Chattanooga Now David Carroll is everywhere these days

Chattanooga Now David Carroll is everywhere these days

October 27th, 2016 by Barry Courter in Chattnow Music

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 7/7/16. David Carroll, center, moderates as Howard Principal Chris Earl, Public Education Foundation representative Edna Varner, Jared Bigham with Chattanooga 2.0 and Elizabeth Crews with UnifiED, from left, discuss Parent and Community Involvement in the Hamilton County school system during the "State of Education: A Town Hall Meeting" forum held at WRCB in conjunction with the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Thursday, July 7, 2016.

Photo by Dan Henry /Times Free Press.

David Carroll continues to roll out the media product. The WRBC-TV news anchor/on-air personality and author of "Chattanooga Radio and Television" has released a new book titled "Volunteer Bama Dawg: A TV Guy's Love Letter to the South." He has also launched "David Carroll's Vinyl Express" on WPLZ-FM Big 95.3.

The radio show, which airs Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to noon, includes lots of new and old hits, like a like of shows, but it also features history and trivia about the songs and the performers.

Each week, Carroll finds a theme, like songs with colors in the titles or songs about cars. What I like is that the songs are not limited to a particular era or genre. You might hear a '50s doo-wop number followed by '70s funk or a new track by a current jam band.

The book is a collection of columns or blogs Carroll has written over the years. There are lots of stories about events and people familiar to most Chattanoogans. Luther Masingill gets plenty of ink, of course, but also MaryEllen Locher, David Earl Hughes, Tommy Jett and Chickamauga Charlie.

There is also a hilarious telling of the night Carroll got a call from USA Today shortly after his first book came out. I won't ruin it for you, but I will say it didn't go as he hoped.

* James Rogers, who for the last 15 years has hosted a sold-out or near-capacity holiday concert at the Colonnade in Ringgold, Ga., has decided to forgo that event for another, but it's for a great reason.

"I'm essentially moving the holiday show at the Colonnade to focus all of my efforts on the Shriners Hospitals for Children," he told me earlier this week.

He will do a live concert featuring the popular songs he performed for many years as a featured act in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The show will take place Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Alhambra Shrine Temple in East Brainerd.

"I'll do a couple of holiday songs, but it will be mostly a straight-through concert and not broken into two halves like before."

Rogers, will do "Fly Eagle Fly,' the song he wrote that was adopted by the Fraternal Order of Eagles along with other patriotic numbers. While performing at Music Mansion in Pigeon Forge, he often had an eagle fly over the crowd as part of the show, and he plans to do the same on Nov. 17.

"It will probably be from John Stokes and Wings To Soar at Rock City," Rogers said of the eagle.

"This show is very important to me."

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354.