Friday, July 29, 2011

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

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THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND & FRIENDS CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS CONCERT AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM! http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/07/charlie-daniels-band-friends-celebrate.html



WHAT DO BOB DYLAN, FLEETWOOD MAC, GEORGE STRAIT, RAY CHARLES, ROY ORBISON AND JOHN FOGERTY HAVE IN COMMON? http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/07/what-do-bob-dylan-fleetwood-mac-george.html

ELI YOUNG BAND CELEBRATES FIRST GOLD SINGLE WITH “CRAZY GIRL” http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/07/eli-young-band-celebrates-first-gold.html

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Blake Shelton - Red River Blue (CD Review)

Blake Shelton - Red River Blue (CD Review)

1. Honey Bee 2. Ready To Roll 3. God Gave Me You 4. Get Some 5. Drink On It
6. Good Ole Boys 7. I’m Sorry 8. Sunny In Seattle 9. Over 10. Hey 11. Red River Blue
12. Chill - Bonus Track 13. Addicted - Bonus Track

Label - 2011 Warner Bros. Records Inc. (Wrasse Records)
Release Date - 12 July 2011
UPC - 093624958482
Lyrics - Included
Time - 45:30

Following on from the commercial success of 2010’s two separate "six pack" EPs and the fast-selling 2011 record breaker and platinum #1 single ‘Honey Bee’ (with 138,000 digital downloads in its first week), the moment was ripe to release a new album. With a wedding to Miranda Lambert pending and TV commitments as a celebrity judge on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ the time schedule for the Ada, Oklahoma born and current CMA Male Vocalist was tight to meet the recording deadline. Producer Scott Hendricks enlisted some of Nashville’s finest players and Music Rows A-list songwriters to hit the right targets. Blake Shelton explained they were relatable songs: "I'm getting married in about a month and just really feeling good about everything in my life. It's definitely songs from a guy wishing I could freeze this moment for the rest of time" he said.

The lead-off ‘Honey Bee’, Shelton’s fourth straight chart topper was penned by two thirds of The Peach Pickers, Ben Hayslip & Rhett Akins, the third member Dallas Davidson contributes with a solo cut on the latter ‘Good Ole Boys’. The first idea for the song was to call it Huckleberry then it became honeysuckle and the line: “You be my honeysuckle, I'll be your honey bee” evolved. Shelton reels off a series of comedic expressions to show his love and win over the girl’s attention. With lines like – “You'll be my Louisiana, I'll be your Mississippi, You be my little Loretta, I'll be your Conway Twitty” -It worked!

The soulful, finger-clicking ‘Ready To Roll’ is an infectious toe-tapper and features some lively bass runs and nifty guitar riffs. ‘God Gave Me You’ is a power ballad, originally recorded and written by Christian rock singer Dave Barnes. With an arrangement that would not be out of place on a Coldplay record this is a track with strong crossover possibilities.

Spirits run high on the thank-god-it’s-Friday number ‘Get Some’ by Craig Wiseman, Chris Tompkins and Zac Maloy. On this acoustic picker the humour flows like beer from the raised Dixie cups whilst friends gather round an old-time honky-tonk piano to lend their voices to the chorus. He gets drunk, he get’s the girl, he gets her home, he gets her done, he gets hitched, she gets mad, she gets a lawyer, she gets half - Whether this track will have legs is another matter!

Drink On It’ is a laid back cut written by Rodney Clawson (Faith Hill) with “Whiskey Lullaby” artist Jon Randall and his partner Jessi Alexander who also adds background vocals. It has a refreshing melody reminiscent of a 90’s mid-tempo Reba McEntire number as two potential lovers meet and try to figure out their next moves – “Got a good thing going girl, lets find out what it is and drink on it

Blake tips his hat to Hank Williams Jr and Waylon Jennings on the honky-tonk fuelled ‘Good Ole Boys‘ as he begs the question - Where the hell did all the good ole boys go?

From its beautiful soft opening tensions quickly build when love becomes an empty word on ‘I’m Sorry’ with Martina McBride providing the backing vocals.

Electric guitar and pedal steel licks are traded on the delightful ‘Sunny in Seattle’ again tinged with Shelton’s dry sense of humour. There’s as much chance of him falling out of love as the sun shining in Rain City, snow falling in New Orleans and New York becoming a one horse town.

It might have been advisable to take the foot off the gas on what turns into a power ballad on ‘Over’. The full-on production including strings, is big, but disappointingly rather clutters the arrangement.
The country rap-like novelty number ‘Hey’ rather irritates which is in complete contrast to the wonderful tender break-up ballad ‘Red River Blue’, on which Blake’s new bride Miranda Lambert adds vocals.

