T.G. Sheppard brings together some duets with friends

It’s been nearly 13 years since country legend T.G. Sheppard released his last commercial album, and now he is back and better than ever with Legendary Friends & Country Duets. The star-studded project features collaborations with icons like George Jones, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, Lorrie Morgan and many more. Legendary Friends & Country Duets, released via Cleopatra Records, is available on iTunes, Amazon, and in music retailers nationwide.

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New music from Jimmy Fortune and ICM Awards

Country Music Hall of Famer and Statler Brothers member, Jimmy Fortune, continues his successful career as a solo artist with the release of his latest project, Hits & Hymns, available for purchase now in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations as well as music retailers nationwide. Hits & Hymns is also available online at iTunes, Amazon.

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Heat Homecoming 2015


Randall Franks attended the 2015 Heat Homecoming in Covington, Ga. bringing together many of the cast of “In the Heat of the Night” to visit with fans of the show. From left, Dee Shaw, Afemo Omilami, Sharon Pratt, Wilbur T. Fitzgerald, Alan Autry, Maureen Dowdell, and John L. Webb. Many laughs and some tears were shared!

Randall recently visited the set of the new TV series


Randall recently visited the set of the new TV series Running
Randall (right) is with, from left, D.P. Ed Lamberg, star Jackson Walker, star Sonny Shroyer, director Don Dartt, and star Bradford Haynes.
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Political service, not for the faint of heart

I like so many others have wondered why are there not more good people serving politically.

I come from a family that has always been politically active. As a child, I helped to go door to door as my mother encouraged people to vote for a particular candidate she and my father were supporting. I have helped hand out buttons, stickers and everything in between.

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Karen Peck wins Dove Award, Oaks launch Christmas show

Karen Peck and New River won the Southern Gospel Album of the Year for their newest CD titled Pray Now. The Award was presented at the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards Ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee on October 13th. Wayne Haun produced the project.

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Pat Boone and Ray Stevens have a brand some brand new adventures ahead

Pat Boone is expanding his horizons by recording his first ever R&B album. And not one to do things in a small way, he was thrilled to work with some of the genre’s biggest superstars of all time! He has powerful duets with James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Earth Wind & Fire, The Four Tops, and KC & The Sunshine Band plus members of Kool & the Gang, and Sister Sledge and even Hip Hop legend Kool Moe Dee. By joining with Cleopatra Records, this stunning album now has national distribution is available to his legion of fans worldwide.

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Randall Franks directed the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Awards


Randall Franks directed the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Awards and other segments of their annual awards show in Raleigh. American Icon Steve Martin was among those he had the privilege of directing.


He also visited the National Quartet Convention where he swapped stories with many of his fellow singers. One among them was with Kelly Nelon Clark who recently embarked on an acting career and American Idol contestant Ricky Braddy who appeared with Randall in his movie Decision and recently joined Karen Peck and New River.

Steve Martin, the Earls, Vincent and Larry’s Diner

I was honored to stand just off stage a few feet to the right of American Icon Steve Martin Oct. 1 as he accepted his IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Directing such a moment will be one of my greatest memories. He described his career of playing banjo as an “Oh No” each and everytime someone else innovated a style or technique he needed to learn. The honor is more than appropriate considering that his career has shined a light upon bluegrass legends and current talents. Alongside him receiving the same award were banjo stylist Murphy Henry, banjo stylist Alison Brown, the late Grand Ole Opry star Bashful Brother Oswald, and the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

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Jeannie Seely marks 48 years with the Opry

Grand Ole Opry friend Jeannie Seely celebrated her 48th Anniversary with the show recently.
“The Grand Ole Opry has been a part of my life since I first heard it at four years old,” she said. “For many years it seemed like an impossible dream to even attend it, let alone be on it. After I started seriously pursuing my career, I made it my goal to, someday, somehow, become a member of the Opry!”

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