Tuesday, June 28, 2011



Country Again To Be Released July 26th
(Milsap Music Group / Bigger Picture Group)

Ronnie Milsap - Country AgainNASHVILLE, TN -- (June 28, 2011) – On July 26, country music legend, Ronnie Milsap will release his first country album in five years, Country Again.  This new 12-track release launches this summer with the first single “If You Don’t Want Me To”, also known as “The Freeze”.  Country Again is a joint venture between Milsap Music Group and Bigger Picture Group. With over 40 #1 Hits to his credit, Milsap is ready for more, “I’ve been very fortunate to have had a lot of successful records. Now it’s time to make some more.”

The first single, “If You Don’t Want Me To (The Freeze)”, hits radio July 18th. The music video for the song was filmed this past spring and showcases the dance craze, The Freeze, inspired by the song. To premiere Country Again, Milsap will return to the Grand Ole Opry stage on Saturday July 16th, where he has been a member since 1976.

Throughout the course of his career, Milsap has navigated his way through a variety of musical genres, most notably the country and pop markets, where he achieved outstanding success topping the Billboard Hot Country, Adult Contemporary, and Pop Charts. In 2009, he took on a new challenge and ventured into gospel music, releasing Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favorite Hymns and Gospel Favorites. With encouragementfrom Executive Producer Eddie Stubbs, Milsap is ready to come back to his roots with Country Again.

Tracks on Country Again:
  1. A Better Word For Love
  2. Country Again
  3. Cry Cry Darling
  4. You’re The Reason I’m Living
  5. Almost Mine
  6. Oh Linda
  7. Even Fools Get Lucky
  8. For A Minute There
  9. Fireworks
  10. On My Own
  11. Trapped In An Old Country Song
  12. If You Don’t Want Me To (The Freeze)

About Ronnie Milsap
Ronnie Milsap ranks as the top country soul singer of his generation selling over 35 million albums. He has 40 #1 Hits, six Grammy Awards, eight Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and four Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards to his name. As a crossover artist appealing to both country and pop markets, Milsap is one of the heralding “crossover” artists between the two styles. His well-known hits include “It Was Almost Like a Song”, ”Smoky Mountain Rain”, “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me”, “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World”, “Any Day Now”, “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life”, and “Stranger in My House”.  Please visit www.ronniemilsap.com for further information.



Award-winning performer Royal Wade Kimes—known for writing hit songs for himself and other artists, including Garth Brooks and Trace Adkins—has done the unexpected: his hot new single was written by someone else 48 years ago!

The new single, showcasing Royal Wade’s signature cowboy country musical style, is a powerful, unforgettable version of Bobby Bare’s classic “500 Miles Away From Home,” written by Bare, Charlie Williams and Hedy West.

Early reviews of Royal Wade’s new take on the 1963 hit song have been remarkable raves. Noted Nashville music critic Stacy Harris declared, “If a listener had never heard Bobby Bare’s classic recording…one would swear Kimes’ was the definitive version.” 

The single will hit radio’s desk the first week in July, with the video being released shortly after the single. Staying true to the song’s message, Royal Wade—proclaimed the Best Living Western Solo Musician by nationally-acclaimed True West magazine in December 2010—traveled 500 miles while shooting the video for the single.

“Most videos are wrapped up in a day or so,” notes Royal Wade, “but I decided if we were going to shoot a video about a guy’s 500-mile struggle to get home, I wanted the filming to actually depict a 500-mile journey. And that’s what we did. It took us three weeks of filming in multiple locations in Tennessee and Arkansas to capture the entire journey.”

In an extraordinary twist of fate, the distance from Royal Wade’s Tennessee ranch to his father’s ranch in Chester, Arkansas, is exactly 500 miles. “Some would call that an omen,” chuckles Royal Wade. “Me, I call it destiny.”

The accomplished singer/songwriter candidly reveals he likes making history. “When the great Bobby Bare’s monster hit song was originally cut, video didn’t exist,” he explains. “So this will be the first-ever video covering this classic country song—and it’s one of the most extensive shoots for a three-minute song in country music history.”

In a tip of the hat to his own career, Royal Wade asked celebrated radio personality Bill Cody of Nashville’s WSM radio to appear in the “500 Miles Away from Home” video. Cody was the first to interview Royal Wade when the talented Arkansas native first roared onto the country music scene in 1997.

“500 Miles Away From Home” is the second single from Crossing The Roads, Royal Wade’s tenth album. The CD’s debut single, “I’m An Ole Song,” released earlier this year, was an international hit

Royal Wade, often compared to Marty Robbins and Johnny Cash, has performed in front of hundreds of thousands of fans in 30 states at fairs, festivals, rodeos, conventions, night clubs, theaters and special venues, including NASCAR events, the historic Grand Ole Opry and Disney World. His numerous country, gospel and western albums, powered by an array of hit singles, have contributed to his lasting popularity.

