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Rhonda Vincent Announces New Bluegrass Single, "Mama Tried"

Mama TriedRhonda Vincent is pleased to announce her new single, "Mama Tried," released in tribute to the late great Merle Haggard. Rhonda presents the song with invigorating bluegrass instrumentation, and a sassy vocal, with a familiarity that has everyone singing along. The track is released via Upper Management Music and available NOW on iTunes, Amazon, and wherever music is sold.

When Free Time Turns into Performance of a Lifetime

Rhonda Vincent and Merle HaggardThe following is an open letter by Rhonda Vincent...
"On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage performed two sold out shows in Naples, Florida. We were expecting to travel after the show to Key West, Florida and record in Jimmy Buffett's Recording Studio. After the show, we discovered it is illegal to park a bus of any kind in Key West, Florida. I called the campgrounds, and they were sold out of spaces till March, so our trip was cancelled. I began browsing Facebook, as I do each night before going to sleep. I noticed a friend had checked-in to see Merle Haggard, so I quickly looked up Merle's schedule, and found he was performing on Wednesday in The Villages, Florida.

CMHoF&M Presents Two Bakersfield Sound Programs in March

The Bakersfield SoundNashville, TN -- This month, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present a special program and performance by musician and producer Pete Anderson (March 22) and a Merle Haggard film screening (March 30) in support of the exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country. The film screening is FREE, and the Anderson program is included with museum admission and free to museum members. Visit for complete admission details.

Merle Haggard and Ricky Skaggs Round Out MerleFest Lineup

Ricky Skaggs and Merle HaggardWilkesboro, NC -- As announced earlier today via, legendary country music artist Merle Haggard will perform for the first time at MerleFest as he closes MerleFest 2014 in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, on Sunday, April 27. The festival also welcomes back MerleFest favorite Ricky Skaggs, whose Saturday, April 26, evening performance will mark the 12th time that the famed bluegrass musician has appeared in the lineup. MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans that takes place on the campus of Wilkes Community College.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to Spotlight Bakersfield Sound

The Bakersfield SoundNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will shine a spotlight on its exhibition The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, with several special programs on November 10-11. Highlights include a family program in which kids will create an art project inspired by Bakersfield Sound stage wear and instruments; a songwriter session with Buddy Mize; and an interview with Buck Owens family members Buddy Alan, John Owens, Mel Owens and Michael Owens (including a brief performance by Alan), all on Saturday, November 10.

CMHoF to Open 'The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country'

Merle Haggard and Buck OwensNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's major new exhibition, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, opens on Saturday, March 24, 2012, for a near two-year run. Narrated by Dwight Yoakam, the exhibit will explore the roots, heyday and impact of the Bakersfield Sound, the loud, stripped-down and radio-ready music most closely identified with the careers of Country Music Hall of Fame members Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

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