Tuesday, April 26, 2011

CHRIS YOUNG WORLD PREMIERES THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR HIT SINGLE “TOMORROW” ON VEVO TODAY

CHRIS YOUNG WORLD PREMIERES THE MUSIC VIDEO 
FOR HIT SINGLE “TOMORROW” ON VEVO TODAY

April 26, 2011 - Nashville, TN – With the fastest rising single of his career racing up the charts, RCA Records singer-songwriter Chris Young has just released the music video for “Tomorrow” today on VEVO. The world premiere of Young’s impassioned hit song, “Tomorrow,” can be streamed at http://www.vevo.com/watch/chris-young/tomorrow/USRV51100008.

Directed by Trey Fanjoy, the video was shot last month at a farmhouse in Liberty, Tenn. It features Country Weekly's fan voted Hottest Bachelor Chris Young as a man who knows a fiery relationship isn't right for either person but still doesn't want to let go of the woman he loves.

The video made its world premiere today on VEVO.com and will debut on additional online and broadcast outlets in the coming weeks. The "Tomorrow" music video will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning May 3.

“Tomorrow” is the lead single from Chris Young’s highly anticipated third album NEON, due in stores this summer. The song holds the #15 position on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and #14 on Mediabase/Country Aircheck. To purchase Young’s single “Tomorrow,” go to: http://bit.ly/gu9fDP.

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ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: Recently nominated for his first GRAMMY® Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with his hit, “Gettin’ You Home,” Young is gearing up to hit the road with Jason Aldean on his sold-out My Kinda Party Tour this summer.  With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing classic songs, Young has emerged as a fan-favorite with three consecutive No.1 singles, and an album approaching GOLD. For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit: www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.

Danni O’Neill - Take Me Away

Danni O’Neill - Take Me Away

GMV Records

GMV-101

Title: Take Me Away

Danni O’Neill hat erst vor kurzem bei GMV Records unterschrieben und schon präsentiert sie ihre aktuelle Single „Take Me Away“. Der Song ist dem New-Country zuzuordnen, welchen die in England geborene und in Nashville lebende Danni O’Neill singt. Produziert wurde die CD übrigens von Mark Moffatt. Der Song „Take Me Away“ selber wurde von Danni O’Neill, die in absehbarer Zeit ihr neues Album präsentiert, und Martin Crutchfield geschrieben.


Danni O’Neill has just signed up with GMV Records and presents her current Single „Take Me Away“ right away. The Song can be seen as New-Country. The in England born and in Nashville living Danni O’Neill sings and the CD is produced by Mark Moffatt. The Song „Take Me Away“ was written by Danni O’Neill herself in cooperation with Martin Crutchfield.



Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
Translation by Charlotte Bailey-Smith


