Thursday, July 7, 2011



Lead Single “When I Get My Wings” Available To Radio On July 11

Nashville, TN- July 7, 2011- Critically acclaimed Nashville singer/songwriter Will Hoge’s seventh studio album, aptly titled NUMBER SEVEN, is set to be released on Sept. 27 on Ryko.  Its eleven songs survey the struggles of the heart that are Hoge’s songwriting stock in trade while revealing enticing range and freshness on the sonic front. Acting as his own producer for the first time, Will says this album feels truer to his personal vision than any he’s made.

“We took a lot of time in making this album,” explains Hoge.  “We started laying down tracks in my living room, then stepped away from it for about six months.  We were able to come back, re-record and scrap some other stuff and I believe we came out with a much better record because of it.  It afforded us the ability to take a long hard look at ourselves and what we were doing musically.”

The lead single, “When I Get My Wings,” is set to impact radio on Mon., Aug. 1 and highlights Hoge’s full-throated Otis Redding-style vocal with a heavenly host of Memphis-inspired horns.

NUMBER SEVEN follows up on Hoge’s 2009 release THE WRECKAGE, which was hailed as “welcome and worth the wait” by USA Today,  “triumphant” by the BBC and American Songwriter noted that the “eleven tightly crafted songs retain the artist’s self-assured, Southern swagger.” The long time road warrior is planning a rigorous touring schedule with upcoming headlining dates this fall. Details and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.  

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RFD-TV's Presleys' Country Jubilee

RFD-TV's Presleys' Country Jubilee
Branson's "Original Show" Airs July 9 @ 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT
Elaine + Lee Roy - Presleys' Country Jubilee ( Credit  Scott Presley)
Elaine and Lee Roy (The Roys) on stage at Presleys' Country Jubilee.
Credit: Scott Presley

Nashville, TN (July 7, 2011) - Brother/sister bluegrass duo, The Roys, make their debut appearance on RFD-TV's Presleys' Country Jubilee this Saturday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. CT.  Lee and Elaine perform their current charting single, "Coal Minin' Man" on the popular family show. Additional airings are Wednesday, July 13 at 4 p.m. ET/3 p.m. CT and Thursday, July 14 at 2 a.m. ET/1 a.m. CT.

"Coal Minin' Man" is # 1 on Power Source Magazine's bluegrass chart, is # 5 on the Bluegrass Music Profiles chart, and is #9 on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart.  The track is from The Roys' LONESOME WHISTLE CD (Rural Rhythm Records). The disc has spurred a busy touring season for the duo, and upcoming July shows include Festivals and Fairs in the U.S. and Canada:

Franklin County Fair (Union, MO, 7/8)
Walker's Bluff (Carterville, IL, 7/9)
T. J.'s Place (Fennimore, WI, 7/10)
Craven Country Jamboree (Saskatchewan, Canada, 7/14 -17)
Oak Tree Opry (Anita, IA, 7/19)
Country Thunder (Twin Lakes, WI, 7/21-24)
Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival (Prestonsburg, KY, 7/30)

These Massachusetts natives were "raised right" on country and bluegrass in New Brunswick, Canada. They are the reigning two-time Inspirational Country Music's Duo of the Year, and their LONESOME WHISTLE debuted at #7 on BILLBOARD's Bluegrass Albums Chart.  The Roys come from a unique, musical family and are known for their superb sibling harmonies, "rootsy" sound and compelling original songs.

The popular show is the legacy of decades of family entertainment.  Hailed as Branson's "first family," the Presleys founded the "Original Show" on the city's strip 44 years ago.  Fans can read the whole "Presleys" story at jubilee, and see the show's broadcast schedule at 



MTB Headlines Cruise With ZZ Top, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, Foghat, Artimus Pyle, Molly Hatchet, Johnny Winter, The Edgar Winter Band, Among Others

Royal Caribbean's Liberty Of The Seas Cruise Ship Departs on Four-Day Excursion to the Bahamas December 1 

Nashville, Tenn. (July 7, 2011) – This December, legendary southern rockers The Marshall Tucker Band will ‘batten down the hatches’ and take to the seas, as they co-headline the inaugural ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE, benefiting the Native American Heritage Association (NAHA).

