Saturday, August 20, 2011

Vince Gill Added to Mark Newton’s August 23rd Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show

Special Guest Vince Gill Added to Mark Newton’s August 23rd Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show

Nashville, TN – The Mark Newton’s Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show is proud to announce the addition of special guest star, Vince Gill to Tuesday nights
August 23rd Lyrics for Lyric Benefit Show at Roosters TX Style BBQ & Steakhouse.

The 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, named after two year old Lyric Alana Frizzell whom was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of Leukemia at 10 months old.

After 6 months of chemo treatment Lyric is in a partial remission but continues her battle against the disease by frequenting the Vanderbilt Cancer Clinic and will do so until declared in full remission.

The Lyrics for Lyric show began as the brain child of Picks Nashville owner’s Wade and Tina Johnson in November of 2010  to raise money and offset costs incurred while the Frizzell family lived at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital during Lyric’s chemo treatment. The creative monocure, Lyrics for Lyric was the design of Tina. Starting in July of 2011 after the close of Picks Nashville the show was taken in a new direction by Co-Producer’s Corey Frizzell and Mark Newton with the intention of benefiting the families of children suffering from cancer in the name of the Lyric Frizzell Foundation.

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, Double E Promotions, Rural Rhythm Records and Paige Capo.

7:00 pm – The Wells Band
8:00 pm – Vince Gill, Kevin Denney and Rural Rhythm Records Artists Brandon Rickman & Mason Douglas
9:00 pm – Rural Rhythm Records 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, MyTV or Double E Promotions please visit the following websites; 


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Interview with Judy Welden

Interview with Judy Welden

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Judy Welden:  I write or co-write 98% of my material. Writing from my heart (most of it is inspired) I also sing from my heart and soul, writing in most every style (except heavy metal and hip hop), however my best singing style is country blues and Gospel.

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Judy Welden:  It‘s been a great year…except that my mother passed away last month. I‘ve accepted that because she lived a good, long life, was ready to go.. and is in a better place. Some good news is that last fall I got a patent on my bandana hat, that I‘d written up myself. Then a few months ago, I registered the name ‘bandana hat‘ and no one else can use that name now. As far as my music goes, that is going strong also. I‘ve been writing and recording many new songs, some written with my friend and promoter, Rhonnie Scheuerman, of Rhonbob Promotions.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Judy Welden:  “SHOP TILL I DROP“ - It is a single song release, is doing quite well, just released in July. It‘s #14 on the CMP Top 30 chart. It is for sale at CD Baby and listed with my 30 songs at, to be downloaded. Many Djs are playing it at this time. Gary Farmer produced wonderful tracks for the song.
Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Judy Welden:  It was my promoter‘s idea.. . She said she kept seeing those words in ads, etc, and the fact that so many women love to shop, we knew lots of them could relate to it. I helped with the lyrics and then put a melody to it. I sing lead and all the harmony parts as well.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Judy Welden:  Rhonnie Scheuerman and I co-wrote it as I wrote above. I write most all my lyrics, unless like in the case of Rhonnie, she send me a lyric to co-write with her. When I write a song myself, I always start with a lyric, before adding a melody. As a publisher, I know who writes the best melodies. So if I write a lyric and want someone else to put a melody to it, I know just who to contact, depending on my lyric content.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).  

