Monday, June 6, 2011

SHOW ME MUSIC FEST JOINS UNITED WAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR JOPLIN, MO TORNADO RELIEF

SHOW ME MUSIC FEST JOINS UNITED WAY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR
JOPLIN, MO TORNADO RELIEF

  Springfield, MO – The Show Me Music and Arts Festival announces a joint endeavor with the United Way of the Ozarks to raise support for long term recovery for the community of Joplin, MO.  On May 22nd, the most devastating tornado in US history struck the town of Joplin leaving 134 people dead and causing millions of dollars in damages. Joplin is considered a sister city of Springfield and many families reside within both communities. Throughout the three day music festival, Show Me Music Fest and United Way will be coordinating four primary activities to raise funds for the relief efforts. There will be a silent auction, a live auction, items for sale such as t-shirts and beach towels, and volunteers at all entrances taking donations and encouraging everyone to “Buck UP for Joplin”. All funds raised from these auctions will be sent to The United Way of Southwest Missouri and St. John’s Mercy Hospital, which provides 80% of the charity care (uninsured patients) in this region, and took a direct hit from the tornado.

The Show Me Music and Arts Festival is set to take place June 17-19 and features some of today’s most popular musical acts, celebrity chefs, and nationally touring comedians. Some of the talent appearing includes country superstars Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Little Big Town and Kellie Pickler, as well as top pop acts Train and One Republic! Also joining the musical line-up is the YouTube sensation and popular trio, The Cleverlys (pictured left), who will open the festival fresh from the Stage Coach Festival in Los Angeles, California where they received rave reviews. The Chef’s Pavilion Stage will feature three top Food Network chefs - Robert Irvine (‘Dinner: Impossible’), Ellie Krieger (‘Healthy Appetite’), and Aaron McCargo (‘Big Daddy’s House’), and the Comedy Tent Stage will feature six nationally touring comedians, ready to provide some comic relief for festival attendees!


Additional attractions at the festival include the Show-Me Saloon Stage, a Kid Zone which includes thrill rides, games, and entertainment, the Show-Me Arts and Crafts area featuring over 30 exhibitors,  and many food and drink vendors featuring festival fare from all over the world. SMMF truly has something for everyone!

For a full weekend of amazing music, attractions, and entertainment, weekend passes are available at the great price of only $139! Multiple camping options are available starting at the low price of $70, and for those looking for a VIP experience, VIP packages are also available and include VIP parking, VIP seating with air conditioning, a private bar area, snacks, games, and VIP restrooms.

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

To purchase your tickets now, please visit the official ticket outlet PFI Western Store, located in Springfield, MO, or visit us on-line at www.showmemusicfest.com.  

FACEBOOK’S MARK ZUCKERBERG GETS ADVICE FROM TED NUGENT

FACEBOOK’S MARK ZUCKERBERG GETS ADVICE FROM TED NUGENT

Nashville, Tenn. (Monday, June 6, 2011) -- Rock and roll icon and pro-hunting advocate, Ted Nugent, has a few words for Facebook Founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who recently stated he might be interested in taking up hunting as a way to be more honest about his consumerism.

"Hunting is the pure and natural way to go grocery shopping for high protein, extraordinarily tasty and nutritious renewable wildlife, but you first have to aspire to a higher level of awareness in order to get close to the most wary and skittish beasts on the planet,” said Nugent.

Nugent's weapon of choice is the bow and arrow, however, he enjoys all forms of hunting. 

"My advice for Mark is to go slow, soak in the mighty spirit, and to call me.  I would be happy to introduce Mark to the ultimate hunting experience," said Nugent.

Nugent is preparing for his upcoming "I Still Believe" summer tour. For more information, visit www.tednugent.com.