“This is going to be one hell of a party on the Atlantic,” notes Marshall Tucker Band lead singer and founding member Doug Gray.  “Hittin’ the waters with some of our best rocker pals never sounded so good. You can bet we’ll have some of these guys jammin’ with us MTB-style on more than a few of our sets!”

Departing from Ft. Lauderdale on Dec. 1, The Marshall Tucker Band joins more than 18 rock bands including ZZ Top, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, John Kay & Steppenwolf, Dickey Best & Great Southern, Foghat, Molly Hatchet, Johnny Winter, The Edgar Winter Band, and The Outlaws, among others, on a four-day Bahamian cruise.

As many as 3,200 music fans, served by a crew of 1,300, will be aboard The Royal Caribbean Line’s Liberty of the Seas.  The ship, one of the largest (160,000 tons / length equal to almost four football fields / 18 decks) and most luxurious passenger vessels in service today, is scheduled for stops in Bahamian cities Coco Cay and Nassau.  The main attraction of the cruise is the multiple performances by the rock bands brought aboard in four different on-board venues.  Liberty of the Seas also features on-board surfing thanks to its FlowRider wave generator, a boxing ring, a full-sized volleyball / basketball court, cantilevered whirlpools and a range of gourmet restaurants.

The unprecedented cruise will benefit Native American Heritage Association’s mission to provide emergency assistance and self-help programs to the Sioux Native Americans living on reservations in South Dakota.  Since 1993, NAHA has worked with Lakota (Sioux) Reservations, strengthening the Native American communities and families one member at a time. The challenges are difficult as unemployment rates on the Reservations are at 80%, 70% have no transportation, the average life expectancy is 58 years of age, infant mortality is 10 times the national average and 31% of Native American children under the age of 4 are obese because of lack of proper nutrition. NAHA, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in partnership with Feeding America and Gifts In Kind International, has provided food, clothing, heating assistance, personal care items and home care items to the many Native Americans in need.  NAHA has a 17-year history of executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way, outperforming most other charities.  Thanks to its financially sound business practices, NAHA has earned 6 consecutive 4-star rating with  92.4% of all NAHA revenue goes toward its program services.  For additional information, visit

This year, The Marshall Tucker Band celebrates its 40th year since forming in 1971.  Last May, the band, in recognition of four decades, released The Marshall Tucker Band: Greatest Hits and lead singer Doug Gray’s lost solo recordings, Soul Of The South.  The legendary southern rock band continues to tour regularly and recently returned from a five-concert tour of Iraq and Kuwait, where they entertained thousands of United States military personnel.

For ROCK LEGENDS CRUISE ticketing information, visit

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Love and Lies available for digital download through popular website I-Tunes

(Nashville, TN – 07/07/2011) Cleveland, OH native Suzi Oravec received praise last week for her debut album Love and Lies from an unexpected place when Cleveland Indians outfielder Trevor Crowe tweeted and posted on his facebook page that the pop/country singer’s album was now available on I-tunes and urged his followers to buy a copy.

The one simple post quickly connected Suzi Oravec and her music with the sports world as she instantly earned new fans and followers from commentators to other professional baseball players, including Adam Russell of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who retweeted Trevor’s original post.

Oravec says regarding the support of her album from major league baseball players, “I'm so excited that the news of the album is spreading, and that the people I've watched from the stands are now rooting for me. It's so surreal.

This upcoming weekend Suzi Oravec will return to her hometown to perform live and promote her album at a Relay for Life Cancer Benefit on Saturday July 9, 2011.

