A R C H I V E - #2

  • HALL OF FAME PARTNERS WITH AUDIUM FOR REISSUES. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has joined forces withNashville-based Audium Entertainment to reissue several historic catalogalbums. First released on the museum's CMF Records imprint, the collectionswill be distributed to stores nationwide this month through KochInternational, the New York-based company that distributes Audium Records.The reissues include the lauded Hank Williams: Rare Demos as well as WebbPierce: King of the Honky Tonk, Faron Young: Live Fast, Love Hard and JohnnyPaycheck: The Real Mr. Heartache.

  • QUESTIONS FOR JOHNNY CASH. (From the New Musical Express. You'll need to actually go to this website to post your question.)

  • The Sound of Downtown Norfolk. Here is a link about an interesting article about "The Sound" of downtown Norfolk, talking about Gene Vincent (of course) and Ruth Brown. http://www.thenorva.com/thesound.html

  • Links about Lyrics and chords of 20 songs of Gene Vincent: http://www.multimania.com/rockbox/frame_gene.htm

  • CASH, SNOW, AND OWENS CAST IN BRONZE. Montana artist Bill Rains unveiled larger-than-lifebronze statues of Johnny Cash, Hank Snow and BuckOwens at the Ryman Auditorium Wednesday (Sept. 20).The likenesses are part of "Nashville Legends onParade," an exhibit sponsored by the Ryman and theTennessee Performing Arts Center. Cash, who approvedthe preliminary drawing, saw the finished productaftercoincidentally driving by the statue as it waited in aNashville hotel parking lot for the unveilingceremony. "He had tears in his eyes, and he shook myhand and hugged me and said he couldn't wait to tellJune," Rains said.

  • SURVIVING A POWER MOM. Tammy Wynette's daughter, Jackie Daly, is among thewomen featured in "Surviving a Power Mom," an articlein Glamour magazine's October issue.

  • DAVE EDMUNDS HOSPITALIZED. Sept. 23, 2000 - Welsh Sunday Mirror newspaper reports that Welsh rock legend has just had a triple heart by pass operation at Cedars Sinai hospital in LA. Dave was apparently ill and quiet and subdued on the recent US tour with Ringo, but insisted on finishing the tour. he is expected to make a full recovery but needs to stop his heavy smoking habit. Check out Phil & Shaun's Rockabilly Hall of Fame page for details of Dave`s rocking career.

  • SUE VAN HECKE, author of the new Gene Vincent book, "Race with the Devil," will be interviewed Oct. 19, 12 midnight on WGN's Steve & Johnnie's AM all-night talk show. The program is heard around the world on-line and is Chicago top rated late night gig. Joining Sue live on the air will be original Blue Cap drummer, the Rev. Dickie Harrell.

  • Vincent / Cochran material.
    * THE BLUE CAPS On the Road Again - Magnum 20 $14.98. 17 tracks recorded live in England in 1984 by original members of Gene Vincent's Blue Caps - Johnny Meeks, Dickie Harrell, Paul Peek and Tommy Facenda. The material is mostly classic songs associated with gene like "Be-Bop-A-Lula/ Dance To the Bop/ Say Mama" and more.
    * EDDIE COCHRAN/ GENE VINCENT Rock 'n' Roll Memories - Rockstar RSRCD 018 $19.98.Recordings from TV shows shot when Gene and Eddie were touring England in 1959 and 1960. This material has been out before but this collection has been newly remastered from original tapes and sounds substantially better than any previous releases. Also includes interviews and comes with a 16 page booklet with 25 photos and lots of info on the tour.* CONTACT:
    Frank Scott, Roots & Rhythm
    P.O. Box 837
    El Cerrito, CA 94530, USA
    Toll Free Order Line (in USA): 888-ROOTS-66 - Enquiry Line : 510-526-8373 - Fax : 510-526-9001
    E-Mail : roots@hooked.net

  • One of Johnny Dilks' songs is featured in the recent motion picture "Way of the Gun". The song they use is "Comin' on Through" and is played during one of the funniest scenes in the movie...Its good to see Johnny Dilks and the Visitacion Valley Boys make it on to the film screen.

  • Rockabilly Writer's Forum. A web site created for posting original rockabilly songs, with the hope of sharing ideas and working on our craft together.

  • Louisville Music News August 2000 cover story featured Jimmy Logsdon. You can find the story and photos here: http://www.louisvillemusicnews.com/fullarticlepage.htm?article=4224 -  Paul Moffett, Editor, Louisville Music News

  • RHOF FEATURE: Jerry Naylor's Great New Rockabilly CD Project

  • The Americana International Web Site has been updated as of September 16, 2000. Americana International is Europe's #1 American Lifestyle Event held annually in the heart of the UK.

  • Link Wray will be playing at least 11 dates in the US from early to mid October. For specific dates/cities go to www.pollstar.com and search for Link Wray.

