Friday, June 3, 2011

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, http://www.LucyAngel.com , Steel Guitar Nashville, http://www.SteelGuitar.net , HelpCharity, http://www.MySpace.com/HelpCharity , Bobbe Seymour, http://www.MySpace.com/BobbeSeymour , Radio4Humans, http://www.Radio4Humans.de , Katsy Redstar http://www.myspace.com/KatsyRedstar , FAMWH, www.famwh.com

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Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages. Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von Lucy Angel, http://www.LucyAngel.com , Steel Guitar Nashville, http://www.SteelGuitar.net , HelpCharity, http://www.MySpace.com/HelpCharity , Bobbe Seymour, www.MySpace.com/BobbeSeymour , Radio4Humans, http://www.Radio4Humans.de , Katsy Redstar http://www.myspace.com/KatsyRedstar , FAMWH, www.famwh.com

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MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS, CRYSTAL RIVER,TO BE INDUCTED INTO AMERICA'S OLD-TIME COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/06/muskogee-oklahoma-residents-crystal.html

MADISON, WISC. ACT, KG & THE RANGER,TO BE INDUCTED INTO AMERICA'S OLD-TIME COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/06/madison-wisc-act-kg-rangerto-be.html



Song Marks Country Band’s Second Radio Release Since Issuing Debut US Single “Tater Fed” in May http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/06/song-marks-country-bands-second-radio.html




Grasstowne kicks off the summer with a HOT new album as KICKIN UP DUST climbs the charts http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/06/grasstowne-kicks-off-summer-with-hot.html


Suzy Bogguss Turns Childhood Memories into Modern Standards with American Folk Songbook http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/06/suzy-bogguss-turns-childhood-memories.html


LEE BRICE SET TO JOIN LUKE BRYAN FOR 2011 “CMT ON TOUR” THIS FALL http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/06/lee-brice-set-to-join-luke-bryan-for.html

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Interview with Trav

Interview with Trav

Ch.L.: How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who'se never seen or heard you before.

Tav: VERY EXCITING AND A NEW SOUND

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

Tav: I BELIEVE TOURING WITH SEAN ON THE JUSTIN BIEBER TOUR AND THE 50CENT INVITATION TOUR WERE GREATEST HIGHLIGHTS.

Ch.L.: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is special about this song that makes people what to hear it?

Tav: I BELIEVE IT’S A REALITY SONG THAT PEOPLE GO THROUGH EVERYDAY MALE OR FEMALE.

Ch.L.: What will your next single be?

Tav: I HAVE SO MANY I JUST HAVE TO CHOOSE BUT IT WILL BE HOT.

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

Tav: ALL KINDS BUT PARTY AND REALITY SONGS ARE MY FAVORITES.

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

Tav: UP AND DOWN MY NEW SINGLE FEAT SEAN KINGSTON IS 1 OF MY FAVORITES BASED OFF OF WHAT I WENT THROUGH IN A RELATIONSHIP THAT WAS LIKE A ROLLERCOASTER LOL.

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

Tav: 100% BUT I DO TAKE OPINIONS FROM OTHERS LOL

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

Tav: YESSS LIKE RIDE THE WAVE I HAD FEMALES CRYING TELLING ME THAT I MAKE THEIR DAYS MOVE FASTER BY LISTENING TO ME.

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

Tav: MY UNCLE BOBBY CULTURE WAS A FAMOUS JAMAICAN SINGER SO MUCH MORE I’M JUST A MUSICAL CHILD GROWING UP.

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Tav: I BELIEVE THE LABELS SHOULD SEARCH MORE FOR TALENT CAUSE I’VE BEEN WORKING FOR A WHILE.

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's your favorite activity?

Tav: ALL THE ABOVE BASED OFF I’M A SOCIAL PERSON.

Ch.L.: What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Tav: I DID A FREESTYLE WITH DJ GREEN LANTERN WITH LLOYD BANKS AND TONY YAYO THAT WAS MY FIRST INTERNET AWARENESS.

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

Tav: THE PEOPLE AROUND ME.

Ch.L.: What drives you?

Tav: MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Ch.L.: What's unique about you that differentiates you from other artists?

Tav: I CAN ADAPT TO ANY ENVIRONMENT

Ch.L.: What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

Tav: GETTING YOUR MUSIC HEARD.

Ch.L.: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you're proud of?

