June 4, 2004
*TODAY - Toyota Concert Series
*Uncasville CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
June 5, 2004
*Camden NJ - Tweeter Center
June 6, 2004
*Sparta KY - Country Stampede - Kentucky Speedway
June 25, 2004
*Grand Junction, CO - Country Jam USA
June 26, 2004
*Greely, CO - Rocky Mountain Stampede
July 2, 2004
*Reno, NV - Reno Hilton
July 3, 2004
*Provo UT - LaVell Edwards Stadium
July 9, 2004
*Redding CA - Redding Rodeo Grounds
July 10, 2004
*Kelseyville CA - Konocti Field Amphitheatre
July 15, 2004
*Hinckley MN - Grand Casino
July 17, 2004
*Baltimore, MD - Mariner Arena. Benefitting Cystic Fibrosis. On sale May 21.
July 18, 2004
*Belmont County, OH - Jamboree In The Hills
July 21, 2004
*Columbus OH - Germain Amphitheatre
July 22, 2004
*Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino
July 23, 2004
*Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder USA 2004
July 25, 2004
*Minot ND - North Dakota State Fair
July 30, 2004
*Kelowna BC - Heartland Music Festival
July 31, 2004
*Camrose AB - Big Valley Jamboree
August 7, 2004
*Atlanta GA - Chastain Park
August 14, 2004
*Jackson MI - Jackson County Fair
August 15, 2004
*Indianapolis IN - Indiana State Fair
August 21, 2004
*Oklahoma City OK - Zoo Amphitheatre
August 28, 2004
*Syracuse NY - New York State Fair
September 4, 2004
*Albuquerque NM - New Mexico State Fair
September 11, 2004
*Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Live
September 18, 2004
*Phoenix AZ - America West Arena
September 19, 2004
*Puyallup WA - Western Washington Fair
September 25, 2004
*Omaha NE - Quest Center
September 26, 2004
*Grand Forks ND - Ralph Engelstad Arena
November 5, 2004
*Daly City CA - Cow Palace
SEE THE VIDEO
THE NEW CD
2. If I Had Any Sense Left at All
3. My Sister
4. Learned to be Lonely
5. Moving Oleta
6. Love Revival
7. He Gets That From Me
8. I'm Gonna Take That Mountain
9. Room to Breathe
10. Sky Full of Angels
12. It Just Has to be This Way (duet with Vince Gill)
"Reba returns to one of her classic themes, female empowerment. She also returns to fiddle-and-dobro propelled country. And she takes no prisoners in doing either one. Fiery and fierce."
-Robert Oermann (MUSIC ROW)
REBA IN MAGAZINES
UPDATED: 4/30/2004 1:55PM :: updated by Clark ::
REBA WINS PRISM AWARD
LOS ANGELES - Evan Rachel Wood (news), Reba McEntire (news) and Peter Krause (news) were honored at the eighth annual Prism Awards, presented for accurate portrayals of drug, alcohol and tobacco use within entertainment programming.
The awards were presented Thursday night at the Hollywood Palladium by the Entertainment Industries Council Inc. in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Institute on Drug Abuse/National Institutes of Health (news - web sites).
The winner of the top prize for theatrical feature film was Fernando Meirelles' "City of God."
Wood was recognized for her performance as an out-of-control teenager in the 2003 film "thirteen." McEntire won for performance in a comedy series ("Reba"), and Krause won for performance in a drama series multi-episode story line ("Six Feet Under").
Thora Birch (news) and Kelly Lynch (news) won for performance in a TV movie or miniseries for "Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story."
"On Thin Ice," starring Diane Keaton (news), won for TV movie or miniseries, and the music video award was shared by Johnny Cash (news)'s "Hurt" and Metallica (news - web sites)'s "Frantic."
UPDATED: 4/27/2004 5:57PM :: updated by Clark ::
NEW TOUR ITEMS
Reba.com previewed these new tour items today. They also note that these items will not be available to the online Reba store until after
the tour ends. For those of you attending the shows, you can keep your eyes open for these items.
Click the link that matches your screen size to preview the detail of this wallpaper.
UPDATED: 4/26/2004 12:50PM :: updated by Clark ::
Reba moves from #22 to #19 in Radio & Records and from #20 to #18 in Billboard this week. Keep requesting!
UPDATED: 4/24/2004 6:17AM :: updated by Bernie ::
Reba reigns at Country Thunder
She may have taken a singing sabbatical and become the television star of her own sitcom, but Reba McEntire is still the queen of country music.
In just her second live performance since 2001, the 49-year-old sensation gave a marvelous performance and was received like royalty by a raucous crowd of approximately 35,000 at Country Thunder Friday night in Florence.
