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Radio Dreams Promotional Tour Spring 2018

RADIO DREAMS PROMOTIONAL TOUR

SPRING 2018

A fascinating, intimate and spontaneous evening of stories and songs with legendary singer/songwriter Kimmie Rhodes (accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Rhodes with special guest Robert Vincent) in conversation with broadcasters, BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris OBE, BBC Ulster Ralph McLean and RTE Dublin Sandy Harsh, reflecting on Kimmie’s rich musical history, the sounds of Austin and the legacy of Texan songwriting.

Radio Dreams by Kimmie Rhodes & Gary Nicholson  – get a free download here when you join the email list > https://kimmierhodes.com

To purchase the book click here > https://kimmierhodes.com/books/

BRITAIN

Country cousins: ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris hits the road with Kimmie Rhodes – 20th April, 2018

Tim Hughes  @OxMailTimHughesFeatures and Music Editor

There’s a good reason Bob Harris is known to his fans as ‘Whispering Bob’. His voice is delightfully mellifluous – velvet coated, soothing and engaging.

Whether he is regaling you with an anecdote about his wild rock & roll years – when he partied with John Lennon, Bob Marley and David Bowie – or sharing a tip about a new artist you really ought to listen to, he does so with a lilting, almost hypnotic tone – and you can’t help but hang on every word.

The face – and voice – of The Old Grey Whistle Test, he pioneered serious music broadcasting in the 1970s. Now aged 73 – he has just celebrated his birthday – he is championing country music.

The darling of Nashville and Austin, he is successfully introducing a new generation of US country stars to the British, and vice versa, and helping the genre become the phenomenon it has become.

He spends his time zig-zagging between his home in Steventon, near Abingdon – where he records his hugely popular Bob Harris Country show for BBC 2 – and the United States. In recent months he has recorded from former Fairport Convention guitarist Richard Thompson’s home in Malibu, Judith Owen’s house in New Orleans and Beth Nielsen Chapman’s place in Nashville.

This week, Bob changes things around by inviting over to his place one of country music’s biggest stars – Kimmie Rhodes.

The pair’s Radio Dreams show will give us a chance to hear the broadcasting legend in conversation with Kimmie, sharing stories about her life and career, and that of her late husband and soul mate, US radio personality Joe Gracey Jr. It will also see her playing some of her own tunes live.

They will be joined by one of Bob’s current hotly-tipped artists, Robert Vincent.

The tour starts tomorrow at Bush Hall, London, moving on to The Stables in Milton Keynes on Sunday and The Cornerstone, Didcot – a guitar pick’s throw from his home – on Tuesday.

“It’s going to be fabulous,” he says.

“We thought that if Kimmie was going to come here and do a few gigs, it would also be nice for me to be there to chat to her. It’s a format that works at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. It will be a gentle evening of music and reminiscences.”

He will be joined by his wife Trudie, son Miles, and trusty assistant producer – and The Oxford Times photographer – Marc West, who help run his Whispering Bob Broadcasting Company (WBBC) from Bob’s Under the Apple Tree studio – appropriately situated in the middle of an orchard in his garden.

One of the greats of country, Kimmie’s contribution to music cannot be overstated.

Raised in Lubbock, Texas – the hometown of Buddy Holly – she has recorded 16 albums, contributed to a string of film soundtracks and had her songs covered by Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris.

The platinum-selling songwriter will share tales of her and Joe’s three decades together. It’s a story of triumph and tragedy, ending in Joe losing a hard fought battle with cancer.

“Radio Dreams is the result of a collaboration between Kimmie and Joe, who was a hugely important figure in the emergence of the country scene in Austin in the 70s,” says Bob. “He sort of did what I do – playing what he liked and discovering new artists. And he touched a chord.

“Sadly he got cancer and lost his tongue, which took away the very thing that made him famous, so he moved into production.

“Radio Dreams is the story of all of this and the acknowledgement of an incredible legacy.”

Bob, who himself fought off prostate cancer, has recorded a companion audio documentary and retrospective CD with Kimmie.

The project follows a fruitful period for Bob, which saw him once again at the helm of The Old Grey Whistle Test for a one-off show to mark the 30th anniversary of its final broadcast.

“It was such a dream to do it,” says Bob. “The look of the show was the same as when we started out – and there was so much love in the room.

“It made a huge impact. It saw one of BBC4’s biggest audiences ever, with well over a million people watching it, and it showed how much love there is for the programme.

“It was quite moving.”

It also shows the popular presenter at the top of his game.

He adds: “You are always going to have ups and downs but there are so many wonderful moments, and I am keeping fit, walking five miles a day around the village. That’s the reason I’ve got so much energy to sustain all this.