The deluxe version contains 2 bonus tracks. ‘Chill’ is a mid-tempo summer breeze that allows you to unwind down by the water. ‘Addicted’ is a mighty fine emotionally charged ballad with orchestration that has the necessary rise and fall to mirror the feelings of the female protagonist wrestling with an illicit romance.

The album ticks many boxes and will satisfy the thirst for Shelton’s fans and bring new ones to the fold aided by his own admission of being in the TV spotlight.


Livewire

LOCASH COWBOYS AND ZAC BROWN BAND TEAM UP TO ROCK COUNTRY JAM USA

LOCASH COWBOYS AND ZAC BROWN BAND TEAM UP TO ROCK COUNTRY JAM USA
The duo defies the odds to perform at the popular festival in Eau Claire, Wisconsin Saturday night

NASHVILLE, TN -- It is not uncommon for problems to occur when bands are zig-zagging across the country to entertain their fans. The LoCash Cowboys are no exception, as they discovered this weekend as they attempted to travel from the Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI to Country Jam USA in Eau Claire, WI, hurdling mechanical and logistical problems, as well as battling Mother Nature. But, thanks to a determined management team, Country Jam promoters, and Country Jam headliner, Zac Brown Band, fans were not disappointed in the end.
After their show on Friday evening in Michigan, Preston Brust, Chris Lucas, and their band exited the stage at 2:00am only to discover their bus would not start.  There were neither mechanics nor rental cars to be found and it wasn’t until 9:00am on Saturday morning that they finally got their bus rolling. Despite the odds, including the fact they had 500 miles to drive, Lucas stated, “Country Jam has always been great to us, and we were determined not to miss the show. We didn’t want to let our fans down. 
The team attempted to find a charter plane to shorten their trip, calling all over Illinois and Michigan, until they finally found one in Madison, WI. – a two hour drive to Eau Claire. They arrived at the plane around 4:00pm, loaded it up, and the band took off for the 45-minute flight. A police escort was waiting with a van from the festival to take them to the grounds upon landing and they pulled up to the steps of the stage at exactly 4:59pm to perform. Thankfully, their tour manager had called ahead and arranged to borrow some equipment for the set, but as they walked up the steps to go on stage the stage manager shut down the main stage until approaching rain and thunderstorms passed.
In order to stay on schedule for the evening’s headliner, the Zac Brown Band, the announcer told the crowd that due to the rain delay, LoCash Cowboys would not be able to appear on the main stage. The crowd was clearly upset as their audible “boos” echoed throughout the grounds.  Upon hearing the boos, Zac Brown and his band started asking what the ruckus was about and once told, Brown asked the duo and their band if they wanted to stay and perform after his set. The decision was easy, especially considering all they had endured just to arrive at the show.  They went on stage, but during their performance of “Keep in Mind,” Brust’s piano was not working, apparently having gotten wet during the storm. Again, refusing to be deterred, the duo sang their last single acoustically. Once they finished the song they turned around and Brown was on stage with them.  The crowd went crazy and Chris and Preston thanked him profusely for allowing them to follow his set. Brown told the crowd he was happy to open for LoCash Cowboys. 
“I made sure I personally thanked Zac when he came off stage that night. He was so genuine, cool, and sincere about giving us the opportunity to close the night on the main stage,” says Brust. “It was a historical night for LoCash, to perform in front of 30,000 fans under such conditions, and we can’t thank the Zac Brown Band and Country Jam enough for giving us such a great memory. It’s definitely going in our book some day!”
The duo has been serious road warriors these past six years, honing their craft and earning a reputation as being one of the most entertaining live shows in country music. They have been winning fans in droves along the way with their charisma and unrestrained performances and proved this past weekend that they will do whatever it takes never to miss a show.
While they have shared bills with artists including Charlie Daniels, ZZ Top, Toby Keith, Train, Blake Shelton, and Tom Petty, among others; performed at halftime of NBA and U.S. Olympic team basketball games; and performed on Fox News Network's New Year's Eve broadcast in front of two million people in Times Square, Lucas states, “We have worked with several artists and for the Zac Brown Band to help us out and let us close the show out shows how great and humble they are with their much-deserved success. I was always a fan of theirs, but now I put them at ‘Legend’ status. I wish them many more successes – what great guys!”
In May 2011, LoCash Cowboys made their prestigious Grand Ole Opry debut. On June 8, they were featured on an episode of Man v. Food Nation on the Travel Channel, which aired the week of the CMA Music Festival. Events they participated in included the Kickoff Parade, Country Weekly fashion show, Musicians on Call benefit at the Hard Rock Café, City of Hope charity softball game, and Chevrolet Riverfront stage performance! LoCash Cowboys’ last single, “Keep In Mind,” reached 35 on the Billboard Country chart.  Their previous single, “Here Comes Summer,” cracked the Top 40 at country radio, while the video peaked inside the Top 5 on the GAC and CMT Pure Country countdowns. Chris and Preston also wrote (with Jaren Johnson) “You’re Gonna Fly,” a song on Keith Urban’s current album, GET CLOSER.
Currently, LoCash Cowboys are busy promoting their current single, “You Got Me.” Written by Lucas and Brust with bandmate Eric Halbig, this up-tempo, harmony-laced song is about that feeling one gets when falling in love. Produced by hit-maker Jeffrey Steele, “You Got Me” will appear on LoCash Cowboys’ forthcoming R&J Records debut album, THIS IS HOW WE DO IT. For additional information, visit www.locashcowboys.com.

