Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Country Music News International January 17th 2012

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Eric Church Celebrates First Career No. 1 with "Drink In My Hand" http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/eric-church-celebrates-first-career-no.html

Cumberland River’s Original Song “Antieham’s Hill” http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/cumberland-rivers-original-song.html

Irish Artist, Niall Toner, Signs with Pinecastle Records http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/irish-artist-niall-toner-signs-with.html

RONNIE DUNN LETS THE COWBOY ROCK http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/ronnie-dunn-lets-cowboy-rock.html

NATIONAL USA FESTIVAL http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/national-usa-festival.html

Interview with George Foxman from Free Bears http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-george-foxman-from-free.html

Steel Guitar News January 16th 2012 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/steel-guitar-news-january-16th-2012.html

ON THE ROAD WITH IOWAN'S BOB & SHEILA EVERHART January 16th 2012 http://countrymusicnewsinternational.blogspot.com/2012/01/on-road-with-iowans-bob-sheila-everhart_16.html

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Eric Church Celebrates First Career No. 1 with "Drink In My Hand"

 
Photo Credit: Ann-Marie Hensley
 
Eric Church Celebrates First Career No. 1 with "Drink In My Hand"
 
Nashville, Tenn. (January 16, 2012) – EMI Records Nashville’s Eric Church kicks off the new year with a career first – “Drink In My Hand” from his critically acclaimed album, CHIEF, topping the Country radio charts.  The number one single joins a string of career firsts and accolades for Church including his first GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album of the Year, CHIEF debuting at the top of the Billboard Top 200 and spending two weeks at No. 1 on the Country albums chart, a Gold certification by the RIAA forCHIEF after only 10 weeks, the ACM Award for New Solo Vocalist of the Year and the announcement of his first arena headline tour - The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour.
 
"This is the 10th single we have released to radio," explains Church. "It is truly the greatest example of belief, dedication, determination and plain old hard work that we have achieved this milestone.  I can't thank the EMI staff and country radio enough for making this happen and believing in the music, but  the real gratitude must go to our fans.  I've heard countless stories from hundreds of fans of how they have gone above and beyond to get our songs heard and demand that people pay attention to what's going on in our world.  I can't think of a better way to kick off a tour!"
 
CHIEF has been recognized as one of the Top Albums of 2011 by Rob Harvilla’s SPIN List, NPR, Rolling Stone and Amazon.  iTunes named Church 2011 Country Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
 
For more information check out  www.ericchurch.com.

Cumberland River’s Original Song “Antieham’s Hill”

Cumberland River’s Original Song,
Antieham’s Hill,”
Featured on FX Network’s JUSTIFIED
Season 3 Premiere January 17, 2012
 
January 16, 2012 (Nashville, TN) --  Tomorrow's Season 3 premiere of the hit TV show, JUSTIFIED will feature another original song, “Antieham’s Hill," by Harlan, Kentucky band, Cumberland River.   The song was written by Cumberland River band members: Dustin Middleton, who also provides lead vocals; along with Jamie Dean, Jamie Stewart and Jamie Dean’s brother, Mickey Dean.  This Civil War themed tune appears on the band’s current album, THE LIFE WE LIVE on Rural Rhythm Records (lyrics shown below.)  JUSTIFIED airs on the FX Network at 10:00 PM.
 
The FX Network’s official website for JUSTIFIED includes a handy Episode Music Guide where fans can learn which songs were used in specific episodes.  Included in this guide are five songs from Cumberland River featured in Season 2:  Episode 204 -“For Blood or Money featured an instrumental version of the band’s original song, “Justified;” and Episode 209 - “Brother’s Keeper featured four songs: “Ridge Runner,” “Wild Berries,” “My Dad,” and “Kentucky Mountain Home.”
 