Tav: MY FIRST SONG RIDE THE WAVE I PERFORMED AT SIX FLAGS.

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

Tav: MY BROTHER CEDRIC LOL

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

Tav: JUST HEARING STORIES AND WATCHING MOVIES AND MARTIN LOL.

Ch.L.: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Tav: NOPE

Ch.L.: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Tav: I HAVE NONE I LIVE LIFE WITH NO REGRETS.

Ch.L.: Is there anyplace you haven't played that you would like to?

Tav: OVERSEAS I CANT WAIT.

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

Tav: EXCITEMENT THE WHOLE SHOW.

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

Tave: NO I TRY SOME TIMES.

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?

Tav: I HAVE A TWITTER @TRAVMBB

Ch.L.: What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Tav: SO MANY

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Tav: I DONT KNOW

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

Tav: I LOVE EUROPE CANT WAIT TO PERFORM THERE.

Ch.L.: Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can tell?

Tav: NOPE NONE YET.

Ch.L.: Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Tav: PALM TREES A PRETTY WOMEN.


Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )
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MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS, CRYSTAL RIVER,TO BE INDUCTED INTO AMERICA'S OLD-TIME COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA RESIDENTS, CRYSTAL RIVER,TO BE INDUCTED INTO AMERICA'S OLD-TIME COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
 
 
     LeMars, Iowa.....The home of the largest ice cream factory in the world, LeMars, Iowa, is preparing to welcome Muskogee, Oklahoma, residents, the Crystal River Band to their city.  The group is to be inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, on Tuesday, August 30, in Iowa.
     The Hall of Fame has been in existence since 1976, when Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association, formed a 501(c)3 non-profit group devoted to the preservation, perpetuation, and performance of America's 'rural' country music.  "We called it the National Traditional Country Music Association, and we had to find a way to better define what we do," Everhart said recently, "because the country music we represent is quite different than the country music we mostly hear coming from Nashville these days.  For the past 36 years, we have been working hard, to not only capture the essence of what country music once was, but to keep it alive, and honor those that have made significant contributions to the genre in more recent years.  Therefore we have taken up the word 'rural' to better define what our 'country' music is all about."
     Country music in Everhart's opinion might be 'rural,' but the contributors come from all walks of life, and offer many different styles from the past.  "We just never cease to be amazed at the wonderful parade of country music performers that come to our annual convention-festival," Everhart added.  "It's actually the largest old-time acoustic music event in the entire upper Midwest, and includes great participation from bluegrass, folk, and even rag-time and old-time fiddle music performers, as well as country.  By keeping it acoustic, we are able to better present what country music sounded like during it's golden age.  We're also able to present more stages for the performers.  We're now utilizing ten of them.  Can you imagine that, ten stages running 9am to midnight every day for seven days, and we are still having difficulties getting everyone on that wants to be on.  Performers of America's classic country, bluegrass, and folk music, aren't just Americans, they come from around the world."
     The 2011 dates for this unique gathering of thousands of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music fans is August 29 through September 4th, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.  "We have several really large buildings to use for the performances," Everhart added, "our main-stage building is even air conditioned.  It seats 1,000 comfortably, and the next door adjoining building, which we call the dance-hall, is equally as large.  Last year we had Bill Anderson from the Grand Ole Opry for Hall of Fame induction, and he had to do two shows, one on the main stage, and then another on the dance hall stage.  The legendary Patti Page was with us last year as well, and it was a similar experience.  This year Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, and Jeannie Seely are with us from the Grand Ole Opry, and we have several performers who were on the Louisiana Hayride.  The legendary Bonnie Guitar will be with us too.  Ms. Guitar recorded "Dark Moon" a number of years ago, but is perhaps best known for her tutoring two groups to fame, the Fleetwoods and the Ventures.  Neither of these groups are 'country' music oriented, but it was Bonnie Guitar that showed them how to play unique and different methods and styles on the guitar.  Super-pickers find their way to our corn-field too," Everhart added.  "We're not really in a corn-field, but we could be.  Eddie Pennington, a 'Merle Travis' style guitar picker will be with us, as will the famous Tut Taylor, who performs on the resonator guitar.  Both of these pickers come from Kentucky.  Oklahoma fiddler Jake Simpson, and three-time world champion flat-picker from the Winfield, Kansas, competitions, Jason Shaw will also be on hand.  Add to that about 600 more pickers and players, and you have a good idea of what this unique event is all about."
     "The Crystal River Band, from Muskogee, Oklahoma, is also unique," Everhart added.  "They have attained a sizable fan base in their home-state of Oklahoma, and devote much of their music to the composition and style of early Oklahoma country and gospel.  The group is made up of Cookie Eller (keyboard and vocal), Jody Bill Green (bass and vocal), Stan Gray (guitar), G. C. Moore (guitar and vocal), and Herb Battenfield (bass).  They have enjoyed tremendous success in keeping the older style of country music alive in Oklahoma for the past six years.  On a recent tour to Indiana, the group was discovered by the Gaithers, well-known gospel music performers and talent promoters.  From that meeting, they were asked to perform on the Gaither Fall Festival, which is also televised and hosted by Bill Gaithers, a nationally known old-time gospel music performer and presentor."
     "We expect a large crowd for Crystal River. They will  be performing on the main stage, to receive a standing ovation of appreciation from the audience, for their great contributions to America's old time 'rural' music, "Everhart noted, "but they will also be with us the whole week performing on various stages." 
     "Aside from great Blue Bunny ice cream, we have some of the best mid-west corn-fed beef steaks in the world at our food court," added Everhart.  "Super good food, super good music, and super good inter-action between musicians make for a lot of impromptu 'jam sessions.'  There's also a Tipi Village where a lot of pickers hang-out, and we also have a Pioneer Exposition of Arts, Crafts, and Rural American Agricultural Lifestyle for those that need extra things to do.  What profits we might make goes to the Pioneer Music Museum which is located in Anita, Iowa, which is home to 'America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.'  Great RV camping with electricity ($12 per day), and we caution all visitors to bring lawn chairs for their own comfort.  Admission is $15 per day, per person (which includes all ten stages and all celebrities) or a 7-day open gate pass for $60 per person, which includes all ten stages of entertainment.'
     More information about the festival, and the activities of the National Traditional Country Music Association can be found at their website: http://www.orgsites.com/ia/oldtimemusic

