Thursday, March 10, 2011

Country Music News of the Week / Country Music News der Woche

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Steel Guitar News http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Interview with Eden's Edge http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/107587091

SUNNY SWEENEY EARNS FIRST TOP 10 http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Guy Penrod's "March Madness Song Tournament" Tips Off With 16-Title Playoff http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

"RIDERS IN THE SKY" at the Space Shuttle http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

RANDY HOUSER'S CAREER IS LITERALLY ON FIRE Country Music Star’s Tour Bus Catches Fire http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

BRAD PAISLEY, ZAC BROWN BAND, SARA EVANS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, JOSH TURNER, EASTON CORBIN, THE JANEDEAR GIRLS, ASHTON SHEPHERD, AND CHRIS YOUNG ADDED TO LIST OF PERFORMERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2011 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Interview with Eddy Raven http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKMpTmSppgs

APPEARANCES FOR THE 42nd ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS’ ANNOUNCED VIA TWITTER BY DOVE AWARDS' HOST TV PERSONALITY AND COMEDIENNE SHERRI SHEPHERD http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

MARSHALL TUCKER BAND'S DOUG GRAY 'SELLS SOUL' THIS SPRING http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

CHARLEY PRIDE HITS NATIONAL DAYTIME TV THIS WEEK http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

KC JOHNS RELEASES SOPHOMORE ALBUM CAROUSEL RIDE http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day March 17th with a brand new single by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Interview with Nathan Stanley http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Interview%20in%20English

THE SECRET SISTERS PREMIERE NEW MUSIC VIDEO, “TENNESSEE ME,” EXCLUSIVELY ON AOL’S THE BOOT http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

JASON ALDEAN ADDS SUMMER LEG TO SOLD OUT 2011 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Lee Brice - Love Like Crazy http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Steel Guitar Tips http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Kenny Rogers’ first-ever Inspirational album is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Country%20Music%20News

Interview with Adam Craig Band http://www.countrymusicnewsinternational.com/search/label/Interview%20in%20English

CD Review March 2011 http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542311797

CD Vorstellungen März 2011 http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542311823

Interview with The Grascals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al5hoGHcOqc

Personal Message from The Grascals
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcTNy6mnsRI

The Grascals Invite You
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LIFlZ9QK0x4

AMERICANA MUSIC ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES 3rd ANNUAL “LIVE AT THE BLUEBIRD CAFE” SERIES
http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542304483

MONTGOMERY GENTRY JOIN AVERAGE JOE’S http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542304467

WYNONNA JUDD NAMED NATIONAL SPOKESPERSON FOR THE NORTH SHORE ANIMAL LEAGUE http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542304439

COUNTRY MUSIC’S SIZZLIN’ NEW DUO, BURNS & POE, NAMED MUSIC ROW MAGAZINE’S “INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF THE YEAR” http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296868

“Breaking the Myth: Waylon Jennings” http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296858

Double E Promotions Scores National Number One Hit with Brett Hill’s “Boots And The Bible” http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296837

RICKY SKAGGS ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2011 TREASURE CHEST TOUR http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296798

SUPERSTAR JASON ALDEAN’S “DON’T YOU WANNA STAY” TAKES BILLBOARD’S NO. ONE SPOT TODAY http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296778

CAPACITY CROWDS CONVERGE FOR CHRIS YOUNG SHOWS IN CHARLOTTE AND WINSTON-SALEM http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296755

THE OAK RIDGE BOYS IMMORTALIZED AT "THE PALM" The Oak Ridge Boys http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296741

SEAN PATRICK MCGRAW TO TOUR WITH DIERKS BENTLEY ON THE JAGERMEISTER TOUR http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296720

THE 42ND ANNUAL GMA DOVE AWARDS CELEBRATE CHURCH CHOIRS http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296699

JASON INGRAM SETS A GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION RECORD WITH 11 GMA DOVE AWARD NOMINATIONS http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296670

Grammy Award Winner Alannah Myles Records Tribute To Elvis Presley http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542296628

NASHVILLE MUSICIAN AND MEGA HIT SONGWRITER CHAS SANDFORD: NEW ALBUM ‘WAG MORE BARK LESS’ http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542206575

