Katy’s Notes from Nashville

    Everything You Need to Know About "CMA Best of Fest" on July 13 Katy Rogers Monday, July 13th, 2020 11:38am Country music is alive and well - online and at your local Drive-In

    TONIGHT (July 13) - The Country Music Association (CMA) presents the "Best of Fest 2020" on the ABC television network. The yearly musical event has been cancelled so the CMA has put together this event just for you! It will be hosted by Luke Bryan and features performances from the above-mentioned artists as well as a brand NEW, not-to-be missed event with Luke Bryan and Darius Rucker. This LIVE concert experience features performances from over the last 16 years of CMA Fest from Nashville! Check your local listings to see what time to view the show in your neighborhood. See you there from Music City, U.S.A.!

    (Photo: Jimmie Allen)

    NOTE! The Washington State Fair has officially been cancelled for 2020. However, you can still see live country music this week at the WA State Fairgrounds. The Drive-In Concert Series - Live Country Music series - July 17-19. Here is a list of the artists who are currently scheduled to appear. I have updated the artist roster with changes from the last blog post. Please visit the fair's website for the most up to date schedule, rules, regulations and guidelines at https://www.thefair.com.

    July 17 - Friday - 7 p.m. - Jimmie Allen with Dusty Slay

    July 18 - Saturday - 1 p.m. - Country Artist Tribute Show

    July 18 - Saturday - 7 p.m. - Country Trio: Bryan White, James Otto & Lila McCann

    July 19 - Sunday - 7 p.m. - Chris Bandi & Mitch Rossell

    Blake Shelton Fans - Summer just got a lot better! Last week, Blake announced that, with Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins by his side, he's offering a one-of-a-kind drive-in experience on July 25, all across North America. This event will be held at the same drive-in as the recent Garth Brooks show - the Skyline Drive-In located in Shelton. Tickets go on sale tomorrow (July 14) via Ticketmaster at https://ticketmaster.com. There are two other locations listed on Ticketmaster - the Blue Fox Drive-In in Oak Harbor and the Wheel-In Motor Movie in Port Townsend. Each ticket grants entry to a car, truck or SUV with up to six people maximum. 


    Tracy Lawrence paid tribute to the late Charlie Daniels during a public memorial held in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee on July 8, 2020. Thank you kindly to my good friend John Nagy for this precious video. Charlie Daniels passed away on July 6, 2020 at the age of 83. We miss you already, Charlie. R.I.P.

    Keep it Country!








    More SUMMER of COUNTRY Fun in the South Sound Katy Rogers Saturday, June 27th, 2020 11:17am More LIVE Country music us coming to the South Sound this Summer!

    Washington's hometown country stars The Olson Bros Band are the opening act for Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers in Olympia today! Luke and Isaac Olson will be performing an acoustic set to get the party started at 2 pm in Heritage Park. Check out the brother's latest music in the video above. Cover photo of the Olson Bros Band by Sher Shot Photography. For a tour schedule and the latest news from the group, please visit https://www.theolsonbrosband.com

    As of the date of this publication - The Washington State Fair will still be held September 4-27 in Puyallup! The nice folks there have another event you will want to attend this year. The Drive-In Concert Series - Live Country Music series - July 16-19. Here is a list of the artists who are currently scheduled to appear. More performers may be announced in the future. Please visit the fair's website for the most up to date schedule, rules, regulations and guidelines at https://www.thefair.com.

    July 16 - Thursday - Aaron Crawford with Dusty Slay

    July 17 - Friday - Jimmie Allen

    July 18 - Saturday - Country Trio: Bryan White, James Otto and Lila McCann

    July 19 - Sunday - Chris Bandi, Mitch Rossell

    FYI - Seattle country artist Jessica Lynne was just here in Nashville recording new songs in the studio here. Can't wait to hear the latest from her. I always love to see her when she comes to town. Here is one of her recent releases featured on YouTube: 

    Keep it Country!






    Summer of Country FUN in the South Sound! Katy Rogers Saturday, June 20th, 2020 12:10pm Country music and more is coming to your summertime calendar in the South Sound this year.

