Saturday, January 14, 2012

Country Music News International January 14th 2012

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BOBBY ATKINS - I'll Go On Alone http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/bobby-atkins-ill-go-on-alone.html

JIM McCOY -Touches Your Heart http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/jim-mccoy-touches-your-heart.html

CHARLIE COLLINSHAS PASSED AWAY AT 78 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/charlie-collins-has-passed-away-at-78.html

Bluegrass Series Kicks Off 2012 Season With Banjo Legend J.D. Crowe http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/bluegrass-series-kicks-off-2012-season.html

LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT NAMED FUN FEARLESS FEMALE BY COSMOPOLITAN http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/lady-antebellums-hillary-scott-named.html

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BOBBY ATKINS - I'll Go On Alone

BOBBY ATKINS - I'll Go On Alone
 
I'll Go On Alone - Mama Don't Allow - Blueside of Lonesome - A Dream Of You - Frankie and Johnny - Uncloudy Day - Ole Slewfoot - Blueberry Hill - I Might Take You Back Again - No One To Call My Own - Sugarfoot Rag - Old Homeplace
 
Bobby Atkins is my favorite banjo player and singer of great mountain style bluegrass music.  He played banjo for Bill Monroe, and I can't think of a better way to not only remember Bill's 100th birthday with this CD, but to also honor Bobby Atkin's own son, Jason, who passed away in 2009 at age 35.  Jason wrote a terrific original song included in this CD called "A Dream Of You." This entire project is a super-good CD with not only some 'classic' bluegrass songs, but a little 'rag' music as well.  And when you hear "Blueberry Hill" done bluegrass style, you begin to immediately wonder, was this song written for bluegrass?  Yes, I believe even Fats would say yes to that.  When you hear "Slewfoot" you know you are hearing the 'real deal.'  Bobby calls North Carolina home, and that's where he has his recording studio, where he produces so much of this great music.  His whole family is involved with the creation of good 'traditional' bluegrass music.  Like Bill Monroe, Bobby Atkins surrounds himself with the very best musicians, and this case it's his own family.  He plays banjo of course and sings all the leads.  Jason Atkins is on bass here, one of the last recordings he was on.  Mark Atkins is on mandolin (he plays this instrument incredibly well) and also lends some vocals to lead lines as well as harmony.  Danny Casstevens does rhythm and lead guitar, and joins in the vocals too.  All together it becomes a terrific 'look-see' at what real bluegrass music is all about.  I believe that is why North Carolina is such a hot-bed of great music and music makers.  Bobby was with us when we were doing our festival in Missouri Valley, Iowa (now moved to LeMars, Iowa, Aug 27-Sept 2, 2012 www.ntcma.net) to be inducted into America's Old Time Country & Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.  The night he made his appearance, it was one of the most remarkable stage presences our upper Midwest audience had ever experienced up to that time.  Bobby is also one of those musician musicians that joined right in, playing with our Midwest instrumentalists, making it a life-time remembrance they still talk about today. This CD is going to be forwarded to the Rural Roots Music Commission to see what they think of traditional bluegrass.  Bobby Atkins leaves his very own imprint on every song he tackles, and that brings even more listening pleasure to this project. 
You can purchase this recording direct from Thunderbolt Records, 1109 Cleburne St., Greensboro, NC 27408

Bob Everhart

JIM McCOY -Touches Your Heart

JIM McCOY -Touches Your Heart
 
Trouble In Amen Corner - Farmer and the Lord - If Jesus Came To Your Home - Pappy's Old Banjo - Preacherman - Barefoot Country Boy - Roses For Momma - 100 Dollar Bill Story - God's Wonderful Way - Touch of the Master's Hand - Little Boy's Prayer - Third Man
 
