CQAF in Association with Frontier Music Club Present Kimmie Rhodes: Radio Dreams
In conversation with BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean
WATERFRONT STUDIO, BELFAST: Saturday 05 May
A fascinating, intimate and spontaneous evening of stories and songs with legendary singer and songwriter Kimmie Rhodes – accompanied by guitarist Gabriel Rhodes.
To celebrate of the release of Radio Dreams and the Companion audio documentary – produced by Bob Harris OBE – BBC Radio 2 – this very special ‘In conversation with’ BBC Radio Ulster broadcaster Ralph McLean will reflect on Kimmie’s rich musical history, the sounds of Austin and the legacy of Texas songwriting.
Radio Dreams is a dual memoir which invites readers into the unique and private world of platinum-selling songwriter and recording artist Kimmie Rhodes and her deceased soul mate, beloved radio personality Joe Gracey, Jr.
Weaving her own poetic prose with wry and witty words from his journals, Rhodes returns him to the conversation to tell the fascinating story of their three decades together.
Her trippy songwriter’s tales and his hilarious and poignant writings will take you on a time-machine adventure from Saturday mornings spent watching country-and-western stars on TV to the wild ‘70s era in which the hippies, weary from protesting the raging Vietnam War, joined the rednecks to kick back and play some music in the “Groover’s Paradise” of Austin, Texas.
Riding with fellow outlaws Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Cowboy Jack Clement, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Doug Sahm and other famous—and infamous—characters, they help turn Austin into a scene and outlaw country into a sound before facing Gracey’s final cancer battle.
Through triumph and tragedy, grief and gratitude, their story speaks of the extraordinary life and inspiring love they shared.
For fans of Texas songwriting and outlaw country music scene this is one story that has to be heard:
Tickets for Belfast Waterfront Studio show are available via:
In person at the Ulster Hall Box Office
By Telephone: 028 9033 4455 Book On-Line: www.waterfront.co.uk