Katy’s Notes from Nashville

    Part 1! Find Your Summer Jams Here - click link for your country concert roundup! Katy Rogers Friday, April 19th, 2019 6:45am Here is an update to the concert schedule that I did in January. New rock and country acts have been added and I have also included the status for a few of the fan favorite events in the Pacific Northwest.

    This was the BIG announcement on Wednesday this week! Garth Brooks is bringing his only Garth Brooks Stadium Tour stop in the Pacific Northwest to Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. IMPORTANT NOTE! If you plan on purchasing tickets to this event, please go to http://www.ticketmaster.com/Garth Brooks to create an account or refresh your current account for a quicker purchasing experience when tickets go ON SALE Friday, April 26 at 10 a.m. PDT. These tickets will sell out quickly and we want you to be able to see the show. P.S. I thought I would share a photograph of me and Garth from back in the beginning of his musical career. This picture was taken in 1990 when I worked at KUPL in Portland, Oregon.

    FYI - HERE ARE UPDATES TO THE SHOWS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN LISTED IN THE KATY'S NOTES FROM NASHVILLE IN JANUARY!

    The Cheech and Chong show at the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, April 20 is SOLD OUT!

    The Rolling Stones No Filter Tour stop on May 22 at CenturyLink Field has been postponed due to Mick Jagger's recent heart surgery. As of today, the show has NOT been rescheduled.

    The Queen concert featuring Adam Lambert on July 12 at The Tacoma Dome is SOLD OUT!

     SPECIAL EVENT IN OLYMPIA - A Musical Tribute to Natalie Cole with the Olympia Jazz Senators!

    Rock and Roll in the Pacific Northwest!

    *Santana with the Doobie Brothers - Saturday, June 29 - White River Amphitheatre, Auburn - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.amphitheatreauburn.com.

    *Lynyrd Skynyrd - Saturday, July 27 - White River Amphitheatre, Auburn - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.amphitheatreauburn.com.

    *The Beach Boys - Monday, September 2 - Washington State Fair, Puyallup - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.thefair.com.

    *Heart featuring Seattle's own Ann and Nancy Wilson with Special Guests Joan Jett and Elle King - Wednesday, September 4 - The Tacoma Dome - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.tacomadome.org.

    *Foreigner with Night Ranger - Sunday, September 22 - Washington State Fair, Puyallup - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.thefair.com.

    *The Who - Saturday, October 19 - T-Mobile Park, Seattle - For Tickets & Show Information: http://www.ticketmaster.com.

     Country in the Pacific Northwest!

    *The Texas Tenors - Saturday, May 11 - Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton - Tickets & show Information: http://www.littlecreekcasino.yapsody.com.

    *Wynonna and The Big Noise - Saturday, June 8 - Tulalip Resort Casino, Tulalip - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.ticketmaster.com.

    *Brett Young - Tuesday, August 27 - The Evergreen State Fair, Monroe - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.evergreenfair.org.

    *Brad Paisley - Sunday, September 22 - Washington State Fair, Puyallup - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.thefair.com.

    *Luke Combs - Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour - Saturday, November 2 - The Tacoma Dome - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.tacomadome.org.

    *Florida Georgia Line with Granger Smith - Monday, November 11 - The Tacoma Dome - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.tacomadome.org.

    My next Katy's Notes from Nashville will feature the upcoming fairs and festivals in the Pacific Northwest! I've mentioned a few of the latest artists to be added to the event rosters, but I will feature all of the latest acts in the upcoming issue next week. We are getting ready for the next CMA Fest here in the Nashville, Look who is performing this year from Washington State - Adam Craig - he hails from Tenino. And I just found out that Jessica Lynne from Tacoma will be singing at the LRS Country Music Festival in July in Paulina, Oregon. I'll have all the details next week! -Katy

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Loretta Lynn Had One Birthday Wish - And It Came True Monday Night Katy Rogers Thursday, April 4th, 2019 12:14pm Thousands gathered for Loretta's Lynn's birthday bash this week in Nashville.

    Loretta Lynn will turn 87 years old on April 14 - and she celebrated with a party fit for a country music icon on Monday night here in Music City. Her All-Star Birthday Celebration Concert featured her fellow country artist friends who paid tribute to the star by performing her most famous songs on the stage at Bridgestone Arena. The above video features Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack singing "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man" at the start of the show.  You can see Loretta off to the side of the stage with her family and closest friends stopping by throughout the evening. The big question of the night was whether Keith Urban would make her wish come true and jump out of her birthday cake.

    Here are a few photographs of some of the guest performers at the event on Monday night. Tickets for the show sold out quickly and were difficult to find. I was surprised with an invitation from my friend, Amy Kurland. She is the founder of the world famous Bluebird Cafe here in Nashville. Her gift definitely made my day. And made it possible for me to be able to share this story with you. Thank you, Amy! The first photo shown here is of us just before the show started...it was a fabulous affair.

    Tanya Tucker

    Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood

    Little Big Town

    Interesting notes and highlights - Charlie Worsham performed as a member of the Bridgestone house band for the night. Many of the guest artists presented Loretta with bouquets of flowers, Alan Jackson gave her one yellow flower in a mason jar. Sweet! Keith Urban sat down at the piano and sang a special version of "Blue Kentucky Girl" for the birthday lady. Kacey Musgraves performed "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man' as a tribute to the groundbreaking pioneer in country music. And here is a video of George Strait and Martina McBride singing her hit song "Lead Me On" at the event.

    Other guests who shared their talents and tributes at the birthday bash included Crystal Gayle, Peggy Sue Wright, John Carter Cash, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Brandy Clark, Randy Houser, Darius Rucker, Margo Price and many more. The evening closed out with a finale featuring Loretta singing her signature song, "Coal Miner's Daughter" with all of the performers from the show. Happy Birthday, Loretta!

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    Special Edition: 2019 ACM Awards PREVIEW with Katy's Notes from Nashville! Katy Rogers Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 3:14pm The 54th ACM Awards are just around the corner on April 7 in Las Vegas. Do you agree with my picks?

    The party celebrating country music really starts a few days before the 2019 ACM Awards in Las Vegas. The 7th Annual ACM Party for a Cause takes place April 5-7 and consists of fan events and private parties leading up to Country Music's Party of the Year. Each event will feature performances by country music's biggest names and hottest new talent. The South Sound's own Adam Craig is set to participate in the ACM Lifting Lives Topgolf Tee-Off hosted by Darius Rucker and Scotty McCreery.  And Tracy Lawrence from Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence is scheduled to perform a set at the ACM Decades show. Other artists set to participate in the festivities include Midland, LOCASH, Hillary Scott, Cole Swindell and more. Proceeds from all events benefit ACM Lifting Lives, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music, which works to lift lives through the power of music. Visit http://www.PartyForaCause.com.

    FYI - The list grows every day as to who will perform at the 54th Annual ACM Awards. Country stars slated to take the stage are Brooks & Dunn, Kane Brown, Maren Morris, Thomas Rhett, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Chris Stapleton and many more fan favorites!

    NOTE - Three-time reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean will receive the 2019 ACM Dick Clark Artist of the Decade Award.

    ACM AWARDS FLASHBACK to 1979 - When Loretta Lynn was named Artist of the Decade. The country music legend has 13 ACM Awards to her name and a total of 46 ACM Awards nominations! (Photo: Academy of Country Music)

     Here is a listing of my TOP FIVE nominee picks in these popular categories for the 2019 ACM Awards. For a complete listing of all of the categories and nominees, please visit http://www.acmcountry.com.

