Friday, September 16, 2011

Country Music News International Sept. 16th 2011

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Interview with Kayleigh Leith

Interview with Kayleigh Leith

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?

Kayleigh Leith:  I am very simple and down to earth. I like to think I am a very nice person too, although when people lie to me, or take advantage of me, that can change I play country pop music, and write about everything that sits in my mind for a few days, then I know it’s worth writing about. My main influences include Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Miranda Lambert, Taylor Swift, Sugarland. I guess you can say my style of music fits in there somewhere

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

Kayleigh Leith:  Well I always say today I am further than I was yesterday and tomorrow I will be further than I am today, so each step I take, I get closer. This year I finished up on the final touches on my debut album that will be released on October 28th!!! I wanted to make sure everything on the album was going to sound exactly how I planned it to be, so I took my time, and now I can say I am 100% happy with the outcome, I can’t wait to send my {babies} out into the world I am now playing my songs with a full band, that includes Pedal Steel, violin, dobro, mandoline. So you get that nice country twist in every song. My single Stand Up Straight will come out first week of October. We shot the video last week and it was so much fun!! I signed a distribution deal with Suburban Records and my music will be available on Itunes worlwide. Physical copies are available in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg. We are also going to look into physical distribuiton for other countries.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  My debut album will be released October 28th, and I hope it does fantastic! A little positive thinking goes a long way

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

Kayleigh Leith:  The name of my album is Miles Away. I moved to the Netherlands 6 years ago with my Dutch husband. We lived in the USA for several years and my husband decided he wanted to move back to the Netherlands, and I loved the country during visits so figured I’d give it a shot. I left my whole family and all my friends behind. I left everything I knew, and started in a place I didn’t know anything about. I choose Miles Away because sometimes I feel so far away from my family and friends even though the Netherlands is my Home. So it’s about that stuggle of leaving someone behind. No matter where you go, you always leave someone you love behind. And that will always be a struggle for so many of us.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  Yes, I write or co-write all my own songs. I must be part of the process. I love challenges and always striving to write a better song than the last.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  Well I always listened to Adult contemporary artists, like Jewel, Sarah Mclachlan, Sheryl Crow. The country part came about from Taylor Swift I must say. I heard her first album and was so excited to think country could sound so awesome, and not just some gal or guy strumming on their guitar crying about their dog, hahaha. I started listening to alot of artists in the modern country scene like Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Sugarland, The Band Perry, Nickelcreek and many others and I felt so connected. I’ve always been someone who appreciates the truth, and to me, that is the best way to write, the truth, what you really think. To me, that’s country, 3 chords and the truth. So genuine and honest. Wearing your heart totally on your sleeve never felt so right.

Lamitschka:  What do you feel is special about your song „Stand Up Straight“ that makes people want to hear it?

Kayleigh Leith:  My single will be released first week of October and will hopefully be on national radio. My demos and the new single is already being played by the country stations here in Holland but I would also like to crossover to the pop scene. The single is called Stand Up Straight and it’s about saying No instead of Yes all the time. I think people feel so relieved when they just say No and stand up for themselves. Celebrating who you are and not what other people want you to be. I think people will want to hear that because a lot of people feel this way. We are always trying to please everyone and sometimes we feel like saying enough is enough!