Just last week, Cumberland River released their new music video for their original song, “Justified” that can be viewed on the TV show’s official Production Blog that offers the latest news from the set of JUSTIFIED with interviews, recaps, behind-the-scenes stories, videos and more.  The band's video is also available at their   official website Cumberland-River.com, official youtube channel, Yallwire, DailyMotion, Rural Rhythm Records, Hope River Entertainment, and many more sites.
 
CUMBERLAND RIVER includes the talents of Dustin Middleton (lead & harmony vocals, mandolin), Jamie Dean (lead & harmony vocals, banjo); Joey Jones (bass); Jamie Stewart (Dobro); and Brad Gulley (lead & harmony vocals, guitar).   For more information including upcoming tour dates, please visit their website at Cumberland-River.com.  For more information on THE LIFE WE LIVE and Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com
 
ANTIEHAM’S HILL lyrics:
They sent a man to do the devil's work
But the job is never done
I've got a mark for ever soul I've stolen with my gun
From the beginning man has had his hand on the trigger of a gun
It's either be a slave or it's in my grave and I'm not the only one

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I'm southern raise I believe all men are free
So I'll fight this fight till death comes for me

I've fought so long in Lincoln's war for the peace God keep's from me
I've wished so long to get back home to see my family
17 more miles to go till we reach that battlefield
Where men will die and loose there lives upon Antieham's Hill

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I'm southern raised, I believe all men are free
So I'll fight this fight till death comes for me

And the cannons roar what an awful sound
Another flag goes up another man falls down
I'm southern raised, I believe all men are free
So I'll fight this fight till death comes for me

So I'll fight this fight till death comes for me

Irish Artist, Niall Toner, Signs with Pinecastle Records

Irish Artist, Niall Toner, Signs with Pinecastle Records
Pinecastle Records is pleased to announce that it has signed Irish bluegrass artist, Niall Toner, to its roster. Niall will soon release a new single in his native Ireland, a song called "Tomorrow," taken from his upcoming Pinecastle release. This will be a new album of original material, due in the fall of 2012, in conjunction with a U.S. tour. Niall's most recent release in the U.S. was The Sounds of the Blackstairs Mountains, featuring his tribute to the father of bluegrass, "William Smith Monroe," which is still receiving extensive airplay on bluegrass radio.

"I am thrilled and delighted to be the first Irish artist signed to Pinecastle Records. It's a dream come true for me, and an honour to be part of a label roster that includes many of my own musical heroes, like Jesse McReynolds and the Osborne Brothers. I look forward to working with Lonnie, Ethan, Matt and the entire Pinecastle team. Onwards and upwards." - Niall Toner.

"I so enjoy your William Smith Monroe song, Niall, very well-written, and performed, and also timely in 2011, the Bill Monroe Centennial Year. Your video is also great. Very professional, and mighty good music to boot!"  Greg Cahill, Special Consensus, Chicago, IL.

"It has been truly amazing to watch how the global radio community has responded to Niall [Toner] and his music. Niall has the fastest rising bluegrass album in the history of AirPlay Direct, and currently has the #2 bluegrass album of "All Time" on AirPlay Direct.  http://airplaydirect.com/charts/albums/AllTime/BF This success at global radio has now translated into a record deal for Niall with Pinecastle Records... congratulations!" - Robert Weingartz, Chairman & CEO of AirPlay Direct.

"Niall makes great 'open-hearted' music, and his tributes to Monroe are just superb. His 'Ocean Of Teardrops,' composed 'in-the-style-of' the Blue Sky Boys and the Monroe Brothers, is a duet song that kills me!"  Paul Williams, Songwriter and President of ASCAP.
The Niall Toner Band is an acoustic Irish bluegrass band with Celtic influences whose diverse repertoire ranges from contemporary up-tempo songs and tunes to inspirational gospel-style numbers, as well as tributes to Bill Monroe the father of bluegrass like "The Master's Resting Place" and "Bill Monroe's Mandolin." Niall formed the Band 2001 with musical cohorts Clem O'Brien (guitar) and Dick Gladney (bass). Toner credits Clem and Dick for being so supportive in the constant strive for originality in his music.

