Quentin Jones from Lanark Records informs us that Charlie Gracie's new CD
is going to press this month, to be release spring of 2001.
Quentin has posted an EP of 5 songs from his upcoming disc on MP3.com, were
fans can buy this CD. Also, Charlie new song "Lover Boy" is #1 on the
MP3 rockabilly Charts.
Check the sight at http://www.mypage.onemain.com/lanark for more info.
Johnny Cash leads Grammy veterans.
Johnny Cash received a double dose of good news Wednesday. He got out of the hospital after
a bout with pneumonia and won his 10th career Grammy. Cash's award for male country vocal
performance, for "Solitary Man," made him a winner in five different decades. His first victory
came in 1967 when he shared a Grammy with his wife, June Carter Cash.
Johnny Cash released from hospital.
Johnny Cash was released from the hospital Wednesday where he was treated for pneumonia.
The country music legend, who was nominated for two Grammys this year, planned to watch
the awards show from home. Cash, an eight-time Grammy winner, thanked fans for all "their
prayers and thoughts," and said they helped his recovery. Cash, 68, was treated for
pneumonia, Baptist Hospital spokeswoman Jessica Etz said. He was admitted to the hospital
Feb. 11. The singer suffers from autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system
that makes him more susceptible to pneumonia. He was also treated for pneumonia in
October 1999. Posted, Feb. 22, 2001
Ken Burke received the following message from Mr. Suzy Q himself Dale Hawkins
and thought you'd dig this news.
Hello, I promised to keep you updated on the up coming session with
"WILCO"! I leave here on the 28th to go to Chicago to start recording
on the 2nd of March. I cut my first session in Chicago early 1958 at
the Chess studios on South Michigan. The musicians on that session was
Willie Dixon, Lafayette Leah, Carl Adams, Roy Buchannan, Al & Dean
Mathis, Little Walter & I can't remember the drummer's name. I did my
last session there in the latter part of 1959. Is that a trip? I am
looking forward to this session! Can you believe over 40 years? Seems
WILLIAMS, CLINE AND CHARLES ADDED TO GRAMMY HALL OF FAME.
Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," Patsy Cline's "I Fall to Pieces," Hank
Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'" and the Ray Charles recording of Don Gibson's
"I Can't Stop Lovin' You" are among 31 recordings added to the Grammy Hall
of Fame. The new additions bring the Hall of Fame awards list to 530 titles.
The Recording Academy established the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1973 to honor
singles or albums of "enduring quality and relevance or historical
significance." The titles must be at least 25 years old.
Presley's gold Cadillac moved.
Elvis Presley's 1960 gold Cadillac limousine gets a new home on Wednesday (today, February 14).
Shortly after daybreak, it was hoisted three stories in the air into the new Country Music
Hall of Fame in Nashville. Also being airlifted that morning was Webb Pierce's 1962 Pontiac
convertible, which is studded with dozens of silver dollars and has real six-shooters
for door handles. The items have been in storage since the old Hall of Fame closed in
December, to prepare for the move into the new structure, which opens May 18.
Bid on a piece of country music history.
Jimmie Rodgers, the father
of country music, made country music's first picture disc in 1933. Only
a few of those discs remain today, and now the Country Music Hall of
Fame is offering one of these rare gems to the highest bidder. Get out
your checkbooks - the starting bid is $1,000. Place your bid now or just
check to see what this piece goes for!
Patsy Cline's old house bought for preservation, rental ...
If you're "Crazy" for Patsy Cline, soon you can live in her old house for only $625 a month.
Sweet Dreams for Patsy, a limited liability corporation, has bought the house where the country
singer lived on and off during the 1940s and '50s with the goal of preserving it. The 1,716
square-foot house, built in 1900, is assessed at $51,800.
The corporation is controlled by The Adams Cos., whose president, Kevin D. Adams, is a
board member of Celebrating Patsy Cline Inc., a Winchester group dedicated to building
a museum in honor of Cline, who died in a plane crash in 1963.
Mel Dick, general manager of the Always Patsy Cline Fan Club and Cline's brother-in-law,
said, "They purchased the house for all the right reasons."
Matt Lucas "MOVIN ON " to England. Gold record Artist Matt Lucas has signed with
Int. Ozark Sounds U.K. to handle all shows in the UK. Matt says he's ready to pack his drumsticks,
and put on his stompin' shoes to rock England as soon as he gets the word from Willie Jeffery
to head for the airport. For Bookings in the U.K. contact: Willie Jeffery at Int. Ozark Sounds
- # 4 Greenacres-Oxted, Surry RH80 pb- - England 011-44-188-3714289.
Music City Records Signs Charley Pride.
Music City Records, which recently announced a merger of operations with Fahrenheit
Entertainment Inc. (OTC: FHOT - news) Tuesday announced the signing of Charley Pride to
its roster. Bob Heatherly, president of the recently formed Music City Records, announced the
signing of Country Music Hall of Fame Artist, Charley Pride, to the label's roster. Pride
joins Texas artist Sonny Burgess on the label. Pride's newly recorded release on Music City
Records, set to be shipped by March 20, will be a 15-song album of the music of Jim Reeves.
This CD will simply be titled Charley Pride's Tribute to Jim Reeves.
Lo-Fi presents a new magazine for you pop culture/retro music hipsters!
In the premiere issue of
COOL CULTURE -- our special surf/beach party issue, which is sure to warm
your winter blues, we present interviews with lots of cool kitschy
celebrities, like Dick "King of the Surf" Guitar, PJ "Rock and Roll High
School" Soles, Deborah "Gidget" Walley, a look back at the beach party
movies, a travelogue of Haunted Hollywood, an interview with New York's
premier trashabilly band, Psycho Charger, and much more!
Be the first fun lovin' guy or gal on your block to own the coolest mag on
the planet -- then subscribe to COOL CULTURE!!
Send a mere $16 for 4 collectible issues payable to Lo-Fi Entertainment, 250
Washington Avenue #C1, Brooklyn, NY 11205.
Also now available is our feature length motion picture Rockabilly Vampire -- it took
5 years for it to come out. Send $22 postpaid but hurry because supplies are
limited! See ya on the flip side! -- "Lo-Fi" Lee COOL CULTURE Publisher
Gaylord Entertainment sells Christian music Web site.
Still smarting from recent losses, Gaylord Entertainment has sold an Internet site that
specializes in Christian music and other faith-based programming.
Gaylord, which owns the Grand Ole Opry country music show, sold Christian music Web site
Musicforce.com back in December. The Nashville-based company reported losses of $48 million
in the first three quarters and has said overall losses for the fiscal year will be steeper
than originally expected. CEO Terry London resigned in July. Gaylord's other holdings include
radio station WSM-AM, the Ryman, music publishing companies, a Christian record company, convention
hotels and part of the Nashville Predators NHL franchise.
BLUEGRASS AWARD WINNER.
And the winner is -- again -- "Murder on Music Row." Larry Cordle and Larry
Shell's lyrical diatribe against watered-down country music copped the
song-of-the-year prize Sunday (Feb. 4) at the 27th annual awards show held
by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA)
at Nashville's Sheraton Music City Hotel. Last year, "Murder" won a similar
honor from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and George Strait
and Alan Jackson's recording of the song snagged the Country Music
Association's Vocal Event of the Year trophy. Fittingly enough, Cordle and
Shell were also voted SPBGMA's Songwriters of the Year.