  • Marty Stuart is scoring a second upcoming Billy Bob Thornton movie, "All the Pretty Horses," starring Matt Damon. The movie is tentatively scheduled for a Christmas Day release in the U.S. Stuart also is working on the soundtrack to Thornton's "Daddy and Them" project.

  • ROCK CAT ROCK has been rocking venues around Sydney and Australia, with their own brand of rockabilly, blues and roots rock, for over five years, and their non stop tour shows no sign of relenting just yet. Contact: powerpnt@acenet.com.au or enriquez@bigpond.com

  • http://www.merlehaggard.comIt appears that Merle, Theresa and Bob all sat down with Microsoft Front Page and a bottle of George Dickel and whipped up their own website.

    (compiled: Sept. 13, 2000)
    01. United States
    02. United Kingdom
    03. Finland
    04. Canada
    05. Australia
    06. Sweden
    07. Germany
    08. France
    09. Japan
    10. Norway
    11. Netherlands
    12. Spain
    13. Denmark
    14. Belgium
    15. Italy
    16. Switzerland
    17. Austria
    18. Mexico
    19. Brazil
    20. Argentina
    21. Ireland
    22. Russian Federation
    23. Czech Republic
    24. Hungary
    25. New Zealand
    26. Portugal
    27. Estonia
    28. Croatia
    29. Chile
    30. Greece
    31. Slovenia
    32. Singapore
    33. Hong Kong
    34. Malaysia
    35. South Africa
    36. USSR (former)
    37. Poland
    38. Korea (South)
    39. Luxembourg
    40. Israel
    41. Uruguay
    42. Romania
    43. Thailand
    44. Indonesia
    45. Ukraine
    46. India
    47. Columbia
    48. Saudi Arabia
    49. United Arab Emirates
    50. Yugoslavia
    51. Kuwait
    52. Kazakhstan
    53. El Salvador
    54. Latvia
    55. Bermuda
    56. International
    57. Philippines
    58. Taiwan
    59. Bulgaria
    60. Egypt

  • Malcolm Yelvington's 82nd Birthday Party. A private event, but you may contact Mark Bell via E-mail: belll@bellsouth.net and tell him that Bob at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame wants you there with him. No problem. Malcolm turns 82 this Thursday and there will be a birthday party for him on Friday the 15th at The P&H Cafe, 532 Madison Avenue, Memphis at 6:30. We're gonna serve up some free cake and Ice cream. Later the night will be 9th annual Hank Williams Birthday Tribute at "the beer joint of your dreams".

    2nd Annual Jerry Lee Lewis World Fan Club Convention + 65th Birthday Bash. A FEW TICKETS LEFT!!

  • Ronny Weiser's Latest Column: Sept, 2000 - Starlight Drifters

  • DICK GLASER'S PASSING, From: tony watson (beccaboo@one.net.au> Always tune into your website. Lots of great RAB news. One item which appears to have escaped your news board is the July death of the multi talented singer/songwriter/producer Dick Glasser aka Dick Lory. Dick recorded a number of great RAB singles for various labels including Dot/Argo/Columbia before moving to Liberty in the early 60's. There he recorded a number of sides including the PJ Proby written 'Handsome Guy' which went top ten in Australia in 1962. At Liberty he also produced a number of acts including THe Ventures and Vic Dana on Dolton before moving to Warner Bros where he produced The Everly Bros "Two Yanks In England". Moving to Reprise he produced a number of hits for The Vogues before becoming MGM's house producer in Nashville. Dick wrote a number of great RAB songs for other artists including Gene Vincent, Dale Hawkins and Janis Martin, however his most successful song was the million seller 'Angels In The Sky' for The Crewcuts in 1955. Keep up the good work, Tony

  • MORE HANK SR. Even though it's Hank Williams, and everybody's thrilled with the find, you gotta ask: how can a guy who died 40 years ago keep releasing new albums? Mercury Records will issue a new album of rare Hank Williams material on September 19th. A Mercury spokeswoman says10 of the 18 tracks on Alone With His Guitar come from appearances Williams made on a Shreveport, Louisiana, radio station. Most of the other tracks are demos.

  • Elvis Tupelo Festival, August 2000, in Review

  • Devon Jones CD: "Songs About the Late Legends"

  • "MR. GUITAR" TO BE HONORED IN 'A LIFE IN MUSIC'. The most recorded solo instrumentalist in music history, Chet Atkins, will be honored on TNN's "Chet Atkins: A Life In Music," Tuesday, September 5 at 8:00 (eastern). The special features various artists like Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, Les Paul and Dolly Parton discussing the influence Atkins has had on their careers. The special chronicles Atkin's extraordinary life using archival interviews of the star telling his own story. In addition, there will be photographs, archives, home movies and memorabilia from his personal library.