Niall's composition credits include songs recorded by artists like Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Albert Lee, Special Consensus, Keith Sewell, The Swanson Family and more. In 2003 Toner was nominated for a Global Artist Award by the CMA. To date, Niall and his Band have recorded and released three CD albums, and they perform their original songs and tunes on a regular basis at Festivals and Venues in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA.

Niall was born in Dublin, Ireland and nurtured an early interest in music by tuning in to Radio Luxemburg and the AFN radio service from Germany. The Saturday night re-broadcast of the Grand Ole Opry from Nashville was his first exposure to Country music, and when a local school-friend showed up with a collection that included the music of Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, The Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers, Niall's musical fate was sealed. Niall Toner is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading experts on bluegrass and American country music, and he brings this knowledge of music to a wide audience, both through his live performances with The Niall Toner Band and various workshops, as well as through his radio show, Roots Freeway, which is broadcast on Ireland's national radio station, RTE Radio One.   www.rte.ie/radio1/rootsfreeway/

RONNIE DUNN LETS THE COWBOY ROCK

 
Ronnie Dunn tapes performance for Yahoo!'s Ram Country, which will air Jan. 18, 2012.
Photo Credit: CJ Hicks
 
RONNIE DUNN LETS THE COWBOY ROCK
 
Country Icon’s Latest Single “Let The Cowboy Rock,” and Supporting Music Video Make National Debut on Monday, January 16; Available for Download on iTunes January 17
 
Yahoo!’s Ram Country Performance to air Wednesday, January 18
 
Nashville, Tenn. (Monday, January 16, 2012) – Country luminary Ronnie Dunn is redefining what it means to be a contemporary rock star with the emancipation of his brand-new guitar-heavy single, “Let The Cowboy Rock.” The two-time GRAMMY winning legendary songster has learned a thing or two over his iconic 20-year career about finding one’s own voice in music, including the fact that die-hard American country music knows no bounds. Beginning today, January 16, Dunn’s new up-tempo cowboy-rocker anthem officially impacts country radio and a supporting music video debuts at www.RonnieDunn.com. The video and single will be available for download on January 17 via iTunes but begins rotation on CMT, GAC and supporting national networks today. 
 
Fans eager for a sneak peak of the music video can click HERE.
 
“Let The Cowboy Rock” was penned by Dunn, along with hit songwriter Dallas Davidson, who also co-produced the track, and joins similar-veined Dunn co-writes such as “Cowgirls Don't Cry,” “Cowboy Town,” “Neon Moon,” “Boot Scootin' Boogie,” and “Play Something Country” in context.  
 
LET THE COWBOY ROCK
LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL
THIS IS WHERE THE HURT STOPS
WHERE THE WHISKEY FLOWS
LET HIM DRINK EVERY DROP
GO, GO, GO ‘TIL HE DROPS
LET THE COWBOY ROCK! 
 
The new single can be found on Dunn’s self-titled solo debut that is in stores now and is a follow-up to his lyrical masterpieces “Bleed Red,” and “Cost of Livin’.”
 
The music video was filmed partly in Pendleton, Oregon during the Pendleton Round-Up with rider Blake Knowles (lead character) with additional footage of Dunn shot in Salt Flat, Utah and Nashville, Tennessee with The Stage on Lower Broadway serving as a backdrop.
 
In addition to his single and video debut, on Wednesday, January 18, live performance from Dunn’s Yahoo!’s Ram Country taping will debut on Yahoo! Music featuring exclusive footage of “Let The Cowboy Rock,” “Cost of Livin’,” and “How Far To Waco” from Ronnie Dunn. 
 
To find out more about Ronnie Dunn’s latest career happenings, visit his official website, www.RonnieDunn.com, or follow him on Twitter at @SingaInABand and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/RonnieDunnMusic.

