On June 21, 2017, about six months
after NAOMI JUDD committed to appearing
(subsequently canceled, "due to illness," but not rescheduled,
as was the announced plan, "at a later date")
January 30, 2017 ticketed talk and book signing, as part of an ongoing
authors' series, most often held- as Naomi's was to be- at the
Public Library's main, downtown Music City location, I
received an invitation from JANICE GRAY in anticipation of the
June 30, 2017 release of The Judds' All-Time Greatest Hits,
a 21-song set featuring "the duo's top ten hits,
Stacy's Music Row Report All Rights
as well as a 2011 recording, You Can't Go Home Again (Flies in the Butter)."
Product number B07259RB43
The invitation read "We
are organizing a virtual press conference with Naomi Judd this Friday,
June 23 at 1:30p CST. A virtual press conference is just like
a press conference, but on a telephone conference line. If
you're interested in participating, please respond and let me know so
we can send you call-in details.
"Naomi will call into the line as well and be available for questions.
We will moderate the call like a press conference. While we cannot
guarantee you a chance to ask a question, it's a great opportunity to
be on a phone call with Naomi Judd. Once the call is complete, we will
send you audio from the call so you can transcribe it or use the sound
No offense intended, but as one of the first reporters to interview
Naomi (at an RCA Records Vandyland news conference,
introducing the mother-daughter duo to Nashville media prior to the
release of the Judds' first recording) and one who deals in exclusives,
I have to prioritize my time. It may be "a great
opportunity" for the starstruck "to be on a phone call with Naomi
Judd," but, as this is not the first provisional invitation I've
received, at least one reporter, who regards journalism as a business,
must take a stand for allowing time for every journalist invited to a
news conference- virtual or not- to ask a question.
It's simply a matter of respect.
My question would likely be about why Naomi is only taking questions by
phone. Due to the singer's fragility, as Judd candidly
expresses in River of Time..., I don't think a truthful answer
would be forthcoming.
The legitimate phone interview takes place when the news is pressing
and the interview subject is geographically unavailable (such as when an
artist is on tour).
In my nearly half-century of covering music, I have rarely accepted
invitations to do phoners. I have often been asked to do
them- the worst are with groups.
Which voice belongs to whom? Is a comment being made
seriously- or is it to be taken in jest? (Please don't make me guess...)
After interviewing EDDIE RABBITT a few times over the
course of his career, Eddie asked me to do a phoner. I
refused, though it may have
made history as the last one he gave. (Rabbitt did not want
anyone to see him because he knew, by the spring of 1998, he had only
days to live; a secret Eddie successfully kept from everyone, other
than family and friends, throughout the progression of his battle with
to LINDSAY WHITE for
inviting me to the June 21, 2016 invitation-only performances
of AARON LEWIS and EMILY EARLE on the BMI rooftop.
Memo to PAM
LEWIS and JOHN LOMAX III (who, technically
is not JL III, nor his son JL IV, but that's another story, probably
only of interest to purists, music historians and genealogists charged
with precision, even when it gets in the way of a neat narrative...): Sheperd
University History Professor BENJAMIN
BANKHURST pays tribute to folklorist ALAN LOMAX and, to a lesser
extent, Alan's father, JOHN in an episode of Lectures in History, titled Appalachia in the American Imagination,
currently airing on C-SPAN
"You are invited to the
music event of the year..."
So begins an invitation from EMMANUEL JAL, host of the June 10,
Want Peace benefit concert. The concert,
celebrating refugees worldwide, will be held at the Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront
Centre in Toronto, Canada.
All ticket proceeds will be donated to charities that support and
educate "those displaced by war, conflict and poverty: Gua
Africa, Love Peace & Harmony and Matthew House Refugees Centre."
KAMERLING has extended an offer of media credentials to the
sixth annual A2IM Libera Awards June 8, 2017 at
the Playstation Theatre.
The awards show, a red carpet event, honors independent artists and
labels for their achievements in 19 different award categories.
For a complete list of nominees click here.
General Admission tickets are available for purchase by clicking here.
Publicists: Do you represent A-list country-music stars
who have also created a successful business empire and are eager to
offer "actionable entrepreneurial advice"?
If so, a major website is poised to provide her/him/them
(and, by extension, you) with an opportunity to be interviewed for a
feature story and podcast interview combo on the subject of successful
investing. An one-to-two sentence emailed story pitch
response indicating, if selected, how you will "creatively engage and
share the interview and advice, once published, with those of us on
your media contact list, begins the process of
of scheduling background and podcast interviews.
