Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Only 5 days left to purchase a full weekend pass at the great price of only $139!

Springfield, MO – On June 17-19, Springfield, Missouri will welcome the first ever Show Me Music and Arts Festival, which will bring three full days of hot musical acts including Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, One Republic, Little Big Town, Train, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Sawyer Brown, REO Speedwagon, Gloriana, Kellie Pickler and many more. 

Friday June 17th marks the kick-off of the festival, with entertainment beginning at 1:30pm and wrapping up with ACM Award winner and Grand Ole Opry member Trace Adkins. Friday’s line-up also includes Gloriana, REO Speedwagon, Love & Theft, Matt Kennon and Bushhawg, bringing non-stop entertainment to jump-start the music-filled weekend. Taking the stage Saturday will be pop/rock group Train, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sawyer Brown, The McClyments, Brennin and Jessie James. Also joining the party on Saturday night is country music’s dynamic duo Big & Rich who, along with Gretchen Wilson, will bring their “Xtreme Muzik” tour to the stage. On Sunday, Show Me Music Fest keeps the impressive line-up going until the very end as some of today’s hottest acts take the stage, including One Republic, Little Big Town, Kellie Pickler, Joe Nichols, and Steve Holy. Closing out the night is country mega-star Tim McGraw. With 10 studio albums garnering over 31 number one singles, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, and 10 AMA Awards, McGraw is the perfect entertainer to bring the festival to a close.

For a full weekend of amazing music and entertainment, weekend passes are available at the great price of only $139 - price good until May 14th, and for those wishing for a VIP experience, VIP packages are also available for purchase and include VIP parking, VIP seating with air conditioning, a private bar area, snacks, games, and VIP restrooms.

For fans that may not be able to stay the entire weekend but don’t want to miss their favorite artists, individual day-passes are available for purchase at the following May special pricing: Friday - $39, Saturday - $59, Sunday - $65.

Show Me Music and Arts festival also has multiple camping options available starting at the low price of $70 for those wanting to stay on-site for the full festival experience.  To reserve your camping spot today, or for additional information, please visit www.showmemusicfest.com.

For additional information or to purchase your tickets today please visit www.showmemusicfest.com.


Pietro Lombardi: Gold für Deutschlands neuen Superstar!

Pietro Lombardi: Gold für Deutschlands neuen Superstar!
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Pietro Lombardi
Pietro Lombardi: Gold für Deutschlands neuen Superstar!
Gerade mal drei (!) Tage hat Pietro Lombardi, der strahlende Gewinner der diesjährigen DSDS-Staffel, benötigt, bevor seine aktuelle Single "Call My Name", geschrieben und produziert von Pop-Titan und DSDS-Juror Dieter Bohlen, in Deutschland Goldstatus erreichte.

Damit reißen die sensationellen Nachrichten für den 18-jährigen Karlsruher, der sich in einem dramatischen Finale gegen seine eigene Freundin Sarah Engels mit hauchdünnem Vorsprung durchsetzen konnte, nicht ab.

Schon bis Sonntagnacht 00:00 Uhr, d.h. in gerade mal 26 Stunden seit Freischaltung, wurde Pietros Version des Dieter Bohlen-Hits mehr als 125.000 mal heruntergeladen. Das hat in so kurzer Zeit noch kein anderer Künstler in Deutschland geschafft. Dies ist zudem auch mehr als jeder andere Download jemals in Deutschland innerhalb einer Woche verkauft hat und damit hält Pietro nun gleich zwei neue Rekorde!

Gestern drehte Pietro Lombardi des Weiteren seinen ersten Videoclip, der dank einer spektakulären Kulisse, einem ausgedienten Militärflughafen, und aufwändigen Flugakrobatikeinlagen, sicherlich die passende Augen- zur bereits bestens bekannten „Call My Name“-Ohrenweide liefern wird. Auf das fertige Video darf man sich bereits ab kommendem Donnerstag freuen.

Pietro wird zudem morgen bei "Let's Dance" und "Stern TV" zu sehen sein, bevor es für ihn erneut gemeinsam mit Dieter Bohlen wieder ins Studio geht, wo er dann sein Debüt-Album "Jackpot", welches schon am 27.05.2011 veröffentlicht werden wird, aufnehmen wird.

