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President Obama Awards Mel Tillis National Medal of Arts


Alan Jackson Breaks Attendance Record In 62 Year History of San Antonio Rodeo Appeals Court Rules Against Roger Miller’s Widow


SPOTLIGHT—: 10th Annual Songwriters Music Festival On Music Row Local Artist To Be Recognized Internationally



Gator and the Sundown Band Hit The Ground Running In Virginia SONGWRITER CORNER—: PJ Steelman: Prolific Songwriter



Melissa Schleicher’s “Parlour 3” Hosted Private Opening Party Events—Mar/Apr 2012




Songwriter Nights—Mar/Apr 2012


Lifetime Achievement Award: George Jones


CMA Hall of Fame To Open Bakersfield Sound Exhibit


Larry’s Country Diner Continues To Please Fans With March Country LineUp


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President Obama awards Mel Tillis National Medal of Art Tillis Honored by President at White House

Mel Tillis was awarded the National Medal of Art by President Barack Obama.

NASHVILLE, TN: On February 13, 2012 in the afternoon in Washington D.C., country music icon

Tillis, along with actor Al Pacino, artist Will Barnett, author Rita Dove, curator, collector and arts

Mel Tillis 2012 Tour Dates 03/09/2012 Grand Ole Opry, Nashville TN 03/10/2012 Orange Blossom Opry, Weirsdale, FL 04/14/2012 Mel Tillis & Friends Tournament, Homosassa, FL 05/10/2012 Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, TN 05/12/2012 Wheeling Island Showroom, Wheeling, WV 07/06/2012 Country Tonite Theatre, Pigeon Forge, TN 09/06/2012 Clay Cooper Theatre, Branson, MO — 12/08/2012 (On select Mon, Thurs, Fri, & Sat) 11/10/2012 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center, Deadwood, SD 11/10/2012 Wild Rose Casino & Resorts, Emmetsburg, IA 11/11/2012 Crystal Grand Music Theatre, Wisconsin Dells, WI

Tillis receives the National Medal of Art by President Barack Obama on February 13, 2012.

patron Emily Rauth Pulitzer, sculptor Martin Puryear, pianist André Watts (not in attendance) and the United Service Organization were presented with medals as the 2011 recipients. From the East Room of the White House, President Obama, alongside First Lady Michelle Obama, presented the Country Music Hall of Famer with the prestigious medal. Tillis proudly accepted grinning ear-to-ear. ―I've had a blessed career, and that has been acknowledged in many ways over the years,‖ says Tillis. ―I was pleasantly surprised when I got the call because I didn't know there were anymore awards left to win. I'm very thankful and what an honor!" The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States Government. The National Medal of Arts is awarded by the President of the United States to individuals or groups who "...are deserving of special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support and availability of the arts in the United States. Past recipients include B.B. King, James Earl Jones, Maya Angelou, George Jones, Hallmark Cards, Minnie Pearl, Robert Shaw, Johnny Cash, Frank Capra, Bob Dylan, Clint Eastwood, AT&T and National Public Radio. For more information on Tillis, visit


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Canice Brown-Porter

Hello everyone! This month‘s issue is jammed packed with articles of your favorite legends, rising entertainers and songwriters, as well as some of the best places to go to hear your favorite country music or to participate in exhibiting your own musical talents.

The first issue of Inside Today‘s Traditional Country Music eZine was very well received with many writing in and wanting to know if it would be a monthly publication or even print. The possibilities of both are on the table and being discussed. However, we enjoy the fact that it is so convenient in today‘s technology world to have it available online to everyone worldwide. It allows us to feature those who don‘t live in or near Nashville, Tennessee. So, exposure is limitless and it allows for those who live elsewhere to be a part of the pages herein. Isn‘t that marvelous!? We also have the advantage of others who want to participate by writing for the magazine. We have several new writers that will be coming on board soon. Several with years in the music industry and have personal connections to some of the greatest legends in traditional country music. We‘re excited to be able to bring our readers this wealth of information.


We will be featuring some of the most legendary entertainers in upcoming issues, including the great Jeannie Seely! We hope to bring inside stories to you about legends such as Mel Tillis, Stonewall Jackson, and many more. So, until our next issue, enjoy the articles and photos. We hope to hear from you. Keeping it ―REAL‖ country,



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APPEALS COURT RULES AGAINST ROGER MILLER‟S WIDOW — The widow of country music legend Roger Miller doesn't own the rights to some of his biggest hits, including "King of the Road," a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. NASHVILLE, TN

