KXFN is a commercial AM radio station in St. Louis, Missouri, it is owned by the Salem Media Group and airs a conservative talk radio format known as "1380 AM and 105.3 FM, The Answer." The station has a colorful history as a Top 40 station KWK. Most of the current schedule is made up of syndicated talk hosts from the Salem Radio Network, including Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, Larry Elder and Joe Walsh plus independently syndicated Dana Loesch. KXFN employs separate nighttime transmitter sites. Listeners in St. Louis and its adjacent communities can hear KXFN programming on an FM translator station, 105.3 K287BY. The station is among the oldest in St. Louis, it began broadcasting as KFVE, licensed to the Film Corporation of America in St. Louis. In November 1927 it changed its call sign to KWK. At first, KWK was a affiliate of the NBC Blue Network. KWK had its offices and studios in The Chase Park Plaza Hotel, it was the Mutual Broadcasting System affiliate in St. Louis until August 1969, when the station switched from adult standards to an R&B format.
KWK's claim to national fame was a film clip where a disc jockey at the station is seen smashing one of Elvis Presley's records and declaring "Rock and roll has got to go!" It was a clear sign. This clip can be seen in the 1981 film "This Is Elvis." On July 31, 1973, the station went off the air until November 1, 1978, when it returned as a Top 40 station, in March 1979, it began simulcasting with its co-owned FM station, 106.5 WWWK-FM. In June 1984, KWK became an oldies station; the call letters stood for "Gold." On January 1, 1992, KGLD changed to all-sports radio KASP. The station went back to simulcasting with WKBQ-FM in 1993. In December 1994, the station flipped to hot talk as "Straight Talk 1380." Programming on "Straight Talk" included Steve & DC in mornings, The Fabulous Sports Babe, Ken Hamblin, Tom Leykis and Jim Bohannon. On February 22, 1995, the station changed call letters to KRAM, shortly after the Los Angeles Rams football team re-located to St. Louis. On March 21, 1996, 1380 AM returned to simulcasting WKBQ-FM, switching its call sign to WKBQ.
That November, Emmis Communications bought it in a deal with WKBQ-FM and WKKX. Emmis donated the station to a ministry, which changed the call letters to KKWK, with a short lived urban talk format. KKWK switched to a jazz format with new KZJZ call letters adopted on September 1, 1998. KZJZ played classic jazz, had a full-time air staff, won a Marconi Award. Having low advertising revenues, the station switched to a satellite-run Southern Gospel format as KSLG in November 1999. KSLG switched back to sports in 2004 carrying Sporting News Radio programming, switched to ESPN Radio. On December 3, 2007, KSLG switched affiliations from ESPN to Fox Sports Radio with the "Team 1380" branding. On July 1, 2010, "Grand Slam Sports", owner of fellow St. Louis sports station 590 KFNS, announced its intention to purchase KSLG pending FCC approval, it began managing the station under a local marketing agreement. This resulted in the return of the syndicated "Jim Rome Show" to the St. Louis market after an absence of a year.
On June 20, 2012, KSLG changed its call letters to KXFN with the FN referring to "Fan," similar to co-owned 590 KFNS. Citing increased competition and declining ratings, KXFN changed its format in May 2013 to a female-oriented talk format, branded as "1380 The Woman." Concurrently, KFNS switched to a male-focused hot talk/comedy format as "590 The Man". The dual-format experiment was a failure for both stations. Less than ten months KXFN dropped its talk format to carry Yahoo! Sports Radio, but on April 1, 2014, it assumed much of KFNS's hot talk format and airstaff as "1380 The X, Xtreme Talk Radio." KFNS retained the "Man" nickname. For several months, KFNS and KXFN staffers were publicly critical of station management. There was on-air sparring between hosts, a physical altercation between KFNS's morning host and the station manager. On October 1, 2014, KXFN changed to a music/talk format with multiple styles of shows, offering music of different genres as well as comedy talk content; that lasted until the following March, when TalkSTL.com began leasing the airtime on KXFN, once again restoring the previous sports talk format.