Im Pietro-Style natürlich, so wie es sich für Deutschlands neuen Superstar gehört!

Frizzell to Produce Keith Whitley Tribute Show with the Kentucky Blue Band Featuring TCM Records Artist, Chris Caskey & Original Miami Band Member, Randy Hayes

Frizzell to Produce Keith Whitley Tribute Show with the Kentucky Blue Band Featuring
TCM Records Artist, Chris Caskey & Original Miami Band Member, Randy Hayes

Nashville, TN - Nashville’s Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell is producing a Keith Whitley tribute show, presented by the Nashville Music Guide Magazine and performed by the group Kentucky Blue, to be held May 13th 2011, at the world famous Picks Nashville, formally known as the Hall of Fame Lounge and located on Division St in Nashville, TN. Kentucky Blue features original Keith Whitley Miami Band member, Randy Hayes and TCM Records Artist, Chris Caskey.  

Frizzell may be best known for his artistic collaboration with some of today’s biggest names in Country, Bluegrass and Gospel music but he also happens to have Country Music blood running through his veins. As the nephew of Country Stars, David & Lefty Frizzell and the son of Country Gospel Artist, Allen Frizzell, former husband to Shelly West, daughter of the late great Dottie West, Corey knows a great singer when he hears one. And that’s what he hears in KY native, Chris Caskey.

After first hearing Caskey at an event at the KY Music Hall of Fame in Aug of 09’, Frizzell quickly began working in Nashville to put a Chris Caskey project together. By November of this year Frizzell successfully attained investment and put together a winning team to record, market and promote Caskey, launching his first single “God’s Pocket” to radio on TCM Records.

“The Whitley and Frizzell families go way back. Keith was a huge fan of uncle Lefty and recorded with my dad, Allen. It means a lot to me to be able to put this show on and pay tribute to such a great artist. Although Caskey has a single currently on the national radio charts and is recording his first solo album with Easton Corbin Producer, Carson Chamberlain, he’s also a perfect fit to front the Kentucky Blue band for this special Whitley tribute show. I can’t think of anyone else on the planet that could pay a better tribute to Whitley than Chris.” – Corey Frizzell

“When I do the tribute shows it’s not just a tribute, it’s also the band and I trying to keep Keith's music and his memory alive and remind people about just how great of a singer he was. His tone, trills and emotion were the things that really set him way out in front of other singers and made me want to start singing. Being able to do these shows and seeing people really loving it is an honor. Being compared to Keith, who was in my opinion the greatest country singer ever, is a big shoe to fill but a great compliment to me and my singing.” – Chris Caskey

“I'd have to say Keith was probably the finest person I'd ever met, always a smile and a laugh. He was always playing pranks on the band members and they seemed to fall for it everytime. I learned early after my first encounter with the Whitley humor. But it was a damn good one. I truly loved the man and he loved me. There'll always be a huge hole in my heart.” – Randy Hayes

For those that can't make the show in person, you can tune into Nixa Country Radio to listen live at http://www.nixacountry.com/

For more information on the Kentucky Blue Keith Whitley Tribute Show, visit www.facebook.com/chriscaskeymusic  or  www.facebook.com/artistcoreyfrizzell

Veteran Midwest Band Prepares for National Release of Self-Titled EP

Veteran Midwest Band Prepares for National Release of Self-Titled EP

NASHVILLE, TN (May 10, 2011) – LiveWire, a well-established Country band based in the Southwest MO area, have released their debut single “Tater Fed” to radio. 
The song is available for fans to purchase at iTunes and other national digital retailers, including CD Baby http://cdbaby.com/cd/livewire3.

“Tater Fed” is from LiveWire’s self-titled national debut EP, co-produced in Nashville by engineer / producer, Bart Pursley (Gretchen Wilson/Big & Rich), Bobby DeGonia and Justin Woods. “Tater Fed” is quickly becoming the band’s anthem. With an edgy, pounding rhythm section punctuated by searing lead guitar and hot fiddle runs, the song is dark and tribal sounding and lays out the hard-scrabble reality of growing up in the rural Ozark Mountain heartland. Edgy, honest and passionate, LiveWire’s unique sound has been described as “Rascal Flatts-meets-Charlie Daniels.”