For the latest Royal Wade news and music, check out royalwadekimes.com.

73rd National Folk Festival Puts Down Roots at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park

73rd National Folk Festival Puts Down Roots at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park
Nashville to Host Festival September 2-4, 2011
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Nashville Mayor Karl Dean are excited to announce that the 73rd, 74th and 75th National Folk Festival is putting down roots at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for its free-to-the-public three-day event Labor Day weekend 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Located in the shadow of the State Capitol in downtown Nashville, the 19-acre park was built in 1996 and is a lasting monument to the state’s bicentennial celebration.  A living historical feature, the park serves as a tourist destination and education center for all ages.
“Just as the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park preserves and highlights the remaining, unobstructed view of Tennessee’s State Capitol, the National Folk Festival preserves and celebrates the roots and variety of American culture we have here in our state,” Gov. Haslam said.
The traveling National Folk Festival is the oldest and longest-running celebration of traditional arts in the nation. Created by the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) in 1934, it celebrates American culture through traditional music, dance, craft, storytelling and food.
Nashville is proud to host the National Folk Festival, which will feature over 250 of the nation’s finest traditional performers and craftspeople, with simultaneous performances on six stages throughout the park. Attendees can dance, engage with master crafts people, shop the festival marketplace and enjoy regional and ethnic food.
“Celebrating the arts is a Nashville tradition, and Bicentennial Mall—located in the heart of our city—is a perfect place for a celebration of the traditional arts.  I’m proud that the music industry, the business sector, and the nonprofit community came together to bring the Folk Festival to town, and I look forward to enjoying some great performances this Labor Day Weekend.” Mayor Dean said.
The National Folk Festival also announced its second round of performers at today’s event. The first eight performing groups were announced earlier this month. Groups announced today that will perform in Nashville Labor Day weekend include:
Massive Monkees – Breakdance, Seattle, Washington
Rapid-fire headspins, twirling windmills, and breathtaking backspins are the hallmark of breakdance, the exciting, athletic urban dance tradition central to hip hop culture. These young West Coast champions are taking this newer tradition from the American streets to a new level artistry.
Genticorum Québécois, Montreal, Québec
Bursting with infectious energy and humor, this young French Canadian trio is dedicated to celebrating the vibrant musical heritage and culture of Québec Province through music and song: fiddles, flutes, guitar, mouth harp, bass, high-energy foot-tapping and beautiful three-part harmony singing.
Phil Wiggins & Reverend John Wilkins Country Blues and Gospel, Takoma Park, Maryland and Memphis, Tennessee
Two country blues masters join forces in a multi-generational exploration that spans the geographical and musical roots of the genre.  Rev. John Wilkins continues the blues-based gospel guitar tradition of his father, pre-war blues legend Rev. Robert Wilkins, and harmonica wizard Phil Wiggins is rooted in the Piedmont blues tradition. 
Lloyd Arneach Cherokee storyteller, Cherokee, North Carolina 
Master storyteller Lloyd Arneach is a tradition-bearer of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.  Children of all ages will be enthralled by his traditional stories learned from family and other tribal elders, as well as those he has written himself.
The Shams Ensemble with Özden Öztoprak Kurdish, Iran and California
This acclaimed ensemble is noted for its powerful music rooted in Iranian Kurdish tradition that features the Kurdish lute, the tanbour. At the festival, the group will be joined by one of the finest Kurdish singers in the U.S., originally from Turkey and now calling the Bay Area home.
Oyama & Nitta Tsugaru Shamisen, Aomori and Hokkaido, Japan   
The modern sensibilities of these masterful young performers propel a 500-year-old Japanese instrument, the three-stringed banjo-like shamisen, into the 21st century, employing flashy finger work, percussive effects and fiery improvisation to create new and startling sounds.
The 73rd, 74th and 75th National Folk Festival in Nashville will be produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and Nashville Folk and Roots, in partnership with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, the Nashville Downtown Partnership and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, in collaboration with the state of Tennessee and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Financial and in-kind support make the National Folk Festival possible. Thank you to our sponsors and additional partners: Avenue Bank • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz, PC • BMI • Bridgestone Americas, Inc. • Compass Records • Cracker Barrel • Mark Montgomery • Nashville Electric Service • SunTrust • Tennessee Department of Agriculture • Vail Memorial Trust • Veritas Media Group • AEG Live/The Messina Group • Cheekwood • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum • Design “615” • Emma • Global Education Center • Katy Kirby • Lindsey Bailey • Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools • Music City Roots • Nashville Chamber of Commerce • Nashville Public Library • Robert Hakalsk • Sarratt Art Studios • Sheraton Nashville Downtown • Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition • Tennessee State Department of Tourist Development • Tennessee State Museum • Tennessee State Parks • The Frist Center for the Visual Arts • Tuck Hinton Architects • Two Dog Media • XMI
The National Folk Festival is a celebration of traditional music and cultures from all over the United States.  The event is projected to draw 60-80,000 attendees and is estimated to have a $10-$15 million economic impact on Nashville per year.
For more information about the National Folk Festival, please visit www.nationalfolkfestival.com or call (615) 891-4944.

