Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Fourth Studio Album Featuring Sixth Career No. 1  Single “Take A Back Road” Available on iTunes and in Stores Nationwide
Nashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, October 4, 2011) -- Curb Records’ platinum-selling hit-maker Rodney Atkins has proven sometimes taking the back road pays off. After celebrating a two-week No. 1--his sixth U.S. No. 1 and second No. 1 in Canada-- with “Take A Back Road,” Atkins reached the fourth largest audience at country radio since 2005 according to Nielsen. Not to mention, single sales have rung in over 600,000 at the pace of close to 40,000 per week. Today, Tuesday, October 4, Atkins releases the new album TAKE A BACK ROAD, which features additional stand-out tracks including “Cabin In The Woods,” “He’s Mine” and more, available now on iTunes and in stores nationwide. The new music video, directed by Andy Tennant, can be viewed HERE and on CMT, GAC, TCN, and more.
Teaming up once again with producer Ted Hewitt, who co-produced both the platinum “If You’re Going Through Hell,” and “It’s America,” Atkins worked hard to capture the unconventional vision he had in mind for this new release. Atkins spent hours in his home studio crafting each vocal and track--paying attention to every minor detail. It’s a process he cherishes almost as much as being onstage, and one he takes extremely seriously.
“What does it mean to follow your own path? I try to think about that a lot when I’m making an album,” Atkins explains. “To me, it’s going somewhere you’ve never been, because when you do that, you wind up seeing things that no one has seen before… which means you can paint the picture differently.”
The songs on TAKE A BACK ROAD tell the stories of the every-day middle American -- from the sweetly honest battling couple who’ve drawn lines down the middle of the bed in “Feet,” to the fiercely parental pride-even-through-the-tough-times in “He’s Mine,” the tunes are chock full of the authentic emotion Atkins strives for in each and every note.
TAKE A BACK ROAD Track Listing
Produced by Ted Hewitt and Rodney Atkins
1.)    “Take A Back Road” (Rhett Akins, Luke Laird)
2.)    “He’s Mine” (Casey Beathard, Phil O’Donnell, Tim James
3.)    “Family” (Jim Collings, George Teren)
4.)    “The Corner” (Dale Dodson, Dean Dillon, Jessie Jo   Dillon)
5.)    “She’s A Girl Ain’t She” (Tony Martin, Neil Thrasher, Wendell Mobley)
6.)    “She’d Rather Fight” (Tom Martin, Tom Shapiro, David Lee Murphy)
7.)    “Feet” (Tony Haselden, Walker Hayes)
8.)    “Cabin In The Woods” (David Lee Murphy, Jim Collins)
9.)    “Just Wanna Rock N Roll” (Rodney Clawson, Chris Tompkins)
10.)   “Growing Up Like That” (Rodney Aktins, Ted Hewitt, Ben Hayslip)
11.)   “Tips” (Rodney Atkins, Ted Hewitt, Bob Regan)
12.)   “Lifelines” (Rodney Atkins, Ted Hewitt, Ben Hayslip)
In celebration of today’s debut, Atkins is spending time in the place where all roads in America lead, Chicago’s Wrigley Field.  He’ll chat with press, throw some pitches with the Chicago Cubs players and even mow the field with a Massey Ferguson tractor. A small-town boy from Greenville, Tenn., Atkins has always been a huge baseball fan and avid supporter of the Cubs; and spending time outside with his 10-year-old son Elijah preparing him for his all-star games is one of his favorite past times.
Moreover, on Oct. 12, Great American Country (GAC) will give fans the chance to get an in insider’s view on Atkins’ career and the stories behind the new songs on TAKE A BACK ROAD with Origins: Rodney Atkins which premieres at 10 p.m. ET with a re-air at 2 a.m. ET.
Atkins is currently out on tour with Darius Rucker, performing for fans in arenas across the country. For a full list of dates, visit www.rodneyatkins.com.

(L to R): Rhett Akins, Rodney Atkins, Luke Laird pose with Rodney Atkins' gift of cornhole boards in celebration of their smash  two-week No. 1 single "Take A  Back Road" in Nashville yesterday, Monday, October 3 at BMI.

