.. Nashville, Tennessee .. Opry Country Classics .. May 13
This was broadcast over WSM-AM 650 radio from Nashville over a wide area and even further streamed online at wsmonline.com. A well received program around the world. Wade's first song was "Drinkin' Thing,' a Gary Stewart oldie that Wade has included on his latest album, "Place to Turn Around." Bill Cody, announcer for the evening, referred to the album and endorsed it as an excellent album. The Opry Country Classics show features older songs that have been performed on the Opry. Sometimes the artist is doing his own material, As T. G. Sheppard, Gene Watson and the White Sisters did that evening. Younger artists Wade and Blake Shelton do material from other artists. Blake, the featured artist for the evening, did Jerry Reed, Eddie Rabbit and Conway Twitty. Bill, in announcing Wade's other song, commented that he bet "Wade Hayes" could sure sing Merle Haggard. And he did, with a very fine delivery of "That's the Way Love Goes." It's a joy to see Wade on the Opry stage!
For pics of his previous appearance at the Tuesday night Opry on April 20, his birthday, check
.. Gallery (Tuesday Opry Appearance)
.. Tuesday Grand Ole Opry Pics
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.. Owensboro, Kentucky .. Lanham Brothers Jamboree .. May 15
A wonderful family style show in a great new auditorium built in a lovely campground - large, enthusiastic audience. Some of Randy Lanham's music students performed. I didn't catch the name of the lovely 13 year old who sang her own composition, but she sure looks like a future star. There were other students performing as well as 2 dance groups and a young ventriloquist with a very savvy stage presence. It was the first time I've heard Wade do "Tumbling Tumbleweeds." Maybe he should do a Roy Rogers cover album, but I think he needs to ditch the black hat, vest, chaps and wobbly glue-on mustache for any future performance. It was all in the spirit of fun - and there was lots of that.
The 5 o'clock seminar for aspiring songwriters was very interesting as Wade talked about his entry into the music business and gave out tips for those wanting to do the same thing. He and Randy performed some of his songs to illustrate points that he was making.
"Nashville is OPEN. Come on and Visit!"
This is the new slogan for our city. We'd love to host you this summer. The only thing missing will be the Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills Mall, not scheduled to re-open to nearly Christmas. The Wild Horse expects to open the week-end before CMA Music Fest. Everything else is on GO! We're going to have a great time. Come on down!
This site has some captioned pictures that well represent the over-all damage to our city. 11,000 pieces of private property were affected. The damage costs for these are estimated at nearly $2 billion. That doesn't include government buildings and infastructure. We're having an amazing recovery.
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