Country Band Issues 6-Song Project

Country Band Issues 6-Song Project as Two Different Radio Singles Gain Momentum on Both Sides of the Atlantic

"...any of these six cuts could be a single.
This group is ready for the big time."
- Chuck Dauphin, Music News Nashville

NASHVILLE, TN (June 28, 2011) – Rising Country band, LiveWire, releases their debut EP - today, June 28. The 6-song project is available at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and other digital retailers.

The EP includes two recent singles issued by the group; “Tater Fed,” their debut US single, is gaining steam at radio, while a second single, “Heart Burn,” is currently sitting at #6 on the Hotdisc Top 40 chart in Europe.

The release of the EP marks a huge milestone for the Joplin, Missouri-based band, which has been together for over a decade. LiveWire features lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, lead singer/acoustic guitarist Andy Eutsler, drummer Adam Hagerman, fiddle player Cory Shultz, rhythm guitarist Danny Bell and bassist Landon Rolfe. Bell and Eutsler also serve as principal songwriters for the group.

LiveWire’s unique Ozark Mountain firebrand sound blends working man’s Country and rootsy Southern Rock, which is perfectly captured by co-producers Bart Pursley (Nashville engineer on projects by Gretchen Wilson & Big & Rich), LiveWire lead guitarist Bobby DeGonia, and band sound tech, Justin Woods. Edgy and passionate, 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. Themes of the common man resound - it’s music about real life: good times, hard times, poverty, love, loss, family, spirituality, death and redemption.

The EP opens with “Tater Fed,” which Music Row’s Robert K. Oermann called “a stirring backwoods rocker.” “Gone” is an out-the-door and down-the-road leaving song. “Heart Burn” showcases a tasty Beatle-esque twin guitar riff in a cautionary tale about playing it cool in love - and losing. “That’s What Makes You A Man” is a heart-tugging story of family traditions, honor, God and country. “Drink About It,” is a light-hearted fiddle-driven hook that finds the band making short work of woman trouble. “For The Last Time” ends the set with a hook-driven melody of love lost that leaves you hungry for what’s next from LiveWire.

Over the years, LiveWire has forged a reputation as one of the top-draw live acts in the Midwest by regularly packing venues in their home state and in the surrounding areas of Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Along the way, their homegrown talent has taken them across America where they have opened for a “Who’s Who” of the music world, and experienced a brush with the “big time” as finalists in the 2009 Colgate Country Showdown in Nashville, where they performed on the hallowed stage of the Ryman Auditorium.

For more information about LiveWire, go to: http://www.livewirecountry.com/

*Photo credit: Melinda Norris

SuperHeavy - Mick Jagger formiert neue Superband

SuperHeavy - Mick Jagger formiert neue Superband
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Mick Jagger formiert neue Superband
Mit den Rolling Stones hat er Musikgeschichte geschrieben, doch der Frontmann der Rock-Ikonen lässt es sich nicht nehmen, auch ohne die Stones für eine Sensation zu sorgen: Zusammen mit Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Joss Stone, Damian Marley und A.R. Rahman („Slumdog Millionaire“) präsentiert Mick Jagger nun das neue Bandprojekt SuperHeavy und kündigt für September das gleichnamige Album an.

Keine Angst vor Schwergewichten, denn eine Sensation steht an: Mick Jagger hat sich mit Eurythmics-Mastermind Dave Stewart, der britischen Soul-Überfliegerin Joss Stone, dem Bob-Marley-Spross und Grammy-Gewinner Damian Marley und Oscar-Gewinner A.R. Rahman („Slumdog Millionaire“) zu einer neuen Superband formiert! SuperHeavy werden am 16. September ihr erstes, gleichnamiges Album veröffentlichen, und schon jetzt lassen erste veröffentlichte Details erahnen, dass SuperHeavy zu den absoluten Highlights dieses Musikjahres gehören!

Die Idee für SuperHeavy entstand, nachdem Jagger und Stewart über eine Band nachgedacht hatten, in der Vertreter aus ganz unterschiedlichen musikalischen Lagern zusammenkommen sollten. Trotz der offensichtlichen Unterschiede in Sachen Background und Genrezugehörigkeit, verstanden sich die fünf Mitstreiter von SuperHeavy auf Anhieb blendend: Sie legten sofort los und schrieben stolze 22 Songs in nur sechs Tagen! Die schwergewichtige Fünferkonstellation, die zusammen stolze 11 Grammys auf ihrem Konto verbucht und diverse Genres in ihrem Sound vereint, nahm das Album in Los Angeles, Südfrankreich, auf Zypern, in Miami, in der Türkei, in der Karibik und in Chennai in Indien auf. Der Name SuperHeavy bedeutete für alle Beteiligten vor allem eines: Improvisation, offene Sessions und spontanes Arbeiten.

