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Sam Phillips Festival

Sam Phillips will be honored in his hometown of Florence, AL on October 16. The event will take place in downtown Florence, where a two block area will be blocked off and transformed into an outdoor street festival honoring Sam’s life and the music he created and influenced. Performances include Jason D. Williams, Sonny Burgess, and more. Tickets will be $20 and can be purchased in advance or at the gate. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 256-764-8121 or visit WQLT.com.

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Roy Orbison’s 74th Birthday

This April 23, 2010 in celebration of Roy Orbison’s 74th birthday, the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville will host a benefit bash for the wonderful charity Musicians On Call.  Barbara Orbison will be joined by family, friends and fans as musicians including Harold Bradley & Mallary Hope, Rodney Crowell, Chris Rodriguez & Eden’s Edge, Jeffrey Steele, JD Souther, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, plus Surprise Guests perform songs spanning Roy’s 5 decade career. The acclaimed Texan was a pioneer of rock and roll and is one of the very few artists to have been accepted by the world in all forms of popular music. Roy is also one of the exceptional artists to have won Grammys in pop, rock and roll and country categories. His Hits, including Ooby Dooby, Oh Pretty Woman, Only The Lonely, Blue Bayou, Crying, It’s Over, In Dreams, You Got It and Handle with Care (as a Traveling Wilbury with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne) is woven into the fabric of our global psyche, forever living in our hearts and our minds and capturing the imagination of new fans daily. Funds raised through the event will create a dedicated “Roy Orbison” program at the Bordeaux Long Term Care Facility.

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Happy Birthday To The Man In Black

This week should really have been designated Johnny Cash week since so much has been happening with the Man In Black. Today (Feb. 26th) would have been Johnny’s 78th birthday. To celebrate, all of his fans are dressed in black. Here in Nashville it looks like the entire city is in mourning, but in fact, we’re all excited and proud. This week Lost Highway Records (some of our favorite people in town) released his final album, American VI: Ain’t No Grave. It was recorded just before he left us to be with his June. We can’t say enough about how good it is. The album is fantastic, go get it. It’s perfect, to say anything less would be a lie.

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