Monday, April 4, 2011


Co-Writer of “Eight Second Ride” brings established credentials to JKMusicwerks catalog

(Nashville, TN – 04/04/2011) JKMusicwerks is proud to announce the signing of songwriter Eric Durrance to a one year contract that will see JKMusicwerks working on behalf of his songs while Durrance will retain majority share of his publishing.
Eric Durrance says on signing with JKMusicwerks says, “JKMusicwerks has a high energy, don’t take no for an answer, go get em attitude.  That’s what it takes to get songs the attention they deserve.”
Durrance has achieved recent songwriting success within the country music industry as the co-writer on RCA Records recording artist Jake Owen’s Top 15 single “Eight Second Ride.”
His other songwriting credits include two songs on the soundtrack for the movie The Passion of The Christ as well as three #1 singles in the Christian Rock market with “Remember (IOU),” “Reality” and “Just The Same,” all which were included on the debut album Believe from his former band Big Dismal.
JKMusicwerks owner Jeffrey Kadlubowski says, “I have known Eric for several years and have believed in him since I first heard his country single “Angels Fly Away.” I have watched his songwriting mature and get even stronger throughout the years and am very excited to welcome Eric and his music to our catalog as he continues to get even stronger with his new material.”
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Crystal Gayle, John Conlee, Eddie Montgomery, Jeff Reid, Noro Wilson, Kyle Macy, Tom T. Hall and Dixie Hall set to participate in ceremony

Lexington, KY–  In one week, The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum will usher in the new class of honorees, including Keith Whitley, Patty Loveless, Steve Wariner, John Michael Montgomery, The Goins Brothers, Molly O’Day and Larnelle Harris. Presenters confirmed for the ceremony include Crystal Gayle, John Conlee, Eddie Montgomery, Jeff Reid, Noro Wilson, Kyle Macy, Tom T. Hall and Dixie Hall. The 2011 Induction Ceremony will be held in the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom in Lexington, Kentucky on April 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the Hall of Fame. For more information about the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum call 1-877-356-3263 or visit
“This year’s inductees include some of the most recognizable music artists in the world,” says Lawson of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame. “The ceremony taking place in April 2011 will feature performances by this year’s class as well as some of this state’s greatest music achievers.”

The 2011 Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony is sponsored by Rockcastle Regional Hospital and UK Health Care.

About Patty Loveless:
To date, Patty Loveless has issued eight Gold Record albums, four of which have gone on to Platinum status. The singer is also noted for such chart-topping hits as “Timber I’m Falling in Love,” “Chains,” “Blame it on Your Heart,” “You Can Feel Bad” and “Lonely Too Long,” as well as such enduring fan favorites as “I Try to Think About Elvis,” “How Can I Help You Say Goodbye,” “I’m That Kind of Girl” and “You Don’t Even Know Who I Am.”  Her 2008 album, Sleepless Nights, was nominated for a Grammy award and she most recently released Mountain Soul II, both on Saguaro Road Records.

About John Michael Montgomery:
With a musical career that spans twelve albums and a greatest hits package, John Michael Montgomery’s overwhelming contribution to the country music format includes hits such as “I Swear,” “Be My Baby Tonight,” “I Can Love You Like That,” “Sold (the Grundy County Auction Incident)” and “Life’s A Dance,” among many others.  He’s earned 15 number one singles, sold over 15 million albums and received numerous industry and fan-voted awards, including three Grammy nominations, three CMA Awards, five ACM Awards and an American Music Award. 

