Katy’s Notes from Nashville
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!
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 Alaina, Kane Brown, New 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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
Pistol Annies with Miranda Lambert
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.
(The Oak Ridge Boys photos courtesy of 2911 Media - Nashville)
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Lee, Steve 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.
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.
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!
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.
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 .
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 Correspondenthttp://www.kayofm.com/blogs/katys-notes-from-nashville/post/happy-bithday-charlie-green/
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 Correspondenthttp://www.kayofm.com/blogs/katys-notes-from-nashville/post/katy-interviews-our-own-local-country-star-adam-craig/
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!
#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.
#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.
#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.
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!http://www.kayofm.com/blogs/katys-notes-from-nashville/post/theres-adventure-around-every-corner-in-music-city-u-s-a/
Larry Gatlin Offers Reward for Stolen GRAMMY! Katy Rogers Monday, July 2nd, 2018 1:04pm The country singer promises money and a written statement promising he won't press charges for the safe return of his golden gramophone.
In 1977, Larry Gatlin took home the GRAMMY Award for "Best Country Song" thanks to his self-penned classic hit "Broken Lady." The country legend reveals his prized award was actually stolen from the Gatlin Brothers Music City restaurant in the Mall of America in the 1990s. Now, two decades later, he is on a mission to get it back. If you have any information about the stolen GRAMMY Award, or to make arrangements to return the trophy and collect the reward, contact email@example.com.
For more information on Larry Gatlin, visit gatlinbrothers.com.http://www.kayofm.com/blogs/katys-notes-from-nashville/post/larry-gatlin-offers-reward-for-stolen-grammy/
Washington State Singer Performs at CMT's Next Women of Country Show! Katy Rogers Saturday, June 9th, 2018 6:25am Bailey Bryan represented the Pacific Northwest well when she joined other up and coming country singers for a show at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville yesterday,
Bailey Bryan is from Sequim, Washington, She now lives in Nashville and has been spending time writing and recording songs here. And living her dreams. The lucky singer was one of the chosen few for the CMT's popular Next Women of Country show. The event is held every year now at CMA Fest in Music City. She was on stage with some big players yesterday including Glen Campbell's daughter (Ashley), Rod Stewart's daughter (Ruby) and Cassadee Pope. Congratulations, Bailey!http://www.kayofm.com/blogs/katys-notes-from-nashville/post/washington-state-singer-performs-at-cmts-next-women-of-country-show/
CMA Fest 2018 Kicks Off in Nashville! Katy Rogers Thursday, June 7th, 2018 4:28pm Katy's Notes from Nashville sits down with a new country singer to find out her career plans via CMA Fest.
Lots of excitement in the air as we kick off CMA Fest 2018 with new music from country singer Aubrie Lynn in downtown Nashville. I sat down with her on the front steps to the Ryman Auditorium to ask about her goals in attending the annual music festival and to hear the current single titled “Slow” from her latest album release. The up and coming singer drew a crowd to this historical and musical place with her sweet and pretty voice. And she has performances booked during this year’s entire CMA Fest event. To find out more about her music and show schedule go to aubrielynnmusic.com. CMA Fest is a country music fan based event that occurs every year in Music City. It offers the opportunity for fans and their favorite country artists to come together and celebrate the city where the music and where it is made. For further information about the festival visit the Country Music Association's official website at cmaworld.com. Everything you need to know about attending the best country music gathering in the nation is located there. See you here soon!
Interview with local artist Olson Bros. Katy Rogers Saturday, February 3rd, 2018 11:38am I recently made my way down to Music Row here in Nashville to interview Luke Olson from Olympia’s own The Olson Bros....
I recently made my way down to Music Row here in Nashville to interview Luke Olson from Olympia’s own The Olson Bros. Band. No dorm room for this Belmont University music major... he lives directly across the street from Garth Brooks’ recording studio. Nothing like musical inspiration right outside your door, right?
We sat down in his living room and talked about this musician’s dreams, his life as a student, songwriting, his fiancé, and bandmate brother Isaac. He was back in Olympia making preparations for the band’s album release party at Ilani Resort Casino the next night. The band’s songs have been getting local airplay (“By and By”) in Washington state and the acoustic album they released last week has been received well by fans. Olson told me he’s grateful for the opportunities he’s found in Nashville and he intends to stay here.
He’s currently being mentored by hit songwriter Jim McCormick who’s songs have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, and many more. I look forward to tracking The Olson Bros. Band here in Nashville - and keeping you updated with the group’s next big news from Music City. Here is my complete interview and photographs from the album release party in Ridgefield. To learn more about band’s music and tour schedule go to theolsonbrosband.com.