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Since our New Year’s Eve show in Branson was at the Welk Theater, I thought a pre-show visit with the head man himself was in order. As you can tell, he was in good spirits! So were Jan Howard and I at a little pre-Christmas get together in a room dedicated to Sun Records. The […]
Happy New Year! And welcome to our first fan club letter of 2018. I hope everybody had a great holiday season and that you’re ready to roar full-speed ahead into this shiny new year. I had a quiet but very nice Christmas. I spent Christmas Eve with Jamey and his family at the candlelight service […]
1) How are the Country’s Family Reunion participants chosen, and do they get paid/stipend/travel? Our producer, Larry Black, works with our talent coordinator, Terry Choate, in selecting the people you see on the screen. Many more are invited than are able to appear due to scheduling conflicts, etc. And, yes, the artists do get paid. […]
Hi Gang: I hope everybody had a Happy Thanksgiving, a Blockbuster Black Friday, and a Cool Cyber Monday. And now I’m wishing you a Dandy December and Smooth Sailing from here until Christmas. I had all my family at my house for Turkey Day (except for my two granddaughters who don’t currently live here), and […]
1) I would like to ask when and where was your first concert, and if you were the only artist, and what songs you sang if you remember. The first time I ever sang in public was in a high school talent show when I was in the 10th grade. For about five years after […]
The custom made table you see here on the left was a birthday gift to me from some very special friends and fans here in Nashville. It was made by a company that specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind products, and stands over 4 ft. tall. I don’t know how much it weighs, but moving it from […]
If, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, these three pictures are worth their weight in gold. They were taken on one of Mel Tillis’ last appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. You can see from the smile on my face how easily he could make me laugh…and in the last picture you can see how much we genuinely cared for one another.
I probably knew Mel longer than I knew any other Nashville artist. We met in late 1957 or early 1958 on a show called the Peach State Jamboree in Swainsboro, Georgia. I was one of the “local” entertainers and Mel was the week’s special guest from Nashville.
I thought you might like to see a short video taken Saturday November 4th on the campus of MIddle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. My friend and longtime singing partner, Jan Howard, was being honored with the Gold Star Award for her tireless efforts in support of the U.S. military. This video is an edited […]