There are many ways to describe Tracy Byrd, but unique, talented, and charismatic just seem to scratch the surface. However, there is one word that ties them all together and is true to their character: Tracy Byrd is Real. Few people sing so honestly from their heart and soul. Tracy Byrd does so in just the right way, combining art, story, and song in perfect unison.
Wade Hayes was in his early 20s when he began churning out such enduring hits as "Old Enough to Know Better," "I'm Still Dancing with You," "On a Good Night" and "What I Meant to Say." A second generation country singer from Bethel Acres, Oklahoma, Hayes grew up watching his dad perform. The young guitarist's dream was to be the next Don Rich, Buck Owens' revered guitar player and one of country music's most legendary sidemen. "I was a big fan of Don Rich and I thought that's what I wanted to do," he recalls. "That's what I moved to Nashville for."
Hayes began realizing that goal when Johnny Lee tapped the young musician to be his lead guitarist, but he just wasn't meant to be a sideman. "Record label people started coming to watch me play and the next thing I knew everything was happening fast," says Hayes, who landed a publishing deal just nine months after moving to Nashville, and a contract with Columbia Records soon after. His debut single, "Old Enough to Know Better," hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and Hayes was nominated for the ACM's Top New Male Vocalist honor. Two of Hayes' four major label albums have been certified gold by the RIAA, and hits such as "Don't Stop, "The Day That She Left Tulsa (In a Chevy)" and "How Do You Sleep at Night" continue to be fan favorites in his shows.
There are many things that Darryl Worley has come to know in his 15-year career in country music. One of those things is how to recognize a hit song, scoring nearly 20 hit singles and three chart-topping hits with the self-penned “Awful, Beautiful Life” and the poignant “Have You Forgotten,” which spent an astonishing seven weeks at No. 1 as well as “I Miss My Friend” which came to him via a songwriter friends in Nashville. He also recognizes the importance of giving back every opportunity that he can through his annual charities that has funded organizations such as the Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center in Savannah, Tenn.
When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss.
In his music career spanning more than 25 years, Dean has claimed eleven top ten Billboard country singles, including five #1 hits: “I Miss Billy The Kid,” “Somewhere In My Broken Heart,” “If There Hadn’t Been You,” “You Don’t Count The Cost” and “It’s What I Do.” Dean recorded eight major label studio albums, three of which have been certified gold by the RIAA, as well as a greatest hits album which is also certified gold. Earlier in his career, the Academy of Country Music named Dean Top New Male Vocalist and also awarded him Song of the Year for “Somewhere In My Broken Heart.” In 2000, Dean sang harmony vocals alongside Alison Krauss on Kenny Rogers’ rendition of “Buy Me A Rose,” which earned a GRAMMY®. In addition to his successful recording career, Dean has also acted in several movies and appeared in numerous television shows.
John Schneider has enjoyed a successful career in country music, topping the charts with his no. 1 hits “I’ve Been Around Enough to Know” and “You’re the Last Thing I Needed Tonight.” From 1984 to 1987 Schneider released six albums under MCA Nashville including his no. 1 album A Memory Like You and the quintessential Greatest Hits album. Schneider then took time off to pursue his acting opportunities but would return with Worth the Wait in 1996. He’s gone on to release two Christmas albums, including Home For Christmas with Dukes of Hazzard co-star Tom Wopat. Schneider’s most recent releases include the motion picture soundtrack Stand On It, from the action-comedy movie made in tribute to the 1977 classic, “Smokey and The Bandit,” his holiday-themed album Christmas Cars and his most recent single, “Born At A Truck Stop,” from his upcoming album Truck On.
Jim Stafford is an American comedian, musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. Best known for his humorous country novelty songs of the mid-70's, Jim Stafford also enjoyed a lengthy career as a television personality and live entertainer. He was born in the Florida town of Eloise, near Winter Haven. He grew up in a musical family and taught himself how to play a variety of instruments, including the guitar, fiddle, piano, harmonica, and banjo . After high school, Jim moved to Nashville and joined Jumpin' Bill Carlisle's backing band
Stafford was performing in Clearwater, FL, when he ran into Lobo and asked if he would consider recording Jim's original "The Swamp Witch." Lobo suggested that Stafford record it himself, and helped him land a contract with MGM; he would later produce many of Jim's singles as well. "The Swamp Witch" reached the Top 40 in 1973, but it was the following year's "Spiders and Snakes" -- a song co-written with David Bellamy of The Bellamy Brothers -- that brought Jim Stafford into the big time. The song peaked at number three on the pop charts, was certified Gold by the RIAA, and helped make him a household name.
His sense of humor was also showcased on the follow-up hits "My Girl Bill" and "Wildwood Weed," the latter another Top Ten pop hit. He charted in the Top 40 again in 1975 with "Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne" and "I Got Stoned and I Missed It."
