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hunters: Have I got a bargain for you!
"RAYNA JAMES"' home, (in reality, owned by a trust
created by SYLVIA ROBERTS) has been on the market for nearly
two years. It was originally listed for $17.999 million.
Located at 1358 Page Road in Belle Meade (the swanky Music City suburb), Roberts' home was used for
filming of the ABC (and later CMT) show's exteriors. It boasts these
stats: 20,533 square feet, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms.
Annual property taxes are $93,496.
So where's the bargain? Sylvia Roberts has reduced her asking
price by $1 million. As of this writing she'll settle for a cool
How affordable! Still interested?
We posed the question (see below): How often are your local drug
dealers the sons of Music
We didn't receive an answer but if you ask if SIDNEY SINGLETON, SHELBY SINGLETON's 64-year-old son, and DONALD PRESTON, FRANCES PRESTON's 63-year-old son, are convicted
felons following their August 12, 2010 trial before Davidson
County General Sessions Court Judge GALE ROBINSON, the answer is no.
Were they acquitted? That answer is also no.
After the charge was amended to the lesser offense of "possession or
casual exchange," plea bargaining resulted in the two men
agreeing to plead guilty to a misdemeanor so as not to be stigmatized
and imprisoned as convicted felons. Each was then fined $500 and
given probation, meaning that, if they behave themselves, the 11 months
and 29 days they will otherwise have to serve in prison, remains a
suspended sentence they will never have to serve.
It was not Singleton's first brush with the law. He knew how to
work the system back in 1990 when, having initially received a DUI,
Sidney again avoided incarceration, pleading guilty to a reduced
charge of reckless driving and was fined $500.
As a book
reviewer of several decades, I really appreciate JAMES JACKSON
requesting my recommendations for the newly-published Boove's
list of the best songwriters' books.
From the Music Row
TONY BROWN's ex-wife
(due, in part, to well-publicized allegations of spousal abuse), JAMIE NICOLE BROWN recently found herself on
the other end of a domestic assault charge. Jamie copped (no pun
intended) to turning a verbal argument with her betrothed, TONY BATES, the married father of three at the
time of Jamie's marriage to, and breakup with, Tony Brown, into
Brown admits to biting Bates' forearm. By Tony's account he was
bitten after Jamie threw his cell phone across the room of Bates'
Lebanon, Tennessee home.
Brown told Lebanon police that Bates (notoriously abusive TRACY LAWRENCE's buddy)
threw his own phone and, rather than trying to deescalate the conflict,
as Tony claims, Bates threw his own phone, proceeding to choke Brown
twice before she first hit his forearm in self-defense.
The arresting officer sided with Tony Bates. Jamie is set to
appear in Wilson County General Sessions Criminal Court on September
JOSH HOGE, having provided Metro
Nashville officers two different explanations of how he found
himself charged with a DUI, was arrested and jailed for 45 minutes
before bonding out. It was not Hoge's first brush with the law.
the emailbag (and used with permission), JOHNNY COUNTERFIT writes "I was surprised by your
article concerning the 'songwriting Feller' and agree that the Nashville Public
Library should have added the book to its shelf (perhaps
designating) local writers; the library rejected my published book as well.
"As a comedian, I must ask, did DICK FELLER change his name for surgical reasons?"
having provided media access to the Grand Ole Opry
on the occasion of SCOOTER BROWN's
July 30, 2019 Opry debut, put out the welcome mat to media mat
once again on August 6, 2019. The occasion? KARISSA ELLA's
release party celebration for her EP, Blossom
at The Local.
Fans packed the (KENNETH)
SCHEHERMERHORN Symphony Center, welcoming JOHNNY RIVERS back to Music City on July 24, 2019. At 76, Rivers (née JOHN HENRY RAMISTELLA) gave Nashvillians perhaps
a last chance to see him “live” on the Nashville leg of what is being
billed as Rivers’ “Farewell Tour.”
Johnny appeared sans the Nashville Symphony, though Rivers reminded ticket
holders he is no stranger to performing with symphonies, though
his last Nashville appearance was a guest spot on The Grand Opry. Johnny
noted that, at that time, he sang “two songs at the Ryman, which was
kind of cool. VINCE GILL played with us.”