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

Kayleigh Leith:  I am a sucker for slow songs with loads of emotions. I tend to always write that way too. When I need inspiration to write a rocking song I tend to think, co-write anyone? Just to get some ideas passing back and forth.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  I would have to say Miles Away. It is a ballad on the album and as mentioned it’s the name of the album. That song really means a lot to me. Being in my new home away from home. Home always being my roots where I am from, my home now being where my heart is. That constant struggle of trying to make it all work, wishing I could be with all my loved ones at once, but as we all know, that’s not how it is in the real world.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  I was on stage back in July and it was a hot summer night and we really played a great show I thought. A man came up to me after the show very emotional telling me how much my song Miles Away made him think about his mother in Italy and how he had come to the venue to meet up with friends to go to a soccer game and then ended up cancelling his plans to go out because he wanted to stay and hear me sing. He told me I sang the words he felt, and for me that’s doing my job as an artist.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  I am very inspired by Jewel. We all know Jewel from her album Pieces of You in 1994. The moment I heard her I felt something. This truth that I so much appreciated in music. Wasn’t always pretty either. That’s that raw emotion I always loved about her. Growing up I wasn’t really allowed to listen to the radio, and my dad thought MTV was a bad influence, so he blocked it. It went from channel 35 to 37. MTV was on channel 36 and we never were allowed to watch. My brother managed to find a way to get it on, but we were afraid to get caught, so we left it alone. I sang in church with my dad, and we would sing at family parties too. I was always a singer since I could remember. Then I started writing songs and a whole new world opened up for me.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  I honestly think everyone who is doing something is doing something right. The truth is, we all have a different music preference than the next person, and there is something out there for everyone. Anyone who is making music and inspiring someone is someone who is doing something right in my opionion, regardless if I like their style music or not. I see it as an evolving platform. We all start somewhere, and at one point it all pays off.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  Since I am a woman who appreciates honestly I would say the music industry can be a very black and white place. I am one who tends to enjoy the greys in between. I think a lot of artists get so caught up in titles given to them by the music industry that they lose who and what they are really about. I am an indie artist and I have to say, it’s not a bad place. I enjoy my freedom as artist.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  Well the music industry is a tough business like any other business. If I had the chance to change something I would say one word: compassion. Being an artist is not an easy job. The truth is you become a product, and a product has to produce in order to make money. The artist also has to write { hit songs}, but with all the stress how can one write genuine songs? At the end of the day we are all people who feel the same thing. A little compassion goes a long way, business or not.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  I love interacting with fans. After all fans are the reasons you are where you are in the first place. They support you, are loyal, sing your songs back to you and overall they make you feel good.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Kayleigh Leith:  Singing brought me here. Even if I would fight it, and deny it, it would push it’s way through. I wake up thinking, if I could reach the whole world at once and they would all listen, what would I say. I want to leave a mark!

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

Kayleigh Leith:  This question is always a hard one and people immediately try so hard to be different from everyone else by thinking really really hard of one thing. The truth is we are all the same. We are all trying to put our best out there and do our best. I still say being you and only you will set you a part from everyone else. As much as we are all the same, we all have different little quirks that make us special. So I would say, just being me.

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

Kayleigh Leith:  I love to do yoga and also take my mountain bike out for a ride. I also love to hang out with my little dog Sidney. He is so human it’s crazy!

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

Kayleigh Leith:  When people let you down. Sometimes people promise you so many things and have so many plans, but they never come through. I expect people to be honest with me and up front. No one has to tell me anything. I would rather someone say nothing at all, than to give me a pocket full of broken promises.

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

Kayleigh Leith: We play a nice variety of songs for everyone; young and old alike. I play intimate pop/country songs as an acoustic set with a violin, mandoline, dobro and some pedal steel, guitar. We also play with a full band and the songs will get you singing along and most likely stick in your head at night

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

Kayleigh Leith:  Yes! You can find me at there you can find tour info, news, pictures of gigs/general pics/music/links to website of my favorite people/things and anything else that has to do with what I am up to. Or you check my facebook and please leave me a message, would love to hear from you!!!

Kayleigh Leith:  Thanks for all your support and 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)?

Kayleigh Leith:  I was playing an acousttic show and a lot of my good friends came to that one. During one of my faster songs I noticed my shirt starting to fall down, I could see the faces of all my friends standing in the front row arguing who should come save me, lol. I managed to pull it up quickly and my guitar tech ran over during the song and duct taped the back part of the shirt to well uh..myself. My friends were like, great, we come to see you sing and strip, hahaha Almost a Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction ;-)

Christian Lamitschka ( )

George Strait - Here For A Good Time (CD Single Review)

George Strait - Here For A Good Time (CD Single Review)

Release Date - June 28, 2011
Label - MCA Nashville © 2011 MCA Nashville
Time - 3:02
Writers - George Strait, Bubba Strait, Dean Dillon
Rating (Out of 10): 7/10

Here For a Good Time,” is the lead off single and title cut from the brand new George Strait album which has débuted this week at Number One on the Billboard Country Album Charts with nearly 92,000 people taking it home with them. This reaffirms the tag “King George” that his loyal fan base bestows upon him.

