Thursday, December 1, 2011

MAKE HOLIDAY MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY STARS!

MAKE HOLIDAY MEMORIES WITH YOUR FAVORITE COUNTRY STARS!
 
The Christmas season is upon us and Country's biggest stars are bringing in the holiday spirit with their own heart-felt Christmas memories and heart-stopping performances!
 
TONIGHT at 9|8c on ABC, join Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles as she hosts the night with her friends Lauren Alaina, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Scotty McCreery, Miss Piggy, Brad Paisley, Kellie Pickler, Rascal Flatts,  Darius Rucker and Keith Urban.
 
Right now, check out interviews of tonight's performers here where the artists talk about their performances and what Christmas is like at their house!
 
Don't forget "CMA Country Christmas" airs tonight at 9|8c on ABC, following "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."

Jessica Frech Dashes onto the National Scene

 
Breakthrough Singer-Songwriter Jessica Frech Dashes onto the National Scene with a “Hyundai Holiday”
 
The YouTube success of Jessica Frech assures that Hyundai made the right selection for their Hyundai Holiday Catch the Spirit campaign.  After millions of streams online, this adventure serves as a benchmark for the young songstress as her first national exposure beyond the online arena.  “What a present it truly was to have an opportunity to impact an audience beyond the net with this Hyundai ad,” say Jessica.  “I hope my granny will get a chance to finally see what I do.  Lord knows she can’t master a computer or smart phone!”
 
Hyundai took a progressive approach when they turned to Jessica for their holiday promotion.  The award-winning car company reached out to this Nashville based performer after capturing their attention with the audience numbers she pulled in with her People of Wal-Mart videos.  The first installment reached a total of more than 10 million views online with the second installment has streamed more than a half million in two weeks. To view the videos, visit her YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/jessicafrech.
 
For those that haven’t seen the Hyundai ad, visit http://www.youtube.com/embed/OpvS5VyrOVQ?rel=0 and leave your comments.
 
Jessica’s videos have found their way onto the TV screen before securing features on FOX News, MSNBC, G4 and Jimmy Fallon.  Even celebrities have tuned into Jessica as Kirstie Alley recently commented and tweeted to nearly one million followers the Katy Perry parody “Black Friday Night” saying it was “So Cute!” With her Norah Jones and Barenaked Ladies melded sound mixed with Zooey Deschanel’s quirky spirit, Jessica is preparing for a busy holiday season ahead.  Her first Christmas EP hits the market December 5thPull My Finger to Hear Jingle Bells will feature one original track in the same vein as her comedic online personality, one true singer-songwriter tune and two covers.  To stay updated on Jessica and get the latest on her forthcoming songs, hilarious creations and character adventures, visit www.jessicamusic.com.
 

Tim McGraw gains his musical freedom

Tim McGraw gains his musical freedom

Written by Anita Wadhwani | The Tennessean-December 1, 2011

Tim McGraw hugs his attorney, William Ramsey, after Nashville Chancery Court Judge Russell Perkins ruled that McGraw no longer has to record for Curb Records. / John Partipilo / The Tennessean

Country singer Tim McGraw became the music world’s equivalent of a free agent Wednesday after winning the first round in a legal battle with Curb Records — the label that discovered him more than 20 years ago and has had a hand in every album he’s released since then.
Nashville Chancery Court Judge Russell Perkins ruled that McGraw is free for the first time in his music career to record music and sell albums with anyone he chooses — a development that could be a bonanza for the singer if it sparks a bidding war for his talent.
After the four-hour hearing, McGraw said he was “just very happy.” The singer hugged his attorney, William Ramsey, before walking over to embrace his wife, country star Faith Hill, who had sat on a bench during the sparsely attended trial.
Curb Records attorney Jay Bowen issued a statement that read in part that the record label “intends to continue to pursue these claims, including through the appeals process as appropriate in light of the importance of the underlying principles involved.”
The ruling effectively ends one of country music’s longest-running business deals, one that quickly shot McGraw into superstardom and 40 million in album sales to date, but that soured in recent years with McGraw publicly vowing to end his contract with Curb “if it kills me.”

