WKZU Updates

The Wall that Heals

Coming to Ashland, MS

 

The Wall that Heals a Vietnam Veterans Memorial Replica and Mobile Education Center will be coming to Ashland, Mississippi March 12 - 15, 2020. It is expected to arrive in Ashland at the Benton County Fairgrounds on March 10 by motorcycle escort from the American Legion Riders. There will be a Memorial Ceremony at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 17136 Highway 5 in Ashland on March 14th at 10 a.m. School groups and all Veterans are welcome. There will be a Mobile Education Center open with displays of Hometown Heroes, a display of items representative of the items left at The Wall in Washington, D. C. in remembrance of those on the The Wall, a map of Vietnam, "In Memory Honor Roll" as well as other items. It is a three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. To set up a school tour call 662-224-4881. For General information call 901-359-4360.

 

 

Wig 'n Out in Tupelo for St. Jude

Benifit for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Wig’n Out 4 St. Jude

Join us for a fun fundraiser benefiting St. Jude January 31 at the Tupelo Cotton Mill. Wear your favorite wig and come dance and rock the night away with our DJ! Cash bar and hors d’oeuvres will be available. Tickets are $25. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Meredith Martin at 662-401-0811 or Mendy Ramey at 662-321-5626 or email tupelodreamhome18@gmail.com for more information.

Delta Water Fowl Banquet

2020 Alcorn County Delta Waterfowl Banquet

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 7 p.m.

Crossroads Arena
Intersection of U.S. Highway 45 and Harper Road , Corinth, Mississippi. Our annual banquet will include great door prizes, silent auction, live auction, hunting gear, guns, dinner, raffles and much more.

 

Tickets Options:
Youth Tickets $25 (15 & Under)
Single $55
Couples $75

 

Marty Haggard

Marty Haggard - A Tribute to My Dad, Merle Haggard

 

Fri, Apr 3 @ 7:00PM

Magnolia Civic Center, 127 E Bankhead Street, New Albany, Mississippi 38652

 

  • Join Marty and his Little Big Band in an intimate setting, sharing music and memories, with a meet & greet after the show. 
  • Doors open 6:00 PM. 
  • $30 General Admission Ticket (includes tax & fees)
  • Tickets are available now online through Eventbrite or by phone at Brown Paper Tickets 1-800-838-3006.

GET LOCAL TICKETS AT THE NEW ALBANY MAIN STREET ASSOCIATION (662-534-3438) - Available soon!

 

Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys Begin 20/20 Tour Across North America

First tour leg took a big Texas swing

The Boys visit East Tennessee and Indiana this week

Nashville, Tenn. - GRAMMY® winning, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys have kicked off the new year strong with “The Oak Ridge Boys 20/20 Tour.” This tour will see the legendary band crisscross the country from Florida to Nevada and just about everywhere in between. With nearly sixty concerts in over twenty states announced already, The Oak Ridge Boys have 20/20 vision when it comes to hitting the road this year!

“We are stoked about all that 2020 has to bring! A new David Cobb produced album is in the works and a huge tour chock full of beautiful theaters and performance centers, as well as a myriad of fairs and festivals across the nation,” say Joe Bonsall. “Our updated set lists this year includes hits and favorites as well as some deep cuts and a tribute to 40 years of the “Together” album. Add some Gospel and a wave of the Flag and we will be bringing a middle America show for the entire family. We may be coming to your town, so COME ON OUT and HEAR US SING!”

 

.@OakRidgeBoys begin "20/20 Tour" including multiple @GrandOleOpry appearances #2020tour.

 

 

 

Gift of Music Concert

Dolly Parton, Lee Greenwood, Lonestar, Collin Raye, T.G. Sheppard, Drew Baldridge, Abby Anderson And More To Perform For The Gift Of Music Concert On January 30, 2020 At The Historic Ryman Auditorium.