Ricky Skaggs' Son Recovering.
Feb. 5, 2001 - One of Ricky Skaggs' children is
recovering after slipping into a coma, a spokeswoman for the
country singer's record company said Monday.
Skaggs' son Andrew, 21, fell into a coma last week, forcing the
singer to cancel a concert at Purdue University in West Lafayette,
Ind., on Friday. He since has regained consciousness.
"He was seriously ill and it was a critical situation," said
Maureen Miller, publicist for Skaggs Family Records. "Ricky needed
to be with his son."
Miller would not give more details, but said Andrew Skaggs, the
oldest of four children, was being treated at a hospital in
Lexington, Ky. Skaggs, a seven-time Grammy winner, will reschedule concert
dates he missed at Purdue and in Fish Creek, Wis., Miller said.
The King lives on in an anthology of poetry the University of Arkansas Press plans to
release in February. "All Shook Up: Collected Poems About Elvis" was compiled by Will Clemens
with photographs by Jon Hughes. It includes the work of Joyce Carol Oates, James Seay and others.
The anthology of poems about Elvis Presley "invites readers to experience the connection
between the historical and mythical status of the King on the one hand and the poetic
imagery of him on the other," according to a news release.
"I read the manuscript and it just looked terrific," said UA Press Director Lawrence
Malley. "After all, he (Elvis) is our most durable icon."
ERIC HEATHERLY FAN NEWS:
Eric passed "first round" of TNN AWARD NOMINATIONS in 6 categories!
Please help and VOTE ONLINE through March 2, 2001 at country.com and
Please VOTE BY MAIL also...ballots will be in the February 20 & March 6, 2001
issues of Country Weekly.
You can vote once for every screen name/family member's email address that
you have or create for them ... and please spread the word to any and all!
"Eric" fans/folks who work at large offices/buildings can solicit co-workers
w/computers..../family with computers! Each of us could be responsible for
getting Eric hundreds and thousands of votes and not ever even know it!
Chain reaction! We'll find out if Eric passed this round of nominations in the April 17 issue
of CW. FINAL Winners will be announced live on the TNN/Country Weekly Music
Awards, which will be televised nationally on TNN on Wednesday, June 13, 2001.
See instructions below:
1) Go to www.countryweekly.com
2) Register with your email address
3) Then they will email you your secret code...
4) Vote once with that secret code.
Eric is nominated in the following categories, but you must vote in every
category for your vote to be successfully entered!
Male Artist of the Year - Eric Heatherly
Discovery Award - Eric Heatherly
Album of the Year - Swimming in Champagne
Song of the Year - Flowers on the Wall
Single of the Year - Flowers on the Wall
CMT Music Video of the Year - Please vote for "Swimming in Champagne"
HEATHERLY GIVES BACK.
Eric Heatherly made a couple of sick boys' dreams come true when the guitar
man performed a benefit concert at Hunter Middle School in his hometown of
Ooltewah, TN right before Christmas. Nearly $5000 was raised to fulfill the
Make A Wish dreams of 2 little boys.
"Hello. My name is Janie Brewer after finding your website I was hoping you might could help
me in finding some records of my uncle who passed away a few years ago. His name was Doug (Junior)
Warren. He was my mothers brother, she is in bad health and I promised to find them for her.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I am attaching a picture of one of his records.
The name is Doug Warren and The Rays. He was from Haleyville Alabama, he was good friends
with Carmol Taylor and Billy Sherrill. Thank you for you help.
Janie Brewer, Sikeston Missouri - firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch out for the new Carlos and the Bandidos CD, which will be available in
time for Viva las Vegas, their best yet. It has some great new tracks written
by Malcolm Chapman. Watch out for them performing some of the new tracks from
"Fist Full Of Carlos" on the Viva Las Vegas main stage.
Highlights during the week of Jan. 28 - Feb. 3:
In 1956, Elvis Presley made his first national TV appearance on "The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show"
on CBS. Afterward, sales of his "Heartbreak Hotel" single skyrocketed.
In 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper made what ended up being their
last public appearances at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. They died in a plane
crash the next day.
JONES' LEXUS GOING DOWN IN VALUE.
George Jones' crunched Lexus SUV was put up for bid on ebay last week by Dr.
Raymond Turek. He expected to get $150,000 for the car that Jones wrecked in
March of 1999, but the winning bid from a Tennessee car dealer was just $15,500,
a lot less than Turek paid for the car in '99. posted Jan. 23, 2001
Some sad news to report. Herbert Kamitz, a longtime authority on Bill
Haley, a collector, and a frequent contributor to Now Dig This magazine,
died of a heart attack yesterday (Sunday, Jan. 20, 2001).
He was visiting with Georg Weiss (Schurli of Girly and The Blue Caps) at
the time. I believe Weiss was the vocalist on the Original Comets
recording of Blue Christmas a few years ago.
No other information is available at the moment. Herbert had been a
fixture amongst Bill Haley fans since 1958 and he will be missed. - Thanks for the news, Alex
Emmylou Harris will release "Emmylou Harris
Anthology: The Warner/Reprise Years" on Rhino Records April
17. Among the hits and hard-to-find tracks making their U.S.
CD debut are "Precious Love," "Mama Help," "Driving Wheel"
Most folks know Colonel Tom Parker -- who died this past week in 1997 --
as the manager who pushed Elvis Presley to superstardom. Lesser known is the Netherlander's
real name (Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk), his prior success in managing Eddy Arnold, or his
even earlier work as a sideshow operator with a traveling carnival. Rumor has it that Parker
ran a "dancing chickens" act in which the cunning showman turned up an electric hot plate,
hidden beneath a platform, to make the birds "dance" faster and thus lure more coins
"HEARTLANDS HAYRIDE", America's newest live-performer, live-audience radio
show, airs on WDVR-FM 89.7, Sergeantsville, NJ and on the internet at
www.wdvrfm.org this Saturday and every Saturday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM Eastern
Standard Time. This old-time, down-home country radio show brings back the
golden age of radio, and has been gaining in popularity across the land.
The show has been broadcast every week since September 30, 2000. As one
listener from Virginia wrote "It reminds me of when I listened to the Grand
Ole Opry in the 1940's." Heartlands Hayride boasts a very talented cast of
45 performers from Eastern Pennsylvania and Central New Jersey, with acts
that include traditional country, old-time music, bluegrass, stand-up
comedy and an outstanding house band led by Danny Newman, whose musical
lineage goes back into the 1940's when his family performed on
Philadelphia's "Hayloft Hoedown" and were the mainstay of the renowned
Sleepy Hollow Ranch in Pennsburg, Pa. Sleepy Hollow attracted many of the
legends of country music in the 1950's. Rob Segal , an outstanding steel
guitar player from New York City, will be the guest on this week's show.
Tune in this, and every, Satrurday to "radio like it used to be".
Heartlands Hayride is a Buckie, Scrunchie and Arnie Production, and is
presented by the Penn-Jersey Educational Network, non-profit,
non-commercial, listener-supported radio.
The Rockabilly Hall of Fame is featured in VINTAGE GUITAR Magazine,
cover issue March, 2001 - check you local news stand for a copy.
Darrin Stout and The Starlighters.
