Archive for October 6th, 2009


James Otto (“Since You Brought It Up” and “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”)

James Otto (“Since You Brought It Up” and “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”)

Country fans, get your jeans, your head rags and boots ready, country legend Willie Nelson (“Crazy,” “Just Got Started Loving You,” “Mamas Don‘t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” is coming to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP)! In fact, the very first two-day Down On The Suwannee Music Festival Oct. 16-17 will also feature country sensation James Otto (“Since You Brought It Up” and “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”) the awesome Big Kenny of Big & Rich, Josh Thompson, David Cooler (The Dog Huntin’ Man), Mike Mullis (“Gator Chomp“) and Mercy Mountain Band!

Set for Oct. 16-17, the Down on the Suwannee Music Festival is a new festival by AEG.

Tickets are on sale NOW at the SOSMP by calling 386-364-1683 or go to the SOSMP website at, Tickets can also be purchased at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Weekend general admission

is $82 ($90 gate) and includes admission Friday and Saturday. Saturday only general admission is $66.65 ($75 gate).VIP weekend admission

is $155.40 ($175 gate). This includes special show seating area, one meal Saturday, reduced beverages and free parking both days.VIP Saturday only

is $118.30 ($140 gate) and includes special show seating area, one meal Saturday, reduced beverages and free parking Saturday.

No refunds on tickets, shows are rain or shine. Prices DO NOT INCLUDE CAMPING OR OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted to the general admission area free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

James Otto will kick off the festival Oct. 16 with Willie Nelson Saturday night, Oct. 17.

Willie Nelson

has become an American icon in country music, his signature braids and head rag outfit is known the world over. With such albums as Without A Song, City of New Orleans, Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger, Wanted: The Outlaws, Stardust, and his newest, Naked Willie, Willie Nelson has become the one of the best know performers ever to sing country music. Songs such as “Georgia on My Mind,” “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind,” “Crazy,” “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and on and on with his string of hit songs and albums.

Big Kenny of Big & Rich

Big Kenny of Big & Rich

Big Kenny

is the other half of Big & Rich, one of the most sensational duos of all time who have received Grammy nominations and had multiple hit songs such as “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy). His new album is The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farmboy. Big Kenny’s performance is sure to be a rip-roaring experience for Big Kenny and his multitude of fans.

Country music sensation James Otto is expected to sing his new single “Since You Brought It Up,” from his forthcoming new album. This is his second performance at the SOSMP. In 2008 he performed his number one single, “I Just Got Started Loving You,” at the Suwannee River Jam, in a rousing performance.

Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson,

a Columbia artist, was recently invited to the Grande Ole Opry for his very first performance Sept. 19. Josh’s first single, “Beer on the Table,” is now out with a CMT video and rave reviews.

David Cooler

, the South Carolina boy known for his rural beginnings and songs which remind country boys and girls of their beginnings, will also be among those performing, along with North Florida’s Mike Mullis and his band WhooWhee and the award-winning Mercy Mountain Band.

For more information about this event, please call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683 or go to the website at

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – Voted Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2009


Michal Bailey

Michal Bailey

If you’re looking to hear some wailing Detroit outlaw blues and a great rocking country band this weekend, Oct. 9-10 is your weekend to head to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida for food, fun, dancing and music!

Taking over the Music Hall Saturday night, Oct. 10, will be Detroit’s own blues man Michal Bailey and his band. Playing in Detroit’s Westside clubs since age 15, Bailey established his own band in the early ‘90s and began touring. He played 17 years at the now notorious Nancy Whiskey’s in downtown Detroit and is known as one of Detroit’s premier guitar players. He’s toured the US playing about 200 events each year, had a critically acclaimed CD, “Devil’s Ride,” along with several other albums and continues to deliver first rate performances at every venue. You can expect blues man Michal Bailey to shuck it on down when he comes to Live Oak, Fla! Why, you might even think you’ve been in Detroit when the evening ends!

Tickets for Saturday night are $10 each at the door.

William Scott and Silverado

William Scott and Silverado

William Scott and Silverado, one of the popular bands that has played a number of dates at the SOSMP, will kick off the weekend Friday night, Oct. 9, with an evening of country and a variety of other music. These guys really rock the house and want you to bring your dancing shoes and get some exercise! The music and food will be good, the evening will be an event and you’ll be glad you visited the SOSMP!

Tickets for Friday night’s event are $5 at the door. However, FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY, the $5 admission can be applied to your evening’s food and beverage costs.

Doors open at 6 p.m. each night at the SOSMP‘s Music Hall, shows begin at 7 p.m.