RURAL ROOTS MUSIC COMMISSION 'PICK'S' JOSH SLONE OF LITTCARR, KENTUCKY, FOR "BEST CLASSIC BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR" AWARD

RURAL ROOTS MUSIC COMMISSION 'PICK'S' JOSH SLONE OF LITTCARR, KENTUCKY, FOR "BEST CLASSIC BLUEGRASS ALBUM OF THE YEAR" AWARD
 
 
     LeMars, Iowa....."When the 'Rural Roots Music Commission' was organized in 1980, we had no idea we would be able to expand the purpose, or the interest, into such a large arena of music appreciation."  Bob Everhart is President of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  "We started what might be called our 'music protection' society in 1975, which eventually became the NTCMA.  We quickly realized that the very slow process of placing recognition and honor on those that have made a lasting impression on country music, was leaving a huge amount of worthwhile contributors without recognition.  That was the beginning of the Rural Roots Music Commission.  We also had to find a way to distinguish what we do, so we began labeling the musical genre 'rural country,' so as not to be confused with present day country music," Everhart said. "Only a handful of those that have made significant contributions to this particular kind of music, were being honored.  We decided to seek out recording artists, performers, instrumentalists, songwriters, producers, promoters, even media specialists, that have been successful in 'rural country music' by making annual awards at the convention and festival promoted by the National Traditional Country Music Association.  And, we decided to do this on several different levels of interest, Local, Statewide, Regional, National, and International.  In other words, we were, and are, dedicated to finding the very best participants in all areas of this genre of music."
     Everhart went on to say, "We honor contributors to 'rural country' music in two ways now.  Some are inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame which is located in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa. Others, especially those active in 'recording' rural country music, receive recognition from the Rural Roots Music Commission.  The latter process requires a review of CDs recorded and made available to the public, each year prior to the festival which takes place August 29-September 4th, 2011, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.  CD's received are reviewed in Tradition Magazine, the house organ of the NTCMA, and then forwarded to the Rural Roots Music Commission who decide the awards to be made."
     "There are a number of categories for these honors," added Everhart.  "We are extremely pleased to announce that Josh Slone, of Littcarr, Kentucky, has been selected to receive "Best Classic Bluegrass Album of the Year."   The award will be presented to Mr. Slone, on Wednesday, August 31, at 11:30am on the main stage of the festival.  Josh is the lead vocalist and guitarist of a group called CoalTown, with nine of the songs on their CD written by talented songwriter, Mike Wells.  Josh Slone, with his signature deep country and bluesy vocals along with the tightly blended harmonies of the CoalTown band, have certainly caught the attention of industry leaders, including the Rural Roots Music Commission.  According to one panelist, "this particular CD is a unique blend of bluegrass mixed with country and mountain soul."  "Exactly what the Commission is looking for," added Bob Everhart who sits on the Board.  Uncle Billy Dunbar, who does a bluegrass radio show in Iowa, was more specific.  "The boys from Coal Town sing about what they know.  It is true roots music from the coal mines of Kentucky, and the valleys and mountains, singing about love, sweat, and tears.  They sing and pick the real sounds of country folk."  Everhart also found an interesting 'connect' between Josh Slone his band, and the State of Iowa.  "Ike Everly brought his family from Kentucky to take a job on a radio station in Shenandoah, Iowa.  That's where the Everly Brothers made their first appearance.  Not much later, the 'Father of Bluegrass Music," also from Kentucky, came to the same radio station with his brother Charlie, to take their first professional job playing the same music 'live' on radio.  We welcome Kentuckian's Josh Slone and his CoalTown with open arms."  
     The festival Josh and CoalTown, will attend, has been going for 36 years.  "We will have well over 600 country music performers at this event throughout the week," said Bob Everhart.  "We have 'ten' sound stages running for seven days to accomodate them.  9am-midnight every day for seven days seems like a huge production, and it is.  Getting everyone to the proper stage at the proper time can be a scheduling nightmare, however the end result is an absolutely unbelievable gathering of like-minded fans and participants who like their country music to be 'rural' in nature.  That means it's 'real' country music, not rock and roll called country, not heavy metal called country, not jazz called country, not rap called country, not blues called country.  We call it like it is...and it's 'rural' country, the real-deal.  We're also very pleased we are able to provide a clean non-alcoholic non-drug venue for the fans of this music to come to.  The Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, is large, and level.  Huge air conditioned buildings for shows, as well as outdoor stages.  Great country cookin' and some of the best Iowa corn-fed beef steaks anyone is likely to ever eat.  LeMars is also home of Bluebunny Ice Cream, the largest ice cream manufacturer in the world, so we combine all the 'best' of everything.  Country music, country food, and country ice cream.  You just can't beat a deal like that, not at the prices we charge.  General admission is $15 per day per person, a seven-day gate pass is just $60 per person.  This includes everything, all ten stages, and all celebrities.  This year, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, and Jeannie Seely will be with us from the Grand Ole Opry.  Bonnie Guitar, the legendary recording artist of "Dark Moon" will also be with us, and well over 600 pickers, singers, players, musicians, and performing artists.  We have excellent RV camping facilities too, with 30-amp hook-ups at $12 a day (no reservations).  A Tipi Village in an old ghost town setting is a great place for 'jammers' to gather, and throw in six old time dances in the Dance Hall, and it's a pretty good deal for the dollar.  Workshops, contests, open stages, even the front porch of an old log cabin becomes focal points of entertainment interest, done much the way it was done when homesteaders started settling Iowa.  We keep telling folks, don't put all your money in your gas tank to drive hundreds of miles to see one show, come home, be with us, and see a thousand."
     More information about the NTCMA and the Rural Roots Music Commission, the Pioneer Music Museum, and the annual festival of Agricultural Arts, Crafts, and Rural Lifestyle is available at their website at http://www.orgsites.com/ia/oldtimemusic

