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Joe Friday

Native Oklahoman, born and raised in Edmond. I love this Sooner state and everything about it – Love the people, the history and the music!

While most Okies are in their deepest sleep, I embrace the early alarm clock. “There’s just something about being the first one down the road on the way to the station… you just never know what’s going to happen at Hank FM!”

My wife Kendra and I have two beautiful girls (almost teenagers so please pray for me!), two dogs and a mortgage - I’m living the American Dream!

You and I have been waking up together for many years. It means a lot that you choose to spend your mornings with me. Follow me on Twitter @joefridayOKC, Facebook @joefridayOKC, or email me joefriday@CrankHankcom. Give me a call weekday mornings on 99.7 Hank FM on the Hank-Line.


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  • Is 'Hillbilly' an Offensive Term?


    Before being dubbed "country music," the musical stories passed down the hills of Tennessee from generations of working-class Irish and Scottish decedents held a different name: Hillbilly music.  Episode one of Ken Burns' expansive PBS documentary "Country Music" identifies "hillbilly" as deriving from a 1925 recordi...

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  • Sara Evans kicks off her 10-city Blue Christmas Tour


    Sara Evans kicks off her 10-city Blue Christmas Tour Dec. 5 in Huntsville, AL, with Temecula Road opening.   https://saraevans.com/tour/ ...

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  • Charlie Daniels hosted his second Patriot Award Dinner


    Charlie Daniels hosted his second Patriot Award Dinner at The Palm Restaurant this week, which raised $200,000 for his veterans nonprofit The Journey Home Project. The evening included performances by Daniels and fellow country singer Darryl Worley and remarks from Benghazi survivor Mark "Oz" Geist, who is retired from the U.S. Marine C...

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  • Rosanne Cash is opening up about the highs and lows of growing up with her superstar father Johnny Cash


    Rosanne Cash is opening up about the highs and lows of growing up with her superstar father, Johnny Cash. In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, the singer-songwriter remembers the toll her father’s meteoric rise to fame in the 1950s and ’60s took on their family life. “My childhood was chaotic, number one,” ...

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  • Phil Vassar and Lonestar will co-headline


    Phil Vassar and Lonestar will co-headline the 13-city Holiday & Hits Tour starting Dec. 4 in Arlington, WA. Prior to the tour, Vassar and Lonestar will re-record their single "Not So Silent Night" with the help of some friends.  All proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army. https://www.philvassar.com/tour....

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  • Trisha Yearwood will host the 10th annual CMA Country Christmas


    "CMA Country Christmas" will be taped on Sept. 25 at Belmont University’s Curb Event Center in Nashville. This year’s lineup includes Kristin Chenoweth, for King & Country, Chris Janson, Tori Kelly, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Runaway June, CeCe Winans, Brett Young and Chris Young. The two-hour music celebration will air on ABC durin...

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  • Dolly Parton Interview With CBS Sunday Morning


    Dolly Parton was featured on CBS "Sunday Morning".  Interview Highlights: -- Parton says that her music is her therapy and that she counts her blessing more than her money when asked about sitting on her money in retirement. -- " I Will Always Love You" was a 1974 hit for Parton and a 1992 sensati...

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  • Confederate Railroad won't be accepting payment from the Du Quoin State Fair


    Country-rock band Confederate Railroad won't be accepting payment from the Du Quoin State Fair, the organizers of which canceled the band's show because of their name. In a statement posted to the band's Facebook page, lead singer Danny Shirley explains that the money from the Illinois fair would come with legal strings attached, and the band is not...

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  • Alabama will postpone the remainder of their 50th anniversary tour


    Alabama will postpone the remainder of their 50th anniversary tour due to lead singer Randy Owen's ongoing complications with cluster migraines and vertigo. A release from the band states that they had hoped to continue its record-breaking 50-city tour, but doctors have advised more time is needed for Owen to fully recover.  ...

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  • Dolly Parton will play two sold out shows at the Grand Ole Opry


    Dolly Parton will play two sold out shows at the Grand Ole Opry on Oct. 12 in commemoration of her 50th anniversary as an Opry member. And in celebration of Dolly’s golden Opry anniversary, the Opry House will host an exclusive exhibit that features 24 wardrobe pieces Parton wore on stage at the Opry House and Ryman Auditorium over the last 50 years.   ...

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  • Alabama front man Randy Owen has continued to experience issues with cluster migraines and vertigo


    Alabama front man Randy Owen has continued to experience issues with cluster migraines and vertigo, leaving the group no choice but to cancel two more scheduled shows in August 2019. The band scrapped their scheduled Friday  (Aug. 16) performance at the State Fair of West Virginia in Lewisburg, West Va., and their Saturday (Aug. 17) performance in Holmdel, N.J. ...

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  • George Strait will extend his Strait to Vegas


    George Strait will extend his Strait to Vegas residency into its fifth year with the announcement of two new dates in 2020 on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Tickets will go on sale on Aug. 23 at 10 a.m. local time. ...

