While surfing the Internet this month, two Country Music books caught my eye. Reba McEntire was on-line chatting to her fans the other day, in what was called a "back-porch conversation". This was a reference to the style of her new book Comfort From a Country Quilt in which "Reba writes about the roles a modern country woman tries to fulfil - roles as many and varied as the fabric pieces of an heirloom quilt." If you want to find out more, you can read excerpts or listen to Reba reading the first two chapters. You can also download the cover art as "wallpaper" for your computer desktop, and an autographed screensaver that fills the screen with quilt squares when your computer is inactive.
Lorrie Morgan's book, entitled "Forever Yours Faithfully," has been out for a while now, and you can hear her too, reading a short excerpt. Co-written with famed author, George Vescey ("Coal Miner's Daughter") it chronicles her love and life with the late Keith Whitley, like "one great long country song". Lorrie has plenty of new songs though, with the release of her new CD "My Heart", and a new husband, singer/writer Jon Randall. Lorrie's new single "Maybe Not Tonight" is a duet with Sammy Kershaw, while the album also boasts amongst the backing vocalists, Jo Dee Messina, who just won the Top New Female Vocalist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards. Check out what Jo Dee and the other winners had to say for themselves at country.com
Dwight Whitley also keeps the flame of his brother Keith's music alive. You can read about him in the June "print" issue of Capital News, and then check out his Web site to sample his music.
Rosie Flores and Michael Vidale
on stage in Sydney
photo ©1999 cyberBob
|"Come on baby, it's Saturday night and I'm ready..." is the musical greeting you'll get when you arrive at the Web site of local rockabilly star Red Rivers and his band The Rocketones. Red's new album is called "Low Down Twang!!" Unfortunately, some "low down thief" has made off with Red's beloved red Gretch Tennessean guitar (serial No. 37324). If you have any information, write to Autone Records, PO Box 126, Ettalong Beach NSW 2257. Red's album kicks off with "Road Train", a song he co-wrote with Dale Watson. Red and his regular co-writer Carol Rohde authored most of the other tracks. A while back, Red and Carol had two of their songs recorded by harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite.
Staying with that genre for a moment, the Rockabilly Filly herself, Rosie Flores, has just visited Australia, delighting audiences with her unique guitar style. At The Rosie Flores Connection, you'll find lots of info and samples, plus details of Rosie's latest CD, "Dance Hall Dreams" which was recorded "Live" in her hometown of San Antonio Texas with an all-star cast of musicians. While you are there, find out who were the big influences in Rosie's life.
photo ©1999 cyberBob
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