Nashville, Tenn. – The Dustin J. Wells Foundation’s The Gift of Music concert to benefit the W.O. Smith Music School and the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation announces Dolly PartonLee GreenwoodLonestarCollin RayeT.G. SheppardDrew BaldridgeAbby AndersonArtimus Pyle BandEric Lee Beddingfield, Red Mountain Bluegrass BandBrad and Maisy StellaTaylon Hope, and Scott Bass will take the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium on January 30, 2020 at 7pm. Tickets for The Gift of Music Concert are $100 and $85 (for obstructed view) plus applicable services charges and are available online starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 24th. The event is also the featured entertainment for The Crown Council, a group of dental teams gathering in Nashville for their 25th Annual Event.

The Dustin J. Wells Foundation honors the memory of a very special young man. After the loss of Dustin Jack Wells in a car accident in 2005, his family and friends searched for ways to keep his memory alive and allow his life to continue touching others. A fund was set up and the dollars collected are used for the sole purpose of reaching out to others in Dustin’s honor. Dustin J. Wells is the son of prominent Nashville cosmetic dentist, Dr. Dennis Wells of the Nashville Center for Aesthetic Dentistry. For more information on Dr. Wells or his practice visit www.drdenniswells.com?.

Since its inception in 2008, the benefit concert has had the support of some of music's greatest artists, including Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Peter Cetera, Peter Frampton, Ronnie Milsap, Gunnar Nelson, and many other generous and talented musicians who have donated their time and talent to support the efforts and causes of Dustin's foundation.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s Gift of Music concert will go to Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation?. Established as a national identity in 2014, this charitable organization is dedicated to changing the future of cancer by funding advanced, innovative research that treats the cancer while sparing the patient. For more information, go to www.scottcares.org.

Because of his strong love for music, donating to the W.O. Smith Music School is another way Dustin can be remembered, by sharing the “Gift of Music” with underprivileged children in our community. With the provision of free instruments and 50 cent lessons, these young lives can continue to be changed, grown and enriched in memory of Dustin.

For more information, visit www.dustinwellsgiftofmusic.com.

 

 

Nashville Holidays

Tim Atwood Joins Jeannie Seely, Nicole C. Mullen, Charlie McCoy, Julie Roberts, Candy Christmas, Paul Allen Coons & More for Sixth Annual 'Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig'

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Country music star and Grand Ole Opry veteran Tim Atwood recently reunited onstage with fifty-two year Grand Ole Opry member, and country music icon, Jeannie Seely. Atwood & Seely - who've accompanied each other many times over the years on the Grand Ole Opry stage - performed “Old Friends” at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena for the Fifth Annual 'Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig.' Atwood also performed a fast paced rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on piano.

The special event was established to honor Nashville senior citizens by George Shinn and The George Shinn Foundation as a promise to his mother to always remember our seniors. Approximately 800 seniors from the greater Nashville area were served at the free luncheon, highlighted by holiday entertainment, special door prizes, and a car which was given away to a needy individual.

“This is my third year to perform on the ShinnDig, and it is such an honor!” says Atwood. “I admire how Mr. Shinn, years ago, made a promise to his mother to remember our seniors, and he kept that promise. I took care of my own mother when her health began to fail, and I made a similar promise. I love the way George Shinn and the George Shinn Foundation reminds us that, in what often feels like a youth obsessed society, our “seniors” are still our most valuable asset. I can attest that life doesn’t end when you reach a certain age; with the right frame of mind and perseverance, it just keeps getting better.”

Other performers at the event included Charlie McCoy, Nicole C. Mullen, Julie Roberts, Paul Allen Coons, and Candy Christmas, with Hope Hines joining as the event’s emcee. Also in attendance were special guests Scott Hamilton and Darrell Waltrip.

 

Crystal Gayle ReIssue

Originally released in 1986 by Warner Brothers Records, the digitally reissued album was remastered by Crystal’s son, Christos Gatzimos

Featuring classic Christmas favorites like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Jingle Bells" and "Little Drummer Boy"

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy®, AMA, ACM and CMA award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle has digitally reissued her 1986 holiday album, A Crystal Christmas, for the first time ever. Like he did on You Don’t Know Me, Crystal’s son Christos Gatzimos, returned to the studio and remastered his mother's collection of traditional Christmas compositions for digital release. The newly remastered album is now available at SpotifyApple MusicGoogle Play and Amazon.

