From the emailbag (and used with permission), EDD HURT writes "I recently wrote what I believe is the first extensive article on the obscure '70s duo the COUNTRY CAVALEERS."
The International Bluegrass Music Association's news conference announcing the nominees for the 25th Annual IBMA Awards, set for 4:45 p.m. August 13, 2014 at The Factory's Liberty Hall, presented something of a schedule conflict in that it coincided with a same-day, same-time invitation from DREW MAYNARD and KIRT WEBSTER to join KENNY ROGERS at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for a press conference and "VIP and Media Exhibit Preview" of Kenny Rogers: Through The Years.
What to do! Requesting and receiving permission to be late for the latter, I journeyed to Franklin, took in the IBMA's exciting news (the highlights of which may be found here) and, at the event's conclusion, high-tailed it (in rush hour traffic) to downtown Nashville where events that began with a news conference I missed (rescued from the usual inanity, RANDI RADCLIFF told me when I asked what I had missed, by Kenny's repartee) and short musical performances by DON SCHLITZ and CHARLIE WORSHAM that were just concluding as I arrived at the Hall of Fame's Conservatory where the reception was about to begin.
Among the hundreds of people gathered I managed to chat with Randi, NORAH LEE and DUANE ALLEN, DIANNE SHERRILL, LINDA DAVIS and LANG SCOTT before we were ushered to the exhibit area where Kenny, cover boy for the August, 2014 issue of Mature Lifestyles of Tennessee, chatted with the lines of guests who gathered to briefly gab or pose for a picture with an entertainer who is truly a people person.
happy as I was to see Kenny (whom I first met in 1977, when I was
a fixture on the Hee Haw set, and Rogers was taping his series
debut as a
guest artist), I was thrilled to meet both MARY ARNOLD and TERRY WILLIAMS (Terry was accompanied by his
lovely wife, DEBRA).
I was curious about Terry's being alternately credited as Terry Benson. Terry tells me that his surname at birth was Benson but that he took his mother's maiden surname as his professional surname, in part as a tribute to her creating a family musical legacy that began when his father, TOMMY DORSEY's first-chair trombonist met BONNIE LOU WILLIAMS, the Dorsey orchestra's featured female vocalist.
EMMYLOU HARRIS led mourners attending the July 14, 2014 JOHN SEIGENTHALER Celebration of Life (at Nashville's Cathedral of the Incarnation) is the singing of We Shall Overcome.
overcome by the view from the media section (and from the visitation at
First Amendment Center the day before) of the titans of politics,
government and journalism, in particular as they came to pay their
respects. When, as an entertainment journalist, you've met every
entertainer you'd ever want to meet, your celebrities of choice, if
any, have always been in other fields. I've had a half-century
love affair with the KENNEDY family (which must be my destiny, given my
fairly recent discovery through one of other loves- genealogy- that I
am "related" through RORY
KENNEDY's husband, MARK BAILEY).
So imagine my surprise encountering Dr. WILLIAM KENNEDY SMITH (whose mother, JEAN I met at a Davis-Kidd book signing) as I walked toward the cathedral and, following the service, having the chance to be reacquainted with ETHEL KENNEDY (whom I first met during the early '70s), and her son, JOSEPH KENNEDY, II (whom I almost met in 1967 when I met Joe's father, ROBERT KENNEDY in RFK's senate office and whom I finally got to meet in Nashville along with Joe's wife, BETH when Joe keynoted an HRC dinner here several years ago). Beth was by Joe's side when Joe (who along with his cousin, Willy and brother, ROBERT KENNEDY, JR. served as John Seigenthaler's honorary pallbearers) introduced me to his youngest (twin) son, Congressman JOSEPH KENNEDY, III whom I regaled with stories of having met so many of his relatives; Joe, III being the first of his generation of Kennedys I can now say I have met.
members of the Kennedy family are authors and like them (as well as
several country-music stars-turned-authors), I had the pleasure of
receiving and accepting an invitation from John Seigenthaler to appear
on A Word on Words.
remains one of the highlights of my 45-year
career in journalism.
JAMES STROUD is seeking a D-I-V-O-R-C-E from his third wife, LAURA.
a Realtor, and James have been separated since May 19, 2014.
Want a job on Music Row?
Here are two from which to choose with a third industry position to boot if you'd rather work in Hendersonville:
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If you enjoy working in Sumner County, Daywind Music Group has a position that might interest you. The company is seeking a Catalog Manager who will work weekdays, five hours per day. "We need someone to process all aspects of new songs as they are written and keep the catalog organized as well as generally assist in other areas of music publishing. Résumés may be emailed to Daywind's Vice-President of Music Publishing, RICK SHELTON.