CJAYE LEROSE EMERGES AS SOCIAL MEDIA BUTTERFLY http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542206547

UK Sensation, Israel Nash Gripka, Looks to Make a Splash Stateside With Sophomore Album Barn Doors & Concrete Floors http://www.myspace.com/christianlamitschka/blog/542206502

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Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I ran across a list of musicians that played on the road with Faron Young on a permanent basis over the years.  I thought it was very interesting as most of the players were definitely first class, over the top, great players.  No, not good players, they were all great players with eight of the players now being in the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

The steel players were Big Ben Keith, Dicky Overbey, Sonny Burnette, Lloyd Green, Joe Vincent, Buddie Emmons, Johnny Paycheck, Jerry Merhar, George Edwards, Jimmy Crawford, Doug Jernigan, Bobbe Seymour, Skip Jackson, Hank Corwin, Al Lewis, Cal Sharp, Daryl Hornberger, Ron Hogan and Stu Basore.  

Faron seemed to always have some of the finest, most popular, crazy, good ole boy musicians that he could hire and that would work for him.  Faron was a real mess, but I loved working for him.  He never gave me any trouble and always seemed to be very proud of me and my work.

However, my great friend Lloyd Green back in the early sixties had a lot of trouble with Faron and they came very close to fisticuffs several times according to Lloyd.  I can understand it because Lloyd�s personality was very quiet, laidback and very intelligent.  And Faron probably lashed out at him because of those very traits.

I always found Faron extremely funny and no matter what he said, I found great humor in it.  Like the time Charley Pride got on the bus and Faron was sitting in the third seat back reading a book and Faron just yelled out, � All n----rs to the back of the bus.�  

Now to all my readers.  I have hesitated telling this story for over six years of doing these newsletters because of not wanting to use the words that Faron used, but it was just so darned funny, at least after it was over, when Faron jumped up and grabbed Charley and kissed him right on the mouth, but at the time it truly terrified me.  

Then Charley�s wife Rosine got on the bus and Faron slapped me on the back and said, �Hey Seymour, this is the famous Charley Pride with his wife Rosine.  This guy has out sold Elvis Presley on RCA Records.  He�s the greatest star in country music today (1970).  You�d think he could afford a white woman by now.�

Like I say, I have held off for a very long time telling everybody this story but it was just too hilarious not to tell.  It seemed like Charley might have enjoyed it more than anybody on the bus at the time.  I later found out that Faron and Charley were very dear friends and Faron just thought Charley was one of the greatest people in the world.  But good gosh, what a sense of humor Faron had.

This opens up one of my subjects I�d like to talk about.  It is the reason people loved country music stars.  The reason they did is because country music stars weren�t like everyday people on the street, they weren�t any better, but they were different.  Most of them were extremely funny, from the old days anyway, and uniquely different.  

They all sung differently, had totally different reputations, dressed differently in Nudie suits and seemed to have had a lot of fun aggravating policemen everywhere.  I asked Faron Young one day why he was so darn weird.  He looked me right in the eye without hesitating and said, �Who�s gonna pay to see anybody normal?  People see normal people every day.  I�m going to be totally different than anything they�ve ever seen before.�  And he was.

I started thinking back about stars in the fifties and the golden era.  Hank Williams was totally different as was Hank Snow, Kitty Wells and Johnny Wright.  I was the first steel player that George Jones took on the road, and believe me, this guy was different.  Stonewall Jackson was a different kind of star.  George Morgan was one of the most hilarious practical jokers ever to come out of Nashville.  I loved this guy.

I�m sure you�ve heard about Johnny Cash painting an entire luxury hotel room and everything in it flat black and about him buying a thousand baby chicks, having them delivered to the basement of the Andrew Jackson Hotel in Nashville, putting them on the elevator and pushing all the buttons and letting out a hundred of them to run free on each floor during the disc jockey convention of 1965.

The guys today just don�t have that ole magic pizzazz.  And it wasn�t just the guys.  Jeannie Seely, Jean Shepard, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Martha Carson, these girls were about as crazy as the guys were.  Thank God.

