Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Available TODAY Everywhere Digitally and on CD at Amazon

CHECK OUT TODAY:GAC On the Streets – Today at 7:30 pm, 10:30 pm ETAOL Full CD Listening PartyMSN Listening BoothAOL's The Boot – Exclusive free download of “Circus Girl” track 
(NASHVILLE, TN) --  Film, TV, Broadway and recording star Sherrie Austin returns to Country music today with her first new music in 8 years, the full-length album, CIRCUS GIRL. 
CIRCUS GIRL includes the holiday duet, “Naughty or Nice,” (with songwriter/ artist Shane Stevens, writer of Lady Antebellum’s “American Honey”).  The track is a fun, infectious holiday song that cheekily details the naughty (nice?) pleasures of the holiday season. The new music video features Austin and Stevens – best friends in real life – in separate hemispheres of the globe, experiencing very different types of Christmases.    Check out the video here on CMT.com: http://www.cmt.com/videos/sherrie-austin/709544/naughty-or-nice.jhtml
GAC will also be giving “Naughty or Nice,” the sneak peek treatment during today’s episode of GAC On the Streets, running throughout the day.   CIRCUS GIRL is featured on MSN’s Listening Booth today at: http://music.msn.com/music/listeningbooth/
Additionally, AOL is featuring CIRCUS GIRL as part of its FULL CD Listening Party this week at: http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds#/8    And, AOL’s The Boot is giving away an exclusive free download of the album’s title track, “Circus Girl” here:  http://www.theboot.com/2011/11/09/free-song-download-sherrie-austin-circus-girl/
The Australian-born ACM nominee and Golden Guitar Award winner previously enjoyed success on the Country charts with her hits, “Streets of Heaven,” “Never Been Kissed,” and “Lucky in Love,” during her days on Arista Nashville and Broken Bow Records.  Most recently, Austin earned rave reviews for her starring roles on another type of stage - the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s production of Bonnie & Clyde and the Broadway productions of Ring Of Fire- The Johnny Cash Musical Show and Warrior.  Returning to Nashville in 2006, Austin has made a name for herself as an in-demand songwriter, penning songs for Trace Adkins, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and George Strait.
It is, in fact, Austin’s stint as a career songwriter helped inspire many of the songs on CIRCUS GIRL. The collection is a female-empowerment record, from  “Friday Night Girls,” the anthem for the brokenhearted single gals cutting loose and letting their hair down, to the raw, spunky, honest sensuality of “Just Wanna Love You Tonite,” to the feisty, matter-of-fact kiss-off track, “Get Your Leaving Done.” The album is a series of stories interpreted by a strong woman, about women, and for women, and Austin feels it’s something her female fans have been clamoring for, for quite some time.
 “The last few years I had been complaining about that fact that there weren’t any females speaking to women above the age of 30, so I started thinking about how I was writing my songs and came up with the idea for “Friday Night Girls” …I wanted to write a three minute song with every “Sex and the City” episode that had ever existed, so I did.  I quickly noticed that the women in my audiences loved it and so I switched my songwriting focus for a while to concentrate on that audience, who are my peers, to speak to them,” says Austin.
At the urging of her fans, Austin decided to enter the recording “big top” once again. This time she found that a process that once had frustrated her is now exciting her again. “It stopped being fun for me, making records and touring, which is why I focused on writing, but this is fun again. I have freedom now that I never had before. I’m making music for my fans, my music,” she says.
Additionally, Austin returns this week to the small screen – as a cast member of the 2nd season of Sundance Channel’s reality documentary series, “Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys.”  The show pairs Austin with her gay best friend, songwriter Shane Stevens (Lady Antebellum's “American Honey”) and documents their lives as songwriters and artists on Music Row in Nashville.  In fact, the premiere episode will document the making of the music video for Austin and Steven’s holiday duet, “Naughty or Nice,” when it airs this Friday, November 18th at 9 pm ET.
For more information about Sherrie Austin, please visit:  www.sherrieaustinmusic.com 
CIRCUS GIRL on iTUNES:  http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/circus-girl/id470125973
CIRCUS GIRL on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Circus-Girl-Sherrie-Austin/dp/B0061SV5RM

