March 6, 2014
A special resolution to make the John Denver hit “Take Me Home, Country Roads” an official West Virginia state song is expected to pass during the state legislative session this Friday. The song, which begins with the lyrics “Almost Heaven West Virginia…” was a hit for singer John Denver and his co-writers Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert when it was released in 1971.
A reception will also be held Friday at 2pm at the lower rotunda of the State Capitol, featuring Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and state legislators, musical performances from the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, students from Cabell Midland High School and America’s Got Talent winner and West Virginia resident Landau Eugene Murphy Jr.
Princeton WV resident Dreama Denver, wife of the late television icon Bob “Gilligan” Denver is not related to John Denver (whose real last name was Deutschendorf). But, as head of the Mercer County WV-based Denver Foundation, she began pushing for “Take Me Home, Country Roads” to become the state’s official song in 2012. It all began with an on-air chat with her “Sunny Side Up” show listeners on Little Buddy Radio 93.1 FM, which is also heard around the world at www.littlebuddyradio.com.
Denver then enlisted the help of State Senator Bill Cole and House of Delegates member Marty Gearhart to get the resolution reintroduced in the Legislature before the session wraps up this week.
“We are identified favorably all over the world by the lyrics of ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads”, Dreama told the Associated Press in a recent interview. “Their whole vision of West Virginia is tied up in the song all over the world. When the first four words are ‘Almost Heaven, West Virginia,’ that says it all, doesn’t it?”
“Country Roads” co-writer Bill Danoff, contacted by West Virginia Music Hall of Fame head Michael Lipton said “It’s a wonderful honor; It was over 43 years ago when we put the song out. John would be really happy, as would my former wife Taffy. Personally, I’m thrilled, and really proud to be a part of what I like to think of as the West Virginia Pride movement. I’ve had these incredible stories of people from all over the world connecting to the state because of the song. It’s really nice for it to be a part of the positive image of West Virginia. “
“Country Roads” has been heard and performed around the globe from Irish pubs to the Czech Republic, and even at the Great Wall of China. When now U.S. Senator Joe Manchin visited Thailand as West Virginia’s Governor, Thailand’s prime minister started singing, “Almost Heaven, West Virginia” after introducing Manchin.
February 28, 2014
GRAMMY-nominated Special Consensus joins forces with bluegrass music’s brightest stars on COUNTRY BOY, a bluegrass tribute to John Denver. There is a natural affinity between bluegrass and John Denver’s repertoire but this is the first purely bluegrass tribute to Denver’s music. COUNTRY BOY showcases Special Consensus at the musical center of each track with a guest cast of Grammy-winning and International Bluegrass Music Association-winning vocalists and instrumentalists.
Produced by Alison Brown, the album features a solid 10 song set of Denver hits and lesser known songs. http://compassrecords.com/arma/special_consensus_country_boy.php
February 11, 2014
On December 31st, 2013, John Denver would have been 70 years old. As we remember John, please join us in using the hashtag #RememberJohnDenver on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts about John so we can collect these thoughts all in once place. Read more about hashtags and how they work here: https://www.facebook.com/help/
February 7, 2014
“Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver,” an exhibition of photographs taken by John Denver, is on display at Leon gallery in Denver, CO through March 2nd. Limited edition prints are available for purchase at the gallery, and now available online for viewing and purchase at www.leongallery.com.
December 31, 2013
December 31, 2013. I hold up my glass and toast our old friend, John Denver, today on his 70th birthday. John, you are a true American icon. You were a great singer, songwriter, poet, and humanitarian from America’s heartland. Moreover, you came from a deeper place – you came from the heartland of Mother Earth.
Yes, I miss your smile, and that unbridled enthusiasm to dive headfirst into life. When I was with you, I always felt as if I were jogging while you were walking. It’s as if you always had a contribution to make and didn’t want to be late. But then you would pick up your old guitar, open your mouth to sing, and somehow time would stop for all of us.
Now you have no need for shoes and no need for time. I suspect you live with the eagles now and ride the wind, your songs echoing through the canyons of our minds, reminding us how right it is to care. And if we have an empty space inside of us since your passing, I know that it gets filled up every time we pick up litter or pick up a fallen friend. I know you laugh when you see us living joyfully, whistle when you see us living in harmony with nature, and sing out loud when we discover who we really are and live a life that shows it.
