Monday, December 12, 2011

Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

As I promised, the Hall of Fame steel player that I’m going to talk about this week is the great Jimmy Crawford. Jimmy was by far one of my favorite steel guitar players because his steel guitar playing knew no rules. When you heard him do something, it was original and unlike anything you’ve heard before.

He could play steel guitar like a ten string banjo, if a banjo had ten strings. His rolling style with pedals and knee levers was very fascinating. The more you knew about steel guitar, the more you were fascinated. Jimmy could have done a hundred times more with his playing and gone many times farther if he had not been side-tracked with so many other steel guitar interests.

I remember it was almost Christmas in 1954 when I was living in Jamestown, New York and snow was about three feet deep drifting to nine. My uncle came into my grandmother’s house where I was staying and said I’m going to go see Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper since they are playing at the Palace Theater in downtown Jamestown about 17 miles from the home farm.

He said, “They’re supposed to have a good Dobro player named Josh Graves.”

I wasn’t very interested in Dobro at the time, however I knew I would enjoy the music so I said, “Let me go.”

He said, “I’ll let you go if you can get a date.”

So I sort of liked the girl that lived across the street from my grandmother named Sue Burns, so I asked her and she said “Absolutely.”

So we left early because of the horrible condition the roads were in and when we got to downtown Jamestown, there was a record shop right beside the theater, so we went in to see if we could find anything interesting and there it was, that famous album of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant.

I was totally mesmerized by the picture on the front of the album. Speedy with his triple neck Bigsby and Jimmy with his Telecaster. I said, “Uncle Doug, buy this album even if it’s just for the picture.”

So Uncle Doug bought it and a little while later we wandered next door to the theater. Even with the theater full of people, I could hear the steel guitar tuning up backstage. I said, “Oh-oh, we may have a steel guitar surprise on our hands.”

Well, the band started, the curtain went up and a steel guitar surprise it was. Seventeen year old Jimmy Crawford and the band wearing charcoal shirts and brilliant pink dress pants and playing the best music I’d ever heard. I’m sure it would stand up great to any country band playing since or today.

By the way the date, she was wonderful and we got home with no snow problems. I remembered every second of this evening twenty years later when I myself took a job with Wilma Lee and Stoney. There I was onstage with my double neck Emmons remembering that terrific night in 1954.

Jimmy was quite a craftsman with his hands and built the JCH guitar during the last days of his life. I do question Jimmy’s business practices and so do many other people, however he had a very nice personality and regardless of who he ended up owing money, I’m sure this matters very little to them today.

As I stated, the quality of his steel guitar was very good. He believed in chrome plating everything that was steel and highly polishing everything that was cast aluminum. His measurements were exact and if he couldn’t get something machined, he’d buy a machine to do it himself.

The last several years of his life he did not play out publicly much, but he did do some touring with Vince Gill and some of the higher paying road jobs. His personality was such that everyone that worked with him got along well with him and would brag about the experience.

I myself at Steel Guitar Nashville did a lot of business with him ordering materials with him to get a larger discount from manufacturers and anything else that we could do to enhance both our businesses.

When Jimmy died, he really left a hole in my business and a vacant spot that we all had here for our love for him. Else, his wonderful wife and several wonderful daughters round out Jimmy’s great family.

I met Jimmy in 1954 when he was working for Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper. He was playing a triple neck Fender and stood up and played with a trio backing up this fine little singing show. I was fourteen and a half at that time and was totally awestruck by his ability.

He played everything that I’d ever heard Jerry Byrd do including Jerry’s fastest instrumentals. He made me realize that an eight string neck with just rhythm guitar and bass could be one heck of an incredible band. His sense of humor was beyond compare. I’d like to say he was one of my dearest friends that I have lost recently.

Christmas is almost upon us so let us know if we can do anything to make your life a little happier so check out our Christmas specials at … http://www.steelguitar.net/christmasbundles.html.

Your buddy,
Bobbe
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Audie Blaylock & Redline end year with #1 Song

Audie Blaylock & Redline end year with #1 Song
Cry, Cry Darlin’ tops Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Chart
 
FIVE songs from
I’M GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY (A Bill Monroe Celebration)
have charted since album’s summer release
 
 
Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce Cry, Cry Darlin’ from the album, I’M GOING BACK TO OLD KENTUCKY (A Bill Monroe Celebration) by Audie Blaylock & Redline, is #1 on Bluegrass Today’s Weekly Song Chart and #12 on the publication’s monthly chart. Audie’s vocal solo on Cry Cry Darlin’ has that soaring high lonesome tenor that will send shivers down your spine,” says Brenda Hough with the California Bluegrass Association.
 
