Radio 2 Legend, OBE decorated and South Oxfordshire resident, Bob Harris, heads to Didcot’s Cornerstone this month in a show that promises to be fascinating, intimate and spontaneous.
Harris will be engaging in deep conversation and reliving stories and songs with legendary singer/ songwriter Kimmie Rhodes.
The pair will be reflecting on Kimmie’s rich musical history, the sounds of Austin and the legacy of Texan song-writing, in celebration of the release of Radio Dreams, her memoir and the companion audio CD, produced by ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris.
The show is the result of the February release of Radio Dreams, which invites readers into the unique and private world of platinum-selling songwriter and recording artist Rhodes and her deceased soul mate, beloved radio personality Joe Gracey, Jr.
Weaving her own poetic prose with wry and witty words from his journals, Rhodes tells the fascinating story of their three decades together. She also tells tales of the couple’s times with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Jack Clement, Emmylou Harris, and other famous and infamous characters that have helped make American music history before facing Gracey’s final cancer battle.
Through triumph and tragedy, grief and gratitude, her memoirs express the extraordinary life and inspiring love they shared.
Described by Radio Times as “one of the greats of British contemporary music broadcasting and an independent champion of great music” Harris has been at the centre of the British music industry for nearly 40 years.
When being awarded an OBE for his services to music broadcasting, Harris said: “I’ve always loved what I do so it’s an added bonus to be recognised for something you love. I love music and I’m really just at the heart of what I love.”
Radio Dreams is on Tuesday April 24 at 7.30pm.
Tickets cost £17, with discounts available for concessions and members. To book tickets call the box office on 01235 515144 or visit cornerstone-arts.org