GAC's "Master Series" goes primetime for the first time

Special week of programs shines the spotlight on recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Glen Campbell, Alabama and the late DeFord Bailey
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- (July 26, 2006) -- Great American Country presents a special primetime run of its popular daytime program "Master Series." The week of August 15-18 (8 pm ET) is devoted to the newest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame: singer/guitarist extraordinaire Glen Campbell, successful country super-group Alabama and DeFord Bailey, virtuoso harmonica player and the first African-American member of the Grand Ole Opry.

The special week of programs in primetime includes exclusive interviews with Campbell and members of Alabama. Bailey, who died in 1982, is remembered by artists and family members.

The "Master Series" is hosted by Bill Cody, popular morning host on Nashville's legendary WSM Radio. The show, captured each week at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, focuses on the artists whose work defines country music past and present. The special week in August marks the first time the program has run in primetime.

"The 'Master Series' is a popular staple of GAC's daytime programming lineup. By presenting the show in primetime, we look to expose many more GAC viewers to some the work of these very influential artists," said Sarah Trahern, GAC senior vice president of programming.

The August 15 program takes viewers inside the annual Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony and includes clips from the red carpet and from the stage, where many of country music's most notable artists and executives talk about the inductees and the significance of their work.

The August 16 edition focuses on the late DeFord Bailey. Best known for his harmonica renditions, Bailey became one of the most popular performers in the early years of the Grand Ole Opry, appearing regularly in the late 1920s through the early 1940s.

Alabama, the most successful country group in history, is the subject of the August 17 program. Cody and the group recount their many accomplishments, which include an astounding 41 #1 hits. The second half of the show includes an extended conversation between Cody and band members of the band, who began playing for tips in clubs around Myrtle Beach, S.C., before going on to sell more than 70 million records.

"We were never told that we were good. Nobody ever told us that they liked what we did," Alabama vocalist Randy Owen said of the band's early days. "We were just some of those kids who just would not quit."

Glen Campbell, who stands in the spotlight for the August 18 finale has a body of work that spans over six decades. He is best known for his string of country-pop hits in the 1960s and 1970s ("Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman"), his acting ("True Grit," "Norwood," "Any Which Way You Can") and his smash TV show "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour."

In an interview with Cody, Campbell concedes he was surprised to hear that he had been chosen to join the Hall of Fame.

"I didn't expect it, maybe because I was not Nashville-based as opposed to LA-based, but it is a huge honor," he said.

The "Master Series" each day focuses on the most popular country music artists from the 1980s, the 1990s and today, featuring such artists as Garth Brooks, George Jones, Reba McEntire and Crystal Gayle. Recorded at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, the "Master Series" is where viewers catch the hits and the hitmakers who make country music great.

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Great American Country is America's main street for the widest variety of country music, its artists and the lifestyles they influence. In addition to country music videos, GAC features original programming, special musical performances and live concerts, and is the exclusive television home of the Grand Ole Opry. GAC is available in more than 41 million households and online at GACTV.com

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