You Don’t Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold To Hit Stores on June 4th

Album Cover of Eddy's Guitar by Anna O' Connor

In 1955, country and pop music legend Eddy Arnold released a version of the classic song “You Don’t Know Me “which he wrote with Cindy Walker. This album pays tribute to that standard as well as 18 other legendary songs by The Tennessee Plowboy who was one of the most influential artists in country music history. Produced by punk rock legend Cheetah Chrome and Bobby Bare producer Don Cusic, this tribute record features a who’s who list of artists such as Alejandro Escovedo, Frank Black, Peter Noone, Pokey LaFarge, Jason Isbell, Lambchop, Bobby Bare, Jr., Mandy Barnett and many more! Recorded at four iconic Nashville studios with an all-star group of backing musicians, You Don’t Know: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold is a fitting tribute to a true music icon. Available June 4th 2013 on CD/180g Vinyl/Digital or at Stay tuned at the Plowboy Records website or the Plowboy Records’ Facebook and Twitter pages.


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Eddy Arnold’s Music Celebrated in New Tribute Album from Plowboy Records

Punk legend Cheetah Chrome and author/music historian/professor Don Cusic have produced an album of rock, indie, roots, country and pop musicians interpreting the timeless songs by Eddy Arnold, one of the most influential country musicians of all time.  ’You Don’t Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold’ puts the focus on Arnold’s 70-year career as a songwriter and hitmaker and will be released May 14th on Plowboy Records, the label co-founded by Arnold’s grandson.  Several songs were recorded at famed RCA Studio B in Nashville — where Arnold recorded many of his signature songs – and coincides with what would have been his 95th birthday, May 15th.
Eddy Arnold did more than perhaps any other musician to expand the boundaries of country music in the 20th century, a fact reflected in the range of artists on ‘You Don’t Know Me’: Alejandro Escovedo, Lambchop, Frank Black, Melinda Doolittle, Chuck Mead, Bobby Bare Jr, Jason Isbell, Mary Gautheir, Drivin’ n Cryin’, Bebe Buell, Pokey LaFarge, Peter Noone and more.

Kurt Wagner of Lambchop

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Rest In Peace, Roberta Edging – 1925-2013

Roberta Gantzer Edging was born in Nashville in 1925, graduating from David Lipscomb High School, where she excelled in the lost art of stenography.  Following graduation, she found work as a secretary at a collections agency and later at the Dobson/Bainbridge Agency.  She married Roy Edging in 1946, and for the next 18 years, she alternated between working at Guaranty Insurance/Mortgage Company and Bransford/Sharp Insurance Agency and rearing the couple’s four children.  On June 5, 1967, Roberta went to work for the legendary Eddy Arnold at his Brentwood office.  Every single day since, Roberta not only cared for her four children and endured the loss of her husband, but she showed her acumen in the music industry time and time again as a loyal employee, a confidante and, most importantly, a true family friend to the Arnold and Pollard families, even beyond the Country Music Hall of Famer’s death in 2008.  Although she proudly wore the title of secretary to Mr. Arnold for more than 40 years, Roberta kept his music career and various other business endeavors running like clockwork.  From handling the books, interfacing with the record companies, publishers and managers, to fulfilling fan requests and all other forms of correspondence, managing calls to and from celebrities and high-ranking government officials, Roberta did it all single-handedly with just a phonebook, a two-line telephone, a shorthand tablet, a typewriter and a great deal of pride.  And even though they were of the same generation, she never referred to him as anything other than “Mr. Arnold.” She passed away peacefully on the evening of January 1st, 2013. She will be missed. Funeral services will take place at Spring Hill Funeral Home on Monday, January 7th at 11:00am. Visitation will be on Sunday, January 6th from 2pm to 8pm and on Monday from 10am to 11am. Spring Hill Funeral Home is located at 5110 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216.

Eddy Arnold with Mrs. Edging in 2003 - Photo by Bobby Campbell


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Eddy Arnold Legacy Continues On Twitter!

We have been on Facebook for quite awhile but now we are Twitter. Come and follow all things Eddy Arnold by clicking on the Twitter logo

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Plowboy Records Releases Bobby Bare’s Darker Than Light

Click on Image To Visit Bobby Bare Darker Than Light’s Website

The day has finally arrived! The Bobby Bare release, Darker Than Light, is now out on the Plowboy Records label. Produced by Plowboy co-founder Don Cusic and recorded at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio B.

