IN STYLE AGAIN Features Guest Stars Vince Gill, The Whites & The Browns, Plus Reunion With Helen Cornelius
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 19, 2015) – Grand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown’s first CD release in 30 years, IN STYLE AGAIN, rolls out tomorrow, January 20. The 13-track disc features guest stars Vince Gill, The Whites and The Browns – and reunites Jim Ed with long-time duet partner Helen Cornelius. Yesterday The Boot kicked off release week coverage with a feature that included personal track-by-track descriptions and an in-depth interview with the legendary performer.
Brown’s debut for Plowboy Records, IN STYLE AGAIN, has pundits heralding the legend’s return and coverage is booming. Reviews available now include: One Stop Country, Stacy’s Music Row Report and Vintage Guitar Online. Upcoming features and reviews include: AXS.com, Alternate Root, Billboard.com, Billboard Country Update, Country Weekly, Huffington Post, USA Todayonline, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Arkansas Democrat, CMA Closeup Magazine, Country Music People, Examiner, Country Standard Time, Country Universe, Music News (Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, etc), Nashville Scene, The Nashville Bridge, Roughstock, Angry Country, Digital Journal, Digital Rodeo, Sports and Entertainment Nashville, ReviewFix.com, Rocking Gods House, Texas Hot Country Magazine and Smalands Country Magazine. Syndicated radio features will air launch week on: Paul Leslie Show, Country Crossroads Radio, Geisler Radio Classic Country Show, 650 AM WSM Bill Cody Show, The Music Row Show and Whiskey and Cigarettes Show and local stations KKAJ Radio (Ardmore, OK), WKGA Radio (Eastern/Central Alabama), WHPC Radio (Long Island/NYC) and WYXI Radio (Athens, TN).
Throughout the disc, Brown’s signature lush vocals caress traditional Country songs that feature the talents of top-tier Nashville session players John Hobbs (Piano, Organ), Michael Baker (Guitar), Glen Duncan (Guitar, Mandolin, Violin), John McTigue (Drums), Dave Roe (Bass), Chris Scruggs (Guitar, Pedal Steel), Gary Prim (Keyboards), Daryl Hornburger (Steel Guitar), Michael Baker (Acoustic Guitar), Brent Mason (Electric guitar), Dennis Crouch (Upright Bass) and Greg Morrow (Drums). Impeccable background vocals on “Watching The World Walking By,” “Laura (Do You Love Me),” “Lucky Enough”and “It’s A Good Life” were furnished by Bergen White, Lisa Silver and Kira Small McConaghy. The title track was produced by Brown’s close friend and Country Music Hall of Famer Bobby Bare, while the balance of the offering was produced by Don Cusic. The album’s first single, “When The Sun Says Hello To The Mountain,” features Jim Ed and sister Bonnie Brown, and was released to Country radio in November.
1. When The Sun Says Hello To The Mountain (featuring The Browns)
2. Tried And True (featuring Vince Gill)
3. In Style Again
4. Watching The World Walking By
5. You Again (featuring The Whites)
6. I Love It
7. Don’t Let Me Cross Over (featuring Helen Cornelius)
8. Older Guy
9. It’s A Good Life
10. Lucky Enough
11. Laura (Do You Love Me)
12. The Last One
13. Am I Still Country?
Today, Jim Ed returns to his doctors for a follow-up CT scan. The singer, who has been undergoing treatment for cancer, is feeling good – and looking forward to receiving a clean bill of health. “The support of my family and the outpouring of positive thoughts and prayers from my fans has given me an incredible boost during this emotional time,” Brown notes. “I’m grateful for every day I can spend on God’s green earth – and thankful to everyone who gives meaning to my life.”