To download Suzi Oravec’s debut album Love and Lies from I-Tunes please visit:
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Sam Bush to Host 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards

 Sam Bush to Host 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards

Nashville, Tenn.….Award-winning artist, band leader, songwriter and mandolin monster Sam Bush will host the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

“It is my pleasure to return as the host for the 2011 IBMA Awards,” Bush says.  “As a bluegrass fan and fellow Kentuckian, it’s especially important to me in the 100th year anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth.  I look forward to spending the evening with the nominees and the winners, as this is their special night.” 

Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn’t seem old enough to be a musical legend. He’s not…but he is.  Alternately known as the “King of Telluride” and the “Father of Newgrass,” Bush has been honored with numerous awards from IBMA and the Americana Music Association.  It’s especially fitting that Bush, one of bluegrass music’s premier mandolin players, will host the IBMA Awards the year of the Bill Monroe Centennial. Bill Monroe, known as the Father of Bluegrass Music, would have turned 100 on September 13, 2011. The realm of his influence is vast and his accomplishments are many, but like Sam Bush three decades later, one thing Monroe did was ride the small, uniquely shaped, eight-stringed mandolin like a rocket into a new realm of musical expression the world had never heard before.

Recognitions like the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AMA for Bush in 2009 have been “overwhelming and humbling,” he says, but honors are not what drive him.  “I didn’t get into music to win awards,” he says. “I’m just now starting to get somewhere. I love to play and the older I get the more I love it. And I love new things.”

Among those new things are the growing group of mandolin players that identify Bush as their musical role model in much the same way he idolized Bill Monroe and Jethro Burns. “If I’ve been cited as an influence, then I’m really flattered because I still have my influences that I look up to,” Bush says. “I’m glad that I’m in there somewhere.”

He’s being humble, of course. Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk, reggae and other styles. He’s the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. And though Bush is best known for his jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, he is also a three-time National Junior Fiddle Champion and Grammy Award-winning vocalist.  Last year a song he co-wrote, “The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle,” was one of the five nominees for IBMA Song of the Year.

“In the acoustic world I’ve been pretty lucky to play with almost every one of my heroes. I’ve gotten to play with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs….  I’ve been to the mountain,” Bush says, smiling.  But his greatest contribution may be his impact on the future. “I’m secure with what I can do and I know what I can’t do,” he says. “You just have to stand there and applaud the great young talent. Chris Thile, Wayne Benson, Shawn Lane, Matt Flinner, Ronnie McCoury, Mike Marshall—they play in ways that I can’t play,” he says of the current field of mandolin players.  “I’m hoping to be around for the next generation that comes along after that group. That’s going to be something. The music keeps evolving.”

“It’s crazy to think about,” Bush says of his influence. “I’m proud to be part of a natural progression in music. And I hope to still be playing 30 years from now.”

That said, it’s not surprising that Bush still has goals. “I want to grow as a songwriter, as a song collaborator,” he says. “There are still a lot of things I haven’t discovered about playing mandolin. I want to be able to be secure in the styles that I know how to play well, but I also want to explore other styles that I haven’t learned yet. I want to improve as a singer,” he adds. “I have to work harder on singing than I do on playing.”

“As long as I’m alive I hope I have the ability to play,” says Bush, a two-time cancer survivor.  When the ability to play is taken away, it’s humbling. It teaches you a lesson: don’t take it for granted.”

Circles Around Me, Bush’s current album on the Sugar Hill label, is an aurally inspiring mix of bluegrass favorites and complementary new songs.  “It felt right at this moment in my life to go back and re-visit some things that I’ve loved all my life, which is bluegrass and, unapologetically, newgrass,” says Bush.  “After all these years of experimenting —and there’s experimentation on this record too —I’ve come full circle.” Produced by Bush, the 14-song set includes appearances by Del McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and New Grass Revival co-founder Courtney Johnson (posthumously). The album also features the phenomenal talent of Bush’s band: Scott Vestal, Stephen Mougin, Byron House and Chris Brown.

Nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Awards will be announced at a special press conference scheduled for Wednesday, August 17, 5-6 p.m. Central at The Loveless Barn in Nashville—so mark your calendars now! 

