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Country Legend Star of ‘Hee Haw’ Roy Clark Dies at 85

Star Of “Hee Haw” Roy Clark Dies At 85

‘Next Chance You Get Do Somethin’ Nice For Somebody Say ‘Good Day,’ Hold a Door Open’ Roy Clark


“Before we go any farther, I want to lay somethin’ on you; it’s not heavy and it’s not to imply that you don’t already do it. It’s just a reminder… to all of us. The next chance you get, do somethin’ nice for somebody – say ‘good day,’ hold a door open – and don’t wait around for a thank you… you don’t need it. And because of you, that person will go out and do something nice for somebody, and then that person will go out and do something nice for someone else, and this whole world can wind up doing nice things for each other and we can be the ones that start it.It takes all of us working together to get things done – no one does it alone. Only One did and I’m not that strong. Let’s start it – here’s to love – it’s still the best!” – Roy Clark

TULSA, Okla. – Roy Clark, the legendary ‘superpicker’, GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed ‘Hee Haw’ television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, “Your face is like a fireplace.”

“A TV camera goes right through your soul,” says the man who starred on Hee Haw for 24 years and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. “If you’re a bad person, people pick that up. I’m a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I’ve come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful.” For a man who didn’t taste major success until he was 30, the key was not some grand plan but rather taking everything in its own time. “Sure,” he said, “I had dreams of being a star when I was 18. I could’ve pushed it too, but it wouldn’t have happened any sooner. I’m lucky. What’s happened has happened in spite of me.”

In fact, that’s what Clark titled his autobiography, My Life — In Spite of Myself! with Marc Elliot (Simon & Shuster, 1994). The book reminded many that there is much more to Roy Clark than fast fingers and a quick wit.

That he was raised in Washington, D.C., often surprises people. Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, his family moved to D.C. when he was a youngster. His father played in a square dance band and took him to free concerts by the National Symphony and by various military bands. “I was subjected to different kinds of music before I ever played. Dad said, ‘Never turn your ear off to music until your heart hears it–because then you might hear something you like.'”

Beginning on banjo and mandolin, he was one of those people “born with the music already in them.” His first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, came as a Christmas present when he was 14. That same year, 1947, he made his first TV appearance. He was 15 when he earned $2 for his first paid performance, with his dad’s band. In the fertile, diverse musical soil of cosmopolitan D.C., he began playing bars and dives on Friday and Saturday nights until he was playing every night and skipping school–eventually dropping out at 15. “Music was my salvation, the thing I loved most and did best. Whatever was fun, I’d go do that.”

The guitar wizard soon went on tour with country legends such as Hank Williams and Grandpa Jones. After winning a national banjo competition in 1950, he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, which led to shows with Red Foley and Ernest Tubb. Yet he’d always return to D.C. to play not only country but jazz, pop, and early rock’n’roll (he’s prominently featured in the recent book Capitol Rock); to play with black groups and white groups; to play fast, to even play guitar with his feet. In 1954, he joined Jimmy Dean and the Texas Wildcats, appearing in clubs and on radio and TV, and even backing up Elvis Presley.

But in 1960, he was 27 and still scrambling. An invitation to open for Wanda Jackson at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas proved to be his big break. It led to his own tour, on the road for 345 straight nights at one stretch, and when he returned to Vegas in 1962, he came back as a headliner and recording star, with his debut album The Lightning Fingers Of Roy Clark. The next year, he had his first hit, The Tips Of My Fingers, a country song that featured an orchestra and string section. “We didn’t call it crossover then but I guess that’s what it was,” he says. “We didn’t aim for that, because if you aim for both sides you miss them both. But we just wanted to be believable.”

He was–on record and on TV, where his first appearances in 1963 on ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘American Bandstand’ showcased his easygoing attitude and rural sense of humor. “Humor is a blessing to me. My earliest recollections are of looking at something and seeing the lighter side. But it’s always spontaneous. I couldn’t write a comedy skit for someone else.”

Throughout the ’60s, Clark recorded several albums, toured constantly, and appeared on TV variety shows from Carson to Mike Douglas to Flip Wilson. “I was the token bumpkin. It became, ‘Let’s get that Clark guy. He’s easy to get along with.'” Then came ‘Hee Haw.’ A countrified ‘Laugh-In’ with music, shot in Nashville, ‘Hee Haw’ premiered in 1969. Co-starring Clark and Buck Owens, it was an immediate hit. Though CBS canceled the show after two-and-a-half years, despite ranking in the Top 20, the series segued into syndication, where it remained until 1992. “I long ago realized it was not a figure of speech when people come up to me and say they grew up watching me since they were ‘that big’.”

