This is as sad as it gets: CRAIG MORGAN’s 19-year-old son Jerry Greer died after a tubing accident on Sunday. This was on Kentucky Lake, about 100 miles northwest of Nashville.
According to one report, Jerry and a friend were on tubes being pulled by a boat when they hit a wave and crashed into the water. And even though each of them was wearing a life jacket, Jerry never surfaced. Crews started searching on Sunday.
At one point there were 80 people, about two-dozen boats, AND a helicopter involved in the search. His body was recovered last night just before 9:00 P.M., and he was still wearing his life jacket.
Jerry had just graduated from high school and was planning to play football at Marshall University in the fall. Craig and his wife Karen have three other children. A daughter named Alex, and two other sons, Kyle and Wyatt. Craig’s last name is Greer.
The family released a statement saying, “We’re grateful for the outpouring of support and requests and prayers as we privately mourn this terrible loss.” (WKRN-TV)
(The country community has been posting thoughts and prayers for Craig and his family. You can check out several at this link.)
CHRIS STAPLETON opened for GUNS N’ ROSES at their tour stop on Saturday in Nashville. He told “Rolling Stone” that as soon as the concert ended, he and his producer were “summoned” backstage to meet AXL ROSE.
It was actually pretty cool. He said Axl was “polite, gracious, and a gentleman.” They also talked about music . . . and screaming.
Chris said, quote, “I asked him how many nights in a row he can possibly scream like that, and do all the high, high rock ‘n’ roll singing that he does. Because I know for myself I have limits, and how many nights in a row I can actually sing.”
Unfortunately, he left us hanging, because after being asked what the answer was . . . all he would say is, quote, “He’s Axl Rose, man. He’s one of a kind.” (Somebody NEEDS to ask Chris to tell us what Axl said.)
Anyway, he did admit the whole thing brought back some great memories. Quote, “It was one of those moments where you get to be a kid again.”
“American Idol” champ TRENT HARMON says his song “There’s A Girl” is based on a true story of the time he drove hundreds of miles for a girl, only to get shut down. But he did make sure the song has a happier ending. It’s the first single from his debut album, which is supposed to come out in the fall. Check out the video at RollingStone.com.
BILLY RAY CYRUS talked Aerosmith guitarist JOE PERRY into joining him on a cover of the Don Williamsclassic “Tulsa Time”. He’s one of several guest performers on Billy Ray’s upcoming album “Thin Line”, which is out September 9th.
There’s a new talent competition that may give us the next big country star. It’s called the “Nash Next 2016” and artists can enter by submitting an original song online. You have to register before July 22nd. The winner gets a deal with Big Machine Records. You know, the company that helped launch TAYLOR SWIFT. Get details by hitting up NashCountryDaily.com.
Some guy pled guilty to stealing around $28,000 worth of stuff from REBA MCENTIRE’s family ranch in Oklahoma. He was arrested back in June. This is the house she was raised in, and then transformed into an 8,000 acre farm. (Full Story)
You do NOT have to put your phone in your pocket when you’re at a CASSADEE POPE concert. In fact, she prefers you hold it high. Quote, “I like seeing the phones up in the air. I love the human connection at shows and when a phone goes up when I’m playing a new song, I know that it’s going to start circulating and that really excites me.”
There’s a chance that JESSIE JAMES DECKER didn’t have to pay one dime to the co-star of her “Lights Down Low” video. That’s because it’s her husband, New York Jets wide receiver ERIC DECKER. You can check it out at CMT.com.
CHASE RICE will launch his “Everybody We Know Does” tour on September 8th in New Haven, Connecticut. Shows are still being added but you can check for updates at ChaseRice.com.