Monday, January 9, 2012

ERIC CHURCH SECOND LEG OF 2012 HEADLINING TOUR

RECORD-BREAKING TICKET SALES INSPIRE EMI RECORDS NASHVILLE’S ERIC CHURCH TO ANNOUNCE SECOND LEG OF 2012 HEADLINING TOUR: THE BLOOD, SWEAT & BEERS TOUR
 
"Drink In My Hand" Marks Church's First-Ever Top 5 and Climbing Single on Country Billboard Charts
 
Nashville, Tenn. (Monday, January 9, 2012) – Few albums demanded attention in 2011 like Eric Church’s CHIEF, and subsequently ticket sales for his headlining tour are smoldering with the plea. Having broken Jason Aldean's record for the highest number of tickets ever sold for a live event at the Landers Center in Southaven, MS, and experiencing near sell-outs in additional markets, Church will now bring his “delightfully overemphatic outlaw aspirations and snarling power chords,” as SPIN describes them, to fans in Atlantic City, New York City, Orlando, Nashville, Minneapolis and more,  (full list below). Meanwhile, the Best Country Album of the Year 2012 GRAMMY nominee is celebrating  his first-ever top five and climbing single on the Country Billboard charts, "Drink In My Hand."
 
Due to overwhelming demand, Church will now headline several coveted venues including Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO for the first time in his career. “Every good artist reaches a watershed moment and Eric Church has arrived at his with CHIEF,” wrote The Boston Globe; and there’s no challenging their prediction now as Church garnered placement on numerous “Best Of” lists for 2011.
 
The torch-bearing project was named No. 1 on Rob Harvilla’s SPIN List of the 20 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2011. Moreover, it was one of NPR’s Top 50 Albums of the Year," No. 19 on Rolling Stone's “50 Best Albums of 2011," No. 9 on Amazon’s “ Best Country Albums of 2011,” and named one of "The most memorable music moments of 2011: Best use of falsetto in a country song" by Los Angeles Times, among others.
 
Tickets for upcoming dates are on-sale now and fans also have the option to purchase a special “VIP Package” where they’ll be treated to an exclusive VIP pre-concert party and intimate acoustic performance from Church backstage. For more information and to purchase, visit www.ericchurch.com.
 
The full list of Church’s upcoming tour dates is below, with an asterisk (*) denoting a new addition.
 
Eric Church The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour Dates

1/19      Fort Smith, AR- Fort Smith Convention Center
1/20      Cape Girardeau, MO- Show Me Center
1/21      Southaven, MS- Landers Center
1/26      Madison, WI – The Alliant Energy Center
1/27      Saginaw, MI- The Dow Event Center
1/28      Terre Haute, IN- The ISU Hulman Center
2/2        Savannah, GA-Savannah Civic Center
2/3        Knoxville, TN-Thompson Boling Arena
2/4        Norfolk, VA-Ted Constant Center
2/16      Greenville, SC-Bi-Lo Center
2/17      Salisbury, MD- Wicomico Civic Center
2/18      Greensboro, NC-Greensboro Coliseum
2/23      Battle Creek, MI-Kellogg Arena
2/24      Cleveland, OH-Wolstein Center at CSU
2/25      Ft. Wayne, IN- Allen County War Memorial Col.
3/1        Portland, ME- Cumberland Country Civic Center
3/2        Lowell, MA- Tsongas Center at UMASS Lowell
3/3        Indiana, PA- Kocalchick Center
3/8        Oklahoma City, OK- Chesapeake Energy Center
3/9        Jonesboro, AR – ASU Convocation Center*
3/10      Orange Beach, AL- Amphitheater at The Wharf
3/14      New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom*
3/15      Binghampton, NY - Broome County Arena*
3/16      Reading, PA - Sovereign Center*
3/17      Atlantic City, NJ - Etess Arena*
3/22      Estero, FL - Germain Arena*
3/23      Orlando, FL - UCF Arena*
3/24      Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee Civic Center*
4/12      Tupelo, MS – BancorpSouth Arena*
4/13      Bossier City, LA - Centurylink Center*
4/14      Auburn, AL - Alpha Psi Rodeo*
4/19      Evansville, IN - Ford Center*
4/20      St Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena*
4/21      Pikeville, KY - Eastern KY Expo Center*
4/26      Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena*
4/27      Lexington, KY - Rupp Arena*
4/28      Bloomington, IL - US Cellular Coliseum*
5/3        Springfield, MO - JQH Arena*
5/5        Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena*
5/10      Toledo, OH - Huntington Center*
5/11      Hoffman Estates, IL - Sears Centre*
5/12      Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center*
5/17      Minneapolis, MN - Target Center*
5/18      Topeka, KS - Landon Arena*
5/19      Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
 
