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Industry Greats Who Have Passed Away In 2011


The following is an update of those names in our music industry here in Tennessee that we have lost in 2011.


Billie Jo Spears dies at 74, Barbara Orbison, widow of Roy Orbison, dies at age 60, Charlie Douglas country music disc jockey dies at 78, Tom Roady Nashville percussionist dies at 62, Paul Yandell Nashville guitarist, Chet Atkins’ right-hand man, dies at 76, Don Wayne 78, Billy Grammer, Opry member dies at 85, Bill Johnson, Nashville artist, who redesigned ‘Rolling Stone’ logo, dies at 68, Steve Popovich, maverick record executive who worked with roster of legends, dies at 68, Jean Dinning songwriter ‘Teen Angel’ , Patsi Bale Cox, Johnnie Wright, Kitty Wells Husband, Charlie Louvin, Wilma Lee Cooper, Mel McDaniel, “Big John” Bechtel, one of Nashville’s Legendary Steel Guitarists passed away Sept 28th. He was 74 years old. Dobie Gray, Ferlin Husky, Liz Anderson, Pee Wee Rogers Steel Guitarist for Little Jimmy Dickens, Doug Collins One of country music’s legendary DJ’s and a dear, dear friend, James O’Gwynn Great recording artist, Lamar Fikes Elvis’s Memphis Mafia, Buddy Charleton Legendary steel guitarist for Ernest Tubb, Doc Williams One of the great pioneers of country music, Carlton Haney Legendary Promoter, Ralph Mooney Buck Owens and Waylon Jennings steel guitarist, Coyote McCloud Nashville’s legendary DJ, Sonny Martin Country & Bluegrass Artist, Kenny Baker A legend fiddle player in bluegrass music, Jack Barlow One of the great stylist voices in country music, Marshall Grant Base player for Johnny Cash’s Original Band, Jack Pruitt Marty Robbins great guitar player, Taz Digregoria Keyboard player, vocalist, and longtime member of Charlie Daniels Band.

This list of Stars who have passed on during 2011 was made available by Marty Martel, Keeping Country’s Memory Alive, If I have missed someone, please let me know. Thank you.

Was Elvis Country or Not That’s The Question

As we begin a new year it is impossible not to mention Elvis born on 8 January 1935 to Vernon and Gladys Presley. Without a doubt Elvis was the greatest pop recording artist/performer ever but also, in country music terms, the most controversial. When
discussing Presley it is easy to ignore the fact that he was much more than a rock ‘n’ roller. His music was much deeper than that encompassing blues, Gospel, rhythm and blues, soul, rockabilly and country. He recorded for only two labels during his twenty- three years in the business, Sun (released in the UK on HMV) and RCA. Strangely, in view of his later musical pathways, Elvis’s main influences were Hank Snow (he knew all of Hank’s songs), Roy Acuff, Ernest Tubb, Jimmie Rodgers and Bob Wills. He must have listened to bluegrass too for one of his first recordings was Bill Monroe’s “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” (the flip to “That’s Alright”). In 1954 Elvis made his one and only appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. The Hillbilly Cat was considered not suitable for country music’s premier show but the Louisiana Hayride saw him differently and signed him to a year of Saturday night shows. So Elvis did have country credentials and he did recorded a fair amount of country material but few of these songs made the charts. Among these were “Old Shep”, “A Fool Such As I”, “Guitar Man” and “U.S. Male”, the latter two written by Jerry Reed. He recorded just one country album, “Elvis Country (I’m 10,000 Years Old)”, a number 6 in both US Country and UK Pop and certified gold, though during the years following his death compilations of country songs would be released. The question I pose on this the seventy-sixth anniversary of the birth of Elvis Presley is did he do enough for country music to be awarded the highest country honour – election to the Country Music Hall of Fame? I say he did not and I say that as a Presley fan who owns hundreds of Elvis recordings and taped interviews. Elvis did not do anything to promote the music, to establish its credibility throughout the wider music industry or to advance the music. Yet the Nashville establishment regard Elvis as a country legend, rather galling when so many others, including George Hamilton 1V, have worked their butts off to gain wider acceptance for country music! Still, what can you expect from a CMA that elected the Everly
Brothers to the Hall of Fame. What next? Tina Turner, she recorded a country album or Tom Jones who did likewise. Great to start the New Year with a gripe!

Birthdays this week include Jack Greene and Leona Williams (7),
Crystal Gayle (9) and Ray Price (12). Eighty-two years ago this
week Wyatt Earp died in poverty in Los Angeles.
Remember there are stars in the southern sky

Article supplied and written by Pete Smith from “The Advertiser” United Kingdom

Is The 2012 ACM Awards An April Fools Joke?


It’ll be the best April Fool’s Day ever! Join hosts Reba & Blake Shelton for The 47th ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS on Sunday, April 1st, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The 2ND ANNUAL ACM FAN JAM, hosted by Zac Brown Band, will invade the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Sunday, April 1st, 2012. This fans-only concert will remotely break into the LIVE ACM Awards telecast on CBS multiple times with special performances throughout the night. The event gives fans the ultimate opportunity to be part of the LIVE Awards telecast. The annual ACM ALL-STAR JAM, held in the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom, is the place to be immediately following the ACM Awards! And plan to stay an extra day to join us for ACM PRESENTS: LIONEL RICHIE AND FRIENDS – A LIFETIME OF HITS, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Monday, April 2nd, 2012 (to air at a later date on CBS). This country tribute to the legendary Lionel Richie, featuring duets with Lionel from his upcoming album Tuskeegee, will also include some of Richie’s greatest hits performed by Jason Aldean, The Bandnd  Perry, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers and many more.

Tim Pepper Live at National Underground Nashville

The Tim Pepper Trio will be performing live, along with Anna Johnson, Adam Burrows and Lower Valley Authority, on January 19th between 7pm and 10pm, at the newly opened National Underground, Nashville, Tennessee. Tim says he will be uploading live video footage of this concert after the show on his website so if you can’t get to the National Underground you can still get to see part’s of the show on Tim’s web site afterwards

There will be music and burgers and drinks of your choice, much jubilation and raising of voices! Anna sings sweetly of M.U.S.I.C., while stories of reapers are recounted by Dean. Old Burrows will croon out the folkiest tunes, and the Tim Pepper Trio…well they’re gonna play too. So drop down your glasses, and boogy on down to where the fun can be found, Nashville, Tennessee’s very own and relatively brand new National Underground.… We are really very sure that Tim Pepper and all the fine artists on Tim’s lineup, hope’s  to see you all at the NATIONAL UNDERGROUND on January 19th.

Tim Pepper is a big favorite and an Independent Superstar on Wildhorse Entertainment with half a dozen of his hit songs available for free download. These songs have charted very well over the last year on the Wildhorse Independent Country Download Chart’s. Tim remains one of the most downloaded artists on Wildhorse Entertainment

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