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Country Music News International Sept. 17th 2011

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Keith Urban – Long Hot Summer (CD Single Review)

Keith Urban – Long Hot Summer (CD Single Review)

Release Date - June 2011
Label - Capitol Nashville © Hit Red Records License to Capitol Records Nashville
Time - 4:33 (album version)
Writers - Richard Marx, Keith Urban
Rating (Out of 10): 7/10

After the weather gods were kind to The Royal Wedding they then seemed to turn their backs on England with soggy bank holidays and an average of 14C for the UK making it lowest for 13 years in the “Summer That Never Was”. This was typified by Darren Clark who enduring all the elements did not allow them to rain on his parade sweeping to victory in the British Open. On the other side of the pond Mr. Keith Urban has been applying the Factor 50 for 14 weeks as his latest single ’Long Hot Summer’ has slowly burnt its way up the Billboard Country Singles chart and currently holds a peak position of #5.

This is the third single to be released from his album GET CLOSER. The previous single ‘Without You’ topped the charts on June 18, 2011 and this latest single has topped the Canadian country charts this week.
Urban co-wrote the song with pop/rock heavyweight from the 80’s and 90’s Richard Marx known for his hits songs ‘Endless Summer Nights’, ‘Right Here Waiting’, ‘Now And Forever’, ‘Hazard’ and ‘Dance With My Father’ which Luther Vandross cut.

The openings chords to ’Long Hot Summer’ that are audible throughout the quieter sections remind me of something THE POLICE might have used, thus giving it an 80’s retro feel. Keith has always gravitated to the four-on-the-floor rhythm patterns in 4/4 time allowing him to rock out.

As the tension builds and with thoughts on his beau going through his mind a restless Urban is ready to head off on a road trip and is desperate to be by her side.

Over at the lake and down by the river, You can feel it start to rise, Wanna jump in my car, go wherever you are, ‘Cause I need you by my side” he sings.

By the chorus lines this has all the hallmarks of an anthemic radio friendly wind down the windows hit song. With a driving rhythm and some unrelenting banjo which underpins the electric guitar and bass runs Urban sings with much gusto:

It’s gonna be a long, hot summer, we should be together, With your feet up on the dashboard now, Singing along with the radio, it’s such a beautiful sound, And when you say my name in the middle of the day, I swear I see the stars come out , When you hold my hand in the back of my mind, just waiting on the sun to go down, the sun to go down

Being happily married to Nicole Kidman it finds Keith as on previous outings in a loving up frame of mind but the words in the second verse refer to a fictitious bronzed beauty:

I wanna see your brown skin shimmer in the sun for the first time, I try to be the one who knows just what to do to you to get me that smile, One chance of meeting, you were walking by me on the street and I said hi, And that was the beginning of my heart spinnin’ like these wheels in my head tonight

If only some of that hotness could have found its way over to our shores while we were waiting for the sun to shine. Oh well there’s always next year! In meantime thanks Keith.


Darren Warren Delivers More Than a Party on Debut EP

Darren Warren Delivers More Than a Party on Debut EP 

Cowboy Up and Party Down, the debut EP by Darren Warren that’s available for download at AirPlay Direct, balances rowdy, late-night favorites with self penned poignant ballads. Traversing from Jesus to the jukebox on his premiere project, this Kentucky country boy recalls why he feels called to take the stage. 

“When they come out to the show, you don’t know what people are going through,” says Darren. “If we can make them smile and can make them feel like they have hope for one more day, that’s what it’s all about!”

This album serves as a dream come true for a singer/songwriter who turned to music as a means of catharsis to fuel his passion for life during his battle with cancer.  As a survivor who spent nearly three years in treatments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Darren has devoted his life and music to help promote awareness and acquire funds for the care centers.  Portions of the proceeds from both his EP and from his label NuCorp Entertainment will go directly to St. Jude.

“To walk back on that stage and look at all those little bald heads out there and tell them. ‘You can make it’ is the most humbling experience in the world,” says Darren.  “It wasn’t that long ago, I was the one sitting there, looking up on that stage at Travis Tritt, Martina McBride and Aaron Tippin, so it is quite an experience to go back to St. Jude and be able to wrap my arms around those kids.”

