Monday, August 8, 2011



Trio's Third Disc OWN THE NIGHT Out Sept. 13

Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 8, 2011 – Reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum celebrate their career fifth No. one song this week as the lead single “Just A Kiss” tops the Billboard Country Singles chart. The track simultaneously earns PLATINUM certification and spends a third week at No. one on the Billboard Canada Country chart. “Just A Kiss” is setting the pace for the multi-platinum group's upcoming third album OWN THE NIGHT due out Sept. 13.

“Seeing country radio and the fans embrace the first single off our new album like this has been amazing and also a little relieving,” said Lady A’s Charles Kelley. “There are definitely some nerves and anxiousness involved when you are introducing new music, and this reaction has been beyond what we hoped for.  It just makes us even more excited for Sept. 13 to get here."   

“Just A Kiss” resonated with fans immediately, debuting at No. seven on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart to become the highest debut by a country group in the chart’s 52-year history. OWN THE NIGHT follows the band’s GRAMMY winning second disc NEED YOU NOW. Since its release in Jan. 2010, the album has sold over five million copies across the globe, spawned three multi-week No. one hits (“Need You Now,” “American Honey,” “Our Kind of Love”), taken home five GRAMMY Awards (a career total of six) and scored over a dozen other award show trophies.  

For updates on OWN THE NIGHT, visit




Nashville, TN...(August 8, 2011)...After a sizzling summer that’s included his biggest opening week sales for his recently released third album, NEON, his fourth consecutive #1 single, “Tomorrow,” and RIAA Gold certification for “Tomorrow” and his sophomore album The Man I Want To Be, Chris Young is set to rock the Fox & Friends “All American Summer” concert series on Friday, August 26 from New York City.

While on tour with Jason Aldean on his sold out My Kinda Party Tour, Young will detour to the Big Apple to perform his biggest hits along with new songs from the recently released NEON outside the Fox News studios on Avenue of the Americas and 48th in the heart of Manhattan.  His free concert will air live on Fox & Friends starting at 7:30am Eastern.

This will mark Young’s third national TV appearance in recent weeks, including a street date performance on Good Morning America and a late July showing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

As the momentum continues to intensify, Young is preparing for the release of his newest single, “You,” to impact at country radio on September 12th.

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 and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.



Duo Shares Exclusive Look At Their Journey Since Winning CMT’s “CAN YOU DUET” As A Special Thank You To Fans

Nashville, Tennessee (August 8, 2011) – Exactly two years ago today, a soulful Meghan Linsey and rockstar Joshua Scott Jones’ life changed after winning CMT’s Can You Duet and signing a record deal with Big Machine Records. The real-life couple, more widely known as Steel Magnolia, wowed a panel of industry judges and earned fans across the nation along the way with their fresh sound intermingling distinct voices and unbridled chemistry. As a “thank you” to their supporters, the duo is revealing exclusive moments from their journey in a special video, hosted now at both and

“It’s amazing to us how much we’ve grown as a couple and as musicians throughout the past two years. We are so grateful for the opportunities CMT, Scott Borchetta and our fans have given us,” said Linsey. “What better way to celebrate than give fans an intimate look at what life has been like on the road! We hope they’ll see how much we cherish this gift and enjoy entertaining,” continued Jones.

Steel Magnolia released their first self-titled album on January 11, 2011 to critical acclaim with hits such as “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)” and “Last Night Again” as well as “Keep On Lovin’ You,” which climbed into the Top 5 on the Billboard Country Songs chart and became the fastest-rising single by a male/female duo in Country music history. Since their national debut, they have garnered over a dozen industry nominations, including CMA, ACM, ACA, CMT and most recently a Teen Choice Award nomination for Choice Music: Country Group.

The duo has been profiled in such outlets as USA Today, Associated Press, Billboard, People, Country Weekly and The Huffington Post. Their National TV appearances include The Late Show with David Letterman, Lopez Tonight, CBS Early Show and Better TV as well as a performance on the 2010 CMT Music Awards.

Just a few weeks ago, Steel Magnolia gave fans a preview of the current single, “Bulletproof,” on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Linsey takes the lead on this sassy anthem about a woman’s resiliency written by hit songwriters Lori McKenna and Chris Tompkins. The unique, up-tempo tune from Steel Magnolia’s critically acclaimed debut album officially impacts radio on August 22.

