Willie Nelson’s concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall is expected to be rescheduled for a later date.
February 02, 2013: Due to flu-like symptoms, Willie Nelson has been forced to postpone tonight’s concert at Ruth Eckerd Hall. A make-up date for the “Willie Nelson & Family” show will be announced soon, according to a news release from Ruth Eckerd Hall.
For information on refunds or rescheduling, call the ticket office at (727) 791.7400.
Ruth Eckerd Hall is at 1111 McMullen-Booth Road. The ticket office is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and one hour prior to showtimes.
Nelson, 79, also had to postpone a concert Thursday night in Estero due to illness. In August, he had to cancel a Colorado appearance due to illness. A newspaper reported he was suffering from breathing problems due to the high altitude and emphysema. It’s also not the first time Nelson has postponed a Clearwater show. A March 2009 concert was rescheduled due to illness.
BILL ANDERSON says….
“When you talk to me about Clinton you are preaching to the choir”, I’ve been a fan for years”.
Born in Martinsville, Virginia, Clinton Gregory came from a long line of fiddle players. He picked up the fiddleat five years of age, making his performing debut at bluegrass festivals within a year. He came to Nashville at age 12 where his father was playing at the Grand Ole Opry.
Clinton was highly encouraged by the greatest influence his life, his father Willie Gregory, a fourth generation fiddle player who died in 1992. Clinton says of his father “He taught me to play fiddle tunes the way they were originally written, some 200 years ago. My father had a major impact major on my understanding of music, says Clinton.
Throughout his youth, Clinton found little else but the fiddle kept him on the straight and narrow and could often be found pickin’ and grinnin’alongside his father in venues throughout the south. The last time Clinton and his dad played, publicly together was an appearance on the Grand Ole Opry. “Now that’s a memory that will stir the soul, hold you, and never, ever let you go”, says Clinton.
MARTY STUART once remarked…”Clinton Gregory is the finest country singer on the planet “
Once in Nashville, he was quickly hired as fiddle player for Dennis Robbins, the McCarters and Suzy Boguss, oftenwinding up on the road for more than 200 days a year. Clinton’s quiet, reserved nature kept many from quickly learning what may be his greatest gift……an incredibly, true, pure, and moving country voice. Combine his amazing fiddle skills, guitar mastery and a country voice straight from the heart, and you will find the classic example of a pure country music artist with the finest of God given talents.
In 1990 Step One Records signed him to their label. His first debut, a heart-tugging version of the Jimmie Davisclassic, “Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine” was a highly acclaimed release. What followed was a string of country hits; “Couldn’t Love Have Picked a Better Place to Die”, “One Shot at a Time”, and the Top 20 hit, Play Ruby, Play”…which also aired as a hit video on CMT and TNN. Each release showcased the pure talent and traditional country style of Clinton Gregory. In 1992 and 1993 Clinton was named Music Row’s Independent Artist of The Year.
SAMMY KERSHAW says of Clinton…”What A GREAT country singer”
He went on to have eleven top 100 US Billboard Chart hits. His video, “Writing On The Wall”, a tribute to our American militay, received worldwide accolades. Clinton’s talents led him to appearances on Hew Haw, Nashville Now, The Grand Ole Opry, and an amazing performance Neil Young inThe Heart of Gold Documentary and on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien, to name just a few. Clinton has toured with some of country music’s greatest legends and has wooed country fans all over the world. Clinton continues to keep his audiences intrigued, entertained, and totally satisfied. Be it on tour with the likes of the legendary Gene Watson or gracing the great stages of the world, or the up close and personal setting created in a local honky-tonk.
WHISNews21 Spotlights one of Country’s Unsung Heroes, “Clinton Gregory”
Article with Thanks to http://www.twangthangmusic.com/clintongregory.cfm
Vania van der Heever, Rapport
Johannesburg– Police say they are investigating an incident in which a little girl was locked up in a police cell with her father.
Rapport reported how Hazyview resident Charlie Niemann, 29, was arrested on 6 January for drunk driving and thrown in an icy cold police cell with Cherise, 3, who was barefoot and only wearing pyjamas.
Niemann said he had drunk two beers earlier in the evening but denied being drunk when he drove down to the cafe to buy milk for his daughter and cigarettes for himself.
Police officers took the toddler to the police station and refused to take her home or let the child’s dad make a phone call.
“It was terrible. My child was hysterical. The officials were inhuman. They even refused to give her water. When we got there and Cherise was crying, one threatened to throw her in a police cell if I couldn’t get her to calm down.”
His wife, Stephanie, 30, who was pregnant with the couple’s second child, said she expected the worst when the two didn’t come back from the café.
We have taken Cherise to a counsellor and she is getting better. But she is scared of police officers. Whenever she sees a police car, she looks for her dad and starts crying hysterically.”
Niemann has laid a charge against the police with the independent complaints directorate.
A police spokesperson said it was illegal to lock up a child in a police cell and said it would be investigated.
And this is just another South African story the world may or may not get to hear…….
Here are a some comments received on the story from South Africans on news24
What does it matter if he was sober or drunk. The fact is a 3 year old girl was locked up in a police cell by some arrogant thing that does not deserve to be called a policeman. SA is loosing respect for the police day by day and idiots like these officers should be thrown out of the police.
In a normal country yes I agree completely but in SA. Was he tested? Or was he cheeky? Was he stopped for a bribe? But why throw a child into a gaol cell? Insanity reigns.
The father said he only had 2 beers which is usually on the limit. And we don’t know how long after consuming the beers he was driving. The police have not said anything in return. Therefore to accuse the father of endangering the child without all the facts is premature and shortsighted.
I lived in Johannesburg for a year, they really do pull you over for nothing. They expect bribes and if you refuse they get angry…
CNN would not bother with these stories, yet if the color’s were reversed it would be breaking news.
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Dear Precious Prayer Warriors, Please pray for Holly Chapman’s Mother who has breast cancer. Drs have just found 5 new spots that they will biopsy on Wednesday. Please pray that they are benign. See her email below. Holly is a dear friend of so many of us in the music industry & her heart is heavy. Please agree with us in prayer for a complete & total healing as we pray God’s Word over her sweet Mother. Psalm 107:20 says “He sent His Word and healed them”. Also Psalm 118:17 that says, “I will not die but live, and declare the works of The Lord”. And then “By His stripes we are healed” in 1 Peter 2:24. Please put Holly’s Mother on all your prayer lists. God bless you all for your ministry in prayer.- Carol Lee Sent from my iPhone
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