For more information on World of Bluegrass, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, go to, join us on Facebook, or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA). Tickets are on sale now at the website.

The IBMA Awards will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14) and will be syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks thanks to the sponsorship of Martha White, Sugar Hill Records, Deering Banjos, Compass Records and the International Bluegrass Music Museum.  Program directors and station managers may sign up to be affiliates online at

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), which serves as the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. The IBMA Awards Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass week, including the industry’s Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest, which takes place September 26 – October 2 in Nashville.

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

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This club does a wonderful job for its readers and members.  I recommend anybody, anywhere joining it.  The address is:  PO Box 20248  Floral Park, New York 11002-0248.  This newsletter they put out carries advertisements from all my competitors and articles on musicians along with written out instrumentals for steel guitar.  

It also keeps you posted on coming steel guitar events and record reviews by big time deejay Mike Gross.  I can�t say enough good things about this club or its members and followers.  They also do one of the best shows in the United States and make sure that it has the finest talent obtainable from near and far.

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Like most places in the southeast, here in Nashville the temperatures were bumping triple digits this past weekend, so I didn�t get out to do much.  One of my traditional things to do is to put the top down on one of my convertibles and drive through town and watch the fireworks, but found it much easier to stay in the air-conditioned comfort of my house and watch what I could out the bay window.   I won�t even have to wash my car now.

I hope all of you had a happy, safe Fourth.

Little commercial here so that we can pay our bills.  We still have a warehouse full of Peavey Nashville 112 amplifiers.  We always try to keep a big stock in case the company decides to not build them for a period of time.  When this happens, we always try to be the dealer in the United States that still has many of them to sell.  I still feel this is about the finest amplifier that anyone can buy because of its volume, tone and light weight.

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Mattafix-Kopf mit Solo-Album und Single-Hit im neuen Schweighöfer Film

Mattafix-Kopf mit Solo-Album und Single-Hit im neuen Schweighöfer Film
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Marlon Roudette
Mattafix-Kopf mit Solo-Album und Single-Hit im neuen Schweighöfer Film
Mit „Big City Life“ schrieb er einen der größten und wichtigsten Hits der letzten Jahre. Der Song hielt sich wochenlang auf dem 1. Platz der Single-Charts, das damalige Album „Sings Of A Struggle“ bestach durch seine stilistische Vielfalt. Der Stiefsohn von Neneh Cherry reiste mit seiner Band Mattafix um die Welt, sang vor 100.000 Menschen und berührte Millionen – von Berlin bis Darfur, wo er musikalisch mit dem Schauspielerkollegen Matt Damon auf die dort herrschende Hungerkatastrophe aufmerksam machte. Nun meldet sich Marlon Roudette, der Londoner Künstler und Ex-Frontmann des Nummer 1 Duos Mattafix mit seinem ersten Soloalbum „Matter Fixed“ zurück, das Universal Domestic / Vertigo am 02. September veröffentlicht. Marlon Roudette steht am 20. und 21. Juli in Berlin für Interviews zur Verfügung!

1. Single „New Age“ offizieller Song des Schweighöfer Regie-Debuts „What A Man“

Gleich mit der erste Single „New Age“, die am 19. August erscheint, ist Roudette wieder ein ganz großer Wurf gelungen. In Matthias Schweighöfers Regie-Debut „What A Man“, das am 25.08. seinen deutschlandweiten Kinostart feiert, wird „New Age“ eine musikalisch herausragende Rolle spielen. Mehr sei an dieser Stelle noch nicht verraten. Dafür noch mehr zu Marlon Roudette:   

Zwei Jahre lang hat er an „Matter Fixed“ gefeilt, und das Ergebnis ist jede einzelne Studio-Sekunde wert. So verarbeitet Roudette auf „The Loss“ in berührender Weise den Tod seiner Großmutter. „Riding Home“ zeigt seine ganz persönliche Sichtweise auf die Mattafix-Story: von St. Vincent raus in die Welt. „Viele Leute wissen überhaupt nicht, dass ich ursprünglich aus der Karibik komme. Vielleicht weil ich auf den ersten Blick für sie nicht so aussehe. Aber mir war sehr wichtig, diesen Aspekt meines Lebens zu erklären.“

