Thursday, June 9, 2011



Opening Act Support From Label Group With The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia & Edens Edge

Superstar Offers A Preview During CMA Music Festival Performance On Friday, June 10

Nashville, Tennessee (June 9, 2011) – Earlier today, multimedia superstar Reba announced her upcoming fall tour. She will give fans a preview of her impending 31-city trek throughout the US and Canada during the CMA Music Festival on Friday, June 10, at LP Field in Nashville. Reba will play her current single “When Love Gets A hold Of You” as well as several previous smashes like “Fancy” and “Turn On The Radio.” Fellow Big Machine Label Group artists – Republic Nashville’s multi-platinum sibling trio The Band Perry and Big Machine Records’ emerging stars Steel Magnolia and Edens Edge – will open select US dates beginning in October.

I am very excited about the fall tour. We are designing new production and staging. I'm looking forward to touring with The Band Perry, Steel Magnolia and Eden's Edge. It will be a night of great music and I'm planning on having a blast,” said Reba.

One of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 56 million albums worldwide and her previous 13 studio albums have all achieved Gold or Platinum-plus status. 
As a leading lady in the genre, she was recently inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame for her contributions. She has won 15 American Music Awards; 13 Academy of Country Music Awards; 9 People’s Choice Awards; 6 Country Music Association Awards and 2 GRAMMY Awards throughout her extraordinary career. She is one of only four entertainers in history to be honored with a National Artistic Achievement Award by the U.S. Congress. Reba’s reign of 35 #1 hits spans four decades, prompting Billboard, Country Aircheck and Mediabase to all recognize her as the biggest female hit-maker in Country music history. The multimedia superstar recently earned her 64th Top 10 hit with “Turn On The Radio” and her 35th #1 with the lead single from her new album, ALL THE WOMEN I AM.  

Reba’s unprecedented run of sales successes extended the superstar’s lead as the female artist with the most RIAA sales certifications and #1 albums in Country music history. The superstar surpassed the two-million-fan mark on Facebook, propelling her into an elite group of Country artists to achieve the popularity milestone. Also an acclaimed film, TV and Broadway actress, Reba signed with The Valory Music Co. in November 2008. The move reunited the multimedia entertainer with industry leader Scott Borchetta, now President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group, which includes Big Machine Records, The Valory Music Co. and Republic Nashville.  

A full schedule and ticketing information will be announced at a later date. For more on Reba and up-to-date tour details, please visit:

ABOUT THE BAND PERRYThe self-titled debut album by the family band was released in October 2010 and just four months later, it was certified Gold. The trio’s “modern throwback” style combines classic Country with an eclectic infusion of Rock, Gospel and Soul. As songwriters and musicians, their sound is distinct and rounded out by the rare magic of perfect three-part harmonies. Their first single, the up-tempo “Hip To My Heart” was a Top 20 hit, followed by the inspiring, reflective “If I Die Young,” which earned a Grammy nomination, reached #1, was certified Double Platinum and racked up over 18 million views on YouTube. The Band Perry recently revealed their third single, “You Lie.” The sassy anthem of a woman scorned features wordplay that proves the pen is mightier than the sword. “You Lie” is TBP’s fastest-climbing radio single to date, already in the Top 5 on Country Charts. Having previously garnered Grammy, CMA, CMT and ACA nominations, The Band Perry recently earned their first CMT Music Award for “USAWEEKEND Breakthrough Video of the Year” as well as ACM Awards for "New Duo or Group of the Year" and the coveted "New Artist of the Year." Currently they are on Tim McGraw’s Emotional Traffic Tour and will join Keith Urban on the road in September.

ABOUT STEEL MAGNOLIACMT’s 'Can You Duet' season two winners Steel Magnolia (Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones) captivated America with their dynamic harmonies and musicianship that is one part Country and two parts Southern Soul. After their win, the duo landed a record deal with Big Machine Records (home to Taylor Swift) and released debut single, “Keep On Lovin’ You.” The song climbed the Billboard Country Songs chart to peak at #4 and became the fastest-rising single by a male/female duo in Country music history. Steel Magnolia’s critically-acclaimed, self-titled debut album was released January 1, 2011 and features hits like, "Keep On Lovin' You," "Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)" and their current single, "Last Night Again."  The duo's National TV appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, Lopez Tonight, CBS Early Show, Better TV, 2010 CMT Music Awards and they will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! later this month. They have also been featured in such outlets as USA Today, Associated Press, Billboard, People, Country Weekly and The Huffington Post. 

ABOUT EDENS EDGEComprised of Hannah Blaylock (lead vocalist), Dean Berner (harmony vocals, guitar, dobro) and Cherrill Green (harmony vocals, mandolin, banjo, and guitar), Edens Edge composes a unique musical blend deeply rooted in Country and Bluegrass. Growing up about an hour from each other in Arkansas the members of Edens Edge never met until they were introduced through mutual friends in college. After entering the CMT/NSAI Songwriters Contest in 2006, the band was discovered by Kye Fleming who helped further develop the group’s writing and artistic talents. In recent months the trio has opened for such Country stars as Lady Antebellum, Gloriana, Lonestar and Ronnie Milsap. Throughout the summer, they are on the Brad Paisley H2O II: Wetter & Wilder World Tour. Recently profiled as one of Billboard’s “Artists to Watch in 2011” the trio’s debut single on Big Machine Records, “Amen,” is already in the Top 40 on the Country Charts.

