Tuesday, January 1, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!



I can't believe we are saying 2019! I have great plans to get back to be more productive and on time this year and I hope you'll come along for the journey.

I had planned to start the blog posts tomorrow but Bob is still home and he is trying to get some medical appointments taken care of before he goes back out. Those trips require near full days with travel/ appointment/ lunch. Ugh. One even has required an overnight to the big city.  That means I'm not getting posts done ahead of a writing retreat I have the 3-6.  So my plan now is to spend the week following the retreat to get posts scheduled on the blog beginning Monday January 14th.

My biggest booboo in 2018 was not getting the review posted for Bill Anderson's new Christmas Album. After my last post I came down with a serious sinus infection that knocked me out of production for over two weeks. After that, time became more about the holidays. Bob came home in time for Thanksgiving and with the exception of one week, he has been home ever since. We actually got to be together for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years eve. That triple play does not happen very often in a boat Captain's life. 

Because so many of the artists I work with are either off for most of January or at Steamboat, I will not be posting to this blog until Monday February 4th.  The Party List will resume on Thursday February 7th. 

Hang with me while I get things lined up and go forth into this new year with a fresh plan. 

Country Blessings!
Kelly

Friday, November 23, 2018

CONCERTS & EVENTS - Inez Thanksgiving Dance


Go visit my buddies, The Scott Taylor Band!
Take a turkey, meet a turkey, dance like a turkey
It's ALL GOOD FUN!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

May today you be surrounded by Family, Friends, Food and Precious Memories.

I hope you enjoy this video from Mary Chapin Carpenter




Tuesday, November 13, 2018

TURNTABLE TUESDAY - Anderson



How does someone who's previously released seventy-one albums over the course of his career come up with something new? That's easy if you are as talented as Whisperin' Bill Anderson. Keep in mind that he began as a songwriter long before we were treated to his voice.

ANDERSON includes three tracks written by him as well as eight others he co-wrote with talents like Paul Overstreet, Jamey Johnson. Jamey also duets on Everyone Wants To Be 21.

At the age of 82, Bill Anderson's voice is as strong as ever though his tone has more of an Americana note that I think has always been lurking beneath the surface just waiting for a chance to shine.

People are all about upcycling things these days but I'm not sure if they think about relationships as is approached in Old Things New. Dixie Everywhere I Go is a trip down memory lane, keeping the things we love most about our roots held close. Others that follow this include Something To Believe In, That's What Made Me Love You, The Only Bible and Thankful. Tracks that step back a bit but still fit the overall flavor are Dead to You, Watchin' It Rain and Practice Leaving Town. Waffle House Christmas brings a lighter taste to the table. They've taken over a Waffle House in Nashville to film the video for this one. I'll bring you the clip as soon as it's released.

Among his many talents, Bill Anderson has an innate ability of selecting songs that create a theme.  This album is chock full of memories each of us can relate to, with a  contemporary thread tying everything together.

In the following YouTube video, Bill shares how Everyone Wants to Be 21 came about:



I'm tipping my hat:

      

You can purchase your copy in the STORE on his website. 


Catch up with Bill Anderson on the following Social Media locations. Make sure to sign up for his newsletter via his website.


Monday, November 12, 2018

BILL ANDERSON in Concert!

Bill Anderson during 'Poor Folk'

I don't get to a lot of concerts but since I was twelve years old, this man has been on my 'must see' list. I've had the pleasure of interviewing Mr. Anderson a couple of times over the phone, reviewed his book as well as CDs. When I saw he would be within an easy driving distance, meaning I could go there and back - a small feat for where I live, I ordered my ticket then contacted his management team. I wanted the opportunity to thank him personally for the time he has given me in the past, get the book autographed... and something I seldom do, get my picture taken. 

You see, I understand they have their job and I have mine so when I do interviews I don't mix business with pleasure and I'm not a fan of having my picture taken. I thank Mr. Anderson's road manager, Lee Willard from Straight 8 Entertainment, for working with me that evening as well as taking this photograph:


Bill Anderson is exactly as you envision him. Warm, friendly, sincere and full of heart and passion for life, his artistry and his fans. The fans at his shows range from ten years to 90+. 

Performing Peel Me A Nanner

From the first notes of Wild Weekend to the final strains of Still, with the exception of an admitted loss of words during one song, Bill Anderson kept his audience engaged and entertained. I was in the second row next to a woman who''d had a friend drive her down to Steelville Missouri from Iowa just to see him. 



Meramec Theatre  is an amazing venue owned and operated by the Steelville Arts Council tucked in the beautiful Ozarks. Everyone involved is interested in bringing quality entertainment out of the bigger cities and to the people. If you look at their schedule you'll see contemporary artists, Gospel, Bluegrass as well as classic Country artists. In the past they've welcomed artists such as Jimmy Fortune, the Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee and Sandi Patty. They are still finalizing the 2019 schedule, including the Oakridge Boys. 

One thing you won't find at any other venue is an in-house artist, a painter specializing in landscapes and fine art, creates and incredible rendering of the performance while the entertainer holds the audience in the palm of their hand. His name Is Marty Coulter. In the space of about two hours, Marty captures what he sees on stage. Prior to the performance, attendees have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win the painting of the evening.


Tony & Debbie Sabatino of Burboun Missouri
with Bill Anderson and artist, Marty Coulter


Bill Anderson autographing the painting for the Sabatinos.
Bill stayed until every last person had the pleasure of shaking his hand, getting a photo and autograph. 