About Steve Wariner:
Award-winning recording artist, songwriter and guitarist Steve Wariner has charted over 30 top-10 singles, including 14 #1 hits, since beginning his recording career in 1977.  In 2010 he won the Grammy® Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance with “Producer’s Medley” from Steve Wariner, c.g.p., My  Tribute to Chet Atkins. This is the fourth Grammy Award Wariner has received, and his first as a solo performer and producer.  He won in 1992 for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals, and in 2000 and 2009 for Best Country Instrumental Performance.  In 1998 Wariner won the Country Music Association’s Single and Song of the Year awards for his #1 hit, “Holes in the Floor of Heaven,” which was also the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year in 1999.  He joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1996.  As a songwriter he has earned 16 BMI Country Awards and 15 BMI Million-Air Awards (for songs receiving over one million on-air plays).  He was inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame in 2008 and the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in 2009.  He started his own label, SelecTone Records, in 2003.

About Keith Whitley:
Whitley's brief career in mainstream country music lasted from 1984 till his death in 1989, but he continues to influence an entire generation of singers and songwriters. He charted nineteen singles on the Billboard country charts, including five consecutive Number Ones: "Don't Close Your Eyes", "When You Say Nothing at All", "I'm No Stranger to the Rain", "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "It Ain't Nothin'" (the last two posthumously).

About The Goins Brothers:
After the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers disbanded in 1963, Ray and Melvin performed together as The Goins Brothers until Ray’s heart attack in 1994 slowed him down. Ray retired in 1997, while Melvin continued as Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain. Ray would share the stage with his brother on occasion, mostly close to home in eastern Kentucky. Melvin Goins and Ray Goins, The Goins Brothers, have been playing mountain string music for 50 years. The music became known as "bluegrass" about the time they started playing professionally. Ray passed away in 2007.

About Molly O’Day:
O’Day was an American country music vocalist who had fame and commercial success in the late 1940s. Despite her short recording career, 5 years, she became a legend in her own lifetime.

About Larnelle Harris:
Larnelle Harris was born in 1947 and hailed from Danville, Kentucky, where his 30-plus years of ministry garnered 18 albums, won five Grammy Awards, and 18 Dove Awards.  His career as a Gospel singer, songwriter, and recording artist has landed several number one songs on the Inspirational Music charts.

Previous Inductees include:
2008 Class: Crystal Gayle, Dwight Yoakam, Florence Henderson, Norro Wilson, Les McCann.

2006 Class: Sam Bush, John Conlee, Todd Duncan, Lionel Hampton, Naomi & Wynonna Judd, John Jacob Niles, Dottie Rambo, & Mary Travers.

2004 Class: Ricky Skaggs, J.D. Crowe, Billy Vaughn, Howard & Vestal Goodman, Coon Creek Girls, Jerry Chesnut, & Boots Randolph.

2002 Class: Bill Monroe, Loretta Lynn, Osborne Brothers, Everly Brothers, Merle Travis, Bradley Kincaid, Red Foley, Tom T. Hall, John Lair, Jean Ritchie, Grandpa Jones, & Rosemary Clooney.

RARE GEMS FROM BEAR FAMILY Jerry Lee Sings Gospel and Preaches Religion Unreleased Solo Session from Bonnie Guitar Bobby Lord and George & Earl Shake The Shacks

Jerry Lee Sings Gospel and Preaches Religion
Unreleased Solo Session from Bonnie Guitar
Bobby Lord and George & Earl Shake The Shacks


JERRY LEE LEWIS   Old Time Religion
Looking For A City • I'm Longing For Home • Life's Railway To Heaven • Someone To Care • If We Never Meet Again/I'm Gonna Meet You In The Morning • Down The Sawdust Trail • There'll Be Peace In The Valley • Precious Memories • The Old Rugged Cross • It Will Be Worth It All When We See Jesus • I Know That Jesus Will Be There • I'm In The Gloryland Way • Tomorrow May Mean Goodbye • Amazing Grace • On The Jericho Road • I'll Fly Away • My God Is Real • When Jesus Beckons Me Home • I Won't Have To Cross Jordan Alone • Keep On The Firing Line
(Bear Family BCD 16685 AH)

