Archive for March, 2008

Introducing Nick Nicholson

March 31, 2008


Nick Keep an eye out for this new country artist, Nick Nicholson. He’s an East Tennessee native, from the Gray area I’ve been told, and he presently resides in Arizona.

Nick’s bio says he “grew up at the knee of his musical father, and learned to sing not only with his voice, but with his soul.” He said he wants people to feel what he sings. He started entertaining when he was 12 years old.

He served for eight years in the U.S. Air Force, and volunteers his time and talents at veterans’ events throughout the year.

Nick said he was inspired by Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Elvis, and his dad. He said his own sound can be best described as rockin’ country. He has opened for a number of national acts in the Phoenix, Ariz. area – including Travis Tritt, Neal McCoy, Mark Wills, Eric Church, Ray Scott, Rodney Atkins, and Chris Young.

I haven’t had much opportunity to listen to Nick yet, but I do like what I’ve heard, particularly “Real Women Drive Pick-up Trucks,” and “Somethin’ Somethin’.

While Nick seems to be staying mostly in the Arizona area right now, he will be in Nashville June 6-8 during the CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair).

If you know anyone making a name for themselves in the world of Country music, let me know… I’d be more than happy to get something about them posted here.



Carrie Underwood at WXBQ

March 29, 2008

00 Pm ET/PT) on FOX. I have been getting so much response to this post about Carrie’s visit to WXBQ Radio, that I wanted to leave it up another day. I did want to add this photo of Carrie from American Idol’s season four. She was pretty then, but she’s just gorgeous now.

I also need to thank Reggie Neel for allowing me to use the photos below, that were taken at the radio station on Friday. I’ll be seeing Reggie later this afternoon, and I’m anxious to hear more about his visit with Carrie.

Carrie1 Carrie Underwood stopped by WXBQ Radio in Bristol, VA, before her performance at East Tennessee State University on March 28. Pictured here with Reggie Neel, Carrie was kind enough to give a little on-air interview for Reggie’s listeners. 


 Copy of Carrie4 And, does it surprise anyone that Marc Tragler took a minute to give Carrie a little hug? (*smiling* at ya, Trags.) I didn’t think it would. Marc takes the air at 3 p.m., right after Reggie is done.

Our country entertainers often drop by the WXBQ studio when they are performing in the area, or just passing through this area.

Carrie2 Carrie has left Johnson City, TN, and is now headed to Saginaw, Mich., where she will perform at the Dow Events Center on March 30; then it’s off to Grand Rapids, Mich., for a March 31 concert at the Van Andel Arena. April 1 will find her in Green Bay, Wish., followed by an April 3 show in E. Lansing, Mich.; an April 4 show in Columbus, Ohio; and an April 10 performance at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. With a schedule like that, we can only appreciate all the more the fact that she took a little time out for the folks at WXBQ – and WXBQ’s listeners.

Talk to you guys later! Hope your Saturday was a great one!

Trace, Jeff, Garth – and 10 more

March 28, 2008

adkins Trace Adkins may not have been Donald Trump’s choice for Celebrity Apprentice, but most of his fans would pick him for any job he wanted. On the finale’ of the show that aired Thursday night, Trace got to sing his current single, “You’re Gonna Miss This”, which is still in the Top Ten on the country charts (and still headed upward).

Copy of 033_33 The March 15 issue of Country Weekly Magazine had a great article about Trace, and other country entertainers who managed to “beat the odds” – tragedy, poverty, addiction… and other painful challenges,” the article says. Jeff Bates, who I think has one of the best voices in the business, had his share of troubles, with drugs, stealing, jail… but managed to get himself straightened out through a rehabilitation program. Jeff isn’t afraid to admit his mistakes, and is very open about his past when he speaks to audiences at his concerts.

Copy (2) of Oaks Garth Brooks is among the stars mentioned in the article. I guess deciding to move to Nashville and become famous isn’t always easy. But Garth said in the article that it was two years after his initial trip to Nashville that he decided to give the business another try — that time, he made it.

