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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (April 28, 2021) –When Warner Music Nashville’s Walker County (Ivy Dene and Sophie Dawn) logged onto Twitter back in September, they were shocked to find praise from one of their musical idols: superstar Kelly Clarkson. The post (read HERE), which complimented their harmonies and urged followers to check out the sister duo, was the natural first step on the path to their television debut. Walker County will take the stage at The Kelly Clarkson Show on Monday, May 3 to perform their upbeat summer song “Bits & Pieces” (listen HERE). Check HERE for local listings.

“As a singer, Kelly is someone I’ve looked up to for years!” Ivy said. “Her voice is so strong and powerful. Sophie and I have been fans for as long as we can remember – we used to sing ‘Because of You’ in talent contests! We’re so honored to have our TV debut on her show.”

Added Sophie: “I still remember when Ivy and I used to stay up past our bedtimes to watch Kelly on American Idol. She is such an amazing artist, and we are thrilled to rock out on her stage!”

Walker County has increasingly introduced themselves to fans over the past six months, releasing “Bits & Pieces”

as well as three other tracks – “Shovel” (listen HERE), “Drag It Out” (listen HERE) and “Someone’s Someone” (listen HERE). Ivy (lead vocals) and Sophie (vocals, percussion) have already been named Next Women of Country and Listen Up artists, and Taste of Country declared that “with a pair of enduring voices matched by their vibrant presence, Walker County glimmer within the spectrum of modern country music.”

This summer will see Walker County releasing additional content and new music as they prepare to hit the road again later this year. Click HERE for tour dates and more information.


Performance marks first appearance in 13 years

Palmer among country artists featured in the Country Music Hall of Fame’s “American Currents: State Of The Music” Exhibition

Soulful country singer-songwriter and Color Me Country radio host, Rissi Palmer, will return to the Grand Ole Opry for a special performance on Friday, March 19, 2021, marking the first time she has stepped onto the hallowed stage in 13 years. Palmer made her historic Opry debut in 2007, followed by multiple appearances in 2008, before moving from Nashville to North Carolina.

“It’s always special to perform at the Opry,” says Palmer. “I am so excited to return with a renewed sense of what it all means to me as an artist.”

In August 2020, Palmer launched Color Me Country with Rissi Palmer with the primary goal being to spotlight artists of color who have been marginalized in mainstream country music. Currently in its second season, Palmer’s special guests have included Andrea Williams, Brittney Spencer, Cam, Chapel Hart, Crystal Shawanda, Darius Rucker, Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton, Miko Marks and more. Color Me Country airs live every other Sunday on Apple Music Country at 4pP/7pE.

For more of the latest news and information, visit RissiPalmermusic.com.


Country music legend Larry Gatlin has tested positive for coronavirus. The diagnosis came days after getting his second dose of the Moderna vaccination. Gatlin received his vaccine on March 4, four days later on March 8, he tested positive for Covid-19.

“I made it 361 days without getting Covid-19,” explains Gatlin. “Then, I finally get it four days after getting my second dose of Moderna. What are the odds?”

Gatlin’s symptoms are minor — cough, drainage, fatigue — and he says he’s faring well.

“At this moment I feel like Lou Gehrig when he said, ‘Today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth,” Gatlin tells FoxNews.com. “Folks, I feel like I have a cold, and not even a bad cold at that. I even hit a few golf balls before dinner.”

“To you who have been terribly sick or have lost friends or loved ones, my heartfelt prayers go out to you,” he continues. “I have a lot of character flaws and defects you can pray about if you want to. Instead, please join me in praying for our friends and neighbors who have suffered and are still suffering, and for our country.”

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