Normally when I put up an article that starts with a name you never heard before, that name is preceded by “Meet….”, or perhaps “Introducing……”, or in some cases “this is ……”. The name at the top of this article is James Rogers. I’m sure most of you who live outside of East Tennessee don’t have a clue who James is. But James Rogers has been around for a while. He doesn’t really fall into the category of new artist … so I can’t really introduce him. However, I would really like to tell you about him.
This is not the first time I’ve told you about James. When I wrote an article called Diana DeGarmo a while back, I mentioned that Diana told me she worked for James at Music Mansion in Pigeon forge when she was just 10. You can read that article by clicking here.
James has been a performer at Dollywood for a number of years. He’s actually been an entertainer for nearly four decades. I had the opportunity of seeing his show, and meeting him for the first time, when he was at the Tennessee Valley Fair on Sept. 13, 2001. I had tickets to see Lee Greenwood at the fair that night. But, because of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, Lee Greenwood was grounded in Las Angeles and couldn’t get a plane in to get to the fair. James Rogers was a last minute replacement.
I wasn’t sorry that we got James that night. He had a show that was patriotic, funny, musical, included songs he wrote, songs from his CDs, and he was just so good at what he was doing up there on that stage. I’ll always remember that performance. The entire nation was still going through a period of disbelief and anger. And yet, James Rogers not only made us appreciate the country we live in and the people who defend it, but he even made us smile.
I have seen James since that show in 2001, and last night, I got to see him again. He was performing at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville (NPAC), Tenn. I wasn’t about to let him be that close, and not be in his audience. And I found out that James is still one of our most entertaining performers. I hope everyone who does live within driving distance to Greeneville, Tenn., will visit the website to check who they have scheduled. by the way, The Grascals will be there March 6. And I know I have some Grascal fans reading Country’s Chatter.
As you can tell from these last two pictures, James still takes the time to talk to his fans. And there fans of all ages. Some new fans, and some who have been following his career for many, many years. I’m sure they all enjoyed his show as much as I did.
I know this isn’t the typical post you are used to seeing on this site, but I hope you all enjoyed it. We have several links up here today, too – so please, take a minute to check out the links – find out where James Rogers is going to be next; look what’s going on at Niswonger Performing Arts Center; and listen to The Grascals – and I’ll talk to you all soon!
Have a great Sunday,
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