Fifteen years ago (Oct. 7, 2000) was a bittersweet day for Chris LeDoux and his family. It was on this day that the rodeo and music star underwent a liver transplant in Omaha, Neb., after being diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis, a disease of the bile ducts.
In 2003, the Kentucky Headhunters recorded an album with legendary blues pianist Johnnie Johnson -- then shelved it until very recently. Most would say that the project, which was released in June, was 12 years in the making, but Richard Young will tell you that the foundation for Meet Me in Bluesland can be traced back much further than those studio sessions in the early 2000s.
There are many -- too many -- country stars who have had cancer or have been personally affected by it in some way. The truth is, almost everyone knows someone who's battling against the horrific disease, and it does not discriminate based on age, fame, fortune or even good health.
Lindsay Ell had a busy weekend. The singer spent 24 hours on Broadway in downtown Nashville, celebrating the release of her new single, "By the Way," and raising money for charity through an event she dubbed Busking on Broadway.
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