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The Good Ol’ Boys Tour: The Dukes of Hazzard Cast Reunites During Special 40th Anniversary Year!

The Good Ol’ Boys Tour: The Dukes of Hazzard Cast Reunites During Special 40th Anniversary Year!

Yes, it’s true! Luke Duke, Daisy Duke, ‘Crazy’ Cooter Davenport, Coy Duke, Cousin Jeb Duke, Deputy Enos Strate, and Deputy Cletus Hogg are reuniting and will appear at the MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert series! The MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert series puts a modern twist to the classic culture of a traditional car show with the addition of great live music. The kick-off event will transform the Kern County Raceway on Saturday, April 13 into a car show & concert venue fit for a great experience for car enthusiasts and music fans alike featuring classic and modern American muscle cars, custom trucks, hot rods, rat rods and more. Previous shows have been headlined by Dan+Shay, Rodney Atkins, 38 Special, Night Ranger, and more! To register your vehicle and learn more visit www.musclekingz.com.

“I just can’t wait to get back to Kern County again because the best folks in the world live there. I’m also looking forward to these wonderful events because my “Dukes” family is also going to be there, celebrating our 40th year of fun and friendship!” said Catherine Bach (aka Daisy Duke).

The Bakersfield event will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard featuring Hazzard County’s famous stars as well as one of the legendary 1969 Dodge Chargers – “General Lee” – owned by Chrome Cars and used in the original filming of the Dukes of Hazzard TV series. Attendees will be able to take their photo with the Chrome Cars General Lee. In addition, Cooter’s Place – the headquarters of Hazzard Nation – will be set up with famed Duke’s merchandise and more!

“What’s not to like about the MuscleKingz Car Show and Concert? There’s going to be hot cars, fine country music, and a “Dukes of Hazzard” reunion. Save me a place, ya’ll! Kern County, here I come!” Ben Jones aka Cooter

The MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert will be hosted by Brad DeBerti, who was born and raised in Bakersfield, and co-hosted by his father Doug DeBerti who together entertain fans on their Discovery Channel TV show ‘Twin Turbos’. They build outrageous state-of-the-art cars and trucks and each have won multiple SEMA Best of Show Awards. Brad is currently NASCAR’s State Rookie of the Year.

“Like most of America I grew up on Dukes of Hazzard! It’s an honor to have this lineup of cast members from such a historical television show come together to celebrate the The Dukes of Hazzard’s 40th anniversary,” said John Oakes – Freeze Management CEO, MuscleKingz co-founder and co-producer. “April 13 in Bakersfield, California is the first of a series of Car Show & Concerts we are routing across the country this year!”

In celebration of The Dukes of Hazzard’s 40th anniversary, the first 50 replica “Cars of Hazzard” to register will receive FREE admission to the car show and 2 concert tickets: General Lee, Rosco’s Patrol Car, Daisy’s Roadrunner, Daisy’s Dixie Jeep, Uncle Jesse’s Pickup Truck, or Boss Hogg’s Cadillac.

To register your car or truck, get your tickets and all information about the Muscle Kingz Car Show & Concert at the Kern County Raceway on Saturday, April 13, visit www.musclekingz.com.

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About MuscleKingz:
MuscleKingz is a brand and social media powerhouse featuring both modern and classic American muscle cars with over 1.6 million followers on Facebook, 450k+ on Instagram and thousands of attendees at each car show and concert series. Partnering with the automotive industry’s most respected brands, MuscleKingz produces the Car Show and Concert Series with a modern twist to a classic culture. www.MuscleKingz.com

About Doug and Brad Deberti:
For father-son duo Doug and Brad DeBerti, custom car building isn’t just a hobby, it’s their life. From creating a truck modeled after a fighter jet to developing the first ever drift racing truck, the DeBerti’s have been building one-of-a-kind cars and trucks for more than two decades, winning over twenty awards, and turning the family business into a household name. Watch them on Discovery Channel’s TV show TWIN TURBOS creating outrageous, state-of-the-art builds – pushing the boundaries being featured SEMA, the largest car event in the world! See them host the MuscleKingz Car Show & Concert on April 13 at the Kern County Raceway. Brad will be exhibiting and showcasing his favorite builds for all to see and enjoy the true craftsmanship and fabrication they took to create! For more information, visit deberti.com.

