Thursday, September 22, 2011

Johnny Cash Bildbiographie „Mein Vater Johnny Cash“

John Carter Cash, der einzige gemeinsame Sohn von Johnny Cash und seiner Frau June veröffentlicht kommenden Monat eine große Hommage an seinen Vater. Die opulente Bildbiographie trägt den schlichten Namen „Mein Vater Johnny Cash“ und hat genau diesen Blickwinkel: Der „Man in Black“ von ganz nahe dran. Als Musiker, Mann, Künstler und Vater.

Cash 13, S. 119.jpg   Cash 08, S. 83.jpg   Cash 02, S. 11.jpg   

Für das Buch hat John Carter Cash tief im Familienalbum gekramt und neben einzigartigen Fotos auch Briefe, Skizzen, Gedichte, Kochrezepte und anderes ausgegraben. Diese sind zum Teil als herausnehmbare Faksimiles beigelegt, was das Buch zu einem sinnlichen Erlebnis macht.

    Florens Eckert


AARON LEWIS has experienced a breakthrough year as a solo artist. The singer/songwriter/guitarist’s debut solo single “Country Boy” has just been certified gold, selling in excess of 500,000 copies. The song is featured on LEWIS’ critically acclaimed debut solo EP TOWN LINE released earlier this year on Nashville’s R&J Records.  
"This is a really pleasant surprise for me," says LEWIS of the gold certification for “Country Boy. "It's the first thing I recorded as a solo artist and it’s just a very honest record about who I am.  It's great that so many people related to it.  I'm looking forward to getting back into the studio to make a full record."
On “Country Boy,” LEWIS gets a little help from legends George Jones and Charlie Daniels, striking a balance between classic and modern country, as LEWIS tells his story like never before.
Not only does the video include clips of Jones and Daniels in the studio, but it also draws from LEWIS' own family archives, giving a glimpse into his youth, home and passions. The video has been viewed over 10 million times on and YouTube ( alone. The single and video also earned the Staind frontman his first two CMT Music Award nominations:  Collaborative Video of the Year” and “USAWeekend Breakthrough Video of the Year” (awarded to the best video from an artist's major breakthrough album). Audiences across the country have also experienced LEWIS’ riveting live version of the song and other highlights from TOWN LINE like “The Story Never Ends” and “Massachusetts” at LEWIS’ ongoing series of acoustic shows.
Produced by legendary Nashville producer James Stroud and LEWIS, TOWN LINE debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #7 on the Top 200 Albums Chart.
TOWN LINE has also drawn critical praise from a wide variety of writers, including PEOPLE’s Chuck Arnold who said "He proves to be a natural on nostalgic ballads like 'The Story Never Ends,’ (3/14/11)," while ASSOCIATED PRESS’ Michael McCall wrote, “He injects a flavor of his own into a polished, commercial country sound in a way that could win over country fans who've never heard of Staind (2/28/11).” COUNTRY WEEKLY’s Jessica Phillips noted, "The songs here are rich with imagery, coupled with soulful arrangements, and should appeal to fans of Darius Rucker and Lady Antebellum (3/7/11)." 
Catch AARON LEWIS’ freewheeling live acoustic show in the following cities:
Sun     10/2    The Summer Stage at Tag’s (w/ Blake Shelton)   Big Flats, NY
Wed    10/5    Bush Hall                                                              London,UK
Thu     10/27  Lumiere PlaceCasino (7pm and 9pm)                  St. Louis,MO
Sat      11/5    Sycuan Casino (7pm and 9:30pm)                       El Cajon,CA
Fri       11/11  The Oasis at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino                 Maricopa, AZ




 Music Icon Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Christmas & Hits Tour 
NASHVILLE, TN (Sept. 22, 2011) – Grammy Award-winning music legend Kenny Rogers will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his Christmas & Hits Tour in 2011 with a 
festive show featuring live performances of holiday classics and his biggest hits.  The one-of-a-kind vocalist and entertainer will perform at venues across America, joined by special guest Billy Dean, beginning on November 25 in Columbus, Ohio and wrapping December 23 in Westbury, New York. Rogers is known for creating an inviting atmosphere with his critically acclaimed Christmas & Hits Tour, which has become a holiday tradition in its own right since its start 30 years ago.  He will deliver heartfelt performances of traditional and original holiday songs such as “White Christmas,” “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let it Snow!,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire),” “Joy To The World,” "O Holy Night," and “’Til The Season Comes ‘Round Again,” the way only he can, with the help of local choirs and children chosen to perform in each city of the tour.  Rogers will also sing many of the classics from his overflowing catalog of hits (“The Gambler,” “Lady,” “She Believes In Me,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” “Lucille,” “Through The Years” and many others).