“WBBC has become a real energetic force. Miles is doing really well, Trudie puts so much energy into it and Marc is also an important part of things. Between us we have created this amazing thing.”

And broadcasting remains a passion. “I love doing it,” he says. “I love getting the CDs every morning, going to the studio, finding out about new albums and putting on a show.

“Country music is so vibrant right now – and it’s great to be a part of that.”

Kimmie Rhodes Discusses New ‘Radio Dreams’ Memoir

In Low-Key Q&A

Touring in support of her new memoir, ‘Radio Dreams’, Kimmie Rhodes performs classics songs in an intimate setting, and recalls meeting country outlaw Willie Nelson at the famed Cut-N-Putt.

Published on April 23, 2018

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Talking as if they were sitting round a campfire rather than on the stage of a small west London hall, on Friday, 20 April, the Texan songbird Kimmie Rhodes and the English DJ “Whispering” Bob Harris conjured memories of a golden era of country music. It was the first of a string of low-key Q&A dates to promote Radio Dreams, a new book written by Rhodes and her husband, the late Joe Gracey.

Back in the day, Rhodes and Gracey were quite the double act. She was raised in Lubbock, where her carnival-worker dad taught her to sing at the age of six. She became a platinum-selling songwriter, recording artist and, later, playwright, theatrical actor and director. Gracey began a broadcasting career at a radio station in Fort Worth while still a teenager and became an award-winning DJ, songwriter and, later, producer who championed the country scene in Austin. Radio Dreams chronicles their adventures with the Texan “outlaws” who rejuvenated country music in the 70s: Waylon Jennings, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Doug Sahm, Kris Kristofferson and, above all, Willie Nelson.

At Bush Hall, Harris asked the questions in his affectionate, soft-spoken manner, and Rhodes reminisced about her life and times. She recalled her first meeting with Nelson at his privately-owned golf course and recording studio, a facility known as the Cut-N-Putt. She walked on to the green, just as he played a perfect drive. “He turned around. He was like a king in his court. And here I am, I haven’t even made my first record. And he looks right at me with those dark, black eyes and he says, ‘How long have you been singing? Do you write?’ ‘Yes.’ ‘Well, why don’t you come out here and make a record?’ We had no money and no band, but suddenly I had Willie Nelson’s studio and I made my first record out there.”

In between the stories, Rhodes sang and strummed a selection of songs as they came up in the conversation, among them ‘We Must Believe In Magic’ (an inspirational favourite by Crystal Gayle), ‘West Texas Heaven’ (the title track of Rhodes’ 1996 album), ‘Just One Love’ (the song she performed with Nelson at Farm Aid in 1990), ‘Love Me Like A Song (the title track of her 2002 album), ‘Raining In My Heart’ (by another Lubbock native, Buddy Holly) and a finale of Ben E King’s evergreen ‘Stand By Me’. Rhodes was accompanied by her son Gabe Rhodes, a distinguished country music producer himself, who played acoustic guitar with a sensationally precise, twanging touch. And, on some numbers, they were joined by the singer (and support act) Robert Vincent.

It was an evening of warmth, wisdom and occasional hilarity. Among the pearls Rhodes shared were the words of Cowboy Jack Clement, who told her: “We’re in the fun business, and if we’re not having fun, we’re not doing our job.” As far as this show was concerned, job done.

Future UK Q&A events surrounding the publication of Radio Dreams are:

24 April: Cornerstone, Didcot, England (Kimmie Rhodes and Bob Harris)
26 April: Night People, Manchester, England (Kimmie Rhodes and guests)
4 May: Venue Theatre, Ratoath, County Meath, Ireland (Kimmie Rhodes and Sandy Harsh)
5 May: Waterfront, Belfast, Ireland (Kimmie Rhodes and Ralph McLean)

A Dream of a Show for Music Fans

Posted By: Josh Coxon: April 03, 2018

Radio 2 Legend, OBE decorated and South Oxfordshire resident, Bob Harris, heads to Didcot’s Cornerstone this month in a show that promises to be fascinating, intimate and spontaneous.

Harris will be engaging in deep conversation and reliving stories and songs with legendary singer/ songwriter Kimmie Rhodes.

The pair will be reflecting on Kimmie’s rich musical history, the sounds of Austin and the legacy of Texan song-writing, in celebration of the release of Radio Dreams, her memoir and the companion audio CD, produced by ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris.

The show is the result of the February release of Radio Dreams, which invites readers into the unique and private world of platinum-selling songwriter and recording artist Rhodes and her deceased soul mate, beloved radio personality Joe Gracey, Jr.

Weaving her own poetic prose with wry and witty words from his journals, Rhodes tells the fascinating story of their three decades together. She also tells tales of the couple’s times with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jack Clement, Emmylou Harris, and other famous and infamous characters that have helped make American music history before facing Gracey’s final cancer battle.