In its earliest incarnation in the mid-90s, LiveWire was performing weekends at VFWs and local clubs around Southwestern Missouri and Northeastern Oklahoma. The group underwent various personnel changes before founder and lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia joined with lead vocalist Andy Eutsler, drummer Adam Hagerman, fiddle player Cory Shultz, and rhythm guitarist Danny Bell to complete the lineup.

LiveWire has been performing around the four-state area of MO, AR, KS and OK for over a decade and has developed into one of the top-draw acts on the regional casino and club circuit. Along the way, their homegrown talent has taken them across America and to the hallowed stage of the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville.

LiveWire recently performed for a well-attended music industry showcase and EP preview in Nashville where they impressed the gathered music business professionals. The band has signed with Nashville-based management and marketing company Clif Doyal Agency to guide their career as they prepare for their nationwide album release.

About LiveWire:
LiveWire has been bringing crowds to their feet for over a decade. In its earliest incarnation in the mid-90s, LiveWire was performing weekends at VFWs and local clubs around Southwestern Missouri and Northeastern Oklahoma. The group underwent various personnel changes before founder and lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia joined with lead vocalist Andy Eutsler, drummer Adam Hagerman, fiddle player Cory Shultz, and rhythm guitarist Danny Bell to complete the lineup. Originally a Western swing band, with the addition of each new band member’s diverse musical experiences, LiveWire expanded their focus to include a vast repertoire of whatever was popular on the radio dial at the time. That commercial appeal made the band a hot commodity. 

Soon, the lure of the open road called and LiveWire began traveling from coast-to-coast, performing in club venues in almost every state across America. Building on their reputation as a top-shelf live act, they began opening for a “Who’s Who’ of Country music and had the opportunity to appear in front of a national television audience as finalists in the Colgate Country Showdown, where they performed on the hallowed stage of the Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville. They also tapped into the natural songwriting talents of Eutsler and Bell, and began to express the true artistry that it takes to build a successful career in music.

Edgy, honest and passionate, LiveWire’s unique sound is perfectly captured on their self-titled national debut EP, co-produced in Nashville by engineer/producer, Bart Pursley (Gretchen Wilson/Big & Rich), DeGonia and Justin Woods. Their original songs are infused with the kind of lyrical honesty and expert musicianship that can only be forged through years of shared personal experiences and hardships. Blending elements of working man’s Country and rootsy Southern Rock, themes of the common man resound in their Ozark Mountain firebrand music. It’s about real life: good times, hard times, poverty, love, loss, family, spirituality, death and redemption.

For more information about LiveWire, go to: www.myPPK.com/get/livewire

*Photo credit: Melinda Norris

André Rieu für Classic BRIT Award nominiert

André Rieu für Classic BRIT Award nominiert
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André Rieu für Classic BRIT Award nominiert
Große Verkaufs- und Konzerterfolge für den Stardirigenten in Großbritannien

Berlin, 10.05.2011  / André Rieu ist gemeinsam mit seinem Johann Strauß Orchester für das Album „Moonlight Serenade“ bei den Classic BRIT Awards nominiert, die am 12. Mai in der Londoner Royal Albert Hall vergeben werden. Der niederländische Stargeiger und Erfolgsdirigent, der von UNIVERSAL MUSIC Deutschland betreut wird, setzt damit seinen rasanten Aufstieg im Vereinigten Königreich fort und hat nun die Chance auf einen der renommiertesten Klassikpreise der Welt.

Den Anfang dieser Erfolgsgeschichte machte ein Auftritt im Dezember 2009 vor der britischen Königin. Es folgten zwei Platin-Alben, zwei Platin-DVDs und über 1,2 Mio. verkaufte Tonträger, mit denen André Rieu 2010 zu einem der erfolgreichsten Künstler in Großbritannien wurde. Im vergangenen Monat spielte er auf seiner ersten Tournee durch das Vereinigte Königreich und Irland bereits in den größten Hallen der Inseln mit bis zu 16.000 Plätzen. Insgesamt begeisterte der Niederländer über 100.000 Konzertbesucher mit seiner einzigartigen Show. Hiermit bestätigte er einmal mehr seinen Ruf als weltweit erfolgreichster, männlicher Solo-Tournee-Künstler.

