Monday, August 29, 2011



Single “Big Foot” Spends Four weeks at #1 On Classic Rock National Chart

(LOS ANGELES, CA…Aug 29, 2011) – The music video from the chart-topping lead single, “Big Foot” by
Chickenfoot will debut on August 30th, it was announced today.  The supergroup – guitar hero Joe Satriani, drummer Chad Smith, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and frontman Sammy Hagar – also announced the addition of Kenny Aronoff as the touring drummer in place of Smith for live dates in support of the band’s highly anticipated Chickenfoot III release.  The video message from Smith about handing over the drumsticks to Aronoff can be seen on Chickenfoot’s YouTube Station (

"Kenny brings that same combination of super chops and wild energy to the band that we're used to; and, offstage, he's just as crazy as Chad,” said Satriani.

Chickenfoot III, produced by Mike Fraser and featuring a 3D package, is due September 27th from eOne Music in North America and around the world by earMUSIC/Edel.  The lead single, “Big Foot,”  debuted at #1 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart holding the position for four weeks and earning over 1.5 million listeners.   In addition to the initial performance at radio, “Big Foot” is garnering additional media buzz on Rolling Stone’s Hot List in the September 1st issue:

“Get on the good foot!  The world’s most random supergroup returns with dinosaur rock so lumberingly powerful that an actual T.rex would flee from its Satriani-ified riffery.”

Chickenfoot III features 10 tracks with so many moments of epiphany that one can barely take them all in on first listen.  Colossal, stadium-shaking riffs abound on earth-movers such as “Alright, Alright,” “Last Temptation,” “Big Foot,” and “Lighten Up.” Tradition meets innovation on the Nashville pop-tinged “Different Devil,” the Delta-blues flavored “Something Going Wrong” and the aching rock ballad “Come Closer.”  Special video releases and more can be seen at the band’s webpage ( and YouTube.

Chickenfoot III follows up the band’s 2009 debut album, which debuted at  #3 on the Billboard Top 100 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. The band was also named “Best New Band” at Classic Rock Magazine

For the “Big Foot” music video, more information about Chickenfoot and the upcoming sophomore release Chickenfoot III, please visit or stay connected via Twitter and Facebook at


Nashville, TN, August 29, 2011: The 10th annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show at the Ryman Auditorium will be broadcast live Thursday October 13th on Nashville Public Television (NPT Channel 8) to the Middle Tennessee viewing area.  Confirmed to attend include Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Elizabeth CookHayes Carll, The Secret Sisters, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Civil Wars and many more.
An edited version of the award show will be aired November 19, 2011 as a special episode of the new season of the highly-acclaimed PBS series Austin City Limits,  (check local listings for exact local day and time). "ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2011" will reach approximately 98% of American TV households via PBS stations nationwide.
"It was time to bring the Americana Honors to another level," said Jed Hilly Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. "We could not have better partners in Nashville Public Television President and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere and Austin City Limits Executive Producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience."
The program, described by Emmylou Harris as "the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere," will be filmed by High Five Entertainment and co-produced by its President Martin Fischer along with Lickona, Courtney Gregg, Holly Lowman and Hilly.
The Honors and Award Show is the capstone event of the Americana Music Festival and Conference presented by Nissan that will take place October 12-15, 2011 in Nashville, TN.  A limited number of tickets are available at  For more information go to


Two-Hour Special Unites Country Celebrities in Celebration of the Holidays

NASHVILLE - For the second consecutive year, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland will host "CMA Country Christmas." The television special, which is produced by CMA, will feature many of today's top Country artists and will air on the ABC Television Network later this year during the holiday season. 

"CMA Country Christmas" will tape in front of a live audience on Thursday, Nov. 10 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Performers, television airdate, and ticket information will be announced soon.

"I love holiday traditions and am so excited to add hosting 'CMA Country Christmas' to my new list of traditions now!" said Nettles. "I'm gonna have to up my game this second time around, so I'm putting Brad and Carrie on speed dial for hosting emergency consulting services!"

"We are excited to welcome Jennifer back as host for 'CMA Country Christmas' again this year," said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to her vast musical talent, Jennifer is also a charming and engaging television personality. We know our fans and viewers will be excited to watch Jennifer host our holiday special again this year."