TAIO CRUZ - Platin für HANGOVER + live bei THE VOICE und der DLD Night

TAIO CRUZ - Platin für HANGOVER + live bei THE VOICE und der DLD Night
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Taio Cruz
Taio Cruz - Platinauszeichnung für Single "Hangover" + Live im TV bei "The Voice" + zu Gast bei der DLD - Night in München
Mit seinem neuen Album „TY.O“ legte Taio Cruz den perfekten Soundtrack zum Jahresstart 2012 hin, die erste Single „Hangover“ ist die Partyhymne schlechthin und steht zusammen mit der zweiten Auskopplung "Troublemaker" in den Top10 der Media Control Charts. Zudem gibt es Edelmetall: „Hangover“ wird mit Platin ausgezeichnet. Aber ist gibt noch mehr Highlights! Am 27. Januar wird Taio Cruz bei „The Voice of Germany“  live zu Gast sein und zuvor am 23. Januar bei der DLD Night im Rahmen der DLD–Konferenz in München performen.
Auch mit seinem neuen Album "TY.O" bleibt Taio Cruz auf sensationellem Erfolgskurs und liefert mit den Singles "Hangover" und "Troublemaker" zwei Dancefloor-Hymnen ab, denen man nicht widerstehen kann. Das sehen auch die Fans des Briten so und bescheren Taio Cruz eine Doppelplatzierung in den Top10 der deutschen Singlecharts und Edelmetall: "Hangover" erreicht Platin-Status!

Um den Erfolg mit seinen Fans zu feiern, wird Taio Cruz in den nächsten Wochen wieder nach Deutschland kommen und u.a. am 27. Januar bei der TV-Show "The Voice of Germany" (Sat.1) live zu Gast sein. Am 23. Januar wird Taio Cruz bei der DLD Night im Rahmen der DLD–Konferenz in München auf der Bühne stehen. Das Event gehört zu den wichtigsten internationalen Konferenzen im Bereich digitale Innovationen, Wissenschaft, Kultur und Netzwerk. Zu den Gästen der Konferenz gehören in diesem Jahr u.a. Yoko Ono, Arianna Huffington (The Huffington Post), Renzo Rosso (Diesel), John Donahoe (President Ebay Inc.), Jack Dorsey (Co-Founder Twitter) und viele andere. Alle weiteren Infos zu DLD - Digital Life Design gibt es hier.

Für Taio Cruz ist dies erst der Anfang, denn 2012 sollen noch viele Highlights folgen, mit denen er seine Fans überraschen will. Das u.a. von RedOne (Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez) und David Guetta produzierte Album "TY.O" unterstreicht einmal mehr, dass Taio Cruz zu den charismatischsten und talentiertesten Songwritern gehört und zurecht als Spezialist für Partyhymnen betitelt wird.

TAIO CRUZ im TV
27.01.2012 The Voice of Germany / Sat.1 / 20.15 Uhr

NATIONAL USA FESTIVAL

NATIONAL USA FESTIVAL (in it's 37th year) PICKS KENTUCKY BLUEGRASS BAND "Hurley Ridge" FOR THEIR 2012 FESTIVAL IN IOWA

