TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY
Asher Sizemore born (1906) in Manchester, Ky.
Joe Stampley born (1943) in Springhill, La.
Pee Wee King recorded "Tennessee Polka" for RCA (1949)
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PAM TILLIS TRIBUTE TO DAD DUE IN AUGUST
Pam Tillis says the time is ripe for an album of her dad Mel's songs.
Pam says she finished the album, titled "It's All Relative" late last week and it is expected to be on the shelves Aug. 27.
"It's like the project that ate New Jersey. I'm just so tickled to be done with it and so excited to get it out," Pam said.
Mel Tillis wrote songs for many artists, some of them majors hits that helped many artists get into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Pam recorded several, including "So Wrong," the Patsy Cline hit, and Brenda Lee's "Emotions."
She also unearthed Mel's unknown song "Not Like It Was With You," and included it.
"It is the greatest song!" she told CMT News, amazed that it had been overlooked.
From her father's extensive list of songs, Pam said, she had some hard choices to make.
"I just picked things that made sense for me to sing. ... Dad's got a lot of songs that are definitely male-oriented that I couldn't do, so I stuck with stuff that I could sing."
"Some of the treatments I did ... Daddy said, 'I don't think I would have thought of that, but I like it.' It was cool for me to play back those songs for him in ways that are totally different."
Pam Tillis, 44, began her career in 1991 and she was named Female Vocalist of the Year in 1994 by the Country Music Academy.
She said she had put off suggestions of making an album of her dad's songs for years, while she established herself in the industry. But having recently switched labels to Sony Nashville she felt it was time.
"I had a lot of my own music to get out there, but now seems like a good time. I've been talking about it seriously for five years now. I just changed record labels and it seemed like time to do something different."
WOMACK'S NEW VIDEO GETS HOLLYWOOD HELP
Lee Ann Womack's new video launched this week is called "Something Worth Leaving Behind," and that particular "something" could be a big pile of cash. The first video (and title track) from Womack's next album boasts three of Hollywood's hottest talents. Thomas Kloss, who directed photography for Moulin Rouge's "Lady Marmalade" and Will Smith's "Wild Wild West," brings his talent to the project and Britney Spears' hair stylist Kevin Mancuso and Angeline Jolie's make-up artist Mally Roncal gave Womack just the right look for the video, shot at the Park Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.
CHELY WRIGHT TIX GO FOR $3,250
Country fan Lynette Unnerstall has paid $3,250 to meet Chely Wright during Wright's Fan Fair appearance next Tuesday at the Wildhorse Saloon. Unnerstall placed the high bid on eBay and will also meet Gary Allan, Diamond Rio, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Keith Urban, Cyndi Thomson, Tommy Shane Steiner and Steve Azar. Proceeds from the auction benefit Wright's Reading, Writing & Rhythm Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for public school music education.