I cannot see Shania Twain, Taylor Swift or Patty Loveless or any of the new singers of today being able to pull off any of the silliness with the style and grace that the great singers of the golden era pulled off.  

I remember my grandfather telling me about a WWVA show that he saw in 1948.  He was awe struck when he saw Big Slim, the Lone Cowboy, come out of the back door of the Jamboree, walk over to a brand new stretched Cadillac limo, reach in his pocket, pull out the keys and started to get in when my grandfather caught him and said, �Wow, I love your car.  Singing hillbilly music must pay pretty well.�

Big Slim just looked at him scornfully, pulled out another set of keys from his pocked and said, �Yeah.  I got another one at home just like it.�  Grandpa said, �Well, I have a �38 DeSoto and a �40 Ford Ferguson tractor.�  Grandpa said he never bothered Big Slim anymore after that.

I do remember grandpa telling all his friends about Big Slim having two new Cadillacs.  He use to kid about them being so long that they were hinged to bend in the middle to go around corners, which reminds me of that hit song that I wrote that was stolen from me by Whitey Shafer.  I wrote �I Never Go Around Corners� and Whitey changed it to �I Never Go Around Mirrors�.  I�m just kidding about this, however I did do the original demo on �I Never Go Around Mirrors� for the great Whitey Shafer.

Remembering the older days in Nashville now, I loved doing demo sessions and made a very good living doing so.  It kept me in new motorcycles and sports cars and I enjoyed working with all the crazy musicians that were too loose to settle down and do masters.

Star songwriters are in a world of their own, a lot like star singers.  We musicians were definitely a different class and breed from the stars and the writers.  I love being a musician, but if I had it to do again, I would work a lot harder to also be a songwriter in Nashville.  I would have made a lot of money and I wouldn�t have had to work the road.

Being a songwriter would have set me up for many years where money would be continually coming in without me having to spend a lot of time slaving over a hot steel guitar.  I was living right on Anchor High Marina and one of my closest friends was a songwriter named Mickey Newberry.  Mickey and I enjoyed each other�s company and spent a lot of time on the water on Old Hickory Lake which is really the Cumberland River dammed up.

Mickey died a few years ago, but his wife Susan I hear from once in a while.  Kris Kristofferson was another great friend before he got so famous and I needed a two and a half year waiting list just to say hello to him, even though he�s one of the very nicest people I�ve ever met, without a speck of ego.

I saw a sign in front of a drug rehab center, Keep Off The Grass.  I remember when Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones was arrested for carrying marijuana.  The headline read, A Rolling Stone Gathers No Grass.

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SUNNY SWEENEY EARNS FIRST TOP 10

SUNNY SWEENEY EARNS FIRST TOP 10
“From A Table Away” Is Highest-Charting Debut Single Of A Female Country Artist
Since Taylor Swift in 2007
Joins First Major Tour This Spring


Nashville, Tennessee (March 10, 2011) – It’s a celebration of firsts for Sunny Sweeney, whose Republic Nashville debut single, “From A Table Away,” has escalated into the Top 10 on both Billboard and Mediabase Country Charts. This excitement comes just after the announcement that she will join her first major tour – Brad Paisley’s H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour – this spring.

“From A Table Away” garnered Sweeney the highest-charting debut single of a solo female Country artist in the last four years since Taylor Swift’s “Tim McGraw,” which peaked at #6 in January 2007.

Beginning May 28 Sweeney will hit the road with Brad Paisley on his H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour, which kicks off at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA and continues throughout the summer. During the run she will showcase songs on her current EP, which skyrocketed into the Top 5 on the iTunes Country Albums Chart just hours after it was released, as well as several new tunes. Sweeney co-wrote 7 of the 10 tracks from her forthcoming album, slated for release later this year.

Headline Country went behind-the-scenes with Sunny last month for a tour of the Grand Ole Opry, where she was invited to perform for the 23rd time since her debut in 2007. Catch this glimpse of Country music history and its future tonight, March 10, at 9:00pm EST/8:00pm CST on Great American Country (GAC).

