Author Archives: Jeff Winfield

Marty Stuart and Hank Jr to join Country Hall of Fame

Marty Stuart and Hank Jr to join Country Hall of Fame

The COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION revealed this morning that DEAN DILLON, MARTY STUART and HANK WILLIAMS JR. will be this year’s inductees into the COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME. DILLON, a writer/artist who has penned 10 #1 hits for GEORGE STRAIT, and additional hits for KENNY CHESNEY, VERN GOSDIN, TOBY KEITH and others, will be inducted…Read more »

No UNI Football this Fall

No UNI Football this Fall

The Missouri Valley Football Conference announced the cancellation of the 2020 fall season.  The plan as it stands now is to try to play a season in the spring with March, April, and May as the target months. UNI fans who have already purchased season tickets can transfer their tickets to the spring season, transfer…Read more »

Garth says “No” to Entertainer of the Year

Garth says “No” to Entertainer of the Year

When I heard Garth was holding a press conference, I was thinking new music, or perhaps a new world tour after the pandemic.  So it was somewhat surprising that Garth simply announced that he does not wish to be considered for the CMA Entertainer of the Year award. Okay? Garth is arguably one of the…Read more »

Iowa Hawkeye to Country stardom?

Iowa Hawkeye to Country stardom?

Dalles Jacobus is senior on the Iowa Football team, he played his high school football at Cedar Rapids Kennedy.  He never set out to be a country singer-songwriter but after a back injury his sophomore year, he picked up a guitar and suddenly is gaining momentum. His influences include George Strait and Tracy Lawrence which…Read more »

Charlie Daniels funeral

Charlie Daniels funeral

The funeral for Charlie Daniels was held earlier today at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Daniels, a member of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, died Monday morning after having a stroke. He was 83.  He is survived by his wife Hazel and son Charlie Daniels Jr. The service was…Read more »

RIP Charlie Daniels

RIP Charlie Daniels

Sad news today as Country Music Hall of Famer Charlie Daniels passed away in Hermitage, TN from a hemorrhagic stroke. He was 83. Daniels was a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist known for his contributions to Southern rock and bluegrass in addition to country and was best known for his chart-topper, “The Devil Went Down To…Read more »

2020 Irish Fest Cancelled due to COVID-19

2020 Irish Fest Cancelled due to COVID-19

WATERLOO, Iowa — Iowa Irish Fest organizers announced today that they will cancel the 2020 Iowa Irish Fest scheduled for July 31-Aug. 2 in downtown Waterloo. “Yesterday, Gov. Reynolds extended the emergency declaration through July 25, which calls for social distancing,” said Chad Shipman, Iowa Irish Fest director. “This declaration end-date may possibly be extended…Read more »

Trisha Yearwood & The Judds to Hollywood Walk of Fame

Trisha Yearwood & The Judds to Hollywood Walk of Fame

3 Country superstars are among the 2021 class of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Congratulations to Trisha Yearwood and The Judds for earning their star on the famed boulevard. Trisha burst onto the music scene in 1991 with “She’s in Love With the Boy”, her first #1 record.  She’s gone on to record 19 Top…Read more »

Happy Birthday Blake Shelton!

Happy Birthday Blake Shelton!

Born on June 18th, 1976 in Ada, Oklahoma, Blake is arguably one of the biggest stars in Country music.  His debut song “Austin” spent 5 weeks at #1 and his platinum selling debut album also featured the Hank classic “Ol Red”.  Since then, Blake has charted 40 hit songs, including an incredible 27 number ones.…Read more »