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Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 16 August 2017

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW – TRAVIS TRITT
The Sioux Empire Fair brought Travis Tritt to Sioux Falls last Friday evening. It was the first time I’d seen him in concert. There was no opening act, and he came on stage singing “Put Some Drive in Your Country.” He then traded his electric guitar for an acoustic one, which he used for most of his 90-minute concert. He’d just come from three days in Sturgis, and he asked how many people had attended his concerts in the past. “I love repeat business,” he said. “Thanks for coming back.” (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 2 August 2017

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

NEWS 
In 1997, Garth Brooks performed at the Sioux Falls Arena, after selling 41,183 tickets. Now, when ticket sales opened for one show at the new Denny Sanford Premier Center in September, he sold out six shows in half an hour. Ticket sales opened several days later for an additional show. Within 20 minutes, there was a total of nine sold-out shows with 91,650 tickets. I have mine! (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 19 July 2017

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

CONCERT REVIEW — JOHN ANDERSON AND TANYA TUCKER
The Orpheum Theater in Sioux City, Iowa, was the place to be on Friday, July 7. John Anderson and Tanya Tucker both put on fantastic shows. A person forgets how many hits a singer has had, until listening to one recognizable song after another for over an hour. With both shows, the band kicked off and the singer appeared. No openers or introductions, just the star singing a well-known song. The acoustics were great, the sound level just right, and the intimate theater setting enjoyable. Having third-row, center-aisle seats helped, too. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 5 July 2017

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

NEWS 
The last surviving member of Roy Acuff’s Smoky Mountain Boys has died. Alden Johnny “A. J.” Nelson, age 94, of Hendersonville passed away June 22. He had served in the US Navy during WWII, and he performed on many USO tours during the Vietnam war. In addition to being an entertainer, he was a craftsman of stringed instrument repair. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 21 June 2017

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

NEWS 
Norro Wilson, co-writer of “The Grand Tour,” “A Picture of Me (Without You),” and other classics, died June 8 at age 79. “Over the course of his career,” The Tennessean reports, “he was involved in nearly every aspect of the music business, working as a performer, a songwriter, a song plugger, a publisher, an A&R rep and a producer.” The son of a Kentucky factory worker, Wilson Norris “Norro” Wilson sang in a barbershop quartet in high school. He gave up his solo-recording career in the early 1970s to be a songwriter and music executive. He was a passionate advocate for songwriters. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 7 June 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

NEWS 
“All My Rowdy Friends” is returning to ESPN’s Monday Night Football on September 11. The Minnesota Vikings will be hosting the New Orleans Saints for the first Monday night game of the season. Hank Williams Jr. filmed a new video in Nashville with a new version of the song that calls out, “Are you ready for some football?” (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 24 May 2017

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

FEATURED ARTIST–LEONA WILLIAMS
When Leona Williams and I scheduled a phone conversation, she was in Phoenix, Arizona. She was visiting friends there in conjunction with playing several shows. Now she is off to Texas for two performances this weekend before heading back to Nashville.

Ron Williams, Leona’s son, sometimes tours with her. In addition to several duets, they each have a solo portion on their shows. They usually travel without a band. Mark Yeary, longtime pianist for Merle Haggard, arranged the band for their Phoenix shows. Ron is Leona’s middle child. Cathy is the eldest. Two sons, Ron and Brady, were born to Leona and her second husband, Ron Williams, Sr. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 10 May 2017

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

I recently received this email from the Library of Congress: “The National Recording Registry is an annual list from the Library of Congress. Twenty-five recordings are named to the Registry every year. The Registry now numbers over 400 recordings. Each recording has been chosen by the Librarian of Congress, with input from the National Recording Preservation Board. These recordings have been deemed so vital to the history of America—aesthetically, culturally or historically—that they demand permanent archiving in the nation’s library. Those of us who work on the Registry are attempting to build a variety of scholarly essays on each of the 400 titles on the Registry. I was wondering if you might be able write something for us/the Library on the topic of Marty Robbins and his Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs album?” I said yes. My submission deadline is the end of this year. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 26 April 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

FEATURED ARTIST – RONNY ROBBINS
When I asked Ronny Robbins the other day if he still tours, he said he stopped in 1985 when daughter Courtney was born. “I knew what it felt like for Dad to be gone 200 days a year and I never wanted her to know what that felt like,” he said. He had been on the road with the Marty Robbins Band for the three years after his dad’s death in 1982. “I’ve done a couple of the ‘Children of. . .’ events through the years here locally in Nashville,” he told me. “They’re fun but not something I want to do on a regular basis. I’m getting a little old for that.” (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 12 April 2017

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

NEWS
2017 inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame are Jerry Reed as the veteran era artist, Don Schlitz as songwriter, and Alan Jackson in the modern era artist. Vince Gill announced the winners at a ceremony at the Hall on April 5, 2017.

The National Recording Preservation Board of the Library of Congress adds 25 titles every year to its National Recording Registry. This year’s list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” recordings was announced on March 29. It included Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” Don McLean’s “American Pie,” a 1957 Brooklyn Dodgers/New York Giants game announced by Vin Scully — and the 1959 Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs album by Marty Robbins. (more…)