Folk Festival on the Canal 2011 - June 16 - 17 - 18 and 19 - Get Your Passes On-Line Today

Thursday, June 16 - The Festival Folk sur le Canal Opening Gala (8 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
An opening night concert featuring John Sebastian - founding member of the Lovin' Spoonful.  One glass of wine and a cheese course included in the admission price.
Georges Vanier Cultural Centre (2450 Workman)

John Sebastian
with Emilie Clepper

Friday, June 17 - Urban Camping Along the Canal (4 p.m. to 9:15 p.m)
In partnership with Parks Canada, the Festival is pleased to present this open-air, free concert. 
IIot Charlevoix - Northwest Corner of St. Patrick and Charlevoix (across from Magnan)

Hellbound Hepcats
Folk Jam featuring Rob Lutes, Matt Large, Sacred Harp Singers and tonnes more
Edinburgh Choir

Saturday, June 18 (noon to 10 p.m.)
Terrasse St. Ambroise (5080 St. Ambroise)

Allison Lickley
Scott Normandy
The Wildwood Flowers
Bourrasque Celtique
Emm Gryner                                                              
Rose Cousins
Fred Eaglesmith
Tricot Machine

Sunday, June 19 (noon to 8:30 p.m.)
Terrasse St. Ambroise (5080 St. Ambroise)

Cecile Doo Kingue
Joe Grass
Grouyan Gombo
Anthony D’Amato                         
Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few
Sheesham and Lotus
David Francey   

Mark your calendars! Hello Darlin' Productions, Hyperbole Music, Parks Canada, the Arrondissement du Sud-Ouest and the Centre St-Ambroise have partnered to present the 4th annual Montréal Folk Festival on the Canal. This special four-day music event - slated for Thursday to Sunday, June 16 to 19, 2011 - will take place at various locations in the Arrondissement du Sud-Ouest, including the Georges-Vanier Cultural Centre, a new Parks Canada outdoor venue, and our beloved St-Ambroise Terrace located behind the McAuslan Brewery (5080 St-Ambroise Street) along the historic Lachine Canal.

The Folk Festival on the Canal will showcase some of the top names in folk and roots music.

We have created a number of ticketing options for this year’s festival, including incredible early-bird pricing. To purchase tickets in advance, visit This is the only way to get advance tickets.

The festival will take place rain or shine. Join us at the St-Ambroise Terrace on Saturday and Sunday for two full days of music. Our commitment to providing top-notch food options continues this year with a number of well-recognized local businesses at the St-Ambroise venue to tempt your taste buds! Parking will also be available on site for a small fee. This is a family-friendly event replete with children's activities and performances! For full details and the complete schedule, visit

For four great days of music, food, and McAuslan Brewing’s award-winning beer, don’t miss the 2011 Folk Festival on the Canal!

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Nabiha: Single: Deep Sleep


Single: Deep Sleep
VÖ: 05.08.2011

Wie ein doppelter Espresso vorm Schlafengehen - so wirkt die erste Single der dänischen Newcomerin Nabiha. "Deep Sleep", die hierzulande erste Auskopplung aus ihrem Debüt-Album "Cracks", ist ein aufgekratzter Up-Tempo-Song im Elektro-Pop-Arrangement mit brillanten Harmonien, die den Geist eines wahren Klassikers atmen. Gefühlvoller Soul im Urban Clubbing-Chic.
Die "Hallo-Wach"-Hymne mit der eingängigen Melodie schrieb die in Kopenhagen aufgewachsene Nabiha  zusammen mit dem schwedischen Songwriter und Produzenten-Jungstar Carl Ryden. Abgemischt wurde die Singleversion des Tracks pressfrisch von niemand Geringerem als dem Grammy-ausgezeichneten Dance-Producer Kevin „KD“ Davis, der schon Größen wie Rihanna, Usher, Kelis, P!nk, Outcast und vielen anderen hochrangigen Acts letzte Hit-Schliffe verpasst hat und dessen catchy Handschrift sich deutlich durch diesen etwas anderen Wake Up-Call zieht.
"Deep Sleep" fängt die ansteckende Energie der jungen Lady mit dem unglaublichen Charme und der einzigartigen Stimme wunderbar ein. Zuerst küsste sie das Nachbarland im Norden mit ihrem unverwechselbaren Power-Sound wach, nun macht sich Nabiha daran, von Kopenhagen aus den Rest Europas zu erobern.
Y'akoto: 4-Track EP


4-Track EP
VÖ: 22.07.2011

Y’akoto, Tochter eines Ghanaers und einer Deutschen, Kosmopolitin, die Hamburg, Lomé und Paris Heimat nennt, stellt mit dieser EP samt der 1. Single „Tamba“ vier bewegende Songs ihres in Kürze erscheinenden Debüt-Albums „Babyblues“ vor. Wie die 23-jährige die Bedeutung ihrer Worte mit tonnenschwerem Gefühl zu untermauern weiß; wie sie ihren jugendlichen Elan mit den vokalen Fähigkeiten einer gestandenen Sängerin verknüpft; wie sie ihre Sensibilität für emotionale Momente aus ihrer hanseatischen Unaufgeregtheit herausschält – das perlt nicht stumpf an einem ab. Das berührt. Das bewegt. Das zeigt Wirkung. Y’akoto tritt mit ihren Songs in die großen Fußstapfen solcher Künstler wie Billie Holiday, Nina Simone und Erykah Badu und schafft es mühelos, große Gefühle in kleine Geschichten zu verpacken; die Begebenheiten eines Einzelnen zu einer Angelegenheit von vielen zu machen. Das zeigt auch ihre erste Single eindrucksvoll: Denn anstatt sich der Welt mit einem heiteren Stück vorzustellen, erzählt Y’akoto im bewegenden „Tamba“ vom Schicksal eines afrikanischen Kindersoldaten. Der Song transportiert Bilder, die sich im Kopf eines jeden Hörers festsetzen wie Granatensplitter; die das furchtbare Los akustisch fühlbar werden lassen. „Natürlich ist das kein Stück, das einem beim Zuhören ein Lächeln ins Gesicht zaubert. Aber es bringt einen zum Nachdenken“, erklärt Y’akoto ihren Entschluss, „Tamba“ als erste Single zu veröffentlichen. „Musik muss eben auch nicht immer angenehm sein. Manchmal muss es weh tun, um etwas bewirken zu können.“ Und eine anhaltende Wirkung wird man EP und Album kaum absprechen können - Y’akoto kehrt auf „Babyblues“ ihr Innerstes nach außen.
Pat Metheny: Album: What's It All About

