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Lorrie Morgan at Nashville Visitors Center, photo courtesy Dana McDowell

Multi-Time Female Vocalist Of The Year Award-Winner To Guest On SiriusXM’s Prime Country In Support Of New Album, Letting Go… Slow, This Weekend

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (January 22, 2016) – “If you think I won’t, just watch me,” are words coined by country songstress Lorrie Morgan in her Number One platinum-selling smash hit “Watch Me” (1992), and twenty-four years later, she’s still saying them.

While visiting the Nashville Visitor Center inside of the Bridgestone Arena prior to an interview on SiriusXM’s Prime Country, Morgan spotted a hot pink Project 615 t-shirt hanging on the racks with all of her long-time musical heroes listed on the front: Patsy, Loretta, Reba, Emmylou and Dolly.

So what did she do?

She grabbed a Sharpie and penned “Lorrie” right at the bottom.

“I probably shouldn’t have ‘vandalized’ the shirt like that,” Morgan said of the incident shortly after. “I just couldn’t help it. There it was dangling in front of me saying ‘don’t do it, don’t do it,’ so what did I do? I had to do it!”

“Patsy, Loretta, Reba, Emmylou and Dolly are country icons, and some of my biggest musical heroes. They’ve paved the way for so many females in the country genre, including me, and I’m very proud and honored to get to call them ‘friends,’” she said.

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Lorrie Morgan personal addendum, photo courtesy Dana McDowell

The daughter of country music legend George Morgan, Lorrie remains one of the youngest performers ever to grace the Grand Ole Opry stage, making her first and everlasting impression on the country music world with her father at the age of 13. She is also the first female country vocalist in history to achieve three consecutive RIAA-Certified Platinum albums: Leave The Light On (1989), Something In Red (1991) and Watch Me (1992).

Opening up to the world about some of her most personal trials and tribulations on what’s being pegged as her ‘most revealing album to-date,’ Letting Go… Slow, Morgan will appear on SiriusXM’s Prime Country this weekend as an in-studio guest on “The Charlie Monk Show,” airing Saturday, January 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. ET.

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Lorrie Morgan & Charlie Monk, photo courtesy Lorrie Morgan PR

On SiriusXM’s Prime Country, channel 58, Morgan joins long-time music industry veteran, Charlie Monk, dubbed ‘The Mayor Of Music Row,’ to talk about her over 40-year career, her life’s biggest challenges including the loss of her father, and husband country legend Keith Whitley, as well as what kind of new music fans can expect to hear on her first solo album project in five years, Letting Go… Slow.

Morgan’s career accolades include multiple CMA/TNN/CMT Awards, three platinum-selling albums, one double platinum-selling album, fourteen top hits and four Female Vocalist Of The Year awards and thirteen recorded albums. Her top-charting include “Except For Monday,” “Something In Red,” “Five Minutes,” “What Part Of No,” “Good As I Was To You,” “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength,” “Watch Me,” “Dear Me,” “’Til A Tear Becomes A Rose (with Keith Whitley),” among others.

Upcoming Tour Dates

Jan. 29 Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts – Kansas City, Mo.

Feb. 13 Downstream Casino Resort – Quapaw, Okla.

Feb. 20 Little River Casino Resort – Manistee, Mich.

Feb. 23 Grand Ole Opry – Nashville, Tenn.

Feb. 26 Horseshoe Casino – Bossier City, La.

March 5 Paragon Casino – Marksville, La.

March 12 Seven Feathers Casino Resort – Canyonville, Ore.

March 19 Georgia National Fairgrounds – Perry, Ga.

March 25 Golden Nugget – Las Vegas, Nev.

April 16 Grand Casino – Hinckley, Minn.

April 22 Shooting Star Casino – Mahnomen, Minn.

For more information on Lorrie Morgan, visit http://www.lorrie.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter!

 

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Hank Williams Jr. to Headline Fifth Annual
New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’

 

Courtesy Webster & Assoc.

Courtesy Webster & Assoc.