Opening acts for various dates include Brantley Gilbert, Sonia Leigh, Blackberry Smoke, Jon Pardi, The Cadillac Black and Drake White.
 
For more information on Eric Church and to become a member of the Church Choir and request a personal meet-and-greet, visit www.ericchurch.com.

CRAIG MORGAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, ‘THIS OLE BOY’, ON FEBRUARY 28

CRAIG MORGAN TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM, ‘THIS OLE BOY’, ON FEBRUARY 28
Music Video Starring Hollywood Actress Angie Harmon
To Premiere On ETOnline Today!

 

Nashville, TN...(January 9, 2012)...Country music star and TV host CRAIG MORGAN is preparing to release his sixth studio album, This Ole Boy, on February 28. The release marks Morgan’s first new music in nearly three years, and his first with Black River Entertainment after signing with the label in April 2011.

Hollywood actress Angie Harmon (Rizzoli & Isles/TNT) stars alongside Morgan in the sweet and surprising music video clip for the title track lead single.  The video, directed by Kristin Barlowe, was filmed in Arrington, Tennessee late last year. Entertainment Tonight will exclusively premiere the music video TODAY at ETOnline.com. The video can be seen on various TV and online platforms in the coming days, and will be available for digital download later this month.

ABOUT CRAIG MORGAN: 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,” currently climbing the country radio charts, is the title track to his upcoming sixth studio CD, releasing February 28, 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. 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.  He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit www.craigmorgan.com or follow him on Twitter @cmorganmusic.

Steel Guitar News January 9th 2012

Hello fellow players,

Here we are the 9th of the new year. Where has time gone? The year is flying by. I’m looking for this year to be another good one, being a little shocked at how good last year was. A lot of the nay-sayers have said how they thought it was definitely going to be a very poor year.

Now we are facing all the fatalists that say December 21st of this year is going to be the end of civilization on this planet. How long have we been hearing that? If it’s the end it doesn’t matter, but don’t quit your playing job because I’ll probably be writing to you in January of 2013.

We were mentioning food in the last newsletter. There is a place where the steel guitar club of northern Tennessee meets on the second Tuesday of every month. It’s called Steamboat Bill’s. It is owned by a true Cajun from the south coast. Many people in this area like it very much.

I can speak highly of the gumbo, either shrimp or pork and chicken. However, the crayfish is probably great too. I don’t know as I will never eat anything that much uglier than I am. It would be a good place for you to try if you come to Hendersonville to eat. It’s on the water about a mile from the store here and has great ambiance and atmosphere.

I have a friend from Ashtabula, Ohio that won’t come within 400 miles of Nashville without eating there. Stan Cosper is a dear friend from his Navy days in Norfolk, Virginia and is quite a connessoir of oceanic food.

I still have some big plans to have an open house here at the store and invite some steel guitar builders to meet and see Nashville’s new players eye to eye and talk about new ideas and things that are coming down the chute.

Speaking of new ideas, I mentioned David Jackson doing a new steel guitar using cables and I’m all for it, however I am also for something I’ve learned from the automobile companies in this country and that is the more parts a company can make their products have in common, the easier it will be to find parts for certain guitars as time goes by.