Haunting new music video by Blue Moon Rising

Haunting new music video by Blue Moon Rising
“My Sittin' Window” appears on band’s #1 hit album, STRANGE NEW WORLD
BLUE MOON RISING is proud to announce the new music video release of their song, “My Sittin’ Window.”  Clint Keller, a student at Carson-Newman College, served as Director and Producer and provided a mesmerizing view of this haunting tune written by Kenny Denney and Jamie Teachenor.   The song appears on the band’s #1 chart album STRANGE NEW WORLD, produced by BLUE MOON RISING and Grammy™ award winning producer, Randy Kohrs.
The video was shot in three days in New Market, TN at the Minnis House owned by Kim and David Stapleton who make an appearance in the funeral scene.  The cast includes Blue Moon Rising band members: Chris West (guitar and harmony vocals), Tony Mowell (bass), and the remarkable lead vocals by Brandon Bostic (guitar).Actors include: Jennifer Walker Ross (appearing courtesy of Talent Trek Agency); Rachel Carter; Jessie Reed; Mark McGinley; Vincent Cox; and Rick Page who plays the lead character. 
“My Sittin’ Window” is certainly not the only fan favorite from STRANGE NEW WORLD.  The band’s first single, “Time to be Movin’ On” has had a string of #1s on respected charts such as: Bluegrass Music Profiles Magazine’s Top 30 Hot Singles and SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Top 40 Most Played Tracks and has spent the entire last year on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs - reaching as high as #4.
Blue Moon Rising includes the talents of Chris West, Brandon Bostic, Tony Mowell and Kris Rasnake. For more information on the band and their music, please visit their official website at BlueMoonRisingBand.com and their youtube site.  


By Bob Doerschuk
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
As host of HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” this award-winning journalist and television personality lives in a whirl of 2:30 AM weekday wakeup calls, six hours of anchoring the news each day, assignments (like skydiving with President George H. W. Bush) and honors, including induction into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the 2010 Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor from American Women in Radio & Television.
But she has also loved singing in front of audiences as far back as kindergarten and Country Music specifically since first hearing a Mary Chapin Carpenter CD.
Her two sides intersect on her debut album. Brand New Day is produced by Victoria Shaw, with Billy Dean coproducing “Morning Sunshine,” which he wrote and sings with Meade. That’s one of six tracks that she co-wrote, most of them a mix of down-home and uptown. When she fumes about being stuck behind a car whose turn signal blinks for six miles on “Letting It Go” (written by Meade, Shaw and Matt Lopez) or revels in her command of big-city office politics on “Put My High Heels On” (Meade, Shaw and John Rich), you know she’s writing about what she knows, which after all is the essence of Country.
Still, when called back to her roots, Meade doesn’t disappoint. From her duet with Jim Brickman on the searing ballad “Welcome Home” (Brickman and Shaw) to her first single, a banjo-studded treatment of Don Henley’s “Dirty Laundry” (Henley and Danny Kortchmar) featuring Bo Bice, Kix Brooks, Gary Burr, Sarah Buxton and Shaw, she proves that those roots thrive just under the surface.
Brand New Day is available exclusively on iTunes and in greeting card sections of Target stores.
In Her Own Words
DREAM DUET PARTNER“I have two: Kenny Chesney and Bono of U2.”
SONG YOU WISH YOU HAD WRITTEN“‘Never Alone,’ by Victoria Shaw, Gary Burr and Sarah Buxton.”
BOOK ON YOUR NIGHTSTANDThe Power, by Rhonda Byrne.”
SONG YOU SING IN THE SHOWER“Whatever is stuck in my head.  Last week it was an old song by Mike + the Mechanics.  This week it’s ‘If I Die Young’ by The Band Perry.”
PET PEEVE“My pet peeve is when cashiers ask you three separate times if you’d like to open a store credit card, even though you’ve already said no each previous time.”
SOMETHING WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU“I grew up eating squirrel! Maybe it played into my vegetarianism now. Ha!”
On the Web: www.CNN.com/Robin

Corey Smith’s New Music Video “Maybe Next Year”

Corey Smith’s New Music Video, “Maybe Next Year,” to Make Worldwide Debut on CMT and CMT.com this Wed., Nov. 16
Smith on set of “Maybe Next Year” video shoot in Nashville, TN. 
(Courtesy: Average Joe’s Entertainment)

Smith on set of “Maybe Next Year” video shoot in Nashville, TN. 
(Courtesy: Average Joe’s Entertainment)

