Now I love Brooks and Dunn as much as
anyone but I think it's time the music moguls who seem to call the shots on what y'all get
to hear wake up and give the rest of these folks a chance to be heard. I think even Ronny
and Kix would agree even if meant they'd have more competition. Sooo...it's up to y'all to
make a difference....listen to these duos and then insist on hearing MORE of them through
your local radio stations!
These pages were created in 1997 or there about. Some of the info is outdated.. such as
calling your radio station for requests.. HA... ain't gonna happen. Some of the artists
listed here are no longer singing together and some web sites that did exist are now
gone... the good news is... there's a NEW web site for one pair with all of their music in
tact as well as facts.
Anything you need to know about Randy Archer and
Johnny Parks you can find on their homepage....including the latest news! They are in
search of a new recording label! You won't have to depend on my "say-so" on
their talent. They've got audio clips on all their music on the site as well as info,
pics...So what are ya waitin' on?? You can always come back here! Go check 'em out!
Update: Archer & Park are no
longer together and the website is gone as well.
I'm sure at least some of you have heard of Gary
Baker and Frank J. Myers. Of course if I'd have relied on the biggest radio station in
Cleveland I never would have. I heard them on the Akron station WQMX and after hearing the
first few lines of "These Arms" I went in search of the album. Though Baker and
Myers are among the most well known on this page, they aren't as widely known as they
deserve to be among country fans. Gary and Frank co-wrote each song on their album
"Baker and Myers" (1994) proving that their harmony goes far beyond their
Baker & Myers Info:
Baker & Myers were professional contemporary
country songwriters based in Nashville. After Alabama had a hit with the duo's "Once
in a Lifetime" and John Michael Montgomery took "I Swear" to number one
(the song was also a pop and R&B hit by All 4 One), Baker & Myers launched a
performing career, releasing their eponymous debut on Curb Records in the fall of 1995. ~
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide
Nominated CMA's 1996 - Vocal Duo of the Year This was the only year that the duo was aknowledged for their singing ability.
While I feel rather cheated that they no longer record their own songs, I know they're
doing well thanks to all the stars who have had #1 hits from Baker & MYers songwriting
ASCAP 2002 SONGS OF THE YEAR: "I'm Already There"
Writers: Gary Baker & Frank Myers
Publishers: Josh Nick Music, Swear By It Music and Zomba Enterprises
Performed by Lonestar
ASCAPs MOST PERFORMED-LOVE SONGS 1990s:
# 1. "I Swear" Gary Baker, Frank Myers
Singer/Songwriters Zack Turner and Tim Nichols
have only one album that I know of, "TurnerNichols" (1994). I hope there are
more that I just haven't found yet..either way, I'm waiting for a new one to come out! My
favorite songs from this album are "Come Saturday Night", "You Can't Hurt
Me Anymore", "She Needs A Lover", "Harleys and Horses"....Frankly
I love them all but these are the top of the list. Zack and Tim co-wrote all the songs on
this album (Keith Stegall also had a hand in "She Needs A Lover") and their
dynamic delivery of their music is not something you should deprive yourself of! I can't
understand why they aren't up there at the top. I'm sure Brooks and Dunn would be happy to
share the airwaves with them....now let's convince the record and radio magnates!
Singers/Songwriters Bob Corbin and
Dave Hanner....talented writers as well as singers. Their album "Just Another
Hill" (1992) is another favorite of mine. The title song, co-written by both men is
about love and strength, but I think the title states what they must go through on a daily
basis to be heard. "If Wishes Were Horses" (beggars would ride)...so true (and
one of my Ma's favorite songs.. mine, too, of course).
Update: Corbin/Hanner are not only
"back", they have a new website filled with the band's history, show dates, many
CDs with music clips and more! Glad I found ya guys! You're tops!
Yea, I know! I snuck a Trio in here on
ya. :) Call it "artistic license" or better yet.. "poetic justice"!
Naomi Judd summed it up quite well, "These guys stand for real country music, and to
me are the three 'H's': Harmony, Humor, and Handsome." Raymond Matthews, Woody
Wright, and Tony King have captured the hearts and ears of such greats as Vince Gill,
Naomi Judd, and Reba. Reba said, "I grew up singing harmony with my brothers and
sisters and have always loved the sound of those tight family harmonies. Matthews, Wright,
and King are not brothers but their ability to blend harmonies can only be compared to the
family harmony sound." Songs on their album "Power Of Love" (1992) such as
"Leavin' Reasons", "For A Moment There", "Someone's Child",
"Every Time She Says Yes" give full testimony to the raves of their peers.....so
why aren't they on the radio???????????
I've been informed through a reliable source
that Matthews, Wright and King are no longer together. I don't have solid confirmation on
this, but if this is a fact, it stands as a sad commentary and perfect example of what is
happening in the music industry today.
Unlike the others listed here, Don and
Darryl did not write ALL the songs on their album "No Sir" (1992) but they did
have a hand in penning a few of them. The collaboration of these brother's voices are more
than enough to make you take notice and want more. Beautiful music, harmonies and
songs.....what more do you need? Maybe someone to listen would help?
Earlier this week, a fan of the Ellis's wrote to me in search of the album, "No
Sir". I not only found that album, but also the one recorded in 1993, "Day
In The Sun". Thanks to Debbie Rigdon, wife of singer, songwriter Clay Rigdon, I know where Don Ellis is. - "If you're
looking for Don Ellis in PERSON, you can find him at "Denim & Diamonds" on
Thursday nights, where he hosts a fabulous Writer's Night."
Debbie also provided this photo from
the Writer's Nite gang
Donna Wilson of "Inside The Song" also wrote:
"Hi Marli, I not only have "No Sir", I am acquainted with Don Ellis
and he will be playing at my Cafe soon. This is one talented
Many thanks to my friends, Debbie and Clay Rigdon for getting this autographed photo of
Don Ellis for me when Clay performed with Don... and Thanks to Don for the autograph and
Click on the photo for larger view.
I received a message from Darryl & Allie's webmaster that they had a website. You have
to check it out! It's beautifully done and the music is spectacular.
FYI: Ellis is actually Don's middle name and the 2 brothers chose to use that as their
stage name when they recorded together. Darryl now performs with his wife, Allie who is
equally talented. Darryl & Allie Gatlin