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GLEN CAMPBELL’S ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE ROCKS FAMILY

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Every 66 seconds someone in the United States gets Alzheimer ’s Disease. Five million Americans are living with it. One of those Americans is country music legend, The Rhinestone Cowboy, Glen Campbell. This week on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Part One of a two-part special on this equal opportunity destroyer. Joining Halli at her table are Mr. Campbell’s oldest children Debby Campbell-Cloyd and Travis Campbell, as well as Campbell’s friend and former lover country music legend Miss Tanya Tucker.

Glen Campbell Alzheimer's DiseaseAlzheimer’s disease affects not only its victims, but their families and all whom they love. An Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis tears some families apart and brings others together. Its effects are always heart-wrenching. Long the subject of tabloid fodder, Glen Campbell’s oldest children have been engaged in an epic fight with their stepmother Kimberly Woolen Campbell over the care of their father and their right to see him. In two extremely candid interviews they tell their story, share their agony, and reveal things that have never been spoken before regarding the dramatic family feuds that have ensued. Still, once you strip away the sensationalism that colors celebrity, the Campbell story is no different than what is happening to families all over the world. Anguish comes with the territory of an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis.

Tanya Tucker and Glen Campbell Alzheimer's DiseaseIn Part Two, airing Wednesday, October 29, 3 pm ET we’ll speak with Catherine Falk, the daughter of the late actor Peter Falk who initiated the Campbell-Falk Bill legislation to help protect the rights of children when an Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis is made, with Tennessee Senator Rusty Crowe the politician who helped get the bill passed into law, and with Patti Davis the daughter of President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan. President Ronald Reagan passed away after a long public battle with Alzheimer’s.

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COUNTRY MUSIC SUPER-GROUP THE HIGHWAYMEN

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Country music’s first major “supergroup” was formed in 1985, comprising Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. The Highwaymen took their name from a Jimmy Webb song (“Highwayman”), later famously covered by Glen Campbell, about a soul who went through different incarnations. For these four country greats, the Highwaymen was just another career incarnation, so to speak — one that lasted a decade and yielded a couple of albums. Jim Brown is a four-time Emmy Award-winning producer/director/writer and cinematographer who is responsible for some of the most popular and critically acclaimed musical documentary programs of the last four decades. These include 50 Years With Peter, Paul and Mary, Billy Joel: A Matter of Trust-The Bridge to Russia and American Masters – Pete Seeger: The Power of Song. He breaks new ground with THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END.

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Country musicTerry Jennings had a front-row seat to his father, Waylon Jennings iconic country music career. A complex man, Waylon’s relationship with drugs and women is the stuff of legends. But through all of the ups and downs of his life, Waylon Jennings was always the consummate musician and at his heart a family man. Terry saw it all and offers up surprising insights into his father, the man and his music.

The HighwaymenA look at country music ‘supergroup’ The Highwaymen with producer of THE HIGHWAYMEN: FRIENDS TILL THE END, Jim Brown and at the man who was Waylon Jennings with Terry Jennings author of WAYLON, TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Wednesday, September 7, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. For further information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON SPOKESPERSON DENIES ALZHEIMER’S RUMORS

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Singer/songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson

In the first official statement concerning the rumored memory problems of singer/songwriter, musician and actor Kris Kristofferson, longtime publicist Tamara Saviano says he is suffering from “short term memory problems due to undiagnosed and untreated Lyme Disease. He’s been getting treatment and is much, much better.” Her comments came in an explanation addressed to the host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Halli Casser-Jayne.

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Saviano was responding to a request to clarify Kristofferson’s condition, following her written denial that the Grammy Lifetime Achievement recipient has Alzheimer’s Disease, as originally asserted by and later retracted by four-time Emmy Award winning producer Jim Brown to Halli Casser-Jayne on her show.

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The Highwaymen special produced and directed by Emmy-winner Jim Brown

In a subsequent communication with Casser-Jayne, Brown backed off his statement. “I have no direct knowledge of Kris Kristofferson’s medical condition,” he wrote to Ms. Casser-Jayne. “I was mistaken to mention that he has Alzheimer’s. I don’t know more than that he has memory problems which he has spoken about.”

Brown is the producer of ‘American Masters, The Highwaymen – Friends Till the End,’ documentary, featuring Kristofferson that recently aired on PBS stations and is now available online. Brown interviewed Kris Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his documentary.