Corey Smith promo shot.
(Courtesy: Lisa Carpenter Photography)

Nashville, Tenn. (Tuesday, November 15, 2011) - CMT and CMT.com will host the worldwide debut of Average Joe’s Entertainment’s Corey Smith’s new music video, “Maybe Next Year,” this Wednesday, November 16, 2011. In addition to the exclusive airing, Smith will also take part in a live chat on Facebook, kicking off at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT on Nov. 16 where fans can ask questions and interact directly. “Maybe Next Year” is the new single from Smith’s 2011 release, The Broken Record, and showcases the very relatable crossroads everyone faces into adulthood.

“Although I wrote "Maybe Next Year" in my late 20's, I think it serves as a friendly reminder of the fact that we can all use a little self-improvement, no matter how old we are,” shares Smith.  “I'm happy that fans will be getting to see the song come to life in such a vivid way. I hope they are as pleased with the video as I am.”
“Maybe Next Year” will premiere across CMT’s multiple properties including CMT, CMT.com, CMT Pure, CMT Mobile, the CMT Insider App and CMT’s social media outlets. CMT is the only country music network in the unique position to provide world premiere exclusives to fans on demand, on several platforms.
In addition to the release of his new video, CMT.com will launch the “Maybe Next Year Sweepstakes” later this month.  The contest will allow fans to send photos of themselves finishing the phrase, “Maybe Next Year…” for the chance to be the Grand Prize winner. The Grand Prize includes a private opera box to see Corey Smith live at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC on December 31, 2011. The trip includes round-trip airfare for two, a one night hotel stay, transportation to and from the airport, a food and beverage allowance, goody bags from both the House of Blues and Corey Smith, and a meet and greet with Smith backstage.
“Maybe Next Year” was directed and produced by David Poag through Team Genius and filmed in Nashville, Tennessee. 
For more information, please stay tuned to www.cmt.com and www.coreysmith.com.
About Corey Smith
A quintessentially indie performer with a dedicated following, Corey Smith was recently included in “Ones to Watch for 2011” by Country Weekly.  Thanks to his astonishing gift for crafting addictive, soulful songs and the high-energy reputation of his shows, he has now signed a record deal with Average Joe’s Entertainment and recently released the album, The Broken Record, with a refreshing remake of his popular hit, “Maybe Next Year,” serving as the current single from that album.

Autographed items by Kenny Chesney, Little Jimmy Dickens, Carrie Underwood and more


From Barbara Mandrell to Miranda Lambert, Coveted Items from Country Music Icons Hit the Auction Block November 25-December 5 on Nashvillemusicgarden.com to Raise Funds for
One-of-a-Kind Tribute Garden

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 15, 2011 – Those who dream of a backstage meeting with Martina McBride, wearing one of LeAnn Rimes’ trendy dresses, getting a line of inspiration from Keith Urban before writing their own hit song, or walking a mile in Miranda Lambert’s boots, can bid on these items and more while supporting the only public garden in the world that pays tribute to the artists, songs and industry leaders who have contributed to making Music City one of the most unique cities in the world. The Nashville Music Garden will launch its first-ever online auction, “Country Music Blooms Online Auction,” on Black Friday, November 25 on www.nashvillemusicgarden.com/auction-items, with an array of country-music-celebrity-owned items – straight from the celebrities’ closets. Bidding on eBay will be open through December 5 and the auction will officially close at 9 p.m. CST.

The most respected country legends and the hottest contemporary stars, including Barbara Mandrell, Brenda Lee, Lynn Anderson, Pam Tillis, Little Jimmy Dickens, Darius Rucker, Brooks & Dunn, Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, Manuel, Martina McBride, Sugarland, Love and Theft, and many more, have graciously donated priceless one-of-a-kind personal items along with treasured memorabilia and keepsakes to help sustain the highly visible Nashville Music Garden, one of the city's increasingly popular destinations.
Auction highlights, viewable with details and back-story at www.nashvillemusicgarden.com/auction-items, include:

Kenny Chesney’s personal trademark and autographed cowboy hat

Cowboy boots worn on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry and autographed by Little Jimmy Dickens

Barbara Mandrell’s autographed boots, worn during her “Steppin’ Out” TV special

Acoustic guitar autographed by Carrie Underwood

LeAnn Rimes’ performance dress that she wore on the CMA Country Christmas Special