“Thirty years is a long time to do anything, but a Christmas show seems to get easier every year, especially when I get a chance to work with friends like Billy Dean,” says Rogers.  “He always brings a great energy and beautiful music to the event.  Have a Merry Christmas, and enjoy the show.”

A beloved, universally known icon of American entertainment, Kenny Rogers, with his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, has thrived as a singer, musician, and showman for over 50 years.  He has recorded more than 65 albums, which have sold more than 120 million units worldwide.  Rogers is the only artist to chart a record in each of the last six decades.  He has received countless honors, including three Grammy Awards, five Country Music Association Awards, eighteen American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and eleven People’s Choice Awards.  He’s ranked #8 on the R.I.A.A.’s list of Top Selling Male Artists of all time.  Rogers’ critically acclaimed new album The Love of God, was released in 2011 and became his 21st Top 10 Country album.  The timeless project is available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores &  Rogers has said of the record, “It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done.”


“Good-natured joking marked the evening, as audience and star interacted and fed off each other.  The evening was pleasant and comfortable, a humorous and feel-good gateway into the holiday season.”  - DAILY HERALD TRIBUNE

“Blending sets of timeless hits and Christmas favourites, the man known as The Gambler...offered a memorable performance worthy to be wrapped and stashed under the tree until Christmas morn...Rogers is still as incisive and endearing as ever.”

“(Rogers) has to be one of the warmest and congenial entertainers to ever hit the stage.  He makes people feel like they’ve known him all their lives.”

Nov. 25 – Columbus, OH – Veterans Memorial Auditorium – 8 p.m.
Nov. 26 – Kalamazoo, MI – Miller Auditorium – Western Michigan University – 8 p.m.
Nov. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 – Catoosa, OK – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint – 8 p.m.
Dec. 3 – Bossier City, LA – Horseshoe Casino – Riverdome – 8 p.m.
Dec. 7 – Fayetteville, AR – Walton Arts Center’s Baum Walker Hall – 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 & 9 – Lake Charles, LA – L’Auberge du Lac Hotel & Casino – Event Center – 8 p.m.
Dec. 10 – Choctaw, MS – The Arena at Golden Moon Hotel & Casino – 8 p.m.
Dec. 14 – Bowling Green, OH – Bowling Green State University – Stroh Center – 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Easton, PA – State Theatre Center for the Arts – 8 p.m.
Dec. 17 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand at Foxwoods – MGM Grand Theater – 8 p.m.
Dec. 19 – New Brunswick, NJ – State Theatre – 8 p.m.
Dec. 20 – Verona, NY – Turning Stone Casino – Event Center – 8 p.m.
Dec. 21 – Buffalo, NY – Kleinhans Music Hall – 8 p.m.
Dec. 22 – Schenectady, NY – Proctors Theatre – 8 p.m.
Dec. 23 – Westbury, NY – NYCB Theatre at Westbury – 8 p.m.

For the latest news and tour updates, please visit Kenny Rogers’ official website:

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I have had several questions and some of them have been waiting for months to be answered. It makes me feel like I’ve sluffed some of you off.

Question: In your playing, do you prefer working live or in the studio?

Answer: It sort of depends on which one pays the best, which is usually the studio, but as far as pure enjoyment, live is much more enjoyable because when I play, I try to communicate my music with my entire body. I’m not above throwing my hands up in the air or yelling across the stage at someone or jumping up and taking a bow after a solo. I like to get a joyful response from the audience when I do these things. In the studio, nobody cares. They might just want to throw me out.

Question: Does it have something to do with the natural interplay with the audience?

Answer: My answer is yes totally.

Question: The word entertainer. Do you look at yourself as a musician or an entertainer?

Answer: The answer is I always totally look at myself as a musician. If something entertaining comes along while I’m playing, I go with it. When I setup on stage to play a job, at the beginning of the evening I have no plans to entertain, just play good music. However, I have been called an entertainer also by many folks.

Question: Do you classify yourself as a country steel guitar player?

Answer: Not totally, however it seems to be where I make the most money. I have been recording country music for many years and if that’s what I get hired to do, so be it, that’s what I do.

Question: Are there any rock n roll guitar players you like?

Answer: Absolutely, but most of them I don’t like to work with because most of them go into their entertainment role when a beautiful guitar part is called for.

Question: Do stage antics and funny uniforms turn your ears off?

Answer: Absolutely not. Showmanship is wonderful as long as it’s not affecting the quality of the music.

Question: Did you ever hear any of Jimmy Hendrix music?

Answer: Actually, I worked with him onstage here in Nashville when we were in the same band at a club called The Hound’s Tooth. It seems like Charlie Daniels was our singer at the time. This was a little over forty years ago. He was not really fun to work with, but was a nice enough person.

Question: When you are doing sessions Bobbe, how do you approach doing a solo?