  • Play a music trivia game "Special Gene Vincent" (in honor of Sue VanHecke) at this Virginian's site: http://www.virginiamusicflash.com/game.html

  • MARTINA MCBRIDE TO PLAY PATSY CLINE> Martina McBride's management office has confirmed that Martina has been cast to play the part of Patsy Cline in a new IMAX film, tentatively called "The Legends of Country." Details were few, but Martina is scheduled to be on the movie set on September 8 to begin production. Meanwhile, Martina will be busy next week working on a CMT video bio set to air in the coming months. On October 21, the singer will appear on "A Golden Moment" at the Arena in Oakland, California. Kristi Yamaguchi will be skating to Martina's "There You Are." The show will air November 24 on CBS.

  • Jerry Lee Lewis' youngest sister, rockabilly artist Linda Gail Lewis, has teamed with Van Morrison for a duets album, You Win Again (Pointblank/Virgin), according the label sources. Due for release Oct. 3, the project includes versions of Hank Williams' "Why Don't You Love Me," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Let's Talk About Us," John Lee Hooker's "Boogie Chillin' " and Bo Diddley's "Cadillac," plus Morrison's own "No Way Pedro." The two singers are touring in Europe through Oct. 7.

  • MAC CURTIS (click here) has another web presence, as he joins the Wilson Shannon Company - a diverse entertainment organization with production and programming content interests in movies, made-for-TV movies and specials, radio and the Internet.

  • COWBOY JOE'S RADIO RANCH is back on the air.

  • ALVIS WAYNE's outstanding new Rollin' Rock CD-109 is available, and it sounds as cool as it looks! We suggest you get it soon, because it's selling twice as fast as Rollin' Rock's other CDs.(BTW, now Rip Carson second CD is also almost sold-out).
    CD - 101 MACK STEVENS - "Hardcore Texas Cat Music" (second pressing)
    CD - 102 RIP CARSON & THE TWILIGHT TRIO (sold-out)
    CD - 103 THE ORIGINAL BAND (Bill Haley's Comets) -"Still Rockin' Around The Clock" (sold-out, but new pressing coming next week)
    CD - 104 MACK STEVENS - "Texas Heat"
    CD - 105 RIP CARSON & THE TWILIGHT TRIO - "Stand Back" (sold out)
    CD -106 JOHNNY & THE BLADES - "Let's Make Vegas Tonite"
    CD - 107 DRAGSTRIP77 - "Rockabilly Daze"
    CD - 108 THE CHOP TOPS - "Always Wild"
    CD - 109 ALVIS WAYNE - "Rockabilly Daddy"
    Order from:
    Ronny Weiser
    2460 Casey Drive
    Las Vegas, NV 89120
    Tel. 702 739 6213 - Fax 702 739 6218
    e-mail: rockronny@aol.com or rockabillyron@yahoo.com
    US funds: the price for one CD is $ 13.98 + $ 2 S&H, or foreign Airmail + $4 S&H. Wholesale prices upon request.

  • Dale Evans inducted into Texas Hall of Fame.
    Monday, August 21, 2000 - "Happy Trails" have led movie legend Dale Evans to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. The 87-year-old widow of cowboy star Roy Rogers was one of three performers inducted in weekend ceremonies. Known as "The Queen of the West," she starred in 35 movies and a 1950s television series with her husband and co-wrote the couple's theme song, "Happy Trails to You." Evans, who in recent years has written inspirational books and is host of a religious network talk show, could not attend the ceremony because of health reasons. She underwent surgery to replace her pacemaker last year. Her husband died in 1998 at age 86. Charlie Walker and the late Bob Wills were also named to the hall of fame. Previous inductees include Willie Nelson, Gene Autry and Waylon Jennings.

  • August 23rd - it was announced that Chuck Berry will be receiving the Kennedy Center Honors this fall, alongside Clint Eastwood and Placido Domingo (visions of P.D. belting out Johnny B. Goode just came to mind!). Chuck is being honored as the "Poet Laureate of Rock and Roll."

  • OPRY NETWORK SPECIAL, DOCUMENTARY PLANNED. In recognition of the Grand Ole Opry's 75th anniversary, CBS will tape a primetime special Oct. 25 at the Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. Walter Miller, the man behind the CMA Awards and Grammy telecasts, will produce. The lineup has not been finalized, but the show will include all living Opry members in some way, says an Opry spokeswoman. In addition, the A&E cable channel will devote an installment of its Biography series to the venerable radio show. Among those interviewed for the program are Loretta Lynn, Garth Brooks, Little Jimmy Dickens, Porter Wagoner, Marty Stuart, Travis Tritt, Trisha Yearwood and Bill Anderson. Both Opry-related shows will air inNovember.