    Song of the Year

    "Broken Halos" - Chris Stapleton, "Tequila" - Dan+Shay, "Break Up in the End" - "Space Cowboy" - Kacey Musgraves - "Yours" - Russell Dickerson, "Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

    Entertainer of the Year

    Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton, Jason Aldean

    Male Artist of the Year

    Luke Combs, Dierks Bentley, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban

    Female Artist of the Year

    Kacey Musgraves, Miranda Lambert, Ashley McBryde, Maren Morris, Carrie Underwood

    Music Event of the Year

    "Drowns the Whiskey" - Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert, "Burning Man" - Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osborne, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" - David Lee Murphy featuring Kenny Chesney, "Keeping Score" - Dan+Shay featuring Kelly Clarkson, "Meant to Be" - Bebe Rexha featuring Florida Georgia Line

    LAST NOTE - A round of applause to my hometown Nashville 2019 ACM Awards nominees: Venue of the Year (Small Capacity) - The Ryman Auditorium and Venue of the Year (Large Capacity) - Bridgestone Arena.

     

     

     

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    Classic Country Celebrations and Compilations - Part 2 Katy Rogers Monday, March 18th, 2019 7:42pm Lifetime Television Network has big plans for a movie about country legends Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Trisha Yearwood celebrates 20 years as a Grand Ole Opry member. And Rosanne Cash celebrates her father at the upcoming Johnny Cash Festival in his hometown.

    Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn were the best of friends. And the Lifetime Television Network wants to tell us the story about the fabulous friendship between these two country legends. The movie is titled Patsy & Loretta, and casting has been announced. Megan Hilty (Smash) will  play Patsy Cline. Jessie Mueller - who won a Tony Award in 2014 for her portrayal of Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Story - has been cast as Loretta Lynn. Patsy Cline was born in Winchester, Virginia in 1932. She gained popularity as one of the foremost country music singers of her time. Cline died in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30 in Camden, Tennessee.. Loretta Lynn was born in Bucher Hollow, Kentucky in 1932. She has had a country music career that expands over nearly six decades. Crews will be filming in April at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. There are plans for an all-star party in Nashville to celebrate Loretta Lynn's 87th birthday (her actual birth date is April 14) on April 1 at Bridgestone Arena. Rumor has it that Keith Urban will jump out of her birthday cake!

    CONGRATULATIONS to Trisha Yearwood on her 20th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry!

    Rosanne Cash (with Marty Stuart) will headline this year's benefit concert at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival. The three-day event is scheduled for October 17-19 and will be held in a cotton field adjacent to the her famous father's childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas. The theme is "Legacy, Love and Music," and the festival raises funds to help bring attention to Johnny Cash's life growing up in the state. Cash has released 15 albums and won four GRAMMY Awards. Johnny Cash was born in 1932. By 1955, he became a country star and moved to Tennessee. He died in 2003 in Nashville.

    Reba McEntire is one of the busiest ladies in the country music business! The fan favorite country singer releases a new album on April 5. "Stronger Than the Truth takes me back to that kind of country music that I grew up with. I haven't gotten to do that in awhile, so 'm thrilled to pieces to release this new music." She's also getting ready to host the 54th Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand  in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 7. The event airs on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (EST).

     

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    Classic Country Celebrations and Compilations - Part 1 Katy Rogers Friday, March 15th, 2019 7:51pm Shenandoah just recently released a new single. John Anderson is celebrating 40 years in the music business. And Darryl Worley's first album in nearly a decade goes on sale in April.

    Last month, GRAMMY Award-winning band Shenandoah performed during Country Radio Seminar for the first time in nearly 20 years. The band kicked off the three-day event with a show for attendees at Blake Shelton's Nashville bar, Ole Red. Shenandoah introduced their brand-new single, "Little Bit of Livin'," to a packed house of country radio programmers and fans. The band originally formed in Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1985. The group is currently on their 2019 tour throughout the United States. For more information: http://www.shenandoahband.com.

    Darryl Worley is celebrating his biggest hits with the upcoming release of Second Wind: Latest & Greatest. It is the country star's first full-length album in eight years. Worley took time off from recording while he focused on family and giving back to those in need through his charity, The Darryl Worley Foundation. The compilation includes fresh new takes on many of his hit songs, including "Have You Forgotten" and "I Miss My Friend." It will be available for purchase on Friday, April 26. Worley has also just released a new music video for his song, "Whiskey Makes Me Think About You." It was filmed at a whiskey distillery here in Tennessee. For more information on Darryl Worley, visit http://www.darrylworley.com.

    Country legend John Anderson is celebrating a career milestone with a new album titled 40 Years and Still Swingin' - the record includes several previously unreleased tracks as well as fresh new takes on his biggest hits, including "Seminole Wind' and "Straight Tequila Night." The singer is also touring with Blake Shelton and is currently included in an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. For more information on John Anderson, visit http://www.johnanderson.com,

    Be sure to tune in to Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence every Sunday morning from 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. on 96.9 KAYO and http://www.kayofm.com. Tracy has been keeping busy this year with a performance on the Opry Country Classics at the historic Ryman Auditorium, he has a show scheduled at CMA Festival 2019 this summer in Nashville, and he was nominated for ACM National On-Air Personality of the Year for 2019. Upcoming events include the 2020 Country Music Cruise. For more information about Tracy's latest music and current schedule, go to http://www.tracylawrence.com.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Fried Bologna and a Country Song are the Perfect Lunch in Nashville Katy Rogers Saturday, March 9th, 2019 1:57pm A Day in the Life of a Nashville Gal!

    Where else can you dine on a Southern staple and tap your toes to LIVE traditional country music on your lunch hour. Welcome to the Nashville life!

    Despite living in Nashville for most of twenty years, it took me a long time to indulge in a fried bologna sandwich. It's definitely a southern favorite here. And when I ordered my first one, it was at my favorite honky tonk on Lower Broadway. The cook at Robert's Western World warned me that I would get hooked on them. And he was right! As a hard working gal on a budget living in an expensive city, I'm grateful for the "Recession Special" at this world famous venue. You can get a fried bologna sandwich, one bag of chips and a Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) beer for six bucks! All of this while listening to fabulous local country bands like my friends Dave Cox & The Coxmen when taking a welcomed break from your daily downtown business. Back in the day, I used to wear a short skirt and pass the tip jar for musicians who were playing here at night. The good ole days! Some of the folks who frequent this establishment are like family to me now. If you want to enjoy genuine Nashville living, stop here on your next visit to downtown. Ask for Theresa, she has been waitressing there for ten years and knows her business. Or look for owner, JesseLee Jones. He is the proprietor and leader of the house band, Brazilbilly. Go to http://www.robertswesternworld.com for band schedule, menu and seasonal hours of operation.

    Before I stopped at Robert's Western World for lunch, I did a volunteer shift at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It is located just a block off of Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. My usual assignments are assisting with the children's programs in the Taylor Swift Education Center and greeting visitors at the front door. I always try to take a minute to see the new displays and wave at a few friends during my time there. Here are a few photographs from the most recent exhibit at the museum. It is titled "American Currents: The Music of 2018" and features country folks who have influenced the business during the past year. It includes singers, a disc jockey, fashion designer Manuel and more. Go to http://www.countrymusichalloffame.org for a listing of current exhibits, admission prices, hours of business and membership information.

