Nuttin’ For Christmas is a novelty Christmas song written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. It became a hit during the 1955 Christmas season when the song showed up on Billboard’s pop charts by a total of five different artists. The highest peaking of the five recordings was released by Art Mooney & His Orchestra, with seven-year-old Barry Gordon as lead vocalist. Barry Gordon’s version peaked at position #6 and became a million seller. The song was revived on the Big Top label by Kenny and Corky and hit the Cashbox Top 100 in 1959. 
With titles like “Rockin’ the Beer Gut” and “In My Next Five Beers,” it shouldn’t take long to figure out the Nashville-based trio Trailer Choir sing of good times, better whiskey, and the best American nightlife has to offer. With members Crystal, Butter, and Vinny — the 400 pound man who is known to dance the worm in the middle of their shows — Trailer Choir started out as a cover band, playing everything from the barroom standard “Friends in Low Places” to the disco favorite “I Will Survive.” As they began adding original songs to the mix, their audience grew. One night, impressed by their whimsical tunes and energetic stage show, country music superstar Toby Keith introduced himself to the band. A showcase for Keith and his label Show Dog Nashville in the spring of 2007 found Trailer Choir leaving with a signed contract. Then, the band — who listed their influences as Garth Brooks, Tammy Wynette, Oprah, Elvis, and the Sonic chain of fast food restaurants — began recording their debut album with Keith as producer. They previewed the album in the spring of 2008 with the single “Off the Hillbilly Hook,” which was also the title of a six-song EP that appeared in 2009. ~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide
THE PERFECT SNACK FOR UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE THIS YEAR
Birthdays for Thursday, 12/17/09
Art Neville 72/singer, The Neville Brothers
Paul Rodgers 60/singer, Bad Company, Free
Sharon White56/member of The Whites, “Pins & Needles”
Sarah Dallin 48/singer, Bananarama
Duane Propes42/member of Little Texas, “God Blessed Texas”
Bob Guccione79/Penthouse publisher
George Lindsey 74/actor, TV’s Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D.
Eugene Levy 63/actor-comedian, SCTV, American Pie movies
Bill Pullman 56/actor, Independence Day
Barry Livingston 56/actor, TV’s My Three Sons
Milla Jovovich34/model-actress, Resident Evil movies
…AHHH THE ANNUAL COMPANY CHRISTMAS PARTY
STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: GRETCHEN WILSON
In this brand new Studio 330 Sessions performance, catch Gretchen Wilson perform latest single, “Work Hard, Play Harder,” and Top 5 hit, “When I Think About Cheatin’.”
Phil Vassar released Traveling Circus, on Tuesday on Universal South Records. The project includes his new single, “Everywhere I Go. In addition, Vassar is offering a free Christmas digital EP, An Acoustic Christmas, through his Web site. The project includes his renditions of “Silent Night, “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “O Holy Night” and “What Child Is This,” as well as a collaboration with daughter Haley Vassar on “Away in a Manger.”
“THINK I NEED A BRACER BEFORE I HIT THE STORES SHOPPING”
Birthdays for Wednesday, 12/16/09
Tony Hicks 64/lead guitar, The Hollies
Benny Andersson 63/singer-musician, ABBA
Billy Gibbons 60/vocals-guitar, ZZ Top
And the late: Ludwig van Beethoven–1770-1827/German composer, he achieved his fame despite a hearing ailment which left him virtually deaf. He developed the classical style to its fullest, especially in sonata, concerto and symphony forms.
Joyce Bulifant 72/actress, TV’s Mary Tyler Moore Show
Lesley Stahl 68/journalist, TV’s 60 Minutes
Steven Bochco 66/TV producer, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue
Sam Robards 48/actor, TV’s Gossip Girl
Benjamin Bratt 46/actor, ex-TV’s Law & Order, TV’s The Cleaner
And the late: Arthur C. Clarke–1917-2008/sci-fi author, 2001: A Space Odyssey
A CHRISTMAS SONG FOR THE NASCAR FAN
STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: ASHTON SHEPPARD
CLICK HERE TO WATCH ASHTON PERFORM ONE OF HER FAVORITE SONGS BY HER CHILDHOOD IDOL PASTY CLINE ON THE STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM
Ashton Shepherd was born Aug. 16, 1986, and is a native of Leroy, Ala. Her father worked in a paper mill, and her mother stayed home with their four children. She started singing country music in local talent shows as a child, began writing songs and playing guitar as a teenager and recorded an independent CD to sell at appearances. She won a contest in her home state to open for Lorrie Morgan in June 2006. By the end of the summer, after being heard by a record producer, she came to Nashville in an effort to make connections within the music industry. An unsolicited phone call to a lawyer’s office connected her to famed producer-guitarist Jerry Kennedy, who introduced her to his son, Shelby Kennedy. With their help, Shepherd signed to MCA Nashville. Her first album is due in 2008.