Through triumph and tragedy, grief and gratitude, her memoirs express the extraordinary life and inspiring love they shared.

Described by Radio Times as “one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting and an independent champion of great music” Harris has been at the centre of the British music industry for nearly 40 years.

When being awarded an OBE for his services to music broadcasting, Harris said: “I’ve always loved what I do so it’s an added bonus to be recognised for something you love. I love music and I’m really just at the heart of what I love.”

Radio Dreams is on Tuesday April 24 at 7.30pm.

BBC Radio 4 – Loose Ends

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09zt3w0

Clive Anderson and YolanDa Brown are joined by Don McLean, Amanda Abbington and In-Sook Chappell for an eclectic mix of conversation, music and comedy. With music from Kimmie Rhodes and The Magic Numbers.

 

Left to Right – Bob Harris, Kimmie Rhodes, Gabriel Rhodes, Robert Vincent, Miles Myerscough-Harris

IRELAND

CQAF in Association with Frontier Music Club Present Kimmie Rhodes: Radio Dreams

CQAF in Association with Frontier Music Club Present Kimmie Rhodes: Radio Dreams

In conversation with BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean

WATERFRONT STUDIO, BELFAST: Saturday 05 May

Kimmie Rhodes & Ralph McLean of BBC Radio Ulster backstage at The Belfast Waterfront Studio

A fascinating, intimate and spontaneous evening of stories and songs with legendary singer and songwriter Kimmie Rhodes – accompanied by guitarist Gabriel Rhodes.

To celebrate of the release of Radio Dreams and the Companion audio documentary – produced by Bob Harris OBE – BBC Radio 2 – this very special ‘In conversation with’ BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster Ralph McLean will reflect on Kimmie’s rich musical history, the sounds of Austin and the legacy of Texas songwriting.

Radio Dreams is a dual memoir which invites readers into the unique and private world of platinum-selling songwriter and recording artist Kimmie Rhodes and her deceased soul mate, beloved radio personality Joe Gracey, Jr.

Weaving her own poetic prose with wry and witty words from his journals, Rhodes returns him to the conversation to tell the fascinating story of their three decades together.

Her trippy songwriter’s tales and his hilarious and poignant writings will take you on a time-machine adventure from Saturday mornings spent watching country-and-western stars on TV to the wild ‘70s era in which the hippies, weary from protesting the raging Vietnam War, joined the rednecks to kick back and play some music in the “Groover’s Paradise” of Austin, Texas.

Riding with fellow outlaws Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Cowboy Jack Clement, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Doug Sahm and other famous—and infamous—characters, they help turn Austin into a scene and outlaw country into a sound before facing Gracey’s final cancer battle.

Through triumph and tragedy, grief and gratitude, their story speaks of the extraordinary life and inspiring love they shared.

For fans of Texas songwriting and outlaw country music scene this is one story that has to be heard!

Arts Q&A: Kimmie Rhodes on Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and the power of love

Jenny Lee puts performers and artists on the spot about what really matters to them. This week, Texan singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes

To celebrate of the release of her memoir Radio Dreams and companion audio documentary,
Kimmie Rhodes will join Ralph McLean in an ‘In conversation with’ event in the Waterfront Hall on Saturday. Radio Dreams is a dual memoir by platinum-selling Kimmie Rhodes and her late soulmate, radio personality Joe Gracey 

 

1. When did you think about a career in music and what were your first steps into it?

Fate landed me in the studio of Joe Gracey in Austin, December 1979. I had a handful of songs I had just written and decided I’d like to try to make a record. It was the luckiest day of my life. It opened a whole new world to me as an artist and little did I know that Joe Gracey would become the love of my life.

2. Best gigs you’ve been to?

Most recently my kids treated me to Brian Wilson and Pet Sounds at Austin City Limits Music Festival, for Mother’s Day, and it was fantastic. I saw the next-to-last show that the famous Texas Playboys did in San Marcos, Texas, in the late 80s. We opened the show and then I sat on the stairs to the stage and just soaked it all in. Another favourite memory of mine, in terms of my own shows, was playing with Willie Nelson and legendary fiddler Johnny Gimble in Indianapolis for 80,000 people at a Farm Aid concert.

3. Fantasy wedding/birthday party band?

Ray Benson and Asleep at The Wheel or Delbert McClinton. You pick.

4. The record you’d take to a desert island?

If we were talking singles I’d have to say Bob Dylan’s Like A Rolling Stone. It’s my favourite record of all time because it’s everything a recording should be… live, spontaneous and incredibly musical. If we’re talking albums I’d take a compilation of my own songs so I could reminisce about the fun I’ve had recording through the years and think of all the great musicians I’ve known and worked with and all the wonderful songwriters I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with.

