with help from the choir's Martin Batchelar.

Townshend was in attendance for Thursday's recording session and reportedly told the choral group that he was "surprisingly pleased" its performance and excited about how the project is coming together.

A note on the choir's Twitter feed reports that a concert celebrating the orchestral Quadrophenia album's release is scheduled to be held at London's Royal Albert Hall on July 5, 2015, and that tickets for the show will go on sale early next year.

Incidentally, AIR Studios has been the site of recordings sessions for several of Townshend's solo albums, including Empty Glass, All the Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, and White City: A Novel.


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Friday
Oct242014

Ed Sheeran, One Direction, Coldplay to Perform at First-Ever BBC Music Awards

Credit: Ben WattsJust what we need: another music awards ceremony.  The first-ever BBC Music Awards will take place December 11 in London, the BBC announced, with One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Clean Bandit, and Calvin Harris among the artists scheduled to perform. 

"It's an incredible lineup and we're honored to be part of it," said Coldplay's Chris Martin.

Awards will be handed out in categories like Best British and Best International Artist of the Year, and the fan-voted Best Song of the Year.  The show will air live on BBC Radio 1 and 2.  So far, there are no plans to simulcast it in the U.S.

 
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Friday
Oct242014

Coldplay to Perform at BBC Music Awards

Image Courtesy of Atlantic RecordsThe inaugural BBC Music Awards will be held this year, and England's hottest rock band will be there to celebrate the occasion. Coldplay will be performing at the ceremony, along with One Direction, Ed Sheeran, DJ Calvin Harris, electronic group Clean Bandit, and singer-songwriter Paloma Faith.

"It's an incredible line-up and we're honored to be part of it," says Chris Martin.

Martin recently contributed to an all-star cover of The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" to celebrate the launch of BBC Music. Lorde, Brian May and Dave Grohl also appear in the tribute.

The shortlists for the BBC Music Awards will be announced in December. The winners will be revealed during the London ceremony December 11.


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Friday
Oct242014

Miranda Lambert's 7th Annual Cause for the Paws Event Raised More than $600,000

Image Courtesy Becky Fluke/SonyMusicMiranda Lambert's 7th Annual Cause for the Paws event raised more than $600,000 to help rescue dogs in need of forever homes. The event took place in Las Vegas in conjunction with Miranda's performance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival earlier this month. A VIP experience complete with a live and silent auction helped to boost proceeds.

Miranda says, "Getting to do what I love and help the cause that’s closest to my heart, and do it in Vegas; it doesn’t get any better.  With the money raised, I am looking forward to seeing lots of dogs find loving forever homes through adoption.”

The money raised will benefit Miranda's Mutt Nation Foundation and their ongoing projects, including the building of the Redemption Ranch, a new owned-and-operated shelter in Miranda's hometown of Tishomingo, OK opening November 22.


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Friday
Oct242014

Joan Jett Honored at Little Kids Rock Gala; Performed with Alice Cooper, Tommy James, Billie Joe Armstrong

Mark Jaworski Studios/Little Kids RockJoan Jett was the woman of the hour Thursday night at the sixth annual Little Kids Rock benefit gala, where she was honored with the organization's 2014 Rocker of the Year award.  The event, at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, was highlighted by a star-packed tribute to Jett that featured several performances by Joan herself.

The show's lineup included Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Tommy James, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt and saxophonist Jake Clemons, Social Distortion's Mike Ness and the Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz.  In addition, students from the Little Kids Rock's music-education programs took part in the performance.

All of the stars played songs that Jett and her band The Blackhearts recorded over their long career.  During the evening, Joan teamed up with James on a version of his classic hit "Crimson and Clover," duetted with Armstrong on a rendition "Don't Abuse Me" and sang "Be My Lover" with Cooper.  For the finale, the concert's entire lineup hit the stage to sing "I Love Rock 'n' Roll."