A generation or two has also grown up listening to him. In 1969, Yesterday, When I Was Young charted Top 20 Pop and #9 Country (Billboard). Including Yesterday, Clark has had 23 Top 40 country hits, among them eight Top 10s: The Tips Of My Fingers (#10, 1963), I Never Picked Cotton (#5) and Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone (#6, 1970), The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter Revolution Polka (#9, 1972), Come Live With Me (#1) and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow (#2, 1973), and If I Had It To Do All Over Again (#2, 1976). In addition, his 12-string guitar rendition of Malaguena is considered a classic and, in 1982, he won a Grammy (Best Country Instrumental Performance) for Alabama Jubilee.

A consummate musician, no matter the genre, he co-starred with Petula Clark at Caesar’s Palace, became the first country artist to headline at the Montreux International Jazz Festival and appeared in London on ‘The Tom Jones Show.’ Clark was amazed when guitarists from England credited his BBC specials and performances on variety TV shows with the likes of the Jackson 5 for inspiring them to play. But the highlight of his career, he said, was a pioneering, sold-out 1976 tour of the then-Soviet Union. “Even though they didn’t know the words, there were tears in their eyes when I played Yesterday. Folks there said we wouldn’t realize in our lifetime the good we’d accomplished, just because of our pickin’ around.”

When he returned in 1988 to now-Russia, Clark was hailed as a hero. Though he’d never bought a joke and doesn’t read music, the self-described, and proud of it, “hillbilly singer” was that rare entertainer with popularity worthy of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and respect worthy of the Academy of Country Music’s Pioneer Award and membership in the Gibson (Guitar) Hall of Fame; an entertainer who could star in Las Vegas (the first country artist inducted into its Entertainers Hall of Fame), in Nashville (becoming the 63rd member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987), and at Carnegie Hall. Roy was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Roy’s many good deeds on behalf of his fellow man led to him receiving the 1999 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian of the Year Award from TNN’s Music City News Awards. In October, 2000, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and he was actively involved with school children who attend the Roy Clark Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla.

From his home in Tulsa, where he moved in 1974 with Barbara, his wife of 61 years, Clark continued to tour extensively. For him — and for his legion of loyal fans — live performance was what it was all about. “Soon as you hit the edge of the stage and see people smiling and know they’re there to hear you, it’s time to have fun. I keep a band of great young people around me, and we’re not musically restrained. It’s not about ‘let’s do it correct’ but ‘let’s do it right.’” At the end of each of Roy’s concerts, he would tell the audience, “We had to come, but you had a choice. Thanks for being here.” With responding smiles, audiences continued to thank Roy for being there, too.

Roy is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Elijah Clark who passed at the age of fourteen on September 24, 2018. Roy is survived by Barbara, his wife of sixty-one years, his sons Roy Clark II and wife Karen, Dr. Michael Meyer and wife Robin, Terry Lee Meyer, Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart, and his grandchildren: Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark and his sister, Susan Coryell.

A memorial celebration will be held in the coming days in Tulsa, Okla., details forthcoming.

“Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly and he will be missed.” – Dolly Parton

“When I came to Nashville, Roy was one of my favorite stars. I loved the way he hosted the CMA’s and Hee Haw. It was always an honor to be on the same stage with him. I am already missing Roy’s big smile.” – Crystal Gayle

“The Halsey family’s hearts are filled with gratitude for the many years (59) of friendship and business association. He was a rare combination of talent and generosity. Roy Clark brought a special kind of healing to the world. He will be missed by the multitudes. – Jim Halsey, friend and manager 

“My story is not unique. How many guitar players started with a Roy Clark guitar method book? How many guitars were sold to people wanting to play because of him? How many lives were made better because of his wit and joy? I’m one of so many.” – @BradPaisley

“When the Nashville floods wiped out most of my guitars, Roy heard about it & showed up at a show and gave me one of his. This is who this man was. Constantly giving. I owe him so much. Go say hi to my Papaw for me Roy. You left the world a much better place. #royclark” – @BradPaisley

“Roy Clark shaped my path. My Papaw introduced me to his music as a toddler. Every Saturday we’d watch Hee Haw. My first guitar book was a Roy Clark guitar method. I practiced his style, then practiced making his facial expressions. He was a hero. And so many have the same story.” – @BradPaisley

“I remember Roy as a great musician and singer. But more than that, he was a great human being. Always laughing, always uplifting to those around him. Doing shows with Roy on Hee Haw was such a wonderful experience. There is a vacant spot in Nashville now that he is gone. RIP Roy Clark” – Lee Greenwood

