Twenty-five years ago, Hank Williams Jr. hit the airwaves with "A Country Boy Can Survive." It eventually rose to the No. 1 spot and has been one of Hank s biggest hits. This week, a remixed version of the single is at No. 48 on the Radio and Records chart.
"Well, you know that song represents a lot of Americans. It did 25 years ago, and it s more profound than ever today with the state of the world," Williams said.
A video for the single should be hitting GAC and CMT in the upcoming weeks. The song can be found on Hank s current album, "That s How They Do It in Dixie."
Taylor Swift has reason to celebrate this week after her self-titled debut album was certified gold for sales of more than 500,000 copies. The album is being driven by her Top-5 single "Tim McGraw" and touring dates with George Strait.
"I have always told Taylor she had to have a backup plan and think about college if the music career did not work out,"Andrea Swift, the 17-year-old s mother, said. "But seeing her on that stage in Memphis opening for George Strait, and with all the exciting milestones, I have to admit, maybe she can put her backup plan on hold for a while."
For her part, Taylor isn t holding back her excitement about the gold record.
"I literally jump up and down when I tell people. ... I can t help it," she said.
Her second single, "Teardrops on My Guitar," will be on radio next month. She has several more dates with Strait, then she will be joining the Brad Paisley tour in the spring.
Country music hall of famers Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, and Ray Price have recorded an album, "Last of the Breed," which will be released on March 20.
The album is a two disc, 22-song collection of newly recorded versions of country classics, including "Heartaches By the Numbers," "Night Watch," "Sweet Memories," and "Why Me Lord." In addition, the trio also cut a couple of new songs. "Back to Earth" was written by Nelson, and Haggard penned "Sweet Jesus."
Carrie Underwood will be performing on the upcoming Grammy Awards show on Feb. 11. Underwood is nominated in the all-genre category of Best New Artist as well as Best Female Country Vocal Performance for her single "Jesus, Take the Wheel." That song also received nominations for Song of the Year and Best Country Song.
Alabama reached the top of the country albums chart last year with "Songs of Inspiration." They will be releasing a companion album, "Songs of Inspiration Volume 2," on March 27.
Cole Deggs & The Lonesome are making some noise as an up-and-coming group. Cole Deggs, the lead singer, told a funny story recently of a job he had about 10 years ago after arriving in Nashville. In an attempt to pay the bills, Cole installed swimming pools. One job happened to be at the home of Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn. Cole didn t get to talk to him during the installation, but he met him for the first time at Brooks & Dunn s New Year s Eve concert in Nashville.
"I introduced myself and told him I helped do the tile work on his pool," Deggs said.
Dunn, who is on the same label as the new group, replied, "Well, the ... thing still leaks."
Hopefully, the singing career will work out a little better. The group is now on the radio with "I Got More." Their debut album will hit stores early this summer.