LORRIE MORGAN, T.G. SHEPPARD, JOHN ANDERSON, DEBORAH ALLEN, COLLIN RAYE, GENE WATSON, JOHN CONLEE AND THE BELLAMY BROTHERS FEATURED IN DUKE FM'S VIDEO VAULT SERIES
Weekly Episodes Air Through June 27
Duke FM, where the "Legends of Country Hang Out," is teaming up with Webster Public Relations to feature its roster of legacy artists in candid, sit-down interviews on air, online and across Midwest Communications digital platforms. The first round of Duke FM's Video Vault series will feature Lorrie Morgan, T.G. Sheppard, John Anderson, Deborah Allen, Collin Raye, Gene Watson, John Conlee and the Bellamy Brothers. Click here to watch the Video Vault series.
The Video Vault series will be hosted on Duke FM's eight stations in Knoxville, Tenn., Appleton, Wis., Green Bay, Wis., Lansing, Mich., Evansville Ind., Fargo ND, Duluth, Minn. and Terre Haute, Ind.
Duke FM will also be providing listeners an opportunity to win a prize each week for watching the videos, with all entrants going into a grand prize drawing for a trip for two on the Country Music Cruise. The 2017 Country Music Cruise artist lineup includes Vince Gill, Charley Pride, The Oak Ridge Boys, Brenda Lee, Lee Greenwood, Tanya Tucker, Johnny Lee, Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley - Good Ole Boys Reunion, Dailey & Vincent, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, Wade Hayes, Jo-El Sonnier, Sylvia, Deborah Allen and Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys and host Lorianne Crook, plus a special Grand Ole Opry at Sea performance event.
In addition to one-on-one interviews with the artists, Duke FM also carries syndicated country video news series "The Pickup," which highlights today's stars and classic country artists making news today. "The Pickup" is produced by The Hot Seat.
"Duke FM reintroduced a multitude of Country Hits to the public that have not received radio airplay in numerous years. This music was popular then and continues to be popular today. As a result of consistently delivering these great hits to the fans, we decided to invest the time and money to bring the Legends stories closer to the DUKE-FM fans. Our first round of interviews in Nashville far exceeded our expectations and now DUKE-FM is sharing those thought-provoking stories with country music aficionados throughout the United States with a positive response on all levels," said Jeff McCarthy, Vice President Programming, Midwest Communications, Inc.
Video Vault Series:
May 9 Lorrie Morgan
May 16 T.G. Sheppard
May 23 John Anderson
May 30 Deborah Allen
June 06 Collin Raye
June 13 Gene Watson
June 20 John Conlee
June 27 The Bellamy Brothers
About Lorrie Morgan:
Sultry country songstress Lorrie Morgan has sold over eight million records including fourteen top ten hits, twelve recorded albums and four Female Vocalist of the Year awards. She was the first female artist to ever have three consecutive albums RIAA-Certified Platinum. She made her mark with what have now become timeless country standards, "Five Minutes," "Except For Monday," "Something In Red," "Watch Me" and "What Part Of No," and established her place as a country star-a modern woman making country music history. Loretta Lynn Morgan was born to make music. At 13, she made her first and everlasting impression on the country music world when she played at The Grand Ole Opry, making her one of the youngest to have made her debut at the Mother Church of Country Music. Three short years later after her dad, country music star George Morgan's, passing, Lorrie launched her own career touring with her father's band. She made history of her own when she became a lifetime member of the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 24 - one of the youngest to ever become a member. For more information on Lorrie Morgan, please visit www.lorrie.com.
About T.G. Sheppard:
T.G. Sheppard has always had an unstoppable passion for music. This passion along with 21 number one hits and being ranked as one of the top artists in all of country music, has made him one of the most popular live performers on tour today. It's only natural with a show chock full of chart topping hits like "Last Cheaters Waltz", "I Loved 'Em Everyone"," Do You Wanna Go To Heaven", and "Party Time" that T.G. has developed a reputation as a solid performer who delivers exactly what audiences want. All this and more combined with a steadfast dedication to entertainment has truly made him one of the great Legends in country music. T.G. Sheppard's ardor for life and unceasing energy allow him to fulfill his unrelenting passion for music. Legendary Friends & Country Duets is the latest means by which he shares that passion with the rest of us. For more information, visit tgsheppard.com.
About John Anderson:
Raised in Apopka, Fla., Anderson was exposed to both rock and traditional country growing up and, as incendiary rock outfits like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Lynyrd Skynyrd honed their chops around him, learned to love (and play) both types of music. But Anderson resisted the call of rock 'n roll, electing rather to pursue his country music dreams. It was the traditional country ballads that lured him in and changed music history, songs like Porter Waggoner's "Green, Green Grass of Home." Anderson moved to Nashville in 1972, working construction by day (including as a roofer at the Grand Ole Opry House) and playing the honky-tonks at night. He signed to Warner Bros. in 1977, and notching his first major hit in 1980 with Billy Jo Shaver's "I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)." Other hits, including the classic "Wild and Blue" in 1982, solidified his status as a powerful new voice in country music. "Swingin'," written by Anderson and Lionel Delmore, blew the roof off a year later, exploding to No.1 on the Billboard Country chart, propelling Anderson to the CMA Horizon Award, and becoming one of the most enduring hits in the country canon. Anderson plowed through the ebbs and flows of country music (and the country music business) throughout the '80s, and in the early 1990s engineered one of the greatest "comeback" runs (he never really left) in the history of the genre. Seminole Wind, released on BNA, produced hit singles in "Straight Tequila Night," "When It Comes To You," "Money in the Bank," and the stirring title cut. The latter would have never been released had Anderson not stuck to his guns, a familiar refrain throughout his career as the artist has wound his way through virtually all of Nashville's major labels.Despite his music biz travails, Anderson, who has made his home in Smithville, TN, for more than 30 years, is far from a bitter man. Rather, he feels more than blessed, and subscribes to the mentality expressed in Goldmine's compelling "Don't forget to Thank the Lord." For more information, visit johnanderson.com.