While interviews will be scheduled over the next six months, in order
to meet the publication's May 26, 2017 (7 p.m. EST) deadline for those
who wish to be considered, please email
me before May 25, 2017 so that I may pass on the required
hosts the latest in its series of invitation-only (courtesy of SCOTT
on the Row events May 23, 2017. MAGGIE ROSE opens for
The following day BMI's boardroom will be the venue for a meeting of
the Music Row Administrators Group
featuring American Federation of Musicians Local #257 President
(and veteran Music Row
session musician) DAVE POMEROY.
United Methodist Church Community Center was the place to be
at noon on May 19, 2017. Actor ED ASNER was on hand at the free
brown-bag lunch for those with intellectual and developmental
disabilities and their families, telling those gathered at the Nashville
IDD Housing Group-sponsored event of his own personal connection to, and
advocacy for, those on the autism spectrum.
Asner was happy to answer all questions about the subject at hand, as
well as queries about his multifaceted career- and even country music.
As he signed autographs for, and posed for photos with anyone who
asked, Ed indicated that, while, as a child, he didn't
particularly like country music, as an
adult he witnessed the music becoming more creative and expansive to
the point where he is now a country-music fan: "They found
out what I like and they brought it to me," Asner joked.
Publicists: A fitness magazine wants to hear
from those of you whose clients include celebrities or fitness
stars who, with your help, prepared for a photo shoot, film or some
other event on short notice, by engaging in an emergency get-in-shape
You will be featured in the magazine with the quid pro quo that you
"follow us on social media and promote it in your social
media. If you can
give us a glimpse of a sample workout or plan you did, or fitness star
if you put one together" so much the better.
If the above seems like a great promotional opportunity for you and
your client(s), you are willing to dish, and are able to meet
the magazine's May 27, 2017 deadline, please email
me before May 20, 2017 so that I may pass on the contact
information you will need.
TOMMY CASH understandably doesn't
want to leave out any of those who have been a significant part of his
life as Cash is moving toward completion of the remaining two-thirds of
his long-anticipated autobiography. Knowing his friend, BOB WOOTON was ill, Tommy and his ghostwriter were in the process of trying to
determine the proper placement of a mention of Bob, given Wooton's
importance to Tommy but lack of significance in Cash's career.
Should Bob's name be simply included on an acknowledgment
page? Would there be context and the ability to segue from
why Tommy thought it important to mention Bob to a more expected topic?
While in the throes of making a final decision about which direction to
go and being able to inform Wooton of Tommy's plans (Tommy knew Bob was
too ill to contribute a "blurb" for Cash's book), Cash received word of
Just days before Bob's death, Tommy told his wife, "MARCY that I wanted
to go see Bob. Too late... I did go to the wake, however."
Tommy, who has known of, and worked, with any number of lead
added that Bob Wooton "was the only lead guitar player that could play
the original JOHNNY CASH sound [of] LUTHER
The lesson? Don't let death come between you and whatever
appreciation you want to express to the departed before they depart!
Many who were surprised at the
subject matter, not to mention the "candor" bordering on TMI in NAOMI JUDD's latest book, River of Time: My Descent into Depression
and How I Emerged with Hope will be surprised that, following
the book's December 6, 2016 publication date, Judd committed to a
January 30, 2017 ticketed talk and book signing, as part of an ongoing
authors' series most often held at the Nashville
Public Library's main, downtown Music City location.
Judd's commitment was not publicized. It was buried on the
library's web site and otherwise unusually unavailable on the library's
sponsors' web sites. As I was about to be the first
to break the news of Naomi's appearance to anyone who had not
on it (most people do not read down to the bottom of a page unless they
are looking for something in particular and finding it is crucial), I
sensed something was not quite right.
Rechecking, I found across the board mentions, in page
placement and fonts too large to miss, the following notice: "This event has been
canceled due to illness."
Isn't illness, specifically mental illness, what the book is all about?
Sure, we all have had to cancel commitments due to physical illness,
but, again, this cancellation came before widespread notice of the
commitment. (There's no point in having such an event if you
don't publicize it in a manner commensurate with the size of the
crowd you hope will attend.)
As terse as the announcement was, it wasn't even certain who was ill.
Those interested in attending were left totally out of the
loop as to
whether, say, Naomi's ghostwriter, MARCIA WILKIE planned to join her
subject at the event.
A later announcement read "With
deep regret Naomi Judd has had to cancel her upcoming Salon@615 event
in Nashville. She sends her apologies, and we do hope to
reschedule the event at a later date."