BROTHER TROUBLE SURFS ONTO AIRWAVES WITH DEBUT VIDEO “SUMMER’S LITTLE ANGEL”

BROTHER TROUBLE SURFS ONTO AIRWAVES
WITH DEBUT VIDEO “SUMMER’S LITTLE ANGEL”


Watch video now on GAC and CMT Pure Country!

 

Nashville, TN (June 6, 2011) - Blaster Records recording duo, BROTHER TROUBLE launched their debut video “Summer’s Little Angel” last week on Great American Country (GAC) cable network.  This week the video finds viewers at digital/satellite network, CMT Pure Country. The fun, flirty video was filmed with Brother Trouble band mates/ brothers, Mark & Jason Sutton on location in the sunny California desert and on the beach. Video Director, Marcel Chagnon was able to capture a cameo appearance of Brother Trouble pal and World Series Champ pitcher, Bret Saberhagen, who was happy to hang with the cast & brothers on set.

Growing up & playing in beach bars on the coast of South Carolina may have influenced the brother’s song selection for their debut single but their love of country music was home-grown. The brothers have been playing shows on the road for years and they opened 4 stadium shows with Kenny Chesney as winners of his “Big Star” talent competition in 2009. Today they are traveling coast to coast garnering radio and video airplay for the enjoyable sing-along song “Summer’s Little Angel”.

Brother Trouble is excited to meet all the fans at The CMA Music Festival next week in Nashville. They will sign autographs in the Nashville Convention Center at the Blaster Records Booth on Thursday, June 9 from 11am to 1pm and on Saturday, June 11thin the Great American (GAC) Booth from Noon to 1pm.

'LiveWire' to Perform in Concert

Joplin-based Country Band 'LiveWire' to Perform in Concert to Benefit Joplin Tornado Relief Effort at Midnight Rodeo in Springfield, MO, on Friday, June 10

Group Teams with Night Club and Convoy of Hope to Help Those Affected by Disaster

NASHVILLE, TN (June 6, 2011) – Joplin-based Country band, LiveWire, will perform in concert to benefit the Joplin tornado relief effort on Friday, June 10, at Midnight Rodeo, 1773 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, MO, 65804.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with show time at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, phone (417) 882-0309 or go to www.clubmidnightrodeo.com.

Proceeds from the show will be utilized by charitable organization Convoy of Hope to assist in the ongoing disaster relief effort in Joplin, Mo., which was devastated by a massive tornado on May 22. According to a recent AP Newswire report, Joplin officials report the death toll from the storm now stands at 141, with over 6,100 homes and countless businesses registered as damaged.
“We are happy to do anything that we can to help with the situation,” says LiveWire lead guitarist, Bobby Degonia. “It has been really difficult to see the devastation in and around Joplin, but it is also inspiring to witness the determination of the people there. They are survivors.”

