Bill Cody is a Grand Ole Opry radio announcer and a host of the weekday live morning music and interview show Coffee, Country & Cody that is broadcast on Circle Network and on WSM-AM radio. He is also a beloved member of the country music community. We asked him to tell you about his brand new Circle TV show – Bill Cody Presents. Think of it as Circle’s version of an Oprah Winfrey deep dive interview.
Hello, I’m Bill Cody and my new series Bill Cody Presents premieres with Garth Brooks on Circle TV on Wednesday, February 9 at 8/7 p.m. CT. In addition to Garth, Season 1 will feature musical guests Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel), Kathy Mattea, Pam Tillis, Marty Stuart, Brenda Lee and Ronnie Milsap.
I grew up the son of a Southern Baptist preacher and a bigger-than-life personality preacher’s wife momma. As a result, we visited people’s homes regularly, it was a way of life. In this deeply rural setting, I was immersed into the lives of the greatest characters I’ve ever known. Yes, in its own way, it was a baptism. These folks through their storytelling captivated me very early on and to this day remain my most vivid and indelible childhood memories.
I’ve always wanted to carry that tradition on in my interviews. In this new hour-long series, it is my sincere hope that you’ll find that same child-like intrigue and fascination as you listen to some of your favorite country artists stories:
- Garth Brooks in his Allentown Studio, where every note he ever sang was recorded (except for Chris Gaines) remembers meeting and working with his now wife, Trisha Yearwood for the first time. Down to what she wore and what she drove.
- Kathy Mattea at historic Elliston Place Soda Shop. She remembers the moment she was told she’d be signed to Mercury Records when Reba McEntire left Mercury for MCA in 1983. Walking Nashville’s Music Row, as it was when Kathy was just getting started. We even peek at her old upstairs apartment which was above her publishing company.
- Ray Benson’s recollections from the Ryman Auditorium of the first Grand Ole Opry show he ever saw there. Marking the 50th anniversary of Asleep At The Wheel, he shares how a conversation with Jamey Johnsonled to the idea for the album’s title track, “Half A Hundred Years”.
- Pam Tillis on meeting her lifelong friend and filmmaker, Callie Khouri (Oscar winner for the movie Thelma and Louise) for the first time at the Exit In while she was getting ready to play her gig and asked Callie, who was a waitress, for some water. Pam remembers powerfully and prophetically what they said to each other.
- Marty Stuart, Country Music Hall of Fame member, national treasure and master storyteller. From his tour bus, The Chief, he shares the dreams of a young boy in rural Mississippi watching buses go by and longing to go where those people had been and where they were going…and go he would.
- Ronnie Milsap recalls without bitterness or animosity, one of the most heartbreaking stories you will ever hear, his birth mother giving him away because of his blindness. Remembering Elvis asking him for more piano thunder on the song “Kentucky Rain” when they were recording it. Together from the Grand Ole Opry House, we highlight his Opry and Hall of Fame memberships and 40 No. 1 records.
- Sitting on the couch with Brenda Lee backstage at the Opry, we talk very openly about becoming the family’s primary breadwinner at age 10 after her father’s accidental death. Overcoming poverty with the help of her tenaciously determined mother to become the only women to be elected to membership in the Country Music, Rock and Roll and Rockabilly Hall’s of Fame, selling over a 100 million records worldwide.
This is my personal invitation to join me on Bill Cody Presents as I share these artist’s profoundly personal stories with you on Wednesday at 8/7 p.m. CT on Circle TV.