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ABOUT SUNNY SWEENEYHailing from East Texas, Sunny Sweeney is a singer/songwriter with musical instincts that are stone-cold country. She is a Top 10 Female Country Artist of 2010 with the highest charting debut single of a female country artist in the last four years. Her lead single, "From A Table Away," is a Top 10 hit on the Country Charts and rising. Sunny co-wrote all of the songs on her current EP and a full album is slated for release later this year. Though relatively new to the scene, she has already been featured in Country Weekly, AOL’s The Boot, Last.fm, Arizona Daily Star, Country Aircheck and MusicRow as well as on WGN-TV, CMT and GAC. Sunny has also landed on multiple “Ones to Watch in 2011” lists, including MSN and AOL. She is a favorite guest of the Grand Ole Opry, playing more than 20 times since her debut in 2007, and has warmed up the stage for County Music icons Loretta Lynn and Hank Williams, Jr. Recently she lent her voice to The Music Inside: A Collaboration Dedicated to Waylon Jennings, dueting with another idol, Jessi Colter, on "Good Hearted Woman." This summer Sunny will join Brad Paisley’s H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour.

ABOUT REPUBLIC NASHVILLE: Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Records Label Group and Monte Lipman, President and CEO of Universal Republic, announced the formation of its new label partnership – Republic Nashville – in May 2009. Former Capitol Records Promotion executive Jimmy Harnen serves as President with Borchetta serving as CEO. The imprint is headquartered on Music Row and utilizes the combined resources of Big Machine Records and Universal Republic Records. Big Machine and Universal Republic first joined forces in 2007 to propel country Superstar Taylor Swift to Top 40 radio and beyond, with Taylor becoming the best-selling all-genre artist in 2008. Republic Nashville's artist roster includes Grammy-winning, multi-platinum superstar Martina McBride; Grammy-nominated, Platinum sensations The Band Perry; Eli Young Band and Sunny Sweeney.

Guy Penrod's "March Madness Song Tournament" Tips Off With 16-Title Playoff

Guy Penrod March Madness Song Tournament LOGO
Guy Penrod's "March Madness Song Tournament" Tips Off With 16-Title Playoff
Fans To Choose Their Favorite Penrod Recording Via Facebook

Nashville, TN (March 10, 2011) -- In keeping with the spirit of the NCAA basketball tournament, Country and Christian music star Guy Penrod has announced his "March Madness Song Tournament" on Facebook. Fans can vote to select their favorite Penrod performance in a seeded, 16-song tournament.
Earlier this month, Guy Penrod's Facebook fans nominated their favorite tracks from his solo CD, BREATHE DEEP, or any song recorded during his 14-year reign as the lead vocalist of the Gaither Vocal Band. A total of 46 different titles were nominated; the top 16 most-popular songs now round out the bracket. The first round of voting will begin tomorrow, Friday, March 11, and continue until the winning song is announced on Thursday, March 31.

Guy Penrod iPod Touch graphic 
The contest's Grand Prize is a brand new, 32-GB Apple iPod Touch, loaded with all of the tournament's 16 songs, plus additional music and videos from Penrod's BREATHE DEEP and THE BEST OF GUY PENROD releases. 
Guy's combined 2010 CD sales exceeded 100,000 units (BREATHE DEEP; THE BEST OF GUY PENROD), and BREATHE DEEP was the best-selling new Southern Gospel CD last year.  The disc was also the second best-selling new Country Gospel CD, with total sales of 54,000 units.  Guy received his first two solo artist Dove Award nominations for: Country Album of the Year and Country Recorded Song of the Year (2010). Upcoming press includes: Country Weekly (March 21) and Mature Living (April); a Parent Life feature appeared in February.
Guy is currently visiting radio stations in support of his newest single, "Pray About Everything," and has a solid 2011 touring schedule including:
March 12 - Owensboro, KY
March 13 - Springfield, MO
March 24-25 - Hartville, OH
March 26 - Naples, FL
April 8 - Lancaster, SC
April 9 - Gardendale, AL
April 14 - Paducah, KY
April 15 - Sikeston, MO
April 16 - Tulsa, OK
April 17 - Ada, OK
April 21 - Greensburg, PA
April 22 - Adrian, MI
April 23 - Traverse City, MI
April 29 - Ashland, KY
Fans can visit Guy's Website for all the details.