    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT from our friend Garth Brooks last week - the Country music superstar is bringing his show to 300 drive-in theaters across America! You can attend this on-screen, one-night only concert event at the Skyline Drive-In in Shelton on Saturday, June 27. Tickets are general admission and cost $100 - each ticket will admit one passenger car or truck. Tickets went on sale Friday, June 19. For more information, please visit: ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks.

    Miranda Lambert at the ilani Casino Resort - Cowlitz Ballroom - Sunday, August 30 at 7:00 pm. Tickets & Information: https://ilaniresort.com.

    (ilani Casino Resort) The most decorated artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music, Lambert is the recipient of more than 70 prestigious awards and special honors: 34 ACM Awards (including nine ACM "Female Vocalist of the Year" Awards), 13 CMA Awards (Country Music Association), two Grammy Awards, the "Harmony Award" (Nashville Symphony), "Artist in Residence" (Country Music Hall of Fame), the ACM "Gene Weed Milestone Award", ACM "Song of the Decade Award", and was named 2019 RIAA’s "Artist of the Year".

    The celebrated singer/songwriter has released seven studio albums that all debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Album Charts, including the critically-acclaimed Wildcard (2019), The Weight of These Wings (2016), Platinum (2014), Four The Record (2011), Revolution (2009), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007) and Kerosene (2005). In addition, she released three albums with her trio, the Pistol Annies. 

    Darius Rucker at the Ilani Casino Resort - Cowlitz Ballroom - Sunday, September 27 at 7:00 pm. Tickets & Information: https://ilaniresort.com.

    (Ilani Casino Resort) Rucker first achieved multi-Platinum status in the record industry as lead singer and rhythm guitarist of the GRAMMY Award-winning band Hootie & the Blowfish. Since releasing his first Country album in 2008, he’s enjoyed four No. 1 albums on the Billboard  Country chart and nine No. 1 singles at Country radio, earning a whole new legion of fans. In 2014, Rucker won his third career GRAMMY Award for "Best Solo Country Performance" with his 4x Platinum version of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel.” As a lifelong philanthropist, Rucker is a constant supporter of the MUSC Children's Hospital in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. He has also raised millions of dollars for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through his annual Darius & Friends benefit concert and golf tournament, as well as for more than 200 charitable causes supporting public education and junior golf programs in South Carolina through the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation. Rucker recently wrapped the Group Therapy  Tour with his Hootie & the Blowfish bandmates as they celebrated the 25th Anniversary of generation-defining smash Cracked Rear View  in addition to the November 1 release of Imperfect Circle, their first album in nearly 15 years.

    Get Your Fair Food Fix at the Washington State Fairgrounds!

    Drive onto the Fairgrounds and get some of your Fair Food Favorites! Vendors will have food available for purchase to-go at various stops throughout the Fairgrounds. Got to https://www.thefair.com for additional information about this event. 

    3 Weekends Only:

    July 3, 4 & 5
    July 10, 11 & 12
    July 17, 18 & 19

    Fridays: 4 pm - 7 pm
    Saturdays & Sundays: 11 am - 7 pm
    Credit or debit card preferred.

    Happy Summer!







    Star-studded concert featuring Seattle artists and sports celebrities coming in June Katy Rogers Saturday, May 30th, 2020 12:18pm Country music shines in our local community!

    GRAMMY Award winner and Washington state artist Brandi Carlile, Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews and other big name local artists are getting set to perform a concert to raise money for coronavirus relief in Washington state. The benefit is being organized by All In WA - a nonprofit group that includes civic leaders and others dedicated to raising money for the community and helping to jump start the local economy. Celebrities scheduled to appear at the event include Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll and many more. The show airs Wednesday, June 10 at 7 p.m., exclusively on KING 5 and KONG TV. Donations can be made at https://www.allinwa.org/donate.

    As you have probably have heard by now - Watershed Festival and the Oregon Jamboree have been rescheduled for next year. 

    The GOOD news is that Dierks Bentley has confirmed that he will perform at next year's Oregon Jamboree. Here is a message from festival director Robert Shamek with all the details you need to know if you are a ticket holder to this event.


    Here is the information you need to know if you had plans to attend this year's Watershed Festival:


    Liz Gregory Talent PRESENTS her Pacific Northwest artists with a Spring Virtual Country Concert this afternoon at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The roster includes: Jessica Lynne, A.C. Jones, Diamonds & Whiskey and Robert Henry. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/LizGregoryTalentAndProd to see the show!

