“BRINGING IT TO YOU PERSONALLY,”
AVAILABLE FOR PREORDER NOW
Legendary Singer/Songwriter’s New Book Chronicles Career
– Ronnie McDowell, known for decades of hit songs and genuine warmth
that fills seats again and again, opens up about his illustrious music
career in his new autobiography, “‘Bringing It To You Personally,”
available for preorder now.
“Bringing It To You Personally,” which includes more than 100 photos,
captures McDowell’s personal and career triumphs, as well as life
lessons he’s endured throughout four decades as an entertainer.
McDowell’s autobiography chronicles the moment he came out of nowhere to
dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song, “The
King Is Gone,” in honor of Elvis Presley’s death.
“My fans have been asking me to write a book for more than 20 years. I
have always said it would probably not happen, but last year I thought
maybe the time was right to tell the real story of my life,” McDowell
The young man from Portland, Tennessee quickly proved that he wasn’t
just a one-hit wonder after “The King is Gone.” From that single onward,
McDowell charted more than thirty Top 40 hits on the Billboard
country music charts. Two of his singles, “Older Women” and “You’re
Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” reached No. 1 on the country charts,
while eleven more reached Top Ten. He has also released more than twenty
McDowell often tours with Elvis Presley’s original sidemen Scotty
Moore and D.J. Fontana along with Millie Kirkham and The Jordanaires
staging a tribute to Elvis Presley’s music. The legendary Scotty Moore,
Elvis’ original guitar player, also raved about McDowell’s
autobiography, “If you are a Ronnie fan, if you are an Elvis fan or if
you happen to be a Scotty Moore fan…you need to read this book.”
The book’s foreword is written by one of Ronnie’s best friends, The Jordanaires’ Ray Walker:
excerpt) “Ronnie is so loved by everyone who works with him. And none
more than me. You’ve heard of people who are joined at that hip? Ronnie
and I are joined at the heart. In the Bible, Jesus says, ‘There is a
friend that sticks closer than a brother’…and that is Ronnie
McDowell,” said Ray Walker of The Jordanaires.
It To You Personally’ also includes McDowell’s personal stories about
his friendships with everyone from to George Jones to tourmate Conway
“I have been able to work with and get to know just about everyone in
country music. And I am able to share my memories of those special
times and special people.” McDowell adds, “There are some funny stories
about a lot of the country stars. And yes, I name names!”
McDowell scored a Top 10 hit with “It’s Only Make Believe,” a duet
with Conway Twitty on what had been Twitty’s breakthrough rock and roll
hit in 1958. Conway Twitty fans will also love Ronnie’s memories of
seven years on the road with Conway.
“I have so many memories of Conway and they are all in here, going
from the first time I met him to the very last words he said to me
before he died,” McDowell said.
RONNIE MCDOWELL ON TOUR:
Jan. 29 The Palace Theater – Gallatin, TN
Jan. 30 The Palace Theater – Gallatin, TN
Feb. 13 The Lodge at Blue Ridge Summit – Blue Ridge Summit, PA
Feb. 14 Rosedale American Legion – Rosedale, MD
Feb. 19 Bottling Pant Event Center – Opelika, Ala.
Feb. 21 Converse College – Spartanburg, S.C.
Feb. 27 My Time Cafe – Portland, Tenn.
March 11 Tennessee Armour – Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.
March 12 Tennessee Armour – Red Boiling Springs, Tenn.
April 16 The Roxy Theater – Russellville, Ala.
April 30 Marian Cocke’s Elvis Presley Charity Event – Fulton, Miss.
May 13 Old King Coal Festival – West Frankfort, Ill.
May 14 Strawberry Festival – Portland, TN
July 15 The Canadian Bluemoon Elvis Festival Barriere, B.C. Canada
ABOUT RONNIE MCDOWELL:
Like all great entertainers, Ronnie McDowell has a personality that
remains luminous long after the lights go dim. These qualities have
inspired a nationwide network of fan-clubs with more than 3,000 members,
each one a devoted promoter of everything McDowell does. Following the
death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Ronnie McDowell came out of nowhere to
dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song “The
King Is Gone” on the independent Scorpion label. The record took off
immediately, gaining airplay on country and pop stations across the
country and around the world. To date, “The King Is Gone” has sold more
than five million. McDowell scored a second hit for the Scorpion label
titled “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You” before being wooed and
signed by CBS Records – Epic label in 1979. He continued to chart a
string of hit singles and albums for Epic between 1979 and 1986. Every
single release with the exception of just one became a Top 10 Hit
including the chart toppers “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad
Reputation.” Other hits during his Epic years included “Watchin Girls Go
By,” “Personally,” “You Made A Wanted Man Of Me,” “All Tied Up,” and
“In A New York Minute.” He sought the advice of artists such as Conway
Twitty who became, in essence, not only his mentor but his friend as
well. Twitty helped the young singer with advice about touring,
recording and most of all, entertaining fans. Twitty was certainly the
master and Ronnie McDowell quickly became his prize pupil. Moving to
Curb Records in 1986, his current label to date, McDowell scored a Top
10 hit with “It’s Only Make Believe,” a duet with Conway Twitty on what
was Twitty’s breakthrough hit from 1958. Two years later Ronnie teamed
up with Jerry Lee Lewis for a rocking duet that McDowell wrote
titled,”You’re Never Too Old To Rock N’ Roll.” He also recorded yet
another Top 10 hit with his version of the pop standard “Unchained
Melody,” which also became a #1 country music video. His entertaining
abilities soared and he began to draw larger crowds. He started
appearing in larger venues and touring with artists such as Conway
Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn before headlining his own shows.
McDowell also achieved notoriety when he sang 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.” While Elvis Presley has played a
big part in Ronnie McDowell’s musical career over the years, Ronnie
continues to entertain audiences with his own blend of romantic intimacy
and country excitement.