Saturday, May 7, 2022

Country Music Star and ACM Award-Winner Mickey Gilley Passes Away at Age Of 86

Country music hitmaker and Academy of Country Music award-winner Mickey Gilley died at the age of 86 in Branson, Missouri from complications due to a recent hospitalization.

Born in Natchez, Mississippi, Gilley was exposed to music at an early age and chased a career in music following in the footsteps of his older cousin, Jerry Lee Lewis. After deciding to pursue music full time, Gilley cut his first single in New Orleans under producer Huey Meaux. In 1970, he opened Gilley’s, his first nightclub in Pasadena, Texas. 

Later, in 1980, Gilley’s was featured in the movie Urban Cowboy starring John Travolta and Debra Winger. He went on to star in numerous popular television series including ‘Murder She Wrote,’ ‘The Fall Guy,’ ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘Dukes of Hazzard.’ Throughout the course of his career, Gilley scored 17 #1 hits including “Room Full Of Roses,” “City Lights,” “Window Up Above,” “Don’t The Girls All Get Prettier At Closing Time,” “Bring It On Home To Me,” “Stand By Me,” “Lonely Nights” and more.

Gilley earned numerous accolades including six ACM Awards, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. He was one of only a handful of artists to receive the Academy of Country Music's Triple Crown Awards.

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Sunday, May 1, 2022

Naomi Judd of The Judds Passes Away At 76 - Mental Illness To Blame

May 1, 2022 was supposed to be special day for Naomi and Wynonna Judd, as the formal induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame for the “class of 2021” was scheduled. 

Instead, it’s a day of deep sorrow. 

Naomi Judd, the mother of Wynonna (and actress Ashley Judd), died today (4/30).

In their statement to the Associated Press, the sisters wrote:

Today we sisters experienced a tragedy.  We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.  We are shattered.  We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public.  We are in unknown territory.

The wording does imply that Naomi may have taken her own life; however, no explicit details were released.

The Judds’ Hall of Fame career began with “Mama, He’s Crazy” in 1984.  After follow-up hits like “Why Not Me,” “Give a Little Love,” and the Grammy-winning “Love Can Build a Bridge” brought them to superstardom, Naomi, who had started singing with daughter Wynonna (who took her stage name from the song “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66”: “Flagstaff, Arizona, don’t forget Winona”) while working as a nurse, stopped performing in 1991 because of a diagnosis of hepatitis C.  Wynonna continued on her own with a successful solo career. 

Mother and daughter were hoping to do a reunion tour in 2020 before COVID hit.  The plans were rescheduled for last year, and had finally been set for later this year.  

Naomi, however, had a long history of battling severe depression.  She was quite open about the sexual abuse she endured as a youngster and her prolonged panic attacks that kept her locked away in her home for months at a time.

Deepest condolences to Wynonna, Ashley, and a world of fans who are shocked and stunned by this tragic news the day before what was to be the crowning achievement in the Judds’ wonderful career.

Naomi Judd was 76.

K.F. Raizor, author of the website Raizor's Edge is our guest writer today on That Nashville Sound. She's ever so gracious to provide wonderful tributes to honor those to whom the music we treasure just wouldn't be the same without. Thank you, K.F.

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

New Music Video From Lindsay Lawler - "I'm Okay"

After years of therapy, longtime Nashville singer/songwriter Lindsay Lawler wrote a song about her journey to get past a sexual assault in her past to help others process the trauma they've endured. "I'm Okay" will be available Friday, and That Nashville Sound is proud to be able to help share the song's emotional video in honor of April's designation as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.