 Grammy award-winning country singer/songwriter Hank Williams Jr. will headline the fifth annual Music City New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ event in downtown Nashville, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today.

  A city that knows how to throw a good party, Music City will once again offer one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country with multiple days of free live music and Nashville’s own midnight “Music Note Drop®.”

“Football, football and Hank! All our rowdy friends are staying over this year,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC. “This may be the best end-of-year “mash-up” we have ever had with the Titans, the SEC and Hank ringing in the New Year. Are you ready?”

“This year is going to be very special on New Year’s Eve,” says Hank Williams Jr. “December 31st will mark the 60th anniversary of daddy’s death. For years, I have not performed on New Year’s Eve in honor of my father, but this year is a monumental year in the history of Hank Williams. If daddy would have lived, he would have been 90 years old this year. I hope Music City is ready to boogie woogie, because Bocephus is going bring the party to Nashville.”

Sponsors of this year’s New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ include Miller Lite, Coors Light, Jack Daniel’s, Advance Financial 24/7 and McDonald’s.

Announcement of additional artists will be forthcoming. For the latest details about talent and events, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.

 -Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN

RELEASED FROM BAYLOR HEART HOSPITAL

photo - Larry McCormack - The Tennessean

photo – Larry McCormack – The Tennessean

Plano, TX (July 31, 2013) – Randy Travis has been discharged from Baylor Heart in Plano, Texas.  Mr. Travis has been relocated to a physical therapy facility. 
“Thanks to all the fans and friends for your continued prayers and support as Randy continues on the road to recovery,” says Travis’ fiancée Mary Davis.  
 
Official updates on Mr. Travis’ condition will be made available at www.randytravis.com as his condition changes
Rory Lee Feek, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Rory Lee Feek, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

“I slept my way to the top!” – Rory Lee Feek

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Chris Caminiti, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

The Historic Station Inn still survives in the rapid developing Gulch area just south of downtown and Tin Pan South kicked off with the late set  on April 2nd featuring Joey + Rory aka Joey Martin Feek and Rory Lee Feek (“Cheater, Cheater”), Tonya Lynette Stout (“What The Devil Wants”), Erin Enderlin ( “Last Call”) and up and coming Chris Caminiti (“Better Than Me”) performing in the round while across town at 3rd & Lindsley the writers from the hit TV show Nashville were creating a lot of buzz.

Nashville has been through a long lonely winter and tonight was no exception with temps already dropping into the 40’s as everybody got their popcorn and a cold one and settled down at the long tables that The Station Inn is known for.

The crowd seemed to be from every corner of the globe from Canada to England and beyond. It seems like fans outside the United States value song craft and the creators more than those that live within the 48 contiguous states do.

Tonya Lynette Stout, Tin Pan South 2013, photo - Brad Hardisty

Tonya Lynette Stout, Tin Pan South 2013, photo – Brad Hardisty

Every round needs a leader and Tonya seemed to be the de facto go-to among giants. Joey + Rory were bookended by Chris and Erin which made for quite an interesting spread of influences ranging from Billy Joel to Bobbie Gentry.

Chris kicked it off on acoustic playing off the fact that he was from the northeast and he wasn’t quite Country but was definitely his own thing. Chris moved between guitar and keyboards like it was nothing.

Joey + Rory, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Joey + Rory, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

Tonya brought things into focus and it seemed that the theme for the night began to build on cheatin’ and drinkin’ songs other than the song Chris said fit with his life raising a stepson and he definitely told a great story on that one. Chris wasn’t sure if the song would find a life since everybody in Nashville is trying to be 22 right now.

Paul on Rory's Axe, Tin Pan South 2013, photo _ Brad Hardisty

Paul on Rory’s Axe, Tin Pan South 2013, photo _ Brad Hardisty

Tonya showed classic songwriting style well-developed with a strong voice calling up one of her co-writers, Paul and Rory gladly handed over his six string for Paul to sit in on the fun.

