Tuesday, June 21, 2011



Television Performance on "Fox & Friends" set for July 10; Acoustic Performance at Mercury Lounge Announced for New York City on July 11
Nashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, June 21, 2011)-- “If Alternative music turned rock music from languid and stale into exciting and powerful, then that’s what Corey Smith and The Broken Record does for country music,” Roughstock wrote this week. With over 900,000 digital singles and 200,000 physical albums sold of past independent releases, Smith is breaking into the so-called ‘mainstream’ country music scene for the first time with a hell of a track record and a heaping fan-base that’s had his back from the beginning. His first nationwide release, The Broken Record, (produced by Rick Beato, Corey Smith) hits stores today, June 21, 2011, on Average Joe’s Entertainment (Colt Ford, Montgomery Gentry, more) and features the current single, “Twenty-One (2011).” 

Corey Smith performing; Courtesy: LIsa Carpenter Photography
Corey Smith will perform over 100 shows in 2011 with untold promotional appearances and sold over 100,000 tickets in 2010 alone.
Having played over 650 shows from Georgia to Texas to Colorado to Vermont, sold over 700,000 tickets and sold out his first time at the well-respected Georgia Theatre in Athens in 2005, Smith says his multitude of fans are responsible for his ability to release his music to the masses. Once a high school teacher hailing from the small-town of Jefferson, Georgia, he hopes to use this chance in the mainstream public eye to educate and inspire people through his music. 

“My goal as a writer and artist is to be heard,” Smith shared. “With this new album release and another exciting year of touring, I’m reminded how far I've come and how far I've yet to go.  I think of my family and friends, our community and the thousands of people across the country who've been in my corner over the years, cheering for me, believing in me and inspiring me; and I realize that music is more important than ever and that I am no longer content to use it as a means to only survive,” he said. “I desire to thrive.”

The seventeen-track album features new material (“I Love Everyone,” “No Way (Out with a Smile)," “Heart Attack,” “Broken Record,” “New Day,” “Sugar Daddy,” “Down to Earth,” and “Silly”) along with previously released, re-recorded crowd favorites such as current single “Twenty-One (2011)” and “If I Could Do It Again,” “Maybe Next Year,” “Carolina,” “Backroad,” and “Something to Lose.”

The Broken Record epitomizes where I am, both personally and professionally. It is my salute to continuity amidst the trumpets of change, reconciling the freedom and recklessness of my youth with the security and responsibility of the present,” Smith added.

The Broken Record Track Listing:
1.    “Intro”
2.    “If I Could Do It Again”
3.    “Carolina”
4.    “I Love Everyone”
5.    “No Way (Out with a Smile)”
6.    “Heart Attack”
7.    “Hey Corey”
8.    “Broken Record”
9.    “Maybe Next Year”
10.    “Backroad”
11.    “Roots”
12.    “New Day”
13.    “Sugar Daddy”
14.    “Twenty-One”
15.    “Something to Lose”
16.    “Down to Earth”
17.    “Silly”
In support of the release, Corey Smith will not only appear on national television with a performance on Fox & Friends on July 10, but will showcase his new material at the Mercury Lounge in New York City on July 11. Also, behind-the-scenes footage on the making of the new release is available on Comcast Xfinity’s Bands On Demand programming in Georgia.

Earlier this month, Smith made his first appearance at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville where he was emotionally moved by fans’ gift of approval in their overwhelmingly audible sing-along to his new single “Twenty-One” as he performed it for the first time in Music City. He recalled, “I cried like a baby and almost wrecked the ensemble, but I couldn’t help it. I was moved, damn it. Their voices echoed along the riverbanks like a mighty chorus of trusted old friends.”

