Thursday, June 6, 2013


     LeMars, Iowa....."LuLu Roman was one of the most popular female stars on the show that replaced the Smothers Brothers.  'Hee Haw' became one of America's best tongue in cheek television shows....ever, and is still in re-runs on RFD-TV.  You might not recognize LuLu Roman today."  says Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association. "She has lost over 200 pounds, and has shifted her entire life-focus toward Gospel music.  As a matter of fact, her latest release "At Last" features this woman's incredibly beautiful voice, teamed up with, no less than Dolly Parton.  They sing a very moving song "I Will Love you Always."  Not just Dolly either, T. Graham Brown and Georgette Jones (George's daughter) also helped on this project.  To date, LuLu has released over 20 albums, all of them devoted to gospel music and Christ's teachings. She is the recipient of a Dove award, and she is also a member of the Country Gospel Music and Christian Music Halls of Fame. The TV-Land network also awarded Lulu with their prestigious 'Entertainer's Award.'  It is with a great deal of humility and honor that we announce that Lulu Roman will be inducted into America's Country Music Hall of Fame this year." 
     A native of Dallas, Texas, LuLu was born Bertha Louise Hable.  Her unwed mother was ill and could not raise her.  The little girl was sent to live with her great-grandmother who wasn't physically able to raise her either, so the family placed her in an orphanage shortly after birth.  She was born with a thyroid dysfunction, and it would be in the orphans home that she first endured the pain of being unaccepted because of her weight.
     LuLu managed to get through high school, and worked for a time as a telephone operator, but an opportunity to become a go-go dancer challenged her, and this was when she became known as LuLu Roman, as well as developing her comedy act.  She was one of the original cast members of Hee Haw.  According to LuLu, she recalls that "Whenever Buck Owens and his band would come to town, I and some of my girlfriends would go see the show.  We became good friends with Buck, and he'd say to me...."One of these days, you're going to be a big star, and I'm going to have something to do with that." When they made a list of characters they wanted on Hee Haw, thy had listed "One fat dumb boy and one fat dumb girl.'  Buck said, "I've got your girl. She's in Dallas,' and they took his word for it."
     Most people know LuLu as the most requested female cast member of the long running hit television series, and many know her as an accomplished and celebrated songwriter, and as the singer who has been successfully making records for over 20 years.  What some people might not know, is that during the first couple seasons of Hee Haw, LuLu's life off-camera was dramatically different from what the public saw on Hee Haw.  She was involved in drugs and this habit eventually led to her arrest.  She lost her position in the cast, but after she became a Christian and turned her personal life around, she was allowed to re-join the show, and remained a part of it through the remainder of its run.  LuLu's search for happiness and acceptance, which had almost led her to her personal destruction, instead led her to God.  Her strong faith, combined with positive changes in her life, eventually resulted in a full pardon from the Governor of Texas, and the ultimate reinstatement on Hee Haw.
     Today, LuLu performs on the gospel circuit.  She has two grown sons, Damon and Justin.  Even though you might not recognize this 200 pound lighter woman, you will definitely recognize her beautiful gospel voice.  LuLu continues to perform music and stand-up comedy, and she also enjoys working with Compassion International, a child-development organization that serves 1.2 million children in 26 countries.  "I was born in a home for unwed mothers and dumped in an orphanage," LuLu said, "I got a pretty good grip on what these kids are feelling."
     LuLu Roman will be inducted into America's Country Music Hall of Fame on August 29th at the annual gathering of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  According to Bob Everhart, president of the NTCMA, "Lulu will be inducted on our main stage at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, where we hold our annual convention-festival.  This is all part of the Pioneer Ag Expo, and I represent right at 2,500 members of the NTCMA, mostly rural folks, small town people, and regional everyday individuals that have over the years truly enjoyed LuLu Roman's appearances on Hee Haw.  We just inducted Patti Page, legendary singer of songs like the "Tennessee Waltz" just before she passed away.  Over the years (since 1976) we have been inducting deserving entertainers.  It is with a great deal of pride that we announce that LuLu Roman will not only be inducted into this upper Midwest country music hall of fame, she will also receive the Rural Roots Music Commission's highest honor, their "Contemporary Country Gospel CD of the Year" award.  We're so proud of her accomplishments, against incredible odds, and her vocal renditions of gospel songs is just unbelievable.  We have ten stages of music from 9am to midnight every day for seven days (Aug 26-Sept 1), and we'll have LuLu on the main stage for the Hall of Fame ceremonies.  However one of our other stages is a 'strictly gospel' stage, which we call our "Jesus Christ Church Without Walls" and hopefully LuLu will join our country pickers and players for some good old-time gospel music there.  We have lots of workshops and contests for those just starting in country, bluegrass, and folk music, and we even have a large Tipi Vilalge located in an old pioneer ghost town adjacent to our staging areas.  We have a website that explains a lot about what we do located at and that also explains a lot about why we are so concerned about the music which originally emanated from rural America.  LuLu's photo and memorabilia will be on display at the Pioneer Music Museum which is located in Anita, Iowa, once the ceremonies are completed.


