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June 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Ricky Van Shelton was chosen Entertainer of the Year and top male vocalist Monday night at the 24th annual fan-voted TNN-Music City News Country Awards Show. Randy Travis, who was top entertainer the previous two years, won nothing despite being a finalist in five categories. "I'm shocked, really shocked," Shelton said after the ceremony. "I'm really, totally in awe." Patty Loveless was named female vocalist of the year, supplanting Reba McEntire, who had won the award five straight years.
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April 26, 1995 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ricky Van Shelton seems like a nice guy with a pleasant baritone voice. And somehow, that's enough to have earned the Grit, Va.-born singer several platinum records and a heap of awards since his debut in 1986. At large country venues Shelton has employed a fancy diner-motif stage set, but he's no flashy Garth, or, thank heaven, Billy Ray, with polished, teasing stage moves. There wasn't any fancy staging at Shelton's early show Monday at the Crazy Horse Steak House.
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January 21, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS
An album as long on originality and insight as its title, Van Shelton's third outing is paint-by-numbers country. While at times he may bring a Rodney Crowell-like nectar sweetness to his vocals, there's not a glimmer of Crowell's songwriting talent to be found. It's all competently played, and the chugging rockabilly tune "Love Is Burnin' " suggests he's familiar with Elvis' "Sun Sessions." The rest of the time, though, it's pure "Clambake."
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August 22, 1993 | RANDY LEWIS
* * Ricky Van Shelton, "A Bridge I Didn't Burn," Columbia. Shelton, typically, shows so little connection with the words he's mouthing you'd think that he learned the songs phonetically. The news here is that in a couple of fleeting instances he projects something close to regret or joy. His stab at up-tempo blues on "Linda Lu" briefly breaks the stylistic monotony. New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
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November 8, 1988 | HOLLY GLEASON
If you threw Randy Travis, George Strait and Dwight Yoakam in a blender, hit whip, chop, puree and liquefy, poured it into a mold and put a cowboy hat on it, you'd probably end up with something a lot like Ricky Van Shelton. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, judging by the response to Van Shelton's 75-minute set Sunday at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim. On one hand, the native of Grit, Va., possesses a wondrous voice that has a pure country tone that surpasses even that of Travis.
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April 26, 1995 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ricky Van Shelton seems like a nice guy with a pleasant baritone voice. And somehow, that's enough to have earned the Grit, Va.-born singer several platinum records and a heap of awards since his debut in 1986. At large country venues Shelton has employed a fancy diner-motif stage set, but he's no flashy Garth, or, thank heaven, Billy Ray, with polished, teasing stage moves. There wasn't any fancy staging at Shelton's early show Monday at the Crazy Horse Steak House.
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June 28, 1992 | RANDY LEWIS
* Ricky Van Shelton, "Don't Overlook Salvation," Columbia. For his first gospel album, Shelton (who headlines the Universal Amphitheatre on Monday) treats a basketful of traditional numbers to a flat, by-the-numbers vocal delivery that denudes them of every smidgen of human emotion. With gospel music this lifeless, salvation may be as close as the eject button. New albums are rated on a scale of one star (poor), two stars (fair), three stars (good) and four stars (excellent).
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April 1, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
For Reba's Band: Kenny Rogers will be among the performers at an April 22 concert to raise funds for the families of eight members of country star Reba McEntire's entourage, killed in a plane crash March 16 near San Diego. Also singing will be the Oak Ridge Boys, Eddie Rabbitt, Ricky Van Shelton, Patty Loveless, Exile, Gary Morris and T. Graham Brown. McEntire, a four-time winner of the Country Music Assn.'
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January 7, 1991 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Best-Selling Country Records of the Week 1. "Forever's as Far as I'll Go," Alabama 2. "Life's Little Ups and Downs," Ricky Van Shelton 3. "Rumor Has It," Reba McEntire 4. "Unanswered Prayers," Garth Brooks 5. "I've Come to Expect It From You," George Strait 6. "These Lips Don't Know How to Say Goodby," Doug Stone 7. "Brother Jukebox," Mark Chesnutt 8. "Daddy's Come Around," Paul Overstreet 9. "Now That We're Alone," Rodney Crowell 10. "There for Awhile," Steve Wariner SOURCE: Cashbox
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April 1, 1991 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
For Reba's Band: Kenny Rogers will be among the performers at an April 22 concert to raise funds for the families of eight members of country star Reba McEntire's entourage, killed in a plane crash March 16 near San Diego. Also singing will be the Oak Ridge Boys, Eddie Rabbitt, Ricky Van Shelton, Patty Loveless, Exile, Gary Morris and T. Graham Brown. McEntire, a four-time winner of the Country Music Assn.'
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January 7, 1991 | Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Best-Selling Country Records of the Week 1. "Forever's as Far as I'll Go," Alabama 2. "Life's Little Ups and Downs," Ricky Van Shelton 3. "Rumor Has It," Reba McEntire 4. "Unanswered Prayers," Garth Brooks 5. "I've Come to Expect It From You," George Strait 6. "These Lips Don't Know How to Say Goodby," Doug Stone 7. "Brother Jukebox," Mark Chesnutt 8. "Daddy's Come Around," Paul Overstreet 9. "Now That We're Alone," Rodney Crowell 10. "There for Awhile," Steve Wariner SOURCE: Cashbox
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June 5, 1990 | From Associated Press
Ricky Van Shelton was chosen Entertainer of the Year and top male vocalist Monday night at the 24th annual fan-voted TNN-Music City News Country Awards Show. Randy Travis, who was top entertainer the previous two years, won nothing despite being a finalist in five categories. "I'm shocked, really shocked," Shelton said after the ceremony. "I'm really, totally in awe." Patty Loveless was named female vocalist of the year, supplanting Reba McEntire, who had won the award five straight years.
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January 21, 1990 | RANDY LEWIS
An album as long on originality and insight as its title, Van Shelton's third outing is paint-by-numbers country. While at times he may bring a Rodney Crowell-like nectar sweetness to his vocals, there's not a glimmer of Crowell's songwriting talent to be found. It's all competently played, and the chugging rockabilly tune "Love Is Burnin' " suggests he's familiar with Elvis' "Sun Sessions." The rest of the time, though, it's pure "Clambake."
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March 27, 1989 | HOLLY GLEASON
A sinewy, slow-talking pipe fitter from Grit, Va., Ricky Van Shelton--who will be at the Crazy Horse Steak House in Santa Ana tonight--came to Nashville with big dreams and watched them come true: His debut album (called, appropriately enough, "Wild Eyed Dream") sold more than a million copies, and his follow-up, "Living Proof," is rapidly following suit. "I feel just like a kid in a candy shop," he said last week on the phone from Las Vegas, where he was sharing a bill with Reba McEntire.
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November 8, 1988 | HOLLY GLEASON
If you threw Randy Travis, George Strait and Dwight Yoakam in a blender, hit whip, chop, puree and liquefy, poured it into a mold and put a cowboy hat on it, you'd probably end up with something a lot like Ricky Van Shelton. And that's not necessarily a bad thing, judging by the response to Van Shelton's 75-minute set Sunday at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim. On one hand, the native of Grit, Va., possesses a wondrous voice that has a pure country tone that surpasses even that of Travis.
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