Monday, July 11, 2011

BLACKBERRY SMOKE TO SHOOT LIVE DVD

BLACKBERRY SMOKE TO SHOOT LIVE DVD AT
RE-OPENING OF GEORGIA THEATRE IN ATHENS, GA

NASHVILLE, TN (Monday, July 11, 2011)
---Critically acclaimed band Blackberry Smoke will perform August 5, 2011 during the 14 day Grand Re-opening of the famous Georgia Theatre in Athens, GA . The Southern rock group will film the concert for fans that have not yet experienced the thrill of Blackberry Smoke live. The eighteen and up show will be a ninety minute full throttle ride with Nic Cowan opening and appearances by other special guests . This monumental performance is one stop on the group's rigorous summer tour schedule where they not only open for the Zac Brown Band but recently signed to Zac’s new label, Southern Ground Artists.  To purchase tickets for this event please visit: www.georgiatheatre.com/calendar1.html

Blackberry Smoke
Atlanta-based Blackberry Smoke continues to grow into the premiere Southern Rock band of America. Over the last two years the band has shared the stage with kindred spirits ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and continue tour as the opening act on the Zac Brown Band’s summer tour. The band is currently recording their highly anticipated third studio album under Southern Ground Artists where they will bring their signature sound forward with tracks reminiscent of Marshall Tucker Band and Allman Brothers. For more information about Blackberry Smoke please visit www.blackberrysmoke.com
Georgia Theatre
While Orvold and Greene worked to preserve the setup and overall feel of the original Theatre, they also welcomed the opportunity to make numerous improvements including building a larger stage, adding a third viewing level, bigger dressing rooms and bathrooms, and upping its capacity to hold over 1000 guests. Patrons will be greeted by the original marquee and brick walls and may also spot an impressive support beam that withstood the fire. The enhanced venue also features reclaimed wood from the original venue that will be used for the bars and as decorative pieces throughout the building. Old breaker boxes that no longer work and part of a historic underground coal tunnel will be in public view in the basement. The new building was also designed in a way that the duo coined, industrial deco, creating a modern feel with industrial elements and sweeping curves.

Dale Ann Bradley Somewhere South of Crazy

Dale Ann Bradley, 3x IBMA
Female Vocalist of the Year
Presents Her New Album,  
Somewhere South of Crazy
Available in Stores August 30
 
Click to stream Somewhere South of Crazy
 
Award-winning daughter of bluegrass Dale Ann Bradley celebrates her musical heritage with new original tracks, a classic rock cover and a timeless tribute to Bill Monroe.
 
“Loretta Lynn had it easy compared to how I grew up,” laughs Dale Ann Bradley on her rustic origin in the hills of east Kentucky as a hardscrabble preacher’s daughter. ”It was very different, I grew up in a tar and paper shack,” she reflects. And even as a girl, she knew she wanted more. With Somewhere South of Crazy (available August 30th), this three-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year shares what has shaped her life and music, by going deeper—deeper into bluegrass, deeper into her own musical passions, deeper into her own history as a veteran entertainer who spent years singing country music alongside her ‘grass at Kentucky’s venerable Renfro Valley.
 
The result is a set that ranges from first-generation bluegrass classics through long-cherished favorites to brand new songs from Bradley and her friends—but always, always with her incomparably rich voice and east Kentucky sensibilities right at the center.
 
The title track provided Bradley with some especially enjoyable moments.  “We had the best time writing,” she says of writing—and singing—partner Pam Tillis.  “I just love her.  We sat down, and she had that title line and the idea, and I came up with the melody and some lines—we had worked on a few different things, but this was the one that we finished, and as soon as we did, I knew it was going to be the title track.” Bill Monroe’s “In Despair” may be more unexpected.  “I didn’t plan it as a tribute,” Bradley says with a laugh.  “But I hope people will think of it as one.  I just wanted to showcase a more traditional side of what I do.  But I’m glad it’s coming out on his 100th birthday!” The track “Come Home Good Boy” was more intentional and especially poignant, lending itself to Bradley’s first memory of a funeral, when, at age five, a neighbor boy who served with her uncle in Vietnam returned home in a casket.
 