Fans can stay social with Jim Ed on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT JIM ED BROWN
During a seven-year run THE BROWNS charted numerous times, including the mega-hit “The Three Bells,” which was #1 on theBillboar Hot 100 Pop and Country charts, #10 on Billboard’s Rhythm and Blues chart, and was featured in the final season of The Sopranos (2007). The Arkansas native enjoyed his first solo hit in 1965 and his signature song, “Pop A Top,” ruled the charts two years later. He and Helen Cornelius won CMA honors in 1976 for Duo of the Year, and the two enjoyed a string of hits throughout the ‘70s and ‘80s that included “I Don’t Want To Have To Marry You” and”Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye.” Brown has hosted four network television shows and a radio program, and served as a spokesperson for Dollar General Corporation and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He has just returned to host the nationally-syndicated Country Music Greats Radio Show (heard on more than 200 stations per week) after a four-month absence.
THE FALL OF MISS DIXIE HALL In early 1973 when I’m PD/MD/AM Drive DJ on KBER FM/AM San Antonio, TX I emcee Johnny Rodriguez Day in South TX (Ridin’ My Thumb to Mexico #1 for 2 weeks-1973) singer-songwriter Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall is a guest. Tom rides back to the Alamo City with Liz and me. Tom T. Hall writes and sings several hit tunes. His wife that he refers to as Miss Dixie also is a tunesmith. Iris Violet May Lawrence Hall dies at 80 on Friday, January 16, 2014 after a long illness.
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HOME SHOPPING NETWORK FOUNDER EXPIRES After Syracuse, Lowell [Bud] Paxson buys his first radio station. In 1977, when a client at WWQT-1470 Clearwater, FL cannot pay his ad bill, he offers Paxson 118 avocado-green electric can openers as payment. Paxson goes on the air and sells $30 can openers for $10. Within 3 hours, he sells all 118. In 1982, Paxson launches the Home Shopping Club which becomes the Home Shopping Network. On Friday, January 9, 2014 Lowell dies in his home in Montana at 79.
TWO WLS FM HOSTS ARE ILL WLS FM Chicago, IL morning show host Jack Diamond is off the air since Christmas break. Due to diverticulitis, a painful colon condition, Jack decides to have surgery. Co-host Brant Miller once again hosts the morning show alone. A second WLS FM host is off the air for medical reasons. Dick Biondi 83 year-old radio legend is off the air since Thursday, December 18, 2014 with a cold. This forces Biondi to miss his 15th annual Elvis Fest on January 8th plus his annual sock hop on January 17th.
CUTBACK ELIMINATES SPUD ON WWWL In 2013, longtime Entercom WWL-870 New Orleans, Talk host John [Spud] McConnell moves across the hall to host the PM Drive show on Sports Talk WWWL-1350 (3WL). In 2015, Entercom New Orleans VP/GM Chris Claus tells Times-Picayune’s David Lee Simmons: I love Spud. He’s a great entertainer, he’s a great host, he’s a great actor, he’s great in theater, he’s great in TV, and he’s great in the movies. But, unfortunately, we had a position to eliminate and his was the one.
TRIVIA QUESTION: Why does singer David Jones flip his last name to Bowie? The answer appears below.
MOVERS AND SHAKERS
•KAREN BORTA evening anchor moves to mornings on KTVT TV CBS CH 11 Ft. Worth-Dallas, TX. •KIXY FM(94.7) Foster Communications Top 40 San Angelo, TX seeks Program Director/morning show host. Send aircheck & resume to OM Rick Andrews @ email@example.com. •WQTX FM Midwest Communications Lansing, MI flips to Sports as The Ticket 92.1 on January 19, 2015. •ROE CONN former WLS-890 Chicago, IL afternoon personality reappears in afternoons on arch rival Tribune News-Talk WGN-720.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1955 THE MILLIONAIRE TV program debuts on CBS on January 19th. •1969 GLEN CAMPBELL’s Wichita Lineman is his first Gold single on January 22nd. •1971 THE BEATLES’ tune Helter Skelter plays on January 19th during the Charles Manson trial. •1987 DWIGHT YOAKAM’s Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. is his first Gold album on January 21st. •1998 CARL PERKINS (Blue Suede Shoes #2 for 4 weeks-1956) dies at 65 on January 19th. •2001 SARA EVANS’ Born To Fly sails to #1 in Billboard Country on January 20th.
