You’ve got to love proud parents. They make the best PR reps.
For instance, Gary Warner, who emailed in to let us know his children (son Scott and daughter Kristi) will be performing on Thursday night at Yosemite Ranch.
This is actually a good tip.
Some will no doubt remember Scott (who now attends Belmont University in Nashville), from his days making electro-pop music under the name RoboPop. And his sister Kristi is making a name for herself as a country singer, dping Nashville’s club and café writers rounds, open mic nights at the like. Recently, she competed at the Wildhorse Saloon’s Battle for the Saddle competition, and did fairly well, according to dad.
Thursday’s show starts at 9 p.m. There’s no cover. Here’s a link to the flier with some more details.
And here is a video of Scott (looking a bit like Mike Patton) at Zapp’s Park, followed by one of Kristi doing a cover of Patti Loveless’ “Jealous Bone.”
Most of what I know of George Jones comes second hand, via guys like Elvis Costello. But Jones was one of those old-school country guys who defined the genre (and probably what it’s become). And he probably doesn’t get enough credit from the younger set, who are more enamoured with Waylon, Willie and the boys. Jones was always around if you were looking, but he never got the cool-kid resurgence of Johnny Cash, let’s say.
Carrie Underwood is a dazzler. She sells-out shows and wins Grammys and does it all while looking stunning. Seriously, that hair … In Fresno, she’s a staple. She’s played (and sold out) both the Saroyan Theatre and the Save Mart Center and was back last night with her Blown Away tour.
So, were you blown away? Did the elaborate light show and staging do it for you? How about her song choices? And what about the opener, the young up-and-comer Hunter Hayes? We’d love to hear your take.
Make sure to check out the photo gallery from Bee photographer Mark Crosse (that giant rose looks awesome).
George Strait rolled into Fresno Friday night for his “Cowboy Rides Away” tour. And if the traffic backed up on Hwy 168 was any indication, it was a packed house at the Save Mart Center. We’d love to hear your take on his farewell concert, so post a review in the comments. And be sure to chime in on opening act Martina McBride, too. Be sure to check out our gallery of photos captured by Bee photographer Craig Kohlruss. Here’s a taste of how the night went.
At any given time there may be about 1% of those in the Actors Guild who are actually working. That’s why it’s always amazing when one actor ends up with two roles.
Back in June, when I was watching all of the new shows for the 2012-2013, I noticed the very talent Sara Rue was in both the new NBC comedy “Guys With Kids” and the ABC comedy “Malibu Country.” There have been actors who have been on two shows at the same time such as when Kirsten Vangsness was on “Criminal Minds” and “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” in the same TV season. But, that takes lots of planning and coordination.
Rue’s good, but starring on two weekly sitcoms would be impossible because a comedy takes a week to film while TV dramas can go as long as eight or nine days. this potential headache meant it finally came down to Rue having to make a decision. There were no assurances that either show would get on the air so her first pick was “Malibu Country” but she filmed the first episode of “Guys With Kids” with the agreement the role would be recast if “Malibu Country” got on the air.
Both shows got on the air and Rue’s “Guys With Kids” role went to Erinn Hayes (who just happens to also be on the cable series “Childrens Hospital.”)
“So I’m right where I wanted to be from the very beginning. I feel really lucky,” Rue says of being on “Malibu Country.”
Her role on “Malibu Country” is of a very spoiled, annoying and superficial neighbor to the character played by Reba McEntire. Rue prepared for the part by watching TV.
“I watched countless hours of ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’,” Rue says proudly.
Local duo Whisky Row is headed to the national finals of the Colgate Country Showdown, a prestigious talent competition that’s helped to jumpstart the careers of many country stars.
Whisky Row — made up of Kerman’s Mike Pereira and Jason Ruffoni — won the western regional in Oregon over the weekend and now they’re headed to Nashville for the finals on Jan. 14.
Five acts will compete for a chance at $100,000, plus the attention of the country recording industry. Acts such as Martina McBride, Sara Evans, LeAnn Rimes, Neal McCoy and John Michael Montgomery have all been in the finals of the Colgate competition.