Tennessee State Museum: Late Autumn Newsletter



Photo Credit:  Bev Moser

MUSICROW MAGAZINE: In Pictures: American Country Countdown Awards


• December 16, 2014 • 
 
 
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Reba McEntire with her Nash Icon honor. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Kix Brooks  American Country Countdown Awards 2014  Moments By Moser  65
Kix Brooks. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Luke Bryan  American Country Countdown Awards 2014  Moments By Moser  115
Luke Bryan rejoices in his win at the ACCAs. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
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Miranda Lambert. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Jason Aldean  Brittney Kerr American Country Countdown Awards 2014  Moments By Moser  83
Jason Aldean. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Carrie Underwood American Country Countdown Awards 2014  Moments By Moser  44
Carrie Underwood. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Kip Moore American Country Countdown Awards 2014  Moments By Moser  107
Kip Moore. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Lady Antebellum  American Country Countdown Awards 2014  Moments By Moser  81
Lady Antebellum. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser
Brett Eldredge  American Country Countdown Awards 2014  Moments By Moser  120
Brett Eldredge. Photo: Bev Moser, Moments By Moser
Cole Swindell  American Country Countdown Awards 2014  Moments By Moser  61
Cole Swindell. Photo: Bev Moser, Moments By Moser

CLICK HERE to see full list of winners.

MUSICROW Mgazine: Dawn Sears Event Raises $100k+ for Ingram Cancer Center

• December 4, 2014 • 
Pictured (L-R): Dr. Leora Horn, Dawn Sears, Dr. Pierre Massion, Reba McEntire. Photo: Bev Moser
Pictured (L-R): Dr. Leora Horn, Dawn Sears, Dr. Pierre Massion, Reba McEntire. Photo: Bev Moser

The tallies are in for the Dawn Sears & Friends Benefit for Lung Cancer Research held on Nov. 30 at the Depot Square in Gallatin, Tenn.
Over $100,000 was raised for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, where Sears is receiving treatment for the disease. Sears’ physician Dr. Leora Horn and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research Dr. Pierre Massion both took turns at the podium to talk about research while commenting on Sears’ own perseverance.
Performers included Reba McEntire, Riders In The Sky and The Time Jumpers, the band Sears is a part of alongside her husband Kenny Sears and country stalwart Vince Gill. Olympic gold-medalist Scott Hamilton emceed the event. Sears attended the show and also spoke on behalf of lung cancer research.

COPD Foundation: Phil Everly Concert Benefit Featuring Paul Simon





Dear Nashville Community,

I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks for your generosity at our recent Phil Everly Concert Benefit featuring Paul Simon.  

With this being our first event within Nashville, we were overwhelmed with the outpouring of support from your community. Because of your contributions, the event raised $120,000, all of which will go towards the Foundation's mission of preventing and curing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and improving the lives of all people affected by COPD.

We would like to thank Patti Everly whose steadfast commitment to raising awareness of COPD and honoring the memory of her husband Phil provided the impetus for making this concert a reality.

The evening would not have been such a success without the exquisite performance by Paul Simon. Royce Risser and Mike Dungan lent their voices to a very profitable live auction with "Little Miss Dynamite" Brenda Lee adding an effervescence and playfulness to the entire event. Our sincere gratitude to Bill Mayne for everything he did to make this event a success.    

The benefit could not have occurred without Sylvia Roberts' generosity in donating her home for this exceptional event. 

Above all, thank you for supporting the COPD Foundation. We look forward to our continuing relationship with you.   

Sincerely,
 
John W. Walsh
President and Co-Founder, COPD Foundation

MUSICROW: Lee Brice Receives Gold, Platinum Honors From NMPA


• November 6, 2014 • 
 
Lee Brice was honored recently for two of his hit singles, garnering with a platinum award for “I Don’t Dance” and a gold award for “Parking Lot Party,” during a meeting at NMPA’s Curb Publishing headquarters in Nashville. Brice’s publisher is Curb Music Publishing.
NMPA president/CEO David Israelite was on hand to present the honors to Brice.

Pictured (L-R): Drew Alexander, David Israelite, Lee Brice, Mike Curb) Photo: NMPA/Bev Moser.
Pictured (L-R): Drew Alexander, David Israelite, Lee Brice, Mike Curb. Photo: NMPA/Bev Moser.