Fight will continue

However, Wednesday’s court decision still leaves unresolved the central question in the lawsuit filed against McGraw in May, namely did McGraw breach the contract that required him to make five original albums for Curb Records?
Also unresolved is the outcome of McGraw’s countersuit against Curb Records seeking an advance for the last album he recorded for Curb (some $1.5 million), according to attorneys’ arguments on Wednesday.
Both sides also are seeking unspecified damage awards that legal experts say could cost the losing party millions of dollars.
“It may be premature to declare Tim McGraw the clear winner,” said attorney Richard Busch, an expert in entertainment law and partner with King & Ballow who is not involved in the case.
“(McGraw’s) the winner practically because he’s not under an injunctive order to prevent him from signing with someone else. On the other hand, the breach of contract claim has yet to be heard,” Busch said.
After the ruling, industry experts said McGraw is free to sign with another record label, but also could record music on his own.
McGraw is the No. 8 best-selling country artist of the past 20 years, according to Billboard SoundScan. Forbes ranked him as the fourth-highest-paid country artist last year, although the $35 million the magazine estimated he grossed in 2010 also included income from his acting career, concerts and sales from his line of cologne.
“It’s difficult to put a price on it, but he’s got superstar status and he’s not dependent on a record label building him up because he’s already achieved that status,” said David Maddox, an attorney and assistant professor with the Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business at Belmont University. Curb has been a big supporter of the music program at Belmont, but it operates independently.
The legal dispute originated with a lawsuit filed against McGraw by Curb Records, claiming the performer was in breach of a five-album recording contract, first signed in 1992 and then renewed and amended in 1997.

Does album count?

Curb and his attorneys claim that McGraw’s fifth original album, Emotional Traffic, was recorded too soon after the singer’s Southern Voices album (between 10 months and a year and a half too soon), raising concerns about the freshness of the material.
Because it wasn’t recorded in the correct time period, it would not qualify as McGraw’s fifth and final album under the Curb contract, Bowen argued in the court hearing.
In addition, the contract specified the music was subject to the mutual approval of Curb and McGraw, and Emotional Traffic did not get Curb approval, the attorney said.
McGraw attorneys argued that Curb Records artificially stretched the time that McGraw was obligated to remain in his contract by delaying releases of new material and releasing “Best of” compilation albums instead.
Emotional Traffic has yet to be released, although a single from the album, “Felt Good On My Lips,” released on a separate greatest hits album, became a No. 1 hit.
The fate of the album, which Curb claims ownership of, remains uncertain. The judge told attorneys he would issue a written order in about a week’s time.

“LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER” SERVES UP A HEAPIN-HELPIN’ OF COUNTRY MUSIC FAVORITES

“LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER” SERVES UP A HEAPIN-HELPIN’
OF COUNTRY MUSIC FAVORITES

Larry's Country Diner
December’s Menu Promises a Lip-Smackin’, Toe-Tappin’
Spontaneous Good Time at RFD’s Top-Rated Show 
Linda Davis on Larry's Country Diner
Mac Wiseman on Larry's Country Diner
LuLu Roman on Larry's Country Diner
Mandy Barnett on Larry's Country Diner
Janie Fricke on Larry's Country Diner
Nashville, TN (December 1, 2011) – There may only be eighteen tables at Larry’s Country Diner,” but it services 1.4 million people each and every month as one of the top-rated shows on the RFD television network.  The diner is not your ordinary restaurant, but rather a unique down-home variety show that in just over two short years has become a favorite “eatery” of country fans everywhere.  Sure, patrons who visit the diner will get a hot meal of southern-fare, but the cornbread and black-eyed peas only complement the heapin’ helpin’ of country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today.

Past guests include Bill Anderson, John Conlee, Jimmy Fortune, Neal McCoy, Darryl Worley, Suzy Bogguss, Aaron Tippin, Charlie Louvin, Con Hunley, Barbara Fairchild, Jeannie Seely, The Cleverlys, Jean Shepard, Ronny Robbins, Robyn Young, Rodeo & Juliet, Jimmy Capps, Teea Goans, Exile, Collin Raye, Buck Trent, Johnny Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy C. Newman, Jenee Fleenor, Ed Bruce, Gordon Mote, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Gene Watson, Charlie McCoy, James Gregory, T. Graham Brown, The Whites, Mike Snider, Shelly West, Billy Crammer, Joey + Rory, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Justin Trevino, Leona Williams, David Frizzell, Janie Fricke, Dallas Frazier, Bobby Marquez, Sonny Curtis, Ray Pillow, Gary Morris, The Isaacs, George Hamilton IV, The Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, Mandy Barnett and Ray Stevens.