Judy Welden:  I‘ve not put out a new LP since 2006. It had 18 songs, 9 of which were new and the others had been released previously. Since country blues is my best style, I wanted the concept to be blues,
country blues, a few Gospel songs, and a bit of jazz. It‘s title is PAIN SHY, BLUES & TRIBULATION. The first song on it is “ I‘M PAIN SHY“ which went to #1 on an Indie chart when it was first released. It‘s been released a second time.. and did very well that time also. There
is a video of it at also. Many of the songs on that CD went to #1 or high on the Indie charts. The songs inc. are: Blues Had Been My Handle, Come On Home*, Confusion* (What‘s the Solution), Co-Written Blues, Don‘t Say You Love Me, Get Lost Mr. Bad News, Heart on a Rampage, Hurry Up Sunrise, If You‘re Man Enough, I‘m Hittin‘ the Road*, I‘m Pain Shy*, Just Leave Me Alone, Peace in the Valley*, Roller Coaster Ride, Shades of Blue, Too Old Blues. I‘m releasing them as monthly singles on various Comp. Cds when I don‘t have a new song to release.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Judy Welden: Ones that have a message and lots of heart & soul. They can be fun and up tempo, but most every song I‘ve ever recorded has a message I want to convey. I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and can‘t go back to sleep until I get up and write it quickly down. I edit it and finish it later though. Often I write a complete song in my head, before setting down with a pen and paper. Like for instance when I‘m in a pool (often write songs when in water) or on a walk. Then when I get home I write it all out and edit it. Funny thing is that I don‘t forget the words I‘d written in my head! : )  
Lamitschka:  You did a duet with Phil Coley How did that happen to come about?

Judy Welden: I‘ve done duets with 5 guys and 3 females; however I‘ve done the most with Phil Coley and that includes the last one. Titled THE LESSON FROM NOAH, this is one that I woke up thinking about and had to write down so I could go back to sleep. If definitely was inspired and really has a strong message for today. Because we‘re ignoring God (like back in Noah‘s day) all sorts of turmoil is happening all over the world. We‘ve taken his name from schools and government and there is more evil worldwide than ever before. I‘d earlier done a bluegrass song with Phil and I wanted this one to be done in a bluegrass style also. I asked Phil to think ‘Grascals‘ as they are very popular now, especially with the younger generation. Phil did exactly that and the song has had lots of airplay. Not just with stations that play Christian music, but with others as well.  Phil wrote the melody, produced the tracks, and played all the instruments.
Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Judy Welden: I have many, but my all-time favorite is COME ON HOME. It was first released on my JUDY WELDEN COUNTRY HITS - ‘92 - ‘98 and was taken to Europe with me in 1998.. where I sang it in 7 countries. It was on the charts with major singers there, like Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, etc. I had wanted to have a song with the same feel as DESPERADO, which is the cover song I‘ve done for years, that fans like so much. I wrote the lyrics and music to it, but Phil made the chorus a bit stronger, so I gave him writing credit. My brother is a DJ (from PA) and he thinks this is my best original song also. There is a video of it at you and it is also one of the songs at

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

Judy Welden: Almost total. Although I do give the producer creative liberty when producing the tracks. I‘m usually satisfied, and tend to use the same producers over and over. I‘ve tried some new ones recently, mostly because I‘ve had a bit of a financial crisis with having to take too many trips in the past months and I‘ve found producers who work very reasonably, but are still very talented.

Lamitschka:  There's a lot of work that goes into a number one hit. What did it take to make it in your case?

Judy Welden:  My first number one hit was “I‘M HITTIN‘ THE ROAD“. It is a true story song as many of mine are. For a couple of years, I‘d released my songs on other‘s Compilation Cds, and did okay, but then decided to start my own record labels (Treasure Coast, for country & pop releases and Heartfelt Hits for Christian releases). I would have 12 or 15 songs by singer/songwriters (including one or two of my own compositions) on each release and send to stations worldwide. This was before the time when songs or Cds could be sent in MP3 files, so I sent mine snail mail. I also arranged the tracks that were sent to me, designed the jackets, wrote & included bios of the artists, plus sent a self-addressed, postage-free, postcard, so Djs could let me know which songs they were playing. Many of these artists were on the charts as was I. I believe it was as a result of the airplay from songs on one the first Cds I sent out that put “I‘M HITTIN‘ THE ROAD“ in the number 1 spot of the Music Review chart. I‘ve had 13 #1 songs on that Chart .. which is still in existence.