He sticks to the if-it-ain’t-broke-don’t fix-it-formula which has served him mightily well over a formidable music career. It is written by George along with his son Bubba Strait and prolific frequent writer Nashville Songwriter Hall of Famer Dean Dillon. Together they also wrote ‘Living for the Night’ which reached #2 on the charts in 2009 when it was released from the album TWANG. Dillon who as an “A list” writer is known for his three-and-a-half-minute masterpieces and Strait has tapped into this resource cutting more than 50 of his songs.

At aged 59 Strait is in no mood to hang up his country hat and with a return to true GS form he loosens the reins and kicks out on this one.
Don't think for a minute that I am gonna sit around and sing some old sad songs, I believe its half full not a halve empty glass” he sings in the opening verse.

It starts out with some cool sounding funky organ riffs and with a constant toe-taping beat, fiddle fills and pedal steel it makes for a very catchy country work out. The words are a little clichéd maybe with its live-like-you-were-dying approach but overall they do not deter from its joyous sing-a-long melody:

Every day I wake up knowing it could be my last” and in the final verse “There is no way of knowing what tomorrow brings, life’s too short to waste it” he sings.

George realising his advancing years is determined to soak up the sun and continue to have fun along life’s winding country road, as he puts down a marker in the chorus:

So bring me on sunshine to hell with the red wine, Pour me some moonshine / When I’m gone put it in stone he left nothin’ behind / I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time”

After 14 weeks on the Billboard Song chart ‘Here For a Good Time’ continues to climb and has now reached #8 - LINK
Of all the singles that George has released a massive 84 have made the top ten, 44 of which have reached the number spot. Could this be #45?
Strait currently trails Eddy Arnold by 8 in the Top 10 Hot Country Songs listing:
1) 92, Eddy Arnold
2) 84, George Strait
3) 78, George Jones

It has been quite a week of celebrations for the Strait family with George discovering he is going to be a grandpa. His son Bubba Strait and his wife Tamara announced they are expecting a child, a baby boy, which is due next February. One might say “The King’s” first grandchild will be the new grand-prince of country in 2012.