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RED JONES [2008 Georgia Radio Hall of Fame – ex KILT-610 PD retires from WKNG-1060 on June 15, 2011 after 63 years in radio] (Carrollton-Tallapoosa, GA) Sadly enough, you are right on. And if our Lord came back tomorrow, I wouldn’t be surprised. Can’t do without your columns…even in retirement, we’re still all hams and love the business…the way it used to be. Red Jones; Georgia Radio Hall of Fame
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MICHAEL O’SHEA [former KLIF-1190 PD/DJ] (Santa Rosa, CA) Hi Jim… Rayfield Wright…a mountain of a man. Gentle Giant. Some great memories for both of us. It’ll be fun watching Icebowl 2 tonight…though it looks to be a “balmy” 20 degrees in Green Bay. They better bring the sun block . By the way, before your readers chastise BOTH of us for getting George Andrie’s uniform number wrong…it was actually #66 as I recall, and quite sure I’m correct on that one. I take great pride in committing memory virtually EVERY Cowboy player number from that pre-70 era. Go Cowboys! MO
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BEN HAROLD [ex KXOL-1360, KENR-1070] (Knoxville, TN) Jim, interesting note about Hal McClain’s death. Mike Cannon and I were going to meet up at the Kerrville airshow (the day Hal died) to watch him fly. Mike had some car trouble with his Volkswagen, if I recall, and I had to cover (of all things) a plane crash in a cornfield. The DJ at KGKL got in touch with me and told me he saw on the AP wire that hal had crashed and died. bad day. it’s a bad day when ANY of us old timers passes. Ben Harold
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JIM BELL [KUHF FM 88.7 Morning Edition anchor since 1997-Retired 2010] (Lufkin, TX) Subject: Newhart in Houston. Hey Jim, Did you know that one of the best selling comedy LP’s of all time was recorded right there in Houston? Absolutely true. The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart is a 1960 live album by comedian Bob Newhart. Recorded at the Tidelands Club in Houston, Texas, The debut album by Newhart was number one on the Billboard Pop Album chart, topping an album by Elvis Presley and the cast album of The Sound of Music. Button Down Mind won Album of the Year at the 1961 Grammy Awards and Newhart was named Best New Artist. It was the first comedy album to win Album of the Year and the only time a comedian has won Best New Artist. Newhart wanted the title to be The Most Celebrated New Comedian Since Attila the Hun, but Warner Bros. suits created the album’s title and Newhart had to settle for his idea as a subtitle. The album was a 2006 entry into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. According to an NPR interview with Newhart, it is the 20th-best-selling of all time on Billboard’s charts. One other factoid: Before the Bob Newhart recording, two Brother Dave Gardner albums were also recorded at the Tidelands. Those albums were on RCA Victor and were produced by RCA’s Nashville office, which at that time was run by Chet Atkins. Atkins liked Houston, and he always came to the Tidelands Club when he was in town. He was friends with the manager, so sometime in 1959, Atkins asked if he could bring an unknown comedian in for a show that would be recorded for release on an album. The manager said sure, why not, nothing to lose, and the rest is history. Just thought you’d like to know, Be safe and be blessed.
TRIVIA ANSWER: In 1966, The Monkees ride tall in the saddle with three #1 hits, three Top 5 tunes, plus 58 episodes of The Monkees TV shows. Britisher Davy Jones is a singer with The Monkees. To avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees, singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie. In summer 1975, David Bowie’s single Fame nails #1 and remains there for 2 weeks. Another #1 comes for Bowie in 1983 with half million seller Let’s Dance. In 1985, Mick Jaggar teams with David Bowie on Dancing in the Street at #7.
