Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Elyse Saunders - Elyse Saunders (2008)

Elyse Saunders - Elyse Saunders (2008)

Self Release © 2008 Elyse Saunders
UPC 776127302722
Release Date - 3 December 2008

1.Mama Hates Guitars 2. Don’t Touch Me Like That 3. Bittersweet 4. Long Enough
5. Army Of Angels 6. Try It Out For Size 7. Where I’ve Never Been
8. Sally’s Rockin’ Out Tonight 9. Nobody’s Watchin’ 10. Paris Is Burning
11. Love Re-invented 12. What’s Stoppin’ You 13. More Of That

An impressive debut release from this young Canadian.

Recorded in 2008 when aged 19, this self titled 13-track outing marks the debut for this Peterborough, Ontario-based singer. It was produced with songs written or co-written by Cyril Rawson, who is one of the most prolific music creators in the Canadian country scene. Rawson has had over 250 songs recorded by some of the biggest names in Country music - Reba McEntire, Tanya Tucker, Gretchen Wilson, Lorrie Morgan, Anne Murray, Hal Ketchum and Lisa Brokop to name just a few. Working with Elyse he must surely have recognised her rich talent and together the combination of experience and youth is a winning combination.
Rawson guided her vocal development, sound and style in order for her to be able to feel the songs. The format can best be described as country / pop with a roots edge and lyrically the tunes are relatable to a wide audience. Recorded at Country ‘Q’ Productions in Nashville, the production is clean, never cluttered and the musicianship is second to none.

The albums kicks off with the lively rocky number ‘Mama Hates Guitars’, penned in third person it relates a tale of a mother neglected by her rock-star husband and urging him to decide between the music business and her - seems like the guitar won.
The pace continues on the danceable, swampy rocker ‘Don’t Touch Me Like That’, a desperate plea to a boyfriend not to force a relationship to breaking point. It features some tasty licks by Dan Dugmore on Dobro, overlaid by a driving fiddle (Glen Duncan) and electric guitars (JT Corenfloss, Mike Durham).
The excellent ‘Bittersweet’ was the second single released to the Canadian Radio network – memories be they good or bad can make you happy or just a little sad.

One might question the running ordering on this album, for me, some of the best material lies in its second halve. My personal favourite is track 9, ‘Nobody's Watchin’. I was not surprised to read this became the lead-off single. Given the right promotion and marketing, it’s a tune worthy of a Top 10 position on any country chart. This catchy up-tempo love song showcases Saunders vocal style where she is not merely walking behind some of the young modern day country stars but running alongside them.

The soaring and passion filled mid-tempoLong Enough’ draws you in immediately with Howard Duck’s piano intro. The song projects the fulfilling of a dream with the magic feeling of a first romance but with aching concerns that commitment may not realise wishes for eternal love.

Where I've Never Been’ is beautiful slow paced delicate ballad, the hurt and regret that rings out in every anguished line is believable. The sensitive ‘ Love Reinvented’ has a great vibe with a crisp tight sound and an infectious hook. Tim Buppert, David Martin and renowned Canadian artist Lisa Brokop add the harmonies on this joyous treasure.

The gorgeous ‘Paris Is Burning’ is lyrically beautiful and this slower tempo heartache song enables Elyse to show off her vocal control to perfection, underpinned with the accordion and fiddle accompaniment.

The instantly likeable ‘More Of That’ has a Keith Urban’esque feel with its opening banjo riffs and is a track that has you reaching for the replay button. The imagery is of a couple dancing on a beach, she’s singing to him saying “I Want More Of That, I Want More Of You” – Nice!

My only gripe with this album is that Elyse’s diction at times could be better; an important factor in the country genre is to be able to clearly hear every word sung so the message never lets up. It is hoped on a future release that she will play a role in the writing progress drawing on life’s emotions as she matures.
Play this disc in random mode and you won’t be disappointed.


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New Album, Every Chance I Get, is Nielson Soundscan Top Country Debut Selling Over 19,000 Copies First Week, Marking Ford’s Highest Career Debut

Ford’s Third Studio Album Charts #3 on Billboard Country Albums Chart and #24 in Top 200
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Wednesday, May 11, 2011) -- The numbers are in, and the fans have spoken. First week sales of Colt Ford’s new album, Every Chance I Get, totaled 19,145 making it not only the highest debut of Ford’s career but also Billboard’s highest charting Country debut of the week! The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart and #24 in the Top 200 making a rock-solid testament that after three years as a major competitor in the country music industry, Colt Ford is here to stay. 