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Sony/ATV Music Publishing owns the renewal copyrights to the songs the artist published in 1964. Federal courts have already ruled that Sony owns the rights to Miller's songs that were published from 1958 to 1963. In addition to "King of the Road," the songs include for "Dang Me," ''Chug-A-Lug" and "You Can't Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd." The decision struck down a lower court's ruling in widow Mary Miller's favor that awarded her a little more than $900,000 in damages. It's not clear whether she will appeal. A call to her attorney was not immediately returned. A spokesman for Sony said the company was pleased with the court's decision, which enable enables Sony to continue to represent the catalog of the iconic songwriter. Roger Miller died in 1992 after a battle with cancer. He was 56. "King of the Road" was his biggest hit, but he also received critical acclaim for writing the music (Continued on page 26)


ALAN JACKSON BREAKS ATTENDANCE RECORD IN 62 YEAR HISTORY OF SAN ANTONIO RODEO NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 24, 2012) Country music superstar Alan Jackson performed at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo last night for the 15th time in his career but never to a larger crowd in that venue. Rodeo officials have said that Jackson broke the all-time attendance record since the rodeo‘s inception in 1950, with nearly 17,000 in attendance.

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―What a great partnership, rodeo and country music. Our fans showed how much they support the great country artist Alan Jackson last night with a record attendance in the AT&T Center,‖ said Pam Rew, Assistant Executive Director San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo. "The San Antonio Rodeo has welcomed me for a lot of years and it's one of my favorite places to play. The rodeo and folks in Texas have always been good to me and I want to thank the fans for coming out to see us all these years,‖ says Jackson. ―….Alan Jackson did what he‘s known for — he delivered the goods, the honest goods, strong country songs sung from the heart.‖ San Antonio Express-News Jackson‘s current single, ―So You Don‘t Have to Love Me Anymore,‖ is climbing the country radio charts and is available for purchase at all online retail outlets. The heart wrenching single is from his forthcoming album, a joint venture between ACR (Alan‘s Inside Today’s Traditional Country Music eZine

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10th Annual Songwriters Music Festival On Music Row The Tenth Annual Nashville Songwriters Festival is several music happenings in one! Find your place in the mix.

they are. All attendees will have the opportunity to share their words or music and find their place in the mix.

It‘s part live original music festival, part music conference, part networking opportunity and part gathering of old friends held June 1—3, 2012. The live performances, education and Open House are concurrently running events. Attendees can take in all or parts and ―Play it by ear‖! It‘s three days of live original music from all genres on multiple stages, classes, Open House and gathering of friends held at the top of Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee representing the past, present and future of songwriting.

While at the fest, writers can also attend the Specialty Music Rooms on over 18 industry topics from Career Critique, Products Critique, Recording, Publishing, Plugging, Legal, Records, Duplication, Distribution, Radio, Video, Broadcasting, Shop, Management, Promotions, Productions, Q & A sessions and gather other personal tidbits, all about the craft and business of songwriting. Go to the areas you want, when you want and ask what you want.

Songwriters of all genres share their music on multiple stages and opensing rings. The fest is open to all forms of songwriting, from the novice to the professional. There are no pre-qualifications to play or attend. Everyone is encouraged to come as

An Open House is held by participating recording studios, publishers, song pluggers and other music related businesses where writers can drop by without an appointment to ask questions, exchange samples or discuss what part they play in the business of music. Reg-

ister your music related business for the Open House or if you‘re a festival attendee, stop by and check out some of the industry. For registered and non-performing writers there will be a ―Writer‘s Area‖ provided by the Fest near the Info Booth. At the display table attendees can deposit their CDs and the fest staff will take inquiries or make sales for participants. Also drop off a copy of your songs in the Fest Drop Box where your materials can be checked out by the fest or forwarded to others. Performing and non-performing songwriters, music related business, volunteers and the public wishing to participate in the June 1 — 3, 2012 activities can visit http:// or call 615-424-1491. Registration is open. All festival badge holders are automatically registered to participate in the various parties, specialty needs rooms and all other happenings at the Fest. Go to one or all at your own pace! All Genres Come Play The Nashville Songwriters Fest On Music Row! 10

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Local Artist To Be Recognized Internationally Lynchburg artist to be featured on syndicated Country music program NASHVILLE, TN: Ross Key, an independent Country music artist from Lynchburg, VA, will be the ―ICMA Hometown Sounds Talent of the Week‖ on an upcoming episode of the ―Country Dreams‖ radio program. ―We chose Ross because of both his talent, as well as his love for his hometown and the people in it,‖ says Alan Shephard, co-host of Country Dreams. He went on to say, ―Our goal is to highlight the uniqueness of each hometown, and the talents each village holds.‖ Ross is a sixth generation grandson of Francis Scott Key, the author of our nation‘s national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. According to Ross, he was exposed to many legends of country music as he grew up, as his uncle played in Mel Tillis‘ band, At 13, he taught himself to play the guitar by listening to Chet Atkins and Willie Nelson. He began teaching guitar professionally at age 15. Key eventually taught himself to play fiddle, banjo, dobro, mandolin, upright bass, keyboard/ piano, and drums. At 16, he traveled through Europe as a Boy Scots music ambassador, earning a private audience with King Gustaf of Sweden, and entertaining other European dignitaries as well. Upon his return home, Key was offered a regular musician‘s spot in a well-respected country band—Roy Campbell and the Nashville Sound — and opened for many country music legends, including Mel Tillis, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr., and many more. Willie even invited him to sit-in with his band on stage after hearing Key perform ―Under the Double Eagle‖ on his bus using Willie‘s guitar. You can find Ross Key on the web at The ―Country Dreams‖ radio show is currently heard on various AM/FM and internet stations around the world. It can be found on the web at The Independent Country Music Association (ICMA) exists to promote indie Country singers and songwriters from across the globe. It is located at If you‘d like more information on Ross Key, please email For more info on Country Dreams or the ICMA, contact Al Shephard at 802-442-6321 (days) or by email at

