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Offline Nina Fortune

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Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« on: May 03, 2011, 04:12:01 PM »
Here is a link to the Staunton News Leader listing this year's line up.
http://www.newsleader.com/article/20110503/NEWS01/110503005/Fortune-Williams-Music-Festival-headliner-announced?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage DontMiss
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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2011, 04:25:57 PM »
I'm already looking forward to another super weekend with a great show and super lineup.


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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2011, 06:44:59 PM »
Can't wait!!  Sounds great!!....Kathy :) :) :) :)

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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2011, 06:52:02 PM »
I am sooooooo looking forward to this!!!!!
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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011, 07:22:53 PM »
OK, I about fell out of my chair when I saw Dean Dillon was one of the guests for Songwriters night.  I still am waiting for the shoe to drop and somebody to say, "HA HA JULIE WE'RE JOKING".  I am looking forward to Suzy Bogguss too and of course Jimmy and Robin & Linda. 

DEAN DILLON?!   :o ;D ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!!!

For those of you going, "Ok, so who is Dean Dillon".  Well, I'm glad you asked. Any George Strait fan (and I make no bones about being a George Strait diehard fan) will know Dean's work.  Songs like, "The Chair", "Ocean Front Property", "Unwound"....the list goes on and on.  Dean has written tons of songs for George Strait. 

AGH!!!!  DEAN DILLON?!  Ok, I appologize to whoever sits next to me Friday night because I will be singing along!


KUDDOS JIMMY, NINA, SMITTY, ROBIN & LINDA!!!!  AWESOME LINEUP THIS YEAR!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Julie
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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2011, 07:44:40 PM »
I think it is safe to say that Julie is EXTREMELY happy over the Festival lineup this year.  Check out the websites for both Gail Davies and Dean Dillon at these links:    

http://www.gaildavies.com/home.htm

http://www.deandillon.com/bio/

Don't forget to check out Suzy Bogguss as well at http://suzybogguss.com/default.asp


Jean





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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2011, 08:45:00 PM »
TY for letting us know, Nina. Looks like it will be a great Festival!
Sarah W
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Offline Paula in Nashville

Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2011, 08:56:10 PM »
Dad-gum, Julie, you sound like ME a few weeks ago when I learned that Jimmy was going to be on the Opry Country Classics last week with Lynn Anderson!!!!!  LOL!  Seriously, I am so happy for you!  I know you'll have a GREAT time!!!!  Maybe one of these years I'll get there myself!

OK, I about fell out of my chair when I saw Dean Dillon was one of the guests for Songwriters night.  I still am waiting for the shoe to drop and somebody to say, "HA HA JULIE WE'RE JOKING".  I am looking forward to Suzy Bogguss too and of course Jimmy and Robin & Linda. 

DEAN DILLON?!   :o ;D ARE YOU SERIOUS?!!!!

For those of you going, "Ok, so who is Dean Dillon".  Well, I'm glad you asked. Any George Strait fan (and I make no bones about being a George Strait diehard fan) will know Dean's work.  Songs like, "The Chair", "Ocean Front Property", "Unwound"....the list goes on and on.  Dean has written tons of songs for George Strait. 

AGH!!!!  DEAN DILLON?!  Ok, I appologize to whoever sits next to me Friday night because I will be singing along!


KUDDOS JIMMY, NINA, SMITTY, ROBIN & LINDA!!!!  AWESOME LINEUP THIS YEAR!  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Julie

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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2011, 09:55:12 PM »
Paula, you had better!
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Offline patsy in ga

Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2011, 10:15:05 PM »
Sounds good!   I'm looking forward to seeing everyone there!
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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2011, 11:29:12 PM »
Julie, I knew you would be excited!!
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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2011, 11:50:16 AM »
Official press release below.
The Fortune Williams Music Festival announces Suzy Bogguss as the headline artist for its ninth annual festival to be held at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA on September 23 and 24th. Ms. Bogguss, admired by fans and critics alike for her vocal proficiency and musicianship, is an artist who has managed to walk the line between critical acclaim and commercial success. Her career highlights include one platinum and two gold records, several high profile awards from her peers in the Country Music industry including the prestigious Country Music Association’s “Horizon Award” and the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Female Vocalist” award, six top ten singles and a Grammy. After having garnered success in the Country Music industry Suzy’s music has continued to evolve as she prolifically challenges herself with new and independent projects that include “The Swanee Sessions” with Matraca Berg and Gretchen Peters, a Christmas CD released in 2010 and her latest CD, “Wildwood Flower,” just released this year. The Fortune Williams Music Festival is pleased to have Suzy as its headliner this year.