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

Judy Welden: Fans tell me how much my music moves them, but one story stands out. I was in Nashville recording my first album, SHADES OF BLUE, and was staying at a motel that had a lounge called “The Other Mother“ . They had different players (usually a single guitarist) performing every night. During the day I‘d record in the morning, then do some sightseeing in the afternoon and at night would sing a song or two with the player who was performing that night in the lounge. The regulars liked the way I sang “HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN“ and would request it. The last night there I noticed a table of guys who‘d been rather boisterous before I started singing that song.. became very quiet and listened intently. After I‘d sung it… I was on my way to the restroom and had to pass by their table.  One of them grabbed my hand to stop me and asked if I was free. I said I‘d be back soon …“ No“ he said ..“I don‘t mean now.. I mean are you available to sing with our band?“ It turned out they were the house band at a popular night spot in town but soon would be touring with Alabama. Whoa, I thought… this is quite an honor.. The leader of the band asked me to join them on the strength of hearing that one song & they‘d all decided I should be their lead singer. I had to politely inform them I was not able to travel, worked in my husband‘s chiropractic office when I was not putting out compilations and recording songs. But wow .. What a ‘high‘. .. it was a great moment in my career. Later I did travel in Europe one summer, but though my husband does support my music in most respects, he‘s never wanted me to travel. Always sang locally in the 3 cities in which we‘ve lived since we were married in 1983. I was a widow before that. My late husband Dick never wanted me to sing period! Another story!
Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Judy Welden:  My mother sang (mostly in church) and I grew up listening to Gospel and also songs from her day, the standards, they are called today. I liked Ella Fitzgerald when I was younger and also later liked jazz which my late husband and I listened to when we were first married. Then we started buying country rock albums and country folk. I liked the Eagles, America, Crosby Stills, & Nash. I guess the female singer I liked best at that time was Linda Ronstadt and also Roberta Flack. You could call them my main influences when I started singing in my own and others‘ bands as they both sing with a lot of soul. I guess my roots started early, with loving soul.. back when I listened to Ella Fitzgerald. My mother didn‘t like country music, so it wasn‘t played at our home at all when I was growing up. I really got into it when my late husband Dick and I moved to W. VA in the 70‘s.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its past and where do you see it going in the future?

Judy Welden: I loved the music of the 50‘s, 60‘s & 70‘s but these days I like country music better than pop. For one thing you can understand the lyrics… and I‘m really into great lyrics. I‘m not that crazy about the pop music today .. with the likes of Lady GaGa; however young people love it and they are our future. I‘d like to think that music will turn around someday and be more melodic and not just noise as a lot of it is today.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Judy Welden: They are trying to be more fair, but I doubt that Indies will ever have the same ‘in roads‘ as the Majors. At least with the internet, we are getting lots of airplay, but it is still difficult to make any real money with it; and it is impossible to get on the bigger charts unless you put out thousands of dollars in promotion. I am lucky to have affordable promotion with my friend and promoter, Rhonnie Scheuerman. With her help, I‘ve gone pretty darn far, but there is just so much she or others can do unless one has the funds to pay the high-priced promoters who call the radio stations daily on one‘s behalf. The only way I could afford that is if a company wants to market my patented bandana hats. I have a company helping me to find a company to either license or distribute them.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Judy Welden: Popularity would/should be on talent alone (the strength of a song, or the singer) and not on who can afford to put out the most money for promotion.  I‘d like to see that changed.. but with so much talent out there, I‘m sure it would be quite a challenge.
Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Judy Welden: I‘m trying new genres, like bluegrass. I‘ve always written songs in many genres.. Now I‘m starting to record in those genres as well. Also am a member of some online sites, like Sonic Bids, to try and get my music into films.

