Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bill Emmerson & Sweet Dixie – The Touch Of Time


Bill Emmerson & Sweet Dixie – The Touch Of Time

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1. My Baby Thinks He's A Train 3:27  2. Castle Hayne 3:04  3. Little Pink 4:10  4. The Touch Of Time 3:31  5. Home Sweet Dixie Home 3:06  6. Today I Turned Your Picture To The Wall 3:17  7. The Rope 3:45  8. These Ones 2:50  9. You're The Highlight Of My Life 2:29 10. Love Gone Cold 2:19 11. Electric Avenue 3:53 12. Last Night I Was There 3:37

In den letzten Jahren scheinen mehr Bluegrass Alben auf den Markt gekommen sein als sogenannte Country CDs. Bill Emmerson & Sweet Dixie reihen sich in die Rubrik Bluegrass ein. Wobei auch Einflüsse aus dem Flok und der traditionellen Country Music vorhanden sind. Das Album besticht durch seine ausgewogenen Songs und die Stimme von Mr. Bill Emmerson. 12 Songs sind auch schon mal nicht schlecht, viele Künstler gehen ja dazu über immer weniger Titel auf eine CD zu pressen. Wer also ein Album sucht, dass er sich mehr als einmal anhören kann, sollte unbedingt auf das von Bill Emmerson & Sweet Dixie „The Touch Of Time“ zurückgreifen.

Christian Lamitschka ( CountryMusicNewsInternational@googlemail.com )
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Big Joe’s BIG Radio Show is a Hit With Country Music

Big Joe’s BIG Radio Show is a Hit With Country Music Fans & Independent Artists

Big Joe Matthews
Big Joe Matthews, Host of Big Joe's BIG Radio Show on NMGRadio.com
“I’m trying to become the king of all country music media,” Big Joe Matthews, managing editor of Nashville Music Guide, says jokingly to me one afternoon at the magazine’s offices. We have been talking about his foray into radio while sitting at the desk that doubles as a broadcast studio every Tuesday night for “Big Joe’s Big Radio Show.” At the time of our conversation, the show has only been on the air for a couple of weeks and I haven’t heard it, so I ask to come sit in on a live broadcast of the hour-long show.
If you’ve streamed the weekly broadcast of “Big Joe’s Big Radio Show” on Tuesday nights or caught it during one of the many times it re-airs during the week, you can hear that there’s a party going on in the studio. But listening to the show is nothing compared to sitting in on the broadcast.
When I arrived at the offices an hour early, several people were already milling about waiting for the show to begin, and Big Joe and co-host Jamie Saylor were laughing and cutting up like the show had already started. An hour before the broadcast—an hour before I’d ever heard the show—I knew I was about to witness something special.
Big Joe brings the human element back to radio and makes it fun again. In recent years, technology and statistics have changed radio for the worse. Tune in to most stations and you’ll hear the same songs every hour. Sometimes a DJ will still be spinning the tracks, but without much interaction with the listeners; often a computer will be choosing what’s next. How’s that any different from putting an MP3 player on shuffle? Why bother?
“Big Joe’s Big Radio Show” is different. You won’t hear many Top 40 radio hits on the show, if any at all. What you will hear is good country music, probably by artists that you’ve never heard before, chosen exclusively by Big Joe. And a lot of time on the show is spent talking with guests and listeners about the music that’s being played.
The first week that I sit in on the broadcast—I’ve since been back just to listen to the show and have a good time—Big Joe’s radio show debuted two new songs from two different artists and featured a live performance from another new artist, but that was nothing special. The show has debuted new songs and had a live performance every week, in addition to featuring a Merle Haggard song of the week, Jamie Saylor’s word of the week, and interviews with everyone from the Gherm Guys to The Naked Cowgirl, Sandy Kane.