    My mom passed away on May 12, 2020 in Toledo, Washington, Lewis County. R.I.P. Doris Rogers

    Keep it Country!







    Radio Cares - Feeding America - Emergency Radiothon Katy Rogers Thursday, April 30th, 2020 12:04pm We need our community to come together to address the hunger issue in our listening area. The current health crisis is impacting everyday normal people including you and your neighbors!

    There is currently a desperate need for money to replenish supplies for regional food banks across America, including right here in Washington state. While there is always a need to address hunger in our communities - recent job terminations, work furloughs and high unemployment rates brought on by the Coronavirus Pandemic have heightened the reasons for contributions right now. 

    The radio industry, 96.9 KAYO, 95.3 KGY and our generous listeners are all coming together today to help family, friends and neighbors in our own hometowns. Just listen to your favorite radio station to find out how you can help via the Feeding America nationwide network of food banks. The Feeding America Emergency Radiothon officially began this morning and ends at midnight tonight (April 30), but you can continue to share your gift through Sunday, May 3. 

    Will you give a donation today to help provide healthy meals to those in need? It is easy to do and only takes a moment of your time. Here's how you can help: Visit https://radiocares.org or text FEED to 95819. 


    Feeding America is the leading domestic hunger relief organization with a nationwide network of 200 food banks with several of them located in the South Sound area. 

    Thank you kindly - you just made a difference in someone's life today.

    Keep it Country!




    Dustoff Music Festival announces new location and free admission for 2020 event Katy Rogers Friday, April 24th, 2020 8:28am Who is ready for Summer and celebrating some real good country music?

    Many of us are hold up in our homes due to the current health crisis are looking forward to Summer as a possible release from our current situation. Dreaming of live music in the great outdoors, bonfires and family gatherings around the picnic table. . The Dustoff Music Festival presented by 96.9 KAYO is the perfect event to put on your July calendar of fun. And it is for a good cause. The artist line-up was recently announced  - Country star Craig Campbell is the headliner this year. He put on a live show for a charity earlier this week on his Facebook page and it was really good. Local artists participating at Dustoff this year include Kaitie Wade, Britnee Kellogg, Joel Gibson Jr and The Lowdown Drifters. Kaitie often visits Nashville to record her music and attend business events. I had the opportunity to interview her at the Country Radio Seminar in 2019. You can view it at the end of this article. Dustoff Music Festival is a benefit for Operation Ward 57 which is a non-profit organization that supports wounded warriors. The event also features a motorcycle run sponsored by Brothers in Arms MC. All ages are welcome and there is no charge for admission, donations will be accepted at the door. Date: Saturday, July 18. Time: 4 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Location: Haub Family Field in Tacoma. Go to http://dustoffmusic.com/ for more information. 

    Interview with Kaitie Wade at CRS 2019 in Nashville


    Northwest Artist News

    This section is dedicated to Washington and Oregon performers and their current events and music releases. At this time, due to the coronavirus crisis, they are performing online via social media platforms. Here is a list of those who are currently hosting shows. Be sure to check them out on their Facebook pages and Instagram. NOTE! I'll be expanding this new section as I learn more about these local country stars. 

    *Jessica Lynne - Mark Medelan & Angie Ward - The Olson Band - Aaron Crawford - Robert Henry*

    Jessica Lynne is a friend of mine - check out her fabulous music video that is featured on YouTube!


    A NOTE from Katy!

    A little background on me - I currently work on Facebook pages for 96.9 KAYO & 95.3 KGY in Olympia, Washington, the Classic Country Jamboree and Katy's Notes from Nashville. You can hear my weekly news reports for the Hillbilly Highway Radio Show with DJ Glenn in Portland, Oregon on Mondays. And I go LIVE in my living room here in Nashville every Wednesday morning on the WTRE morning show in Greensburg, Indiana. 

    I like adventure and have lived in Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, Nashville, Bakersfield and New York City. I like to cook picnic food, take train trips and visit music and art museums. I was born near San Francisco, California, but was raised in Portland, Oregon. I have lived in Nashville for most of the last 20 years. I love the South and enjoy life with my cat, Lula Belle on a country road on the west side of the city. 

    Keep it Country!