‘Darker Than Light’ was produced by Plowboy Records co-founder Don Cusic and tracked at famed RCA Studio B in Nashville, with a band that includes Buddy Miller and Randy Scruggs on guitar, Byron House on bass, Marco Giovino on drums and other members of Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy. The album is Bare’s first release in seven years, and features his inspired interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Alejandro Escovedo (who also makes a guest appearance), Lead Belly and others, plus new originals.

Bare’s deep, unvarnished voice and his first-rate band’s colorful string work guide ‘Darker Than Light’ from the moody “Boll Weevil” to the foot-stomping Woody Guthrie cover “Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (I Ain’t Going To Be Treated This Way )” and heart-breaker ballads “Dark As A Dungeon,” a Merle Travis song, and “Shenandoah.”

‘Darker Than Light’ also includes a cover of U2′s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” and “The Devil & Billy Markham,” which puts music to the words of a Shel Silverstein poem originally published in 1979. Also, 27-time GRAMMY winner Vince Gill makes a guest appearance on vocals during original number, “I Was A Young Man Once”

Plowboy Records was launched earlier this year by punk legend and former member of the Dead Boys Cheetah Chrome, country music expert/author and professor Don Cusic, and Eddy Arnold’s grandson and businessman/musician Shannon Pollard. The label was created to further the legacy of the original Tennessee Plowboy, the late Country singing legend Eddy Arnold, and provide a home for recordings that focus on American music, regardless of genre.

Cheetah will also be portrayed by Rupert Grint in an upcoming film about famed NYC venue, CBGBs.

Now 77 and sounding better than ever, Bobby Bare has earned over 30 Top 20 hits, a Grammy award, and multiple Grammy nominations in a career that spans over 50 years. He will tour in support of ‘Darker Than Light’ with dates to be announced soon.

Click Here To Order CD or Limited Edition 180g Clear Vinyl LP

Track list here:
1. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (I Ain’t Going To Be Treated This
2. John Hardy
3. Boll Weevil
4. Farewell Angelina
5. House of the Rising Sun
6. Lookout Mountain
7. I Was Drunk
8. Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
9. Dark as a Dungeon
10. I Was a Young Man Once
11. Banks of the Ohio
12. Shenandoah
13. Woody
14. Tennessee Stud
15. Tom Dooley
16. The Devil and Billy Markam

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Eddy Arnold Visits The Troops

On Monday, March 6th 1967, Eddy Arnold performed for wounded Vietnam veterans at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio. Here is picture of him on March 7th performing for those who were too wounded to attend. Let us remember those who served today.

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Plowboy Records Announcement-Promo Video

On what would have been country icon Eddy Arnold‘s 94th birthday, Plowboy Records, LLC has announced their new label to further his legacy and issue classic American music. View the promotional video here. More to come!

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Great Photo! Hank Garland, Eddy Arnold and Little Roy Wiggins

Courtesy of Ana Fernández via Bill Cox’s Owen Bradley’s Quonset Hut Facebook Page. Click here to visit and “like”

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Eddy Arnold Presentation at Women’s Club of Nashville

My friend Elizabeth Mayhall of Regions Bank invited me to the Women’s Club of Nashville to deliver my Eddy Arnold Nashville Legacy Presentation. My wife and I had a blast and are very grateful for the opportunity to meet such nice folks! Thanks to Judi Medford for helping with the A/V equipment as well as Ellen Taylor for these great pictures.

The first picture is Shannon and Anissa Pollard and Elizabeth Mayhall holding Eddy Arnold’s 1938 Martin 0-21. The second picture includes Ellen Taylor, Elizabeth Mayhall and Shannon & Anissa Pollard. To learn more about the Women’s Club of Nashville click here.







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Profile: Mr. David Andersen – Music City’s Ambassador

Lovely article about Mr. David Andersen, an extraordinary guitar player and a true gentleman who I’ve had the pleasure to see and hear many, many times. Eddy Arnold always enjoyed seeing him too. Mr. Andersen was kind enough to note that in this well deserved article. Click here to read today’s article by Peter Cooper. You can also visit The Official Eddy Arnold Facebook page for the article as well by clicking here.


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