Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Marty Raybon Hits #1 on 2 National Radio Charts Including the Cashbox Christian Country Top 20

Double E Promotions Artist, Marty Raybon Hits #1 on 2 National
Radio Charts Including the Cashbox Christian Country Top 20 for Dec of 2011   

Nashville, TN – Perry Edge, President of Double E Promotions, is proud to announce that Grammy winner, Marty Raybon has claimed the top spot on two national radio charts for December of 2011 with his new single “You’ve Got To Move”, reaching #1 on the Christian Country Cashbox Top 20 and #1on the National Christian Voice Country Gospel Top 100.

Founder and former lead singer of the Grammy award-winning hit group Shenandoah, Marty Raybon offers a full spectrum of vocal entertainment. His talents are unmatched, whether he's singing country, gospel or his personal favorite, bluegrass. He has become one of country music's busiest artists, performing over 100 shows per year between the United States and Canada. Double E provides radio promotion services for Raybon. – Perry Edge        
Double E Promotions, headquartered in Booneville, MS and ran by Perry and wife, Vikki Edge, have focused more on the Country Gospel genre over the last couple years, witnessing the fruits of their labor as many of their clients songs have charted on national Christian music charts, most rece­­­ntly promoting Country Gospel Artist, Ron Hemphill’s single, “You Can’t Keep A Good Man Down” to number one on the Christian Voice Christian Country Top 100 for April of 11’, Brett Hill’s single, “Boots And The Bible” to number one on the Christian Voice Christian Country Top 100 for March of 11’, Country Gospel Great, Allen Frizzell’s single, “Man of His Word” to number one on the Power Source Christian Country Chart for April of 09’and former Statler Brother, Jimmy Fortune’s “Wrote it In Red” to number one on the Christian Voice, Christian Country Top 100 Chart for December of 09’.
In April of 2011 Double E Promotions took home the 1st Annual CGM Fan Fest Award for Promoter of the Year, the Promoter of the Year Award from the 11th Annual King Country Agape Fest Fan Appreciation Awards.


Recognition from Nashville and Austin

Although he may be semi-retired these days, Tony Byworth hasn’t been forgotten! The closing weeks of 2011 provided him with career recognition from two major centres of country music -  Nashville, Tennessee and Austin, Texas.

On November 12, on the occasion of his 70th birthday, the journalist and former pr was honoured in Texas with a flag flown at the State Capitol in Austin in recognition of his many years of support for Texas music. Cited as “a True Statesman and Friend of Texas Music”, he was subsequently presented with the Lone Star flag and a certificate celebrating the event by the State of Texas House of Representatives, signed Rod Welsh, Sergeant-at-Arms, on November 13, 2011.

Then, the following month, Byworth was named December’s Member of the Month by the Country Music Association in Nashville, with an article featured in the Association’s Close-Up magazine. It also appears on the CMA's website  -www.cmaworld.com/News/CMA-Close-Up - throughout the month.

Launched in April 2011, CMA Close Up honours a Member of the Month by recognizing individual constituents and their achievements. Tony Byworth is the first international member to receive the honour and the article concludes with glowing praise from one of his long-time clients, Garth Brooks.



Nashville, TN – RCA Records Nashville will release a twenty-song collection from Martina McBride on January 17 entitled Hits and More. The music is a career-spanning collection of songs, which includes three NEW tracks plus four No. 1 singles, ten Top-5’s, two Top-10’s and more.
McBride has one of the most identifiable voices in music today. She is a four-time CMA Female Vocalist and GRAMMY winning recording artist with more than 18 million albums sold to date.
Hits and More includes such empowering songs as “Independence Day,” “This One’s for the Girls,” and “Anyway,” all of which have underscored her popularity as one of music’s preeminent female vocalists.
Track Listing for Hits and More:
1. “My Baby Loves Me”
2. “Independence Day”
3. “Wild Angels”
4. “A Broken Wing”
5. “Valentine” (with Jim Brickman)
6. “Happy Girl”
7. “Whatever You Say”
8. “I Love You”
9. “Love's the Only House”
10. “Blessed”
11. “Where Would You Be”
12. “Concrete Angel”
13. “This One's For the Girls”
14. “In My Daughter's Eyes”
15. “Anyway”
16. “Ride”
17. “Wrong Baby Wrong”
18. “Surrender” – NEW
19. “Straight to the Bone” – NEW
20. “Being Myself” - NEW