A smartly selected crew of singers and players frame Bradley’s tender yet muscular singing to perfection. A couple of her regular bandmembers—harmony singer Kim Fox and banjo man Mike Sumner—make appearances, and so do supple, inventive musicians like the Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Hall, ace studio fiddler Stuart Duncan, bass stalwart Mike Bub, producer Alison Brown (who doubles on guitar and banjo) and, perhaps most surprisingly yet appropriately, young mandolin phenom Sierra Hull.  All those elements come together in the partnership here with singer, guitarist, songwriter and friend Steve Gulley.  “We grew up together,” Bradley notes. “Steve and me—we each know what the other one’s going to do.”   Yet as strong as the supporting cast is, the focus is, as always, on Dale Ann and the songs she’s chosen—and as always, they’re a deliciously varied bunch. 
 
To a listener unfamiliar with her unique ability to pull songs from the rock vaults and make them her own, Seals & Crofts’ “Summer Breeze,” will doubtless be the biggest surprise, but Bradley sees it as a natural.  “I’ve always wanted to do that song,” she says.  “I don’t pick out a rock tune just for the sake of having one—it has to be one that I always grew up with, or one that I hear that strikes me as fitting into the mix.  Sometimes a melody or lyric will just have that feel, just lend itself to the banjo or something like that—like this one, it almost sounds Celtic to me.” 
 
Some songs, like “I Pressed Through The Crowd” and “Will You Visit Me On Sundays,” have been in Bradley’s repertoire for years, yet were never recorded until now.  “I was so tickled when Alison gave the o.k. to ‘Sundays,’” she notes, “because it brings back the traditional country that Steve and I have been singing together for a long, long time.  And of course, ‘I Pressed Through The Crowd’—I’ve been doing that one for a long time, and it just keeps getting more and more meaningful to me.”  Others are more recent.  “Leaving Kentucky” was, ironically enough, started in Nashville, but finished after Bradley moved back to Kentucky.
 
Add it all up, and Somewhere South Of Crazy just might be the quintessential Dale Ann Bradley album, made up equally of the surprising and the familiar, the challenging and the comfortable.  Like the artist who made it, it’s an album that just keeps getting better and better—and that’s the one part of the deal that’s surely no surprise.
 
Tour Schedule:
7/20 - Musicians Against Childhood Cancer - Columbus, OH
7/21 - Sounds Of Summer, BiCentennial Park - Byron Center, MI
7/23 - Palmer Rapids Twin Music Festival - Palmer Rapids, ON
7/30 - Roanoke FiddleFest - Roanoke, VA
7/31 - Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival – Pikeville, KY
8/2 - Southland Jamboree - Lexington, KY
8/6 - PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival – Franklinton, NC
8/13- Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Festival – Richmond, MN
9/2 -4 - National Folk Festival – Nashville, TN
9/10 - Carter Family Fold – Hiltons, VA
9/11 - Pickin in the Panhandle Festival – Hedgesville, WV
9/30 - Sounds Like Home: A Night of Music - Caryville, TN
10/1 - Three Sisters Bluegrass Festival – Chattanooga, TN
10/1- IBMA 2011 - Nashville, TN

RASCAL FLATTS “I WON’T LET GO” CERTIFIED GOLD

RASCAL FLATTS “I WON’T LET GO” CERTIFIED GOLD

OVER 500,000 DIGITAL DOWNLOADS OF THEIR 13th #1 SMASH SOLD
                                                                       
Nashville, TN (July 11, 2011) – Rascal Flatts current single, “I Won’t Let Go,” has earned Digital Gold certification from the RIAA for sales exceeding 500,000. This accolade comes on the heels of the song’s recent ascent to the #1 spot on the USA Today/Country AirCheck powered by Mediabase chart, becoming the 13th career #1 for the most awarded country vocal group of the past decade. The song, written by Steve Robson and Jason Sellers, is the second consecutive #1 single from their current Big Machine Records album NOTHING LIKE THIS.

Currently, Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney are bringing their high-energy show and a few surprises to fans across the country as part of “Flatts Fest,” visiting 23 cities with opening acts Sara Evans, Easton Corbin and Justin Moore. The tour runs through September 18 and includes several interactive pre-show festivities such as the Karaoke Challenge, presented by Starkey; the “Why Wait” Chapel, hosted by David’s Bridal and Men’s Wearhouse; a “Flatts Fest” Scavenger Hunt and a “Flatts Fest” Fan Zone, sponsored by Mossy Oak.

Rascal Flatts debuted their first album on Big Machine Records, NOTHING LIKE THIS, last November at #1 on the country album sales chart and became one of only four country acts to debut six consecutive studio albums at #1. Since their musical debut in 2000, the band has sold 20 million albums and 25 million digital downloads and delivered 13 #1 singles to the top of the chart. Rascal Flatts is the most awarded country group of the past decade with nearly 40 trophies from the American Country Awards, Academy of Country Music, American Music Awards, Country Music Association, People’s Choice Awards and more. Since their touring career began, they have sold over 6 million concert tickets.