    ACM Presents: Our Country - 5 Memorable Moments Katy Rogers Monday, April 6th, 2020 10:23am Country artists sing from their homes to support the music and entertain fans!

    Did you watch ACM Presents: Our Country last night on the CBS television network? Big name country artists got together (separately) to sing from their couches to uplift the spirits of family, fans and friends. And to fill in for the re-scheduled 2020 ACM Awards Show - the event will now be held on September 16 in Las Vegas. Keith Urban has hosting duties this year. Urban kicked things off from his home studio and set a hopeful and positive tone to the show. Here are just five of the memorable moments from Sunday night's special event. 

    Miranda Lambert - Heal Thyself

    Miranda Lambert performed "Bluebird" from the home where she and her husband, Brendan were married not long ago. He was supposed to film her performance, but decided to go fishing instead. Lambert chose "Bluebird" as the perfect song to sing - it's about making the most out of what your dealt in life. She has had a lot of time to heal and think during the coronavirus crisis and wants her fans to know that we're here in it together. 

    Thomas Rhett - "Be a Light"

    Thomas Rhett released his new song "Be a Light" last week on his 30th birthday. Guests on the record include Reba McEntire, Keith Urban, Hillary Scott from Lady Antebellum and Chris Tomlin. Rhett reminded his fans to "Be a Light" before sharing an acoustic performance of his latest single. 

    Shania Twain - Welcome to My Barn

    Canadian country superstar Shania Twain made viewers feel right at home with a performance from her stables, complete with her favorite horse and dog by her side. She sang snippets from her famous 1990s classic song list including "Honey, I'm Home" and "Man! I Feel Like a Woman." Twain told fans that "we're gonna do what we always do and pull together to get through it."

    Brad  Paisley, Darius Rucker and Luke Bryan - Tribute to Kenny Rogers


    Carrie Underwood - Get a Glass of Wine

    Carrie Underwood invited her fans to join her in a glass of wine while she sang her single titled "Drinking Alone." The 12-time ACM Award winner was seen singing the 2018 single from the comfort of her couch - "Oh, we should be drinkin' alone/We should be drinkin' alone together."


    Please send (kathyrogers615@gmail.com) your social media events/schedule to me if you would like to be included in Katy's Notes From Nashville. I would love to add your performances to my weekly blog. Thank you kindly. 


    Keep it Country!



    Will your favorite ACM Nominees visit Washington State this Summer? - Check here! Katy Rogers Friday, March 6th, 2020 4:39pm The 2020 Academy of Country Music Award nominees have been announced - I've put together a list of the artists who are set to perform in the Evergreen State this summer.

    Have you heard the news? Not only is Keith Urban set to host the 55th Annual Academy Awards in Las Vegas this year - he's also been nominated for ACM Male Artist of the Year. Urban is also a headliner at this year's WATERSHED Music Festival in George, Washington. He'll be joined by 2020 ACM Entertainer of the Year and Male Artist of the Year nominee Thomas Rhett and fan favorite Dierks Bentley. Also on the WATERSHED roster this year - 2020 ACM Female Artist of the Year nominee Kelsea Ballerini, 2020 ACM New Male Artist of the Year nominee Russell Dickerson and 2020 ACM New Female Artist of the Year nominee Lindsay Ell. For WATERSHED camping and concert tickets, please visit http://watershedfest.com. See you there!

    Award-winning country artist Chris Stapleton has been nominated for a 2020 Male Artist of the Year Award. He brings his All American Road Show to the Gorge Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 20. Stapleton's special guests include Margo Price, The Dirty Knobs and Mike Campbell. Get your tickets at http://ticketoffices.com

    Washington State Fair Roster

    9/4 - Steve Miller Band, 9/7 - The Beach Boys, 9/12 - 38 Special, 9/24 - Cole Swindell, 9/26 - Darius Rucker

    Go to http://thefair.com to see a schedule of events for the fair and to purchase tickets to see your favorite artists this summer!

    TONIGHT in Seattle at the Hard Rock Cafe

    Keep it Country!





    Country Radio Seminar brings artists and radio folks together in Nashville! Katy Rogers Friday, February 21st, 2020 2:36pm The Country Radio Seminar is held every year in the month of February - Here are some of the highlights from the event this week in Nashville.