Willie Nelson – All Time Best

Willie Nelson – All Time Best

1. On The Road Again - Album Version 2. To All The Girls I've Loved Before - Album Version - Iglesias, Julio Duet With Willie Nelson 3. Crazy - Album Version 4. City Of New Orleans - Album Version 5. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - Album Version 6. Always On My Mind - Album Version - Nelson, Willie 7. Me And Paul - Nelson, Willie 8. A Good Hearted Woman - Jennings, Waylon, & Willie Nelson 9. Night Life - Album Version 10. Georgia On My Mind - Album Version 11. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys - Album Version 12. Pancho And Lefty - Album Version - Nelson, Willie 13. Funny How Time Slips Away - 1962 Version 14. Hello Walls - Album Version 15. Highwayman - Album Version - Highwaymen, The (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson) / Nelson, Willie / Cash, Johnny 16. Blue Skies - Album Version 17. Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys - Jennings, Waylon, & Willie Nelson 18. Whiskey River - Live 19. Seven Spanish Angels - With Ray Charles - Nelson, Willie / Charles, Ray / Nelson, Willie With Ray Charles 20. Bloody Mary Morning - Nelson, Willie

Bei Sony Music haben sie es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht ihre größten Künstler zu ehren mit der CD Serie „Reclam Music Edition – All Time Best“. In der ersten Phase wurden Künstler wie Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Johnny Cash und viele weitere geehrt. In Phase 2 macht Willie Nelson den Anfang. Weitere werden natürlich noch folgen. Auf dem Album sind viele seiner größten Hits und Duette und vieles weitere Vertreten. Ein mehr als eindrucksvolle Zusammenstellung, die in keiner CD Sammlung fehlen darf.

Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas

Glen Campbell – Ghost On The Canvas

1. A Better Place 1:50 2. Ghost On The Canvas 4:12 3. The Billstown Crossroads 1:03 4. A Thousand Lifetimes 4:08 5. It's Your Amazing Grace 3:14 6. Second Street North 0:35 7. In My Arms 3:26 8. May 21st, 1969 0:34 9. Nothing But The Whole Wide World 3:42 10. Wild And Waste 1:13 11. Hold On Hope 3:32 12. Valley Of The Son 0:56 13. Any Trouble 3:00 14. Strong 3:32 15. The Rest Is Silence 0:50 16. There's No Me...Without You 6:16 17. What I Wouldn't Give (Bonus Track) 2:38 18. Wish You Were Here (Bonus Track) 3:51

Country Lengende Glen Campbell schickt sich an, mit „Ghoast On The Canvas“ nicht nur sein neues Studiowerk, sondern auch einen letzten Abschiedsgruß seiner Karriere zu veröffentlichen. Mit Song wie „Rhinestone Cowboy“ hatte er in den 70ern seinen Durchbruch, arbeitete mit Sinatra, Elvis und den Beach Boys. Nachdem erst kürzlich eine Alzheimer-Erkrankung bei ihm diagnostiziert worden ist, darf man hoffen, dass er noch viele Gute Zeiten erlebt und das Album ein großer abschließender Erfolg für ihn wird.



New Album Due March 27th

Fairfax, VA (December 20, 2011) --- Joan Osborne recalls how “Blues music rescued me when I was in need of rescue.”

Joan Osborne - Bring It On HomeOn her newest album, Bring it on Home, Joan returns the favor and it’s the blues that gets new life.  Drawing from a voice the New York Times called “angelic ecstasy and sexual abandon,” Joan Osborne has at long last made an album of vintage blues, R&B and soul songs.  Bring it on Home will be released on March 27th (Saguaro Road Records).

