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Are you a 
HANK WILLIAMS JR. fan?    

If so, you might be interested in the persuasive case Report reader and Navy LT. ADAM SINCIL makes for Bocephus' belated induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame.   Paraphrasing Sincil's well-reasoned arguments would not do them justice, but fortunately we can follow links to Adam's Roughstock guest editorial and another recent article about the campaign Sincil and his "Navy buddy" MIKE ABERNATHY have launched in support of Rockin' Randall Hank.
 

The aforementioned pages include room for reader feedback- a brilliant stroke for a grassroots movement! 

Adam and Mike,  thank you for your service!

   
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Thanks to ALYSSA FURNARI 
for the offer of media credentials for coverage of the iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 29, 2015 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Alyssa Furnar


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Thanks to 
TAYLOR VAUGHN, MARISA BIANCO and SAMARA SHWODICK f or the invitation to join Republic Records during a three-night event at the record company's 2015 SXSW compound.

Each night (March 18- March 20, 2015) "the compound will host musical performances" and  provide "food & drinks from Austin's fines, as well as a 'media room' where press/media can interview/photograph artists onsite."


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Column's thanks to to
DIANE DIEKMAN f or crediting this Report in the March 10, 2015 edition of Diane's Country Music Newsletter. 

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"Is MARIE OSMOND in town?"

That was HARRY WAYNE CASEY’s question to anyone and everyone remaining in a spacious BMI 6th floor room following the formal adjournment of a "special awards presentation" there on March 3, 2015.

Casey, better known as KC (get it?), as in the artist fronting the disco hitmakers known as KC and the Sunshine Band, was in Nashville to, as AMANDA FRENCH CLARK's invitation indicated,  accept BMI's  "Million Airplay Award as well as an outstanding 2014 Urban Pop Award, recognizing the revolutionary impact on modern pop music since the 70s."

DAVID PRESTON emceed the presentation, noting that one million airplays of the eight hit songs BMI recognized (with an equal number of certificates Preston presented the singer on behalf of the group) is best visualized by realizing that if these dance songs were played back-to-back, it would take six years before the demonstration reached one million performances.

Casey told the crowd  (that included KIRT WEBSTER, JEREMY WESTBY, BETH GWINN, RAE ANN RUBENSTEIN, JOHN LOMAX III and LIV TAYLOR, among others), that he is no stranger to Nashville, having known David's mother and having recorded Please Don't Go at Sound Stage.  

Casey's new album, a rerecording of '60s hits is actually the first of two releases.  The second, not yet complete, will be all original material.  

As for Osmond, I was across the emptying room, engaged in conversation with another straggler when I heard Casey's query.  Though Harry expressed interest in getting together with the latter-day talk show artist on whose show he has appeared, it was up to me, the only one in the room who knew what he was talking about to deliver the news that he was a day late but need not be dollar short.

For Marie had been in town a day earlier where she surprised the Elliston Place IHOP lunch crowd by making pancakes for them during a personal appearance promoting the participating restaurant's promotion in IHOP chain's 10th annual National Pancake Day (this year falling on March 3, 2015).    

Since the BMI event broke up around noon, as it was Casey had plenty of time to reach the restaurant, about a mile away, to join the rest of the day's diners receiving a complimentary short stack of griddle cakes, in exchange for a donation to Osmond's favorite charity, The Children's Miracle Network.

Hey, it was either answer the question or shake my booty (which is only a year younger than Casey's own) so mine was an obvious choice! 


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You're reading it here first: It's official, thanks to a good criminal defense lawyer (this time, ROBERT PEAL), once again  LYNN ANDERSON has gotten a break; that is, if she behaves herself pending a date in Davidson County General Sessions Court on November 5, 2015.

On  February 9, 2015, Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge ANGELITA BLACKSHEAR DALTON
 dismissed an implied consent- misdemeanor charge against Lynn, stemming from Anderson's September 12, 2014 DUI arrest. 

Simultaneously, Lynn pleaded guilty to an amended misdemeanor offense, effectively convicting her of DUI (arising from the same September 12, 2014 arrest).

Anderson received credit for time-served (one hour in jail) and received a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days minus all but seven days' incarceration.   Lynn's driver's license has been revoked for one year and, during her supervised probation and she is to perform 23 hours of community service, complete an eight hours of a defensive driving school course and pay court costs of $846 and a $350 fine.

