As big a name in country music as Josh Turner‘s has become, it is all the more impressive how he “snuck up” on Nashville through his one-of-a-kind performance at the Grand Ole Opry back in 2001. Most in the audience at that performance had the same look on their faces that Roy Acuff had when he announced Olivia Newton John as female vocalist of the year at the CMA awards years ago. You know. The look of, “who the hell is this?”
While Diana Ross is definitely on record producer Berry Gordy‘s Christmas list, we’re pretty sure Otis Williams is there, too. Gordy founded Motown records and without the likes of Ross, Smokey Robinson and Williams, the remaining original member of The Temptations, it is likely Motown would have become “Notown” in no time. So Gordy has some presents to give out to those who gave him, and us, presents during the ’60s-’70s, and beyond.
When tribute bands form they usually focus on one group or one artist. It’s just the way of that world. You don’t confuse things for fans of bands. They like “their guys” and that’s that. The only way around this in the past has been to form “variety shows” of stars like the original tribute show, “Legends in Concert” where you pay tribute to a lot of different performers via short segments by each member of the cast. Something for everyone.
Toby Keith is at it again—singin’ ’bout that “drinkin’” thing—a theme he has parlayed into a cottage industry well beyond just a singing career. Last year, Keith released Drinks After Work; and on Tues, Oct 14, a few days before his Laughlin appearance, he released his newest track, “Drunk Americans.”