The gala also included the presentation of the Big Man of the Year award, an honor named after late E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons, which was bestowed on Clarence's nephew, Jake Clemons.  Jake then played a couple songs, including Clarence's 1985 solo hit "You're a Friend of Mine," with some of the Little Kids Rock students.

The benefit, which also included a memorabilia auction, raised about $1.5 million for the charity.  Little Kids Rock provides musical instruments and music lessons to young people in inner-city schools.

Here's a list of some of the gala's performances:

"I Hate Myself for Loving You" -- Cheap Trick
"Eye to Eye" -- Gary U.S. Bonds and Jake Clemons
"Victim of Circumstance" -- Brody Dalle
"Bad Reputation" -- Jesse Malin
"Little Liar" -- Darlene Love
"Love Is Pain" -- Mike Ness
"Crimson and Clover" -- Tommy James and Joan Jett
"Fake Friends" -- Kathleen Hannah with Ad-Rock
"Don't Abuse Me" -- Billie Joe Armstrong and Joan Jett
"Be My Lover" -- Alice Cooper and Joan Jett
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" -- Joan Jett with many others


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Friday
Oct242014

Sam Smith Sells Out NYC's Madison Square Garden & the Forum in L.A.

Capitol RecordsA year ago, nobody in the U.S. knew who Sam Smith was.  Now, he's managed to sell out shows in two of the country's most prestigious venues.

Sam put tickets for his U.S. tour on sale on Friday, and quickly sold out shows in New York City's Madison Square Garden and the Forum in Los Angeles. The British vocalist is quite excited about it. 

 

He tweeted: "MY MADISON SQUARE GARDEN SHOW JUST SOLD OUT IN 30MINUTES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!," followed by, "Sold out my first ARENA in LA!!!!"

A second show has been added in L.A. on January 29.  Sam's tour kicks off January 9 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The singer, who just announced that his new single will be "Like I Can," is nominated for two American Music Awards, and will perform on the show, airing November 23 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.  His name is also been mentioned repeatedly as a potential Grammy nominee; we'll find out if he is on December 5.


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Friday
Oct242014

Foo Fighters Release Washington, D.C. Inspired Track, "The Feast and the Famine"

Image Courtesy of Roswell Records/RCA RecordsAfter last week's Chicago-inspired song, "Something from Nothing," Foo Fighters have released the track from the Washington, D.C. episode of Sonic Highways, which premieres tonight on HBO at 11 p.m. ET. Entitled "The Feast and the Famine," the new song is faster-paced than "Something from Nothing" and embodies a more "classic" Foo Fighters sound.

"The Feast and the Famine" was recorded in Arlington, Virginia's Inner Ear Studio. Dave Grohl grew up in Virginia and was active in the '80s punk scene in neighboring D.C.

You can listen to "The Feast and the Famine" on the Foos' YouTube page. The song will appear on the Sonic Highways album, which will be released November 10.


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Friday
Oct242014

One Direction, Danny DeVito Get Surreal in the Desert with "Steal My Girl" Video

SYCO/ColumbiaOne Direction's video for "Steal My Girl" has just been released, and it shows once again that the guys definitely do not take themselves too seriously.

In the clip, Niall, Liam, Zayn, Harry, and Louis emerge from their trailer in the desert on the set of their video shoot, wondering where the director is.  That's when the pretentious director, played by actor/director DannyDeVito, pulls up in a car and starts talking about how he's going to help the guys take it to "the next level," declaring, "We're here in the name of art.  We're here to commit ourselves to a higher form of expression." 

"Today, we bring life to the desert!" he concludes, and then informs each member of the group what they'll be representing in the video: Harry will be Love, Niall will be Light, Liam will be Power, Louis will be Danger, and Zayn will be Mystery.   The director says, "First you have to destroy your inhibitions. First you destroy: then you create. Balls!"

Cut to a shot of Liam destroying a series of floating silver balls, which spell out the word "inhibition." Then things get really weird.  There are sumo wrestlers, a chimp, a marching band, dancing women, African tribesmen, cans of paint, a giant cage, balloons, hula hoops, women with parasols, and a rainstorm. 

