Tuesday, December 6, 2011

CRAIG MORGAN FOR U.S. TROOPS, FAMILIES AND VOLUNTEERS

COUNTRY MUSIC STAR CRAIG MORGAN TO MAKE
15th APPEARANCE HEADLINING TOAST CONCERT
FOR U.S. TROOPS, FAMILIES AND VOLUNTEERS

Nashville, TN. (December  6, 2011) – More than 150 military spouses, sailors and USO volunteers will join forces to assemble thousands of Operation USO Care Packages on Friday, December 16th at Naval Station Norfolk. The event will be the 15th Jack Daniel’s USO Toast to the Troops stuffing party, and will be followed by a free concert by Army veteran and country music star Craig Morgan.   

Since 2005, the Jack Daniel Distillery has been collecting personal messages of support in the form of “toasts” to include in USO care packages, and has hosted 14 other “stuffing parties,” headlined by Craig Morgan, at military installations across the country.  More than 150,000 care packages have been sent to our troops through the Toast to the Troops program. The 15th Toast to the Troops stuffing party will continue the tradition of having a “thank you” barbecue for the stuffing party volunteers followed by a free base-wide concert headlined by Morgan.

“All of us at Jack Daniel’s honor and support our nation’s servicemen and women, and we are very excited to bring our Toast to the Troops program to the  largest naval base in the world,” said Jennifer Powell, Senior Brand Manager for Jack Daniel’s. “We recognize and sincerely appreciate the sacrifices made by the spouses and families of our military heroes. The Toast program is just one way for us to show support to our military community.”

The Operation USO Care Packages, sponsored for $25 each, include items requested by service members, such as prepaid international calling cards, toiletries, sunscreen, playing cards, disposable cameras and snacks. The packages are being assembled for troops deploying to Afghanistan, Iraq and other overseas locations, as well as troops arriving and departing on rest and recuperation (R&R) flights. 
“Jack Daniels continues to be a fantastic friend to the USO,” said Kelli Seely, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer. “Since 2005, these events have proven an opportunity for the community to demonstrate their support for our nation’s men and women in uniform.”

Ten-year Army veteran Craig Morgan has been a part of all 14 previous Jack Daniel’s/USO “Toast to the Troops” events dating back to 2005. He is a recipient of the USO Merit Award and has made nine overseas trips to entertain our U.S. troops.
 “I’m honored to have been part of the Toast to the Troops program since it began six years ago and it’s always inspiring for me to perform for our troops and their families,” said Morgan. “I know how much it means to receive a care package out in the field and to know that you are supported.  Our troops, their spouses and families sacrifice so much, and I’m glad to get the chance to let them know how much we appreciate their efforts.”  

The stuffing party will begin at 1:00 p.m. on December 16th adjacent to Devary Theater; the concert will get underway at 7:00 p.m. in the theater and is open to anyone with base access.
One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits:  “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester. His newest single “This Ole Boy,” is climbing the country radio charts in advance of his sixth studio album releasing in 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. In addition to his career as a country music superstar, Craig is also a celebrated TV personality as the host of “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors,” currently in its second season on The Outdoor Channel. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent over 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves.
Due to heightened security, individuals can no longer send letters and packages addressed to “Any Service Member.” The Operation USO Care Package program is the best way to send a message of encouragement directly to troops and provide a touch of home. The USO has distributed more than two million care packages since the program’s inception in 2003. More information on the Operation USO Care Package program and other USO programs can be found at www.uso.org.
 

LAST ACOUSTIC PERFROMANCE NIGHT FOR 2011

COME OUT AND BE ENTERTAINTED AND TO NETWORK AT NASHVILLE MUSIC GUIDE’S LAST ACOUSTIC PERFROMANCE NIGHT FOR 2011.
 
This month’s event will be on THURSDAY December 8 from 8 pm till midnight with no cover charge at the Legendary Douglas Corner Café. The format of the event, hosted by NMG founder Dan Wunsch, is seven singer-songwriters showcasing their writing, singing and performing talents each in a 30 minute set.
 
Featured performers are Stan Webb (mega hit country songwriter and recipient of SESAC’s Legendary Songwriter Award), Michael Supe Granda (author, singer-songwriter and musician member of the legendary Ozark Mountain Daredevils), JB Bruck (Rockin’ artist with cd hot of the press produced by Lonnie Wilson), Crystal Sands (Texas Female Vocalist of the Year Award Winner and recent Nashville Transplant), Joe Matthews (Real Kountry songs with CD hot off the Press aka editor of NMG), Crowding 50 (Americana Music to Die For) and Eon (Occupy Nashville Guitar Virtuoso and angelic pop vocalist).
 
NMG continues to be on the forefront of media exposure for up and coming artists through live music events, the monthly print magazine (Nashville MUSIC Guide), the internet site (www.nashvillemusicguide.com), the radio show (www.NMGradio.com).
 