LiveWire has been a live staple on the four-state music scene in Mo,, Okla., Ark, and Ks., for over a decade. The group recently released their debut single, “Tater Fed” to US radio, and a second single, “Heart Burn” bowed this week on the European Hotdisc Top 40 chart at #14. LiveWire will release their self-titled debut EP later this month.
About Convoy of Hope:                                                                                        
In 2010, Convoy of Hope assisted nearly 8 million people in the United States and around the world by providing food, clothing, medical aid, and other needed resources through our community outreaches and disaster response arms. The mission of Convoy of Hope is simple - we exist to feed millions of people in need in the United States and around the world through children’s nutrition initiatives, citywide outreaches and disaster response. Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope, knows how powerful compassion can be. On August 25, 1969, his parents, Harold and Betty Donaldson, were hit head-on by a drunk driver. Harold was killed; Betty was incapacitated for some time. Hal and his younger siblings quickly learned what it was like to live without many of life’s basic necessities. However people from local churches and the community assisted the family by providing food and shelter. Those generous acts gave the Donaldson kids a sense of hope, and also a determination to one day help others in need. In 1994 Convoy of Hope was formed and has morphed into a global movement where churches, businesses, government agencies, and other organizations join forces to carry out Convoy of Hope’s mission, which is to feed the world through feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing. In 16 years Convoy of Hope has helped more than 43 million people in more than 100 countries. In that time we have also given away more than $227 million worth of food and supplies to people in need. For more information about Convoy of Hope, go to www.convoyofhope.org
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/ and www.myPPK.com/get/livewire


HAUDEGEN News und Tourdaten

Newsletter 06.06.2011

HAUDEGEN entern mit ihrem Debüt-Doppelalbum „Schlicht & Ergreifend“ die Top 10!

Zwei Männer, ein Wort - und eine phantastische Top 10-Platzierung: Die Ostberliner Deutschrocker von HAUDEGEN sind soeben mit ihrem Debütalbum „Schlicht & Ergreifend“ in die deutschen Charts auf einem unglaublichen Platz #9 eingestiegen! Ein beispielloser Erfolg für eine deutsche Newcomerband, per Doppelalbum auf Anhieb die Hitparaden zu knacken!
Längst sind HAUDEGEN kein Insidergeheimtipp mehr, sondern haben sich zu einem deutschsprachigen Musikphänomen entwickelt, an dem niemand mehr vorbei kommt! Von ersten Auftritten in winzigen Jugendclubs nach ganz oben. HAUDEGEN polarisieren und faszinieren - angefangen bei Rockfans bis ins Feuilleton und sogar oberste Charts-Regionen hinein!
Nach den Vorabsingles „Großvater sagt“, „Flügel & Schwert“ und „Ein Mann ein Wort“ beweisen HAUDEGEN mit „Schlicht & Ergreifend“, dass man seinen anfänglichen Outsiderstatus überwunden hat und mittlerweile zu den absoluten Hoffnungsträgern zählt! HAUDEGEN sind das derzeit größte und interessanteste Kuriosum der deutschsprachigen Musiklandschaft. Zwei erdige Pfundskerle vermischen Liedermacher-Traditionen mit breitwandiger Pop-Attitüde und massenkompatibler Rock-Musik. Mit ihren Pop-Melodien, lyrischen Streicheleinheiten und jeder Menge großfüßigem Pomp sind sie zur richtigen Zeit am richtigen Ort, denn nie war deutschsprachige Musik so populär und erfolgreich wie in den letzten Jahren.
Ab Ende des Monats befinden sich die beiden HAUDEGEN nach ihren euphorisch aufgenommenen Kurztouren ab Ende des Monats auf ausgedehnter Deutschlandkonzertreise - im Gepäck natürlich auch ihre aktuelle Single „Zu Hause“. Heute sind HAUDEGEN in Berlin als musikalische Special Guests im Rahmen der Telekom Electronic Words-Autorenlesung zu erleben!
Warner Music und Neuland Concerts präsentieren:
HAUDEGEN live!
21.06.11 Lübeck / Riders
22.06.11 Hannover / Bei Chez Heinz
24.06.11 Magdeburg / Feuerwache
25.06.11 Dresden / Strasse E
26.06.11 Köln / Underground
27.06.11 Aschaffenburg / Colos-Saal 
28.06.11 Bochum / Matrix    
30.06.11 Hamburg / Logo
01.07.11 Berlin / Lido
Haudegen: Schlicht & Ergreifend

