Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wynonna Engaged Over Holidays!

Wynonna Engaged Over Holidays!
Cactus Moser and WynonnaNashville, TN (December 29, 2011) – Country music icon Wynonna Judd and musician boyfriend Cactus Moser, of award-winning country group Highway 101, got engaged on December 24th. Wynonna and Cactus are presently touring together as Wynonna and The Big Noise.

About Wynonna Judd
Five-time GRAMMY Award winning artist and New York Times best-selling author Wynonna Judd first gained fame as part of one of the most successful musical duos of all time, The Judds. On top of that amazing feat, she also holds multiple gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA in excess of 30 million units sold for albums released throughout her illustrious 28-year career. Wynonna recently reunited with her mother, Naomi, for a final Judds tour in 2010, The Last Encore. During this time, the iconic duo invited cameras from the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) to capture their unprecedented moments together as they navigated the intricacies of their first tour in 10 years. The television docu-series, “The Judds” debuted in April 2011 with the highest rated premiere outside of OWN’s launch week and boasted the highest rated season finale in OWN history.

About Cactus Moser
Cactus Moser garnered fame as a founding member and stylistic drummer of the four-time Vocal Group of the year, Highway 101.  In the later 80’s, Highway 101 charted 16 Top Ten hits, 5 of which went to Number One, with their debut album immediately being certified Gold. Now, in 2011, Moser continues to tour with Highway 101 as well as his new fiancée Wynonna.

JERRY SCHAFER - The Lonely Trucker

JERRY SCHAFER - The Lonely Trucker

The Lonely Trucker - I Get High On Country Music - That Girl Has Been Spying On Me - Today I Got Old Dixie In My Eyes - The One I Love - They Call Me The Breeze - Shutters and Boards - She Thinks I Still Care - Sing Me Back Home - Sally G - She Goes Walking Through My Mind - She's All I Got - Thinkin' Problem - That's The Only Way - There's A Tear In My Beer - The Gig

Jerry Schafer was inducted into America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011, and very deservedly so.  This Michigan country singer has an unmatched voice that is definitely matched to the songs he sings.  This is traditional and classic country at its best.  Jerry's also a great country songwriter, please notice "The Lonely Trucker," "I Get High on Country Music," "The One I Love," and "The Gig" were all written by Jerry.  You can see his versatility, and his arrangements are super.  He keeps a little boogie-woogie attached to a 'real' country sound.  Maybe a little honky-tonk, but definitely great dance music.  Jerry is also one of those amazing musicians that keep coming up with new and different ways of doing things differently, but still 'keepin' it country.'  For instance, he has a nice electric guitar with a built-in electric mandolin perched on top of it.  His name is etched into the head of the neck, so I'm pretty sure he built this himself.  He also plays fiddle and banjo, so you already know he's pretty versatile.  There's lots of great country music makers in Michigan, not the least being Andy Stanley who nominated Jerry for the Hall of Fame.  He pretty much knows how to 'keep it country' too.  Jerry has been playing country music in Michigan for over 60 years, so that's a testament in itself to someone who 'knows what he's doing.'  Lots of great other musicians on this CD, but not listed on the cover.  Hard for me to pick a favorite, there's lots of different styles and interpretations of some really good country songs.  I guess I'd have to pick "She Still Thinks I Still Love Her" would be the one.  Maybe because it's so well known, but also because Jerry Schafer has a tremendous amount of feeling and sincerity in his voice.  Well, there's another one written by Big Bill Lister for Hank Williams.  "There's A Tear In My Beer" brings back the night Big Bill came to Iowa and sang his song for us at our annual old-time country music festival.  Take it to the bank, the Rural Roots Music Commission will be getting this CD.
Jerry Schafer, 8730 E. River Road, Mt. Pleasant, Mi 48858