West Virginia troubadour Jim McCoy has been close to country music all his life.  This is the guy that 'discovered' Patsy Cline.  Jim was doing a radio show in West Virginia when Patsy was trying to find a place to sing.  Sure enough she showed up at Jim's door, and it didn't take him long to ask her to come sing on his radio show.  She did, and he did too.  Together they became the most popular show in West Virginia.  Patsy Cline had a very distinctive voice.  So does Jim McCoy.  Not just for singin' neither.  Jim McCoy has another facet to his voice.  He is one of those original recitation artists that command your attention the very instant he begins to tell you a story.  Many might remember Red Sovine as the master of 'recitation' story telling.  It's true, Red Sovine did the incredibly popular "Teddy Bear."  That particular record made Red Sovine famous, but Red, like Jim McCoy, was also a great country music singer.  Likewise, Jim McCoy has a great country voice, but is also a distinctive recitationist.  This particular CD is devoted to stories and poetry devoted to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Salvation.  As a matter of fact, Jim and Red were well on the way to doing a joint release when Sovine died in an untimely car accident.  Can you imagine what kind of super-recitation CD could have came from that. The kind of recitations that Jim does today, takes us back to another time, another place, when laments of the heart were so very meaningful.  Today, we do not hear this kind of sincere presentation of how to deal with death, how to deal with bad luck, how to deal with lost love, how to deal with the coming of the Lord.  It all goes right back to the real 'country.'  And by 'country' I mean rural America.  A 'place' that hardly exists today.  A 'place' where honesty, hard work, dedication, friendship, and devotion to the Lord Jesus was (and still is out in the 'real' country) a daily part of our lives.  Of course these sentimental recitations wouldn't mean much to an urban mind.  It's a kind of philosophy that hardly exists today.  The bottom line, especially the way Jim McCoy presents this message, is that it's the "Truth."  Each and every one of these stories is kind of heart rending, and each and every one of them has a moral.  Another area that is so lacking in today's country music for instance.  Jim McCoy is a dedicated man.  He's in America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  He still does a dedication tribute to Patsy Cline every year over Labor Day.  He does it at his own recording-studio watering hole called the 'Troubadour' in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.  This particular CD was released on his own record label, Troubadour Records.  It takes a very special person with a very special voice to make the listener 'listen' to every word.  That's what Jim McCoy does on this very wonderful CD.  Background music is also very 'country' in every respect, and although we do not know who the players are, they are great instrumentalists.  This CD is part of a Historical Series that has been directly recorded off of the original cassette tape and has not been remastered in order to give the listener the authentic (vintage) quality of the original recording.
You can purchase this recording direct from Troubadour Records, 25 Troubadour Lane, Berkeley Springs, West Virginia 25411
 
Bob Everhart

CHARLIE COLLINS HAS PASSED AWAY AT 78

COUNTRY MUSIC SADDENED ONCE AGAIN
CHARLIE COLLINS HAS PASSED AWAY AT 78

(Nashville, TN) Charlie Collins, last member of Roy Acuff’s Smokey Mountain Boys has passed away after suffering a massive stroke, at the age of 78.
Charlie Collins, born in 1933 in a coal mining family near Caryville, TN, was fiddling in LaFollette music contests before he was ten years old. After a stint in the Army, Charlie joined the Pinnacle Mountain Boys around 1960 as they rode Pet Milk’s national talent competition all the way to the Grand Ole Opry. In 1966 Charlie moved to Nashville to join Roy Acuff’s legendary band, The Smoky Mountain Boys. Since Roy’s death in 1992, Charlie has remained a weekly performer on the Opry, and has recorded with Norman Blake, Mark O’Conner, Brother Oswald, Jim and Jesse, Sam Bush, and many others.
Funeral arrangements are not available at this time, but I will send them out as soon as I receive them.

Please keep Charlie and his family in your thoughts and prayer.

MAY HIS SOUL REST IN THE LOVING PEACEFUL ARMS OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST

Thanks for Richard White, Les Leverett, Bill Cody, and Roxanne Russell for all of their assistance in getting me information that I did not have. 

Bluegrass Series Kicks Off 2012 Season With Banjo Legend J.D. Crowe



Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series Kicks Off
2012 Season With Banjo Legend J.D. Crowe

January 12, 2012 (Jonesborough, TN) — The Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series will officially kick off its second season of presenting the best in bluegrass concerts when it brings banjo legend J.D. Crowe to the Jonesborough Visitors Center on February 25th. Joining J.D. Crowe will be his band, the New South, singer/songwriter Brandon Rickman and South Carolina-based Cane Creek Bluegrass Band. Produced by Mountain Music Entertainment and nestled in Tennessee's oldest town, the Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series is looking forward to bringing another year of top-notch entertainment to the East Tennessee region. 

