Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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BILL MONROE 100TH CELEBRATION: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM album now released
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum hosted
VIP Album Release Celebration
(Photo Gallery of this event here)
Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum hosted
VIP Album Release Celebration
(Photo Gallery of this event here)
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce today’s new album release, BILL MONROE 100th YEAR CELEBRATION: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM recorded this past June at the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana during the 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Last Sunday, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Renfro Valley, KY hosted a special CD Release celebration for this exciting new commemorative album.
Robert Lawson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum opened the event with introductions of the KHOF Board Members and other special guests. VIPs in attendance included radio personalities Charlie Hall, Larry Carter, Zeke Buttons; along with Jim Gabehart (Bluegrass Today); Frank Goodbey (Founder of the Bluegrass-L); Thomas Adler who wrote the liner notes and is author of the 2011 publication of Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe's Bluegrass; Vic Gabanny famed sound engineer at Bradley's Barn where Bill Monroe recorded; Ronnie Reno; James and Valerie Gabehart; and many more.
Sam Passamano, II, President of Rural Rhythm Records thanked the numerous people involved in the making of the album including a very special thanks to Dwight Dillman, owner of the Bill Monroe Music Park for hosting this live album recording and making this album possible. He also thanked Robert Lawson with the KHOF and their Board of Directors for hosting the event in their fabulous facility. Many thanks went to Sammy Shelor, (album producer) along with all of the participating artists: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Wasson & McCall, Blue Moon Rising, Grasstowne, Brand New Strings, Carolina Road and the Bartley Brothers; on-site production staff Tom Feller and Dale Perry; Anthony Ladd (Kneelindesign) for the fabulous artwork; Sammy Passamano III (videographer) along with the rest of the Rural Rhythm Records team. “But most of all we need to thank the Father of Bluegrass, Mr. Bill Monroe,” he said.
Brand New Strings, who appear on this tribute album and have a previous Rural Rhythm release, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, opened the performance portion of the event with a fantastic set that highlighted the band’s incredible instrumental talents and vocal harmonies.
A stellar group of musicians who participated on the tribute album, plus more Rural Rhythm family of artists and friends, delighted the crowd with spectacular performances. This All-Star BILL MONROE TRIBUTE BAND included the talents of Sammy Shelor, Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock, Preston Schmidt (Brand New Strings); and Tony Mowell (Blue Moon Rising). Sammy Shelor fresh off a recent performance on The Late Show with David Letterman (Lonesome River Band and special guest, Steve Martin) performed “Goldrush.” Four-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley sang “In Despair,” Carrie Hassler gave an amazing performance of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Audie Blaylock wowed the audience with “Cry, Cry Darling; ” and Steve Gulley, impressed all with his vocal talents on “Used to Be.”
2004 Kentucky Hall of Fame inductee, J. D. Crowe performed with bluegrass supergroup, J.D. Crowe & The New South closed out the show in grand fashion with more Monroe tunes like "Molly & Tenbrooks," and "Where you Gonna Hide?" - a song Dwight McCall's Dad recorded as Earl Taylor & Jim McCall on the Rural Rhythm label many years ago. They also performed songs from Rickey Wasson’s solo album, plus numerous J. D. Crowe & The New South tunes.
Paul Berstein from Lexscape Productions, who handles all of the video work for the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, was on hand filming this special event.
BILL MONROE 100TH YEAR CELEBRATION: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM is now available at fine retail outlets including: Walmart, f.y.e. entertainment, Amazon, iTunes, Ernest Tubb Records Shops, County Sales, Music Shed, Rural Rhythm’s website, and wherever Bluegrass music is sold.
View videos from the LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM album recording held at the
Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival here.
Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival here.
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By Brad Schmitt
By Brad Schmitt
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Blake Shelton is so drunk. How drunk is he?
“I’m so drunk right now I just threw my T.V. at the remote,” he declared not long ago to his Twitter followers.
Shelton has also used his Twitter account to flirt shamelessly, to make often crass jokes and to put his own self-proclaimed “real redneck” spin on the news of the day.
Such a straight-ahead, unfiltered communication thrills many of his fans, turns some off and generates tons of buzz. But can an artist’s use of Twitter help — or hurt — album sales?
“It’s not a one-for-one exchange,” said Heather McBee, VP Digital, Sony Music Nashville. “A tweet does not equal an album sale.”