A collection of some of her favorite classic songs, Bring it on Home is Osborne’s tribute to the music she has long loved and drew inspiration from.  “I knew that, someday, when the time was right and my voice was ready,” Osborne says, “I wanted to make a recording like the one you’re holding now.”  With vocals that growl and soar, Osborne alternately cries out with heart-wrenching soul and foot-stomping grooves.

“The voices of Otis Redding and Al Green soothed a troubled soul, the power of Etta James and Tina Turner gave me courage, and the depth of feeling of Muddy Waters and so many other great blues artists allowed me to find and express my own depths,” explains Osborne.  “When I began  to sing in New York City in my early 20’s, I wanted nothing more than to model myself on these people, to inhabit the music as they did in some small way.”

She personally selected the obscure gem “Roll Like A Big Wheel” from her own record collection and added rock n’ roll-fueled urgency to it.  She also dug deep into John Mayall’s work and came back with “Broken Wings,” where her vocal performance draws both goosebumps and tears.  The often overlooked Ike Turner-penned “Game of Love” was another treasure Osborne chose to record, and during the sessions an impromptu rendition of “Shake Your Hips” made its way onto the album.  “Shake Your Hips” is the lead track off of Bring it on Homeand will be shipped to radio stations in January for airplay.

Bring it on Home also includes tracks originally made famous by American blues masters such as Sonny Boy Williamson (“Bring it on Home”), Muddy Waters (“I Want to Be Loved”), as well as recordings originally released by some of the greatest R&B singers ever including Ray Charles (“I Don’t Need No Doctor”), Al Green (“Rhymes”) and Otis Redding (“Champagne and Wine”).

Bring it on Home was produced by Joan and her longtime music director/guitarist Jack Petruzzelli. It was recorded live in the Waterfront Studios in Hudson, NY by engineer Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz), who used an original 24 track Studer tape machine to recreate the warm and organic analogue sound of the era.  Guest musicians include Barbecue Bob Pomeroy (harmonica), Allen Toussaint (piano on his own “Shoorah! Shoorah!”) and vocalists the Holmes Brothers and Rufus Thomas’ daughter, Vaneese Thomas.  Jimmy Vivino, Conan O’Brien Show Band musical director, assembled all horn arrangements and also played electric piano on “I Don’t Need no Doctor.”

Joan Osborne has sold millions of albums and garnered multiple Grammy nominations throughout her critically and commercially acclaimed career.  In addition to her own headlining tours, she has sung lead vocals for The Dead (formerly the Grateful Dead) and was featured in the award-winning film Standing In The Shadows of Motown.

Bring it on Home tracklisting:

1.     I Don’t Need no Doctor
2.     Bring it on Home
3.     Roll Like A Big Wheel
4.     Game of Love
5.     Broken Wing
6.     Shoorah! Shoorah!
7.     I Want to Be Loved
8.     Same Love that Made Me Laugh
9.     Shake Your Hips
10.   I’m Qualified
11.   Champagne and Wine
12.   Rhymes

The Twilite Broadcasters – The Trail Of Time

The Twilite Broadcasters – The Trail Of Time

1. North Buncombe Gallop (feat. Adam Tanner) 1:39 2. Coal Miner's Blues (feat. The Carter Family/trad) 2:51 3. I Can't Keep You In Love With Me (feat. Ira and Charlie Louvin) 2:48 4. Weary Blues From Waiting (feat. Hank Williams) 3:01 5. Fiddler's Dream (feat. Arthur Smith) 1:55 6. Where Is My Sailor Boy (feat. P.D.) 2:54 7. Lorene (feat. Ira and Charlie Louvin) 2:32 8. Land of Lincoln (feat. Bill Monroe) 2:59 9. There Stands the Glass (feat. Russ Hull,Mary Jean Shurtz,Audrey Greisham) 2:19 10. The Trail of Time (feat. Alton and Raybon Delmore) 2:23 11. Lead Me (feat. P.D.) 2:20 12. Valley of Peace (feat. Charlie Monroe) 2:33

Adam Tanner und Mark Jackson, besser bekannt als The Twilite Broadcasters, sind Freunde der Bluegrass Music. So war es also nicht verwunderlich, dass The Twilite Broadcasters auf ihrem aktuellen Album The Trail Of Time ein paar wunderschöne Bluegrass Songs präsentieren. Das Repertoire von Adam Tanner und Mark Jackson reicht von Folk Balladen bis hin zu den frühen Wurzeln der Country Music, was sie eindrucksvoll auch auf The Trail Of Time präsentieren.

Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection – Outlaws

Grand Ole Opry Classic Collection – Outlaws

Johnny Cash – Folsom Prison Blues, Charlie Daniels – The South's Gonna Do It Again, Johnny Cash And Waylon Jennings, Waylon Jennings – I've Always Been Crazy, Willie Nelson – On The Road Again, Jerry Lee Lewis – Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On, Kris Kristofferson – Sunday Mornin' Coming Down, Waylon Jennings – A Good Hearted Woman, Bobby Bare – Marie Laveau, George Jones – White Lightni', Willie Nelson – Mamas Don't Let Your babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys, Charlie Daniels – The Devil Went Down To Georgia

Der Titel der CD sagt eigentlich schon alles. Hier wurden die alten Haudegen der Country Music vereint. Einige davon leben noch wie Charlie Daniels und andere haben schon den Olymp der Country Music heimgesucht wie Johnny Cash. Ein recht schöne Zusammenstellung, die für Old Time Country Fans sicherlich ein muss ist und die Wert darauf legen ihre Idole auf live zu hören.

Country Music News International December 20th 2011

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Interview with Tony McLoughlin

Interview with Tony McLoughlin

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

Tony McLoughlin: My style has elements of rock, blues, folk and Celtic music mixed together. Hard to put it in a box, but I guess guitar based roots rock/Americana may come close. My vocals, songs and guitar playing come from the heart/soul/guts. The feeling is the most important thing for me and it should rock!

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?
Tony McLoughlin: 1. A good year as I released my new album (RIDE THE WIND my 4th) with great energy, songs and playing. In October 2011 the album was at number 11 in the APD Americana charts. 2. I had a tour in Tennessee and Alabama with the marvelous Irene Kelley in March 2011. The highlight for me was a TV appearance on the Nashville based “Billy Block Show,” where I had a great rocking band with Billy Block on drums, Sergio Webb on guitar, Daniel Seymour on bass, and Irene and Justyna Kelley backing singers. 3. Some great new songs written this year, as I get ready to begin recording my 5th album.

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

Tony McLoughlin:  RIDE THE WIND We received enthusiastic reviews in Europe and now also in America. The energy of the recording and the power of the songs seem to shine through for most people who hear it.

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

Tony McLoughlin: I wrote the song in memory of the late great Warren Zevon. His final album THE WIND was inspirational not only because of the songs and playing, but also because of his noble commitment to music, even with little time left to live as he made the record. When my daughter Maeve showed me a photo she took in South America of a Condor riding the air currents, I decided there and then to use the photo on the album back cover and to call the album RIDE THE WIND. Nashville based songwriter Tommy Womack helped me to finish the song in a co-write session. He understood the meaning of the song idea immediately and we took all of 10 minutes to complete it! It actually wrote itself! Thanks for the inspiration Warren!

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

Tony McLoughlin:  Yes, the 10 songs are written by me, 7 of them with co write credits.

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

  1. Tony McLoughlin:  You Look to Me –I wrote this song in 2009 while preparing to record the new album. It’s about the observations I subconsciously made about a friend of mine: her character, behavior and life. The song has some mystery within, which even I don’t fully understand, but I like that. The rhythm and feel is inspired by the riff which reminded me of a rocky, Neil Young style. My friend, Ben Reel, contributed some lyrics and ideas and is therefore credited as co-writer.