Pat Metheny

Album: What's It All About
VÖ: 17.06.2011

„Metheny gehört zu den seltenen Jazz-Musiker, die den Instinkt eines Pop-Komponisten für große Melodien mit der Virtuosität verknüpfen können, spontane und ausgiebige Soli zu spielen, ohne sich dabei zu wiederholen.“  (Guardian).
What It’s All About ist nach fast 40 Alben die erste Sammlung des innovativen Gitarristen, auf der sich nicht eine einzige Eigenkomposition befindet. Trotzdem ist es in Atmosphäre und Klangfarbe ein auf seine Art originäres PAT METHENY-Album. „Ich wollte einige der Songs aufnehmen, die ich auf dem Schirm hatte, lange bevor ich selbst auch nur eine Note komponiert hatte“, erläutert PAT METHENY die Songauswahl für What It’s All About. „In manchen Fällen handelt es sich sogar um Songs, die ich kannte, lange bevor ich ein Instrument in die Hand genommen hatte. Ich wurde 1954 geboren, und während meiner Kindheit und meiner frühen Jugend befanden sich alle diese Songs irgendwann einmal in den Top-40. Es war damals eine Epoche, in der Harmonie und Melodie sehr wichtig waren und grundlegende Elemente in der Pop-Musik darstellten. Jeder dieser Songs besitzt etwas, was auf der musikalischen Ebene hip ist, ganz egal wie man es spielt. Und jeder von diesen Songs hat mich über all die Jahre begeleitet.“
Wie schon bei One Quiet Night dominiert auch auf What It’s All About die eigentümlich gestimmte Bariton-Gitarre, die ihn seit 2001 nie wieder losgelassen hat. In den Pausen zwischen Soundcheck und Show griff PAT METHENY in den vergangenen Jahren immer wieder zu diesem Instrument, das ihm eng an Herz gewachsen war. „Fast jeden Tag arbeitete ich mich durch die eine oder andere wohlbekannte Melodie, und jedesmal, wenn ein gelegentlicher Besucher oder die lokalen Crew-Leute mich hörten, kam jemand und fragte mich, von welchem Album das Stück sei, das ich gerade spielte. Ich musste dann antworten, dass ich es nie aufgenommen habe. Und in all den Jahren wurde ich den Gedanken nicht los, dass ich einmal ein Album mit diesen Songs aufnehmen sollte.“
Ähnlich wie bei One Quiet Night nahm METHENY die Songs zu What It’s All About spätnachts in seinem Apartment in New York City auf. Sein rekordverdächtiges Werk wurde mit 18 Grammys in 12 verschiedenen Kategorien ausgezeichnet und erforschte unterschiedlichste Bereiche: Und doch gelingt es PAT METHENY immer wieder, seine Fans und die Jazzwelt mit neuen Ideen und Konzepten zu überraschen - siehe What It’s All About.  
ADYA: Album: Classic


Album: Classic
VÖ: 15.07.2011

Jede Menge Party mit Bach, Mozart, Beethoven und Co.Eurovision-Produzent Aadrian van Landschoot sowie „Night of the Proms“-Dirigent und Arrangeur Edwig Abrath (arbeitete bereits mit Weltstars wie Brian Ferry, Cliff Richard, Joe Cocker, Gloria Gaynor, John Miles, Julio Iglesias, Seal, Status Quo, James Brown u.v.a.) haben die größten Meisterwerke der Klassik mit der Dynamik der Popmusik verknüpft – und damit einen echten Chartbreaker geschaffen: ADYA CLASSIC! Dabei unterlegten sie die unsterblichen Melodien von Bach, Mozart, Beethoven und Co. nicht nur mit einem zeitgemäßen Beat, sondern fügten zu jedem Titel neukomponierte Passagen hinzu. Das Ergebnis: ein völlig neuer Sound, der edle Klassikklänge mit eingängigem Elektro-Pop und energiegeladenen Rock-Sounds zu einem kongenialen Musikmix verbindet. Partystimmung inklusive!
Warner Music Group


Nashville, Tenn. – June 9, 2011 – Last night at the 2011 CMT Music Awards, top nominee Jason Aldean and rapper Ludacris brought the house down with an unexpected collaboration of Aldean’s current Top 10 hit “Dirt Road Anthem.”  The remix of the song is now available on iTunes for download.  Additionally, the performance video will be available on Mon., June 13.

"Ludacris absolutely killed his verse of the song," said Aldean.   "He name checks Kenny Rogers and talks about drinking cold beer…that's pretty country, if you ask me!   I think Luda said it best last night at the close of the song when he told the crowd 'History has been made.'  It really did feel like one of those one-in-a-lifetime television moments, and the CMT Music Awards was the perfect show for it.  The fans were crazy!"