“Getting to REALLY know Roy Clark is one of highlights of my country career. I first met him on HEE HAW and the went on to do dozens of shows with him over the years. He was a good friend, we laughed a lot together and he loved Duke’s mayonnaise on his tomato sandwiches.” – T. Graham Brown

“My first CMA memory is sitting on my living room floor watching Roy Clark tear it up. Sending my love and respect to him and his family for all he did. – KU” –@KeithUrban

“Just got word that Roy Clark has passed. I’ve known him for 60 years and he was a fine musician and entertainer Rest In Peace Buddy, you will be remembered” –@CharlieDaniels

“Roy, thank you for always spreading laughter, kindness, and positivity. We’ll keep it goin’ for ya!” – @Opry

“Just heard Hee Haw Star / Super Picker #RoyClark just passed away. Saw him last when we filmed #CountrysFamilyReunion He was always so kind. Heaven gained another amazing addition to the Angel Band. Rest In Peace Roy” @RhondaVincent13

“I had the honor of playing with Roy Clark on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and many times and on the television series Hee Haw. I looked up to Roy; he was the consummate entertainer. But the things I will remember most about Roy are his big, over-the-top, cheesy grin, and how, from the moment I met him, he made me feel like I had known him forever. Roy Clark was a good man… the real deal.” Tim Atwood

“Rest In Peace friend, brother, mentor …. Roy Clark …” – @OakRidgeBoys

“Growing up watching #HeeHaw, I knew nobody could pick-&-grin like the great #RoyClark. And his #YesterdayWhenIWasYoung is one of the great songs of Country or any kind of music. A true legend. We will miss him. #RIP” – Terry Fator

“Wonderful Roy Clark was a great talent & a kind & gentle man. We had so much fun singing & dancing together. My love goes out to his family & friends. #royclark #rip” – @TheMitziGaynor

“We’re sorry to hear about the passing of Roy Clark. Roy Clark made best use of his incredible talent. He was both a showman and a virtuoso, with a love of music that beamed across air waves and into millions of living rooms, where families gathered to watch and listen.” – @countrymusichof

“R.I.P. Roy Clark. Oh man so many memories growing up with him on hee haw. Another part of my childhood that made growing up the way I did awesome. Hee Haw, Johnny Carson, Paul Harvey among others are everywhere in my memory bank. He lived a long great life and I thank him. SALUTE” – @GitRDoneLarry

“Roy Clark was a very sweet Man that loved Jesus and country music. Heaven just got a great picker! Can’t wait to see him do some pickin’ and grinnin’ on them heavenly hay bales.” – @GitRDoneLarry

“Roy’s passing is overwhelming. It is truly the end of an era. Roy was Big Daddy for all of us. And for those of us who were blessed to know him as a friend and work with him, it hurts so deeply. He made so many of our careers possible. It offsets the deep anguish of his passing to know he is free from any suffering now and that his great talents are with us forever on the thousands of TV episodes, recordings and in our memories. His huge contribution to the music business and to so many of us personally is etched in our hearts forever. America loves Roy and we will all bless his memory, honor him and thank him forever. He was truly one of God’s good ones.” – Jana Jae

“23 years ago, Roy Clark changed my life in an instant. It is hard to put it into words, but from the moment we first encountered each other, he knew me, believed in me and took it upon himself to give me great opportunities that otherwise would never have been possible. I can only be so grateful that I had a chance in my life to reconnect with him and tell him personally exactly what he had done for me all those years ago. The other great blessing is that I was given an opportunity to develop a meaningful friendship with this man over the last few years. It brings me great peace. I would play for him, and he would just smile and become so genuinely excited. Again, at just the right moment in my life, he became a great encourager. Roy has left a lasting impact on my life. For over 20 years I’ve been telling people the stories of how he changed my life…and I will never forget.” – Kyle Dillingham

“Our deepest condolences to the family of Roy Clark. Country music has lost another giant – well-loved both for his unique talents and his generous, kind-hearted spirit.” – @OfficialRFDTV

“My friend of 46 years is gone and I am heartbroken. He could make me laugh like no other and now he makes me cry. His music will live forever and now the angels in heaven are picking and grinning. I love you always dear friend.” – Misty Rowe

“RIP Roy Clark, was an honor to pick and sing with you” – @raybensonaatw

 – 2911 Media

Country Stars to Perform at Willie’s Tribute Concert

Country Stars to Perform at Willie’s Tribute Concert

George Strait, Vince Gill, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Sheryl Crow

and More to Perform at Willie Nelson Tribute Concert

An all-star cast of performers will hit the stage to pay tribute to country icon Willie Nelson at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 12.