  1. Ride the Wind –This is dedicated to the memory of the late, great Warren Zevon. His songs and albums have greatly influenced my style. He passed away a few months after he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but during his battle he created his final album, The Wind, which was recorded during his last few months. I’ve had the honor of occasionally working with a musician from Bristol, England, Katy Salvidge. By coincidence, Katy played on Warren’s previous album, My Ride’s Here. Sadly, another coincidence, her husband also passed away from the same cancer that took Zevon’s life. The song is full of optimism while expressing the sadness of losing people close to you. I took this half finished song to Tommy Womack during a writing trip to Nashville, TN in 2007. I explained my idea to him, and we completed it in less than 20 minutes!

  1. You Look For It All –This is a song about two people falling in love while having different intentions and opposite perspectives. I completed this song in Nashville, TN in 2006 with Davis Raines as co-writer.

  1. Not Too Far From Memphis –While driving on the Interstate, somewhere outside Nashville in 2006, I looked up to find a huge sign saying “Memphis-60 Miles.” I remember touching the dashboard, scorching hot from the midday sun, and the lyrics and rhythm of jungle blues jumped into my head: “I’m not too far from Memphis, and I’m burnin’ in this crazy sun.” Later in the week, during a co-writing session in Nashville, TN with Davis Raines, we developed and completed the song. We based it around the idea of a convict escaping from prison, somewhere near Montgomery, AL. He steals a car and starts driving towards freedom with his girlfriend and Jackson! Davis had previously worked as an officer in a high security prison in Alabama. I asked him about the conditions, atmosphere of the jail, etc. while working in a facility with high security, and transitioned his answers into the first few verses of the song. They are absolutely accurate and true—don’t go to jail!

  1. Mother’s Son –This is a very personal song. It explores everything about the journey of life and the experiences gained along the way.

  1. Deep Under You Spell –When powerful, love attractions collide they invade your senses…what more can I say?

  1. I Like The Way–Another love song: inspiring, positive and a little ironic.

  1. Soul Brother Soul Sister –I wrote the majority of this song 8 years ago while living in France, and completed it in 2006 during a co-writing session in Nashville, TN with Thomm Jutz and Frank Goodman. The main theme of the song is we should show support and solidarity to others in our lives. Sometimes society and the pressures of living in it push us away from this idea.

  1. Let The River Run –Several themes run through this song. One theme in particular is nature should run its own course. Perhaps the point of this song is to provoke thought. I recorded this in one take at Tommy Flack’s Studio in Monaghan, Ireland, with Ronnie O’Flynn on bass and Michael Black on drums. I added the ‘rock-out’ electric guitar later, and John McCullough from Belfast added keys (with the hint of The Doors at the end). Listen to the end of the song! The energy of the band just keeps it rolling and we left it all in—it’s organic!

  1. Treeline –I wrote this in Thomm Jutz’s wooden cabin near Hermitage, TN during a co-writing session with Sergio Webb. I had learned an interesting tuning from watching Gurf Morlix in concert earlier in the week in Nashville. I then found a beautiful riff and melody using this tuning. That is the musical basis of this song. The lyrical basis is interesting: Sergio told me about a mystical tree, Aspen, which grows in the mountains near New Mexico. It grows high up where the other trees do not survive, above the “Treeline.” He described its unusual hues, its great height and how it is believed to have special spiritual properties. Legend has it that its roots reach out hundreds of miles to connect with other family members. We felt that, sometimes, it seems to be the same with people.

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

Tony McLoughlin:  The last one TALL BLACK HORSE was recorded and produced by Thomm Jutz in Nashville .The songs were more introspective and perhaps less rocky. By using some top quality Nashville based musicians (Pat McInerney on drums and percussion (Nancy Griffith Band etc), Dave Roe on Bass (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakum etc), Fats Kaplin on lapsteel and fiddle, Richard Bailey on banjo (Steeldrivers etc), Thomm Jutz on electric and acoustic guitars (Nancy Griffith, Mary Gauthier etc) and Toni Catlin on harmony vocals the resultant recording is of a very hi quality with a slight country feel. This, in my opinion, was perfect for the songs in question. RIDE THE WIND on the other hand was recorded in Monaghan Ireland with Irish rock musicians .The energy coming from the combination of these players, the songs, my own slightly punk electric guitar playing, and the production of Ben Reel resulted in a different sound. But both albums have their place in my catalogue. I really like both albums and enjoyed every second of recording each.