5. And the book?

The Five Things We Cannot Change: And the Happiness We Find by Embracing Them. It would be the best book to read about accepting what we can’t change and therefore I might be able to not go crazy from the isolation.

6. Top three films?

The Blues Brothers, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Red Headed Stranger – all for the music.

7. Worst film you’ve seen?

Tornado. I went to see it to escape a drought in Texas in July. It was great to be in the dark and watch it rain and hear lightening and thunder for a couple of hours, but the script was just horrible. It was so stupid I wished I could have watched it with the dialogue tracks muted.

8. Favourite authors?

Alan Lightman, Carl Jung and Shakespeare.

9. Sport you most enjoy and top team?

I like baseball and don’t care which team long as it’s live, and I used to like to go to University of Texas football games with Joe Gracey.

10. Ideal holiday destination?

Paris or New York City at Christmas or Venice for New Year’s.

11. Pet hate?

Politics.

12. What’s your favourite:

Dinner – Gumbo without okra.

Dessert – Crème brulee.

Drink – French Rose wine with lots of ice.

13. Who is your best friend and how do you know each other?

My mother, because she loves me so much.

14. Is there a God?

If God is love, then I believe in God. If God is not love, then I believe in love. Many good and bad things have been done on this Earth in the name of God, but love never fails.

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, in association with frontier music club present Kimmie Rhodes: Radio Dreams in conversation with BBC Radio Ulster presenter and Irish News columnist Ralph McLean at Belfast’s Waterfront Studio on Saturday May 5. Tickets from Waterfront.co.uk

BELFAST

 

Belfast Newsletter – The Guide – April 13, 2018

The Birthplace of Country Music

Radio Dreams Project – visits Johnson City, TN,  Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA –  April 4-7, 2018

I just spent a great week with John Gardner (my fave drummer who has played on many of my recordings since the mid 90s) and his wife Jennifer. John, who teaches music at ETSU University in Johnson City, TN,  hosted songwriting and music business lectures with me at the ETSU Reese Museum and the Appalachian Studies Department. We played “live” shows on NPR Radio WETS-FM ‘Studio One’ (hosted by Dave Carter) and I did an interview with Susan Lachmann for WETS-FM “Women on Air.” Also did a live show on WBCM Radio at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, Virginia “Early Morning Americana” (hosted by Josh Littleton.) Then we ate a burger at the famous Burger Bar (claim to fame being the last place Hank Williams ate.)

Happy to say that my Radio Dreams book is now in the book shop at the Birth Place of Country Music Museum where plans are now in the works for future events there.

We played a private house concert and book signing and  then a gig at the famous Down Home venue with a stellar band of players John put together. The audience was fantastic.

Links and pictures are posted below along with excerpts from a couple of the radio shows.

Onwards!

Kimmie

 

Logo: The Birthplace of Country Music Museum

The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, tells the story of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings by the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Ernest V. Stoneman, and others – recordings that were influential in shaping the sounds and practices of early commercial country music. The museum explores how this rich musical heritage lives on in today’s music, and how music from our region continues to influence music around the world.

Early Morning Americana

Join Josh Littleton every weekday morning from 7:30am to 9:00am Eastern for “Early Morning Americana” featuring a wide variety of the most recent Americana releases with a healthy dose of bluegrass and classic country mixed in ensuring you’ll wake up bright eyed and bushy tailed.

https://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/radio/programming/on-air-shows/

 

 

 

Radio Bristol host Josh Littleton & Kimmie Rhodes                     Kimmie playing “live” with John Gardner

 

WETS-FM – ‘Studio One’ NPR – Johnson City, TN

(l-r) Mike Strickland, Kimmie Rhodes, Dave Carter (host) John Gardner

 

To listen to the entire WETS – FM show interview with DaveCarter and songs wit John Gardner press play below:

 

 

WETS-FM ETSU University “Women on Air”

This program, hosted by Susan Lachmann, promotes, supports and illuminates women’s voices.  Now in its 27th year, the program features guests ranging from regional musician Amythyst Kiah to author Adriana Trigiani.

“Women On Air” previously aired on WETS-FM’s HD2 Americana stream on Sunday evenings and overnight on Fridays.

Listeners may tune to WETS-FM 89.5 or visit www.wets.org to listen to the HD1 live stream.

 

 

Susan Lachmann with Kimmie Rhodes

 

To listen to “Women on Air” WETS-FM phone interview with host Susan Lachmann press play below:

 

 

One Foot in Virginia and one foot in Tennessee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Country Music Hall of Fame Archives Moving Day

Nothing like making some closet space!