    As I was making my way up Lower Broadway to my bus stop, I made sure to stop by my favorite record store in town. I worked at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop many years ago. It's not just a record store, it is a Nashville institution. And a family friendly place that shines a bright light on the city's country music history. As this town has turned into a city over the last several years, this record shop has stayed the same. And you never know who might drop by to shop (or sing) while you are visiting there. Marty Stuart, Jan Howard, Loretta Lynn, Charlie Worsham and many other country artists are big fans of this establishment. Thanks always to my friends at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. I had a really bad date at a Predators game one night in downtown Nashville. I took refuge at the shop and staff there called me a taxi and waited until I was safely on my way home. Ladies and gentlemen work there. For store hours and product information, go to: http://www.etrecordshop.com.

    One Last Note!

    Photographs from The Olson Band album release party at the Exit/In in Nashville last week. To order "Dancin' In Headlights" go to the group's website at http://www.theolsonbrosband.com.

     

     

     

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    Katy's Adventures in the Wilds of Washington! Katy Rogers Monday, March 4th, 2019 2:50pm Every where I go when I visit the Pacific Northwest...folks put on the country music for the gal from Nashville. It's really very sweet of my family and friends. Here are a few photographs and stories from my trip to Washington state. And it's good to be back in Music City!

    Its good to be back home in Nashville, but I enjoyed a fabulous vacation home to Washington state last week. I had a great time exploring Olympia, Washington. What a lovely town filled with kind people. And pretty places to see. Lunched on incredible crab cakes overlooking Budd Bay. Took a walk around Capitol Lake. Visited with the locals and took the pictures I am sharing with you here. And I had the best time working at the KAYO studio with Heidi Persson and Noel Wall from the radio station.

    I also enjoyed spending time in Toledo, Washington. We had a fabulous birthday lunch celebration for my mother at Donna's Place. It is very peaceful in the countryside of this gateway town to Mount St. Helens.

    Getting back to the business of country music - I am looking forward to attending an album release party for Olympia's hometown country stars here in Nashville tomorrow night. The Olson Band just returned here from a tour in Washington and are preparing for the big event at the world famopus Exit/In. Here is my recent interview with Luke and Kaylee Olson about their upcoming career plans in music.

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    The Olson Band has plans for an album release party back home in Washington. The event is planned for Saturday, April 13 at Charlie's Sports Bar in Montesano. They will also be performing at the Dustoff Music Festival on Saturday, July 6 at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma.

    I also wanted to mention country singer Jessica Lynne from Seattle. We are doing our best to arrange a future interview. Here is her tour schedule. You can find out more about this talented Northwest gal at www.jessica-lynne.com.

     

     

     

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    Country Radio Seminar Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Music City! Katy Rogers Saturday, February 9th, 2019 12:13pm The spotlight is on Country radio as disc jockeys, record label folks and artists gather for the annual Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville. This year's event is February 13-15 at the fabulous Omni Hotel and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

    An intimate show with Stephanie Quayle is just one example of the kind of event an attendee will find while at the Country Radio Seminar. The annual industry event is celebrating 50 years in 2019. CRS was previously held at Opryland and then moved to the Nashville Convention Center before finding its current home at the Omni Hotel Nashville. The New Faces Show features up-and-coming country artists for the visiting country music industry to hear while in town. This year's line up stars Dylan Scott, LANCO, Lindsay Ell, Russell Dickerson and Jimmie Allen. Country singers and bands also perform at several luncheons including Rascal Flatts, Brantley Gilbert, Riley Green, Blake Shelton and Ashley McBryde. Special guest artists this year are Garth Brooks and Jason Aldean.

    In addition to three days of our favorite music, the Country Radio Seminar offers attendees a variety of classes, interviews and mentoring events. And there is plenty of time in the busy schedule for networking and mingling with friends while dining on local southern food and beverages. I asked a friend of mine who has been in radio for forty years to answer a few questions for me about his experience at the event. He has also been nominated to the Country Radio Hall of Fame this year. It is a top honor for a broadcaster. Craig Powers is Vice President of Operations for Cameron Broadcasting. He oversees the daily operation of five different radio stations in Bullhead City, Arizona. I asked him why he attends CRS and he told me - "I attend CRS each year to keep myself educated on the latest trends in Country radio and music. It's also a great place to meet people and develop new relationships!" His favorite activities at the Country Radio Seminar are the showcases and events featuring Country artists including new and established artists. Best of luck to Craig on his nomination to the Country Radio Hall of Fame. And thank you kindly for the interview!

    Here are photographs and a video of a Luke Bryan performance from past Country Radio Seminars I've attended here in Nashville. I'll be there this year and will follow up with another blog featuring all of the fun from Music City. Keep it Country!

     

     

     

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    Patsy Cline's Dream House Gets Historical Marker in Tennessee Katy Rogers Thursday, January 31st, 2019 1:13pm After almost two years of effort on behalf of the owners who have lovingly cared for the country singer's former home, there is now a historical marker on the property to spotlight the dream house of the iconic star.

    Country music legend Patsy Cline finally obtained her dream house after making it big in the business, but sadly, she was only able to enjoy her new home for ten months before she was killed in a plane crash at the age of 30 on March 5, 1963 near Camden, Tennessee. In June of 2017, the current owners of the house invited me to spend the night in the music room at the legend's former home which has been transformed into an Airbnb.

    As I mentioned in the video, the goal of the current homeowners was to obtain a marker to include the dwelling with other historical places in Tennessee. I am happy to report that on January 30, 2019, The Metro Nashville/Davidson County Historical Commission held a ceremony to celebrate the newly installed marker at the property. Patsy Cline's daughter, Julie Fudge was on hand to help with the official unveiling of the marker in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. Her family, fans and friends were also there to honor her mother's memory on this special day.

    Here are photos from the event featuring the current homeowners, Steven and Tom, Grand Ole Opry Star Jan Howard (she was a special guest and good friend to Patsy Cline) and a few others from the ceremony. After the party, I had the pleasure of driving around the Madison neighborhood of Nashville with my friend Terry Tyson, manager of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and Miss Howard. She showed us the houses of several classic country stars who lived in the area including Del Reeves, George Morgan, Loretta Lynn and even her own previous home. She told us many stories during the time we all spent together. Jan told us Johnny Cash, George Jones and other famous country stars used to knock on her door in the middle of the night wanting to spend time at her house singing and writing music. She is a lovely lady and I enjoyed every minute I spent with her cruising the streets of Nashville. The entire day was a dream come true for this news reporter and country music fan. I believe we need to preserve the spirit of all of these pioneers in country music who have worked so hard over the years to get their music to our ears. -Katy

     

     

     

     

     

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    The Dukes of Hazzard Cast Celebrate the Show's 40th Anniversary in Nashville! Katy Rogers Monday, January 28th, 2019 1:52pm Did your family make a big bowl of popcorn and gather around the TV to watch the show? Many of the fans I talked to at this party told me it became a weekly tradition for them after the comedy series debuted January 26, 1979 on the CBS television network.

    This Dukes of Hazzard fan had a fabulous time celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the iconic comedy television series out in Music Valley near the Opryland Hotel in Nashville on Saturday. Here I am with the famous General Lee car that Bo (John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat) drove in the show. They ran from the law, saved Daisy Duke (Catherine Bach) and did some outrageous stunts in this Dodge Charger. Interesting facts about the vehicle - The Dukes had to exit the car via the windows as the doors were welded shut, it appeared in every episode of the show except for one and the horn played the first 12 notes of the song "Dixie." I took a tour of Cooter's Dukes of Hazzard Museum which is an amazing place full of relics related to the series. I also had the opportunity to interview cast member Rick Hurst who starred as Deputy Cletus Hogg. He was not only funny but also humble and full of pride about his participation with the show.