According to Billboard, physical album sales are at the lowest levels in history as a result of the availability of digital downloads, and illegal sharing, however Ford’s physical sales are growing every year. Every Chance I Get topped Ford’s 2010 release Chicken And Biscuits. Colt Ford's collective paid digital downloads are now well over 1 million units (21% of Every Chance I Get sales were digital)-- proving he has solid momentum in both physical and online sales realms.

Although Ford and his record label executives at Average Joe’s Entertainment could predict the popularity of the album, judging from Ford’s ticket sales of over 600,000 and the sell-out of all 500 pre-order album prize packs through a promotion with Topspin, they were pleasantly surprised at the level of surefire success coming with his third studio album.

"The tremendous support that retail has shown us has proven that the Colt Ford fan really supports the physical CD,” says Doug Kaye, head of label sales for Average Joe’s Entertainment.

“The fans love him and his music, and they are making it their mission to turn other country music lovers on to him.  It's about gaining more ground each and every day--and the Colt brigade continues their charge," Average Joe's President, Tom Baldrica adds.

Every Chance I Get, which was co-produced by Shannon Houchins and Jayson Chance, and features the current radio single and video “Country Thang.” Ford’s sophomore release, Chicken And Biscuits, debuted at #8 in April 2010 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.  His albums have gone on to sell over 500,000 physical copies.

Average Joe’s currently has five titles residing in the Billboard Top 75 including Every Chance I Get and Chicken And Biscuits by Ford, Brantley Gilbert’s Halfway To Heaven, Mud Digger (Various Artists), and The Lac’s Country Boy’s Paradise.  

Colt Ford is currently on tour nationwide in support of the release.  A full list of upcoming appearances can be found by visiting


iLikeNeal.comNashville, TN May 11, 2011— All music lovers dream of going “on the road” with one of country’s favorite entertainers….now the chance to make that dream a reality is being presented by Blaster and multi-platinum performer, Neal McCoy. While performing at the Grand Ole Opry this past weekend, McCoy announced that all fans have to do is register to win the Ultimate Road Trip at  Grand Prize winners will be randomly selected to board their own luxury tour bus from Nashville in July. Those winners will travel to and attend two Neal McCoy concert dates where they will receive VIP backstage treatment including meals with McCoy and his crew.

Blaster Music will be hosting an exclusive autograph booth during the 2011 CMA Music Festival held in Nashville, TN. June 9-12th where you can also register to win the Ultimate Road Trip Sweepstakes. Neal McCoy will only be signing autographs in the Blaster Music Booth on Thursday, June 9th from 10am to Noon and 2 to 4pm.

Blaster Music recording artist, Neal McCoy is a multi-platinum singer/songwriter whose repertoire of multiple top ten radio hits includes “Wink”, “The Shake” and “No Doubt About It”. Over the years, McCoy has gain a reputation as the consummate entertainer and is a two-time entertainer of the year award winner. Recently the Texas native added the title of author to his list of credentials with the release of his first book, “A New Mountain To Climb”.  The humble professional takes most pride in dedicating his time and talents to the East Texas Angel Network and a myriad of USO Tours.



