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Rooster Country 99.9Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 3:04pm
Happy Birthday today (February 25, 2015) to:

Bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley is 88.
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Rooster Country 99.9Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 3:00pm
Legendary Songwriter, Session Musician Bobby Emmons Dies In Nashville

Bobby Emmons, who penned Waylon Jennings' classic "Luckenback, Texas" and played on Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds," has died. The "Memphis Commercial Appeal" says the noted session musician and songwriter passed away at a Nashville hospital on Monday at the age of 72. Emmons launched his career in Memphis, performing with the Bill Black Combo and serving as the house keyboardist for Hi Records and American Studio before relocating to Nashville. Over the course of his career Emmons played on numerous pop hits from the 1960s and early '70s, including Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man," and B.J. Thomas' "Hooked on a Feeling." Thomas is remembering Emmons via Twitter, extending his thanks to Bobby and calling him "one of the greats."

Emmons also played sessions with Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Garth Brooks, and many others. His list of hit songs includes Tanya Tucker's "Love Me Like You Used To," George Strait's "So Much Like My Dad," and Jennings' chart-topper "The Wurlitzer Prize." Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson are some of the other stars who recorded Bobby's songs.
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Rooster Country 99.9Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 2:57pm
Keith Urban Starting Work On Next Album

Keith Urban says he's "just starting work" on his next album. The country star tells "Billboard" he's currently "doing the preliminary work," which includes "just lots of ideas and tinkering" along with "reaching out and talking with people about working with them in the studio." He adds that it's a phase of an album's development that he really enjoys. Keith says he likes "the unknowingness of it." The singer explains that heading into the studio with only a vague idea of what he's going to do can be "enlightening and sort of revelatory" or "incredibly frustrating."

Urban's next album will be his follow up to his 2013 effort, "Fuse." Keith recently released his sixth single from that album, "Raise 'Em Up," his Grammy nominated collaboration with Eric Church.
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Rooster Country 99.9Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 2:56pm
Farr Planning Spring Release For New Album

Tyler Farr's new album is on the way. The country star's sophomore studio effort, "Suffer in Peace," will be available on April 28th. Tyler's current single, "A Guy Walks Into A Bar," is the lead-off release from the upcoming project. "Suffer in Peace" is the singer's follow up to his hit debut disc, "Redneck Crazy." Tyler is already promoting his new album on the road. In addition to his own headlining dates, he's also an opener on Jason Aldean's "Burn It Down" tour. Tyler's next show will be at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on Saturday.
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Rooster Country 99.9Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 2:55pm
Zac Brown Band To Make "SNL" Debut Next Month

Zac Brown Band is headed to "Saturday Night Live." The country group will be the musical guest on the NBC sketch comedy series next weekend. They're slated to make their "SNL" debut as the musical guest on the March 7th episode, which will feature actor Chris Hemsworth as the host. The Zac Brown Band will be the second country act to appear on "SNL" in recent weeks. Blake Shelton served as the host and musical guest in late January, which also marked his first time ever on the show.
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