Due, no doubt, to outrage from Report readers (see below) MIKE HUCKABEE made amends to T.G. SHEPPARD on the February 3, 2018 edition of HUCKABEE by reminding the audience of T.G.'s accomplishments as a hit recording artist and noting that Sheppard was that evening's guest announcer for the program.
As the program's guest announcer, T.G. couldn't very well introduce himself and perhaps that was the thinking behind Sheppard's not performing during the show, leaving the singing to others. This was the latest in a program full of surprises, not the least of which is the host's failure to honor his promise during the show's premiere to feature those who disagree with him. Considering the program's network affiliation, the fact that the majority of featured entertainers choose to at least appear to be apolitical (however outspoken they are when they parrot the religious "party line"), the show's difficulty in attracting major sponsors and the unchallenging questions asked of the host during the audience Q-A segment, perhaps the expressed welcoming of divergent viewpoints is easier said than done.
BÉLA FLECK has invited TONY TRISCHKA, KRISTIN SCOTT BENSON, MIKE MUNFORD and STEVE COOLEY to join him as Fleck presents the inaugural Blue Ridge Banjo Camp at Brevard Music Center August 15- 19, 2018.
Fleck will become a first-time instructor, teaching intermediate and advanced students during the three days and four nights of instructional focus on the three distinct styles of banjo-playing: SCRUGGS, melodic and single string. In order to tailor classes to the students, applicants will be asked to submit an audition video, which they may do without charge. Due to outrage from Report readers
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From the fame is fleeting department: Fans of HUCKABEE were aghast when genial host MIKE HUCKABEE did not so much as mention the presence of KELLY LANG and T.G. SHEPPARD in the TV show's studio audience. As cameras panned the crowd throughout, the duo were easy to spot, having braved single-digit temperature, black ice and otherwise hazardous winter weather conditions to show their support.
MARY ANN KAYLOR GRIFFITHS is first with the news that platinum-selling SISTER HAZEL makes its Grand Ole Opry debut on January 26, 2018 following the January 12, 2018 release of its single Roll On Bye.
The band hosts its 18th year of the (sold out) Rock Boat on January 30, 2018.
Are you a "songwriter" (page 38, upper right-hand corner) looking for an ear?
If so, join the Bellevue Library's songwriters group on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11 a.m.
"Bring your song, lyric sheets and a device to play your MP3(s) for the group.
"Works in progress or final demos are welcome."
More information available via email.
Will ukuleles soon be gaining traction on Music Row?
Find out on during an hour of fun on Sunday afternoon, January 14, 2018 when "It's ukulele jam time!" at the Bellevue Library, courtesy of a partnership between the Ukulele Collective of Tennessee and the Nashville Ukulele Society.
Library patrons and guests are encouraged "bring your uke" or check one out from the library.
"No experience required. Jam leaders will show you what you need to know to get started.
"We'll strum easy tunes for newbies and trickier ones for experienced players."
The latest on the KIRT WEBSTER PR debacle is that on January 6, 2018 AUSTIN RICK advised those interested to "watch the national headlines this coming week for more insight into my recent endeavors- that's all I can say for the time being.
"I'm also gearing up to take part in a cable television production regarding the evil Kirt Webster has visited on so many. This wouldn't be a little 'blip' per se, but rather a feature.
"I may also have legal news to share with you soon, so please stay tuned."
Column's thanks to MEGAN CREEN and KASEY HARTMAN for extending press credential to cover the red carpet and Derby Prelude Party reception kicking off the Sixth-Annual Star-Studded Unbridled Eve Gala January 4, 2018 at the Bardot at Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles.
"Derby Does Hollywood" cocktail party, the "thoroughbred of parties," is the kickoff to the world-famous Kentucky Derby. The exclusive event "introduces guests to the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala held in Louisville, Kentucky on Derby Eve. A limited number of tickets are available for purchase with with a $100 donation to the Unbridled Charitable Foundation, Inc."
Details available by calling (502) 894-9768 or by email.
The Country Music Foundation begins 2018 with a shuffled deck, having re-elected STEVE TURNER to a 10th term as Hall of Fame & Museum's chairman while simultaneously re-electing VINCE GILL to a 16th consecutive term as president.
These positions are mainly ceremonial. The full CMF Board only meets quarterly.
However, in an industry finally forced to face its abuses in a climate where there remains blame aplenty inflicted on those who are suddenly coming forward, the CMF's male-dominated board continues to function with too much power concentrated in too few hands.
The historical lack of oversight has produced abuses I have written about ( http://stacyharris.com/adultery.html http://stacyharris.com/iveykyle.html , http://stacyharris.com/ronnie.html , and http://stacyharris.com/horsnell.html ), as well as those I have yet to write about in such detail. These will eventually have the traction that toppled KIRT WEBSTER PR.
Meanwhile, the CMF Board will continue to walk in lockstep, and to reap the consequences of exclusion, until there is a groundswell of support for the voices of dissent.
A Los Angeles-based writer (whose name I do not know) is reportedly scouting Nashville sources for a book about GLEN SHERLEY. If my fellow author wants to contact me, I have a photo and a reminiscence that might be of interest.