  • Billy Adam's Latest Column: BILLY GRAM #2

  • Free Country Song and Lyric Writing Contest. If you write songs or lyrics, you are invited to enter one of either, into the Jessica Culpepper Music Publishing contest. The First Place Winner in each category will be given a free demo recording, a web page containing their photo, biography, and song, and a publishing contract. There is no entry fee. Entries must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2000. Winners will be announced in the November issue of this newsletter. Mail your entry to: Jessica Culpepper Music, BMI-POB 271656 Nashville, TN 37227. Please limit your entries to country, gospel, or bluegrass.

  • Euro's Rockin' Fifties Magazine Scrapbook, Vol. 2

  • The New York Times looks back at Viva Las Vegas 2000

  • DALE HAWKINS. From Tapio Vaisanen (tapiov@pcuf.fi) ... We are delighted to announce that Beveric Records will release a brand new CD by The Human Tornado! The release date is November 3rd, 2000! A great selection of remastered early recordings and brand new rockers. The CD kicks off with a legendary track penned by Dave Alvin, "Fool's Paradise" where James Burton & Dale Hawkins joined their forces in studio first time since late sixties. An unbeatable combination! Several of the sessions included The Crickets, Joe Osborne, Larry Knechtel and Dean Mathis as guest musicians on the tracks - some well known and a few obscure surprises. This is the real thing!
    For more details, Contact: records@beveric.com
    Beveric Records, PO Box 69, 01621 VANTAA, FINLAND
    Distribution by Goofin' Records.

  • WILLIE TO RELEASE A BLUES COUNTRY ALBUM. Willie Nelson will release a new album, Milk Cow Blues, on September 19,combining his own classic country sounds with those of some of today's topblues artists. Featured on the album are B.B. King on "The Thrill is Gone,"Susan Tedeschi on "Crazy," Jonny Lang on "Ain't Nobody's Business," and"Texas Flood" with Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

  • OPRY SCHEDULES MATINEE FOR 75TH. The Grand Ole Opry will add a two-hour 3pm Matinee to its line up ofperformances for its "75th Anniversary Birthday Bash Weekend" on Saturday,October 14, 2000, after selling out both evening shows. On Friday, October13, 2000 the birthday weekend will kick-off with two Friday night shows,6:30 & 9:30pm and tickets still remain for both of these performances.(Regular Friday nights only present one 7:30pm show.) Garth Brooks, DollyParton, Vince Gill, Porter Wagoner, Steve Wariner, Alison Krauss, LorettaLynn, Trisha Yearwood, Bill Anderson, Diamond Rio, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis,Travis Tritt and Hal Ketchum are among the performers scheduled to appearfor the "75th Anniversary Birthday Bash Weekend".

  • Latest HORTON BROTHERS CD, "Heave Ho." Texas Jamboree Records. They combine the finest in vintage hillbilly harmony with the purist sound of real vintage studios. Included on this CD is a new version of their hit "Jack in the Boogie Box." "Heave Ho" features the witty lyrics and fabulous harmonies that define the Horton Brother sound. Recorded at Fort Horton studios, once again we find a plethora of Austin's finest musicians making guest appearances! Contactwww.texasjamboree.com

  • DICKIE HARRELL, original Gene Vincent Blue Caps' drummer turns 60. Can we all take some time and send Dickie a birthday card or note??Sunday, August 27 he hits 60!! He's not on-line, so s-mail to:
    Dickie Harrell
    4113 Raven St.
    Portsmouth, VA 23702

  • For Sale: Authentic ALAN FREED 45-rpm RECORDS
    Jody Reynolds has 'em. See: Jody's RHOF Merchandise Page

  • Elvis' pals, owners of "Memphis Mafia," threaten to sue. Five former members of Elvis Presley's inner circle have incorporated the name "Memphis Mafia" and are prepared to sue anyone who uses it without permission. Presley had an entourage of pals and employees who ranged in number from a dozen to about 30. A Las Vegas reporter dubbed the group the Memphis Mafia in 1960 after they cruised the city in black mohair suits and dark sunglasses. "The Memphis Mafia name is known by millions of fans throughout the world, OK?" said Marty Lacker, who owns the name along with Lamar Fike, Red West, Sonny West, Presley cousin Billy and New York entertainment entrepreneur George Tan. They incorporated the name in the early 1990s. George Klein, who knew Elvis back in high school, has held a Memphis Mafia Reunion for the past nine years. A get-together recently at a club featured Presley band members Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana. When told that Klein's event was billed as a Memphis Mafia reunion, Tan said: "If he uses it, he will get sued -- bottom line."

  • Mercury will release an album of rare demos and radio appearances by Hank Williams titled Alone With His Guitar on Sept. 19. Included are 18 songs broadcast in 1949 on radio station KWKH in Shreveport, La., when Williams was on the "Louisiana Hayride" barn dance show there. Colin Escott, co-producer of the Grammy-winning The Complete Hank Williams Box, compiled the collection.

