Wednesday, April 20, 2011

SAM MILLAR STARTED 2011 WITH A "NCM RADIO AWARD"


Sam started 2011 with a 'NCM Radio Award' for having a 5 week long run at the No. 1 spot in the NCM Charts in 2010 which was presented to him by legendary country music artist, George Hamilton IV. This coming May to continue the success from his album 'Saturday Night', Sam releases a new follow up single written and produced by him called 'Guardian Angels' Sam calls it his wedding song. Based in the UK, Sam has various music projects on the go and his brand of country music is sure to please us all again this year. With his cheeky chappy persona and great sound, Sam has recorded in Nashville and appeared on radio
and TV stations across the world.

Bluegrass Music Chart Toppers Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice sign with Mountain Music Entertainment

Bluegrass  Music Chart Toppers Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice
 sign with Mountain Music Entertainment
for Management and Artist Representation
The band is celebrating "Train With out A Track" achieving the #1 spot on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Chart for the month of April 2011
 
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (April 19, 2011) - Mountain Music Entertainment proudly announces exclusive management representation of Rebel Records multi-award winning bluegrass artist Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice. The partnership became official the week of April 11th.  Mountain Music Entertainment will provide full management representation for Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice under the new agreement.
 
"Junior Sisk and his band Ramblers Choice are genuine and sincere people. I enjoy their stage shows and also spending time with them away from the performance. You couldn't ask for a better group of guys with which to affiliate yourself" said Steve Johnson, President and CEO of Mountain Music Entertainment. "If you are looking for hard driving, traditional bluegrass music they are the "real deal" and I hope everyone will take the opportunity to get to know their music and what they offer." 
 
Sisk has lived most of his life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia an area he still calls home. Growing up he learned to play the music that surrounded him in the mountains. He has had an incredible career in bluegrass music and continues to garner new accolades.  His songwriting helped The Lonesome River Band in its ascent to bluegrass stardom in the early 1990's and  as a member of Wyatt Rice and Santa Cruz he gained even more acclaim for his singing and vocal styling reflective of the "traditional mountain sound".  Sisk released the acclaimed "Sounds of the Mountains" in 1998 and contributed to the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award winning "The Stanley Gospel Tradition".  A brief stint with Virginia based The Lost and Found followed before he took over the lead vocal role for BlueRidge. After leaving BlueRidge, Sisk assembled his current band Ramblers Choice and has been achieving tremendous success. Sisk has been nominated many times for Songwriter and Male Vocalist of the Year through IBMA and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music (SPBGMA).  In 2011 the band was nominated in 8 categories at the SPBGMA awards taking home Song of the Year for Train Without a Track.  The band's new Rebel Records release is due Summer 2011. Their last release Heartaches and Dreams  has spent over a year at the top of the bluegrass music charts. They have great expectations for the upcoming release.
 
"I am very excited about working with Steve Johnson and the fine folks at Mountain Music Entertainment. Steve grew up around bluegrass and has a sincere appreciate for the music. He has a business sense and drive that will keep Ramblers Choice moving ahead. We look forward to doing great things together!" said Sisk. 
 
Additional details on Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice are available at www.juniorsiskandramblerschoice.com 

Tia McGraff - Diversity

Tia McGraff - Diversity


Bandana Records
Label: Independent
4 STARS 

1. Angry Eagle 2. Autumn Leaves 3. Lavender Tea 4. Tumbleweed 5. Radical Road
6. Lost Souls Left Luggage 7. Vega Star 8.Two Wolves 9. Fallen Down
10. Waggin’ The Dog 11. Cold As Steel 12.How Pale The Rose 13. Lighthouse

A diverse tapestry of eclectic styles offering different perspectives on life’s challenges

Whether it be attending her live shows or listening to her music this Port Dover, Ontario based songwriter never fails to disappoint, and on this her 5th album the trend continues. DIVERSTY contains many different elements both musically and emotionally. It was released in August 2010 and the songs were written over a 2 year period. Tia has 2 individual credits and she co-writes with her songwriter/producer and husband Tommy Parham on 10 other songs.

