Hit-making group set to release new music in 2019!
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Baillie & the Boys, gained prominence in the late 1980s as the trio (Kathie Baillie, Michael Bonagura, and Alan LeBoeuf) first found work singing harmony vocals on singles for Ed Bruce, Dan Seals, and Randy Travis, and Bonagura co-wrote Marie Osmond’s single “There’s No Stopping Your Heart”. In 1987, Baillie & the Boys were signed to a record deal with RCA Records. Their self-titled album was released that year, producing three Top 20 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Turn The Tide, their second album, was released a year later. It produced four consecutive Top 10 hits on the country charts, including “(Wish I Had A) Heart of Stone”, their highest-charting single.
“Michael and I can’t even believe it’s been so many years since we started on this journey,” says Kathie Baillie. “The resurgence of country music from the 80s and 90s is very exciting for us. We, again, are getting calls to sing harmonies on projects, perform shows at venues around the country, even some backyards, and we are making some great new music. We realize the new music won’t make it to radio, but it is fun being back in the studio.”
The band’s original lineup consisted of Kathie Baillie (lead vocals, guitar), her husband, Michael Bonagura (background vocals, guitar), and Alan LeBoeuf (bass guitar, background vocals). Citing the years of constant touring, Alan LeBoeuf left the trio in 1988. For a while, Baillie & the Boys toured as a duo, until Roger McVay was chosen as a replacement in 1995. Four years later, McVay departed, with LeBoeuf again assuming the role of bass guitarist and harmony vocalist. Now, with new music, Kathie and Michael are ready to take the music to the people again!
“Just like Kathie said, we are excited to still be doing what we love,” adds Michael Bonagura. “We have a new group of people around us working very hard to rebuild our brand, name, and awareness so things are looking up for 2019.”
The trio initially made their impact while singing on jingles for companies such as Burger King, Gallo Wine, Soft and Dry (and others) the trio was signed by industry giant Doug Morris to the Atlantic Records division Big Tree Records; releasing the group’s first Billboard charted single; “Please Don’t Tell Me Goodnight” in 1976 under the name Bittersweet.
Relocating to Nashville, TN in 1983; determined to achieve relevance in the Nashville country music scene; the groups three-part vocal harmonies soon found their place and were used by many of the biggest names in country music, including Vince Gill, Lynn Anderson, Marie Osmond, Dan Seals, Moe Bandy and many others. Their success singing harmony was such that one time you could have heard the backing vocals of Baillie & The Boys on five of Billboard’s Top 10 Ten Country Singles all in the same week, something no other group has yet to equal!
While performing at one of Music Row’s infamous night spots – The Hall Of Fame – the trio was discovered by Jeff Cook (founding member of the group Alabama) who brought them to the attention of Joe Galante (president of RCA Records) who – after hearing the trio perform a live 30 minute audition in his office – signed the act to a recording contract.
The first single, “Oh Heart”, produced by Kyle Lehning and Paul Davis, was a Billboard Top Ten Hit and was followed by 10 consecutive Billboard country hits such as “She Deserves You,” “I Can’t Turn The Tide,” “Wilder Days,” and “(Wish I Had A) Heart Of Stone.” In 1990 the group released what was to become one of their biggest hits which hit #2 on the country airplay charts; the remake of Hank Snow’s classic, “A Fool Such As I”. In 1995 Kathie Baillie entered a new phase of her career by co-hosting one of TNN’s top rated shows Yesteryear as well as hosting several award shows.
The group’s discography spans a 30 year career: Baillie And The Boys (RCA, 1987) Turn The Tide (RCA, 1988) The Lights Of Home (RCA, 1989) The Best Of (RCA, 1990) Read Between The Lines (RCA,1992) The Road That Led Me To You (Synergy, 1995) Loving Every Minute (Intersound, 1998) Baillie Family Christmas (Synergy, 2004) Angel In Chains (Synergy Soundtrack 2004) Love’s Funny That Way (Intersound, 2006) Unplugged: Baillie & the Boys Live In Concert (Synergy, 2012)
Plus, Mike Ryan, Josh Ward, Joe Nichols, & David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales Reunion Show set to take the stage in June
Billy Bob’s ‘Lone Star Murder Mystery’ dinner shows kick off on Saturdays in June
Live at Billy Bob’s Texas Airs Weekly on RFD-TV Sundays at 7/6c and also available on-demand at RFDCC.com
FORT WORTH, Texas – Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Billy Bob’s Texas first opened in 1981. Since then more than 17 million visitors have enjoyed live entertainment each month, when stars from the present and past grace the stages.
