THE SONNY TACKETT SHOW, is a cultural music show about artists ,songwriters, & THE STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS! ,featuring songwriter Sonny Tackett & special guests. Filming in Oct., @ LGTV Jenkins Ky, & Nashville Tenn., it  airs on  57, 98, & 99,on TVS & IMC cable ,, & SONNYTACKETTSHOW





Born in Arkansas, raised in Missouri, Jimmy Payne is a Nashville singer-songwriter who has performed both at home and abroad at venues ranging from the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, to the Wembley Festival in England. His International success is well documented with tours in Japan, the Philippines, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, and the United Kingdom. 

His first major success began when longtime friend Chuck Glaser, arranged a live audition between Jimmy, and Billy Sherrill. After one song, Billy signed Jimmy to a five year contract with Epic Records.

Jimmy co-wrote the mega hit, “Woman Woman, have you got cheating on your mind" with his great friend Jim Glaser and recorded the original version himself on Epic Records under the supervision of legendary producer, Billy Sherrill. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap went on to have a multi-million seller with their version of the song and took it to the top of the pop charts in the US. Since then, it has been recorded around a hundred times and has received nearly five million airplays in the US and became a worldwide pop hit. 

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With Naomi Martin, Jimmy also wrote the number one hit, “My Eyes Can Only See As Far As You” for Charley Pride. Other artists who have recorded Jimmy’s songs are Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, Tompall and the Glaser Brothers, Dottie West, Jimmy Dean, Levi Stubbs and The Four Tops, Connie Smith, Bill Anderson, Ray Price, Cal Smith, Jeanne Pruett, Jim Glaser, Frank Ifield and Daniel O’Donnell, The Lettermen, and many others. 

As an artist, Jimmy has had National chart success with “ L.A. Angels”, “Ramblin’ Man”, “Where Has All The Love Gone”, and “Turnin’ My Love On” and others. He also entered the British pop charts with his version of “Sweet Fantasy”. 

Jimmy has recorded for Epic, RCA, VeeJay, Vanguard, Cinnamon, Password and others. He has released Six Albums, two CD's and numerous singles. 

On Jimmy’s debut performance at The Grand Ole Opry, the audience rewarded him with three encores. In 2007 he received the honor of being inducted into the Traditional Country Hall of Fame in Anita, Iowa. 

Jimmy enjoys writing, recording and playing various writers’ nights around Nashville. He has a great sense of humor, and his live performances of his wonderful songs are always infused with his humorous reminiscences. Not to be missed. 

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 Crystal Shawanda (born July 26, 1983) is a Canadian country music artist who crossed over to the blues charts with her cd Fish out of Water, and has continued to blaze a new music trail with her cd Voodoo Woman, which stayed in the blues charts for an incredible 83 weeks..[1] CMT documented her rise to fame in the six-part series Crystal: Living the Dream, which was broadcast in February 2008.[2] Signed to RCA Nashville in 2007, she released her first single, "You Can Let Go", in Canada in January 2008.[3] It was the fastest climbing single on the Canadian Country Singles Chart since Carolyn Dawn Johnson's "Georgia" in 2000, reaching the Top 10 in five weeks.[4] It was released in the United States on February 25, 2008 .[5] Laid Back ,

(written by songwriter Sonny Tackett) her first single from Fish Out Of Water became a #1  the week of April 22 2018 on the Canadianaboriginolcharts. Crystal has a new cd due for release anyday, an awesome assortment of soul, blues, americana songs by Crystal and Dewayne Strobel, her husband ,Guitarist, and contributions by other great songwriters, including one remake of the  classic Sonny Tackett 

song, "Would You Know Love," and a collaboration with Crystal and Sonny on the blues tune "Midnite Blues".  Another great addition is a collaboration with the great Nashville songwriter David Norris, plus the David Norris composition  "Church House Blues". A complete track listing and credits will be forthcoming soon. Crystal and Dewayne just got off a three month tour of the Canadian Blues and Indigenous festival circuit and are finishing up the new cd due for release anyday. We look forward to their visit here at The Sonny Tackett Show, and will have the schedule up for air dates as soon as possible.