Though she's taken up acting — both on Broadway and on her TV show “Reba” — this show was strictly about the music and all the better for it. Gone were the glitzy stage sets and glamorous get-ups of past tours — can you imagine a spangled gown on a farm in Florence? — as McEntire and her band touched on hits from throughout her lengthy career and choice cuts from her new album, “Room to Breathe.”
“It's really exciting to see her perform live,” said Shelly Zimmerman, 29, of Gilbert.
She and her husband attended a pre-show meet-and-greet with McEntire and came away impressed.
“She's even prettier in person than she is on TV!” enthused David Zimmerman, 30.
The stripped down stage presentation was perfect for an outdoor festival and matched McEntire's clothing choice of a simple black halter top and tan slacks with a smattering of sequins at the bottom. Her trademark red locks are still cut short but were just starting to touch her bare shoulders. In her return to the concert stage, she sounded as comfortable as she looked, opening the show in fine voice on “So Good Together” and “Whoever's in New England.”
McEntire made her case for country cred — as if she needed to 25 years into her career — by telling the gathering that she “grew up on a working cattle ranch in Oklahoma.” She described her taciturn father and introduced “The Greatest Man I Never Knew” and the song was made all the more touching by the band's delicate acoustic backing.
McEntire was equally at home rocking though uptempo numbers such as her latest single “I'm Gonna Take That Mountain,” though it was initially marred by some feedback problems.
Two-thirds of the way through her 90 minute set, McEntire introduced Linda Davis who sang lead on “Love Sneaking Up on You” and then the two duetted through a terrific take on “One Honest Heart.”
While speaking of her TV show, McEntire cracked “It's called ‘Reba’ so I can remember the name of it!” and launched into the program's theme song “I'm a Survivor.”
“I love her show. She's my woman on TV!” said T.J. Kirkpatrick, 23, of Phoenix.
His girlfriend prefers McEntire on the microphone.
“She was born to sing and music is her life,” said Dusty Conner, 23, of Safford. “Acting is just something extra that she does on the side.”
McEntire closed her set with the gentle ballad “And Still” followed by the electric guitar driven tunes “Is There Life Out There?” and “Does He Love You,” the latter, again, with Linda Davis.
For her encore, the star returned with a jacket to match her pants and a blistering version of “Fancy” before she was whisked away in a limo with police escort — fancy, indeed!
By Thomas Bond
UPDATED: 4/24/2004 11:13AM :: updated by Clark ::
Crowd gets the 'Ree' deal
In one of her first stage shows in three years, McEntire did all her hits, and she's had a few, without the fancy trappings of earlier outings.
James S. Wood
Country Thunder mixes class, humor
The Country Thunder USA festival headed into the weekend on a classy note Friday evening with crisp performances by veteran Reba McEntire and relative newcomer Phil Vassar.
Sandwiched between those two artists was a good-humored set by the always-entertaining Neal McCoy.
McEntire was the evening's headliner, and rightfully so. She's Nashville royalty, not to mention the author of two books and star of Broadway and the "Reba" sitcom on the WB network.
Her hour-plus set was a study in sleek professionalism, tempered by the Oklahoma-born singer's down-home comments between songs.
The red-haired superstar cuts a glamorous figure onstage, but her million-selling catalog of hits -- which often focus on the struggles of strong-willed women -- connected with the throng of country-music fans that nearly filled the 50-acre concert site near Florence.
Having put her recording career on the back burner for much of the past four years to fulfill what she called a longtime dream -- "I got my own TV show!" -- McEntire served up a healthy dose of hits from 27 years worth of albums.
Backed by eight solid musicians who were outfitted like a Vegas show band, McEntire performed flawless versions of such radio favorites as "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia," "Whoever's in New England," "You Lie" and an encore of her dramatic signature tune, "Fancy."
Looking casually elegant in a black sleeveless top cut low in the back and beige slacks, McEntire also sampled her latest CD, "Room To Breathe," released five months ago.
She gave a rootsy reading of her recent single "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain," and she provided encouragement to those who've failed at love with the new "Somebody." One of the evening's most poignant moments came when she introduced "The Greatest Man I Never Knew." Talking about her father, a rancher and rodeo champion, she said, "One thing that my daddy wasn't good at was expressing how he felt to the people he loved."
Another highlight came when McEntire teamed with talented backup singer Linda Davis on "Does He Love You," which talks of two women in love with a man who's married to one of them.
McEntire and Davis started at opposite ends of the stage, trading lines about the husband/lover, working their way to the center and finally circling each other.
It was simple but effective showmanship, like the rest of McEntire's set.
McEntire drops the glitter, goes pure country
FLORENCE - The announcer had barely gotten "Ree" out of his mouth when the crowd bolted to its feet.
