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Have you purchased a copy of SUSAN BOYLE’s chart-topping CD, I Dreamed A Dream?   The potpourri of songs selected is as astounding and surprising as the beauty of Susan’s voice. 

One wonders, for instance, what SKEETER DAVIS  (not to mention SYLVIA DEE and  ARTHUR KENT) would have thought of Boyle’s rendition of End of the World… 


Thanks to the gang at Hope River Entertainment for remembering me on this first Thanksgiving since my father’s death with not only good wishes- but also cranberry-orange-nut cookies recipe! 


Attn: Everly Brothers fans:  JAMES AKENSON informs me that PAULA BISHOP,  a Boston University Ph. D. (musicology) student, is conducting a survey about the duo and “DON and PHIL would also appreciate your input to the research!”

Whether you are a big fan of the brothers (as I am!) or are just familiar wth the Everlys' music, Paula encourages you to take the survey found here.


MARIE OSMOND may have immortalized BUDDY CANNON’s Facebook site.  Marie mentioned Buddy’s Facebook page when she dropped Cannon’s name during a November 25th live remote broadcast of Nashville Channel 5's  Talk of the Town.

In keeping with the non-controversial emphasis of the program, Osmond was not asked about KARL ENGEMANN.  Marie happened to be discussing Buddy in the context of her Nashville connections, urging viewers to check out the Web site as an example of how the producer/songwriter displays his sense of humor.  

LIZ MOTLEY  informs me that MATTHEW and GUNNAR NELSON are “delighted to see the legacy of their legendary father RICKY NELSON continues as he made the Top 5 ranking in America Online's TOP 50 TEEN IDOLS.

 As Liz points out, “LIFE magazine actually coined the phrase 'Teen Idol' to describe Ricky Nelson,” so Rick’s ranking (#5) is well-deserved.  But the Nelson camp is being charitable:  If you see the list you’ll note that the voters seemed to vote more from personal nostalgia than cultural impact.

How else would one explain DAVID CASSIDY being voted the #1 teen idol, or MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR  (#4) being voted a bigger teen idol than Nelson?

In any event, Gunnar and Matthew are currently on tour with the RICKY NELSON REMEMBERED show - a multimedia tribute show featuring live renditions of Rick’s hits, as well as “never before seen footage of the Nelson family with interviews from celebrities influenced by Ricky Nelson. The show appeals to a wide audience and multiple generations and 2010 will mark the 25th anniversary of Rick Nelson's passing with that tragic New Year's Eve plane crash.”


Column’s congrats to ASHLEY POSTON.  Ashley is the first recipient of what will be an annually-awarded scholarship, courtesy of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s newly established JOSH TURNER Scholarship Fund.

Ashley is a graduate of Hannah-Pamplico High School in Hannah, South Carolina (Josh’s alma mater),

"Your coverage is welcomed."  

So reads DONNA SCHACHER's media alert informing me of the CHARLIE DANIELS Band and Friends Christmas 4 Kids Concert at the Ryman Auditorim November 23rd.  The sold out concert  will also feature performances by GRETCHEN WILSON, PHIL VASSAR and CHRIS YOUNG..

Funds generated by the concert, auctiion and a tour bus show provide 400 children from 29 area schools with a day-long shoping spree.  The kids are chauffeured from school aboard a star's luxury tour bus where, following lunch, they are the guest of honor at a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at College Heights Baptist church.  The party's not over until each child, accompanied by a volunteer to assist with holiday shopping, has the run of the Hendersonville, Tennessee WalMart.

 ZACH WAMP just knew JOHN RICH would be acquitted November 20 of the criminal charges against Rich. 

Before Davidson County’s General Sessions Court had even convened on that day, Wamp’s camp (at 10:17 a.m.) Wamp’s camp sent me an invitation to “the first event in the spectacular new home of JOHN and JOAN RICH honoring Tennessee’s next governor.”

John and GRETCHEN WILSON will entertain fellow “rich” folks on the fundraiser guest list who will gather at John’s Love Circle home December 5th at 5:30 pm., their checks for $2500 per-person in hand for a photo reception.  Zach’s supporters arriving at 6:15 p.m. will make their checks out for $1,000 to Wamp’s campaign in exchange for an opportunity to attend the evening’s general reception and performance.

My heart breaks when I see some of the most-talented country-music stars reduced to playing small venues.   While it’s heartening and to the credit of all concerned that ROY CLARK (with “special guest” JOHN AMOS) will be headlining a benefit for the Nashville Firefighters Association Local 140 on Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 8 p.m.,  the venue is one of Music City’s smallest: The Nashville Municipal Auditorium.

This confirms to me that sales and popularity are often not about the music, but rather the bells and whistles that seem to capture audiences who have grown up demanding them.   Organizers’ one concession to the times is found in print ads for the event: “No video or audio recording permitted!”

Tickets are $25 each.  Call 615-361-5639 for further information.


Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated Section 67-5-2501, the 1.54 acre property co-owned HANK SNOW’s late widow and Hank and MINNIE’s son, “The Reverend” JIMMIE RODGERS SNOW, (Map/Parcel #04215006300) subject to the right of equity “redemption”,  (no pun intended)  will otherwise be sold to the highest bidder, due to  delinquent property taxes, penalties, interest, court costs, attorneys fees and other liens through 2007 in the amount of $413.82, Jimmie has failed to satisfy on December 9, 2009.


The November issue of Readers’ Digest features RACHEL CLARKE’s cover story, 20 Hat Tricks by TIM McGRAW.


If my research is faulty I will be glad to have someone prove me wrong.  But it seems that regulars at Dickson, Tennessee’s Grand Ole Hatchery, who paid to see JOHNNY HORTON, JR. perform recently with J.K. COLTRAIN, ALLAN KARL and JOHNNY MILLER, didn’t exactly get their money’s worth.

To my knowledge, JOHNNY HORTON never sired a son.  While Miller is billed, according to the Hatchery’s VANCE SMITH, as “an impersonator,”  (though I think Smith means to says “impressionist”), “Horton” claims to be the real deal; a songwriter (rather than an imposter?) who says he has performed with DOUG DUGGER and CHARLIE LOUVIN.

Perhsps it's ironic that "Johnny, Jr." says he has a CD out called The Truck Stops Here.


From the emailbag: (KIRT) WEBSTER PR’s  DONNA SCHACHER  writes,  “Join us for outlaw southern rock as it was meant to be!”  The accompanying invitation was to see BLACKBERRY SMOKE in performance November 14th at The Basement Lounge."

Fans who were trolling Nashville’s Chancery Court on Friday (November) the 13th expecting to see CLINT BLACK were disappointed.  Black is still mixing it up with CHARLES SUSSMAN, but Clint’s legal team handled the arguments on his behalf on what disappointed fans who made it to the fourth floor of Davidson County’s “old” courthouse found was not to be a “Black Friday.”
I  was probably the only credentialed media representative present at the November 8th Walkway of Stars Induction who remembered both ERNEST TUBB and  (HATTIE LOUISE) TOOTSIE (BESS).  But RANDI RADCLIFF,  PATRICIA PRESLEY and many of the other scribes, as well as the fans who joined us, could tell any number of stories about their encounters with the honorees who, while watching the posthumous walkway inductions of ET and Tootsie, were on hand to receive unveil their own stars on that warm Sunday in November. 

When I noticed that Nashville mayor KARL DEAN was among the speakers, I knew it was only a matter of seconds before I would hear the first of several DOLLY PARTON jokes.  But Dolly took it all in stride, as she did toward the end of the festivities when her frequent Imagination Library PSA costar Tennessee Governor PHIL BREDESEN took the stage.  In between, Parton’s fellow walkway honoree KID ROCK bore the brunt of a few knee-slappers as the day’s fifth honoree, CHARLIE DANIELS processed it all.

 Not to embarrass anyone, but it was disheartening that two of the speakers obviously did not know of whom they were speaking when they referred to the Texas Troubadour as “Ernest Tubbs.”   

All of the entertainers, family members and other speakers present seemed heartened by the turnout and everyone appeared to have a good time, thanks in no small measure to the hard work of Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau Public Relations Manager JENNY STEUBER.   


From the emailbag: “JAMES STROUD and RONNIE GILLEY cordially invite you and guest to our CMA Awards after party.  The 10 pm. Veterans Day soiree at the Wild Horse Saloon featured  performances by the LOCASH COWBOYS and HOUSTON COUNTY.”

KIRT WEBSTER and CLAIRE RATLIFF deserve kudos for coordinating this event as they did the ALAN JACKSON Cracker Barrel meet and greet I previously wrote about.  I received a lovely note from Kirt (the only man- Jackson included- for whom I’d get up at an ungodly hour and head out to Mount Juliet), following the event (etiquette would dictate it was I who should have sent such a thank-you).

 Having only eaten (an evening meal) at Cracker Barrel once before (and surprised then  that I could find something to enjoy within what for me was a limited menu),  I wasn’t sure what to expect when Kirt told those of us at the media table that our breakfasts were being comped.

Surprisingly, the breakfast menu provided great variety and the funniest moment of the morning.  That occurred when HAZEL SMITH sat down beside me eying my plate which wasn’t full of sausage, bacon, grits, ham, breakfast sausage and whatever else one might find as part of a traditional southern breakfast.

 “Honey, you’re eatin' JUNK!,” Hazel concluded, as she gave my apple, scambled eggs, yogurt, granola and fresh fruit the once over.  Or perhaps it was my unsweetened tea with a wedge of lemon.

 Hazel, if you’re reading this, next time you have a hankerin’ for a Cracker Barrel breakfast, give me a call


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