The tribute concert—Willie: Life & Songs of an American Outlaw—will feature performances by Alison Krauss, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Jack Johnson, John Mellencamp, Kris Kristofferson, Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones and The Little Willies, Sheryl Crow, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and Vince Gill. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Willie is also set to take the stage.

The event will honor Willie and feature some of his greatest hits performed by today’s biggest musical stars. The concert will be televised on A&E at a later date in 2019.

Shania Twain on Real Country: “I Dare to be Different”

Shania Twain on Her Advice to ‘Real Country’ Contestants: ‘I Dare to be Different’

Shania’s advice for those hoping to make it in the industry: “Being like anyone else is the worst thing you can do.”

It’s this mentality she hopes to instill in the contestants on Real Country, USA Network’s latest competition show surrounding country music. In addition to serving as a panelist, Twain is also an executive producer of the show, contributing her more than 30 years of experience in the industry to those vying for their chance to breakthrough.

The show functions more as an industry showcase than it does a typical reality show competition. Panelists Twain, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen each hand selected seven acts that the audience will vote for across a total of eight episodes. The artists who win in the individual episodes will advance to the grand finale. Many of the performers are hardworking artists and musicians who have been honing their craft for years, ranging from songwriters who’ve already scored hits to Americana duo Young Fables who have three albums under their belt, all in search of an opportunity to elevate their careers.

“I think that we’ve created a platform that is much more like the real world than a talent show,” Twain shares with Sounds Like Nashville and other media. “If you’re in an environment like this and you’re going to be competitive in the grand scale beyond this show, you already have to have the goods.” For Twain’s role, she’s looking for evolved artists, ones who’ve harbored a steady passion for their art and are unwavering in their identity. When looking for talent, Twain was focused on diversity, drawn to artists who are unafraid of being unique. “I’d like to see a new confidence in people. I’d like to see people…saying, ‘I dare to be different. I challenge myself to be different,’” she reflects.

“When I was starting out I didn’t know what the audience wanted either, but that innocence is so valuable. I wasn’t writing to anyone’s expectations. I was just doing what I thought was interesting,” she continues. “I’m encouraging them to just do their own thing and not try to fit in and please the audience or us or the industry. Get up there and do your own thing and get lost in that as your focus.”

REAL COUNTRY — “Drink Up Party Down” Episode 101 — Pictured: (l-r) Jake Owen, Travis Tritt — (Photo by: CJ Hicks/USA Network)

With the Real Country format, the 90s era icon says confidence is a key factor, as performers only have one chance to move the audience into voting for them. But the most crucial aspect she advises is they remain true to is their authenticity. The contestants are able to look to Twain and her fellow panelists as guiding forces, but the singer insists they’re not trying to alter the artists’ vision. “We don’t get access to make them something that they weren’t at the beginning of the season. It’s a very fair show in that sense,” she says.

Twain admits, though, that rejection is an inevitable part of the industry, especially for artists venturing down a unique path. She encourages contestants to be open-minded toward credible critiques as a way to help them grow. “Constructive criticism is important to listen to and to take on because you’re going to learn something from it,” she explains. “Be honest with yourself. False confidence is never going to serve you well at all. Self conviction, determination, that’s a very different vocabulary.”


AE Presents Platinum Awards to Country & Gospel

AirplayExpress Awarded Platinum Disc Awards To Qualifying Artists in the Country & Gospel Genre 2018 

To Visit Artists listed below’s AirplayExpress Awards Page just click on their names

More of the prestigious Platinum Disc Awards have been awarded to artists who have recently Moved Into the #1 position of the AirplayExpress Country Music Top 50  and Gospel Top 20 International download charts.

The following artists,Alan Karl, Jack Greene, Bobby G Rice, Larry M Clark, Donny Richmond, Stonewall Jackson, Scott Simmons, John McCabe,Wildhorse, Rita Faye and Dan Schafer have all accomplished the task. We at AirplayExpress congratulate them and thank radio and Disc Jockeys worldwide for supporting these artists and in so doing helping them to reach a much sought after #1 position on the AirplayExpress Charts. Thank you all.

Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations if you are not already doing so, please post your playlists on our AirplayExpress Playlist site, it just helps us to compile our charts. We know many are airing our releases but not all are posting their playlists. We also know that time is a factor so we are just appealing to y’all if you have the time, you can be assured that we will appreciate it very much.

