Last Friday’s “Homecoming Day” was an absolute blast for me.
The good day began as I watched our PHS cross country team sprint up Main Street in the annual Sludge to the Judge Run and take home the first-place trophy in the combined boys-girls event. Then, what a joy to witness the unbridled spirit of our Julia Randall Elementary students as they cheered on our high school students in the annual Homecoming parade.
And to top off my day, what fun it was to watch our high school band and cheerleaders inspire our Longhorn “Boys of Fall” on to a lopsided homecoming victory over Round Valley.
“When I feel that chill, smell that fresh-cut grass.
I’m back in my helmet, cleats and shoulder pads. Standing in the huddle listening to the call. Fans going crazy for the boys of fall.”
This week’s music trivia question is: Can you name the contemporary country music singer (lyrics above) whose current hit, “The Boys of Fall,” has soared up Billboard’s country music chart and now sits at No. 3?
This singer/songwriter/guitarist was born and raised in Tennessee and graduated from Tennessee State University in 1990, with a degree in advertising.
He has recorded 16 albums, 14 of which have been certified gold or higher. He has also produced more than 30 Top 10 singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, 17 of which climbed to the top of the chart.
Some of this artist’s most popular songs are “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” (1999), “There Goes My Life” (2003) and his duet with Uncle Kracker, “When the Sun Goes Down” (2004).
This country singer married actress Renee Zellweger on May 9, 2005. The marriage was annulled four months later.
Is this country artist A) Kenny Chesney, B) Alan Jackson, C) Toby Keith, or D) Bryan Adams?
This week, if you’re caller number five and have the right answer, you’ll win a CD of this week’s artist top country hits. Good luck!
Now, let’s see how we did with last week’s music trivia question, which was: In the Eagles’ 1972 hit, “Take it Easy,” where were the Eagles “standing on the corner?”
Were they standing in: A) Mobile, Alabama, B) Winslow, Arizona, C) Boise, Idaho, or D) Fairbanks, Alaska?
The right answer was B) Winslow, Arizona. (“Well, I’m standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona, it’s such a fine sight to see. It’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.”)
Congratulations to last week’s music trivia winner, Blaine Kimball, who won two complimentary tickets to tonight’s (the 24th) Hotel California’s “Tribute to the Eagles” concert at the Mazatzal Casino. Blaine said, “I’ve seen this group twice in concert, and if I didn’t know better, I would swear it was the original Eagles on stage.”
A little about Blaine: He grew up in northern California, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. After working as a policeman in both California and Colorado and in marketing in the Valley, Blaine relocated to Arizona in 1988, following an offer to manage Kohl’s Ranch.
One of Blaine’s first interviews for hire at the ranch was Payson’s Linda Young, who not only earned a job with Blaine, but also stole his heart. The two have now been married for 19 blissful years.
In 1992, Blaine became the general manager at KMOG Radio in Payson, a position he holds today.
Blaine’s interests include motorcycling, horses and escaping with Linda to their beach home in Mexico.
Since moving to Payson, Blaine has been actively involved with community volunteer programs, serving for many years on the board of directors of the chamber of commerce, acting as vice president of the Arizona Broadcasting Association and sponsoring the annual KMOG radio-thon to raise money for local organizations.
Blaine enjoys listening to ’60s and ’70s country and classic rock. He places Sarah Brightman, Willie Nelson and the Eagles at the top of his favorite artists list.
Being the good guy he is, Blaine asked me to hold onto the Hotel California concert tickets and give them to another music trivia caller — which I have done.
Have a fantastic week, everyone!
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