Museum Hosted 3rd Annual Guitar-Pull at Los Angeles Club Nokia at L.A. Live

LOS ANGELES, California, September 15, 2011 – Zac Brown looked across at the two Country Music Hall of Famers and two veteran rock stars who shared the Club Nokia stage with him as part of the September 13 All for the Hall Los Angeles fundraising concert. He then modestly suggested that he didn’t belong in such esteemed company.
More than two hours later, however, Brown’s powerful performances proved him wrong, as his songs fit nicely alongside those of Kevin Cronin of REO Speedwagon, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill, and Emmylou Harris. When Brown finished a solo acoustic version of his song “Free,” in which he broke into Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic “ in the middle of the song, the other four stars smiled and applauded.
“Zac, you’re the man,” screamed a fan from the balcony. Harris, from three stools away, looked at Brown admiringly and simply stated a reverent, “Thank you.” Cronin, who was next in line as the five singer-songwriters took turns performing songs with just acoustic guitar accompaniment, added, “ I remember buying Zac’s first record and thinking, ‘Here’s a young man playing songs that Vince, Sheryl, and I can relate to, because it’s similar chord structure and similar storytelling.’ But then, man, you take the songs, and you just take it to a whole new level.”
Brown, his quiet humility showing, stammered a bit and said, “Me, being kind of the new guy, it’s just an honor being up here with all you people.”
That exchange typifies what makes the annual All for the Hall concerts such one-of-a-kind experiences. The five songwriters come from different generations, different genres, and different backgrounds from across the United States. Yet this intimate concert—done as a Nashville-style guitar pull, with all the performers lined up across the stage at once, playing a song at a time, then moving to the next—also demonstrated a spirit of creative unity. Most of the time they joined in with each other, singing harmony, or adding their guitars. Gill, in particular, offered lead guitar licks to nearly every performance.
The All for the Hall concerts don’t feature a set list, and the performers often decide what to do on the spur of the moment, depending on what others have just performed, or to fit the mood they’re in when their turn comes around. “You’ll hear some great songs, possibly some new songs, because we don’t really know which songs they’ll do, but then neither do the songwriters,” explained Kyle Young, director of the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, in his opening remarks.
That foreshadowing proved true when Zac Brown told a story about growing up hiding behind his guitar, which became his constant companion. After Brown performed “Martin,” about his favorite instrument, each of the others told stories about their guitars and chose appropriate songs.
Cronin told of getting beat up by young hooligans simply for walking down the street carrying a guitar case, until the Beatles came along. “Then the same guys who beat me up wanted to form a band with me,” he said with a laugh. He played “Music Man,” a song he wrote after being roughed up, about how he wouldn’t let others dissuade him from his devotion to becoming a singer and songwriter. The song appeared on REO’s second album, the band’s first featuring Cronin as lead singer.
Harris told of the early Gibson guitars she owned, including the one in her hands at that moment, which was the same guitar she took to California when she first went out there in the early 1970s at the invitation of Gram Parsons. The guitar got kicked in during transport, but Harris later had it repaired, although it still shows signs of the damage nearly forty years later. She then performed “The Road,” an autobiographical song she wrote about Parsons that opens Harris’s most recent album, 2011’s Hard Bargain. (Harris and Crow earlier had performed Parsons’s “Juanita,” a song the two recorded as a duet on the album Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons.)
Gill explained how, from an early age, he invested in guitars rather than buying homes or fancy cars. He revealed that he lost 50 guitars, 60 guitar cases, and 30 amplifiers in the May 2010 floods in Nashville, then he performed “This Old Guitar and Me,” from his 2003 album Next Big Thing.
Crow continued the theme of broken or ruined guitars, relating how thieves broke into a rehearsal space in Missouri right before she and her band left for their first national tour in 1993 as opening act for the BoDeans. The vandals took all the electric guitars and keyboards, but left her acoustic Gibson on the floor, its headstock broken. She too had it repaired and still owns it. She then played her 1996 hit, “If It Makes You Happy,” which she said she wrote on the repaired guitar.
The concert opened with Gill performing “Bartender’s Blues,” a George Jones hit, written by James Taylor, which Gill dedicated to Jones, who turned 80 years old the previous day. Setting a tone for the show, all four other writers joined in on harmony on the choruses.
Diversity has become a hallmark of the All for the Hall concerts, which have always mixed generations and genres, showing the connection between country music and other popular music styles, while also making the point that, when stripped to bare essentials, a good song is universally powerful no matter what label is put on it.
Cronin underlined that fact in his spoken comments. Initially invited to perform one song as a guest of the evening, he joined the guitar pull lineup instead. Cronin recognized, though, that his appearance might surprise some people. “When I got wind of the fact that I was being considered to be invited to this event, I was thinking to myself, ‘The Country Music Hall of Fame and iconic figures like Emmylou and Vince, and of course Sheryl who I’m a huge fan of,’ so I thought, ‘These guys must think I’m the singer from Diamond Rio. What the hell am I doing here?’”
But Cronin, when starting out in the 1960s, came to Nashville to write songs before joining REO Speedwagon. The Illinois-based band recorded their second album, R.E.O. / T.W.O.,  in 1972 at Columbia Records’ studio on Music Row.  He performed one of the band’s biggest hits, “Keep on Loving You,” as well as lesser-known album cuts, such as “In My Dreams,” one of the favorite songs of his wife, who was in the audience.
Museum director Young used the occasion to speak of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s current expansion plans, which will take the museum to 350,000 square feet from its current 138,000 square feet. He explained how the expansion would add exhibit and archival space, a new 800-seat theater, new education classrooms and facilities and much more, and he encouraged attendees to participate in the museum’s ongoing “Working on a Building” fundraising campaign to finance the new construction.
Young also commented on the museum’s plans to open a special exhibit, spotlighting California’s contribution to country music, in March 2012. The exhibit, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country, was first announced publicly at the 2010 All for the Hall Los Angeles concert. Young expounded on how the plans have taken shape since that announcement.
Gibson Guitars also made a special announcement at this year’s concert. The instrument manufacturing company has created a replica of a famous guitar, the Gibson J-200, played by the late California country musician Ray Whitley. Gibson has created a new replica of the special guitar and will donate proceeds from its sale to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Working on a Building capital campaign.
Fittingly, the concert ended with the five artists performing the Carter Family’s “Wildwood Flower,” a tune revered among guitarists because of Mother Maybelle Carter’s famous part in the song—played on a Gibson guitar, as it turns out.
All for the Hall Los Angeles was chaired by AEG Live Chairman Tim Leiweke and produced by Creative Artists Agency’s Rod Essig, Vector Management’s Ken Levitan and BMI’s Jody Williams. The event was made possible by the generosity of AEG Live, Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE and travel sponsor Southwest Airlines.  The 2011 host committee for All for the Hall Los Angeles included Orly Adelson (dick clark productions), Justyn Amstutz and Lori Armistead, Mark Bloom (UBS Financial Services), Thomas Carroll (SunTrust Bank), Essig, John Frankenheimer (Loeb & Loeb), Gary Haber (Haber Corporation), Levitan, Bob Romeo (Academy of Country Music) and Gary Veloric (Red Stripe Plane Group).  
About the Country Music Hall of Fame® and MuseumAccredited by the American Association of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The Museum’s mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the Foundation also operates CMF Records, the Museum’s Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B, and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is available at or by calling (615) 416-2001.


