Monday, May 23, 2011




"Always...Patsy Cline" Bio-Musical Returns to the Ryman Stage June 17

Nashville, TN (May 23, 2011) – Heralded vocalist Mandy Barnett releases her stunning new studio album, “Sweet Dreams”,TODAY on the Opry Music imprint, digitally distributed by Warner Music Nashville.  Barnett’s latest release is a collection of twelve Patsy Cline classics.  She also takes the stage this summer, June 17 through July 24, to reprise her role as Cline in “Always…Patsy Cline” at the Ryman Auditorium.

“Sweet Dreams” is available for purchase beginning today at all digital music outlets, the Ryman gift shop, the Opry Shop at the Grand Ole Opry House, Opry Originals on Broadway in downtown Nashville,, and  Tickets for “Always…Patsy Cline” are on sale now and available at the Ryman box office, the Grand Ole Opry House box office, or by calling 615-889-3600.  Ticket prices are $29.50 & $36.50.  A deluxe package, including a copy of Sweet Dreams and a ticket to “Always…Patsy Cline,” is also available.

Official Track Listing:

  3. CRAZY

Producer Owen Bradley, the undisputed pioneer of the "Nashville sound," captured Mandy’s magnificent voice on the album “I’ve Got A Right To Cry.” The project was a huge critical success and named by “Rolling Stone” magazine as the top country album of 1999. Mandy has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, The Late Show With David Letterman and regularly appears as a guest on the Grand Ole Opry. Her voice and albums have been praised in People, Newsweek, Interview and numerous other magazines and papers across the nation.  For more information, visit 

A National Historic Landmark, Ryman Auditorium was built as a church in 1892, served as the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1943-1974, and was completely renovated in 1994.  The Ryman is open as a museum during the day and at night continues its more-than-100-year music tradition by offering the best in live entertainment.  Ryman Auditorium is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry.  For more information, visit

Warner Music Nashville was created in 2009 with the goal of expanding the presence Warner Music Group CORP. (NYSE: WMG) and its family of labels has had in the Nashville music community for more than 60 years.  The division is home to Atlantic Nashville, Elektra Nashville, Warner Bros. Nashville and Word Label Group.

Dolly Parton Tour Info, TV And CD Announcement




DOLLY PARTON’s BETTER DAY now has a June 28 release date set in stone.  Her much-anticipated album of all-new studio material will be released on her own Dolly Records distributed through Warner Music Nashville. To coincide with the album’s release, DOLLY will launch a world tour bringing her throughout America and then onto the U.K. and Europe in August and September, then Australia in November in support of the new album. BETTER DAY is the follow-up to DOLLY’s critically acclaimed and successful 2008 Backwoods Barbie album. Featuring 12 original DOLLY compositions, BETTER DAY marks the fourth release on the independent label. 

First up, the iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist will unveil the album’s soaring first single “Together You & I” with a live performance now airing Friday, May 27 on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” as the song simultaneously arrives at radio. The song’s video--shot this week in Nashville by director Trey Fanjoy--will debut shortly thereafter.

On the live front, the “BETTER DAY” world tour launches July 17 in Knoxville in her home state of Tennessee and will be highlighted by two shows (July 22 and 23) at the historic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.  After wrapping in the U.S. August 3, the tour moves overseas starting August 20 and will feature a pair of shows (September 7 and 8) at the O2 Arena in London, the venue where DOLLY recorded and filmed Live From London (Dolly Records), her widely praised 2009  two-disc DVD/CD set that included songs from Backwoods Barbie alongside her many classic hits.

Here’s the full BETTER DAY track listing:

In The Meantime
Just Leaving
Missing You
Together You & I
Country Is
Holding Everything
The Sacrifice
I Just Might
Better Day
Shine Like The Sun
Get Out
Let Love Grow

DOLLY’s U.S. tour dates are as follows:

DATE          CITY                  VENUE
Sun   7/17  Knoxville, TN       U. of Tennessee/Thompson Boling Arena
Tue   7/19  Dallas, TX            Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie       
Wed  7/20  Albuquerque, NM Sandia Casino    
Fri     7/22  Los Angeles, CA   Hollywood Bowl  
Sat    7/23  Los Angeles, CA   Hollywood Bowl  
Sun   7/24  Concord, CA        Concord Pavilion 
Wed  7/27  Prior Lake, MN     Mystic Lake Casino      
Thu   7/28  Chicago, IL          Rosemont Theater       
Sat    7/30  Wallingford, CT    Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre   
Sun   7/31  Vienna, VA          Wolf Trap  
Tue   8/2    Durham, NC        Durham Performing Arts Center    
Wed  8/3    Alpharetta, GA    Verizon Wireless Amphitheater @ Encore Park 

For more information, please visit

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I�ve been talking about this for a long time, but I thought I�d touch on it again because the future for steel guitar looks bright, that is, bright if you play well.  The golden age of country music is now definitely gone.  We�ve lost almost all the stars.  Jimmy Dickens is 90 years old.  Jack Greene is almost there and Kitty Wells is not a spring chicken anymore.