Joey + Rory, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Joey + Rory, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

Rory was articulate on the guitar and comfortable in the catbird seat with his Harlan Howard pedigree. Writing music for Harlan Howard would be the equivalent of getting one of Chet Atkin’s CGP certificates or being Chuck Leavell in The Rolling Stones for all these years. The latter would be truer because in reality maybe The Stones were the lucky ones to get Chuck on keyboards. They know his pedigree better than 99.9% of Stones fans.

Joey + Rory have had some great success over the last couple of years and being out on the road with The Zac Brown Band doesn’t hurt either. They have their own “Honky Tonk Women” with “Cheater, Cheater” that was released on Sugarhill no less. I don’t think Sugarhill is used to having a Top 40 hit.

Erin Enderlin tuning up "Jimmy Dickens", Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Erin Enderlin tuning up “Jimmy Dickens”, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

Between swapping stories about being on the road with Zac Brown that ended in a co-write there were stories of how songwriting sessions go in their household with Joey baking chocolate chip cookies and other delights. It sounds like the food starts in the kitchen when songwriting begins in their household.

Erin Enderlin said that when Joey was making BLT’s it kind of made you wanted to hurry up and finish writing so you could eat. It sounded like Erin was a regular at their house.

Erin Enderlin, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Erin Enderlin, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

Erin was the last in line but really was more like the fourth at bat with the San Francisco Giants ready to clean up the plates hitting a home run every time. Luckily, she had her 2011 self-titled CD available to take home so I could put “Baby Sister” on cranked up on my way back home.

In a way this was really a contrast between the set at The Station Inn and what was going on over at 3rd & Lindsley where T-Bone Burnett had been putting his stamp on some very interesting up and coming writers. The set at The Station Inn basically showed that the spirit of traditional country still had a thread and importance and for many outside Nashville a definite relevance just as the TV show Nashville premiers Country with a twist of lime.

Joey Martin Feek, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Joey Martin Feek, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

All four were great songwriters and were comfortable onstage as well. If I had to take something home, it would be that Rory Lee Feek is a deft guitarist with clean articulate lines and has a great long time duet team going on with Joey. While I was listening to the stories about food in the Feek household while guitars were strumming and words were being penned to paper it made me want to be in on one of those songwriting sessions with Erin and The Feeks or at least stop by the all-night diner down by the Cumberland for some late night breakfast.

Erin, Joey and Rory, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo - Brad Hardisty

Erin, Joey and Rory, Tin Pan South 2013, Station Inn, photo – Brad Hardisty

The other takeaway was Erin; literally, I got the CD so I could rock out to “Baby Sister” on the way home.  Erin has enough blues in her music and her voice to make it interesting for me. I also appreciate the fact that she brought along her own utility player laying down some great dobro slide.

If I had to make a pick, I was glad I was at The Station Inn last night.

–          Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN     thenashvillebridge@hotmail.com

 

sammy kershaw christmas cdThe Nashville Bridge caught up with Sammy Kershaw just as he was getting ready to do some Holiday gigs up north on the Roots & Boots Tour with Aaron Tippin and Joe Diffie.  Sammy has just released a new Christmas collection, A Sammy Klaus Christmas in time to celebrate the season. The Roots & Boots Tour has been celebrating real country music all year long.

Brad Hardisty / The Nashville Bridge: It looks like you are heading up to some cold country.

Sammy Kershaw: I hit North Dakota first and then South Dakota second and come on back, then I’m back in Louisiana.

TNB: Okay, is the South Dakota show just your band or is it Roots & Boots?

SK: No, this is Roots & Boots this weekend.

TNB: Where are you at this morning?

SK: I’m here in Nashville; got in last night, just gettin’ on the bus.

TNB: Are you living here in Nashville now?

SK: No, I live in Lafayette, Louisiana, but, the band and the bus are here in Nashville. I fly into meet them every week.