  • BIG ONE MAN BIO. Bruce Humphries sez:
    "B.O.M.B., the one band man, was brought to fruition in the summer of 1999 after years of frustrations toward other musicians. It got to the point where I was going to hang up the hear for good. Ads were placed in the local newspapers to sell the equipment. Then one fate filled day found me at an auction standing in front of a big, beautifully beat up wooden drum. I got lucky and that's all there was to it. Bought the dang thing for fifteen bucks. I guess the farmers at the auctions were eyeballing the other goodies and that left me holding a big bass drum and thinking, Hmmmmmm, I wonder if I could play everything myself. Slowly I began rigging together the bass drum, a snare, a ride cymbal, a crash cymbal, some whistles, kazoos and the infamous cowbell. Add the Gretsch with the heavy strings and it was complete. No more relying on other band members to help promote, book shows and write songs. No more hassles with gettings everyone to band practices and no more dealing with their drug problems! No more butting heads on ideas on which direction the band should go and most importantly - no splitting up the money at the end of the night! Playing music has actually become fun again.
    Bruce Humphries
    308 East 19th Street
    Lawrence, KS 66046

    Kats Like Us will be doing their last show at Legends Lounge this Thursday night with THE BELLFURIES. So come out say goodbye to the only place that would let us rock for the past year and a half. Starting Thursday Aug. 31 with the STARLIGHT DRIFTERS at THE JUNKYARD 2327 S. Eastern Blvd. and Sahara at 9pm. Sept. 1st you can read an article about the upcoming KATS LIKE US &ROLLIN' ROCK RECORDS SECOND ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE BANDS and a interviewI recently did with Rockin' Ron. You can read an advanced copy of ithere-http://community.webtv.net/KatsLikeUs2/ARTICLES

  • Loretta Writes Follow-up to "Coal Miner's Daughter." She is working on a sequel toher 1976 autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter. The bestseller became a successful feature film in 1980 starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones. Lynn handpicked Spacek, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of the Kentucky singer. According to Loretta's rep, thenew book recaps childhood moments and recounts herlate husband Mooney's longtime illness. Lynn iswriting the new tone with Tom Carter for fall release. Farfrom retiring, the energetic Lynn continues to playbetween 50 and 75 dates a year. She'll release a newalbum, Still Country, Sept. 12 on Audium Records. Theproject was produced by Randy Scruggs.

  • ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL DOCUMENTARY TO MAKE TV DEBUT.         "The Making of 'Ride With Bob'" -- a behind-the-scenes look at Asleep At The Wheel's 1999 album -- premiered on Nashville Public Television (WDCN, Channel 8) Friday, July 28th. The one-hour documentary will be released the same day via satellite to public television stations in more than 75 markets nationwide.  Nominated for a 2000 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video, "The Making of 'Ride With Bob'" illuminates the two-time Grammy-winning, DreamWorks Records album that pays tribute to the legendary western swing outfit Bob Wills And The Texas Playboys. The documentary features both artists who reinterpreted Wills' material for "Ride With Bob" and performers who simply must testify to their love of Bob Wills. They include Tim McGraw, Vince Gill, Dwight Yoakam, Lyle Lovett, Reba McEntire, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Clay Walker, Steve Wariner, Clint Black, Don Walser, Lee Ann Womack, Mark Chestnutt, Tracy Byrd, The Manhattan Transfer, Shawn Colvin, The Squirrel Nut Zippers and, of course, Asleep At The Wheel.

  • Rockabilly Hall of Famer, Lou Hobbs, recently presented Certificates ofInduction into the Rockabilly Hall ofFame to Mert Mirly and Fred Horrell. Hobbs brought to attention their workin the music business in the50's and 60's to Bob Timmers, the originater of the Rockabilly Hall ofFame.

    Says Hobbs, ""Mert Mirly and The Rhythm Steppers, a well known band, wasthe starting point for severalmusicians. Charlie Thurman, guitarist, who later went on to play forNashville artist Red Bovine, anda host of others, Billy Swan, keyboard player, Erving Waddlington, keyboardplayer Jerry Bass, bass guitarplayer, and a young Fred Horrell on Bass Guitar and vocalist.

    Mert and Fred both had a close business relationship with Bill Black,former bass player for Elvis Presley,and went on to form the famous Bill Black's Combo. Fred Horrell startedhis own band, "The Flames"and worked on the road with the famous Bruce "Hey Baby" channel and otheracts for several years. Members of theband went on to work with other famous groups. Bobby Bugg, drummer, laterplayed with famous sax player,Ace Cannon. Chuck Bowers, guitarist, later played with Lee Mace and BillySwan went on to work withKris Kristofferson and recorded several hit records later.

    Hobbs says "both Fred and Mert are a part of the history of rock androckabilly music and deserve a place in thedocumentation of its' history which is one of the main functions of TheHall of Fame." "The internet and computerare the thing of the future" says Hobbs, "and both Mert and Fred's childrenand grandchildren can read what theyadded to the music business, they were there, along with Elvis Presley andBuddy Holly and the rest. Their awardis well deserved." Bob Timmers agreed.

