Monday, November 4, 2013

The Roys' Opry Debut Was A Dream Come True

The Roys' Opry Debut Was A Dream Come True
Photo Credit  Chris Holllo
L-R : Lee Roy, Jeannie Seely, Elaine Roy and Eddie Stubbs
Photo Credit: Chris Hollo

Nashville, TN (November 4, 2013) - Award-winning Bluegrass siblings THE ROYS marked another milestone in their career with their Grand Ole Opry debut last Friday night on the stage of Nashville's world-famous Ryman Auditorium. Introduced by Grammy-winning Opry legend Jeannie Seely and backed by the renowned Opry band, THE ROYS brought down the house with "You Can Count on My Love" and their version of Merle Haggard's "Ramblin' Fever," both tracks from their latest album GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN 

"There are no words to describe what we're feeling right now, so we thank y'all for sharing in our dream come true," vocalist/guitarist Elaine Roy told the Ryman audience.  "I just want to say that dreams do come true, so never give up.  God always opens the doors.  You will never know how incredibly awesome this is."
L-R: Elaine Roy, Lee Roy and Daniel Patrick
Photo Credit:  Chris Hollo.

Vocalist/mandolinist brother Lee Roy echoed his sister's sentiments.  "As Elaine said, this is a lifelong dream of ours," he beamed.  "I was knee-high to a grasshopper, as they say, when I first wanted to play the Grand Ole Opry.  We were raised in a little town in New Brunswick, Canada called Coal Branch, and going from Coal Branch to the Grand Ole Opry is a pretty amazing feat."

THE ROYS' first Opry appearance was a night to remember for the traditional but unique artists.  They have become mainstays on the Bluegrass charts and on satellite radio, and known as Nashville's Bluegrass ambassadors to the world.

The excitement continues on November 22 when the duo will be performing with Jim Lauderdale at the sold-out "Playin' Possum! The Final NO Show" in Nashville, and 2014 will prove to be even bigger and better, as they are currently booking their tour.

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TAYLOR SWIFT TO RECEIVE CMA PINNACLE AWARD DURING “


TAYLOR SWIFT TO RECEIVE CMA PINNACLE AWARD DURING “


NASHVILLE – CMA will present the Pinnacle Award to Nashville’s own global sensation Taylor Swift during “The 47th Annual CMA Awards” airing live Wednesday (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.
The Award recognizes an artist who has achieved both national and international prominence through concert performances and record sales at levels unique in Country Music. The artist has also attained the highest degree of recognition within the broad expanse of music worldwide. The artist’s talent and presence will have a long-term positive impact on the appreciation of Country Music for generations to come.
“I can’t think of a better opportunity than ‘Country Music’s Biggest Night™’ to present an award of this magnitude to an artist of this caliber,” said CMA President of the Board Ed Hardy. “I’ve known Taylor since she was 16. She came to my office with her Mom to play her music and I was amazed. Taylor’s outstanding career epitomizes the definition of the Pinnacle Award.”
Swift, who writes all of her own songs, has six CMA Awards nominations in 2013 including Entertainer of the Year; Female Vocalist of the Year; Album of the Year (for her six million-selling RED); and three nominations for “Highway Don’t Care” with Tim McGraw and Keith Urban for Single, Musical Event, and Music Video of the Year. Swift now has 21 CMA Awards nominations and seven wins including her first in 2007 for the Horizon Award (now New Artist of the Year) and two for Entertainer of the Year (2009, 2011), which ties her with Barbara Mandrell for wins in that category by a female artist.
She was previously announced as a performer on the CMA Awards in a star-studded collaboration with Alison Krauss, CMA Musical Event of the Year nominee Vince Gill, CMA Musician of the Year nominee Sam Bush, bassist Edgar Meyer, and percussionist Eric Darken.
The Pinnacle Award was created in 2005 when it was presented to Garth Brooks, the only other recipient.
At age 23, Swift is the only female artist in music history (and just the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album (2012’s RED and 2010’s Speak Now) hit the 1 million first-week sales figure.
With RED, Swift became the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at No. 1 with three consecutive studio albums. RED has topped the Billboard 200 Albums Chart for seven weeks, following Fearless (11 weeks), and Speak Now (six weeks).
With more than 1.2 million copies sold in the U.S. in its first week, RED scored the highest first-week sales debut of any album in more than a decade, had the eighth largest first-week debut in chart history, and marked the second biggest week ever for a female artist. Taylor’s lead single from RED, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” set a new record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman, and for the second-largest sales week overall.
With RED, Swift also set a new worldwide iTunes record for highest ever first-week album sales, and RED reached No. 1 on iTunes and national sales charts in 50 countries, including the U.K., Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Ireland, Argentina, New Zealand, Ireland, and Australia.
In 2012, Swift’s Speak Now album was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is Billboard’s youngest-ever Woman of the Year, her more than 100 industry awards include seven Grammys (she is the youngest winner in history of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year).  
Swift has career record sales in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads worldwide; and her two most recent albums are two of only 18 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. She has had singles top both the Country and pop radio charts around the globe, and has thus far scored 13 No. 1 singles across multiple radio formats. She is one of the Top 5-selling digital music artists worldwide, and is the top-selling digital artist in Country Music history.
She is Billboard’s reigning Artist of the Year and holds the Billboard record for the Most Top 10 Debuts in the History of the Hot 100 Chart, the Most Charting Songs from One Album in a Single Week, and the Longest Charting Album on the Top 200 Chart. 
This year, the North American portion of Swift’s RED Tour played to more than 1.36 million fans, with 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops), in 47 cities, in 29 states, and 3 provinces spanning 6 months. And, starting in late November, Swift will take her RED Tour, which Rolling Stone dubbed “a massively excellent show,” Down Under, performing stadium shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth, as well as arena dates in Auckland. Swift will be the first solo female artist in 20 years to undertake a national stadium concert tour of Australia. The RED Tour heads to Europe in 2014.
Her SPEAK NOW World Tour played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents in 2011 and 2012. Her 107-date FEARLESS 2009/2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries.
Swift recently filmed a role for the upcoming movie “The Giver,” and has written the end credit song “Sweeter Than Fiction” for the movie “One Chance,” a biopic of “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Paul Potts. She also contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the movie “The Hunger Games,” winning a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media, and earning a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song. She voiced the character of Audrey in the 2012 hit movie “Dr. Seuss’s The LORAX,” has hosted “Saturday Night Live,” appeared in the Garry Marshall film “Valentine’s Day,” and guest-starred on the Emmy-winning TV drama “CSI.”

