FRENCH CLARK notes
that the event marks an opportunity to
“get an up-close-and-personal look at what goes on behind-the-scenes”
of the last remaining live-to-tape spontaneous variety shows.”
Report reader MARVIN
LEE ADCOCK is a Cottonwood Falls, Kansas-based songwriter
whose songs are being demoed and pitched in Nashville. You
can learn more about Marvin, his work and catalog by clicking here.
While Goldberg didn't mention Hill by name, there was no question to
whom she was referring when, on the November 23, 2015 edition
View, after JOY BEHAR read
verbatim Hill's now-famous summary of his radio
"research" findings, with respect to country radio's receptivity to
female artists (or the lack thereof), Goldberg (evidently an
authority on the history of country radio- and JOHNNY CASH) suggested that Hill "must not
know country music history at all... Johnny Cash wouldn't have stood
for that at all.
"Please, this guy- don't consult with him. He's an idiot."
UK-based Country Music People's
(with CHRIS YOUNG on the cover) features
ADRIAN PEEL's interview
with SAM OUTLAW in which Outlaw
opines: "One of my favourite things about traditional country
music is that if you have sense of humour, that'll actually
on the menu at an invitation-only November 6, 2015
listening party, at Sound
Stage Studio, in celebration of the release of JOHN BERRY's What I Love the Most.
John, for your kind, personal note. Please let me
know when the Amazon artwork and link for your
new release is available so that I might provide my readers the
According to AMANDA FRENCH
CLARK, the project
brand-new tracks- five of which were penned by (PRESTON) BRUST, (CHRIS) LUCAS, or both.
duo's signature wine, Shipwrecked, will be served as
Preston and Chris share
intimate, behind-the-scenes details of writing and recording the new
their first major release since 2013.
Then, at 4:30 p.m., I've been asked back to the same location
as invited guests will greet the Songster Bus arrives in Nashville.
More information on the festivities is available here.
Thank to TOMMY CASH for the invitation to
join him, several family members, friends and hosts BRIAN and SALLY
OXLEY for private party and afternoon of
entertainment at the Bon Aqua, Tennessee farm formerly owned by JOHNNY CASH October 11, 2015.
With the announcement of the country
music songwriters, all previously honored, who are
nominees for the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame awards,
there's a certain redundancy to "honoring" those who have previously
been honored for the same achievement. Therefore, I suppose
the value of duplication was inadvertently explained by BUD
WENDELL (see below) during Wendell's acceptance speech
preceding the unveiling of Bud's star in the Music
City Walk of Fame.
As Bud expressed gratitude by quoting MARTY ROBBINS, he
interrupted himself, indicating that there were likely segments of the
crowd (for whom MIRANDA LAMBERT was the draw) who
have no idea who Marty was- as Bud proceeded to tell them.
Thus the reminder by example that it all begins with a (specific,
great) song (or body of work), it can be argued, can't be repeated
Either that, or Nashville just doesn't have enough great songwriters to
perpetually (and fairly) rotate the honors... ."
The invitation for the evening reception commemorating the (last) 20
years of Nancy, reads "Join us for the exhibit opening celebration,
with cocktails, live cartooning demonstrations, book signings, and
Master of Ceremonies BILL CODY began the festivities by
introducing Nashville's Mayor MEGAN BARRY, who, in turn,
acknowledged the presence of RICHARD LEIGH and several city
PETER COOPER then took the stage to introduce the afternoon's
first inductee: BUD WENDELL. Despite
some health issues, Wendell rose to the occasion, noting that honorees
and presenters had more protection from the heat (Nashville still
enjoys summer weather in October) at the outdoor event than
those of us looking for a shady area from which to take in the
celebration. Wendell said the number of us fanning ourselves
reminded him of his summer evenings as Grand Ole Opry manager, decades
before the Ryman's renovation when,finding themselves in a building
without air conditioning, Opry fans famously fanned themselves while,
from the hallowed stage, a performer might issue
instructions to the crowd along the lines of "Fan faster.
