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Head to Nashville for a FREE concert Sept. 18

September 15, 2008


Most of the Fairs are over for this summer and fall – but the people at Capitol Records in Nashville know country music fans aren’t done going to concerts in 2008! And they have a free one lined up for us!

Capitol is presenting Capitol Pub Crawl 2 on Sept. 18, on Demonbreun Street in Nashville. This free music event, being held near Music Row, will begin at 6pm.

Luke Bryan Scheduled to perform at Tin Roof and Dan McGuinness on Demonbreun Street are Luke Bryan and newcomer to country music, Emily West

I think we are all familiar with Luke’s music. He’s a great performer, fun to watch, and has had several songs out on country radio, including “Country Man,” and “All My Friends Say.”

I’ll be seeing Luke on Sept. 27, at Haywood County Fair in Waynesville, N.C.

I really hadn’t heard much about Emily, so I visited her MySpace page, and I hope all of you will, too. I think you will enjoy her music. I particularly liked “Goodbye Girl.” I checked Emily’s tour schedule, and for the most part, she seems to be hanging out around Nashville. But, I noticed she has the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on her schedule this year.

Following that show we’ll have Trace Adkins, with a special performance by Darius Rucker, performing on a specially erected stage on Demonbreun Street.

TraceAdkins_1 Trace Adkins has been around the country music scene for a long time now. And I for one am very glad to see he’s finally getting some of the recognition he deserves!

It doesn’t surprise me at all that the fans voted him Country’s Sexiest Man (announced in the most recent issue of Country Weekly magazine); but, in addition to that – I am very happy to see the the Academy of Country Music has nominated “You’re Gonna Miss This” as single of the year; Song of the Year; and Video of the Year. I believe Trace has been overlooked at these awards ceremonies in the past – and I’m very glad to see him there this year.

I don’t have a photo of Darius Rucker, who will be Trace’s special guest at the Sept. 18 concert, but I’m sure after some of you guys go to that concert and send them to me, I will. *smiling here*… I really do appreciate everyone who sends me pictures of their concert adverntures!

Darius, as we all know, was the lead singer of the former group “Hootie and the Blowfish.” His current single, “Don’t Think I Don’t Think About It,” is climbing up the country charts. And it should be! It’s a great song! The song will be included on his first country CD, Learn to Live.

More later, keep in touch! We’ll chat soon! And, for those of you who haven’t seen the full list of CMA nominees for this year – we’ll get those up in a day or two. Take care!


2008 Washintgon County Fair, Abingdon, Va.

September 7, 2008

Everyone ready for the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va.? It will start tomorrow, Sept. 8, and run through Saturday the 13th.

James Otto James Otto will start out the week with WXBQ’s New Country Night. His bio says he’s a “country singer and songwriter with a Southern rock heart”. I like that. He plays violin and saxophone, and learned both of those before getting his first guitar at age 13. “For You,” is his follow-up to “Just Got Started Lovin’ You,” which was his first No 1 single.

I won’t be at the fair on Monday night, but I do have a friend going, and she should be sending me some pictures to post here for you guys on Tuesday.


headhunters The Kentucky Headhunters will take the stage on Tuesday, Sept. 9. The band has been around for a long time, but you might remember them best for “Walk Softly on This Heart of Mine,” “Dumas Walker”, “Oh Lonesome Me,” “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” and “Take These Chains from my Heart.”

Kellie PIckler Get ready for Kellie Pickler to take put on Wednesday night’s show.  Reserved seating for her show has been sold out for months, but I’ll be there – in the third row, with camera in hand! So be sure to check back for photos from that show on Wednesday or Thursday. I’ll get them up just as quick as I can. We first heard her on the radio when she released “Red High Heels”, and she’s since released “I Wonder,” “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind,” and her current hit “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful.”

