Archive for the ‘Tours’ Category

First "Ladies" of Country Music

March 6, 2008

020_20 Dolly Parton has joined the circus – at least in her latest video “Better Get to Livin’.” She brings out her always positive, optimistic attitude with a very upbeat song and an even more upbeat video production.  This photo was taken at Dollywood, or media day a few years back. Dolly, dressed as a waitress, served banana pudding to members of the media. She then gave everyone her banana pudding recipe, and we even got to keep the glass the pudding was served in.



Loretta Lynn, photographed here at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, continues touring, and still performs on occasion at her Loretta Lynn Ranch, located in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., 65 miles west of Nashville. Loretta will be in Peiora, Ill. on March 13; Rockford, Ill. on March 14; and Joliet, Ill. on March 15.

Upcoming concerts at Loretta’s Ranch include The Elvis Presley Story, starring Ronnie McDowell, featuring The Jordanaires, DJ Fontana, & Millie Kirkhamon June 21; and Confederate Railroad on Aug. 30.

Talk to you all soon. Happy Friday


Phil Vassar

March 4, 2008

033_33 How much can I say about Phil Vassar? Probably a few volumes worth, but I’ll try my best to keep it relatively brief. We probably all heard of this Lynchburg, Va. native long before we realized who wrote the music we were listening to. Phil wrote “Little Red Rodeo’,”  recorded by Colin Raye; “For a Little While,” and “My Next Thirty Years,” recorded by Tim McGraw; and Jo Dee Messina’s “I’m Alright” and “Bye, Bye”. He was named ASCAP’s songwriter of the year in 1999. After years of entertaining in Nashville night clubs, he signed with Arista Records and released his first single, “Carlene”, which made it into the top 5 on Billboard’s chart.

The picture at the top was taken at the Appalachian Fair in Gray, in 2006, and is pretty much the way we see Phil these days. The picture below on the right, is from 2000, and was during the beginning of Phil’s amazing career – I often refer to it as his “pre-Carlene days”. It was taken at the Wal-Mart in Bristol, when Phil was promoting his first CD.

042_42 “Just Another Day in Paradise” followed “Carlene”, and became Phil’s first No. 1 hit. More hits followed, among them – “American Child,” “In Real Love,” “Six Pack Summer,” and “Last Day of my Life.”

The only tour information I have for Phil right now is two dates at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. Phil will be there on March 28 and 29.


And, here’s one last look at Phil Vassar from The Appalachian Fair in Gray. I’ll see y’all tomorrow – have a great evening! E-mail me, or leave a post here. It’s always good hearing from you.


Craig Morgan making a change

March 3, 2008

004_4 Craig Morgan has announced on his web site, that after six years with Broken Bow Records, he will be “exercising his right of term, according to his contract, and will be leaving Broken Bow”.

Morgan said it has been a good six years, and we fans couldn’t agree more… while with BBR, Craig released “That’s What I Love About Sunday”, “Almost Home,” “Tough,” Redneck Yacht Club,” and “International Harvester.” That song is currently in the Top Ten on Country’s Top 40 chart.

007_7 Upcoming appearances for Craig will include March 22 in Covington, Kentucky at the Madison Theater, and Aug. 29, at Country Tonight Theater in Pigeon Forge. For other tour dates, check the listing on his web site.

The photo above was taken at The Appalachian Fair in Gray; and the one on the right was taken at Wiseman’s, a western clothing store in Johnson City. Craig spent several hours there to meet fans and sign autographs, before his fair appearance in Gray.

More Later!

Pat Green

February 27, 2008

045_45 Pat Green is spending a little time in the warmer parts of the U.S. — can’t say that I blame him. He will be in Tampa, Fla. Feb. 29, and Orlando on March 1. Then he’s off to Texas, with shows in Corpus Christi on March 15, Houston on Mach  21, and Austin on March 22.

046_46 Ever since “Wave on Wave,” his fans always look forward to the next release from Pat. His “Feels Just Like It Should,” from the Cannonball CD, did well on the country charts, and we know he has a lot more like that in his future. Pat puts on a great show, and everyone really enjoys his performances. These photos are from the Appalachian Fair in Gray, TN. I’m anxious to see what Pat has on his tour schedule for the summer of 2008.