Photo courtesy of Country Jam USA.

THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND & FRIENDS CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS CONCERT AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM!

THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND & FRIENDS CELEBRATE THE 10TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS 4 KIDS CONCERT AT THE RYMAN AUDITORIUM!


Phil Vassar, Sawyer Brown, and more join the Charlie Daniels Band on Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Ryman Auditorium
 
Nashville, TN – For the 10th Anniversary of the Charlie Daniels Band & Friends Concert to benefit Christmas 4 Kids (a division of Christmas For Kids, Inc.), Grand Ole Opry member and country music legend Charlie Daniels has announced that Phil Vassar and Sawyer Brown will join him on Monday, November 21, 2011 at the Ryman Auditorium.

Christmas 4 Kids is a not-for-profit organization that has been in existence for over 25 years providing many children, each year, with their very own shopping spree. The funds generated by the concert, and the Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet and Greet event, are used to give over 400 children from 29 different schools, a day-long shopping excursion.  The special day consists of a chauffeured trip from their school aboard an entertainer's luxury tour bus, lunch, and a party hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus at College Heights Baptist Church. To wrap up the day, the tour buses journey to the Hendersonville, Tennessee Walmart, where the kids receive a brand new winter coat, and $150.00 to spend on anything they want!
 
Tickets for the concert are available through Christmas 4 Kids online at www.Christmas4kids.org, beginning September 15, 2011.

Pricing:

Tier One tickets: $60.00, Tier Two tickets: $32.50 - available September 15, 2011

Any remaining reserved seating, Tier Two $32.50 only - available through Ticketmaster beginning October 21, 2011

This concert is sponsored in part by 95.5 WSM FM, Bob Parks Realty (Sumner County office), and coach manufacturer, Prevost Car, Inc.
 
Listing Information:
Charlie Daniels & Friends Charity Concert
Featuring The Charlie Daniels Band, Phil Vassar, & Sawyer Brown
A benefit for Christmas 4 Kids
Monday, November 21st  / 7:00 PM / Ryman Auditorium  /  Nashville, TN

 

LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS STRIKE

LARRY GATLIN & THE GATLIN BROTHERS STRIKE
UP THE BAND ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL'S
HUCKABEE THIS WEEKEND


Gatlin Brothers to Perform Latest Single, “Americans, That’s Who”

Larry Gatlin to Make Additional National Appearances on the Fox News Channel’s
Fox & Friends, Red Eye and the Fox Business Network’s Follow The Money
and the Tom Sullivan Show

Nashville, Tenn (July 28, 2011) – This Saturday night, July 30, on the Fox News Channel, country music’s GRAMMY Award-winning Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers storm the set of Huckabee for a LIVE performance of their latest single from Curb Records, “Americans, That’s Who.”  The patriotic tune is featured on the legendary brothers' most recent studio album, Pilgrimage

In addition, next week, Gatlin Brothers front man and Fox regular, Larry Gatlin will make additional national television appearances on the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends, Red Eye and the Fox Business Network’s Follow The Money and The Tom Sullivan Show

For additional information on Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers, visit www.gatlinbrothers.com

Tune-in:

Saturday, July 30
8:00 PM EST
Fox News Channel – Huckabee
(re-airs Sunday, July 31 / 8:00 PM EST)

Sunday, July 31
6:00 AM EST
Fox News Channel – Fox & Friends

Tuesday, August 2 
3:00 AM EST
Fox News Channel – Red Eye

Tuesday, August 2 
10:00 PM EST
Fox Business Network – Follow The Money

(Larry Gatlin’s Tom Sullivan Show appearance will air at later date)

