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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.
 

 


Freddie Fender Autobiography


FREDDY FENDER AUTOBIOGRAPHY WASTED DAYS AND WASTED NIGHTS: A METEORIC RISE TO STARDOM AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW!

San Benito, Texas – 'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights: A Meteoric Rise to Stardom' written by Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender tells the true-life story of her famous father, the late Baldemar Huerta aka Freddy Fender – The King of Tex-Mex. As only seen through the eyes of Freddy’s daughter, her book expresses in intimate detail his rise to success, heartbreaking fall and final redemption bringing to life the heartfelt memories of a man and family caught in the whirlwind of great fame, and conveys in a compassionate yet forthright manner the shattering addictions that accompanied this fame.

'Wasted Days and Wasted Nights' takes the reader on a journey which covers Freddy’s early life of brutal poverty as a child migrant worker, his years as a U.S. Marine, the shocking arrest and imprisonment of his early 20s, his barrier-breaking singing career as he exploded into and crossed over different music genres, and the alcohol and drug addiction from which he suffered.

During his last 21 years of sobriety, Freddy sought spiritual redemption, practiced forgiveness and made amends in his daily life; he came to lead by example with the aid of his higher power Jesus Christ. Freddy Fender was known to millions of people across the world as “an ordinary man who had extraordinary God-given talents.”

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

About Freddy Fender:
Freddy was a Mexican-American singer who rose from the depths of poverty, breaking free from a life spent picking cotton and rising to a life spent picking guitar. In his youth, in 1956, he was the first to record and sing Spanish rock and roll; he was known as the “Mexican Elvis” and called “El Bebop Kid.” In the mid-1970s, Fender would become famous literally overnight as a rock ‘n’ country megastar with his first two monster hits “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”

Instantaneously, his records crossed over the Billboard country charts into the rock and pop charts, each rising to No. 1. He was given a Country Music Association award for “Single of the Year” and an Academy of Country Music award as “Most Promising Male Artist” in 1975. His voice and charismatic personality also made him a nationwide television celebrity in the ‘70s and ‘80s.

About the Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender:
Tammy Lorraine Huerta Fender has divided her father’s autobiography into two books. The first book explores Freddy’s struggles as he achieves the great American dream. The sequel delves into the darkness of the addictions that ravaged his and his family’s lives, forcing Freddy to the realization that he needed a divine intervention. The story of Freddy’s ultimate healing and hard-won sobriety is a searing story of faith and redemption. Tammy states that in writing a frank, realistic book that tells the true story of her father’s life, she is honoring her father’s last wish; Freddy wanted an authentic, uncompromising book to be written about his life. And readers will see that his daughter Tammy has done just that, conveying in honest prose the tale of a child migrant worker with a passion for music who picked cotton, a three-string guitar and achieved the great American Dream.

 

 


2911 Media


JANIE FRICKE CONTINUES TO CAPTIVATE AUDIENCES WITH ELECTRIFYING PERFORMANCES

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Raised on a farm in Indiana, Janie Fricke began singing in church, and later turned that talent into a career which began as one of the marketing industry's most successful jingle singers. Long before her success as a country artist, millions of people became familiar with Fricke’s voice through ads for United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Red Lobster. She soon became a session singer where she was singing background in the studio with some of the biggest country stars of the late 70’s and early 80’s, including Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, and Mel Tillis.

After a string of duets with such greats as Merle Haggard and Moe Bandy, Fricke landed a solo recording contract in the early 80’s and scored several hit singles, including “Don't Worry 'Bout Me Baby,” “He's a Heartache” and “You're Heart's Not In It.” She won CMA’s coveted “Female Vocalist of the Year” in 1983 and ’84 and has been nominated for three Grammy Awards. She has been credited with over 1,600 album projects and scored 36 hit singles.

“I am so fortunate and honored that my music has meant so much to so many people throughout the years as I have worked with some great producers and songwriters.,” says Janie Fricke. “Now, as I get to go out and sing all those hit songs for the fans at concerts, it really brings back memories from when I made those records and I am just glad that the fans continue to come out to the shows to hear them.”

Janie Fricke On Tour:
Apr 12 – Opry Country Classics – Ryman Auditorium – Nashville, Tenn.
Apr 13 – Dolly Parton Celebrity Theater – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Apr 21 – Bowie Community Center – Bowie, Texas
Jun 02 – The New Granbury Live – Granbury, Texas
Jun 30 - Ho-Chunk Gaming Wisconsin Dells Event Center - Baraboo, Wisc.
Jul 04 – Private
Jul 13 – Lampasas Spring Ho Festival – Lampasas, Texas
Jul 14 - Arlington Music Hall - Arlington, Texas
Jul 28 – Meramec Theater – Steelville, Mo.
Sep 06 – Blue Gate Theatre/Shipshewana Event Center – Shipshewana, Ind.
Sep 07 - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center - Renfro Valley, Ky.
Sep 29 – The Coyote Country Store – Gail, Texas
Oct 17 – Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Theater – Branson, Mo.

In recent past years, Sony Music Entertainment made four of Fricke’s classic albums available to fans on Spotify, Apple Music and other digital platforms – a rarity for some classic acts. The First Word In Memory, The Very Best of Janie Fricke, Black & White and Saddle in the Wind can now be found digitally! The collection of albums includes many of the 18-time chart-topper’s biggest hits, including “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy,” “Tell Me a Lie,” “She’s Single Again” and more.

In addition, Fricke put a spin of bluegrass with some fresh interpretations of many of her beloved tunes with the release of Country Side of Bluegrass. The 13-track collection was produced by Bil VornDick, whose credits also include Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, and Marty Robbins, and features some of the finest pickers in the industry.

 


Mega Monster Mania


Win Tickets to Mega Monster Mania

Listen to KUDZU 104.9 for your chance to win tickets to Mega Monster Mania, Monday and Tuesday, February 19th & 20th from 8 am to 4 pm. We'll give you a chance to be the correct caller and win a pair of tickets to the February 23rd show only. The phone number to call is 1-866-923-1049. Call in when we ask you to call, be the 5th caller and win! Tickets must be picked up at the Station office.


Oak Ridge Boys


Paste Debuts "Brand New Star" Video From Forthcoming Album

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country Music Hall of Fame members, Grand Ole Opry members, and five-time GRAMMY winning group, The Oak Ridge Boys announce the release of their Lightning Rod Records forthcoming project 17th Avenue Revival, produced by critically-acclaimed producer Dave Cobb on March 16. This is the group’s second project with Cobb, who produced the Oaks’ celebrated The Boys Are Back album released in 2009.
 
“Having been in The Oak Ridge Boys for almost 52 years,” says Duane Allen, “it can be difficult for me to imagine a place where we have not been. However, Dave Cobb had that vision, and the result is 17th Avenue Revival.”
 
“Old roads turned into new roads on this album,” adds Oaks’ member Joe Bonsall.
 
For the new project, Cobb’s vision for the group was to dig way back into their roots of gospel music. But a different kind of gospel. One that took a hard look at the early days of rock and roll, which was influenced by spiritual, or black gospel.
 
Under Cobb’s direction, they touched on uncharted territory—and for a long-tenured act like The Oak Ridge Boys, that’s saying something. Somewhat retro, yet new and fresh at the same time, there was no vocal stacking and very few overdubs. For two of the songs, the Boys gathered around one microphone and let the harmonies shine, just as Dave Cobb had planned initially.
 
“Legendary Studio A on 17th Avenue South became a special, almost spiritual place, and for a few weeks it served as a beacon of creativity,” says Allen. The result is a recording that will go down in history, for old and new fans alike.

“Dave brought music with spirit and a magical feel to the studio. It became a mental, emotional, physical and spiritual revival for The Oak Ridge Boys,” says the groups’ William Lee Golden.
 
“17th Avenue Revival is something we believe our fans will love,” adds bass singer Richard Sterban.
 
Paste debuts “Brand New Star,” one of the songs from the new album, which is already receiving accolades from fans at the Oaks’ shows and is available as an instant grat track when the album is downloaded on digital platforms including Amazon Music and iTunes.
 
In 2018, The Oak Ridge Boys embark on their Shine the Light Tour, reflecting the messages of this unique collection of songs, as well as their all-time greatest hits. New roads, time-worn pathways, harmony, friendship, inspiration, and GREAT MUSIC.

 
 

Hi Lo Pro Rodeo Coming!


Hi Lo Pro RodeoHi Lo ProRodeo

NE Mississippi Championship Rodeo will be held in Tupelo January 26th and 27th. The Hi Lo Pro Rodeo invites you to come see what a rodeo is all about! You can get tickets here.

 

RODEO

“PRCA Pro Rodeo is back at the BancorpSouth Arena Tupelo! The NE Mississippi Championship Rodeo is the wildest and roughest show on dirt. Witness champion cowboys compete for thousands of dollars in prize money against some of the rankest stock in the world. Bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding with roping and barrel racing. Action packed fun for the whole family with prices you can afford. Live and unrehearsed with instant replay on the Jumbo Screen. The Buck Starts Here!”

TICKET INFORMATION

TICKET PRICES

Advance: $30, $20 and $14. Day Of Show: $33, $23 and $17. Kids 12 and under $10 advanced, $13 day of show.

 

 



HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We're looking forward to serving you with the Best Classic Country in 2018!  Glad to have you aboard!


Benefit Ride


Benefit Ride - December 16th

Main Street Cycle:

Benefit Ride at BMB Off-Road in Fulton MS, December 16th, for Kaylie Brooke Sauls. A student at Tishomingo School who is at St. Jude battling Cancer, Help us help her have a better Christmas! Ride starts 10:00 AM. FREE Chili Lunch 12 PM. Ride till Dark: $2O.OO per Person (Also Accepting Donations) Ticket Required-Available for purchase at Main Street Cycle. For more information contact us at 662-438-6407.


John Conlee new Release


JOHN CONLEE SET TO RELEASE
CLASSICS 3 ON JANUARY 26TH

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Country music hitmaker and Grand Ole Opry member John Conlee shows no signs of slowing down, at age 71, with the announcement of a new album, Classics 3, which will include some of his signature hits as well as a few new cutsThe project is slated for release Friday, January 26 on his own Rose Colored Records, and is currently available for presale through his website and iTunes.
 
"I can’t wait for you to hear the new Classics 3 CD." said Conlee. "I’m particularly anxious to hear what you think of the new music on it. Enjoy!"
 
Classics 3 has the undeniable essence of John Conlee throughout with previous hits on the album including “Working Man,” “The Carpenter,” and his No. 1 single “Got My Heart Set On You.” The project boasts two tracks written by Songwriter’s Hall of Fame member Hugh Prestwood, “Learning How To Love” and “Unborn Voice,” as well as a rendition of Merle Haggard’s “Jesus Take A Hold.” Work by esteemed songwriter Rory Feek makes an appearance on the album with “A Bible and A Belt.” Conlee also creates his own version of Guy Clark’s “The Carpenter.” The twelve-track project is the third and final installment of Conlee’s Classics CD set.
 
For more information, visit JohnConlee.com and follow him on Facebook.
 
Classics 3 Track Listing:
1. “Got My Heart Set On You”
2. “Learning How To Love”
3. “Working Man”
4. “The Carpenter”
5. “A Bible And A Belt”
6. “The Shade”
7. “Unborn Voice”
8. “Living Like There’s No Tomorrow
9. “The Rock”
10. “Lonely Don’t Know When To Leave”
11. “Could You Love Me One More Time”
12. “Jesus Take A Hold”

 

 


Thanksgiving


Gluten Free Turkey Stuffing

Ingredietns (10)

 

1 (1 pound) loaf

gluten-free bread (such as Udi's® Millet-Chia bread)

3 tablespoons

olive oil

2

onions (diced)

3 stalks

celery (diced)

1 teaspoon

fresh sage (chopped)

1 teaspoon

dried thyme leaves

¾ teaspoon

salt

to taste

black pepper (ground)

2 cups

gluten-free chicken broth

2

large eggs

 

 

Nutritional Facts (per serving)

 

Calories

245
% Daily Value

Total Fat

12 g
18%

Cholesterol

48 mg
16%

Carbohydrate

31 g
10%

Sodium

490 mg
20%

Protein

4.70 g
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME ENDS


SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR SATURDAY NIGHT TO BE ON TIME SUNDAY!


Kenny Rogers Farewell Celebration


Kenny Rogers'ALL IN FOR THE GAMBLER: KENNY ROGERS FAREWELL CELEBRATION' FULL OF SURPRISES AND EMOTIONAL MOMENTS
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Kenny Rogers’ musical career has touched many different styles of music throughout various generations, and his farewell performance to Nashville, All In For The Gambler, served as a reminder of the musical impact that his career has had – and will continue to make for years to come. An all-star cast of Rogers’ contemporaries – and many of today’s hottest musical artists – turned up last night (October 25) at the Bridgestone Arena in Music City to pay tribute to the Country Music Hall of Fame member, who is in the midst of his farewell tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal.” Perhaps the most emotional moment of the night belonged to Dolly Parton, who teamed with Rogers one last time on their 1983 hit “Islands In The Stream” after surprising both Rogers – and the audience – with a heartfelt performance of “I Will Always Love You” to her friend and collaborator. The two also reminisced about their lengthy friendship – which dates back to a Rogers appearance on her syndicated TV show from the mid 1970’s – almost a decade before they first teamed up. The two also closed out their performing career together with the Grammy-nominated “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” a single from 2013.
 