For venue info: Douglas Corner, 2106 8th Ave S (Across from Zanies), 615-298-1688,
www.douglascorner.com

NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Alaina

 
NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lauren Alaina
By Bob Doerschuk
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Lauren Alaina was just 3 years old when her mother was driving her somewhere in their hometown of Rossville, Ga. The Dixie Chicks were on the radio, and when Mom turned it off and heard her daughter singing the song on her own — in pitch and with every word correct — she did what any perceptive parent would do: She bought her a Dixie Chicks karaoke package and encouraged her to keep singing.
Not much time has passed since then, but Alaina, 17, has blossomed into a singer of precocious technique and sensitivity. She has worked hard for this achievement, singing lead roles in school plays throughout elementary school and winning the talent competition of the Southern Stars Pageant at 8. At age 10, she took top prize in Orlando’s American Model and Talent Competition, beating out more than 1,500 participants, and at 12 Alaina made her first of many visits to Nashville’s Lower Broadway clubs — before 6 PM, of course.
But it was “American Idol” that lifted her into national celebrity in 2011. Finishing second to the equally young, gifted and future Mercury Nashville labelmate Scotty McCreery, she was soon at work on her debut album, Wildflower, with Byron Gallimore producing all but her first single, the power ballad “Like My Mother Does.”
Amidst these 12 tracks crafted by some of Nashville’s top songwriters (Alaina co-wrote one, “Funny Thing about Love,” with Luke Laird and Brett James), “Like My Mother Does” stands out. Alaina heard it for the first time during her “Idol” experience and instantly connected with it. Composed by Nathan Chapman, Liz Rose and Nikki Williams, it whispers through verses, soars into the choruses and ultimately rockets skyward, fueled by Alaina’s accomplished and even astonishing performance.
Alaina will join Luke Bryan on Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party” arena tour, beginning Jan. 20 in Greeneville, S.C.
In Her Own Words
DREAM DUET PARTNER“Carrie Underwood.”
LUCKY CHARM“My mom.”
PET PEEVE“I do not let people sit on my bed after I make it. It drives me nuts.”
CD IN YOUR STEREO“David Cook’s This Loud Morning.”
PHRASE YOU SAY OVER AND OVER“I’m just saying.”
TITLE OF YOUR AUTOBIOGRAPHYI’m Just Saying.”
SHORT- AND LONG-TERM CHALLENGES“My short-term challenge is to get a driver’s license because I turned 17 years old in November. My long-term challenge would be to think before I speak.”
SOMETHING WE’D NEVER GUESS ABOUT YOU“I’m a math whiz.”
MUSICAL HERO“My musical hero would probably be Carrie Underwood because she started the same way I did and she came from a town with a population of 3,500 people and that is how many people live in my town. I have always looked up to her and I was able to meet her and she is just as nice in person. She is such a beautiful person and she's beautiful on the inside and out. I want people to look at me the way I look at her.”
On the Web; www.LaurenAlainaOfficial.com

Lady Antebellum Celebrates the State Fair Circuit

 
Lady Antebellum Celebrates the State Fair Circuit
By Joseph Hudak
© 2011 CMA Close Up® News Service / Country Music Association®, Inc.
Playing under the stars, often just yards from carnival rides, food vendors and even livestock, is a warm-weather tradition that’s embedded deeply in Country Music. No matter how successful a Country act may become — and reigning CMA Vocal Group of the Year Lady Antebellum, who notched huge debut-week sales of more than 347,000 for the chart-topping Own the Night, is a perfect example of this — they often keep the summer fair-and-festival circuit on their itinerary.
In 2011, high-profile acts including Jason Aldean, Brad Paisley and Reba all entertained fairgoers in grandstands; even Sugarland soldiered on after the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair. In summers past, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban have passed through fair gates. Yes, pop artists are also well represented, but for Country artists fairs are often where they got their first big break.
“A huge milestone in our career was the Delaware State Fair,” said Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott, seated on a couch in the dressing room of bandmates Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley prior to their show that September night at The Great New York State Fair in Syracuse. “We drove a Winnebago up there to open for Carrie Underwood, and because Carrie was headlining, there were so many butts in the seats already. That was a huge, huge moment for us, and we’ve been back since.”
 