Whistles, applause and shouts of "We love you Reba" drowned out the announcer's "ba," and if Reba McEntire had any doubts that she was missed in three years off the stage, Arizona surely erased them.
"Thank you very much. It's good to be back in Arizona," she told the nearly 35,000 fans who had abandoned their seats, lawn chairs and blankets in the grass. "I always have a great time and you always make me feel welcome."
Then McEntire dragged out the treasure chest of hit songs that have made her the undisputed queen of country music for 20 years. With no fancy costumes, stage sets or troupe of sexy dancers - trademarks of her past few concert outings - McEntire took the audience back and forth through the years, from "Someone in New England" to her current hit "Somebody."
The three years since she left music to pursue acting washed away with every song she sang. The concert played like a soundtrack of her career: the early hits "How Was I to Know" and "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" sounded refreshing and new, as if we were listening to them for the first time.
You could almost hear a collective sob when she sang the tender ballad "The Greatest Man I Never Knew." But the somberness was quickly erased with the up-tempo empowering tune "I'm a Survivor," the only song she had recorded new during her sabbatical.
It's the theme song of her Fox TV show, and McEntire, the aspiring actress, was quick to plug the sitcom. The audience enthusiastically indulged her like true fans.
A Reba concert wouldn't be a Reba concert without two key ingredients, though: "Fancy" and "Does He Love You." She performed both, the latter with her Grammy-winning duet partner, Linda Davis.
The song seems custom written for the pair: McEntire plays the wronged wife to Davis' cheating girl on the side. The pair go back and forth in an argument over who the man in the middle loves best.
Davis wasn't with McEntire the past couple concert tours, and McEntire has tapped other singers for the role. With the exception of Martina McBride during the 2001 Girls Night Out Tour, no one seemed as comfortable a fit as Davis. It was nice to see the duo sharing a stage together.
"Fancy" was McEntire's encore, which seemed kind of fitting. McEntire is fully aware that the song is about a prostitute, but the song's punch line fits McEntire, an Oklahoma gal who never imagined she'd grow up to be the superstar we've grown to miss so much.
Reba capped off a day that included the return of crowd favorite Neil McCoy and the debut of Cowboy Crush, Country music's first all-female band.
Cathalena E. Burch
UPDATED: 4/23/2004 10:56PM :: updated by Bernie ::
The video for "Somebody" is racing up the Top Twenty charts on GAC and CMT. It is now at #3 on GAC and at #9 on CMT!
Keep up the good work in voting for this video!
UPDATED: 4/23/2004 6:52PM :: updated by Bernie ::
REBA MCENTIRE, ON "REBA" FUTURE AND "REBA" FINALE
When asked what is in store for her career from here on, Reba commented:
"A few things I'm looking into that I can't discuss right now, they're asking me not to, but it will be announced in a couple of months. The thing I'm really tuning into is to make the television show more interesting and more entertaining and more honest and more real, and continue with that. And continue putting out the best music, finding the greatest songs for my fans and my audience because they deserve it. They've put up with me all these years and I don't want to disappoint them in any way."
ON HER SEASON'S FINAL EPISODE OF "REBA"? - "Well, it's going to be ... it was a big surprise to Reba Heart and everybody in her household what happens to Brock. And then Van and Cheyenne change their mind on a very big decision that they were going to do. So that's two things that I can kind of hint about. And that's all I can say. But it's a good show. I think it's the best show out of all three seasons."
REBA, ON THE IMPORTANCE OF VIDEOS IN HER CAREER
"The first video I ever made was "Whoever's in New England," 18 years ago. Back then there weren't any video channels and the record companies questioned whether a video was worth the money to make it. Thanks to MCA records for taking that chance. That video was my first chance to act and I never thought videos would play such an important part in my life."
UPDATED: 4/22/2004 1:52PM :: updated by Clark ::
Reba keeps family at the top
It's amazing that country superstar Reba McEntire can find time to appear at this week's Country Thunder USA! festival, considering all the irons she has in the fire.
The role of vivacious singer is just one that the 49-year-old Oklahoma native plays: She stars in the TV sitcom Reba on WB, has dabbled in acting on Broadway and in feature films, and has written two books.
The Grammy-winning singer, who performs Friday at Country Thunder, also must carve out private time to spend with her husband, Narvel Blackstock, and their 14-year-old son, Shelby.
We asked Arizona Republic readers to send in questions for McEntire on any of her life's many facets.
Here are the 10 best questions:
How do you juggle starring in a TV show, going on concert tours and spending time with your family? - Renae Santora, Chandler
Narvel Blackstock, who is my husband and manager, helps me blend the work and family time together.