When this whole Bizarro-world Cirque du Soleil spectacle is over, the director yells "Cut!," turns to the camera, shrugs and says, "That was all right."


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Friday
Oct242014

Courtney Love to Guest Star on New TV Drama

Image Courtesy of Universal Music GroupCourtney Love is adding to her television resume.  Earlier this year she earned a recurring role on the final season of the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, now comes word that the Hole frontwoman has landed a recurring role on a Fox drama.

Love will appear as a recurring guest star on the Fox show Empire, Variety reports. Empire is a music business drama starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. Love is set to play a rocker singed to Howard's record label. 

Love is no stranger to acting, as she earned a Golden Globe nomination for her role in the 1996 movie The People vs. Larry Flynt. She will also be starring in an opera in January.

Empire, which which comes from Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, is set to premiere in January 2015.


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Friday
Oct242014

Reba Explains How Little Big Town's New Album, "Pain Killer," Is Inspiring Her to Take Chances

Image Courtesy Starstruck EntertainmentReba is working with two of her closest friends, Tony Brown and James Stroud, to produce her upcoming studio album, but a new release from one of country's hottest acts has her thinking it's time to rock the boat and work with totally different people on future projects.

Reba says, "I did hear the new Little Big Town album. Yes.  So, yeah, now I’m considering it, yeah. I would love to kinda see what somebody else could do with me."

Little Big Town's just-released album, Pain Killer, really pushes the envelope when it comes to loud guitars and gritty song lyrics. Since Reba hasn't released an album since 2010, she wanted to work with familiar people on her next album.

Reba says, "It's comfortable, and it may be time for me to step out of comfort and go try some new stuff."

Look for Reba's new album to come out next year.


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Friday
Oct242014

Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is Luke Bryan's wife's name? ANSWER: Caroline.


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Friday
Oct242014

Backstreet Boys Set Sail Today on 2014 Fan Cruise: "It's a Blast," Says Nick Carter 

ABC/Lou RoccoEvery year, it seems, another act announces that it's starting their own fan cruise, but the Backstreet Boys have been doing it -- very successfully -- for several  years now.  This year's installment gets underway on Friday, and as usual, the guys have a lot of great activities planned for their fans.  According to Backstreet's Nick Carter, that the key to a successful fan cruise.

"You have to engage," he tells ABC News Radio.  "It's an opportunity to get really close to your fans and give them that opportunity that they don't really necessarily get. And we put on shows on the cruise, I mean, we're always trying to top ourselves and do something new."

And concerts aren't the only things fans get from the Boys on the cruise. There'll also be a Q&A session with the group, A.J. McLean is hosting a poker tournament, and Howie Dorough is hosting a blackjack tournament.  

"When people comes on the cruise, what goes on the cruise, stays on the cruise," Nick laughs. "No, it's a party. The fans come out, they get a room, we throw night parties, three nights in a row -- literally, people are crawling and limping off the cruise by the time they're done!"

The theme parties are always a highlight: this year, one night will see the boys hosting "Backstreet's Back Halloween Night: The Mummy's Revenge," while another night will be an "ABC" party -- which means "Anything But Clothes."  That's right: fans and the Boys will all attend the party wearing....something, just not actual clothing.  According to the group, trash bags, saran wrap and cardboard boxes are all possibilities.

The cruise sets sail from Miami on Friday for four days aboard the Carnival Ecstasy, returning on Monday.

"It's great," says Nick. "You go to the Caribbean, go swimming...events, it's a blast, you know?"  

Some of the bands that held their first-ever fan cruises over the past year include Train, Paramore and Matchbox Twenty.  So far, only Train has announced plans to do it again.


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Friday
Oct242014

Listen to Bette Midler Sing TLC's "Waterfalls"

Warner Bros. RecordsThe notion of Bette Midler covering a #1 hit by the '90s R&B supergroup TLC may not sound like a very good idea...but it turns out the Divine Miss M's version of "Waterfalls" is a lot better than you'd think.