If you need more information, call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683 or go the SOSMP website at to find out about all the wonderful events scheduled in the coming weeks. There’s also karaoke every Monday and Thursday night along with Herold White and the Country Masters and open mic for near professionals every Tuesday night (just come on out, bring your own CD or the band will back you up while you perform).

As always, the SOS Café and Restaurant will have available during events delicious food and beverages at regular prices. There are lots of new food items each week to tempt you so bring your family, your friends or just your sweetie and relax! We’ll be looking for ya’ll!!

The SOSMP is located on US 129 at 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, Fla., 4.5 miles north of I-10 and 4.5 miles west of I-75.

Introducing Doc Killian

Doc Killian

Doc Killian

Doc Killian is a 50 year old factory worker who has spent about 20 years working in factories since he arrived home after spending 7 years as a U.S. Army Medic. A few years ago, his wife of 20 years talked him into listening to a bluegrass CD with the song “Darlin Nellie Grey” performed by the “Stanley Brothers”. He liked the song so much that he was determined to learn how to play. So, he went and bought a banjo. While practicing daily, he started coming up with some tunes and lyrics to the some of the early songs he recorded. The banjo went on the shelf for a while so he could continue writing. While recording his first CD, “The Factory Worker”, at WSDS Radio in Ypsilanti , Michigan , he met and became good friends with Bobby “Swampgrass” Anderson . Bobby was one of “The Westerners” (the band that started Mel Tillis in his career in Okinawa in the 1950’s). Bobby and Doc

Doc Killian Blue Collar Business Suit

Doc Killian Blue Collar Business Suit

worked together on Doc’s next 2 CDs, “Red, White & BlueCollar” and “Blue Collar Business Suit”. After a successful launch of those albums, Doc started recording the 4th album, “Boss And Work Are 4-Letter Words” with William Davis (a fellow worker, a friend, and excellent musician with 35 years experience as a professional). Bobby, Bill, and Doc worked on and released this latest CD which is now on the move in 30+ countries and the U.S.                     The List: -60+ Songs copyrighted and registered with BMI
-2004 International Country Music Festival
Nashville, TN (Top 20 of 220)
-Other appearances include:
-Numerous Live radio show appearances
-UAW Worker Writer Festival
– Numerous appearances with:
-The Huron Valley Express and The Radio Gang Band
– Addition to Country Stars Online
-Featured Artist by Issue
-Featured Artist by Country Planet News-Jan/Feb
-Thank You Letter from President Bush
-Song MY FLAG adopted by WBLQ-RI for Country Stew program 3 days a week
-Has had 15 songs in the top 2000 of European Airplay
-End of Line Time # 15 of top 20 in Ireland/Jan 2005
– -#167 Worlwide Most Played Major and Indie Artists
Jan 1-15, 2005
-Interviewed by reporter from CountryStars Online and
Country Home de(Berlin)
-Review by Country Western Corner(E.H.King Music Magazine) said “Doc Killian is a FANTASTIC writer” and “is a very talented and well recieved artist”
-Featured Artist April issue Roots Music Report E-Zine
-To Our Troops, and Phil Briggs (DJ R.I. WBLQ) rendition of A Tribute To Veterans along with 4 other songs sent to our troops in IRAQ
-11 April 2005-Nationwide distribution of MY Flag
-May 1st 2005-Featured artist-Country Western Corner
– May 2005
CD Review: “These Songs Are Great”
-July 2005- #20Spain #33 UK(England) and currently getting played in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and other countries Worldwide
-TRUE AMERICAN #4 in Spain (ECMA-23 Sept, 05)
-January 2006-Featured Artist in Indie Islands E-Zine
-Feb 2006-Continued airplay plus picked up in Romania-12 Stations
-Inducted into the International Society of Poets for MY FLAG and TO OUR TROOPS
-May 2006-# 31 in Holland out of the top 200
-Every song on the 4 CDs has now been played somewhere in the world
-TO OUR TROOPS-Featured song for Memorial Day on New Country Star Radio
October 2006– #16 in Holland out of the top 200
-My Flag #12 in Traditional Country at SOUNDCLICK
-My Flag featured as part of a Veterans Day Tribute in the November issue of INDIE ISLANDS
-You’re So Country(MIAOTW) and Boss and Work Are 4-Letter Words(WHP#75) re-released to 700 radio stations Worldwide
-March 2007-To Our Troops published in the Whos Who of International Poetry
– April 2007-You’re So Country #10 of top 40 single of the week-Holland..March 2007
-Recently- Opening performer for Jeff Tuttle-Nashville Country Artist for the Wheels of Hope Rally–2000 bikers for a Homeless shelter
-Performer for Operation Enduring Freedom-Honoring Michigans Fallen Soldiers Families
-Opening Performer for Vet Fest 2008~ Benefitting Veterans Haven(A hand up for Veterans)
-Addition to numerous CD music compilations sent Free to our Troops Serving all over the world










