Monday, July 25, 2011
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The Roys Taking Their Bluegrass to Larger Audiences
Catch them on Bluegrass Junction's Track-by-Track July 27-31
Elaine + Lee Roy perform at County Thunder Festival
(Photo Credit: Rick Diamond)
Nashville, TN (July 25, 2011) -- Rural Rhythm recording artist, THE ROYS, are on tour promoting their hot new bluegrass album, LONESOME WHISTLE including their stellar performance this past weekend at the COUNTRY THUNDER festival in Wisconsin. This coming weekend, THE ROYS head to the Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival in Prestonsburg, Kentucky where they will join fellow Rural Rhythm label mates: Blue Moon Rising, Cumberland River, Carolina Road, and Josh Slone & CoalTown for what is surely to be an exciting event.
Bluegrass music fans will certainly want to tune into SIRIUS XM radio's Bluegrass Junction this week as host Kyle Cantrell will re-air THE ROYS Track-by-Track interview Wednesday, July 27 at 11:00 AM, Thursday, July 28 at 9:00 PM, Saturday, July 30 8:00 am; and Sunday, July 31 at 11:00 AM (Eastern).
This month, LONESOME WHISTLE hit #1 on Power Source Magazine's Top 35 Bluegrass Chart; #10 on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine's (BU) Top 15 Albums, #14 on Cashbox Magazine's Top 20; and #13 on last week's Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums. Their hot single, "Coal Minin' Man" is #9 on the BU Top 30 Songs and #5 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine's Top 30 Hot Singles charts.
The Roys were chosen as an Official Showcase Artist and will perform during the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass taking place September 26-October 2, 2011 in Nashville, TN. The event includes the popular IBMA Awards Show held at the Ryman Auditorium. IBMA members take part in a three ballot voting system and The Roys were thrilled to appear in the following categories on the second round of voting: Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year (Coal Minin' Man), Album of the Year (Lonesome Whistle); Gospel Performance of the Year (I Wonder What God's Thinking); Emerging Artists of the Year; and Recorded Event of the Year (That's What Makes It Love - The Roys featuring Ricky Skaggs and The Whites).
Please visit TheRoysonline.com for a complete tour schedule and learn more about this exciting band and their new album, LONESOME WHISTLE.
7:43 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
Raintown - Picture Of Us (Free Download)
Picture of Us is the fantastic new single from hotly tipped Country Duo, ‘Raintown,’ taken from their debut album “Hope in Troubled Times”.
This eagerly anticipated release is the follow up to their UK & European hit “Just One Kiss” which shot to No2 in the UK Country Charts last summer.
The song describes a couple’s battle to reclaim the happiness that once symbolised their relationship; portrayed, almost mockingly, by the photographs that take pride of place on their mantelpiece. It is laced with visual metaphors and recognises the struggle that often belies the perfect smiles and photographs we show to the world.
This well crafted ballad shows off the dynamic male/female harmonies of Bain & McArthur, which are fast becoming their signature sound. Add to that their modern take on Country Music, and it’s easy to see why Raintown have been hailed as the hottest new Act in Contemporary Country music and the UK’s answer to Lady Antebellum.
NOTE: For a limited period, the single is available as a free download @ http://www.pictureofus.com
*** Watch out for the video on Showcase TV in the coming weeks on The Phil Mack Country Show ***
Praise for ‘Picture of Us’:-
“Great song...I’ve gone Goosebumps all over listening. It’s beautiful.”
Keith Greentree, BBC Radio Norfolk
“On this number Bain & McArthur’s vocals combine beautifully in the air, the harmonies are sweet and they hit the emotional jackpot.”
Livewire Country Music News International
‘An amazing performance’
June Williams, KHBW Radio, USA
‘Really liked this’
Stewart Fenwick, Celtic Music Radio
‘Great performance, very nice voices.’
Etienne Berthels, Radio Terre Franche, Belgium
“Both have powerful voices, excellent production.”
Allan Watkiss, BBC Sheffield/UK Country Radio, UK
“A rather nice duet.”
Marie Crichton, BBC Radio Shropshire, UK
“This act will hit the top of the charts, very good.”
Eddie Ford, Phoenix FM Radio, Australia
“So good, inspired song.”
