Monday, October 17, 2011





Nashville, TN (October 17, 2011) – The Valory Music Co. recording artist Justin Moore’s new video for “Bait A Hook” debuted at #1 over the weekend as part of CMT’s BIG NEW MUSIC WEEKEND. Featuring NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, the comedic video was also shown at the Charlotte Motor Speedway during the Bank of America 500 on Saturday (10/15) for more than 100,000 fans at on the world’s largest HDTV.

ESPN was on set at the video shoot to capture some behind-the-scenes footage for a special that ran during NASCAR NOW before the race.

“Bait A Hook”, the second single from Moore’s #1 album OUTLAWS LIKE ME, is a jovial kiss-off song about an ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. The new beau, who is somewhat lacking in manliness, can’t even “bait a hook.” Moore’s jealous suspicions about his ex’s new flame turn out to be less than accurate when the two compare the size of their catch.

Moore met his favorite driver, Carl Edwards, for the first time in May after performing at the Brickyard 400 Presented by The Country star was invited to watch the race from the Racing Royalty’s pit box, sparking discussion about a cameo.

"Carl's a great guy and it was a blast having him on set. What a cool experience hanging out on the lake and fishing with my favorite driver. I really appreciated him doing it,” said Moore.

Early last week, Moore was nominated for an American Country Award for Artist of the Year – Breakthrough Artist. Fans can vote from now until November 11 at The televised event will air on December 5 on FOX at 8:00PM EST.

ABOUT JUSTIN MOORE: Justin Moore’s star has grown significantly since he was named Billboard's “Top New Country Artist of 2009.” This Southern Country stylist has sold over 2.2 million digital downloads to date and his sophomore album OUTLAWS LIKE ME hit the #1 spot the week it was released. OUTLAWS LIKE ME includes the fastest-rising single of Moore’s career, “If Heaven Wasn’t So Far Away,” which ascended to the #1 spot. His debut album scored three consecutive smash singles (the #1 “Small Town USA” as well as the hits “Backwoods” and “How I Got To Be This Way”). He has been profiled by publications from The Washington Post, People Country and Billboard to USA Today. Additionally, his debut was recognized by the New York Times as one of the best albums of 2009. National TV appearances include NPR, WGN Midday News, FOX, Associated Press and Better TV while his music has been featured on Hannity & Colmes and NFL Rewind. Having just wrapped up a summer tour with Rascal Flatts, he will hit the road with Darius Rucker later this fall. Currently, Moore is playing dates with Miranda Lambert and will open for Blake Shelton in 2012. For music and more, visit
ABOUT CARL EDWARDS: In just seven short years Carl Edwards has had a storied NASCAR career, moving his way from the Camping World Truck Series to NASCAR’s elite Sprint Cup Series, winning a Nationwide Series Championship and chalking up numerous wins in between.  He is considered one of NASCAR’s most voracious competitors. In the first 10 years of his career, Carl Edwards accumulated two NASCAR-sanctioned track championships, three Rookie-of-the-Year honors, and over 75 feature wins while racing on both dirt and pavement tracks across the country.  The drive and determination that Edwards showed in those 10 years launched him into a successful NASCAR career that continues into 2011. For more on Carl visit: 



NASHVILLE – Five-time 2011 CMA Award Nominee Taylor Swift surprised several radio stations and broadcast professionals across the United States this morning by personally notifying them of their CMA Broadcast Award wins. Swift spread the good news by calling Major, Large, Medium, and Small Market Station and Large, Medium, and Small Market Broadcast Personality of the Year winners from her Nashville home.

            The Major Market Broadcast Personality winner will be announced later this afternoon. The CMA National Broadcast Personality of the Year winner will be announced tomorrow morning. The CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year and CMA Radio Station of the Year recipients will be recognized during “The 45th Annual CMA Awards,” hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and airing live Wednesday, Nov. 9 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

2011 CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year Winners:

Large Market – Chris Carr, Jeffrey “Maverick” Bolen, and Jason Statt, “Chris Carr & Company,” WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio (Hubbard Broadcasting). This is the first win for the “Chris Carr & Company” after being nominated in 2009 and 2010. Carr is the 2007 CMA Broadcast Award winner for Major Market Broadcast Personality of the Year for his solo work at KEEY in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

Medium Market – Brian Pierce and Kellie Michaels, “Mornings with Brian and Kellie,” KFDI, Wichita, Kan. (Journal Broadcasting Group). This is the first win for Pierce and Michaels after being nominated in 2009 and 2010.

Small Market – Scotty Cox and Carissa Loethen, “Scotty and Carissa in the Morning,” KCLR, Columbia, Mo. (Zimmer Radio, Inc.). This is the first win for Cox and Loethen, who were first nominated in 2010.

2011 CMA Radio Station of the Year Winners:

Major Market –WYCD, Detroit, Mich. (CBS Radio). WYCD is a first time winner after being nominated in 2009 and 2010.