“We come back to fairs year after year because a lot of them took a chance on us in the beginning,” Kelley agreed. “Fairs feel a part of the tradition of Country Music. To a certain extent, you have a built-in audience. You have people that may come to the fair just because they come every year. They may not be fans of ours, but hopefully we can win them over and then they’ll come see us on our headlining tour. There’s a marketing aspect to it.”
A few days later, Lady Antebellum’s manager Gary Borman concurred with Kelley’s assessment. “Not necessarily everyone at a fair is a fan of your artist,” said the Owner/Founder of Borman Entertainment. “But they’re there to enjoy the fair and all that it offers. You’re able to reach people that you otherwise may not reach in an arena or in a theater.”
Indeed, large fair attendances add significantly to what Borman calls “residual exposure,” bringing a wide, diverse spectrum of people, often at very little expense. “You’re not targeting a fan base as much as you are a lifestyle,” he noted. “It used to be that you could call it ‘rural,’ but having been to some of these fairs, I wouldn’t say they’re all rural anymore. They’re everything.”
Perhaps surprisingly, there’s also a hefty payday to be had for the artist. At first glance, having a smaller capacity and fewer seats than an arena or amphitheater would seem to equal less net. However, the stripped-down nature of the fair concerts prohibits, or even liberates, acts from hauling around big-budget set pieces and lighting.
“From a business standpoint, it’s great,” said Kelley. “People don’t realize it, but the fairs usually take care of the artists really well. You don’t have to take quite as much production as you would in an arena, so you can keep your costs down.”
It’s all a matter of routing, according to Borman. Plotting a tour of fairs and festivals is more complicated than routing an arena tour, as the dates and locations are often spread out, both on the map and on the calendar. As a result, promoters have to sweeten the deal to secure a popular act.
“When you’re on a normal tour, you’re routing things in a very sequential, logical and geographical way,” he said. “There’s a great efficiency in doing that. But when you’re booking fairs, that is somewhat of an impossibility.”
As a result, the fairs must typically pay the artist more, both to attract them and get them to commit to performing a one-off date. In short, the more planning and travel required, the bigger the artist’s payday.
“Because it’s a one-off, the fairs will pay you a lot more money than you otherwise would potentially make,” Borman confirmed. “So your grosses go up, your expenses go down and the end result can be very lucrative, from both a financial and a marketing standpoint.”
Given the financial upside, it’s easy to see why artists might be happy to leave behind their elaborate productions. But the bare-essentials arrangement can also benefit fans eager to get the most musical bang for their buck.
By using the fair’s stage and stock lighting and adding only an occasional flourish, such as a backdrop or additional lights, the bands and crews reduce the time needed to swap out equipment between performers. “The set changes are quicker,” Scott said. “It’s easier on us and then the fans hear more music. So it’s a win-win.”
Haywood added that fairgoers can reap more than just musical rewards: There are savings to be had, especially for families. “When you’re in the middle of a downtown, at an arena, you have to pay to park. You have to pay to get in. There are all these hard ticket (add-ons),” he explained, noting how the price of entry to some fairs includes admission to the concert. “At some of the fairs we’ve played, it’s free seating in the grandstand.”
There’s also the allure of accessibility for those who don’t live near a major metropolis or would rather not fight city traffic to get to a concert. “It’s a chance for people that wouldn’t drive to, say, Atlanta to see you,” said Haywood, who made his own annual pilgrimage to the Georgia State Fair as a teen. “You went every year, regardless of who was playing. Fairs are the lifeblood of Country Music. I don’t think it’s something we’re going to be done with. They’re always going to be a part of our career.”
Kelley seconded that notion. “Realistically, we won’t be selling out arenas for our entire career,” he reflected. “Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to, but if not, we want to build a piece of solid longevity in terms of a touring career. We can still come out here and expect to do 40 fairs every year.”
The fair model also transcends business and financial concerns. The casual settings fulfill the very real need by artists to connect with their audiences on a human level. While arena shows often emphasize spectacle, there is a spontaneous, down-home nature inherent to the fairgrounds.
For Scott, that means the opportunity to talk onstage about the origin of a song or recount a moment from her own day at the fair. “This is a much more listening crowd, where you can tell stories behind the songs,” she observed. “In an arena, the show can sometimes come across as impersonal. With this, they get to see our personalities. It’s not just a bunch of fireworks and lasers.”
Later that evening, the band illustrated this in a personal way. Scott’s fiancé Chris Tyrell and his family were in the audience, and Kelley took time to rib his engaged bandmate playfully, who gamely pointed out her soon-to-be in-laws.
“Some of our best moments at fairs and festivals are the spontaneous ones, where I catch the spirit a little bit and jump into the audience,” Kelley said. “Or we point out somebody with a poster that is kind of funny and put them on the spot. That’s when you get in those atmospheres. It feels less polished, which is nice.”
“People want to know you in a setting like this and feel a connection,” Haywood concurred.
But Borman cautioned that despite such an appealing environment, artists would be wise to not schedule fair tours every summer. In addition to risking overexposure, the artist might too often exclude the arena-fan demographic.
“From our strategic position, you don’t do the fairs every year,” he said. “You alternate with arenas. You’re reaching slightly different audiences that way. When a fairgoer sees ‘Lady Antebellum’ on the marquee and they’re at the fair, they may say, ‘Well, shoot, we’re here. Let’s go to the show.’ That may not be the same person who would go out and buy a Lady Antebellum ticket to the arena.”
Still, as Kelley expressed earlier, that fair fan just might want to catch Lady A’s full bells-and-whistles indoor show someday — especially if the group continues its upward trajectory and mimics the successes of past fair headliners frequently mentioned to the band during their fair meet-and-greets.
“Every time, fans tell us stories about when Kenny Chesney came. And these were at fairs and festivals that were as small as they come. They would say, ‘It’s so cool you all are here. Let me tell you a story about when Kenny came. Or let me tell you about when a guy named Garth Brooks was here,’” Kelley recalled. “It’s cool to think that maybe one day they’ll be saying, ‘We had Lady Antebellum here a few years ago.’”
The Grammy-nominated trio will perform on “Good Morning America” Wednesday, Dec. 14 and “Live! With Kelly” on Thursday, Dec. 15. Their Fall 2011 tour has been extended into next year as the “Own the Night 2012 World Tour,” which also featured Darius Rucker and Thompson Square.
On the Web: www.LadyAntebellum.com

CHRIS YOUNG WINS AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS

CHRIS YOUNG WINS BIG IN VEGAS
AT AMERICAN COUNTRY AWARDS

Young Brings Home Breakthrough Artist Of The Year and
Single Of The Year From The ACA’s Live On FOX

 

December 6, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV – What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas!  Chris Young had a winning night as he not only performed his recent #1 smash “Voices”, but was honored by being awarded Breakthrough Artist Of The Year  and Single Of The Year for the song at the American Country Awards. The show, which aired live on FOX, is fan voted, making the award especially meaningful.

“I had a blast tonight!  I am so thankful for my amazing fans for their support and votes and am thrilled to accept this award,” says Young.

“Voices”– co-written by Young, Chris Tompkins, and Craig Wiseman- is Young’s third consecutive #1 smash and shattered a 25-year record earlier this year, marking only the second time in the modern era of the Billboard country chart that an artist re-released the same recording to chart-topping status.

