A musical milestone will hit the airwaves worldwide this Friday,
September 27th, when legendary entertainers Ronnie McDowell, John
Schneider and The Righteous Brothers debut their new recording on WSM
radio with hall of fame disc jockey Bill Cody.
This new collaboration is an updated version of the iconic
Righteous Brothers hit, “Rock and Roll Heaven,” appropriately titled,
“Country Heaven.” McDowell worked a new arrangement on the classic which
he says, “I am so proud of this recording. I can’t wait for everyone to
Along with Ronnie McDowell, actor, film maker, singer and songwriter John Schneider belts out the soulful lyrics, “If theres a Country Heaven, then you know they have a hell of band.”
Added to the mix are Bill Medley and Bucky Heard of The Righteous
Brothers bringing back the authenticity from the original hit.
Fans will hear the song for the first time, this Friday, September
27, 2019 at 9am central time on 650am WSM, www.wsmonlline.com and
Heartland TV on the Coffee, Country and Cody Show hosted by Bill Cody.
Ronnie McDowell and John Schneider will join Cody in studio for some fun
and behind-the-scene stories.
They will also be promoting their upcoming shows together in Red
Boiling Springs, Tennessee for the weekend. The two versatile
entertainers will perform a two-night run at the historic Donoho Hotel
on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th.
Ronnie McDowell and John Schneider will also guest on Newschannel
5’s Talk of the Town at 11am central time on Friday, September 27th to
show off their new project and catch up on other upcoming events.
“Country Heaven” is the first single and title track from Ronnie
McDowell’s new album, which will be released in conjunction with the
single. The project features Ronnie McDowell on duets with some of
music’s biggest hitmakers, from Conway Twitty to Wayne Newton, Jerry Lee
Lewis, T. Graham Brown, Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys and The
Righteous Brothers. A special song recorded by John Schneider honoring
the two stars’ favorite restaurant, during an important anniversary year
for the establishment, is an added bonus, The Cracker Barrel Song.
Upcoming Ronnie McDowell & John Schneider Appearances:
*Friday, September 27, 2019 — 9am WSM/Heartland TV, Bill Cody Morning Show
*Friday, September 27, 2019 — 11am (WTVF) NewsChannel5 Talk Of The Town
*Friday, September 27, 2019 — Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, TN
*Saturday, September 28, 2019 — Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, TN
Country Heaven Tracks:
1. Country Heaven with Bill Medley and John Schneider (new)
2. It’s Only Make Believe with Conway Twitty (slow)
3. Heartache By The Numbers with Jerry Lee Lewis
4. She’s My Saturday Night Special with Wayne Newton
5. Blue Velvet with Bobby Vinton
6. Never Too Old Too Rock & Roll with Jerry Lee Lewis (slow)
7. Boardwalk Girl with Bill Pinkney and The Drifters
8. Shame On Me with T Graham Brown
9. Rocket 88 with Bill Medley
10. It’s Only Make Believe (uptempo) with Conway Twitty
11. Bring Back Rock & Roll with Bill Medley, Billy Swan and Steve Geppi (video available)
12. Never Too Old To Rock & Roll with Jerry Lee Lewis (fast)
13. Lost In Dirty Dancing with Bill Medley (studio version)
14. Burning Bridges with Jack Scott
15. I Dreamed About ELVIS with Dolly Parton
16. Make America Great Again with The Oak Ridge Boys
17. Lost In Dirty Dancing with Bill Medley (remix)
18. One Big Family with Roy Acuff, Rex Allen Jr., Lynn Anderson,
Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, Lane Brody, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy
Dickens, Karen Taylor-Good, Dobie Gray, Sonny James, George Jones, the
Kendalls, Dave Kirby, The Jordanaires, Kathy Mattea, O.B. McClinton,
Lorrie Morgan, Colleen Peterson, Boots Randolph, Jerry Reed, Jeannie C.
Riley, Ronny Robbins, Ray Sawyer, Troy Seals, Jeannie Seely, Rick
Schulman, Tanya Tucker, Mack Vickery, Porter Wagoner, Leona Williams,
Bergen White and Faron Young
19. Oh How Happy with Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard Billy Joel Royal and John Conlee
***Bonus Track – Cracker Barrel Song by John Schneider
About Ronnie McDowell: Ronnie McDowell entertains audiences worldwide with his own blend of romantic intimacy and country excitement! Ronnie
McDowell charted a string of hit singles between 1979 and 1986…
“Older Women”… “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation”… “Watchin Girls
Go By” …and “In A New York Minute.” The Vietnam Veteran’s admiration
for Elvis led to McDowell singing 36 songs on the soundtrack “Elvis,”
the Dick Clark-produced television movie that featured Kurt Russell as
the performer. He also was the singing voice for the television movie
“Elvis And Me”, the ABC television series about the early years of
Elvis’ career titled simply “Elvis” as well as, the 1997 Showtime
special “Elvis Meets Nixon.” McDowell is a true artist and his
creativity has expanded to original paintings for Walt Disney along with
painting of some of pop culture’s biggest celebrities from Elvis to
Dolly Parton to Clark Gable.
About John Schneider:John
Schneider’s extensive acting career includes the iconic roles of “Bo
Duke” on The Dukes of Hazzard, “Jonathan Kent” on Smallville and “Jim
Cryer” on his current OWN series, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have
Nots — the #1 primetime series on cable on Tuesday nights. Add in
countless films and guest appearances, and a recent stint on Dancing
with the Stars, and it’s no wonder that Schneider is an American icon.
Schneider is also a celebrated country music artist with 4 #1 singles on
the Billboard Country chart. Schneider co-founded the Children’s
Miracle Network in 1983. To date, they have raised more than $7 billion
dollars (with over $409 million in 2018 alone) for medical research and
community awareness of children’s health issues, which is distributed
directly to a network of 170 children’s hospitals.
About The Righteous Brothers:The
Righteous Brothers were originally an American musical duo of Bill
Medley and Bobby Hatfield. Their emotive vocal style is sometimes dubbed
“blue-eyed soul.” They had their first major hit with the 1964 song
“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin.'” Other notable hits include “Ebb
Tide”, “Soul and Inspiration”, “Rock and Roll Heaven”, and in
particular, their version of “Unchained Melody”. Hatfield passed away in
2003 with Medley re-forming The Righteous Brothers with Bucky Heard and
they continue to perform as a duo. The Righteous Brothers were
nominated twice for a Grammy.
The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.