Sunday, December 4, 2011

Country Music News International December 4th 2011

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Interview with Tennessee’s Hottest Songwriter Tanner Flowers

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Interview with Tennessee’s Hottest Songwriter Tanner Flowers

Interview with Tennessee’s Hottest Songwriter Tanner Flowers

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 write to someone who has never seen or heard you?

Tanner: Who hasn’t heard of me?! I’ve been writing songs longer than today’s country music has been pretending to be  country music. Who am I? I am just another one you out there reading this and thinking to yourself, ‘‘Well damn he’s right.‘‘ Well I know I’m right!! Difference is, I’ll take a stand for country music!! I’ll wave the flag!! I’ll take the reigns and ride this wave all the way to the top!! I’m a country music fan. That’s who Tanner Flowers is. I just may enjoy writing country music more than the next person. What can I say? I’m just me. And it’s a hard thing pretending to be anything else.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? Or do you prefer to cowrite?

Tanner: You know it took me a long time to get comfortable writing with other people. And it’s not so much that, I ever disliked anyone. I just hadn’t ever done it that much until about three years ago. Now I have a group of writers that when you ask us to write a certain type song, it’s DONE!! We get the material finished. I ain’t one of these type writers that wants to go work on a song for a year or two. I get bored after about thirty minutes. If I can’t get a song wrote in an hour or two, I don’t see any since in finishing it. You evidentally ain’t feeling it if takes you that long. Anything longer than two hours is just your imagination’s thoughts anyway. REALNESS comes from the soul. And if it’s in your soul, the words are gonna‘ come right out.

Lamitschka:  Your current single „Wannabe“ is being played by radio. What do you feel is special about this song that makes people want to hear it?

Tanner:  It’s simple. The fans can relate to every single word. It’s a jab in the face to every other song that tries to compete with it. I’m not saying ‘‘Wannabe‘‘ is the best country song ever written. Cause it’d be sure hard to beat ‘‘A Picture of Me Without You‘‘ by Lorrie Morgan. You see that song’s real. And so is ‘‘Wannabe‘‘! The truth’s always gonna be the truth! And all these people out there trying to be country and ain’’re just a wannabe.  

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Tanner: The next one they wanna‘ pay me enough to write.  

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

Tanner:  You know they’re all my favorite really. Each song I write means so much to me. They’re an open book to whatever I may have been thinking at that certain point and time in my life. ‘‘When I’m Gone‘‘ is probably not the most commercial appealing song I’ver ever written, but it’s something I’ve thought about a lot in my life. I always wonder who will really miss me when I’m gone out of this old world? I’d like to know who really appreciated Tanner Flowers? Who honestly admired the man that stood up for the things he believed in? So yeah. ‘‘When I’m Gone‘‘ is right up there at the top of my list.

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

Tanner:  I have people tell me that my songs have brought them to tears, laughter, made them fall in love with their spouse all over again. They say I’ve helped bring a smile to their faces with the memories that my songs make them reflect back on. And I can’t speak for everybody else out there, but as for Tanner Flowers, that’s what songwriting is all about. If the listener can hear a line in your song and travel right back to that moment in his or her own mind, if they can relive that moment, then as a songwriter, you just achieved success! Words are a very powerful thing. Relationships have been started on a song. Families have been brought together on a song. Time can sometimes stand still on a song. So for all of you out there with the gift of songwriting, don’t take it for granted and waste it on fake songs. Don’t agree that that Bob Marley wannabe song Sugarland did is country music. Strive to write what’s in your heart, and then you too can help change the life of someone for the better.

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music industry?

Tanner:  Do you think what you hear on country radio today is real? Do you think for one second Justin Moore could kick my ass? If you do, I can assure you are sadly mistaken. I’m not saying Justin Moore’s not talented. Truth be told, he’s one of the few left that I actually enjoy listening to. What I’m saying is that most of the entertainment you are being entertained with is fake!! The songs that are being played on country radio today are about as close to being country music as Dierks Bentley is close to having arms the size of mine.