Photo Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images
Rodney Atkins makes radio calls from the press box at Chicago's Wrigley Field this morning in celebration of his album release.

Photo Credit: Daniel Boczarski

Grammy® Award Winning Artist, Marty Raybon

Rural Rhythm Records Signs Grammy® Award Winning Artist, Marty Raybon
Rural Rhythm Records is very proud to announce they have signed Grammy® award winning artist Marty Raybon to the label and will release a new album in 2012.  The announcement came last Saturday night during Marty’s IBMA FanFest performance at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass when Sam Passamano, II, President of Rural Rhythm Records introduced the band.  "Marty's signature vocals have earned him a string of #1 hit classic songs which are still loved and cherished today by millions of music fans. We are very excited about being a part of this new chapter in Marty Raybon's storied career and proud to have one of today's top male vocalists in the music business join our Rural Rhythm Family," said Sam Passamano II.
Marty Raybon echoed the sentiments saying, “The excitement of finding a home in the wonderful family of Rural Rhythm is truly more than words could ever express for me. To know that It's All About The Music is not just a slogan or catchy title - it is the vision of Sam Passamano II and the whole Rural Rhythm team.  Helen Keller was asked - ‘What would be worst than being born blind?’ and she replied - ‘To have sight with no vision.’  As a singer-songwriter, knowing the belief one has in you and a vision for the whole world to hear your music is what every artist dreams of.  I am not just proud to be a part of a record label but honored, to be a member of the family at Rural Rhythm.”
Marty has produced a remarkable list of career accomplishments including: multiple number one singles; top selling albums; CMA, ACM, IBMA and Grammy® awards; along with scores of other accolades.  Collectively, his contributions to the recording industry have sold well into the millions and he has performed literally thousands of live concerts around the globe.  He is well known for his role as lead singer of the band Shenandoah (1985-1996) and recorded his first solo album, Marty Raybon in 1995.   
Marty Raybon & Full Circle are now on tour including upcoming performances in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida and many more.  For more information, please visit:  http://martyraybon.com


Gave the music industry and country music fans a chance to hear their new music with several shows this past weekend on Lower Broadway

(Nashville, TN – 10/04/11) Fort Wayne Indiana’s Allan & Ashcraft took to the stage in the backroom at the legendary Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge this past Thursday September 29th in front of the country music industry and media to showcase their new material from the self-titled debut EP.

Performing all five of the EP’s tracks, including the lead single “Cornfields” and their country crossover version of Buck Cherry’s “Sorry,” they delighted the crowd as they swapped back and forth between lead vocals, showcased their musicianship and performed their modern brand of country.

Besides offering the audience a glimpse into the current, they also took the opportunity to perform material of what’s to come as well as pay homage to all of their influences from Garth Brooks to John Anderson and Dierks Bentley before ending with their take on Prince’s “Purple Rain.”

After performing an hour long set at Tootsie’s, Allan & Ashcraft played a late night set at Rippy’s on the corner of 5th and Broadway that same night and spent the remainder of  their Music City weekend playing both Tootsie’s and Rippy’s one more time each before returning back to Fort Wayne.

For more information on Allan & Ashcraft, and to hear music from their self-titled debut EP, please visit them on the web at: http://www.allanandashcraft.com

MUTTERSÖHNCHEN spalten die Nation

MUTTERSÖHNCHEN spalten die Nation mit ihrem Auftritt beim Bundesvision Songcontest.

Wie Stefan Raab schon ankündigte: MUTTERSÖHNCHEN klingt zunächst harmlos, doch dann kam es irgendwie doch ganz schön dicke..

Die beiden Hamburger MUTTERSÖHNCHEN waren ohne Frage der aus(ge)fallenste Act beim diesjährigen Bundesvision Songcontest. Sie haben das kleine Kunststück fertig gebracht, einerseits fast 20.000 Fans in der Kölner Lanxess Arena trotz totaler Unbekanntheit zu ekstatischen Jubelschreien zu bewegen und andererseits die Landsleute im zu vertretenden Bundesland Schleswig-Holstein so zu befremden, dass es von Zuhause nur drei schmale und beschämte Pünktchen gab..