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Judy Welden: I‘ve written poems and songs since I was young, but I first realized I ‘had a voice‘ when during one of my few piano lessons (I‘m mostly self-taught) the professional entertainer, who was giving me some tips, recorded me (unbeknownst to me) when I was singing and playing WHEN SUNNY GETS BLUE). He‘d asked me to sing as I played… and was very impressed with it. He encouraged me to send it to HOLLYWOOD SONG JUBILEE, and he wasn‘t surprised at all when it won 1st place in the Standard division. I was though.. Was shocked! : ) But anyway, I realized I must be good enough.. and should start writing and singing my own songs. I became a very prolific writer, often writing 4 or 5 songs over a weekend. The late Gary Buck heard of me, wanted to hear some songs and wanted to produce my first album in Nashville, with all the name players. After I recorded it, Gary & Les Ladd included TOO OLD BLUES on their compilation CD. That was the first song I‘d released as a single. It got a lot of airplay and I even got a small royalty on it. I was on my way!  
Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Judy Welden:  I wrote poetry first, and once won a 4th place in a National contest. It turned out well because I‘d written it about my daughter and used the tune of her favorite song in order to get the words in good rhythm. Later I recorded it to the tune of her fav. song (just a demo for her to hear) and realized how easy it was for me to write a melody when the song lyrics (or a poem) was in perfect rhythm. When my late husband drowned, it was pouring out my heart in poems & later, songs that kept me centered and from being so sad. Writing is certainly good therapy. My early songs were sad for the most part, but after I got all of that pain out of my system, I was able to write positive songs, many of which were uptemo and fun. After winning many songwriter awards, I was asked to start a songwriter group in Port St. Lucie, FL I called it TREASURE COAST SONGWRITERS ASSN (TCSA) and after I not longer could spend as much time with it, I became the advisor.

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Judy Welden: Trying to be the best I can be.. . And always working toward my goal which is to have one or more of my songs recorded by a major singer and also having songs in films or TV. I have a screenplay I wrote several years ago… sort of a docudrama.. That has 16 of my songs in it.. Not a musical per se, though. The songs are mostly played in the background as they go along with the plot. This story is based loosely on my own life.

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

Judy Welden: Those who didn‘t believe in me. I‘ve had lots of criticism (especially earlier when I was promoting others, working 60 + hours a week, working for my husband at the same time) when I‘d have a few ‘flat‘ notes in my recordings. It‘s well-known when one is extra tired, their voice goes flat. These days I‘m not quite as busy and can take my time to have a song rehearsed well before going into the studio. I usually do my songs, even the harmony, in one take. Back in the 90‘s the studios where I did my vocals did not have pro tools. Since I was so very busy, I‘d have to rush into the studio without much, if any, rehearsal time. Being that I did the songs in one take usually, it is amazing they turned out as well as they did. I didn‘t have a lot of money, so I did what I had to do. I believe part of the problem with less than perfect vocals back then was because I‘d always hoped to find others to sing my songs, never suspecting I‘d become the artist I am today. For years I thought of myself more as a songwriter than an artist. So no one was more surprised than me that I‘ve been getting so many #1 songs (and many other songs in the top 10) for nearly 20 years now! At I am #2 in of the Top 5 of Country Pop and also Christian Country. For 16 months I was #1, but now Rascal Flatts is #1 and I am #2 there. I‘ve had over 2 million plays there, and I still find that amazing!

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Judy Welden:  When I sang at the Zevenbergen Festival (Holland) with many of my peers. Another time was when I sang NATURAL HIGHS (co-written and sung with my son-in-law Gary Wayne) at a large meeting of folks who suffered from addiction. The song had been written to encourage young people to get ‘high‘ on natural things, not alcohol or drugs. Also, when I sang HURRY UP SUNRISE at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Kitty Wells was on before me and I always tease that she was my opening act! : ) There were times I had larger audiences than these,.. but they stand out most to me as special times I‘ll always remember about my career.

Lamitschka:  Any thoughts of retirement ahead?

Judy Welden:  Not in the near future. I figure I might be able to sing for another 10 years, but will be able to write songs as long as the good Lord inspires them… or until I get Old timer‘s disease, whichever comes first! : ) 
Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Judy Welden:  I do water aerobics and takes photos. I hope to paint some day.. Also rewrite my screenplay. I sent it to a screenwriting contest and later had it critiqued; was told it was just 3 points from being in the semi-finals. I‘m sure I‘ll rewrite it someday, but I‘m so busy with my music career and also selling items in my eBay store (to make money for promoting my music) that I may have to wait until I can no longer sing very well! : )

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Judy Welden: Yes, Also, (where they can download or listen to 30 of my songs) Have 20 videos on you tube: plus all the Cds can be heard at CD Baby. Both single and full length albums may be purchased there.
Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Judy Welden:  Thank you for your continued support. I hope I get to come back there for a tour. It‘s been 13 long years since I was there.. And that‘s waaaaayyy tooooo long! : ) Listen to my music at any of the sites given here and request them on your local radio show. If your DJ doesn‘t have that song, have them contact me at my email address:

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on dont be shy)?