To post your playlist click this link thank you http://www.boards2go.com/boards/board.cgi?user=whisnews21

 – WHISNews21 / AirplayExpress

Tom Pallardy & the O*M*G! Band (Old Music Guys)

Tom Pallardy & the O*M*G! Band (Old Music Guys)

Don’t Be Fooled by the Name “The Old Music Guys” This Band is right up there with the Best

Tom Pallardy and the OMG Band (Old Music Guys) recently performed to a sold out crowd at Lucy’s BARge, at Lucy’s Branch Marina in Athens, Alabama. Tom and the group started rocking the barge from sunset with a variety of music which lasted way into the night. It was clear while the band performed their last number that everyone come out and enjoyed the fun and the great music! No one at Lucy’s BARge was ready to go when Tom and the OMG Band finished up but as we sadly know at most venues when the times up the times up.

Tom Pallardy: Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Tom moved to Nashville in 1975 and now loves living in Town Creek, Alabama. In Music City he owned and operated a demo recording studio called Top Tracks and a music arranging company called T.P. Productions where he transcribed music for copyrighting by major artists and publishers. Since the age of 12, Tom has performed or recorded on saxophone, flute, keyboards and vocals professionally throughout the world with a wide variety of artists, including: Chuck Berry, Ike & Tina Turner, The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Percy Sledge, Rufus Thomas, The Coasters, The Boxtops, Vern Gosdin, Johnny Rodriguez, George Jones, Donna Fargo, Helen Cornelius, Stella Parton, Clifford Curry, Tony Joe White, The Dixie Cups & Frankie Ford. His original songs have been recorded by Mel Tillis, Nancy Sinatra, Frankie Ford and many others.

Ernie Norton (Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Vocals) resides in Town Creek, Alabama. He’s been playing guitar (and other instruments), singing smooth vocals, producing demos and doing sound for many bands and shows for 63 years. He’s been part of the “Musical Explosion” at Athens Bible School and has played in area bands as diverse as The Cadillacs Band (Florence), Purple Sage (Rogersville), Replay The Band (Decatur), The Bama Cruisers (Shoals) and The Grace Notes.

Philip Hughes (Bass Guitar/Vocals) lives in Decatur, Alabama and is in demand as a session musician and performer in countless bands of various genres throughout the state. He’s played with Jeff Cook of Alabama; Sister Luck and The Sophisticated Swingers (Decatur); Silvery Moon Band and The Party All Stars (Huntsville); Bottom Dollar Band (Somerville); Hutch Edwards Project and Trey Lewis (Birmingham); Horizon (Cullman) and Lisa Busler (Montgomery), just to name a few.

Mitch Rigel (Drums), formerly of the Shoals, now calls Decatur home. He has been a freelance drummer and educator in the Shoals and North Alabama area for 40 years. He has played with Gary Rossington & The Lynyrd Skynyrd Tribute Tour as well as the Shoals Big Band, The Edd Jones Orchestra (Birmingham), Guy Lombardo, Sammy Kaye, Jan Garber and Don Glaisser. He also does demo sessions and performs with the Silvery Moon Band and Moondust (Huntsville) and Sister Luck and The Sophisticated Swingers (Decatur).

Randy Fowler (Lead Guitar & Vocals) hails from Southern Middle Tennessee and has been playing guitar and doing demo recording sessions for 39 years. Besides being a part of the house band on the musical variety show “The Country Shindig” for 25 years, he’s been performing lead guitar and vocals in the show group “Showdown”, along with well-known Elvis impersonator Michael Dean, in the Shoals area since 2000.

For bookings, contact Tom Pallardy at safesax2@comcast.net or call cell# 615-878-6808.

 – WHISNews21


Country Stars Live At The Vineyard 2018

The Live in the Vineyard staff wasn’t exaggerating when they said guests would be spoiled during the 2018 event. True to their word, the 10th annual event was packed with incredible live music, delectable dishes and savory wine, all taking place at a handful of stunning vineyards in the Napa Valley region. The milestone weekend highlighted singer-songwriters when the likes of Jason Mraz, Jewel and Matt Nathanson converged with country stars Cassadee Pope, LOCASH, Clare Dunn, Maggie Rose and more for stripped down versions of their most notable songs, all set amongst the eloquent scenery of Napa Valley. Here are six of the most memorable moments we experienced at the 10th installment of Live in the Vineyard.

Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

Maggie Rose

The party got started long before we landed in Napa, thanks to Maggie Rose and Southwest’s Live at 35 program. Rose turned the 175-seat aircraft into an intimate concert venue with her solid acoustic production. The 35,000-foot altitude didn’t inhibit her remarkable voice, which left quite an impression on her fellow passengers as she belted out “Pull You Through” and “I’m Yours” off her new album Change the Whole Thing. She’s got soul running through her veins and her voice captures that like no other in country music.


