This past Thursday night, I had the wonderful opportunity attend the Source Foundation Awards at the Musicians Hall of Fame. This year was the 6th annual presentation to women who have been a vital source in the success of Music Row and the Nashville Entertainment Industry.
This year, Source honored Rose Drake,( who I used to wait on years ago at Huff’s Foodtown in Brentwood,) who is the widow of steel guitar god Pete Drake and an amazing businesswoman, who was the brains behind Pete’s record label, publishing, and continues to this day, 20 years after his death doing what she does so well. I think they said Rose’s first music biz job was taking requests on the Ernest Tubb Record Shop Midnite Jamboree and her compensation was one album a month.
Helen Farmer was the Director of Special Projects at the CMA for many years. I hadn’t seen Helen since Fan Fair of 1991, when I was pregnant with the first kid. Helen and my Dad were close friends and I was pretty tickled to see her and to see her recognized for her contribution.
Reba Hancock was honored posthumously for being the rock behind her brother, Johnny Cash’s business. Her daughter Kelly was there to accept her Mom’s award.
Another honoree that was quite interesting was Lucy Coldsnow Smith. Lucy spent 10 years as Marty Robbins’ assistant before moving to Hollywood, becoming a very succesful dialogue editor. I couldn’t believe I was sitting across from an Academy Award winner. We are talking BIG TIME. Go look at that link to see the movies she’s worked on.
Virginia Team was honored for her trailblazing art direction. Gosh, I’ve seen her name on so many albums. I used to just study liner notes like crazy, so much so, I recognized the names of the people who have worked for her for many years.
Oh yeah…there was another distinguished honoree…a certain Mutha In Law of mine…
The whole evening was so fun (even Marshall Chapman leaned over to me during the thing and said “I had no idea this would be THIS fun!” heh) and the vibe in the room (although it was hotter than hades) was just sparkly.
It got even MORE interesting when Jeannie Seeley began to tell about Hazel’s early days in Caswell County, NC and how she moved to Nashville in 1970 (with a 10 year old Mr. Smiff in tow),her days at Hillbilly Central, the days when she worked for Dr. Hook, Ricky Skaggs, the years she wrote for Country Music Magazine and the zillions of other things she’s done…it’s really quite impressive, all the things Hazel has done. Not bad for a Tobacco Farmer’s daughter.
We were all proud and happy for Hazel through the whole shindig, and we all almost wet our britches when Jeannie announced there was somebody special there to present her her award. Surprised sho nuff we were when His Garthness strolled into the room. He had some wonderful things to say about Hazel and how much she means to him. Pretty dang sweet.
After the program was over, there was the obligatory photo ops.
You can see more pichurs over there > at the Flickr.
As we were taking this photo here of my older children (#2 was really unimpressed with the whole thing cause he had his Gameboy with him. Someday, he’s gonna kick himself for that) I told Garth that I had a picture of him holding Baby Tyler at the Opry. He looked at Tyler, who is as tall as he is and probably weighs the same and said “I don’t think we’ll try to duplicate that pose.”
Really…a wonderful night.