Nicht nur deswegen ist „Matter Fixed“ ein so mutiger wie folgerichtiger Schritt. Stücke wie „Brotherhood Of The Broken“ oder der Opener „Storyline“ sind beispielhafte Belege großer Songwriter-Kunst. Ebenso die Single „New Age“, die Roudette als einen „riesigen Durchbruch“ in der Arbeit an dem Album beschreibt. „Ich hatte ja keine Ahnung, was für einen Sound mein Album eigentlich haben sollte. Zeit meines Lebens war ich immer in Bands und Crews gewesen. Aber plötzlich hatte ich nur noch mich, meine Gitarre und eine Geschichte, die verdammt noch mal erzählt werden musste. Also habe ich mich auf die Suche begeben.“

„Matter Fixed“ wird am 2. September veröffentlicht. Vorab am 19. August erscheint die erste Single „New Age“, diese ist auch der offizielle Song zum Film "What A Man", dem Regiedebüt von Matthias Schweighöfer, der ab 25. August in den Kinos läuft. Hier ein kleiner Vorgeschmack: (ab 1:12 Min.)

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

Here is your Country Music News of the day. Your Country Music News is supported by Lucy Angel, , Steel Guitar Nashville, , HelpCharity, , Bobbe Seymour, , Radio4Humans, , Katsy Redstar , FAMWH,

You can publish the Newsletter to your websites or forward to your friends. If you want to publish some of the interviews, please contact me.

Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages. Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von Lucy Angel, , Steel Guitar Nashville, , HelpCharity, , Bobbe Seymour, , Radio4Humans, , Katsy Redstar , FAMWH,

Der Newsletter darf veröffentlicht werden auf Euren Internetseiten und an Eure Freunde weiter geleitet werden. Solltet Ihr gerne einige der Interviews veröffentlichen wollen, kurze Rückmeldung an mich.

Bob Palumbo Back In The Saddle Again....First New Song in 2 Years Released

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Interview with The Twilite Broadcasters

Interview with The Twilite Broadcasters

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 Twilite Broadcasters:Vintage Coutry duet singing with rural American fiddle and mandolin and guitar.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters: The last year has been great highlights include recording our new Cd and getting out to play in various parts of the USA

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

The Twilite Broadcasters: The new Cd is called TheTrail of Time and as of last week it was one of the top 5 most added recordings on The Americana Music Charts

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:The title is he name of a song on the CD.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:We do write our own songs and instrumental tunes,however most of the material are older songs. Mark and I like to find songs with a great hook that works for our voices and we try to find more obscure material so that people can hear great songs they are not familiar with.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters: The songs on the new CD are a mixture of pre Bluegrass duets some arrangements of 1960’s classic country and rural fiddle and mandolin instrumentals.
I composed the first cut on the recording.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:Our new Cd was recorded live with no overdubs and we used a bass player on some cuts,we feel this is a more live sounding recording over all.

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 Twilite Broadcasters:The featured cut is called „Lorene“ we feel it is a alluring and sad love song that sounds timeless... it could have been in the Beatles or the Everly Brothers catalog

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:Perhaps it will be „Where is my Sailor Boy“ an old Scot/Irish song that made it’s way to American shores a long time ago.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:We like songs that have a story that isn’t specific to a time or place but tells a story everyone can connect with.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:Probably „The Trail of Time“. Mark and I were enjoying listening to The Delmore Brothers while we were on the road last year and this song came on and knocked us both out,it is avery different kind of melody for us.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters: 100%

Ch.L.: There's a lot of work that goes into a Number One hit ... what did it take to make it in your case?