The King of UK Country Music Charlie Landsborough has joined forces with Country Music’s young Prince, Nathan Carter, to record one of Charlies’ best loved songs - My Forever Friend.  This superb duet version of Charlie`s classic inspirational song was recorded `live` in Nashville, and features some of Music City`s top session musicians, and the blend of these two velvet voices make it a unique and organic masterpiece.
The UK Country Music scene has always been overshadowed by its US cousin which is enjoying mainstream chart success. In 2009 Country music album sales accounted for 1.6% of all albums sold. With more than 128.9m albums sold, that accounts for just over 2m albums (BPI). Many of these likely to be US Country releases.
However the UK Country Music scene still enjoys success of its own, with artists including Dominic Kirwan, Philomena Begley and Daniel O’Donnell continuing to sell albums and touring.  Now Nathan Carter is set to join that elite bunch of top selling artistes.
The genre also attracts younger artists such as the award winning Nathan Carter with whom Charlie duets on this single release. In 2010 Nathan won three awards: ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Northern Ireland Country Music Show awards; ‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the West Limerick 102 Awards show and ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Sunday World All Ireland Country Music Awards show at the Citywest Complex, Dublin‘. Not a bad achievement for a former head chorister at the famous St Francis Xavier’s College; with its choir Nathan sang in the presence of Pope John Paul 11.
Forever Friend is a landmark release that sees two of the UK’s leading artists and Liverpudlian’s joining forces proving that Country music is alive and strong in the UK.  This single will also feature on Nathan`s new album, entitled TIME OF MY LIFE due out later in the year.
Nathan is the hottest new act on the scene and Daniel O’Donnell has tipped him for mega stardom.
Further praise for Nathan includes:
‘Nathan is one of the most exciting new artists I’ve heard in years. He has it all. Presence, charisma, terrific voice, looks and he exudes happiness. Just what the scene here needs.’ - Brian D’Arcy, BBC Radio Ulster / Sunday World.
‘Nathan will be a breath of fresh air to the Country scene’ - Pio McCann, Highland Radio
‘Fantastic talent with a great future’ - Hugo Duncan, BBC Radio Ulster
‘Super guy with a great voice’ - Warren Smyth, Downtown Radio
‘Nathan ticks all the boxes and I’m sure will be a massive star not only in Ireland but further afield.’ George Jones (Country legend)
‘Nathan has great stage presence, vocal ability and is destined for the top.’ Gene Watson (Country legend)
‘Watch this space as the Country scene in Ireland won’t know what is about to hit it. In three words Nathan has talent, charm and charisma.’ Billie Jo Spears
‘Nathan is by far one of the most talented and versatile singers I have ever saw, he has the whole package and I predict terrific things are ahead of this young guy.’ Philomena Begley
Tour dates:
  • Wednesday 29th June - The Apollo Club, Mendham Lane, Harleston, Norfolk.
  • Thursday 30th June – St.Helens P.O Club, St.Helens, Liverpool
  • Friday 1st July – McKeefry Irish Music Festival, Weston Super Mare
  • 21-23 October - The Nathan Carter Weekend with the Stars, Ballyliffin, Co Donegal

Interview with Andrew Heller / Interview mit Andrew Heller

Interview with Andrew Heller
Interview mit Andrew Heller

CL: I am Christian Lamitschka and today I present you Andrew Heller.
Andrew welcome to the show.
CL: Ich bin Christian Lamitschka und präsentire heute Andrew Heller.
Andrew, willkommen in der Show.
AH: It’s a pleasure to be here with you.
AH: Es ist mir eine Ehre hier bei dir zu sein.

CL: Andrew, we met each other times before and I know you have great new project trying to support all the artists which lost their houses and instruments during the big rain last year.
CL: Andrew, Wir haben uns vorher schon ein paar Mal getroffen und ich weiß, dass du ein tolles neues Projekt hast, mit dem du alle Künstler unterstützt, die während dem großen Unwetter letzten Jahres ihre Häuser und Instrumente verloren haben.

AH: It was last week of April, in fact, we had gotten a call to cancel our recording session because all the studios were closed. The floodwaters were rising and we got a call from Ricky Skaggs saying ‘don’t come up.’ That same afternoon he called us back saying can you fly up tomorrow as everyone of your musicians lost instruments that were stored down by the river. The Cartage Company was right on the river. Some lost everything or had damage under their houses.  They all need work; can you come right away. So we flew in that day, the morning after the Cumberland (River) crested, and we recorded the first song “Reach Out.” We gave that song to the city council to use to raise money for the musicians. The people on that song including Brent Mason, Dave Chapman, the three living The Jordanaires who sang with Elvis.  Ray Walker is 94, Louis Nunley is 82, and Gordon Stoker is 80. They sang background on that. We did that song as quickly as we could, finished it up and gave it to the city council to use on the advertisement they put out nationwide to raise money for the musicians.
AH: In der letzten Aprilwoche bekamen wir einen Anruf, und das ist kein Scherz!, in dem uns mitgeteilt wurde, dass wir unsere Aufnahmen abbrechen müssten, da alle Studios geschlossen werden würden. Das Hochwasser stieg an und Ricky Skaggs rief und sagte „Kommt nicht hoch.“ Am gleichen Nachmittag rief er uns nochmal an und fragte: „Könnt ihr morgen losfliegen, denn all eure Musiker haben ihre Instrumente verloren, die direkt unten am Fluss eingelagert waren. Ein Paar verloren alles oder haben Schäden unter ihren Häusern. Sie brauchen alle Arbeit; Könnt ihr direkt kommen?“. Also sind wir an dem Tag geflogen, am Morgen nachdem der Cumberland (Fluss) den Höchststand erreicht hatte und wir nahmen unser erstes Lied „Reach Out“ auf. Dieses Lied gaben wir dem Rat um Geld für die Musiker zu sammeln. Das Lied beinhaltet Brent Mason, Dave Chapman, die drei lebenden The Jordanaires die mit Elvis sangen. Ray Walker ist 94, Louis Nunley ist 82 and Gordon Stoker ist 80 Jahre alt. Sie haben im Hintergrund gesungen. Wir machten das Lied so schnell wir konnen, schlossen die Aufnahmen ab und gaben es dem Stadtrat um es im weltweiten Werbespot zu nutzen, in dem sie Geld für die Musiker sammeln.