Answer: First I learn the melody of the song and get the chords from however they happen to demonstrate the demo to me. Then I try to work out something that is interesting and a little different.

Question: How do you decide if it’s you or the guitar player or somebody else who is going to take the instrumental break in the song?

Answer: Usually I just jump right in and start playing something and wait for somebody in the studio group to say, “Oh that’s nice. Let’s do that.” But quite often it’s the guitar player doing the same thing and if he sounds especially good or if he is being exceptionally pushy, I’ll just back out, look at him and say something like, “I like what you’re trying to do. Go ahead and get it perfected and we’ll see how it goes.”

Meanwhile, I’ll be working up something very killer up in my mind. If I really think mine is better, I’ll look at him with a smile and say, “No. Not this time Charley. Try again next song.” Then I’ll charge in. If this doesn’t work, I’ll let the producer make the call.

Question: Do you ever sit and play just to relax?

Answer: No.

Question: If you go on vacation, do you always pack your steel?

Answer: No, never.

Question: How did you get along with star singer guitar players like the late Jerry Reed, the late Don Gibson and how about Steve Wariner?

Answer: I get along extremely well with them. I have much higher respect for a singer if he is a musician also. I’ve worked many television shows in the past with Don Gibson. Things had to be his way or else, but that was fine because they were his hit songs. Same goes for Hank Snow. I didn’t really care for his ricky-ticky guitar style, but the secret here is he was the star with the money, so you listen and do what he says with a smile.

Steve Wariner is an incredible guitarist. When I work with him, which is not very often anymore, I push him as hard as I can, like my rendition of Rocky Top on my website. We got the tempo so fast, poor Steve just could not keep up. This was a live show at Dollywood and the drummer was also the steel guitarist and thought speed was only something you played. But Steve holds his own very well. I have tremendous respect for him as a singer, as a guitar player, but most of all as a wonderful friend.

To clear up some confusion, we can make George L cables in any length you want. We make them to the length you want. If you want one that’s 43 feet and 4 inches, no problem. We’ll do it. Just keep that in mind.

The boys at Cobra Coil are continually experimenting and trying to make a better product. I feel they have done an incredible job with this brand of string in the past fifteen years. I feel they are by far the best which is the reason why so many great steel guitarist use them on a professional basis.

We also got a new shipment of Cobra Coil strings in. We’ve been warned that our cost for strings will be going up so now might be a good time to get yourself a set or two if you’re in need of them. Here’s the direct link:

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Your buddy,

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22.09.2011: CD Veröffentlichung / News / TV Hinweise / Konzerttermine / Videos Deutschland Teil 3

Udo Lindenberg: Single: Cello (feat. Clueso)

Udo Lindenberg

Single: Cello (feat. Clueso)
VÖ: 04.11.2011

Nach dem spektakulären Auftakt mit seinem MTV Unplugged Album »Live aus dem Hotel Atlantic« und der Vorab-Single »Ein Herz kann man nicht reparieren« mit Inga Humpe wird als zweite Singleauskoppelung »Cello feat. Clueso« am 4. November auf den Markt kommen. Ein Song mit Vergangenheit für beide Künstler. 1973 von Udo geschrieben, wurde »Cello« für den heute 31-jähirgen Clueso zu einer Art Wiegenlied. Cluesos Vater, ein begeisterter Lindenberg-Fan, spielte schon ganz früh seinem Sohn Udos Songs auf Vinyl vor. Aber nicht nur Clueso ist stolz auf das gemeinsame Werk. Udo Lindenberg: »Es kommt auf das Gefühl an. Immer auf das Gefühl. Clueso hat das wie Babynahrung injiziert bekommen. Und jetzt singt er »Cello«, weil er das Lied so liebt.« Ganz ohne elektronische Unterstützung kommt bei »Cello« zusammen, was zusammen passt: Die außergewöhnliche Beziehung der beiden Künstler untereinander, die besondere Sensibilität und einmalige stimmliche Harmonie, die die Kulturfabrik Kampnagel beim MTV Unplugged Konzert vom ersten Moment an erfüllte. Damit wurde »Cello« zu einem absoluten Highlight der Show.
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Single: Monarchy of Roses

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Single: Monarchy of Roses
VÖ: 18.11.2011