Rumors concerning Kris Kristofferson’s health have percolated through the music industry for years. Some have made the uneducated guess that the former boxer could be suffering from pugilistica, a neurodegenerative disease with features of dementia that can only be diagnosed after death. Kristofferson has alluded to his “memory loss.”

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In a 2011 interview with ABC’s World News Now he said: “I’m going to be right in the middle of a sentence, man – and it just goes, pew.” In another in 2013, with FOX411 he said, “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” and he lamented, “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs so I can perform, but other than that…”

The Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Research Center at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center states that “The cognitive problems [most commonly associated with Lyme’s Disease] include problems with short-term memory, problems with verbal fluency such as in name or word retrieval, and problems with slower speed of thinking.” Patients typically report that they have “Brain Fog.” Untreated Lyme Disease can become a chronic problem leading to neurological disorders. Most cases of Lyme Disease that are caught early are curable.

According to Saviano, Kris Kristofferson, who turns 80 on June 22nd just stepped in for the recently deceased Merle Haggard with Merle’s band the Strangers and Merle’s sons. He is going on tour with Willie Nelson in June, and then doing solo dates around the US for the rest of the summer. He will travel to Norway in the fall. In addition to the Highwaymen and Sony reissues, Kris Kristofferson also has a new studio album coming out for his 80th birthday.

Journalist Halli Casser-Jayne, host of the show of the same name is not new to journalism. War correspondent, documentary producer, and radio host, Casser-Jayne worked with Door’s drummer John Densmore on his bestselling autobiography, RIDERS ON THE STORM.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is a premiere show on multiple podcast networks. One of the early podcasters, Casser-Jayne is considered one of the best. Frequent guest and political editor or Newsweek magazine, Matthew Cooper says: “The Halli Casser-Jayne show is pure joy — smart, interesting talk with a great host. I love being a guest. I love listening to it even more.” Veteran newsman, Roger Simon calls Halli “one of the best in the biz.”

“I am a longtime fan of Kris Kristofferson’s and I am so glad we cleared all of this up,” Casser-Jayne said. “I love Kris, I want him to play on forever, but most of all, I want him to be well.”

To listen to Halli’s conversation with Jim Brown and author of WAYLON: TALES OF MY OUTLAW DAD, Terry Jennings, oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show posts original episodes Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m., eastern time.

BROWN BACKS OFF KRISTOFFERSON ALZHEIMER’S STATEMENTS

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Four-time Emmy Award winning producer Jim Brown is backing off his statement that Kris Kristofferson, 79, suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease as he stated in a recent interview with podcast host Halli Casser-Jayne on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show. Brown is the producer of ‘The Highwaymen – Friends till the End,” documentary, featuring Kristofferson airing on PBS stations Friday, May 27, 9 pm ET. He had recently interviewed Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his film.

Brown’s revelation can be heard in the podcast audio interview at approximately 26 minutes in. When asked about Kristofferson’s mental agility Brown answered: “So I think he’s a happy guy, probably not happy he has Alzheimer’s, but personally his disposition seemed wonderful.”

In a subsequent communication with host Halli Casser-Jayne, Brown appears to be backing off his earlier statement. “I have no direct knowledge of Kris Kristofferson’s medical condition,” he wrote to Ms. Casser-Jayne. “I was mistaken to mention that he has Alzheimer’s. I don’t know more than that he has memory problems which he has spoken about.”

Calls to Kristofferson’s office to either affirm or deny Brown’s statement and Kristofferson’s condition have not been returned.

Rumors concerning Kris Kristofferson’s health have percolated through the music industry for years. Some have made the uneducated guess that the former boxer could be suffering from pugilistica, a neurodegenerative disease with features of dementia that can only be diagnosed after death.

Kristofferson has never issued an official statement concerning his memory loss, but in a 2011 interview with ABC’s World News Now he said: “I’m going to be right in the middle of a sentence, man – and it just goes, pew.” In another in 2013, with FOX411 he said, “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” and he lamented, “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs so I can perform, but other than that…”

Brown also took issue with being referred to as a “longtime” friend of Kristofferson’s. “Although I have been lucky enough to work with Kris  on at least 4 projects in the past 25 years before this current film, I think it might be overstatement to say we are long time friends. We like each other, but I am not part of his inner circle. I am a total fan of his work who has also documented it and enjoyed his gracious nature in the process.”