Young’s current hit song “You,” from his new album NEON, is Top 15 and climbing at country radio.

ABOUT CHRIS YOUNG: 2011 has been an amazing year for Chris Young, with recent nominations including: CMA New Artist of the Year, American Country Awards, and his first GRAMMY® nod, in addition to five recent national TV appearances.  With his rich, warm baritone and penchant for writing relatable, slice-of-life songs, Young has emerged as both a critic and fan favorite.  In the last few months, Young has celebrated GOLD selling status for both his sophomore album The Man I Want To Be, and smash single "Tomorrow" from his new album NEON.  His latest single and follow up to four consecutive #1s, “You”, is screaming up the charts.  Young has been out on the road most of this year on Jason Aldean’s “My Kinda Party Tour”.   Miranda Lambert has selected Chris as her special guest for her tour “On Fire” starting in January 2012.   For tour dates and all the latest information on Chris Young, visit www.chrisyoungcountry.com and follow him on Twitter @ChrisYoungMusic.

JETT WILLIAMS SPECIAL GUEST AT R.O.P.E.

JETT WILLIAMS SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE
MEMBERS WITNESSED HISTORY ON STAGE
    

(Nashville, TN)  Jett Williams made a special guest appearance at the December 4th R.O.P.E. Dinner at John A’s Restaurant.  This was not just a special appearance, it was a lesson in the history of country music.  Jett gave a great account of her birth, her Dad Hank Williams Sr. legacy, and her continued success in her own career which includes a plate filled with more projects to keep her busy for months to come, with her book, movie, several projects that she discussed with me that will be released to the public shortly.  She sounded awesome, and she has changed her show in some way-not sure of exactly how, all I know is that she was fabulous this past Sunday, and all in attendance let her know with a standing ovation at the end of her performance, and I add, well-deserved.

Jett made this R.O.P.E. as special event, and we thank her for taking time out of her busy schedule to join us for a super performance.  Also, thanks to her hubby Keith for also being with us.  Keith has been not feeling well with the flu bug, but he was by Jett’s side as he always is, supporting all that she does.  R.O.P.E. is proud to have Jett & Keith as members of our organization, and we were fortunate to have one of the greatest names in country music give of her time to perform what is missing in our industry-real traditional country music.  Her show was filled with Hank Williams music, Christmas Music, Patriotic Music, and a great song that she had just written (Jett William’s Music), which I think that she performed first for our R.O.P.E. audience.  Her bloodline is of thoroughbred status and she showed the reason why she so successfully carries on the Williams’ name.  And now the legacy continues with Jett presenting the music that she has written.  I would say that writing is “in her blood.”

During Jett’s performance, she asked Uncle Ron Elliott to play an instrumental version of “America” which he did to a standing ovation.  Congrats to Ron on an awesome job.  Jett Williams the entertainer gave testimony to what country music is and should be by sharing stories that many in attendance never knew.  What a great day it was thanks for all.

Some of the names who were in attendance were Hall of Fame Steel Guitarist’s Billy Robinson, Ron Elliott, Stu Basore, singer/songwriter George Riddle,  great to see Bobby Lewis with us, Johnny Moore, Jeannie C. Riley, Casey Anderson (Liz Anderson’s husband), Brandi Nicole, Shar, Julie Richardson, and the many R.O.P.E. members who were in attendance.  For those I may have missed please accept my apologies for having memory loss???? 

I had an opportunity to talk with Casey Anderson.  We spoke of his great loss of his wife, Liz Anderson, and that he was glad that he attended our dinner.  Casey talked about his daughter Lynn and that they are going to be working on some projects together, and I think that is great.  It would be nice to see Lynn join us at one of our R.O.P.E. Dinners to entertain our members.

A special thank you to Thomas Sellers, manager of John A’s, and his super staff for their great service as always, and if you have not been to John A’s, the next time your in town, or if you live here in the Nashville area, please take an evening to go to John A’s for one of the great restaurants in our city, super entertainment, no smoking, and the atmosphere and ambiance will continue to bring you back to this great venue.  John A’s is located on Music Valley Drive adjacent to the Radisson.

Another special thank you to Leslie Elliott our Exec. Director of R.O.P.E. for the super job she continues to do for our organization.  Thank you to all of our Board of Directors in attendance also.

I want to extend congratulations to our R.O.P.E. Band who were as awesome as always with Willie Rainsford-piano, Billy Johnson-guitar, David Russell-Fiddle, Ron Elliott-steel guitar, Dena Johnson-drums, and Larry Barnes-Base.  What a super group of musicians.  On this day with Jett they were really super awesome.  I know them personally, and I have always known how great they all are, but Sunday they played special, and I am sure that Jett Williams had something to do with their playing.

I want to thank one of the friends that R.O.P.E. who just happens to be our exclusive photographer, Jerry Overcast, for a job that we are indebted to him for doing.  He has been one of our great staunch supporters, and his pictures as you will see in the coming days are as good as they get.  We are so very lucky to have him as a friend and a professional who believes in what we are doing as members of our organization.  Thanks Jerry for your great work and dedication to R.O.P.E.  He is one of the elite photographers in our industry, so if you are in need for professional photo’s, let us know and we will make sure that you get contact info.

I hope that if you have not become a member of R.O.P.E. (Reunion of Professional Entertainers) that you will consider joining with us.  I can assure you that you will not regret being a part of what we do to keep traditional country music alive and well.  If you are interested please let me know and we will be more than happy to send you an application and info letting you know who we are and what we do.  We are not retired old people, we are lovers and supporters of our great “country music” and we share fellowship, friendship, camaraderie, an opportunity to meet new friends, see old friends, all with great food and entertainment.  We are excited about all of our new members, especially our younger members as we move forward to another great new year in 2012.

