Wherever she performs, Carlene knows that she is doing her part to honor those who came before her, in her own way. "From the day I first touched a guitar or piano," she recalls, "my mom said, 'You have to carry on the legacy of the Carter Family music. It's supposed to be passed on and passed around.'" Nearly a century after their first recordings changed the course of American music, that circle remains unbroken by Carlene Carter.
Hear Carlene tell a story she's never told anyone except to this podcast and it's about Johnny Cash.
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TG Sheppard has always had an unstoppable passion for music. This passion along with 21 number one hits and being ranked among the top 100 country artists of all time has made him one of the most popular live performers on tour today. It's only natural with a show chock full of chart topping hits like "Last Cheaters Waltz","I Loved 'Em Everyone","Do You Wanna Go To Heaven", and "Party Time" that TG has developed a reputation as a solid performer who delivers exactly what audiences want. All this and more combined with a steadfast dedication to entertainment has truly made him one of the great Legends in country music.
Today, we talk about his new music and his friendship with Elvis.
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Coming from one of America’s most creative families since the Hemingways, Stella Parton has blazed her own unique pathway to success. From the foothills of the Great Smokey Mountains she emerged from extreme poverty and disenfranchisement to see her dreams of performing on the Grand Ole Opry come true and to become an international award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, author, and producer.
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With romantically charged #1 hits like “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” and “If I Didn’t Have You,” multi-platinum international success, and honors as Vocal Duo of the Year from both the ACM and CMA Awards, Country duo Thompson Square admit they don’t have much left on their bucket list.
So for the husband-and-wife team of Keifer and Shawna Thompson, the next chapter of their career is about something different.
“This album is called Masterpiece, and the definition of a masterpiece is an artist’s life’s work,” Keifer explains, hinting at the creative satisfaction behind the duo’s third studio album. “When we’re 80 years old and we look back, we want to be able to say we’re really proud of all the stuff we did.”
Working independently for the first time, Masterpiece arrives at a tipping-point moment for the duo – and it finds them taking skillful control of their acclaimed musical bond.
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Restless Heart lead singer Larry Stewart can remember the exact moment and place his life began to change forever.
“I was driving east on I-40 from West Nashville into town to an appointment,” he recalls. “Back then, I was listening to what we were doing in my Jeep Cherokee every day. I had turned the radio on, and ‘Let The Heartache Ride’ was right in the middle of the acapella intro.”
Stewart had been living with the song for a while, and hearing it through his car speakers wasn’t that big of a deal – until he looked at the stereo and saw the numbers 97.9. “It didn’t sink in because I had it in the tape deck for days, then I realized ‘That’s the radio. It’s WSIX.’ I pulled over on the shoulder around White Bridge Road and sat there with my car idling. It was like yesterday.”
‘Yesterday’ has come full circle for Restless Heart. Then one of Nashville’s newest acts, the band is celebrating their 30th Anniversary in 2013, and Dave Innis enjoys the musical ride as much as ever.
“I think it’s been an amazing legacy, and it’s been such an honor to have been part of an organization that is still together doing it after thirty years with the same five original guys, and it’s more fun than ever.”
John Dittrich, Greg Jennings, Paul Gregg, Dave Innis, and Larry Stewart – the men who make up Restless Heart have enjoyed one of the most successful careers in Country Music history, placing over 25 singles on the charts – with six consecutive #1 hits, four of their albums have been certified Gold by the RIAA, and they have won a wide range of awards from many organizations – including the Academy of Country Music’s Top Vocal Group trophy. Those stats aside, Innis feels that their career goes much deeper than that.
“In the past few years, we have really started to branch out in the community, particularly our work with the Nashville Rescue Mission. We have hosted an event called Restless Heart & Friends – Music With A Mission that we do at the Schermerhorn Center with the Nashville Symphony. We invite a lot of our friends in the industry across all genres to join us, and all of the money we raise goes to the Nashville Rescue Mission. The other thing that stands out is the tours we have done in support of the men and women of the Armed Forces. We did some tours with the Air Force, going all over the world.”
Those audiences have sung along with their record-shattering string of hits, such as “I’ll Still Be Loving You,” “Fast Movin’ Train” and “When She Cries.” Stewart says it’s humbling to know Restless Heart has made an impact. “I’m proud of the fact that we get to hear stories from young artists and musicians that we might have made an impression or inspiring them to come to town – having number one records, and hearing the stories of what they meant to people. To know that you have been a part of something that made a difference, the power of music, the power of a song. To be a part of something that made a mark. However big or small of a mark Restless Heart made, it’s still a mark. To be able to appreciate and feel blessed that we got lucky enough to get together. I feel like it was something that was meant to be.”
And, the story is far from over, as Stewart says Restless Heart still has a lot of history to make. “We are still at the top of our game when it comes to singing and playing together. We’ve got some projects we’re working on, and we want to put the Restless Heart brand out to music fans again – to let them know we’re still here and making good music. We’re really looking forward, not trying to rest on our past laurels, we really want to do some new music. We have some fun things we’re considering to celebrate the moment, which we’re trying to put together, and reintroduce ourselves to the world, and take another stab at something.”