TNB: I was listenin’ to A Sammy Klaus Christmas, but, let’s talk about the Roots & Boots tour that has turned into a long time successful thing.

sammy kershaw roots and boots 01SK: Yeah man, It is really starting to catch on now. We started at the Isle of Capri Casino on December 17th, 2011 in Lula, Mississippi and it’s just started to kick in now. Of course Joe, Aaron and I recorded some music and we are sending a single to radio the first part of the year and I’m hoping this thing goes through 2014.

TNB: I read back in June that you were going to record going forward.  So, you have a single coming out. That’s fantastic.

SK: Yes. So we’re going to try to get the video shot in the month of December before we get to busy into the Christmas holidays. We will have the video out the middle of January and of course the single following that.

TNB: Is it too early to announce a song title?

SK: Well, yeah maybe just a little bit.

TNB: Okay, we will hold on that but get people excited. Are you working with Butch Carr?

SK: Oh, yeah man. I love Butch. Butch is doing the mixing for me.

TNB: Great!  Are you producing the single?

SK: Yes.

TNB: Looking at the tour, it’s kind of like the country “Rat Pack” it’s growing in popularity.

SK: I tell you what I think. People are really liking it; because, I think a lot of people are missing country music nowadays. I’m not being ugly when I say that. I’m just being honest. I think a lot of people are missing country music and then you have three guys, you got me and Diffie and Aaron Tippin we are all on the stage at the same time and it’s an unplugged show. I think between us you have 85 hit records so we get to each pick six or seven of the biggest hits that we’ve had in our career to do. Aaron sings one then Joe sings one then I’ll sing one then it goes back to Aaron. We do that all night long. What started out to be, was supposed to be a 75-80 minute show is now turned into a two to two and a half hour show. We get to tell stories behind the songs. We pick on each other all night so the chemistry is really good. The folks are really liking the stripped down music. Like I said, I think they are really missing country music. We are having big crowds at these shows man. I’m talking about young folk too, the younger folks in their early twenties, and singing every song.

TNB: I agree with that situation with Country Music. You have what you would call traditional or classic country artists out of Texas and stuff like that, but, then you  got a big influence, people call it the “Fleetwood Mac” influence or “AC/DC” or whatever but it’s kind of changing what you are hearing on the radio. How do you feel about that? Do you think classic or traditional country will come back?

sammy kershaw 01SK: I think so. I have been saying it for a long time and it hasn’t happened yet, but, I’m kind of starting to think that it is fixin’ to happen soon. You know, I used to blame radio, but, I can’t blame radio, radio only plays what the record label will send ‘em. You know, look, I have said this for a long time; Country Music is the only genre that hates itself. It wants to be everything else but Country music.  I don’t understand that. I just don’t get it. We only have a handful of artists anymore that sell platinum albums. They are selling platinum singles or gold singles… selling 500,000 singles or a million single downloads, but, you know what? There’s only a handful of people now who are actually selling a platinum album; 500,000 or a million albums. Not just a single. So, now the record labels make a million selling single out to be this great thing. Well, let’s go back to the eighties and nineties when people were selling a million albums. That’s a great thing, when a guy was able to step up and able to sell a million albums. But, you know, a lot of us are forgotten about now, man. I think we put out some good music and I hate when I hear a few people say,” Well, you all had your time man.” I don’t agree with that; that we had our time. I think the time has changed on us. I think the labels have you know, they (the fans) ask, “Why did you leave country music?” That’s a question that’s asked of me all the time, “Why did you get out of country music?” Well, I didn’t get out of Country music. You know, I didn’t leave Country Music, country music left me. We’re still singing good old country songs and still recording good old country songs, me and Diffie and John Michael Montgomery and Tracy Lawrence and Aaron Tippin. I could go on and on. We’re still recording great country music. It’s just not getting heard anymore. Everything now sounds the same to me.

TNB: I was going to say it seems like a lot of times outside of the United States, they expect to hear a lot of the artists that you are talking about. They don’t expect to hear what’s we are actually listening to here. They don’t consider it country.

