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Feisty Journalist Stacy Harris Sure Knows How To Pack A Punch! 

By Sylvia Averett

When meeting Stacy Harris for the first time, one might wonder how such a petite woman could pack such a powerful journalistic punch!  This local journalist is a controversial force to be reckoned with! Many of you may be familiar with her through her website and articles in Stacy's Music Row Report.  Former ABC radio broadcaster and publicist for several Grand Ole Opry stars, she is also internationally known as a country music historian and music industry analyst.  Her vast talents as a columnist, broadcast journalist, feature writer, public speaker and arts critic, have enabled her to become a notable book author as well.  Stacy has published eight books, and her latest hardback book, "Classic Country," available at Wal-Mart, and Andrews McMeel Publishing also boasts an entertaining compilation CD.

Stacy has written scripts for The Nashville Network (TNN), The NASCAR Country Radio Network, MJI Broadcasting's nationally-syndicated ,Country Quiz, program, Biff Collie, Gerry House and Nashville International as well as several entertainment trade and special interest publications, including Billboard, Cash Box, Record World, Amusement Business, Performance, CMA Close Up, Satellite Business, Goldmine and Music Row.

Stacy was recently interviewed by such national and international news organizations as the Associated Press, BBC World Services, BBC 4 Scotland, and CBS Radio News.  Stacy didn't stop at just TV talk shows, she also lent her talents to movies as well.

Stacy Harris was the last to interview Hee Haw/Grand Ole Opry star David "Stringbean" Akeman within hours of his murder.

It would seem that Stacy has done it all!

When asked about whether or not she felt being a member of the CMA or GMA would affect a journalist's objectivity, she replied, "Some of them have memberships, I think it can...I think a good journalist will not allow any perceived conflict of interest to influence what they do.

"In fact, I wrote an article about that subject that actually got me into a little bit of trouble.   In the 70's, if you ever read an article about women in the music business, it was always quoting three women,who either said they had 'heard about it or not experienced it.'" 

A magazine called COUNTRY FEVER asked Stacy to do an article on "Nashville's Power Women."  At first she hesitated, but eventually agreed and interviewed several women with completely different views.  She also included on her own experiences on the subject. One thing that she found that was that "the younger the women were, the less discrimination they had faced."

She said she didn't have a handle on what younger women go through today, because she is older.  When asked, as an older woman, had she experienced any discrimination there, she replied, "I think what would sum up my feelings on the whole subject, and why I think I'm right about this is...I say to everybody, no matter how you feel on this subject, if you and I were to make a list,of the 10 most important men on music row, or the 10 most powerful men, let's put it that way, on music row, the ones that we thought were the most powerful, and then we were going to make a list of the 10 most powerful women, our list probably wouldn't be the same, they might be very different.  But the one thing that I probably could tell you without even having looked at either of our lists, is that your 10 most powerful men and my 10 most powerful men would be collectively more powerful than both of our 10 most powerful women.So, to me, if I'm right about that, that sums up the whole argument."

Stacy has done so much with her life and career and when asked if there is anything that she hasn't done, but would aspire to do, her answer was this, "Maybe ownership of a media source.  I think that's where your opinions mean more.  I've seen so many people in those positions that do not act responsibly, and I would like to basically show people how it's done.  If I can set an example that someone would want to follow, then I think that's making a contribution."

What advice has she for young women coming up in the business world today?  "Get a good education.  When I first came to Nashville I had so much trouble getting something in the (music) industry, because I didn't have any experience."   Thanks to her college degree, she was hired by WPLN radio.Having a degree gave her an edge that most people didn't have and helped her break into this industry and eventually become the controversial and well-recognized powerhouse that she is today.  Stacy is presently working on another book.  This one will be a memoir which will be much more personal to her, and I, for one, look forward to reading it!

An internationally-known country-music historian, author, academician, music industry and popular culture analyst, celebrity journalist, ethnomusicologist, columnist, broadcast journalist, feature writer, media personality, public speaker, pundit, arts critic, technical writer, axiologist, entertainment entrepreneur and polymath, Stacy Harris covered the Nashville entertainment scene as a Nashville-based stringer for Newsweek and as a domestic stringer (with Secret Service clearance) for ABC.

The Demise of Kirt Webster PR: An Update

The Status of Austin Rick's book, Venmo Prostitution? A leaked WTVF-TV internal memo...

 Link to Story

Nashville Public Library Declines Book By Hit Transgender Songwriter!