Interview with Nathan Stanley

Interview with Nathan Stanley

CL: Hi, I am Christian Lamitschka and today I present you Nathan Stanley.

NS: Thank you so much, good to be here with you.

CL: Could you please introduce yourself to the Country Music Fans in Europe who might be hearing about you for the first time.

NS: Yes of course. When I was two years old I began playing with my grandfather Blue Grass Legend Ralph Stanley, who is now celebrating his 65th year in the music business. I started out playing the Spoons, then went on to play the Mandolin. I tried the five-string banjo, didn’t succeed on it and went to guitar. Now I’m singing lead with his band Clinch Mountain Boys and playing rhythm guitar. During those early years, I recorded several blue grass gospel projects with him and the Band, which done really well. Now, we travel all around the world.

CL: You have a new album out, “My Kind Of Country”. What inspired you to the title album?

NS: I love traditional country music, the way it sounded about 30 and 40 years ago. I call it real country music. Wanting to go way back and create an album that introduces me into the country music industry. I figured I would do an album of songs people would recognize, which some are old favorites. Songs like “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and “Folsom Prison Blues. While I was putting this album together, I wanted to do Duets with some of my friends in the music industry and favorite artists. We have 21 tracks on this album and 19 Duets with of course my grandfather Dr. Ralph Stanley, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, John Anderson, Rhonda Vincent, and several new artists.

CL: It’s a Who’s of Who of Country Music.

NS: Yes, it’s a Who’s of Who and I am real honored to have them on there.

CL: I have to ask this: Is it a struggle or is it helpful to have your last name “Stanley”.

NS: It’s helpful, God really blessed me with that last name because you know that my grandfather is so respected in the music industry and it really helps a lot.

CL: If you see when you are talking about your dad and grandfather and what your family with different styles of music; there is a difference in the generation, so what difference sheds you to your family who are playing in the music business?

NS: The styles of music beginning with my grandfather with the old-time mountain-style what he said they called Blue Grass Music and I still have a traditional/blue grass feel to it. So I kind of put my own feel to it, but it’s still traditional and down to earth music.

CL: Your inspiration is by Elvis I know….

NS: I am, Elvis was just a great vocalist and I love the way he would phrase and sing. I get his old videos out and watch his stage presence and I really admired him for that and me getting out those old videos and just seeing how he entertained the crowd in the audience. That really struck me.

CL: Let’s come back to the CD. How did you get all the people together to do Duets with you?

NS: I knew most of them, of course, and the making of this project took about two years. Of course with my time and getting the songs cut and when the artists have time from their busy schedules laid their vocals down. Most of them I knew were and were glad to do it as Gene Watson and some others. I just called to see if they wanted to sing a Duet, they said yes, and I made some new friends by putting this album together.

CL: When we see that you are in the music business now too, like your family; you have kids you might want to be in the music business than too?

NS: I don’t have kids now, but hopefully in the future, I may have a little boy to carry on my name.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )




"RIDERS IN THE SKY" at the Space Shuttle

"RIDERS IN THE SKY" to Perform TOMORROW at the

Space Shuttle Crew Return Ceremony in Houston
 

Riders In The Sky performed "Woody's Roundup" from the "Toy Story 2" soundtrack, which was played as the wakeup music for the STS-133 crew last Saturday morning while in space.

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Nashville, TN - Grammy Award-winning artists Riders In The Sky are scheduled to perform immediately following the STS-133 Crew Return Ceremony at Ellington Airport's Hangar 276 in Houston on Thursday, March 10, 2011.  Saddle Pals of all ages are invited to come out and welcome home the "Space Cowboys," and enjoy the best in Comedy & Western by "America's Favorite Cowboys," Riders In The Sky!  Gates open at 3:30pm to the public.
This was the Space Shuttle Discovery's 39th and final flight and the 133rd flight of the Space Shuttle program. During the STS-133 mission, the shuttle and its crew of six Americans docked with the International Space Station, delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module, the Express Logistics Carrier 4, a humanoid robot called "Robonaut," and provided critical spare components for the station.

About Riders In The Sky 
For thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!" Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well.

For more information on Riders In The Sky please visit: www.ridersinthesky.com.