To watch Aldean and Ludacris’ performance of “Dirt Road Anthem” from last night’s CMT Music Awards, click here:

Aldean’s “Dirt Road Anthem” is currently the No. one song on the iTunes Country Songs chart, and it plowed its way into the Top 10 on the radio charts this week.  The fan-favorite track is the third single off MY KINDA PARTY that has already spawned two smash hits ( “Don’t You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson and "My Kinda Party).  The album hit big out of the gate, setting a record as the highest first week debut by a male artist in 4 years, and the now PLATINUM disc it has remained planted at the top of the chart since its Nov. release.

For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit

American Idol Contestants...Conquering Fame and Fortune After Defeat

American Idol Contestants...Conquering Fame and Fortune After Defeat
   The thrill of victory and oh the agony of defeat! But just because contestants didn't win on American Idol would mean that they have blown their chances to fame and fortune! Take a look at these examples:
Chris Daughtry from season five was given a record deal by RCA records after his elimination American Idol. He formed a band called Daughtry and this self-titled debut album sold more than one million copies after just five weeks of release, thereby making it the fastest selling debut album in rock history. Chris Daughtry is now the third most successful American Idol contestant in terms of record sales, falling behind Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.
Mario Vazquez from season four made it into the top 12 only to drop out for "family reasons." In 2005, he signed with Arista Records and in September 2006 he released his self-titled debut album and the single, Gallery, peaked at 35 on the charts.
Robyn Troup from season six didn't even make the top 24 and she won the "My Grammy Moment" contest to perform live with Justin Timberlake at the Grammys and to top it off, she signed a deal with Timberlake's production company!
Then there are those who tried out for American Idol that didn't get the famous "golden ticket" along with hearing the words, "You're going to Hollywood!" Ashley Quarles, a 2009 finalist for American Idol in Atlanta, Georgia is making quite a name for herself. Ashley,who is  the granddaughter to Country Music Hall of Famer, Miss Betty Logan, also made it to the finals for The Colgate Country Showdown in 2010 and she was just announced the monthly winner of an online talent competition by uploading a video of herself singing.
Ashley's video received the most votes for the month of April making her the winner of 1,000 dollars along with the opportunity for her video to be seen by J Brawner Music who has written and produced for select contestants of American Idol from 2003 to 2007.
Jason Brawner of J. Brawner Music, a mentor for the 2B Awards,  will be viewing the top winning videos in all their musical categories...categories such as vocals, bands and solo instruments. Jason is an independent record producer who has helped over 500 artists and songwriters record and market original music since 2001. His songwriting, production and consulting skills have scored his clients contracts with most major labels and dozens of publishers, management companies, booking agents and television networks.
His songs have been recorded or on hold by dozens of major label artists including David Foster, Josh Groban, Clay Aiken, Hilary Duff, Rascal Flatts and Carrie Underwood. His film and TV credits include FOX, CBS, NBC, BBC, Bravo, Harpo Productions (Oprah), Five TV (UK) and Dogstar Media among others. From 2003-2007 Jason wrote and produced for select contestants of American Idol. From 2003-2007 Jason wrote and produced for select contestants of American Idol. As a teenager in the late 90's, Jason toured with Lalapalooza, Tom Petty, Steely Dan, The Eagles, Grateful Dead and Sade.

Maybe you've been a little discouraged because you or your band  have been trying to gain a little fame and fortune. You know you got what it takes to make it it just hasn't been an easy road. Or maybe you don't have the money or the time to get to an American Idol audition (not to mention having to wait in those long lines!)
Why not  do what Ashley did and enter an online singing competition? Invite some friends over, get all glammed up and pull out the karaoke machine! You can take turns recording each other and enter your best performances! You might already be on top of your game and have a few videos of yourself or of your band already on YouTube that you could submit. How do you think Justin Bieber got discovered?
So go ahead, rise and conquer!! Make a date with destiny and let the world see your amazing talent! There just might be stars in your future!
Author: Amber Espanet