Haudegen

Schlicht & Ergreifend

IL VOLO - die neue Pop-Klassik-Sensation stürmt US-Charts, am 18. Juni zu Gast bei "Wetten, dass..?" im ZDF

IL VOLO - die neue Pop-Klassik-Sensation stürmt US-Charts, am 18. Juni zu Gast bei "Wetten, dass..?" im ZDF
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Il Volo
die neue Pop-Klassik-Sensation stürmt US-Charts, am 18. Juni zu Gast bei "Wetten, dass..?" im ZDF
In den USA sind sie das Top-Thema: Medien und Publikum sind begeistert von IL VOLO, dem jungen Pop-Klassik-Trio, das direkt die Top 10 der US-Billboardcharts erobert hat! Mit gerade einmal 16 und 17 Jahren sind die drei Jungs aus Italien zweifellos einer der außergewöhnlichsten neuen Acts. Jetzt machen sich IL VOLO auf, das deutsche Publikum zu begeistern und werden einen Tag nach der Veröffentlichung ihres gleichnamigen Debütalbums bei „Wetten, dass...?“ im ZDF zu Gast sein.

Mit ihrem ersten Album „Il Volo“ hat das italienische Teenager-Trio im Sturm die Top 10 der US-Billboardcharts erobert, und sorgt auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks für Aufsehen und Erfolgsmeldungen. In den USA landeten sie nach ihrem Auftritt in der TV-Hitshow "American Idol" direkt auf Platz 2 der iTunes-Charts - obwohl niemand zuvor die drei jungen Italiener überhaupt kannte! Auch in Frankreich und Belgien haben Il Volo direkt die Top10 erreicht. Il Volo, das sind Piereo Barone, 17, Ignazio Boschetto, 16, und Gianluca Ginoble, 16. In ihrer Heimat Italien sind Il Volo die absoluten Shootingstars und lassen seit ihrem ersten gemeinsamen Song „O Sole Mio die Fanherzen höher schlagen. Am 17. Juni erscheint ihr Debütalbum „Il Volo“ endlich auch bei uns.

Nur einen Tag später, am 18. Juni, sind Il Volo bei der Sommerausgabe von „Wetten, dass..?“ im ZDF zu Gast und werden auch live performen! Die Einladung zu „Wetten, dass..?“ ist für die bereits u.a. in den USA frenetisch gefeierten Newcomer ein besonderes Highlight. Mit ihrer Mischung aus Pop und Klassik machen sich Il Volo auf, das deutsche TV-Publikum zu begeistern!

Piereo, Ignazio und Gianluca begannen alle im Alter von nur drei Jahren mit Gesangsunterricht, wurden vor zwei Jahren entdeckt und zum Trio vereint. Kein geringerer als Michele Torpedine, langjähriger Manager von Andrea Bocelli und Zucchero, erkannte das Potential der Jungs und brachte sie mit den Produzenten Tony Renis und Humberto Gatica (Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Celine Dion) zusammen. Das Ergebnis gibt es ab dem 17. Juni zu hören.

IL VOLO im TV:
18.06.2011 ZDF / Wetten, dass..? / 20:15 Uhr

The Roys Congratulate iPod Nano® Contest Winner

The Roys Congratulate iPod Nano® Contest Winner
Announcement Kicks Off Jam-Packed 2011 CMA Music Festival For Duo
Nashville, TN (June 6, 2011) - The reigning two-time Inspirational Country Music's Duo of the Year The Roys, give a big shout out to Jennifer Silverman of Toronto, Ontario, who won the grand prize in the bluegrass/country duo's recent iPod Nano® Online Contest giveaway.  The nifty new Nano comes pre-loaded with songs from The Roys' debut Rural Rhythm Records' CD, LONESOME WHISTLE
 Roys with IPOD winner sign
The announcement kicks off a jam-packed 2011 CMA Music Festival schedule for Lee and
Elaine Roy, who are slated for nine live performances, six booth appearances and, what promises to be, a fierce competition in Friday's Field & Stream Celebrity Outdoorsman Challenge (complete itinerary HERE).  The busy brother and sister, who are ardent supporters of Operation Troop Aid, begin the week waving to music fans from OTA's Hummer during the Festival's Kick-Off Parade. Their live performance schedule includes shows at Cadillac Ranch (for Operation Troop Aid); The Power Source Showcase at B.B. King's; The Gibson Guitar Acoustic Stage at The Hard Rock; WSM/Durango Boots Acoustic Corner Stage; the Bud Light Stage in the Sports Zone and more.
The Roys' set list includes their current single, "Coal Minin' Man," a song that is quickly proving to be a fan favorite. The track currently sits at #4 on Power Source Magazine's Top 10 Bluegrass Song Chart; at #5 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Chart and is #16 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart.  LONESOME WHISTLE is also showing its popularity, holding the #2 spot on the TOP 66 International Bluegrass Chart for the second week in a row, and entering the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart at #15.    
Fans can receive the latest updates on The Roys and all their favorite Bluegrass artists now on their mobile devices simply by texting "bluegrass" to 90210.  
Catch up with The Roys online at www.theroysonline.com, via Twitter and on Facebook.