The Country Hall of FameMuseum movers came last week and with the help of our dear daughter, Jolie Goodnight Gracey ,helped us to place 3o boxes plus of archives where they belong. Its an honor to have placed not just Joe Gracey’s legacy but to have his many archives find a home at the museum;  periodicals, artifacts and especially a vast number of rare reel to reel recordings done by Gracey in the 70s in Austin. Way before digital recording existed he dragged his 4 track TEAC recorder all over Austin and captured the spirit of what The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum is calling “Country’s Roaring 70s” in their “Outlaws and Armadillos” exhibit which opens May 25 and will run for 3 years.

I also sent my Christian Lacroix dress I wore on the cover of my album “Angels Get The Blues” (recorded at Sun Studios with Cowboy Jack Clement) multi-tracks and archives that had to do with my “Outlaw Sweetheart” days working with Willie and Waylon and “the boys” and some platinum records I have received for my songs. It was an especially poignant moment to let go of my Rosewood D28 CF Martin guitar but I am happy and honored to have it there where it will also receive some badly needed repair.

Here below are some pictures of the big moving day and links to Rolling Stone, CMT and other articles announcing the opening of the exhibit. I’m excited to have been asked to perform at the big opening concert, which unfortunately is already sold out, especially because Delbert McClinton agreed to join me to sing his great song that was Emmylou’s first hit, “Two More Bottles Of Wine.”

Thanks so much to all of you who contributed to the Radio Dreams project to help make these promises to place these archives in safe-keeping where they can be properly catalogued and available for research for future generations of music lovers.

Onwards and upwards!

Kimmie

 

 

Read all about it here at the links below:

https://countrymusichalloffame.org

 

Rolling Stone:

https://www.rollingstone.com/country/news/jason-isbell-billy-joe-….

CMT News:

http://www.cmt.com/news/1792868/outlaws-armadillos-exhibit-….

Austin 360 – Peter Blackstock:

https://www.austin360.com/entertainment/nashville-country-….

The Nashville Tennessean:

https://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/….

NewsOK Blog:

http://newsok.com/jason-boland-jason-isbell-bobby-bare-and-….

 

Country Music Magazine – Feature article by Jack Watkins – Spring 2018

RADIO DREAMS PROJECT – Crossroads of Music Archives/Southwest Collections Library – Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

What an adventure! I just spent last week in my hometown Lubbock, Texas with some really great people getting a LOT of good work done on the Radio Dreams Project, working in the Crossroads of Texas Music archives department at Texas Tech, helping hand over many pictures, recordings, writings, memorabilia, costumes, original scripts and drawings from theatre productions. I also visited and lectured a 20th Century Music, Texas Music Race Class and Gender, Women’s Studies and songwriting class.

One of the biggest highlights of the week was “Women and West Texas Music” a Lubbock community event, hosted by Dr. Curtis Peoples, at the International Cultural Center featuring a panel discussion and some music… Guests: Kimmie Rhodes (Musician, playwright, and author), Amy Maner (Producer, designer, and Lubbock Lights documentarian), Kathleen Hudson (Educator, and author of “Women in Texas Music” and “Telling Stories, Writing Songs: An Album of Texas Songwriters”), Tamara Saviano (Grammy Award winner, Guy Clark biographer, and manager for Kris Kristofferson’s record label, among other things) and Diana Finlay Hendricks (Delbert McClinton biographer, educator, writer.) It was a real honor to share the stage with such talented writers and producers. The first session was a 45 minute on stage discussion about my new book “Radio Dreams,” which included some songs. The second session was all women on stage discussing their careers and ties to West Texas music. For more information contact Curtis Peoples 806-834-5777, curtis.peoples@ttu.edu

As an ambassador for The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation http://www.tbhef.org  I performed and told stories at a book signing event hosted by The Buddy Holly Center. https://www.mylubbock.us/departmental-websites/departments/buddy-holly-center/home

Thanks to all of you who made this possible by supporting the Radio Dreams Project! Below are some pictures taken of the work and events.

Stay tuned for the next phase… The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum comes to our home in Austin to pick up all the tapes and many other precious things we are donating to the museum in anticipation of the “Outlaws and Armadillos: County’s Roaring 70’s” exhibit that opens May 25 and runs through February 14, 2021. Here’s a link to that for details>    https://countrymusichalloffame.org/exhibits/exhibitdetail/outlaws

Love and happiness,

Kimmie

PS Special thanks to Curtis and Amber Peoples, Jim and Kathy Gilbreath and Bella and Grant Gerlich for feeding us and making us feel welcomed!

Texas Women in Music Panel (L-R) Kathleen Hudson, Kimmie Rhodes, Amy Manor, Curtis Peoples, Diana Finlay Hendricks, Tamara Saviano. (Photo by Jim Eppler)

 

Working with Jon Holmes, the archives manager, was a lot of fun and a real education in how to do it right.  He’s the most organized human on the planet! We told LOTS of stories. He made me remember and label the date of everything. He even brought down the Jesse Taylor photographs so Diana Hendricks and I could help identify the people in them.