     LeMars, Iowa.....Bob Everhart, the President of the National Old Time Country & Bluegrass Music Association, has released the name of the bluegrass band that will represent Kentucky at their annual festival in Iowa this year.  "We've been a 501(c)3 non-profit group, promoting old-time acoustic music since 1976," Everhart said.  "and with Bill Monroe getting his first 'paid' gig in Iowa, we want to keep his music alive here, much like it was when he and his brother Charley came to Iowa in 1934.  This was actually their first radio show, their first paid gig, and their first real exposure in the upper Midwest.  They were instantly popular on KFNF radio in Shenandoah, where Bill met his future wife. His son James Monroe came to us several years ago when we inducted Bill Monroe into America's Old Time Country & Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  He brought with him the suit Mr. Monroe wore on his very last performance on the Grand Ole Opry.  We are really glad to have this in the Pioneer Music Museum, as well as an early mandolin similar to the first one Mr. Monroe played.  After the Monroe Brothers left Iowa, they returned to Kentucky, where they began to record for Bluebird Records.  We also have some of those recordings in our museum.  The rest of the story is history."
     Everhart's wife, Sheila, is also on the NTCMA Board of Directors.  "We have been promoting and presenting the early music of the Monroe Brothers ever since we started our festival 37 years ago," she said.  "We had Eddie Pennington from Princeton, Kentucky, with us last year, perhaps one of the most gifted acoustic guitarists we've ever heard.  We celebrated Bill Monroe's 100th birthday last year, but now we're celebrating his 101st birthday.  One of the new offerings at our festival will be a stage devoted to bluegrass jamming.  We already have ten stages accommodating the many performers that come to this event, over 650 of them.  Picture Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Patti Page, and Ralph Stanley all gathered here for induction into our Hall of Fame.  This year appears no differently, and the bluegrass band selected from Kentucky really plays the early Monroe style of music, direct from the hills.  They are called Hurley Ridge, and hail from Lexington."
     Bob Everhart was quick to point out, "We are really looking forward to having an 11th stage devoted to jamming this year.  This is so important to anyone who plays bluegrass music or mountain music, or even early traditional country and folk music.  So, we'll have five two-hour sessions every day, done in five different styles.  A regular circle jam, a Texas style jam, a Guitar Pull jam, and a single performer style jam, and a 'toast & jam' style.  All in all, it should be a delightful opportunity for any picker, singer, or player of acoustic music to join in."
     "Hurley Ridge," Sheila added, is one of those groups that blend brother-sister abilities into the mountain music they play.  Originally from the hills of Jackson County, they say they were so far back in the hills it was hard to even find musical instruments, let alone be able to play them in their ealy years.  Kent Hurley is the banjo picker (as well as the French Harp), does vocals and writes songs and does his own radio show 'Gravel Road'; sister Amy plays upright acoustic bass, does vocals, and admits she was inspired by Southern Gospel groups; brother Glenn plays mandolin (much in the early Bill Monroe style), does vocals and was inspired by Seldom Scene. Filling out the group is Paul Eldridge on acoustic guitar, who was originally influenced by the Everly Brothers.  This is pretty amazing to us as festival promoters, since Eddie Pennington, the guitarist who was with us last year, was influenced by the Everly Brothers father, Ike.  And don't you know it, not only did Bill Monroe get his start in the music business in Shenandoah, Iowa, so did Ike Everly and his two sons Don and Phil Everly, on another radio station in Shenandoah, KMA radio."
     Bob Everhart was quick to add, "Hurley Ridge has received a lot of inspirational attention from a number of sources.  Red Barn Radio said, "From traditional bluegrass and bluegrass gospel, to original tunes, this band brings soulful harmonies and sweet sounds to listeners ears."  Bluegrass Unlimited magazine also made an interesting comment, "The music of Hurley Ridge contains a certain charm that should appeal to anyone familiar with the music of this band."  And, Gracie Muldoon of World Wide Bluegrass, had this to say. "Gosh, it's great to hear Hurley Ridge after so much slickness in the industry.  I like real people and real back home music.  Bluegrass is like a home-made quilt, lots of warmth here.  Steady pickin' complements the authentic mountain voices and are the way to go for a classic bluegrass sound."  Everhart also added, "This is exactly what we were looking for to represent the sound of Bill and Charley Monroe when they came to Iowa.  Among our ten stages is a stage devoted to bluegrass music, so we hope more bluegrass groups will come be with us the entire week we function.  We'd like a bluegrass band from every state to be with us.  August 27-September 2 is seven days of incredible acoustic music no matter what your standing is, where you live, or how well you play.  Please visit us at www.ntcma.net for the full story.

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