Singer/Songwriter Performing with 
Sherry Lynn Band Throughout Weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 6, 2013) - Singer/songwriter Brenda Zitzman is set to be in the midst of the fun and festivities of the 2013 CMA Music Festival with performances scheduled throughout Lower Broad in the coming days.

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Singer/Songwriter Brenda Zitzman
Zitzman, whose resume includes gigs all over the world, will perform at the CMA Music Fest as part of the Sherry Lynn Band. Zitzman will play acoustic guitar and sing alongside New Jersey-based country singer Sherry Lynn, who is at the famed annual music event to promote her new single with country music legend Crystal Gayle. Lynn recently released the title track from her upcoming sophomore album, "Beautiful Life," a duet with Gayle. The single is available on iTunes, with the entire album set for a June 18 release.

Zitzman's fans can catch her playing 6-6:30 p.m. Friday and 5-6 p.m. Saturday at Honky Tonk Central (329 Broadway) and 3-4 p.m. Sunday at Rippy's Bar & Grill (429 Broadway).

For more information about Zitzman, visit, like her Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook/BrendaZitzmanFanPage or follow her on Twitter at @BrendaZitzman. 

About Brenda Zitzman:
If there's one - only one - thing you should know about Brenda Zitzman, it's this: she's a giver. Doesn't matter if the person you know as a world-wide performer is onstage singing harmonies and playing guitar or if the person you know as a Belmont University grad who calls Nashville, Tenn., home is running alongside elementary-aged girls as a volunteer 5K coach, it's all the same: she's giving it her all.

Zitzman's commitment to playing all out goes straight back to her childhood, growing up on the family farm in New Ulm, Minn. Working alongside her parents and two brothers, Zitzman learned a strong work ethic and the truth about commitment: you give it all you've got.

She brought that foundation with her when she moved south to attend Nashville's Belmont University, where she graduated from the school's prestigious music program and put what she learned into action, first with a band named Wildflower (which later became Side Saddle) and most recently with internationally known country act Mustang Sally.
After ten years of non-stop touring, Zitzman has decided to move on to new adventures. Her fans will be thrilled to learn of the talented singer's latest project: Box 43 Collection. Box 43 Collection is a series of youtube videos featuring Zitzman singing songs that influenced her growing up. "Crazy Arms," the legendary Ray Price tune, and Patsy Cline's "Crazy" are part of the current online collection. Zitzman considers the YouTube videos as just one more way to give to her fans.

To learn more about Zitzman, visit

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Double Dolly's at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Rockology President Stephen Shutts (right) visits with Patrick Parkey, owner of the largest privately-owned collection of Dolly Parton stagewear & memorabilia, as they prepare for the opening of the 2013 Country Music Association's CMA Music Festival, kicking off Thursday (June 6) in Nashville, TN.  Parkey's exhibit, brought to the festival by Rockology, features 40 outfits worn by Parton on television, album covers and live performances.  The Dolly exhibit includes a dozen mannequins made to look like Parton.

The exhibit is being staged by Rockology LLC, one of the entertainment industry’s leading authorities on the collection, appraisal, brokerage and exhibition of music and pop-culture memorabilia. Rockology has been commissioned to serve as the Master Curator for CMA's AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X, located in Nashville’s new Music City Convention Center which will greet the estimated 300,000 die-hard fans from 50 states and 41 countries.

Also key to the FFX exhibit are items from contemporary Country Stars Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry and more.  Vintage Corvettes belonging to Steve Wariner and also Kix Brooks will be displayed.  Also featured will be paintings by Wariner and photography from Ronnie Dunn.

Intriguing interactive exhibits will include a guitar-luthier workshop as well as an exhibit featuring custom-designed leather  items  from Ethos Custom Brands, during which fans will be allowed to watch the intricate design, patterning, hand-tooling and finishing of guitar-straps, cuffs and boots similar to that which their favorite stars wear.