“I recorded A Crystal Christmas with my producer Jim Ed Norman in the early summer of 1986 for Warner Bros. Records,” Crystal recalled. “To help us get in the spirit we decorated the studio with candy canes and ornaments. This album is filled with my favorite traditional Christmas songs that we all grew up loving and singing. I’m excited that A Crystal Christmas is now available digitally for the first time.”

“When I was a little girl I always looked forward to Christmas. Being the last of 8 children, I loved it when all my brothers and sisters came home to visit. I saved my money all year long so I could buy presents for them. One Christmas I went to Woolworths and bought all my sisters hair nets. The only problem was I bought gray hair nets. I didn’t know you were supposed to match their hair color. I just picked the prettiest ones. I even had money left over for candy!”

 

America's Adopt a Soldier

America's Adopt a Soldier

Help honor veterans and deployed service men and women this holiday season by sharing a card or letter in appreciation of their service and sacrifices.

CARE LETTERS WILL BE ACCEPTED THROUGH DECEMBER 18, 2019

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 2019 marks the ninth year that America’s Adopt A Soldier® will reach out to America to ask for cards of thanks to share with our nation’s service members who are deployed and veterans who are in state veterans homes and hospitals.

“In 2018, over 200,000 care letters were shared," said Mary Keeser, America’s Adopt A Soldier ® Founder. "This year, the goal is to reach over 300,000, which would allow us to send at least four letters to every veteran in a veterans home or veterans hospital as well as to our deployed service members.”

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

To participate in the 2019 National Care Letter Campaign, mail your personal written and designed letter or greeting card to America’s Adopt A Soldier, 5400 Shawnee Road, Suite #300, Alexandria, Va. 22312

For more information visit: www.americasadoptasoldier.org or call 703-278-3718.

 

 

 

Columbus Ships Land in Fulton, MS!

COLUMBUS SHIPS PINTA AND NINA TO LAND IN FULTON!

       Fulton, MS. —On Thursday, November 7th, the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Nina’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will open in Fulton.  The ships will be docked at Midway Marina, 641 Joe Wheeler Brown Road, until their departure early Monday morning, November 11th.

     The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools.  Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.”  In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World.    Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.

     Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus   and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.

     While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour.  Admission charges are $8.50 for adults, $7.50 for seniors, and $6.50 for students 5 - 16.   Children 4 and under are Free.  The ships are open every day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.    No reservations necessary. 

     Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1 787 672 2152 or email ninapintatour@gmail.com .  Minimum of 15.  $5.00 per person.  No Maximum. Visit our website at www.ninapinta.org

 

The ships arrive on Wednesday, November 6thand there will be a private viewing of the ships for the media after docking. 

 

 

                 COLUMBUS  FOUNDATION, INC., BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS,

 

PH. 787-672-2152

 

EMAIL  NINAPINTATOUR@GMAIL.COM

 

Lee Greenwood

Lee Greenwood To Be Appointed To John F. Kennedy Center Board Of Trustees

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two time CMA Male Vocalist Of The Year, and GRAMMY-winning country music artist Lee Greenwood was announced today as an appointee to the John F. Kennedy Center Board of Trustees during an address by President Donald J. Trump, naming individuals to key administration posts. Greenwood would serve as Member of the Kennedy Center Board of Trustees through September 2024. He continues to serve on the National Endowment of the Arts' National Council on the Arts, an appointment received by then President George W. Bush in 2008.

"I just found out I was appointed as a trustee to the Kennedy Center. Thank you President Trump. This is a tremendous honor. The Kennedy Center is THE premier performance hall in the United States!"

The writer and performer of the iconic patriotic anthem "God Bless The USA" has met or performed for nine United States Presidents. In October 2017, Greenwood hosted and performed for the One America Appeal - a hurricane relief fundraiser concert hosted by Presidents George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The concert concluded fundraising on December 31, 2017 with $42 million raised from over 110,000 donors. To assist those impacted by the 2017 hurricane season, funds were distributed in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the American Virgin Islands.

Earlier this year, Greenwood celebrated the 35th anniversary of the release of his signature hit song, the patriotic "God Bless The USA." The song first appeared on his 1984 album, You've Got a Good Love Comin, and spent 37 weeks on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, becoming a Top 10 Hit.