Mit der Single „Mircale Worker“ präsentieren SuperHeavy den ersten Vorgeschmack auf das komplette Werk "SuperHeavy", das am 16. September veröffentlicht wird. „Miracle Worker“ wird bereits Anfang Juli Radio-Premiere feiern. Die Spannung ist auch bei SuperHeavy groß – Mick Jagger erklärt: „Schon als wir uns zum ersten Mal im Studio trafen und loslegten, fügte sich alles wie von selbst zusammen; all diese unterschiedlichen Stile und Genres flossen ohne Probleme ineinander. Nun hoffe ich bloß, dass den Leuten diese Mischung auch gefällt...“
Die fünf Superschwergewichte und ihre jeweilige Aufgabe bei SuperHeavy:
Mick Jagger (Gesang, Gitarre, Mundharmonika, Co-Produktion)
Dave Stewart (Gitarre, Co-Produktion)
Joss Stone (Gesang)
Damian Marley (Gesang)
A.R. Rahman (Gesang, div. Keyboards)

Co-produziert wurde das SuperHeavy-Album von Jagger & Stewart.



Wisconsin Country Thunder scheduled for July 21-24, 2011 in Twin Lakes, WI Twin Lakes, WI - Country Thunder and Gold Canyon Candles have partnered to create a Limited Edition Country Thunder candle – ‘Cozy Country’. A customer favorite, Cozy Christmas, has gone country with a new color and name exclusively for Country Thunder. The candle has an amazing top note fragrance of spicy cinnamon and romantic clove, blended with juicy apple and delicious orange. This incredible 'Cozy Country' fragrance is available for a limited time only!

"The partnership between Gold Canyon Candles and Country Thunder is a perfect fit," states Gold Canyon Candles co-founder Karen Waisath.  "Our brand promise at Gold Canyon is to provide "The World's Finest", and what better way to keep that promise than to partner with one of the world's finest country festivals for our limited edition candle!"

The upcoming annual Country Thunder festival will take place July 21-24, 2011 in Twin Lakes, WI, and country music fans will travel across the nation to the premiere camping and entertainment destination featuring some of today's top artists including Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown Band, Darius Rucker, the Charlie Daniels Band, Josh Turner, Sara Evans, and many more! For a full 4-day admission, tickets are available at the low price of $160 and can be purchased online at www.countrythunder.com or by phone at (866) 802-6418. Visit www.countrythunder.com to learn more about the line-up, tickets, and all things Country Thunder!

About Gold Canyon
Starting as a small candle business, Gold Canyon has now grown to include a wide range of other home products that offer an enriched life experience by bringing customers “The World’s Finest”®!. Gold Canyon now has more than 25,000 Independent Demonstrators across North America, and offers a complete line of candles, bath and body products and home products including home fragrance in the form of scented candles, room sprays and sachets; home décor with various candle holders; a full line of body care essentials and candle care products such as wick dippers and trimmers and wickless home fragrance. Gold Canyon takes great care to maintain the highest quality standards that were established right from the beginning.


 NEON Deluxe and Standard Version Pre-order Now Available Online

Nashville, TN...(June 28, 2011)...With only two weeks to go to the release of his highly anticipated third studio album, GRAMMY nominated singer/songwriter CHRIS YOUNG is giving fans a sneak peek at the title track when NEON becomes available for pre-order beginning today on iTunes at http://bit.ly/ljyVdh.

In addition to the standard ten song album, a deluxe version of NEON is available for digital pre-order, featuring two previously unreleased bonus tracks -- “I’m Gonna Change That” and “Don’t Leave Her (If You Can’t Let Her Go)” – along with a photo gallery containing new images of the man voted Country Weekly’s Hottest Bachelor.  As an added bonus, fans who pre-order the deluxe version will receive an immediate download of the NEON title track before the album releases on July 12.
NEON features the smash lead single “Tomorrow,” the fastest‐rising song of Young’s career. The project includes ten brand new songs from the singer whom Billboard calls “a bona‐fide star!” Produced by James Stroud, 7 of the 10 songs from NEON were co‐penned by Young, including “Tomorrow.” The “heartfelt ballad,” as declared in a recent People review, is Top 5 and climbing on the Billboard chart. The hot new music video for “Tomorrow” can be streamed at http://vevo.ly/fMmDtL.
1. "I Can Take It From There"  (Chris Young/Rhett Akins/Ben Hayslip)
2. "Lost" (Chris Young/Chris DuBois/Ashley Gorley)
3. "Tomorrow" (Chris Young/Frank Myers/Anthony Smith)
4. "Save Water, Drink Beer" (Megan Connor/Ross Copperman/Jon Nite)
5. "Neon" (Shane McAnally/Josh Osborne/Trevor Rosen)
6. "Old Love Feels New" (Chris Young/Brett James/Tim Nichols)
7. "You" (Chris Young/Luke Laird)
8. "Flashlight" (Chris Young/Robert Arthur/Johnny Bulford)
9. "When She's On" (Monty Criswell/Shane Minor)
10. "She's Got This Thing About Her" (Chris Young/Cory Batten/Kent Blazy)
**Produced by James Stroud
ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: Recently nominated for his first GRAMMY® Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with his hit, “Gettin’ You Home,” Young is gearing up to head out on the road with Jason Aldean on his sold out My Kinda Party Tour this summer. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice‐of‐life songs, Young has emerged as a fan‐favorite with three consecutive #1s at radio, and an album approaching GOLD. "Tomorrow," his brand new single from the forthcoming album NEON, set to release July 12, is currently Top 5 and continues to scream up the country radio charts. For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.

