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Michale Graves Brings His ‘Course Of Empire’ Tour To Europe In 2019

Michale Graves Brings His ‘Course Of Empire’ Tour To Europe In 2019

The former Misfits lead singer also announces two Australia shows in December, along with two holiday charity events and fundraisers he will participate in. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Iconic punk-rocker Michale Graves, who once fronted one of the world’s most legendary punk bands of all time, The Misfits, is excited to announce his return to Europe in 2019. Continuing his Course of Empire tour, which produced multiple sold-out shows throughout North America this year, Graves and his band will embark on a run of 55 shows in only 58 days, marching their way through 16 European countries. Kicking off on January 4 in Gdansk, Poland, Graves will bring his powerful and intense live experience to his European fans with tour support from The Crimson Ghosts (Jan.4-16), Noise Pollution (Jan. 17-Feb. 1), Witches of Doom (Feb.18-27), & Acid Muffin (Feb. 28-Mar. 3).

Graves will continue his international trek by making a return to the land down-under, headlining a pair of Australian shows in both Melbourne (Dec. 8) and Sydney (Dec. 9) next month.

“I am really looking forward to another opportunity to blow people’s minds across Europe again,” says Graves. “Plus, I can’t wait to make my return to Australia, for the first time since 2009, when I was on tour with Marky Ramone’s Blitz Krieg! I’m eager to share the passion and intensity of my performances with all my fans around the world, and to connect with them on a personal level!”

On December 15, Graves will play a Christmas acoustic show with Bad Mothers and Ike’s Wasted World at The Hangar On The Hudson, in Troy, New York. Graves will donate the proceeds from the show to the Dancing Horse Farm in Windham, N.Y., to support the formation of a new veterans program which will fund horseback riding getaways for veterans suffering from combat-related PTSD. Additionally, the show will take donations of non-perishable food items for the local food pantries in the area.

December 28-30, Michale will play in the 2nd Annual Zander Cup Men’s League Ice Hockey Tournament, raising funds for the The Zander Foundation, a youth support charity. Then, on December 30, he will play an acoustic show at 5:00 pm ET, at Plymouth State Ice Arena in Holderness, N.H.

Michale Graves entered the music scene as lead singer of The Misfits and was on a number of their hit albums including American Psycho, and Famous Monsters. He also wrote the hits “Scream,” “American Psycho,” “Saturday Night,” “Shining,” and “Witch Hunt.”

He has released a series of solo albums including Vagabond, Lost Skeleton Returns, Supernatural, Wanderer, Zombies Unite, Drifter, and Revenge of the Zombies. Always evolving as an artist, Michale has performed within several genres as fans followed his instantly recognizable voice across five continents.

Graves has also appeared in many acclaimed film projects including Bruiser, Campfire Stories and notably starring in Perkins 14.

While entertainment is at the heart of who he is as a performer, Graves is also a social and pop-culture media thought leader who has hosted, as well as appeared on numerous broadcast and print media worldwide, while continuing to develop his own voice offstage. Graves will always continue to seek new ways to innovate the industry, promote well-being, and uplift the individuals through art and entertainment.

For more information about Michale Graves, please visit: www.officialmichalegraves.com