GRANDPA GOT RUN OVER BY A REINDEER, BUT TIGER WOOD’S GOT RUN OVER BY SOMETIME ELSE
VERY COLD THIS MORNING…WIND CHILLS WERE EXPECTED AS LOW AS -18 BELOW ZERO. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU AND THE KIDS DRESS IN LAYERS TODAY, ‘CAUSE THEY CAN TAKE IT OFF IF IT’S TOO WARM, BUT THEY CAN’T PUT IT ON IF THEY DON’T HAVE IT!!
LAS VEGAS — The first thing to realize on Saturday evening (Dec. 12) at the Encore Theater in the Wynn Hotel is that it’s not a Garth Brooks concert. It actually is a one-man stage show with a guitar as his only prop.
One man in unprepossessing street clothes on a bare stage. No band or taped music, no special lighting, no special effects. No support of any kind. Brooks last performed in Vegas in 1991, when he and Carlene Carter played a country concert at the Desert Inn. Now, his new show is as far removed as can be from any previous Vegas musical spectacles.
As Brooks said during the show, he’s naked up there with only a guitar to hide behind, and the older he gets, the smaller the guitar gets. He last performed regularly almost 10 years ago before his retirement, and these weekend shows amount to a slow re-emergence into the mainstream.
What he’s doing here is essentially a monologue interspersed with songs (few) and musical snippets (many) that lasted, at this show, exactly 100 minutes.
He remarked onstage, he’s doing this to get back into music and to learn from his audiences. But it’s still only one weekend old, out of a projected five-year run, so it’s impossible to say what it will evolve into. And, his boss/partner here, Wynn/Encore chairman Steve Wynn, was already making noises this weekend about re-evaluating the ticket pricing structure. Currently, all of the 1,500 seats in the theater are $125 each, regardless of location.
After the performance, many Garth fans were sharply divided about the show. Some were greatly disappointed by their evening and with what they got for their $125 ticket and the cost of their flight to Vegas and the hotel room. Their complaints? His dress and appearance. They felt his jeans and hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap weren’t suited to a big Vegas show. The other big complaint was that many fans came expecting to see and hear a traditional Garth Brooks concert, not the unexpected monologue-with-music-bits that they got.
But many more showgoers liked what they experienced and were delighted to see Garth again. And they said that they will continue to support his efforts.
He opened the evening by talking about jet-commuting to and from Memphis all weekend for his daughter’s playoff soccer matches and what the evening ahead might hold.
His wife Trisha Yearwood brightened the stage with “She’s in Love With the Boy” and “Walkaway Joe” with Brooks playing guitar and adding harmonies and a bit of repartee.
And it’s still very obvious that no one in popular music can work a crowd better than Brooks, and he’s still doing it with sometimes breathtaking efficiency. His confidence is obviously still there. After Yearwood left the stage with two standing ovations, Brooks waited a moment and then quipped, “For most people, that would be impossible to follow!”
I think it’s apparent that Brooks is determined to not turn into a touring dinosaur, like all the old rock groups that are still playing concerts and doing their hits for audiences who don’t want new music from the old geezers. What they want is a reminder of their youth. This is Garth’s way to figure out an alternative to that path.
…DARN NEAR COLD ENOUGH TO FREEZE A HEAD ON THE FRONT PORCH
NOW TAKE DRIVING LESSONS FROM SOMEONE FAMILIAR WITH ICY CONDITIONS
STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: RANDY TRAVIS
CLICK HERE TO WATCH RANDY PERFORM “THREE WOODEN CROSSES” ON HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION PERFORMANCE ON CMT.COM
Randy Travis was born with the name Randy Traywick in Marshville, N.C., on May 4, 1959. He grew up a hellraiser, by drinking, fighting, dabbling in drugs and committing petty crimes on a path heading straight toward prison. But the rebel ninth-grade dropout “found himself” in the spotlight of a Charlotte, N.C., nightclub, where he won a talent show. With the help and direction of the club’s owner, Lib Hatcher, the teenager underwent a startling transformation.
