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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.

May Cruise

PAPPI’S GARAGE HOSTS SECOND CRUISE-IN

On May 31, the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society will be at Pappi’s Garage showing off a few of their furry friends and helping Pappi’s raise awareness and contributions. Pappi’s strives to help charities all across North Mississippi, and TLHS is a charity that holds a special place in the heart of the community. Emily Davis, the marketing manager at Pappi’s said each charity we choose to benefit has a special, reserved place in the heart of each person who help make the cruise-ins possible. TLHS is no exception. There is a $20 registration fee per classic car or hot rod, which enters registrants into drawings for cash prizes and for a chance to win the Charity's Choice Award given to the best and coolest looking vehicle chosen by a TLHS representative. There will also be the 50/50 raffle and a raffle item put together by TLHS. Big Bad Wolf and Jo’s Cafe will be present cooking up some of the best food you’ll ever eat, and PoPsy will be serving their delicious gourmet frozen treats as the cherry on top. Davis said TLHS does so much for the animals they take in, whether the animals are abused, neglected, lost, abandoned, and/or unwanted, they do their best to care for each animal that comes into their facility, which also helps out the community. On May 31st load up your family and friends and come to Pappi's Garage to raise awareness and contributions for TLHS and for a fun-filled evening of fellowship and friendship among fellow auto enthusiasts. For questions or concerns, call (662) 718-7897, email emily.davis@pappisgarage.com, or visit Pappi’s Garage’s Facebook Page.

Don Williams Tribute

DON WILLIAMS: MUSIC & MEMORIES OF THE GENTLE GIANTTOURING PRODUCTION SET TO PREMIERE WITH NASHVILLE SYMPHONY AT SCHERMERHORN ON OCTOBER 31 – NOVEMBER 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Spanning more than 45 years, the music of Don Williams continues to connect adoring fans around the world, and soon they’ll have a chance to experience those iconic hits in a whole new way. Starting October 31,Don Williams: Music & Memories of The Gentle Giant takes residency at Nashville’s famed Schermerhorn Symphony Center for three nights of reflection of the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s music, accompanied by the Nashville Symphony, with Keith Urban serving as the show’s curator.

 

“Don Williams and his music are strong threads in the tapestry of my life,” said Urban. “I jumped at the chance to play even a small role in this incredible concert experience. There is no better way to celebrate him and his legacy than reliving those musical moments and I’m honored to be part of continuing to share his story and music."

 

Williams - (1939-2017) - was one of the earliest Country artists to take their music globally. In addition to his North American success, The Gentle Giant toured extensively throughout Europe and Africa and his legendary songs reached all corners of the globe and continue to capture the hearts of fans worldwide. His catalog is among the most streamed music from his era.

 

“This style of show has never been done before in Country music and it’s very fitting that we present Don and his music to the fans in this way,” says Robert Pratt, Don’s long-time manager. “Don was a very quiet and private person who loved performing for his legion of fans. I am especially happy to bring his music back to the fans and premiere this new show in Nashville with the symphony and then take it on the road throughout 2020.”

 

The concert is a musical journey through historical video performance of Don Williams, plus special guest singers live onstage, all accompanied by Don’s touring band and the Nashville Symphony.

 

During his career, Williams scored 17 No. 1 hits including “I Believe In You”, “It Must Be Love”, “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good” and “Tulsa Time.” He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and was best known for his straightforward, yet smooth bass-baritone voice and soft tones which earned him the nickname The Gentle Giant of Country Music.

 

Exclusive pre-sale tickets for these shows go on sale via Ticketmaster with code GENTLEGIANT on Monday, May 27 for a limited time of 80 hours in celebration of Don’s 80th birthday. Tickets are also currently available with Nashville Symphony season ticket packages at NashvilleSymphony.org, 615.687.6400 or the Schermerhorn Symphony Center box office. Any remaining tickets will go on sale July 19, 2019 at 10 am.