Jerry Lee Lewis possessed gospel roots and recorded gospel music several times during his career – but this selection (originally released on vinyl by Bear Family, as part of a massive box set) is very different from those previously released commercial recordings. Taped in 1970, in a small church on the outskirts of Memphis - the church that his then wife Myra attended - it reveals Lewis at a stage in his career when he renounced worldly music and returned to a music of his early days. "I believe in that old time religion" he declared and performed 20 gospel songs – Life’s Railroad To Heaven, Peace in the Valley, Precious Memories, Old Rugged Cross, Amazing Grace and I’ll Fly Away, among the most well known -  amidst exuberant cries of “hallelujah”, “Jerry Lee is saved” and spontaneous bouts preaching the good word. At the same time, though, not completely overlooking the commercial aspects of his profession by also telling the congregation, which he respectfully addresses as “ladies and gentlemen”, that copies of his latest album will be on sale following the service. "You need the album and we need the money". Musically Old Time Religion is a rare insight into the musical background of this iconic figure who, accompanied by his regular band, performs with a greater raw passion than can be heard on any of his studio gospel recordings. But, just a few months later, he was back to his worldly ways and music. Sun Records historian Hank Davis provides a background to this stage of The Killer’s life in the accompanying 35 page booklet which also contains a transcript of the complete concert, songs and speech. A truly fascinating 65 minutes.

BOBBY LORD   Everybody’s Rockin’ But Me
So Doggone Lonesome • No More, No More, No More Hawk-Eye • I Can't Do Without You Anymore • Beautiful Baby • Run, Honey Run • You Robber You • Everybody's Rockin' But Me • Pie Peachie Pie Pie • The Fire Of Love (1) • Ain't Cha Ever Gonna? • Sittin' Home Prayin' For Rain • What A Thrill • Swamp Fox • Too Many Miles (Down The Road) I'd Rather Be Blue • Why Should I Cry • High Voltage • Just Wonderful • Am I A Fool • I Know It Was You • Party Pooper • Sack • The Fire Of Love (2)
(Bear Family BCD 16524 AH)

Although Bobby Lord enjoyed several minor hits in the late 1960s/early 70s on Hickory and Decca, as well as hosting his own tv show, this Florida born artist had begun his recording career on Columbia in 1954, thanks to songwriter Boudleaux Bryant sending a tape of the artist to the label's Don Law. Able to tackle both ballads and uptempo honky-tonk/rockabilly with equal ease, this 24 track collection mainly centres upon the latter as one of the latest releases in Bear Family's ever expanding “Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” series. Lord’s initial session at Columbia immediately showed the singer’s vocal dynamics as the belter  No More, No More, No More had equally solid backing from Chet Atkins (guitar), Don Helms (steel guitar), Jerry Rivers (fiddle) and “Papa” John Gordy (piano).  Such similar Grade A musicians were to be featured on his subsequent sessions. Among several songs that Bryant contributed to the Lord career was the country novelty, Hawk-Eye, a recording that Columbia backed with several trade ads (though it lost out to Frankie Laine’s version, released by the same label albeit through its pop division) while I Can’t Do Without You Anymore and a cover of Johnny Cash’s So Doggone Lonesome are solidly country. There’s also some ballads – I’d Rather Be Blue and Why Should I Cry, among the cd’s four hitherto unreleased tracks – though the greater amount of recordings are firmly uptempo and well representative of the era’s changing trends. Rich Kienzle provides notes in the accompanying 34 page booklet (which also includes photographs and discography), explaining that Bobby Lord’s greater success came on television and that he walked away from music when he felt it was time, turning his skillls to a successful business career. He died on February 16, 2008.