About Deborah Allen:
Deborah Allen is one of those rare artists who forged their own path to success and ended up building a world-class career in the process. An extraordinarily talented singer, songwriter, producer and performer, Deborah's unique abilities as an artist may be matched only by her enthusiasm and creativity as an individual. It is that formidable combination of spirit and talent that keeps the Grammy-nominated entertainer in demand.
In some ways, "Baby I Lied" confirmed the idea that an artist could have success in different formats with the same song - a precedent that would prove to be years ahead of the crossover trends of today. "Baby I Lied" not only appealed to Country and Pop radio listeners, earning multiple Million Air-Play Awards in the process, but it also resulted in a pair of Grammy nominations for the Delta songstress - one as a vocalist and one as a songwriter.
Throughout her phenomenal journey of hits and accomplishments in every facet of her career, Deborah Allen remains true to her vision. From her discovery by Roy Orbison, to her friendship with Shel Silverstein, her work with Prince, Deborah creates art entirely on her own terms. With a distinguished career built on success after success as a performer, songwriter and producer, the dynamic Delta singer from Memphis, Tennessee, has no plans of slowing down anytime soon. That's simply not Deborah Allen's style. www.deborahallen.com
About Collin Raye:
Collin Raye's searing ballads and electric performances have been captivating country audiences for more than 25 years. With 16 No. 1 hits, 24 top 10s and ten Male Vocalist Of The Year nominations, Raye has clearly emerged as one of the great voices of our time. The De Queen, Arkansas native rose to fame in 1991 with the timeless number one hit, "Love, Me." In 1994, his music video for "Little Rock," led to over 100,000 phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from addicts seeking help. "Not That Different," was a song that pleaded for tolerance, and "I Think About You" (awarded as "Video Of The Year" by the Academy of Country Music in 1997) exposed exploitation of women and children. His latest album projects include His Love Remains, his first inspirational hymns album, as well as Still On The Line, a tribute album to Glen Campbell. In 2014, he released his moving autobiography, A Voice Undefeated. He has topped the charts with songs such as "In This Life," "I Can Still Feel You," and "That's My Story." He is currently performing across the U.S. on The Big 25 Tour. For more information on Collin Raye and upcoming tour dates, visit www.collinraye.com.
About Gene Watson:
This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas has been thrilling audiences for more than 50 years. Gene Watson's tally of 75 charted titles, 23 top-10 hits and six number-one records has led to membership in the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and the Houston, TX Music Hall of Fame. Radio listeners are still transfixed whenever classics like "Farewell Party," "Fourteen Carat Mind" or "Love in the Hot Afternoon" are played. Considered one of the finest pure-country singers of his generation and known as "The Singer's Singer", Watson offers up one of the best traditional country shows in the business. For more information about Gene Watson, visit GeneWatsonMusic.com.
About John Conlee:
Kentucky native and Grand Ole Opry member, John Conlee, has one of country music's most recognizable voices. Self-penned and signature hit "Rose Colored Glasses," was the first of over 30 hit singles, most of which charted in the Top 10 or better. Some of the songs from the John Conlee hit list include "Back Side of Thirty, " "Lady Lay Down," "Friday Night Blues," "Common Man," "I'm Only In It For The Love" and "Domestic Life." All of Conlee's hits have that unmistakable common thread - that unique voice. In 2015, Conlee hasn't slowed down and continues to cut songs with substance with the release of Classics 2 that includes a tribute to law enforcement titled "Walkin' Behind the Star." For more information, visit www.johnconlee.com.
About The Bellamy Brothers:
Howard and David continue to prove that the trail they've ridden to fame has been as unique as their music itself-music that is now celebrating 40 years of success. The road that started on the pop music charts in the '70's, took a winding turn into country music in the '80's, paving the way for duos to come, such as Brooks & Dunn, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich, and The Judds. "If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body (Would You Hold It Against Me)," originally scrawled on a dinner napkin by David, rocketed them to the top of the country charts the way "Let Your Love Flow," had done in the pop market just a few years earlier. It proved to be the first of a string of fourteen No. 1 singles in the U.S. alone. They're the only U.S. country music act who've toured in India, Sri Lanka, New Caledonia and Qatar. The Bellamy Brothers hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music (ACM) and the Country Music Association Awards (CMA) for the most duo nominations. Numerous Grammy nods have also been directed toward the brothers. For more information, visit bellamybrothers.com.