RANDY HOUSER'S CAREER IS LITERALLY ON FIRE Country Music Star’s Tour Bus Catches Fire

RANDY HOUSER'S CAREER IS LITERALLY ON FIRE

Country Music Star’s Tour Bus Catches Fire

Nashville, Tenn.--(Wednesday, March 9, 2010)-- Today began as a normal day-of-show for Randy Houser and his crew as they were preparing for their concert tonight with WIWF the Wolf in Isle of the Palms, SC; however this afternoon, things took a turn for the worse. At around 12:40 p.m. CT, the crew noticed flames emanating from the rear suite of the bus, causing thick black smoke to billow throughout the corridor and main cabin. Houser and all the band and crew members were safely evacuated, however all of their gear, clothing and personal belongings were lost.

In the midst of the chaos, Houser managed to take a video with his cell phone camera capturing the horrifying damage. Although shaken, he sent a message that ‘all are safe’ to his manager. He said, “Fire is out. Lost all my clothes. I’m pretty sad, but so thankful we all got off safely. That fire burned all through our home on wheels.”


Randy Houser's Footage of Tour Bus on Fire
The video footage captured by Houser is available on his YouTube channel or by clicking HERE.


The cause of the fire is still unknown, and it has not been determined whether or not the bus will be able to be saved through repairs. The show tonight will remain on schedule.

Fans and friends of Randy Houser who want to send their support can contact Randy via Facebook and Twitter.

For more information on Randy Houser, visit www.RandyHouser.com.

Bucky Covington Kicks Off “Hometown” Tour With Sold Out Dates

Bucky Covington Kicks Off “Hometown” Tour

With Sold Out Dates



Nashville, TN… (March 1, 2011)… Former American Idol season 5 finalist Bucky Covington has just embarked on a 30+ city “Hometown” tour to support his single “Hometown”. Hailing from the small town of Rockingham, North Carolina, Covington is passionate about reaching fans in small towns where national acts don’t always get the opportunity to visit. Covington’s “Hometown” tour is selling out quickly, and targeting small cities and stages with dates adding daily. Six of the eight previous “Hometown” shows were sold out. Upcoming “Hometown” tour dates so far are as follows:



DATE CITY/STATE VENUE

3/11/11 Olney, IL The Holiday

3/12/11 Illiopolis, IL Bunker’s

3/17/11 Greenville, TN Ella’s

3/18/11 Bristol, TN Bristol Speedway

3/23/11 Nashville, TN Whiskey Bent

3/25/11 Sweetwater, TN Skyway

4/8/11 Washington, IL Kep’s Place

4/9/11 Murray, KY FLW Fishing Tournament

4/15/11 Star City, AR Star Daze

4/16/11 Tulsa, OK Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino

4/29/11 Thibodaux, LA Thibodaux Fireman’s Tiger Drv

4/30/11 Shreveport, LA Eldorado Casino

5/13/11 Speedwell, TN SuperTwang Music Festival

5/14/11 Monticello, NY Thunder Bash

5/17/11 Victorville, CA San Bernardino Co Fair

5/21/11 Angels Camp, CA Calaveras Co Fair

5/26/11 Council Bluffs, IA Whiskey Roadhouse

5/27/11 Shawnee, OK The Squander

5/28/11 Loves Park, IL Young at Heart Festival

*All dates subject to change

You can view Covington’s full Tour Schedule on BuckyCovington.com



You can find “Hometown” on Covington’s self titled debut album, along with 3 other top 10 smashes: “A Different World”, “Good To Be Us” and “I’ll Walk”. Though Bucky is nearing completion of his sophomore album “I’m Alright”, with producers Mark Miller and Dale Oliver, he wanted to get a song back out to his fans in the interim.



About Bucky Covington: : Bucky Covington’s self-titled debut CD opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in April 2007 with the biggest first week sales for any debut country artist that year. He's the best selling debut artist of the 2007 class and is one of only three male country artists since 2005 to have three consecutive top 10 singles from his debut album. In addition to competing on the fifth season of “American Idol,” Bucky’s national television appearances have included Live with Regis and Kelly, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Good Morning America, Hannah Montana the movie, and Fox & Friends. To learn more about Bucky Covington, log on to BuckyCovington.com

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