DOLLY PARTON A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS STORY

DOLLY PARTON SET TO STAR IN LIFETIME ORIGINAL MOVIE,
A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS STORY, NOVEMBER 9

LOS ANGELES, CA (November 4, 2013) – Grammy® Award winner Dolly Parton (Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias), to star along with Megyn Price (Rules of Engagement), Brian McKnight (American Dreams), newcomer Desiree Ross (Crossing the River) in the upcoming Lifetime Original Movie A Country Christmas Story, Saturday, November 9, at 8:00 pm ET/PT. 

A Country Christmas Story follows a young bi-racial Appalachian Mountain girl (Ross) as she defies her mother (Price) and goes against stereotype when she takes up guitar in pursuit of her dream of becoming a country star.  Her journey to the stage at Dollywood and a singing competition hosted by Dolly Parton reunites her itinerant musician father (McKnight) with her family, as well as uncovering the musical legacy of African Americans in the world of country music.  Mary Kay Place (Big Love, Being John Malkovich) will portray her grandmother.

Dolly Parton’s career has spanned nearly five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down.  An internationally-renowned superstar, the iconic and irrepressible Parton has contributed countless treasures to the worlds of music, film and television.  Some of her hit films have included Nine to Five, Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Rhinestone.  Parton received two Oscar® nominations – one for writing the title tune to Nine to Five and the other for Travelin’ Thru from the film Transamerica.  Throughout her career, she has penned such classic songs as Jolene, Coat of Many Colors, her mega-hit I Will Always Love You and Here You Come Again and garnered seven Grammy Awards.  In 1986, Parton opened up her own them park called Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains.

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LEONA WILLIAMS: REAL COUNTRY

LEONA WILLIAMS: REAL COUNTRY

Bear Family Release 3 cd Collection

Although her recording career stretches back into late 1960s, Leona Williams has never received the full acclaim, or chart success, that she truly deserves. But, along the way, she’s amassed praise from her peers and compatriots: “…. The greatest country singer that has ever stepped up to a microphone” (George Jones), “ … Her heart for country music not only comes out in her singing but also her writing” (Connie Smith), “… a great singer. She sings with a lot of soul” (Willie Nelson), “… I can feel every emotion she puts in a song … one of the greatest songwriters of our time” (Tanya Tucker) and “… the purest voice this side of the Mississippi and beyond” (Rhonda Vincent).