CL: Who had this great idea for the CD Cover; folks, just have a look, isn’t it unbelievable? It looks so great! Who had the idea?
CL: Wer hatte die tolle Idee für das CD-Cover. Leute, guckt euch das an. Ist das nicht unglaublich? Es sieht so toll aus! Wer hatte die Idee?

AH: It actually was my wife; my wife is a very religious woman. My songs are inspirational and inspirational country with some country ballads, but she said you’re singing a song to try to reach people’s hearts and trying to get them to help one another, and you need a picture of Christ reaching out.
AH: Diesmal war es meine Frau. Meine Frau ist eine sehr religiöse Frau. Meine Lieder sind inspirierend und inspirierende Countrymusik mit ein paar Countryballaden, aber sie sagte „Du singst ein Lied um die Herzen der Leute zu erreichen und um zu versuchen sie dazu zu bewegen einem anderen zu helfen, also musst du ein Foto von Jesus Christus heraussuchen.  

CL: Which is your favorite song?
CL: Was ist das Lieblingslied?

AH: That’s hard to say. Every song here has a story, “Reach Out” was written by Boomer Castleman, whose a Nashville native. “The Way The Wind Blows” is very special song, a love song written by a ninety-four-year-old man who won one of the first reality television show, a show called YOU WANT TO BE A COMPOSER in 1950.  Ray Swain is now 94 and still writing love songs. He wrote for Perry Como for many years. We recorded this song on his 94th Birthday. It’s a beautiful, beautiful love song. I love that song. Chris, there’s a large number of new songs in here. All of them are great. We did a song by Irwin Drake, “I Believe” that has never been recorded. He had written it for Frank Senatra.
AH: Das ist schwer zu sagen. Jedes Lied hat seine eigene Geschichte, „Reach Out“ wurde von Boomer Castleman geschrieben, der ein Einheimischer aus Nashville ist. „The Way The Wind Blows“ ist ein sehr spezieller Song, ein Liebeslied, welches von einem von einem vierundneunzigjährigem Mann geschrieben wurde, der 1950 eine der ersten Realityshows (YOU WANT TO BE A COMPOSER) gewonnen hat. Ray Swain ist mittlerweie 94 und schreibt immer noch Liebeslieder. Er hat vor vielen Jahren für Perry Como geschrieben. Wir nahmen das Lied an seinem 94. Geburtstag auf. Es ist ein wunder-wunderschönes Liebeslied. Chris, es gibt eine große Anzahl von neuen Songs hier drauf. Alle sind toll. Wir haben ein Lied von Irwin Drake umgesetzt. Dieses Lied wurde nie aufgenommen. Er hatte es für Frank Sinatra geschrieben.
Christian Lamitschka ( )

Interview mit Burns & Poe / Interview with Burns & Poe

Interview with Burns & Poe
Interview mit Burns & Poe

CL: I’m Christian Lamitschka and today on the show we have Burns & Poe, Welcome!
CL: Ich bin Christian Lamitschka und haben heute Burns & Poe zu Gast! Herzlich Willkommen!

B&P: Hey good to see you again.
B&P: Hey, schön dich wiederzusehen.

CL: Yea we met each other now how many times? I’ve forgotten.
CL: Ja, wie oft haben wir uns jetzt schon getroffen? Ich hab es vergessen.

B&P: Oh several times, several.
B&P: Oh, einige Male, einige.