All these great artists are about gone as are most of the great steel guitar players.  However, what�s happening today is music that can be played on steel guitar very successfully.  Many of the so-called alternative groups are using steel guitar.  

Neil Young, Pure Prairie League, Poco and many of these groups have steel guitar so if we just change our aim a little bit, broaden our scope and start knocking on the doors of funky rock groups, we can possibly find work that may even pay better.  

Sure, you�ll miss that beautiful shuffle rhythm that we�ve all grown up with, that smooth, flowing old Nashville sound, but remember, it�s the instrument we�re really in love with and these bands need steel guitar worse than any band ever has in the past.

We are at the beginning now of new.  What is new you may ask?  Let�s look at what�s gone and what�s coming.  Sure, it�s a lot easier to look backwards and see where we�ve been and play music that we�ve been playing forever so we can feel comfortable, but let�s look at what�s coming.  

Music today is really very easy when it comes to chord changes.  It�s very easy to play because you can really get away with about anything.  There is a great future and new doors opening up in all kinds of music.  

Do you not like the new country?  I don�t either, but thank goodness there are many other kinds of styles that not only accept steel guitar but look for steel guitar.  I�ve seen steel guitar on the Letterman show and on Jay Leno and Austin City Limits many times in the last two years.  If you�re playing steel guitar in this day and age, you have a whole new world opening up for you.  You are just going to have to throw away your old thoughts of what direction you want to take.

Please remember this.  Music has always been music and always will be.  Chords are chords.  Melodies are melodies.  Styles are the only things that are changing.  The good thing is there are no set patterns for what a steel guitar has to do in the new music of today.  This means you can get away with about anything.  Just play in tune with taste and tone.  

If the song calls for beauty, you as a steel guitar player can give beauty like no other instrument can, and many of you can play fast single notes that can actually push the keyboard player or your hotshot showoff lead player.  Steel guitar really has no boundaries except you yourself as the player.  Your music talent won�t go away.  So find a way to use it.  

Again remember, old country will not be the staple of everyone�s taste forever.  If you don�t go to the future, you stand a good chance of going under.  Styles may change like I said, but music rules and taste is written in stone.  Like gravity, the eight elements along with light and Newton�s Law of Physics cannot be changed.  There is no reason at all why a good musician that plays steel guitar can�t work forever.

You may even say a great steel player will always work if he plays his steel guitar and his cards right.  He may have to play some politics also.  Yep, the first golden age is over, but get ready for what�s coming and someday when it�s over, you can be remembered as a legend for what you�ve contributed.

Your music career and the music business is exactly what you make it.

Just like lead players of today, you may need a lot of tricks which may include setting up a second guitar onstage and having all the effects, phase, echo, distortion, Leslie organ effect and anything else.  Remember, if a lead guitar player can do it, so can you.  The object is to be sellable and desirable as a musician for who hires you.  

This may involve us doing things that we�ve never done before and things that at first you may not want to do, but this is what�s going to make our instrument grow.

Check out our monthly specials at and we�ll try to save you a lot of money.

Your buddy,

Steel Guitar Nashville
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Nashville, TN – On Tuesday, May 24, multi-platinum selling recording artist Sara Evans will perform her two-week No. 1 hit single, “A Little Bit Stronger,” on the season finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Evans returns to Dancing with the Stars after being the first country artist to appear on the show as a contestant when she was paired with dance partner Tony Dovolani in the 2006 fall season.
“Being on Dancing with the Stars was such a fun experience and one of the highlights of my career,” says Evans. “I'm so honored and excited to go back and sing for this season's finale!”
“A Little Bit Stronger” has been digitally certified Gold and is the first single from Evans’ current album, Stronger, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and stayed there for two consecutive weeks.
Evans is currently among the nominees for the upcoming 2011 CMT Music Awards, where her video for “A Little Bit Stronger” is nominated for Female Video of the Year. Fan voting for the award categories is underway now at
Be sure to tune-in for Evans’ Dancing with the Stars performance, as the show finale airs Tuesday, May 24, at 9 PM ET, on ABC.

