Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Christmas Time's A-Coming - Celebrate With A SKAGGS FAMILY

Christmas Time's A-Coming - Celebrate With
A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO

10-Song CD, With Bonus DVD Included, In Stores September 27

Special Holiday Tour Begins November 28  
 A Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol 2
Nashville, TN (August 17, 2011) -- Christmas time's a-coming, and holiday music fans will find a special treat when A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO hits stores nationwide on September 27. The new disc comes with a bonus DVD filled with 26 performances of traditional seasonal favorites and new compositions that are sure to become holiday treasures.

For Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy® winner, the FAMILY CHRISTMAS projects are a true labor of love. "We released Volume One back in 2005 because our fans asked us for it," Ricky recalls. "We didn't know if we'd ever do another one, but we've been hearing from our fans and they're ready for more Christ­mas songs, so here's Volume Two. It was a joy to create and we're excited to share it." Ricky, his wife Sharon and their children (Luke and Molly) are joined by Buck and Cheryl White, and Cheryl's daughter, Rachel Leftwich, part of the Skaggs' extended family and members of a celebrated musical clan in their own right. Also featured are world-renowned Kentucky Thunder and The Nashville Strings.

The 10-song CD features both studio and live recordings, and the disc kicks off with the upbeat bluegrass arrangement of "Christmas Time's A Coming," which segues smoothly to showcase Sharon White Skaggs and her sister, Cheryl, trading lead vocals on the bright, acoustic, "Light of the Stable." An a capella version of "The First Noel" finds Ricky singing lead, while the signature vocals of the White sisters excel on the high and low harmonies. Heavenly voices rise in praise on the classic seasonal favorite, "Silent Night," which also features a poignant mandolin and soaring strings. Molly Skaggs shines on "What Songs Were Sung," proving she's more than worthy to carry on the families' traditions, while brother Luke burns up the fret on his own composition, the intricate instrumental, "Flight To Egypt." The modern "Reunion Song" features a deceptively-simple sing-along melody, and Ricky not only triumphs on the lead vocal, but also plays Guitars, Mandolin, Gut String Solo and Dan Electro. Skaggs' lightning-fast finger pickin' guitar lick jump-starts "Children Go" and the vocal interplay between the family members (Ricky, Buck, Sharon and Cheryl) should leave listeners breathless. A haunting, original arrangement and expressive vocals by Luke, Molly and Rachel highlight "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel," and the disc closes with a classical instrumental interpretation of "Joy To The World."

As a bonus, A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIVE (DVD) is included with the purchase of the CD. The DVD features the family's heartwarming holiday concert, recorded live in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The three generations have taken this special show on the road for the last eight years, and the tradition continues this year, with the troupe performing at a variety of venues throughout the holiday season, including:

11/28/11 Brooks Ctr. for the Perf. Arts / Clemson, SC
11/30/11 The Paramount Theater / Charlottesville, VA
12/01/11 Music Center at Strathmore / N. Bethesda, MD
12/02/11 Tennessee Theatre / Knoxville, TN
12/10/11 Honeywell Center / Wabash, IN
12/11/11 Niswonger PAC of NW Ohio / Van Wert, OH
12/17/11 Smokey Mtn. Performing Arts Center / Franklin, NC
12/22/11 Schermerhorn Symphony Center / Nashville, TN
  
"We started singing these songs in our living room all those years ago, with no idea that we would ever take A Skaggs Family Christmas to so many places," explains Sharon. "We've performed everywhere from churches to symphony halls to the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C., where we sang for President George W. Bush. The recording process, the performing and traveling has been so much fun! It has been such a blessing to share all of this as a family."

Explore the history of the Skaggs Family and more at www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.

Free download from Jesse Keith Whitley: "Don't Close Your Eyes"


Free Download from Jesse Keith Whitley
August 1988: “Don’t Close Your Eyes”
becomes first #1 hit for the legend, Keith Whitley
August 2011: Jesse Keith Whitley honors dad with his
own version of the iconic song
Nashville, TN --- Jesse Keith Whitley, son of Lorrie Morgan and the late Keith Whitley and grandson of Grand Ole Opry legend George Morgan, is making a very special offer to his fans. August 2011 is the 23rd anniversary of “Don’t Close Your Eyes” going #1 for Jesse’s legendary father. In tribute, Jesse included his own version of the song on his recently-released EP, Kentucky Thunder, and now Jesse is making that song available to fans as a free download from his website, www.jessekeithwhitley.com

Kentucky Thunder (Octabrook Records) includes the title cut which is making noise at radio. The young Whitley is currently touring the country performing and visiting friends and fans at radio and other events.