SK: That’s right! Hey look man, when we go to Canada, we have some of the biggest crowds when we go to Canada because people love country music up there. People love country music here but that’s just not the way the record labels have drifted on radio. Like I said for a long time, I blame radio. Radio won’t play us anymore, and you know what man, I’ll apologize to radio right now, because, I finally realized that radio can only play what the record label send ‘em. I have a little old record label and I can guarantee you; I record country music. It takes a lot of money these days to get a hit record and that’s a fact. That’s one thing bad about me, I tell it like it is and there’s a lot of people that don’t like it but there is a lot of people that do like it. I’m not the only one who feels that way and knows what’s going on. It’s just, I’m just kind of an outspoken guy and I tell it like it is, but, the truth is the truth and the truth hurts sometimes. You know what? It’s still the truth. I don’t care how in the hell you say it.

TNB: I think you are right. That is why you have this thing called Americana.

sammy_kershaw_branson_2011SK: I see Country stations that are poppin’ up, but, you know what? They’re going to have to adjust that format just a little bit because; they’re going to end up like the classic rock stations. You are going to hear the same songs every day. But, in classic rock, if you go back to listen to classic rock, there’s tens of thousands of hits of classic rock songs so why should we have to hear the same thing every day?  It’s the same thing with our classic country stations. Why do I hear the same country songs every day when there are tens of thousands of country songs that were smashes?!

TNB: That’s why I like WSM, in a positive vein; they will play some deep cuts now and then. Kind of mix it up.

SK: Yes.

TNB: I wish there were more WSM’s across the country that broke new artists that were out of the mainstream but also played a lot of classic cuts. So they would say “Oh, I remember that song.” It’s like hasn’t been played like you said.

SK: Uh – huh

TNB: Let talk about A Sammy Claus Christmas; about picking the songs, I mean you already did the one Christmas album. Did you pick songs that brought childhood memories or something?

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courtesy – Sammy Kershaw Entertainment

SK: It was just something I wanted to do. I wanted it to sound more like something like a children’s Christmas album that they could sing along with. I know that I hear a lot of Christmas classics that there is so much stuff added into them, you know, I know everybody wants to be different; put their own mark on a Christmas song, but, sometimes you know you want to hear the simple way it was done a hundred years ago. I wanted kids to be able to experience what a real Christmas is. You know it’s changed a lot from when I was a boy. Also, when the older people, like myself, and a little bit younger and a little bit older, when they listen to it, I wanted it to be able to take them back when they were little kids to their memories when they were children. We spent a whole month trying to guess what was wrapped underneath the tree. Nowadays, it’s mostly gift cards and money. There’s no thought in that…and I’m guilty of it too. I give all my children money for Christmas, but, I understand they have families now and they could use money more than anything else. Especially in these times, the way they are now in this economy. But, I would love to see Christmas come back. One of my biggest dreams in life is to be the real Santa Claus. I know it sounds stupid and people say it’s crazy but tell me what the hell you want. I really don’t give a shit.  I don’t man. I would love to be the real Santa Claus so kids could feel what Christmas really is. And of course you got to keep Christ in Christmas, that’s it for me man. Like I said, I don’t give a shit what they think. They can say “Oh he’s crazy. He wants to be Santa Claus, what an idiot.” Well, you can call me what the hell you want, you think I give a shit? Not me. I’m happy man. I’m happy thinkin’ that I’d love to be Santa Claus. At least I have some dreams, some people don’t.  That’s’ a hell of a life.

TNB: Well, I think A Sammy Klaus Christmas was a great title. I’ll tell you the cut I really love was “That Spirit of Christmas” it reminded me almost of a Muscle Shoals – Dan Penn kind of thing. I loved it.

SK: Thank you man.

TNB: Were you thinking a little bit like that when you were doing the arrangement or anything?

SK: No, I remember Ray Charles’ arrangement. It has a choir and everything else on it but I didn’t want it to be that complicated. I wanted it to be more of a stripped down version of that song and I didn’t want the harmonies exactly where they had ‘em. I didn’t want that big choir sound in it. So, I went through line by line when I had the background vocals to sing. I went line by line and sought out where I wanted to put a background vocal.

