Legendary Music Impresario Jim Halsey Honored With Memorial Hall Renaming In Independence, Kansas Commemorating His 70 Years In The Entertainment Industry

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Jan 252020
 
Legendary Music Impresario Jim Halsey Honored With Memorial Hall Renaming In Independence, Kansas Commemorating His 70 Years In The Entertainment Industry
(L-R) Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, Jim Halsey, Joe Bonsall
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The auditorium inside Memorial Hall is now recognized as the ‘Jim Halsey Auditorium’

Halsey has represented 29 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame, as well as 12 members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has played a pivotal role in bringing country music to television

Halsey shares 70 stories from 70 years in the music and entertainment business with Tulsa World writer Jimmie Tramel [read here]

INDEPENDENCE, Kansas – Legendary music impresario and manager Jim Halsey is celebrating more than 70 years in the entertainment industry. A pioneer of country music innovation and expansion, the 89 year old Independence, Kansas native was honored in his hometown with the 2,000 seat auditorium inside Memorial Hall being renamed to the Jim Halsey Auditorium. Now 89, Halsey has booked hundreds of acts and performances at the venue since 1949.

“This honor means more to me than anything else in my life. To be recognized in my home town that I love dearly is the best thing to ever happen to me,” said Halsey.

Over the course of his career Jim Halsey has played a key role in the direction and management of many country music giants. He has managed, booked or guided the careers of some of the most iconic figures in country music, including, Roy Clark, Waylon Jennings, The Judds, Hank Thompson, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Wanda Jackson, Freddy Fender, Roy Orbison, Tammy Wynette, Rick Nelson, Clint Black, Dwight Yoakam, Minnie Pearl, James Brown and The Oak Ridge Boys, who he’s managed for over 45 years.

Halsey’s vision, marketing, and passion was fundamental to the rapid growth of a genre that may otherwise have taken many more years to develop. His leadership resulted in The Jim Halsey Company becoming the biggest Country music agency in the world. Halsey’s artists collectively have hundreds of gold and platinum records, received countless awards, including Grammy awards and nominations, and sold out shows at The Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and helped to expand Country music on a global basis, headlining festivals and performances all over the world. In 1976, Halsey took Country music artists Roy Clark and The Oak Ridge Boys on the first-ever tour of the U.S.S.R. To date, he is the only producer or manager who has ever presented every artist on a single episode of the Hollywood Squares, as well as book his acts in every Las Vegas showroom for an entire week.

In 2010 Halsey released an entertainment business book titled ‘Starmaker: How To Make It In The Music Business’ [ Amazon | Goodreads ] digging deep into the fundamentals of how to develop an act, get an agent, use press to build an audience, play the biggest and best forums and more. Halsey recently added to some of these stories with Tulsa World’s Jimmie Tramel, chronicling 70 stories from 70 years in the entertainment and music business. He has future plans to pen another book, detailing his many global adventures advancing music and entertainment around the world.

“My life and interest is really in people and what makes them work and the energy they have,” he said. “If you can observe and notice the energy of a person, then you have the ability to get, and use, parts of that energy yourself. So my whole life has been about trying to harness energy — for the good. So I’m still doing it today. The Oak Ridge Boys still exude that energy. I am inspired by them. They are my closest friends in the world, but they are inspirational to me and to a lot of other people, too.”

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt with Jim Halsey and The Oak Ridge Boys
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt with Jim Halsey and The Oak Ridge Boys
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Impresario Jim Halsey poses at his office and museum in Tulsa, Okla.
Impresario Jim Halsey poses at his office and museum in Tulsa, Okla.
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Jim Halsey and The Oak Ridge Boys
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Minisa and Jim Halsey at Jim’s office and museum in Tulsa, Okla.
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Town Mountain Debuts New Video From Red Rocks Featuring Mr. Tyler Childers.

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Jan 252020
 

I’ll admit I’m pretty late to the party on this one, and four other articles I am working on today. Well, I guess I just have too many irons in too many fires….but WHO DOESN’T? I mean with so much good music out there, the possibilities are endless on who and what to report on.

