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Waylon Jennings Son Terry Jennings Writes Book

Waylon Jennings’ Eldest Son, Terry Jennings, Writes Book

When the younger Jennings was 15, he was a regular on the road with his father.

Terry Jennings, a longtime roadie for his father, Waylon Jennings, will soon issue a new book titled Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad set for release on April 19, 2018

Terry Jennings was born when his father Waylon was only 19 years old.

When the younger Terry Jennings was 15, he was a regular on the road with his father.

Advance copies of the book were sent with testimonials from Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, and Keith Urban. The book is being published by Hachette Books. Jennings collaborated with author David Thomas on the book.

Press materials describe the book as “a strikingly honest, loving portrait of a unique father-son relationship that debunks myths and shares dozens of never-before-told stories.”

Today, Terry Jennings is the CEO and founder of Korban Music Group LLC, a music management and publishing company.

He has also worked for booking agencies, publishing companies, and as a talent scout for major labels, including RCA Records. He lives near Waco, Texas.

 – MusicRow

Life and Times of Music Valley’s John A. Hobbs

John A’s Book: The Life and Times of Music Valley’s Visionary

“I’ll never forget the Palace or Mr. Hobbs, I love that man.”- Randy Travis

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Foreword by MLB umpire, Joe West. Nashville, TN, January 8, 2018: Announcing the release of the biography of influential Nashvillian, John A. Hobbs. Drawn from more than fifty hours of recorded interviews, The Life and Times of Music Valley’s Visionary recounts the captivating life story of one of Nashville’s most influential citizens. Rising from the depths of poverty to become one of the most successful businessmen in Nashville’s history, John A. Hobbs is the visionary who created Music Valley, Tennessee.

Mr. Hobbs is considered by many to be the Country Godfather. This delightful book takes you on a guided tour through his incredible journey and will leave you inspired by his benevolence. Untold dozens of personal anecdotes, many of them told by John A. himself, will provide you with a uniquely told insider’s history of Music City and the people who helped build it.

When the last page is turned you might be compelled to read it all over again. A treasure on your nightstand for years to come, and a golden thread that will change your life forever.

“John A. has a heart of gold and I think the world of him.” – Tommy Lasorda (Former LA Dodgers Manager)

“The early days at the Nashville Palace were the turning point in my career. I’ll never forget the Palace or Mr. Hobbs, I love that man.”- Randy Travis (Country Music Singer)

“My daddy was a good man, but if I hadn’t had a father, I’d want one just like John. That’s how much I think of him”-Ricky Van Shelton (Country Music Singer)

“Thou shall never be another John A. Hobbs.”-Sam Lovullo (Hee-Haw Producer)

“If you can count your friends on both hands you are a rich man. John A. is therefore, the richest man I know.” – Joe West (MLB Umpire)

Book launch/signing party on January 25, 2018 at John A.’s restaurant (2421 Music Valley Drive) 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Please contact Julie Richardsonat waitinthetruck@msn.com. Buy your copy of the book at www.jahobbs.com (mysite) or at www.julierichardsonmusic.com

– Golden Country [WHISNews21]

Radney Foster CD/Book For You To See the Stars

Radney Foster To Release “For You To See the Stars”

Today, legendary artist Radney Foster announces his newest project

a CD/book combo titled ‘For You To See The Stars’ to be released on September 15.

The collection of short stories, released via Working Title Farm, will be Foster’s very first print publication. The record (Devil’s River Records) marks Foster’s eleventh studio album and will feature nine new songs, along with a special re-recording of his top single, “Raining on Sunday.”

While it’s evident that Texas has always been an inspiration for his music, in For You To See The Stars, Foster explores various landscapes, both physical and emotional, from the story of a retired spy in New Orleans, to the tale of a Dallas lawyer wandering the Rocky Mountains in search of redemption, to a post apocalyptic parable of a world in endless war.

The beauty of this CD/book combo lives within Foster’s extensive imagery, which not only further expands the meaning behind Foster’s songs, but gives the reader a look at the thought process behind his songwriting. “For me, the goal of writing is always to touch that one person so much that they wonder how I got a peek into their living room–how I understood exactly what they felt. More than just rhyming or having a pretty melody, I try to express a part of the human condition that can make someone want to laugh, cry, make love, or all of the above.”

Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys).

For You To See The Stars is Foster at his classic storytelling best, both as a seasoned singer/songwriter and a soulful writer of prose. Although both components stand alone as separate pieces of art– they are meant to be enjoyed together for a reason. When coupled, the book and CD give fans a deeper insight into the subconscious of Foster’s storytelling.  Journalist Peter Cooper puts it best, “Radney Foster writes with uncommon depth of emotion, humor, empathy, and clarity. I’m going to ask him how he does it, and if he tells me I’ll let you in on his secret. Until then, it’s best that we read, wonder, and revel.”