LOCASH; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

Country Music Meets Napa

It was a singer-songwriter edition after all, and country music artists are among the best. LOCASH, Clare Dunn and Lucas Hoge all used their showcases at Brasswood Cellars to create a personal atmosphere with their best cuts and covers. LOCASH shared a smooth rendition of TLC’s “Waterfalls” along with a new song off their upcoming album titled “Beers to Catch Up On.” Dunn enthralled the crowd with her interpretation of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love,” and Hoge really brought the country feel with “Dirty South.” Less than 24 hours later, Tegan MarieHaley & Michaels and Tyler Rich brought their spirits to the beautiful meadow of Chappellet Winery. The crowd was enamored by Marie’s youthful charm, while the husband and wife duo of Shannon Haley and Ryan Michaels were glowing with their original wedding song “Giving It All (To You),” before Rich blended his California pride and country sound with songs “California Grown” and rising hit “The Difference.”

Michael Franti

Michael Franti; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

Michael Franti

You know his radio hit “Say Hey (I Love You),” but Franti’s soul goes even deeper than that. From the moment he took the stage at Vista Collina, Franti brought all the feel-good vibes. Between his “Stay Human” conviction and uplifting songs like “The Sound of Sunshine,” Franti was a positive force of energy that permeated into the crowd. He took this one step further by going into the crowd on multiple occasions, engaging with attendees and making them feel like a part of the show. He left his soul on the stage with a duet with Victoria Canal on “Flower in the Gun,” a hopeful message in response to gun violence in America. “May optimism always win,” he said. It’s a notion we can all stand behind.


Jewel; Photo credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard


While each performer was noteworthy, Jewel provided one of the most captivating performances of the four-day event. The singer balanced a well-rounded set of signature hits like “Standing Still” and “You Were Meant For Me” with powerful new songs she penned after being inspired by her family and the young people struggling with mental health that she works with through her Never Broken Foundation. Between sharing the harrowing story of how her grandmother emigrated to the United States and traveled more than 200 miles on foot with a baby on her back, to showcasing her wide-ranging voice (which sounds like three singers in one), Jewel left the audience mesmerized and wanting more.

Patrick Droney

Patrick Droney; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

New talent

Live in the Vineyard offers ample opportunity to see promising up and coming stars, and there were several on display in Napa. Ingrid Andress is a star in the making, one country music fans are bound to be invigorated by when they hear “More Hearts Than Mine,” a moving ballad that left many broken hearts at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. William Prince also had listeners in awe of his stunning songwriting, while Andreas Moss inspired the Lincoln Theatre with his striking voice and honest storytelling. Nashville-based Patrick Droney also proved to be an undeniable talent on guitar, paired with mystifying vocals.

Rachel Reinert

Rachel Reinert; Photo Credit: Will Bucquoy-Live In The Vineyard

The view

There’s nothing quite like the beauty of Napa Valley. The sweeping landscapes and awe-inspiring mountains that surround the vineyards made for a truly remarkable backdrop. Watching the artists interpret their songs amidst such a serene atmosphere gave new them new meaning – and the divine wine wasn’t a bad touch either.

What Really Went Wrong On The Castle TV Series

What Really Went Wrong On The Set Of the Castle TV Series

 Where Did Things Go Wrong? Well, It’s Complicated

Castle was one of ABC’s steadiest performers for years, but following a flurry of head-scratching headlines and behind-the-scenes drama, the network abruptly canceled the crime drama after an eight-season run


Stana Katic was kicked off the show:  The first sign that something was amiss on the set of Castle came in April 2016 when ABC abruptly opted not to renew star Stana Katic’s contract for a ninth season. According to Deadline, the decision was made due to “budgetary reasons.” To add more fuel to the fire, sources claimed that Katic wasn’t even approached to renegotiate her contract. Even the occasional Castle viewer was shocked by news of Katic’s departure. Although the show was named after Nathan Fillion’s character, Richard Castle, Katic’s Kate Beckett had become an integral part of the show’s storyline, especially after Castle and Beckett (known colloquially, if morbidly, as “Caskett” by fans) hooked up at the end of Season 4. At this point, moving forward without Beckett made absolutely zero sense. Sure, high-profile cast members leave shows all the time—just ask David Duchovny of X-Files or Shelley Long of Cheers. But considering the timing of the news, plus reports that Katic didn’t have a say in her exit, the whole thing felt strange, if not suspicious.

