Jason Aldean will host his annual Concert for the Cure event on June 12 during the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. The show at the Wildhorse Saloon will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a nonprofit organization dedicated to breast cancer research. Aldean will appear at the event immediately following his stadium performance at LP Field with Rodney Atkins, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and the Zac Brown Band. Bryan will also perform at Aldean's charity event, and additional guests will be announced in the weeks to come. Tickets, priced at $25 to $100, are available to fan club members this week and to the public beginning Saturday (May 2) via Ticketmaster.
April 29, 2009 — "You don't know about lonely 'til it's chiseled in stone." The words from one of Vern Gosdin's biggest hits echoes down Music Row. The man often referred to as "The Voice" will have his name chiseled in a headstone following his death from a stroke on Tuesday.
Noted for an aching resonance, Vern, 74, collected nearly 20 Top 10 hits from 1977 through 1991, peaking in the late 1980s with the No. 1 singles "Set 'Em Up Joe" and "I'm Still Crazy," and claiming Song of the Year honors from the Country Music Association in 1989 for "Chiseled In Stone," co-written with Max D. Barnes.
Born in Alabama and raised on gospel and country, Vern found musical footing in the 1960s when he joined brother Rex Gosdin in a California bluegrass group, the Golden State Boys, which also featured Chris Hillman, who would soon become a member of the Byrds. He wrote a song that appeared in the soundtrack of the hipp ie-era biker movie Easy Rider and finally cracked the country singles list in 1976 with a double-sided release, "Hangin' On" and "Yesterday's Gone," which featured backing vocals by Emmylou Harris. He scored several more successes in the '70s with covers of "Never My Love" and "Break My Mind" and netted a 1982 hit with "Today My World Slipped Away," which would be covered 15 years later by George Strait.
The 1983 single "Way Down Deep" reconnected Vern with his gospel roots, "If You're Gonna Do Me Wrong (Do It Right)" earned a CMA Song of the Year nomination, and 1987's "Do You Believe Me Now" reinvigorated his career after a three-year lull.
Vern encountered a string of health problems in the 1990s: He required heart bypass surgery in 1990, suffered a stroke in 1995 and incurred a second stroke in 1999. Along the way, he picked up three gold albums — Chiseled In Stone, 10 Years Of Greatest Hits (Newly Recorded) and Super Hits — and a 2005 induction in the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. He earned kudos and admiration from numerous country artists — including George Jones, Randy Travis and Jake Owen — for his emotional command of a traditional country song.