Pictured (L-R): Lee Brice, David Israelite and Curb Publishing executives. Photo: NMPA/Bev Moser.
Pictured (L-R): Lee Brice, David Israelite and Curb Publishing executives. Photo: NMPA/Bev Moser.

CMT NEWS: Paul Craft, Master Songwriter, Dies in Nashville

Hits Include "Dropkick Me, Jesus," "Brother Jukebox" and "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life"
Paul Craft (front row), Gretchen Peters, Tom Douglas and John Anderson
Paul Craft (front row), Gretchen Peters, Tom Douglas and John Anderson
Photo Credit: Bev Moser
Paul Craft, a prolific songwriter whose hits include Bobby Bare's "Dropkick Me, Jesus" and Mark Chesnutt's "Brother Jukebox," died Saturday (Oct. 18) at a Nashville hospital following years of ill health. He was 76.

A native of Memphis, Tenn., Craft was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame on Oct. 5. According to The Tennessean, Nashville's daily newspaper, he showed up briefly at Nashville's Music City Center to have his photo taken with fellow inductees Gretchen Peters, Tom Douglas and John Anderson and was immediately taken to St. Thomas Hospital.

During the induction ceremony, his longtime friend Layng Martine Jr., a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member himself, noted Craft was not only a member of Mensa, the "genius" circle, but also a jokester who had composed single-handedly such weird hits as the outrageously metaphoric "Drop Kick Me, Jesus" and "It's Me Again, Margaret," Ray Stevens' hit about an unrepentant obscene phone caller. Bare told the crowd former President Bill Clinton once cited "Drop Kick Me, Jesus" as his favorite song.

Singer-songwriter Thomas Rhett paid tribute to Craft at the ceremony by performing a medley that included "Brother Jukebox" and "Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life," the latter a hit for Moe Bandy.

Craft, whose credits include T. Graham Brown's "Come as You Were" and Gail Davies' "Blue Heartache," also had more than 200 bluegrass cuts, including the Osborne Brothers' "Midnight Flyer" and the Seldom Scene's "Keep Me From Blowing Away." In 1974, the Eagles released "Midnight Flyer" on their On the Border album and Linda Ronstadt issued "Keep Me From Blowing Away" on her breakthrough album, Heart Like a Wheel.

A gifted guitarist and banjo player, Craft's instrumentals were recorded by the likes of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, and he also served a tenure as the banjo player in Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys. Atkins signed Craft to RCA Records in the '70s and produced several singles that had marginal chart success.

MUSICROW; Artist Updates: Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood and More

• October 16, 2014 •
Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser.
Garth Brooks. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser.

After 18 years, The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood is coming back to St. Louis. The concerts will be Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Scottrade Center.
Tickets will be on sale Friday, October 24th at 10:00 AM CST and will be available at www.ticketmaster.com, ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks or 1-800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster Express 1-866-448-7849. There will be no sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on Oct. 24.
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Reba
Reba McEntire will headline a benefit concert at Depot Square in Gallatin, Tenn. on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m., to fund lung cancer research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Organized by singer and lung-cancer patient Dawn Sears, the show will also feature performances by The Time Jumpers (of which Sears is a member) and Riders In The Sky.
“I am on a mission to help fund lung cancer research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center,” states Sears. “A benefit concert is the best way I know how to do that. It is my mission to bring more hope to those of us with lung cancer. I was diagnosed with lung cancer over a year ago and I now have a greater understanding of the daily battle and challenges that people with cancer of any kind face.”
Gold-winning Olympic figure skater Scott Hamilton, a cancer survivor himself, will emcee the event.
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Photo: Bev Moser
Trisha Yearwood. Photo: Bev Moser/Moments By Moser.

Trisha Yearwood will be performing at the 2nd Annual Save The Children Illumination Gala on Nov. 19, at the Plaza hotel in New York City. The leading, independent organization for children in need in the United States and around the world will honor the following guests and companies for their achievements in giving children a brighter future: Ben Affleck, The Right Honorable Tony Blair, Austin Hearst, T.J. Maxx, and more. The event will be hosted by Save the Children artist ambassador and trustee Jennifer Garner.