Monday, November 28, 2011


Ernest Tubb Record Shop Midnite Jamboree

Mel Tillis, Leona Williams,
George Hamilton IV, Dianne Sherrill
& Jett Williams to Host December Shows
Nashville, TN (November 28, 2011) – Traditional country music fans have the opportunity to enjoy a stellar line-up this December at the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, which broadcasts LIVE from the landmark Texas Troubadour Theatre (2416 Music Valley Drive, Nashville) every Saturday night beginning at midnight.  December’s hosts will include Mel Tillis, Leona Williams, George Hamilton IV, Dianne Sherril and Jett Williams.  Hosted by Admission to these shows are FREE and many artists typically stick around after the show to sign autographs in the lobby.  For visitors and natives of Nashville alike, an evening at the Midnite Jamboree provides up-close and intimate performances by legendary artists, as well a glimpse into the history of country music with onsite exhibits and exclusive memorabilia, including Ernest Tubb’s 1964 tour bus.  For more information on the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, visit “I am very excited about the artists that will be hosting the Midnite Jamboree in December,” says Ernest Tubb Record Shop owner David McCormick.  “The record shop has so many artist friends that I am just humbled and honored that they continue to come host our weekly program.”
Hosting the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree in December are: **

Mel Tillis – December 3rd 
Mel Tillis
Leona Williams – December 10th
Leona Williams
George Hamilton IV – December 17th
George Hamilton IV
Dianne Sherril – December 24th 
 Dianne Sherrill
Jett Williams – December 31st 
 Jett Williams
** Line-up is subject to change without notice
Founded by the legendary Ernest Tubb, The Ernest Tubb Record Shops have been fulfilling country music fans’ needs for over 64 years.  As part of that tradition, the second longest-running radio show in history, Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree, continues to broadcast weekly on AM-650 WSM on Saturday nights at 12 A.M. (Midnight) live from the Texas Troubadour Theatre on Music Valley Drive in Nashville, Tennessee.

Tim McGraw seeks to leave Curb Records

Tim McGraw seeks to leave Curb Records

With contract trial pending, singer wants right to record


Written by Anita Wadhwani | The Tennessean

Country superstar Tim McGraw’s legal battle with the recording company that discovered him — Curb Records — is scheduled for its first round in a Nashville courtroom on Tuesday.
The independent record label run by industry giant Mike Curb firstsued McGraw in May, claiming McGraw had breached the terms of his contract by recording his latest album, Emotional Traffic, too soon after releasing his previous album, making it not topical or new enough.
McGraw countersued, claiming the deal he signed nearly 20 years ago for five original albums had kept him in a state of “involuntarily servitude” by stretching out by years the time between releases of records of fresh material.
Curb Records did that by issuing recycled greatest hits albums instead of allowing new releases, McGraw claims.
Under the terms of the contract, McGraw was required to wait at least 18 months after an album’s release before releasing another one — whether new material or a rerelease of his old material, allowing Curb Records to stretch out a contract for five albums over 20 years.
A full trial on the contract issues won’t occur until July.
In the meantime, however, McGraw’s attorneys have asked a Davidson County Chancery Court judge to allow the artist to record new music with another label.
The two-day hearing next week will “first make a final determination on whether or not Curb is entitled to prevent Mr. McGraw, by injunction or otherwise, from recording for other entities other than Curb,” court records state.
Emotional Traffic, the last album McGraw recorded with Curb, still hasn’t been released, although McGraw continued on with his Emotional Traffic concert tour this summer.
One of the album’s songs, “Felt Good on My Lips” has already become a hit, after Curb released it as part of a compilation CDcalled Number One Hits released in late 2010.

Grammy performers: Jason Aldean, Sugarland, The Band Perry


Taraji P. Henson and Taylor Lautner Set to Present on CBS Entertainment Special
Announcing Nominations for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards®
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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2011) — Two-time GRAMMY® winner Common, two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J, GRAMMY winner Lupe Fiasco, and rap star Rick Ross will join hip-hop innovator Grandmaster Flash, GRAMMY-winning hip-hop artist Melle Mel, and rapper Scorpio for a special performance of "The Message" — the seminal rap recording by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five Featuring Melle Mel and Duke Bootee newly inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame — on "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night®" ( Actors Taraji P. Henson and Taylor Lautner are the latest presenters added to the one-hour special, which takes place live on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. The show, which will also announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees, will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network ( from 10 – 11 p.m. ET/PT. Other previously announced performers are Jason Aldean, Lady Gaga, Ludacris, Rihanna, Valerie Simpson, Mike Stoller, Sugarland, The Band Perry, and Usher. Previously announced presenters are Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, and LL COOL J is once again set to host. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy®'s social networks on Twitter and Facebook:,

The concert special marks the fourth time nominations for the annual GRAMMY Awards will be announced live on primetime television. In addition to unveiling nominations for the 54th GRAMMY Awards, "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!" will feature a special live announcement from a truly iconic group regarding their historic band reunion set to take place on the GRAMMY stage on Feb. 12, 2012. 