    For more information call (573) 335-7327 or log on at:http://www.rockabillyhall.com/LouHobbs.html

    Lou has just released a new 12-track CD. "MY SONGS"
    The first track is a tribute to Carl Perkins, "Carl Perkins Made SUN Rise."
    Other titles: Parkinson's Disease Blues, I'll See you at the Americana, Zydobilly, Rockabilly Baby, Ballad of Narvel Felts, Without Your Love, My Sweet Nancy, Living on the Madrid Fault Line, Main Street USA,I Want to Back to Hemsby and Lady Lost in Spirit. Lou penned all the songs.
    Contact Lou Hobbs
    133 Hobbs
    Jackson, MO 63755 USA

  • Bluegrass Festival Jam with Bill Jorgenson (Wisconsin)

  • ACE CANNON, Carl Griffin and Ace's band Rare Blend
    Aug. 5, 2000 - Eagles Lodge - Nashville, AR
    Aug. 11, 2000 - Watermelon Festival, Hope, AR.
    Sept. 23, 2000 - Festival James Ranch 2 shows (time:tba) - Pochahontas, AR
    Oct. 24, 2000 - Festival 7-10 p.m. - Van Buren, AR

  • Click here: Riffage Live: New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.

  • Indianapolis 2000 in Review by Barry Klein

  • The Ernest Tubb Record Shop of Fort Worth, Texas is hosting a specialtribute to Wynn Stewart, in honor of the release of the Bear Family Boxset. It will be this Sunday, July 16th at the Big Balls of Cowtownnightclub in Fort Worth (302 W. Exchange, 817-624-2800) from 6:30 - 11.No cover charge. A live band will be playing Wynn's music. His daughter,Wren (me!) will be singing as well as Justin Trevino. We are going to dosome of the Wynn and Jan Howard duets! Ralph Mooney (Wynn's former steelplayer) will make an appearance as well as other musicians who haveshared the stage with Wynn. Wynn's other daughter, Tatia, and his formerwife, Dolores, will also be there. It will be a great time for all!

  • A feature on the Rockhouse Ramblers can be found at our "Keep It Country" website.

  • "Sam Phillips Recalls the Dawn of Sun Records" - worth the click

  • The Nelson's CD "Like Father Like Sons", is due out in a few weeks. It is on their own label and can be ordered through their website. The songs are as follows: Stood Up, Waitin' in School, Milkcow Blues, My Buckets got a hole in it, I'm Walkin', Fools Rush In, Travelin' Man, Hello Mary Lou, Garden Party, I got a feelin', Believe what you say, It's Late and than a ballad written by them called Just Once More. This is a live album and having recently seen them play live I can vouch for their ability. They have a Great Backing band and due wonderful Brother Harmonies.

  • Columbia Rockabilly. Be on the lookout for a pair of new rockabilly compilations from Columbia Records' Legacy reissue imprint, Whistle Bait: 25 Rockabilly Rave-Ups!! and Ain't I'm a Dog: 25 More Rockabilly Rave-Ups!! In addition to tracks from the likes of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, and Carl Perkins, the discs also include a few tracks by local boys Sid King and The Five Strings and Commonwealth Jones. If the name Commonwealth Jones doesn't ring any bells, that's because it is a pseudonym for the Blonde Bomber himself, Ronnie Dawson, back when Columbia tried to sell him as a black singer. Both albums hit stores on August 8, and both are definitely worth checking out.

  • Vocal Hall of Fame inducts 2000 class. The Sharon, Pa.-based Vocal Group Hall of Fame will induct two groups of artists at its second induction ceremony Oct. 20. One group - the class of 2000 - lists the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Skylarks, the Soul Stirrers, the Flamingos, the Kingston Trio, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Dion & the Belmonts, Ben E. King & the Drifters, the Mamas & the Papas, Three Dog Night and the Bangles. The first and only induction ceremony was held in 1998, so the class of 1999 which includes the Ink Spots, Revelers, Modernaires, Coasters, Delta Rhythm Boys and Little Anthony & the Imperials will be honored along with the latest additions to the Hall. Plans to televise the event are in the works. A limited number of tickets to the ceremony will be offered to the public, although a free concert featuring inductees outside the museum will follow.

  • The Glory and Honor Rockabilly Fellowship is an interdenominational Christian group for those into the genuine rockin' rockabilly lifestyle. With members such as Wanda Jackson, Rod of The Duvalls, and T-Ray of The Screamin Rays, we show that just because you're into clean living doesn't mean you don't know how to rock! Contact: gloryandhonor@angelfire.com

  • Tom Ayres, long time music producer died at his home in Shreveport LA., May 31 2000 along with many other records he produced Gene Vincent's last album and also the recent live album in europe.