3 Piece Rockabilly band from L.A. Wally Hersom (formerly of Big Sandy) Plays the stand up bass,
Philippe Aubuchon from (Russelll Scott and the Red Hots) plays drums and Darrin
with vocals and guitar. They have a new CD out called (Darrin Stout and The Starlighters)
available through HepCat Records, Tower Online, Wherehouse Online and Barnes &
Noble Online. email@example.com
C. BUGGS COOMBS & The Tone Chaperones have a new CD: "Country 'n Rock 'n
Roll 'n Rhythm 'n Blues. C. Buggs Coombs has been a mainstay on the Southwest
Michigan music scene his high school days. CD=$10. To order by mail: D-Cupp
Records, PO Box 341, Lawton, MI 49065. For bookings call 616-624-2155 or e-mail
Jan., 18, 2001 - A sad message to report that Rufus
Thibodeaux was admitted in a Lafayette,
Louisiana hospital this past Sunday. He was having severe breathing
problems and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure among other
Rufus, in case you didn't know him, is a fiddler who worked with
Jimmie Newman on the Opry for many years. He was on the road with
many other artists, a true Cajun friend to all in the steel guitar
community. His only child, Teala, flew in from Nashville and is at
his side around the clock.
Nashville North USA - Upcoming Concerts.
"Hey Scotty Moore fans check out Feb 17 on this site. Scotty will be
playing with Ronnie Mcdowell. I've seen this show twice over the last
few years and it's great! Ronnie does his country show for about an
hour (ok but not what you came for) and then they do a Elvis set which
is dead on. Th other times I saw this he had DJ Fontana and the
Jordanaires with him also. Not exactly sure about this time but I
wouldn't doubt it. Taylorville Illinois is just south of Springfield.
Hope some of you will go. I'll be there for sure.I would order tickets
soon if I were you. I got 13th row Saturday which is pretty good seeing
how they have been on sale since Nov. The lady at the place said there
were 36 rows total so it's probably not too big of a venue." -Craig Petty
Gene Vincent fans!!
Dickie Harrell is on-line! (direct at BeBopandDonna@aol.com)
There have been some questions in the past that we have been unable to
get answered. So now is a great time to get some questions answered from
"one of the greatest drummers of all time". -according to Max Weinberg
City officials in Shreveport, La., have re-named a street in honor of the
King. Elvis Presley Avenue runs right in front of the historic Municipal
Auditorium, once home to the legendary Louisiana Hayride. Presley played the
radio show often early in his career.
Charlie Ryan, the original writer and artist who recorded "Hot Rod Lincoln"
in 1955. Charlie owns the one and only original Hot Rod Lincoln and
continues to play and record at age 86!
The Eric Heatherly Fan Club Party, Show, and Buffet
Thursday, June 14
8PM - 12 Midnite
Planet Hollywood, Nashville, TN
Ticket price: $35
Available to members w/one non-member guest each
Limited number of tickets/seating available.
To order tickets: Send Checks/Money Orders payable to EHFC.
PO Box 24895
Chattanooga, TN 37422-4895
If you haven't already, get on down to one of the following California appearances before Brigitte
returns to the Land Down Under ...
January 12th, 8.00pm
7302 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
January 15th, 8.30pm
1605 1/2 N.Ivar Ave.
January 19th, 8.30pm
5657 Melrose Ave, Hollywood
Orville Nash Reports:
"I'm gonna be featured on the CANALWEB TV international show in PARIS,
FRANCE, on Monday January 15th at 6:30PM (PARIS local time) = 11:30AM
CENTRAL standard time. This will be a live broadcast of 5 tunes that
you may watch by connecting on http://www.canalweb.net. Since the
show will be stored in archives, you can catch it again by clicking
subject MUSIC - NEW COUNTRY TV."
/www.78rpmAuctions.com/ is now up and running, they're
alive and well with many classic country 78rpm records available and
they'd like to very briefly introduce themselves!
BR5-49 played the wedding reception of Chris Robinson and
Kate Hudson, reports People magazine. Robinson, frontman for rock band The
Black Crowes, and Hudson, daughter of actress Goldie Hawn, were married New
Year's Eve on Hawn's Colorado ranch.
January 5, 2001 Les Brown, whose Band of Renown scored a No. 1 hit with "Sentimental
Journey" during the big band era of the 1930s and '40s, has died of lung cancer.
The conductor-clarinetist was 88. Brown died at his home, according to his daughter, Denise Marsh.
An artist whose smooth arrangements of swing melodies transcended changes in musical tastes,
Brown was cited in 1996 by the Guinness Book of Records for heading "the longest organized
group in the history of popular music."
Hank Williams III will make appearances at The Grand Ole Opry on Friday, Jan. 19,
and Saturday, Jan. 20.
He has been invited to perform on the televised segment Saturday night and the televised
pre-Opry interview segment, which both air nationally on the TNN network. He will perform
the single "I Don't Know" off of his debut album, "Risin' Outlaw."
Since the release of "Risin' Outlaw," Hank III has received critical acclaim from
such publications as Rolling Stone, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times.
He has appeared on ``Late Night with Conan O'Brien,'' made the cover of Pollstar
magazine and had a high-profile feature in the December issue of GQ. Heralded for his
dynamic stage presence and artistry, he has toured extensively in the United States and
abroad, opening for The Reverend Horton Heat and country music legend Ray Price.
The Opry announced it will return to the historic Ryman Auditorium for a limited engagement
during the months of January and February 2001. The tradition of the Opry revisiting its most
famous home gives audiences the chance to see Hank III perform where his grandfather sang many
Posted 1/4/01 RIPSAW RECORDS announces that BILLY HANCOCK and the original members of THE
TENNESSEE ROCKETS will re-unite and perform to support the re-issuance on CD
of their 1981 critically acclaimed album, "Shakin' That Rockabilly Fever" by
BLUELIGHT RECORDS of Finland. The band's first performance will be on
Saturday, January 13th at WHITLOW'S ON WILSON, 2854 Wilson Boulevard,
Arlington, VA; (703) 276-9693; www.whitlows.com. Ripsaw's BOBBY SMITH will
open for Hancock and the Tennessee Rockets.
Promoters, agents, clubs, festival organizers, and others wishing to engage
Billy Hancock & the Tennessee Rockets should contact Ripsaw's Jonathan Strong
at: telephone - (202) 362-2286; email - firstname.lastname@example.org; mail - Suite
805, 4545 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008.
NEW ZINE: "Hello all. I just wanted to let you all know that the debut release of TURNUPSPEED
(a full color rockabilly/roots digest) will be ready for sale come February. If you would be
interrested in purchasing a copy and/or selling them in your store, please let us know. Stop by
and visit our site http://homestead.juno.com/angeldust97/turnupspeed.html - Please sign the
guest book, I'd love to hear your comments. Hope to hear from 'ya." -Johnny Ells (editor), TURNUPSPEED MAGAZINE
724 838-1263, 504 Otterman St., Apt. 1, Greensburg, PA. 15601.
Update: Jan. 4. - Marshall Lytle has confirmed that former Jodimars
drummer Max Daffner will be sitting in for Dick Richards on two U.S.
dates the Comets will play in January. The 1954-55 Comets will then be
embarking on a three-week tour of Europe with Bernie Reis sitting in
before Richards rejoins the Comets in March. See our EXTRA! Column
for more up-to-date news on Bill Haley / Comets.