Judy Welden:  The summer of ‘98, when I sang in 7 countries in Europe, I was singing one night at the Big Ben, in Munich Germany. The owner of the second largest beer hall (second only to the Hofbrau House) was there and he liked my singing. He didn‘t speak hardly any English, but he had a friend of his, who spoke a little better, but not much, ask me to sing at his outdoor beer garden the following night. I told the friend I had a lot of activities planned for the next day, had a ticket to tour their famous Neuschwanstein Castle, etc. I said I’d stop in if I got back in time. I don’t think he understood there was a good chance I might not be there. Two nights later when I was singing at Big Bend, the vibe was totally different from when they were all loving me. In fact one man came up to me and seemed to be cursing. I had no idea what he was saying until low and behold the man who owned the beer hall came in, saw me …glared, in fact .. and started what sounded like cursing. I went up to his friend who spoke better English to see what was wrong. Turned out he
had hired extra musicians, had made a flyer, posted the CD (he’d earlier purchased from me) and told everyone I’d be there. I could then see why he was angry. Talk about miscommunication! Geez! Well, I really felt bad .. Did my best to apologize, saying it was late when I got back from all
my siteseeing..was dead tired also. Well, I was upset too, when I’d learned I could have made five
hundred dollars just to sing a few songs! That in itself was amazing. It was the year of the soccer cup and most all the venues had the games on TV instead of live music. Most of the musicians were playing for tips on the streets that summer. I was lucky to have a few paid engagements.