It's hotter up here on stage."
Just before he left the stage to pose with his newly-unveiled
walkway star, Wendell quoted a dying MARTY ROBBINS, a fellow member of
the Country Music Hall of Fame, who
accepted his Hall of Fame induction by saying "I'm not sure I deserve
it, but I'm going to take it anyway."
TOMMY CASH represented his brother as JOHNNY CASH posthumously received
a walkway star. Cash suggesting that, if the Man in Black
"were here today he would probably say, 'Well, I got another plaque.'
"But he deserved it. And he also deserved the Johnny
Cash Museum because he put a lot of work into everything he
JOE CHAMBERS inducted STEVE CROPPER. Cropper,
acknowledging Tommy Cash's reminiscences of his late older brother
(including a 13-year-old J.R., as he was then known, teaching
five-year-old brother Tommy to swim, but throwing the little boy into
Arkansas' Tyronza River, told a story about his time on the dais at a
Johnny Cash Roast with WAYLON JENNINGS and JESSI COLTER.
As Jennings was roasting Cash, at the Peabody
Hotel function, Waylon was interrupted by a thunderous thud.
Not missing a beat, Jennings eyed his wife, joshing "Jessi,
did you drop you wedding ring again?"
DIERKS BENTLEY introduced the afternoon's last honoree,
citing his fellow road warrior's "artistry." MIRANDA LAMBERT, sporting dark
glasses, expressed her gratitude and updated her fans,
indicating she spent this past summer writing music that they will be
hearing in the near future.
Originally, what Larry joked was the trio's extended soundcheck
at the Williamson County Republican Party
event, was to be a surprise appearance limited to a performance of The Star-Spangled Banner.
However, on that rainy day in Franklin, Tennessee,
delays due to both rain and the unpredictability
involved, given the sheer number of people, as rally organizers ranging
from party officials to security worked with JEREMY
WESTBY, tried to accommodate an overflow crowd
something had to give.
To be sure, Williamson County's own U.S.
Representative MARSHA BLACKBURN was on hand to fire up the
crowd with a short speech, while MAURY DAVIS disabused
anyone of the notion that public prayer should be inclusive by
declaring, as the prelude to an invocation, that "I'm going to pray to
the only God that really
exists, JESUS CHRIST."
In preparation for the off-the-cuff remarks the crowd came to
hear- Donald Trump's- there was more time to fill with
popular (THE BEATLES'Hey Jude) and seemingly
most presidential-contender-appropriate (ELTON JOHNRocket Man) original recordings
ringing through the rafters, after the Gatlins led the crowd in The Pledge of Allegiance,
What to do? Keeping pre-recorded music to a minimum, the
Gatlins agreed to keep the growing crowd from getting restless with
live performances of what turned out to be a mini-concert:
specifically, Houston, Help Me, Broken Lady and All the Gold in California before
the aforementioned recorded music played and concluded as all
the gold in New York-Trump- ascended the stage to the thunder (no pun
intended) of the crowd's rock star welcome.
Once on stage, the Republican presidential candidate called on
the Gatlins (though at this point only Larry was available) to
join him on stage as Trump thanked Gatlin for
entertaining the crowd proceeding to tell us that Larry lived at Trump Tower for several years
prompting Gatlin to tell the audience a little more about the
Trump-Gatlin connection. Larry's version of the story was
that his purchase was investment property, prompting Trump to indicate,
as Larry left the stage, that Gatlin's having owned the property,
greatly enhanced its resale value (and hence the Trump Tower's value)
in a manner that pleased both men as Larry, who like Trump, is very
publicly opinionated (his Factory appearance being now exception),
explained that he believes his role is to entertain and not to tell his
fans how to vote, stopped just short of a Trump endorsement.