Pietro Scazzola, Radio Gold, Italy
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Mark Newton’s Lyrics for Lyric July 26th Featuring Bo Bice, Ken Mellons & Dean Miller
Nashville, TN – Award winning Mark Newton’s Lyrics for Lyric is packed with talent for the July 26th show at Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse, featuring American Idol runner up, Bo Bice, the Jukebox Junkie, Ken Mellons, Dean Miller, Chris Caskey, Tom Barnes, Bryan Simpson, John Austin McDaniel and Bedhed & Blondy.
The July 26th Lyrics for Lyric show will be the eighth installment of the on-going concert series presented by Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse, located at 123 12th Avenue North, Nashville, TN. 37203, hosted by Mark Newton, IBMA Award winning Stylist/ Musician and one of today's most respected interpreters of bluegrass music. Each month is jam packed with Nashville's best established talent in the Country, Bluegrass, Americana and Roots genres to benefit two year old Lyric Alana Frizzell (offset costs incurred while living at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital) whom was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia at ten months old. After spending 6 months undergoing harsh chemo treatments at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Lyric is now in what’s called a “partial remission”, which simply means she has responded well to the chosen chemo treatment. She now frequents the Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic on a monthly basis and will do so for the next 3 and ½ years. If she can reach the 5 year mark without a relapse, she will be declared in full remission. Past shows have featured such stars as Jamie Johnson, Marty Raybon, Carl Jackson, Trent Tomlinson, Claire Lynch, Cia Cheryholmes, Missy Raines, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, The Roys, Whitney Duncan, Michael Peterson, Whitney Duncan and Billy Yates. As the show has grown, so has the talent level and sponsorship support from companies such as TKL Cases, D’Addario Strings, Double E Promotions and Paige Capo.
7:00 pm - BEDHED & BLONDY
8:00 pm - JOHN AUSTIN MCDANIEL, DEAN MILLER, BYRAN SIMPSON, TOM BARNES
9:00 pm - BO BICE, KEN MELLONS, CHRIS CASKEY
8:00 pm - JOHN AUSTIN MCDANIEL, DEAN MILLER, BYRAN SIMPSON, TOM BARNES
9:00 pm - BO BICE, KEN MELLONS, CHRIS CASKEY
For more information on Lyrics for Lyric, Corey & Lyric Frizzell, Mark Newton, Rooster’s, Alane Anno Photography, Workman’s Comp Productions, TKL Cases, D’Addario Strings or Double E Promotions please visit the following websites; www.facebook.com/lyricsforlyric www.coreyfrizzell.com www.lyricfrizzell.com www.marknewtonband.com www.roostersbbqnashville.com www.alaneanno.com www.tkl.com www.daddario.com www.doubleepromotions.com
7:29 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
“TOMORROW” CONTINUES TO LOOK BRIGHT
FOR CHRIS YOUNG
Grammy Nominated Performer Scores Fourth Consecutive No. 1 single
Nashville, TN...(July 25, 2011)...Tomorrow continues to look bright for Chris Young! Less than two weeks following the release of his highly acclaimed third album NEON, which opened at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart to sales of more than 72,000 copies, Grammy nominated performer Chris Young has scored his fourth consecutive #1 smash with “Tomorrow.”
“I am completely blown away,” shares Chris after learning of the song’s chart topping status. “For NEON to get such an amazing response from the fans and then for ‘Tomorrow’ to go to #1 right after, it feels like I’m living a dream!”
Written by Young with Frank Myers and Anthony Smith, “Tomorrow” is sitting pretty this week at #1 on the Billboard and Mediabase country airplay charts. The song, called a “career defining cut” by the Associated Press, is certified GOLD by the RIAA with more than 615,000 downloads, making it his best-selling digital track to date.
The singer/songwriter’s three previous chart toppers include “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices” and the title track to his 2009 sophomore album, The Man I Want To Be.
Next up for Young is an appearance on ABC-TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on July 27 where he’ll perform songs from the recently released NEON.
ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: Recently nominated for his first GRAMMY® Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with his hit, “Gettin’ You Home,” Young is currently out on the road with Jason Aldean on his sold out My Kinda Party Tour. With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young has emerged as both a critic and fan favorite with four consecutive #1s at radio including the GOLD selling single "Tomorrow" from the brand new album NEON. For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.