The "CMA Country Christmas" taping will follow "The 45th Annual CMA Awards," hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, which airs live from the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network. For photo and video highlights from last year's show visit,

In 2010, the first "CMA Country Christmas" built sharply on its lead-in (+22%) and drew an average audience of 7.3 million viewers in its first airing on Nov. 30, 2010, topping original competition on NBC and FOX by wide margins. It improved its time period for ABC over the same night in 2009 by 1.0 million viewers (7.3 million vs. 6.3 million). The special re-aired a second time on Dec. 22, 2010, reaching 4.25 million viewers. With its combined airings, "CMA Country Christmas" was seen by more than 11.5 million viewers in 2010.   

Nettles won four CMA Awards as one-half of Sugarland (CMA Vocal Duo of the Year 2007-2010). She won an additional Award on her own when she received the CMA Song of the Year Award for writing the duo's hit single "Stay" in 2008. As part of Sugarland, she has sold more than nine million albums. The duo's current album is The Incredible Machine.

"CMA Country Christmas" is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the executive producer, Paul Miller is the director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

>From this office where I’m writing this letter, I can many steel guitars out the door. Gorgeous guitars made of birdseye, fiddleback and curly northern Canadian maple. Old Sho-Buds with African ebony necks, purple heart bodies, beautiful English cherry, Zebrawood from South America and many other solid exotic woods that anybody would be proud to have in their house.

I’m expecting the U.S. Government to come crashing through the front door any day and tell us we can’t sell our beautiful vintage steel guitars if we can’t prove the wood came from middle Tennessee.

The Gibson Company that cares to keep quality where we can all be proud of the name by building most of the most sought after guitars in the world, building a product that the finest players of Asia, Europe and wherever great players work and reside, crave, is having to fight the American government to continue to use the great wood that goes into these guitars.

I’m saying this next sentence with a certain amount of humor, but it looks like MSA may have really had the right idea with their Tupperware guitar. I thought they looked great, but didn’t really want to do much experimenting because I really didn’t care for the tone of them. But it was beautiful and durable.

To me, ninety percent of the beauty of steel guitars are the beautiful natural materials that they are made from. When I was a little kid in northern New York State I used to walk across the gymnasium floor and fall in love with the highly figured maple boards that would appear randomly. After awhile, the teachers, coaches and all the students were walking around the floor in their stocking feet looking for highly grained flamed maple.

I had dreams of one night going in and borrowing some of these highly figured boards to take home and build a lapsteel.

Sho-Bud and Bigsby were the two steel guitar brands of the 50’s and 60’s that totally ripped my heart out with natures most beautiful figured maple. I did see some gorgeous big birdseye cherry at one time in my life, but the lumber company sold it before I could get back and buy what they had. It probably ended up in somebody’s fireplace.

Anyway, it’s a horrible shame that the time for building steel guitars, gun stocks and some other highly visible items that don’t take much of this natural resource is drawing to a close. Someday you may only be able to see it in pictures.

Birdseye maple is the most desirable of anything that effects us because it is a tone wood that sounds extremely good and it’s beauty is unsurpassed. The government has not closed in on us yet over the birdseye maple issue since a lot of it is grown here in the United States. However, I’m expecting to see this happen at any time. Can you imagine them coming and knocking on our doors and confiscating our old guitars like they are confiscating Gibsons from the factory now?

First Gibson, then Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Martin, D’Angelico, Epiphone and then what? How long will it be before nice formica will be on the illegal materials list?

These companies that are covering wonderful tone woods like maple with formica may have a foot up on the competition because they are getting the beautiful tone of the maple, but keeping it hidden by packing it under formica which does not hurt the tone in any way and will keep the prying eyes of Big Brother from infringing on our civil liberty.

Well naturally, I feel like I’m being a little bit silly here. I hope so anyway. But I’d still like to talk to George Washington about chopping down that cherry tree and not receiving anymore punishment than he got. He also threw a silver dollar across the Potomac River so history states, but then you have to realize the dollar went a lot further in those days.

When I was but a mere child of two or three years old, my grandfather on my mother’s side built a bed and a chest of drawers out of finely aged New York maple that he cut off his own property and kiln dried himself. I dreamed of making a steel guitar from this wood for many years. Now I’m afraid the government will get it.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this country very much and I’m a very loyal patriot and have spent much time and I put myself in much danger in the service of my country.

I’d hate to think that government is going to force use to build steel guitars from fiberglass, plastic and other artificial materials. Here’s a link to the Wall Street Journal article for the details.

Now off to another topic. I regret to inform all my great friends I will not be attending the Steel Guitar Convention in St. Louis this year because of health problems that I’m having. This is especially hurtful this year because I am one of three players that are going into the International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame.