I love doing the TV show. It's a great challenge and it also allows me to have special quality and quantity time with my family since I only work one night a week and I have the weekends free. Our music tour happens in the summer when we're on hiatus from the TV show. Shelby can travel with us when he's not golfing or surfing, two things he loves very much.
As you look at your experiences on Broadway, with Annie Get Your Gun, the Reba TV show and your live concerts, what is most rewarding to you? - Suzanne Budovec, Surprise
The wonderful feeling that somebody in the audience loves what you're doing. It all comes down to being loved and accepted. I don't know anyone who doesn't want that.
What is the best piece of advice you could offer young people wanting to break into an acting or singing career? - Kim Baloun, Phoenix
Get your education first, take all the training you can, practice every day, try to get some job experience by interning or volunteering in some way, put your heart and soul into it and work your butt off! Be sure that your career choice is something you love because if it does work out, you could be doing it for a long time. It always helps to have a job you love. That's a wonderful blessing.
You've gone through many changes in your life. What specific event, either positive or negative, was the most life-altering? - Ann Jones, Tempe
The plane crash in 1991, when we lost seven band members, my tour manager and two pilots, was definitely the point in my life where I started looking at things differently (she was not on board). At first, I never wanted to get close to anyone ever again. The loss hurt way too bad. Then I realized that not only do I need to get close to people, I need to tell the ones I love how much they mean to me and how much I love them. I realized that I needed to live each day as if it were my last. Because you never know when it's going to be your time.
Who do you consider the most powerful female artist in country music today? - Brad J. Dunmire, Scottsdale
Shania Twain and Martina McBride.
Why are men dominating the country music scene now? In other words, where are the new Rebas, Dollys, Patsys and Lorettas? - John Hammond, Goodyear
A few years back, the females dominated the country music scene. Now, the males are. It's a cycle that I believe will continue and the females will be back on the scene in full force real soon.
What is your favorite song of all time? - Miriam Durgut
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (by Hank Williams). As soon as I send this, I'll think of 10 more songs that are my favorite. That's a hard question!
Have you decided on whether you will extend the Reba show for another year, or even longer than that? - Frank and Shirley Brooks, Phoenix
Unfortunately, it's not my decision. But if it were, I'd love for the TV show to go as long as people will watch it. We have a great time hanging out with each other, rehearsing and taping the show. It's been a wonderful experience for me.
Why did you decide against wearing your wedding band on the Reba show? I would have told the writers that this ring will not come off for any reason. - Will Massey, Chandler
It wasn't the writers who told me to take it off, I decided that. Since Reba and Brock Hart were getting divorced, I thought it would be better if she didn't wear her wedding band. Then when Brock and Barbara Jean got married, I knew it was the right decision. It didn't bother Narvel, either.
How does performing at a huge outdoor festival like Country Thunder USA! differ from indoor concerts? - Helen Minor, Phoenix
It's totally different! It's hard to contain that much excitement with so many people in such a large space. I'm really looking forward to coming back to Arizona. Everyone there has always been so nice to us.
- Larry Rodgers
UPDATED: 4/22/2004 12:49PM :: updated by Clark ::
Reba McEntire accepts the Johnny Cash Visionary Award at the Country Music Television Flame Worthy Video Music Awards show Wednesday, April 21, 2004, in Nashville, Tenn., as presenter Ronnie Dunn, left, of the duo Brooks & Dunn, applauds.
UPDATED: 4/22/2004 12:33PM :: updated by Bernie ::
Refreshed Reba returns to touring
When Reba McEntire takes the Country Thunder USA stage next Friday, don't expect to see any sexy dancers backing her up.
And forget about the Broadway-style stage setups, expansive dance numbers, glamorous costume changes and video complements that overshadowed her last few tours in the late 1990s.
It's just Reba and the songs that have made her country music's undisputed queen the past 25 years.
"I think I was doing so much to entertain me more than anybody else (in the late 1990s) and to keep my interest and my attention focused," the superstar, 49, says in a reflective tone. "Now I've been away for three years and I really do appreciate the music more, the songs more. I just want to stand there and sing. I've missed that."
In March, McEntire stepped on a stage for the first time since the 2001 Girls Night Out Tour with Martina McBride. Yes, she declares, seeing that capacity audience numbering in the tens of thousands and hearing them shout her name felt good.
It had been too long, yet it felt like yesterday. If she ever needed anything to convince her that music is her first love, it was that roar.
""I absolutely loved it. I had a wonderful time. The crowd was wonderful. It was good to get back on stage," McEntire said during a break from her spring vacation earlier this month in California.
"You really enjoy hearing people scream your name. You walk out and the lights come on and everybody goin', 'bahhhhh.' Oh my gosh, that's the biggest thrill. That's like your child hugging on your neck over and over again. It's that unconditional love. You just can't ever get enough of that."