Steel Guitar News

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Hi Bobbe:
This is a spot-on article you have penned! Yep! There's hope for steel even yet. I do agree. 
Last week, at one of the jams I was at, I took my SD-10 Ultra to sit-in. The best I could ever hope for from this bunch as being "Country" music was Janis Joplin's version of "Bobby McGee" or Neil Young. 
Ray Price or Merle were just NOT on the menu, not will they ever likely be. Keith Urban and other "country" singers ( You know, those country-singers for country fans who don't really LIKE country music) sometimes are the choices of tunes selected by one or more of the guests.  It might get played, but not first choice when everyone speaks fluent blues and say, Bob Seeger etc.  A rack of electric guitar floor-pedals consume sometimes more floor-space than your average D-10 with a Nashville 112 lurking against the wall.
But for the most part, I've found locally, at most of the clubs that host jams, it's usually a Strat and Les Paul thrasher paradise. Therefore, I ended up playing a heavily distorted crash-and-burn version of "Crazy Arms" that someone sorta knew, and the rest of the night was spent shredding to the sweet melodic tones of Ozzy Ozborne's "Crazy Train"; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Eric Clapton; and Cheryl Crow.  "Different!", to say the least. 
The jammers and crowd thought it was awesome.  Fun for me, but still wanting, compared to the real stuff we steelers tend to embrace. 
"Merle Haggard?  Who's he?  Nawww, Sorry man.  Don't know 'im!  Who's Hank Williams?" And so it goes! ..."Hey, The Stones are pretty country,.." (Actually, Ron Wood IS a steeler.  And I do like The Stones!) 
Swing and jazz, I've found at these jams, has a glimmer of hope in being appreciated and even played the odd time. But NOT country! Gawd NO!! (Where's that vampire-cross?).  Johnny Cash, however, seems very popular these days among the younger set. Is it because his music is really appreciated or is it because he's become a "cool" trend?  Who knows?  At least it's still a good sign.  And you don't hear steel in his material.  It's a foreign instrument, full of daunting mystery to onlookers from the rock ilk.  A gazillion Tellys; Strats; PRS; and Les Pauls will move out the door of the local music retailer before someone even comes in to ask about strings for a PSG or a Stringmaster. I ordered a set of steel E9/C6 strings, last year, that six weeks later were "still on the truck" and would be in later, hopefully that week. I ended up going to where they sell PSGs to get my stock.
BTW: PSGs and lap-steels are pronounced, "Slide lap-top steel-string guitar", and "slide-pedal" by this Led Zeppelin aficionado crew.  I was sorta clueless on the material chosen at this jam, but since I had scales on my side, and a trowel of raw distortion to slap on at will, it all darned-well worked!  Wow!  That was exhilarating!  Now I'm being hailed as some kind of "slide guru" by the local guitar-slingers. 
Sadly, maybe that's the way things are going. Nobody has ever heard of Jimmy Day; Buddy Emmons; Lloyd Green etc.  But they all are well-acquainted with Robert Randolph (IMHO, he's great!); Steve Howe; and David Gilmour (Pink Floyd..)... Even my surgeon (BTW: I now have cancer,..) digs those steelers. To me, they don't seem to play melodies as much as sounds. I guess it's all art and all of it is allowed.  But maybe I'm spoiled by folks like yourself and David Hartley; Fred Justice; etc. and the list goes on and on and on and on.  I'm kinda partial to hearing the actual tune rather than just aimless glissandos and swells.
Anyway, maybe that's the new direction for steel.  Especially LSG, and reso. (Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes certainly cut a few paths in that department). Still, most jammers are unfamiliar with Blue Highway or Union Station. Minds need to open.  And as unfamiliar the popular forms of rock and  contemporary blues are to me, I try to take it all in stride with the intent of actually learning something! Can't hurt! The discipline is good too! Legions are a slam-dunk for a country-jammin' steel-player. But there are restrictions: It occurs rarely or only at dances; the crowds, although appreciative are ageing and don't come out as much. Spot-checks and smoking-laws tend to curb that enthusiasm for the older set also, especially if there's a hockey-game or World's Series the same night. BTW: I support both spot-check DWI measures and anti-smoking rules fully. But there's substance to saying that these have altered the clubbing habits of most adult jamming players. Times have indeed
 changed. It's our job to readily try to change with them.  If we choose not to, it won't bode well for the future of our conspicuousness of our type of music and playing.
It's still a rock and roll world out there! And there's the writing on our own wall: Seems New country doesn't use steel as much as trad-country does/did, because it appeals mostly to those who don't really take to pure country. It's sorta heavy-metal under a hat! IMHO, it's not defined. 
But maybe the hard-core rockers are finally listening. "Rock and roll will never die!" and perhaps, with their acceptance of our instrument, neither will steel guitar!

BTW: I love steelin' to Rolling Stones tunes! (lol)

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NASHVILLE -- Australian artist Tommy Emmanuel was presented with the 2011 CMA Global Country Artist Award Monday by superstar Keith Urban, in front of a standing room only crowd at the Chevrolet Presents the CMA Global Artist Party at The Stage in Nashville during 2011 CMA Music Festival Week.
After performing acoustically to an enthralled crowd Emmanuel was surprised when Urban joined him on stage for the presentation. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist who has furthered Country Music’s popularity and brought attention to the format in their foreign-based territory.  Previous winners include Paul Brandt (Canada), Troy Cassar-Daley (Australia), Lee Kernaghan (Australia), and Jason McCoy (Canada).
“This award means so much to me because I spend 90 percent of the year on the road, travelling around the world playing music,” said Emmanuel. “And I tell people about America because I love this place. I choose to live in Nashville because a lot of the roots of the music that I play are right here and in Kentucky. I’ve always seen it as not just my job but my calling to get out there and play music and show the younger generation that it’s cool to be yourself and set your mind on being the best that you can.”
Recognized internationally as one of the world’s finest guitar pickers, Tommy Emmanuel has been performing for almost five decades. Chet Atkins called the two-time Grammy nominee “one of the all-time greatest guitarists on the planet.” A multiple award winner, Emmanuel was known throughout Asia, Australia, and Europe before he became known in the US. His catalogue includes 20 recordings and he performs 300 concerts a year worldwide, currently he is on tour in the USA

Country Superstar Dolly Parton to Meet Fans in the Fan Fair Hall For the First Time in Over Three Decades

Country Superstar Dolly Parton to Meet Fans in the Fan Fair Hall For the First Time in Over Three Decades
NASHVILLE – The 2011 CMA Music Festival promises to bring even more excitement and entertainment to downtown Nashville.

Country Music icon Dolly Parton will meet with a limted number of lucky fans on Saturday at Noon,  in the Fan Fair Exhibit Hall. Parton, who hasn’t signed autographs at the event since the mid 1970s, wanted to do something special for fans in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Fan Fair.

With so much to do and see at this four-day festival, it takes seven days to get it all in. And the fun begins tonight!