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Gator And the Sundown Band Hit The Ground Running In Virginia Original Song Makes Independent Radio Charts PINEY RIVER, VIRGINIA — Larry ―Gator‖ White of Piney River, Virginia never thought he‘d be at the top of Traditional Country Music charts as quickly as he has, but, with the release of ―A Chill Coming On‖, an original tune he wrote and composed, Gator and his fellow band members are enjoying a sweet ride at the top of the local independent country music chart at radio station WFLO based in Appomattox, Virginia. Gator was informed by station owner that ―A Chill Coming On‖ had already claimed the number one spot for three weeks running just shortly after the song was aired. The CD, the band‘s first release by the same title as their hit song, is showing strong in local sales also. Gator and the Sundown Band is owned and managed by Gator, his preferred nickname. He started taking an interest in country music around the age of eight. He would

listen to his parents‘ records of Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard. Around the age of 12, he began hanging around one of the best Bluegrass pickers and singers, the late Curly Bryant. Curly was part of the Handpicked Grass Band. Gator states he also enjoyed listening to his late uncle, Palmer White. Palmer opened for acts out of Nashville like George Jones, Dale Reeves and Ray Pillow. He was a great influence to Gator. His greatest influences now are Merle Haggard, George Jones, Johnny Cash and Vern Gosdin, just to name a few. A local favorite that now resides in Nashville is Ross Key. The Sundown Band has been around for five years, and is one of the few Country bands that play traditional, classic country music, the hits of yesterday. Gator says he is very proud of his son, Jason, who is his lead guitarist, an awesome musician. ―I also want to thank my many fans that enjoy our


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Roof and Red Rooster stages), The Old Mill Resort and Convention Center, Roan Mt. Convention Center, plus a million other wonderful clubs too numerous to mention, but nonetheless as meaningful and important. PJ does a lot of benefit work, too. He has worked with the

Children‘s Miracle Network, The Red Cross, and St. Jude‘s. He is always trying to lend a hand wherever needed. For more information, please visit his website at http:// or email him at For booking information, call (423) 360-9360.

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MELISSA SCHLEICHER‟S “PARLOUR 3” HOSTED PRIVATE OPENING PARTY NASHVILLE, TN, 03/01/2012: One of Nashville‘s leadng make-up and hairstylists, Melissa Schleicher, hosted an opening event party for her new salon and make-up boutique, ―Parlour 3,‖ in Nashville last. Night. Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, Schleicher, and Allison DeMarcus. Below: Schleicher and Carrie Underwood

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The party was held at the salon in the Nashville suburb of Brentwood and was attended by friends and family as well as Nashviille based clients and celebrities. Among them were Mike Fisher, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flatts, James Otto, Carrie Underwood and more. ―Parlour 3‖ is located at 144 Franklin Street in Brentwood, Tennessee. Schleicher is a 20-year premiere make-up artist based in Nashville and is currently the leading stylist for performers such as Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, and more. 14

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NASHVILLE‟S NEXT STAR CONTEST — January 7 thru April 21 — No entry fee • No age limit • Songwriters & Artists, please bring charts. House band will be backing you. No bands allowed. Hosted by James Breedwell. Email TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC HOUR — March 21 — Roosters Texas Style BBQ, 123 12th Ave, North, Nashville, TN — 8:00pm — Hosted by Ross Key. Invited guests include songwriters and artists; legends and rising stars of traditional country. Held during the James Breedwell Writers Night. Inquiries to TRADITIONAL COUNTRY


MUSIC SHOW ON BROADWAY — March 24 — The National Underground, 105 Broadway, Nashville, TN — 12:00pm to 3:00pm — Hosted by Ross Key. Invited guests include today‘s legends and rising traditional country music artists and songwriters. If you came to Nashville to hear some good ol‘ country music, put this on your ―must do‖ list! Located across from the Hard Rock Café. TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC HOUR— April 18 — Roosters Texas Style BBQ, 123 12th Ave, North, Nashville, TN — 8:00pm — Hosted by Ross Key. Invited guests include songwriters and artists; legends and rising stars of traditional country. Held during the James Breedwell Writers

Night. Inquiries to TRADITIONAL COUNTRY MUSIC SHOW ON BROADWAY — April 21 — The National Underground, 105 Broadway, Nashville, TN — 12:00pm to 4:00pm — Hosted by Ross Key. Invited guests include today‘s legends and rising traditional country music artists and songwriters. If you came to Nashville to hear some good ol‘ country music, put this on your ―must do‖ list! Located across from the Hard Rock Café.