Lamitschka:  If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Tanner:  What do you think has happened to country music? Why do you think they went out and recruited Hootie and the Blowfish? It’s because they want it to be pop music! And if you wanna hear pop music, you sure don’t wanna be listening to the songs I’m writing! You may wanna listen to something some Canadian up in Canada wrote. Just typed it right up on his little labtop and sent it on in to Nashville! Let me tell you something. There’s a couple pinstripe suit wearing fools that are the reason country music has went from Hank Williams Jr, to Lady Antebellum! They’re also the reason country music has went from Waylon Jennings, Johhny Cash, Travis Tritt, to what?!! To who?!! Keith Urban? Mr Australian highlights? Look. It all comes down to this. COUNTRY MUSIC NEEDS COUNTRY MUSIC. Period!! So I say toss the pinstripe suits, let reggae music stay in Jamaica, and let’s turn by God Tennessee back into the country music capital of the world!! Is that too much to ask for? 

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

Tanner: I know all my fans know where I’m taking this thing. I know the industry knows where I’m taking this thing. And I know that all the haters know that there ain’t nothing getting in my way from right here in this very interview to the top of the mountain. You can either climb on this train or step back and watch it blow right on passed you.

Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?

Tanner:  My big break was when I decided to write songs. The two are one in the same. I was destined for success from the first lyric I ever put to paper. But I do show great gratitude to people like Christian Lamitschka who take the time out of their busy schedules to let a small town Tennessee boy like me have a chance to interact with great people like you all over the world. I appreciate this interview. And I appreciate each and every single one of you for giving me the time to get to know you a little bit. Come see me on Facebook. I ain’t too hard to find.

Christian Lamitschka ( )

Jerry Naylor “The Rockabilly Legends” on Rock Band

Jerry Naylor “The Rockabilly Legends” on Rock Band
Rock Band’s release date: December 16th, 2011
The first four songs from “Jerry Naylor and The Rockabilly Legends” Catalog will be released internationally on Rock Band, December 16th 2011. The 3 of classic “Cricket” songs in this debut release are “Tear It Up”, “The Real Wild Child”, and “Don’t Ever Change” from Jerry Naylor and” The Rockabilly Legends” catalog. A original new song by Jerry Naylor being featured is All I Want is You" which was written by Naylor’s grandson, John Robert "Jack" Dobrzynski who is now 13 years old, but amazingly Jack was only 10 at the time he wrote the song.
Jerry Naylor is widely recognized for being the lead singer of The Crickets after Buddy Holly’s untimely death. Jerry Naylor has established a prolific solo career as a songwriter, musician and radio show host.
Currently Jerry Naylor is developing and promoting his Tribute to the Rockabilly Legends project (Book, DVD and CD's) through television, radio, printed works and newly recorded and original music. The Rock Band Network (Video Game) is the latest avenue to introduce the classics of Rockabilly music and new original music to the next generation.

Savage Apps will also be releasing The Rockabilly Legends Series ReMix Game Apps, distributed and marketed globally by Apple, Inc.  The first of these apps will be released on ITunes at the same time as the first four Rock Band Songs debut date; December 16th 2011.

Coming in Early 2012!!
Jerry Naylor and The Rockabilly Legends
th Anniversary Tribute
“Crickets Don’t Ever Change”
Jerry Naylor is available for interviews, please contact Marlene Palumbo (970) 581.0947
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Mindy McCready still doesn’t know where she is going, has never seen where she has been, has never looked back to see the garbage she has left behind her in her life, and now she is once again defying civil authorities.  She finally turned over her son, who has been previously in the custody of his grandparents from a court order.  What kind of person hides herself and son in a closet in someone’s home, is pregnant with twins, and does not have an idea of where she is going. 

She needs help, but she is too beligerent to know this or want to accept it.  It seems that getting pregnant is something she does well, but from all indications that she has given to the public, she has not been a good Mother to her child, and now she is going to bring two more children into the world.  She needs to spend more time on getting her life together in a positive way, then “having children” and hoping for the best.

Everyone knows from the first record she had that was successful, that she was in trouble by the way she lived her life.  It seems there are many who took advantage of her, in many ways, and she allowed that to happen.  Whether it was for promises made, or just a whim at the time, she has dug a hole so deep, she can never climb out of the hole without professional help, and no doubt she is not ready to accept help from anyone.  She has done drugs, been incarcerated, defied authorities, and sounds like she told everyone who could have helped her to “GO TO HELL.”  She cannot and will not get along with her own Mother, and because her Mother has custody of her son, and she cannot have him permanently in her life because of her personal life, so she has to share her son with his grandparents and now the court of law.  I am afraid for her twins, of what kind of world they will come into, with Mindy not being good at doing what is right in her life.

