Country Heaven

Ronnie McDowell and John Schneider Headline Shows Celebrating Iconic Recording Featuring The Righteous Brothers

Ronnie McDowell and John Schneider Headline Shows Celebrating 

Iconic Recording Featuring The Righteous Brothers 

NASHVILLE, TN (September 24, 2019) -- A musical milestone will hit the airwaves worldwide this Friday, September 27th, when legendary entertainers Ronnie McDowell, John Schneider and The Righteous Brothers debut their new recording on WSM radio with hall of fame disc jockey Bill Cody. 

This new collaboration is an updated version of the iconic Righteous Brothers hit, "Rock and Roll Heaven," appropriately titled, "Country Heaven." McDowell worked a new arrangement on the classic which he says, "I am so proud of this recording. I can't wait for everyone to hear it." 

Along with Ronnie McDowell, actor, film maker, singer and songwriter John Schneider belts out the soulful lyrics, " If theres a Country Heaven, then you know they have a hell of band." Added to the mix are Bill Medley and Bucky Heard of The Righteous Brothers bringing back the authenticity from the original hit. 

Fans will hear the song for the first time, this Friday, September 27, 2019 at 9am central time on 650am WSM, and Heartland TV on the Coffee, Country and Cody Show hosted by Bill Cody. Ronnie McDowell and John Schneider will join Cody in studio for some fun and behind-the-scene stories. 

They will also be promoting their upcoming shows together in Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee for the weekend. The two versatile entertainers will perform a two-night run at the historic Donoho Hotel on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th. 

Ronnie McDowell and John Schneider will also guest on Newschannel 5's Talk of the Town at 11am central time on Friday, September 27th to show off their new project and catch up on other upcoming events. 

"Country Heaven" is the first single and title track from Ronnie McDowell's new album, which will be released in conjunction with the single. The project features Ronnie McDowell on duets with some of music's biggest hitmakers, from Conway Twitty to Wayne Newton, Jerry Lee Lewis, T. Graham Brown, Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys and The Righteous Brothers. A special song recorded by John Schneider honoring the two stars' favorite restaurant, during an important anniversary year for the establishment, is an added bonus, The Cracker Barrel Song. 

Upcoming Ronnie McDowell & John Schneider Appearances: 

*Friday, September 27, 2019 -- 9am WSM/Heartland TV, Bill Cody Morning Show 

*Friday, September 27, 2019 -- 11am (WTVF) NewsChannel5 Talk Of The Town 

*Friday, September 27, 2019 -- Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, TN 

*Saturday, September 28, 2019 -- Donoho Hotel in Red Boiling Springs, TN 

Country Heaven Tracks: 

1. Country Heaven with Bill Medley and John Schneider (new) 

2. It’s Only Make Believe with Conway Twitty (slow) 

3. Heartache By The Numbers with Jerry Lee Lewis 

4. She’s My Saturday Night Special with Wayne Newton 

5. Blue Velvet with Bobby Vinton 

6. Never Too Old Too Rock & Roll with Jerry Lee Lewis (slow) 

7. Boardwalk Girl with Bill Pinkney and The Drifters 

8. Shame On Me with T Graham Brown 

9. Rocket 88 with Bill Medley 

10. It’s Only Make Believe (uptempo) with Conway Twitty 

11. Bring Back Rock & Roll with Bill Medley, Billy Swan and Steve Geppi (video available) 

12. Never Too Old To Rock & Roll with Jerry Lee Lewis (fast) 

13. Lost In Dirty Dancing with Bill Medley (studio version) 

14. Burning Bridges with Jack Scott 

15. I Dreamed About ELVIS with Dolly Parton 

16. Make America Great Again with The Oak Ridge Boys 

17. Lost In Dirty Dancing with Bill Medley (remix) 

18. One Big Family with Roy Acuff, Rex Allen Jr., Lynn Anderson, Eddy Arnold, Chet Atkins, Bobby Bare, Lane Brody, T. Graham Brown, Jimmy Dickens, Karen Taylor-Good, Dobie Gray, Sonny James, George Jones, the Kendalls, Dave Kirby, The Jordanaires, Kathy Mattea, O.B. McClinton, Lorrie Morgan, Colleen Peterson, Boots Randolph, Jerry Reed, Jeannie C. Riley, Ronny Robbins, Ray Sawyer, Troy Seals, Jeannie Seely, Rick Schulman, Tanya Tucker, Mack Vickery, Porter Wagoner, Leona Williams, Bergen White and Faron Young 

19. Oh How Happy with Willie Nelson, The Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard Billy Joel Royal and John Conlee 

***Bonus Track - Cracker Barrel Song by John Schneider 

About Ronnie McDowell:    Ronnie McDowell entertains audiences worldwide with his own blend of romantic intimacy and country excitement!   Ronnie McDowell charted a string of hit singles between 1979 and 1986... “Older Women”... “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation”... “Watchin Girls Go By” ...and “In A New York Minute.” The Vietnam Veteran's admiration for Elvis led to McDowell singing 36 songs on the soundtrack “Elvis,” the Dick Clark-produced television movie that featured Kurt Russell as the performer. He also was the singing voice for the television movie “Elvis And Me”, the ABC television series about the early years of Elvis’ career titled simply “Elvis” as well as, the 1997 Showtime special “Elvis Meets Nixon.” McDowell is a true artist and his creativity has expanded to original paintings for Walt Disney along with painting of some of pop culture's biggest celebrities from Elvis to Dolly Parton to Clark Gable. 

About John Schneider: John Schneider's extensive acting career includes the iconic roles of "Bo Duke" on The Dukes of Hazzard, "Jonathan Kent" on Smallville and "Jim Cryer" on his current OWN series, Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots — the #1 primetime series on cable on Tuesday nights. Add in countless films and guest appearances, and a recent stint on Dancing with the Stars, and it's no wonder that Schneider is an American icon. Schneider is also a celebrated country music artist with 4 #1 singles on the Billboard Country chart. Schneider co-founded the Children's Miracle Network in 1983. To date, they have raised more than $7 billion dollars (with over $409 million in 2018 alone) for medical research and community awareness of children's health issues, which is distributed directly to a network of 170 children's hospitals. 

About The Righteous Brothers: The Righteous Brothers were originally an American musical duo of Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield. Their emotive vocal style is sometimes dubbed "blue-eyed soul." They had their first major hit with the 1964 song "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin.'" Other notable hits include "Ebb Tide", "Soul and Inspiration", "Rock and Roll Heaven", and in particular, their version of "Unchained Melody". Hatfield passed away in 2003 with Medley re-forming The Righteous Brothers with Bucky Heard and they continue to perform as a duo. The Righteous Brothers were nominated twice for a Grammy. 

The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. 

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