Stand-Out Star of NBC’s The Sing-Off To Debut New Album

Stand-Out Star of NBC’s The Sing-Off To Debut New Album

Jeremy Lister set to release The Bed You Made Tuesday, April 26th
Nashville, Tenn (Tuesday, April 26, 2011) – Having been recently recognized by Rolling Stone as a vibrant hub for new music, it's no longer a secret that one of Nashville’s hidden treasures is its indie rock scene.  A key contributor to the musical landscape of Nashville, Jeremy Lister has been captivating audiences throughout the southeast for years.  Lister, whose music has been heard on ER, Grey's Anatomy, and MTV's The Hills, was also voted "Best Singer-Songwriter" in the Nashville Scene's Reader's Poll.  Now, fresh off the helm of Season Two of NBC's The Sing-Off, Lister’s long-awaited album,  The Bed You Made, will release digitally today, Tuesday, April 26th and features special guest Alison Krauss.
“I’ve been working on this album for many years now.  During that time, I’ve been through many ups and downs, and The Bed You Made tells the story of those highs and lows,” explains Lister.
Among his multitude of fans is GRAMMY Award Winner Alison Krauss who lends her vocals to “Sinking Stone,” “You and I,” and “Gravity.” “Justice will have been served when Jeremy Lister is a household name,” says Krauss. A true believer in Lister’s talent, she also recorded “Sinking Stone,” for her current album, Paper Airplane, which was released earlier this month.
Drawing in flocks of new fans on the second season of NBC’s national television series, The Sing-Off, Jeremy showcased his talent with his a cappella group Street Corner Symphony. The six-man troupe ultimately placed second in the competition, catching the undivided attention of judge and experienced songsmith, Ben Folds, who immediately invited the group out on the road with him for a string of tour dates.
“Jeremy Lister is a proper singer; distinct and powerful, never overbearing.  He has a voice you can trust, one that tells stories,” says Folds. “At the same time he's technically gifted in the old school sense - the kind of rare singer these days who would never have to rely on technology, or even a second take.”
In reflecting on his accomplishments of the past year, Lister notes, “The last year has been a whirlwind for me, from getting out of my record deal to the success of Street Corner Symphony on The Sing-Off.  The wait has been worth it and I’m elated to finally share this album with my fans and hopefully make some new ones along the way.”
The Bed You Made was produced by Ian Fitchuk and Justin Loucks, who have worked with artists like Amy Grant, Mindy Smith, and Griffin House.  All of the tracks on this album were written or co-written by Lister.
The Bed You Made track listing: 
1. Turn The Pages (Jeremy Lister / James Bryan / Martin Terefe)
2. Do What You Have To (Jeremy Lister / Ben Glover / Jason Lehning)
3. Gravity featuring Alison Krauss (Jeremy Lister / Nick Trevisick)
4. Picturing You (Jeremy Lister / K.S. Rhoads)
5. Last Days (Jeremy Lister / Steve Sulikowski / Mike K)
6. Sinking Stone featuring Alison Krauss (Jeremy Lister)
7. Some Other Time (Jeremy Lister / Steve McEwan)
8. You And I featuring Alison Krauss (Jeremy Lister / James Bryan)
9. Save Me (Jeremy Lister / Greg Wells)
10. Stars On The Ceiling (Jeremy Lister / Kevin Griffin)
11. The Bed You Made (Jeremy Lister)
12. I’m Sorry I’m Killing You (Jeremy Lister / Ben Glover / Jason Lehning)

Sivia Dias Album: Yesterday A Dreamer VÖ: 27.05.2011

Sivia Dias
Album: Yesterday A Dreamer
VÖ: 27.05.2011
Themens Of Music / Sony Music 
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2011
Nach einer Zeit persönlicher Rückschläge hat Silvia Dias nun mit „Yesterday A Dreamer“ ihr zweites Album eingespielt, das zwar weiterhin unzweifelhaft im Genre Pop angesiedelt ist, als beinahe intimes Statement und charismatische Standort-Bestimmung, aber emotional weit über das Debüt hinaus geht. Hier finden sich Balladen ohne jeden Hang zur bloßen Gefühlsduselei, Uptempo-Nummern mit Verve und Groove, selbst für außerordentlich feminine Introspektiven bleibt Raum. Allein die gängige Durchschnittsware hat keinen Platz gefunden in Silvia Dias’ Kosmos des Jahres 2011. 
Die in der Popbranche eher unübliche Entscheidung ihres Produzenten Tom Hapke, seiner Elevin Zeit und Raum fast nach Belieben und Bedarf zu öffnen, trägt jetzt Früchte. So entschieden sich die beiden, alle neuen Songs erst einmal ohne eine Nutzung der großen Studios aufzunehmen, sondern lieber bei Tom im kleinen Recording-Studio zuhause. Während dieser intensiven Arbeit entstanden Emotionen, die im Beisein anderer Studioleute so garantiert nie zustande gekommen wären. Eine völlige Erdung und ein absolutes Loslassen während der Produktion wurde zum Fundament der neuen Songs.
Das Ergebnis ist ein aufregender Zwitter, ganz salopp gesagt. Zum einen nach internationalen Standards produziert, zum anderen nach individuellen Vorlieben gestaltet. Der schwedische Produzent Anders Hansson, der unter anderem den Song„Crying At The Discothec“ von Alcazar und “Release me” von Agnes schrieb und Alben für Cher und Christina Aguilera produzierte, bot seine Mitarbeit an der „unbelievable voice“ an, Tom Hapke, der eher als Songschreiber „handgemachter Elemente“ gilt und Anders Hansson, der seine Songs eher in „elektronischer Natur“ veredelt, brachten weitere Songs für Silvia Dias hervor, die genau diese beiden Elemente perfekt miteinander vereinen. Ein Umstand, der ihr Album jetzt zum Kaleidoskop dessen werden lässt, was im Pop gerade en vogue ist und dens! elben andererseits auch seit Dekaden auszeichnet. 
Und so ist „Yesterday A Dreamer“ zu einem Album gewachsen, das Hit-basierte Songs mit höchst persönlichen Statements verbindet; das cool genannt werden kann und darf, aber nicht immer muss; das eine inkommensurable Stimme präsentiert, ohne deshalb gleich auf bloße Kunstfertigkeiten zu schielen; das den entscheidenden zweiten Schritt unternimmt, ein extraordinäres Talent im europäischen Markt und möglicherweise weit über diesen hinaus zu etablieren. 
Wer in den nächsten zwölf Monaten nichts von Silvia Dias hört, das wagen wir hier mal zu orakeln, hat sich für guten Pop einfach nicht interessiert und sich auch gar nicht nennenswert um ihn gekümmert.
 