This is supposed to be a secret, however it has been pretty widely publicized in several places. I’m very sorry that I can’t be there, but it’s a near impossibility for me to get very far away from my doctors. I’ll truly miss all of you that are going as I miss everyone in the world of steel guitar continuously.

I thank you very much for being my friends and please stay in my corner.

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

Your buddy,

Steel Guitar Nashville
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Hendersonville, TN. 37075
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Through 450 images, photographer Melinda J.P. Harlan
captures an up-close look at the very private singer

This Ride...In Color, And In Pictures - Jamey JohnsonNASHVILLE, TN - (August 29, 2011) – Photographer Melinda J.P. Harlan has created a stunning limited-edition book called This Ride…In Color, And In Pictures that features an exclusive collection of never-before-seen photographs of award-winning singer/songwriter Jamey Johnson, who is one of the most critically acclaimed artists in country music today.

This limited-edition book, with only 2,500 copies in print, features an exclusive collection of photographs taken over a three-year period of Johnson’s career from 2008 to 2010. Through a combination of 450 images and a wonderful compilation of stories, quotes, and observations by some of Johnson’s closest friends and mentors, we are given a rare glimpse into the singer/songwriter’s life.  As Johnson has previously noted, “My dream already came true…All I ever wanted was to get to just ride around and sing country music.” Now readers will have an opportunity to follow him on this ride.

>From now through September 12, 2011, advance sales for This Ride…In Color, And In Pictures are open to the public through The book retails for $125 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting five charities: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Hatch Show Print, Darryl Worley Cancer Treatment Center, Southeastern Beefmaster Breeders Association’s College Scholarship Fund, Alabama School of the Deaf and Blind’s Music Education Program, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  This Ride…In Color, And In Pictures will be released in late September.

Country Music Hall of Fame members George Jones and Bill Anderson, songwriter/producer/musician Jim “Moose” Brown, songwriter Rob Hatch, producer T.W. Cargile, studio manager Sharon Corbitt-House, and radio personalities Keith Bilbrey and Bill Cody, among others, share their thoughts throughout the book on this highly sought-after singer/songwriter.  Although the book’s main focus is Johnson, there is also an underlying current which celebrates close friendships and a common love of country music.

Each copy and its Certificate of Authenticity is personally signed and numbered by Harlan. This limited-edition, measuring 9.25” x 12.75,” has a black linen hard case with silver foil type, Smythe-sewn binding, and a fine art image of Johnson on the cover.  Resonating with both Johnson’s and Harlan’s values, This Ride…In Color, And In Pictures is proudly made in the U.S.A. A small number of books will be reserved for the book’s release-day events (TBA).

About The Author:
A lifelong lover of country music, Melinda J.P. Harlan became immersed in the music she found in her father’s collection of LPs, across the airwaves of WSM-AM, and from the Grand Ole Opry every Friday and Saturday night. Harlan notes, “All my life, before I left home, I hung on every spoken word I could find from my musical heroes. Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of wisdom from these men and women in their spoken words and in their songs. Like the Chet Atkins quote, ‘If you hear something you like, and you’re halfway like the public, chances are, they’ll like it too.’ For me, this can be translated to my country music photography. I interpret it to mean, ‘Do what your heart is telling you to do and others will like it too.’” Harlan’s work can also be seen on the credits page of Johnson’s critically-acclaimed album, The Guitar Song.

Marlon Roudette - Mit NEW AGE von Null auf Eins in die deutschen Singlecharts

Marlon Roudette - Mit NEW AGE von Null auf Eins in die deutschen Singlecharts
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Marlon Roudette
Mit NEW AGE von Null auf Eins in die deutschen Singlecharts
Marlon Roudette, der Londoner Künstler und Ex-Frontmann des Nummer Eins-Duos Mattafix, beweist mit seiner ersten Single "New Age", dass er auch auf Solo-Pfaden ein feines Gespür und ein sicheres Händchen für Songs hat, die unter die Haut gehen. "New Age" katapultiert sich in dieser Woche mit großem Abstand direkt aus dem Stand auf Platz 1 der deutschen Single-Charts. Ein ebenso sicheres Händchen für herausragende Songs beweist damit auch Matthias Schweighöfer. In dessen Regie-Debüt "What A Man", das seit letzter Woche in den Kinos läuft, spielt "New Age" eine herausragende Rolle und ist der offizielle Song zum Film.