Tamara Jones got the boot, too: Katic’s departure from the show was extremely shocking for many of the viewers of the show, but the announcement was made all the more crazy when another one of Castle’s top female stars, Tamala Jones, left the show as well. To be fair: having Jones continue to appear on Castle without Katic didn’t seem plausible because her character, Dr. Lanie Parish, was Beckett’s close friend. The duo’s departure seemed to suggest Castle was preparing for a major storyline shift in Season 9, which never would have worked because…The show had been running for too long and fans were used to her sometimes funny/serious input.

The show had evolved too much: In its coverage of Katic’s shocking departure, The Hollywood Reporter noted that the shake-up could allow Castle to focus more on the show’s week-to-week crime procedurals, rather than larger character arcs, relationship drama, and all that jazz. The show had already hinted it was heading in that direction when Castle and Beckett separated at the top of Season 8. A shift like that would not have worked. Castle grew out of its procedural shoes a long time ago and had since become a show that many viewers invested in because of its characters. Returning Castle to your run-of-the-mill procedural drama would have set the show back years at a time when fans were expecting it to move forward. Given how upset fans, and the show’s own cast, became over Katic’s departure, it’s impossible to imagine Castle returning to its roots without losing viewers.

Did Fillion and Katic hate each other? Amid reports of Katic’s exit, word got out that she and Fillion did not get along on set, much to the heartbreak of Castle fans everywhere. In fact, things allegedly got so bad that Fillion would often make Katic cry. “Stana would cry on set because Nathan was such a bully to her,” a source told Us Weekly just days after Katic’s departure hit the wires. Added a second source: “Stana would go in her dressing room and cry. A lot of people who work on the show don’t like Nathan. It’s not just her.” “The friction was very evident,” the second source went on to say. “Nathan has been nasty to Stana for a long time. Stana was a pro, just wanted to get in there and do her job.” A rep for Katic denied any on-set tension. Fillion dodged the rumors, but the Firefly star’s tepid “I wish her well” reaction on Twitter led many to wonder if the reports were actually true.

Ratings were sluggish: When you remove all the behind-the-scenes drama from Castle, ABC’s decision to cancel the show might have been a lot easier and more rational than we initially thought. The show simply had not been pulling in the kind of ratings it used to. Its Season 8 premiere debuted to 6.84 million viewers, down about 4 million viewers from Season 7’s start. That was likely an especially tough pill for ABC execs to swallow, considering Castle once averaged more than 12 million viewers for three consecutive seasons. But the bleeding didn’t stop there. In February 2016, Castle aired its midseason premiere to 5.72 million viewers, a series low, according to TV Line. By that point, the writing was already on the wall.

New showrunners were brought in: Another obvious sign that Castle’s time was running out: the series hired new showrunners Alexi Hawley and Terence Paul Winter to take the reins in Season 8. Hiring new people to run a show that late in the game is never a great sign, and it’s even worse when they make risky changes to the storyline only to backtrack a few episodes later. Such was the case with Castle and Beckett’s separation. Amid outrage from fans, Hawley and Winter were forced to go on the defense, assuring everyone that nobody was actually getting divorced, but when Castle and Beckett got back together—by taking their relationship on the DL—even that felt forced, unnecessary, and creatively lame. It seemed like Castle’s new showrunners were running with scissors

The show could not survive the negative press: Between Katic’s exit, rumors of bad blood on set, and ratings in the toilet, Castle limped to the season finish line with the kind of bad press that no show could shake. Even if Castle had returned for a ninth season—which was going to be much shorter, anyway, according to rumors—the show would have spent the entire time dealing with the fallout of getting rid of popular main characters. It also would have spent a good chunk of time contending with bad press, which no doubt would have ballooned the moment the show took another dip in ratings. In other words, by pulling the plug on Castle now, ABC saved itself from fighting a battle it was never going to win. Sad as it may sound, it was safer to go out on a low note rather than the absolute bottom of the barrel.


 – Article courtesy of nickyswift.com

AE Presents PLatinum Awards to All Genre Artists

AirplayExpress Recently Awarded Platinum Disc Awards To Qualifying Artists in the MusicboXpress Genre 2018 

More of the prestigious Platinum Disc Awards have been awarded to artists who have recently Moved Into the #! position of the AirplayExpress All Genre MusicboXpress Top 20 International download charts.

Sharmila, Mike Contoni, Donny Richmond and Dan Schafer  have all accomplished the task. We at AirplayExpress congratulate them and thank radio and Disc Jockeys worldwide for supporting these artists and in so doing helping them to reach a much sought after #1 position on the AirplayExpress Charts. Thank you all.