DAS DEBÜT 2009
Wer ihren Namen googelt und auf „Bilder“ klickt, wird sich spätestens auf Seite 2 wundern. Neben dem Antlitz einer mediterranen Schönheit tauchen dort niedliche rote Sandaletten und schwarze Boots mit gesticktem Schmetterling am Knöchel auf. Nun ist Silvia Dias zwar erst 24 Jahre alt, verfügt aber über eine Biographie, die mehr als nur diese eine Überraschung bereit hält. 
Doch klären wir zunächst das Geheimnis um die Schuhe auf: Als das junge moderne Schuhlabel Papillio, von Birkenstock, die Sängerin erstmals singen hörte, bot sie ihr gleich die Patenschaft für eine eigene Kollektion an, und so steht nun also Silvias Name neben dem von Heidi Klum in den aktuellen Annalen der renommierten Firma. 
Wie aber kann solch eine gewinnende Stimme entstehen? Geboren wurde die hübsche Portugiesin als Spross einer Sängerin sozusagen Backstage, während einem Auftritt ihrer Mutter, die im achten Monat etwas zu früh, noch nicht die natürliche Bestimmung ihrer Tochter mit einkalkulierte.
Seit Silvia 15 ist, steht sie professionell auf einer Bühne. Entdeckt wurde sie dort schon mehrfach, im Alter von 16 hat Silvia Dias für eine ZDF-Fernsehserie den Titelsong gesungen, Nachwuchswettbewerbe gewonnen, Radio-Jingles eingesungen und für zahlreiche Stars den Backing part übernommen. Bei großen Konzerten wie Belfort oder dem Jazzfestival in Montreux wurde Silvia mit 17 schon als der Geheimtipp im Pop-Business gehandelt, war im Kino europaweit in Werbespots zu hören und zu sehen und brachte schon damals Ihre wundersame Sangeskunst in die Ohren vieler hunderttausender Menschen.
Seit sie 2009 ihr Album-Debüt „Love is Paramount“ inklusive den Songs “Thank You und Realize” veröffentlichte, ist nicht mehr viel geblieben vom Geheimen. Unter der Ägide des Produzenten Tom Hapke entwickelte sie sich zu einer Sängerin, der Eigenart im Wortsinn zugeschrieben werden darf, vielleicht sogar muss. 
Das Debut mit großen TV Placement und Charteintritt war der erste achtsame Erfolg, eines idealistischen Projekts, das sich ganz im Gegensatz zur schnelllebigen Musikindustrie einem langsamen und sensiblen Aufbaus eines jungen Diamanten verschrieben hat und nun mit dem Album “Yesterday A Dreamer” die Poliertüscher nun getrost zur Seite legen kann.

