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Help Us Honor Veterans and Deployed Service Men and Women this Holiday Season by Sharing a Card or Letter in Appreciation of their Service and Sacrifices. America's Adopt a Soldier.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 2018 marks the eighth year that America’s Adopt A Soldier® will reach out to America to ask for cards of thanks to share with our nation’s Service Members who are deployed and Veterans who are in State Veterans Homes and Hospitals.

According to Mary Keeser, America’s Adopt A Soldier ® Founder, “In 2017, over 250,000 care letters, were shared. This year, the goal is to reach over 300,000, which would allow us to send at least four letters to every Veteran in a Veterans Home or Veterans Hospital as well as to our deployed Service Members.”

Mary adds, “The cards and letters we receive are drawn or written by a diverse group of individuals, from 3 years-old to the over 100 years- old. From kitchen tables to classrooms, to businesses, to college dorms to faith-based establishments, the pens, pencils, crayons and pieces of paper used to create messages of hope, appreciation, unity and support will have a positive impact. The letters of care are truly the caring pulse of America towards our Service men and women.”

To participate in the 2018 National Care Letter Campaign, mail your personal written and designed letter or greeting card to America’s Adopt A Soldier, 5400 Shawnee Road, Suite #300, Alexandria, VA 22312

For more information visit: www.americasadoptasoldier.org, call 703-278-3718, visit on Facebook, and Twitter.

 


Tim Atwood Becomes Newest Member Of Historic Wheeling Jamboree


Atwood joins the ranks Of Charley Pride, Brad Paisley, Ronnie Milsap, Mac Wiseman, Barbara Mandrell and many other country music legends as newest member

Wheeling, W.Va. – At the annual Wheeling Jamboree Christmas show, headliner Tim Atwood was surprised during his performance with a very special invitation. An invitation to become an official member of The Wheeling Jamboree, one of the last remaining country music shows of its kind, second only to The Grand Ole Opry. This honor came as a total surprise to Tim as Dave Heath, president of the organization, interrupted him between songs and made the formal announcement.


"I had no idea that The Wheeling Jamboree was going to ask me to be a member. I can't believe it," says Atwood. "I was in shock. I hope the Jamboree knows how much I appreciate this honor, because once I heard Dave make the announcement, I couldn't speak! All I could think about were my mom and dad. I'd have given anything for them to have been there to witness that moment."

Atwood returns to Nashville with a very special performance Friday, December 14 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena for the Fifth Annual Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig. Performers include Atwood, Jeannie SeelyCharlie McCoyJulie Roberts and Kathie Lee Gifford, with emcee Hope Hines. The event was established by George Shinn and the George Shinn Foundation to honor Nashville senior citizens. Shinn started the event as a promise to his mother to always remember our seniors. The free luncheon will serve approximately 800 seniors from the greater Nashville area, including lunch, holiday entertainment and door prizes, with a car given away to a needy individual.

Recently, Atwood made an appearance on Trinity Broadcasting Network's (TBN) hit show HUCKABEE, for a special Veterans Day episode. Atwood - whose son is an ARMY veteran, performed his patriotic single "I'll Stand Up And Say So," from his latest album Livin' The Dream.

“My son Torre is a Purple Heart veteran who was injured during his second tour in Iraq. He spent six weeks in a hospital in Germany before he was able to fly back to the states to complete his recovery. As a father I know what it's like to be part of a military family. I understand the sacrifices our veterans made to ensure our freedoms. I don't take that for granted, and anything I can do to support our veterans, I consider an honor and a privilege."

With recent appearances on Hallmark Channel’s Home & FamilyFox News, RFD-TV's Larry's Country Diner, and a busy tour schedule, audiences understand the long time veteran of the Grand Ole Opry stage is more than a singer; more than a pianist; Tim Atwood is an entertainer and a dynamic country showman.

Tim Atwood On Tour:
DEC 14 Allen Arena @ Lipscomb Univ. / Nashville, Tenn.
DEC 16 Lil' Red's Longhorn Saloon / Fort Worth, Texas
DEC 17 Heather's Old Skool Village / Lake Worth, Texas
DEC 18 Grinders Switch Center / Centerville, Tenn.
JAN 27 The Country Music Cruise (2019) / Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
MAY 10 Tim Atwood & Lorrie Morgan / Bremen, Ga.
For a complete tour schedule, please click here.
 

 


Roy Clark Dead at 85!


Roy Clark Dead at 85!

"Before we go any farther, I want to lay somethin' on you; it's not heavy and it's not to imply that you don't already do it. It's just a reminder... to all of us.
 
The next chance you get, do somethin' nice for somebody - say 'good day,' hold a door open - and don't wait around for a thank you... you don't need it. And because of you, that person will go out and do something nice for somebody, and then that person will go out and do something nice for someone else, and this whole world can wind up doing nice things for each other and we can be the ones that start it.
 
It takes all of us working together to get things done - no one does it alone. Only One did and I'm not that strong. Let's start it - here's to love - it's still the best!" - Roy Clark

 

TULSA, Okla. – Roy Clark, the  legendary 'superpicker', GRAMMYCMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed 'Hee Haw' television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, “Your face is like a fireplace.”

“A TV camera goes right through your soul,” says the man who starred on Hee Haw for 24 years and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. “If you’re a bad person, people pick that up. I’m a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I’ve come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful.”

For a man who didn’t taste major success until he was 30, the key was not some grand plan but rather taking everything in its own time. “Sure,” he said, “I had dreams of being a star when I was 18. I could’ve pushed it too, but it wouldn’t have happened any sooner. I’m lucky. What’s happened has happened in spite of me.”

In fact, that’s what Clark titled his autobiography, My Life — In Spite of Myself!with Marc Elliot (Simon & Shuster, 1994). The book reminded many that there is much more to Roy Clark than fast fingers and a quick wit.

That he was raised in Washington, D.C., often surprises people. Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, his family moved to D.C. when he was a youngster. His father played in a square dance band and took him to free concerts by the National Symphony and by various military bands. "I was subjected to different kinds of music before I ever played. Dad said, 'Never turn your ear off to music until your heart hears it--because then you might hear something you like.'"

Beginning on banjo and mandolin, he was one of those people "born with the music already in them." His first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, came as a Christmas present when he was 14. That same year, 1947, he made his first TV appearance. He was 15 when he earned $2 for his first paid performance, with his dad's band. In the fertile, diverse musical soil of cosmopolitan D.C., he began playing bars and dives on Friday and Saturday nights until he was playing every night and skipping school--eventually dropping out at 15. "Music was my salvation, the thing I loved most and did best. Whatever was fun, I'd go do that."

The guitar wizard soon went on tour with country legends such as Hank Williams and Grandpa Jones. After winning a national banjo competition in 1950, he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, which led to shows with Red Foley and Ernest Tubb. Yet he'd always return to D.C. to play not only country but jazz, pop, and early rock'n'roll (he's prominently featured in the recent book Capitol Rock); to play with black groups and white groups; to play fast, to even play guitar with his feet. In 1954, he joined Jimmy Dean and the Texas Wildcats, appearing in clubs and on radio and TV, and even backing up Elvis Presley.

