Label: Sunbird - SBD 0010 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk
Kimmie Rhodes born March 6,  is an American singer-songwriter. She has established and released her own records on her label, Sunbird Music for over 25 years. Kimmie's promotional tours created a solid fan base in the U. She has headlined with her band at festivals throughout the world and has appeared on many European and American TV and radio broadcasts and at Willie Nelson's Farm Aid concerts and July 4 Picnics. She had one sibling, Michael Lee Willingham, who died in Rhodes' family moved from Some People - Various - Muschihaus Volume Two Falls, Texas when she was five years old and settled in LubbockTexas where she began her singing career at the age of six.
Her father, Ray Junior Willingham Jr. The first songs she learned, the hymn "Old Rugged Cross" and the nursery hymn "Row Row Row Your Boat" began what would become a lifelong repertoire of songs. She performed at churches, nursing homes and school functions fronting a gospel trio, backed by her father and brother and "whatever pianist was available to accompany the act.
During Kimmie Rhodes - Windblown time her husband, Michael Rhodes, operated a family produce farm which she says, "Unfortunately began in what would become the first year of a seven Kimmie Rhodes - Windblown drought and went bankrupt on the seventh year and that it was "God's way of telling me I wasn't supposed to be a professional squash picker.
Her career as a singer-songwriter and recording artist formally began when she went to Austin in where friend, manager and drummer, TJ McFarland, introduced her to DJ at the legendary KOKE-FM and producer Joe Gracey, an instrumental figure in the Austin "progressive country" scene. Rhodes recorded her first album Kimmie Rhodes - Windblown Willie Nelson's privately owned Pedernales Studios in Spicewood, Texas in at his invitation.
She and Joe Gracey married in and Joe became her constant companion, muse, bass player, record producer and business partner until he died of cancer at the age of 61 in November Together they had one child, a daughter, Jolie Goodnight, who grew to become an accomplished jazz singer and burlesque performer in her own right. Rhodes continued to make records which mostly embodied her own original songs and began touring internationally with her band and once she had honed her skills as a writer eventually signed on as a co-publisher and writer with Rondor Music International, owned Tabou Combo - Live Au Zénith Les Plus Grands Succès Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss.
She attributes much of her songwriting success to this alliance which extended for over a decade. Rhodes co-wrote a song, "Lines", with Waylon for his Justice release. Rhodes co-wrote "Ordinary Heart" with Emmylou Harris and the song was featured in the soundtrack to the movie Happy Texas.
A playwright and actress as well, her debut theatrical project was her musical, Small Town Girldirected by and starring Joe Sears of Kimmie Rhodes - Windblown Tuna fame.
She served as script editor and worked with Sears as assistant director and musical director for his outdoor drama production of Trail of Tearfor the Kimmie Rhodes - Windblown Heritage Center during the summers of through She has worked on many films in various No Fun - The Orb - The BBC Sessions 1989-2001 in front of and behind the camera, acting, writing and Cool Down Mama - Various - Roots Of Rock N Roll and also working set design, hair and wardrobe, because she "loves the medium and watching films come together as a collective effort.
Rhodes resides in Austin, Texas where she operates her own label and studio, Sunbird Music, and her publishing company, Dancing Feet Music. She writes songs, books and plays. She was married to Joe E.
Gracey Jr. She credits Nelson as her mentor and champion of her career. Legendary Jack "Cowboy" Clement having been a recording engineer at Sun accompanied her to Memphis for these sessions playing rhythm guitar, dobro and singing backing vocals. Rhodes credits Cowboy with teaching her the power of believing in magic, "that it only takes three minutes to record a hit" and Kimmie Rhodes - Windblown "we are in the fun business so if we are not having fun we are not doing our job.
The CD artwork comes from a series of Rhode's original oil paintings. Some of these recordings were produced by legendary producer, Bones Howe and recorded at Pedernales Studio in Spicewood, Texas. During Rhodes' tenure as a writer for Rondor Music International, she penned a new Christmas song every year as a gift for her beloved song man David Conrad, president of the Nashville office saying, "There is nothing he would rather have from me than the best song I can write for him.
These songs were Kimmie Rhodes - Windblownrecorded and released during a very difficult personal period as her husband, Joe Gracey, Bring It Down - Various - VR / Sampler (Compilation (DPRO) 1999) the return of his cancer.
This would be the last recordings Gracey would mix and master. For the first time, she put down her pen to devote an entire album to singing of the songs of others whose music has served milestones of her performing and recording career, and her life. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article may be in need of reorganization to comply with Wikipedia's layout guidelines. Please help by editing the article to make improvements to the overall structure.
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