Danny Santos - Headaches & Heartaches

Danny Santos - Headaches & Heartaches


Brambus

200381-2

Titel: Baby Do Right By Me, Carmelita, Snowin’ On Raton, Sam Bass’ Blues, Giddyup, Loved, Aggravation, Here We Are There We Go, Desperado, Straight & Narrow, U.S. Of Generica Blues, Meant To Be That Way

Danny Santos ist seit zwei Jahren bei der Brambus-Familie und einer der Songwriter, die wie auch bei anderen Label im Hintergrund steht. Mit „Sinners And Saints“ hatte er mit seinem Debutalbum eine positive Beachtung erhalten. Jetzt ist seine CD „Headaches & Heartaches“ da. Sie ist ein Mix aus Country, Blues, Mexicoklängen und Garth Brooks Latino-Country. Ganz ok, aber noch nicht der Knaller. Es fehlt der Song, der ins Ohr geht und der einem dazu veranlaßt die CD im CD-Spieler zu lassen.


Danny Santos is a part of the Brambus-Family and one of their Songwriters, which stand in the Background, just like it happens at other Labels as well. With „Sinners And Saints“he has gotten positive attention from his Debut album. Now his CD „Headaches & Heartaches“.is on the market. It is a mixture of Country, Blues, Mexican Sound and Garth Brooks. Latino-Country. Okay, but not the big Hit. The one Song that goes straight into the ear and makes you want to keep the CD in the Player is missing.


Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
Translation by Charlotte Bailey-Smith

Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass - The Room Over Mine

Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass - The Room Over Mine

Rounder Records

11671-0589-2

01. Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away 02. The Convict And The Rose 03. I'm Leaving Detroit 04. I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name 05. A Memory Of You 06. Sweet Potato Rag 07. I'm Coming Back But I Don't Know When 08. Another Bridge To Burn 09. Raising Cane In Texas 10. Room Over Mine 11. Backstep Sally Ann 12. At The End Of A Long Lonely Day 13. Drowning Sailor

Wer bei Rounder Records unter Vertrag ist spielt Bluegrass Music. So auch im Fall von Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass. In wie weit sie sich durchsetzen werden mit ihrem Album „The Room Over Mine“ auf dem hart umkämpften Markt der Bluegrass Music wird sich zeigen.


Those who have a contract with Rounder Records, play Bluegrass Music. That is also the case with Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass. How good they will do with their Album „The Room Over Mine“ on the hard marked of Bluegrass Music will have to be seen.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
Translation by Charlotte Bailey-Smith



Dan Tyminski - Wheels

Dan Tyminski - Wheels

Rounder Records

11661-0586-2

1. Wheels 2:58 2. Whose Shoulder Will You Cry On 2:21 3. Making Hay 3:57 4. Who Showed Who 3:22 5. It All Comes Down to You 2:40 6. How Long Is This Train 2:57 7. I Ain't Taking You Back No More 2:56 8. Heads You Win Tails I Lose 3:41 9. How Many Times 2:31 10. The One You Lean On 2:42 11. Knock Knock! 1:53 12. Some Early Morning 4:29

Ein wirklich gutes Bluegrass Album präsentiert Dan Tyminski hier. Zusammen mit seinen 4 Musikern spielt er bei den 12 Songs auf was das Zeug hält. Wer schon immer einmal ein feuriges Bluegrass Album haben wollte, ist mit diesem ausgezeichnet bedient.


A really well done Bluegrass Album is presented here by Dan Tyminski. Together with his 4 musicians he plays the 12 Songs on the Album really well. For those who always wanted a Bluegrass Album full of fire, will be happy with this choice.


Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
Translation by Charlotte Bailey-Smith

Dave Caley – It's A Long Way Back

Dave Caley – It's A Long Way Back

KMA Records


1 You Won't Be Lonely Long 2 First Night Without You 3 If That Was Me 4 It's A Long Way Back 5 Free For All Friday Night 6 Just A Handshake 7 Sorry Don't Work Anymore 8 God's Grand Ole Opry 9 I Don't Think I Will 10 Thank God For Jesus

Western Swing und Country Music, aus den Zeit als Country Music noch nicht Pop war ist, die Stärke von Dave Caley. Es würde ihm auch keiner abnehmen, wenn er einen auf Country-Pop Artist machen würde. Seine Songs stammen zum Großteil aus der Feder von T. Dennis, der für seine bodenständigen Lieder bekannt ist.