The album has certainly been a big hit with radio with five songs from the album appearing on a variety of charts since the album’s summer release (Cry Cry Darlin’, I’m Going Back to Old Kentucky, In Despair, Mighty Dark to Travel, and Out in the Cold.)  Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine gave this project a big thumbs up saying, “The vocal work by Blaylock and others is topnotch, the instrumental support is right on the mark, and the Father of Bluegrass would no doubt find this release very much to his liking,” with Country Standard Time raving, “Put it on, turn it up, and drift away!”
 
It is no wonder that the album has been a huge hit with fans, radio and media with the wealth of talent led by Audie Blaylock who also produced the album.  He is joined by Redline members:  Patrick McAvinue, Reed Jones, and Russ Carson, with special guests Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury, Bobby Osborne, Glenn Duncan, Carl Jackson, Lou Reid, and Jason Carter
 
Audie Blaylock & Redline are also involved in other recent releases including the new release, LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM (with Lonesome River Band, Russell More & IIIrd Tyme Out, Ronnie Reno, Blue Moon Rising, Bobby Osborne and many more) and THE ALL-STAR JAM - LIVE AT GRAVES MOUNTAIN (with the Crowe Brothers, Lou Reid and Carolina, Carrie Hassler, Brand New Strings and more.)
 
Audie Blaylock and Redline plan to kick off their 2012 TOUR on January 20 in Blythe, CA followed by performances in Nashville, TN, Palatka, FL, Leesburg, VA and many more.  For a complete tour schedule and more on the band’s music, videos and more, please visit the band’s brand new website: AudieBlaylock.com and www.facebook.com/audieblaylock&redline

Free Download CRAIG CAMPBELL "I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS"

In the spirit of the holidays, now through Friday CRAIG CAMPBELL is offering a FREE download of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” via Noisetrade in advance of his upcoming TV appearances. The music video features footage of our American soldiers returning home in addition to clips of Craig celebrating the holiday with wife Mindy and two young daughters, Preslee and Kinni Rose.

The Oak Ridge Boys Wrapping Season with Sold-out Shows

The Oak Ridge Boys Wrapping Season with Sold-out Shows,
Internet Phenomena & Career Milestones


Legendary Group Proves a Holiday Hit with Huge Crowds &
Millions of Online Impressions

The Oak Ridge Boys - It's Only NaturalNashville, TN (December 12, 2011) -- The Oak Ridge Boys are spreading seasonal cheer with one of America’s most celebrated Christmas tours and a year brimming with the sounds of musical milestones.  Known worldwide for its chart-topping success, the group has performed before sold-out audiences this year, hosted a whirlwind press tour, and greeted fans at standing-room only events in celebration of its new CD, It’s Only Natural, available exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

Recently inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, The Oak Ridge Boys created Internet phenomena with a live chat hosted by Twitter powerhouse Jessica Northey of #CMChat that generated about 84 million impressions, reaching nearly 3 million people. They created a video with YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill featuring the group’s newly released single, “What’cha Gonna Do,” with more than 250,000 views in only a few weeks. It was directed by MTV award-winning director Sherman Halsey with digital promotion headed by Steven Haddad of Halsey Management/Starmaker360.

The mighty Oaks are marking the 30th anniversary of “Elvira,” the hit that propelled the group into becoming one of the driving forces on the music scene. Reflecting on their steady string of success is something member Joe Bonsall says extends well beyond words. “To say that this has been a monumental year for The Oak Ridge Boys may be understating the fact. Celebrating 30 years of “Elvira,” being asked to join The Grand Ole Opry, the amazing success of our Cracker Barrel project, and a full year of concert dates ranging from fairs, festivals, and theaters--leading up to a sold-out 19 state Christmas tour featuring 38 shows in partnership with Save the Children,” he explains. “To top it all off our single, “What’cha Gonna Do,” is gaining huge momentum at country radio stations all over the nation. An amazing year to be certain for the older guys on the block, but we are a very blessed group. With a big tour, plus a new acoustic classic country and gospel album in the pipeline as well as plans for a new Christmas project, we say ‘2012’? BRING IT”, Bonsall adds!

Through December 21st, the group is being featured in a broadcast television program, The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Special, to help raise awareness about Save the Children and its mission to make lasting change around the world. The show will air on the Inspiration Network, TLN (Total Living Network), WHT (World Harvest Television), and in various U.S. markets, including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Honolulu, New Orleans and many more. It will also be shown on Save the Children’s YouTube Channel and include CMT Insider host Katie Cook, a long-time child sponsor through the organization.  Check local listings for air dates & show times.
 