By that time, Jim was enough of a celebrity to get his own prime-time variety show, "The Jim Stafford Show" on ABC. In 1981, Stafford appeared in the Clint Eastwood movie, "Any Which Way but Loose" and contributed the chart single, "Cow Patti," to the soundtrack. The following year, he wrote three songs for Disney's animated feature The Fox and the Hound. He hosted two television programs, Those Amazing Animals and Nashville on the Road. In the early '80s and later in the decade, he served as a writer for the Smothers Brothers return to prime-time television. In the meantime, he continued to tour and record.
Stafford has headlined at his own theater in Branson, MO since 1990. He continues to entertain there and at venues all across the country.
The Sam Gyllenhaal Band
The Sam Gyllenhaal Band has found the sweet spot. That place where rich three-part harmony and thoughtful, catchy songwriting come together - but it wasn’t easy to find. Sam has been writing, woodshedding, recording, and gigging over a span of 10 years that has included living in 3 cities, 5 or 6 day jobs, and hundreds of song demos.
Joined by his frequent co-writer Alaina Stacey and long-time friend and bandmate Alex Schreiner, the Sam Gyllenhaal Band officially came together in 2017. Alaina brings a beautifully pure tone and an out-of-this-world knack for blending. Alex, who has known Sam since their college a cappella days, has a voice that complements and magnifies Sam's smooth tenor - he’s also been known to play the shaker like it owes him money.
Their pop, rock, and country influences inspire their songs' cascading melodies, driving grooves and vivid lyrics. The band likes to sing about life and love in motion - sometimes soaring, sometimes stumbling, but always moving forward.
Leona Williams was destined to become a Country Music Entertainer. She landed her first radio show at the age of 15, simply called “Leona Sings” in Jefferson City, Missouri. That journey would take her all over the world and allow her to sing before thousands upon thousands of Country Music fans.
Leona moved to Nashville in the late 1960s from the small town of Vienna Missouri , and was soon recording for Hickory Records with such hits as “Once More” and “Yes Ma’am, He Found Me In A Honky Tonk”. Since then, Leona has traveled worldwide and opened shows for some of country music’s top entertainers and made numerous personal appearances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Leona has had her songs recorded by some of Country music’s most popular artists including George Jones, Moe Bandy, Randy Travis, Hank Thompson, The Forester Sisters, Tammy Wynette, Gene Watson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson, Connie Smith and many others.
Leona, a Missouri native, has been inducted into the Missouri Country Music Hall of Fame , the Country Music Association of Texas Hall of Fame , the North American Country Music Hall of Fame (N.A.C.M.A.) in Tennessee , and the Mobile Alabama Country Music Hall of Fame . She was honored with the prestigious George D. Hay Award . and was also given the “Honky Tonk Female Singer of the Year” award at the Ameripolitan Awards in Austin Texas.
Twice , Leona was honored with the “Entertainer of the Year” award by R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers). Recently , Leona was honored at the Leinster Entertainment Awards in Naas , Ireland with the ” International Singer and Songwriter of the Year ” award.
Barbara Fairchild’s vibrant personality, her love for humor and storytelling along with her extraordinary talent for singing country and gospel music make her one of the finest entertainers you will see. She has a sincere warmth that flows out of her to everyone she meets, whether on the street or as a member of the audience in one of her shows.
Barbara’s talent has not diminished through the years and you can often see her these days on the RFD Network along with many of her peers on the very popular “Country Family Reunion” hosted by Bill Anderson.
Among the many television appearances during her career include, “The Tonight Show,” Hee Haw,” “A Salute to Country Music,” “ The CMA Country Music Awards,” and the three part special, “A Country Homecoming,” hosted by Ralph Emery. She has made several appearances on CBN (The 700 Club) and TBN and two tribute specials to the Legendary Dottie Rambo. She was thrilled to host her own TV Special, “Barbara Fairchild In England” on the BBC network, just to name a few.
Ronnie McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again. He charted a string of hit singles and albums for Epic between 1979 and 1986 including the chart toppers “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation.” Other hits during his Epic years included “Watchin Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made A Wanted Man Of Me,” “All Tied Up,” and “In A New York Minute.” Like all great entertainers, Ronnie McDowell has a personality that remains luminous long after the lights go dim. These qualities have inspired a nationwide network of fan-clubs with thousands of members, each one a devoted promoter of everything McDowell does.
Lacy J. Dalton
Lacy J. Dalton (born Jill Lynne Byrem on October 13, 1946 in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania), is an American country singer and songwriter with a career that has spanned many decades and touched the hearts of millions of music fans. In March 2017 Lacy J Dalton was inducted into the North American Country Music Association International Hall of Fame, and in 2018 she was nominated for a Lifetime Achievement Award.
She’s one of the most instantly recognizable voices in music – the woman People Magazine called “Country’s Bonnie Raitt.” From the first time Lacy J Dalton caught the public’s ear, that soulful delivery, full of texture and grit, has been a mainstay of Country Music. When you sit to listen to a Lacy J Dalton album, you find yourself pulled in by the very power and heart of this vocalist, because she’s not merely performing a ten-song set, she’s bringing each and every tune to life. It’s as if they were all written especially for her.