Next Friday will be only her second concert since taking a sabbatical from music in 2001 to focus on acting. First, it was Broadway and rave reviews in "Annie Get Your Gun." Then, it was Hollywood and the WB sitcom "Reba."
McEntire recently wrapped up her third season.
"It's a lot of fun to get in there with the people you really like to work with and play with, because that's what it really is, it's a play," she says of the sitcom. "You're putting together a new play every week."
McEntire also loves the schedule: work three weeks, off a week. Summers off. Time off for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A far cry from the grueling touring and recording schedule that rarely allows for long stretches beyond time off around Christmas.
McEntire spent her first summer away from music vacationing with her family; last summer, she snuck into Nashville to record "Room to Breathe" - her 28th album in 20 years, which was released late last year.
This summer, she's returning to the stage.
"I had toured for 25 straight years. It was getting not fun anymore," McEntire says. "Now that I'm going back, I have a totally, completely different outlook on it. And it's fun."
McEntire says this tour, which will hit more than 30 cities (including Phoenix on Sept. 18) through September, does not mean she will resume yearly outings. She is taking it one year at a time, she says.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my two summers off," McEntire says, adding with a chuckle: "I could be a professional vacationer, by the way."
But she admits the applause and fan adoration are intoxicating.
"For the fans to want me to come back and sing is, uh, well that's the sweetest sound of anything I can think of right now," she says, and you can hear a blush.
"Yeah , I've missed the music. I really have. And that's why getting back on stage and just singing instead of going off and doing clothes changes and stuff like that. . . . I'm just really back to saying I want to talk to the audience. I want to have that one-on-one with them, although there might be 20,000 in the place. I really want to have that communication and time with the audience."
- By Cathalena E. Burch
UPDATED: 4/22/2004 12:21PM :: updated by Bernie ::
Reba’s back, living up to Leading Lady title
Reba, where have you been?
Before "Room To Breathe" was released in November, it had been four years since your last recording. And you haven't toured since 2001. We've missed you.
Country music's "Leading Lady" is unapologetic in her answer: She's been busy - with family. Sea World. Disneyland. San Diego Zoo. All those things vacationing families are known to do, Reba McEntire has been doing them. And loving it.
"I just spent a week with my brothers and sisters and mama in Mexico," she said.
The truth is, McEntire said in a phone interview from Los Angeles last week, a couple of years ago she became burned out, both emotionally and physically, by the music business.
When you've sold more than 48 million records, there's little rest for the weary. The Nashville Machine never sleeps. And the climb to the top is not nearly as difficult as staying there.
"I hadn't taken a break in 25 years," McEntire said, as if seeking an excused absence from fans who simply cannot get enough of her. "Now, I can relax and have fun for the audience."
McEntire, 49, will end her sabbatical April 23, when she takes the stage as a headline act for Country Thunder USA, a four-day music festival in Florence.
Seasoned fans, however, may cringe at the concert time: 10 p.m.
"I'll tell them to do what I'm going to do," she said. "Take you a little nap during the afternoon. Hey, I'm usually asleep by 10:30."
Although she has a new record out, McEntire promises to perform many of her classics. "That's the reason why you've got to make sure the material you record are songs you love. If you're fortunate enough that one's a hit, you'll probably be performing that song all your life," she said.
Times have changed in the music business, McEntire said. And not for the better. "There's more competition, and radio doesn't seem to stick with a new artist. It's more like a singles career than when I started. One-song wonders is fine with them. They're not interested in an artist's career. I was very fortunate to start when I did," she said.
If McEntire's been missing in years of late, it's only from the radio. Her movies and albums can be ordered on her Web site, www.reba.com. In 2001, she wowed critics in the Broadway production of "Annie Get Your Gun." Turn on the TV Friday in Tucson (WB Channel 58, 7 p.m.) and there she is: Reba in "Reba."
"(The title character) Reba Hart and Reba McEntire are very similar. Both are very protective of family, and both have a short fuse a lot of the time," she said.
McEntire has been absent from the music scene for so long that some younger fans know her as an actress alone.
"It's kind of cute," she said. "Kids will be at the show and tell their moms, 'Hey, did you know she sings, too?'"There soon again will be no doubt about her music credentials. McEntire will be everywhere.
Her new single and video, "I'm Going To Take That Mountain," are getting good airplay.
On April 21, she received Country Music Television's Johnny Cash Visionary Award. And on May 26, She will host and perform at the Academy of Country Music Awards.
As part of her 33-stop national tour, McEntire will return to Arizona for a Sept. 18 date at America West Arena in Phoenix.
"The difference (from recent years) is I won't have 10 dancers on stage and 15 changes of clothing," she said. "I'll be spending more time on stage with the fans, just singing. Doing all that other stuff was to entertain me. I no longer have to entertain myself."