The Twilite Broadcasters:This is an optimistic question since we have never had a #1 song ... apprently the #1 songs of the world often become #1 for a multitude of reasons „hard work“ seems to have very little to do with success of them.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters: On the road we meet people in there 60’s and 70’s who heard the music we are playing when they were young and really identify with it. When they tell us we remind them of the old days it makes us feel great.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters: I look up to all the pioneers of Country Music,from the beginning ;Jimmy Rodgers,The Carter Family and all the great rural American recording artists of the 20.30’s 40’s 50’s and 60’s. Both Mark and I learned to play and sing as teenagers,so we have a lot of time devoted to music under our belts.

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 Twilite Broadcasters:The Country Music of today bears no relationship to it’s roots in either sound or content. As time moves on there will always be mainstream artists trying to tip their hat to the Country Music of long ago without much attention. My personal opinion is that some non mainstream Americana musicians will find more favor with those who have more sophisticated and eclectic tastes.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters: New Country artists often appear in the mainstrem when a hit single on commercial Country radio becomes a reality. Many of the stars of the older Country music were known as great performers with a distinct style and vision which made for longer careers and more interesting music.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:Bring back vinyl !

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 Twilite Broadcasters:I love to play concerts for people who enjoy our music.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:I would love for people to discover vintage Country Music,perhaps learning something from history would improve the quality of newer music.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become an artist?

The Twilite Broadcasters:Bill Monroe’s music has always been an inspiration.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become a songwriter?

The Twilite Broadcasters:The Ideas I have when I write present themselves to me mysteriously and I just let them take over,it’s best to stay out of your own way.

Ch.L.: What drives you?

The Twilite Broadcasters:Happiness!

Ch.L.: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

The Twilite Broadcasters:I live in The Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina and I love to hike,swim and enjoy nature.

Ch.L.: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

The Twilite Broadcasters:No not right now.

Ch.L.: What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

The Twilite Broadcasters:The slow collapse of values in the USA in relation to the importance of the Arts.
As my life contiues I continue to see this getting worse.

Ch.L.: Is there anyplace you haven't played that you would like to?

The Twilite Broadcasters: The Twilite Broadcasters would love to travel and play all over Europe including Germany!

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:Great harmony singing and Kick Ass Fiddle,Mandolin and Guitar playing.

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

The Twilite Broadcasterse:Sometimes we have a chance to see a bit of the place we play which is always a treat!

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 Twilite ... ,photos,bio,videos,sound samples.

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

The Twilite Broadcasters: Please join us on Facebook and Reverb Nation both links are on our homepage.

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

The Twilite Broadcasters:George Jones,“He stopped loving her today“

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

The Twilite Broadcasters:Please request our music on the radio and suggest we come play a show to the folks who run the music venue you enjoy hearing music in.

Ch.L.: Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can tell?

The Twilite Broadcasters: We played a club where the sound egineer was tripping on LSD and insisted on running a smoke machine and light show despite the fact that both are inappropriate for our show.

Christian Lamitschka ( )

Cumberland River “Cold & Withered Heart”

Rural Rhythm releases first single from Cumberland River
“Cold & Withered Heart”
from July 26th album release -
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the new single release, Cold & Withered Heart by CUMBERLAND RIVER from their upcoming new album, THE LIFE WE LIVE.  This hot new project releases July 26, 2011 and was the #1 most downloaded bluegrass/folk album on Airplay last week.  THE LIFE WE LIVE certainly showcases the songwriting talents of this young group with all five band members contributing to this impressive first national release. 
CUMBERLAND RIVER includes the talents of: James Dean who wrote the new single and provided lead vocals and banjo on the song; Dustin Middleton (mandolin, lead & harmony vocals); Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro); and Andy Buckner (guitar, lead & harmony vocals).  Attendees of the International Bluegrass Music’s World of Bluegrass will get a chance to see this Harlan, Kentucky band perform during their official IBMA Showcase this fall.  
THE LIFE WE LIVE, recorded at The Curve Studio in Cumberland Gap, TN, was produced by Steve Gulley (Grasstowne) who also provided harmony vocals and rhythm guitar on several tracks.  Other guests include: three-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award winner, Dale Ann Bradley on stand out tracks like “This Life We Live” and “Mary Flynn” as she harmonizes beautifully with the deep, rich vocals by Dustin Middleton; plus Justin Moses (Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder) lends his incredible fiddle and Dobro talents.
CUMBERLAND RIVER hit the national spotlight earlier this year when their original songs were featured on two episodes of the FX Network’s critically acclaimed hit drama, JUSTIFIED starring TIMOTHY OLYPHANT. 
For more information on CUMBERLAND RIVER including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at  For more information Rural Rhythm Records, please visit