JACK PARNELL [former Program Director WHBQ-560] (Memphis, TN) Morning Jim: I can’t remember his exact times of being in Houston, nor even the stations he ran, but was Jay Cook running one of the Houston stations when you were doing Houston radio? He ran an am/fm operation there just prior to becoming president of Gannett Radio. JP
GLEN CAMPBELL (April 22, 1936 – p) I’ve been walkin’ these streets so long Singin’ the same old song I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway Getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know And offers comin’ over the phone.
Jim Rose and Suzie
Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Leroy Van Dyke is thought to hold the record for most repeat-performance bookings of any working country music entertainer and is known by fellow musicians as the most professional act in country music. He continues to impress buyers and audience members alike while taking part in the “Country Gold Tour,” featuring legendary country entertainers.
Van Dyke is the only internationally known entertainer who is alsoan internationally known licensed auctioneer. “Auctioneer” was written solely by Van Dyke while living in a squad tent during his stint in the U.S. Army. Leroy was a Special Agent, U. S. Army Counterintelligence Corps, in Korea. The debut single, in 1956, became an instant multi-million seller, then Leroy struck pay dirt again when he released his next mega hit in 1961 with “Walk On By.” “Walk On By” stayed at Number One on the charts for 19 weeks and remained on the charts for an incredible total of 42 weeks. Billboard Magazine named it the biggest country music single in recorded history, based on sales, plays, and number of weeks in the charts!
“Leroy Van Dyke’s Country Gold Tour” show dates are as follows:
Jan 26 South Florida Fair / West Palm Beach, FL
Feb 10 & 11 Florida State Fair / Tampa, FL
Mar 07 Westwind Resort / Yuma, AZ
Mar 13 Civic Center / Abilene, TX
Mar 14 Performing Arts Center / Midland, TX
Mar 15 Civic Center Auditorium / Amarillo, TX
Apr 24 Mountain Grand Event Center / Deadwood, SD
May 16 Shipshewana Event Center / Shipshewana, IN
July 30 Pickering Horse Show Grounds Pickering, MO
Aug 21 Iowa State Fair / Des Moines, IA
Sep 03 Old Threshers Reunion / Mt. Pleasant, IA
Oct 09 Wild Rose Casino / Clinton, IA
Oct 10 Wild Rose Casino / Emmetsburg, IA
*Other legendary country entertainers on various dates of theCountry Gold Tour are Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Rex Allen, Jr.. T.G. Sheppard, Janie Fricke, Steve & Rudy Gatlin, Jimmy Fortune, Moe Bandy, Billy Dean, Eddy Raven, Suzy Boggussand Johnny Lee
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God is a masterful Creator. He has integrated many of His principles into the fabric of nature so that we can see His handiwork and learn of Him (Ps. 19:1-6). If you desire to acquire wisdom, do not neglect to look outdoors for His lessons.
Now, of course, the outdoors sometimes comes inside. If you’ve ever battled ants in your kitchen or pantry, wisdom probably isn’t the first trait you would attribute to them—you probably would choose a description more like determination. But to the lazy person, God points out these tiny creatures as an example of wise living. Simply consider how many characteristics of the ant people would be smart to adopt: preparation, cooperation, perseverance, diligence, unity, and the list goes on. So interacting with righteous men isn’t the only way to acquire wisdom. God also wants us to observe the lowly ant that He created to work in community.
There’s much to learn from the created world. By directing attention to the birds, Jesus challenges His followers to consider the folly of anxiety (Matt. 6:26). Birds do not reap or gather grain but rather assume their food will be supplied as it always has been. The lesson in this observation of nature is that the Lord who provides for birds can be trusted to meet His people’s needs as well.
Our quest for wisdom is to be rooted in Scripture and covered in prayer. But don’t overlook the many lessons unfolding right outside the front door. Ask God for “eyes to see” (Mark 8:18). Then take every chance to grow in understanding so your capacity to live by His principles will be strengthened.