For additional information on Rascal Flatts and the “Flatts Fest” tour, visit www.rascalflatts.com.

About Big Machine RecordsScott Borchetta founded independent label Big Machine Records in September 2005 and serves as its President/CEO. In its first year Big Machine scored its first #1 single (Jack Ingram’s “Wherever You Are”), placed five singles in the Country Top 30, received a nomination for Record Label of the Year, and placed all of the label's new artist releases in the Top 10 Most-Played New Artists of 2006 (as monitored by Mediabase and reported by USA Today and Country Aircheck). In 2010 Big Machine was named Country Label of the Year by Country Aircheck Magazine/Powered by USA Today for the second consecutive year. Also in 2010, Big Machine’s signature artist Taylor Swift’s third album, SPEAK NOW, became the best-selling Country studio album debut of all time with over 1 million units sold in its first week. With the release, Taylor became the 4th female artist in history (across all genres) to debut with more than 1 million first-week units sold. Big Machine Records’ current artist roster includes Multi-Platinum superstars Taylor Swift and Rascal Flatts as well established act Jack Ingram and hot newcomers Steel Magnolia, Edens Edge and comedienne Melissa Peterman.  In 2009, Big Machine partnered with Universal Republic to create Republic Nashville, signing Superstar Martina McBride, breakout group The Band Perry, critically acclaimed Eli Young Band and one-to-watch Sunny Sweeney.  In 5 years, Big Machine Records artists have received multiple GRAMMY, CMA, ACM, American Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Teen Choice Awards, MTV Video Music Award and People’s Choice Award accolades as well as Brit Award and JUNO Award nominations.

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

Some discussion in this communiqué is concerning the social structure of the world wide steel guitar society.  You must be a member of it because you�re reading this.  There are thousands upon thousands of steel guitar players and musicians that love steel that are members of some sort of organization that links us together, like the steel guitar forum, my newsletters, the multitudes of steel guitar clubs throughout the world which includes some of the great ones like Scotty�s in St. Louis, Bob Maickels in New York and many others scattered throughout the US, Europe, Canada, even Asia, Australia and many other places on the face of the Earth.

You may ask, �Well now, what are you getting at and why are you mentioning this?�

Because our steel guitar society is very important to us, some of us as a work medium and others of us as a fun medium.

Think about the gun clubs like the NRA, car clubs like the NHRA, ham radio clubs like the ARRL and the FFA for farmers and the list can go on forever.  The reason that all these clubs exist is because of the great love that people have for these hobbies.  

Ever see the show on television called �Car Crazy�?  Possibly someday we�ll have a �Steel Guitar Crazy� show like that.  It seems like every Saturday on the Speed channel, we see many car club shows.  These cover many cities in the world and pretty well shows us all that there�s a tremendous amount of interest in old cars, antiques, racers from all eras, brands and years.

The car following is so big that it�s divided into different brands and cars according to what your interest in them is.  Same with motorcycles and airplanes and many other hobbyish items.

Well here we are with an equally big love in the steel guitar itself.  There are different kinds of music that we love to hear played on them like country, Hawaiian, jazz, rock n roll and so on.  Boy, if I had only had a club to join when I was a little kid and had all these wonderful sources to tap into to help satisfy my thirst for steel guitar and help me to learn.

Well today we have it.  Every once in a while, a player, singer or housewife who really doesn�t know much about steel guitar will tap into our society through the forum or my newsletter and make a lot of people mad for some things that they say to us, but this doesn�t matter.  

We need to welcome everyone in our society and this includes the �know it alls� that really know nothing, the guys that play very little but think they�re great and people that may build a product that really doesn�t work too well possibly in the beginning, these people also need to be welcomed with open arms and not be criticized too harshly because they may have a deep seated love for steel guitar that will and can mature over time and possibly someday these folks can be great contributors to our little steel society in the future.

Every once in a while I get shocked tremendously by seeing a steel guitar player that I may have scoffed at under my breath many years ago that can now play circles around me.  I love to have this happen as this shows me that the world of steel guitar is safe and secure with a good future.

This world of steel guitar is going to be here long after I�m gone and if my books and recordings and teachings can be appreciated and help players after I�m gone, I�m sure wherever I go I�ll be a very happy guy.