KEN 'CHAINSAW' LINDSAY - The Night I Saved John Wayne

KEN 'CHAINSAW' LINDSAY - The Night I Saved John Wayne

Lights of Wollongong - Big Fella Wadumbah - The Night I Saved John Wayne - Tough Times Don't Last - The Grey Army - B Double Trouble - Jacky Howe - Loose Wheel - Old Bloodwood Tree - Victoria The Place To Be - Drive In Dreams - Let The Mystery
 It amazes me how so many foreign 'country' music artists rely on American traditional and classic country music styles and formats to create their own country music songs.  It's so different from what Nashville is tossing out today.  Here's an Australian singer that really uses his voice to sing a 'story' in his songs.  It's the same, incredibly gifted and entertaining style that was so predominant in all around country music coming out of the USA in the past.  Today we hear it once again, full of stories about the back woods, the out back, and the back of Big Fella Wadumbah.  It's so comforting to hear the 'stories' of Australia via this method, and even more entertaining to hear it done so well utilizing the same musical instruments of old country music that made it popular in the first place.  A good portion of these songs are written by Ken Lindsay, and very enjoyable, especially his song "The Night I Saved John Wayne," which is full of John Wayne 'movie' style situations.  "What else can you do when they try to screw your hero....big John Wayne?"  Well, you'll have to listen to this vivid description of an encounter with John Wayne, movie or otherwise.  Even the musicians have that good old-timey country touch.  Lindsay Waddington (the producer too) Chris Staff, and Ken Lindsay on guitars (some electric some acoustic); Dan Manning and Grant Hart on bass; Mandy Lindsay and Lindsay Waddington on percussion; Grant Hart on piano; Laswrie Minson on steel Dobro and harp (I believe that would be harmonica, quite well done too!); Mark Rigney on banjo; Hugh Curtis on fiddle and mandolin; Josh Senft on trumpet (especially good on 'The Grey Army'); Tyhson Colman and Ken Lindsay on backing vocals. This is Ken Lindsay's second release for Kross Kut Records in Australia, and I'm assuming he's doing pretty good with sales, mostly because he's a great country singer, in the 'real' style, the 'real' deal, with 'real' writing ability.  There's something special about 'country' music.  It has the ability to reach down and touch the heart of anyone who will take the time to listen.  Planet earth is moving pretty fast these days, and there's always those who will 'throw the baby out with the bath water' which is pretty much what Nashville has done, but here's a guy way down-under who is definitely keeping the tradition alive.  We don't get many CD's from Australia (I have one more by Ken Lindsay to review), but rest assured this particular CD is going to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their review for CD of the Year honors.
Ken Lindsay, Kross Kut Records, P O Box 4819, Robina Town Centre, Queensland 4230, Australia


Steel Guitar News

Hello fellow players,

I’m pretty shocked at the amount of comments I received concerning the great Red Rhodes, left coast steel guitarist. I didn’t realize he had so many dear friends. He was obviously a wonderful talent that everybody loved. I only wish our coasts were closer together so I could see more of the great talents and things that steel players are doing there.

I’ve threatened to move to Vegas a few times until I heard that what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. I sure didn’t want that happening to my playing. However, I will have to say that I spent many weeks there in the early seventies and really had a good time and made a few dollars.

I had to buy a car just to get around because everything at that time was pretty sprawled out. I remember driving that Cadillac back to Nashville and selling it for a small fortune, but unfortunately I had paid a big fortune for it.

The west coast sure isn’t a very good place to buy a steel guitar. But I feel sure there must be some deals somewhere. We’re finding several of the guitars we have all loved for years are drying up and are not as readily available as they once were. Rather than raise prices on some of these, we have just spent much more time looking for the great classics.

But like the lead guitar players, we are losing some of our great playing guitars to guys that just collect. Good things that are happening are the quality of the top brand guitars seems to have gotten better and better.

The Mullen guitars have gotten pretty astounding. They play extremely easy. After tearing owe down for inspection last week, we found that it had absolutely no wear in the changer mechanism. We will be stocking these great guitars as often as we can get them. This goes for any other high quality guitar that is available today.

It looks like the loss that we have had by losing Charlie Stepp will be felt more painfully than I ever thought possible. We’ve had several good used guitars in the store recently and are realizing that with very little modification, they are about as fine a steel guitar as money can buy.

The Fessenden guitar is nothing for a superior player to overlook as it’s tone quality is extremely good. As we always have, we will continue to stock the best guitars being built today for players worldwide.

I’m sure many of you are playing an extra job or playing because of New Year’s Eve. Some of the craziest jobs in my life were on New Year’s Eve. Often it seems like the outlying areas away from Nashville pay much better than they do in the big city.

I remember bandleaders renting a hall or a place like the skating rink in their little town and hiring musicians to work for the door. We’d always end up making $300-500 for the evening. It seemed like a good way to do it. The patrons would bring their own bottles and have all the fun they could swallow.

When in Nashville, if you’re already working for a club, they pay nothing extra over the regular salary which you’d be getting anyway. I also remember the road paying the same. The booking agencies would book the stars, the stars would pay us their standard fee and we’d end up with only memories of the good old days when the whole band played for the door and we could split it.

In this day and time, the Musician’s Union won’t even let us play for the door. If you don’t have a contract on the job, you’re not allowed to play it. If you play for the door, they don’t know what commission to charge you for doing it.

Anyway, Happy New Year and no matter where you’re playing, I wish you the best.

Check out our monthly specials at and we’ll try to save you a lot of money.

Your buddy,

Steel Guitar Nashville
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Darling kicks off 2012 headlining the
New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop in Panama City Beach, FL


Nashville, TN…(December 29, 2011)…Black River Entertainment recording artist Sarah Darling has been chosen by the City of Nashville to sing “God Bless America” at the opening of the 2011 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The college football game, featuring North Carolina’s Wake Forest vs. Mississippi State University, is expected to bring in over 70,000 fans to Nashville’s LP Field on Friday, December 30th. Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

On Saturday December 31st, Darling will headline the 4th annual New Year's Eve Beach Ball Drop at Pier Parkin Panama City Beach, FL. Taking the stage at 10:45pm, Darling is the final performer before the 800 pound glowing beach ball begins the descent and final countdown to 2012. The event is free and open to the public. For additional information and directions to Pier Park, click here.