Schon mit dem vorab ausgekoppelten Advance-Track „The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie“ haben die US-Multiplatin-Rocker einen schmackhaften Appetithappen serviert - um sich nur kurze Zeit später mit ihrem insgesamt 10. Album „I`m With You“ schon gleich am Releasetag auf Platz #1 der Charts festzusetzen (mehr als 100.000 verkaufte Alben in einer Woche!). Ein lauschiges Plätzchen, wo sich die California-Allstars um Frontmann Anthony Kiedis auch zur Stunde noch befinden - mit unbegrenzter Aufenthaltsdauer! Mit ihrer zweiten Single „Monarchy Of Roses“ gibt es nun würzig-heißen Nachschlag!
Nach ihrem gefeierten Welttourauftakt in Köln (die Show wurde live in Kinos rund um den Erdball übertragen!) sorgen die RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS mit „I`m With You“ für neue Schärfe in einer lauen Hitparadensuppe und treten ab demnächst auch auf „Monarchy Of Roses“ in neuer, alter Stärke an der Spitze der Charts! Nachdem er auch die letzten fünf Alben der Chili Peppers produzierte – 2006: „Stadium Arcadium“, 2002: „By The Way“, 1999: „Californication“, 1995: „One Hot Minute“, 1991: „Blood Sugar Sex Magik“ –, hat erneut niemand Geringerer als Über-Produzent Rick Rubin „I'm With You“ in den East West Studios in Los Angeles und im Shangri-La-Studio in Malibu/ Kalifornien aufgenommen. Gemixt haben Andrew Scheps und Greg Fidelman. Ein unschlagbares Erfolgsrezept, wie „Monarchy Of Roses“ beweist!
Melanie C: Single: Let There Be Love

Melanie C

Single: Let There Be Love
VÖ: 02.12.2011

Und sie hat es wieder getan! Auch ihr fünftes Album The Sea katapultierte MELANIE C direkt in die deutschen Albumcharts und platzierte es in den Top-20! Damit ist bisher jedes MELANIE C-Album in Deutschland ein Charterfolg geworden! Nach der ungemein tanzbaren Single Think About It folgt nun eine weiteres Highlight des Albums, das vor allem die deutschen Fans begeistern wird: Mit Let There Be Love legt MELANIE C nun eine englische Version des Rosenstolz-Hits „Liebe ist alles“ vor, die sie überdies mit Rosenstolz-Komponist Peter Plate, Ulf Leo Sommer (Produzent, Komponist und Texter für Rosenstolz) und Daniel Faust aufnahm.„Es ist eine große Ehre für mich, dass mir dieser Song angeboten wurde. Ich liebe ihn!“, so schwärmt MELANIE C über den Rosenstolz-Song, mit dem AnNa R. und Peter Plate im Jahre 2004 der große Durchbruch gelang. „Liebe ist alles“ stammt aus dem Album „Herz“ und wurde mit einer Platzierung auf Position 6 der erste große Charterfolg des Duos aus Berlin. Für Let There Be Love schrieb MELANIE C zusammen mit Peter Plate eigens einen englischen Text. „Ich kannte die Geschichte des Songs nicht, bis ich nach Berlin kam, wo wir Let There Be Love aufgenommen haben. Es ist ja ein Song, der Peter sehr viel bedeutet und so habe ich alles gegeben, um es möglichst gut zu machen,“ erinnert sich MELANIE C. Das ist ihr mit Bravour gelungen, wie auch Peter Plate bestätigt. Zur intensiven Atmosphäre dieser Version hat überdies auch die Tatsache beigetragen, dass MELANIE C extra ins Rosenstolz-Studio nach Berlin gefahren ist. „Wir haben ja entschieden, Let There Be Love in Berlin in unserem kleinen, gemütlichen Rosenstolz-Studio aufzunehmen“, so Plate. „Dort hatten wir eine wundervolle gemeinsame Zeit, haben viel gelacht und getanzt, als wären wir noch Kinder... Vor allem aber war es wunderschön mit einer so fantastischen Sängerin zu arbeiten.” So hört man Let There Be Love die große Freude am Machen vom ersten bis zum letzten Ton auch deutlich heraus!
Laura Pausini: Single: Benvenuto