Bill Anderson recently released his 72nd album and celebrated his 81st. birthday! I'll be reviewing his new album tomorrow as well as showcasing his Christmas album next month.
Bill Anderson is usually on The Party List so keep an eye on those posts when they return in 2019. You will want to catch one of his shows!

~CountryBlessings!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

THE PARTY LIST - On Hiatus

Good morning, everyone!

I do apologize for not having a Party List today. I had planned to get them up and running for the month, but a sinus infection has really slowed my progress. I'm struggling with daily house stuff and getting the garden prepped before rain moved in. Today, I am just totally exhausted. Sadly, the bushel of apples sitting in my kitchen are not going to wait any longer.

While I should have a couple of music posts coming up as well as Christmas CD profiles towards the end of the month, I am pulling most of the posts for the remainder of this year, through January 2019.

I have to get Book 2 written in my Planned to Perfection series this month. I have NanoWrimo to motivate me to complete that project, along from the fact I intend to release this book mid May 2019.

Basically, health and the paying gig have to come first.

I take December off to enjoy the holidays. December is my month to break down the current year and set up for the coming year. I watch Hallmark movies, Christmas specials and bake enough cookies/ goodies for about 100 treat boxes.

Most entertainers are also down for January, unless they are in Colorado for the Steamboat Music Fest.

Peek back over the next few weeks and watch for promo tweets for new postings and look forward to a much more productive blog in 2019.

Country Blessings!
Kelly

Thursday, October 25, 2018

THE PARTY LIST - October 25 -31


Note: Please remember to check with the venue as to whether or not there is a cover charge or ticket required for the shows you plan to attend. Also, some venues have an age restriction. I have provided links to the venues when possible, making it easy for you to check it out.
Not all events take place in Texas. With that in mind I will begin listing them not only by day but by TEXAS and ON THE ROAD. With that in mind…

Let’s Get This Party STARTED!

TEXAS
Thursday – 25
Pat Green – The Rustic – Dallas
The Baker Family – Pickin’ & Grinn’n Festival – Bellville
john Arthur martinez – Blue Corn Harvest – Cedar Park


Friday – 26
Aaron Watson – Banita Creek Hall – Nacogdoches
Matt Harlan – Shady Acres Saloon – Houston
William Clark Green – Hurricane Harry’s – College Station
Jamie Richards – Redneck Country Club – Stafford
Brandon Luedtke – House of Blues – Dallas


Saturday – 27
Aaron Watson – Boggus Ford Event Center – Pharr
William Clark Green – Heritage Hall – Paris
            Backyard Blowout!
Cody Canada & the Departed – Heritage Hall – Paris
john Arthur martinez – Atkins Express Pharmacy – Marble Falls
Josh Ward – Circleville Store - Taylor


Sunday – 28
Tessy Lou – Poodie’s – Spicewood


Monday – 29
W. C. Jameson – Poodie’s – Spicewood
            /w George Ensle

Tuesday – 30
john Arthur martinez – Trailblazer Grille – Burnet
            /w Kurt Baumer & Chris Reeves


Wednesday – 31
john Arthur martinez – On the Rocks – Cottonwood Shores
            /w Luiz Carlos Coutinho de Souza III


ON THE ROAD
Thursday – 25
Reckless Kelly – FitzGerald’s – Berwyn IL
Kip Moore – The Filmore Auditorium – Denver CO
Oak Ridge Boys – Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
Bellamy Brothers – Franklin Theatre – Franklin TN


Friday – 26
Asleep at the Wheel – Franklin Theatre – Franklin TN
Gary Allan – John Ascuagas Nugget – Sparks NV
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Trace Adkins – Horseshoe Riverdome – Bossier City LA
Ronnie McDowell – Donoho Karaoke Night – Red Boiling Springs TN
Reckless Kelly – Bourbon Theater – Lincoln NE
Kip Moore – The Complex – Salt Lake City UT
Charley Pride – Welk Resort Theatre – Branson MO


Saturday – 27
Asleep at the Wheel – Renfro Valley Ent. Center – Mt.Vernon  KY
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Trace Adkins – Gold Strike – Tunica MS
Joe Nichols – Henderson Pavilion – Henderson NV
Ronnie McDowell – Donoho Ent. Center – Red Boiling Springs TN
            Annual Halloween Concert
Reckless Kelly – The Cotillion – Wichita KS
Kip Moore – Grand Sierra Resort – Reno NV
            Grand Theatre
Bellamy Brothers – Sevierville Civic Center – Sevierville TN
           


Sunday – 28
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour
Asleep at the Wheel- Lafayette’s Music Room – Memphis TN


Monday – 29
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour


Tuesday – 30
Mickey Gilley – Mickey Gilley Theatre – Branson MO
            /w Johnny Lee – Urban Cowboy Tour
Bill Anderson – Grand Ole Opry – Nashville TN
Reckless Kelly – Music Box Supper Club – Cleveland OH
Kip Moore – Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles CA


Wednesday – 31
Kelly McGuire – Lighthouse Court – Key West FL
            Meeting of the Minds Concert
Reckless Kelly – World Café Live Philadelphia – Philadelphia PA
Oak Ridge Boys – Mansion Theatre – Branson MO
William Clark Green – The Liberty – Roswell NM