Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Noel Flynn hails from Athboy, Co. Meath, Ireland


Noel Flynn hails from Athboy, Co. Meath, Ireland

Noel lived in Nottingham, for a number of years before returning home to his native Co. Meath. Having been a lifelong country fan, he spent four years as a DJ before making the leap into recording an album of his own.
When Noel was asked “how he got into country music”?

I have always loved country music ever since I was a young boy”.
I first started singing professionally about 3 years ago now.
My first album ‘Turn Back The Years’ was released in December 2009.
The album is a mixture of Irish and American country from Johnny McEvoy’s ‘Long, Long Before Your Time’ to Colin Raye's ‘Love Me’. From the traditional folk song ‘Hard Times’ to the Ernest Tubb/Robert Mizzell hit ‘Thanks A Lot’. I chose the songs that have meaning for me in the hope they would appeal to others.

Turn Back The Years’ attracted a lot of attention from the LEINSTER region and was a strong platform for Noel to start building his singing career. However it was the release of his follow-up single ‘Talking To Your Picture’ that gave Noel national attention. Noel's skilful way of putting across the lyrics with sincerity captured the attention of radio stations across Ireland, including those that feature predominantly American material; and the song received massive airplay.

In 2010 Noel was honoured to win ‘Best Male Newcomer’ in the West Limerick 102 Country Music Awards. In May 2011 Noel released his second album ‘The Heart That Beats In Ireland 2011,
which includes the singles 'Talking to Your Picture' which was sent to him by Richard Harte, 'Wrong Oh So Wrong' which was written by Vic. Holdroyd, ‘Taking All The Memories’ which was written by J.D. Cole and Vic. Holdroyd and 'These Lips Don't Know How To Say Goodbye', which is a ‘Doug Stone’ cover. This album is also a mixture of Irish and American country.

The Band:

Noel Flynn vocals
Declan Reilly on bass and vocals
Padraig Harris on keyboards, accordion and vocals
Brian Walsh on drums
John Gleeson on lead guitar, dobro and vocals

Noel’s new single ‘Lay Down Beside Me’ which is a Don Williams cover is getting great reviews and is being played on the Irish Radio Stations and even overseas.





Flynnville Train with #1 Hit "The One You Love"

FLYNNVILLE TRAIN's "The One You Love" 
 #1 Stream, #3 Download On Play MPE First Week Out


FLYNNVILLE TRAIN

Tommy Bales, Brian Flynn, Brent Flynn, Joseph Shreve
Credit: Rowana Ray

Nashville, TN (July 17, 2012) -- Radio is embracing FLYNNVILLE TRAIN's latest single, "The One You Love," making the track the #1 stream and #3 download on Play MPE its first week of release.  "It's a real departure for us," says the band's lead singer Brian Flynn.  It's an honest love song that everyone can relate to."  Written by members of The Kentucky HeadHunters (Richard & Fred Young, Doug Phelps), the single is now available on Whiskey Bent Records/Flying Island Entertainment via Play MPE"The One You Love" is the first release from the band's upcoming CD, due out the first quarter of 2013.

Says Richard Young: "This is one of those magical love songs that comes along just once in a while.  The Kentucky HeadHunters are very pleased to write a tune that contributes to Flynnville Train's career.  We just listened to the track, and they did a marvelous job with it.  I am sure it will touch a lot of people."

"Richard pitched it to us," recalls lead guitarist Brent Flynn."  And as soon as we heard it we knew we had to record it.  We've performed it live everywhere and the feedback from the fans has been amazing."
 
Labeled by their fans as "America's band," FLYNNVILLE TRAIN are as comfortable sharing the stage with Country superstars Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley as they are with rockers Iron Butterfly, Molly Hatchett and The Marshall Tucker Band.  

After a two-year absence, the band also made a welcome return to the CMA Music Festival 2012, drawing huge crowds to their multi-genre, electrifying live shows throughout the busy week.  FLYNNVILLE TRAIN's music is an irresistible, powerful and hard-driving combination of Southern Rock and Country, with heart-stopping guitar riffs and vocals as gritty as a long dirt road. 

"We've also totally re-worked our team" comments Brian.  "We've been busy touring and obviously working in the studio as well."  Upcoming appearances stateside include shows with Tracy Lawrence, The Kentucky HeadHunters and Gretchen Wilson.  Last summer the band made their international debut at the prestigious CRAPONNE FESTIVAL in France and later this month FVT heads overseas to Poland for the 31st MRAGOWO FESTIVAL.  For full details, fans can log on to FLYNNVILLE TRAIN.  

