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Kenny Rogers to Appear on RFD-TV, July 6th — Press release from Webster PR

Iconic singer will appear on RURAL AMERICA LIVE at 10PM ET

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three-time Grammy winner Kenny Rogers will appear on RFD-TV’s RURAL AMERICA LIVE to discuss his life, legacy, current final world tour, “The Gambler’s Last Deal” and plans for the future. Known for his instantly identifiable raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades with over 120 million albums sold and 24 Number One hits. He recently sat down with RFD-TV anchor Christina Loren to tape the one hour special.

“I really enjoyed sitting down with Christina for a great conversation,” said Kenny Rogers. “She was very thoughtful in her questions. In looking back over my career as I prepare to retire from the road, it was fun for me to relive some of the moments brought up in the interview that I don’t think about all that often. I can’t thank the fans enough for all of their support. It’s allowed me to do what I love all of these years.”

“Before the cameras started rolling Kenny let me know that no subject was off-limits. As the story of his remarkable life unfolds, he fearlessly opens up about his greatest moments along with moments of weakness,” said RFD-TV anchor, Christina Loren. “I think that viewers will get a better picture of Kenny Rogers from this interview than ever before as he honestly recaps his legendary career from start to finish.”

Kenny Rogers is a legendary music icon; one of the elite few who is instantly recognized around the world. A groundbreaking recording artist, distinctive vocalist and consummate entertainer, Rogers has played to millions of fans around the globe and has charted a record in each of the last seven decades. The first country artist to consistently sell out arenas, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He also enjoyed incredible crossover success — his 28 Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 10’s is sixth-best all-time, and fourth-best among men, trailing only Elton John, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley. Rogers’ smash hit, “The Gambler,” became a TV movie, starring Rogers himself in the title role as Brady Hawkes. The movie spawned four follow-ups, making it the longest running miniseries franchise on television and launched a second career for Rogers as an actor on television and film.

Feb, 24 —  Attention songwriters!


Attention Emerging Songwriters!  Here is your opportunity to enter one of the most prestigious songwriting contests in the World!
Each year, 800 songwriters submit 2 songs which are listened to by a panel of presenters, artists, and music enablers.  From these entries, 32 songwriters will be selected as 2017 New Folk Finalists and will be invited to play their submitted songs at one of the two New Folk Concerts which will be held during the first weekend of the Kerrville Folk Festival.  From there, 6
 will be selected as New Folk Award Winners for 2017.
Official Entry Guidelines are posted on our website at:

Feb. 18 — AUSTIN, TEXAS — Preservation Texas announced 19 historic restoration and rehabilitation projects that will be recognized at its 2017 Honor Awards Ceremony and Reception in Waco, Texas on February 27. The 2017 Honor Awards recognize successful efforts to save irreplaceable and authentic endangered historic places in Texas.

The renovated Texan Theater , built in 1934 and at 2712 Lee Street in downtown Greenville, Texas, is one of those being recognized and honored. The theater is now used to feature live music of all genres and eras. Barbara Horan, owner, said that it took about 4 ½ years from the time she purchased the historic movie theater until she opened it for the first of many concerts. The renovation was just that detailed. The venue is still historic, in a modern kind of way, and unique in that patrons not only receive the best in music concerts, but also a four-course dinner which includes drinks and tips. And it’s no accident that the sound system and lighting are top-shelf.

“It was a headache getting the vision out of my head and into physical form,” Horan said. “The effort was worth it. Everyone has the opportunity to be spoiled. This is entertainment as it should be – relaxing. Buy your ticket and everything else is taken care of for you.”

“We’re proud to recognize projects as diverse as small houses from the mid-1800s in central Texas to a landmark twentieth century hotel in Dallas,” said Preservation Texas President W. Dwayne Jones. “All of them have been saved through the tireless efforts of visionary Texans who understand the value of protecting historic places.”

To sign up to receive newsletters or just to keep tabs on the upcoming concert schedule, go Online to And you can keep up on the concerts and calendar on’s Live Music Calendar.

Feb. 16 — This from Bluegrass Heritage organization —

Old Settler’s Music Festival will happen in Driftwood, Texas, April 20-23 with an incredible lineup including the Del McCoury BandSam BushSarah JaroszPeter Rowan & FriendsLeftover SalmonThe Travelin’ McCourysWood & Wire, and many more!
Our wonderful friends at Old Settler’s have donated a pair of Friday-Sunday Daytripper passes (non-camping) for the lucky winner of a Foundation drawing! This is a $310 value.