Now Bear Family Records releases the first retrospective of her work with a 82 track, 3 cd set featuring recordings made during the period 1968-80 for Nugget, Hickory, RCA and MCA labels, plus a previously unreleased 1986 album produced by Tompall Glaser.


LEONA WILLIAMS    Yes, Ma’m, He Found me In A Honky Tonk
(Bear Family BCD 17246 CP)

Born Leona Belle Helton in Vienna, Missouri, the ninth of twelve children, she launched her music interests at an early age, first learning to play the mandolin at five and graduating to the guitar four years later. Her early influences included Kitty Wells and Hank Williams, though George Jones was her greatest inspiration, beginning his phenomenal career when Leona was a teenager. ”If a girl could sing just like him that’s what I wanted to do” she said.

Along with other family members she performed art various local events and, by the time she was fifteen, had secured her own sponsored weekday radio show, “Leona Sings”, on radio station KWOS, in Jefferson City. One enthusiastic listener was Ron Williams, a former Army private who also possessed music ambitions and, when married, they started working as a duo, he on guitar and she on upright bass, as well as back-up for several country acts. One of these artists, Loretta Lynn, offered them a spot in her roadshow which, in  turn, brought them to Nashville and opened up doors to the music community.

Further attention was gained when Loretta recorded one of Leona’s songs, Get What ‘cha Got And Go, and Oscar Sullivan and Dave Hooten (better known as the comedy duo Lonzo & Oscar) produced four tracks on her in Nugget Studios in January 1968. The titles, which kick off this cd collection, were A Woman’s Man, Ten Minutes Till Heartaches, Broadminded and I Just Wanted You to Be Proud Of Me. Two days later the tapes were played to Wesley Rose, at Acuff-Rose Music, who immediately liked what he heard and, within a week, she was officially signed to company’s Hickory Records. A Woman’s Man was released as her first single though it wasn’t until her second studio session that produced her first chart success, the Dusty Owens penned Once More, already a proven winner for both Roy Acuff and the Osborne Brothers & Red Allen.

Unfortunately her five year (1968-73) association with Hickory only resulted in two further chart successes - Country Girl With Hot Pants On and Your Shoeshine Girl – although it did create a trademark song Yes, Ma’m, He Found Me A Honky Tonk (written by Glenn Barber and re-recorded several times over the years), revivals of such standards When I Stop Dreaming, They’ll Never Take Her Love from Me and Baby and We’re Really In Love  and several Leona & Ron Williams’ originals, all confirming Wesley Rose’s faith in her as a country singer in a classic mould.

But, as Leona’s career progressed, her marriage fell apart with her success outstripping Ron’s ambitions, and their divorce was finalised in 1975. The same year saw a short, two session tenure with RCA Records before moving on to MCA and a rocky marriage to Merle Haggard. As she explains this set’s accompanying booklet, she didn’t want to place her career second to that of her superstar husband and met Hag’s forceful, independent ways with her own by going out on tour with different artists. Nevertheless they did enjoy a Top Ten duet with the double entendre CB radio novelty The Bull And The Beaver and he convinced her to record The Baby Song which she abhorred (her feelings confirmed with an unspectacular two week run in the lower regions of Billboard’s Top 100 Country Chart during February 1979). Nevertheless, in spite of their differences, they were reunited for the 1983 Mercury album Heart To Heart Talk which Hag then refused to get involved in its’ promotion. She filed for divorce in late 1983. (This duet set, together with Leona’s solo Mercury recordings, is available on the previously released Bear Family cd – Old Loves Never Die: BCD16411 AH).

In 1986, when Tompall Glaser had a production deal with MCA, he recorded an album on her in the now long-gone Glaser Studios on Nashville’s 19th Avenue South – but the album was never released and makes its debut in this collection.

In spite of a lack of chart singles, Leona Williams has kept up an active career, regularly working gigs (often performing with her son, Ron Williams Jr.) and releasing several albums on different labels over the years, her pure country voice ensuring the loyalty of hardcore country fans. On the personal front, she enjoyed a happy marriage for almost 20 years to guitarist/songwriter Dave Kirby who died in 2004.

It is, as Wesley Rose remarked at the beginning of her career: “It doesn’t make a difference if it’s a big hit record. We’re building a foundation. You can work the rest of your life once you do that”. Leona agrees by saying that his advice helped her with her career outlook. “There have been ups and downs, but if any person in this business says it’s just been smooth and good all the time, there’s something wrong somewhere. I’ve been in the music business a long time, and I’ve seen some rough times, but I have my career, and my kids, and I’m thankful every day.”

