Thursday, June 30, 2011

RIDERS IN THE SKY TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM

RIDERS IN THE SKY TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED
INSPIRATIONAL ALBUM


The Land Beyond The Sun to be released Aug. 9th

Riders In The Sky - Land Beyond The SunNASHVILLE, TN - (June 29, 2011) –Two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Riders In the Sky will release their long awaited Inspirational CD on Aug. 9.  "The Land Beyond The Sun" presents a collection of songs of inspiration recorded in the western tradition that their legion of fans expect, along with a poem indicative of “America’s Favorite Cowboys’” left-field humor which has been their trademark for nearly three and a half decades!

“The stillness of the desert, the majesty of towering mountains, the endless skies; all these things have developed a deep and abiding spirituality in the westerner and the cowboy” explains Ranger Doug, Idol of American Youth and the group’s baritone vocalist and guitar player.   “The CD appeals to all generations, and welcomes all who are as inspired by the great outdoors, as are Riders In The Sky.”

Perhaps best known for their recording of “Woody’s Round Up” from “Toy Story 2”, Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, single-handedly revitalizing Western music.  The seven-time Western Music Association Entertainers of the Year have been stars of the stage, screen, Saturday morning network TV, the Grand Ol' Opry, National Public Radio, and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

While remaining true to the integrity of the genre, these “Kings of Comedy & Western” have themselves become modern-day icons by branding it with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life “The Cowboy Way!” 

The Land Beyond The Sun – track list

01 - The Land Beyond the Sun
02 - Song of the Trail
03 - The King's Highway
04 - There's A Gold Mine in the Sky
05 - This Ole House
06 - River of Mystery
07 - Saddle Up
08 - The Mystery of His Way
09 - Cowboy Camp Meetin'
10 - He Walks with the Wild and the Lonely
11 - There's A Blue Sky Way Out Yonder
12 - Lord, You Made the Cowboy Happy
13 - The Stingy Congregation
 

Josh Slone Best Classic Bluegrass Album of the Year

Josh Slone to be presented with
Best Classic Bluegrass Album of the Year

award for “Josh Slone & CoalTown”
Bob Everhart, President of The Rural Roots Music Commission announced that Josh Slone & CoalTown have been selected to receive the Best Classic Bluegrass Album of the Year award for their self-titled new album released earlier this year on Rural Rhythm Records.  This honor will be presented to Josh on Wednesday, August 31, at 11:30am at the 36th Annual Oldtime Country Bluegrass Festival held at The Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.  
 
Josh Slone, with his signature deep country and bluesy vocals along with the tightly blended harmonies of CoalTown have certainly caught the attention of industry leaders, including the Rural Roots Music Commission. According to one panelist, "this particular CD is a unique blend of bluegrass mixed with country and mountain soul." "Exactly what the Commission is looking for," added Bob Everhart. Uncle Billy Dunbar, host of a popular bluegrass radio show in Iowa, agrees saying, "The boys from CoalTown sing about what they know. It is true roots music from the coal mines of Kentucky, and the valleys and mountains, singing about love, sweat, and tears. They sing and pick the real sounds of country folk."
 
Nine of the thirteen songs on the album were written by the talented songwriter, Mike Wells who also penned the first single, “Virginia Bound.”   Several other top songwriters have contributed powerful songs to this project including: Larry Cordle, Brandon Rickman, Charley Stefl, Jenee’ Fleenor, Mark Brinkman, Mike Evans and more.  The album also includes special guests: Ron Stewart, Matt Despain, Kim Gardner and Gerald Evans.
 
The Annual Oldtime Country Bluegrass Festival has been going for 36 years and includes over 600 country music performers during the weeklong event.  Shows are held in huge air conditioned buildings and also outdoor stages.  The event includes:  great country cookin' and some of the best Iowa corn-fed beef steaks anyone is likely to ever eat. LeMars is also home of Bluebunny Ice Cream, the largest ice cream manufacturer in the world. General admission is $15 per day per person, a seven-day gate pass is just $60 per person that includes everything.  Also appearing this year are:  Jim Ed Brown, Helen Cornelius, Jeannie Seely, Bonnie Guitar, over 600 pickers, singers, players, musicians, and performing artists.  
 
