For the third year in a row, The Webster Public Relations Legendary Lunch co-hosted by CMA and sponsored by DUKE FM, Springer Mountain Farms, and The Country Music Cruise was a success!!! With over 40 artists in attendance with a staggering cumulative stats that include 171 #1 Billboard chart hits, 559 Top 10 Billboard chart hits, and over 1033 Top 40 Billboard charted singles, the attendees that included Country radio, music industry, and media enjoyed camaraderie and fellowship.
First time artist attendees included Tracy Lawrence, John Michael Montgomery, Donna Fargo, The Forester Sisters, Johnny Lee, Tim Rushlow, Confederate Railroad’s Danny Shirley, Dailey & Vincent, Baillie & the Boys, Razzy Bailey, Wilson Fairchild, Bobby Bare, Hee Haw’s Jana Jae, Wanda Jackson, and long-time Webster PR client (of 20 years) Janie Fricke. 650 AM WSM broadcasted live from the downtown Hilton in celebration of the legendary lunch.
Nashville Music Guide’s Steve Kilgore got the opportunity to chat with a few of these legendary attendees. Check out the interviews below:
Bill Anderson, is an American country music singer, songwriter and television personality. He has been a member in long standing of the weekly Grand Ole Opry radio program and stage performance in Nashville, Tennessee. He has released more than 40 studio albums and has reached No. 1 on the country charts seven times: “Mama Sang a Song” (1962), “Still” (1963), “I Get the Fever” (1966), “For Loving You” (with Jan Howard, 1967), “My Life (Throw It Away If I Want To)” (1969), “World of Make Believe” (1974), and “Sometimes” (with Mary Lou Turner, 1976). Twenty-nine more of his singles have reached the top ten.
Tim Rushlow is an American country music artist. Between 1991 and 1997, Rushlow was lead vocalist of country music group Little Texas, which recorded four albums and a Greatest Hits package, in addition to charting more than fifteen singles on the Billboard country singles charts during Rushlow’s tenure as lead vocalist.
TG Sheppard is an American country music singer-songwriter, known professionally as T. G. Sheppard. He had 15 number-one hits during the 1970s and 1980s.
Moe Bandy is a country music singer. He was most popular during the 1970’s when he had several hit songs, both alone and with his singing partner, Joe Stampley.
Mark Wills is an American country music artist, Signed to Mercury Records between 1996 and 2003, he released five studio albums for the label – Mark Wills, Wish You Were Here, Permanently, Loving Every Minute, and And the Crowd Goes Wild – as well as a greatest hits package. In that same timespan, he charted sixteen singles on the Billboard country charts, all of which made the top 40.
Johnny’s single “Lookin’ for Love” became a crossover hit, spending three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard country singles chart while also appearing in the Top 5 on the Billboard Pop chart and Top 10 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart. He racked up a series of country hits in the early and mid-1980s.
He is most famous for his 1975 hit “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” his 1981 #1 hit “Fourteen Carat Mind,” and his signature song “Farewell Party.” Watson’s long career has notched six number ones, 23 top tens and over 75 charted singles.
David Frizzell is the younger brother of country music legend Lefty Frizzell. His career first started in the late 1950s, but his biggest success came in the 1980s, 30 years into his career. Known for his hits “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” and “I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate Our Home.”
Dave was the leader of Dave & Sugar, a pop-styled country music trio that enjoyed its peak success in the mid- to late-1970s. Overall, Dave & Sugar charted 16 times on the Billboard country charts, including three No. 1 hits: “The Door Is Always Open”, “Tear Time” and “Golden Tears”. Powell also had two chart singles outside the group.
Bobby is best known for the songs “Detroit City” and “500 Miles Away from Home”.