CL: So what’s been going on since the last we met each other.
CL: Was hat sich denn seit unserem letzten Treffen getan?

B&P: Rehab! No I’m just joking! (laughing). I’m just trying to break the ice, Chris.
B&P: Entzug! Nein, ich scherze nur (lachend). Ich versuche nur gerad das Eis zu brechen, Chris.

CL: Do we have that to do?
CL: Ist das denn nötig?

B&P: What….
B&P: Was…

CL: To break the ice?
CL: Das Eis zu brechen?

B&P: That was just it. (laughing)
B&P: Das wars auch schon (lachend)

CL: So what been happening?
CL: So… was ist denn alles passiert?

B&P: Oh we finished the record.
B&P: Oh, wir haben unsere Aufnahmen abgeschlossen.

CL: Oh hey folks, new record it’s really really cool with a lot of songs on it.
CL: Leute, eine neue und wirklich richtig coole CD mit vielen Liedern.

B&P: It’s a double CD actually. Show him (Chris) the back of it.
B&P: Es ist sogar eine Doppel-CD. Zeig ihm (Chris) die Rückseite davon.

CL: How many songs are on it?
CL: Wie viele Songs sind drauf?

B&P: Seventeen total, sixteen songs with a bonus track, a live medley.
B&P: Insgesamt siebzehn, sechzehn mit einem Bonuslied, ein Live-Medley.

CL: Let’s talk about the live Medley, which is a nice thing, ten minutes and fourteen seconds long. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
CL: Lasst uns über das Live-Medley sprechen, welches wirklich eine schöne Sache ist. Zehn Minuten und vierzehn Sekunden lang. Könnt ihr uns ein bisschen darüber erzählen?
B&P: It’s sort of a medley of duets of people that we have admired in the past like Kenny and Dolly; Sonny and Cher; Frizzel and West. We did it live in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It’s just fun stuff. It showcases our personality.
B&P: Es ist eine Art Medley aus Duetten, die wir in der Vergangenheit sehr bewundert haben wie Kenny und Dolly, Sonny und Cher, Frizzel und West. Wir nahmen es live in Bowling Green, Kentucky, auf. Es ist einfach eine witzige Sache. Es spiegelt unsere Persönlichkeit wider.

CL: Since the first time we met each other, you just started your career, where is it now. I got this news you are Independent Artist of the Year? That’s cool! Yea! So it might be next year Major Artists of the Year?
CL: Als wir uns das erste Mal trafen, hattest du gerade mit deiner Karriere begonnen. Ich hab gehört, dass ihr Unabhängiger Künstler des Jahres seid? Das ist echt cool! Also könnte es nächstes Jahr Hauptdarsteller des Jahres werden?
B&P: Well, you know, we’re hoping. All we can do is write the best music we can and put out the best songs we can put out, work really hard. We surrounded ourselves with a great team. Hopefully let the chips fall where they may. We got a really high budget going in the next four weeks or so, to shoot our first high-budget video. Just trying to stay up; the label Blue Steel Records, we want to anny up. I know Michelle is and I am too. à FEHLT
Naja, weißt du, wir hoffen es. Alles was wir machen können, so gut wie für uns möglich Musik zu schreiben, die besten Songs zu veröffentlichen und wirklich hart zu arbeiten. Wir sind wirklich von einem super Team umgeben. Hoffentlich fällt die Münze so wie sie auch fallen soll. Wir bekamen ein wirklich verdammt hohes Budget dafür, in den nächsten vier Wochen oder so unser erstes teures Video zu drehen.  

CL: Let’s see if you pick up the next song like you would be next, which is your personal favorite on the CD?
CL: Was ist dein Lieblingslied auf der CD?

B&P: (Michelle) My personal favorite is probably one we actually did not write. It’s an outside song it’s called “Is This Lonely”. It’s really sad and for some reason I sing those really well. (Keith) She’s sad, look at her, she’s got a dark cloud over her…. Ooh…♫♪ ..raindrops keep falling on Michelle….…♫♪♫. (laughing)
B&P: (Michelle) Mein persönlicher Favorit ist eventuell eines, welches wir noch nicht geschrieben haben. Es ist ein Außenlied und heißt „Is this lonely“. Es ist wirklich traurig und aus irgendwelchen Gründen singe ich es echt gut. (Keith) Guck sie dir an, sie ist traurig, sie hat eine dunkle Wolke über sich… oooh… Regentropfen fallen auf Michelle hinab…. (lachend)

CL: Hey we have sunshine suddenly outside.
CL: Hey, die Sonne schein draußen plötzlich.