– CMTT

Luanne Hunt’s ‘Secrets of A Successful Indie Artist’

LuanneHunt002Luanne Hunt just released an e-book today titled 

“Secrets of A Successful Indie Artist”

Independent country star Luanne Hunt feels your pain.  It took her over 20 years to become an “overnight success.”   Along the way, she explored every possible avenue that would bring her closer to her musical goals.  Finally, Luanne got the hit song she always wanted and the awards and accolades began rolling in.

secretsofasuccessfulartistebookFame. Fortune.  Go ahead and admit it. You’re an Independent artist who wants it all! But behind those starry eyes of yours, your brain is working overtime to try to figure out how to make your biggest dreams a reality. And it seems like a nearly impossible task, right?

Over the years, the Hall of Famer developed proven strategies for success and is now ready to share them with other independent artists looking to take their careers to a greater level.

In her new e-book, “Luanne Hunt’s Secrets of A Successful Indie Artist,” she covers topics, such as what it really takes to make it big in the music business, how to get your career off the ground, the truth about using social media to expose your songs, the ins and outs of getting radio airplay and constructing an effective and attention-getting press kit, to name a few.

It’s available for $5 at the following links: www.luannehunt.com/store  and https://www.fiverr.com/luannehunt/share-music-business-success-secrets

We at AirplayExpress,WHISNews21 and Wildhorse Entertainment wish Luanne all the success in the world with her e-book and recommend that all indie artists support her in this new adventure spilling the “Secrets of A Successful Indie Artist” in her first e-book available specifically to help Indie Artists worldwide.

– WHISNews21

 

 

Bill Anderson Life Story In Revealing Autobiography

BillAnderson002Bill Anderson Pens Life Story in New Revealing Autobiography

As announced in The Tennessean, songwriting icon and legendary performer “Whisperin’ Bill” Anderson pens the lyrics to his life in a new revealing autobiography, slated for release on September 1, 2016.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music is a 360-page representation of Anderson’s journey published by University of Georgia Press featuring respected music journalist and Grammy-nominated music producer Peter Cooper as a contributing writer. It includes rare, never-before-seen photos and eye-opening personal stories from Anderson’s nearly eighty years of living – from early days of radio broadcasting in Georgia, to standing alongside the greatest country music stars in the world onstage at the Grand Ole Opry, to being named BMI’s first ICON Award winner in the country music genre.

billanderson03s“I sometimes look in the mirror and wonder how one man could have been so blessed to have crammed so much living into one lifetime. I see the gray on my temples and instead of trying to hide it, I remember how much fun I had putting it there. Writing it down for these pages was almost akin to living it again, though, and I probably need to take a deep breath, relax and go sit down in the corner. Come sit with me, bring the book, and let me tell you about it,” said Anderson.

With the 2015 success of Mo Pitney’s “Country,” Anderson has become the only country songwriter to tally a Top 40 hit in seven consecutive decades, and he stands today a legendary performer poised to celebrate his 55th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in July. The youngest writer to ever be named “Songwriter Of The Year” (BMI) at age 23, prior to 21-year-old Taylor Swift, Anderson has certainly lived an unprecedented life in country music. Fans, artists, songwriters and music executives young and old revere him for his soft speaking style that can silence a room with just a few poignant words.

But there was a time in the early 90s that Bill felt as if his words no longer mattered.

“I didn’t write much anymore because I didn’t feel as if what I wanted to write related to what young listeners wanted to hear,” he revealed. However, it was in 1992 that singer/songwriter Steve Wariner helped to re-ignite Anderson’s writing career with a cover of “Tips Of My Fingers.” The exposure the song received made Anderson test the waters as a co-writer, and in 1994, he teamed up with Vince Gill to write “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn).”

Gill said that as a life-long lover of songs, he had no idea what a profound impact Bill would have on him throughout his career, and still to this day, when he hears one of his favorite songs, he finds out that Bill undoubtedly wrote it.

Bill-Anderson-265x400“When I asked him to write some songs with me in the early 90s, I was shocked to hear him say he didn’t write much anymore because he didn’t think my generation was interested in what he had to say,” Gill said.

“I told him I believed he was one of the most prolific and important songwriters in our history, and it would mean the world to me if we could write together. ‘Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To Burn)’ was the result of that collaboration, and in Bill’s words, it lit a fire to want to keep writing with some of us kids. Well, believe me, we kids are better songwriters because of Bill Anderson,” Gill added.