    Fans at this fast paced and popular event (there were approximately 2000 people in line when I arrived) were able to meet their favorite stars from the show, get autographs, take photos and purchase other memorabilia to take home with them to remember the special day.

    One of the main reasons I attended this event was to interview the oldest son of Waylon Jennings. The Outlaw country singer wrote and sang the theme song "Good Ol' Boys" for the Dukes of Hazzard show. He also narrated the episodes. Terry Jennings authored a book about his famous father titled Waylon: Tales of My Outlaw Dad. Sadly, Terry passed away on the morning of Friday, January 25th at the age of 62. No other details have been made available to the public yet. We send prayers and love to the Jennings family on the loss of their beloved family member. Terry and his son Whey Jennings were scheduled to appear to meet fans and sign autographs together at this event. I did have the opportunity to talk to Whey about his father and the book. Here is my interview with the country singer and grandson to Waylon Jennings.

    To find out more about Whey Jennings' music and tour schedule go to http://www.wheyjennings.com. You can find Terry Jennings' book at your local book store or order it from your favorite online retailer. "This book is a terrific tribute, from a son to a father." - Willie Nelson "I'm so excited about Terry's new book." - Dolly Parton

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Last Call at Bobby's Idle Hour on Music Row Katy Rogers Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019 5:50am The beloved bar on famous 16th Avenue in Nashville is closed. I spent time at this songwriter's haven on the last day it was open for business. Here are my interviews with the owner and a long time Nashville songwriter.

    I never thought much about songwriters until I moved to Nashville twenty years ago. I certainly knew the icon artists who wrote their own music. But as for most of the songs I listened to in my past life before Music City, I only knew the song titles and the lyrics. Not who wrote them. I'm so glad I've learned better now. And I believe these country poets deserve more attention from the audience. So does this story. It's been covered by The New York Times. The Tennessean. And just about every media outlet in Music City. The closing of historic Bobby's Idle Hour on Music Row. The last bar in this neighborhood is gone. It could not be saved despite heroic efforts by friends in the local community. The bright spot in this story is that there are plans to reopen this home for songwriters in another location. And possibly within the next few months. One of the first hit songwriters I met here in Nashville was Chris Gantry. His signature song is "Dreams Of The Everyday Housewife" and it was recorded by the late Glen Campbell. Chris has been a familiar figure on Music Row for many years. He's witnessed the history we all want to know about ourselves. And he has his own opinion about the recent changes to the skyline in Nashville.

    Chris Gantry is known for his involvement in the Outlaw Country genre of music. He is currently featured in the Outlaws & Armadillos: Country's Roaring '70s exhibit at the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. He has worked with a few of country music's best artists including Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.

    NOTE! Singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson ("Help Me Make It Through The Night" "Me & Bobby McGee") performs with The Strangers on February 22 at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. Tickets & Show Information: http://www1.ticketmaster.com

     

     

     

     

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    Support Your Hometown Country Bands in 2019 Katy Rogers Wednesday, January 16th, 2019 3:06am There is plenty of local country music talent right here at home in the Pacific Northwest, Some artists have left and are making their way in Nashville...others have been there and returned home to entertain family and friends.

    *Hillbilly Tendencies - This local husband and wife country duo is made up of Tammy Marie and Tbone Williams. Tammy has been performing in Nashville and the Pacific Northwest for many years, not only as a member of several bands, but also as a solo artist. She's sang in my living room here in Music City and on my mom's back porch in Toledo. She knows how to sing country! Tammy and Tbone will be performing on Friday, January 25 at Valley Craft Tap House in Chehalis. Call 360-740-5670 for venue and show information.

    *Paradise Fire Aid Super Jam Northwest - February 16, Southwest Washington Fairgrounds, Chehalis, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m. $10.00. This family-friendly event featuring 15 musical acts on two stages is to raise funds to assist victims of the recent Paradise, California fire. All services are being donated by musicians and volunteers. FYI - NO alcohol will be served at this event. Go to www.southwestwashingtonfairgrounds.org for more information.

    *Aaron Crawford - February 1-2, Quinault Beach Resort and Casino, Ocean Shores. Tickets & Information: www.quinaultbeachresort.com

    Aaron Crawford is an independent country artist from Seattle. His new album, Hotel Bible, was recorded at Robert Lang Studios, the last place Nirvana recorded, and the first place Dave Grohl trusted to launch his new project. Aaron Crawford performs traditional country music and writes his own songs.

    *Pacific Northwest artist Melody Guy is set to release her new album on Friday, January 25. Melody travels the United States in her van performing in many different venues and towns. I've interviewed her down on Music Row here in Nashville. Look for her next time she travels out to Washington and Oregon.

    *The Olson Band has released the video for the band's latest single "Dancin' in Headlights" from their upcoming album. There is a record release party planned for March 5 at the EXIT/IN here in Nashville. The band will be performing at The Little Red Hen on February 8 in Seattle. They also have a show at the Ponderosa Lounge & Grill in Portland on February 15.

    *Charlie Green and Dakota Neuman continue their country music careers here in Nashville. They are both working hard on new songs to bring to their hometown family, friends and fans! 

     

     

     

     

     

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    Rock & Roll Comes to the Pacific Northwest in 2019! Katy Rogers Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 1:46pm We hope you see some of your favorite classic rock artists on this list of concerts for the upcoming year. I will be updating these events throughout 2019.

    *January 18 (Friday) - REO Speedwagon, Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, 8:30 p.m. Tickets & Information: www1.ticketmaster.com

    The REO in REO Speedwagon are the initials of those of the band's founder Ransom Eli Olds. The group was formed in Champaign, Illinois in 1967.

    *January 26 (Saturday) - Kool & The Gang, Emerald Queeen Casino, Tacoma, 8 p.m. Tickets & Information: www1.ticketmaster.com

    Kool & The Gang has won many accolades during their long musical career including two Grammy Awards and seven American Music Awards. The band has been together and performing for over 50 years.

    *February 9 (Saturday) - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band, Tacoma Dome, 8 p.m. Tickets & Information: www1.ticketmaster.com

    Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band's upcoming U.S. tour will be the group's very last one. Bob Seger has decided to retire. He has been on the road touring with the same manager for 45 years. The singer was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

    *February 14 (Thursday) - Air Supply, Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, 8 p.m. Tickets & Information: www1.ticketmaster.com

    Soft rock duo Air Supply has been performing the songs that folks fall in love to since they formed in Australia in 1975. This is a perfect date to celebrate Valentine's Day!

    *May 22 (Wednesday) - The Rolling Stones, No Filter Tour, CenturyLink, Seattle, 9 p.m. Tickets & Information: www1.ticketmaster.com

    The Rolling Stones are one of the highest-grossing touring rock and roll bands of all time. Some have called the group the "greatest rock and roll band of all time." The Rolling Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Rock On!

    *June 1 (Saturday) - New Kids On The Block, Tacoma Dome, 8 p.m. Tickets & Information: www.tacomadome.org

    New Kids On The Block enjoyed huge success in the late eighties and early nineties. The group disbanded in 1994 and then secretly reunited and recorded a new record. "The Block" was released in 2008. The band received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2014.