Laura Pausini

Single: Benvenuto
VÖ: 23.09.2011

Sie ist zurück - und sie heißt uns willkommen! Benvenuto („Willkommen“) heißt die brandneue Single LAURA PAUSINIs, der wohl erfolgreichsten Sängerin und Songwriterin Italiens, die mit 45 Millionen verkauften Alben und insgesamt über 160 Platin-Auszeichnungen auch auf dem internationalen Parkett eine eindrucksvolle Bilanz vorlegen kann. Mit Benvenut steigt sie nun zwei Jahre nach ihrem großartigen Erfolg Primavera In Anticipo, das unter anderem das wunderbare Single-Duett Primavera in Anticipo (It’s My Song) mit Star-Songwriter James Blunt enthielt, in das zweite Jahrzehnt des Jahrhunderts ein.
Es ist ein hymnischer Song, mit dem LAURA PAUSINI sich zurückmeldet, genau genommen ist es eine Hymne an die wahren Dinge im Leben, an natürliche Menschen und an die Freiheit, ganz man selbst sein zu können. Dementsprechend kraftvoll aber auch emotional klingt Benvenuto, das der erste Vorbote zu LAURAs elftem Album Inedito ist. Der Song wurde von LAURA selbst und Paolo Carta geschrieben und produziert, den Text schrieb LAURA PAUSINI gemeinsam mit Niccoló Agliardi. Aus jeder Note von Benvenuto spricht die Liebe zum Dasein und die Lebensfreude, ein Thema, das zu LAURA PAUSINI gehört wie der Frühling zum Jahr. Grund zur Freude besteht für LAURA PAUSINI zweifellos, denn erst vor wenigen Monaten wurde sie für ihr Album Primavera In Anticipo mit ihrem vierten Latin Grammy belohnt und konnte zusätzlich einen World Music Award als Best Female Selling Italian Artist entgegennehmen (ebenfalls zum vierten Mal). In Italien belegte das Album 9 Wochen lang Platz 1 der Longplay-Charts, und in Deutschland spielte sie sich mit der Single Primavera in Anticipo (It’s My Song) auf Platz 19 der Single-Charts! Ebenfalls im Jahre 2009 erschien zudem die CD/DVD Laura Live, die den Fans eine über 80 Daten umfassende, enorm erfolgreiche Tournee nach Hause brachte. Überdies stellte sich bei einer Untersuchung durch eine große italienische Zeitung heraus, dass LAURA PAUSINI  bei den Musikfans bekannter ist als Luciano Pavarotti und Leonardo Da Vinci!
Christophe Maé: Album: On Trace La Route - Le Live

Christophe Maé

Album: On Trace La Route - Le Live
VÖ: 30.09.2011

Nach 800 000 verkauften Exemplaren seines zweiten Albums „On Trace la Route“ und knapp 1 Million Besucher seiner triumphalen Tournee, präsentiert Christophe Maé heute sein erstes Live-Album.
Am 12. und 13. Dezember 2010 war Christophe auf zwei Shows im Forest National in Brüssel zu erleben. Beide Shows wurden aufgenommen. Sie stehen symbolisch für die Energie und die Power, die Christophe Maé on stage versprüht. Begleitet wird er von seinen treuen Weggefährten aus früheren Touren: Bruno Dandrimont (Gitarre), Albert Marolany (Bass), JP Fanfan (Schlagzeug), Julia Sarr (Vocals). Ebenfalls mit dabei – Musiker, die von Anfang an diesem zweiten Projekt mitgearbeitet haben: Felipe Saldivia (Gitarre), Sophie Fustec, Olyza Zamati (Vocals). Getreu seinem Motto, dem Publikum jedes Mal etwas Neues zu bieten, hat Christophe noch weitere Musiker eingeladen: Bläser, Streicher … alles für einen farbigen, festlichen Live-Act.Nach dem unplugged Album „Comme à la maison“ erleben die Fans zum ersten Mal wieder das faszinierende Live-Ambiente der Konzerte von Christophe Maé.
Fuel Fandango: Album: Fuel Fandango

Fuel Fandango

Album: Fuel Fandango
VÖ: 30.09.2011

Nicht nur die spanische Musikszene darf gespannt sein auf dieses aufregende Debütwerk: Das Duo Fuel Fandango, bestehend aus Ale Acosta und Nita, begeistert mit komplexer, und dennoch universeller Musik, die mit einem Hauch von Flamenco Authentizität, Exotik und pure Lebensfreude versprüht.
Der Grammy-nominierte Ale Acosta, der bereits 2004 mit dem Mojo Project überraschte und die spanische Musikszene mit seinem Mix aus Electronica, Funk und Jazz revolutionierte, und Nita, eine fantastische Sängerin mit Flamenco in der Seele und schwarzer Musik in der Stimme, präsentieren jetzt nach über 70 Konzerten in Spanien und mehr als 15.000 Downloads ihrer ersten EP mit "Fuel Fandango" ein abwechslungsreiches, experimentierfreudiges Album, das nicht nur Fusion-Liebhaber begeistern wird.
OST/Various: Album: Grey's Anatomy (Original Soundtrack Volume 4)