He purified his mind, turning his back on substance abuse and focusing on music. At the time, Nashville was deep in the Urban Cowboy, pop-country phase of the early 1980s. Travis was intent on bringing back fiddles, steel guitars and honky-tonk lyrics. He recorded for a tiny label, Paula Records, and, in classic country fashion, drove from radio station to radio station throughout the South to promote his work.
After five years of paying dues in North Carolina, he and Hatcher (who had become his manager) moved to Music City in 1981 with little more than dreams and determination to sustain them. Hatcher took a job managing a nightclub called The Nashville Palace. Travis became its dishwasher and short-order cook. Occasionally, he’d take off his grease-stained apron and emerge from the kitchen to sing a song, which would invariably make the hard-core country patrons go wild. While at The Nashville Palace, Travis recorded an independent album under the name Randy Ray. Randy Ray Live was enough for Hatcher to secure Travis a deal with Warner Bros. Records.
In 1985, the label released the single “On the Other Hand,” which only made it to No. 67 on the Billboard country singles chart. Travis’ second single, “1982,” was a Top 10 hit that kicked his career into high gear. The label then re-released “On the Other Hand” in 1986, and the song went to No. 1. Travis followed it up with charttopping hits “Diggin’ Up Bones” and “Forever and Ever, Amen,” which won the Country Music Association’s single of the year award in 1987. Travis won the CMA’s prestigious Horizon Award in 1986, won album of the year honors in 1987 for Always and Forever and took home male vocalist of the year trophies in 1987 and 1988.
Travis’ major label debut album, Storms of Life, was released in 1986 and went on to sell more than 4 million copies. Always and Forever, his second collection, was No. 1 for 10 solid months and won a Grammy Award. Old 8×10, his third set, also won a Grammy. To be sure, the first boom in the “new country” movement had sounded. In 1986, Travis was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry. By the time he turned 30 in 1989, he’d sold more than 13 million records, paving the way for a new generation of country stars like Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Travis Tritt.
Travis and Hatcher married in 1991, and, in 1992, Travis became the first country artist to release two albums simultaneously. Both volumes of his Greatest Hits became sales blockbusters. In 1994, Travis launched his film career with a variety of roles. He also has been a guest star on several top-rated TV dramas, including Touched by an AngelMatlock. and
In 1997, Travis left Warner Bros. Records and signed with new label DreamWorks Nashville. His first album for the label, 1998’s You and You Alone, put Travis back in the spotlight with Top 5 singles “Out of My Bones,” and “Spirit of a Boy, Wisdom of a Man,” and the Top 10 single “The Hole.” Travis managed to record the album while filming roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s big-screen treatment of John Grisham’s The Rainmaker and the Patrick Swayze feature Black Dog.
In 2000, he followed with Inspirational Journey, a contemporary Gospel album on Warner Bros. Travis released a second Christian-themed album, Rise and Shine, in 2002. Its first single, “Three Wooden Crosses,” unexpectedly reached No. 1 at country radio and won the CMA song of the year in 2003. The album won a Grammy in 2004. After this surprising career boost, he contined to release inspirational albums, including Worship & Faith (2003), Passing Through (2004) and Glory Train (2005).
MAIN ROADS CLEAR WITH SCATTERED ICY SPOTS; SECONDARY ROADS SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY; NO CANCELLATIONS OR CLOSURES THIS MORNING, BE CAREFUL THIS MORNING
OUR VERY OWN NEWS DIRECTOR OF THE GREAT LAKES RADIO NETWORK, AND BLUE’S MUSICIAN EXTRAORDINAIRE WALT LINDALA IS CELEBRATING HIS 42ND YEAR ON PLANET EARTH TODAY, SO IF YOU SEE HIM OUT AND ABOUT TODAY, WISH HIM A HAPPY BIRTHDAY
Josh Turner was born Nov. 20, 1977, and was raised in Hannah, S.C. Growing up in the church, he found himself singing the bass and baritone parts in numerous choirs. After high school, he moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music and enrolled in Belmont University. After college, his fledgling career got a boost on Dec. 21, 2001, during his debut on the Grand Ole Opry, when he debuted a song he wrote titled “Long Black Train.” He received a standing ovation in the middle of the song, then sang it again for an encore.
One month after his Opry debut, Turner signed to MCA Nashville. He released his debut album, Long Black Train in 2003, and thanks to the hit title track, it was certified platinum (for shipments of a million copies) by the end of 2004.