The evening was a mixture of song performances that balanced many of the singer’s iconic hits – as well as many of the early days of Rogers’ career as the lead vocalist of The First Edition. Jamey Johnson paid tribute to the singer’s versatility with a raucous take on Mickey Newbury’s “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In),” a First Edition hit from five decades ago. The Flaming Lips shined the light on “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” with Reba McEntire tipping the hat to the group’s “Reuben James.” Elle King gave a jaw-dropping performance of “Tulsa Turnaround,” one of the First Edition’s lesser-known tracks – that Rogers himself recorded for his 1979 album Kenny. Rogers’ fellow Texan Kris Kristofferson paid tribute to the band’s cover of “Me and Bobby McGee,” which he wrote.
 
Of course, the main focus of the evening was on the record-setting solo career Rogers embarked on in the mid-1970s, and those hits were on full display during the evening. Justin Moore nodded to the beginning of the singer’s hit making era with “Lucille,” with spellbinding performances taking place from The Oak Ridge Boys (“Love Or Something Like It”), Chris Stapleton (“The Gambler”), and Lady Antebellum (“She Believes In Me”). A special moment took place with the appearance of Don Henley – who once lived with Rogers and his family - to perform the classic “Desperado,” which Rogers cut in 1977 for his Daytime Friends album.
 
Many of the 80’s and 90’s hits of the singer were featured during The Gambler’s Last Deal as well. Billy Currington delivered a sensual take on “Morning Desire,” with Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley and Idina Menzel teaming up for “We’ve Got Tonight,” a 1983 Rogers hit with Sheena Easton. Two of the singers’ most frequent collaborators figured prominently in this era with appearances with Lionel Richie giving a beautiful take on “’Lady,” a number one Pop and Country hit that he wrote for Kenny’s Greatest Hits album in 1980, and Alison Krauss saluted the singer with a pristine version of his romantic ballad “Love The World Away.” Another incredible performance came from Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott and mother Linda Davis – who has toured extensively with Rogers over the years – uniting on stage for the singer’s 1987 chart-topper “Twenty Years Ago.”
 
There were several other great musical moments during All In For The Gambler, with Naomi and Wynonna Judd reuniting for “Back To The Well,” and an all-star group of Rogers’ former opening acts paying tribute to the icon with a sing-along performance of his 1982 hit “Blaze Of Glory,” including Travis Tritt, The Gatlin Brothers, Kim Forester, T.G. Sheppard, Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, T. Graham Brown, and Billy Dean.
 
Blackbird Presents' Keith Wortman, creator and executive producer of Nashville's recent highly acclaimed "Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard," is the creator and executive producer of "All In For The Gambler." GRAMMY® Award Winner Don Was served as music director, and presided over a stellar house band backing the performers at this historic concert event taping. Kenny Rogers' manager, Ken Levitan, also served as executive producer. The event was filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional media (worldwide broadcast, music, and digital).

 

 

 


CHARLIE DANIELS TO APPEAR ON FOX & FRIENDS


CHARLIE DANIELS TO APPEAR ON FOX & FRIENDS

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® winning music icon Charlie Daniels continues a nonstop media blitz in celebration of the Oct. 24 release of his official memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats,” with national television appearances on Fox & Friends, Access Hollywood, Hannity, Varney & Co., Rural America Live and MORE (see below for air dates). CLICK HERE TO ORDER “Never Look at the Empty Seats.”

Charlie's new CD Memories, Memoirs and Miles-Songs Of A Lifetimewill also be released Oct. 20, available exclusively at Walmart as the musical companion to “Never Look At The Empty Seats,” and follows along the musical journey of Charlie’s career through the years.

Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. In his official memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats” (W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson), fans will learn about his rise from a post-Depression era childhood to becoming a GRAMMY® award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by focusing on the positives in life. Spanning a career of nearly 60 years, Charlie will share inside stories, reflections, rare personal photographs plus make available lessons learned and sage advice to those seeking a career in the music business. For available retailers and more info, go to CharlieDaniels.com.

 

 

 


Van Dyke Celebrates 55th Anniversary Of Grand Ole Opry Induction


Leroy Van Dyke Celebrates

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Award-winning country music hit-maker Leroy Van Dyke, who was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on October 20, 1962, is set to mark the anniversary of that accomplishment with an appearance on the Opry's Thursday night show Opry Country Classics at the Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 19.

“After six decades in the music business, I’m still so proud of the day I became a Grand Ole Opry member, an incredible personal highlight and career milestone,” Van Dyke says. “I have always felt at home among my family, friends, and fans there, and I look forward to returning to the Ryman stage where I made my Opry debut and was first introduced as an Opry member.”
 
Known for his unique, unmistakable music that captivated audiences upon entering the music scene in the mid-1950s, Van Dyke has recorded some of the biggest songs of all time, including his debut single, “The Auctioneer,” which instantly became a multi-million seller, and the worldwide smash, “Walk on By.” The 1961 hit spent 19 weeks at the No. 1 spot and an incredible 42 weeks on the chart. Being named Billboard’s No. 2 Greatest All-Time Country Song based on sales, number of plays and number of weeks on the chart, it has withstood the test of time.

After more than 60 years in the business, he shows no signs of slowing down still booking appearances of The Leroy Van Dyke Country Gold Tour. Bringing traditional country music to fans all over the world, the one-of-a-kind show, by definition, is a classic country show featuring artists who have had million sellers, multiple top ten recordings, or massive television exposure. Van Dyke opens the show then emcees the event as his seven-piece band backs the rest of the presentation.

About Leroy Van Dyke:
Leroy Van Dyke of “Auctioneer” and “Walk On By” fame is known around the world as an entertainer, recording artist, radio and television star, auctioneer and veteran of the Las Vegas circuit. He has recorded more than 500 songs. Van Dyke has performed an estimated 3,500 shows at agricultural events, including fairs and livestock events, in addition to a great variety of engagements. In his six decades of performances, he has never missed a show. For more information, please go to www.leroyvandyke.com.

 


GENE WATSON GETS BACK TO HIS 'GOSPEL ROOTS' WITH ALBUM RELEASE DECEMBER 8


2017 R.O.P.E 'Entertainer of the Year' Winner

Tickets for North American Tour On Sale Now

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Gene Watson continues to stay true to his traditional country style with the release of his new record with New Day Christian Distribution, My Gospel Roots, available December 8. At the recent R.O.P.E. Awards, Watson celebrated his win for the 2017 Entertainer of the Year, an honor he shared with one of his best friends in the music business, Jeannie Seely.

“New Day Christian has a storied legacy of distributing quality Christian products,” said Dottie Leonard Miller, President New Day Christian. “We’re excited to add Gene Watson to that list. Gene’s voice is synonymous with Country music, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with him as he returns to his ‘roots.’”

Over the years, Watson has proved that he is one of the great traditional country artists of his generation, and is defiantly proud to release a Gospel album that stands out in the wave of today’s popular music. He is even prouder to dedicate his new album to his parents, Ted and Thelma Watson, who he credits for raising him in the church and sharing their love for Gospel music. The 13-track record brings the pure, organic country sound that Watson is famous for to gospel songs that he grew up with.

“This record really goes back to my roots of being in that little church and singin’ hymns. We had nothing but love, family and prayer back then, so I wanted to honor those traditions with this album,” Watson said.

Fans got a taste of what to expect from Watson’s new record with the release of his “Help Me” rendition on his 2016 album,Real.Country.Music. Originally penned by Larry Gatlin and recorded by Elvis Presley, “Help Me,” captivated audiences and rose to No. 1 in Christian Servant Magazine, Christian Voice Magazine and on Cashbox. My Gospel Roots includes “Help Me,” but also features Watson’s own renditions of many other classic Christian songs.

Watson includes songs from all different generations on his new record, and proves that he hasn't lost a note in his incredible multi-octave range. One particular stand-out is “Old Roman Soldier, the first single releasing to Christian radio stations.

“I’d never heard a Gospel song written from the point of view of the Roman soldier who placed Jesus on the cross,” said Watson. “This song is true Country Gospel in the way it delivers a strong Christian message with such a visual story type setting.”

Despite a busy few months in the studio, Watson, who is often known as “The Singer’s Singer,” shows no sign of slowing down his touring schedule. Fans can expect to hear his powerhouse vocals on classics like “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Farewell Party”and “Fourteen Carat Mind,” alongside Watson’s gospel renditions.

Be sure to follow Gene Watson on Facebook or visitGeneWatsonMusic.com to order My Gospel Roots and purchase tickets to upcoming shows. To book Watson, contact Rob Battle atrbattleartistagent@united.net.

 

 


AVAILABLE NOW: COUNTRY REWIND RECORDS RELEASE TIMELESS, A COLLECTION OF CONWAY TWITTY HITS AND HIDDEN RECORDINGS


Conway Rewound

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Fans of the late Country Music Hall of Fame member, Conway Twitty, can now purchase TIMELESS, a collection of never-before released songs from one of America's most beloved musical performers of all-time.The album is available on ConwayTwitty.com and can be downloaded through all major digital retail outlets.

The songs on TIMELESS haven't been heard since their recording in 1972, included in a series of musical tracks from top artists at the time as part of a United States recruitment program. Performers such as Dolly Parton, George Jones, and Waylon Jennings would record fifteen-minute performances that would be distributed to over 2,000 radio stations throughout the world intended for commercial release. Tom Gramuglia of Country Rewind Records, says that he can’t wait for fans to hear these recordings - which put the recorded genius of Conway Twitty on full display for all to hear.

“These recordings were long forgotten and few people who knew of their existence. They’ve never before been made commercially available to the public and I truly felt like this music needed to be shared with long-time traditional fans, and heard by our younger generation of Millennials who have a flavor and inkling for country music recording artists that made American country music great.”

The music on TIMELESS is a mixture of many of the songs that made Conway Twitty a household name, such as his signature song from 1970, “Hello Darlin,” as well as a pair of deeper Twitty cuts that are no less historic or powerful - “The Image Of Me” and “Next In Line” (his first top ten and number one hits, respectively) from 1968. His band, the Twitty Birds - featuring steel guitar wizard John “Buttermilk” Hughey, bassist “Big Joe” Lewis, and drummer Tommy “Pork Chop” Markham - are featured on TIMELESS, as well as new musical accompaniment produced by Twitty’s daughter and son-in-law, Joni and John Wesley Ryles. Joni - who performed with her father on the 1975 classic “Don’t Cry Joni” - says this music is something that Twitty’s loyal following will want to add to their collection.

“When I heard it, I was blown away. I couldn't be prouder of Dad's performance, and the Twitty Birds did such a great job. Every Conway Twitty fan needs to hear this. My family could not be more pleased to celebrate his life in music with this compilation of treasures.”

While the sessions that comprise TIMELESS weren’t the typical Decca recording session with Owen Bradley producing, these tracks - cut at the studio of former Elvis Presley band member Scotty Moore - drip with as much perfection as anything he cut at Bradley’s Barn. It wasn't like a typical session where everything was perfected,” explained Ryles. “But, these songs are an incredible gift, and Daddy was sounding as incredible as he ever did. These recordings make my heart smile, and I think his fans will feel the same way.”



TIMELESS Track Listing:
1. (Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date
2. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (And Loud, Loud Music)
3. Hello Darlin’
4. How Much More Can She Stand
5. Working Girl
6. I Can’t See Me Without You
7. I Love You More Today
8. Crazy Arms
9. 15 Years Ago
10. Honky Tonk Man
11. The Image Of Me
12. If You Were Mine To Lose
13. Proud Mary
14. Next In Line
 

 


Trash and Treasure


This weekend

October 6th & 7th it's Trash and Treasure, 50 miles of massive yard sales. Highway 25 north of Iuka following the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway to Belmont-Golden, including Old Highway 72 to Burnsville and Highway 72 in Burnsville. You're invited to be a seller or buyer, for more information just visit tishomingofunhere.org.


MONSTER MONDAY MOVIES


Monster Movie Monday

October 2: Monster Movie Mondays! Free Screenings of Classic Horror Films at 116 E Mobile presented by F/Stop Film Fest for all of October! The first movie will be “It Follows”. Be sure to check the schedule out for all the upcoming movies during Monster Movie Monday's in Florence, AL.

Visit http://www.visitflorenceal.com/ for a full calendar of events.

 


RHONDA VINCENT RETURNS FROM SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL TOUR


Continues Extensive North American Fall Tour

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The International “Queen of Bluegrass” returns from a week of traveling abroad. Rhonda Vincent kept a jet-setting pace, flying from New York City to Dublin, Prague, and Zurich, before returning on Sunday.

The All American Bluegrass Girl, along with the Most Award Winning Band in Bluegrass Music History, “The Rage” performed amongst the breathtaking beauty of Prague, Czech Republic and Gstaad, Switzerland.

“The response was overwhelming,” Rhonda stated. “It is such an amazing feeling to know our music transcends beyond borders, languages, and cultures. Music is a universal language, and we certainly felt the love by the ovations received after every song. It was equivalent to a finale ending after every solo, and at the ending of each song. What an exhilarating experience to feel such response to our music!”

The first performance of this International Tour was in Prague, Czech Republic at the historic Rudolfinum, it is the current home to the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are the first artists to perform bluegrass music at the Rudolfinum. Known for its excellent acoustics, this historic hall was the perfect setting for their pure form of acoustic music in tandem with the incredible architecture of Prague. www.rudolfinum.cz

On Friday and Saturday, Rhonda Vincent set another historic landmark, being one of the few who have made triple performances at the most prestigious country music festival in Switzerland “Country Night Gstaad.” The festival is an annual event, spanning over 20 years, and hosted by entrepreneur Marcel Bach in the beauty of the Swiss Alps. Rhonda first performed at the Country Night Gstaad in 1997 with a country music band; next in 2007 with The Rage; and her third appearance another 10 years later in 2017 along with country music newbie Mo Pitney and the multi-charting Mark Chesnutt. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage stole the night with their energetic performance. After an uproarious, demanding ovation, Rhonda returned to the stage with only her guitar to deliver what many felt was their favorite part of the night. She gave a solo performance of the title song, which she wrote from the #1 CD with Daryle Singletary, “American Grandstand.” In addition to their nightly performances, Rhonda & The Rage did a special meet and greet with fans who traveled from all parts of Europe, which included Slovakia, Italy, France, and Spain. On Saturday afternoon, they even hosted a special impromptu jam session at their sponsor booth D’Addario.