To listen to the entire exchange and Halli’s conversation with author Terry Jennings, oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs original episodes Wednesdays, 3 pm ET.

 

BREAKING NEWS: KRISTOFFERSON HAS ALZHEIMER’S REVEALED ON THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW

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Kristofferson in his heyday

Kristofferson in his heyday

In an interview with podcast host Halli Casser-Jayne, four-time Emmy Award winner, Jim Brown  revealed that his long-time friend and associate, Kris Kristofferson, 79, is suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. Brown is the producer of ‘The Highwaymen – Friends till the End,” documentary, featuring Kristofferson. It will air on PBS stations Friday, May 27, 9 pm ET. Brown recently interviewed Kristofferson and his wife Lisa for his film.

Brown’s revelation can be heard in the podcast audio interview at approximately 26 minutes in. When asked about Kristofferson’s health, Brown answered “So I think he’s a happy guy, probably not happy he has Alzheimer’s, but personally his disposition seemed wonderful.”

Kristofferson today

Kristofferson today

There have been varied reports in the media concerning Kristofferson’s health. He has alluded to “memory loss” in print. But Brown’s disclosure on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is the first to name Kristofferson’s ailment. Attempts to verify Brown’s assertion with Kristofferson’s team have not been answered.

Longtime journalist Halli Casser-Jayne, host of the show of the same name is not new to journalism. War correspondent, documentary producer, and radio host, Casser-Jayne worked with Door’s drummer John Densmore on his bestselling autobiography, RIDERS ON THE STORM.

The Halli Casser-Jayne Show is a premiere show on multiple podcast networks. One of the early podcasters, Casser-Jayne is highly-regarded. Frequent guest and political editor for Newsweek magazine, Matthew Cooper says: “The Halli Casser-Jayne show is pure joy — smart, interesting talk with a great host. I love being a guest. I love listening to it even more.” Veteran newsman, Roger Simon calls Halli “one of the best in the biz.”

“I am a longtime fan of Kris Kristofferson’s, and my jaw almost dropped at Brown’s revelation. We have to find a cure for Alzheimer’s,” Casser-Jayne says. “We’re losing too many greatest minds and talent to ‘The Long Goodbye.’” It was recently revealed the Glenn Campbell is also battling the disease.

To listen to the entire exchange and Halli’s conversation with author Terry Jennings, and oldest son of country singer Waylon Jennings visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com. The Halli Casser-Jayne Show airs original episodes Wednesdays, 3 pm ET.

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LORETTA LYNN: THE QUEEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC – THE HALLI CASSER-JAYNE SHOW – PBS/AMERICAN MASTERS

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The life of “The Queen of Country Music” Loretta Lynn is the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, March 2, 3 pm ET when joining Halli at her table are the producers of a new documentary AMERICAN MASTERS – LORETTA LYNN: STILL A MOUNTAIN GIRL, Elizabeth Trojian and Elliot Halpern and Lynn’s granddaughter, Tayla Lynn. The PBS special premiers Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. on PBS, during Women’s History Month as part of the 30th anniversary season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series and in conjunction with the release of Lynn’s first new studio album in 10 years, FULL CIRCLE.

LORETTA LYNN GUITARjpgInducted into more music Halls of Fame than any female recording artist to date, Loretta Lynn has earned four Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors and a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. “She’s written anti-war anthems, songs about birth control, pregnancy and divorce, all with a sincerity and honesty that transcends music genres, politics and gender,” said executive producer Elizabeth Trojian of Yap Films Inc. “You couldn’t make up a better example of the American Dream than Loretta Lynn’s astonishing rags-to-riches story. Her 48-year marriage to Doo and their rare partnership is also one of the great love stories of our times,” said executive producer Elliott Halpern of Yap Films Inc.

LORETTA LYNNS RANCHWednesday, March 2, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, the rags to riches story of one of America’s great singer-songwriters, Loretta Lynn, with granddaughter and country music performer Tayla Lynn and film producers Elizabeth Trojian and Elliot Halpern in a preview of the new PBS, American Masters documentary, LORETTA LYNN: STILL A MOUNTAIN GIRL, airing, Friday, March 4 at 9 p.m. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

THE STRAY CATS BASS KING, LEE ROCKER

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Lee  Rocker himself2Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. ‘The Bass King’ will join Halli at her table on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, August 12, 3 pm ET for an interview you won’t soon forget.