Guitarist Eddy Shaver, who performed with his father, singer-songwriter
Billy Joe Shaver, in the country act Shaver, and with Dwight Yoakam, died
Sunday at age 38. No cause of death was disclosed. A funeral is set for
Thursday in Waco, Texas. (posted Jan 2, 2000)
Sam Phillips will host,
for the first time - according to him, a radio special about Elvis Presley.
George Klein will co-host. The Elvis Presley Birthday Celebration, a three
hour show, will air on Oldies stations around the country next weekend,
January 6-8. The show is syndicated by Westwood One. Interested listeners
should contact the appropriate station in their market to determine airtime.
Bobby Austin Update. Dec. 28, 2000 - Bobby is home recovering from a second pacemaker
implant. Earlier this month, Mr. Austin underwent successful implant surgery at the Portland,
Oregon Veterans Hospital. He is service connected as a Merchant Marine. Bobby
would like to thank all the folks who sent emails. Send e-mails to Kim (Dunmore00@aol.com).
GUITAR GENIUS LES PAUL HONORED.
Les Paul, the inventor of the solid-body
electric guitar, will be honored with a technology Grammy in
February after six decades of contributions to the recording
industry. Paul, 85, is credited with inventing multitrack recording,
the overdubbing recording technique, tape echo and the eight-track
tape recorder. He experimented for years with a solid body electric
guitar, bringing prototype after prototype to Gibson before the
company accepted one. In 1952, it brought out the Les Paul model,
which is still used by many musicians. Paul and his wife, singer
Mary Ford, had 28 hit records between 1950 and 1957, including
"Mockin' Bird Hill," "The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise," "Tiger
Rag," "How High the Moon" and "Vaya Con Dios."
Grand Ole Opry officials have announced the Grand Ole Opry
will return to the Ryman Auditorium during the months of
January and February. This is the third year the Opry has
gone back to the Mother Church of Country Music. Frequent
Opry guest Brad Paisley is the first artist to confirm a
performance date for the Opry's Ryman return, making a
guest appearance Jan. 6. For tickets and information please
call 615-889-3060 or log onto www.opry.com. For groups
reservations please call 615-871-5043.
Speaking of the famous Nashville Ryman Auditorium ... Remember: on April 5, 2001,
the Rockabilly Music Foundation presents Rockin' at the Ryman
CLICK FOR SHOW & TICKET INFORMATION
A BIG THANK-YOU TO GOLDMINE MAGAZINE from the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. They featured
a fine story on the RHOF website - issue cover date: December 29, 2000. Hope some of you get a
chance to read it. Michael B. Smith did a great job of writing on this piece.
RUSTY EVANS and Ring of Fire, 12-track CD. Rusty's band is called "Cash is King".
This album has several well-done Johnny Cash cover songs plus a few selections of Rusty's own material.
Marcus "Rusty Evans" recorded for Coral/Brunswick as a teenager in 1957.
Contact: e-mail: email@example.com - 415-488-1994. OSCI Music, PO Box 572, Woodstock, CA 94973.
Rusty has a page within the Rockabilly Hall of Fame website.
Country Music Hall of Fame to Welcome 10 New Members in May.
NASHVILLE - In addition to tripling its exhibit space, the Country Music Hall of
Fame is beefing up membership in the elite group of artists,
songwriters, musicians and business executives who make up the Hall of
Fame itself. Country's most prestigious club will grow by 10 when the new Hall of
Fame and Museum opens in May in downtown Nashville, the Country Music
Association announced today (Dec. 14).
Membership in the Hall of Fame historically has been limited to one to
four inductees each year.
The new honorees will be inducted formally during grand opening
ceremonies in mid-May, bringing the Hall's membership to 84. They will
be named prior to the gala event, but no announcement date has been set.
CARL MITCHELL JR., veteran country musician and songwriter has
issued a super Christmas traditional song.
A Part of Route 66 rolls into Museum of American History.
Flatbed trucks on Wednesday, December 13th hauled a 48-foot stretch of Route 66 to the National
Museum of American History in Washington, DC - 55 tons of American road lore.
The dozen slabs of steel-reinforced concrete are part of a major exhibit called "America On
The Move." It will open in the fall of 2003 - a survey of how Americans have gotten
around since the 1870s. "People will be able to walk on 66," said the museum's curator of
transportation. Until a few weeks ago, the hunk of road was part of a spur between Interstate
40 and U.S. 281 between El Reno and Clinton, Okla., west of Oklahoma City. The double
yellow stripe is still visible on the slabs. It's hilly country - no passing, a museum
official explained. Dozens of small towns along the 2,400 miles between Chicago and Santa Monica, Calif.,
got a kick out of the "Okies" and other Midwesterners struck by drought and
depression in the 1930s. The migrants' ramshackle cars and high-piled pickups sputtered
along main streets, part of U.S. 66, on their way to California.
GENE COOPER, owner/operator of the Arkansas-based Tri-Mountain
Televison Network, wears a Rockabilly Hall of Fame T-Shirt on his Televison
Series "Tuesday Night Live" - trimtntv.com - Gene is a life-long announcer now
transitioned to televison. He is also a fine music vocalist amd musician.
Kentucky Has World's First Elvis Lottery Game Prizes
that include Graceland VIP Dream Trips & More.
December 13, 2000 - Even More Prizes Available Through Bonus Third Chance Internet Promotion.
The world's first Elvis Presley Instant Lottery promotion storms the stage this week in
the state of Kentucky, MDI Entertainment, Inc. announced. MDI holds an exclusive license by
Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. to create lottery promotions.
The Instant "scratch off" game features "six feet of Elvis" with a series of 12, 4" by 6"
tickets with official collectible images of Elvis and his Graceland home in Memphis, Tenn.
The game includes eight Elvis experience grand prize dream trips (for two) to the Graceland
Mansion and attractions. The prize includes airfare, a three-day, two-night stay in one of
four Elvis-themed luxury suites at Elvis Presley's Heartbreak Hotel, a VIP Platinum Tour
package to four attractions, dinner for two at Elvis Presley's famous "Memphis" restaurant,
$1,000 in Elvis gift certificates and $500 in cash.
In addition to the game's $30,000 top cash prize, Kentucky and MDI are offering second-chance
prizes for players who mail in non-winning Elvis tickets. More than 4,400 official Elvis
Presley merchandise prizes will be given away. They include a trilogy of Elvis classic
movies, a three-CD set showcasing 75 of Elvis' greatest hits, collector's edition guitar-shaped
watches, telephones and playing cards, along with Elvis shirts and denim jackets.
Also starting this week is the Elvis "Good Luck Charm" Sweepstakes,
a series of "third chance" bonus drawings. Players can visit the Kentucky Lottery Corporation web site (
www.kylottery.com) and register for a chance to win 50 free Elvis lottery tickets
and official Elvis Presley movie videos. In addition, one lucky player will win a
grand prize trip to Graceland.
The Elvis Presley scratch-off tickets will cost $3 each.
More than twenty years after his death, Elvis Presley remains the single most universally
popular music icon worldwide. "The King" of rock and roll has sold more than one billion
records, starred in 33 movies, and his legend draws more than 700,000 fans to Memphis
annually. Attractions there include: - Graceland, the 14-acre mansion Elvis called home the last 20 years
of his life. - The Sincerely Elvis Museum of his personal memorabilia and
photographs. - The Elvis Auto Museum featuring vintage cars from his life and
movies. - Elvis Presley's custom jets.