“As with any form of media, it’s all in how the fan base interprets the response from the artist,” said Kelly Rich, VP, Sales, Marketing & Interactive, Big Machine Label Group. “When you have an artist with millions of fans on one social media site and that artist posts that he/she has a new album out, there is no way to specifically correlate sales derived from the social site. One could assume there would be fans out there that weren't aware of the release until the call to action. I have personally never seen a post from an artist hurt their album sales but I can't say that it wouldn't happen.”
According to Edison Research, approximately 8 percent of computer users age 12 and above used Twitter in 2011, one percentage point above the total for 2010 — that adds up to an increase from roughly 17 million to 20 million in one year. While that’s considered impressive penetration, it doesn’t reach enough people to sway sales one way or another — yet.
Shelton himself agrees. “I think it’s such a small percentage of people who buy records that it doesn’t matter,” the reigning CMA Male Vocalist of the Year said. “What if I offend 1,000 people out there by taking a stand that I hunt — and those 1,000 people never buy another one of my albums again? If that is crucial, I was already screwed to begin with. That’s kind of how I feel about Twitter.”
Still Twitter, like Facebook and other online networks, is growing fast enough that most record labels have full-time social media staffers. Music Row magazine actually has a Twitter chart that lists artists and how many followers they have. Recently, Taylor Swift held the top position on that chart with more than 6 million followers. With just over 1 million, Dolly Parton was second. Shelton, with his nearly 750,000 followers, barely cracked the Top 10.
It’s often not hard to convince artists to participate because it can be just as much fun for them as it is for their followers. “I get the most feedback on Twitter and Facebook when the fans and I are excited about the same thing at the same time,” said Martina McBride. “Those networks lit up the night I performed on the Grammys. It’s like I got to take the fans behind the scenes with me.”
“Artists started realizing, ‘Wow, this is such a great connection with my fans,’” noted Michael Deputato, VP, Digital, Universal Music Group Nashville. ”And it’s immediate. There’s instant gratification. I’m sure that’s helped spark interest in its use.”
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts, the group’s main “tweeter,” likes to keep up with what fans think of the group’s new music and performances through Twitter. “It’s a great way to get feedback from them, so it’s a nice tool to use. Plus, I had a 16-year-old girl ask me to her prom,” he said, smiling. “And I just might go. You never know.”
McBride approaches Twitter similarly to how she would approach a conversation with a friend, relying more on spontaneity than premeditation. “I use Twitter as a way to show another side of my personality to my fans that they may not get to see in a two-to-three-minute interview,” she said. “It’s more of a personal, day-to-day side.
"I tweet things that I’m excited about in my career, like going on a TV show or writing a new song, and also just random thoughts. Sometimes I tweet pictures from behind the scenes or something I think is funny. I don’t put a lot of thought into what I tweet. I really just tweet when a thought strikes me.”
Record labels will often offer feedback to new artists on the do’s and don’ts of tweeting, but executives say it’s also important to keep their hands off because fans want sincere content coming straight from the artists.
“Sometimes things can be polarizing,” Deputato said. “But that’s not necessarily bad, because there’s a positive side to that. You might be reaching people who fall in love with the artists because they’re so open. Laura Bell Bundy, for example, speaks her mind. She doesn’t hold anything back.”
Equally important to Deputato is the fact that Twitter is a two-way street. “There’s more transparency now,” he pointed out. “We learn things through these channels. Someone might comment about an issue we didn’t see. It can be tough because you want to fix it before everyone else on Twitter knows there’s a problem. But it does help in many ways.”
With Twitter estimating that 300,000 new users sign up each day and fans coming to expect direct, unfiltered talk from their favorites, the common wisdom grows that you can’t succeed without social media. “That direct relationship with the fans is the most important relationship in this day and age,” McBee noted.
Of course, many artists have achieved success with hardly a tweet to their name, as David Ross, Publisher, Music Row Publications, says, citing Carrie Underwood as an example. “She is kind of an anomaly on this front,” he noted. “She launched on ‘American Idol.’ Another little detail: She happens to be incredibly talented. Could her career be larger if she was doing social networking? I think so. That being said, she seems to be doing pretty well without it.”