You can catch a new show every week in December on the RFD network:

Week of 
Dec. 1:     Linda Davis

Dec. 8:     Mac Wiseman
Dec. 15:   Lulu Roman
Dec. 22:   Mandy Barnett & Johnny Counterfit
Dec. 29:   Janie Fricke

Air times for “Larry’s Country Diner” are Thursday night at 7 PM CST / 8 PM ESTFriday morning at 9 AM CST / 10 AM EST, or Saturday evening from 10 PM CST / 11 PM EST.  For more information on “Larry’s Country Diner,” please visit larryscountrydiner.com

Taped bi-monthly in front of a live studio/diner audience at NorthStar Studios (3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville), the show’s spontaneity is part of the mystique of “Larry’s Country Diner” which contributes greatly to its success.  “The prevailing attitude at the diner is ‘…the cameras are always rollin’… and we don’t care,’” explains Larry Black, host and creator of “Larry’s Country Diner.” 

The fact that plates are dropped or broken during a performance, a rack of knives and forks are dumped on the floor or that some of the lights go out while they were filming makes the show all that more exciting in a day where even reality shows are produced within strict script guidelines.

“It’s the kind of television you just don't see much anymore and both the artists and fans love it,” states Black who adds, “We even tell our artists that once the tape starts rolling, it does not stop.  If you get yourself in trouble, get yourself out ‘cause we’re not stoppin’.”

Because of its popularity, getting a seat to see a live taping might prove more difficult than getting a reservation at one of L.A.’s most trendy posh restaurants—the first tables available are currently for the August 2012 taping, so you’ll want to plan way in advance.  For reservations, please call 615-673-2846 or email paula@gabrielcommunications.com.

ABOUT LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER: 
Larry’s Country Diner is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting.  The show features regular characters including Larry Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, Waitress Renae and avid church lady, Nadine along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today.  Since its initial airing on August 3, 2009, Larry’s Country Diner has produced nearly 100 episodes and has become one of the most popular shows on RFD television, garnering 1.4 million viewers monthly.  For more information, please visit www.larryscountrydiner.com.

Larry’s Country Diner is another product of Gabriel Communications, started in 1996. Owned and operated by long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, the company specializes in “Reunion Videos.” The success of this series spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring hundreds of songs and stories as well as Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear.  For more information on Country Family Reunion products, please visit: www.cfrvideos.com.  You can find all of our music reunion products under the Country’s Family Reunion portion of this Web site.

Top Talent Join the Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show

Top Talent from PLA Media Join the Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show
 
Barry Michael, Adam Fisher, Jessica Frech and country icon Lynn Anderson will all be helping Christmas 4 Kids give the joy of Christmas to thousands of Middle Tennessee children through the Tour Bus Show on December 12th.
 
The Christmas 4 Kids Tour Bus Show/Artist Meet & Greet takes place Monday, December 12, from 5 PM to 9 PM (weather permitting) at the Hendersonville, TN Wal-Mart (204 North Anderson Lane, Hendersonville, TN). 
 
“We so excited that our artists are involved in this special project again,” says PLA Media’s CEO and President Pam Lewis.  “This is our third consecutive year to be involved.   Fans will see over 50 tour buses from top artists. For a small donation, fans can see what the artists’ home-away-from-home is really like and meet with artists and get their autographs.”
 
Christmas 4 Kids has been assisting families throughout Middle Tennessee since 1992.  The organization hosts fundraisers each year to buy presents for households that cannot afford to provide the Christmas memories that we all cherish every year. Artists that have participated in the event throughout its history include Chris Young, Taylor Swift, Trace Adkins and Trisha Yearwood.  For more information about Christmas 4 Kids, visit www.christmas4kids.org.
About PLA Media’s clients
 
Barry Michael is currently enjoying airplay with his single “Uncountrify Me.”  He’s opened for Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler and Craig Morgan in promotion of his latest album Ripped Blue Jeans & ATVswww.barrymichaelmusic.com.
Adam Fisher recently released his self-title EP, and landed his first major cut as a songwriter with “Damn Baby” on Montgomery Gentry’s new album.  He recently debuted on the Grand Ole Opry House stage opening for Lee Ann Womack and Little Big Town on the 2011 “Holiday Notes from Home” airing on GAC this December. www.adamfisherlive.com
YouTube sensation Jessica Frech garnered national exposure when her video “People of Wal-Mart” went viral reaching more than 10 million streams.  Her videos have since been featured on FoxNews, MSNBC, G4, Jimmy Fallon, AOL and Buzz Feed. Her holiday EP Pull My Finger to Hear Jingle Bells is being released on Monday, December 5th. www.jessicamusic.com
Grammy Award-winner Lynn Anderson, recognized by her signature song “Rose Garden,” most recently performed at the Stars and Stripes Classic to honor noteworthy military personnel and public figures. She has Grammy, ACM, CMA, AMA and Billboard awards to her credit.  She was also the first female to headline and sell out Madison Square Gardens. www.lynnandersonshow.com
 