For more information on Corey Smith and a full list of upcoming tour stops, visit www.coreysmith.com

Compass Releases CD and DVD “Girls From The North Country – Dala, Live in Concert"

Compass Releases CD and DVD
“Girls From The North Country – Dala, Live in Concert"
The Primetime PBS Special Aired
To Great Acclaim For The Folk Pop Duo

Last summer PBS aired a primetime, stunning concert featuring the pop-folk duo Dala performing their own songs alongside classics by Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan. “Girls from the North Country” was such a hit with the PBS audience that Compass Records is releasing the audio CD version on June 26, and the DVD on August 30th. With special guests Oh Susanna and The Good Lovelies, young Dala not only pay homage to the melody, lyricism and spirit of the great folk artists of our time, but also share their original songs, including the heartbreaking “Horses,” named by NPR’s Folk Alley as one of 2010’s “Top Folk Songs of The Year.” SEE VIDEO HERE

Reminiscent of the bohemian Laurel Canyon era with pop-leaning sensibilities, Dala’s performance on “Girls From The North Country” cinched Dala the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for “Vocal Group of the Year” as well as a nomination for a 2011 Juno Award in the Album of the Year category. In the US, the concert aired multiple times in major markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Portland, Austin, Cleveland, Charlotte and more. With the broader release of the album and DVD, Dala’s star is on the rise; this summer they are appearance at many of the most influential summer music festivals including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Denver’s Swallow Hill, the Lowell Summer Concert Series, Strawberry Music Fest, Sisters Folk Festival and more.

Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala have come a long way in a short time.  The two best friends met in their high school music class and wrote their first song together in 2002. Since then they have released five albums and toured extensively across North America, with invitations to The New Orleans Jazz Fest and the 50th Anniversary of the Newport Folk Festival. (Listen to NPR’s stream of their performance at Newport Folk Festival Here. Dala’s album Everyone Is Someone was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. It earned them their fifth Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Folk Group, and it was named Album of the Year by The Irish Post.

“The definitively Canadian duo… has an ear for pop hooks, but writes songs that sound warm and comfortable.”

“[Dala] are so charming in every other way it hurts. They are, I believe, the most lovable performing pair I’ve seen at the folk fest…”
Edmonton Sun

“Dala can sing! What beautiful flights of melody and harmony, reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers, Emmylou Harris and associates…”
- Peterborough Examiner



Lead single “Crazy” impacting radio now

(Nashville, TN – 06/21/2011) Pop/Country artist Suzi Oravec releases her debut album Love and Lies to the public today. The album features 10 tracks, all which were written by Oravec, and includes the debut single “Crazy.”

On the release of the album Oravec excitedly states, "I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful group of friends and fans that have helped make this album possible. I've poured my heart and soul into this project, and I'm ready for the world to hear it!"

The sultry, lead single “Crazy” has been impacting country radio for the past month and a music video shoot is being planned for later this year.

Oravec states as to why “Crazy” was the best choice for her first single, "Everybody loves love; whether they love to love it, or love to hate it! Everyone can relate to it. "Crazy" is a perfect way to introduce my music with a fun, fresh, and sexy vibe! Let the fun begin!”

For more information on Suzi Oravec, and to hear her lead single “Crazy” and other samples from the debut album Love and Lies, please visit her on the web at: http://www.suzioravec.com 

The Baseballs auf Tour im Herbst 2011

THE BASEBALLS - auf Tour im Herbst 2011
Nach der erfolgreichen Veröffentlichung von Strings 'n' Stripes kommen die Baseballs im Oktober und November wieder auf Tour!
Die Veröffentlichung ihres Debütalbums Strike! im Mai 2009 stellt das Leben der drei jungen Männer völlig auf den Kopf. Das Album schlägt ein wie eine Bombe, in den folgenden 18 Monaten touren sie fast ununterbrochen durch Europa, spielen hunderte Konzerte, treten bei Festivals vor tausenden begeisterten Zuschauern auf, erhalten zahlreiche Auszeichnungen (u.a. den EMMA AWARD in Finnland für das meistverkaufte Album des Jahres) und verkaufen fast wie im Vorbeigehen knapp 1 Millionen Alben.