Even so, Ross concluded, “If an artist today in 2011 doesn’t have a hand in as many of these things as possible, they have no hope of success. It’s absolutely critical. This is how you reach the fans now.”
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FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR PAUL YANDELL
Paul T. Yandell, C.G.P., who was born in Mayfield, KY on September 6, 1935 passed away quietly at his home in Hendersonville, TN with his family at his side after a long battle with cancer on November 21, 2011. He was a devoted husband and nurturing and loving father who lived his Christian life and treasured his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore B. "Ted" and Imogene Ridings Yandell. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Marie Jones Yandell; his son, Paul Micah Yandell and his wife, Sheri Yandell, of Hendersonville, TN; his sister, Yvone Lambert of Boaz, KY; his brother, Forrest Yandell of Kalasin, Thailand; nieces, Susan Butler of Boaz, KY; Betsy (Amos) Sanchez of Murfreesboro, TN, and a nephew, Greg (Christa) Yandell of Hendersonville, TN, as well as 3 great nephews and 1 great niece. He was a member of New Life Baptist Church in Nashville, TN as well as the American Federation of Musicians Local 257, Nashville, TN.
Paul was an accomplished player by the time he left high school in Western Kentucky, arriving in Nashville in 1955. Little did he know he would end up playing for the most renowned guitar player in the world. He joined Chet Atkins in 1975 supporting Chet in his career that lasted for 25 years. He started his career with The Louvin Brothers, which lasted until 1959, with Paul playing on many of their greatest hits. After serving in the army, Paul joined the Kitty Wells & Johnny Wright show where he stayed from 1961-1969 after which he worked for about a year with George Hamilton, IV. He then joined Jerry Reed in 1970 and as Paul says he "went to college" learning from Jerry Reed. Paul stayed with Jerry until sometime during 1975. Making his place in Nashville's musical community as a session player, Paul played on many hit records with artists such as Chet, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton, Steve Wariner, Hank Thompson, Perry Como, Roger Whitaker, Kitty Wells, Johnny Wright, The Louvin Bros., Les Paul, Woody Herman, The Everly Bros. and Mary Chapin Carpenter. He appeared on TV shows such as The Dinah Shore Show, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Pat Sajak Show, The Merv Griffin Show and Nashville Now. After Chet died in 2001, Paul released a solo CD entitled "Forever Chet" featuring many songs performed by Chet throughout his career.
Other CDs released by Paul included "One More Again" released in 2003; "Dream Train", released May of 2004 which featured many original tunes written by Paul and performed on the New Gretsch "Nashville Classic" that was co-designed by Paul and Fred Gretsch. The artwork for the cover of Dream Train was drawn by Steve Wariner, who is also featured on lap steel on one of the tunes. Following that was "In The Groove" released in 2005 and "Drive On" released in 2006. He was also instrumental in assisting with the reissue of Chet's Gretsch CGP guitar. Merle Atkins Russell and Family presented Paul with the C.G.P. (Certified Guitar Player) designation on August 11, 2011.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at
Hendersonville Memory Gardens Funeral Home
353 East Main St.
Hendersonville, TN 37075
Friday, November 25, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.
Visitation with family will precede the service from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Steve Wariner, Eddie Stubbs & Fred Gretsch will deliver eulogies and Rev. Raymond Langlois will deliver the message. Friends and musicians in attendance will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to his caregivers with Alive Hospice and to also thank Dr. Matthew J. Beuter, Dr. Robert Faber, Dr. Michael G. Carlson, Dr. Anthony Greco, Dr. John Roberts, Dr. Timothy P. Schoettle, Dr. Robert McRae and the staff at Centennial Hospital for their extraordinary care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to
1718 Patterson Street
Nashville, TN 37203
Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum Chet Atkins Exhibition
222 Fifth Avenue, South
Nashville, TN. 37203
A charity of your choice.
Graveside services and burial will be held at Clark's River Baptist Church Cemetery in Symsonia, Ky on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Bro. Bruce E. Watts and Bro. Jim Boyd of Clark's River Baptist Church participating in the service.
Pallbearers for the burial service will be Eddie Pennington, Paul Moseley, Gayle Moseley, Joe Hudson, Robbie Jones, Ralph Mitchell, Russell Egner, Freddie Russell, James Merrick, Carlos Dale Crooks, Steve Wariner, Mark Thornton & Britt Stewart, Lois & Ricky Hutson.