For more information, please visit:

The Oak Ridge Boys:
http://www.oakridgeboys.com

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®:
http://www.crackerbarrel.com/music/artists-and-albums/oak-ridge-boys/

Save the Children:
http://www.savethechildren.org

CRAIG CAMPBELL TV DEBUT ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL

CRAIG CAMPBELL TO MAKE NATIONAL TV DEBUT ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL
Offers Free Song Download of Holiday Classic “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”


Nashville, TN...(December 12, 2011)...Country Music’s “Family Man” Craig Campbell will pay a visit to the Big Apple next weekend as he is set to make his national TV debut on Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends WEEKEND on Saturday, December 17, where he’ll perform the holiday standard “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” The show airs live every weekend from 6am – 10am ET on Fox News.

In the spirit of the holidays, now through Friday Craig Campbell is offering a FREE download of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” via Noisetrade in advance of his upcoming TV appearances. The music video features footage of our American soldiers returning home in addition to clips of Craig celebrating the holiday with wife Mindy and two young daughters, Preslee and Kinni Rose.

Craig Campbell’s latest single, “When I Get It,” is now impacting country radio.

ABOUT CRAIG CAMPBELL: After moving from his hometown of Lyons, Georgia to Nashville in 2002 to pursue his country music dreams, American Country Awards nominee Craig Campbell quickly picked up work as a keyboardist in Luke Bryan and Tracy Byrd’s bands and was later discovered playing a regular gig at legendary Nashville honky-tonk, The Stage. The singer-songwriter has earned well-deserved praise from the country’s toughest critics.  With the release of his debut album in April 2011, Craig had the highest first week sales for any new male country artist this year.  Campbell’s autobiographical lead single, “Family Man” was a top 15 hit followed by “Fish” which has sold a quarter of a million downloads. To learn more about Craig, visit www.craigcampbell.tv and follow him on Twitter @craigcampbelltv.
 

Rosenstolz: Süßes zugunsten der José Carreras Leukämie Stiftung

Rosenstolz: Süßes zugunsten der José Carreras Leukämie Stiftung
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Rosenstolz
Rosenstolz: Süßes zugunsten der José Carreras Leukämie Stiftung
- AnNa R. und Peter Plate am Mittwoch „zum Anfassen“
- TV-Auftritt in der José Carreras Gala am 15.12.11 in der ARD


Am 15.12.2011 beschließen AnNa R. und Peter Plate alias Rosenstolz ihr fulminantes Jahr der Rückkehr mit einem TV-Auftritt bei der „José Carreras Gala“ um 20:15 Uhr live in der ARD.

In Rekordzeit erreichte ihr Album „Wir sind am Leben“ Platin-Status und ist seit seiner Veröffentlichung im September in die Top 20 der deutschen Verkaufscharts einzementiert. Auch die gleichnamige Single, die Rosenstolz bei José Carreras live in der ARD präsentieren werden, genießt nach wie vor hervorragende Stammplätze in den deutschen Radio-Playlisten.

Und noch viel wichtiger:

Im Vorfeld der alljährlich in der Vorweihnachtszeit stattfindenden TV-Gala möchten AnNa R. und Peter Plate ein öffentliches Zeichen für die Deutsche Leukämie-Stiftung setzen und werden ab 17 Uhr in der Petersstraße in der Leipziger Innenstadt im weihnachtlichen Ambiente Süßigkeiten verkaufen. Die Einnahmen gehen natürlich an die José Carreras Leukämie Stiftung.

AnNa R. und Peter Plate freuen sich auf ihre Fans und alle, die sie bei der Aktion unterstützen wollen.

AnNa R.: „José Carreras hat durch sein jahrelanges Engagement, aber auch durch seine Warmherzigkeit und Beharrlichkeit Zeichen gesetzt und Großartiges geleistet.“ Peter Plate: „Die ‚José Carreras Gala’ ist immer etwas ganz Besonderes, ein Abend, der nachhaltig bewegt, betroffen macht, aber die Hoffnung nie aus dem Blick verliert. Wir freuen uns, dass wir mittlerweile schon zum vierten Mal mit dabei sein dürfen und hoffen, dass viele unserer Fans bei unserer Aktion am Vortag mit ihrer Spende dabei sein werden.“

Mit dieser sympathischen, Rosenstolz-typischen, Aktion soll das Augenmerk auf die herausragende Arbeit der Carreras-Stiftung gelenkt werden, die bereits 1995 gegründet wurde.

Der Verein ist Teil der Gesamtorganisation von José Carreras gegen die Leukämie, die auch Stiftungen in Spanien, USA und der Schweiz unterhält. Die Stiftungen wurden für ein gemeinsames Ziel gegründet, wie es José Carreras formuliert hat: „Unser Ziel ist klar: Leukämie muss heilbar werden – immer und bei jedem!“

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DAN ‘BEE” SPEARS PASSES ON AT 62

DAN ‘BEE” SPEARS PASSES ON AT 62
WILLIE NELSON’S BASS PLAYER FOR OVER 40 YEARS

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the family of Dan Spears in their time of sadness for their great loss.