Sara Evans’ dress that she wore on the red-carpet at the 2008 CMT Music Awards

Miranda Lambert’s autographed cowboy boots that she wore during her first tour

Additional auction items, also viewable with details at www.nashvillemusicgarden.com/auction-items, include:
  • Autographed copies of The Sweet By and By and Softly & Tenderly books by Sara Evans, as well as her Greatest Hits, Born to Fly, Restless, No Place That Far, The Chords and the Truth, and Real Fine Place albums
  • 40th Annual CMA Awards ballot for "Vocal Duo of the Year" autographed by winners Brooks & Dunn
  •  Darius Rucker’s autographed University of South Carolina ball-cap that he bought and wore after the baseball team won its first National Championship and an autographed copy of Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966 album
  • Martina McBride’s single, "Wrong Baby Wrong Baby Wrong," lyric sheet, hand-written by co-writer Stephen Barker Liles of Love And Theft and signed by Martina McBride
  • An original script of “American Country Countdown with Kix Brooks,” signed by Brooks
  • Copy of the script for “The Carnival Job” episode from the hit TNT series “Leverage,” autographed by the full cast: Timothy Hutton, Christian Kane, Gina Bellman, Beth Riesgraf, and Aldis Hodge
  • Motorcycle helmet autographed by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
  • A pair of heels worn and autographed by legend Brenda Lee
  • A personalized leather-bound songwriter’s notebook with a line of inspiration from Keith Urban
  • A personalized leather-bound songwriter’s notebook with a line of inspiration from Lady Antebellum
  • LeAnn Rimes 2012 concert tickets and meet & greet passes
  • Martina McBride 2012 concert tickets and meet & greet passes
  • Love And Theft 2012 concert tickets and meet & greet passes
  • Tennessee Titans autographed team helmet
All of the proceeds will go to raise awareness and funding for the Nashville Music Garden, which is sustained by a fund established through non-profit organization The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. To ensure that the garden continues to grow for the community and country music fans to enjoy, the fund must be supported. For more information on the auction or to bid on an item, please visit: www.nashvillemusicgarden.com/auction-items.

Located in Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville (corner of Fourth Avenue and Demonbreun), the idea for the Nashville Music Garden was born when country music legend Barbara Mandrell gave her namesake rose to garden founder and friend, Pat Bullard.  The garden is a “living” walk of fame filled with over six dozen varieties of roses and daylilies named in honor of the music and artists synonymous with Nashville.  Created as a way to recognize these artists, songs and industry leaders and also beautify Music City, the garden was the first to assemble all the flowers of the Nashville Music Garden Collection in one place for the public to enjoy.
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 800 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 20 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $540 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

A long time coming for Joe Ely

A long time coming for Joe Ely

Texas country rocker Joe Ely goes so long between shows in California that it’s tempting to think he’ll visit the Golden State only at gunpoint.
That’s certainly not the case, Ely said last week from his home in Lubbock as he geared up for a trip that will bring him back to the Southland for one of his rare concert stops on Thursday at the Mint in Los Angeles. But were it true, it wouldn’t be unprecedented: That’s just the way he came to the City of Angels the first time, some 45 years ago.

“I was playing the old Cellar Club in Houston,” Ely, 64, said, launching a scenario that sounds like one of the richly detailed shaggy dog tales that’s been a key part of his musical repertoire since he emerged from Lubbock in the 1970s with a string of critically lauded solo albums.

“I had some differences with the management one night,” he said in the languid West Texas drawl that contributes to his reputation as a canny storyteller. “I’d met some friends at the old Market Square in Houston — they were black guys — and I invited them to the club as my guests. When we got there, the bouncers pointed to a sign they kept way high over the door that read ‘$99 cover charge.’ It was there to keep blacks out of the club. That was in 1966.