About John Oakes:
John Oakes is an entertainment entrepreneur, executive, and marketer based in Southern California. Oakes founded his music, entertainment, event, and marketing consulting company, Freeze Management, in 2002, while managing rock band Story of the Year. He specializes in producing music festivals, concerts, car shows, motorcycle shows and events, and developing marketing programs benefiting live events, brands, artists, partners, and fans. Oakes has spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in the music industry, representing a diverse group of musicians selling millions of records and tickets worldwide. Oakes, with his company Freeze Management, has also developed effective strategies and implemented successful marketing programs for an assorted group of well-known companies, including Rockstar Energy Drink, Ram Trucks, AT&T Wireless, Samsung Mobile, Ford, Jagermeister, Lucas Oil, Coors Light, Harley-Davidson and many more.

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Home For Christmas: Tom Wopat On His New Collaboration With John Schneider

Home For Christmas: Tom Wopat On His New Collaboration With John Schneider

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JOHN SCHNEIDER and TOM WOPAT and a huge impact on pop culture when they exploded onto the scene decades ago as the stars of “The Dukes of Hazzard.” To celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the iconic TV show, along with their amazing friendship, the duo have released an amazing holiday album. ‘Home For Christmas’ captures them at their best and rings in the holiday season with a collection of magical tunes. Although they have performed in concert over the years, this release marks their first full recording together. Mixing immediately recognizable Christmas standards with lesser-known holiday songs, the album combines a bright and brassy big band, lush strings, and rustic country sounds and laces it all together with humorous banter that reflects over three decades of friendship. ‘Home for Christmas’ is produced by David Finck with arrangements by John Oddo, Tedd Firth and Rob Mounsey. The duo will celebrate with an exclusive CD release concert at New York’s Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on Tuesday, December 2 at 9:30 PM. This concert marks their first time performing together in the city.

Tom Wopat’s engaging presence and warm baritone have taken him from his breakout role as Luke Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard” to the recording studio, the Great White Way, and the silver screen, in addition to concert and nightclub stages around the world. After a series of popular country albums, he released a string of acclaimed pop/jazz albums featuring new arrangements of American Songbook classics, as well as contemporary songs by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. The Still of the Night from Angel Records – which was praised for its “tender and elegant vocals, touched with jazz feeling” by The New York Times – was followed by Dissertation on the State of Bliss, Consider it Swung and I’ve Got Your Number (all available from LML Music). Other notable TV roles include “Cybill” – for which he shared a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series – “Smallville” and “Blue Bloods.” As a Broadway leading man, he received Tony Award nominations for starring in Annie Get Your Gun (opposite Bernadette Peters) andA Catered Affair. Other major Broadway credits include Chicago, 42nd Street, Sondheim on Sondheim, Glengarry Glen Ross, Catch Me If You Can and last season’s Tony Award- winning play The Trip To Bountiful with Cicely Tyson.  In Hollywood, he appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and the upcoming dramatic feature Fair Haven.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Tom Wopat to discuss his career in entertainment, his musical influences, his collaboration with longtime friend and co-star John Schneider for this amazing holiday album and the challenges of bringing it to life. 

Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat

Music plays a huge role in your life. What are some of your earliest musical memories?

I sang a duet of “Daisy, Daisy” in second grade with a girl sitting on my knee. I sang five verses of the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” that same year. Those were my first times singing in public and singing in front of friends and family.

When you were in your formative years and discovering your voice musically, who were some of your biggest influences?

I had plenty of mentors along the way. I had music teachers from the time I was a little kid. A really important one came along when I was around 11 or 12 years old. He was a public school teacher at Lodi Junior High and High School in Lodi, Wisconsin. He took me under his wing and started teaching me stuff. For example, when I was in high school, I learned a bunch of opera and art songs, Schubert and Moeller. By the time I got to the University of Wisconsin, I kind of knew all of the curriculum and all of the things they were supposed to teach me. I had people looking out for me the whole way. I had a great teacher in college as well. Dale Gilbert was his name. Of course, I also listened to the radio a lot. Back in those days, you would hear everything from Hank Williams to Andy Williams to Frank Sinatra to The Beatles, all on the same station. I had a pretty wide education.

They say a career in music or acting is not for the faint of heart. What made you take the plunge and pursue your passions instead of going a different route?