My entire life has been devoted to steel guitar.  I have not forced myself to be a steel guitar player or enthusiast, it�s just where my weak mind has taken me.  Sure I have other interests in life, I love motorcycles, cars, cameras, video technology, airplanes and those wonderful puppies and kitties who grow up to be faithful pets that love me.  I also love my dear steel buddies and friends that feel the same way I do about these things.

The name Mickey Adams pops into my mind, being a wonderful pilot, a great steel player and most of all a person who loves sharing and teaching all others around him.  Well this is about all I wanted to say on this subject, but I feel I�ve said a lot of what�s really in my heart and every word that I�ve written here concerns everyone of you, whether you�re in Tyler, Texas, Reno, Nevada, Manhattan, New York, Detroit, Michigan or Miami, Florida, and yes you wonderful players on the left coast, Canada, Europe, Australia and anywhere else also.  

Everyone of you are very important to everyone of us here in Nashville.  So join those clubs and contribute all you can to feeding others that love for steel guitar and that funny noise it makes.  Get on the steel guitar forum and let the whole world know how you feel.

As most of you know, we have sold hundreds and hundreds of Boss effects units over the years, actually numbering into thousands and these units are just as good today as they ever were and their 5 year warranty is almost never needed.  I still stand behind everything that Boss makes.  However, a new reverb that we�re handling now is the Digitech Lexicon licensed reverbs called HardWire.  

These stereo reverbs have two inputs and two outputs, but can also be used and produce tremendous quality as a mono unit.  I will personally guarantee that these units are about as fine as anything money can buy, regardless of what setting you put this great reverb unit on, plate, room, spring, hall, gated, reverse or modulated, you�ll be a very happy player.  

For somebody that�s as dumb as I am and I�m not sure any of you are, it has round control knobs.  This means when you turn them to the right, you get more of what they do, to the left you get less.  To me, this is the way things are supposed to work, like the radio in my dad�s Packard Coupe when I was a little kid, or like the volume controls, bass and treble on the old Fender amps.  This means you don�t have to see them when in the dark to make a precise, quick adjustment.

These are manufactured in the United States and only the owner�s manual is printed in China.  You don�t have to read Chinese.  They printed it in English.

There are three units that I feel a steel guitar player should always have, echo, reverb and dobro simulator.  This unit has to be one of the three.  Simple to operate and nothing will make your guitar sound better for less money.  The RV-7 Stereo Reverb comes with a Velcro bottom that will make it not slip on carpet and make it easy to mount on an effects pedal board.

For those of you who have already bought this unit and are raving about it, thank you.  Let everybody else know as a service to them and tell them it�s guaranteed to make them sound better regardless of their playing ability.  

See it here:  www.steelguitar.net/reverbs.html 

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

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Mark Wayne Glasmire Warm Nights & Jimmy Buffett


Mark Wayne Glasmire's Summer Anthem Gives Nod To Sunny Days, Warm Nights & Jimmy Buffett
"I Like You" Debuts At #2 On HotDisc Chart

Nashville, TN (July 11, 2011) -- Singer/songwriter Mark Wayne Glasmire jumps back onto the HotDisc Chart with a sweet summer sensation, "I Like You."  The calypso-feel and airy vocals bring to mind swaying palm trees, a stroll in the sand, sunny days, warm nights - and Jimmy Buffett.

"I've always been a big fan of Buffett's," says Glasmire.  "Really, who doesn't like Jimmy?"  Mark "channeled" the iconic "beach bum" and nailed the vibe; now he's hoping somehow, someday, someone will play "I Like You" for the big man himself.  "So if you see Jimmy," Mark adds with his trademark grin, "Tell him I've got this song for him!"

With a debut at the #2 spot on the HotDisc chart, it looks like Glasmire has a hit with "I Like You" before Buffett even had a chance to hear the song.  It's a sing-along salute with a great feel, and it's a love song, too:
"I like the feeling of warm summer rain
And I like the sky bright and blue
There are so many things that I like in this world
But most of all I like you" - MWG

Mark W. Glasmire live shot # 127 ( Carla Elliot)
Mark W. Glasmire (Photo credit: Carla Elliot)
"A lot of folks think I just write slow songs," says Glasmire with a chuckle. "And I do write a lot of ballads, but I thought it'd be a nice change-up to release a song with some tempo this time around."  In 2009, Mark went to #5 with the mid-tempo "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright," and in 2010, he released the chart-topping power ballad, "You Opened My Eyes" (#1 for four weeks). Obviously no stranger to international audiences, Mark hopes "I Like You" strikes a chord with new listeners - and helps broadens his overseas fan base.  "There is nothing I'd like better than to be able to take my live show to European audiences," Glasmire says. In the meantime, Mark will continue with an active U.S touring schedule, and put the finishing touches on his upcoming CD, due out later this year.