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MONDAY BELCOURT TAPS & TAPAS at 2117 Belcourt Ave, Nashville — 6:00pm — Hosted by Sam Cooper BLUEBIRD CAFÉ at 4104 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville — 5:00pm sign up; 6:00pm show begins — Hosted by Barbara Cloyd; 615-3831461 FRENCH QUARTER at 823 Woodland St, Nashville — 6:00pm — Hosted by Jack Scott; 615-226-0054 HOTEL INDIGO DOWNTOWN at 301 Union St, Nashville — 7:00pm — Hosted by Ty Brando; 615-891-6000 NASHVILLE PALACE at 2611 McGavock Pike, Nashville — Hosted by Josh Helms and Billie Lee ROOSTER‟S TEXAS STYLE BBQ at 123 12th Ave North, Nashville — 7:00pm — Hosted by Tony Stampley and James Breedwell

TUESDAY CAFÉ COCO at 210 Louise Ave, Nashville — 7:00pm — (this is an open mic); 615-321-2626 COMMODORE GRILLE at 2613 West End Ave., Nashville (inside the Holiday Inn Select) — 6:00pm — Hosted by Debi Champion; 615327-4707 DAN McGUINNESS IRISH PUB at 9200 Carothers Pkwy, Cool Springs (Franklin), TN — 7:00pm — Hosted by Doc‘s Music DACONTO‟S at 114 Front Street, Smyrna, TN — 5:30pm — Hosted by Phil Da‘Void, Acoustic Open Mic

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BLUE BAR at 1911 Broadway, Nashville — 8:00pm — Hosted by Stage Write BUNGANUT PIG at 1143 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN — 7:00pm — Hosted by Doc‘s Music; 615-794-4777 COMMODORE GRILLE at 2613 West End Ave., Nashville (inside the Holiday Inn Select) — Hosted by Debi Champion; 615-3274707 HOTEL INDIGO at 1719 West End Ave, Nashville — 7:00pm — Hosted by Lee Rascone; 615-329-4200

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FRIDAY BELCOURT TAPS & TAPAS at 2117 Belcourt Ave, Nashville — 6:00pm — Prescheduled, call to book a 1½ hour show.

RED ROOSTER MUSIC HALL at 1530 Demonbreun, Nashville — 7:00pm — Hosted by Lorna Flowers

COMMODORE LOUNGE at 2613 West End Ave, Nashville — 7:00pm — Hosted by the Stewarts (pre-scheduled—call to book)

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ROOSTER‟S TEXAS STYLE BBQ at 123 12th Ave North, Nashville — 7:00pm — Preregistration required; — Hosted by James Breedwell

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SATURDAY BELCOURT TAPS & TAPAS at 2117 Belcourt Ave, Nashville — 6:00pm — Prescheduled, call to book a 1½ hour show. COMMODORE LOUNGE at 2613 West End Ave, Nashville — 7:00pm — Hosted by the Stewarts (pre-scheduled—call to book) RIC‟HARD‟S LOUISIANA CAFÉ at 4420 Whites Creek Pike, White‘s Creek, TN — 4:30pm — Open mic hosted by Gary Cavanaugh TWO OLD HIPPIES at 401 12th Ave, Nashville — 6:00pm — Hosted by James House

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music and attend our shows, but most importantly my wife, Jennifer, who is my biggest supporter. Also, my sister, Patty, for her diligent work with our social pages and promotional work. The band is excited about their first CD titled ―A Chill Coming On‖, the title track. ―I wrote the song which was released on February 4, 2012 and produced by Dobie Toms of Faith Recording Studio. Our CD is dedicated to everyone that loves and listens to traditional country music. With God‘s grace maybe someday it will become a number one hit. I truly want to thank God for the courage and my faith in Him to finally record and complete the CD. It is a dream come true and fulfills one of the tasks on my bucket list.‖ ―I want to thank the members of the band for working so hard with me and believing in our goal to please and entertain our fans and most important, our fans for believing in all of us of Gator and the Sundown Band. Band members include: Gator White—Acoustic Guitar/Lead Vocals Jason White—Acoustic Guitar/ Electric Guitar Adam Dooley—Electric Guitar Steve Osborne—Electric Guitar/Vocals Mike Vest—Drums Mark Wilkerson—Bass Robert Strum—Keyboard/Backup Vocals Audrey Osborne—Back Ground Vocals