It was his experience at St. Jude that provided the inspiration to his track “Go Get My Angel” written about a little girl who lost her battle to cancer while he was in the treatment facility.  Randy Owen, Alabama lead singer and founder of Country Cares for St. Jude, was so moved when he heard the track that he joined Darren in studio when he was recording for his EP.  “It’s one of the most life changing songs I have ever written and I was honored to have Randy sing on it,” says Darren.



This is another sad day in our country music industry.  One of the greatest and sweetest ladies at the Grand Ole Opry and in all of country music, has left us with sad hearts.  I was so lucky to have known her as my dear friend, and I know that the entire community of music is saddened by her loss.  The past several years she has had health issues which kept her from her music family, The Grand Ole Opry, but she was never and will never be forgotten, and there will always be a place in all of our hearts where she will be kept forever.  She was a special lady as so many of us know, and her smile will be a lasting picture for all of us to keep in our hearts and minds.

Please keep Carol Lee, her daughter, and all of the family in your thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness in their life’s.

MAY WILMA LEE’S REST IN PEACE IN THE HEAVENLY HOME OF OUR BLESSED SAVIOR. Ole Opry member Wilma Lee Cooper passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at her home in Sweetwater, Tenn. from natural causes. She had been a member of the Opry since 1957 and was 90 years old.  Her last solo performance on the Opry was at the Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 24, 2001.  Wilma Lee joined the Opry cast at the grand re-opening of the Opry House on Sept. 28, 2010 for a group sing-along.

Wilma Lee was preceded in death by her husband Stoney Cooper and is survived by her daughter Carol Lee Cooper, Hendersonville, Tenn.; granddaughter Vanessa Brusseau and her husband Mark of Hermitage, Tenn. and granddaughter Shannon Rogers and her husband Mark of Hendersonville, Tenn. Per Wilma Lee’s wishes there will not be a memorial service.  She will be remembered for her music and her faith.

Wilma Lee spent nearly her entire life singing and entertaining. Born Wilma Leigh Leary, she began working early as a member of West Virginia’s regionally-famed Leary Family. Her celebrated delivery of gospel and devotional songs emerged at the same time. First achieving national prominence in the 1940s performing with her late husband, champion fiddler Stoney (Dale T.) Cooper, Wilma Lee sang and played guitar with a bursting-at-the-seams energy. >From the outset, the Coopers had success with story songs, from “The Legend of the Dogwood Tree,” “Little Rosewood Casket,” and “Sunny Side of the Mountain” for Rich-R-Tone and Columbia Records in the 40s to “Wreck on the Highway” and “Philadelphia Lawyer” for Hickory in the early 1960s. It was likely Wilma Lee and Stoney’s rousing, old-style jubilee hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s including “There’s a Big Wheel ,” “This Old House,” and “Big Midnight Special” that audiences have responded to most of all.  Wilma Lee and Stoney were members of the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame.

Wilma Lee continued performing with her group the Clinch Mountain Clan after Stoney’s death in March 1977, and was appearing on the Opry regularly until a stroke suffered on stage in 2001 forced her to cease performing.

News from Pinecastle Records

News from Pinecastle Records

Nu-Blu Releases "Other Woman's Blues" Video

Nu-Blu has released a music video for their single, "Other Woman's Blues," produced by Phil Bankester and Carlos Torres. It was filmed at the Historic Eureka Inn in Johnson City, TN. The song is a response to Dolly Parton's hit "Joleen." "Other Woman's Blues" is the latest hit for Nu-Blu off of their debut Pinecastle Album, The Blu-Disc. The song is currently charting on Bluegrass Music Profiles "Top 30 Hot Singles"

Robert Hale - Upcoming Solo Album

Pinecastle plans to release a solo album from Wildfire frontman, Robert Hale, in early 2012. The album is a mix between grassy and more country leaning tunes. It features Alecia Nugent, Scott Vestal, Wayne Benson, Ernie Sykes, Steve Thomas, Randy Kohrs and Shawn Lane. The project includes four songs written by Hale and ends with a creative cover of Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke." The album was produced by Scott Vestal and Robert Hale and was recorded at Vestal's studio, Digital Underground.

