Lafayette, LA - Buddy Holly Educational Foundation Songwriting Retreat & Concert
The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum - Nashville, TN - Opening Outlaws & Armadillos Exhibit
OUTLAWS & ARMADILLOS: COUNTRY’S ROARING ‘70SWillie Nelson. Waylon Jennings. Kris Kristofferson. Jessi Colter. Bobby Bare. Jerry Jeff Walker. David Allan Coe. Cowboy Jack Clement. Tom T. Hall. Billy Joe Shaver. Guy Clark. Townes Van Zandt. Tompall Glaser. Today, all names synonymous with the word “outlaw,” but 40 years ago they started a musical revolution by creating music and a culture that shook the status quo on Music Row and cemented their place in country music history and beyond. The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum's upcoming major exhibition, Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s, will explore this era of cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tenn., and Austin, Texas, revealing untold stories and never-seen artifacts. The exhibition, which opens May 25 for a nearly three-year run, will explore the complicated, surprising relationship between the two cities. While the smooth Nashville Sound of the late 1950s and ’60s was commercially successful, some artists, such as Nelson and Jennings, found the Music Row recording model creatively stifling. By the early 1970s, those artists could envision a music industry in which they would write, sing and produce their own music. At the same time, Austin was gaining national attention as a thriving music center with a countercultural outlook. Musicians of varying stripes migrated to Austin, where the disparate strains of country, bluegrass, folk, blues, rock, and conjunto blended to create a unique environment hosted by music–friendly venues such as the Armadillo World Headquarters, Broken Spoke, Soap Creek Saloon and Antone’s. “Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s offers an unprecedented look at some of the most compelling music and artists in music history,” said museum CEO Kyle Young. “This was an era in which renegades Bobby Bare, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson fought for and won creative control of their own songs and sounds. It was a time when melodic poets Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt and Billy Joe Shaver elevated public perception of what a country song could be. It was a time when the Austin, Texas, music and arts scenes blossomed, and when characters like singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, Hondo Crouch (who bought his own town, Luckenbach, Texas), armadillo art specialist Jim Franklin and University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal changed Lone Star culture. At the time, some of these things seemed unusual, even insane. Now, they all seem essential to any understanding of this great American art form, country music.”
Lubbock, TX - High Cotton House Concerts
This is an outdoor concert. Please bring chairs and BYOB. $20 per person. All goes to Kimmie. Additional donations are always welcome. Location - 5004 N CR 1900 - Lubbock, Texas For reservations - call 806-789-2009 or Email - firstname.lastname@example.org In her three-decade-plus career, Austin-based singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes has released 16 solo albums, written and produced three musical plays, published a novella/cookbook and written many multi-platinum songs, recorded by and in duet with such stellar artists as Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris and others. Her 1996 release West Texas Heaven was chosen by USA Today as one of the top albums of that year. A native Texan, she was raised in Lubbock, where she cultivated the spirited mix of talent and determination that still fuels her success. After several years of sifting through archives and journals left behind by her late soul mate, beloved radio personality Joe Gracey, Rhodes has just released her latest labor of love, "Radio Dreams: The Story of the Outlaw DJ and the Cosmic Cowgirl," a "duet memoir" that weaves her own poetic prose with wry and witty musings from Gracey, who died in 2011. Riding with fellow outlaws Willie, Waylon, Emmylou, Cowboy Jack Clement, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Doug Sahm and other famous — and infamous — characters, they helped turn Austin into a music 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. Having recently returned from a UK launch of her memoir and a songwriting retreat and concert hosted by The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation (for which she serves as an ambassador along with the likes of Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend, Dolly Parton and Bob Dylan) in Lafayette, LA, Kimmie headed to Nashville, TN to celebrate the opening of a major Country Music Hall of Fame Museum exhibit "Outlaws and Armadillos" for which she has worked as a liaison, consultant and donor of archives and artifacts. Featured in the exhibit, are excerpts from a six part twelve-hour documentary series "They Called Us Outlaws," a major work-in progress for which Kimmie has served as an associate producer to filmmaker and producer Eric Geadelmann.