Elvis Presley's Graceland Offers Holiday Web Site Featuring Live Cam at www.elvis.com
An extensive Christmas Web site is available at www.elvis.com.
The new site features a live Gracelandcam spotlighting Elvis' beloved Graceland mansion in
Memphis, with the extensive front lawn Christmas decorations, many selected by Elvis himself.
Visitors to the site can also find free Elvis holiday musical e-cards to send to friends and
family, a special Elvis flash trivia game, never-before-seen Christmas items from the Elvis
archives and extensive holiday Elvis items from ShopElvis. Go to www.elvis.com for additional
information. -Posted Dec. 12th.
Beat Time Productions would like to announce the inclusion of The Blue Moon
Boys Christmas song "SANTABILLY BOOGIE" on WXRT 93.1 Chicago's "Songs Of The Season" C.D.
Sold exclusively and sponsored by Borders,the c.d. contains 13 songs by such artists as
The Smithereens, Jackson Browne, The BoDeans, Roomful of Blues and Robbie Fulks.
To the Blue Moon Boys,it was a shock and an honor. All the proceeds go to Chicago charities.
Of course, the strange and wonderful CD, "The Blue Moon Boys Rock & Roll Christmas Show"
(beattime34022), with 24 selections is still available. Extensive reviews at
"YEAH, BUDDY! "There are those who find it hard to imagine that much banjo on a
Holly album. But Buddy's first musical fascinations were country in
nature. It's still the kind of music his brothers like to sing and play.
Peggy Sue told me that there was a time when she had to say, 'Buddy, stop
singing through your nose like a hillbilly!' I feel he would have made a
statement in many forms of music had his life not ended prematurely, and he
would not have forgotten his early love of bluegrass and country.
Runaway Express has a greater repertoire of classic rock (well over a
thousand) than either country or bluegrass, but it was effortless to give
these great old rock songs that hillbilly twist."
Jim and Salli Ratts - firstname.lastname@example.org
JOSIE KREUZER happy to announce that her band has been chosen as one of 5 finalists
in The Jim
Beam (whiskey) Country Music Band Contest which will be held in Nashville
at the Wild Horse Saloon on Saturday, November 11th. The Rockabilly Hall of Fame
is will there to cheer Josie on. Josie will also appear at VLV 2001, on the Rockabilly Hall of
Fame's West Lounge stage
Barracuda Issue #9 Features Rockabilly Kitten/Chanteuse Joise Kreuzer in a
Barracuda Girl Pin-Up! Also, check out articles: In Defense of the Automobiles,
The Barracuda Gourmet's Secret Family Recipe for Homemade Cough Syrup, Real-Man
Charles Goodyear - The Prophet of Rubber and some of the fetchingest Barracuda Girls
this side of the Mississippi. Single copies are $5 each ($7.50 outside North America),
4-issue subscriptions are $12 ($18 Canada, $20 outside North America). CA residents add 8.25%
sales tax. Send check or money order to: Barracuda Magazine, P.O. Box 291873, Los Angeles, CA
90029. Phone 323-769-5630, e-mail: email@example.com - Visit www.barracudamagazone.com for
easy online credit card ordering. On their site, they also now carry other magazines like:
Rolls & Pleats, Hot Rod Deluxe, Tiki News, Burnout, Girlyhead, Grindstone and more.
Musician and songwriter Johnnie Johnson, also known as the Johnny in Chuck
Berry's smash hit "Johnny B. Goode," has filed a multi-count lawsuit against
Berry, alleging that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has neglected to ever
pay Johnson for what he claims are significant contributions to Berry's
Johnson's lawsuit, filed Wednesday (Nov. 29) in St. Louis Federal District
Court, asks for "Johnson's rightful share of monies realized from numerous
Johnson/Berry-composed songs, for which Johnson never received proper credit
or royalties," according to court papers.
Johnson alleges in the suit, which otherwise seeks unspecified damages, that
he helped Berry create a new musical genre by assisting in the composition of
such rock standards as "Roll Over Beethoven," "No Particular Place To Go,"
"Rock and Roll Music," "Sweet Little Sixteen," and many more.
The suit further alleges that Berry registered all song copyrights in his own
name, allegedly cutting Johnson out of his rightful share of their
partnership. Johnson's representatives claim that Johnson has approached
Berry in an effort to settle the matter out of court, but Johnson was
apparently rebuked in those efforts. In September, Johnson was given the Pioneer Award
by the Rhythm & Blues
Foundation. He is also the subject of an upcoming Atlantic
Records tribute album. (-All-Star News)
Jon Johnson (firstname.lastname@example.org) reports:
This is part of a larger piece on the alt.country band Wilco that's found on
Rolling Stone.com. A pretty astute move on Hawkins' part since Wilco is a
big deal in Americana circles. Having these guys on his next record could
very well give him some added support from Americana-formatted radio
"As if all this wasn't enough to titillate avid Wilcoists,
the balance of the
band (Jay Bennett, Ken Coomer and John Stirratt) has been asked to back
Louisiana rockabilly legend Dale Hawkins for a forthcoming album. Best known
for penning 1957's "Suzy Q," a song Credence Clearwater Revival would ride
to stardom a decade later, Hawkins is hoping to lay down tracks with the
guys in the coming months for an independent album to be released in early
Grand Ole Opry CBS Television Special Reaches 13 Million Viewers as Opry Receives Mass
Media Attention During Its 75th Anniversary Celebration.
NASHVILLE - The Grand Ole Opry's CBS Television Special ("Grand Ole Opry's 75th -
A Celebration"), which aired Thanksgiving night, helped the network post its best Thursday
showing season-to-date. Over 13 million viewers tuned in to watch Opry members pay
tribute to the world's longest running live radio show. The Opry special gave CBS its best
performance during the 9-11pm (EST) time slot on a Thursday since May 18, 2000.
Generations of artists, from Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Reba and Garth Brooks to
Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner, Ralph Stanley and Little Jimmy Dickens, performed songs of
some of the Opry's most legendary talents like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline and Marty Robbins,
among others, during the two-hour program.
ON TOUR: Eric Heatherly
12/14/00 - Baton Rouge, LA Texas Club
12/15/00 - Jacksonville, FL Crazy Horse
02/02/01 - Bettendorf, IA Isle Of Capri
02/16/01 - Raleigh, NC The Longbranch
Ronnie Hayward "The Lost Utrecht Sessions" CD. Editor's Note: "If you see this recording, BUY IT! It's one of the greatest CD's I've
heard all year! Talk about pure, simple, raw rootsy sounds ... it's all here, 16 tracks worth."
BTW: It is available thru Hep Cat, amazon.com and
other sources in Canada and Europe. Ronnie Hayward's RHOF website
Loretta Lynn recently underwent arthroscopic knee surgery,
her publicist reported Wednesday, Nov. 22th. "Performing onstage night after night is a
lot harder, physically, than most people realize," says Loretta, who has
recovered and spent Thanksgiving at her Tennessee ranch. "I guess . . . this
old knee just felt like complaining a bit.