MADISON, WISC. ACT, KG & THE RANGER,TO BE INDUCTED INTO AMERICA'S OLD-TIME COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

MADISON, WISC. ACT, KG & THE RANGER,TO BE INDUCTED INTO AMERICA'S OLD-TIME COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME
 
 
     LeMars, Iowa.....The home of the largest ice cream factory in the world, LeMars, Iowa, is preparing to welcome Madison, Wisconsin, residents K G & The Ranger, to their city.  They are to be inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, on Wednesday, August 31, in Iowa.
     The Hall of Fame has been in existence since 1976, when Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association, formed a 501(c)3 non-profit group devoted to the preservation, perpetuation, and performance of America's 'rural' country music.  "We called it the National Traditional Country Music Association, and we had to find a way to better define what we do," Everhart said recently, "because the country music we represent is quite different than the country music we mostly hear coming from Nashville these days.  For the past 36 years, we have been working hard to not only capture the essence of what country music once was, but to keep it alive, and honor those that have made significant contributions to the genre in recent years.  Therefore we have taken up the word 'rural' to better define what our 'country' music is all about."
     Country music in Everhart's opinion might be 'rural,' but the contributors come from all walks of life, and offer many different styles from the past.  "We just never cease to be amazed at the wonderful parade of country music performers that come to our annual convention-festival," Everhart added.  "It's actually the largest old-time acoustic music event in the entire upper Midwest, and includes great participation from bluegrass, folk, and even rag-time, western, and old-time fiddle music performers, as well as country.  By keeping it acoustic, we are able to better present what country music sounded like during it's golden age.  We're also able to present more stages for the performers.  We're now utilizing ten stages.  Can you imagine that, ten stages running 9am to midnight every day for seven days, and we are still having difficulties getting everyone on that wants to be on.  Performers of America's classic country, bluegrass, western, and folk music come from around the world."
     The 2011 dates for this unique gathering of thousands of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music fans is August 29 through September 4th, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.  "We have several really large buildings to use for the performances," Everhart added, "our main-stage building is even air conditioned.  It seats 1,000 comfortably, and the next door adjoining building, which we call the Dance-Hall, is equally as large.  Last year we had Bill Anderson from the Grand Ole Opry for Hall of Fame induction, and he had to do two shows, one on the main stage, and then another on the Dance Hall stage.  The legendary Patti Page was with us last year as well, and it was a similar experience.  This year Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, and Jeannie Seely are with us from the Grand Ole Opry, and we have several performers who were on the Louisiana Hayride.  The legendary Bonnie Guitar will be with us too.  Ms. Guitar recorded "Dark Moon" a number of years ago, but is perhaps best known for her tutoring two groups to fame, the Fleetwoods and the Ventures.  Neither of these groups were 'country' music oriented, but it was Bonnie Guitar that showed them how to play unique and different methods and styles on the guitar.  Unique super-pickers find their way to our corn-field too," Everhart added.  "We're not really in a corn-field, but we could be.  Eddie Pennington, a 'Merle Travis' style guitar picker will be with us, as will the famous Tut Taylor, who performs on the resonator guitar.  Both of these pickers come from Kentucky.  Oklahoma fiddler Jake Simpson, and three-time world champion flat-picker from the Winfield, Kansas competitions, Jason Shaw, will also be on hand.  Add to that about 600 more pickers and players, and you have a good idea of what this unique event is all about."