Alan Bibey/Wayne Benson - Upcoming Duet Album

Alan Bibey and Wayne Benson are working on a mandolin duet album for Pinecastle for release in early 2012. The album features mostly original music with one or two familiar tunes thrown in for good measure. The album will be about half dual-mandolin instrumentals and half with a full band including three to four vocal tunes. Planned guests include Wyatt Rice, Barry Bales, Ron Stewart, Russell Moore and Ronnie Bowman.
Former owner Tom Riggs stops by the Pinecastle office for a visit.

Riggs chats with the new owner and staff of Pinecastle Records.

What They're Saying About Town Mountain and Steady Operator:
"I think Town Moutain is one of the most unusual, yet most creative bands i've heard in years!  Fresh & traditional!" -Buddy Michaels, WBAG/WKRX/WLHC

"Town Mountain went on to play a rocking set of traditional bluegrass while wearing suits and ties, I would have never guessed from talking to the band. Jesse and Town Mountain are a group of extremely talented and laid back musicians. Be sure to make a point to check them out live or purchase a copy of Steady Operator" - Mike Hardaker, Mountain Weekly News
About Pinecastle Records:
Pinecastle Records has been a key player in the transmission of bluegrass music to the masses for the last 20 years. Orlando, Florida business man Tom Riggs started the label in 1989 as a favor to a friend who was looking for an outlet for their newly recorded CD. Pinecastle has long developed young artists including Kristin Scott Benson, Terry Eldredge, and Josh Williams and has also been the home to bluegrass legends such as the Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse, and Charlie Waller & the Country Gentlemen. In all, it has released nearly 250 projects.
Today, Pinecastle is situated in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina owned by businessman and medical doctor, Lonnie Lassiter. After taking ownership on August 1, 2010, Dr. Lassiter brought two of the company's former executives on board to head up the new venture. Ethan Burkhardt was named the company's Vice President of Operations and Matt Hood its Vice President of Public Relations.

Beoga Announces Winter Germany Tour

Beoga Announces Winter Germany Tour
4 Nov. - PUC - Pucheim
5 Nov. - Zehntstadel - Leipheim
6 Nov. - Jazzclub - Kelkheim
7 Nov. - Folk Club - Zurich
8 Nov. - Casino am Kormarkt - Trier
10 Nov. - Ratsaal - Sthur
11 Nov. - Bischofsmuhle - Hildesheim
14 Nov. - Kulturforum - Kiel
16 Nov. - Stadtkirche - Meiningen
18 Nov. - Scala - Leverkusen
19 Nov. - Stadthalle - Montabour
22 Nov. - Folk Club Scheuer - Villingen
23 Nov. - Jagdhofkeller - Darmstadt
24 Nov. - Burgerhaus - Moglingen
25 Nov. - Haberkasten - Muldorf
26 Nov. - Ratsche, Kultur im Schlachthof - Geislingen
New album, How to Tune a Fish, available on iTunes, Amazon, and in stores.
Listen: sample tracks from How to Tune a Fish
How to Tune a Fish, the 4th album from Beoga, one of Northern Ireland’s most dynamic music exports, is a spirited amalgam of Irish tradition, American folk, funky jazz and classic vaudeville coupled with the enthusiastic writing and performances of Seán Óg Graham, Damian McKee, Niamh Dunne, Eamon Murray, and Liam Bradley. Self-dubbed “new wave Trad,” the band comments that they are not purists, singing of much more than the rolling green hills of their Ireland. The Wall Street Journal calls Beoga “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century.”

