Right Here At Christmas

Written by Don Reid. Posted in General

I get notices from my publisher all the time about special promotions that are happening with the books and they ask me to pass this information on to you. I always hesitate because I feel like some kind of snake oil salesman pushing my own stuff. Then I hear from so many of you who ask about the books so I will try to bring the twain together in an honest and humble manner.

David C Cook, the publishing company, has announced a promotion that includes O Little Town. The eBook will be free on December 15 and 16 – this Monday and Tuesday. Then it will be on special for $2.99 through January 4, 2015.
One Lane Bridge eBook will go on sale for $1.99 from December 15 to January 5, 2015.

So if you didn’t get it for Christmas, you can get it for yourself after-the-fact.

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And speaking of books! My son, Langdon, who is one half of the singing duo WILSON FAIRCHILD, also writes a human interest column which the Staunton News Leader publishes bi-weekly. He covers just any subject on his mind from childhood memories to current events to patriotism to raising kids. It’s always funny, touching and relatable and all of that simply adds up to good writing.

Well, he has just published a book of 52 of those musings called Wink @ Life. And here is where I am going to go all snake oil on you for sure. You can buy this book at www.WinkAtLife.com. The column is very popular around our area and the book is just an absolute joy. But then you expected me to say that. So get one for yourself and see if I’m not right!

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Now for the shocker of the year. I thought you might find this as funny and as awakening as I did.

I got a request a couple of weeks ago from Billboard Magazine, the keeper of all music data for the world of music. It has been called the Bible of the music industry and it is used and respected by everyone who has ever had a career in releasing music of any kind and any field. It publishes weekly charts of the top 100 for rock, country, rap and anything else you can think of.
They asked if I would do an interview with them. I agreed as I assumed they wanted to do a story on the fact that the STATLER BROTHERS were atop the charts again after 12 years of retirement with the video of our last show, Farewell Concert. Wrong! They acknowledged that and congratulated us on that, but the reason for the interview was a commemoration of something that brought a smile to my face and a chill up my back. They wanted to do a story in celebration of Flowers on the Wall being 50 years old come 2015!

After laughing at the thought and gathering my senses, I said, sure, I can tell you all about it. And, yes, it was in late 1965 when that first hit of ours first went on the country and pop charts and I remembered all those young and exciting feelings the four of us enjoyed together. It was a fun time and I loved reliving it. You can check out Chuck Dauphin’s column at http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615

It’s time to finish up some of that last minute Christmas shopping, so here I go.
Merry Christmas to all of you and may God bless each one of you in a very special way.

DSR – 12/14/14


My View From The Valley

Written by Don Reid. Posted in General

I did not watch the ABC special “15 Songs That Changed Country Music” Monday night. But I did look up the list online the next day. I can honestly say I don’t have a lot of problem with it as a whole. There are a few songs and artists I would like to have seen added. Maybe a change of the number 15 to 20 would have solved any question I had with it.

First I would like to have seen Eddy Arnold represented. Maybe “Make The World Go Away” and Ray Price’s “For The Good Times”. “Change” is the key word here. They brought strings into country music and made them acceptable for all of us to use; and by including “For The Good Times”, that would have represented the songwriting of Kris Kristofferson who changed the tone and art of putting together a song and raised the bar for everyone who ever owned a piece of paper and a pencil.
Then I would have included Roger Miller. He was the best performer/songwriter the industry has ever known and he had a style that married the pop charts to the country. So let’s include “King of the Road” and pay him the respect he so deserves. Finally it would have to be Waylon. The Statlers and Waylon were good friends back in the very early days when he was still a suit and tie act on stage. We traveled a lot of miles together and sat up a lot of nights singing songs to one another all over the country. But when he, looking for a commercial hook, took off the tie, put on the hat and invented the Outlaw chapter of country music, that sparked the change that can still be heard in the music that is being recorded today.
And there you have my view from the valley. That and $5.50 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbuck’s.

Everyone is asking about the STATLER BROTHERS TV SHOW series from TNN and when it will be available. Well, all I can tell you is we have rounded second base with it and are heading hard for third. The shows are in the hands of the attorneys who are securing licensing and doing all the legal dances it takes to get them ready for the final marketing. I will honestly try to keep you updated as we are as excited about getting this done as all of you who have asked.

A new Christmas package has just been released containing the only two Christmas albums the STATLERS ever did. The double album consists of CHRISTMAS CARD (1978) and CHRISTMAS PRESENT (1985).
Check out the Statler website for more info at statlerbrothers.com
There are also other new and Christmas items you will find there.
Yours truly reading Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible never before on CD; WILSON/FAIRCHILD’S CHRISTMAS GUITARS and JIMMY’S albums.

Riddle: What is the one thing we all will have for Thanksgiving dinner?
If you said turkey, you’re wrong. It’s relatives. And most people like turkey better than they like their relatives. But I wish you and all of yours the most peaceful and restful Thanksgiving day ever. God’s blessings to you all.

DSR – 11/6/14