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What's Happening in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame's Backyard

Archive #1

Legendary Music Biz Folks from the Nashville Area

Updated October 16, 2000, thanks to Kittra Moore, co-founder of the Rockabilly Music Foundation, Inc.

Engineer: Lou Bradley, Gordon Stoker, DJ Fontana and Charlie McCoy

Fabulous couple: Jordanaire, Louis Nunley and his lovely wife, Mary Ann. Mary Ann was born and raised right here in Nashville. She is an accountant who recently retired from working for the State prison system. She is totally hip. Very poised, tough and politically savvy. A great conversationalist and the treasure of Louis' life.

Phyllis Hill is a film and music licensing specialist who is known and respected by everyone who is anyone in Nashville. A CMA member for 30 years. She has worked in publishing and with major booking agents such as the legendary Billy Deaton (Manager to Faron Young for 40 years) Ms. Hill worked at TNN for twenty years but decided to move on when the Yankees at CBS in New York took it over. She is presently assisting at Nashville Musicians Union Local 257..

Photo is of Gordon Stoker of the Jordanaires and his wife Gene. In the center is the darling DAVID McKINLEY. David was the sound Engineer at Woodland Sound Studios for 14+ years from 1971 to 1985. The Engineer is the wizard who maintains the board in the studio and makes sure all the music gets to the tape and sounds good. Producers are often times pure fluff (not always) but, in a recording session, all things funnel through the engineer. David McKinley also played a great part in the late sixties in urging record companies included session information on album covers so that the people responsible for creating the music would be recognized for years to come. He engineered countless gold and platinum records for artists such as, the Oak Ridge Boys, Barbara Mandrell, Ronny Milsap, Neil Young and Jimmy Buffet. He did many many sessions that utilzed the talents of his good friend Mr. Gordon Stoker and The Jordanaires. He is presently working with IMG in Nashville.

New traditionalist Paul Burch in the company of ledgendary steel guitar player, Weldon Myrick. For those who are not aware, Mr. Myrick was brought into the business by writer/singer Bill Anderson and performed on nearly all of Mr. Anderson's 60+ charted hit records including "Tips of My Fingers" and on all of Connie Smith's early hit recordings on RCA and JeannieC. Riley's, "Harper Valley PTA." His work graced Trisha Yearwood's platinum project "Hearts Of Armour," George Strait's "Right Or Wrong," Reba MacKentire's: "Little Rock" "Have I Got A Deal For You" "When Whoever's In New England's Through With You" and hundreds more of our favorite country songs.

Ray Edenton (A-team Rhythm guitarist) and Jerry Kennedy (produced Roger Miller, Brook Benton and a slew of others. Jerry was the lead guitarist on "Rainy Night In Georgia".

Shelby Singleton and his youngest son, Stuart.

Delores Denning, retired from singing and sure do miss her. Her earliest work with the Dinning Sisters on Capitol Records was re-released in September 98 and is given a 'four star' rating by AMG. She sang with the Nashville Edition on Hee Haw for 25 years all the while doing the back up vocals for some of the biggest stars that ever lived including Roy Orbison, Sonny James,Tammy Wynette & George Jones, Andy Williams, Perry Como,Connie Francis and Bob Dylan. Of course, we Rockabilly fanatics all recall her beautifully haunting vocals on her brother, Mark Dinning's "Teen Angel" and the ever-rockin' Ronnie Self classic " Bob-A-Lena.".

Louis Nunley (Jordanaire), Millie Kirkham (the high voice on Elvis records), Charlie Dick (Patsy Cline's husband) and Tommy Hill (Owner/Producer of Starday Records).

Gene Chrisman (who does a lot of session work at Burns Station Sound), Tommy Hill, Charlie Dick, Hurshel Wiginton and Bob Moore

Bob Timmers (non-legend) with Nashville Musicians Union President Harold Bradley. Harold was present at Gene Vincent's first Capitol recording session in Nashville.

Pros Offer Tips Through Grammy Sessions

NASHVILLE - October 4th - Steve Wariner will join several renowned Nashville session musicians for the Grammy Sessions Oct. 25-28 in Nashville. The four-part series will include workshops dedicated to percussion (Oct. 25), guitar and bass (Oct. 26), brass and strings (Oct. 27) and keyboard (Oct. 28). Musicians slated to participate along with Wariner are Eddie Bayers, Chad Cromwell, Jamie Oldaker, Kim Richey, Glenn Worf, Mike Brignardello, Rod McGaha, Tammy Rogers, Dennis Solee, John Jarvis, Lynn Marie, Steve Nathan and Matt Rollins. The sessions, to be held at Nashville's Mars Music store, are free and open to the public.