ABOUT FLYNNVILLE TRAIN
The Indiana-based group was formed in 2001 by brothers Brian and Brent Flynn.  The band spent several years playing clubs in the Midwest and caught the ear of Richard Young (KHH) who produced some tracks on them.  Toby Keith heard FVT and signed them to his record label, Show Dog Nashville.  They released a self-titled album for the label in the Fall of 2007, which generated two BILLBOARD Hot Country Chart hits--"Last Good Time" and "Nowhere Than Somewhere."  An amicable parting followed a few years later.  Brian Flynn sings lead vocals and Brent Flynn plays lead guitar and sings harmony.  Tommy Bales has been the driving beat behind the brothers for over 12 years, and in 2009 was voted Number One Up-and-Coming drummer in Modern Drummer magazine.   The group's newest member, Joseph Shreve, plays bass and brings influences ranging from Rush to Lynyrd Skynyrd

DJ MILLER DISCUSSES SIGNIFICANCE OF “INK ON MY SKIN”

RISING STAR DJ MILLER DISCUSSES SIGNIFICANCE OF “INK ON MY SKIN” 
 
RELEASES SPECIAL ALBUM CUT AND ACOUSTIC VIDEO IN MEMORY OF GOOD FRIEND WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN A CAR ACCIDENT AT THE AGE OF 17
 
Nashville, TN (July 17, 2012) – DJ Miller is often asked the meaning of his tattoo inked on the inside of his right arm. A.M.W. 6-6-89-10-7-06.  Those three letters and dates play a vital role in the release of Miller’s special album cut, “Ink On My Skin.”  The emotional ballad co-written by Miller, Charlie Black, Don Goodman and Jon Conley is being made available on iTunes this week in honor of Miller’s good friend, Adam Michael Williams, who lost his life to an easily preventable automobile accident when he was 17.  Miller dealt with his grief by immediately going out and having his buddy’s initials inked on his skin as a way to keep him close.
 
“I am privileged to have this opportunity to share this song in Adam’s honor,” says DJ Miller.  “He was a great friend who lost his life way too early in a car accident.  I’m on a mission to make all young driver’s realize that they are only human and can die or be seriously injured in a split second due to the choices they make whether it’s speeding, choosing not to wear a seatbelt or texting.  Hopefully by sharing my very personal experience others will stop and think before getting behind the wheel.  It may sound trite, but if we can save the life of one young driver through the words of this song, Adam’s legacy will live on in a very positive light."
 
“Ink On My Skin” will be included on Miller’s forthcoming debut album due out later this year.  Through the personal message of “Ink On My Skin," Miller hopes to make all young driver’s aware of their own mortality and the responsibilities that come with being behind the wheel. 
 
For the “Story Behind The Song” and to hear an acoustic version of “Ink of My Skin,” visit here.
 
 
About DJ Miller
DJ’s last single, “Between Sundays” rose to #20 on the Music Row chart, #32 on BDS Indicator chart and #57 on the Billboard chart. He was included in the Top 5 breakout artists of the year and was #2 in the Independent Artist of the Year Award in Music Row Magazine’s annual Country Breakout Awards. He was the cover story of the March issue of Powersource Magazine and was featured in the “debut spotlight” in the March issue of CMA Closeup Magazine.

He has been on an extensive radio tour for the last year and a half, visiting 48 states and 250+ radio stations across the country. The video for “Between Sundays”, directed by Eric Welch (Heidi Newfield, Chris LeDoux, etc.), debuted at #6 on CMT Pure’s Top 12 Countdown in late 2011.  “Between Sundays” scored the #1 spot on the PowerSource Inspirational Country Music Chart for the month of December. “Between Sundays” also won Yallwire’s Best New Artist video at their 2011 Inaugural Video Music Awards. For more information, visit www.djmillercountry.com.

Jason Cassidy Powers Up With "Ride Of Your Life"

Jason Cassidy Powers Up With "Ride Of Your Life" 

Special Radio Mix Slated for National Adds On July 23





Deer Park, TX (July 17, 2012) -- A-Blake Records and Smith Music Group announce Jason Cassidy's latest single, "Ride of Your Life,"* will be released nationally on July 23, 2012. The new radio version of "Ride," which was recorded and mixed at Rosewood Studios in Tyler, Texas for a faster, more driving feel, is being promoted nationally by the team at Instigator Entertainment out of Nashville, Tenn. "Ride" was released to Texas radio three weeks ago and has already climbed to the #64 spot on the Texas Regional Radio Report. The special remix is available on CDX #549 and for purchase on iTunes and all popular digital outlets.