IEBA Announces BLA Showcase Talent

IEBA Announces BLA Showcase Talent
NASHVILLE, TN -- (September 16, 2011) -- Once again BLA will bring the party to IEBA on  Monday, October 3 with some of their hottest artists. Performing this year will be Bush Hawg, Sarah Darling, Josh Gracin, Mark Chesnutt, Corey Smith and LoCash Cowboys. 
"The BLA showcase is so fun and entertaining each year, no one leaves without having the best time!" said Tiffany Davis, IEBA Executive Director.
Over 500 of the live entertainment industry's top decision makers will converge in Nashville, Tennessee October 2-4 for three days of non-stop networking, education and showcases from the hottest touring acts in all genres of entertainment at the annual conference of the International Entertainment Buyers Association. 
International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) is a non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry. IEBA showcases the best and brightest talent in all genres of music and all fields of entertainment. IEBA is an intimate organization that makes a huge impact. At IEBA ... The Buying Starts Here.
Bush Hawg

Mark Chesnutt

Josh Gracin

Corey Smith

Sarah Darling

LoCash Cowboys
Bush Hawg took the old-fashioned way to gain the attention of Music Row veteran Michael Knox...hard work and dedication. Michael believed in the band from day one, however, he felt that not all the pieces of the puzzle were quite there. That all changed when Michael introduced the band to a bad-ass, swampy Southern boy from Florida named Craig Hand. From the first time he took the mic, everyone knew they were on to something special. Now, with the guidance and management of Michael Knox, Bush Hawg is quickly making a name for themselves in Nashville and are the newest signing to the RCA record label who will release a new single Winter of 2011.
Take the lyrical stylings of country music, the hard hitting guitars, drumming and energy of a rock group, mix in the traditional instrumentation of their Grand Ole' Opry heroes, add a few domestic beers, and you have the band Bush Hawg.
2011 has proved to be a breakout year for Black River Entertainment recording artist Sarah Darling.   Sarah had a Top 5 video this year with the catchy SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR HANDS, which peaked at # 2 on GAC, reached the Top 20 Countdowns on both GAC and CMT (and was also the #1 video for multiple weeks on
Iowa native Sarah made her Grand Ole Opry debut earlier this year, with Vince Gill (who is featured on “Bad Habit” off her current album “Angels and Devils”), introducing her to the Opry audience.
Crock-Pot (The Original Slow Cooker) just inked a deal with Sarah, signing her as their first "Crock Star".  A Sarah Darling recipe, download offer and her image will appear on over 1 Million Crock Pot boxes beginning October 1st.  She also will be recording her next album with famed producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts, among others).  That album will be released in 2012.
Josh Gracin has a diverse and impressive set of skills. The most obvious is the voice that captured the attention of millions of American Idol fans during his season two run on what has become an American cultural phenomenon. His all-American good looks, earnest charm and passionate vocal style earned him a devoted legion of fans, but beyond the stage, Gracin possesses a poet’s heart and an ex-Marine’s discipline and work ethic. It’s that potent combination of talent and tenacity that set Gracin apart and is fueling the newest chapter in his career.
A Michigan native who grew up listening to country and R&B music, Gracin auditioned for Idol  (placing fourth on season two) while serving in the Marine Corps. Following his run on American Idol and the completion of his military service, he signed with Lyric Street Records and released his self-titled debut album in June 2004. The album was RIAA-certified gold and spawned three top five singles—“I Want to Live,” “Stay With Me (Brass Bed),” and the No. 1 hit “Nothin’ to Lose.”
This new album shows the growth of Josh Gracin as a writer, producer and artist. From the early days of growing up in Michigan to now being a father of four, Gracin has taken everything and poured it all into REDEMPTION. The maturity in Gracin’s work is undeniable and people will hear the difference.
Mark Chesnutt celebrated his first LP release in 1988. Twelve others followed, accompanied by a collection of greatest hits compilations. Chesnutt’s rule of recording remains: “I only record when I feel like I have something to say.” Outlaw is no exception. Contemporary fads and trends aside, Chesnutt continues to pay tribute to the songs that “brought him to the dance”—the songs he played when he first became a musician. His consistency to remain true to his rule speaks volumes resounding his confidence and surefootedness that he’s not over-awed to lend his vocal talents to the original recordings.
Chesnutt has charted more than thirty singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including fourteen #1 singles. He has also released eleven studio albums and a Greatest Hits package. His first three albums — Too Cold at Home (1990), Longnecks & Short Stories (1992), and Almost Goodbye (1993) — and his 1996 Greatest Hits album have all achieved RIAA platinum certification in the United States, while 1994's What a Way to Live was certified gold. He has sold over five million albums.
Chesnutt is the star of country music’s last golden era paying tribute to the era before and…he continues to shine.
Corey Smith was recently named by Country Weekly and Music Row Magazine as one of country music’s hottest new artists. He has hundreds of sold-out performances under his belt and a growing, dedicated fan-base whose passion for Corey’s music has led to some of the music industry’s leading professionals shaking their heads in astonishment at his seemingly rapid rise as a touring sensation. Corey is equipped with his acoustic guitar and sings frankly wild days on the party scene; but he’s also a wise philosopher, speaking wisdom about life in his lyrics that has the ability to relate to crowds like few other modern-day live acts. Recently signed to Average Joe’s Entertainment in Nashville, Tennessee, Corey is poised to make waves at country radio with his second single, “Maybe Next Year,” from his latest release The Broken Record
LoCash Cowboys are rocking 2011 – quite literally! Their single “Keep in Mind” struck a chord with fans and critics alike, climbing the charts to make it their first Top 40 hit. In May, they made their debut on the prestigious Grand Ole Opry stage, and with that momentum, they roared into June appearing on the Travel Channel and participating in numerous high-profile events at the CMA Music Festival, as well as releasing new single “You Got Me.”
While LoCash Cowboys’ Preston Brust and Chris Lucas have been performing packed houses for years, dating back to the days when they met and started performing at Nashville's Wildhorse Saloon, the amped-up crowd at CMA Music Festival’s Riverfront performance was living, screaming proof that they have put their time together to good use. Criss-crossing the country, honing their craft on stages large and small, developing one of the most dynamic live shows in any genre of music, the LoCash Cowboys have clearly ascended to new heights as artists.