But in 1960, he was 27 and still scrambling. An invitation to open for Wanda Jackson at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas proved to be his big break. It led to his own tour, on the road for 345 straight nights at one stretch, and when he returned to Vegas in 1962, he came back as a headliner and recording star, with his debut album The Lightning Fingers Of Roy Clark. The next year, he had his first hit, The Tips Of My Fingers, a country song that featured an orchestra and string section. "We didn't call it crossover then but I guess that's what it was," he says. "We didn't aim for that, because if you aim for both sides you miss them both. But we just wanted to be believable."

He was--on record and on TV, where his first appearances in 1963 on 'The Tonight Show' and 'American Bandstand' showcased his easygoing attitude and rural sense of humor. "Humor is a blessing to me. My earliest recollections are of looking at something and seeing the lighter side. But it's always spontaneous. I couldn't write a comedy skit for someone else."

Throughout the '60s, Clark recorded several albums, toured constantly, and appeared on TV variety shows from Carson to Mike Douglas to Flip Wilson. "I was the token bumpkin. It became, 'Let's get that Clark guy. He's easy to get along with.'" Then came 'Hee Haw.' A countrified 'Laugh-In' with music, shot in Nashville, 'Hee Haw' premiered in 1969. Co-starring Clark and Buck Owens, it was an immediate hit. Though CBS canceled the show after two-and-a-half years, despite ranking in the Top 20, the series segued into syndication, where it remained until 1992. "I long ago realized it was not a figure of speech when people come up to me and say they grew up watching me since they were 'that big'."

A generation or two has also grown up listening to him. In 1969, Yesterday, When I Was Young charted Top 20 Pop and #9 Country (Billboard). Including Yesterday,Clark has had 23 Top 40 country hits, among them eight Top 10s: The Tips Of My Fingers (#10, 1963), I Never Picked Cotton (#5) and Thank God And Greyhound You're Gone (#6, 1970), The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter Revolution Polka(#9, 1972), Come Live With Me (#1) and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow(#2, 1973), and If I Had It To Do All Over Again (#2, 1976). In addition, his 12-string guitar rendition of Malaguena is considered a classic and, in 1982, he won a Grammy (Best Country Instrumental Performance) for Alabama Jubilee.

A consummate musician, no matter the genre, he co-starred with Petula Clark at Caesar's Palace, became the first country artist to headline at the Montreux International Jazz Festival and appeared in London on 'The Tom Jones Show.' Clark was amazed when guitarists from England credited his BBC specials and performances on variety TV shows with the likes of the Jackson 5 for inspiring them to play. But the highlight of his career, he said, was a pioneering, sold-out 1976 tour of the then-Soviet Union. "Even though they didn't know the words, there were tears in their eyes when I played Yesterday. Folks there said we wouldn't realize in our lifetime the good we'd accomplished, just because of our pickin' around."

When he returned in 1988 to now-Russia, Clark was hailed as a hero. Though he'd never bought a joke and doesn't read music, the self-described, and proud of it, "hillbilly singer" was that rare entertainer with popularity worthy of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and respect worthy of the Academy of Country Music's Pioneer Award and membership in the Gibson (Guitar) Hall of Fame; an entertainer who could star in Las Vegas (the first country artist inducted into its Entertainers Hall of Fame), in Nashville (becoming the 63rd member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987), and at Carnegie Hall. Roy was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Roy’s many good deeds on behalf of his fellow man led to him receiving the 1999 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian of the Year Award from TNN’s Music City News Awards. In October, 2000, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and he was actively involved with school children who attend the Roy Clark Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla.

From his home in Tulsa, where he moved in 1974 with Barbara, his wife of 61 years, Clark continued to tour extensively. For him — and for his legion of loyal fans — live performance was what it was all about. “Soon as you hit the edge of the stage and see people smiling and know they’re there to hear you, it’s time to have fun. I keep a band of great young people around me, and we’re not musically restrained. It’s not about ‘let’s do it correct’ but ‘let’s do it right.’”

At the end of each of Roy’s concerts, he would tell the audience, “We had to come, but you had a choice. Thanks for being here.” With responding smiles, audiences continued to thank Roy for being there, too.

Roy is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Elijah Clark who passed at the age of fourteen on September 24, 2018. Roy is survived by Barbara, his wife of sixty-one years, his sons Roy Clark II and wife Karen, Dr. Michael Meyer and wife Robin, Terry Lee Meyer, Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart, and his grandchildren: Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark and his sister, Susan Coryell.

A memorial celebration will be held in the coming days in Tulsa, Okla., details forthcoming.

 


Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Tour


The Oak Ridge Boys Kick Off Their Annual Christmas Tour In Branson, Missouri

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their timeless hits and holiday classics on their 2018 Shine The Light On Christmas Tour. This year's tour will take the legendary group to 32 cities in 18 states, and kicks off tonight in Branson, Missouri.

Each year The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas tour plays to packed houses across America. Blending a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs—including religious, romantic, and fun holiday tunes—The Oak Ridge Boys’ set list will take their audiences on a hit-filled musical roller coaster ride of holiday cheer from their six best selling Christmas album catalog.

“The Shine The Light On Christmas Tour this year will be our 29th annual Christmas tour,” says Oaks’ Joe Bonsall. “We will sing hit songs for 40 minutes and after a short intermission our full production Christmas show takes over the stage with music celebrating every aspect of the holiday season, from Santa Claus to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our production is all new and fresh this year and we are more excited than ever to be bringing this very special family event to your town!”

The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—are best known for their iconic and multi-platinum hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” and “American Made.” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their crossover brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. The Oak Ridge Boys became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.
 

The Oak Ridge Boys Shine The Light On Christmas Tour:
NOV 14 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 15 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 16 The Midland Theatre / Newark, Ohio
NOV 17 Vern Riffe Center for the Arts / Portsmouth, Ohio
NOV 18 The Maryland Theatre / Hagerstown, Md.
NOV 23 The Arena at Southeastern KY Agricultural and Expo Complex / Corbin, Ky.
NOV 24 Honeywell Center / Wabash, Ind.
NOV 25 Rialto Square Theater / Joliet, Ill.
NOV 26 Pablo Center at the Confluence / Eau Claire, Wis.
NOV 27 Bridge View Center / Ottumwa, Iowa
NOV 28 Topeka Performing Arts Center / Topeka, Kan.
NOV 29 United Wireless Arena at Boot Hill Casino & Resort / Dodge City, Kan.
NOV 30 Cheyenne Civic Center / Cheyenne, Wyo.
DEC 01 Alberta Bair Theater / Billings, Mont.
DEC 02 Clearwater River Casino & Lodge / Lewiston, Idaho
DEC 03 Morrison Center / Boise, Idaho
DEC 05 First Interstate Center for the Arts / Spokane, Wash.
DEC 06 Toyota Center / Kennewick, Wash.
DEC 07 Chinook Winds Casino Resort / Lincoln City, Ore.
DEC 08 Chinook Winds Casino Resort / Lincoln City, Ore.
DEC 09 Little Creek Casino Resort / Shelton, Wash.
DEC 10 Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort / Suquamish, Wash.
DEC 12 Jensen Grand Concert Hall / Pocatello, Idaho
DEC 13 Southern Utah University / Cedar City, Utah
DEC 14 DeJoria Center / Kamas, Utah
DEC 15 Vilar Performing Arts Center / Beaver Creek, Colo.
DEC 16 Budweiser Events Center / Loveland, Colo.
DEC 17 Casper Events Center / Casper, Wyo.
DEC 18 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center / Rapid City, S.D.
DEC 19 Mary W. Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion / Sioux Falls, S.D.
DEC 20 Adler Theatre / Davenport, Iowa
DEC 21 Crystal Grand Music Theater / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
DEC 22 Crouse Performance Hall / Lima, Ohio
DEC 23 Schermerhorn Symphony Center / Nashville, Tenn.
For entire tour schedule, please click here.
 