Banjoist J.D. Crowe and his band, the New South are among the most influential bluegrass bands of the past three decades with a visionary sound that suggests both a rich past and a wide-open future. From 1975's classic J.D. Crowe and the New South (affectionately referred to by fans by its catalog number, 0044), to their latest project, Lefty's Old Guitar, bandleader/banjo player/guitarist/vocalist Crowe has led an array of brilliant musicians in a mission to continually reinvent and update bluegrass while simultaneously paying tribute to the legacy of tone, taste, and timing established by Crowe's musical idols. The lineups of the New South have continued to evolve and change from the release of 0044 onward. Many great musicians have passed through on their way to start their own bands including Jimmy Gaudreau, Richard Bennett, Don Rigsby, and Phil Leadbetter. Among the most notable alumni was the gifted, ill-fated vocalist Keith Whitley, who introduced a strong honky-tonk feeling to Crowe's music before going on to mainstream country stardom. Following the release of 1999's Come On Down to My World (Rounder), Crowe put together the strongest New South lineup since the days of Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice. Guitarist and vocalist Rickey Wasson brings a full, rich vocal sound to the band, along with his abilities as an MC and front man. On mandolin, tenor, and high-lead vocals is Dwight McCall, whose remarkable singing was featured on Come On Down to My World. Matt DeSpain joined the group in 2010 playing resonator guitar as well as contributing to the sound vocally. Also new in 2010 was the addition of Kyle Perkins on upright bass.

Singer-songwriter Brandon Rickman has created a definite buzz over the past several years in the bluegrass and country community with his distinctive vocals and songwriting talents.  He currently tours as lead singer with the famed Lonesome River Band and performs solo dates as well. His first solo project Young Man, Old Soul came right on the heels of Lonesome River Band’s #1 Bluegrass Unlimited album No Turning Back, and garnered rave reviews as one of the best singer-songwriter CDs of the year. South Carolina-based Cane Creek Bluegrass Band is comprised of five talented musicians in their own right who sing and play both classic bluegrass covers and original material from several of its members, achieving a haunting sound many bands would aspire to emulate while also presenting driving music that gets feet tapping.

The Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series is excited to be partnering this year with The Lyric Frizell Foundation, raising money for children's cancer research. The foundation was named for Lyric Alana Frizell who was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive form of leukemia at the age of 10 months. In addition, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice are the new ambassadors of the Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series. Junior and his band will be making an appearance during the 2012 season and will also help spread the word about the concert series at their other shows across the country.

The Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series will kick off on on February 25th at 7:00pm at the Jonesborough Visitors Center located at 117 Boone Street, Jonesborough, Tennessee. Tickets are $20/ adults, $10/ETSU students with ID and children 12 and under and may be purchased at the door the night of the show, online at www.jonesboroughtn.org or by calling 866-401-4223. For more information on the Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series including a complete concert schedule, please visit www.Jonesboroughbluegrass.com. 

LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT NAMED FUN FEARLESS FEMALE BY COSMOPOLITAN

 
LADY ANTEBELLUM’S HILLARY SCOTT NAMED FUN FEARLESS FEMALE BY COSMOPOLITAN
 
 
Nashville, TN - Jan. 13, 2012 - Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott has been hand-selected by Cosmopolitan as one of six "Fun Fearless" women featured in their Feb. issue on stands now.  Scott joins the short list alongside "Fun Fearless Female of the Year" actress Dakota Fanning as well as Zoe Saldana, Lucy Hale, Rose Byrne and Frieda Pinto. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of Cosmopolitan's “Fun Fearless Awards” which recognize entertainers and show business professionals who have had extraordinary years in their careers and taken bold risks in their professional and personal lives.

Fans can catch Scott on the road when Lady Antebellum kicks off the second leg of their OWN THE NIGHT 2012 WORLD TOUR on Fri., Jan. 27 in Tulsa, OK with Darius Rucker and special guest Thompson Square.  For a full list of upcoming tour dates and appearances, visit www.ladyantebellum.com.

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