Bill is originally from the St Louis area and currently resides in Nashville, TN. Since he was sixteen, Bill has been writing songs, entertaining and making people laugh and hosting award winning morning radio shows. He has performed at corporate events, casinos, fairs, comedy clubs and more.
Bill’s song “Safe Haven” co-written with Jimmy Fortune, Syndi Perry and Hillary Scott is on the current “Love Remains” album by Hillary Scott & The Scott Family that won the Grammy Award in 2017 for Best Contemporary Christian Album.
He also has the current title track on the new Joe Nichols CD “Crickets”…and his songs have been recorded by Linda Davis, Brady Seals, Ray Stevens, Cledus T. Judd, Karen Wheeler, Brooke and Darren Adlridge, Brent Burns and others.
In 2016 he landed a #1 Gospel Bluegrass song "He's A Coming" recorded by Darin and Brooke Aldridge.
Bill’s song “Cornhole The Song” was the featured piece of music in the recently released independent movie “Cornhole The Movie”…that features the popular Midwest bean bag game.
Through the years, Bill has performed with, Jeff Dunham, Heywood Banks, Larry the Cable Guy, Crystal Gayle, Little Big Town, Gary Morris and many others. And in 2019 Bill signed an exclusive publishing deal with Billy Blue Publishing in Nashville.
Bill has two comedy song CD’s available. “Off The Wall” recorded “live” at the Bluebird Café in Nashville and the recently released “Leave Em’ Laughing”.
THE RADIO GUY
Bill is an accomplished radio broadcaster hosting morning shows in Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and Nashville. He has been nominated three times for the CMA (Country Music Association) “Air Personality of the Year” and was honored to the CMA Award for Best Large Market Personality in 1991. Bill is also a winner of the Gavin “Large Market Broadcast Personality of The Year” as well as an AIR Award for “Best New Radio Show” in Nashville.
In 2012 Bill was awarded the highest honor for a Country Radio personality when he was inducted into the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Currently Bill works on air for “The Legend” 650AM WSM in Nashville.
As a syndicated writer for both United Stations and Premiere in New York, Bill provides comedy bits for production and distribution to morning radio shows across the country. He has also been the most frequent guest host for the Bob Kingsley Top 40 Countdown Show. Just this year, the CMA Broadcast Hall of Fame has honored Bill with a nomination.
And he’s hosted a number of “live” syndicated performance shows hosting world premiers for Patty Loveless and Jo Dee Messina to name a couple. He has also guest hosted for Bob Kingsley on his national countdown show numerous times.
As far as a performer…whether he's picking on pseudo celebrities in his song "CELEBUTARD" or wondering how much he could get away with in "IF I HAD BOOBS" he always leaves the crowd laughing. Bill's song "I'M GOIN’ UGLY EARLY TONIGHT" which has been recorded by Cledus T. Judd, is the perfect howling climax for his stand-up/singing routine.
“I’m Going Ugly Early” written with Brent Burns finished number two a few years ago for “Novelty Song Of The Year” at the “Just Plain Folks Music Award Show” in Nashville over hundreds of entries worldwide.
“Delnora Reed has been performing her signature blend of roots, country and folk music across the country since she was a teenager; continuing a long and distinguished family tradition in music. Her first album, entitled “Delnora” received airplay on Country Radio both in the States as well as the United Kingdom and while in college, Delnora was named one of the ten “Best College Entertainers In America”.
Delnora has shared the stage with Craig Morgan, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Marty Stewart, The Church Sisters, Eddie Stubbs, The Chuck Wagon Gang, Danielle Peck, Stella Parton, Georgette Jones, Paul Thorn, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Buddy Jewell, Leona Williams, Leonard Ahlstrom, Jason Deere, Jan Howard, Roy Clark, Jr., Jett Williams, Billy Yates, Buck Moore, Gary Duffey, Mark Alan Cash, Tommy Barnes, and many more. She has just finished recording as a member of the trio The Shotgun Rubies for Grammy Award winner Carl Jackson’s latest project, “Orthophonic Joy – The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited”, which is slated for a January 2015 release on Sony Records.
Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, this singer/songwriter grew up listening to Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams and Marty Robbins. In the early eighties, Spiker formed a country group called L-Passo. The band toured throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Virginia. During this time, Spiker also performed at various jamborees, including Jamboree USA. While there he worked with Loretta Lynn, Bill Anderson and Marty Robbins. In the early nineties, Spiker decided to pursue songwriting full-time and relocated to a suburb of Nashville. He hooked up with fellow songwriters, including Keith Norris and Karen Pendley. He also has songs recorded by Barry Lee White among others. In 2001, Spiker entered the studio to record his debut album. The album, My Future Ain't What It Used To Be, was released in July 2002.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Jeffrey Allan Lane, mostly known simply as Jeff Lane grew up in Kingsport, Tennessee, where he began playing guitar fervently at the age of fourteen; fascinated by the invention of the “historic” MTV and the great rock guitar players of that era. From an even younger age, his musical roots were watered by his mother’s record collection that was packed full of greats like Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, The Eagles, Elton John, Jim Croce, Elvis, The Beatles and the Commodores. Sneaking over to a neighbor’s house he learned about hot bands AC/DC, Pat Benetar, and REO Speedwagon. After forming a few high school rock bands, life took Jeff out of the public pursuit of his dream. For the next 20 years, he kept his songwriting pursuit private all while picking out the biggest influences in each generation to add to his sound. With a major economical turn of events in 2010, and the loss of Jeff’s business and his farm, an unexpected door opened that started his long-awaited musical journey. That winter collaboration began with Matthew Oakes that would quickly lead to a series of phone calls from guitarist/producer Quentin Horton wanting to record the project known as Hundred Acres. While in the studio, Hundred Acres was officially joined by Horton on lead and slide guitars, as well as guest tracks from fiddle player Kevin Jackson and former Allison Krause & Union Station guitarist Tim Stafford who was touring with Blue Highway as an award-winning guitarist. The result was Jeff’s first record “Where the Buffalo Roam” which he debuted on his 40th birthday in 2011 at his first official gig. Although nervous and clumsy on stage at first, the music brought an energy that grew quickly resulting in a second record exactly one year later called “Feels Good”. At this point, Horton who formerly experienced development in Nashville, suggested that Jeff pursue his next step by experiencing songwriters in other places to find more influence and experience, replicating the journey he had taken years before. For the next few years Lane followed the advice and began playing hundreds of open mics and songwriter rounds within a two hour (100 mile) driving radius so that he could return the same night for work the next day. His soulful and story-telling style of songwriting, along with tasteful guitar work quickly acquired notoriety as someone wanted in “good” rounds, and opened doors further away and into Nashville where he regularly appears at venues such as the world-famous Commodore. With the growth achieved by constant appearances as a songwriter, Lane has become a powerhouse that commands most rooms, bringing audiences to full attention with the sound of his soulful voice of heavily bluesy-style guitar licks on a beaten 1953 Gibson LG-1. Jeff Lane has made many appearances on indie radio stations including the famous “Blue Plate Special” WDVX in Knoxville, TN and “Appalshop” on WMMT in Whitesburg, KY. Jeff, in addition has performed at many intimate songwriter rounds and sessions with an A-list of performers over the past few years including Tim Stafford, Chris Knight, Trey Hensley, Kim Williams, Sean Gasaway, Derek Johnson, Benjy Gaither, Steve Williams, Aaron Barker, Keith Anderson, Lance Miller, Doug Johnson, Bobby Tomberlin, Mark Steven Jones, Aaron Tracy, Randy Finchum, Lara Landon, Emily Minor, Annie Robinette, Bobby Starnes, Justin Mychals, Karen Reynolds, Mason Reed, Robby Hopkins, Mo Pitney, Bill LaBounty, Carrie Tillis, Willy “Big Eyes” Smith, Folk Soul Revival, Holly Williams, Hilary Williams, Bill DiLuigi, Lara Landon, Lanndon Lingerfelt, Johnathan Dean, Marc-Alan Barnette, PJ Steelman, Scott Southworth, Heino Meoller, Morgan Alexander, Judy Paster and many more. Jeff currently tours with the Love, Lies & Lyrics songwriter tour as well as the Fabulous Flying J’s Song-Teller Tour every winter.
