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Some Stories And Thoughts on The Hall Of Fame Inductees Of 2016.

Some Stories And Thoughts on The Hall Of Fame Inductees Of 2016.

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Well folks by now I’m sure EVERY Country Music website around the globe along with every other media outlet has already reported the news concerning the Country Music Hall Of Fame inductees of 2016. I also shared with you the live stream this morning, and I would like to THANK everyone that watched it either on my site or through wherever.

But I’ll be honest, I like to do things a little bit differently than others. I’m not so much into “reporting” the news I like to share things and listen to other people share theirs. I watched in tears of joy as Miss Brenda Lee did a wonderful job of emceeing this event and when it was through, we learned that Fred Foster, Charlie Daniels, and Randy Travis all were granted Country Music’s highest accolade.

Now mind you, YES there were my personal favorites I wanted to see inducted as well..and the fight rages on and rages on about who deserves it more. The fact is we aren’t the CMA panels that voted and elect the members, we are fans and collectors and music lovers. Sometimes you have no control over things however I’ll be honest, I thought they were decent choices.

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January 19th, 2008 at the Grand Ole Opry…like Billy Don Burns song says “I Was There”. I attended the Opry the night Charlie Daniels was inducted and I was very happy for him, I felt he deserved to be a member. Since then he HAS been one of the few that is TRULY playing his Opry dates and more. I feel that even more so now we will be able to visit the Opry and see Charlie Daniels the way the Opry was intended to be..a “home” to see him when he is road weary and closing in on retiring from that life.

He HAS indeed put in his time as an artist and given us many albums to enjoy and many memories to share and even still today he burns up stages all over the world, and holds dear the service men and women all over the world. It’s always been an honor to be a fan and I hope he continues his Opry respect and Volunteer Jam.

Randy Travis, what can I say that hasn’t already been said? A true shining star of my youth from a very prominent period of the fade of Outlaw Country into the 80’s. I LOVE the period of Country Music Randy is from, along with the people of his ilk the likes of Ricky Van Shelton and The Judds.

A fighter a very strong fighter to overcome such demons, personal roadblocks and twists. Before one can truly judge another man make sure you are perfect, although “On The Other Hand” it is normal for us to scold past actions. In my opinion Randy Travis and the 80’s and 90’s stars are the last of the MAJOR contributors for a craft that is fading in mainstream music…songwriters.

TRUE there are SOME mainstream albums garnishing hits for writes as Tony Stampley still proves on Hank Williams Jr’s new album but sadly the Jerry Fosters and Dallas Frazier days are dwindling. And it’s sad because half the FUN of collecting vinyl is seeing those names on the label sticker. Piecing together the big puzzle of people like Felice and Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant who wrote many of the Everly Brothers hits and our Tennessee State song “Rocky Top”.

Fred Foster was a name that I did eagerly reckon I would hear nominated one day, I appreciate his production work on early Dolly Parton albums like “Dumb Blonde” and the likes of those. A man that took his life’s savings and risked it all to buy Monument Records in the 1950’s right after the death of Country Music’s bombshell artist Hank Williams.

He produced all of the Roy Orbison songs we so dearly love and have never forgotten and has produced albums for so many artists if I named them all I would be up until 6AM. He co-wrote “Me And Bobby McGee” which became one of Kristofferson’s most beloved hits.

I thought they were decent choices as a Country Music fan, and that’s pretty much all I really am…but the neat thing that remains is “I Was There”.

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Music Festivals 2016: The James Wimmer Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest.

Music Festivals 2016: The James Wimmer Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest.

The Westport Roots Festival
The Nashville Boogie
Moonrunners Music Festival
Picki’n In The Pasture
John Hartford Music Festival
The Blue Ox Music Festival
The Duck Creek Log Jam

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This edition of my ever popular festival series takes me over to the scenic state of Virginia…Bristol Virginia to be exact. Now before I move on to anything else about this festival it IS INDOORS AND happens at a hotel and convention center already. So with that being said I have NOT researched any further hotels for this article, instead I’ll just include the location link for the festival itself.

THIS is the link to the convention center that is hosting this event and you can directly buy tickets to this event HERE. This one is a two day indoor event and honestly the ease of getting to your room without getting into a vehicle is truly nice. I like this event a LOT!

The lineup is truly awesome and it features some headliners within the ranks of Bluegrass for sure! Some of these acts at an area would cost half of the whole festival total! As always the band names are linked to websites all you need to do is click on the ones you haven’t heard of.