Schon mit "Big City Life" schrieb Marlon Roudette einen der größten und wichtigsten Hits der letzten Jahre. Der Song hielt sich wochenlang auf Platz Eins der Single-Charts, das damalige Album "Signs Of A Struggle" bestach durch seine stilistische Vielfalt. Der Stiefsohn von Neneh Cherry reiste mit seiner Band Mattafix um die Welt, sang vor 100.000 Menschen und berührte Millionen – von Berlin bis Darfur, wo er musikalisch mit dem Schauspielerkollegen Matt Damon auf die dort herrschende Hungerkatastrophe aufmerksam machte.

Für Marlon hat seine erste Single noch eine ganz besondere Bedeutung: für ihn war sie einfach ein riesiger Durchbruch in der Arbeit an seinem neue Album "Matter Fixed", das am 2. September veröffentlicht wird. Zwei Jahre lang hat Marlon daran gefeilt, und das Ergebnis ist jede einzelne Studio-Sekunde wert. So verarbeitet Roudette auf "The Loss" in berührender Weise den Tod seiner Großmutter. "Riding Home" zeigt seine ganz persönliche Sichtweise auf die Mattafix-Story: von St. Vincent raus in die Welt.
"Viele Leute wissen überhaupt nicht, dass ich ursprünglich aus der Karibik komme. Vielleicht weil ich auf den ersten Blick für sie nicht so aussehe. Aber mir war sehr wichtig, diesen Aspekt meines Lebens zu erklären."

Nicht nur deswegen ist "Matter Fixed" ein so mutiger wie folgerichtiger Schritt. Als britischer Einwanderer aus der Karibik und tourender Musiker hatte er sich stets in der Welt zuhause gefühlt. Er lebte eine Weile in New York, "in einer sehr kreativen Atmosphäre", schrieb in St. Vincent, nahm in Los Angeles auf, mit Top-Produzenten und Songschreibern wie Brian West (Nelly Furtado), Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), Vada Nobles (Rihanna, Lauren Hill), Paul O'Duffy (Amy Winehouse), Kwamé Holland (Mary J. Blige) oder Craigie Dodds (Sugababes, Gorillaz). Von diesen Leuten als Komponist und Künstler respektiert zu werden, gab ihm das Selbstbewusstsein, seine ambitionierten Pläne in die Tat umzusetzen. Man muss nicht in Los Angeles im Studio sein, um dieses Gefühl zu teilen. Marlon Roudettes Musik wirkt auch auf einem iPod in Kreuzberg, im Londoner Radio oder in einem Mini-Bus in der Karibik. Universelle Musik eben, die aus tiefstem Herzen kommt – und gerade deswegen die ganze Welt umarmt. Und davon können wir eigentlich nicht genug haben! 

MTV Video Music Awards 2011 - Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj gewinnen, Kanye West und Jay-Z live

MTV Video Music Awards 2011 - Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj gewinnen, Kanye West und Jay-Z live
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MTV Video Music Awards 2011 – Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj gewinnen, Kanye West und Jay-Z live
Am gestrigen Sonntagabend wurden in Los Angeles die MTV Video Music Awards 2011 verliehen und nicht nur Jay-Zs Vaterfreuden – Ehefrau Beyoncé verkündete stolz ihre Schwangerschaft – machten den Abend perfekt: Lady Gaga gewann zwei Awards, Justin Bieber und Nicki Minaj konnten einen Moonman mit nach Hause nehmen. Zu den spektakulären Performances zählte neben Kanye West & Jay-Zs Live-Auftritt als The Throne mit dem Song „Otis“ auch der bewegende Showteil zu Ehren von Amy Winehouse, die am 23. Juli verstorben war.

Bei der Verleihung der MTV Video Music Awards am Sonntagabend gehörte Lady Gaga mit zwei „Moonman“ zu den großen Gewinnern des Abends. Die einflussreichste Künstlerin unserer Zeit (Time) räumte mit dem Video zu „Born This Way“ in der Kategorie „Best Female“ und dem zum ersten Mal verliehenen „Best Video With A Message“ ab. Mit ihrer Live-Performance der neuen Single „Yoü & I“ (VÖ 23.09.), bei der sie als ihr männliches Alter-Ego „Jo Calderone“ verkleidet kaum wieder zuerkennen war, eröffnete Lady Gaga die MTV Video Music Awards 2011.