Hope to hear from more of you soon. Please continue to send photos for posting, comments, questions, ideas and suggestions. It’s always good hearing from each of you. Talk to you soon!


A little of this a little of that…

February 24, 2008

Autographed AJ WXBQ radio’s Reggie Neel had this picture of Alan Jackson on his personal web site. I got to visit with Reggie this afternoon and asked if I could use the picture here – he said, “Sure, anything you want.” Anything, Reggie???

Reggie had a telephone conversation with Alan Jackson last week, and they talked about Alan’s new album that will be out March 4.  ♫♪♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ ♫♪♪♫♪♫♪♫♪♫ Alan wrote all of the songs for the CD, which was produced by Keith Stegall. There are 17 cuts on the project and included is a duet with Martina McBride. The lead single, Alan’s current release, is “Small Town Southern Man.”

Thanks for the info, Reggie, and for the use of the picture.

  Kenny and ReggieThese two very handsome guys are Reggie, and a very young Kenny Chensey, with hair! This was back when Kenny was promoting his first CD. It was taken at our K-Mart in Johnson City, TN. Kenny has recently announed his tour schedule, from April 18 through Sept. 13, on his web site. I don’t see any northeast Tennessee dates on there, Kenny. We would love to have you back home for a concert every now and then. Kenny’s song, “Shift Work” with George Strait is currently at No. 5 on the Country Top 40. Remember “How forever feels.”? That Chesney hit has been selected as the 15th greatest love song on People Magazine’s list of “the Greatest 25 Love Songs.”

Keep writing, keep sending those photos, info, and ideas for my little blog. I appreciate your help! More later.

Keeping tabs on Rodney Adkins

February 16, 2008

Rodney Jennifer 001 Rodney Adkins is currently touring with Brad Paisley and Chuck Wicks. He was in Nashville Feb. 15, and will now travel to Texas, Illinois, Iowa and South Carolina.

Farther down the road… May 9, you will find Rodney in Virginia Beach, Va., with Brooks and Dunn; and again on September 5, in Charlotte, N.C., also with Brooks and Dunn (and that’s as close as he will be to our area for a while).

It doesn’t seem possible that it has been about 2 years since  I took these pictures at Rodney Jennifer 006the Johnson City Wal-Mart, when Rodney was promoting his “Going Through Hell” CD. He introduced us to “Watching You” at that promotional appearance, too. 

If you’ve never had a chance to see Rodney perform in concert, you’ve missed one great show! He was at Gray’s Appalachian Fair last summer, and packed the main stage area. As soon as I get the photos from that appearance scanned and put on CD, I’ll add some to this site. (Yes, I still use film – not all the time, but part of the time. Technology is not one of my strong points.)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. See you all at next posting time!



More planning ahead

February 10, 2008

Grab a handful of quarters, and get ready for some country entertainment at Harrrah’s Cherokee Casino. Gretchen Wilson, America’s favorite Redneck Woman, will take the stage on April 18 and 19. Ralph Stanley will be at Harrah’s on June 19 and Marty Stuart on August 18.

Alabama fans, you might want to put this date on your calendar. If you miss Alabama, and would like a little of that sound again – head to Cherokee for Randy Owen’s show on August 30. Randy did most of lead vocals for the group through out the band’s career. Randy has a solo CD coming soon. Proceeds from his current solo debut “Braid My Hair”, will be donated to St. Jude’s.


New Single for Trace

February 9, 2008

 020_20I hope by now you have all heard Trace Adkins’ new single. I think it’s great – reminds me of the old Trace hits, like “Every Light in the House,” “No thinking Thing,” and “The Rest of Mine.” He’s singing! Not talking the way he did in “Chrome” and “Songs About Me.” The new release is called “You’re Gonna Miss This.” I believe it will do well on the charts. If you haven’t heard it, call your favorite radio station and request it.

Trace will be at the Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, N.C. on Feb. 23. Tickets are on sale now. He always puts on a great show, and with I-26 done over the mountain to Asheville, it’s just a short trip from almost anywhere in Northeast Tennessee.

Thanks to Strait Fan, Becca, Ellen and A.J. for the recent e-mails. Next time you visit here, be sure to include a comment. I love hearing from all of you.


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!