KATATONIA TO JOIN OPETH FOR FALL NORTH AMERICAN TOUR“Heritage Tour” to kick off in late September 
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Swedish progressive metal titan Katatonia has announced its return to North American shores this fall. Katatonia will join fellow countrymen Opeth on a six week run, dubbed the “Heritage Tour”, which will conquer over 30 cities across the US and Canada beginning in September.
            Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of this monumental combination of Swedish metal heavyweights:            "Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of Katatonia, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the states this fall when Opeth are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europ,e and not only was that tour very well received by both bands’ fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends. Some people have even been calling this bill their ‘dream line-up’, so it's only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we're playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!"

            Katatonia last toured North America in the fall of 2010, a headlining run on the “Night Over North America” tour, in support of its 2009 release Night Is The New Day.            The band recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as a leading light in progressive heavy metal.            Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia and the “Heritage Tour”.

“Heritage Tour” dates 2011…
Sept. 19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 20 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Sept. 21 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sept. 22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sept. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Sept. 26 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sept. 27 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
Sept. 28 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Sept. 29 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
Sept. 30 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Oct. 01 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
Oct. 03 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Oct. 04 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
Oct. 05 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Oct. 06 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
Oct. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct. 08 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings
Oct. 10 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
Oct. 11 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Oct. 13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 14 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
Oct. 20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Oct. 21 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater
Oct. 22 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct. 25 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Oct. 28 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Oct. 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Oct. 30 - Guelph, ON - Guelph Concert Theatre
Oct. 31 - Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theatre
Nov. 01 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!



“This Ole Boy” Releases to Country Radio June 21
Nashville, TN...(June 8, 2011)...Country music star and celebrated TV host Craig Morgan is excited to return to his roots with the release of his first single with Black River Entertainment. “This Ole Boy,” written by Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson, and Rhett Akins, is the perfect sing-along country love song.

“This Ole Boy” will ship June 21 and will deliver June 22via PlayMPE. It is the first single from Morgan’s upcoming sixth studio album and is expected to release in early 2012.

In addition to the new music at country radio, Morgan is set to begin his second season of his Outdoor Channel series, “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,” on June 25.

 ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. In addition to his career as a Country Music superstar, Craig is also a celebrated TV personality as the host of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” every Saturday morning on The Outdoor Channel, with Season 2 set to debut June 25. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and additional years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit or follow him on Twitter @cmorganmusic.

Two Events on Tuesday to Help Kick-Off CMA Music Festival Week

AristoMedia Stages Two Events on Tuesday to Help Kick-Off CMA Music Festival Week

(Nashville, TN – June 8, 2011)  The AristoMedia Group held two showcase events on Tuesday to help kick off CMA Music Festival week.  The AristoMedia Global Show (co-sponsored by CMA) was held Tuesday at noon, followed by the Aristo Summer Show at 3:00 p.m.  Both events were held at downtown honky tonk The Second Fiddle.

Eight international Country acts participated in the AristoMedia Global Show: High Valley (Canada), Brett Kissel (Canada), Ryan Laird (Canada), Mike & Ashley (New Zealand), Craig Morrison (Australia), Six West (Canada), Springfield (Australia) and Steve & Heather (France).  Australian group The McClymonts hosted the event.
The Aristo Summer Show followed immediately at 3:00 p.m.  Artists performing included: Deborah Allen, Lacy Green, Adam Gregory, Amber Hayes, Ty Herndon, Rachel Holder, DJ Miller and Margaret Phillips.

Pictured below, artists performing at the AristoMedia Global Show. Back row, L to R: artist Ryan Laird, artist High Valley (two members pictured), artist Six West, host Mollie McClymont, artist Mike & Ashley, AristoMedia Global Showcase producer/director Mark Moffatt.  Middle row: artist Brett Kissel, host Brooke McClymont, AristoMedia President/CEO Jeff Walker, artist Springfield (one member pictured), artist Steve & Heather.  Front row: artist Craig Morrison, artist High Valley (one member pictured), artist Springfield (one member pictured), AristoMedia Director of Operations Matt Watkins.

Pictured below, artists performing at the Aristo Summer Show.  L to R: Amber Hayes, Margaret Phillips, Adam Gregory, DJ Miller, Lacy Green, Deborah Allen, Rachel Holder.  Not pictured: Ty Herndon.

BEAR FAMILY IN CAJUN COUNTRY Historic Recordings Restored

Historic Recordings Restored

With the release of its 3 cd box set Acadian All Star Special, Bear Family Records not only draws attention to an often overlooked area of country music , Cajun, but also spotlights the work of one of its iconic figures, J. D. Miller.

The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J. D. Miller
(Bear Family BCD 17206 CK)

This box set, featuring 78 tracks, is another Bear Family ground-breaking release that brings together some of the rarest Cajun recordings ever made – so rare, in fact, that only a few copies exist of most of them! And very few of them ever saw the light of day on 45, EP or LP. This collection presents the dawn of modern Cajun music.

Joseph Delton ‘J.D.’ Miller – born in Iota, Louisiana - was hooked on music when his father gave him a guitar and a Gene Autry songbook in his early teens and, winning a local talent contest, earned himself a 15 minute radio show every Saturday on KPLC in Lake Charles. Then, when the family moved to Crowley in 1937, he soon became caught in the local music scene and played his first dance with the Breaux Brothers. Next he joined forces with Hank Redlich (later to become his brother-in-law) and created a trio called The Musical Aces before moving on to join the Daylight Creepers band. He first recorded, in 1938, as a member of the Four Aces (a Cajun band, not the post-war pop vocal group), later renamed as the Original Aces who further increased their popularity when their took over daily KPLC radio show from western swing band Cliff Bruner and the Texas Wanderers. Miller acknowledges Bruner as probably his greatest influence.

