Kingsport Times-News from Kingsport, Tennessee on August 12, 1988 · 29
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W&Brnieiitttttr Times-News Staff Writer M M M Teresa (left) Jennifer and Lisa the McCarter’s will perform two shows Saturday at the Greene County Fair The McCarter’s deliver music from the heart By BECKY WHITLOCK Weekender Editor It’s an accent you expect to hear in East Tennessee — the soft twank undulating as gently as the hills that are its home What you don’t expect is to hear it on a long-distance telephone call from Santa Anna Calif But that is where The McCarter’s of Sevierville Tenn were this last week in the midst of a tour that will return them briefly to East Tennessee Saturday for two performances at 7:30 pm and 9 pm at the Greene County Fair Greene-ville The McCarter’s Jennifer and the twins Lisa and Teresa are country music’s latest rage a female answer to Randy Travis And like Travis success has come swiftly to these young singers their first single “Timeless and True Love” hit No 5 on the charts “I just expected it to go to the 30s or 40s When it went to No 5 I couldn’t believe it” said Jennifer in a phone interview Monday “We’re just really thankful We’ve been blessed” However like all seemingly sudden success stories there is a history hidden behind these new stars The three sisters who have three other sisters began their career clogging They would practice every day after school and often would perform with their father who is an amateur musician But as Jennifer recalls “I always wanted to be a singer It wasn’t until I turned 14 that I started playing guitar and singing” The twins then started singing harmony to Jennifer’s lead “It came so naturally Around our area when people wanted us to clog we asked them to let us singtoo That’s how we got started doing that” It wasn’t until the McCarter’s heard Randy Travis though that they thought the kind of country music they sang could be popular So Jennifer with true East Tennessean spunk tracked down Travis’ producer Kyle Lehning and after several days talked him into a 15-minute audition After the audition Lehning contacted Warner Bros and by early 1987 the McCarter’s were in the studio recording “Timeless and True Love” Their debut album “The Gift” was completed earlier this year However the LP is not your typical cheatin’ and drinkin’ country music album “We don’t want to sing about cheatin’ or drinkin’ Merle (Haggard) and George (Jones) can do those cheatin’ and drinkin’ songs a whole lot better” Jennifer said “The songs I pick most are about love and the good things There are enough bad things going on without me having to sing about them" t Their decision to leave stereotypical country songs to other stars also is inter- Please see SISTERS page 6D Eleven years ago Aug Elvis Presley died Marking that anniversary East Tennessee State University’s Carroll Reece Museum will open an exhibit featuring photos of hardcore Presleys fans who make yearly pilgrimages to Graceland “Elvis and Myth Making” by Asheville photographer Ralph' Burns deals with what he calls “a manifestation of our need to project jour emotions into something beyond ourselves” Burns’ initiation to the phenomenon of Elvis’ disciples was almost accidental “It was a real spontaneous thing” he said “I was working in the darkroom and I heard a news report that Elvis’ fans were gathering at Graceland to commemorate the first anniversary of his death “It just sort of hit me that that was a place I wanted to be — photographing I hadn’t really understood yet why I wanted to do that I just understood I wanted to be there” So he made the journey to Memphis’ most famous gravesite and what he saw so intrigued him that he’s gone back every year “I had the feeling that I was watching something I really didn’t understand” he said “So I went back partly because of my own curiosity and also because I realized that what I was watching was indeed going to be a long-term process and each time I would see a different manifestation of something” The mourners at' Elvis’ final resting place are people who love Elvis — even after his death — more than most of us can imagine he says Their boundless dedication to a fallen king will solicit laughter from some viewers Burns says Photo courtesy of Ralph Burns For the last 10 years Ralph Burns has been photographing the many fans who make the sojourn to Graceland to mark the anniversary of Elvis’ death The result of his work an exhibit titled “Elvis and Myth Making” is on display at the Carroll Reece Museum this month But he added “I’m not holding these people up to derision On the other hand I’m not a loyal subject at all” The photographer says there are deeper reasons than most of us realize for the Elvis phenomenon “We give up very reluctantly those things which we love and those things that give meaning to our lives and those things that made change in our lives” he said “And to so many people in this country Elvis did have specific meaning and made particular change” said Burns “He opened some doors that the white culture had not had opened to it yet because of his music and the fact that he unleashed a pent up sensuality in this culture” he said “People who do that are profound people” In the nearly 11-year span Burns had worked on his project he has shot an estimated 1200 photos of Presley pilgrims Capturing so many subjects on film has changed his opinion of them “from neutrality at best to a real affection and understanding” “It wasn’t until I sort of put myself in there and started photographing these people that I realized there really were a lot of layers going on there” says Burns “And while it’s real easy at first to laugh at them they would not be laughed at” “What I really hope the show does is just make people walk away and ask a couple of questions” he said “Why do we worship? What’s that all about?” "Elvis and Myth Making’-’ opens in Gallery C of ETSU’s Carroll Reece Museum Aug 16 with a special program of Elvis music playing during the opening For 'more information call the museum at 929-4392 Also Ralph Burns will give a lecture at the museum at 7 pm Sept 8 Virginia-Kentucky fat celebrates 75th year By MARTHA J HALL Southwest Virginia Bureau WISE — What