Anderson also celebrated unprecedented success in the new millennium with the Kenny Chesney hit “A Lot Of Things Different,” George Strait’s “Give It Away,” and the multiple CMA/ACM Award winning song, “Whiskey Lullaby,” (2004), recorded by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss.

Paisley said,

“Very few songwriters or artists will be prolific or talented enough to enjoy 2 or maybe 3 decades of success. Bill Anderson is going on 7. His words and melodies are a part of the very foundation upon which country music is built.”

And even icons like Dolly Parton look up to Anderson for his legacy.

“Bill Anderson has been an inspiration to me as a writer since I was young and new in Nashville. It was songs like ‘Still’ and “Once A Day’ that made me want to become a better writer. Bill has written so many wonderful songs and is a major force in country music, not only as a writer, but as an entertainer, singer and host. It would be impossible to really measure his worth in this industry, but it’s BIG! I also love and respect him as a gentle and wonderful human being. Though he speaks softly, he carries a big stick and is a wise and effective businessman. I’ve always admired him for that, too. In the words of one of my own songs, I would like to say Bill Anderson, I will always love you,“ said Dolly Parton.

Whisperin’ Bill Anderson: An Unprecedented Life In Country Music jacketed cloth edition will be available for $29.95 at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, various independent book stores, and online at BillAnderson.com and Amazon.com.

– Posted by Country Girl CMTT

Scotty McCreery’s ‘Go Big or Go Home’ In Stores

GoBigOrGoHomeBook001Check Out Scotty McCreery’s Book Cover for Go Big or Go Home

Zondervan released the cover of Scotty McCreery’s much-anticipated debut book, Go Big or Go Home:

The Journey Toward the Dream (Zondervan, in stores May 3, 2016) today.

McCreery captured the hearts of millions of viewers nationwide after winning season ten of “American Idol” in 2011 at the age of 17. Subsequently, the talented vocalist released his debut break-out album, Clear As Day, which was the best-selling solo album released by a country artist in 2011. He also became the youngest man in history to have his first album debut atop the all-genre Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. McCreery has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications. He has earned three Platinum singles (“I Love You This Big,” “The Trouble With Girls” and the Top Ten hit “See You Tonight”) and one Gold single (the Top Ten hit “Feelin’ It”). McCreery earned the Academy of Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year in 2011; CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year (for “The Trouble With Girls”) in 2012; and two American Country Awards: New Artist of the Year in 2011 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year in 2013.

McCreery toured with Rascal Flatts as the Special Guest on their RIOT TOUR 2015 this summer in addition to performing solo dates throughout the year. In-between concerts, he has been writing and recording songs for his highly anticipated new studio album, due out in 2016. The first single from the album, “Southern Belle” can be heard on country radio now and can be previewed and purchased online at http://umgn.us/southernbelle. The recently released music video for “Southern Belle” can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1kuiBDe.

Scotty McCreery burst onto the national music scene in 2011 at age 17, quickly establishing himself as one of country music’s hottest new stars. Now 22 years old, the talented singer/songwriter has sold more than 2.5 million albums and received both Platinum and Gold album certifications, debuted three consecutive albums at No. 1 on a Billboard chart, achieved one Gold and three Platinum-certified singles and two Top Ten hits, toured with Brad Paisley, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts, headlined his own tours, earned industry and fan accolades, amassed more than three million followers on Facebook and Twitter, received more than 150 million YouTube views…and he’s just getting started! For tour schedules and more information, visit www.ScottyMcCreery.com. Follow McCreery on social media at Facebook, Twitter, andInstagram.

Posted by Country Girl CMTT

Scotty McCreery Debuts Book “Go Big or Go Home”

ScottyMcCreery006Scotty McCreery Set to Debut Book “Go Big or Go Home”

Scotty McCreery will be releasing his debut book Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream on May 3rd, 2016 with Zondervan. The book will be available for pre-orders beginning Nov. 15rg, with more details to be announced soon.

Go Big or Go Home narrates McCreery’s journey from a kid imitating Elvis on the school bus to 30 million viewers across America tuning in to see him win Season 10 of “American Idol” to building a successful country music career. Now on the eve of his 22nd birthday (Oct. 9) as he completes his eagerly awaited fourth album (due out in 2016), McCreery shares a glimpse of where he came from and the impact his faith, family and friends have had on a humble guy who keeps asking “why me?” This is his journey from his North Carolina roots to winning America’s most popular singing competition and moving on to launch the musical career he had always dreamt about.

“God gave me a voice and America gave me a chance,” says McCreery. “This book is about those two things, and about the amazing journey that began the moment I decided to say two words about this show I knew and loved. ‘Why not?’”