ICMA Congratulates Nathan Stanley

Inspirational Country Music Association

                Congratulates 
Nathan Stanley

  Top 10 Nominee 
In The Following Categories  
 New Artist
Inspirational Bluegrass Artist

 17th Annual
Inspirational Country Music Awards
 Friday, October 28, 2011 at the    
Nashville Symphony - Schermerhorn       
  
"White Dove" #3 on the August Power Source  
Christian Country Top 100 Chart
  
"Angel Band" #4 on the August Power Source  
Power Gospel Top 100 Chart

"Folsom Prison" #1 on the July Power Source
Country Top 75 Chart

 "Long Black Veil"  
Featuring Nathan Stanley &  
Marty Stuart
Released to Country Radio and Music Row  
Video Released by Arista Media and HMG Nashville 

   
 Musical Icon Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will be performing Friday July 29, and Saturday July 30, 2011 at the Grand Ole Opry. Show starts at 7:00.

WHAT DO BOB DYLAN, FLEETWOOD MAC, GEORGE STRAIT, RAY CHARLES, ROY ORBISON AND JOHN FOGERTY HAVE IN COMMON?


WHAT DO BOB DYLAN, FLEETWOOD MAC, GEORGE STRAIT,
RAY CHARLES, ROY ORBISON AND JOHN FOGERTY HAVE IN COMMON?

BILLY BURNETTE

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Born in 1953 to Rock ‘N Roll Royalty,
Billy Burnette is the “billy” in “Rockabilly”

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Billy Burnette’s New CD Rock N Roll With It – Because it’s about time

“I really felt like it was time. I really like this music. I didn’t get into my dad’s whole Rockabilly thing until after he died.” Billy Burnette is of course talking about his father Dorsey of The Rock And Roll Trio, along with his uncle Johnny. The Burnette’s are “Rock ‘N Roll Royalty” with monster hits like “Rock Billy Boogie,” 1960’s “You’re Sixteen,” penned Ricky Nelson’s “It’s Late,” and influenced the careers of Elvis Presley and The Beatles.

“I mean that honestly.  My dad’s music seems to have an energy all its own. This is the style I enjoy playing the most.  And we’re ready for this. We’re giving them what they want. Real Rockabilly!”

Billy should know, he is the “billy” in the term “Rockabilly.” Born in Memphis in May of 1953, with cousin Rocky following in June, Rocky and Billy were the inspiration for “Rock Billy Boogie” recorded by their fathers and released by Johnny Burnette And The Rock And Roll Trio in 1957.

After writing songs like Roy Orbison’s All I Can Do Is Dream You,” George Strait’s Billboard #1“River Of Love, Ray Charles and Bonnie Raitt’sDo I Ever Cross Your Mind” (from the multi-Grammy winning Genius Loves Company duets album,) being nominated Best New Male Vocalist by The Academy Of Country Music in 1986, eight years as a member of Fleetwood Mac, touring guitarist for Bob Dylan and John Fogerty, releasing many of his own albums, and supplying music for some best loved television shows and movies, Billy Burnette is back with a long overdue traditional sounding rockabilly CD entitled Rock N Roll With It.

“I came up with the name; it was just a riff I kinda liked. I wrote the title track, it says it all really. Just go with it, let it go. It should be easy to roll with some good music.” It’s also the name of the recording label he’s started for this record. “There’s a theme.  It’s a good time, let’s put on some rock and roll. This describes, for the first time in a long time, who I really am and where I’m at musically.”

Only the River Knows,” a beautifully moving ballad sure to catch some attention. It’s being used in the movie Blue Crush 2. “It’s kind of my tribute to Roy Orbison. It’s personal for me. It’s one of my favorite songs now.”

Another one to pay special attention to would be “Hot Rod Hillbilly” which Shawn Camp wrote about Junior Johnson, the infamous moonshine runner and the first Nascar driver. “It’s a real hillbilly rockabilly.”

Other tracks include “Armed and Dangerous,” “Karaoke Queen,” “High Rolling,” “My Love Will Not Change,” “Roller Coaster Ride,” and “Keep on Keeping On.”

Billy’s career began early and he began performing at age 3 with his father’s band singing “Hound Dog,” and released his first single “Hey Daddy, I’m Gonna Tell Santa on You” at age 7 on Dot Records.