Last year Mr. Tyler Childers was at Red Rocks Ampitheater and my staff member Mr. Luther was there you can read about that right here. I wrote another good one about the phenomenon that he is in the music business today here is that article.

Town Mountainis an absolute BANGIN Bluegrass band with an energetic stage show that has been lighting up the road all over America. Their set at Kickin It On the Creek was one of the best of the entire weekend, and recently they released a new video for the song “Down Low”.

Town Mountain Releases New Live Video of Sold-Out Red Rocks Performance “Down Low” featuring Tyler Childers
Watch video today via JamBase; New 2020 Tour Dates Announced
December 11, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Known for their rowdy, energetic performances,Town Mountain has spent most of 2019 on the road, playing major festivals and venues across the country, including the legendary Grand Ole Opry. On September 30, the band made their debut at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, to a sold-out crowd alongside prolific singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen and Grammy-nominee Tyler Childers. Today, JamBasepremiered the band’s live performance of “Down Low” featuring Childers, who co-wrote the duet with banjo player and vocalist Jesse Langlais for Town Mountain’s most recent album, New Freedom Blues. “It’s always a pleasure to do shows with Tyler and The Food Stamps,” Langlais explains. “We love the guys and we love the music, brothers in arms! And it’s always a highlight when Tyler comes up with us and performs ‘Down Low’. Especially at a venue like Red Rocks where you can just feel the energy and magic in the air.”
The band played a number of songs from their extensive discography including their well-known rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 single “I’m On Fire”, a fan-favorite that has racked up almost 6.5 million streams on the group’s Spotify alone. Childers ended the night with what The Bootcalled an “epic, show-stopping jam session”, calling on Town Mountain guitarist/vocalist Robert Greer and Robert Earl Keen to join him in performing Keen’s classic, “The Road Goes On Forever”.
Town Mountain recently wrapped up 2019 with one final run that included a two-night stint at Nashville’s beloved Station Inn; the band invited a handful of surprise guests to join them on stage, including Grammy award-winning songwriter Jim Lauderdale, dobro legend Jerry Douglas, and hailed bluegrass flatpicker
Billy Strings. Read more about the night via Nashville Lifestyles.
Returning to the road in 2020, the band will tour the East Coast and are set to perform at Squaw Valley’s WinterWonderGrass in late March.
Town Mountain 2020 Tour Dates:
Jan 31 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House
Feb 1 – Washington, DC – The Hamilton
Feb 7 – Charlotte, NC – The Visulite Theater
Feb 8 – Boone, NC – Boone Saloon
Feb 27 – Newport, KY – The Southgate House Revival
Feb 28 – Nelsonville, OH – Stuart’s Opera House
Feb 29 – Pineville, KY – Bell Theater
Mar 28 – Squaw Valley, CA – WinterWonderGrass Music & Brew Festival
Apr 16 – Greer, SC – SpringSkunk Music Festival
May 2 – Asheboro, NC – Jimmy-June Music and Arts Festival
Jun 6 – Pagosa Springs, CO – Pagosa Folk ‘N Bluegrass
Jul 16 – Clayton, NY – Clayton Opera House
About Town Mountain:
Town Mountain is comprised of Jesse Langlais (banjo/vocals), Phil Barker (mandolin/vocals), Robert Greer (guitar/vocals), Bobby Britt (fiddle), and Zach Smith (bass). Since releasing their debut album Original Bluegrass and Roots Country in 2007, Town Mountain have made a name for themselves in bluegrass, country, and Americana circuits, and have amassed a sizable discography. They’ve toured with the who’s who of roots musicians, including Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others. In 2016, Town Mountain made their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing both at the Opry House and at the famed Ryman Auditorium. Their most recent album, New Freedom Blues, was self-released in October 2018 and has garnered attention from fans and critics alike; including praise from No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation,American Songwriter, The Boot, and Saving Country Music, amongst others.Rolling Stone Country recently published a profile on the band and how they are actively “reshaping a strict genre,” noting, “call it an evolution or a revolution, but it’s clear that Town Mountain is at the forefront.”