Rivers’ brought another
bit of local color to the evening as he introduced his musicians and
backup singers, the best-known of whom is CACTUS MOSER. As
Johnny explained, he worked with Moser back when Cactus was a Los
Angeles sessions player, prior to Moser’s joining HIGHWAY 101 and, as Rivers added, Moser’s
The evening’s music began
well before Johnny sang his first note. He
and the band kicked off the show with the familiar instrumental strains
of Summer Rain, saving the lyrics for a full
performance of the song later in the show. Those
first strains morphed from the song seemingly so titled to reflect the
showers Nashvillians have accepted as going hand-in-hand with heat of
summer, to instrumental excerpts of other songs fans were expecting
Rivers would sing,
The instrumental medley of
sorts segued into Johnny’s performance of an elongated, bluesy version (Big)Midnight Special that was a departure from
his energized hit version (not to mention WILMA LEE and STONEY COOPER's frenetic hit
recording of the song, the popularity of which predates the Coopers',
Rivers’ and PAUL EVANS’ memorable recorded performance).
This musical excursion was followed by Rivers’ performances
of songs the crowd came to hear- such as Seventh Son, Mountain of Love,
Summer Rain, Poor Side of Town, Slow Dancing- as well as Muddy River.
With some of Rivers' biggest hits being cover records (The Tracks of My Tears, Baby I Need Your Lovin', Memphis, Tennessee, Maybellene, The Snake, Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu ), it was easy for Johnny
to transition to hit songs associated with other artists he has not
recorded such as
One Love, Lawdy Miss Clawdy, Kansas City, Route 66 and House of the Rising Sun.
While paying tribute to songwriters WILLIE DIXON and JIMMY WEBB, Johnny noted that he was the first to
record Webb's By The Time I Get To Phoenix (on Johnny's 1966
album Changes) but the song, which Webb wrote for PAUL PETERSEN, remained a buried treasure until GLEN CAMPBELL, heard Johnny's version, cut the
song and Campbell's single became a worldwide hit.
Johnny Rivers came stage banter to a minimum, but his dry humor was
evinced when the occasion to tune a guitar presented itself: "You
know why we tune, don't you?," Rivers rhetorically asked the
crowd, adding "Because we care."
That caring extended to Rivers throwing a few Secret Agent Man tee shirts into the crowd (before
he'd even sung the song) for the benefit of a few lucky fans and giving
every ticket holder the chance to join in as Johnny sang Baby I Need Your Lovin'. The latter lovefest
was a display of Johnny's humor at its finest, involving a brief,
PG-rated differentiation between "want," "need" and an artful
demonstration of how to persuade inhibited or otherwise resistant men
to join in on the chorus.
Secret Agent Man
Only the encore seemed contrived, awkward in its execution as many
encores have become with rarity haven given way to expectation, the
predictability becoming evident when Johnny finally got around to
. But he added a fitting
benediction to the evening, mindful of who his audience was, by leading
his group in Will The Circle Be Unbroken.
Rivers also proved a man of his word as he promised fans who had the
time to wait once the show concluded that, "after I get cleaned up,"
he would be glad to sign copies of his albums, posters and other
memorabilia available in the lobby as well as to briefly chat with them.
Clearly anticipating the line of loyal admirers vying for his time and
personal attention, "I don't want to hear your life story," Johnny
In case you missed it, my initial quest to find out whatever happened
to DICK FELLER, and then to find out why a noted
songwriter's first book gets no love from the Nashville Public
Library culminated in a byline, the Tennessean column published online July 22,
2019 and made available to home subscribers and on newsstands two days
are your local drug dealers the sons of Music Row royalty?
SIDNEY SINGLETON, SHELBY SINGLETON's 64-year-old son, and DONALD PRESTON, FRANCES PRESTON's 63-year-old son, are scheduled
for trial before Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge GALE ROBINSON August 12, 2019.
On May 7, 2019 Singleton and Preston were arrested and charged with
selling pot, marijuana extract and liquid THC vials from a parked car
in a a grocery store parking lot, after making arrangements for the
sales on a website whose visitors included an undercover
The ill-fated deal went down at Osborne's
Bi-Rite, at 3116 Belmont Boulevard, less than 1,000 feet from Christ the King School
(at 3105 Belmont Boulevard) where Preston and Singleton offered to sell
an ounce of marijuana to an undercover detective for $300.
According to the arrest report, after Donald Preston exited the
passenger side of the red Chevy Volt and got into the police vehicle to
complete the transaction, the "deal" was considered sealed and both
Donald and Sidney were taken into custody. A further "Carroll
search" (so named following a Supreme Court ruling establishing that probable
cause is sufficient- i.e. it is not necessary for police to first
obtain a warrant- to justify the search of a lawfully stopped vehicle
and its contents) revealed another 353 grams of pot, 2 cards of
marijuana extract and 19 vials of THC liquid. Total weight: 2
and Preston were each charged with selling drugs in a drug-free school
zones, which is a felony. Each posted a $10,000 bond.
