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Hey Hey - It's World Yodel Day - 2017!
It was a festive gathering in Goyang, S Korea as the Third Annual World Yodel Day (August 8) was celebrated. The Festival was held Aug 4-5. Many talented young yodelers wowed the audience with their vocal (and playing) abilities.

In addition to new talent, there were three well-known yodelers from the past who were honored: Fred Panopio from the Philippines, Bob Vrieling from Belgium,
and representing the United States was our own Carolina Cotton!

Featured are two videos from the event, with performances of Carolina's better known songs. The first is the innovative Macau group, performing their version of "Yodel Mountain". The second features students from the Korean University performing a beautiful version of "I Love To Yodel". (Special thanks to World Yodel Day creator Peter Lim).

To learn more about World Day and listen to some amazing yodelers, click here:
World Yodel Day


The Cowtown Society will honor Smiley Burnette as he becomes a 2011 Hero of Western Music!  Most folks will remember Smiley in  B Westerns appearing alongside Gene Autry (as Frog Millhouse) and Charles "Durango Kid" Starrett.  He later played engineer Charley Pratt on the TV series "Petticoat Junction".  Carolina and Smiley were longtime friends and appeared together onstage, radio and in the Durango Kid movie, "The Rough Tough West".  Smiley was a talented songwriter, penning "Mama Don't Allow No Music Played In Here" and "Ridin' Down The Canyon", among others.  Did you know Smiley was also a prolific inventor? Those are but a few of his accomplishments.  Learn more about his fascinating career at:  http://www.smileyburnette.org/Smiley/index.html

Smiley's son Stephen Burnette will be at the CSWM event to accept the posthumous Heroes Award for his Dad.

The 14th Annual CSWM Swing Fest takes place May 5, at the Holiday Hills Country Club in Miner Wells, Texas.  For details, click here

Joining Smiley in the Posthumous Heroes will be Raymond Edwards and Tiny Moore.

Other deserving inductees include:

Living Legends: L.C. Agnew, Tommy Allsup and Johnny Gimble

 Living Heroes: Don Burnham, Billy Champion, Buddy Ferguson, Jim Fincher, Nat Fleming, Norm Hamlet, Johnny Johnson, Freddy Lewis, Lucy Dean Record, Wallace Reid, C.B. Sutton, Joe Settlemire and Bobby Wynne.

President's Choice: Paula Jungmann

Fans Of The Year: Sue and Bob Gallup

Publication: WSDN Newsletter - Rhonda Craig
Venue: Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium
Rising Star: Jessica Munn
Disc Jockey Of The Year: Mike Gross (of Swingin' West), and Sam Upshaw
Promoter: Joye Thompson

Congratulations to all inductees!

Welcome KNLDJ!

Owned and operated by longtime CC fans, our good
friends Donn and Nancy Moyer, KNLDJ Radio plays
Old Time Radio,24/7. You can catch Carolina and
all of your favorite Cowboy, Hillbilly and Western
Swing music...and many great classic radio shows
from yesteryear...by clicking here:  KNLDJ

(of special note:  Donn Moyer is the author of the
wonderful Carolina Cotton feature article in
American Music Magazine, as well as several books
available from Wild West Publishing).

Our friend Bart Plantenga in the Netherlands
included Carolina in an episode of his
"Wreck This Mess" radio
program. The show
features a colorful collection of
yodeling. You can
catch it online here:

Incidentally, the Yodeling Blonde Bombshell can be
found within the pages of
Bart's book, "Yodel In HiFi"



December was a busy month, for sure.  Besides the release of the long-awaited CD "Yodeling Blonde Bombshell Volume 2", Miss Cotton appeared in 2 feature articles, in two popular music magazines. 

The Oxford American is a well-respected publication, originating from Conway, Arkansas.  Supported by The National Endowment For The Arts and Arkansas Arts Council, the magazine covers many aspects of literature, art, culture...and, of course, music.  Their 11th Annual Southern Music Issue not only featured an article on Carolina, but also her 1946 song "Three Miles South Of Cash (In Arkansas)", on their double-CD compilation, which is included with the issue!  This magazine is found in most bookstores nationwide.  Visit their website:  http://www.oxfordamerican.org

American Music Magazine is a prominent music magazine in Europe.  Hailing from Sweden, this publication is a superb historical account of many Hillbilly, Western Swing, Country and Rockabilly artists.  Feature articles not only give in-depth bios, but detailed discographies and photos (including pics of the record labels of songs the artists recorded).  Carolina is the featured artist of the December issue.  The bio is written by well-known Western author and entertainer, Donn J. Moyer (with personal insights contributed by yours truly, Sharon).  There are dozens and dozens of photos in this 26-page (!)  article, which is written in English.  There are other artists covered as well, mostly in Swedish.  We are looking into making this wonderful collector's style issue available in the General Store.  Meanwhile, you can visit the magazine's site: http://www.americanmusicmagazine.com/index.html
Click on the Latest Issue link to find the December issue with Carolina on the cover.


Word is getting out about the new album compilation "Yodeling Blonde Bombshell Volume 2".

Western Swing historian and radio host Mike Gross is now playing the album on his long-running program "Swingin' West".  His website features a nice review...read it here:  http://www.swinginwest.com/reviews/review_ccotton2.htm

Musician / actor / columnist Randall Franks (The Appalachian Ambassador of the Fiddle) has also written a wonderful review of the Volume 2 CD.  Find it on his Official Website, in his Southern Style column:  http://www.randallfranks.com/

Under Construction...please stay tuned