FAVE UK TRUCKERS TUNES: Some people would explain this by saying good taste crosses generations
and oceans. A British truck drivers' union recently conducted a poll to find
out the favourite tunes among big rig drivers in the United Kingdom. The
Blue Chip Report says the top four included two country songs. Tammy
Wynette's D-I-V-O-R-C-E came in at number three, and Johnny Cash's A Boy
Named Sue was fourth. What beat them? Don McLean's 'American Pie' was the
top-voted song. And Fleetwood Mac's 'Go Your Own Way' took second place.
Marti Brom Record Release announcement, in time for Christmas
shopping (an item
here, perhaps, for people you don't like but have to buy a present for):
Marti's new record on Goofin' Records is now available on Amazon.com
(although we would prefer that you ask for it through your local record
shop - tell them to order it from the hepcat catalogue). The wav. files on
the Amazon site are, as usual, warbly and from outer space, so don't take
much stock in those samples.
The record (EP) is Marti Brom "Feudin' and Fightin" with the Cornell Hurd
Band. Hard to describe, except perhaps as hillbilly music for swells. It
is not available in vinyl, although that was our original intention, so
your only option is cheap plastic. Oh, and the one song on it that could
be mistaken for rockabilly is a big sounding cover of Tennessee Ernie
Ford's "Kiss Me Big". -Bobby Brom
Danny Edge, 21, saxophonist for the popular Boston-based rockabilly band the Kings of
Nuthin', passed away suddenly Friday, November 3. Edge was a junior at the Berklee College of
Music in Boston, majoring in Music Production and Engineering. He is survived by his brother
Joshua, his mother Dena and his father Albert. Contributions in his memory may be made to the
Daniel Edge Scholarship Fund, at Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02215.
The Kings of Nuthin', who had just released their debut CD, plan on continuing as a group and have
announced an all-day memorial concert for Edge on January 6, 2000 at the Middle East in Cambridge,
Gospel Singer Cecil Blackwood Dies At 66.
MEMPHIS, Nov. 15 - Gospel singer Cecil Blackwood died of cancer Tuesday at Baptist Memorial Hospital East.
He was 66. He was diagnosed with cancer last summer, and his health faded quickly after it spread
to his liver, said Andy Childs, his son-in-law. The Blackwood Brothers have won nine Grammys and
20 Dove Awards for gospel music. They were a favorite of Elvis Presley, who briefly sang with Cecil
Blackwood in the Songfellows. The Blackwood Brothers, members of the Southern Gospel Music Hall of
Fame, were formed in 1934 by Roy Blackwood, Cecil's father. Cecil Blackwood, born in 1934 in
Ackerman, Mississippi, became the group's baritone singer in 1954. He is survived by his wife,
Francine, of Memphis; son Mark Blackwood of Knoxville; daughter Regina Blackwood of Memphis;
and daughter Barbara Childs of Nashville.
"REGEGADE RECORDS IS BACK!"
Billy Poore reports: "We've in the process of sending out all of the CD orders that
are owed to rockabilly fans who were unawre of our tragedy back in April. All fans
that did not receive products that they paid for during the spring and summer will be
receiving them by the first of the year. Future releases in 2001 include a 4 CD box set
of 85 unreleased songs on Danny Gatton, titled "Runnin' Wild - The Renegade Years' abd
18 unreleased songs by Charlie Feathers. Our website has recently been updated and our
e-mail us the same also - email@example.com."
Bobby Curtola Memorabilia Auction.
Bobby Curtola, Canada's Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Legand, has generously
donated a collection of memorabilia from the '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s to
Friends of Ben Lee Park Society, to be used as a fundraiser for the construction
of a 20 acre children's park in Kelowna, BC, Canada. The memorabilia is being auctioned off
over the Internet. To view the items and register a bid visit bobbycurtola.cjb.net - For
more information contact Alice Hargreaves 250-769-5812 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
BR5-49 has signed with Sony Music imprint Lucky Dog
Records, confirms Mike Kraski, a Sony marketing executive. The retro country
and rockabilly group rose to prominence at Robert's Western World, a
honky-tonk bar on Nashville's Lower Broadway and debuted on Arista
Nashville in 1996. At Arista the band released an EP and three albums
including this year's Coast to Coast, a live set recorded during their tour with
the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Sony hopes to have a new album out next year, Kraski says,
but no target date has been set. Kraski spoke Saturday (Nov. 11) at the first
meeting of the Americana Music Association, held in Nashville.
Rare Johnny Meeks Photos Still Available 1 2
Johnny has a few photos left (less than 20 copies each) of the above four 8x10 B&W glossy poses.
Once these are gone, he will not make any more. They can be purchased for $10 each per photo and Johnny
will personally autograph them for you. Please print out the pose(s) you want, and send that with
payment direct to: Johnny Meeks, 108 Apex St., Laurens, SC 29360.
Rare Music Memorabilia Site Launched.
Items from the early 1800s to 1980s are available for collectors, nostalgia
buffs and music lovers anywhere in the world.
Over 10,000 items - from early 1800s sheet music to early 1900s Bert
Williams' 78rpm record to Billie Holiday poster from the New York Jazz Museum
to Frank Sinatra 45rpm Spanish pressings and Bing Crosby V-disc(made during
World War II only for servicemen overseas) to Three Penny Opera print by
David Stone Martin to John Lennon Photo Special(1981 book) to Elvis sheet
music and photographs, etc.
LPs, 45s 78s, sheet music, photographs, books, magazines, posters, etc. Every
category of music and including comedy, TV-radio and spoken word LPs.
See dates for monthly sales in NYC. Website: http://www.musiccollecting.com -
Information: (212) 579-0689
MEZCAL BROTHERS UPDATE:
November 8th, 2000 - "Our new cd - 'hold on tight' is out and available ... you can link to mp3's at
www.mp3.com/mezcal or buy it online at www.zoobar.com - help us spread the word.
love, the mezcal bros" - NebrBeef9@aol.com
TICKET INFO ANNOUNCED FOR FAN FAIR 2001.
Fan Fair 2001 moves to downtown Nashville June 14-17
with a new pricing structure for tickets. It marks the
first time to present the main stage shows at Adelphia
Coliseum, home of the AFC Champion Tennessee Titans.
Other exhibits and autograph sessions will be located
in the Nashville Convention Center, with a series of
afternoon concerts scheduled at Riverfront Park.
Ticket prices will be divided into three categories,
each corresponding to a different level of seating at
Adelphia Coliseum. Essentially, the higher-priced
tickets provide seating closer to the stage. Prices
range from $90 to $115 for adults. For the first time,
those 18 years old and younger can buy discounted
tickets ranging from $59 to $79. The first people
able to purchase tickets for Fan Fair 2001 will be
those who have previously attended the event. Fans who
pre-registered in 2000 or who have requested
information online will be contacted in early December
by e-mail or a direct mail brochure giving them early
access to the best seating and information about
ordering tickets. Interested fans may still get on the
e-mail contact list at www.FanFair.com.
Here's an interesting bit of news for Narvel Felts and Ray Smith
fans. Narvel will be playing "The Music Barn" at the Trail's End
Ranch near Lovelaceville KY on Saturday, November 11. This will be a
birthday party for Narvel and since it is in the heart of Ray Smith
country there will also be a tribute to Rockin' Ray featuring none
other than Stanley Walker and his band. Yep, that's the same Stanley
Walker who provided the axe work on SUN 298, 308 and 319 etc.