In 2006, Turner released his sophomore album, Your Man, and the title track reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart, as did its follow-up, “Would You Go With Me.” The album was certified double platinum.
ONLY 10 SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS…THE SALES ARE ON
Birthdays for Monday, 12/14/09
Clark Terry 89/jazz trumpeter
Cliff Williams 60/bassist, AC/DC
And the late:
Charlie Rich–1932-1995/country singer, “Behind Closed Doors,” “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”
Patty Duke 63/actress, TV’s Patty Duke Show
Dee Wallace61/actress, ET
Vanessa Hudgens 21/actress, High School Musical
And the late:
Nostradamus–1503-1566/French guy who correctly predicted the 1666 great fire in London, the civil war in Spain, Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, and his own death on July 2, 1566.
LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT GIFT FOR THE NASCAR FAN?
STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: JASON MICHAEL CARROLL
CLICK HERE TO WATCH JASON PERFORM ” ALLYSSA LIES” DURING HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM
Jason Michael Carroll grew up in North Carolina, the son of a preacher who did not allow secular music in the household. But when Carroll took a job at a motor shop, he got his musical education, with country speaking the loudest to him. He won a karaoke contest sponsored by a pop radio station and was promptly hired by a country band losing its singer. When Carroll was offered a performance slot at the popular country music venue Longbranch Saloon in Raleigh, N.C., and the rest of the band couldn’t make it, Carroll parted ways with the band. He later won the Raleigh/Durham market for a televised talent contest, Gimme the Mic, which led to a trip to New York City. His music attracted the ear of Rusty Harmon, who had managed Hootie & the Blowfish. Harmon paired him with producer Don Gehman, who had produced the Hootie & the Blowfish album, Cracked Rear View, and many of John Mellencamp’s classic rock albums. Carroll signed a record deal with Arista Nashville and released his first single, “Alyssa Lies,” in late 2006.
EXTREMELY COLD WIND CHILLS ACROSS THE UPPER PENINSULA…MAKE SURE YOU KEE THE KIDS AND YOURSELF BUNDLED UP IN LAYERS TODAY…AND YOU MIGHT WANT TO THINK ABOUT PUTTING TOGETHER AN EMERGENCY KIT FOR YOUR CAR, IN CASE YOU GET STUCK…
FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: CMA, AMA, AND BILLBOARD ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR TAYLOR SWIFT
Most teenagers are glad when they can leave those years behind them, but we’d understand if TAYLOR SWIFT, who’s turning 20 this Sunday, is reluctant to let them go. After all, during her teens, she’s accomplished pretty much everything an artist can accomplish — except for maybe winning a Grammy. The newly-crowned Billboard Artist of the Year just marked the best year of her career with a sold-out tour, a shelf full of awards and through-the-roof album sales. Still, she tells Billboard that she’s not slowing down at all in the New Year.
Taylor says, “I’m well into writing my next album…I want to continue to write about the things that I’m going through. My biggest hope for the next record is that the feelings I’m feeling right now will be accurately portrayed.” Taylor says she likes having two years between albums, so the next record may possibly be out in 2010. Other than that, Taylor adds, “My next goals are to continue on with the Fearless tour [and] I’d love to be able to perform on the Grammys again.”
Taylor tells Billboard her single favorite moment from the past year was every night of her Fearless tour. She says, “Every night…felt like a celebration.” As far as the low point, she only says, “I’ve had a few days…where you feel humiliated or you’re shocked by something or something knocks you down a few pegs. But in those moments I’ve been very quick to realize and remind myself that there are people out there with real problems.”
Taylor has been spending the days leading up to her birthday in New York City, where she enjoyed shopping and having dinner with with pal EMMA STONE Wednesday night. She’s also been sporting a straight hairstyle that almost makes her look like a different person. Taylor’s set to perform at the Jingle Ball concert in Manhattan tonight as well, but she points to another performance in New York City as the moment she’ll remember most from her teenage years — hosting Saturday Night Live. Taylor says, quote, “Honestly, that was the coolest week of my life. I felt like I was part of such a tradition..That was something I’m never, ever going to forget.” For now, Taylor’s birthday plans for Sunday are under wraps, but we’ll let you know about them as soon as we get the details.
JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAY’S…THE NEW TW MOBILE PHONE
In 2005, Louisiana-born and North Carolina-raised singer Kellie Pickler landed a spot in the fifth season of American Idol. Though she finished sixth, the former waitress and Miss North Carolina contestant charmed American audiences with her Southern twang and blonde ambition, resulting in a contract with BNA Records that yielded her debut album, Small Town Girl, in the fall of 2006 and an eponymous sophomore release in 2008. ~ James Christopher Monger, All Music Guide
…THEY THINK THAT TIGER’S SEXXXXY!!
STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: CHARLIE DANIELS
CLICK HERE TO WATCH CHARLIE PERFORM “LONG HAIRED COUNTRY BOY” DURING HIS STUDIO 330 SESSION ON CMT.COM
Charlie Daniels was born on Oct. 28, 1936, in Wilmington, N.C., and raised on a musical diet that included Pentecostal gospel, local bluegrass bands and the rhythm & blues and country music from Nashville’s 50,000-watt radio stations WLAC and WSM. He graduated from high school in 1955. Already skilled on guitar, fiddle and mandolin, Daniels formed a rock ‘n’ roll band and hit the road.
While en route to California in 1959, the group paused in Texas to record “Jaguar,” an instrumental produced by the legendary Bob Johnston, which was picked up for national distribution by Epic. It was also the beginning of a long association with Johnston. The two wrote “It Hurts Me,” which became the B-side of a 1964 Presley hit. In 1969, at the urging of Johnston, Daniels moved to Nashville to find work as a session guitarist.
Among his more notable sessions were the Bob Dylan albums of 1969-70 Nashville Skyline, New Morning and Self Portrait. Daniels produced the Youngbloods’ albums of 1969-70 Elephant Mountain and Ride the Wind, toured Europe with Leonard Cohen and performed on records with artists as diverse as Al Kooper and Marty Robbins.
Daniels broke through as a record maker himself with 1973’s hit hippie song “Uneasy Rider.” His rebel anthems “Long Haired Country Boy” and “The South’s Gonna Do It” propelled his 1975 collection Fire on the Mountain to double-platinum status.
After recording for the Capitol and Kama Sutra labels, Epic Records signed him to its rock roster in New York in 1976. The contract, reportedly worth $3 million, was the largest ever given to a Nashville act up to that time. In the summer of 1979, Daniels rewarded the company’s faith by delivering “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which became a platinum single, topped both country and pop charts, won a Grammy Award, earned three CMA trophies, became a cornerstone of the Urban Cowboy movie soundtrack and propelled Daniel’s Million Mile Reflections album to triple- platinum sales levels.
The album’s title was a reference to a milestone in the Charlie Daniels Band’s legendary coast-to-coast tours, which including two drummers, twin guitars and a flamenco dancer. The CDB often toured more than 250 days a year and by this time had logged more than a million miles on the road. Transported in a convoy of buses and gleaming black tractor-trailer rigs, the band now included a full horn section, backup singers, a troupe of clog dancers and sometimes a gospel choir. By 1981, the Charlie Daniels Band had twice been voted the Academy of Country Music’s touring band of the year.
Daniels’ annual Volunteer Jam concerts, world famous musical extravaganzas that served as a prototype for many of today’s annual day-long music marathons, always featured a variety of current stars and heritage artists and are considered by historians as his most impressive contribution to Southern music.
…AND FINALLY, ALL THE LIES, GOSSIP, SCANDALS AND DIRT FROM MUSIC CITY USA WITH PATSY J. KREBS FROM THE “CUT~N~CURL” IN NASHVILLE TENNESSEE
YESTERDAY’S SNOW STORM HAS AREA SCHOOLS STILL CLOSED OR DELAYED
BHK Houghton/Keweenaw Headstart
Crossroads Christian Academy
Mini Miracle Learning Center
NICE Community Schools
North Star Academy-Polaris
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
Saint Christopher Day School
Ewen-Trout Creek – 2 HR DELAY
Hannahville – Bus #2 and #4 are running 1/2 hour late
Little Huskies Child Development Center – OPEN AT 10AM
Ontonagon – 2 HR DELAY/NO AM KINDERGARTEN
Wells Township-2 HR DELAY
Keith was born Toby Keith Covel in Clinton, OK, in 1961 and grew up mostly on a farm in Moore, near the outskirts of Oklahoma City. He took up guitar at age eight, inspired by the country musicians who played at the supper club his grandmother ran. He listened to his father’s Bob Wills records and fell in love with Haggard‘s music. He worked as a rodeo hand while in high school, and after graduation, he found work in the nearby oil fields. In the meantime, he formed the Easy Money Band and played Alabama-style country-rock in area honky tonks. After about three years, the oil industry hit a major downturn, and Keith turned to playing semipro football for a USFL farm team, even trying out (unsuccessfully) for the short-lived league’s Oklahoma City franchise. Following two years as a football player, Keith decided to focus on music and adopted a much more rigorous touring schedule. He cut a few records for local indie labels, and his demo tape eventually found its way to onetime Alabama producer Harold Shedd, who helped Keith land a deal with Mercury.