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  • Country music legend Dwight Yoakam is set to become the newest member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame


    Country music legend Dwight Yoakam is set to become the newest member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame this fall. Yoakam will be inducted Oct. 14. Larry Gatlin will also be inducted with Yoakam, as well as Marcus Hummon, Kostas Lazarides, Rivers Rutherford and Sharon Vaughn for the class of 2019. The newest members will jo...

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  • FOLLOW UP: Willie Nelson Is Not Totally Cancelling Tour, Just Taking Time Off


    After announcing that he was experiencing some “breathing issues,” Willie Nelson tweeted that he was “sorry for cancelling the tour.” However, his rep says otherwise. Nelson reportedly has a tour schedule of two weeks on and two weeks off, so he will just be spending a little more time off but plans to head back on tour on Septembe...

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  • Willie Nelson Cancels Tour Due To Breathing Problems


    Willie Nelson has cancelled the remaining dates on his Club Luck tour due to trouble breathing. In a message posted to his social accounts, Nelson wrote, “To my fans, I’m sorry to cancel my tour, but I have a breathing problem that I need to have my doctor check out. I’ll be back.” The tour still has 30 date...

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  • Confederate Railroad has lost out on two gigs over its name and logo


    Confederate Railroad has lost out on two gigs over its name and logo, but the country rock band is moving full steam ahead. Frontman Danny Shirley said, "I am who I am. We will keep doing what we do. The name of my band ain't gonna change." The Georgia band was scheduled to perform Thursday at the Uls...

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  • Country Band Confederate Railroad Lost Two Gigs In Less Than A Month


    The Southern country-rock group Confederate Railroad lost a second gig in less than a month after objections over the use of the Confederate flag in its logo. The band's performance on August 1st at the Ulster County Fair in New York has been canceled. Earlier this month, Illinois canceled a state fair appearance by the band, whose logo feature...

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  • VIDEO: Fans were in for a special treat during Garth Brooks' concert at Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University


    Fans were in for a special treat during Garth Brooks' concert at Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University in Idaho Friday night. After opening the show, Blake Shelton joined Brooks on stage to give the first live performance of their new duet "Dive Bar." The song was released in mid-June and will be featured on Brooks' upcom...

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  • Alabama have cancelled two weekend concerts


    Alabama have cancelled two weekend concerts (tonight, tomorrow) of their 50th Anniversary Tour. The band's frontman, Randy Owen, is suffering from a medical issue. Owen and Alabama were scheduled to perform in Canada. According to a tweet from Big Sky, Owen "is suffering from severe vertigo and migraines," and "is currently und...

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  • George Strait will reissue his 72-song boxed set


    George Strait will reissue his 72-song boxed set, "Strait Out of the Box: Part 1", on Sept. 13, available exclusively at Walmart. Originally released in 1995, Strait Out of the Box covers George’s recordings from 1976 to 1995 and features 31 No. 1 singles, including “You Look So Good in Love,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas&rdq...

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  • A new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame will span the career of Brooks & Dunn


    "Brooks & Dunn: Kings of Neon" opens Aug. 9 and runs through July 19, 2020. The installation will start with their solo careers and move to their union as a duo and their success as recording and touring artist. Awards, instruments, stagewear, boots and early drafts of songs like "Red Dirt Road" are among the featured items fans can expect at the exhibit. ...

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  • Dolly Parton has unveiled plans to bring her famous Smoky Mountains theme park to Hallmark's small screen


    Dolly Parton has unveiled plans to bring her famous Smoky Mountains theme park to Hallmark's small screen with a new holiday movie, called "Christmas at Dollywood". Filming for the project, which stars actor Danica McKellar, will begin in August in Tennessee. In addition to McKellar's leading role, Parton herself will make an ap...

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  • Willie Nelson and collaborators Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will host the 24th annual Farm Aid


    Willie Nelson and collaborators Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews will host the 24th annual Farm Aid at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wis. The Sept. 21 festival's initial list of performers includes a country and Americana who's-who: Margo Price, Bonnie Raitt, Tanya Tucker, Tim Reynolds...

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  • Garth Brooks announced the Dive Bar Tour


    Garth Brooks announced "the Dive Bar Tour,” during his Facebook Live video late on Sunday (July 7). He added, “We don’t announce the bar. We (only) get to announce the city." As dive bars across the country face extinction, Brooks is hoping this tour will inject some new life into old haunts. “Sometimes, man, that&...

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  • Alabama will end their 50th Anniversary Tour


    Alabama will end their 50th Anniversary Tour Nov. 20 at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, with Charlie Daniels joining members Randy Owen, Jeff Cook and Teddy Gentry.    ...

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  • Veterans in West Virginia received a wonderful surprise from Trace Adkins


    A group of veterans in West Virginia received a wonderful surprise on Saturday when Trace Adkins stopped by to say hi and even signed the birthday card of one vet who was celebrating his 106th birthday. Trace stopped into the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in West Virginia, chatting and taking pictures with patients, residents, staff, and family during the visit. ...

