Monday, September 26, 2011

Adam Fisher Performing on the Grand Ole Opry

Country Outlaw Adam Fisher Fulfills Lifelong Dream of Performing on the Grand Ole Opry Stage
 
Coming off the recent success of his latest single, “Freight Train,” soulful country-rocker Adam Fisher will take The Grand Ole Opry House stage and perform a pre-show for the annual Holiday Notes From Home taping on Thursday, October 6th. “What a night! I’ve dreamed about performing on this stage as long as I can remember, but doing it for the troops and alongside Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack is just unbelievable,” says Adam.
 
Adam’s performance will be followed up with hosts hit maker Clay Walker and GAC’s Nan Kelley while an all star lineup of Little Big Town and Lee Ann Womack take the stage.
 
Members of the United States Air Force and Air Force Reserve, service members from Fort Campbell, KY, and the Tennessee Army & Air National Guard will be invited as special guests. They will accompany participating artists to send their holiday greetings to our soldiers and their families serving all around the world. The recording, Holiday Notes From Home, will air numerous times throughout the Christmas season on the Armed Forces Radio and Television Network (AFRTN).
 
Tickets are free and the event is open to everyone who wants to hear great music while showing their support for our military. If you have a loved one serving in the military, bring a sign to show some pride for your friend, spouse or family member. Tickets are available at the link below.
 
With musical influences that span Waylon Jennings, Dave Matthews and Elvis, Adam is ready to take a risk and give his fans something new and different to love. Performing since the early age of thirteen, this good ‘ole boy has a rocking edge and the confidence and stage presence of a seasoned performer.
 
WHAT: Holiday Notes From Home hosted by GAC Host Nan Kelley and Clay Walker. A Christmas concert taping for Armed Forces Radio & Television to air on Christmas day and throughout the holiday season.
WHERE: The Grand Ole Opry House, Nashville, TN
WHEN: Thursday, October 6th at 7pm
TICKETS: Free tickets can be reserved @ http://holidaynotesfromhome.eventbrite.com/
PARKING: Available for free at the Opry Mills lots adjacent to The Grand Ole Opry House.
 
To stay updated on him, visit www.AdamFisherLive.com or follow him on Twitter @AdamFisherLive.

The Roys Ride High During IBMA 2011

The Roys Ride High During IBMA 2011
 World of Bluegrass Week
Roys closeup w instruments  Anthony Ladd 
"I've known The Roys for a long time and have heard them just keep getting better
and better. This new project is their best yet. I was real proud to be on it." - Ricky Skaggs

"If you like a good combination of traditional and contemporary music then you will love The Roys. Their heartfelt original material will cause your mind to drift back to the past whileat the same time, letting you enjoy the quality of today's music." - Jamie Dailey, Dailey & Vincent

Nashville, TN (September 26, 2011) - The Roys will be riding high during IBMA 2011 World of Bluegrass Week  (September 26 - October 2) with a slew of live performances, special showcases and high-profile media events on tap.  Lee and Elaine credit Rural Rhythm Records for their continued chart success, and hail their fans and the media for the overwhelming response to their current CD, LONESOME WHISTLE.  The disc will enjoy chain-wide "feature" status in LIFEWAY stores beginning today.  This new promotion will run through October 28.

"It's been an unbelievable year for us," says Elaine Roy.  "We are thankful to the Bluegrass community for making us so welcome, and we are thrilled with the opportunities that the IBMA has given us to show our appreciation," adds her brother, Lee.
These dynamic Bluegrassers are enjoying their busiest touring year ever, bringing traditional music to both Bluegrass and Country audiences at venues (CMA Music Festival, The Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival, Eastern Music Festival, University of Wisconsin (Washington County) Theatre on the Hill, Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Dollywood and Country Thunder Festival USA) across the nation. Their original songs and signature harmonies, combined with an essential and elemental musical foundation; a high-energy performance style and memorable presence has made them able ambassadors for their beloved genre.  "We were raised with fiddles, mandolins and 'real' mountain music," explains Lee.  "Our hearts are in the hills and haunts of the Bluegrass traditions," adds Elaine. "This is where we belong."

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Martina McBride - I’m Gonna Love You Through It (CD Single Review)


Martina McBride - I’m Gonna Love You Through It (CD Single Review)


Release Date - 19 Aug 2011
Label - (C) 2011 Republic Nashville Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
Time - 3:45
Writers - Writer: Ben Hayslip/Sonya Isaacs/Jimmy Yeary
Rating (Out of 10): 7/10

You're not supposed to say the word "cancer" in a song....But this is country music and we do” said Brad Paisley in this song “This Is Country Music”. Well 45 year-old Martina McBride uses the word twice in her current single ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through It’ which is her second from her forthcoming album ELEVEN.