T. Graham Brown


T. Graham Brown Duets With Joanne Cash On New Gospel Song

Nashville, TN. - Grammy nominated country, gospel and soul singer T. Graham Brown recently recorded “I Am The One,” a duet with Joanne Cash penned by Tim LeClaire, Trent LeClaire and producer Chad Randall Crow for her latest album, 'Unbroken,' released September 14th. Cash's 32nd gospel album is filled with duets and also features Crystal Gayle, the Bellamy Brothers, Ashley Cleveland, Phil Keaggy, Rosanne Cash, Lulu Roman, Donna Fargo, For King & Country, John Carter Cash & Tommy Cash and The Oak Ridge Boys.

This is T. Graham Brown's second duet with Cash, the first titled "God's Gonna Cut You Down" from her 2015 gospel album 'Breaking Down The Barriers.' That project also included duets with Rosanne Cash, Razzy Bailey, Larry Gatlin and others.

“I met Joanne Cash several years ago when she asked me to sing at a Sunday service of the Nashville Cowboy Church. She and her husband, Dr. Harry Yates, founded this church that combines music and ministry and has grown to be one of the most attended Cowboy churches in the country," said T. Graham. "I’ve returned again and again on Sunday mornings to join them for music and fellowship, as do so many artists and musicians in Nashville."

Cash and T. Graham also filmed a video for "I Am The One" at the beautifulStoryteller's Hideaway Farm & Museum, Johnny Cash’s rural home just west of Nashville in Bon Aqua, Tennessee.

"When I heard the song she selected for this new album I knew it was a special song and I had to do it. “I Am The One” started to get a lot of great response and Joanne decided that she’d like to film a music video. She chose the 100 acre farm filled with lush, green pasture, thick woodlands, ponds and a rustic stage, and it was perfect. We spent the day filming there and had the best time. Joanne Cash is a devout Christian woman, a significant singer/songwriter and I’m proud to say, a dear friend."

T. Graham also recently celebrated his 64th birthday Tuesday, October 30th and posted a heartfelt thanks to his fans and friends on his Facebook page:
 

"Thanks for all the positive vibrations that you send my way all of the time. Sheila and I pray that God will continue to Bless you all so that you can live the life that He intends for you. It's the only way to fly!

I have the best job in the world. I get to make folks happy for a living and I'm thankful for that gift, every day!"


This holiday season, fans can find Christmas music with a soulful country sound on 'Christmas With T. Graham Brown.' This is his first Christmas album, available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations nationwide and everywhere digital music is found. The project, produced by Brown and Tony Griffith, is released by Mansion Entertainment, distributed by The Orchard (a division of Sony Music) and can be streamed or purchased here.

 

 


Dave Rowland Dead at 74


Dave Rowland of Dave & Sugar Dead at 74

Nashville, Tenn. – Dave Rowland, born January 26, 1944, known to many in the music business as the founder and lead singer of hit-making group Dave & Sugar died November 1, 2018 in Nashville, due to complications from a stroke.
 
Before forming Dave & Sugar, Rowland was part of J.D. Sumner and the Stamps Quartet (who was touring with Elvis Presley at the time), and later the Four Guys. The Stamps Quartet was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 1988. He also was a prominent member of Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride's road show.
 
By 1975, with Pride looking for a backup band, Rowland hired Jackie Frantz and Vicki Hackeman, and Dave & Sugar was formed.
 
After signing on with Pride's management team, Dave & Sugar signed with RCA Records and recorded their first album. The trio's first single, "Queen of the Silver Dollar" (written by Shel Silverstein) broke into the Top 25 of Billboard magazine's country singles chart in early 1976. Their second single "The Door Is Always Open," shot straight to the number one spot on the country charts, a driving, lushly produced track which expertly combined Rowland's resonant baritone with soaring harmonies.
 
Two successive singles, "I'm Gonna Love You,” and "Don't Throw It All Away," used the same basic formula as "The Door Is Always Open," and also became huge hits in 1976-77. Their peak run garnered nearly one dozen Top 10 singles, including two more No. 1 hits - "Tear Time" (1978) and "Golden Tears" (1979). Overall, Dave & Sugar charted 16 times on the Billboard country charts.
 
Dave & Sugar was a slick sounding, soulful vocal trio that during their heyday was labeled "the country ABBA." Although their career was much shorter lived than that of Bjorn and crew, Dave & Sugar did share the Swedish group's knack for catchy tunes, sparkling production, and full, rich, male/female vocal arrangements. Their touring took them throughout North America, Europe, New Zealand and Italy, where the group played a command performance for the Mayor of Rome.

Rowland also toured with Conway Twitty, Hank Williams, Jr., Waylon Jennings, and Barbara Mandrell and was an opening act for Kenny Rogers for two years.
 
Rowland disbanded the trio briefly during the early 1980s to try a solo career, releasing an album entitled (appropriately) Sugar Free and charting two singles of his own. Rowland later reformed the trio with two new sets of "Sugar" partners.
 
Dave Rowland is survived by his wife Terri Rowland, mother Ruby Rowland and sister Donna Fort and her husband Bob, of Palm Desert, Calif., sister-in-law Angie Billis of Nashville, Tenn., niece Vicki Martinka and husband John in Pennsylvania, and nephew Bobby Fowler and wife Belen and their two children in Argentina.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in the name of Dave Rowland be sent to the Monroe Carrell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn. In 2014, Rowland was honored by the Music City Tennis Invitational in recognition of four decades of event participation with proceeds to benefit the hospital.

Arrangements are pending for a celebration of life service.

