Start the summer vacation season with one of the most spectacular line up of Country music talent to be found anywhere! It’s the R.O.P.E. Summer Spectacular in Music City U.S.A.!
Wednesday, June 9, 2010, is one of the hottest days of the summer, talent-wise, that Nashville, Tennessee will see. The Al Menah Shrine Temple will play host to the Reunion of Professional Entertainers, affectionately known by the acronym R.O.P.E.
The organization, which was formed twenty seven years ago this month, is one which celebrates the lives and talents of those who participate in the music industry. Its founders recognized that the only time colleagues in the industry got together were when their paths crossed on show dates or to mourn the loss of a commrade. Part of R.O.P.E.’s mission and vision is to provide a venue for colleagues, friends and hopefuls in the world of music to come together to enjoy each others company. The organization is filled with not only entertainers and musicians but also disc jockeys, promoters, producers, songwriters, and more. If you have an interest in the music industry, you, too, can become a part. There is no better time than the R.O.P.E. Summer Spectacular to see up close and personal what the group is all about.
John Conlee: Photo courtesy of johnconlee.com
This years line up of talent includes Grand Ole Opry Stars and Country music legends Lorrie Morgan, John Conlee and Crystal Gayle.
Morgan, the daughter of Country music legend George Morgan, made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at the age of thirteen with a rendition of the classic “Paper Roses”. Since that time she has had three number one hit singles (“Five Minutes”-1990, “What Part of No”-1992 and “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength”-1995), four platinum certified albums (“Leave The Light On”-1989, “Something In Red”-1991, “Watch Me”-1992 and “Greatest Hits”-1995), three gold certified albums (“War Paint”-1994, “Greater Need”-1996 and “Shakin’ Things Up”-1997) and a host of other accolades. This year Morgan finds herself on another stage playing the character “Lula” in the Broadway show “Pure Country”. She stars opposite fellow Country star Joe Nichols (“The Impossible”-2002).
John Conlee, known as the one of the most unique vocal stylist in Country music, had a string of thirty- two singles on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles Chart between 1978 and 2004. These songs include “Rose Colored Glasses”-1978, “Lady Lay Down”-1978, “Backside of Thirty”-1979, “Common Man”-1983, “I’m Only In It For The Love”-1983, “In My Eyes”-1983, “As Long As I’m Rockin’ With You”-1984 and “Got My Heart Set On You”-1986. Ironically, the song for which he is most well known, “Rose Colored Glasses” only peaked at number five on the Billboard Country Charts. Conlee has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1981 and has participated in no fewer than nine Farm Aid Concerts to benefit the American farmer. Conlee himself was born and raised on a farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Though few know it but, he has a back up plan if the music business goes South…he is a licensed mortician.
Crystal Gayle: Photo courtesy of crystalgayle.com
Crystal Gayle, the Country-Pop crossover artist best known for her trade-marked nearly floor length hair, has been in the music business all of her life. The younger sibling of Country music superstar and American music legend Loretta Lynn, Gayle has carved her own way and made an indelible mark upon the music industry. Best known for her classic hit song “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”-1977, Gayle has amassed 18 number one hit recordings during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s. She has the distinction of having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was voted one of the fifty most beautiful people in the world in 1983. Among her other achievements, Gayle participated in the movie soundtrack of the Francis Ford Coppola film “One From The Heart” and has owned her own specialty store that was known as “Crystal’s for Fine Gifts and Jewelry”. A bit of trivia about Gayle, in 2007 she was indirectly involved in a manhunt for an escaped convict which started in Hardeeville, South Carolina. The fugitive, Christopher Daniel Gay, escaped from custody near Interstate 95 in the small town. From there he made his way to Tennessee where he stole Gayle’s tour bus and drove it to the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida. Gay parked the bus in a VIP space next to NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon. Needless to say, Gay was arrested the next day and the bus was returned in tact to Gayle.
The star-studded line up also includes other Country music greats such asLeona Williams, Jeff Cook (from the Country super group Alabama), Tommy Cash (“Six White Horses”, brother of Johnny Cash), Little David Wilkins, Tugboat Jerry, Tracey Houston, David Church, W.S. Holland Band (the last touring member of Johnny Cash’s back up band The Tennessee Three) and Jesse Lee Jones and his Spaghetti Westerneers.
The big three hour show begins at 7pm. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages six to twelve. For more information you may call 615-860-9257 or email [email protected] It is surely a night of Country music entertainment you won’t want to miss. This is your opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the real stars of Country music.
For more info: Reunion of Professional Entertainers, Al Menah Shrine Temple