Johnny Lee was born on July 3, 1946 in Texas City, Texas and was raised on a Dairy Farm in Alta Loma, Texas. His main interest was Rock 'N' Roll, and he led a high school band called Johnny Lee and the Roadrunners, which won local and state-wide competitions. After High School, Lee enlisted in the Navy, serving a tour of duty on the U.S.S. Chicago, a guided missile cruiser, in Vietnam. Immediately upon returning home, he started pursuing his music. In 1968, he began a 10-year working relationship with Mickey Gilley, both on the road and in the nightclub in Pasadena, Texas. Recording with ABC/DOT and GRT Records, had moderate success with "Country Party" (new lyrics added to Rick Nelson's "Garden Party") In 1979, Lee's first screen role was in a 1979 TV Movie, The Girls in the Office, starring Barbara Eden and Susan St. James. He was then asked to perform in the film, Urban Cowboy, which starred John Travolta and Deborah Winger, and for which he also recorded several songs used in the soundtrack. "Lookin' For Love", from that same soundtrack, became Lee's first Gold Record. The song spent 3 weeks at the top of the Billboard Country Music Singles Charts as #1, and #2 on the Pop Music Singles Charts. He followed up "Lookin' For Love" with "One In A Million", which spent two weeks at #1.
"All I ever wanted to do was sing." Janie Fricke has gone from Indiana farm girl to internationally acclaimed recording artist throughout her career. She was born in South Whitley, Indiana, and raised on a 400-acre farm where her father taught her how to play guitar. From county fairs to corporate trade shows, live concerts, in recording studios, or before millions on television, Fricke's individual sound and performance personality has captivated audiences around the world.
Fricke began her career singing in a "little church up the road" where her mother played piano. She sang at local coffeehouses, high school events, as well as her way through college where she obtained her degree from Indiana University in elementary education. Fricke then chose a musical career, working in Memphis, Dallas and Los Angeles. There, as one of the marketing industry's most successful jingle singers, her voice became known to millions as the voice for such advertising giants as United Airlines, Coca-Cola, 7-Up, and Red Lobster. Her voice led her to singing sessions for Country artists such as Loretta Lynn, Eddie Rabbitt, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Johnny Duncan and others. She has also been given the privilege to sing on albums for Charlie Rich and Elvis Presley, after their deaths. It was a line in Johnny Duncan's single Stranger that ultimately gained the most attention for Fricke. When it hit the top of the charts in 1977, fans wanted to know who sang the line, "Shut out the light and lead me..." The music industry took notice as her voice was heard on duets with Merle Haggard, Moe Bandy and others, leading her to her first major recording contract.
T.G. Sheppard has always had an unstoppable passion for music. That passion, combined with a steadfast dedication to entertainment, has made him one of the most popular live performers in country music today. He has had 21 #1 Hits! His show is chock full of his chart-topping songs like "Last Cheater's Waltz", "I Loved 'Em Every One", and "Do You Wanna Go To Heaven", it's only natural that T.G. has developed a reputation as a solid performer who delivers exactly what audiences want. All this and more combined with a steadfast commitment to entertainment has truly made him one of the great legends in country music.
T.G.'s first commercial album in more than 13 years, "Legendary Friends & Country Duets" has just been released to rave reviews. The duet CD features some of music's biggest icons including Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Mickey Gilley, Conway Twitty, Crystal Gayle and The Oak Ridge Boys.
"Miss Country Soul" - Grand Ole Opry member and Grammy Award Winner for Best Female Performance on her #1 single, "Don't Touch Me" Jeannie is the ultimate Host, Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Speaker and Author. She is celebrating her 49th year as a member of the Grand Ole Opry and shows no signs of slowing down. She not only performs with her band and on package shows with other legendary artists, she has a wonderful acoustic show with Grand Ole Opry keyboard player, Tim Atwood, that is getting rave reviews!
Mickey Gilley has accomplished what most artists only dream of — a long and fulfilling career marked by loyal fans and financial success. One of the secrets behind Mickey's longevity is his ability to balance the heart of an entertainer with the brain of a businessman. He hasn't had to "reinvent" himself to stay in the game. He has stayed current with the times, but Mickey knows what not to change. He has treated his fans with the same respect throughout the years, maintained his consistent high-quality performances, selected classic songs that withstood the fickleness of trends and tapped into business opportunities with an uncanny foresight.
Today, more than a decade after the club burned to the ground in 1989, Gilley's — like its namesake — just keeps rising from the ashes to retain its legendary status. As the new century dawned, developers announced the rebirth of Gilley's as "Gilley's Dallas," an entertainment complex that is part of the "South Side" development in the Texas metropolis. Bigger and better than ever, the new Gilley's contains a 2,000-seat showroom featuring national headline acts.
Marty was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. Of course, everyone knows his Dad, Merle Haggard, who Marty considers "the best country singer/songwriter ever". Marty was privileged to be a part of his Dad's career and having the opportunity to meet many of the country greats as well as other celebrities and dignitaries.
Marty's love for his Dad's music inspired him to begin a project titled A Tribute To Merle Haggard "My Dad". In 2010, he cut the first album in his tribute consisting of 15 Hag classics. In 2010/2011 he performed at the Oak Ridge Boy's Theatre and Clay Cooper Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Marty is currently performing at The Paramount Theatre in Casa Grande, Arizona. Marty has recorded a second Tribute album and is planning many more in the future. As Marty's song "Apple" states "An Apple never falls too far from it's tree".