Michale Graves On Tour:
NOV 21 Hell at The Masquerade / Atlanta, Ga.
NOV 23 The Hideaway / Johnson City, Tenn.
NOV 24 Cosmic Pete’s / Parkersburg, W.V.
NOV 25 Uptown Pinball / Martinsville, Va.
NOV 29 Broken Goblet Brewery / Bristol, Pa.
NOV 30 Revolution Bar & Music Hall / Amityville, N.Y.
DEC 08 Cherry Bar / Melbourne, AUS
DEC 09 Frankie’s Plaza / Sydney, AUS
DEC 15 The Hangar On The Hudson / Troy, N.Y.
JAN 04 Protokultura / Gdansk, POL
JAN 05 Hydrozagadka / Warsaw, POL
JAN 06 Zet Pe Te / Krakow, POL
JAN 07 Collosseum / Kosice, SVK
JAN 08 Form Space / Cluj Napoca, ROM
JAN 09 Quantic Club / Bucharest, ROM
JAN 10 Robot / Budapest, HUN
JAN 11 Barrack Club / Ostrava, CZE
JAN 12 Futurum / Prague, CZE
JAN 13 Z-Bau / Nuremberg, GER
JAN 14 MTC / Cologne, GER
JAN 15 Musikbunker / Aachen, GER
JAN 16 Elpee / Deinze, BEL
JAN 17 The Underworld / London, UK
JAN 18 Cobblestones / Bridgwater, UK
JAN 19 Hangar 18 / Swansea, UK
JAN 20 Rebellion / Manchester, UK
JAN 21 Audio / Glasgow, UK
JAN 22 The Assembly / Aberdeen, UK
JAN 23 Bannermans Bar / Edinburgh, UK
JAN 24 PJ Malloys / Dunfermline, UK
JAN 25 Voodoos / Belfast, UK
JAN 26 Voodoo Lounge / Dublin, EI
JAN 28 The Old Fire Station / Bournemouth, UK
JAN 29 Phase 1 / Liverpool, UK
JAN 30 The Mulberry Tavern / Sheffield, UK
JAN 31 The Square Centre Arts / Nottingham, UK
FEB 01 Underground / Stoke, UK
FEB 03 Atleier Des Moles / Montbeliard, FRA
FEB 05 MJC O Totem / Lyon, FRA
FEB 06 Secret Place / Montpellier, FRA
FEB 07 Sala Lopez / Zargoza, SPA
FEB 08 Estraperlo Club / Barcelona, SPA
FEB 09 Sala Lopez / Valencia, SPA
FEB 10 RCA Club / Lisboa, POR
FEB 11 Sala Mardigrass / Corunya, SPA
FEB 12 Lata De Zinc / Oviedo, SPA
FEB 13 Gruta 77 / Madrid, SPA
FEB 14 Sala Jimmy Jazz / Vitoria, SPA
FEB 15 Kulturfabrik / Lyss, SUI
FEB 16 Officine Sonore / Vercelli, ITA
FEB 17 Druso / Ranica, ITA
FEB 18 Feierwerk / Munich, GER
FEB 19 Viper Room / Vienna, AUT
FEB 20 Goldmarks / Stuttgart, GER
FEB 21 Cafe Central / Weinheim, GER
FEB 22 Don’t Panic / Essen, GER
FEB 23 Alte Zuckerfabrik / Rostock, GER
FEB 24 Iduna / Drachten, NLD
FEB 25 Magasin4 / Brussels, BEL
FEB 26 Baroeg / Rotterdam, NLD
FEB 27 Dynamo / Eindhoven, NLD
FEB 28 Logo / Hamburg, GER
MAR 01 Bastard Club / Osnabruck, GER
MAR 02 Lido / Berlin, GER
For a complete tour schedule, click here.

‘Course Of Empire’ Europe Tour 2019

About Michale Graves:
Michale Graves kicked in the door of the music scene in 1995 as the lead singer and songwriter of one of the most legendary punk rock bands of all time, The Misfits. For nearly two decades Michale Graves has been entertaining, influencing and informing a growing audience world-wide. His journey as an artist has ignited a passion. A passion that motivates his desire to reach out, create a dialogue, and build a platform to discuss and interact on pop-culture, people, and the world around us. Driven by the pursuit of quality and harmony in everything that he is involved in, Michale travels the world and looks into the eyes and hearts of tens of thousands of fans.

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“Roy Clark’s Celebration Of Life” Memorial To Be Held Wednesday Near Tulsa, Okla.

“Roy Clark’s Celebration Of Life” Memorial To Be Held Wednesday Near Tulsa, Okla.

For memorial service advance and on-site media access, contact:
Jeremy Westby, jpw@2911.us, +1-615-496-4954 (m)

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Plans were announced over the weekend for ‘Roy Clark’s Celebration of Life’ memorial which will be open to the public. The service will be held on Wednesday, November 21 at 11:00am CT at Rhema Bible Church at 1025 W Kenosha St Broken Arrow, OK 74012 near Tulsa.

The service will be streamed at rhema.org as well as on Rhema Bible Church’s Facebook Page.

A private, invitation-only visitation for family, friends and fellow performers will take place Tuesday evening. Please call 1-833-537-2911 x800 for time & location.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that all contributions be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. For several years, Clark headlined a golf tournament for St. Jude’s, where a floor was named in his honor.

“I see a lot of celebrities come to St. Jude, and you know what’s in a person’s heart by how they entertain the children,” said hospital CEO David McKee. “He was truly touched by the kids, not the cameras.”