This 3 cd collection is accompanied by a 48 page book in which author Randy Fox details the Leona Williams’ life and recordings, accompanied by photographs and discography.


Yes, Ma’m, He Found Me In A Honky Tonk (BCD 17246 CP) – track details:
Disc 1: A Woman's Man • Ten Minutes Till Heartaches • Broadminded • I Just Wanted You To Be Proud Of Me • I Narrowed This Triangle (Down To Two) • Papa's Medicine Show • I Want Some More Of This Once More • If I'd Only Listened To Mom And Dad • This Is Not A Home No More • They'll Never Take His Love From Me • Just Because Of You • The Circle Of Friends • When I Stop Dreaming • Baby, We're Really In Love Watch Her Go • • Yes, Ma'am (He Found Me In A Honky Tonk) • Baby, Just For You • So Goes My World • Somewhere • Inside The Old Place Is Gone • Lists Spot • He's Just You Made Over • Country Girl With Hot Pants On • Country Music In My Soul • Since I'm Not With The One I Love (I'll Love The One I'm With) • The Boys And Lucy Brown • A Gentleman On My Mind • Tom Lucus • A Woman's Life Is More Than Just A Man • Happy Anniversary, Baby 

Disc 2: Out Of Hand • Ain 't That Fine • How Great Thou Art • Cheese Cake And Apple Pine • Your Shoeshine Girl • I'm Not Sup-posed to Love You Anymore • I'd Rather Die (Loving Him) • I Can not Tell My Heart That • I Spent A Week There Last Night • Anything Goes (Til Everything's Gone) • You're tearing This Ole Heart Out Of Me • Everybody Loves Me But You • A Lifetime To Forget • You Do not Love Me Like You Mean • It Just Like A Prayer • Hey I'm Somebody (Not Just A Body) • For All I Know There's More Love In The Arms You'll Be Leavin '• Shape Up Or Ship Out • I Wonder Where I'll Find You At Tonight • If Anyone Ought To Know • I Want to Live Again • That Lonely Unloved Wife • Look Mom, I've Got To Go To Memphis • Window Up Above • Stone • Rock and Roll Bright Morning Light • The Bull And The Beaver (& MERLE HAGGARD) • I'm Getting 'High (& MERLE HAGGARD) 

Disc 3: The Baby Song • Call Me Crazy Lady • Good Nights Make Good Mornings • He Took Care Of Me • Yes ma'am • Any Port In A Storm • Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee • Touch And Go • I Can not Break The Habit • I Am Barely Getting By • Catching Craw Fish [Catchin 'Crawfish] • Aberdeen • Why Be A Dreamer • Midnight Blue • The Good Times Are Ready To Come • My Heart Has Finally Said Goodbye • Guitar Pickin 'song • You Put Out An Old Flame • We've Had Some Good Times • North Alabama • Too Close To Home • The Bridge

ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS NOVEMBER 4. 2013


ON THE ROAD WITH THE EVERHARTS
 
     "When you're packing for a five-month trip, it takes a little while to figure it all out."  Bob & Sheila Everhart of Anita, and their daughter Bobbie Lhea are off for their winter hiatus.  "First stop is probably Wichita, Kansas," Bob said, "so we can overnight at the Walmart as well as tank up gas.  We're not in any great hurry, we are headed for the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, mostly to get some dental work done in Progresso, Mexico.  All three of us will pay a visit to the dentist.  We'll get to see our old friends Francis & Jeannie Hahn, and no doubt we'll have some huachinango in Progresso.  This is Spanish for 'red snapper' fish, and cooked the way they do there is really really good, and if I'm not too far off, should be a budget lunch.  It will probably take us four or five days to get all the way to the border, and we'll stop at some interesting museums if there are any along the way."
     "We had dinner with Arlyn & Marge Lund," Sheila added, "at Mimi's Restaurant in Jordan Creek in West Des Moines.  This is a kind of French-countrystyle food.  I know Arlyn sure enjoyed it, and so did we.  Not exactly a budget lunch for Bob, but we kind of like to do this when the last show of the season is over with, and we count our popcorn dollars, always hoping there will be enough to make a trip like this."
     "If I failed to mention that Dave and the boys in Anita got the new sidewalk in front of the Oak Tree, I sure want to thank them now," Bob added.  "They did a super job, though we were a bit concerned they might not get it done in time.  Our first show next season will be April 18 & 19.  April 20 is Easter so we won't do anything on Easter Sunday, but it sure will be a nice reunion leading up to Easter.  So everybody come and see what's new for SpringFest."
     "I finally got to pick my own budget lunch," Bobbie Lhea, the Everhart's daughter said.  "I went with mom to visit my grandma down in Missouri, and on the way back we stopped at a Waffle House in Kansas City. Oh, those pecan waffles are delicious.  Both mom and I had one, and we even took one back home to dad, who was busy getting the camper ready to go to Texas.  He warmed it up in the microwave, and proclaimed it a super budget lunch."
     "We'll keep you posted along the way about happenings," Bob added, "and the first one is that John Carter Cash, the only child of Johnny Cash and June Carter, has promised to be with us at our festival next year."