Written by Cassidy, Jody Booth and Doug DeForest, "Ride of Your Life" is an invigorating, feel-good tune with rapid-fire lyrics that are sure to be hit as summer gets underway.

"We were throwing around lyrics for a summer party song when 'Ride' came about," says Cassidy. "I went into the studio last month to re-record for a quicker start that grabs the listener and brings them into the party with the first guitar lick. The radio remix is way more rockin' and works better with our energetic live shows too. Welcome to summer 2012!"

Known for his "honky tonk with an edge" brand of country, Cassidy burst onto the national scene last fall as Paradigm Nashville, GrassRoots Promotion, AristoMedia, Billboard Country Update, Music Row and many inside the Nashville community fell in love with Cassidy's pure country vocal and musical style.

Cassidy's studio recording, MY REDEMPTION, was released on A-Blake Records in October of 2011. Previous singles from the album include the
#1 Texas hit "Honky Tonk Heaven" (Texas Regional Radio Report),  and the most recent Top 10 smash "What If." The accompanying music video for "What If," directed by Nashville's Potsy Ponciroli, claimed the #1 spot on the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown and resided in the show's Top 10 for nearly five months after its January debut.

Cassidy, who is currently in
Las Vegas for several performances at Gilley's, is promoting "Ride" with appearances on local TV shows and at radio stations throughout the country. As evidenced in the schedule below, he continues to consistently play shows with artists such as Tracy Byrd, Kevin Fowler, Eli Young Band, Aaron Watson, Roger Creager, Casey Donahew and more.
Summer Tour Schedule

Texas Red Photography
July 17, 18 -- Gilley's at Treasure Island (Las Vegas, NV)
July 21 -- KJUG's National Day Of The Cowboy (Springville, CA)
July 26 -- Mo's Place (Katy, TX)
August 4 -- River Road Ice House w/ Cody Johnson & Aaron Watson (New Braunfels, TX)
August 11, 12 -- Missouri State Fair (Sedalia, MO)
August 17 -- Floore's Country store w/ Chris Cagle (Helotes, TX)
August 18 -- Wild West Saloon (Lubbock, TX)
August 24 -- Luckenbach Dance Hall (Fredericksburg, TX)
August 31 -- Firehouse Saloon (Houston, TX)
September 1 -- Sabine ATV Park w/ Casey Donahew (Burkeville, TX)
September 13 -- Gatorfest w/ Casey Donahew (Anahuac, TX)
September 14 -- Luckenbach Dance Hall (Fredericksburg, TX)
September 19 -- Pasadena Livestock Show & Rodeo (Pasadena, TX)

For more information on Jason Cassidy, visit www.jasoncassidymusic.
com.

COUNTRY THUNDER WISCONSIN TICKETS SOLD OUT


COUNTRY THUNDER WISCONSIN TICKETS SOLD OUT—
RESERVE YOUR 2013 TICKETS TODAY


Due to Dry Weather Conditions, a Burn Ban in Effect for Festival;
New Shuttle Service Offers Transportation To and From Festival Grounds

Twin Lakes, WI (July 17, 2012) – With only a few short days to go, Country Thunder is ready to roll into Wisconsin and kick up some serious dust. Festival organizers are pleased to announce Country Thunder is a complete sellout! The premier country music festival, to be held in Twin Lakes, Wis., this weekend (July 19-22), will feature performances by some of today’s hottest country artists, including Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert, Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Steve Holy, Easton Corbin, Hunter Hayes, Wade Bowen and more. Country Thunder 2013 renewals currently available. Visit www.countrythunder.com or call (866) 802-6418 to reserve tickets today.

Currently, Kenosha County is under dangerous fire conditions therefore until further notice, OPEN FIRES ARE BANNED. *Propane grills are currently still allowed, but not charcoal. Fireworks or careless use of smoking materials at Country Thunder is strictly prohibited. Please pack accordingly.

Country Thunder is also excited to have Lake Geneva Hotels and The Brat Stop in Kenosha, Wis., on board. They will be providing patrons with a shuttle service to and from festival grounds.  Shuttle service from the Lake Geneva Hotels is available only through a hotel stay combo package. The Brat Stop in Kenosha will be offering a shuttle service twice a day for $20 round trip. For scheduling and purchasing information as well as a list of nearby hotels, visit www.wisconsin.countrythunder.com and go to the information tab.