022_22 Trent Tomlinson will be on stage Thursday, Sept. 11. This is Trent’s third year in this area, he did the Appalachian Fair the past two years. He puts on a great show, and I highly recommend it to anyone who missed him his last two times through our part of the country.  Trent is best known for his songs, “Drunker than Me,” and “One Wing in the Fire.” This is another night I won’t be at the fair, but as I said in an earlier post – as much as I would like to, I just can’t make it to all of them.

percy A little different for a county fair, we have Percy Sledge on stage Friday, Sept. 12. I’m probably not alone when I say that I remember him best for his 1997 hit, “When a Man Loves a Woman.” I really can’t say much more about this entertainer, I’ve never seen him in concert – but I’m sure he will put on a great show.

Copy of Bucky4 Closing out the Washington County Fair this year will be Bucky Covington. Bucky was here last year for the Appalachian Fair, and I know everyone is excited about seeing him again. He has a large following, not only in this area, but fans who come in from just about all parts of the country to see him perform. I’m looking forward to seeing him again, too.

That’s all for tonight. I’ll get a new post up as soon as I can. In the mean time, please visit the web pages of all of these entertainers, and check back through some of my older posts to see what you might have missed. Drop me a line when time permits! Talk to you guys soon.

Another Week… Another Fair, or two, or three…

September 4, 2008


LUKE 2 The Russell County Fair is being held this week in Castlewood, Va. I think I have that right. I rarely get to this fair, it’s a long drive, and comes in between the Gray fair and the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va. (And, we have The Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville in the mix, too). As much as I would like to, I just can’t get to all of them.

Washington County Fair starts on Monday, Sept. 8, so I’ll get something up here tomorrow night about that. Tonight, I want to pass on a little information I received today about Luke Bryan. So here’s a few pictures, and a bit about where you will be able to find Luke the end of this month.

Georgia native – Luke Bryan will be performing at the Haywood County Fair in Waynesville, NC on September 27, 2008 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are between $15 & $18 and may be purchased at  or at the gate.
Capital Even before Capitol Records Nashville released his debut single, “All My Friends Say,” to radio in early 2007, Bryan was already earning significant media attention, including being named one of Billboard magazine’s new faces to watch in 2007. He was the only country music performer selected for the honor. Bryan was also included in Country Weekly’s “Who’s Hot in 2007” feature and the single was chosen as an iTunes “Discovery Download” of the week. He made his debut on the world famous Grand Ole Opry early last year which Luke says was “truly a dream come true.”

Luke Bryan Described as a talented triple threat vocalist, songwriter and musician – Bryan, who moved to Nashville in 2001 quickly, landed a publishing deal with top independent publisher Murrah Music. There, Bryan found his voice as a writer by sticking close to the life experiences he knows best, as evidenced on such album cuts as “Country Man” and his signature song, “We Rode In Trucks,” a favorite among his Georgia fans. He not only wrote songs for himself but he also had songs cut by other artists like fellow Georgian Travis Tritt and he wrote the 3 week #1 song “Good Directions” for Billy Currington.

Luke Bryan1 “I’ll Stay Me” – Bryan’s debut album – released last summer – is a fresh and contemporary-sounding album that’s just country enough to represent Bryan’s rural Georgia upbringing, but rocking enough to reflect the years he spent honing his live chops at bars and fraternity houses in his home state, where he is already a bona fide star.

Luke has opened shows for country superstars Kenny Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Sugarland and label-mate Dierks Bentley to name a few. “I don’t consider one thing I’ve done since I’ve been in Nashville work,” says Bryan.

“I still get shocked all the time when I meet random people and they say ‘You’re Luke Bryan.’ That’s still pretty neat,” the singer says of his home state fan base.

That’s all for now – Let me know if any of you are planning to go to Waynesville for Luke’s Sept. 27 show – It’s a Saturday night guys! We can carpool. Take care, keep writing! Talk to you soon.

Raising money for kids… concert info… and more

August 15, 2008

395580-R1-11-13A_012 LeeAnn Rimes, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Josh Turner, Carrie Underwood, and other entertainers, have all donated personal items to an online auction. The proceeds form the auction will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

In addition to one of Keith’s old T-shirts, bidders will get to make offers on autographed shirts, their favorite artists’ memorabilia, and even a pair of boots worn by Dwight Yoakam.