    The 2020 Country Radio Seminar (CRShas dominated the news here in Music City the last several days. The annual gathering of radio folks features music, seminars and social events at the Omni Hotel Nashville, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and in the honky tonks down on Lower Broadway. I kicked off the event off by participating in a band judging contest. New acts were represented by my friends at SSM Nashville and each artist performed two original songs and were rated in three different categories - song, performance and stage presence. All of the bands deserve congratulations - JAYME, Matthew Edrington, Gavin Tucker and Hill Country Revival. The winner was Hill Country Revival, a country rock band from Texas. Listen to their music at http://www.hillcountryrevival.com.

    There were many highlights at the Country Radio Seminar - Reba McEntire announced that she has re-signed with her original record label, MCA Nashville. The country star surprised CRS attendees at a showcase held by Universal Music Group at the Ryman Auditorium. The showcase featured a duet by Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood singing their hit song titled "The Fighter." And Kenny Chesney received major recognition for his humanitarian work when he was honored with the Country Radio Broadcasters' Humanitarian of the Year Award. Congratulations, Kenny!

    Here are a few photos from my own adventures at the Country Radio Seminar. I enjoyed meeting a new act - Juna N Joey. They just appeared as the first performers on the new show - America's Most Musical Family. You can learn more about this brother and sister duo at http://www.junanjoey.com. At the same event, I had the opportunity to chat with Colton from The Swon Brothers. The duo is working on a new album and are enjoying writing songs with fellow country stars. Visit http://www.swonbrothers.com to follow the brothers' on their musical journey. Finally, it is always nice to see country singer T.G. Sheppard - we have known each other for over 30 years. Thank you kindly for the hello and photograph, T.G.!

    The Glen Campbell Museum & Rhinestone Stage is officially open in downtown Nashville. I attended the ribbon cutting ceremony last week down on 2nd and Broadway, along with Campbell's family, city officials and Nashville's Mayor John Cooper. You can see my photo story on the 96.9 KAYO Facebook page. Glen Campbell enjoyed billiards and golf and his love for these games are expressed with exhibits featured at the museum. I will be visiting there again soon to do a more detailed story.

    Bad weather put a hamper on a book signing event with musical prodigy Marty Stuart at the Ernest Tubb Record Shop. Another event is scheduled for March 18 - I will have all the details in my next edition of Katy's Notes from Nashville. Stuart is currently promoting his latest book - The Pilgrim - A Wall-to-Wall Odyssey. It is a beautiful and insightful book that celebrates the 20th anniversary of his historical recording. Thank you kindly to the owner of the Ernest Tubb Record Shop, David McCormick for gifting me a copy of this beautiful piece of work by Marty Stuart. Go to http://www.martystuart.net to read all the latest news from Marty.

    My weekend plans include a visit to the world famous RCA Studio B down on Music Row here in Nashville. We volunteers at the Country Music Hall of Fame are being treated to a VIP tour of the recording studio where Elvis, Waylon Jennings, Dolly Parton, Bobby Bare and many more artists have recorded their best known songs. The studio was headed by Chet Atkins for years and he produced hundreds of hit songs from this historical location. 

    In next week's edition of Katy's Notes from Nashville - Upcoming country and rock shows in the Pacific Northwest.

    Keep it Country!








    Blake Shelton Celebrates Valentine's Day at the Tacoma Dome! Katy Rogers Friday, February 7th, 2020 10:29am What better way to spend time celebrating the day of love than a rocking good country show?

    Country superstar Blake Shelton brings his Friends and Heroes 2020 Tour to the Pacific Northwest to celebrate country music on Valentine's Day this year. His guest list at the Tacoma Dome includes Lauren Alaina, The Bellamy Brothers, Trace Adkins and John Anderson. You can purchase tickets at http://www1.ticketmaster.com

    Hey! What are you doing on Saturday night? Here is a great show in Centralia at the King Street Cove! Ben Potter brings Nashville Unplugged to this venue and features opening act Tammy B. Williams. Tammy is a member of the local duo Hillbilly Tendencies and has performed here in Nashville at many of the honky tonks on Lower Broadway. She is a friend and has even sang in my living room and on my mom's back porch in Toledo, Washington. If you love the classic country songs, you'll definitely enjoy her performance on Saturday night. 