Also appearing on Saturday will be Grammy award winning artist and two time International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Laurie Lewis. Ms. Lewis has truly established herself as one of the finest, most diversely talented artists in American music today. She is not only an outstanding vocalist but also a superb instrumentalist and songwriter whose songs have been recorded by respected artists Kathy Mattea, Jeannie Kendall and Patsy Montana among others. Sam Bush says, “she uses bluegrass instruments to create new original music: it's music for now. As a fiddler, she could be from the 1940s or from 2010; it's timeless.” She will be appearing with her band The Right Hands.

Bruce Molsky, one of the finest proponents of Appalachian music in America today will also perform on Saturday. He is a master of the banjo and the guitar but it is as the “Rembrandt of Appalachian fiddle” that he has earned his highest accolades. Mark O’Connor says Bruce has"a mystical awareness of how to bring out the new in something that is old." Of his singing Linda Ronstadt says: "Bruce has has that ability to track deep emotion in his voice, without any unnecessary adornment. It's pared back to only the essential architecture of emotion." A polished performer who is irresistible to audiences, Molsky presents himself as exactly who he is, a nice guy who blends virtuosity with humility. Bruce will play two sets on Saturday.

The songwriter guests on Friday night are Dean Dillon and Gail Davies. Dillon, a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame, came to Nashville as a teenager intent on being a Country Music star. And he came really close. He’s recorded six albums and has had 20 singles released. But it is as a songwriter that he has made his mark. Since the early ‘80s, Dillon has had over 100 of his songs released as singles, 50 by George Strait alone. Others who have recorded his songs include George Jones, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Brooks and Dunn, Keith Whitley, Vern Gosdin, David Allan Coe, Lee Ann Womack, Pam Tillis and Shenandoah.

Gail Davies is one of country music's most influential artists, and the genre's first female record producer. She has been cited as the person who kicked open the closed doors on Music Row and was the role model for other female singers, including Kathy Mattea, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Pam Tillis. Noted for her outstanding performing talents, she is also the lyrical and eloquent songwriter of “Tell Me Why,” “Someone Is Looking For Someone Like You,” “Bucket To The South” and many more. She has recently written her autobiography, “The Last Of The Outlaws,” which chronicles her humble beginnings and her rise to the top of the Billboard charts and gives an inside look at the Music Business.

Hosting the festival as usual and performing both days are its namesakes Jimmy Fortune and Robin and Linda Williams. Fortune, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, was the tenor singer with Staunton, VA’s “Statler Brothers” for 21 years and wrote several of their number one hits including “Too Much On My Heart” and “My Only Love.” While with the Statlers he performed on their popular TV show as well as in front of two Presidents and hundreds of thousands of fans. Upon their retirement in 2002 Jimmy launched his solo career and, while touring constantly, has continued his songwriting success, his song “Elizabeth” having recently been nominated for a Grammy. In a relatively short period of time he has released five CDs, his latest being “Windows,” and a Christmas DVD. Now living in Nashville, he is still beloved by his many fans in Staunton who will always claim him as one of their own.

Robin and Linda Williams, from Middlebrook, VA, have crisscrossed the continent for more than three decades, performing a hearty blend of bluegrass, folk and country songs along with the tunes they write, their songs having been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Tom T. Hall, to name a few. They have performed for over 30 years as semi-regulars on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” radio show on National Public Radio and were featured musicians in the 2006 Robert Altman directed film of the same name. They recorded two CDs with Keillor and “The Hopeful Gospel Quartet” along with 21 CDs of their own. “Stonewall Country,” their latest will be released in June, 2011 and is a recording of the songs they wrote for the musical of the same name which has become synonymous with the Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, VA.
Nina

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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2011, 02:45:29 PM »
I'm definitely hoping to be able to come again this year, as long as everything stays under control at home with Dad. I worked my business schedule around that weekend leaving it free from craft fairs and shows, so that won't be a problem for me. Even though it is only May I keep thinking about that weekend as a break from everything that has happened in the past few weeks, as a few of you know I definitely need some "me" time and I can't think of a better way of having it.
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Re: Fortune Williams Music Festival 2011
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2011, 07:43:06 PM »
Julie is the first person I thought of when I saw Dean Dillon listed for songwriter's night. We just went to Louisville with her and Jean to see George, Reba and Lee Ann Womack on April 9th.  What a super concert!!!


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