Music : country, american idol, sexy
Weekend Roadtrip 2013 Tour
Grand Ole Opry House
2804 Opryland Drive
Nashville TN 37214
Saturday, February 02, 2013
“I’ve always dreamed of having a career in country music,” Scotty says. “I just never thought it could happen. I had never really given myself a chance. Idol gave me the chance and I ran with it. I’m having a good time.”
As the season 10 winner and youngest male winner ever of the TV show American Idol, Scotty McCreery became the person 38.6 million viewers tuned in to watch. A week later, he made country music history when his debut single, “I Love You This Big,” earned the highest debut for a new artist’s first single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart since at least 1984. The song, which hit the Top 20 in seven weeks, is one of the fastest-rising debut singles for a new country artist in history.
The Henningsens have come a long way in a few short years. To introduce this farm family from Illinois, they are Brian Henningsen (bass, guitar, vocals) – family patriarch and father of 10 including eldest son Aaron (guitar, vocals) and daughter Clara (lead vocals, guitar).
They have had eight of their songs recorded by major artists. Their cuts include The Band Perry's "You Lie" which reached a near chart topping #2 and the two-week #1 smash "All Your Life." They also wrote "Alone" recorded by Sara Evans, "Six Gold Coins" recorded by Highway 101, and "Love Out Loud" recorded by the legendary Wynona Judd as a tribute to her mother Naomi.
The Henningsen's out of the box writing and vocal style first caught the attention of famed Nashville record producer Paul Worley (Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Dixie Chicks) and led to a writing deal with EMI/Skyline/Cactus Moser Music. Splitting their time between the Henningsen family farm in Illinois and their home away from home, south of Nashville, kept them busy beyond belief. Writing and performing and honing their style led to their own artistry taking off in 2011, culminating with a record deal with Arista Nashville. They showcase a sound that is fresh, vibrant, and uniquely their own, with Clara’s expressive and inviting vocals center stage, together with gorgeous family harmonies, compelling songcraft, and vivid storytelling, offering lyrics that paint sometimes traditional themes in non-traditional ways.
Most country artists start from the bottom and make their way up in the industry but Holly Williams was born into it. The granddaughter of a country icon, Hank Williams, and daughter of Hank Williams Jr. never imagined country music would be her calling. Growing up she always dreamed of being a model. Her parents separated when she was young and her father began taking her to many of her shows. At the age of 17, Williams picked up her first guitar to give music a chance. Her natural talent was immediately evident and she gave herself one year to try the music path. By the age of 18, Williams was booking herself for shows in and around Nashville.
While mastering her skills Williams was offered to tour Europe with artist Ron Sexsmith. After a few years of touring Williams signed her first record deal in 2004 with Universal South and released her debut album The Ones We Never Knew. Soon after, Williams was dropped by her label and was in a life threatening car wreck which almost took her life as well as her sisters, Hillary. The incident was a turning point for Williams and in 2009 she released her critically acclaimed album Here With Me. The new album featured the hit single "Keep the Change" and the album was released by her new label, Mercury.
If the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name “Roy Clark” is his stint as pickin’ and grinnin’ co-host of television’s Hee Haw, that would be understandable. Not many performers can boast starring on a show that ran for more than 23 years.
But there was always a lot more than comic timing and charm to the man who first played at the Opry when he won a national banjo competition—at age 17, in 1950. Roy had come out of the Washington, D.C., area and had already been touring with legends Hank Williams and Grandpa Jones. He soon played behind Red Foley and Ernest Tubb, too – a virtuoso on all stringed instruments and able to handle trombone, trumpet, and piano to boot.