“Mainly we just play good country music and have special guests like David Frizzell,” says Big Joe. “The Gherm Guys made their first radio appearance on my show. It’s like a honky tonk hour.  We’re in here having fun and cutting loose.  It’s just a fun time for me, after all the other things during the week, to sit here in front of a microphone and talk about country music.”
Apparently others love to listen to the show as much as Joe loves to do it. Number of members on the show’s Facebook page has grown exponentially each week of the broadcast, and every week listeners call in from farther and farther away. Listeners as far away as Arizona and Pennsylvania have called in to join the fun or request a song, and bars from all over stream the show on Tuesday nights for their patrons.
As the show rolls into 2012, it is becoming obvious that the show will only get bigger. Only a month into the new year, some big names—and others that will be big soon—have been featured on the show, including Eric Lee Beddingfield, Morgan Frazier, and Jesse Keith Whitley. Each week in January the number of listeners was greater than the week before, and though it’s only been on the Internet a short while, the show is already in talks with 75 Internet and radio stations for syndication. Big Joe is happy with the success of the show, but that’s not why he does it.
“I put on the show because I love talking about country music,” he says.  “It’s what I love to do.  It’s amazing how business gets in the way of your love of music but you’ve got to find a way to make it work both ways, and I think I have successfully.”
You can catch “Big Joe’s Big Radio Show” on Tuesday nights at 8 o’clock CST on NMGradio.com. Oh, and ladies, do Jamie Saylor a favor and call into the show; he’d love to hear from you, wherever you are.
By Andrew Miller

LARRY BUTLER AND LARRY NUTTER DECEASED

MUSIC INDUSTRY SUFFERS TWO GREAT LOSSES
LEGENDARY PRODUCER LARRY BUTLER
GUITARIST LARRY NUTTER


Songwriter and musician Larry Butler, who produced several of Kenny Rogers' biggest hits, died Friday (Jan. 20) of natural causes at his home in Pensacola, Fla., at age 69.

A Pensacola native, Butler began playing piano at age 4 and performed in a band in Florida before moving to Memphis to become a member of the Gentrys, who scored a Top 10 pop hit in 1965 with "Keep on Dancin'." In Nashville, Butler was a top session musician, playing piano on hits such as Conway Twitty's "Hello Darlin'" and Bobby Goldsboro's "Honey." He produced records for Capitol and CBS before being named head of United Artists Records' Nashville division in 1973. At United Artists, he signed Dottie West and Crystal Gayle to the label and played a major role in launching Kenny Rogers' solo career by producing hits such as "Lucille," "She Believes in Me," "The Gambler," "Love or Something Like It," "You Decorated My Life" and "Coward of the County." He and co-writer Chips Moman won a Grammy in 1975 for best country song for "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song," a major hit for B.J. Thomas. Butler won another Grammy in 1979 for overall producer of the year in the nonclassical division. After leaving United Artists, he formed an independent production company and worked with acts such as Charlie Rich, Mac Davis, Don McLean and John Denver. In recent years, Butler continued his work as a producer in Pensacola.


Larry Nutter, guitarist has passed away at the age of 63.  He had been having health issues the best couple of years.  He was born Feb. 9, 1948,  a small town guitarist that has always had big dreams. Larry was one of the great musicians in our music industry and was a friend for many, many years. 

Originally from Ohio, he spent most of his life in Nashville, TN. He has been playing guitar since he was 19 years old, simply by making his own letter charts. He never learned to fully read music. He plays by ear. He has had a very successful career, spending years as the guitarist for Kitty Wells, as well as Jack Greene, Jean Shepard, and others. He has also dedicated several years of his life re-making the music of Patsy Cline along with his wife of 11 years, Terri Williams. He was residing in Branson, MO with his wife and daughter, both of whom are involved heavily in his music.

I have been unable to find funeral arrangements for both Larry Butler and Larry Nutter at this time.

Please keep the families of Larry Butler and Larry Nutter in your thoughts and prayers as their families suffer through the sad time of their loss.

MAY THEIR SOULS REST IN THE BLESSED AND LOVING ARMS OF OUR LORD AS THEY ENTER INTO THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM WHERE THEY WILL REST IN PEACE.

CURTIS LYN COOK LIGHTS UP THE FULL MOON SALOON ON BROADWAY IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

CURTIS LYN COOK LIGHTS UP THE FULL MOON SALOON ON BROADWAY IN NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE

  The Full Moon Saloon on Broadway in Nashville was definitely the place to be on January the 14th  2012. South East Missouri native Curtis Lyn Cook a.k.a. CLC once again showed Nashville what honky-tonkin’ was all about when he packed an afternoon house.

  CLC is well known for his powerfully deep vocals that take the listener on an outlaw’s ride through the foothills of all our Country heroes and he was at his very vocal best for this show as usual. Coupled with the talented band that was backing him up, we were in for the best show Nashville had to offer. J. R. Merseal on steel guitar, Rod Riley on lead guitar, Leon Watson on bass guitar and Tommy Mastro on drums They are the Saturday afternoon band at The Full Moon Saloon. Collectively these guys have played with the likes of Merle Haggard, Ricky Van Shelton, Tracy Byrd, Tanya Tucker and many others.