Disc Jockeys and Radio Stations if you are not already doing so, please post your playlists on our AirplayExpress Playlist site, it just helps us to compile our charts. We know many are airing our releases but not all are posting their playlists. We also know that time is a factor so we are just appealing to y’all if you have the time, you can be assured that we will appreciate it very much.

To post your playlist click this link thank you http://www.boards2go.com/boards/board.cgi?user=whisnews21

 – WHISNews21 / AirplayExpress

Jeans Reign Supreme Nashville Denim Days Festival

Jeans Reign Supreme at Nashville Denim Days Festival

This Saturday and Sunday Music City will host first-ever Nashville Denim Days Festival

Notable designers, brands and artisans will be on-hand to help attendees learn about the industry via hands-on workshops and demonstrations, indigo art installations, pop-up shops and more. Heralded musician Nikki Lane, a fashionista and denim devotee, will headline the performance stage. She’ll also be selling vintage wares from her beloved store High Class Hillbilly. Cult-followed brand imogene + willie will be in attendance and host a party to commemorate the event. TENCEL ™ branded fibers by Lenzing is the title sponsor of the festival.

“We participated in Denim Days in New York, and I’ve attended Denim Days in Amsterdam before,” says Tricia Carey, TENCEL’s Director of Global Business Development. “We wanted to take on a bigger role in the Denim Days Festival because we wanted to have a stronger connection to the consumer.”

Visitors can expect a visual experience showing how TENCEL™ goes from trees to denim. The goal is to help the consumer understand what the product is and the value behind buying products that incorporate the fibers. For the event, TENCEL™ is creating a festival shop stocked with garments using its fiber. Featured brands include 3X1, Mavi, Reformation, Godfather of Denim and more.

TENCEL™ fibers are produced from sustainably sourced raw wood. The fibers are manufactured using an environmentally responsible production process. Composed of natural material, TENCEL™ fibers are biodegradable and compostable and can fully revert back to nature.

The fibers enhance the aesthetics and functionality of fabrics and can be combined with a wide range of other textile fibers.

“You can make a really soft, sustainable, strong fabric from trees, and you can have it in a variety of different looks,” Carey says. “We really want to show the whole lifestyle behind what TENCEL™ denim represents.”

The Denim Talks Speaker Series will feature Q&As, panels, and lectures geared towards jean aficionados. The schedule includes topics like pursuing a fashion career in Nashville and strategies from social influencers.

Noted author and philanthropist Buddy Teaster will give a lecture on the intersection of social enterprise, poverty, and the fashion industry. Panelist Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors, makers of bio-based dyes, will be indigo-dying bandanas for festival-goers. Embroiderer Matt Davidson of Ranger Stitch will be onsite to custom embroider denim for attendees. Atelier & Repairs, a brand built around the idea of transforming the forgotten, is partnering with Belmont University on a T-shirt challenge, asking students to transform $5 t-shirts into garments of their own design.

The winner will receive a mentorship with Atelier & Repairs creator Maurizio Donadi. Effortlessly cool fashion brand Madewell will be on hand to present its “Blue Jeans Go Green” initiative, which allows guests to recycle their old jeans in exchange for $20 towards a new pair of Madewell dungarees.

Nashville Denim Days is a festival for die-hard denim fans, fashionistas, music lovers, and foodies alike. The action-packed, two-day schedule includes an outdoor denim bazaar, pop-up shops, food trucks, festival games, musical entertainment and more.

“It’s a nice atmosphere to talk about how the product is made and the art and craft behind denim,” Carey says.

Mayor Briley will officially sanction November 10 and 11 as Nashville Denim Days. To commemorate the event, the city will paint the town blue by lighting up the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge.

George Strait One Night Only Concert in Atlanta

George Strait Announces One Night Only Concert in Atlanta

For one night only the King of Country will take over Atlanta for a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. On March 30, 2019 George Strait will head to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium to perform for fans. Joining the legendary singer will be CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton, as well as rising stars Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde. The performance will mark Strait’s first show in Atlanta since his Cowboy Rides Away Tour at the State Farm Arena in 2014. It was during that tour that the hitmaker announced his retirement from touring and that he’d only perform for select appearances.

The announcement of Strait’s performance in Atlanta comes hot on the heels of his reveal that he’d be returning to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for two shows in February. Scheduled for February 1 and 2, 2019, the Texas native will take to the stage to perform many of his hits. McBryde is scheduled to open for each of the shows. The Strait to Vegas concert series began with six shows in 2016 and extended with 10 more the following year. He will play his final shows of 2018 at the T-Mobile Arena on December 7 and 8.

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