  • From: BLUE SUEDE NEWS - Summer 2000
    Mack Stevens / Texas Heat, Rollin¹ Rock 104:
    Subtitled ³Authentic Texas Rockabilly from Rollin¹ Rock (Savage & raw stereo)² this is the latest release from one of Rockabillies wildest exponents. Mack¹s over the top stage show is one of a kind but what makes his recordings special is the voice that always has that haunting, lonesome feel to it. A classic example is the heart wrenching cowboy song ³The Streets of Dodge². ³Take A Number² is a hot boppin¹ hillbilly boogie, a duet with Jessica (hey, she¹s great!), one of my favorites here. Another very special cut and nice surprise is ³Yo Te Dije² (sung in English, though), a Buddy Holly style tex-mex rocker. Fine rock-a-ballads in a Œ50s tradition are ³I Stand Alone² and ³Psycho². ³Basta Don¹t Mean Pasta² was written by the man himself Ronny Weiser and he obviously had enough of all that pasta! (I¹m a fan, music & pasta!). The hottest rocker is the screamin¹ ³Turn Me On² with pumpin¹ piano by Seattle¹s hottest piano man Tom LaVelle (who had backed Janis Martin, Wanda Jackson and recently in Hemsby Johnny Faire and Marc Bristol). More relaxed with a bit of New Orleans flavor is ³Tell Daddy² while the rest of the CD is filled with more good rockers, mostly originals. You should definitely check this 15 song / 44 minute CD out! Rollin¹ Rock Records e-mail rockronny@aol.com, see the ad! -GMB

    Johnny And The Blades / Lets Make Vegas Tonight:
    My favorite song on this new Rollin¹ Rock Release was written by the band¹s drummer Eli Rinek ³Lets Make Vegas Tonight² is a classic trucker-road song. Johnny Keller does a slowed down version of the Robert Gordon Classic ³Driving Wheel² (On the liner notes of the CD it says the song writer of ³Driving Wheel is unknown?? Don¹t tell that to Texas writer producer T-Bone Burnette, who wrote ³Driving Wheel².) Johnny¹s version of the song is good and he puts the Kellen initials and fingerprints on this song, Johnny hijacks this one. The band also does a cool cover of the Blasters¹ ³Help Your Dream². The last five songs are Johnny Kellen originals and reflect the natural cool that is Johnny Kellen and Blades. Songs like ³Retired² and ³Mary Jean² make this release the best thing to come out of the Rollin¹ Rock studios since Ronnie Weiser moved to Las Vegas and came out of semi-retirement. This one¹s a keeper for all rockabillies and fellow travelers. Rollin Rock Records, 2460 Casey Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89120 -Dennis M.DeWitt

  • Be on the lookout for a pair of new rockabilly compilations from ColumbiaRecords' Legacy reissue imprint, Whistle Bait: 25 Rockabilly Rave-Ups!!and Ain't I'm a Dog: 25 More Rockabilly Rave-Ups!! In addition to tracksfrom the likes of Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Johnny Horton, and CarlPerkins, the discs also include a few tracks by local boys Sid King andThe Five Strings and Commonwealth Jones. If the name Commonwealth Jonesdoesn't ring any bells, that's because it is a pseudonym for the BlondeBomber himself, Ronnie Dawson, back when Columbia tried to sell him as ablack singer. Both albums hit stores on August 8, and both are definitelyworth checking out.

  • The Bella Bombshell models are up! Bella Bombshell is a organization dedicated to preserving the "retro pinup" and we're always lookin' for models. If you're interested, please send a picture (or pictures) to bella@heartthrob.com with your name, measurements, and interests. New models are always being added!The site is at: http://drink.to/bellabombshell

  • PATSY CLINE FANS: If you miss the recent TNN "Backstage at the Opry" show Saturday night check out the link below - They had a short segment on the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville - the Hall's newest exhibit features Patsy Cline's letters and her famous cowgig outfit -http://community.webtv.net/cwking/doc/ - Also, check the Patsy Cline & Friends web page athttp://www.johnnyfranklin.com

  • Ray Price, now 74 years old, recently bought a new tour bus for himself and his 10-piece band. Price says he plans to do 100 or so shows this year and will continue touring for "at least five or ten more years".

  • GARLIN HACKNEY was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame as Inductee #152 June 26, 2000. We are proud and happy to have "Hack" as a representative of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame and welcome him in with our other legendary inducted artists with certificates. 'bout time, eh Hack?

  • GENE VINCENT: Natural Born Bluesman ... worth the click.

