Country Music Icon, Willie Nelson, Writes Forward to Nashville-Based Artist, Corey Frizzell’s Up-Coming Book
Country Music Legend Willie Nelson, even at 79 may be one of the busiest guys in the music industry, but he still found the time to write the forward to Nashville based writer and artist, Corey Frizzell’s, new up-coming book “Nashville’s Honky Tonk History,” which will be part of Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series.
Frizzell inked a publishing deal with leading national publisher, Arcadia Publishing, to author a new book on Nashville’s Honky Tonk History, in June of 2012, a subject close to Frizzell’s heart being of the Lefty Frizzell lineage. The book has a proposed release date of June, during CMA of 2013.
Established in 1993 and based out of Mount Pleasant, SC, Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher in the United States for local history, with a catalog of more than 8,000 titles in print and hundreds of new titles released every year.
Nelson, like countless others, had been influenced by Corey’s uncle, the late Lefty Frizzell. “To Lefty From Willie” is a tribute album to Lefty Frizzell recorded in 1977 by Nelson. The album features some of the biggest hits by Frizell like "I Never Go Around Mirrors" and "That's the Way Love Goes.”
“I couldn’t be more excited about having a living legend like Willie Nelson write the forward to my book on Nashville Honky Tonks. There is no one else better to have done it than Willie with all his Honky Tonk history here in Nashville. As a lot of people know I am also an artist and I had the honor of creating a portrait personally for Willie back in 2006 but having him do this for me is the icing on the cake.” – Corey Frizzell
The Frizzell family, most famous for its prominence on the Country Music Charts, is now witnessing the artistic successes of the second generation. Although he has siblings following in the Frizzell music footsteps, who have accepted the challenge of emerging from the giant shadow first cast by the family music patriarch, Lefty Frizzell, Corey chose a different path, a path to create his own shadow.
Corey falls somewhere in the middle of the six children spanning four decades of Allen Frizzell, former Nashville recording artist and younger brother of the Legendary Lefty Frizzell and Country Star, David Frizzell.
Frizzell has been a Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, acted in music videos and cast for two roles in the original Stephen King movie, “Children of The Corn.” If that's not interesting enough, he's now a writer, producer, manager, boxing coach and visual artist in high demand, creating custom portraits of the stars for the stars.
In 2006, with royal country music blood running through his veins, Frizzell came full circle being named Nashville’s Artist to the Stars for his artistic collaboration with some of Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, Americana and Roots music's biggest names, including George Jones, Randy Travis, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Alan Jackson, Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Mark Chesnutt, Gene Watson and Jerrod Niemann to name a few.