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  • Letter Revealing Struggle to Get Elvis' Music Released On Sale for $50K


    A letter revealing how a music producer struggled to get music from a young Elvis released is now on sale for $50,000. The letter is dated from July 1954 when Elvls released his first single, but it wasn’t an easy rode.  The record producer who wrote the letter says that he called numerous record executives and D...

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  • Shania Twain will return to Las Vegas


    Shania Twain will return to Las Vegas for a new 23-date residency at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. "Shania’s Let’s Go!" residency opens in December with a cluster of shows to close out 2019, followed by additional shows in March, May and June 2020. Shania will serve as the creative director for the new shows, featur...

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  • Loretta Lynn ain't Dying


    In response to a recent tabloid report claiming that the country icon is on her deathbed, she used Facebook to deny the rumor. Lynn writes, "Well, through the years they've said I'm broke, homeless, cheating, drinking, gone crazy, terminally ill and even dead! Poor things can't ever get it right. I guess if those old pesky tabloids are harassing me then they&...

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  • Willie Nelson will head to Las Vegas


    Willie Nelson will head to Las Vegas in October of 2019 for a six-night string of shows at The Venetian. The upcoming limited-engagement showcase, called Vegas on My Mind, will kick off on Oct. 18. Tickets for the general public will go on sale on June 21. ...

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  • Garth Brooks had a record-breaking audience Saturday


    Garth Brooks had a record-breaking audience Saturday at Denver's Mile High Stadium with 84,500 fans, making it the biggest ticketed event in stadium history. Brooks broke the previous record of 77,000 set by U2 in 2011. ...

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  • Jerry Lee Lewis Leaves Rehabilitation Center


    Jerry Lee Lewis is back home after spending three months in a rehabilitation center following his stroke.   The 83-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Famer suffered a stroke on March 1st and was transferred to a rehabilitation center shortly after. His scheduled performances in April, May, and June were canceled so Lewis could focus on his health....

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  • Dolly Parton sleeps with a full face of makeup


    Dolly Parton sleeps with a full face of makeup... in case of an unexpected emergency. The 73-year-old country legend tells the New York Times, “You never know if you’re going to wreck the [tour] bus, you never know if you’re going to be somewhere in a hotel and there’s going to be a fire. So I leave my makeup on at night and clean...

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  • Kenny Rogers Hospitalized for Dehydration


    Singer Kenny Rogers was admitted to a hospital in Georgia to be treated for dehydration. Representative said Friday, "He will remain there to complete some physical therapy to get his strength back prior to discharge." The spokespeople said in an Instagram post that they were issuing the statement to counter "...

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  • VERY SAD NEWS IF TRUE: Kenny Rogers in Bad Shape?


    Sources say country legend Kenny Rogers is in bad shape. A report on RadarOnline says the 80-year-old is bravely preparing for the end. Bladder cancer reportedly forced him to retire about a year ago. Sources say Rogers has moved into a remote Georgia community and is selling off his assets, saying ...

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  • Garth Brooks has added a second stop in Boise


    Garth Brooks has added a second stop in Boise, Idaho, to his 2019 Stadium Tour. Due to demand for tickets, the country superstar will play two shows in the city in late July. Brooks' Stadium Tour will stop at Boise's Albertsons Stadium at Boise State University on July 19 and July 20 at 7PM. The two shows will be the first major concert event at Albertson...

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  • Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward


    Hank Williams Jr. is offering a $6,000 reward to whoever can find his grandfather’s missing shotgun -- a $1,000 increase since the offer was made. The country singer is hoping to hand down the old Remington 11/48 16-gauge shotgun to his children and grandchildren, and believes the gun may be in Alabama, specifically near Cullman. His attorney...

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  • Garth Brooks performed in front of more than 75,000 fans


    Garth Brooks performed in front of more than 75,000 fans at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field over the weekend, making it the biggest ticketed show in the history of the Steel City. The previous record was set during the Pitt vs. Penn State football game in 2016 with 69,983 tickets sold. The Pittsburgh show follows Garth’s previously sold-out concerts in St. L...

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  • Travis Tritt's Tour Bus Involved in Fatal Car Accident


    Travis Tritt was involved in a fatal car accident just before 3 AM Saturday morning. He was on his tour bus on a South Carolina highway when he says a Jeep, going the wrong way, hit a pickup truck in front of his vehicle, which ended up killing 2 people, the driver of the jeep and the passenger in the truck that was hit.  His ...

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  • Montgomery Gentry will release a new seven-song EP


    Montgomery Gentry will release a new seven-song EP, "Outskirts", on June 14. The EP was recorded in September 2017, days prior to Troy Gentry’s death in a helicopter crash on Sept. 8, 2017. The new EP includes covers of Merle Haggard’s “What Am I Gonna Do With the Rest of My Life” and Darrell Scott’s “You&...

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