Album: Grey's Anatomy (Original Soundtrack Volume 4)
VÖ: 30.09.2011

Selten wurde eine Serie, die in einem Krankenhaus spielt, so erfolgreich wie die Geschichte der Assistenzärztin Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Mit zahllosen Emmy-Nominierungen (davon drei gewonnene) und zwei Golden Globes (2006 und 2007) ausgezeichnet, wurde Grey’s Anatomy zu einer der beliebtesten Serien auf beiden Seiten des Atlantiks. Die erste Staffel ging in den USA schon 2005 an den Start (in Deutschland im März 2006), ab September geht die Story um die medizinischen Mittdreißiger in den USA in die achte Runde. Bei uns wurde die siebte Staffel im August abgeschlossen und ließ die Fans mit einem tragischen Ende allein zurück - für’s erste, denn natürlich wird auch die neue Staffel ihren Weg auf die deutschen Bildschirme finden. Pünktlich zum Staffel-Start in den USA erscheint die vierte Folge der Soundtrack-Reihe im September und enthält 14 herausragende Songs, die auf die eine oder andere Art von der Serie inspiriert wurden. Das Tracklisting hat es in sich und liest sich wie das Who’s Who der besten Chefärzte moderner Popmusik: Im musikalischen OP-Saal stehen unter anderem das schwedische Stimmwunder Lykke Li, die wohl sympathischste Popband der Gegenwart, Peter, Björn & John und die Indie-Helden The National, The Boxer Rebellion, The Republic Tigers sowie Delta Spirit. Obendrein gibt es einen neuen, exklusiven Track der Formation Scars On 45, die mit „Give Me Something“ bereits einen US-Radiohit ablieferten. Ihr neuer Track, den die britische Band exklusiv für den Soundtrack schrieb, heißt „Heart On Fire“ und wird in Kampagnen-Trailern als packender Teaser eingesetzt. Außerdem definitiv kommensurabel: Cee-Lo Green mit „Old Fashioned“, Katie Herzig mit „Way To The Future“ und Graffiti 6 mit „Stare Into he Sun“. Für eine Serie, in der Musik oft eine zentrale Rolle einnimmt, sollte GREY’S ANATOMY Original Soundtrack Vol. 4 der perfekte Assistenzarzt sein!
Brad Mehldau/Kevin Hays: Album: Modern Music

Brad Mehldau/Kevin Hays

Album: Modern Music
VÖ: 30.09.2011

Dieses Album geht auf eine lange Freundschaft zurück, die Brad Mehldau und Kevin Hays verbindet, nicht erst, seit die beiden sich als Pianisten in der Band von Joshua Redman ablösten. Beide sind auch mit dem Saxophonisten Patrick Zimmerli bekannt, der sich einen Namen als Komponist zeitgenössisch-klassischer Musik gemacht hat. Ihn engagierten die zwei Pianisten als Produzenten eines gemeinsamen Duo-Albums unter dem Motto "Modern Music". Und schon bald schlug Zimmerli Klassiker des 20sten Jahrhunderts wie Steve Reichs "Music for 18 Musicians" und Philip Glass’ "String Quartet No. 5" vor. Eigenkompositionen aller Beteiligten und der Ornette Coleman-Standard "Lonely Woman" runden jetzt das Repertoire des außergewöhnlichen Trios ab.
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Rihanna - Neue Single "We Found Love"

Rihanna - Neue Single "We Found Love" ab heute im Radio, neues Album erscheint am 18.11.
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Rihanna – Neue Single "We Found Love" ab heute im Radio, neues Album erscheint am 18. November
Die Sensation ist perfekt und der Herbst um ein echtes Highlight reicher: RIHANNA wird am 18. November ihr brandneues, sechstes Studioalbum veröffentlichen! Ein Jahr nach ihrem mit Platin ausgezeichneten Hitalbum „Loud“ legt die Sängerin nun ihr neues Werk vor. Die erste Single „We Found Love“ feat. Calvin Harris gibt es ab heute (Donnerstag) im deutschen Radio zu hören!
Mit weltweit über 30 Millionen verkauften Tonträgern – davon allein in Deutschland über 1,3 Millionen Alben und mehr als 3 Millionen Singles – gehört Rihanna zu den erfolgreichsten weiblichen Superstars dieses Planeten. Bevor Rihanna im Oktober auf Deutschland-Tour kommt, dürfen sich alle Fans über ein weiteres Highlight freuen: Soeben verkündete Rihanna, dass am 18. November ihr sechstes Studioalbum veröffentlicht wird! Es ist das sechste Album innerhalb von sechs Jahren!

Die erste Single „We Found Love“ feat. Calvin Harris ist ab heute im Radio und auf Rihannas Facebook-Seite zu hören. Zudem startet ihre interaktive „Rihanna: Unlocked“-Kampagne, bei der sich Rihannas 45 Millionen Facebook-Freunden und 7,5 Millionen Twitter-Fans exklusiv Material vom neuen Album nach und nach „eröffnen“ wird.

Für das sechste Album war die Rekordsängerin, die allein im Jahre 2010 mit vier Singles an der Spitze der US-Billboardcharts stand und sich einen Eintrag ins Guinessbuch der Rekorde sicherte, wieder mit einigen hochkarätigen Produzenten und Songwritern im Studio. „We Found Love“ entstand zusammen mit dem Schotten Calvin Harris (u.a. Kylie Minogue, Dizzee Rascal). Den Song wird es sicher auch auf Rihannas ausverkaufter Deutschland-Tour zu hören geben, die am 25. Oktober in München startet. Weitere Details zum neuen Album und der Single folgen in den nächsten Tagen!