By 13, he was on tour with Brenda Lee. “She was great. I still see Brenda every now and then,” Billy says, reminiscing about their USO tour dates in Japan and Hong Kong. He clearly remembers performing in Okinawa. It was the last stop for the troops heading into Vietnam. “There were so many bugs they had to have little lizards in all the rooms, to eat the bugs. I remember that.” He even remembers his speech. He’d go on before Brenda Lee, introduce himself, do a few songs including “You’re 16, (You’re Beautiful, and You’re Mine) made famous by his uncle. He memorized the speech in Japanese. It said, “Good evening, my name is Billy. I’m 14 years old, this is my first tour of Japan, thank you for having me…”

“And I’ll tell you something else, about one of the only postcards I ever received from my dad.” Billy explains his father played Japan a few years later circa 1965. Before leaving he was talking to Billy about wanting to address the crowd respectfully in their language. Billy offered his speech. He said just switch the names.

“Well I get a postcard that says, ‘Beau, he called me Beau. It says, Beau, thanks for the speech. I finally figured out why people were smiling. I was telling them Hello it’s my first time in Japan and I’m 14 years old.” Billy laughs, but with a genuine reverence.

When Billy is not up on the big screen acting in such movies as Saturday Night Special (which he starred,) The Addams Family, Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish, Carnasaur, and Not Like Us, his music can be heard in movies like  America’s Sweethearts (Julia Roberts,) Project X (Mathew Broderick,) Vertical Limit (Chris O’Donnell,) Gleaming the Cube, Clueless, Gung Ho, and Summer School, and on television shows like Desperate Housewives. His writing credentials are literally too long to list, encompassing Ringo Starr, Cher, Ray Charles, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Tom Jones, Charlie Pride, Jerry Lee Lewis, Josh Turner, Tanya Tucker, Fleetwood Mac, Glen Campbell, Gregg Allman, and The Everly Brothers.

Billy Burnette’s Rockabilly Café is in the works, scheduled to open in Nashville this winter, featuring a couple of separate floors for dining, entertaining, and full stage for performances to a largely seated venue.  Just imagine who could pop in and take the stage with Billy at any time. This will surely be a place where everyone will kick back and just Rock and Roll With It.

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I’d like to thank several of you players for coming by and visiting with me last week.  Some of you I hadn’t seen in a pretty good while.  Larry Self and wife Angie put on a wonderful steel guitar show every year until recently in the Orlando area of Florida was most welcome to be seen in my shop.  Larry had a steel guitar store that covered the Deland/Sanford/Orlando area.  Larry is living in Dayton, Tennessee now on top of a mountain ridge.  If he could bottle scenery and sell it, he’d be a millionaire.

Great guitar player Shane Koontz from Bloomington, Indiana that used to be my guitar player at the Conway Twitty Theater also paid me a long overdue visit.  Thank you Shane.  Great steel guitarist Kenny Foy brought me some wonderful refreshments that he brewed up at his own house.  Kenny has been a long time customer and steel guitar player.  Kenny is one of those guys that over-married.  (Laugh!)

Many, many of you have responded favorably to me answering your questions in my tips email, so I will precede to answer several more of your questions.

Question.  Do you bend strings behind the bar?  Answer.  Yes, I did this on C6th neck, E9th and non-pedal.  I no longer do that because I removed my ring finger that I used to use for this purpose.  It still hurts.  Well, I still do it but I have to use my little finger on my left hand .

Why did you choose steel guitar as your main instrument?  I like it for being the beautiful mechanical machine that it is.

Is this the only reason that you play steel guitar?  No.  I love the tone and the ease in getting big complex chords.  

Do you prefer playing old standards and jazz chords on steel or piano?  I love steel guitar because it will do more things differently than piano.  With steel guitar I can hit a chord, raise and lower notes in the chord without breaking the sustain of the chord.  The chord keeps ringing where on a piano I would have to stop the strings from ringing before I changed the pitch of individual notes.  

Plus on steel guitar, not only do I get the complex chords, but I can also get a lot lower notes and a lot higher notes at the same time.  Some things on steel guitar are just easier to play than they are on piano.  I like the speed of being able to play several different things quickly on piano, but steel is not as limited as most people think it is.  Then when it comes to beauty and tone, we all know steel is the winner.

Question.  How does it make you feel to go to a steel guitar show and hear younger players play your style on songs you’ve recorded?  Answer.  It makes me feel great.  It’s really a nice off-handed compliment.  I want to help everybody to play as well as they can.

What inspired you to record your As Time Goes By jazz standard album?  That’s the kind of music I grew up with.  I just always wanted to fit in with that kind of group.  When I sit down to practice, I love thinking in big chords, however I realize that most steel guitar fans would rather hear somebody play real fast than have somebody play big chords.  I’m always walking the line between doing what I think people want to hear and what I really want to play.

