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Press Releases & News

News Stories — 2008
December 31, 2008 Encore! Encore! Come Meet Country Music Legend, Hoyt (Slim) Bryant At Borders (on Rte 19) on January 19 From 1 to 3pm
December 20, 2008 Danny Dill, Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame (Detroit City, Long Black Veil, etc.); of Annie Lou and Danny; Former Member of Grand Ole Opry. Passed Away in October
December 14, 2008 Christian singer-songwriter Ray Overholt dies at 84
November 30, 2008 Jack Reno, Famed singer, radio host dies at 72
November 8, 2008 Merle Haggard recovering after lung surgery at Memorial Hospital
November 1, 2008 George (Rusty) Bertolero, of Popular Central California Country Group Sagebrush Serenaders, Passes Away at 92
October 8, 2008 Expressway to be named for Lee Mace, Founder of Ozark Opry
September 12, 2008 'Grand Ole Opry' member Charlie Walker dies at age 81
September 2, 2008 Musician, actor Jerry Reed dies at 71
August 23, 2008 Music Row loses its heartbeat after Buddy Harman dies
August 11, 2008 Steel player behind Hank Sr. classics, Don Helms, dies at 81
August 9, 2008 Star singer, media man Chester Smith of Modesto Dies
July 18, 2008 Jo Stafford, Wistful Voice of WWII Era, Dies at 90
July 17, 2008 William E. (Cowboy Bill) Newcomb Passes Away at 95
July 6, 2008 Buster Jenkins Passes Away at 81
June 18, 2008 Goober Buchanan, Country Music Entertainer, Dies at 100
May 23, 2008 Walter David (D) Kilpatrick, Manager who gave new life to Grand Ole Opry in 1950s dies
May 23, 2008 Moonshine Festival kicks off May 22 in Zanesville, Ohio
May 23, 2008 Pride's sweet baritone prevails
May 21, 2008 Music man to set market mood; Charley Pride's director highlights event for area farmers
May 17, 2008 The Late Conway Twitty To Be Honored By 43rd Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards With Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award
May 11, 2008 Gospel great Dottie Rambo dead at 74
May 8, 2008 Country music legend Eddy Arnold dies
May 8, 2008 Jerry Wallace, who sang 1959 hit 'Primrose Lane,' dead at 79
May 3, 2008 Guido D'Amico, The Italian Cowboy
May 1, 2008 Hee Haw’s Jim Hager dies
April 9, 2008 Glenn Barber Passes Away at 73
April 2, 2008 Country legend Merle Haggard plans Modesto show
March 21, 2008 Country music comedian Jim Nesbitt dies
March 14, 2008 Carl Kramer; country musician; Country Boy Eddie show
March 13, 2008 Thelma Holland, 84 / Musician was '40s radio pioneer
March 13, 2008 Bill Bolick, Original Member of the Blue Sky Boys Dies at 90
March 12, 2008 Eddy Arnold's wife dies in Williamson hospital
March 4, 2008 May H. Fulmer, of Miccolis Sisters, Passes Away
February 26, 2008 Ozarks music legend Speedy Haworth passes away at age 85
February 19, 2008 Charley Ryan, Writer and Singer of 'Hot Rod Lincoln' Passes Away At 92
February 16, 2008 Country music singer Bobby Lord dies at 74
February 14, 2008 Country Music Hall welcomes a new class: Ernest V. (Pop) Stoneman; Statler Brothers; Tom T. Hall; Emmy Lou Harris
February 14, 2008 Folk legend Smoky Dawson dies
February 1, 2008 Cliff Japhet, Early Country Music Performer; Prolific Songwriter
January 25, 2008 Country music manager Jack D. Johnson dies
January 21, 2008 Bear Hug A U.S. Soldier for Memorial Day
January 14, 2008 Grande dame of Country Fest dies
January 8, 2008 Country Music Hall of Famer Ken Nelson dies
January 5, 2008 Winifred Gleysteen of the Doring Sisters, Passes Away

Hillbilly-News Press Releases — 2008
January 12, 2008 Hillbilly-Music.com Reaches Another Milestone - 5,000,000 Web Page Views; Issues The Lists for 2007

Press Releases ‐ 2008
October 18, 2008 The Historic Hank Williams Box Set From Time Life The Unreleased Recordings Scheduled To Street October 28th
September 27, 2008 42nd Annual Tennessee Valley Old-Time Fiddlers Convention
September 27, 2008 WRAS / Gate City Radio Features Author Wayne Daniel Commentary on Country Music in World War II
August 19, 2008 Nowhwere But Texas 2 Shares Stories Of Texas Spirit and Texas Past, Including Big D Jamboree
August 2, 2008 18th Annual Hank Snow Tribute to be held Aug 14-17 in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
May 30, 2008 New Home for America's Largest Traditional Music Event
May 23, 2008 National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2008 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Recipients, Including Mac Wiseman
May 16, 2008 International Country Music Conference 25th Annual Gathering in Nashville May 22 - 24
May 14, 2008 Old Town School Of Folk Music Presents The 11th Annual Chicago Folk & Roots Festival
April 3, 2008 1st Annual Delfest Complete Line-Up Announced! May 23-25, Cumberland, Maryland
February 22, 2008 Hank Williams Tribute featuring an award winning artist—Jake Penrod
January 12, 2008 Book Results In Redemption For Once-Forgotten Fiddler And His World-Famous Song

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