The incidents were not Lynn's first brush with the law.  Lynn was jailed during her second divorce, losing two of her children during the early 1980s in a custody fight (though Lynn did prevail in related matters at the appellate level).
      
Then, in October, 1988, Lynn was charged with malicious mischief after allegedly breaking into a waitress’ car, taking some of the server’s belongings and threatening her.  LINDA GAIL BOWERS agreed to drop the charges after receiving Lynn's letter of apology; a gesture resulting in the late Davidson County General Sessions Court Judge LEON RUBEN dismissing the case on January 23, 1989.

On December 2, 2004, after Denton, Texas police found Lynn passed out in a car she had parked on the side of a highway (after another driver alerted police that Anderson was weaving in-and-out of traffic) and charged her with drunk driving, Lynn was released on a $1,000 bail, serving no jail time.

Fifty-three days later, in an apparent cry for help, Lynn was charged with stealing a HARRY POTTER DVD from a Taos, New Mexico convenience store and felony battery on a policy officer Anderson allegedly struck on the arm as Lynn was being led to a patrol car. After resisting arrest and striking the officer, Lynn struck an agreement with the Taos DA’s office. The shoplifting charge was dismissed in exchange for Anderson agreeing to refrain from committing further offenses unbefitting what Lynn’s attorney described as a “loved and respected member of the Taos community."

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Column’s thanks to JOANNA CICHOCKI for offering press credentials to cover the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards.  The ACMs will be held Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and televised (throughout the United States) by CBS-TV affiliates at 7 p.m. Central Time.2

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Thanks to to MELISSA MATHEWS for the invitation to join other media types, as well as JOE STAMPLEY,  BECKY HOBBS,  T. GRAHAM BROWN, GENE WATSON, JOHNNY LEE, JEANNIE SEELY, DAVID FRIZZELL, RHONDA VINCENT, DALLAS FRAZIER, LEONA WILLIAMS, MARK WILLS, JETT WILLIAMS, JOHN CONLEE, LANE BRODY, EDDY RAVEN, and the proverbial many others, at the Nashville Palace on March 18, 2015.

The occasion?  MOE BANDY is hosting an all-star tribute to WHITEY SHAFER.  Shafer is battling chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Best of all, if you’re not being comped, you can purchase a ($20) ticket here or at the door. 

Doors open at 5 p.m.  Show time is 6 p.m.

 

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From the emailbag:  MEIJIN BRUTTOMESSO writes: “Hi, STACY.  Hope you’re doing great!

“I wanted to invite you to rock with Austin-based/Paris-born eclectic blues rock band HOOKA HEY.  They are embarking on a February tour to support their new EP, Untamed… and performing at Turn One Bar on February 21 in Nashville.

“Hooka Hey is taking the cross-continental rock scene by storm and showcasing ‘a reverence for the kind of serious rockin’ out that leaves you sweaty, grimy and wanting more.’ (KUTX),

”Can you attend the show…?”

In its album review, New Noise Magazine raves about a particular track, noting Nasty “is soaked in blues and mysterious seduction that’s brought to life in the new visuals.”

Not to be outdone, Sonic Abuse UK adds, "If you're a fan of unconventional blazing rock 'n' roll with balls and attitude by the skip-full, then you owe it to yourself to check this out."

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Mark your calendars!  The long-anticipated GEORGE JONES Museum is set to open the weekend of April 24, 2015.

Jones' widow, NANCY was on hand January 12, 2015 at Nashville's Riverfront RTA/MTA station, unveiling plans and drawings for the museum, following JEREMY WESTBY's media invitation affording a sneak-peak at Nancy's plans for the legacy destination.

As if on cue, the rain stopped as Nancy spoke of what fans will see at 128 and 130 Second Avenue North (formerly the site of Graham Central Station), the downtown destination of a 44,000 building containing not only the Jones museum, but a gift shop, fourth floor (rooftop) bar, event space and live music venue. 

The museum's opening coincides with the launch of White Lightning Moonshine.  (Fans will note that this is the second licensing of Jones' name with a brand paying homage to George's 1959 signature song.  Anyone remember the introduction, to similar fanfare, of George Jones' White Lightning Tennessee Spring Water?) 

Nancy tells me that the price of admission to the museum has yet to be announced.  

She adds that a George Jone biopic is in the work with the lead actor to be announced.


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