JASON ALDEAN SCORES FIRST THREE CAREER GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

Jason Aldean & Ludacris

Jason Aldean


 
JASON ALDEAN SCORES FIRST THREE CAREER GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

"Tattoos On This Town" Becomes Fourth No. One Off MY KINDA PARTY and
Eighth Career No One Hit For Aldean

NASHVILLE, TENN – Dec. 1, 2011 – Multi-PLATINUM Country rocker Jason Aldean snagged his first ever GRAMMY nominations last night, and tied for the most nods of any country artist with three in the categories of Best Country Album for MY KINDA PARTY, Best Country Solo Performance for “Dirt Road Anthem” and Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “Don't You Wanna Stay” with Kelly Clarkson.

“I was totally stunned last night, and it all happened so fast. I was feelin' a pretty big adrenaline rush from our performance with Luda, and then to be told we had three nominations was just crazy. We were flying pretty high all night…there was definitely some celebrating on the flight back to Nashville," says Aldean.  "That 'Album' nomination is what artists dream of their whole career. And then for both the duet with Kelly and 'Dirt Road' to get some recognition, which were both different kinds of songs for us this year, it's just incredible."
 
Nominations were announced during the one-hour GRAMMY Nominations Concert LIVE!! special last night, where Aldean got a standing ovation for his performance of the DOUBLE PLATINUM, No. 1 hit “Dirt Road Anthem.”  He was joined by fellow Georgia native Ludacris who re-wrote a verse of the fan-favorite song earlier this year.
 
Additionally, Aldean has the No. one song in the country this week as “Tattoos on This Town” moves into the top spot on the Mediabase chart to become the eighth No. one of his career.  The fourth release off the CMA Album of the Year, MY KINDA PARTY, “Tattoos on This Town” marks the album’s fourth consecutive No. one single.  Aldean also claims the top selling country album of the year.
 
Aldean recently wrapped his 2011 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR which sold out more than 50 arenas and amphitheatres across the nation this year and smashed several venue attendance records.  The 2012 leg of the MY KINDA PARTY TOUR will pick up Jan. 20 in Greenville, SC with special guest Luke Bryan.
 
For more information and a full list of tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.

THOMPSON SQUARE SCORES 2 GRAMMY NOMS

THOMPSON SQUARE’S #1 SMASH
“ARE YOU GONNA KISS ME OR NOT” SCORES 2 GRAMMY NOMS
 Breakout Country Duo Perform on FOX’s American Country Awards (12/5) and
GAC’s Christmas in the Black Hills network special (12/12)
 
(NASHVILLE, TN) --  On the heels of an extraordinary breakout year, Stoney Creek Records’ duo Thompson Square can now add Grammy nominees to its list of accolades.
Last night, Thompson Square scored a Best Country Duo/ Group Performance Grammy nomination for the #1 single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not.”  The Platinum-selling smash is also nominated for a Best Country Song Grammy.
The husband/wife duo were spending a rare night off in Nashville for some much needed R&R after playing to over one million fans this year when they got the news.
“We both could not believe the news of our Grammy nominations,” said Keifer Thompson. “When our manager told us we really thought he was playing some sort of sick joke on us. We can't thank the Grammys enough for such a prestigious honor!
“If I'm asleep please don't wake me up.... cause this is a dang good dream!!” mused Shawna Thompson.
Thompson Square heads to Las Vegas this weekend for FOX’s 2nd Annual American Country Awards where they are the second-highest most nominated act with 7 nods. The duo will perform the nominated “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” on the live broadcast, airing Monday Dec. 5th at 8 pm ET/ 7 pm CT.
Thompson Square will also perform as part of Great American Country’s (GAC) Christmas in the Black Hills.  Hosted by Big & Rich, the holiday concert special was shot at various locations around historic Deadwood, South Dakota.  Christmas in the Black Hills premieres on GAC on Monday, Dec. 12 at 8 pm ET/ 7 pm CT. 
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Feb. 12, 2012, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT)
MORE ABOUT THOMPSON SQUARE
One of Country music’s biggest breakout acts of 2011, Thompson Square’s infectious GRAMMY nominated #1 single, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” is the Most Played Song at Country Radio this year (Mediabase).  The single spent 5 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Country Digital Soundscan Chart and has sold 1.5 million downloads to-date.  The single also reached #1 on the Billboard Heat Seekers Chart and was the #1 Country Ringtone for 12 weeks straight.  Additionally, the 2011 American Music Award nominee for New Artist of the Year is also the only duo to reach #1 on CMT’s Top 50 Artist Chart in 2011.  