 

Celebrate Village

Celebration Village

Make your plans now to visit Celebration Village 2019 benefiting Sanctuary Hospice House! The annual North Mississippi holiday shopping event featuring over 130 vendors will take place at The Tupelo Furniture Market, October 24th - 26th! Get a sneak peak on Wednesday night October 23rd at the annual preview party gala featuring entertainment, dinner and a silent auction. General Admission to the market will be on Thursday and Friday,  10am-9pm and on Saturday, 10AM - 5PM with tickets $5 in advance or $7 at the door. Other special events include Girls Night Out on Friday evening and the first ever Miss Celebration Pageant on Saturday! For full details including ticket prices, visit sanctuaryhospice.org or follow the Celebration Village Fan Page on Facebook. It's Celebration Village 2019 October 24th-26th - We promise, you don't want to miss this one!

Trent Harmon At Boonevile Fall Fest

Trent Harmon at Booneville Fall Fest

Trent Harmon will be live Saturday, October 19th in Booneville! The 2016 American Idol winner will be performing at the Booneville High School gymnasium with opener Coby Crenshaw. Find your $20 ticket for Trent Harmon at Booneville Main Street, Sports Zone at Barnes Crossing in Tupelo, LongHorn Steakhouse in Amory, or at the Dodges store in Booneville. Doors open at 5:30, show beings at 7.  All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Mississippi. For questions, call 662-210-1049. Trent Harmon Benefit Concert Saturday, October 19th in Booneville!

 

Booneville Fall Festival

Booneville Fall Festival

Booneville Fall Fest is almost here beginning Thursday October 17th through the 19th in downtown Booneville! An event for the entire family, Booneville Fall Fest is a full carnival with all kinds of fun activities for kids and adults including a 5K run, pumpkin carving contests, a man beard contest, with local music, delicious food, and beautiful art everywhere! Come out for the outdoor showing of Hocus Pocus Friday night but don’t miss the political speaking, car show, or soap box race either!! Find Visit Booneville on facebook and instagram for more details. Brought to you by Booneville Main Street.

Health and Wellness Fest

Health and Wellness Fest

Kare-In-Home Hospice will sponsor a Health and Wellness Fest on Friday, October 18th from 10am to 2pm at the Prentiss County Agri-Center at 2301 N. Second St., Booneville, MS. There will be live music, door prizes, food, campaign speeches, health screenings and education. The guest speaker will be Sarah Thomas the first female official in the NFL. For more information call 662-286-9833.

Charley Pride

The three-time GRAMMY® winner to be recognized for his contributions to American music on Friday, Nov. 1

CLEVELAND, Miss. - Three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning, Mississippi-born country artist Charley Pride will be the inaugural recipient of GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi's Crossroads of American Music Award at the Mississippi Museum's 2019 Gala on Friday, Nov. 1. Established by the Museum's Board of Directors, the Crossroads of American Music Award honors an artist who has made significant musical contributions influenced by the creativity born in the cradle of American music. Pride will appear at the Museum's 2019 Gala to accept the award on Nov. 1 at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

"We are thrilled to recognize the great Charley Pride as the first-ever recipient of our Crossroads of American Music Award," said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. "As a native of Mississippi, Charley has had a significant impact on American music with his uncompromising honky-tonk country music. Charley broke new ground in the '60s when he emerged as one of the most successful black country artists at that time. It's an honor to recognize Charley Pride as the inaugural recipient of our Crossroads of American Music Award."

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's Red Carpet Guild, an organization of committed volunteers whose mission is to promote, support and sustain the Mississippi Museum, is currently developing plans for the Mississippi Museum's 2019 Gala, with this year's theme being "Girls, Guitars, & Rocktail Bars." The Gala will celebrate the impact of women on music, and proceeds will benefit the music education initiatives of the Mississippi Museum. The event will take place on Friday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and will feature a reception, dinner and cocktails, live music, and a silent and live auction. Additional details regarding the 2019 Gala are forthcoming.

“I'm honored to be the first recipient of this award from the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi," said Pride. "And thankful to the many great American music artists before me that helped to pave the way for my success. I applaud the Museum for celebrating those artists and championing the importance of American music.”