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

Western Swing and Country Music from the time when Country Music wasn’t Pop jet is the strengh from Dave Caley. But then again nobody would believe him if he tryed to become a Country-Pop Artist. His Songs manly come out of the hand of T. Dennis, who is well know for his down to earth Songs.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
Translation by Charlotte Bailey-Smith

David Nail – I'm About To Come Alive

David Nail – I'm About To Come Alive

MCA Nashville



1. Mississippi 2. I'm About To Come Alive 3. Again 4. Strangers On A Train 5. Clouds 6. Follow Me 7. Turning Home 8. Looking For A Good Time 9. This Time Around 10. Missouri 11. My Life

David Nail vereint eine sympathische Ausstrahlung mit einer ausdrucksstarken Stimme. Seine erste CD für MCA Nashville ist durch und durch als gelungen anzusehen. Die Songs sind so ausgelegt, dass sie für die Country als auch für die Rock / Pop Musik gängig sind.
David Nail combines his very nice personality with a very impressive voice. His first CD for MCA Nashville can only be reviewed as very well done. The Songs have been recorded in a way that they can please Country as well as Rock / Pop Music.


Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
Translation by Charlotte Bailey-Smith

Danni O’Neill - Take Me Away

Danni O’Neill - Take Me Away

GMV Records

GMV-101

Title: Take Me Away

Danni O’Neill hat erst vor kurzem bei GMV Records unterschrieben und schon präsentiert sie ihre aktuelle Single „Take Me Away“. Der Song ist dem New-Country zuzuordnen, welchen die in England geborene und in Nashville lebende Danni O’Neill singt. Produziert wurde die CD übrigens von Mark Moffatt. Der Song „Take Me Away“ selber wurde von Danni O’Neill, die in absehbarer Zeit ihr neues Album präsentiert, und Martin Crutchfield geschrieben.


Danni O’Neill has just signed up with GMV Records and presents her current Single „Take Me Away“ right away. The Song can be seen as New-Country. The in England born and in Nashville living Danni O’Neill sings and the CD is produced by Mark Moffatt. The Song „Take Me Away“ was written by Danni O’Neill herself in cooperation with Martin Crutchfield.



Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
Translation by Charlotte Bailey-Smith


Interview with Sean Patrick McGraw

Interview with Sean Patrick McGraw

CL: I’m Christian Lamitschka and today I present you Sean Patrick McGraw. Sean, welcome to the show.

SPM: Hey, how we’re doing? (Wie gehts?)

CL: You speak German?

SPM: Etwas. (somewhat).

CL: So do you want to do the interview in German?

SPM: Nein. No. (laughing)

CL: Sean, first question I have to ask you is, is Tim McGraw?

SPM: Who? Am I familiar or am I family. Well, we’re one big family aren’t we? One big human family?

CL: But give us an idea he may be a well known relative.

SPM: He’s not claiming me as we would say. But he could be related down the line, but not close.

CL: It doesn’t matter. Give us a better idea of who you are and what kind of music you are playing, so we know you a little better.

SPM: I’ve been out fronting a country band for six or seven years now. Was on a Show called Nashville Star in 2004; and ever since then we had a road band; playing ever little dive bar, honky tonk, college, back yard BBQ, Christening; and first communion that would have me since 2004. I’ve been making and producing my own records, just doing it the old fashioned hard way. Making fans and friends touring non-stop.

CL: Touring non stop and making your own CD. Well that’s a hard job. Here is this new album, there are nine songs, probably most do at least ten or twelve.

SPM: Well, I’m special.

CL: Oh yes, I believe that! You’re picky or just nine?

SPM: Nine’s enough.

CL: Crowd, he loves to have only nine songs under his album, so they (songs) must be special. Tell us about your songs.

SPM: I wrote or co-wrote every song on my CD. These songs were all selected. It’s my sutt list from 2009’s Toby Keith America’s toughest tour. These songs have all been played in front of a lot of audiences before I decided to commit them to a record. I had a lot songs to chose from and whittled down to my nine favorites. So there’s no fillers; no soybean on this record, there’s no Hamburger Helper, it’s all red meat on this puppy right there. For the most part is up tempo and rocks pretty hard. There’s a few ballads.

CL: What’s the favorite song on your new album?

SPM: “My So-Called Life” is my current single. I would say it’s my favorite up temp song on the record. There is another song that would follow up called “What I Do”, and artistically that would be my favorite song. I’m really proud of the lyric and the performances that the musicians gave on it I’m really proud of. If I had to give to someone one song represents who I am that would be the song.