Nachdem sie 2010 auf nationaler Ebene bereits den ECHO 2010 “Bester Newcomer National”  gewannen, wurde die Band, als Anerkennung ihres internationalen Erfolgs, im Januar 2011 beim Eurosonic Festival in den Niederlanden mit dem European Border Breakers Award 2011 als europaweit erfolgreichste Tourneekünstler ausgezeichnet und erhielt den ECHO 2011 „Erfolgreichster nationaler Act im Ausland“.

Mit Strings 'n' Stripes veröffentlichten Sam, Basti & Digger am 15. April ihr zweites Album. Es ist geprägt vom Sommer, Sonne, Surf-Sound der 50er und 60er Jahren und präsentiert diesmal die ganz eigenen Baseballs-Versionen von Candy Shop (50 Cent), Hello (DJ Martin Solveig), California Gurls (Katy Perry) Quit Playing Games (BackstreetBoys) oder Paparazzi (Lady Gaga).

Strings 'n' Stripes kann nahtlos an den Erfolg von Strike! anknüpfen: Platz 5 in Deutschland, Platz 3 in Österreich, Platz 2 in Finnland und in der Schweiz sogar Platz 1.

Im Herbst kommen Sam, Basti & Digger mit Strings ´n´ Stripes im Gepäck wieder auf ausgedehnte Tour.

Neuland Concerts präsentiert:

The Baseballs - Strings ‘n’ Stripes LIVE 2011

22.09. Lausanne / Les Docks
21.10. Hamburg / Docks
24.10. Berlin / Huxleys
25.10. Neu-Isenburg / Hugenottenhalle
26.10. Köln / E-Werk
28.10. Wien / Gasometer
29.10. Graz / Listhalle
30.10. München / Muffathalle
01.11. Zürich / Maag Halle
06.11. Fellbach / Schwabenland-Halle

VVK ab Dienstag, 21.06.2011 auf www.thebaseballs.de und www.eventim.de

Exklusive VIP-Tickets inkl. Konzertkarte, Soundcheckparty, Meet&Greet mit der Band und Fanpaket mit exklusivem Merchprodukt ab dem 21.06.2011 NUR auf www.thebaseballs.de

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

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Hits #10 on BILLBOARD’S Bluegrass Album Chart
THE ALL STAR JAM – LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN, a special recorded event album, hit #10 this week on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Album Chart.  Mark Newton, the album’s Producer and Production Coordinator said, “The Bluegrass fans that attended this years Graves Mountain Festival of Music in Syria, Virginia were really excited about getting the CD we recorded last year. A good number of these attendees were at the recording a year ago.  It was their opportunity for them to take home a piece of history and have the CD as part of their collection which captures the spirit of what Bluegrass festivals are all about.
While the label has released numerous videos from the event, they will soon announce details of a full-length DVD.  Fans will then get to see even more exciting performances and fun intros by:  Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Audie Blaylock &  Redline, Lou Reid and Carolina, Carrie Hassler, The Crowe Brothers; with special guests Mark Newton, Carl Jackson, Brand New Strings, and emceed by Sirius-XM radio personality Kyle Cantrell.
The album currently has two songs moving up the charts including: “Graves Mountain Memories” written by Carl Jackson, who also performed on the song with Russell Moore, Lou Reid, Audie Blaylock, Carrie Hassler, Mark Newton, Sammy Shelor, Wayne Benson, Mike Anglin and Mike Hartgrove; and Head Over Heels by Carrie Hassler, Brandon Rickman and Brand New Strings - WATCH THE VIDEO HERE.
“Idyllic bluegrass festival - idyllic bluegrass. Some would say that bluegrass is at its best when played live, and this multi-artist recording, made at Grave's Mountain Festival of Music, proves this true. On the All-Star Jam, Rural Rhythm's favorite artists holler and pick their way through 12 songs.  Wistful vocal harmonies, top-notch musicianship and some long-awaited bluegrass pairings flow throughout the album. You'll get a real feeling for the festival as well, as all of the introductions to the songs are intact and there's a scrapbook of photos in the liner notes. Even the sad songs sound happy when played outside on a sunny day.” ~ John Shelton Ivany Top 21 Albums
“If you can’t personally attend this bluegrass festival in a place known for its tradition, history, fried chicken, fruit pies and friends, then you should pick up this album to fill your own heart with some Graves Mountain Memories.” ~ California Bluegrass Association
“This is a very good CD that showcases some great names in bluegrass and demonstrates one of the fun parts of the genre: how artists can mix-and-match with each other with little or no advance preparation and still put on a great performance.” ~ Lonesome Road Review