Brandon Rickman signs with Mountain Music Entertainment

Singer and Songwriter Brandon Rickman
 signs with Mountain Music Entertainment
for Exclusive Artist Representation
Rickman is best known for his lead vocals with the Lonesome River Band
and his songwriting efforts on songs like "I Bought Her a Dog"
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (June 22, 2011) - Mountain Music Entertainment proudly announces exclusive booking representation of singer and songwriter Brandon Rickman. The partnership became official the week of June 1st though Rickman and Mountain Music Entertainment have been working together since March 2011.  Mountain Music Entertainment will provide exclusive representation for Brandon Rickman during solo performances. Rickman will remain as the lead singer and guitarist for the Lonesome River Band.
"Brandon has an incredible talent. He is among the best when it comes to singing a song or writing new music. I've enjoyed working with him and getting to know him personally" said Steve Johnson, President and CEO of Mountain Music Entertainment. "If you are looking for hard driving, cutting edge, roots acoustic music Brandon is an artist you will not want to miss. He can command a room with just his voice and a guitar. I hope everyone will take the opportunity to get to know his music and what he can offer on his solo shows." 
Brandon Rickman hails from the state of Missouri. A product of a musical family, Brandon grew up playing guitar, but picked up the upright bass just hours before playing his first show as a member of the esteemed bluegrass gospel group, New Tradition. Prior to joining the Lonesome River Band, he spent the 2001 season appearing with the award-winning bluegrass singer and songwriter Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time.
In 2009 Rural Rhythm Records released Brandon's solo album, YOUNG MAN, OLD SOUL. This successful album appeared in WNCW Radio's Top 50 CDs of the Year (2010) and received numerous other honors. Two singles, "Always Have Always Will" and "I Bought Her a Dog" appeared on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Song chart; and the track, "Wearin Her Knees Out Over Me" won the Strictly Country Magazine's Song of the Year in 2010.
"I am very excited about working with Mountain Music Entertainment. They have a good vibe that feels right for the things we hope to accomplish. I look forward taking my solo show to many listening rooms and venues around the country. It will be a different from the shows I currently do with the Lonesome River Band as for the most part it will just be me and a guitar." said Rickman.  
Additional details on Brandon Rickman are available at www.brandonrickman.com or www.mountainmusicentertainment.com

Interview with The BordererS

Interview with The BordererS

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in Europe, who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who'se never seen or heard you before.

The BordererS: The BordererS are a very energetic, rootsy band. They're originally from Scotland & Ireland but now live in Australia. You can't help but dance to their music.

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

The BordererS: The last year was hard as we lost our son to suicide, and I'm in Scotland at the moment as my mum has just died, but professionally the highlights were performing at the Tamworth Country Music Festival and the Gympie Muster in Queensland, Australia.

Ch.L.: What's your latest CD and how's it doing?

The BordererS: The BordererS latest CD is called " A Time For Change" and it's our most successful CD to date. It also has a DVD to go along with it. The stand out tracks are Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and "Higher Ground" with Serena Ryder from Canada.

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

The BordererS: It's called "A Time For Change" because it marked a musical change for the band. It sounds a bit like Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Sessions and features lot's of banjo and dixieland influences. It also had a political connotation, as it was time to get rid of Blair, Bussh and Howard in Australia.

Ch.L.: Do you write the songs yourself and if not, how do you go about finding the songs for the your CD?

The BordererS: Yes, we write the songs ourself. We're also just nearly finished another album with 14 new songs.

Ch.L.: Please tell us about the songs on your album.

The BordererS: The songs on " A Time for Change" were done live in our recording studio's living room. We wanted a kinda rough and ready sound.

Ch.L.: What's the difference between your last CD and the current one?

The BordererS: The last CD was mostly done live in the studio whereas the new one is 9 months in the making at present. We probably still have another 2 months left to finish it.