 

Archives 20% processed after one week of work.

 

Three decades of my writing journals, finally dated and in chronological order. Many unfinished songs in there!

 

Dr. Curtis Peoples, historian and head of the department, checked in on us regularly. His dedication and passion for preserving and recording the history is an inspiration. I’m very grateful for his interest and his help placing these archives in a permanent place where they can be used for education and research. Curtis not only booked all the events for the adventure and arranged scheduling but also escorted me to all of the classes I visited and lectured during the week.

 

John Holmes, Kimmie Rhodes & Curtis Peoples in the archives department.

 

Journals and lyrics dated and labeled and filed in acid free materials ready for processing and cataloguing.

 

Thanks to the good folks at The Buddy Holly Center for hosting a successful book signing for “Radio Dreams” that included a tour, performance and storytelling. I also had a chance to discuss my treasure I have placed there on loan for the next few years… my autographed lyric sheet from the day Waylon Jennings and I wrote our song “Lines” and sing the song. Here’s what it looks like below…

 

Kimmie Rhodes and Diana Finlay Hendricks at The Walk of Fame in Lubbock, Texas

 

Telling the story of Radio Dreams and how the book and project began at the Women and West Texas Music event. (photo by Jim Eppler)

 

Singing the song “Radio Dreams” written with Gary Nicholson at the Women and West Texas Music event. Press play to hear it and read the lyrics below. (photo by Jim Eppler)

 

Radio Dreams 

by Gary Nicholson & Kimmie Rhodes

 

With my little transistor hid under my pillow I drifted away in a dream

Where rock ‘n’ roll and Memphis soul showed a whole new world to me

I’d wake up with a song rollin’ round in my head

Feeling a groove I’d never forget

I felt a change coming over me

Dreaming my radio dreams

 

Radio Dreams, Radio Dreams

I’ve been tuning in all of my life to my radio dreams

Radio Dreams, Radio Dreams

I’ve been tuning in all of my life to my radio dreams

 

I got a guitar and played Beatles and Stones

Soon I was making up songs of my own

I started to be who I wanted to be

Dreaming my radio dreams

 

Radio Dreams, Radio Dreams

I’ve been tuning in all of my life to my Radio Dreams

 

From the dashboard speakers of my Chevy one day

The magic came drifting in on the airwaves

I heard my own voice coming back to me

singing my radio dreams

 

Radio Dreams, Radio Dreams

I’ve been tuning in all of my life to my radio dreams

Radio Dreams, Radio Dreams

I’ve been tuning in all of my life to my radio dreams

 

(photo by Jim Eppler)

RnR Magazine Feature – UK – March 2018 Outlaws & Cowgirls

RADIO DREAMS PROJECT UPDATE AND EP

This is beginning to be a lot of fun!

Pending licensing clearances still underway for the Audio Documentary Companion we hope you’ll enjoy a “sneak peek” preview via the EP we recently produced to promote the upcoming Radio Dreams Launch tour beginning in London Spring 2018! It features a new song co-written with my friend Gary Nicholson just for the occasion… you guessed it… Radio Dreams! It also has an excerpt of the intro to the Audio Documentary (coming soon!) that was produced by Bob Harris, a rare vintage recording of Joe Gracey singing a Jack Cowboy Clement song “I Guess Things Happen That Way”, an archival clip of the traditional ending of Joe Gracey’s radio broadcasts and the title track from my 1996 album West Texas Heaven. Many exciting promotional plans are in the works for the coming year including concerts, book signings, university lectures & storytelling, songwriting workshops hosted by our sponsor The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, museum exhibits, television appearances and even a RADIO DREAMS radio broadcast, so please visit https://kimmierhodes.com/events/ and get the details as they are added to the list of events. The first copies of the book have been sent to all of those who supported the Radio Dreams project and it is a real joy to already be getting those “book reports” back from friends and fans! Keep ’em coming and thanks so much for your encouragement and support for this labor of love! It really means a lot to me! Please stay tuned!

Personally autographed copies of the book can be ordered here on the website at this link https://kimmierhodes.com/books/ until I hit the road in April at which time the physical sales will have to move to Amazon.com worldwide. Digital versions are available also here on the website and at Amazon for all reading formats.

Louve & Happiness Painting Live with Kimmie

What a fantastic start! Half way in and we’re half way to the goal! Please help us keep our momentum going! Please click here to support the Radio Dreams Project > http://bit.ly/RadioDreams

 

Kimmie goes LIVE on Facebook Oct 26th!