25.10.2011 - München, Olympiahalle
26.10.2011 - Frankfurt am Main, Festhalle Frankfurt
04.11.2011 - Hannover, TUI Arena
05.11.2011 - Leipzig, ARENA LEIPZIG
08.11.2011 - Köln, LANXESS arena
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One of Billboard's
Most-Anticipated Country Albums of the Fall -
In Stores Next Tuesday

 Skaggs And The Whites Will Make Appearances During IBMA Week

 A Skaggs Family Christmas, Vol 2
Nashville, TN (September 22, 2011) - One of Billboard's most-anticipated Country albums of the fall, A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO, will be available in stores nationwide next Tuesday, September 27. The new, 10-song CD features both studio and live recordings, and includes performances of traditional seasonal favorites and new compositions that are sure to become holiday treasures.

To celebrate the album's release, Ricky and The Whites will appear at an in-store signing event at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on September 27 (11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) and later that day, they'll sign autographs from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Skaggs Family Records' Booth (#416) at the IBMA 2011 World of Bluegrass being held at the Nashville Convention Center.  Skaggs, a 14-time Grammy® winner, will also entertain fans on Wednesday, September 28 when he and Kentucky Thunder join the Bill Monroe Tribute Show being held at Vanderbilt University's Ingram Hall at 7 p.m.

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

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

               11/28/11                      Brooks Center for the Performing Arts / Clemson, SC
               11/30/11                      The Paramount Theater / Charlottesville, VA
               12/01/11                      Music Center at Strathmore / N. Bethesda, MD
               12/02/11                      Historic Tennessee Theatre / Knoxville, TN
               12/10/11                      Honeywell Center / Wabash, IN
               12/11/11                      Niswonger PAC of NW Ohio / Van Wert, OH
               12/17/11                      Smokey Mtn. Performing Arts Center / Franklin, NC
               12/22/11                      Schermerhorn Symphony Center / Nashville, TN

"We started singing these songs in our living room all those years ago, with no idea that we would ever take A Skaggs Family Christmas to so many places," explains Sharon. "We've performed everywhere from churches to symphony halls to the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C., where we sang for President George W. Bush.  The recording process, the performing and traveling has been so much fun! It has been such a blessing to share all of this as a family."

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Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You (CD Single Review)

Blake Shelton - God Gave Me You (CD Single Review)

Label - 2011 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Release Date - July 11, 2011
Time - 3:55
Writer - Dave Barnes
Rating (Out of 10): 8/10

This is the second single to be released from the album RED RIVER BLUE following on from the #1 smash “Honey Bee” which has garnered a CMA nomination. ‘God Gave Me You’ is a power ballad which will most probably be a track that future married couples will consider for a wedding song.
With its Coldplay-like opening the listener is immediately drawn into the affecting words of the opening lines:
I’ve been a walking heartache, I’ve made a mess of me, The person that I’ve been lately, Ain’t who I wanna be, But you stay here right beside me, Watch as the storm goes through, And I need you

The song was composed by Dave Barnes who is an American rock-R&B-contemporary Christian Nashville singer-songwriter. He released it back in January 2010 as the lead single from his album, WHAT WE WANT, WHAT WE GET reaching #21 on US Adult Contemporary Chart (See Youtube video). One wonders if the song might have been pitched to someone like a lurved-up Keith Urban but in interview Shelton said “I was flipping through stations and landed on a contemporary Christian station, and that song came on and I almost had to pull the truck over. I felt like I was hearing that song at that moment for a reason."

One can understand Blake gravitating towards it with a wedding pending to his new bride Miranda Lambert. She has reined in his ‘wayward’ ways and the female CMA vocalist is able to temper his somewhat flamboyant nature.
Both artists have spilled publicly about their ups and downs of their relationship but have happily come through it to cement the liaison. It was the reason that Shelton was anxious to cut it reflecting on the times the couple have had over the years, summed up in the words of the chorus:

God gave me you for the ups and downs, God gave me you for the days of doubt, For when I think I’ve lost my way, There are no words here left to say, it’s true, God gave me you

In the bridge Blake declares his affection and gives thanks to his partner for the love and companionship that entered his life as he sings:
On my own I’m only, half of what I could be, I can’t do without you, We are stitched together, And what love has tethered, I pray we never undo

Although there are religious overtones the track it’s not obviously preachy just a song that sparkles and I love those cool tight bass runs in the chorus outro.
The music video to accompany it was recently debuted and it includes a few clips from Blake and Miranda’s wedding. By all accounts she was reluctant to let her husband use the private footage from a video that apparently leaked onto the web. In the clips Lambert opening talks to him on personal level.
It was important to me to have that wedding video on there” relates Shelton.
Luckily for him Miranda once again said “Yes”!