Los Angeles, CA, October 6, 2009 — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles® (BAFTA/LA) will honor screen legend Kirk Douglas for his contribution to Worldwide Filmed Entertainment at the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.  Colin Firth will be receiving the BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award Presented by Volvo and Academy Award and BAFTA award-winning director Danny Boyle will be presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing.  BAFTA/LA previously announced Robert De Niro as the honoree for this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film as well as Emily Blunt for the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.


Kirk Douglas is an acting institution whose iconic roles have made him an archetypal international movie star,” says BAFTA/LA Chairman Peter Morris. “His filmography is second to none and outside the world of film he has continued to inspire audiences worldwide through his books and his charitable endeavors.   It could not be more fitting that BAFTA/LA is honoring Mr. Douglas for his lasting legacy to worldwide entertainment.”


Morris continues, “This year’s honorees have consistently inspired us and audiences worldwide with their incredible talent and presence on and off screen, and we are proud to honor their remarkable accomplishments and welcome them to the distinguished pantheon of BAFTA/LA honorees.”


Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated actor and writer Stephen Fry will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Fry has previously hosted the British Academy Film Awards for three consecutive years. His film and TV credits include “Wilde,” “Peter’s Friends,” “Gosford Park,” “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” and most recently “Bones” and “Kingdom.”




A lifetime of achievement – which includes 87 films, 10 plays, 9 books, and a host of other contributions to his art, his country, and his fellowmen – speaks for itself.  Born December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, Kirk Douglas made his Broadway debut as a singing Western Union boy in Spring Again, but interrupted his budding stage career in 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare.


After the war he returned to Broadway as the ghost soldier in The Wind is Ninety.  His widely praised performance caught the attention of Hollywood, and he was cast opposite Barbara Stanwyck in “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.”  Three years later, after an unsuccessful return to Broadway, his agents arranged for him to co-star with Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck in “The Great Sinner.”  His agents were aghast when he declined to play that part.  Instead, he chose the role of the anti-hero, Mr. Kelly, in “Champion,” at a much lower salary.  The cynical boxer in Stanley Kramer’s “Champion,” won him both stardom and an Academy Award nomination.  He received his second nomination in 1952 for playing an opportunistic movie mogul in “The Bad and the Beautiful,” and his third in 1956 for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in “Lust for Life,” for which he won the New York Film Critics’ Best Actor Award.


In 1955, Mr. Douglas formed one of Hollywood’s first independent film companies, Bryna, named for his mother, and managed by his wife, Anne.  The Bryna Company produced many memorable films, including “Paths of Glory,”The Vikings,” “Spartacus,” “Lonely are the Brave,” and “Seven Days in May.”  In 1958, Mr. Douglas broke the notorious Hollywood blacklist when he gave screen credit to blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo for the “Spartacus” screenplay.  Mr. Douglas was widely condemned for his decision at the time.  It was not until 30 years later that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Writers Guild of America recognized his act as courageous. 


Among the top awards Douglas received was the Medal of Freedom, the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, the Academy Award for “50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community,” the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s inaugural Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Presidential Medal of the Arts. He had a high school named for him in West Granada Hills and a street named after him in Palm Springs.


When not acting, Mr. Douglas occupies his time writing. His credits include The Ragman’s Son, Dance with the Devil, The Gift, Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning, My Stroke of Luck, Last Tango in Brooklyn and Let’s Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving and Learning, as well as the children’s books, The Broken Mirror and Young Heroes of the Bible .


In 1996, he had a stroke which affected his speech.  For a time, he believed this would end his career as an actor, but with the encouragement of his friends and family, he kept working with a speech therapist and at the end of 1998, he played the role of a feisty ex-boxer recovering from a stroke.  “Diamonds” was released in December of 1999. 


In 2003 he filmed “It Runs in the Family” with his son Michael and grandson Cameron.  He followed that with a movie, “Illusion.”  He said that will be his last movie, but don’t count on it.  In the meantime, he made a documentary with his son Michael dramatizing the relationship between them, it is called “A Father A Son: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”


Mr. Douglas recently wrote and performed a one man show called Before I Forget that opened to rave reviews and sold out performances in Los Angeles.  It is currently being adapted for a future theatrical release of which all proceeds will go to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.