Midler recorded the song for her upcoming album It's the Girls!, a tribute to great girl groups.  She's turned the tune -- a cautionary tale about the dangers of both drug dealing and of having casual sex during the height of the AIDS epidemic -- into a slow, mournful piano ballad.  She's also cut out the song's rap interlude, which was originally performed by the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

"Waterfalls" was #1 for seven weeks in 1995 and received two Grammy nominations.  It's considered TLC's signature tune.

On It's the Girls!, Bette also tackles songs made famous by The Shirelles, The Ronettes, The Chiffons, The Supremes, Martha & the Vandellas and more.  The album's due November 4.


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Friday
Oct242014

Joan Jett Helps Design Rocking New Hot Topic Apparel Collection

Business WireJoan Jett is helping Hot Topic celebrate its 25th anniversary by collaborating with the retailer and fashion designer Daang Goodman, founder of the TRIPP NYC company, to create a rockin' apparel line.  The Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic features clothing items that mix the punk-rock pioneer's own style and attitude with the gritty styles of downtown New York City.

The collection features eight pieces, among them a skinny jean with pleather laces and metal zippers, a belted twill jacket with lace-up sleeves, a pleather jacket with metal zippers, and a red-and-black sweater featuring a heart design.  Each item also includes a specially designed label -- a heart with lightning bolts inside it -- that combines the logos of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts logo and TRIPP NYC.

Joan can be seen modeling some of the clothes in a new YouTube video promoting the collection.  Jett and the Blackhearts' classic song "Bad Reputation" plays throughout the clip.

"Working with Daang and TRIPP NYC was effortless, as we approached this collection from the same fashion sensibility and DIY spirit," Jett says in a statement.  "I'm blown away by how the collection turned out -- these clothes are some of my favorite new additions to my closet."

Adds Goodman, "When I finally met Joan, I felt as if I'd known her forever, and was so excited to be working with her…I've been designing for a girl like Joan all of my life!  And I know the Hot Topic girl is going to love it!"

The new clothing line will go on sale starting November 4 at Hot Topic stores and via HotTopic.com.   Hot Topic also is launching a contest offering the chance to win the entire collection.


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Friday
Oct242014

Glen Campbell's Musical Legacy and Alzheimer's Disease Chronicled in New Film, "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me"

Image Courtesy of PCH FilmsGlen Campbell's Goodbye Tour is captured in the new documentary film, Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me, opening in select theaters Friday.  The movie chronicles Campbell's diagnosis with Alzheimer's Disease in 2011 and the 151 shows he played until the disease made it impossible for him to go on performing last year.

I'll Be Me doesn't shy away from showing the renowned singer/guitarist's descent into dementia, but it also serves as a reminder of the multi-platinum career that put Campbell in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005.

Scenes from The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour variety show on CBS and his acting role in the Western True Grit alongside John Wayne are included in the movie along with vintage performances of his signature hits "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and many more. The film also shines a light on Glen's role as a session guitarist on classic songs from The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and many more acts.

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and country stars Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Blake Shelton are among the celebrities singing Campbell's praises in I'll Be Me.  Footage of Glen's performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards is also included.

Glen's children, Ashley and Shannon, played in their father's band on The Goodbye Tour. Even though they knew their dad was a living legend, meeting his fans on the road made a huge impression on them.

Ashley tells ABC News Radio, "Just [to] hear their own stories of what the show meant to them, and what Glen Campbell means to them.  It was just so inspiring to know that my dad had inspired so many people. "

Campbell's wife, Kim, meanwhile, hopes I'll Be Me introduces Glen's music and legacy to an entirely new generation of fans.

She says, "A lot of people aren't even aware that he's one of the greatest guitar players that ever lived, and that he's played on so many hits before -- as part of the Wrecking Crew -- before he was ever a solo artist himself. He maybe didn't get the credit that he deserved for so many years. Now, I hope that this film will help people really understand how great of an artist he was."