Gretchen Wilson was born on June 26, 1973, and raised in rural Pocahontas, Ill., 36 miles due east of St. Louis, where numerous trailer parks are clustered among cornfields and pig farms. Her mother was 16 years old when she had Gretchen, and her father, unfortunately, had moved on with his life by the time she was 2. Whenever they couldn’t make rent, which was every few months, they packed up what little belongings they owned and moved down the road only to find yet another trailer.
With only an eighth-grade education, she was cooking and tending bar at Big O’s, a rough-and-tumble bar five miles outside of town, alongside her mom at age 14. A year later and living on her own, she was managing the roughneck joint with a loaded 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun stashed behind the bar for protection.
The father she never really knew provided her with the musical talent to sing. “My dad just picked around on the guitar and has a quiet voice,” Gretchen says. She made it a point to meet him for the first time when she was 12. “His family, I’m told, had a little traveling band. I think it was a gospel band.” In any case, from an early age she could sing. Long before karaoke machines, she got up on stage every night at Big O’s with a microphone and sang along to various CDs for tips. She soon found herself fronting a cover band and for the first time she felt like maybe there was a life for her outside Bond County. She moved to Nashville in 1996.
Wilson became somewhat discouraged after a brief encounter with a local musician, whom she happened to recognize at a Nashville music shop. She asked for advice, and he said she needed to create a buzz. It would take her four long years to figure out what he meant. In the meantime, she got a job slinging drinks at a bar in Printers Alley.
A few years later, and now with a daughter, she still had no luck in terms of getting a record deal. One Friday night, singer-songwriters Big Kenny and John Rich (of Big & Rich) walked into the bar and heard her sing with the house band. She remembers, “John followed me up to my little cubby hole bar upstairs with his trench coat and cowboy hat and I think his exact words were, ‘Hey, how come you ain’t got a record deal yet?’ I looked at him in disgust … threw him a business card and a little homemade demo and said, ‘I’m busy. I’m working right now.'”
For months he tried getting in touch with her, and for months she ignored his calls until someone finally said, “Look, you should really return his call. He might be able to help you out.” He not only introduced her to his circle of friends — “they started to use me singing on some demos” — but he also taught her how the Nashville songwriting community really works. She also became a member of the Muzik Mafia, a loose-knit group of singers, songwriters and musicians who get together to jam (and party) every Tuesday in a local Nashville nightspot. It was in front of her peers — very honest peers — that she honed her songwriting style. She later signed with Sony Music Nashville.
Her sassy debut single, “Redneck Woman,” took off like a bottle rocket — five weeks at No. 1 on Billboard‘s country airplay chart in 2004 — leading to a whirlwind, worldwide promotional tour. Her debut album, Here for the Party, sold nearly five million copies. The title track, “When I Think About Cheatin'” and “Homewrecker” all did well on the charts too. As a result of her immediate success, she won the CMA Horizon Award in 2004.
Wilson released All Jacked Up in 2005 and won the CMA female vocalist trophy that same year. A book she co-wrote about her experiences appeared in 2006.
MOST UPPER MICHIGAN SCHOOLS CLOSED TODAY DUE TO THE SNOW…..THE LIST AS FOLLOW
All Saints Catholic Academy Ironwood
Bay College – Escanaba
Bay College – Iron Mountain
Bay Middle College/Fitzharris H.S
BHK Baraga Headstart
Big Bay de Noc
Bishop Baraga Catholic
Career Academy of Marquette
Christ The King Pre-School – Ish.