 

 

 

 

Kimmie entertains us going “live” on Facebook, Thursday 8pm (CST) while painting an oil on canvas original in celebration of her duet memoir, Radio Dreams, the love story of an outlaw DJ and a cosmic cowgirl. She also promises to play and sing a couple of her favorite songs penned by Joe Gracey. So, tune in, ask questions, become part of the creative process and tell her what color YOU think the roses should be! Click here to watch and comment!  https://www.facebook.com/KimmieRhodesMusic/

Once the painting is finished we will spit it again. This painting is the “Louve & Happiness” incentive for the Radio Dreams project fundraiser. Limited edition signed and numbered Valentines cards based on the painting are also available.

For more information on how to purchase this original work of art click here > http://bit.ly/RadioDreams

 

 

Here’s a sneak peak of Kimmie reading one of her memoirs from the book:

 

 

 

Hello out there in Radio Land!

This is such a wonderful journey already and it’s just beginning! Many many many of Gracey’s friends from the past, childhood friends, his high school buddies, his KOKE-FM radio days fans, have  reached out to share old Austin and Ft. Worth stories! I can see that I’m truly in for a great year ahead once this book and audio documentary are out and the events surrounding the release begin!

Booking is underway for a tour with Bob Harris (who produced the companion audio CD to the book) and my virtuoso son Gabriel Rhodes, to tell tales and sing and play songs. Special thanks to The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation for pledging some tour support!  I’m thinking this might just turn out to be the most fun and creative adventure ever!

So thanks to all of you who are helping fund our  Radio Dreams  project! With your support we will soon be able to place some really wonderful archival documents and recordings and artifacts in The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and The Wittliff Museum in San Marcos so they will be available for research and keep Texas music and legendary musicians we love in the hearts and minds of future generations. Everything is being  preserved in acid free paper and plastic and the recordings are being backed up digitally. As the momentum of the project grows people are continuing to offer buried treasures to us for safe keeping knowing we will make sure they are placed where they belong in music history. The lyrics draft of the song “Lines” that Waylon Jennings autographed to me the day we wrote the song has found a perfect home at The Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock and that makes me very happy. It’s so much better for it to be where the folks who pass through there can glimpse the creative process we went through that day than it would be for it to have stayed hidden away in a dark closet.

Last week we focused on the importance of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Joe Gracey’s story. Without the care he received there in the 70’s he would have missed 30 years of amazing life, so we will continue to work with their PR department to offer up our story to encourage and comfort those whose lives have been affected by cancer. I even loaned his  Making Cancer History  t-shirt he liked to wear to treatments to The Country Music Hall of Fame Museum along with his Ernest Tubb autographed cowboy hat!  To read the first letter Gracey wrote me, which is also now on loan there click here > https://kimmierhodes.com/the-archive/joe-graceys-1st-letter-to-kimmie/ 

So stay tuned everybody and please continue to share our social media posts with your friends and keep those stories and comments coming! It feels so great to know that people love and remember Gracey and to know that so many people have pre-ordered the book and CD so he will soon be able to speak for himself once more and even tell you some of his great stories too!

Love & happiness & much gratitude,
Kimmie

Please click here to support the Radio Dreams Project > http://bit.ly/RadioDreams

 

 

 

Radio Dreams MD Anderson Cancer Center Story

“Joe Gracey’s time as a patient at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, both in the 1970s and later in 2009, when his cancer returned, made his treatment and survival experiences important to the research department. He was a willing participant, happy that through his experiences he was able to help towards meeting the goal stated by MD Anderson: “Making Cancer History.” These days it’s difficult to find someone whose reality has not been touched by cancer in some way. It is our sincere feeling that by sharing our many musings on the subject of cancer as patient and caregiver we might help those who have been affected by the disease and loss find kinship, courage, and peace.”

Joe and Kimmie’s duet memoir, “Radio Dreams” offers hope and comfort to others whose lives have been affected by cancer. Honor Joe Gracey’s courage and join the effort to fund this project. Visit the Kickstarter here – http://bit.ly/RadioDreams

 

Joe Gracey was proud of his role in helping the research department at MD Anderson.  Kimmie remains active with the public relations department at MD Anderson. Below, see a video and an interview she did for them on caregiving. Also, read an excerpt from “Radio Dreams” of a letter Joe Gracey wrote at the request of the speech pathology department to a fellow patient who was about to lose his voice.

Finding comfort in Making Cancer History®

 

“You don’t have to think about cancer all the time.” – Kimmie Rhodes, Caregiver

A caregiver’s advice for preserving quality of life

By Cynthia DeMarco

 

Singer Kimmie Rhodes had been married to legendary music producer Joe Gracey for 28 years when he died of metastatic esophageal cancer in Nov. 2011. The couple met in 1979, after Joe completed treatment at MD Anderson for his first bout with cancer — which involved the complete removal of his tongue.

