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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…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 29 March 2017

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

NEWS 
After the long-running Flatt and Scruggs Grand Ole Opry Show ended in 1969, there seemed to be no surviving copies of the TV show. Twenty years later, an advertising executive discovered a box of 16-mm film in his garage. It contained 24 half-hour episodes of the show sponsored by Martha White Flour and starring Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and their Foggy Mountain Boys. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 15 March 2017

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Today would have been Carl Smith’s 90th birthday.

FEATURED ARTIST – TOM T. HALL
I’ve been trying to contact Tom T. Hall for a while now for an interview. Bill Anderson told me, “I have not spoken with Tom T. in quite some time, but Peter Cooper has been working with him on a book project. Why don’t you reach out to Peter at the Hall of Fame?”

I contacted the country music journalist and author, and Peter agreed to forward my request to Tom T.’s assistant. She responded, “Mr. Hall is very flattered that you would want to interview him but he no longer does interviews. He said you should interview Peter about Tom T. Hall, that Peter knows more about him than he does! And that you can believe anything Peter tells you.” (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter – 1 March 2017

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

NEWS
Shania Twain is releasing her first album in 15 years–and her first since being diagnosed with dysphonia. She spent years in voice therapy to overcome hoarseness and speech difficulties caused by the vocal-cord disorder. Her voice is still recognizable, but deeper than it used to be. “I’m a different singer now,” she told Rolling Stone Country. (more…)

Diane’s Country Music Newsletter — 15 February 2017

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

FEATURED ARTIST – LARRY CORDLE
Before calling Larry Cordle last week for an interview, I checked his website. His bio said he’d spent four years in the Navy. When I asked him what he’d done in the Navy, he said, “I was an aviation electrician in a squadron called VP-16.” I exclaimed. “I was in VP-16!” He’d been a P-3C flight engineer, and I was a maintenance officer. He left Patrol Squadron Sixteen in 1972, ten years before my arrival. (more…)