Since releasing their debut album in February, Thompson Square has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, Fox & Friends, NBC’s The Better Show” and Fox’s Summer Concert Series, as well as been featured in USA Weekend’s “Who’s Hot in Hollywood,” Entertainment Weekly, People Country, the Associated Press, MSN Wonderwall, Country Weekly, Southwest Spirit Magazine, USA Today, The Washington Post and Billboard.  2011 also found Thompson Square nominated for multiple CMA, CMT and American Country Awards.
The duo’s follow-up single, "I Got You," is cresting Top 5 at Country Radio.  After playing to over one million fans this year on the Jason Aldean “My Kinda Party Tour,” Thompson Square will join Lady Antebellum on the road for their Own The Night World Tour 2012 on January 27 in Tulsa, OK.

For more information visit www.thompsonsquare.com

Eric Church Garners First GRAMMY Nomination

 
ERIC CHURCH’S CHART-TOPPING CHIEF EARNS GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR BEST COUNTRY ALBUM
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Thursday, December 1, 2011) -- EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church’s chart-topping album, CHIEF, which was released on July 26, 2011 and features his latest Top 10 and climbing single, "Drink In My Hand," as well as the Top 15 “Homeboy,” has earned Church his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards. 
 
“The GRAMMYs are the ultimate honor for any recording artist.  It’s very cool that they recognized CHIEF in what I feel is the most coveted category,” shares Church.  “I got into the music business because of great records and the feelings they imparted on my heart.  I’ve poured everything I am into making those kinds of albums, and I am very thankful for this nod.” 
 
Produced by Jay Joyce, CHIEF was a labor of love for Church who secluded himself in a cabin in his home state of North Carolina for over a month to write the record with notable hit-makers Casey Beathard, Luke Laird, Jeff Hyde and more.  The album was recorded and mixed by Joyce in his Nashville, Tennessee studio. 
 
Following rave reviews from Rolling Stone, PEOPLE Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, and more, it appears The Boston Globe’s prediction rings truest of all, “Every good artist reaches a watershed moment and Eric Church has arrived at his with ‘Chief’.”
 
Church recently announced his first headlining tour - The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour - scheduled to hit 50 markets beginning with Fort Smith, Arkansas on January 19.
 
For more information, please visit www.ericchurch.com.  The 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards will air on CBS on February 12, 2012 at 8/7 p.m. CT.

JAKE OWEN PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO

JAKE OWEN PREMIERES NEW MUSIC VIDEO ON FACEBOOK




Nashville, TN – Available now, as part of a Facebook premiere, you can view the brand new music video for Jake Owen’s current single “Alone with You” by clicking on this link: http://bit.ly/joalonewithyou
“Alone with You” is the second single from Jake’s third studio album Barefoot Blue Jean Night, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. This week, “Alone with You” broke into the Top 30 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart as well as Country Aircheck.
“I think a lot of people can relate to the lyrical content of ‘Alone with You,’” says Jake. “The line in the song ‘But you kiss me when you’re drunk’ is so real and the music video is true to the storyline of the song. Basically, it’s about not finding love…but comfort in someone’s arms who really isn’t the one for you and sometimes no one else knows about it but the two of you. The video also features a supporting role by my bulldog Merle. He should win an award.”
Yesterday, Jake celebrated his No. 1 single “Barefoot Blue Jean Night,” which is one of only six songs released in 2011 to reach Platinum status. “This song changed my life,” reflects Jake. “I’m so grateful to the songwriters, Eric Paslay, Terry Sawchuk and Dylan Altman, who have become really good friends of mine. Feeling the support of this amazingly talented community is hard to describe. It’s just awesome to be part of it. This has been the best year of my life.”
To learn more about Jake, click on this link: http://bit.ly/r9lkJq
Viedo Interview with Jake Owen:  

Heartbreak has silver lining for Dickey Lee


Heartbreak has silver lining for Dickey Lee


December is no huge deal for Dickey Lee.  Every day is Christmas for that guy.

