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Brian Dugger

Chris Cagle returns to the road

After a scary couple of months, Chris Cagle is back in action. The

Capitol recording artist was put on complete vocal rest after he

damaged his vocal chords while singing early this year, but he

returned to the road during the past month.

He gave a special treat to about 20,000 thousand fans on July 10 at

Country Concert in Fort Loramie, Ohio. Following an hour-long set

with his own band, Cagle was seen hanging around backstage watching Neal McCoy. During Neal's popular "Beverly Hillbillies Rap," Chris joined him on stage. He also paired up with McCoy on a later song, prompting Neal to say "I think Chris wants to try out for my band."

The day in Fort Loramie marked one of Cagle's first days back on the

road. Vocal chord problems have afflicted several of today's country

singers, including Heidi Newfield of Trick Pony and Keith Urban. It's

a problem that can raise a lot of doubts in an artist's mind, but

Cagle credited his fans for helping him out.

"I only know one way to go - and that's forward," Cagle said. "If

it's tough, well, that's tough, because no one said life or chasing

your dream was going to be easy. It has a lot to do with the

relationship I have with my radio and my fans. They saved me."


Congratulations to Kenny Rogers who became the father to Justin

Charles and Jordan Edward on July 6. The twin boys were delivered a minute apart by Kenny's wife, Wanda. Justin was 6 pounds, 10 ounces, while Jordan weighed in at 5 pounds 8 ounces.


Brad Cotter's album has made a successful debut. The winner of this year's "Nashville Star" sold 30,000 copies of the album, "Patient

Man," during its first week out. His first single, "I Meant To," is

slowly climbing the charts.


You might want to catch Rascal Flatts singing the national anthem

before NASCAR's Brickyard 400 race on Aug. 8. The race is at 2:30

p.m. at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be televised on NBC.


Midway through the year, Kenny Chesney is third on Pollstar's list

of top ticket-sellers. Chesney has sold more concert tickets than

everyone except for Prince and Britney Spears.


RCA recording artist Andy Griggs this year continued his annual

tradition of helping out at the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Camp

Discovery in Nashville. Andy used to work as a counselor at the camp

when he was in high school.

This year the campers rolled him up in aluminum foil and dubbed him their "knight in shining armor."

Griggs will release his next album, "This I Gotta See," on Aug. 10.

The first single, "She Thinks She Needs Me," is at No. 12 on this

week's Radio and Records chart.


Travis Tritt is returning to the country scene after a couple of

years off to spend with his family. His Columbia Records album, "My

Honky Tonk History," will be out on Aug. 17. The album features a

duet, "What Say You," with rock legend John Mellencamp.


And finally, The Kinleys are releasing their first album in four

years. "All in the Family" will be released by twins Jennifer and

Heather on Aug. 3. The album was produced by Jennifer's husband, Adam Hughes, and it is the first release off of Identical Records, the

label started by the family.

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