After the war Miller married Georgia Sonnier, the daughter of accordion player Livaudais ‘Lee’ Sonnier, and diversified his business interests by joining forces with his father-in-law in an electrical contracting business, becoming a housing director for the city of Crowley and ownership of the El Toro Club on the outskirts of town. He had his own radio show, Stairway To The Stars on KSIG and involvement with a live, locally networked show Louisiana Jamboree. He also moved into recording artists and believed that he owned the first tape recorder sold in the state of Louisiana.

Although J. D. Miller recorded at many of the studios that he had built in the Crowley area, most of the tracks in this collection were recorded in studio at his home and, with business acumen, set up his own publishing company and label. As he explains, a small independent record label couldn’t support the advertising and distribution necessary to create a hit record, so he “hoped that the songs and records would be picked up by the major companies”. Of course things changed when he write one of country music’s all-time classics It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, the chart-topping hit for Kitty Wells in 1952.

Acadian All Star Special concentrates on Miller’s early recordings and his historic appearance as an independent record producer after World War II with releases on his Feature and Fais Do Do labels. From 1946 to 1959, J.D. Miller released all forms of French language records, from the beautiful fiddle and guitar records of Oran 'Doc' Guidry and Leroy 'Happy Fats' Leblanc to the raucous recordings of Robert Bertrand and the Lake Charles Playboys. There’s also the first recordings of Jimmy C. Newman alongside music by Happy, Doc & The Boys, Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars, Jimmy Choates & His Melody Boys, Pee Wee Broussard & His Melody Boys, Amidie Breaux & The Acadian Aces, Louie Spell & His French Serenaders, Abe Manuel & His Louisiana Hillbillies and Austin Pete & The Louisiana Rhythmaires and others. Among the songs, besides the familiar Jolie Blond, there’s Terry Clement's original version of Diggy Liggy Lo, and Papa Cairo's Big Texas, the song that Hank Williams adapted into the one Cajun song everyone knows, Jambalaya. (Complete track details are listed below).

This is a box set that's been years in the making. According to Bear Family Records founder Richard Weize, “it took ages to figure out exactly how many classic Cajun recordings had been made by legendary record producer J.D. Miller in the 1940s and '50s, and then it took even longer to find them and painstakingly restore the sound.” Finally, Cajun music expert Lyle Ferbrache tried to track down as many of the survivors and relatives as possible, coming up with information for the accompanying 80 page, hardcover book that provides artist biographical and recording sessions details alongside articles on Miller and the music as well as photographs that are as rare as the recordings themselves

This is a classic roots collection that only Bear Family Records can create and has already won the acclaim of the Cajun community. As Lyle Ferbrache reported back to Bear Family: "I wanted to let you know that the Cajun people that have got a free box set have called and raved about the beauty of the set. A few of them have broke down and cried, saying they have never seen anything about Cajuns being so beautiful. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking a chance on someone you never heard of and giving me the chance to finish (earlier Cajun researcher) Bruce Bastin’s legacy. Bear Family with this box set has saved a whole catalog of music that was about ready to fall off a cliff."

Other Bear Family Cajun releases:
HARRY CHOATES: Devil In The Bayou (Gold Star recordings) (2 cd digipac) - BCD 16355 BH
VARIOUS ARTISTS: Jole Blon (cd digipac) - BCD 16618 AJ

Disc One - HAPPY, DOC & THE BOYS: La Cravat • Gabriel Waltz • Don't Hang Around • My Sweetheart's My Buddy's Wife • Setre Chandelle • Allons Dance Colinda • Is It Too Late To Cry • Somehow You Don't Care • LEE SONNIER & HIS ACADIAN ALL STARS: Dans Les Grand Meche • Chere Catan • LeBLANC & ADAMS AND THE VERMILLION PLAY BOYS: Chere Petite Brun • Vermillion Two Step • HAPPY, DOC & THE BOYS: Fais Do Do Breakdown • Chere Cherie • New Jolie Blond • Dans La Platin • JIMMY DURBIN & THE COUNTRY BOYS: Drunkard Waltz • Fais Do Do Two Step • JIMMY CHOATES & HIS MELODY BOYS: Chere Meon • Petite Negress • LEE SONNIER & HIS ACADIAN ALL STARS: La Blues De Cajin • Chere Eci Et Cher Laba • HAPPY, DOC & THE BOYS: Bayou La- Fourche • Sothe Fermon • VETERAN PLAYBOYS: Eunice Waltz • Chinaball Special

Disc Two - AUSTIN PETE & HIS EVANGELINE PLAYBOYS: Chatatinia Waltz • Evangeline Playboys Special • CHUCK GUILLORY & BOYS: Oak­dale Waltz • Walfus Two Step • CHUCK GUILLORY & RHYTHM BOYS: Chuck's Waltz • Teiyut Two Step • LEE SONNIER & HIS ACA­DIAN ALL STARS: War Widow Waltz • Cankton Two Step • AUSTIN PETE & HIS EVANGELINE PLAYBOYS: High Point Two Step • Redell Waltz • HAPPY & DOCTOR AND THE HADACOL BOYS: La Valse De Hadacol • Crowley Two Step • AMIDIE BREAUX & THE ACADIAN ACES: Jole Blonde • Acadian Two Step • Criminal Waltz • Poor Hobo • ALDUS ROGER & LAFAYETTE PLAYBOYS: The Lafayette Playboys Waltz • Hix Wagon Wheel Special • CLEVELAND MIRE & THE JOLLY BOYS: Prison Waltz • Hudson Breakdown • LIONEL CORMIER & HIS SUNDOWN PLAYBOYS: Welcome Club Waltz • Sundown Playboys Special • LOUIS SPELL & HIS FRENCH SERENADERS: The Fifty Cent Song • Lover's Waltz • LEE SONNIER & HIS ACADIAN ALL STARS: Along The River • Acadian All Star Special

