- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

SHEFFIELD, Ala. (AP) - Coby Greer hasn’t done much fishing since he was a kid, but the up and coming county music artist was more than happy to discuss his career Tuesday while floating in a fishing boat on the Tennessee River.

Greer was the first guest on the first episode of “Fame N’ Fishin’,” a new show that will be airing on the Sportsman Channel later this year. Greer moved to the Shoals from Nashville, Tennessee, and has been recording with Billy Lawson at Lawson’s Big Star Recording.

The show is being produced by Robin Rebman, who is also the owner of Rebman’s Bait and Tackle in Decatur.

Rebman described the program as a reality show that will focus on country music artists and fishing. Each episode will be shot on a Tennessee River lake. Rebman and well-known Muscle Shoals singer/songwriter Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery will serve as hosts.

Rebman, who is a songwriter and a friend of Montgomery and his wife, Charlene, said the show will be more about the artists than about fishing.

“We’ll talk about their careers, where they grew up, where they came from, new albums, just what they’ve got going,” Rebman said after docking at the pier at Sheffield’s Riverfront Park.

He’ll also talk to the artists about what Muscle Shoals has done for them.

“We’re doing the pilot today,” Montgomery said on Tuesday while standing on the dock, guitar in hand.

Montgomery played guitar on some early tracks recorded in Muscle Shoals and wrote numerous tracks for the late country music legend George Jones.

The pilot episode was being shot by a crew from Possum Creek Media of Memphis, Tennessee. Tony Woods, of Mooresville’s BackWoods Landing, provided the boat.

“I think it’s good advertising for our area,” Sheffield Councilman Steve Nix said. “We have something for everybody here - music, fishing, tourism.”

Montgomery said he used to fish a lot with Jones, the late George Richey, who was Tammy Wynette’s fifth and final husband, his brother, Nashville songwriter Paul Richey, and songwriters Dallas Frazier and Roger Bowling.

Rebman said five episodes each will be shot on Pickwick, Wilson and Wheeler lakes, and three episodes on Guntersville Lake, for a total of 18 shows.

“We’ve got commitments from quite a few people,” Rebman said. “I want to get Hank (Williams) Jr. out here, I really do.”

So far, they have commitments from Frazier, country artists Darryl Worley and Marty Rabon of Shenandoah, and legendary Shoals guitarist Travis Wammack.

Charlene Montgomery would like to convince country artists John Anderson, Ronnie McDowell and Melba Montgomery, her husband’s sister, to appear on the show as well.

“A lot of famous people came out of here,” said Tricia Crawford, who is handling social media and promotions for the show.

She said they would also like to spotlight wounded military veterans.

Rebman said he has dedicated the show to his father and veterans “who made the ultimate sacrifice, which is their lives.”

Greer, who is from the Sand Mountain area, said he enjoyed his first trip on Pickwick Lake. He’s been in the area six or eight months and has been writing songs with Montgomery, Lawson and Mike Curtis.

His album, “Would You Come Along” on Digital Dynamic Records, is available on iTunes, Amazon and his website, cobygreermusic.com. The latest single from the album is “Drunk Text.” The album was recorded at Big Star Recording.

He said the Montgomerys helped him find a place to stay in the Shoals.

“I’ve known his songs for a long time,” Greer said of Peanutt Montgomery.

Compared to Nashville, Greer said he loves the slower pace of the recording industry in the Shoals.

“There’s more music business here than in Nashville,” he said. “It makes sense to be here.”


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