André Rieu hat es sich zum Ziel gesetzt, die klassische Musik möglichst vielen Menschen zugänglich zu machen. Seine Bühnenshows sind ebenso legendär wie die schwungvolle Stimmung seines Publikums. Der studierte Geiger präsentiert mit dem von ihm gegründeten Johann Strauß Orchester emotionale Werke auf erstklassigem musikalischen Niveau. Damit fügt er sich nahtlos ein in die Tradition der britischen Promenadenkonzerte, der sogenannten „Proms“, die alljährlich ihren Höhepunkt im Abschlusskonzert „Last Night Of The Proms“ finden. Genauso wie bei André Rieu spielt hier Kleiderordnung keine Rolle, im Mittelpunkt steht die Begeisterung für klassische Musik.

Frank Briegmann, President UNIVERSAL MUSIC Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz und Deutsche Grammophon: „Wir haben Andrés großartige Karriere seit mehr als einer Dekade partnerschaftlich begleitet. Es freut mich besonders, dass wir gemeinsam nach so vielen Jahren nun auch so großen Erfolg in Großbritannien haben und dort im vergangenen Jahr bereits 1,2 Millionen Alben verkauft haben. Ich drücke André wie auch unseren anderen bei den Classic BRIT Awards nominierten Künstlern fest die Daumen und freue mich auf die kommenden, gemeinsamen Projekte.“

Rihanna erhält Platin-Award für "Loud", neue Single "California King Bed" ab sofort im Radio

Rihanna erhält Platin-Award für "Loud", neue Single "California King Bed" ab sofort im Radio
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erhält Platin-Award für "Loud", neue Single "California King Bed" ab sofort im Radio

Einmal mehr unterstreicht Rihanna, dass sie zu den erfolgreichsten Solokünstlerinnen dieses Planeten zählt und erreicht jetzt in Deutschland mit ihrem aktuellen Hitalbum „Loud“ Platin-Status. Die neue Single „California King Bed“ ist ab sofort im Radio zu hören und wurde zudem als neuer NIVEA Kampagnensong ausgewählt.

Nachdem die erste Single-Auskopplung „Only Girl (In The World)“ mit Edelmetall ausgezeichnet worden ist und auch die beiden anderen Singles „What’s My Name“ und „S&M“ Top-Positionen in den Charts rund um den Globus erreicht haben (letztere steht aktuell auf Platz 1 der deutschen Airplaycharts), bleibt Rihanna auch mit dem dazugehörigen Album „Loud“ weiter auf Erfolgskurs: Hierzulande wird das vierte Album der 24-Jährigen jetzt mit der Platin-Auszeichnung veredelt.

Die brandneue Single „California King Bed“ ist ab sofort im deutschen Radio zu hören und wird am 17. Juni veröffentlicht. Den Videoclip zu „California King Bed“ kann man sich hier ansehen.

„California King Bed“ ist zudem auch der neue weltweite Kampagnensong der Hautpflegemarke NIVEA. Am vergangenen Montag (9.5.) sang Rihanna den Song bei einem exklusiven NIVEA Event in Hamburg. Rihanna gab damit die perfekte Kostprobe für diesen Herbst, wenn sie mit ihrer „Loud“-Welttournee für fünf Shows nach Deutschland kommt. Bis auf einige Restkarten sind die Konzerte nahezu ausverkauft!

25.10.2011 - München, Olympiahalle
26.10.2011 - Frankfurt am Main, Festhalle Frankfurt
04.11.2011 - Hannover, TUI Arena
05.11.2011 - Leipzig, ARENA LEIPZIG
08.11.2011 - Köln, LANXESS arena


More Than Just Old-Timey! 

To those country enthusiasts who believe that BACM Records – the label outlet from the British Archive of Country Music – mainly concentrates on old-timey and traditional releases, a quick check through its considerable catalogue (now totalling 342 releases) reveals otherwise. Western Swing, Cajun, Gospel, Cowboy Songs, Duets and Record Label compilations are just a few of the genres to be found in its highly diverse catalogue.