Large Market – WQDR, Raleigh/Durham, N.C. (Curtis Media Group). WQDR is a first time winner after being nominated in 2005, 2009, and 2010.

Medium Market – KATM, Modesto, Calif. (Citadel Media). KATM is a first time winner and nominee.

Small Market – KCLR, Columbia, Mo. (Zimmer Radio, Inc.). This is the first win for KCLR. The station was first nominated in 2010.

            Five finalists are selected for Broadcast Personality of the Year and Station of the Year in four categories (small, medium, large, and major market). The categories are established by market size based on population as ranked by Arbitron. Entries for Broadcast Personality of the Year are judged on aircheck, ratings, community involvement, and biographical information. Candidates for Station of the Year are judged on airchecks, ratings history, community involvement, and format leadership.
            CMA members who are full-time, on-air personalities and CMA member radio stations in the U.S. and Canada were eligible to enter. The entries were judged by a panel of distinguished broadcast professionals, representing all market sizes and regions. An aggregate score of the first round of judging and the second round, which is done by a different panel of judges, determined the winners. The international accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche LLP tabulates scoring by the judges. CMA Broadcast Award winners are not eligible to enter in consecutive years; therefore, those who received trophies in 2010 were not eligible in 2011.

Tickets for “The 45th Annual CMA Awards” are on sale and can be purchased at or Ticketmaster outlets; by calling (800) 745-3000; or at the Bridgestone Arena Box Office, located at 501 Broadway (corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway, Nashville). Ticket prices for the CMA Awards start at $110 for Upper Level seating. Ticket prices include tax, but exclude applicable service fees. Purchase tickets early for the best available seats. In 2009 and 2010, the CMA Awards sold out in advance.

Previously announced performers include Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Swift, and Keith Urban, plus Kenny Chesney and Grace Potter singing their hit collaboration “You and Tequila,” Rascal Flatts and Natasha Bedingfield performing their duet “Easy,” and co-hosts Paisley and Underwood in their first live televised-performance of their No. 1 song “Remind Me.”   

“The 45th Annual CMA Awards” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and David Wild is the writer. The special will be shot in high definition and broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.


"Stirring and Uplifting" Track Evokes Equally Uplifting
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Bentley Plays Two Nights at NYC's Irving Plaza This Week

Nashville, TN – Oct. 17, 2011 – The new video for award winning singer/songwriter Dierks Bentley’s anthemic new single “Home” premieres today on VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, and will begin airing on music video channels tomorrow. Directed by Robert Deaton and George Flanigen, the inspiring video features iconic images of both the history and humanity of America.

“Home means so many things to so many different people," says Bentley.  "For my Dad, who fought in World War II, it means one thing and for my daughter, it means something as simple as playing in the park with her friends. For this video, we wanted to incorporate iconic images of America, but also capture the spirit of our country and the things that make it great."

VEVO will premiere “Home” across its platform, which includes, mobile apps and syndication partners like YouTube. To watch “Home,” visit:

Billboard says "'Home' perfectly captures the mood of many Americans, desperate for unity in a difficult time." All Access notes that the song "displays once again how Dierks Bentley is one of the most prolific artists in music today…'Home' is one of the best singles of the year." And when nabbing Music Row's "Disc of the Day" Award, Robert Oerrman called it "stirring and uplifting…well written and brilliantly produced."

“Home” is the latest single off Bentley’s sixth Capitol Nashville studio project that is scheduled for release in early 2012.  The disc has already scored the No. one hit “Am I The Only One.”  Bentley’s new album follows in the footsteps of his critically acclaimed UP ON THE RIDGE, which earned Album of the Year nominations at the ACM, CMA and GRAMMY Awards this year. His previous five albums have sold over five million copies, earned 10 GRAMMY nominations and spawned eight No. one hits.  

Bentley's upcoming weekend stops on his headlining "Country & Cold Cans" Tour are Irving Plaza in New York, NY (10/20 and 10/21) and Uncasville, CT (10/22). For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

Here is a question that Peter Benjamins sent to me and my answer.


I appreciate every newsletter as it gives me a feel of what playing the steel guitar was like during the 50's and 60's, as well as what is happening today.

When you mention a recording or album, could you tell us the name so we can listen to it for our education? We may all have differing opinions about what sounds good and it would help to know what was considered good and obtainable back then.

For example, on most older recordings the steel guitars sounded warmer, this is clearly evident when you compare the sound of the steel guitar on some of Buck Owens tunes to those on Dwight Yoakam's "Dwight Sings Buck" CD, where the steel guitar sounds cold and harsh.

Thanks again
Peter Benjamins

The reason for this is steel guitars of yesteryear sounded fuller, plus the actual recording studios themselves with their vacuum tube consoles, sounded much fresher than the digital boards that are being used today.

I remember how great steel guitars used to sound on the Grand Ole Opry. Generally I feel the warmth of the old steel guitar played through the old tube amps and recorded on magnetic tape as opposed to everything being digital, adds a lot of what people are missing on records today.