started as a family picnic in the early 1900s is today’s Virginia-Kentucky District Fair a week-long extravaganza of entertainment food and prizes And this year the fair is celebrating its 75th anniversary The fair slated to start Saturday and run through Aug 20 is noted for its high quality of entertainment and this year is no exception Headlining the fair are country music stars TG Sheppard and T Graham Brown and local favorites The Sanders Brothers and the James H Drew Exposition will perform again this year Spoony the Clown a popular entertainer at last year’s fair also will return to the anniversary celebration Since the fair is growing fair-goers will be treated this year to changes that include a larger stage area and renovated exhibit buildings A limited schedule of the 1988 fair’s events follows Sunday Aug 14 In celebration of the milestone Diamond Anniversary a parade co-sponsored by the Wise Kiwanis Club and the fair will be held in dowtown Wise at 3 pm High school bands and past winners and current contestants of the Miss Virginia-Kentucky District Fair will highlight the parade which will be led by Grand Marshal Monroe Roberson a longstanding member of the fair committee j Monday Aug 15 " The fair will open with the Wee Tiny Little and Junior Miss Beauty Pageants in the grandstand area at 7 pm Monday also is gospel night and two groups The Primitive Quartet and the Baker Family will perform at the horse show arena at 7:30 pm Tuesday Aug 16 TG Shepperd will perform at 7:30 and 9:30 pm in the grandstand area All exhibits will be judged Wednesday Aug 17 The annual Kids Day will be sponsored by Piggly Wiggly from noon to 6 pm The Drew Exposition will feature reduced ride prices on the midway The Miss Virginia-Kentucky District Fair beauty pageant will be held at 8 pm in the grandstand area Thursday Aug 18 4 5' TG SHEPPARD Thursday is Senior Citizens Day Residents who are 62 years and older are admitted free and will receive free refreshments and free entertainment A Senior Citizen Beauty Pageant will be held Thursday at 2 pm T Graham Brown will perform at 7:30 and 9:30 pm in the grandstand area Bluegrass Express will perform at 8:30 and 10:30 pm at the horse show arena Friday Aug 19 Dance to the Music a group of young people presenting a fast-paced show of today’s most popular hits and old favorites combined with dance routines will per-fom at 7:30 and 9:30 pm Please see FAIR page 6D New name for cinema By BECKY WHITLOCK Weekender Editor After three and a half years of being known as the Christian Cinema the movie theater located in the old Stae Theater'' has changed its name to The All-American Family Cinema “By changing the name we can broaden our base” said president Sam Wood “We want people to realige we’re Kiqtfs port’s family advocate That’s what we wanrto be” It is Wood’s feeling that bringing the family together js one of the most important issues facing the country today and through his cinema Wood wants to provide entertainment the family can enjoy as a unit “We want to provide a clean wholesome alternative to what is shown in most theaters and on TV" he said But just because Wood and the board of directors have over the last year decided to change the name of the cinema that does not mean the organization is altering its Christian or religious leanings Wood said “To me All-American means God family and apple pie Families or someone can come here and he won’t hear vulgar language sexual content extreme violence” Wood said But on the other hand Wood did not want the public to think attending Christian Cinema would be like a church service “We don’t want people to feel preached to like it’s a church service But we do present the gospel and many people have responded to the gospel through what we’ve done here” he said Wood said the cinema will continue to show and rent religious films and videos such as “Fury to Freedom” and “Vain Glory” and Please see CINEMA page 6D Southwind keeps playing for the joy love of music By BECKY WHITLOCK Weekender Editor TimevNews photo — David Grace Southwind one of the longest running country bands in the area consists of Greg Taylor 1 (left) Danny Smith Mike Anderson Jimmy Don Swatsell and Jim Rhoten The country music group Southwind has probably been together longer than any other local country band says manager Mike Anderson But it hasn’t been recording contracts or great financial success that has kept Soutwind together for almost eight years rather it’s been in the words Of the five band members devotion to the group getting along and doing it for the fun of it The other big factor has been the members’ families “I believe one of the things that has kept us together has been the support of our families” said Anderson who plays lead guitar and sings “They’re probably our best critics” Southwind initially was formed out of the friendship between Anderson and rhythm guitarist and vocalist Jim Rhoten Anderson and Rhoten had played together for 13 years in another group and started Southwind through weekend jam sessions at Anderson’s house Jimmy Don Swatsell bassist joined Anderson and Rhoten on a fluke in 1980 A friend of Swat- sell’s suggested the other two men might need a bassist on occasion and Swatsell met up with them one night to play “I just started playing with them” he said Greg Taylor drummer and vocalist was attending East Tennessee State University in 1980 when he looked through the newspaper for leads on a part-time job There was an ad stating a band (Southwind) was looking for a drummer “I started with them full-time in January 1981” Taylor said Danny Smith keyboardist and vocalist is the newest member of the band and he was introduced to the group through Swatsell Earlier this year Smith said he was joking around with Swat- ' sell and telling Swatsell that he had sung four-part barbershop quartet harmony “I said ‘I got some tapes you oughta listen to’ He looked at me kinda funny But two or three months later I gave him the tapes” Smith said Swatsell took the tapes to a Southwind rehearsal "(Swatsell) told me to come up to practice with them” Smith saidFrom then on it fell into place" Please see SOUTHWIND page 6D 'j i i Cl J

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