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I remember getting a phone call from a symphony conductor with the last name of Coleman from Atlanta, Georgia asking me to drive down to Atlanta to play steel guitar with the symphony to backup Mr. Charlie Rich.  I gave him my price and he said, �Sure.  That won�t be any trouble.�

I figured by the time I drove the 225 miles to Atlanta in my little Opal GT, I should clear a healthy profit before I returned to Nashville.  We were playing a place called Stone Mountain, Georgia which was a gorgeous setting, but at the end of our four hour rehearsal, we were about to go on break before the show when the conductor came out and said, �Everything�s cancelled.  Everybody go home.�

This of course was a devastating shock to me.  He said, �Go ahead and sign the card Bobbe and we�ll pay you through the Musician�s Union in Nashville.�

The check came through on time, but I was still disappointed that this show could be cancelled because of a star�s drinking problem.  There were about 32 people in the symphony that the promoter had to pay and I know there were thousands of dollars that had to be returned to the ticket holders that were waiting to see the show.

These stars just don�t realize or even seem to care when these shows are cancelled.  After George Jones� marriage to Tammy, he was extremely bad about not showing up on important sold out jobs.  I remember when I worked for George in the late fifties, he loved to drink and at times he wouldn�t show up and if he did, the people might have been happier if he hadn�t.

After I left George, I went to work for Ferlin Husky.  I also liked Ferlin very much, however he was another hardcore drinker.  In late 1969, we worked a job in Akron, Ohio at one of the major theaters downtown.  At the end of the show or rather what was supposed to be the end of the show, George and Ferlin decided they were going to do a duet together.  

That duet drug into another duet or five, then suddenly it turned into a singers jam session where everybody that had been on the show, that means all the stars came out on the stage and sung every song any of them knew.  Everybody in the band was totally worn out and wanting to go back to the motel and sleep since we had been on the bus all day long.

Ferlin, George, David Houston and the Stoneman family and others were wanting to stand and sing on the stage even though the audience was leaving in droves.  Too much of a good thing is just too much.

I stumbled out, got on the nearest bus and laid down and went to sleep.  Then the next day about one in the afternoon, I stumbled out of the bunk in the bus, made it to the restroom in the bus, came out, walked to the front of the bus before I realized I was not on our bus, but was instead on the bus the Stoneman family was using.  So as I was waking up I laughed and said, �Well, I sure don�t mind riding with y�all to the next job.�  World famous Ronnie Stoneman replied, �We�re not going to your next job.  We�re going to Nashville.�

I replied, �Oh no.  I�m supposed to play with Ferlin and George in Wichita, Kansas tomorrow night.�  Of course, I got home, jumped in my car and drove from Nashville to Wichita faster than the law wanted to allow and walked in about a half an hour before we were supposed to play.

Of course, my steel guitar wasn�t setup or even in the state of Kansas, but I played a guitar I borrowed from one of the other acts and struggled through Wings Of A Dove and Ferlin�s act without anyone really noticing.  When our show was over, I struggled back out, dead tired, and slept for three hours in my car, then followed the bus on to the next job in Chicago, then drove home to Nashville.

After searching all the busses that had been on the tour from Akron, I found my steel guitar and amp.  But the most miserable thing on this tour was trying to sleep in a 1967 Corvette.  I still have the emergency brake handle marks on my left side!  But I did get paid, I got my guitar back and I made all the shows.  Show biz.  You gotta love it.

We still have George around, but I sure miss David Houston and Ferlin Husky.  I�m still trying to avoid Ronnie Stoneman because not knowing what bus I was on when I got up out of the bunk, I didn�t have any pants on when I went to the front of the bus.  Ronnie still believes that I left them off on purpose.  