I kind of followed the work. I worked on musical comedy and studied voice at the university. I also had a mentor there that was a lighting designer who said, “If you wanted to, you could probably make a living at this in New York.” He hooked me up. He gave me some names and introduced me to some people. Sure enough, when I got to New York, I was pretty much working right away. I was on Broadway in 1978 in a show called “I Love My Wife” and in the fall of that year I read for “The Dukes of Hazzard.” All of a sudden that came along and landed in my lap. It was one thing after another! I have always enjoyed singing and the stage work. While I was doing “Dukes” I started recording and have been fortunate enough to do all of these things at a really high level.

Speaking of following the work, you teamed up with John Schneider to bring us a very unique Christmas album called “Home For Christmas.” What made now the time to do a collaboration of this sort?

'Home For Christmas'

‘Home For Christmas’

We have been talking about doing it for a while. Actually, we have done some concerts together over the last 20 years. They were always slapped together at the last minute but it was always an awful lot of fun. People kept asking why we didn’t record together. I have been making my own records now for about 10 years, I would say. The first one was the Harold Arlen record. I have a great producer, the bass player named Dave Finck, who has access to really fine arrangers and great musicians in New York City. He is also heavily involved with the musicians union, so everybody is interested in giving me a break and helping me make something sound great. When I came to talk to John about doing a Christmas record, it all came together kind of quick. We cut a couple of things in December of last year. At the same time, coincidentally, the Auto Trader people came along and asked us if we wanted to do some high profile TV ads. When that came about, I said, “Well, we have to get this out! We have to get it done!” We finished it this summer and it just came out!

There is definitely a lot of great music on this record.

Yeah, ya know, we are fortunate. David Finck has a wide vocabulary musically and has been exposed to a lot of great stuff. He is one of the best bass players in town and he has played with everybody over the years from Tony Bennett to George Michael. He has really spanned a wide range of jazz and pop. Between that, and my experience in country, we put together an interesting set of tunes, some that people will recognize and some that they won’t but all of them have something to say. That is how I like to make a record!

Did you have any expectations or goals for the album when you started the process?

The one thing I wanted to do was show people that John and I perform together at a high level. I think this is proof of that. We aren’t just a couple of TV guys who do this as a hobby. Both of us sing fairly seriously. I am not saying serious without comic overtones, but we both take it seriously and work hard at it. This album is a quality one. The other thing was that you don’t hear two guys singing together anymore. You don’t hear the kind of thing like Frank [Sinatra] and Dean [Martin] used to do or when Bing [Crosby] used to sing with different guys. You just aren’t hearing that much anymore. It is not necessarily that I am trying to sell a million of these, and I doubt that is going to happen, but it is nice to put something out there that is unique in its own way. We are the best of friends, John and I, so why not?!

You guys have been working together for so many years, do you remember when you discovered you both had a musical side?

The first day we met! Before we did the screen test, we both knew we had a mutual affinity for music!

What was the biggest challenge of bringing “Home For Christmas” to life?

It was really finding the time to get it done. I basically did all the scratch vocals when we recorded the basic tracks and then had to get John into town to get it done. He has a tight schedule, I am busy and David’s busy, so it is hard to get everybody together. That is the sum of it. Once you do, it’s a gas! It’s a lot of fun!

John Schneider and Tom Wopat still making their way the only way they know how.

John Schneider and Tom Wopat still making their way the only way they know how.

You and John are headed out on the road for a few select dates in support of this album. What can fans expect from the shows?

Obviously, we are going to cover the Christmas material because that is what those dates are all about but we also do some awkward stuff that you would never expect. We do The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” which is a gas. We do “Trouble” from “The Music Man,” where we both play the part of Harold Hill. We both know the whole rap, so we trade the lines and sing the harmonies in it. That is really unusual and odd but it’s a lot of fun. We also cover a couple of John’s big country hits. It’s definitely unscripted and I never know what the heck he is going to do! He’s totally unfiltered! [laughs] Unfortunately, I am the adult of the group! [laughs]

Do you see yourself collaborating again with John Schneider in the near future on another album?

I have a couple more ideas that I don’t want to spoil them by divulging too much. I will say that we have both done a lot of musical comedy. I think there are a few two-guy songs out there that haven’t been cut for a long time that would be a lot of fun to do. Also, I was thinking of TV theme songs or songs from movies. [laughs] You come down to the fact that we are two baritones singing together, which you don’t really hear. Who knows, we will see!

Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat

As you mentioned, you are no stranger to making records. When it comes to creating your own music, what can you tell us about your songwriting process?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen all that often. I’m not as dedicated a songsmith as a lot of guys are. A lot of people say you should write every day. Unfortunately for me, that is impossible. Especially if I am doing a musical because that music is in my head. You have to find a place where you have a clean slate where you can really let some kind of idea germinate. If you are singing a certain number of songs every day, it is really hard to find that empty space in your head. It is for me anyway, other guys may be different. For me, it is usually finding a lyrical phrase that gets me going or a groove on the guitar when I am just sitting around with the guitar. That is the best way, to find a groove and a certain phrase that I like and have the song grow from there.

When do you see yourself headed back into the studio and where might you see yourself headed?

I once read an interview with Bruce Hornsby, who is a friend of mine, and he said, “You know, I really want to leave a body of work.” When you are talking about a body of work, you look at guys like Beethoven, Brahms and Mozart, they did everything. They would write the pop music of their day, operas, symphonies and that sort of thing. In my situation, I have done some country stuff and I have written some country songs. I have done some jazz and that is a lot of fun. I have never written a jazz song but some of the songs I have written kind of fit that genre a little bit. What we have done in the past couple of records is been a little bit big band. That is especially true with my most recent solo record, “I’ve Got Your Number.” It has eight horns and 13 strings on it. When you count the basic musicians, you are talking about almost a 30-piece orchestra. That’s a big bunch! I think the next thing I am going to do is going to be small. Maybe it will be a little quartet. I want to focus on singer/songwriters. I have a few songs that I have written that I haven’t cut yet and I also want to go to friends of mine like Jimmy Webb and Bruce Hornsby to see what they might have in their back pocket that they may not have cut that I might have an interesting read on. So again, the next record is going to be a small one but it should be extremely interesting.

Tom Wopat: A Musical Force

Tom Wopat: A Musical Force

Looking back on your career, how have you evolved as an artist through the years?

I think what you do is develop an understanding of your strengths and what you are good at. For me, it’s interpretation, I think. It isn’t so much about creating something as much as it is about interpreting. For example, there is a song I cut a few albums ago, a Joni Mitchell tune called “Two Gray Rooms.” To be honest with you, I like my version better than hers! [laughs] That is what you hope to get to in some cases but you don’t always! My deal is that I really like to develop the material and deliver it in a way that resonates with whoever you are delivering it to. Another good example comes from the stage. Leading men in musicals, when you get down to it, they are a lot alike a lot of times. Curly from “Oklahoma,” Billy Bigelow from “Carousel” or Sid Sorokin from “The Pajama Game,” those guys all have a swagger and a certain point of view that is fairly consistent. When my agent asked me to do a small part, basically a schlepper, in “Glengarry Glen Ross,” I was like, “That isn’t what I really want to do.” She said, “Yeah, but you can do it. If you do it, you might find yourself doing a lot more interesting things instead of playing basically the same guy either urban or rural.” That is basically what it comes down to with these musical comedy guys. So, I played this guy in “Glengarry Glen Ross.” I had a friend who came to the show and said, “Were you in the first act?” [laughs] I said, “Yeah, I was. You just didn’t recognize me because I wasn’t playing my usual guy!” That to me opened a lot of doors and opened my mind to the idea of really concentrating on delivering what the character is and not worrying about my own persona involved in the character. Look at a guy like John Wayne. John Wayne was pretty much always John Wayne no matter who he was playing. The same thing goes for Cary Grant but it is interesting to see them if they step outside of that and do something that is a little outside their comfort zone. To me that is interesting! If you don’t get out of your comfort zone, how will you grow? You think that would be obvious but it’s not. [laughs]

A Must-See Live Event!

A Must-See Live Event!

What do you have going on when it comes to charity that we can help spread the word on?

I just did a thing for Pathfinders in Baltimore, Maryland. They are a group that helps in the research of Autism. That is a big one. The Children’s Miracle Network is also a big one and I try to help there when I can. I am doing a benefit in Wisconsin in the next couple of weeks for a high school who has a manual arts program where they teach kids manufacturing skills. I think that is important and a part of higher education that we have kind of let go away. I don’t have a lot of things I am intrinsically involved with but there are a few.

I would be remiss if I didn’t ask you if there were any rumblings of a “Dukes of Hazzard” reunion of any sort, as you guys celebrated your 35th anniversary this year.

