Peruse through the CD liner notes of “Burnin’ The Roadhouse Down,” Steve Wariner’s lucky number 13th studio album unleashed on April 21, 1998, and you’ll discover this stunning profile shot of the then-43-year-old. The 12-song record is home to the Garth Brooks-assisted title song and the monster hit “Holes in the Floor of Heaven.” The latter was nominated for two Grammy Awards in the Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song categories. Photography by Matthew Barnes / Capitol Records / Discogs
Founding Hollie Allan Clarke gratefully clutches his “Peggy Sue Got Married” guitar gifted by the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation. Included in the booklet for the 10-song “Resurgence,” the Gibson J-45 acoustic guitar with a hand-tooled leather cover was designed by luthier Mick Johnson and became Clarke’s primary compositional tool. There are various replicas of Holly’s Gibson which have been authorized by the foundation started by widow María Elena. Named after Holly’s greatest hits, they are bequeathed to artists who significantly contributed to the “Rave On” rocker’s legacy. In 1980 the harmony-laden British quintet actually issued a 16-track LP tribute to Holly. Unfortunately, it was an unmitigated commercial disaster laden with synthesizers that placed a nail in the coffin regarding the future tenure of bassist Bernie Calvert and rhythm acoustic guitarist-songwriter Terry Sylvester. Image Credit: Allan Clarke’s official Facebook

Steve Wariner and his custom “Nashville Gentleman” Gretsch electric guitar are right at home on a wooden pew belonging to the landmark Ryman Auditorium, the “Mother Church of Country Music” and the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, circa May 10, 2019. The “Katie Wants a Fast One” picker has been an Opry member since 1996. Photography by David Abbott / Derrek Kupish Productions

An oral history finds the rural South Georgia institution bidding farewell after nearly 60 years of top caliber haircuts and genial customer service

The fading red, white, and blue barbershop pole leads to the compact red brick building where Becky’s Beauty Salon founder Becky Davis humbly learned her craft in the early 1960s. It’s also the setting for a warmhearted get-together for fellow beauticians Linda Faye Hattaway [center] and Cathy Harrell [right] in Alapaha, Georgia. Photography by Jeremy Roberts

The Becky Harper Davis Interview

Two weeks into shooting penultimate period drama “The Trouble with Girls [And How to Get Into It]” and less than a month before the 60-minute “Elvis” special premiered on NBC and unshackled his career ennui, under the cover of darkness a 33-year-old Elvis Presley sets aside time to acknowledge fans outside his 1174 North Hillcrest Road estate in Beverly Hills, California, on November 10, 1968. Photography by Charlie Hodge / For Elvis CD Collectors Only message board user “Matt Ashton”

Image Credit: The Estate of B.J. Thomas / Honeyman Music

A vigorous, evidently bionic 80-year-old Ringo Starr commemorates the 57th anniversary of the Beatles’ iconic first appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on February 9, 2021, outside his Los Angeles residence. Image Credit: Ringo Starr’s official Twitter

With tongue planted firmly in cheek, North Carolina Music Hall of Fame inductee Tony Brown and Punkin, his pride and joy Jack Russell Terrier, familiarize themselves with the sights and sounds of a sunny Nashville afternoon, summer 2020. Image Credit: Tony Brown Enterprises

The stars are out tonight as former MCA Nashville President Tony Brown embarks on his next production. Image Credit: Tony Brown’s official Facebook

The Tony Brown Interview, Part Six

Jeremy Roberts

Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ someone fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

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