The song was composed by Ben Hayslip (co-wrote ‘Barefoot and Crazy’ for Jack Ingram, ‘Honey Bee’ and ‘All About Tonight’ for Blake Shelton) along with husband and wife Jimmy Yeary and Sonya Isaacs who became first-time parents on July 26, 2011 with the birth on a son Ayden. As writers Isaacs scored success with Heidi Newfield’s “Stay Up Late” and Yeary co-wrote ‘Keeping It Rural’ for Ashton Shepherd, and with Neil Thrasher and Tom Shapiro penned ‘’Why Wait” the #1 hit for Rascal Flatts. Yeary also became a member of the reformed band Shenandoah.

The conceptions of this song came from a writing session, Isaacs mother had a hard battle with breast cancer and they called her up and put her on the speaker phone to hear what she had endured in order to stay alive and how Sonya’s father had dealt with the difficulties.

The song gently opens with soft piano, acoustic guitar strums and cello notes.
She dropped the phone and burst into tears / The doctor just confirmed her fears / Her husband held it in and held her tight / Cancer don’t discriminate or care if you’re just 38 / With three kids who need her in their lives / He said, ‘I know that you’re afraid and I am, too / But you’ll never be alone, I promise you “” McBride sings in the emotional first verse.

The song is basically a conversation piece between a couple - ‘We’re going to get through this together “ - As partners they are there to help each other and come to terms when faced with one of life’s cruelest hardships - ‘I’m gonna love you through it “. McBride winds up her power house chops and feeling the emotions belts out in "Céline Dion fashion the chorus lines:

When you’re weak, I’ll be strong / When you let go, I’ll hold on / When you need to cry, I swear that I’ll be there to dry your eyes / When you feel lost and scared to death, like you can’t take one more breath step / Just take my hand, together we can do this / I’m gonna love you through it,”

The lyrics leaving nothing to the imagination when faced with the life-threatening ailment telling a survivors story as McBride inform us:
She made it through the surgery fine, They said they caught her just in time, But they had to take more than they planned, And now it’s forced smiles and baggy shirts, To hide what the cancer took from her
And she just wants to feel like a woman again

The husband is there to wipe her tears, hold her hand, comfort her and will be her rock in those harsh, painful and weakest times - “He took her in his arms and said “That’s what my love is for”.

The song has a contemporary sound but allows steel guitar to sweep forward in the mix and McBride’s vocal soars backed by the crescendo of a full-on string section. One of the songs drawbacks is that the arrangement is very similar and at times almost undistinguishable to her 2007 Top 5 single “Anyway”. It is as if the producers in order to re-create similar chart success revisited it giving it a fresh sheen to the recording.

After a slow start it holds a position of #35 on the Hot Country Charts. The test will be as to how country radio reacts to it. As far as the UK is concerned it has had few airings to date. Will radio programmers feel too uncomfortable playing it, is it too graphic? You're not supposed to say that unpleasant “word” in a song? Back in the 90’s deep meaningful country songs were often the order of the day tackling awkward real life subject matter. In recent years Music row seems to demand more pop-fluff and rock anthems with a diet of partying, drinking and truck songs. The aim of ‘I’m Gonna Love You Through’ is to strike a chord with people as Martina sings out from the rooftops as well as from heart in a style that made her a country superstar. We shall have to see where the chips may fall.

In the video celebrity cancer survivors speak of their families support mechanisms and carers and include Sheryl Crow, Robin Roberts and Hoda Kotb, as well as cancer activist Katie Couric adding a personal dimension to the empowering lyrics of the tune.

It was rumoured that this song was to become the title cut of the new album but it is to be named ELEVEN. It will be released on October 11, 2011 with 11 tracks on this McBride’s’ 11th album A deluxe edition is be made available with 4 extra songs and music videos for the albums 2 singles.
I feel like I’ve been given the support and power to go into the studio and write and create an album that pushes the boundaries of what people expect of me, while still being true to myself “ said Martina at a press conference. To coincide with its release Martina will take a cross-country four-day train ride from Los Angeles to New York making 11 stops to showcase her songs in Albuquerque, N.M., Chicago and New York. The tour is named “'Eleven' Across America Powered by Amtrak."
Let’s hope for her sake that the album will be a success and not hit the buffers on route.