McCreery toured with Rascal Flatts as the Special Guest on their RIOT TOUR 2015 this summer in addition to performing solo dates throughout the year. In-between concerts, he has been writing and recording songs for his highly anticipated new studio album, due out in 2016. The first single from the album, “Southern Belle” can be heard on country radio now and can be previewed and purchased online at http://umgn.us/southernbelle.

– Posted by TawnyTucker

Opry to Release 90th Anniversary Family Album

FamilyAlbumHeader001Grand Ole Opry to Release Special 90th Anniversary Family Album

For decades, country music’s most popular artists and biggest fans have considered being part of the Grand Ole Opry as being a member of an elite country music family. The Opry’s unique community of backstage friendships and on-stage performances is celebrated throughout the special hardcover commemorative edition of Grand Ole Opry 90th Anniversary Family Album to officially be released Tuesday, September 29.

GrandOleOpryFamilyBookThe special edition of the Family Album features copies of collectible ephemera from throughout the Opry’s 90 years. Among items included are the invitation guests received to Keith Urban’s official Opry induction reception and a letter written by then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush on Air Force Two stationary thanking Minnie Pearl for her warm hospitality during one of the couple’s Opry visits.

The Family Album includes more than 400 exclusive photos from the Opry archives spanning the show’s nine decades. A dedication written by Opry member Brad Paisley for his friend and 66-year Opry member Little Jimmy Dickens opens with a tribute to the Opry legend who passed away at the dawn of the Opry’s 90th year at the age of 94.

Among 90 years-worth of stories told and milestone Opry moments shared throughout the Family Album:

  • Johnny Cash and June Carter meeting backstage at Ryman Auditorium, the Opry’s most famous former home.
  • Dolly Parton serenading Porter Wagoner with “I Will Always Love You” on stage during what would be the pair’s final Opry performance.
  • Opry visits by a cast of characters including President Richard Nixon, journalists Bob Schieffer, Charles Osgood, Lester Holt, Robin Roberts, and others; Elvis Presley; The Byrds; James Brown and Academy Award winners Sissy Spacek; Kevin Costner; and Robert Duvall.
  • Artists such as Darius Rucker, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban becoming official members of the Opry family.

Also featured in the Family Album are pages celebrating the 60+ members of the current cast including superstars such as Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. Grand Ole Opry 90th Anniversary Family Album will be available at opry.com as well as all Opry Nashville retail locations.

– Posted by Country Girl

Life in the Kornfield: Sam Lovullo 25 Years at Hee Haw

SamLovulloJukeboxShow003Life in the Kornfield: My 25 Years at Hee Haw by Sam Lovullo

Sam Luvullo Amazing Book on His 25 Years with Hee Haw Available at Amazon .com A Must for all Hee Haw Fans

SamLovulloBook001In 1969, a country music and comedy show called Hee Haw was the first telecast and became an instant hit, going on to become one of television’s most popular shows. Now, through first-hand recollections, Sam Lovullo, the producer of Hee Haw, takes readers through 25 years on the set of the show that brought–and still brings–country humor in living rooms across America. The Book includes about 50 photos you will enjoy looking at again and again.

Just in time for Hee Haw‘s return via cable TV reruns comes this chronicle of the show the critics loved to hate and its audience just loved. The longest-running syndicated show in TV history, Hee Haw debuted on CBS.

Fun on the set of Hee Haw

Fun on the set of Hee Haw

Along with several other highly rated but bucolic shows, it was axed when the network sought a more youthful, more urban audience in 1971. The producers decided to take it into first-run syndication, a bold if not unprecedented decision at the time. The rest, as they say, is showbiz history.

The show’s dollars-and-cents and technical aspects occupy a relatively small part of this opus, whose emphasis is on what the viewers saw. Lovullo and Eliot provide short profiles of cast members and a program-by-program review of the multitude of guests in Hee Haw‘s video barnyard.

An excellent source of light entertainment, their effort also affords insight into what Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, and the at least semimortal Junior Samples were really like. Sam Lovullo recently appeared on Laura Dodd’s Video Jukebox another original produced show by the Nashville Broadcasting Network

 – Mike Tribby

Joe Bonsall to Release Book About Oak Ridge Boys

JoeBonsall002Joe Bonsall to Release Book About The Oak Ridge Boys

Joe Bonsall of The Oak Ridge Boys is telling their stories to the world. He has written a book called “On the Road with The Oak Ridge Boys: Forty Years of Untold Stories and Adventures.” The book tells the stories of backstage at their shows, what they do on their tour bus, big name celebrities who are fans and the story of how “Elvira” came to be. The book is on sale now.

 – Posted by Country Girl CMTT

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