Archive for the ‘Birthdays’ Category

Back in the Saddle

August 11, 2008

GeorgeStrait George Strait’s 27th Annual Team Roping Classic has been set March 13 and 14, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas. The event will feature ropers from 500 teams who competed earlier this year for $660,000 in cash and prizes. 

Anyone interested in buying tickets, or registering to compete, can get all the details at (George Strait Team Roping Competition). Even if you can’t rope, ride, or even attend the March event, I know you will enjoy visiting the web site. It’s filled with event into; photos from previous events; news; results; and general information. And of course, it lets you know how you can get your tickets for March.

Johnny Cash A few days ago, I told you about the Christmas album coming out, which will team today’s top female country singers with the late, great Elvis Presley. Now, we have another new release coming out in October. This album is Johnny Cash Remixed. The album, which has the approval of the Cash family, even has rapper Snoop Dogg on the remix of “I Walk The Line.”

Country Music definitely keeps getting more interesting.


Keith Anderson, who appeared at the Appalachian Fair a few years back, took a little time away from touring to take Country Weekly Magazine with him on a bike tour of the Rockies.

Keith sports a “No Fear” tattoo, and he obviously takes it seriously.

I had told you all a while back that Keith’s first career choice was baseball, and he was in fact signed by the Kansas City Royals until that career got put aside due to an injury.  But, he’s still very much a sportsman. Be sure to check out the great article in Country Weekly (week of Aug. 25, 2008). It’s the one with Alan and Denise Jackson on the cover.

Jake copied All of Jake Owen’s fans are gearing up for his Wednesday, Aug. 20, appearance at the Appalachian Fair. And, they probably already know this – but, I’m going to share it with the rest of you. Jake will celebrate his birthday on Aug. 28, just a week after he is in Gray. So, I think the Gray show would be a great time for all of us to get our cards and little gifts ready and deliver them to Jake at the Fair. Or at least we could all join in together for a loud (probably off-key) East Tennessee version of “Happy Birthday.”

That’s all for tonight. I hope I get to meet a lot of you at the fairs! Talk to you soon!


Time for News….

July 28, 2008

Toby            PRZ-007876 Could there possibly be anyone who has forgotten the feud between Toby Keith and the Dixie Chicks? I didn’t think so. Well, it seems the Alliance for Climate Protection’s “We Campaign,” wanted to use Toby and the Chicks in one of their commercials. You’ve seen them – they put a Democrat up against a Republican (or two other people who don’t particularly get along) and start off with “We don’t always agree on everything, but….” You would think that would be a perfect television ad for Toby and the Chicks; but apparently it isn’t going to happen. Toby told the San Jose Mercury News that they had set up three dates for the shoot, but every time, the trio wasn’t available. Toby also said that he has never spoken to the Dixie Chicks, “We’ve never met, officially,” he said.

George Jones Country Hound is reporting that this fall’s participants in the George Jones University program will have a unique opportunity afforded them through a brand new Country Music competition. George is giving registrants the chance to be the opening act at one of his upcoming concerts. Music industry executives and entrepreneurs will judge the competitors on their artistry, vocal ability and stage presence. Competitors must be registered for the Fall session of GJU. The best performer will open for George.

chris-cagle Chris Cagle was found not guilty of domestic violence charges brought against him from a domestic dispute that took place in May 2008 at his Nashville home.

Chris and his girlfriend, Jennifer Tant, were both arrested at his home after a fight in which Jen struck Chris with an umbrella, and Chris hit Tant with her purse.

The case came to a quick end when Jennifer took the stand and refused to testify against Chris. Bill Ramsey, Chris’s attorney, released the following statement: “It’s a shame these charges were ever brought, period! Chris was not, and never was, guilty of domestic violence, abuse or assault, and the Judge properly found him “Not Guilty”. Chris is relieved the accuracy of the matter has been revealed and the ordeal is over.”

At least this ordeal is over. Last I heard, Chris is still due in court in Arizona on Sept. 23 over an incident that took place there in December.

We haven’t done birthdays for a while … so here’s a few for you; David Ball turned 55 on July 9. Haven’t heard much from him since “Private Andrew Malone.” David Ball

Duncan Cameron, guitarist for Sawyer Brown, turned 52 on July 27; Bobbie Gentry is 64, also celebrating on the 27th; Martina McBride is celebrating her 42nd birthday July 29; Dwight O’Brien, guitarist for Little Texas will be 44 on July 30.

chad-brock-artist-photos Chad Brock, remember him? I wonder where he’s been since the “She said, Yes”. He will be 45 on July 31.

And, if you are planning on taking your favorite star a little birthday gift during the Appalachian Fair … the only one with a birthday close to the Fair run is Jake Owen, his is Aug. 28. The other Gray Fair performers will celebrate their birthdays like this: Tracy Lawrence, Jan. 27; Josh Gracin, Oct. 18; Heidi Newfield, May 22; and Chris Young, June 12. As for Lillie Mae, Frank, Scarlett and Amber-Dawn (Jypsi) … I have no idea. I just might have to ask them when I go to their concert on Aug. 23. 