Bob Palumbo Back In The Saddle Again....First New Song in 2 Years Released

Bob Palumbo Back In The Saddle Again....First New Song in 2 Years Released
Allow me to introduce our newest contributor, Bob Palumbo.  A veteran singer/songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio, USA (the Rock and Roll Capitol Of The World)....we are very pleased to have him with us here at Country Music News Interational.   Bob's been an artist, songwriter and his articles offer you, our readers, a bit of..."been there, done that" perspective, which doesn't hurt!!
Bob grew up on The Beatles, Elvis, The Eagles, CCR, Chicago, Elton John, Billy Joel, James Taylor, Raspberries, Eric Carmen and so many other artists who sang and wrote their own songs....back in the 60s and 70s.
As a songwriter, he began by trying to emulate those artists and wrote many, many "pop rock", piano-based songs and even had a single record in 1974 called "Sweet Emily". That single was produced by Carl Maduri (who produced the Maureen McGovern's "The Morning After" and many other great hit records of that era).  Although it did get some limited airplay in the U.S and around the really didn't have the financial backing of a "major record label" to push in onto the it died a speedy death.

     Bob in 1978 
That was followed up by his first all-original album called "Look To The Sky" in 1977.  That album had the distinction of nearly being signed to Steve Popovich's Cleveland International records, before being shelved in favor of some newcomer named "Meat Loaf" and his album "Bat Out Of Hell".  Actually, Bob said, "It's sort of an honor to be bumped  by such a historic record!!  It's kind of like being bumped by some new band called The Beatles....or Garth Brooks...LOL.  You hate to be bumped...but the reason VERY obvious!!!"
In the late 80s, with the arrival of a new breed of country artists like Garth, Randy Travis, The Judds, Patty Loveless, George Strait and so many others....Bob caught the "country bug".  He realized that to be successful, purely as a songwriter (rather than an artist), he needed to concentrate on Nashville.  Rock artists tend to write their own songs, but not so with the country artists.  They depend heavily on the songwriting community..and he intended to become a member of that exclusive club!!
That lead to numerous trips to Nashville and numerous allegiances with "movers and shakers" there, working diligently, learning the ropes of the country market and he even teamed up with a few "songpluggers" and agents to help him get his songs into the right hands and right ears!!  Came close, a number of times, to getting that "big cut" by a major artist....the closest being serious consideration for the song "Building A Bridge To Yesterday", by Emerson was down to the final cut for the album..but came up a bit short...Tough luck, Bob!!
In 1997, he was asked to come to Nashville to record his own, all original CD, with all the famous players and singers who play on the biggest hits in country music.  Bob jumped at the chance.  The result, the CD, "Somebody Stop Me"...and the title song that was eventually released as the 1st single.  Once again, although it did get some airplay, especially in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.  it got very little airplay in the USA.   But again, without the leverage of a major record can only go so far.
Since then, he has continued to write, learn and write some more.  He still believes he has the ability to write a hit song.  Hopefully, it's just a matter of when.   So, Bob intends going to keep matter your boots on that!!   Let's just see "Somebody Stop Him"

   Bob in 2010
In this moment....Bob has just finished his first new song and a video to go with called,    "Party Like It's 1773" 
  It is an American political commentary song (with a little humor thrown it....check it out!!!)

  We are pleased to have Bob with us here....and we hope you enjoy what he brings to the CMNI table, as well.  
   You can write to Bob Palumbo via email at:

                           Christian Lamitschka


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