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     LeMars, Iowa....."It has consistently amazed me how international stars of country music insist on keeping the roots of country music in their projects."  Bob Everhart is the President of the National Traditional Country Music Association in America.  "We're in our 36th year of producing and hosting the oldest country music event in the upper Midwest, and every year it seems like the international participants get higher, in name recognition, fame, and number.  This year is certainly no exception.  It's also somewhat puzzling that they are so dedicated to a 'rural' sound in the country music they produce, as opposed to whatever might impel their records into some kind of music rating chart.  It's also very interesting to those of us who actually live in the country, that international recording artists of this kind of music insist that the 'roots' of the music be prevalent in their productions."
     "Greta Elkin from Londonderry, North Ireland, may be the most outspoken," Everhart said.  "She is a true country artist who has not swayed from her original desire to reproduce the elements that made country music so popular in the first place."
     According to Elkin, "I found my love for American country music in the banjo playing of my dad.  He wasn't a master of the instrument, but he played quite well.  When I was a child I was fascinated with not only how much fun it was to listen to him, but how passionate he was with the music.  You know, a lot of America's early 'country' music had Irish influences, especially in the fiddle leads, and as my dad so plainly delivered, in the banjo.  So, as a child, I had the delightful experience of hearing the music from rural America first hand, and it stayed with me my entire life.  I still perform the classic country songs, including a yodel now and then."
     Elkin will be at the festival Everhart directs for the entire duration, August 29 through September 4, at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa.  According to Everhart, "Greta Elkin has been one of our regulars for quite a few years now.  She is very popular here in the upper Midwest, and has a sizable fan base that follow her around.  Once the festival is over with, she will give an intimate concert at the Oak Tree Opry in Anita, Iowa, on September 9th.  You can be sure that her fans will hear authentic 'country' music."  According to Elkin, "I hope I never find myself in a situation where I have to change how I perform my music, just to get an urbanized radio station to play it."
     "There's a ton of performers coming from Australia this year," Everhart noted, "and one in particular has a massive following down under.  Dianne Lindsay is Reg Lindsay's daughter.  Reg Lindsay was a popular performer on the Grand Ole Opry.  Dianne is also the niece of Slim Dusty, perhaps the best known traditional country artist in Australia's history of country music.  The fellow that has arranged for the performers from Australia, is Charlie Boyter.  Boyter makes his home in New South Wales, and is a mover and shaker in that part of Australia.  According to Boyter, "Australia still has very close contact with America's more traditional country music.  Granted, Tamworth has a lot of country-rock these days, but outback Australia is still a traditional country music paradise."
     "Also on the Australia list of stars," says Everhart, "is a young boy, 10 years old, that has a surprising career in traditional country music.  Jordan Garner's latest hit record is called 'Just Like Slim' which is of course about his admiration for Slim Dusty.  This is his first trip to America, and he's anxious, not necessarily to visit Nashville, but to see the corn fields of Iowa, and participate in what he calls a 'real country' country-music festival."
     "We have two excellent artists coming from Canada this year," Everhart said.  "Gordon Wilcox from Toronto, has been coming for quite a few years, and usually combines his trip with a new recording session.  Gordon is a true country fan going all the way back to Jimmie Rodgers.  He has consistently made good recordings of America's traditional country music, and continues to garner a lot of following in the Toronto area.  Aother Canadian on tap this year is from New Found Land.  Shirley Butt lives in Spaniards Bay, and was exposed to the great country music of fellow Canadian Hank Snow.  Today she has been nominated to be placed in America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  Like many of the other international stars, Ms. Butt will be at the LeMars, Iowa, festival all seven days.  "This is my first time to the corn fields of Iowa," she said, "and I'm looking forward to sharing my style of traditional country music with the American audience."
     "Perhaps our furtherest away guest comes from the Czech Republic," Everhart added.  "Danny Daskalov lives in Prague, but he was captivated by the music of Johnny Cash when he was quite young.  He still performs Cash songs, but he has created his own persona in country music, especially in Europe.  We're really looking forward to the opportunity to not only listen to this great artist, but to also share his music with our American Johnny Cash lovers."
     "We also have two of our favorite country music performers from Holland with us again this year," Everhart said.  "Ben & Carmen Steneker from Buurse, Holland, are show stoppers if there ever was one.  Ben is known as the 'Father of Country Music" in Holland, and rightfully so.  He has kept the music of Jimmie Rodgers and yodeling alive all these many years, and is still one of Holland's most popular recording artists.  "I've never compromised my music very much," Ben said.  "I'm still a classic country recording artist and performer, just as my daughter Carmen is.  We may use different techniques and technical knowledge in the recording studio these days, but the bottom line in everything we do, is that it must be country sounding, all the way."
     Everhart has been directing the festival of old-time country, bluegrass, and folk music for 36 years.  "It's really a pioneer exposition of America's rural lifestyle" he said. "We're like a county fair without a carnival or horse races.  We have ten performing stages instead. The focus is on America's traditional rural music.  Those ten stages of entertainment will feature well over 600 performers for the seven days of the festival.  A tipi village consumes nearly a block of exhibitions, set down inside what appears to be an old pioneer ghost town.  Lots of pioneer arts and crafts.  We have some of the best rural country food available in our state of Iowa, and we also have a very genuine desire to make it all available at a modest cost.  As a matter of fact anyone under the age of 18 can get in free."
     More information is available at

Hank Williams Releasing Two New Digital Projects

Time Life Continues to Shed New Light On American Music Legend
Hank Williams By Releasing Two New Digital Projects September 13th
Offering First Ever E-Book Online: “Hank Williams: The Mother’s Best Shows In Words And Music”  Penned by Hank Williams Biographer and Historian Colin Escott

Available For the First Time Digitally The Entire 143 Song Grammy Nominated “Hank Williams:The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus!”

Hank Williams: The Mother's Best Shows In Words And MusicFairfax, VA (August 19, 2011) --- Hank Williams’ talent and life story continue to fascinate music fans around the world nearly sixty years after his death.  As a result, Williams has become one of Time Life’s most successful artists during the last three years and now the company has partnered with Warner Distribution Company as a continuing part of this project for a new e-book about the music legend, Hank Williams: The Mother’s Best Shows In Words And Music that releases September 13, 2011. The book is written by the renowned Hank Williams historian, Colin Escott and takes the reader on a voyage of discovery into the roots of Williams’ music and the stories behind some of his most successful songs. His text considerably expands his work on the three top-selling box sets from the Mother’s Best recordings, including the highly acclaimed and Grammy nominated Time Life project, Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus!.