That’s all for now. Hope to hear from you all soon! And I’ll see you at the Fair.

News, Contests, TV Appearances & Birthdays

April 25, 2008

New Nick About 3 weeks ago (March 31 to be exact), I gave you all a little introduction to Nick Nicholson, an East Tennessee native currently residing in Arizona — and one of country music’s newest country artists.

I received an e-mail today from Nick’s manager, Cindy Goldney. She told me Nick just finished his new CD in Nashville, and some of the songs are on his MySpace page. Cindy also told me that two of Nick’s songwriters are Keith Urban and Richie McDonald (Lonestar). Nick will be opening for Billy Currington in Scottsdale, Ariz., on May 16, and is scheduled for be at the CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair) from June 5-8.

Copy (2) of KeithNC Speaking of Keith Urban, did any of you see that EBAY bid? Two tickets and backstage passes were offered on EBay, there were 48 bids. The winning bid, $4,502. The winning bidder was davienater. I think Davie REALLLLLY wanted to go that concert. It was a charity auction bid.


Trace Adkins will perform “You’re Gonna Miss This,” on May 2, on The Young And The Restless on CBS (12:30-1:30 P.M.).

On May 5, he will be on E! Entertainment’s Chelsea Lately, hosted by Chelsea Handler.  And on May 5, for those of us who stay up late, he will be on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show (11:30 p.m., NBC).

Copy of Jason2 There’s still time to enter GAC’s contest to win a trip to Country Thunder in Texas, May 30-June 1. Scheduled entertainers at this year’s event include Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, Pat Green, Dierks Bentley, Jason Aldean, Kellie Pickler, Neal McCoy, and many more.

First place is round-trip airfare for two; hotel accommodations for 5 days/4 nights; airport transfers; Two VIP tickets to Country Thunder Texas 2008;An autographed George Strait acoustic guitar; and an autographed George Strait CD collection.Click on the GAC contest link above to enter. The deadline for entries is May 5.

 Copy of OaksA few birthdays for tonight, Jay DeMarcus (of Rascal Flats), April 26; Duane Allen (of the Oak Ridge Boys), April 29; Tim McGray, May 1; and Randy Travis, May 4.

I guess that’s all for tonight. Thanks for the e-mails, and the comments. It’s really nice hearing from so many of you.


Carrie Underwood Concert at ETSU

March 10, 2008

Carrie Every country music fan in Northeast Tennessee probably knows that tickets for Carrie Underwood’s only college appearance this year, went on sale today at East Tennessee State University. And, I heard something about that upcoming concert that bothers me.

I was told, by someone who went to get tickets, that there are NO CAMERAS ALLOWED at this March 28 concert! None. No cameras, no cell phones with cameras — nothing. Maybe the person who told me got the information wrong. Maybe they will allow cameras. But in either case, I decided this was a good time for my thoughts on the subject of “concerts and cameras”.

I can certainly understand why they don’t want us going in with tape recorders, video cameras, or anything that might be used to reproduce the concert for sale later. But I can not for the life of me figure out why anyone in the entertainment field would not want to have their photograph taken by their fans.

I guess the entertainers sometimes forget who put them where they are today. They forget about who buys their CD’s, requests their records be played on the radio, and who buys the tickets to their concerts.

One thing these entertainers need to remember is that every time they step out on that stage – there is at least one person in the audience who had to save their money to be able to buy a ticket and come to that show. They should be able to go home with more than a ticket stub and a memory of the concert – they should have pictures for their scrapbooks, their wall, or whatever else they want to do with them.

I’m not blaming the entertainers entirely – I know there are management teams, producers, record people – all putting their two cents in. But when someone decides that “no cameras are allowed” – apparently that’s the way it has to be. And, I say it’s wrong.

Let me know what you think about the camera restrictions. Maybe I’m the only one who feels cheated when I can’t get a picture or two at a concert. Drop me a line, or leave a comment.

One more thing…Happy Birthday, Carrie, who is celebrating her 25th birthday today. Carrie was born in Checotah, Okla. on March 10, 1983.

I’ll see you guys tomorrow.

Spring Tours & CMT Awards

February 8, 2008

Tim McGraw will kick off his 2008 tour this Spring – without Faith Hill. After two tours with Faith, Tim will go solo this year. Unfortunately for Tim’s fans, his ’08 Live Your Voice Tour won’t get any closer to our area than Charlotte, N.C. That concert, with opening acts, Jason Aldean and Halfway to Hazard, will take place May 16. Anyone planning to head to Charlotte for that big event  needs to get their tickets early.

Jack 100% Jack Ingram, who performed last year at our Appalachian Fair in Gray, has been nominated for two CMT awards this year. “Gunpowder and Lead”, from the CMT Cross Country with Miranda Lambert, got him the nomination for Performance of the Year. His “Measure of a Man” video has been nominated for Wide Open Country Video of the Year.

While on the subject of CMT awards, “High Maintenance Woman,” has been nominated for three awards – Male Video of the Year and Comedy Video of the Year for Toby Keith, and Video Director of the Year for Michel Salaman.

Happy Birthday to Travis Tritt, who will be 45 on Feb. 9.

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Take Care!