Her chances of being successful again are not going to happen.  She needs to forget the dream that she once had and threw away with her “charm.”  There are no more hit records, no more recognition by radio, and no more big tours and big money.  She has hit the bottom of the barrel and I am hoping there is someone out there that will help her put her life back together.  She can no longer sing, and the only media that she has been getting is all negative all against what she is doing by defying a court order until she has to be found in a closet and measures taken to return her son to his grandparents.  What a sad state of affairs.

I never give up on anyone, but it seems that Ms. McCready has given up on herself, and it might be to her advantage to turn to her maker and ask for help, because her loop of people who have tried, has grown so small that the loop cannot sustain her needs anymore, and I would say that some of those in her loop have taken advantage of her.  When you get this low in your life, and are about to bring two more children into this world, it is time to take stock of your life and do whatever it takes to make things right.  She needs to dream of raising her children, getting custody back of her son, by showing she can be a responsible mother and citizen, and bringing her two new children into the world and raise each of them as a mother should.  She got pregnant by choice and she knew what she was doing, so now it is time for Mindy McCready to find herself and forget the music industry that has brought her so much grief in her life, and move forward into a life of love and raising her children.  I do not know who the father is of any of her children, or if it is the same man, but I hope he will help her through her trials and tribulations and be able to guide her back to a good and productive life.  I wish only good things for her, but until she takes a good long look in the mirror and sees herself for what she is showing the world, then doing something about it, her life will never be easy for her and she will only bring herself more pain.

Marty Martel©



It is time for Mike Curb, Pres. of Curb Records to step back and acknowledge that Tim McGraw has made him more money than any artist that he has ever had as long as he had Tim under contract.  Mike Curb has been a very influential and generous man in our music community and his generosity has touched so many with good things in their lives, but now it is time to let go, and allow Tim to move ahead with his music career.  Tim McGraw can now record with whoever he wishes, record all the material he wants to, and release that material also when he wants, by order of the judge and court.

I believe that Mike Curb is at a crossroads in his life with Curb Records, that it is time to pull the legal plug and both Mike and Tim go their own ways.  They both have put a wedge between what was once a great relationship between them.  To go on battling over legalities that seem to have only one recourse and that is for Tim to be totally free from Curb Records.  I wonder why either of these people would want to continue on drawing the line and saying “I will not give in.”  Sounds like a matter of principle to one side, and to the other side, it seems to be “I have done what I promised.”  If a person is held back by another by the words on a piece of paper, and those words have been legally performed, it seems those words are not be for the good of either of these men to continue to put a black mark on more nasty legal problems.  To hold someone back after they have fulfilled their part of an agreement, is not right, in my eyes, but that is only my opinion.

Tim is free to record new music, and next week Tim announced that he would be releasing a new Christmas song, “Christmas All Over the World.”  The title is a great title, but to continue on with this legal battle which will be back in court sometime in July 2012, only brings negative promotion to our industry and that is not what we need in these times of terrible world economics.  Christmas is a time of joy and giving, so my resolution is for Tim to let Curb complete the release of the album “Emotional Traffic,” and begin doing his music his way, and for Curb to release the CD in its entirety to the world, and enjoy more success off of the works of Tim McGraw.

Finally, I would suggest that Tim McGraw and Mike Curb, go behind closed doors, and keep their attorney’s outside of that meeting room.  Sit down like adults and businessmen and iron out their problems.  Remember there was a time that Tim was looking for a record label and Mike gave him that opportunity.  They must have sat down then in a private meeting to find out what each one expected of the other, and there must have been a friendship then, and to let it get out of hand by saying, “He said, I said, they said,” is no longer the way two old friends bury the hatchet.  Tim McGraw and Mike Curb are both wealthy and need not allow the fans and our industry to watch as they slap each other around.  Go back to the good times, back up and look at the past, and find a solution to the future.  Personal feelings, money, and anger are not the way to heal wounds and then scars.

None of us know what really is going on, but the judge has given Tim McGraw his freedom, and Tim should take this freedom and move on, and Mike Curb needs to release the CD project that is his last music project with Tim, and go forward and find a new Tim McGraw to be successful with.

I hate to see two successful people put a cloud over themselves.  There is always a way to work things out.  Let there be Christmas All Over the World.