Lifetime Achievement Award: George Jones GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Merle Haggard pays tribute to one of country music’s finest By Merle Haggard / GRAMMY.COM Sometime around 1956, I picked up a copy of Country Song Roundup. For you new kids, that was a song magazine that was a must-have for an aspiring songwriter. And it was important to me whose names were written at the bottom of the songs. At the time I was kinda out of touch, up the river, incarcerated. Little things meant a lot inside there. There were two new songs I didn‘t recognize, didn‘t know the melody to, and a couple names attributed to them that I was barely familiar with. In fact, these two songs were written by a couple of guys wo would become lifelong friends of mine — Roger Miller and George Jones. I believe those songs were Roger‘s ―Big Harlan Taylor‖ an George‘s ―Seasons Of My Heart‖. It wasn‘t long before I had the pleasure of hearing George Jones sing both of those songs. Soon I began singing ―Seasons Of My Heart‖ myself.. George, this exciting new singer to me, had a big record a couple of years later called ―The Window Up Above‖. I just can‘t help but get emotional about this. A few years went by, George had some great hits. I was in Bakersfield, California, at KUZZ radio presenting my very first single, ―Sing A Sad Song‖. Bill Woods, the disc jockey on duty, told me he was gonna play it on the air. At that very moment, the door opened and into the

studio walked George Jones and songwriter Georgie Riddle. That was the first time I met George personally. They had a new record in their hands. It was different. His went on to be one of the biggest songs of 1962: ―She Thinks I Still Care,‖ backed by ―Sometimes You Just Can‘t Win‖. It‘s only been half a century, but from that day forth I was a ―Possum‖ disciple and as far as I‘m concerned he has no equal. It‘s no surprise he was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992 and was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient in 2008, among other awards he‘s received. It‘s good to see one of the bad boys of country music rise above it all. Some of us have to work longer and harder than others. Congratulations, George. (A 13-time GRAMMY nominee and twotime winner, Merle Haggard received his own Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1994.) In addition to the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy presents Special Merit Awards recognizing contributions of significance to the recording field, including the Life time Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award. Each year, The Academy invites friends and colleagues of Special Merit Awards recipients to pay tribute to the honorees‘ career accomplishments, while also adding colorful anecdotes and personal accounts. In the days leading up to the 54th GRAMMY Awards, will present the tributes to the 2012 Special Merit Awards recipients. Follow for our inside look at GRAMMY news, blogs, photos, videos, and of course nominees. Stay up to the minute with GRAMMY Live. Check out the GRAMMY legacy with GRAMMY Rewind. Explore this year‘s GRAMMY Fields. Or check out the collaborations at Re:Generation, presented by Hyundai Veloster.


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CMA Hall of Fame To Open Bakersfield Sound Exhibit The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's latest exhibit will tell the stories of the stars, sidemen and songwriters who created a whole new sound in country music in mid-20th century America. The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, will open March 23 and run through December 31, 2013.

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Owens moved with his sharecropping parents first to Arizona and then to Bakersfield in 1951. Merle Haggard's family, driven from their east Oklahoma farm, lived in an old converted railroad boxcar when Merle was born in a Bakersfield hospital on April 6, 1937.

Narrated by Dwight Yoakam, the exhibit will explore the roots, heyday, and impact of the Bakersfield Sound. The loud and strippeddown radio-ready music is most closely identified by the work of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. The exhibit will include more than 100 artifacts and a generous amount of audiovisual material.

The exhibit will explore Bakersfield's club scene in the 1940s and 1950s when the city's plethora of dance halls and honky tonks provided a refuge for the overworked. It will also spotlight Bill Woods, known as 'The Father of the Bakersfield Sound,' as well as "Cousin" Herb Henson, Ferlin Husky, Billy Mize, Fuzzy Owen, Bonnie Owens, Jelly Sanders, Jean Shepard, Red Simpson and Lewis Talley.

"We are incredibly excited to explore the Bakersfield Sound story," Museum Director Kyle Young said. "It's an epic tale, born in the Great Depression, set two thousand miles from country music's epicenter, and populated by a remarkably talented and tight-knit community of musicians who came together to invigorate and reinvent country music as they knew it. These colorful artists infused their work with an aural intensity and independent spirit, in the process creating a sound that reverberates through country music to this day."

One of the recurring themes of the exhibit is the connection between the artists making music during the time period, epitomized by the careers of Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. As they became stars in the 1960s, their careers and personal lives were woven together with not only each other but virtually all other major figures on the Bakersfield scene. They scored nearly 60 No. 1 hits between them and created a body of work that continues to influence artists today.The exhibit will also focus on the Bakersfield music business and the importance of Capitol Records and producer Ken Nelson.