 

 


Cruise-In


PAPPI’S GARAGE SUPPORTS FAMILIES IN LEE COUNTY

Pappi’s Garage, located at 209 Commerce St., is hosting is final monthly cruise-in of 2018 on October 26 from 6 PM to 9 PM, and they’re going to help families in the area by supporting Marine Toys for Tots. The goal of this cruise-in is to raise awareness and contributions for Toys for Tots while also giving back to families in the area who may not be able to afford Christmas for their children.  Emily Davis, the marketing manager for Pappi’s Garage said many of us have grown up seeing Toys for Tots in action across Mississippi, and by supporting this great cause, we’re making sure that children in the area will have presents come Christmas Day. Classic cars and hot rods register for free, and there will be door prizes for registered cars, a 50 / 50 benefit raffle, Travis Kitchens playing everyone’s favorite oldies music, and B-B-Q and drinks served by Fire & Smoke B-B-Q. With this cruise-in being the last one of the year, Pappi’s wants everyone to come out, support a great cause, give back to struggling families in the area, and enjoy the classic cars and hot rods from all over the North Miss. area that will be present. Davis said it warms her heart to see people come out and support these charities every month. Pappi’s can see the difference it’s making in the community, and next year they plan to make the cruise-ins better than ever! For questions or concerns, call (662) 260-4949, email info@pappisgarage.com, or visit www.pappisgarage.com.


Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Tour


The Oak Ridge Boys Announce 2018
Shine The Light On Christmas Tour

The legendary gospel and country quartet are also proud to announce being co-recipient of twelfth GMA Dove award for their collaboration with Little Roy & Lizzy's "Dinner On The Ground" which won Best Bluegrass / Country / Roots Song of the Year.

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® Award-winning and Country Music Hall of Fame members, The Oak Ridge Boys, will once again celebrate the Christmas season with their timeless hits and holiday classics on their 2018 Shine The Light On Christmas Tour. This year's tour will take the legendary group to 32 cities in 18 states, and is set to kick-off on November 14th in Branson, Missouri.

Each year The Oak Ridge Boys’ Christmas tour plays to packed houses across America. Blending a mixture of traditional and contemporary songs—including religious, romantic, and fun holiday tunes—The Oak Ridge Boys’ set list will take their audiences on a hit-filled musical roller coaster ride of holiday cheer from their six best selling Christmas album catalog.

“The Shine The Light On Christmas Tour this year will be our 29th annual Christmas tour,” says Oaks’ Joe Bonsall. “We will sing hit songs for 40 minutes and after a short intermission our full production Christmas show takes over the stage with music celebrating every aspect of the holiday season, from Santa Claus to celebrating the birth of Jesus. Our production is all new and fresh this year and we are more excited than ever to be bringing this very special family event to your town!”

As part of a collaboration with Bluegrass duo, Little Roy & Lizzy, The Oak Ridge Boys were honored last night with their twelfth win at the 2018 Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards. "We love Little Roy & Lizzy and are just so happy that they won the GMA's Dove Award for "Dinner On The Ground." says Bonsall. "YAY, Another Dove!! This one is for Best Country or Bluegrass Gospel Song."
 
The group—Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban—are best known for their iconic and multi-platinum hit “Elvira,” along with other chart-toppers like “Bobbie Sue,” “Thank God For Kids,” “Y’All Come Back Saloon,” and “American Made.” The Oak Ridge Boys have achieved a decorated career, winning five GRAMMY® Awards, multiple CMA, ACM and Dove Awards for their crossover brand of pop, country and gospel music that spans multiple generations. The Oak Ridge Boys became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 2011 and achieved arguably country music’s highest honor in October 2015 when they were inducted into the Country Music Hall Of Fame.

Oak Ridge Boys Shine The Light On Christmas Tour:
NOV 14 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 15 The Mansion Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 16 The Midland Theatre / Newark, Ohio
NOV 17 Vern Riffe Center for the Arts / Portsmouth, Ohio
NOV 18 The Maryland Theatre / Hagerstown, Md.
NOV 23 The Arena at Southeastern KY Agricultural and Expo Complex / Corbin, Ky.
NOV 24 Honeywell Center / Wabash, Ind.
NOV 25 Rialto Square Theater / Joliet, Ill.
NOV 26 Pablo Center at the Confluence / Eau Claire, Wis.
NOV 27 Bridge View Center / Ottumwa, Iowa
NOV 28 Topeka Performing Arts Center / Topeka, Kan.
NOV 29 United Wireless Arena at Boot Hill Casino & Resort / Dodge City, Kan.
NOV 30 Cheyenne Civic Center / Cheyenne, Wyo.
DEC 01 Alberta Bair Theater / Billings, Mont.
DEC 02 Clearwater River Casino & Lodge / Lewiston, Idaho
DEC 03 Morrison Center / Boise, Idaho
DEC 05 First Interstate Center for the Arts / Spokane, Wash.
DEC 06 Toyota Center / Kennewick, Wash.
DEC 07 Chinook Winds Casino Resort / Lincoln City, Ore.
DEC 08 Chinook Winds Casino Resort / Lincoln City, Ore.
DEC 09 Little Creek Casino Resort / Shelton, Wash.
DEC 10 Suquamish Clearwater Casino Resort / Suquamish, Wash.
DEC 12 Jensen Grand Concert Hall / Pocatello, Idaho
DEC 13 Southern Utah State College America First Event Center / Cedar City, Utah
DEC 14 DeJoria Center / Kamas, Utah
DEC 15 Vilar Performing Arts Center / Beaver Creek, Colo.
DEC 16 Budweiser Events Center / Loveland, Colo.
DEC 17 Casper Events Center / Casper, Wyo.
DEC 18 Rushmore Plaza Civic Center / Rapid City, S.D.
DEC 19 Mary W. Sommervold Hall at Washington Pavilion / Sioux Falls, S.D.
DEC 20 Adler Theatre / Davenport, Iowa
DEC 21 Crystal Grand Music Theater / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
DEC 22 Crouse Performance Hall / Lima, Ohio
DEC 23 Schermerhorn Symphony Center / Nashville, Tenn.
For entire tour schedule, please click here.

 


Lee Greenwood


The nine day Halloween themed festival will also feature the festival's co-founder, Jim Halsey, as Grand Marshal of the Grand Parade on October 27.

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. - The Neewollah Festival will celebrate its 60th Anniversary from October 19-27, in downtown Independence, Kansas. The famous nine day Halloween themed festival will feature live theatrical productions, concerts, three different parades, 5K/10K fun runs, pageants, a carnival, a chili cook off, vendors, food and more.

Neewollah was revived into a multi-day celebration in 1958 by legendary music impresario and Independence, Kansas native, Jim Halsey, along with Jerry Webb, Bob Wohltman, and Don Dancer. The first Neewollah celebration actually dates all the way back to 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community. In the beginning the events centered on parades of decorated cars and carriages during the morning, afternoon, and night on October 31.

In 1981 HBO produced a music special from Neewollah - also organized by Jim Halsey, Sherman Halsey, and directed by award winner Marty Calliner - starring Roy Clark, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, Johnny Lee, Charlie Rich and Lacy J Dalton. Other stars that have headlined the festival over the years have been Don Williams, Mel Tillis, BJ Thomas, Roy Clark, Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Ray Price, and The Bellamy Brothers.