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

The BordererS: Everybody seems to love "Hallelujah" It's a very special song.

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

The BordererS: We're not sure yet.

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

The BordererS: My wife ( the singer ) likes to record the slower ballad type songs as we find it hard to get the energy for the fast ones in the studio.

Ch.L.: You did a duet with ... How did that happen to come about?

The BordererS: We did a duet with Serena Ryder from Canada. We met her a blues / rootsy festival in Western Australia. We asked her to come on stage with us and our daughter taught her the song 3 minutes before she came on. It was a great moment.

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

The BordererS: Our favourite song is called: "Will you love me when I'm fat, bald & ugly?" It's not one of our own songs. We heard a a Scottish guy called Steve Boyd sing it at a gig in Australia and couldn't get it out of our heads for a week. We asked if he'd send us a copy of the song and then started to perform it. The crowd loves it and it's been used at loads of weddings.

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

The BordererS:  We have total creative control as we're not signed to any major label. We have our own Record Company "Celtic Records"

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

The BordererS: One of our fans moved from Melbourne to Paris because of one of our songs. The track is called "Jump Right In" and it's about taking chances in your life. She wanted to speak better French so she went to work in a travel agency in Paris. She's helped us find an apartment in Paris as we'll be there from the 14th to the 18th July 2011.

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

The BordererS: We like Brice Springsteen, Prince, Garth Brooks, Status Quo and Celine Dion. It's quite a varied mix.

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

The BordererS: We think that todays country music is vastly over produced. It doesn't have the same edge to it. To us it sounds too glossy. We hope that it goes back to it's roots.

Ch.L.: In your opinion, what is the biggest difference between „traditional“ and „new“ country music?

The BordererS: Traditional is good whereas new country sounds a bit boring and bland.

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

The BordererS: I'd make the commercial radio stations play independent artists.

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

The BordererS: I like doing interviews the best and also recording. My wife hates recording though. She loves live gigs.

Ch.L.: Are you doing anything to take country music beyond it's courrent borders or are you happy where it is?

The BordererS: The BordererS are performing in Scotland and at the Mirande Festival in France. This is France's biggest country music festival. The BordererS like to add different flavours to their country music. We love mixing Zydeco with Celtic instruments.

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

The BordererS: We wear kilts on stage. We always dress up whereas a lot of bands don't.

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

The BordererS: Playing in front of 30,000 people in Federation Square on New Year's Eve was a highlight. Also winning songwriting awards in the USA were good too.

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

The BordererS: A really entertaining and lively show. You'll laugh, dance and clap till your hands hurt.

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

The BordererSe: Yes. We're just about to roam around the South of France before we play at the Mirande Festival on July 13th.

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

The BordererS: www.theborderers.com.au They will find biographies and song samples etc.

Ch.L.: Tell us about the fan club and how people can join it.

The BordererS: If people look up the website then they can join the fan club www.theborderers.com.au

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

The BordererS: You look like Brad Pitt. Only joking. Women who've been affected y domestic violence have really commented on our song "Independent's Day" It made them get out of bad relationships.

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

The BordererS: We hope that you can come to see the BordererS at the Mirande Festival on July 13th and please come and say hello.

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )


Pre-Order for OWN THE NIGHT Begins Today

Nashville, Tenn. – June 27, 2011 – The music video for Lady Antebellum's fastest rising single to date "Just A Kiss" premieres today simultaneously on the band’s official website and on Vevo.  “Just a Kiss” is the lead single off Lady Antebellum’s third Capitol Nashville studio album OWN THE NIGHT which will be released Sept. 13. Fans can pre-order OWN THE NIGHT beginning today.

Directed by Shaun Silva, the video was filmed in locations across the globe and follows the romantic journey of a young couple.  To watch “Just A Kiss,” visit: http://www.ladyantebellum.com

OWN THE NIGHT is the follow-up to the band’s GRAMMY winning second disc NEED YOU NOW.  Since its release in Jan. 2010, the album has sold over five million copies across the globe, spawned three multi-week No. one hits (“Need You Now,” “American Honey,” “Our Kind of Love”), and scored five GRAMMY Awards, as well as over a dozen other award show trophies.

For a full list of appearances visit www.ladyantebellum.com.


NASHVILLE, TN – June 27, 2011- Five-time GRAMMY award winner Marty Stuart will give late night television audiences a taste of traditional country music on Wed., June 29 when he appears on The Late Show with David Letterman.  Stuart and his band, the Fabulous Superlatives, will perform “Country Boy Rock & Roll,” a track from his critically-acclaimed album GHOST TRAIN (THE STUDIO B SESSIONS).

After his performance, Stuart will head back out on the road continuing his rigorous touring schedule which stretches across the country and continues through September.  

For more information and tour dates, visit www.martystuart.net.