Although the production is a little cluttered with over-layering this is a song I don’t tire of listening. It has strong crossover possibilities and I would advise Blake’s label to use the up-and-coming romantic number as an introduction to the masses on UK National radio to share on their journeys.
The single currently stands in the Top 10 at #9 on The Billboard Country Song Charts.

Livewire (Sept 20, 2011)



Cooke’s 6 Song EP includes next single “Anyway The Wind Blows” soon to go for adds at country radio

NASHVILLE, TN (September 21, 2011) – Country artist Mark Cooke is set to release his much anticipated, limited edition, debut EP Living For The Weekend on September 26.  Produced by Nashville veterans J.Gary Smith and John Smith, this 6 song collection includes his latest single “I Love It” and his next single “Anyway The Wind Blows” written by hit songwriters Mark Nesler, Jennifer Hanson and Marty Dodson. 
“Mark Cooke is one of those rare performers who conveys personality and charisma in every vocal.  He is a natural entertainer.”  Pat Geary, Voice of Country
"Thanks to ‘I Love It,’ Mark Cooke has become a favorite new artist with our listeners!  I think he has a very bright future in the biz." Kelly Green, WEIO
Mark is currently about to embark on a national radio tour promoting Living For The Weekend and his next single “Anyway The Wind Blows” which will be released later this fall.  Living For The Weekend will be available on iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets.  Visit to order Living For The Weekend or for more information.
About Mark Cooke
Born and raised in East Texas, Mark Cooke is an accomplished singer/songwriter who is no stranger to country music. He has always been a lover of music from a very young child to chasing the dream today in Music City, U.S.A. Mark recently has been signed to CVR (Label and Management) run by Music Row veteran producers J. Gary Smith and John Smith. Together they recorded his CVR debut EP due September 26 with plans for a full album in 2012.  His next single, “Anyway The Wind Blows,” will go for adds in November 2011.


ICM Awards LogoNashville, Tenn. (September 21, 2011) – Presentation of the 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards October 28th in Nashville will go state-of-the-art this year with the additional production value of a live internet “streaming event” which will be hosted as an online ticketed webcast via   

The presentation of the Inspirational Country Music Awards Show from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony will stream live on a custom URL ( where music fans may access sign-up information for the webcast as well as buy tickets for the online awards ceremonies.

Being hosted by returning familiar TV faces GAC Network’s Storme Warren and Inside Edition’s Megan Alexander, additional artist participation is also being announced this week with performances by Guy PenrodBuddy Jewell and Chuck Day added to the event. All three artists are among Top 5 nominees in the current voting round for the awards, which closes September 30th.  Riders In the Sky have also been announced as new additions to the list of major artists presenters set for the evening.  Artists already announced as performers include Lee GreenwoodRicky SkaggsJoey+Rory and The Roys.

“The live webcast of this year’s awards is being presented through an agreement we’ve signed with StageIt, a very innovative California based production team that specializes in delivering major artist music driven ‘event experiences’ online,” notes Jason Higgins, Executive Director of the Inspirational Country Music Association. “The online production will add an entire new and very cutting edge dimension of internet participation and fan access to the event that we are very excited about,” added Higgins.

Major artist nominees on the Top 5 ballot for this year’s Awards include Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, The Roys, Josh Turner, Jeff Bates, Randy Travis, The Grascals, Ricky Skaggs, The Oak Ridge BoysPoint of Grace, The Isaacs and George Strait.  Film honors finalists include a competitive Hollywood field highlighted by family rated major box office contenders including Country StrongSecretariat and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Now on countdown towards the October 28th award announcements, they are now also enjoying heavy fan traffic on the recently launched official social media Facebook page. Those interested in “liking” the page can join the pre-Awards Show fun and color commentary at

Additionally those interested ‘in a front row seat to a backstage experience’ in the live streaming webcast of the 17th Annual ICM Faith, Family & Country Awards are encouraged to resource

About Stageit:
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Stageit is a web-based platform created for artists by artists that empowers them to deliver and monetize interactive live experiences directly from their laptop. Stageit was launched in fall 2010 by CEO and music industry veteran Evan Lowenstein, who enjoys nearly 20 years of experience as a recording artist, award-winning writer and executive and was recently named to Digital Media Wire’s list of 25 Execs to Watch in Digital Entertainment for 2011. Offering intimacy and direct interaction with fans, Stageit gives artists the opportunity to offer unique online fan experiences that will not be archived or duplicated for distribution. On Stageit, artists are able to choose when they want to perform, for how long and how much they want to charge. Since October 1, 2010, artists who have performed on Stageit include Jimmy Buffett, Jason Mraz, KORN, Crosby Stills & Nash, Rusted Root, Lisa Loeb, Plain White T’s, Blackalicious, Jamie Kennedy, Kate Voegele, Chris Young and Bonnie Raitt.

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