 

About Don Williams:

Williams first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the folk group The Pozo-Seco Singers. The trio recorded several hit records, with the biggest being “Time.” By 1971, Williams had gone solo, and had signed a publishing deal with Jack Clement. The Hall of Fame producer was so taken with Don’s style that he offered him a recording contract with his JMI Records in 1972. Early hits included “Atta Way To Go” and “Come Early Morning,” as well as “We Should Be Together,” which became his first Billboard top ten hit from 1974. He then moved to ABC / Dot (Later MCA), where the hits increased. Tracks such as “Rake and Ramblin’ Man,” “Tulsa Time,” and “Nobody But You” helped to make him one of the most-played artists on Country Radio in the 1970s and 1980s. He took home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy from the Country Music Association in 1978, and notched his biggest hit in 1981 with “I Believe In You,” which also crossed over to the top-30 on the Hot 100.

 

Subsequent moves to Capitol Nashville and RCA kept Williams on the charts into the 1990s, as he continued to play for huge crowds on the road. His success in the United States is well-documented, but the music of Don Williams has made him an international star – with followings in such places as Africa, England and New Zealand. He has placed 52 singles in the top-40 on the Country charts in the United States, with 17 going all the way to the top spot. Williams was a member of The Country Music Hall of Fame and The Grand Ole Opry. Williams appeared in the films W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey & The Bandit II with Burt Reynolds.

 

T. Graham Brown

T. Graham Brown and Wife Sheila Brown To Be Crowned Bell Buckle, Tennessee's 2019 RC Cola and Moon Pie King and Queen Saturday, June 15th

BELL BUCKLE, Tenn. – Little town, BIG announcement! The Bell Buckle Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce that award winning Nashville music icon T. Graham Brown and his amazing wife, Sheila Brown, will serve as this year’s RC Cola and MoonPie King and Queen!

His “T-ness” as he is many times lovingly referred to, began his musical journey in Georgia and was quickly nominated for a Grammy as well as earning CMA awards, the Addy Award for Excellence in Advertising, and a back to back Prism Award winning chart topper. As a recording artist, songwriter, performer and producer, T. Graham Brown has scored multiple number one songs in the country, blues, and gospel. He has hit the Billboard, Cash Box, and Christian music charts 35 times with hits such as “I Tell It Like It Used To Be,” self penned “Hell and High Water,” and “Darlene”. He also wrote the multiple award winning song, “Wine into Water”, which has been recorded over a hundred times by artists all over the world, most recently by country music star Loretta Lynn on her latest critically acclaimed album, 'Full Circle.'

T. Graham has performed on the iconic stage of the Grand Ole Opry hundreds of times and maintains a busy touring schedule all over the United States and Europe. He will tell you with a grin, “I’ve got a band and a bus, and I’ll keep taking the music to the people as long as God lets me. It’s what I love to do!”

Sheila was born in Fort Benning, Georgia and is the daughter of an Air Force pilot. She and T met in Georgia at college. The couple moved to Nashville after college so T. Graham could sing.

Sheila says, “We decided we would go the ‘Big Adventure’ of the country music business together, and we’re still on it. Our son, Acme, was born and lives in Nashville. We love Nashville and the music business, and our life here. We continue to travel all over the country and the world with our show. We feel very blessed to be able to do what we do. We think we have the best job in the world... we get to make people happy with music!”

"Being the 25th Annual MoonPie King, and Sheila being the Queen, is one of the highest honors to the Brown Family," says T. Graham. "Filling the boots of Waylon and Jessi will not be easy, however we shall give it our all. The legendary combination of the mighty MoonPie and RC Cola is unsurpassed in the lore of the south. Come to historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee to partake in the unparalleled hospitality and taste these classic treats. Long live the MoonPie and RC Cola!"

This year’s RC Cola and MoonPie Festival will be held on Saturday, June 15th. T. Graham and Sheila will be a highlight of the parade which starts at approximately 11:30. There will be a Coronation of the royal couple following the parade at the Captain Rodney stage on the festival grounds along with entertainment leading up to the Coronation.