  The audience was captivated by CLC’s larger than life stage presence (he’s a big ‘ole boy) and it was quite impressive to watch him sign autographs while performing without missing a beat or note. The entire rowdy crowd could not wait to see what was next and that became very apparent when the people that were coming in off the street took seats and stayed for the entire show instead of moving on down to the next bar or club after a song or two as is common on Broadway.

  Showing his blue collar roots CLC fired into a brand-new original song entitled WATCHING AMERICA IDLE that starts out with “I’m a working man but I don’t have a job. I’m not begging for a handout, I’m not looking to get robbed…” He continued to paint a picture of the working man in our current state of the economy when he sang, “The good Lord gives and Uncle Sam just gives it away…I won’t stand aside and let them take what’s vital, while we’re watching America idle”.

  Although WATCHING AMERICA IDLE has been played on NMGRadio.com this was the first live performance of that song in Nashville and every line is so lyrically strong that it will likely be a chart topper in this election year. It certainly was a hit with the folks on Broadway.
  Another first for Nashville was a social media song that CLC penned just before his trip to Music City that shows his humorous side. It’s a tune entitled YOU CAN PUT YOUR TWITTER ON MY FACEBOOK ANYTIME. Pure genius went into the writing of that number as virtually everyone identifies with some form of social media and we all enjoy a funny song that is on the edge. The audience reaction was both immediate and intense with hoops and hollers well in to the start of the next song.
  For the record CLC has been in the top 50 of THE ROOTS MUSIC REPORT for 32 straight weeks with his 2011 album JUST MY LUCK that was cdbaby’s #1 album for both the Honky-Tonk and Outlaw categories. CLC also rocked the saloon with a few of the originals from that album including the title track. However most notably from that original set was fittingly the song OUTLAWS (check out the video on YouTube). CLC wrote OUTLAWS about some of his Country Music heroes. As a matter of fact that admirable piece of art could have just as well been entitled Heroes and with a line like “Now none of this music would mean anything without the grace of God and a little Jim Beam…” it once again had the locals riled up. The bartender was pouring straight shots of Jim Beam all up and down the bar after that one was over. When asked about that line CLC said, “I just opened my mouth one day and it just kinda fell out”.
  A very special guest to the stage was Big Joe Matthews, co-editor of the Nashville Music Guide as well as the host of Big Joe’s Big Radio Show on NMGRadio.com. Big Joe is definitely a big man that takes a huge stand on the stage. He performed a feel good tune, THEY CALL ME THE ROOSTER and it was a feather plucking good time that had folks scratching up the dance floor.
  Complimentary copies of the Nashville Music Guide with a feature story about Curtis Lyn Cook were passed around to all in attendance. The Nashville Music Guide was well represented; even one of the contributing writers, Phil Sweetland came by to hear CLC. Phil Sweetland is also a contributor for The New York Times and owner/CEO of Country Insider e-magazine.
  By the way, should it be mentioned that there was a Saints game on during the show? Maybe not since no one seemed to notice. That is really saying a lot considering that a whole gang from Louisiana including Captain Joe Kent was there.
  Captain Joe Kent is the owner/CEO of the uniquely named Boat Trash Publishing that manages Curtis Lyn Cook. He is also the co-writer of a few of the songs that were performed that afternoon.
  A honky-tonk storm descended down on The Full Moon Saloon and lit up Broadway with an intensely rowdy good time. Don’t miss the next show; be sure to put your Twitter on Curtis Lyn Cook’s Facebook and poke him so you can keep up with his schedule.

Jason Lee gearing up for the Golden Guitars




Jason Lee gearing up for the Golden Guitars


Two days into the official opening of the ‘Looking Forward’ 40th Anniversary Country Music Festival in Tamworth, Sydney singer songwriter Jason Lee has five big gigs and a charity concert for Lifeline at the Town Hall under his belt.

Appearing tonight at the Central Hotel, he’s playing in the heart of the CBD as well past gigs at two of the busiest venues in the 10 day festival - West Tamworth Leagues Club Legends Bar and the Tamworth West Diggers Courtyard.

Gearing up for the Golden Guitars at the biggest venue in town, Jason is a nominee for Best New Talent in the Jayco CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia next Saturday night at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre.

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