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****Expect THE OAK RIDGE BOYS to be "hotter than ever" on media day, November 14, 2016 at the Hermitage, Tennessee offices of Webster PR. The quartet will entertain questions at a morning news conference to be followed by their providing the opportunity for one-on-one interviews.
Thanks to KYLE WATSON for the invitation to join SYLVIA at an October 13, 2016 acoustic brunch at the Hermitage, Tennessee offices of Webster PR. Sylvia is celebrating the release of her album, It's All in the Family.
... and to MARTHA MOORE for the invitation to join DENNY STRICKLAND at an October 12, 2016 private screening party for Denny's music video, Get A Grip at The Cellar@The Sutler Saloon....
TOM T. HALL has not been in the best of health for some time. Given my conversation with Hall's attorney, unheeded warnings and exposť of the questionable practices of a doctor Tom and his late wife, DIXIE relied upon several years before Cyber Bluegrass' confirmation of Hall's decline, perhaps notice of an otherwise premature estate and antique auction/downsizing is not so surprising.
Consider the interesting family dynamic: Tom brought Dixie's mother, MAY CROWTHER LAWRENCE from May's home in the U.K. to live with the Halls. Following her death on August 17, 1977, May (who Tom nicknamed "Chubby") was buried at Nashville's Woodlawn Cemetery. (Dixie's father, WILLIAM LAWRENCE was buried elsewhere.)
Dixie chose to be cremated, her ashes spread over the Halls' Fox Hollow estate where she is memorialized with a gravesite. But Tom will be leaving Dixie behind, having privately announced his intention to sell Fox Hollow. (The elaborate memorial should make for some interesting staging!)
In preparation for the MLS listing, Tom has moved into a guest house area on the property.
Back to the estate sale and auction: If you're interest in purchasing "exquisite furniture" (i.e. "tables, chairs, linen press, breakfronts, chests, 18th and 19th century furniture, mirrors, oil paintings, prints bronzes and much more") you might want to check it out.
Musical items for sale include "some of Tom T.'s stage instruments that he personally played on stage, including a 1961 Martin guitar, a 1966 Fender Mustang, a 1974 Dobro Brand Dobro, some fiddles, a trumpet, a saxophone and other musical instruments."
You can preview the Hall haul on October 21, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the sale location, 1690 Mallory Lane in Brentwood, Tennessee. The auction/sale occurs the following morning, beginning at 11 a.m.
Terms of sale: 10% Buyer's Premium (15% Buyer's Premium for online purchases).
"These estate consignment will be sold with no minimums or reserves."
Call 423-877-6114 for further information.
Why is RAY STEVENS not in the Country Music Hall of Fame? (Full disclosure: I'm a veteran of 45+ years in the country-music business, but I am not, nor have I been asked to be, an [anonymous, and therefore unaccountable] elector).
Were I to have a vote, there are other artists, personal favorites, who I would be happy for should they be inducted, but, I don't think the Hall is lacking without them. I could not crowd these thoughts out as I voted my conscience.
For it's impossible to induct all of our favorites without the Hall further losing its exclusivity as happened when industry politics, uninformed electors, mass inductions, etc. and the inability to focus on who best meets the stated qualifications of induction became part of the mix.
Some (performing) inductees just sang. Others can't sing but were popular because of their songwriting. Still others were primarily comedians or instrumentalists.
Ray Stevens has done it all. So as objectively as I can (subjectively?) repeat, (primarily for the benefit of those who still find a Hall of Fame induction impressive or otherwise meaningful, given all of the sabotaging of same): Why is Ray Stevens not in the Country Music Hall of Fame?