Justin Bieber
wurde in der Kategorie „Best Male Video“ für seinen Clip zu „U Smile“ ausgezeichnet. Die neue HipHop-Göttin Nicki Minaj setzte sich in der sonst nur mit Männern besetzten Kategorie „Best HipHop Video“ mit „Super Bass“ (Vö 02.09.) u.a. gegen Lil Wanye, Kanye West und Chris Brown durch. Kanye West konnte als Gast bei Katy Perrys Song „E.T.“ den MTV VMA für „Best Collaboration“ entgegennehmen und sorgte zusammen mit Jay-Z als THE THRONE für Aufsehen, als sie ihre gemeinsame Single „Otis“ aus ihrem Rekord-Album „Watch The Throne“ live performten.

Ein ganz besonderer Showteil wurde zur bewegenden Hommage an die verstorbene Amy Winehouse. Schauspieler Russell Brand, ein enger Freund von Amy Winehouse, sprach zunächst einige Worte über die Sängerin, bevor er Jazz-Legende Tony Bennett ankündigte. Er zeigte bisher unveröffentlichtes Material von seinen Studioaufnahmen mit Amy im März 2011 von dem Song "Body and Soul". Schließlich betrat Bruno Mars die Bühne und performte den Song "Valerie“ zu Ehren von Amy Winehouse.

Alle Gewinner der MTV Video Music Awards im Überblick gibt es hier.

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

Here is your Country Music News of the day. Your Country Music News is supported by Lucy Angel, , Steel Guitar Nashville, , HelpCharity, , Bobbe Seymour, , Radio4Humans, , Katsy Redstar

You can publish the Newsletter to your websites or forward to your friends. If you want to publish some of the interviews, please contact me.

Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages. Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von Lucy Angel, , Steel Guitar Nashville, , HelpCharity, , Bobbe Seymour, , Radio4Humans, , Katsy Redstar

Der Newsletter darf veröffentlicht werden auf Euren Internetseiten und an Eure Freunde weiter geleitet werden. Solltet Ihr gerne einige der Interviews veröffentlichen wollen, kurze Rückmeldung an mich.

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Interview with Allen Karl

Interview with Allen Karl

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?

Allen Karl:  Traditional country music was my first love and I’m sure, always will be. I’m the kind of entertainer who loves his fans. Meeting my fans after the show, taking pictures and talking with them is very enjoyable for me. They have learned who I am through magazine articles, radio DJ’s and information on my CD’s, so it’s very important to me to get the chance to learn more about my fans.

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

Allen Karl:  My last year in country music was fabulous. I started the year off with a new single released the first week in January called, “That Jukebox Has A Mind Of Its Own.” It was wonderful to see it go to number one in several European countries like Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. I had a wonderful time doing a radio tour in April to Denmark, Sweden and London, England where I had the honor of meeting and spending time with many DJ’s for the first time, who have been playing my records for over thirty years. We did on air radio interviews and had time to enjoy each other’s company while eating and talking about country music. Another highlight was winning “Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year”, with, “My Final Rose” from the European Country music Association.

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

Allen Karl:  My latest CD is called “Lonelies Only Bar.” It’s doing very well at the moment and is showing up on many charts worldwide.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Allen Karl: The title for “Lonelies Only Bar” wasn’t chosen by me, because that song was written by Hall of Fame song writer, Jerry Foster. Jerry Foster, being a good friend of mine, was the announcer on three pilots of my TV show, “The Allen Karl Show”. We were at dinner one night and I said, “Jerry, you’ve written so many number one hits, how about writing one for me?” He said, “ Allen, I have one for you that I believe will be a number one hit.” It was “Lonelies Only Bar” and right now we believe it really will be a number one. It’s going higher in the charts every day.

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

Allen Karl: I have written several dozen songs and several of them are on my CD’s. Normally, I have songs pitched to me from people all over the world. I listen to all the songs that are pitched to me several times. I have recorded covers that I have always liked through the years. But any song that I record needs to move me in such a way that I feel I can project that same feeling to the audience or radio listener.

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

Allen Karl: The songs on my last album, “That’s All Behind Me Now” are a mixture of songs that are originals, songs I’ve written and covers. The influences for that album came from people who have greatly influenced me in my career, such as, Marty Robbins, Waylon Jennings, Jim Reeves, Johnny Rodrigues and Hank Snow. Having spent time with some of these greats in the past, has been a learning and enjoyable experience.

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

Allen Karl: The main differences between my last CD and my current one would be the tempo and mood. My last CD, “That Jukebox Has A Mind Of Its Own” is upbeat with a lite comical story line. My current CD is slow with a more serious story line.