    *June 28 (Friday) - Jeff Lynne's ELO, Tacoma Dome, 8 p.m. Tickets & Information: www1.ticketmaster.com

    Jeff Lynne loves making music and is the founder of this Rock Hall inducted band. The group made its first trek through the U.S. for the first time in 35 years last summer. Recent set lists have mixed ELO classics with other songs including "Handle With Care" by the Traveling Wilburys.

    *July 12 (Friday) - Queen with Adam Lambert, Tacoma Dome, 8 p.m. Tickets & Information: www1.ticketmaster.com

    Queen has gained massive recent attention with the release of the award-winning Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody." The group was formed in 1970 in London with Freddie Mercury on lead vocals and piano - he died on November 24, 1991.

    *September 17 (Tuesday) and September 18 (Wednesday) - Elton John, Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour, Tacoma Dome, 8 p.m. Tickets & Information: www.tacomadome.org

    Legendary rock star Elton John is retiring from the road and this tour is set to be his last. The award-winning entertainer is one of the best selling music artists in the world.

     

     

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    Country Music Comes to Town in 2019! Katy Rogers Monday, January 7th, 2019 2:07pm Will your favorite country artists be touring through the Pacific Northwest this year? Check out my latest blog to see if they are included in the list I have compiled for you here. I will be updating shows, events and artist lineups throughout 2019 on this page.

    *February 1 (Friday) - Dierks Bentley, Burning Man Tour, Tacoma Dome, 9 p.m. - Special Guests: Jon Pardi, Tenille Townes and Hot Country Knights. Tickets & Information: www.tacomadome.org

    Did you know Dierks Bentley owns a honky tonk on Lower Broadway in downtown Music City? It's called Whiskey Row and features live music, dancing and dining.  He was one of the first country stars to open his own establishment on the famous Nashville street.

    *February 22 (Friday) - Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers, Paramount Theatre, Seattle, 10 p.m. - The Strangers are Merle Haggard's back up band. Tickets & Information: www.ticketmaster.com

    Kris Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004. Kris is also a celebrated actor. He won a Golden Globe for best actor in A Star is Born in 1977. Kris was also in the world's first country music "supergroup" - The Highwaymen - with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings.

    *May 18 (Saturday) - Thomas Rhett, Very Hot Summer Tour, Tacoma Dome, 7:30 p.m. - Special Guests: Dustin Lynch, Russell Dickerson and Rhett Akins. Tickets & Information: www.tacomadome.org

    Thomas Rhett's father is country singer and songwriter Rhett Arkins. Not only does Thomas write much of his own material, he's written singles for his country music peers including Jason Aldean, Lee Brice, Florida Georgia Line, LoCash and Michael Ray.

    *May 24 (Friday) - Carrie Underwood, Tacoma Dome, 9 p.m. Tickets & Information: tacomadome.org

    Carrie Underwood resides in Nashville and is married to retired NHL player and Nashville Predator Mike Fisher. They live with their young son and are expecting a second child (a boy) sometime in January. Carrie won the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. And her debut single "Inside Your Heaven" was the first country single to debut at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

    *July 4 - 7 (Thursday - Sunday) - LRS Music Fest, LRS (Lazy Rockin' Stirrup Ranch) Ranch, Paulina, Oregon. Tickets & Information: www.lrsfest.com

    The LRS Country Music Festival is located in Central Oregon and features camping, country music, food, a rodeo and fun for the entire family. Headlining artists at this annual event this year are Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Sawyer Brown and Craig Morgan.

    *August 2 - 4 (Friday - Sunday), Watershed, Gorge Amphitheater, George, Washington. Tickets & Information: www.watershed,com

    NOTE! Artists have not yet been announced for this event.

    This three-day country music festival takes place in one of the most iconic venues in North America. It is the largest country music festival in the Pacific Northwest. Watershed musicians in the past have included Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban and Jason Aldean.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    New Year's Eve: Countdown to 2019! Katy Rogers Saturday, December 29th, 2018 1:24pm Here is a list of celebrations from Nashville to the Pacific Northwest. If your style is to stay at home, I've also included a list of the major network parties for you to watch on television.

    Washington State Events

    The Olson Band featuring Olympia's own country singer brothers Luke and Isaac Olson will be at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino in Ocean Shores. Ring in the new year with your friends at this fabulous luxury beach resort. The party starts at 9:00 p.m. in the Ocean Lounge. If you can't make it on Monday, the band will also be performing on Sunday, December 30. Go to http://www.quinaultbeachresort.com/new-years-party.html for ticket and show information.

    The Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma is celebrating the incoming new year with a FREE show by rockers Foghat and Special Guests Petty Fever: The Award Winning Tom Petty Tribute band. NOTE! Concert entry is by bracelet only. Numbers for bracelets will be distributed at the Emerald Queen I-5 Showroom escalators beginning at 3:00 p.m. on December 31, 2018. Return with your number when doors open to receive two bracelets per guest, while supplies last. Must be 21 or older to enter. Also, construction is currently taking place near the casino I-5 entrance - please allow additional time for travel and parking. Go here for additional information http://www.emeraldqueen.com/foghat/ about the show.

    If you want to dance your way into the new year then head over to the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester. Seattle's The Afrodisiacs will be playing all of your favorite dance hits spanning five decades. There is also a New Year's Eve buffet available. Tickets are $20.00 for seats and $10.00 standing room only. Here is the link to further information about the celebration: http://www.luckyeagle.com/whats-happening/promotions/new-years-eve.

    National Celebrations

    NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly - LIVE from Times Square in New York. Performers include Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Diana Ross, John Legend, Bebe Rexha and Jennifer Lopez. Keith Urban, Brett Young and Peter Frampton will be checking in from the Jack Daniels Music City Midnight New Year's Eve in Nashville. The celebration airs from 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Countdown is from 11:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. All times Eastern. Check your local listings.

    Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest - LIVE from New York in Times Square with musical guests that include artists from the West Coast and New Orleans. Performers include Christina Aguilara, Bastille, Lauren AlainaKane BrownNew Kids On The Block, Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini, Razzi, Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Halsey, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line. The party airs from 8:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. (EST). Check your local listings.

    Fox's New Year's Eve with Steve Harvey - The comedian and talk show host returns to Times Square to ring in 2019. Jason Aldean, Robin Thicke and Florence + Machine perform at this party in New York. The celebration begins at 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. (EST). Countdown is from 11:00 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Check your local listings.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR from Katy's Notes from Nashville - Wishing you all good things to come in 2019!

     

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    A Rhinestone Weekend with a Fashion Designer to the Stars Katy Rogers Monday, December 3rd, 2018 6:23am Chris Stapleton, Jim Lauderdale and other special guests helped famous clothier Manuel Cuevas open his new studio on Friday night in Music City.

    Manuel Cuevas is famous for his fashion. He has created garments for prominent country and rock & roll music acts for many years. The famous clothier started his career in Los Angeles tailoring suits for The Rat Pack which consisted of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin. He eventually began working with Nudie Cohn, famous for his rhinestone-embellished  "Nudie Suits." He eventually opened his own studio and developed his own client list and began creating clothes for Johnny Cash, Marty Stuart and George Jones. After many years in California, Cuevas decided to make a move to Nashville where he has operated out of several locations including Music Row and on Broadway in the downtown area. Over the weekend, many of his famous clients, family and friends all gathered to celebrate the grand opening of his newest studio and shop in the Berry Hill neighborhood of Music City. Beautifully dressed guests included country singer Chris Stapleton, Americana star Jim Lauderdale, and many more. Here is a photo story of the evening's fabulous affair. I had the pleasure of being introduced to Manuel several years ago at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. He is a gentleman and a prominent member of the Nashville community. I'm proud to call him a friend. CONGRATULATIONS! 