Location: Billy Bob’s Texas Historic Fort Worth Stock Yards 2520 Rodeo Plaza Fort Worth, Texas 76164 (817) 624-7117 DIRECTIONS
Lone Star Murder Mystery Dinner & Show Kicks Off in June The Lone Star Murder Mystery dinner and show series kicks off in the month of June at Billy Bob’s. The award winning actors who created the original Lone Star Murder Mysteries take guests on a lighthearted trip back to the Wild West, where laughs fly like bullets and hilarity is the law of the land. For more information or to buy tickets, please click here.
Billy Bob’s: Lending a Hand to Music History Artists placing their hands in cement has been a tradition at Billy Bob’s for more than two decades.
Many of the club’s showcased artists have been honored with various awards and accolades. For some, however, their favorite honor is being part of what is now known as Billy Bob’s ‘Wall of Fame’.
Patrons can visit the Wall of Fame and see the hand prints and autographs of Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and even Ringo Starr to name a few. Many fans enjoy comparing their hand size to the celebrities.
Dance at Billy Bob’s! Billy Bob’s legendary dance floor is open every day and night for dancers to show off their skills!
SUNDAY AND MONDAY: Couples Dance Classes Sunday- 5 and 6PM | Monday- 7 and 8PM | $5 per person Click here for more info!
WEDNESDAY: Ladies Night With Free Line Dance Lessons Free entry for ladies | Great prizes
THURSDAY: College Night With Free Line Dance Lessons Free entry with a college ID
SATURDAY: Lunch and Line Dance At High Noon, With Specials In The Honky Tonk Kitchen For Dancers Free line dance lessons | 20% off lunch for dancers in the Honky Tonk Kitchen
Live at Billy Bob’s Texas Airs Sundays At 7/6c On RFD-TV Live at Billy Bob’s Texas gives the listener a front row seat to concerts at the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. The music series has compiled powerful performances featuring hits from legendary country music artists like Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Eddy Raven, Gary Stewart, Asleep at the Wheel, Janie Fricke and more. There’s also more than a dozen singer-songwriters from the Texas and Red Dirt Music scene including Stoney LaRue, Kevin Fowler, Randy Rogers Band, and even a popular Fort Worth rock band, The Toadies.
In a partnership that started over 20 years ago, Smith Music Group has gathered a collection of their favorite cuts – including icons Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson with newer artists like Shooter Jennings – and put them into a TV show! You’ll see exclusive interviews, one-offs from up-and-comers and intimate backstage acoustic performances.
Live Bull Riding Every Friday & Saturday Night! Every Friday and Saturday night at 9 pm & 10 pm you can catch the excitement of live bull riding in the former auction ring at Billy Bob’s.
Bull riding at Billy Bob’s is conducted just like at a professional rodeo. Riders enter early in the week, pay an entry fee, and take home only what they win. Rules call for the rider to hang on for eight seconds with only one hand in the braided loose rope. The riders can earn up to 50 points for the way the bull bucks and the degree of difficulty, as well as up to 50 points for the control the cowboy shows. A perfect score of 100 has never been achieved at Billy Bob’s – and has only been reached once in the history of pro rodeo.
For contestant info and Bull Riding entries, contact Kaitlyn Shaw by phone at 214-957-8859, or send an email to email@example.com.
About Billy Bob’s Texas: Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, the 100,000 square foot cattle barn became Billy Bob’s Texas in 1981. Since then more than 17 million visitors have enjoyed live entertainment and real bull riding at “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk”.
The facility can hold 6,000 rowdy patrons on a given night and has been host to hundreds of musical acts, from Alan Jackson to ZZ Top. On Fridays and Saturdays, the venue also features live bull riding – a step up from the mechanical variety. It seems like an unlikely source for a series that has sold millions of albums.
Billy Bob’s has been named the Country Music Club of the Year 10 times by the Academy of Country Music.
The FREE festival to take place Wednesday, June 12 at Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City
Kyle Dillingham has a remarkable heart for people, especially the people of Oklahoma City”- Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City
Dillingham also wraps the 2018-2019 American Music Abroad program touring throughout Kuwait & Republic of Kosovo with major press coverage
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Americana music maestro Kyle Dillingham, known to many as Oklahoma’s Official Musical Ambassador, is once again earning his right to be referred to as such. The globe-trotting, fiddling maestro from Enid has announced his co-founding and launching of a FREE charitable music concert and festival in honor of the homeless on June 12, 6-9 pm at Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Spawned by a fortuitous Valentine’s Day encounter between Dillingham and Eddie Monarch, a homeless man in Oklahoma City, the festival is aptly named ‘Reddened Monarch Music Festival – Honoring OKC’s Homeless.’ The meeting left Dillingham inspired by Monarch’s idea of creating a music festival for the homeless, so he is making it a reality.