Kick off your cowboy boots and strap on your dancing shoes for Electric Thunder, a new attraction for patrons featuring electric music brought to you Friday, Saturday and Sunday night by DJ Du from 10:30pm to 2am. Don’t miss Electro Country Shine Thursday night from 10:30pm to 2am. Electro Country Shine is a private after party, but a limited amount of passes will be available day of show only, no advance passes will be sold. In addition, this year’s festival boasts asling shot thrill ride and over 50 food and merchandise vendors

Campers can load in starting Wednesday, July 18th at 9am and gates will close promptly at 10pm. Front gate hours are Thursday-Sunday 9am-10pm CST.

Country Thunder Main Stage Line-Up:
Thursday, July 19
            5:30 --  6:30 PM          Sara Jean Kelley
            7:00 –  8:30 PM          THE FARM
            9:00 -- 10:30 PM         Big & Rich with Special Guests Cowboy Troy & Bradley Gaskin

Friday, July 20
            1:00 –  2:00 PM          The Roys ( Interview with The Roys )
            2:30 –  3:30 PM          The McClymonts ( Interview with The McClymonts )
            4:00 –  5:00 PM          Wade Bowen
            5:30 –  6:30 PM          Steve Holy
            7:00 –  8:30 PM          Luke Bryan
            9:00 – 10:30 PM         Jason Aldean

Saturday, July 21
            1:00 – 2:00 PM           Matt Stillwell ( Interview with Matt Stillwell )
            2:30 – 3:30 PM           Casey James
            4:00 – 5:00 PM           Aaron Lewis
            5:30 – 6:30 PM           Easton Corbin
            7:00 – 8:30 PM           Dwight Yoakam
            9:00 – 10:30 PM         Blake Shelton

Sunday, July 22
            1:00 – 2:00 PM           Charlie Worsham
            2:30 – 3:30 PM           Thomas Rhett
            4:00 – 5:00 PM           Hunter Hayes
            5:30 – 6:30 PM           Neal McCoy
            7:00 – 8:00 PM           Brantley Gilbert
            8:30 – 10:30 PM         Toby Keith

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show's Take Me Back

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show's Take Me Back
COLUMBUS, NC (July 17, 2012) - Pinecastle Records has released  Take Me Back, from The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, the band's first album since 2003. The band has been touring nationwide for decades, and fans have highly anticipated new material from the band.
"Take Me Back is primarily a collection of tunes I heard and learned while growing up in Texas in the mid-sixties-about 45 years ago,” explains Shiflett. The material covers songs from  legends in bluegrass and country such as  Don Gibson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Bob Wills, Faron Young, Willie Nelson and Floyd Tillman. There are several original tunes on the new release, including “Song on the Jukebox” written by Monroe Fields and a gospel song called “Open up your Heart (and let Jesus In),” written by Karl Shiflett.
The current line-up for The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show includes: Karl Shiflett (lead vocals/rhythm guitar). Kris Shiflett (acoustic upright bass), Chris Hill (banjo/harmony vocals), C.J. Lewandowski (mandolin/harmony vocals) and Billy Hurt (fiddle).

Lindsay Lawler Highway Angel of Nashville

Highway Angel Joins Nashville’s Renegade Radio
Lindsay Lawler Debuts this Week with “On The Road To Music City” Program

HIRES_LindsayLawler wLogo.JPGNashville, TN --- Lindsay Lawler is quickly becoming the face and voice of the trucking industry; setting truck drivers' lives to music. The singer/songwriter formed a partnership with the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) in 2010 while performing at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas and has since been named the official spokesperson of TCA's Highway Angel program (www.truckload.org/highway-angel). Lawler's song, "Highway Angel," has become a recognizable anthem for drivers and has gained Lawler great exposure in the industry.

Lawler now brings her trucker-loving sensibility to Renegade Radio Nashville as host of her own radio show. On The Road To Nashville features Lindsay with segments on Highway Angels stories, trucking industry celebrities and professionals, driver requests, as well as an unplugged music segment featuring some of Nashville's biggest songwriters and performers, and Lawler herself. The show hits airways July 17th.

“My main goal is to bring a positive image to trucking and awareness of the most amazing, hard-working, loyal people that makeup the trucking industry,” Lindsay says.

Lawler has been featured on Midnight Trucking Radio, the Dave Nemo Show, and most recently was the featured guest on the Truckers News Celebrity Series Webcast. In addition, the talented beauty has been featured in or on the cover of many trucking based publications.


