Friday, January 13, 2012

Country Music News International January 13. 2012

Here is your Country Music News of the day. Your Country Music News is supported by Lucy Angel, http://www.LucyAngel.com , Steel Guitar Nashville, http://www.SteelGuitar.net , HelpCharity, http://www.MySpace.com/HelpCharity , Bobbe Seymour, http://www.MySpace.com/BobbeSeymour , Radio4Humans, http://www.Radio4Humans.de , Katsy Redstar http://www.myspace.com/KatsyRedstar  , International Festival of Country Music http://www.bb-promotion.com/de/veranstaltungen/international-festival-of-country-music 

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Hier sind jetzt Eure Country Music News des Tages. Eure Country Music News werden unterstützt von Lucy Angel, http://www.LucyAngel.com , Steel Guitar Nashville, http://www.SteelGuitar.net , HelpCharity, http://www.MySpace.com/HelpCharity , Bobbe Seymour,    www.MySpace.com/BobbeSeymour , Radio4Humans, http://www.Radio4Humans.de , Katsy Redstar http://www.myspace.com/KatsyRedstar , International Festival of Country Music http://www.bb-promotion.com/de/veranstaltungen/international-festival-of-country-music

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Interview with Randy Thompson http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-randy-thompson.html

MARK COOKE TO PLAY HIS FIRST SHOW IN NASHVILLE http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/mark-cooke-to-play-his-first-show-in.html

Lori Smith Is Back! http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/lori-smith-is-back.html

BLUEGRASSGREAT DEWEL BULLINGTON HAS PASSED AWAY AT 78 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/bluegrass-great-dewel-bullington-has.html

Nathan Stanley Looks To Build Upon 2011 Success http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/nathan-stanley-looks-to-build-upon-2011.html

7 Superstars Added to CMA Fest Lineup http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/7-superstars-added-to-cma-fest-lineup.html

Steel Guitar News January 12th 2012 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/steel-guitar-news-january-12th-2012.html

GRAMMY® NOMINEES JASON ALDEAN AND KELLY CLARKSON, FOO FIGHTERS, BRUNO MARS, NICKI MINAJ, AND TAYLOR SWIFT TO PERFORM ON THE 54TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/grammy-nominees-jason-aldean-and-kelly.html

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Interview with Randy Thompson


Interview with Randy Thompson

Ch.L.: Country Music has many new fans in 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 before.

Randy Thompson: I call what I do ‘Virginia Red Dirt Roots’ music. It’s a mix of all the sounds of Virginia roots music. Country, Bluegrass, Blues, Folk, Rockabilly, Rock and Old Time

Ch.L.: How was the last year for you? What were the highlights?

Randy Thompson: Its been a great year filled with health, happiness and a lot of traveling. I had a great european tour this year with shows in France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. We made a lot of new friends.

Ch.L.: What's your latest CD and how's it doing?

Randy Thompson: I have a new CD ‚Collected just being released on Jan. 24th, 2012. The reviews are just starting to come in now. So far they have been excellent and I could not feel better about it. The radio response has also been bigger than ever for me. I’v been doing lots of interviews in the last couple weeks. I love it.

Ch.L.: How did you choose the title for the CD, is there a story behind it?

Randy Thompson: The CD is called Collected. It has 15 songs taken from my last three cds as well as a 2010 single release and 3 unreleased tracks and on rerecorded song. It just seemed like the perfect title for a collection of songs over the last 15 years. The cover is just a picture of my guitar case with travel stickers all over it.

Ch.L.: Your current single is being played by radio. What do you thing is special about this song that makes people what to hear it?

Randy Thompson: My new single is called ‘That’s Not Me’. Its an older song of mine that I rerecorded for the new CD. The 2004 version just didn’t fit in with the sound of the rest of the new album. We rerecorded it just a couple months ago and it just seemed like it should be a single. Its just now hitting the American country radio. It was released  on Jan 1st in Europe on the International Hotdisc chart and debuted at # 17. I think it’s a song that a lot of people can relate to.

Ch.L.: What's your favorite song among all the songs you've recorded and what's the story behind it?

Randy Thompson: When I write a song it becomes part of me and I love all my songs. I think my favourite song right now I’ve written and recorded is ‘Don’t You Remember’ off of Further On and also on the new CD. I just feel like it came together perfectly is exactly what I wanted it to be. It was my final divorce song.

Ch.L.: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Randy Thompson: I have 100%. I record the songs I want to and I produce my own records.

Ch.L.: Who do you look up musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Randy Thompson: I was spoon fed Hank Williams in my crib when I was a baby. I love old country music from that era and I’ve been obsessed with it my whole life. I grew up hearing a lot of bluegrass and blues. I first learned how to play the guitar from John Jackson(the famous blues singer) who was also from my little town. Some of my favorite all time musicians are Hank Williams, Steve Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Stan Rogers, Jimmie Rodgers.

Ch.L.: What do you think about today's Country Music versus its roots and where do you see it going in the future?

Randy Thompson: It’s hard to say where it will go from here. I think it always has to go back to its roots or its not country anymore. There is a lot on country radio right now that is just not country. It may be good but it’s not country music.

Ch.L.: If you had the chance to change something about the music industry, what would it be?

Randy Thompson: Keep pop music out of country.

Ch.L.: As an artist you have to do so many different things such as recording, touring, doing interviews etc. What do you like best, what's your favorite activity?

Randy Thompson: There is nothing in the world like doing a show on a good night when everything just comes together. I love to perform.

