Snapshots (2/12/14)

Natalie Stovall and the Drive In New Orleans

WNOE welcomed HitShop’s Natalie Stovall and the Drive to the Big Easy where they performed at The Howlin’ Wolf. The band has been motoring in high gear after getting 42 first week radio adds. HitShop President Skip Bishop insisted that showcasing the band live would pave the group’s highway to success, and it appears the strategy is working.

(L-R) WNOE's Don Gosselin and Mary Steele; the band's Joel Dormer; WNOE's Nina Hazard; the band's James Bavendam; WNOE's Jeanne LaCombe; the band's Zach Morse, Natalie Stovall and Miguel Cancino; WNOE's Brad Howell and Lindsey Luquette; HitShop President Skip Bishop; WNOE's Megan Parenti; and HitShop's Kim Stephens.

(L-R): WNOE’s Don Gosselin and Mary Steele; the band’s Joel Dormer; WNOE’s Nina Hazard; the band’s James Bavendam; WNOE’s Jeanne LaCombe; the band’s Zach Morse, Natalie Stovall and Miguel Cancino; WNOE’s Brad Howell and Lindsey Luquette; HitShop President Skip Bishop; WNOE’s Megan Parenti; and HitShop’s Kim Stephens.

Suzy Bogguss Debuts Music

Members of the press and Music Row came together to hear new music from country artist Suzy Bogguss this week at BMI’s Nashville office. Bogguss played an intimate set of tunes from her new album, Lucky, a collection of reinterpreted Merle Haggard songs.

Pictured L-R are: Joy Emery, legendary country disc jockey Ralph Emery, Bogguss, and BMI’s Jody Williams. Photo credit: Steve Lowry

(L-R): Joy Emery, legendary country disc jockey Ralph Emery, Bogguss, and BMI’s Jody Williams. Photo: Steve Lowry

Irene Kelley Offers Bluegrass Collection

Established singer-songwriter Irene Kelley celebrated the Feb. 11 release of her new collection, Pennsylvania Coal, with a show at The Bluebird Cafe. Joining her were special guests on the project Jerry Salley, Claire Lynch, and Carl Jackson. The bluegrass album on Patio Records is a tribute to her coal-mining grandfather. It was produced by Grammy Award-winner Mark Fain, and also features Rhonda Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton and Trisha Yearwood.

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(L-R): Irene Kelley with Jerry Salley, Claire Lynch, and Carl Jackson

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