Question.  Does your artistry extend to other mediums like painting?  Answer.  When I was taking art in New York State I enjoyed working with charcoal.  I haven’t done much oil painting, but I find it fascinating.  I’m still a pilot and fly my airplanes whenever I can.  I really enjoy working on steel guitars and doing things that people say can’t be done.  Technically anything can be done mechanically with about any steel guitar.  These are the things that are fun.

Question.  Bobbe, I’m surprised you haven’t gotten into electronics since they are so closely related to what you do with steel guitar building.  I always wished I would have stayed more into the electronic field.  I understand very well the theory of guitar amplification, however there are some very fine points that keep me from being an electronic engineer.  This is what I would want to be, not just a fix-it guy.

For instance, I want to know exactly why one brand of amplifier sounds so much different than another brand when the schematics may look almost the same.  I just think it would be a lot of fun to grab a handful of parts, wire and a soldering gun and start building.

Many years ago I hired a bass player for a job.  He showed up about 20 minutes til starting time with just a paper bag full of parts.  I asked him where his amp was.  He replied that he was just going to have to put one together right quick.

He said, “Where can I plug in?”

So I asked him, “Plug what in?”

He said, “My soldering gun.”

He pulled an ugly hand punched chassis out of a gig bag, started soldering resistors, capacitors, tube sockets and his transformer together.  In 12 to 15 minutes he plugged this monstrosity that he had just built.  The tubes all lit up.  He plugged his bass into the front and the back of the amp he plugged into the bass reflex cabinet.  

The bass immediately made a big, soft, warm, booming tone like I had never heard before.  This was an astounding feat that I just couldn’t believe.  This was in Norfolk, Virginia and if I remember correctly, his name was Earl Costerude.  I haven’t seen or heard from him since.  He’s probably working for NASA or the CIA.  Great bass player, great electronics tech and a good guy.  I learned more in that one night talking to him on break than I’ve ever learned since.

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

Your buddy,
Bobbe
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28.07.2011: CD Veröffentlichung / News / TV Hinweise / Konzerttermine / Videos Deutschland

Haudegen: Single: Zu hause

Haudegen

Single: Zu hause
VÖ: 19.08.2011

HAUDEGEN veröffentlichen mit „Zu Hause“ die nächste Single aus ihrem aktuellen Chartbreaker-Debüt „Schlicht & Ergreifend“. Zudem bestätigt: Der Benefiz-Gig beim renommierten „Jamel rockt den Förster“-Festival bestätigt!
Harte Jungs und starke Gefühle - dass dies keinesfalls Gegensätze sind, haben die Berliner Gossenpoeten von HAUDEGEN in der Vergangenheit bereits zur Genüge mit ihren hemmungslos abgefeierten Album-Outtakes wie „Flügel & Schwert“ oder „Ein Mann ein Wort“ unter Beweis gestellt. Ob wohl sie definitiv eine Band der massiven Gegensätze sind. Mit „Zu Hause“ koppeln Hagen und Sven nun das nächste Single-Kapitel aus ihrem aktuellen Chartbreaker-Debüt „Schlicht & Ergreifend“ aus! Hagen und Sven - harte Arbeit, wahrer Lohn. Blut, Schweiß, Tränen und wahnsinnig viel genutztes Talent, wie HAUDEGEN auch auf ihrer am 19. August erscheinenden Single beweisen. Und das bei weitem nicht zum ersten Mal: „Zu Hause“ ist die große Heimkehrerballade nach bester Liedermachertradition a la Klaus Lage oder Herbert Grönemeyer. Das kleine Stück Rumtreiberromantik irgendwo zwischen Suchen, Verlieren und Wiederfinden. Und natürlich unzertrennlicher Freundschaft. Schlicht und ergreifend eben. Ebenso wie der Clip, der schon mit Release auf Viva-Rotation gesetzt wurde und derzeit einen sensationellen Platz #2 der aktuellen Clipfish-Musikvideocharts belegt! Bewegt-Bewegendes gibt’s hier: http://youtu.be/Id6zOAbXb0A
Udo Lindenberg: Single: Ein Herz kann man nicht reparieren (feat. Inga Humpe) (MTV Unplugged)

Udo Lindenberg

Single: Ein Herz kann man nicht reparieren (feat. Inga Humpe) (MTV Unplugged)
VÖ: 02.09.2011