Welcome back. The "new" Reba is the "old" Reba that fans missed anyway.
- JOSEPH GARCIA
UPDATED: 4/21/2004 6:02AM :: updated by Bernie ::
"Somebody" cracks Top Twenty
"Somebody" has "finally" cracked the Top Twenty on the MediaBase charts coming in this morning at #20 with an increase in spins of 100+! It should continue to move up as there are several singles with decreasing spins ahead of it right now!!
Keep on requesting at radio and voting for the video at gactv.com!
Also remember to keep voting at kzla.com Magnificent 7@7 where Reba
and "Somebody" came in at #5 last night! Also everyone needs to continue to vote at
wamz.com Top 10@10 where "Somebody" only has 1% of the vote count as of this morning.
I think it would be great if we can keep "Somebody" moving upward on the radio charts and video charts up through the ACM Awards Show 'cause I believe this will be the song that Reba performs on the show!
Thanks everyone for all of your hard work in supporting Reba's latest single. It's paying off!
UPDATED: 4/20/2004 6:21AM :: updated by Clark ::
For anyone going to Country Thunder USA in Florence AZ this weekend:
If you would be interested in sharing your photos or a concert review with the website, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name as you want it to appear on the website. Thank you!
UPDATED: 4/20/2004 6:18AM :: updated by Clark ::
Just added: September 11, 2004 / Grand Prairie TX / Nokia Live
UPDATED: 4/20/2004 6:13AM :: updated by Clark ::
REBA'S 20TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF MINING PRECIOUS METAL
Did you know that Reba McEntire is on an incredible
run of consecutive albums that were precious metal
certified? Since MY KIND OF COUNTRY in 1984 to her
latest ROOM TO BREATHE, every one has been certified
Gold or Platinum.
UPDATED: 4/19/2004 12:38PM :: updated by Clark ::
RebaNet Message Board is down
If you regularly check the RebaNet message boards, you may have noticed that they are currently not available. Cherri (Starstruck) announced in advance
that this would be happening. They plan on redoing some areas of RebaNet.
In the meantime, feel free to use the fancyreba.com message boards to communicate with your Reba friends. Also be sure to check out
the new chatroom. Be sure to tell your Reba friends they can meet at fancyreba.com. We can't assume that everyone knows...
UPDATED: 4/18/2004 12:40PM :: updated by Bernie ::
"Somebody" is up to #5 on the GAC Top Twenty videos. You can vote for the video at http://gactv.com/vote.html. Everybody vote and we can get Reba's "Somebody" video to #1!!! Thanks everyone.
UPDATED: 4/17/2004 12:40PM :: updated by Clark ::
SOMEBODY lands at #12 this week on CMTs Top 20 Countdown.
UPDATED: 4/17/2004 12:09PM :: updated by Clark ::
FANCY performed live at Country Fest 98. Now available in VIDEO ARCHIVE.
UPDATED: 4/17/2004 9:50AM :: updated by Clark ::
See an extraordinary performance of And Still. Now available in VIDEO ARCHIVE.
UPDATED: 4/16/2004 7:31PM :: updated by Clark ::
Ma Tex Returns!
Re-live the adventures of Reba as Ma Tex in the motion picture NORTH.
UPDATED: 4/16/2004 4:50PM :: updated by Clark ::
Lights, Camera, Reba!!!
Reba completed filming her third season of Reba, but she hasn't been off-camera yet. CMT camera crews have been trailing the superstar for several weeks, and were there during her Houston Rodeo performance and during a taping of Reba on the WB. All the footage will be compiled into CMT Total Release, set to air in May.
UPDATED: 4/16/2004 4:44PM :: updated by BERNIE ::
Toyota Concert Series on TODAY
Reba will once again appear on NBC's Toyota Concert Series on TODAY June 4 2004. More details will be posted as they become available.
UPDATED: 4/16/2004 11:20AM :: updated by BERNIE ::
Stadium of Fire tickets hot
They may sell out quickly, thanks to Reba and others
By Laura Warner
Deseret Morning News
PROVO — Reba's a hot ticket.
Tickets to this year's Stadium of Fire — headlined by country music legend Reba McEntire — are expected to sell out shortly after they go on sale Saturday.
"We've just had a lot of calls — more than ever before — and people wanting to buy blocks of seats for 20, 50 or 70 people," said Carl Bacon, chief organizer of America's Freedom Festival at Provo, which organizes the concert-and-fireworks show.
The strength of the talent lineup is being credited for the unprecedented interest. The July 3 show is part of McEntire's first tour in three years.
"She's like the Madonna of country music. There is nothing better than Reba," said fan DeAnne Mackey. "People love her, and they will pay to see her."