The tone on the Grand Ole Opry was obtained by plugging directly into an old gray Echoplex, then going into a 1955 Standel amplifier, then to a little control board on the side of the stage and then to WSM 50,000 Watt clear channel, then of course to your radios, which were vacuum tube.

Yes, no wonder it sounded different. There was a magic sweet full warmth about that sound in the old days, something we have trouble reproducing today. However, and this is a big however, you cannot get this tone simply by going out and buying a tube type amplifier to play through. It just won’t do it like that.

No telling how many vacuum tubes the sound went through before you actually heard it in the old days. It seems that a good transistor amplifier today will give you a much cleaner tone and more power than a decent tube amp would yesteryear, plus maintenance is many times better than a tube amplifier. But fun is fun and searching for that elusive tone can be a very interesting hunt if you do it correctly.

I recall the tone Bud Isaacs always got with his beautiful Bigsby steel guitar, so I asked him one day what kind of amp he used. He said, “Hardly ever the same one twice. Just whatever my cord will reach and plug into.” Of course, this was early fifties so everything I’ve said so far applies.

Now I have some news for all you steel guitar lovers and fans. A GFI price increase is coming. It will be up about 14%. These guitars are a make that we sell hundreds of each year, however even at 14% more, these guitars are still one of the greatest values in new guitars available anywhere today.

Everybody is complaining today that steel guitars are too expensive and weight too much. You don’t have these disadvantages with the GFI steel guitar. When you think about the great professionals that have played these guitars for years, you’ll know you can’t go wrong. Players like Buddy Charlton, Ralph Mooney, Mike Fried with Gary Allen and Norm Hamlet with Merle Haggard. These great players all played GFI for the obvious reasons.

The fact that they are light and so easy to work on are two of the biggest plusses along with great parts availability and factory support just a phone call away6. Call me quick before the price goes up.

Our friend Fred Jack and his daughter Dottie Jack came by to visit last week. They were escaping the fires in Austin, however two of Fred’s daughters did lose their houses to this devastating calamity. My heart goes out to everyone of you Texas players that went through this ordeal.

Whenever these tragedies hit us anywhere in the world, we all need to look out for each other as much as possible. Most of all, take care of those puppies and kitties, those innocent little souls only have us to look out for them. And of course the farm stock, horses and cows, hogs and so on who reside in the fields around your farms, deserve the same attention.

One of the reasons that I have a large showroom full of great steel guitars and many different kinds of amplifiers is so you can make your own decision on what you think sounds great and what you think doesn’t. So please come by and see me anytime you can.

Check out our monthly specials at and we’ll try to save you a lot of money.

Your buddy,

Steel Guitar Nashville
123 Mid Town Court
Hendersonville, TN. 37075
(615) 822-5555
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Neal McCoy Single “A-OK” Produced by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert & Brent Rowan

 Neal McCoy Single “A-OK” Set for Digital Release on Oct. 18th

Project Produced by Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert & Brent Rowan
Neal McCoy - "A-Ok"Nashville, TN (October 17, 2011) -- Blaster Records recording artist and multi-platinum singer, Neal McCoy, will release the first single off  his twelfth career album, XII, on Oct. 18th. “A-OK,” coordinated through a recent distribution deal between Blaster Records and Warner Music Nashville, along with Rodeowave Entertainment at the helm of radio promotion, will be launched exclusively for digital download, available at all digital retailers.

In the 21 years since the ‘consummate live performer’ released his first single, Neal McCoy has had his share of feel good radio records. With over 25 charted singles, five #1 hits, two BMI Song of the Year awards with “Wink” and “The Shake,” and a whole lot of fun along the way, the entertainer has spent the better part of two decades chasing ‘that song.’

With “A-OK,” McCoy’s quest may be complete. “Everybody wants to find that song that hits the sweet spot, which is pretty much them, but everybody else, too. I think I finally found that song!,” McCoy explains.

With its bouncing beat, bright melody, and yes, pure Andy Griffith whistle, along with the Barry Dean/Luke Laird/Brett Eldredge mid-tempo and happy-go-lucky flow, the song about seeing the glass as half-full and the smile upside down in a frown, is the perfect culmination of McCoy’s always effervescent live show and ever energetic image as an entertainer. “I think any song that says ‘It’s gonna be okay, it’s gonna be alright…’ and feels like this one does, has got to be a winner. People really want to hear, and almost need to hear, that right now…Times being the way they are, and something that makes people feel good? Well, anyone who knows me knows I’m all about that,” explains the good timin’ entertainer.

Neal McCoy has sold over 6 million albums. His entrance into the country music world was championed by Hall of Famer Charley Pride, and his return is being orchestrated by CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee and reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Blake Shelton, CMA/ACM Album, Single and Female Vocalist of the Year Miranda Lambert, and longtime guitar great Brent Rowan. McCoy’s highly anticipated and twelfth studio album, XII, is set for a first quarter 2012 release.

For more information, please visit or

For more information on Blaster Records, visit

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