“I was actually married to a man who didn’t speak,” Kimmie says. “In a way, I became the voice he lost, but he could communicate very well without speaking.”

The couple married in 1982, and Joe reinvented himself as a record producer, while Kimmie kept performing. They enjoyed almost 30 years together before Joe’s cancer returned in the spring of 2008.

A long-time Austin resident, Kimmie had never heard of MD Anderson before meeting her husband. But once here, she learned a lot about being a caregiver to a cancer patient.

Here’s Kimmie’s advice for other caregivers.

1. Take care of yourself

The first thing Kimmie learned was the importance of taking care of herself.

“People caring for cancer patients can get hyper-focused, but you don’t have to let yourself be consumed by it,” Kimmie says. “Shift your attention and think about something else for a while. Ask for help if you need it. And have hope. That’s what MD Anderson is all about.”

2. Make plans

Kimmie maintained the couple’s quality of life by planning activities around town — both solo and together — while her husband was receiving treatment here.

“You don’t have to think about cancer all the time,” she says. “You can still have fun. So look around and find things that feed your soul. There are so many places around Houston to see and do interesting things. It has art galleries, science museums, restaurants and parks. In the spring, you can even tour homes with azaleas blooming.”

3. Express gratitude

For Kimmie, finding things to be thankful for every day was the key to maintaining an upbeat attitude. This philosophy even proved useful after her husband had died.

“The answer to grief is gratitude,” Kimmie says. “I lost Joe to cancer, but I don’t look at it as a failure. You can either be sorry for what you didn’t get to have, or thankful for what you did. I had Joe for 28 years, and we had a great life together.”

Request an appointment at MD Anderson online or by calling 1-877-632-6789.

 

  

 

Excerpt from Radio Dreams Chapter 8: The White Moth

 

The following is a letter Joe Gracey wrote at the request of his speech pathologist to a patient who was about to permanently lose his voice to cancer and was preparing to undergo a total glossectomy and laryngectomy at MD Anderson Hospital.

Hello,

Our speech pathologist told me about you last time I saw her. I assume you will be having a total glossectomy (tongue) and laryngectomy (larynx) like I did thirty years ago. Couple of things I can tell you based on my experience, for what it may be worth:

1) Squamous cell carcinoma is very slow to spread, if at all, so your chances of long-term health are extremely good. I am living proof of this.

2) Not being able to speak has its advantages as well as its frustrations, of course. I do miss singing, which is a *&&^%$%$ drag, but on the other hand I almost never say anything I wish I hadn’t said, because by the time I write it down I have edited myself. And, people think I am wise because I don’t rattle on about stuff like most people. I am not.

3) Now they have ways to give you a pretty good voice back, such as TEP, which I am myself about to try out, and which seems to hold real promise for most of us.

4) You will still be able to eat and taste food. The only flavor I don’t really taste is sweet, which means I don’t care much about dessert, but I still love and enjoy ice cream. This is because most flavor actually resides in the sense of smell, not in the tongue. I’d say about 95%, in fact. At first it may not seem that way to you, but as time goes on you will begin to sense aromas and tastes more fully. I also seem to have some residual ability to taste bitter and even sour, because I have the feeling that there are a few taste buds that reside in other parts of the mouth and throat besides the tongue. So, don’t mourn the loss of food and it’s pleasures . . . they will still be there. In fact, one of my jobs is as a food and travel writer, and I love good wine and food.

5) You will have to get used to the whole thing, of course. I live with a certain amount of frustration and I think you have to go through a period of mourning for the loss of your voice, but life does go on and eventually you figure out ways to cope. Therapy is good. A supportive spouse is good. A sense of humor and a willingness to adapt and not sulk or throw tantrums is good. I wish I had something wise and terrific to tell you that would fix everything and make it ok, but I think the thing to remember is that the human spirit is very able to handle setbacks and problems, much more than you may know right now. I would rather have lost my voice than my sight, or my hearing, or my legs. It is in fact almost a minor handicap when you get right down to daily living, far as I am now concerned. There are many ways to cope, and deal with it, and laugh at it, if you just plow ahead and figure it is just a minor test of your will to live fully and well and happily.

I wish you all the luck on earth, and if meeting me personally would help you of course we can do that. I am out here in Spicewood west of Austin on 71. I am in fact going to MDA to have some more stuff done, the TEP insertion and some dental work, from the 13th to the 23rd, so perhaps we can even meet there before they haul you in for your fun and games.

Yours Sincerely,

Joe Gracey

P.S. The MDA team are the greatest people on earth. Lean on them- they can help, too…

 

Visit the “Radio Dreams” Kickstarter Here – http://bit.ly/RadioDreams

 

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