Rodeo is all about that point of no return. All the practice, preparation and perspiration comes down to that last wrap of the bull rope, pulling down the Stetson, giving that nod before the cowboy and his animal explode out of the chute and into the arena for those precious few seconds when anything can happen.
Mickey Gilley has a good sense of humor about the ups, downs and in betweens of his colorful life. His story includes connections to a couple of “colorful cousins” (Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart); a string of hit records; successful business ventures; plane wrecks; and freak accidents. He has fought his way through paralysis from the neck down to a point where he is back to his old self.
Keith Anderson was sitting pretty on the country music scene by 2008 as a promising singer-songwriter. His debut album, Three Chord Country and American Rock & Roll garnered two Top 10 hits (accompanied by two No. 1 music videos), “Pickin’ Wildflowers,” and “Every Time I Hear Your Name,” along with two Top 30 hits “XXL” and “Podunk.” This success prompted music trades Billboard and Radio & Records to name him country music’s No. 1 New Male Artist of 2005 and the top new solo country artist of the year.
Don’t even try to figure out Kenny Loggins’ music or in what direction he might take it in next. While an entire generation is well-versed in his talent as a master tunesmith and major contributor to soundtracks of some of the most memorable movies on the planet, trying to guess what Loggins will do next might be a lot like trying to rope the wind.
His four-decade and then some career has gone way beyond hit records—from at the top of the music charts to multiple Grammys, from creating music that has become part of people’s lives. He’s had smash hits on Hollywood’s most popular soundtracks, rocked stages worldwide, recorded duets with fellow icons like Stevie Nicks and Michael McDonald and found his way into children’s hearts while dabbling in a variety of genres.