St. Jude is a charity that is very near and dear to my heart,” Keith said. “Our fans have always graciously offered their support in past fund raisers we have done for St. Jude, so I think this auction will be a great success”.

To find the online auction, go to and while you’re there, just about any of those items would make a great Christmas present … for me, perhaps. *smiling*

LadyAConcert 021 Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum did a few concerts together early this spring, including one in Bristol, TN, which I went to and it was great! They are now teaming up again to be part of “CMT On Tour.” The tour will begin at Western North Carolina University on Oct. 8, and finish up on Nov. 22 in Bangor, Maine.

And, Eric Durrance, who opened for Lady A in Bristol, will be opening for them again on the CMT Tour. The tour is scheduled to hit 20 different college towns (Hey! We’re a college town!)… For a complete tour schedule, go to  If these guys get anywhere near you , You will definitely want to go see them!

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We’re still waiting for to hear Eric Durrance on the radio, but anyone who has seen him in concert knows it provably won’t be long until we do. He put was a great opening act for Lady Antebellum back in May, and it seems the Country Music Television people think so, too.

DBently Our country favorites all seem to be doing their part in rising money for their favorite charity. Dierks Bently is again hosting Miles & Music for Kids, a celebrity motorcycle ride and concert in Nashville this October.

The event has raised more than $250,000 in the past two years, with all the proceeds going to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. The hour-long ride through Nashville begins at 2 p.m. at the Harley Davidson of Cool Springs, and ends at Riverfront Park. Following the ride, a concert is held at the park featuring Dierks, Tim McGraw, John Rich, and many other performers.

Concert tickets are $20, and the donation to participate in the ride is $50 – which not only gets you into the ride, and the concert, but also gets you a commemorative T-shirt.

Tracy Lawrence 1 Everyone in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia ready for the Appalachian Fair? Monday is the night! Tracey Lawrence will be there, and so will I! I hope to see you there, too.

Thanks for reading! Remember to drop me a line whenever you have the chance. It’s nice to get mail from nice people like you.


Aaron Tippin at Walters State

August 3, 2008

Aaron2 - Copy Aaron Tippin recently did a show at Walters Sate Community College. It was on Friday, July 25. I didn’t get to go since that was the night for our annual Relay For Life, a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society. But Melissa Strickler did go, and sent me a few photos to put up for you.

Aaron has always had a very busy touring schedule, but he hasn’t done any new recordings in 3 years. All that changed when he started his own record label, Nippit Records (Yep, that’s Tippin spelled backwards).

Aaron3 - Copy Aaron left Lyric Street Records in 2004, and his the CD he released on Nippit Records is called “Now & Then.” It is a mixture of new songs with some of his greatest hits. One of the songs in the CD, called “He Believed,” was written by Aaron and his wife. And Aaron said it holds a very special place in his heart. He also has two new music videos, “Ready To Rock (In A Country Kinda Way) and “He Believed,” which stared Aarons son Teddy as a “young Aaron”.

Aaron4 I had the pleasure of meeting Aaron at the Appalachian Fair a few years ago. He is a very sincere person who seems to enjoy spending a little time with his fans.

Most remember Aaron for his hits “Working Man’s PH.D.”, “Kiss This”, “You’ve Got To Stand for Something,” and “There Ain’t Nothing Wrong With the Radio.”

Aaron5 - Copy To keep up with what’s going on with Aaron Tippin, be sure to visit his web site (just click on his name in blue in the first paragraph of this post.)

Thanks again to Melissa for the pictures! And I hope all of you will send me a picture or two form the shows you get to this year. Looking forward to hearing from all of you real soon! Don’t forget to let me know what you want to see on Country’s Chatter, and I”ll do my best to get it up there for you!


Country Music News…..

August 2, 2008

If I had worked my weekend out right, I would be on my way to Nashville right now. Randy Houser will be on stage at the Grand Ole Opry at 7 p.m. tonight. I am so happy to see things going so well for Randy. He’s so talented, and such a nice person.

Some of the other performers for tonight’s shows at the Opry are Jeannie Seely, Jim Ed Brown, John Conlee and Buddy Jewell.