Clark saw his helping hand as a responsibility. “I’ve just been so blessed in my life,” he said. “It would be a sin for me to sit there and not share it, and not do something to help others.”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105
(800) 822-6344

~ Roy Clark Remembered ~

“Absolutely one of the greatest entertainers of all time. He will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Roy and his family.” Deana Martin

“THE OAK RIDGE BOYS EXPERIENCED MANY FIRSTS WITH ROY CLARK….HE WAS HOSTING THE TONIGHT SHOW WHEN WE HAD OUR FIRST APPEARANCE……WE WENT TO THE SOVIET UNION WITH ROY, THE MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL, MIDEM AT CANNES, FRANCE, AND HE TAUGHT US HOW TO WORK THE STAGES IN LAS VEGAS……WHILE HE HELPED OUR CAREER BEYOND WORDS, HE WAS OUR DEAREST FRIEND…..WHEN LEARNING THAT OUR BUS WAS IN THE SHOP, HE PITCHED TO US THE KEYS TO HIS BUS…..”USE IT AS LONG AS YOU NEED IT”……I DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH SPACE TO WRITE HOW IMPORTANT HE WAS TO OUR CAREER……I LOVED HIM LIKE A BROTHER…..” DUANE ALLEN, OAK RIDGE BOYS

“Performing at his theater in Branson and appearing on Hee Haw and all the Country Homecomings, Roy was always fun to be around and a joy to hear playing guitar. Rest in peace dear friend.” Janie Fricke

“Very sad to hear about the passing of a fellow Okie and country music artist Roy Clark. Roy was one of the first country artist I ever saw on TV. Prayers for his family.” – @blakeshelton

“I don’t believe it! My good friend #RoyClark left too soon & too young. Where does time go? Greatest guitar & banjo picker ever. Great voice. Great storyteller. Now w/ his friend #CharlesAznavour “Yesterday” Good story:… https://t.co/3mjUDQtqc4
— Chuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager) November 15, 2018

“Wonder what Roy Clark is saying to Jesus now -” @GenChuckYeager

“My last time with Roy in person – great time. Thank you for this #RoyClarkChuck Yeager (@GenChuckYeager)

“Roy Clark was an amazing talent in the world of country music and truly an ambassador for the art form,” – SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris. bit.ly/2FpD2At

“My friend Roy Clark has passed today. I will miss and always love you, Roy! My deepest condolences to the Clark family. Now, Rest In Peace. Here is a great memory…Roy and I enjoying a Christmas at Johnny’s ranch in Nashville….two for real friends!” – @TonyOrlando

“Deeply saddened to hear about #RoyClark’s passing. We loved his visits on the #DonnyandMarie show. Roy was hilarious, professional & a phenomenal musician. But more than that, he was one of the kindest gentlemen I ever met in show business. It was an honor to work with you, Roy.” – @donnyosmond

“Roy Clark was one of my old friends, he will be missed, he was a true southern gentleman, RIP buddy!” – Darrell Waltrip (@AllWaltrip)

“Heroes come in many shapes & sizes. Roy Clark was a man to look up to because of his huge impact on the world in music & entertainment, his great character & giving spirit. He had a strong handshake, a smile that made it impossible to frown & a talent that gave joy to millions.” – HANSON (@hansonmusic)

“Heaven received a great entertainer yesterday. A tremendous guy who will be missed by many, including me. Thanks for the great times, Roy! Rest in peace my friend. Bill #RoyClarkpic.twitter.com/t3PGG9LDO2
— Bill Dance (@Bill_Dance1)

“Roy Clark was a consummate entertainer that we’ll all miss. He was such a great friend of my dad’s that I greatly admired.” – @PamTillis

“Sad to learn of the passing of the legendary Roy Clark yesterday. Met him backstage at the @opry a few years ago. He was very kind and encouraging to me. An amazing talent who helped build the foundation of Country Music. Rest In Peace, Roy.” – @ScottyMcCreery

“Roy Clark was one of the true nice guys in our business. I am blessed that he was part of my life. I grew up watching him on Hee Haw and was then invited to join the @opry by him in 2007. #fullcircle He will surely be missed.” – Josh Turner (@joshturnermusic)

“Roy Clark is gone and the world of music has lost a treasure. I remember watching episodes of Hee Haw with my grandparents as a kid and thinking how talented he was. That feeling only grew as I did… he will be greatly missed” – @ChrisYoungMusic

“RIP Roy Clark. A class act, a serious talent with a light spirit. Thank you.” – @Elizabeth_Cook

“Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly and he will be missed.” – Dolly Parton

“When I came to Nashville, Roy was one of my favorite stars. I loved the way he hosted the CMA’s and Hee Haw. It was always an honor to be on the same stage with him. I am already missing Roy’s big smile.” – Crystal Gayle

“The Halsey family’s hearts are filled with gratitude for the many years (59) of friendship and business association. He was a rare combination of talent and generosity. Roy Clark brought a special kind of healing to the world. He will be missed by the multitudes. – Jim Halsey, friend and manager

“My story is not unique. How many guitar players started with a Roy Clark guitar method book? How many guitars were sold to people wanting to play because of him? How many lives were made better because of his wit and joy? I’m one of so many.” @BradPaisley