To find out where Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me is playing in your area, go to GlenCampbellMovie.com.


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Friday
Oct242014

Author: "Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography" Will Show Piano Man "Really Is That Good Guy Everybody Wants Him to Be"

Crown Archetype/Random HouseIn 2011, Billy Joel pulled the plug on his planned autobiography, The Book of Joel, citing concerns that it was being marketed as a "salacious tell-all."  But much of the material destined for that memoir is being released on Tuesday, in the form of a new book called Billy Joel: The Definitive Biography.  The author, Fred Schruers, is the same guy who worked with Joel on the scrapped book, and he says this new one will confirm what the public already knows about the Piano Man: He's a decent guy.

Speaking to Newsday -- Billy's hometown paper -- Shruers says, "There's a reason he's...very well loved.  I don't think the public really wants to know the bad stuff, though it's in there.  They have their imaginings about Billy, and some of them are reflected by the reality.  He's had his bumps.  It's very hard to say this without sounding too Pollyanna-ish, but he really is that good guy that everyone wants him to be."

Schruers says the idea to write a Joel biography came about in 2012, when he ran into the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, and the two came to a "handshake agreement" that the author could proceed.  Not only that, but Billy gave Schruers permission to use all the material that he'd gathered for The Book of Joel for the project.  "'I'll help you out' was his phrase," Schruers tells Newsday.  The writer ended up using nearly 100 hours of interviews he'd done with Joel, as well as interviews he'd done with members of his inner circle over the years.

As for why Billy scrapped The Book of Joel in the first place -- even returning a seven-figure advance -- Schruers says the project simply came at a bad time in the singer's life.

"I don't think he hated what we had done together," says Schruers.  "But when your dad dies and you're going through a divorce, you're in hip pain and you're pretty emotionally battered, it's not something you want to talk about all the time in interviews.  You want more of a peak moment to put that book out."


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Friday
Oct242014

Christina Milian Dating Lil Wayne "That’s A Hot Mess," Says Toya Wright 

Image Courtesy Guzman/UniversalSo far, The Dream and Nivea have made it clear that they disapprove of Christina Milian and Lil Wayne's rumored relationship and now, Wayne's first wife, Toya Wright, is giving her thoughts on the matter.

During a recent interview with VladTV, Wright candidly revealed why she doesn't think alleged couple gave much thought into their actions. "I think that is a hot mess if you want my honest opinion. That’s just too much. I just don’t think that’s cool. There’s too many other women out there to date to date your son’s mother’s ex-husband’s girl," she says. "It’s too much."

Toya adds, "It’s a lot to explain to your kids. I feel Nivea on that."

Although Toya makes it a point to stay out of "Wayne’s love life unless it has something to do with my daughter," she just feels Milian and Wayne are complicating things. "I just think it’s too much. Just a mess," she sighs referring to the fact that Nivea and Milian both have kids with their respective ex-husband The Dream.

But what about love being blind? Toya chimes in: "True, you can’t help who you fall in love with, but you can avoid certain things before it even gets to that point."


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Friday
Oct242014

Reba's Father, Clark McEntire, Passes Away

Image Courtesy CMACondolences to Reba on the passing of her father, Clark McEntire. He died Thursday night in Coalgate, OK.

Reba posted the news on her Facebook page saying, "He had been in the nursing home for a while and we’re very thankful he is not suffering anymore. He was a born and bred cowboy through and through. He had been sick for 5 years. It makes total sense to me, he always told us kids never to run your horse to the barn. He was just taking his time to go on home."

Clark McEntire was born in Oklahoma on November 30, 1927 and went on to win the Rodeo World Championships in 1957, 1958 and 1961. He was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. He went on to play a major role in encouraging Reba to pursue a singing career when he told her she should sing the national anthem at the 1974 National Finals Rodeo. It was at that performance that recording artist Red Steagall discovered Reba.


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