RURAL ROOTS MUSIC COMMISSION 'PICK'S' MAGGIE MAE OF OXFORD, WISC. FOR "BEST CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY CD OF THE YEAR."

RURAL ROOTS MUSIC COMMISSION 'PICK'S' MAGGIE MAE OF OXFORD, WISC. FOR "BEST CONTEMPORARY COUNTRY CD OF THE YEAR."
 
LeMars, Iowa....."When the 'Rural Roots Music Commission' was organized in 1980, we had no idea we would be able to expand the purpose, or the interest, into such a large arena of music appreciation."  Bob Everhart is President of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  "We started what might be called our 'music protection' society in 1975, which eventually became the NTCMA.  We quickly realized that the very slow process of placing recognition and honor on those that have made a lasting impression on country music, was leaving a huge amount of worthwhile contributors without recognition.  That was the beginning of the Rural Roots Music Commission.  We also had to find a way to distinguish what we do, so we began labeling the musical genre 'rural country,' so as not to be confused with present day country music," Everhart said. "Only a handful of those that have made significant contributions to this particular kind of music, were being honored.  We decided to seek out recording artists, performers, instrumentalists, songwriters, producers, promoters, even media specialists, that have been successful in 'rural country music' by making annual awards at the agricultural-convention and festival promoted by the National Traditional Country Music Association.  And, we decided to do this on several different levels of interest, Local, State-Wide, Regional, National, and International.  In other words, we were, and are, dedicated to finding the very best participants in all areas of this genre of music."
     Everhart went on to say, "We honor contributors to 'rural country' music in two ways now.  Some are inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame which is located in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa. Others, especially those active in 'recording' rural country music, receive recognition from the Rural Roots Music Commission.  The latter process requires a review of CDs recorded and made available to the public, prior to the festival which takes place this year August 29-September 4th, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.  CD's received are reviewed in Tradition Magazine, the house organ of the NTCMA, and then forwarded to the Rural Roots Music Commission who decide the awards to be made."
     "There are a number of categories for these honors," added Everhart.  "We are extremely pleased to announce that Ms. Maggie Mae of Oxford, Wisconsin, will be awarded RRMC's "Best Contemporary Country Music CD of the Year." Since much of the music that the RRMC has recognized over the past thirty years has been what is labeled as 'old-time country' we also realized there are a lot of artists, producers, and promoters that do country music in a 50's and 60's style, so we labeled it contemporary.  Maggie Mae has an interesting 'story' behind how she became such a good contemporary country music artist.  She owns a cafe in Oxford, Wisconsin, called "Maggie's Cafe."  It is co-owned with her husband Roger, and this particular cafe is a quite unique experience for the patrons.  You get a song with your meal.  In addition to keeping classic country music songs alive by singing to her diners, she and her husband cleaned out an old barn near the cafe, and started doing "Music in the Barn" programs that has drawn a huge crowd from the community, and has allowed Maggie to continue her efforts in keeping classic country music alive in Wisconsin.  The two venues have provided the entire area opportunity for the music to be shared and experienced, even at breakfast, which is a specialty at Maggie's Cafe.  And, quite naturally Maggie's new CD  follows that direction, it's called "Cookin' Up Country."  This combination of good food and good country music is the very epitomy of what we pursue in the Rural Roots Music Commission."
      The festival Maggie Mae will attend, has been going for 36 years.  "We will have well over 600 country music performers at this event," said Bob Everhart.  "We have 'ten' sound stages running for seven days to accomodate them.  9am-midnight every day for seven days seems like a huge production, and it is.  Getting everyone to the proper stage at the proper time can be a scheduling nightmare, however the end result is an absolutely unbelievable gathering of like-minded fans and participants who like their country music to be 'rural' in nature.  That means it's real country music, not rock and roll called country, not heavy metal called country, not jazz called country, not blues called country.  We call it like it is...and it's 'rural' country, the real-deal.  We're also very pleased we are able to provide a clean non-alcoholic non-drug venue for the fans of this music to come to.  The Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, is large, and totally flat.  Huge air conditioned buildings for shows, as well as outdoor stages. Great country cookin' and some of the best Iowa corn-fed beef steaks anyone is likely to ever eat.  LeMars is also home of Bluebunny Ice Cream, the largest ice cream manufacturer in the world, so we combine all the 'best' of everything.  Country music, country food, and country ice cream.  You just can't beat a deal like that, not at the prices we charge.  General admission is $15 per day per person, a seven-day open-gate pass is $60 per person.  This includes everything, all ten stages, and all celebrities.  This year, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, and Jeannie Seely will be with us.  Bonnie Guitar, thelegendary recording artist of "Dark Moon" will also be with us, and well over 600 pickers, singers, players, musicians, and performing artists.  We have excellent RV camping facilities too, with 30-amp hook-ups at $12 a day (no reservations).  A Tipi Village in an old ghost town setting is a great place for 'jammers' to gather, and throw in six old time dances in the Dance Hall, and it's a pretty good deal for the dollar.  We keep telling folks, don't put all your money in your gas tank to drive hundreds of miles to see one show, come be with us and see a thousand."
     More information about the NTCMA and the Rural Roots Music Commission, the Pioneer Music Museum, and the annual festival of Agricultural Arts, Crafts, and Rural Lifestyle is available at their website at http://www.orgsites.com/ia/oldtimemusic