“When the Nashville floods wiped out most of my guitars, Roy heard about it & showed up at a show and gave me one of his. This is who this man was. Constantly giving. I owe him so much. Go say hi to my Papaw for me Roy. You left the world a much better place. #royclark” @BradPaisley

“Roy Clark shaped my path. My Papaw introduced me to his music as a toddler. Every Saturday we’d watch Hee Haw. My first guitar book was a Roy Clark guitar method. I practiced his style, then practiced making his facial expressions. He was a hero. And so many have the same story.” – @BradPaisley

“I remember Roy as a great musician and singer. But more than that, he was a great human being. Always laughing, always uplifting to those around him. Doing shows with Roy on Hee Haw was such a wonderful experience. There is a vacant spot in Nashville now that he is gone. RIP Roy Clark” Lee Greenwood

“Getting to REALLY know Roy Clark is one of highlights of my country career. I first met him on HEE HAW and the went on to do dozens of shows with him over the years. He was a good friend, we laughed a lot together and he loved Duke’s mayonnaise on his tomato sandwiches.” – T. Graham Brown

“My first CMA memory is sitting on my living room floor watching Roy Clark tear it up. Sending my love and respect to him and his family for all he did. – KU” – @KeithUrban

“Just got word that Roy Clark has passed. I’ve known him for 60 years and he was a fine musician and entertainer Rest In Peace Buddy, you will be remembered” – @CharlieDaniels

“Roy, thank you for always spreading laughter, kindness, and positivity. We’ll keep it goin’ for ya!” – @Opry

“Just heard Hee Haw Star / Super Picker #RoyClark just passed away. Saw him last when we filmed #CountrysFamilyReunion He was always so kind. Heaven gained another amazing addition to the Angel Band. Rest In Peace Roy” @RhondaVincent13

“I had the honor of playing with Roy Clark on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and many times and on the television series Hee Haw. I looked up to Roy; he was the consummate entertainer. But the things I will remember most about Roy are his big, over-the-top, cheesy grin, and how, from the moment I met him, he made me feel like I had known him forever. Roy Clark was a good man… the real deal.” Tim Atwood

“Rest In Peace friend, brother, mentor …. Roy Clark …” – @OakRidgeBoys

“Growing up watching #HeeHaw, I knew nobody could pick-&-grin like the great #RoyClark. And his #YesterdayWhenIWasYoung is one of the great songs of Country or any kind of music. A true legend. We will miss him. #RIP” – Terry Fator

“Wonderful Roy Clark was a great talent & a kind & gentle man. We had so much fun singing & dancing together. My love goes out to his family & friends. #royclark #rip” – @TheMitziGaynor

“We’re sorry to hear about the passing of Roy Clark. Roy Clark made best use of his incredible talent. He was both a showman and a virtuoso, with a love of music that beamed across air waves and into millions of living rooms, where families gathered to watch and listen.” – @countrymusichof

“R.I.P. Roy Clark. Oh man so many memories growing up with him on hee haw. Another part of my childhood that made growing up the way I did awesome. Hee Haw, Johnny Carson, Paul Harvey among others are everywhere in my memory bank. He lived a long great life and I thank him. SALUTE” – @GitRDoneLarry

“Roy Clark was a very sweet Man that loved Jesus and country music. Heaven just got a great picker! Can’t wait to see him do some pickin’ and grinnin’ on them heavenly hay bales.” – @GitRDoneLarry

“Roy’s passing is overwhelming. It is truly the end of an era. Roy was Big Daddy for all of us. And for those of us who were blessed to know him as a friend and work with him, it hurts so deeply. He made so many of our careers possible. It offsets the deep anguish of his passing to know he is free from any suffering now and that his great talents are with us forever on the thousands of TV episodes, recordings and in our memories. His huge contribution to the music business and to so many of us personally is etched in our hearts forever. America loves Roy and we will all bless his memory, honor him and thank him forever. He was truly one of God’s good ones.” Jana Jae

“23 years ago, Roy Clark changed my life in an instant. It is hard to put it into words, but from the moment we first encountered each other, he knew me, believed in me and took it upon himself to give me great opportunities that otherwise would never have been possible. I can only be so grateful that I had a chance in my life to reconnect with him and tell him personally exactly what he had done for me all those years ago. The other great blessing is that I was given an opportunity to develop a meaningful friendship with this man over the last few years. It brings me great peace. I would play for him, and he would just smile and become so genuinely excited. Again, at just the right moment in my life, he became a great encourager. Roy has left a lasting impact on my life. For over 20 years I’ve been telling people the stories of how he changed my life…and I will never forget.” Kyle Dillingham

