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A Little History
Country Music And Campfire Cuisine

Johnny Nix, host of Campfire Café (the only open fire cooking show on television), will be cooking up gourmet meals with major Country music artists during filming of the seventh season this spring. EMG Productions, in association with Webster & Associates Public Relations of Nashville, are currently booking artists to appear in the Lewis and Clark Expedition Recipe Series.

(PRWEB) February 28, 2005 -- Guest artists will assist Johnny Nix in the outdoor preparation of authentic recipes from the famous expedition that will be cooked entirely over the open fire. In keeping with the outdoor spirit and historical nature of the series, filming will be conducted at the picturesque Hank Williams Estate, home of Jett Williams and Keith Adkinson in rural Tennessee. “The hospitality of Jett and Keith will flavor the recipes better than any other ingredient we’ll use”, says host Johnny Nix. In addition to Campfire Café’s uncommon cooking methods, viewers will be further entertained by music videos from the featured artists in each episode.

“We’re excited to offer viewers and fans a look at their favorite artists relaxed and having fun cooking over the campfire with Johnny, while enjoying the breathtaking scenery from Jett’s mountain”, says executive producer Pamela Alford. As loyal viewers of the program already know, Campfire Café is known for its unique presentation of the many different ways to make outdoor cooking enjoyable and successful. Inspiring viewers to give open fire cooking a try is what Johnny Nix strives to do in every show with his step-by-step instruction and entertaining, down home delivery of gourmet recipes.

Country music artists are well known for incorporating basic values and the simple pleasures of life into their music. Including them on the show is a natural way to continue efforts to establish open fire cooking as a recreational activity anyone can enjoy. Recipes from the historic Lewis & Clark Expedition will help remind us that cooking is a basic life skill we need to pass on to the next generation. The combination of Johnny Nix, a little history, talented guest stars, fresh air and great food will be a winning combination for an entertaining new season.

Campfire Café airs on PBS and RFD-TV weekly to over 100 million households. The Lewis and Clark Celebrity series airs Fall 2005. Season premiere of the Open Hearth series filmed on location at the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, TN airs March 1, 2005. Information on the series, as well as broadcast venues and schedules, may be found on-line at
www.campfirecafe.com


Billy Joe Shaver Boasts Banner Year After Tragedy - Readies "A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver' with Guests Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, Joe Ely and More

Shaver to be seen on “60 Minutes II,” just published his autobiography, has a documentary DVD, is advising candidate Kinky Friedman, and has announced an April 8 wedding!

Waco, TX (PRWEB) February 27, 2005 -- What a difference a year makes! When we announced Billy Joe Shaver’s most recent studio album, Billy and the Kid (August 2004), it was couched in the context of tragedy. The legendary Texas singer/songwriter had lost his mother, wife and son within a single year.

Shaver still feels the hurt, but his life has turned around. On May 17, Compadre Records will release A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver – Live, a CD that documents a 65th birthday tribute held in Austin last August. Guest stars on the album, who paid tribute to Shaver at Austin’s Paramount Theatre, include (in alphabetical order) Guy Clark, Diamondback Texas, Joe Ely, The Geezinslaws, Colin Gilmore, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Rodney Hayden, Jack Ingram, Robert Earl Keen, Cory Morrow, Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis, Todd Snider and Dale Watson.

The artists each sing one Shaver or Shaver-inspired song and offer their spoken testimonials on the occasion of his 65th birthday. Shaver himself performs four songs (“You Wouldn’t Know Love,” “Try and Try Again,” “Tramp on Your Street,” and, accompanied by Diamondback Texas, “Georgia on a Fast Train”). The new album, however, is just one of the good things that has made Shaver’s life worth living of late. Others:

• Shaver was taped by Dan Rather for a forthcoming “60 Minutes II” segment to air in March or April, exact date TBA.
• He announced his engagement to Joanne Gray, whom he will wed on April 8 in Waco, Texas.
• His autobiography, Honky Tonk Hero, will be published by the University of Texas Press with a March 1 street date.
• “The Portrait of Billy Joe,” a documentary film DVD by Luciana Pedraza (wife of actor Robert Duvall) was released last year by Butchers Run Films.
• Shaver appears as Rev. Shackleton in “The Wendell Baker Story,” a film directed by Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson and Will Farrell, shot in 2003 in Austin. Shaver’s song "Live Forever" is featured in the movie.
• Shaver was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in a November ceremony.
• He has signed on as “spiritual advisor” to the Texas gubernatorial campaign of longtime friend Kinky Friedman.
• And at age 65, a year that many turn their thoughts to retirement, Shaver is touring year-round.

A portion of the proceeds from A Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver – Live will be donated to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. According to Shaver, “I am so blessed. God is always on time.”

Track listing:
Billy Joe Shaver with Diamondback Texas – “Georgia on a Fast Train”
Guy Clark – “Randall Knife”
Bruce Robison with Kelly Willis – “Ride Me Down Easy”
Jimmie Dale Gilmore with Colin Gilmore – “Hearts-A-Bustin’”
Robert Earl Keen – “Bottom Dollar”
Todd Snider – “”Waco Moon”
Joe Ely – “Honky Tonk Masquerade”
Dale Watson – “You Asked Me To”
Jack Ingram – “Ava Adelle”
Cory Morrow – Live Forever”
Rodney Hayden – “Black Rose”
The Geezinslaws – “Bad Rock and Roll”
Billy Joe Shaver – “You Wouldn’t Know Love”
Billy Joe Shaver – “try and Try Again”
Billy Joe Shaver – “Tramp on Your Street”

Plus a bonus video by Todd Snider: “”Waco Moon.”

For more information on Billy Joe Shaver, please contact conqueroo:
Cary Baker (818) 501-2001
http://www.compadrerecords.com
http://www.billyjoeshaver.com
http://www.conqueroo.com

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