TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
(Fri., May 10)
Maybelle Addington Carter, "Mother Maybelle," born in Nickelsville, Va., in 1909.
Hank Thompson's "The Wild Side Of Life" begins a 15-week run at
No. 1 in 1952.
Johnny Cash, The Man in Black, appears at Carnegie Hall in 1962.
Dwight Yoakam gets platinum for his album "Guitars, Cadillacs" in 1989.
MORE COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY FOR THIS WEEKEND
(Sat., May 11)
Alabama drummer Mark Herndon born in Springfield, Mass.in 1955.
The Everly Brothers make their Grand Ole Opry debut in 1957.
Lester Flatt dies in Nashville, Tenn. at age 64 in 1979.
Willie Nelson's album "Honeysuckle Rose" has sales of 2 million for multiplatinum honors in 1992.
(Sun., May 12)
Whitey Ford "The Duke of Paducah" born in De Soto, Mo. in 1901.
The Louvin Brothers recorded "Midnight Special" for Capitol in 1960.
Eddy Arnold gets the gold with his album "My World" in 1966.
Conway Twitty's has a No. 1 hit with "Don't Take It Away" in 1979.
MUSIC AND MORE
AND THE WHEEL GOES ROUND
Pat Sajak and Vanna White will bring the Wheel of Fortune to the Grand Ole Opry house in January. Country music stars will be paired with fans for the event. Anyone wanting to try out for the show can do so during Fan Fair, June 14 and 15. Sajak, who started his television career in Nashville, says: "Vanna and I can't wait to bring the Wheel to Nashville." However he won't be around for Fan Fair. "I wish we could be there ... but the contestant staff doesn't like it when Vanna and I yell out the answers during the auditions," he says.
LAWSON SINGS FOR FILM 'JOSHUA'
Newcomer Shannon Lawson has record his song "Bad, Bad, Bad" for the film "Joshua." The movie, starring Tony Goldwyn (Ghost) is scheduled for limited release. It is based on a series of religious-themed books by Joseph Girzone.
NEW FROM LARI WHITE
Recording artist Lari White shows off her new musical direction and her new album "Green Eyed Soul" this Saturday at Nashville's hipster hangout Slow Bar. In the liner notes, White credits soul star Al Green and feminist author Naomi Wolf for her radical overhaul that will remind listeners of Shelby Lynne's transition from country to pop and rock. The album is available from White's Web site, lariwhite.com, and features Billy Dean (comically billed as Varry White) and gospel favorite Bebe Winans singing harmony.
JOE DEE MAKES A PIT STOP
Jo Dee Messina was at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway earlier this week filming a video for her new single "Dare to Dream," with the aid of NASCAR driver Bobby Hamilton and his No. 55 Schneider Electric car. The video shows Messina getting a "tune up" of wardrobe and makeover by a pit crew dressed in JDM jumpsuits. Messina says the song, which is on her album "Burn" as well as a NASCAR-themed collection "Inside Traxx," is "a song we love to do live. It's high-energy and it's fun. And it's also a very positive message, one that I feel very strongly about."