     "KG & The Ranger is also unique, " Everhart added.  "KG is actually Karen Gogolick and the Ranger is Rick Roltgen.  They both make their home in Madison, Wisconsin.  We are doing our very best to keep old-time cowboy and western music alive in the upper Midwest, and the best way to do that is to present good performers of this kind of music.  We were so fortunate to get Janet McBride from Dallas, Texas, to host the program, she has been very active in keeping the music of Patsy Montana alive.  Our incredible program of western music will take place on Wednesday night of our festival, on the main stage, and will present a number of extremely good performers, among them KG and the Ranger.  Cowboys have always held a special place in the hearts and imaginations of Americans, and the music that came from the early cowboy movies still resonates with audiences of all ages.  It doesn't matter if it's the image of cowboys driving longhorns from Texas to Iowa, or those that wear white hats, playing guitars and singing their cowboy songs on the silver screen.  Both evoke a sense of pride and respect.  Western music itself, is a unique blend of folk, country, jazz, and even a little pop, and cowboy heroes and the Old West come back to life when this award winning duo take the stage.  Not exactly the first stage out of town, the main stage at the LeMars festival.  They are regular performers at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas, the National Festival of the West in Phoenix, Arizona, and the list goes on and on.  We probably would not be so active in bringing this kind of music to our country festival, except the last 'within reach' festival of cowboy music in our area, was in Gene Autry, Oklahoma, which finally ended.  KG & The Ranger have shared the stage with many of our well known western performers, Roy Rogers Jr., Sons of the San Joaquin, Riders in the Sky, Johnny Western, Don Edwards, and even Michael Martin Murphy.  Combine this with some other professional western entertainers and you have one serious program of excellent music.  Maybe we'll even have a long-horn steak out there on the prairie."
     "We have some of the best mid-west corn-fed beef steaks in the world at our food court," added Everhart.  "Super good food, super good music, and super good interaction between musicians make for a lot of impromptu 'jam sessions.'  There's also a Tipi Village where a lot of pickers hang-out, and we also have a Pioneer Exposition of Arts, Crafts, and Rural American Lifestyle for those that need extra things to do.  What profits we might make goes to the Pioneer Music Museum which is located in Anita, Iowa, and is home to 'America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.'  We also have a great 'western music' display in the museum with three of the most popular early cowboy guitars, a Stella, a Silvertone, and a Kay.  Great RV camping with electricity ($12 per day), and we caution all visitors to bring lawn chairs for their own comfort.  Admission is $15 per day, per person (which includes all ten stages and all celebrities) or a 7-day open gate pass for $60 per person, which includes all ten stages of entertainment.'
     More information about the festival, and the activities of the National Traditional Country Music Association can be found at their website: http://www.orgsites.com/ia/oldtimemusic

JO DEE MESSINA’S 13th ANNUAL FAN CLUB PARTY

 
JO DEE MESSINA’S
13th ANNUAL FAN CLUB PARTY WITH CRYSTAL BOWERSOX
SET FOR JUNE 11;
 CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE SET FOR JUNE 10
 