“These items show that there’s more to these stars than simply the music,” says Shutts.  “They are real people with real lives who share common interests with their fans.  It’s a terrific way to connect with their audience. We’re excited to share some of our most unique memorabilia and artifacts to those who will appreciate them the most. ”

In addition to countless exhibitions over the past 15 years in large fairs, festivals, hotels, casinos and other venues, Rockology’s memorabilia exhibits have been featured in recent years with Rascal Flatts ’“Flatts Fest” and Brooks & Dunn’s “Neon Circus Tour.” Shutts, an esteemed member of the music and pop-culture memorabilia community, was the driving force behind the $1 million sale of Elvis Presley’s Audubon Drive home, as well as Elvis’ beloved Memphis roller coaster The Zippin Pippin.

Shutts and Robert Reynolds (Grammy-winning founder of country super-group The Mavericks) will star as the undisputed kings of music memorabilia in their CMT reality show, Raiders of Rock. With the first 10 episodes already produced and scheduled for a summer debut, Raiders of Rock features the duo traveling across the country in search of (and bargaining for) rare and unusual pieces of music and pop culture memorabilia.

Kick-Off CMA Music Festival at 2013 Global Events

Twenty-One International Country Artists and Bands Help Kick-Off CMA Music Festival at 2013 Global Events

June 3-4 showcases streamed live around the world from downtown Nashville

(Nashville, Tenn. – June 5, 2013) Twenty-one international Country artists representing seven different territories performed in downtown Nashville at the annual Global Events showcases, held June 3-4 during CMA Music Festival week.

The 2013 CMA Global Artist Party was held Monday, June 3, at The Stage on Broadway and featured performances from Richard Smith (UK), Kaylee Bell (Toyota Star Maker Winner – New Zealand), Jill Johnson (Sweden), Rodrigo Haddad (Brazil), Small Town Pistols (Canada), Natalie Howard (Australia), Jason Blaine (Canada), Jody Direen (Horizon Award Winner – New Zealand), Baylou (CRA/NA2N Winner - Australia), Michelle Wright (Canada) and The Wolfe Brothers (Australia). UK Singer-Songwriter David Bradley hosted the event on Monday Evening.

The annual CMA Presents: The Aristo Global Show, hosted by Australian Disc Jockey Ben Sorensen, was held Tuesday afternoon, June 4, at The Second Fiddle.  Performers included Madison Kozak (Canada), Hicks (Sweden), Jason Hastle (Canada), Richie Scholl (Australia), Ward-Thomas (UK), Two Rocks Band (Switzerland), Morgan Evans (Australia), Greg Hanna (Canada), and David Bradley (UK).

Both Global Events performances were streamed online via Nashville-based new media and marketing company AristoWorks and carried live at (CMT Canada), (CMA),, and (CMC Australia).
Pictured above: International Artists gather at the CMA Global Artist Party, held Monday, June 3, at The Stage on Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn. Standing L to R: Matt Watkins (AristoMedia), Jeff Walker (AristoMedia, President/CEO), Steve Moore (CMA, CEO), Kaylee Bell (New Zealand), Baylou (Australia), Richard Smith (UK), David Bradley (UK), Natalie Howard (Australia), Michelle Wright (Canada), Jill Johnson (Sweden), Amanda Wilkinson (Small Town Pistols – Canada) Kneeling L to R: Rodrigo Haddad (Brazil), Tyler Wilkinson (Small Town Pistols – Canada), Jason Blaine (Canada). Not Pictured: Jody Direen (New Zealand), The Wolfe Brothers (Australia)
Pictured above: International Artists gather at the Aristo Global Show, held Tuesday, June 4, at Second Fiddle on Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn. Pictured L to R: Front: Lizzie Ward-Thomas (United Kingdom), Ben Sorenson (Australia), Madison Kozak (Canada), Catherine Ward-Thomas (United Kingdom)  Back: Matt Watkins (AristoMedia), Bobbi Boyce (CMA), Mark Moffatt, Greg Hanna (Canada), Jason Hastie (Canada), David Bradley (United Kingdom), Kurt Frei of Two Rocks Band, Morgan Evans (Australia), Hicks (Sweden), Jeff Walker (AristoMedia, President/CEO).  Not pictured: Ritchie Scholl (Australia)

Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 8 – 15

47th Annual
Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
June 8 – 15, 2013