Kellie Pickler, Dolly Parton, Ty Herndon and Little Big Town are a few of the 13 stars who talk a bit about how they beat the odds.

You guys have a great night… I’ll see you tomorrow!

Throttle Wide Open

March 27, 2008

Copy of Josh Turner A HUGE apology is on its way to Lisa Perkins in Johnson City. Before I left for Easter vacation, Lisa had sent me these great pictures she took at House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, when she went to the Throttle Wide Open show with Luke Bryan, Bucky Covington, and Dierks Bentley. Before leaving town, I got a quick note off to Lisa to thank her for the photos, and told her I would use them in a post when I got home. Needless to say, I neglected to do so. They are great pictures, so I really do need to share them with all of you. Here they are in the order they took the stage that night. Opening up with Luke Bryan, on the left.

BCovington Bucky Covington was second on stage, and we’ll let Lisa tell you about that one! She’s a really huge Bucky fan! Here’s what Lisa wrote: “Next up was Bucky Covington!!! Of course, I am a big Bucky fan, to say the very least, this was my sixth show….and he keeps getting better! His new band rocked and of course, his twin brother Rocky is a member of his band and plays percussions! I have loved Bucky ever since I saw him on AI, and I hope he is around for many years to come! He indicated his next sing might be “I’ll Walk” from his debut album! I encourage anyone who has not taken the time to listen to his CD to do so, it is definitely worth the money! Of course, I cannot wait till my next Bucky show!”

DBently Since Lisa is doing so well with the commentary here — let’s see what she had to say about Dierks: “Then finally up was Dierks Bentley, his set was long, of course he has had lots of songs on the radio, so one could expect a lot from him! He rocked out the crowd and they seemed to enjoy his portion of the show. This was my third time to see Dierks, he keeps having great opening artists, so that is a plus for me, especially Bucky!

Thanks again to my new friend, Lisa, for sharing these photos with me … and with you. And, thanks too, to Winnie at Buckymania, who has been a great help in directing people to my blog, and with sharing info and pictures of Bucky. You guys are great!

Talk to you all again tomorrow.

Daddy Darryl Worley

March 26, 2008

Copy of 012_12 Country singer Darryl Worley, (Pictures here at the Appalachian Fair in Gray a few years back), 43, and his wife Kimberly welcomed their first child on Monday, March 24th at 10:26 pm. Savannah Gail weighed in at 6 lbs, 6 oz and 19 3/4 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great. Darryl shares, “There are no words to describe what has come into our lives. All I can say is thank you, Jesus.” The couple announced the pregnancy in January in Country Weekly Magazine.

013_13 Darryl is one of the country entertainers features on  CMT’s 40 Sexiest Music Videos, which next airs on March 27, at 2 p.m. The show will also air on April 2, at 10 p.m.; April 3, at 4 p.m.; and April 14, at 5 p.m. Check local listings, or CMT’s web site for additional times.

Talk to you real soon!

Tim McGraw … CMA Music Festival

March 25, 2008

TimMcgraw Not that long ago, I would not have believed anyone who said, “Tim McGraw will not be nominated for an ACM Award in 2008.” But, they would have been right. While Tim McGraw is still at the top of his game, having the ability to push out one hit after the next, and sell out concerts everywhere … somehow, he missed getting nominated for anything this year. But he certainly isn’t alone. (Thanks Brittany for the great photo of Tim taken in Rogersville, TN).

Also on this year’s list of “non-nominated” is Tim’s wife, Faith Hill. Faith has already announced that she will be a part of the CMA Festival in Nashville this June. Faith will be performing at the event for the first time in 10 years.  I’m sure fans will be looking forward to having her back.

010_10 Dwight Yoakam is scheduled to make his first appearance at the festival since 1988. Other entertainers scheduled to perform include Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, Rodney Adkins… and many others.

For more information about CMA Festival, visit or call 800-CMA-FEST.

Talk to you guys tomorrow!

Country Tonight Theater 2008 Concerts

March 24, 2008

 038_38 Loretta Lynn will open the 2008 concert year at Country Tonight Theater in Pigeon Forge. Her concert will be at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 30. George Jones will be there for two shows in July – the 25th and 26th, at 8 p.m. each night.