CL: For the fans that would be interesting to know how you spend your limited spare time.

SLM: (laughing) I don’t have any limited spare time. I am a want-to-be athlete, I try to keep myself in shape. I am a jogger and I play hockey and once in a great while I get to go fly-fishing.



RODNEY ATKINS’ LATEST SINGLE “TAKE A BACK ROAD” SPINS MAJOR DIRT ON RELEASE DAY GARNERING ONE OF THE MOST ADDED RECORDS AT COUNTRY RADIO DEBUT WEEK

 
RODNEY ATKINS’ LATEST SINGLE “TAKE A BACK ROAD” SPINS MAJOR DIRT ON RELEASE DAY GARNERING ONE OF THE MOST ADDED RECORDS AT COUNTRY RADIO DEBUT WEEK
  
ATKINS OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKE THE BACK ROAD IN  CHEVY TRUCK THROUGH A NATIONWIDE RADIO GIVEAWAY
 
Atkins gains momentum on the road to the top of the charts with most added single today
 
NASHVILLE, TN (April 25, 2011) – Platinum selling Curb Records’ Rodney Atkins is no stranger to hit songs as he has posted a number of chart topping and history making singles throughout his career.  Today, Atkins enters the charts as one of the most added singles with 40 stations on “Take A Back Road,” its debut week.  Atkins is looking forward to a busy summer on tour and traveling the back roads as well as the main roads on the strength of another hit.  In conjunction with the release, Atkins is offering radio listeners a chance to win a new Chevy Silverado through a nationwide contest at country radio.  This is the second single from Atkins’ forthcoming Curb Records release.
 
Written by red-hot Rhett Akins and Luke Laird, “Take A Back Road” is a song of discontentment that dreams of contentment with all that a hot summer day has to offer.  The listener will surely figure the rest of it out.  “I heard this song and immediately knew it was for me,” says Atkins; the multi-No. 1 hit maker and owner of several most played songs of the year.  “This song has hit written all over it.  Anyone who has ever been stuck in traffic will surely relate,” he continued.
 
Catch Rodney this spring and summer at the following tour dates:
 
04.29.2011
Whisky River Club
Charlotte, NC
 
05.06.2011
Whiskey Tango
Grain Valley, MO
 
05.21.2011
Legendary Live Music Fest
Owensboro, KY
 
06.10.2011
Winstock Country Music Fest
Winstead, MN
 
06.18.2011
The Wild West FrogFest & Rodeo
Frankfort, NY
 
06.24.2011
Greeley Stampede
Greeley, CO
 
06.25.2011
Country Jam USA
Grand Junction, CO
 
07.02.2011
Timberwood Amphitheater
Hot Springs, AR
 
07.08.2011
Hodag Country Festival
Rhinelander, WI
 
07.16.2011
Sarnia Bayfest Festival
Sarnia, ONT, Canada
 
07.17.2011
Jamboree In The Hills
St. Clariesville, OH
 
07.27.2011
Neshoba County Fair
Philadelphia, MS
 
07.30.2011
Dodge City Days
Dodge City, KS
 
About Rodney Atkins
Curb Records recording artist Rodney Atkins has been successfully leading the country music charts and selling albums since his career began in 2006 when he hit the scene with his first number one, “If You’re Going Through Hell,” which was also the Number One Country Song of the Year according to Billboard in 2006.  The East Tennessee native has recorded three studio albums, Honesty, If You’re Going Through Hell and It’s America and charted seven Top 20 singles including five No. 1s: “If You’re Going Through Hell,” “Watching You,” “These Are My People,” “Cleaning This Gun (Come On In),” and “It’s America.” His hit “Farmer’s Daughter” is a platinum-selling single; increasing his single sales to over 4 million. He has also scored a platinum selling record and several gold releases.  Atkins has been a staple on national television.  He has performed or appeared on Good Morning American, The Today Show, CBS “The Early Show,” The Tonight Show, Extreme Home Makeover, CMA and ACM awards show, to name a few.
 