Und im Internet schlagen sich MUTTERSÖHNCHEN-Fans und -Hasser verbal die Köpfe ein... Perfekt! Das Kalkül ging voll auf: MUTTERSÖHNCHEN haben den prestigelastigen letzten Platz mit Leichtigkeit ergattert, sind mit Ihrer Single „Essen Geh'n“ am Tag darauf zunächst auf Platz 3 der iTunes Elektrocharts eingestiegen und sind der Act des Abends, über den man lächelnd spricht.

Seit dem Tag darauf ist auch das MUTTERSÖHNCHEN Debut-Album „1“ auf dem Markt, welches ganz sicher nicht zuletzt ob seiner vielleicht unerwarteten musikalischen und textlichen Qualität für weiteres Staunen sorgen wird.

Ab November werden MUTTERSÖHNCHEN live zu sehen sein – und ihre Shows könnten wiederum ganz anders werden, als die verwirrte Nation sich zunächst vorstellt..

TOBY KEITH „Clancy’s Tavern“ + TOBY KEITH live!

Liebe Musikfreunde,
in den USA zählt er zu den ganz großen Countrystars. Seine 14 Studio-, zwei Weihnachts- und drei Greatest Hits-Alben verkauften sich mehr als 30 Millionen Mal. 19 seiner Singles führten die „Billboard Hot Country“-Charts an, 16 weitere fanden sich in der Top 10 wieder. Mit „Clancy's Tavern“ kommt nun sein neuestes Album.

„Clancy's Tavern“ enthält auch vier Coverversionen, die während seiner „Incognito Bandito“-Show aufgenommen wurden. Wir dürfen uns auf Waylon Jennings' „High Time (You Quit Your Low Down Ways)“, Buck Owens' „Truck Drivin' Man“, Three Dog Night's „Shambala“ und Chuck Berry's „Memphis“ freuen.

Um die Veröffentlichung von Album Nummer 15 gebührend zu feiern, erscheint „Clancy’s Tavern“ im Rahmen einer 13 Städte umspannenden Europatour. Dafür kommt Toby Keith das erste Mal im Rahmen einer offiziellen Tour nach Deutschland. Tickets für die Konzerte in München, Köln, Hamburg und Berlin sind ab sofort erhältlich, das Album gibt es ab dem 21.10.2011.

05.11. München, Kesselhaus
07.11. Köln, E-Werk
08.11. Hamburg, Große Freiheit
19.11. Berlin, Huxley’s

„Clancy’s Tavern“
Label/Vertrieb: Universal Music
VÖ: 21.10.2011

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Ronnie Milsap – Country Again

Ronnie Milsap – Country Again

Milsap Music Group

1. A Better Word For Love 3:26 2. Country Again 4:14 3. Cry Cry Darling 3:28 Not Available 4. You're the Reason I'm Living 2:42 5. Almost Mine 3:33 6. Oh Linda 3:10 7. Even Fools Get Lucky 3:49 8. For a Minute There 2:42 9. Fireworks 3:35 10. On My Own 3:50 11. Trapped In An Old Country Song 2:53 12. If You Don't Want Me To (The Freeze) 4:02 13. If You Don't Want Me To (Dance Mix) [Bonus Track] 3:48

Was ist der Unterschied zwischen einem Künstler der zur Legende geworden ist und einem Künstler von heute? Ganz klar, die Legende kann singen. Ok, der Witz stammt jetzt nicht von mir, sondern wurde mir von einem Freund aus Nashville einmal erzählt. Eine der ganz großen und noch lebenden Legenden der Musikgeschichte ist Ronnie Milsap. 40 Nummer 1 Hits, 6 Grammy, 8 CMA Awards, 4 ACM Awards. Das sind schon Hausnummern mit denen man aufwarten kann. Doch Ronnie Milsap war nicht nur in der Country Music unterwegs. Sein aktuelles Album „Country Again“ zeigt aber ganz klar, wo der Weg wieder hingehen soll. Und er hat noch nichts verlernt. Einfühlsamer können Songs nicht gesungen werden. Ausdrucksstärker eine Stimme kaum sein. Wer hier nicht zuschlägt, der ist selber schuld. Mit Fug und Recht kann gesagt werden, dass es eines seiner Besten Alben ist. Country Again mit Ronnie Milsap!