Many folks in GOP-heavy Utah County also want to see radio talk-show host Sean Hannity, whose appearance last year was the catalyst for controversy.
In the weeks leading to the Independence Day event, many questioned if the festival, located in the heart of a valley once called the most Republican in the nation, catered only to conservatives.
In March, Hannity offered 1,000 promo seats for $100 each as a way to generate early excitement. Within 24 hours, the tickets were gone.
And like last year, this year's Stadium of Fire will be broadcast live via the American Forces Network to members of the military in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Asia, Europe and aboard U.S. Navy ships.
Bacon said that there has been little controversy surrounding Hannity's return, aside from the host's run-in with Utah Democratic Party Chairman Donald Dunn on the radio.
After calling Hannity "divisive" and a "pimp for the GOP," Dunn declined to accept an invitation to debate at a book signing for Hannity's book, "Deliver Us From Evil: Defeating Terrorism, Despotism and Liberalism."
"I still believe that Sean Hannity is a lackey for the GOP," Dunn said.
Bacon usually encourages controversy — it helped to bring record crowds to the Stadium of Fire last year.
"We can never assume that it's going to sell out, but this is one of those years when you have a pretty good feeling," Bacon said. "I'm concerned for people who are not going to respond early because they'll be disappointed."
Tickets go on sale Saturday at 8 a.m. at the BYU Marriott Center ticket office and will be available during regular weekday hours, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets can also be purchased by calling the ticket office at 378-BYU1 or toll-free at 1-800-322-BYU1, online at www.byutickets.com or at Smith'sTix.
Tickets are $20, $30 and $45, with premium seats in front of the stage for $100 and $250.
UPDATED: 4/14/2004 1:47PM :: updated by Clark ::
MEET OTHER FANS
Stop in the chatroom each night from 8pm-9pm Central to meet with other Reba fans. The chatroom is new - so be sure to tell all your friends
to stop by. See you there!
UPDATED: 4/13/2004 9:43PM :: updated by Clark ::
fancyreba.com SITE ON THE RADIO
On tonights broadcast at approximately 8:30pm, WPAY FM104.1 (The Tri-State's Most Powerful & Polular Station) mentioned fancyreba.com
on the air before playing 'Somebody'. If there are any Reba fans in the Tri-State area who heard the broadcast please send comments
to email@example.com. Special thanks to Mark for getting us on the air and doing his
part to play 'Somebody'!
UPDATED: 4/13/2004 1:04PM :: updated by Clark ::
Woman accused of posing as Reba McEntire tour manager
LANCASTER, Calif. -- A woman who allegedly posed as Reba McEntire's tour manager and persuaded a 77-year-old man to pay her $2,000 for a security job with the country singer has been arrested, officials said Monday.
Michelle Greene, 38, was arrested Saturday for investigation of fiduciary abuse of an elderly person after allegedly telling the man he should leave his job to go work for McEntire, according to officials with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
The man quit his job as a community aide for the sheriff's department after telling staffers his plans, said Detective Brad Feehan.
Investigators said the man called authorities after Greene failed to pick him up in the tour bus.
Feehan said a McEntire tour official told him Monday that Greene "does not work with Reba in any fashion."
Greene, who is also under investigation for false report of an emergency and driving under the influence, was jailed Monday on $50,000 bail.
The alleged victim was allowed to resume his job with the county, Feehan said.
UPDATED: 4/12/2004 9:56PM :: updated by Mark ::
COLUMBUS OH TOUR INFORMATION
Tickets for the July 21 Columbus Ohio show will go on sale on May 15th. Lawn seats will be available for 35.50 and Lower Pavillion will be 70.50
UPDATED: 4/12/2004 9:50PM :: updated by Clark ::
fancyreba.com Welcomes Mark!
I'm happy to announce that Mark (J.R.) Journey has joined the fancyreba.com team. Expect to hear updates from Mark soon.
Thanks for volunteering to help out Mark!
UPDATED: 4/12/2004 7:17PM :: updated by Clark ::
REBA TO PERFORM AT ACM AWARDS
It was just announced by Entertainment Tonight that Reba will indeed be performing at the ACM Awards live from Las Vegas Wednesday, May
26th, 2004 8PM ET/PT ON CBS.
The single maintains steam, adding another 76 spins (1638 total versus the previous week's 1562) and advancing one spot on the Billboard chart to arrive at No. 24.
- Thanks 'assistant'!
UPDATED: 4/12/2004 10:55AM :: updated by Clark ::
McEntire to Receive CMT's Cash Award
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - It seems a little thing, but it left a big impression on Reba McEntire. Almost 20 years ago, McEntire was staying at a Holiday Inn in the Northeast when the video for her hit song "Whoever's In New England" came on HBO.