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photocredit: kelsey bennett


The Morrison Hotel Gallery SoHo is thrilled to present a special press preview and reception for Tony Bennett: Portrait of An Artist, the photography of Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse, in celebration of the legendary artist’s new album, DUETS II on Tuesday, September 20th from 6-7 PM followed by a reception from 7-9 PM.
No one in popular American music has recorded for so long and at such a high level of excellence than Tony Bennett. With millions of records sold world-wide and platinum and gold albums to his credit, Tony Bennett has received fifteen Grammy Awards, among many other honors, and is one of only a handful of artists to have new
albums charting in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and now in the first two decades of the 21st century.
In 2006, Duets: An American Classic was released. The album -- which included performances with Paul McCartney, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Bono and others -- won three Grammy Awards.  Duets became Tony’s best selling CD to date achieving multi-platinum sales
Now, with DUETS II, the new release is garnering heavy buzz and includes a roster of diverse artists including Lady Gaga, Andrea Bocelli, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, Carrie Underwood, and Amy Winehouse among others. DUETS II was recorded live in the studio with Tony performing side by side with his duet partners.  The recording process took Tony to Los Angeles, Nashville, NY, London and Pisa, and afforded the singer the opportunity to visit his ancestral home in the Reggio-Calabria region of Italy.
 Says Tony, “What I’ve discovered in collaborating with these very talented young, contemporary artists on DUETS II is that the young artists really enjoy singing these wonderfully crafted songs that constitute the American Songbook.  It has been a personal and professional thrill to collaborate with the artists on DUETS II and to know that a new generation has an opportunity to experience these songs.”
Kelsey Bennett, Granddaughter of Tony Bennett, started developing photographs in the dark room at age 12; she was taught by her grandmother.  At 16, she studied at The School of Visual Arts for Photography and upon graduating high school attended Parsons School of Design.  In 2005, she moved to Cambridge, Mass. where she got her first job as a photographer at an arts and entertainment paper called The Weekly Dig, where she began shooting cover images.  Still living in Boston, Kelsey began commuting to New York to intern for photographers Danielle Levitt and Annie Leibovitz.
In 2010, Bennett had her first and critically acclaimed solo exhibition in NYC at The Christopher Henry Gallery, Hypnogogia. Her second solo show, On The Lam, soon followed, hailed as a compelling visual autobiography of Bennett’s ongoing exploration of her own identity and a documentation of the collective desire to escape ordinary life.  In July 2011, she held her second exhibition at The Christopher Henry Gallery, Black Velvet: The Godfather of Soul, the story of a James Brown impersonator. Bennett's work has also been featured at The Lu Magnus Gallery, as well as the Scope and Fountain art fairs.
In working with her Grandfather on the DUETS II project, Kelsey has been able to travel the world photographing legends such as KD Lang, Amy Winehouse, Willie Nelson, and of course, Tony Bennett himself.  When not on the road with her camera, Kelsey works as a baby photographer on the maternity ward.  Bennett brings her camera into the hospital and is developing a series, focused on the individual families and worlds each baby is born into.
By the time Josh Cheuse was sixteen years old he was photographing bands in the New York City nightclubs that would soon become his second home.  In 1981, he used the payphone at his high school to call The Clash at Electric Ladyland Studios in Manhattan to ask if he could photograph the band. What he got was an invitation to what would become a lifetime career of creating imagery for the music world.