Marty Martel©



Cold Cold Heart - There's Still A Lot of Love in San Antone - Cinderella - Leavin' - I'll Break Out Again Tonight - Soft Rain - Anniversary - The Man in The Moon - Wino's Prayer - Montana Fever - Happy Family - Family Bible

Bill Hendren has been singing traditional and classic country music for quite awhile in the upper Midwest.  This CD is a good example of his powerful country voice, as well as his ability to provide some unique new ideas into country music.  The first song for instance has a marimba in it. Reminds me so much of my delightful time in Veracruz, Mexico, listening to the itinerant musicians playing this lovely instrument.  Hendren however, lets it just be a 'passing' sound.  He immediately jumps back into classic country in the second song with instant fiddle and steel.  He used some really good 'paid their dues' musicians for the backing.  Snuffy Elmore, Dale Morris Jr., and Fred Stienly on fiddle.  Derk Spigner, Bobby Hibbitts and Brent Dracus on percussion. Gary Carpenter on steel.  Curt Ryle and Rich O'Brien on lead guitar, and Randy Elmore and Ron Jones on bass.  He doesn't tell us who's playing the marimba.  Bill Hendren also added some of his own compositions to this fine, truly country CD.  Leavin', Anniversary, Montana Fever, and Happy Family are all written by Hendren, and all of them are stand-outs.  This is really where country music should be today, but it's not.  I can't really put a finger on a 'sound-alike' for Bill Hendren, he's his own guy, his own voice, and his own songwriter.  He's got a couple of his own on here, I especially like "Montana Fever" which has a nice 'western' approach.  The back-up girl singer is very good.  "Happy Family" is also a good country-oriented song.  Bill closes the CD with the Claude Gray hit "Family Bible."  He also gives Willie credit for writing the song, which he did, but sold it to Claude for $50, but that doesn't change WHO wrote it, does it?  Good classic country CD here, should be in everybody's library that likes their country music real, and extremely well done.  Bill Hendren's voice is well suited to the romance and non-romance songs he does, cheatin' and otherwise.  Expect to see him at the SpringFest in Anita, Iowa, at the Oak Tree Opry, April 20-21-22.  We've not had the opportunity to have Bill sing in concert the intimate way it happens at the Oak Tree, so we'll sure be looking forward to that.  This is a remarkably good CD all the way through.
BUY THIS CD DIRECT FROM: Bill Hendren, WHN Sounds, P O Box 236, Dumont, Iowa, 50625

Bob Everhat

BEN McCLURE Winds of Change

BEN McCLURE Winds of Change

Billy In The Low Ground - Roxanna Waltz - Milk Cow Blues - Wilson's Hornpipe - Maiden's Prayer - I Don't Love Nobody - Midnight On The Water - Southern Aristocracy - Sunday River Waltz - Will The Circle Be Unbroken - Winds of Change

I'm eternally impressed with young people who take up the fiddle to play country music.  In the beginning it's very difficult, as a matter of fact the fiddle is the most difficult of all instruments in country music.  The end result however, is being able to listen to an incredibly smooth fiddler play some of the most beautifully composed and creative melody lines in music.  Ben McClure was at the LeMars Festival in 2011, and I was impressed to see how well he is doing.  He is starting his adventure in fiddle music just right, learning the old hand-me-down tunes that have always been so popular in the upper Midwest.  I believe he has won the fiddle championship at the Iowa State Fair a couple of times, if not more.  The procedure is usually a waltz, a hoe-down, and a tune of your choice.  Ben kind of does that on this fine example of how he's coming on this very beautiful instrument.  It's a fine example of an instrumentalist taking on the adventure of seeing how well he can play some of the old favorites.  I hear a little 'sharpness' in the way the bow is attacking the strings.  Maybe too much rosin, but the real secret is in the wrist Ben.  That's where you eliminate the little 'squeaks' that shouldn't be there.  Sometimes it takes a lifetime to 'perfect' this art.  It's as challenging as playing classical music, in some cases even more difficult.  The other secret is kind of like if Ben were to ask, "How do I get to play at Carnegie Hall?"  The answer is always the same.  "Practice my friend, practice."  I really like the choice of songs, the last one is interesting, it's Ben playing guitar and singing "Winds of Change."  In total, this is a fine CD, home produced and not especially prepared for massive major label release.  It's a stepping stone in the musical life of a very fine young musician, Benjamin McClure
BUY THIS CD DIRECT FROM: Ben McClure, 2423 Grand River Drive, Des Moines, Iowa, 50320-2832

Bob Everhat

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