By that December, TalkSTL.com's parent company, Markel Radio Group and began programming KFNS, which had fallen silent the previous November after "Grand Slam Sports" went into bankruptcy. Markel created as a new version of "590 The Fan." After a brief simulcast on both stations, KXFN fell silent on December 19, 2015. On August 1, 2016, the Salem Media Group announced the $190,000 purchase of KXFN through "Grand Slam Sports" bankruptcy receiver Detalus Consulting, pairing it with purchased and relaunched 1260 WSDZ. Salem was able to secure FM translators for KXFN and WSDZ as part of the FCC's AM Revitalization Translator Waiver Period. On January 6, 2017, KXFN returned to the air and launched a health and wellness talk format, branded as "1380 The Pulse", but the health talk format lasted less than a year. On October 16, 2017, KXFN changed to conservative talk, branded as "The Answer." WSDZ, carrying Salem's conservative talk line-up, flipped to urban gospel. Query the FCC's AM station
Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock is the capital and most populous city of the U. S. state of Arkansas. It is the county seat of Pulaski County, it was incorporated on November 7, 1831, on the south bank of the Arkansas River close to the state's geographic center. The city derives its name from a rock formation along the river, named the "Little Rock" by the French explorer Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe in the 1720s; the capital of the Arkansas Territory was moved to Little Rock from Arkansas Post in 1821. The city's population was 198,541 in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau; the six-county Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area is ranked 78th in terms of population in the United States with 738,344 residents according to the 2017 estimate by the United States Census Bureau. Little Rock is a cultural, economic and transportation center within Arkansas and the South. Several cultural institutions are in Little Rock, such as the Arkansas Arts Center, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, in addition to hiking and other outdoor recreational opportunities.
Little Rock's history is available through history museums, historic districts or neighborhoods like the Quapaw Quarter, historic sites such as Little Rock Central High School. The city is the headquarters of Dillard's, Windstream Communications, Stephens Inc. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Heifer International, the Clinton Foundation, the Rose Law Firm, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Other corporations, such as Dassault Falcon Jet, LM Wind Power, Simmons Bank, Euronet Worldwide, AT&T, Entergy have large operations in the city. State government is a large employer, with many offices downtown. Two major Interstate highways, Interstate 30 and Interstate 40, meet in Little Rock, with the Port of Little Rock serving as a shipping hub. Little Rock derives its name from a small rock formation on the south bank of the Arkansas River called the "Little Rock"; the Little Rock was used by early river traffic as a landmark and became a well-known river crossing. The Little Rock is across the river from The Big Rock, a large bluff at the edge of the river, once used as a rock quarry.
Archeological artifacts provide evidence of Native Americans inhabiting Central Arkansas for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. The early inhabitants may have been the Folsom people, Bluff Dwellers, Mississippian culture peoples who built earthwork mounds recorded in 1541 by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto. Historical tribes of the area were the Caddo, Osage and Cherokee. Little Rock was named for a stone outcropping on the bank of the Arkansas River used by early travelers as a landmark, it was named in 1722 by French explorer and trader Jean-Baptiste Bénard de la Harpe, marked the transition from the flat Mississippi Delta region to the Ouachita Mountain foothills. Travelers referred to the area as the "Little Rock." Though there was an effort to name the city "Arkopolis" upon its founding in the 1820s, that name did appear on a few maps made by the US Geological Survey, the name Little Rock is what stuck. Little Rock is located at 34°44′10″N 92°19′52″W. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 116.8 square miles, of which 116.2 square miles is land and 0.6 square miles is water.
Little Rock is located on the south bank of the Arkansas River in Central Arkansas. Fourche Creek and Rock Creek run through the city, flow into the river; the western part of the city is located in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains. Northwest of the city limits are Pinnacle Mountain and Lake Maumelle, which provides Little Rock's drinking water; the city of North Little Rock is located just across the river from Little Rock, but it is a separate city. North Little Rock was once the 8th ward of Little Rock. An Arkansas Supreme Court decision on February 6, 1904, allowed the ward to merge with the neighboring town of North Little Rock; the merged town renamed itself Argenta, but returned to its original name in October 1917. The 2017 U. S. Census population estimate for the Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR Metropolitan Statistical Area was 738,344; the MSA covers the following counties: Pulaski, Grant, Lonoke and Saline. The largest cities are Little Rock, North Little Rock, Jacksonville, Sherwood, Cabot and Bryant.