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

Tony McLoughlin: The song is “YOU LOOK TO ME” and I believe it has a combination of a great rocking drive, thought provoking lyrics, and a good chorus. I think Bruce would approve!

Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Tony McLoughlin:  Either the spiritual “TREELINE” or the full on “LET THE RIVER RUN”

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

Tony McLoughlin:  Songs with quality interest me --- slow or fast, acoustic or electric makes no difference. Great if we can use harmony vocals and perfect if the songs gives someone goose bumps (gansehaut)!

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

Tony McLoughlin:  “ICEMAN” from my first album CINERAMA (2000 Glitterhouse). I was asked to perform in a concert (Amnesty International: Against the Death Penalty) in Belfast. Two songwriters (Steve Earle and myself) and two speakers (both ex death row prisoners proved innocent). I wrote the song then as a way to look at the question from both sides. Coming from the stage having performed the song, Sonny Jacobs (one of the speakers, and an amazing woman who survived over 20 years of false imprisonment) embraced me, with tears streaming down her face and thanked me for the song. I don’t think it can get any better than that for an artist like me!

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

Tony McLoughlin:  Total. This is an advantage, I suppose, of being an independent artist.

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

Tony McLoughlin:  One from last year, whilst on tour in Germany for the first time in 5 years, a couple approached me after the show to thank me for saving their marriage! They apparently had been in the final sad stages of a breakup and somehow ended up listening (together) to a love song “A WOMAN LIKE YOU” from my first album Cinerama. It brought good memories and feelings back to them, and gave them the strength to stop their crashing relationship, and rediscover big love! Ah! Since then, I have begun to play this song in some of my shows. Save the lovers!

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

Tony McLoughlin:  Deep musical roots. I have to feel it or I just will not want to play it. I love that basic sound of acoustic guitars and also electric guitars, bass, and drums. It should have a real groove. I also love a good vocal and really appreciate harmonies. Artists who inspire me are many ,such as: Bob Dylan, Rye Cooder, Joe Ely, Emmylou Harris, Rory Gallagher, Warren Zevon, BB King, Eric Clapton, David Lindley, Peter Green, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Earle , Pinto Bennett, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Merle Haggard, James McMurtry, Johnny Cash, Steely Dan, Greenday, Ramones, Lucinda Williams, The Chieftains, John Hiatt, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Robert Johnson, Bruce Cockburn, Django Reinhardt, Ralph Stanley, Woody Guthrie... I gotta stop.

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

Tony McLoughlin:  Digital and internet make it accessible to all. YouTube makes it possible to check out so many different styles, techniques and artists. It really is more in our hands nowadays!

Lamitschka:  As an artist, you have so many tasks such as recording, touring, interviews. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Tony McLoughlin: My favorite part is performing to a good audience. That is the real treasure for me.

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

Tony McLoughlin:  I have really found my sound on the latest album RIDE THE WIND and so I hope I can expand those borders with even better songs and playing, but I guess this is my sound.

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

Tony McLoughlin:  When my songwriting was developing enough to make me try to leave the cover band scene. I played an acoustic picking song of mine (Billy Wilson) at a folk festival in the North of Ireland. A German agent heard something special in the song or maybe my performance and offered to book some tours of decent clubs and venues for me. That was a huge help.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become an artist?

Tony McLoughlin:  Guitars, performing and the rush I get from it.

Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Tony McLoughlin:  At a certain point I realized I had something to say and I am happy to say that my efforts have been of a good artistic quality. This was a great revelation to me to know that I am one of those "mystery poets" (as my good friend Keili Keilhofer said to me one time after a gig!)

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Tony McLoughlin:  My songs, my vocals and guitar style, and my heart on the sleeve!

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

Tony McLoughlin: To get my songs recorded in the right way and then to get them to the ears of the right people.

Lamitschka:  What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?