B&P: I know it’s nice.
B&P: ich weiß, es ist schön.

CL: A few days ago we have had a lot of rain!
CL: Vor ein paar Tagen hatten wir noch eine Menge Regen hier!

B&P: It’s been the worst Winter that I ever can remember since I moved to Nashville in 1990, this is the worst Winter that’s we’ve had. So we are ready for some sunshine.
B&P: Das war der schlimmste Winter an den ich mich erinnern kann seitdem ich 1990 nach Nashville gezogen bin. Das ist der schlechteste Winter den wir je hatten. Also sind wir nun auch bereit für ein bisschen Sonnenschein.

CL: I believe!
CL: Das glaub ich!

B&P: (Michelle) Can’t wait for Spring!
B&B: (Michelle) Ich kann den Frühling kaum erwarten!

CL: Let’s hope during Fan Fair is a little sunny.
CL: Hoffen wir mal, dass es während Fan Fair ein bisschen sonnig ist.

Christian Lamitschka ( )


Robin Meade Has Close Ties to Country Music Community; Honored in Role to Help Raise Funds
NASHVILLE, TN (May 10, 2011)—CMT has tapped HLN anchor Robin Meade to co-host Thursday’s “Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert,” airing live from the Grand Ole Opry House stage and Studio A on Thu, May 12, 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.  HLN will re-broadcast “Music Rebuilds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert” in its entirety on Sun, May 15, 9 p.m. ET/8p.m. CT, to build additional awareness and funds to benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief effort in the South. 
Meade will join ESPN's Erin Andrews and comedian Ron White as co-host for the evening of fundraising featuring country music superstars, including Hank Williams, Jr. and Alabama, Alan Jackson, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Ronnie Dunn, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw and Trace Adkins to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the recent and devastating storms, flooding and tornadoes.  All money raised will benefit the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.
“Music Builds: The CMT Disaster Relief Concert” will highlight a number of regions affected by recent storm, tornado and flooding damage including Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, Ala.; Natchez and Vicksburg, Miss.; Vidalia, La.; Dyersburg and Tiptonville, Tenn.; and Raleigh, N.C.
Red Cross phone lines will be open for HLN's re-air on Sun. Information is as follows: Visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts.
Meade has spent a lot of time in Nashville songwriting and recording her debut album, featuring a number of today’s top stars.  She is passionate about the music, and a strong believer in giving back. 
“When I anchor stories about the recent storms in the South, my mind isn’t on the statistics, or the footage, or the sound bites, my thoughts are with that person who looks around and wonders, ‘what am I going to do now that everything is gone?’” said Meade. “I’m so touched by the resiliency of the storm victims, and the generosity of music fans and viewers to help these folks whose lives are now in disarray, and that’s what this telethon is going to be about, lifting up storm victims, letting them know, they’re not alone.”
In addition, Meade will provide live reports from the Grand Ole Opry House and interviews with featured musicians on Thu and Fri for her popular HLN morning show, “Morning Express with Robin Meade” (6 a.m. - 12 noon, ET).



Nashville, Tennessee (May 10, 2011) – Yesterday, Greeneville's own Kimberly, Neil and Reid Perry (The Band Perry) joined both the Greene County Chapter of the Red Cross and the Greene County Disaster Relief/Donation Center to assist in relief efforts, offer solace to those who have been hardest hit and express gratitude for the first responders and community volunteers for their round-the-clock efforts.

The break-through country band, on the Republic Nashville label, is a family trio who call Greeneville, TN home. Their current touring schedule on Tim McGraw's Emotional Traffic Tour has allowed them little time to return home since the storms devastated so many in the Greeneville area. That fact has weighed heavily on their minds over the past weeks.

"Nothing is more important to us than family, community and service to others," said Kimberly Perry. "We have been anxious to visit our neighbors and help as much as we can. We hope that we helped to raise awareness of the needs in the area and we're very happy that we could publicly thank and acknowledge the tireless efforts of all the local disaster relief workers."

The Greene County Red Cross has undertaken a non-stop schedule of providing needed items to those affected. In Tennessee, since April 27, the Red Cross has served almost 40,000 meals; and more than 26,200 snacks; and delivered about 1500 comfort kits. Additionally, over 5,000 meals have been served by the staff at The Oaks Retreat center over the last week. On Monday The Band Perry joined the Red Cross in these distribution efforts.