Disc Three - PEE WEE BROUSSARD & HIS MELODY BOYS: The Waltz That Carried Me To The Grave • The Pee Wee Special • PAPA CAIRO & HIS BOYS: Big Texas (English) • Big Texas (French) • PEE WEE BROUSSARD & HIS MELODY BOYS: Chere Tu Tu • Creole Stomp • AMI­DIE BREAUX & HIS BAND: Hey, Mom! • Hard Luck Waltz • JIMMY NEWMAN & THE RHYTHM BOYS: (I Know Now That) I've Made A Big Mistake • I Don't Know What I'm Going To Do • PEE WEE BROUSSARD & HIS MELODY BOYS: Le Valse De Bayou Blanc • M&S Special • ABE MANUEL & HIS LOUISIANA HILLBILLIES: Country Gentleman (French) • I've Got Your Heart Locked Up (French) • TERRY CLEMENT & HIS RHYTHMIC FIVE: Le Vaise De Te Maurice • Diggy Liggy Lo • ABE MANUEL & HIS LOUISIANA HILLBIL­LIES: Hippy-Ti-Yo • Country Girl • ALDUS ROGER & LAFAYETTE PLAYBOYS: Love Sick Waltz • Mardi Gras Dance • AUSTIN PETE & THE LOUISIANA RHYTHMAIRES: Prison Two Step • La Valse De Chagrin • St. Landry Waltz • Janot Special • ROBERT BERTRAND & THE LAKE CHARLES PLAYBOYS: Lost Love Waltz • Drunkard's Two Step

ReTune Nashville Donates $50,000 to MusiCares© Nashville Flood Relief

ReTune Nashville Donates $50,000 to MusiCares© Nashville Flood Relief
Brings total donation to $62,000 for musicians affected by the 2010 flood
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 8, 2011) – ReTune Nashville presented a $50,000 check to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief for musicians flood relief in an intimate presentation this morning at the MusiCares South Regional office in Nashville.

This distribution of funds is the result of one year of flood relief efforts led by ReTune Nashville volunteers logging nearly 9,000 hours of volunteer time with more than 50 volunteers. In one year, ReTune Nashville has activated 81 visual artists, received flood damaged gear from more than 25 donating musicians and companies, experienced the generosity of 18 music artists with accompanying musicians and crew, welcomed the support of roughly 80 sponsoring businesses and individuals, and completed two highly successful fundraising events to help uninsured musicians with their flood recovery efforts.

ReTune Nashville Founder Sheri O'Neal shares her sentiments on the donation and the sense of community this movement evoked:

"It shows that a simple little idea can go a long way to help others. Most of the money raised came from our Nashville community and I am proud to be living in a town that is so giving. I am grateful for the support of our art community and our 81 visual artists who created beautiful, unique art pieces for the project. I am grateful for the local businesses and individual sponsors, specifically Soundcheck, who gave in a way that kept us from having to spend any of the money we raised from the sale of art on expenses to keep this project moving forward. I am both humbled and grateful to those musicians who suffered from the flood yet still gave to us in hopes of helping. And I feel blessed that I was able to have such wonderful volunteers support this project, many from the very beginning, giving back and expecting nothing in return. It feels good knowing we have not only helped so many people but also kept items out of our landfills through recycling."
This donation supplements the initial $12,000 previously donated to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief and the Nashville Musicians Association Flood Relief Fund in December 2010, bringing the total to $62,000 donated by ReTune Nashville for musicians' flood relief.

MusiCares Executive Director Debbie Carroll commented on the donation and importance of monetary support, “Without the generosity and support of individuals and organizations such as ReTune, our work in providing support to the music industry after the devastating Nashville flood of 2010, would not be possible. ReTune’s donation will make a tremendous difference in the lives of many music people and their families who are still struggling from this disaster.”

ReTune Nashville was also able to put physical instruments back into the hands of musicians with support from instrument manufacturers and businesses including DW Drums, PRS Guitars and Ed Beaver Guitars.

In April, ReTune Nashville interviewed 20 musicians, capturing their flood experience stories on film and how they have recovered with the assistance of organizations like ReTune Nashville, MusiCares and the Nashville Musicians Association. Their stories can be viewed online on ReTune Nashville's YouTube.

ReTune Nashville will continue to serve as a resource for musicians, but at this time has ended its flood relief efforts. People wanting to still provide support can donate directly to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief. Recovery funds are still available to musicians, songwriters and music entertainers impacted by the May 2010 flood. Applications for assistance can be downloaded from the MusiCares website,, or by contacting the MusiCares South Regional office at (615) 327-0050 or toll-free at (877) 626-2748.

About ReTune Nashville:
Founded as a non-profit organization in May 2010 by Nashville photographer Sheri ONeal, ReTune Nashville exists with a mission to provide relief to uninsured musicians through the sale of artwork created from flood damaged musical gear. The proceeds from the sale of artwork are donated to MusiCares Nashville Flood Relief and the Nashville Musicians Association Flood Relief Fund for distribution to uninsured musicians.

About MusiCares
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

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