The festival also includes excellent RV camping facilities with 30-amp hook-ups at $12 a day (no reservations).   “A Tipi Village in an old ghost town setting is a great place for 'jammers' to gather, and throw in six old time dances in the Dance Hall, and it's a pretty good deal for the dollar,” said Everhart.  “Workshops, contests, open stages, even the front porch of an old log cabin becomes focal points of entertainment interest, done much the way it was done when homesteaders started settling Iowa. We keep telling folks, don't put all your money in your gas tank to drive hundreds of miles to see one show, come home, be with us, and see a thousand," he added. 
 
For a complete tour schedule and more information on Josh Slone including the album JOSH SLONE & COALTOWN, please visit joshsloneandcoaltown.net

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

As most of you know, the Sho-Bud company was bought by Fret Gretsch in January of �85 and moved to Ridgeland, South Carolina with the main office being in Charlotte, North Carolina. Fred bought Sho-Bud because it was thrown in on the deal that he was making to Baldwin to reacquire the name of Gretsch.

He didn�t really want Sho-Bud, but somehow Fred ended up with the Kustom company that was in Chinook, Kansas. So Fred ended up with Kustom, Gretsch, Sho-Bud, MCI guitars and somehow, Bigsby. This is fine and a whole lot better than having these names die, but I�d sure like to see him do more with them.

The true originators of the Sho-Bud company and the boys that built so many of these guitars over many years were the sons of the immortal Shot Jackson, David and Harry Jackson. David and Harry are still both in great health and building the new, already legendary Jackson guitar.

There always seems to be a new steel guitar popping up on the market straight out of somebody�s garage or basement, but this Jackson guitar is not one of those. The legendary thinking that went into some of the greatest Sho-Bud guitars is still showing up in these beautiful Jackson guitars.

David and Harry both came into my shop a couple of days ago and like always, we had long talks about the future of steel guitar and the future of designs that are coming. These boys are continually thinking and experimenting as proven by some of the mechanisms that David has recently come up with, like the finger that bends in the middle and requires very little pedal pressure and eliminates the typical wear parts in most all pull designs.

David has many other ideas that he shared with me. I offered my opinion on some of them and told him what I thought the pros and cons would be and at times he would look at me with a sly smile and say something like, �Yes I�m aware of that and I�ve already thought of that.� Pretty amazing minds these boys have and I still have the feeling that David will never get the true glory and recognition that he deserves along with his brother Harry.

The Wright Brothers couldn�t have been any smarter than these two boys. During this visit we discussed the past forty five years of steel guitar development. We discussed patents, who patented what, variation details on the all pull mechanism, who did what and at what time and who the true inventors were.

Names like the Harlan Brothers of Indianapolis, the Kelly patent that David dug up in the archives of the Patent Office and David�s designs of the all pull changer that he came up with to improve upon the systems that were being built at the time.

I remember at a very young age seeing Gene Pooler show up with Johnny Lee Wells at a dance I was also playing in Oklahoma. This was about 1957. Gene showed me his new cable operated Standel Custom steel guitar built by the great Chuck Wright. The changer was beautiful. Multiple raise and lower, tuned with your finger on top, very smooth and tremendous quality in the guitar.

Gene wouldn�t touch the guitar except to play it unless he was wearing his white gloves. The thing that impressed me the most was the design. Nobody ever mentions or says anything about this guitar, but it was definitely a good one. Chuck Wright must have been a very busy, hard working, intelligent being. Chuck is the father the incomparable David Wright, great steel guitarist of this day.

Ben Rubright in Florida, is the proud owner of one of David Jackson�s great guitars. Fred Shannon in west Texas and Charles Tilley of east Texas are friends I would like to mention because of the wonderful things they have done for steel guitar. I also had a visit this week from Bob Vantine. I hadn�t met Bob before. I found him a very interesting steel guitar guy that is primarily a lead guitar player he says. Bob is in middle New York state and member of a very fine steel guitar club in that state.