Take That präsentieren Doppelalbum "Progressed" inkl. acht neuen Songs

Take That präsentieren Doppelalbum "Progressed" inkl. acht neuen Songs
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präsentieren Doppelalbum "Progressed" inkl. acht neuen Songs
Im Juli ist es endlich so weit: Take That kommen für drei Shows nach Deutschland und werden wiedervereint mit Robbie Williams live auf der Bühne stehen. Anlässlich der Tour erscheint am 17. Juni ihr Doppelalbum „Progressed“ inklusive des Nr.1-Albums „Progress“ und acht brandneuen Songs!

Es ist die musikalische Wiedervereinigung schlechthin und sorgte bisher für höchste Chartpositionen und jede Menge Rekorde: Take That und Robbie Williams haben mit „Progress“ ein Pop-Album der Extraklasse veröffentlicht und auch hierzulande Platz 1 der Charts gestürmt!

Im Juli werden Take That in Deutschland an drei Abenden die Fanherzen höher schlagen lassen. Es ist die erste Take That Tour in Originalbesetzung seit 1995!

Um sich auf das historische Pop-Ereignis perfekt einzustimmen, veröffentlichen Take That am 17. Juni das Doppelalbum „Progressed“. Darin enthalten sind das Hitalbum „Progress“ und eine weitere CD mit acht brandneuen Songs der Band. Neben „Happy Now“ gibt es auch den SongLove, Love“ zu hören, den Take That für den Kinofilm „X-Men: First Class“ aufgenommen haben. Der Sommer mit Take That kann kommen!

Country Music News of the Day / Country Musik News des Tages

Here is your Country Music News of the day. Your Country Music News is supported by Lucy Angel, , Steel Guitar Nashville, , HelpCharity, , Bobbe Seymour, , Radio4Humans, , Katsy Redstar , FAMWH,

You can publish the Newsletter to your websites or forward to your friends. If you want to publish some of the interviews, please contact me.

Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages. Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von Lucy Angel, , Steel Guitar Nashville, , HelpCharity, , Bobbe Seymour, , Radio4Humans, , Katsy Redstar , FAMWH,

Der Newsletter darf veröffentlicht werden auf Euren Internetseiten und an Eure Freunde weiter geleitet werden. Solltet Ihr gerne einige der Interviews veröffentlichen wollen, kurze Rückmeldung an mich.

Country & Western Friends Kötz 1982 e.V. laden zum 28. Internationales Kötzer Country Music Festival
America's Bluegrass Gospel Show Taping Thursday May 26th The Isaacs

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Interview with Matt Bailie

Interview with Matt Bailie

Ch.L.: What kind of songs do you like to record the most? 

M.B.: I am a sucker for Love songs and ballads I’m always finding myself writing them and asking publishing companies for them, but I also l love writing and recording up-tempo fun songs ! 

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it? 

M.B.: I have many favorite songs but I would  say its  "Man Behind these Eyes." It’s a song a started to write with a great friend, and is close to my heart being about my father who passed away when I was young and had a lot of feelings while recording this song !

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music? 

M.B.:  I have a lot of control over what music I record and what play in my live show, I have a lot control over my over all career !

Ch.L.: Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music? 

M.B.: yes I have fans who all the time tell me how my music has helped them or touched them in some way and as a song writer it makes you feel good    that your songs make people feel !

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musically and how deep do your musical roots run? 

M.B.:  well my background goes from Garth Brooks to lynyrd skynyrd to The Goo Goo Dolls all the way t Elvis my music has always been influenced by a wide horizon of music.

Ch.L.: What do you think about today's Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it 
going in the future? 

M.B.: being a younger artist I am Todays country music I think country music’s roots has created Todays music!

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing 
Interviews etc. What do you like best, what is your favorite activity? 

M.B.: Being on Tour is my favorite by far the energy, playing my music for thousands of fans there's nothing more rewarding than stepping on stage and looking into the crowd after working all year on your album and months of rehearsal and just seeing it all come together !

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become an artist? 

M.B.: it was a Garth Brooks special on TV and I remember seeing his Energy and I couldn't take my eyes off the screen, what sealed the deal was watch my friend Donnie VanZant  step out on stage with his band 38 special and I felt the crowds energy and I was hooked !