Livewire (21 Sept 2011)

Randall Franks returns to television

 

Former NBC and CBS star Randall Franks returns to television in new film “Decision” on GMC


Actor/entertainer Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” returns to television Sunday, October 16 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. (EST) with a special appearance in the GMC movie “Decision.”
“This is a wonderful story and when I read the script, I knew I wanted to be part of it,” Franks said. “It was a privilege to help bring the visions of director Thomas Makowski and screenwriter Kevan Otto to life in this heartwarming .”
While working since April to raise $1 million to rebuild homes for uninsured and underinsured tornado victims in his hometown of Ringgold, Ga., Randall fulfilled requests from four additional directors to join their films. He is currently filming his fifth movie of the year.
In the first of those movies to be released he stars alongside fellow entertainers Natalie Grant and Billy Dean.
“This was my first opportunity to meet and work with Natalie,” he said. “She was so gracious and I enjoyed the time we shared on the set. This is my second film with Billy and I am honored to share the screen with him again.”
Franks plays “Principal Nate Foster” in this coming of age story of teen “Jackson Connors,” played by Mike Rosenbaum, who is overcoming the loss of his father (Dean).
“I hope everyone will tune in to join us all in this wonderful adventure of finding God’s unique direction for each of us,” Franks said.  
Check local cable listings to find GMC or find it on Dish Network channel 188, DIRECTV channel 338, and Verizon FiOS channel 224.
Franks’s musical stylings have been heard in 150 countries and by more than 25 million Americans. His musical career boasts 17 album releases, 17 singles, and over 200 recordings with various artists from various genres.
In addition to touring, he hosts 10 concerts annually at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. raising funds for the Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship Fund.
The award-winning fiddler’s best selling release, "Handshakes and Smiles" was a top twenty Christian music seller. Many of his albums were among the top 30-bluegrass recordings of their release year.
The multi-award winning journalist is an author and syndicated columnist reaching readers throughout the South and Midwest.
For more information or to donate to assist in rebuilding, visit http://randallfranks.com/.

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Actor Randall Franks (center, back) pauses on the set of  “Decision” near Nashville with Natalie Grant -“Ilene Connors,” Mike Rosenbaum (left) - “Jackson Connors,” and director Thomas Makowski. ((Photo: Randall Franks Media)

Randall Franks (Photo: Randall Franks Music/Teryl Jackson)

OAK RIDGE BOYS HEAD TO BIG APPLE

OAK RIDGE BOYS HEAD TO BIG APPLE
AS WHIRLWIND MEDIA CAMPAIGN CONTINUES STEADY ROLL
Check out “The Oaks” on FOX & Friends,  Larry’s Country Diner, and Better
Oak Ridge BoysNashville, Tenn. (September 25, 2011) -- The Oak Ridge Boys are gearing up for the second week of an intense media campaign in support of the group’s new CD, It’s Only Natural and the 30th anniversary of the hit song, “Elvira.”   A national press tour will take place in New York City, starting on Sunday with an appearance on FOX News Channel’s late-night show, Geraldo At Large.
On Monday, fans can start their day with the Oaks on FOX & friends, the number one cable morning show in America. There will be a live performance of “Elvira,” beginning around 8:50 a.m. (ET).  The group will also take to the airwaves with a live segment on the FOX Business Network around 11:45 a.m. (ET).  Later in the day, they’ll take things high-tech on the FOXNEWS.com LIVE Entertainment hour, which airs from 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET).  Then, step into the spotlight on Tuesday for a Better TV taping which will broadcast nationally on October 4, 2011.
Be sure to tune in as the legendary Oaks check out what’s cooking at Larry’s Country Diner on RFD-TV. The show is set to air on September 29th & 30th and October 1, 2011 (check for local listings).
The Oak Ridge Boys’ It’s Only Natural CD is released through the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® exclusive music program.  It features a rerecording of the signature song “Elvira” along with six other hits, and five new songs.
Tracks on It’s Only Natural:

1.     What’cha Gonna Do? (Steven J. Williams, Wil Nance & Sherrie Austin)
2.     True Heart (Michael James Bruce Clark & Don Schlitz)
3.     Before I Die (Woody Mullis & Trey Matthews)
4.     Gonna Take a Lot of River (Mark Henley & John Kurhajetz)
5.     No Matter How High (Even Stevens & Joey Scarbury)
6.     The Shade (Shane Decker & Troy Jones)
7.     Elvira (Dallas Frazier)
8.     Louisiana Red Dirt Highway (Vernon Rust)
9.     Beyond Those Years (Troy Harold Seals & Eddie F. Setser)
10.   Wish You Could Have Been There (Steven Dall, Casey Marshall & John Kennedy)
11.   Lucky Moon (Mark Wright & Doug Johnson)
12.   Sacrifice… For Me (Joe Bonsall)
The CD is available exclusively at all Cracker Barrel locations. For more information, please visit: www.oakridgeboys.com/natural

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