Then there's the hit-making artists of the 1940s/50s and the emerging Nashville Sound, alongside its West Coast rivals ...... artists that'll be instantly recognisable to many of today's country music enthusiasts. Among these recent releases are:

CARL BELEW  Cool Gator Shoes (BACM CD D335). 28 tracks from prominent Nashville singer/songwriter that crosses between hardcore country and rockabilly, the latter including I'm Long Gone and the title track. Plus covers of such songs as Release Me, Just Out Of Reach and his own classic originals Am I That Easy To Forget and Lonely Street.

THE BROWNS   Bonnie, Jim Ed & Maxine (BACM CD D275). The family act from Sparkman, Arkansas, was one of the Nashville Sound's biggest successes, scoring a massive international hit with The Three Bells. Here's the chance to hear their earlier recordings - 27 of them - including the hits Looking Back To See (when The Browns were a duo featuring Jim Ed and Maxine), Here Today And Gone Tomorrow, I Take The Chance, Just As Long As You Love Me and I Heard The Bluebirds Sing.

SKEETER DAVIS  Lost To A Geisha Girl (BACM CD D337).  One of the Grand Ole Opry's most beloved entertainers, Skeeter Davis was a foremost exponents of the Nashville Sound. This 27 track selection comprises recordings from the period 1957-60, including the chart successes Lost To A Geisha Girl, Set Him Free, Homebreaker, Am I Easy To Forget and (I Can't Help it) I'm Falling Too.

AL DEXTER  High Price Of Love  (BACM CD D322). Dexter achieved one of the biggest hits of the war years with Pistol Packin' Mama (included here, alongside the inevitable follow-up, New Pistol Packin' Mama), selling over a million copies within six months. Unfortunately this fine exponent of honky-tonk never matched up to that initial success although he did return to the charts with such as Calico Rag, also included in this 26 track compilation.

ROY DRUSKY  Swing Wide Your Gate Of Love (BACM CD D332). Another leading Nashville Sound exponent, the smooth voiced Drusky is highlighted with 30 recordings from the Columbia, Decca and Starday catalogues including the hits Another, Anymore, Three Hearts In A Tangle, I'd Rather Loan You Out and a cover of Hank Thompson's Swing Wide Your Gate of Love.

BILLY GRAMMER   A Thousand Miles Ago (BACM CD D325). This Illinois born singer/songwriter/guitarist established his reputation with the 1959 country-pop crossover Gotta Travel On and this 29 track selection includes other Monument label recordings alongside several extremely rare late 40s/early 50s recordings.

GOLDIE HILL   It's Only A Matter Of Time  (BACM CD D301). The second BACM collection from Goldie Hill, one of the very few female chart artists of the 1950s who recorded spasmodically after marrying Carl Smith and settling down to become a farmer's wife. Her solid vocal styling is clearly heard on this 26 track Decca selection which also includes a couple of hitherto unissued items.

HOMER & JETHRO  Volume 3  (BACM CD D227). Kenneth Burns and Henry Haynes cast aside their fine instrumental skills to bring humour into country music during the 1950s, frequently parodying chart material under the guise of Homer & Jethro. Here they add their distinctive touches to Gone, I'm My Own Grandpa, Love And Marriage, Oh My Pappy, Ramblin' Rose, Sifting Whispering Sand and A Bushel & A Peck among this cd's 29 tracks.

GEORGE MORGAN   One Woman Man  (BACM CD D313). The smooth voiced Morgan, father of contemporary chart act Lorrie, perfectly fitted the Nashville Sound mantle, his chart career beginning in 1949 with the smash Candy Kisses and continuing up to his tragically early death in 1975. This 28 track collection, from the Columbia archives, displays his fine ballad styling, with some of the songs possessing slight novelty touches.

JEAN SHEPARD  This Has Been Your Life (BACM CD D170). Latest inductee into Nashville's prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame, Jean Shepard began her recording career on West Coast's Capitol label, her first hits being A Dear John Letter and the answer, Forgive Me John, both duets with Ferlin Husky. These titles, together 23 other recordings (including further hits A Satisfied Mind, Beautiful Lies, Take Possession and I Thought Of You) provide an excellent representation of her early work.