As far as doing more film stuff with all of us, it is hard to imagine what that would be. I mean, I have had a couple of ideas over the years. Auto Trader came to us with that idea of doing the commercial. It is one thing when someone comes to you and says, “Here is a big chunk of change and we are going to pay for the whole production. All you have to do is be your characters.” That is probably not going to happen with a film effort that would involve all of us. I can’t imagine that happening. At the same time, if you come and see John and I, you get a pretty healthy taste of it! [laughs]

Absolutely! Thanks for taking time out to chat with us today, Tom. The album is a lot of fun and a great way to ring in the holiday season!

Thanks so much, Jason! Ciao!

To get the latest new and dates for Tom Wopat, visit his official website at www.tomwopat.com.

Tom Wopat and John Schneider will celebrate with an exclusive CD release concert at New York’s Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on Tuesday, December 2 at 9:30 PM. This concert marks their first time performing together in the city.

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John Schneider and Tom Wopat To Ring In The Holidays With ‘Home For Christmas’ Album

John Schneider and Tom Wopat To Ring In The Holidays With ‘Home For Christmas’ Album

John Schneider and Tom Pat's 'Home For Christmas'

John Schneider and Tom Pat’s ‘Home For Christmas’

JOHN SCHNEIDER and TOM WOPAT – the original stars of “The Dukes of Hazzard” – will release a special holiday album Home for Christmas to celebrate the 35th  Anniversary of the iconic TV show.  The recording will be available from D13 Entertainment in stores and online October 28.  The pair, currently starring in a national TV advertising campaign for AutoTrader.com, have performed in concert over the years, but this marks their first full recording together. Mixing immediately recognizable Christmas standards with lesser-known holiday songs, the album combines a bright and brassy big band, lush strings, and rustic country sounds and laces it all together with humorous banter that reflects over three decades of friendship. Home for Christmas is produced by David Finck with arrangements by John Oddo, Tedd Firth and Rob Mounsey. An online preview is available for the track “Cool  Yule.”

The duo will celebrate with an exclusive CD release concert at New York’s Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater on Tuesday, December 2 at 9:30 PM. This concert marks their first time performing together in the city.

Home for Christmas is a collection of swinging seasonable treats to get you ready for holiday cheer. “I think this is a fresh take on the Christmas album,” says Tom. “Jazz fans and serious musicians will appreciate what we’ve done with theses tunes. Our arranger John Oddo has a true affinity for that classic 50s and 60s sound. He really nails it. Tedd Firth is a major talent and a creative voice. And, of course, I love singing with John Schneider. The timbre of our voices match, the harmonies blend so easily. Plus, he’s a barrel of laughs.” Schneider adds, “Tom and I really bring out the best in each other. We may not sound alike when we talk, but when we sing sometimes you can’t tell us apart. In the studio, I put him first and he puts me first. If that’s not friendship, I don’t know what is.”

The record opens with a warm, crystalline duet of “Christmas Time Is Here,” followed by a smooth mid-tempo version of the beloved staple “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” which is highlighted by a deft call-and-response vocal arrangement. Their sizzling take on “Cool Yule” – written by famed “Tonight Show” host Steve Allen and memorably introduced by Louis Armstrong – has a distinctly retro flavor. “It’s a particular favorite of mine,” says John. “It has that great Rat Pack vibe that I never get to do.”

The wistful “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is an emotional solo turn for Wopat, crooning over a plush bed of stirring strings. “It’s such a gorgeous tune that I was inspired to do it” says Tom. “Tedd Firth’s arrangement is beautiful and evocative of another era.” John takes the spotlight in the charming “Even the Snow (Falls for You)” – one of those rare numbers that says “I love you” in a new and inventive way – by Chris Wallin, the noted Nashville songwriter who has penned #1 hits for Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Montgomery Gentry. The song “Johnny, It’s Cold Outside” makes for a fine bromance, a wry and funny twist on Frank Loesser’s classic. Tom muses, “It’s such a clever song and one of my favorite duets of all time.” He wrote the original alternate lyric himself.

“The Secret of Christmas” – a tender ballad gorgeously rendered by John – was written by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. They were considered Frank Sinatra’s personal songwriters, even though this number was introduced by Bing Crosby. The song celebrates “not the things you do at Christmas time, but the Christmas things you do all year through.”  Tom takes on “Blue Xmas” – a brooding lament by jazz iconoclast Bob Dorough that demonstrates the dark side of that most wonderful time of year, enhanced by a melancholy dissonant horn arrangement. “Bob is a really cool cat and you hear it in his songs,” says Tom. “I love how haunting our chart sounds.”

