Mr. Nashville Talks
by Larry Ferguson
A native of Louisville, KY, Larry Ferguson has spent virtually his entire life in music. His father was a well-renowned guitarist that also owned The House of Guitars, a vintage guitar shop that welcomed many celebrity clients over the years. Larry's parents divorced when he was 6 years old, and he spent a lot of time with both his maternal and paternal grandmothers. Each loved country music, so Larry was introduced to all the legendary country artists from yesteryear.
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Words of Joye
by Joye Atkinson
I'm originally from Sumter South Carolina. I've been writing poetry for many years. It started when I was about 20 and at that time I was dealing with many issues therefore most of my poetry was sad. But over the years by the grace of God my poems are written from personal experiences and also some of my poems are written in honor or in memory of my loved ones and friends. God always puts me in character when I write. It is my prayer that all who read my poems will be blessed.
I was born in Zaandam The Netherlands on September 21st 1966. I am the youngest of three children. My parents who are still living, are the best example one could ever ask for. After my education I joined the armed forces, and fulfilled my duty. After a series of jobs, I got a position with a major airline. After 27 years of climbing the corporate ladder I'm now Head of Operations for that company. My home is in the countryside of Holland where I live with my wife Patty, and our two kids Jake who's 16, and Lexi who is 14 and our pack of dogs. My oldest children son Jesse 23, and daughter Sarah 21 don't live with me they are all grown up building their own homes and lives.
In my childhood I went to church with my family, and I fell in love with harmony singing. I was alway seated beside my mom because she could harmonize with great ease and flair. Her rich mezzo-soprano voice influenced me a lot as far as my own musical talent goes.I sang in choirs, a Southern Gospel Trio, and made a few television appearances with that trio here in The Netherlands. At the moment I am not active in music anymore, but you never know what comes along.
In my teens I started to listen to 50's Rock and Roll, guys like Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley and of course the King of them all Elvis Presley. Through Presley I was introduced to the great Gospel Quartets. I started to looking for music by The Imperials, Jordanaires and J.D.Sumner and the Stamps at first, because these were the quartets that backed Elvis for many years. Started reading about ‘Southern Gospel' because the genre was not well-known in my country. Before the internet it was slim pickings in the record stores in my country. In fact all of my purchases back than were made in ‘second hand' record shops, I was lucky to get two records in a year.I loved singing, and music in general, my music collection covers all areas from Gospel to Jazz, from Jazz to Classical, and Classical to Country. But my first love is Gospel singing, particularly Southern Gospel. I love groups like The Stamps, The Imperials, The Weatherfords , The Rambos , The Hinsons , The Cathedrals and many more.
Back in 1990 I visited the United States for the first time, and visited many places I read about. Of course Elvis' Graceland, Lorretta Lynn's place in Hurricane Mills and the city I had dreamed of visiting my entire life Nashville Tn! Now 30 years later I travel to my favorite city in the world Nashville at least two/three times a year. I've got some very good friends in that city, friends who are making a living in Gospel and Country music.
by C.R. Brown
C. R. Brown is an avid music lover, song writer and poet. Born and raised in Texas, she is also a Registered Nurse and a mother of 2 very active little girls. Catrina describes her own personal taste in music as nothing less then eclectic. Her passion for writing developed during her childhood with a vivid imagination and flare for wording and as she says "Writing is much cheaper than therapy!". She has written and co-written several gospel songs with groups such as the Berry Brothers. Her love for music especially country and gospel gives her a personal insight to the vibe of today's country music industry as well as the respect we pay daily to our music legends and icons. She loves to "dissect" a song, learning the story behind it from the writers view. She said "There is always a story, and once we hear the story the song takes on a special meaning for us as listeners too, it connects us to that broken heart or that first love, music is; after all just a lyrical expression of the human experience". We hope you will enjoy her "Note Worthy" column and the songs we will explore together.
More than 30 years in the music business, written more than 1200 country songs with many known and unknown writers!
by Darlene Smith
Darlene Smith is a freelance writer and graphic designer who began writing articles, reviews and interviews for traditional country music artists in 2000. She obtained an associate's degree in business administration from American InterContinental University during her career as a junior staff accountant and administrative assistant in the retail travel industry. In 2012 she earned a certificate in graphic design from Clayton State University and has managed and acted as a consultant for social media marketing for a variety of businesses, organizations, music artists and fan sites. She currently resides in the metro Atlanta, GA area and can be contacted at email@example.com.
Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes
by Donna Irwin
Donna Stanton Irwin began studying music at age seven with the desire to play with her Daddy, Carlie Stanton and his country band. She sang gospel at church and folk music in the 60s. In 1970, she finally realized her dream of performing with her father as the gospel duo The Singing Stantons. They toured and recorded for seven years. During the 70s she wrote a newspaper column called Gospel Notes containing news and interviews with celebrity as well as regional gospel music artists. Donna studied fiction writing at Famous Writer's School in Westport, CT and more music at The Stamps-Blackwood School of Music. Her voice is in the choir backing up the Stamps Quartet on their album Live at Murray State. She took modeling classes at Alix Adams Modeling School in Louisville, KY. After years of writing, singing, acting in theater, and clothing design she retired to her hometown of Bonieville, KY. Though disabled, she occasionally writes, sings with The Community Gospel Choir, looks for acting opportunities, and is active in The Bacon Creek Historical Society.
The Pop Culture Hub
by Johnathan Pushkar
Johnathan Pushkar is a musician, songwriter, and entertainment enthusiast. His passion for retro music, classic movies, comic books and other forms of entertainment inspire his writing and style from every aspect. He us the unique ability to discuss today's happenings in the entertainment world by comparing them to earlier events in music, film, and literature, which can often showcase the way(s) our entertainment's past can continue to influence us today.
Originally born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Johnathan now studies Public Relations at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. His ability to travel between both cities affords him the opportunity to write about entertainment happenings from a widened perspective, which resonates in his reviews and writing.
In his spare time, Johnathan collects antiques, vinyl records, comics, and just about every other form of entertainment from the past.
Back Road Memories
with Ernie Robinson
Has an extensive background in Public Relations, Marketing, and Advertising. He specializes in bringing the classic past into the present by unique storytelling.
He has called the diverse cultural city of Asheville, NC “home” for the past 20 years.
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by Bobby Sizemore
Bobby grew up in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. He's always dreamed of living in Nashville but until then he calls Dallas, Texas home where he's the proud parent of a recent high school graduate, Matthew. He loves country music with a passion, has an obsession with vinyl records (he predicted their comeback way back when), enjoys spending time with great friends and a good bottle of wine.
by Rex Wood