Encore Broadcast of American Masters - Charley Pride: I'm Just Me:
A special encore presentation of American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me airs Thursday, September 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS(check local listings) to coincide with the premiere of Country Music, a new eight-part, 16-hour film directed by Ken Burns, which features Charley Pride, premiering Sunday, September 15 through Wednesday, September 18, and Sunday, September 22 through Wednesday, September 25 at 8-10 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). Additionally, the documentary is streaming at pbs.org/americanmasters and on the PBS apps.
 

American Masters – Charley Pride: I’m Just Me traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. The new documentary reveals how Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world. In the 1940s, radio transcended racial barriers, making it possible for Pride to grow up listening to and emulating Grand Ole Opry stars like Ernest Tubb and Roy Acuff. The singer arrived in Nashville in 1963 while the city roiled with sit-ins and racial violence. But with boldness, perseverance and undeniable musical talent, he managed to parlay a series of fortuitous encounters with music industry insiders into a legacy of hit singles, a Recording Academy "Lifetime Achievement Award" and a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The film includes original interviews with country music royalty, including Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Darius Rucker and Marty Stuart. It also includes several on-camera conversations between Pride and special guests, including Rozene Pride (his wife of 61 years), Willie Nelson, and other fellow musicians. The film also features many songs from his repertoire of classic country hits, along with more modern cuts like "Standing In My Way," from his latest album Music In My Heart, released in 2017. 

 

 

RV Storage

 

NEW RECREATIONAL VEHICLE STORAGE FACILITY COMING TO TUPELO

 

Looking for a better, more secure place to store your outdoor toys? Afraid to make that big RV purchase because you have no room to store it? Undercover Storage, located at 600 Commerce Street here in Tupelo and opening on September 16th, is exactly what you’ve been waiting for. With video surveillance, keyed entry, 110 Volt 30/50 AMP power, and a roof to put over your recreational vehicles, Undercover Storage is the best place to keep your boats, RV’s, ATV’s, campers, and any other recreational vehicles you may have. Emily Davis, the marketing manager at Undercover Storage, said many people are tired of having to find room to store their outdoor toys. With the addition of a storage facility specifically designed for recreational vehicles of all sizes, people don’t have to worry about finding a place to store them, the city code or covenants not allowing you to store it at your house, or inclement weather conditions damaging your assets due to them not being under safe covering. The Undercover Storage office, located off-site, is open Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, but customers will have access to their space 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. Davis said there are up to 70 storage spaces all depending on the size of the vehicles each person wishes to store. Prices vary from space to space. For more info or to reserve a space, email info@undercover-storage.com, call 662.718.7888, or visit Undercover Storage’s Facebook Page.

Tippah Lake Bluegrass Festival

37th Annual Tippah Bluegrass Festival

The Festival gets started at 4:00 p.m. with the Courthouse Pickers from Corinth; Savannah Grass from Savannah, TN; Hatchie Bottom Boys of Corinth; Good Time Grass of Booneville, MS; Ellis Family Bluegrass from Pope, MS; Sparks Family of Belmont, MS, and Lisa Lambert Band from Dennis, MS all performing. For more information call 662-837-4398 or for Camping information call 662-837-9850. Free Admission: donations appreciated! Concessions will be available.

Rhonda Vincent

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Ranked Among Top 10 Best Concert Albums Ever Recorded At The Ryman By Rolling Stone.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Rolling Stone recently ranked Rhonda Vincent & The Rage's album Bluegrass Legends among their top 10 best concert albums ever to be recorded at the 'Mother Church of Country Music' , Ryman Auditorium in historic downtown Nashville. The 2018 recording features collaborations with Bluegrass icons Jesse McReynolds, Mac Wiseman, Bobby Osborne, and Sonny Osborne. Other listed recordings include Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Neil Young, Levon Helm and Jason Isbell.

New song "Like I Could" Reaches #1 on Bluegrass Today Airplay Chart:
Vincent's new song "Like I Could" recently reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Airplay chart. The song was co-written by Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely, along with Erin Enderlin and Bobby Tomberlin .

A concept video for the song premiered by RollingStone.com, features Vincent's real life husband and manager Herb Sandker, portraying the role of a wandering-eyed lover whose actions spurns the dissolution of a once perfect relationship. The video was shot in Nashville's Music City Bar & Grill, and Directed by Jason Lee Denton and Steve Voss.