James Otto James Otto will be joining Alan Jackson and Trace Adkins on the Good Times tour this fall. The trio will open the tour in Fayetteville, N.C. on Oct. 17. They will pay 17 shows.

Sunset Man, his debut album, hit shelves in April and debuted at No. 3 on the Top 200 Billboard Chart. “JUst Got Started Loving You,” was the most played song on country radio in 2008, according to Mediabase.

Locally, fans will get to catch James at the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va. on Sept. 8.

Joey Rory Any of you who watched CMT’s show Can You Duet, will remember Joey and Rory Feek. The duo has just signed a recording contract with Vanguard/Sugar Hill Productions. Their first single “Cheater Cheater” is a song they performed on the television show, and one that got a lot of “positive audience feedback.”

If any of you are passing through Pottsville, Tenn. (I’m going to have to MapQuest that town), be sure to stop in at Marcy Jo’s Mealhouse, a diner there owned by Rory. The couple will release their new album sometime this fall.

KGG-000362 Kenny Chesney has set up his own record lable, Blue Chair, and has leased his next album release, Lucky Old Sun, to BNA. Right now, Kenny is the only artist recording on Blue Chair. But, with Kenny at the head of that label… I don’t think it will be long until others join him.

His newest single, “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven,” hit radio airways on Monday sporting the new Blue Chair logo alongside the BNA mark. The song was originally recorded by George Strait for his recent album, Troubadour.

“Everything in that song is everything we all think,” Chesney said in an article on “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to go to heaven, but nobody wants to go today. If you could pick [when you die], you wouldn’t pick right now. You’d want to live, to do more things, to have more fun.”

TC207 Terri Clark, who was the winner of last year’s Fans’ Choice Award at the Canadian Country Music Awards, recently announced the nominees for this year’s event.]

According to the nomination list, Jessie Farrell could head home with an armload of trophies this year. She has been nominated for Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, CMT Video of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, Top New Talent of the Year-Female and Fans’ Choice. She is also performing at the CCMA Awards.

That’s all for now. You guys have a great weekend. And if any of you are at the Grand Ole Opry tonight – Say “Hi” to Randy Houser for me! Write when you have time – more later!

Little Big Town wraps up Fun Fest

July 21, 2008

Little Big 4 Little Big Town closed out Fun Fest this year, with their Saturday night concert. And, according to Brittany Johnson, who sent me these pictures, it was “one of the best concerts” she’s ever seen. Here are a few of her photos from the night.

Kingsport did a great job with Fun Fest this year, and are telling us the crowds were the biggest they’ve had at the event.

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Little Big 5 Thanks again, Brittany. And thanks everyone for reading Country’s Chatter! I really appreciate your comments and suggestions. Keep letting me know what you’d like to see on this blog, and I’ll do my best to get it on t here for you.

More later!

Fun Fest 2008

July 20, 2008

FunFest6 I didn’t make it to Fun Fest this year, but I have a very good reason. Before I get to that, let me send out a huge Thank you To Birttany Johnson, who was kind enough to send me these photos of Rodney Adkins and Ashley Gearing. Rodney and Ashley took the stage at Fun Fest on Friday Night.

I was in Nashville this weekend, and in a day or two, I’ll be telling you all about the reason for that trip. I’ll also be putting up some info about a new singer/songwriter I met during that trip.

FunFest4Here we have WXBQ on-air personalities Matthew James, Marc Tragler, Reggie Neel and Steve Stroud who were all on hand to get the show started. You can catch these guys at The Appalachian Fair in Gray (Aug. 18-23).

Here are a few more of Birttany’s great photos from Friday night at Fun Fest!

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Thanks again, Brittany, for the great photos from what I am sure was a great show! Hope the rest of you will remember to send your photos from summer concerts and fairs you attend this year. I’d love to get them posted for you! Write soon, and enjoy the rest of your Sunday! Talk to you real soon.