Multi-platinum and award-winning country singer/songwriter JO DEE MESSINA will host her 13th annual fan club party in conjunction with Nashville’s CMA Music Festival being held next week.  On Friday, June 10 she’ll perform at the Riverfront Stage.  The next morning (Saturday, June 11) she’ll host an intimate 9:00AM show for the fans at Nashville’s Belcourt Theatre and will be joined by friend Crystal Bowersox.  Tickets can be purchased here: http://jdmparty-autohome.eventbrite.com/
Jo Dee also made tickets available for Crystal Bowersox’s fans since it’s the “American Idol” runner-up’s first CMA Music Festival. "I wanted her and her fans to experience the excitement of CMA Music Fest, and how you get to spend time with fans, which is something artists cherish.  I can't wait for her to see it all!"  
About Jo Dee Messina:
Since breaking onto the music scene in 1996, the multi-platinum and award-winning country singer/songwriter JO DEE MESSINA has scored nine #1 country singles, sold over five million records, received two Grammy nominations and earned various CMA and ACM awards.  Her many hits include “Heads Carolina, Tails California,” “Bye Bye,” “I’m Alright,” “Stand Beside Me,” “That’s The Way” and “Bring On The Rain” (a duet with Tim McGraw).  Her self-titled 1996 debut album was certified Gold by the RIAA and featured the single "Heads Carolina, Tails California." With four huge radio hits, her second album I’m Alright was certified double platinum and she won the CMA's Horizon Award in 1999. She was the first female country artist to score three multiple-week #1 songs from the same album. The follow-up album, Burn, was certified platinum. She also scored an adult contemporary hit with "Bring on the Rain," with McGraw on harmonies. In addition to headlining concerts, she also toured with Vince Gill, George Strait and the Judds on their reunion tour. Her fame also led to television roles on “Touched by an Angel” and “Nash Bridges.”  In 2010, she released a trio of “Unmistakable” EPs: LOVE, DRIVE and INSPIRATION.

DIERKS BENTLEY DRAWS OVER 50,000 MUSIC FANS

 
JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR
FEATURING DIERKS BENTLEY

DRAWS OVER 50,000 MUSIC FANS

DIERKS BENTLEY recently wrapped up the highly successful JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR. The 2011 trek hit 28 U.S. cities and drew over 50,000 music fans including over 3,000 fans alone at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas (4/2/2011).

Along the way, DIERKS crafted a series of personal video clips depicting a behind-the-scenes look into his life on the road, pre-show rituals, off-the- road hobbies and interviews with fans about his live performances and much more. Check out a recap of all of DIERKS’ videos from the 2011 JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR below and be sure to check out the tour next year.

Dierks Bentley-
JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR -Episode 4
http://youtu.be/2j9f4TUbpAs


Dierks Bentley-
JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR -Episode 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7jIBbTswiA


Dierks Bentley-
JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR -Episode 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gu9KxUKZhyo


Dierks Bentley-
JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR -Episode 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4Du3OgKFAM

 
Pictured above, Dierks Bentley. 


About Jägermeister 
Jägermeister, which translates to "master hunter”, is the #1 selling imported liqueur in the United States and one of the top shot brands in the world. The liqueur is based on a secret recipe, combining 56 different natural ingredients, including select herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits from every corner of the globe. Jägermeister, with the distinctive square bottle, was developed in 1934 in Germany and the brand quickly gained global fame through its innovative marketing, unique taste profile and its association with good times. Jägermeister Liqueur is 35% Alc. /Vol. and imported exclusively by Sidney Frank Importing Company, Inc., New Rochelle, NY www.jager.com. Jägermeister is available in the following sizes in the United States: 50ml, 100ml, 200ml, 375ml, 750ml, 1L, 1.75L.  JÄGERMEISTER IS DEDICATED TO MUSIC, NOT UNDERAGE DRINKING www.JagermeisterMusicTour.com.

About DIERKS BENTLEY
 
Bentley recently finished up recording his sixth Capitol Nashville studio project and is introducing his latest effort with the rowdy sing-a-long party song “Am I The Only One,” which shipped to radio on March 21. The new album follows in the footsteps of Bentley’s artistically daring and critically acclaimed UP ON THE RIDGE, which recently received three GRAMMY nominations. The Phoenix-native has won countless awards, headlined arena tours, sold over five million albums, and celebrated seven No. one hits (“What Was I Thinkin,” “Come A Little Closer,” “Settle For A Slowdown,” “Every Mile A Memory,” “Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go),” “Feel That Fire,” “Sideways”) since being signed to Capitol Records Nashville.

About Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc
.
Synergy Global Entertainment, Inc. (SGE) produces the Jägermeister Music Tours as well as the Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, the AVALANCHE Tour and co-produces the worldwide Rockstar Taste of Chaos as well as the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.  In 2011 alone, SGE will produce over 230 Large Music Events in over 100 cities in 12 countries throughout the world with attendance in excess of 1 million people.  SGE senior staff have a combined 60 years of experience in artist management, large scale festival production and brand integration and have worked with artists as diverse as Guns N’ Roses and The Cure. SGE excels at integrating brands’ needs with large-scale musical entertainment.

Song Marks Country Band’s Second Radio Release Since Issuing Debut US Single “Tater Fed” in May


Song Marks Country Band’s Second Radio Release Since Issuing Debut US Single “Tater Fed” in May

NASHVILLE, TN (June 2, 2011) – Hot new Country band, LiveWire, is not wasting any time in establishing themselves in the global music marketplace with the release of their first European single, “Heart Burn.” The song is featured on the June edition of Hotdisc (Hotdisc #150), along with new releases from Toby Keith and Joe Nichols.

“Heart Burn” is the second radio single released by LiveWire in the past month. Their debut, “Tater Fed,” was released to the US market in early May.

“Heart Burn” was written by group lead singer, Andy Eutsler. The mid-tempo track is propelled by a driving Beatle-esque musical hookline which provides the perfect setup for Eutsler’s confident and passionate vocals.

“Heart Burn” and “Tater Fed” are from LiveWire’s forthcoming self-titled debut EP, slated for widespread release in June, and co-produced in Nashville by engineer / producer, Bart Pursley (Gretchen Wilson/Big & Rich), Bobby DeGonia and Justin Woods.

LiveWire’s unique Ozark Mountain firebrand sound has been described as “Rascal Flatts with a stronger Country edge.” The group features lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, lead singer/acoustic guitarist Eutsler, drummer Adam Hagerman, fiddle player Cory Shultz, and rhythm guitarist Danny Bell. LiveWire has been performing around the four-state area of MO, AR, KS and OK for over a decade and is one of the top-draw acts on the regional casino and club circuit in their region. Along the way, their homegrown talent has taken them across America and to the hallowed stage of the Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville as a finalist in the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown.

Radio programmers can download a broadcast quality copy of “Heart Burn” and “Tater Fed” at www.AirPlayDirect.com/livewireband.

For information about LiveWire on Hotdisc, go to http://www.hotdisc.net/news.htm

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: http://www.livewirecountry.com/ 

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I get many questions a month asking me how long it will take for them to learn to play steel guitar.  Growing up with a father that owned one of the largest music schools on the east coast and watching his teachers work with students over the years, it seems as though the answer to this question boils down to aptitude, personal drive and native ability.

Dad used to give students a test after six weeks and this test let him know what the student was capable of.  For instance, he�d play two notes, one slightly higher in pitch than the other, then ask the student which one was lower.  Then he did the same thing with volume.  He�d play fast songs and slow songs.  He would ask the students questions about what he was doing.  

He�d play melodies with big chords, then melodies with just simple one note harmonies.  Then he would play a note in a popular song with a choice of notes and then ask which notes sounded better for harmony to what he was playing.

After many of these musical type questions, he would pass judgment on the ability of the student.  This determined what direction and how far to go on with the student�s musical education.  Some students could play very well after six weeks.  Other students played no better than they did when they came in.  So when somebody asks me how long it will take to play steel guitar, my answer is usually, just as long as you want it to.

To me steel guitar is one of the easiest instruments there ever was to play, but then again, I tried to play many instruments and don�t feel I did very well and of course, we�ve all seen professional steel players that didn�t play very well at all and undoubtedly never will.  It�s sort of like everything else.  

I have a buddy that was mowing my lawn three years ago that took flying lessons and got all his licenses and is now flying right seat in a business jet for a very famous big company.  I wouldn�t loan him my airplane to fly around the pattern because I know he would at least tear something up on my airplane and at the most kill himself and anybody else that was standing around.

If you�re blessed with a lot of drive and you have the aptitude and an innate native ability, you�ll probably be a great steel guitar player.  If not, you might borrow somebody�s steel guitar and injure somebody while trying to play it.  Just like learning to do anything, you�ll have to spend some time, spend some money and start by really enjoying what you�re doing.