So many memories to make. So little time in a day to pack it all in. A day of fun for young and old alike to celebrate THREE southern traditions: RC Colas, Moon Pies and Historic Bell Buckle, Tennessee- close to home but a world away.

 

 

Grillin' on the Square

It's Grillin' on the Square

Be sure to come early 1 - 3 pm for our Open house on the North Side of the Square... ClassicRadioFM Kudzu 104.9!

The 2019 Rib Cookoff will be held in Ripley, MS, on

Saturday, June 8th at 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be live music, food and family fun! Arts & Crafts, Vendors and a Beer Garden. Proceeds will go towards special needs playground equipment in Ripley.

This event is a part of Ripley Main Street.

For more information call 662-512-0226 or visit them at www.ripleymsmainstreet.com.

 

Cruise-In

PAPPI’S GARAGE KICKS OFF THE BLUE SUEDE CRUISE

 

It’s that time of year, and once again, Pappi’s Garage, located at 209 Commerce St., will be hosting it’s first monthly charity cruise-in on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. benefiting the Regional Rehab Center. This year, Pappi’s is shaking things up and breaking away from tradition. Not only will their first cruise-in be on a Thursday this year, but registration will be $20 per classic car or hot rod. Emily Davis, the marketing manager at Pappi’s Garage said in the past, we’ve had free registration, but this year, we’ve decided to change it up a bit. Instead of small trinkets as door prizes this year, we will have drawings and give away ten $100 envelopes to registrants. Along with the change in registration, they will have a live band at the first cruise-in of the year. The Rust Bucket Roadies, a true Mississippi gem, will be set up on a stage and playing all your favorites and the best rocking blues you will ever hear. There will be free hot dogs, chips, and drinks for the first 300 cruisers, and, of course, there will be a 50/50 raffle, a raffle item, and a Charity’s Choice Award for the best and coolest looking vehicle chosen by the Regional Rehab Center. Davis says this is a great opportunity to fellowship with cruisers from all over since so many people will already be in town for the Blue Suede Cruise. This year’s cruise-in season is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before, and we can’t wait to get the season started! We’ll see you all there! For questions or concerns, call (662) 718-7897, email emily.davis@pappisgarage.com, or visit Pappi’s Garage’s Facebook Page.

 

Oak Ridge Boys

The Oak Ridge Boys Announce Renewed Partnership With Super-Producer Dave Cobb; Also Adding Dates For Their 2019 Shine The Light Tour

Releases Will Include Their First Christmas Album In Four Years, Followed By A Much Anticipated Concept Album of Classics and Standards, Both To Be Produced By Dave Cobb.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – GRAMMY® winning, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry members The Oak Ridge Boys are showing no signs of slowing down as they move into the Spring and Summer concert touring seasons with performance dates across the country. Performing songs from their latest album, 17th Avenue Revival, along with their classics “Elvira,” “Thank God For Kids,” “American Made” and countless others, The Oak Ridge Boys continue to take their show to the road for their loyal fan-base, and capturing new ones along the way.
 
While on tour, The Oak Ridge Boys have just announced two follow up projects to17th Avenue Revival that will again be produced by one of Nashville’s hottest producers, Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, John Prine, Jason Isbell). The first album, which will be released at the end of 2019, will be The Oak Ridge Boys first Christmas album in four years. It will be followed next year by a concept album with a “front porch” feel. This week marks the ten-year anniversary of the release of The Boys Are Back, when The Oak Ridge Boys first collaborated with Cobb in 2009.

"I remember, as if it were yesterday, when we first signed with a major record label and our career exploded decades ago. The Oak Ridge Boys became a household name. Now, after signing with Thirty Tigers and Lightning Rod Records—with Dave Cobb as our producer—we are experiencing that surge again," said Oaks lead singer Duane Allen"

"Dave Cobb has the unique ability to record in a raw, honest, almost retro way that sounds fresh. Part of our last album with Dave (17th Avenue Revival) was recorded around one microphone with Dave playing acoustic guitar about six feet away. He told us that he wanted us to sing “together,” and listen to, and watch, each other. The result was pure magic, and we wound up recording the entire album with that same attitude."