BONNIE GUITAR   By The Fireside
I Couldn't Believe It Was True A I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry • If Raindrops Were Kisses • Honeycomb • Slowly • My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You • Down By The Riverside • I Really Don't Want To Know • I Forgot To Remember To Forget • You Win Again • I Don't Hurt Anymore • Singing The Blues • Your Cheatin' Heart • I Almost Lost My Mind • Go Back You Fool
(Bear Family BCD  16731 AH)

Over the years Bonnie Guitar (born Bonnie Buckingham) spread her considerable talents over several areas of the music industry. Best known for the country-pop crossover successes Dark Moon, Mister Fire Eyes and I’m Living In Two Worlds (as well as over a dozen more country chart entries), she also mixed recording and stage performances with dj work, record production and label a&r roles including the discovery of The Fleetwoods for Dolphin (later Dolton) Records. But the 15 titles on this cd are the results of probably the most unusual – and most personal - session undertaken by the Auburn, Washington born entertainer as it’s purely the singer accompanying herself on electric guitar. Produced by close friend and top songwriter Don Robertson in February 1959, the songs comprised mainly old favourites and standards that the singer performed on stage. Among the titles are a couple of Eddy Arnold hits, I Couldn’t Believe It Was True and I Really Don’t Want To Know (co-penned by Robertson) alongside country hits Singing The Blues, Slowly, My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You, three Hank Williams compositions and Bonnie’s own If Teardrops Were Kisses. The result is music perfection. One of the purest voiced singers in the business, her vocals are perfectly complimented by guitar work that’s never overplayed. Yet these memorable, intimate sessions were never commercially released and Bonnie Guitar, in Todd Everett’s accompanying notes, has no explanation what producer Robertson has intended to do with them. Now, over 50 years later, they’re at long last available and remain as fresh as the time they were recorded in RCA Victor’s Hollywood studio. Certainly a gem well worth discovering.

GEORGE & EARL   Better Stop, Look And Listen
Fifty-Fifty Honky Tonkin' • I Guess You Don't Care • Hi There, Sweet Thing • Don't Add An Ex To Your Name • The Sundown Train • Your High Tone Ways • I'm Just Passing Through • Flutter Bug • Gold Wedding Band • I Don't Know Nothing About Nothing • Don't Fix Up The Doghouse • I'll Keep Your Name On File • (If You) Got Anything Good (You Better Save It, Save It) • Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes • Going Steady With The Blues • Can I • (All You've Given Me Is) Heartaches • Take A Look At My Darlin' • Cry Baby Cry • Don't, Don't, Don't • Remember And Regret • Eleven Roses (And The Twelfth Is You) • Done Gone • Better Stop, Look And Listen • The Blues Moved In This Morning • After All We've Been Through • Doubt • Don't, Don't, Don't (alt)
(Bear Family BCD 17121 AH)

Arguably the most unknown of the artists in this current batch of Bear Family releases are George McCormick and Earl Aycock, who recorded together as George and Earl, and now given the full Bear Family treatment by getting spotlight attention with this “Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight” collection. Their music was straight, down-to-earth hillbilly, firmly fitting the mould of the early and mid 1950s that developed from the sound of Hank Williams. It was a brief partnership though, lasting a mere two years and a dozen songs recorded. Both artists came from different locations. McCormack, a native Tennessean, worked with several bands and artists, including the Opry’s Martha Carson, before landing a deal with MGM and recording a dozen titles (over three sessions), also all released here, among them Fifty-Fifty Honky Tonkin’, a song that Fred Rose had apparently written for Hank Williams. Aycock, similarly serving a  lengthy musical apprenticeship, also connected with the Carson show which led to the two teaming and securing a deal with Mercury. Among their recordings are Sweet Little Miss Blue Eyes and If You got Anything Good, both often cited as among the best country duet recordings of all time. But as the rockabilly era developed, George and Earl became quickly overshadowed by another duet teaming, the Everly Brothers. Subsequently McCormick led the Wagonmasters band for Porter Wagoner (and was Dolly Parton’s first duet partner on Wagoner’s tv show) while Aycock moved to Houston and began a long term career as a radio dj (although making some further recordings for Pappy Daily’s labels). Martin Hawkins provides detailed biographical information, together with interviews, in the set’s 38 page booklet that also contains photographs and discography.