Little Rock lies in the humid subtropical climate zone, with hot, humid summers and cool winters, with little snow. It has experienced temperatures as low as −12 °F, recorded on February 12, 1899, as high as 114 °F, recorded on August 3, 2011; as of the 2005–2007 American Community Survey conducted by the U. S. Census Bureau, White Americans made up 52.7% of Little Rock's population. Blacks or African Americans made up 42.1% of Little Rock's population, with 42.0% being non-Hispanic blacks. American Indians made up 0.4% of Little Rock's population while Asian Americans made up 2.1% of the city's population. Pacific Islander Americans made up less than 0.1% of the city's population. Individuals from some other race made up 1.2% of the city's population. Individuals from two or more races made up 1.4% of the city's population. In addition and Latinos made up 4.7% of Little Rock's population. As of the 2010 census, there were 193,524 people, 82,018 households, 47,799 families residing in the city; the population density was 1,576.0 people p
Chicago the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois, as well as the third most populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,716,450, it is the most populous city in the Midwest. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area referred to as Chicagoland, the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States; the metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States, the fourth largest in North America and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area. Located on the shores of freshwater Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed and grew in the mid-nineteenth century. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed several square miles and left more than 100,000 homeless, the city made a concerted effort to rebuild; the construction boom accelerated population growth throughout the following decades, by 1900 Chicago was the fifth largest city in the world.
Chicago made noted contributions to urban planning and zoning standards, including new construction styles, the development of the City Beautiful Movement, the steel-framed skyscraper. Chicago is an international hub for finance, commerce, technology, telecommunications, transportation, it is the site of the creation of the first standardized futures contracts at the Chicago Board of Trade, which today is the largest and most diverse derivatives market gobally, generating 20% of all volume in commodities and financial futures. O'Hare International Airport is the one of the busiest airports in the world, the region has the largest number of U. S. highways and greatest amount of railroad freight. In 2012, Chicago was listed as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, it ranked seventh in the entire world in the 2017 Global Cities Index; the Chicago area has one of the highest gross domestic products in the world, generating $680 billion in 2017. In addition, the city has one of the world's most diversified and balanced economies, not being dependent on any one industry, with no single industry employing more than 14% of the workforce.
Chicago's 58 million domestic and international visitors in 2018, made it the second most visited city in the nation, behind New York City's approximate 65 million visitors. The city ranked first place in the 2018 Time Out City Life Index, a global quality of life survey of 15,000 people in 32 cities. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis Tower, Grant Park, the Museum of Science and Industry, Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago's culture includes the visual arts, film, comedy and music jazz, soul, hip-hop and electronic dance music including house music. Of the area's many colleges and universities, the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago are classified as "highest research" doctoral universities. Chicago has professional sports teams in each of the major professional leagues, including two Major League Baseball teams; the name "Chicago" is derived from a French rendering of the indigenous Miami-Illinois word shikaakwa for a wild relative of the onion, known to botanists as Allium tricoccum and known more as ramps.
The first known reference to the site of the current city of Chicago as "Checagou" was by Robert de LaSalle around 1679 in a memoir. Henri Joutel, in his journal of 1688, noted that the eponymous wild "garlic" grew abundantly in the area. According to his diary of late September 1687:...when we arrived at the said place called "Chicagou" which, according to what we were able to learn of it, has taken this name because of the quantity of garlic which grows in the forests in this region. The city has had several nicknames throughout its history such as the Windy City, Chi-Town, Second City, the City of the Big Shoulders, which refers to the city's numerous skyscrapers and high-rises. In the mid-18th century, the area was inhabited by a Native American tribe known as the Potawatomi, who had taken the place of the Miami and Sauk and Fox peoples; the first known non-indigenous permanent settler in Chicago was Jean Baptiste Point du Sable. Du Sable arrived in the 1780s, he is known as the "Founder of Chicago".
In 1795, following the Northwest Indian War, an area, to be part of Chicago was turned over to the United States for a military post by native tribes in accordance with the Treaty of Greenville. In 1803, the United States Army built Fort Dearborn, destroyed in 1812 in the Battle of Fort Dearborn and rebuilt; the Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes had ceded additional land to the United States in the 1816 Treaty of St. Louis; the Potawatomi were forcibly removed from their land after the Treaty of Chicago in 1833. On August 12, 1833, the Town of Chicago was organized with a population of about 200. Within seven years it grew to more than 4,000 people. On June 15, 1835, the first public land sales began with Edmund Dick Taylor as U. S. Receiver of Public Monies; the City of Chicago was incorporated on Saturday, March 4, 1837, for several decades was the world's fastest-growing city. As the site of the Chicago Portage, the city became an important transportation hub between the eastern and western United States.
