Conway Records' supposed steamy heterosexual hunk NATE GREEN, a formerly openly gay country singer
known as JOSEY GREENWELL, to a straight audience of young women age
13-24: This is classic JEFF WALKER!
Walker has managed to unite both the gay and straight communities, each
of which feels duped by the shenanigans rooted in native Kentuckian JOSEPH IGNATIUS GREENWELL, JR.'s ambition skewed
to the point where he's apparently been living a double life!
Greenwell says he moved to Nashville at age 19. Tribe
patrons remember the guy they knew as Josey Greenwell from circa 2006
on as the winner of the Colgate Country Showdown and as a familiar face
tending bar at the gay community watering hole while making appearances
at PRIDE, modeling for gay magazines and landing a BNA Records contract in 2007.
The record deal enabled Josey the opportunity to leave his job tending
bar, but not before his Tribe buddies gave him a farewell party.
BNA supposedly booked Greenwell as an openly gay artist at such venues
as a homosexual bar in upstate New York without knowing he was gay,
dropping Josie, declining to release his debut album and dropping him
from the label when they learned he was homosexual.
Undaunted, Greenwell released the album himself, landed a spot at the
Music Fest and toured with LITTLE BIG TOWN as its opening act. But
apparently Josey was not gaining enough traction or he possibly felt he
had hit a plateau from which he could not rise without the scrutiny
that would follow.
Tribe coworkers lost sight of Greenwell shortly thereafter when, at a
publicity team's suggestion, Josie did what he felt he had to do to
reach that next level of success: Delete his Facebook profile, Wikipedia
entry and openly gay social media profiles.
Thus Josey Greenwell effectively disappeared and Nate Green
Asked to confirm the perpetuation of deceit to conceal that Greenwell
and Green are one and the same and that the Green persona is a sham
that has been busted, Walker through his company declines comment.
adversity overshadows LYNN ANDERSON's contributions to the (crossover)
popularity of country music. Lynn is also the author of a
children's book aimed at disabled children. Krystal and the Chief, inspired by
Lynn's love of quarter horses, teaches its readers about "the joy and
freedom of horsemanship through therapeutic riding."
reaction to Lynn's September
11, 2014 arrest is quite interesting. Country-music media has reacted
same timidity it always does when weighing the wish for a post-accident
exclusive interview with Anderson and the obligation to report.
completely ignored the story while cmt.com
attributes its limited reporting to "staff reports."
department is apparently under no media pressure to issue a news
release as it
usually does when celebrities are (pardon the expression) under the
know that Lynn has a November 20, 2014 court date, but before which
judge? (Yes, unfortunately it matters.).
can't imagine the blow
to her self-esteem Anderson undoubtedly experienced when, jailed during
second divorce, she lost two of her children during the early 1980s in
custody fight (though Lynn did prevail in related matters at the
doubt that traumatic
episode of her life led to her subsequent brushes with the law, but
follows are examples of celebrity justice- the breaks celebs receive in
situations where we would not.
appears to have sought refuge at the BETTY
FORD Center because it was
fashionable and only after several progressively worse incidents, any
which should have been a wake up call. First, in October, 1988, Lynn
charged with malicious mischief after allegedly breaking into a
taking some of the server’s belongings and threatening her. LINDA GAIL
BOWERS agreed to drop the charges after receiving Lynn's letter of
on December 2, 2004,
after Denton, Texas police found Lynn passed out in a car she had
parked on the
side of a highway (after another driver alerted police that Anderson
weaving in-and-out of traffic) and charged her with drunk driving, Lynn
released on a $1,000 bail, serving no jail time.
days later, in
an apparent cry for help, Lynn was charged with stealing a Harry Potter DVD
from a Taos, New Mexico convenience store and felony battery on a
officer Anderson allegedly struck on the arm as Lynn was being led to a
car. After resisting arrest and striking the officer, Lynn struck an
with the Taos DA’s office. The shoplifting charge was dismissed in
Anderson agreeing to refrain from committing further offenses
Lynn’s attorney described as a “loved and respected member of the Taos
you read credits (no, I'm the only one who does so, but it's enough to
drive my less interested TV or movie theater companions batty) and
remember The Nashville Network (TNN)
in its glory days (as previously reported, its successor is effectively
bankrupt), you'll remember DEBBIE
MATHIS (now DEBBIE MATHIS WATTS).
Debbie, a former Opryland performer, was also a writer-producer for
(ALLEN) REID- (MADY) LAND Productions, even managing to
Land) a Fandango trivia book.
By contrast, I tried to put my Radio-TV degree to good use, writing a
script for ALAN NELSON and appearing on Country
segment (the back stories to which were at least as interesting
the opportunities) and almost became a writer and/or contestant on the
game show (an equally "missed" opportunity due to my reaction to what I
thought was a "suit"'s overreaction to an interview I did with the
show's host, BILL ANDERSON shortly before the series
(Admittedly, Whispering Bill was an early mentor, but 25 years after
the demise of the $64,000 Question even the lamest link to a
perceived conflict-of-interest gave game show producers the jitters.)
With TNN's demise, my fellow published author and I went on to bigger
better things. Debbie is an educator, a common core standards
coach, a Socratic
seminars specialist, a ghostwriter, an entrepreneur coach, a Nashville
entertainment personality, a blogger, an "edu-tainer," and
a professional pianist, just to name a few of the projects that have
kept her busy since our paths last crossed.