Today, Neewollah is the largest annual celebration in Kansas. The city of Independence will grow from a town of just under 10,000 inhabitants to 75,000 in the final days of the now 10-day celebration. Today's celebration now includes 3 parades, a Doo Dah Parade (adult Kiddie Parade), a Kiddies Parade and a Grand Parade. Other activities include a chili cook-off, a hometown musical, and a queen's pageant also adds to the festival activities. The main downtown is filled with a variety of food vendors, a large carnival and bandstand for nightly entertainment. The arts and craft show, the band competition, and the fun run provide activities for everyone.

The Neewollah Festival will conclude on Saturday, October 27 with the Grand Parade, featuring the festival's co-founder Jim Halsey as the Grand Marshal, followed by a concert that evening with iconic Country music star, Lee Greenwood, along with Americana performer Kyle Dillingham at Memorial Hall. This will mark Lee Greenwood's third appearance at the Neewollah Festival.

Grammy award winner Lee Greenwood has more than 30 albums to his credit, seven #1 songs, 25 charted singles, and a CMA Song of the Year award in 1985 for his most recognizable, and patriotic song, “God Bless the USA.” Other hits from him include “It Turns Me Inside Out,” “ Ring on her Finger Time on her Hands,” “She’s Lying,” “ I Don’t Mind the Thorns if You’re the Rose,” “Dixie Road,” “Somebody’s Gonna Love You,” “Going, Going Gone,” “You Got a Good Love Comin,” “Fools Gold,” and “ Mornin’ Ride.”

Also joining on the stage that evening will be Oklahoma’s official musical ambassador and fiddle extraordinaire, Kyle Dillingham and his band, Horseshoe Road. Dillingham is a classically trained fiddle player who first picked up a violin when he was just nine years old. Eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Together, Dillingham and his band have represented America internationally in 37 countries. More recently, Dillingham was nominated by the National Endowment for the Arts to officially represent the United States in the NEA’s American Music Abroad program, and performed at the NEA's awards banquet in Washington D.C. on September 28. This rare opportunity was a huge honor as Kyle Dillingham also paid homage to famed clothing designer, Manuel Cuevas at the ceremony. Kyle, who often wears suits designed by Manuel on stage has formed a friendship and deep respect for Manuel since their first visit together. On stage, Dillingham performs a mix of his band’s original songs, along with classic covers and fiddlin’ favorites that are sure to have audiences on their feet.

For more information, and to buy advance online tickets for the Neewollah Festival, visit www.neewollah.com or the festival’s Facebook Event Page. Help lines for online ticket sales is 620-330-6834 or 620-330-0675, and will be open from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm CT, Monday thru Friday.

About Neewollah Festival:
The Neewollah ("Halloween" spelled backwards) celebration began in 1919 as an effort to provide positive activities for kids of all ages in place of the typical Halloween pranks that occurred in the community of Independence, Kansas. In the beginning the events centered on parades, morning, afternoon, and night on October 31. The parades consisted mainly of decorated cars and carriages. Queens and princesses from area festivals rode in the parades, along with their own Queen Neelah who was selected based on votes bought at a penny each. The Great Depression and World War II interrupted the Neewollah celebration but in 1958 four businessmen revived and elaborated on the Neewollah theme bringing it back as a 3-day celebration featuring big-name music and recording stars.

 

 


Tupelo Fire Department Benefit


TUPELO FIRE DEPT. PARTNERS WITH PAPPI’S GARAGE


Cooler weather is just around the corner, but we at Pappi’s Garage are on fire as we continue to raise contributions for charities across North Mississippi. Luckily, the Tupelo Fire Department is here to make sure we’re kept under control! On September 28 from 6 PM to 9 PM, Pappi’s Garage and the Tupelo Fire Department are joining forces to raise awareness and contributions for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. So be sure to come out and enjoy classic cars, hot rods, and one of the fire department’s fire trucks! Vehicles register for free, and there will be door prizes for registered cars, a 50 / 50 benefit raffle, Travis Kitchens playing everyone’s favorite oldies music, and B-B-Q and drinks served by Fire & Smoke B-B-Q.  Chris Johnston, an employee at Pappi’s Garage said it's always great to be able to help make a difference, and by teaming up with our local fire department, who are heroes themselves, we hope to bring out lots of support for this great organization and the wonderful lives it touches.

So be sure to mark it on your calendar, load up the family, and cruise on in to Pappi's Garage the last Friday of every month for a fun-filled evening of fellowship among fellow auto enthusiasts. For more information, call 662-260-4949 or email info@pappisgarage.com

 


Kornfield Friends


Original Cast Members Lulu Roman, Misty Rowe, Buck Trent, Jana Jae And A Possible Special Guest To Be Part of Production

Performances Oct 13 in Bristow, OK & Oct 14 in Greenville, TX Set To Kick-Off Road Show

 

Tulsa, Okla. – Jana Jae, known for her virtuosity on the 'Magic Blue Fiddle,' is planning on taking the Hee Haw audience on a musical journey where she performed on the historic television program either as part of the Buck Owens band or as a soloist. In a new touring production entitled Kornfield Friends, Jana has put together a grouping of original cast members from Hee HawKornfield Friends will bring a touch of ‘Kornfield Kounty’ to stages around the US and Canada and will have the audience involved from the beginning to the end. Whether singing, clapping, laughing or crying, this show has something for everyone.
 
“Are you ready to get ‘pickin’ and grinnin’?? I sure hope so, because we are all very excited about taking this show on the road,” says Jana Jae. “We did a couple test shows and they went over great. People just loved the down-home jokes and family-friendly show that took them back to when Hee Haw was originally airing.”

Each show will consist of Lulu RomanMisty RoweJana Jae, and Buck Trent – all four cast members of the hit country music variety show HEE HAW! HEE HAW is only one of a handful of television programs that have had a profound and lasting influence on American culture with many of its skits today being woven into the American comedic fabric. The hit television show, which continues to air on RFD-TV in reruns, take the viewer to their happy place in time with some rural culture, fun humor, and some great country music.

 

 
LULU ROMAN served up many laughs and, well, some greasy food at Lulu’s Truck Stop where the food and customer service was usually pretty bad. In addition, Lulu is remembered for being a member of the Hee Haw All-Jug Band and her sitting around on an old-fashioned sofa in the parlor being a deadpan character and commenting. MISTY ROWE is known for her “Bedtime Stories” sketch. Rowe would deliver one of her bizarre stories, sometimes a rewritten nursery rhyme. By the sketch’s end, she would deliver a humorous “moral to the story,” giggle, wink at the camera, and blow out the candle which was lit on the nightstand next to the bed where the story was told. BUCK TRENT is known for his pickin’ and grinnin’ as a featured performer on Hee Haw as well as his years working with Roy Clark.
 
On certain production shows a special guest, who had previously performed or appeared on Hee Haw will be added to the show. Those guests will be announced, in advance, of the performance.
 