Massey Ferguson® recently became the “official tractor” of Atkins for 2011.  Atkins released an exclusive album with Cracker Barrel that features four number one hits including “Farmer’s Daughter” and an unreleased song. Atkins was the 2010 spokesman for the National Council for Adoption and is heavily involved within the organization. He was also the 2010 spokesman for the Chevy Silverado.  Kraft Velvetta sponsored his “Best Side of Dinner” tour last summer and he was featured as the writer/singer on the national ad campaign for Velvetta Shells and Cheese. For more information on Rodney Atkins, visit  www.rodneyatkins.com
 
FACEBOOK: facebook/rodneyatkins

LEE BRICE REACTS TO CMT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION

LEE BRICE REACTS TO CMT MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATION

Nashville, TN (April 25, 2011) – It was announced today that Curb Records recording artist Lee Brice has been nominated for the 2011 CMT Music Awards’ USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year.  The video for Brice’s hit single, “Love Like Crazy” has earned him the nomination.

“I’ve been watching CMT since we got it in my hometown so I was excited when I heard the news.  A video is so important to a song in terms of feeling.  I’m so glad that Eric Welch nailed the lyric content of the song but really knows artistically who I am as well,” explains Brice, “The other nominees are not only talented artists but also my friends so it should be a lot of fun.” 

“Love Like Crazy,” the first single from Brice’s 2010 debut album, reached the top 5 on the charts and has had record-breaking success.  It was named Billboard’s Most Played Song of 2010 and was nominated for both Single and Song of the Year at this year’s 46th Annual ACM Awards.

The 2011 CMT Music Awards will air live from Nashville on June 8th on CMT and CMT.com.

Fans can catch Brice out on the road performing the hit song on the 2011 Country Throwdown Tour which kicks off May 27 in Philadelphia, PA.  For a complete tour schedule and all the latest Lee Brice news, please visit www.leebrice.com.

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I�m going to start off the newsletter this week with an email that I received from a reader and it covers several newsletters that I have gotten recently about the history of the E9th tuning.  At the end of you reading this letter, I will explain how it happened to be.

HI BOBBE, I REALLY ENJOY YOUR NEWSLETTERS. I REALLY LIKE YOUR INSIGHT OF PEDAL STEEL. DO YOU THINK YOU COULD SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE,  HOW THE E9TH TUNING CAME ABOUT, ALSO THE CHROMATICS. CAN YOU NAME THE PLAYERS THAT HELP MAKE THE E9TH TUNING, I HEARD THAT LLOYD GREEN DROP THE E'S FIRST, AND WELDON MYRICK RAISED THEM. DID BUDDY EMMONS ADD THE CHROMATICS, F# AND Eb WHICH HE FIRST PUT THEM ON THE BOTTOM BUT EVENTUALLY MOVE THEM TO THE TOP? THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY, I SURE WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, I THINK OTHER STEEL PLAYERS WOULD ENJOY YOUR SHARING THIS INFORMATION .
MANY THANKS
BOB GONDESEN

This will be my reply to all of you that have asked me this question.  Back in 1950 there were only three tunings that the majority of players were using.  Of course, there were no pedals in this era so many players used triple neck steel guitars.  The standard tunings were E major, A major and C6th.

Most teaching books showed these tunings or derivatives of these tunings.  When a new student wanted to learn to play guitar, he had a choice of what tuning he wanted to be taught on.  Most players chose E first, A second and C6th third.  By putting a small mechanical device on the guitar, the E tuning could be changed to A tuning with this device that usually had a pedal hooked to it.  This made it possible to cut the guitar size down to double neck size.

Suddenly we had an E neck where you could step on a pedal and it would turn it into an A tuning.  Originally these tunings were meant to be played just one at a time and not to hear the actual strings from one tuning into the other.  Then along comes Mr. Bud Isaacs.  Bud had been playing with this pedal on his Bigsby steel guitar and incorporating it into a style where he could play along in E and then step on the pedal and suddenly be in the A tuning, let off the pedal and he would be back in E.

He played this where it was very obvious hearing the strings go from one tuning to the other.  He then recorded with the great Webb Pierce in Nashville and incorporated this style of changing basic tunings into a song called �Slowly� by Webb Pierce.  This record turned out to be a smash hit mostly because of Bud Isaacs trick on the steel guitar.