And Santa Claus is a bittersweet memory named Beverly Meyer.

That’s the same Beverly Meyer who busted Lee’s heart, back when he was a young buck, in the early 1960s. He dug her, she wasn’t so into him, and the whole not-love scenario was fraught with pain and frustration.
“She messed me up,” says Lee, now 75 and a Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer. “But I guess things worked out well.”

See, in the midst of Lee’s heartbreak, he sought solace in melody and rhyme and penned a true-to-the-moment song called “She Thinks I Still Care.” He wasn’t trying to write a hit, just trying to get something heavy off his chest. Lee made an unsuccessful attempt to pitch the song to fellow Memphian Elvis Presley, and it seemed like “She Thinks I Still Care” would just be Lee’s sad little Beverly Meyer memento.

But, thanks in great part to Lee’s friend and mentor, Cowboy Jack Clement, “She Thinks I Still Care” found its way to George Jones, whose supple and empathetic vocals helped the song to top country charts for six straight weeks in 1962.
“Just because I asked a friend about her / Just because I spoke her name somewhere,” Jones sang. “Just because I dialed her number by mistake today / She thinks I still care.”

It was the third No. 1 country hit of Jones’ career, and the lyrics’ wry despair — “Just because I saw her, then went all to pieces,” or “Just because I haunt the same old places, where the memory of her lingers everywhere” — was a perfect vehicle for Jones, who once said, “I’d rather sing a sad song than eat.”
“He admits, ‘I’m not the happy guy I used to be’ in a tortured gulp that sounds like he’s spying a future as dark as the grave,” wrote David Cantwell in Heartaches by the Numbers: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles.

Just the beginning

Lee’s own future was considerably sunnier, thanks in large part to the enduring appeal of “She Thinks I Still Care.” Though it’s generally (perhaps specifically) unwise to cover a song once George Jones sings it, “She Thinks I Still Care” later went No. 1 in a gender-switching version by Anne Murray, and a little-known fellow named Elvis Presley also sang it to great effect.
Conway Twitty, James Taylor, Connie Francis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marty Robbins and others have also recorded the song.
“It’s such a simple song,” Lee says. “I can’t believe I’ve been so blessed.”
The same year Lee’s sad and simple song topped the chart for Jones, Lee began his own solo career, concentrating at first on pop. Clement helped him to a Smash Records deal and found a song called “Patches” for him to record.
“Patches” became a Top 10 pop hit, and it was followed by a couple of other Top 20 pop singles. And in the early 1970s, he signed to RCA Records and began recording country music in Nashville, notching a No. 1 hit with “Rocky” and Top 10s including “Never Ending Song of Love,” “Angels, Roses and Rain” and the Razzy Bailey-penned “9,999,999 Tears.”
Lee also co-wrote country smashes for others, including George Strait’s “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together,” Reba McEntire’s “You’re the First Time I’ve Thought About Leaving” and Charley Pride’s “I’ll Be Leaving Alone.”
“I can remember when I was real young, first talking to Jack (Clement) about songwriting,” Lee says. “I loved to write songs, and I said, ‘Jack, do you think I could write a hit song?’ He said, ‘Sure, you don’t have to be that bright to write a hit song.’ ”

Old hits, new album

One that wasn’t a hit initially was “Memphis Beat,” a song Lee wrote with Allen Reynolds and Milton Addington and was first recorded in the 1960s by Jerry Lee Lewis.
“I never heard another thing about that song until last year,” Lee says. “I started getting checks from BMI on ‘Memphis Beat,’ and I thought, ‘Who the heck is playing this song?’ ”
Turns out “Memphis Beat” was featured as the theme of a cop show called Memphis Beat on TNT. The show was canceled after little more than a year, but the mailbox money was nice while it lasted and the song became yet another chapter in the curious, genre-spanning tale of Dickey Lee.
This year, he went into the recording studio with producer and pal Buzz Cason to re-record his solo hits (most of which had gone out of print) and to offer his own versions of the hits he wrote for Strait, McEntire, Pride and many more, for California-based Verése Sarabande Records. The Classic Songs of Dickey Lee is now available.