The project described as “challenging”, began by recording in their home studio and in this digital world files were shared with musicians from LA and Nashville and string arranger Scott Brasher who is an award-winning film/television music composer, based in Music City. Collectively they contributed their parts and returned the files. This project reaches out from an acoustic/country to an Adult Contemporary audience. Its quality was recognised in November 2010 winning Best Country Recording on The Year at the Hamilton Music Awards.
On the opener Angry Eagle the dramatic orchestral intro sets the scene for 2 verses in which the frustrations of American families struggling in recession hit times are vented. McGraff emotional sings: ‘A mother of 3 cries alone / Wonders how in God’s name she’ll save their home? While the mortgage lender sells their dream’ from there the track evolves on the third verse where hope and compassion shines, ‘But then I see a child playing / and a stranger smile and a Church sign reads “all are welcome” ‘– Let the bells ring out for freedom!
This typifies the trademark McGraff craft, offering both a sensitive and positive message, on a track that could easily have been used in a TV documentary.

Autumn Leaves’ is used as a metaphor to describe a woman aging gracefully but is left to feel neglected in the relationship. Where once there was love her man took her dreams and turned them all from crimson to brown. In contrast on the gently, sensitive sweet love song ‘Lavender Tea’, love is appreciated along with life’s simple pleasures - what could be better than sharing a cup together.

On the albums 4th cut this marks a return to collaborating with Moelfre based singer-songwriter Henry Priestman of The Christians along with Liverpudlian guitarist Pete Riley who via the track ‘Devils Gold’ on Tia’s DAY IN MY SHOES album became part of a project to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the famous Royal Charter shipwreck. In this instance on the delicate, heartfelt ‘Tumbleweed’ this cinematic south western piece has a True Grit feel to it depicting aspects of loneliness where love is lost and wafts through a ghost town.

The mood quickly changes on the driving, rocker ‘Radical Road’, which became the first single from the album. Tia’s dog Jake even gets a name check in this fun up-tempo number. Ace guitarists Pat Buchanan and Dan Walsh cut lose whilst Spady Brannon provides the mean bass licks. McGraff who actually was born on Radical Road in the Port Dover district, tells of mischievous times as a 2 year old when she wasn’t ‘as good as gold’ leading to rebel days that would not fit a parents mould - but she can always blame her birthplace!

Lost Souls Left Luggage’ enters orchestral territory; this observational piece depicts the scene of a lonely, lost figure at a cold train station whose vacant sad look is in contrast to an excited couple who are seen to fall into each others arms. The mid-tempo ‘Vega Star’ speaks of someone in the entertainment world who was on the verge of superstar fame but falls short of achieving the dream, but despite this as far as the onlooker goes, will always remain brilliant.

Two Wolves’ is Native American fare. On this folk song Six Nations Indian Reserve musicians add tasteful touches on wood flute, rattle and offer chants. The Grandfather Chief tells the tale of two wolves living inside every man, one in harmony the other full of anger - but which one will win on life’s path.

Fallen Down’ transcends into an edgy modern day contemporary country track. It’s a frustrated look as a relationship veers from a strong standpoint that could have blossomed if only the help offered was gratefully taken. The gritty Waggin’ The Dog’ is a hard hitting look on today’s media culture – Yes whatever happened to innocent childhood nursery rhyme days where now in a twisted and upside down world nothing is believable, where once back in Bob Dylan days it appeared they were.

Cold As Steel’ is a heart-wrenching affair which when performed at live gigs has reduced audience members to tears. It is one of the most personal tracks Tia has ever written and comes from a place of raw emotion. Its opening lines says it all – ‘Three hundred and ninety-nine days in the dark and I woke up without you in my heart’
The graceful ballad ‘How Pale The Rose’ sounds like a timeless classic. It is an adaption of a poem by Hendrick Hines, and here put to music, takes on an 1800’s Celtic vibe.
The light from bookend track ‘Lighthouse’ guides the listener to the safe haven of home on a foggy, stormy night where waves of brokenness diminish with the help of a loving companion.

The common weave throughout DIVERSITY is McGraffs voice and subject matter over the years on her travels drawn straight from the heart. With such smart and meticulous song writing skills why not take a test drive with this Canadian artist and take a journey down radical road.

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