By Ryan Gueningsman
It is finally time for Winstock to celebrate its fifth anniversary, and what a great way to celebrate.
Winstock has moved to a new location, across the road from the airport. Organizers have one of the best line-ups and are expecting more people then ever before.
This is the last week of my artist profiles. I've chosen The Mavericks, Martina McBride, and Pam Tillis.
The Mavericks released their first album in 1990 called "The Mavericks." They got their first national recognition from their second album, "From Hell To Paradise. In 1994 they received their first Top 40 hit, "Oh What A Thrill." This hit song came off of a new album, "What A Crying Shame."
The Mavericks won two awards from the ACM: Top Vocal Group and Top New Vocal Group. This set the stage for another album, "Music For All Occasions" which went gold, selling more albums for the group then ever before. This album had Grammy-winning "Here Comes The Rain" and a great Top 10 hit, "All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down."
The group took a year off from touring and recording in 1996. In fall of 1997, they returned to the recording studio and recorded 13 new songs, 12 of which were written by lead singer Raul Malo. This new album was called "Trampoline." With their new album and their unique sense of style, we are sure to be in for a great and energetic performance.
Martina, born Martina Schiff on July 29, 1966, started singing a a very early age. At age 7 she sang "I'm Little, But I'm Loud" with her parents band, "The Shiffters." In 1985 she started to sing professionally. On May 15, 1988 she married John McBride and two years later they moved to Nashville.
The two of them got jobs with Garth Brooks, John in production and Martina selling t-shirts. This led to a recording contract in 1992 with RCA Records. She recorded and released her debut album, "The Time Has Come." She began opening shows for Garth in 1992. Her second album, The Way That I Am" was released the next year. Her first top 10 hits were "My Baby Loves Me," and "Independence Day."
She won the CMA's Video of the Year award for "Independence Day" 1995 brought her another album, "Wild Angels."
This was a very busy year for Martina, winning video of the year from TNN/ Music City News and video of the year from Nashville Music. She also starred in her first tv special, "Full Speed Ahead." Martina achieved another milestone in her career, her first number 1 hit, "Wild Angels." In 1996 "Wild Angels was certified gold. 1997 brought her fourth and most recent album, "Evolution."
Another lifetime dream was presented to Martina when she was inducted as a cast member of the Grand Ole Opry on Nov. 30, 1995.
With her current release off of that album, "Happy Girl" climbing up the charts, look for big things from Martina in the near future.
Pam, daughter of legendary country musician Mel Tillis, was born July 24. She was raised in Nashville and has lived there most of her life. In 1990 she was noticed by Nashville Artista Records.
Her first album, 'Put Yourself In My Place" went gold in the summer of 1992. This led to a nomination from the ACM for Top Female Vocalist.
Her next album, "Homeward Looking Angel" went platinum in the winter of 1995. In 1994 she won the CMA Top Female Vocalist. 1994 also led Pam to a major tour with Alan Jackson and she also starred in a tv special called "Full Access" on TNN.
In 1995 she set a milestone for the 1990's, she became the only female country artist to solo produce her own album, "All Of This Love." Pam also made history, along with Carlene Carter and Lorrie Morgan, they set out on an all female second generation tour.
Later in the year she headlined at "Nashville CARES," which is a benefit for AIDS research. She was also nominated by the CMA for Vocalist of the Year.
1997 brought a well-awaited "Greatest Hits" album. She continued to tour and perform at her dad's theater in Branson, Mo.
Reflecting on her career she says, "I've been fortunate to work with good people. I still have to think in my mind and in my heart that I haven't done all I can do."
Also performing at Winstock will be two regional bands, Mary Sue Englund and The Killer Hayseeds.
Mary Sue has performed throughout the United States including in Nashville.
She has a group of musicians called "The Crew" who provide great vocals to the show. While on stage look for her to perform any country music, old and new as well as some of her own music from her first CD, "Nobody's Sleepin." She will be releasing a second album sometime in June. Mary Sue will start off Winstock as the first band to take the stage in 1998 starting at 5:15 p.m.
The Killer Hayseeds, which formed in 1991 consist of Ross Florand, Todd Ernster, Darin Essery, Jeff Downs, and Bren Archambault.
Since forming they have released three albums, "The Killer Hayseeds," which was their debut album, "A Hayseed Christmas and "Rural Electric" which produced a top ten hit on the Midwest radio market for six weeks. Perhaps you have heard this song, "Hotter Than a Honeymoon," on K-102.
The Killer Hayseeds will begin the fun on Saturday performing at noon.
Winstock, which is put on entirely by volunteers, benefits Holy Trinity Schools in Winsted. The gates will open at 2 p.m. on Friday and at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
If you wish to camp out at Winstock they still have several sites open. The VIP tickets are sold out. If you didn't get them this year and want some for next year, pick them up at the festival for this year's prices.