“Eddie told me, ‘You could put on a big concert downtown for all the homeless in OKC, and everyone else could come too. Then we would all be down there enjoying the music together,’ Dillingham commented on his encounter with Eddie Monarch. “That thought gave me chills, and I knew we had to do this. As Eddie walked away that day, he turned back around and said to me, ‘you know Kyle, you and I, we are already friends.’”
Once Dillingham began to pitch the idea of the festival’s creation, he quickly gained the support from Oklahoma City’s Mayor David Holt, whose office just recently announced the formation of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness, charged with developing a new unified vision for OKC as it relates to this important issue.
“Kyle Dillingham has a remarkable heart for people, especially the people of Oklahoma City,” said Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City. “I am grateful for his vision in working with Eddie Monarch to launch this special new event. I’m very supportive of the Reddened Monarch Music Festival and I’m excited for the support and awareness this will provide to the issue of homelessness in our community.”
Also stepping up to help make Reddened Monarch a reality is local music, marketing and event organization OKSessions, and community outreach organization the 405 Center, who together have helped secure additional talent for the festival’s diverse concert lineup. The Homeless Alliance, City Care and Frontline Church are also helping with the planning and preparation of the festival.
Festival co-founder Kyle Dillingham along with Horseshoe Road band-mates Peter Markes and Brent Saulsbury, will headline the concert, with additional support from Will Carl Gaines, The Odds, Jabee, and Jynxx. The 405 Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit community outreach organization, will serve as the festival’s primary beneficiary for donations, although admission to the family-friendly festival is FREE. Donations may be made via the Clover Give App [Click to donate].
A plated dinner will be served to all the homeless by volunteers, and food truck vendors will be on site for the general public.
“For me there is before June 12th when we have nothing in common with our friends living outside; but after June 12th, we will all have this shared experience that I hope can somehow bring us closer together,” said Dillingham. “Only music can do that!”
Festival Details: What: Reddened Monarch Music Festival: A Music Festival honoring OKC’s Homeless Who: Kyle Dillingham with Will Carl Gaines, The Odds, Jabee, and Jynxx. Plus, words from OKC Mayor David Holt. When: Wednesday, June 12th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm CT Where: Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102) Why: A benefit concert for the homeless, to bring about understanding and change for homelessness in Oklahoma City. To Donate: [ click here ]
Event lineup: 6:00 – Will Carl Gains Band 6:30 – Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City 6:45 – The Odds 7:15 – Jabee 7:45 – Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road 8:30 – Jynxx
Dillingham Wraps Tour of Kuwait & The Republic of Kosovo For American Music Abroad: Dillingham recently returned from Kuwait and the Republic of Kosovo as part of the 2018-2019 American Music Abroad tour. Dillingham, along with bandmates Peter Markes (guitar) and Brent Saulsbury (bass), were selected from a pool of over 300 artists across the United States, and were one of only 15 participants in the annual program. The AMA tour raises Dillingham’s total number of international countries he’s performed in to 40. The program was organized by The Association of American Voices, and sponsored by The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
“So much incredible programming by the two US Embassies on this tour,” said Dillingham. “We had a lot of interaction with young people, and we found ourselves often saying, ‘This is the kind of day that I would give up a day of my life and travel halfway around the world for.’”
Kyle Dillingham Events: MAY 25 – Paseo Arts Festival at Paseo Arts District / Oklahoma City, Okla. JUN 04 – Swamp House Tulsa / Tulsa, Okla. JUN 05 – Tulsa Performing Arts Center / Tulsa, Okla. JUN 12 – Reddened Monarch Music Festival @ Myriad Botanical Gardens / Oklahoma City, Okla. JUN 18 – Healthy Living OKC / Oklahoma City, Okla. JUL 18 – UCO Jazz Lab / Edmond, Okla. For Kyle’s current performance schedule, please visit horseshoeroad.net/calendar.