To enter, e-mail your name, address, and phone number to by 3:00 p.m. on Thursday Feb. 23.  Only one entry per household.  Must be at least 18 to enter. Entries that don’t comply with these rules will be deleted. One pair of tickets will be awarded to the lucky winner by random drawing. Void where prohibited.
The drawing will be held shortly after 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 and the winner will be promptly notified via e-mail. The tickets will be available at the Old Settler’s Box Office when the festival opens. If you don’t win the free tickets, you can still get tickets through the Old Settler’s website.

Feb. 11 — The “ The Outsider Songwriter Spotlight” Series is a weekly two-part series organized and hosted by Fredericksburg, Texas, Songwriter/Storyteller Stephen K. Morris each Sunday afternoon.  The series invites traveling and local songwriters to share original songs and their story.  Each week, you may hear blues, bluegrass, folk, country, western, or americana stylings or a little of each depending on the guest.  The series is focused on the writer rather than genre, which keeps it very interesting.

Part one of the series is “The Outsider Songwriter Radio Hour” which includes a one-hour live interview by Stephen on the Fredericksburg-based internet radio station TABC Radio.  “The Outsider Songwriter Radio Hour” and TABC Radio can be found online at from 1-2 p.m.  each Sunday.  During the interview, the guest and Stephen talk about the guest’s musical origins, the songwriting process, performance, road stories, and play a few tunes.

Part two of the series is “The Outsider Songwriter Spotlight” from 4-7 p.m. in person at The Auslander Restaurant and Biergarten, located at 323 E. Main Street,Fredericksburg. During this portion, Stephen and his guest perform their original songs in a song-swap fashion for fans of original music and The Auslander.  Stephen continues his hosting and interviewing duties during this show to help the songwriter introduce themselves and their music.  Each week is unique, full of great music, stories, laughs, and fun.

Since the first “Outsider” show in 2016, there have been 40+ guests who have traveled from as far as Tennessee, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. The past guest songwriters’ talents and resumes have ranged from relatively unknowns looking for a foot in the musical door to those with chart topping hits.  A few guests who have joined the Series:  Heather Little, Chet O’Keefe, Hollin McKay, Quincy Harper, Kevin Higgins, Ronnie Fruge’, Butch Morgan, Chuck Hawthorne, Libby Koch, Mike Blakely, Tommy Elskes, Jenni Mansfield Peal, T-Roy Miller, Candace Miller, David Byboth, Randy Palmer, Damon Carrol, Mark Ambrose, Jake Martin, Dan Martin, Dan West, Ordinary Elephant, Guthrie Kennard and many more.

2017 promises to be outstanding at “The Outsider Songwriter Spotlight” with guests like: John Arthur Martinez, WC Jameson, Donnie Blanz, Lynette and Lefty, Ken Gains, Ben Beckendorf, Russell Caldwell and many others.

You can see the scheduled guests, bios, and links at  or keep up with it on the Live Music Calendar here on

Feb. 9 — From Mack McKinney, who, BTW, is playing this Friday night at Love & War in Texas, Plano.

Our 2nd Annual Pickin In Paradise Mexico Trip is coming up this June! We are so excited that the lovely and talented Bri Bagwell will be joining us this year!  Join us for 5 days of music, friends, pool parties, beaches, sun, beer, margaritas, late nights and WAY more fun than you can have in the USA!

If you were with us last year, you know how much fun this trip is, and this year will be even better. If you’ve never been, give our travel agents, Randy and Lisa, a call and get all the details. You can call them at:  1-832-482-2388 or email them at

You can get more details about the resort, El Dorado Royale and see some pictures from last year’s trip at

Don’t miss out on the fun! We are making plans for this year’s trip to be even better than last year’s!

LJT UPDATE:   Today, Feb. 6 is the last day for LJT Fest Discounted Early Bird Tickets (just a few left)!  Today is also the first day that all festival campsites are available to the general public….so don’t delay!   Call to get the best spot and take advantage of the discounted ticket price.  The festival runs from April 24-29 at Larry Joe’s Melody Mountain Ranch outside of Stephenville.

Note:  There will be many calls today so please keep calling until you get through.  The numbers to call:   (254) 968-8505 OR (254) 968-6204

Larry Joe Taylor


Sky Smead, 2016 WoodyFest performer extraordinaire!