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Jason Michael Carroll’s Exclusive All-Country Numbers CD Released with 11 New Songs and One Previous Hit
LEBANON, Tenn. – (July 25, 2011) – Former Cracker Barrel Old Country Store server Jason Michael Carroll brings his new CD Numbers to the table as the first artist ever signed by the company’s exclusive music program who once worked in one of its restaurants. Carroll, who started singing in public while working as a server at the Cracker Barrel located in Henderson, N.C., has joined the ranks of the stars in the company’s exclusive music program.
The CD Numbers is a compilation of songs about everyday life experiences, including “Alyssa Lies,” which reached #5 on the Billboard Country Chart from Carroll’s 2007 album, and the title song “Numbers,” written by Patrick Davis and Rodney Clawson. “Most numbers mean absolutely nothing,” says Carroll, “but some of them, like the date you meet the person you are going to spend the rest of your life with, mean everything.” Cracker Barrel and Carroll collaborated with the Quarterback Records radio team, GrassRoots and country radio nationwide to debut the song as a single this past April. The Numbers CD debuts today exclusively at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at crackerbarrel.com.
“Jason Michael Carroll’s Cracker Barrel experience has come full circle,” said Julie Craig, Marketing Manager for Cracker Barrel. “Numbers is about the connection between being at certain places at certain times in your life, and our special connection with Jason was born the day he started working in our Henderson store. He’s already made history within the Cracker Barrel family and we hope when people hear this CD, he’ll be on his way to making some music history as well.”
In addition to the 12 songs featured on the CD, fans will have an opportunity to see Jason Michael Carroll perform on the porches of some Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations this summer. Dates and times will be posted on crackerbarrel.com/music as soon as they are confirmed.
Numbers is the latest in Cracker Barrel’s exclusive music program. On May 16, Cracker Barrel released Teddy Gentry’s Best New Nashville with original music from 12 talented new artists. On May 2, Cracker Barrel released Randy Travis’ self-titled album Randy Travis. In March of this year, Cracker Barrel released Kenny Rogers’ The Love of God, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart. In January 2011, Cracker Barrel released The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine’s Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In November of 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson’s Now & Then, which debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine’s R&B chart and was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD. September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which includes four #1 hits, and also the release of Mandy Barnett’s Winter Wonderland, which offers up all the authentic sounds of holiday traditions. In July, the company released Craig Morgan’s That’s Why-Collector’s Edition, and in May the release of Wynonna’s Love Heals debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart. February’s release of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions. One of its songs was nominated for a Grammy® award. Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Alan Jackson, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Dolly Parton, Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans, and Charlie Daniels.
Tracks on Numbers:
1. This Is For The Lonely
3. Ray Of Hope
4. Meet Me In The Barn
5. Hell Or Hallelujah
6. Can I Get An Amen
7. My Favorite
8. Don't Know Why
9. Let Me
11. Last Word
12. Alyssa Lies (from the album Waitin’ in the Country, Arista Records, 2007)
About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that’s surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America’s country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurant serves up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as its made from scratch biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 603 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.