AGAIN, THANK YOU TO JETT WILLIAMS FOR SHARING HER MUSIC WITH US AND FOR HER INSPIRING PERFORMANCE.

Thank you for reading and we hope you will make it a point to join R.O.P.E. in 2012.  On behalf of myself, our Board of Directors, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Most Prosperous New Year.

Marty Martel©
Pres., R.O.P.E.
12/6/11

"ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL"

 
(Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and Patty Griffin perform during the 10th Annual Americana Honors & Awards show.  Photo by Erika Goldring)
 
 
"ACL PRESENTS: AMERICANA MUSIC FESTIVAL"
A HIT WITH PBS VIEWERS
 
TV SPECIAL TRANSLATES INTO SALES FOR ARTISTS
 
 
ROBERT PLANT, LUCINDA WILLIAMS, GREGG ALLMAN
AMOS LEE, THE AVETT BROTHERS, THE CIVIL WARS
& MORE FEATURED IN ONE HOUR SPECIAL

♦♦♦
 


Nashville, Tennessee - December 6, 2011 - " ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival" hit the right chord with PBS viewers reaching over two million households during its November 19-21 airing, making it the third highest-rated episode this year.  In addition, the hour-long special resulted in an impressive 9% Soundscan sales increase for the artists who were featured in the show. 
 
The program, hosted by Jim Lauderdale with an all-star band led by Buddy Miller, features performances by Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, Gregg Allman, Alison Krauss, Justin Townes Earle, Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Candi Staton, Lucinda Williams, Elizabeth Cook, The Civil Wars, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Miller and Lauderdale.  Called "the best awards show in the world" by Paste Magazine, the show, sponsored by Nissan, was filmed live at the Ryman Auditorium on October 13, 2011 during the sold-out 10th Annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Awards show.
 
"We're thrilled that the music we treasure is also loved and appreciated by the public," says Jed Hilly, executive director of the Americana Music Association. “We could not have better partners than Nashville Public Television president and CEO Beth Curley for our Middle Tennessee premiere, and Austin City Limits executive producer Terry Lickona to take this to a national audience."
 
In addition to the ratings success, the show's promotion through traditional and social media platforms had a reach estimated in the millions.  Meanwhile, "ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival" is currently the most viewed ACL episode on the PBS.org website. ( click here to view the show).

Other benchmarks according to PBS.org:
 
  • 10K streams since it was released on PBS.org on 11/19/11 
  • The most popular ACL episode on PBS.org from 11/19/11 – 12/1/11 (out of the 7 full episodes available) 
  • The 27th most popular video on PBS.org from 11/19/11 – 12/1/11
The show, described by Emmylou Harris as "the shining star of Nashville and music everywhere," was filmed by High Five Entertainment and co-produced by its president Martin Fischer and Lickona. For photos, clips and more information about the show, click here.
 
Performance Rundown:
  • Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Buddy Miller, Jerry Douglas and Don Was / I'll Fly Away, “O' Brother” Tribute Performance
  • The Avett Brothers / The Once And Future Carpenter
  • Lucinda Williams / Blessed
  • Amos Lee / Cup of Sorrow
  • Elizabeth Cook / El Camino
  • The Civil Wars / Barton Hollow
  • Justin Townes Earle / Harlem River Blues
  • Jessica Lea Mayfield / For Today
  • Buddy Miller / Gasoline And Matches
  • Candi Staton / Heart On A String
  • Jim Lauderdale / Life By Numbers
  • Robert Plant / Monkey
  • Gregg Allman / Melissa

A Skaggs Family Christmas Live Comes To RFD-TV December 8 & 9

A Skaggs Family Christmas PR shot 
A Skaggs Family Christmas Live Comes To
RFD-TV December 8 & 9

Light The Fire, Pour Some Eggnog And Stoke Your Christmas Spirit
Nashville, TN(December 6, 2011) -- A Skaggs Family Christmas Live comes to RFD-TV for airings December 8 and 9.  The hour-long extravaganza features Ricky, his wife Sharon, and their children Luke and Molly, and includes Buck and Cheryl White and Cheryl's daughter Rachel Leftwich. Also performing is Ricky's band Kentucky Thunder along with Jim Gray and the Nashville Session Players. The troupe treats fans to traditional holiday favorites as well as new songs that are sure to become seasonal standards. The special is the perfect accompaniment to a warm fire, sweet eggnog and yuletide cheer.  

Broadcast Dates and Air Times (please check http://www.rfdtv.com/findrfdtv/ to view RFD-TV in your area):
December 8 @ 10 p.m. ET
December 9 @ 4 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET

"Singing carols and hymns 'our way' is a tradition that started in our living room years ago," explains Sharon White.  "It's evolved into a show that, over the last nine years, the Lord has led us to share in churches and symphony halls and at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C.," adds Ricky.

The program was taped at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium during one of the entourage's live performances two years ago.  This year, the cast's concert itinerary includes engagements at Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, The Paramount Theater, Music Center at Strathmore, Tennessee Theatre, Honeywell Center, Niswonger Performing Arts Center of NW Ohio, Smoky Mountain Performing Arts Center and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The extended family has also released two holiday CDs: A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME ONE (2005) and A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO (2011). As a bonus to purchasers of A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS VOLUME TWO, a free copy of A SKAGGS FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIVE (DVD) is included.

