Right in time for the holiday season (and every website’s Top 50 or 100) powerhouse George Strait announces the release of his part 2 box set Strait Out Of The Box Part 2. He officially retired from touring in 2014 but he does do some appearances in Las Vegas, however the tickets are high dollar.
This box set will be available November 18th exclusively through Wal Mart only and contains 56 tracks, including 26 No. 1 hit singles, other radio hits, 18 album cuts and two new songs, including Strait’s new single, Goin Goin Gone. Strait personally selected the songs that make up the new collection. The follow-up to the 8X platinum-selling Strait Out of the Box from 1995, the new collection culls tracks from Strait’s career spanning from 1996 to the present.
He is the most-nominated artist in the history of the CMA Awards and was the first country music artist honored with Billboard’s Legend of Live Award. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, yet he has never needed to run around any stages or dress funny or have multi-million dollar explosions. In fact he is more well known for standing in one spot and just plain flat out singing his simple Country Music.
I do not specifically anticipate this to be placed on my TOP 50 list for the simple reason that most of the material is not officially new, however it will most likely get an honorable mention in any fashion. Right now even with live albums I have a choked full list of albums from 2016 that I KNOW you will absolutely enjoy.
Folks this past August The Grand Ole Opry Legend Mike Snider arranged to have a true living legend perform on the Opry Saturday night show, and sadly I missed it but as I rest from a sickness today I feel the need to write about this today, especially because October 21st she will celebrate being 100 years old.
You know other websites are out there that feature the types of bands I do and they all write articles bashing the Opry and consistently touch on the nasty things that management is doing to snuff out the Legends on it, and although I agree with them I think to waste time on the negative is a loss to people like this woman because nobody is focusing on the positive things the Opry does.
Miss Violet comes from the state of Missouri deep within the confines of the Ozark Mountains and has been a staple member of the Silver Dollar City theme park in Branson music scene for many years now. She comes from the community of Yellville Arkansas and in Branson she still entertains people with the very fiddles she built with her own hands in a style that nobody has ever rivaled in her 100 years.
She known for balancing a fiddle atop her head and playing a lightning fast speeds sometimes while clogging in tune, and has built by hand 74 fiddles in her tenure. Because of this she is often referred to as the “Whittlin’ Fiddler” and will be playing a huge birthday bash in Branson next week.
Arkansas fiddler Tim Crouch found her and contacted Mike Snider who arranged to bring her onto the Opry stage this past August during his segment he hosted as he usually does. She is one of America’s first nationally known fiddle players and fiddle makers, and while she does not remember the Opry’s first performer a fiddle player named Uncle Jimmy Thompson she does remember the early days of Roy Acuff who came to the Opry in 1939.
I thought it was truly a blessing to the Opry and Country Music as a whole to recognize this icon in her own right and bring forth to future generations of fiddling youth the undisclosed Legends that most people don’t know exist. And like I previously said you won’t hear about events like these from many other sources.