Als Appetithappen des spektakulären Live-Albums „MTV Unplugged“ erscheint vorab die Single „Ein Herz kann man nicht reparieren“:
Schon einmal, vor genau 20 Jahren, sangen Udo Lindenberg und Inga Humpe gemeinsam den Titel „Ein Herz kann man nicht reparieren“. Bei MTV Unplugged wirken die beiden, als wäre seither kein Tag vergangen. Ihr gemeinsamer Song überbrückt mal eben locker zwei Jahrzehnte und die Sängerin von 2raumwohnung schätzt Udos Charme heute noch genauso wie damals. Mit Udos Worten: „Wenn du so´n Song hast, der direkt an´s Herz geht, dann tut der das eben immer. Das geht nicht verloren. Ich jedenfalls liebe den Song und Inga wohnt seit Ewigkeiten ganz fest in meinem Herzen“.
Jennifer Rostock: Single: Ich kann Nicht mehr (Radio Edit)

Jennifer Rostock

Single: Ich kann Nicht mehr (Radio Edit)
VÖ: 30.09.2011

Mit den Hits aus dem 2009er Album „Der Film“ haben sie „TV Total“, „MTV Home“, brasilianische Goethe-Institut-Schüler und nicht zuletzt weit über 1,5 Millionen Livezuschauer vor dem Brandenburger Tor beglückt. Und auch die Teaser-Clips zu den beiden Vorabauskopplungen aus ihrem am kommenden Freitag erscheinenden Drittwerk haben für absolute Ausnahmezustände auf einschlägigen Internetportalen geführt - mit „Ich kann nicht mehr“ veröffentlichen die Berliner Poppunks von Jennifer Rostock am 30.09. die zweite Single aus ihrem brandneuen Album „Mit Haut und Haar“!
So sind Jennifer Rostock am 28.09. bei Stefan Raabs „TV Total“ zu Gast, bevor das Quintett am 29.09. mit „Ich kann nicht mehr“ zeitnah zum Singlerelease erneut beim renommierten „Bundesvision Song Contest“ für seine Heimat Mecklenburg-Vorpommern antritt! (Übertragung am 29. September um 20:15 Uhr auf Pro7). JR hierzu: „Schon wieder? Schon wieder! Als gesamtbundesdeutscher Kulturschmelztiegel mit demokratischer Gewichtung in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern fühlen wir uns hochgradig geehrt, ein zweites Mal in die Schlacht des Bundesvision Song Contest ziehen zu dürfen. Jetzt, nach 3 Jahren auf der Straße und einem soliden Fundament an Fans im Rücken, werden wir 2011 richtig auffahren! Elefanten, rauchende Affen, Raketenstarts, macht euch auf alles gefasst! Die Gitarren sind gespitzt, die Keyboards heizen schon vor! Wir werden unseren schmachvoll verpassten Sieg 2008 rächen und diesmal mindestens 16ter werden! Darauf geben wir unser Ehrenwort - wir wiederholen: unser Ehrenwort!“
Jennifer Rostock: Album: Mit Haut Und Haar

Jennifer Rostock

Album: Mit Haut Und Haar
VÖ: 29.07.2011

Sie haben der Nation beim „Bundesvision Song Contest“, „TV Total“ und „MTV Home“ die Köpfe und die Ohren verdreht, sich als deutsche Kulturbotschafter für das Goethe Institut durch ganz Brasilien und am Brandenburger Tor vor mehr als 1,5 Millionen Zuschauer gespielt und den Gewinn des GEMA-Musikautorenpreises, mit ihrem Stück für „Twilight“ einen Soundtrackbeitrag auf der meistverkauften Filmmusik aller Zeiten eingesackt. Mit ihrem kommenden Drittwerk legen JENNIFER ROSTOCK jetzt so richtig drauf - ab Freitag lärmen die Berliner Poppunks endlich „Mit Haut und Haar“!
Eine echte Blitzkarriere, und das alles in weniger als mal grade vier Jahren. Wozu andere Formationen Ewigkeiten oder länger brauchen, das stellt sich bei JENNIFER ROSTOCK als fast logische Konsequenz ihrer brennenden Leidenschaft dar, chronisch zwischen allen Stühlen und Stilen Platz zu nehmen: Rockig, rotzig, charmant eigen, unfassbar mitreißend und unnachahmlich catchy präsentieren sich Frontfrau Jennifer Weist und ihre Bande auf Lonplayer Nr. 3: Angriffslustig, Adrenalin geladen, hoch motiviert und zu allem entschlossen. Noch nie so Punk, noch nie so elektronisch, noch nie so eingängig, noch nie so unverkennbar JENNIFER ROSTOCK! 111 Prozent „Mit Haut und Haar“!
Pierre Ferdinand et les Charmeurs: Single: Ganz Paris Ist eine Disco

