March 18, 2017
Freddie Hart is scheduled to receive the Country Legend Award during the 20th anniversary of the North American Country Music Association International Hall Of Fame inductions at the Country Tonite Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Blake Emmons will host. The 2017 Hall Of Fame Inductees are: Donna & LeRoy Anderson; Irlene Mandrell; Gary Morris; Sylvia; R. Harlan Smith & Chris Nielsen; Paulette Carlson & Lacy J. Dalton. Congratulations, everyone!!
Tickets are now on sale @ The Country Tonite Theatre, 129 Showplace Blvd., Pigeon Forge, Tennessee 37863. Telephone 865-453-2003.
Plans are now underway to develop a museum dedicated to Freddie Hart!! The museum will be housed in the old post office and part of the Coulter building in Phenix City Alabama. There are many people involved in this project; stay tuned for further details.
Freddie's gospel CD, "Heavenly Wonderful, Heavenly Beautiful" is doing phenominally well; word has it staff has had to pull some overtime over the last year to keep up with the orders.
Freddie's CD "I Wouldn't Trade America For The World" continues to do well all over the world, and the reviews have been phenominal! Jon Philibert of the U.K.'s Country Music People Magazine rates the album 4½ out of 5 stars; Freddie's effort even edged out several of his modern day contemporaries in country music. Mr. Philibert's review is reprinted here courtesy of the author:
"Well this is something to gladden the heart (no pun intended), a new album from one of country's most distinctive and well respected artists, Freddie Hart."
"Hart's...vocal performance on I Wouldn't Trade America for the World is still rock solid. If you've never heard Freddie Hart - and some younger readers of country neophyte fans might not have - then you have not encountered his unique style. It's vibrato rich, fluttery, sometimes anguished sounding, always warm performance that is unlike any other country singer. True, there are echos of Bill Anderson's light timbre and at other times one hears a Slim Whitman like yodel, but Hart is, and always has been, his own man."
"The album's title, it's cover art and it's opening salvo I Wouldn't Trade America For The World might lead one to imagine that this is a collection of patriotic songs but only this and the following track Purple Heart are in any way patriotically themed. The former is a leisurely paced, keyboard-led item with one of those globe trotting lyrics name checking famous places around the world but with Hart always returning to his beloved America. Purple Heart is a live version of a song Hart first cut on the 1998 album Purple Heart: These Colors Won't Run, a various artists veterans tribute."
"The song reveals the story of a returned soldier who is now wheelchair bound yet his stand-by-your-man wife stands four square behind him and the song has the pay off "he's got a purple heart, she's got a heart of gold."
"There are quite a few revisits from Hart's illustrious past with reprise versions of the lilting Why Should I Cry Over You, the part narrated Hank Williams Guitar, the bluesy and emotional ballad Born a Fool, penned by the great Alex Zanetis, the touching tribute to love in all it's manifestations, Togetherness, and his take on Eddy Arnold's I'll Hold You In My Heart and the Platter's Only You - each and every one a chart record from the 60's. Interestingly the melancholy Brother Bluebird shows up too; this was the flip of Hart's monster uber-smash Easy Lovin' from 1971 (a #17 pop hit too) which is a very good track in it's own right, although is absent from this collection."
"The brief liner notes ends..."radio would have never been the same without Freddie Hart" and I say amen to that, and this release brought back happy memories of the days when artists of Hart's calibre ruled the radio roost. If you don't know Freddie Hart's work, this is not a bad place to start. If you do, you might want to check this album out."
Jon Philibert, Country Music People Magazine
Thanks in part to phenominal reviews such as Mr. Philibert's, radio stations here in the U.S. continue to request the album.
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