Hank Williams: The Mother’s Best Shows In Words And Music is a new direction for Time Life by releasing the book digitally, and offering a unique synthesis of words, music, and photos.  Besides providing the background on the history of the Mother’s Best radio shows, the e-book creates a compelling  portrait of an artist that gave almost no interviews during his short 29-year life and results in a fascinating understanding of why this Pulitzer Prize winning artist still resonates with us after all these years.

According to Hank’s daughter, Jett Williams, “The relationship between the man, his music, his sense of humor, his overwhelming charisma, and the genius and tragedy of his short life all come together in these new initiatives.  His awesome talent has not only survived the ages, it has survived and embraced the technology revolution and has become available once again to his ever-widening fan base.”

“From the beginning of this project we wanted to re-present Hank Williams in a fully three dimensional way sharing new insights into the man, his personality, music tastes, influences and his genius,” says Mike Jason, Senior Vice President/Retail, Time Life.  “The e-book format has enabled Colin Escott to blend music, the story, photos and video into a more full representation. The forty-minute documentary included with the e-book features Williams’ daughter Jett interviewing two of Hank’s original band members. It wonderfully hits the mark, blending deeply personal reminscences and humor from these former Drifting Cowboys.”

At the same time, Time Life will digitally release the entire Grammy nominated project, Hank Williams: The Complete Mother’s Best Recordings….Plus! that was also instrumental in Williams becoming the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize Award last year. The box set will be available at all digital music outlets. The project contains 72 complete 15-minute shows, featuring 143 performances by Hank Williams together with conversation, and much more. The recordings are from Williams’ Mother’s Best Flour shows, recorded at the pinnacle of his career in 1951. When Williams was planning to be out on tour, he prerecorded his Mother’s Best shows, and 72 of them miraculously survived.

As announced earlier, September 13th will also mark the release date of Hank Williams: The Legend Begins that includes the very first recordings of Williams at fifteen-years-old, home recordings from 1940 and his first radio series, Health And Happiness.  All of the music in the 3-CD package has been meticulously restored with state of the art technology and brings Williams once again into the living room of the listener, as it would have over sixty years ago.

Larry Stephenson signs to Compass Records

The Compass Records Group is pleased to announce that Larry Stephenson, one of bluegrass music's preeminent high lead vocalists and bandleaders, has signed to Compass Records.  Stephenson will begin work at Compass Sound Studio this fall on a new project with a targeted release date of early 2012.  He will be sharing the production duties with engineer/co-producer Ben Surratt.
The signing follows on the heels of the Larry Stephenson Band's win for Recorded Event of the Year at the 2010 International Bluegrass Music Awards for his most recent effort "20th Anniversary".  Stephenson, formerly signed to Pinecastle Records, is a native of Virginia.  He began his professional career as a member of Bill Harrell & The Virginians and went on to tour with the Bluegrass Cardinals before relocating to Nashville in the 90's and forming the Larry Stephenson Band.
Since that time, Stephenson has received many awards and accolades from the bluegrass community including multiple IBMA awards and 5 Contemporary Male Vocalist of the year awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music.  He is considered by many to be one of the premiere torchbearers for the traditional bluegrass sound created by first generation legends Jimmy Martin, Mac Wiseman, Jim & Jesse, The Osborne Brothers and others.
The Compass Records Group is an internationally recognized roots music company with a diverse roster of artists including leaders in the bluegrass, Celtic, singer/songwriter and adult pop genres.



“Best Classic Country CD of the Year Award” Announcement -- “Best New Artist,” “Best Inspirational Bluegrass Artist” Nominations in ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards
Highlight Summer

Nashville, Tennessee –August 19, 2011 – Summer 2011 has been all about record breaking heat across America—a memorable time for one of the country/bluegrass industry’s hottest young artists –Nathan Stanley--to be doing a little ‘record breaking’ of his own.