For more information, please go to www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.

BUCKY COVINGTON RELEASES NEW SINGLE “I WANNA BE THAT FEELING”

BUCKY COVINGTON RELEASES NEW SINGLE “I WANNA BE THAT FEELING”

 

 

Nashville, TN…(December 6, 2011)…After signing a record deal with Entertainment One Music Group earlier this fall, former American Idol finalist Bucky Covington is making his first single, “I Wanna Be That Feeling,” available for download HERE or wherever digital music is sold.

“I Wanna Be That Feeling,” written by Jimmy Yeary and Ben Hayslip, is a tempo love track that explores the excitement of young love. The highly anticipated song, which is Bucky’s first musical offering in nearly two years, is being made available for digital download by his fans in advance of its upcoming release to country radio.

Bucky recently filmed the music video for the song from Nashville’s abandoned Tennessee State Prison. The clip will be released to video outlets in the new year. The North Carolina singer is busy in the studio writing and recording new music for his long-awaited sophomore album, due in 2012.

About Bucky Covington:Bucky Covington’s self-titled debut CD opened at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first week sales for any debut country artist that year. He went on to become the best selling debut artist of 2007 and delivered three consecutive Top 10 hit singles to country radio. In addition to competing on the fifth season of American Idol, Bucky’s national television appearances have included Good Morning America, Live with Regis and Kelly!, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Tonight Show andFox & Friends. To learn more about Bucky Covington, log on to BuckyCovington.com, connect at https://www.facebook.com/buckycovingtonmusic or follow him on twitter @buckycovington.

This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark Street Date Today

 
 
This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark
Street Date Today
 
Double CD set celebrates Clark's 70th birthday

 
Includes recordings by Rodney Crowell, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris & John Prine, Patty Griffin, Ron Sexsmith, Rosanne Cash, Steve Earle, Vince Gill, Jerry Jeff Walker, Robert Earl Keen, and more.
 
Produced by Tamara Saviano and Shawn Camp
 
December 6, 2011

Houston's Icehouse Music has released This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark to celebrate Clark's 70th birthday.  Clark was born in Monahans, Texas on November 6, 1941. The double-CD set is available nationwide today.
 
The collection was lovingly produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Tamara Saviano (Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster)—who is also working with Clark on his definitive biography—and frequent Clark co-writer Shawn Camp ("Sis Draper," "Magnolia Wind").
 
The tribute includes 30 tracks by 33 Americana artists who are friends and colleagues of Clark or who have been influenced by his remarkable compositions. The collection was mixed and mastered by Austin's Cedar Creek Records principal Fred Remmert.
 
Part of the proceeds will benefit the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.
 
Guy Clark’s poetry resonates deeply with his fellow songwriters.

“Guy’s songs are literature,” says Lyle Lovett, among the venerable artists who eagerly gathered for This One’s For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark. “The first time I heard Guy Clark, I thought it made everything I’d heard up to that point something other than a song. His ability to translate the emotional into the written word is extraordinary.”

Accordingly, Clark’s most vibrant (“Instant Coffee Blues”) and vivid vignettes (“Desperadoes Waiting for a Train”) reel with cinematic landscapes (“The Last Gunfighter Ballad,” “The Cape”). Novellas frequently unfold within minutes (“Better Days,” “She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”).

Clark’s singular storytelling chills with striking familiarity (“The Dark”). “Songs are like Japanese painting,” he explains. “Less is more. One brushstroke takes the place of many if you put it in the right place. I’m trying to get whoever is listening to think, ‘Oh, man, I was there. I did that. I know what that’s about.’ Too many details take away.” Clark’s add volumes. Remember that old blue shirt? Mad Dog margarita? June bug on the window screen?

Of course, our passions forever burn brighter for the flour sack cape. Few capture courage as timelessly.  “Guy Clark is like a dancer with the way he talks and a photographer with the way he writes,” noted Texas indie artist Terri Hendrix says. “He’s the epitome of American songwriting.”

Clark’s watercolor imagery blueprints his legend, but generosity ultimately cements his legacy. For four decades, the longtime Nashville resident, whose own Grammy-nominated Somedays the Song Writes You (2009) soars as seamlessly as his hallmark debut Old No. 1 (1975), has cultivated songwriting talent enthusiastically. His matchless eye yields high dividends: Americana royalty Shawn Camp, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Vince Gill and Lovett barely begin the list he’s given sea legs. Young writers today immediately earn credibility with his stamp.

“Guy is the king in a lot of ways,” says rising songwriter Hayes Carll, who has split pages in the storied basement workshop where Clark writes and builds guitars. “I think everybody who was around Guy learned a lot from him and I think the entire music world is indebted to him for what he taught other writers. Everybody who had a chance to learn from him came away a better writer. He gave me a shot before I deserved one.” As friends say, Clark’s a curator, a creative caretaker. He celebrates high watermarks that others achieve.

This One’s for Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark returns the favor. Artists brought two key instruments: a guitar and profound reverence. Individual investments quickly emerged.  Perhaps most notably, Gill claims a haunting bond. “Giant tears were falling all over my guitar as we were playing,” the country star remembers about serving as guitarist on Clark’s original “Randall Knife” recording nearly thirty years ago. “My dad was a lawyer, and he died when I was forty. Guy and I are tied at the hip through that song.”
 