TRADITION BULLETIN NOVEMBER 4. 2013


TRADITION BULLETIN
 
Ever since we've been doing the "budget-lunch' thing with Bobbie Lhea, as we travel around Iowa has garnered us some special attention, and we'll now head into parts unknown on our trip to Texas...BUT, we'll still manage a budget lunch or two.  The last one at the Waffle House was pretty good, I must say, but his little story venture has brought some interesting offers to our house.  Mostly from Omaha, but just this last week, these are some food offerings we've received.
     Clancy's Pub, 114th & Dodge, Omaha has 'Steak Wednesdays", a sirloin, potato, and salad for $8.99
     McKinneys Grocery is giving $30 worth of groceries for $15 at 215 Enterprise in Gretna
     Fuddruckers at 72nd & Dodge is offering a burger, fries, & a drink for $6 (wow, there's a budget lunch)
     Little King Subs (by the old market) offers $20 worth of food for $10.
I'm not exactly sure what all you have to do to take advantage of these offers, but they are open to the public, so I'd visit their individual websites first before you make a trip.  They offer some kind of voucher and you have to have one when you go to eat, so good luck, and let us know if anything good comes of it.
 
It is a real pleasure to let you know that Janet McBride was presented an award at the 25th annual American Cowboy Culture Awards Banquet for 2013.  She received her award at the Annual Cowboy Symposium and Celebration held in the Civic Center in Lubbock, Texas.  Janet's award is in 'Western Music as one of the top singing and yodeling cowgirls of all time in the USA, and for mentoring so many young girls to become great singers."  Oh yes, I know, 'I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart" is first and foremost.   We're going to make an attempt at bringing some cowboy and western music to the festival next year, and Buck Helton has agreed to be with us to accomplish this. Sounds like it might be leading up to something super nice.
 
If you were holding out to see Loretta Lynn in Iowa this fall, better think twice.  She has postponed two shows that I'm aware of, one in Spencer and one at the Paramount Theater in Cedar Rapids.  She's canceling because of exhaustion.  She just finished a Canadian tour, and will reschedule the Iowa shows.  We keep trying like crazy to get her to the LeMars Festival for Hall of Fame honors, but wow, she is hard to get a commitment from. We'll keep trying, and if you know of any way to reach her, you help too.
 
Being on the road is not always fun.  Jason Aldean, one of the newer music artists called country, was riding in his bus, as a man walked right in front of the bus, instantly killing him.  Happened in Knox County, Indiana on Highway 41.
 
Here's one you might want to go see if you are up Minnesota way.  Betty Rydell is one of our gifted professional entertainers, and her Christmas Show is set for December 8 in Hamel, Minnesota at the Medina Entertainment Center. Don't have all the details, but I do know this is going to be a fun show.  Information awaits you at 763-422-0544.  Betty will be doing a special show at the Oak Tree in Anita next summer too, so be sure and watch for that one.
 
Sheila was watching Dave Letterman on CBS Tuesday night last (Oct. 29th) and was surprised to see Alan Jackson on as the special musical guest.  What was different she said, was he was using an all-bluegrass backing band.  I asked Sheila if she liked it, and she said it was pretty good.  Somehow Jackson made the bluegrass backing sound a little bit country too, so maybe there's salvation after all.  Keep at it Alan Jackson, with this thought in mind how about letting us put YOU in America's Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014. By the way, the name of his new album is "The Bluegrass Album" appropriately so.  Not sure if you are into this kind of stuff, but it's in the news.  Alan Jackson's daughter 20-year old Jane Jackson was a passenger in a car pulled over by Metro Nashville police, and according to a police affidavit, she was irate, refused to stay in the car, and struck a police officer in the chest. She resisted arrest, and had to be handcuffed on the way to her waiting jail cell.  She promptly told police officers her dad would do anything she wanted him to do.  She also admitted to having a few drinks before the fracas.
 