This year, for the first time ever, music fans can check out backstage coverage and reactions to the nominations by logging on to or immediately following the live telecast (11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT).

Following the one-hour live telecast, guests will enjoy an exclusive concert by the Band Perry. Tickets for "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" are on sale now at and via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at 800.745.3000. For discounts on groups of 10 or more, and for more information on VIP packages, visit or call 877.234.8425. A portion of the proceeds from this very special evening will benefit the GRAMMY Museum®.

The road to Music's Biggest Night begins with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!!" and culminates with the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards, live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT

"The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" is produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures, LLC. Ken Ehrlich is the executive producer. LL COOL J is producer.

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Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

Here I go. I’m a little disappointed at the intolerance of some people that people that claim to be steel guitar fans. Scotty just emailed me and said that he had been approached by folks that said they weren’t coming back to the big steel guitar convention in the future because there wasn’t enough country music being played by steel players on the show.

I personally think that people that love steel guitar ought to love steel guitar regardless of what style music the steel guitar is playing. If they play hard old pop, jazz or country, it’s all still steel guitar.

Scotty does a steel guitar show and has never billed it as a country music show. If Scotty billed it as a country music show, I could almost understand folks being let down when Doug Jernigan played The Theme From Moulin Rouge, Herby Wallace played Theme From Dr. Zhivago or Randy Beavers played Chopin’s Minuet in Eb Minor.

Many people complain year after year that the steel players always play the same old songs. Who cares? It’s still steel guitar, isn’t it?

If all of us play Please Release Me, it’s gonna sound different by everybody because we all play differently. I don’t sound like Doug Jernigan. I don’t sound like Buddy Emmons. I don’t sound like Randall Curry. And when I play instrumentals, I don’t wanna sound like anybody but me. The material is just a conveyer of our individual styles and thoughts.

If you want to hear the song the way it was written, then go somewhere besides a steel guitar show to hear it. I love steel guitar and want to hear everything it can do, not just a rehashed copy of Buddy Emmons playing Way To Survive.

Give Scotty a break. This man has done as much for steel guitar as anybody living in my opinion, plus being a wonderful guy and has to put up with a bunch of sniveling steel fans just because they don’t think the songs were played country enough.

Many years ago I knew a well known steel guitar guy from Louisiana who built cases and packaseats tell me that he didn’t want to do any more shows because the steel players all played the same old country song.

I said, “Good. Then stay away.”

Now I’m hearing about this again. I love to hear steel guitar, however I also love to hear it progress in its abilities throughout time. There is more to steel guitar than what was going on in 1955, even though I am still a great fan of the way it was played in those days. I’m a fan of steel guitar and that means all steel guitar, then and now.

I watched Pink Floyd on television last Sunday doing a very nice, tasteful rock n roll concert live in New York City. There were three steel guitars on their stage. I listened to the whole concert because of the steel guitars. Naturally with me being a full time professional steel guitarist for over fifty years, I was not dazzled by any of the playing anymore than I was by Jerry Garcia and many other overly simplistic players thoughout my life.

As for Pink Floyd however, they were steel guitars and what they played overall added great beauty to the songs they played onstage. I love steel guitar with that band. The only thing wrong is I’m not working with them. I’ve had my days in that limelight, loved them, but again steel guitar can be beautiful no matter who is playing it or how experienced they are as long as it is thoughtfully blended into great music.

B.J. Cole with Elton John played very, very simply on Tiny Dancer, but even to this day when the song comes on my car radio, I always pull off the side of the road and stop and listen to what tasteful steel guitar has done for Elton John and that incredible orchestra.

To hear people say that they don’t want to go to the steel guitar convention again because they can’t hear Your Cheatin’ Heart or Pick Me Up On Your Way Down is ludicrous. Scotty is a very smart man and could’ve used his intelligence that God gave him to make a very good living over the past many years instead of being a steel guitar player and promoter, but I think we are all very lucky to have had him dedicate his entire life to us steel players so that we can enjoy our living or just hobby as much as we have.

Yes, Scotty is in the Hall of Fame and if anybody deserves to be there, I feel he does. So what I’m doing here is begging each one of you guys that read this to just type him out a minimum of three words if not more to Dewitt Scott at Scotty’s Music and thank him for the life he has spent to make us all happy with the instrument we all love so much. The three words … Thank you, Scotty.

He does not know that I’m doing this newsletter, however things just set me off once in awhile, like people that say they won’t support steel guitar or his show because we don’t play enough country music even though I personally love it.

Steel guitar is one of the most beautiful instruments in the world no matter what its playing, Chopsticks or Streets of Laredo. It’s wonderful regardless if it’s played by Don Warden, Don Helms, Curly Chalker or Doug Jernigan. I love it all and cannot understand everyone not loving every part of it.

So next time you hear a jazzy little tidbit on steel guitar, just remember steel guitar can play everything. Don’t get mad at it when it does. God bless you all. I hope you had a merry Thanksgiving.