If it�s fun to you, you�ll do it much faster than if it�s not.  It�s nice to have equipment that will make all your rivals envious just like when you were a kid with a sparkling new chrome and metallic bicycle, you were a lot more proud than you were of your old bike.

My first few years of learning steel guitar was pretty well hampered by not being able to afford a good guitar.  I was out of the Air Force by the time I could afford a guitar I could be proud of.  This is one of the reasons that I have gotten into the steel guitar selling business.  I want people to have what they need to be a good steel guitar player.  I was playing professionally in Dallas and barely had the equipment good enough to do the job at all, much less feel comfortable with what I was doing.  I just know in my heart that I�d be a lot better player today and done my band leaders more justice if I would have had a better guitar and amp.

I look back now and have to snicker, but it�s amazing how far determination and drive will take you.  When a young player comes in my store telling me how badly he wants a new guitar, I�ll do my best to see that he gets what he needs.

Another great subject I�d like to touch on here is the brotherhood that steel players are in.  The care they take for each other, the interest in each other�s welfare is a wonderful thing for a band of brothers to have.  Let somebody�s guitar get stolen, as soon as every steel player in world finds out about it through the internet or whatever, the guitar will undoubtedly turn up and get back to its correct owner.

Your fellow brotherhood members will give you help in finding rare equipment like old Standels, old Bigsby guitars, that rare push pull Emmons and so on.  Help in finding work and jobs is a very important thing that this brotherhood will do for each other.  After all, what other instrument by itself has their own shows and meets, either on a local level or international level?

And remember this, steel players have their own Hall of Fame.  The brotherhood of steel guitar is a wonderful thing and not just for country style players.  There are many jazz oriented players that have found great camaraderie in each other.  And then of course, there is the great Hawaiian steel guitar club.

Steel guitar is a much loved commodity the world over.  Being a member of one of the big steel guitar organizations may feed you information and continuing love for the guitar and music we all now care so much about.

Check out our monthly specials at  http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html and we�ll try to save you a lot of money.

Your buddy,
Bobbe
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COUNTRY DUO ALLAN & ASHCRAFT RELEASE NEW SINGLE “CORNFIELDS”


COUNTRY DUO ALLAN & ASHCRAFT RELEASE NEW SINGLE “CORNFIELDS”
Cover of Buck Cherry’s “Sorry” earns recognition overseas; domestic release 2012



(Nashville, TN – 06/02/2011) – Fort Wayne, Indiana based country music duo Allan & Ashcraft have released their new single “Cornfields” to radio stations nationwide. “Cornfields” is the lead US single from their forthcoming debut album that they have been recording in Nashville with Grammy Award winning producer Kenny Greenburg.

Allan Miller says about why they selected “Cornfields” as their debut single, “We are Midwest guys that grew up in middle America surrounded by the farming and agricultural lifestyle in Indiana and really related to this song when we heard it and think that the country music fan base will be able to relate just as easy as we did.”

“Cornfields” is written by hit songwriters Rodney Clawson, Billy Montana and Chris Tompkins and focuses lyrically on the celebration of the Mid-America country living and lifestyle while featuring toe-tapping rhythms and a catchy, get stuck in your head melody.

Overseas Allan & Ashcraft have already been finding success with their cover version of popular alternative rock group Buck Cherry’s 2007 platinum selling single “Sorry.”  They have enjoyed radio play on over 300 stations throughout Europe and have found their song in the top 20 on charts including in Italy.

They plan to release “Sorry” domestically in early 2012.

For more information on Allan & Ashcraft or to view their chart successes, please visit them on the web at: http://www.allanandashcraft.com

CHUCK DAY: “I’LL STAND UP AND SAY SO”


 Singer/songwriter Chuck Day with Republican Presidential Candidate
Herman Cain at Atlanta campaign ceremonies.
 
CHUCK DAY: “I’LL STAND UP AND SAY SO” SETS THE TONE FOR HERMAN CAIN ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN 2012
 
Award Winning Singer-Songwriter Hopes His Message Will Make A Difference For America
 
(Nashville, Tennessee) –June 2, 2011 – Multi-award winning country singer/songwriter Chuck Day has already added his unique signature to the 2012 Presidential campaign. It was Day and his live performance of his  self-penned patriotic anthem “I’ll Stand Up And Say So” that were chosen by the campaign of Herman Cain to be a part of Cain’s much anticipated May presidential announcement celebration at Centennial Park in Atlanta.
 