TNB: I was ready to see the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, like, David Hood on that cut, I was like, wow! This is cool. Obviously, everybody is talking about “Santa Claus is Back In Town.” You got that little Elvis and a little Delbert McClinton, tell me what you were thinking on that.

SK: Well, I’m a South Louisiana Boy, you know, we have all kinds of music there, you know, we have good country music and good southern rock and we have zydeco music, French music, swamp pop music we call it.  We got jazz, we got blues, and that’s kind of my deal anyway, all those different kinds of music, that’s how I came up with my sound to start with. Just has soulful stuff.

TNB: I’d almost say when I hear some of those cuts like you do. I think of that soul country back when Delbert McClinton was kind of that.  The Tanya Tucker thing you know. I could see that.

SK: Well, even George Jones is the King of Country Soul man. You know, and I will tell you Ronnie Van Zant, the late Ronnie Van Zant. He sang for Lynyrd Skynyrd, you know, and look man, to me he was a country soul singer in a rock and roll band.

TNB: You can start to talk about Eddie Hinton, Donnie Fritz, and some of those cats.

SK: Yeah man, I just like to feel what he’s feeling when he’s singing. I want to feel his art and his soul or her heart, her soul, you know. I want to feel that.

TNB: Are you going to do any of the Christmas songs live?

SK: I would think so. Yeah, I think I may do one this weekend. I don’t care what Joe or Aaron do, I may do one.

TNB: What one would you want to do?

SK: I’m going to talk to my band when we get on the road here and try to figure that one out, see what we can pull off acoustically.

TNB: As far as the album goes, you’ve got the distribution though Sony/RED. I guess you got it out there on Amazon and stuff.

SK: Yeah, Amazon and I Tunes, you can get it at WalMart.com. I mean of course, everything is out there on the internet now. There are not very many record stores still in business anymore.

TNB: I know around here, there is Grimey’s.

SK: But, you can get hard copies from, like I said, Amazon and Walmart.com or you can just download it from I Tunes.

TNB: Before we go, what’s your kind of memories of Christmas, you talk about what Christmas used to be. Are there any specific memories you want to share?

SK: Yeah, like I said Christmas, I remember when we used to have to guess for two or three weeks what was wrapped under that tree. Of course, we would get out of school for two weeks at Christmas time. You had Christmas and of course, New Years follows. We had a whole week for thanksgiving the month before. And when Christmas rolled around we had two weeks to hang out with our friends and all that stuff and, you know, our Christmas’s in Louisiana weren’t like a lot of the rest of the country. I remember that they were foggy and pretty long and muggy. You know we would go outside and play and have a lot of fun, like, all night long.  We would, all the kids in the neighborhood would get together. We wouldn’t go in the house until it was 10:30. We would hang around outside. We wouldn’t get into trouble. We did a few things, you know, we had fun. I’ll put it that way, we just had fun. We didn’t hurt nobody.  But, nowadays, I don’t see kids play outside anymore. It’s a sad thing man…sad.

TNB: Did you have a musical family? Did you hang out and play music?

SK: No, I’m the only one that ended up doing music in my family. I don’t know why or how it happened that way, but, I’m the only one who ended up doing music.

TNB: What kind of food, Louisiana food, any difference down there during the holidays?

santa_cajunSK: A lot of gumbo’s of course. And of course we do Fried Turkeys. We invented fried turkey down there in Cajun country you know. And of course a lot of rice dressing and candied yams, all that kind of stuff. But, it was Cajun. A lot of flavor and spice, not necessarily hot, there’s a difference between hot and spice. Spicy is a lot of flavor. Hot is just burn your mouth.

TNB: Well, Happy Holidays, anything else you want to talk about real quick?

SK: I think we’re done.

TNB: Good luck with the rest of the year. You have dates going into the middle of summer. Good luck!

SK: You need to keep on rockin’!

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN     thenashvillebridge@hotmail.com