Elvis’ pianist nearly mounted the last Bee Gee’s Nashville comeback

He went that-a-way! Trend-setting country music producer Tony Brown, with over 100 No. 1 singles to his credit, pokes fun at a road sign directing folks to the Tony Brown Homecoming Celebration in Stokes County, North Carolina, held during the weekend of October 17-20, 2019. Image Credit: Courtesy of Tony Brown Enterprises

The Tony Brown Interview, Part One

Surrounded by a dark background, a bearded Barry Gibb channels his inner Aussie Overlander in a tan straw hat as seen in the booklet accompanying his second official solo album “In the Now,” a one-off LP for Columbia distributed on October 7, 2016. While a hit in the Bee Gee’s native Australia as well as Britain, “In the Now” bombed in the USA, rising no higher than No. 63 POP. Four and a half years later “Greenfields” rejuvenated Gibb’s unlucky streak in his adopted homeland with an impressive bow at No. 15 POP, No. 3 C&W. Photography by Danny Clinch / Columbia Records / Discogs

DON’T GO ANYWHERE YET! The Tony Brown conversation carries on below…

“Devil in the Bottle” country artist T.G. Sheppard, “Wish I Didn’t Have to Miss You” chanteuse Jeannie Seely, and Barry Gibb backstage at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville on October 29, 2013. Sheppard owned his first tour bus thanks to a supremely generous Elvis Presley. Photography by Stacie Huckeba
Mandolinist Ricky Skaggs and an acoustic guitar-brandishing Barry Gibb during the founding Bee Gee’s debut appearance at the Grand Ole Opry on July 27, 2012. Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder supported Gibb on his three-song setlist: the Civil War ballad “When the Roses Bloom Again,” “To Love Somebody, and “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart.” A complete performance video is available below. Image Credit: Grand Ole Opry / WSM
Elvis Presley pal T.G. Sheppard, Ricky Skaggs, and Barry Gibb shoot the breeze prior to an afternoon soundcheck at the Grand Ole Opry on October 29, 2013. Photography by Stacie Huckeba
Close comrades T.G. Sheppard, wife-songwriter Kelly Lang, Barry Gibb, and Ricky Skaggs prepare for showtime backstage at the Grand Ole Opry on October 29, 2013. Photography by Stacie Huckeba
Broadcast on 650 AM WSM since 1925, the Grand Ole Opry welcomes Barry Gibb during his second mini show on October 29, 2013. Gibb’s four-song setlist consisted of “To Love Somebody,” a duet with Kelly Lang on “Islands in the Stream,” “Jive Talkin’”, and “Words.” Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder followed Gibb on the veteran country music program. Skaggs convinced his comrade to return for a standing ovation-earning, “discograss” finale of “Stayin’ Alive” included below. Photography by Stacie Huckeba
That’s a wrap! Sexy “Jive Talkin’” singer Barry Gibb takes a bow following his October 29, 2013, appearance on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Photography by Stacie Huckeba
“Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers Songbook Vol. 1” was released by Bee Gees frontman-rhythm guitarist Barry Gibb on January 8, 2021. Photography by Zsolt Zsigmond / Cover Design by Katie Moore / Capitol Records / Amazon

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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