KATHERINE FERRELL extends
a speaker/media pass for Collision and Web Summit,
"Europe's largest technology and media event" to be held in New Orleans
May 2- 4, 2017.
"Would love you to join us for some
jazz, music and technology and a few drinks... fist round on me."
For a list of speakers and futher
information click here.
Veteran music trade journalist,
author, popular CMT
contributor- and now playwright- EDWARD
MORRIS is sure to turn revisionist history on its
ear when Theatre Craft Inc. presents The Passion of ETHEL ROSENBERG at
the Atmalogy Café
and Event Space, at 2300 West End
Avenue on March 4, 2017 at 7:30
Collaborating with director
CAROLYN GERMAN and actress KERI
PAGETTA in the title role, Ed gives a historian's take on a
cautionary tale of judgment, possible misjudgment and intrigue,
underscoring a well-known 20th century spy story's contemporary
Tickets are $10 at the door.
Seating will be guaranteed to those who make timely
reservations by calling 615-874-8715.
"Send me an email and I promise
I'll respond to you."
So said PAUL WILLIAMS, who, when standing
thisclose, apologized that he couldn't hear me above the din
of wall-to-wall celebrants at The Valentine February 23, 2017.
Leave it to a songwriter to express what many other people
The #1 party was a joint BMI
and ASCAP salute to RHETT AKINS, ROSS COOPERMAN and JEREMY STOVER, writers of LOCASH's chart-topping I Know Somebody.
All of the honorees were present,
as were SCOTT
ADKINS' "charges," PRESTON BRUST and CHRIS LUCAS (I Know Somebody is the duo's first #1 recording), the record's producer, LINDAY
RIMES, MICHAEL MARTIN, DAVID PRESTON and host of industry
luminaries. LORRIE MORGAN, the apparent butt
of an inside joke told during the de rigueur presentations, was,
accordingly, noticeably absent
Death can be so painfully difficult
on loved ones and, as BILLY RAY CYRUS can attest, to a
lesser extent, on those of us who don't know what to say, other than
the seemingly inadequate words of condolence we often awkwardly offer
to the bereaved.
Cyrus, JAMEY JOHNSON and VINCE GILL joined other noted
Nashvillians at funeral services for a man they had never met, by their
presence making a statement of outrage at the passing of yet another
police officer killed in the line of duty.
That Nashville police officer ERIC MUMAW, a young husband and
father, died while heroically trying to save a woman who threatened
suicide, added to the poignancy of the televised church service at
which Cyrus, Johnson and Gill performed.
Chalk it up to nervousness, but
when Billy Ray took the makeshift stage his first words to fellow
mourners were "How y'all doing?"
On a related subject, those of us
who gathered in support of our friend, DIANE JORDAN following the
untimely passing of Diane's husband, LARRY FULLAM were already
profoundly aware of not only Diane's (and our) loss, but, thanks to an
audio-visual presentation at the celebration of Larry's life, we were
reminded of the country-music industry's loss of one of the finest
voices music has ever known. We listened to Larry's
recordings and wondered why the celebrated sideman and featured road
show/TV series vocalist never got his due as a solo artist.
friends have seen the chronological slide slow of photos she chose to
memorialize Larry. Diane advises that Nashville photographer RONNY
LIGHT has since taken the photos, adding "Larry's beautiful
voice to serve as the soundtrack."
The enhanced presentation
underscores and expresses the loss of Larry better than any words used
to convey the same thought. Judge for yourself by checking it
for inviting me to watch her
perform selections from her self-titled album (produced by GRETCHEN
on February 21, 2017. The artist's showcase coincides
with the album's official release date, capping off a
day finding me, some
hours before, as the guest of KIRT
SCOTT for a "soft opening" of Nashville's newest
upscale hot spot, ironically called The
invitation-only preview event at
the six-floor restaurant complex represents a commitment to what the
public will soon enjoy, including "20,000 square feet of entertainment,
tantalizing food and a highly-anticipated oyster bar."
Mayor MEGAN BARRY led the
guest list of notables from Music City’s respective government,
business and civic
sectors marveling at one of the complex owner's STEVE SMITH's newest
acquisition. (Steve succeeded TOOTSIE
BESS as owner of Tootsie's Orchid Lounge.)
