good evening! who doesn’t remember barbara mandrell and the mandrell sisters? i can recall my parents watching the variety show when i was maybe four or five years old – a total good country time! barbara mandrell is a true country music legend in addition to being a very classy lady (i do wish she’d still perform today – she has since retired from playing music) oh my word – who doesn’t love to eat crackers in bed?!? (gosh i love that classic track of hers) plus she has done tons of TV work (including a great stint on sunset beach) this past monday ms. mandrell was inducted into the newly minted music city walk of fame in hall of fame park located in downtown nashville along with rodney crowell, bob dipiero, vince gill plus record producer buddy killen and rock legend jimi hendrix who were honored posthumously!
i’ve also had the pleasure of knowing barbara’s daughter jaime dudney for probably close to ten years now (if you’re a fan of as the world turns ms. dudney played troubled ‘georgia’) she was one of the first people i met on my initial trip to los angeles back in ’97 – jaime was roommates with my college pal sara – needless to say neither of us are friends with her anymore but we’ve both managed to keep in touch – she’s a really sweet & down to earth southern gal – i recently got to hang with her (and her crazy but cool pal nancy) when she stopped by LA a few weeks ago (she’s living in nashville at the moment)
jaime just emailed me the other day – she was a drop nervous as she was asked to introduce her mom at the ceremonies (pictures are posted below) everything looks like it went off without a hitch – i knew she’d be fine! both barbara & jaime look fabulous – kudos to ms. mandrell and all the other honorees! i so need to get my ass down to nashville at some point (i have a few friends there actually) i know it’d be a complete hoot seeing ms. jaime in her element! (plus i’d love to see her kitty isabella again) popbytes over & out for tonight…xxoo!
PS i’ve added an awesome vintage clip of barbara doing a song called midnight oil – i love the big hair – she looks adorable!
PHOTO CREDIT | AARON CRISLER – MUSICCITYUPDATE.COM