Happy 70th birthday, John. We love you,
Friend and Windstar co-founder
December 18, 2013
On January 11, 2014, Leon gallery in Denver, CO debuts “Sweet, Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver,” an exhibition of photographs taken by the late singer-songwriter John Denver. The gallery will hold an opening reception on January 11, 2014 from 7-10pm, and the exhibition will run through March 2, 2014. A limited number of prints will be available for purchase.
On Dec. 31, 2013, singer and songwriter John Denver, whose hits such as “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gained him worldwide fame, would have celebrated his 70th birthday. In honor of his legacy, Denver’s estate will be celebrating the singer’s music and life throughout the year.
Among his many gifts, Denver was a talented photographer. “Sweet Sweet Life: The Photographic Works of John Denver” represents a chance for the world to experience life as John Denver lived it. Throughout his lifetime, Denver captured thousands of images as he traveled across the globe, spreading his message of peace, love, and conservation. Through his mastery of composition, lighting, and the decisive moment, Denver became an accomplished photographer. Leon gallery is proud to present over 40 never-before-seen photographs of distinction from the celebrated musician.
Statement from the curators and owners of Leon:
“It is a fascinating gift to get to know someone by looking through a lifetime of photographs; to see what was interesting, beautiful and worth remembering. Through curating over 10,000 of John Denver’s personal images, we found that his work not only represents his passionate vision of nature and the outdoors, but also chronicles the emotional beauty of society and individuals all over the world. He was an authentic, wide-eyed wanderer. You don’t see lavish clichés you’d expect from a famous touring musician; you see someone who built a career catered toward exploring life with his loved ones, and finding connections with people and nature in parts of the world that weren’t yet travel destinations. It’s inspiring. We’re excited to share this exhibit not only because this is the work of John Denver, an American icon who positively affected lives and land across the planet, but because at the end of the day he was a talented, dedicated man with a lot of heart. That is what is central to our vision at Leon.” – Lindsay Giles McWilliams + Eric Robert Dallimore
1112 East 17th Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80218
Opening Reception: January 11, 2014, 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: January 11-March 2, 2014
Gallery hours: 12pm-5pm Tuesday-Sunday
November 20, 2013
With exclusive interviews with those who knew him, BBC presents an intimate profile of John Denver. Friday November 22, 9pm on BBC Four.
November 19, 2013
The Florida leg of the John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert Tour starts tomorrow! – Tickets Still Available
For the first time in 15 years, audiences will see and hear two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Poet Laureate of Colorado John Denver performing in a concert setting. Featuring archival video footage of Denver performing classic songs, backed by live performances from former members of his band with an accompanying string section, John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Concert tour is an innovative musical treat and unforgettable tribute. Hear John Denver’s voice, see vintage John Denver video performances, hear stories of John Denver told by old friends. Concerts will include hit songs spanning his career and honor Denver’s memory and music. The show will also honor some of the musicians who played with Denver throughout his career, and feature their stories of life on the road with the singer.
Nov 19, 2013 – Jacksonville, FL – Florida Theatre – TICKETS
Nov 20, 2013 – St Petersburg, FL – The Palladium Theater – TICKETS
Nov 21, 2013 – W Palm Beach, FL – Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – TICKETS
Nov 22, 2013 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live Theatre – TICKETS
Nov 23, 2013 – Sarasota, FL – Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall – TICKETS
See a sneak peek of the show here: http://youtu.be/rNTaOONyJ4U
Ticket links and more show info at http://johndenver.com/events/
November 9, 2013
The Colorado Music Hall of Fame and the Spirit statue have found a permanent home at the Trading Post at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Red Rocks was John Denver’s favorite place to play. He first played there in July 1972 and used the occasion to make the first performance of “Rocky Mountain High.” In 1974, as his popularity soared, he was the first performer to play four consecutive nights at Red Rocks. He performed there 17 times, the last being in 1989.
October 21, 2013
On December 31st, 2013, John Denver would have been 70 years old. As we near that date and remember John, please join us in using the hashtag #RememberJohnDenver on your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts about John so we can collect these thoughts all in once place. Read more about hashtags and how they work here: https://www.facebook.com/help/