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

Let�s talk about the life of certain components on a steel guitar.  You know what I mean.  Parts that need to be replaced more often than others do.  Strings need to be replaced because they go dead, corrode or just plain break.  Volume pots wear out and get noisy much quicker than any of us would like for them to do.

Now we come to a part that really doesn�t wear out and should last forever, but because of being abused, they don�t last very long.  This is the nylon tuner on an all pull system guitar.  The nylon should rarely ever be tweeked.  I�ve seen guitars that were practically new, but the nylons have been turned, bent, stripped to the point of being worthless.

The bad thing here is most people don�t even know how to put a new one on.  The nylon should last years and years and years.  It should never wear out, but can possibly become damaged by players that don�t understand how they work or why.  If there is a tiny washer installed between the nylon and the hole it goes through on the changer, it should be very hard to damage unless you�re trying to tune the guitar with a pair of pliers instead of a three sixteenths socket type wrench. 

Then we have fretboards.  For some strange reason, some people like to run tape down the edge of them and write down the chords at each fret.  That�s like a piano player taking a magic marker and writing down the names of the notes on the keys.  Pretty ridiculous.  And then even worse, I have seen guitars that have the name of the chords at different frets written right on the finish of the guitar beside the neck.  Tell me this doesn�t devalue the worth of the guitar.

I�ve had guys say that they have the rollers worn out on their guitars.  I have covered this roller subject before.  This is something that is very near and dear to my heart.  Rollers do not wear out.  It would take 150 years of continuous playing to get a roller to show any wear.

Yes, I have seen old Sho-Buds with the hole in the middle of the roller turning oval instead of being round.  I thought that was wear in the beginning, however I have since realized that the guitars were resting on the rollers and strings in the case and this is what beat the holes oblong, not wear.

On many Sho-Bud steel guitars built in the seventies, eighties and nineties the zinc fingers or roller cam in the changer will wear quickly because of the lowering finger that activates the changer will actually saw into it when played.  This is one of the bigger points of wear on the late Sho-Bud guitars.  I can fix these permanently without too much trouble or money.  So if you have an old Sho-Bud you can send it to me and we can take care of it for you.

Springs on a steel guitar � Emmons push pulls, LeGrandes or any steel guitar will technically last forever.  They will only go bad if pulled, pushed, moved around and generally mistreated.  I�ve had people many times over the years want to order new springs for their Emmons push pull lowering fingers.  This is pretty ridiculous because the tension on these strings can be easily adjusted and the spring should never be in a situation where it is worn to the point that it needs to be replaced.

This may be a long letter, but read it again and think about it.

Interesting observations I have for you today.  Remember Paris Hilton, Lindsey Lohan or O.J. Simpson?  These are very famous people that seem to get away with murder for no other reason than that they are extremely famous.  

Other people that have ended up having to pay for their dastardly deeds long after they should�ve paid up, are famous political leaders like Stalin, Osama Bin Laden, Khadafy and Hitler himself, people that used their fame to sustain their life because of people that should have helped end these lives sooner didn�t do it because they feared the fame and power that these people had.

We even have idiots in our own news at this time, like Representative Anthony Weiner, Blagojevich, Senator John Edwards and others.  I�m not saying these last ones should be shot, however it�s obvious that they have made some very poor decisions after we made some very poor decisions and elected them to be leaders for us.

In our own little world of country music, there are true idiots of entertainers out there, along with some good talent and very wonderful people.  Over the years I have been following the careers of a few that I just cannot understand the stupidity of.  

There are still people out there that say these are some of the greatest singers that have ever been in country music, which in itself is a stupid thing to say, but they do have followers that still like to publicly state how wonderful they are and how incredible they must be to be so famous.

Many of these famous celebrity country music singers treat their bands, record companies and everybody around them so badly that they are operating on the fringe of the law and way beyond the fringe of decency.  But of course, outside of reality, the fans will never know about it and if they do, they�d never believe that their idol, the singer, could ever do anything wrong.  

This is a real shame to follow a true psychopathic idiot blindly just because he makes records you like.  Most people don�t believe and realize that this singer that they like so much doesn�t even make his own records.  That task is accomplished by hard work from record companies, producers, writers and most of all promoters.

And how about the musicians that back these guys up?  Would you believe that most people on the street still actually believe that the guys on the records actually work full time for the star himself?  Everybody else does the work and the star gets the credit.

Well just remember, Bernie Madoff was rich and very famous too, but I hardly think that he�s a brilliant anything to be looked up to.

There�s a little restaurant here in Hendersonville that I stop in to get my coffee every morning on the way to work.  The owner manager of this little restaurant loves to hire the most beautiful young girls that he can hire to wait tables.  While talking to one of these girls a few years ago, she confided in me that she was wanting to be a country music singer.  