    This video features my friend Tammy B from Oregon/Washington, here in Nashville on her honeymoon, singing "Defying Gravity" in my living room yesterday. She knows her way around a country tune. Love! 🎶

    Posted by Katy Rogers on Tuesday, October 4, 2016

    Please note! Due to health reasons, I took a hiatus from publishing this blog. I'm happy to be working on it again. Please contact me with your story suggestions and comments at Kathyrogers615@gmail.com. I'm looking forward to sharing stories about the shows that will be in the Pacific Northwest and telling you all the latest news from Nashville! 

    Coming up in the next Katy's Notes From Nashville - There is a new museum here in downtown Music City - The Glen Campbell Museum and Rhinestone Stage. Exhibits include items from the singer's time spent as a member of the famous Wrecking Crew - the musicians who played on many of your favorite records from artists like Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys. Also, there are featured artifacts that have never before seen from his early years spent on a farm in Arkansas. At night, the venue transforms into the Rhinestone Stage with live entertainment from national and local artists. I'm attending the official grand opening on Thursday when Campbell's family and friends will gather to show the media the new museum. Looking forward to telling you more about this story in my next edition of Katy]s Notes from Nashville.

    Keep it Country!




    Part 2! Find Your Summer Fairs and Festivals Here - click link for your country concert roundup! Katy Rogers Friday, April 26th, 2019 10:52am Are you looking for a good time at the fair? Want to contribute to a local cause while enjoying your favorite country music? It's all happening this Summer in the Pacific Northwest!

    *LRS Music Festival - July 4 - 7, Paulina, Oregon - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.lrsfest.com.

    The Lazy Rockin' Stirrup Ranch is located in central Oregon. Camping and country music are the stars of this event. Headliner acts include Dwight Yoakam, Sawyer Brown, Trace Adkins and Craig Morgan. Local artists featured include Jessica Lynne from Tacoma and Hailey Verhaalen from Oregon City.

    *Dustoff Music Festival - Saturday, July 6, Cheney Stadium, Tacoma, Washington - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.attendstar.com.

    This festival is a fundraiser and benefits wounded service members and their families through the programs of Operation Ward 57. The event consists of a Motorcycle Run followed with music by Love and Theft and Olympia's own hometown country stars The Olson Band. Keynote Speaker is retired Marine Corps Sergeant John Peck.

    *Watershed Festival - August 2-4, Gorge Amphitheater, George, Washington - Tickets & show Information: http://www.watershedfest.com.

    Shredders UNITE for the biggest 3-day country music festival in the Pacific Northwest! This year's artist roster features 2019 ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean and 2019 ACM Female Artist of the Year Miranda Lambert. Brothers Osborne, who won 2018 CMA Vocal Duo of the Year and 2019 ACM Duo of the Year, are also set to take the stage in the Gorge. Other artists set to entertain you include Kane Brown, Danielle Bradbury, Midland, Zac Brown Band, Midland, Kip Moore, Maren Morris, Cam and more.

    *Oregon Jamboree - August 2-4, Sweet Home, Oregon - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.oregonjamboree.com.

    Don't miss Oregon's premiere music and camping festival - 2 stages + 25 shows = 1 SWEET weekend! Artists scheduled to perform here are Hank Williams Jr., Blackhawk, High Valley, Chris Young, Lindsay Ell, Scotty McCreery, ACM & CMA Award winner duo Brothers Osborne and more.

    *Washington State Fair - August 30 - September 22, Puyallup, Washington - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.thefair.com.

    2018 CMA Entertainer of the Year and 2019 ACM Entertainer of the Year Keith Urban performs at this year's annual event in Puyallup! Other artists on the calendar for this summer include Aaron Watson, Eli Young Band, The Cadillac Three and country superstar Brad Paisley. 2018 CMA Vocal Group of the Year and 2019 ACM Group of the Year Old Dominion takes to the stage here as well. There are many different genres of music represented at the fair - be sure to check out the Washington State Fair website for the latest schedule of events.

    *Evergreen State Fair - August 22 - September 2, Monroe, Washington - Tickets & Show Information: http://www.evergreenfair.org.

    Country singer Brett Young will be performing on August 27 at the fair this year.  More artists to be announced in August!








    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.


    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















    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!


    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.





    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).



    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.








    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.





    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.


    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.





    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.

    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!



    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.

    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!



    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.

    (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.