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Johnny Cash’s Last Live Performance Ever

Johnny Cash hit the stage for what would be the final time on this day in 2003.

When appearing at the Carter Fold Ranch, Cash paid tribute to his late wife, June Carter Cash (who passed away in May of the same year) before singing “Ring Of Fire”:

“The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has.”

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Shania Twain

Shania Twain Announces First Studio Album In 15 Years

Shania Twain is back.

The country legend–seriously, she’s the best-selling female artist in the history of country music with 85 million records sold–has announced her fifth studio album, simply titled Now.

Alongside the announcement, Twain also revealed the first single from the project: “Life’s About To Get Good.”

Listen to the song below:

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Patsy Cline

From The Vaultz: Patsy Cline’s Horrific Car Accident

Patsy Cline Tells Fans How She Nearly Died

Of all the posthumously released albums that have helped to keep the legend of Patsy Clinealive and well, Live At The Cimarron Ballroom is one of the most fascinating. It was recorded at that venue in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 29 July, 1961 (ticket price: $1.50), and released for the first time on the same date 19 years ago, in 1997.

Patsy posterThe MCA release was a precious opportunity to hear a completely authentic live performance by the country queen from Gore, Virginia, and to experience a concert that took place a few weeks before her 29th birthday. She performs signature hits like ‘I Fall To Pieces’ and ‘Walkin’ After Midnight,’ as well as standards such as ‘Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey’ and songs that she never recorded on a studio album, such as ‘When My Dreamboat Comes Home’ and the Connie Francis hit ‘Stupid Cupid.’

It’s a gripping recording, and not just because of Cline’s stellar vocal performance and undoubted star quality. The album is also striking for the inter-song chat, especially when it locks the concert in a very specific time frame. “I’m kind of out of wind, this is the first time I’ve worked since I got out of the hospital,” she tells the crowd at one point. Six weeks earlier, on 14  June, she had been involved in a serious car accident, a head-on collision in Nashville.

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Shania Twain

Artist Profile: Shania Twain

Born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, middle sister Shania Twain and her family moved to Timmins, Ontario at the age of 2 after her parent’s divorce.

Shania grew up in poverty: her parents earned little money and went hungry at school. Twain also witnessed domestic violence first-hand. Starting at eight, Shania would sing in Timmins bars to help support the family, honing her craft.

At the age of 13, Twain was invited to perform on CBC television’s the Tommy Hunter Show. She joined a cover band in high school called “Longshot.”

Twain started working at her father’s reforestation business before working with vocal coach Ian Garrett in Toronto (she would clean his house to pay for the lesson.)

She sang back-up vocals on Tim Denis’ “Heavy on the Sunshine” before trekking to Nashville to record some demos. Her first big break came on February 8, 1987, when Shania performed at the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with Broadway star Bernadette Peters, jazz guitarist Don Ross, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

On November 1, 1987, Twain’s mother and stepfather died in a car accident and put her musical career on hold to raise her family. Six years later, she signed with Mercury Nashville and released her debut album in 1993. Her first self-titled album flew under the radar, but her second album The Woman In Me sold 20 million records worldwide thanks to eight US Country singles.

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Artist Profile: Shania Twain

Born as Eilleen Regina Edwards in 1965 in Windsor, Ontario, middle sister Shania Twain and her family moved to Timmins, Ontario at the age of 2 after her parent’s divorce.

Shania grew up in poverty: her parents earned little money and went hungry at school. Twain also witnessed domestic violence first-hand. Starting at eight, Shania would sing in Timmins bars to help support the family, honing her craft.

At the age of 13, Twain was invited to perform on CBC television’s the Tommy Hunter Show. She joined a cover band in high school called “Longshot.”

Twain started working at her father’s reforestation business before working with vocal coach Ian Garrett in Toronto (she would clean his house to pay for the lesson.)

She sang back-up vocals on Tim Denis’ “Heavy on the Sunshine” before trekking to Nashville to record some demos. Her first big break came on February 8, 1987, when Shania performed at the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation at the Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto with Broadway star Bernadette Peters, jazz guitarist Don Ross, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

On November 1, 1987, Twain’s mother and stepfather died in a car accident and put her musical career on hold to raise her family. Six years later, she signed with Mercury Nashville and released her debut album in 1993. Her first self-titled album flew under the radar, but her second album The Woman In Me sold 20 million records worldwide thanks to eight US Country singles.

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