After winning a full scholarship for photography to the School of Visual Arts in New York, Josh immediately hit the road with Big Audio Dynamite, coming back to school only to use the darkroom. He began designing merchandising and sleeve artwork and shooting video with an early portable Sony camera. He photographed his friends the Beastie Boys and documented the rising hip-hop and reggae scenes for publications such as SPIN, Rolling Stone, Musician and Time Out.

Josh produced and directed two videos for Joe Strummer and after the artist’s untimely death in 2002, directed a video tribute for Joe’s version of the “Redemption Song,” sponsored by Hellcat Records and MTV2.

From1993 until the present, Josh has been an art director at Sony Music, creating packaging and websites for artists including Bob Dylan, Run-DMC, Rod Stewart and Tony Bennett, while still finding time to go on the road to photograph favorite groups like Oasis, The Black Crowes, and MGMT.  His first book of photography, Rockers Galore (Stussy Books), was published in 2007 and he has exhibited in Moscow, Tokyo, Paris, and at The Brooklyn Museum.

Of Tony Bennett: Portrait of An Artist, Peter Blachley, co-owner of the Morrison Hotel Gallery says, “I was born in San Francisco and my earliest childhood musical memories are of Tony Bennett’s classic song about my home town. Tony Bennett exemplifies what the true art of music represents for all of us and we are very proud that we were chosen to represent this show. Kelsey Bennett and Josh Cheuse have done an amazing job of capturing the creative essence of the recording process and the true warmth and respect that has developed between Tony and his musical guests. Both of these photographers show extraordinary skill and talent”
The show will run at the gallery’s 124 Prince Street location from September 21st through October 9th.



Julie releases her new single “A Little Bit of Love,” on MSR Records.  It is another great song from her “Defining Moments” CD.  She continues to move her career forward with great performances of great songs, and she is now getting ready to record her 2nd CD. 

We hope that you will continue to play her songs as you have in the past, and we always look for your input and what your listeners think about Julie and her music. 

Julie is working towards touring in Europe in 2012 and we hope that she will be able to meet up with many of the air personalities who have been so instrumental in making her name known to the country music fans.


In Lieu of Crippled U.S. Economy, Bellamys Offer Fans Chance to Win Week-long Vacation in Seaside, FL

Nashville, TN (September 15, 2011) – As result of the United States’ unstable economy, David and Howard Bellamy of country music’s the Bellamy Brothers are offering fans the chance to win a week-long vacation at their newly remodeled beach house, Persuasion, located in the quaint community of Seaside, FL on the Gulf Coast.

“We tour every nook and cranny of this country,” notes David Bellamy. “We see the direct result of what this economy is doing to America and a lot of our friends and fans are having problems just making ends meet.” 

Howard Bellamy adds, “As we tour, we see the struggle on the faces and in the eyes of so many people.  We hope this little vacation package giveaway will brighten a few faces out there.”

For details on how to enter, fans can visit the Bellamy Brothers’ official website at  The winner, chosen at random on October 16, will receive a 7-day stay at the Bellamys’ Persuasion (sleeps 6), as well as a special gift package, awaiting the winner upon arrival.  Airfare / travel is not included.