Pierre Ferdinand et les Charmeurs

Single: Ganz Paris Ist eine Disco
VÖ: 09.09.2011

Deutschlands französischste Band vertritt Deutschlands französischstes Bundesland beim Bundesvision Song Contest: Das Saarland!
Chanson, Pop, Rock oder doch eher Funk? Fragt man den charismatischen Frontmann und gleichzeitig Namensgeber der Band Pierre Ferdinand nach der musikalischen Ausrichtung von Pierre Ferdinand et les Charmeurs erhält man als Reaktion ein Achselzucken. Pierre Ferdinand machen sich keine Gedanken über Stilrichtungen oder Konventionen, sie machen einfach. Wilde frankophile Rockhymnen & zuckersüße Popmusik, garniert mit französischem Charme. Kleine Chansons erzählen Geschichten und entführen in die Welt des Savoir-Vivre. Und genauso vielfältig, wie die Geschichten, die Pierre Ferdinand et les Charmeurs zu erzählen haben, ist der Stilmix, den sie sich angeeignet haben. Pierre selbst nennt seine Lieder gerne „Neochansons“, denn egal ob schneller Popsong wie „Ganz Paris ist eine Disco“ (Single-VÖ: 09.09.11) oder eingängige Mid-Tempo-Nummer wie „Ich hab Alain Delon geseh’n“ -  Frontmann Pierre ist es wichtig, dass seine musikalische Heimat, der Chanson, stets herauszuhören ist. Und dieser Mix macht die Musik von Pierre Ferdinand et les Charmeurs zu so etwas Besonderem.
Rumer: Single: Goodbye Girl

Rumer

Single: Goodbye Girl
VÖ: 09.09.2011

Wenn RUMER einen Song mit dem Titel Goodbye Girl singt, dann ist damit definitiv kein Abschied gemeint. Ganz im Gegenteil: Seit dem Erscheinen ihres Debüt-Albums Seasons Of My Soul befindet sie sich auf einer Welle des Erfolgs. Sämtliche Medien von BILD, Tagesspiegel und FAZ über Freundin, Joy und Cosmopolitain bis hin zu Spiegel, Focus und Musikexpress kamen angesichts RUMERs Gänsehaut-Stimme bereits einhellig ins Schwärmen. Harald Schmidt lud sie in seine Show ein, der NDR organisierte ein Radio-Konzert aus der Reihe Stars@NDR2, und nicht zuletzt katapultierte sich Seasons Of My Soul auf Platz 13 der Albumcharts. Ihre Singles Slow und Am I Forgiven streichelten die Seelen der Radiohörer, und während der Tour im Juni unterzog sich ein verzaubertes Publikum in Köln, München, Berlin und Hamburg RUMERs speziellem Wellness-Programm für die Seele. Kein Zweifel: Mit RUMER betrat eine einzigartige Künstlerin die Szene, die etwas besitzt, was man nicht alle Tage findet: Stil, Stimme und außergewöhnliche Songs. Goodbye Girl heißt die zarte Schlussballade des Albums Seasons Of My Soul, die RUMERs große Sensibilität und die unglaubliche Ausgeglichenheit ihrer Stimme vielleicht am besten zur Geltung bringt. Der dreifache Grammy-Gewinner Tom Elmhirst, der bereits Hits von Adele, Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini, Lilly Allen und Mark Ronson veredelte, kümmerte sich um den vorliegenden Radio-Edit des Songs, der übrigens - wie die meisten Songs aus Seasons Of My Soul - aus RUMERs eigener Feder stammt. Dass es sich hier nicht um einen Abschied handelt, verrät dabei schon der Refrain von Goodbye Girl: Let me tell you goodbye doesn’t mean forever / goodbye doesn’t mean we’ll never be together again... Ein Wiedersehen mit der ungemein charmanten RUMER wird man schon im September feiern können: Am 16. September wird RUMER live auf dem SWR3-New Pop-Festival in Baden Baden auftreten und ein echtes Newcomer-Highlight setzen. Spätestens dort wird man sich überzeugen können, dass RUMER die „beste neue Stimme des Jahres“ ist, wie das Fachmagazin Mojo bereits zur Veröffentlichung des Albums in England schrieb, wo Seasons Of My Soul auf Platz 3 der Charts einstieg und innerhalb kürzester Zeit Platin erhielt. Nicht umsonst gehören Burt Bacharach, Elton John und Kultmoderator Jools Holland zur eingeschworenen RUMER-Fangemeinde!
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