Ronnie is a great banjo player and the ironing board lady from Hee Haw and she has a great sense of humor and a great family.  I loved to watch them on stage and they loved to watch me on the bus!  Was I embarrassed?  Yes.  Deeply.

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

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More Than 50 Legendary and Contemporary Superstar Artists

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and the Grand Ole Opry Release Four CDs with Recordings by More Than 50 Legendary and Contemporary Superstar Artists
Cracker BarrelLEBANON, Tenn.  (June 20, 2011) -- It was more than 50 years in the making and worth the wait for music fans who will be able to hear all kinds of country on the three-CD series Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection plus a contemporary Our Kind of Country CD released today by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and the Grand Ole Opry®.  The Classic Collection includes live performances recorded on the celebrated stage of the Grand Ole Opry spanning six decades from the mid 1950s to the 2000s.

A long list of country stars’ memorable performances at the Opry is captured on the Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection CDs: Duets, Outlaws, and ClassicsOur Kind of Country, meanwhile, features studio recordings of some of today’s superstar Opry members’ biggest hits of the past ten years.  The CDs are sold separately for $11.99 and are available at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Grand Ole Opry retail locations as well as online at crackerbarrel.com and opry.com.

“The classic collection is truly ‘classic’ in every sense of the word,” said Julie Craig, marketing manager for Cracker Barrel.  “It’s as close to an Opry experience as you can get without actually being in the Opry House.  Listeners will enjoy high quality sound on every track, songs by historically renowned artists and enduring examples of some truly great performances.  And Our Kind Of Country is an incredible showcase of the Opry’s current superstars and more recent additions—a dozen of the Opry’s best available on one CD for the first time.”

Artists on the Our Kind of Country CD are Trace Adkins, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley, Diamond Rio, Terri Clark, Montgomery Gentry, and Dierks Bentley.  The 12 tracks are studio recordings.  Every artist is a Grand Ole Opry member, from McEntire (member since 1985) to Shelton (member since 2010).  The artists included have collectively won every major award presented by the Country Music Association, including Entertainer of the Year (Jackson, McEntire and Paisley).

Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection - Duets spotlights live versions of some of country music’s iconic duos (Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton) as well as artists for whom live versions of collaborative efforts are quite rare (Glen Campbell and Steve Wariner, Ricky Skaggs and Emmylou Harris).  The Louvin Brothers’ “When I Stop Dreaming” is the only live Opry recording of the brothers known to exist.  Other artists on the Duets CD are Johnny Cash and June Carter; George Jones and Tammy Wynette; Jack Greene and Jeannie Seely; Bobby Lord and Patsy Cline; Emmylou Harris and Ricky Skaggs; Loretta Lynn and Ernest Tubb; Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius; and Ronnie Dunn and Rebecca Lynn Howard.

Artists on the Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection - Outlaws CD are Johnny Cash, Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Bare, and George Jones.  Together, those featured have collected hundreds of Top 40 country hits and innumerable industry awards.

Artists on the Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection – Classics CD include Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner, Ray Price, Marty Robbins, Jack Greene, and Garth Brooks.

Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program.  On May 16, 2011, Cracker Barrel released Teddy Gentry’s Best New Nashville with original music from 12 talented new artists.  On May 2, Cracker Barrel released Randy Travis’ self-titled album Randy Travis.  In March of this year, Cracker Barrel released Kenny Rogers’ The Love of God, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart.  In January 2011, Cracker Barrel released The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  In November of 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then, which debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and was nominated for an NAACP
IMAGE AWARD.  September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which includes four #1 hits, and also the release of Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland, which offers up all the authentic sounds of holiday traditions.  In July, the company released Craig Morgan’s That’s Why-Collector’s Edition, and in May the release of Wynonna’s Love Heals debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart.  February’s release of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions.  One of its songs was nominated for a Grammy® award.  Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Alan Jackson, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Dolly Parton, Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.

About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants.  Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price.  The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe.  The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq:
CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 601 company-owned locations in 42 states.  Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m.  For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.