SUE THOMPSON  Angels Cry  (BACM CD D238). Although she was to achieve chart success with "poppish" material on Hickory in the 1970s, Missouri's Sue Thompson began her recording career some 20 years earlier. This 24 track selection presents the rare opportunity to hear her initial work on Decca, duetting with western swing bandleader Hank Penny, and Mercury when she recorded with Dude Martin's Roundup Rangers and the David Carroll Orchestra.

THE WILBURN BROTHERS  The Knoxville Girl  (BACM CD D254). Brothers Teddy and Doyle were the most successful duo act of the Nashville Sound era, mixing hit recordings with successful business enterprises (management, music publishing and tv show). This 26 track Decca selection includes the hits I'm So In Love With You, Go Away With Me, Which One Is To Blame and The Knoxville Girl.

TEX WILLIAMS  Badman's Country  (BACM CD D334). The third BACM release from the former Spade Cooley band vocalist who went on to give the fledgling Capitol Records its first million seller with Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) in 1947. The 26 tracks included here comprise Capitol and Decca recordings, as well as a handful of instruments with his band The Western Caravan that showed Williams still carried on western swing traditions. 

All cds come with booklets featuring biography information penned by much respected country music historians, journalists and writers. They are available from the British Archive of Country Music, post free, and each cost £10.00 (UK), $16.00 (USA) or €14.00 (Europe) - or, at half price, for regular buyers thanks to a special subscribers scheme.

BACM Records was created by collector/archivist David Barnes and stalwart country musician Brian Golbey, and is an offshoot of Barnes’ British Archive of Country Music, a vast museum of recordings and artefacts that matured out of his exhaustive 60 year personal collection. The Archive has over 500,000 recordings and everything, including artists and songs, is listed on its extensive database. The Archive is available for use (by appointment) by the media, record, TV & film producers, serious collectors and university students.

Interview with Kip Moore

Interview with Kip Moore

CL: I am Christian Lamitschka and today I present you Kip Moore. Kip welcome to the show.

KM: Thank you so much for having me, it’s been a blast for me.

CL: Kip you’re brand new now in the country music business, could you please introduce yourself and the music you are playing to someone who never seen or heard of you before?

KM: My name is Kip Moore, I’m from south Georgia, I’ve been in Nashville doing the music for 8½ years. You say brand new, but I’ve been at it for a very long time. The music that I do is very raw, gritty, honest. I think it’s the kind of music that will move you or feel something. It’s not just more than a melody or lyric, it’s a feeling. That’s kind of what some mix between that American Rock & Roll singer songerwriter Bob Seger, Bruce Springstein, mixed in with Kris Kristofferson and Willy Nelson guys where I feel the music paints a picture, which is the old songwriters did so well. They painted pictures in such a short amount of time.

CL: Kip, you just released a new single which said “Mary Was The Marrying Kind”.

KM: Yea, “Marry Was The Marrying Kind” it’s basically I feel anybody is lucky enough or live long enough. At some point in time you miss something special. I think that’s the way life works if you live life to the fullest, you gonna miss out on special things. Usually it’s just because you weren’t paying attention at that time. And that’s what the song is, a portrayal of when I was in high school area, I was going to school with a girl and she was very tall, shy, meek, no confidence, has yet to grow into a figure and she wasn’t sure of herself. But she was always sweet as can be and I happen to run into her years later and she was gorgeous, she was confident, she was charismatic and charming and funny. I just wanted to kick myself in the ass for not paying attention a long time ago. That’s what the song is, it’s just missing out on a beautiful thing because you weren’t looking for a beautiful thing at that moment in time.

CL: They told me you are the complete package. Tell me, what makes you a complete package.

KM: (Laughing) I’m not sure, it’s a flattering compliment. I feel like the songs are very lyrical, melodic driven; and I feel like us as a band, we really bring it life. I feel like if you come and see a life show, I feel like it moves you. My whole purpose every time we play life is to leave you exhausted when we get done. The complete package, I’m not sure, but it’s a wonderful compliment.

CL: I’m thankful that you didn’t say high energy, but you were young. Are you doing stage diving at your shows?