    Photo by Randy Dorman Photography

    Scenes from Manuel's new studio and shop - Photos by Randy Dorman Photography

    Musical Guests - Photos by Randy Dorman Photography

    More Guest Photos by Katy Rogers

    Singer and Model Bebe Buell

    Singer and Songwriter Gail Davies

    Singer Frank Ortega

     

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    Country Artists Come Together to Celebrate the Season Katy Rogers Saturday, November 24th, 2018 10:36am Country singers are keeping busy in Nashville helping their communities kick off the holidays!

    Country star Tracy Lawrence held his 13th Annual Mission:Possible Turkey Fry here in Nashville last week. He and his crew of loyal volunteers, ranging from his own staff members to fellow country singers, got up early and took to the task of deep frying at least 500 turkeys to help feed 5,000 Nashville Rescue Mission clients and guests. I shared my interview with Tracy on the KAYO Facebook page and I'm looking forward to interviewing him again soon about his syndicated show Honky Tonkin' with Tracy Lawrence that airs on the station Sunday mornings from 6-9 a.m. Here are a few photographs from the turkey fry which is held in the parking lot of our local mission.

    Jimmy Charles

    Southern Halo

    The Christmas season begins in Music City when the tree at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum gets lighted. Deck the Halls, an annual event at the famous institution, was held on Friday with special musical guest Cassadee Pope adding shine to the tree and singing her songs for guests. The official Christmas tree for Nashville will be lighted on November 30. And the Grand Marshall for our annual Christmas parade is Kid Rock this year. I'll share these stories in an upcoming Katy's Notes from Nashville.

    Cassadee Pope

    KAYO Music City Correspondent Katy Rogers & Friends

    Be sure to put this event on your holiday calendar! The annual CMA Country Christmas television special will be hosted by country music superstar Reba McEntire this year. Artists scheduled to perform on the show include Tony Bennett, Amy Grant, Brad Paisley, Dan + Shay, Brett Young, Martina McBride and many more of your fan favorite country singers. Tune in on Monday, December 10!

     

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    2018 CMA Week in Nashville and Seasons Greetings! Katy Rogers Friday, November 16th, 2018 7:48am The spotlight shined on country music this week in Nashville. And the holiday season kicks off next week here in Music City.

    The Budweiser Country Club Official CMA Awards Showcase kicked off 2018 CMA week here in Nashville on Monday night. Artists featured at the event included The Sisterhood Band, Clare Dunn, Lindsay Ell, and Kassi Ashton at the famous EXIT/INN. It was the first time the event has been held and it was a packed house to see the industry celebrating women in country music at the venue. Looking forward to next year's showcase!

    The 52nd Annual CMA Awards were fabulous for me this year! It was the first time I had a ticket to attend the show. On my way to the Bridgestone Arena, I stopped by my favorite place on Lower Broadway for a quick photograph with my friend, Terry Tyson. He is the general manager of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. The weather was bitter cold with rain. Attendees were only allowed a small purse, so I had no umbrella. No worries. Everyone entering the venue shared theirs with the next person in line and we all made it to our seats still looking good in our formal attire. That's how COUNTRY fans roll! My seat afforded me a view of the side stage and I could see all of the action backstage as the sets were changed for each segment of the show. Interesting and amazing how they put it all together. Highlights of the gala event included Keith Urban winning Entertainer of the Year, Garth Brooks sang a new song to his wife, there were tributes to the latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame - Ricky Skaggs and Dottie West, and the audience lighted up their phones and had a moment of the silence for those affected by the wildfires in California.  Missing from the stage this year was Kenny Chesney. He was unable to attend due to a death in his family. He won Musical Event of the Year for his collaboration with David Lee Murphy on "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," but Murphy was alone when he accepted his trophy. Here are photographs from the evening featuring a few of my favorite moments. I'm already dreaming about next year's show!

    Keith Urban

    Luke Bryan

    Luke Combs

    Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert

    Eric Church

    Seasons Greetings from Music City! Here are a few of the events I'll be covering for you during the Thanksgiving holiday here in Nashville. And the Oak Ridge Boys are bringing their 2018 Shine The Light On Christmas tour to the Pacific Northwest in December. The classic country quartet will be performing at the Little Creek Casino Resort in Shelton, Washington on December 9.

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    Veterans to be Honored in the South Sound this Weekend Katy Rogers Friday, November 9th, 2018 8:10am Local parades and memorial services are planned in tribute to our veterans and military personnel this weekend.

    There are many different ways to honor the veterans in your community. Perhaps you know a neighbor who served our country. Stop by and thank them for their service, Attend the events being held in your community. Or, volunteer your time at a business that caters to the needs of the veterans who live in your hometown. Here is a list of some of the events honoring veterans in the South Sound this weekend. Keep in mind that Veterans Day is officially Sunday, November 11, however, because it falls on a weekend, it is also observed on Monday, November 12. Please note the dates on the activities listed below.

    *Elma Veterans Day Celebration (Elma, Washington) features a memorial ceremony, parade and luncheon. Festivities begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, November 11 at Veterans Memorial Park. Information: www.elmachamber.org.

    *Hands On Children's Museum (Olympia, Washington) is offering half-off admission for all military families on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12. And a military membership discount special is being offered this weekend. Go to www.hocm.org for a listing of family friendly activities being held at the museum to celebrate Veterans Day.

    *Annual Holiday Card Signing Event For Our Troops (Shelton, Washington) is held at the Shelton 40 et 8 Veterans Club on Sunday, November 11. See the flyer below. Community members gather to sign and prepare cards for active duty troops who won't be home to celebrate the holidays this year. For more information go to: www.sheltonveteransclub.org.

    *Shur-Kleen Car Wash is offering free car washes to all veterans and military in uniform on Sunday, November 11. Locations include Olympia, Lacey, Bremerton and Lakewood.

    *Auburn Annual Veterans Day Parade and Observance (Auburn, Washington) is now in its 53rd year, the parade has grown and is one of the largest Veterans Day parades in the United States. The event begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 10 in Auburn on Main Street. Go to www.auburnwa.gov for details.

    *Veterans Day Dining Deals (Note: I found a fabulous listing of food freebies at www.thenewstribune.com)

    Applebee's Neighborhood Grill - Free dinner meal from a menu of eight entrees on Sunday, November 11.

    Dunkin' Donuts - Free doughnut on Sunday, November 11.

    Denny's Restaurant - Free build-your-own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday, November 12 from 5 a.m. - Noon.

    Little Caesars Pizza - Free $5.00 lunch combo on Sunday, November 11 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers - Free Red's Tavern Double Burger with fries on Sunday, November 11.

     

     

     

     

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    CMA Songwriters Series to Visit Washington State! Katy Rogers Monday, November 5th, 2018 1:13pm Local country songwriter and singer Bailey Bryan to perform at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle.

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    Sequim country music singer and songwriter Bailey Bryan ("Own It") is coming home to Washington state as a participant in the traveling CMA Songwriters Series in December. I featured a story here this last summer when she performed during CMA Fest in Nashville. Bailey was featured as one of CMT's Next Women of Country at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Since 2005, the CMA Songwriters Series has presented the very best of country music's songwriters. The shows are intimate presentations where songwriters can exhibit their craft and share the stories behind the songs they have written. CMA Songwriters Series has presented more than 100 shows in 17 cities. Joining Bailey at this event are fellow songwriters and singers Barry Dean, Cassadee Pope and Sam Palladio. The show is Tuesday, December 4 at the Showbox SoDo in Seattle. For ticket information: countrymu.sc.