“Jesse rocks the house like two fat newlyweds in a trailer home! Dang this guy can sing. It must be something in his blood.”
~ Wolf Bowers, KIAI 93 9 The country Moose, Mason City, IA

“What a tremendous talent Jesse is a young man who is forging his own direction in country music but at the same time he embraces his rich musical roots. He’s definitely got what it takes to be a big star.”
~ Mike Thomas, KFAV, Warrenton, MO

The EP was produced by the renowned James Stroud, the magic touch behind acts including Tim McGraw, Clint Black, Clay Walker, Toby Keith, Darryl Worley, and Chris Young. Stroud has produced albums that have sold collectively over 52 million copies, and produced 127 #1 records.

For more on Jesse Keith Whitley:
 http://www.facebook.com/JesseKeithWhitley

Top Stars at Lyric Benefit Show

Mark Newton’s August 23rd Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show to
Feature Rural Rhythm Recording Artists, The Roys, Brandon Rickman, Mason Douglas with special guests Kevin Denney and The Wells Band

Nashville, TN – The Mark Newton’s Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show will be packed with talent for the August 23rd outing at the “Man VS. Food” famed venue, Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse, featuring Rural Rhythm recording artists, The Roys, Brandon Rickman and Mason Douglas. Also taking the Roosters stage will be Kevin Denney and The Wells Band.

Tuesday, August 23rd Lyrics for Lyric show will be the ninth installment of the monthly benefit concert series at Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse, located at 123 12th Avenue North, Nashville, TN. 37203, and 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 the Lyric Frizzell Foundation established after two year old Lyric Alana Frizzell was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia.

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.

A $10 benefit charge will be taken at the door and go to the Lyric Frizzell Foundation. Past shows have featured such stars as Jamie Johnson, Marty Raybon, Bo Bice, Carl Jackson, Trent Tomlinson, Claire Lynch, Cia Cheryholmes, Missy Raines, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, 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, Rural Rhythm Records and Paige Capo and
Sideman Show.

7:00 pm – The Wells Band
8:00 pm – Rural Rhythm Recording Artists Brandon Rickman & Mason Douglas and guest Kevin Denney
9:00 pm – Rural Rhythm Recording Artists The Roys

For more information on Lyrics for Lyric, Corey & Lyric Frizzell, Mark Newton, Rooster’s, Alane Anno Photography, TKL Cases, D’Addario Strings, Rural Rhythm Records, My TV Now 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 www.ruralrhythmrecords.com www.mytvnow.com www.paigecapos.com

Marty McIntosh Shines with “The American Night”

Marty McIntosh Shines with “The American Night”

Country newcomer produced by the legendary David Frizzell

Nashville, TN --- Born the son of a preacher, singer/songwriter Marty McIntosh may have had faith that he’d succeed in music, but a little luck has surely played a hand as well.

A venue where Marty once played was the setting for a concert by the legendary, multi-award winning David Frizzell, a man whose music McIntosh has long admired. The venue owner facilitated an introduction and the newcomer was soon planning an album to be produced by one of his idols.

“Everyone remembers David’s ‘I’m Gonna Hire a Wino to Decorate our Home’ as one of the best drinkin’ songs ever,” McIntosh laughs. “And David’s duets with Shelly West are the stuff of legends. His ear is impeccable and we’re cranking out some killer tracks!”

The collaboration has led to the release of a debut single by McIntosh with an album forthcoming. “The American Night” (written by Dennis Knutson and Roger Allan Wade) is currently making noise at radio and a music video is in production.

Marty has performed with and opened for artists including Ronnie McDowell, T.G.Sheppard, Razzy Bailey, Little Texas and Collin Raye. His band performs regularly in the Southeast US where the artist loves to spend time on the beaches of the Gulf.

“This fella’s got great promise,” Frizzell says of working with McIntosh. “He is absolutely passionate about music and performing and we’re having an amazing time in the studio.”

For more on McIntosh, visit www.martymcintoshmusic.com

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