Crossroads Christian Academy
Delta Schoolcraft ISD
Gogebic Community College
Gogebic County Headstart
KBIC Child Development
KBIC Headstart/Childhood Development Morning
KBIC Headstart/Childhood Development Afternoon
KBIC Early Headstart
Manistique Area Schools
Main Street Institute of Cosmetology
NICE Community Schools
North Star Academy-Polaris
Pine Mountain Christian
Rapid River Headstart
Redeemer Lutheran Preschool
Tahquamenon Area Schools
West Iron County
Keweenaw Heritage Grants Workshop
J. Johnson Memorial Open House at WNMU
Delta ISD Christmas Program
Holy Name Christmas Program Postponed
Marquette Schools Orchestra Concert
H1N1 Clinic at Goodman- Armstrong Creek
Ishpeming Salvation Army
Marquette County Courthouse and Service Center – reduced operations, Call Ahead
Marquette County Circuit, Probate and District Court
United States Federal District Court
Gwinn St. Vincent de Paul Store
Ishpeming St. Vincent de Paul store and Food Pantry
Weight Watchers at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ishpeming
Family Night at Good News Assembly of God Church – Ishpeming
TIGER WOODS THE RAPPER?!?!
Birthdays for Wednesday, 12/9/09
Dan Hicks 68/singer
Joan Armatrading 59/singer,“I Love It When You Call Me Names”
Donny Osmond 52/singer, The Osmonds, with Marie & solo, Dancing with the Stars champ
David Kersh 39/country singer
And the late:
Junior Wells–1934-1998/blues harmonica player
Kirk Douglas 93/actor, Spartacus (born Issur Danielovitch Demsky), father of Michael
Dick Van Patten 81/actor, TV’s Eight is Enough
Buck Henry 79/actor-writer, TV’s Get Smart, Heaven Can Wait
Beau Bridges 68/actor, brother of Jeff, The Fabulous Baker Boys
Dick Butkus 67/former Chicago Bear-turned-actor
Michael Dorn 57/actor, Worf on TV’s Star Trek
John Malkovich56/actor, Being John Malkovich, Changeling
Morton Downey Jr.—1933-2001/acerbic talk show host
DON’T LET IT SNOW!!!
The Scoopon Snow Shoveling Safety
Jocey Mathern, Program Assistant
Julie Garden-Robinson, Ph.D., L.R.D., Food and Nutrition Specialist
It happens every winter in the Midwest … snow falls, usually leaving piles of the stuff to clear from your sidewalks and driveway. Consider the following before you grab your shovel after a major snowfall.
The good news is that 15 minutes of snow shoveling counts as moderate physical activity according to the 1996 Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. We all should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity of some kind on most days of the week. Brisk walking or social dancing are other ways to fit in moderate physical activity during cold winter months.
The bad news is that researchers have reported an increase in the number of fatal heart attacks among snow shovelers after heavy snowfalls. This rise may be due to the sudden demand that shoveling places on an individual’s heart. Snow shoveling may cause a quick increase in heart rate and blood pressure. One study determined that after only two minutes of shoveling, sedentary mens’ heart rates rose to levels higher than those normally recommended during aerobic exercise.
Shoveling may be vigorous activity even for healthy college-aged students. A study performed by researchers at North Dakota State University determined that, based on heart rate, shoveling was a moderately intense activity for college-aged subjects most of the time but was vigorous activity during about one-third of their shoveling time of 14 minutes.
Shoveling can be made more difficult by the weather. Cold air makes it harder to work and breathe, which adds some extra strain on the body. There also is the risk for hypothermia, a decrease in body temperature, if one is not dressed correctly for the weather conditions.
Who should think twice about shoveling snow?
Those most at risk for a heart attack include:
Anyone who has already had a heart attack.
Individuals with a history of heart disease.
Those with high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels.
Individuals leading a sedentary lifestyle.
Should you rush out and buy a snow blower?
Not necessarily. Not everyone who shovels snow is going to have a heart attack. Snow shoveling can be good exercise when performed correctly and with safety in mind.
Also consider back safety when shoveling snow. Even if you exercise regularly and are not at risk for heart disease, shoveling improperly could lead to a strained back. If you’ve been inactive for months and have certain risk factors, use some common sense before taking on the task of snow shoveling.
A Pile of Snow Shoveling Tips
Be heart healthy and back friendly while shoveling this winter with these tips:
If you are inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor before you take on the task of shoveling snow.
Avoid caffeine or nicotine before beginning. These are stimulants, which may increase your heart rate and cause your blood vessels to constrict. This places extra stress on the heart.
Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as big an issue in cold winter months as it is in the summer.
Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed.
Warm up your muscles before shoveling, by walking for a few minutes or marching in place. Stretch the muscles in your arms and legs, because warm muscles will work more efficiently and be less likely to be injured.
Pick the right shovel for you. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body.