Kornfield Friends is executive produced by Jana Jae, managed by Al Schiltz for The Consortium, and booked by Robert Williams and Whitney Crabtree for WBA Entertainment.

 

Suggested Tweet:
.@JanaJaeOwens announces #KornfieldFriends road show to hit stages across North America to celebrate time on #HeeHaw.

 

 


Remembering


Remembering 9/11 Seventeen years later.

 


Johnny Lee


JOHNNY LEE CONTINUES 'URBAN COWBOY REUNION TOUR' WITH MICKEY GILLEY THROUGHOUT FALL 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Due to recent success and high demand of the ‘Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour,’ country music hitmaker Johnny Lee along with Mickey Gilley, have extended dates into the fall and early winter.


The extension of the tour will take place at Mickey Gilley Grand Shanghai Theatre in Branson, Missouri. With the addition of multiple dates, fans who missed the first round of shows now have another chance to see these two superstars together once again, live.

After thirty-eight years, the music from the blockbuster movie ‘Urban Cowboy’ has remained a favorite among country music lovers with hits such as “Lookin’ For Love,” and “Cherokee Fiddle.” After spending three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart, “Lookin’ For Love” crossed over to the Billboard Pop Chart peaking Top Five in 1980.

While maintaining a heavy tour schedule throughout the country, Johnny Lee continues to promote his recently released autobiography, ‘Still Lookin’ For Love.’ This tell-all book reflects life while growing up in Texas and his chart-topping music career that has produced several hits including “One In A Million,” “Bet Your Heart On Me,” “Yellow Rose Of Texas,” “Pickin’ Up Strangers,” “Hey Bartender” and more.

While still promoting his latest album, ‘You Ain’t Never Been To Texas,’ Johnny is also fast at work in the studio, creating a new project that will be announced at a later date.

Johnny Lee is still going strong and there doesn’t seem to be anything that can slow this “Urban Cowboy” down.

Johnny’s familiar songs include a string of Top 10 hits, such as “One In A Million,” “Bet Your Heart On Me,” “Cherokee Fiddle,” “Sounds Like Love,” “Hey Bartender,” “You Could’ve Heard a Heart Break,” and many more.

For more information, visit theofficialjohnnylee.com.

 

 


HAVIS' KIDS EVENT


PAPPI’S GARAGE REPRESENTS HAVIS’ KIDS

School is back in session, and you know what that means! Pappi’s Garage, located at 209 Commerce Street, is getting ready to teach you all about classic cars at their monthly cruise-in, benefiting Havis’ Kids out of Corinth, from 6 P.M. to 9 P.M. on Friday, August 31. Havis’ Kids is a charity that helps special needs children take a once in a lifetime trip down to Disney World in Orlando. As always there will be classic cars and hot rods, door prizes for registered cars, a 50 / 50 benefit raffle, Travis Kitchens playing everyone’s favorite oldies music, and food and refreshments served by Fire & Smoke B-B-Q.
 
Vehicles register for free, and even Mickey and Minnie will be there for photo opportunities. Emily Davis, marketing manager for Pappi’s Garage, said each month is an adventure and it warms our hearts to see the community come out to not only view great looking cars but to raise awareness and contributions for charities that mean something to them and are close to our hearts as well! Mark it on your calendar, load up the family and cruise on in to Pappi's Garage the last Friday of every month for a fun-filled evening of fellowship among fellow auto enthusiasts. For more information, call 662-260-4949 or email info@pappisgarage.com.
 

Jeannie Seely Honored


Trisha Yearwood - Jeannie Seely"MISS COUNTRY SOUL," JEANNIE SEELY, HONORED WITH STAR ON MUSIC CITY WALK OF FAME

NASHVILLE, TN. - (August 23, 2018) – Country music royalty and a fifty-one year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely, was recognized for her contributions to the music industry by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp with star number 82 on The Music City Walk of Fame during an induction ceremony on Aug. 21, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in Music City Walk of Fame Park. Fellow Grand Ole Opry member, Trisha Yearwood presented Jeannie Seely with the special honor in front of invited friends, family, industry members and fans. In addition to Ms. Seely,Brenda LeeRay Stevens and Ben Folds were also inducted into the Walk of Fame.

Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.

“I’m honored to be a part of celebrating Jeannie Seely at the induction ceremony putting her star on the Music City Walk of Fame," said Trisha Yearwood. "Jeannie continues to do so much for our industry, and I’m proud to call her my friend."

“I am humbled by this recognition, and to know I have a place in history among my peers is truly astounding!  Hopefully those who are following our shared dreams will be inspired and encouraged by this walkway,” Said Jeannie Seely. ”Last year I saw the incredible respect given to those represented here. I can only hope that I have earned, and will continue to deserve that respect.”

Jeannie Seely’s recordings have spanned six decades and she continues to entertain at full speed today. Seely is a host on SiriusXM, “Willie’s Roadhouse,” where she shares personal memories and fun stories about the songs she spins. In January of this year she was recognized for ranking #2 in Billboard’s Top TV Songs Chart for January 2018 for her song “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” written in 1964 and recorded by Irma Thomas. The song is the trailer theme song for new “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” many acclaimed music artists recorded their own versions, including Seal and Boyz II Men and it has been featured in numerous episodes of the science fiction anthology Netflix television series “Black Mirror.”
 
She is a prolific songwriter who recently released “Written In Song,” a CD project with 14 tracks all co-written or self-penned by Seely. Many of the songs were recorded by Hall of Fame members. Jeannie earned a Grammy for her recording of “Don’t Touch Me” in 1967. A country music legend and trailblazer, Seely is recognized for her diligence in becoming the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows and is credited for changing the image of Opry by being the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage. Known for her quick wit and humor, she documented them in her book, Pieces Of A Puzzled Mind, which is a unique collection of witticisms. Jeannie Seely has also starred in several major stage productions.

Jeannie Seely Tour Dates:
Aug. 25, 2018 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania - American Music Theater
Aug. 31, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
Sep. 1, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
Sep. 7, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
Sep. 8, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
Sep. 14, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
Sep. 15, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Grand Ole Opry
Sep. 25, 2018 - Nashville, TN - Annual SOURCE Awards
Oct. 10, 2018 - Nashville, TN - 2nd Annual Dottie West Birthday Jam
Oct. 17, 2018 - Branson, MO - Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Jan. 27 to Feb. 3, 2019 - Country Music Cruise
More Dates Announced Soon

Stay in touch with Jeannie Seely on her website and all of her social media platformsFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

About Jeannie Seely:
Country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved chart topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as a songwriter. Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul”– a title that’s still used today. Jeannie’s biggest dream came true when she was inducted as a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first Pennsylvania native to do so. Jeannie takes much pride in her involvement and support of musicians’ rights. In 2017, Jeannie celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.  From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album The Seely Style to her recent self–produced album Written In Song, consisting entirely of songs she’s written, Jeannie’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. In his 2003 book “Finding Her Voice: Women In Country Music,” music critic Robert K. Oermann wrote, “With her chin-out, tough/tender, heart-of-gold manner, Jeannie Seely remains one of country’s most completely modern female personalities,” and that statement still holds true. Keep up with all things Jeannie Seely at www.jeannieseely.com.