“On the Road to Music City” with Lindsay Lawler
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm – 8pm CST

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FINALLY .... Neue CD von Memphis Sky



FINALLY .... Neue CD von Memphis Sky
Best. Nr. AE 55318
Prod. 2012 Amazing Records und Marco Müller

Die Band >MEMPHIS SKY< (Deutschland) wurde vor ca. 4 Jahren aus Mitgliedern einer anderen Gruppe (Wild Bunch) gegründet. Diese CD >Finally< ist nun ihr Debüt-Album, welches mir auf der Messe in Berlin überreicht wurde.

12 Tracks hören wir auf dieser Scheibe. So wie die Band Rock’n Roll-geprägt ist, zieht sich dieser Stil wie ein roter Faden durch die Eigenkompositionen von Marco Müller. Dazwischen sind einige Coversongs eingestreut die die CD gut auflockern.

  1. Room with a view (Tony Carey)
  2. I’ve got to go (dieser Song wurde bereits einmal ausgezeichnet)
  3. That’s the way it should be
  4. Being friends
  5. Begging for love
  6. Broken man
  7. Dirty old town (Ewan Mac Coll)
  8. Don’t be foolish
  9. Ghost
  10. Pay your dues
  11. Seminole wind (John Anderson/1992)
  12. Rock’n Roll Christmas

Die CD ist nominierungsberechtigt für den ACMF-Award.

Text: Eliza




GOOD OLE BOYS CELEBRATE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

GOOD OLE BOYS CELEBRATE 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Of Country Music Legend Shows
at
AMERICAN MUSIC THEATRE


Bill Anderson, Stonewall Jackson, AMT’s Jim Martin, Jim Ed Brown ( Interview Jim Ed Brown ), David Frizzell , T. Graham Brown, T. G. Sheppard ( Interview with T. G. Sheppard ), Dickey Lee, MSP-Marty Martel
Photo by Tom Wardle

(Nashville, TN-7.16.12)  American Music Theatre in Lancaster, PA is celebrating its 10th anniversary of bringing the Legends of Country Music to the theatre.  This past Saturday, July 14th was another grouping of stars and it was a super, super, success.  Jim Martin and myself have been working together packaging these great artists, and we both knew that the demographics of fans that buy tickets for these shows, is a very large fan base that will support their support traditional country music.  The fans of each of these artists get to see, hear, and talk to their favorites, shake hands, take pictures, and purchase the artists merchandise which is not being played on what they call today country radio.  That is a difficult thing to find with many of today’s new artists.  Not all of them, but many do not take the time to meet their fans to build their fans base. You can find all of these legends music at the Ernest Tubb Record Shops, who are last remaining record store to stock real country music.

I will try to let you visualize this show because it had some kind of magic that was evident from the very first response of the fans.  Dickey Lee opened the show and since he had never performed at AMT, he was awesome, and the fans gave him a standing ovation.  His 5 song set was only 5 of his greatest hits, but his fans knew everyone of the songs and he set the bar high for the rest of the show.  Dickey still sings as great as the day he began recording.  What a treat it was to have this legend on the show, and the fans let him know how much they loved and appreciated seeing him.

Next came the soulful voice of T. Graham Brown.  This was also T’s first appearance at the theatre, and he was in great form being a part of the package especially with all of his fellow artists friends.  He was as good as it gets singing with the heart and soul of one of the great stylist of all time.  His set ended with a song that he wrote, a true song about his life, “Would You Turn The Wine Back into Water.”  What a super song and as he walked off stage at the end of his set, he was given a standing ovation for his performance.  He was superb and I knew right then that this show was as special as it gets.  There was a great feeling in the building.

This show was filled with legends as you can see from the pix.  And to continue on with legends was really easy because David Frizzell bears the legacy of the Frizzell name.  His brother Lefty was one of the greatest legends of all time, and David has no trouble carrying the torch of his name.  The flame burns brightly with David at the helm of the historic Frizzell name in country music.  He was greeted by his fans with an super ovation and after he played the music that gave him #1’s including his two award winning super duet hits with Shelly West, and then his own #1 hits of his career, he completed his set with two of Lefty’s songs, “Always Late and If You Got The Money.”  He has the Frizzell look, the Frizzell voice, but he is David Frizzell with his own legacy being written as he continues to be one of country music’s great legends.