Christian Lamitschka ( Ch.Lamitschka@t-online.de )



NASHVILLE, TN – (Oct. 3, 2011) - Multi-Platinum singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley has joined forces with country radio and Believe in Heroes™, a Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) initiative, for his 2011 Country & Could Cans Tour. Bentley will host pre-show parties with fans across the nation at select tour dates leading up to Veterans Day on 11/11/11.  Fans in Lacrosse, WI will help Bentley kick off the new tour and Believe in Heroes campaign this Thurs., Oct. 6.

The pre-parties are just one of many Believe in Heroes events planned across the country dedicated to helping Put the Veteran Back in Veterans Day™.  Aiming to support and honor wounded veterans who have sacrificed, each party will be a chance for fans to give back to veterans and win prizes from Bentley including ticket upgrades, merchandise and autographed limited edition handwritten lyrics of the new single “Home.”  

"I meet so many service men and women at our shows, so I love being able to support the Wounded Warriors Project and honoring the heroes who have served our country," said Bentley.  "This program fits perfectly with the message of 'Home,' so we are going to do what we can between now and Veterans Day to really honor these people.  I hope fans will plan to get there early and be part of it!"

The Country & Cold Cans Tour with special guests Jerrod Niemann and Eli Young Band kicks off this week in LaCrosse, WI and continues on through Denver, CO on Nov. 19.  For a full list of tour dates and more info on upcoming Believe in Heroes events, visit: www.dierks.com or www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
About Wounded Warrior Project
The mission of Wounded Warrior Project™ is to honor and empower wounded warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and service to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, FL. To get involved and learn more, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.




Nashville, TN…(October 3, 2011)…Country Music superstar and celebrated TV host Craig Morgan is gearing up for some great national television appearances this week.  To kick things off, Morgan will be appearing on Hannity on Fox News on Wednesday, October 5th at 9PM ET as part of the show’s Great American panel.

Adding to the excitement of the week, Morgan will be part of the Opry’s 86th Birthday Bash Weekend celebration.  The show will air on GAC’s “Opry Live” on October 8th at 9PM ET.  Fans can also catch Craig in GAC’s "Day Jobs" where he revisits his days as a soldier in the United States Army.  The episode debuts on October 9th at 8PM ET.

Find more Morgan on TV in his second season of his Outdoor Channel series, “Craig Morgan All Access Outdoors,” with episodes airing throughout the year.

These appearances are in support of Morgan’s new hit single “This Ole Boy” which was recently released by Black River Entertainment.  Written by Ben Hayslip, Dallas Davidson, and Rhett Atkins, “This Ole Boy,” the title track and lead single from Craig’s new album, expected early 2012, is the perfect sing-along country love song.  Fans can sing along with their very own copy at iTunes http://bit.ly/ThisOleBoy-iTunes and Amazon http://amzn.to/ThisOleBoy.

One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester. His newest single “This Ole Boy,” has just been delivered to country radio. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. In addition to his career as a Country Music superstar, Craig is also a celebrated TV personality as the host of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” currently in its second season on The Outdoor Channel. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan.com or follow him on Twitter @cmorganmusic.


Jason Aldean

Nashville, TN – Oct. 3, 2011 – Multi-Platinum country artist Jason Aldean held his sixth annual “Concert for the Cure” on Friday, donating the profits from his Roanoke, Va. tour stop to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.  A sold-out crowd packed the Roanoke Civic Center on the eve of breast cancer awareness month to raise $315,000 for the fight against breast cancer.

"This is one of my favorite things we do all year and taking it on the road to other cities has been huge in helping us bring in more money for Komen," said Aldean.  "All of the money we raised will go to the local Roanoke effort, allowing them to give free mammograms to those who can't afford it.  We'll pick a different spot for next year and try to beat it.  October is a big month for raising money and awareness, and I have to thank my fans for doing their part!  Seeing an arena filled with pink is just a really cool thing!"

For more information about Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, breast health or breast cancer, visit www.komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.

For more information about Jason Aldean, visit www.jasonaldean.com.
Photo Credit: Rick Diamond, WireImage.

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