Stanley's repertoire theses days is decidedly country, and boy he
sure can still play. 800-493-9696 for ticket info. -Thanks to Steve Lester for the tip.
New Book on Elvis Presley.
ELVIS -- WORD FOR WORD by Jerry Osborne (Random House;
0-609-60803-7; $29.95; hardcover; 11/14/2000; Entertainment) This
book provides a chronological transcription of every Elvis
interview, monologue, and recorded telephone conversation known to
exist in either audio or video format, as well as exact and complete
texts of his personally written letters and telegrams to friends,
fans, and girlfriends.
Info contact: Caprice Garvin - email@example.com
Elvis Presley's U.S. Army uniform, complete with the stain where he leaned against a
newly painted window, is up for sale and could fetch $36,000, auctioneers said Monday.
The uniform dress jacket was issued to the late King of Rock 'n' Roll in the United States for
his posting to Germany.
During the press conference arranged for his arrival in Germany in October 1958, Elvis leaned
against a window and coated the jacket arm in fresh paint.
He was swiftly issued a new jacket, and a lucky member of the painting crew kept the stained
one as a souvenir. The jacket, now owned by diehard British Elvis fan Johnny Earle, is the star
item at a pop and entertainment auction being staged on Wednesday, Nov. 8th in London by auctioneers
Bonhams and Brooks.
TRIBUTE TO RONNIE MACK.
Dwight Yoakam will headline a tribute to Ronnie Mack's Barndance in Burbank,
Calif. The bill will include James
Intveld, the Blazers, Rosie Flores and others. Money will be donated to Mack
to replace musical instruments stolen from his home.
Graceland Opens New Wedding Chapel.
A new wedding chapel has opened near Graceland Mansion offering a unique wedding experience.
Nestled in the woods adjacent to Elvis Presley's beloved home, this quaint Chapel in the
Woods is the long-awaited setting for weddings to remember.
Since Graceland's opening in 1982, the visitors' center across the street from the mansion
has been the site of numerous weddings. In response to hundreds of requests over the years
for additional services, the full service wedding facility has been completed.
Available for intimate events with just the bride and groom, as well as parties of up to 50 people,
Graceland's new Chapel in the Woods offers all the amenities and services expected for
the "perfec" wedding. Guests in the Chapel will be seated in authentic, antique church pews while
vows are exchanged in front of a replica of the stained glass transom located above Graceland
Mansion's front door. An intimate reception area located at the back of the chapel includes
a hand-painted mural of Graceland Mansion, and the landscaped grounds surrounding the Chapel
offer a lovely setting for outdoor receptions. For additional information, visit: www.elvis.com
Gospel music legend Bob MacKenzie, who mentored scores of singers and writers
including the Oak Ridge Boys and the Imperials, died Friday, October 20 of heart failure. He was 62.
His death came two weeks before his induction into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame dinner ceremony will be held Oct. 30 in Nashville.
LUKE WILLS, the last of Bob Wills' brothers, died of stroke 11:10 pm, Oct. 21, 2000.
Tenative funeral arrangements are for Wed. Oct. 25th, at Palm Mortuary on
Eastern Ave. in Las Vegas at 1:00 PM. If you wish to send a card, send it to:
c/o Joyce Bouchard
849 Trotter Circle
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Zeke Manners, once a popular hillbilly singer and disc jockey and the
composer of "The Pennsylvania Polka," among hundreds of other songs, died on
Oct. 14 in Los Angeles. He was 89 and lived in West Hollywood.
His initial fame came from a publicity ploy in 1930 during the Depression.
Although the "Grand Ole Opry" had already made Nashville the capital of
country radio, New York's country music scene was nothing to sneeze at, and
in New York Mr. Manners, who called himself the Jewish hillbilly, ruled the
roost. By the 1940's, he was appearing daily on three radio stations, WINS,
WHN and WMCA, and intermittently on others.
In the mid-1950's he worked as a rock 'n' roll disc jockey. In the 1960's
he appeared in Las Vegas with a bluegrass group. The Byrds recorded a song he
wrote about the initial moon landing, "Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins." He
was one of a couple living in a trailer park in "Lost in America," a 1985
movie directed by Albert Brooks, his nephew.
Always, he wrote songs. "The Pennsylvania Polka," which was written with
Lester Lee and introduced by the Andrews Sisters in 1942, has since been
performed innumerable times, including eight times in the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day."
THE U.S. AMC CABLE CHANNEL "ROCKS". All times EST
DON'T KNOCK THE ROCK (1956) Rocker Alan Dale returns home only to be
misunderstood. Bill Haley and the Comets and Little Richard perform. B/W
(1:24) 11/11 9pm 11/11 3am
ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK (1956)
Catch Bill Haley and the Comets and the Platters in this wisp of a story
about a band on the rise. John Archer. Directed by Fred
F. Sears. (1:17) 11/4 9pm 11/4 3am
ROCK, ROCK, ROCK (1956)
Tuesday Weld has to raise enough $$ for a prom dress! Featuring numbers
from Chuck Berry, the Moonglows et al. D: Will Price. (1:26) 11/18
10:30pm 11/18 4am
BLUE GRASS FANS:
Thursday - Oct. 19th - One of country music's raw, willful "stepkids" steps forward today when the
International Bluegrass Music Association holds its annual awards show in Kentucky.
Since the bluegrass show isn't televised, the pressure for such commercial concessions is gone.
Artists like Doc Watson, Jerry Douglas and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage are free to focus on
unadorned, powerful music.
Marty Stuart will host the awards show, which will be broadcast live in more than 3,000 U.S.
radio markets and 14 foreign radio networks.
"I think it's kind of like rockabilly," Stuart said. "They're both kind of stepkids of country,
The IBMA has 2,600 members who nominate and vote for the winners.
Nominees for the top award of best entertainer are Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Lonesome River
Band, The Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and IIIrd Time Out.
Last year, the winner was The Del McCoury Band.
Doc Watson and Lance LeRoy will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Honor.
Bluegrass began with country music great Bill Monroe, who formed Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass
Boys in 1938 after his duo act with brother Charlie Monroe split up. Along with key band members
like Flatt, Earl Scruggs and Jimmy Martin, he developed a style so imitated by other musicians
that it evolved into a separate genre.
Bluegrass uses acoustic instruments like banjos and fiddles to create intricate, emotional music.
Many numbers are done at breakneck tempos, and sentimental ballads tell tales of murder, love and
family. Monroe and many of the bluegrass singers who followed are known for piercing tenor voices.
Monroe died in 1996. But other founding fathers like Scruggs and Martin are alive and well,
and usually attend awards events. The Galt House hotel turns into one big bluegrass jam
for most of the week. -Jim Patterson, AP
Good Golly, Little Richard allegedly hasn't paid his limousine bill.
Jackson Limousine Service sued the rock 'n' roll pioneer Wednesday in
Los Angeles Superior Court for failing to pay his $71,243 limo bill.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit claims that Little Richard used
its service and was to pay a monthly bill, but hasn't since May 1999.
The suit also names a company called Mae's T Cup as a defendant.
Little Richard, who is currently on tour, could not be reached for
comment. The complaint, which sues the singer by his given name,
Richard Penniman, names breach of contract as the cause of action. It
was filed by attorney Robert D. Belshaw.