Lamitschka:  Your current single is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Allen Karl:  I believe people want to hear this song “Lonelies Only Bar”, first of all, because it’s well written and it’s a good “cry in your beer” traditional Country song. A bad economy takes its toll on relationships and I think there are a lot of people that can identify with this song.

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Allen Karl: . My next single is going to be released the first week of September 2011, and it’s called “Butterflies.” It’s a line dance song with its own line dance called the “Butterfly”, choreographed by the world famous choreographer, Rafel Corbi.

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

Allen Karl: I like to record songs that have a twist to them or a play on words. Fans remember that type of song easier. I don’t care if the song is fast or slow. As long as the story line is unique and well written.

Lamitschka:  You did a duet with Amberly Beatty. How did that happen to come about?

Allen Karl: I did a duet with Amberly Beatty from Ontario, Canada. A record label that I was with wanted me to listen to her because they thought she sounded so much like Patsy Cline, whom I’ve done shows with years ago. After hearing her, I agreed she really did sound like Patsy. They asked if I would consider doing a duet album with her and, of course, I agreed without hesitation. That duet album, “If I Could Spend Today Loving You” has been greatly received and embraced by country music radio

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Allen Karl:  Which is my favorite song is a very hard question. All the songs that I’ve recorded I like very much. So I guess the way to pick just one would be to say, which one am I most sensitive and emotional about. That song would be “Silent Night.” All through my life, I never felt like the Christmas holidays were here until I heard, “Silent Night.” It has always given me a reverent and peaceful feeling and touched me deep inside. Then hearing it played in Viet Nam, where I spent two Christmas seasons, gave a whole new meaning to lonely. “Silent Night” touches me like no other song ever written.

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

Allen Karl: As far as creative control, I’m glad that I have 100% control over my musical creativity. I realize that is not the case for a lot of artists. However, I like to have the people in my organization always give me their input and suggestions. I highly respect their opinions.

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

Allen Karl:  There are so many factors that go into a record going to number one. Of course it all begins with a song. My recent number one, “That Jukebox Has A Mind Of Its Own” was a well written song with catchy music and lyrics. Then after that you need to sell the song with good a lead vocal and tracks. Present all of that in a well-designed CD package accompanied by an impressive press release. Then your promoters step up to the plate and try to convince the DJ’s of country music radio that their radio show would be so much better if this record was on their play list. If the DJ’s are convinced, the record is played; if the listeners like it and request it, then it’s on its way to possibly a number one.

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

Allen Karl:  I’ve had fans tell me that they especially liked one song or another and that they liked my rendition of a cover song. But I don’t believe I’ve ever been told how a song affected a fan other than a song brought tears to their eyes or made them want to dance.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Allen Karl:  When I sing and record gospel music, I’m inspired by the Lord. I want to feel the song deep inside so every word makes me feel closer to the Lord and in turn I get to give that same feeling to the listeners. With traditional country music, the story inspires me. A perfect marriage between melody and lyrics is inspiring. My musical roots go back to the age of 12 when I started performing and then at 14 with my own Saturday afternoon radio show, on WPPA in Pottsville, PA.

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

Allen Karl:  Music and its style will probably always change from generation to generation. People change and their appetites for music change also. Today’s music isn’t necessarily my style because I’m from yesterday. That doesn’t make todays music wrong, it just doesn’t fit me. I believe music will change and evolve like this in the future. There will always be a certain mass of people trying to adapt to the change and some happy to stay with yesterday’s style. I believe music will always be one of the things that causes the creative juices to flow in mankind.

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

Allen Karl:  As with any industry, there is good and bad. People who are great to deal with and those you need to watch out for. The music business is just that way. As with all businesses, they must make a profit to stay alive. From the artist’s stand point, you must make certain that along with making a profit, they are also interested in your career.

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

Allen Karl:  I would like to see more honesty. People can be so easily taken advantage of as they reach for their dream. Sometimes the dues a person has to pay to make it in the music business is far too costly and causes personal tragedies from which they never recover. I’d like to see worthy talent have a better chance at being successful.

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Allen Karl:  I really like the whole package. I like the creativity of the recording studio. I love the touring, the fans and talking with them. I enjoy the interviews that enable me to express myself concerning different issues of my life and music business.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Allen Karl:  No I don’t feel that I’m taking music beyond its current borders. Being a traditional country music lover, I guess I feel those borders have already been stretched too far. I just want to strive to perfect what I do as much as I can and deliver my country music messages to the people in the most sincere way possible.

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

Allen Karl: My big break came when I was 14 years old and started a half hour show on WPPA radio in Pottsville, PA.

