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Billy Ray Cyrus at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino

July 22, 2008

Billy Ray 9 Billy Ray Cyrus did, what I’m told, was a great show at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino in Cherokee, N.C. on July 19. That was my birthday, but I didn’t go to the show – I was in West Tennessee – But fortnately, I have a friend who did go! I need to say Thank You to Cindy Lewis of Erwin, who gave me these great pictures of Billy Ray to post for all of you.

I guess Nashville isn’t all that far from Cherokee, N.C., and Billy was able to fit the casino show into his Nashville Star schedule.

Have any of you been keeping up with Nashville Star? That’s something we need to discuss soon – in another Country Chatter Post. Since I’m getting ready to head to Gatlinburg for the next two days, I’ll use the rest of this post to put up more of Cindy’s great photos – and one of Cindy with Billy Ray — you gotta love those Meet & Greet passes!

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Thanks again for the pictures, Cindy! That’s all for tonight – I’ll talk to you guys soon.


Sugarland and Kellie PIckler on tour

July 13, 2008

Sugarland If those of us in Northeast Tennessee want to catch Sugarland in concert this year, we’re going to have to venture over to Asheville, N.C., on Sept. 13. Advanced ticket sales have already begun, and you can get to online ticket sites through Sugarland’s website.

Sugarland2This is Sugarland Month on GAC TV, and you can enter to win an autographed guitar by clicking here

The duo is getting ready to release their new album, Love on the Inside, on July 22. And Jennifer Nettles said, “It’s all about the fans.” Of the 17 songs on this CD, Jennifer and Kristian Bush wrote 13. The album includes their current hit “All I Want to Do,” and “Life in a Northern Town.”

Jennifer Nettles became the first song-writer to write a song alone that became the American Country Music award winning song of the year, and she did it with “Stay.”

Kellie new Kellie Pickler will be opening for Sugarland in Asheville. On Sept. 10, she will be in our area – at the Washington County Fair in Abingdon, Va. Any of you in the local area interested in that concert might want to mark your calendar for 9 a.m. Monday, July 28 – that’s the day tickets go on sale. Washington County has a good line-up this year … other entertainers you will find there include Bucky Covington, Trent Tomlinson, and James Otto.

That will do it for today. Drop me a line, let me know what you’d like to be reading here – and tell me what you’ve heard about your favorite country entertainer. Don’t forget to send a few photos my direction whenever you get to a concert near you.

Take care!

Beer For My Horses soundtrack

July 9, 2008

toby cover I got an e-mail from Brian Robillard today, manager of online marketing at Universal Music Group / NetReach. He said he’s working on the soundtrack for the new Toby Keith / CMT theatrical release of Beer for My Horses. The album features Toby, Willie Nelson, Ted Nugent, Trailer Choir, and Carter’s Chord.

Brian said the focus track of the soundtrack, “Off the Hillbilly Hook,” is from a very unique country group called Trailer Choir, and is being featured in all 30 major league baseball stadiums this year.  Check out the video on You Tube.

TrailerChoirPress900 This is Trailer Choir. Be sure to check out their MySpace page.  You can hear clips from several of their songs, as well as read a short bio from each of the group members. The group is made up of Big Vinny,from Linden, TN, Crystal, from Cheyneyville, La.; and Butter, from Ashtabula, Ohio.

They are recording for Toby’s label, Show Dog Nashville, and are currently on tour with Toby. And, while you’re out there surfing the net, remember to visit the movie’s web site, too. I’ll be anxious to hear from whoever is first to see Beer For My Horses when it is released to theaters Aug. 8.

Take care! More tomorrow! Write when you have time. Love you guys!

Daniel Lee Martin – A Real Outdoorsman!

June 19, 2008

Copy of 560291-R1-05-19A_006 I’m sure all of you remember me telling you about Daniel Lee Martin, (a recording artist with ChinMusic Records), and I hope you’ve taken the time to run over to his MySpace page and listen to a little of Daniel Lee’s music. He’s really great. I love his songs, “On My Way” and “It’s Already Been Said.” I’m sure you’ll love them, too.