With the passage of "a river of time" and other authors being added to the series,
finding a mutually-agreeable rescheduling of time to plug and sell an
increasingly-dated book may result in the activation of the law of
Assuming- to the extent there has been any
written authorization by those vested in the event- the truth
told in the first place.
KELLIE PICKLER's appearance on the
Main Fashion Stage will be one of the highlights of the Southern
Women's Show running March 30- April 2, 2017 at the
Music City Center.
The "four days of bliss" ("shopping, food, fashion, health, beauty,
fun") is an annual opportunity to interact with exhibitors,
watch cooking demonstrations, attend money-saving lectures, receive
vendor coupons, test-drive products ranging from the latest in exercise
equipment to cars, receive everything from a flyswatter to a
flashlight, buy a newspaper subscription at a
reduced, show-only price, leer at Nashville
Firefighters, as they strut their stuff as you fork over your Benjamins
(all for charity, of course!), and much, much more.
information on show times, ticket prices and direction
Thanks once again this year to show manager STACEY
ABERNETHY and assistant show manager, MEREDITH
Have some Country Music Hall of Famer
ELVIS PRESLEY memorabilia for sale
at the right price?
Elvis autographs? Personal items? Clothes?
A collector (who is not interested in "decanters, baseball cards or
records") is willing to pay $250 to $50,000 depending upon the item and
Call (702) 545-8484 or click here for more information.
Thank you very much!
Thanks to COREY BARGER, MAUREEN
O'CONNOR and JOE
SCHNEIDER for the invitation to join fellow media as MELISSA ETHERIDGE, CAM, ORIANTHI, TROI IRONS, LINDSAY ELL and others TBA walk
the red carpet in advance of "a very special night of music" March 20,
2017 at Nashville's Skyville Live studios.
If your invitation to the show that follows media interviews and photo
ops was lost in the mail, never fear, as always, the "conceptually
groundbreaking online music series online series "will be streamed via Facebook
Live on Rated Red's Facebook Page."
What would PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP's Ides of
March 2017 rally at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium
have been without musical entertainment?
The Donald, for one, would likely have been very bored, seeing as
presidential candidate Trump told crowds during his 2015 presidential
campaign visits to the Nashville area how much he enjoyed the
live performances of our area artists at the National Rifle Convention, at
Rocket Town and at The Factory in Franklin, Tennessee.
President Trump, while in campaign rally mode for his most recent
visit, held no news conference this time around, so, with media
types being given the worst seats in the house, I chose to sit with
"the folks" where, five rows from the front of the stage, I could see
not only the commander-in-chief, but performances leading up to the
"main event," courtesy of RUDY, STEVE and LARRY GATLIN as
well as LEE GREENWOOD.
The Gatlins performed their hits (notably Houston and All the Gold in California)
the Beautiful, crediting BILLY DEAN as the brothers
launched into American With a Remington (I'm
guessing the Gatlins missed a recent segment of 60 Minutes when they fired up the
crowd- no pun intended- with that one.)
Greenwood sang God Bless the USA and then
introduced President Trump to the crowd.
Headed back to the press area following the rally, I introduced myself
GARRETT and, as I left, greeted my fellow Minnesotan CHRIS BUNDGAARD, just as Chris and
his camera operator wound up a series of interviews with attendees
outside of the auditorium.
My White House-issued media pass contained the notation that it was
government property, but, absent HOPE HICKS, ANNA KOPPERUD and/or ALEX HINSON asking me to surrender
the press credential, I will keep it as a souvenir, hoping that, in
the event of future coverage
opportunities, it does not brand me in
their (or the Commander-in-Chief's) eyes as a member of the "dishonest
readers keeping up with up with the continuing corruption in
Nashville's courts will recognize SEAN McKINNEY's name.
The attorney represented one of TAYLOR SWIFT's stalkers,
succeeding in his role as a criminal defense lawyer when, a few years
ago, McKinney persuaded prosecutors to drop the charges against
Taylor's knife-wielding intruder, previously charged
to break into Swift's Nashville home.
Music fans are welcoming the Home + Remodeling Expo to
City Center for the first time March
10-12, 2017. With celebrity
and other expert speakers boasting
ties to Nashville's music community and popular national TV shows,
the expo showcases "more than 250 experts, products and
ideas" as well as exhibitors ranging from A(udio House) to Z(erorez).
The longest line I witnessed was the one for entry into the Tiny Home Village. It
represents amazing ingenuity and use of resources and one solution to
the problem of affordable housing.