In the midst of their own show dates this summer, Steel Magnolia received the news that they were chosen to be tour openers for Reba’s fall tour, beginning in October. Linsey and Jones have previously toured with Brad Paisley, Bob Seger, Blake Shelton and a host of Country icons each time they take the stage at the Grand Ole Opry.

For music, photos, upcoming tour dates and much more, visit or see the beginning at



America’s Favorite Cowboys
Immortalized on Nashville’s Wall of Fame Tuesday, August 2

Riders In The Sky Unveil Caricature At The Palm RestaurantJoey, Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul
Riders In The Sky at The PalmJoey, Ranger Doug, Jonathan Scott (GM), Woody Paul, Too Slim
NASHVILLE, TN - (August 8, 2011) – On Tuesday, August 2, The Palm restaurant paid tribute to two-time Grammy Award-winners, Riders In The Sky, with a mural on the famous walls of the exclusive downtown eatery.  Rider’s guitarist, Ranger Doug, had this to say: “Sports stars, movie stars, country music stars, Nashville's most vivid personalities...the only thing missing among the Palm’s portraits was singing cowboys.  What an honor and a delight to be the ones chosen, and I'm happy to see our smiling faces beaming down upon the very well satisfied diners at Nashville's premier dining experience." Well-fed bass player Too Slim said: “Like The Palm restaurant, we’ve been ‘bringing good beef to hungry people’ our entire career, so it’s a delightful honor to have our portraits etched onto those august, celebrity-adorned walls. Lucky diners can now gaze upon our ageless faces, contemplating our juxtaposition with Warren Beatty, as they dig into the finest grub east of Pecos River.”

This honor comes as the never-ending trail drive continues with the release of their long-awaited inspirational CD, The Land Beyond The Sun, out Tuesday August 9th. The CD presents a collection of songs of inspiration recorded in the western tradition that their legion of fans expect, along with a poem indicative of “America’s Favorite Cowboys’” left-field humor which has been their trademark for nearly three and a half decades!

As the world’s premier purveyors of “Comedy & Western,” Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Their efforts have been recognized with two Grammy Awards, an induction into the Grand Ole Opry and the Western Music Association’s Hall of Fame, seven Western Music Association “Entertainer of the Year” awards, and five Academy of Western Artists “Western Group of the Year” awards. In addition, Billboard magazine’s Jim Bessman counts them as one of “the most historically significant acts in the history of American music.”

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

Here’s a little story that has pretty well ripped my heart out. Just imagine me as a little kid borrowing a jazz trio record from my father 52 or 53 years ago and me playing this record every day and night. I even went through the United States Air Force without missing a day of playing this incredible jazz trio record.

I’ve mentioned it several times over the years to people, even after goggling the album, I could not find out anything about the players. I knew from the name of the album that they were Milwaukie based, but only after mentioning this in this letter to all you guys have I found out anything at all about it.

Yes, I still have it and I still play it. It was the basis for me learning tunes on my jazz album “As Time Goes By” that I recorded two years ago. So here I was sitting at my computer this morning and an email comes in with the subject line “My dad was in the MIL Combo.” The email was from Paul Milano, the fantastic bass player with this group that went on after this band disbanded to play with some of the finest jazz bands that this country has ever been witness to.

The power of this internet is astounding. Something that I have listened to and loved all my life has suddenly come to light and I’m getting the history on this little trio that I could never get before. All I can say is, Paul, thank you very much and I only hope this kind of thing happens 50, 60 or 70 years down the road with some of the recordings that I have made in the past 10 years.

I think what I’m saying to all the rest of you now is that you should collect all the CDs that you like, don’t throw them away, and learn everything you can from each and every one of them. You will treasure them forever and the good ones will become more valuable over time. Every one of them is a wealth of information. Remember, it’s the older guys that teach the younger guys. Yep. I’m old. Time to pass it on.

This great little jazz album that I got in the mid-fifties, if it were only available on iTunes back then, it would have been lost forever to me, but since I have it in something I can actually hold in my hand and carry with me through the years, I still have it, learn from it and can enjoy it the way I did when I first got it. iTunes might be a good idea for some folks, but not us musicians.