Webb tried to buy the steel guitar from Bud when Bud wanted to go back to California.  Webb wanted the guitar for his steel player Sonny Burnett and ended up having to buy another Bigsby for Sonny from a fellow Grand Ole Opry steel guitarist named Johnny Siebert.  Webb was very well aware of what this style of guitar meant to his career. Webb promptly shipped the steel back to Paul Bigsby to have a couple of pedals installed on it as it had none on it when he bought it from Johnny.

When Webb and Sonny got the guitar back from Mr. Bigsby it had what was later to become referred to as the Jimmy Day setup on it.  In other words, the pedals were installed backwards.  Sonny didn�t like this and ended up taking the guitar to Shot Jackson and had Shot do away with the split pedals to one solid pedal that pulled both strings together, or in other words, E to A chord with one pedal.

Sonny went on to record many songs with Webb with this setup.  Songs like �In The Jailhouse Now�  �Wondering, Wondering�  �There Stands The Glass� and �More and More�.  This little Bigsby guitar and its player Sonny Burnett did more to promote the E9th tuning than anything did in the beginning.

This style was duplicated by Walter Haines on Jimmy Dickens song �We Could�.  Then Buddy Emmons played this style on his Bigsby on many recording sessions that went to number one.  It wasn�t long until every steel guitarist everywhere was chopping holes in their own steel guitars and putting an E to A pedal on them to duplicate what the big boys were doing on their Bigsbys.

The tuning that was normally used was a plain E major tuning.  When Walter Haines added a high F# where the fourth string goes to play that beautiful 9th slide on the intro of �We Could�, everybody in the world had to have that octave high F# string on their tuning in the fourth position.

Unfortunately most players didn�t like that string in the middle of their E tuning when they were just playing regular songs.  So pretty soon, several of us in this era at this time put our F# chromatic string with an Eb string in the 9th and 10th position if we had a 10 string guitar.  This method of using the chromatics turned out to be the standard way of doing things through the mid-sixties.  This was a little inconvenient to reach down with your thumb to play your chromatics, but many players adapted to it well.

Then suddenly, Buddy started touring around the United States with several of the big road hillbillies like Ernest Tubb, Ray Price and others and had put his chromatics instead of in the 9 and 10 position, he put them where 1 and 2 goes and moved the rest of the strings down 2 notches, including the bass strings.  Now we had the chromatics in the 1st and 2nd string position which is what we have today.

And that is the beginning of the E9th chromatic tuning.  It has pretty well stayed the same since 1963 with different pedals being hooked to the chromatic strings over the years.  Buddy ended up lowering the 2nd string known as the Eb chromatic a half a tone, then a full tone.  I think I myself was the first one to raise the first string a whole tone.  In other words, F# to G.

I remember when I first came to Nashville to stay and not just work the road.  Lloyd Green invited me to a session he was doing with Charley Pride.  He only had 3 knee levers on his Sho-Bud at that time.  I asked him where he lowered his E�s.  He replied, �I don�t lower them.  I just raise them.�  

This totally confused me as I could not understand why he would raise them and not lower them.  However he proceeded to show me some things before the session started and convinced me he knew what he was doing.  This cemented our friendship.  He�s been a dear friend ever since.  He was also the first guy that I know of to raise his E strings.  I think Weldon Myrick also started doing this about the same time.

By the way, the Webb Pierce Bigsby that we were talking about earlier ended up going to Lloyd Green and he did several albums for Roy Drusky and Lynn Anderson and many instrumental cuts for himself on Monument Records.  I think one of them was named �Big Steel�.  This is a magnificent little guitar today and has undergone somewhat of a total restoration.  

Boy, if this guitar could talk, you�d have to listen to it forever as much as it would have to say.  We may even say that this is the guitar that the original E9th grew up on and Jimmy Day borrowed to record many of his hits. 

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Of course, our sale price of $144.49 will be to help out our friends on this mailing list and players that want the best quality products that are made.  The quality of sound coming out of this beautiful reverb unit is second to none.  Here�s an effect that will definitely make everyone sound better and as good as anything ever possibly could.  It�s called the DigiTech/Lexicon RV-7.

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