Here are this week's headlines as heard on the Nashville News Roundup on WFKY - Froggy 101.7 & 104.9. You can listen to me every Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. dishing the dirt on country music news and history.
Nashville TV Show is Back!
Fans of the tv series, Nashville, just found out that CMT and Hulu have picked up the series for their 5th season. The Tennessean reported that, "the state put $8 million in its budget and Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has proposed a $1.375 million fund for film incentives, though the final amount for "Nashville" has not been announced." The show helped the city with employment numbers of over $20 million each season with the use of local talent. It also used a lot of music licensing to help songwriters release their songs to a bigger audience. No word as to when the show will air for season 5.
From Elvis to Elvira
Stay tune on Thursday when I will post up my exclusive interview with Richard Sterban, the Oompa Papa Mow Wow of the Oak Ridge Boys! You'll learn about his journey of being in a gospel quartet that led to backing Elvis for a couple of years before entering the world of the Oak Ridge Boys. By the way - did you see them perform with Blake Shelton on the CMT Music Awards?
Grand Ole Opry star and multiple Grammy Award winner Marty Stuart has amassed one of the largest private collections of memorabilia documenting country-music history. The Library of Congress announced mid May that the world’s largest library has acquired hundreds of hours of historic country-music footage, recordings and other audio-visual materials from Stuart’s vast collection. The audio-visual collection features more than 100 hours of footage shot on the road, including at the Grand Ole Opry; complete television episodes of "The Johnny Cash Show," "Flatt and Scruggs Grand Ole Opry" and the "Marty Stuart Show"; rare home movies of the Lester Flatt Band on tour; and music videos from throughout Stuart’s career, including the songs "Tempted," "Little Things" and "Burn Me Down." Stuart donated portions of the collection and the rest was acquired via purchase.
Awesome Possum Fact of the Week: On this day in 1974, Tom T. Hall quits the Grand Ole Opry over a conflict about the use of horns. Hall had played the Opry three days earlier and "didn't feel right" about not using his band.
Handpick Download of the Week: Mark Chesnutt - Oughta Miss Me By Now