The Band Perry next traveled to The Greene County Disaster Relief/Donation Center/Command Center, on the campus of the Free Will Baptist Family Ministries. This location has served as the official site for the disaster relief center in the Camp Creek Community. While there, Kimberly, Neil and Reid spoke to the media with their thoughts on the day and the urgency of the continued need for help. They highlighted what goods and services are currently needed (listed below).

Due to the massive destruction from the F3 Tornado that hit the area, Free Will Baptist Family Ministries and many emergency responders, volunteers, supporters, and rescue units answered the call in the community by providing shelter, food and water to those in need after the massive storm.  Family Ministries plans to continue its efforts in helping friends, family, and neighbors in the surrounding communities during this time of need.

FWBF MINISTRIES has an ongoing need for the following items:
•       Gatorade, vitamin water
•       Easy to open canned foods
•       Cleaning supplies - mops, buckets, brooms, dust pans, disinfectant cleaner, baking soda
•       Building supplies – hammers, nails, tacks, saws, screwdrivers,
•       Rakes, Shovels, wheel barrels, flashlights, batteries, candles,
•       Small appliances – small microwaves, small coffee pots
•       Animal food
•       Towels, disposable Wipes
•       Paper goods (paper plates, plastic eating utensils, paper towels, toilet paper)
•       Trash bags, zip lock bags, sandwich bags
•       Totes
**Badly needed monetary donations made payable to Greene County Disaster Relief, mail to FWBFM 90 Stanley Lane, Greeneville TN  37743

ABOUT THE AMERICAN RED CROSS: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization - not a government agency - and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.

How to get Red Cross help: Call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767)

How you can help: Red Cross services are provided free to people affected by disasters - and it is possible only because of the generosity of the donors who support the Red Cross every day. Financial contributions to American Red Cross Disaster Relief allow us to provide immediate assistance to victims of more than 70,000 disasters each year. You can help people affected by the tornadoes in Tennessee, across the country and around the world by visiting, texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Please send donations to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, PO Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013.

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Rhythm' Train am 04. Mai in Dietikon

Rhythm' Train am 04. Mai in Dietikon

Die Schweizer Formation Rhythm' Train begeisterte am 04. Mai in Dietikon die Zuhörer. Die vier Musiker aus der Zentralschweiz (Leadvocals: Urs Odermatt; Rhythm' Guitar: Bruno Schipani; Bullfiddle: Marcel Brun; Drums: Lex Friedrich) spielten einen bunten Mix aus den Bereichen Country, Rockabilly und Hillbilly.
Einige der Songs sind Eigenkompositionen, andere sind altbekannte Stücke, dazu gehört z.B. "Folsom Prison Blues", im Original von Johnny Cash. Routiniert spielten sich Rhythm' Train durchs Repertoire.
Mit viel Humor kündigte
Urs Odermatt jeweils den nächsten Song an. Die vier Musiker verstehen sich auch privat sehr gut, was sich auf der Bühne ganz deutlich zeigt. Alle vier strahlten förmlich und hatten riesigen Spass daran, Ihr Hobby mit dem Publikum zu teilen.
In der derzeitigen Formation besteht die Band seit 2008. Leider war es jedoch das Abschiedskonzetr von Bassisten Marcel Brun. Da er seinen Wohnort gewechselt hat und nun in unserem nördlichen Nachbarland daheim ist, hat er sich entschlossen, die Band zu verlassen. Ich bin jedoch sicher, sein Nachfolger wird sein Bestes geben!
Als ganz spezielles Highlight für die Tänzer spielte die Band auch die Eigenkomposition "Rhythm' Train Stroll", der Song, zu dem Marcel einen Tanz choreographiert hat. Natürlich liessen es sich die Linedancer die Chance nicht entgehen, und bewiesen, dass dieser Line-Dance zu ihrem Tanz-Repertoire gehört.
Natürlich wurde auch sonst fleissig getanzt, denn bei so gutem Sound geht die Musik unweigerlich in die Beine.