5:07 PM Christian Lamitschka No comments
Hello fellow players, Everybody seems to really love me answering their questions. I guess that does make a lot more sense than me just rattling by myself. There are some questions I really like being asked. Yes I think some of them are silly, but no sillier than I probably am. So here we go. The first question is how much do you feel tone is really in the hands? The answer is none of it is actually in your hands, but rather the way the hand picks the string, like where between the bar and the bridge, how hard and at what angle the pick releases the string. These things in relation to normal things that the string wants to do because of the way the guitar is constructed and so on, but actually the tone comes from several different things. For instance, if you take a truly great tone player like Lloyd Green or Steve Hinson or even Buddy himself, put him behind a guitar that really doesnt sound very good, the greatest hands in the world cannot save it. And if you take a pretty bad player in its first month or two of playing and put him behind an incredible guitar like an Emmons push pull, hes still not going to sound even as well as Buddy with an MSA. How much of tone is in the hands? Remember, none. Its what you do with the hands but no matter how good you are, a good guitar will put you over the top. There are manufacturers of guitars that claim a lot of the tone is in the hands. They do this to blame you instead of their guitar that they sold you for the bad tone that it gets. If a manufacturer tells you that the tone of the steel guitar is in your hands, hes just shifting the blame from the guitar to you. You are his excuse. The second question is how much affect does your choice of pickups have on tone? The answer is not much, if by tone you mean timbre of the note. One can take a pickup off a horrible sounding guitar, put it on a great sounding guitar and it will have good tone. The third question is did you take music lessons when you were a little kid? The answer is I took everything that wasnt fastened down. I took lessons but not on steel guitar. The fourth question is, Bobbe, you are very knowledgeable about a wide range of steel guitar styles, did you study other players. The answer is I have not studied other players, however I keep my ears open all the time, plus I analyze and think about everything I hear. One of my first jobs in Nashville was working for a company that duplicated hits for the sound alike market, sort of a black market kind of company. I had to play the exact licks that were on hit records. This was really a wonderful learning experience. It taught me things I would have never learned otherwise. Pete Drake was on about everything coming out of Nashville at that time, I had to learn to think like him and apply myself the way he did. Its hard to believe but this was actually very good for me. The fifth question is what amplifier did you use when you first came to Nashville? The answer is nobody had much choice in those days. Your only choice was Fender or Fender. I had a Fender Twin that I removed the front board and cut a single hole and mounted a 15 JBL speaker in it. This worked fine until I heard my first Peavey Deuce single fifteen transistor amplifier. The tone difference scared me pretty badly at first, but I loved the volume, weight and dependability much better than the Fender. The sixth question is what was your next amp and what year? The answer is I was on tour with Bobby Goldsboro in Canada and the local music store there was contracted to furnish us with amps. They put the newly released Peavey Session 400 behind me for the show. I thought I would be disappointed because I was used to that beautiful Peavey Deuce that I had back in Nashville. My disappointment was short lived. It didnt take but a few seconds to realize that the new 1974 Session 400 was the killer of all time. Tone and power, size and weight was the best I had ever seen or heard. I stayed with the big Peaveys up until I got my first Peavey Nashville 112. It has been my main amp ever since. I have a big collection of amplifiers that I like, but nothing has the weight, tone and dependability of the Peavey brand. When the Fenders were gone, so were my tube problems and distortion. Everything that was wrong with my sound was fixed when I went to the Peavey. Other amps I have are a Standel tube amp, a 65 Standel transistor amp, a Webb amp (a very good amp), a couple of Sho-Bud amps that I love the tone of, but they are so old now that Im afraid dependability might be a problem. The seventh question is what do you remember most about your early days with Ray Price and the Cherokee Cowboys? The answer is I remember the big lush sound and the great arrangements of the band with its great dynamics between the strings and the horns. I loved the band. Nothing else was too good on it though. The eighth question is did you play on any of the Ray Price hit records for Columbia? The answer is I did not do any of the Columbia sessions. The ninth question is did you do your famous violin effect when you were working with Ray Price? The answer is no. We had lots of real strings to do that. However, when we did the Cherokee Cowboys album of which I played ninety percent of the lead on, I also played several string parts with the violins that Cam Mullins had written originally. I asked many of you last week to vote for what kind of an album you wanted to hear me do next. Ninety percent of the replied were voting for a nice big Gospel album on E9th, a couple voted for big chord C6th jazz and one for big fat slow E9th country. Im still open for ideas so dont be afraid to let me know. It sure is wonderful to know what you all want and appreciate the most out of me. We have not had any Emmons tee shirts to sell for a long time, however we do have a totally new design that I think youll love so click this link and take a look. www.steelguitar.net/shirts.html Ron Bailey sent me the schedule for the Heartland Steel Guitar Festival in Kansas City. http://www.heartlandsga.org/Festival.htm Steel guitar is Americas gift to the world. Steel guitar and fiddle are the instruments that make country what it is. Check out our monthly specials at http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html and well try to save you a lot of money. Your buddy, Bobbe www.steelguitar.net email@example.com www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour www.myspace.com/bobbeseymour Steel Guitar Nashville 123 Mid Town Court Hendersonville, TN. 37075 (615) 822-5555 Open 9AM 4PM Monday Friday Closed Saturday and Sunday
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