There are incredible steel guitar players all over the United States here to say nothing of players on other major continents. We have many readers of this newsletter from all over the world and I love the replies I get from all of them. It seems to be a very large force that�s still growing in England and the rest of the world. I�ve heard a lot of these guys play and I�m very astounded at their abilities.

I�d like to mention Basil Enriques, Ken Byng, David Hartley and B.J. Cole. I think it�s wonderful that the world is covered with steel players of such high caliber.

Steel Guitar Nashville, being a store in the Nashville area and serving highly discriminating steel guitarists here and around the world, demands a high quality stock of guitars, working and collector type. We would love to have more non-pedal classic pro guitars of yesteryear and I�m sure we will have in the future, but we seem to sell these old Fenders, Rickenbackers, Gibsons, Nationals and Bigsbys as fast as we get them.

The best thing I can say is that if you�re searching for that elusive user or collector guitar, keep following our webpage changes and I�m sure what you want will turn up.

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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NELL ROBINSON RELEASES DELIGHTFUL SOPHOMORE CD "ON THE BROOKLYN ROAD"

NELL ROBINSON RELEASES DELIGHTFUL SOPHOMORE CD "ON THE BROOKLYN ROAD"

Berkeley, CA – June 29, 2011 -Bluegrass singer-songwriter Nell Robinson proudly announces the upcoming release of her sophomore CD, "On the Brooklyn Road" on July 19, 2011. After her debut album Loango charted in bluegrass and Americana in 2010, Nell Robinson was named one of the most "utterly charming," "freshest voices" in roots music, and likened to early Emmylou Harris and Hazel Dickens. With "On The Brooklyn Road", titled after the red clay dirt road that led to her family’s farm in rural Alabama, Nell returns with more of her original compositions.

On her second album, Robinson musically collaborates and performs with a veritable "Who's Who" of renowned bluegrass icons including: Jim Nunally, Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Chad Manning, Keith Little and Rob Ickes, among many others. "On the Brooklyn Road" includes serious tales of death, heartbreak and affectionate story-telling of family traditions. The tunes are filled with warmth, sweetness, humor and simple elegance.

There is a timelessness and deftness to Nell Robinson's original song-writing style. She evokes a by-gone era mixed with a modern twist to her lyrics. This is evidenced by the Cajun-flavored song about temptation “Don’t Light My Fire” to her co-write with Laurie Lewis, "Wahatchee" to “I’m Brilliant" about the denial of alcoholism.

Nell's vocals range from haunting and melodic to soulful and spare. "On the Brooklyn Road" was produced by Nell and by Jim Nunally, who also adds splendid harmonies that complement Robinson’s warm clear-as-a-bell lead vocals. Just listen to their chemistry on Richard Brandenburg’s tender ballad “Mayflies, ” a highlight of the album. The album’s songs are interspersed with field recordings of stories by her mother and uncles about an innocent time long since passed. Nell sings in the name of her late grandmother and as a way to honor her Southern ancestry.

The CD closes almost like a Southern revival with “Last Old Shovel” and “Sweet Sunny South”. As on Nell’s first album "Loango", there are 2 bonus tracks by The Henriettas, which is her and Cary Sheldon’s tribute to the 1930’s sister act, the DeZurik Sisters. Their funny and intricate yodeling style has to be heard to be believed.

In Nell Robinson's liner notes she writes "Story-telling is a Southern pastime and some of the stories I know are best told like they happened yesterday, even though they are 150 years old. They foster this deep connection to people and place, so much that sometimes I miss a past that I wasn't even present for. The family recordings and songs, mine and others, in this album are my way of breathing those memories into life today." Let Nell Robinson breathe her nostalgic memories, stories and songs into your ear with the eloquent sounds of "On the Brooklyn Road"!