Tommy was born in Arkansas, one of seven children in his family, and eight years after his brother Johnny. He formed his first band in high school and enlisted in the Army after graduation. He deejayed for American Forces Radio Network. After the Army, Tommy played with Hank Williams Jr., and later gained a record deal from Musicor in 1965. A year later he joined United Artists and just missed the country Top 40 in 1968 with “The Sounds of Goodbye.” In late 1969, while on Epic Records, he delivered his biggest hit, a tune dedicated to JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King entitled, “Six White Horses.” 1970 saw a pair of Top Ten singles: “One Song Away” and “Rise and Shine”, and the Top 20 hit, “I Recall a Gypsy Woman.” Tommy continues to tour the globe, bringing to his audience the best in entertainment.
About Johnny Rodriguez:
LOVE THAT RODRIGUEZ SOUND.......
Almost 40 years after he first arrived in Nashville, Johnny Rodriguez is right back where he started coming full circle back to making the kind of honest country music that he and his fans always enjoyed. Born December 10, 1951, Johnny Rodriguez was the second youngest of 10 children living in a four room house in Sabinal, Texas, a small town about 90 miles from the Mexico Border.
Growing up in Sabinal, Johnny was an A/B student, captain of his Junior High School Football team, a high school letterman and an altar boy at church. But it wasn't all innocent. In 1969, caught with friends stealing and barbecuing a goat, Rodriguez took the rap. It was this jail visit that gave Johnny his first break.
His life and his career are tightly woven into the fabric of country music history and lore. He is both legacy and legend with an unmistakable voice and a captivating style. David Frizzell is one of the greatest voices in country music with a haunting resemblance to his older brother, the ultimate stylist, Lefty Frizzell. Both share that raw, forlorn quality that is essential to the interpretation of traditional country themes, but David’s voice is even more resonant and nuanced; a perfect instrument for conveying the deepest emotion of every lyric.
Moore and Moore
The best performances come from people who work well together. That would be a major understatement for twin sisters Debbie and Carrie Moore. Having sung together all of their lives, there is something really special about the close-knit harmony they create. Adept at working with an audience and making them part of their performance, Moore & Moore give the all out kind of show that only comes from the heart.
With a career that is always on the move, great things are most certainly around the corner. The musical blend of voices that were born to sing together, the sense of humor that only a sibling could get away with, complimented by the best in upbeat country songs make for a really great show.
With Moore & Moore, you really want more and more!
Singers of true Country music are in short supply these days, with the genre having moved more towards bouncy anthems about tractors and making every night a party with no consequences. But one singer who doesn't subscribe to the direction of today's Country is James Carothers. Already well-known in the Southwest after having played there for more than a decade, Carothers is now on his way to even greater recognition with the release of his new album, HONKY TONK LAND. With a gutbucket baritone and stone-Country delivery that bring to mind Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, as well as more current traditionalists like Jamey Johnson and Josh Turner, James’ smoky morning-after voice and material hearken back to a time when Country music was, well, more authentic than what's popular today.
The Girls Next Door
In the mid 80’s, Doris, Cindy, Tammy, Diane and a producer in Nashville formed a four girl Country group that would become known as “Girls Next Door”. With a recording contract with MTM Records (Mary Tylor Moore), and then with Atlantic Records, the “Girls” came blazing on to the country music scene in the late 80’s with such hits as “Love Will Get You Through Times Of No Money”, “Slow Boat To China” and “Walk Me In The Rain.” “Love Will Get You Through Times of No Money”, the “Girls” first single, soared all the way to #14 on the country music charts! Followed up with “Slow Boat to China” being a top 10 on the country Billboard Charts! Their recording success qualified them for “CMA Awards” recognition as well as other Country Music honors. The “Girls” were given a spot on the prestigious “New Faces” show during “Country Radio Seminar” in Nashville along with Dwight Yoakum. “Girls Next Door” also filmed three top requested videos.
With hit singles, videos, and beautiful harmonies, these four girls “hit the road.” For the next six years they traveled many miles playing at least 200 shows a year. The “Girls” performed in concert halls and arenas across the US and Canada sharing the spotlight with such superstars as The Judds, Lee Greenwood , The Statler Brothers, Earl Thomas Conley, Sawyer Brown, Randy Travis, Loretta Lynn and many more! They were asked to perform for the “1986 Statue of Liberty Celebration” in New York City and while in New York, “Girls Next Door” were asked to be guest on “The Today Show” live from New York City twice! They also performed the National Anthem for the “New York Yankees” and the “New York Mets” as well as many professional sports events across the U.S.
The legendary George Jones invited the “Girls” to share the stage with him when he performed at the “The Kennedy Center” in Washington D.C. They were guests on “Entertainment Tonight”, donated their talents by performing on “The Children’s Miracle Network Telethon” in L.A. and were regulars on “The Nashville Network” shows like “Crook and Chase”, “Nashville Now” “Hee Haw”, “Video Country” and many more. They joined with the Oak Ridge Boys & performed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas during rodeo week. The ladies were honored when asked to share their harmonies at the National Finals Rodeo by singing the National Anthem for thousands of rodeo fans & were invited back for the next year! The "Girls" shared a hectic tour schedule, lots of fun and excitement. They also shared a strong commitment to their Lord. Their faith helped them through those long trips on the road and let them know they were where God wanted them to be. Their first single was not only a country music hit, but also received play on Christian radio stations across the nation. The Lord also let the “Girls” know when it was time to put their music careers on hold and start a new career, their families!
That is where these still very talented ladies have been, enjoying their families and watching their children grow way TOO fast.
Moe Bandy was one of the most popular country singers of the 1970s, turning out a series of hits in the latter half of the decade that made many fans and critics believe he was one of the great honky tonk singers. Bandy's songs never strayed far from the traditional barroom fare -- delivered with a knowing sense of humor, loving, cheating, drinking, and patriotic songs form the core of his repertoire. Throughout the late '70s and early '80s, the singer racked up hits. His audience declined somewhat a decade after his career took off, yet he has remained a popular favorite through his theater in Branson, MO