Fans can see Mark's complete itinerary, and listen to audio clips at www.markwayneglasmire.com. 

ABOUT MWG:

Mark Wayne Glasmire has traveled from the New York City folk scene of the '80s to Nashville's storied songwriter rounds and beyond.  His voice is a full-bodied, yet crisp tenor that shines with power and purity.  His music has been described as "like Harry Chapin pitching pennies with James Taylor in front of The Beatles' museum." - Midpoint Music Festival Guide.  A talented songwriter, Glasmire has entered (and won) a host of songwriting competitions, including Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize, Country Song Division, May, 2010), First Place Honors in: B. W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Competition, Dallas Songwriters Association Int'l Songwriting Competition (Dallas, TX) and GINA/LAWIM Songwriting Competition (Los Angeles, CA).  The Pennsylvania native now resides in Arlington, Texas and tours regularly at Festivals and Fairs, as well as at more intimate venues. He's recently shared the stage with Guy Clark and Dierks Bentley.


CRAIG CAMPBELL HOOKS A BIG VIDEO FOR NEWEST HIT “FISH”

CRAIG CAMPBELL HOOKS A BIG VIDEO FOR NEWEST HIT “FISH”
Campbell’s fun new video joins him up with World Fishing Network star
and host of TV show “Hookin’ Up With Mariko Izumi”  

Nashville, TN…(July 11, 2011)…It’s a fishing frenzy for Bigger Picture Group recording artist Craig Campbell on the set of the music video for his latest single, “Fish.”   Campbell is joined by Mariko Izumi, World Fishing Network star and host of “Hookin’ Up With Mariko Izumi,” who plays his love interest in the playful new video.

Directed by Wes Edwards/Ruckus Films (Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins), the video was shot in late May on a beautiful piece of property just outside of Nashville.

The “Fish” music video will premiere on CMT.com on July 11 and Great American Country (GAC) starting July 12. It can also be caught on other online and TV outlets in the coming days.

“Fish” is the second single from Campbell’s recently released self-titled debut album, which posted the biggest first week sales from any new male country artist out this year.  The new song has seen a tremendous surge in digital downloads since going for airplay, increasing more than 1000% since its release.

ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd’s bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country’s toughest critics for his recently released self-titled debut album. Campbell’s autobiographical lead single, “Family Man” was a top 15 hit and the new single “Fish” is out now. He has a busy summer and fall touring schedule, including dates with Alan Jackson and Lady Antebellum. To learn more about Craig, visit www.craigcampbell.tv and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.

CHRISTIAN KANE RELEASES “LET ME GO,”


BIGGER PICTURE GROUP RECORDING ARTIST CHRISTIAN KANE RELEASES SECOND SINGLE, “LET ME GO,” TODAY, JULY 11

“Leverage” Star Stakes His Place on Music Row with New Single and Upcoming Music Video

 NASHVILLE, Tenn – July 11, 2011 – On the heels of the season-four premiere of the hit television series “Leverage” on TNT, Christian Kane ( www.christiankane.com) releases his much-anticipated second single, “Let Me Go,” on July 11, 2011, announced today by Bigger Picture Group. The song, produced by Bob Ezrin (The Wall and Kiss's Destroyer) and Jimmie Lee Sloas (Reba McEntire, Lee Ann Womack and Danny Gokey), and written by hitmakers Casey Beathard (“Ten Rounds With Jose Cuervo” and “Drinkin’ Bone” by Tracy Byrd and “Beer Man” by Trent Willmon) and Tom Shapiro ("You Look Good In My Shirt," recorded by Keith Urban and "Living And Living Well," recorded by George Strait), is a classic country power ballad that tells a vivid and relatable story of the challenges and surprises that come with being in love. “Let Me Go” was one of only three songs on the album that Kane did not have a hand in writing.
 
“This song spoke to me [through] personal experiences and gives me chills to this day [when I sing it]. I followed Casey Beathard around town begging to get this song. He finally said yes and it fit perfectly into [the story of my] journey while [also] being utterly relatable to anyone who has selfishly, unselfishly let someone go for the better of both. I had to have this on the album for the simple fact [that] it was the missing piece to the eclectic, yet one page puzzle, that is ‘The House Rules,’” said Kane.
 
