Archive for the ‘Part of Country Music History’ Category

Dolly is on the Cover

May 8, 2008

Copy of DOLLY 028 Dolly Parton is on the cover of the current issue of Country Weekly magazine. In an interview by David Scarlett, titled “I Act on Faith,” Dolly talks openly about the rough times in her life, the “nips and tucks,” her Dad, and her relationship with God. It’s a good interview. Nicely done, David.

And, as always, Country Weekly is packed with information about upcoming concerts, events, awards, CDs, and things we country music fans just have to know about! I love the magazine, I subscribe – and I read it cover to cover.

Copy of 019_19 However, I’m not going to say I always agree with everything they do. Do you guys remember when Garth Brooks was going to retire, and the magazine did something about “who can replace him?” Then at one point, they asked “Who would be the next Tim McGraw?” NOW, they have this 3 page article called “Kings in Waiting” – asking who could be the next George Strait. Some 25,000 fans voted. And, I am glad to see people like Josh Turner, Bucky Covington, and Joe Nickles were among those the voters selected.

Here’s where I have a question … Why does anyone have to “fill his shoes”? George Strait is George Strait; Bucky Covington is Bucky Covington; and Josh Turner is Josh Turner. Aren’t we just willing to love these guys for who they are? They’re all extremely talented, with promising careers of their own. So, George had his 52 No. 1 records — let’s let Bucky, Josh Turner, and the others mentioned in the article, do their thing! Be themselves! Put out one hit after the next, come to our town so we can see them in concert, and not have to be compared to anyone else. That’s my vote! Let me know what you guys think.

tracylawrence Tracy Lawrence, one of the country stars tentatively scheduled for the Appalachian Fair in Gray, TN, this year, will be part of the BamaJam. This is a three day event, with three stages. Entertainers scheduled to take part at the June 5-7 musical event are Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., Ricky Skaggs, Jason Michael Carroll, Old Crow Medicine Show, Randy Owen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, and many more! What a diverse group of entertainers. The event is held just north of Enterprise, Ala. Sounds like a very fun place to be.


EddyArnold And last, Eddy Arnold, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday on Thursday, May 15, died today, May 8, 2008, in a Nashville health care facility. Eddy’s wife of 66 years, Sally, died just two months ago.

Arnold was a native of Henderson, Tenn., and was inducted into the Coutnry Music Hall of Fame in 1966. He was definitely a part of country music history.

That’s it for tonight. I’ll talk to you all soon. Keep writing! Your comments and e-mails are important to me. And, I’ll get you answered as quickly as I can. Remember, too, that if you have news – I’m all ears. Till tomorrow —



A Day With Dolly!

April 12, 2008

395580-R1-19-5A_020 I spent Saturday, April 12, at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge. It was “Media” Day, and Dolly was there to unveil the new Porter Wagoner Exhibit. (Dolly joked about the sequined outfits she wore during the day – since that was how Porter always dressed.) She also put on a short concert for the media, park visitors, and VIP guests.

Among the guests were members of Dolly’s family, and members of Porter’s family. There was a rose planting ceremony, in honor of Porter, and his brother and sisters (Richard, Denise and Debra Jean) took part in digging with the gold shovels.

395580-R1-16-8A_017 The day  started with a 9 a.m. reception, followed by the rose planting, the unveiling of Porter Wagoner’s exhibit, and then the concert by Dolly. During the concert, it was announced that Don Warden, Porter’s steel guitar player was to be inducted into the Steel Guitar Player Hall of Fame, based in Ohio.

Copy of DOLLY 035 Pictured above are Dolly, with Denise, Debra Jean and Richard Wagoner. And, at the left is Don Warden, when Dolly was telling us all he had been accepted for induction into the SGP Hall of Fame. During the concert, Dolly sang a lot of Porter’s songs… and when she was brought back to the stage by the applause of the crowd, she sang her hit, “I Will Always Love You,” which she had written for Porter. She said the family had asked her to sing it at his funeral, but she didn’t think she would be able to make it through it.

Copy of DOLLY 010 Also in attendance for the day of festivities was Diana DeGarmo, who was first runner up to Fantasia on American Idol a few years ago; and more recently a contestant on the CMT show “Gone Country,” hosted by John Rich. I got to spend a little time with Diana, she was very friendly, and more than willing to talk about her career, future plans, and experience on “Gone Country” with us.

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And look who else I got to meet? It’s Marsha, Marsha Marsha! From the Brady Bunch. Maureen McCormick, who also competed on “Gone Country” sat across from me at Dolly’s concert. Like Diana, she was very friendly, open, and seemed to enjoy the questions and comments from the people who gathered around her to talk.

So that was how I spent my Saturday. Thanks to Brittany Johnson for taking the time to attend with me. We met a lot of people, from all walks of life, got to enjoy a great show… and we’re almost into FAIR SEASON! It just doesn’t get any better than this. Talk to you guys tomorrow.

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.

Award-winning Oaks

February 23, 2008

043_43 This picture was taken at the Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville. Can’t really see Richard very well, he was hiding off on the right. But there’s Joe, Duane and William Lee, singing to a very large group of fair visitors. I don’t know if any of you realize it, but The Oak Ridge Boys have won just about every award the music world has to give, and they have been doing it for more than three decades. Honors they can push over to their win column include Grammy Awards, Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, Dove Awards, Billboard/Wembly Festival (United Kingdom), Billboard, Record World, Cash Box, Kountry Korrall Magazine (Sweden), Music City News Fair Awards, Juke Box Operators of America…. and the list goes on.

Oaks The photo on the right is from the Crook & Chase show, which premiered on Jan. 17, 2008. Now, that’s a good-looking group. I don’t think Garth Brooks has changed at all since he started in country music sometime in the late 80’s.

Have a great weekend everyone. Talk to you soon.