HENDERSONVILLE FUNERAL HOME 353 Johnny Cash Pkwy Hendersonville, TN 37075 (615) 824-3855
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COUNTRY OUTLAWS Fugitives http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/country-outlaws-fugitives.html
THE KRAMER SISTERS A Sampler http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/kramer-sisters-sampler.html
Video Lucy Angel Mr. Santa http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/video-lucy-angel-mr-santa.html
Jeff Black’s Plow Through the Mystic Album http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/jeff-blacks-plow-through-mystic-album.html
PAUL YANDELL PASSES ON AT 76 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/paul-yandell-passes-on-at-76.html
CRAIG CAMPBELL GIVES BACK http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/craig-campbell-gives-back.html
ROYAL WADE KIMES AND ‘THE CHANGING TIMES’ http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/royal-wade-kimes-and-changing-times.html
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS 2011 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/country-christmas-2011.html
Peter Cooper & Eric Brace und Country Christmas in Leipheim http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/peter-cooper-eric-brace-und-country.html
A SPECIAL DAY FOR A SPECIAL LADY IN COUNTRY MUSIC http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/11/special-day-for-special-lady-in-country.html
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COUNTRY OUTLAWS Fugitives
Eleven Roses - The Way I Am - Ride Me Down Easy - Time To Bum - Seven Spanish Angels - Sing Me Back Home - Crazy Arms - The Good In Me - Let Me In - The Fugitive - Barstool Mountain - Big City
Iowa is another of the upper Midwest states that still harbors a fugitive or two. Sometimes they just play and sing down on the farm, or perhaps they'll drift off to the Black Hills of South Dakota to strum and play in their favorite bar. Sometimes they drift into a festival or two, enter a singing contest or two, or just sit down and jam with friends.
The Country Outlaws is a brain-storm of Paul Burnett, who makes his home in LeMars, Iowa, the home of the largest ice cream factory in the world, and the oldest old-time music festival west of the Mississippi, which takes place at the end of August. This CD is a 'Twosome.' Paul is the mover and shaker behind the presentation, and he's a good songwriter too. On this album you will find "The Good in Me," a song he wrote in a contest. Quite frankly, it might be the best song on this CD. If I were sitting in one of the back booths of that Black Hills tavern, I'd say I'd have to spend some time just listening to these guys present their music. Mellow, not loud, a quiet kind of fugitive experience.
Much like Kris Kristofferson and his outlaw friends, Paul and his pickin' buddies don't really care if they get famous or not. What they do care about is playing some good old 'real' country music. They're not perfect. Well, country music has never ever been perfect. That's what is so incredibly good about it. It's the 'real-deal' no matter where you go, whether you're in a a line shack in Texas, or a tavern in Nebraska, or a picnic gathering in upper New York. This is what these fugitives are trying to put over in their recording. It's not perfect, but it's a sharing experience. That's what real country music has always been about. It's not pop singers spending millions of dollars to make thousands of dollars. It's sharing with your friends the music you grew up with, the music you like, the music that you can sit down and play, just about anywhere, like I said, a tavern in the Black Hills, or a festival, or a line shack in Texas, or a picnic in upper New York.
BUY THIS CD DIRECT FROM: Paul Burnett, 15 Maple St., LeMars, Iowa, 51031
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THE KRAMER SISTERS A Sampler
Oh Lonesome Me - Watermelon Time - Making Plans - Save The Last Dance - Vintage Medley (Put Your Arms Around Me Honey; Ma He's Making Eyes At Me; Oh Johnny) - Harbor Lights/My Happiness - Cerna Vrana (Black Crow Polka) - Heartaches By The Number - Ashes of Love - Have I Told You Lately That I Love You - Seeing Nellie Home/Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet - Somewhere Between - Boo Hoo/Music Music - Red River Valley - Red Raven Polka - Almost Persuaded - Far Side Banks of Jordan - It Had To Be You/Bye Bye Blackbird - Were You There - Beautiful Nebraska
Just when one thinks there's never ever going to be any 'new' old music, here comes the Kramer Sisters. These Nebraska gals have put together an unbelievably delightful adventure into old songs done kind of like it was in the old days, but utilizing new studio techniques, mixes, and terrific microphones. They have produced one of the best old-timey upper Midwest music CD's I've heard in a long time. Do you by any chance remember the Andrews Sisters? Well, that harmony sound is just a little part of this overall project. The songs stand on their own. Once a great country song goes through it's phase of being on the charts, making the singer popular and famous, and the recording company millions of dollars, at the pro-level they just disappear. That doesn't happen on the Great Plains of Nebraska. Those incredibly great songs, which sold millions of records, don't just go away here. They're still alive and well. And guess what, Sue Prochaska Underwood, one of the Kramer girls, plays accordion of all things. No, that's wrong, she doesn't just play the accordion. She has mastered the instrument, and she 'performs' on it. What a delightful sound that is. If you live in the upper stratosphere of humanity, you instantly connect her playing to a little French Cafe somewhere, or perhaps a great Czech Polka Festival, or even a popular 'down by the river' old-time music festival that the Kramer Sisters host. I believe it's in early July in Crete, Nebraska. This CD is kind of a result of the success of that event, these are the songs the Kramer's fans like best. Wow, what an interesting collection.