The moving lyrics coupled with Kane’s powerful narrative vocals paint an authentic picture of a couple on the brink of big changes while capturing both vantage points; the effect is simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful.

Though the native Oklahoma country singer is most well-known for his role as “Eliot” on TNT’s “Leverage,” where he choreographs all his own fight scenes, he dedicated time to focus his attention on his first love: music and his budding music career.

“I’m from Oklahoma, and country music has always been first and foremost in my heart,” said Kane. “I am truly fortunate to be able to do something that I love and to have such supportive fans.”  
 
“Let Me Go” follows his debut single “The House Rules,” which hit radio in October 2010, with the video (directed by Timothy Hutton) premiering on CMT’s “Big New Music Weekend,” where it debuted at No. 2; beating out Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Jerrod Neiman.  The high energy, hard partying title-track, “The House Rules,” is a roadhouse anthem that spotlights honky-tonk antics. The song sets an up-tempo tone for what proves to be a truly dynamic album.  “Let Me Go” shows a gentler side of Kane and reveals that this tough guy has a kind heart that just might outshine his sturdy exterior. Both songs are featured on his new album “The House Rules.”
 

Award-winning music video director, Roman White and Christian are reunited on the set of his upcoming music video.
(Pictured from L to R: Music video director, Roman White, Sophia Pernas and Christian Kane)
 
 
Kane recently wrapped filming the music video for “Let Me Go,” which will debut later this month. Shot on location in Los Angeles, the video was directed by legendary director, Roman White, whose credits include Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire, Justin Bieber and Martina McBride, as well as the 2011 CMT Music Award for “Video of the Year” for Taylor Swift’s hit “Mine.”

About Christian Kane: While he was born in Dallas, Kane spent most of his childhood in the small town of Norman, Okla., where he calls home. When the call of Los Angeles proved too strong to ignore, he set off to pursue a career in the entertainment business and quickly caught the attention of the talent executives at MGM’s television series “FAME L.A.” Kane was cast as a comedian, but after hearing him sing, his leading role was rewritten and changed to that of a singer.  He later met songwriting partner Steve Carlson and together they formed the band KANE. Packing such hot spots as The Viper Room and The Mint, Kane and Carlson became well known in the L.A. community for their strong original songwriting and high-energy performances. KANE was soon receiving airplay from L.A. country radio and the two began taking regular trips to Nashville to polish their writing chops. In Nashville, Christian partnered with Bigger Picture Group, joined the EMI songwriting family, and wrote “Happy Man,” a cut that’s included on Trace Adkins’ 2010 album, “Cowboy’s Back in Town.”

Interview with Marlon Roudette

Interview with Marlon Roudette

Ch.L.: Music fans 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.

M.R.: "I would say my music explores the struggle of being human. In love, in politics, in conflict. Not the most original of subjects, but powerful none the less. I could mention sounds and genres but  music either touches me or it doesnt and I hope my songs get through to people."

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

M.R.: "I was the lead singer in a band called Mattafix. Making a solo record was a big decision but one that I felt needed to be made. I've also changed a lot in my life in terms of people around me and my circumstances and I feel like I'm in a good place now. Hence the positive title Matter Fixed which keeps the continuity from the band as well."

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

M.R.: "Every one of them is true."

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

M.R.: "Lots of differences but I feel like I've bled more on this album and pushed my capabilities further. The song writing is also more classic with more detailed song arrangements and chord structures."

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?

M.R.: "New Age was the first song to be written by myself and Guy Chambers. I had a story to tell but was having trouble putting it down and Guy used all of his experience and talent to help me with that. Also the piano riff he has written for it is a classic one. He's worked with so many incredible artists, I have no idea how I ended up there!"

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

M.R.: "I have no idea. There are 4 or 5 possibilities on this album which i think bodes well for the future"

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

M.R.: "Slow ones! I don't seem to write uptempo music very often for some reason. I think it's because I loved reggae music as a child. Or maybe I have a slower heartbeat than most people....mmmm"

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

M.R.:
"It’s a strange story, he was chatting up my cousin Rimini in a bar one night. She said "I won't give you my number but you should call Marlon as he's a big fan of yours." He loved Mattafix so the next day he rang me and dropped by the studio to record a song. It was all very natural"

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

M.R.: "MMmm songs are like kids so thats impossible to answer cause the other tracks will get jealous. On this album though I always get emotional when I listen to The Loss. I wrote it after my Grandmother died. Sorry that was a bit morbid"

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?