"We love getting involved in every aspect of a festival,” Rhonda explains. "It’s more than just coming to a concert. We love getting to visit with our friends, and meeting new friends. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, we can stay in touch well beyond the show. It’s important that I can shake each person’s hand, and look them in the eye to really make a connection you cannot make from the stage. They are lifelong friendships. We bring our heart and soul to every venue, and this is displayed in the amazing love we are shown in return.”

Beyond their performances, they were treated to luxury accommodations at The Alpina Gstaad. The Alpina Hotel is on the registry as one of the Best Hotels in the World! A 5-star hotel, nestled in the mountains of Gstaad Switzerland, and its features are nothing short of exquisite! Every aspect has been carefully selected, from the room design to restaurants, pools, and spa.

“Thank you Marcel and your entire staff for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!” Rhonda shares. “We love Country Night Gstaad, and staying at The Alpina was a most amazing addition to this already awesome festival.”

Although they are still soaring from their International experiences, this week finds Rhonda & The Rage at the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival in Kodak, TN, Starvy Creek Bluegrass Festival in Conway, MO, and Pickin’ In The Pines Festival in Flagstaff, AZ.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage On Tour:
9/19 Branson, Mo. - Starlite Theatre w/Larry's Country Diner
9/23 Vine Grove, Ky. - Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival
10/06 Manteo, N.C. - Bluegrass Island
10/07 Galax, Va. - Rex Theater
10/08 Sodus, N.Y. - Sodus High School Auditorium
10/12 Shipshewana, Ind. - Blue Gate Theater
10/13 Corinth, Miss. - Tickets 662-664-1836
10/14 Waldron, Ark. - Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
10/19 Bremen, Ga. - Mill Town Music Hall w/Daryle Singletary
10/20 Lafayette, La. - Acadiana Center for the Arts
10/21 Tomball, Texas - Main Street Crossing
10/27 Anderson, S.C. - Anderson Bluegrass Festival
10/28 York, Pa. - The Praise Center
11/04 Renfro Valley, Ky. - Renfro Valley Entertainment Center
11/9 Palatka, Fla. - Fall Palatka Bluegrass Festival
11/10 Radford, Va. - Little River Bluegrass Barn
11/11 Hopewell, Va. - The Beacon Theatre
11/16 Fishersville, Va. - America's Music Fest
11/17 Sellersville, Pa. - Sellersville Theater
11/18 Federalsburg, Md. - A. Curtis Andrew Auction Facility
11/25 St. Joseph, Mo.
11/26 Nashville, Tenn. - Ryman Auditorium w/The Nashville Pops Orchestra
11/29 PRIVATE - N.C.

 
 

MISS COUNTRY SOUL' JEANNIE SEELY CELEBRATES 50 YEARS AS A MEMBER OF THE GRAND OLE OPRY


Seely Becomes Sixth Woman Ever to Spend 5 Decades As An Opry Member

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – ‘Miss Country Soul’ Jeannie Seely celebrates 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Exactly 50 years to the day she was first inducted on September 16, 1967, Seely performed her Grammy®-winning classic “Don’t Touch Me” and other favorites before being joined on stage by fellow Opry member Bill Anderson and Opry General Manager Sally Williams to mark the occasion with gifts and presentations. Seely becomes the sixth woman in country music history to reach the milestone, joining Minnie Pearl, Jean Shepard, Wilma Lee Cooper, Loretta Lynn and Connie Smith with that distinction.    

“Jeannie Seely lives and breathes the Grand Ole Opry,” Williams said. “It is an honor for all of us to celebrate such a talented, dedicated, trailblazing member of our Opry family. Watching her perform tonight, I think we can all agree she’s just getting started.”

 

“The Opry has been my life for more than 50 years," said Seely. "I feel so blessed to be a part of this Opry family, tonight was just the icing on the cake.”

The Pennsylvania-native first saw success with her hit single, “Don’t Touch Me,” which won a Grammy Award for “Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female” in 1966. Along with dozens of accolades, including awards from Billboard, Cashbox and Record World, Seely has achieved No. 1 songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner and as a songwriter. Her songs have been recorded by country legends such as Merle Haggard, Dottie West, Ernest Tubb and Ray Price.

Most recently Seely released 'Written In Song,' a collection of 14 tracks all co-written or self penned by Seely. Distributed by Smith Music Group, 'Written In Song' brings back the traditional country sound that fans have been longing for. Standout tracks include “Leavin’ & Sayin’ Goodbye” featuring special guests Kenny and Tess Sears, “Senses” with guest Connie Smith and Marty Stuart and “We’re Still Hangin’ In There Ain’t We Jessi” with Jan Howard and Jessi Colter.

For more information, visit JeannieSeely.com or follow her onFacebook.

ABOUT JEANNIE SEELY:
“Miss Country Soul” Jeannie Seely is a GRAMMY® award-winning artist who has been recording and performing for more than six decades. A Pennsylvania native, Seely moved to LA where she met many songwriters including Dottie West who ultimately encouraged her to move to Nashville. Within a month, Porter Wagoner hired her as the female singer for his road and television series. On September 16, 1967, Seely’s biggest dream came true when she became the first Pennsylvania native to become a member of the world famous Grand Ole Opry. Seely subsequently became the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows. She’s also credited for changing the image of female country performers by being the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage. On March 2, 1967, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences honored Jeannie with the 1966 GRAMMY® Award for the "Best Country Vocal Performance by a Female." A BMI-awarded songwriter, Seely’s songs have been recorded by Country Music Hall of Fame members Faron Young, Merle Haggard, Connie Smith, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb and Little Jimmy Dickens, as well as by many other artists including Doyle Lawson, Lorrie Morgan and Irma Thomas. Along with placing records on the Billboard country singles chart for 13 consecutive years, Seely also served as a radio disc jockey on her own Armed Forces Network Show. For more information, visit jeannieseely.com.

 

DOLLY PARTON TO APPEAR ON ACM HONORS AND 69TH PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS


Dolly’s New Children’s Album ‘I Believe In You’ Available for Pre-Order Sept. 15
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Country music icon Dolly Parton will be all over television this weekend as pre-orders begin for her first children’s album I Believe In You, available here. Parton first appears on the ACM Honors on Friday, September 15 where she will accept the Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award before heading to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17.

Parents, fans and all those young at heart can be the first to get their hands on Parton’s new children’s album, I Believe In You, by placing a pre-order on or after September 15. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the album’s first track “I Believe In You.” The album will feature 14 new songs, all written and performed by Dolly Parton with the spirit and heart of children in mind. Proceeds from the album will benefit Imagination Library, which was established in 1995 to honor Parton’s father, who never had the chance to learn to read or write.

A digital release of the new album on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville will be available September 29, and the physical album will be available worldwide October 13.

 

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Don Williams dies at 78.


DON WILLIAMS DEAD AT 78

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Country Music world mourns the loss of one of its’ most distinctive song stylists with the passing of Don Williams after a short illness. He was 78.

A native of Floydada, Texas, Williams was born May 27, 1939. He grew up in Portland, TX, graduating there in 1958. Music had always been a part of his upbringing, entering – and winning - a talent contest when he was just three years old. For his efforts, Williams received an alarm clock. He began playing guitar during his teen-age years, learning the songs that he heard on the radio during that period. He and his friends played in local bands around the area, and he wed wife Joy Bucher on April 10, 1960.

To support his family – which would grow to include two sons, Gary and Timmy – Williams worked at a number of odd jobs, including oil field work, and also as a bill collector. While living in Corpus Christi in 1964, he formed the folk-styled trio The Pozo Seco Singers with Lofton Cline and Susan Taylor. They stayed together for seven years, with their biggest hit being “Time.”

After the group disbanded in 1969, Williams soon found his way to Nashville. By 1971, he had a songwriting contract with the publishing company owned by Jack Clement. The next year would see Williams ink a recording deal with Clement’s JMI Records. He made his chart debut with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973, and was soon hitting the charts time and again with a much more laid-back sound than a lot of the music coming out of Nashville at the time. 1974 would see Williams top the charts for the first time with “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me.” From that point all the way through 1991, each Williams single would hit the Top-40 on the Billboard Country charts. His 1970s hits included such chart toppers as “Tulsa Time,” “She Never Knew Me,” and “It Must Be Love.” His career grew steadily through label shifts to ABC / Dot, MCA, Capitol, and finally RCA. Williams also gained a devoted following overseas in such unlikely spots as England, Ireland, and New Zealand , and even South Africa and Kenya – where he reached superstar status. He was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1978. Though known for being very low-key and soft spoken, Williams did make two movie appearances – 1974’s W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings, and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II.

The 1980s saw no slow down in Williams’ recorded output, with the singer notching his biggest hit with 1981’s “I Believe In You,” which not only topped the Country charts, but crossed over to No. 24 on the Hot 100. By this time, he had earned the nickname “The Gentle Giant” for his trademark mellow sound, and the hits continued to pile up throughout the rest of the decade - “Stay Young,” “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” and “One Good Well” being three of his biggest of the 1980s. His final top ten came in 1991, with “Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy,” a song that Josh Turner – a Williams fan – would record in 2006.

Though the changing of the guard at radio slowed down Williams’ chart success, he continued to perform for sold-out crowds in America and abroad, playing a final tour in 2006. However, retirement was not in the cards for the singer, who returned to the road in 2010 – the same year that he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Williams’ return to the spotlight also included a pair of albums on Sugar Hill, 2012’s And So It Goes, and 2014’s Reflections, which included contributions from Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, and Keith Urban. It was a sign of his enduring appeal that both albums hit the Top-20 on the Billboard Country Albums charts – his biggest rank there in three decades.

In 2016, Williams decided that the time was right for his final performance, calling it a career after one of the most successful careers in the history of the Country Music business. "It's time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I'm so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support," the 76-year-old Williams said in a statement at the time. Last year also saw the final release of Williams’ career, a live CD and DVD recorded in Ireland. In 2017, the singer was the subject of a tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, that included performances of his hits by artists such as Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks.

Arrangements are pending.

 

 


Justin More Tour


Justin Moor Tour Announced

Chart-Topping Newcomer Dylan Scott Set to Open

Nashville, Tenn. – Justin Moore announces today that he will launch his “Hell on a Highway Tour” on October 13 in Monroe, Louisiana. The PLATINUM-selling entertainer will hit over 40 cities across the US with Dylan Scott opening for Moore.

"Hell On A Highway Tour" is Moore's fourth headlining tour, having just wrapped up his "American Made Tour" with Lee Brice back in April and will span seven months, taking the Arkansas native from coast to coast.
 
HELL ON A HIGHWAY TOUR:
Oct. 13 Monroe, La. — Monroe Civic Center
Oct. 15 New Orleans, La. — UNO Lakefront Arena
Oct. 19 Baltimore, Md. — The Modell Lyric
Oct. 20 Richmond, Va. — Altria Theater
Oct. 27 Birmingham, Ala. — BJCC Concert Hall
Nov. 4 Moline, Ill. — iWireless Center
Nov. 9 Muncie, Ind. — Emens Auditorium, Ball State University
Nov. 10 Muskegon, Mich. — L.C. Walker Arena
Nov. 11 Merrillville, Ind. — Star Plaza Theatre
Nov. 16 Salem, Va. — Salem Civic Center
Nov. 17 Athens, Ga. — Akins Arena at The Classic Center

2018
Jan. 18 Rio Rancho, N.M. — Santa Ana Star Center
Jan. 19 Prescott Valley, Ariz. — Prescott Valley Event Center
Jan. 20 Salt Lake City, UT — Maverik Center
Jan. 21 Nampa, Idaho — Ford Idaho Center
Jan. 23 Tucson, Ariz. — Tucson Arena
Jan 25 San Jose, Calif. — City National Civic
Jan. 26 Los Angeles, Calif. — Microsoft Theater
Jan. 27 Ontario, Calif. — Citizens Business Bank Arena
Feb. 1 Washington, D.C. — The Anthem
Feb. 2 Salisbury, Md. — Wicomico Civic Center
Feb. 3 Newark, Del. — Bob Carpenter Center, University of Delaware
Feb. 9 Norfolk, Va. — Ted Constant Convocation Center
Feb. 10 Spartanburg, S.C. — Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
Feb. 15 Rockford, Ill. — BMO Harris Bank Center
Feb.16 Ft. Wayne, Ind. — Allen County Memorial Coliseum
Feb. 17 Ypsilanti, Mich. — EMU Convocation Center
Feb. 23 Trenton, N.J. — Sun National Bank Center
Feb. 24 Rochester, N.Y. — Blue Cross Arena
Mar. 1 Estero, Fla. — Germaine Arena
Mar. 3 St. Augustine, Fla. — St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Mar. 8 Broomfield, Colo. — 1st Bank Arena
Mar. 9 Kearney, Neb. — Viaero Event Center
Mar. 10 Bismarck, N.D. — Bismarck Event Center
Mar. 15 Park City, Kan. — Hartman Arena
Mar. 16 Tulsa, Okla. — Brady Theatre
Mar. 23 Shreveport, La. — Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
Mar. 24 Pensacola, Fla. — Pensacola Bay Center
Mar. 29 Kingston, R.I. — The Ryan Center
Mar. 30 Portland, ME — Cross Insurance Arena
Mar. 31 Bangor, ME — Cross Insurance Center
April 19 St. Joseph, Mo. — St. Joseph Civic Center
April 20 Cedar Falls, Iowa — McLeod Center
April 21 Green Bay, Wisc — Resch Center
April 26 Troy, OH — Hobart Arena
April 27 Youngstown, OH — Covelli Centre
April 28 Knoxville, Tenn. — Knoxville Civic Coliseum

The news is announced on the heels of Moore seventh #1 single “Somebody Else Will," which hit the top of the Mediabase and Billboard Country Airplay Charts. This is the second chart-topper from his fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CARE (The Valory Music Co.) which also marks his third #1 debut on the Billboard Country Albums chart. His highly-anticipated third single from the album is the title track which Sounds Like Nashville said “...hits the twang factor in fine fashion." “Kinda Don’t Care” impacts Country radio on September 19.