One of the really really good bluegrass bands that has made three appearances at the Oak Tree in Anita, is doing well too.  The 'Roys' are headed for the Grand Ole Opry, well actually as I write this, they performed on the Opry last Friday, November 1st.  Wow, where's the time going.  Anyway, this too will be some salvation for country music. Maybe bluegrass can take the place of some of the hip-hop; rap; pop-poop, etc. that has seemed to 'take over' real country music.  For Lee & Elaine Roy however, a performance on the GOO is a lifelong dream come true.  If you've seen this brother-sister act from Massachusetts (like at the Oak Tree) you already know how tremendously good they are with their music.  Their current CD "Gypsy Train" is still getting tremendous airplay, and is #15 on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart.  Hey you know....YOU helped them along the way when you saw them at the Oak Tree.  They are probably going to get very busy now, but we'll always have the door open for them.
 
The Oak Ridge Boys will be celebrating their 40th anniversary tour, presenting a delightful Christmas Show at the Hoyt Sherman Place (1501 Woodland Ave) in Des Moines on November 30th.  Tickets range from $40 to $50, but the seats in Hoyt Sherman are pretty good, so it should be fun.  The Boys will pack as many of their hits over their 40-year career as possible into the show, and then after a small stage transformation, they will do their very original and unique Christmas Show.  Should be fun, let us know how it turns out.
 
I had to spend some time in the car going to Pender, Nebr., and then LeMars to get some information Saturday morning, so I got to spend some time listening to KWMT Fort Dodge radio.  Normally when we are so busy on the weekends, we don't get to listen to KWMT, and if we did, it was to specifically listen to Dale Eichor as he would spin some great regional and local artists.  He's not on Saturday morning anymore, and I gave the station a good spin of a listen, and the only thing I can truthfully say about the show, is that it's VACANT.  That's not good.  I did hear some Ernest, and Loretta, and Kitty, and Johnny, and Willie, but none of their hits, mostly "B" sides or some obscure song dragged out of their albums.  Not only that, those 'new' country artists I wouldn't even be able to tell you who they are since they are not introduced by name.  I suppose this saves money, but one thing absolutely sure about it, anyone wanting to hear good country music sure isn't going to spend much time listening to that computer crank out a few more songs a few less commercials, and a lot less country.
 
Might not get another chance to announce this, the acoustic music jam is still set for Sat., Nov. 9th Noon-6pm at the Boelus Community Center at 615 Delaware in Boelus, Nebraska.  All local musicians and the public is invited to attend.  There will be a free will donation to pay for the use of the Community Center. More info at 308-383-5016.
 
Some interesting country music news out of Canada.  Hank Snow will be on one of their postage stamps beginning in July, 2014.  Shania Twain and k.d. Lang is also on the list.  Hey, what about Anne Murray???
 
Today it is hard to find musicians that still play music once heard in the foothills and rural areas of the South.  Music that was sung and heard before the term bluegrass and country music was made popular on radio and television.  Well, I'm not sure where this is going, but here's a bit more of this press release that makes it very plain that folk music today is not 'folk' music.  They go on to say that original-music folkies are sort of swarmey-whiney artists with very slow originals all they do.  This release is all about a concert at the Roxy Theater in Russellville (I believe it is in Tennessee).  At any rate Matt Kinman, "The Traveling Troubadour" is an accomplished banjo, fiddle, and guitar player, and currently promoting his 'Back Porch of America" video project.  A video production crew from Los Angeles is apparently following him around as he meets interesting people, plays music, and learns about the crafts and stories of long ago.  According to the article, old time music is sometimes referred to as old-timey or mountain music.  Bluegrass and country music was derived from Old Time music.  Typical instruments in this genre are the fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and dulcimer.  Old time music preserved the traditions found in the music of the isolated areas of the south before pre-video and mass media.  Well, so much for that.  I think these folks are going back even earlier than I do as a Smithsonian recording artist with regard to what 'old-time' music is all about. We'll try to get this guy to LeMars and pick his brain if not his guitar for awhile.
 
Kenny Rogers is going to receive the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert.  Well so much for Old-Time Music, eh?
 
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