“It really made me mad, so I quit the club,” Ely said. “When I came back the next day to get my stuff and my paycheck, the manager pulled a gun on me. I’d never had that experience before. Right at that moment, somebody else came in the side door, so I dove and hit the front door running.
  “I found a friend of mine who had enough money for two plane tickets to L.A. The only piece of equipment I had left was a [Fender] Super Reverb amplifier that I’d left back at my hotel room,” he said of the workhorse guitar amp that weighs close to 65 pounds.
“I grabbed the amp and we took the bus to Fort Worth, hopped a plane to L.A. My friend only knew one person in L.A., and that was in Venice. We walked there from the L.A. airport, with me carrying the Super Reverb the whole way. To this day, one of my arms is longer than the other one because of that.”
Ely hasn’t turned that incident into a song — yet — but he did say it inspired the title of a book he’s been working on for several years and which he expects to publish next year. It will follow his 2007 book “Bonfire of Roadmaps,” in which he weaved together journal entries, song lyrics and other documents of his life on the road.
“It’s called ‘Super Reverb,’ and it’s sort of an autobiography,” he said. “I didn’t make it strictly about me.”
That’s also true of his considerable body of songs that have charted the path of a lifelong maverick and restless spirit born of the grand expanses of West Texas he grew up in, songs that artfully process real-life circumstance through a creative writer’s imagination.
Although his music never clicked with a mass audience — he suffered from the “too rock for country audiences, too country for rock audiences” syndrome — he’s long been a favorite of critics and musicians of various stripes: The Clash once tapped him as an opening act, as did the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Linda Ronstadt. He collaborated with Los Lobos members Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo, Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez and others in the Mexican American all-star band Los Super Seven. The collective yielded Ely his one and only Grammy Award, in 1988, for Mexican American music performance. Ely’s last appearance in L.A. proper was in 2007 for a Walt Disney Concert Hall program, when he shared the stage with John Hiatt, Guy Clark and Lyle Lovett.
Ely’s latest album, which he’ll be highlighting at the Mint in a duo performance with slide guitarist Jeff Plankenhorn, is “Satisfied at Last,” a title that’s thrown many longtime followers for a loop given his seemingly unquenchable thirst for something more.
“That kind of came from back in the early ’80s when I picked up Muddy Waters at the airport,” Ely said. “He was playing in Lubbock; a friend of mine had brought him in. The first thing I said to him when he got in the car was, ‘Man, Muddy, you’re traveling all the time. How is that?’ He said, ‘You know, every day is 22 hours of misery and 2 hours of ecstasy.’ And that’s what it is.
“I’ve found that when things are done — when a show is over or a trip is complete — I am satisfied at last,” he said.
The album’s title song, as it turns out, isn’t any turnaround from the spiritual yearning Ely has long expressed. He sings of being satisfied at last only after he’s breathed his last breath. Several of the album’s other songs also deal with facets of mortality — his own and the three he didn’t write: Billy Joe and Eddy Shaver’s “Live Forever” and two by longtime friend and Flatlanders bandmate Hancock, “Leo and Leona” and the album-closing “Circumstance.”
“On this record there are a lot of little stories,” he said. “Two or three of them came from the B or C sections of the newspaper. One I got from the obituary section in a small town — I think it was in Arkansas — about a guy who loved to shoot skeet with his friends on his back 40. When he died, they found in his will that he wanted to be cremated and have his ashes put in shotgun shells and shot out over his land. It was so funny because it was a complete story of somebody who had enjoyed their life and also planned their going away.”
And somebody who found satisfaction at last — if only at gunpoint.
— Randy Lewis

Shawna Russell released Waitin’ On Sunrise

NASHVILLE, TN (November 15, 2011) – Way Out West Records’ artist Shawna Russell has released a new single “Waitin’ On Sunrise." It is available on Play MPE and impacts U.S. radio on Nov. 28.
“Waitin’ On Sunrise” is the second U.S. release from her critically-acclaimed self-titled sophomore album and was written by Russell, father Keith Russell and uncle Tim Russell. Produced in Nashville by Julian King, Clif Doyal and Tim Russell, the song shows off Russell’s sultry vocals in a Country mid-tempo Southern-styled track that is sprinkled with blue-eyed soulful guitar licks, B-3 organ and delicate mandolin, prompting Country Chart.com to call it a retro-cool Country melody that is performed with rare musical flair.”

In addition to her last Top-40 Music Row single and video, “Get Right Or Get Left,” Russell has released two singles in Europe in 2011, including “Sounds Like A Party” which landed at #3 on the Hotdisc chart and “Everybody’s Got A Story” which held down the #1 spot for two weeks in a row on the New Christian Music Charts in September.

