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NANCI GRIFFITH recently sold her Blair Boulevard home for $1,080,000.

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Historical reporting of the Camden, Tennessee plane crash that took the lives of PATSY CLINE, HAWKSHAW HAWKINS, COWBOY COPAS and RANDY HUGHES on March 5,1963 notes that ROGER MILLER joined a search party that included the Tennessee Highway Patrol and Civil Defense, but it was
apparently never reported in either The Nashville Banner nor The Tennessean, nor by other news organizations of the day, that the late Nashville businessman HOWARD WERTHAN was among those on horseback who also played a part in the recovery of the victims' remains.

That oversight, a bit of historical trivia, has privately circulated among Werthan family and friends through the years, but it has just come to my attention and thus to yours. 

(I'd like to know a little know of the details on this and have left a couple of messages with Mr. Werthan's widow.  Memories fade, but if I hear back from the centenarian, whom I will presume is in good health, I will clarify and otherwise update what is being reported for the first time.)


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From the emailbag (and used with permission): OWSLEY MANIER writes: "Dear STACY, This morning I was doing some research to jog my memory for my book project around my Exit/In days (1971-1980).

"I came across your post from last May regarding DAVID HOLLERITH's Exit/In article in the Nashville Scene.   You lamented missing RICK NELSON's show.

"Sorry you didn't get comped.  At that time I was no longer an owner but continued as a talent buyer during the (NICK) SPIVA/(VIANDA) HILL ownership era post-1975.

"I got a call from Rick's manager saying he was in town recording and would like to appear at the Exit/In.  My compensation deal with Spiva/Hill was based on a percentage of gross profits from gate receipts.  If a show lost money, I made zip.

"I mentioned something about the risk involved and Rick's manager said 'How about three days with a guarantee of $500 vs. 80% of the door with a $10.00 ticket?'

"I said 'Done.'

"All six shows sold out.  Rick and the Stone Canyon Band walked away with over $11,000. 


"Like you, I grew up with Rick Nelson's songs.  I started playing guitar in 1960 and JAMES BURTON's Telecaster sound blew me away.

"I got to hang out with Rick some during his Exit/In gig.  His countenance was one of the calmest I ever encountered.  Almost BUDDHA-like.

"It was a moment.   Lonesome Town."
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Thanks to (CCCE) Communication Specialist CLARA POSNER and    Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life 's Director of Heritage and Interpretation NORA KATZ, M.Phil., for featuring me on Segment 12 of the ISJL's popular Virtual Vacation series.  Titled Southern Jewish Music: Jews and Country. the February 5, 2021 interview aired along with remarks from, and performances, by JOE BUCHANAN, "live" on Facebook February 23, 2021. 

In case you missed the show, it remains available here.


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ROSANNE CASH
and CLINT BLACK are the first country stars to be featured on the PBS genealogy series Finding Your Roots.

You might think that you know of  Cash's celebrity father, uncle, aunt, half-brother, etc., but series researchers have unearthed another famous blood relative whose identity was as surprising to Rosanne as it will be to you. 


(Clint and Rosanne follow in the footsteps of REBA McENTIRE, TRISHA YEARWOOD and TIM McGRAW who were featured in the  erstwhile NBC (and later TLC) celebrity family history series, Who Do You Think You Are?)

Now in its seventh season, episode six, predictably titled Country Roots featuring Rosanne and Clint, airs February 23, 2021 on your local PBS station.    



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Will someone who is attending CRS 2021 ask the powers-that-be why they are confusing their late, 2005 inductee JOHNNY K(OVAL) with TOM JONES?  (It is unusual, no?)


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Given that country music has historically been racist, sexist and anti-Semitic, Re:
MORGAN WALLEN.  As there is no "morals clause" attached to the 2021 Academy of Country Music awards eligibility, Wallen's work falling within the eligibility period should be sufficient to merit a nomination, along with anyone/everyone else who meets the nomination criteria.

That is not to say that if more people qualify, in a given ACM category for which Wallen, to this point, has been eligible than there are slots, that Morgan should be nominated.  But, if that is not the case, I believe that, in lieu of restructuring its awards so as to contain a morals clause, the ACM is making a mistake.

By definition, winning an award is a more exclusive honor than being nominated, and, that is where, out of respect to those who will be nominated for ACM awards in the categories that Wallen has apparently forfeited, the hat trophy would likely have been reserved for one of them without the Academy's panicky move.

And what exactly is a record label "suspension?"  "Indefinite," or not, it seems to me that there is a contractual obligation that an artist deliver X number of recordings to a label during the length of that contract.  If the label refuses to live up to its contractual obligation to oversee the production, promotion and distribution of those recordings, the contract should be voided, or otherwise dissolved by mutual agreement, so as to avoid a wrongful termination lawsuit.

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