The Bakersfield Sound began during the Great Depression when Bakersfield's cotton farms and oil fields attracted a mass migration of Dust Bowl refugees from Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. Buck

Grand opening weekend will be highlighted by a panel discussion on March 24 featuring Dallas Frazier, Don Maddox, Rose Lee Maphis, Buddy Mize, Jean Shepard and Red

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NASHVILLE, TN – There may only be eighteen tables at ―Larry‟s Country Diner,‖ but it services 1.4 million people each and every month as one of the top-rated shows on the RFDTV network. The diner is not your ordinary restaurant, but rather a unique down-home variety show that in just over two short years has become a favorite ―eatery‖ of country fans everywhere. Cornbread and black-eyed peas only complement the heapin‘ helpin‘ of country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today. A new episode of ―Larry‟s Country Diner" will air each week in March on the RFD-TV network. March‘s line -up offers a little something to satisfy every musical ―taste‖ for country music fans: Week of March 1: Bill Anderson March 8: Ray Stevens March 15: Red Steagall with special guest Russ Varnell March 22: Mark Chesnutt March 29: Gene Watson (Continued on page 21)


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Simpson. Later that afternoon, all of the panelists will participate in a concert headlined by Red and backed by West Coast bandleader and guitarist Deke Dickerson and other noted musicians from Tennessee and California. Other opening weekend programs include a Bakersfield Sound book discussion, a film screening and an instrument demonstration. (Continued from page 20) ...LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER

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Air times for ―Larry‘s Country Diner‖ are Thursday night at 7 P.M. CST/8 P.M EST, Friday morning at 9 A.M. CST/10 A.M. EST, or Saturday evening from 10 P.M. CST/11 P.M. EST. For more information on ―Larry‘s Country Diner,‖ please visit Taped bi-monthly in front of a live studio/diner audience at NorthStar Studios, the show‘s spontaneity is part of the mystique of ―Larry‘s Country Diner‖ which contributes greatly to its success. ―The prevailing attitude at the diner is ‗…the cameras are always rollin‘… and we don‘t care,‘‖ explains Larry Black, host and creator of ―Larry‘s Country Diner.‖ The fact that plates are dropped or broken during a performance, a rack of knives and forks are dumped on the floor or that some of the lights go out while they were filming makes the show all that more exciting in a day where even reality shows are produced within strict script guidelines. ―It‘s the kind of television you just don‘t see too much anymore and MAR-APR 2012

both the artists and fans love it,‖ states Black who adds, ―We even tell our artists that once the tape starts rolling, it does not stop. If you get yourself in trouble, get yourself out ‗cause we‘re not stoppin‘.‖ Because of its popularity, getting a seat to see a live taping might prove more difficult than getting a reservation at one of L.A.‘s most trendy posh restaurants—the first available table is not available until 2013, so you‘ll want to plan way in advance. For reservations, please call 615673-2846 or email m.

The exhibit will be accompanied by a 96-page companion book, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and Califonia Country. The book will include essays by California-based music journalists/historians Scott B. Bomar, Randy Poe and Robert Price as well as dozens of archival photographs and images of many of the artifacts included in the exhibit. The book will be available in the Museum Store and at For more information on the exhibit and a complete list of events taking place during opening weekend, visit

ABOUT LARRY‟S COUNTRY DINER Larry‟s Country Diner is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting. The show features regular characters including Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, waitress Renae and avid church lady Nadine, along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today. For more information, please visit Inside Today’s Traditional Country Music eZine

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IN MEMORY OF those country music greats our industry has lost in 2012. THREE COUNTRY MUSIC LEGENDS INVOLVED IN BUS CRASH



On February 23, 2012 Clint Black, Bill Anderson and Bob DiPiero walked away from a bus accident they were involved in while traveling in Dublin, Ireland. The three renowned singer/songwriters are currently touring Ireland and the United Kingdom with the CMA Songwriter Series. While traveling in their Gibson Guitars bus, the trio was rear-ended by a passenger car. Though the accident shook up the bus and its passengers a bit, no one was injured and the main inconvenience the group encountered was having to delay their show at the Whelan‘s in Dublin by 30 minutes. Even the bus came out of the accident without sustaining too much damage. Ever the comic, ―Whisperin‖ Bill Anderson found a moment to pull a nice pun from the incident. ―This accident happened when we were all on a Gibson bus, but it turned out to only be a Fender-bender, thank goodness!‖, he joked after the fact. The CMA Songwriter Sries began in New York City at Joe‘s Pub, and this is the group‘s first time to make the trek across the pond to bring the show to a European audience. The trio will return to New York City on March 22.