The Mecca of Bluegrass Includes 8 Big Days of Entertainment with Over 55 Bands

Indianapolis, IN (June 5, 2012)  The 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival begins this Saturday, June 8 and continues through June 15 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana. The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 55 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more. Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: www.beanblossom.US.
The 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will include many special performances including Dr. Ralph Stanley & Larry Sparks on Saturday, June 15, Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz on Wednesday, June 12 and J. D. Crowe on Saturday, June 15. The complete line-up of talent includes:
Saturday, June 8Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Tommy Sells & Big Country Bluegrass, Larry Gillis & Swamp Grass, Flatt Lonesome, Cumberland Highlanders, Dale Ann Bradley, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Larry Stephenson Band, and Tommy Brown & County Line Grass
Sunday, June 9
Balos Family, Pastor Bagget, Tommy Brown & County Lie Grass, The Expedition Show, Larry Gillis & Swamp Grass, Grasstowne, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Volume Five
Monday, June 10
Lonesome River Band, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Kody Norris & Watauga Mountains, Farm Hands, Clay Hess Band with Stacy Grubb, Raymond Fairchild & Maggie Valley Boys, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass,  David Davis & Warrior River Boys
Tuesday, June 11
The Boxcars, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition, The Roys, Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Tennessee Mafia Jub Band, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Kody Norris & Watauga Mountain Boys, and the Moron Brothers
Wednesday, June 12
Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz Reunion, Special Consensus, The Grascals, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Spinney Brothers, Chris Jones & Night Drivers, Wildwood Valley Boys and a special Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp Performance
Thursday, June 13
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Dailey & Vincent, Travelin’ McCourys, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Special Consensus, Spinney Brothers, Crowe Brothers, and Larry Efaw & Mountaineers
Friday, June 14
Detour, Ralph Stanley II, Joe Mullins & Radio Ramblers, Bill Emerson & Sweet Dixie, American Drive, James King Band, Don Stanley & Middle Creek, and Feller & Hill and The Bluegrass Buckaroos
Saturday, June 15
Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, J. D. Crowe, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, American Drive, Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, James King Band, Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Karl Shiflett & The Big Country Show, and Don Stanley & Middle Creek
The YOUTH BLUEGRASS BOOT CAMP takes place June 10-12, 2013. The camp is open to ages 6-18 years and offers over 15 hours of professional instruction in all levels, beginner through advanced for Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Bass and Mandolin. For anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or requesting more information on the camp, please contact Sarah Wasson via email
Emcees include The Legendary Tommy Lamb, The Infamous Sam Jackson and George Riddle. Sound will be provided by Tom Feller.

The Bill Monroe Music Park is located at 5163 SR 135N, Bean Blossom, Indiana 46160. For more information including purchasing tickets, directions, complete schedule, and more, please visit:  or www.beanblossom.US

The 47th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is in loving memory of Tim Peters, Mike Wicker & Roger Smith. The event is sponsored by Dillman Furniture, Martin Guitars, and Hope River Entertainment.



Young is revving up for ‘A.M.’ on September 17

June 5, 2013…(Nashville, TN)...Grammy nominated singer Chris Young recently put a call out to his fans to help share details about his highly anticipated fourth studio album and the fans responded in droves! Check out the unique clips which unveil the September 17 release date of Young’s upcoming album, A.M..

“We’ve been hard at work in the studio picking songs and recording an album that really reflects my live show,” declares Young. “Country music fans are the best and most loyal fans and so I wanted them to be the first to learn and share info about the new record.”

The record's rowdy lead single “Aw Naw,” written by Young, Ashley Gorley and Chris DeStefano, is quickly becoming a party anthem at his live shows. The song is available now on iTunes and other digital music destinations while the new record can be preordered now on Amazon.

Recently named one of this summer’s best opening acts by Entertainment Weekly, catch Chris performing his 5 #1 hits plus new favorite “Aw Naw” on the “Beat This Summer Tour” with Brad Paisley, with shows booked from May - August. Young has spent the first half of this year headlining his “Liquid Neon Tour”, which kicked off last fall with a sold-out show from Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. He’s gone global in 2013 with performances in Ireland, the UK, and Australia.

Grammy nominated vocalist Chris Young continues to accumulate more career milestones as he heats up the summer on tour with Brad Paisley, after wrapping his headlining “Liquid Neon Tour”, and taking his music to an international level with 2013 performances in Ireland, the U.K., and Australia.  Highlights include recent TV appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Talk, Katie, ABC’s Nashville and the ACM Awards.  He also added his fifth career topping single, PLATINUM and four GOLD RIAA certified singles, plus a GOLD album for his sophomore release, The Man I Want To Be to his accolades.  With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young, as described by Entertainment Weekly, clearly “has a long, lucrative future ahead of him.” For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.

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