The songwriter formerly known as Dick Feller wrote about her journey to becoming Deena Kaye Rose, but the Nashville Public Library refused to purchase the book or make it available via interlibrary loan.   Link to Story

Men's View of 'New Face'

Please don't confuse visibility with credibility. We women of Music Row are some of your best (potential) sources.
New York Times Link to Story

Oft-told story integrated with reader experiences

Scott Simon, National Public Radio personality-turned-author, minces no words in this, his second book. And Simon's is just the sort of candor and perspective required to justify revisiting the oft-told tale of Jackie Robinson, the American hero who broke Major League Baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947.
The Tennessean, January 12, 2003 Link to Story

The Country Music Foundation: A Case Study in Tax-Exempt Misconduct

The Country Music Foundation has a personnel manual purportedly written by its former Director. Could it be that he and his successor have violated portions of the manual’s Statement on Employee Ethics that would leave either or both open to "disciplinary action?"
Stacy's Music Row Report Link to Story

Kosher Country: Success and Survival on Nashville's Music Row

An exploration of contrapuntal themes: The seemingly wide acceptance of Jews in Nashville country music and their substantial contributions to the genre, and the pervasive insensitivity if not outright anti-Semitism confronting the participants.
Southern Jewish History- Volume #2 Link to Story

Bud Wendell: Company Man

Bud Wendell has a winsome grin, a firm handshake and great eye contact.He exudes enthusiasm and in an age where companies and employees no longer feel a traditional loyalty toward each other, Wendell's career path has proven by example that once-conventional two-way loyalty can still be upheld.
Country Music People Link to Story

Country Music Foundation Adultery

How a Letter To The Editor May Have Bought Up to $250,000 Worth of Silence!
Stacy's Music Row Report Link to Story

Willie Nelson: On Picnics and Things

The summer of 1977 has come and gone without Willie Nelson's traditional 4th of July picnic. Looking toward July 1978, Willie maintains that the picnics have been scuttled indefinitely.
Country Song Roundup Link to Story

About Stacy Harris

The publisher/executive editor and media critic for Stacy's Music Row Report, Stacy Harris was recognized by The Nashville Business Journal (in its April 17-21, 1995 edition) for pioneering Music Row coverage on the Internet.
Stacy's Music Row Report Link to Story

Donor Spotlight: Meet Stacy Harris, Whose Longtime Support of Mazon is Rooted in Family Tradition (Page 7) 

Stacy Harris of Nashville, Tennessee has been a dedicated donor to Mazon for 24 years.

Stacy Harris' TV Scriptwriting Noted in Internet Movie DataBase

Entries as actress, writer, miscellaneous crew and self.
IMDB.com, Inc. Link to Story

Stacy Harris Featured in Yearbook of Experts

First profiled in The Yearbook of Experts, Authorities and Spokespersons (16th Edition) , before the advent of the online edition, Stacy Harris continues to be featured in the latest (29th edition) edition of the Yearbook of Experts, Authorities and Spokespersons.
Broadcast Interview Source Inc. Link to Story

Two bands to fulfill a dream in Nashville

Band hopes to meet "fearless" reporter Stacy Harris.
Wayne Laepple for The Daily Item Link to Story

Carl Lee Perkins

Carl Perkins, the son of Tiptonville (Tennessee) sharecroppers, was Sun Record's first certified million-selling artist.
Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture Link to Story

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee has sold an estimated 100 million records.
Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture Link to Story

Harlan Perry Howard (1927-2002)

Popular and peer opinion, chart success, and scores of awards for the best of over four thousand songs he penned explain why Harlan Howard was dubbed not only Nashville’s dean of country songwriters but one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture Link to Story

Why is excise tax still collected?

Federal excise tax was eliminated from long-distance provider bills in 2005 and taxpayers were permitted to the take tax credit on their 2006 returns. Why, it was argued, in support of eliminating the levy, did the tax, first imposed on wealthy telephone owners to help fund the Spanish-American war in 1898, persist more than a century after the war ended? There was no good answer. So, repeating a variation of the question in expectation of the same response, I ask why is federal excise tax still collected on local phone service?
The Tennessean Link to Story

Is CoverTN a joke on the uninsured?

Benefits begin April 1? How can CoverTN administrators conclude the verification process, provide that information to Blue Cross, which, in turn, mails out employer participation agreements and employee application that must be completed and returned to Blue Cross with the first month's premium, with this process, that has been much-delayed already-completed by that date? Did I mention that April 1 is a Sunday? Will state offices and Blue Cross be open that day? Maybe all of this is Gov. Phil Bredesen's idea of an early April Fools' Day joke?
The Tennessean Link to Story

Merry Christmas- or does it matter?

Religion and retail are not a good mix. Keep religion the private and personal matter that affords it a proper respect.
The Tennessean Link to Story

Gaylord Should Start to Tighten Its Belt

As a Gaylord Entertainment Company stockholder, I find it outrageous that "my company" (a favorite phrase found in Gaylord's annual reports, until the company's financial losses in recent years, has been "your company"), having axed its COO Jay Sevigny, continues to reward Sevigny's poor performance. ("Gaylord Hotels gets new top brass," Feb. 15)
The Tennessean Link to Story

Jimmy Buffett: The Man From Margaritaville Revealed

Steve Eng acknowledges Stacy Harris' contribution.

Link to Book     

Buck Owens: The Biography

Eileen Sisk acknowledges Stacy Harris' contribution.

Twentieth Century Drifter: The Life of Marty Robbins

Diane Diekman acknowledges Stacy Harris' contribution.

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