M.R.: "Well in my experience a hit comes quite naturally and before you know it its recorded and you think that was easy. What you forget is that it was a product of years of hard work and tribulation that just happened to come together for a few magical moments."

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

M.R.: "I like real songwriters and I go through different phases. Right now I'm reading Keith Richards' autobiography which is mind blowing. I have musicians on both sides of my family so maybe it was destined but at some point you wake up one day and the first thing you do is reach over your incredibly hot girlfriend and grab a pen and a guitar and it hits you, shit, I'm a songwriter!"

Ch.L.: Before you became a star, where your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

M.R.: "Lots of members of my family are musicians so it didnt feel weird really. I'm probably the least talented of us all! My mother was the biggest voice. At first she was like "you should get your education bla bla bla" then she heard one of my demos and was like "wow, you could probably make a living doing that" I'll never forget that support."

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

M.R.: "I think it happened gradually, lots of little moments that slowly pulled themselves together. Meeting someone that beleives in your talent is a huge boost. In my case it was probably my manager of 8 or 9 years, Alfe."

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

M.R.: "Probably the fact that I didnt always dream of stardom. I fell into it. I also find it hard to sing about anything that hasnt actually happened to me or that I can at least relate to from experience."

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

M.R.: "Flying to Darfur to film a video for the Save Darfur campaign. Commercially it was suicide but i walked the walk after writing political songs for two albums. When I got back I marched in London with Darfuri refugees and genocide survivors. Being around people who had only known violent struggle was very emotional for me. To be a small part of that was incredible. I also the BBC played one of my songs during the warm up for the world cup final. That was a rock and roll moment."

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

M.R.: "A very honest delivery of songs that I love deeply. Also probably a few bum notes and some mic feedback which is the signature of any good live concert!"

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

M.R.: "We have loads most of which are unprintable! Also compared to the stories in Keith Richards book mine all seem a bit tame. I seem to always end up in some so called cool nightclub with techno music banging away thinking to myself "I could be at home writing a tune, oh Geeeez what a geek!"

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

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Interview with Raintown

Interview with Raintown



Following their Spotlight Feature Raintown, Paul Bain and Claire McArthur very kindly agreed to be interviewed for CMNI.

Livewire: On your album are ALL the songs co-writes with Greg Friel ? Are there any individual writing credits ?

Raintown: We wrote all the songs on ‘Hope in Troubled Times’ with Greg Friel. He also produced the album. The only song now available with us on the writing credits is our song ‘Hero.’

Livewire: Where was HOPE IN TROUBLED TIMES recorded ?

Raintown: We recorded ‘Hope’ at Frielance Studios in Glasgow.

Livewire: Who are the musicians who play on the album?

Raintown: We brought in a range of session musicians including Stevie Lawrence(various guitars/Bouzouki/Mandolin), Fiona Cuthill (strings) and Greg Friel.

Livewire: Do either of you play instruments on the album?

Raintown: Neither of us feature on the album playing any instruments, other than our angelic voices, ha ha!

Livewire: How was the album orchestration created?

Raintown: We used a mixture of both live strings & synthesized samples.

Livewire: Is the album only available DIGITALLY or do you sell hard copy CD's at gigs?

Raintown: Currently is it only available digitally, but we are down the road to getting hard copies produced.

Livewire: If it’s available as CD does it come with lyrics?

Raintown: Not at the moment, but it will feature lyrics.

Livewire: I have been a railway buff so your Album cover interests me. It's great, where was the photograph taken?

Raintown: It was taken on location in Scotland and features the Royal Scotsman!

Livewire: Congratulations on your CMA Global Artist Showcase appearance – How did this come about?

Thank you. It was an amazing experience that really cemented our belief that we are on the right track. The event and our success on it really opened us up to new contacts that will allow us to continue to develop both as artists and performers. It truly came about with hard work and the willingness to go out and get ourselves known. We also performed at an event during CMA Awards week in Nov ’10, which allowed us to meet some really good people.

Livewire: What did you play ?  What was the experience like?

Raintown: We played at the world famous ‘Stage’ on Broadway, which was streamed on the internet and by both CMC Australia and CMT. It was a phenomenal experience and one which only whetted our appetite for more. We aim to be on one of the big stage next year! It was a real joy to play with such brilliant musicians and to meet other artist’s from across the globe.