RURAL ROOTS MUSIC COMMISSION 'PICK'S' SHERWIN LINTON OF MINNEAPOLIS, MN., FOR "BEST COUNTRY MUSIC TRIBUTE ALBUM OF THE YEAR" AWARD

RURAL ROOTS MUSIC COMMISSION 'PICK'S' SHERWIN LINTON OF MINNEAPOLIS, MN., FOR "BEST COUNTRY MUSIC TRIBUTE ALBUM OF THE YEAR" AWARD
 
 
     LeMars, Iowa....."When the 'Rural Roots Music Commission' was organized in 1980, we had no idea we would be able to expand the purpose, or the interest, into such a large arena of music appreciation."  Bob Everhart is President of the National Traditional Country Music Association.  "We started what might be called our 'music protection' society in 1975, which eventually became the NTCMA.  We quickly realized that the very slow process of placing recognition and honor on those that have made a lasting impression on country music, was leaving a huge amount of worthwhile contributors without recognition.  That was the beginning of the Rural Roots Music Commission.  We also had to find a way to distinguish what we do, so we began labeling the musical genre 'rural country,' so as not to be confused with present day country music," Everhart said. "Only a handful of those that have made significant contributions to this particular kind of music, were being honored.  We decided to seek out recording artists, performers, instrumentalists, songwriters, producers, promoters, even media specialists, that have been successful in 'rural country music' by making annual awards at the convention and festival promoted by the National Traditional Country Music Association.  And, we decided to do this on several different levels of interest, Local, State-Wide, Regional, National, and International.  In other words, we were, and are, dedicated to finding the very best participants in all areas of this genre of music."
     Everhart went on to say, "We honor contributors to 'rural country' music in two ways now.  Some are inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame which is located in the Pioneer Music Museum in Anita, Iowa. Others, especially those active in 'recording' rural country music, receive recognition from the Rural Roots Music Commission.  The latter process requires a review of CDs recorded and made available to the public, one year prior to the festival which takes place August 29-September 4th, 2011, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.  CD's received are reviewed in Tradition Magazine, the house organ of the NTCMA, and then forwarded to the Rural Roots Music Commission who decide the awards to be made."
     "There are a number of categories for these honors," added Everhart.  "We are extremely pleased to announce that Sherwin Linton, of Minneapolis, Mn., has been selected for "Best Country Tribute Album of the Year" award.  Sherwin Linton has worked with just about every popular country music artist in the business," Everhart added, "he got his first big break with a song he recorded called "Cotton King." This placed him within the ear of the King of Country Music, Roy Acuff, who was quick to put Sherwin with his friend Wesley Rose, who became Sherwin's manager.  This amazing experience led him to many doors, some he opened, some he didn't.  Working for the Acuff-Rose Company in Nashville, opened the most doors.  Sherwin was soon on national television shows, and performing coast to coast.  He was among the top nominees for 'Entertainer of the Year' by the Country Music Association in 1972 and 1973, and again nominated by the Music City News, the Academy of Country Music, and several other organizations for similar honors.  In 1975, he released "When She Cries," which won 'Single of the Year' award, and through the 60's, 70's, and 80's Sherwin was on the road playing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to Las Vegas, and keeping his country music 'country.'  