Chicago's first railway and Chicago Union Railroad, the Illi
Diamond Rio is an American country and Christian country music band. The band was founded in 1982 as an attraction for the Opryland USA theme park in Nashville and was known as the Grizzly River Boys the Tennessee River Boys, it was founded by Matt Davenport, Danny Gregg, Ty Herndon, the last of whom became a solo artist in the mid-1990s. After undergoing several membership changes in its initial years, the band has consisted of the same six members since 1989: Marty Roe, Gene Johnson, Jimmy Olander, Brian Prout, Dan Truman, Dana Williams. After assuming the name Diamond Rio, the band was signed to Arista Nashville and debuted in 1991 with the single "Meet in the Middle", which made them the first band to send a debut single to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. The band charted 32 more singles between and 2006, including four more that reached No. 1: "How Your Love Makes Me Feel", "One More Day", "Beautiful Mess", "I Believe". Diamond Rio has recorded nine studio albums, four Greatest Hits compilations, an album of Christmas music.
Three of the band's albums have achieved RIAA platinum certification in the United States. In addition, Diamond Rio has received four Group of the Year awards from the Country Music Association, two Top Vocal Group awards from the Academy of Country Music, one Grammy Award; the band is known for its vocal harmonies, varied instrumentation, near-exclusive use of only its own membership on recordings instead of session musicians. Their sound was defined by mainstream country and rock influences, but albums drew more influence from Christian country music and country pop. In 1982, Matt Davenport and Danny Gregg founded a band at Opryland USA, a former country music-based amusement park in Nashville, Tennessee; the band was first named the Grizzly River Boys, after a new river rafting ride at the park, but changed names to the Tennessee River Boys due to its members disliking the original name. Intended to promote the park through a one-time television special, the band proved popular enough that it became one of many regular performers there.
Davenport, Ty Herndon alternated as lead vocalists, with Davenport playing bass guitar and Gregg on rhythm guitar. The group "swapped lead voices, told jokes, balanced old-school country concert shtick with a contemporary sound." Herndon left the group in 1983 to compete on the talent show Star Search, became a solo artist for Epic Records between 1995 and the early 2000s. Herndon was temporarily replaced by Anthony Crawford and Virgil True before his role was taken over by Marty Roe, who had toured nationally with the Christian band Windsong, worked in the park by doing impersonations of Larry Gatlin. Following Herndon's departure, DeLonibus and Mummert quit as well, with Dan Truman and Jimmy "J. J." Whiteside taking their places. Beard quit shortly afterward and became a session musician, former Mel McDaniel sideman Jimmy Olander took his place; the band, through the assistance of Bill Anderson's drummer Len "Snuffy" Miller, submitted demos to various Nashville record labels with no success.
By 1985, the Tennessee River Boys had quit working at Opryland. According to Roe, while the band enjoyed playing at the park, they felt that their status as a theme park attraction discredited them as "real musicians" to those in the Nashville community. For the next few years, they played at small venues such as high school auditoriums, worked no more than four concerts a month, they competed on Star Search, but were eliminated in the first round. Frustrated by the sporadic touring schedules, Whiteside quit the group and was replaced by Brian Prout, who performed in Hot Walker Band and Heartbreak Mountain. Around 1986, Deal and Gregg both left the group, the latter due to health complications from a serious illness he had developed as a teenager, they chose to operate as a quintet, with Davenport as the sole lead vocalist and Roe and Prout singing harmony. Johnson debuted at a concert in Clewiston, Florida, in May 1987. At this point, the band members supplemented their incomes with outside jobs: Johnson continued to work in carpentry, as he had done before joining the band, while Olander and Roe mowed lawns, Prout drove tour buses.