Lamitschka:  Before you became a star, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?

Allen Karl: My friends and family have always supported me and I’ve always been grateful for that. As far as the struggle goes, that has become less because the longer you spend in the business; the more you surround yourself with good people. That makes a big difference.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Allen Karl: From the early years of listening to Eddy Arnold, Webb Pierce, Hank Williams, Roy Rogers and many others on the radio, I knew that singing traditional country music songs is what I wanted to do.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Allen Karl: I’ve written a few dozen songs but I don’t consider myself a good song writer. It’s not something that I’ve really tried to work on hard enough to be really good. If a tune pops into my head while I’m playing the guitar or I think of a tricky line, I might try to work on a song. 

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Allen Karl: One of the things I’m driven to do, is to produce good country music. And of course, I’m driven to succeed in the music business. But really it’s the fans that drive me the most. I’m always trying to meet their expectations and give them something new and exciting.
Lamitschka:  What does it take to be a music icon?

Allen Karl: What it takes to be a music icon is something I wouldn’t know anything about. I don’t believe that any entertainer ever started out with the ambition of becoming an icon. I guess you just do your best and continually try to improve on what you do while maintaining a humble attitude and keeping the respect and love for your fans in your heart. 

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Allen Karl: I don’t believe that I’m much different from other artists. My voice may be a little different but I believe there are many artists who share my philosophy of respecting the fans by dressing properly for a show, showing and telling the fans how much they are appreciated and maintaining a personal life style that makes the fans proud of you.

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

Allen Karl: My greatest challenge in the music business has been trying to get hundreds of radio stations to play my music. That has taken years of promotion. DJ’s have tons of music sent to them weekly and they only have so much time to play records on the radio. The challenge is to keep trying to convince them to play your music over so many others that they have to choose from. To do that you must constantly strive to improve your product and have a great promotional team to help you.

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

Allen Karl: Memorable highlights in my career have been having my show at 14 on WPPA radio, opening shows for Hawkshaw Hawkins, Wanda Jackson, Eddy Arnold and Patsy Cline as a teenager. Being inducted into the Native American Hall of Fame by Chief Black Eagle of the Cherokee Nation, inducted into the Traditional Country Music Hall of Fame, the Great Country Radio Hall of Fame, performing on the Grand Ole Opry and winning Male Vocalist and Album of the Year from the European Country Music Association. I also had the opportunity to perform on shows with many other wonderful entertainers in country music.
Lamitschka:  Any thoughts of retirement ahead?

Allen Karl: I try not to think of retiring. I realize that the time will come when my music career will be over. After all, for every beginning there is an ending. But I pray that I won’t go farther with my career then my ability to do what I do 

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Allen Karl: Without a doubt my biggest critic is myself. I have a very difficult time liking what I do. Sometimes I never do. I have recorded songs that I’ve never released or even played for people because I didn’t like the way I did them. My wife, I believe, is my second biggest critic. I can always count on her to be honest with me and I like that 

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Allen Karl: I love spending time with my family. My wife, four children and six grandchildren. My wife and I are so lucky to have all of them living so close to us. The result of this is we get together often and that makes for some very happy times 

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Allen Karl: The one thing that is impossible to change, but I would if I could, would be my age. I’d love to have more years with my family and music

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Allen Karl:  My hopes and desires center around my family. I always worry about their health and safety. I spend time wondering what my little grandchildren will become in life and I pray for my children and grandchildren to have happy and healthy futures

Lamitschka:  What has been the biggest disappointment in your life?

Allen Karl: My glass is always half full rather than half empty. I’m sure like most people; disappointments are a part of life. I don’t dwell on them long enough to even list them because I believe that concentrating on the negative is non-productive. Think positive and keep moving forward.

Lamitschka:  Many European fans travel to the United States to attend the several of the music festivals for the opportunity to see so many of their favorite artists, bands and celebrities. Will you be participating and how will the fans be able to find you?

Allen Karl: I have spent many years with a booth at Fan Fair meeting fans from all over the world. During Fan Fair week, which is dedicated for the fans, I would do short shows all over Nashville in different clubs to meet and greet as many fans as possible. Next year during that week I’m going to be at the R.O.PE. (Reunion Of Professional Entertainers) booth in the CMA building signing autographs and talking with fans.

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Allen Karl: The places that I play I take as they come along. The fans are what makes any place I play special to me. I’m happy to meet them and talk with them where ever we may be.

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Allen Karl: Hopefully they will feel that they saw a good show. They will see me dressed for the part and willing to spend time with them afterwards. I like what I do and I love the people that I do it for. 