Prior to signing with Harbor Records in 1978 as Jill Croston, she like many before her, held many jobs to survive and support her family. As a truck stop waitress and singer, she would wait tables and then jump on stage to sing a few songs. Her hard work and dedication paid off in 1979 when she was awarded the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Female Vocalist of the Year. In June 1979, Lacy J Dalton was signed by Columbia Records and quickly rose to national prominence with Crazy Blue Eyes, which she wrote with her longest friend, Mary McFadden, and which raced to #7 on the Billboard Country Charts. Lacy’s success was powered not just by the artist’s recordings, but by a stage show that truly electrified audiences. She quickly became one of the few women who could successfully open a show for the likes of Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard or Charlie Daniels. Not only could she do it, but she left audiences across the country hollering for more. Her signature song 16th Avenue, became the Anthem for Nashville songwriters and was voted one of Country’s Top 100 Songs ever by Billboard Magazine. Her other hit records are legendary million-airplay cuts and include Crazy Blue Eyes, Takin’ It Easy, Everybody Makes Mistakes, Hillbilly Girl with the Blues, Hard Times, and the worldwide hit Black Coffee.
In addition to her Top New Female Vocalist award, she also brought home numerous Grammy nominations and 3 prestigious, back to back (1979, 1980, 1981) Bay Area Music Awards for Best Country-Folk Recordings. Lacy appeared on those shows with the likes of Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Grace Slick and the Jefferson Airplane.
Called the “Nashville Sound Chanteuse” (Music Row) and “the Judy Garland of our time” (American Songwriter), Grand Ole Opry member Mandy Barnett has built a reputation for her commanding voice and unwavering devotion to classic country and popular standards. Mandy has enchanted listeners around the globe with her world-class vocals and musical chameleon qualities. A Tennessee Music Pathways historical marker in Mandy’s Tennessee hometown honors her contributions in making Tennessee the “Soundtrack of America.” Of this singer’s singer, songwriter’s dream, and audience favorite, renowned songwriter/artist Jimmy Webb states simply, “Mandy Barnett has a voice for the ages.”
Mandy first gained national notice as the original star of the jukebox musical Always…Patsy Cline at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium. She is the only actress to have played the role of Cline on the stage where Cline’s legend began.
Mandy’s critically applauded albums include her self-titled debut, I’ve Got A Right To Cry (produced by the iconic Owen Bradley), Winter Wonderland, Sweet Dreams, I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson, Strange Conversation, A Nashville Songbook, and Every Star Above (which Variety named one of the best albums of 2021). In addition, her music has been featured in many major film and television soundtracks (starring Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Martin Sheen, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew Broderick, Sigourney Weaver, Ellen Burstyn, Bill Paxton, SpongeBob SquarePants, and others), and she often contributes tracks to multi-artist compilation albums of all genres—from country to Great American Songbook collections (such as duetting with Great American Songbook Ambassador Michael Feinstein on his 2022 Gershwin Country project).
Barnett’s television appearances include “The Tonight Show,” “The Late Show,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” PBS’s “Sessions at West 54th,” PBS’s “Bluegrass Underground,” and numerous other programs.
Reviewers have extolled Barnett’s “pipes of steel” (Los Angeles Times), “natural musicality” (People), and “vocal finesse” (New York Times). USA Today calls Barnett one of Nashville’s “finest classic country and torch singers,” while the Chicago Tribune calls Barnett “a torch singer in the grandest sense of the word.”
Girls Next Door
Girls Next Door were one of the few all-female vocal groups in contemporary country music when they started recording and touring in 1982. They recorded two albums for MTM Records and one for Atlantic Records. They charted nine singles on the US Country Charts including "Love Will Get You Through Times with No Money" "Baby I Want It', "Slow Boat To China" "Easy To Find" "How 'Bout Us" and "He's Gotta Have Me." The original members, Doris King Merritt, Tammy Stephens Smith, Cindy Nixon Psanos and Diane Williams Austin just recorded a new album to be released in 2023. The Girls Next Door are back!
McBride & the Ride
McBride & the Ride is an American country music band consisting of Terry McBride (lead vocals, bass guitar), Ray Herndon (background vocals, guitars), and Billy Thomas (background vocals, drums). The group was founded in 1989 through the assistance of record producer Tony Brown. McBride & the Ride's first three albums — Burnin' Up the Road , the gold-certified Sacred Ground , and Hurry Sundown , released in 1991, 1992, and 1993, respectively — were all issued on MCA Nashville. These albums also produced several hits on the Billboard country charts, including the Top 5 hits "Sacred Ground" (their highest-peaking, at No. 2), "Going Out of My Mind", "Just One Night", and "Love on the Loose, Heart on the Run".
In February 2022, the band had their first Nashville concert in 20 years. On November 4, 2022, the band released a new single titled "Marlboros & Avon". This was followed in March 2023 by a second single titled "Along Comes a Girl".