KM: No, there’s no stage diving. I mean who knows if I’m in the mood to do it, the spirit moves me I might jump, but so far there has not been any stage diving.

CL: Are you on these networking websites?

KM: I’m on Facebook, they just made a Facebook account for me. I’ll be twittering soon or www.kipmoore.com




 Osama bin Laden Death Prompts Legendary Gatlin Brothers to Release Patriotic "Americans, That's Who"

Nashville, Tenn (May 9, 2011) – Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers have been waiting-- waiting for the moment.  The moment that the legendary Grammy Award-winning trio knew would eventually come.  At last, on Sunday, May 1, loud and proud, that moment arrived.

Upon hearing the news of Osama bin Laden’s death, the Gatlin Brothers knew it was time to release their patriotic “Americans, That’s Who” (CURB Records) to radio. 

“Plain and simple, we’ve been sitting on this thing for awhile,” notes front man Larry Gatlin.  “We’ve known for some time that it would take a groundbreaking, monumental event for us to release this single to radio.  The death of Osama bin Laden meets those qualifications. We would like to send a very special 'thank you' to the members of SEAL TEAM SIX and all of the brave American men and women in uniform who risk their lives to keep us free.  Who are these good people?  AMERICANS, THAT’S WHO!”

Click HERE for private audio link to "Americans, That's Who."

For addition information on Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, visit www.gatlinbrothers.com.



Blended Family and Musical Group Take Their Act on the Road, Visit Design Expert, Best-Selling Author Nate Berkus on National TV

Nashville, Tenn (May 9, 2011) – Merging two families isn't easy, but the Taylors seem to have figured it out.  Commonly referred to as a mixture of The Brady Bunch and The Partridge Family, the Taylors have used music to add harmony to their own bunch.  The family has opened for several big names in country music such as Love & Theft, Jason Michael Carroll and Lonestar.  They recently shot a music video for their upcoming single titled, "Will You Marry Us" and the entire family will soon hit the road in support of the new music.  There has also been talk of a Tourin With The Taylors reality show.  Now they are taking their act on the road and along the way visiting The Nate Berkus Show.  The design expert asked the Taylors on his show as an example of a blended family after designing a virtual makeover of their family room. The show will air tomorrow, May 10th.  Click here to find the air time in your area.

"We wanted to show our kids that it's never too late to follow your childhood dreams.  No matter how old you are or how broke you are," says Darren Taylor.  "If you want it, go get it.  And never give up."

The Taylors' tale began after Darren and his three sons moved to Middle Tennessee to pursue his dream of being in the music business.  After starting a record label and still raising three boys on his own he was ready to meet someone to share his life with, so Darren decided to give online dating a try.  After seeing Andrea's picture he knew he had found the one, but Andrea was also raising three children, writing a cookbook and working as a professional photographer.  They decided to make it work anyway and Darren proposed to Andrea by writing and performing for her a song titled, "Will you Marry Us."  At first, they had their ups and downs, combining a family of that size is never easy, but they found that music was the glue that seemed to bring them together.  

Darren, still pursuing his music career, had plans to go on tour, but Andrea joked that she didn't want to be left at home with six kids.  So they decided to turn the tour into a family vacation, bought a tour bus, got sponsors and Tourin with the Taylors was born!

"Will You Marry Us" is currently available for download via i-Tunes and other major online retailers.  

Visit www.tourinwiththetaylors.com/blog for more information.



Hollywood, CA - New Music Weekly magazine has announced the addition of writer Christian Lamitschka to their staff. Lamitschka, who's company Country Music News International publishes vital information about major and independent Country artists, will be writing articles, features and editorials for New Music Weekly magazine in upcoming issues.

"We are very excited about strengthening our European outlets and Christian's knowledge and experience will surely play a key role."
- states Paul Loggins (Publisher,  New Music Weekly magazine)

Lamitschka's CMNI company also provides news on country, bluegrass and Cajun stars with general music information on tour dates and upcoming releases. Christian's first contribution to New Music Weekly will be seen in the popular trade magazines Fan Fair/CMA issue that is now in pre-production.