DEL BRYANT was on hand enjoying
the Gatlins' performances and to observe The Donald charm the
crowd of supporters, many of whom, following Trump's speech, were
rewarded with autographs and selfies before, as he from the stage to a
facility exit, where following a brief respite from the rain,
as he approached a media gaggle who joined him outside, Trump
encountered the overflow crowd, making them his first priority, signing
more autographs and posing for more selfies.
Wearing my laminated media badge (courtesy of JULIE HANNAH
McENTEE, and HOPE HICKS), with Trump surrounded
by national and local media on all sides, I jockied for space
on the makeshift platform hoping to get the
candidate's attention long enough to ask him a question as he
turned from one side to another. I'm not as physically
aggressive as these gaggles demand (the "victors" are often competitors
who proceed to the point of rudeness), so I was very grateful when my
sensed my dilemma and provided some room I could squeeze my way into
once I proceeded security who were never far from media, nor their
charge, to let me squat under the barrier created by equipment cords
and the like, all to Donald Trump's amusement.
"Why, hello there," somewhat startled, he greeted me, as I rose from a
crouch to a standing position. Turning to another reporter on
his opposite side, since my laminate largely covered by a raincoat,
Trump momentarily took me for an exuberant fan who had broken a
barrier. But when it became apparent that his security people
were not hauling me off, and perhaps getting a better look at my
laminate through my unbuttoned, pink rainwear, Trump was more than
happy to take my question.
Noting that The Donald joked, in response to a question during the most
debate among his fellow contenders for the Republican Party's 2016
presidential nomination, that his Secret Service code name should be
"Humble," I questioned why, since no one calls Trump a
shrinking violet, the candidate details his plans on how to make
America great again, but prefaces descriptions of his plans by saying "If
In keeping with Trump's personality, why not "When
Apparently that's not a question Donald Trump has been asked before,
because he didn't know how to respond other than by indicating he
didn't feel it necessary to change his rhetoric and suggesting that he
was content, given the prospect of opposition and, I gather, some
respect and appreciation for competitors who are also working hard for
a chance to lead their country.
Lizzie (whom I met for the first time that day) was in Nashville that
day to support, and assist Kirt and Kelli in introducing Music Row's
media to the luncheon's guest-of-honor, MIKE SMITH.
Mike, accompanied by his wife, ERIKA
(the mother of Mike's six children- all under the age of 11), and SKIP BISHOP
(who offered a few introductory remarks) delighted the luncheon crowd
with a big-screen photo montage (sort of a tease while we anticipate
the video's release) illustrating the self-explanatory theme
of his first single, Hard
Smith, expressing gratitude for his manager, NIOSHI
JACKSON, made the rounds, getting to know his
Philadelphia-born, Mike is poised to become country
music's first Cuban-American star (Smith's mother
was born in Havana, Cuba and though, "I'm not supposed to say
it, my family is related to FIDEL CASTRO," Smith told me.
I was about to continue to keep that information between us
until, after reading Mike's bio, distributed to media as we left the
luncheon, I found the even more precise information, indicating Mike's
maternal grandmother and the Cuban dictator are first cousins
(Castro having "kicked my family out of the country"), being
freely distributed as part Mike Smith's publicity kit that also
references Mike's "family tree" playing "a huge role in his heritage"
in that, Castro deported her, Mike's grandmother returned to
her homeland "with my mother, and it turned into an
international incident. He actually detained her.
"When I was a kid, we had six refugees" Castro deported "living with us
for a while. That was definitely an important part of my
life. Having that upbringing made me a little different from
all the kids I was hanging out with in school."
music scene largely having become a thing of the past before Mike was
born, the singer says the music influencing the his songwriting
regiment (Smith writes six songs a day) are the hits of the 1970s.
fact, after leaving Pennsylvania Smith lived in
including New Jersey, Michigan and North Carolina, the state
records for his own label, SMH Records, insuring his requirement of
creative control over his music, is also an instrumentalist.
He plays 10 instruments and, like his Palm audience, is
looking forward to the release of his Hard
Working Man album.
Until then, we'll have to be content to continue to enjoy Mike's
tribute to everyday working Americans.