Moore is a seasoned showman who continues to blow the roof off venues after almost a decade of touring. The OC Register raves of a recent show "It was full-on energy" and Whiskey Riff adds “…Justin rocked the crowd’s face off…”

For tour dates and additional information, visitJustinMooreMusic.com, or follow him on FacebookInstagram,Twitter and YouTube.

ABOUT JUSTIN MOORE:
Justin Moore’s long-awaited fourth studio album KINDA DON’T CAREearned the singer his third consecutive No. 1 album debut and features his chart-topping singles “You Look Like I Need A Drink” and “Somebody Else Will.” His next single, the title track from the album, impacts Country radio on September 18. The project is chock-full of new music with 16 tracks on the deluxe version and skyrocketed to No. 1 on the iTunes Country chart upon release. The Arkansas native spent three years putting the project together, which serves as a follow up to his second No. 1 album release, OFF THE BEATEN PATH.Moore holds seven No. 1’s under his signature white cowboy hat including “Point At You” and “Lettin’ The Night Roll” as well as seven Top 10 hits. The Valory Music Co. recording artist has earned multiple ACM, ACA and ACC Awards nominations. He has shared the stage with Hank Williams Jr., Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert and recently wrapped his co-headline AMERICAN MADE TOUR with Lee Brice.

 

 


Lee Greenwood Honored


Lee Greenwood Honored with 'Point of Light Award'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – America’s patriot and Grammy®-winning artist, Lee Greenwood, has been honored with the Point of Light Award.Created by the administration of President George H. W. Bush, the Daily Point of Light Award honors individuals and groups creating meaningful change in communities across America.

Greenwood, who was recently named one of Billboard's 100 Greatest Country Artists of All Time, has done over 30 tours with the USO and is an ambassador for non-profit organization, Help A Hero. Despite his great musical success, Greenwood says he is most proud of what he can give back to his country and those who have served.

“I count it a privilege to be in a position to brighten a veteran’s day or help unite the country after a tragedy like 9-11 and I am honored to be named as a Daily Point of Light by our beloved president, George H.W. Bush,” said Greenwood. “Knowing that this award is the largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, I consider this to be one of my most prestigious honors.”

Greenwood was presented the Points of Light Award on August 21 by the Chairman of Helping a Hero, Chris Daniel. Points of Light works in partnership with companies, foundations, government agencies and nonprofits to achieve the greatest impact.

“Lee inspires me and I still get goosebumps every time I hear him sing or watch him present the keys to a specially adapted home to one of our wounded warriors,” said Meredith Iler, Chairman Emeritus of Helping a Hero. “It was an honor to nominate Lee for the Daily Point of Light award and to surprise him with the Daily Point of Light Award alongside dozens of wounded warriors who love and respect him.”
 
Lee Greenwood continues to spread his patriotism through his current tour across America. For more information on Lee Greenwood, please visit leegreenwood.com and follow him on TwitterFacebook andInstagram.

 

 


Eclipse


 

Monday, April 21, 2017: The Total Eclipse

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Kenny Rogers Honored


KENNY ROGERS TO BE HONORED BY THE INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM AS THE RECIPIENT OF THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum announced its 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees, and first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Kenny Rogers - singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, photographer, and author - will receive the 2017 IPHF Lifetime Achievement Award, the first of its kind awarded by the IPHF. In addition, Nine photographers or photography industry visionaries who demonstrate the artistry, passion, and revolution of the past and present craft of photography were selected for induction to the Hall of Fame, including: Ernest H. Brooks II, black-and-white underwater photographer; Harry Benson, iconic portrait photographer; Edward Curtis, photographer of the American West and the North American Indian; William Eggleston, pioneer of color photography; Anne Geddes, portrait and infant photographer; Ryszard Horowitz, pre-digital special effects photographer; James Nachtwey, photojournalist and war photographer; Cindy Sherman, conceptual portrait photographer; andJerry Uelsmann, photomontage photographer.

The IPHF annually awards and inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation, and significant contributions to the art and science of photography.
The 2017 Awards and Induction Event will take place on November, 17, in St. Louis, MO, home of the IPHF in the Arts District, Grand Center.

A nominating committee of IPHF representatives and notable leaders with a passion for preserving and honoring the art of photography selected the inductees. To be eligible for induction, nominees were considered based on the noteworthy contributions they made to the art or science of photography that had a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography. The inductees, though widely differing in style and practice, are individually seen as significant innovators in their respective fields. They are all risk takers who introduced the world to new means of artistic representation and expression.

“This year, the IPHF is honored to recognize ten creators who have uniquely revolutionized the modern photography industry,” said Patty Wente, Executive Director of the IPHF. “Our 2017 awardees are innovators who broke the norm of tradition and conceived their own ways of creatively communicating with the world around them.”

In addition to honoring the 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees and Lifetime Achievement award winner, the IPHF will be honoring the late Ken Whitmire, former IPHF board member, for his many contributions to the Museum and for his passion and commitment to photography.

For more than 50 years, the IPHF has been and remains the only organization worldwide that recognizes and honors significant contributors to the artistic craft and science of photography. The 2017 cohort of awardees and inductees join 79 other artists and innovators, including: Steve Jobs, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothea Lange, and Ansel Adams. The 2017 Induction Ceremony will be held on Nov. 17, 2017 in St. Louis. For details, contact Patty Wente at 314-479-2698 orpatty.wente@iphf.org.

In addition to their commitment to the Photography Hall of Fame, the IPHF strives to educate the public about photographic history and to collect, exhibit, and preserve historical items and images. IPHF’s impressive permanent collection contains works from more than 500 artists, nearly 5,000 historical cameras, and more than 30,000 photographs. More information on the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum can be found at www.iphf.org.

About the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum:
The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum is a non-profit organization with the purpose of celebrating the achievements of the inventors, pioneers, and pivotal artists throughout the history of photography. The IPHF has preserved the art of photography and its contribution to modern civilization since 1965, and is the proud home to over 6,000 historical cameras and 30,000 images. The IPHF is located in the Grand Center Arts District at 3415 Olive Street St. Louis, Missouri, 63103. For more information, please visit www.iphf.org.

 

 


Glen Campbell Remembered


Fellow artists and friends react to the passing of Glen Campbell:

"Well Glen Campbell was special because he was so gifted. Glen is one of the greatest voices that ever was in the business, and he was one of the greatest musicians. He was a wonderful session musician as well. A lot of people don’t realize that, but he could play anything. And he could play it really well. So he was just extremely talented. I will always love you, Glen!" – Dolly Parton

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“Glen Campbell is such an incredible talent. Glen Campbell filled a niche in American music that very few people have ever reached. He was considered both pop and country, and not just one record or one little phase in his career, but years and years and years of his career. He represented the best of the pop and the best of country, and he went that kind of middle ground. He pulled people in from both sides. It was a great thing for country music, and frankly, for pop music. He was an incredibly talented guitar player. A lot of people have heard Glen Campbell’s brand that don’t even realize it. He was a studio musician in Los Angles for a lot of years and he did a lot of work for a lot of artist we’re very familiar with. He had a great, God-given talent. We’ve seen him host television shows, he plays great guitar, he sings great and he entertains. Glen Campbell was one of the most unique people that has come along in the music business in my lifetime.” – Charlie Daniels
 
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"It's always tragic when you hear of a friend passing, but he had to be miserable that last few years of his life. At least he doesn't have to deal with that anymore. We worked together a lot through the years. In fact, Glen played on almost all First Edition music. He played a dynamic riff on the guitar that was trend setting. I also shot a few of his album covers back in the day and, at the time, I never knew people were paid to do that, but a few weeks later I received a check in the mail that was unexpected and highly received. I'll never forget that. He was a good friend and it breaks my heart that he's not here to contribute to music anymore." – Kenny Rogers
 
“When I first came to Nashville, Tennessee to join the Oak Ridge Boys in 1973, I wasn’t with the group two weeks before Duane Allen took me to the CMA Awards, my first ever. I rented a tuxedo that looked like a high school prom tuxedo—horrible. That was the best I could do at the time. Glen Campbell came out and sang ‘By the Time I Get To Phoenix,’ and sat on the edge of the stage and sang it. I loved Glen Campbell. I had all of his records up to that point. I could not believe that I was sitting in the Opry House, actually watching Glen Campbell sing. Over the years, we became very good friends.” – Joe Bonsall (The Oak Ridge Boys) [video]
 
“I think probably, the sweetest time I had with Glen Campbell is when I would be with him, pitching songs to each other. Glen Campbell was one of the great song men I’ve ever met in my life. Glen taught me so much about the importance of finding great songs. When we worked together, which was many times, like in Branson, when we opened up the Palace Theatre. We opened it up together. We would wind up on our bus, playing songs until one night we played so long that he just fell asleep. He just didn’t want to give it up, and he would wake up at the end of the song and say ‘Play another one.’ I’d say, ‘don’t you think we need to go to sleep?’ He’d say ‘Yeah, but I’d just love to hear these new songs.’ We would just keep playing song. One time we were out in the Sparks, Nevada working with Mel Tillis and he said ‘Glen called and he wants us to come over to Tahoe and play some songs.’ So we got in Mel’s plane and flew to Tahoe, and we played songs at Glen’s place, just played songs for each other for about two hours until we were horse. Then we flew back to Sparks, did our shows and Glen did his at Lake Tahoe. Short time ago I went to visit Glen at the home where he was staying and handed him a guitar. He picked it up and strummed it a little bit, gave me a big smile, and it was hard to see a man who looked really healthy, looked really good, still smiled real big, but not be able to communicate like he once did. But I have so many memories of him. And I pray that someday, we’ll find a cure or treatment for Alzheimer’s and those people who need help and that’s my one prayer." – Duane Allen (The Oak Ridge Boys) [video]

"Glen Campbell was such a huge influence on me. Growing up, I studied his writing, songs and how he was an 'entertainer's entertainer.' Along with Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner, Glen Campbell was one of the first to parlay country music into mainstream television and broaden the entire country music fan base across the globe. Ride on Rhinestone Cowboy. God Bless." – Billy Ray Cyrus
 
“As a musician, he was a hero. As an Arkansan, he was a hero. RIP Glen.” – Justin Moore

"Sorry to hear about my good friend Glen. The loss is too big to put into words. He was an incredible voice, incredible musician, incredible friend, movie star and recording artist. We had so much fun together, and sort of grew up together in our music and our careers. There were so many memories that only he and I shared. Glen and I were brothers in every sense of the word. When I hear or see his name, I see the Glen I've always known. There will never, ever be another Glen Campbell." – Roy Clark
 
"I knew Glen for more than 50 years. We met on the set of a TV show in Toronto in 1964, and like everybody else in our business, I was a huge fan. One of my treasured memories is the day Glen and I sat together, just the two of us and his guitar, and recorded a "Bill Anderson Visits with the Legends" radio show for XM satellite radio. We laughed, sang and visited like two neighbors across a picket fence. I'll remember it forever." – Bill Anderson
 
“It’s sad to hear of the passing of yet another great musical genius. His music will live on! Some of the greatest country songs ever to be written or sung. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Campbell family in their time of sorrow and loss.” – KC of KC and the Sunshine Band
 
"I had the pleasure of inducting Glen into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He could write it, sing it and play it. He was a triple threat. He never forgot his friends and made room for them on any project could. He was one of the finest musicians I've ever known and certainly the prowess of his entertainment legacy goes without saying that. He was our golden boy. We loved him and the world loved him." – Brenda Lee
 
“I don’t think there is any doubt that under the circumstances of his health the past several years, his passing was inevitable. But that doesn’t take away from it and the fact that he was one of the greatest in the business. Vocally and instrumentally there was no one like him and the music business is a better place because of him. I will always cherish the fact that he played on many of my recordings in the 60s. I was proud to know him and to work with him. We sure will miss him.” – Leroy Van Dyke
 
“I grew up loving Glen Campbell and am so sad to see him go. The greatest all around talent ever in country music.” – John Rich of Big and Rich
 
“I'm sad to learn of the passing of one of my heroes and friends, Glen Campbell. I loved his singing and guitar playing but I really admired him for his down to earth and friendly personality. I spent only a week working with him in Branson and he made us all feel like old friends. Rest In Peace old buddy." – Mark Chesnutt
 
“I did my grieving for Glen when I first heard he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s because I knew we had lost the gift of his talent and his friendship. I’m glad he is not suffering any longer and I hope he is now at peace.” – Jeannie Seely
 
