Southern style: new music coming from country’s Conlee and Tucker

tsj column writers - southern styleBy Randall Franks

 

Two country music stars have some new musical adventures ahead.

Grand Ole Opry star John Conlee is releasing a new emotional single entitled ““Walkin’ Behind The Star,” released on his own RCR (Rose Colored Records).

The song was written by Nashville industry veterans Ronnie Scaife and Phil Thomas, who collaborated on the Johnny Paycheck hits “Colorado Cool Aid” and “Me and the IRS.”

The touching lyrics were inspired by Phil’s grandfather and great-grandfather, both of whom served in their local sheriff’s department.

“Recent deadly attacks against the people who keep us safe is unprecedented in America and I wanted to sing this song in honor of their sacrifice and willingness to serve,” Conlee said.

Conlee said he was touched by the song’s honesty.

“Walkin’ Behind The Star,“ can be found on his upcoming release Classics 2, which will feature some new material along with many of Conlee’s latter classics.

The set features Conlee hits such as “Harmony,” “Mama’s Rockin’ Chair” and “Hit The Ground Runnin.”

ZZ John Conlee

John Conlee/photo submitted

Conlee recently celebrated the 36th anniversary of his breakthrough hit “Rose Colored Glasses,” and can be found on the road throughout 2015 as well as the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, where he has been a member since 1981 and through which I was honored to come to know John. Learn more about John and his latest at go to www.JohnConlee.com.

One of the earlier stars who I heard coming out of my parents  car radio was Tanya Tucker, with her first recording Alex Harvey’s classic Delta Dawn in 1972. I never imagined that teen star would be someone I would appear at country events with years later.

TANYA TUCKER ©2009 photograph by Alan Messer [www.alanmesser.com]

Tanya Tucker/photo submitted

While she has taken time off these last few years to raise her children, but the legendary songstress is now prepping to hit the road once again. “I’ve taken a few years off and it is time to get back on the road,” Tucker said.  “I am really excited to perform all the hits that the fans love so much, and sing a few new songs that I have been working on.”

A new tour and new music is slated for release later this year, Tucker has enjoyed an incredible career that garnered her four Platinum albums, eight Gold albums, and hits such as “The Jamestown Ferry,” “Down To My Last Teardrop,” and “Soon.”  In 1991, after almost two decades in the business, the CMA rightfully recognized her unique talents with Female Vocalist of the Year.

One can find out more about Tamya at TanyaTucker.com.


(Randall Franks is an award-winning musician, singer and actor. He is best known for his role as “Officer Randy Goode” on TV’s “In the Heat of the Night” now on WGN America. His latest CD release, “Mississippi Moon,” is by Crimson Records. He is a member of the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. His latest book is “Encouragers I : Finding the Light.” He is a syndicated columnist for http://randallfranks.com/ and can be reached at rfrankscatoosa@gmail.com.)

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