“Our deepest condolences to the family of Roy Clark. Country music has lost another giant – well-loved both for his unique talents and his generous, kind-hearted spirit.” – @OfficialRFDTV

“My friend of 46 years is gone and I am heartbroken. He could make me laugh like no other and now he makes me cry. His music will live forever and now the angels in heaven are picking and grinning. I love you always dear friend.” Misty Rowe

“RIP Roy Clark, was an honor to pick and sing with you” – @raybensonaatw

Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen & Dallas Smith Announced As Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2019 Headliners

Chris Stapleton, Tim McGraw, Jake Owen & Dallas Smith Announced As Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2019 Headliners

Terri Clark Makes Special Appearance on Entertainment Tonight Canada To Announce Headliners

CRAVEN, SK – Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame member Terri Clark made a special appearance on Entertainment Tonight Canada to announce the 2019 Country Thunder Saskatchewan headliners lineup. Watch here.

Headliners will include mega-star Chris Stapleton’s only Western Canadian performance in 2019 as well Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, and Canada’s biggest country artist Dallas Smith.

“Saskatchewan is home and this is the one we get most excited about,” says Country Thunder Music Festivals CEO, Troy Vollhoffer. “Chris Stapleton is the biggest artist in country music and fans here have been excited since we announced him at last year’s festival. The timing was right with both McGraw and Owen enjoying banner years, while Dallas Smith has grown into a superstar, first appearing in the Craven Valley in 2012. We couldn’t be more proud and excited of the line-up which has been put together for some of the greatest country music fans in the world.”

In addition to the big-four announced, Clark will also perform along with roots, country and Americana legend Steve Earle and the Dukes, the original line-up of Lonestar, 90s country star Travis Tritt, Gord Bamford, Shawn Austin, The Reklaws, Meghan Patrick, Madeline Merlo, The Road Hammers, JoJo Mason, Jimmie Allen and the return of Saskatchewan’s own Hunter Brothers complete what many are already calling the greatest lineup ever assembled in the Craven Valley. Given the area’s rich history, a bold statement, to be sure.

Stapleton is a five-time Grammy Award, and astonishing 17-time ACM and CMA winner. The Lexington, Kentucky native is truly a once-in-a-lifetime artist who transcends musical boundaries and genres. The much-anticipated Sunday closer has never played the Saskatchewan market before.

There have been very few country artists more consistent than McGraw over the past 25 years, and CT Nation is in for a treat when one of the genre’s most consummate performers takes the stage.

Recent hit singles, Neon Church and Thought About You are currently showcasing the country music legend at the peak of his considerable powers.

Jake Owen makes his long-awaited return to these parts on a hot streak which has included a whopping five hit singles from his No. 1 album, American Love. Think of how good I Was Jack (You Were Diane) and American Country Love Song are going to sound under the stars in the Craven Valley!

Smith continues to defy logic with each new release and he returns to Country Thunder Saskatchewan as not only a first-time headliner, but now as Canada’s most-played country radio artist ever. Think about that for a moment, if you will…

Country Thunder Saskatchewan 2019 is rolling in – see you all there!

Four-day passes are available for three easy and incredibly low payments of $60 – there is no better value in country music. Four-day passes, single-day tickets, reserved seating, camping, Platinum Experience and all the extras are also available. Visit countrythunder.com to purchase, or order by phone at 1-866-388-0007. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all @countrythunder.

The Country Thunder Music Festivals organization has a 15-year history which boasts four other major multi-day events in North America, including the reigning ACM Festival Of The Year in Arizona. The organization also hosts events in Wisconsin, Alberta and Florida.

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For National press, contact:
Jeremy Westby, jpw@2911.us, 833-537-2911 x800
Jason Ashcraft, jason@2911.us, 833-537-2911 x801

For media credentials & festival info, contact:
Gerry Krochak, gerry@countrythunder.com, 403-629-8902

Remembering Roy Clark

Remembering Roy Clark

“Roy Clark was one of the greatest ever. His spirit will never die. I loved him dearly and he will be missed.” – Dolly Parton

“When I came to Nashville, Roy was one of my favorite stars. I loved the way he hosted the CMA’s and Hee Haw. It was always an honor to be on the same stage with him. I am already missing Roy’s big smile.” – Crystal Gayle

“The Halsey family’s hearts are filled with gratitude for the many years (59) of friendship and business association. He was a rare combination of talent and generosity. Roy Clark brought a special kind of healing to the world. He will be missed by the multitudes. – Jim Halsey, friend and manager