The Swiss band Rhythm' Train inspired on Mai 04th at Dietikon their listeners. The four musicians from Central-Switzerland (Leadvocals: Urs Odermatt; Rhythm' Guitar: Bruno Schipani; Bullfiddle: Marcel Brun; Drums: Lex Friedrich) were playing a colorful mixture from the styles Country, Rockabilly und Hillbilly.
Some of the songs are composed by themselves, others are well known, as e.g. "Folsom Prison Blues", originally from Johnny Cash. With great routine Rhythm' Train were playing through their repertoire.
With a lot of humor
Urs Odermatt was announcing in each case the next song. The four musicians are also friends in their private life that was well seen by their behavior on stage. All four were in a great mood and had a lot of fun sharing their hobby with the public.
The guys are playing together now since 2008. For bullfiddle player Marcel Bruni it was the last concert with this band. He changed his place of domicile and lives now in Germany, so he decided to leave the band. I'm sure his successor will do his best!
As a special highlight for the dancers the band was playing the song "Rhythm' Train Stroll", it's the song Marcel choreographed a dance to. The linedancers jumped at the chance to show that they know this dance very well.
It wasn't the only song they danced to. They were on the dance floor nearly the whole evening, what's normal, when you have such good music!

Pete Dixon Band am 30. April im Kentucky Saloon in Pratteln

Pete Dixon Band am 30. April im Kentucky Saloon in Pratteln

Am 30. April spielte die Pete Dixon Band im wunderschönen Kentucky Saloon in Pratteln. Das Lokal ist in amerikanischem Westernstil gehalten, man hat beinahe das Gefühl in einer Westernstadt zu sein. Ein Geier, ein Bison, verschiedene Hüte, ein Longhorn und überdimensionale Stiefel sorgen dafür, dass das Wildwest-Feeling auch wirklich aufkommt.
Die Band von Pete Dixon betrat pünktlich die Bühne und setzte sich, erst mal ohne ihren Leadsänger, gesanglich in Szene. Für den zweiten Song gesellte sich Pete dann zu seinen Mannen und los ging's in schönster Country-Manier.
Mit seiner typischen Countrystimme - sie erinnert mich immer irgendwie an die Stimme von Alan Jackson - sang er sich quer durchs Repertoire. Der Vergleich mit dem Amerikaner kommt jedoch nicht von ungefähr: Pete Dixon hat einige Songs dieses Künstlers in seinem Programm, so z.B. "Mercury Blues" und "Don't Rock The Jukebox".
Natürlich waren auch die Line-Dancer an diesem Abend sehr aktiv.
Für den Song & Tanz "Jambalaya" bestand zwischen Sänger und Tänzer ein ganz besonderes Abkommen: die Tänzer begannen - ohne musikalische Begleitung - zu tanzen und die
Pete Dixon Band setzte nach einigen Takten ein. Da die Tänzer nicht allzu schnell tanzten, steigerte Pete das Tempo immer mehr. Ein Wettstreit entstand. Wem geht zuerst die Puste aus, den Tänzern oder den Musikern? Am Schluss hiess es jedoch unentschieden.
Die gute Stimmung unter den Musikern übertrug sich auch auf das gesamte Publikum. So war ganz klar, dass die Band die Bühne auf keinen Fall ohne Zugabe verlassen konnte.
Aber schliesslich geht alles einmal zu Ende und die Musiker begannen ihre Instrumente einzupacken und plauderten noch etwas mit ihren Fans.

April 30 the Pete Dixon Band was playing in the Kentucky Saloon in Pratteln (Switzerland). The location is decorated like a small town in the Wild West. Many typical American animals, various hats, sombreros and very big western boots guarantee that everyone has this special western-feeling.
The Band came on stage without their lead singer. But after the first song Pete Dixon joined his friends and an evening with great country music began.
Pete has a voice that fits very well to this kind of music. Sometimes I think he sounds a bit like Alan Jackson. Not only because some of the songs in Pete's repertoire are from this American singer e.g. "Mercury Blues" and "Don't Rock The Jukebox".
Naturally the line dancers were also very active.
Fort he song "Jambalaya" they made a deal with the
band: the dancers started to dance - without any music - and after a few counts the band started to play. Because the dancers started very slow, Pete was playing the song faster and faster and everyone could ask: who stops first, the band or the dancers? Finally it ended undecided because no one quit.
The band was in a good mood and passed it to the entire public. And so it was clear that they couldn't leave the stage without an encore.
At least this great evening ended, the musicians packed up their instruments and chatted some more with their fans.

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