For instance, if we had at least four or five companies that used the same bell cranks, tuning keys, pickups, same scale fretboards etc. then the easier it would be to keep our guitars perfectly playable. Plus the manufacturers could benefit from mass buying and make guitars less expensively.

You will notice that pretty well all steel guitars use the same style and thread size steel guitar legs these days. There aren’t but about three different styles of tuning keys so many of these items are already standardized among brands. You can see where manufacturers can save some money.

Did you realize that there is only one manufacturer making door handles for automobiles coming out of Detroit? And the Ford glass plant manufactures windows and windshields for about every brand of car made in this country. Of course, we all know how universal tires are.

So just think about how wonderful it would be if steel guitar manufacturers would get together and make their guitars a little bit more uniform. We could still have uniqueness in many ways.

The Camaro and the Mustang are two different cars regardless of door handles being made by the same company, tires being made by only three or four companies, all headlights being made by three or four companies.

Strings, fretboards, tuning keys. So the next time you hear about a revolutionary new steel guitar made in the outback of Pago-Pago, don’t run right out and buy one, then call me in three months for parts.

I’m seeing many people today buy weird, off brand guitars off eBay that barely work. They call me for parts that they would have no chance of ever finding. Everything will have to be custom machined and when I tell them this, their reply usually is, “Yeah, but look how much money I saved.”

Remember, the harder a steel guitar is to build, the harder it’s going to be to find parts for them. The same with the more rare a steel guitar is, the less use it will have in being a professional workhorse. You don’t have to have an Emmons pushpull, however there are several guitars today that sound very good that have good parts interchangeability.

Of course, how many guitars a company has sold can have a big bearing on easy serviceability to all. If you’d like to have a list of which guitars have sold the most, let me know. It can make you a happy steel guitar owner in the future.

Yes, there I was worrying about steel guitar becoming obsolete and extinct and seeing the piano stores in town doing what I think is a great business. But I’m seeing now that this isn’t true. A couple of letters ago I touched on new piano sales being so bad. Upright pianos, spinets and not selling as well as the big grand pianos.

In this strange world of music, we are witnessing the staple of all music, the piano, going through hard times and the change that no one would have ever thought possible a few years ago. I found this video on YouTube to be interesting www.youtube.com/embed/uUUpZWGntww

And here is steel guitar still being manufactured and fresh thinkers like the Jackson family still moving upward and onward. Let’s hope that steel guitar has got the future that I think it has. It seems pretty obvious that it has as even I am seeing steel guitar players come from the ranks of pianists.

The world of music is not a contest between piano and steel guitar but how well each are played. Piano has been around longer and it has developed incredible players. Steel guitar only having been moving forward since the 1950’s but having made some tremendous jumps lately, will be nipping at the heels of great music very soon. The pros and cons of both can be debated for years, but at least steel guitar is getting into the contest.

As we all know, this can be a terrible shame, but I’m glad to see steel guitar doing well in the middle of the downswing of other instruments. Gibson standard guitar company seems to be doing very well and I’m hoping always will. I will be touching more in the future on different musical instruments and how they are faring in this world of tough economic times.

For now let me give you free shipping within the continental U.S. on any guitar you buy during the months of January and February. Outside of the lower 48, we’ll figure the difference and save you whatever we can. And during these long, cold winter evenings ahead of us, I encourage you to sit down behind your steel guitar and practice, practice, practice.

Check out our monthly specials at http://www.steelguitar.net/monthlyspecials.html and we’ll try to save you a lot of money.