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When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss. Shenandoah has recorded ten studio albums (3 certified gold) and placed 26 singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. The boys from Muscle Shoals have left a potent legacy at country radio with over a dozen #1 records.
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Over the course of his 25+ year career, Billy has released 11 albums and has been recognized with several awards and nominations. In 1992, he was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year for “Somewhere in My Broken Heart,” which went on to win Song of the Year at the American Country Music Awards. That same year, Billy was named Top New Male Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards and nominated by the Country Music Association for the Horizon Award. Four years later, Billy won a Grammy for Amazing Grace, A Country Tribute to Gospel, an album featuring Martina McBride, Allison Krauss, the Charlie Daniels Band and others. In 2017, Billy was inducted as a member of the Florida Artist Hall of Fame.
A modern-day American Troubadour, Billy Dean has performed and toured with some of the industry’s biggest country music stars including the Judd's, Kenny Rogers, Clint Black, Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd and others.
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Lulu became a household name many years ago from being one of the main stars on the long running hit television series, Hee Haw. Hear her tell the story of how she got discovered by Buck Owens, her close friendship with Minnie Pearl, and her victory overcoming addiction. Listen to Lulu tell story after story of her days on Hee Haw and also what all she is doing today. Enjoy!
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Today, we welcome powerhouse vocalist of soul, gospel, and country music-Mr. T. Graham Brown! Listen as we discuss story after story of his life and career. Who all did he contact to be on his latest gospel album? Hint: "I Still Believe in You"
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Today we have 80's Country Music Star, Deborah Allen. She has worked with the best in the business including the late Prince and Living Legend Brenda Lee. Hear her tell story after story about her career and who all she has written songs for including Tanya Tucker and Patty Loveless. All of this and so much more!
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God Blessed Texas! Today's show is all about Brady Seals! Founding member and hit songwriter of 90's super group, Little Texas. Brady shares many stories of his famed career in this episode.
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A member of the Grand Ole Opry for 51 years, Jeannie Seely brings laughter and incredible stories to today's show. Hear about her friendships with Minnie Pearl, Dottie West, and Dolly Parton and who she would put on the Mount Rushmore of Country Artists.
Jeannie is a trailblazer and pioneer for women in country music. Her story is like non other.
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Listen to my interview with the "voice", John Berry. Hear how he came to Nashville and got his first record deal. We talk about his latest hit single "Beautifully Broken" and the movie of the same title that John was a part of. Also, hear John's hilarious story about backstage at the CMA Awards with George Jones. All of this and so much more!
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Today's interview is with Sony Music Recording Artist, Aaron Carter! Listen to Aaron share his story and how he's been doing this past year. We talk about his new record, LOVE. We also play "Rapid Fire"!
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Muti-Platinum 90's Super Group, Confederate Railroad joins the show today. Hear Danny Shirley talk about working with David Allan Coe, Johnny Paycheck, George Jones, and Tammy Wynette. What did Danny do when he found out they were playing in front of 100,000 plus in his hometown of Chattanooga, TN? Who would Danny put on the Mount Rushmore of Country Music? All of this and much more!
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Hear the interview of rising country star, Austin Willis and be sure to check out his new single "Saturday Nights in Georgia".
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Hello to all my listeners! On the show today is Country Star, Ty Herndon! Ty's career in the 90's era of country was a huge success. Here us talk about his current music, touring schedule, and hear stories from his hit-making career!
Where did Ty get his start? Who all has he toured with? His friendships with Wynonna, Tanya Tucker, and many more. What are his thoughts on today's music scene? Here all of this on the show today. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast, write a review, and give us a 5 star rating. Thanks for all of that! Be sure to check us out at www.throwbackcountrymusicpodcast.com and join us every Monday night at 9:00 PM for our Facebook Live show at facebook.com/britjonesmusic or facebook.com/throwbackcountrymusic
What an episode we have in store for you today! Country Star Wade Hayes joins me in an exclusive interview. He tells the best stories!
Find out how Wade got his very first record deal "accidentally" when he was just pursuing a career playing lead guitar for other artists. Who are his influences and what does he think about 90's country compared to today's hit makers? Also, hear Wade discuss overcoming Stage 4 cancer twice. Who was the country music star who helped get him into Vanderbilt for treatment? All of this and more on 90's country music star and hit maker, Wade Hayes!
There is No Arizona! Join me as I talk to my friend, Jamie O'Neal. Who did Jamie write a huge hit song for? What is she up to now? What's her thoughts on today's country music? Find out by listening to this episode! For my Apple Podcasts/iTunes listeners, please subscribe to this show, give us a rating (preferably 5 stars) HA!, and give us a short review. This helps us grow this podcast so that we can continue to bring the best interviews from the heroes and sheroes of the 90's and early 2000's!
Today we welcome Grand Ole Opry member and Country Music Royalty, Lorrie Morgan. We dive into her hit making career along with some thought provoking questions. She doesn't hold back when asked about the current state of country music.
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