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|Nashville's 2010 Flatrock Music & Arts Festival
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|I enjoyed Irene Kelley along with her family and friends. She was the perfect opener for Blackhawk
Irene Kelley Biography: A native of Latrobe, PA, Irene Kelley first started playing music in a Led Zeppelin cover band in
high school. She got herself kicked out, however, for suggesting that they might try playing a Dolly Parton song, laying the groundwork for her
first steps toward country music. At 19 she got her first guitar, a new Cortez with inlay work that she bought because she thought it was pretty.
Soon she began composing the songs that would help pave her way to Nashville. One of her first releases was a song entitled "Pennsylvania Is
My Home," which ended up being nominated for the Pennsylvania state song (unfortunately it didn't make it). A live performance of it, however,
did end up being part of a PBS documentary and was one of the songs that she sent to various music publishers in Nashville, eventually attracting
the attention of Gordon Payne at CBS Records. A few demos later, she landed herself a recording contract with MCA and in 1983 relocated to
Nashville with her husband. MCA released two of Kelley's singles, "You Are a Rock and I Am a Rolling Stone" and "Love Is a Hard Road," but
scrapped the full-length album that she had recorded for them. Kelley kept writing, however, and penned songs that would eventually be recorded
by Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, and Ricky Scaggs, among others. Producing another album would be a much longer process, as Kelley
focused on her family, raising two young daughters. In 1999 she released her album, Simple Path, on her own label, aided by a talented
supporting cast of Nashville musicians. The album earned enough attention and critical praise that it was picked up for national distribution
and re-released in 2001 by Relentless Nashville. ~ Stacia Proefrock, All Music Guide. Text from Irene Kelley CMT page.
|Blackhawk: We had the pleasure of having Blackhawk to play at our neighborhood Flatrock Music & Arts Festival
This band of many hits, filled the air with some of the best harmonies Coleman Park has ever heard. I last saw Blackhawk at a 1990's Charlie
Daniels Band Volunteer Jam at T.P.A.C in Nashville. We have 1996 pictures of Blackhawk at Fan Fair. Henry Paul: I've seen Henry Paul
(singer for The Outlaws & Blackhawk) many times over the years. First with The Outlaws in the 1970's, I saw The Outlaws at the Municipal
Auditorium in Nashville and on the lake at the Hermitage Landing Beach floating stage. I later saw Henry Paul many times at the Charlie Daniels
Band Volunteer Jam's. Henry Paul was a regular at the popular Volunteer Jam events. His Henry Paul Band song Grey Ghost remains a favorite
of mine. More recently I've seen Henry Paul with Blackhawk several times over the years around Nashville. When I found out he was playing in
my neighborhood, I had to be there, heat and all. It was pretty hot out there. If you get a chance check out Blackhawk. I I had a chance to go
backstage and meet Blackhawk after the set. Henry Paul said he is not only singing for Blackhawk, but singing with The Outlaws, also
(with the only other surviving member, the drummer). My thanks to Donnie Smith (sound engineer for The Outlaws & Blackhawk).
Text by Pat Adams from Tennessee Concerts
Comprised of a trio of seasoned professional musicians, Blackhawk became one of the most successful new country groups of the mid-'90s,
scoring a string of Top 10 hits from their first two albums. Featuring Henry Paul (lead vocals, mandolin), Van Stephenson (guitar, vocals), and
Dave Robbins (keyboards, vocals), the band formed in the early '90s, releasing its first single, "Goodbye Says It All," on Arista Records in late
1993. Other hits from their debut album included "Every Once in a While," "I Sure Can Smell the Rain," "Down in Flames" and "That's Just About
Right." Strong Enough, Blackhawk's second album, was released in 1995, with the hits "I'm Not Strong Enough to Say No," "Like There Ain't No
Yesterday" and "Almost a Memory Now." Love & Gravity followed in 1997, with The Sky's the Limit appearing a year later. They issued their first
hits collection in mid-2000. Stephenson died of cancer in 2001. After various incarnations, Blackhawk hired Randy Threet as its third member.
|See our pictures of Blackhawk
at Nashville's Fan Fair in 1996
|The Henry Paul Band at the 1979 Volunteer Jam in Nashville
The Henry Paul Band performs Grey Ghost at Volunteer Jam V at the Municipal
Auditorium in 1979. The song was dedicated to the late Ronnie VanZant from Lynyrd
Skynyrd. Later in the concert the surviving members of Lynyrd Skyynrd reunited for
the first time on stage since the plane crash. I was right up front, as this was a very
emotional concert. Henry Paul is a member of The Outlaws and Blackhawk.
I preserved this video on tape for over 30 years.
|Featuring BLACKHAWK with Henry Paul
from The Outlaws & The Henry Paul Band
|Blackhawk performs at the Flatrock Music & Arts Festival
They perform the Outlaws song "There goes Another Love Song.
Singer Henry Paul also plays for The Outlaws, also
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|Scenes & Memories of Coleman Park by Pat Adams (2017)
The park includes a community center, playground,
walking / jogging track, a library and much more.
|Coleman Park - The first in our Nashville Parks Series
Coleman Park is at Thompson Lane & Nolensville Road
See our own pictures & videos of Coleman Park
|See our pictures of the 2011 Flatrock Music & Arts Festival
at Coleman Park, with entertainment by singer/songwriter
|Our Own Video of Coleman Park