     

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    So Many Reasons to be Thankful in Music City! Katy Rogers Monday, October 29th, 2018 5:18pm November is a time to stop and enjoy good music, sweet friends and delicious turkey in Nashville.

    I'm kicking off November with a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where Emmylou Harris will be interviewed this weekend. The GRAMMY award-winning performer will discuss her new exhibit at the museum, her upbringing as a child of a prisoner of war, her discovery of country music and her remarkable catalog of recordings. Here are a few photos from the Songbird's Flight exhibit for you to enjoy. Look for my upcoming story on the KAYO Facebook page!

    Last year, I had an incredible time watching the CMA Awards with you just up the street from the Bridgestone Arena where the event is held. I also attended the CMA After Awards Party at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This year, I have a ticket to attend the CMA Awards for the first time ever. I can't wait to share the story with you! I have been looking through my closet for a dress and already have an appointment for a makeover at my favorite Nashville salon. After all, it's Country Music's Biggest Night! Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will co-host the 52nd Annual CMA Awards on November 14th LIVE from Nashville.

    My FAVORITE story of the year happens in November! And it's no secret that I love the Thanksgiving holiday here in Music City. I just confirmed that Tracy Lawrence will be holding his annual Mission Possible Turkey Fry in the parking lot at the Nashville Rescue Mission again this year. The country singer, his family and his crew get up very early in the morning and start deep frying hundreds of turkeys for the Mission and others in the community who might not have Thanksgiving dinner without his kind assistance. This will be my fifth year hanging out with Tracy and his famous friends. Please watch for my upcoming interview and story with him later in November. We always have such a great time at this event!

     

     

     

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    Olympia's Own Luke Olson Rocks in Nashville and the Country Music Hall of Fame Adds Three New Members! Katy Rogers Monday, October 22nd, 2018 12:27pm The Olson Bros. Band made two appearances in downtown Nashville honky tonks recently. And the stars came out at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum this weekend.

    Luke Olson and the Olson Bros. Band made a lot of noise last week here in Nashville. The band appeared at the Second Fiddle and The Stage. Both of these venues have been on Lower Broadway for years in downtown Music City. The Olson Bros. band played everything from original material ("Sixty Cent Pocket Man") to the famous rock and roll song "Highway to Hell" while performing from these world famous stages. Here are several photos from the show I attended at the Second Fiddle. I've been going to this bar for so long that I remember when there was a grill where the stage is now. It was great fun to spend time with friends from back home in Olympia. Watch for the group's next single to be released in the next month. I will keep you posted. Best of luck to our country stars from Washington state!

    The Red Carpet Experience at the Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This is the official event where the new inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame become members. The Class of 2018 : Ricky Skaggs. "Highway 40 Blues" Skaggs was this year's Modern Era Artist. He is a country and bluegrass singer and also plays mandolin and fiddle. The Kentucky native and has been honored with 15 GRAMMY Awards. Dottie West. "Country Sunshine" West was elected in the Veterans Era Artist category. She was a country music pioneer singer and songwriter and won a GRAMMY Award in 1964. The legendary performer died in September of 1991. Johnny Gimble. Recording and Touring Musician Category. Gimble was a western swing musician who played the fiddle as a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. He died in May of 2015 in Texas.

    Here are several photos from the Red Carpet as stars (Brenda LeeSteve Wariner, Emmylou Harris) arrived to the Medallion Ceremony on Sunday afternoon to honor their peers in country music.

    STORIES TO WATCH FOR IN NOVEMBER! The 52nd Annual CMA Awards and Tracy Lawrence's Turkey Fry. I have a ticket to the award's show and this will be my fifth year attending Tracy's annual Thanksgiving event at the Nashville Rescue Mission.

     

     

     

     

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    Music City Is Definitely In The Mood To Party In October (Part Two)! Katy Rogers Sunday, October 14th, 2018 12:07pm Fall is a great time to visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Here are few more reasons to party in Nashville this month.

    The next few months at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will be busy fun! I have a membership there and cover stories at the museum for you as well. I have also been a volunteer at the beloved country music institution for several years now. On Monday, October 15, I'm looking forward to my favorite assignment working in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Between October 7th and the 20th (leading up to October 21 when the 2018 nominees are officially inducted), the museum features the Road to the Hall of Fame: Rite of Remembrance and Salute. The daily ceremony honors members of the Country Music Hall of Fame by reading their biographies in order of their induction from 1961 to 2017. My volunteer assignment is on the day the museum salutes The Louvin Brothers. The Louvin folks are very good friends to me and I am especially honored to serve the museum as a volunteer during the celebration of this legendary musical family.  

    Now, lets talk about Emmylou Harris. The 13-time GRAMMY award winner has a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Emmylou Harris: Songbird's Flight opened on October 5 and runs through August 4, 2019. It features the singer-songwriter's musical career via personal artifacts including her first guitar, intimate letters and beautiful costumes designed by the fabulous Manuel. On Tuesday, October 16, I will be attending a curator's lunch and chat about this exciting exhibit. And in November, Emmylou gets interviewed at the museum's CMA Theater. She has quite the story! Look for my posts about these events on the KAYO Facebook page.

    One of the few days of the year that the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is closed to the public is during the Medallion Ceremony. This is the event where the nominees to the Country Music Hall of Fame become members. They receive their official plaque that hangs on the wall in the museum for all time. There is a red carpet event prior to the ceremony on Sunday, October 21. I will be there capturing the big moments when the country stars arrive to the historical landmark for the party. Look for my story on the KAYO Facebook page!

    Hey, Martina McBride, I've got my ticket! Looking forward to meeting this country music superstar when she visits the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum book store on Saturday, October 27. She'll be signing her new cookbook titled Martina's Kitchen Mix: My Recipe Playlist for Real Life and taking pictures with fans.

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    Music City Is Definitely In The Mood To Party In October (Part One)! Katy Rogers Tuesday, October 9th, 2018 8:41pm Break out the balloons and COUNTRY music - it is time to celebrate in Nashville! Here is a preview of several of the fabulous events that I'll be sharing with you this month..

    Nashville's most famous honky tonk on Lower Broadway, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge celebrates its 58th birthday bash on Wednesday, October 10. Guest artists joining the street party include Randy Hauser, Jake Owen, Travis Tritt, Montgomery Gentry, Terri Clark and Darryl Worley, I'll be reporting on location from this annual event held in downtown Nashville. Happy Birthday, Tootsies!

    Also on Wednesday, October 10 - Family, fans and friends will gather to celebrate the birthday of the late country artist Dottie West. The event benefits The Nashville Musicians Emergency Relief Fund and is hosted by Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely. Scheduled performers include Ricky Skaggs, Larry Gatlin, Steve Wariner and Vince Gill with the Time Jumpers. Note! Dottie West and Ricky Skaggs will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame at an official ceremony later this month.

    The Grand Ole Opry turns 93 this week and folks are getting ready to celebrate here in Nashville. Terri Clark, Charley Pride and Trace Adkins are among the special guests who are set to perform on the Opry. Fans will be celebrating on the plaza outside the landmark venue all weekend. Happy Birthday!