“Let’s give her a good go and make ol’ Guy proud of us…” said Rodney Crowell kicking off the collection on the first day as he readied to record "That Old Time Feeling." The double CD set was recorded live in studio with a core house band that included multi-instrumentalist Shawn Camp, guitarist Verlon Thompson, & pianist Jen Gunderman.  The tribute was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas with a rotating cast of other musicians including multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Maines, bass players Glenn Fukunaga, Mike Bub and Glenn Worf, and drummers Kenny Malone and Larry Atamanuik.
 
Folks mostly laughed throughout the sessions. Swapped stories. Enjoyed company. Picked and grinned like those dusky evenings over at Guy and Susanna’s near Old Hickory Lake in the 1970s. Fittingly, Crowell issued our collective mission statement the very first day. We think you’ll agree everyone succeeded.
 
Volume 1

1.    That Old Time Feeling – Rodney Crowell
2.    Anyhow I Love You – Lyle Lovett
3.    All He Wants Is You – Shawn Colvin
4.    Homeless – Shawn Camp
5.    Broken Hearted People – Ron Sexsmith
6.    Better Days – Rosanne Cash
7.    Desperadoes Waiting For A Train – Willie Nelson
8.    Baby Took A Limo To Memphis – Rosie Flores
9.    Magdalene – Kevin Welch
10.    Instant Coffee Blues – Suzy Bogguss
11.    Homegrown Tomatoes – Ray Wylie Hubbard
12.    Let Him Roll – John Townes Van Zandt II
13.    The Guitar – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott
14.    Cold Dog Soup – James McMurtry
15.    Worry B Gone – Hayes Carll

Volume 2

1.    Dublin Blues – Joe Ely
2.    Magnolia Wind – Emmylou Harris & John Prine
3.    The Last Gunfighter Ballad – Steve Earle
4.    All Through Throwing Good Love After Bad – Verlon Thompson
5.    The Dark – Terri Hendrix
6.    LA Freeway – Radney Foster
7.    The Cape – Patty Griffin
8.    Hemingway’s Whiskey – Kris Kristofferson
9.    Texas Cookin’ – Gary Nicholson, Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien
10.    Stuff That Works – Jack Ingram
11.    Randall Knife – Vince Gill
12.    Texas 1947 – Robert Earl Keen
13.    Old Friends – Terry Allen
14.    She Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – The Trishas
15.    My Favorite Picture of You – Jerry Jeff Walker

Lana Del Rey - mit VIDEO GAMES die neue Nummer 1 der Single-Charts - Album BORN TO DIE am 27.01.2012

Lana Del Rey - mit VIDEO GAMES die neue Nummer 1 der Single-Charts - Album BORN TO DIE am 27.01.2012
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Lana Del Rey
Mit VIDEO GAMES die neue Nummer 1 der Single-Charts - Album BORN TO DIE am 27.01.2012
Mit „Video Games“ hat Lana Del Rey zuerst millionenfach die Herzen rund um den Globus erobert. Jetzt erklimmt der Song mit seiner betörenden Schönheit auch die Spitze der Deutschen Single-Charts!

Am 27. Januar 2012 veröffentlicht die US-Ausnahmekünstlerin ihr mit Spannung erwartetes Album „Born To Die“ in Deutschland. Ein Album in Technicolor!

Ein Album, für das man jetzt schon mal viel Platz schaffen sollte in seinem emotionalen Eigenheim, denn eben dort wird es nächstes Jahr einziehen. Laufzeit des Untermietverhältnisses offen.

Nach „Video Games“ und „Blue Jeans“ steht nun die nächste Geschmacksprobe von Lana Del Rey bereit.

„Born To Die“, den gleichnamigen Titelsong ihres Debüt-Albums, findet man – wie sollte es anders sein - hier.

Soviel ist klar: Es wird ein Album, das in eine Richtung weist. Und die heißt Sehnsucht.

Tour Daten Deutschland JASON DERULO, MELANIE C, Y'AKOTO, HAUDEGEN, FIRST AID KIT, ELLA ENDLICH, MARIA TAYLOR + FLARE ACOUSTIC ARTS LEAGUE + UNBUNNY, THE BASEBALLS, ZWANIE JONSON, NEVER SHOUT NEVER, LOCAS IN LOVE, WOLF GANG, MiMi & THE MAD NOISE FACTORY, KRISTOFER ASTRÖM,

JASON DERULO
präsentiert von Bravo, Piranha, MyVideo

11.03.2012 Essen / Grugahalle
12.03.2012 Offenbach / Stadthalle
15.03.2012 Hamburg / Sporthalle
16.03.2012 Berlin / Huxleys
17.03.2012 München / Tonhalle
19.03.2012 Zürich (CH) / X-TRA*
20.03.2012 Wien (AT) / Gasometer**

*in Kooperation mit Good News
**in Kooperation mit Skalar Entertainment
www.jasonderulo.com

MELANIE C
In Kooperation mit der Peter Rieger Konzertagentur

präsentiert von Kulturnews

12.12.2011 Zürich (CH) / Härterei
13.12.2011 Wien (AT) / WUK
15.12.2011 München / Backstage Werk
 www.melaniec.net

Y'AKOTO

Support von ASA

25.01.2012 Stuttgart / Theaterhaus
26.01.2012 München / Muffathalle
27.01.2012 Karlsruhe / Tollhaus

www.yakoto.de

HAUDEGEN

präsentiert von EMP, Piranha, Kulturnews
 
14.12.2011 Münster / Sputnikhalle
15.12.2011 Braunschweig / Meier Music Hall
16.12.2011 Flensburg / Roxy
17.12.2011 Lübeck / Riders Café
18.12.2011 Bielefeld / Kamp
23.12.2011 Berlin / Passionskirche*
16.02.2012 Rostock / Stadthalle
17.02.2012 Neubrandenburg / Güterbahnhof
18.02.2012 Leipzig / Anker
19.02.2012 Karlsruhe / Substage
21.02.2012 Weinheim / Cafe Central
22.02.2012 Köln / Essigfabrik
23.02.2012 Bremen / Lagerhaus
26.02.2012 Hannover / Musikzentrum
27.02.2012 Berlin / Postbahnhof
28.02.2012 Hamburg / Markthalle