In 1988, the band caught the attention of Keith Stegall, a singer-songwriter who would become known for his work as Alan Jackson's record producer. Stegall produced demos for the Tennessee River Boys, but noted that Davenport could not record the lead vocal and bass parts at the same time, as they would be difficult to separate in the control room; as a result, Stegall had Roe sing a "scratch" vocal track live with the other musicians, which would be replaced by Davenport's voice in post-production. Upon hearing Roe sing the "scratch" track, Stegall convinced the other members that Roe should be the lead vocalist instead. Due to his discomfort outside the lead role and his wife's dissatisfaction with his career, Davenport quit in late 1988, becoming the last founding member to leave; the group had to find a replacement, as they were scheduled to appear on the talk show N
Craig Morgan Greer is an American country music artist. A veteran of the United States Army as a forward observer, Morgan began his musical career in 2000 on Atlantic Records, releasing his self-titled debut album for that label before the closure of its Nashville division in 2000. In 2002, Morgan signed to the independent Broken Bow Records, on which he released three studio albums: 2003's I Love It, 2005's My Kind of Livin', 2006's Little Bit of Life; these produced several chart hits, including "That's What I Love About Sunday," which spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard country charts while holding the No. 1 position on that year's Billboard Year-End chart for the country format. A greatest hits package followed in mid-2008 before Morgan signed to BNA Records and released That's Why that same year. After exiting BNA, Morgan signed with Black River Entertainment and released This Ole Boy in 2012, followed by A Whole Lot More to Me in 2016. Morgan has charted seventeen times on the Billboard country charts.
Besides "That's What I Love About Sunday," six more of his singles have reached that chart's top ten: "Almost Home," "Redneck Yacht Club," "Little Bit of Life," "International Harvester", "Love Remembers", "Bonfire." Craig Morgan Greer was born in Kingston Springs, Tennessee, on July 17, 1964. He became an Emergency medical technician at age 18, he served on active duty for nine and a half years in the US Army as a member of the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions and remained in the reserves for another six and a half years. Upon his return home to Tennessee, he worked various jobs to support his family, including as a construction worker, a security guard and a Wal-Mart employee, he would land a job in Nashville singing demos for other songwriters and publishing companies. The demos led to releasing his first album with Atlantic Records, the self-titled Craig Morgan in 2000, it produced three singles including "Something to Write Home About", which reached number 39 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.
The album was produced by Buddy Cannon and Norro Wilson, with co-writing credits from Cannon, Bill Anderson and Harley Allen among others. The album's final track, "I Wish I Could See Bakersfield," included a recitation from Merle Haggard. Country Standard Time critic Jon Weisberger gave the album a mixed review, saying that Morgan had a strong singing voice but that most of the songs were "by-the-numbers." Jim Patterson of The Ledger said that lead-off single "Something to Write Home About" was "pedestrian," but that the rest of the album was "an uncommonly assured hard-country effort." Late in the year, Morgan charted a Christmas single entitled "The Kid in Me." Morgan left Atlantic Records in early 2001 when the label closed its Nashville branch, but said that he was not afraid of his musical future because he still had a publishing contract at the time. In 2002, Morgan signed with Broken Bow Records; the label released his second album, I Love It, in March 2003. Leading off this album was "God and Country", a song dedicated to former Nashville session drummer Randy Hardison, with backing vocals from the group 4 Runner.
It peaked at number 49 on the country charts. Following this song was Morgan's first Top 40 hit, "Almost Home"; the song reached a peak of No. 33, but it was re-added to the charts three weeks after an unexpected increase in airplay. Upon re-entering the charts, the song went on to a new peak position of No. 6 on the country charts, while reaching number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, it won Morgan and co-writer Kerry Kurt Phillips a Song of the Year award from Broadcast Music Incorporated; the album's next two singles, "Every Friday Afternoon" and "Look at Us", both reached the country top 30. By 2004, the album had sold more than 300,000 copies, its success was cited by Billboard as the beginning of a new wave of commercial success among independently signed country music artists. Rick Cohoon of Allmusic gave I Love It four stars out of five, saying that Morgan's songwriting was "well-crafted" and that his service in the Army justified the patriotic themes of "God and Country". Jeffrey B.
Remz of Country Standard Time commended the album for maintaining a neotraditionalist country sound, but said that the ballads were "generic". Morgan released his third album, My Kind of Livin', in 2004, it included eight songs that he co-wrote, guest vocals from John Conlee and Brad Paisley on "Blame Me". The first single release, "That's What I Love About Sunday", became his only No. 1 on the country charts, spending four weeks in that position while reaching No. 51 on the Hot 100. It was the first No. 1 single for the Broken Bow label, as well as the first independently distributed single to top the country charts in five years, the first such single to spend multiple weeks at that position since The Kendalls' "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" in 1977. "That's What I Love About Sunday" placed at No. 1 on that year's Billboard Year-End charts for the country format. The album's next single, "Redneck Yacht Club", reached No. 2 on the country charts and accounted for his highest peak on the Hot 100, where it went to 45.