The infrequently performed “Holiday Season” – a joyous composition with an exciting rhythmic heft by Kay Thompson, the legendary doyenne of MGM’s music department – was recommended by John Oddo, who himself worked with many of the girl singers of the golden age.

Wopat and Schneider return to their country roots with a traditional take on “On a Quiet Christmas Morn,” featuring a prominent fiddle part and vocal harmonies that are pure Americana. Tom discovered the writers – Robin and Linda Williams – at New York’s Town Hall watching them perform on Garrison Keillor’s “Prairie Home Companion.” “I love story songs and this is a great one” says John. “It has fantastic words, a wonderful melody, and a very special message.” “Silver Bells” makes a soft and reverent finale to the album, with the duo’s voices delicately interweaving, laced with a twinge of twang.

“I’ve always loved Christmas music because it brings people together,” recalls John. “Everyone listens at the same time of year. It’s the great common denominator.” Home for Christmas has the relaxed tone and easy rhythm to make it an enduring holiday classic for multiple generations of music fans, with plenty of unique touches and original musical ideas to consistently satisfy and surprise. The album provides, to quote the timeless “Sleigh Ride” lyric, that “happy feeling nothing in the world can buy.”

JOHN SCHNEIDER was 18 when he was cast as Bo Duke in the hit CBS television series  “The Dukes of Hazzard.” He has gone on to a wide-ranging and accomplished career on stage, in music and on screen. Recent TV appearances include  “Glee,” “Hot in Cleveland,” “Smallville” (portraying Clark Kent’sadoptive father for ten seasons), “CSI: Miami,” “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” (with his real-life son Chasen), “Nip/Tuck,” “Desperate Housewives” and hosting “Trick My What?” on Country Music Television. He is currently featured on Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” on the OWN Network, which will return for a third season in January 2015. Schneider starred on Broadway in Chicago and Grand Hotel, in addition to crossing the country on the national tour of The Civil War. His ten solo albums have topped the Billboard Country charts since the 1970s, including four #1 Country Hits, eleven Top 20 Country Hits and the #1 Country Album “A Memory Like You.” More recent albums are available on his own Faith Works record label. His TV specials  include “John Schneider Back Home” and “John Schneider’s White Christmas.” In 1983 John Schneider and Marie Osmond co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network, a charity which raises funds for children’s hospitals throughout North America. Schneider and Osmond continue to tour together. His most recent film project, Smothered – which he wrote and directed – was released in May 2014.

TOM WOPAT’s engaging presence and warm baritone have taken him from his breakout role as Luke Duke in “The Dukes of Hazzard” to the recording studio, the Great White Way, and the silver screen, in addition to concert and nightclub stages around the world. After a series of popular country albums, he released a string of acclaimed pop/jazz albums featuring new arrangements of American Songbook classics, as well as contemporary songs by Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor. The Still of the Night from Angel Records – which was praised for its “tender and elegant vocals, touched with jazz feeling” by The New York Times – was followed by Dissertation on the State of BlissConsider it Swung and I’ve Got Your Number (all available from LML Music). Other notable TV roles include “Cybill” – for which he shared a SAG Award nomination for Best Ensemble in a Comedy Series – “Smallville” and “Blue Bloods.” As a Broadway leading man, he received Tony Award nominations for starring in Annie Get Your Gun (opposite Bernadette Peters) andA Catered Affair. Other major Broadway credits include Chicago42nd StreetSondheim on SondheimGlengarry Glen RossCatch Me If You Can and last season’s Tony Award- winning play The Trip To Bountiful with Cicely Tyson.  In Hollywood, he appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and the upcoming dramatic feature Fair Haven.

“Home for Christmas” Track List

  1. Merry Christmas (:17)
  2. “Christmas Time is Here”(3:14) DUET
  3. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”(3:05) DUET
  4. “Cool Yule”(3:21) DUET
  5. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (3:34) TOM
  6. “Even the Snow(Falls for You)” (3:13) JOHN
  7. Love (0:13)
  8. “Sleigh Ride”(3:56) DUET
  9. “Christmas Waltz”(3:23)
  10. “Johnny,It’s Cold Outside” (3:23) DUET
  11. “The Secret of Christmas”(3:08) JOHN
  12. Coal (0:05)
  13. “Blue Xmas”(2:53) TOM
  14. “Holiday Season”(2:48) DUET
  15. Ponch & John (0:13)
  16. “On a Quiet Christmas Morn” (2:55) DUET
  17. “Silver Bells”(2:48) DUET
  18. Egg Nog (0:11)

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