“Here I am, making a comeback at 75,” says Lee, who still keeps in contact with Beverly Meyer.
He checks in with her from time to time, making sure she knows he does, in fact, still care. And to say, “Thanks for the inspiration.”

01.12.2011: CD Veröffentlichung / News / TV Hinweise / Konzerttermine / Videos Deutschland Teil 3

Grouplove: Single: Tongue Tied

Grouplove

Single: Tongue Tied
VÖ: 03.02.2012

Tongue Tied, GROUPLOVE’s mitreißende Single ist nun in einer brandneuen weltweiten iPod Touch TV-Kampagne zu sehen! 
Die US-Premiere des Clips fand während eines Footballspiels statt und läuft ab sofort weltweit über die Bildschirme, ab dem 07.12. auch hier in Deutschland!
unter folgendem Link ist der Clip bereits jetzt online verfügbar: 
Grouplove - Tongue Tied/Ipod Touch Ad
Ihr Album Never Trust A Happy Song (bereits am 28.10.2011 erschienen) ist ein bulliges, ekstatisches Album voller anspruchsvoller, variabler, ausgedehnter Melodien, die von knackiger Percussion und Killer-Harmonien unterstrichen werden. „Die Vielfalt unserer musikalischen Geschmäcker und die unterschiedlichen Schreibstile der einzelnen Mitglieder machen jeden unserer Songs einzigartig“, erklärt Ryan. „Durch den ehrlichen und aufgeschlossenen Prozess, den wir bei den Proben und im Studio durchlaufen, entsteht der GROUPLOVE-Sound.“ Unter dieser Fahne wurde „Colours“ zu einem feinfühligen aber dennoch kraftvollen langsam/schnell-Jam. „ Itchin On A Photograph“ ist ein erhabenes Epos, das von abgehobenen Gitarren-Licks und energischen Handschlägen angetrieben wird. „Tongue Tied“ hingegen erweist sich als elektronisch durchtränkte Tanz-Hymne, die die Besessenheit der Band von kielholenden Harmonien unterstreicht. Gemäß des progressiven Kontexts ihres Treffens teilen sich Hannah, Andrew und Sean die Gesangsverantwortung und wechseln sich beim Anführen der Band ab – auch wenn Christian bei den meisten Songs die Führung singt. Ryan produziert das komplette Material, und alle fünf erhalten bei jedem Song Songwriter-Credits: GROUPLOVE ist eine wahre Gemeinschaftsarbeit.
Zuerst mag der Albumtitel ein bisschen ironisch anmuten: Oberflächlich gesehen erscheint der Vibe der Band als fröhlich; die Songs erheben sich mit schillerndem, jugendlichem Überschwang. Doch unter dem sonnigen Glanz gibt es ein wahres Reservoir der Sehnsucht und Melancholie. Die GROUPLOVE-Signatur vermischt diese zwei Säulen des Lebens: Trauer und Freude. Hannah beschreibt es so: „Als Individuen sind wir schwerer und dunkler, doch wenn wir zusammen sind, entsteht die Liebe.“
James Blunt: Album: Trouble Revisited (CD+DVD)

James Blunt

Album: Trouble Revisited (CD+DVD)
VÖ: 02.12.2011

Seine unverwechselbare Stimme und seine außergewöhnlich einfühlsamen Songs haben JAMES BLUNT zu einem der erfolgreichsten und beliebtesten Singer-Songwriter der 2000-Jahre werden lassen. Erschien der ehemalige Blauhelm-Offizier mit seinem Debüt-Album Back To Bedlam im Jahre 2005 noch als ein Niemand überraschend auf der Bildfläche, gibt es heute kaum einen Ort im Pop-Olymp, den JAMES BLUNT noch nicht bestiegen hätte. Zahllose Awards gingen an seine Adresse, darunter zwei Echos, zwei Brit-Awards, zwei World Music Awards, zwei MTV Video Music Awards, ein MTV European Music Award und fünf Grammy-Nominierungen. Allein seine ersten beiden Alben Back To Bedlam und All The Lost Souls verkauften sich über 18 Millionen Mal - eine Zahl, die er seit dem Erscheinen seines dritten Studioalbums Some Kind Of Trouble weit hinter sich gelassen hat. Nun legt James Blunt mit Trouble Revisited nochmal nach. Das CD+DVD Paket enthält eine Deluxe Version des aktuellen Albums Some Kind Of Trouble, mit zwei brandheißen Bonus Tracks sowie zwei Remixen. Die DVD beinhaltet die komplette Performance von James Blunt beim Paléo Festival in der Schweiz. Dort spielte der Megstar - neben der Gesamtheit seines neuen Albums - ebenfalls einige seine größten Hits wie Wisemen, Goodbye My Lover, You're Beautiful und 1973. Für alle die danach immernoch nicht genug haben gibt es noch fünf Musikvideos von Stay The Night, So Far Gone, Dangerous, If Time Is All I Have und I'll Be Your Man.
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Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