2:00 PM – John Goad And The New Hawkins County Grass
3:00 PM – VW Boys
4:00 PM – Sideline
5:00 PM – Jeff Brown And Still Lonesome
6:00 PM – Mike Bentley And The Cumberland Gap Connection
7:00 PM – Marty Raybon
8:15 PM – Ernie Thacker
8:30 PM – Larry Cordle And Lonesome Time
​10:00 PM – Lonesome River Band

Saturday Lineup
12:00 PM – Hollow Ground
12:45 PM – Crooked Road Ramblers
1:30 PM – Ralph Stanley II
2:15 PM – Volume Five
3:00 PM – The Grascals
3:45 PM – IIIrd Tyme Out
4:30 PM – The Sandy Shortridge Band
5:15 PM – Hollow Ground
6:00 PM – Randall Hibbitts
7:00 PM – Ralph Stanley II
7:45 PM – Volume Five
8:30 PM – Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers
9:45 PM – Grascals
10:30 PM – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

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Old Crow Medicine Show Honors Bob Dylan At Hall Of Fame.

Old Crow Medicine Show Honors Bob Dylan At Hall Of Fame.

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Grand Ole Opry members Old Crow Medicine Show will be doing a very nice tribute show to Bob Dylan at The Country Music Hall Of Fame May 12th and 13th in the museum’s CMA Theater to support the exhibit “Dylan,Cash And The Nashville Cats: A New Music City”. This performance will include the entire double album “Blonde On Blonde”, which featured many classics that Dylan still performs today live.

Tickets for this event go on sale April 1st at 10AM and are available on Ticketfly, and are 34 and 39 dollars.
This is in conjunction of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the album and the exhibit. As far as I know Old Crow Medicine Show is working on their new album and of course I’ll be keeping track of them!

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Watch the Country Music Hall Of Fame Stream The NEW Inductees LIVE!

Watch the Country Music Hall Of Fame Stream The NEW Inductees LIVE!

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Right up above there on that Youtube video you can watch the LIVE stream of the 2016 Country Music Hall Of Fame which will air on Tuesday morning 10:00 Central and the event will be hosted by Country Music Legend Brenda Lee.I’ll be watching on Tuesday morning to see what becomes of this event, it can either wind up as classic disaster or groundbreaking history! The CMA has been known to conveniently “forget” some well deserved people within the ranks of Country Music’s past.

This year the institution will recognize artists in three categories: Veterans Era Artist

Modern Era Artist

Non-Performer

The Non-performer category is rotated every year with Songwriter,Recording and Touring Musician. The Veterans Era is for people whom have been out of prominence for Forty years plus, and the Modern Era is for people whom have been out of prominence for Twenty years.

The event awards are decided by two anonymous  panels of CMA members that include historians and people involved within the business, that supposedly “embrace change”….you KNOW what that means. I have seen and heard some really insane shenanigans from these “panels” in my time, however I always hold respect for them because they KNOW what they are doing.

We ALL have our specific ones WE want to see inducted, but let’s be honest…they can’t get to them ALL so let’s cut them some slack unless they induct someone like Shania Twain over Dottie West!  So Tuesday night I shall release an article with the three inductees and my thoughts on that situation, no matter how good or bad.

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Next Generation: Sons And Daughters Of Country Legends.

Next Generation: Sons And Daughters Of Country Legends.

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Those wonderful folks over at Nashville Palace have announced yet another really good show called Next Generation Sons And Daughters Of Country Legends and this is the fifth year of this program.

The Nashville Palace has been partnering up with some great music institutions to bring some truly great music to the venue and some fantastic DJ’s to spin records between sets! You can mosey on over HERE to buy 20 dollar printable tickets to your emmail box or you can also will call them.

The Nashville Palace also has REAL GOOD food and a front bar with great daily acts, why I go there to see Sarah Gayle Meech, David Peterson and 2 Country 4 Nashville, Joshua Hedley and more! Man I could walk around and admire the walls adorned with history for HOURS, in fact my home is exactly the same decor.

OK So here is the lineup for that night’s event on Thursday June 9th 2016 in the back parlor, doors will open at 6 promptly and trust me I’m sure will come out with priceless stories of some of your favorite Legends as told by their children that evening. I read books about Country Music a LOT but I’ll be honest nothing enthuses me more than to listen to my buddy Mr. Donnie Winters tell stories about his father and Bobby Sykes and Marty Robbins. Another daughter I’m interested to see is Sharon Wilburn, I’m on a Wilburn Brothers kick lately I reckon Lynn Woodruff fueled it by her book. I been studying Margie Bowes and Teddy Wilburn a ton lately.

Robyn Young
Hawkshaw Hawkins, Jr.
Chris Golden
Cherish Lee
Kathy Twitty
Karen Wheeler
George Hamilton V
Mark Cash
Steve Kilgore
Shelly West
Melissa Luman
Chrystie Wooley
Tom Bresh
Sharon Wilburn
Donnie Winters
Seidina Reed
… and other special guests!

Featuring the Loaded Dogs Band. Doors open at 6:00pm.

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