In addition to being an internationally recognized actor, Colin Firth is an Ambassador for Oxfam International, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world.  He is also a supporter of Survival International and the co founder of Café Progreso, a fair trade coffee chain. Firth is also involved with Eco Age, a retail store and environmental consultancy promoting green living.   In 2008 he was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter and in 2006 he was voted “European Campaigner of the Year” by the EU.


Firth’s versatility has been recognized in both dramas and comedies, garnering critical acclaim and awards including nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, an Emmy nomination, and multiple BAFTA nominations.  Firth will next be seen starring in “A Single Man,” based on the acclaimed Christopher Isherwood novel.  Tom Ford makes his directorial debut with the film which stars Firth as a man contemplating what may be the last day of his life. Firth was recently awarded Best Actor at the 2009 Venice Film Festival for his performance.  He will also appear in Robert Zemeckis’ “A Christmas Carol,” a 3D motion-capture-animated version of the classic Dickens tale which stars Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman. 


His film credits include “Genova” directed by Michael Winterbottom, “Mamma Mia,” “Then She Found Me,” “And When Did You Last See Your Father,” “Easy Virtue,” “Girl With A Pearl Earring,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “Love Actually,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” ”Shakespeare In Love,” “The English Patient,” “Where the Truth Lies,” “Trauma,” “Apartment Zero,” “My Life So Far,” Nick Hornby’s “Fever Pitch,” “Circle of Friends” and the title role in Milos Forman’s “Valmont.”


On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role in 1995, when he played “Mr. Darcy” in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and was honored with the National Television Award for “Most Popular Actor.”  In 2006 Firth appeared in the critically-acclaimed BBC television movie “Born Equal.” In March 2004, Firth hosted NBC’s legendary series “Saturday Night Live.”  He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically acclaimed HBO film “Conspiracy” and has also received the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award and a BAFTA nomination for his performance in “Tumbledown.”  His other television credits include “Windmills on the Clyde: Making Donovan Quick,”  “Donovan Quick,” “The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “Hostages,” and the mini-series “Nostromo.” 




Danny Boyle is an award winning director whose most recent project; “Slumdog Millionaire” received eight Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture at the 2009 Oscars.  Boyle has been receiving honors from his debut film, “Shallow Grave,” which won the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film at the BAFTAs, as well as Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival, The Empire Award for Best Director and Best British Film and the London Critics’ Circle Film Award for Best British Newcomer.


Boyle’s second feature, “Trainspotting,” is one of the highest grossing British films of all time. and won four Empire Awards including Best Director and Best Film and was nominated for a BAFTA Alexander Korda Award.   In 2002 Boyle made the smash hit horror film “28 Days Later” earning him a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Boyle’s other feature films include “Millions” starring James Nesbit, Alex Etel and Lewis McGibbon, ”The Beach,” starring Leonardo Di Caprio, “A Life Less Ordinary,” starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz, “Alien Love Triangle” and “Sunshine” starring Cillian Murphy.


 Boyle’s work in television includes producing Alan Clark’s controversial ”Elephant,” and directing Strumpet, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise and the series “Mr. Wroe’s Virgins” for which he received a BAFTA nomination. Boyle’s career started in the theatre with Howard Barker’s Victory, Howard Brenton’s The Genius and Edward Bond’s Saved, which won the Time Out Award. Boyle has also directed five productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.




BAFTA/LA’s outreach programs benefit members and other professionals working within the entertainment industry, as well as the Los Angeles community at large. BAFTA/LA provides exclusive access to screenings, Q&A’s with talent and filmmakers, conversations with leading UK-based film and television executives, and the Heritage Archive, featuring broadcast-quality interviews with distinguished British members of the film and television industries. Educational outreach for students and the Los Angeles community includes an after-school screening program for inner-city youth at the Helen Keller Park Recreation Center, and a recent partnership with FilmAid to mentor young filmmakers. Additional programs include seminars in association with local universities and festivals, scholarships for post-graduate programs, and recognizing professional and student talent with awards at film festivals throughout the U.S.


Maintaining a long tradition of recognizing the finest filmmaking and television talent, BAFTA/LA hosts a series of social networking events, including the Annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards, the BAFTA Film Awards Brunch, the Annual Garden Party, the BAFTA/LA Comedy Awards, and the Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties in January and September.  BAFTA/LA is affiliated with BAFTA in London, and members vote annually for the prestigious BAFTA Film Awards.  BAFTA/LA also presents its annual Britannia Awards every November, where it has honored such luminaries as Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, and Martin Scorsese with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

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