Russell, a high-profile independent artist has built a reputation as a tireless and uncompromising artist who performs over 100 dates a year with her band traveling in a vintage Silver Eagle once owned by Willie Nelson. Backed by Way Out West, a label that she co-owns, Russell has successfully promoted 6 singles from two albums charting nationally on the Music Row, Billboard “New and Active,” and Texas Music charts, and internationally on Hotdisc and the New Christian Music charts. Russell’s videos have received widespread airplay at TCN, Yallwire, GACTV.com and CMT.com, among others.

In between tour dates, Russell recently logged a 42-stop radio tour of the Midwest to promote her music and was in Nashville during “CMA Awards Week” to host two episodes of the “Breaking Out” show for The Country Network. With recent reviews and features in the CMA Close Up, Tulsa World, Maverick and Oklahoma Today, Russell not only maintains a high profile for her own busy career, but she has also branched out to work with other artists, including new Country band, LiveWire, who was just signed by Way Out West.

To the casual observer, it might seem like Russell is working way too hard, but for the talented singer/songwriter known as the “Okie Songbird” it is all in a day’s work. Russell observes, "People don't realize how much work it takes to be an artist these days. I never get overwhelmed because it never really feels like a job. I am just happy to have the opportunity to live my dream - so I don't mind going above and beyond to achieve success."

*Photo credit: Melinda Norris

About Shawna Russell:

Shawna Russell released her self-titled sophomore album on Way Out West Records in June 2011. Co-produced by Julian King (Grammy-winning engineer for Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith), along with Clif Doyal & Tim Russell, the album has won critical praise from Roughstock, Maverick, Music News Nashville, Today’s Country and the Oklahoma Gazette. Russell wrote - or co-wrote - the 10 songs on the project. She is currently promoting the second single “Waitin’ On Sunrise.” In addition to the album’s first single and video “Get Right Or Get Left,” Russell has released two singles in Europe in 2011, including “Sounds Like A Party” which climbed to #3 on the Hotdisc chart and “Everybody’s Got A Story” which held down the #1 spot for two weeks in a row on the New Christian Music Charts in September.

Russell first came on to the national and international music scene with the release of her debut album, GODDESS in 2008. Critical acclaim followed: the CMA named her “Who New to Watch,” and top music critics weighed in with praise for her debut. Chris Neal of COUNTRY WEEKLY gave GODDESS a 3 ½ star review, MUSIC ROW’s Robert K. Oermann bestowed a “DISCovery Award,” his highest compliment to a new artist, and rave reviews followed from CMA CLOSE UP, MAVERICK (UK), NASHVILLE MUSIC GUIDE, DREAMWEST (France), THE OKLAHOMAN, MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE, COUNTRY STARS ONLINE and others. Three radio singles from the album including "Goddess," "Should've Been Born With Wheels" and "Fire In The Desert" cemented her status as a contender, with action on the Billboard "New and Active,' Music Row and Texas Music Charts. Russell’s debut video "Should've Been Born With Wheels" reached the #1 position on the “Ya’llturnative” chart at Ya’ll Wire.com and stayed there for over a month and also attracted fans at CMT.com, AFN, GAC.com (debuted at #3 as a “Top Pick”) and on Pulse Network Television (“Top 20 Country Chart” for 3 months).

For more information about Shawna Russell, go to: www.ShawnaRussell.com

Bill Anderson's Box Set now available

Country Music Hall of Famer Whisperin' Bill Anderson, who is currently
celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry is now
also enjoying the release of his first-ever Box Set titled "Bill Anderson.
The First 10 years, 1956 - 1966"

Released this week in the USA on Bear Family Records of Germany, the 4-disc
package presents 126 tracks of favorites along with demos and rarely heard
cuts that are coupled with a 64-page book and offers the first comprehensive
anthology of Anderson's EARLY years.

Autographed copies may be purchased for $149.99 on Billanderson.com. In
addition, it is also available at select music stores and amazon.com

The Baseballs Exklusives Zusatzkonzert am 28.02.2012 in Köln!