Following a June 14, 2019 settlement hearing, the case was set for
trial in August.
alerting media that Austin-based, southern rock group COPPER CHIEF "will be performing at the High Watt" July 10, 2019 "and you're invited to a
special meet & greet prior to the performance."
So read an invitation from JEREMY WESTBY and JASON ASHCRAFT's invitation to J.D. SHELBURNE
July 2, 2019 "full band and industry showcase at Ole Red Nashville."
J.D. performed his past releases, some covers, and songs from his
current album, Two Lane Town, including She Keeps Me Up Nights during an extended
first set of the four-hour event.
who's read my
review of JOHNNY LEE's most recent book knows I'm a big fan
of Lee's (and my fellow) ghostwriter, SCOT
Scot was kind enough to send me two of his earlier books, as well as
his newest collaboration. As I look forward to reading another of
those books, (RONNIE MCDOWELL: Bringing It To You Personally) I've just
completed reading Lucky Me (MOE BANDY: The Autobiography)
and The Man in Back (JIMMY CAPPS: The Autobiography ).
Bandy book, notable from its first pages that include a foreword
by late Bandy buddy BARBARA BUSH, inspires with its acknowledgment
that Moe's career took off just as he was quitting music out of
frustration. Readers learn that Moe has a niece with Down's Syndrome.
Bandy's ANSLEY FLEETWOOD story is not to be missed.
Same can be said of why, when BOY GEORGE sued Moe and JOE STAMPLEY, only Stampley (who refers to the
British singer as "that little pecker head") had to pay.
How about the time Moe says he beat up ANITA BRYANT's second husband, CHARLIE
HOBSON DRY at Dry's invitation?
reviews are limited to current books, hence the abbreviated references
to England's collaboration with Moe Bandy and a few of the highlights
from England's Jimmy Capps book that follow.
in addition to being a world-renown acoustic (and electric) guitarist
and session player, cemented his future as a Grand Ole
Opry staff band member after first appearing on the Opry at age 19!
has ever spent any time at corporate Christmas parties (as they were
then called) in general, and around Nashville's WLAC-TV (now WTVF) in particular, will get a laugh out of
Capps' chocolate coat story.
buffs will also learn that Jimmy's son, MARK is the
stepfather of ROY ACUFF's great-granddaughter and that Jimmy
turned down opportunities to become one of ERNEST TUBB's Texas Troubadours and PORTER WAGONER's Wagonmasters.
Look for my
of Scot's newly-published hardcover, This Is My Story; This Is My Song: LULU ROMAN, The
Autobiography here soon.
BENJI MICHAELS is first with the news of
"a radical new hybrid approach to collectively experiencing live music
and social action.
"EMERGE aims to reignite the role of
popular music as a central driver of social change by showcasing
headliners around women's and minority equality, LGBT rights,
immigration, gender identity, and the political issues that define our
event (May 31- June 1, 2019 at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel) features a great lineup
of speakers and musicians.
complete list, showcases schedule and information on how you can
get involved, click here.
invitation to attend ERICA STONE's May 20, 2019 showcase at Nashville's
Analog at Hutton Hotel was not just an album
performed songs from Antidote, but publicizing her new music was not
Stone’s only mission. Those on hand for the “private music industry
event” were also treated to Erica’s “sharing stories” from “her new
best selling book, and the film that’s made about her work in Sierra
Leone on behalf of orphans and children” (sic)… Her #1 bestseller Gray will also be available on site.” (Look
for my review
of Gray here!)
MOORE and event emcee DAVID
PRESTON pulled out all of the stops at MARTY BROWN's May 16, 2019 CD American Highway release party at BMI.
presented Marty with BMI's Million-Air award, which, in Brown's case,
could be renamed the Multi-Million-Air
award, since "as is" it commemorates the first mil of over five million
radio spins of TRACY BYRD's hit (which Byrd co-wrote with Brown),
I'm From the Country.
presentation, which found Marty teasing David about Preston's "killer
hair," though we had just been introduced, Marty beckoned a
photographer, insisting on a photo with me. I hope my reputation
precedes me, but my guess is Marty was more impressed by my observation
that I was probably the only person in the room who first became aware
of him while watching his March 13, 1991 appearance on CBS' 48
Hours (before the network dumped the series' news magazine format,
rebranding it as a "true crime" franchise).
also schmoozed with Marty, his mom, BARBARA, SHANNON POLLARD, BOB PAXMAN,
JON TIVEN and SALLY TIVEN. (The Tivens are about to
celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary!)
MARTY BROWN, JR., also on hand, was given
a performance spot as his dad (and cowriter) took a brief break from
performing a few of the songs on his new album on the makeshift BMI
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