Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Book signing International Bluegrass Music Festival

Steve Martin

Book signing at

International Bluegrass

Music Festival

THIS IS AN EXCITING MONTH! The International Bluegrass Music Museum has invited me to return to do a book signing at their ROMP Celebration in Owensboro June 23, 24, 25 featuring Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers and EmmyLou Harris.

I did a book signing last year for the cookbook “Favorite Recipes of Kentucky Celebrities,” which has recipes from the museum and Bill Monroe. This year the book signing will be the recently released “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities,” with recipes from Bobby Osborne, Flatt and Scruggs, Farewell Drifters, Steel String Band, etc.

Check back the next couple of weeks for additional blogs on contributors, who will be participating in this year’s festival.

For more information on the festival go to:

and on the cookbooks:

As always, I pledge 50% of the proceeds from the cookbooks to non-profit organizations. Proceeds from this book signing will go to the museum.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011




I will be at West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, TN for its annual I-40 Exit 56 Blues Festival, May 28, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They have invited me to do a book signing as a fundraiser for the Center.

I have been doing blogs related to Blues and the Festival. This week I am doing one on Stax Museum. They sent a recipe for Greens. It is a GREAT recipe for Greens using Turnip, Mustard, and Collard Greens. I know it is great, because I just made it.

The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, located at the original site of the legendary Stax Records is the heart of Soulsville USA at 926 E. McLemore Ave., Memphis, Tennessee. This 17,000-square-foot facility with more than 2,000 cultural artifacts, music exhibits, video footage, and items of memorabilia is designed to preserve and promote the legacy of American soul music, particularly that of Stax Records. With permanent Soul Music Exhibits
, like Soul Train.

The mission of the Stax Museum is to keep the memory of Stax soul
music legends such as Otis Redding, Booker T, Isaac Hayes, Memphis Horns, and Little Milton alive forever.

Stax is the only soul music museum in the world and you'll find programs, special events, concerts, exhibits, and memorabilia dedicated to other soul music artists and labels, including that of Muscle Shoals, Motown, Atlantic, and Hi Records.

Don’t forget to stop by this Saturday for the Blues Festival in Brownsville, some really good music, and a SIGNED copy of my cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities.”

Friday, May 20, 2011

Blues Icon “Little Milton”

Blues Icon “Little Milton”

Milton Campbell recorded with Sun Records & Stax in Memphis. He garnered such honors as the W. C. Handy Blues Entertainer of the Year Award, a Grammy Award nomination, inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, & numerous billboard blues smash hits.

His friends said, “Milton just loved to cook for himself, his family, & his friends.” We have a recipe for “Little Milton in the Tennessee cookbook “Country Goodness Recipes of Tennessee Celebrities”

As I will be doing a book signing Saturday, May 28 at “The Exit 56 Blues Festival” at the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, TN (Just east of Memphis) I am doing a blog on blues contributors to the cookbooks. I will do a blog next week on Stax Record Studios, which also sent a recipe.

Milton “Little Milton” Campbell” found an early connection to Country and western music and later fused it with the other two predominant musical influences of the Mississippi Delta: Gospel & Blues. A youthful “Little” Milton began studying what he heard and practiced; mastering songs and reciting them, no matter what the style or difficulty. By his early teens, he was performing in local clubs and bars across the Delta.

He carefully developing his craft and attracting the attention of established acts and local record labels. By the time Ike Turner introduced Milton to Sam Phillips of Sun Records in the early 50's, he was a young but seasoned performer with a momentous live show that created a buzz in every town he played. His debut single Beggin My Baby was recorded and released at the same time Sam Phillips was molding the sound of another unknown talent from Mississippi: Elvis Presley.

He sky rocketed to success with such blues hits as I’m a Lonely Man, Baby I Love You, If Walls Could Talk, Feel So Bad, Who's Cheating Who? and the unforgettable Grits Ain't Groceries.

Little Milton signed with Stax and joined a virtual who’s who of influential black recording artist of the day including Isaac Hayes, Rufus & Carla Thomas, Booker T. & The M.G.'s, Albert King and, Johnnie Taylor. Milton’s legend only grew at Stax, where from 1971 through 1975, he stacked up more mega hits including Walking The Back Streets and Cryin and That's What Love Will Make You Do.

He was the man who made the THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT a national anthem with blues enthusiasts around the globe.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sleepy John Estes

Blues Festival Brownsville, TN

West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, TN will host its annual I-40 Exit 56 Blues Festival May 28, 2011 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They have invited me to do a book signing as a fundraiser for the Center. I will do a couple of Blogs in the next couple of weeks on places and events with Blues connections, who also contributed recipes to the Tennessee cookbook.

About the Festival

Live Music from the Porch of the Home of Blues Pioneer Sleepy John Estes

All concerts will be performed from the porch of the last home of Blues Pioneer "Sleepy" John Adam Estes, located on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center

Check back in the next

couple of weeks for blogs on

Stax Recording Studio


Little Milton.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011




Here are 2 GREAT opportunities to get a cookbook for Mother’s Day and help 2 wonderful organizations. I have 2 book signings this weekend. The first is at Lourdes Hospital Cafeteria on Friday May 6 and the second is Saturday May 7 (NOTE LOCATION CHANGE DUE TO FLOODING IN NOBLE PARK) at Tilghman High School Football Field.

Lourdes Hospital Auxiliary Bake Sale

Date & Time: May 6, 2011 6:30 AM
Location: Lourdes Hospital
Phone: 270-444-2552
On Friday, May 6 there will a Lourdes Auxiliary Bake Sale in the Garden Room from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All proceeds from this event will go to Lourdes Foundation.

March of Dimes March for Babies

Time: May 7, 2011 - 10:00am

Note: Due to the temporary closure of Noble Park, the walk will be held at the Tilghman High School football field and track.

The March of Dimes McCracken County March for Babies at Noble Park. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the walk at 10:00 a.m. The park will not be closed to the public during the event: however, please use caution around the walkers.

Last week I was so busy I did not have time to do a blog. I did a book signing for Yeiser Art Center, during the National Quilt Show in Paducah. There were over 35,000 quilters from around the world. They loved the cookbooks PERFECT KENTUCKY SOUVENIR.