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ELVIS, KING OF THE LOTTOS? Not only is Elvis Presley coming back
for sightings in two states, he'll
also be packing lots o' cash. A Connecticut gaming firm, MDI Entertainment,
has received commitments from two state lotteries, to launch its Elvis
Presley Instant Lottery Game. The Kentucky Lottery is scheduled to launch
its Elvis game on December fourth, and the New Jersey Lottery will follow on
January second. The Kentucky Lottery will give away a variety of Elvis
merchandise as well as eight instant-win trips to Graceland. And the New
Jersey will give away 20 trips to Graceland, as well their own variety of
Elvis Presley merchandise. But the sightings may not be limited to those two
states. An MDI spokesman says they're in discussions with more than a dozen
other lotteries, in the United States and around the world.
EARL SCRUGGS TO RECORD ALBUM.
Details are still being withheld, but a close source
has confirmed that banjomaster and Country Music Hall
of Famer Earl Scruggs is recording an album. Word of
the project leaked out today when actor/writer/picker
Steve Martin said in a radio interview that he would
be recording with Scruggs on his classic "Foggy
Mountain Breakdown." The album will not be on Columbia
Records, the source says.
As reported earlier, Beveric Records will release a new CD by
Dale Hawkins on 3rd November.
Check this site, there's some information on the CD, plus some cool pics
from American Bandstand.
Johnny Cash Won't Back Down.
A conversation with an American master.
On a sunlit afternoon, Johnny Cash sits in a large, comfortable chair in the Hendersonville,
Tennessee, house he's shared with his wife, June Carter Cash, for more than thirty years.
He's reflecting on his life. In 1997, he announced that he was struggling with a nervous-system
disorder, and his public manifestations since then have been rare. But this afternoon, he is
expansive, good-humored and, above all, indomitable as he talks about the ...
On stage in person ...
ROCK 'N' ROLL - DANCEPARTY #4 - A tribute to Charlie Feathers.
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 4 AT: MANIFESTO, holenweg 14 C, HOORN HOLLAND.
OPEN: 21.00 HRS. INFO: O229-213260 /KIZMIAZ@PLANET.NL
OPRY'S BIRTHDAY BASH GOES LIVE ON THE 'NET.
October 12 - NASHVILLE - Tickets to all five shows are sold out for the Grand Ole Opry's 75th
Birthday Bash, but you can watch part of the excitement online this weekend
at the official website, www.Opry.com. It marks the first time the Opry's
website has featured live video streaming. The cybercast begins Saturday at
6:15pm ET with the red carpet arrival of Opry members and other celebrities.
Artists scheduled to perform Saturday include Garth Brooks, Vince Gill,
Loretta Lynn, Lorrie Morgan, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis and Travis Tritt. At
9:15pm ET Saturday, the streaming video will feature a live press conference
with several Opry members. Fans can also ask questions via e-mail during the
press conference. By the way, Diamond Rio is doing a chat on Opry.com Friday
at 9 pm ET. Throughout the month of October, Opry.com is giving fans an
opportunity to win an authentic autographed Grand Ole Opry mic stand with
its Opry Member Spotlight Contest.
WAYLON & THE WAYMORE BLUES BAND: NEVER SAY DIE LIVE! OUT NOW.
Waylon & The Waymore Blues Band Never Say Die LIVE!, is in stores. Recorded
at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium over two nights in January, 2000,
finds Waylon Jennings exploring new musical ground with a band as surefooted
on a swampy blues number as on the country lope that's been Jennings'
trademark for more than 30 years.
House of Blues to Expand.
House of Blues Entertainment Inc. will open nine new amphitheaters and clubs in eight U.S.
cities by next year, expanding the number of locations by about a third.
The expansion announced Monday includes clubs in San Diego, San Jose, Calif., Denver, Dallas and
Kansas City, Mo. The clubs include a concert hall that seats about 1,000 people and a Cajun-style
restaurant that seats 200 to 300 diners.
House of Blues Concerts Inc., a subsidiary of HOB Entertainment, plans to open larger
amphitheaters - each seating from 7,000 to 20,000 people - in San Jose, Austin and Salt Lake City.
NEW RARE CD AVAILABLE: Northern Lights, "The Complete Collection,
1956-1963" rockin' disk is available now from the
Rockabilly Hall of Fame Merchandise Dept.
The Northen Lights originated in Greenfield, MA. in the early summertime of 1956 and
disbanded in late 1963. As with many rock bands on the fifties, the Northern Lights
musicians were high-energy teenagers who were thrilled and exited to be members of the band.
Most of the band were 16 years old or younger - a handful to say the least - but band manager
Donald Gates, Sr. and his wife Mary didn't let that stop them. They were young-at-heart music
lovers who enjoyed every minute they had with this group of special kids. Donald Gates, Sr.,
a ballroom dancer and big band leader, was able to help the band develope rhythm and
arrangements that gave the group its original style and sound. Contact:
RHOF Welsh Reporters Phil Davies (left) and Shaun Mather (right) visit with
Joe Leonard in Burns, TN, October 4, 2000.
Elvis' Ex-Wife Unharmed.
Oct. 7th - A hit-and-run driver being chased by police hit Priscilla Presley's Land Rover
Wednesday night in the San Fernando Valley.
The car hit six vehicles including that of the 55-year-old Presley, ex-wife of the late
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll. She was unhurt.
The chase began near Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon Avenue at about 4 p.m. after police
saw a Red Pontiac Trans-Am involved in a hit-and-run, Los Angeles police Officer Jason Lee
of the Media Relations Section told a news service. Broadcast sources reported that the chase
lasted 15 minutes.
JOHN PICKERING is holding two Buddy Holly & The Picks LPs, one CD
and the "Chirpin' Crickets" Brunswick album. The LPs are:
"Buddy Holly & The Picks - 'The Voices of the Crickets'" (1992)
"Buddy Holly & The Picks - 'The Original Chirpin' Sound'" (1986)
"The Chirpin' Crickets" Brunswick (1957
The CD is: "Buddy Holly & The Picks in 2000 AD" (2000)
DALE HAWKINS ON THE ROAD.
Great news! Dale is featured in the upcoming Robert Mugge film, "Rhythm & Bayous."
He will be making appearances at selected film festivals in conjunction with its release. Thursday, October 12 - Mill Valley Film Festival, The Sweetwater, 153 Rockmorsen Ave.,
Mill Valley, CA 7:30 & 9:45 pm. 415-388-7771. He will do an instore at Village Music, 9 East
Birthdale Ave., Mill Valley at 4pm 514-388-7400. Friday, October 13 - Denver International Film Festival - The Boiler Room, 900 Auraira Parkway, Denver, CO,
10pm 303-893-5733> Tuesday, October 19 - New Orleans Film Festival, The Parish, 225 Decatur Street,
New Orleans, 9:15 & 10:35. 504-529-3583. Thursday, October 21 - The Old Point Bar, 545 Patterson, Algiers, LA. 10:30 pm.
Elvis Presley's original guitarist, Scotty Moore, is about to play in the
Boston area for the first time in years. Moore, who helped define the early
rockabilly guitar style, has hooked up with Lee Rocker, who formerly played
with Brian Setzer in the Stray Cats. Moore and Rocker have gathered up a
band that will play at the House of Blues on Nov. 4.
passed away Saturday, September 30, 2000,
10:30 am, at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska. More details will be posted here soon. "God Bless you Bobby!" You've left a big hole in my life. -Bob Timmers