About the Grand Ole Opry
The Grand Ole Opry presents the best in country music live every week from Nashville, Tenn.  Celebrating 85 years of entertainment, the Opry can be heard on 650 WSM-AM, SIRIUS XM Satellite Radio, and opry.com.  The syndicated weekly program,America’s Opry Weekend, airs on country radio stations across America and on the Armed Forces Radio Network.  The Grand Ole Opry is owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels.  For more information, visit opry.com or www.gaylordentertainment.com.


Donnerstag, 23. Juni 11 / Apéro ab 18.30h, Konzert ab 19.30h
8610 Uster, Reformierte Kirche
Country und Gospel Benefiz Konzert (gem. Anhang)
Eintritt frei / Kollekte

Samstag, 25. Juni 11, 18.00h
8302 Kloten, Open Air Bühne Stadtplatz
Country Konzert , Kulturtage Kloten

Donny & Marie Osmond – Donny & Marie (CD Review)

Donny & Marie Osmond – Donny & Marie (CD Review)

1. A Beautiful Life 2. Vegas Love 3.I Know This Much Is True 4. You Can Do Anything
5. I Have You To Thank 6. My Reflection 7. The Good Life 8. The Best of Me 9. I Can't Wait
10. Touch 11. One Last Goodbye 12. Better Off Blue 13. I Swear 14. We Will Find a Way
15. Candle in the Rain 16. Tell Me to Breathe

Release Date - May 3, 2011
UPC - 602527194028
Time - 62:17
Label - MPCA

It certainly feels strange to be reviewing this album. Back in the 70’s as a young teenager it felt cool to be following the prog-rock bands and the West Coast music scene whereas others in class were into glam rock bands like Slade, and The Bay City Rollers with the girls going crazy for David Cassidy and The Osmond’s. Fast forward 4 decades, progressive music faded away, The Osmond’s are still touring and pop evergreen siblings Donny & Marie Osmond are still making records – I think for them that spells success!

This 16-track collection is in fact a re-package of an album that came out in 2010 and its cover showed what a stunning looking lady Marie is – she has got younger! She is no stranger to country music though Donny has said “I’ve always been a little bit country”. Well with the genre morphing into pop circles this project does not therefore feel out of place.

Finally after 30-years they have released their first joint studio album and Donny’s 59th of his career. DONNY & MARIE was recorded in Nashville and produced by the legendary Buddy Cannon. The process of picking songs and cutting tracks took some time to complete with the brother and sisters busy commitments. They were meant to play Vegas for six weeks and they have been resident at the Flamingo Las Vegas for 4-years now with their 90-minute extravaganza. 

A look at the writing credits reveals Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi), Carole King, Babyface Edmonds, Carole Bayer Sager, Richard Marx and David Foster. Gary Baker (Alabama, Backstreet Boys, John Michael Montgomery) co-writes on 5 numbers and other recognisable country writers who contribute include Walt Aldridge, Stephanie Bentley and Susan Longacre. Some of music rows noteworthy musicians make an appearance too with Buddy Cannon himself (guitar, acoustic), Melonie Cannon (background vocals), Sonny Garrish (guitar, steel) and Dan Tyminski (mandolin).

The sun is till shining and the world is still turning on the energetic ‘A Beautiful Life’ with its feel-good and positive overtones. As you would expect their vocals perfectly compliment one another as they sing: It's a beautiful life with you here beside me / I know I can count on you to guide me.

With a nod to the renowned gambling city ‘Vegas Love’ is a gritty country-tinged affair. They alternate on the verses and then combine. With a full MMississippi moon and Elvis playing in the car, a romantic couple head for the bright lights. They question whether with the roll of a dice or the spin of a wheel is the time now right to get off the fence, go wild, and tie that matrimonial knot? After the fire and rain love remains unbreakable and true on the breezy ‘I Know This Much Is True’.

Marie showcases her vocal on the succulent You Can Do Anything’ that has exquisite and comforting harmonies. ‘I Have You To Thank’ which features Donny on lead, lacks any country credibility and its lyrics are somewhat cheesy, weak and contrived.

