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article imageGrand Ole Opry star Jim Ed Brown talks new 'In Style Again' album Special

By Markos Papadatos     Nov 10, 2014 in Music
Grand Ole Opry veteran star Jim Ed Brown chatted about his forthcoming album "In Style Again," his first CD in thirty years.
"I sure am happy with all of the songs in it, especially with a few of them. I guess that is true of all artists. I love the song 'When The Sun Says Hello To The Morning.' The album is on Plowboy Records, which was started by the grandson of Eddy Arnold," he said.
The new CD features harmonies from such artists as The Whites and Vince Gill. "It isn't often that somebody like me can get Vince Gill to sing harmony with me. One day I was at the Opry and Vince stuck his head out the door and told me that he just sang harmony to my song. I had no idea he was doing that. Ain't that great," he said.
Brown has been a long-time member of the Grand Ole Opry family since 1963; moreover, he has had hit duets with country songstress Helen Cornelius. "It seems like only yesterday that I joined the Opry. 50 years passes awfully fast. I always have a home at the Opry and I love my home. It has been a second home to me since I enjoy going out there and singing. It's a great place. To think that I have been there for 50 years is quite an honor."
He added, "Helen and I still sing a lot together, and every once in a while, we sing together and we love that. It was a magical sound for a long time."
Aside from his musical endeavors, Brown has been the spokesperson for Dollar General Stores for well over 10 years. "I have been a spokesperson for Dollar General Stores for a long time," he said with a laugh.
Regarding his plans for the future he said, "I hope the new single that comes out soon gets some airplay and maybe some chart action. I am still traveling on the road and doing shows out there and I want to continue to do that."
For aspiring country singers, he said, "Here in Nashville you have the greatest musicians in the world, and you could have your choice of any of them. They are all here to play, perform and sing. They do a great job. I have a great band that travels with me around the country too. I am blessed with great musicians and good people to work with."
In his spare time, he enjoys the outdoors with such activities as hunting and fishing. "I was raised in the logging and lumber business and that put me out in the woods and nature all the time," he said. "I even enjoy getting on the lawnmower and mowing the yard."
Brown defined success as "being accepted by the public and being accepted by your peers in the entertainment business." "Success means different things to different people. It is important to everybody. We are all looking for that golden coin," he said.
For more information on veteran country singer Jim Ed Brown, visit his official website.
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