“Glen Campbell touched so many lives during his time on this earth! He sang one of my all time favorite songs, Rhinestone Cowboy. He was such a talented singer, songwriter and actor. Today country music has lost yet another great and legend. May God watch over his family and fans through these tough times ahead. Rest in peace the one and only Glen Campbell!” – Shane Owens
 
“We lost another one of my heroes. One of the greatest singers, songwriters and musicians. He had it all. We are going to miss him dearly.” – Moe Bandy
 
“I was, am and always will be a Glen Campbell fan.” – Ronnie McDowell
 
“My hero... My Friend... Glen Campbell, is gone. My heart is heavy... A lot of memories...the end to a beautiful era in music. His incredible legacy is what we have now. Thank you, my friend, for always treating me as an equal, though clearly I am not. May God comfort your sweet family, and welcome you into His presence. The Heavenly Band, just got way better. I love you, Glen. Happy Trails." – Collin Raye
 
“Glen Campbell inspired millions with his TV show, including me. ‘Gentle on My Mind’ and ‘Wichita Lineman’ were in my repertoire before I ever started making records. He was also a fixture in Clovis, NM where Buddy Holly made his mark. Millions followed him and millions will miss him." – Gary Morris

“There's never been a better musician or a greater artist than Glen Campbell. I admired him and respected his talent.” – Lee Greenwood
 
“Glen Campbell brought a little more sophistication and class to country music. He not only entertained country fans, but his crossover success in the pop genre made him a true pioneer of his time. He had a huge hand in growing and expanding country music and that’s all any of us could hope to someday do.” –Frank Foster
 
“Even though Glen has been sick for a while, the news of his death is still very shocking to us. With all the live shows we did together, we just used to always stay around and watch his shows because of the songs and his beautiful voice. We will miss Glen dearly.” – David Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers
 
"There are only so many artists that you can truly call icons. Glen Campbell was surely one of the brightest of those. His class, amazing vocal style, instrumental prowess and authenticity made him one of the best of all time. He will be deeply missed but his music will live on with us forever!" – Tim Rushlow
 
"Glen Campbell was a living legend. He was not only one of my favorite singer/musicians, but also helped create some of my favorite sounding music from other genres. He was part of The Beach Boys sound (the wrecking crew!) He created some of the main songs that still grace my playlist daily. His family will be in my prayers.” – Mark Wills
 
"Glen Campbell was a generational talent whose multiple gifts transcends genres while simultaneously defining them. His music also helped define my childhood. He's a big part of popular music history, and we're all lucky as hell for that...May he rest well... There will never be another like him." – Ray Scott
 
“What a great loss for Country Music and the world. Glen Campbell was one of the all-time greats as a singer, musician and entertainer, as well as a TV host and actor. He did it all and remained a down-home, salt of the earth man. He was a true gentleman who was always quick to say hello as if he was your neighbor. He was able to rise above all formats, as he hit the top of the charts in country and pop/rock virtually side by side. A remarkable feat by a most remarkable man.” – Gene Watson
 
"I'm so sad hearing the news of Glen's death today. As a kid, I was a big fan of ‘Glen Campbell's Goodtime Hour’ television show. ‘Wichita Lineman,’ and ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’ are two of my favorites and are absolute masterpieces. The depth of his talent and the ease with which he sang and played guitar was mesmerizing to watch! Flawless! You are loved Glen! My heart goes out to his family and friends." – Sylvia
 
“This is so sad. One of my proudest moments with Glen was when he borrowed my guitar for a TV Taping in Nashville.  He is a respected talent. He was a great artist…I recently recorded one of his hit songs ‘Try a Little Kindness so I take a little bit of Glen with me everywhere I go.”– Janie Fricke
 
“I loved him and I am happy he is in a better place. My memories with Glen go back to my early teens. My dad brought home a Glen Campbell album, and from that time on I loved Glen Campbell. I was a huge fan. I was always in awe of him and he was one of the most talented people I have ever known. When I joined Statler Brothers in the early 80s I got to be on the ‘Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’ with Jerry Reed and I could not believe it. He was always so nice and I admired the man and his talent. I will get to pay a small tribute to Glen with the song of his ‘Southern Nights,’ which I did on my latest album. What a loss. His presence will forever be missed.” – Jimmy Fortune

"I did many shows with Brother Glen. He was always a sweetheart, gentleman and good friend. I will greatly miss him. God bless his family." – T. Graham Brown
 
Our Business takes a long time to recover from the loss of a giant star like Glen Campbell. I’m sure the night sky will for sure be brighter now that he has ascended home to our heavenly Father. His music inspired not only me, but many generations.” – T.G. Sheppard
 
"It's so sad to see another icon taken from us. He influenced so many musicians and artists. His music will live on forever." – Olivia Lane
 
“Glen Campbell is a hero to me because not only was he a phenomenal guitar player, but because he had that style and swagger about him. He was the bling man, come on! Rhinestone cowboy, live forever.” – Craig Wayne Boyd
 
“Rest In Peace one of our musical heroes, Glen Campbell – a true genius. What a musical legacy you left us!” – EXILE
  


Bellamy Brothers New Tour


The Bellamy Brothers to Embark on European Tour
in Norway, Germany, Austria and Switzerland

First Country Music Duo to Perform in Dubai

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Bellamy Brothers continue “letting the love flow” all over the globe as the iconic duo prepares for the second leg of their 2017 world tour, which includes multiple stops in Norway, as well as Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In early 2017, they made history as the first country music duo to perform in Dubai. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets (tour dates below).

In addition to taking their music to places where no other country act has ever performed, the Bellamy Brothers have also collaborated with a diverse list of artists. Most recently, they recorded duets with rising acts Yasmine Van Wilt ("If You Want"), Andrew Pope ("Granny Panties") and Jesse & Noah (soon to be released "Gambler's Heart"). Those new artists join an elite list of collaborators over the years that has included Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond, George Jones, Blake Shelton and more.

As an in-demand touring sensation, the Bellamy Brothers were recently offered a "lifetime" contract to perform annually at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort in Deadwood, South Dakota. When they’re not on the road throughout North America or globe-trotting, the duo will make their way back to Deadwood Mountain Grand Resort.

This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of their own record label, Bellamy Brothers Records, which licenses products in more than 30 countries.

Currently, Howard and David Bellamy are celebrating the release of 40 Years: The Album, a compilation of past hits and new songs that encompasses “Let Your Love Flow,” ”Redneck Girl” and “If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)” plus 20 new songs.

In 2018, the duo is gearing up for the release of their autobiography "Let Your Love Flow - The Life and Times of The Bellamy Brothers."

Follow the Bellamy Brothers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or visit bellamybrothers.com.

 

 


Sylvia Anniversary of Nobody


SylviaSylvia Celebrates 35th Anniversary of No. 1 Hit "Nobody" With Appearances at the Grand Ole Opry and More!

NASHVILLE, TENN. – This year marks the 35th anniversary of Sylvia’s No. 1 smash crossover hit “Nobody,” which dominated the country music charts, leading the acclaimed singer to win the ACM award for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” The chart-topping vocalist shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as she returns to the legendary Grand Ole Opry this Saturday for another uplifting performance (purchase tickets HERE).

“I can’t imagine a better way to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of ‘Nobody’ topping the charts than to perform it on the Grand Ole Opry,” says Sylvia. “I’ve been listening to the Opry my whole life. In fact, my earliest memory of listening to the Opry was during a road trip from Kokomo, Indiana to Lafayette, Tennessee on a Friday night to visit my grandparents. It makes me wonder what little child might be out there listening this Saturday night dreaming of someday standing on that stage…”

After high school graduation, Sylvia moved to Nashville to realize her dream of becoming a recording artist and in a few short years signed with RCA Records. The rest is history! Sylvia is detailing her full career journey on her web series “Sylvia: The View From Here,” produced by The Nashville Soundbite. In the latest episode, the songstress opens up about her early career when she auditioned for the part of Daisy Duke in the hit series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Even though ultimately she didn’t get the part, the story came full circle when Daisy Duke actress Catherine Bach was the presenter the year Sylvia picked up the award for “Female Vocalist of the Year” at the ACM Awards. Fans can watch the latest episodes, and past videos HERE.

On her latest album It’s All In The Family, Sylvia expanded her horizons as a songwriter, co-writing 9 of the 12 songs on the record. The singer/songwriter is returning to east Tennessee on Saturday, August 19th for a 4:00p matinee show at the Sixth Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg, TN. In addition to singing the hits, Sylvia will take attendees on a musical journey into the heart of her new album, exploring life's challenges and joys, and the growth that she - and they - have experienced along the way. Tickets are available HERE.

 

 


Big & Rich New Album


Album Available for Pre-Order Now Where Fans Will Receive Latest Single "California" and Title Track Instantly
  

NASHVILLE, TENN. – Larger-than-life country duo Big & Rich are set to release their upcoming album Did It For The Party September 15. The highly anticipated project features 13 brand-new songs, all produced by Big Kenny and John Rich. Big & Rich fans, who are dubbed the “Freak Parade,” can pre-order the album now on Apple Music / iTunesAmazon and Google Play, where they will receive an instant download of the new single “California,” along with the title track, “Did It For The Party.” The album will also be promoted at Walmart® stores nationwide through a newly announced partnership with TWIX®.

"This new record is gonna rock America's boots off," said John Rich. "Can't wait for y'all to hear it!” Big Kenny adds, "It's been a blast working on this album and we can't wait for everyone to hear our new songs!"

“California” is off to a rocking start, currently inside country radio’s Top 40. The video for the song was also recently released (watch onVevo). Just like the song’s lyrics, the video spotlights a young woman and her journey to California. Upon its release, the video was featured by HitsMeUp, where it was also promoted in more than 100 major cable markets in a series of commercials highlighting the video.

Did It For The Party will bring Big & Rich’s music to a whole new level. In addition to the lead single, the remainder of the album is classic Big & Rich, featuring a combination of upbeat anthems like the “Congratulations (You’re A Rockstar)” and “No Sleep,” while also showing the hell raiser’s softer side in the ballad, “Turns Me On.” They are also teaming up with Thirty Tigers and Sony RED for marketing and distribution for Did It For The Party.

Known for their timeless party anthems like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” which was just included by "CBS This Morning" for their Spotify Playlist, the duo continues to defy the odds since launching Big & Rich Records. Fans can catch Big & Rich on the road, where they will get the chance to hear new songs from Did It For The Partyperformed for the first time ever.

Big & Rich On Tour: 
Jul. 08 University Park, Pa. – Beaver Stadium with Blake Shelton
Jul. 09 Webster, Mass. – Indian Ranch
Jul. 12 La Porte, Ind. – La Porte County Fair
Jul. 14 Atchison, Kan. – LakeFest
Jul. 15 Jacksonville, Ill. – Morgan County Fair
Jul. 21 Monticello, Iowa – Great Jones County Fair
Jul. 23 Twin Lakes, Wis. Country Thunder
Jul. 29 Cold Springs, Minn. – Firefest 2017
Aug. 03 Camrose, Canada – Big Valley Jamboree
Aug. 11 Springfiled, Mo. – Route 66 Music Festival
Aug. 12 Sterling, Colo. – Logan County Fair
Aug. 13 Loveland, Colo. – Thunder Mountain Amphitheatre
Aug. 19 Greenville, N.C. – Carolina Kickoff
Sept. 1 Huron, S.D. – South Dakota State Fair
Sept. 16 Colorado Springs, Colo. – Falcon Stadium
Oct. 01 Las Vegas, Nev. – Route 91 Harvest Festival
Oct. 07 Battle Creek, Mich. – FireKeepers Casino Hotel

 

 

 


Lacy J. Dalton


LACY J. DALTON REHABILITATES 20 YEAR TO LIFE INMATES WITH SONGWRITING CLASSES

National Endowment for the Arts Helps Fund California Prison Program
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of the biggest hits from Country singer Lacy J. Dalton was 1981’s “Everybody Makes Mistakes.” The singer knows that a slip-up in life shouldn’t be the final straw – that true survivors know how to pick themselves back up again. Dalton is bringing that message to inmates at High Desert State Prison in Susanville, California. Each year, from September to June, Dalton – whose other hits include “16th Avenue” and “Black Coffee” - and her band leader, Dale Poune teach songwriting, beginning and advanced guitar, as well as rap to students who are serving sentences at the institution.

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The program, which is titled Arts In Connections, will soon be having its’ annual ceremony, which will include a private performance for select prison officials and Warden Spearman. The classes are supported by the William James Association, a national non-profit organization that was founded in Dalton’s hometown of Santa Cruz, whose mission is to promote work service in the arts, environment, education, as well as community development. The WJA Prison Arts Project, in partnership with the California Lawyers for the Arts, is undertaking a $65,000 arts-in-corrections initiative testing the benefits of arts programs for incarcerated persons. It has been launched at several state prisons with funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and several private foundations.
 
“Our goal is to help our students through teaching them about copyrighting their material, as well as potentially helping them to get their work heard by music business professionals.” One might be thinking the songs that are penned reflect the musical style of a Merle Haggard, given the fact that the singer was once imprisoned at San Quentin. However, she says that the musical styles are vastly different – though no less creative. “Much of what has been written in the past two years that we have established the program is far away from Country Music,” says Dalton. “But it is no less relevant to today’s times – and what they have gone through. I definitely plan on reaching out to the songwriting community in Nashville to help gain their input on the work that is being done at High Desert.”
 