Marie takes over on the sensitive, classy acoustic ‘My Reflection’ and gives a stellar performance. Co-written by Buddy Cannon’s daughter Marla Cannon-Goodman its words are soothing and mirrors what another see’s underneath the imperfections. It’s a life lesson in that we concern ourselves to much worrying about what others may think, rather than being happy for who we.

The Good Life’, released as a single is most definitely a true country song. It’s full of optimism, despite up’s and downs, happiness is not always about the money: “Sometimes the rich ain’t wealthy and the poor ain’t brokebut the more simple things: “If you’ve got love, you’re living the good life “.

On the smoochy love song ‘The Best of Me’ it has a feel reminiscent of Vanessa Williams ‘Save The Best Till Last’ and the upbeat but rather lightweight ‘I Can't Wait’ has a 1980’s vibe.
In contrast ‘Touch’ has depth and is full of feeling. Were observing people in a waiting room, some can have vacant looks, keep their heads down and don’t care whilst others touch many life’s. Each story differs but love and a beating heart connects us all.

With its Bowie “Jean Genie” hooks ‘Better Off Blue’ is a great country toe tapper. When loves gone astray a bunch of flowers provides no quick fix from a cheating lover. She’s “better off blue for a couple of nights” and not resting on her laurels is ready to find somebody new!

On the John Michael Montgomery smash ‘I Swear’ the vocals are competent but as a sibling duet number this lacks believability and conviction. By the jazzy ‘We Will Find a Way’ with the albums lengthy time my attention and the momentum is beginning to wane a little and its closing piano licks sound somewhat familiar.

This is followed by two strong ballads. On Candle in the Rain’ a heart is lost in yesterday but a heart will still burn a flame and Marie takes the lead on ‘Tell Me to Breathe’ where hope may have vanished but with a belief, fear can be overcome for a brighter tomorrow.
Diehard Donny & Marie fans should feel comfortable with this laid-back, slick and uplifting collection though the country lovers may have long harder for the standouts.


Ronnie Dunn ‘Ronnie Dunn’ (CD Review)

Ronnie Dunn ‘Ronnie Dunn’ (CD Review)

1. Singer in a Cowboy Band 2. I Don't Dance 3. Your Kind of Love 4. How Far to Waco
5. Once 6. Cost of Livin' 7. Bleed Red 8. Last Love I'm Tryin' 9. Let the Cowboy Rock
10. I Can't Help Myself 11. I Just Get Lonely 12. Love Owes Me One

Label - Arista Nashville
Catalog - 85761
Release Date - 7 June 2011
Time - 43:43
Lyrics included

BLEED RED is Ronnie Dunn’s first solo album in 25 years following the amicable departing of ways with Kix Brooks after Brooks & Dunn closed the curtain on their 20-year award winning ride in country music. Ronnie the “taller, lanky one” of the multi-platinum duo had as a solo artist, back in the 80’s previously released three singles, ‘It's Written All Over Your Face’, ‘She Put the Sad in All His Songs’, and ‘Jessie’ which had limited chart success.
Dunn & his new band when rehearsing the songs on his album in a backyard building on his property, said "the neighbors now hate us!” Well it seems the fans beg to differ, as the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country album chart. The record is produced by Dunn saying: “That way if I take a bullet, no one gets caught in the line of fire”. Also on this contemporary 12-track offering he co-wrote 8 and self pens two of the songs.

The autobiographical opener ‘Singer In A Cowboy Band’ with driving guitars and drums crashing creates a fast paced rocky start. Living and breathing with the guitar banged up in the back and heading out on the fast lane, Dunn cries: I played Texas, beer joints and rodeos, Big D arenas, truck stops, casinos, Sang in every dive and joint in Oklahoma, Did hard time in a few in Arizona, Been in every hole-in-the wall from Memphis to Maine.
It is co-written with the much credited Craig Wiseman who has previous Brooks & Dunn connections. With Dunn he penned ‘Believe’ and the title cut on 2005’s HILLBILLY DELUXE and again contributed on ‘Believer’ from RED DIRT ROAD.