Our Hall of Fame steel player to be discussed this week is Mr. Larry Sasser. Larry is known as one of the true gentleman of country music. Although not very old, his approach to steel guitar in country music is one that is very mature. Larry tries very hard to play exactly the correct thing that will fit the song, but still be very stylish when it comes to playing E9th steel guitar.

In 1969 Larry had only been playing a year or two when I met him in Nashville and to be honest, he didn’t start off being a player that would make you say “wow” when you first heard him. However, Larry worked consistently with many big stars even in the beginning of his career. His personality was loved by everyone.

A very country guy born in Gainesville, Georgia on August 19, 1947, Larry was raised with a family that loved country music. At the age of ten Larry heard his first big influence, Josh Graves playing Dobro with Flatt & Scruggs. Larry loved Dobro from that point on, but soon realized that steel guitar would be more to his liking.

In the mid sixties Larry was contacted by a band leader in Georgia wanting him to play steel guitar. Larry immediately got hold of some country music with a lot of steel guitar and was influenced deeply by the late and great Buddy Charleton.

Larry first hit the big time in 1969 when he accepted a job with Del Reeves. Del was an Opry member plus having his own TV show. This was Larry’s introduction to being seen throughout the industry. He later accepted a job with Sammi Smith. Her big hit Help Me Make It Through The Night was a megahit.

Then over the next few years he worked with artists such as Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Duncan, Charlie Rich and occasionally with Lynn Anderson. Larry is mostly known for his being in the staff band with the Nashville Now television show which was on TNN, hosted by Ralph Emery.

At 42 years of age, Larry was forced into retirement because of illness. Larry has more than 2700 TV shows to his credit. The artists he has worked with on the road and on television shows reads like the Who’s Who of country music.

I remember when I was working with Lynn Anderson, Lynn calling me and telling us our bass player could not do the show that we had coming up and asked me to try to find someone. I played bass and I knew our show with Lynn Anderson very well, so I decided to hire Larry on steel guitar and I played bass. It gave me a chance to do something that I hardly ever got to do and that was to work with another steel player onstage.

I remember we had a lot of fun together on this short tour. If you think one of us was bad enough onstage, two of us was beyond hilarious. Larry has been a great friend of mine for many years and I’m honored to have gone into the Hall of Fame with him. Larry has been a hardcore Emmons pushpull player throughout most of his career. Larry loves the tone and the fact that he needed very little maintenance done on it over the years.

I’m looking forward to seeing Larry at steel guitar shows in the future or have him wander into Steel Guitar Nashville here in the Nashville area in the next few weeks.

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Country Music News International December 1st 2011

Here is your Country Music News of the day. Your Country Music News is supported by Lucy Angel, http://www.LucyAngel.com , Steel Guitar Nashville, http://www.SteelGuitar.net , HelpCharity, http://www.MySpace.com/HelpCharity , Bobbe Seymour, http://www.MySpace.com/BobbeSeymour , Radio4Humans, http://www.Radio4Humans.de , Katsy Redstar http://www.myspace.com/KatsyRedstar , International Festival of Country Music http://www.bb-promotion.com/de/veranstaltungen/international-festival-of-country-music

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KID ROCK, THE KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS, THE McCLYMONTS AND THE ROYS BRING MUSICAL DIVERSITY TO DOWNTOWN BROADWAY http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/12/kid-rock-kentucky-headhunters.html

Chris Cagle's New Single Climbing Charts; New Album Set for 2012 Release http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/12/chris-cagles-new-single-climbing-charts.html



THE CMA SONGWRITERS SERIES EXPANDS TO THE U.K. AND IRELAND IN FEBRUARY 2012 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2011/12/cma-songwriters-series-expands-to-uk.html


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