CARMEN BROWN & THE ELEMENTS - Ein Feuerwerk aus Funk, Gospel & Soul!

Album: It’s all for you
VÖ: 03.06.2011
LABEL: o-tone / BHM
ORDER NO.: BHM 1056-2

 Ein Feuerwerk aus Funk, Gospel & Soul !

Geboren wurde Carmen Brown in einem Vorort von Lissabon als Kind einer mosambikianischen Einwandererfamilie. Zwischen Deutschland und Portugal aufgewachsen, lebt und arbeitet sie inzwischen in Düsseldorf mit ihrer achtköpfigen Band THE ELEMENTS.
Im Jahr 2009 erhielt sie den Deutschen Rock- und Poppreis in der Kategorie bester Funk / Soul Act. 2008 war ihre Stimme schon auf dem Song „Perfect Curves“ - bekannt aus der Dove Werbung - zu hören.
Carmen Brown lebt den Funk: „Funk bedeutet für mich schwitzen. Und mit fumet bezeichnete man damals in den Bordellen in New Orleans den Geruch aus Schweiß und Rauch, dann wurde daraus der Slang Begriff funky.“
Nach der EP „Bubbleicious“ im letzten Jahr folgt nun ihr erstes Album auf o-tone / BHM mit dem Titel „It’s all for you“. 14 Anspielstationen bietet dieses Werk, dass dem Hörer den Schweiß auf die Stirn treibt. Carmen Brown interpretiert den Funk an Orgel, Mikrofon und Laptop jetzt neu, der dann mit ihrer Band live umgesetzt wird. Der Funk, er riecht immer noch! Geschwitzt werden kann besonders auf den live Shows von Carmen Brown, wo die geballte Energie der gesamten Band zum Vorschein kommt.
Wer gerne kategorisiert und Meister im Schubladen-Denken ist, der wird mit Carmen Brown seine liebe Mühe haben...
Auf erfrischende Art werden hier jegliche Stilrichtungen durcheinander gemischt: Die Afro-Kosmopolitin kombiniert organische und jazzige Sounds mit dreckigen 60s-Sounds und World Rhythmen mit klassischen Popelementen. Dieses herrliche Sound-Patchwork wird zusammengehalten durch eine prägnante Stimme, die den Wunsch weckt, mehr von ihr zu hören!
Ab April geht Carmen Brown mit ihrer Band The Elements auf Tour und wird unter anderem im Vorprogramm von Marla Glen spielen. Wer sie mal live erlebt hat, kann bestätigen, dass „schweißtreibend“ hier nicht einfach nur eine gern genutzte Floskel ist. Von der ersten Sekunde auf der Bühne an, lässt sie ihr Publikum an ihrer nahezu unbegrenzten Power teilhaben. Es ist ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis die zierliche Person mit voller Energie live zu erleben.

Lost In Time (3.54) • No Escape (3:47) • Dark City (4:12) • Down In Mexiko (4:55) • It's All For You (4:46) • Like A Bird (3:57) • Right On (4:24) • Dance (6:16) • Love Is For Free (5:36) • Mr. Valentine (5:19) • Fine Brown Frame (3:30) • What A Night (4:26) • Brown Family (4:02) • Can't Stop Me (6:12)

Weitere Infos:

Tourdaten mit Marla Glen:
02.04. - Oldenburg
03.04. - Berlin
04.04. - Nürnberg
07.04. - Stuttgart
08.04. - Hannover
15.04. - Köln
17.04. - Darmstadt
18.04. - Mannheim
19.04. - München
20.04. - Freiburg
24.04. - Düsseldorf
05.05. - Pfarrkirchen
12.05. - Heidelberg
11.06. - Düsseldorf
29.06. - Düsseldorf
30.06. - Dortmund
11.08. - Lübeck
06.11. - Aalen

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