 

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN THE ARMS OF HIS BLESSED SAVIOR.

 

Dan “Bee” Spears, bass player for Willie Nelson, dies at 62

(Photo: Tennessean file/Jimmy Stratton Music City)
Aug. 11, 1949 - Dec. 8, 2011
Dan “Bee” Spears, who spent more than 40 years as a lynchpin of Willie Nelson’s band, died Thursday night of exposure to the elements, after slipping and falling outside his Nashville property.

Mr. Spears, who began performing with Nelson when he was 19 years old, was 62. He was born Dan Edward Spears in Helotes, Texas, outside San Antonio. Raised in a musical family (his father was a fiddler), he joined Nelson’s band in 1968, at the recommendation of legendary steel player Jimmy Day.
He remained with Nelson through the Country Music Hall of Famer’s transition from Nashville-based country music to the heights of the freewheeling “Outlaw Movement” and into the new century.
Mr. Spears’ steady bass work was a key element in Nelson’s Family Band. When Nelson would take experimental guitar excursions, Mr. Spears provided steadying  bass lines that kept things from moving out of bounds. At other times during concerts and on albums, he and Nelson would play melodic figures together, shifting as one. He played on Nelson’s best-known albums, including Red Headed Strangerand Stardust, and also recorded with notables including Waylon Jennings, Leon Russell, Guy Clarkand Jerry Jeff Walker.

When not on the road with Nelson, Mr. Spears often performed around Nashville in a combo called Travelin’ Light, with Richie Albright, the longtime drummer for Jennings, and bluesy singer-songwriter-guitarist Ricky Ray.
In addition to his musical work, Mr. Spears appeared in movies including Honeysuckle Rose and Songwriter.
Reach Peter Cooper at (615) 259-8220 or pcooper@tennessean.com
 
The following is Dan “Bee” Spears obituary:
SPEARS, Mr. Dan "Bee" Age 62, Franklin, TN. He was a member of American Federation of Musicians, a musician for Willie Nelson for 40 years and also worked with Waylon Jennings and Guy Clark among others. Preceded in death by parents, Sam and Eva Gossett Spears and brother, David Spears. Survived by wife, Julia Jones Spears; sons, James (Sarah) Spears, Lucien (Michele) Niccore and Cyrus Niccore; daughters, Joanna (Jimmy) Pangalinan and Christy Cook; brothers, Sam (Lynn) Spears, Fred (Linda) Spears and Boudreaux Spears; sisters, Carol (Tony) Hildebrand, Eva (Jim) Johannsen and Donna (Wayne) Hosey; grandchildren, Caelen Niccore, Riley Pangalinan, Jude Pangalinan, Eva Niccore and Jesse Spears.
 
A Native American Celebration of Life Service will be conducted 12 Noon Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home with Native American Spiritual Leader, Donnie Dowd, Ojibway Tribe.
 
Memorials may be made to NARAS Musicares, 1904 Wedgewood, Nashville, TN 37212.
 
Visitation 4-8 p.m. Monday and two hours prior to service at WILLIAMSON MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 615-794-2289.williamsonmemorial.com

Allen Karl I& Donna Cunningham - Jesus Heard Every Word

ALLEN KARL & DONNA CUNNINGHAM
NEWEST CHRISTIAN DUET SINGLE
JESUS HEARD EVERY WORD

 (Nashville, TN)  There is a new duet team on the horizon, and it happens to be a perfect pairing of Allen Karl and Donna Cunningham who have found themselves singing a great Christian song, “Jesus Heard Every Word,” written by award winning songwriter Ronnie Scheuerman. These two great artists have given life to this super song with a great message to every word of every line, making the song come alive with their special touch and performance.  

Allen Karl, 2011 ECMA (European Country Music Assoc.) winner of the Male Vocalist and Album of the Year Award, and beautiful Donna CunninghamAllen a member of the Native American Hall of Fame and the Great Country Radio Hall of Fame, continues touring the U.S. and Europe every year where he is praised by DJ’s, music critics, and his fans, as one of the most favorite played artist in all of Europe with more charted songs then any artists in the shortest period of time.

Donna has been voted The Buckeye Country Music Organization of America’s Female Vocalist and Female Entertainer of the Year Awards for 2006 through 2011 and has also won 5 North American Country Music Assn. International awards including Traditional Female Country Entertainer of the Year, and is now being recognized as one of the most talented recording artists in all of Europe, with 5 singles, all charted throughout the world.

 Please visit the following websites for more information regarding Allen and Donna:

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