    On Saturday, October 13th I'll be attending a special movie preview at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Country music's Alan Jackson is the star of a new documentary titled Small Town Southern Man. The film chronicles the singer's life from his upbringing in Georgia to his 2017 induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The story is told through interviews, performances and music videos. Congratulations, Alan!

     

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    Loretta Lynn's Road to Recovery is Paved with Rewards! Katy Rogers Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 3:39pm A brand new album, an upcoming Today Show appearance and a CMT Lifetime Achievement Award are just a few of this country music legend's latest achievements.

    It has been a long road to recovery for Loretta Lynn. She suffered a stroke and a fall. Neither of which are a quick recovery. With limited appearances, family love and encouragement from fans, Lynn is on her way back to good health. Although she wasn't able to attend the release party for her new album titled Wouldn't It Be Great on September 28, she sent family representation to the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. There, her friends, family and fans gathered to celebrate the Country Music Hall of Fame member's latest music.

    Next up for Loretta Lynn is a guest appearance on the Today Show on Thursday, October 4 on the NBC television network. The Ernest Tubb Record Shop is the background setting for her interview with Today Show host Jenna Bush. Be sure to mark your calendar for this fabulous event! 

    Later on in October, the 86-year-old Country music superstar will be honored with a Country Music Television (CMT) Lifetime Achievement Award. She will be presented with the award by actress Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for portraying Lynn in the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter. The CMT Artists of the Year show premieres LIVE on Wednesday, October 17 on CMT.

     

     

     

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    Country Artist Charlie Green Comes Home For A Tour! Katy Rogers Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 3:06pm Charlie is looking forward to seeing his family and friends while he is on his local tour.

    Local artist Charlie Green is currently on tour in the Pacific Northwest with performances scheduled for Tacoma, Tumwater and Shelton. He played in Yacolt last night and said it was an awesome show. I talked to him via the telephone today and he said, "It's always good to be back in the hometown with familiar faces." You might recall that I interviewed Charlie back in July at the Listening Room Cafe here in Nashville. He continues to work hard on his musical career and continues to build a bigger audience every day. And he thanks you for your support. Here is his current schedule while visiting Washington state:

    For more information on Charlie Green's career, music, tour schedule and life in Nashville, please go to his music page on Facebook. You can also follow him on Instagram .

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    Happy Birthday Charlie Green! Katy Rogers Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 12:00am HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Washington state’s own hometown country singer - Charlie Green today! Check out my backstage interview with him at The Listening Room Cafe here in Nashville. We are casual on the couch as he tells me the story of his journey to Music City. Best Wishes! -Katy Rogers, KAYO Music City Correspondent

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    Katy interviews our own local country star - Adam Craig! Katy Rogers Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 12:00am The South Sound’s hometown country star Adam Craig is sure keeping a busy schedule these days. He just performed at the Grand Ole Opry. He has tour dates set with his good friend Cole Swindell. And he’s joining Lonestar and Cam on the Summer Stage at the Lucky Eagle Casino & Hotel in Rochester on August 18. Here is my interview with Adam at a songwriter event he was participating in called Backstage Nashville here in Music City. I enjoyed our chat in the alley outside the green room at 3rd & Lindsley Nashville. —Katy Rogers, KAYO Music City Correspondent

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    Katy's Top 5 Destinations in Downtown Nashville Katy Rogers Monday, July 23rd, 2018 6:29pm Where do you go when you visit downtown Nashville? Here are my favorite spots!

    It's summertime and I know some of you may be considering a vacation to see where your favorite music is celebrated...Nashville, Tennessee! So I decided to put together a few lists featuring the places you definitely do not want to miss while you are here. I've spent a lot of time in downtown Music City and have watched the skyline change and grow over the last 20 years. Here is my first list highlighting the fabulous downtown area of the city.

    #1 - The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

    This historical museum features the Country Music Hall of Fame, exhibits that feature country artists from yesterday and today, events for children in the Taylor Swift Education Center, and special events all year long. When planning your itinerary, check out the museum's website to see scheduled songwriter sessions, instrument demonstrations and planned shows from some of your favorite country artists!

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    #2 - Ernest Tubb Record Shop

    This landmark record store opened in downtown Nashville on May 3, 1947. Looking for your favorite country artist's works on vinyl? This is the place. Not only can you find music and souvenirs to take home with you, but your visit will include a musical history lesson as well. The walls are adorned with rare photographs and the stage in the back of the store is where the Midnight Jamboree (the second longest running radio show in history) started all those years ago. The stage also features special exhibits (Loretta Lynn is up next) and special performances by country artists.

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    #3 - Lower Broadway/Honky Tonks

    Many of your favorite country stars have opened up popular honky tonks featuring live music, dancing and dining down on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville. The list of artists with their own clubs continues to grow all the time. Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, John Rich, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan (under construction) all have new venues that feature rooftop bars with spectacular views of the city. If you are looking for traditional country music during your stay..I suggest you visit Robert's Western World. Its definitely a local favorite. Most of these honky tonks are kid friendly until 6 p.m. daily. Check individual business websites for complete information.

    #4 - The Johnny Cash Museum

    This is a very popular destination for folks visiting downtown Nashville. An added bonus is that the recently opened Patsy Cline Museum is just upstairs for you to enjoy as well. A fabulous tribute to Johnny Cash is expressed here with exhibits, memorabilia and interactive displays that will teach you everything you need to know about the "Man in Black" here.

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    #5 - Music Row Neighborhood

    This is where the country music you love is made. Historic studios, record companies and a few radio stations call this place home. It is a walkable neighborhood so you can plan your own tour here. Or there are professional tour operators who will be glad to drive you through this area of town and tell you its history as well.

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    There's Adventure Around Every Corner in Music City, U.S.A.! Katy Rogers Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 7:03am There's one very good reason that I've moved to Nashville three different times in the last twenty years. There is never a dull moment!

    It's the adventure I find around every corner. You never know what may happen just taking care of your every day business as a resident here. A simple trip to the grocery store can be exciting for this gal. Like the time I ran into William Lee Golden from the Oak Ridge Boys at my local Walmart. We stood in the toilet paper aisle and talked country music, art and photography. A few of the Country Music Hall of Famer's favorite subjects and hobbies. Love Thy neighbor!

    Or when I was walking down my country road and became curious about a construction site. Turns out the legendary Ray Stevens was about to conduct a press event for the groundbreaking of his new club and studios right at the end of my street. He's been a great neighbor. And I even received an invite to attend his exclusive Family & Friends Night before the public grand opening there. It is a beautiful venue for Ray's live show and dining with friends.

    And let's not forget the time I got to hang out with fan favorite country singer Vince Gill. We had a great time at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop in downtown Nashville. He was celebrating his new album titled "Down To My Last Bad Habit" - I asked Vince what his last bad habit was and he simply patted his belly and told me, "Big breakfasts, Miss Katy." Sweet!

    I think my favorite surprise ever was running into country superstar Garth Brooks and the classic singer Tanya Tucker. It was after the Mel Tillis Memorial at the Ryman Auditorium. Tanya is an old friend from my radio days in Portland. I told Garth I did news reports for a small country station with a big sound out near Seattle. He declared his love for his fans who listen to his music on KAYO. Love!

    Thank you kindly for reading Katy's Note's from Nashville. Please let me know if you have any questions about life in Music City. Coming up in future blogs right here - Washington state country singer Lila McCann has an album release party in Nashville next week, I'm tracking down Tracy Lawrence for an interview about his Honky Tonkin' Show, The Judds get an exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and I'll soon be taking a tour of the country star's new honky tonks down on Lower Broadway!

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