"Christian brings his immenseknowledge and experience to the New Music Weekly family and for this we are thrilled to have him on board."
 - says Larry Weir (co-publisher New Music Weekly magazine)

Record labels may contact Christian Lamitschka for reviews and interviews  at cLamitschka@newmusicweekly.com

For more information contact New Music Weekly at 323-658-7449 (Los Angeles, CA office) or 615-323-2200 (Nashville, TN office) or you may visit www.newmusicweekly.com .
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Christian Lamitschka was born in 1970 and raised in Bad Vilbel , Germany a small town close to Frankfurt. His break as a country music journalist came in 1995 writing for Country Circle magazine in Germany. Since that time he has written for many National and International print magazines, as well as internet magazines including Country Stars Online.
Together with radio stations, he built his name and reputation step by step in America and throughout Europe interviewing some of the biggest country music stars such as Hank Williams Jr ., Gretchen Wilson, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, The Oak Ridge Boys, Wynonna, Sugarland and more. Lamitschka has also interviewed many behind the scenes music industry leaders such as Ray Baker who produced Merle Haggard, George Strait and Moe Bandy. Rock 'N' Roll legend turned country songwriter Buzz Cason was also a notable interview.

New Music Weekly , has graced the pages of Billboard, R&R, Gavin, Friday Morning Quarterback, Music Connection, Inside Connection and most recently Soap Digest  has found  great success with their charting system which includes Top40, Adult Contemporary, Country, College, Americana, and Rock radio stations. Most recently Backstage Entertainment's newly developed Spins Tracking System (STS) has already impacted thousands of radio stations since the beginning of 2005.

New Music Weekly has also been honored as  "Magazine Of the Year" at the Los Angeles Music Awards. The weekly music trade magazine which has fast become the top chart breaking publication for new music and artists scored top honors during the event held in Hollywood, California.

The magazine which is heading towards its eighth year of publication boasting over 500 reporting radio stations in the genres of Top40, Adult Contemporary, Country, College, Jazz and Alternative/Rock. 
NMW has also found success with its Future Hits compilation CDs. This multi-format music sampler enables recording artists to get  their music  to  the hands of radio station program directors that will support new artists regardless of label affiliation. In addition, New Music Weekly operates the New Music Radio Network which services its syndicated radio specials to hundreds of Country and Mainstream radio stations with its specialty shows.
STS (Spins Tracking System) has revolutionized the way radio and record executives look at charts. A technology used to deliver the most highly accurate chart information available. STS is the industry leading weekly provider of information that covers music played at commercial and non-commercial radio. STS delivers a wide variety of airplay charts that track releases in Top40, Adult Contemporary, Country, AAA, College, Jazz, World, RPM, Hip Hop, Loud Rock and Alternative genres. STS is a service of Backstage Entertainment.



Chrisyoungcountry.com Gets New Look as Young Prepares to Release New Album

Nashville, TN...(May 9,2011)...Earlier this morning, USA Today revealed the news that GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter and RCA recording artist CHRIS YOUNG will release his highly anticipated third studio album, NEON, on July 12. The CD cover artwork for NEON was also simultaneously unveiled.

NEON, which features the smash lead single “Tomorrow,” the fastest-rising single of Young’s career, will include ten brand new songs from the singer whom Billboard calls “a bona-fide star!” Produced by James Stroud, 7 of the 10 songs from NEON were co-penned by Young, including “Tomorrow.” The “heartfelt ballad,” as declared in a recent People review, has scanned more than 225,000 digital downloads since its release in February. The red-hot new music video for “Tomorrow” can be streamed at http://vevo.ly/fMmDtL.

In preparation for the release of NEON on July 12, Chris’s website, ChrisYoungCountry.com, has been relaunched with a new look and additional fan features. The website includes the latest news, photos, tour dates, merchandise and social networking updates, complete with a running real-time billboard that scrolls the most current headlines. Fans can visit the site now to pre-order NEON in advance of its release on July 12.

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 head out on the road with Jason Aldean on his sold out My Kinda Party Tour this summer.  With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young has emerged as a fan-favorite with three consecutive #1s at radio and an album approaching GOLD. "Tomorrow," his brand new single from the forthcoming album NEON, set to release July 12, is currently screaming up the country charts.  For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.

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