Nach ausverkaufter Deutschland Tour:
Exklusives Zusatzkonzert am 28.02.2012 in Köln!
Live CD & DVD im Mai 2012!
Neuland Concerts und Warner Music Group präsentieren:

Nach einer ausverkauften Deutschland-Tour haben THE BASEBALLS für ihre Fans eine
ganz besondere Überraschung parat: Am 28. Februar 2012 werden sie im Kölner E-Werk
ein exklusives Zusatzkonzert geben, bei dem eine DVD aufgezeichnet wird!
Die Live-CD & DVD wird im Mai veröffentlicht!

Der Vorverkauf startet am Freitag, den 18. November!
Die Details im Überblick:

Am: 28.02.12
Ort: Köln / E-Werk
VVK: 30,- € zzgl. Gebühren
VVK-Start: 18.11.11
Alle Infos unter www.thebaseballs.com
Tourneeveranstalter: Neuland Concerts – www.neuland-concerts.com
Karten unter www.thebaseballs.com + www.eventim.de

 Aktuelles Album:
 The Baseballs
 Strings 'n' Stripes

 Überall als CD & Download erhältlich!

Country Music News International November 15th 2011

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Janie Fricke Reinvents Well-Known Hits on Country Side of Bluegrass http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/janie-fricke-reinvents-well-known-hits.html

Hee Haw Star to Appear on Nationally Syndicated 'The Better Show' This Week http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/hee-haw-star-to-appear-on-nationally.html

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York, ME – November 14, 2011 - Songwriter/performer, Skyler, released a new digital EP titled "Take You Away - Nashville Remixes". This exclusive EP features fans’ favorite tracks including his hit "Stephanie" remixed country style. Recorded at the famous Blackbird Studio in Nashville, TN earlier this year, Skyler’s latest release is available on iTunes and Amazon.com.
As a “Thank You” to his local following, Skyler is giving his fans an opportunity to help him plan his first ever House Concert tour this Fall. The tour is only open in select counties around Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire where fans can register their homes for a private performance. He will travel to the fans’ hometowns and treat their attending guests to an intimate acoustic show right in their very own living room. The tour will expand into other counties around New England early next year.
Recently, Skyler was hand-picked to be a part of this year’s Act Out Loud: Raising Voices for Safe Teen Driving (AOL). This contest was created by The Allstate Foundation and National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) to promote and honor of National Youth Traffic Safety Month (NYTSM) in May 2012. AOL is a national teen-led and school-based activism competition to encourage youth to lead campaigns raising awareness around the importance of stronger teen driving laws at a state and national level. The grand prize winner will be awarded $10,000 and a private concert from Skyler. Channel One, the leading television news network for teens, will promote the contest on its award winning daily broadcast and tape a broadcast at the winning school, which will be seen by an audience of nearly six million young people in middle schools and high schools across the country.  Registration is open at www.ActOutLoud.org now through January 13, 2012.

For more information about Skyler, please visit these official sites:
Official Website: http://www.skylertunes.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/skylertunes
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/skylertunes



The singer-songwriter is giving away mp3s of his iconic political masterpiece "We Can’t Make It Here" (from his award-winning Childish Things).  

Fans are encouraged to use the free mp3 of "We Can't Make It Here" to create videos supporting the Occupy Movement.

CLICK HERE to download the free MP3.  

Send your stories and videos HERE or post to the James McMurtry Facebook Page.  The best of the best will be featured on James McMurtry's website: www.jamesmcmurtry.com
Message from James:
We quit playing "We Can't Make It Here" for a year or two.  We're playing it again because it seems to still be relevant, and that pretty much sucks for everybody but us. I know the song is still relevant because people are camped out along Wall Street and in front of City Halls around the country and around the globe, demanding a solution to the problems I tried to give light to when I put my song out seven years ago. They are mixed in age and economic status. Some are young and idealistic. Some are old enough to have had their ideals trampled upon a time or two.  My son goes to school in the New York area and some of his friends have been involved in the protests. One was detained for nine hours without charge. This is not supposed to happen in our supposedly civilized nation. These people are getting roughed up, but the press only seems to notice when a victim of police brutality happens to be an Iraq war veteran. I'm guessing there are a good many vets in the crowd and the poor fellow in Oakland won't be the only one hurt. I suppose the cops think the protesters are breaking the law.  Seems to me, the Bill of Rights guarantees the right to peaceful assembly. Meanwhile, the one percent, safely ensconced in the tall glass towers, does not have to break the law, because they get to write the law. I thought it was supposed to be the other way around, in a democracy. I think maybe my fourth grade teacher lied to me.
Let your voice be heard.
We Can’t Make It Here
There’s a Vietnam Vet with a cardboard sign
Sitting there by the left turn line
Flag on his wheelchair flapping in the breeze
One leg missing and both hands free
No one’s paying much mind to him
The V.A. budget’s just stretched so thin
And now there’s more coming back from the Mideast war
We can’t make it here anymore
That big ol’ building was the textile mill that fed our kids and it paid our bills
But they turned us out and they closed the doors
We can’t make it here anymore
See those pallets piled up on the loading dock
They’re just gonna sit there ’til they rot
’Cause there’s nothing to ship, nothing to pack
Just busted concrete and rusted tracks
Empty storefronts around the square
There’s a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere
You don’t come down here unless you’re looking to score
We can’t make it here anymore

