2016 has been a brutal year as we've lost so many famous faces, and the death of Merle Haggard just flat out hurts. I used to tell my friends when we lose George Jones and Haggard, country music will never the be the same. Now they're both gone and I'm sad.
It was three years ago when country legend Randy Travis suffered a debilitating stroke and came very close to dying. But he's been through a whirlwind of rehabilitation and, earlier this week, was on hand to accept a very high honor.
Phil Vassar ("Just Another Day in Paradise," "In a Real Love") performed Tuesday at the Ryman Auditorium. He was there for the matinee and the evening show. I had the good fortune of interviewing him just before he went on.
If I lived in Nashville, I might be at the Grand Ole Opry a LOT! In terms of performances, that historic combination of country music legends, superstars, and brilliant newcomers has never been equaled.
Did you ever wonder how many Christmas lights it takes to light up Gaylord Opryland Resort each November and December? Did you ever wonder how many pounds of ice it takes to bring Ice! to life? Do you have any idea how many visitors come to Gaylord Opryland to celebrate Christmas? We have broken …