Your buddy,
Bobbe
www.steelguitar.net
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www.youtube.com/bobbeseymour

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WILL HOGE MAKES LATE NIGHT DEBUT ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

WILL HOGE MAKES LATE NIGHT DEBUT
ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

NUMBER SEVEN GARNERS STRONG REVIEWS
Nashville, TN- Jan. 9, 2012- Nashville rocker Will Hoge is set to make his late night TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tues., Jan. 10 at 11:00P CT/12:00A ET.  He will perform “Too Old To Die Young” from his seventh studio album, NUMBER SEVEN.  
Critics are praising NUMBER SEVEN, calling it “a rich, textured album”- (3 1/2 stars) Chicago Sun-Times.
Number Seven may prove to be a lucky number for Will Hoge. His new disc and seventh studio album contains 11 tracks of gripping, gritty roots rock that just might deliver Hoge out of cultdom and into more commercial success.” - (4 stars) American Songwriter 
“Raw, impassioned power”- Philadelphia Inquirer 
“Another engaging collection”-  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
“It’s worthy of my top 10 list”- Minneapolis Star Tribune 
Hoge is set to perform on Jan. 29 in Super Bowl village in Indianapolis.   From there he’ll head to the historic Ryman auditorium as he opens for Dierks Bentley on Feb. 2, 2012. 
For more information visit, www.willhoge.com.

ON THE ROAD WITH IOWAN'S BOB & SHEILA EVERHART January 9th 2012


ON THE ROAD WITH IOWAN'S BOB & SHEILA EVERHART
 
     On the road....."Well, we've had a lot of Iowan's tell us they are glad the politicians have moved out of the state, and most of their television is now pretty much back to normal."  Bob, Sheila, and Bobbie Lhea Everhart, on the road to a final destination in the Rio Grande Valley, have stopped at a number of interesting tourist attractions along the way, especially for Bobbie Lhea, who is their 15-year old home-schooled daughter.
     "I had never heard of Pawnee Bill," Bobbie said, "until dad stopped at his ranch in Oklahoma.  Apparently he was a  showman like Buffalo Bill, and even teamed up with Buffalo Bill later on after his own show became just about as famous.  His ranch is located in Pawnee, Oklahoma, which is where he took his name from, but it wasn't him who named himself Pawnee Bill, it was the Pawnee Indians.  Bill became a scout (much like Buffalo Bill), learned the Pawnee language, and became their representative in Indian affairs.  Watching the success of the Buffalo Bill Show (Buffalo Bill, better known as William F. Cody was born in Iowa don't you know) Pawnee Bill created his own show.  Billed as the "Only Genuine Wild West Show" it featured over 1,000 people and horses as well as every equestrian nation in the world.  An immense army of Indians, scouts, cowboys, early pioneers, beautiful daring western girls and Mexican Senoritas, it wasn't long before Pawnee Bill was outdrawing Buffalo Bill.  Pawnee Bill was also the only show with a pure white albino buffalo.  Buffalo Bill's ranch is still thriving near North Platte, Nebraska, but his big draw is Cody, Wyoming, where he built the Erma Hotel in honor of his daughter.  Pawnee Bill's ranch is thriving in Oklahoma, and the folks there still do a Pawnee Bill show every year."
     "Cody was a bit of a drinker," Sheila added, "as well as a gambler.  He lost a lot of money on some of his mis-deeds, and eventually asked Pawnee Bill to join their shows together.  This is the one they took to Europe, with Cody getting most of the publicity, but it was without a doubt one of the biggest 'wild west' shows ever put on exhibition.  Age caught up with both of our heroes, but there's still plenty of their momentos to see in Oklahoma and Nebraska."
     "Pawnee, Oklahoma, had another neat attraction," Bob piped up.  "This is the hometown of Chester Gould.  Who's Chester Gould you are asking?  He was the guy who drew the comic books of Dick Tracy.  We stopped at a local restaurant owned by the Pawnee Indians, and were waited on by an exquisitely beautiful Pawnee girl.  We managed to make it a budget lunch by her suggestion of just visiting the salad bar, which was quite large, unique, and delicious, so that's what we did.  It wound up being a nice budget lunch, and more than we needed.  We even had enough money left over to add home-made cheese cake.  Bobbie thought it was great, and it was.

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