There has been quite a bit of discussion recently and some very fine compliments from several good musicians and players on the steel guitar forum concerning my composing. I sort of have a unique way of writing songs and material. I think in chords and chord progressions first. I’ll come up with a chord progression that I really like because to me, chord progressions are what really make a great song.

It’s the words that make a country song, I’m not a country songwriter. I am more a technical songwriter. I feel great songs can be much greater if they don’t have words to get in the way of the true feel and ambiance of the music.

I’m also not stuck with just major or minor chords. I prefer getting off into something much deeper and more complex because the things that I have to say musically cannot be said with only triads.

When you approach writing a song, there are thousands of great chords and progressions that you can use. The things I have I have to say are much more complex musically than what most songs are.

I love steel guitar and as a little kid growing up I learned to play all of the steel guitar songs, but found that once you learn the first one, you have basically learned them all. My Rhythmatic and my blues albums are a lot deeper than many of the songs that I have heard written in the past.

In my opinion, if you’re going to write a song, especially an instrumental, write it and say something that hasn’t been said before, something interesting and fun to play. Most of the songs I write, I have written in my head on the way to the studio the morning that I recorded them. In other words, once you get a good chord progression down, the song seems to write itself.

Jerry Fessenden of Fessenden Guitars came by last week and fixed us up with a beautiful dark blue wood grain single ten string with a pad, three pedals and four knees and I’ll have to admit the tone is the best I have heard in a long time for a new guitar. The Del Mullen guitars that I love so much, are also great but in a little different way. People that hear and play both of these brands seem to pretty well go nuts for both of them. Add in GFI and you have the gamut pretty well covered.

Many people are now using the Bobro Dobro Simulator to replace the actual Dobro. This is good because of the problems of tuning the Dobro as a separate instrument, amplifying it and having to transport a separate instrument. Having a Bobro eliminates all these problems. The tone is so good from these little units that many people run a Dobro with a pickup on it through a Bobro to get an even better sound.

Marty Stuart even plays lead guitar through a Bobro for that fretted Dobro sound of the seventies that was on so many records. With our new Bobro bar even the sustain and attack of the Dobro is accurately duplicated on a steel guitar. Just playing steel guitar by itself with one of these bars adds the Dobro quality to the steel. It might be a real good idea just to have a Bobro bar handy. These bars are only $39 and make the Bobro sound even more like the Dobro it has been purchased to simulate.

I want to congratulate Tom Bozman of Lake Placid, Florida for ordering a loaded Mullen steel guitar. I’ve got to be nice to Tom because he’ll give me a case of oranges from time to time, sans alligators I hope.

Just as I suspected, Kent Goodson, formerly with the George Jones organization for 28 years, is doing very well and back in the swing of things in Nashville. It seems like George Jones really was holding him back.

I received this very wonderful compliment and I want to share this email with you.

Hi Bobbe,

I'm sure your probably hear this all the time. I just put on my first set of cobra coils this morning and all I can say is WOW! These already are my favorite strings. They just don't get any better and I don't think they can, heck my pedals and levers even seem to be lighter. From this moment on as long as their produced, they’re my go to string.

Thanks again

Yesterday, Sunday, the great steel guitarist and Hall of Famer Billy Robinson rented a beautiful club on the lake and threw an incredible birthday party for all his friends. Billy just turned 80 years old, still looks and acts 25. Billy of course, was the steel guitarist with Red Foley and George Morgan, along with having worked with many other artists on the Grand Ole Opry and the Ozark Jubilee.

Billy is still a great player and a fine artist. The feast he threw yesterday, myself and all the musicians in town will probably remember forever. Many steel guitarists showed up to honor Billy and his triumphs for a lifetime spent with steel guitar. A nicer and more intelligent person would be hard to find. Billy designed the beautiful logo and color scheme for the Sho-Bud Christmas Tree amplifier. A very good mind to have on the side of steel guitar.

Check out our monthly specials at and we’ll try to save you a lot of money.

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Nashville, TN…(August 8, 2011)…Country Music superstar and Outdoor Channel host Craig Morgan is taking it off for a good cause as he let a fan shave his head as part of a live auction that took place over the weekend during his 5th annual Charity Motocross Ride, Concert and Sporting Clay Shoot! The highest bidder, former NFL player Robb Nelson, won the right to give Morgan a high and tight haircut onstage at the concert, raising $1,200. A custom dirt bike was also part of a live auction item and brought in an additional $12,500.