  • Texas 55 Members Wed. - Posted June 26th - Never let it be said that the rowdy boys of Montgomery Gentry won't pitch in when they're needed. While playing Wisconsin's Country Jamboree, Eddie and Troy were asked to be attendants in an onstage wedding. Trini Liz Hornburg and Robert John Laplander, both members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame featured band Texas 55, decided to say their vows in front of some 20,000 fans. When they asked Montgomery Gentry to be witnesses, Troy readily agreed to be best man, but Eddie was a little too shy to be the maid of honor. "Can you imagine me in a dress and bouquet?" Eddie explains. So, the strapping Kentucky native did the next best thing -- he gave the bride away. Kinda gives a new twist on Eddie's rally cry of "Who's Your Daddy," doesn't it?

    June 20, 2000 - GRETNA, LA ­ - Singer/pianist Frankie Ford suffered head and eye lacerations, requiring several stitches, after a Fredericksburg, VA concert on Saturday night (June 17). The attack by an unknown assailant, took place at the hotel where he had just left his limousine. Police and paramedics arrived on the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Mary Washington Hospital emergency room in Fredericksburg. He was discharged early Sunday morning so he could catch his USAirways flight from Washington to New Orleans, near his home in Gretna, Louisiana. His scheduled concert in Vienna, Austria this weekend will go on as planned. Ford, his manager Ken Keene and fellow entertainers The Dixie Cups and Troy Shondell leave New Orleans International Airport on Wednesday, via Northwest/KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

  • The June issue of the Bill Grigg's Rockin' 50s magazine is out.Photos and news from the recent Jackson, TN Rockabilly Fest 2000. Contact Bill at P.O. Box 6123, Lubbock, TX 79493, 806-799-4299, www.rockin50s.com - bill@rockin50s.com

  • Rockabilly on Memphis' WEVLFM90 & the net! Southbound Line - rockabilly of ALL shapes & sizes, old & new
    Every Tuesday 10am to Noon central time
    The Rockhouse - classic 50's rockabilly
    Every Friday Nite 7pm-9pm central time Click here: NEWS PAGE & Link to FM90s webcast page You need quicktime to listen - there's a link on the webcast page to get it!

    Euro's Rockin' Fifties Magazine Scrapbook, Vol. 1

  • Randy Fox's recent article on Bob Moore: click here. ... AND
    Randy's article in the Nashville Scene about the: Grand Ole Opry

  • Anita Williams wanted to let you know that her uncle, Merrill Moore http://www.rockabillyhall.com/MerrillMoore.html, passed away on June 14, 2000, after a long, feisty battle with cancer. There are a few clips of his music online at This amazon.com site if you'd like to take a listen.

  • The Cat's Back. Former Stray Cat Lee Rocker went from cello toupright bass - rockabilly hasn't been the same since.Article by William Athey - Salt Lake City Weekly - http://www.avenews.com/index.html - June 15, 2000.

  • The Mavericks have reportedly left Mercury Records to explore options for a new band-album deal and a solo project for lead singer Raul Malo. The group recorded four albums for MCA before releasing their Mercury collection, Super Colossal Smash Hits of the 90's, last November. - posted Jun 15, 2000

  • Rockabilly Hall of Fame artist Buck Griffin's grandson Terry Petrick informs us: "I'm writing you to tell you that the love of his life, Mildred Griffin, his wife for 58 yrs pasted away May 31, 2000.At the age of 76. This was a very sad day in his life and all the relatives and friend that loved her. She was a very big inspiration in his life and his song writing." - posted Jun 14, 2000

  • We recently celebrated Charlie Feather's birthdate. Here a note from his daughter Wanda, who can be reached on the RaB HoF Discussion List.
    I guess my favorite recordings of my dad are "To Much Alike," "One Hand Loose," "Bottle To The Baby," "When You Decide," "Get With It," "Gone Gone," "Deep Elm Blues," "South Of Chicago," "When You Come Around," "Nobody's Woman," "I Forgot To Remember To Forget," "Everybody's Lovin My Baby,' Tongue Tied Jill," and of course "Peepin Eyes." Another song that my dad never did record but was my favorite of all was "I'll Hold You In My Heart," this is an old Eddie Arnold song and Elvis did it also. The day that Elvis passed away we were playing in Salt Lake City, Utah. My dad did a tribute to Elvis that night and he did this song. Have you ever heard someone do a song and it made the hair on your head feel like it was standing straight up, well I will never forget that night, his heart and soul was in it. I have never heard of the "tribute" 2-LP from Don Cavelli "The Pharoah", but I will look for it. WEVL had a great 2 hour tribute on my dad and will have another on Aug. 29th. - Wanda

  • The Orion bio-disco is now available at http://www.dplanet.ch/users/acmgs

  • B.J. Thomas Discusses His Roots & Today's Country Music

  • FRA NOI, Chicago's Italian American Voice monthly magazine features a nice article on Marco Di Maggio in it's June 2000 issue. The 128 page publication is widely read in the Northern Il area. We hope Marco gets to see a copy.

  • The Grand Ole Opry's New Set Design was unveiled Sat., June 10th.

  • Barry Klein: My Day with Nudie, Sept. 27, 1980 On-site RaB HoF Exclusive

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