“My story is not unique. How many guitar players started with a Roy Clark guitar method book? How many guitars were sold to people wanting to play because of him? How many lives were made better because of his wit and joy? I’m one of so many.” @BradPaisley

“When the Nashville floods wiped out most of my guitars, Roy heard about it & showed up at a show and gave me one of his. This is who this man was. Constantly giving. I owe him so much. Go say hi to my Papaw for me Roy. You left the world a much better place. #royclark” @BradPaisley

“Roy Clark shaped my path. My Papaw introduced me to his music as a toddler. Every Saturday we’d watch Hee Haw. My first guitar book was a Roy Clark guitar method. I practiced his style, then practiced making his facial expressions. He was a hero. And so many have the same story.” – @BradPaisley

“I remember Roy as a great musician and singer. But more than that, he was a great human being. Always laughing, always uplifting to those around him. Doing shows with Roy on Hee Haw was such a wonderful experience. There is a vacant spot in Nashville now that he is gone. RIP Roy Clark” Lee Greenwood

“Getting to REALLY know Roy Clark is one of highlights of my country career. I first met him on HEE HAW and then went on to do dozens of shows with him over the years. He was a good friend, we laughed a lot together and he loved Duke’s mayonnaise on his tomato sandwiches.” – T. Graham Brown

“My first CMA memory is sitting on my living room floor watching Roy Clark tear it up. Sending my love and respect to him and his family for all he did. – KU” – @KeithUrban

“Just got word that Roy Clark has passed. I’ve known him for 60 years and he was a fine musician and entertainer Rest In Peace Buddy, you will be remembered” – @CharlieDaniels

“Roy, thank you for always spreading laughter, kindness, and positivity. We’ll keep it goin’ for ya!” – @Opry

“Just heard Hee Haw Star / Super Picker #RoyClark just passed away. Saw him last when we filmed #CountrysFamilyReunion He was always so kind. Heaven gained another amazing addition to the Angel Band. Rest In Peace Roy” @RhondaVincent13

“I had the honor of playing with Roy Clark on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and many times and on the television series Hee Haw. I looked up to Roy; he was the consummate entertainer. But the things I will remember most about Roy are his big, over-the-top, cheesy grin, and how, from the moment I met him, he made me feel like I had known him forever. Roy Clark was a good man… the real deal.” Tim Atwood

“Rest In Peace friend, brother, mentor …. Roy Clark …” – @OakRidgeBoys

“Growing up watching #HeeHaw, I knew nobody could pick-&-grin like the great #RoyClark. And his #YesterdayWhenIWasYoung is one of the great songs of Country or any kind of music. A true legend. We will miss him. #RIP” – Terry Fator

“Wonderful Roy Clark was a great talent & a kind & gentle man. We had so much fun singing & dancing together. My love goes out to his family & friends. #royclark #rip” – @TheMitziGaynor

“We’re sorry to hear about the passing of Roy Clark. Roy Clark made best use of his incredible talent. He was both a showman and a virtuoso, with a love of music that beamed across air waves and into millions of living rooms, where families gathered to watch and listen.” – @countrymusichof

“R.I.P. Roy Clark. Oh man so many memories growing up with him on hee haw. Another part of my childhood that made growing up the way I did awesome. Hee Haw, Johnny Carson, Paul Harvey among others are everywhere in my memory bank. He lived a long great life and I thank him. SALUTE” – @GitRDoneLarry

“Roy Clark was a very sweet Man that loved Jesus and country music. Heaven just got a great picker! Can’t wait to see him do some pickin’ and grinnin’ on them heavenly hay bales.” – @GitRDoneLarry

“Roy’s passing is overwhelming. It is truly the end of an era. Roy was Big Daddy for all of us. And for those of us who were blessed to know him as a friend and work with him, it hurts so deeply. He made so many of our careers possible. It offsets the deep anguish of his passing to know he is free from any suffering now and that his great talents are with us forever on the thousands of TV episodes, recordings and in our memories. His huge contribution to the music business and to so many of us personally is etched in our hearts forever. America loves Roy and we will all bless his memory, honor him and thank him forever. He was truly one of God’s good ones.” Jana Jae

“23 years ago, Roy Clark changed my life in an instant. It is hard to put it into words, but from the moment we first encountered each other, he knew me, believed in me and took it upon himself to give me great opportunities that otherwise would never have been possible. I can only be so grateful that I had a chance in my life to reconnect with him and tell him personally exactly what he had done for me all those years ago. The other great blessing is that I was given an opportunity to develop a meaningful friendship with this man over the last few years. It brings me great peace. I would play for him, and he would just smile and become so genuinely excited. Again, at just the right moment in my life, he became a great encourager. Roy has left a lasting impact on my life. For over 20 years I’ve been telling people the stories of how he changed my life…and I will never forget.” Kyle Dillingham