JOHNNY CASH‟S 80th TO BE CELEBRATED A diverse all-star lineup will celebrate the 80th birthday of Johnny Cash with an April concert. Kenny Chesney, Kris Kristofferson, Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne and Jamey Johnson are among the performers scheduled to appear in "We Walk the Line: A Celebration of the Music of Johnny Cash" on April 20 at the Austin City Limits Live venue in Austin, Texas. Chris Cornell, Ronnie Dunn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Amy Lee and Shooter Jennings also will perform. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. Though Cash died in 2003 at 71, interest in his music and legacy continue. Several celebrations are planned. Members of the Cash family gathered Sunday in Dyess, AR, on what would have been Cash's 80th birthday for the groundbreaking on a museum at his boyhood home. (Continued on page 23)


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TRACE ADKINS SURPRISES FANS WITH TWEET AND BARE-BUTT PHOTO Trace Adkins has decided to take control of his Twitter page and give fans, especially the females, a treat with a picture of his barely-covered backside before he laid down to have some kidney stones removed. His tweet read, ―@ Vanderbilt having kidney stones busted. No big deal.‖ This was the first of Adkins messages he sent personally to fans.

CAPITOL/EMI NASHVILLE‟S MIKE DUNGAN TO HEAD UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP‟S COUNTRY OPERATIONS Capitol Nashville and EMI Nashville president Mike Dungan has been named to head the Universal Music Group Nashville, Billboard and Country Aircheck reported Thursday night (Feb. 23). No formal announcement has been made, but sources tell the music trade publications that longtime UMG Nashville chairman Luke Lewis will move to a new yet-to-bedetermined position within the company. The report comes in advance of a proposed merger between UMG and EMI. Dungan became head of Capitol's country roster in 2000 after a successful career as senior vice president and general manager of Arista Nashville.

VINCE GILL LEAVES MCA RECORDS Vince Gill has left MCA Records. Appearing Wednesday (Feb. 22) as an unscheduled guest on Universal Music Group's Country Radio Seminar show at Nashville's Ryman MAR-APR 2012

Auditorium, Gill sang his unrecorded song "Red Words" after announcing his 23-year relationship with MCA was over. A spokesman for Gill confirmed the departure from MCA, a division of UMG. Prior to signing with MCA in 1989, he had spent five years recording for RCA Records. Gill released Guitar Slinger, his final album for MCA, last October. His first -- and possibly final -- single from that album, "Threaten Me With Heaven," received only moderate airplay. However, Gill, wife Amy Grant, Dillon O'Brian and the late Will Owsley received a Grammy nomination in the best country song category for cowriting it. The trade publication Country Aircheck reported that Gill told the audience of radio programmers, "I'm just grateful for where I've been, and you've been a big part of where I've been and where I'm going. To my MCA family, it was really a sweet ride the last 23 years, and I appreciate everything you do."

ALAN JACKSON REFLECTS ON HIS COUNTRY MUSIC CAREER Alan Jackson's performance at Capitol/EMI Records' lunchtime concert at Country Radio Seminar in Nashville was a musical walk down memory lane with minor detours to thank radio programmers for playing his records and to remind them of his latest single. During Thursday's (Feb. 23) event, Jackson began reminiscing about his career during an interview with CMT Country Countdown USA host Lon Helton and then began the music with "Home," a track that first appeared on his 1990 debut album. Backed by a four-piece Inside Today’s Traditional Country Music eZine

band, he followed it up by sharing stories and offering an informal set that also included "Here in the Real World," "Chattahoochee," "Drive," "Remember When," "Good Time" and "As She's Walking Away." Noting that those attending the annual radio convention have a reputation for drinking heavily while visiting Nashville, he sang a line from three songs he said were appropriate for the occasion --"Pop a Top," "Designated Drinker" and "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere." Jackson also sang "So You Don't Have to Love Me Anymore," his new single that will be featured on his upcoming album, his first project as a joint venture between ACR (Alan's Country Records) and EMI Records Nashville. "They say it's gonna come out in May. Maybe they're saying it may come out," he joked.

DOLLY DIDN‟T MEAN TO „DISS‟ WHITNEY Dolly Parton is eating her words after calling "I Will Always Love You" HER song -- despite it being made famous by Whitney Houston -- and now tells TMZ, she's happy to share it with the late R&B legend. Dolly took a lot of flack after her previous statement following Whitney's death -- "I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song." But Dolly's loosening her grip on her country classic -- telling us, "I did not know Whitney, nor any of her family personally; but she will always be a part of my heart and I will always be grateful for her awesome performance and suc(Continued on page 25)


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cess with our song " (emphasis hers). Dolly adds, "My heart is with Whitney and her family as they lay her to rest ... I Will Always Love You." Dolly's original version of the song was released in 1974. Whitney famously covered the track in 1992 for "The Bodyguard."

JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM TO OPEN THIS SUMMER IN NASHVILLE Family and friends of Johnny Cash announced on Tuesday that a museum dedicated to the life and music of the Man In Black will open in downtown Nashville this summer, reports The Tennessean. The museum will be located in a former upholstery store and will open sometime this summer, although no date has been set, according to founder Bill Miller, a lifelong friend of Johnny's. "My father and mother had a way through honesty and truth of spirit," John Cash, son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, said. "It's not about the glamour or about making it for Nashville. This is about spreading their spirit." "This is something that is done for Johnny, something that Johnny deserves, something that Johnny would be very, very pleased with," Bill Miller said. "This museum will be a walk through Johnny Cash's life in three dimensions, sight and sound, artifacts and interactive features." The 18,000 square-foot museum will hold memorabilia, interactive exhibits and a 250-seat auditorium. Items for the museum will be doMAR-APR 2012

nated from the Cash family, Bill Miller's collection, a former Johnny Cash museum in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and donors. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has offered to lend the museum Johnny's legendary Gibson guitar.

ADKINS IS SPOKESPERSON FOR PILOT FLYING J Trace Adkins will be the spokesperson for Pilot Flying J travel centers for the spring launch of their loyalty program, reports the Bradenton Herald. With the amount of time Trace spends on the road, the partnership with Pilot is a perfect fit. "As much as I travel, my band, crew and I certainly rely on Pilot Flying J travel centers as we tour the country," Trace said. "I think all the professional drivers, business travelers and motorists on our U.S. highways and interstates would say the same. I'm proud to partner with this driver-driven company as they serve and reward the men and women who are responsible for transporting the products and services of America!" "Trace relates to the hardworking, American professional driver," Jimmy Haslam, Pilot Flying J CEO, said. "As the driver-driven company, we strive to serve our customers with passion, convenience, quality products and fast, friendly service. Trace is a natural match; he's been called the hardest working man in country music, and that aligns well with our work ethic at Pilot Flying J. We're very proud to have Trace on board to represent Pilot Flying J." NOTE Trace will embark on his Songs and Stories Tour this spring where he will play intimate shows in theaters across the country, sharing the stories behind his hit songs.

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his death, the publishing giant applied to renew the copyrights.

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and acting in the Tony-Award winning Broadway musical "Big River." The singer left a will that stated that his widow was entitled to the rights to his work. But before he died he had assigned copyrights to his music to Sony, and in the months before

The widow, who has been in a protracted legal battle with the publishing giant, had argued that she was entitled to the rights to the songs because her husband died before the copyrights assigned to Sony were renewed.

But the appeals court said Sony owns the rights because Roger Miller had assigned rights to the company at the time applications were made to renew the copyrights. Roger Miller was inducted into the Country Music Hall of fame in 1995.

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WILLIE NELSON'S REMEMBER ME, VOL. 1 BOWS NOVEMBER 21, 2011 R&J Records Release Features 14 Songs, A-List Players (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) Elegant and enduring endeavors are often the simplest, and so it is with Remember Me, Vol. 1 as one of America's most revered country music icons sings a collection of the genre's most definitive songs. Willie Nelson hand-picked the collection's 14 songs from among the top Billboard hits of the last 70 years. Artists and songwriters reflected in Nelson's versions of their songs include Ernest Tubb, Johnny Cash, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Rosemary Clooney, Porter Wagoner and Ray Price. The first volume, out Nov. 21, 2011, is drawn from Nelson's sessions with longtime friend and producer James Stroud, which yielded more than 30 songs. Remember Me, Vol. 2 is scheduled to be released next year. In addition to Nelson's incomparable vocal stylings, each track benefits from the work of Nashville's top musicians in a band that features Eddie Bayers (drums), David Hungate (bass), Brent Mason (electric guitar), Biff Watson (acoustic guitar), Mickey Raphael (harmonica), Sonny Garrish (steel guitar), John Hobbs (piano/keyboards), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle/mandolin) and Wes Hightower and Cindy Walker (background vocals). Jerry Puckett and Chris Collins also guest on the sessions. Remember Me, Vol. 1 track list, with each song's hit-making artist, year and peak Billboard position in parentheses: 1. Remember Me (Ernest Tubb, 1950, No. 5 Country); 2. Sixteen Tons (Tennessee Ernie Ford, 1955, No. 1 Country & Pop); 3. Why Baby Why (George Jones, 1955, No. 4 Country); 4. Today I Started Loving You Again (Merle Haggard, 1970); 5. I'm Movin' On (Hank Snow, 1950, No. 1 Country); 6. That Just About Does It (Vern Gosdin, 1989, No. 4 Country); 7. This Old House (Rosemary Clooney, 1954, No. 1 Pop); 8. Sunday Morning Coming Down (Johnny Cash, 1970, No. 1 Country); 9. Smoke That Cigarette (Tex Williams, 1947, No. 1 Country); 10. Slowly (Webb Pierce, 1954, No. 1 Country); 11. A Satisfied Mind (Porter Wagoner, 1955, No. 1 Country); 12. Roly Poly (Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, 1946, No. 3 Country) 13. Release Me (Ray Price, 1954, No. 6 Country); 14. Ramblin' Fever (Merle Haggard, 1977, No. 2 Country); *15. More And More (Webb Pierce, 1954, No. 1 Country) *iTunes exclusive

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