"In between movies they played music videos, and right after mine they played one by Aretha Franklin," she says. "I was floored by that, to even be in the same breath as Aretha Franklin."
McEntire went on to become one of country music's most successful singers — as well as a successful actress and author. On April 21, she'll receive Country Music Television's Johnny Cash Visionary Award.
The award — renamed this year in honor of Cash, who died Sept. 12 — will be presented during CMT's Flame Worthy Video Music Awards show. Hosted by Dolly Parton, the fan-voted awards show airs live from Nashville at 8 p.m. EDT.
"I'm very honored," McEntire told The Associated Press last week. "To be put in that category is a huge honor."
The award recognizes an artist's musical vision, innovative videos and pioneering initiatives. The Dixie Chicks won it two years ago, the first year it was given, and Cash received it last year.
McEntire is an easy choice. She's sold more than 50 million albums, played the lead role in the Broadway production of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun," starred in movies and in her own hit TV series, and written two books including a best-selling autobiography.
"She's taken country music into places it wouldn't normally go," said CMT General Manager Brian Philips. "And she just handles it so effortlessly. If someone told me tomorrow that there's a new NASA program and we're sending Reba to the moon, I'd say 'Good, she'll be a fine astronaut.' Anything is possible with her."
McEntire was one of the first country stars to see the potential of music video. Philips said she approached them as short dramatic pieces — an unusual concept for country video at the time.
"She's been heavily imitated," Philips said. "I can probably reach into the stack of videos we got last week and find maybe five things that Reba did."
In 1986's "Whoever's in New England," she portrayed a housewife worried that her husband was having an affair in Massachusetts. In "Fancy" she played a former prostitute, and in "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" an old woman with a secret to tell.
"I thought it would be a great avenue to put a name, face and song together in a neat package," McEntire said. "I always loved story songs, so to put that song in a story video was even better."
She credits her video work with giving her the confidence to seek movie roles.
"After all of the videos, I figured it was something I could do," she said. "I never did any acting until videos."
McEntire, who turned 50 last month, grew up on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma, where her father, Clark McEntire, was a champion calf roper.
After being discovered by cowboy singer Red Steagall in 1974, she struggled through the late '70s to build a singing career in Nashville. She scored her first major hit in 1980 with "(You Lift Me Up) to Heaven." Her other No. 1 hits include "Little Rock" and "What Am I Gonna Do About You."
Her movie debut was in 1990's "Tremors," which starred Kevin Bacon. Her other feature films and TV movies include "North," "The Little Rascals," "The Gambler Returns," "The Man From Left Field," "Buffalo Girls," "Is There Life Out There," "Forever Love" and "One Night at McCools."
McEntire also is still making videos. She's nominated this year in CMT's female video of the year category for "I'm Gonna Take That Mountain," a song from her latest album "Room to Breathe."
"I think videos are very important," McEntire said. "The video is another time for that song to be played and for fans to see you. That exposure is important."
- By JOHN GEROME, Associated Press Writer
UPDATED: 4/11/2004 8:45PM :: updated by Clark ::
NEW CHATROOM ADDED
A new chatroom has just been added to the site. Feel free to invite your friends over and use it anytime you'd like. The room will be
used for special events but will always remain open for you to use when its not being used for other purposes.
UPDATED: 4/11/2004 4:42PM :: updated by Clark ::
NEW GALLERY ADDED
Be sure to check out the new gallery that was just added to the website. This gallery features the ROOM TO BREATHE promo pics. Expect
more pictures to be added including both new and some older photos as well. Many people have asked for a gallery to be added to the site and I appreciate your patience as I try
to add the things you request.
UPDATED: 4/11/2004 9:56AM :: updated by Clark ::
Yes your requests are listened to! Because of the many messages received requesting some rare Reba tracks that were once available on the
site, it has been decided to bring them back full time. These songs will soon have a permanent home in the JUKEBOX section of fancyreba.com.
Thanks for your continued feedback and enjoy!
Tracks from: MOMENTS & MEMORIES: THE BEST OF REBA
Not available in the US
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POLL OF THE WEEK
"The Reba that they grew up with and fell in love with years ago, that's the kind of songs I'm recording
again. It never has changed. It's always been the kind of songs that I fall in love with and that touch my
heart. Those are the 10 or 11 songs that will be on my next CD."
GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE COUNTRY ARTIST IN THE USA
Reba McEntire is the biggest-selling female country vocalist in the USA. She's notched up 13 platinum and seven gold
albums up to February 2000. These include Sweet Sixteen (1989), Read My Mind (1994), and If You See Him (1998). She began
as a rodeo performer and also sang with members of her family before she was discovered by Red Steagall when she performed
the national anthem at a rodeo in 1974
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