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Your buddy,

Steel Guitar Nashville
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Country Music News International November 28th 2011

Here is your Country Music News of the day. Your Country Music News is supported by Lucy Angel, , Steel Guitar Nashville, , HelpCharity, , Bobbe Seymour, , Radio4Humans, , Katsy Redstar , International Festival of Country Music

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Interview with HICK’RY HAWKINS

Interview with HICK’RY HAWKINS

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  imagine Mick Jagger, Screamin Jay Hawkins,Sid Vicious and Hank Williams Sr. In the same body!

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  I was on the road quite a bit, Played a truckload of great shows and met alot of great people that I’m thankful to know . We have a standing gig at the Rodeo Bar in Manhattan , which is one of the most coveted gigs in NYC. Added an awesome pedal steel guitar player. Of course, I’m still lookin for that day job!

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  I recorded two solo discs on the same day in 2010 (Fastest Man Alive and Last Outlaw) Over the last two years I’ve probably sold a few hundred at shows, hopefully I’ll have a bank account soon and can sell them online. I put artwork on the actual disc itself, so that makes each disc totally unique (outsider art) which you would think more folks would go crazy over, but we are in a digital age and thankfully there are still folks out there that want to actually hold something in their hands! (I’m also doing the same with my other four cd’s I’ve recorded over the years)

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  Last Outlaw comes from me feeling just like that and this is why I did it solo, I’m the last guy out there whose still basically unknown but doing it honest, the way Woody Guthrie, Billy Bragg did it, raw, naked but still rocking.
Fastest Man Alive is volume two of that, GREAT songwriting with driving guitar, on both discs there is my take on gospel, blues, honkytonk and punk. Once again, that title came from my belief that I’m the only artist I’ve heard that can throw all these styles out there, and make every bit of it musically powerful and entertaining onstage. And I’m doing it with no distribution, no lable, no money behind it. It’s truly REAL!
Then again, maybe I’ve dug my own musical grave with this!

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  I’ve always written my own songs and the songs from these two discs are the most personal I’ve ever written, my best friend had a stroke that almost killed her, her family would not let me visit her, I drank more whiskey than I ever had in my life and so there is quite a bit of anger in some of these tunes, but there’s also redemption that I only found after hearing these songs. This music lives and breathes in a time when most country and rock n roll have become deadpan shite.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  Mostly in the last answer, I think subconsciously though, the influences of the Rolling Stones are there along with Waylon Jennings, and I say that because these are the artists that taught me how to write songs when I was younger. but more importantly, my own life, what was going on around me. What I’d lost, what I wish I had, what I’d never have.....if I had to put in it one phrase it would be ANGER, WHISKEY AND SEX!

Lamitschka:  What is the difference between your last CD and your current one?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  There’s a bigger voice on the latest, bigger spiritually, bigger in ambience, even though it’s me solo, I think the overall sound and attitude is bigger than what I’ve recorded with the band. This older and meaner I’ll put Last Outlaw and Fastest Man Alive up against any damn recording put out by any corporate lable and most independant stuff.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  That answer can change at any second but if I had to say I’d go with „The Hell I am“ and Last Outlaw. The story about both is pretty much the same. I’m the Last Outlaw and I’m Hell, I’m that troubadour out in the musical wasteland walking with the Devil,,my heart is on one sleeve and my demons on the other!

Lamitschka:  How much creative control do you have over your music?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  Total control. Which sounds good, but when you can say you have that, you can also say that you have no money at all. I still wouldn’t give it way though, I compromised twice in my music carreer and I got raked over the coals. And before I die I will drag those folks to hell!

Lamitschka:  Do you have any interesting stories about how fans have been affected by your music?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  We were in Pennslyvania I think, me and the band had just finished our set, we’d done the song „Sweet Angel“ which I wrote specifically about my best friend who’d had the stroke. These two young ladies came up to me and said they wanted to make sure they got the disc that had that song on it. They both told me it was the most beautiful song they’d ever heard, and ask me how my friend was and I told them about her.

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  Rolling Stones, Ramones, Cramps, Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Lightning Hopkins, Woody Guthrie, Jimmy Rodgers

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its post and where do you see it going in the future?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  It’s worse off than it’s ever been. We all thought the internet could help us, in some ways it has but you have to sift through tons of shite and anything good mostly gets snatched up by some corporate, then that artist gets fat and watered down. I think where it’s going is that artists like myself probly die, then after we’re dead for awhile, the masses suddenly ‚discover it‘ I get immortality, but I die poor.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  I’m trying to do all I can, in todays climate, it takes more money than it ever did, so right now I have to hope and pray that the folks on the internet and folks like you dig me so much that y’all help spread the gospel.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

HICK’RY HAWKINS:  I think I always was, but what gave me the balls to get up was seeing the „local rock stars‘ where I lived, all acting like David Bowie, and I thought, „you know what? I’m gonna get up onstage, right by myself, just me and guitar, and blow these douches outta the water!“ And I did!

Christian Lamitschka ( )

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