He became a mainstage act at state and county fairs throughout America, eventually working with the legendary "Hap" Peebles, perhaps the most accomplished country music booking agent in the business.  Sherwin's release of "Hello, I'm Not Johnny Cash" was perhaps his most successful tribute to a friend and a legend.  His newest CD however, may be the ultimate follow-up to all of his previous work.  "Hillbilly Heaven" is a massive undertaking, utilizing the time and talents of a huge number of country music celebrities.  It is this work that best describes the 'nature' of Sherwin Linton's musical career.  His devotion to country music as a musical artform that came from, and still represents, rural America is  also 'true' to Mr. Linton.  His many accomplishments are wrapped up in this one project, that will inevitably go down in the history books of country music, as perhaps the best 'tribute' to the shining stars of country music in our lifetime, and in our very own heaven."
      The festival Sherwin Linton and his wife Pam, will attend, has been going for 36 years.  Sherwin will be honored on Tuesday, August 30, 9:30pm, on the main stage, following the Jim Ed Brown & Helen Cornelius Grand Ole Opry Show.  "We will have well over 600 country music performers at this event throughout the week," said Bob Everhart.  "We have 'ten' sound stages running for seven days to accomodate them.  9am-midnight every day for seven days seems like a huge production, and it is.  Getting everyone to the proper stage at the proper time can be a scheduling nightmare, however the end result is an absolutely unbelievable gathering of like-minded fans and participants who like their country music to be 'rural' in nature.  That means it's 'real' country music, not rock and roll called country, not heavy metal called country, not jazz called country, not rap called country, not blues called country.  We call it like it is...and it's 'rural' country, the real-deal.  We're also very pleased we are able to provide a clean non-alcoholic non-drug venue for the fans of this music to come to.  The Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa, is large, and level.  Huge air conditioned buildings for shows, as well as outdoor stages.  Great country cookin' and some of the best Iowa corn-fed beef steaks anyone is likely to ever eat.  LeMars is also home of Bluebunny Ice Cream, the largest ice cream manufacturer in the world, so we combine all the 'best' of everything.  Country music, country food, and country ice cream.  You just can't beat a deal like that, not at the prices we charge.  General admission is $15 per day per person, a seven-day gate pass is just $60 per person.  This includes everything, all ten stages, and all celebrities.  This year, Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, and Jeannie Seely will be with us from the Grand Ole Opry.  Bonnie Guitar, the legendary recording artist of "Dark Moon" will also be with us, and well over 600 pickers, singers, players, musicians, and performing artists.  We have excellent RV camping facilities too, with 30-amp hook-ups at $12 a day (no reservations).  A Tipi Village in an old ghost town setting is a great place for 'jammers' to gather, and throw in six old time dances in the Dance Hall, and it's a pretty good deal for the dollar.  Workshops, contests, open stages, even the front porch of an old log cabin become focal points of entertainment interest, done much the way it was done when homesteaders started settling Iowa.  We keep telling folks, don't put all your money in your gas tank to drive hundreds of miles to see one show, come home, be with us, and see a thousand."
     More information about the NTCMA and the Rural Roots Music Commission, the Pioneer Music Museum, and the annual festival of Agricultural Arts, Crafts, and Rural Lifestyle is available at their website at http://www.orgsites.com/ia/oldtimemusic

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