THE GMA DOVE AWARDS NAME ATLANTA HOST FOR 2012 AWARDS

 
THE GMA DOVE AWARDS NAME ATLANTA HOST FOR 2012 AWARDS
 
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Garnered Unprecedented Viewers On gmc television network And Quickly Sold Out The Fabulous Fox Theatre As Atlanta Welcomed This Year’s Honors To The City
 
THE GMA Dove Awards offer recognition in a variety of genres making it the most comprehensive awards show celebrating Christian music will again air on gmc
 
NASHVILLE, TN (June 29, 2011) – THE GMA Board of Directors and the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that the 43rd Annual GMA Dove Awards will again take place in Atlanta, Georgia in 2012 and will be aired on gmc.  The awards, slated to take place in April 2012 offer the most comprehensive platform of music celebrating Christian and Gospel music. 
 
The 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards quickly sold out this past April at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre garnered its highest ratings on gmc.  With over 1.5 million viewers turning in to catch host Sherri Shepherd and such artists as Female Vocalist of the Year Francesca Battistelli, Male Vocalist of the Year Chris August and other superstars Third Day,  Casting Crowns, Natalie Grant , Chris Tomlin, Mary Mary, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Rogers and many others perform unique collaborations and take home honors at the annual awards show.
 
“We’re excited for the Dove Awards to return to Atlanta,” says William Pete, Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO.  “There was a buzz throughout the city surrounding the show and the excitement was contagious.  We look forward to making the 43rd Annual Dove Awards another success.” 
 
This year’s awards marked many firsts for the iconic awards.  With its move to the culturally diverse city of Atlanta, the gmc airing, numerous promotions with radio, TV and area churches, coupled with the location being home to so many of the genres artists and the international TV star and comedian Sherri Shepherd bringing her uniquely apropos hosting duties to the show made for a complete facelift for “Gospel Music’s Biggest Night.”
 
Mitchell Solarek, chairman of the GMA board states, “Our experience this past year in Atlanta exceeded our expectations. How exciting to have the Governor of Georgia personally there to welcome our artists, and guests of the show. The City of Atlanta made us feel so welcomed from the city and state leaders to the multitude of local and international media that covered the awards.  We are thrilled with the results of the 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards and are looking forward to another amazing outcome in 2012.”
 
Charley Humbard, gmc CEO adds, “The GMA Dove Awards is one of the preeminent events in the world of Christian, Gospel and Inspirational music.  Our relationship with the GMA and the Dove Awards is an important part of our strategy.  We are pleased with the increasing numbers we are garnering with awards show.  And, having the awards in Atlanta, the home of gmc, makes it doubly sweet.”
 
About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community consists of members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Dove Week and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit  www.gospelmusic.org or contact the GMA directly at 615.277.1376.
 
About gmc:
gmc ( www.watchgmctv.com) is America’s favorite channel for uplifting music and family entertainment. In 2010, The Parents Television Council™ awarded its Entertainment Seal of Approval™ to gmc for being “an authentic family-friendly cable network.” gmc was the only television network to receive the highly coveted honor last year.
 
gmc can be seen in nearly 48 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.

Let's Help Southern-Rocker Adam Fisher Race Down the Tracks

Let's Help Southern-Rocker Adam Fisher Race Down the Tracks
 
 
Have you ever imagined what it would feel like to be on the ground floor of a mission bound for success? Southern-Rocker Adam Fisher’s newly released single Freight Train is climbing the ladder on the country charts, while fans everywhere are anxious to jump on board.
 
Adam showcased a few of his songs in Nashville earlier last month, and luckily we caught the live action on video. His entire song set from the showcase is currently posted on YouTube and we need your help.
 
Watch all of Adam’s videos to aid in his goal of 1,000 hits and 500 likes! This will give Adam the exposure he needs to reach out to a broader spectrum of future fans. Post a comment with your thoughts on the song and the performance to get the caboose soaring.
 
Freight Train was co-written by Adam and was produced by Grammy nominated Eric Paul (Willie Nelson, Towns Van Zandt). His previous single, Cotton Town, impacted radio and received amazing reviews, including one from renowned music critic, Robert K. Oermann. With musical influences that span Waylon Jennings, Dave Matthews and Elvis, Adam is ready to take a risk and give his fans something new and different to love. Performing since the early age of thirteen, this good ‘ole boy has a rocking edge and the confidence and stage presence of a seasoned performer. To stay updated on him, visit www.AdamFisherLive.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter @AdamFisherLive.

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