George Jones celebrates 80th Birthday with Celebrity friends

George Jones celebrates 80th Birthday with Celebrity friends
Nashville, TN (September 16, 2011) – George Jones - a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame – is a music icon, frequently referred to as "the greatest living country singer" celebrated his 80th birthday at a party in Nashville this week with some of his closest celebrity friends.  Those in attendance included Travis Tritt, Billy Joe Shaver, Jason Michael Carroll, Bryan White, Joe Diffie, Guy Penrod, The Kentucky Headhunters, Elaine Roy of The Roys, Jamie Dailey of Dailey & Vincent, The McClymonts, Ken Mellons, Billy Yates, TG Sheppard, Billy Gilman, John Conlee, Jeanne Pruett, Jack Greene, Bo Bice, Eddy Raven, David Lee Murphy, among others.  Wayne Newton sent a special jazz trio to perform and read a special note.
George Jones
A native of Beaumont, Texas, Jones began his career as a radio host and has successfully scored over 150 hits during his fifty-plus year career.  Many attempts have been made, but rarely capture in words the immense, singular vocal gifts that have made George Glenn Jones one of the most influential singers in country music history. He is the undisputed successor of earlier primitive geniuses such as Hank Williams and Lefty Frizzell—singers who, in turn, so heavily influenced him in his formative years.

Born in a log cabin on an oil patch settlement in a remote East Texas region known as the Big Thicket, Jones found early refuge in music from the rages of an alcoholic father. As a child, George sang for tips in the streets of Beaumont, Texas, where, at an early age, he moved with his parents into a government-subsidized housing project. Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, and Lefty Frizzell comprised Jones’s youthful triumvirate of influences.

Jones launched his recording career in the early 1950s, and with the turn of the twenty-first century he is still going strong. It is more than sheer longevity, or the almost near religious purity of his hard-core country instincts, that has made him such a towering, influential figure. In many ways, Jones is one of country music’s last vital links to its own rural past—a relic from a long-gone time and place before cable TV, FM rock radio and shopping malls; an era when life still revolved around the Primitive Baptist Church, the honky-tonk down the road, and Saturday nights listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio. The fact that Jones has changed little over the years, and at times seems to be genuinely bewildered by the immensity of his own talent and the acclaim it has brought him, has merely enhanced his credibility.
In 2008, Jones received the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor.  In 2009, he released the album, A Collection of My Best Recollection, exclusively through Cracker Barrel Music.
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