Some of the others who you might remember from years gone by include John Conlee and Janie Frickie, who will be there together on November 14; and B.J. Thomas and Billy Joe Royal, who will both be there on Friday, Sept. 26.

Ronnie McDowell will be in Friday, July 11; and you’ll be able to catch Mickey Gilley on Aug. 22.

Copy of 016_16 Craig Morgan will take the stage on Friday, Aug. 29. I got to meet Craig, and interview him when he was at the Appalachian Fair a few years ago. He was sponsored that night by Wiseman’s, a local western clothing store, and he was kind enough to do a meet and greet at the store before heading to the fairgrounds for his show that night.

Other entertainers you can see there this year include Chubby Checker, Mel McDaniel, Oct. 12; and Gene Watson, Oct. 26.

We have a summer full of exciting things coming up. So keep checking back for more news.


George Strait

March 23, 2008

Hi everyone, I’m back. I hope you all had a great Easter.

GeorgeStrait2 I think there is only one country star who has never put out even one song I don’t like …. and that is George Strait. With 50 number one songs to his credit, he’s been entertaining for decades.

George was born May 18, 1952 in Poteat, Texas. He plays piano and guitar, records for MCA; and is affiliated with CMA, ASCAP, NARAS, AFTRA, AMC PRCA, and USTRC. He produces his music, along with his co-producer, Tony Brown.

GeorgeStrait  These pictures were taken last year at Thompson-Bolling Arena in Knoxville. George is on the road now, and will be at the Colonial Center in Columbia, S.C. on April 5. Looking at his schedule, it doesn’t look like we’re going to find him any closer to our area than that for quite some time. He was in Richmond, Va., on Feb. 28.

I think his current single, “I Saw God Today,” is one of my favorite Strait songs. But then, I did say the man never recorded anything I don’t like – and I meant it. He’s a super entertainer, and I don’t think I could find too many people who would disagree with that.

I’ll tall to y’all tomorrow.

Wishing you a happy and holy Easter season

March 18, 2008

easter I hope each and every one of you have a wonderful Easter!

I’m going out of town for the holiday. So this will be my last post until sometime early next week. I just wanted to let you all know that I will be back soon, and I’ll get something new up for you then.

Thank you again for all the input, pictures, and well-wishes! Keep writing, I would love to find a full mailbox when I come home. I’ll see you when I get back.
Happy Easter!

Early Easter at WXBQ!

March 17, 2008

Brittany 004 With the busy schedules most of us have these days, it’s hard to get things done on the exact day when they should be done. So on St. Patrick’s Day, Brittany Johnson and I traveled to WXBQ Radio in Bristol, Va., to deliver Easter candy to the WXBQ Crew. Marc Tragler was on the air when we arrived, and was more than happy to see us. (Or maybe it was the chocolate he was happy to see. I’m joking, Trags.)

Brittany 005 Marcus Brooks, who is on the air from 8 p.m. to midnight, came in to start his shift before we left. (Don’t anyone tell Trags, but Marcus got a special treat – a Russell Stover Coconut Cream egg. Couldn’t help it, Trags, Marcus was really hungry.)

For those of you who haven’t been listening lately, there is always something up for grabs at WXBQ. Right now, they are giving away $20 gift cards for an Easter ham from White’s Fresh Foods. You’ve got the Birthday winner every morning with Richard and Steve; and free music weekends every weekend! Tune in to WXBQ 96.9 for the music; the great air staff; and of course, the free stuff!

Brittany 007 We definitely couldn’t forget our fuzzy friend, the WXBQ Rabbit. His little Easter gift included a carrot shaped container filled with orange Reeces Pieces. Couldn’t think of a more fitting gift for a rabbit than that.

Steve Stroud (half of the 6-10 a.m. morning show, with Richard Quiillen), said one Easter that he didn’t get a chocolate rabbit … we took care of that while we were up there, too. Enjoy, Steve!

Talk to you guys tomorrow. Take Care everyone.