“Our deepest condolences to the family of Roy Clark. Country music has lost another giant – well-loved both for his unique talents and his generous, kind-hearted spirit.” – @OfficialRFDTV

“My friend of 46 years is gone and I am heartbroken. He could make me laugh like no other and now he makes me cry. His music will live forever and now the angels in heaven are picking and grinning. I love you always dear friend.” Misty Rowe

“RIP Roy Clark, was an honor to pick and sing with you” – @raybensonaatw

Remembering Roy Clark

ROY CLARK DIES AT 85

“Before we go any farther, I want to lay somethin’ on you; it’s not heavy and it’s not to imply that you don’t already do it. It’s just a reminder… to all of us.
 
The next chance you get, do somethin’ nice for somebody – say ‘good day,’ hold a door open – and don’t wait around for a thank you… you don’t need it. And because of you, that person will go out and do something nice for somebody, and then that person will go out and do something nice for someone else, and this whole world can wind up doing nice things for each other and we can be the ones that start it.

It takes all of us working together to get things done – no one does it alone. Only One did and I’m not that strong. Let’s start it – here’s to love – it’s still the best!” – Roy Clark

TULSA, Okla.Roy Clark, the legendary ‘superpicker’, GRAMMY, CMA and ACM award winner, Country Music Hall of Fame and Grand Ole Opry member and co-host of the famed ‘Hee Haw’ television series, died today at the age of 85 due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Roy Clark’s decade-defying success could be summed up in one word — sincerity. Sure, he was one of the world’s finest multi-instrumentalists, and one of the first cross-over artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts. He was the pioneer who turned Branson, Mo., into the live music capitol of the world (the Ozark town today boasts more seats than Broadway). And his talents turned Hee Haw into the longest-running syndicated show in television history.

But the bottom line for Roy Clark was the honest warmth he gave to his audiences. Bob Hope summed it up when he told Roy, “Your face is like a fireplace.”

“A TV camera goes right through your soul,” says the man who starred on Hee Haw for 24 years and was a frequent guest host for Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show. “If you’re a bad person, people pick that up. I’m a firm believer in smiles. I used to believe that everything had to be a belly laugh. But I’ve come to realize that a real sincere smile is mighty powerful.”

For a man who didn’t taste major success until he was 30, the key was not some grand plan but rather taking everything in its own time. “Sure,” he said, “I had dreams of being a star when I was 18. I could’ve pushed it too, but it wouldn’t have happened any sooner. I’m lucky. What’s happened has happened in spite of me.”

In fact, that’s what Clark titled his autobiography, My Life — In Spite of Myself! with Marc Elliot (Simon & Shuster, 1994). The book reminded many that there is much more to Roy Clark than fast fingers and a quick wit.

That he was raised in Washington, D.C., often surprises people. Born Roy Linwood Clark on April 15, 1933 in Meherrin, Virginia, his family moved to D.C. when he was a youngster. His father played in a square dance band and took him to free concerts by the National Symphony and by various military bands. “I was subjected to different kinds of music before I ever played. Dad said, ‘Never turn your ear off to music until your heart hears it–because then you might hear something you like.'”

Beginning on banjo and mandolin, he was one of those people “born with the music already in them.” His first guitar, a Sears Silvertone, came as a Christmas present when he was 14. That same year, 1947, he made his first TV appearance. He was 15 when he earned $2 for his first paid performance, with his dad’s band. In the fertile, diverse musical soil of cosmopolitan D.C., he began playing bars and dives on Friday and Saturday nights until he was playing every night and skipping school–eventually dropping out at 15. “Music was my salvation, the thing I loved most and did best. Whatever was fun, I’d go do that.”

The guitar wizard soon went on tour with country legends such as Hank Williams and Grandpa Jones. After winning a national banjo competition in 1950, he was invited to perform at the Grand Ole Opry, which led to shows with Red Foley and Ernest Tubb. Yet he’d always return to D.C. to play not only country but jazz, pop, and early rock’n’roll (he’s prominently featured in the recent book Capitol Rock); to play with black groups and white groups; to play fast, to even play guitar with his feet. In 1954, he joined Jimmy Dean and the Texas Wildcats, appearing in clubs and on radio and TV, and even backing up Elvis Presley.

But in 1960, he was 27 and still scrambling. An invitation to open for Wanda Jackson at the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas proved to be his big break. It led to his own tour, on the road for 345 straight nights at one stretch, and when he returned to Vegas in 1962, he came back as a headliner and recording star, with his debut album The Lightning Fingers Of Roy Clark. The next year, he had his first hit, The Tips Of My Fingers, a country song that featured an orchestra and string section. “We didn’t call it crossover then but I guess that’s what it was,” he says. “We didn’t aim for that, because if you aim for both sides you miss them both. But we just wanted to be believable.”