Lamitschka:  When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Allen Karl: Yes, I do. If I’m in Europe, I love taking pictures of historical sites. I love doing that in the U.S. as well. I love sampling different foods all over the world and learning the customs of different people. 

Lamitschka:  Do fans mob you everywhere you go or do they respect your privacy?

Allen Karl: If fans recognize me they will come up to me. But if I’m not wearing my black hat most fans aren’t sure it’s me. I love my fans and they are never a bother to me. In fact they are always told by my management, to walk right up to me and shake my hand.

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

Allen Karl: Yes, I have my own website and it’s very large. My website has all kinds of information on what I’ve done in country music, places I’ve been, people I’ve been with and upcoming shows I’ll be doing. It has pages showing my merchandise for sale, albums, CD’s and videos. Along with my bio and letters to my fans, it shows the organizations in country music that I’m a member of and so much more. 

Lamitschka:  Tell us about the fan club and how people can join it.

Allen Karl: My free fan club and how to join it is also listed on my website. It will show you the items that you will receive in your fan club package. A monthly fan club newsletter is emailed to each fan to keep them informed on what I’m doing and where I’ll be.
Lamitschka:  What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Allen Karl: Fans often comment on my stage clothes or my smile. They complement me on my show and some songs I did that they especially liked. I guess the best and most worthwhile compliment I get from time to time is when they feel I was one of the nicest people they ever met. To earn that comment from the public is important because being a nice person is so underrated and it takes so little effort to just be nice. 

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Allen Karl: There are so many songs that I really like a lot and wish I could have recorded, like, “He’ll Have To go”, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “Seven Spanish Angels”, just to name a few. But those songs have been so great; it would be wise that no other artist record them 

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans?

Allen Karl: I would first of all like to express my gratitude for their support in buying my albums and requesting my music on the radio. I want to thank them for all their letters and email messages. I also want them to know that I’ll never stop trying to always be what they want to see and hear. They are the reason I do what I do, without them, there would be no reason to do it.

Lamitschka:  How do you feel about being winning the “Male Vocalist Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year” with “My Final Rose”?  What has it done for your career?

Allen Karl: Winning “Male Vocalist Of The Year” and “Album Of The Year” with “My Final Rose” has made many more fans interested in me. They have been checking out my website, ordering and downloading my CD’s and merchandise. My fan base has become much larger and it has stimulated a European tour that will begin in April 2012.

Lamitschka:  You have a new love in your life? Can you tell us something about it?

Allen Karl: The new love that I have in my life was born April 9th, 2011. She’s my granddaughter and a beautiful, precious little girl. For me, it was love at first sight. She stole my heart instantly and I’ll probably never be the same. Her smile is as big as Texas and her eyes shine brighter than the stars. What can I say, I’m hopelessly in love 

Lamitschka:  Fans are always hungry for good road stories. Do you have one you can share with us (come on don’t be shy)?

Allen Karl: We spend many hours on the road and we always try to keep those hours light with a lot of laughs. But there is one funny story that happened when my road manager, Joseph Eder, and I were traveling to Texas to shoot the “My Final Rose” video west of Abilene. I ate something and a seed or something was stuck in my tooth, I tried getting it out by sucking through my teeth. Well the noise that made, that I seemed to be unconscious of, was making Joseph crazy. I really don’t know how many miles he put up with that noise until he couldn’t stand it anymore. Joseph said “Allen, will you please take those teeth out and wash them and stop that noise.” I said “they are my own teeth, they don’t come out.” Joseph replied “well if you don’t stop that noise, I promise they will be coming out.” We laughed about that for at least 100 miles. 

Lamitschka:  Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Allen Karl:  Well it all depends on what I’m doing that day. But for me to have a perfect day, whether it be, with my family at a park, in the studio recording, on the road between shows or at shows meeting & greeting fans, I like to keep everything up beat and cheerful. It’s always important to me that everyone concerned has a good time and a fond memory of that day. Life at the end is nothing but memories and I believe that the one that ends up with the most happy memories is the winner.

Lamitschka:  Most careers don't last as long as yours.  What's given your career the staying power?

Allen Karl: One of the things that keeps me going is the fact that I have always appreciated the small things. I’ve never needed to take huge leaps in my career to be happy and encouraged. When striving to accomplish your goal, sometimes the steps are very small and that is discouraging to some. But those small steps add up like enough pennies adds up to a dollar. You need to be patient and maintain your focus.

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