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April 25
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this Saturday
April 26th
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—breast collars
—in stock boots
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Turkey Breasts
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Nancy Jones Plans Memorial on Anniversary of George Jones' Death

It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since country music lost one of its greatest and most legendary voices-George Jones. And while his passing was marked with an all-star tribute concert last November with Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Eric Church, Charlie Daniels and more, George's widow, Nancy, has something more intimate planned to mark the one-year anniversary of his passing.

On April 26 at 1 p.m., Nancy has invited friends and fans to join her at Nashville's Woodlawn Cemetery, where she will plant two dogwood trees at the "He Stopped Loving Her Today" monument.

"This day is going to be bittersweet," said Nancy in a release. "I know how much people loved George and the love has continued even a year later. I am so fortunate for the friends and fans that George and I made through the years. I want everyone to come celebrate with us, not because he is no longer with us, but to keep his legacy alive."

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Collin Raye Says Modern Country Music Is 'Dumbed Down'

Collin Raye soared to the top of the charts in the '90s, with powerful songs like 'Love, Me' and 'My Kind of Girl.' One of the most successful country artists of his generation, Raye has released more than a dozen albums, as well as over 40 singles, 22 of which landed in the Top 10.


The 53-year-old says he is disappointed with the direction country music is currently heading.

"I'm really depressed at how it has dumbed down to basically just a one dimensional 'let's party in the truck, gonna drink some cold beer," he admits to Fox News.

Raye acknowledges that he misses the way country music used to be.


"I grew up at a time when Merle Haggard was writing stuff like 'Mama's Hungry Eyes' and 'Sing Me Back Home' and [Kris] Kristofferson was writing 'Sunday Morning Coming Down' and 'Me and Bobby McGee,'" he says. "It was poetry. Country music has never been about chord progression or the complexity of the music. It's always been about lyrics and stories and real slices of life."

Not that the Arkansas native blames the artists that are currently storming up the charts and selling out arenas. He says the fault lies with those who never even stand behind a microphone.


"I'm not begrudging anybody their living," he says. "They're just trying to make a living. It's the 'gatekeepers' that we used to have in Nashville, which are the label heads who used to decide what was good enough to put out and what was not. And now they have just totally given in to that."

Raye, who released his latest album, 'Still on the Line...The Songs of Glen Campbell' last year, says he has always had a deep appreciation for the music that made him a household name.


"I'm passionate about it because I love our genre," he concedes. "I got into country music not to make a buck. I did it because I love it."


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Sunday Morning Gospel Hour News
Gospel Music Fest celebrates Easter

This year's festival will feature a great mixture of local and regional artists like Jarrell Smalls, The Sam Dennis Singers, Bishop Brian D. Moore and the Life Center Cathedral, Extreme Praise, and Nyki Smalls. Attendees can expect a variety of Lowcountry foods, family fun and more. Organizers have designed and new play area for the children called Kids World. This fun zone is packed with inflatable jump castles, colossal games and its own stage. This year kids ages 5-17 have the opportunity to display their talents during the


Amazing Kids with Talent Showcase.

The annual music celebration started 20 years ago as a way to create shared experiences between parents and children. This year the festival will feature a diverse multi-cultural lineup of regional and local artists who have supported the event over the years.


"We think of it as an annual family reunion," says Executive Director Creola Washington. "Twenty years is a long time and we are looking forward to another 20 years of celebrating with the families that come out to support this event each year."


"For those concerned about the walk from the parking area to the park, we will provide a shuttle and bus service from our parking lots directly onto the park," says Tony Washington, event organizer. "We want to make sure that everyone enjoys themselves, especially our elderly and special needs guests. Bring your lawn chair and come get your praise on with us."


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Tops News In Music

The latest research from Clear Channel and USC provides specific statistics radio stations can use when promoting the medium in general or selling their station locally to clients. For well over a year radio executives have really been trying to sell the power of the personal endorsement and how a client can move product when a morning show or popular host shows love for that product. 60% of

Americans said the have a favorite personality the look forward to hearing from every morning. 70% consider them to be relatable and authentic. And, Social Media has only improved that relationship.


From the Clear Channel/USC study, 6 out of 10 of listeners have engaged with radio through social media platforms. 47 percent of listeners active on personality/radio station social media feeds said they feel more connected to their favorite personalities because they can interact through social media. And, over 60% of the listeners are likely to talk about things on-air personalities have said, often through their social media networks, furthering extending the reach and impact of personality endorsements.


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Nielsen Finds $45 Million In Savings With Arbitron Acquisition

When NIELSEN acquired ARBITRON, the company told shareholders they could expect to see $20 Million savings in synergies after the merger. It's turned out to be more than double that figure.


In a Schedule 14A form filed by NIELSEN with the SEC, the company explained their management team "has established four strategic initiatives," one of which was the merger with ARBITRON. The expected savings were larger than expected, with the company reporting, "we closed the previously announced acquisition of ARBITRON INC. ("ARBITRON," rebranded NIELSEN AUDIO) and increased the anticipated net cost synergies associated with the acquisition to $45 million from $20 million."


The company also noted they, "Continued to expand our measurement of what consumers buy in developing markets. We now have a presence in 42 of AFRICA's 50 countries, expanded into additional countries such as MYANMAR and continued to grow our presence in countries such as CHINA and INDIA, particularly with the local client base," and "extended NIELSEN's Advertiser Solutions global expansion to NIELSEN Brand Effect -- our advertising 'resonance' suite, which currently includes TV, online and mobile measurement. We expanded our NIELSEN Innovation Lab to include IBM Watson on a trial basis."


NIELSEN's board is raising CEO MITCH BARNS' base salary from $800,000 to $1 million. His annual incentive target also rises, from $700,000 to $1.8 million. Also up is his long-term performance plan, from $848,500 to close to $2 million. BARNS will also see his stock options rise from $359,550 to a possible $1 million. In total, that's about $6.8 million in compensation for this year.


COO BRIAN WEST's base salary is now $950,000, and his "incentive opportunity" is $1,750,000, 75% of which is payable in cash.

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First Baton Rouge Blues Festival 2014 performers set the bar high



The first performers of the 2014 Baton Rouge Blues Festival set the bar high for a full day of blues-born and infused music. A group of students from the Baton Rouge Music Studios opened the Swamp Blues Stage at Galvez Plaza, offering a rosy look into the future of the genre the festival celebrates.


The group of about 15 students filled out the stage with a small horn section, two guitars, bass and four singers. (It appeared like a teacher took over the drums.) The four young women who managed the vocals came prepared, offering surprisingly soulful renditions of classics for their age. The band's versions of "House of the Rising Sun," "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman" and even "Tough Lover" from the "Burlesque" soundtrack were honestly sung -- plaintive when necessary, but always with a bit of fun.


Across the festival grounds, Johnny Ayshen asked the first questions of the day during an interview with Jeffery Broussard in the Old State Capitol Senate Chambers while sounds of the Rakers rose through the stairwell as the local band played in the entrance hall.


Brother Dege, fresh off his evening performing at the Blues Foundation's Rent Party, joined his Lafayette-based band, The Brethren, to offer tracks from his 2013 album, "How to Kill a Horse," at the Foundation Stage. The eerie echoes of his blues-rock sound resonated across the grass field of Repentance Park, the largest and newest stage at the recently expanded festival.

Dr. John and the Nite Trippers will close out the Foundation Stage this evening, but check out NOLA.com music writer Alison Fensterstock's review of his French Quarter Festival performance here first


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