Also carrying into the New Year is The Sarah Darling Music City V.I.P. Sweepstakes. Hosted by the City of Nashville, the sweepstakes is giving fans a chance to win a 4th of July getaway for two including airfare, hotel accommodations, a V.I.P. experience at Nashville’s 4th of July Celebration, a chance to meet Sarah Darling and more!  The first 500 entrants will receive a download of Sarah Darling’s “O Holy Night”.  Enter to win before January 3rd by visiting,

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 or

Country Music News International December 29th 2011

Here is your Country Music News of the day. Your Country Music News is supported by Lucy Angel, , Steel Guitar Nashville, , HelpCharity, , Bobbe Seymour, , Radio4Humans, , Katsy Redstar , International Festival of Country Music

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LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER” with The Quebe Sisters Band, Marty Raybon, Buddy Jewell, Daryle Singletary and (steel guitarist) Mike Johnson
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“LARRY’S COUNTRY DINER” with The Quebe Sisters Band, Marty Raybon, Buddy Jewell, Daryle Singletary and (steel guitarist) Mike Johnson

Larry's Country Diner
January’s Menu Promises a Lip-Smackin’, Toe-Tappin’
Spontaneous Good Time at RFD’s Top-Rated Show
Quebe Sisters Band
Marty Raybon
Buddy Jewell
Daryle Singletary
Nashville, TN (December 28, 2011) – There may only be eighteen tables at Larry’s Country Diner,” but it services 1.4 million people each and every month as one of the top-rated shows on the RFD television network.  The diner is not your ordinary restaurant, but rather a unique down-home variety show that in just over two short years has become a favorite “eatery” of country fans everywhere.  Sure, patrons who visit the diner will get a hot meal of southern-fare, but the cornbread and black-eyed peas only complement the heapin’ helpin’ of country music performances served up by the stars of yesterday and today.  Past guests include Bill Anderson, John Conlee, Jimmy Fortune, Neal McCoy, Darryl Worley, Suzy Bogguss, Aaron Tippin, Charlie Louvin, Con Hunley, The Roys, Barbara Fairchild, Jeannie Seely, Doyle Lawson & Quick Silver, The Cleverlys, Jean Shepard, Ronny Robbins, Robyn Young, Rodeo & Juliet, Jimmy Capps, Teea Goans, Exile, Collin Raye, Buck Trent, Johnny Lee, The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy C. Newman, Jenee Fleenor, Ed Bruce, Gordon Mote, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Gene Watson, Charlie McCoy, James Gregory, T. Graham Brown, The Whites, Mike Snider, Shelly West, Billy Crammer, Joey & Rory, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Justin Trevino, Leona Williams, David Frizzell, Janie Fricke, Dallas Frazier, Bobby Marquez, Sonny Curtis, Ray Pillow, Gary Morris, The Isaacs, George Hamilton IV, Rhonda Vincent, Larry Cordle and Lonesome Standard Time, The Gatlin Brothers, Riders in the Sky, Mandy Barnett, Ray Stevens, The Grascals, Dailey & Vincent.    
You can catch a new show every week in January on the RFD network:
Week of
Jan.   5: The Quebe Sisters Band

Jan. 12: Marty Raybon
Jan. 19: Buddy Jewell
Jan. 26: Daryle Singletary and (steel guitarist) Mike Johnson
Air times for “Larry’s Country Diner” are Thursday night at 7 P.M. CST/8 P.M EST, Friday morning at 9 A.M. CST/10 A.M. EST, or Saturday evening from 10 P.M. CST/11 P.M. EST.  For more information on “Larry’s Country Diner,” please visit
Taped bi-monthly in front of a live studio/diner audience at NorthStar Studios (3201 Dickerson Pike, Nashville), the show’s spontaneity is part of the mystique of “Larry’s Country Diner” which contributes greatly to its success.  “The prevailing attitude at the diner is ‘…the cameras are always rollin’… and we don’t care,’” explains Larry Black, host and creator of “Larry’s Country Diner.”

The fact that plates are dropped or broken during a performance, a rack of knives and forks are dumped on the floor or that some of the lights go out while they were filming makes the show all that more exciting in a day where even reality shows are produced within strict script guidelines.  “It’s the kind of television you just don’t see too much anymore and both the artists and fans love it,” states Black who adds, “We even tell our artists that once the tape starts rolling, it does not stop.  If you get yourself in trouble, get yourself out ‘cause we’re not stoppin’.”

Because of its popularity, getting a seat to see a live taping might prove more difficult than getting a reservation at one of L.A.’s most trendy posh restaurants—the first tables available are currently for the June 2012 taping, so you’ll want to plan way in advance.  For reservations, please call 615-673-2846 or email
Larry’s Country Diner is a unique down-home variety show which integrates entertainment, interviews and music in a weekly format, taped LIVE in front of a studio audience in a country diner setting.  The show features regular characters including Black, Keith Bilbrey, Sheriff Jimmy Capps, Waitress Renae and avid church lady, Nadine along with special guest appearances by country music artists of yesterday and today.  Since its initial airing on August 3, 2009, Larry’s Country Diner has produced nearly 100 episodes and has become one of the most popular shows on RFD television, garnering 1.4 million viewers monthly.  For more information, please visit

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

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