Participating in the program, Dalton says, has helped to give those imprisoned a sense of purpose – one that will help integrate them back into society when their sentences are completed. “For these people, being able to show that they can make a positive out of a negative situation as they have done is very meaningful. It’s a chance for them to work together, through composing lyrics and poetry collectively with each other. They have made their mistakes, and are paying the price for what they have done. But, it doesn’t have to end there. It shouldn’t end there. An act that they may have committed very young in life – as many of them have – shouldn’t have to define their futures. I believe that each of them has the chance to be rehabilitated, and to make a worthwhile contribution to society, and re-establish their lives.”
 
For more information about the William James Association, go to www.WilliamJamesAssociation.org.

 

 

 


T.G. Sheppard in Memphis


Sheppard Returns Home to Memphis July 1 for Upcoming Show at The Guest House at Graceland Theater Presented by Springer Mountain Farms®

Nashville, Tenn. – Summer is about to get a lot more exciting, as country legend T.G. Sheppard adds additional dates to his blockbuster “Party Time Tour.” The 21-time chart topper is hitting the road in celebration of the 35th anniversary of “Party Time,” the song which topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs survey. Audiences will be taken on a walk down memory lane, with a combination of sing-along ballads and upbeat tracks. Rolling Stone Country agrees, while recapping Sheppard’s recent “nostalgic” performance at CMA Music Festival as one of the “26 Best Things We Saw.”


"I'm excited to say that this is one of my most successful tours in years," said Sheppard. "It's great to look out and see crowds of all ages who are coming back and gravitating to classic country music of my era."

In addition to “Party Time,” the country trendsetter will perform a set list full of No. 1 hits. Standards like “I Loved ‘Em Every One,” “Do You Wanna Go the Heaven” and “Last Cheater’s Waltz” will remind fans of the music that they once fell in love with, while creating new ones along the way. In an effort to show that traditional country music is back and more popular than ever, Sheppard will bring a lively, energetic show that will have all of the fans on their feet.

Sheppard’s “Party Time Tour” includes stops throughout the United States, along with dates in Canada. One highlight this summer is Sheppard’s return home to Memphis for a show with songstress Kelly Lang. The dynamic pair will perform at The Guest House at Graceland Theater on July 1, presented by Springer Mountain Farms®. Sheppard was a close personal friend of Elvis, with the “Jailhouse Rock” singer gifting Sheppard his first tour bus in 1976 as a token of their friendship. Additional dates for the “Party Time Tour” will be added weekly at tgsheppard.com.

 

 


Charlie Pride


Country Music Legend Charley Pride to Perform at The 2017 Summer NAMM Show

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 Summer NAMM Show is set to welcome a variety of music legends as it returns to Nashville’s Music City Center, July 13-15. The annual summer gathering of the music product, pro audio and entertainment tech community brings together top brands, professional development sessions and an opportunity to network with peers, with Music City as the backdrop.
 
This year’s show will welcome a variety of legendary performers, including a special performance from country music pioneer and multi-Grammy® award winner, Charley Pride, who will release his new album, Music in My HeartJuly 7. For the past 50 years, Pride has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. Pride counts three Grammys among his accolades, and 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive #1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972.
 
Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and will perform onSaturday, July 15 at 1:00 p.m. on the NAMM Reverb Stage on the Terrace as part of the show’s Music Industry Day. Music Industry Day is open to the public and welcomes music professionals, students, academics and others involved in the creation and production of music to The Summer NAMM Show.
 
Other notable events during The Summer NAMM Show include the previously announced American Eagle Awards, happening Thursday, July 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of Music City Center. Presented by the National Music Council with support from The NAMM Foundation, the evening event will honor songstress Crystal Gayle, singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith, and comic, actor, writer, musician and creators' rights activist Harry Shearer. The highly prestigious awards are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture and heritage, the importance of music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and internationally. The awards show is open to all NAMM attendees, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for sale by visiting www.musiccouncil.org

 

 


The Judds


THE JUDDS SET TO RELEASE ALL-TIME GREATEST HITS ON JUNE 30TH

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Together, Country Music icons Wynonna and Naomi Judd made musical history throughout their career receiving eight Gold and eight Platinum records, selling over 20 million albums and scoring twenty Top 10 hits between 1984-1990. Now, Curb Records is excited to bring fans the ultimate collection of those years together. The Judds – All-Time Greatest Hits will be released onFriday, June 30 – and will feature each of the classic hits that helped to make them a household name on Country Radio in the 1980s and 1990s.
 
"Some things continue to get better with time, like fine wine and the Judds music," says Naomi Judd. "I’m so proud that our music has stood the test of time. It makes my heart smile when I turn on Country Radio and I can sing along with our hits."

The twenty-one song set will feature each of the duo’s top ten hits, as well as “You Can’t Go Home Again (Flies On The Butter),” a recording from 2011. Beginning with the classic #1 hit “Mama, He’s Crazy” in 1984, and continuing through 1991’s “One Hundred and Two,” the duo established a career that will stand with one of the top duets in Country Music history. Fourteen times the duo topped the Billboard Country Singles chart, and each of their five studio albums were certified Gold or Platinum.
 
Along with their sales and airplay success, The Judds also dominated the awards shows like no artist before their time. Starting in 1984, the duo netted nine CMA Awards, including a run from 1985-1991 as either Vocal Duo or Vocal Group of the Year. Their trophies also include the 1985 Single of the Year “Why Not Me,” which is also included on The Judds – All Time Greatest Hits. They also won seven straight trophies from the Academy of Country Music – and the 2013 Cliffie Stone Pioneer Award. Their award collection also includes five Grammy awards. The Judds were the subject of a 1988 CBS TV-Special called Across The Heartland, a 1995 NBC mini-series based on Love Can Build A Bridge, the best-selling novel written by Naomi, and a 2011 reality series, The Judds, on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
 
Track Listing:
1. Mama He’s Crazy
2. Why Not Me
3. Girls Night Out
4. Love Is Alive
5. Have Mercy
6. Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Old Days)
7. Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain
8. Cry Myself To Sleep
9. Don’t Be Cruel
10. I Know Where I’m Going
11. Maybe Your Baby’s Got The Blues
12. Turn It Loose
13. Give A Little Love
14. Change Of Heart
15. Young Love
16. Let Me Tell You About Love
17. One Man Woman
18. Born To Be Blue
19. Love Can Build A Bridge
20. One Hundred And Two
21. Flies On The Butter (You Can’t Go Home Again)
 


JOHN CONLEE HONORED


John Conlee Honored by Georgia Sheriffs’ Association with Award for Supporting Law Enforcement

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 19, 2017) - The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association presented Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee with a plaque for supporting law enforcement at the country hitmaker’s live show in Putnam County, Ga. The award was presented to commemorate Conlee’s dedication to the "men and women in the state of Georgia who walk behind the star."

Conlee first caught the attention of Putnam County Georgia Sheriff Howard Sills while listening to the legendary Grand Ole Opry on 650 AM WSM. When the country legend took the stage, he performed his song, “Walkin’ Behind the Star,” from his latest album Classics 2. The track pays tribute to law enforcement with standout lines like, “So God bless all of the women and men sworn to uphold the law, and thank them for the fallen ones, the ones that gave it all.”

Sheriff Sills presented the plaque to Conlee in-person as the “Common Man” singer returned to Georgia for two shows. Upon first hearing the song, Sills stated, "I cannont adequately express my thanks to you, the Opry, WSM, and all those who were responsible for the recognition during the program and of course the song itself."

The award was presented to the chart topper just one day before Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. Over the years, the chart-topper has raised money for various charities including the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, Fisher House, Show of Support and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

"It is up to we the people to support those who walk the thin line between peace and anarchy and let them know we have their backs," said John Conlee.

The plaque reads:
Presented to John Conlee: In recognition of your extraordinary talent and with sincere gratitude of your support to the men and women of the state of Georgia who walk behind the star

As Conlee approaches the 40th anniversary of his debut hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” the ACM award winner shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Fans will have the chance to catch the hit maker on tour this summer, where he will perform all of his hits, along with new songs like “Walkin’ Behind the Star.”

 

 


Charlie Pride


Charley Pride Makes Triumphant Return

 

NASHVILLE, TENN. (April 27, 2017) - Country music icon Charley Pride is pleased to announce his upcoming album, Music In My Heart, set for release July 7. The project marks the CMA “Entertainer of the Year” winner's first new studio release in more than six years, and features 13 all-new recordings, produced by traditional singer-songwriter Billy Yates. Music In My Heart will be released in the United States via Music City Records, and available at physical and digital retailers nationwide.

“It was fun getting back into the studio. My goal was to record the best traditional country album possible. But I also wanted someone else to handle all of the producer chores so that I could focus more on my singing,” said Pride. “Billy Yates and I started working together early last year. His self-produced albums show a strong respect for traditional country and he's a good songwriter too. Finding the right songs took a while and we both keep busy schedules, so this album took longer to finish than I'm used to. But we did find some wonderful songs and I'm very happy with how everything sounds. I hope everyone will enjoy listening to the album as much as I enjoyed making it.”

The album marks a high-level return to form for Pride. Listeners will be taken on a musical journey that runs the gamut of traditional country and features songs by such acclaimed writers as Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, Tommy Collins, “Country” Johnny Mathis and Yates. One particularly poignant moment takes place as Charley reminisces about a year he actually lived through as a young man during “The Way It Was In ‘51” while simultaneously being able to pay tribute to his late friend, the great Merle Haggard. Another key moment occurs during Pride’s powerful performance of “Standing In My Way,” a song about the meditations of a deeply flawed man. Longtime fans will also be thrilled to know that a new Ben Peters ("Kiss An Angel Good Mornin’") song appears in the album's repertoire with “Natural Feeling For You.”

Working on the Music In My Heart album has also clearly reignited Pride’s inner muse. "The other good news for my fans is that they probably won't have to wait quite as long for the next album” says Pride. “We've actually been working on a second project at the same time, which I hope to release sometime next year."

Pride, a three-time GRAMMY® award winner kicked off the year with another career-defining moment, when it was announced that he would be recognized with a 2017 “Lifetime Achievement Award.” The country pioneer will accept the award this summer as part of The Recording Academy’s Special Merit Awards, held in New York City. The award comes after Pride’s recent celebration of his 50th year in country music.

Fans can also catch the Grand Ole Opry member on the road this summer supporting the new album. In addition to playing some of his biggest hits like “Kiss an Angel Good Mornin’” and “Is Anybody Going to San Antone,” concertgoers will also get a first-listen to some of the new recordings from the upcoming project. The tour will travel throughout North America, including six stops in Canada, and will cross the Atlantic for both dates of the Harvest Country Music Festival in Ireland.

 

 

 


THE JUDDS


 

THE JUDDS LAUNCH "TELL ME 'BOUT THE GOOD OL' DAYS"

SOCIAL CONTEST
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 18, 2017) – In their 1986 classic, The Judds sang “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ol’ Days)”. The lyrics from that song that still evoke feelings of nostalgia for their millions of fans to this day and Naomi and Wynonna want fans to help them remember the 'Good Ol’ Days’ from their celebrated career.

Every Thursday, a new year in Judd herstory will be posted on The Judds Facebook page. Wynonna and Naomi are encouraging fans to look back through their photos and share pictures from that year that they may have taken of or with the five-time Grammy winning duo. Each week, the ladies will select a winner for a prize pack of CD’s including their five studio albums, Why Not Me (1984), Rockin’ With The Rhythm (1985), Heartland (1987), River Of Time (1989), Love Can Build A Bridge (1990), as well as the catalog staples Christmas Time With The Judds, Spiritual Reflections, and Number One Hits – with one CD in each package autographed by the duo. Each winner will be included in a drawing at the end of the promotion for a personal video message from Wynonna and/or Naomi Judd themselves.

“In honor of Throwback Thursday, we want to see some Judds #TBT pictures from YOU, the fans,” says Wynonna. “We started with the year 1980 when we first made our debut on The Ralph Emery Showas the ‘Soap Sisters’ and we’ve already had one winner. Don’t miss out on the fun!’” adds Naomi Judd.

Come back every Thursday as we celebrate another milestone in Judd Herstory! Good luck Juddheads!

 

 

 


Bobby Bare new Album


Country Music Hall of Fame Member Announces First Release in Five Years on HYPERMEDIA Nashville

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 29, 2017) – Country Music Hall of Famer and GRAMMY® award-winning living legend Bobby Bare will release THINGS CHANGE May 26, which features a collaboration with Chris Stapleton. The album is Bare’s first studio project in five years and is available for pre-sale now at BobbyBare.com.

THINGS CHANGE will feature 10 tracks written by Bare, Mary Gauthier, Guy Clark and the producer of the project, hit singer/songwriter Max T. Barnes. THINGS CHANGE will be released by HYPERMEDIA Nashville and BFD through RED Distribution.

The album features a special collaboration on Bare’s iconic hit, “Detroit City” with Chris Stapleton adding his unique vocals. The song was written by Mel Tillis and Danny Dill and was originally released by Bare in 1963. It would become one of his most highly requested songs to this day and won a GRAMMY® in 1964 for Best Country/Western Recording.

“This is a special collection of songs to me, not just another record. Great songs from Mary Gauthier, a song I co-wrote with Guy Clark that turned out to be his last and a song that my buddy Hoyt Axton inspired me to write called ‘Things Change.’ That’s the title of the album and the first single. Things do change but my love for songwriters and the fans never, ever will!” said Bobby Bare.

“I hit the road as a lead guitar player with Bobby Bare when I was 20 years old. To imagine I would produce my hero all these years later is a dream come true. We had so much fun touring the world in the 1980s. We laughed until we hurt! That’s what it was like in the studio with Bare on this album. He has a wicked smart song sense, and a delivery that will cut you to the bone. Bare is a true giant,” said Max T. Barnes, President of HYPERMEDIA Nashville.

