Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Jamey Johnson & More to Take Part in Public Memorial for Mel Tillis on Jan. 31

Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, Jamey Johnson & More to Take Part in Public Memorial for Mel Tillis on Jan. 31

A public memorial will be held for Mel Tillis at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 10 a.m. CT.

Mel, one of country music’s most versatile artists, died on Nov. 19, 2017, of respiratory failure at age 85. Mel battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered.

Those scheduled to take the stage at the memorial service include Ricky Skaggs, Ray Stevens, Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, Brenda Lee, Alison Krauss with the Street Corner Symphony, Jamey Johnson, Collin Raye, Daryle Singletary, Lorrie Morgan, Ira Dean, Pam Tillis, Sonny Tillis, and Carrie April Tillis. The Statesiders, Mel’s band, will accompany select performances.

The event is free and open to the public.

Mel won the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1976 and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007.

photo courtesy Mel Tillis Enterprises

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Ashley McBryde Packs It All For Her Tour

Ashley McBryde Packs It All For Her Tour

Ashley McBryde’s This Town Talks tour gets rolling next month in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Then for the next 7 months she’ll be crisscrossing this nation playing shows from Georgia to Montana and everywhere in between.

So, with all that travel, and different locations, packing for a tour can present some challenges. Ashley shares one basic piece of advice when it comes to preparing for the road, “At first, learning how to pack for on tour…I really didn’t do a good job. I guess maybe I thought I was leaving for summer camp. So, I would spend a couple of weeks where I overpacked, and a couple of weeks where I under packed. Just let me tell you…if you have to choose between the two – overpack. You can put those clothes away when you get back.”

 

Photo Credit: Daniel Meigs