Fire Chief RICK
WHITE was in attendance, along with CISSY BOATMAN
who I assumed was related to the late BOB
BOATMAN until Cissy told me she’d
never heard of him, let alone Opry
And thanks also
to MARTHA MOORE for the
invitation to attend as DARIN &
BROOKE ALDRIDGE join
JOHN COWAN in performance
February 16, 2017 at the Franklin Theatre.
Academicians have an ever-growing
affinity for country music. While C-SPAN's
Book TV snubbed my fellow author
BILL ANDERSON during its most
recent visit to Nashville (where its cameras provided "live" coverage
from the Southern Festival of Books,
authors' talks, followed by audience questions, also videotaped for
future broadcast) the network's American
History TV (a/k/a C-SPAN 3) is acknowledging country
music as a college lecture subject.
As part of its ongoing Lectures in History series (in
which American History TV viewers, from the privacy of their own homes,
are invited to turn on the tube and"audit" classes on various subjects
taught by college professors across the United States),
C-SPAN 3 sat in on
College American Studies' Professor COTTON SEILER's class.
Seiler's subject? Colonial America, Race and the
Origins of Country Music.
While he's no COTTON IVY, Cotton Seiler made an
effort to engage his students and to interest them in the subject
matter, by asking "How many of you like country music?"
The response (among its most desired demographic) would not impress the
Music Association or the Country Music
Even though only a hand or two was raised, Seiler was not discouraged
(at least as long as the cameras were on him): "By the end of class
you'll all love country music. I promise. You'll be
going to the Country Music
Hall of Fame.
"You should all be going to the Country Music Hall of Fame if you're in
Seiler's lecture is currently running in light rotation on C-SPAN 3.
You may also view it here.
Recording Academy Communications Team and Rogers
& Cowan's Music Entertainment Team for the offer of
media credentials for the 59th Annual Awards Grammy® Awards airing February 12, 2017.
PR is ringing in the New Year on January 4, 2017 with a party
at host KIRT
WEBSTER's Big Buck Lodge in Hermitage, Tennessee.
known connection, as PAUL
HARVEY used to say, but just prior to NAOMI JUDD's public announcement
of her bout with mental illness, WYNONNA was featured on the
Nashville edition of one of my favorite radio game shows, Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me.
As the younger Judd regaled program host PETER SAGAL (and program
panelists) with her familiar tales of how she happened on her stage
name, marrying "a guy named CACTUS (MOSER)" and journeying
"from an outhouse to the White House," the singer found the
need to enliven her answers to Sagal's stock questions, with her
classic lines (Of her "Bon Juddi" coif, Wy advises,
"The higher the hair, the closer to heaven."),
confessing to the National Public Radio host that,
while growing up
poor in Appalachia, "I was forced to listen to listen to
his part, Sagal gave as good as he got. Intrigued by a show
researcher's finding that Wy is "something of an icon in the drag
world," Sagal's observation reminded Judd of a "true story" of being
told that "a black drag queen" once celebrated Halloween by
dressing up as the singer.
Wy told people she'll "show up at anything... bar mitzvahs, nun
conventions, Harley rallies..."
Intrigued, Sagal, who is Jewish, is amazed, imploring Judd to "go back"
and tell the listening audience a little more about her performances at
Jewish coming of age commemorations: "So little Courtney
Berkowitz is being bat mitzvahed and, at the reception-"
Wy interrupts, singing the first line of "Grandpa
(Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)," then remarking "Oy!"
Mesmerized, Sagal tells his guest "I would like to hear you do Hava Nagila, if you remember it."
Cultural divide firmly in place, Judd laughs, explaining "I don't even
know what that means."
This time it's Sagal's turn to laugh. "Oh, it's all right.
I'm just going to spend a minute feeling really terrible at
my- about my bar mitzvah."
order of business is to see how well Wynonna does playing a game called
"A Judd By Any Other Name." As Peter explains, "You are part
of the most famous Judd family in America, if not the world, so we
thought we would ask you about some of the other Judds out there.
Answer three Judd-related questions correctly and you'll win
a prize for one of our listeners."
As a native Minnesotan, I'm surprised WALTER JUDD wasn't the answer to
one of Sagal's questions- but I digress. To find out how Wy
did, and for a transcript of the entire interview, email
me with WYNONNA,
Wait, Wait in the subject line, along with your name, city
and state (province and/or country if outside the United States).