One interesting fact for East Kentuckians, (where the show will be filmed), is that Dewayne Strobel is a fellow Kentuckian, born and raised in East Ky., and has a long history here. He has been friends , fellow songwriting partner, and Brothers of The Road with our own Sonny Tackett,whom he met while playing guitar for Kys own local artist Marlow Tackett. So his visit to the Sonny Tackett Show with Crystal Shawanda will be a homecoming and a wonderful show for all involved. More information to come, with air dates and times.



David Norris has been in the music business for over 35 years doing live sound for arena acts, producing records, songwriting and professionally composing corporate music. Moving to Nashville 17 years ago, he decided to devote himself solely to his true creative calling of songwriting, producing and artist development. Working side by side with his recording artists, David has cut 45 records since moving to Music City under his company Norrisong Productions and is currently writing and recording with former RCA recording artist Brad Cotter and road warrior Frank Fletcher, as well as running a professional demo service for local songwriters.  


He was Grammy nominated in five categories for his production of "Just The Same" by Rick Monroe in 2014, won the Soundtrack of the Year Award at Laughlin Film Festival 2013, and won Video Game Soundtrack of the Year for his work on Freaky Flyers in 2002 during his four year tenure as Senior Composer at Midway Home Entertainment. He also shares in the light with Crystal Shawanda’s Juno Award for his song and horn arrangement on “When You Rise” for the Fish Out of Water album release in 2017.  


As a determined songwriter, David has had many artists cut his songs. He recently co-wrote American Idol finalist Jessica Meuse’s latest radio single “Thank God It Didn’t Work”, landed two tracks with True North Records recording artist Crystal Shawanda “Hey Love” & “Church House” and a track on Aerosmith & Hollywood Vampires member Buck Johnson’s new solo record “Journeyman Blues” co-written with Buck and the legendary Charlie Midnight.  


Other radio singles include: 


Listen To Your Heart  #4 on the Bluegrass chart Marija Droze  (Writer) 


Even The Snow aid Falling Ryan Hinkle (Writer & Producer) 


My Blue World Billy Droze (Writer & Producer) 


When Christmas Gets a Hold On Me Jeff Bates (Producer) 


Good Night Corey Farlow (Producer)






BIG NEWS!!!!!!



CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!!


CRYSTAL SHAWANDA'S version of my song LAID BACK. This song was on the cd "FISH OUT OF WATER" and went to # 1 on the Canadian charts. Her husband , guitarist ,producer, and my lifelong friend DEWAYNE STROBLE is here with her in this beautiful video. We are working on the schedule and Crystal and Dewayne  will be one of my first featured guests on THE SONNY TACKETT SHOW, so please watch for schedule updates !!!! ENJOY, Sonny Tackett


Upcoming guest songwriter/producer David Norris wrote this great song with Alex Dooley,Billy Atherholt, & Del Mille. This is Nick Nicholson singing, a Norrissong productions, Nashville Tenn.


This awesome studio video is a David Norris,Bailey James,& Vickie Raye co-write, TRUE COLORS, and is a Norrissong Production, Nashville


NEON GRAVE, a David Norris/ Clay Underwood  song, sang by Nick Nicholson, a NORRISSONG PRODUCTION, Nashville, Tenn.


 Im interviewing this awesome songwriter, Jimmy Payne, who wrote this song ,in Nashville, Oct. 26th for my TV show,The Sonny Tackett Show on LGTV. He released it on his debut album on Epic, Glen Campbell did it on his next album,then Gary Puckett recorded it,and it became a 15 times Platinum single!!! Jimmy has so many gold records for songwriting he doesn't have wall space for them all. Catch Jimmy on the Sonny Tackett Show in November!! Much love Jimmy,and all my friends out there, Sonny T