 

 

 


Charlie Daniels Memoir


Country Music Hall of Famer’s Memoir Now Available For Pre-Order

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 14, 2017) – Few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. In his official memoir, “Never Look at the Empty Seats” (W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson), fans will learn about his rise from a post-Depression era childhood to becoming a Grammy award winner and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee by focusing on the positives in life. Spanning a career of nearly 60 years, Charlie will share inside stories, reflections, rare personal photographs plus make available lessons learned and sage advice to those seeking a career in the music business. The book releases October 24 in hardcover, eBook and audiobook and is available for pre-order now. For available retailers and more info, go to CharlieDaniels.com.

"I'm extremely excited about the release of my new book, “Never Look At The Empty Seats.” Quite a bit is known about my public life but there is so much more I've wanted to share, my early years, my faith, my struggles and the unique people and events which have had such an impact on who I am and what I do,” said Daniels.

"Although the phrase is at times overused, Charlie Daniels truly is a national treasure,” Matt Baugher the SVP and Publisher of W Publishing Group says. "His love for America and all it stands for is matched only by his immense talent as a singer, songwriter, and fiddle player. We’re honored to partner with this music legend in bringing his full story to the public for the first time. He’s had quite a ride.”

 

 

 


Dolly Parton Competition


Unique competition honors Dolly Parton’s songwriting career

Sevierville, Tenn. Born Dolly Rebecca Parton on January 19, 1946, in Sevierville, Tenn., Dolly drew much inspiration from her “Tennessee Mountain Home” and wrote about the beautiful scenery and Appalachian culture that surrounded her.

To honor her incredible songwriting, her hometown will once again host the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition, now in its 13th year. This year’s competition will feature contestants who are asked to sing a song written by Dolly Parton in the style of his or her own choosing (country, rock, rap, bluegrass, etc.). Contestants may enter in the 13 and up age division or the 12 and under division for this competition.

“This competition is truly unique and draws competitors from all corners of the United States,” says Chamber Marketing Director and event organizer Amanda Marr. “Since Dolly Parton is Sevierville’s hometown girl, holding a competition that honors her songwriting ability was a natural fit for us.”

As far as event organizers know, this is the only vocal competition in the world that specifically honors the songwriting of Dolly Parton.  Winning competitors take home cash and prizes including a recording session in Nashville, Tennessee.

Auditions, sent by mail, will be judged by a panel of entertainment professionals who will identify 30 finalists – 20 in the ages 13+ division and 10 in the ages 12 and under division. The entry deadline for the preliminary round of the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is Friday April 7, 2017.

Those finalists will then perform during the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition Finals near the bronze statue of Dolly Parton at Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

For a complete list of Dolly’s songs, competitors – and those that are interested – should visit www.dollymania.net. It is not necessary, nor is it encouraged to impersonate Dolly Parton, either physically or vocally.

Interested vocalists may obtain an application online at www.BloominBBQ.com or by calling the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 1-888-889-7415. Return the application and entry fee along with an audition CD, DVD, or Digital File on Jump Drive / Thumb Drive of the contestant singing a song written by Dolly Parton in the style of his or her own choosing to the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce. Entries must be postmarked by April 7, 2017.

The Mountain Soul Vocal Competition is part of Sevierville’s 13th Annual Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass event May 19-20, 2017. For more information about the Mountain Soul Vocal Competition or Bloomin’ Barbeque & Bluegrass, visit www.BloominBBQ.com.

 

 

 


Merle Kilgore was my best friend Hank Williams, Jr.


Merle Kilgore These are my People Book

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 2, 2017) – Merle Kilgore co-wrote “Ring Of Fire,” carried Hank Williams Sr.’s guitar, managed Hank Jr. for more than two decades, and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Now, his grandson, Mark Rickert, gives readers an insider’s look at Merle’s larger-than-life world in a new book, “These Are My People” (WriteLife Publishing) available for purchase now at AmazonBarnes & Noble and local bookstores across the country.

“We had a very close relationship,” Rickert recalls. “I listened to his stories for hours on end, summer after summer. He was a character and his friends were superstars. His was a story I always believed should be told.”

Mark has told it well; imbuing each chapter with details that only Merle or those closest to him would know. Kilgore died in 2005 and his funeral service was held at the Mother Church of Country Music: The Ryman Auditorium.

For Rickert, Johnny and June Carter Cash, Johnny Horton, Faron Young, Elvis, and other legends were the people who ruled the radio airwaves and populated “Daddy Merle’s” tales. From wrecking hotel rooms with Cash to explorations into the “other side” with Horton and the often-hilarious anecdotes of his life as a disc jockey and as a performer on the Louisiana Hayride and the Grand Ole Opry, Merle lived life to the fullest. Blazing new career paths into the industry itself, Kilgore was undeniably a critical strand in the fabric of the Country music storyline.

“These Are My People” offers chapter after chapter of insights into the private lives of Merle and his friends, and includes a selection of more than 20 unique black and white photos. It is an engaging read ably presented in a unique format. Published by WriteLife, “These Are My People” is in bookstores now. It is Rickert’s second book and follows the horror novel, “The Tone Poet.”

About Mark Rickert
Mark Rickert grew up in a Country music household, just a few miles from the Opryland USA Theme Park and the Grand Ole Opry, and only a block from the home of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley’s manager. Mark’s father even worked as a Nashville tour guide. But it was his grandfather, Merle Kilgore, who showed him the backstage side of the business. Before publishing his first novel, Mark served eight years a photo-journalist for the U.S. Army Reserve, spending a year of that service in Baghdad, Iraq, writing for military publications. In 2008, he earned a Master’s in English Literature from Middle Tennessee State University. Today, he works as chief of public affairs for an Army recruiting battalion.

 

 

 


JIM HALSEY CELEBRATES 65 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS


COUNTRY MUSIC INDUSTRY IMPRESARIO JIM HALSEY CELEBRATES 65 YEARS IN THE MUSIC BUSINESS

Helped Guide The Careers of The Oak Ridge Boys, Roy Clark, Waylon Jennings, Reba and Others

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 16, 2017) – Over the course of his 68-year career, Jim Halsey has been a pioneer of country music innovation and expansion, transforming a once colloquial commodity into a global force. Halsey played a key role in the direction and management of country music giants. He has guided the careers of some of the most iconic figures in country music, including, Roy Clark, Waylon Jennings, The Judds, Hank Thompson, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Wanda Jackson, Freddy Fender, Roy Orbison, Tammy Wynette, Rick Nelson, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Minnie Pearl, James Brown and The Oak Ridge Boys, who he’s managed for 43 years.

Halsey's vision, marketing, and passion was fundamental to the rapid growth of a genre that may otherwise have taken many more years to develop. His leadership and vision resulted in The Jim Halsey Company becoming the biggest country music agency in the world. Halsey's artists have sold hundreds of gold and platinum records, received countless awards, including Grammy awards and nominations, and sold out shows at The Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, and headlined festivals and performances all over the world.

Halsey has represented 25 of the 125 artists selected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as 10 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has played a pivotal role in bringing country music to television. To date, he is the only producer or manager who has ever presented every artist on a single episode of the Hollywood Squares as well as book his acts in every Las Vegas showroom for an entire week.

Currently, Halsey is focused on archiving his enormous collection of musical artifacts collected over the years. Halsey has a specific goal in mind, and rather than simply finding a museum or display room for everything, he wants to provide his archive as a learning tool for anyone interested in getting into the music industry.

Halsey's archives include more than eighty signed guitars, hundreds of gold and platinum records, original production posters, pictures and signed documents from world leaders and presidents, six to ten-thousand photographs, sixty-thousand contracts, unreleased master tapes and videos from artists spanning several decades, and his numerous awards and recognitions.

Halsey believes that by showing physical evidence of his accomplishments, he may encourage others to follow their dreams.

 

 

 


Happy Valentine's


 

HAPPY VALENTINE'S FROM KUDZU 104.9

 


Garth Brooks Winners


Garth Books Ticket Winners from KUDZU 104.9

Here are just a few of the Kudzu 104.9 Garth Brooks winners enjoying the show.  Thanks to all our sponsors for participating in this great promotion!

Palmer Jones Auto, Brooks Grocery, Corinth Jewelers, Geno's Tire Pro's, Flower Cottage, Colbert County Co-op, Belmont Pharmacy, Sears of Corinth, Golden Dreams Jewelry, Happy Trails Western Wear, and Union County Cycles.  A pair of tickets were given away from each store at the end of the contest. Keep it locked to Classic Country KUDZU 104.9!


Garth Joins the Randy Travis Tribute


GARTH BROOKS JOINS LINEUP FOR FEBRUARY 8 TRIBUTE TO RANDY TRAVIS

Tickets On Sale Now to 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 2, 2017) – Joining the star-studded tribute to Randy Travis on February 8, 2017, will be CMA Entertainer of the Year, Garth Brooks. Tickets for the historic night are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations and the Bridgestone Arena Box Office.

“Mary and I are so blessed to have amazing friends all over this industry. Garth Brooks is an amazing artist who always entertains everyone in the house, I am humbled by his involvement," said Travis.

The event, titled 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, will also feature performances from over 30 artists including Alabama, Rodney Atkins, Kane Brown, Mark Chesnutt, James Dupre, Jeff Foxworthy, Montgomery Gentry, Ben Haggard, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Alison Krauss, Neal McCoy, Scotty McCreery, William Michael Morgan, Joe Nichols, Paul Overstreet, Shane Owens, Michael Ray, Collin Raye, Ricky Skaggs, Kenny Rogers, Daryle Singletary, Michael W. Smith, The Bellamy Brothers, The Randy Travis Band, Ricky Traywick, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Turner, Phil Vassar, Chuck Wicks, Wynonna, Chris Young with more still to be announced.

A portion of the proceeds will go to the Randy Travis Foundation; a 501(c)3 non-profit that raises money for stroke research and rehabilitation.

In October, Randy Travis was officially inducted into The Country Music Hall of Fame. The multi-platinum country giant suffered a massive stroke in 2013 and has since made miraculous strides towards recovery. He recently sang “Amazing Grace” at his Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony as well as the tagline to his iconic “Forever and Ever, Amen” at the 2016 CMA Awards in November alongside numerous country legends and stars.

1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis is produced by Mary Travis along with Tony Conway of Conway Entertainment Group /Ontourage Management , Mike Smardak of Outback Concerts of Tennessee, Inc. who is also the promoter of the event and Kirt Webster of Webster and Associates.

About Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks recently won Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards for a fifth time, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 138 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame.

Garth is currently on the three year Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. The tour began with 11 sold out shows at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. The tour is smashing records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. In two years the tour is approaching 5 MILLION tickets sold, making it the biggest tour in the world.

Garth has also launched Inside Studio G, a weekly Facebook Live series. It airs every Monday on Garth's Facebook page at 7:00 PM EDT.

You can follow him at:
facebook.com/GarthBrooks
twitter.com/garthbrooks
instagram.com/garthbrooks

About Randy Travis
With lifetime sales in excess of 20 million, Randy Travis is one of the biggest country record sellers of all time and the most recent inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame class of 2016. His honors include seven Grammy Awards, 10 Academy of Country Music statuettes, 10 American Music Awards, two People’s Choice awards, seven Music City News awards, eight Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association and five Country Music Association honors. In addition, three of his performances earned CMA Song of the Year honors, “On the Other Hand” (1986), “Forever and Ever Amen” (1987) and “Three Wooden Crosses” (2003). To date, he has 18 No. 1 singles, 29 top-10 smashes and more than 40 appearances in feature films and television shows to his credit. Ten of his albums are Gold Records. Eight are Platinum. Two have gone Double Platinum. One is Triple Platinum and another is Quintuple Platinum. In 2004, Randy was honored with his own star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame and is honored on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, TN. He has been a member of the cast of the Grand Ole Opry since 1986. Since his near fatal stroke in 2013, with the help of his wife Mary and vigorous physical therapy, Randy continues to make improvements in his speaking, walking, and yes, singing.
 

 

 


Garth Brooks Promotion


Garth Brooks at FedEx Forum February 4th

Register at one or more of these stores to win tickets to see Garth Brooks live at the FedEx Forum in Memphis on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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Whisperin' Bill - Autobiography


"WHISPERIN' BILL" ANDERSON MARKS 2017 WITH "ONE OF THE BEST AUTOBIOGRAPHIES" BY FORBES AND EXTENDED NATIONWIDE TOUR

'Whisperin' Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music' Best-Selling Book Released by UGA Press

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 16, 2017) – Momentum continues for “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson’s autobiography, An Unprecedented Life In Country Music, after becoming one of the best-selling books released by UGA Press and ranked by Forbes as “One of the Best Autobiographies” over the last year.

“It’s a great read for country fans and non-country fans alike: the unlikely tale of a true innovator who succeeded against all odds...and then did it again.”
-Forbes, Brittany Hodak

The songwriting icon and Country Music Hall of Famer recently extended his nationwide tour after appearing on Fox & Friends, Fox News Radio, SiriusXM Outlaw Country and more to promote his new autobiography and audio book.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music a 360-page representation of Anderson’s journey published by University of Georgia Press featuring respected music journalist and Grammy-nominated music producer Peter Cooper as a contributing writer. It includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal stories from Anderson’s nearly eighty years of living – from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre. The audio book, released through Blackstone Audio, is a ten-hour, nine volume CD set.

The print edition of Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music is available for $29.95 at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, various independent book stores, and online atwww.BillAnderson.com and Amazon.com. The audio version of the book, read by Bill himself and featuring ten new acoustical recordings of some of Bill's biggest hit songs, is available via the same outlets for $34.95.