The focal point of this 'sure to please an over-50 person' is the precise harmony of the sisters. Janet Jeffries Beauvais is on lead vocals and plays rhythm guitar; Dawn Bedwar Mundt does harmony plus harmonica, percussion, tambourine, bones, maracas, and Czech stomp fiddle; and Sue Prochaska Underwood does that great button accordion, banjo, mandolin and of course the final three part harmony. They like to think of their music as a tribute to their Eastern European and 19th century Nebraska pioneer heritage, which includes a delightful Czech repertoire when they are performing live. They add the Czech bagpipe, the stomp fiddle, and the horse tail jug to these performances. Typical of nearly all our music makers in the upper Midwest, when these sisters are not pleasing thousands of fans with their music, they are involved in historic preservation work, education, families, and community outreach.
I believe the 'one' focal that attracts me so instantly to this recording is the fine button accordion playing. One doesn't get a chance to hear this much anymore. It's also remarkable that these girls continue the musical 'hand-me-down' tradition so common in the upper Midwest. They add their own personality and stamp to everything they do, but to anyone who appreciates an older style of country music, you will immediately connect to this wonderful adventure.
They recorded at Dave Schellenberg's dBm Production Studios in Omaha, who added some very tasty bass licks to the session. Nice mix all the way through, and the energy of a 'live' performance comes through loud and clear, a result of good studio direction and engineering.
The Kramer Sisters are jewels in the crown of the Great Plains state of Nebraska. And they're proud of their Midwest heritage. They include Nebraska's state song "Beautiful Nebraska" on this CD. Don't you think that is cool? Don't be surprised girls if the Rural Roots Music Commission gives you a nod on an extremely well done CD.
ORDER THIS CD DIRECT FROM THE KRAMER SISTERS: Janet Beauvais, 841 Forest Ave., Crete, Nebraska, 68333
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Lucy Angel's new holiday single and video "Mr. Santa" out now!!
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Jeff Black’s Plow Through the Mystic Album
Available TOMORROW, November 22, 2011
Features Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters and Kim Richey
Plow Through the Mystic Funded by Jeff’s Blacklist - Black’s Patronage and Subscription Content Delivery Model
Catch Jeff on WSM-AM Tomorrow at 8:30 am CST Chatting with Bill Cody About the New AlbumNashville, Tenn. – November 21, 2011 – Acclaimed singer/songwriter Jeff Black releases his new album Plow Throw the Mystic TOMORROW, November 22, 2011. Jeff will celebrate release day with a visit to WSM-AM. Don't miss Jeff chatting about his new record at 8:30 am CST tomorrow. After four critically acclaimed commercial releases on label homes, three fan favorite independent releases on his own Lotos Nile imprint, song placement on numerous independent films, thirty plus years of celebrated live performing and songs covered by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss, Waylon Jennings, Sam Bush, Blackhawk and Dierks Bentley, Jeff solidifies his reputation as a creative force in the roots genres with this eighth album. Black’s grassroots following has allowed him to build a career like few other singer/songwriters in the business and to sustain his contribution as an artist in the disrupted music business environment.
“I feel like I already have the brass ring in my pocket, just being able to nurture this thing that I’ve wanted, this need to observe and relate, since I was 10 years old,” says Black. “But I had to ask myself, ‘What’s the best way to do it now?’ Over the past decade I’ve learned that I have to make changes in how I create music and put it out there.”
