Radio Show Notes For March 16, 2018

On the show today:

– Feel Good Story Of The Day: Scottish doctor walks eight miles in the snow to perform surgery on her patient.  No word on whether or not her walk was uphill both ways too.

– Big weekend for Mississippi State Bulldogs teams:

– Feel Good Story Of The Day #2:  Pilfered baby Jesus returned to its church in New Jersey, four decades after it was stolen from their Nativity scene.

– The Friday Florida File is back!  Miami police investigate peacock kidnapping.  Not sure why, because peacocks are assholes.  The surveillance video is hilarious!


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60 Seconds Of Country Music History For March Fifteenth

On this date in country music history


In a New York City recording studio, Tex Ritter records his first two singles, “Rye Whiskey” and “Goodbye Old Paint.”
Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs’ “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” is released by Mercury Records.  It becomes a Bluegrass standard, and the theme to Warren Beatty’s 1967 movie “Bonnie And Clyde
Freddy Fender’s iconic song “Before The Next Teardrop Falls” reaches Number One on the Billboard Country Singles Chart.
Garth Brooks gets put in a San Diego Padres spring training game as a pinch runner for Wally Joyner, and gets forced out on a double play.
Dierks Bentley’s debut, self-titled album goes platinum.
Country Hall Of Fame Member Carl Smith is born in Maynardville, Tennessee.  He releases over 30 hit singles during the 1950s, including “Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way,” “Don’t Just Stand There,” and “Hey Joe!”
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Radio Show Notes From March 14 2018

In Case You Missed It

The Natchez Fire Department is looking for a few good retirees to fill some shifts part-time.

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles can really project when she sings.  Here is how she keeps her voice in top shape.

Willie Nelson announces 2018 tour dates with Sturgill Simpson, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and Old Crow Medicine Show.

Feel Good Story Of The Day:  How slicing a customer’s ham steak leads to a scholarship for a Waffle House employee.  (video below)

My podcast:  60 Seconds Of Country Music History For March Fourteenth

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60 Seconds Of Country Music History For March Fourteenth

60 Seconds Of Country Music History For March 14th

Gene Autry’s movie “Back In The Saddle” debuts in theaters. In the film, Gene sings “Back In The Saddle Again,” and “You Are My Sunshine.”

Merle Haggard gets pardoned by California governor Ronald Reagan for a 1957 attempted robbery that landed the singer in San Quentin prison,

Elvis Presley gets a posthumous number one hit when “Guitar Man” written by Jerry Reed, hits the top of the Billboard Country Singles Chart.  Jerry Reed’s version was a very minor country hit in 1967.

After a nine-year drought, John Anderson is back at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart with “Straight Tequila Night”

Shania Twain’s album “Come On Over” is certified platinum by the RIAA for the 17th time.

Cynthia May Carver is born in Lamb, Kentucky. Known by her stage name “Cousin Emmy” she becomes one of country music’s first successful female artists. Her song, “Ruby (Are You Mad)” was a Top Five hit for Buck Owens in 1971.



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Radio Show Notes From March 5 2018

In case you missed it:


– Mississippi River Update:  The Bonnet Carre Spillway is expected to open by the end of the month.  It was last opened for 22 days in 2016.

– Legendary music entrepreneur and Tower Records founder Russ Soloman dies at age 92, reportedly after saying something nasty about an actress’s wardrobe on the Oscars.

– Luke Bryan’s new album will also be released on vinyl this Friday.  The 16-track double album will include a bonus song.

– Feel Good Story Of The Day:  MMA fighter who once mopped gym floors in exchange for jiu-jitsu lessons gives back to his community.

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Tower Records Founder Russ Solomon Dies While Drinking Whiskey And Watching The Oscars

Solomon founded Tower Records in 1960

The legendary music entrepreneur reportedly died after making a snarky remark about someone’s wardrobe:

he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing that he thought was ugly, then asked (his wife) Patti to refill his whiskey

Russ opened his first store in Sacramento, and the Sac Bee has an award-worthy article about him.