Begin shoveling slowly to avoid placing a sudden demand on your heart. Pace yourself and take breaks as needed.
Protect your back from injury by lifting correctly.
Stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the shovel close to your body. Bend from the knees (not the back) and tighten your stomach muscles as you lift the snow. Avoid twisting movements. If you need to move the snow to one side reposition your feet to face the direction the snow will be going.
Most importantly — listen to your body. Stop if you feel pain!
Craig Morgan was born in Kingston Springs, Tenn., near Nashville. He became an emergency medical technician at 18, then joined the Army a few years later. In the midst of his military career, he was taking part in a banquet honoring the military’s very first airborne unit and decided to write a song about them. His superiors liked it so much that he was made part of the program.
While stationed in Korea, he won a number of singing and songwriting contests and opened a Korean show for Sawyer Brown. His interest in writing and singing continued back in the States, and his father, who was also a musician, took him into the studio to record demos of Morgan’s own songs.
Upon completion of his enlistment, Morgan was hired to sing demos for other writers and publishing companies in Nashville. That’s how he supported his family along with a whole host of other jobs, including a sheriff’s deputy, a plainclothes department store security officer, a construction worker and a Wal-Mart employee. He also spent eight months on stage at the Country Tonight Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
His demos led to a record deal with Atlantic, which released his first album in 2000. The label shuttered shortly after that. However, Morgan soon signed to Broken Bow Records and climbed into the Top 10 with the single “Almost Home” in 2003. The album My Kind of Livin’ followed in 2005, which included the No. 1 hit, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” In 2006, he released Little Bit of Life.
Birthdays for Tuesday, 12/8/09
Jerry Butler70/singer, ex-Impressions, known as “The Ice Man,” “He Will Break Your Heart”
Bobby Elliott68/drummer, The Hollies, “Bus Stop”
Gregg Allman62/singer-keyboardist, Allman Brothers Band
Phil Collen52/guitarist, Def Leppard
Marty Raybon 50/former lead singer of Shenandoah, “Two Dozen Roses,” “The Church on Cumberland Road”
Maximilian Schell 79/actor, Judgment at Nuremberg
Kim Basinger 56/actress, L.A. Confidential, ex-Mrs. Alec Baldwin
Teri Hatcher 45/actress, TV’s Desperate Housewives
And the late:
David Carradine–1936-2009/actor, TV’s Kung Fu, Kill Bill movies
SNOW IS COMIN’ FOR CHRISTMAS
Arrests In John Stamos Extortion Plot
FBI: Pair sought $680,000 payoff over actor’s 2004 party photos
DECEMBER 7–Actor John Stamos was the target of an extortion plot allegedly hatched by a pair of Michigan residents who threatened to release photographs that would harm his reputation unless they were paid nearly $700,000, The Smoking Gun has learned. According to the below FBI affidavit, the photos were taken at a party in Florida, where Stamos was vacationing.
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CHEAP CHRISTMAS GIFTS? REGIFTING ISN’T AN OPTION?!?……
STUDIO 330 IN THE MORNING SESSION CUT OF THE DAY: JOHN ANDERSON
John Anderson was born Dec. 13, 1954, in Orlando, Fla., and raised in Apopka, Fla. As an teen, Anderson played in a rock band, but ultimately pursued country music when he moved to Nashville in 1971 where he played in clubs and also helped build the Grand Ole Opry House.
He signed to Warner Bros. in 1977 but didn’t crack the Top 10 until 1980. He turned Billy Joe Shaver’s “I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I’m Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)” to the Top 5, and “Wild and Blue” spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1982. But it was “Swingin'” that became his first signature hit in 1983. The smash single, which he co-wrote, won a CMA award, and Anderson won the CMA Horizon Award. Suddenly, he found himself in a respected class of new traditionalists such as Ricky Skaggs and George Strait. However, his chart success dried up shortly afterwards. He parted ways with Warner Bros., and a new partnership with MCA was not fruitful, despite the Waylon Jennings duet, “Somewhere Between Ragged and Right.”
Many considered his career to be over when BNA, an imprint of RCA, released the single “Straight Tequila Night” in 1991. However, it shot to No. 1, setting the stage for five more years of hits, including Mark Knopfler’s “When It Comes to You,” “Seminole Wind” and the No. 1 “Money in the Bank.” He left BNA after five years, and successive efforts by Mercury and Epic failed to sustain his previous momentum. He revisited his entire musical career with the newly recorded Anthology in 2003.