A recent description of Jeff as a songwriter came from East TN singer/songwriter/troubadour Scotty Melton who expanded on Jeff as a songwriter…
As a songwriter, Jeff Lane turns hillbilly dialect into high English literature. He sees metaphors in everyday things that are all too often take for granted. A wedding ring becomes a a symbol of life’s unexpected turns: hope and happiness, dreams, despair, lessons learned, loss -and in the end, still hope. A steering wheel becomes a metaphor for the brevity of life; the role of chance and of choices; and how swiftly tragedy can strike in the midst of a laugh. Jeff’s songs are deeply connected to nature and the mountains of his native East Tennessee. The images of hills, trees and old country barns permeate his songs. He finds the answers to the deepest philosophical questions in the quiet solitude of the countryside. His songs reflect that peace of mind and tranquility are as simple as enjoying the sunrise, working on the farm, and appreciating the small pleasures in life. Jeff’s lyrics are filled with a common sense of wisdom that is planted firmly in the spirituality of the mountains and mountain folks. There is a deep reverence for these folks and their culture in Jeff’s songs, his lyrics filled with old mountain sayings and remedies. These songs also reveal an unpretentious sense of humor and a sharp eye for irony. Jeff writes about real life in an honest, straightforward manner. He writes about love, love lost, hope, sadness, mortality, nature, home, the road, simple thrills, picking by the campfire, cars, girls, family, dreams… he writes about those little ironies in life, and he writes from the point of view of one who has found that the grass is just as green on this side. His songs lift you up, and they do not hide behind false eyelashes and masquerades. They are happy, they are sad; they are all about what it means to be alive; and in the end, they offer hope to a world that so often seems without hope. As a performer, Jeff is as much a story-teller as he is a songwriter; he is a true performing Singer-Songwriter: he understands the role of a songwriter and the role of a performer. He is a natural performer: his guitar picking is precise, whether soft and subtle, or hard and heavy, always precise. He sings with an air of authority and confidence, yet with a humbleness that endears him to the audience. His command of the stage can turn a loud honky tonk into a listening room with just a few words. And perhaps most importantly, as entertainment is about being entertained, he entertains; he lifts the listener up. And that is what good music is supposed to do: a good performance of a good song is a prescription for the soul. Jeff Lane is a healer.
Carrie Hassler, Lonnie Brown and Halen Hassler LIVE “In the House."
Welcome back Travis Humphrey and special guest Lucas McCoy. Real sons of Tennessee and real artist. Ready to rock?
Travis and Lucas bring real life and real love of music to each of their performances.
A solid Southern Rock, Blues, Americana, and flatout rock and roll. Join us and welcome back Travis Humphrey and Lucas McCoy Grinder House favorites!
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An orphan who turned into a preacher
A preacher who turned into a songwriter
A songwriter that turned into a drunk
A drunk that is learning to be a human being
Travis Meadows spent years trying to escape himself. He’s anything but selfish, so he’d find a way to get away––a bottle, a bag, a sermon––and he’d share it with everyone. That was then. Now, Meadows isn’t trying to get anybody lost or high. Instead, he’s trying to get every single one of us to settle in deeply to ourselves––and love what’s there.
“I feel like what I’m doing is giving people permission to be okay with who they are, where they’re at now,” Meadows says. “A lot of us say stuff like, ‘If I’d been married to this guy or this girl, or if I had enough money, or if I had a better job. If I wasn’t an alcoholic, or if I drank more. If this, if that, then, I think I could be a better person.’” He pauses. “I think the key to life is being okay with who you are.”
Meadows isn’t just waxing poetic about the perks of self-acceptance. The 52-year-old has clawed his way to the peace he’s found, and his willingness to map that journey through his songs has saved more lives than his own. On his anxiously awaited new album First Cigarette, Meadows proves once again that when he sings the truth he’s living, he can set us all free. “I’ve always put secrets in my records, but I had this ring of fire that nobody could get in––a defense mechanism from my childhood. Nobody gets too close,” he says. “I think this record is a way of me letting people in a little more, inside the ring of fire.”
Disciples have been dancing by Meadows’ fire for years. Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Jake Owen, Mary Gauthier, Brandy Clark, Blackberry Smoke, Hank Williams, Jr., Wynonna Judd, Randy Houser, and others began writing with, recording, and praising Meadows as soon as they heard his work. Songs such as “Riser,” the title track for Bentley’s 2015 album; Church’s “Knives of New Orleans” and “Dark Side”; and Owen’s “What We Ain’t Got” are all Meadows-penned chart-climbers.
Much of the attention began in 2010, when Meadows self-released Killin’ Uncle Buzzy, a raw masterpiece that left listeners stunned. “I was in rehab, and one of my counselors suggested that I keep a journal, so I basically made a record out of that journal,” Meadows says. It became an unlikely phenomenon, handed from friend to friend and artist to artist with whispers of, Listen. It’s the best thing you’ll hear all year. In 2013, Meadows followed Killin’ Uncle Buzzy with the acclaimed Old Ghosts and Unfinished Business. “On Killin’ Uncle Buzzy, you’re listening to a guy trying to figure out how to get sober,” Meadows says. “Then two years later, I was sober, but I wasn’t that guy anymore. That’s what ‘Old Ghosts’ was––me just trying to move forward. I feel like this record is more accessible. People can listen and go, ‘Well, hell. I’ve done that, too.’”