* Weihnachtsspecial
www.haudegen.com

FIRST AID KIT

präsentiert von Rolling Stone, ByteFM, Opak

05.12.2011 Berlin / Berghain Kantine
13.02.2012 Hamburg / Prinzenbar
14.02.2012 Köln / Gebäude 9
18.02.2012 Frankfurt / Brotfabrik
19.02.2012 Berlin / Postbahnhof
www.thisisfirstaidkit.com

ELLA ENDLICH
09.12.2011 Berlin / Wellblechpalast
19.12.2011 Berlin / RBB Sendesaal
24.12.2011 Dresden / Kulturpalast

26.01.2012 Ebringen / SWR4 Schlager-Tournee
27.01.2012 Bühl / SWR4 Schlager-Tournee
28.01.2012 Heilbronn / SWR4 Schlager-Tournee
29.01.2012 Sigmaringen / SWR4 Schlager-Tournee
www.ellaendlich.de

MARIA TAYLOR + FLARE ACOUSTIC ARTS LEAGUE + UNBUNNY

in Kooperation mit Affairs of the Heart

präsentiert von Rolling Stone, Opak, Kulturnews, uMag, ByteFM, laut.de

12.01.2012 Wiesbaden / Wallhalla
13.01.2012 Duisburg / Steinbruch
14.01.2012 Münster / Gleis 22
15.01.2012 Hamburg / Knust
16.01.2012 Leipzig / Moritzbastei
17.01.2012 Berlin / Comet
18.01.2012 Poznan (PL) / Fabrika
20.01.2012 Dresden / Beatpol
22.01.2012 München / Kranhalle
23.01.2012 Wien (AT) / B72
24.01.2012 Konstanz / Kulturladen
25.01.2012 Zürich (CH) / Ziegel Oh Lac
27.01.2012 Geislingen / Rätsche
28.01.2012 Köln / Motoki
29.01.2012 Arlon (BE) / Palais De Justice

www.mariataylormusic.com


THE BASEBALLS

28.02.2012 Köln / E-Werk
08.06.2012 Pannonia Fields II / Nova Rock Festival
10.03.2012 Laax (CH) / Riders Palace
www.thebaseballs.com

ZWANIE JONSON
präsentiert von Spex, Opak, motor.de, ByteFM

18.01.2012 Stuttgart /  Merlin
19.01.2012 Oberhausen / Druckluft
20.01.2012 Leer / JUZ
21.01.2012 Kiel / Prinz Willy
22.01.2012 Hamburg / Knust
www.zwaniejonson.com

NEVER SHOUT NEVER

präsentiert von Piranha

11.01.2012 Köln / Live Music Hall
12.01.2012 München / Ampere
13.01.2012 Berlin / Postbahnhof
14.01.2012 Hamburg / Gruenspan
www.nevershoutnever.com

LOCAS IN LOVE
 23.02.2012 Ludwigshafen / Das Haus
24.02.2012 Hildesheim / KuFa
25.02.2012 Osnabrück / Glanz & Gloria
www.locasinlove.com

WOLF GANG

präsentiert von tape.tv

07.12.2011 Hamburg / Molotow
08.12.2011 Berlin / Comet
09.12.2011 Leipzig / Neues Schauspiel
www.wolf-gang.co.uk

MiMi & THE MAD NOISE FACTORY

präsentiert von Prinz, tape.tv

05.12.2011 Leipzig / Moritzbastei
06.12.2011 Dresden / Scheune
07.12.2011 Wetzlar / Franzis
09.12.2011 Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
10.12.2011 Monheim / Sojus
12.12.2011 Würzburg / Cairo
13.12.2011 Göttingen / Musa
14.12.2011 Hannover / Bei Chez Heinz
www.mimi.de

KRISTOFER ASTRÖM





präsentiert von Kulturnews, ByteFM, laut.de

11.03.2012 Hamburg / Knust
12.03.2012 Hannover / Mephisto
13.03.2012 Göttingen / Apex
14.03.2012 Bielefeld / Falkendom
15.03.2012 Bremen / Tower
16.03.2012 Lingen / Alter Schlachthof
17.03.2012 Köln / Gebäude 9
18.03.2012 Dortmund / FZW
19.03.2012 Saarbrücken / Garage
20.03.2012 Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
21.03.2012 Karlsruhe / Jubez
22.03.2012 Luzern (CH) / Schuur
23.03.2012 Freiburg / White Rabbit
24.03.2012 Konstanz / Kulturladen
25.03.2012 München / Ampere
26.03.2012 Nürnberg / Hirsch
27.03.2012 Halle / Objekt 5
28.03.2012 Dresden / Beatpol
29.03.2012 Berlin / Comet
30.03.2012 Greifswald / Cafe Koeppen
31.03.2012 Flensburg / Volksbad
www.kristoferastrom.com

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