NASHVILLE NEWS AND NOTES FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016!

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Brad Paisley took to social media to tease that his next Opry appearance would be one to remember, and last night, he lived up to his promise. After performing three of his own hits, Brad brought Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival on stage for his Grand Ole Opry debut.  Brad, John and Brad’s band played three classic Fogerty hits including “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Centerfield” and wrapped it up with CCR’s classic, “Proud Mary.”  That must have been fun!

If you’d like to meet newcomer Chris Lane, all you need to do is pick up a copy of his new CD being released exclusively at Target stores!  The disc includes his hit “Fix” along with two bonus tracks– a new song called “Drinkin’ Games,” plus an acoustic version of “Fix.”  Inside the package, you will find a pair of passes to meet Chris at a future show.

Nashville paid its collective respects and paid tribute to country legend Merle Haggard at last night’s All for the Hall benefit at Bridgestone Arena.  Among those paying tribute were Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Sam Hunt and Luke Bryan.  Event co-organizer Keith Urban ended the evening by revealing that the sixth All for the Hall benefit was officially the most successful one ever, raising nearly three-quarters of a million dollars for the Hall’s music education programs.  Merle Haggard passed away last week after battling double pneumonia.