The bar’s still open but man it’s slow
The tip jar’s light and the register’s low
The bartender don’t have much to say
The regular crowd gets thinner each day
Some have maxed out all their credit cards
Some are working two jobs and living in cars
Minimum wage won’t pay for a roof, won’t pay for a drink
If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO
See how far $5.15 an hour will go
Take a part time job at one your stores
Bet you can’t make it here anymore

There’s a high school girl with a bourgeois dream
Just like the pictures in the magazine
She found on the floor of the Laundromat
A woman with kids can forget all that
If she comes up pregnant what’ll she do
Forget the career, forget about school
Can she live on faith? Live on hope?
High on Jesus or hooked on dope
When it’s way too late to just say no
You can’t make it here anymore

Now I’m stocking shirts in the Wal-Mart store
Just like the ones we made before
’Cept this one came from Singapore
I guess we can’t make it here anymore

Should I hate a people for the shade of their skin
Or the shape of their eyes or the shape I’m in
Should I hate ’em for having our jobs today
No I hate the men sent the jobs away
I can see them all now, they haunt my dreams
All lily white and squeaky clean
They’ve never known want, they’ll never know need
Their shit don’t stink and their kids won’t bleed
Their kids won’t bleed in their damn little war
And we can’t make it here anymore

Will work for food will die for oil
Will kill for power and to us the spoils
The billionaires get to pay less tax
The working poor get to fall through the cracks
So let ’em eat jellybeans let ’em eat cake
Let ’em eat shit, whatever it takes
They can join the Air Force, or join the Corps
If they can’t make it here anymore

So that’s how it is, that’s what we got
If the president wants to admit it or not
You can read it in the paper, read it on the wall
Hear it on the wind if you’re listening at all
Get out of that limo, look us in the eye
Call us on the cell phone tell us all why

In Dayton Ohio or Portland Maine
Or a cotton gin out on the great high plains
That’s done closed down along with the school
And the hospital and the swimming pool
Dust devils dance in the noonday heat
There’s rats in the alley and trash in the street
Gang graffiti on a boxcar door
We can’t make it here anymore
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Dolly Parton - Better DayNashville, TN –  Iconic singer, songwriter, musician, actress and philanthropist DOLLY PARTON is getting some “EXTRA” special treatment from Mario Lopez and the EXTRA TV crew!   Tonight, EXTRA will debut a portion of the video on the daily syndicated entertainment magazine show with a link to watch it in its entirety from www.extratv.com“The Sacrifice,” is the second single from her critically acclaimed latest album BETTER DAY (Dolly Records, distributed through Warner Music Nashville). The music video will be distributed to all video outlets worldwide starting November 15th.

Of the new song, DOLLY says, “’The Sacrifice’ is another song that is just so, totally, me. I think it’s so totally everybody that has a dream and desire to be successful, and in order to be successful we have to give up things that we’d rather not.  But if we’re not willing to make that sacrifice usually we don’t see those dreams come true.”
In other DOLLY news, she will return to the silver screen alongside Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise (Warner Bros. Pictures), a musically driven feature that tells the story of an unlikely partnership between two strong-minded women who are forced to work together to save a small town Gospel choir after budget cuts threaten to shut them down.“Joyful Noise will also feature musical contributions from DOLLY. This marks DOLLY’s return to movies, having starred in Steel Magnolias, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the Academy Award-nominated 9-5.  See the Joyful Noise trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiNEwLKmSq0
For more information, please visit http://www.dollypartonmusic.net

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