2019 IBMA Nominations
Rhonda and bandmates Hunter Berry and Josh Williams have been nominated for a total of four 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards. Vincent received a pair of nominations for Female Vocalist Of The Year, along with a Collaborative Recording Of The Year nod for her duet with Dolly Parton on "Please," a song originally written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin.

"Our life's love and career are totally immersed in bluegrass music," said Vincent. “It’s what we do! We are so thrilled to be recognized by the members of IBMA. Special thanks to Elton John & Bernie Taupin for allowing us to create a bluegrass version of "Please," and to Dolly Parton for her amazing creativity and for joining us on the song."

Additionally, her Rage band mates Hunter Berry received a Fiddle Player Of The Year nomination, and Josh Williams a Guitar Player Of The Year nomination.

The winners will be announced during the IBMA's World of Bluegrass gala awards presentation on September 26 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, N.C.

 

Labor Day Fun

Happy Labor Day Weekend

Things to do this Labor Day weekend!

 

Coombs Gas 50th Celebration starting at 4:00 pm Monday, September 2 at Coombs Gas located on Highway 15 in Blue Mountain, MS. Car Show, Food and Entertainment.

Tupelo Summerfest Fair at the Mall at Barnes Crossing. Teeny Weeny Circus, Arts & Crafts, Mechanical Bull, Carnival rides and Giant Robot. Now through Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019.

Crystal Gayle News

Crystal Gayle Returns With First New Album In 16 Years, You Don't Know Me On Sept. 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Grammy® award winning country music singer and Grand Ole Opry member Crystal Gayle is delighted to announce the release of her first new album in nearly 16 years, You Don’t Know Me. Available everywhere September 6, with a pre-sale beginning August 9, the new album is being released by Southpaw Musical Productions, and distributed by BFD in partnership with The Orchard.

Co-produced, recorded and mixed by Crystal's son Christos Gatzimos, You Don’t Know Me is a collection that finds the acclaimed stylist exploring the songs of such country legends as George Jones, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens and Eddy Arnold.

The album might come as a surprise to those who associate Crystal with an uptown sound that made her a star on both country and adult-contemporary pop charts. But she has known this repertoire of hardcore country standards all her life.

“This wasn’t a stretch at all,” says Crystal. “This project is a labor of love that my son, Christos, and I produced together. It is filled with country classics that I grew up singing. They are very much a part of my history and I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time. I feel very lucky to have known and worked with many of the artists who had the original hits.”

Each of the selections was chosen because it played a role in her musical development. Two of them point to the importance that her family had in bringing her to fame.

The album’s opening track is “Ribbon Of Darkness,” a song originally written by Gordon Lightfoot. Originally released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins, it became his eleventh #1 hit. The song holds a special place in Crystal’s heart because it was the first song she performed at her Grand Ole Opry debut.

"This was the first song I ever sang on the Grand Ole Opry. I was 16," said Gayle. "Loretta was sick. Mooney [Lynn] did something; I don’t know what. But they let me sing in her place. In my early years in Nashville, when I was on Decca, I opened for Marty Robbins. So I’ve heard him sing this many times. Connie Smith also had a hit with it. So the night I was inducted into the Opry cast in 2017, I asked Connie if it was okay with her that I sing “Ribbon of Darkness."

Another popular classic country hit on the album is “Crying Time,” a song originally written and recorded by Bakersfield sound pioneer Buck Owens. The song was also recorded by Ray Charles, who won two Grammy Awards in 1967 for his version.

"I do a medley of Buck Owens songs in my shows," says Crystal. "When I was a kid, he worked Buck Lake Ranch in Indiana. I would go whenever he was playing there, and he’d let me sing on his show. When I was 16, he wanted me to become a regular on his TV show. He asked me, but it didn’t work out."

The album's closing track is “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” which brings Crystal together with her sisters Peggy Sue Wright, and legendary country music icon Loretta Lynn, for a highly anticipated first-ever recorded trio of them together. The song also just happens to be co-written by another country music legend, Dolly Parton.