Watts concludes that Mary Elizabeth Baugh (Bettie) Ryman "was a
remarkable woman. The best part is that my book is now being
produced as a stage play right here in Nashville!... Not many people
know about this yet... You could break the story in Nashville, if you
are of a mind to do so."
Debbie graciously sent me an autographed a copy of her latest book and
a publicity photo of the costumed lead characters in her stage
Yes, Debbie Mathis Watts stars as Bettie. ("Do you think we look
like an antebellum couple?")
Indeed- and I love the "diary" format. Can't wait to utilize some
of the meal preparation hints and period recipes, too!
the emailbag: WAYNE SHUEY
informs me of Report reader DICK SHUEY's passing in Holliday,
Tennessee on August 16, 2014.
I have yet to meet Dick's son, Wayne and hadn't seen nor heard from
Dick in years,
but am both saddened to learn of the outspoken "songwriter,
and DJ"'s death and upset by Wayne's characterization of the
circumstances: "According to the coroner's report/death certificate"
the "cause of death was pulmonary failure due to dehydration and
"The family would like to hear from anyone who could explain how this
could have happened to Dick."
Irlene is, as always, the show's celebrity spokesperson. When my
schedule doesn't coordinate with Mandrell's booth time(s) it's catch as
catch can. This always makes for a (running) inside joke I'm
always happy to explain to anyone who hasn't heard it.
In any event, this year's show promises to be another great opportunity
to interact with exhibitors, compare prices and services, get some
advice, learn some remodeling hints and to win prizes.
The September issue of the UK-based Country
Music People contains a scathing letter to the editor from
former CMP Editor CRAIG BAGULEY re:
GARTH BROOKS' Ireland concert cancellations.
It reads, in part, "Well, Garth Brooks' ego has finally got the better
of him. With three three sell-out shows confirmed in Ireland, the
promoter adds two more subject to license. When that license is
declined by the local council, Garth goes into a pre-pubescent sulk...
Only a man with a confused appreciation of his own worth could
spout such preposterous drivel."
Baguley adds that while "No doubt there are some that blame the
council," he holds Brooks responsible for Garth's inconveniencing fans
traveling from afar who, though receiving ticket refunds, faced
nonrefundable travel expense, thanks to "a superstar who believes
himself too big to adhere to local regulations, and goes into a tizzy
when he can't get his own way.
"Garth has previously declared great respect for this fans, but to me
this action proves that vanity comes first."
While ultimately we are each responsible for our own decisions, I
have been close enough to him over the years to know that, as smart as
Brooks is, he lives in a blissful bubble of unawareness that no one can
penetrate, courtesy of Garth's chief advisor/handler, BOB DOYLE.
Doyle's defenders will point to aspects of Bob's character that suggest
he should be immune from criticism. I would agree were
Doyle's behavior, as I have experienced it, consistent with the
admirable aspects of his character.
To elaborate in this forum would be to repeat myself. Suffice it
to say that Brooks butters Doyle's bread and as long as that continues
to be the case Garth will continue to be misunderstood.
review of P.F. SLOAN's memoir compels you to buy the book,
reading it you might be wondering if the references to BOBBY ROBERTS
suggest that the veteran Nashville booking agent had an earlier career
on the Left Coast as a former tap-dancer-turned-record label chief,
musician and movie producer . The answer is no, but, as the owner
of the Nashville artists' agency (recently acquired by The Agency
Group) explains, "STACY,
you are correct. That is a different Bobby
Roberts but someone who has a good reputation in our
industry. I spoke to him a couple of times prior to his passing."
That was in 2004. Meanwhile, as Sloan's travels have brought him
to Music City, USA,
has written with Nashville's JON TIVEN, which has only added to the confusion
Album narrator David sent Merle eight songs from which to choose
two. I asked Haggard how he chose the title song and That'll Be the Day. "It's pretty simple," the Hag
grinned. "I did the only ones I knew."
When I asked Sonny if, were Buddy alive today, would Holly be as
musically innovative now as he was before his death 55 years ago (and
thus a viable recording artist even able to adapt to today's business
model), or the subject of a tribute album as has been the fate of
artists who are still with us but whose years of hits are well behind
him, Curtis, the only person in the room who personally knew- indeed,
worked with Holly, speculated that Buddy would still be a player.
Sonny explained that Buddy was into music publishing and using
orchestral arrangements, for example, long before such expansion was
even on the minds of his contemporary recording artists.
While thanking Edd for sharing "another wonderful example of your
excellent work," I told him that "I vaguely remember the Country
Cavaleers, and recently saw them on The Wilburn Brothers Show you
referenced (on Famnet),
but didn't realize they had such illustrious "producers."
Reading Hurt's two-parter, I also learned that ALAN
COFER will soon be adding to his credits, Wilburn Brothers'
biographer. DOYLE and TEDDY still have a strong fan base behind
an effort to secure the duo's induction into the Country
Music Hall of Fame.
Perhaps Cofer's book will give the Wilburns' fans the necessary
momentum, in the form of a gentle reminder, to make that induction a
reality. Posthumous though it would be, such recognition is
richly deserved and long overdue.
Planning to be in Dallas? Tour the museum anyway and, while
you're at it, ask to listen to the January 27, 2014 interview I granted
Associate Curator STEPHEN FAGIN, assisting Fagin with the museum's
oral history project.