I said, �Well what makes you think you can make it when so many others can�t?�

She said, �Well, we have enough money behind us to get me famous.�

I said, �I�ve heard that a lot in this town and have known some that actually made it from Hendersonville.�

It wasn�t too long until I turned on the TV one day and there she was.  The rest is history.  I still don�t know if Taylor Swift is a really good singer or if it was just money and luck that made her famous and well known.  

But have you ever noticed it�s the famous person that always wins an argument?  Like the next door neighbor I had in Dallas that swore that Shot Jackson was the greatest steel guitar player in the world.  I said, �Well do you think he�s better than Maurice Anderson or Tom Morrell?�

He said, �Why of course he is.  Shot Jackson is in Nashville and Maurice Anderson just works in a music store downtown Dallas.�  The guy looked at me and said, �Shot Jackson�s a lot more famous than anybody we have in Dallas.  So he must be better.�

Which reminds me of a touch of sparing that a person and I had on the steel guitar forum last week.  She not only doesn�t play steel guitar, but because she�s in a musical family, loves to argue with anything intelligent anyone says.  She made the statement that blankety blank famous country music singer had to be great because of what he�s done with his singing career.

Anybody know who Amy Winehouse is?  Ever think of those entertainers that died because of drugs?  Do you think they were brilliant?  A few of them were talented, but as far as making the right decisions in life, they obviously didn�t.  But in the world of public opinion, the famous guy always seems to win out.  If this wasn�t true, there are many Hollywood stars that would be behind bars today that aren�t.

By the way, did you hear that The Judds are breaking up forever, again?

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

Your buddy,

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Tracey K. Houston announces UK/European tour – July 7th – August 28, 2011

Tracey K. Houston announces UK/European tour – July 7th – August 28, 2011

Tracey K. Houston launches the UK leg of her UK/European tour on July 7th with an appearance at the highly acclaimed Americana International Festival in Newark, England on Saturday, July 9th. This is the longest-running and largest music festival in England, with attendance in the vicinity of 65,000-70,000. There are over 50 acts on this festival (July 7th-10th) including USA artists Narvel Felts, James Intveld, Billy Yates, Johnny Powers, Stacie Collins, and Tracey K. Houston. Guitarist extraordinaire from Nashville, Chris Casello, will be appearing onstage with Tracey K. as well, playing guitar as well as performing a few selections of his own. She will also be sharing band members of James Intveld. James appears on Tracey K’s latest rockabilly album, Rockin’ Little Angel, on a song that he wrote, “Cryin’ Over You.” He plays piano and provides the harmony vocals.

From there she heads to Germany where she has many weeks of shows in several parts of the country. Supporting band will be East of Memphis, from Germany. Show dates are also planned for Austria, with pending dates in Poland and the Netherlands. Other dates to be announced.

See the following websites for a complete listing of show dates and locations:
Main website:



Jennifer Lopez zurück an der Spitze der deutschen Singlecharts

Jennifer Lopez zurück an der Spitze der deutschen Singlecharts
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Ihr Triumphzug geht weiter: Jennifer Lopez erobert in dieser Woche mit ihrer Hitsingle „On The Floor“ feat. Pitbull die Spitze der deutschen Singlecharts zurück! Die mit Platin ausgezeichnete Single aus dem aktuellen Album „Love?“ schießt vier Monate nach Veröffentlichung erneut auf Platz 1 und beschert der Latin-Pop-Queen ihre erfolgreichste Single in Deutschland überhaupt.

Mit einem charismatischen Auftritt bei der Sommerausgabe von „Wetten, dass..?“ im ZDF faszinierte Jennifer Lopez die Zuschauer in der Stierkampfarena auf Mallorca und ein Millionen-Publikum vor den Fernsehern und wird nun erneut mit der Chartkrone belohnt: Platz 1 für „On The Floor“ feat. Pitbull! Universal Music zeichnete Jennifer Lopez kürzlich mit dem Platin-Award für die erste Single aus ihrem Album „Love?“ aus, doch in der nächsten Zeit könnte weiteres Edelmetall hinzukommen…

„On The Floor“ wurde vor vier Monaten veröffentlicht und stürmte direkt die Charts weltweit. Hierzulande steht der Song insgesamt sechs Wochen auf Platz 1 und elf Wochen in den Top 3. Über 400.000 Mal wurde die Single bereits verkauft und sorgte für ein echtes Highlight in Jennifer Lopez’ beeindruckender Karriere: „On The Floor“ ist nicht nur das Universal Music-Debüt, sondern ihre erste Single überhaupt, die Platz 1 in Deutschland eroberte.

Die vom US-Magazin People zur schönsten Frau der Welt gewählte Sängerin, Schauspielerin, Produzentin und Designerin legt Ende Juli ihre neue Single „I’m Into You“ vor, zu der es bereits das Video zu sehen gibt. Einmal mehr unterstreicht Jennifer Lopez, dass sie zu den erfolgreichsten und faszinierendsten Superstars dieses Planeten gehört.

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