After it came "I Got You". Morgan wrote this song while on tour with Keith Urban, with the intention of having Urban record it, but decided to keep it for himself after recording a demo of it. My Kind of Livin' was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipping 500,000 copies, "Redneck Yacht Club" received a gold single certification for 500,000 music downloads. Chris Willman of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B rating, saying in his review that "Morgan's is an idealized Kind of Americana, to be sure, but at least he provides enough writerly detail to avoid setting
Reba Nell McEntire is an American country singer, songwriter and record producer. She began her career in the music industry as a high school student singing in the Kiowa High School band, on local radio shows with her siblings, at rodeos. While a sophomore in college, she performed the National Anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City and caught the attention of country artist Red Steagall who brought her to Nashville, Tennessee, she signed a contract with Mercury Records a year in 1975. She released her first solo album in 1977 and released five additional studio albums under the label until 1983. Signing with MCA Nashville Records, McEntire took creative control over her second MCA album, My Kind of Country, which had a more traditional country sound and produced two number one singles: "How Blue" and "Somebody Should Leave"; the album brought her breakthrough success, bringing her a series of successful albums and number one singles in the 1980s and 1990s. McEntire has since released 29 studio albums, acquired 42 number one singles, 16 number one albums, 28 albums have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum in sales by the Recording Industry Association of America.
She is referred to as "The Queen of Country". and she is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, McEntire branched into film starting with 1990's Tremors, she has since starred in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun in 2001 and in her television sitcom, Reba for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series–Musical or Comedy. Reba Nell McEntire was born March 28, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Jacqueline and Clark Vincent McEntire, her father, her grandfather John Wesley McEntire were both champion steer ropers and her father was a World Champion steer roper three times. John McEntire was the son of Helen Florida McEntire. McEntire's mother had wished to become a country-music artist but instead became a schoolteacher, although she did teach her children how to sing well. Reba taught herself how to play the guitar. On drives home from their father's rodeos, the McEntire siblings learned songs and how to harmonize from their mother forming a vocal group called the "Singing McEntires" with her brother Pake and younger sister Susie.
Reba wrote all of the songs. The group sang at rodeos and recorded Reba's song "The Ballad of John McEntire". Released on the indie label Boss, one thousand copies of the early 45 rpm record were pressed, but the recording was not promoted in a full commercial radio-promoted release. In 1974, McEntire attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University planning to be an elementary school teacher. Between classes, she continued to sing at local venues. In 1974, Reba was hired to perform the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Country artist Red Steagall, performing that day, was impressed by her vocal ability and agreed to help her launch a country-music career in Nashville. After recording a demo tape, McEntire signed a recording contract with Mercury Records in 1975. McEntire made her first recordings for Mercury on January 22, 1976, when she released her debut single. Upon its release that year, "I Don't Want to Be a One Night Stand" failed to become a major hit on the Billboard country music chart, peaking at number 88 in May.
She completed her second recording session September 16, which included the production of her second single, " Between a Woman and Man", which reached only number 86 in March 1977. She recorded a third single that April, "Glad I Waited Just for You", which reached number 88 by August; that same month, Mercury issued her self-titled debut album. The album was a departure from any of McEntire's future releases, as it resembled the material of Tanya Tucker and Tammy Wynette, according to AllMusic reviewer Greg Adams; the album itself did not chart the Billboard Top Country Albums chart upon its release. After releasing two singles with Jacky Ward, Mercury issued her second studio album in 1979, Out of a Dream; the album's cover of Patsy Cline's "Sweet Dreams" became McEntire's first Top 20 hit, reaching No. 19 on the Billboard country chart in November 1979. In 1980, "You Lift Me Up" brought her to the Top 10 for the first time, her third studio album, Feel the Fire was released in October and spawned two additional Top 20 hit singles that year.