Ch.L.: Are you doing anything to take country music beyond it's courrent borders or are you happy where it is?

Randy Thompson: I never really think about what kind of music that I’m playing. Its definetly not all straight country. I really like some of the things I’ve recorded that are like a rockin bluegrass

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become an artist?

Randy Thompson: Hank Williams Sr.

Ch.L.: What inspired you to become a songwriter?

Randy Thompson: I have always made up songs even when I was a little kid.  I just do it naturally. I always just thought I was a song writer even back when all my songs were bad.

Ch.L.: When you get time off, how do you like to relax?

Randy Thompson: I have a boat and I love to be on the water. I also hike a lot near my house. I live in a great little town with 2 pubs and great friends. There is always something going on around here. I’m not a big fan of sitting still to much.

Ch.L.: Is there anything in your life that you would change if you could?

Randy Thompson:Yes! I think I wasted too much time when I was younger just goofing off.

Ch.L.: Is there any place you haven't played that you would like to?

Randy Thompson: The Ryman

Ch.L.: When you're on tour, do you have time to play tourist?

Answere: It just really depends on the schedule. Sometimes there is no time at all. It always feels like a shame to go somewhere really incredible and not have time to see it. I love to play tourist. I was born with a natural wonderlust. I like some days off  in between shows. The last tour of Europe I had so many in a row there wasn’t enough time to sit back and enjoy where we were. There was one streatch of 5 shows in 5 nights all in different cities. It was exhausting. 

Ch.L.: Many music fans today get their information about artists via the internet. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?

Randy Thompson: Oh Yea! RandyThompson.Net, MySpace.Com/RandyThompsonJackpotrecords/, I also have a lot of things on You Tube. The website has Photos, Links to buy CDs and mp3s, latest news etc.

Ch.L.: You have a new love in your life, can you tell us something about it?

Randy Thompson: I got married to Julie a few years ago. I couldn’t be happier. We have a three year old running around the house now. Between the two of them they keep me laughing all the time.

Ch.L.: Describe what a perfect day is like for you.

Randy Thompson: Sitting on my boat with Julie, drinking wine and listening to music.

Ch.L.: Most careers don't last as long as yours, what's given your career the staying power?

Randy Thompson: Well! I only record an album when I am ready and really feel like I have something in me that needs to come out. I’v only recorded 4 cds in my whole music career and I feel like thats been a good thing. I’m very lucky to have fans who continue to want to hear what I do.

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MARK COOKE TO PLAY HIS FIRST SHOW IN NASHVILLE


RISING COUNTRY ARTIST MARK COOKE TO PLAY HIS FIRST SHOW IN NASHVILLE
NASHVILLE, TN (January 12, 2012) – Country artist Mark Cooke is set to play his first ever Nashville show.  He’ll be performing with his full band Wednesday, January 18 at The Rutledge in Nashville at 8PM.  Tickets are $5 and are available now.  For more information, click here.
Who:                    Mark Cooke
What:                   His first ever Nashville show
When:                  January 18, 2012, Doors open at 7PM, show starts at 8PM
Where:                 The Rutledge
                            410 4th Avenue South
                            Nashville, TN 37201
Mark recently finished a national radio tour promoting his debut, limited edition EP, Living For The Weekend, available on iTunes, Amazon and other online outlets.  His current single, “Any Way The Wind Blows,” written by hit songwriters Mark Nesler, Jennifer Hanson and Marty Dodson, is going for radio adds now.   
About Mark Cooke
Born and raised in East Texas, Mark Cooke is an accomplished singer/songwriter who is no stranger to country music. He has always been a lover of music from a very young child to chasing the dream today in Music City, U.S.A. Mark recently has been signed to CVR (Label and Management) run by Music Row veteran producers J. Gary Smith and John Smith. Together they recorded his CVR debut EP, Living For The Weekend, released this fall with plans for a full album in 2012.  His new single, “Any Way The Wind Blows,” has just been released to country radio.

Lori Smith Is Back!

Lori Smith Is Back!

I was lucky enough to work with Lori before when she was having great success, and now she is ready for the next phase of her career to be the superstar she is destined to be.  If talent, beauty, and perseverance are marks of a superstar, then Lori Smith is already there, and she is ready to latch on to her #1 star, and fly her magic carpet to the top of the charts where she has always belonged.  “What’s In It For Me,” is her new single.  Her awesome performance, along with the great production of legendary producer Larry Butler, bring her back into the music scene stronger than before – and she has not missed a beat.
   

After some time off, Lori Smith is returning to the music scene!

In the past, Lori had three Number 1 charted songs in Cashbox Magazine…Fifteen singles in the Top 40 of Billboard and Cashbox MagazineCashbox Magazine “Female Artist of the Year” 2 years in a row…New Zealand “Female Artist of the Year.”

As a performer, Lori has opened for BJ Thomas, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and many other super stars in addition to appearing at some of America’s top venues on tour with her own band, plus Lori has had many appearances on the Grand Ole Opry, The Nashville Network and scores of other radio and television programs.

And now, she is back with new and exciting material including a new album of original material written by some of Music City’s hit songwriters and produced by Grammy award winning producer, Larry Butler…her first single release is attached…writing with some of the top contemporary songwriters…ready for bookings and interviews and reconnecting with her fans in person and via her pages on the Internet.

For more information about this multi-talented artist, follow Lori Smith on Face Book, My Space and Twitter as well as her web site, www.lorismithmusic.com

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