Back when Daniel Lee opened for Joe Diffie (the end of May) at Freedom Hall in Johnson City, I made the comment that he was an entertainer who could put on a great show with nothing but a guitar and a microphone. And, he is. (More recently, I said that about Randy Houser, he is, too! Can you imagine Daniel Lee and Randy doing a show together?)

Tonight’s post, however, is not about Daniel Lee’s music. And it’s not about Randy Houser, it’s about something Daniel Lee did, that is so cool. He recently competed in the Field & Stream Celebrity Total Outdoorsman Challenge, presented by Mobil 1 at The 2008 CMA Fest.

Bryan White, Mark Wills, and several other country artists participated in the outdoor skills event. They competed in archery, air rifle, bait casting and fly casting. And the winner is …..

Copy of DanielLee Field and Stream Yep, Daniel Lee won the competition, beating out two-time Total Outdoorsman Challenge Champion Paul Thompson. Daniel Lee will be featured in an upcoming issue of Field & Stream, and now holds the title as County Music’s reigning Total Outdoorsman. He also won a hunting trip with Keith Warren’s Hunting and Outdoor Adventures. The trip will be filmed for broadcast on Outcoor Channel and Versus networks during the fourth quarter of 2008, and will appear on “Backstage & Backroads with Daniel Lee Martin” on The Sportsman Channel.

I need to say Thanks to Kristina Martin, who took this picture of Daniel Lee with Anthony Licata (left) and John Davis of Field and Stream (right).

That’s all for now. You guys take care and have a great Friday! And remember, if you hear something good about someone great in the wonderful world of country music … stick it in an e-mail and let me know about it so we can share it with everybody!

I’ll talk to you all soon.

Tennessee Valley Fair, Knoxville, TN

June 16, 2008

Copy (2) of 048_48 The Tennessee Valley Fair in Knoxville is one of the longest-running fairs in this area. It will be held for 10 days again this year, Sept. 5-14. It’s hard to find a country act for every night when you’re running a 10-day event, and I’m sure it would get very expensive. But the Knoxville event does have a few for us this year. Darryl Worley will take the stage on Tuesday, Spet. 9, at 8 p.m. Like most fairs, you can see the show for free with your admission to the fair, or you can get reserved seating for $7.50.

Chuck Wicks Chuck Wicks will take the stage on Thursday, Sept. 11, also at 8 p.m. The reserved seating price for his show is $5. I believe Chuck is also scheduled for our Greene County Fair this year, so for anyone in the Johnson City, Kingsport, Bristol area — Greene County is a little closer fvor you. Chuck is probably best known for his hit “Stealing Cindarella.” I’m looking forward to seeing Chuck in concert this year.

Con Hunley Con Hunley will be the bringing the entertainment on Saturday, Sept. 13 at the 8 p.m. show. Reserved seating is also available for his show at $5 per ticket. He just finished up at the CMA Music Fest in Nashville, where he did a special concert at the Opry for his fans.  His web site calls him “The Smoky Mountain, Blue-Eyed Darlin’.”

He plays piano, and he sings – and you can hear some of his songs on his web site. He’s had over 20 hits on the country charts over the years.

Copy (2) of 034_34 And last, among the country artists, at this year’s Knoxville Fair is Chris Cagle. He will close out the 10-day fair with his Sunday, Sept. 14 show. Tickets for reserved seats for Chris are $10 each.

And, for those of you who are interested, the other six days of the fair will bring you The Village People, Friday, Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Yes… the ones who sang “YMCA”, “Macho Man,” and “In the Navy.”

The Fairest of the Fair beauty pageant and the Junior Fairest of the Fair will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7 is Bluegrass Day, with Blue Highway and Charlie Bays Unit performing at 7 and 8 p.m. And two rock bands will take the stage on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 12, each at 8 p.m. Wednesday will be Foghat, and Friday will be the group Loverboy.

For more information on the Tennessee Valley Fair, visit their web site at

That’s all for now – tomorrow night I’m heading to Winged Deer park in Johnson City to see Randy Houser’s concert. It’s at 7 p.m., so any of you in the area, head on out that direction! I’d love to see you there.

Take care, and please leave me a line or a comment soon. It’s always good hearing form all of you.