Wiseman, Dunn and David Lee Murphy (Thompson Square ‘Are You Gonna Kiss Me’) collaborate on ‘I Don't Dance’. Again this has rock-flavourings but electric guitars are held back on the leash a little more. It recounts a scene in the sweaty cowboy bars. Out on the stage with old guitar in hand looking through the smoke and lights he’s seen it all before - The losers, cheaters, lost souls, fist fights and those fine lookin’ whiskey drinkin’ cowgirls waltzing to the music. Temptation is resisted and loyalty is shown, singing a song to an absent loved one at home. He knows she is the only one he will fondly embrace and dance with.

The mid-tempo ‘Your Kind Of Love’ written by Maile Misajon (member of Eden’s Crush) and Jeremy Stover continues the loved up theme. This cowboy is well and truly roped in. He can’t get enough of the gentle whisperings in the ears and the safety and warmth he feels in another’s arms.

On the Dunn/Terry McBride co-write, ‘How Far to Waco’ (see video) heading down the highway we enter Tex-Mex cantina-country territory. On this bright and breezy affair mariachi horns accompany the chugging Telecasters. It should go down a storm with British fans who loved the music and danceable tunes by The Mavericks.

On ‘Once’ (Jamie Floyd/ Philip Larue/ Peter Sallis) with its gentle opening, steel and organ are audible for the first time and then the pace increases. On the twist and turns on life’s rocky road with doubts and loneliness it speaks of a kind of love your lucky to find but once in a lifetime.

On the delightful ballad and second single Cost of Livin' (Dunn/ Philip Coleman) with just acoustic picking and a mellow organ it provides a story-telling gem. A retired soldier returns home from the desert to encounter the harsh realities when searching for work in tough economic times. He has the references and the details are mapped out on the page - A number you can reach me, my social and my age”. He gave everything to that last job but its sadly headed south. His own folks are struggling and now the bank has started callin' and wolves come knocking at the door.

The Tommy Lee James and Andrew Dorff penned ‘Bleed Red’ was the first single and charted at #10 on Billboard. James lent his hand with ‘A Man This Lonely’ and ‘If You See Him, If You See Her’ to the Brooks & Dunn catalogue. Ronnie Dunn made his solo ACM Awards debut when he showcased this power ballad. His distinctive and trademark vocal echo it’s emotional undertones. With its string accompaniment it captures the universal themes that everyone faces. We are all human and all make mistakes, we all have regrets, we’ve all felt hurt and shed the tears: Let’s say were sorry, before it’s too late, give forgiveness a chance/ Turn the anger into water; let it slip through our hands / We all bleed red, we all taste rain, all fall down, lose our way

On the heartfelt Dunn-penned ‘Last Love I’m Tryin’ it opens gently and gradually builds as the anxiety unfolds. No more heartbreak and here today gone tomorrow lovers. It’s a desperate plea and desire to settle down for the long haul.
Written with Dallas Davidson (Blake Shelton ‘Kiss My Country’) on ‘Let the Cowboy Rock’ the good times roll and the whiskey flows. This though is a rather bland and forgettable track.

On the more pleasing and quieter ballad ‘I Can't Help Myself ‘, dark clouds build on the horizon. The feeling might be right but the lover belongs to another but in playing devil’s advocate it’s hard to let go. The blues ebb and flow on Dunn composition ‘I Just Get Lonely’. It finds the lonesome singer with a bottle of wine and a weak heart and in the confusion after a break-up, pours out regrettable thoughts down the line – Move on dude!

On the bittersweet, gospel tinged Love Owes Me One’ (Dunn/McBride/Bobby Pinson) it’s full of self-pity, as like this album ends, a relationship does too. Throwing in the towel we hear: “Oh I've had it, leave the sad brave and lonely, break these chains it's had on me” but keeping the faith maybe with the right roll of the dice better fortunes will return where the love stakes are concerned.

The softer tracks with depth stand out from the pack but for those who bought into the Brooks & Dunn brand with just slight differences to that tested formula then this effort will not disappoint.


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