"Now, we are thrilled to announce that we will be recording two new projects with Dave’s production, Logan Rogers’ label direction, and David Macias’ mass marketing. The first is a new Christmas album, which will be released in time for our fall Christmas tour. A few months later, we will release a classics and standards album with the attitude of singing together on the front porch."

"Our recording career is taking off again. Come along for the ride!!!!!!"

"Partnering with the Oak Ridge Boys and Dave Cobb for last year’s 17th Avenue Revival has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my career - both critically and commercially," said Logan Rogers of Lightning Rod Records. "The Oaks and their team are total pros, and it’s obvious why they have been successful for so long. I’m excited to see what kind of studio magic the Oaks and Cobb create this time around."

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

 

Lee Greenwood

Tune-In Alert: Country Music Legend Lee Greenwood To Appear On  TBN's HUCKABEE Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th at 8/7c

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Two time CMA Male Vocalist Of The Year, and GRAMMY-winning country music artist Lee Greenwood is set to perform on this weekend’s edition of HUCKABEE, airing Saturday, March 9th and Sunday, March 10th at 8/7c. The singer will talk with the show’s host, Gov. Mike Huckabee, about faith, family and freedom and will also perform one of his many hit country songs and close with his well-known patriotic anthem, “God Bless The USA.” You can find your local TBN channel here or stream the broadcast live here.

"It's great to be on with Governor Huckabee again. Always straight talk - always the truth and plenty of laughs," says Greenwood. “I’m also very happy to share my music with the TBN audience!”

Greenwood continues to tour extensively in 2019, and fans can catch up with him at one of his many concert appearances.

Lee Greenwood on Tour:
Mar 17 Gainesville, Fla. / Gainesville Raceway
Mar 23 Weirsdale, Fla. / Orange Blossom Opry
Mar 26 Washington, D.C. / USO Headquarters
Mar 31 Frederick, Md. / The Weinberg Center for the Arts
Apr 09 Indian Wells, Calif. / Armed Forces Salute
Apr 26 Lake Buena Vista, Fla. / Four Seasons Resort
Apr 28 Sarasota, Fla. / Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
May 21 Nashville, Tenn. / Grand Ole Opry
May 24 Winston-Salem, N.C. / Annex Theater
May 26 Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Motor Speedway
Jun 28 Roanoke Rapids, N.C. / Roanoke Rapids Theatre
Jun 29 Marion, Va. / The Lincoln Theater
Jul 03 Hot Springs , Ar. / Oaklawn Jockey Club
Jul 04 Ft Lauderdale, Fla. / Ft Lauderdale Beach
Jul 06 Cabazon, Calif. / Casino Morongo
Aug 08 Nichols, N.Y. / Tioga Downs Grandstand
Aug 09 Vernon, N.Y. / Vernon Downs Grandstand
Aug 14 Grants Pass, Ore. / Josephine County Fairgrounds & Event Center
Aug 18 Louisville , Ky. / Kentucky State Fairgrounds
Sep 07 Batesville, Ar. / Univ of Arkansas Community College
Sep 19 Bremen, Ga. / Mill Town Music Hall
Sep 20 Walhalla, S.C. / Walhalla Performing Arts Center
Sep 21 Clarksville, Tenn. / Beachaven Winery
Nov 02 Knoxville, Tenn. / University of Tennessee
Nov 08 Emporia, Kan. / Emporia Granada Theatre
Nov 09 Rogers, Ar. / John Q Hammons Convention Center
Nov 10 Branson, Mo. / Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Dec 04 Branson, Mo. / Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater
Dec 05 Cedar Park, Texas / HEB Center
Dec 13 Immokalee, Fla. / Seminole Casino
For a complete tour schedule, click here.

For more information on Lee Greenwood, visit his website at leegreenwood.comor to schedule an interview with him, please click here.

 

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