About The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp:
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.

 

 


BILLY MINICK INDUCTED INTO PRORODEO HALL OF FAME


BILLY MINICK INDUCTED INTO PRORODEO HALL OF FAME

FORT WORTH, Texas – Billy Bob’s Texas partner Billy Minick’s years and years in the rodeo business have been recognized with the highest honor. Minick, a stock contractor, was enshrined in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame, Aug. 4, in Colorado Springs, Colo.
 
The gravity of the honor wasn’t lost on Minick, who was short on words when he received the phone call that he was being inducted – he hadn’t had time to process his new place in immortality. “It took my breath away at first,” said Minick, 79. “I got a few tears. To be among those guys, even the past and the present and future cowboys, it’s kind of like that famous old quote that’s been said by all the cowboys, and even in song: ‘All I ever wanted to be was a cowboy.’”
 

Minick began his professional rodeo career in 1959, enlisting in the Rodeo Cowboys Association after winning titles in both high school and college. His first ProRodeo was the Mesquite (Texas) Championship Rodeo. At the peak of his rodeo career, Minick qualified for the National Finals Rodeo as a bull rider in 1966. That season he finished fourth in the world standings. Although Minick reached the NFR as a contestant, that wasn’t his calling. Being a stock contractor was.
 

In 1968, Minick purchased the Harry Knight Rodeo Company from Knight and legendary entertainer Gene Autry. The Billy Minick Rodeo Company produced top NFR bucking stock from 1968-76, including saddle bronc horse Streamer in 1972 and the bull Tiger in 1973. Tiger, considered one of the rankest bulls of all time, also won Bull of the Year in 1974. Minick also had other noteworthy stock, including bareback horse Payload and other horses Lonesome, Crazy 1 and My Fair Lady, and bulls V61 and Mr. Bubbles.

 
Through the years, Minick helped to produce rodeos such as the Fort Worth (Texas) Stock Show and RodeoRodeo Houston, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, the Santa Rosa Roundup (Vernon, Texas), and Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days.
 
Minick, who was born Jan. 10, 1939, in Fort Worth, Texas, is recognized as being instrumental in bringing the historic Fort Worth Stockyards back to prominence. Minick also hosted the inaugural Justin Cowboy Crisis fundraiser with John Justinand Major League Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. Minick was a PRCAWinston Tour team sponsor and produced two Winston Tour events in Fort Worth.
 

 


July Cruise


PAPPI’S GARAGE LENDS A HELPING HAND

Looking for something fun for the family to do? Well come on down to Pappi’s Garage, located at 209 Commerce Street, for our monthly cruise-in, benefiting the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, from

6 P.M. to 9 P.M. on July 27. There will be classic cars and hot rods, door prizes for registered cars, a 50 / 50 benefit raffle, a D-J playing everyone’s favorite oldies music, and food and refreshments served by Fire & Smoke B-B-Q . Vehicles register for free, and all proceeds will go to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society. Volunteers from the humane society will also be in attendance with animals up for adoption such as puppies and dogs. Emily Davis, marketing manager for Pappi’s Garage, said Magnolia Business Centre chooses charities that are close to their hearts and mean something to themthis month they chose to help the humane society. Mark it on your calendar, load up the family and cruise on in to Pappi's Garage the last Friday of every month for a fun-filled evening of fellowship among fellow auto enthusiasts. For more information, call 662-260-4949 or email info@pappisgarage.com.

 

 


Live Broadcast this weekend!


Kudzu 104.9 out and about this Weekend!

Live Broadcasts

Friday

7/20/18

6-8 pm Bucking on the River

Saturday

7/21/18

11a-1p Highway 15 Grill

Saturday

7/21/18

6-8 pm Bucking on the River

We have several Live Broadcast this weekend set up,

come and enjoy the fun and check out the give-a-ways!

 

 

        


Opry Birthday Bash - Charlie Pride


GRAND OLE OPRY LEGEND CHARLEY PRIDE SET FOR ANNUAL OPRY BIRTHDAY BASH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Grand Ole Opry® presented by Humana® is set to celebrate its 93rd birthday with an annual Birthday Bash and a special birthday concert by Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member Charley Pride at 3 PMSat., Oct. 13 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. The Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient made his Opry debut in 1967, charted 36 No. 1 singles, sold over 70 million records, and this year marks his 25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member. Concert tickets go on sale July 20 at 10:00 am at (615) 871-OPRY and opry.com.

Pride is also scheduled for that weekend’s four Opry performances. Opry Birthday Bash packages are on sale now at opry.com and (615) 871-OPRY and include the birthday concert, an Opry Birthday Bash performance, Grand Ole Opry House and Ryman Auditorium tours, a picnic on the Opry Plaza, and an exclusive Birthday Bash poster.

Among other artists coming soon to the Opry are Asleep at the Wheel, Brothers Osborne, Terri Clark, Charlie Daniels Band, Charles Esten, Larry Gatlin & The Gatlin Brothers, Chris Janson, Dustin Lynch, Martina McBride, Del McCoury Band, Craig Morgan, Oak Ridge Boys, Pure Prairie League, Rascal Flatts, Chris Young, and more.

Charley Pride Tour Dates:
JUL 20 - Shooting Star Casino / Mahnomen, Minn.
AUG 11 - Sugar Creek Casino / Hinton, Okla.
SEP 15 - Crystal Grand Music Theater / Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
SEP 22 - Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino / Salamanca, N.Y.
SEP 28 - Dosey Doe (The Big Barn) / The Woodlands, Texas
OCT 05 - The Welk Resort Theatre / Branson, Mo.
OCT 26 - The Welk Resort Theatre / Branson, Mo.
NOV 07 - TCU Place / Saskatoon, SK
NOV 09 - Conexus Arts Centre / Regina, SK
NOV 10 - Club Regent Event Center / Winnipeg, MB

Be sure to follow Pride on Facebook and charleypride.com.

 

 


Shark Awareness Day


Today is Shark Awareness Day July 14, 2018

We's like to make you aware of our sister station WSKK-FM the Shark 102.3 playing Classic Hits, The Best in Pop, Soul and Rock 'N Roll.

Oh yeah... Beware of Sharks!


Independence Day


HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

from KUDZU 104.9!


40th Annual Wayne Jerrolds Bluegrass Festival


40th Annual Wayne Jerrolds Savannah Bluegrass Festival

Don't miss all the fun at this years Bluegrass Festival in Savannah. Kudzu 104.9 will be broadcasting live from 12 noon to 2 pm on Saturday, June 30th. Visit our sponsors: Bob's Pharmacy, William's Supply & Lumber, Burt's Furniture, Hardin County Bank, Dodge Store in Savannah, J & B Auto Sales, River City Concrete, Wayne Jerrold, Parkrest Health Center, The Oupost General Store and thanks to Savannah Main Street.