Friday, September 22, 2000

Slick Andrews (rhythm, vocals). Geoff Firebaugh (bass), Chris Detloff (drums) and Ronnie Crusher (lead)

Kenny Taylor (lead), Jerry Sparkman (drums), Plava P. Coltrane (bass) and Nic Roulette (vocals)

ROCKIN' BILLY & THE WILD COYOTES: Don Monk (guitar), Steve Veeling (drums) and Rockin' Billy (rhythm, vocals)

Fes'de Ville 2000

NASHVILLE - Sept. 25, 2000 - I got a free pass to Fes'de Ville last night and was ecstatic because it was the night of the John Hartford tribute. It was a fantastic show with some true giants of acoustic music. The show started with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings doing their incredible progressive-oldtimey folk thing ... and i know that sounds strange if you've never heard them, but that's the simplest way to explain them! Then John Cowan brought an acoustic band to do three songs from his new CD (which is fantastic, by the way). s After his part, Tim O'Brien came out with his amazing Mandolin/Mandocello work, then Kathy Mattea came out and they did some songs together ... the last of which was "Gentle on my Mind", the big hit that Hartford wrote back in the 60's ... He's had to sing that one a bazillion times, so they let someone else take it last night. Then came Bela Fleck, the recognized master of progressive-jazz banjo, and he had Pat Flynn come out for an instrumental, then John Cowan came out to sing another Hartford song, so it was 3/4 of New Grass Revival ... Then Jamie Hartford (John's son) came out with his great little "americana" band ... I've gotta go see them sometime, they were GREAT!! All this building up to John Hartford and the Hartford String Band. John did his usual charming, funny story-telling, singalong stuff, and great fiddle playing. His funniest line of the night was "About 25 years ago, a woman said to me ... "I wish you'd do something I've heard before, so I could tell whether or not you were any good!" ... Well, I've sorta based my career on that statement!"

Chip Smith
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Billy Burnette at Jack Legs, Nashville, 9/11/00


SAMMIE JAY, age 12, currently performs at Rocky Top on Lower Broadway, downtown Nashville, every Wed. - Sat. night from 6 to 10pm.

The Sutler, Nashville, 09/10/00



Station Inn, Nashville, 09/11/00

LEFT: Billy Walker, Hoot Hester and Rick Sears.
RIGHT: Hoot Hester, Bob Moore, Ms. Hespie, Jimmy C. Newman

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LEFT: Hank Locklin's son with Billy Walker. He sings just like his Dad.
CENTER: Mitch Ballard and his girlfriend from Baton Rouge. Mitch is BJ Thomas' Road Manager and a pretty darn good singer in his own right.
RIGHT: Kenny (opry fiddler); Rick's wife, Dawn. She's a fine singer, sounds a bit like Reba. She has been George Strait's back up singer for several years.

Grand Ol' Opry, Nashville

Saturday, Aug. 5th. This was a special night. Joe Zinkan, an upright bassist who first became a regular band member on the Grand Ol' Opry in the 1940's retired a decade ago but held onto his beloved old upright bass until last month when local bassist, Kent Blanton, purchased it from Mr. Zinkan. Kent "Superman" Blanton asked Mr. Zinkan if he would do him the honor of coming along with him one night to visit the Grand Ol' Opry where Kent appears regularly in Marty Stuart's band.

At 82 years old, Mr. Zinkan isn't the party boy he once was, but said he would go on one condition. Only if his old buddy, Ray Price, was scheduled to perform. Well, wouldn't you know it? Mr. Price was due to show up at the Opry not two weeks later.

When the other bassists in town heard that Joe was going to show up, they hatched out a plan. About 10 outstanding Nashville bassists showed up to pay tribute including:
Bobby Moore, Lightning Chance, Billy Linneman,
Dennis Crouch, Mike Bub and several others.

It was a tearful reunion for Mr. Zinkan. He and his family were met by the smiling faces of Nashville's best who had assembled there to let him know he had played a part in their lives. Mr. Zinkan's is noted for his uniquely entertaining and 'audience winning' style with his "straddle that thing and slap it" showmanship few of the other musicians ever dared to attempt.

You can see Mr. Zinkan pictured here with Pee Wee King in the early days. This dramatic photo now graces the entrance hall of the Grand Ol' Opry. Mr. Zinkan and his family were proud to see it displayed there.


SLEEPY LaBEEF and his band gigged at the Exit In, Nashville, August 8th. This photo was taken backstage that night right before showtime. It was Billy Block's 39th birthday!!