Proceeds from the weekend’s activities, which included a celebrity Motocross Ride, Concert and Sporting Clay Shoot, benefit Billy’s Place, a home for temporarily displaced children in Morgan’s hometown of Dickson, Tennessee, just outside Nashville.  The total monies raised during the two-day event will be announced in the coming days.

Morgan’s new single “This Ole Boy” was recently released by Black River Entertainment.  Written by Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson, and Rhett Atkins, “This Ole Boy,” the title track and lead single from Craig’s new album, expected early 2012, is the perfect sing-along country love song.  Fans can sing along with their very own copy at iTunes Amazon

Morgan can also be seen in the second season of his Outdoor Channel series, “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,” with episodes airing throughout the year.

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester. His newest single “This Ole Boy,” has just been delivered to country radio. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. In addition to his career as a Country Music superstar, Craig is also a celebrated TV personality as the host of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” currently in its second season on The Outdoor Channel. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan.comor follow him on Twitter @cmorganmusic.

ABOUT BILLY’S PLACE: The idea for the charity was born while Craig Morgan was serving as an Assistant Sheriff's Deputy in Dickson, TN. The mission of the Craig Morgan Charity Fund is to build and maintain a home called Billy’s Place for temporarily displaced children in Dickson County Tennessee and to provide lasting funding to the home. His long term goal is to start additional Billy's Place homes around the country. In 2011, he will host the 5th annual Craig Morgan Charity Ride, which has raised nearly $50,000 the last two years alone, in support of Billy’s Place and other children's welfare organizations.

Rodney Dillard to be inducted into the Missouri Music Association's new Hall of Fame

Rodney Dillard to be inducted into the Missouri Music Association's new
Hall of Fame

Rural Rhythm Records set to release new album by
Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band featuring Beverly Dillard on August 16, 2011
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce Rodney Dillard will be inducted into the Missouri Music Association’s new Hall of Fame when the organization honors its three premier inductees in the bluegrass genre:  The Dillards, John Hartford and Charlie WolfeThis new Hall of Fame will recognize Missouri talent from all genres of music and will collaborate with other music organizations within the state of Missouri, and elsewhere, to provide a central database of Missouri talent.  Initially, the Hall of Fame will include talent that has already been recognized by other Halls of Fame based on their individual music genre.  All three of these new inductees are currently members of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
The Dillards, Rodney Dillard (guitar) and Douglas Dillard (banjo), grew up playing music with their family and friends including a teenaged John Hartford, in Missouri. They performed on a St. Louis radio station as The Dillard Brothers in 1958, recording for a local label. The Dillards played their first show at Washington University in St. Louis and hit the road for Los Angeles in 1962. A DesiLu Studios rep saw an ad in Variety magazine about Elektra signing The Dillards, and within days they were called in to audition for the role of The Darlins on The Andy Griffith Show. Their original songs have become bluegrass standards like “The Old Home Place,” “Dooley,” “Doug’s Tune,” “Banjo in the Holler” and “There is a Time.”  The Dillards incorporated stand-up comedy into their stage show, and their talents as entertainers brought bluegrass to new audiences in urban clubs from L.A. to New York City, on college campuses, in movie scores, at folk festivals and on tour with mainstream rock bands and comedians. The band’s unique flair for songwriting and arrangement affected a broad range of important future musicians in the bluegrass and pop music world alike, and they are credited with helping set the stage for the “country rock” movement and the burgeoning progressive sounds of bluegrass. The Dillards were inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2009.
Rodney Dillard now tours with “The Dillard Band” and the group is celebrating their Rural Rhythm album, I WISH LIFE WAS LIKE MAYBERRY.  The band is gearing up for their August 16th album, DON’T WAIT FOR THE HEARSE TO TAKE YOU TO CHURCH, featuring Beverly Dillard.  Rodney and Beverly Dillard also launched their new “Mayberry Values Ministry” and perform at churches and other organizations throughout the country inspiring families and individuals of all ages with their brand of humor, stories, testimonies and more.  For more information including upcoming tour dates, please visit www.RodneyDillard.TV.  For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit
For more information on the Missouri Music Association including memberships available to industry professionals and the general public, please call 615-419-3417 or visit

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