About Kyle Dillingham: Kyle Dillingham picked up the violin when he was nine, and eight years later, he gave two featured performances at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Kyle is now managed by legendary impresario, Jim Halsey, who has guided the careers of many great performers including Roy Clark, The Oak Ridge Boys and James Brown. Between Dillingham’s touching songwriting, classic covers and fiddlin’ favorites, he is sure to have audiences on their feet. Dillingham has represented America internationally in 40 countries, and is the youngest ever recipient of the distinguished Oklahoma Governor’s Arts Award, thus earning him the title of “Oklahoma’s Musical Ambassador.” He’s also performed for many governmental leaders including the Japanese, Thai and Saudi Arabian Ambassadors to the United States. Through his musical diplomacy, Dillingham has serenaded the King of Malaysia, the Princess of Thailand, and performed during Singapore’s National Day Celebration. His performance at the Beijing Central Conservatory was broadcast on Chinese national television.
Dillingham has also been a soloist with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, the Amici New York Orchestra, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, the Enid Symphony Orchestra, the Oklahoma City University Orchestra, the UCO Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, and the Oklahoma Community Orchestra.
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Cochran To Serve As Music Director and Perform During CMT/GLADD Love & Acceptance Concert During CMA Music Fest
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – From breaking out in 1998 with her #1 Billboard hit “What If I Said,” which also topped the CMT video charts, the Canadian music charts and garnered her award-nominations to 2017 which delivered her the diagnosis of breast cancer, Anita Cochran still remains a winner!
What a year and a half it’s been for Anita Cochran! While battling breast cancer and going through the trials of chemotherapy, Anita penned a song “Fight Like A Girl,” that would soon become her anthem. In 2018, with the release of the track and the video, Anita’s heartfelt story was brought to the attention of Robin Roberts, which led her to the stage of Good Morning America, which coincidentally was the day after she finished her last chemotherapy treatment. Happy to say, today, Anita is 100% cancer-free!
The passion of the Gibson Guitar “Best Guitar Player” honoree is to hit the stage, once again, and continue to be an inspiration to all. CMA Music Fest will bring Anita’s talent as a music director and performer to CMT/GLADD Love and Acceptance concert hosted by Cody Alan and Ty Herndon on June 6th.
Anita Cochran performances/appearances: June 16 – Port Clinton, Ohio – “The Love Anchors” Breast Cancer Benefit show June 18 – Detroit, Mich. – MGM Grand for Hungry House Pizza – Private event June 21 – Levita, Colo. – acoustic “The Love Anchors” Breast Cancer Benefit show
Whether performing her own songs or jamming to her favorite cover tunes, Anita delivers a high-energy performance that brings all audiences to their feet.
Dukes of Hazzard Cast Members Reunite To Talk About 40th Anniversary Of The Iconic Television Program And The Upcoming Good Ol’ Boys Fest
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Dukes of Hazzard’s Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), and Ben Jones (Cooter Davenport), will be bringing a bit of Hazzard County to the stage of TBN’s HUCKABEE on May 25 and 26 to promote the upcoming 40th anniversary “Good Ol’ Boys Fest” celebration of the iconic television program. The three-some, along with Whey Jennings, will be joined by Gov. Huckabee for a special performance of “Good Ol’ Boys,” the theme song which was performed by Whey’s grandfather and the show’s balladeer Waylon Jennings. Tune in Saturday, May 25 at 8/7c and again on Sunday at the same time.
The Good Ol’ Boys Fest, a festival style event celebrating all things Hazzard County, will feature cars and stars of the Dukes, plus a special lineup of country music stars and special guests. Among the Dukes cast who will be appearing are Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), Ben Jones (Cooter), Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos) and Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus). In addition, James A. Smith and the Northeast Ohio Dukes have teamed up to bring an amazing stunt show, which will include the General Lee flying among other highlights. Other festivities include a Dukes replica car show, food and merchandise vendors, and BMX bike stunts.
“Ben and I are thrilled to be celebrating ‘The Dukes’ 40th anniversary with Tom, Catherine, Sonny, and Rick. The events that we have planned are going to make this weekend even more special,” says Alma Viator-Jones, co-producer of the event. “We had 18,000 people at our last event in 2017 and we are expecting another great crowd, especially with the musical guests we will soon be announcing.”
Taking place at the Shenandoah Speedway on Highway 340 in Shenandoah, Virginia, on Saturday, August 10 and Sunday, August 11, the ‘Fest’ will be presented by “Cooter’s in the Valley” of Luray, Virginia. General admission tickets are $45 for a two-day pass, $35 for a single day pass, $15 for a two-day kids pass (3-12 years old) and are available at www.goodolboysfest.com. Military and first responder discounts available.
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