I spent many a hard-earned minimum-wage paychecks on cassettes, CDs and concert tickets at the Tower Records store on Sports Arena Boulevard in San Diego.  It was where a teenager who was just figuring out his musical taste could buy music without having to explain his purchase.  Tower Records was also one of the few places you could buy tickets for All-Ages punk and ska shows in San Diego.

I bought tickets for Nirvana’s In Utero tour at Tower Records (video of the full concert below).  It was the first time I ever bought tickets to a “my kind of music” concert with the purpose of actually enjoying the show.  I had recently taken a large boot to the head from a crowd-surfing idiot at a rowdy all-ages ska show which kind of soured my desire to get into the mosh pit again.  I’m glad I made that decision, because it was the last time me or any of my friends would get to see NIrvana perform.

Music was an important part of my teenage years.  I wasn’t the best student, and I wasn’t an athlete, and southern California high schools have a clique system that puts India’s caste system to shame.  I’m not going to say my generation “bonded” over music like Nirvana’s, but at least it was one of the few things we all could agree on.

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Radio Show Notes From March 1 2018

In case you missed it on the show today

Reba McEntire announced the 2018 ACM nominees this morning.  Chris Stapleton leads the field with 8 of them.  Reba will host the April 15th awards ceremony also.

If you need more proof that Dolly Parton is a national treasure, her Imagination Library donates its 100 millionth book.  That number is absolutely mind-boggling.

Feel Good Story Of The Day:  Good Samaritan helps thwart a possible kidnapping attempt near Los Angeles.

The Mississippi River is expected to rise to 57 feet at the Natchez Gage in two weeks.  Farmers in Louisiana and Mississippi need to prepare to move their livestock and equipment.

A $1600 Uber ride across three states is still a hell of a lot cheaper than a DUI conviction or possibly killing someone.

Throwback Thursday:  I’m going to start making a Spotify playlist of songs for TBT.  All these songs were #1 on the Billboard country singles chart this week in country music history.  Enjoy!




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2018 Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees Announced

Reba also announced the 2018 ACM nominees this morning.

Reba McEntire will also host the ACM Awards show this year on April 15th at 7:00 p.m. Central time on CBS.


  • Eight nominations for Chris Stapleton
  • Six nominations for Thomas Rhett
  • Five nominations for Keith Urban
  • Five nominations for Shane McAnally
  • Four nominations for Miranda Lambert
  • Four nominations for Maren Morris
  • Three nomination for Sam Hunt
  • Three for Midland
  • Three for Little Big Town

Full list of nominees and categories over at Music Row Magazine.

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Live In Studio Interview With Tony Jackson

A Performance By Country Star Tony Jackson

United States Marine Corps veteran-turned-singer-songwriter Tony Jackson stopped by the 95 Country studios this afternoon for an interview and performance of his current single “Old Porch Swing.”  I really love songs that paint a mental picture, and Tony’s song is one of my favorite ones on my station’s playlist.  His song is currently sitting at #27 on the Music Row Country Breakout Chart.

I’ll grab the audio from the full interview tomorrow.  Meanwhile, check out the Facebook Live video of his performance this afternoon.  Stop by Tony’s website and pick up a copy of his new album and some merch too.  Stream songs all you want, but if your want your favorite artists to keep making music, it’s very important that you support them with your wallet too.

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Radio Show Notes From February 27 2018

In case you missed it:

Miranda Lambert’s Muttnation Foundation donates nearly $200,000 to animal shelters across America.

Antique collector flips a $20 rummage sale teapot for over $800,000.  Turns out it’s a super important piece of pre-Revolutionary War history

Cold case in Adams County, Mississippi reopened after eight years.

Feel-good story of the day:  Iowa Hawkeye basketball player throws an intentional brick to preserve a 25 year-old school record.  Check out the video below.

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