Station Inn, 12th St., Nashville

Monday Nights:

Got the Monday blues? Well, cheer up! Everyone is having a ball downtown at the Station Inn (S. 12th). Come join us. Every Monday evening the from 8:00 to 11:00. The Time Jumpers, Nashville's hottest Western-Swing band, perform classic western swing favorites mixed in with their own original songs and it's quite a show. The Time Jumpers are all top notch session players. The best in the business. They put this band together just for their love of Western Swing music. Their standard lineup includes Hoot Hester (fiddle and vocals), Kenny Sears (fiddle and vocals), Andy Reiss (guitar),Rick Vanaugh (drums), Dennis Crouch (upright bass), Jeff Taylor (accordion and vocals), Johnny 'Dumplin' Cox (pedal steel) and Ms. Adie Grey (pictured above, vocals). The Station Inn is a tiny little hole in the wall that holds only about 100 people. It's not smoky. It's not loud. It's just a, cozy, rockin' little beer joint but on fabulous Monday's, it is always power-packed with music industry heavyweights and stars galore. Who has been "SEEN" at the Monday night shows?: Doug Green (from the Riders in The Sky) Mandy Barnett, Billy Walker, David Ball, Melvin Sloan, Jimmy C. Newman, Boots Randolph, Wiley (of the Wild West), the Hot Club of Cow Town trio, Buck White (of The Whites), Phil Lee and Dave Mackenzie Š just to mention a few! Hope to see you there too.

Wedding Bells

Saturday, July 22

Mary Cille Wilds was married Saturday, July 22 to Christopher Hees in beautiful candle lite ceremony at the First Christian Church in Selmer Tennessee which was filled to capacity with family and friends pouring out into the street. The wedding was followed by a lavish party at the Country Club. Cille's father, official photographer for the Rockabilly Hall of Fame Organization, David "Butch" Wilds, is the son of Honey Wilds famous performer of the late 1940's Grand Ol' Opry duet Jamup & Honey. In attendance were many of Mr. Wilds noteworthy associates. Jim Sheradin, artist and general manager of Nashville's historic Hatch Show Print, Duane Jarvis, performer and song writer for Leiber & Stoller Music Publishing, Phil Lee; The Mighty King of Love with his lovely wife Maggie and life long friend Bob Moore; Nashville session man who was a bassist for Jamup and Honey in 1947.

Lower Broadway

Sunday, July 16th

CROSSFIRE, from Cape Girardo, MO, after a gig at Rocky Top, receive some fan support.

The fans: Connie (Nashville), Fran (Jackson), Morgan (Nashville)

Exit Inn

Tuesday, June 20th

HOT CLUB OF COWTOWN. "The Hot Club of Cowtown may be best greatest thing to happen to western swing since Bob Wills picked up a fiddle," says the Boston Globe. They mix the western swing of Bob Wills with the jazz of Django Reinhardt and Stephen Grappelli into something downright combustible. Based in Austin, Texas, "Tall Tails," their latest CD (not pictured here) features the bands great mix of tunes with nods to western swing, hot jazz, fiddle tunes and Tin Pan Alley standards. They got their start in San Diegp in 1996, but finalized the lineup when guiartist/vocalist Whit Smith and violinist/vocalist Elana Fremerman moved to Austin and hooked up with bassist Matt Weiner. The musicianship, energized live performances and winning attitude has made them favorites on the concert and club circuit.

The Country Music Hall of Fame's
1st Annual Skyline Show

Thursday, June 15th, Music Row
photography: Kittra Moore, Bob Timmers

The Country Music Hall of Fame celebrated its final summer on Music Row Thursday night, June 15, with the inaugural Nashville Skyline Jamboree, a gala party and dance featuring appearances by Brenda Lee, Little Jimmy Dickens, Charley Pride, Bobby Bare, Stonewall Jackson, BR5-49, Deana Carter, Mavericks frontman Raul Malo and a host of other entertainers. The Hall of Fame's outdoor music festival took place on the final night of this year's 29th annual International Country Music Fan Fair, a four-day lovefest between country artists and their fans. With the Hall of Fame parking lot gussied up like an old-time country fair, the Nashville Skyline Jamboree gave over 1,000 Fan Fair visitors and locals the chance to bid farewell to the 33-year-old museum that displays an amazing assortment of instruments, costumes and memorabilia. By the time Fan Fair 2001 rolls around next June, the Country Music Hall of Fame will be open for business in downtown Nashville in its new $37 million home, a facility four times larger than the Music Row location.








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