Ch.L.: What drives you? 

M.B.: My family and friends and the Fans !

Ch.L.: Who's your biggest critic, yourself or others? 

M.B.:  I am by far my self’s worst critic and my mom and grandma are my biggest critics!

Ch.L.: When you get time off, how do you like to relax? 

M.B.: I love the beach being raised in Florida i find myself going to the Florida Keys where it is quite and there is nothing but sand and clear water!

Ch.L.: Many European fans travel to Nashville for CMA Music Festival (Fan Fair), because of the opportunity to see so many of their favorite stars at the same time. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you? 

Ch.L.: What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert? 

M.B.: Every night is a new show and a new experience with the crowd just expect t have a lot of fun the more fun the crowd has the more fun I will have !

Ch.L.: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist? 

M.B.: no never its off the bus and on the stage and back on the bus to head out !

Ch.L.: Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they allow you a private life? 

M.B.: people are used t seeing stars in Nashville so people seem t leave you be. but my hometown I can’t seem to go anywhere without somebody saying something and that’s ok but sometimes I’d like to just be home and talk about anything but music !

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there? 

M.B.: yes its !

Ch.L.. What message would you like to send your European fans? 

M.B.:  I’d love to tour Europe at some point!

Christian Lamitschka ( )

Country & Western Friends Kötz 1982 e.V. laden zum 28. Internationales Kötzer Country Music Festival

Die Country & Western Friends Kötz 1982 e.V. laden zum 28. Internationales Kötzer Country Music Festival am 24. und 25. Juni 2011 in die Günzhalle nach 89359 Kötz OT Großkötz ein!
Am Freitag, 24. und Samstag, 25. Juni 2011 steht an diesen beiden Tagen das Musikdorf Kötz ganz im Zeichen ausgezeichneter Country Music Künstler aus den USA, Schottland und Deutschland. Um 19.30 Uhr eröffnen am Freitag „The Honky Tonk Five“ aus München das Festival. Aus Houston, Texas kommt das Johnny Falstaff Trio nach Kötz, es wird also fetzige Musik im Sinne von Hillbilly und Rockabilly geboten. Ebenso werden am Freitagabend noch „special guests“ erwartet.

Am Samstag ist um 16.30 Uhr Hallenöffnung, um 17 Uhr Beginn. Daniel T. Coates aus Pennsylvania eröffnet den 2. Festivaltag und holt sich sukzessive die Musiker seiner exzellenten Band hinzu. Es folgen sodann zwei Runden mit den jeweiligen Sets von der deutschen Banjolegende ThRüdiger Helbig & Huckleberry Five aus München im Bluegrass-Stil, John Miller & His Country Casuals "exklusiv"  aus dem schottischen Glasgow mit feiner Honky Tonk Music und Rockabilly, sowie der Daniel T. Coates Band (USA/H/D), die niveauvollen klassischen und zeitgenössische Country Music spielt.
Neben diesen musikalischen Attraktionen bieten verschiedene Verkaufsstände preiswerte Artikel der Country & Western Szene sowie Schallplatten/CDs und DVDs an. Für die Tanzbegeisterten stehen gleich zwei Tanzflächen für Line Dance, Two Step, Rock & Roll und mehr zur Verfügung. Am Samstagnachmittag ab 13.00 Uhr besteht auch heuer für Sammler wieder die Möglichkeit an einer kostenlosen CD- und Plattenbörse teilzunehmen und ab ca. 15.00 Uhr findet auf dem Campingplatz neben der Günzhalle wieder eine Bluegrass-Session mit Rüdiger Helbig & The Huckleberry Five zum Nulltarif statt. Wer mit Wohnmobil oder Zelt anreist, kann in unmittelbarer Nähe der Günzhalle Stellplätze nutzen. Die Eintrittspreise liegen bei 15 EUR am Freitag, 18 EUR am Samstag und 30 EUR für beide Tage. Ermäßigungen für Schüler, Studenten und Behinderte gibt es jeweils an der Kasse.

Info-Hotline: / /
08221/34671 (28.5.-14.6. nur Anrufbeantworter!!!)

Zur weiteren Beachtung: Kartenreservierungen nehmen die CWF-Kloetz gerne unter E-mail: entgegen.
Ebenso gerne auch Tischreservierungen für beide Tage für Gruppen ab 6 Personen. 

Hier noch einige Hinweise zur Günzhalle und den auftretenden Künstler:

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