The Bellamy Brothers' Brothers' Persuasion is a three-story beach house nestled in the center of Seaside. The first floor contains the kitchen, living room, a bedroom with bath and a screened porch all with a sunny Florida decor. A sweeping staircase takes you to the second floor where you will find another bedroom with a private bath and a half bath. There's also a private porch to sun and relax. The third floor is a loft room with a porch that overlooks all of Seaside.

The Bellamys visit the beach house a few times each year. 

View additional photos of Persuasion HERE.

Donna Hughes heads to New York City with #1 Album

Donna Hughes heads to New York City with #1 Album on Sirius XM Radio's Bluegrass Junction
Two NYC performances this weekend
Multi-award winning songwriter, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist, Donna Hughes heads to New York City this weekend with the #1 album on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Top 40 Most Played Albums with her Rounder Records release, “Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies.”  Her original song, “Nothing Easy” appears in the Top 40 Most Played Songs. 
Donna will perform at The Living Room, located at 154 Ludlow St., NYC, tomorrow, Friday, September 16 at 6:00 pm.  On Saturday, Sept 17th, her band joins her for their performance at the inaugural Bluegrass in the Park studio series at Madison Square Park located Fifth & Madison Avenues. 
Throughout the album, there are songs to dance to, songs to listen to and songs that set your toes tapping. It's a very balanced, slickly produced effort. Not surprising as it was produced by JD Crowe," says Country Standard Time.  “Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies” includes 15 songs written by Donna including the fan favorites: “Dr. Jekyl,” and “Mid-life Crisis”; the country flavored “Last Thing I Need”; and “If I Had You” that has become a popular wedding song.
The album features: Barry Bales, Adam Steffey, Buddy Cannon, Melonie Cannon, Jenee’ Fleenor, Randy Kohrs, Rob Ickes, Donna Hughes band members, Brian Stephens, Maggie Stephens, and more on this incredible project.
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The Doobie Brothers will release A Brighter Day



This week, the Doobie Brothers will release “A Brighter Day,” the fourth single from their acclaimed WORLD GONE CRAZY album, their first new album in a decade.  Written by Tom Johnston, the song’s lyrics combine social and political awareness with the call for brotherly love and positive vibes, all underscored with classic Doobie feel-good rhythms. The song goes to radio this week.

                                   When people go to war it hurts us all you see
They don't feel the need to congregate
I may be just a boy but I am not a fool
Our leaders need to simplify instead of complicate

So everybody shout to your brother
Everybody sing let your spirit fly away
Oh oh oh shout to your brother
So all the people have a brighter day

Late last year, original members Pat Simmons and Tom Johnston, and 30-year plus member and country producer/songwriter/player John McFee (Southern Pacific) marked a new chapter with the delivery of a potent album – World Gone Crazy (HOR Records), featuring a guest appearance by Country Music Hall of Famer Willie Nelson and former Doobie member Michael McDonald.  It’s their first new album in a decade, with tracks like “Far From Home” and their country single “World Gone Crazy” marking a renaissance of the propulsive roots-based, harmony laden, guitar driven style that sold an estimated 30 million records over the course of four decades. “Far From Home,” the third single release, became the Doobies first Top 20 track in over 20 years, and in a first for the USO, the video for the song world premiered on the USO website and TV channel. The video for “World Gone Crazy” was a Most Played Video at GAC. The Doobie Brothers made several stops into Nashville to appear on the Grand Ole Opry and to film a Crossroads special with Luke Bryan. Bryan and the Doobies performance of “China Grove” was in heavy rotation on the CMT channel.

As durable as American steel, Northern California’s Doobie Brothers celebrate their 40th anniversary this year. Beginning with their multi-million-selling sophomore collection Toulouse Street (1972), the Doobies have recorded three multi-platinum albums, four platinum sets, and four gold records. Their Best of the Doobies (1976) has sold 10 million copies – a rare “diamond record.”Their No. 1 singles “Black Water” (1974) and “What a Fool Believes” (1979), both gold, lead a catalog of indelible songs that include “Listen to the Music,” “Long Train Runnin’,” “Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me),” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” “Minute By Minute,” “Real Love,” “The Doctor,” “China Grove” and “Rockin’ Down the Highway.”

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