LeeRockerStrayCatLableGrammy-nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer, and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts.
LeeRocker1978StraycatsNot one to rest on his laurels, Rocker continues to astonish audiences touring, talking (Rumble & Twang Radio Show with Lee Rocker), sharing his animated videos and releasing new music his “Night Train to Memphis” disc featuring classics from the early days of rock– classic rockabilly done like only Lee Rocker can. He has appeared on in the Broadway hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet.”

A conversation with legendary bassist, Lee Rocker, Wednesday, August 12, 3 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show Podcast. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

UP NEXT: JERRY LEE LEWIS BIOGRAPHER RICK BRAGG

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JerryBookfromRickBrackNew York Times bestselling author Rick Bragg, whose new book JERRY LEE LEWIS, HIS OWN STORY officially launches October 28. Interviewing the seminal musician over the course of two summers, Bragg recreates the almost impossible to believe story of the hell-raising Southern boy who would galvanize the world and give the devil’s edge to rock and roll with songs like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire.” Together Bragg and Lewis have created an amazing biography of the music legend: JERRY LEE LEWIS: HIS OWN STORY for this groundbreaking new book.

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Bragg is the author of the New York Times bestsellers ALL OVER BUT THE SHOUTIN’, AVA’S MAN, THE PRINCE OF FROGTOWN, and I AM A SOLDIER, TOO: THE JESSICA LYNCH STORY. He has twice won the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing Award and more than fifty writing awards in his career. He is currently a professor of writing at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Jerry Lee Lewis helped define the wild frontier of rock and roll. His most recent albums, Last Man Standing (2006) and Mean Old Man (2010), were his most successful in thirty years. Still performing today, The Killer recently opened Jerry Lee Lewis’s Cafe and Honky Tonk on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jerry Lee Lewis biographer, Rick Bragg, Sunday, October 26, 8 pm ET on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show,Talk Radio for Fine Minds. Tune in live online at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

TURN TURN TURN: MY CONVERSATION WITH THE BYRDS’ GUITARIST ROGER MCGUINN

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Roger McGuinn rickenbackerWhen you’re talking to a musical genius, you know it. You know it by the rhythm of their words, the melodic sound of their voice, the agility in which they tell their story. Such was my conversation with legendary guitarist, founder of the pioneering folk rock Sixties group The Byrds, and songwriter extraordinaire, Roger McGuinn.

For those of you who don’t know Roger McGuinn, McGuinn was voted in the top five on “Rolling Stone’s” list of greatest guitar players of all time, praised for his chordal 12-string Rickenbacker riffs, the sonic bridge between folk and rock that changed music forever.

When we talked, McGuinn was in a hotel room in California, preparing to mount a new show with Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives. In an hour rehearsal would begin, and he was edgy. I sensed a horse at the starting gate anxiously awaiting his big run. And run, run, run is what Roger McGuinn likes to do and does best…with his fingers…sliding up and town the strings of his first love, his Rickenbacker guitar.

I quickly learn that McGuinn is not a trusting soul. He is a man who likes to be in charge. The master of control over guitar strings, it is clear to me he doesn’t feel in control of much else. He played me as well as he plays lead guitar. I was the one asking the questions, but McGuinn was strongly guiding my way.

His rise to the top of the musical world is a story he likes to tell, and tell his way. He tells it as a linear tale, understands how “a” led to “b” in his musical story and, clearly, he hopes that you will understand his journey better when you receive it his way…his life like the parts of the songs he writes: the introduction, the verse, the chorus.

He tells me his favorite song is “Turn, Turn, Turn,” one he didn’t write, but Pete Seeger did. The lyrics, except for the title which is repeated throughout the song, and the final verse of the song, are adapted word-for-word from Chapter 3 of the Book of Ecclesiastes. McGuinn is a deeply religious man, starts every day in prayer with his wife of thirty-five years, Camilla.

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Roger McGuinn, chapter and verse, unlike the song, still waiting for his coda.

“Turn, Turn, Turn…”

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