Produced and recorded by Black in his own Arcana Studio, Plow Through the Mystic delivers a richly textured and intimate canvas of acoustic roots and world instrumentation. The album features contributions from mandolin legend and Newgrass founder Sam Bush, Resonator guitar master Jerry Douglas along with vocal contributions from Matraca Berg, Gretchen Peters and Kim Richey. The album’s 14 tracks take listeners down personal paths of faith, doubt and spiritual grit, liberated by tones of gritty neo-folk and dirt blues. At times Black’s delivery is intimately conversational like an old, trusted friend, other times fiery with an almost tribal fervor.
Jeff entrusted the mix to Dave Sinko, known for his work with The Punch Brothers, Sam Bush and legend Don Williams. “I met Dave Sinko in 1991 when we were working on a project for Warner Chappell. It was a blessing to reconnect with him. Dave’s clarity and his observance of space for acoustic instruments is an art unto itself and I knew he would bring everything into that place where nothing gets lost and every interval shines. He is the original craftsman.” Mastered by Grammy winning engineer Joe Palmacchio (Jeff Buckley, Bill Withers, Hank Williams Sr.). “He’s a technical giant but emotion and human condition come first I believe, for Joe, and that’s why it was important to me for him to be part of it.”
The widest signal relay for carrying Jeff’s songs has been his fans. Next to that, Black’s series podcast “Black Tuesdays,” profiled as pioneering by NPR in 2005, constitutes 100+ downloadable EPs that continue to grow both his live audience and drive record sales and patronage. It is the convergence of Black’s direct connection with his fans via old school touring, together with the immediacy of digital content delivery that created this community of loyal fans who in turn made Plow Through the Mystic possible.
Continuing to evolve as a writer, performer and recording artist, Black has never before expressed so much of the creative process on his own terms, deepening his work and leaving the listener with Black’s most fully formed and resonant album of his career.
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PAUL YANDELL PASSES ON AT 76
Country Music has lost another great musicians, Paul Yandell one of the greatest guitar players ever in our industry, passed away this morning November 21, 2011.
Please keep Paul’s wife Marie, his son Micah and daughter-in-law Sheri in your thoughts and prayers.
Details about arrangements will be posted when they are available.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN THE PEACEFUL ARMS OF HIS BLESSED SAVIOR.
1935 - 2011
1935 - 2011
Paul was an accomplished player by the time he left high school in Western Kentucky, arriving in Nashville in 1955. Little did he know he would end up playing for the most renowned guitar player in the world. Paul joined Chet Atkins in 1975 supporting Atkins in his career that lasted for 25 years.
Paul started his career with The Louvin Brothers, which lasted until 1959, with Paul playing on many of their greatest hits. After serving in the army, Paul joined the Kitty Wells show where he stayed from 1961-1970. Paul joined Jerry Reed in 1970 and as Paul says he “went to college” learning from Jerry Reed. Paul stayed with Jerry through 1975.
Making his place in Nashville's musical community as a session player, Paul played on many hit records with artists such as Chet Atkins, Jerry Reed, Dolly Parton, Steve Wariner, Hank Thompson, Perry Como, Roger Whitaker, Kitty Wells, The Louvin Bros, Les Paul, Woody Herman, The Everly Bros. and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Paul appeared on TV shows such as The Dinah Shore Show, The Tonight Show, The Today Show, The Pat Sajak Show, The Merv Griffin Show and Nashville Now.
After Chet Atkins died in 2001, Paul released a solo CD entitled "Forever Chet" featuring many songs performed by Chet Atkins throughout his career.
Paul’s CD “Dream Train” was released May of 2004 and features many original tunes written by Paul and performed on the New Gretsch “Nashville Classic” that was co-designed by Paul. The artwork for the cover of Dream Train was drawn by Steve Wariner, who is also featured on lap steel on one of the tunes.
In 2005, Paul released another CD, entitled “In the Groove”. His latest CD, “Drive On” is expected to be released in July 2006.
All I ever wanted to do when I was a kid was to come to Nashville and play at the Grand Ole' Opry, that was my dream night and day. The dream eventually came true. Over the years, I’ve had the opportunities to play with--all my heroes. What more could a guy want?- Paul Yandell
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