Kenny & Company in Nashville

July 16, 2008

LisaP6 On Saturday, July 5, while most of us were resting up after a long night of fireworks and other July 4 celebrations, Lisa Perkins, from Elizabethton, and a bus load of WXBQ listeners were on their way to Nashville to see Kenny Chesney’s concert. Lisa sent me a few pictures, and I wanted to share them with you.

The gang didn’t get home until 6 a.m. the next morning, but I’m sure they didn’t mind losing a little sleep. Marc Tragler, from WXBQ made the trip with them, and said everyone really had a great time.

Also taking the stage that day were Leann Rimes, Keith Urban, Gary Allen, and Jennifer Nettles. The photos of Jennifer and Keith were taken from the large screens in the stadium, which I’m sure gave everyone a perfect view of the entertainment.

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Lisa, thanks so much for sharing those with us. And all of you, please remember to grab some photos when you get to the concerts this summer. Sent them to me, and I’ll be happy to post them for everyone to enjoy.

I’m going to be away for the weekend. In fact, I’m leaving tomorrow right after work. So I’ll talk to you all on Monday evening. Hope you have a great weekend! Drop me a line when you can.


Toby’s Movie … and country news

July 1, 2008

toby concert 2 Last night I mentioned Toby Keith’s movie, “Beer For My Horses,” which is due to open in theaters on Aug. 8. And today, I got a very nice e-mail from Barbara R., who has a Toby Keith Fan Forum cite. She told me there is a web site for the movie, it is And you will find trailers, photos, cast bios, and other interesting things there. She told me the list of cities where the movie will open is still being updated – so I’ll definitely be checking back often. So far, the closest city to me is Nashville, and that’s 4 hours away!

Toby concert I had a Toby CD on a while ago, It was the Blue Moon CD – One of my favorites. And, just for something to fill a little space next to this great shot of Toby … my favorite song from that CD is “Me, Too”. You guys remember that one? I love that song.

Kristy Lee Everyone remember Kristy Lee Cook, from American Idol? It looks like we’re going to be hearing a lot more form Kristy. She has signed a deal with 19Recordings/Atrtisa Nashville, a label under the Sony BMG Nashville umbrella. Her first sing,e “15 Minutes of Shame,” is supposed to be released in August. Her album, produced by songwriter Brett James, will be released in the Fall. Fellow Idol contestants Kellie Pickler and Carrie Underwood also record for Sony BMG, in conjunction with 19 Recordings.

Kellie PIckler And, speaking of Kellie, she will be going out on tour with Sugarland this fall. The tour will kick off in Asheville, N.C. on Sept. 13. It will be a 25-city tour that will conclude on Nov. 16 in Bossier City. La. Ashton Shepherd will also take the stage for this 25 city tour.  She’s going to be a busy young lady – we’ll be able to catch Kellie at the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va. on Sept. 10.

Billy and Miley Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus are keeping busy, as always. On June 29, they performed at a Nashville area skate festival to honor Alex LaVasseur, the late son of songwriter Jeffrey Steele. LaVasseur, 13, was killed in an ATV accident last year. Billy Ray also stays busy with his hosting of the NBC television show, Nashville Star.

Randy Owen Alabama’s lead singer, Randy Owen, is writing his autobiography. He calls the book “Born Country,” and it is scheduled to be in bookstores on Nov. 11, which is also the release date of his first solo album, “One On One.” Randy is co-writing the book with Allen Rucker. It will be published by HarperOne. Randy said in a press release that the book is something really important for him and his family. “We touched on every segment of my life, it’s relaly a microcosm of my life,” Randy said. I like the fact that the book will be here in time for Christmas.

Dierks2 Back in February, in a little post I did called “Did You Know…” I mentioned Dierks Bentley not only sings, but he also plays Hockey. Well, it looks as though he plays something else, too. Dierks was the first country artist to participate in the Xbox 360 promotion, Game With Fame, where he played Halo 3 with online fans and gamers. Xbox Live has 12 million members. Pretty cool, huh?

That’s all for now. Be sure to check out the Beer for My Horses web site – thanks again, Barbara for passing that information on to me. And check out some of the other links in this post. They go to the entertainers home pages or My Space page.

You guys take care – keep writing! I love hearing form you.