He was–on record and on TV, where his first appearances in 1963 on ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘American Bandstand’ showcased his easygoing attitude and rural sense of humor. “Humor is a blessing to me. My earliest recollections are of looking at something and seeing the lighter side. But it’s always spontaneous. I couldn’t write a comedy skit for someone else.”

Throughout the ’60s, Clark recorded several albums, toured constantly, and appeared on TV variety shows from Carson to Mike Douglas to Flip Wilson. “I was the token bumpkin. It became, ‘Let’s get that Clark guy. He’s easy to get along with.'” Then came ‘Hee Haw.’ A countrified ‘Laugh-In’ with music, shot in Nashville, ‘Hee Haw’ premiered in 1969. Co-starring Clark and Buck Owens, it was an immediate hit. Though CBS canceled the show after two-and-a-half years, despite ranking in the Top 20, the series segued into syndication, where it remained until 1992. “I long ago realized it was not a figure of speech when people come up to me and say they grew up watching me since they were ‘that big’.”

A generation or two has also grown up listening to him. In 1969, Yesterday, When I Was Young charted Top 20 Pop and #9 Country (Billboard). Including Yesterday, Clark has had 23 Top 40 country hits, among them eight Top 10s: The Tips Of My Fingers (#10, 1963), I Never Picked Cotton (#5) and Thank God And Greyhound You’re Gone (#6, 1970), The Lawrence Welk-Hee Haw Counter Revolution Polka (#9, 1972), Come Live With Me (#1) and Somewhere Between Love And Tomorrow (#2, 1973), and If I Had It To Do All Over Again (#2, 1976). In addition, his 12-string guitar rendition of Malaguena is considered a classic and, in 1982, he won a Grammy (Best Country Instrumental Performance) for Alabama Jubilee.

A consummate musician, no matter the genre, he co-starred with Petula Clark at Caesar’s Palace, became the first country artist to headline at the Montreux International Jazz Festival and appeared in London on ‘The Tom Jones Show.’ Clark was amazed when guitarists from England credited his BBC specials and performances on variety TV shows with the likes of the Jackson 5 for inspiring them to play. But the highlight of his career, he said, was a pioneering, sold-out 1976 tour of the then-Soviet Union. “Even though they didn’t know the words, there were tears in their eyes when I played Yesterday. Folks there said we wouldn’t realize in our lifetime the good we’d accomplished, just because of our pickin’ around.”

When he returned in 1988 to now-Russia, Clark was hailed as a hero. Though he’d never bought a joke and doesn’t read music, the self-described, and proud of it, “hillbilly singer” was that rare entertainer with popularity worthy of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and respect worthy of the Academy of Country Music’s Pioneer Award and membership in the Gibson (Guitar) Hall of Fame; an entertainer who could star in Las Vegas (the first country artist inducted into its Entertainers Hall of Fame), in Nashville (becoming the 63rd member of the Grand Ole Opry in 1987), and at Carnegie Hall. Roy was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Roy’s many good deeds on behalf of his fellow man led to him receiving the 1999 Minnie Pearl Humanitarian of the Year Award from TNN’s Music City News Awards. In October, 2000, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, and he was actively involved with school children who attend the Roy Clark Elementary School in Tulsa, Okla.

From his home in Tulsa, where he moved in 1974 with Barbara, his wife of 61 years, Clark continued to tour extensively. For him — and for his legion of loyal fans — live performance was what it was all about. “Soon as you hit the edge of the stage and see people smiling and know they’re there to hear you, it’s time to have fun. I keep a band of great young people around me, and we’re not musically restrained. It’s not about ‘let’s do it correct’ but ‘let’s do it right.’”

At the end of each of Roy’s concerts, he would tell the audience, “We had to come, but you had a choice. Thanks for being here.” With responding smiles, audiences continued to thank Roy for being there, too.

Roy is preceded in death by his beloved grandson Elijah Clark who passed at the age of fourteen on September 24, 2018. Roy is survived by Barbara, his wife of sixty-one years, his sons Roy Clark II and wife Karen, Dr. Michael Meyer and wife Robin, Terry Lee Meyer, Susan Mosier and Diane Stewart, and his grandchildren: Brittany Meyer, Michael Meyer, Caleb Clark, Josiah Clark and his sister, Susan Coryell.

A memorial celebration will be held in the coming days in Tulsa, Okla., details forthcoming.

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