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New, future legends flow through River

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

River Café in Normandy
(T-G Photo by Brian Mosely)
You can't miss Nikki Mitchell's River Café as you cross the railroad tracks in Normandy.

But the place just isn't for good food on the weekends, It's for great music as well.

For example, this Saturday visitors have a rare opportunity to hear an artist who opened for the Beatles during their 1964 American tour.

Reggie and Jennie Lynn Young will be playing Saturday starting at 7 p.m. at the River Café, and if you aren't familiar with his name, you have probably heard him on many classic hits.

Sessions man

Reggie began his career in the 1950s in Memphis as a member of Eddie Bond and the Stompers, who toured with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Roy Orbison. Helping to form the Bill Black Combo in 1959, the band opened for the Beatles at the Fab Four's request during their historic American tour in 1964.

In 1967, Young helped to create the in-house rhythm section at American Sound Studio known as the Memphis Boys, recording 122 pop and R&B hits with Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield, Neil Diamond, the Box Tops and B.J. Thomas.

Young then moved to Nashville in 1972, recording with virtually everyone there. You hear his guitar in the opening of Dobie Grey's classic "Drift Away," on Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind," and "Luckenbach, Texas" by Waylon Jennings.

That's not including all the hits he's played on with Jimmy Buffett, JJ Cale, Delbert McClinton, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, Hank Williams Jr., George Strait, Joe Cocker and others.

Hitting the road

Young also toured with the Highwaymen, a group made up of Jennings, Cash, Nelson and Kris Krisofferson, for five years, became a member of Waylon Jennings' Waymore Blues Band in 1999, was nominated for a Grammy and inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame in Nashville in 2007.

His wife Jenny Lynn has an eclectic musical background, playing the cello at age 8, with a classical degree in the instrument from Arizona State University.

But she also displayed her talents playing electric cello and fiddle in bands and clubs all throughout the Southwest. She met Reggie in 1999 when Waylon Jennings and his wife Jessi Colter heard her perform in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jennings asked her to join the Waymore Blues Band, and the pair fell in love, getting married in 2004.

New artists

On Dec. 3, more talent comes to Normandy from one of Waylon Jennings' bands via DNA.

Carter's Chord is a country music trio consisting of sisters Becky Robertson, Emily Fortney and Joanna Robertson -- singer/songwriters who are the daughters of Barny and Carter Robertson, both who played in Jennings' road band The Waylors in the 1970s.

The three made their recording debut on Jennings' 1998 album "Cowboys, Sisters, Rascals & Dirt," which their father Barny produced.

They are now signed to Toby Keith's label Showdog with Universal Records, where they have had two singles -- "Young Love" and "Different Breed" -- both of which reached the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

For more information on performances at the River Café, call (931) 857-3806 or e-mail therivercafenormandy@gmail.com.

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