I realized long before the show was ready to play, in fact months before, that it was going to be great, but I never realized how great it was going to be.  It was filled with legendary artists, super songwriters, a Hall of Fame member, three Grand Ole Opry members, and enough hit songs to start 10 new careers, and the show never missed a beat as I introduced T. G. Sheppard who with 20 singles and 56 albums, opened the flood gates.  T went right down into the audience as he always does and brought the fans into his show.  They loved him from the moment he came on stage to his standing ovation as he left the stage after singing his monster hit “Party Time.”  He was awesome.

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Talking about legends.  We closed the first half of the show with one of the great legends in country music, Stonewall Jackson, and even though he was in much pain from an accident from a fall at his home, he knew when he stepped out on the stage that the fans were ready to hear some of his greatest hit songs, and he did not let them down.  I can assure you that Stonewall should have been home recuperating from his fall.  I was with him the entire three day trip and I knew the pain this man was going through.  He never said a word about how much he was hurting, but it was evident.  He was as good as it gets through this adversity.  Stonewall Jackson brings to the music table the reason country music was so strong in the early years, and even now he is singing as good as ever, and enjoying it even more.  He told me on the way to the airport to come home, that even though he was hurting, he was so happy to be a part of the show, and to see his fellow artists and his fans.  His pain did not stop him from singing Don’t Be Angry, Waterloo, and several others, which have become legendary songs of Stonewall Jackson and country music.  Another standing ovation.  Stonewall is surely headed for the Country Music Hall of Fame.

After intermission, one of the great names in country music, and one of the true legends in the music, Jim Ed Brown was as great as he always is.   He was there when country music needed a superstar and he filled that roll over and over again, by his first days of being a part of the super group The Browns’, then he followed up with his own super successful career as a solo artist by recording great records, especially Pop A Top, and then if that was not enough for him, he took the duet awards with Helen Cornelius, and he is still Mr. Smooth with his great vocals.  Bunched together, they spell Hall of Fame, and I personally feel that he will be in the Hall of Fame with his sisters Bonnie and Maxine soon.  Jim Ed took the audience to a new level as he exited the stage with yet another standing ovation.

To close the show was in the hands of a Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry Legend, member of the Georgia Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame, and so many other awards, and he is still moving in the loop of success with his great songwriting, Bill Anderson brought the show full circle with his super great performance of just a small number of hits he had time to sing.  Bill Anderson’s performance is one of the reasons why “The Circle Will Never Be Broken,” as he continues his journey to write great songs, perform super shows, and loving every minute of his career as it continually unfolds with new and great accolades.  Bill made his exit to another standing ovation and completed the first show as well as the second with everyone receiving a standing ovation.

Both shows were super and I wish everyone could have been out in the lobby of the theatre to see how crowded it was as the fans shook hands with the legends, took picture, got autographs, and bought each artists’ merchandise.  This is one show that has left its mark on the American Music Theatre.  In fact I was told that the lobby had trouble moving the people between shows who had tickets to the second show, getting them in to their seats because it was impossible to move in the lobby area.  Most of the young country stars have forgotten what it means to build a fan base, but they would do well to have been there watching Dickey Lee, T. Graham Brown, David Frizzell, T.G. Sheppard, Stonewall Jackson, Jim Ed Brown, and Bill Anderson, tend to their flock of fans.  I was amazing.  What makes this show so great, is that each artist only had 20-25 minutes on stage and they conquered the fans in each of their show sets.

The sad news of this show was that our friend Freddy Weller who was scheduled to appear as a part of the show, fractured his leg and was unable to make the trip.  I know he was disappointed as were his fans, but we will make sure he is a part of the next Legends Show at AMT.

As I stood out in the lobby talking to so many of the fans that have supported the shows we have brought to AMT during these 10 years, I was thrilled to hear great exciting words of how much each of them enjoyed the show, and to please keep bringing the shows back, because they would be there.  They said there was no other place they knew of that brings the legends of country music to their venue.  What a shame that other venue’s I have contacted do not understand that the fans are still out there and want to see these legends, but for some reason the ones that buy the talent are either afraid to have a show such as this or they really don’t understand.  My hat is off to Jim Martin and The American Music Theatre for seeing that the support was there 10 years ago, and is just as strong if not stronger now as it ever has been.

Well I hope you get an idea of the magic of this show, and in some way can feel the excitement of the fans being able to see and listen to their favorites.  I enjoyed hosting the show as I have done for so many years, and I hope there are more shows to come for all of us at The American Music Theatre.

Marty Martel©

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