Good or bad, here are the latest news about five legendary artists in country music this week you shouldn’t miss.
#1. Dough Supernaw’s Cancer Diagnosis Revealed
The ‘90s country star Doug Supernaw revealed that he is battling stage 4 lung and bladder cancer. The singer disclosed his cancer diagnosis last Saturday through Facebook. Following his battle with a prolonged cough, he was admitted to a Houston hospital on January 25. He has undergone medical tests which confirmed he has Pneumonia. After his transfer to another Houston hospital area, his medical team confirmed finding several masses in the different parts of his body, particularly in his lungs, lymph nodes, bones, and bladder.
“The official diagnoses as of now is advanced, stage four, lung and bladder cancer,” the Facebook statement reads.
As of now, the singer is still in the hospital, awaiting more tests. At the same time, a treatment path is being decided for him. The post also expressed gratitude to Supernaw’s medical team for doing their best to provide him with the best care possible.
“We would like to thank Doug’s amazing medical team for working so diligently in both the care and treatment of our beloved Doug. We would also like to thank both our friends, and [an] amazing fan base for the so many heartfelt prayers during this difficult time.”
Supernaw is one of the prolific country singers of the ‘90s. Among his top hits were “not Enough Hours in the Night” and “I Don’t Call Him Daddy.” Moreover, he has three full-length studio albums released during the ‘90s. In 2017, he released a compilation album entitled Greatest Hits.
#2. George Strait’s New Single Features Grandson
The latest release from the King of Country Music must be something very special. It’s for one endearing reason, the presence of his precious grandson George Harvey Strait III or Harvey for short. Strait’s brand new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, includes his newest single “God and Country Music.” It was in this song that his grandson sang. That really sounds exciting, and we can’t wait for this new record to hit the radio waves.
Honky Tonk Time Machine will be Strait’s first record after a few years. The album’s official release is on March 29, 2019. Aside from Strait’s grandson, the album also features other notable names including Willie Nelson, Johnny Paycheck, his son Bubba Strait, and Lori McKenna. In a press release, Strait expresses his excitement for this new project.
“I’m really excited to have some new music coming out,” Strait shares. “It’s been about two years since I’ve released a record. It was great writing with Bubba and Dean again and creating such a beautiful song with Bubba and Jeff Hyde. Also, it was a very special thing for me to be able to write and sing one with the legend Willie Nelson. I hope everyone enjoys listening to Honky Tonk Time Machine as much as I enjoyed making it.”
#3. Dolly Parton To Have An All-Star Performance at the 61st Grammy Awards
Two nights prior to the 61st Annual Grammy Awards, MusiCares Person of the Year gala will be staged. The annual benefit gala will honor no other than eight-time Grammy Awards winner Dolly Parton. The event will feature a lineup of talented stars who’ll be performing Parton’s music in honor of the singer. But, that isn’t all for Parton. Just recently, the Recording Academy added Parton to the list of performers at the prestigious event of the year. Parton will perform songs from the soundtrack to her latest project, Dumplin’. A medley performance of her biggest hits with other artists like Maren Morris, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, and Katy Perry is also expected. That will mark Parton’s first Grammy stage appearance since 2001.
Other than Parton, J Blavin and Young Thug (current Grammy nominees), Ricky Martin and Arturo Sandoval (past Grammy winners), and Camila Cabello were also added to the performers’ lineup. They are set to open the show, which will air on Feb. 10 at 8 PM ET. It will be held at the Staples Center, Los Angeles, with Alicia Keys as the hostess.
#4. Johnny Cash’s Kitchen and Saloon to be Opened in Nashville
The legacy of Johnny Cash continuous to thrive many years after he passed away. And that legacy only becomes diverse as the years go by. The legendary singer did not only leave us with good music to delight our days, but his bequest has also expanded to a variety of things. The newest of this is a kitchen and saloon that will be named after him. The said business establishment will be opening very soon and this will be situated in Nashville, just beside the Johnny Cash Museum.
A press release revealed that Johnny Cash’s Kitchen and Saloon will take the entertainment style of Cash and Carter. Specifically, this will be done by “providing great, fresh food representing the best of what authentic, unpretentious Southern food.”
The John R. Cash Trust partnered with Icon Entertainment for the new bar and eatery. Icon CEO Bill Miller asserts that the establishment which bears the icon’s name signifies his continuing strong presence.
“The impression Johnny Cash left on Nashville is indelible, and this venture further confirms that his presence will be a dominant force here for many years to come,” Icon Entertainment CEO Bill Miller says.
Cathy Sullivan of the Johnny R. Cash Trust supported Miller’s words and adds,
“Johnny Cash is still a vibrant force in the Nashville community and beyond. It is a fitting tribute to bring this unique venue where families and friends may gather in a way that brings new life to the Cash family style of entertaining.”
#5. Willie Nelson Introduces Hemp-Infused Coffee to the World
Willie Nelson’s newest project isn’t something to delight your ears. But certainly, it will make your every morning quite easier. The outlaw country music singer releases his own brand of coffee – the Cannabis coffee. This medium-dark blend is hemp-infused and with cherry and cocoa flavors. It will definitely make you begin your days on a high note. In addition to that, the new brew has also several health benefits which were Nelson and his wife’s main interests for promoting the product.
“Hemp production in America was stifled for so long, but it could now make all the difference for small independent farmers.” Nelson added, “Hemp isn’t just good for our farmers and our economy, it’s good for our soil, our environment – and our health.”
The Cannabis coffee would be an addition to the existing product lines of his cannabis company, Willie’s Reserve. The said company has been operating since 2015. Nelson told Rolling Stone what his biggest inspiration for this big launch was.
“Willie’s Reserve is an extension of [my] passion and appreciation for the many varieties and range of the plant’s qualities. Some of the best master growers in America will collaborate… to define quality standards so that fans can expect clean and consistent products.”