An avowed patriot and outspoken Christian, Chuck was ecstatic when the opportunity came from the Cain campaign to share his thoughts in word and music on the preservation of God and America’s heritage of liberty at the packed Atlanta event.
 
“I was really honored to be a part of the official presidential announcement rally for Herman Cain,” notes Day. “I received a request from his campaign to email over an MP3 of my song and in less than two days I was singing at the event.  The crowd was full of supporters and the energy they projected back at the stage was amazing!  It was a very inspirational day and it was good to see Americans standing up in unity for what they believe.”
 
“I’ll Stand Up And Say So” (NewStep Records) is hitting a nerve with America at a time when “God & Country” patriotism is high in the national consciousness.  The song held the #1 spot on the Hot 100 chart of Christian Voice Magazine in January and February, and reached the top spot on both Cashbox and Power Source Magazine charts in February.  
 
Chuck Day is recognized as one of today’s leading writers in the unique niche of the Christian Country/Country Gospel genre—a rare ‘bridge artist’ who has found success both in mainstream country and Christian markets.  He’s written 9 #1 songs to date—including “Midnight Cry” written with his brother Greg which was a triple crown winner as “Christian Song of The Year,” “Song of the Decade,” and among the Top 20 Christian Songs of the Century in a sweep of industry honors. He’s written major hits for name artists including Bob Carlisle, Gold City, The Hoppers, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir, Michael English and Clay Crosse.
 
As a performer, he’s been equally blessed. The International Country Gospel Music Association has recognized him as Entertainer of the Year, with Songwriter and Male Vocalist Awards added to honors. In 2000, he was inducted into ICGMA’s prestigious Hall of Fame. Chuck’s involvement as a special guest performer with Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Specials have to date brought the additional accolade of two RIAA Gold Video Awards.
 
Day hopes that the message of “I’ll Stand Up And Say So” will continue to grow and continue to broaden its bold message encouraging Americans to raise their voice and their votes in support of God in America and the values that have made the nation great.
 
“I hope that the message of the song will continue to grow and continue to broaden its bold encouragement for Americans to raise their voices and their votes in support of God and America—to ‘stand up and say so’ for the values that have made America great,” notes the singer.
 
Chuck Day will be a featured artist at a growing number of “tea party” and faith and values themed events within the next few months.  Highlight appearances include:
 
July 9th --   Night Vision Festival –Olathe, Colorado.
 
Sept. 28-Oct. 2  Freedom Jamboree –Kansas City, Kansas
 
Oct. 23-28th   ICM Awards & Convention –Nashville, Tennessee
 
Chuck Day’s current album release, Eleven is available on iTunes.
 
Resource online:  www.chuckday.com

Grasstowne kicks off the summer with a HOT new album as KICKIN UP DUST climbs the charts

Grasstowne kicks off the summer with a HOT new album
as KICKIN UP DUST climbs the charts
Grasstowne, comprised of the talents of Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley, Justin Jenkins, Kameron Keller and Adam Haynes, certainly know how to kick off their summer touring season!  The band is celebrating chart success with their current album, KICKIN UP DUST along with the first single release (title track) now appearing on: Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums and Tracks; debuting this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs; and continuing its climb up the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Single and Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 Album charts.
 
Radio is certainly enjoying the music with Larry Carter (WCXZ Radio) saying, “When it comes to this combination you only expect the best and you’ve got it,” and Jerry Eicher (WQTE Radio) saying, “You got some great grass here! These boys are playing some good driving Bluegrass that will keep our listeners on there toes!  The boys take this song and get Down on the farm and go Up-Town with some mighty fine Progressive Pickin.”
 
Grasstowne is busy this month with performances in West Virginia, Canada, Ohio, Tennessee and also in Bean Blossom, Indiana where they will be part of the BEAN BLOSSOM LIVE - A Bill Monroe Tribute album releasing on Rural Rhythm Records later this year.  That exciting new project will be recorded during the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival located at the Bill Monroe Music Park and produced by fellow Rural Rhythm artist, Sammy Shelor (Lonesome River Band.)
 
For more information on Grasstowne, including a full tour schedule, bios and more information, please visit www.grasstowne.com  For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit www.ruralrhythm.com

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