 


 

Awards Program

Awards program to feature performances from country singer John Rich and jazz pianist George Winston

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The National Music Council will honor the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum at the 36th annual American Eagle Awards on Thursday, July 18th at the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville. Other previously announced honorees include iconic funk visionary George Clinton and the late beloved "Peanuts" composer and jazz piano giant Vince Guaraldi. Pianist George Winston will give a tribute in honor of Guaraldi while country singer/songwriter John Rich will perform in honor of Clinton, who will be on hand to receive the award.

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will receive the American Eagle Award in honor of its commitment to the preservation of American musical heritage and culture and for the organization’s music education programs that serve both children and adults.

In 2018, the museum welcomed more than 1.2 million guests presented 12 exhibitions, and guided 1,241 educational programs that provided music-related instruction for nearly 100,000 people. 

Renowned Nashville singer-songwriter Liz Rose, an active participant in the museum’s educational programming, is expected to present the award to the organization. 

The honors are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture, the ideal of music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and internationally. 

The Summer NAMM Show is the annual mid-year gathering of music instrument, retail and pro audio industry professionals.


 

Trisha Yearwood New Tour

TRISHA YEARWOOD ANNOUNCES EVERY GIRL ON TOUR ON THE HEELS OF HIGHEST DEBUT AND BIGGEST RADIO ADD DAY OF HER CAREER. TOUR KICKS OFF OCTOBER 3rd IN NASHVILLE, TN.

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JUNE 21st

June 14, 2019 (Nashville, TN) – Fresh off releasing her new single “Every Girl In This Town,” three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning country superstar Trisha Yearwood has announced her highly anticipated solo tour. “Every Girl On Tour” kicks off October 3rd with a special three night engagement with the Nashville Symphony at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The 22 city trek continues throughout the United States with stops in New York, Boston, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Minneapolis and Jacksonville. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21st at 10:00 AM local time at www.trishayearwood.com. Special fan club pre-sale begins Wednesday, June 19th at 10:00 AM local time.
 
“I can’t wait to take my tour solo for the first time in 5 years!” said Yearwood. “I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the positive response to “Every Girl in This Town” and, as enthusiastic as folks are about my new music and the upcoming tour, I don’t think there is anyone more excited than me.”

The tour sets the stage for the upcoming 2019 release of the artist’s first full-length country record since 2007’s critically acclaimed Heaven, Heartache and the Power of Love and follows on the heels of the 2019 Frank Sinatra homage, Let’s Be Frank. Trisha previously joined forces with husband Garth Brooks on his 2014 – 2017 sold out world tour.

Last week, Trisha made a history-making return to country radio with “Every Girl In This Town.” With 84 total adds, it marks Trisha’s highest debut and biggest add day of her career. The hit song is Billboard’s Highest Female Debut of 2019 on the Country Airplay Chart, coming in at #21, and the #4 Highest Billboard Country Radio Debut in 2019. It was also Billboard’s #1 Greatest Gainer on the Country Airplay Chart for the week. Additionally, Mediabase reports the 2nd Highest Female Debut and 8th Highest Debut All Country of 2019.

 

MORA and NMMC to Host Tour de Life Bike Ride

MORA and NMMC to Host Tour de Life Bike Ride

Mississippi Organ Recover Agency and North Mississippi Medical Center are teaming up to host the third annual “Tour de Life” bike ride to promote the need for organ, eye, and tissue donation in Mississippi. Riders will participate in distances of 62, 32, or 11 miles. For event details, please visit https://racesonline.com/events/tour-de-life.

WHAT:           Tour de Life Bike Ride

WHO:              Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau, race participants, donor families, transplant recipients, and donation advocates.

WHEN:            June 15, 2019 at 8 a.m.

WHERE:         Fairpark in downtown Tupelo, 71 Troy St., Tupelo, MS 38804

 

Ribbon Cutting

Ribbon Cutting Saturday, June 8, 2019

The Ribbon Cutting for New Ownership of ClassicRadioFM WKZU-FM/WSKK-FM Kudzu 104.9 and The Shark 102.3 was held Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. Thanks to everyone who came by for the Open House and stayed for the Grillin' on the Square even in Ripley, MS. We gave away tickets to Hank Williams, Jr. Concert as well at The Bellamy Brothers Concert, tickets to the Malco Theatre and Alabama Splash Adventure.

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