Katy’s Notes from Nashville

    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 Correspondent


    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


    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!


    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 assistant@absolutepublicity.com.

    For more information on Larry Gatlin, visit gatlinbrothers.com.


    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!  


    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.