Elvis Presley Festival


Elvis Festival 2018 Events:

Friday, June 8th

10am • Round One of the Tupelo Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition
BancorpSouth Arena
(Buy tickets by clicking this link!)

2pm • Conversations with Tom Brown
With Dick Grob, Victoria Paige Meyerink and Jeff Lewis // Historic Lyric Theatre
(Tickets available at the door - $20)

2-4pm  Kudzu 104.9 Live Broadcast

6pm • Friday Night at Fairpark (FREE)
Featuring Memphis Jones and Spunk Monkees with headliners Bishop Gunn and
Muscadine Bloodline // Fairpark

6pm • Tupelo Winners Concert
Featuring Victor Trevino, Jr., Diogo Light, Ben Thompson and Bill Cherry with special appearances from Brandon Bennett, David Lee, Jay Dupuis, Cody Ray Slaughter, Doug Church and Cote Deonath // BancorpSouth Arena
(Buy tickets by clicking this link.)

Jeff Lewis and Friends Afterparty** (FREE)
Hilton Garden Inn

Saturday, June 9th

7:30 am • Running with the King 5K
Click here to register // Veteran's Park

9am • Dilworth Pet Parade and Pageant (FREE)
Click here to register // With Brandon Bennett, Cote Deonath and Memphis Jones // During this time the Express Clydesdales will be available for a meet-and-greet/photo opportunities outside in the parking lot // BancorpSouth Arena

10:30am • Semi-Finals of the Tupelo Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Competition
BancorpSouth Arena
(Buy tickets by clicking this link.)

1pm • Living History/Pictures and Autographs with ETAs (FREE)
Including a live broadcast by Argo and Big Jim of Elvis Sirius Radio, book signings in Gumtree Museum of Art, and featuring artist ARCY painting a mural on Reed's // Downtown Tupelo

6pm • UETA Finals and Showcases
Finals; 2017 Winner Cote Deonath showcase; 2018 winner announced; Ultimate Showcase with Brandon Bennett, Bill Cherry, Jay Dupuis, David Lee, Dean Z, Dwight Icenhower and Cody Ray Slaughter // BancorpSouth Arena
(Buy tickets by clicking this link.)

Jeff Lewis and Friends Afterparty** (FREE)
Hilton Garden Inn

Sunday, June 10

10am • Gospel Sunday
With Landmark, Dr. Bruce Lesley, Jeff Lewis, Brandon Bennett, Dwight Icenhower, Bill Cherry, Dean Z, Jay Dupuis, Cote Deonath, David Lee, Diogo Light, Ben Thompson and Victor Trevino, Jr. // BancorpSouth Conference Center
(Buy tickets by clicking this link.)

All ETAs will perform with live music provided by the
EAS band

Hosted by Tom Brown

 

**All afterparties will begin 30 minutes after nighttime events.

Events and artists are subject to change.

 

 


Shiloh Music on the Battlefield


Shiloh National Military Park to Host Live Music on the Battlefield

 

SHILOH, Tennessee – On Saturday, May 26, Shiloh National Military Park will present its first Concert-in-the-Park of 2018.  The free twilight concert on the lawn in front of the park Visitor Center will feature Civil War era music. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to the concert.

“Over the last three years we have presented concerts in the park at Shiloh, and we are pleased to be able to continue the events in 2018,” said Superintendent Dale Wilkerson.  “We invite everyone to come out, enjoy the park, and listen to some outstanding performances by these wonderful musicians.”

From 5:00pm – 5:30pm the Lost Cause String Band will perform. Lost Cause hails from Corinth and features popular string band songs of the Civil War era.

From 5:45pm – 6:45 pm, Steve and Lisa Ball will perform. Steve Ball hails from Columbus, Ohio, and has devoted the last twenty years of study to Civil War music. He has performed all over the Midwest playing at living history events, symposiums, Civil War roundtables, re-enactments, and other historical venues. Ball has released two CDs and is currently working on a new CD devoted to the music of Stephen Foster. Ball also collects vintage instruments, mostly guitars, the earliest being an 1845 Martin acoustic guitar. His show includes songs from the 1850s that would be important regarding the climate of the country before the war began in 1861. For this performance, Ball will be joined by his wife Lisa, who plays upright bass and sings harmonies.

From 7:00pm – 8:00pm the 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band takes the stage. The present-day 33rd Illinois Volunteer Regiment Band was re-created in 1996, by musicians from Central Illinois. The musicians were recruited from the same geographical area in Illinois as the original 33rd Band, mustered at State Normal University (now called Illinois State University) in 1861, and, like the original band, come from all walks of life.  This large brass band utilizes many original instruments that were in service during the war so the audience can hear what the soldiers heard. Their performances are a tribute to the soldiers and musicians of the North and South.

The park will also have a Junior Ranger booth set up for the kids on May 26 starting at noon. Children of all ages are invited to work on three different Junior Ranger booklets in order to earn three different Junior Ranger badges. 

On May 26 & 27 the park will offer cannon firing demonstrations across the street from the Visitor Center. The Shiloh cannon crew, wearing period uniforms, will demonstrate the duties of Civil War cannoneers, the implements and projectiles they used, and the proper loading and firing procedures of the 6-pounder field piece.  The artillery firing demonstrations will take place at 10:00 am, 11:30pm, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm on Saturday, and 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm on Sunday.

For more information contact the park Visitor Center at 731-689-5696, go to the park website at www.nps.gov/shil, or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShilohNMP.

 

 


Charlie Pride Salute


GRAND OLE OPRY, 650 AM WSM TO SALUTE CHARLEY PRIDE WITH A COUNTRY PRIDE WEEKEND MAY 4 & 5, CELEBRATING THE LEGENDARY ENTERTAINER'S 25th OPRY MEMBER ANNIVERSARY

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country Music Hall of Fame member and Recording Academy "Lifetime Achievement Award" recipient, Charley Pride, will celebrate his 25th Anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member with appearances on the Opry Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. Pride, who made his Opry debut in 1967, is scheduled to perform extended Opry sets in celebration of his milestone anniversary on both nights.

As part of the celebration, Opry flagship station 650 AM WSM (wsmonline.com) plans to salute the award-winning artist with a “Country Pride Weekend”, spinning Pride’s 50-plus Top 10 singles, playing signature Pride archived programs, and taking listener requests for the Country Music Hall of Famer’s all-time favorites.

Upon his Opry induction 25 years ago, Pride recalled his initial dream of baseball stardom. “It’s as if I had made it in baseball and they came up to me and took me to Cooperstown and said, ‘This is where your plaque is going to be – beside Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, and Hank Aaron.”

Tickets for "Country Pride Weekend" are available at (615) 871-OPRY and at Opry.com.

Charley Pride also recently announced he'll be performing at the 2018 CMA Fest, on Friday, June 8 at 8:00 pm at Nissan Stadium. Pride will be sharing the stage that evening with a host of other modern country staples like Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, and Old Dominion.

Tickets can be purchased on the CMA Fest website, by clicking here.
 

 


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