Stanley’s latest radio single, White Dove, recorded with duet-partner Vince Gill takes the number #1 spot on the September Power Source Christian Country Top 100 Chart.

The song was pulled as a single from Nathan Stanley’s latest CD release, My Kind of Country, which includes his inspired new deliver of classic duets with legends such as Vince Gill, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Marty Stuart, John Anderson, Gene Watson, Patty Loveless, Little Jimmy Dickens, Gene Watson, Ricky Skaggs, and Rhonda Vincent to mention guest artist highlights.

The fact that the delivery system to bring classic country music to a re-visit at the top of the charts happens to be by an artist who is the musical heir to the Stanley family legend is a sweet victory for 18 year old Nathan Stanley. His love of the “traditional” is exceeded only by his appreciation of his legacy as the grandson of Dr. Ralph Stanley.

For Nathan the recent outbreak of career accolades keep rolling. While on the road in early August, he received word of his nomination in the 17th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards in two major catagories –New Artist and Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year. The awards will be presented in industry ceremonies to be held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville on
October 28.

My Kind Of Country has also reaped recent industry rewards with its’ selection by the Rural Roots Commission as “Best Classic Country CD of the Year” in their annual awards presentation. In a recent press release, Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Association noted: “Nathan Stanley is an authentic ‘real deal’ country music artist. Because of the high quality and excellence of My Kind of County, he has been selected by the Rural Roots Commission to receive their prestigious ‘Best Classic Country CD of the Year Award.” The presentation will be made to Nathan during his appearance on August 29th at the 36th Annual National Old-Time Country & Bluegrass Festival in LeMars. Iowa.

In the midst of being ‘celebrated,’ high on Nathan’s personal list of ‘favorite things I did this summer’ was his August 13-14th performance at the much anticipated Dukes Of Hazzard Homecoming held ‘Back In The Blue Ridge’ of Sperryville, Virginia. Ben Jones –‘Cooter’ on the original TV series and founder of Cooter’s Place hosted the original cast and an overflow crowd of fans for the two day event which Nathan decidedly helped keep ‘traditional’ on the music side! Nathan can definitely count ‘Cooter’ among his fans in Hazzard County as Ben Jones noted on the website for the “Dukes of Hazzard Homecoming”: “ It is really gratifying for me to hear a young performer who has a respect for the great artists of ‘real country.’ Nathan is the real deal. He has paid his dues, learned his craft and found his niche.”

In the midst of #1 awards and the accolades of both the Nashville music industry and a new generation of fans embracing his music, Nathan Stanley is a young man on the go. In addition to his own recording career and concert dates, Nathan is a centerpiece of the energetic tour schedule Dr. Ralph maintains into his eighth decade of making music.

Nathan Stanley music is distributed by Sony Red and promoted by HMG Nashville.
He is booked by Acts Nashville.



Tickets for Benefit Concert Go On Sale Aug. 26

Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 19, 2011 – Country rocker Jason Aldean announced today that he will donate all proceeds from his Sept. 30th show in Roanoke, Va. to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® as part of his 6th Annual Concert For The Cure. The concert on the eve of breast cancer awareness month will take place at the Roanoke Civic Center. Fans can purchase tickets beginning Aug. 26 at or, and those who are not able to attend can make a donation at

“Breast cancer is something that’s affected me, my family and just about everyone I know,” said Aldean. “Last year, we took the benefit on the road and raised a lot of money in Evansville, Ind.  It was such an incredible night!  I love looking out and seeing all the pink tshirts in the crowd…it's amazing what we can do and how much money we can raise when we all come together for this cause."

The benefit concert is part of Aldean's MY KINDA PARTY TOUR, which continues to crisscross the country selling out the nation's biggest amphitheaters with openers Chris Young and Thompson Square. Aldean recently scored his seventh No. one hit “Dirt Road Anthem” off his third consecutive PLATINUM release and Country’s best-selling album of 2011, MY KINDA PARTY.

For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, breast health or breast cancer, visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

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