Livewire: Did you get to meet or watch any big country music artists at CMA Fest?

Raintown: We got to see all the evening shows while CMA Fest was on, which was really incredible to see that many great acts over 4 nights. We would recommend CMA Fest to any Country Music Fan. There is so much going on all day everyday during the week; it really is an assault on your sense, but in a very good way! However during the day we were pretty much kept busy with meeting fans, media work and meetings. We did get to see Dolly up close and got a number of photos!

Livewire: What big country artists have you seen live?

Raintown: We have been lucky obviously to see many more than most because of our trips to Nashville and CMA Fest, but we have seen:- Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Darius Rucker, Jason Aldean, Band Perry, this list could go on & on.

Livewire: Apart from HOTDISC and CMA Fest how have you been promoting your music in 2011?

Raintown: We have been using the internet extensively, building our fan list and social networking. We have also continued to feature in press and have recently appeared in Billboard Magazine in the US as part of the CMA Global Event.

Livewire: In your promo pictures Paul you are seen holding an acoustic guitar yet on the Youtube video's you aren't? Do you ever play live? 
You will definitely see me play live in the next round of live events. Up until now it is something I have used more as a song writing tool, as opposed to a live one. I suppose that is code for I needed to practice to get up to speed! Ha ha.

Livewire: You don't seem to have any Live Gigs on your websites have you any planned for the future?

Raintown: We are currently in talks with a leading UK/European agent about some live performances. We will bring news about them very soon.

Livewire: With your country influences you cite Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves and Don Williams.

Raintown: When we are asked about influences it is all to easy to cite the Country Greats, for us these artists is where our love affair really began with Country Music. However we have a very eclectic taste in music and influences can stem from many of these areas. However, for us Country Music is very much part of our DNA as it is with many folks here in the UK, we’d guess.

Livewire: Can you adapt your live show to Country Music Clubs or does your music not lend itself to these type of venues?

Raintown: Great question and one we would like the opportunity to test out. I suppose it gets right to the crux of the ‘Rhinestone Prejudice’ . Here is the thing, there is and always will be a place for the great singers and the songs of the past, but Country Music will not stand still, it will grow and develop as it always has done. New and exciting developments will take place and we see some really exciting things just over the hill. However everyone is entitled to their individual opinion and we respect that we might not be someone else’s type of County Music; but we represent our interpretation and not an impersonation of anything else. If that makes sense

Livewire: What types of shows / venues do you like to play?

Raintown: We like people to come to our shows and go away thinking, ‘if that is Country Music, then I love it!’

Livewire: Have you played live in England?

Raintown: Not as Raintown. However that may change in the coming weeks. We are due to play in September at the UKCountryMusic.com awards. We have reached the final 5 in the Listeners Award 2011 for ’Just One Kiss.’

Livewire: What is the best gig you have played?

Raintown: Hands down the CMA Global Artist Party. We went there as the only Independent Act, the first ever Scottish Act and went on straight after Keith Urban had been on stage presenting tommy Emmanuel his award. The feedback has been awesome. Not bad for a night’s work.

Livewire: Where were both born?

Claire McArthur: Paul - Kirkcaldy (Fife, Scotland – Although moved to Cumbernauld when he was a baby.)
Claire - Glasgow

Livewire: Do you reside in Sandyhills or Cumbernauld. The internet information states both ?

Claire McArthur: The internet is sort of right. When we have done the various interviews we have lived in different parts of the City. We are currently in Easterhouse in Glasgow. The reason we are reffered to as a Cumbernauld act is due to the fact that (Paul) lived there for most of his childhood. However it did spark a rather lively debate online!!

Livewire: What was the company where you first met ? 
Raintown: We first met and worked in The Parade in Glasgow. It was a brilliant start in this crazy business and it latterly changed our lives! It was like a Las Vegas show bar with singers/dancers, lots of feather etc. Not Country at all! lol

Livewire: Are you a couple in real life ? - The emotion and love in your songs comes from somewhere ! 

Raintown: Yes we are and that makes everything else that bit special!

Livewire: What music is currently on your iPod or MP3 player?

Raintown: Brad Paisley, Zac Brown Band, Blake Shelton, Mumford & Sons, Adelle, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Palo Nutini. Told you we listen to alot of stuff ha ha.

Livewire: Have you been approached to play the Wembley Country Festival planned for 2012?

Raintown: No, but if you know who the right person to speak to is, please pass it along we would love to be involved!! 

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