Tony McLoughlin:  Being interviewed just before midday on the Gerry Anderson Show ,BBC Northern Ireland, and being asked to explain a song of mine "BILLY WILSON" (from album CINERAMA), which deals with the subject of the segregation through the educational system of the Catholic and Protestant people in the North of Ireland. Quite a heavy subject on prime time radio. I explained the song and Gerry played it from the CD to end the show. Afterwards he told me that the time was right to highlight the topic because the government was debating it at this period. Integrated education is now gradually replacing the former segregated from in the North. I felt so humbled and proud to be able to somehow contribute, as an artist, to peace and reconciliation amongst my own people.

Lamitschka:  Any thoughts of retirement ahead?

Tony McLoughlin:  Not at all! Having too much fun!

Lamitschka:  Who is your biggest critic, yourself or others?

Tony McLoughlin:  I guess myself, sometimes! But I try to keep that to a minimum! Think positive!

Lamitschka:  When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Tony McLoughlin: I love the sea and to sail and fish, and also to build and restore traditional wooden boats.

Lamitschka:  Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Tony McLoughlin: Yes, sometimes I wish that my Fender Blues Deluxe tube amplifier was not so heavy to carry!

Lamitschka:  What hopes and desires do you have?

Tony McLoughlin:  To continue to write, record and play this great music as long as possible with as many wonderful musicians as possible.

Lamitschka:  Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Tony McLoughlin:  Yes, I want to get to Texas very soon!

Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert?

Tony McLoughlin:  A guitar player and singer who is up there having the time of his life! In this, I should follow the example of the incredible Bruce Springsteen. He gives it all!

Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Tony McLoughlin: My website is www.tonymcloughlin.com, I have sites also on Facebook (Tony McLoughlin Band) and Twitter. They will find all they need to know about albums, concerts, contacts etc.

Lamitschka:  What's the best compliment a fan has ever given you?

Tony McLoughlin:  Photographer Hans Von Draminski (Nuernberger Nachrichten Newspaper) presented me with a wonderful shot he took during a concert and told me that I had so much soul that the camera told him what to do! And he also said "please don’t lose that!"

Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Tony McLoughlin:  Cortez The Killer, Neil Young --- soaring and rocking!

It’s a Blue(grass) Christmas with Del McCoury

It’s a Blue(grass) Christmas with Del McCoury

AirPlay Direct will begin decking your playlist with the hottest stories and pickin’ programming from the bluegrass industry with the syndication of “Del McCoury’s Blue Side of Town.”  GRAMMY-winning bluegrass artist Del McCoury moved his popular five-year old bluegrass radio show, formerly heard on SiriusXM satellite radio, into syndication delivered via AirPlay Direct.

"My radio show is very special to me,” examines Del McCoury.  “It gives me a chance to share many great memories with my fans as well as great music--both old songs that are dear to me and new artists who continue to carry the bluegrass torch.  So to be able to team up with AirPlay Direct--who we have watched grow from an idea into the leading source of music for radio stations--and be able to reach fans in not only the US but other countries as well is very exciting."

The program, available every Monday, will be cut into four segments and feature a revamped format that places more emphasis on decades of stories about the events, places and personalities that Del has to share with audiences from a lifetime of involvement at the forefront of the genre.  Alongside the stories, the show will continue Del’s signature mixture of traditional, contemporary and edgy-progressive bluegrass from legends and newcomers reflecting Del’s role in presenting both long-time colleagues and up-and-coming artists to his audience at events like his own music festival, DelFest. Recently celebrating his 50th year in the industry, Del McCoury and his band have represented the genre with distinction recording 16 albums, earning Grammy awards, membership in the cast of the Grand Ole Opry and scoring a sensational nine Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

“Del McCoury is clearly an icon on the bluegrass music scene not only for his own projects, but also in his persistent efforts to expand the genre’s impact around the globe,” says Michael Harnett, Director of Special Projects for AirPlay Direct.  “We are proud that he would turn to APD for delivery of his content and look forward to working in tandem with his staff to spread the passion and personal stories of bluegrass. We are excited to feature Del McCoury's radio show and to now make available great specialty radio programs as well as great music to our radio station members."