For further information on show times, ticket prices and direction
Thanks to LAURA GRONINGER
and DANIELLE STASIAK for providing
You've heard about the snobbish
luxury car salesman who kicked himself after a customer (who
the salesman sized up as not being able to afford a new luxury vehicle)
left the premises, only to learn later the scruffy-looking customer,
was a famous
country-music star who then chose to purchase the same new make and
model luxury car at a
competitive dealership- paying the manufacturer's suggested
retail price (MSRP) in cash?
Similar things happen in the real
estate market. While there are no reports of anyone having
been turned away from the October 21-22, 2016 TOM T. HALL preview and estate
sale (which you about read here first), there's an interesting chain of
events leading up to the actual listing of Fox Hollow (which you are
also reading about here first).
After I broke the news of the
impending listing in early October 2016, Realtors were all over
themselves to obtain the listing; this despite the fact that it's
harder to sell property in Hall's (list) price range than it is to
unload even the most desirable, more-moderately listed properties.
The reason for the seeming contradiction is simple: the
higher a property sells for, the higher (in dollars, not percentage)
the Realtor's commission.
The two-story, 4,657 square-foot
brick home, which sits on 54.14 acres, was finally listed on
March 1, 2017 for $3,750,000. Should the Franklin, Tennessee
property command that figure, it represents three-million and several
hundred thousand dollars in profit on the home Hall purchased from (EARL) BURTON TALLY, JR. for
$10,000 and assumption of an $80,000 loan) on
November 22, 1972.
The traditional-styled home itself
boasts three bedrooms (16 x 15, 14 x 12 and 15 x 12), a den, a kitchen,
a living room, a formal dining room, four fireplaces (?), a
Master bathroom suite (two bathrooms, one half-bath), a wet bar, an
intercom, a walk-in closet, extra closets and storage area, finished
wood and "other" flooring, a balcony, a covered patio, covered porch
and an entry foyer.
In addition, the "lucky" buyer of
the wooded lot will have access to a long, aggregate driveway, central
heat and air (gas heating, electric cooling), a septic tank,
a recording studio, sprinklers and a barn.
The main house is in good, solid
condition, but will require some updating.
Numbers crunchers will want to know
that Hall's list price is 247% higher than the average list
price ($1,080,263) of other property sales in his zip code and 343%
higher than the average list price ($846,003) for Franklin real estate.
price is 800% higher than the average sales
price ($416,870) for his zip code and
758% higher than the average sales price
($437,169) for Franklin.
The price per square foot for Fox
Hollow ($805) is 374% higher than the average ($170) for Tom's zip
code. Fox Hollow's value is projected to increase by 2.6% in
2018 (compared with a projected 2.2% rise for Tom's Franklin
neighbors), making Hall's home 906.4% more expensive than the median
home price of his neighbors' abodes.
The purchaser's estimated mortgage
will be $14,896 per month. Estimated property tax will be
$3,960. Add another $2,031 for homeowners insurance.
Those are the specs- and the
digression. A Report reader, who is also a
Realtor, was tipped off to the impending sale when I first reported it.
Had the Realtor been pro-active, there would be a
hefty commission to pocket rather than its loss to a competitor.
the time another rich Realtor's
relative was prepared to make what would likely have been the
would have received March 3, 2017, the prospective buyer gave
up after discovering Hall's Realtor's Web site had evidently crashed,
after several attempts to access it during normal business hours.
Eccentric multimillionaires are not the most patient of
You read about prospective staging
issues, apparently resolved. But there is yet another that
remains and, in fact, breaks a cardinal rule about what to avoid when
staging a home. Word is the prospective buyer, who was eying
the property for some time, was prepared not only to pay the 20% down
payment ($750,000) in cash, but also (if necessary) Hall's list price!
Apparently, the pre-qualified,
bank-qualified, prospective buyer was not dissuaded by Fox Hollow's
lacking a basement and garage, but otherwise lost interest
To each her/his own.
Not knowing the rest of the story
(at least to this point), Tom's Realtor will likely be happy, whatever
the dollar amount of the commission realized.
And don't cry for Tom, who will
his 81st birthday before the property is sold (depending on how soon,
with commensurate price reductions, he wants to unload it) and isn't
one to have many regrets anyway. It's not
likely the failure to realize the sale that would have been will make a
serious dent in the likelihood that Hall's retirement savings
When you reach Hall's net worth,
numbers are nothing more than a mechanism by which to keep score.
Something that, while others may be obsessed by it, once he
attained financial independence, has never mattered much to Tom.
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... first round on me."
For a list of speakers and further
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
the Atmalogy Café
and Event Space, at 2300 West End
Avenue on March 4, 2017 at 7:30
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