BILL ANDERSON ON TOUR:
Jan. 29 Country’s Family Reunion Cruise – Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Feb. 10 Grand Ole Opry - Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 11 Don Gibson Theatre – Shelby, N.C.
Feb. 12 Orange Blossom Opry – Weirsdale, Fla.
Feb. 17 Gallo Center for the Arts – Modesto, Calif.
Feb. 21 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 24 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 25 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Feb. 28 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.
Mar. 10 Century Casino – Edmonton, AB. Canada
Mar. 11 Dakota Dunes Casino - Whitecap, SK. Canada
May 19 Main Street Crossing – Tomball, Texas
May 20 The Texas Opry – Weatherford, Texas
May 21 Cactus Theater – Lubbock, Texas
June 23 Welk Resort Theatre – Branson, Mo.
Aug. 18 Ross Country Jamboree – Scottsburg, Ind.
Aug. 19 Windsor City Park – Windsor, Ill.
Aug. 27 Midwest Country Music Theater – Sandstone, Minn.
Sept 23 Red Barn Convention Center – Winchester, Ohio
Oct. 14 Georgia Mountain Fair – Hiawassee, Ga.

 

 

 


Hank Wiliams Tour


HANK WILLIAMS JR. SETS INITIAL 2017 TOUR DATES

Additional Dates to be Announced
 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 10, 2017) – Hank Williams Jr. wants all his rowdy friends to join him in 2017 as the country music icon reveals his first round of U.S. tour dates. Kickin’ the party off at Peppermill Concert Hall in Nevada on February 3, the tour consists of medium and large scale venues including an appearance at the Washington State Fair.

Hank Jr. continues to promote his most recent album It’s About Time, which achieved the highest studio album debut of his career. The album skyrocketed to No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums and broke the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200, landing at No. 8.

Hank Jr.'s extremely impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles. Hank Jr. has been named ACM Entertainer of the Year, CMA Entertainer of the Year and BMI Icon in addition to winning a GRAMMY and being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

In October 1982, Williams had nine albums on the Billboard music charts at the same time, a feat unequaled by any other living artist. In 1987, Hank won the first of five straight Entertainer of the Year awards voted to him by his peers, and won his first ever Grammy.

As a touring artist, Hank Jr. was a pioneer in bringing arena rock production values to country music, and he remains one of the most consistent ticket sellers in music, period, as generation after generation gets turned on to one of the most dynamic live performers ever to take the stage.
 
HANK WILLIAMS JR. ON TOUR
Feb. 03 – Peppermill Concert Hall - West Wendover, Nev.
April 29 – Georgia World Congress Center - Atlanta, Ga.
May 27 – Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, Fla.
May 28 – Mercedes-Benz Superdome – New Orleans, La.
June 09 – Choctaw Grand Theater - Durant, Okla.
June 10 – Silver Star Hotel and Casino-Convention Center – Choctaw, Miss
July 01 – Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel - Salamanca, N.Y.
July 02 – French Lick Resort Casino - French Lick, Ind.
Sept. 15 – Northern Quest Resort & Casino - Pepsi Outdoor Amphitheater - Airway Heights, Wash.
Sept. 16 – Washington State Fair - Puyallup, Wash.

 

 

 


New Year 2017


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017

We look forward to bringing you the best in Classic Country Hits for another year.  We appreciate all our loyal listeners this past year and invite new listeners during 2017 to keep it locked to KUDZU 104.9 Classic Country!

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Charlie Pride Honored


CHARLEY PRIDE HONORED WITH THE RECORDING ACADEMY’S 2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (December 19, 2016) – The Recording Academy will honor three-time GRAMMY® award-winning country music icon Charley Pride with its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Three-time GRAMMY winner Charley Pride taught himself to play guitar in his early teens, but he dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player. After playing in the Negro American League, he was signed by RCA Victor and in 1967 he became the first African-American singer to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. (Later, in 1993, Pride became the Grande Ole Opry's first
African-American member.) "Just Between You And Me" launched Pride to stardom, earning him his first GRAMMY nomination for 1966. In 1969, Pride scored his first No. 1 country hit with "All I Have To Offer You (Is Me)." The recognition led to a long and auspicious career for Pride, who is considered the first African-American superstar in country music.

The Recording Academy will also honor Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone and the Velvet Underground with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

"This year's Special Merit Awards recipients comprise a prestigious group of diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "These exceptionally inspiring figures are being honored as legendary performers, creative architects, and technical visionaries. Their outstanding accomplishments and passion for their respective crafts have created a timeless legacy."

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award honors contributions in areas other than performance. The recipients are determined by vote of The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are voted on by The Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees, and are ratified by The Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and/or companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording industry.

 

 


Dolly & More Perform for Smokey Mountain Rise


DOLLY PARTON AND MORE PERFORM DURING DEC. 13 SMOKY MOUNTAINS RISE TELETHON
 

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (December 7, 2016) – Dolly Parton and a number of her friends, including Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers and Alison Krauss, are set to perform during Smoky Mountains Rise: A Benefit for the My People Fund on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST) on Great American Country (GAC).

The nationally-broadcast, three-hour telethon seeks to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation My People Fund, established by Parton, The Dollywood Company and Parton’s dinner theaters in the wake of last week’s wildfires in the entertainment icon’s home area of Sevier County, Tennessee. Smoky Mountains Rise also will be simulcast across multiple radio chains, including iHeart Media's digital and select on-air platforms, Cumulus Media's NASH Nights LIVE, TuneIn's Country Roads channel, and several other platforms which are set to be announced shortly. Additionally, other celebrities joining Smoky Mountains Rise include will be announced in the coming days.

“My home in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee is some place special,” Parton said. “Wildfires have affected many of the people—my people—who live in those beautiful mountains. We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”

The My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families whose homes are uninhabitable or were completely destroyed in the recent Smoky Mountain wildfires. Any family who lost their primary residence (renters and homeowners) due to the wildfires in Sevier County will be eligible. A pre-application for those affected is available at dollywoodfoundation.org.

During the telethon, viewers will be asked to call 1-866-CARE MOREto donate to the My People Fund.

Anyone who would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the My People Fund may visit dollywoodfoundation.org. For those wishing to send donations via mail, those contributions should be sent to: My People Fund, c/o Dollywood Foundation, 111 Dollywood Lane, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863.

Please help the Dollywood Foundation share the word about this effort by using the hashtags #MyPeopleFund and #someplacespecial.

DOLLY PARTON ANNOUNCEMENT VIDEO DOWNLOAD LINK.

ABOUT SMOKY MOUNTAINS RISE
Smoky Mountains Rise is a three-hour telethon broadcast nationally on Great American Country on Tuesday, Dec. 13 to raise money for the Dollywood Foundation’s My People Fund to benefit those affected by the Sevier County, Tennessee wildfires. Smoky Mountains Rise is executive produced by Dolly Parton, Danny Nozell, Kirt Webster, Pete Owens and Scott Durand. Produced by Edie Hoback, Jeremy Westby, Shanna Strassberg, Nic Dugger and Shantel Klinger.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DOLLY PARTON, VISIT:
www.dollyparton.com

 

 

 


My People Fund


               DOLLY ANNOUNCES MY PEOPLE FUND

Fund will provide monthly assistance to those who lost homes in wildfires.

 

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 30, 2016) – In a video message released this evening, Dolly Parton announced a new effort by The Dollywood Company and The Dollywood Foundation to establish a fund to assist the victims of the Great Smoky Mountain wildfires in Tennessee. The new My People Fund will provide $1000 each month to Sevier County families who lost their homes.

Dolly Parton's 'My People Fund'

“I’ve always believed charity begins at home and my home is some place special,” Parton explained. “That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood Companies—including the Dollywood theme park, and DreamMore Resort; my dinner theater attractions including Dixie Stampede and Lumberjack Adventure; and my Dollywood Foundation—to help me establish the My People Fund.

“We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.” Anyone who would like to contribute to the My People Fund may visit dollywoodfoundation.org.


Thanksgiving 2016


 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM KUDZU 104.9

We'd like to wish everyone a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving this year.  We especially want to thank our Large and Loyal Listening audience. Thanks to all of you who advertise with us as well.  Without you we couldn't keep bringing you that great Classic Country Music! 

 

 


T. G. Sheppard


ELVIS PRESLEY'S GRACELAND TO WELCOME T.G. SHEPPARD FOR NOVEMBER 17 LIGHTING CEREMONY

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (November 16, 2016) – Elvis Presley's Graceland® in Memphis, Tenn., will officially begin the holiday season when Country Music Award winner singer-songwriter T.G. Sheppard“flips the switch” on the traditional lights and decorations during the annual lighting ceremony on Thursday, November 17 at 6:00 p.m. CST and lights up Elvis Presley’s iconic home for the season. Santa has guaranteed there will be a 100% chance of snow during the event.

The extensive Christmas display at the king’s castle includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. The interiors of Graceland mansion will feature the Presley family’s Christmas décor starting on November 17 for seasonal holiday tours through his birthday celebration in January. Included will be his traditional red velvet drapes as well as Presley family Christmas artifacts on display around several trees throughout the home.  The lighting event featuring T.G. Sheppard is free and open to the public.

While promoting records for RCA, T.G. formed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis, who appreciated T.G.'s unique style and personality. As a token of their friendship, Elvis gave T.G. his first tour bus in 1976, helping to provide him with the confidence to give up the promotion business and hit the road full time.

Following the lighting ceremony, The Guest House at Graceland will offer tours of the new 450-room luxury resort along with complimentary hot chocolate and candy canes. A special holiday package that includes tickets to visit Graceland while decorated for the holidays is available for booking through The Guest House at Graceland.

For more detailed information please visit www.graceland.com or call 901-332-3322.

 


LEON RUSSELL


LEON RUSSELL DEAD AT 74

Leon Russell — the musician, producer, singer and songwriter who scored minor country hits as “Hank Wilson,” recorded with Willie Nelson and toured with New Grass Revival — died in his sleep Sunday morning (Nov. 13) at his home in Nashville. He was 74.


National Sandwich Day


 

What are you having for National Sandwich Day?

National Sandwich Day is observed annually on November 3. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the inventor of the sandwich.  This day honors one of America’s most popular lunch items. Some eating establishments will be either giving away sandwiches or will offer them at a big discount on Thursday, November 3, 2016, National Sandwich Day!  Enjoy!


21st Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Ride


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's 21st Annual Saddle Up for St. Jude Ride

The ride is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th in Vina, Alabama staring with the morning ride at 9:30 a.m., Lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and the Afternoon Ride from 1:30 p.m. until. There will be prizes for participants. Riders collecting $150.00 or more receive a towel, t-shirt and cap; Riders collecting $75.00 or more get a t-shirt and cap; and Riders collecting $50.00 or more will be in a drawing for a new saddle and other prizes. For more information call 662-424-5886 or 256-412-6500 or 662-424-0895. There will be entertainment Saturday night. Bring the whole family!


Florence Happenings


FLORENCE, ALABAMA UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

James Foote as Theodore Roosevelt

October 20:  The Natchez Trace Parkway Association celebrates 100 years of National Parks with Theodore Roosevelt re-enactor, James Foote. Foote will perform at the Shoals Theater at 7 p.m. Riveting performer, James Foote has been professionally portraying Teddy Roosevelt for over 35 years. He’s been featured on the History Channel, C-SPAN, The Colbert Report, and various documentaries. Admission to this family-friendly performance is free and open to the public.

 


TANY TUCKER HOSPITALIZED


TANYA TUCKER HOSPITALIZED AFTER SUFFERING UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 12, 2016) – Tanya Tucker is recovering in a Nashville hospital after suffering an upper respiratory infection while on her North American tour. Tucker became ill before a date in South Dakota and was treated by local doctors before heading back to Nashville. As a result, six shows will be postponed (tour dates below).

“I cannot apologize enough to all the fans who bought tickets and were looking forward to seeing us on the road. I just feel terrible, but I’ll get even worse if I don’t take care of myself. I love you all,” Tucker said.

POSTPONED TANYA TUCKER TOUR DATES:
Oct. 07 Watertown, S.D. – Dakota Sioux Casino
Oct. 11 Swift Current, SK Canada – The Living Sky Casino
Oct. 12 Whitecap, SK Canada – Dakota Dunes Casino
Oct. 14 Fort Hall, Idaho – Fort Hall Casino
Oct. 15 Pendleton, Ore. – Wildhorse Resort
Oct. 16 Airway Heights, Wash. - Northern Quest Casino

Follow Tanya Tucker on TwitterFacebookInstagramYouTubeor visit tanyatucker.com.


Luke Bryan Contest


REGISTER TO WIN LUKE BRYAN TICKETS TO SEE LUKE BRYAN

Enter to win tickets to Luke Bryan in Batesville October 12th, from our website, click on the Tupelo Home Center banner at the top of the Home page and enter to win from their website. The drawing will be held Monday, October 10th.  Compliments of Tupelo Home Center and your home for Classic Country, KUDZU 104.9. Hurry registration will be closing soon!

 


Tennessee River Run


15th Annual Tennessee River Run

October 8, 2016

The 15th Annual Tennessee River Run culminates Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, when Chuck Wicks, Kellie Pickler and Randy Houser join Darryl Worley on stage in downtown Savannah, Tennessee. When gates open at noon, guests will be able to participate in children’s games and shop food and crafts. The concert will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each, and children 12 and younger will be admitted free. Individuals can purchase tickets and find information on all Tennessee River Run activities at http://tnriverrun.org.  Help make this year's concert a success for the Darryl Worley Foundation and the programs it supports. 


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