Boone McCoy Church
Photo Credit: Dean Dixon
Nashville, Tenn. – (Monday, December 19, 2011) – Country star Eric Church and wife Katherine welcomed a new baby boy, Boone McCoy Church, on Oct. 3, and now, at 10-weeks-old, their son meets the world for the first time looking up from the casing of his daddy’s 6-string guitar. Born at 7 lbs. and 11 oz., Boone is a very healthy and happy boy, and according to Eric, is the most amazing gift he’s ever received.
“Everybody always tells you what an awesome and unique experience being a parent is,” says Eric. “But words can never do the feeling justice. The way our life changed in that 24-hour period alone after he was born – just by putting a little boy in the house – was awesome.”
Having been skyrocketed into the spotlight since the release of his GRAMMY-nominated album CHIEF that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart he adds, “It will be interesting to see how this new chapter in our life manifests itself musically.  I’ve always made music that was representative of real life. Life doesn’t get more real than having a newborn at home.”
Church plans to celebrate his son’s first Christmas at home with his wife and family. His headlining tour, The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, will commence in 2012 in Fort Smith, AR on January 19.
For more information on Eric Church, visit www.ericchurch.com.



The Palm - Steaks & Sketches

“Long-standing Tradition of Caricatures Celebrates Impressive Patron Family”

Sarah Darling - The PalmNashville, TN (December 19, 2011)  – “Welcome to The Palm family!” said an enthusiastic Rae Krenn, Manager of The Palm Nashville (140 5th Avenue South) as she unveiled the likeness of Sarah Darling, Black River Entertainment recording artist on Friday.  Darling was honored as the most recent addition to the images forever immortalized among the dining room’s panorama of classic cartoons and caricatures of local regulars, business people, politicians and celebrities that comprise the impressive customer base.  This long-standing tradition began at The Palm’s original New York location.  Instead of artists “singing for their supper,” artists paid their tab by painting an original portrait on the wall.  The proximity of New York’s cartoon syndicate offices led to the proliferation of colorful caricatures found at every Palm location.

“The Palm is such a staple in Nashville!  I'm truly honored to have my picture in the mix with all the greats on the wall,” exclaimed Darling “I’m truly excited!”

With the addition of Darlings’s image to the dining room of The Palm, it is apparent that this talented newcomer is steadily becoming an integral part of the tapestry of Music City.  Her recently released “O Holy Night,”the first-ever video shot inside the stunning Laura Turner Concert Hall of Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center, was promptly adopted as Music City’s “Official Holiday Song” and on the heels of being tapped to perform for the upcoming Music City Bowl on December 30.

The Palm, founded in 1926 by Pio Bozzi and John Ganzi in New York City, is a classic American steakhouse legendary for prime aged steaks, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters, premium fish and heritage Italian entrees, prepared to perfection, using only the highest quality ingredients and served in generous portions. What makes us truly unique is our genuine old world hospitality and unique atmosphere. Each room is filled with the hearty handshakes and warms smiles from our gregarious staff and familiar guests, and always abuzz with a sea of conversation and laughter celebrating the best of everything.  At The Palm, their philosophy is simple: Treat guests like family, serve great food and always exceed expectations.  These values have led to The Palm’s success and exceptional reputation at over 30 locations throughout the world.  For more information on The Palm, please visit www.ThePalm.com or visit The Palm in Nashville at 140 5th Avenue South or call (615) 742-7256.

Declared by the New York Times as a “sophisticated songwriter” with a “crisp, powerful voice,” Black River Entertainment artist Sarah Darling is confidently making her mark on the country music scene.  She made her Grand Ole Opry debut in February 2011 and quickly followed that up with the #1 music video for her hit “Something To Do With Your Hands” from her sophomore release, Angels & Devils.  The multi-dimensional artist also has a passion for cooking and fashion, and is aligned with such high profile brands as Crock-Pot and Betsey Johnson.  Darling is currently in the studio working on her upcoming album with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts) to be released in 2012.  For more information on Sarah Darling, please visit sarahdarling.com or Facebook.com/OfficialSarahDarling.

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