In September 1981, McEntire's fourth album, Heart to Heart was issued and became her first album to chart the Billboard Top Country Albums list, peaking at No. 2. Its lead single, "Today All Over Again" became; the album received negative reviews from critics. William Ruhlmann of AllMusic gave it two-and-a-half out of five stars, stating she did not get creative control of her music. Ruhlmann called "There Ain't No Love" "essentially a soft pop ballad". Most of the album's material consisted of country pop-styled ballads, not well liked by McEntire herself, her fifth album, Unlimited was issued in June 1982, spawned her first Billboard number one single in early 1983: "Can't Even Get the Blues" and "You're the First Time I've Thought About Leaving". The following y
Delano Floyd "Del" McCoury is an American bluegrass musician. As leader of the Del McCoury Band, he plays guitar and sings lead vocals along with his two sons, Ronnie McCoury and Rob McCoury, who play mandolin and banjo respectively. In June 2010, he received a National Heritage Fellowship lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2011 he was elected into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. McCoury has had a long career in bluegrass. Although hired as banjo player, he sang lead vocals and played rhythm guitar for Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1963, with whom he first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry. McCoury appeared with the Golden State Boys in 1964 before taking a series of day jobs in construction and logging, while continuing to work as an amateur musician in Maryland and Pennsylvania. In the 1980s his sons began performing with him. Fiddler Tad Marks and bass player Mike Brantley joined McCoury's group in early 1990s. McCoury's group toured throughout the US.
They relocated to Tennessee as they began to attract attention. Fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Mike Bub joined in 1992. Alan Bartram joined the band as bassist in 2005. McCoury became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in October 2003. McCoury was one of many performers at The Clearwater Concert at Madison Square Garden on May 3, 2009; the event celebrated the 90th birthday of Pete Seeger. McCoury has influenced a great number of bands, including Phish, with whom he has shared the stage several times, who have covered his songs, he has performed with The String Cheese Incident and Donna the Buffalo, recorded with Steve Earle. McCoury has covered songs by artists as diverse as The Lovin' Spoonful, Tom Petty, Richard Thompson. McCoury has appeared at festivals including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, The Telluride Bluegrass Festival,and the Newport Folk Festival, his television appearances include Late Night with Conan O'Brien and the Late Show with David Letterman. Del has a enthusiastic fan base, known as the Del-Heads.
In October 2009, The Del McCoury Band began offering fans recordings of their performances on USB flash drives available after their concerts. In June 2010, McCoury received a lifetime achievement award from the National Endowment for the Arts in the field of folk and traditional arts, including a stipend of $25,000. In 2012, he joined the 11th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers. In 2008, Del McCoury started DelFest, an annual bluegrass festival in Cumberland, held at the Allegany County Fairgrounds. Del McCoury Band plays every night at each of the festivals; the 5th annual DelFest occurred in May 2012, major bluegrass acts played such as Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Railroad Earth, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, most of which had returned from previous years at the festival. In previous years, acts such Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Jesse McReynolds, The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Greensky Bluegrass, Psychograss have played.
1968: Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass reissued in 1992 as I Wonder Where You Are Tonight with two unissued tracks 1971: Livin' on the Mountain released in 1976 1971: Collector's Special released in 1976 1974: Our Kind of Grass released in 1978 1975: Del McCoury 1988: Don't Stop The Music 1987: The McCoury Brothers 1973: High on a Mountain 1975: Del McCoury And The Dixie Pals 1980: Live in Japan 1981: Take Me To The Mountains reissued in 1983 as Rebel REB 1622) 1983: Best Of Del McCoury And The Dixie Pals 1985: Sawmill 1991: Classic Bluegrass compilation of 1974-1984 Rebel Records recordings 1998: Del Doc & Mac 2011: Audie Blaylock and Redline - I'm Going Back to Old Kentucky: A Bill Monroe Celebration Del McCoury has won 31 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year four consecutive times. McCoury has won IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year four times. In 2004 he was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award for It's Just The Night, in 2006 he won his first Grammy Award, in the same category, for The Company We Keep.
In 2014, McCoury was nominated and won his second Grammy Award for "The Streets of Baltimore". McCoury received the Bluegrass Star Award, presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, in 2015; the award is bestowed upon bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing traditional bluegrass music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage. 1990 Male Vocalist of the Year – Del McCoury 1991 Male Vocalist of the Year – Del McCoury 1992 Male Vocalist of the Year – Del McCoury 1994 Entertainer of the Year – The Del McCoury Band 1994 Album of the Year – A Deeper Shade of Blue.