Feb. 3 – Attention Songwriters:  It’s time for songwriters to apply to play at the 2017 Woody Guthrie Festival, being held July 12-16 in Okemah, Okla., Guthrie’s birthplace. The festival is held each year on the weekend closest to July 14, which is Guthrie’s birthdate, and is produced by the non-profit Woody Guthrie Coalition. There are several daytime stages and each night the music moves to Pastures of Plenty and its newly built stage. To keep expenses at a minimum, artists donate their time, although the Woody Guthrie Coalition pays for the artists’ transportation and lodging.

To apply to perform at WoodyFest, go Online to, then click on the Contact link and scroll down to Artist Submission. Oh, and there’s another link there, too, for those who may want to volunteer at WoodyFest, and yet one more for a songwriting contest sponsored by WoodyFest.

Jan. 20 — Songwriters be alerted — Larry Joe Taylor’s 5th annual Songwriter Showcase begins March 6 and continues through April 17, with the ultimate winner winning a slot on this year’s LJT Texas Music Festival, and a free trip on the 2018 LJT Coastin’ & Cruisin’ Songwriters Cruise. There’s 5 weeks in Round 1, followed by semi-finals on April 10 and the final round being April 17, just in time for the Texas Music Festival, which runs rom April 24-19.

To enter, submit an acoustic solo or duo video or MP3 of two original or co-written songs to before Friday, February 10. Produced and non-acoustic submissions will not be accepted. Acceptance is based on acoustic sound, songwriting quality, and overall performance.

For more information, go Online to and follow the links.

The songwriting contest will be held at Larry Joe’s property, 1290 Private Road 707, Stephenville, as is the festival.

Jan. 17 – Rockabilly Hall of Fame’s Roy Head, of Roy Head & The Traits and father of The Voice winner Sundance Head, (Little known fact: Sundance’s name is Jason, but shhh, don’t tell anyone.) is

Roy Head

doing well, Roy sent word through Sundance from his hospital bed, thanking everyone for their prayers and concerns and well-wishes. Roy Head, 75 years old, has been hospitalized for several weeks now, with much of that time spent in ICU.

And this just before Sundance is joining Blake Shelton and former Voice contestant Raelynn on tour. Good for all who get to see them on tour, but none of those schedules stops are in Texas or Oklahoma. Scene In Town will keep the tour dates on the Live Music Calendar.

Jan. 15 — This first appeared in the January issue of Buddy Magazine, for which I (Mary Jane) write.

Texan Charley Pride, 3-time Grammy awarding winning country music icon, is receiving the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Recording Academy. Pride’s 1966 hit “Just Between You And Me” launched him to stardom and earned him his first Grammy nomination. The recognition led to a long and auspicious career for Pride, who is considered the first African-American superstar in country music. The Lifetime Achievement award celebrates performers who have been outstanding contributions to the field of recording. Pride is celebrating his 50th year as a recording artist and is touring extensively across the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Another Texas artist being honored soon is Randy Travis, who is recovering slowly, step-by-step from extensive heart problems of several years ago. Called 1 Night. 1 Place. 1 Time.: A Heroes and Friends Tribute to Randy Travis, the event is being held in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena on February 8. The line-up, so far, includes Kenny Rogers, Alabama, Chris Janson, Jamey Johnson, Tanya Tucker, and many others. A recent fundraiser at Billy Bob’s Texas, which featured two songswaps — the first of which was of Nashville artists including Joe Nichols and Chris Janson and the second of Texas/Red Dirt artists — it was obvious just how much respect Randy Travis is given. He sat in the darkened wings of the Billy Bob’s stage as singer after singer paid homage to this 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee. More home information on this, go to

And speaking of honors, The Drunken Mule in downtown/old-town Commerce won the Dallas A-List honor of Best Live Music Venue of 2016. The Mule, as it’s more commonly called, has a laid-back atmosphere in a building rich in history. One patron posted, “A true old-time dance hall, great proprietor and staff, cold beer, dance floor… And the music… local talent… national artists… Yep, The Mule has got it covered.”

Others who took top honors were Billy Bob’s Texas, Poor David’s Pub, Love & War in Texas. The complete list is available Online at

The Rusty Wier singer/songwriter challenge begins its Round 1 on January 15, sponsored by and held at the Plano facility of Love & War in Texas. This will run every Sunday afternoon, 4-7 p.m. (Except for Week 2, which will be on Tuesday, Jan. 14)  Round one is a who’s who of North Texas songwriters, too many to list yet. Each Sunday’s event is hosted by KHYI’s on-line personality Brett Dillon and each week’s contestants will be vying not only against the others in that round, but also all those in Round 1.

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